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June/July 2015

CONTENTS

VOL 15 NO 3

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Managing Editor Anne Marie Ashley Editorial Director Tammy Wanchisn Marketing Intern Frances Parrish

Writers Anne Marie Ashley Dana Todd Frances Parrish Laura Jackson Sales Kathleen Hands Art Direction Harriet McDowall PageCreations Photography Dustin Peck Photography www.dustinpeckphotography.com Jed Gammon Photography www.jedgammon.com Contributing Editors Trent Haston Beth Keim Catherine Whitney Production Administrator Shelley Kemper

feature home 16 The Designer’s Den feature home 28 Beach Beauty spaces we love 34 Designer: Swell Décor

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kitchen & bath trends 44 Making Life Easier: Technology For the Kitchen + Bath decorating trends 46 Think Big: Small Spaces with Big Design

building a better home: 66 trent haston To Skimp or to Splurge kitchen design: 72 catherine whitney Myth vs. Reality room service: 80 beth keim Amped Up Neutrals

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Home Design

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The Designer’s

By Anne Marie Ashley Dustin Peck Photography

It takes really living in a home before you can understand how it works and doesn’t work for your family. Once you’ve discovered the ways it doesn’t work, you can make changes accordingly. Sometimes, too, the ceiling collapses, and it paves the way for you to make the changes you’ve been considering anyway. Such was the case for Molly and Michael Painter when they came home to find the living room ceiling in pieces on the floor. “After living in the home for five years and sharing a bathroom with our daughter, we decided we needed our own space,” explains Molly. “The ceiling collapse was just the impetus to make the changes we’d been considering for a while.” The Painters were drawn to their Georgian Revival home because they love classic architecture and the charming neighborhood with its walk-able streets was idyllic. “We really love the gracious common spaces a Georgian Revival offers when you walk in the front door,” says Molly. The couple wanted the first priority to be maintaining the integrity of the architecture while also making it more livable for their active family of five. Though the project would be challenging, trying to merge the original home with a new addition, not to mention matching the original brick exterior with the new wing, Molly says the 18-month process was seamless. “Larry Irwin was our superintendent,” explains Molly, “and he did a fabulous job on the day to day management.” While the ceilings were being replaced with sheetrock, the HVAC and plumbing was

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replaced as well, and landscape designer Frank Liggett moved the rose garden from the back yard, which was in the way of the addition. “I was thrilled that Frank was able to create an inviting rose garden in the new space,” says Molly. “It’s our refuge in the spring, summer and fall when the roses are in bloom.” A designer herself, Molly took to completing the look of their home, calling on her background in fashion (she worked at Ralph Lauren in New York City), as well as her own family. “My three girls are all extremely creative and individual,” she offers. “They provide a lot of inspiration.” Molly continues, saying that she also took inspiration from her favorite designer Kelly Wearstler and fashion designer Lela Rose. “Her style is feminine, yet edgy and cool.” She keeps her textile background close with etches taken right from the Ralph Lauren draft tables, framed and hung as art in various places around the home. We asked Molly what her go-to fabric and wallpaper lines were and she quickly replied with Osboure and Little, Cowtan and Tout, Quadrille, Celerie Kemble and Travers. She adds that her favorite way to add a wow factor lies in lighting fixtures, spending a lot of time searching for the perfect unique piece. And though every space has different appeal to her, Molly’s favorite room in the home is the navy lacquered den with the orange couch. “I love to curl

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The couple wanted the first priority to be maintaining the integrity of the architecture while also making it more livable for their active family of five.

up on the couch under a blanket and read a book.” Their family of five spends most of their time in the large kitchen, cooking, doing homework and entertaining. “It’s the hub of the house and the grey and white palette provides a soothing appeal amidst the chaos,” shares Molly. “My advice to anyone decorating their home,” she says, “would be to live in the home before you make any major changes. See how you live, move and feel in the space. Trust your instincts and go for it.”v

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Like any vacation home, relaxation and escape is the name of the game. Anything less than the most tranquil environment is not serving its purpose. When Margaret Nowell of Nowell and Company met with her clients about their beach home in Pine Knoll Shores, she got her marching orders for a restful retreat and she couldn’t wait to get started. The homeowners found a beautiful lot with a stunning view and they wanted the home they built to only accentuate the

landscape, not obstruct it. Having worked with them on two other homes, Margaret had a pretty good idea of what would make her clients happy, so she stood by from construction to completion. “I ask lots of questions and listen carefully,” Margaret says. “It’s all about understanding my client, what their vision is and choosing the correct furnishings and fabrics to create their look.” Margaret adds that her clients are so inspiring to her design ideas; it helps to work together with them to come up with the best possible June / July 2015 Urban Home Charlotte 29


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The homeowners found a beautiful lot with a stunning view and they wanted the home they built to only accentuate the landscape, not obstruct it. look and feel. It doesn’t hurt that her mother, an artist, spent hours with Margaret painting and creating things with her, giving her the gift of a great eye for colors and blends. Over the next year, Margaret worked with the homeowners to get the floor plan, development and interior design in place. Pulling pieces from her own showroom in Nowell and Company, she created a calming mix of neutrals with pops of blue and combinations of wood and stone that highlighted the panoramic views of the ocean. “I tell my homeowners to stay in their comfort zone with the big pieces and add the fun with accessories,” says Margaret. “Home is where we unwind each day, it needs to be your nest – comfort, physical and emotional, is what makes a house a home.” Margaret adds that while it wasn’t the case in this project, sometimes it’s hard for clients to convey what they want. “I present numerous things until I see a glint in their eyes,” she says. “People can’t always communicate the look they’re after, but they know. It’s my job to crack the code!” When asked what her favorite room in this beach home is, she says it has to be the bar room, recalling that it has a great story. “It was a space that kept getting smaller during the building process and my client came up with the idea of making it a bar area,” she explains. “I custom designed the front and back bar to fit the space exactly, and measured the wall a million times trying to make sure it was right for the design I had in mind. My obsession soon became a joke that we still laugh about today."v June / July 2015 Urban Home Charlotte 31


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Great style begins at your doorstep and this Cotswold home is no exception. Draped in Phillip Jeffries paper, the walls alone are a showstopper – and that’s just one of the many reasons this foyer is a space we love.

Layering patterned grass cloth, a rustic console and a contemporary mirror creates a space that is polished and inviting. Designers Angie Persson and Merrin Lowe of Swell décor held true to their personal design principle of mixing the right elements to create a space that exudes balance and style.

“We call this a conventional entrance with a twist! It immediately sets the tone for amazing style throughout the rest of this gracious home.” – Angie Persson and Merrin Lowe Key Design Elements: Bohemian Bangles Wallcovering, Phillip Jefferies. www.phillipjeffries.com. Mirror, Modern History. www.modernhistory.com.

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12 easy ways

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to Create Curb Appeal Word on the street is that homes with pretty curb appeal offer a warmer welcome to your guests AND potential homebuyers. Plus, the feeling of pride you get when pulling up to your home may just trump all other reasons to spend a little time making your outside just as beautiful as the inside. There must be hundreds of ways to dress up your home, here are just a few of our favorites.

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Number one on every list is the front door. It can be as easy as painting it an eye-catching color or as elaborate as installing a gorgeous hand-carved door. Either way, a standout door just beckons guests to come inside and visit.

Add personality to your house-marker with brass numbers and/or letters, some paint, or even a brick or stone surround or stand. Planting flowers and plants at the base adds even more appeal.

From a statement-making pendant on the front porch to simple solar lights to spotlight your trees or facade, landscape lighting packs major punch.

Dress-Up Your Driveway Simply repairing the cracks in the concrete of your driveway can make a world of difference, but why not go a step further and add brick or stone pavers to a section? Or consider edging your driveway, giving it a crisp, elegant look, not to mention texture, color or just a bit of interest.

Add A Fence Installing a fence may be a more involved project, but the results can be stunning. Whether it’s a simple white picket or an elegant wrought iron fence, surrounding your backyard or home make it looked cared for and established.

Landscaping This one is a no-brainer. Plant trees, flowers and shrubs in your yard to make it more inviting, and cut back bushes and trees that impinges the view or walk-ability of your property.

Make Your Garage Door Pop It may seem surprising, but a freshly painted garage door with some updated hardware can completely change the look of your home – it does take up a lot of space, after all. For just a dollars, you can take your garage door from drab to fab.

Face Wash Sometimes it’s as simple as pressure washing the face of your home. Cleansing the façade of dirt, mildew and grunge can add up to $10,000 to the sales price of some homes, according to REALTORS®. Create Walkways Whether it leads to the front door, the back of the house or the garden, pathways are charming, pretty and beg to be explored. Basic Maintenance Maintaining the outside of your home is a must. Repair and clean hanging or full gutters, replace missing bricks or stones from the steps or façade, or repair cracked mortar, freshen peeling paint and replace cracked or faulty windows and shutters.

Shutters or Accent Trim Think of shutters as mascara for your windows. They’re already beautiful, but the shutters and trim make them pop! Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite or fiberglass. New composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane, make trim details durable and low maintenance. Create Symmetry Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye; it’s also one of the easiest things to accomplish. Compositions of fixtures, accents and plantings instantly boost curb appeal and draw the eye to pretty focal points.v

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Refrigerator is part of HomeChat, a software program that can communicate between other appliances in your home and it can send a grocery list to your phone, once programmed. 4. GE Café Series French Door Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System With a Keurig K-Cup brewing system built into the refrigerator’s water dispenser, you can get fresh, filtered water for your coffee or tea every time—no need to refill. When the refrigerator hits the market, you’ll also be able to download an app that you can use to schedule the coffee maker to turn on at a certain time, as long as you remember to load it up with a K-Cup the night before. 5. LG Twin Wash Allows you do two loads of washing at the same time with a separate drawer that can fit under any of LG’s front-load washers. It can handle smaller, more delicate loads while the main machine works through an

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entirely different cycle. When not in use, the mini washer serves as the pedestal for the main machine. 6. Wireless Speaker Shower Head Belt it out during your shower with Kohler’s new wireless speaker shower head. It syncs with Bluetooth devices and can be removed from the shower for charging. The showerhead not only plays music, but also has several shower settings, similar to other showerheads. The speaker can also be transported to other rooms in the home for listening pleasure. 7. Self-Sterilizing Door Handle The door handle sterilizes itself to keep germs from spreading. When the door handle is not in use, it triggers a spring that turns on a UV light to sterilize the handle. When the door handle is in use, the spring turns off the light.


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Color Ruse Painted walls can help divide a small space like a loft or studio into separate defined areas. A light wall color in the kitchen, like yellow, can brighten the space and complement natural light from windows. Be conscious of too many different colors, however, which can be overwhelming in small rooms. Use neutral tones with pops of color that unify each room. If you have an unusually small room or awkward space, white walls are a simple and perfect solution for adding an airy feeling. Smoke and Mirrors Use natural light as much as you can – it’s an instant room enlarger. Mirrors will help reflect the natural light and bounce it all over the room, making it appear bigger and brighter. Trick the Eye If space is scarce and furniture selective, use pieces that are multifunctional like a daybed as a couch, and ottoman as a coffee table or a dresser with drawers for storage as a TV stand. 46 Urban Home Charlotte June / July 2015

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As you enter the community you instinctually breathe out a long, deep sigh. Although you haven’t been in the car for long, you feel as if you have already entered a whole new world. The road winds to reveal lush meadows, woodlands, creeks, stone bridges and views of graceful horses grazing green pastures. It’s the type of neighborhood dream many chase—finding an inspiring location that feels far away, but isn’t really. Only one mile from I-485 inside the loop and 25 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Cheval is located within the enchanting small town of Mint Hill. “Mint Hill is not only a charming town, but in the midst of fantastic new growth,” explains Diane Austin, president and owner of Builder Developer Advisors. Visitors and residents are excited about the new hospital being built, as well as new retail including the Bridges Village Center on 485. A seasoned real estate professional in the Charlotte area with over 38 years of experience, Austin’s enthusiasm for all Cheval offers continues to grow. “Almost every day I hear from another excited visitor who had no idea a place like Cheval existed so close to Charlotte,” explains Austin. With lots ranging in size from a half acre to home sites up to 7 acres, Cheval features five unique neighborhoods that appeal to buyers of all ages and family sizes. The five distinctive villages include: The Meadows, The Woodlands, Creekside, The Estates and The Enclave. According to Austin, “A large part of the area’s amazing appeal is the tremendous range of options available to homeowners. Because of a feature builder program including so many top builders in the Charlotte area, there are an incredible variety of plans being offered for budgets of all needs and sizes.” Austin describes the passion of Cheval’s visionary developer, Keith Paris of Paris Projects, “As one of the most hands-on developers I’ve encountered in many years in the real estate business, Paris’ attention to every aspect from the overall big picture down to the smallest, yet important details continues set this community apart.” In front of the

Joli Cheval Equestrian Center, their 50-acre, state-of-the-art equestrian facility featuring an 8,000-square foot, 24-stall boarding barn, is a glorious median area affectionately called Daffodil Island. It features the spectacular result of an earlier planting of 60,000 daffodil bulbs. Austin shares Paris’ reaction, “Viewing the dazzling display of blooms, Paris promptly instructed his team to add another 6,000 bulbs for an extra punch. No expense has been spared for the beauty of this exceptional community.” It’s no surprise that the Home Builders Association of Charlotte will once again bring its popular showcase of new homes, HomeArama, back to the Cheval community for its 2015 event. The tour will highlight four homes over one million dollars in the exquisite neighborhood of Creekside at Cheval from July 18 to August 2. Demonstrating their fast-paced sales activity, Austin reports, “Two of the homes to be featured already sold, and the other two aren’t on the market yet.” The Cheval featured builders for the HomeArama event this year are Arcadia Homes, New Old Luxury Custom Homes and the Ullman Group. The exquisitely furnished and decorated homes will range from almost 5,000-square feet to more than 7,000. “This year’s show will once again be full of new trends in the housing market and great decorating and design ideas. Also look for innovative ideas for outdoor living areas and new elevation trends,” said Austin. With over 423 captivating acres and 237 homesites, Cheval truly captures the beauty and romance of its breathtaking landscape. Built upon what was once treasured farmland, two historic restored silos greet homeowners and visitors as they enter the community, adding to its charming and nostalgic tone. Its five private parks abound with miles of unspoiled walking paths and scenic riding trails. Residents can also enjoy magical butterfly and hummingbird habitat areas along with meadows filled with exotic wildflowers.v For more information, the Cheval Sales and Information Center is open daily for awe-inspiring visits, or take a look at www.chevalnc.com.

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Crossville has announced the most exciting development in tile since it became the nation’s first manufacturer of large-format porcelain tile. With its new Laminam by Crossville® porcelain panels, Crossville is manufacturing tile in the largest size the marketplace has yet seen. Laminam is the world’s largest, thinnest tile, available in 1x3 meter and 1x1 meter porcelain panels. Think of wrapping the walls and floor in a skin that is beautiful, clean and contemporary. A positive benefit of using such large tiles on the floor, countertop or shower walls is the minimization of grout lines. Fewer grout lines with an extremely low profile because of its ultra-thin design, Laminam is a smart choice to modernize a home. Who wouldn’t love less grout to clean and maintain? “Laminam has a high-end look with low maintenance and is sleek and clean, which is perfect for a modern or contemporary home,” says Crossville designer Jillian Ledford. “With the properties of porcelain tile, you can install it on fireplaces, walls, floors and countertops.” Laminam is available in three collections: • Foundations, which highlights traditional textures using solid colors and replicating materials such as cement for a speckled effect • Natural Inspirations, which takes its cues from stone like Carrara marble and wood • Urban Influence, a tribute to the modern mix found in city life, including metallic iterations and a linen-look series. “There is a movement in tile design to a larger format,” says designer Mattie Shannon of Crossville. “More tiles are becoming available in a larger

and thinner size. The larger tile helps with disappearing grout lines.” Texture is all the rage in today’s tile trends, and Laminam’s Urban Influence textural tile is not alone in this category. Although available in a smaller size, Crossville’s Ready to Wear porcelain tile products sport the look and feel of fabric, in eight colorways. Mostly neutral with a hint of color, Ready to Wear tile is perfect for a spiffed-up laundry room floor or anywhere you’re looking for warp and weft detail or a hint of shimmer. “You can dress up or dress down your designs with this collection, just as you could style an outfit with a favorite pair of jeans or a great tweed blazer,” says Crossville VP of Marketing Lindsey Waldrep. “It’s really versatile.” As exemplified in the Ready to Wear product line, Ledford and Shannon say most color trends lean toward creamy whites and beiges, some with a touch of gray. Metals are in demand and not limited to chrome and stainless but include copper and brass as complements to eclectic Mid-century Modern design. “It’s all about the timeless look,” Ledford says. “Less is more, and larger tiles and neutral colors are part of that style.”v

Visit Crossville Tile & Stone’s showroom at 927-B Pressley Road to see an in-store shower display using Laminam tile. Discover more about Laminam and Ready to Wear at www.crossvilleinc.com or by calling a designer at 704-927-8453. June / July 2015 Urban Home Charlotte 55


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Since the journey of building a new home involves a multitude of decisions and details all along the way, it’s essential to get the best start possible. Beginning with the right floor plan is key to guiding the entire process. Mitch Genda, president of Paragon Homes and the franchise owner of Arthur Rutenberg Homes in Charlotte, describes the difference of a truly livable plan. “Finding a house plan that integrates how a family actually lives within its design is critical,” he explains. “Today’s consumer is looking not only for quality, but also for floor plans that reflect the way we live in our homes.” Mitch outlined five important questions to consider when choosing your floor plan: Is it functional? Genda’s experience has shown that consumers want home plans designed around a family’s daily activities in their home, instead of what may have been simply expected or accepted in years past. There’s so much more to plan for than merely the number of bedrooms and bathrooms needed. For example, more predictable plans often featured areas such as closed formal living and dining rooms that can make a home feel compartmentalized. Today, most homeowners want their homes to feel more open, and there’s greater attention placed on the way rooms can seamlessly flow into one another. “Connectivity in a home has become an important focus,” describes Genda. “Not only do people feel the need to stay more connected through technology and social networking, but also in their home environments. That often translates to wanting areas that easily adapt to cooking and conversation in the kitchen while still staying connected to family members in an adjoining Great Room.” Feeling connected to the outdoors is also an extremely important adaption to today’s most popular home plans. “Bringing the outdoors in and creating a more natural flow between the two continues to grow in importance,” said Genda. Is it efficient? Modern efficiency means finding a plan that allows for multi-functional spaces. “We try to think through how our homeowners live and function during a typical day,” explains Genda. “Creating a central work zone in a home, often in a laundry or mud room, that provides areas for charging phones and computers, checking schedules and perhaps even an arrival bench with a place for shoes, can really change a home’s overall organization and efficiency.” Instead of separate movie rooms, many homeowners are instead designing multifunctional entertainment areas that can serve as their big screen TV and gaming space, but also include other entertainment options as well. Is it personal? Think about the areas where you spend the most time in your home and make sure your new home plans fit the way you live. Consider making a list of all the items you wish were different in your current or past homes. Does a lack of closet space cause constant frustration? Do you have the right balance between open and private spaces throughout your home? Perhaps it always seems as if you need extra seating in your main living area. “Proportions and the sizing of rooms are critical,” describes Genda. “The real size scaling of furniture on a plan makes a huge difference in

judging the practicality of a plan, and many plans do not account for that. Furniture placement and traffic flow in a room need to be high priorities.” Is it proven? Although ultimately you want a plan that fits your individual needs and goals as specifically as possible, it still helps to know what has worked for others in the past. The value of finding a company with a proven track record and happy customers cannot be understated. Paragon Homes, an award-winning builder, is also an independently operated franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, another respected name in homebuilding since 1953. According to Genda, “In designing floor plans, we spend a lot of time working and reworking a plan until we get it perfect for the homeowner. However, it really helps to start with a home plan that we know has worked well in the past, and then begin individualizing it from there.” Beyond choosing the right plan, it’s also important to understand how to choose the right plan for your particular lot. There are so many factors to consider such as site orientation, understanding the property’s slope and topography, ensuring the best lighting throughout the day, and even how the site looks when you’re pulling in the driveway.

Utilizing the benefit of experience can mean the difference between choosing a house plan that looks good on paper and one that functions as the basis for the home of your dreams. Is it inspired? Creating a home is so much more than the sum of its parts. A reliable floor plan that integrates function and elegance is a vital starting point. Genda believes, “It’s not just about getting the details, but also about placing them in the right places for the best impact.” Just as we would never travel to a new, daring destination without the best directions we could find, the journey to your ideal home requires a floor plan that blends your specific needs with captivating design.v

Tour a model home today by contacting Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Paragon Homes at 600 Town Centre Blvd., Suite 201 in Charlotte. For more information on model homes, call 704-889-0218 or visit www.ArthurRutenbergHomes.com. June / July 2015 Urban Home Charlotte 59


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ZimSculpt Back by popular demand, ZimSculpt, the African art exhibition that took the Charlotte region by storm last summer is coming back to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. More than 100 sculptures will be on exhibit, set against the backdrop of a spectacular tropical display. Not only will visitors  have an opportunity to view the work, known as Shona sculpture, they can also purchase a piece for their own garden. A marketplace, that will also include other African art and jewelry, will feature two Zimbabwean artists-in-residence. Curators Joseph Croisette and his wife Vivienne will also be on hand, giving guided tours and helping guests understand the art movement that has become an international sensation. On display May 1 – July 12. www.dsbg.com. 62 Urban Home Charlotte June / July 2015

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trent haston Sometimes budgets are unrealistic, but most of the time, it’s just a matter of finding ways to cut costs.

Managing budgets is a big part of the construction process. It’s common for us to meet clients and bid a plan, only to return an estimate that is over their budget. Sometimes budgets are unrealistic, but most of the time, it’s just a matter of finding ways to cut costs. This is a tricky part of the process because there are some reasonable things to skimp on and then there are things that are simply better when you splurge. To skimp or to splurge? That is the question. Here are some of my answers. LIGHTING SPLURGE! Lighting costs can be a big part of budget, especially on a kitchen or bathroom

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remodel. Recessed cans, accent lighting and decorative fixtures can be expensive, but they can really make all the difference in a room’s mood and functionality. INTERIOR DOORS SPLURGE! I have always said this, but nothing gives a quality feel to a home better than nice solid natural doors. It can be really tempting to skimp in this area and go with the hollow synthetic alternative, especially when you figure the price difference and multiply that by the number of doors you’ll need – but don’t do it! Solid wood doors are a must if you want your home to have that Cadillac feel.

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APPLIANCES SKIMP. Now, I’m not saying go with the cheapest appliances, but if you’re not going for a commercial caliber kitchen (i.e. Subzero, Wolf), there are some great options at lower price points. Most brands have lines that look great and do the job, but are a fraction of the price of some of the higher-end ones. When costs have to be cut, this is a good place to do it. TOILETS SPLURGE! Toilets can be such an afterthought, especially when you’re making other more glamorous selections for a bathroom remodel. Most people think a toilet is just a toilet. But if you’ve ever experienced one that barely flushes or feels uncomfortable, you know it (and hate it). Since it’s one of the most used parts of your home, you better get one you love. When it comes to toilets, it’s all about a good flush and bowl shape. The pricier versions are just better in these two areas. GRANITE SKIMP. What I love about granite is that it is long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free. The other thing I love about it is that there are so many different colors and patterns to choose from. Since granite is a natural product, prices are based on current rarity and demand. The good thing is, you can get beautiful granite at every price point. You may really love a particular type, only to find that it is very expensive. I’m willing to bet, with a little looking, you can find something very similar for a fraction of the price. TILE SKIMP. Similar to granite, tile comes in so many shapes, styles and price points. Since tile is often used in many applications in a home (think floors, backsplashes, bathroom surrounds, etc.) tile costs can get high pretty quickly. If costs need to be cut, I think it’s a good idea to use what you really love in high visibility places (i.e a kitchen backsplash), but skimp a little in areas that aren’t used or seen as frequently (i.e. laundry room floor). PAINT SLURGE! This seems to be the first area people want to cut in their budgets, but I always advise against it. I’m not talking about the actual paint itself, but the caliber of the painter instead. Painting is all about the prep work and painting method. Cheap painters will often cut corners in their prep work and choose quick application over quality. The seemingly simple job may make you think otherwise – wanting to save money here – but you will see the difference in the final product. Trent Haston is CEO of Andrew Roby and has spent many years in project management, focusing on style and craftsmanship for custom home projects. For more information call 704-334-5477 or visit www.andrewroby.com.

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Latin American Contemporary Art Projects, better known as LaCa Projects, has a lot to celebrate. On top of its two-year anniversary, LaCa Projects recently received two of Charlotte magazine’s Voter’s Choice Best of the Best Awards, including Best Art Exhibit in the Last 12 Months for Eternal – a solo exhibition in July 2014 – and Best Artist for Leandro Manzo (the solo artist featured in Eternal). Manzo is one of the three artists who rent studio space adjacent to LaCa’s gallery, which is designed to offer a highly collaborative environment between artists and the greater community. However, LaCa Projects’ bragging rights go beyond awards and anniversaries. Its commercial gallery has a no-profit motive, making it one of the most unique cultural ventures of the Southeast. The gallery exclusively showcases Latin American art, representing contemporary emerging and mid-career artists as well as works by established and master artists. “Clients who purchase artwork from our gallery can feel really good about LaCa Projects’ commitment not only to its artists, but 70 Urban Home Charlotte June / July 2015

to causes that support important Latin American-focused initiatives – artistic and otherwise,” says Neely Verano, gallery director. “We strongly believe that our work is contributing to a change in existing perceptions and stereotypes of the Latin American community.” Verano and LaCa’s founder – a local executive, native of Argentina and a longtime collector of art – are currently planning for LaCa’s third and final phase, to be completed later this year. It will be an authentic Latin American café offering coffee, wine, tapas and a whole new set of cultural tangibles to complement the art on its walls. LaCa Projects spans more than 5,300-square feet and is located off of West Morehead Street at 1429 Bryant Street, just five minutes from Uptown and two blocks from the Wesley Heights neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10-6 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm, and by appointment. LaCa can accommodate corporate and private events of all sizes and types. For more information on the gallery, artist studios or rentals, please e-mail info@lacaprojects.com.



Contributing Editor | Kitchen Design

Myth vs. Reality

Catherine Whitney With so many resources for information, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed.

In my 31 years as a kitchen design professional, I have learned that educating my clients on a variety of aspects of their renovation is invaluable. Preparing my clients to make good decisions through education and planning ultimately contributes to the success of the project on all levels. As in every aspect of life, the design industry is constantly in flux. In my opinion, knowledge is the best tool to have in your arsenal, and ultimately it’s the one that benefits both the homeowner and the design professionals with whom they work. I am sure every industry has their myths and mine is no exception. With so many resources for information, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. Here are two of the biggest myths I

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battle with and I’d like to debunk them for Urban Home readers. Myth #1: “A kitchen renovation is just too expensive.” Reality: Guess what? You control your budget, so be upfront with your kitchen design specialist from the beginning. There are many costs associated with a renovation and you should be aware of the bottom line as soon as possible; communication with your specialist will expedite this. From the first meeting, you and your design professional should be aware of (and on the same page about) your comfort level with the overall expense of the project. As in the automotive industry, in the cabinet industry there are many companies that have a wide range of prices from high to low.


The reality is that you are ultimately in charge of everything that happens on your job because it’s your home and you must approve. Here are just a few guidelines on pricing: • A simple door style with a basic stained finish will be less expensive than a heavily carved door style with a painted, distressed and glazed finish. • If your appliances and sink have several years of wear left, then re-using them in the new design/renovation can be cost-effective. • Countertop selections can also be “value-engineered” by using simple edge treatments and colors that are stocked in a standard thickness. If you’re in need of a small piece for an island, you can always inquire about a remnant from your fabricator. Remnants are usually a good deal as compared to purchasing an entire slab of material. Like assembling a great outfit, you can select your “prize pieces” and then re-purpose other materials to be budget conscious while still looking your best! Myth #2: “If I hire professionals, I won’t have to be ‘hands on’ during my renovation.” Reality: Unfortunately, the homeowner’s involvement is necessary throughout the project. The professionals are there to coordinate, advise and execute your plan, but a renovation is a complexity of ideas, coordination of materials, labor and design. Everyone has high expectations and is working towards your dream kitchen. There will be instances where changes will be needed because of unforeseen situations. The homeowner’s approval is always needed on any changes and should be submitted and approved each and every time in order to keep track of any expenses over budget. Sometimes appliances that were selected when the design process began are no longer available at the time of order and an alternate needs to be approved by the homeowner. There are times when what looked good on paper needs to be modified on the jobsite to achieve a better asthetic – another homeowner approval situation. The reality is that you are ultimately in charge of everything that happens on your job because it’s your home and you must approve.v Catherine Whitney is the showroom manager and designer at South End Kitchens. She has 30 years experience in the kitchen and bath industry and works diligently with clients every step of the way. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 704-379-1770 or email Catherine at catherine@southendkitchens.com. The design studio is located in the historic Meeting Hall building at 1500 South Blvd, Suite 101-A. You can also visit South End Kitchens at www.southendkitchens.com.

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BETH KEIM Designing interiors in an all-neutral palette doesn’t have to be dull, by any means.

When asked to create an open concept great room and breakfast room in neutrals with just a touch of color, I find it’s sometimes hard to reel myself in – I tend to layer color on color and pattern on pattern. However, I also love the look of a tone-on-tone room with a dramatic pop of something saturated. My client for this project was all about neutrals and thus, so was this space. She wanted clean, streamlined and soothing; on the other hand she loved color and wanted that punch. She had a blank slate to work with and for this large room that opened into the stairwell, kitchen and foyer, a single wall color was the way to go. Designing interiors in an all-neutral palette doesn’t have to be dull, by any means. Various textures in similar colors create a modern look, and can end up feeling luxurious. Working on this great room, I needed to be conscious of the newly painted space, which was a beautiful shade of grey. Their big request was a new sectional that worked with their existing grey leather chairs. I chose to keep all the shades similar and really focus on the

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accents. Bright pillows and a simple ottoman tray brought everything to life. Open to the breakfast area, a new banquette in a kid-friendly “pleather” (also in a neutral shade) comes to life as well with a large art piece, created by my husband Keith Keim. The most important thing in any space, and especially a tall, open concept space is accessorizing on a large scale! Take a look at the lamps, for example. I chose to go tall to fill the open-air space. Bigger accessories and bigger art simplified in similar colors (but full of texture) is just another layer every space needs. When working with open concepts, remember that it will be visible from many other rooms in the home. I like to stand in all the doorways and really think about the things I have chosen. My biggest advice on tall walls is to use tall accessoriesv Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard. For more information visit www.lucyandcompany.com or call 704-342-6655.

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