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child By Anne Marie Ashley Photography by Dustin Peck

There’s an old adage that the “cobbler’s children have no shoes,” referring of course to the phenomena that talented professionals rarely have the time or ability to provide themselves the services they so lovingly provide for others.


hrough the many homes we’ve featured in Urban Home Magazine, we’ve discovered this is never the case for interior designers. In fact, it’s the constant evolution of style in their own homes that keep their eyes keen and their style sharp, and when we get the rare opportunity to showcase a designer’s home, we’re just giddy to share such a personal space. Angie Persson, interior designer and one-half owner of Swell Décor in Charlotte alongside Merrin Lowe, opened up her home and proved unequivocally that the cobbler’s children have beautiful shoes. February / March 2016 Urban Home Charlotte 17

After working and studying design abroad in London for five years, Angie and her husband moved back to Charlotte. The search took three months, and though the home they purchased was not their “dream home,” they were eager to maximize its potential. “Before moving in, we renovated the kitchen and repainted the entire house,” remembers Angie. “Since then, 10 and lots of small projects along the way.” The busy family of four rarely slows down, so the Perssons knew they needed a home that would call them to relax. The large trees and older homes of the neighborhood spoke to the calm they were looking for, but the in-town location was perfect for their need for activity. With her husband’s Swedish background, Angie discovered a love of Swedish antiques and incorporates them all over her home, mixed oddly, though perfectly, with Mid-Century modern and contemporary pieces. “I usually start with a design plan that’s in scale with the room and has a neutral canvas. Then I add the fun stuff over time with layering,” explains Angie. “One of the benefits of being a designer is having access to the newest things on the market – so it never fails, when I am out shopping for clients, I usually find something I need too!” The other benefit, of course, is working with talented locals like Andrew Roby for her most recent renovation last spring, and William Perez, who painted the branch piece that hangs in their back courtyard as well as a few pieces in her home.

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“One of the benefits of being a designer is having access to the newest things on the market – so it never fails, when I am out shopping for clients, I usually find something I need too!” “William works for Merrin and I on many client projects, so it’s a win-win for me.” Angie’s passion for antiques and treasures from her travels can be seen in every nook of her home along with pieces made of Lucite, and tons of texture in the form of cowhides, reclaimed wood, horns and fluffy pillows. “My favorites pieces are the elk antlers in the dining room, the petrified wood coffee table in the sun room and the original oil painting of a doll that was gifted to my daughter, which now hangs in the living room,” she says. Angie adds that she tries to avoid a home that looks overly decorated, but that instead is cozy, relaxing and unpredictable. “Design is about breaking the rules and creating a home with a story.” Of course, her expertly mixed accessories are only amplified by her booth at Cotswold Marketplace called “Simply Swedish,” where she sells her signature mix of Swedish antiques, sourced directly from Sweden courtesy of their summer family vacations, and Mid-Century and contemporary pieces. “I only buy what I love and in the event it doesn’t sell, it comes home with me,” she laughs.u

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Grace By Nancy Atkinson Photography by Dustin Peck

“I believe that to be really modern, you have to know your history. It’s authentic. It’s personal. It’s original.”


nspired by her southern roots, interior designer Gray Walker leans toward tradition but has an eye for many styles. She mixes old and new with confidence, incorporating inherited antiques with bold art and classic glamour for a look that is sophisticated, fresh and far from stuffy. Gray’s Georgian-style home in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood is a perfect example of her masterful mix. When she found the home – built state-of-the-art in 1967 and in still great condition – she knew her art and antiques were a perfect fit for its rooms. Her first bold move was commissioning local artist Robin Wellner to create a whimsical oversized butterfly garden in the foyer; Gray’s modern take on a classic motif. “It makes me

happy every day,” she says. In the master bedroom she covered the walls in an old school floral but softened the room with neutrals and shades of lavender, throwing in mirrored accents and a Lucite and leopard bench. A touch of leopard in every room is one of Gray’s signature touches to lighten the stuffiness, and in her words, “gives an edge.” “My bedroom is my favorite room,” she says. “It’s feminine and glamorous. I feel all dressed up even when I’m not.” Gray describes her design process as “falling in love with one object and decorating around it.” In the master bedroom, it was the Osborne & Little wallpaper she fell for, creating her uplifting lavender room around it. February / March 2016 Urban Home Charlotte 29

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A touch of leopard in every room is one of Gray’s signature touches to lighten the stuffiness.

“I love lavender,” she says, “Which is something I didn’t realize until I moved into this house!” Though the house was pristine, the kitchen, with its heavy wood paneling, needed an update. Working with kitchen designer Susan Dudley and builder David Brown and his team at Craftsmen Construction, renovated the kitchen with a cleaner, more contemporary look. Mark Bennett of Morgan Landscaping designed a new porch for the back of the house as well as a beautiful new landscape. Gray’s new kitchen features white cabinets, soapstone and Calcutta marble surfaces and a white leather breakfast banquette. The star of the kitchen is the leather-upholstered waitstaff-style door, an architectural element Gray loves to use in her clients’ homes as well. “Upholstered doors give a room lots of character,” she says. “The kitchen has a lot of hard surfaces and the door softens things a bit and adds a pop of color. It’s a nice complement to all that stone.”

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Whether in her own home or her clients’ homes, Gray sees design as an ongoing process. She likes to shake things up so they never seem stale and says maintaining the perfect mix is a balancing act.

“There is lots of promoting, demoting, painting and decorating going on in my house most of the time,” she laughs. “It may only be happening in my brain right now, but it will get done when the mood hits me!”u

Gray’s Anatomy of Design • Fall in love with one thing and decorate the room around it. • Keep your rooms fresh by moving things around. Bring new items in, demote some things and promote others. • Gray’s definition of good design is not over-decorating a house. Edit and stay on subject. • Don’t over-accessorize and go for some serious juxtaposition. • Keep a style notebook. Fill it with images you love and jot down your thoughts on why you like them. • Add mirrors to the backs of bookshelves in an older house. It’s an unexpected touch that makes the room feel lighter.

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One Room Challenge

Holly Phillips of the English Room in Charlotte is used to taking on a challenge — she’s a designer after all. So when she was asked to do a One Room Challenge this past fall, Holly knew she could make it happen. And she knew exactly which room to tackle. “The playroom in my house is basically a wallowing pit of destruction,” she explains in a half-laugh, half-truth tone. “As with many designers, getting to your own home is often your last priority. I tend to push client projects ahead of mine in the workroom.” The negative to this overused room is that Holly’s husband, children and three dogs use and abuse it constantly, thereby pushing the décor to the bottom of the priority list. “You also enter this room directly from the back door, and I hate what guests are forced to see upon entering this oversized dog bed of a room,” adds Holly. “The sectional was the wrong color when I bought it at the Mitchell Gold Outlet, but I loved the lines knowing I would recover it in the future.” The future was now present, with the One Room Challenge, so she dove in headfirst. The One Room Challenge, for those who aren’t familiar, is a semi-annual event where 20 bloggers, made up of professional designers, Diy’ers, and interior design bloggers, transform a room from start to finish hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. “This was both a marathon and a sprint,” says Holly. “Six weeks seems to always fly by in the blink of an eye.”  The end result is a fun, functional and fresh room for her family to enjoy. The art is her personal favorite. “I can’t resist a great gallery wall and am proud of this fun mix. This room is all about comfort without sacrificing the quality or level of design. The colors are punchy and a signature to my own style. The layers of accessories and collected mementos complete the eclectic look of this bold space.”u

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Amy Vermillion This living room mood board is typical of my aesthetic — I refer to it as “casually elegant.” Elements of formality like the velvet sofa, embroidered pillows and brushed gold console table are balanced with a sanded oak coffee table, faux bois side table and a shagreen

mirror. The neutrals are accented by the blues in the rug, which are my secondary shades.  The fire screen, the octagonal back of the occasional chair and the reeded front of the chest all add geometric visual interest. The rug reminds me of running water and it anchors the entire room with movement and pattern without being too busy.

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American Architectural Style by Nancy Atkinson

The elements of classic architecture give our homes curb appeal and good bones. But the details that distinguish a Cape Cod vary greatly from those that create a Craftsman. Which style feels like home to you? From the colonial era to modern contemporary, we’ve defined the key characteristics of 14 popular house designs to help you find a home you love.

Victorian Origin: We often associate the elaborate trim and bright colors of a home resembling a dollhouse with this style. But Victorian architecture encompasses many well-known styles that emerged during the reign of Queen Victoria. Gothic revival, Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne styles all evolve from the Victorian idea that architecture should be beautiful rather than practical. Aesthetics: Look for homes that are two to three stories featuring decorative trim, textured wall surfaces, a steep multi-faceted roof, towers, vibrant colors and a large wraparound porch. Why It’s Cool: The combination of architectural styles allows designers to mix the styles as they see fit, which means there are few Victorian homes that look the same.

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Neoclassical Origin: The style flourished in the early part of the 20th century, used widely in institutional settings like universities and government, but in residential buildings as well, relating back to the classic architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Aesthetics: Look for symmetry, tall Doric columns, elaborate doorways and evenly spaced windows, along with a colonnaded façade, pedimented front porch and formal proportions. Why It’s Cool: It’s immediately recognizable, the most famous being Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home Monticello, which means a timeless architectural style.

Mid Century Modern Origin: Forward-thinking for its time, this style first began in 1945, when World War II brought new materials, including steel and plywood, to the forefront of architecture. Mid-Century Modern homes flourished into the 1980s. Aesthetics: This style is known for its flat planes, large glass windows and open space with a focus on simplistic design and seamless integration with nature. Many Mid-century houses also utilized changes in elevation with small steps going up and down between rooms creating split-level spaces and partial walls or cabinets of varying heights to create different depths in the space. Why It’s Cool: This style has a great integration with nature. Rooms have multiple outdoor views, or multiple access points, encouraging an appreciation of healthy living.

Cape Cod Origin: Inspired by Britain’s thatched cottages, this style was born in the 1600s and early 1700s. Aesthetics: Look for the symmetry of windows flanking the front door, dormer windows on the second level and cedar shingles to find a true Cape Cod. Why It’s Cool: It is most popular in New England, where the home’s steeply pitched roof and larger chimneys make them perfect for withstanding cold Northeastern winters.

Cottage Origin: This style takes its name from the Cotters of the Middle Ages, the European peasant farmers whose English countryside homes inspired its charm. Popular in America during the 1920s and 30s, cottage-style refers to homes that exude a warm, storybook character. Aesthetics: These homes are made from brick, stone or stucco siding and feature curved entryways, steep roof pitches and cross gables, arched doors and casement windows. Why It’s Cool: Cottages have high curb appeal with brighter exterior colors and flowers adorning the entryway.

Colonial Origin: Originating in the 1600s, Colonial architecture came to America around 1876 and has many variations, due to the diversity of early American settlers. Colonial styles include Dutch, Georgian and Federal. Aesthetics: The Dutch Colonial is easily recognized by its broad gambrel look, which gives it a barn house look. Georgian is the most common type of Colonial home and features strict symmetry, five windows across and flattened columns. The Federal Colonial is modeled after Roman classicism with decorative embellishments, tall columns, grand curved steps, fan shaped window topping the door with long windows placed symmetrically on either side of the door. Why It’s Cool: All three styles are known for their symmetry, characterized by evenly spaced shuttered windows, proportioned dormers, columns and chimneys to complement the formal style.

Tudor Origin: When referring to the architectural style in the U.S., the term refers not to typical buildings of Tudor England, but instead to a style popularized in the United States during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The style is based loosely on a variety of elements from medieval English architecture, including humble cottages and stately manors. Aesthetics: This style includes steeply pitched, multi-gabled rooflines, embellished entries, mixed siding materials, casement windows, elaborate chimneys and decorative half-timber framing. Why It’s Cool: With its Hansel and Gretel-esque details and countryside charm, there’s no more romantic style.

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Mediterranean Origin: Extremely popular in the United States from 1918 to 1940, Mediterranean style was modeled after the hacienda design, combining influences from Spain, Italy, Portugal and other countries in the Mediterranean region. Aesthetics: Red-tiled roofs and stucco finishes define this style, with today’s versions combining courtyards, porticos, balconies, interior arches and ornamental details such as heavy wooden doors and multicolored tiles. Why It’s Cool: The roof tiles, heavier than regular shingles, can last for a century or more, and are usually low-maintenance and the flooring is often made of terra-cotta tiles, keeping feet cool on a hot day.

craftsman Origin: Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in England in the late 19th century, this style was most popular in America in the early 1900s to 1930s. Aesthetics: Typical exterior features include low-pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs and wide front porches framed by tapered square columns. Why It’s Cool: Craftsman-style homes emphasize the use of natural materials like wood, stone and brick and interior woodwork that includes built-in furniture and shelving, large fireplaces and exposed beams.

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Farmhouse Origin: True farmhouse homes were built on agricultural land by early colonial families of the 1700s. Architects were only for the wealthy, so these owners built their homes themselves out of mud, stone or logs modeled after popular styles of the day. The result was unpretentious, functional and straightforward. Aesthetics: Common elements are functional porches, formal spaces in the front of the home informal spaces in the back, a simple but inviting exterior and a rural or country setting. Why It’s Cool: For families hoping to buy that special vacation retreat in the country, finally have enough space to grow that garden, or just move away from the city or suburbs, the informality of a farmhouse may be the perfect fit.

Prarie Origin: Another style influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, the low-slung Prairie home was developed in the Midwest by architectural trailblazer Frank Lloyd Wright. Seeking an alternative to the excesses of the Victorian era and the machine-based lifestyle of the Industrial Age, Wright based his design on the idea that a home should serve all practical needs without being overly showy. Aesthetics: Open floor plans, built-in furniture and use of simple materials define Prairie style, which also features long flat roofs, rows of windows, horizontal lines and window mullions with geometric patterns based on plants like wheat. Why It’s Cool: Having a true Frank Llyod Wright home means that it’s a one-of-akind, with just a few coming onto the market each year and only a few hundred designed around the country.

French Provincial Origin: The provincial style was inspired by rural manors in the French countryside. American soldiers serving in Europe during World War I admired the homes and made them popular in postwar America. Aesthetics: Steeply pitched hip roofs without front facing gables, tall second-story windows, brick, stucco and stone exteriors and porches with substantial balustrades define this style. Why It’s Cool: With its decorative appeal and romantic touches, English estate style, American farmhouse and even transitional decorating styles can all work very well in a French provincial home.

Greek Revival Origin: This international design first appeared in America during the 1820s and flourished during the 1830s and 40s. At the time, America was looking to ancient Greece for inspiration. Not just in its architecture, but in its philosophy, the arts and science as well. Aesthetics: Symmetrical in shape and featuring tall columns and pediments, painted plaster exteriors, horizontal transoms, bold moldings and embellishments, Greek Revival homes are commonly found on large estates and historic plantations. Why It’s Cool: Dramatic and grand in scale, these homes are built for entertaining.

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What Your Contractor Can’t Tell You by Amy Johnston

Origin: The term contemporary refers to the architecture of the 1950s to 1970s, but is widely used to describe homes that focus on simple forms and geometric lines. Aesthetics: This style features open floor plans, lack of ornamentation, a dynamic mix of contrasting materials and textures, exposed roof beams and flat or low-pitched roofs define this style. Why It’s Cool: A true contemporary will also emphasize energy efficiency, sustainable materials, lots of natural light and the use of recycled non-toxic materials.

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Garden Scoot Take it easy on your back and knees this spring with the Garden Scoot, a steer-able stool that lets you roll from plant to plant. The comfy tractor-style seat adjusts to your preferred height, and an accessory tray mounts beneath the seat to hold tools, seeds, plants and gloves. Available at Amazon.

Whether you’re planting, pruning, trimming or potting, we’ve found new gadets and tools that are sure to make your job easier, and may just wow you along the way.

Garden Groom Pro Hedge Trimmer This eye-catching hedge trimmer is nice and light but tackles even the most stubborn of hedges. The shredding action reduces waste 10:1 and as an added bonus, it cleans up the waste as it goes. Available at

Parrot Flower Power Plant Monitor The Parrot is a wireless sensor that monitors your plant’s moisture, temperature, light and fertilizer levels, and then relays this info to your smartphone or other device via Bluetooth technology so you’ll always know just what your plant needs.

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VegiBee The VegiBee imitates the high-frequency vibrations of a bee’s wings during pollination. The vibrations release pollen onto a spoon, which the gardener can then use to hand-pollinate other plants. The reward? A 30% increase in crop yield. Available at

Windowfarms The tower supplies plants with nutrient-rich water that is cycled through a reservoir in the system’s base and then pumped up and funneled down from plant to plant. With a simple electric timer, the system is super energy efficient. Available at

Click & Grow The Click & Grow system of herbs, vegetables and plants requires little effort. Just plug it in, install the cartridges and add a little water - the garden will take care of everything else. The built-in water level and light sensors along with Smart soil (the heart of the product), makes sure the plant gets enough oxygen and nutrients at all times. Available at Urban Outfitters.

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The Necessity of Art Galleries

Art dealers are in the business of helping you and can be a vital resource, streamlining the process and even making it enjoyable. Imagine if galleries didn’t exist – there would be no one to supply or advise the art-buying public and no formalized setting in which art transactions could take place. As in any industry, the art business is populated with good dealers, average dealers and terrible dealers. Here are some characteristics to look for as you begin or continue to acquire quality works of art: • Good dealers listen to what you have to say. They want to know what you are looking for and will show you the work of artists they represent that could possibly interest you. • Good dealers want you to learn. They determine what you know and offer advice when it is needed. Your questions are answered in a direct and straight forward fashion. • Good dealers offer plenty of facts. They discuss the visual, scholarly, aesthetic and historical aspects of the art you are interested in. They compare and contrast artists, quality levels, works of art and pricing. • Good dealers suggest tools and resources for continuing your education. They recommend books to read, museums to visit, experts and collectors to meet, collections to see. • Good dealers speak your language and work with you at your own pace. You should feel free to make your own decisions and never feel pressured to buy. You leave their galleries knowing that they are genuinely interested in your success as a collector.u

Collecting art in an organized and strategic fashion can be daunting.

Now on view: Wolf Kahn: Early Pastels and Ida Kohlmeyer: Paintings and Sculpture January 16 - March 5, 2016 Jerald Melberg is the President and Director of Jerald Melberg Gallery, which he founded in 1983. Representing living artists and important estates, the gallery is located at 625 South Sharon Amity Road. Visit to find out more, or call 704-365-3000. The gallery is open Monday Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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It’s not like Amy Lee of Artistic Interior Design knew she wanted to design interiors when she was two, but she did love being creative – that was a born trait. She studied interior design in college and a love for architecture came naturally as a result. “I really did love architecture so much,” offers Amy. “But once I started working in interior design in the real world, I knew I’d chosen the perfect career for myself.” Amy joined an architecture firm in Atlanta as the in-house designer and worked on a myriad of projects from commercial spaces to retail and healthcare. She relocated to New York and had opportunities to work with clients like Dior and Fendi, with a smattering of residences around Manhattan. It didn’t take her long to realize that she’d fallen in love with residential design and decided to go it alone, opening her own design business – Artistic Interiors. The decision to move closer to family with the birth of her first baby brought her to Charlotte, and it was a nobrainer to continue Artistic Interiors here. “Working in Charlotte was a little bit of an adjustment,” she admits. “The style at the time was heavily traditional and in New York, it was modern and transitional projects.” As Charlotte caught up, Amy now finds her client list stacked with families that are clamoring for clean, comfortable and transitional style for which she’s known. “Something that has never changed is that I am always listening to my clients. Most people know what they want, you just have to listen, observe and really review what inspires them.” Amy says that most people are looking for homes that are beautiful and durable – standing up to children and pets equally. Thankfully, she says, there are more options than ever for hardwearing materials that provide a comfortable, yet sophisticated aesthetic. “It’s easy for designers to access elusive design resources to find the perfect fabric or piece for a family that needs something multifunctional,” she says. Amy cites new trends that include the use of indoor/outdoor fabrics inside, as well as crypton. Previously only used in hotels and restaurants, crypton is woven with a coated thread that makes it nearly impervious to spills and stains – it can even be bleached – making it perfect for busy families and messy pets. These kinds of innovations help Amy give clients practicality alongside the all-neutral palette and Hollywood glam aesthetics that are dominating the market. “Hiring an interior designer is the best way to get a truly unique home,” suggests Amy. u 66 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2016

Amy Lee is the owner of Artistic Interior Design in Charlotte and member of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She has 16 years experience and is available for consultation and design services. Contact her at 704-274-3606, visit the Artistic Interiors website at or email her at

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Eye for Design By Brandy Snow

“Our clients enjoy all the advantages that come with having your own personal interior designer...”

Whether they’re creating completely new aesthetics or simply refreshing existing ones, interior design can be a daunting challenge for homeowners. Chances are you have a pretty firm grip on your likes and dislikes, but preferences alone do not a cohesive design make. Often homeowners are too close to the project and are unable to step back to get a full vision. For many, securing the services of a third-party designer with tried-and-true industry expertise as well as an inside track on emerging trends is the perfect way to gain perspective. Because there is more to a design overhaul than simply choosing a color scheme, inexperienced homeowners can find themselves easily overwhelmed when overseeing all the details and facets of the intricate process. World-renowned furnishing brand Ethan Allen offers fashionable yet classic styles, an 68 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2016

unrivaled selection of custom options and value-added design services to ensure that each homeowner receives personalized attention in their custom design. “Our complimentary design service is like no other. We call ourselves the ‘largest interior design firm in the world’ because our Design Centers are staffed by professional designers – not sales personnel – who offer a full scope of services, including everything from picking the perfect piece and coordinating fabrics and patterns to color theory, customization, measurements, space planning, project management, and budget tracking. Our clients enjoy all the advantages that come with having your own personal interior designer – getting expert advice, having a designer’s eye, and having someone in your corner with the know-how to get the job done efficiently and within budget,”

says Dawn Harris, Ethan Allen’s Carolina District Design Manager. “We’ve been told many times by clients that our services help take the guesswork and worry out of the design process, making it more fun and productive, and because the service is complimentary, it provides an extraordinary value not found elsewhere.” Complimentary design services are available for any and all parts of the home – even overlooked areas such as entryways and mudrooms, media rooms, home offices and outdoor spaces. According to Harris, one of the most popular services with clients is coordinating styles and colors within a room and throughout the home, selecting new styles to beautifully mix with existing pieces and creating a seamless mood that flows

uninhibited through the interior. This includes everything from selecting the right upholstery fabrics and scale of furniture to choosing one or two key accent pieces that tie a look together. Homeowners shouldn’t ignore fine-tuning finishing touches to accent the design aesthetic. Ethan Allen designers even help clients with the customization of accessories and fine details, such as creating custom bedding, designing window treatments and hardware, choosing fabrics and trim details on upholstery and pillows, and selecting artwork and custom frames.u

Need an eye for design? Contact the Ethan Allen showroom at 704-341-7512 or visit them at 11516 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville.

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Authentic Food, Authentic People

The coming together of FS Food Group owner Frank Scibelli and personal chef Shai Fargian was a match made in heaven. “I wanted Mediterranean cuisine to be my next foray into food here in Charlotte,” Scibelli explains. “I had to find the perfect person to bring it to life.” Fargian, the Israeli-born chef, was the ideal candidate to run the new restaurant. “I was a private chef in Charlotte, but ready for a change,” says Fargian. “So, when a mutual friend introduced me to Frank, it was perfect timing.” Fargian, born and raised in a small town in the center of Galilee, started out as a dishwasher in one of the only cafés in his town. He moved up to line cook and eventually went looking for bigger, better restaurants in Tel Aviv. By his mid-twenties, Fargian was working under renowned chef and restaurateur, David Burke in New York City. When Scibelli offered him the head chef job at his new Mediterranean restaurant, set to open in Southpark at the end of February, Fargian jumped at the chance. “It’s really comforting to make the food I’ve grown up cooking and eating for my whole life,” he says. “Tel Aviv-Yafo is one of the few, if only, places in the world where Jews, Christians and Muslims live happily together in one multicultural city.” And it’s that feeling of inclusiveness and multicultural melding that Scibelli was anxious to bring here to Charlotte and why YAFO Kitchen seemed like the perfect moniker. YAFO will be a fast-casual, authentic Mediterranean restaurant, serving authentic dishes like schwarma-style rotisserie chicken, falafel and hummus, classically prepared but with a sophisticated twist. 72 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2016

Frank Scibelli set to add YAFO Kitchen to list of successful restaurants in Charlotte

“Hummus is such a simple dish,” offers Fargian. “But the loaded down versions found at your local grocer are far from authentic. We’ve gotten the recipe just right – light, lemony and with the perfect amount of high quality tahini.” Many ingredients are organic, sourced locally or come directly from the Mediterranean region – like the spices and tahini sourced directly from Israel. The kitchen and bakery are open to the dining room, with many of their homemade ingredients on display, like pickled cauliflower and fresh bread. Fargian deferred to Scibelli’s restaurant experience when it came to space design, unless he felt strongly about something. After all, Scibelli’s restaurants have been some of the most successful in Charlotte, due in large part, he believes, to his respect of the cuisine. “I hate when chefs take something classic and dumb it down,” he explains. “They take something, throw it in a pasta and call it Carbonara. We try to stay true to the roots of the dish.” Scibelli researches and consults with some of the best in the business before he opens his restaurants. In fact, famed chef and owner of Mediterranean restaurant Balaboosta in NY, Einat Admony helped create the menu for YAFO, and renowned American baker Peter Reinhart consulted on the recipe for the lafah (a Mediterranean flatbread) – which means this cuisine is as close as you can get to dining in Tel Aviv-Yafo. u Frank Scibelli is the founder and operator of award-winning restaurants including Mama Ricotta’s, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, Midwood Smokehouse, and a first-class catering operation, Plate Perfect Catering. YAFO Kitchen is set to open at the end of February and will be located at Morrison Place in Southpark. Follow Chef Shai Fargian on Instagram at @shaifargian or like him on Facebook at

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Shutters Go Modern By Brandy Snow

Traditional interior shutters have long been a staple in home décor, offering high-end custom appeal. But as design concepts have evolved to place more emphasis on embracing natural light and featuring expansive views, some designers questioned if plantation shutters were an appropriate choice in a modern setting.

Tracy Delgado at The Louver Shop of Greater Charlotte dissolves that notion, suggesting that plantation shutters have so many more options available today, encompassing cutting-edge contemporary themes splendidly. “I work with many designers in the Charlotte Metro area who, at first, resist the idea of plantation shutters in contemporary homes, touting them as too traditional,” says Delgado. “But with samples, pictures and a little persuasion, they have realized what a great versatile option shutters can be, and now they have become a star in urban design culture where modern streamline appeal is appreciated.” Delgado predicts trends to go mod in 2016, trading in traditional aesthetics for more streamlined and simplistic options, accented by pastels, metallics and earthen-inspired materials to seamlessly bring outside in. “Increasingly busy lifestyles are driving the modern trend, answering a call for homeowners looking to keep things simple and easy,” she explains. “Minimalism is something I see more and more everyday as people are downsizing and buying up instead of out. There is a demand for no frills and no fuss as the desire for convenience propels us toward a more urban lifestyle. We recognize this trend and our designs accommodate it beautifully.” She says the rear-tilt feature with large louvers lends an urban twist to interior shutters, as do roller shades that effortlessly allow homeowners to go from

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unencumbered views during the day to total privacy at night. With a wide variety of textures, colors and patterns available, there are options galore for every modern palette. Delgado has more than 17 years of experience in the industry, working with Signature Shutters prior to the company’s August 2015 acquisition by The Louver Shop. She is a former president of the Charlotte chapter of The Interior Design Society and has served as past president advisor and trade liaison with Charlotte-IDS. The Louver Shop has a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, producing four different shutter lines – Classic, Louverwood, Heritage and Signature – designed to suit every budget and taste. The company also offers a variety of other window treatments, is a certified Hunter Douglas dealer, and carries Timber and B&W Window Fashions lines. For homeowners interested in selecting window treatment to modernize their space, Delgado suggests prioritizing needs and determining the project “decision-maker.” “Itemize your needs to find what’s most important, be it privacy, light control or temperature control,” she offers. “Next, determine what holds weight in your decision process – is it functionality, aesthetics or budget? Armed with this knowledge, we can then properly identify which products are best suited for each customized look.”u

Ready to give your windows an urban edge? Call The Louver Shop of Greater Charlotte at 704-334-7080 or 800-736-2303, email, or find us online at February / March 2016 Urban Home Charlotte 75

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Fire Up Your Inner Dreamer By Lee Rhodes

Wouldn’t it be nice if the place you called home was also the house of your dreams?

It’s easier said than done, of course, but you can make it happen. You need forward-thinking design ideas and innovative options for revitalizing your space. Bernhardt Furniture and Caracole Home, side-by-side outlets located in Granite Falls, N.C., are the perfect destinations for inspiring the dreamer in you. Bernhardt: The Magic of Stunning Interiors After over 100 years as a family-owned business, Bernhardt Furniture has more than mastered the art of crafting highquality furniture, though their outlet customers purchase at tremendous savings. From classic traditional to transitional styles in living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture including rugs, wall art and lamps to complete your room design, Bernhardt Outlet is what general manager Peg Hollifield calls the Carolinas’ “best-kept secret.” It’s no secret to interior designers, however, who frequent Bernhardt Outlet to outfit entire rooms and homes for their clients. The brand also resonates with resellers, home stagers and of course, savvy consumers. Bernhardt Outlet is unique for selling first-quality, discontinued merchandise in addition to transit-damaged items at marked-down prices. If a customer wants items repaired, the Bernhardt Outlet repair department is available. People flock from states away to find the gems of Bernhardt Outlet, and the company ships their merchandise all over the country. With 35 years in the furniture business, Peg reiterates that Bernhardt Outlet is the best-kept secret in the industry. Caracole: The Ultimate in Creativity By definition, the word Caracole refers to a slow, turning movement. In the equestrian sport of dressage, it is a graceful half-turn executed by a horse and rider. In the world of furniture, Caracole represents a beautiful turn in a new direction. The company makes the process of fulfilling customers’ home furnishing dreams easier, more affordable and – most of all – fun. Launched in October of 2009, Caracole is sold in all 50 states

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and 40 countries around the world. The brand embodies a vision of a high-style furniture line that has personality, is playful and offers exceptional value. By using materials that are unique, and creating individual pieces rather than collections, Caracole offers a new genre in furniture design: distinctive pieces for every room of the home that are creative and sophisticated. Additionally, Caracole disregards the notion that particular pieces must reside in particular rooms. In 2012, the company added Caracole Couture, a custom upholstery line for the designer or consumer who wants to put their own signature on incredible silhouettes and access virtually infinite possibilities for personalization. Separately, the Caracole Modern line offers hidden electronic charging stations, storage options and a simplified approach to life’s busy day-to-day. Overall, the Caracole brand is a highly edited portfolio of furnishings defined by exceptional style. Each piece is a breath of fresh air – infinitely adaptable and ultimately unique.u If you’re looking for a treasure trove of home design ideas, call 828-313-0795, email, or visit 4916 Hickory Boulevard, Granite Falls, NC (just two miles north of Hickory and a one-hour drive from Charlotte). Go right next door to browse the Caracole outlet at 4930 Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls or find a dealer near you by visiting or calling 828-313-1290.

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New Old Celebrates a New Year

We at New Old Custom Homes look forward to all of the amazing opportunities the New Year will bring and we’re especially excited to be the newest Contributing Editor for Charlotte Urban Home Magazine! New Old is a multi-award-winning boutique luxury design/build firm known for balancing classic design principles with innovative ideas. Every year at this time, our phone starts ringing off the hook as the rush of the holidays is over and people are eager to put their dreams of building their perfect home into action. Many aren’t quite sure where to start. We think the first and most critical factor in building your new or renovating your “old” home is picking the correct team right from the start. This “dream team” includes your builder, an architect or plan designer, an interior designer or interior decorator and a landscape architect. It’s so important to thoroughly research each member of your team. Building a home is a really big project, in which you will need to work very closely and communicate very well with everyone involved. In addition, each team member must also be willing and able to work closely together to achieve a cohesive vision – your vision. Not knowing where to turn, people will often choose professionals based on ratings, recommendations or advertising, only to eventually run into frustrations, hurdles and miscommunications they never saw coming. Selecting team members is not only about credentials and rave reviews. Are they the right fit for you? Do they share your values and your communication style? Are you comfortable with their process? Most importantly – are they people you genuinely like and envision working closely with for a year or more? At New Old, we believe that the design/build option can offer a real advantage for those looking to take the stress and confusion out of homebuilding and renovation. As a design/ build company, our goals are to simplify and streamline the homebuilding process, and provide you with a pleasant – and even fun – homebuilding experience. With us, your crack team of competent professionals is already “pre-assembled” and ready to evaluate your lot, develop your ideal floorplan and draw up the plans, help you select all your interior and exterior finishes and even handle your landscaping design. We work with an incredible team of dedicated local and national professionals, tradesman and vendors who can help make your dream home a reality. Our team may be extensive, but at heart we’re a small boutique firm that’s committed to offering exceptional personal service. You will only ever have to communicate with New Old – you can leave all of the complicated project logistics to us. The design/build option may not be the right fit for everyone, as there are many options to consider. But however you choose to build your dream home, make sure you have your own “dream team” in place first to ensure a successful result! u

It’s a new year and that means a fresh start. “Out with the old and in with the new,” as they say!

Mary Ludemann is the founder of New Old Custom Homes and has been in designing and building homes for over 12 years. To discuss your next dream build or renovation project, contact New Old at 704-975-5196 or for more information, visit or email them at 84 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2016

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On view through March 5, 2016 I believe that every artist has one medium that determines the way he uses every other one... In my work, the determining medium is pastel. Significantly, it was the use of pastels that I could not give up when I suffered a crisis of confidence...Pastel was the thread that tied me to my past commitments. And it was with pastels that I reestablished a solid continuity once I had regained my confidence... Wolf Kahn

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Room to Grow

I’ve been working with Lori and Brian Crowder for a while now, and have touched about every space in their Southpark home.

The most recent room we tackled was Finley’s nursery, their baby girl. Lori felt like her room needed some attention and I had to agree, having recently completed her son’s space – after all, fair is fair!  Throughout the downstairs we used purple as an accent color, and Maggie, who took the lead on this design, incorporated that same pop of color as inspiration in the design of this space.  Strong, saturated purples with a big dose of navy and hot pink are a big change from the pastels of Finley’s former nursery. Maggie started by choosing graphic wallpaper with purple, pink and navy, and placed the paper on opposing walls so it doesn’t seem overwhelming, yet still gives punch to the focal wall – which will soon house Finley’s big-girl bed.  In fact, all the items in this room are intended to grow with Finley, including a more sophisticated side chair and bookcase, the large pouf (that all ‘tweens want) and a mid-century campaign-style dresser.  The large art over the crib was an easy DIY and age appropriate for the moment, but can easily be switched out when that new bed arrives. Using two bold prints in the rug and the wallpaper, Maggie wanted to keep the curtains and chair more subtle, and then filtered in accessories that didn’t overpower any of the design. Keeping the two sidewalls pale grey helped keep the room balanced and clean.  Their time as babies is fleeting, so it’s a great idea to think about the longevity of a nursery, designing it to grow with the child.u Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard. For more information visit or call 704-342-6655.

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One of the best design quotes I’ve found: “Fashion is temporary, but style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent –

When meeting with clients, many homeowners ask if their selections are trendy. By definition, the word trend is “a general direction in which something is developing or changing.” To me, trendy is what’s very popular right now. However, that does NOT mean that it will be out of fashion in a few short years; white was once trendy, but now it’s classic. Let’s be honest, we get bored with certain colors, fabrics, materials and shapes, right? Unfortunately for most of us, remodeling the kitchen when we get bored is not an option, so well thought out selections are critical. Here are a few critical selections to consider: n Cabinetry selection for your renovation is perhaps the biggest single expense involved in your kitchen planning. Wellbuilt cabinetry should have a lifetime warranty on the entire product. A painted or stained cabinet should have a catalyzed conversion varnish with a lifetime warranty. The hinges should be soft closing and glides should be full extension – also with a lifetime warranty. The factory that you choose should be involved in an Environmental Stewardship program. n Bold appliance colors can be overtly trendy, while stainless steel is an elegant choice that stands the test of time. It can be used in any home style easily. Colorful appliances are a fabulous focal point but be prepared to embrace it for a LONG time!

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n Countertop microwaves or large portable appliances should be avoided for a less cluttered look. Large drawers with heavy-duty glides and non-skid mattes are the perfect place to store these useful accessory appliances out of view. Your contractor may be able to provide wiring inside the cabinet for easy use. Microwave drawers are now designed to fit into a base cabinet or can be designed into a pantry cabinet. n Appliance garages in the vintage “roll top” tambour design are just that… vintage. After a few years of use the roll top becomes difficult to raise and lower and tends to look outdated. There are many solutions to concealing appliances and electronics, including pocket doors and various lift systems. Each has a unique application.

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n Backsplashes. For many years, the standard height of a backsplash has been 18” high. Lately, this has been modified to around 20”, which accommodates the new coffee stations that are currently popular. Another new option includes skipping the countertop-matching 4” backsplash and opting for a full height backsplash using a complimentary material such as glass, metal, stone or ceramic tile. This additional height gives the kitchen an open feeling without losing valuable storage space. n A successful lighting plan consists of layers of lighting, all on dimmers. The areas of lighting include ceiling light focused on the walk spaces, pendants over the island, interior cabinet lighting for glass front or open cabinets, under cabinet or task lighting, and toe kick lighting. Lamps and sconces are also wonderful elements, if you have the counter or wall space.

n Countertop materials are one of the most exciting selections in your kitchen or bath design. The price depends on the availability and size of the project. Manufactured Quartz, Quartzite, marble, concrete, walnut, stainless steel and concrete are among the most popular. Each comes in different thicknesses and a variety of colors and edge patterns. n Hiring a professional becomes more important the older I get – after all, time is money and when you hire a professional, you are paying for years of training and experience. Charlotte has a deep network of local and international design professionals. Let 2016 be the year that you design the kitchen of your dreams!

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