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February / March 2018
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& architecture Gallery Crawl:
A tour of local exhibitions Inside the home of artist Stephen Wilson
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20 Style Take a look at chinoiserie’s origins, motifs, and influences and how designers are applying the timeless style to interiors.
Home is Where the Art is Step inside conceptual artist Stephen Wilson and his family’s home that is filled with art, love, and a passion for all-things local.
90 Building a Better Home: Mary Ludeman Through the Camera’s Eye
The Unveiling Discover the architectural mastery behind an Eastover home designed by Ruard Veltman.
Market Interior designer Barrie Benson revamps her master bedroom using Schumacher’s fabric line inspired by legendary Frank Lloyd Wright.
26 Palette Audaciously avant-garde, see why Ultra Violet is this year’s maverick color muse. 30
Culture Hop around town to see the latest art installations and exhibits going on at local galleries.
34 Profile Check out abstract artist Windy O’Connor’s favorite things and read about what inspires her.
Change of Scenery. Change of Style. Chicago transplants get a change of pace as well as a new design aesthetic.
Ladyfingers Comes to Charlotte Get a taste of cult-following Ladyfingers’ famous Ham Rolls and more now that they’ve set roots here in Charlotte.
82 A Happy Place See why designers and customers alike, new and old, keep coming back to Cotswold Marketplace. 86 Taking the Plunge Pool by Design help reluctant clients create the backyard retreat of their dreams.
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From the editor
reative license is a term that’s resonated with me the past couple of months. It’s the freedom to create a piece of art, writing, music, and so on based on the creator’s interpretation. As I’ve been thinking, it hit me that this would be the perfect starting point for my first letter as editor in chief of Home Design & Decor. I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person, but compared to my mother, I fall quite short. She has this innate ability to look at something and can orchestrate a full renovation in her mind without lifting a finger. I envy her eye. Our new home, for example, was dilapidated when we first viewed it, filled literally from top to bottom with boxes of junk and smelled of unmentionable things – a hoarder’s paradise. I thought for sure it would be a teardown, and we’d build over it. But, my mother had something else in mind. Where I saw a dark, crumbling 1940 structure, she saw a home with beautiful framework, extinct wormy chestnut, and charm. Thankfully, I knew to trust her. After I was able to get my husband on board, and with the help of an amazing builder, we ripped up the floors and stairs, raised the roof, rearranged the layout, and added square footage, among other things. After an extensive nine-month rebuild, this once-unlivable shack transformed into a home filled with character and unique design. Once again, my mother saw something that no one else could. Talk about a before-and-after! Like my mother, there are so many visionaries amongst us. Charlotte is ripe with a collective culture of artists, designers, retailers, showrooms, gallerists, and more who collaborate to build upon one another’s creative powers. I am very proud to present this month’s issue, our first art and architecture issue, highlighting some of the area’s most incredibly talented people. From perspective drawings to watercolors to sculptures to textiles, each creative mind is an artist in their own form, expressing their vision through varied media and material. Follow along as we take you on a gallery crawl (page 30) to see the latest installations and exhibits on display at local art galleries. Peek inside the home of local artist Stephen Wilson, whose work has garnered national attention, and admire original works from Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Hunt Slonem, to name a few (page 38). Artistic expression motivates so many talented individuals here in Charlotte, and it encapsulates what we do at Home Design & Decor. While we aren’t able to draw an interior rendering or mold a sculpture, we meticulously edit, curate, and exhibit other artists’ work. My vision is to foster the creative genius that resides within the Queen City through the pages of our magazine, Charlotte’s premier guide to interior design. Let’s paint this town together.
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D E C O R®
Arts & Architecture
A tour of local exhibitions Inside the home of artist Stephen Wilson
On The Cover: The mid-century modern dining room in artist Stephen Wilson’s home is alive with art, vibrating in every corner with color, style, and a passion for expression.
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style | chinoiserie
Ancient Charm. Modern chic. Asian-inspired chinoiserie has been a symbol of luxury in interior design for centuries. A look at the style’s origins, motifs, and influences reveals its timeless appeal. Written by Nancy Atkinson Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox Chinoiserie (pronounced shen-wah-seh-ree) is a French word meaning “Chinese-like.” The style is ancient, with an ageless appeal that continues to add drama and elegance to even the most modern interiors. Chinoiserie began in the 17th century when wealthy Europeans became fascinated with Eastern cultures. At the time, trade was limited and actual artifacts were rare, so artists created their own versions of traditional Asian design, altering the scale and proportion to better suit their European taste. The result was the first East-meets-West design style. Monarchs including King Louis XV of France and Britain’s King George IV decorated their palaces and castles with chinoiserie; its highly ornamental accents blended well with their rococo style. Tea drinking added to the style’s appeal, as aristocratic ladies collected exotic porcelain to display during tea. Chinoiserie peaked around the middle of the 18th century as rising trade with China and East Asia brought Chinese and Indian goods into Europe. It enjoyed a renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s when it was combined with Art Deco to create a fusion of exoticism.
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Blue-and-white porcelain was one of the main exports. The images found in that blue underglaze were the only available depictions of China and inspired European designers’ first chinoiserie patterns. Père Francois d’Entrecolles, a French Jesuit priest serving in China, made an important contribution to chinoiserie in 1712 when he wrote letters detailing the porcelain making he observed – a process held secret from foreigners. Rococo artists Antoine Watteau and Francois Boucher were also influential, incorporating Chinese themes into their oil paintings. Architect Sir William Chambers constructed several chinoiserie-style pagodas in the Kew Gardens outside of London. Cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale’s mahogany tea tables and china cabinets were embellished with fretwork glazing
and railings, providing a guide for intricate furniture and its decoration. Centuries later, the style has endured because it is so adaptable. Interior designers love the key elements of chinoiserie’s classic designs. The blue-and-white porcelain, lacquered tables, foo dogs, and intricate patterns mix easily with modern pieces to add whimsy and liven up neutral decor. The style’s staying power lives on through acclaimed interior designers and textile powerhouses including Darryl Carter, Barry Dixon, and Schumacher who embrace the luxury and glamour of chinoiserie with a new approach. They are reinventing the style in fresh colors, proportions, and materials to make it as relevant today as it was centuries ago.
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style | chinoiserie
Key Elements: Foo Dogs are actually Chinese guardian lions, which stand outside palaces and temples as symbols of protection. They are seen in pairs, male and female, to represent harmony and the balance of yin and yang. Pagodas are integral in Eastern architecture, though they originated in India until the spread of Buddhism brought them to China. Nature scenes, lush gardens, and sprawling floral motifs are featured in the hand-painted wallpaper, which grew popular among the European upper class. Clockwise from top left:
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Dragons are a symbol of strength and good luck, prominent in Chinese mythology and are found on ceramics, silk screens, works of art, and clothing. Lacquered wood and faux bamboo are some of the most popular materials for chinoiserie furnishings. Ceramics may be the most recognizable element of chinoiserie. Ginger jars were originally used for storage containers for spices in ancient China. When imported to Europe, they took on an aesthetic purpose and eventually becoming a decor classic.
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The Wright Way
Frank Lloyd Wright’s legend lives on as his reinterpreted work takes center stage in a local designer’s home.
By Ashley Hotham Cox Photography by Francesco Lagnese
rolific American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose most notable works include the Guggenheim and Fallingwater, was more than just an architect – he was a pioneering visionary who seamlessly fused architecture, design, art, and nature into a whole in an unabridged fashion. Although Mr. Wright has long been departed, we continue to celebrate his genius by finding ways to revive, restore, and reignite the legendary man’s vision and craft. Most recently, Charlotte-based interior designer Barrie Benson teamed with textile titan Schumacher on a new project for an unlikely client: herself. When your line of work is to create beautiful interiors for other people, revamping your own space usually takes last place. Benson, whose penchant for blending traditional silhouettes with modern applications and vice versa, and her architect husband, Matt, had been planning to makeover their master bedroom in their midcentury modern ranch for quite some time. So when Benson and Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s creative director, ran into each other, they got to talking, and a brilliant plan came to fruition.
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Together, they would redesign the room using new patterns from Schumacher’s Applied Architecture – a collection inspired by the original line Mr. Wright and his team designed for the fabric and wallcovering company back in 1955. The collection, which launched in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation last May, includes some of Mr. Wright’s iconic prints as well as designs derived from a range of his personal sketches and drawings. Benson’s bedroom could not have been a more fitting backdrop to showcase Mr. Wright’s reimagined work. From the wallcoverings and bed linens to upholstery and lamp shades, the room was almost entirely draped in designs from the aptly named line. “I love how these strong, vintage designs are reinvigorated by fresh of-the-moment hues and the range of fabrics – from toothier wovens to more delicate prints – provides endless options,” Benson says. Available in upholstery, fabric, sheers, and decorative trims and in various color stories, Applied Architecture is a testament to the mastermind of Frank Lloyd Wright. From one architect and designer to a designer and an architect, the creative genius lives on.u
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Audaciously avant-garde, Ultra Violet is 2018’s new maverick muse. Provocative and perplexing, notes of purple have long rendered an enigmatic complexity and range of expression. From preeminent roots in royalty to eccentric artistic ingenuities, this highly pigmented hue boldly declares a certain level of sophistication and unconventionality. Sashaying between rich fiery red and the bold depths of blue, the tension between warm and cool undertones evokes a challenging visual allure that is intricately dynamic in its relation to other tones and fearless in its application. – Christina Spratt Spencer
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Hasten on spring with these colorful and thought-provoking exhibitions at local galleries. By Aleigh Acerni This time of year is perfect for a gallery crawl – a new piece of art can really up the ante when it comes to your decor. And it’s something you can do no matter what unpredictable weather Mother Nature decides to unleash. Here’s a look at what’s to come from five of Charlotte’s best.
Johan Hagaman “Fear of Landing” Concrete, wood, and milk paint 15 x 20 x 4 inches
Johan Hagaman “Flight Inside” Concrete, found objects, and milk paint 37 x 6 x 6 inches
Hidell Brooks Gallery Hidell Brooks Gallery will open 2018 with side-by-side exhibitions running through February 24. “Just Passing Through” will feature whimsical new sculptures by Johan Hagaman, while “Light Waves” will spotlight new abstract paintings by Jenny Nelson. With its focus on contemporary art, this light-filled South End gallery from Katharine Hidell Thomas and Rebecca Brooks offers artwork from both well-established and emerging artists. 30 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
SOCO Gallery Nestled inside a 1920s Myers Park bungalow, Southern Comfort (SOCO) is a cozy gallery and bookshop. Beginning January 24, stop in to browse the shelves and check out the work of two artists with ties to North Carolina. The first, “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit,” features the collage-meets-sculpture works of multidisciplinary artist and Spruce Pine resident Anne Lemanski. The second, “Hold These Truths,” is a collection of vibrant mixed-media works from Mount Airy native and former Charlotte resident Brad Thomas. The exhibition closes March 16.
Brad Thomas, “The Only Thing I Know Is That I Don’t Know Anything”, 2017
Anne Lemanski, “Cuckoo”, 2016
LaCa Projects With its unique locations — one in Charlotte, one in Buenos Aires — Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects works to diversify the city’s art scene, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The gallery’s first exhibition of 2018 is a great example of such diversity with the second solo exhibition for Carlos Estévez. His body of work “Transeuntes” started in 2016 when Estévez was in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation and continued his following residency at the Brownstone Foundation in Paris. The exhibition opens January 18 and includes a performance by the Charlotte Ballet and musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, as well as the grand opening of Basal Coffee, the gallery’s new café. The exhibition closes March 17. Left: Carlos Estévez, “Transient Risking It All”, 2017 Oil, tempera, and watercolor pencil canvas 20 inches Right: Carlos Estévez, “String Septet”, 2017 Oil, tempera, and watercolor pencil on canvas 20x16 inches
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Shain Gallery Although 2018 marks the gallery’s twentieth year, Shain Gallery owner, Sybil Godwin, only just became the owner last year after spending almost five years as gallery director. The Myers Park gallery will feature Gastonia artist Curt Butler’s oil and encaustic paintings (pictured) in a solo show beginning February 9, followed by works from Charlotte-based Andy Braitman in a show opening March 9.
Curt Butler, “Lowland Thunderland” Encaustic and oil 36 x 36 inches
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This charming South End gallery, owned by artists and partners Duy Huynh and Sandy Snead, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a new exhibition in 2018. “Flight” opens February 2 and runs through March 31, featuring new work from Huynh and participating artists Janet Eskridge, Elizabeth Foster, Judy Klich, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Angie Renfro, Kendra Baird Runnels, Vicki Sawyer, and Mary Alayne Thomas — plus local pottery from Jennifer Mecca, Amy Sanders, and Julie Wiggins. “Opening a gallery in 2008 was a risky venture,” Snead says. “But the journey, with its many challenges, has been incredibly rewarding. We are proud of what we have accomplished and grateful for the support that has allowed us to flourish and celebrate our ten-year milestone.”
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Farrow & Ball pink paint is the perfect choice for this bright and airy sunroom with exposed brick and dark tile floors. ABC Carpet & Home floor covering keeps the space warm and inviting, while a vintage bar cart from Slate Interiors and an original Stephen Wilson skull sculpture welcome guests to come and sit a spell. Custom gold Barcelona chairs flank each sitting area, creating symmetrical, yet unique nooks.
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bout her home, someone once asked Aundrea Wilson, “Why do you need all this stuff?” “Why?” She replied, “because your home is the place you retire to; it’s where you entertain friends and family. Opening your home to someone is one of the most gracious things you can offer, so why not fill it with things that make you and your guests feel at home, at ease, and happy?” This is, perhaps, the most telling response about Aundrea and her husband, artist Stephen Wilson. Not only is their home wonderfully surprising and interestingly designed, but it’s also warm, welcoming, and completely personal. Having lived in several parts of Charlotte proper—including Dilworth, Uptown, and Eastover —Stephen, Aundrea, and their young daughter, Wren were looking for a change of pace and discovered their new home in Plaza Midwood. “I must admit, it was not love at first sight for me, but for my husband, it was,” Aundrea explains. “I was discouraged by the small closets and bathrooms, but my husband had a vision for a fun and inviting home to entertain in. He said, ‘Once we fill the walls with art, that’s all we’ll need.’” The home was in good condition with high ceilings and original moldings and floors. But a renovation in 2010 still left the home feeling traditional and dated. The couple got straight to work creating a space that fits perfectly with their lifestyle. “We are fans of mid-century modern style, so most of our furniture and many accessories were purchased through Jim Levesque at Design Within Reach in Charlotte,” Stephen says. In addition to the great bones, one of the reasons Stephen, and ultimately Aundrea, were drawn to the home is that it made an ideal showplace for artwork. Avid collectors, the pair knew that the big gallery walls and abundance of natural light would be an exceptional backdrop for their collection. Irina Toshkova from The New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte pulled up with a truckload of art for Stephen and Aundrea to try. “Irina is our art advisor. If anyone is looking to begin an art collection, I highly recommend creating a relationship with a local gallery,” Aundrea explains. “They are happy to loan pieces you can live with in your home for a few days, helping you figure out which artwork you can’t live without.” And that is exactly what they did. A dizzying mix of contemporary art from artists like Hunt Slonem, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons adorn their walls, while Andy Warhol, Mel Bochner, and Ryan McGinniss make appearances here and there.
Aundrea Wilson and daughter, Wren, incorporate the stairwell gallery into their daily ritual, speaking to many of the artwork as they descend. “Blah Blah Blah,” Wren says to an original Mel Bochner piece. The “Cabinet of Curiosity” is an original Stephen Wilson sculpture – a bold blue curio cabinet adorned with curious butterflies – and was created specially for the Coral Springs Museum of Art. February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 41
An original Ryan McGinness lithograph, one of only ten in the world, hangs above a Design Within Reach sofa. Stephen Wilson chose the hot pink rug from ABC Carpet & Home to perfectly complement the piece. A Platner coffee table from Knoll, accented by a tray from B.D. Jeffries and custom torso sculptures from Rainer Lagemann round out the cozy living room. The beige Brunello Cucinelli throw warms the space.
Balloon animal art signed and numbered by artist Jeff Koons hangs high in the dining room and promises to â€œsend Wren to college,â€? Aundrea Wilson says. An original butterfly installation by Stephen Wilson, on the other hand, promises more color. 42 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
A mid-century modern dining room showcases dot art from Damien Hirst and a Robert Mars Tiffany & Co. piece. Saarinen end chairs cap a warm wooden dining table from Design Within Reach with Lucite chairs surrounding. A rug from Stark Carpet anchors the room. February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 43
“The lithograph by Ryan McGinniss fills the space above the couch in the living room so perfectly,” Aundrea says. “It’s one of only ten in the world – a view of his whole studio.” While Aundrea loves decorating and accessorizing their home, pulling from local shops and showrooms like Slate Interiors, B.D. Jeffries, and Stark, she admits that it’s Stephen who takes it to the next level. The Ryan McGinniss lithograph, for example, was originally paired with a beige rug in the living room, which Aundrea picked out. But after purchasing the hot pink rug from ABC Carpet & Home in New York that Stephen felt would be the perfect complement, the room came together in a whole new 44 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
way. A self-proclaimed conservative, Aundrea says that Stephen pushes her to think outside the box. “Recently, we purchased a Marcus Kenney deer head and hung it in our sunroom, which was purple at the time. Stephen came in and suggested candy pink walls. And I was skeptical, but now that deer head really pops and is the perfect showcase for it.” The Farrow & Ball pink-painted sunroom is a favorite hangout for Stephen and Aundrea and their daughter, Wren. Book-lined walls and beautiful views of their backyard and pool lend plenty of conversation and relaxation. Wren has her own shelf of books, including her first art book, What is Contemporary Art? A
Guide for Kids, from which she grabs a book and sits down to “ooh” and ahh” as she reads. “There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting in the sunroom in the morning with a cup of coffee, looking out at our trees and flowerbeds,” Stephen says. “It makes life much happier.” The art displays aren’t limited to just the inside of the home. In the front yard, two giraffe sculptures from an old circus in Paris mark the spot where an old oak tree had to be torn down. In the backyard, a Shaun Cassidy sculpture holds court by the pool. Every inch of the home, inside and out, is thoughtfully curated and lovingly maintained. “We don’t feel that a home is ever done,” Stephen explains. “The constant evolution of a house is what keeps it exciting.”
Left: An original piece from UNC-Charlotte art teacher Maja Godlewska hangs on the far wall of the master bedroom, and Stephen Wilson Marilyn Monroe art inspired by Andy Warhol adds perfect pops of color. Floor covering from Stark Carpet and an orange Hermes throw create warmth, while a chandelier from Design Within Reach adds a contemporary punch. Right: Original flooring in the master bath pairs beautifully with the antique Chinese cabinet Aundrea Wilson selected to house towels, perfumes, and accessories.
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Top: The home called The Belvedere, was built in 1951 as the residence of homebuilding entrepreneur John Crosland. The revivalist themes were designed by local Charlotte draftsman Warren Mobley to complement the nearby country club building. Crosland is credited with introducing the ranch style home to Charlotte, and his some 6,500 homes have helped reshape suburban Charlotte. Two giraffe sculptures, originally from a circus installation in Paris, mark the spot where an old oak tree once stood before it had to be removed. Bottom: The catalyst for pink walls, the original deer head from Savannah artist Marcus Kenney anchors one side of the sunroom. The tufted blue velvet sofa from ABC Carpet & Home sits pretty, and a round sphere coffee table from Restoration Hardware offers a perfect seat for some of the Wilsonsâ€™ very favorite books from SOCO Gallery.
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This moody powder room pays perfect homage to Prince with artwork by William Goodman backed by black Ralph Lauren damask wallcoverings.
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Aundrea adds that it’s the home and its abundance of character that has made them eclectic and interesting. “When you have a grand staircase, one picture just won’t do – it looks lonely. So, we’ve filled the walls with interesting art. And now my husband and I adore coming down that staircase with Wren every morning saying “hello” to Moo Cow and “blah blah blah” to Mr. Bochner.” Though the home is ever changing with new pieces, new colors, and new arrangements, the core design plan remains intact – decorate only with what you love. A collection of art and fashion books, co-curated with Annemarie Weekley from SoCo Gallery, can be found in corners, on tables, and in shelves. Stephen’s iconic skull and butterfly artwork play peek-a-boo among the galleries, while furniture and accessories from perennial favorites like ABC Carpet & Home, Gucci, Design Within Reach, and Slate Interiors punctuate the rooms with warmth. It’s no wonder, then, that the Wilson home has played host to numerous charity events, vernissages, and fundraisers for local organizations like Charlotte Home Society, Opera Coffee, and Art Talks – to name a few. “A home should feel both relaxing and alive at the same time,” Stephen says. That is exactly the vibe they’ve got going, much like their neighborhood. With its rich history and funky vibe, the Wilsons have found a true home in Plaza Midwood. Their art collection, like them, is extensive but unpretentious. From a thirty-dollar Coco Chanel painting they purchased on the streets of New York to Stephen’s artwork to dining room art worth thousands – the thing that makes them most valuable is that they were all collected with love. u
Original bunny artwork from artist Hunt Slonem hangs in the hallway and original black-and-white tile floors provide the perfect complement. “We started with just one, but like bunnies, they multiplied quickly,” Aundrea Wilson says.
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Intended to be the husband’s “man cave,” the library, which is hidden off the foyer, is where the family often congregates together for movie night. “We’ll all curl up on the couch together in there and watch TV,” Aubrey Grier says.
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Unveiling An Eastover home reveals how its architecture seamlessly works once you get inside. By Blake Miller Photography by Dustin Peck
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ubrey Grier had pieced together the perfect home several times in her mind over the last seventeen years. As a realtor with Dickens Michener, Grier was accustomed to viewing a lot of homes throughout the Charlotte area, so she would fall in love with certain aspects of each property, mentally piecing together what her dream home would be if she could build it from the ground up. “I would take the outdoor porch from this one, the kitchen from that one, the foyer from the other,” she laughs. The daydreaming was as much about what she wanted as 54 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
it was what she didn’t want. “After seeing so many houses all these years, I truly got a sense for what wouldn’t work for our family.” A large, formal, often-unused dining room and a massive amount of square footage that would be rarely employed in their entertaining or everyday living as a family of four were just two things the Griers didn’t want. So when Grier and her husband, Brandon, purchased their lot in Eastover to build their dream home, they had a list of dos and don’ts. They also knew exactly who they wanted to design their home - someone who would take into consideration not only their criteria but also the way the family lives, entertains, and
Top Left: Though the home is unassuming from the street, Veltman was able to conceal much of the second story through the use of an architectural swoop in the roofline, which has since become the homeâ€™s signature look. Top Right: The two-story foyer opens up to a loft, above, and the dining room, below, making the latter less of a formal, closed-off space and more of a room the family is constantly passing through and enjoying daily. Bottom Right: The downstairs powder room features a plaster sink designed by the team at Ruard Veltman Architecture and exposed brick painted white in keeping with the homeâ€™s overall neutral decor.
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works since Grier runs much of her business from home. “I’d been to a Mint Museum party years ago at a home that architect Ruard Veltman had done and really just fell in love with the design,” Grier says. “I remember thinking, ‘If we’re ever able to build our dream home, this is who I want to design ours. But, back then, it was only a pipedream.” But after reaching out to former high school classmate, Mary Lindsay Severs, who works for Veltman’s eponymous architecture firm, the Griers began to realize the desire to work with Veltman and his team was no longer a dream; 56 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
it was one that was about to come to fruition. “Brandon and I sort of sat there and were like, ‘Wow, this is really happening!’” With their Eastover lot purchased and the ground clear, Veltman began his thorough design process starting with many lengthy meetings with his clients to narrow down exactly how the Griers and their two young kids live, work, and entertain on a daily basis juxtaposed with how they wanted to live, work, and entertain in their new home. “Ruard would ask, ‘Do you want guests to enter in the front or the side of the home?
Whimsical design elements can be found throughout the architecture such as swooping, timbered brackets on each end of the home’s roofline that provide a playful element to the classic design.
Top Left: The Griers wanted the kitchen simple and clean, which meant doing away with upper cabinets altogether. What went missing from storage space was added in the eleven-foot-long island and in an adjacent scullery. Bottom Left: “I wanted a place where I could shove all of my dirty dishes during a party I’m hosting as opposed to in the sink in front of everyone because then it sort of forces everyone to clean up and end the party!” Aubrey Grier laughs. So Veltman designed the scullery off the kitchen where the Griers store all appliances, dishware, food, and more. Top Right: Avid entertainers, the Griers wanted the home to be inviting and easy for hosting both small and large parties. The kitchen blends seamlessly with the family room, while a pass-through window keeps people engaged in both the kitchen and dining room. Bottom Right: Though the round dining table the Griers wanted in their breakfast nook was a little oversized for the space, Veltman worked around it to create a welcoming gathering place with a low ceiling and custom-designed banquette swathed in a smooth pearl vinyl by Pindler.
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Designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips added pops of color to the otherwise neutral room with the addition of the turquoise blue velvet sectional by Lee Industries, Schumacher Les Touches drapes, and Pierre Frey pillows. 58 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
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Top: â€œWe wanted it to feel like it was part of the house,â€? Aubrey Grier says of the screened-in porch off the family room. To achieve this, Veltman added an oversize glass window so that it would feel like an extension of the interior. Bottom Left: The back stairs off the family room lead to an open loft overlooking the foyer and three bedrooms.
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To meet architectural restrictions—no homes can be bigger than one-and-a-half stories— placed on homes in the Griers’ neighborhood, Veltman designed the home such that the modest master bedroom is downstairs while the childrens’ bedrooms are upstairs.
The master bedroom includes an en-suite bathroom, which boasts an oversize soaking tub and his-and-hers vanities while artwork by Slim Aarons purchased from One Kings Lane adds a pop of color and interest to the all-white space.
Do you want an overhang that covers two people or ten? How many wine glasses do you have? How wide are they? He was so thorough in nailing down to even the smallest detail how the home should be designed to fit our everyday life as well as take into account what we wanted in the home,” Grier says. The desire for a modest-size home was a high priority for the Griers, which complemented Veltman’s signature style of less is more. “Not only did we want to keep the scale of the home down,” Veltman explains, “we had to.” The Griers’ street, along with one or two others in Eastover, have restrictions that limit homes to one-and-a-half stories. While other architects might find this limiting, Veltman embraced it, setting into motion a design that would result in timeless architecture that was at 62 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
once innovative and classic without overdoing it on size. “This home is a perfect example of what we like to do,” Veltman says. “It is unpredictable from the street, you don’t know how it all works together until you’re inside and it unveils itself to you as you move through it.” The home’s signature eyebrow roofline is one such innovative design element that passersby may not understand the purpose of until you’ve entered the home. The design was a result of Grier’s request for an informal dining room that would not only accommodate her grandmother’s twelve-foot long antique dining table but also a room that was prominent in the home’s layout rather than off to the side. “We created this cozy, one-story dining room that opens up into this dramatic two-story foyer,”
Top: The upstairs loft serves as a gathering spot for the Griers’ two young children. A playful black-and-white wallpaper by Serena & Lily serves as a fun backdrop for the custom built-in desks by Joe Brienza, bold swivel chairs by Lee Industries, and Lucite desk chairs from IKEA. Left: The laundry room boasts serious character with the addition of the Hygge & West wallpaper on both the walls and ceiling for an all-around splashy effect.
Veltman says. “The eyebrow roofline hides much of that second story while also creating this stunning dining room that’s flooded with natural light coming from the eleven-foot glass front door.” Dormers, Veltman explains, would detract from the interesting roofline, so to connect the upstairs bedrooms and loft to the downstairs and provide ample light throughout, he added indoor windows that overlook the entry hall. Designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips added pops of color and texture throughout with the addition of a turquoise blue velvet February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 63
sectional by Lee Industries in the family room, playful wallpaper by Hygge & West in the laundry room, and Serena & Lily in the loft area, among other timeless features. Whimsical design elements can be found throughout the architecture such as swooping, timbered brackets on each end of the home’s roofline that provide a playful element to the classic design. The home’s facade on the backside is wholly different to the one on the front. “I wanted the back of the house to be unique in design from the front,” Veltman explains. “Without the sloping roofline, the back is more open and reveals much more of the home’s functionality.” Those seemingly tiny tweaks in the design—the swooping eyebrow and unconventional touches—were simple gestures that resulted in modern yet timeless architecture. “This home truly envelopes how we live as a family,” Grier says. “Ruard took such great care in designing a home that was not only classic in design but also met our needs.” For Grier, the home lives up to the vision she’d designed in her head all those years ago. “Ruard took everything we had envisioned and brought it to life.”u
Top: Each of the kids’ bedrooms feature a cave-like setting for the bed. Bottom: Though the walls look like plaster, the curved look of the cave was actually achieved using sheetrock to mimic a plaster finish. 64 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
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Lee Industries club chairs offer elegant seating for four in front of a grand fireplace with limestone surround. The refinished 1928 hand-carved Schulz piano proves antiques with new furnishings can play well together like the sideboard that was purchased through Darnell & Company and original artwork by Windy Oâ€™Connor. Exposed beams on the twelve-foot ceilings give a nod to traditional architecture. 68 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
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Chicago transplants go from midwestern traditionalists to a sophisticated, Southern aesthetic.
isa and Pete Beebe didn’t just want milder winters. They were ready for an entirely new aesthetic. The family of four had previously lived in a Winnetka, Illinois historic landmark that was built in 1903 and later renovated in keeping with Tudor traditions. When they headed south, they traded old and traditional for something their architect, Greg Perry, calls “simple sophistication.” “We loved our architect, who had major input in the design and feel of our home,” Lisa Beebe says. “We told Greg that we love to entertain and wanted the main area of the home to open to the outdoors. We planned to take full advantage of the outdoor living in North Carolina.” 70 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
The Beebes wanted no wasted space in the 6,000-square-foot house. And they wanted a home that was suitable for formal entertaining but relaxed enough to be a teen hangout. Beebe, a stay-at-home mom, managed the major home renovation. In fact, this is the third home she has completely renovated and, according to her, will be her last. The renovation was so massive that Beebe says it is practically a new house. They bought the home in November 2014 and spent nearly a year on the makeover. When they moved in the following September, there was still another six months of work to complete. “We gutted the home,” Beebe says. “The only original aspect is the front stonework. Literally, nothing else is the same.” “Greg and I worked through every detail of the house
Left: The stone exterior is original. Otherwise, the Beebe home is entirely new. Landscape design is by Burch Mixon. The shutters are painted in Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black while the garage doors are stained a custom dark oak. Top Right: This kitchen proves that the hub of the house doesn’t need to be chaotic and crowded. The vibe here is totally peaceful. Chandeliers are by Visual Comfort. Kitchen counter stools, each of which comfortably seats two, are by Lee Industries. Countertops and backsplash are both Bianco Rhino marble. Bottom Right: What’s better than a man cave? The Beebes’ freestanding veranda with a fireplace, TV, and pool view. Charlotte’s temperate climate means the family, especially the man of the house, can enjoy this space in all but the coldest months.
together,” Beebe says. “He would show me options, and I would often say, ‘If you like it, then I like it.’ I fully trusted him and his great taste. And I knew, since I was embarking on a different style than I was used to, I would have to let him pull it all together.” “Greg helped with much more than the architectural design,” Beebe says. “He had input on details from hinges and door knobs to lighting to marble and tile.” Many trademark Greg Perry
elements are on view here, including overall clean lines, barreled and varied ceiling heights, and sophisticated and monochromatic materials and fittings. Interior designer Patrick Lewis came on near the end of the renovation. Lewis’ philosophy is that “your home should relax you.” Beebe signed on to that design credo and let Lewis guide her. Since the family went from historic to modern, most of their old February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 71
Top Left: This may be the most Zen room in the house with its white-on-white calming effect. The oversized sofa and chairs invite family and friends to relax in front of the fire or the TV. The vintage coffee table was purchased in Chicago. Original artwork by Windy O’Connor.
furniture didn’t work in the new house. Lewis helped choose pieces that were a reflection of the home and Beebe’s new aesthetic. “His neutral tones went right along with Greg’s design,” she says. Beebe’s favorite room – even though she doesn’t relish
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cooking – is the combined kitchen and family room. “It’s definitely the hangout spot for everyone.” Pete Beebe, co-founder of a Charlotte-based asset management firm, may not have a man cave, but he has something even
Top Right: Sleek and sexy, the bar, painted in a Benjamin Moore high gloss black, makes an elegant backdrop for beautiful barware. Bianco Rhino marble countertops are gorgeous and utilitarian.
better. His favorite spot: the pool and 400-square-foot detached veranda. “We have had several large events, including a 50th birthday party with a great band, several charity functions, and also the required homecoming and prom parties,” Beebe says. “Fires are
awesome on the veranda with either a group of teenagers just hanging out or as a family night enjoying the outdoors. The pool is usually filled with kids playing hoops.” From the veranda or the hot tub on a warm evening, cold winters are a distant memory.u
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or years, people in Charlotte have packed their coolers and trekked to Raleigh just to bring home a taste of Ladyfingers Caterers’ signature Ham Rolls. Well, it’s time to save the ice and gas money for something else. Ladyfingers is now available online and through specialty retailers here
in Charlotte. Ladyfingers Caterers has been a mainstay in Raleigh since the late 1980s when it was founded, and Charlotte has a hankering for the taste of its fine food, too. Many have experienced the meltin-your-mouth flavor of Ladyfingers’ famous Ham Rolls and have gone to great lengths to purchase them for their events and for their freezers. So the company answered the call by starting a second division, Ladyfingers Gourmet To Go, which provides individual entrees and specialty items through local retailers in Charlotte and along the East Coast. In Charlotte, visit Dean & DeLuca, Belmont’s Specialty Foods, or The Butcher’s Market to purchase Ladyfingers specialties, including their famous Ham Rolls, handmade chicken pot pie, and beef and Italian sausage lasagna, just to name a few. Online, check the Gourmet To Go tab on their website to find new Charlotte-area retailers as they are added. “Our Charlotte customers wanted the deliciousness and added convenience of their favorite Ladyfingers foods,” Justin Williams
says of Ladyfingers Gourmet To Go division. “Demand was growing, so we chose a dozen of our best sellers and now offer them through fine Charlotte retailers and almost forty retailers nationwide.” It’s no longer a problem if you’re too busy to drop by for a taste. The Ham Rolls have been such a hit that Ladyfingers has gone national through its e-commerce website that exclusively sells the in-demand delicacy. Shaved North Carolina cured country ham drizzled with a brown sugar buttery glaze and served on fresh yeast rolls is available to anyone, regardless of where they live. Ladyfingers Ham Rolls are perfect to send as a special gift to someone in another city, to pinch-hit as a guest’s contribution to a social event or dinner party, or as a leave-behind hostess gift. “People love sharing our story, and we love for them to do it,” Williams says. He, along with owners Tudi and David Jackson, is working to keep up with increasing demand for the Gourmet To Go entrees as well as the newest “Click to Ship Ham Rolls” web delivery service. u Don’t be the last one in Charlotte to taste Ladyfingers’ famous Ham Rolls. Visit www.ladyfingersofraleigh.com and choose “Click to Ship Ham Rolls Nationwide” to try them for yourself or send them to a friend. Busy day? Stop by Dean & DeLuca at 6903 Phillips Place Court, The Butcher’s Market at 8410 Rea Road #110, or Belmont’s Specialty Foods at 7 North Main Street in Belmont to purchase a Gourmet To Go entree from the freezer.
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A Happy Place Cotswold Marketplace, an interior design-driven retailer, invites customers to feel at home. By Page Leggett
rin Caronis of Cotswold Marketplace has had customers pop in and say, “I have an hour and just want to browse and be happy.” That delights Caronis along with Melissa Vandiver, the store owner, and the staff of sixteen. Cotswold Marketplace, a retail and design center, is part home furnishings and accessories store, part art gallery, part fabric showroom, part lamp store, part gift shop. Every inch of the shop’s 8,000 square feet is designed to inspire people. (The staff succeeds in that department, too.) “We love it when people find something here they want to make part of their own homes,” Vandiver says, who started the shop with her daughter eight years ago. “But we also want to be a source of inspiration. If you want to come here, wander the aisles, and get inspired, that’s just fine with us.” Customers appreciate the welcoming, friendly staff. Vandiver gives an example of the low-pressure environment she and her staff have cultivated. “A customer came in recently and showed us a photo of a pair of lamps on her dining room sideboard. She wanted new lamps, and I said, ‘These are beautiful. Why would you replace them?’ She was simply ready for a change. So, we recommended new lampshades – which gave her an entirely different look and allowed her to keep a gorgeous pair of lamps.” Cotswold Marketplace feels like one cohesive store. But it’s really a collective of sixty vendors, designers, artists, and home decor dealers who rent space – from as small as one wall to as large as an entire room – to showcase their goods in a vignette fashion. This place is as welcoming for vendors as it is for clients. “While our merchandise is constantly evolving, we have very low vendor turnover,” Vandiver says. “We had one vendor move to Germany, but she still maintains her shop here.” It’s so easy for customers to find what they’re looking for – or something they had no idea they were looking for. “The variety keeps people coming back,” Vandiver says. “Customers tell us: ‘I always know I can find something here.’” One thing you can always count on finding is local, original art. You may find something small from an emerging artist for as little as $75 – or a grander piece from an established artist at 82 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
$1,500. A man saw an original oil painting of hydrangeas and recalled that his wife had carried hydrangeas in their wedding. He bought her the painting as an anniversary gift. “People come here to buy special-occasion gifts, and that thrills us,” Vandiver says. Several Charlotte interior designers have vignettes here that represent a wide range of styles from elegant to rustic. Shoppers may wish to contact a designer directly, should they want to consult with them. Many outside designers use the Marketplace as a source for their clients, too. Even though Cotswold Marketplace has been around since 2010, there are still long-time Charlotteans who drop by for the first time. “We’re just off the beaten path enough to be off people’s daily traffic pattern,” Vandiver says of the store’s location, which is near the intersection of Randolph and Sharon Amity roads. Whether it’s a newcomer dropping in for the first time or a long-time fan coming in for the second time in a week, or a young woman furnishing her freshman dorm room or her grandmother who’s headed to a retirement community, customers frequently tell staff the same thing: “This place just makes me happy.”u Visit Cotswold Marketplace at 200 North Sharon Amity Road. Find them online at www.cotswoldmarketplace.com and follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Design Rules from the Cotswold Marketplace Staff
1. Everything doesn’t need to match. Vary your patterns, scale, and color scheme for visual interest. 2. It’s OK to mix styles. Work with what you have, including old family pieces. Hang a light and modern painting above a heavy, dark-stained antique dresser. Blend old and new. Curate a look that appears to have been collected over time even if it wasn’t. “We encourage creativity,” Melissa Vandiver says. “Do what makes you happy.”
3. You don’t have to listen to a professional. Listen to your heart. “I tell people all the time,” Erin Caronis says, “I don’t live in your house. You do. God made chocolate and vanilla so we’d all have something we liked.” 4. Don’t group all your framed photos on the same shelf. Spread them around, and spread joy. 5. There are no rules. “Experiment with your furniture placement to please you,” Vandiver says. “There really are no definites in design.”
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Taking the Plunge Reluctant pool owners dive wholeheartedly into their backyard retreat. By Brandy Woods Snow
or years, Steve and Margaret Rixham’s daughter petitioned them for a backyard pool at their Myers Park home. And for years, the Rixhams skirted the issue. But occasionally, on those particularly sultry summer afternoons, even Steve himself would suggest that cooling off in a private pool might be nice. When the Rixhams finally decided to take the plunge, they narrowed their options to three contenders, requesting quotes and credentials from each. Pool by Design came highly recommended from a trusted neighbor and once the Rixhams met with Simon Spiers and his team, the choice was clear. “When we signed with Pool by Design, Simon welcomed us to the family,” Margaret says. “He meant it. Everyone worked so closely with us and committed themselves to the success of our 86 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | February / March 2018
design that we knew we were in good hands. They really were invested in our satisfaction.” The Rixhams’ pool project presented a challenge in the form of limited yard space, made even tighter by the presence of a large, aged oak tree and its massive root system. “The pool had to be a minimum of fifteen feet away from the tree in order for the roots to not be damaged by the digging, which could’ve in turn injured and killed the tree,” Margaret says. Additionally, the Rixhams requested a streamlined design that would mesh cohesively with their home. Pool by Design delivered with a simple rectangle and adjoining stacked stone spa that spills over into the pool. A deep blue interior stain perfectly complements the home’s gray-shingled aesthetic. The courtyard pool and spa are finished with a travertine coping surround, and a matching three-foot stacked stone wall was installed to provide
a natural divider from the two-car detached garage and driveway. Instead of ample decking, the Rixhams chose artificial turf for their outdoor space, an option that provides resiliency, easy maintenance, and year-round beauty despite the heavily-shaded lot. Throughout the project, which spanned two months, the Rixhams were pleasantly surprised with the ease and comfort of communication and collaboration. Pool by Design ensures the highest standards of customer service by limiting the number of projects to one or two at any given time, choosing instead to give undivided attention and responsiveness to the current job. It’s a practice where value is not lost on the client. “Simon did what he said he was going to do. There was no runaround, no unreturned calls, no lag in the installation,” Steve says. “The process was smooth and easy.” And now, the Rixhams’ outdoor living is pretty easy, too. Not
only has the beautiful detail work and relaxing sounds of the waterfall feature taken their yard to a new level, but the pool has also become a central gathering spot, the perfect place to spend family time. “The pool was built for our teenage daughter, but I think we might love it more. It’s become so much more than a pool to us. It’s an extension of our home, a casual place to relax together, chat, read, and simply enjoy being a family,” Margaret says. “It’s better than I thought it would be, and with all of this, why would I ever leave home?”u
Want to rediscover a world of opportunity in your backyard? Contact Pool by Design at 704-3DESIGN (704-333-7446) or visit www.poolbydesign.com. February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 87
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end me your inspiration pictures,” I say. It’s what I request of each client to help give me a starting point for their new home design. An array of Pinterest boards, Instagram screenshots, and Houzz ideabooks pour in, full of beautiful photos of stunning homes with perfect styling. A virtual flood of design ideas, the possibilities are endless. The inexhaustible design potential for some can become entirely overwhelming, and it’s my task to discover what’s drawing my client to each of those photos. In my experience, often, it’s an emotional attraction to a photo, not necessarily an architectural component they would like to incorporate. I’ve found that the allure is often the result of excellent photography and well-balanced styling. Good overall design and workmanship play a critical role. But to capture the overall feel of a space, to draw people to that space, top-notch photography and photo styling is imperative. How a space actually feels in person is not the same as it feels in a photo. A photo must capture the feeling of the space as well or better than the actual physical space itself. Photography can either elevate a space or downgrade it. In my line of work, it is essential to have good photos to showcase our work and win new business. New clients need to see a sampling of work, and as we can’t continuously parade potential clients through previous client’s custom homes, photography is the next best thing. While it’s easy to understand why good lighting and crisp pictures are essential, I think most people don’t understand how influential photo styling is for a noteworthy shot. Recently I had the pleasure of working with Kendra Surface, a professional photo stylist, and wow what a difference it made!
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Surface is the first to tell you that she is not an interior designer. “Interior designers design spaces for the human eye. [She] designs spaces for the camera’s eye.” As a photo stylist, her main job is to see what the camera sees, and her goal is to highlight her client’s talent. She adds elements of color and proper placement of props to best showcase what is being photographed. She explains that people are drawn to images that have elements they can relate to, such as a blanket softly thrown over a chair or a pair of shoes tossed about on the floor. In each shot, she tries to bring warmth and life into a space. “Flowers are an essential part of photo styling,” Surface says. “Everybody loves flowers. They are the best way to balance the space, give a pop of color, and add life to an image.” And all those blankets and flowers, she brings them right to your space! She arrives bright and early to each shoot wellarmed in a midsize SUV loaded to the gills with more props and flowers than you ever knew you needed. Once unloaded she gets right to work — a mini-hurricane of her various styling props and accessories swirl together with yours. Hours later,
alongside uber talented photographer Brie Williams, voila — my photos have life and feeling. Oh, and that emotional attraction to a photo that I mentioned earlier, thanks to Surface and Williams’ combined super talents, it’s there. And it makes my beautiful tile and hardwoods and cabinetry look even better!u Using her trademark blend of tradition and innovation, New Old co-founder Mary Ludemann has been designing and building dream homes for over a decade. To find out how she can bring your ideal home from a dream to a reality, visit www.newold.com, call 704-975-3723 or email email@example.com. February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 91
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n terms of a guesthouse and pool addition, this project took longer than anticipated, but in the end was worth it. My client was a delight to work with â€“ she knows what she likes but also knows how to trust her designer with the details. We had such fun pulling this space together by adding all the unique design elements that made it whole. Remember to keep things similar for a smooth transition and a clean, uncluttered feel. We chose to go with a more modern color palette, creating a clean and bright space that opens up to the outdoor kitchen and pool area from five double doors. With my clientâ€™s large family, this entire indoor and outdoor space is sure to entertain everyone. A vaulted ceiling and metal stair rail make the space by adding interesting angles and textures. I chose to incorporate reclaimed wood doors made by Jacob Wolfe,
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which perfectly tied in with the wet barâ€™s gorgeous wood tile backsplash that I found at Renaissance Tile. A mixture of wood and metal in the tables, bar stools, and lighting add an urban loft-like feel. We continued the colors and textures down the hall and into the kitchen, bath, and guest bedroom, giving the entire space continuity. It may be a little chilly for the pool now, but with heaters around the outdoor kitchen, this space will be used all year round! u Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 2108 South Boulevard, Suite 213. For more information visit www.lucyandcompany.com or call 704-342-6655.
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he spring house-hunting season is just around the corner and finding the perfect home can be a challenging journey. A lot of Charlotte newcomers have consulted with Case Design/Remodeling to help them determine the best way to remodel a newly purchased older home to best fit their needs. We also hear from past clients who have moved across town and would like help with their new place. Whatever the circumstance, they have all searched to find a home that has good bones to build from or remodel. So what exactly does it mean to find a house with good bones? Here are a few things to look for: Proper Drainage – Poor drainage is enemy number one for a home. Take a good walk around the home and pay attention to the landscaping and topography. Overgrown shrubbery, negative grade towards the house, pooling
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necessarily mean it will be easier to remodel than a home built in the ‘60s. An experienced remodeling firm will know what to look for when considering the age of the home. Ownership History – Learning a little about the ownership history of a home can be revealing. Generally, long-term owners will have invested in keeping the home well kept, whereas homes that have been rentals or had transient ownership tend to have had expensive improvements put off or ignored. Flipped Homes – It can be a relief to find a home that has been freshly remodeled by an investor that bought a distressed home and fixed it up to resell. These homes are move-in ready and convenient for those who are not interested in remodeling themselves. However, make sure the ‘flipper’ has a solid reputation for quality work and ask for references just as you would if you were hiring a remodeler. Happy house hunting!u
Brad Little is the president of Case Design/Remodeling of Charlotte and has been leading a team of award-winning designers and craftsmen since 2005. To view more of their projects and schedule a free consultation visit www.casecharlotte.com or call 704-759-3920. February / March 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 99
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February 2 – April 27 www.hodgestaylor.com Hodges Taylor will be hosting a solo exhibition of recent work by Kevin Kennedy. Based in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kennedy’s sculptures employ utilitarian forms and blur the distinction between function and fine art. Using everyday materials like wood, paper, and linen string, he creates pieces that echo relics from the past.
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Green River Revival and Color Me Green 5K Run National Whitewater Center March 17 www.usnwc.org
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March 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. March 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.symphonyguildcharlotte.org/kitchen-tour For the fourth year in a row, the Charlotte Symphony Guild will take you on a tour of some the most beautiful residential kitchens in the city. Over two days, guests are invited to walk through kitchens of participating homes around Charlotte and admire the craftsmanship and design that makes these spaces envy-worthy. For more information on the homes or to purchase tickets, visit the Charlotte Symphony Guild website.
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