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16 Feature Home Coastal Retreat
28 Kitchen & Bath Trends The 2013 Kitchen and Bath
32 Appliance & Countertop Trends Kitchen Style
34 Powder Room Trends No Room For Repression
36 Tile Trends Tile Style
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56 Kitchens: Caren Bistany 62 Beauty of Grey
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66 Designer Spotlight: Circa Interiors day tripping 82 Helen, Georgia
kitchens & baths 40 Durable Beauty
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44 Gift of Nature 54 Craving Shade
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78 It’s About Time
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Coastal Retreat By Nancy Atkinson
On the Crystal Coast of North Carolinaâ€™s Southern Outer Banks sits a new home that is truly one-of-a-kind. Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the house is as strong as it is stylish.
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uilt by general contractors Andrew Roby and designed by Charlotte architects Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson (MGPB), the home is a showpiece by anyone’s estimation. It is also a Gold FORTIFIED Home™, meeting the highest level of achievement for disaster resistance as determined by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Ryan Crosser, Vice President of Andrew Roby’s new coastal division, says the Atlantic Beach home is built to withstand 185 mile an hour winds and is only the second Gold FORTIFIED Home™ built in the state of North Carolina.
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“We have seen first hand how hurricane-proof this house is,” says Ryan. “Hurricane Irene hit us mid-construction and there was not one water leak in the house.” The home has a hurricane foundation with pilings 16 feet into the ground. Its exterior walls on the first floor are solid concrete and the windows are all high impact hurricane proof glass. The front exterior staircase and the four outdoor shower stalls are all made of Brazilian walnut, chosen for durability as well as beauty. If going for the gold certification sounds expensive, it pays off in the long run. These homeowners stand to save between $4,000 and $6,000 on their annual insurance. Beyond its structural integrity, the home is a design masterpiece. The couple chose Andrew Roby, who built their custom home in Charlotte, to build this dream vacation home. Charlotte architects MGPB designed the home in less than twelve weeks. The owners gave the design team creative license, with a few requests. They wanted the home
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to fit in with others in the neighborhood, which were built in the 1950s. They also wanted their living room ceiling to resemble the hull bottom of an old ship. “We used reclaimed 18th century beams from a mill in Virginia,” says Ryan, who sourced the materials and directed every detail of the home’s construction. “The beams are held together with mortise and tendon joints, which was a challenge.” Every piece of wood used in the home was custom and arrived prefinished from a cabinet factory. “Every cut we made to the wood had to be perfect,” he says. The home is truly one-of-a-kind, with every detail custom made. “There are 20,000 individually dipped cedar shakes on the home’s exterior,” says Ryan. “We hand-dipped them in an opaque stain and hung them to dry on clotheslines before repackaging for the subcontractor to use.” Walls of ash with oak floors give the home its beach cottage look and feel. Mint Hill Cabinet Shop in Charlotte provided the beautiful distressed kitchen cabinets, made to resemble old shutters. The homeowner, once a designer herself, provided the vision for the home’s interior. She imported the wallpaper from England and
had every sheet, chair, curtain or pillow custom made. No detail was too small. Even the individual slats of the interior blinds were custom painted to resemble driftwood. Her thoughtful design is carried through every detail of the home, including the cork walls and floors of the 300-bottle wine cellar and a door of knotty alder. The glass transoms over the shower doors are not only practical but they also add an elegant touch to the home’s architectural details. The fireplace surround, cut from one piece of solid stone, is honed soapstone, which is naturally occurring on the Crystal Coast. It complements the polished soapstone of the kitchen counters. “I was pleased to find so many skilled craftsmen in this area,” says Ryan, who explains that with the construction of this home, Andrew Roby opened its new coastal division and is now one of the largest contractors in the area. “This gold-certified home is the first of its kind here, but it won’t be the last,” he says. “We are happy to be a preferred FORTIFIED Home™ builder now. The homes we build here will be not only beautiful, they will withstand whatever Mother Nature throws their way.”v
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kitchen and Bath n Trends
Design For All:
The 2013 Kitchen and Bath
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Which colors, fixtures and finishes do the nationâ€™s best designers use in their kitchens and baths? The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) surveys more than 300 member-designers each year for its annual trends report, in addition to handing out awards for outstanding designs in kitchens and baths. If this yearâ€™s report looks very similar to last yearâ€™s, it is because the strongest kitchen and bath trends from 2012 are back again and more striking than ever, indicating these trends have true staying power, even with a few tweaks here and there. We covered the highlights for you and made an easy go-to list of top trends this year. National Kitchen & Bath Association
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By Nancy Atkinson
Sophisticated Shades of Gray Designersâ€™ use of gray color schemes in the kitchen and bath came on strong last year, but grew even more significantly this year. The NKBA designer survey showed 55% of designers surveyed had recently used grays in their kitchen designs and 56% had used gray in the bath. White and off-white are still the most popular color schemes, but gray is quickly becoming the new neutral, in a sophisticated range of warm and cool tones for cabinets, walls and counters. Transitional Style Takes Over Defined by the NKBA as a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary, transitional style has taken the lead over traditional styles, which reined until 2012. One example of transitional style in the kitchen would be combining finishes, with the use of granite in a matte finish on the countertops and combining glass and stone on the kitchen backsplash. White Wins Again The popularity of white cabinetry has grown since 2010 and is still the preferred finish for kitchens and baths. This year 67% of designers said they were currently using white cabinets, up from 59% last year. Designers like the nice clean look and flexibility of white, which allows them to create beautiful focal points in any kitchen or bath. Fixtures and Finishes Keep it Light Again this year, there was a preference for using a combination of shimmering surfaces in kitchens and baths. Granite remains the countertop material of choice, with quartz running a very close
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2013 NKBA Kitchen
& Bath Trends Universal Design Sophisticated shades of gray Quartz countertops Transitional style White painted cabinetry Glass backsplashes LED lighting Touch-activated faucets Matte Finishes Satin nickel finishes
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second. The preference for glass backsplashes has grown dramatically over the past three years, from 42% use in 2010 to 64% this year. Universal Design For All Universal design is a growing trend that seems to be having its come-out year in 2013. Referring to design that is functional, accessible and beautiful all at once, universal design elements can be seen in multi-height kitchen counters, pull out shelves, wide doorways and halls, and lever door handles and rocker switches. Other Trends With the importance of energy efficiency, LED lighting is being specified by a higher percentage of designers. Only 50% of designers said they had used LED in 2010, while last year 77% of designers were using LED lights, indicating a trend with serious staying power. Touch-activated faucets are growing in popularity, even though pullout faucets are still in the top position. The preferred finish for faucets is satin nickel, which has been on the rise since 2011. Bronze and oil-rubbed finishes are also being used more often, with polished nickel and chrome dropping in popularity. Ceramic and porcelain tile, while still the most popular flooring choices, are on the decline. Natural stone is the second most popular choice. Overall, designers continue leaning towards practicality. They are incorporating more flexible storage and easyaccess elements using a foundation of sophisticated neutrals and the clean lines of transitional styling. v 30 Urban Home Charlotte June/July 2013
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Appliance & Countertop n Trends
Kitchen Style By Anne Marie Ashley
As kitchens are now truly the heart of the home, it’s consistently important to homeowners to make theirs a place of comfort, ease and beauty. Now, live-in kitchens are the everyday and having the right materials can help yours stand the test of time.
Countertops Granite is always in style for countertops – it’s durable, gorgeous and easy to care for, and it offers such a wide range of colors and textures, it satisfies most tastes. For something different, however, try solid surface or quartz, materials that are on the rise this year, along with reclaimed wood and even concrete. “Quartz is the closest thing to bulletproof,” says award-winning designer Kathleen Donohue of Neil Kelly Designs. It’s a no maintenance material made of a composite including granite, marble and 93 percent quartz. With the wide range of colors and less fussy design than granite, it’s easy to complement any kitchen cabinet or backsplash style. Reclaimed wood offers a unique, warm and beautiful material that gives your modern kitchen strong personality and a charming look, while concrete offers a unique and customizable look with shaping and stains.
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Appliances From refrigerators to sinks, ovens to microwaves, the stainless steel trend is not going anywhere. Though color is trying hard to sneak in the back door with bright blenders and bold coffee makers, steel still reigns supreme when it comes to the big boys. To add a pop of color, consider a bold range hood or bright red AGA stove coupled with cool, ever-complementary professional stainless steel. Professional grade appliances are on trend for 2013. Simple, one bowl sinks are the new stylish and functional, accommodating all the dishes at once – even the giant roasting pan. Unique colors and finishes are adding spunk. Retro stoves or refrigerators are, surprisingly, on the rise, giving way to pops of color and unique elements to an often predictable room. Appliances that have convenient features and that also serve double duty are topping the list of musthaves. Microwaves that double as ovens or warming drawers, fridges with convertible drawers and hot water dispensers that make tea and coffee a snap.
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Powder Room n Trends
No Room for Repression By Anne Marie Ashley
We’re not quite clear on when it happened precisely, but somewhere along the way, powder rooms transitioned from a luxurious respite for women (especially) and men to an all-business room in the home. What once was an extension of the swanky in-home cocktail party or comfortable dinner has moved to a drab hole beneath the stairs that requires a ‘get in/get out’ mentality. Where are the fluffy hand towels, the scented soaps and the expansive furry rugs underfoot? And the wide sinks? Even the mints and the occasional telephone? The days of the strictly functional and boring powder room are long gone; making room for style that can be just as daring as the other rooms in your home. With fearless wallpaper designs, brave colors and striking fixtures, any powder room becomes a design element of the home worthy of a Egg Collective second look and certainly an expression of taste and design, inviting guests to take their time, get themselves together and perhaps even linger for some gossip. The NKBA Trend reports for 2013 include bathroom elements like faucets with advanced technology, bold tile designs (even black! Gasp!), hammered metal sinks and even leather-clad vanities - proving that true style and adventure cannot be forgotten in this oft-overlooked room. So throw up a chandelier, lay down a geometric rug and bathe the room in unnatural light. Put up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and make that secret phone call. There are so many ways to play, why have limits based on dimensions?
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Tile Style By Anne Marie Ashley
Some of the top tile trends for 2013 were revealed at the recent Coverings show in Atlanta and boy, are they hotter than ever. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 current trends for tile in your kitchen, bath, laundry or just about any room in your home.
Large Format Tile While last year saw a resurgence of the larger subway tiles and floor tiles as large as 3 feet, this year tile is doing one better with even larger rectangular pieces that cover 3 to 6 feet at a time. An uncluttered, contemporary look that’s easier to clean than standard tile. Digital Inkjet Printed Tiles Mosaics have been taken to another level with photorealism. Aided with cutting-edge technology, any image can be pixilated and reassembled using a tile palette – creating beautiful large-scale mosaic murals.
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Textured and Dimensional Tile Adding textures and dimensions to a room with tile can create a fantastic focal point in any room and this year’s creations are no exception to style. Animal print, pebble effects and hard material weaves are on the rise. Large Scale Patterns Patterns on tile are sharp and stylish, a perfect way to accent a space and create larger-scale impact in small or large spaces.
Glass Backsplashes Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provides an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting. Grey is the New Neutral The story of the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Show has been 50 shades of grey. The palette includes varying shades of grey and taupe, making it easy to pair with nearly any design. 36 Urban Home Charlotte June/July 2013
Other Trends of Note Razor Thin Tiles Up to 3mm thin with the same durability and ease of care. Wood Grain Carrying the sophistication of hardwood floors up walls and across bathroom floors. Self-Cleaning Tiles Anti-microbial, self-cleaning clear coat that makes manual cleaning unnecessary.
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At the recent Coverings show for the tile and stone industry, Toni Mann of Crossville Tile & Stone noticed the predominance of gray/beige colorways and rectangle shapes in the industry’s new tile choices. It’s appropriate then, that one of Crossville’s new offerings is the Limestone Series; a selection of five earthy-colored porcelain tiles in a range of sizes and even tumbled mosaics and planks. Rhomboids and trim pieces in the same colors enable homeowners to create a multitude of designs conveying their individual artistic expressions. From light camel to deep midnight, Crossville’s Limestone porcelain tile features all the natural beauty of genuine limestone with the durability of porcelain stone. “Pierre Brune Limestone is known for scratching easily,” Mann says. “The collection captures the natural details of limestone in a durable porcelain body, which is scratch resistant and 30 percent harder than granite. Now you can have the perfect chocolate brown limestone that is so popular with the durability of porcelain stone. “The look is transitional,” Mann continues. “Limestone tile is appropriate for very traditional to urban applications. The five warm colors replicate limestone without the maintenance associated with it.” Like all of the products manufactured by Crossville, the Limestone tile collection is made in the United States. By manufacturing the products domestically in its EcoCycle Tile Process™, Crossville’s Limestone tile is eco-friendly. Adding to its environmentally conscious production, each of the tiles in the collection contains up to 20 percent pre-consumer recycled content and is Green Squared Certified by Scientific Certification Systems.v
See which one of the Limestone Collection tile colors - Sant’ Andrea, Lipika, Camel, Pierre Brune or Midnight - will work in your home renovation project. Contact Crossville Tile and Stone at 704-927-8453 or visit www.crossvilletileandstone.com for inspiration.
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Growing up in Brazil, Silvia Wozniak frequently enjoyed swimming in her family’s pool. When she moved to the United States, first to New York City and then 13 years ago to the Charlotte area with her husband, Robert, she was never able to have a pool and began to miss it. Her husband seemed to notice. “For my birthday, Robert took off from work and picked the kids up from school,” she says. “He told me to meet him at 217 Fairwood Avenue. When I got there, I realized it was Pool by Design and that I was getting the pool of my dreams for a gift.” Friends and family warned her that installing a pool would mean ongoing maintenance hassles and extra work. Undaunted, the Wozniaks
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began working with Pool by Design to fit the pool into their natural landscape. Located in a small neighborhood, their home backs up to a heavily wooded seven-acre park that is sparsely populated most days. They did not want a rectangular block of a pool that would stick out from the rest of the natural environment. Pool by Design’s team recommended a free-form pool and spa on two levels, complete with a natural waterfall falling between carefully placed boulders. “A specialist came and placed the waterfall boulders one by one,” Silvia says. “It looks like he replicated nature.” The “English Garden” method of installing the pool deck’s surrounding concrete adds another natural element and provides an Old World touch in the design.
Pool by Design then constructed a bench underneath the waterfall portion of the pool so the family could enjoy its natural “jet” action when seated. Silvia, however, was concerned about her children’s safety, since they were eager to jump off the waterfall side into the pool. “Pool by Design found a solution by designing a tile perimeter around the bench that increases it’s visibility,” she says. To answer the Wozniak’s original fears of post-installation maintenance issues, Silvia says Pool by Design’s staff walked them through the process and educated them on how to deal with routine issues. “We felt taken care of by Pool by Design,” she says. “They didn’t abandon us when the work was done.
“They even took care of the uneven, sloping terrain in the backyard, which was not easy. And when we had a heavy rainfall that washed a lot of dirt into the pool before we could hire an independent landscaper, Simon Spiers [owner of Pool by Design] personally came out over a weekend to solve the problem,” explains Silvia, who is happy to be enjoying her third summer in her birthday pool. “The pool is beautiful and a lot of fun.”v
There’s still plenty of warm weather to design and install a pool. Contact Pool by Design at 704-333-7446 or find inspiration at www.poolbydesign.com.
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Wallpaper “My designer extraordinaire, Beth Keim, selected this wallpaper for my hallway. It is made with tiny beads to create the pattern. I do believe I will have it stripped bare by constantly touching it! Added bonus, art looks amazing on this textured backdrop!”
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BETH KEIM A sunroom is a room to explore color and pattern freely, and the view outside is art in itself.
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A sunroom can be perfect for long weekend breakfasts or lazy afternoons spent lounging, with large windows that let the light pour in. The best sunrooms, in my opinion, have no TV and serve as a place to read books or catch up with friends. It’s a room to explore color and pattern freely, and the view outside is art in itself. Meant to be calm, light, comfortable, yet bright and, most of all, serene. Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of creating such a room for my clients Jen and Cam Dyer. With four double windows and two sets of floor to ceiling French doors, I knew tall dramatic curtains were my first priority. Without a lot of wall space for art and paint color, and to soften all the glass, I chose an organic floral pattern with colors pulled from the nearby living space. These
window treatments are the focal point — the statement. Made beautifully and hung high, they’re visible even from the front door, so similar colors were important. This space was long and somewhat narrow, so we created two areas. The comfortable lounge area is anchored with the fireplace and a centered graphic flat weave rug. The two chairs and sofa were all recovered and repurposed. I chose solid, soft chenille for the sofa and a light, airy stripe for the chairs, running the pattern horizontally for a more modern look. Chandeliers anchor both the lounge area and the dining area – on a dimmer of course! Fill the space with live plants (silk should be outlawed!); tall fiddle fig tress are easy to care for and grow quickly with their large
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flat leaves. Layer your patterns; graphic, organic, solids, stripes, all in like colors. Try a bench on one side of your dining table with chairs on the other. Cluster your accessories in odd numbers and keep the scale large â€“ too many small knick-knacks only clutter any space. And of course, mix your styles a bit: a traditional table base with a midcentury style mirror; a stripe chair with a
crewel pillow alongside a modern shaped coffee table in a rustic burlap fabric. Layering upon layering is always the key!v Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard. For more information visit www.lucyandcompany.com or call 704-342-6655.
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“The woodwork has as much beauty as the stonework. Timber framing enables us to marry two harmonious materials – stone and wood – so it looks like the addition has always been a part of the house. Its aesthetic advantage is its beauty and authenticity.” We’re approaching the time of year when homeowners across the South crave one thing in their backyards – shade. Trees are a natural shade source, but they are often in scarce supply in backyard landscapes, especially in newly built neighborhoods. Sometimes they don’t provide enough shade to ensure comfort in outdoor spaces and it is necessary to turn to man-made structures to find respite from the sun’s rays. George Crump, stone craftsman and owner of The Stone Man, can build three types of structures that add that coveted bit of shade to homeowners’ outdoor environments. Which structure you choose, however, is a matter of aesthetic preference, budget and desired quality. Pergolas Pergolas, typically designed as unattached structures to the house, are garden focal points that provide shade for a walkway, seating area or alfresco dining. Arched or squared designs can add to a home’s curb appeal. “Pergolas are inexpensive and provide shade, but no weather protection,” says Crump. Covered Porches Unlike pergolas, open covered porches provide both shade and weather protection. They can wrap around a house, attach to the back as an added room or attach to the front as a statement-making entrance. As single or multi-level structures, porches can contain TVs, seating and dining areas, and stone fireplaces to increase comfort levels and blend seamlessly with indoor rooms. “Open covered porches let homeowners feel they are outside,” says 54 Urban Home Charlotte June/July 2013
Crump. “Porch designs can take many forms, from rustic to a highly finished aesthetic with detailed trim.” Timber Frame Structures Using seasoned craftsmanship through mortise and tenon joinery made famous in European cathedrals, timber frame structures are the highest quality outdoor “living rooms” and the benefits are many. Heavy wood beams provide the frame and support the entire structure, eliminating the need for center support columns that detract from the look. Timber framing allows for design flexibility in matching the home’s architecture, enabling homeowners to personalize designs with unique character. The Stone Man works exclusively with Carolina Timberworks to marry the art of stone and timber projects like these. “The woodwork has as much beauty as the stonework,” says Crump. “Timber framing enables us to marry two harmonious materials – stone and wood – so it looks like the addition has always been a part of the house. Its aesthetic advantage is its beauty and authenticity.” No matter what structure is chosen, The Stone Man enhances the space through carefully placed natural stones that provide a high-quality, Old-World feel. With the range of stone and wood raw materials available, homeowners can match the shade structure to their budget and quality requirements.v Learn what type of shade structure suits your backyard. Contact The Stone Man at 704-616-7948 or visit www.stonemanrocks.com. The Stone Man also designs and installs amenities like outdoor kitchens and pool improvements.
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Kitchen Designer: Caren Bistany Designs
This lakefront kitchen was designed by well-known Charlotte kitchen and bath designer Caren Bistany of Caren Bistany Designs. The kitchen truly served as the heart of the home for the client as the homeowner is an avid cook. “We really worked on all the details to really fit her style, her storage needs and cooking needs,” explains Caren. “Once she chose the AGA stove, we designed the whole kitchen around it.” It was a bit of a challenging space because of the long and narrow shape, but Caren worked closely with designer David Smith to create cabinetry that not only complemented the color scheme but provided plenty of functionality for a cook’s kitchen. “The space really lent itself best to a banquet table,” says Caren. “And in the end, it added a bit of great drama to the kitchen look as well.” A grill off to the side was also a key feature with its own area and panels behind it that open up for storage. The goal was achieved in this design, with a clean aesthetic that was also warm and welcoming. 56 Urban Home Charlotte June/July 2013
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trent haston There is potential in every nook, cranny and corner of your home, you just have to find it and get creative.
As parents, we all try to give our kids the best childhoods we can. We look through home magazines and catalogs and see these amazing spaces for kids and we think, “I’d really like to have that for my kids!” My wife and I talk all the time about how it can be unfortunate for many families; it often takes years to build wealth and by the time you can afford some of these luxuries, your kids are all grown up and moved out of the house. However, I think we can all give our kids special spaces, no matter our budget. It just takes a little creativity and imagination, which happen to be two things our kids can teach us a lot about. In today’s environment, many families have either been forced to downsize or stay in a home that they have outgrown. One thing we know about kids, on the other hand, is that they don’t need a lot of space to have fun. Actually, it’s often the smallest spaces that offer coziness and childhood allure - bunked or lofted beds, for example, in shared bedrooms. There are many bunk beds to choose from, but you can customize them to make them even more fun. Close it in to make a faux tree house or add a staircase for easier access. Don’t let small spaces limit your creativity.
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I think it is a great idea to create your home around your children’s needs. If you’re renovating After a bathroom that will be used by your children, why not lower the vanity or add a built-in stool? You could also use smaller toilets, low hooks for towels and perhaps a heated floor and recessed heat lamps for post-bath comfort. Just as experts suggest when baby-proofing your home, get down on their level to see how your home can better accommodate their needs. Even better, ask your kids for their ideas! Recently, I’ve noticed families adding more whimsy to their children’s spaces. Tile mosaics, bright colored walls and even colorful granite are becoming more popular in kids bathrooms. Faux painted walls are often seen in kids’ bedrooms, and we have completed many playrooms with barn themes, beauty parlors and storefront clubhouses, allowing kids to pretend like they are running a business or shop. The possibilities are endless for how you can make your home more kid-inspired. Having kids in the house can certainly create challenges in organization, but you can add some features to your home to solve these problems too.
Can you add a laundry shoot to keep clutter out of bedrooms and dirty clothes localized to the laundry room? Do you have space at your entryway to add a “landing station” for shoes and backpacks? Maybe you have an unused room (like a dining room or office) that you can turn into a craft/homework room? Don’t let your blueprints limit how you use the space in your home. Get rid of dead space and make it useful, practical and
fun! I believe there is potential for this in every nook, cranny and corner of your home, you just have to find it and get creative.v Trent Haston is CEO of Andrew Roby and has spent many years in project management, focusing on style and craftsmanship for custom home projects. For more information call 704-334-5477 or visit www.andrewroby.com.
I think we can all give our kids special spaces, no matter our budget. It just takes a little creativity and imagination.
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We asked Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors in Charlotte to give us the rundown on one of their most recently designed client spaces. Here, they explain why this space works so well and outline some of the key design elements used to create it. You can see this space and many more in their new book The Welcoming House. “Our client needed a masculine study to relax and watch television in, with comfortable seating and a big flat screen TV. Bookcases were added alongside the TV (not seen) right in front of the couch for a cozy “library” feel. The desk is custom-made of washable faux suede with custom drawers for files, and a fax machine and printer hidden inside. We added a distinct masculine touch with horn and silver pulls and nail head trim all the way around.
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Allistair Lounge Chair, Nancy Corzine. www.nancycorzine.com.
Motorized blinds hidden up in the arch of the windows keep out the early morning glare and the sofa has a queen-size pull-out bed so the room can double as a guest bedroom. A fabric-covered rolling coffee table doubles as comfy seating or an easy footrest and can be moved around the room when extra space is needed. What’s manlier than wood paneled walls? Covered in Pecky Cypress, the surrounding walls have a sophisticated rustic feel that pairs beautifully with the coffered ceiling. Bronze steel frames on the windows and an iron and brass chandelier add chic-ness to the trumped up men’s den. Textured woven fabrics, plaids and leather round out the atmosphere. This is a man’s space that women can love too.”v
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Are you ready to live more intelligently? Never before has it been so easy and affordable to integrate streamlined home management technology into your existing home. This sophisticated new automation will not only make you and your family more safe and comfortable, it can increase the resale value of your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners still believe these systems are only for the wealthy, when in fact it is becoming the new normal. We are now regularly installing home management technologies in new and existing homes, adding value and safety at prices average consumers can afford. It may be difficult to appreciate the beauty of an automated, intelligent home until you have actually experienced living in one. Imagine driving
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home from work. As you pull into your driveway and open the garage door, the outside, garage, and hall and kitchen lights automatically come on at 50%, so you wonâ€™t have to enter a dark home. As you come inside and disarm the security system, the TV turns on to your favorite channel and background music begins to play throughout the house. At the same time, a text or email message is automatically sent to let your significant other know you are home, a feature that can also be used to let mom and dad know when the kids are home safe from school. When itâ€™s bedtime, the simple push of a single button on your bedside table lets your home management system check and close the garage door, lock all exterior doors, close the blinds, arm the security, turn off the lights, TVs and music; your home is now on night mode. If you wake in the middle of
the night for a drink of water, the hall and kitchen lights come on at 10% (a soft glow) allowing you to walk safely through your home without waking the rest of the house. Seems complicated right? Actually, just the opposite is true. Most of us have multiple remotes for various devices in our homes, from televisions to DVDs and sound systems. Home management technology rolls them into one easy-to-use remote control. No matter how comprehensive your system, every member of the family will be able to use the remote to control everything in your home. Beyond TV and music, you can also control the lights, thermostats, doors, window coverings, security or just about anything else. You can also control of all these functions from the devices you already own and use every day. With your iPad, Android tablet or smart phone, you can control everything in your home, including the AC and heat, gates and sprinkler systems, from anywhere in the world. As the demand for more convenience grows (think heated floors, touch-activated faucets, cabinets with motorized pullouts) home management technology is just another way to make life better, with a little more control. It could just be the safety, comfort and convenience youâ€™ve been waiting for.v
You can control of all these functions from the devices you already own and use every day.
Rene Robaina is president of Home Technology Solutions in Charlotte, where he, along with his team, has designed and implemented home technology and entertainment systems. Reach him at 704-708-5126 or www.HomeTechnologySolutions.com.
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You may have become familiar with Windsor Jewelers while visiting their flagship store in Winston-Salem, but the new contender in Charlotte opened the Phillips Place location in February. The attraction: superb brand exclusivity in watches and high-end fasion jewelry. Robert Simon originally founded Windsor Jewelers in 1986 in downtown Winston-Salem; his son, Ben Simon, has partnered with his dad to oversee the Charlotte location. Their expansion into the Queen City further cements Windsor Jewelers’ reputation as the Carolinas’ premier independent jeweler and one of the nation’s top jewelers. “Our locale is the previous Lions Jewelers store, though we have greatly increased the variety of brands available, as well as the level of quality jewelry available,” Ben explains. “We feature more luxury
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watches and jewelry brands in one location than any other jewelry store in the Carolinas.” Notable watch brands include Panerai, Ulysse Nardin, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Ball Watches, Bell & Ross, and Patek Philippe — an in-store boutique, which will be installed in late 2013. High-end fashion jewelry brands range from Ippolita, Roberto Coin and David Yurman to Charles Krypell, Slane and Co. (a North Carolina native brand), Mikimoto Pearls, Dimodolo and many others. Windsor Jewelers is the only Panerai distributor in North or South Carolina; Panerai is a limited-production, Italian-designed watch headquartered in Switzerland. They are also the exclusive distributor of Ulysse Nardin watches in North Carolina, a brand they are extremely
Luxury Watch Buying Guide Never purchase a watch online! No true luxury watch brand will ever sell timepieces online, but only through authorized retailers. Any timepiece that is on the internet for sale is either pre-owned, damaged goods, or in many cases is a replica timepiece being described as authentic. Many times it seems as though there is a good deal to be had online, however the risk of a purchasing a false watch is never worth the reward. Furthermore, no luxury brands will endorse their warranty if a watch is purchased online.
excited to carry due to the brand’s constant innovation within the industry; Ulysse Nardin has won Switzerland’s watchmaking innovation award 8 out of 10 times in the past decade. Having both of these brands sets the store apart from the average luxury watch store. Shoppers can also expect to find the largest Ippolita selection in the Carolinas. This is the world’s fastest-growing ladies fashion brand. Every piece of Ippolita jewelry – named after the designer – is hand crafted; she frequently changes and customizes the color of her jewelry to go with the season to keep things interesting. If you’re in need of a Rolex repair, Windsor Jewelers also has an in-house Rolex Certified Watchmaker available; and if one-of-a-kind designs are what you’re after, Windsor Jewelers can create custom jewelry making your vision a reality. If you can dream it, they can achieve it! Stop by today and get acquainted with these extraordinary jewelers! v
Do your research regarding the movement (mechanism) of the timepiece you are purchasing. Is the movement self-winding (automatic), or is it quartz (battery operated)? Is it manual winding (hand-wound by the crown) only? The type of lifestyle you live could easily affect the type of watch you feel that you should purchase. Is the movement of your watch made “fully in-house”? Many manufacturers these days build each and every one of their movement components from the ground up, while others use movements produced by Swiss movement houses renown throughout the industry. A watch having an in-house movement does not necessarily make it a more accurate timepiece, however many times there are benefits to having an in-house movement, such as a longer power reserve, shock-resistance and greater aesthetic finishing on the movement itself.
For more information on Windsor Jewelry stop by 6809-D Phillips Place Court in Charlotte or call 704-556-7747 or visit www.windsor-jewelers.com.
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It’s hard to imagine an alpine village in the South, but just three hours southwest of Charlotte is Helen, Ga.; a Bavarianstyle village full of festivals, shopping, inns, amazing scenery and so much more. Whether it’s a daytrip or an overnight, Helen is a hidden gem worth exploring, right here in the South.
What to Do
Festivals From hot air balloon races, Winefest and fireworks at Fourth of July to Christmas Parades, Bavarian Nights of Summer and the longest Oktoberfest in the South, Helen has something going on nearly every season of the year. Check the visitors bureau website for the calendar of events, but pencil-in Oktoberfest for the best taste of the town. Hot Air Balloon Rides Helen offers one of the biggest opportunities in the South for hot air balloon rides at Balloons Over Georgia. In addition to the 40th Annual race that takes place in May, rides are offered everyday where you can lazily float over the sweeping views of North Georgia. The Great Outdoors And by this we mean – everything! From a corn maze, horseback riding and the twin waterfalls at Anna Ruby Falls to tubing down the Chattahoochee River, trout fishing, ziplining or hiking, there are a plethora of activities that the whole family can enjoy outside.
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For The Kids While it may not top the list for adults, those with kids may want to tour Babyland General Hospital to see the birth of Cabbage Patch Kids. Housed in an antebellum mansion in Helen surrounded by acres of gorgeous gardens still tended by Cabbage Patch founder Xavier Roberts, families can witness the “birth” of their babydolls, name them and take it home.
Where To Shop
Alpine Village Shops As with most small towns, the shopping in Helen is eclectic with plenty of antiques, handmade art, jewelry and pottery, and unique boutiques full of one-of-a-kind finds. Nacoochee Antique Mall Just a half mile up from the Alpine shops is the Nacoochee Antique Mall housed in a great old house filled to the gills with antiques, nostalgia and collectables.
Where To Eat
Nacoochee Grill Hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood are grilled over a live fire for a truly original and delicious experience. Located in a gorgeous farmhouse with good food and scenic views of the surrounding mountains – what more can you ask for? Bernie’s Restaurant Located in the Nacoochee Valley Guest House, this fine dining restaurant is a favorite for special occasions and events. New Zealand rack of lamb and roasted duckling top the list, but if you’re not a meateater, the vegetarian tasting course is equally delicious. Old Heidelberg A trip to an Alpine village just wouldn’t be complete without some authentic German fare. Old Heidelberg restaurant has been in Helen almost since the inception of the village and is serving up German faves like Schnitzels, wursts, pretzels and beer. For something sweet, head over the authentic German bakery Hofer’s, right up the road.
Images courtesy of www.helengeorgia.com and www.helenga.org
The Joy of Custom Building By Dana W. Todd
Some people say building a custom home is one of life’s most stressful experiences. It’s highly probable those who feel this way are not Arthur Rutenberg Homes customers. For the past 60 years, Arthur Rutenberg Homes has provided a unique process for customers to quickly design and build a custom home free of the stereotypical headaches. In Charlotte, this takes place through the locally owned franchise, Paragon Homes of Charlotte, operated by Mitch Genda and Jim Rosewater. Typically, custom homebuilders ask customers to find their own home plan, or the company provides a choice from plans they have frequently built. From there, the customer makes changes on paper, never getting a chance to physically see how the modifications will affect the final design. Some may shell out tens of thousands of dollars hiring an architect. Next, they will travel to multiple showrooms to shop for
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finishes that fit within the builder’s “allowances.” Regardless of how the process proceeds, it is disjointed, confusing and often budget-busting for homeowners. The Arthur Rutenberg process is noticeably different. The company stocks more than 100 plans developed by their in-house design professionals. Local franchisees showcase many of these plans as furnished model homes, allowing homeowners to walk through and really understand how the designs will impact their lifestyles. “Our plan collection is alive,” says Jim Rosewater. “If a homeowner likes one plan but wants changes, we can quickly create a personalized plan incorporating the changes along with detailed pricing.” Using the same designers who work on model homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes customizes a plan within 48 hours, which includes a detailed multi-page price quote itemizing all finishes based on the
customer’s preferences. Homeowners know the plan is customized for their needs, designed by a professional and headache-free when shopping under restrictive finish allowances. Delivering a fast and simple process in days - not weeks or months at a highly competitive cost is a major benefit, says Rosewater. “We’re a locally owned builder backed by the resources of a legendary company,” he says. “This gives customers both tremendous benefits and value.” Paragon is celebrating the grand opening of a model home in The Woodlands, located in Charlotte, and another one in late summer at The Club at Longview.v Be sure to check out information at www.ArthurRutenbergHomes.com, including a full history of the award-winning custom homebuilder. Want to see the model homes or inquire about building a home? Call 704-545-9900.
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Urban Home Magazine, is the most widely read home and garden magazine in Charlotte. Regardless of your dream home style, it can certainly be...
Published on May 28, 2013
Urban Home Magazine, is the most widely read home and garden magazine in Charlotte. Regardless of your dream home style, it can certainly be...