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42 The Unassuming Cottage

A design team dream: residential designer Frank Smith transforms this Myers Park beauty while still maintaining the cottage-like curb appeal; Laura Archibald creates interiors that soothe and rejuvenate.

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54 Isle of Peace A vacation home designed by David Smith is simultaneously intimate, airy, sophisticated, and lived-in all at once. 66 Serenity Now

Interior designer Anne Buresh helps a Charlotte couple design and decorate their dream home on Badin Lake, just over an hour east of the city.


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Style Bring the outside IN with these extraordinary and “natural” elements.


86 Building a Better Home:


Palette Cerulean takes us away on a bold yet relaxing trip to blue paradise.

26 trend

Taking she-sheds to the next level, designer Angie Persson from Swell Décor creates a fuss-worthy space fit for a preteen.

Rules be Damned The Stone Man creates an outdoor patio perfect for a Charlotte couple that is looking to expand their outside living space… within reason.

82 Begin with the End in Mind

Rodney Hines, owner of The Furniture Connector, starts with the perfect rug and then goes from there.

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88 Room Service: Beth Keim A Global Mix

92 Home Remodeling: Brad Little Remodel Regrets

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10 From the Editor 94 Arts and Culture Spotlight 96 Advertiser Index

Don’t go outside without these stylish picks perfect for your outdoor space. Take an insider’s look at interior designer Caroline Brackett and explore her fashionforward, client-inspired style.

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reetings from maternity leave! It’s with great joy (and exhaustion) that I announce the birth of our healthy baby girl just days ago. With that said, please forgive any errors you may find in this beautiful issue. Sleep deprivation is no joke! While I’m transitioning into life with two children under the age of two, we are all experiencing the transition from spring into summer – my favorite time of year. In this issue, we celebrate the season of outdoor living and all the beautiful designs – natural and manmade – that surround us. From dining al fresco to basking poolside, we’ve highlighted some of the best new products to create that outdoor oasis for which we’ve all been yearning (page 32). The school year is coming to a close, pools are opening, and vacation days are upon us. See how designer Angie Persson of Swell Décor transforms an ordinary shed into a backyard sanctuary for her daughter (page 28). And despite the expression that all good things must come to an end, you can create an outdoor retreat inside by incorporating some of these beautiful textiles, accessories, case goods, and more into your home that offer year-round enjoyment (page 20). From natural coastal waters to lakes and pools, some of Charlotte’s finest designers have created beautiful waterside spaces for their clients to enjoy both near and far. Interior designer David Smith creates a relaxed yet sophisticated beachfront paradise for one Charlotte couple (page 56) to retreat to, while designer Laura Archibald transforms a family’s Myers Park home into an enchanting abode they can call their own (page 44). For another lake-loving couple, interior designer Anne Buresh designs a clean aesthetic that allows the landscape to take center stage (page 68). So before you allow a blanket of humidity and bugs to drag you down, take a deep breath and remember to take advantage of these sweet summer days. They’ll be gone before you know it. I know I will be trying to soak in as much as I can – regardless of the sleepless nights and drawn out days ahead of me!

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On The Cover: Outdoor living at it’s finest - at the beach. Dreamy neutrals and pecky cypress details create the ultimate relaxed vibe at this sprawling vacation home designed by David Smith Custom Interiors.

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6211 Glynmoor Lakes Drive – Piper Glen – $2,745,000 – 5 Bedrooms/5.3 Baths Private sanctuary in the city with “the best views in all of Glynmoor Lakes”, the estate section of Piper Glen. Crafted with exquisite stonework and plaster moldings, you simply will not find a finer home in Charlotte. The desirable, livable floor plan is bright and open and was designed to take advantage of its waterfront location with pool and lake views throughout. Enter into the magnificent two story foyer with its curved staircase, Italian marble floors, and Swarovski Strass waterfall crystal chandelier. The study, living and great room have gorgeous fireplaces. Entertaining is easy with its stunning dining room, centrally located bar, and fully renovated cook’s kitchen with its two breakfast bars. The master suite is a true retreat with its sitting area and new luxurious bath. All bedrooms have private baths. The movie theatre is to die for. Unsurpassed outdoor living features a covered veranda and patio, a kitchen, an infinity pool, and a lovely guest house. Studio over garage. Lucy Butler 704.996.2423

5408 Challisford Lane – Challis Farm – $2,500,000 – MLS # 3361951 – 7 Bedrooms/4.2 Baths Amazing newer custom home in desirable gated neighborhood! Exceedingly high-end finishing’s, large, private lot located near 12th green of Carmel CC’s S. course. Fab KT with coffered ceiling, oversized island w/marble top, 6 burner Thermador refrigerator and gas range with double ovens, Miele coffee bar, generous breakfast area with lots of windows opens to GR and covered porch with fireplace and pizza oven. Main level MSTR suite with spa-like MSTR BTH-featuring marble topped vanities, walk through steam shower, dual walk in closets and lovely barrel ceiling. Upper Level with 5 additional BR’s and/or bonus and cedar closets. Unbelievable LL with additional great room, built in bar, media room, guest BR/BTH and large unfinished areas opens to LL covered terrace. A magnificent home! Lisa Rupp 704.560.4772

322 Nelson Road – Wellington Woods – $1,299,000 – MLS # 3360166 – 8.41 Acres Lovely estate home on 8.41 acres. Built in 2000, this elegant 4 bedroom/4.1 bath home will fulfill all of your client’s desires. Master on the main with his and her baths. Volume ceiling in great room. Wonderful bonus/game room off kitchen with barrel ceiling. Gorgeous pool, lania, spa. Expansive private grounds. Immaculate, must see. Lisa Spear 704.907.2416

7515 Baltusrol Lane – Quail Hollow – $1,270,000 – MLS # 3380570 – 6 Bedrooms/4.2 Baths Located on one of the loveliest streets in the highly sought-after Quail Hollow neighborhood, sits this magnificent traditional home. 7515 Baltusrol Lane is located within walking distance to the Quail Hollow golf course. This house has a beautiful flowing layout which creates a perfect environment for stylish entertaining and casual daily living. Freshly painted, all new carpet, move-in ready. Open flow, grand openings and loaded with charm. The home has wonderful formal living spaces, high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout the downstairs of the house and extensive moldings. The home has 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths, 3 fireplaces, new roof and gutters, grilling patio off kitchen and sunroom. Lush landscaping with irrigation on this 0.57 acres lot. The spacious backyard, enclosed by a brick wall, presents a tremendous opportunity for outdoor living at its finest. Cecelia McNorrill 404.308.1043

1241 South Kings Drive – Myers Park – $900,000 – MLS # 3363982 – 4 Bedrooms/4.2 Baths Elegant two story Myers Park home minutes from CMC main and East Boulevard. Large open rooms flow easily making for a perfect home for entertaining. Main level features a chef’s kitchen open to a breakfast area and den, with a door leading to the inviting covered porch from the breakfast area. Rounding out the main floor are living room, formal dining room, office, master suite and guest suite. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, two full baths and a bonus room with a half bath. A walk-in attic makes storage a breeze. Chip Jetton 704.608.1661

6726 Riesman Lane – Preserve at Belingrath – $770,000 – MLS # 3371230 – 4 Bedrooms/3.1 Baths Welcoming updated home in SouthPark on private, wooded lot. Minutes away from shopping, schools & uptown. Two story with 4 bedrooms up and a fully finished, walkout lower level with separate entrance and guest suite, rec room, kitchenette, workshop and full bath! Hardwoods throughout main level. New kitchen features double ovens and designer granite countertop. Breakfast room open to den w/vaulted ceiling & wood burning fireplace. Screened porches overlook the Preserve at Belingrath. Large MBRM, updated MB with skylight. Home has excellent storage, irrigation system, new roof and HVAC system. FinchMiller Team 704.458.6700/704.577.4788

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Back to Nature Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox From lounging poolside to al fresco dining, nothing quite compares to that breath of fresh air, ethereal light, and warmth that wraps itself around you during long summer days. Create an outside oasis that you can enjoy year-round by bringing the outdoors in. By incorporating natural elements into your decor – whether it’s with flora, faux or real; furniture made of natural fibers such as rattan, jute, and wicker; or textiles with patterns found outdoors like latticework and bamboo – you can add an outdoor escape to your domain that you can enjoy all the other days of the year, too.


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ClubHouse Rules Angie Persson of Swell Decor turns a custom shed into a cozy backyard retreat for her daughter. By Aleigh Acerni Photography by Dustin Peck

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What do you do when your preteen daughter outgrows her childhood swing set? If you’re Angie Persson, the designer behind Swell Decor, you get to work—replacing that long-neglected swing set with a chic clubhouse instead. “I wanted something that could grow with her and also with me,” Persson says. “If I’m going to put this in my yard, I’m going to live with it for a long time.” Persson outfitted the space, a semi-custom prefabricated building from Home Depot, with windows, French doors, and interior shelving. Elise, Persson’s eleven-year-old daughter, chose the color palette, and the pair spent three weeks painting it. “She takes a lot of pride in it,” Persson says. Inside, wood-and-pigskin chairs from Holistic Habitat at Cotswold Marketplace create a fun casual vibe, while a large dog painting by local artist Michelle Rivera hangs on the wall. Finally, the hardscapes and plants went in with the help of Mike Kennerly of The Essential Gardener. (Those stainless steel tubs are horse troughs!) As a birthday gift, Elise’s grandfather had electricity routed to the shed, making it even more useful for slumber parties, studying, or reading. Persson and her daughter both love the way it turned out. “I think it makes my yard look bigger,” Persson says. And while the versatile, charming space is claimed, for now, Persson has lots of ideas for what she might do with it someday when it’s no longer a favorite hangout for Elise. “It could be a music room, art studio, home office…” No matter what she decides, she’ll definitely spend many evenings enjoying the cozy setting. “It is so magical at night,” she says. “Every night, the yard lights come on. It looks like it has been there forever.”u June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 27

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The Living’s Easy Patio season is finally here. We’ve rounded up the most stylish picks for your outdoor space. Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox Written by Aleigh Acerni

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The Capistrano outdoor dining chair is like the little black dress for your patio. Inspired by Serena & Lily’s Avalon Collection, its classic look mimics the original rattan design, but with hand-wrapped resin over a lightweight aluminum frame so that it’s suitable for the outdoors. The cushion—available in a solid or stripe—is upholstered in durable Sunbrella canvas to withstand the elements while still looking great. Available at Serena & Lily online / $698 each /

Resistant to kinks, cracks, and leaks, the Heritage Garden Hose is a must-have to help your garden grow. Plus, with its slim profile and a range of colors exclusive to Terrain, it looks as stylish as it is functional. Each hose is made in America of toxin-free polyurethane with rustproof fittings (no BPA, lead, or phthalates), so it’s safe for people and pets to drink from—not just plants. It’s also light in weight and available in fifty-foot and hundred-foot lengths. Available at Terrain online / Starting at $59 /

Double Duty Clean lines meet contemporary styling in this chic planter. Equally at home on the front porch or back deck, the faux stone basin— molded from coco twigs to get a unique texture—sits nestled in a gold iron ore stand. Offered in two sizes, the Lela planter is equally stylish filled with plants or repurposed as beverage tubs by the pool (a drainage hole with plug is included). Available at Frontgate online / Starting at $399 / 30 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | June / July 2018

Shade Seeker As stylish as it is useful, the Vineyard Single Cantilever outdoor umbrella from Tuuci looks like teak but is made from durable, marine-grade materials, giving it a natural design appeal that won’t weaken or weather when it’s exposed to the elements. The side-post umbrella looks great poolside or over a seating area. And with hundreds of colorful fabrics to choose from— plus several shade shapes and bases—it can be customized for any aesthetic. Available through Firehouse Casual Living / Starting at $3,348 /


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Fan Out Equally at home on a patio or porch, you’ll want to do all your summer reading curled up in this statement-making fan back lounge chair from Mecox (with a glass of lemonade or a mojito nearby, naturally). Its modern, tailored look includes an upholstered seat and throw pillow with a variety of fabric options available to order. Made of durable materials, it’s well suited to your favorite outdoor living space. Available at Mecox / $3,900 /

Garden Variety The AERIN Figural Leaf chip and dip platter from Williams Sonoma was inspired by an Arts and Crafts-style vase and created in collaboration with Aerin Lauder. The rest of the serveware collection includes a pitcher, cheese plate, serving bowls, and other platters—snag them all or choose one to add a hint of whimsy to your table. Produced in a factory in Portugal that was founded in 1884, the earthenware platter is hand-painted and ready to hold your favorite dips, salsa, or crudités. Safe for use in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Available at Williams Sonoma / $99.95 /

Dig It Your tools will be as pretty as your garden when you plant your petunias and peonies with this Celine garden tools set from Anthropologie. The set includes a fork and shovel made of stainless steel with handles made of tropical wood. Bonus: When your hard work is done, they’ll look just as lovely hanging from your potting bench. Available at Anthropologie / $38 /

In the Round With a design inspired by decorative balusters, the Montgomery outdoor dining table from California-based Made Goods sets the tone for al fresco dining. Beautiful and practical, it is handcrafted of light gray concrete with a forty-eight-inch diameter. Cover it with a delicate tablecloth for a more elegant setting or leave it uncovered and let the concrete, which naturally distresses over time, lend a more casual feel. Available through Traditions of Charlotte / $3,500 /

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Color Theory These indoor/outdoor pillows bring an artistic touch to your patio or living room. Designed in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist collective Zoe Bios, the water-resistant pillows are filled with one hundred percent recycled polyester filling that’s been sustainably resourced from recycled plastic bottles. Available at West Elm / $27 each /

Sweet Seats Alabama-based Summer Classics has been a trusted name in luxury outdoor furniture for more than twentyfive years: Witness their Roma Collection to see why. The collection brings together simple, chic lines and beautiful, durable materials—such as wrought aluminum with flecks of gold—in each piece. Sturdy and timeless, inspired by Italian antiques, the collection includes a lounge chair, ottoman, sofa, and spring lounge chair. The perfect seats to sink into on a hot day. Available at Summer Classics / Starting at $3,394 /

Mood Maker Play Day The You and Me ping-pong table by RS Barcelona has secrets—it comes in three sizes and can also function as a large dining table, a conference table, or a general-use side table. When it’s time for dinner or a business meeting, stow away the net, paddles, and balls in the side drawer (the table comes with two ping-pong paddles and six balls). Then top with a gauzy tablecloth or enjoy its steeland-laminate tabletop—available in black or white—and pull up a chair. Available at Y Living online / Starting at $3,350 /

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Whether you want soft sounds or soft lighting, the UMA sound lamp has you covered. With its modern, lantern-inspired design, this minimalist speaker-meetslamp combines LED technology with surround sound. It’s portable and minimalist with a chic look that suits just about any aesthetic. Available at Y Living online / $479 /

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Caroline Brackett

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Based in Charlotte and Greenville, South Carolina, Caroline Brackett of Caroline Brackett Studio of Design describes the driving force behind her work. “The inspiration for my work comes from many places. Of them all, however, the client is always the biggest source of inspiration for any project. Collaboration between designer and client reigns supreme, and the direction a home takes is in correlation to their likes, tastes, styles, treasures, and life experiences. Travels, art, wardrobes, collections, etcetera – they all play a significant role in the curation of a space reflecting my clients’ individual story. The ideal design relationship is one where we inspire, educate, and stretch each other. Inspira- 3 tion is all around us, and nothing is more inspiring than a life well lived.” 1. Ralph Lauren Large Natalie Chandelier / $4,740 / 2. Jody Candrian Cuff / $850 / 3. “Rock Wall at Night” Acrylic on Canvas by Katie Walker / 4. Billy Baldwin Studio Turkish Ottoman / $1,500 / 5. Bernhardt Saxon Chaise / Starting at $2,008 / 6. Bunny Williams Mughal Arch Umbrella / $629 / 7. La DoubleJ Pavone Verde Dinner at the Pellicano Dress / $892 /

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A large kitchen was a high priority for the homeowners when redesigning the home. Frank Smith designed a much larger, open kitchen overlooking the living room.

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The Unassuming

cottage A circa-1927 home is transformed into an unexpectedly grand cottage on a hill in the heart of Myers Park.

Interior Design by Laura Archibald | Photography by Chris Edwards | Written by Blake Miller

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Because the homeowners wanted the home to feel bright and calming as soon as you walk in, Frank Smith designed the living such that French doors by the entryway flood the room with natural light throughout the day. Laura Archibald’s neutral color palette is soft and soothing, the perfect complement to Smith’s design.

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t was time to go. The couple had been toying with the idea of moving to Myers Park from their Concord-area home to shorten their work commutes, and one particular home kept popping up during their search. “My husband kept showing it to me, and I just kept telling him, ‘No. It’s way too big; it costs too much’,” she says. It wasn’t until a family friend suggested they go look at the home “just to see,” that the couple finally scheduled a showing. “Literally, as soon as we walked in, I knew it was the one,” she says. Within hours, the couple put an offer on the home. After much back and forth, though, the homeowners eventually rejected the couple’s final negotiated offer. “At this point, we’d already sold our house, so we had to move into a hotel,” she explains. “Our heart was set on that home, and we didn’t have a plan B. But as I was packing my things, we got the call from our realtor that they wanted to know if we’d still honor our last offer.” The home, it seems, was meant to be theirs. While they loved the bones of the circa-1927 Colonial-style home, they knew that it would need updating. That renovation, though, would not take place until nine years later when their next door neighbor offered to sell the couple their home. “We were ecstatic,” she says. Tearing down the adjacent home would allow the couple to expand their existing home while also making room for the swimming pool the husband had dreamed of having in the backyard. “It was the perfect situation,” she says. “Tearing down that home would allow us the space we needed to do everything we wanted.” Not long after purchasing the adjacent home, the couple reached out to architect Frank Smith whose vision for the home was to maintain its stunning yet unassuming cottage curb appeal and seamlessly expand the home so that you could never tell where the original structure began and where the addition and renovation started. “We probably went through five or six drawings with Frank before we got to the point where we knew this renovation was exactly what we wanted,” she says. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 45

Though most of the home features new furniture and accessories, Laura Archibald kept the homeowners’ existing dining room table but updated the traditional piece with chairs with clean lines by Charles Stewart in a Duralee fabric.

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To expand the kitchen from its original galley style and make room for the swimming pool and outdoor living area—both hers and his top priorities with the renovation, respectively—the footprint of the home needed to be reworked. The couple enlisted the help of designer Laura Archibald, who worked closely with Smith to redesign the existing home’s layout to better fit the homeowners’ needs. What was once the living room became the dining room while the former dining room was transformed into a library with a staircase that leads to the second floor. The original garage transitioned into the new master suite while the existing den remained as is. With the addition came a larger living room, new kitchen, and a threecar garage with a room above.

Top: The home was designed such that every room has a view of the outdoor living space making the swimming pool and large backyard a courtyard setting ideal for entertaining. Bottom: The wet bar was one area in the home where Laura Archibald wanted to have fun. The designer installed a glass backsplash that looks metallic to provide extra light and provide a fun touch. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 47

With the redesigned footprint, the homeowners now have two master suites—one upstairs and one downstairs—so that when they become empty nesters they can easily live on one floor of the home. This master bedroom boasts the same neutral color palette found throughout the home but complemented by varying textures and patterns to provide interest to the space.

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Top: To keep the master bathroom light and airy, Laura Archibald chose marble countertops and polished nickel finishes. Two mirrored doors that lead into the master closets provide light, which it has very little of, to the room. Bottom: “The client immediately gravitated toward the Romo fabric,” Laura Archibald says of the Charles Stewart chair covered in the navy blue strie fabric. “So we used it for the draperies and the pillow shams, which helped balance the space and get more fabric into the room.”

Though the renovation nearly doubled the square footage of the home, the ultimate goal was to design a home that was aesthetically appropriate for the neighborhood. Being a oneand-a-half-story home, it’s unassuming from the street. “People often don’t realize how large the home really is when you see it from the sidewalk,” the homeowner says. “And being that it’s situated on a hill, we really wanted to make sure we weren’t going vertical with our square footage.” Archibald helped create a comfortable interior with the use of a calm, soothing color palette of greys and neutrals. Though the homeowners ideally wanted to use most of their existing furniture and accessories, Archibald ultimately installed new pieces while seamlessly weaving in some of the older items from the home’s original design. In the dining room, Archibald kept the original dining room table but switched out the traditional chairs for more transitional ones by Charles Stewart in a Duralee fabric while the homeowners’ china cabinet was “the perfect size for that space, so we decided to keep it in the mix,” Archibald says. In the den, the designer reupholstered the existing oversize sofa in a Pindler fabric but then added a pair of new Charles Stewart armchairs. “It was really about elevating the look to a more transitional style with color and textures,” Archibald explains. “It was such a departure from what we were used to,” the homeowner says. “But it was exactly what we wanted, and Laura nailed it.” The one-time small galley kitchen was transformed into a stunning open-air room overlooking the den. Archibald and the homeowners worked closely on the design of the kitchen designing the custom cabinetry by Johnson Custom Cabinetry and choosing the finishes and appliances. Because of its proximity to a living space, Archibald wanted to make sure the kitchen table felt more like an extension of the den, so she added a metal-top table by Bernhardt she found at High Point market coupled with skirted upholstered dining chairs on the side facing the living space. Opposite, a simple custom-designed bench slides under the table leaving more room between the counters and dining June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 49

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Opposite: B&B Pools collaborated with landscape architect John Byrd to create the outdoor living space and pool. Below Left: The powder room was like a tiny jewel box hence the addition of the Anna French wallpaper in the small space. Below Right: To establish a seamless transition from indoors to out, Laura Archibald added the same bluestone pavers from the pool deck to the foyer and laundry room, which add a subtle complementary touch of blue to the home throughout.

Though the couple wasn’t planning to fall in love with this house when they first saw it in 2003, today— with the renovation and addition—they can’t imagine their home being anywhere else but here.

area. Backless counter stools by Hickory Chair keep the view from the kitchen to the den open. “Laura was always spot on with her fabric choices and colors,” the homeowner says. “We loved everything she picked for us and how she also kept some of our pieces in the look.” Though the couple wasn’t planning to fall in love with this house

when they first saw it in 2003, today—with the renovation and addition—they can’t imagine their home being anywhere else but here. “Frank and Laura and this team brought our dream to fruition,” the homeowner says. “I didn’t know it back then, but this was exactly what we needed and wanted.”u

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This is paradise. A perfectly symmetrical house and grounds – right down to the to the poolside palmforming trees forming parentheses the property – the order and poolside palm trees parentheses aroundaround the property – hint at hint at the orderthis andluxurious serenity Isle within this luxurious serenity within of Palms getaway.Isle of Palms getaway.

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ou won’t find a single basket of shells or miniature palm tree at this oceanfront Isle of Palms, S.C. vacation home. Yet, the minute you walk in, you know you’re at the very beachiest of beach houses. And it was designed that way. When a Charlotte-area couple decided to build a seaside escape, they went with their tried-and-true. They hired their long-time designer, David Smith of Custom Interiors, to bring their vision to life. Smith and the couple practically communicate telepathically. “We’ve worked together on many projects,” Smith says. “They trust me.” The trust runs so deep, in fact, that the pair told their architect, Herlong & Associates, to allow Smith leeway to make changes to the blueprints. “I’ve never had that happen,” Smith says. “The architect gave us a beautiful exterior and a basic interior layout based on the needs of the client. It was up to me to design the interiors.” “If the walls needed to be moved to accommodate the furnishings or open a space up or allow for better views, I had that freedom,” he continues. “I was able to design all the interior elements from the walls, handrails, lighting, tile, cabinetry, countertops, decorative beams, and furnishings – all with amazing support from the builder and architect. My clients let me roll with it.” Smith and his clients made the decision to have few walls on the main level. Beyond the extra-large foyer is what Smith describes as “one grand room”. “It stretches the full width of the house,” he says. “It contains the dining room, family room, kitchen, and even the butler’s pantry. Big, sliding doors give an uninterrupted view of the beach.” Also on the main level are two guest suites with private baths as well as a powder room. Lots of natural wood and light, creamy taupes, pale blues, soft browns, and grays – and a complete lack of visual clutter – provide a sedate backdrop for a vacation home meant to induce utter relaxation. Plenty of white space gives the furnishings and art room to breathe. And it reminds homeowners and guests that an oceanfront house is a place to let out a big exhale. As elegant as it is, the couple originally planned on something grander. At first, this house was conceived as the guesthouse. They planned to build it first and then use their land on the adjacent lot to build the main house. But Smith explains that the homeowners fell in love with its comfort, so they no longer needed the second build. “Even though it’s a sizable house, there’s an intimacy to it. It’s relaxing. They decided this was exactly what they wanted.” It’s easy to see why. Their architect designed what Smith calls a “Lowcountry farmhouse with a vintage Southern spin.” “It fits in with its seaside environment, but it doesn’t scream ‘beach house.’” It’s built in the Southern farmhouse vernacular – but with every upgrade imaginable. Yes, the front porch is there. But it’s oversized for outdoor living. A ground-level veranda has a luxurious living area and a dining table that seats eight. The interior, heavy on neutrals and pecky cypress, is designed to soothe – not excite. “One of my client’s only directives was that she wanted to see soft colors,” Smith says. “And that’s the palette I’m most comfortable working in. There’s nothing too bold or loud in this house. There’s nothing wrong with either of those, but this house was designed to be calm and quiet.” June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 57

Oh, to be a kid again – specifically one staying at this house. Some might argue that the kids’ suite is the best room in the house. All the natural wood makes it feel like a tree house. Four built-in bunk beds are custom-made for sleepovers.

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Pecky cypress beams and doors are reminiscent of driftwood, perfect for a coastal retreat. Countertops are Arabescato marble, a beautiful combination of soft whites and dusty grays. The island is done in brushed granite. Wicker chairs are by Janus et Cie, and statement lighting is by The Urban Electric Co.

Pecky cypress barn doors hide as well reveal a tidy butler’s pantry, which also doubles as an office. Paint on shiplap walls is Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Proving it is possible to have a zen-like space for a very quotidian chore, the laundry room, which is part of the butler’s pantry, has a durable tile floor from Walker Zanger. Walnut countertops are by William C. Pritchard Co. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 59

Proving elegance doesn’t have to be formal, this airy foyer looks straight out onto the sand and surf. Rug is by Moattar and light fixture by The Urban Electric Co. 60 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | June / July 2018

Cream and greige is all the color you need when you have a view of white sand and the blue-green of the ocean. The headboard is by Hickory Chair and linens are by Legacy Home. A seating arrangement in front of the window makes a great place in one of two master bedrooms to hunker down with a good book.

The main balcony provides sweeping views of the beach and endless ocean, making this the ultimate spot for relaxation and taking in the sounds of the sea.

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Another simple, yet stunning, space is the stairwell, which was designed by David Smith. The sun pouring in from the skylight is buffered a bit with the architectural crisscross within a circle. The pendant light is from The Urban Electric Co.

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Lots of natural wood and light, creamy taupes, pale blues, soft browns, and grays – and a complete lack of visual clutter – provide a sedate backdrop for a vacation home meant to induce utter relaxation.

The beach was made for al fresco dining, and this home delivers. Just steps away from the pool, this outdoor dining and living area is perfect for casual suppers after a day on the beach. Light fixture is by Currey & Company. Kingsley Bate teak table and chairs can withstand the elements.

The owners have three adult sons and can’t help but dream of the grandkids they hope to welcome to the beach one day. Those future grandchildren were very much taken into consideration in the home’s design. The home’s second story has one guest suite and a showstopping bunk suite with four built-in beds and a boys’ bathroom and a girls’ bathroom. On the upper level there are two master suites with balconies overlooking the pool, landscaped backyard, and ocean beyond. An elevator provides easy transport from one level to the next. Smith managed to pull off the nifty trick of making a house both grand and down-to-earth. As sophisticated as it is, the house is also

what he calls “very casual and lived-in.” “This is not a hands-off atmosphere,” he declares. Wicker chairs at the oversized kitchen island, shiplap walls painted a creamy white, and a minimalist aesthetic all combine to make the home feel like a place you want to be barefoot. A beach house doesn’t need to have a beachy theme to remind owners and guests they’re at the shore. In the case of this classic oceanfront home, the wall of windows overlooking the sand and sea do the job quite nicely. The sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore and seagulls chirping overhead is its own kind of symphony.u June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 63

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The easy flow between indoors and out in this screened porch makes it the perfect place to relax, whether lounging beside the electric fire table or chatting over dinner. Swivel chairs from Summer Classics offer versatility while pillows from Lacefield Designs in subtle hues evoke the property’s natural beauty.

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hat do we want? That was the question Cam and Jen Dyer mused with designer Anne Buresh on the banks of Badin Lake as they stared out across their new property, a peninsular stretch of waterfront heaven that would be the site of their future lake home. Having worked previously with the Dyers and now with the opportunity to start fresh on a new construction, Buresh drew on her knowledge and relationship with the family to open up a dialogue about their must-haves for the home. “Transparent communication is paramount to the process, from vision boarding and conceptualization to implementation. The key to the perfect design is determining a clear idea of the client’s needs then proceeding through a systematic process that provides both direction and shared expectations,” Buresh says. “That’s exactly what the Dyers and I accomplished.” The Dyers wanted to establish continuity between the home and property, seamlessly bringing the outdoors in to create an organic yet chic design that embodied the tranquility of the natural setting. Buresh’s mission was to create a space that embraced the casual and functional, as well as the contemporary luxe. “The design was all about balance, whether the family was entertaining friends, relaxing with family, or simply having kids in wet bathing suits running in and out,” Buresh says. And balance is the key element of the comprehensive design. While outdoor luxury living was a cornerstone element, a nature-inspired palette of grays, neutrals, greens, and blues were infused throughout the interior, reflecting the beauty of the outdoors inside. Buresh also used layers of textures and colors to soften the space without compromising the airy openness of the home. Likewise, custom-designed furniture allowed Buresh to accommodate Cam Dyer’s six-foot-eight-inch frame, providing ease of accessibility, and highly functional furniture without sacrificing the clean, contemporary aesthetic. Ample outdoor living areas effortlessly extend the home’s livable square footage, all with a picturesque backdrop of the pool and lake. Extra seating offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax with a glass of wine on a poolside lounger, at the stone fire pit, or in one of the eight Adirondack-style rocking chairs that line the back patio. The clean, straight lines of the pool and furniture perfectly complement the linear detail of the bluestone patio stone pavers that coordinate with the pale blue patio ceiling, a nod to a traditional feature of Southern design. An adjacent screened porch boasts additional dining and sitting areas, complete with versatile swivel chairs that encourage conversation or aid relaxation next to the electric fire table while taking in a game on TV. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 69

Durability was a priority in this busy heart of the home. Crisp white cabinetry and linear gray tile stand up to excessive traffic while stainless state-of-the-art Thermador appliances and the streamlined design of plumbing fixtures and recessed lighting keep the space feeling light and airy.

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Buresh’s use of textures and subtle colors throughout the master suite echoes the cohesive design. Natural woven blinds are layered with soft blue window treatments in the bathroom to offer privacy while also adding a dash of color to accent the gray cabinetry and white marble. The bedroom, the Dyers personal sanctuary, is full of texture – from the upholstered headboard with nail-head trim to the textured silver gray

bench to the classic, European damask linen curtains. In the kitchen and dining room, the portion of the home Buresh lovingly dubs “Grand Central,” the design centers not only on the balance between chic and casual but also focuses on accessibility and durability. The upscale farmhouse-inspired kitchen echoes the same subtle palette of the home but also includes a custom-designed Tritter

Top: The Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort chandelier is the brilliant focal point for this contemporary dining room. The custom dining table and sideboard, both from Tritter Feefer, were designed and finished for the space, and the Hickory Chair dining chairs with nail-head trim encourage guests to linger well after the meal is finished. Tailored linen drapes with Greek key trim and matte wideplanked hardwood floors accentuate the beauty of pairing classic and contemporary elements. Bottom: Eye-catching wallpaper provides movement and a powerful punch of rich blues and golds, giving this powder room pizazz and an aesthetic that is both elegant and wild. Gilded accessories, a star chandelier by Suzanne Kasler, and Visual Comfort sconces give this space maximum impact. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 71

Feefer farm table that comfortably seats a crowd. The table’s protective coating and the chairs’ faux ostrich fabric are both beautiful and easily maintained. Likewise, the custom, extra-long formal dining table seats up to sixteen and the nail-head dining chairs were selected to encourage lingering at the table long after a meal. Both tables were constructed one to two inches taller than average to give Cam Dyer a maximum amount of comfort and mobility. It was this attention to detail that made the unveiling of the finished product a day that neither the Dyers nor Buresh will soon forget. Buresh’s “reveal day” is never complete without a few homey touches like her signature bottle of wine and bowl of nuts on the table, which she says is an invitation to sit down and enjoy some Southern hospitality. “I honestly believe our living environments affect our physical and emotional well-being,” Buresh says. “That’s why my passion is creating a design that embodies the client’s needs—a haven where they can relax, put their feet up, and enjoy life.”u Top: Window treatments in textured blue Pindler fabric soften the gray cabinetry and white marble. An Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort chandelier adds a glamorous touch to the subtle palette of this master bath. Right: Texture is the name of the game in this luxurious master bedroom. An upholstered headboard with brushed nickel nail-head trim and silver bench, both by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair, and a custom side table by Tritter Feefer coordinate seamlessly with the blues and greens of European damask linen curtains and Lacefield Designs accent pillows that echo the beautiful lake vista as seen from the expansive windows.

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What’s right for you? Bob Kirby, TFC’s in-house rug expert, is adept at helping customers choose the right rug for their room, budget and lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be an eighty-year-old hand-knotted, one hundred percent wool rug with an intricate design. But if it is, customers must decide if they want a rug that features a central medallion or an overall pattern. “A central medallion has a classic beauty, but it may be more difficult to work with in some rooms,” Kirby said. Or, your rug could have the look of an old “Oriental” rug but it’s actually machine-made with synthetic fibers. Improved design of machine-made rugs has helped broaden their appeal. Many are also made with fibers that can withstand pets and children. A cowhide rug from Brazil, however, might be right for you. Some of TFC’s newest cowhide rugs have metallic accents. It’s an unexpected look for someone with eclectic tastes. Even vintage Persian rugs are undergoing a transformation before being offered for sale today. “Old Persian rugs often had deep reds and blues,” Raja said. “Consumers want something softer today – a ‘washed-out’ look with coral, light blue, celadon and beige.” So, rug importers often take some of the color out to create a more neutral palette. Those who invest in a handmade rug are likely to be happy with their purchase for decades. The beauty, quality and durability are exceptional. Clearly, there’s a lot to consider when buying a rug. Don’t wait until your room is finished before giving the room’s anchor some consideration. “Think of the floor surrounding the rug as a frame for the art that is the rug. Let the rug anchor the room," Raja says.u Visit The Furniture Connector at 129 Southside Drive Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. June / July 2018 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 83

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ecently, I went on a trip to California with several girlfriends to celebrate a special birthday. On the long plane ride, I sat next to one of my particularly talented friends, Maureen, who has a boutique DIY studio that she recently franchised with nearly 100 locations across the country! Over the five and a half hour plane ride, we had an invigorating conversation about being female entrepreneurs and the unique challenges we face daily - especially in keeping our designs fresh, current and, most of all, forward-thinking. Maureen asked me questions I don’t typically think to ask myself because in the busy day-to-day flow of business, many things run together. Being 40,000 feet in the air, with no emails, texts or phone calls provides a rare opportunity for an earnest conversation and a moment of clarity. We talked in-depth about what inspires us and what overwhelms us in our businesses, especially in our designs. I think what we learned is pretty solid advice for anyone building a new home. It’s no surprise that I’ve always been inspired by the architecture around me – especially older homes and buildings. I love historic details; especially those that serve a purpose and those that were painstakingly created by hand years ago by talented artisans. The extra deep roof overhangs, high ceilings, and interior transoms that reduced solar exposure and allowed hot air to rise and circulate, keeping homes cooler long before the days of air-conditioning. The meticulous handcrafted details, which are so rare today in an age when it’s much easier and cheaper for a machine to crank out a simpler, homogenized version. I don’t watch HGTV or do much browsing on Instagram or Houzz, and I’m never on Pinterest; maybe I should be… But I’ve learned that too much looking doesn’t inspire me, instead it overwhelms me, clouds my vision, and often shuts down my own design ideas. It was nice to learn that I wasn’t alone in this feeling of “too much,” that Maureen

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felt similarly and found her inspiration from everyday life rather than social media as well. I was surprised to realize that the most meaningful inspiration for me, the daily influence in pushing my design just outside the “normal” margin, is our clients and their dreams. They inspire me to figure out new solutions to old problems, to tweak designs to allow for their one-of-a-kind (if perhaps wacky) family heirloom and to combine all their favorite (if perhaps competing) design elements into one cohesive and well designed home. The more difficult their request, the better I become and the more fun I have. The design is better overall because it has the perfect blend of uniqueness and our New Old feel which translates into one incredibly inviting, beautiful, and completely original home. It’s the details that make a house a home and it’s the individuality of each of our clients that keep our homes innovative and fun. Despite coughing passengers and crying babies, that 5-hour plane ride became energizing for me – and a birthday weekend in Napa didn’t hurt either!u Using her trademark blend of tradition and innovation, New Old co-founder Mary Ludemann has been designing and building dream homes for more than a decade. To find out how she can bring your ideal home from a dream to a reality, visit, call 704-975-3723, or email

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Contributor Room Service

B e t h


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hen working with my clients on their Elizabeth home, I had one goal in mind: to create a global mix. I wanted to pull in patterns, colors, and textures and select pieces inspired by travel and style. The layering process is always key. Each new introduction gives the space more depth and interest. I tell my clients all the time not to forgo the “accessory allowance,� because it finishes the space by giving it personality and interest. The dining room in this home is centrally located on the way to the new kitchen. I wanted to offset the space and create functionality for the window bench and use it

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A Global Mix

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as seating. With that in mind, we relocated the new chandelier, moving it over and centering it over the seating area. I added a two-sided bar cabinet in between the columns with a nice size surface on top – the nail head detail and Addison Weeks pulls made me weak in the knees. Wanting a large dose of color, I installed custom wallpaper by Lindsay Cowles which pulled it all together and defined this happy space.

A Few Tips: • Use your imagination when choosing furniture – there are no rules. • Large art creates a dramatic visual. • Every room needs a little black to ground things.

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 or call 704-342-6655. Photos courtesy of Mekenzie Loli

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ur design and remodeling business is all about improving the spaces in which our clients and their families live. Once the design and decision-making process is underway for an upcoming project, it is not uncommon for us to hear our clients say they underestimated the number of decision approvals they’d have to make. For those that have experience with remodeling or building, we often hear the phrase “I wish I would have (fill in the blank) when I built/remodeled my house the last time.” Home building or remodeling regrets are all too common. As professional advisors to all things home design and remodeling, it is our job to help our clients avoid saying “I wish I would have” after the completion of their upcoming project. With that in mind, here are just a few things that we advise clients to at least consider getting done now to avoid future remodeling regrets. IN THE KITCHEN More drawers. No adult enjoys getting on their knees to dig for items buried in the back of a base cabinet. There are more items in your kitchen than you might realize, and adding drawers later is not a simple task. Stain resistant counters. All of you purists including some in our office may disagree, but with the improvement in fabricated quartz surface colors and effects, there is no reason to install porous natural stone countertops including marble, granite, and quartzite. Stone will stain. Period.

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High-quality, built-in appliances. It is not easy dealing with a dead appliance surrounded by custom-fitted cabinetry. If you do choose built-in appliances instead of standard sized free-standing appliances, make sure they are reputable brands with strong warranties. IN THE BATHROOM Heated floors. Heated floor mats are laid before the installation of floor tiles, and the added cost is usually less than you might have guessed. Consider a heated shower bench as well.

Handheld shower wand. Whoever cleans your shower will love you for this feature. But even those that don’t use it for cleaning will find it very handy, especially if you have a seat or bench in the shower. Outlets inside the cabinets. Rechargeable razors or toothbrushes are not meant to be decorative accessories sitting on your vanity top. A cabinet with outlets inside allows them to be plugged in while being hidden from sight. 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 or call 704-759-3920.

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arts and culture

SPOTLIGHT Queen City Jazz Fest Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre June 16 6 p.m.

Modernism + Film: Levitated Mass

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Chromatic Shift Exhibition Anne Neilson Fine Art June 21 – July 27 This exhibition celebrates visual variations of line and color. A compilation of colorful works from different view points and mediums where each artist uses color, form and line in different ways to provoke an emotional response. It will feature six of the gallery’s full-time artists, including Marcy Gregg, Jeff Erickson, Audrey Stone, Michael Barringer, Ken Tate and Joe Vinson. The opening reception for the exhibition will be from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

June 21 6 p.m.

Liz Nielson Tracing the Azimuth SOCO Gallery Through July 27 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Black Blooded Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss New Gallery of Modern Art Through July 14

The Diamond Classic Charity Golf Tournament Ballantyne Country Club June 4

17th Annual 24 Hours of Booty Piano Under the Stars

The Schiele Museum of Natural History June 23 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Enjoy an exclusive performance of original music composed and performed by Chilean pianist Claudio Recabarren Madrid. Hauntingly beautiful melodies combine with spectacular, full-dome visuals in this one-hour experience that will immerse you in the wonders of the universe. Mr. Madrid is a renowned artist who has performed in planetariums, observatories and other unique concert venues around the world. 94 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | JUNE / JULY 2018

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