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contributing editors

14 feature home Tender Loving Care


room service: beth keim 40 Say Goodbye to the “Wreck Room�

26 culture trends Art Re-Emerges


44 home trends A Labor of Love

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54 travel trends Get Away

why the room works


60 Culture Shock


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82 Designer Spotlight: Leslie Williams

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70 wired: rene robaina Fulfillment for Everyone 74 style guide: trish bennett Spring Fling 78 outdoor retreats: mark morgan Color Plan

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For the most part, all anyone ever wants is to express who they really are.

This can take shape in any manner of demonstrations. 1920s bungalow could be, that sold Mark and Gary on purchasing For some, it evolves through fashion. For others, their work. And the home. “We had noticed this home long before it was ever put on for Gary Mathis and Mark Wells, it flows through the love they the market,” recalls Gary, “and always wondered what was behind put into their historic Plaza Midwood the large overgrown shrubs and aluminum home. “We wanted our home to reflect awnings that hid the front of the house.” A love for who we are as individuals and as a What they found inside was a well-preserved couple,” explains Gary. From the antique historic home with little renovation and earthly elements drove battleship model, rescued from Mark’s perfectly good bones ready to wear the the design. the couple grandmother’s attic to the original book couple’s personality like skin. “We looked press filled with medical journals and the at several other homes, but just couldn’t get chose lots of wood and vintage chair covered in hand-branded this one out of our mind. With every visit to leather, their home is nothing but a stone textures to mix with the house, it became easier to imagine what reflection of themselves; full of love, a it would be like to live in the space.” passion for entertaining and a distinct vintage and found objects Armed with Gary’s experience in style that’s all their own. interior design, the couple got to work on that punctuate the décor First established in 1910 as a streetcar renovations working closely with their suburb of Charlotte, Plaza Midwood contractor, Matt Ferguson of Stirling Group in every corner. today is a neighborhood steeped in and architect Drew Button. “We went to diversity. Hip local hot spots are packed painstaking detail to preserve and recreate with patrons young and old, and once dilapidated homes have been original elements of the home,” says Gary. The first four months lovingly turned into funky urban dwellings. It’s precisely this kind were spent breaking the home down to the studs so that the team of neighborhood atmosphere, alongside their vision for what this could reach the electrical and plumbing lines for repair. They also February / March 2014 Urban Home Charlotte 15

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worked to redesign the kitchen and the master suite off of it to feel updated, yet like it had always been a part of the home. A screened-in porch was added off the back of the home for ample entertaining and original touches like glass doorknobs and hardwood floors and were added back into the renovation to restore character in the home. “We had a very clear vision of how we wanted to define our new space,” explains Gary. “We didn’t want too much space or to feel like we had rooms that we never used. We wanted a living area that was warm and inviting, a kitchen and dining area that was large enough to entertain, and a private master suite that was spacious and special.” A love for earthly elements drove the design. The couple chose lots of wood and stone textures to mix with vintage and found objects that punctuate the décor in every corner. “Nature creates a sense of calm, peace and centered-ness that we wanted to bring into the home,” offers Mark, “and the vintage objects are a nod to our heritage – we both grew up in the South.” An oversized island was added in the kitchen to create a cooking and gathering spot, while a mahogany square dining table and banquet seating opened up a unique dining space in the formal dining room. Gary even created his own sconces to complete the dining area using panels made of real bark that emanate an earthy glow when the lights are turned on, complimenting the moss centerpiece perfectly. In every nook and cranny, Mark and Gary lovingly placed items they found interesting, historic or meaningful, including a vintage doctor’s bag, mechanical wheels, old books, leather saddles, worn teddy bears and the model battleship Mark’s grandmother was given before her soldier went to war. “Design is most successful when it creates a space in which we can relax and re-energize,” says Mark. “For us, that means surrounding ourselves with things that bring us joy. This could be colors and fabrics, February / March 2014 Urban Home Charlotte 17

“We wanted our home to reflect who

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books, photographs, and art. It could be things that were gifted to us or things that we’ve always had; and finally things that we have picked from antique stores, flea market and roadside junk shops.” Listed among some of their favorite places to shop are High Cotton Home and The Furniture Connector for new décor and Slate Interiors and Southend Trading for more eclectic and original

finds. And when asked what their best advice is for decorating, both Mark and Gary express similar sentiments – collect things that help you remember who you are and who you want to be. “You should feel warm inside when you look around your home,” offers Gary. “A home represents the individual. First and foremost, it should make the homeowner feel at home.”v February / March 2014 Urban Home Charlotte 21

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Culture n Trends By Nancy Atkinson



When visionary artists Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires began renovating the area now known as NoDa in the early 80s, Charlotte’s art scene was vibrant and growing. Then the recession hit and many galleries in NoDa closed. Breweries and restaurants became the new galleries, displaying the work of local artists on their walls. Fewer people were buying art, causing many artists in Charlotte

to use their homes as studios and their websites as galleries. But support for the arts is still very much alive in Charlotte, where the work of local artists is on display in street murals, public sculptures, corporate buildings, galleries, art exhibitions and museum shows. Residents and visitors can easily explore the works of our local artists while also experiencing shows of regional and national significance. The recent opening of the Mint Museum Uptown offers contemporary, American and craft and design collections as well as traveling exhibitions. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a work of art in itself, only the second in the country designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Its museum space is dedicated to mid-20th century Modern art. McColl Center for Visual Art is dedicated to connecting art and artists and recently unveiled its new strategic vision that includes putting more artists and arts projects out into the community, helping to address social problems including housing and homelessness, at-risk and special-needs youth and mental health. With new art venues and artists continuing to emerge, the future for the visual arts in Charlotte looks promising. Our art districts have survived the recession and continue to exemplify the best our city has to offer: big town opportunities with a small town feel. So from NoDa’s bohemian chic to the quirky vibe in South End, here’s a guide to the districts, galleries, events and artists that bring art to life in the Queen City.

The Events

Galleries of Note

NoDa Arts Crawl Centered two miles from Uptown at North Davidson and 36th streets, NoDa is Charlotte’s historic arts and entertainment district, a nationally recognized arts destination with galleries, live music, craft beers, restaurants, custom gifts and tattoos. The NoDa Arts Crawl is held the first and third Fridays of each month, and offers an eclectic mix of studio and gallery art, and street artists with music, live theatre, comedy and creative culinary thrown into the mix.

Lyons Fine Art The art consultancy of Ruth Ava Lyons, who pioneered NoDa with her husband Paul Sires, Ruth helps seasoned and novice collectors acquire fine art and features original artwork in the Window on NoDa at 3206 North Davidson Street.

SouthEnd Gallery Crawl SouthEnd is close to Uptown, the airport and major highways, and is on the LYNX light rail line. The area offers more than 20 art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, Food Truck Fridays and a unique retail scene. The first Friday of each month, Gallery Crawl is a casual way to explore the great restaurants, art galleries and retail shops of SouthEnd in one wonderful night. Dilworth Artisan Station A large warehouse at 118 Kingston Avenue in SouthEnd, the Dilworth Artisan Station houses many artist studios. Not open daily, they hold open houses throughout the year where you can purchase exceptional art in the artists’ personal studios.

MoNa Charlotte This NoDa gallery at 1900 N. Brevard Street features fine art, contemporary works and photography by local, regional, national and international artists. Elder Gallery A large modern facility showcasing more than 50 American artists. Located at 1520 S. Tryon Street in SouthEnd. Hidell Brooks This gallery in SouthEnd specializes in contemporary works by well-established and solidly emerging artists. Located at 1910 South Boulevard. The Light Factory One of only four museums of photography and film in the nation, this contemporary museum is a haven for artists expressing new ideas. Located at 345 North College Street.

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Lark & Key Owned by husband and wife artists Sandy Snead and Duy Huynh, this warm, inspiring gallery and boutique in SouthEnd offers a selection of contemporary artwork, pottery and jewelry from local, regional and national artists. Shain Gallery Known as one of the finest contemporary art providers in Charlotte, the gallery represents over 40 different nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. Find them at 2823 Selwyn Ave. LaCa The newest on our list and located in the heart of the revitalized FreeMoreWest neighborhood at 1429 Bryant Street, LaCa is the first Charlotte gallery solely devoted to Latin American art. Jerald Melberg Gallery One of the oldest art galleries in Charlotte, Jerald Melberg represents artists from regions all over the world including Spain and Argentina. Public gallery at 625 South Sharon Amity Road. The Picture House Gallery Serving the Charlotte area since 1974, they represent a wide variety of American and European paintings, sculpture and glass art. 1520 E. 4th St.

Charlotte’s art scene is Alive and ever-changing. Expansive, diverse, quirky, cool, classic and contemporary ­– it is up close and personal, current and never stuffy.

ARTS EVENTS 2014 One of the best things about enjoying art in a city like ours is the opportunity to meet and learn more about an artist whose work you admire. This year offers those opportunities, too many to list in this limited space. So mark your calendars for the NoDa Arts Crawl on the first and third Fridays of each month and the SouthEnd Gallery Crawl the first Friday of the month. Then bookmark these websites to find events you’ll want to attend:

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artist Spotlight: Duy Huynh Vietnamese born artist Duy Huynh (pronounced yee wun) began painting as a child, soon after arriving in the United States, using art as a visual means of communication and a way to adapt to his new surroundings. Upon graduating UNC Charlotte, he started painting murals and showing his work in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and music venues. Soon galleries around the country added Duy to their roster of emerging artists and he was named one of the new Superstars of Southern Art by Oxford American magazine. In 2008, he and his wife Sandy Snead, also an artist, opened Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique in SouthEnd. Duy Huynh

UH: What inspires your paintings?

UH: How has your art evolved?

DH: Music, movies, books, nature, science and dreams; there’s so much that I am inspired by on a regular basis. But in general I am inspired by storytelling, or at least presenting the symbolic images that could possibly lead to a story. At times it can be very personal, but I hope that it still maintains a level of universal resonance and connectivity. There may be stories of love and triumph, or of sadness, isolation, and struggle, but I always try to create an atmosphere of wonder, peace, hope and/or humor.

DH: As a kid, I wanted to become a comic book illustrator, create relatable characters and give them unique adventures to embark on. My current paintings probably wouldn’t remind anyone of typical comic book characters, but the same narrative intent is still present. The best part is that it’s open to interpretation, and the viewer can take part in completing the adventure. In recent years, my work has become more detailed and layered, both visually and conceptually.

UH: Why do you think people need art in their lives?

UH: Which Charlotte artists inspire you?

DH: To me, it’s similar to flavor in food. One can technically survive on bland food, but when you add certain seasonings or spices, life becomes delicious and possibly more nourishing. Of course taste buds vary greatly, so how much one really needs art in their lives could vary greatly as well. It’s the same way I don’t need music to work, but it makes my time in the studio so much more enjoyable when there is. I listen to just about everything – rock and roll, jazz, electronic, hip-hop, and often times to tunes that either fulfill all these categories, or none at all. I enjoy making playlists to set a mood for what I might be working on that day. And if things are going well with my painting that day, there might just be some singing and dancing along, if you can even call it that.

DH: John Hairston, Osiris Rain, Sharon Dowell and Nathaniel Lancaster are all Charlotte artists whose work I admire and enjoy.

UH: What is your process like? DH: For me, good painting strikes a balance between spontaneity and structure. I don’t sketch my ideas but I have a direction I am building towards. So I have a structure in mind but I keep it loose and see where it takes me – that’s where the spontaneity comes in. 28 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2014

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Model homes aren’t just an advertisement for a home design group – they are a catalyst by which a dream home can be experienced. Just walking in the front door of a model home enables visitors to fully understand how a home looks, lives and functions, which far outweighs just pouring over the two-dimensional paper plan. Instead of imagining how the home will look, clients actually experience each room and what it would be like to live life in the home. They can determine which conveniences and finishes are must-haves. How large of a dining room is needed? Is there enough storage? Is the kitchen island spacious enough? These are just a few questions potential homeowners can explore and answer before building their own home, ensuring they pay for exactly what they want.

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Jim Rosewater, co-owner of Paragon Homes of Charlotte, Inc., an independent franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, says their model homes enable homebuyers to fully immerse themselves in the design, and helps them make educated choices about what elements will work best for their family’s needs. “Experiencing a home is far superior to simply perusing a catalog of plans or starting completely from scratch,” says Rosewater. “AR Homes has an extensive network of luxury model homes so custom home shoppers have the ability to experience and select from various home designs. And, that’s just the starting point since our on-staff designers fully customize each design to meet our client’s individual preferences. Our customers get a totally customized home—floor plan and elevation—with detailed all-inclusive pricing

Just Pin It! In just a couple years, Pinterest has become THE social media outlet for inspiration of all sorts – and home design is no different. From architectural design to aesthetic enhancements to a palette of hot colors and décor, people planning their future home can find unique and trendy design ideas at their fingertips. “Our designers use Pinterest extensively when working with our clients, instructing them how to set up boards and pin ideas,” says Rosewater. “This is an incredible tool in helping to determine our clients’ tastes and inclinations while creating a home design that flows with their vision and within their budget.” in just a few days, eliminating the guesswork, surprises and headaches associated with building a new custom home.” Rosewater’s newest model home, the Bordeaux, resides in The Club at Longview and not only brings homebuyers in contact with the fresh design and open-sight lines of the Southern Design Collection but also introduces them to some of the latest, must-have trends. While butler pantries off the living area have been popular over the last year, adding a wet bar is an exciting new trend along with much larger laundry rooms with folding stations and storage. “The Bordeaux is full of exciting surprises,” explains Rosewater. “There’s a wet bar off the great room complete with wine storage, an enormous hidden walk-in pantry closet, a large laundry/mud room including high-end cabinetry, an island, a

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Say Goodbye to the “Wreck Room”

BETH KEIM Don’t miss an opportunity to take this overlooked room to a new level.

The bonus room is sometimes called a “rec” room, which is short for recreation but I think it’s actually short for “wreck” of a room. It is often a dumping ground for pre-wedding bachelor furniture or filled with oversized, long forgotten toys, endless games and videos – generally the outcasts of home furnishings. It often lacks style and so I have been asked to help with several “wreck rooms.” Not surprisingly, when we’ve finished, the room often becomes a space preferred over the main family room. Not too long ago, I was asked to transform the Wagoner’s bonus room from a storage and play space into an area for everyone to enjoy. As most bonus rooms are, this space is on the second floor of the home, making looking after the two small

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children challenging if you’re downstairs in the main family room. Bringing some of the elements of comfort into the same room their kids were playing in was a win-win for all. Designing a bonus room? The number one request is for larger, more comfortable seating. I say go for the sectional and pull it away from the wall. Doing so gives you eight feet of storage behind the couch, at least. Attractive bins or baskets now have a new accessible home that won’t be the first thing you see when you walk in. These rooms often have angled walls – a missed opportunity to create interest, so I chose to highlight them with great wallpaper. This paper inspired my colors for the rest of the space and became a welcome site when entering the bonus room, instead of bins

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filled with Legos and plastic trucks. This nook also became the perfect place for a desk to hold the printer and computer. An area rug helps define the seating space, also adding much needed color to an often builder-chosen sea of beige carpet. Add a large, kid-friendly coffee table and think round when doing a sectional to avoid banging those shins on a corner. Don’t miss an opportunity to take this overlooked room to a new level. Wondering where to start? Weed out the longforgotten toys your kids haven’t touched in a year, consolidate and let go of old uncomfortable furniture and call for help if it all seems overwhelming! We designers might bring a fresh idea to the mix.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 or call 704-342-6655.

Weed out the long-forgotten toys your kids haven’t touched in a year, consolidate and let go of old uncomfortable furniture and call for help if it all seems overwhelming!

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Not everyone walks into the home they’re going to purchase and falls in love. Sometimes, seeing the potential in a home is just as exciting, knowing that you have to put a little TLC into it to make it your own. When Jennifer and Troy Felts purchased their first home on Maryland Avenue in Charlotte, it may not have been THE one, but they could imagine possibilities. After calling in the Realtor, contractor and designer, Sarah Catherine Norkum, the couple felt they could proceed with confidence. It became THE one. Over the course of three years, the Felts worked closely with Sarah Catherine to tear down walls, opening up the closed off layout to create a flow to the home that made sense, and updated the home from it’s original 1940s style. “The home was super choppy,” explains Sarah Catherine. “We spent a lot of time figuring out a floor plan that worked for them.” The biggest focus was on the living room and the great room. February / March 2014 Urban Home Charlotte 45

“We dropped down the raised fireplace in the great room, added hardwood floors and ripped out the built-in shelving, adding a more modern custom built-in and mantle,” says Sarah Catherine. The master suite was remodeled to include another window to frame the bed, an upholstered barn door for the remodeled bathroom, and a second laundry in one of the walk in closets. Upstairs, the team remodeled the guest bathroom adding a walk-in shower, freestanding tub, new fixtures, vanity and tile. “My client’s style has evolved considerably over the three years,” says Sarah Catherine. “Some of my designs were a little out of their comfort zone, but now they’re much more willing to step outside the box.” When asked which is her favorite room, Sarah Catherine admits it’s the front living room. “It’s edgy, sophisticated and eclectic. I can envision some fantastic entertaining in the evenings.”v

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Stone Culture

trent haston No matter the application or finish, stone can truly transform your home. It will provide durability, beauty, individuality and culture.

When building a new home or doing a remodel, chances are you will be making some sort of stone selection. With its durability and availability in most regions, stone has stood the test of time; It has been used in home construction since the beginning of civilization. Its application has evolved over the centuries, as it was mainly used structurally in earlier times. Now our homes are mainly constructed of wood and steel, and we see stone more in the finish details such as countertops, floors and backsplashes. Using stone is an easy way to add culture to a home. Stone is mined from the earth and the type varies from region to region. In earlier times, transportation was limited, so the stone material found in homes was mostly mined from that region. Now, with such a dynamic industry and advances in transportation, we have access to stone from all over the world. It is not uncommon in the

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U.S. to see granites and marbles imported from Europe, South America and even Asia. There are four types of stone that are most common in residential construction: Granite. This is a very hard, non-porous stone that is resistant to scratching, staining or fading, making it a great countertop material. There are many variations in color and pattern. The pricepoints for granite vary a lot, depending on the variation, which often fits many budgets. Marble. This is also a hard stone, but more porous than granite. We most often see marble in bathroom applications because it tends to have a softer, more elegant look. Limestone/Coquina/Sandstone. These stones are somewhat soft and porous. They are more consistent in color and have little variation in pattern. They are commonly used in bathroom countertops, accent walls and floors.

Synthetic Stone and Fabricated Composite Stone. These are manmade stones made from ground granite or marble, hardened through a particular process. They are made to be very strong, with many variations in color, but tend to have a uniform consistency. We see these stones a lot in kitchen applications because materials can be added to the process to make them germ-free. What I love about stone is how unique each piece is naturally, and then how unique you can make it by how it is finished. For example, stone can be installed as a full slab or as small tile pieces. It can have varying degrees of thicknesses and the edges can be cut in many different ways. It can also be finished in various textures. We most often see it polished, but it can also be honed (matte finished), or left rough and dimensional. How stone is aligned in a particular design can really add a wow-factor to its application. For example, a great stone tile backsplash over a sink or stove can become almost like a piece of art. Or meticulously aligning the veining of the stone, such as across a fireplace surround, can be simply stunning. No matter the application or finish, stone can truly transform your home. It will provide durability, beauty, individuality and culture.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

Common Uses of Stone in Home Construction • Kitchen Applications – countertops, backsplashes, table tops • Bathroom Applications – floors, shower and tub walls, countertops, backsplashes • General Interior Applications – entrance floor areas, fireplace mantles surrounds and hearths, wine room finishes, laundry room finishes, accent walls • Exterior Finish Applications – Landscaping walkways, steps and walls, exterior fireplaces, patios and countertops, window details such as headers and sills, swimming pool accents, coping and patios

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A Regional Guide to Pampering Yourself We scoured the region looking for the best spots to pamper yourself and your family. From Virginia and Tennessee to right here in the Carolinas and places in between, some of the best spots in the nation dot our southern landscape. Whether it’s a trip to the spa, an indulgent meal or shopping ‘till you drop, pick your poison and hop in the car! An easy weekend getaway, any one of these handpicked selections is sure to tickle your road-tripping bone and leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and recharged this year.

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Spas Westglow Spa

The Farmhouse Spa at Blackberry Farm

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built in 1917, Westglow Resort is named for the evening glow of a sunset in the west. A Relais & Châteaux property, the spa has over 15 types of massage treatments, 17 facial treatments and 22 body treatments in total. Try the Ultimate Vichy Experience. 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock, NC.

Set to open in the spring of 2014, the spa at Blackberry Farm is an expansion on the luxury hotel at Blackberry Farm. The setting alone is indulgent with 360-degree views of the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains, but the spa is set to be the ultra-luxe wellness center in the South. Based on a philosophy that combines fitness, nutrition and recovery, the wellness center will offer programs that start with any number of fitness options including biking, hiking and yoga, and end with a rejuvenating body treatment at the spa and even a seat at the juicing bar, if you so choose. 1471 West Millers Cove Road, Walland, Tennessee.

Pinehurst Spa Forbes Travel Guide gave Pinehurst Resort and Spa four stars. Offering full-day spa packages, the spa at Pinehurst has spa programs that combine services for a full day of pampering. They even have packages just for men – perfect for golfers and athletes. 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC. The Spa at Old Edwards Inn Nestled in the mountains of the North Carolina Highlands, the spa at Old Edwards Inn was voted the number one hotel spa in North America by Conde Nast Traveler’s readers in 2010. European-style treatments mark the list of services at the spa and the facilities are a study in relaxation all their own. The fireside lounge overlooking the Highlands, the serenity solarium and the open-air terrace are just a few of the many spaces to rejuvenate after a relaxing treatment. 445 Main Street, Highlands, NC. The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah A Forbes Travel Guide pick in 2013, The Spa at The Sanctuary is an elevated experience done with southern style. Indulge in a rejuvenating mint julep facial or detoxify tight muscles with an ocean fossil mineral therapy treatment. You can even take part in a private Pilates or yoga class. We suggest a body fusion massage – multi-sensory experiences that combine restorative skin treatments with the therapeutic benefits of a full body massage. One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, SC.

The Umstead Spa Offering a selection of organic and signature treatments, the spa at Umstead is a perfect way to indulge your senses in the elements of nature. The mediation courtyard is ideal for peace and quiet after a relaxing massage or body wrap. 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC.

The Spa at Fearrington Just eight miles from Chapel Hill is the destination and day spa at Fearrington. It’s the only spa in the Southeast to use Elemis, a leading British luxury spa and skincare company, in their treatments. Choose from aromatherapy massages, body wraps, skin treatments and more at this relaxing spa right in the middle of the piedmont. 2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC.

The Spa at Sanderling This spa is recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards as number three in the nation. With soothing views of Currituck Sound, the Spa at Sanderling has 10 treatment rooms offering coastal and seasonal massages, facials and body treatments. The spa even offers Acupuncture during the summer as a treatment, an ancient Chinese relaxation method not found at typical spas. 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC.

The Spa at Primland Just over the Virginia line is the destination spa at Primland. Set amid the majestic pastoral landscape of the Virginia countryside, the spa at Primland combines organic and Native American methods of relaxation approved and honored by the local American Indian advisors. The treatments, based on the concept of the American Indian medicine wheel, are intended to work in line with energies of nature, turning, as do the seasons, in an ongoing cycle. 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, VA.

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Shopping Fearrington Village Three boutique shops owned and managed by the team at Fearrington means truly unique shopping experiences, all be it a quick stop. McIntyre’s Books is one of the South’s most celebrated independent bookstores and sits alongside Haven, the spa boutique full of ultra luxe spa products and Dovecote, a lifestyle boutique with an everchanging inventory of clothing and accessories you won’t find elsewhere. 2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC. Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall Consistently rated as one of the top ten cities to visit with families, Charlottesville is charming, close and has an excellent opportunity for unique shopping. The historic downtown mall is full antique shops, high-end fashion boutiques, fabric stores, bookstores, jewelry stores and rugs and carpet stores – all in an outdoor setting of a quaint downtown. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA. Buckhead This district in Atlanta covers the northern fifth of the city and full of high-rises, luxe hotels and plenty of shopping and restaurants. Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza mark the top of the V-shape that is Buckhead and houses stores like Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Saks 5th Avenue, to name a few. Downtown Charleston Walk the historic cobblestone streets as you pamper yourself shopping in stores and boutiques you won’t find in Charlotte. The King Street Fashion District, as it’s called, was named one of the “Top 10 Shopping Districts in the USA” by Forbes Traveler. Make sure to stop by nationally recognized fashion boutique, Hampden Clothing, for designers like Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang and Rebecca Taylor and the King Street institution, Copper Penny, will always be packed with eager shoppers. As if you could possibly need more shopping, duck into any one of the art galleries, antique shops or jewelry stores that dot the fashion district too. King Street, Charleston, NC.

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Historic Brightleaf Square Elegant antiques, new music, beautiful stationery, rare books and more comprise this gorgeous historic square in Durham. Independent retailers in a historic setting offer a fun shopping experience for everyone. www.historicbrightleaf. com. 905 West Main Street, Durham, NC. Downtown Wilmington With 43 specialty stores, 27 apparel stores, 39 art galleries and antique stores and too many other shops to count, the shopping in downtown Wilmington rivals that of a big city. Find rare books, gourmet food, wine and beer, furniture, jewelry and more. Front Street, Wilmington, NC.

Dining Revolution Revolution, located in downtown Durham, serves innovative and eclectic cuisine that fuses international culinary techniques with different food styles. Try a smattering of options with the three-course ‘Feed Me’ menu or the sevencourse ‘The Feast’ menu. 107 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. Cúrate Family owned and operated, Cúrate serves traditional Spanish tapas with a modern twist. Opened in an old bus station in 1927, the menu is full of authentic Spanish food made with local, organic ingredients and served in the small plates style. The wine list is extensive with over 70 of the finest wines handpicked by the chef and her husband and 40 served by the glass. A unique and delicious experience from start to finish. 11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC.

The Best Cellar Established in 1975, The Best Cellar began in a basement on Main Street, where the previous owners sold soups, sandwiches and new and used books. Over the years, the menu evolved from sandwiches and soups to the freshest of meats and seafood served in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. 203 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock, NC. Elliots on Linden The small farms that dot the Carolina countryside are the inspiration for the food on the table at Elliots on Linden. Offering the freshest in fish, pasta, meat and produce, Elliots is the baby of chef and owner Mark Elliot and has led to two other restaurants, including The Sly Fox Gastropub in Pinehurst. 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst, NC. Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar Awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Forbes Four-Star Service Award to name a few, this cozy Chapel Hill restaurant and its fine dining menu are unparalleled in the piedmont. Located in The Carolina Inn, this restaurant serves local foods with the highest quality ingredients. 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC.

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American Grocery Specializing in “refined American seasonal cuisine”; American Grocery is dishing out classic southern and American food with polished elegance. Staples include the grouper and salt crusted ribeye, but venture out and try the rabbit confit or the braised beef toungue. 732 South Main Street, Greenville, SC. Holeman and Finch Public House At the core, Holeman and Finch lives to serve you pork – from bacon served with poached egg, to salted pork rinds and fresh pasta carbanara with aged pork jowel. But, it also has a whole vegetable section of the menu, brunch on Sundays and the famous burger – each night, 24 exquisite, double patty cheeseburgers are assembled on house-made buns and served alongside hand-cut fries and homemade ketchup, mustard and pickles—only 24. The burger is not listed on the menu, but guests can reserve theirs at any point during service. 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA. Rhubarb A new restaurant in Asheville serving tapas, full plates and even a family meal depending on your mood. Run by James Beard Award winner and former chef at Blackberry Farm, John Fleer, patrons can expect nothing short of an incredible dining experience with heart and quality. 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC. February / March 2014 Urban Home Charlotte 57




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By Anne Marie Ashley

Grandfather Homes worked with trade contractors to donate time, material and labor to work night and day like it was their own home.

As a builder and realtor, Matt Ewers, owner of Grandfather Homes, has done his fair share of “hoping and hauling”. It’s a term that refers to driving a client around looking at home after home for weeks on end, only to realize that they will find something wrong in every home, no matter what. A frustrating process in the best of markets and one that leaves realtors weary and ready to run. “ ‘Hoping and hauling’ only exists in a strong housing market like back in 2007,” explains Matt. “People were buying homes like sodas at the convenience store, so while you were chauffeuring around this couple looking for a needle in a haystack, all you could think about is ‘where are all the real buyers who are ready to make an offer?’” As a builder, Matt further explains, he could practically choose a buyer for his many spec homes at the time. After the downturn in 2008, however, “hoping and hauling” practically became exciting. Realtors were staring at the phones. “I remember getting excited about a potential job to gut and clean out a frat house near Elon University,” recalls Matt. “As a builder used to constructing beautiful spec homes, this was normally the last job I’d consider. But I drove nearly two hours with my Great Dane, Nelly, rented a 30-foot dumpster, and cleaned out that nasty foreclosed home with the biggest smile on my face.” Those days seem to be coming to a close as we enter 2014, though commentators may still be too cautious to say we’re entering a housing prime. Matt, however, is not one of those people. “Anyone who visited this year’s HomeArama at the Cheval subdivision has to agree,” he offers. Matt bought Lot 72 from Keith Paris of Paris Projects, the developer of Cheval, to build a “mind-boggling” spec home for the 2014 HomeArama Showcase. Cheval is a no-expense-spared neighborhood built on over 400 acres of pristine landscape in Mint Hill. One of five home builders participating, Grandfather Homes worked with trade contractors to donate time, material and labor to work night and day like it was their own home. Grandfather homes won the Best Overall Design Award for their home in Cheval. “Our designer Tammy Coulter proved that you can have champagne taste on a micro-brewery budget and still win awards – even though we cut her design budget every time she blinked,” says Matt. The first HomeArama for Grandfather Homes, Matt was enthused about the sense of real teamwork and camaraderie among builders. “That spirit paid off,” he adds, “It was one of the most successful HomeAramas ever.” Just one short month after the showcase came to an end, two homes have already been sold, one at full price and the other just shy of it. “It was great to be a part of the HomeArama ride. I wouldn’t compare it to a roller coaster, more like a very fast indy car ride.” Matt advises homeowners to keep their cool as that subcontractor paints the wrong color, or makes you wait two hours to explain their mistake. “Remember the ‘hoping and hauling days’. Don’t get mad, instead tell them ‘welcome back’ and give them a hug!”v Matt Ewers is a local realtor and owner of Grandfather Homes in Charlotte. For more information on Grandfather Homes or their HomeArama homes, call 980-219-7480 or visit

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J.T. Posh has come to be known as Dilworth’s most unique boutique. We sat down with owners Jen Popieniek and Tracy Auten to find out why their concept of high-end consignment works so well. Turns out, an easy consigning process, amazing inventory and a fabulous team is only scratching the surface.

What makes J.T. Posh different from other boutiques, and how does the concept work? What makes it successful? (Jen) Our concept is different, but simple – upscale consignment is combined with new items in one beautiful store. Whether women are  looking for a Louis Vuitton handbag at an incredible price, or brand  new jewelry for a gift, they can find it here. It’s just one of those places you have to come into and experience for yourself. We’ve visited boutiques all over the country and have yet to find one to compare ours to. Shopping isn’t the only thing done at J.T. Posh, though. Women can bring in their gently used upscale items and consign them. We keep things for 60 days and give the consignor 45% of what their items sell for. It’s a great way to clean out your closet and make money all at the same time! How did J.T. Posh come to be? (Tracy) J.T. Posh was my idea, actually. Living in a sorority house in college, I loved how we all could choose from each other’s closets. I noticed that many girls in the house wanted to share their clothes because they were just tired of wearing the same stuff from their own closets over and over. I wanted to create a consignment boutique that met the needs of ladies like this, but wanted to recreate the feeling of shopping in your friends’ closets. Thus, J.T. Posh was born. What is your philosophy on great style? (Both) First, wear what looks good on you! Don’t worry so much about the  current trends. Find what accentuates your best features and makes  you feel fabulous, and go with it! Second, you can be stylish without draining your bank account. Consignment is a wonderful way to find unique pieces without paying  full retail price. At J.T. Posh, we pride ourselves on treating  the customers like family. Come in and let us help you find exactly what you need, just like you’re hanging out with your  best girlfriends! Do you have any plans for expansion? (Jen) From the very beginning, seven years ago, J.T. Posh has always been set up beautifully. From the elegant chandeliers, to the handpicked fitting room fabrics, we have always had that boutique feel. At the end of 2012 we noticed that we were busting at the seams! And wanting to maintain the elegant look, we knew we needed to expand. We started off 2013 in a gorgeous, newly renovated store, expanding into the space next door to our boutique. As far as future expansion goes, everyone will have to wait and see! We have a few ideas that we promise everyone will love!v For the best in high-end consignment, visit J.T. Posh at 2400 Park Rd. #2A in Charlotte or to learn more, call or click at 704375-1334 or

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Fulfillment For Everyone Rene Robaina It is amazing to meet these kids and their families. There is so much to learn from their strength in the face of their challenges. There is so much to give back.

At Home Technology Solutions, making a difference is part of our company philosophy. Every day we work to provide our clients the best solutions possible, whether that is through high-tech entertainment, security, or simply finding new ways to make their lives a little easier. Beyond that, we know there is a bigger picture, and we look for ways to use our skills to make a positive impact where there is a need in our community. In 2012 we began working with a wonderful organization called Make-A-WishŽ Central and Western North Carolina. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Much more than a wish come true, for most children and their families, this experience is a vital antidote against the illness they are battling. Recently we learned about a young man named Josh, whose illness kept him confined to his home. His wish was to have a home theater installed in his bedroom, so he and his friends could play video games and watch movies when they came to visit. Knowing this wish was perfect for us, the team at Home Technology Solutions grew very excited about making it come true. We began designing a surround sound theater for his room. Our manufacturers and distributors joined us, donating some of the equipment for the project. On installation day, Josh’s family helped us keep our work a surprise. When the room was revealed, the joyful expression on his face was priceless. Our entire team was very moved by the experience, feeling they may have benefitted more from granting this wish than Josh and his family did in receiving it. Lauren Caldwell is the corporate relations manager with Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. She says companies are often surprised by the positive impact on employee morale, teamwork and productivity when co-workers volunteer together.

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“The act of wish-granting serves to strengthen communities and companies,” says Lauren. “When volunteers and wish kids come together around a child’s wish, they both report an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others and a greater faith in humanity.” Our company has definitely grown from our work with MakeA-Wish. Beyond giving money to good causes, we learned that when we roll up our sleeves and get involved with a charity on a day-to-day basis, the rewards are much greater. It is amazing to meet these kids and their families. There is so much to learn from their strength in the face of their challenges. There is so much to give back.

In 2013 we helped grant wishes for three local children and helped sponsor the annual Make-A-Wish Gala event. We could not do any of this without 14 years of wonderful clients who continue to call on us for their technology needs and refer us to their friends and families. From all of us at Home Technology Solutions, we say, “thank you!”v Rene Robaina is president of Home Technology Solutions in Charlotte, where he, along with his team, have designed and implemented home technology and entertainment systems for hundreds of clients in North and South Carolina. Reach him at 704-708-5126 or

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Mr. Sun, show me what you’ve got! Trish Bennett doll. (a boutique)

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1. Blake Dress. Ramona LaRue. 2. Necklace. Twine & Twig. 3. Sunglasses. Minnie Rose. 4. Krisa Halter Jumpsuit. Revolve Clothing.

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5. Ensemble. Sleeveless Jersey V-Neck, Multi Missoni Derby Wide Legged Pant, Freddy Cardigan in River. Michael Lauren. 6. Mutation Skinny Flare Jean. Black Orchid Denim. 7. Faded Rasta Lion Deep Back Spaghetti Tank in Mint. Lauren Moshi. 8. Skirt/Dress. Young Fabulous & Broke.

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Operating one consistently acclaimed restaurant is not an easy task, let alone five restaurant concepts in 13 locations, but Frank Scibelli, founder of FS Food Group, has figured out the formula. After opening Charlotte mainstay Mama Ricotta’s 21 years ago, Frank now also runs Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Midwood Smokehouse, Paco’s Tacos and Plate Perfect Catering – each with their own unique flavors, but all with the same trademark commitment to authentic delicious food for everyone. As he puts it, “Food first, all the time.”

What makes your group of restaurants so special? All the restaurants are very communal feeling – friends and family – people want to go hang out and have a good time. Customers aren’t going to leave hungry at my restaurants. The portions are large and the costs are reasonable. Simple food done really well makes the dining experience extraordinary.

What makes your restaurants so successful and popular in Charlotte? Phil Carter, chef at Pacos, went to Mexico to study authentic methods. We worked with James Beard Award winner Rob Walsh to network with BBQ pit masters, and sent our chef to BBQ school in Texas for our Midwood concept. Adam Long, our chef at Bad Daddy’s just went to New York to learn how to make fresh burrata and mozzarella cheese from Dipalos cheese makers. All of the restaurants have fromscratch kitchens. We make everything in-house; we make it like you make it at home. We put a lot of time into our menus.

What’s your philosophy on food and dining? Everything is cyclical. I was a 70s kid, and so we try to do vintage or classic flavors with updated twists. We’re bringing back a Nesquick milkshake to Bad Daddy’s, French onion dip, crab Louie burger – we try to revive the classic dishes and update them.

What’s your favorite meal from your restaurants? My favorite meal ever is Chicken Bianco, the birthday meal my mother made me every year. We serve it at Mama’s – her recipe – though it still doesn’t compare to hers. The brisket at Midwood is my favorite; we do it right. The basic burger at Bad Daddy’s and the Pacos brisket taco made with barbecue sauce and onions.

Our magazine is about great design. How does design play in to the dining experience?

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I put a lot of thought behind the look and feel of my restaurants. I looked for vintage paneling for one of my dining rooms for months – it was hard to find! When we renovated Mama’s a year ago, I brought in the second oldest china pattern in the U.S. and added dining tables that look like kitchen tables because I wanted it to feel like home. I wanted Pacos to feel like an authentic Tex Mex saloon. The design matters to the total experience, but ultimately I care most about the food and service.

What is your next venture? In Charlotte, I’m thinking about another barbecue joint and a possible pizza and pasta restaurant. But, I did just expand to the West Coast with Bad Daddy’s, and I am really looking forward to pairing our awesome menu with Colorado’s fine craft beers.v

Frank Scibelli is founder of FS Food Group. Visit the original Mama Ricotta’s at 601 S. Kings Dr., Paco’s Tacos at 6401 Morrison Blvd., Midwood Smokehouse at 1401 Central Ave. and the original Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar at 1626 East Blvd., all in Charlotte. For catering information, call Plate Perfect Catering at 704-343-0155. 76 Urban Home Charlotte February / March 2014

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Mark Morgan February and March are the best months to plan a rejuvenation of the landscaped beds surrounding your house.

This time of year, spring fever really begins to set in and preoccupy our minds. Thoughts often turn to gardening and with good reason. February and March are the best months to plan a rejuvenation of the landscaped beds surrounding your house. Whether the landscaping was planted many years ago and is now at its mature stage or you are beginning the process with new garden beds, late winter and early spring is the ideal time to research a landscape professional and customize a plan for your home so it is ready for implementation in another month. For those with mature beds planted a decade or more ago, it may be time for shrub removal and/ or augmentation. Begin by assessing the size of some of the evergreen shrubs in the beds. Often, homeowners allow shrubs to become overgrown over the years, especially when pruning is difficult due to plant size or location. Sometimes, what was originally planted as a sun bed slowly becomes a

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shady spot due to the growth of trees and shrubs. Removing overgrown shrubs enables you to add pops of color in anticipation of spring blooming season. Encore azaleas, for instance, intensify color in the landscape during both the spring and fall seasons and even sporadically throughout the summer months. Although it may be difficult to consider removing extra large shrubs, think of it as an opportunity to recycle by transplanting them to a more appropriate location. Perhaps you have carefully pruned and tended shrubs over the years but want to include some new color in the landscape. Enliven mature hedges or evergreen screens - the bones of your landscape - by planting colorful annuals and perennials nearby to contrast with established plants. Even with a mature landscape, there is always room for improvement by adding colorful interest. When working with a blank palette, plant trees and shrubs that provide interest in more than

A local landscape designer can design a comprehensive plan so you derive the best value from the landscaping dollars you spend throughout the year.

one season. Spring blooming trees such as flowering Dogwood, for example, offer white blooms in April and May and the beauty of tiered growth patterns the rest of the year. Viburnums bloom in the spring and provide winter interest with berries. Yoshino Cherry trees are covered with white-pink blooms in spring but continue to provide the interest of glossy bark throughout the seasons, including the winter months. Don’t forget to leave a little room for spring-flowering bulbs. It may be too late to add to this year’s color, but allowing space on the landscape plan for bulbs to be planted in the fall will pay off in easy color next spring and many others to come. Just as an interior designer ensures a colorful room is “anchored” by touches of black, so too must new landscape beds filled with colorful annuals and perennials be anchored by bold evergreen plants. The evergreens serve as a backdrop that allow the colors of the other plants to “pop.” A local landscape designer can design a comprehensive plan so you derive the best value from the landscaping dollars you spend throughout the year. Here’s to a great spring planting season this year!v Mark Morgan founded Morgan Landscape Group over 20 years ago. He brings thirty years of knowledge and experience to every project, and has a passion for plants and their function, outdoor living, and a well designed landscape. For landscape design and consultation, call 704-588-2292 or visit

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Leslie Williams, of Leslie Williams Interior Design, designed this chic dining room for Charlotte residents, Tom and Jennifer Mullin, and we caught up with her to get the lowdown on why this room works so well. Leslie: I designed this dining room around my clients’ wish list, which included a round table, a variety of chairs, built-ins and an elegant chandelier. The most interesting thing to me of this whole project is the wall. To the untrained eye, it looks like gorgeous wallpaper, but in fact, it’s actually hand-painted on the wall by artist, David Merck. The background is metallic and the geometric print was taken from fabric the client had on a pillow in another room.     The color inspiration started with the blue velvet chair fabric and so we alternated the chairs between linen oval-back and upholstered velvet tufted-back. Built-ins were designed to give the client storage for china and stemware and free up space for a round table. It really is an elegant space that works well together.v Medallion Side Chairs in Natural Linen Zentique available via Pure Home

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