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80 The Triangle area has welcomed Urban Home Magazine, with open arms, into a community full of design diversity, Anne Marie Ashley innovation and enthusiasm. There are a host of local artisans and craftsmen that are offering some of the most stylish, unique, quality products and services to the community and Urban Home is here to tell their story. Our purpose is to share their artistry and move you to create your own spaces and places of rest. Each new issue comes packed with ideas and tips that have been sparking creativity in our readers for 13 years in Charlotte, Denver and Austin/San Antonio. Now, it’s in this premier spring issue that we intend to inspire the great designer in you, our sophisticated readers, so that you can pour personality into every aspect of life. From home design and travel to fashion, food and everything in between, we’ll be sending you inspiration six times a year. In this first issue, you’ll be enveloped in a modernist dream home, starting on page 8, that proves truly original design has Roots in Raleigh. Spring sings out in a gorgeous backyard oasis that will make you Green With Envy on page 16. The latest outdoor trends on are display in Outdoor Style and Open Air Pleasures starting on page 28. Get the look from Heather Garrett on Why The Room Works on page 40, learn about local StyleMakers and owners of Raleigh Denim on 44, and see the latest spring looks from Saks Fifth Avenue stylist Patricia Trollinger on page 46. Like we said…it’s jam-packed with inspiration! We are truly excited to bring you the best of the Triangle with pages and pages of lovliness in every issue. We look forward to telling the stories of the local businesses that make it happen day after day. Luckily, it doesn’t stop between issues; continue the journey online with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz and Twitter, plus updates on our website and our blog. But don’t let us keep you any longer… Read on!

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Sometimes, you just need to return to your roots.

fter 23 years in a high-stress executive position and 17 years spent mostly away from her family, Lynda Strickland decided it was time to find her center and build a home near Raleigh, NC that was a retreat. She went to architect Frank Harmon with three simple requirements for her home: it had to be dramatic, fused with nature and in a modernist style with little to no ornamentation. Three years later, Lynda finally felt that she was at home. “I built a modernist home because I love the movement and light experience of modernist spaces and materials like wood, metal, glass

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and stone,” explains Lynda. “Plus, it’s perfect for my family – it provides a sanctuary from the busy world and is, at once, one with nature.” Not to be confused with contemporary design, modern architecture and décor fuses the simple lines of nature with cool materials like wood, glass and stone to create lots of light, air and open spaces and, in Lynda’s case, lots of white walls. “My style is minimalist with a focus on texture, color, light and materials.” Lynda designed the interiors herself; drawing on inspiration that burgeoned within since she was a small girl. “I spent all my free time outdoors as a child,” remembers Lynda. “Following creeks, watching ant colonies, making mud pies, sewing, drawing house layouts, dreaming of Hollywood homes from the 50s and 60s. I translate all of this into a style that is the Japanese aesthetic of George Nakashima meets the

form and function of B&B Italia furniture meets Gerry Lynch’s abstract art.” Lynda directed the build team to reduce the interior spaces to the simplest form – exposed bolts, construction markings, no moldings so that she could really see how the house was put together. Rough unfinished laminated veneer lumber beams were positioned against sleek forms and rich fabric textures creating a space that was truly a “juxtaposition of materials,” as she puts it. Built on a dramatic slope with a running creek at the bottom, and in the middle of the woods, the house did present challenges, but none Harmon couldn’t handle. “The site was a steep, north-facing escarpment, 80 feet above Crabtree Creek and shaded by a 150-yearold forest of beech and oak trees,” says Harmon. “The creek carved this escarpment for millions of years, which immediately suggested a site of great ecological sensitivity. We knew we had to build upon it carefully.” The layout and design took a full year to flesh out and the build was done in two years. A hand-forged and fabricated steel staircase catches your eye in Lynda’s home with complimentary steel walls, backsplashes and hood surrounds in the kitchen. “I think good design happens when you stay away from trends,” suggests Lynda. “Design should reflect the purpose April/May 2013 Urban Home triangle 11

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of the space and each element should play nicely with others, but should stand on it’s own as well.” Practicing what she preached, the staircase has floating wooden steps suspended with steel and wood railings, creating a sort of balance in the center of the living space, while picture windows (27 feet high at the tallest point) flood the room with light. An avid art collector, Lynda also adorned her home with several beautiful and large-scale art pieces, adding layer upon layer of interest to the overall décor. When asked what her advice to homeowners would be when building a modernist home, Lynda says you need to look honestly at how you live and what you actually need. “Think seriously about how you move and live in spaces. What are your needs for privacy, sound control, lighting, etc?” Lynda also suggests making sure all of the already-installed materials are in top shape; if the carpet is dirty or worn, clean it or replace it, if hardwoods need repair, then refinish them and if walls are scuffed and need touch-ups, put a fresh coat of paint on them. “No design, no matter how magnificent, will shine in a room where the walls, ceiling or floors are in not in top condition.” v

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“Design should reflect the purpose of the space and each element should play nicely with others, but should stand on its own as well.� - Lynda Strickland

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Whether you’re an old hat with a green thumb or a newbie eager to plant your first bulbs, the garden in this outdoor living feature will inspire you to take on spring planting with full force.

by Anne Marie Ashley


By Anne Marie Ashley Photography by Jim Schmid



Interior designer Ron Sperry and his partner Scott Bishop created a backyard oasis inspired by their love for Asian architecture. When Ron saw the plans for a Japanese Dojo (traditionally, a wrestling pavilion) online, he felt it would be perfect in his backyard. Heard Ratzlaff Construction was called in and together, they created this toned-down version of the structure that blends beautifully with the home and the neighborhood for a space of relaxation rivaling most Asian spas.

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The surrounding gardens are extremely low maintenance; the total shade of the back yard called for lots of greenery and grasses that require little light, basic watering and occasional trimming and the use of mulch requires zero mowing. Ferns, hasta plants, hydrangea and grasses create plenty of texture, while boxwoods, Hollywood junipers and leafy acampus plants add wellbalanced aesthetic. The gutter-less, sloping pavilion roofline provides natural rainwater irrigation for all the garden plants.

Images courtesy of Jim Schmid.

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Color n Trends

Move over Tangerine Tango,

By Nancy Atkinson

there’s a new color in town.

A Jewel

With Pantone’s recent declaration that Emerald Green is the color of 2013, we’ll soon be seeing the fresh jewel tone in our closets, kitchens, living rooms and even car showrooms. Most often associated with precious gemstones, Pantone calls emerald a color that is lively, radiant and lush. It is also the color of

growth, renewal and prosperity and has been chosen for centuries to represent healing and unity. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The human eye sees more green than any other color in

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Of A Color the spectrum.” To arrive at their selection for Color of the Year, Pantone surveys designers in various fields to learn more about the colors they’ve been working with. By the time the Pantone announcement is made, the “it” color is already out in stores. So it’s not surprising that green showed up on the runway at New York Fashion Week in September. It was also on display

at the Fall 2012 Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, where furniture makers like CR Laine layered several shades of green. From jade and lemongrass to avocado and pear green, CR Laine presented playful rooms of vintage Palm Beach style and used saturated greens to create a fresh take on preppy, Ivy League style.

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Surrounded by all this green, it may seem like we’ve landed in Oz. But while the prevalence of green is undeniable, an entire palette of colors will emerge this spring, from a grayed jade (think seafoam green) to a zesty lemon and a bright shade of blue. Sherwin-Williams announced their paint color of the year as Aloe, a midcentury tinged blue described as having a hint of mint and lots of moxie. Benjamin Moore has named Lemon Sorbet its top hue for 2013. And Pantone’s top color for spring 2013 is Monaco Blue, a blue with a shot of sparkle that lies somewhere between bright cobalt and sapphire blue.

If something about this palette gives you a flashback to a different time, you’re not mistaken. “It’s really a throwback to the 1980s,” says Eiseman, explaining that emerald hasn’t been this popular since Ronald Regan was president. And while last year’s Tangerine Tango was vivid and energizing, this year’s Emerald Green is more relaxed. “It is absolutely the opposite of 2012’s Color of the Year,” says Eiseman. “It’s a color of growth, renewal, healing, unity and regeneration – words we’re all so in need of at this point of history.”v

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Use this year’s color palette in your home with confidence: u Treat Emerald Green like a neutral. Pair it with tan, black, blue or even yellow. u Layer multiple hues of green together for a timeless look.

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Garden n Trends

The by Anne Marie Ashley


Wikipedia defines urban gardening as “the production, functional use and impact of horticultural crops under urban conditions.” Melinda Myers, a nationally known gardening expert and author of over 30 gardening books says, “When I consider urban gardening, I think of limited planting space with often harsh conditions from pollution, traffic, people, salt and construction.” Dr. Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and inventor of vertical gardening, has said that since more people are living in populated towns, they long for a connection with nature. Vertical gardening provides that connection. Vertical gardening, green walls and living walls as they’re sometimes called, are structures that bring gardening “up”. It’s a space-saving strategy, often used in conjunction with urban gardening, that includes growing greenery, vines and sometimes plants up through supports and trellises on a fence or wall. Many people opt for these types of gardening to save space or to beautify, but Melinda says that urban gardening can also impact a person’s health and community. “Urban gardening can have a very positive impact on the individual and the community – individually by reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, environmentally by cleaning the air and storm water.” Meyers also comments that edibles grown in vertical gardens are often found to be less disease-ridden because better light and air penetration means healthier plants and green walls are showing energy savings as well. With tools now readily available for urban and vertical gardening, it’s easy for beginning or avid gardeners to create a lush retreat in even the most limiting environments.v For more information on vertical gardening and Dr. Patrick Blanc, visit For more information on Melinda Myers, gardening tips or to purchase her books, visit

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Choosing the best materials for the job will ensure the result looks beautiful for years to come.

If your dream is to vacation at home, the backyard is probably on the top of your makeover list. Before you break ground though, there are several steps you should take to ensure your backyard is a place of retreat and not of regret. Any successful project starts by asking the right questions. Be realistic about your family’s needs. Are you the type who likes to entertain on a Friday night or do you envision your kids inviting friends over to swim? Are you a kitchen connoisseur or the type who likes to just relax by a fire? The answers to these questions depend as much on your lifestyle as it does your stage of life. They may determine not only what you choose to do but when you choose to do it. Finding a reputable company should be the next step. It’s easy to be enticed by low prices, but it’s vital for homeowners to know where the money is going. In an effort to stay above board, Andrew Roby offers to provide clients with a detailed balance sheet. Another way to protect yourself is to make sure that the contractor has liability insurance. There are many companies today looking to make a quick

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buck. Without insurance, you could be looking at a $100,000 bill if someone falls and breaksAfter their leg on the job. Not to mention, you’ll be stuck with an unfinished job while you’re in litigation. Once a plan and a professional are in place, setting up a schedule to complete the project depends on your priorities. Generally speaking, it’s best to build outdoor construction projects in the spring and the summer if a quick turnaround is the goal. Unpredictable wet winter weather can delay a project for weeks, but in the end the extra time is often worth the trade-off of getting to enjoy the result in the milder months. Choosing the best materials for the job will ensure the result looks beautiful for years to come. For example, some wood species last longer than others. Redwood and cedar are not as durable as they were in the past because the heart of the timber has been used up. Brazilian hardwood is much denser, and often costs less with a beautiful result. Regardless, all wood needs to be prepped and treated correctly. Using metal flashing in the right places can triple the life of wooden beams. The options are practically endless for out-

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Patio n Trends

Outdoor Style

By Anne Marie Ashley

As families continue to stay put in the current housing market, the trend toward upgrading their current spaces continues to climb. The uncertain times of the past few years has catapulted families into enjoying more time together and the outdoors as much as possible, providing low-cost entertainment. Patio spaces, large and small, are undergoing tremendous overhauls and now include as many amenities as the family room inside. Here are just a few of the trends in patio furniture that we are seeing this year and we’re certain that a few of them may be a perfect fit for your family.


Color and pattern have as much impact outdoors as they do indoors. Blues coupled with browns and bright whites seem to be on trend to create earthy, cozy outdoor spaces. Pastel blues, turquoise and brown as well as black and white are used to make outdoor furnishings more attractive.


Bew White, president of Summer Classics furniture, said in a recent article that until imports overtake the casual outdoor living furniture category, wicker furniture continues to be in command position. We’re not talking about your grandmother’s wicker either. Today’s material is made of synthetic vinyl and resin material with UV protection making it both durable and affordable. We are also seeing a comeback of wrought iron and a quickly growing demand for Teak, because it retains good looks for a long time and requires very little maintenance.


Even in wicker, the design of patio furniture is moving in a sleeker, more contemporary direction with clean lines, modern shapes and minimalist colors. Firm, deep cushions coupled with flowy, yet clean silhouettes are on trend for the coming year.


Indoor technology is making its way outdoors, making the patios and outdoor living spaces truly an extension of your home. From cleverly disguised surround sound speakers, weatherproof TVs and several levels of lighting combinations to remote activated Blu-ray players and integration with your indoor living room, being outside can be just as comfortable as inside.


While chairs will always rule the patio, more inviting couches and full size chaise lounges have created living rooms outdoors for relaxation and conversation. Ottomans offer second, more cozy table options and sectionals offer seating for large parties or even the occasional napper.


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By Nancy Atkinson

Porches have been called the soul of the South; conjuring up images of rocking chairs, cool evenings, fresh lemonade and sleepy dogs. However, real estate experts say the front porch is also an asset that adds resale value to your home. A recent Census survey of construction shows two-thirds of new homes built in 2011 had a porch, a trend that has been steadily rising for almost 10 years. Some attribute this to the success of Seaside, Florida, a New Urbanism development in which front porches are a key element of every home.v

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Front Porch Anatomy The Ideal Porch Today’s ideal-sized porch is one that allows you to sit comfortably in a rocking chair, says John Norquist, president of the Congress for New Urbanism. “The deeper the porch the more room for social interaction,” he says. For that reason, a minimum porch depth of 8 feet is recommended, but 10 feet or more is best. Whether the porch is new or part of an addition or remodel, it should reflect the design of the house. Small Porches If your porch is small, make the most of the walls and ceiling. Paint the front door with high-gloss paint in a color that pops. Change out your hardware with slicker, stronger house numbers and add a sculptural doorknocker for elegance. Roomy Porches If you’re lucky enough to have a larger front porch, use a loveseat or sofa along with an ottoman that doubles as seating space / coffee table. Accessorize the area with a piece of outdoor art, an outdoor rug, bright outdoor pillows and urns filled with seasonal plants on either side of the steps. If you have room for a swing, by all means go for it. Furniture Here in the South, you may picture a porch full of vintage rocking chairs, but today’s porch furniture has a luxury resort feel. Try a small chair or table on either side of the front door. Arrange larger pieces across from each other to create a conversation area.

Lighting Use lighting creatively. Try ambient gaslights, dimmer switches, recessed lighting or a combination. You might even consider a wrought iron chandelier. Lamps and wall sconces create wonderful ambience at night or you can hang twinkling lights to create a warm glow. Plants Add color and texture with plants in and around the porch. Hanging baskets work well on small and large porches. Place potted plants on an étagère or table. Try a tall potted plant between chairs if there is no room for a table. Accessories Use an outdoor rug that complements your furniture. Hang flowing curtains (weather-resistant, machine washable panels) in the front or on one or more sides of your porch. Consider hanging artwork (formulated for the outdoors) or mirrors on one or both walls and add stools and floor pillows. Many homeowners even add permanent outdoor entertainment systems (make sure they are protected from the elements). No matter the size of your porch or the style of your home, it’s never been easier to find items that create a welcoming living area right outside your front door.


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Outdoor n Trends

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By Nancy Atkinson

Treat your outdoor living room like any other room in your house and you’ll incorporate the right mix of elements for carefree relaxation. Here’s our guide to creating the ultimate outdoor living area.

Seats Every outdoor room needs a seating area with comfortable furniture. Whether your style is elegant or rustic, today’s choice of fashionable weatherresistant fabrics gives you many options for stylish, welcoming seating. Arrange the seating as you would in your family room to encourage good conversation. Lights Exterior lighting is essential to transform your area into an inviting place when the sun goes down. Options include traditional overhead lighting, landscape lighting, candlelight, string lights draped in trees and outdoor lanterns to create a cozy glow.

Water Add to the relaxation of your outdoor oasis with a water feature of some kind. Whether it’s a pool, tabletop fountain or container water garden, the sound of gurgling water adds a calming element. Fire Make a wood burning or gas burning fireplace or fire pit the focal point of your area. This heat source will add to the ambiance and allow you to enjoy the area year-round. The options are unlimited, so customize the fire feature to your space and arrange the seating around the fire to create a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Landscape Food Anchor the flooring and walls of your Cooking is an essential part of the space with hardscaping. Decking, outdoor living experience. An outstone and concrete are good options. door kitchen is a luxury, but if you’re Trees, shrubs and flowers soften the building one be sure to include a grill, area and become the wallpaper and refrigerator, sink and plenty of counter paint of your outdoor area, so choose space. Extra amenities include cabinets, plantings that soothe and inspire you. icemaker, beer tap and dishwasher.Traci Zeller Designs


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Many questions come to mind when building a home. Think of all the choices, the money and the uncertainty — How long will it take? Will it look the way I imagine? Will it be up to date on the latest energy efficiencies? Who should I choose to build it? Stress seems to dominate the home-building process. However, with Homes by Dickerson, you need only read their slogan to know that they pride themselves on taking their clients down a different path. “Where the Excitement is Building” not only applies to their customers’ experience, but also to the employees who work there. Customizability Great homes start with a well thought out design and interior layout. Despite an extensive selection of floor plans, Homes by Dickerson is always adding more. If customers don’t find a plan in the portfolio that fits their needs perfectly, they can customize. By offering maximum customizability, Homes by Dickerson can easily modify an existing floor plan or design a new home for a customer to fit their needs and lifestyle. Employees are passionate about helping customers create their perfect home. Experience Homes by Dickerson understands that customers want to be involved more than ever in their home building and buying experience. Today’s buyers are in-tune to personalization, customization and instant access to everything. This past year, the company unveiled their design center and mobile app to enhance the home-building/buying experience.

Customers are able to come to a comfortable environment where they can select and review floor plans, see example products and pictures, and bring their dreams to life. With the app, they can do this from their own living rooms, bringing it right to their fingertips and allowing them the ability to literally build their dream home with all the features of the design center. Even more helpful is the ability to see starting prices and analyze the financials like down payments, interest rates and monthly payments with the options selected. You can even choose your home site in one of their 7 communities and save a personalized brochure with all of your choices. High Performance Certified Green Building In 2009, Homes by Dickerson committed to building all of their homes certified green. Upon completion, each home touts two certifications- Energy Star Certified, and NAHB Research Center Green Certified to the Bronze Level. Homes built with these certifications can claim a healthier living environment that’s more sustainable, more comfortable, costs less to operate and lessens the impact on the environment. This whole system approach to building makes Homes by Dickerson structures more efficient – a standout in the resale market. Homes by Dickerson is the second largest NAHB Research Center green certifier of new homes in the state of North Carolina.v What are you waiting for? Take the stress out of the home-building process by contacting Homes by Dickerson at 919-378-1915 or find out more at

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CornuFé Range The original CornuFé range, this 43” range is available in six colors and three trims, featuring two electric convection ovens, one of which is a seven-mode multifunction oven, five powerful gas burners and one large storage drawer. Available at Kitchen & Bath Galleries in Raleigh.


Gold Leaf Crystal Glasses This set of four crystal glasses are hand-blown in Italy and subtly enhanced with hand-applied 24k gold leaf on the base, adding a modern aesthetic to any table. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Raleigh.


Claude Walnut Bar Available in walnut with brushed brass accents or white stained ash wood with polished nickel accents, this bar cabinet is perfect Mid-Century Modern style. Stack up to three 2-Drawer or 2-Door Units on top of each other.


Gold Dipped Flatware This 5-piece set of flatware is made of stainless steel and dipped in 24k gold. It’s hand washable; but even better, we love the idea of straying from grandma’s silver and cutting your own path in gold.


The Bartlett Tufted Back Dining Side Chair by Jessica Charles Sleek tapered legs combine with plush tufted fabric to form this casually styled chair. The Bartlett dining chair comes in a dizzying array of solid and print fabrics, making it easy to dress it up or down to match your décor. Available at Riverview Galleries in Raleigh.


Empire Mosaic Table Top Antiqued marble covers this table top in a beautiful mosaic, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. Available in as seen in browns but also in greys at Summer Classics in Raleigh.

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child’s play By Nancy Atkinson

With so many toys, clothes, books and accessories, children’s rooms can often become a war zone while fighting the battle to clean up and get organized. You have to start somewhere, so we asked Certified Professional Organizer, Laurie Martin and Associate ASID Interior Designer, Traci Zeller for tips on overcoming the clutter. Read on for peaceful, organized solutions to ending the battle of the bulge in your child’s room.

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Teach Organization As A Life Skill To help your child (and you) enjoy the benefits of having an organized room, Laurie and Traci say it is essential to involve your child in the process. “Resist the urge to purge your child’s bedroom when they are not present and consult with them on a system that makes sense to them,” says Laurie. To eliminate stress and potential arguments, you may want to hire a professional organizer to assist you. Room To Grow One of the biggest challenges in creating an organizational system for children’s rooms is that their needs change as they grow – quickly! “Hobbies, habits, and sizes change frequently,” says Laurie. She recommends customizing a system to fit the needs of each child or teen, tweaking them once or twice a year. “Before the holidays and at the end of the school year are great times to purge and de-clutter.” Traci likes flexible storage solutions. “If you are investing in a custom closet or quality furniture, look for adjustable shelves and the ability to accommodate a variety of basket or box sizes so you can change the layout of the closet or furniture piece as the child’s needs change.”

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The Right Tools What are the organizational experts favorite tools? For Traci it’s boxes, baskets and bins, especially when paired with a shelving unit. “It’s easy cleanup for children when they can put all their dolls into an open basket and then stash that basket on a shelf,” she says. “I also appreciate how neat they can look when they are all lined up.” Laurie likes clear containers. “Containers help define the category and allow children to see exactly what they have,” she says. “Labeling the containers makes it easier for children to put things back where they belong!” Traci sums up the point of helping your child organize by saying, “More time and less frustration leads to happier moments and a better quality of life.”v


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Designer Spotlight: Heather Garrett

by Anne Marie Ashley

WHY THE ROOM WORKS We asked Heather Garrett of Heather Garrett Interior Design in Raleigh to give us the rundown on one of her most recently designed client spaces. Here, she explains why this space works so well and outlines some of the key design elements she used to create it. “This super-stylish, jet-setting Raleigh couple are entrepreneurs who love their art collection, their dog Theo and entertaining in their space. The original fireplace in this room no longer functions, and because there are several other rooms in the home for relaxing fireside and/or lounging in front of the TV, our aim for this space was strictly cocktails and entertaining! We layered formal finishes like silk, velvet and glossy shell veneer with informal textures like rough sawn birch strips, iron and blown glass, softening the modern edge. Within the conversation area, each seat faces something special - a collection of vintage cameras, an original painting, the fireplace sculpture and a mirror - and the lighting is carefully restrained for just the right glow (dimmers on everything, always!). We chose the rug as the one place to have a pattern and then played with shape, finishes and forms on the lighting, mirrors and artwork. Speaking of the rug, although it’s tempting to save a buck by purchasing a smaller size, buy the largest rug you can for the space! It envelops the furniture, helping to create an ample, cozy feel.”v

Sofa in Café Noir, Lee Industries.

Enzo side table in brown shell, Made Goods.

Dynasty Rug, Eskayel.

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Kensey Abstract Iron Mirror, Arteriors Home.

Modo Chandelier, Design Within Reach.

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Alita Champagne Metal Pendant Light This pendant light fixture from Uttermost has a Champagne leaf finish on metal strips with black dry brushing and antique stain. Available at Green Front Furniture in Raleigh.


Brilliant Starburst Wall Plaque Sprays of extra large rhinestones are encased in metal bezels for a pop of sparkle that makes a statement. Available at Z Gallerie at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh.


Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Draper Chair Urban, sculpted and sophisticated, the Draper chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams draws inspiration from mid-century modern Scandinavian lounge chairs. Â We can just see Don Draper sipping his Old Fashioned now. Available in hundreds of fabrics and leathers at BeyondBlue Interiors in Raleigh.


Chairside Table This antique brass table from Century Furniture’s Leisure line is the perfect chairside companion or corner piece to add richness and style to any living space. Available at Wayside Furnishings in Raleigh.


The Forum Collection by Surya Rugs Bright and bold retro colors combine with dramatic linear designs to create a unique style. Hand tufted in India from 100% wool, these rugs are soft to the touch and ideal for contemporary spaces. Available at Riverview Galleries in Raleigh.


Parchment Books Books produced by local artisans are covered in handmade parchment or hand-laid gold or silver leaf, creating a truly unique binding in each book. Send your classics to be rebound as well, adding an antique look to your favorites.


Aqueduct Desk Finished in matte black with a wide central drawer, this genius desk from Reeves Design has two soft closing side drawers and a convenient side cupboard with an adjustable shelf and arches cased with solid brass sheets.

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Like you, we spend lots of time in the kitchen. Kitchens are the heart of any home. And we have great ideas to make this important room more functional, beautiful, more nourishing to your family's body and soul. Since 1990, most of the 400+ remodeling projects we've completed in the Triangle have included kitchens. With our Design-Build approach, you have a designer and project manager with you from start to finish. Check out our website to learn more. Then contact us to schedule an initial free consultation with Hank Wall. We'd like to show you our cabinet showroom and hear what you have in mind. Raleigh, NC




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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm “Aesop’s lotions and potions have the most amazing scents, and are so fresh and rich, we feel indulgent every time we use them.”


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Womb Chair, in Hella Jongerius for Maharam Upholstery “The womb chair is perfectly designed for curling up, and covering it in Hella Jogerius + Maharam’s collab fabric makes it just plain epic.”

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Soft-lead Pencils “Perfect for sketching.”

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Jeans “Our list wouldn’t be complete without jeans. We go for dark denim and then wear them until they’re light and soft.”

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Il Bisonte Bag “This bag holds everything, goes everywhere and lasts forever.”

literal StyleMakers Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko what some of their favorite things are and, true to form, this couple knows

Making Bouillabaisse from Scratch “Cooking makes us feel at home and this is Victor’s favorite dish to make.”

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Escazu Chocolate “Escazu chocolate, made from bean to bar in Raleigh, is stellar in general but the Goats Milk Dark has an extra creaminess that makes it our favorite.”



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1. Ralph Lauren Black Label This water-resistant trench reverses from bright orange to classic khaki. Three-quarter-sleeves with a leather neck detail and saddle leather skirt. Orange is a classic way to add color to any wardrobe. Being reversible only ups versatility. Pair with a great boyfriend jean and flat for the weekend. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

As a busy mother of twin boys, I know one thing you should not have to sacrifice and that’s great style. Know what works for you; never let anyone tell you how to look. Keep updated. Read, entertain, travel and be open. Live a gracious life, be passionate and have joy in all you do. A wardrobe is ever changing. Find your style, reinvent and invest in the classics but insert a bit of the unexpected. That is how to have great personal style. My picks for this season are classic, effortless pieces that do all the work for you.


2. SK-II Let your skin shine. SKII is a wonder; I have used the line for over a year and seen how clear and luminous my skin has become. A must have!! 3. Chloe Handbag The Amelia is mixed media’d to perfection with leather, hand–painted textural lizard and gold-tone hardware. Small-scale handbags are a big trend with added texture and gold chains, creating a defined style.


4. Gucci Shoes White patent leather gets the Gucci treatment with iconic horse bit details. White was shown all over this season and this shoe is a great way to switch up a classic. White now! 5. Vince Jacket A cropped jacket with magnetic snap-front closure and a color blocked shirt with stretch linen pants creates graphic impact. This is a clean and modern way to dress. This short classic jacket will stay a staple in any wardrobe. 6. BCBGMaxAzaria Dress A fresh melon hue that matches your cocktail and the sunrise. Chiffon in a feminine silhouette is a stand-out this season. 7. Miu Miu Glasses An aqueous teal varnish creates a pearlized shimmer on retro metal cat eye frames. Go retro with color, looks great and ageless. 8. Rebecca Minkoff Collection Coco Clutch This clutch, reworked in an orange chevroned mesh, is a great way to modernize and update your look. Take it from day into night. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Patricia Trollinger is Designer Manager and Personal Stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh. For more information or to make an appointment, email her at or call 919.792.9100, ext. 5495.

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The “Twin City” of Winston-Salem is emerging as one of the nation’s leaders in medicine, finance and technology. It also nicknamed The City of Arts and Innovation – which means the intriguing balance between arts and commerce puts this city at the top of our list of North Carolina’s great, undiscovered gems. Just an hour up the road, Winston-Salem is a day trip packed with fun, history and all kinds of delightful surprises.

What to Do

Old Salem Salem was founded in 1766 by the Moravians – a Protestant group of people that began in what is now known as the Czech Republic. Tour buildings, take a class in the museum, tour the gardens or participate in hands-on activities like pottery, sewing, fireplace cooking, painting and more. Krispy Kreme The beloved North Carolina confection Krispy Kreme was founded in the heart of Old Salem. Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeastraised donut recipe from a New Orleans French Chef, rented the building in Old Salem and started selling donuts to local grocers. Passersby began asking for hot donuts, so Vernon cut a hole in the wall and began selling them directly to customers on the street. Wine Country Bicycle Tour Enjoy a two-day tour of local wineries via bicycle, starting and ending at The Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem. Tour includes a catered lunch overlooking Yadkin

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Valley, winery tour and wine tasting, a wine and cheese reception at the inn and dinner at one of Winston-Salem’s finest restaurants, Meridian.

Where to Shop

Reynolda Village Adjacent to Wake Forest University, the shops at Reynolda Village are housed in buildings which once supported the 1,067-acre estate of the R.J. Reynolds family. The buildings now house stores, restaurants and offices – everything needed for a truly unique shopping experience. Historic West End Meander through a host of antique, consignment and whimsical furniture shops; dine at a variety of uniquely themed locally owned restaurants or take a carriage ride through this historic district peppered with structures built from 1890-1930. Downtown Arts District DADA, as it’s called, offers a unique shopping experience, innovative galleries and entertaining

special events, such as the First Friday Gallery Hop. Explore the fiber, wood, metal, canvas and especially, the people of the arts district.

Where to Eat

Milner’s American Southern The menu boasts a delicious variety of Southern American classics retooled with contemporary culinary techniques using the finest ingredients like small farm produce, coastal Carolina seafood and meats from ethically conscious ranchers.   Noble’s Grill An offshoot of an old Charlotte favorite, Noble’s, this grill features fresh food and a fun menu. Small plates and dinner portions available and a friendly, inviting atmosphere make this a classic to try. The Screaming Rooster A neighborhood restaurant serving fresh, seasonally appropriate dishes based on locality, season, and a farm to table creative spirit.

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