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august / september 2017 dwell trend 18 Tile It On market 22 Kitchen & Bath palette 26 Orange Crush profile 28 Design Board

features 34 The Memory Maker 46 Raleigh Designer Show House Succeeds with Flying Colors


34 contributors 66 The Living Kitchen


room service: Dawn Harris Back to School Organizing Tips from Mickey Mouse and Company!

building a better home: Evan Bost 76 From Paper to Reality (Virtually)


10 From the Editor 70 The Joy of Redesign 78 Arts and Culture Spotlight

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Finding Inspiration


y husband and I tackled a kitchen remodel project in our last house, and I’m pleased to report that we lived to tell about it. We joined the white-kitchen-club through a contracting project that grew from a basic cabinet overhaul to a full-on renovation – installing all new countertops, appliances and fixtures, removing walls, adding a bar area, and completing the look with an island that seats six. Overall, we had a wonderful experience (thanks to a very patient contractor), and the process delightfully reminded me how well we complement each other when making decisions. Honestly, there were some exhausting moments, but I was in my element as the transformation unfolded and all of the design details came to life. However, phase two of our project targeted several bathroom renovations, and we graciously decided to let the next family confront the remaining remodeling phases (somehow moving seemed easier!). As the pages of our kitchen and bath issue were coming together, I couldn’t help but pause at times to reminisce about that past kitchen project. But more so, I gained inspiration for future design endeavors. Our team at Home Design & Decor is honored to showcase designers, homeowners, and experts who don’t shy away from the chance to deliver inspiring design, introduce the latest products and trends, and pass along timeless advice for creating stunning – yet functional – kitchens and baths. Check out the market pages for chic and serene products that inspire, and don’t miss this issue’s trend story on tile where masterful designers share their latest favorites. Speaking of favorites, Raleigh’s design scene was exemplified this past spring with the premiere of the DJF Builders’ Designer Show House. As a media sponsor of the community-wide event, Home Design & Decor is privileged to unveil the passion and savoir-faire of 18 designers who transformed a builder’s vision into a distinct showcase. Experience the dream come true room-by-room. Additionally, interior designer Jenn Frost’s true artistry is captured in an impeccable home that employs remarkable sophistication with a genius dose of color. Whether you are finding inspiration for a home transformation or just perusing to take in all the trendy and classic products that have hit the market, we are honored you are spending some time with us. Take a break from the humidity, relax, and prepare to be inspired.

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dwell The people, places, and things that elevate your home and living.

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Tile it On

One of the simplest ways to add impact to your kitchen or bath, tile can transform even the most mundane spaces. By Aleigh Acerni Tile has been used to enhance homes for thousands of years—and for good reason. The durable, eco-friendly finish is practical and beautiful. From classic subway tile to rustic terracotta, tile adds interest and texture to kitchens and baths. Trendy or timeless, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by options from material to shape to color. We caught up with three local designers to showcase some of their current favorites. Whether you’re mid-renovation or just looking for a way to enhance a space you use every day, there’s plenty to love about these stylish options.

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips The English Room “Granada Tile is a go-to for budget-friendly tile and an in-stock source. I love the pop of color they offer and am particularly fond of their Fez pattern. It is a bold yet welcome choice in a kitchen or bathroom.” Fez tile, $65.80 per box of 10, “I am obsessed with this glamorous tile and am planning to install it in my own powder room.” Apollo tile in Glam, $54.60 per square foot,

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Laura Casey Laura Casey Interiors

“Tabarka Studio creates beautiful, handmade terracotta tiles. Whether reminiscent of the Paris Metro or the seaside villages of the Mediterranean, there are a limitless array of patterns and color options.” Paris Metro tile, $73.50 per square foot, “Ann Sacks is a great tile line. They offer a variety of patterns and colors, and custom tile work. This fluted tile is an updated take on a traditional subway tile. I’m drawn to tile that’s visually interesting but not trendy. Who wants a bathroom that’s going to be outdated in three years?” Made by Ann Sacks Fluted Field Tile, starting at $67.92,

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Ally Whalen Ally Whalen Design “I love anything cement tile right now! I think it makes a beautiful statement in a small space like a powder room floor, or for a backsplash.” Cannes tile, $82.80 per box, “I also love classic subway tile, but in the larger sizes like 3-by-12 inches, especially the unique tiles with the free form edges—a nice update to the classics! Field tile in Milk Gloss, $9.85 per square foot,

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Contain Yourself Add warmth and texture to your bath with earthy yet refined accessories like the Arles collection from Pigeon & Poodle, which offers a sophisticated array of bathroom accessories that will enhance your private space. From soap dispensers and dishes to tissue holders and wastebaskets, the polished faux horn bath collection is the perfect touch to keep your bath sanctuary both organized and beautiful. Available at Quintessentials / $120 - $470 /

Soak It IN At the day’s end, give yourself a little R&R. What better way to do that than to soak in one of internationally renowned interior designer Laura Kirar’s one-piece freestanding bathtubs crafted by KALLISTA using durable craft material. With its gracefully shaped lines and contemporary design, this versatile bath complements a wide range of bathroom styles from modern to traditional and everything in between. Available through Wilkinson Supply Company / $5,895 /

Dry Spell Known for its casual and affordable luxury bed and bath offerings, New York-based Kassatex masters the art of blending new and old with its Gramercy collection. Crafted in Portugal, this plush bath towel collection elevates classic comfort by marrying absorbent combed cotton with a graceful applique border, giving each towel an elegantly vintage appeal. Available through Kassatex / $13 - $40 /

Step Forward Inspired from classic Art Deco style and geometric lines of pre-Columbian pyramids, the Step series from Nest Studio has stepped up its game with its new hardware for the kitchen and bath. Fabricated from solid brass, the minimalist pull series is a play of contrasting sandblasted and hand polished finishes. It’s offered in a small and large pull, handle, and bail pull, and comes in three standard finishes. Available through Nest Studio / $75 - $100 /

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OPTICAL OPULENCE From the floors, to the walls, and even to the ceiling, good design is multidimensional. So make your space one that’s your own by incorporating the unexpected and unconventional that will transform a small powder room into a big stunner. Featuring ANN SACKS Maven tile in Solstice by Kelly Wearstler, the surface becomes anything but ordinary. Rather, this eye-catching and mesmerizing pattern and material adds texture and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. Depth accumulates with the addition of Laura Kirar’s Pinna Paletta console table legs and towel bar from KALLISTA shown in Nero Marquina, which is accompanied by Kirar’s sink faucet with tall spout – really putting the “pow” in powder room. Available through KALLISTA and ANN SACKS / price upon request /;

STONE AGE Through modern-day technology and innovation, we no longer live in the stone ages. However, there is a renaissance going on where we’re taking natural materials and reinterpreting them for today’s use. Known for its commitment to creating elements that bring organic beauty, versatility, complexity, and utility of water into the home, Canadian kitchen and bath manufacturer Aquabrass introduces its MARMO collection, the first collection within its high-end designer Black Series line. Sourced from Italian and Spanish quarries, the MARMO collection celebrates marble in its natural state and reimagines it through a contemporary design lens. The collection is offered in two marble finishes, Bianco Carrara and Nero Marquina, a standard polished chrome along with 16 custom plating finishes which range from a sparkling rose gold to “Montreal Black,” its newest plating finish that’s a matte black. Available through Aquabrass / Starting at $795 for polished chrome; $995 for custom plating /


AROMA THERAPY Inspired by the fig tree, renowned Diptyque’s Figuier candle is an intense fragrance that envelopes the senses. With its captivating notes of warm tree bark, freshness of its leaves, and the milky sap of its fruit, the invigorating scent will enchant the nose. Available through Diptyque / $64 /

For a small space like a powder room, filling the air with a fragrant scent is essential. With its range of candles, soaps, diffusers, and more, NEST Fragrances, the luxury home and fine fragrance maker, offers a beautiful distraction. There are 20 scents to choose from, including its Moroccan Amber liquid soap and lotion. This exotic perfume encompasses notes of Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, bergamot and accented with a hint of eucalyptus – giving off a sweet yet masculine aroma that will have your guests taking notice. Available at NEST Fragrances / liquid soap $22; lotion $24 /


Blades of Glory You don’t have to be a professional chef to know that ordinary kitchen knives just don’t cut it – literally. You also don’t have to be an aficionado in the kitchen to own a superior set of steel. Shun, a Japanese fine cutlery company, knows this best. Its Hikari 7-piece knife block set is as beautiful as it is sharp. Named Hikari after the Japanese word for “illumination,” the masterfully crafted knives in this set are distinguished by their stunning birch PakkaWood handles and “hornet’s nest” pattern. Extraordinarily sharp with a long-lasting edge, the blades have micro serrations that reduce friction for clean, effortless slices that enhance the flavor of the food. The set includes five essential knives, as well as a dual-textured honing steel and solid birch block for eye-catching display and easy access. Available through Williams-Sonoma / $1,199.95 /

Bronze MeDal Gone are the days when kitchen sinks are just utilitarian basins for washing dishes. Known for their superior ingenuity and design, Rocky Mountain Hardware has elevated and redefined the farmhouse sink, which was once often attributed to rustic settings. With its linear silhouette, exquisite material of fine art-grade bronze, and masterful craftsmanship, this stunning fixture is more of a work of art. Available in a number of finishes, all of which patina with variation, this elegant crown jewel takes first prize in the kitchen. Available through Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath / $19,377 /

Tray Chic Presentation is key to making a good first impression. So whether you’re serving up a pork roast or a cheese and charcuterie platter for dinner guests, display your taste for the finer things with an exquisite serving tray. Made of solid acacia wood and adorned with pure emerald handles and 24 karat gold trim, ANNA by RabLabs’ handsome small Bosque tray combines nature’s elements with refinement that will make a lasting mark. Available through ANNA by RabLabs / $480 / 24 Home Design & Decor Triangle | August / September 2017

Pattern Play For days when you can’t make it out of the kitchen to sit down to eat, set up a casual dining spot on the island or at the breakfast nook to enjoy your meal. And just because you’re scarce on time, you need not skimp out on proper etiquette. For times like these, opt for a less formal linen like the Lulia napkin to adorn your lap. Available as a set of four in an assorted vivid colors and patterns, these beautifully screen-printed napkins pair well with your everyday table setting. Available through Anthropologie / $32 /

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Somewhere on the spectrum between a sweet summer sorbet and the savory spices of fall lies the ever confectionery and sun-kissed Apricot. Written by Christina Spratt Spencer Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox

Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest color.” And if that notion holds true, its cousin on the coral side, Apricot, is not lacking in the same sentiments. Taking cues from its namesake and reminiscent of the warmth cast out by the last rays of sunset, this hue is equally as soothing as it is invigorating. In its palest whisper of a shade it offers a cloak of softness to quiet and calm a space. And when used as a more vibrant color note, it accentuates with a certain boldness yet subtle and refined restraint. Apricot brings forth a vivaciousness that wakes up the senses and aesthetics of a room, energizing every other element with lively contrast, making it the perfect ode to summer’s farewell and the coming days of fall. Interior Design by Kelly Wearstler / Photography by Grey Crawford 26 Home Design & Decor Triangle | August / September 2017

Apricot plays well with other colors and shades: Layer it with neutrals and natural textures Add a dynamic to sleek and polished graphic black-and-white Highlight the coral element with milky coastal sea glass or zesty tropical citrus hues Combine with a palette of pastels Filter in an amplified shade as a pop of color to contrasting sleek city grays

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Candelabra Home “Sun Kissed” Framed Artwork /  Billy Baldwin Large “Martini” Tables / Wesley Hall “Emily” (#665) Chair Shown in C-Brussels Deep Coral /  Wildwood “Cousteau” Set of 3 Boxes in Coral / Lee Industries “9319” Ottoman Shown in Atrium Lemon /

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Hill & Brown “Verram Strie” (HB107-3) in Apricot /  Bailey & Griffin “Puccini” in Spice /  Jane Shelton “Badminton Stripe” in Orange /  Pierre Frey “Balgo” in Coral /  Elizabeth Eakins “LYTTON” in Orange /  Fabricut “Destroyer” in Apricot /  Fabricut “Oleander” Trim in Apricot / AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 27

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“Design is your opportunity to translate the epic beauty of nature, travel, and art into an everyday reality. It’s like creating a living story. One of my prime inspirations is Kelly Wearstler. She always pushes the envelope, and I venture to do the same with each design.” “This design is for a living room for a young professional woman who wanted a bit of Sherlock Holmes here and a dash of exotic influence there. We infused both of these with a romantic British Colonial style mixed with a few bold, modern patterns. A large Currey & Company chandelier reminiscent of branches brings a bit of twinkle and a natural element. The intricate Asian lines in the side table play well with the bold solid metallic of the cocktail table. The tufting on the Norwalk sofa lends some elegance, while the voluptuous curves of it instills a sense of femininity.”

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This view of the oceanfront home shows how well the new octagonal shaped addition, formerly an open corner porch, blends in with the home’s existing architecture.

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Timeless elegance is nowhere more evident than in the living room, where a shiplap fireplace surround, coffered ceilings, and Baker sofa with two matching chairs set a classic, neutral backdrop for dramatic pops of color and stunning personal artwork and books collected from the homeowner’s world travel.


Memory Maker Every Room a Nod to the Past and an Adventure for the Future By Brandy Woods Snow Photography by Dustin Peck


life of international travel is a charmed one filled with interesting sights, ethnic foods, and diverse cultures. So much so, the thought of settling down could almost seem mundane by comparison. Except, of course, when the home becomes an embodiment of the adventures, a reminder of the good times, and a creation born from the inspiration of every passport stamp. When a seasoned world traveler decided to make West Raleigh his home, he enlisted the aid of a local custom home builder, as well as Jenn Frost, principal and interior designer of JSF Designs, LLC to bring the vision to life. “I worked hand in hand with the builder so we could fulfill the homeowner’s desire for a transitional feel with an open design concept,” Frost says. “Inspired by his international travels and experiences of staying in a multitude of homes and villas across the world, the goal was to create a polished, modern space unique as the homeowner himself,” Frost says. AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 35

Cozy curb appeal comes in an earthy palette combined with stones and shakes to complement the lot’s natural landscaping. Arched windows add softness to the exterior, and a custom designed gate adds elegance and privacy.

The massive island countertop, double the standard thickness, features a curved design to mimic the ceiling detail above it and is a piece of art in itself. Double light fixtures complement the sleek, contemporary lines of the custom cabinetry, and the marble countertops continue up the wall as a backsplash for one seamless, uncluttered aesthetic.

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The wood paneling, exposed beams, and warm neutral palette of the family room create a cozy, lodge-like atmosphere, perfect for enjoying an evening in or watching the big game on one of the room’s three TVs.

Located inside the Belt Line, the five-bedroom custom new construction was completed over the course of a year and features large, open rooms with expansive windows, designed to capture the beauty of the outdoors and bring it in while also capitalizing on loads of natural light. This is further enhanced by the home’s lengthy sight lines, which augment the organic

movement from room to room and draws the eye to the many architectural and character points throughout. One of the most incredible views is from the front door where visitors can take in the living room, sunroom, and backyard in one glance. Two of the homeowner’s major design directives included sleek, uncluttered spaces and the inclusion of his favorite color, AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 37

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Opposite page: Floor-to-ceiling cradles in the all-glass wine room house the homeowner’s extensive wine collection while glass shelves proudly display collectible carafes from around the world. Low-profile barstools can be pushed together to mimic a bench, giving guests plenty of seating to enjoy a glass of wine. Left: The massive 80-inch mahogany dining table by Baker features polished nickel hardware finishes on the feet and center-top detail, as well as a unique, customized base. The dramatic splashes of purples, blues, and yellows featured in the ikat print drapery panels are directly inspired by the homeowner-procured artwork. Bottom: Crayola stands guard on the upstairs landing proving the space is indeed “a horse of a different color.” The expansive area doubles as an in-home art gallery where some of the homeowner’s most treasured acquisitions from world travels are displayed.

purple, which pushed Frost to think outside the box. “Purple is not typically my go-to color, but he was adamant it be an integral part of the finished product. With a little research and the discovery of some really great fabrics and wall coverings, it grew on me, and the final result is this dynamic pop of color that adds drama and elegance to the home.” The sunroom proudly displays one such wall covering – a rich purple grasscloth, which gives the space a unique, high-end feel and complements the room’s gray and white marble floors and gray beam and beadboard ceiling detail. In the master suite, Frost procured two coordinating contemporary fabrics in a vivid purple, used to cover the bedroom’s desk chair and the closet’s bench. “The new fabrics and grasscloth were an exciting way to integrate the purple color in impactful but digestible ways. It really gave a fresh take on the design.” Rich mahogany woods, mixed metals, and blue and yellow accents, greatly inspired by showcased artwork, also add interest to the home’s otherwise neutral palette. A blend of grays, whites, and tans adds softness to the overall design as well as creates continuity from one room to the next. Nowhere is this epitomized more than in the master bath where the gray and white marble floor and shower surround, while nickel fixtures and a wall of windows create the allure of an in-home spa. Off the bathroom, an outdoor shower is incorporated into an open-air tiled patio, secluded behind a stacked stone wall and hedge of bamboo. AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 39

Mirrored tiles are an elegant, unexpected entryway into the master bedroom. The Chinoiserie chest is an antique.

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Top: Nowhere is a man’s home his castle more than in this master suite with its massive wall of windows and signature two chandeliers to accommodate the large square footage. Motorized draperies and shades offer one-touch privacy. A tray ceiling and bold purple chair add a touch of drama in this personal retreat. Bottom Left: Built-in floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry, a massive center island, and vanity make this space as functional as it is beautiful. The nickel chandelier, motorized draperies, and coordinating purple fabric echo and extend the bedroom’s aesthetic. Bottom Right: Privacy has never been so open in these master showers— one indoor, one outdoor and both channeling the spirit of nature. Floor to ceiling windows work with the gray and white marble surround to create a clean, spa-like shower experience where total privacy is easily accessible via one-touch electric shades housed in the built-out crown molding above. The outdoor waterfall shower offers raw access to nature behind a very private hedge of bamboo and stacked stone wall.

Top Left: The floral pillows, which anchor the room design, also give it feminine appeal. Embroidered window panels, a gray upholstered headboard, and purple bench impart softness in the space while polished nickel and glass accents, also reflected in the classic chandelier, impart a clean, contemporary feel. Top Right: Designed specifically for the homeowner’s granddaughter, this bedroom’s whimsical touches, including funky light fixture, colorful fabric cubes, and tasseled bedding, give the space a youthful sophistication that would make any kid feel at home. Bottom Left: The largest of the four upstairs bedrooms, the guest suite features a classic black-and-white color palette. The mahogany bed, nubby rug, and mixed-metal accents create exciting textural layers. With a private sitting area, game table, and personal fridge, guests can truly relax in this home away from home. Bottom Right: Pops of cobalt in the pillows, nightstands, and draperies punctuate this room’s earthen palette. The drapery’s ombre fabric catches the eye, adding a fun factor to the otherwise calming aesthetic. Three-dimensional wall art adds drama and depth.

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“I worked hand in hand with the builder so we could fulfill the homeowner’s desire for a transitional feel with an open design concept,” Frost says.

Design continuity is also evident in the home’s lighting fixtures, which were all hand-selected by Frost to match the character of each room while also complementing the overall aesthetic, as well as the exotic hardwood flooring that flows throughout, imparting both warmth and interest. Incorporating custom-built cabinetry and spaces built for form and function were key in achieving the sleek, streamlined appearance desired by the homeowner. Motorized shades and draperies in the master suite add privacy in one touch while wall-to-wall cabinets and islands in the bathroom, master closet, and kitchen all maximize space efficiency while minimizing clutter. In the kitchen, the marble countertops extend up the wall for the backsplash, seamlessly merging the two, and all outlets are flush with the countertop, hidden from sight behind drawers and accessible by pop-ups. In the living room, the stairwell’s bottom two stairs feature a wraparound detail that creates a natural flow between upstairs and down. And while the overall aesthetic implemented by JSF Designs speaks of timeless elegance, it’s the eclectic flourishes that really make the design personal. The woodpaneled family room is where the homeowner spends most of his time, relaxing or enjoying the game on one of three televisions. But when company’s over, friends can congregate around a bottle of wine (pinot noir is the homeowner’s favorite!) from the glass wine room, which houses select bottles procured during global travels. And from the book collection in the living room to Crayola, the rainbow-hued horse sculpture in the upstairs art gallery, this house is made a home where souvenirs of the homeowner’s travels converge with Frost’s timeless design that will be enjoyed long into the future.u

The purple grasscloth and one-of-a-kind turquoise cabinet add pops of color and texture. Oversized windows open to the outdoors, allowing natural light to flow through the space. Water resistant fabrics keep the sunroom looking fresh and clean and offer easy care for post-hot tub relaxation. AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 43

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There’s a lot of “wow factor” at Westfall in Chapel Hill. First there’s the unbelievable location, just 9 miles from Franklin Street and only 3 miles from Jordan Lake. Then there are the spectacular panoramic views and vistas of the whole Triangle. The setting itself is beautiful with rolling topography, preserved open space, and greenways and walking trails throughout. There are neighborhood amenities for every lifestyle including a resort-style pool and cabana, turf sports field, and kids’ playground. Then there are the homes—exquisite custom residences situated on homesites large enough for your family to enjoy. Visit today and discover your “Westfall wow” now!

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Raleigh Designer Show House

Succeeds with Flying Colors By Page Leggett Photography by Smith Hardy

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Bright, bold palette sets the stage for a sophisticated, yet lively, home.


he subdued, white exterior of this Raleigh home shields a surprise – many surprises, in fact. The royal blue front door of the almost 6,000-square-foot house relays a small hint to the interior’s vibrant color scheme. If you like surprises, this house presents one after another. It feels like you could live here a lifetime and never stop being delighted by what’s around the corner. The DJF Builders’ Designer Show House—Raleigh’s largest show house built from the ground up—started as the vision of Dennis Fitzgerald, owner of DJF Builders, and his vice president, Chrissy Gupton. “We started with an idea, a vision of what we wanted this house to be like and who we wanted to benefit from the proceeds of the sale of the home,” Fitzgerald explains. The collaborative effort of a partnership with Allen Tate Realty and Realtor Sheri Hagerty brought results more successful than the group had ever dreamed. All proceeds – more than $400,000 – from the show house, including the sale, profit, and all ticket sales were donated to the designated charity, The Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs.   As a custom homebuilder for more than 20 years in the Triangle, DJF Builders is known for building “homes of distinction” and understanding the importance of honoring clients’ investments. Their prestigious and meticulous work on the show house proved no exception. The show-stopping house, which sold a few weeks before the grand opening, was designed by Raleigh architect Carter Skinner and proved popular with tourgoers and house-hunting families. Skinner is a classicist known for designing grand homes that are highly livable and, at the same time, show a reverence for the past. When asked about the home and what inspired him, Skinner stated, “The exterior of the house was based on the carriage courtyards of New Orleans Creole townhouses – essentially turning the interior balconied courtyard outward thus facing the front of the property. This created a warm welcoming approach to the house.” The landscape design, a stunning reflection of Liggett Design Group, was inspired by the beautiful property, as well as the design of the show house, to fit seamlessly into the neighborhood that encapsulates the hills of Carolina Country Club. “One of the highlights of the front courtyard is a beautiful fountain and bench, donated by Market Imports, that gives the space a very warm and inviting feel – like an English garden.” Gupton explains. Mary Beth De Loache, who produced, coordinated, and promoted the show house, says the designers were given free rein and complete creative freedom. So, designers weren’t directed to wow with color; that was serendipitous. Something magical happens when designers don’t have any parameters. “You can really feel the emotion in each room,” De Loache says. “Each space is its own little world and has its own personality.” AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 47

Sally Williams, owner of Colorful Concepts Interior Design, let nature be her guide in the design of the entry hall and master hall. “When designing these spaces, I was inspired by the beauty of nature and the desire to preserve it for the future,” Williams says. Organic elements cavort with colors and finishes offer a gracious, but unpretentious, welc ome. The space doesn’t just look natural. She sourced her floral wallpaper from a supplier that uses an environmentally friendly approach to production. The ceiling showcases a pergola, leafy vines and light streaming down through clouds. In the master hall, Williams also took cues from nature – but she used a different palette here. Ombre-style lilac wallpaper goes from light at the ceiling to darker toward the floor. A kaleidoscope of preserved butterflies adorning one

wall is a natural wonder and work of art. “Step inside the family room and you are whisked off to the isle of Mustique, the glorious British enclave that mixes a spirited dose of tropic-luxe tempered with continental chic,” Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, the lead designers of Madcap Cottage explain. The family room is chic. It’s whimsical. Tried-and-true black and white provide an anchor for a boisterous, bright yellow-and-pink mashup. The room is decidedly high end with bespoke furniture, textiles, and upholstered pieces from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams complimented with case goods from Woodbridge Furniture. A colorful fantasia and a feast for the eyes, the family room is made for fun.

Entry Hall Colorful Concepts Interior Design

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Family Room Madcap Cottage

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Dining Room Katherine Connell Interior Design

Emerald green is the backdrop for Katherine Connell’s sophisticated, yet playful, dining room. Connell chose Jane Churchill velvet upholstery for the chairs in a quieter navy and a Manuel Canovas print for drapery panels. Gold accents give the whole room a regal touch – as does the antique dining table and the white lacquered sideboard. The powder room is a small space that packs a punch. Lisa Mende used artist Jill Seale’s marbled wallpaper in turquoise, lime, and navy as the base for eye-popping art. Seale isn’t the only artist whose work is featured in the room. Raleigh’s Louise Gaskill designed the sconce and pendant. A Windy O’Connor 50 Home Design & Decor Triangle | August / September 2017

original – a modern take on Queen Charlotte – graces the wall. A distressed, gold-leaf mirror by the famed designer Bunny Williams for Mirror Image Home provides another elegant touch. In the study, MA Allen used a brilliant shade of marigold on the window treatments. Saturated teal pillows that pop off Vintage French 1960s leopard print chairs, high-gloss burgundy walls, and a blend of furniture styles collectively offer clean lines with a modern approach to keep the room rich, yet comfortable. The hideaway offers a nod to tradition with paneled walls, a Chesterfield sofa, and wall-to-wall bookshelves.

Powder Room Lisa Mende Design

Study MA Allen

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Breakfast Room La Maison

Kitchen DJF Builders

Chrissy Gupton of DJF Builders used her expertise to design the kitchen – where everyone always gathers – as well as make cabinet, light fixture, and tile selections for the bathrooms and laundry rooms throughout the house. Navy blue – the predominant color in the kitchen – commands attention, yet it’s softened by plenty of white space. Thermador appliances, Calcutta marble, and exquisite accents from Kitchen & Bath Galleries of North Hills are appropriate for the high-end home and ideal for a resident gourmet chef. Open shelving is another aesthetic highlight. Each bathroom has its own personality, yet nearly all make use of luxe marble and gorgeous, high-end tile and fixtures. “My vision was for each of the bathrooms to have a different feel and really show that amazing things can be done even in small spaces using beautiful cabinetry, plumbing, lighting and tile,” Gupton explains. Glamorous is the word for Martha Schneider’s breakfast room. The owner of La Maison used a contemporary aesthetic to make a statement in the room that could easily have gone too casual. The space is practical and comfortable (note the white French farm table), yet up-to-the-minute in its use of a distinctive pink chandelier and acrylic side chairs. The gold console and lamps lend to the glamour of the room while the linen covered host/hostess chairs fulfill the need for comfort. Breakfast has rarely been this sophisticated. This is a room where mimosas are perfectly appropriate. AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 53

Covered Porch MFANO

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MFANO Designer Inspired Fabrics of Wilmington created the downstairs covered porch as an extension of the home’s living space. Plush, but durable, fabrics work in the space that’s notquite-outdoors. Pattern, texture, and neutrals – punched up by bright colors – are hallmarks of this space that was created for entertainment and relaxation. Randy Trull and John Miller, the two principal designers, focused on a neutral and blue palette with dashes of color. Their Color Path pattern in the bold seating features, along with accent pillows, artwork, and ceramics, round out the living space. The stair hall by Southern Studio Interior Design of Apex takes the kitchen color palette as its inspiration. Even a custom painted wall pendant mimics the kitchen island, providing coherence from one space to the next. Vicky Serany, founder and principal, explains, “Hallways are often used – and frequently overlooked – so we layered the space with a beautiful custom wall finish that introduces texture, shimmer, and unexpected visual interest to create an elegant transitional area that will work hard for the home.” The area is perfectly framed with a stunning staircase compliments of Vision Stairways. Stair Hall Southern Studio Interior Design AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 55

Tucked away on the first level of the house is the peaceful master suite done up in serene shades of blue that evoke a field of blue flowers. Betsy Anderson Interiors & Co created a space described by the designer duo as romantic, yet practical. A lacquered, fourposter king bed provides the room’s focal point. Period pieces like French bergere chairs, an Asian dresser, an Americana desk, and bench honor the past. A beautiful seagrass rug provides durability and texture. The master bath continues the feeling of serenity with lacquered walls. Marble countertops and mosaic patterned flooring are unmistakably luxe, and the large soaking tub and walk-in shower provide a luxurious personal experience. Bedroom #2 Suite was designed by The Very Thing’s Leigh S. Jones to be a “study in contrasts.” Handloom linen forms a pleasing contrast to the embroidered silk on the bed linens. “Our signature, the Hungarian goose down pillows, was the infrastructure of the bed and the inspiration of the bedroom.” Jones says. Classics such as walnut reproductions of antiques and contemporary touches like rattan lounge chairs with a repeated circular pattern mingle easily, while an antique rug ties it all together.

Master Bedroom Suite Betsy Anderson Interiors & Co

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Bedroom #2 Suite The Very Thing, Ltd

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Bedroom #3 Suite ACR Interiors

ACR Interiors made Bedroom #3 Suite, a southeast facing room that provides a sunrise view – a “dreamer’s haven.” Designer Alison Roane proves here that fresh and cozy can blend harmoniously with “edgy.” “I intentionally sourced options that were local, sensible, and beautiful,” Roane states. Roane infused the room with seafoam blues and blush pinks and used ecofriendly designers for main furniture pieces. An antique kilim rug helps pull it all together. The Warehouse designers Liles Dunnigan and Zandy Gammons outfitted Bedroom #4 Suite as a comfortable and calm guest retreat. Deep navy walls create a cocoon-like space. A navy-andwhite marbled wall covering on the ceiling highlights a space that’s often overlooked. Clean white bedding creates a peaceful oasis for sleep. Bold colors – in the velvet bed skirt, the navy-and-white bench with Lucite legs and original art by local artists – will make guests feel special. Anne Wagoner Interiors brought sophistication to the garden room. The room manages to be both classic and offer a sense of peace and sanctuary. Painted checkerboard floors, draperies for interior doorways, an elegant chandelier that was custom-made in New Orleans, and geometric and organic shapes make this room a pleasing blend of the unexpected. An element we’re used to seeing outdoors – treillage – is brought inside for a fun and surprising al fresco feel. No pruning required. 58 Home Design & Decor Triangle | August / September 2017

Bedroom #4 Suite The Warehouse

Garden Room Anne Wagoner Interiors

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Sitting Room Design by Tula

Game Room Green Front Interiors & Rugs

Patrick Casey at Green Front Interiors and Rugs designed the drenched-in-red game room to call to mind an English manor. The room makes the most of its garden views and uses plush navy velvet as upholstery fabric complimented by a houndstooth checker wrapping the seating group – truly a regal touch. A fine Persian wool rug on the floor and Chinese blue-and-white porcelain create a space that’s perfect for a game of bridge, Scrabble, or just gazing out the oyster-linen draped windows. The sitting room was designed as a contemporary, colorful space where the lady of the house can relax (there is a bar cart here, after all) or attend to business. Tula Summerford of Design By Tula mixes antiques with exquisite fabrics, local art, bespoke lighting by Louise Gaskill, and flocked Christian Lacroix wallpaper to form an unexpected, sophisticated, and glamorous retreat. There’s a lot of depth to this room, but you can’t help but notice the one-of-a-kind sconces. They came from a New Orleans estate.

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Even rooms you wouldn’t expect to exude personality do. Mary Nell Thompson of The Gilded Acorn prettied up a utilitarian space – the humble laundry room. The main-floor laundry room (yes, this house has two!) makes use of a patterned marble floor. If you’re going to be washing clothes, you may as well be surrounded by beauty. Even original art is not too fine for a space this lovely. There’s a second laundry room upstairs, and it’s graced with driftwood cabinets and faux bois porcelain tile. Blue-and-white porcelain, usually reserved for formal spaces, is an unexpected accent. Mudrooms don’t have to be solely utilitarian, as Danny Taylor of Raleigh’s DT & Co proves. Every corner of a house deserves good design – even a space that serves as a connector from the sunroom to pantry. Taylor achieved impact by starting with apple green walls, trim, and built-ins. That modern color is the unexpected backdrop for traditional furniture and accessories – Audubon prints, Chinoiserie desk accessories, a circa 1780 English chest, a circa 1820 oil portrait of “Man with Spaniel,” a 19th-century English hall chair, and a few, very old Bouillotte lamps. Antique furniture and French hunt scenes are not too fine for this space. “This marvelous chintz combines all my favorite things: dogs, nature, and great vibrant color!” Taylor explains. From the moment you enter the DJF Show House, you’re aware that the home’s classic lines and nods to tradition conceal a happy secret. A traditional home need not be entirely tradition-bound. u Downstairs Laundry Room Gilded Acorn

DJF Builders and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County sincerely thank many individuals and companies for their support in making the 2017 DJF Raleigh Show House such a success: Sheri Hagerty Group Allen Tate Mary Beth De Loache Home Design & Decor Magazine Carter Skinner JS Thompson Engineering   Liggett Design Group First Tennessee Bank Vision Stairways and Millwork    Service Building Supply

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Upstairs Laundry Room Gilded Acorn

Get to know the cause DJF Builds Great Futures is a community-wide campaign to support The Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs. For half a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have enabled young people most in need to build great futures as productive, responsible citizens. Programs emphasize: • Academic success • Character • Citizenship • Healthy lifestyles • Leadership • Positive relationships • Community Service • Career Exploration To find out more about programs and services, or how to get involved, please visit

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The new space added to the former breakfast area now has cozy seating in a loveseat and club chair, and the comfort of a living room that allows people to linger.

The 8-foot bar with an extended overhang created a casual eating space, taking the place of a rarely used breakfast table.

The Living Kitchen Taking the strictly functional kitchen to strictly fun.


By Anne Marie Ashley Photography by John Bessler

fter being repeatedly asked to design kitchens that were not only functional but that also included elements of the most livable areas of the home, designer Heather Garrett figured it was time to devote some energy to a new solution. She has partnered with CKS Millwork to create a single source for interior design and custom cabinetry, ideal for clients looking to blur the line

between kitchen and living room. The result: The Living Kitchen by Heather Garrett. “The Living Kitchen project is really ideal for families that are looking to remodel their kitchens all together, streamlining them with the living space,” Garrett suggests. Her clients Lynn and Logan Toms offer the perfect example of the trending concept. “The kitchen was a U-shape with a bar that opened up to the breakfast area,” Garrett recalls. “The problem was no one AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 67

A smooth transition and wide-open view between the living room and kitchen blurs the line between a strictly functional space and a truly livable space.

ever sat in the breakfast area – they sat at the bar, which isn’t relaxing. So, it just didn’t make sense for them.” Garrett started by gutting the kitchen and adjusting the ceiling heights to seamlessly merge the two areas. She exchanged the breakfast table for a sofa and club chair and added a wooden coffee table. She also recessed a television flanked by sconces because, as she puts it, “let’s be real about the TV; that’s going to happen with the children hanging out in the kitchen.” CKS Millwork created a 5-foot by 8-foot island made of dark walnut reclaimed wood and created a lengthened overhang so people could sit at the bar. “This flowed naturally with the new morning room, allowing family to eat at the bar and retire to the couch,” Garrett explains.

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After six months of renovation, Garrett and the Toms had completely torn out the kitchen and replaced all of the cabinets and all of the appliances. They added molding to keep a balance between modern and traditional, installed a wine fridge into the wet bar, and went up and out with tile covering the walls. The result was a practical and livable space that functioned as a true living kitchen. “This kind of space is considered a trend, but it’s a trend that’s becoming a standard. It’s got longevity,” Garrett says. “At the end of the day, I know it has longevity when the Toms’ daughter told me that they live in that space day and night,” Garrett says. “That’s the whole point – it’s serving its purpose.”u


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emodeling a kitchen or bathroom is exciting and fun, but it can also be a little daunting and overwhelming at times. There are a plethora of choices when it comes to fixtures, tiles, appliances, cabinets, and countertops, and it helps to have an experienced professional guide you through the process. Family-owned Kitchen & Bath Galleries has been in business for 20 years, and in addition to showcasing a dizzying selection of options, they also offer design, installation, and remodeling services. The design portion of Kitchen & Bath Galleries is what sets it apart from your standard retailer. Their full-service capabilities coupled with great customer service is the foundation of their success. In fact, Christy Rosario, one of their in-house designers, can walk you through your entire project from start to finish. “We are not typical sales people who sell it and forget it. We stay involved in your project from beginning to end,” Rosario says. “Everyone has a sense of ownership in each project, and it shows in our dedication to making it a great experience.” Rosario can handle it all, from designing and ordering, to execution and installation. “When I meet with clients, it’s important for me to really listen to their needs and hopes for their remodel,” she explains. “When they are open and honest about their budget and their design challenges, it eliminates surprises and the back and forth, and really makes the process smoother.” Rosario adds that during most projects, they even have a whole meeting devoted to organization, a common trip-up for most kitchen redesigns. “Often, the small feeling of a space can be remedied with better storage or better organization,” she says. One particular client expressed that she entertains a lot and has several crock-pots and small appliances to store. Rosario was able to work some clever storage options and outlets into the kitchen design that made the client’s life easier and entertaining more manageable. When asked about some of the trends she’s seeing, Rosario says gone are the days of using just the backsplash to spruce up a kitchen. Now custom hoods are making a statement in the redesign, with cast concrete, wood, or a wood and metal combination being popular. As an anchor in the space, it’s a great way to create a focal point or design piece. “It’s like adding rouge to the kitchen,” Rosario explains. With the shift to kitchens as part of the living space, panel-ready appliances are bringing a kind of laid-back feel to a normally function-forward space. “Putting cabinet fronts on dishwashers and refrigerators creates a comfort in the kitchen that allows people to hang out and linger,” Rosario says. Another trend Rosario sees is a move toward wood countertops used on islands and raised bars. Walnut and cypress can be adopted into any style of home and can be easily maintained for manageable wear and tear. “For a recent project, we installed a 3-inch thick Australian butcher block island that we stained with tea and finished with a food-safe wax varnish,” Rosario recalls. For bathrooms, Rosario is excited about the matte black fixture and hardware trend. A sort of replacement for oil-rubbed bronze, the matte black tub fillers, faucets, and handles are a gorgeous contrast when used with bright white, warm wood, or neutral paint colors. “I’m excited to design in today’s climate,” she says. “There are so many styles that people are willing to try, and further, are willing to mix and match. With the strong traditional style in Raleigh, it’s so nice to see clients take these timeless homes and blend some modern style into the remodel. It’s really a nice juxtaposition.”u

Looking to remodel your kitchen or bath? Contact Kitchen & Bath Galleries to get started. Visit for more information, or call 919-783-7100 to make an appointment.

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s carefree summer gives way to fall, and the kids transition from all-day play to schoolwork squared, one thing is for sure: The house is a wreck! You’ve barely had a chance to put away the swimsuits, sandals, and pool toys when suddenly you’re knee-deep in books, lunch boxes, and sports gear. It looks like getting organized is your first assignment of the new school year. Luckily, our Ethan Allen | Disney collection has you covered! From cubbies and craft tables to desktop caddies, we offer dozens of ways to restore order to your home —just in time to prep for the holidays.


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START WITH THE FAMILY HUB. It’s the core, the center, the true heart of the home. It’s where the family gabs, works, plays, reads, snacks, naps, and gathers for movie night. Our hub comes equipped with its own organizing tools. The Editor’s modular system neatly wraps around the Meeting Place sectional, so space planning is a cinch. Float them in a room for easy access from all sides. Choose the modular pieces that best suit your needs. The system includes single, double, and triple bases, cubbies, corner units, a versatile tower, and even a desk for that pesky homework. It can be configured for any organizing challenge, especially when you add tabletop jars, caddies, and our Fantastic Felt baskets designed to hide toys, games, pillows, throws, and even clothes in a pinch. That’s why we call them fantastic (wink).

CREATE A NO-MESS MUDROOM. It’s a fun and functional storage solution of epic proportions—and we designed it just for you. In black and white with accents of bold yellow and bright red, our Mickey Mouse Colorblocked cubbies do more than hold jackets, hats, backpacks, gym bags, and boots. This piece cheers up any entryway in a flash. 74 Home Design & Decor Triangle | August / September 2017

HIDE TOYS IN PLAIN SIGHT. The Cormac rolling storage cabinet is your go-to storage solution when it’s time to put away all those toy cars, crayons, action figures, dolls, card games, collectibles, and whatnot. It’s one of two versatile, locker-inspired pieces we offer in patriotic, powdercoated hues of red, white, and blue.

ADD ONE SMART DESK. There’s no getting around homework, so why not do it in style? The Animator’s desk features three drawers and three cubbies for filing stuff, a corkboard back for pinning notes and photos, and a roomy hutch with a charging station. Available in Snow and Mouse Grey, we give it an A+ in both functionality and stylish good looks. u

Stop in and meet our design team! It’s their job to help you design the home of your dreams—doing as much or as little as you like. And remember: Their services are always free! For inspiration and ideas, visit or one of our two local Design Centers: 5717 Dillard Drive in Cary, 919-233-9190 and 4380 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue in Raleigh, 919-781-9431. AUgust / September 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 75

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From Paper to Reality (Virtually)


ur brains, although incomprehensibly complex and powerful, are not particularly adept at visualizing three-dimensional spaces before seeing them. This is reasonably so, as visual processing accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity in the brain. Whether it’s translating from a map to the streets or from a construction plan to a house, most of us must see the real thing to fully understand it. This can prove frustrating, especially in the latter example of new construction and renovation, where the centuriesold industry standard for planning has been two-dimensional drawings. Except for those gifted few with superb spatial awareness, 2D floor plans are not a good substitute for walking through a framed house. Yet floor plans are what we lean on to make drastic, long-term decisions when designing a custom home or large renovation. Enter 3D architectural modeling software – the possibility to

affordably see photo-realistic images of our homes, inside and out, before they are built has become a reality in the last decade. At Bost Custom Homes we now offer 3D architectural modeling to our clients with the benefits of photo-realistic renderings, video game-like models of the home that can be explored on a tablet or in virtual reality, and fly-through video simulations. Although designing and implementing a 3D model is a $1,000 - $3,000 upgrade depending on the size and complexity of the home, our clients have found immense benefits in seeing and touring their home while it’s still in the planning phase. The first time we showed a virtual exterior video of a home in design to the homeowner their response was, “This is awesome! I can definitely see what I love and what needs to change!” They proceeded to list several amendments to their exterior selections with confidence and excitement. In their case, 3D modeling proved a valuable investment by reducing the chance of a costly change-order in the field and by expediting the selection process. In

A rendering of the Lodge at Avalaire, a Bost Showcase Home being featured in the 2017 Wake Parade of Homes. This $3m+ model home is one not to be missed on the Parade of Homes tour this year! For more information, please visit

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many cases the cost of drastic change-orders, such as moving load-bearing walls, could be prevented during the 3D modeling phase. The end goal of 3D modeling in custom residential construction will be attained when all the guesswork is taken out of the plancreation phase. Preliminary plans will be explored through virtual reality or a video game-like experience and revisions to the design will be made to the model rather than the partially constructed home, saving thousands of dollars in change orders and preventing disappointment around what could have been. As the technology quickly evolves and refines, we believe that virtual reality models will be indistinguishable from walking through the real thing – at least as it pertains to that spatial awareness deficit previously discussed. Of course, with selections such as carpet, hardwoods, tile, and fixtures, nothing digital is going to replace touching and feeling a sample of the product. As a truly custom builder, we will always encourage our clients to visit showrooms and get hands-on with these types of products. However, we have already begun to see

how 3D modeling is the future of floorplan development and how it can assist with selection decisions as well. For example, a virtual model may not tell you which interior trim profile to choose, but it may help you decide that you want a 10” profile, and any tool that helps narrow down decision making in custom building is a useful tool. We are excited to continue utilizing and exploring this technology to further improve our design process for our clients.u Evan Bost is Director of Marketing and Green Initiatives at Bost Custom Homes, an award-winning custom building firm serving the Triangle. With 30 years of proven expertise, Bost Homes designs and constructs truly-custom residences with superior craftsmanship, a focus on health and sustainability, architectural authenticity, and structural integrity. To begin the conversation of your forever home, call 919-460-1983 or message Learn more at  or

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spotlight 43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival

Downtown Durham September 16 – 17 Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Painting on Aluminum featuring Scott Harris Art Source Fine Art July 28 – August 28

Greensboro artist Scott Harris plays with the dichotomy of a warm, inviting scene on a cold, industrial surface. The aluminum lends itself well to water and reflection, and one of Harris’ favorite things to look at and of course to paint, is a wet street at night. His enjoyment of the movement and color in the light and the shimmer of the road and sky playing against each other come through in the pieces in the exhibition.


Visual Art Exchange August 4 – 24

Lunch and Lecture: Artist Talk – Andrea Donnelly

North Carolina Museum of Art September 8, 11 a.m.

Allison Chambers & Charlotte Foust Opening Artists Reception Art Source Fine Art September 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival

Sugg Farm Park, Holly Springs September 9, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

41st Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival Restaurant Week August 26 – 27 Downtown Raleigh

Each year CenterFest showcases the outstanding artwork of more than 140 visual artists from across the United States, outstanding performances by hundreds of talented local musicians and dancers, and hands-on art activities for kids. The 2017 CenterFest promises to be fun for all ages – engaging the mind and inspiring the senses. Admission is free, though they do request a $5.00 donation per person. Children 12 and under are free.

August 21 – 27 restaurant-week

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20th Anniversary Summer Concert Series North Carolina Museum of Art Through September 23

Since the debut of the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park in 1997, the summer concert series has welcomed some of the world’s finest musicians and performers. The museum’s commitment to homegrown talent from across North Carolina has brought some unforgettable moments and the 20th anniversary summer is no exception. Don’t miss performances from Rhiannon Giddens, Tift Merritt and Friends, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention to name a few. Ticket process vary; visit the website for dates, times, and prices. Museum members get $5.00 off tickets.

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