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home design


contributing editors


feature home 8 Practice What You Preach

outdoor living trends 36 12 Ways To Increase Curb Appeal

building a better home: 46 will mckendry Backyard Bliss

lifestyle 44 Explore the Triangle

feature home 18 The New Traditional

38 Water, Water Everywhere

spaces we love 22 Designer: Jamie Mears, Furbish Studio

kitchen + bath trends 40 Making Life Easier: Technology For the Kitchen & Bath

room service: 50 patrick casey When the Sun Goes Down

feature home 24 The Constant Curator

decorating trends 42 Think Big: Small Spaces With Big Design

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kitchen design: 52 max isley & mary liebhold Custom Cabinet Confusion

essentials 48 Wall to Wall

practice preach What You

W By Anne Marie Ashley Dustin Peck Photography

When Jeff Snyder and Paul Mason walked into this Raleigh home during an open house twelve years ago, only one of them was interested in walking further than the foyer. “There was a lot of wall paper, gold accents and colonial styling throughout,” explains Jeff. “But, I saw past the things that were less than appealing and knew within about 5 minutes that this would be our house.” The house had many of the “must-haves” on their list for a new home, including the layout and a great location in the Inman Park neighborhood. “Inman Park was the ideal location because of its proximity to shopping, restaurants, downtown Raleigh, RTP and RDU,” says Jeff. “We knew it would continue to grow and develop, but it also gave us a quiet space in a family-oriented neighborhood, which we love.” It took minimal convincing of Paul, but the pair purchased the home and got to work making it their own. With Jeff’s passion for interior design, the project was (and still is) a labor of love. Before he was able to pursue design full time, Jeff used the home as his creative outlet and admits that being his own client has been good and bad. “On one hand, I give myself free reign to design however I want to, to experiment with different looks;” he explains. “On the other hand, I found that I rarely allow a space to be ‘finished’. Sometimes only a few months pass before I’m onto the next iteration.” Structural changes took the longest, but were set on the fast track when the couple’s hot water heater broke two years ago. Though it was a major inconvenience, Jeff and Paul jumped at the chance to make the changes they’d been discussing. Over the next 5 months, all water damage was repaired, and in the process, they were able to remove some useless space and awkward walls as well as redesign bathrooms

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to better serve the layout. “The majority of our changes were cosmetic,” adds Jeff. “But they were changes that allowed the structure and finishes to catch up to the design aesthetic I’d created with our furnishings.” Drawing personal taste from their collection of Architectural Digests (dating back to 1993!), years of House Beautiful and Elle Décor issues, not to mention Pinterest and simply, his personal style, Jeff has curated the look of their home with a collection of items found from all corners – as close as High Point and as far as California. In fact, Paul found the anchor chairs for their dining table through a chance encounter while on business in San Francisco. “The chairs were purchased by this woman in anticipation of a home they were going to buy in Lake Tahoe,” recalls Paul, “but it turns out they didn’t match the aesthetic of the home they ultimately purchased and these beauties had been sitting in storage for over 10 years – completely untouched and brand new!” Finds like these combined with personal items, often coming with a story, are what makes Jeff and Paul’s house a home. The frames on the wall at the top of the stairs, for instance, were originally placeholders until they found the ideal piece; but after living with them for a time and receiving many compliments on the original concept, the frames, filled with plastic hotel room keys from their travels around the world, became a highly personal part of their décor. “Accessories add a depth, interest and personality to the space,” advises Jeff. “It’s the part of decorating many people struggle with the most, however. My rule of thumb is to give as much thought to your accessorizing as you do to your other, larger decorating and design decisions.” He continues, saying that it’s easy to want to rush the process when you finally get to the accessorizing phase, but try to avoid filling walls and tabletops just to fill them. “Keep it personal – do you love it, is it interesting to you, and does it enhance the rest of the space without distracting from it?” Perhaps the most interesting room to result from the renovation was

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the “lounge” area. “I call it a lounge because it truly feels like you’re in a cocktail lounge at a special place,” says Jeff. Once the half walls separating the formal living room and dining room were removed, Jeff and Paul decided to create two separate and distinct, but complementary sitting areas in one long room. An old Hollywood-style bar serves as a room divider of sorts, surrounded by black and white photos of all the Hollywood greats, including Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. “In one side of the room, I used furniture with more traditional lines and neutral finishes,” offers Jeff. “In the other space, I used more contemporary pieces with pops of color.” Two different, 16 Urban Home triangle June/July 2015

though similar area rugs mark the spaces, and large art similar in scale and style hang above each sofa. The modern, sculptural light fixture anchors each room from above. In the end, both agreed that this was their favorite space in the home, offering a comfortable and stylish retreat after a long day in their new retail décor space off Glenwood Ave., Simon’s House Interiors. “It’s truly satisfying to have my passion for interior design realized in a retail store where I can help others curate their homes,” Jeff smiles. “Your décor should bring you joy every time to you come home and I can say I truly practice what I preach.”v To see all the photos from this home, visit www.urbanhomemagazine.com.

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By Anne Marie Ashley

It may seem like a tall order to artfully marry a warm vintage farmhouse with modern lines and clean design – a daunting task, no doubt. Michelle Simms and her husband, however, have made it look easy with their custom-built home in the Bedford community of Raleigh. Working with architect Tony Frazier of Frazier Home Design, home builder Terramor Homes and interior designer Sandra Moncada of The Couture Haus, the team successfully created a home that’s not only functional in every inch, but also a study in the marriage of style and design. “The balance of blending vintage farm style together with modern design was a constant conscious effort throughout the design of our home,” Michelle explains. The initial objective started with the sole design plan of the entry and stairway, setting the tone for the rest of the home. “We wanted an abundance of natural light, a seamless connection among every space of the home from basement to top floor and a wow-factor upon entering,” adds Michelle. The staircase can be seen on every floor, from the basement recreation room to the foyer and living room, and ending at the top of the second floor. “Creating separate entertaining areas was not the goal... family and friendship enjoyment and togetherness is the value system in our home and one

we want to maintain as our young kids become teens,” she says. Over the next eight months, the new home was constructed with every detail in mind and grew outward from the staircase. At the first landing and turn of the stairs, an 8-foot tall window begins and continues all the way up to the second floor. Three more long, vertical windows were added following the stairs up, allowing extensive natural light into the foyer, stairway, second floor landing and even into the opening of the basement. Each window was carefully trimmed with matching, earth toned, aged and rustic brick to maintain the exposed and vintage look the family wanted to achieve. From here, the rest of the open concept design unfolded. The screened porch is accessible from the dining area, but more impressively, by a 16-foot wide sliding glass door across the back wall of the family room. When fully opened, an 8-foot-wide opening is created, making the living and eating areas fully integrated. In the kitchen, cabinets were chosen in a classic farmhouse style – pure white, ceiling height and with simple inset doors and classic chrome hardware. Soapstone countertops also lend to the classic farm look and the impressive island is covered in more modern white granite. “The island really pops with the grey and turquoise,” says Michelle. “It June/July 2015 Urban Home triangle 19

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“The balance of blending vintage farm style together with modern design was a constant conscious effort throughout the design of our home.” can seat six for everyday eating and also allows for full functionality while enjoying all the activity in the rest of the home.” Each child’s bedroom was given equal attention to detail and designed with their tastes in mind and the master bedroom is most definitely a retreat. With calming, spa-like colors on the walls, six large windows and the continued classic trim that was used throughout the rest of the home, it’s truly a respite for Michelle and her husband. The highlight of the room is the set of large barn doors that enclose the seasonal closet, doubling as a focal point. Painted in distressed white with black iron hardware, the doors add the casual tone for which the couple wished. “We wanted to incorporate the spa-feel of our bedroom and bathroom with the rest of the home,” explains Michelle. “A gorgeous

free-standing oval tub is centered in the room under a vaulted ceiling and the large casement window overlooks the river and greenway area behind the home. It’s truly beautiful.” Michelle shopped for her furnishings all over, including stores like West Elm, Greenfront in Raleigh and Ethan Allen, among others, choosing pieces that would stand the test of time. When asked what her design tip is for new homeowners, she suggests that you create a home that lives for you and your family. “No matter what size home or price range you are building in, it’s your personal space that represents your personality, your lifestyle and your values. So the design and the flow should reflect you,” she says. “That’s what makes a house a home – the special touches.”v June/July 2015 Urban Home triangle 21

Designer: Jamie Mears, Furbish Studio


This tired basement got a vibrant wake-up call. A small space with little light is now fresh, cozy, textured and functional. This totally hip spot is a space we love.

“We used an unexpected pop of blue on the sectional to keep the room vibrant.” – Jamie Mears Jamie completed a fun update for this comfortable basement that gets everyday use. The small dimensions and lack of natural light presented a challenge, but Jamie painted the room dark to play up the cave-like coziness. ”We wanted it to feel like a cocoon,” she explains. Family artwork adds personality while the cowhide ottoman from Room & Board adds texture and practicality. A fresh coat of paint on the family’s existing furniture and block print pillows with a global feel creates a layered look.

Key Design Elements:

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Faux Taxidermy Head, Floor and Table Lamps; West Elm. www.westelm.com.

Pillows, Rug and Vintage Suzani; Furbish Studio. www.furbishstudio.com.

Cowhide Ottoman; Room & Board. www.roomandboard.com.

Moroccan Blanket on Sofa; Anthropologie. www.anthropoligie.com.

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constant By Nancy Atkinson Photography by Dustin Peck

Every home tells a story about its owners; how they like to live, where they’ve travelled and the things they enjoy collecting. The best homes layer wellloved items throughout the house giving personality, style and an authentic character to it. Walking through the home of Amy and John Hines, you immediately sense the couple’s understated, refined taste: her love of fashion, with preppy New England roots and his interest in maps and history. And even though the couple, their four children and one Frenchie have lived in the home for only 10 years, it has the warm, relaxed feeling of a place that has evolved over time. Interior Designer Holly Phillips of The English Room may have something to do with that too. She began working with Amy soon after the couple purchased the home. She says the décor works because her client has a passion for decorating and a clear vision for what she likes. The home is also a perfect example of Holly’s design philosophy: “Buy the things you love and you will find a place for them.” “Holly and I began with a good

foundation of wallpaper and paints,” says Amy. “I still love all of the wallpapers we chose to this day, especially the painted Paul Montgomery paper Holly found for our dining room.” The things Amy loves most about her home are the textures that make it warm and welcoming: grasscloth, seagrass, fur and suede. She also loves the plaids and stripes used as accents and the artwork the couple has collected from their travels and from local artists. “Some people curate and Amy is one of those,” explains Holly. “That is why her home is ever-changing and always evolving. It is a product of constant layering and it absolutely speaks to Amy’s personality.” As Amy continues to curate, Holly helps her incorporate each new treasure into the home’s décor. Maps, nautical themes, equestrian items and original artwork are a few of Amy’s favorites that find their way into the design scheme. “We layer. Nothing is done in a hurry,” says Holly. “Amy finds a piece of art she loves and we move the décor around in the house to accommodate the new addition. She loves pieces she

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can move from room to room.” And while the home reflects Amy’s taste, Holly’s influence is seen throughout, as an eclectically modern twist on Amy’s classically understated style. “My style is more modern. I love mixing antiques with contemporary pieces and modern art,” says Holly. “I am also always attracted to color, while Amy prefers a more subtle palette of beiges, taupes and grays that remind her of the Nantucket coast where she loves to vacation.” Like the home itself, the working relationship between the two women has evolved. Amy appreciates Holly’s designer eye. “She is able to mix my more calm whites and grays with a pop of something modern like Kathryn Ireland’s Greek key window treatments, turtle lamps or Amanda Talley’s fun artwork.” Some of the most interesting design elements in the home speak to the women’s shared love of animals. Golden turtle shells and intertwined coy lamps, crystal snakes on the coffee table, antlers in the kitchen; paintings of birds, thoroughbreds and whale’s tales, animal-hide rugs and antelope patterned carpet (a personal favorite of Holly’s) connect the home with nature.

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The best homes layer well-loved items throughout the house giving personality, style and an authentic character to it. The living room, with its mix of modern and traditional, is Holly’s favorite. She loves the contrast of the horn mirror, modern artwork by Amanda Talley and the David Hicks rugs. But she also thinks the kitchen is amazing. “It is modern and classic all at the same time, which is hard to achieve.” Recently renovated, the Hines’ kitchen was designed by Sam Greason at Meyer Greason Paullin Benson and builder, Andrew Roby. The large island is just big enough to allow people to gather without taking up too much space – perfect for the family that loves to cook together.

“We added pretty lamps and curved sides to accent the area and make the oven hood a focal point,” Amy says. “The forged metal work on the cabinets brings in a preppy barn-like feel. We loved the Manhattan Calcutta marble with its dramatic veins.” Even though she loves her new kitchen, Amy says her favorite room is the great room. “It is layered with art and a pretty rug. There is a constant fire in the fireplace and on nice days we can open the French doors onto the terrace,” she says. “You can see the kitchen from the great room so it feels like you are in one big room. It’s like getting two beautiful spaces in one.”v

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12 easy ways

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By Anne Marie Ashley

to Create Curb Appeal Word on the street is that homes with pretty curb appeal offer a warmer welcome to your guests AND potential homebuyers. Plus, the feeling of pride you get when pulling up to your home may just trump all other reasons to spend a little time making your outside just as beautiful as the inside. There must be hundreds of ways to dress up your home, here are just a few of our favorites.

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Front Door

Mailbox Makeover


Number one on every list is the front door. It can be as easy as painting it an eye-catching color or as elaborate as installing a gorgeous hand-carved door. Either way, a standout door just beckons guests to come inside and visit.

Add personality to your house-marker with brass numbers and/or letters, some paint, or even a brick or stone surround or stand. Planting flowers and plants at the base adds even more appeal.

From a statement-making pendant on the front porch to simple solar lights to spotlight your trees or facade, landscape lighting packs major punch.

Dress-Up Your Driveway Simply repairing the cracks in the concrete of your driveway can make a world of difference, but why not go a step further and add brick or stone pavers to a section? Or consider edging your driveway, giving it a crisp, elegant look, not to mention texture, color or just a bit of interest.

Add A Fence Installing a fence may be a more involved project, but the results can be stunning. Whether it’s a simple white picket or an elegant wrought iron fence, surrounding your backyard or home make it looked cared for and established.

Landscaping This one is a no-brainer. Plant trees, flowers and shrubs in your yard to make it more inviting, and cut back bushes and trees that impinges the view or walk-ability of your property.

Make Your Garage Door Pop It may seem surprising, but a freshly painted garage door with some updated hardware can completely change the look of your home – it does take up a lot of space, after all. For just a dollars, you can take your garage door from drab to fab.

Face Wash Sometimes it’s as simple as pressure washing the face of your home. Cleansing the façade of dirt, mildew and grunge can add up to $10,000 to the sales price of some homes, according to REALTORS®. Create Walkways Whether it leads to the front door, the back of the house or the garden, pathways are charming, pretty and beg to be explored. Basic Maintenance Maintaining the outside of your home is a must. Repair and clean hanging or full gutters, replace missing bricks or stones from the steps or façade, or repair cracked mortar, freshen peeling paint and replace cracked or faulty windows and shutters.

Shutters or Accent Trim Think of shutters as mascara for your windows. They’re already beautiful, but the shutters and trim make them pop! Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite or fiberglass. New composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane, make trim details durable and low maintenance. Create Symmetry Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye; it’s also one of the easiest things to accomplish. Compositions of fixtures, accents and plantings instantly boost curb appeal and draw the eye to pretty focal points.v

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Water, Water Everywhere Water is one of the five classical elements, described in many ways around the world. One thing remains consistent, however, water is calm, soothing and for some, healing. Which is why water features are an incredible way to make your landscape a relaxing escape and interesting hideaway. Fountains add an element of Zen, with the reflections and trickling sounds, and can totally transform a space that might have only some concrete pavers, decking and hedges. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate water features, hopefully inspiring you to create a calming space of your own.

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Making Life Easier


By Frances Parrish We live in the 21st century, where it is important to be sustainable, healthy and for most people, convenient. We’ve compiled a list of the newest gadgets for your kitchen and bathroom that will help you conserve water, provide sustainable food and simply make life easier. 2 1





1. Tulip Bath/Shower This shower, inspired by tulips and created by Piotr Pyrtek, is designed for small spaces. The door of the shower is used as the tub when not in use as a shower. Patent is still pending and awaiting a manufacturer. 2. 1 Limit Faucet This faucet holds one liter of water, allowing a single person to only use the necessary amount of water to brush your teeth or wash your hands. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an average person uses about 1 gallon to wash their hands or face. In comparison, one gallon is equal to a little less than four liters. 3. LG Refrigerator This refrigerator has a mind of its own – literally. It can monitor your food to let you know when food is expiring as well as what food you have on hand. This allows you to be less wasteful and more conscious of consuming before buying more. The LG 40 Urban Home triangle June/July 2015

Refrigerator is part of HomeChat, a software program that can communicate between other appliances in your home and it can send a grocery list to your phone, once programmed. 4. GE Café Series French Door Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System With a Keurig K-Cup brewing system built into the refrigerator’s water dispenser, you can get fresh, filtered water for your coffee or tea every time—no need to refill. When the refrigerator hits the market, you’ll also be able to download an app that you can use to schedule the coffee maker to turn on at a certain time, as long as you remember to load it up with a K-Cup the night before. 5. LG Twin Wash Allows you do two loads of washing at the same time with a separate drawer that can fit under any of LG’s front-load washers. It can handle smaller, more delicate loads while the main machine works through an

entirely different cycle. When not in use, the mini washer serves as the pedestal for the main machine. 6. Wireless Speaker Shower Head Belt it out during your shower with Kohler’s new wireless speaker shower head. It syncs with Bluetooth devices and can be removed from the shower for charging. The showerhead not only plays music, but also has several shower settings, similar to other showerheads. The speaker can also be transported to other rooms in the home for listening pleasure. 7. Self-Sterilizing Door Handle The door handle sterilizes itself to keep germs from spreading. When the door handle is not in use, it triggers a spring that turns on a UV light to sterilize the handle. When the door handle is in use, the spring turns off the light.

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Small spaces can be difficult to design, but just because there is less square footage, doesn’t mean your room has to look small. Optical illusions trick the mind into thinking something is there when it’s really not. So, don your hat and cape, and wave your magic wand – here are some simple ideas that will make your small space seem big.

Small Spaces with Big Design

By Frances Parrish

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One Kind Design

Color Ruse Painted walls can help divide a small space like a loft or studio into separate defined areas. A light wall color in the kitchen, like yellow, can brighten the space and complement natural light from windows. Be conscious of too many different colors, however, which can be overwhelming in small rooms. Use neutral tones with pops of color that unify each room. If you have an unusually small room or awkward space, white walls are a simple and perfect solution for adding an airy feeling. Smoke and Mirrors Use natural light as much as you can – it’s an instant room enlarger. Mirrors will help reflect the natural light and bounce it all over the room, making it appear bigger and brighter. Trick the Eye If space is scarce and furniture selective, use pieces that are multifunctional like a daybed as a couch, and ottoman as a coffee table or a dresser with drawers for storage as a TV stand. 42 Urban Home triangle June/July 2015

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Disappearing Act Clutter in small spaces only accentuates the enclosed feeling. Keep clutter clear of corners and surfaces using simple storage solutions, or the “less is more” philosophy by keeping only functional items at your fingtertips. Set the Stage Scale your furniture to your space – oversized pieces can actually make your room look smaller. Statement-makers should be in the form of color, art or accessories and furniture should remain comfortable, functional and most of all, appropriately sized for the dimensions of the room. Furniture is sold in sets because it’s convenient and helpful for those who lack the time, desire or ability to design their space; to get a truly perfect fit and curated look, search for those ideal pieces! v

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Two designers have teamed up to bring a unique shopping venue to Raleigh. Liles Dunnigan, and Zandy Gammons opened The Warehouse in February 2014 offering antique and vintage pieces, lighting, artwork, “paint couture,” designer pillows and designer fabrics. They’ve recently added upholstery services from local North Carolina companies Paladin and Kincaid and customize any piece. For more information, visit them on Facebook.com/Capital1107.

Our latest finds in home, events and shopping in the Triangle


Duke Gardens Events Starting in May and running through the summer, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University offer events and workshops for kids and adults interested in gardening. From the Durham Garden Forums Gardener’s Fair – Ask The Experts, and Creating Stunning Perennials class to the University’s children’s workshop on Growing Your Own Food, there is truly something for everyone – even if you don’t have a green thumb. Various dates through June and July, visit the website for more details. www.gardens.duke.edu.

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A boutique vintage furniture shop selling both new and used items for the home, along with original artwork and unique finds. Owner Sissy Anlyan has been building and collecting furniture for over 30 years and has turned her passion into her business. She aims to offer quality, functional furniture and with her background in design and architecture, her creations are truly unique. She also offers unique and painted furniture by Katherine Leib and Cindy Corcoran as well as interior designs by Loren Lamb. Inventory changes weekly, so there are always new treasures to find, and they update Facebook with their latest shipments. Located in Durham and open Tuesday – Saturday. Visit the website for more information. www.patinadurhamnc.com.

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Contributing Editor | Building a Better Home

Backyard Bliss

Will McKendry

Recently some family members of mine moved to North Carolina from up North. After this treacherous winter, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for them. They were so tired of being stuck inside! As a North Carolinian, I often take for granted our relatively mild winters and sultry summers, but it allows for so much construction in our backyards. I love that in the South our backyards can be a true extension of our homes. A lot of our clients feel the same, and have invested in projects that get their families outdoors. The most common outdoor project we see is the

I love that in the South our backyards can be a true extension of our homes. Consider one of these projects for an improved outdoor lifestyle for your family.

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covered patio. It doesn’t require a big footprint, and it makes the outdoors functional, as you can turn it in to what suits your family best. Some clients just want a nice seating area for relaxing, reading, entertaining, or even TV viewing. Outdoor fireplaces are very common in these projects, adding a nice focal point and allow homeowners to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Others incorporate outdoor kitchens, often rivaling their indoor counterparts, with detailed stonework and upscale appliances. There is no better way to keep the mess out of your house than to put your entertaining space outside.

Another common outdoor project is the pool. Even for people who don’t swim often, a pool can provide a relaxing centerpiece for your backyard. Pools come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and their construction can be just as custom-built as your home. Pool finishes, decking and coping can come in various forms of stone, concrete and tile products. Designs can range from simple to elaborate with water features and mood lighting. Other features may include gradual entries, tanning ledges, built-in fire pits, swim-up bars, slides and more. Creativity reigns when it comes to pool construction. With pools sometimes comes the detached pool house. Many of our clients see the advantages of having a separate structure by the pool to provide necessary pool storage, mechanical space, bathrooms and entertaining areas. Being separate from the main house, these spaces provide more of a retreat from day-to-day living with added function. With a good architect/designer, these structures can complement the main home with similar design elements

and building materials. For families with kids, there is no better investment than outdoor play areas. We have done a number of custom play sets and clubhouses for clients, and we often work hand-inhand with the children to find out their desires. Outdoor play areas are not limited to kid structures. We have also put in putting greens and outdoor courts for bocce ball, cornhole, and horseshoes. Get your family outside by making your backyard a fun place to be! Consider one of these projects for an improved outdoor lifestyle for your family. In the meantime, open up your windows and get outside to take advantage of our wonderful Carolina weather.v

Will McKendry is vice president of Andrew Roby Triangle and has extensive experience in custom home project management focusing on style and craftsmanship. For more information visit our website at www.andrewroby.com or call 919-210-2928.

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Herringbone Swing Arm Sconce, by Regina Andrew. Available at Whitley Furniture Galleries. www.whitleygalleries.com.


Cardboard Taxidermy Beautiful animal busts, laser-cut in brown and white and comes in a variety of sizes. All the taxidermy comes from locally sourced recycled cardboard. Available through Cardboard Safari. www.cardboardsafari.com.


Kaleidoscope Mirror Natural brass finish and geometric design. By Oly Studio, available through Heather Garrett Interior Design. www.heathergarrettdesign.com.


Wallpaper From the Pasha line of Osbourne and Little, full of both bright and neutral paisleys, ornate in design. Available through many local interior designers, including Eatman’s Interiors. www.eatmansinc.com.


Tableware Tapestry Screen printed linen. www.anthropologie.com.


Arrondissement-Eiffel Storage Shelf Two metal tower units with six wooden shelves for storage; in Sunlight Anigre finish. By Stanley Furniture, available through Riverview Galleries. www.furniturestorenc.com.


Wood Panels Hand-pieced natural wood chips with a burnished wash are used to create this stylish wall art. By Uttermost, available through Nowell & Co.


Zanadoo Wall Sconce Polished nickel starburst with five light bulbs creating dramatic shadows and patterns on the walls. Can be hung vertically or horizontally and is approved for use in covered outdoor areas. By Arteriors Home, available through Heather Garrett Interiors. www.heathergarrettdesign.com.


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Contributing Editor | Room Service

When the Sun Goes Down After

Patrick Casey If it transports you to a place in time, making a fond memory once again a reality, don’t let the sun go down on that opportunity!

A few mornings past, while setting up for an open house showcasing our new collection of Dana Gibson’s tropically toned home furnishings, I found myself curiously staring deep into the abyss of an over-sized abstract canvas. Commissioned to highlight the palette of grenadine, oleander and Mandarin orange, I watched while it precariously swayed hither and thither to find its anchor between a pair of magenta emblazoned chinoiserie tea caddy lamps, when I suddenly felt an unexpected, yet comforting wave of déjà vu. Grasping to reconcile my split-second sensation, it hazily dawned on me that time was of the essence and guests were soon to arrive. I lingered for one last glance and reluctantly moved

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away. However, that familiar moment was now implanted; an image awash in color and painted with vivid hues of starburst flame, sea foam mist, coral essence, cloudy white, oceanic azure and an exhilarating touch of teal. Then, right out of the blue, it all began to quickly sink in that I have seen that vision before! Known to many as the folkloric mystical “green flash”, I had yearned to catch a glimpse during my many “high seasons” on the gulf coast of Florida. Legend has it that if the sky is clear and the watery horizon still, at the very moment the sun slips beneath the sea, a very quick flash of green light may or may not appear. From the Ritz-Carlton down to Port Royal, people flock to the beaches of Naples in the hopes of seeing this elusive spark.

After years of cocktail sipping during my sunset watching, I’ve never had the satisfaction of experiencing the flash – until it recently appeared to me in the form of déjà vu, weaved between the lines and brushstrokes of this painting. The design moral of this story is a bit simpler than chasing a flash: Regardless of whether the subject matter is original artwork, boldly patterned fabric, or even a whimsically traditional lamp, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. If it transports you to a place in time, making a

fond memory once again a reality, don’t let the sun go down on that opportunity!v

Patrick Casey is the manager of Green Front Interiors and Rugs in Raleigh, a store offering luxury furnishings, rugs and designs. Visit the Green Front store at 2004 Yonkers Road in Raleigh, or call them at 919-754-9754. For more information, visit www.greenfront.com.

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Contributing Editor | kitchen design

Custom Cabinet Confusion After

Max Isley

Mary Liebhold

Distinguishing between quality and speculative online purchases is one area in which a professional kitchen designer can help.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there is a huge difference between custom built and custom quality. Most homeowners don’t realize this fact, which may cost them time and money in selecting the appropriate cabinets for their kitchen renovation projects. Many people also don’t realize the broad range of products that exist within the product categories “semicustom cabinets” and “custom cabinets” and how those descriptive terms are not mutually exclusive. We hope to share a few details to ensure your search for the perfect cabinetry is productive and stress-free. First, the term “custom built” can be misleading. Custom cabinetry doesn’t necessarily have to be built on site; in fact, the finish often is much nicer if completed in a manufacturing facility that has space set aside as a clean room. By

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removing unwanted particles in the air, such as bugs, pet hair, or dust, a clean room environment ensures cabinetry is free of trapped matter that mars finishes. These particles are impossible to remove in an on-site custom job in a home environment. Some homeowners think that unless a local cabinetmaker builds their cabinetry on site in their kitchen, it is not a custom product. We have sold many different lines of cabinetry, some of which are custom and are built and finished in a controlled environment. Not only are finishes superior, but a large company has the freedom to reject materials, such as a piece of green wood, that would not lead to a high quality outcome. Smaller shops may not have the ability to pick and choose from the wood delivery slated for building your cabinets, as the amount of wood

ordered is usually just enough to complete that particular job with minimal waste. Second, the quality of a semi-custom product can be as good as a custom product. The only difference between the two categories is the number of options available for customization. Most homeowners are well served by a semi-custom cabinetry product line, as they still will be able to add features for a custom flair. If they desire to attain an unusual texture, an extra deep drawer, or some special feature, then it may be time to move into a full custom product. Custom enables more choices and more functionality that are unique and especially appropriate for the space. We spend as much time educating homeowners as we do designing kitchens. There is a perception that custom cabinetry is always better, but good quality in a lower priced line is yours for the

taking if you can accept a few material limitations. You may find your dream cabinets are available in an affordable semi-custom line using exactly the type of wood, trim, and features you wanted to specify in the first place. Look to your kitchen designer to open up the possibilities for you.v Max Isley, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, has owned Hampton Kitchens of Raleigh since 1974. For your next project contact him at Max@HamptonKitchens.com or 919-554-2227. Hampton Kitchens is located at 6320-B Angus Drive in Raleigh. For more information, visit www.HamptonKitchens.com. Mary Liebhold, Certified Kitchen Designer, founded The Kitchen Specialist in 1989, after having designed kitchens in Los Angles since 1978. Contact her at Mary@thekitchenspecialist.com or 919-490-4922. The showroom is located at 3407 University Drive in Durham. For more information visit www.thekitchenspecialist.com.

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