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On The Cover: Secluded on Bald Head Island’s pristine beach, a newly renovated home displays a wave of warmth and comfort. Experience more views of this inviting home on page 28.

y favorite time of the year has finally arrived. What’s not to love about long sunny days and warm nights, a relaxed summer schedule, and the opportunity to wear flip-flops everyday? If I ever go missing this time of year, just drive to the coast and you will find me there. As my fellow beach lovers would agree, the calmness and beauty of the beach restores one’s soul. It’s where I lived when I was first on my own; it’s where I got married; and it’s my absolute favorite destination to spend time connecting with my family and friends. I must confess, the opportunity to intertwine my love of all things beach with my work as an editor is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job. I recently had the joy of spending time on one of North Carolina’s most unique and captivating islands, Bald Head Island, in a sprawling home that captures coastal living at its finest. As you breeze through the pages of this feature home, enjoy the exquisite design of Vicky Serany and her team at Southern Studio Interior Design as they momentarily allow us to escape to the calm of island life. Back on the mainland, the remarkable talent of seven local designers captures impeccable urban style as we present the Hargett Place Showcase House. We are honored to feature the story of how the heart of this collaborative initiative is successfully empowering our neighbors, transforming the downtown cityscape, and inspiring a community while directly benefiting the YMCA’s Southeast Raleigh Project and offering elegant design at our fingertips. It’s impossible not to be impressed! We also bring you a stunning visual of how an outdoors-loving family escapes to their own oasis recently constructed in their backyard. Here at Home Design & Decor, we’re on the perpetual search for finding beauty inside and out. In this issue, we’ve rounded up products that are perfect for your outdoor space that reflect your inner workings. We invite you to celebrate the outdoors with us as you would with friends, family, or in solitude. Whether it’s tending to a garden or landscape, enjoying cocktails on the back loggia, or sitting on the terrace while indulging in delectable al fresco dining, it’s being surrounded by nature that rejuvenates us and engages all six of our senses – the sixth sense being our sense of style. Cheers,

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June / July 2017

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Sublime Time

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Sublime Time

It’s summertime and the living’s truly pretty easy. Whether you prefer subtle hues and clean lines, vibrant color and ornate pattern, or graphic yet minimalist design, there’s plenty to suit your outdoor living style. By Ashley Hotham Cox

New Traditionalist

Taking cues from the classic tried and true blue-and-white scheme and mixing it with smooth sloping silhouettes, al fresco style is as fresh and clean as the outside air.

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AERIN Woven Basket Cachepots / $125-$195 / Gray Malin x Santa Barbara Umbrella Capri Outdoor Umbrella / $2,750- $2,950 / Serena & Lily Brela Napkins / set of 4 $39.00 / Juliska Isabella Acrylic Ware / $12 -$16 / Dash & Albert Navy Cleo Indoor/Outdoor Rug / starting at $142 / 16 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2017

Modernist Play Pops of vibrant colors, graphics reminiscent of Memphis style, and minimalist Scandinavian profiles bring nothing but good vibes to your outdoors.

West Elm Eric Trine + Dusen Dusen Outdoor Furniture Collection /

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Lantern & Scroll Canaan Cities Wall Mount Fixture / starting at $345 / IKEA Bittergurka watering can / $9.99 / Vondom Moonbeam Outdoor Rug available through YLiving / $1,190 / Palecek Large Nova Planter / $437 / CB2 Escale Cooler Cart / $549 / June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 17

Bohemian Flair From exotic motifs to rattan and wicker furniture and accessories, transform your backyard into your own bungalow escape.

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Justina Blakeney Collection for Selamat Designs / Frontgate Handpainted Suzani Outdoor Pillow / $399 / Serena & Lily Havana Hurricanes / $98 - $118 / Target Blue Ikat Melamine Dinner Plates, set of 4 $14.99 / Anthropologie Canyon Fringe Hammock / $118 / AERIN Manchester Settee / $1,400 / 18 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2017

trend | garden & landscape

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The Chic


Outdoor living spaces are as hot as the temperatures right now. Here’s inspiration to help you create one in your own backyard. By Aleigh Acerni No matter the size of your home, creating an outdoor living space—whether it’s an outdoor kitchen, living area, or even a new garden path—can make your yard feel like an extension of your home. Low-maintenance gardens, lawn alternatives (no more grass!), dry creek beds, water features, and native plants set a functional, eye-catching scene. And feel free to skip those 20 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2017

pristine garden beds. The organic look is in, from using edible plants like rosemary as foundation plants in your landscape, to swing seating and furnishings made of natural materials like rattan and teak for a less formal look. With some work and planning, your new outdoor living space can be a treat for all five senses.

Clockwise from top: Frontgate Xenia Fountain / $1,349 / Stone Base Fire Pit / $298 / Gardener’s Supply Company Copper Indoor Watering Can / $26.95 / Atlantic Landscape Supplies Large Creek Flats / starting at $100 per ton / Restoration Hardware Havana Daybed / $2,695 / Barebones Living Essential Garden Tools Gift Set / $90 / Kenroy Home Podium Birdbath / $99 / June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 21

palette | primrose yellow


Yellow This summer’s new darling hue will have us all singing “Here comes the sun.” By Christina Spratt Spencer

Musings of summertime call for golden light drenched scenes filled with the haze and warmth only a high noon day filled with the nostalgia of youthful freedom could elicit. Along with the rising sun, Primrose Yellow, a brightly saturated yellow-gold hue, is mounting in popularity this season. Heavily present throughout the design industry’s fabrics and furnishings, as well as on this year’s spring fashion runways, this summer is setting up to be straight out of a Slim Aarons photograph. Pairing well as a bold pop with layered neutrals and crisp whites or graphic black, always endearing with classic blues, and especially zesty with a citrus-inspired take partnered with this year’s Greenery, it is evident this vivacious hue has a perfectly sunny disposition.  “Nelda and Friends” by Slim Aarons / $1,495 - $2,495 /

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Indoor/Outdoor 4” Chair Tie ( 7313-66) / to the trade /  Santa Barbara Umbrella Double Decker with Bullion fringe, scalloped valance / $3,989 /   Lulu DK for Duralee “Harlow” in Marigold / to the trade /  Quadrille Fabrics “Tie Dye” in Taxicab / to the trade / Serena & Lily Mosaic Mirror in Yellow / $598 / Pottery Barn Lattice Ceramic Accent Table / $249 / Made Goods Indoor/Outdoor Hadley Chair in Gold / $1,100 / Grandin Road Amalfi Bench / $399 / June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 23

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Katie O’Neal and Betsy Anderson Betsy Anderson Interiors & Co.

“Growing up in Marblehead, MA - a colonial seaport town 20 minutes north of Boston, it was like going home when recently asked to do the interior design for a house in Beaufort, North Carolina. Sea and sky was our inspiration. Old metal lanterns from McLean Lighting coupled with Benches from Janus et Cie are so inviting when upholstered in outdoor fabrics from Quadrille, Ferrick Mason, or Osborne & Little. We love blue and white porcelain and always find a spot for a large seagrass rug. How perfect to sit sipping chilled grappa from a beautiful Cobalt glass and don’t forget to light the 888 Madison candle, a must have, from Ralph Lauren’s home collection. Our design esthetic pulls from the past with a nod to the future while always living in the present. Innovative styling mixed with a classic palette and fresh fabric defines our interiors. The calming ebb and flow of the tides of Shackleford Banks, the gracious curve of the land, soft lighting, and the gradual shift of color all bringing us home.”

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Friends Gather Here

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Coastal Calm

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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Serene colors and sophisticated details make this vacation home on Bald Head Island a calming retreat for one Raleigh family. By Nancy Atkinson Photography by Dustin Peck


ach summer for 12 years, the Raleigh couple walked down a stretch of beach on Bald Head Island with their children, dreaming of the day they would have their own vacation home on the island. They fell in love with one special house, which they named the “Dragon House,” for the charming weather vane that graced its roof. Two years ago, when they began actively searching to buy, the Dragon House came on the market. The couple jumped at the chance to own it. When it was first built in 1997, the home sat all alone on the southern stretch of the barrier island. Formerly known as the Texas Sea Ranch, it was designed by award-winning architect Chuck Dietsche and described as “a romantic jewel box of native wood and stone.” The home’s original design featured walls and ceilings of unfinished wood, a stone fireplace, and actual trees used as structural support columns in the home’s living room and foyer. Home to two previous owners, its last residents painted the natural wood walls and ceilings in vibrant hues of Country French yellow, green, and orange with strong teal and red accents. They replaced the original tree trunks with lighthouse-shaped columns painted teal, creating an eclectic farmhouse feel. The family loved the home’s location and its original architecture, but they knew changes were needed to make it their own. Their goal, in addition to adding another bedroom and laundry room for their guests, was to restore the integrity of the home’s original architecture and allow it to shine.

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The chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux in Charleston, South Carolina is hand beaded with crystals that mimic shells from the ocean. Salty ocean breezes flow through the airy fixture, which accents the custom arched Dutch Door in the grand entry.

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The dining room table was handmade to look like distressed wood from the sea. The soft upholstered chairs were given durable fabric for maintenance-free wear.

They assembled a team of the best designers and builders to help them achieve their goal, bringing in architect Cothran Harris, builder Parker Dudley, and interior designers Vicky Serany and Julia Ross from Southern Studio Interior Design. One challenge facing the team was the new addition, which Harris seamlessly integrated into the home’s existing architecture. The logistics of building and designing on an island presented another obstacle — getting to the island meant taking a ferry, and transportation to the house was only allowed by golf cart. “We had to think ahead, being efficient and organized,” Serany says. “If you’re missing a pillow or if anything breaks and needs to be repaired, that could mean extra time you just don’t have.” But the biggest challenge may have been in the home’s main living area, where the new owners wanted the lighthouse-shaped columns removed. “This was a big decision because removing them meant adding steel beams to the ceiling for support,” Serany explains. “It was worth the effort because it opened the living space and made a huge difference.” A new color palette was chosen to bring the serenity of the natural environment inside, drawing inspiration from the gorgeous views of the beach outside every window. New mosaic tiles around the fireplace and existing countertops in the kitchen helped dictate the new colors. “The kitchen granite features

greens, blues, and tans,” Serany says. “It looks like the ocean, so we kept it.” Careful thought was given to which elements of the home’s interior should stay and which should go. “We wanted to do everything with respect for the home, keeping elements that reflect the existing structure and the coastal lifestyle — informal, casual, and carefree — without looking too beachy or themed.” The family’s lifestyle drove most of the decision-making. In the kitchen, the island was completely reworked to add seating and make it more functional. The high quality, custom-made cabinets were carefully removed, repainted, and reinstalled. “The owners wanted dining room chairs to be very comfortable,” Serany says. “They sit for hours to play games and do puzzles. We used durable fabric throughout so they won’t have to worry about maintenance.” The sleeping quarters were given special attention, with extra space built in for children and guests. The bunk beds in the children’s room were custom made to take advantage of the views in an unusually shaped room. The upstairs guest room has an additional twin bed built-in on top of the existing bed, and the new guest room has a built-in window seat that doubles as a twin bed. Custom, handcrafted touches were added throughout the home. The dining room and coffee tables were handmade to look June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 31

Bottom: Calm neutrals welcome you into the home’s main hall, with earthy accents and ivory enamel vintage pendant lights. The console was original to the home and adds a layer of rustic warmth. Right: The kitchen was repainted a fresh, modern white to match the existing subway tiles and the island was re-designed for added seating. A streamlined oven hood replaced the existing oversized Country French hood and two new cabinets were installed in the original design. Pale blue-gray globe pendant lights highlight the island and mirror the ocean.

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The living room, now free of its oversized columns, opens to the dining room and kitchen to create an open, relaxed space. The interior color scheme was inspired by the amazing views of ocean and dunes outside the full-length surrounding windows.

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

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like natural distressed wood from the sea. The foyer lighting from Ro Sham Beaux in Charleston, South Carolina, was hand-beaded to mimic shells from the ocean. “The details are subtle, and that’s what gives them great impact.” Some of the furniture came with the house, passed down from the original owners, including the iron bed and upholstered chairs, which Serany had reupholstered in the master bedroom, foyer table, and sea chests. “Keeping pieces of this home’s original history was important,” she says. “Layering in old and new gives this home its personality and character and makes it feel warm.” The new owners love their new home, calling it a magical place for their family — the calming retreat they’ve always wanted.

Top: The upstairs guest room features an awning window that opens into the great room downstairs. A built-in bunk over the king size bed features a nautical rope railing that adds character to these extra sleeping quarters. Right: Large boat cleats serve as the ladder to the upper bunk in the upstairs bedroom for a touch that is sturdy and functional, yet also whimsical and unexpected. 36 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2017

Architect Cothran Harris seamlessly blended this guest room addition into the home’s existing architecture. The room’s custom window seat serves double-duty as a twin bed.

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The outdoor porch was furnished to compliment the amazing views. Neutral furniture reflects the dunes and sea grass while deep blue pillows echo shades of sky and sea. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon happy hour.

Opposite top: Serene shades of misty teal and cool ocean blue accent this room of custom bunk beds designed to accommodate visiting guests. Custom touches include built-in reading lights and recessed niches. Opposite left: The master bathroom is now bathed in natural light. Golden tiles and dark cabinets were replaced with pale wood accents and a sleek polished nickel chandelier to highlight the modern, freestanding tub and maximize the ocean views. Opposite right: The master bedroom was remade into a soothing retreat. Bedside lamps of handblown glass from Tracy Glover Studio top rustic ivory end tables and frame the king size bed, which, along with the upholstered chairs, are from the original home.

“The team envisioned a space that allows you to escape, relax, and reenergize — a home with casual sophistication,” Serany says. “There will be many memories made in this home, where they will sit and reconnect with their kids and all their worries will wash away. That gives me satisfaction; it’s why we do what we do.”u

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Hargett Place Designer Showcase Home embodies the spirit of urban elegance in downtown. By Brandy Woods Snow Photography by Dustin Peck

I Hargett Place homes are built by Greg Paul Builders. The architect is JDavis architects, and sales and marketing is being handled by Fonville Morisey Barefoot.

t’s a beautiful thing when cross-sector partnerships and enthused residents collide in a common goal of revitalizing and rejuvenating their community. And as they say, beauty begets beauty. Nowhere is this more obvious than the Hargett Place Designer Showcase Home in downtown Raleigh, where a collaborative team of local designers and firms turned their unique talents and passion for the area into a benefit for the YMCA’s Southeast Raleigh Project, a Y initiative, seeking to create a YMCA facility, elementary school, and affordable housing on a 32-acre site in the southeastern corridor. Hargett Place, developed by Hyde Street Holdings, is a new community of 19 luxury rowhomes that strategically links historic Oakwood to downtown Raleigh, offering residents all the amenities of city living with the distinction of historical appeal. The three-story rowhomes boast 1,700 – 2,300 square feet of interior living space with an additional 600 – 1,000 square feet of personal outdoor living space on the ground-level courtyard, as well as a kitchen balcony, two-car tandemparking garage, and a rooftop terrace with sweeping downtown vistas. The Designer Showcase Home event, created by Trish and John Healy of Hyde Street Holdings, challenged seven local designers to create beautiful, functional spaces through each’s interpretation of the urban living theme in a Hargett Place rowhome. Curated by Kim Shirley, who is responsible for the selections in Hargett Place, the concept was to merge the area’s traditional southern elegance with downtown’s contemporary edge in one cohesive home. Trish Healy says the collaborative effort by neighbors is a positive step in creating a new history for Raleigh. “We wanted to build something that changed the landscape of this city and added to the neighborhood by focusing on local designers, vendors, and collaborators — our neighbors. Hargett Place is kind of like new-old history, co-written by the people who live and work here.” June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 41

Au Natural Judy Pickett, Design Lines Ltd. Design inspiration for the open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen was anchored in the rich tones of charcoal and cobalt of an area rug from Pakistan. Building on a color palette that varied from saturated blues to subtle shades of gray, the draperies and upholsteries were selected to showcase the dramatic black-painted windows, as well as accent the quality of natural light and sprawling urban skyline views. Finishes were kept light and natural with materials that impart practical luxury in the space. “I wanted the interior to embrace the feeling of old meets new, as if pieces had been collected by the homeowner over time. This truly exemplifies our mission of ‘Design That Tells Your Story.’”

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Left: In the living room, a hand-knotted wool area rug from Persian Carpets grounds the design, while a few dramatic original art pieces from Louis St. Lewis add an unexpected pop to an otherwise easy-going aesthetic. Top Right: Charcoal grey quartz countertops, marble tile backsplash, and mixed metals seamlessly mesh industrial with true sophistication. Bottom Right: The Century Furniture round Mozambique starburst veneer top table with brass accents encourages dinner party conversation, while a statement-making geometric glass and brass chandelier from Urban Electric Co. adds drama. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 43

History &Humor Susan Tollefsen, Susan Tollefsen Interiors Modern vintage was the name of the design game in the powder room and kitchen porch, two smaller areas that needed to pack a substantial, quick punch. She attacked the spaces in full black-and-white mode, adding in bright pops of cobalt, acid yellow, and orange. In the powder room, a bold, geometric print with a nod to Art Deco, white ceramic, lucite, brass, a vintage soap holder, and a bit of pop art give the space an edge. On the kitchen porch, sleek modern furniture is accented with vintage pieces, like a ‘50s-era blue horse planter with fresh succulents and the chrome bar cart and accessories. This mixture of eras is what Tollefsen calls an urban mashup. “I really hate everything to be all new in a space. There needs to be some history and humor present, something that mixes up time periods or even something a little inappropriate to wake up the lookers!”

Above: The gold-toned mirror by Arteriors punctuates the black-and-white geometric wallpaper by Cole & Son. Right: Kitchen porch furnishings feature sleek, contemporary lines with coordinating throw pillows in bold prints by Cotton and Quill. (All items available through designer STI).

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This shelving from Deco Home offers convenient storage and display space for a functional hallway laundry. Blues and greens with warm accents compliment the home’s color palette and reflect Deco’s focus on local and unique goods.

Form + Function Pam Blondin and Julie Schmidt, DECO Home With DECO’s design, the laundry room is no longer a generic place to do mundane housekeeping tasks. Instead, the room kicks it up a notch, becoming a multi-purposed and highly-efficient space that is one-part function and storage and one-part art gallery. A blue sliding barn door makes the space easily accessible, and the bright color adds a happy pop of color to a neutral color palette. A distressed painted metal and natural wood shelving unit offers storage space, as well as a showcase for luxurious textiles and beautiful, unique art pieces from ArtSpace that fit into the small, unexpected places. A stacked washer and dryer maximize the laundry’s limited square footage and provides the needed capacity required to handle the homeowner’s needs. “We are constantly inspired by smart design and love pieces that are both beautiful and functional.” June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 45

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Glam Meets Comfort Martha Schneider, La Maison “What is great style without great ease?” Martha Schneider’s formula for design success is where beauty meets functionality – a passion evident in the Showcase Home’s master suite, where a fresh color palette of neutrals, rich navy, and vibrant orange give the space an uber cool downtown feel. The ivory cable knit rug lays the groundwork for layers of textural details like the navy velvet headboard, navy grasscloth dresser and leather chair, beautiful Belgian linen bedding, orange pony hair bench, and glamorous gold light fixtures. Original artwork by American Master Marin Sumers and European artist Peter Kiel, displayed above the bed and dresser respectively, were handpicked to create a one-of-a-kind design. In the adjoining master bath, a soft blue paint color was chosen to compliment the Carrera marble used in the spa setting, and original art in the aqua nude watercolors imparts artistic flair for the homeowner each morning.

The Master Suite’s mood of restoration and relaxation is created at the intersection of contemporary glam and spa comfort. Vibrant hues of navy, orange, and gold add a level of sophistication to the organic serenity of the space’s neutral base. Velvet headboard, custom furnishings, accessories, and original artwork all available at La Maison Home Boutique at North Hills. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 47

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Urban Funk Katherine Connell, Katherine Connell Interior Design Clean lines and an efficient use of space was the basis of the guest bedroom and bath. Katherine Connell sought to embrace the theme of urban elegance, transforming the space into a stylish but funky retreat. “My main objective was to maximize the square footage, selecting pieces scaled to fit the room’s size that also offered the most efficient use of the space,” Connell says. The suite’s design was grounded in the bright orange overdyed rug and an overall neutral color palette, including a white low profile platform bed with built-in side tables. Two blue X benches at the foot of the bed offer a pop of color as well extra seating. Orange is carried through into the en suite bath’s artist-designed wallpaper, which imparts a whimsical feel in the space. The busy wallpaper offers guests a punchy wow factor against an otherwise serene décor. Pops of gold connect both spaces, appearing in both fixtures and accessories. “Employing hints of terrific colors throughout really allow the design to connect in with the homeowner’s vibe, keeping the design soothing but not wimpy.”

Left: The bathroom wallpaper from Lindsay Cowles makes a statement in a small space, accented with a gold sconce by Visual Comfort. Opposite: In the bedroom, the design is grounded in the overdyed antique rug from Eatman’s Carpets & Interiors and a low-profile Andes platform bed from CB2. Blue X benches and gray lamps are from La Maison. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 49

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Layered & Lovely JEFF SNYDER, SIMON’S HOUSE INTERIORS For Jeff Snyder, there is a fine line between a well-curated space and a cluttered one, and designing to that truth is a challenge he readily accepts. In designing the studio and courtyard, Snyder wanted to create a warm room that was well-curated and eclectic, representing a mix of traditional and contemporary. “I wanted a space the homeowner would go at the end of the day to unwind so a bar and luxurious seating was a must,” he says. “Detail and depth of layering are important to me because these things can make or break a room.” Snyder began with a warm palette with the colors of sand, cork, champagne, and natural wood then added pops of orange. To enhance the warm colors, he selected brass accents and pieces with organic flow and then contrasted that with the placement of a few chrome pieces. Faux fur toss pillows and Venetian plaster wallpaper on the ceiling impart incredible texture in the design, while the velvet sofa covering offers a luxurious feel contrasting with the casual linen and leather on the accent chairs.

Left: Crisp Khaki walls and a bold-printed area rug create a warm backdrop for the multi-functional studio while coordinating accessories from Union Camp Collective, Emily & Co., Form & Function and Simon’s House Interiors infuse punches of vibrant color throughout. Above: The aesthetic carries through to the courtyard where sleek chairs by Summer Classics, container landscaping, and an elegant fountain blur the lines between outside and in.


The teak dining suite by Summer Classics, available at Homebridge Design’s retail showroom, provides a perfect blend of style and comfort. Landscaping and decorative planters by Logan’s Garden Shop and Bland Landscaping infuse the space with organic luxury.

Transitional Terrace Darren Brewer, Homebridge Design Homebridge’s rooftop terrace proves that downtown living doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the great outdoors. In fact, the design features multiple functional areas, including places to relax and soak up the sun, chat with friends, or enjoy an al fresco dinner, seamlessly brought together by a rooftop garden, which creates a natural separation between the chaise lounges and other areas. Several different materials were incorporated in the design. The dining table, chairs, and chaise lounges are teak accented with throw pillows covered in Sunbrella fabrics. And chairs in the conversation area are resin composite with Sunbrella cushions. The mostly neutral, earthen palette is accented with pops of color in the fabric choices. Metal and stone composite side tables, decorative planters, and a vegetable garden all add to the organic aesthetic of the terrace, creating an urban oasis high above the city streets with magnificent downtown views. “As in this space, Homebridge often works with neutral palettes, incorporating vibrant pops of interest in fabrics and accessories, in a transitional style that can be customized to any homeowner’s particular tastes.” u

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Friends Gather Here Backyard retreat says “the more the merrier!” By Brandy Woods Snow Photography by Dustin Peck


rowing up in a large Italian family, Alicia Brady learned very early in life the importance of setting aside time for making memories with the ones you love. Throughout the everchanging landscape of their cross-country moves from Massachusetts to California and eventually to North Carolina, one thing remained constant: entertaining family and friends against the backdrop of their home’s cherished outdoor spaces, Brady’s parents’ lived by the motto, “the more the merrier.” Now married to her husband, Jon, and the mother of two, Brady wanted to create these same special memories with her own family in their newly updated home, nostalgic for the 54 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2017

enjoyment of her own childhood. “During my entire childhood we had a pool, and my fondest memories are of my large family along with all the neighborhood kids enjoying our backyard and pool year-round. My parents entertained often, and I have the same love of sharing a special place and experience with others,” Brady says. “My ultimate dream was to create a luxury pool and outdoor space where my children, as well as my five siblings and their growing families, could come, hang out, and relax together.” As a special 40th birthday gift for Brady, her husband set the wheels in motion to make her dream a reality with a complete backyard renovation that would transform their space into a larger, more functional entertainment area. The finished

When you have a large family, ample seating is a must! The coordinating resin wicker 30-piece furniture group, including dining table, chairs, chaise loungers and accessories are from Ohana. Decorative throw pillows (DiaNoche from infuse pops of vivid colors against the neutral-toned furniture.

project, completed in April 2017, is a sleek yet livable space that extends the square footage of their home. It includes an allseason outdoor living area featuring a hot tub, heated pool, outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and a large covered porch with four heaters, three large fans, a television, sliding glass doors, and an outdoor kitchen. “The special decorative details on the stucco porch give the design a unique

Opposite: The infinity-edge pool and oversized hot tub impart the serenity of a personal spa with sleek, straight lines, mirrored in the stone fireplace and resin wicker furniture, which give contemporary flavor to the outdoor space. Left: The new stucco porch with an extended footprint gives the Brady family a four-season escape. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 55

The massive wood-burning fireplace, crafted from a mix of bluestone and pencilstone, is a work of art in itself.

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Above: Grilling with friends, enjoying a nice family dinner al fresco, or sipping cocktails by the pool — entertaining is a breeze with this fully equipped outdoor kitchen.

appeal,” Brady says. The home’s original porch was scrapped and replaced by a much larger, freshly-updated version that complements the contemporary feel, while also maintaining the integrity of the home’s existing aesthetic with brick and dark window slats. The larger footprint offers adequate space to accommodate a sectional couch for the televisions, well as a ten-person dining table. “The pool and surrounding hardscape boasts extensive bluestone work and creative elements to complete the overall vision of the pool, fireplace, and hardscape design,” Brady explains. The hot tub is designed to accommodate many guests and the heated pool features a serene infinity edge that overflows to the sunken lower deck with the fireplace. Another key component in the design is a spacious tanning ledge with submerged chairs that stay cool in the hot summer sun. An umbrella option is also available to provide shade as needed. The pool’s back wall is accented with three simple waterfalls for visual and audible effect. A custom enclosure for Jon’s Big Green Egg (he loves to grill!) seamlessly incorporates the design materials from the fireplace and back pool wall, giving the entire design a cohesive look. The Brady family is eagerly anticipating their first summer in the backyard oasis, though their space is designed to be accessible in any weather. “We are just beginning to enjoy the benefits of the new backyard living area and are excited to be able to utilize everything year round,” Brady says. “There’s nothing more exciting than anticipating the lifetime of fabulous memories we’ll make here with our kids, extended families, and friends.”u June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 57

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In the

Zone By Anne Marie Ashley

The Triangle draws new residents every day with its temperate climate, affordable cost of living, and fun but easygoing lifestyle. Being a transplant means many new residents aren’t familiar with the nuances of our climate nor the conditions of our soil, which makes choosing trees and shrubs for their yard a hit or miss at best. The plants and landscape that are found in the Northeast, Midwest, or warmer Florida or California climates aren’t always compatible with North Carolina weather. “One of the first things I tell newcomers is the challenge in the Triangle is it’s too hot and it’s too cold,” David Payne of Home & Garden Landscapes explains. “But it’s more hot than it is cold.” For landscaping, that means heat is more of a limiting factor than the cold. However, Payne continues to say that the warmer weather has its advantages. “The good thing for gardeners is that you can have your choice of more northern landscaping with evergreens typically found in Pennsylvania or Illinois, or you can grow warmer climate trees and shrubs like cold hardy palms or gardenias.”  Payne suggests the key to planting for the proper climate is three-fold — plant selection, placement, and attention to climate zones. “The USDA has divided the country into climatic zones based on the average lowest temperatures,” he explains. “The Triangle is a 7b-8a zone, which means the average lowest winter temperatures are somewhere around five to ten degrees above zero.  It doesn’t happen often, but it can burn tender plants accustomed to hotter climates.” To mitigate any damage, it’s best to plant cold hardy plants like gardenias, windmill palms, or osmanthus in sunnier spots where you might get the benefit of reflective heat and protection from cold winter winds, which typically come from the West. For instance, a south facing wall in full sun. On the other hand, evergreens need to be planted with northern exposure that provides more afternoon shade. “By choosing more heat tolerant varieties of northern evergreens like

Norway spruce, Oriental spruce, or Serbian spruce, your plants will thrive,” Payne suggests. Another problem area is the clay-based soils found in much of the Triangle. Most newcomers are befuddled, particularly if they come from rich soil areas like the Midwest. “I have found the best way to work with our clay-based soils is to amend them with composts and to plant your plants a bit higher with some mounding,” Payne suggests. “The mounding will provide better drainage and keep the plant growing when we have extended periods of heavy rains. It’s basically an insurance policy of sorts.” Planting too deep in these soils will kill plants. Planting higher will give them a better shot at surviving, as long as you provide adequate watering — especially in the first couple of years after transplant. Planting and gardening in the Triangle may take some getting used to for newcomers, but in the end, with a little extra know-how and some patience, you can create a gorgeous landscape that will thrive in the wonderful climate.u

Do you have a landscaping challenge that needs a solution? Home & Garden Landscapes can help. For more information, or to make an appointment for a consultation, visit www.homeandgardenlandscapes. com or call 919-801-0211. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 61

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The beautiful rooms we see in magazines often make interior design look effortless, but as any pro will tell you, it’s not! A well-appointed room is the reward for the work of visualizing, planning, gathering, installing — and something you can do yourself: styling. Styling is the art of arranging things in pleasing ways to create attention-getting vignettes throughout your home. We all know a well-styled home when we see one. It helps to have a designer’s eye, of course, but anyone can do it with a few tricks of the trade. Styling is also a nice way to show off your favorite things — and a bit of your personality. Some styling tips can be applied to any space: Select a common theme; work with odd numbers and asymmetrical designs; vary scale and proportion for balance; and use color to create unity or contrast. The ideas here, courtesy of our designers, can help you style bookshelves, mantels, or gallery walls like a pro.


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SHELF LIFE • Decide what you want to arrange on your shelves — books, treasured collectibles, family photos — and then edit, edit, edit! • If there are books on your shelf, think of them as the foundation, stacking them both vertically and horizontally. • Add art on mid-height or lower shelves where seated guests can see it. • Fill your shelves if you like, or don’t! Seeing the back wall here and there is refreshing, especially in a busy room.

PICK UP THE MANTEL • Choose a focal point — and remember it can be above the mantel. Think oversized painting, wreath, or bold clock. • Edit elements carefully, keeping in mind that surface space on most mantels is limited, and too much of anything looks like clutter. • Place tall items first — candlesticks, vases, or paintings. • Give the space dimension by overlapping some items. • The mirror-over-the-mantel idea has been a go-to idea forever because it works!

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AN ARTFUL ARRANGEMENT • Choose a prominent wall that will provide the best backdrop for your gallery — away from direct light, if possible. • Use Kraft paper to trace and cut out templates of your artwork; arrange them on the wall with masking tape before you start nailing in picture hooks. • Consider placement carefully — don’t be afraid to switch things up if you don’t love it! • Establish a sense of unity by coordinating colors and/or frame types/materials. Come by 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! Call 704-341-7512 for an appointment. 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. June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 65

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A Labor of Love

Winemaking — an artisanal tradition entwined with thousands of years of history.  In old-world regions such as Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, and Tuscany, many vineyards have been operated by the same family for dozens of generations. In these traditional wine regions, winemakers pass down their love of viticulture to their children, along with their heirloom farmhouses, vineyards, and passion to produce superb wines. This infatuation with a craft, specifically in Tuscany, Italy, inspired Casa Lucca, a lakeside villa built by Bost Custom Homes. Like small-batch winemaking, designing and building Casa Lucca was a labor of love. Located on a pristine lake north of Wake Forest, many facets of this home were

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intentionally designed to reflect the centuriesold farmhouses that are ubiquitous among the picturesque hills of central Italy. A ten-day field trip to Lucca, Italy, allowed the builder team lead, Rex Bost, to absorb the bona fide thing. An authentic representation ensued in Casa Lucca. Tuscan villas were often built over decades, with masonry walls and roof sections added on to the initial structure years later. Due to resource constraints, these walls often contain varying stone qualities, bricks, tile, and other materials, which add to their old-world look. In building Casa Lucca, we sourced an unwieldy stone from Pennsylvania and taught a masonry team how to lay it with mortar composed of inconsistent sands and aggregates, smearing the mortar

around the joints to give it a “built by a farmer” look. Mixed in with the stone are handmade bricks from a mid-19th century factory in Tarboro, North Carolina. These reclaimed bricks also form archways and accent walls inside the grand halls of the villa. Sections of the masonry were temporarily cured incomplete, so that when finished there would be a “seam” between sections. Like a Tuscan wine, Casa Lucca was built to age gracefully, with solid masonry walls, sealed crawlspace and attics, and a durable barrel tile roof to boot. Upon stepping through the archtop front doorway, rugged 150-year-old reclaimed beams from a warehouse in Georgia float overhead, alongside locally sourced southern yellow pine trim and three-inch stout stair treads of Chatham County heart pine. “It was important for us to source local, reclaimed materials not only to achieve the authentic Tuscan farmhouse feel, but also to reduce our burden on virgin resources shipped from thousands of miles away, as well as to utilize quality materials that would otherwise go to landfills,” Bost recalls. “In Tuscany, we were captivated by the mystique of the 400-to-600-year-old villas and the hard work and creativity poured into them over the centuries. Many details we saw there were recreated in Casa Lucca.” One example is the powder room on the central hall. We photographed a bath in Italy and modeled it here, which is distinguished by a stair-stepped arched recess that holds the vanity mirror. The walls are plastered to achieve an antique look, with painted roman numerals marking the completion year. Using technology that was commonplace in ancient Italy, Casa Lucca

includes a rainwater harvesting cistern used for irrigation and toilet flushing, so the toilet here flushes water from the gutters. Throughout the estate, love for craftsmanship is evident — in the subterranean wine cellar and tasting room straight out of Tuscany, the third floor cupola observatory with tongue and groove wood ceiling and 360-degree lake views, the stately master bath with a free-standing copper tub, and the lavish pool lounge draped with stucco arches and fountains. This Tuscan beauty potentially has centuries of la dolce vita ahead, and we hope that one day in the future, someone will gather inspiration from it to design their Casa dei Sogni! 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 June / July 2017 | Home Design & Decor Triangle 67

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Forecasts and Other Disturbances

Expect the Unexpected

Julie Anne Greenberg’s “Forecasts and Other Disturbances” features mixed media interpretations of storm patterns. She specifically focuses on human attempts to control and predict weather. Visit the Durham Arts Council online or at 120 Morris Street.

This show focuses on mixed media art created by artists in the area. Artist create masterpieces by repurposing and recycling found objects into unique artwork. Visit them online or at 311 W Martin Street in Raleigh, NC.

Durham Arts Council – Allenton Gallery Through July 7

Local Color Gallery June 2 - 30, 6p.m. – 9:30p.m.

ArtBrake! 2017

Bluebird Farm Studio June 10 - 11, 10a.m. – 5p.m. The fifth annual ArtBrake! local artist show will be hosted by Bluebird Farm Studio this year. Art from 12 regionally known artists will be featured throughout the weekend. Visit Bluebird Farm Studio online or at 360 Frosty Meadow Drive in Pittsboro, NC.

Gallery Open House

Horse & Buggy Press June 8, 5p.m. – 8p.m.

Truth to Power 5

Pleiades Gallery July 13 - 30

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