MOD Society Magazine - Triad September/October 2021

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The Triad’s Curated Lifestyle & Design Magazine September/October MMXXI
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This issue marks MOD Society’s third anniversary, and we are celebrating YOU our marvelously MOD readers! Since our 2018 debut, you have inspired and delighted us. You have made us think, laugh and care deeply. You compel us to be our best and to continue committing blood, sweat and ink to the task of showcasing our amazing community. We couldn’t be more grateful.

They say good things come in threes, and we agree: Wishes, wise men and the communities of our beloved Triad! And while our featured home is a gorgeous Elizabethan built in 1928, it’s been just three years since Kerrie and John Ellison bought and lovingly renovated the historic gem. They had expert help from Kerrie’s brother Bradshaw Orrell, rockstar designer of interiors, furniture and all things fabulous.

Monkee’s, the popular ladies’ boutique with shops in Winston-Salem and High Point, is celebrating an anniversary, too: 25 years of fashion and 31 stores in 11 states. Brenda Maready, managing partner of Monkee’s Franchising, reflects on their quarter-century of success.

There was a time, not that long ago, when Greensboro was known as Jeansboro, the undisputed denim capital of the world. That was during textile’s heyday when the industry accounted for a large part of our region’s economy. Now the White Oak Legacy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the heritage of denim in Greensboro through a three-fold mission of historical preservation, education and innovation.

Here’s another good thing that comes in threes: Tennis balls! You’re going to want to pop a can, hit the clay and meet Junie Chatman, the resident pro at Oak Hollow Tennis Center. Junie has enjoyed an impressive career of wins and firsts, and he’s happy to serve — both on and off the court.

Looking for a place to tuck away for a quiet Zen moment of you time? Look no further than this lovely, luxe closet. It has it all: Custom cabinetry, sparkly, spot-on lighting, even a wine refrigerator! This fall issue is full of fun and flair, from Maribeth Geraci’s reflections on Vogue magazine’s iconic September issue to Lisa Johnson’s advice on fashionable finishing touches for your home to the High Point Market’s first-ever Designer Dinner Party, and much more. So happy fall to all, and three cheers to three marvelously MOD years!




As the resident tennis pro at High Point’s Oak Hollow Tennis Center, Junius Chatman shares his winning serve with those he coaches. But he serves our community and the sport in many other ways. Learn about his commitment to the game and giving back.


When Kerrie and John Ellison bought their beautiful, historic home in Greensboro’s Irving Park, they filled it with art and heart and looked to Kerrie’s brother Bradshaw Orrell to direct a graceful, tasteful redesign. The result is elegant, upscale — and easy and unpretentious at the same time.


Downsizing can require specialized design considerations. Barbour Spangle Design shows us how it’s done in a sophisticated, vibrant kitchen update.


The term closet doesn’t do this lovely space justice. Designed by Classic Construction with touches by Vivid Interiors, it is a lush lounge, cozy cocoon and serene sanctuary. Get ready for a case of closet envy!


The upside of the current housing bubble is historically high prices for those selling homes. But what about the flip side of having to buy a home once you’ve sold?

Kristen Haynes of Triad’s Finest Real Estate discusses the quandary and offers expert advice.

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Fall is here, and Clothes Whisperer Maribeth Geraci reflects on Vogue magazine’s September issue, the longheralded, long-awaited fashion tome that inspires the season.


Sometimes it’s all about the finishing touches to a room, the addition of a just-right piece that gives a space personality and panache. Style expert Lisa Johnson shares insider tips on where to look and what to choose.


Born in North Carolina with an active presence in the Triad, the ladies’ boutique Monkee’s recently celebrated its 25th anniversary — and is looking forward to many more.


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Denim is a proud part of Greensboro’s history, and the nonprofit White Oak Legacy Foundation is working to ensure it remains a vital part of our region’s heritage — and future.


The spring High Point Market was a happy coming together of industry colleagues, made all the more special by a first-ever Designer Dinner Party, hosted by Thompson Traders. And congratulations to Tricia Teter and Alex Hale who exchanged wedding vows in the picture-perfect setting of Roaring Gap Club.


The fact that Junius Chatman has an amazing serve comes as no surprise.

He is, after all, tennis director and resident pro at High Point’s Oak Hollow Tennis Center. He’s a four-time ACC champion and one of the U.S. Tennis Association’s top 50 Black coaches in the country. He’s also a world-recognized Top 100 doubles player and the first Black player to win the Virginia State Men’s Open Championship.

Junius, who goes by Junie, can serve and play like nobody’s business. But there was a time when businesses refused to serve him due to the color of his skin.

It was in the mid-1960s when an 11-year-old Junie shifted his attention from baseball to tennis and began playing at Richmond, Virginia’s Byrd Park under the direction of college players on summer break from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He was a natural, named most improved player and invited by the Richmond Tennis Patrons Association to participate in an exclusive year-round program. Junie recalls his father driving him to early morning practices and waiting in the car outside the whites-only Westwood Racquet Club. He also remembers going with his fellow players, following a weekend practice, to the club’s lounge for lunch — and being asked to leave.

Fortunately, Junie had supportive parents, passion for the game and a strong, encouraging mentor in Arthur Ashe, the Grand Slam-winning tennis phenomenon who broke both records and barriers during his life.

Ashe and Junie had several things in common: They were Richmond natives, talented and tenacious athletes and Black men pursuing a sport that didn’t always welcome them.

One of the lessons Ashe imparted to Junie, and to many others, was to maintain grace under pressure and a stoic demeanor on the clay. “Arthur was cool on the court,” Junie says. “You never knew what he was thinking or feeling. We called it the ‘Arthur Ashe syndrome’ — and myself and other Black players modeled him. We wanted to emulate his skills and his character.”

Junie was a rising tennis star in Richmond and across the state, winning the Virginia State High School Championships in both singles and doubles during his senior year. He was wooed and pursued by college recruiters, including tennis Coach Don Skakle of UNC-CH, who presented the winning dream offer: The university’s first-ever full tennis scholarship awarded to a Black player. “That was a big deal for my family

and for me. Carolina was considered the best tennis school on the East Coast,” he says. “I was so pleased to be offered a full ride and I learned so much that truly propelled me to other things.”

Junie studied political science and played and trained diligently under the direction of Coach Skakle and in the company of high-performing teammates. He won matches, improved his ranking and made lasting friendships, including with his roommate, linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who would go on to play for the New York Giants.

And Junie had the chance to take a stand and make history, in the place of his own history. He was playing in the City of Richmond championships, to be held at his old stomping ground of Byrd Park, when a forecast of rain threatened to move the tournament to indoor play at the Country Club of Virginia which had no Black members at the time. Junie made it clear that he wouldn’t participate if the tournament was held at the exclusive club, knowing that his family and friends would not feel comfortable watching him play there. The tournament was moved elsewhere, and Junie became the first Black person to ever win the city championship.

After graduating from UNC-CH, Junie broadened his horizons when he moved to Germany for a pro tour. He continued winning and experienced the personal and athletic growth that comes with competing at high levels and living in a new country. Junie describes living out of a suitcase as the team trekked across Europe, Asia, South America and Africa for tournaments. “I was in Rome and never got to see the Colosseum, in Paris and never saw the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe.” He was playing well and in top form, but after five years of traveling the world without having time to see the world, Junie decided to return to the United States and figure out his next move.

Ashe had always counseled Junie to think beyond the court, to what he would do after tennis and to focus on honing his business skills. “Even when we were kids, Arthur would talk to us about planning beyond tennis and being business-smart.” So, when Junie returned to Richmond, Ashe helped him land a bank job. It didn’t take long for Junie to realize that banking wasn’t the right fit.

After a couple of years behind a desk, he was ready to get back outside, trade his business suit for tennis whites and pick up a racquet again. He accepted a tennis director role at a tennis club in Richmond, where he learned the business of tennis. That included leading a team of employees, managing budgets and overseeing operations, maintenance and administrative duties.


Junie discovered he liked the work and being in a position where he could coach, teach and motivate others. “I never expected to enjoy the teaching aspect of tennis, but now I find it gratifying to share my love of the game.” That’s the biggest part of the appeal, helping others enjoy the pursuit that has given so much to him. “I want the folks I work with — at all levels — to achieve their goals and to have fun.”

He moved on to similar positions in Chicago, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and eventually to High Point. That was 16 years ago, and he’s enjoyed doing his part to grow the program and contribute to the community he calls home. “Even though I had played at UNC, I didn’t know much about High Point. It felt like a place where I could make a difference and help lift up people like others have done for me.”

The apple — or tennis ball — doesn’t fall far from the tree. Three of Junie’s five children earned full tennis scholarships. When they were growing up, the children pestered their father to take them to the court. “They saw me out there with a bunch of kids running around and having fun. They’d ask me to take them out to hit some balls. I’d tell them no, but of course when you’re told you can’t do something you want it all the more.” His psychology worked, his children played, practiced and followed through on the good instruction they received at home.

Junie is equally committed to those he works with at Oak Hollow. There’s a lot of listening involved in coaching and teaching, he says, and he listens intently. “Every player is different, and you have to know what’s going on with them, what they need from you and what you can do to motivate them and get them moving in the right direction.”

While much has changed in the tennis world since he was coming up, Junie realizes that it can still be tough for Black players. “Honestly, it’s an expensive sport,” he explains. “It’s not solely about talent or athleticism or commitment, though those are important. It requires an investment, access to a court, people to play and train with, travel for tournaments. And all that carries an associated cost.” Junie was fortunate, he says, to have the support of sponsor groups in Richmond, positive coaches and mentors all along his journey and opportunities he is grateful for to this day.

So now he’s paying it forward to a new generation of players: Teaching, listening and delivering a strong and impactful serve.

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They say it’s best to work with an interior designer you know and have a rapport with: Someone who understands your lifestyle, priorities and preferences. Someone who knows what you like, adore and abhor.

If that’s the case, then Kerrie and John Ellison of Greensboro enjoyed a definite edge when they bought and renovated their fabulous Irving Park home three years ago. Kerrie is the sister of Bradshaw Orrell, eminent designer of furniture, accessories, interiors and stylish events.

Kerrie and John enjoyed the advantage of having Bradshaw’s counsel and collaboration throughout the update of their 1920s-era home. Is her big brother bossy? Maybe just a little. But the familial affinity shows in every detail of a grand home that feels gracious, grounded in comfort, a welcoming place full of personality, pets, children, color and a gallery-grade collection of art.

Bradshaw calls Kerrie his easiest client. Plus, he adds, she’s a whole lot of fun. “She’s the happy, upbeat version of me. She makes decisions quickly, knows what she likes and equally important, what she doesn’t. Having grown up together, we were exposed to the same influences and our tastes are pretty much in sync.”

The stunning impact of the home begins at curb view. The home sits up high, a sprawling Elizabethan-style residence in white stucco with pitched gables, a distinctive tile roof and myriad decks and windows overlooking the lush fairways of Greensboro Country Club. The views are exquisite, rivaled only by an equally striking interior. The home’s architecture is pristine and preserved in the remodel. Original crown moldings, picture moldings, door casing and paneled doors all provide character and warmth to the historic home. But there is nothing fussy or overly formal about the space. It is meant to be lived in, shared with friends and a setting for gatherings large and small.

Kerrie and John enjoy entertaining, and the welcome begins as soon as you step into the foyer. Dark wood floors are offset by a shimmery grass-cloth wallpaper threaded with bits of silver. John is a serious collector of abstract impressionist art, and a prized piece by American painter Joan Mitchell hangs in the foyer, opposite a striking staircase. And the staircase is worth the climb. An array of artwork is displayed all the way up, and the staircase includes a large, gallery-style landing.

As you might expect with an older home, the kitchen required the lion’s share of renovation attention. Before Bradshaw worked his magic, the space was choppy, with doors and walls blocking access and views to other areas. “Kerrie and John didn’t need or want a huge kitchen,” he says. “So, we focused on opening things up and providing a better sense of symmetry and flow.” The remodel involved keeping the best of the original architecture and even, in the case of a paneled butler’s pantry, replicating the cabinetry to offer balance and continuity. The cabinets are crisp white, and the countertops and walls are a wash of white Carrara marble. Sleek metal-framed stools allow for seating around the island which is lit by a row of banker-style, tiltable lighting in brass and milk glass.

The adjoining keeping room is cozy, bright — and bold! Four green velvet chairs designed by Jennifer McConnell for Ambella Home encircle a contemporary white lacquered cocktail table. The cool lighting continues in this space with an asymmetrical, mid-century modern brass chandelier with over-sized bulbs and over-the-top appeal.


And of course, there is lovely art: A large Alan Katz landscape on one wall and a pair of collage-style paintings, called piles, by London artist Selena Beaudry, on another. The breakfast room overlooks a charming terrace which in turn overlooks the golf course. A round mahogany table, which Bradshaw designed as part of his Collector’s Edition for Baker Furniture, is surrounded by chairs upholstered in rich green velvet, also by Baker. A classic gold leaf lantern chandelier by Bradshaw hangs over the table and minimalist Kelly Wearstler sconces frame the large window. The art in this room is especially personal: A portrait of Bradshaw and Kerrie’s mother, painted by the High Point artist Harrison Rucker.

Kerrie’s love of color shows throughout the home. The dining room chairs, originally a dark wood matching the dining table, were painted a creamy white and upholstered in tasseled coral velvet. The room’s focal point is a vibrant Helen Frankenthaler abstract that fills nearly an entire wall. The family references here include a mirror and accessories designed by Bradshaw and a bronze bust of Kerrie and Bradshaw’s musician grandfather, sculpted by their grandmother.

Remarkably, virtually all of the home’s furnishings came from Kerrie and John’s previous homes. The couple’s tastes are compatible, and all their favorite pieces found a place in the new home. Many of the furnishings and accessories are Bradshaw-inspired, either pieces he designed himself or from companies and collections he was associated with.

Surveying the living room, he laughs. “This room is like a decade-by-decade retrospective of Baker Furniture and the designers who’ve worked there.” The long, linen white sofa is Barbara Barry for Baker, the patterned armchairs in gray and white are by Thomas Pheasant for Baker, the stately gray velvet chairs flanking the fireplace are by Jacques Garcia for Baker and Laura Kirar side tables, for Baker, sit to the left and right. An abstract by Beaudry, in cool blues, greens, purple-mauve and cream hangs above the sofa, and a striking work by Willem de Kooning hangs above the fireplace. Bradshaw had a custom rug made in Turkey to fill the large room, inspired by the palette of the Beaudry painting. An eclectic assortment of pillows, art books, cool metal drink tables and stylish lamps add bohemian ambiance to the room.

The home’s sunroom is a favorite space for both family and guests. It is open and airy with fabulous views and terrace access. The original flooring in the room was a black and white linoleum, circa 1970s and well past its prime.


But Bradshaw liked the checkerboard pattern and duplicated it in marble. Bamboo lattice wallpaper by Thibaut complements the design, as does a tole pagoda lantern by Claire Bell for Chelsea House. A vintage sectional, by John Saladino for Baker Furniture, was repurposed into a very long, lowbacked sofa upholstered in blue velvet. For contrast, the sofa’s cushions are covered in striped linen ticking fabric, calling to mind French summers and a shady spot for apéritifs.

The primary bedroom is a calm oasis in gun-metal gray, from the Thibaut wallpaper to the silk drapes. It is spacious, with large windows overlooking seven fairways and a generous seating area featuring a sofa that had belonged to Kerrie and Bradshaw’s grandmother. The room, Bradshaw says, “has the feeling of being in a fabulous treehouse.” Art in the room includes a Beaudry piece and a painting by Douglas Freeman.

The en suite is indulgently luxe, with floor-to-ceiling Carrara marble, a Bradshaw Orrell original Côte d’Azur blue custom vanity edged in burnished brass, and gold sconces by Visual Comfort. Above the white soaker tub hangs an ornate mirror which has a story of its own.

Bradshaw was fresh out of grad school and had landed a job with Niermann Weeks, a high-end designer and fabricator of hand-crafted furniture. Founder Joe Niermann had purchased an intricately crafted 18th-century mirror for an enormous sum of money and asked Bradshaw to make a mold of the piece. Joe, whom Bradshaw describes as a friend, mentor and “the most intimidating person on Earth,” told Bradshaw to be extremely careful with the delicate piece, which he planned to cast and reproduce. Bradshaw made the mold, and when he peeled it back, all the hand-applied leaves, every single priceless detail, fell to the floor. He confessed all to Joe, figuring his career was over. And then, following Joe’s guidance, set to work putting all the pieces back together. It took months and proved to be an invaluable lesson in antique restoration, gold leafing, glazing — and fixing your mistakes. Bradshaw and Kerrie now each have one of the limited-edition mirrors — and a fine story to share.

That’s the wonderful thing about homes and the lovely things and people that fill them: Shared history, happy times, hard moments and piecing it all back together again. Bradshaw Orrell and Kerrie and John Ellison have created a space that honors great design and the ties that bind.

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Page 30 Breakfast Room (top); Living Room (lower)

Page 31 Sun Room

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Kitchens are often referred to as the heart of the home. That’s why when designing a kitchen, we intentionally choose every detail to keep that heart beating strong.

The owners of this High Point kitchen were a pair of empty nesters. The couple was looking to downsize without compromising character. To keep this kitchen vibrant, we made sure this smaller space made a big impact. From the finishes to the smallest details, each decision had a purpose to create a collected feel with a twist of freshness.

SPICE IT UP: Knowing what our clients look for and what’s meaningful to them is at the foundation of our design process. You may not think of a spice drawer as a luxury, but it’s a detail of the utmost importance to an avid cook. Not to mention, a detail like this must be accounted for before construction ever begins. The design of this spice drawer keeps everything easily accessible — both from a visual and convenience standpoint. Each spice can be seen instantly and is never far from the chef’s reach. It’s a simple detail, and once you have it, you can’t live without it.

Design Tip: Put spices in matching containers for an even stronger aesthetic look.

ON DISPLAY: The homeowners loved the idea of the open shelving concept, but they wanted something a little more refined and polished. Drawing inspiration from the brass accents in the kitchen, we incorporated this brass and glass shelving, creating the perfect combination of sophistication and cohesion.

Design Tip: Don’t overfill your shelves. Cut the clutter, and think “less is more.” Aim for 20% empty space.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Marble countertops were mentioned by the homeowners at the inception of this project, and we decided to extend the marble to the backsplash. Not only is a marble slab great for easy clean-up, but it also becomes a work of art by showcasing the beautiful veining. To provide the perfect finishing touch, the cabinet color pulls in subtle hues from the marble.

For more home inspo, follow us on Instagram at @barbourspangle or stop by our High Point studio to chat about the heart of your own home: Your dream kitchen!


Emily Yavorsky and Kate McKee, the residential design team at Barbour Spangle, are passionate about creating homes that are a true reflection of you: your personality and your style.




VVirginia Woolf wrote about the importance of having a room of one’s own. She didn’t mention a closet, but we think she’d approve of this special place that is equal parts wardrobe, spa sanctuary and coffee/wine lounge.

Crafted by Classic Construction of Greensboro, this closet is an oasis of calm: Pristine white built-in cabinets line alabaster walls. Pearly gray carpet gives you something to sink your toes into. An oversized, furry white ottoman provides cushy seating.

And the lighting! It is over-the-top fabulous with a glam cascading chandelier selected by Vivid Interiors. Sophisticated strip lighting tucked beneath molding and shelves casts a warm glow on show-stopper handbags, hats, photos and treasured memorabilia.

Eddie Rodriguez of Classic Construction is the designer of this splendid retreat and the wizard behind the magical lighting. The homeowner describes standing with Eddie as he sketched out the design with a carpenter’s crayon on drywall. “He told me to go pick out a chandelier because he was going to build me a princess palace,” she recalls.

He did indeed. There is a place for everything, and everything is in its lovely place: Bags, baubles, eyeglasses, scarves. All are tucked away or on display. There is even a coffee station for leisurely mornings and a wine refrigerator for celebratory or just-because evenings.

Patrick Parr, president and CEO of Classic Construction, says his company is busier than ever, because, he believes, people have been home more than ever. In lieu of travel and vacations, people are adding or upgrading amenities to their homes. Before the pandemic, a home office was a room with bookshelves and a desk. A home gym was a room with a floor mat and weights. Closets of the past were small spaces with shelves and dowel rods. “Now these spaces are outfitted with next-level built-ins, stateof-the-art technology, comforts and convenience,” Pat observes. Closets like this one have the look and feel of an upscale boutique.

Laura Mensch and Gina Hicks of Vivid Interiors also note the connection between closets and the COVID-19 shutdown. “2020 was a tough time, and the world has felt chaotic and crazy,” Gina says. “I believe we all feel better when we can create calm, structure and organization in our lives — and in our homes.”

Mission accomplished: This closet is a serene escape from the mess and noise of life outside, a cocoon of comfort and calm.

– Lucinda Trew, editor-in-chief

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Everyone is asking, “If we can now sell our house for the highest value it’s ever been, would we even be able to find a new home that fits our current wishes? And if we do, will it be worth paying what might be top dollar for it?”

Currently, we are in the midst of an ongoing housing shortage. I love discussing all the many reasons for this, but to cut to the chase, with shortages in inventory, prices will not decline. The classic law of supply and demand applies. There are far more buyers than homes available. The pandemic has created pent-up demand, and we have seen all the makings for an inventory shortage over many years.

I understand how skyrocketing prices can make homeowners both excited and nervous at the same time. Industry experts are predicting that appreciation, while probably slowing in rate over time, will continue for the next five years and eventually settle at historical norms. So, for those waiting for prices to go down, this is not predicted to happen anytime soon.

As a seller in this market, you have the upper hand and can use multiple methods for purchasing your next home, such as delayed closing, sell and rent back after closing and many more creative options.

Yes, it’s more likely you may not find a “deal” like you may have in the past. Working with a real estate agent who is deeply connected in your community gives you the best shot at not only finding a new home but also finding one that is exactly what you are looking for. Agents who actively pursue homes in your desired area offer the upper hand in locating new listings as soon as they become available or before they are even listed.

With my background in economics, I love to analyze what’s going on in the current market. Let’s talk real estate and ways I can get creative and take advantage of today’s market for you.

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Anna Wintour and the September issue of Vogue always mark the start of the fall season. It’s a doorstop issue full of ideas and creativity. Some pages make me wonder where in the world fashion is headed, and then other pages energize me and remind me of why I still love this industry. The September Vogue issue marks our transition into fall and remains an important commentary on all we call fashion. “September Issue” was also the title of a 2009 documentary in which filmmaker R.J. Cutler introduced the world to Anna Wintour and all that goes into this iconic edition of Vogue.

As this fall approaches and we are still navigating moving forward and sliding backward and sideways, the September Vogue provides a compass, not just for fashion, but also for art, theatre, music and even politics. This issue gives the reader an inside look at the trends, new designers and top-notch photography of the actual product before it hits the sales floor. Fashion has made a wonderful transition: It is less elite, more inclusive and more focused on environmental impacts. And Vogue is there to help lead the charge.

This fall I am most excited about the season’s color palette and array of textures: Combinations of red rust with navy, olive with gray and gold, and multiple shades of green. Sweaters are a key category, and that’s where you will see the texture that comes from using many different stitches. Leisure is still there, but most consumers are at a saturation point. Fall is all about dresses and more dresses, which are an easy choice and great for hybrid working, as are elegant blouses for day to evening and a good choice before sweater season arrives.

Leaves change and so can we. What will be your fall reinvention? Grab the September Vogue, and dive into the possibilities.

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When working with new clients, I am often asked how to create spaces that reflect personal style and maximize the home’s potential. Finding the perfect items to achieve that goal can be a daunting process. But I have some thoughts to share that may make the hunt fun — and successful. First, I encourage clients to broaden their vision by looking at a myriad of styles. My home is eclectic with collected pieces from Empire, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles to MidCentury Modernism, so this presents many possibilities.

Let me reveal a few secrets for getting the most out of what you have and acquiring items that are needed to create rooms that are both comfortable and beautiful. First and foremost, there’s always a solution, you just need to make it happen! Begin by editing. If this proves to be too difficult, seek help. Editing will allow your best pieces to shine. Rearrange your rooms and rehang your art, making sure you have a proper flow and rhythm to your home. I use as much as I can of what a client owns, and then work to find one-of-a-kind pieces to give each room that special touch.

A few tips for acquiring one-of-a-kind pieces: Be alert in your daily activities and travels. Go into shops off the beaten path. Observe the details, and understand that some things may need reupholstering or a new coat of paint.

Go to estate sales when possible; there’s a plethora of lovely items, but be sure to pay attention to quality. Auctions can be an interesting source if you have the time and the ability to make quick decisions.

Favorite tips for a quick fix: Paint! I love satin walls and high-gloss trims to add a touch of sexiness to a room. Farrow & Ball has a distinctive palette of paint colors. Another suggestion to uplift a look is to change the hardware on cabinets or furniture. I adore the blend of old and new, so don’t be afraid to mix it up.

Here are some quick favorites that may resonate with you. Add height to a room with stacked art, live trees and sculpture on pedestals. Add interest with well-chosen accessories such as antique glass, small paintings on easels and interesting lighting. Add beauty to a room with fresh cut flowers or pretty glasses. And personalize with photos, mementos from your travels and pieces passed down from your family.

My home is always evolving. Begin your journey.

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Walk into any Monkee’s boutique, from the North Carolina coast to the bluegrass of Kentucky to Texas hill country, and you’ll feel right at home. You’ll find fabulous fashion, of course — the latest trends in women’s apparel and accessories.

You’ll notice something else too, says Brenda Maready, who operates Monkee’s of the Village in Winston-Salem with her daughter Brenn Kennedy. “We call it the living room effect,” she explains. “We want customers to feel welcome, comfortable and at home while they’re here.”

So, the stores are bright and inviting, outfitted with plush sofas and chairs for gathering, ample-sized coffee tables for laying out your picks and décor that reflects the specific region. For example, Monkee’s of High Point pays homage to the city’s Furniture Capital of the World distinction, says owner Katy Erikson, who intentionally sourced all of the shop’s furniture, lighting, accessories and artwork locally.

That’s just one of the thoughtful touches that has led to Monkee’s enduring — and expanding — success. The company marked its 25th anniversary in 2020, a year not especially well-suited for celebrations. But, says Brenn, the company gathered via Zoom, shared happy, congratulatory messages and continued to deliver exceptional customer service and care.

The customer always comes first at Monkee’s, Brenn and Katy agree. “We consider our customers at every step of the process, from what we select and stock to style consultation to home delivery options,” Brenn says. And, they note, local connections help Monkee’s serve customers knowledgeably and personably. While their two stores are just 20 miles apart, they don’t view each other as competitors. “We support one another rather than compete,” says Katy. “I send customers to Winston-Salem, she does the same for me, and when we learn that customers are traveling, we send them to other Monkee’s along the way.”

Monkee’s founder DeeDee Shaw opened her flagship store in Wilmington in 1995. The store initially sold only shoes, upscale brands that DeeDee previously found only in New York City. She outfitted her leased store space with family antiques and furniture, creating the brand’s “living room effect.” The store name came from her mother, who referred to her four young children as “my monkeys.”

Brenda became the first Monkee’s licensee when she opened her Winston-Salem store, inspired by vacation visits to the Wilmington store. “My love for shoes and handbags sparked my interest in opening Monkee’s in 1997. I frequented the Monkee’s in Wilmington often and formed a friendship with the owner, DeeDee Shaw. I thought this would be a great boutique to open in Winston-Salem. The Monkee’s reputation quickly began to spread, and we were approached to open other Monkee’s in North Carolina. DeeDee and I formed Monkee’s Franchising, LLC in 2012 and have been so pleased with the growth of our franchise. It has been a love affair for us both and believe it or not, we have never had a disagreement.”

Since then, Monkee’s has expanded its inventory to include designer clothing, jewelry, handbags, gifts and accessories. They’ve also extended their geographic reach. Today there are 31 Monkee’s stores in 11 states with more store openings slated for 2022. They even opened one new store during 2020 when the rest of the retail world was shutting down.

Katy opened her High Point store three years ago and is thrilled to be a part of the Monkee’s team. “It really feels like family,” she says, citing the camaraderie, support and encouragement shared among the team. And while the Monkee’s corporate staff provides welcome direction and assistance in terms of marketing, budgeting and personnel, franchisees enjoy great latitude in designing their shops, selecting product lines that will appeal to their specific clientele and engaging with local community causes and events.

The women of Monkee’s are pleased to empower other women through the business ownership opportunity of franchising and through a dedicated network of supportive mentors. “Our owners are thriving, succeeding and contributing to the fabric of the communities they serve,” Brenn says. “What could be better?”

Happy MOD anniversary to all the Monkee’s — and best wishes for many more to come!

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In terms of American apparel, nothing says red, white and denim blue more than your favorite pair of jeans.

And nowhere on Earth are blue jeans a more prized part of history than right here in Greensboro. Philadelphia may have the Liberty Bell, but Greensboro is where denim got its start.

It was brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone, sons of a German immigrant father, who put Greensboro on the map in terms of textiles generally, and denim specifically. They opened the Cone Export and Commission Company in 1891, the Proximity denim plant in 1896 and White Oak denim plant in 1905. The denim mills produced sturdy workwear for a growing 20th century America. Demand was high and business was good as the nation industrialized and grew. Farmers and ranchers wore overalls and jeans. So did miners and mechanics, welders and factory workers. The White Oak shuttle looms bounced and chattered night and day, driving the local economy. The mill was chosen as the sole supplier for the classic Levi’s 501. It supplied many brands, including Lee and Wrangler. Before long, White Oak became the world’s preeminent denim source, a title it held for close to a century.

But times change and denim became a fashion commodity. As demand for denim grew worldwide, mills sought ways to speed up production and decrease costs. Manufacturing began moving offshore, large conglomerates bought up and sold off small companies, and textile mills across North Carolina and the south shut down.

White Oak held on longer than most, but after 100 continuous years of producing denim fabric, Greensboro bid farewell to the mill in 2017.

Thankfully, a group of dedicated individuals believes the story of North Carolina’s textile heritage, particularly as it relates to denim, deserves to be heard and carried forward in new chapters. The nonprofit White Oak Legacy Foundation (WOLF) was established in 2019 with the

goal of preserving the history and heritage of denim and jeans manufacturing in Greensboro. The foundation’s mission is three-fold, says WOLF’s chairman Bob Stec: Historical preservation, education and innovation.

WOLF’s focus on conserving the legacy of denim begins with the White Oak facility itself, a portion of which is dedicated to housing foundation offices, vintage looms and other antique equipment. WOLF has two X3 Draper shuttle looms, circa 1940, that are housed in the mill’s old sample showroom. The looms have been meticulously restored and are operational once again.

A museum is a long-term goal, Bob says, but in the meantime, WOLF plans to showcase a series of dynamic pop-up exhibits beginning this October and running quarterly through 2022. The initial exhibit, hosted at Revolution Mill, will focus on the patent of dyeing denim, developed and registered by White Oak employees in 1921. The dyeing technique was groundbreaking because it enabled yarn to be dyed in mass quantities. This in turn led to the mass production of jeans and other denim apparel. Bob is especially pleased that credit will be given to the mill employees who invented the game-changing dye process.

Also in October, WOLF will launch a series of technical and educational “Denim 101” programs at colleges and universities across the state. The launch begins with Gaston College and includes additional joint efforts with the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, North Carolina State University, Greensboro’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “You can’t bring an industry back if there is no one trained to work in the field,” Bob explains. “Our textile workforce is aging, and we’re working quickly to capture their knowledge and connect with college and university collaborators to train a new generation of innovators.”

Which, like a thread of bright blue yarn, leads us to WOLF’s innovation goal.


Innovation is essential to WOLF, the denim industry and its southern roots. The WOLF team is committed to continuing to advance the science of denim production, from weaving to dyeing to supply chain logistics and the deployment of sustainable practices.

The looms that are back in business at White Oak are producing selvedge, a slower-made, shuttle-woven denim fabric that uses the self-edge as a finished seam in jeans construction. It’s the material that White Oak is known for, Bob says, a fabric prized by jeans aficionados seeking heritage-quality denim.

Selvedge is once again rolling off the historic looms of White Oak and being sold through Proximity Manufacturing Company, the for-profit division of WOLF, named for the Cone brothers’ first Greensboro venture, Proximity Mill.

Evan Morrison oversees Proximity Manufacturing. He is also a partner in Greensboro’s Hudson’s Hill, a shop focused on heritage and made-in-the-U.S.A. goods. He is a mechanical mastermind who keeps vintage looms and sewing machines humming along, a young creative force who has earned the unabashed admiration of mill veterans. “We want to preserve the history of denim and textiles in Greensboro, both by telling its old story and weaving a new story,” Evan says.

The weaving is well underway: Proximity Manufacturing completed its initial run just months ago and partnered with U.S. denim manufacturers to create limited edition jeans and jackets. The apparel products were numbered for every year of White Oak’s operation, from 1905 until 2021, excluding the three years of shutdown: 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It seems a fitting, full-circle outcome, tailor-made in a city known for coming together. The keepsake jeans and jackets, conceived and constructed with artisanal care, are the result of passion and persistence. “We are a textile town,” Bob says. “We couldn’t let that heritage slip away. We came together, from folks like me who spent decades working in the industry to young entrepreneurs like Evan to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro that assisted during our start-up to Cone itself. There was a knitting together of interest and ingenuity.”

Today, the clacking chatter of working looms in White Oak is a welcome sound, and a sign of good things to come. Because, as Bob says, “Once that blue dye gets in your blood, it’s hard to get rid of it.”

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With their hearts set on a classic, elegant site for their June 5, 2021 wedding at Roaring Gap Club in Roaring Gap, North Carolina, Tricia Teter and Alex Hale expressed a wish that every aspect of their décor be authentic to them as a couple. Randy McManus Designs and Lynn B. Pitts Events proved to be the perfect creative team, working intentionally to bring personal details to life.

While every romantic moment of the celebration is unforgettable to the newlyweds, there were highlights they

will always cherish. “The tent and lighting elevated the alreadybeautiful setting and environment beyond our expectations!” said Tricia, who also raved about the gorgeous flower garland that accented the stone chapel door, creating a picture-perfect setting for wedding photographs. “And we cannot leave out the beautiful cherry trees that fashioned a show-stopping entrance to the reception tent,” the bride recalls.

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Thompson Traders Debut Designer Dinner Party Leaves Its Mark on High Point Market

High Point Market is known for its influence on the design industry — from showcasing the latest material trends to valuable educational sessions. And now, Thompson Traders adds to the excitement (and fun) of High Point Market with its first-ever Designer Dinner Party. The hallmark event featured networking with local and national designers, and most importantly, the first in-person debut of the new Quintana Collection by Kara Cox, a dynamic collaboration between Thompson Traders and Kara Cox.

Attendees experienced the collection firsthand and had the opportunity to touch and feel the artistry of the hand-hammered textures in the suite of kitchen and bath products. The bold, yet

balanced collection unites Thompson’s exquisite vision of handcrafted metal creations with Cox’s fresh, tailored aesthetic.

“It was a truly magical meeting of creatives, designers and industry influencers. It was so exciting to see each other in person again and have the opportunity to share stories and inspiration,” said Samantha Thompson, marketing director and co-founder of Thompson Traders.

Alejandra Thompson, vice president of marketing and sales, added that being able to host such a talented group of people and have them become a part of the Thompson Traders family is what they live for. “We love to bring people together to celebrate extraordinary, creative design.”

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