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This Manhattan apartment is the home of Keith Johnson, buyer-at-large for Anthropologie.  The cozy kitchen has antique hotel serving platters displayed on the wall and a beautiful Sub-Zero refrigerator.  To see more of his home visit

Studio 21 Fine Art invites you to join us during for new group exhibit, a Collectors Art Sale featuring special pricing on smaller works.

A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit “Lift Up Ellie”, the Ellie Potvin Supplemental Needs Trust. Ellie is a beautiful 8 year old who wants to grow up to be an artist. She is in stage 4 cancer…We want to help her fulfill her dream and to help with her treatment. We will be selling Limited Edition Giclee Prints and Note cards featuring Ellie’s paintings with 100% of sales to benefit “Lift up Ellie Fund”

Friday, February 5th, 2010 6-9 pm
118 East Kingston Ave, #21
Charlotte, NC 28203

Exhibiting artists include: John Seibels Walker, Ben Long, Tony Griffin, Robert Langford, James Daniel, Miriam Durkin, Pamela Freeman, Kenneth Mark Kissel, Veronica Kallqvist-Davila, , Stephen Early, Darren Kingsley, Lita Gatlin & Jim Shannonhouse.

Please attend this great event and show your support for Ellie by wearing her favorite color…Pink.

This gorgeous 1915 Federal-style home is located in the historic Garden District of Montgomery, Alabama.  The bedroom’s sitting area, pictured above, features an eclectic mix of old and new.  The owners transformed their stuffy dining room into a light-filled kitchen that leads out onto their patio.

To learn more about this home visit


Moth and Beetle, Scott Fraser, 11.5"x9", oil on panel


Center of the Earth is welcoming the new year with painting, collage, and sculpture from an eclectic selection of 10 artists.

OPENING: Friday, February 5th, 2010, 6-9 pm
In conjunction with the NoDa Gallery Crawl

EXHIBITION:  February 5th – March 27th, 2010
Robert Boyd
Jacob Cooley
Sharon Dowell
Scott Fraser
Patrick Glover
Scott Hill
Ruth Ava Lyons
Nancy Scheinman
Paul Sires
Scott Upton

Gallery Crawl Evenings:
1st Friday February 5th, 6 – 9 pm
3rd Friday February 19th, 6 – 9 pm
1st Friday March 5th, 6 – 9 pm
3rd Friday March 19th, 6 – 9 pm

For additional information, please visit


Autumn's Magic, Scott Upton, 40"x30", oil on canvas

What to Look for in a Builder’s Communications
Years ago, miners would keep canaries nearby to warn them of harmful gases. I thought about that last year when Susan Spencer asked me about remodeling her Charlotte home. She keeps four exotic birds—a Macaw, Cockatoo, Cockatiel, and Amazon—and as Susan explained, “They have tiny lungs and are susceptible to bad odors and temperature changes.”

O ur work for Susan involved renovating her 1970s kitchen, waterproofing and encapsulating her crawl space, and replacing the windows, roof, and HVAC system. Since her birds—Marti, Captain, Ruffles, and Hannah—were kept downstairs near the crawl space and utilities, we were concerned for their well-being… 

Scott Whitlock is the president of Hubert Whitlock Builders. Established in 1957, they are known as one of the Charlotte area’s premier builders and can be reached at 704-364-9577 or

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With market conditions as they are today, those looking to buy or refinance enjoy unprecedented opportunity to save money. And contrary to what you may have heard mortgage lenders are still making loans to qualified borrowers. So, what really makes today such a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance?

Perhaps most important are today’s historically low interest rates. While interest rates fluctuate from borrower to borrower, those with good credit histories often qualify for interest rates that are lower than they’ve been in decades. If you’re considering refinancing, a lower interest rate could possibly lower your monthly payment or give you cash for home improvements. Keep in mind interest rates alone may not determine the best loan program for you; examine your individual financial situation with an  experienced mortgage professional to determine your options.

David Woldman has been in the mortgage industry for over 23 years. He is a Top Producer at SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., specializing in renovation financing and construction loans. For a free mortgage analysis, call David at 704-651-8377.

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Teenage girls, my most frequent clients, are the most challenging of all. Girls reach that age where they are ready to pack up the beenie babies and fairy princess bedding and find their style. Where to start? Bed style and color. To my delight I recently worked with a very mature and laid back young woman named Riley Goodling.

Loved her immediately because she wanted to incorporate my two favorite colors of the moment: yellow and grey, yes I said grey. She also knew what she wanted, a low bed with clean lines. I don’t get that request very often and I was excited to work with such a sophisticated color palette and style…

Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located in the heart of Dilworth at 1009 East Boulevard. They can be reached at 704-342-6655 or at

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There’s something about a crackling fire that brings people together and makes everyone feel warmer – body and soul. Today you don’t have to limit fireside chats to your living room. It’s easier than ever to relax with family and friends around a beautiful fireplace that sits under the stars in your own backyard.

As more homeowners discover the benefits of outdoor fireplaces, these quiet retreats are becoming more popular in our market. We talked with some of Charlotte’s prominent landscape architects to learn their best ideas for creating cozy outdoor fireplace retreats that complement your indoor living space and your home’s architecture…

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article

Redefining the Dream Home in a Post-Recession World
  The worst of the recession appears to be over, but a new consumer mindset will linger long after our economy recovers. According to a September 2009 Nielsen Report, the severity of this recession has brought on a change in consumer values, spending habits, and lifestyle choices. 

Whether shopping for groceries or a new family car, the post-recession consumer is more cautious about the purchases they make. This new mindset has also impacted the luxury housing market, as consumers think twice about how much house they really need to live and builders re-examine what homebuyers need, what they want, and what they can live without…

Contributor Information:

Kevin Holdridge owns KDH Residential Design. He can be reached by phone at 704-909-2755 or online at

Jocelyn Dienst is with Dienst Custom Homes. She can be reached at 704-892-8426 or online at

Russell Zavatsky is President of Zar Custom Homes, Inc. He can be reached by phone at 704-843-8447 or online at

Doug McSpadden is President of McSpadden Custom Homes. Call him at 704-825-7324 or visit him online at or

David Woldman is SunTrust Mortgage’s Top Producer company-wide. His specialty is renovation and construction to perm loans. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 23 years. He can be reached at 704-651-8377.




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Jamie Meares had always dreamed of opening up a little store and her dream came true in November when she opened the doors to her hip Raleigh shop, Furbish.  It all started with her blog, I Suwannee, which lead to many clients asking for more and more design help.  Now she offers decorating services in the store as well as in-home consultations.  She has filled the shop with vintage furniture, new accessories, lighting, and local artwork.  Next time you’re in Raleigh, don’t forget to stop by!

To learn more about Jamie Meares and Furbish visit

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