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Art stars went Super Nova this year on South Tryon. Picasso, Klee, Miro and more are breathtaking at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. North Carolina Dance Theatre’s McBride and Bonnefoux rule the Knight. What we called Afro-Am transformed into the gripping Gantt. Hang onto your cocktails beautiful people, Mint mania will explode this fall. While some choke on the $800 million price tag for all of that architecture and artiness, anybody who reflects on the positive push it gives our urban landscape knows that the allure and import of the First Street Cultural Campus can’t be denied. Hundreds flock to see the glimmering Firebird and the art that surrounds it every weekend. That pilgrimage is good for Uptown and all around.

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If you’ve ever purchased an existing home through an agent, you needed to make sure the agent was working for you. It’s the same when you work with a builder to construct or remodel a home: Make sure the builder is looking out for your interests. That principle was clear on a project that my company, Hubert Whitlock Builders, recently finished in the Quail Hollow area. Rhyne and Lisa Davis wanted more space for their family and purchased land to build a new home. But the economy melted down in September 2008 just as we broke ground. “Overnight, banks were less willing to loan money,” Rhyne recalls. “So any cost overruns would come straight out of my pocket.” The Davises were planning to build a custom home designed for them by Charlotte architect Don Duffy, who invited us to meet the couple. At that point the recession hadn’t yet hit. But even then, Rhyne says, “It was important to us that our builder was very professional and methodical. Going into the project, we appreciated having a realistic budget and schedule.”


Scott Whitlock is the president of Hubert Whitlock Builders. Eastblished 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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If these shore-like bathrooms inspire you to change your bathroom look, but you can’t quite commit to complete restructuring, check out the following products that can quickly transform your bath into the perfect beach oasis.

1. PB Classic Glass Canister- Pottery Barn

2. Seashore Organic Shower Curtain – Pottery Barn

3. Savannah Divided Hamper & Liner – Pottery Barn

4. Filigree Star Ceiling Clip Shade – Pottery Barn

5. Del Mar Teak Mirror w/Shelf – Williams Sonoma Home

6. Single Wall Shower Caddy – Pottery Barn

7. Tava Bath Accessories – Pottery Barn

8. Bamboo Bath Candle – Crate & Barrel

9. Coastal Cottage Shower Curtain Rings – Home Decor World

10. Chenille Mat in Porcelain Blue – Pottery Barn

1. Starfish Block-Print Shower Curtain – Pottery Barn

2. Newport Baskets – Pottery Barn

3. ‘Coral on Blue 1’ and ‘Coral on Blue 3’ Blue Oil Days Memoirs – Z Gallerie

4. Classic Single Wide Sink Console – Pottery Barn

5. PB Classic Glass Apothecary Jar – Pottery Barn

6. Potted Grass – Crate & Barrel

7. Newport Wall Cabinet – Pottery Barn

8. Bamboo Oval Basket – Crate & Barrel

9. Chenille Mat in Wheat – Pottery Barn


For more ideas visit the stores listed and the Elle Decor website.

1. MOD ROCKS! This 3-D weave of metal and honey onyx will be the fashion focal point of any space.  Tile Collection Inc. 704-541-8453.

2. Sleek and contemporary, this mini pendant is sure to complete any décor. The graceful shape is finished in polished antique nickel and complemented with etched opal glass. It includes one 6″ stem, two 12″ stems, and 10′ of wire.  Unique Lighting Showplace.  704-553-1341.

3. Stained or etched glass is a beautiful and practical way to not only dress up a problem window or door in a bathroom, but also offers an opportunity to personalize the space. 800-329-2270

4. The Moen Level collection pullout spray kitchen faucet offers a clean sleek style that is eye-catching and flawless.  Providing a durable construction, this faucet boldly complements any kitchen.  Style and substance strike a perfect balance in the Pekoe Semi-Professional kitchen faucet collection. The Pekoe is engineered to look beautiful and function flawlessly. Worry-free, drip-free and built to last. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty on function and finish. HD Kitchen and Bath Collection. HD Kitchen and Bath Collection.  Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.

5. The new Jenn-Air® appliance collection raises the bar on design and performance. Case in point: powerful wall ovens featuring a unique seven-inch touch-anywhere LCD display with an image-enabled cooking guide. Experience the next generation of Jenn-Air® appliances.

6. Most relevant in kitchen and bathroom design concepts and aligning perfectly with the “whiteness” trend, Bianco Delicato features crisp lines, to create an understated and purposeful aesthetic.  The Luckstone Corporation.  877-889-5825.

7. Take them for a spin. Contemporary brushed aluminum stools offer the classic 360-degree spin, with heavy-duty ball bearing action for a smooth ride.

Cool Facts:

It’s easy to understand the nickname Holy City from the many picturesque steeples that punctuate its distinctive skyline. The peninsula land was once called “Oyster Point” because of the mounds of opened and discarded oyster shells left there by the Kiawah Indians. Early settlers  landed on a promising location they christened Albemarle Point in April 1670. The Proprietors soon flattered their king, Charles II, by insisting the settlement be named Charles Town in his honor. With a rich 300 year history, Charleston today is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. Its appeal has been described as a “living museum.”

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After one of the coldest winters on record, who isn’t ready to throw open the shutters and throw out our tired old décor? Maybe you can’t afford go-for-broke redecorating this year, but you can still give your home a fresh new look for the season. Follow the advice of Charlotte’s leading interior design specialists, who gave us their best ideas for making simple, affordable changes that will help you and your rooms lighten up for spring. 

Out with the old says interior designer Eric Ennis of The Furniture Connector in Charlotte, who advises clients to start the new season fresh by eliminating clutter and getting rid of items they don’t love.

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No matter what the age, some girls just love pink. They can be two or 42, but to that girl, pink never goes out of style. Pink can be soft and sweet with thoughts of spring flowers or bright and bold to energize. Both styles can be very different, but both are all girl. Not long ago the Savage family came to us in search of design help for their three-year-old daughter. While three may seem quite young for a room with such grown up detail, as always our advice—“design to last.”

The inspiration for this room started with a great rug, but we didn’t want the rug, we wanted the design on it…the amazing flower. Ashley Goodwin, an up and coming designer at Lucy and Company, created this look incorporating all the key ingredients: A focal point, quality furniture and cohesive detail. Ashley worked with Keith Keim, our onstaff artist, and Eddie Bass, to implement the hand-painted walls. The stripes around the perimeter were designed to balance the colors and scale of the large floral. The simplicity of the furniture compliments the intricate detail of the wall treatment.

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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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


Mike DiFabion Sr. of DiFabion Remodeling has been honored by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) by receiving the Master Certified Remodeler (MCR) designation, which is the highest certification one can receive in the remodeling industry.  He has become the first MCR in Charlotteand only the 15th in the nation.  Qualifications for this prestigious designation include 10 consecutive years as a Certified Remodeler, 1 additional certification through NARI (Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler-CKBR), leadership involvement in the local chapter of NARI as an officer, leadership involvement in the local community as a church officer, and a letter of recommendation from the current president of the local NARI chapter.  The Master Certified Remodeler identifies Certified Remodelers who have withstood the test of time and continue to be successful within the industry, while strictly adhering to the industry’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.  Mike DiFabion Sr. will be recognized at a ceremony at this month’s NARI meeting located in the Crowne Plaza.
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Lexington Upholstery invites you to express your own style through the Personal Design Series. In a few easy steps, this personal design series allows you to choose your own frame style, arm style, base and more.

Click here to view the Brochure: Lexington Personal Design Brochure

Graham & Brown is an international company that designs and manufacturers sophisticated wallpaper and wall art, and prides itself on its initiatives in the wallcovering market. They are recognized as a powerful creative source when it comes to pattern and color. With great designs, stunning textures, and ease of use, Graham & Brown strives to recreate the wallpaper experience by subtracting less time and hassle and adding more ease and color.

Wallpapering is often percieved to be difficult, however with Graham & Brown’s Superfresco Easy wallpaper, your room can be re-decorated in a matter of minutes. An entire room could be prepared in half the time it takes to hang regular wallpaper, and probably quicker than appyling two coats of paint.

For ideas on how to wallpaper your next accent wall or room, visit

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