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October is Energy Awareness Month 2010 and a perfect time for Charlotte homeowners to give inefficient windows and doors the cold shoulder.

According to a recent study commissioned by JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of windows and doors and a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, nearly 26 percent of homeowners say what they dislike most about their existing windows and doors is that they are drafty and inefficient. As the temperature outside drops, homeowners notice that these inefficiencies quickly turn into rising utility bills.

As much as half of the energy used in a home goes toward heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To minimize the energy and dollars spent to heat a home this winter, it’s essential that windows and doors are energy efficient.

“Energy efficient windows and doors are crucial to maintaining a home’s comfort during even the coldest months,” says Brian Hedlund, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “Homeowners who replace single-pane glass windows with ENERGY STAR qualified products can save hundreds of dollars on energy costs annually, according to ENERGY STAR.”

To maximize a home’s energy efficiency, consider the following tips:

1.    Start at the front
A home’s front door can play a vital role as one of the first lines of defense against the elements. If a door does not close properly or lets in a draft, a homeowner’s utility bills can pay the price. Homeowners should check the weather-stripping and any gaps around the door that can let heat escape. If these features cannot be easily fixed, it may be time to replace the door.

2.    Glass matters
Choosing windows with insulated Low-E glass is an important step in making a room more energy efficient because the special coating helps reflect some of the interior heat back into the home. These double-paned windows also greatly enhance energy efficiency, compared to single-paned windows.

Vinyl windows have become exceedingly popular because of their low maintenance and energy efficient features. For homeowners who prefer wood windows, manufacturers like JELD-WEN have introduced “pocket” replacement windows that come with Low-E glass and are designed for installation into existing window frames, which makes the process simpler, quicker and less damaging to a home’s structure.

3.    Drive home efficiency
The garage is often forgotten when it comes to energy efficiency, but it’s one of the largest entry points of the home. The temperature of a garage greatly affects the overall temperature of the entire home. For energy savings in the garage, find a proper-fitting garage door and make sure that the door leading from the garage to the inside of the home is also energy efficient.

4.    Energy efficiency pays off
Beyond the initial purchase price of a product, consider the long-term value that energy efficient products offer in terms of annual measurable savings. Homeowners who make energy efficient updates to their home, including windows and doors, can qualify for up to $1,500 in federal tax credits if installed by Dec. 31, 2010.

Energy Efficient windows and doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.  The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. Please visit our website for further information.

JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of windows and doors, is raising awareness that what seems obvious may not always be the case when it comes to great home style.

Charlotte homeowners who have long envied those neighbors with meticulous front entries and amazing curb appeal are being made aware that they might be mistaken in what they perceive to be true. In fact, experts say that it’s possible that those who have long admired the exquisite wood entry doors of their neighbors may have been operating under a false assumption all along.

“It’s time to face facts”
Master of disguise, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have been in the spotlight in many of these instances. Authorities point fingers to the fact that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between these doors and real wood doors, which has earned JELD-WEN numerous awards and recognition for product excellence.

“People shouldn’t be surprised if they can’t immediately spot the difference – even the experts have trouble telling them apart,” said Derek Brosterhous, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “What many people perceive to be wood doors are in fact our Custom Fiberglass line. We take that as the ultimate compliment.”

Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

A growing awareness
With a new Douglas Fir species style being introduced this month, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have become even more masterful at realistically mimicking a variety of woodgrains. Known for its straight, clean lines that work well with contemporary, traditional and even rustic styles, Douglas Fir has long been one of the most popular wood species for homeowners, builders and architects. Specific door designs include Classic, Craftsman, Estate and styles with glass insert and sidelights – all available in different system configurations. The new Douglas Fir species is available in 10 stain colors, and discerning homeowners can choose additional style elements including clavos and straps as decorative accents.

It’s understandable that JELD-WEN’s Custom Fiberglass door line is highlighted in these cases of mistaken identity, says Brosterhous. The company has taken pains to ensure that its Custom Fiberglass doors also actually sound like real wood when visitors come knocking, thanks to a solid, energy efficient core.

With the addition of Douglas Fir, the Custom Fiberglass line is now offered five finishes, including Oak, Mahogany, Alder and paint – making it even more tricky to tell the difference between real wood.

Making a positive ID
Homeowners who may be suspicious that their neighbor’s door is actually a JELD-WEN Custom Fiberglass door masquerading with exquisite wood style are advised to watch for telltale signs. Experts say clues may include:

–    A seemingly lack of interest in maintenance. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass Doors require virtually no maintenance and won’t swell, fade or warp under extreme conditions. If the neighbors have a beautiful-looking wood door but do next to nothing when it comes to maintenance, it may be a sign that it’s actually fiberglass.

–    Style consistency. As a wood species, Douglas Fir naturally yellows as it ages. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors maintain color consistency, so the grain and stain stay true over time.

–    Confidence to the extreme. Fiberglass will hold up to extreme exposure or harsh weather. It is a perfect option for homes that experience direct sunlight and moisture where wood doors may not be suitable.

The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. Please visit our website at for further information.

When it comes to shopping for energy efficient windows and doors, most Charlotte homeowners don’t know their “U-Factors” from their elbows. But there are important industry terms that homeowners need to understand in order to select the right products for their needs, according to the experts at JELD-WEN Windows & Doors and The Design Center.
Window and door efficiency is measured in a number of ways, so it’s important to base choices on industry certifications, not a manufacturer’s advertising claims. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) conducts tests for energy efficiency based on the entire product, not just the glass.

Efficiency ratings are based on these important factors:

  • U-Factor:  This is the amount of heat flowing through a product. The lower the   number, the more energy efficient the product is.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC):  This indicates the ability to block heat generated by sunlight. The greater the blockage, the lower the SHGC.
  • Visible Light Transmission:  This is the percentage of sunlight that penetrates a window or door. A higher number means more light enters through the glass.
  • Low-E Glass:  Low-E, or low emissivity, refers to a transparent metallic coating applied to one surface of insulated glass. In the winter, Low-E reflects some of the interior heat back into the home. During warm weather, Low-E glass reduces the amount of the sun’s heat from entering the home, lowering cooling needs. Manufacturers have improved the energy-saving qualities of Low-E glass, with products such as LoĒ3-366, which offers greater protection from solar heat gain.

The easiest way to identify the most energy efficient products on the market is to look for the ENERGY STAR label on products qualified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In order to be ENERGY STAR qualified, a company must be NFRC certified. NFRC certification is conducted by a third-party organization that uses industry accepted standards for evaluating and certifying energy performance.
When it comes to windows and doors, the ENERGY STAR program also takes into account those products most suitable for particular regions and climates. Look for windows and doors with the label that shows they meet ENERGY STAR qualifications suitable for your region.
Energy Efficient window are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.
The Design Center is located in the Ballantyne area at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.  Please visit our website at for further information. 

1. Looking like it belongs in the office ofDon Draper from Mad Men, this beautiful
coffee table from the Thom Filicia Collection harkens back to a style from a different era.
Available in several colors and wood finishes. The Furniture
Connector. 704-507-9023.

2. Light-weight aluminum stacking chairs by designer Kasper Salto. Available with or
without arms. Backrest and seat in synthetic material or upholstered in fabric or leather.
Available in 9 colors.

3. This richly colored, tall cabinet offers amplestorage while maximizing space efficiency.

The unique combination of both closed cupboard storage and open shelving offers varying

storage styles for varying product demands. Stickley. 704-442-7171.

4. The new David Hicks fabric designs range from punchy geometrics to stylised floral
motifs, in luxurious qualities ranging from sheers and printed linens to cut velvet and
flocked taffeta silk. Stark Carpet.

5. Bright. Versatile. Unique. Floral capiz pendant makes a bold statement in the foyer
but compact enough to illuminate a powder room. Translucent floral available in turquoise,
hot pink, gold or white. Lucy and Company. 704-342-6655.

6. The Crosby Entertainment Console is as lovely for the eyes to behold as it is
functional. The four door cabinet is finished in limed oak, with adjustable hinges, interior
shelf, and pre-cut cord holes on the back. City Supply Co.

7. FireflyTM Original garden art serves many purposes, including a plant stake, garden art
and pathway lighting. When darkness falls, the amber LED light turns itself on automatically

and is beautiful both day and night. Just plant the FireflyTM in your garden and let nature takes

its course. Porches and Yards. 704-987-3544.

8. With a spectrum of designs ranging from formal to casual and bold to understated,
Robert Allen fabrics provide the necessary tools to create the most distinguished of spaces.
Pictured here is the Vintage Blossom in Front Door Fabrics.

1. The Modern Surface Collection comes handmade from a Texas ceramic studio. This   particular design is called “Washers in Transparent Green” Tile Collection, Inc. 704-541-8453.

2. 3-Lt. Pendant – Stem Mount. Highlighted by modern drum shades in cream linen fabric with soft side pleats. Finished in Espresso, this traditionally rooted design is where classic vintage styling meets minimalistic lines. Unique Lighting Showplace.

3. The strong lines and commercially inspired design of every Avado sink and faucet combine to form a collection that beautifully complements an array of décors from Modern to Scandinavian-inspired to Retro 1950’s. Available in chrome and brushed nickel finishes, each Avado kitchen and prep faucet includes premium features such as a dual-function hand-spray option. Elkay. HD Kitchen and Bath. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.

4. Nolte Home Studio offers this more modern and elegant alternative to traditional backsplashes with six impressive motifs- measuring 600 to 1800 mm in width. Nolte Home Studio. 704-542-4640.

5. Experience the only toaster with a viewing window that lets you watch the toasting process in action. Set the toaster to an automatic brown setting, or simply press a button to pop up your toast when it is browned just the way you like.

6. Everything about the cast bronze Katagami Wading Pool® lavatory looks and feels organic, from the wildflower motif to the ever-changing bronze patina. The lavatory’s shallow design highlights texture and ensures nearly limitless faucet options. Ferguson Kitchen and Bath. 704-370-2020.

7. Expanding on our ever popular Beau Monde stone mosaic program, we are proud to offer a variety of beautiful patterns in exquisite art glass. Beau Monde Glass is produced by water jet and fabricated with meticulous attention to detail. An incredible, vivid color palette complements the line.

8. Viking Hand mixers are the most powerful mixers available today. At 250 watts it creates whipped cream, beats egg whites and even emulsifies dressing more efficiently than you ever thought possible.

    Interior designer Cindy Meighan of Designed Interiors in Charlotte recently found the kitchen design project she’d been waiting for. As soon as she walked into the kitchen of Charlotte homeownersSuzann and Steve Yarborough to discuss a major kitchen remodel, she knew the space was perfect for a dramatic granite backsplash.
    Granite countertops are one thing, but creating a granite backsplash is more of a challenge. “You need the veining to flow from the countertop straight up the wall,” says Cindy. “First you determine where the strong points of the granite are; that’s what you want to showcase on the backsplash.”
    With the fabrication and installation so critical on this project, Cindy turned to professionals who would not only meet, but also exceed her expectations.
She went to Tile Collection and collaborated with Joslyn Byrne, one of the in-house
interior designers.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more. 

Visit the Tile Collection showroom at 11200 Carolina Place Parkway. Call us at 704-541-8453 or visit us online at

The Arts and Crafts Movement that began in England in 1880 and held influence throughout Europe until the 1930s advocated the qualities of simplicity, use of honest materials, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. The Movement was a prelude to the Bauhaus School and modernism.
In America, Gustav Stickley, a leader of the American Craftsman Movement, which spawned the Craftsman (also known as Mission) style of furniture, was ahead of his time. Gustav believed, as leaders of the Bauhaus did, in incorporating machinery to improve the production process.
T oday the company that bears his name, Stickley Furniture, adheres to the guiding principles of the Arts and Crafts movement: dedication to quality, integrity, and pride in creating pieces of the finest workmanship. Using solid construction and the highest quality woods, the furniture created by his company was not only beautiful to look at and practical to use, it was made to last.
Staying true to its roots, Stickley Furniture continues its tradition of fine design principles born in the Arts and Crafts movement with designs that also reflect the Bauhaus and modernism periods that followed.
Mike Trescott, sales manager of Stickley Furniture in Charlotte, says the level of construction and craftsmanship they’ve maintained for more than a century at Stickley
Furniture is unique in the industry. He also notes though the Stickley name is associated with the Mission furniture created during the Arts and Crafts Movement, the company has carried the craftsmanship into new designs that fit well in an urban lifestyle.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

Stickley Furniture is located at 721 Governor Morrison Street in Charlotte. Find them online at or call them at 704-442-7171.

    Traditionally more conservative in our tastes, Charlotte may never be in the same league with the trend-setting markets of New York, Chicago, L.A. and Miami. But some design retailers say things are shaking up in the Queen City, as Charlotte homeowners are
beginning to purchase more modern, contemporary styles for their home furnishings.
    “There has been a major shift in the past few years,” says Tim Cohen, co-manager of Stark Carpets Design Center and Luxury Outlet in Charlotte. “More of our customers than ever before are purchasing modern and contemporary designs. Even when they want a traditional Oriental, their color choices are muted, which is more in line with more
contemporary styling.”
    “Charlotte has embraced the contemporary designs we’ve been seeing in all the shelter magazines for a few years now,” states Tim. “Our city has caught up to some of the most trend-setting markets in the country.”
    Featuring rugs created by today’s high-profile designers, including Sherill Canet, Alexa Hampton, David Hicks, Nina Campbell, Diamond Baratta, and Juan Montoya, Stark has a staggering inventory of beautiful contemporary designs in their showroom. Tim explains that whether woven or tufted, the carpets are all of the highest quality.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

Visit Stark Carpet Design Center and Outlet at 11415 Ganite Street, Suite A, in Charlotte.  Call 704-588-8842 or visit them online at to learn more.



I love playrooms today. I don’t remember having one as a kid; we all played in our bedrooms and in the backyard, so how lucky are our kids to have that bonus room, basement or attic conversion found in homes today. I frequently am asked to help with these spaces and the No. 1 need is storage and zones for all the activities and “stuff” that can clutter up a bedroom (and the family living room). It’s a room that should be devoted to imagination, color, fun and a hiding place for all the plastic toys we love to hate. Basically it’s a room for stuff and lots of it.
Depending on a child’s age, interests and activities the one constant is the color and usually a lot of it. There are a rare few that will amp up our family rooms to this extent, so go nuts in the playroom.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

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

The kitchen is fast becoming the core of the home. As more homeowners opt to remodel rather than relocate, this room is often the first to receive a facelift.
A s long as Ashley Nydish has lived in her traditional Lake Norman area home, she knew the stark white laminate cabinets and countertops would have to go. “The kitchen was extremely outdated, and the cabinets were falling apart,” she says. “I needed to remodel for aesthetic reasons and to improve functionality.”
However, “Rearranging the layout wasn’t an option, so I needed to utilize the space that I had,” she relates. At Old River Cabinets, we see many homeowners who run into the same issue. Any cabinet can look good from 10 feet away, but how does it perform? Remodeling allows clients to gain functional space the original builder failed to design.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

To find out how Old River Cabinets can design beautiful cabinets with smart storage solutions for your home, call Aaron or his staff at 704-831-6267 or visit the showroom at 10235 Perimeter Parkway, in Charlotte or on the web at

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