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For one Charlotte family, their discovery of a former builder-owned Myers Park home, was the perfect mix of a recent remodel and manageable floor plan. The home simply needed the finishing touches. It is now decorated with a relaxed, ocean-influenced style that perfectly balances traditional tastes with the ease and
comfort often found in a beach home.

Like many older neighborhoods, the Smith family home was built right after the depression, in the early 1920s. A traditional Colonial style home, the home features one character filled room after the other.

You can tell the craftsmen that built this home took pride in their work. Plaster and lath walls and hardwood floors are throughout the home, as is most of the original windows, door hardware and millwork. As you enter the home, the formal living room is off to the left, a split level staircase is in the middle of the home and the dining room is off to the right.  A den lies just beyond the two French doors in the living room and a butler pantry and expanded kitchen area sit in the back right corner. A playroom and several bedrooms are upstairs.

To see all the pictures from this home, visit www.urbanhomemagazine.com.

   

     As fall approaches and the weather starts to cool, it won’t be long before entertaining makes its move indoors. But for one Charlotte family, they cherish the crisp autumn air and hold on to every possible last bit of being outdoors. For them, fall is all about entertaining on a manageable scale with close friends.

    “For me, spring and fall are the best times to entertain in the South,” said Robin Branstrom. “But I’m especially fond of fall entertaining because the weather is so beautiful and it is such a wonderful time to get back together with friends who you have not seen over the summer.”

    And the Branstrom’s know how to throw a party! Robin and her husband, Bill, are part owners of the fabulously successful fine dining group, Harpers Restaurant Group. This includes such dining establishments as Zink, Upstream, Harpers and Mimosa Grill.

    First, a little history about the setting for this wonderful get-together.

    The Normandy Tudor style home was originally built in 1927 and came close to being a local historical landmark. A home that old in one of Charlotte’s original neighborhoods, understandably was in need of some updating.

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