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Just as a frame complements its picture, so does the landscape of a house. Getting it right means a carefully planned design and the perfect products to complete the look. Since every home is unique, more people are turning to specialty stores to get items not offered by big box retailers.

Bill Zemak, owner of Overstream Poolscapes in Charlotte, specializes in constructing pools as part of building outdoor living environments. “Many of my clients come in with complex projects that need specialty products,” he says. Hardscapes that incorporate a pool can be particularly challenging.

To get homeowners the latest on the market, Zemak turned to Hil Hamer who owns and operates American Brickstone with his wife, Dawn. A local provider of brick, hardscape, masonry, grills and lighting products, the company is able to supply homeowners and their contractors
with a variety of traditional and newer product lines.

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To find out how American Brickstone can integrate the right products into your outdoor living design, call them at 888-688-6240 or 704-283-9065.

Visit the showroom at 1703 Morgan Mill Road in Monroe or on the web at www.americanbrickstone.com.

Now that we’ve decked – and undecked – the halls for the holidays, this is the ideal time to design your home in a look all your own that delivers timeless functionality every day of 2011.
Have you often wished for a way to express your lifestyle and personal tastes in a home unique in every way, unlike furniture sets you see in
retail catalogs? Savvy Charlotte homeowners have known the secret for a while – 10 years to be exact – of shopping at The Furniture Connector for fabulous furniture at affordable prices.


When you cross the shop’s South End threshold, be prepared to be awed – and to enjoy your time within, often not something associated with furniture shopping. The beautiful display of designer market samples and closeouts comprise a broad range of styles for furniture, lighting, accessories, and art. For an advance glance at the newest items, peruse the Web site’s “Off the Truck” section.

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Stop in The Furniture Connector at 2905 Griffith Street, located in South End, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5; call 704-507-9023, or visit http://www.thefurnitureconnector.com to see the new site that beautifully captures the culmination of a decade of change. You can also find the store on Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t Miss our Next Educational Seminar on

Planning Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel

This is the perfect place to start if you have been putting off that kitchen or bath remodel.  Our experienced team and the experts at Ferguson will be on hand to answer all of your questions about budgeting, faucets, countertops, cabinetry, tile, appliances, lighting, flooring, design, colors, construction and much more!

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Kitchen and bath design trends
  • Remodeling options to fit all budgets
  • Timeframes for project completions
  • Living through a remodeling project
  • The best process for a predictable remodeling experience

Sat., Jan 15th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

at

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery
located in Historic SouthEnd,
2000 South Boulevard

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST SERVED

Seating is limited!

Call 704-759-3920 or e-mail logan@casecharlotte.com to RSVP

Educate yourself before spending a dime on your kitchen or bath remodel!

To learn more about Case Remodeling, call or visit us online:

704.759.3920

Charlotte.CaseRemodeling.com

1. The Bangle is a spherical fixture made of smaller hand-crafted iron circles. Featuring either a modern bronze finish with cream ice diffuser or silver leaf finish
with antique mist diffuser, this fixture is available as a four-, three- and one-light pendant. Also shown is the companion Kyoto fixture, featuring handmade Japanese
paper. www.corbettlighting.com.
2. If you are looking for a beautiful alternative to wood flooring, walls or countertops, consider Wood Expressions. An ideal solution for everything from
outdoor decks to kitchen floors. Available in a variety of sizes for design versatility. It’s virtually maintenance-free with a lifetime of beauty.  www.crossvilletileandstone.com. Crossville Tile and Stone. 704-927-8453.

3. The Modern Square cabinet knob mixes the classic concave face common to Mid-Century Modern hardware with a modified square outline. What you get
out of the equation is a unique retro design for your cabinet doors and drawers. Available in bronze, brushed chrome and polished chrome. www.rejuvenation.com.  Rejuvenation. 888-401-1900.
4. Free-standing bathtubs are all the rage, they present a dilemma–how do you get water into the tub? GRAFF has introduced seven floor-mounted tub filters that
solve this problem. Shown here is the Immersion. The floor-mounted exposed tub filter with hand shower, has a spout height between 31 1/2”- 34 5/8”.
http://www.graff-faucets.com. HD Kitchen and Bath. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.
5. Wolf dual-fuel ranges offer a wide variety of top configurations and standard dual-stacked sealed surface burners. The optional infrared char broiler, infrared
griddle and French top allow you to customize your range. The large oven features the Wolf exclusive dual convection system. http://www.queencityonline.com.
Queen City TV and Appliances. 704-391-6000.

6. The Eileen fixture series is part of the casual transitions. Kichlers Casual Transtions styles unite traditional and contemporary, equating to a classic,
timeless design. http://www.kichler.com. Unique Lighting Showplace. 704-553-1341.

7. Inspired by nature and winner of Interior Design Magazine’s Best of the Year award, Ziva is a sculptural,
three-dimensional stone tile designed with an undulating pattern. Each tile is hand carved and uses
a combination of a polished and a honed finish. Ziva is available for indoor use. http://www.artistictile.com.
InStyle Charlotte. 704-665-8880.
8. This 12×18 Solid bronze mural is created using the highest quality materials, each piece is made by skilled
artisans. Available in bronze, bluminum, and pewter. There are hundreds of designs to choose from, giving
you a chance to add your personal touch and sense ‘of style to your home. http://www.tilecollection.com.
Tile Collection, Inc. 704-541-8453.

1. For a dramatic statement in any room, the Sausalito Collection is a powerful and elegant addition. The hand-worked wrought iron construction and linen shade give the collection an Old-World feel with contemporary updating. Finished in deep bronze or silver gold, the fixtures are available in chandeliers, sconces
and pendants. http://www.troy-lighting.com.

2. Sleep like royalty in the new Harlow queensized platform bed from renowned designer Michael Weiss. Featuring a sculpted headboard, leather upholstery and brass nail heads. Available in dozens of different wood finishes. Vanguard
Furniture. http://www.vanguardfurniture.com. The Furniture Connector. 704-507-9023.

3. Add a little bling to your home with thisbeautiful floor lamp. A vibrant sparkler with a three-diamond stem and kaleidoscope base, it features antiqued mirrors and recyclable tin. This floor lamp is a sophisticated lighting solution for even the most casual of rooms. Lucy and Company. 704-342-6655.

4. Inspired by the shapes of birds’ nests, the  sleek and lightweight Rin chair by Hiromichi Konno is an ideal complement to a desk or dining table. Made of molded plastic with a powder-coated aluminum frame, it measures 30.3”h. x 22.4” w. x 21.6” d., comes in six colors. Republic of Fritz Hansen. www.fritzhansen.com. 212-219-3226.

5. Robert Allen’s Hollywood collection features rich, shimmering fabrics mixed with tailored patterns to evoke memories of old Hollywood grandeur while maintaining modern sensibility for a versatile selection of designs. Robert Allen
Fabrics. http://www.robertallendesign.com. Front Door Fabrics. 704-844-6330.

6. Fresh and futuristic, these mid century fixtures are handcrafted from aluminum. They are an elegant update for period and modern homes. Rejuvenation. www.rejuvination.com. 888-401-1900.

7. Serve up some style with Jonathan Adler’s new Porcelain Dinnerware. Greek Key – a modern twist on classic China, platinum details and bold graphic patterns make any occasion special. Platinum Stripe – with clean stripes and platinum details, this China is an heirloom in the making. http://www.jonathanadler.com.

8. The exuberance, glamour and lush coloring of Lelievre’s latest collection frames Stark’s newest carpet: the elegant Samora. This hand-loomed wool carpet is  available in four colors but can be created in a custom color if desired. http://www.starkcarpet.com. Stark Carpet. 704-588-8842.

This year, it’s all about getting real. Back to the basics. Simplifying in smart, new ways. So, why not consider taking that
home organization right into your closet!

While there are optimum times to purge items from your wardrobe (prior to the start of a new season), there is never a
wrong time organize your closet. In fact, organizing in phases can be equally liberating — spreading joy throughout the year.
How long do you stand in your closet, wondering what to wear? If you’re like most, the answer is “too long.” You know what that means — it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Trust me, it’s worth the time and effort. And it will drastically cut back dressing time in the morning, as well.

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As a personal stylist in Charlotte, Catherine Horgan works with clients to create signature looks and a fulfilling wardrobe. Learn how to tap into your personal style at http://www.ClosetOfStyle.com or call 704-408-0055 to schedule a style session.

You might think that homeowners who go with a custom design for their kitchen cabinets do so primarily for aesthetic reasons.  But in my experience, improved efficiency is the main reason that prompts people to remodel a kitchen  and install new cabinetry. Then, after they discover you don’t have to choose between form and function, that’s when they come to a custom cabinet company.
The notion of “form versus function” is a false dilemma. If you think that buying custom cabinetry means that you’re putting form over function, think again. Custom-designed cabinets actually give you the best opportunity to combine form and function.

Most homeowners know that custom cabinetry is beautiful. Let me illustrate why a custom design offers superior function, as well. L et’s say you want to install a corner cabinet. You can use a Lazy Susan configuration or the newer Magic Corner design that allows shelves to tuck away when the door is closed. If you work with a company that uses standard “box” cabinets from a manufacturer, it has a ripple effect on the entire kitchen. That corner cabinet “box” is a standard size—a size which the “box” cabinets to the left and right must accommodate. And as those cabinets are shifted further away from the corner, they in turn affect how the next cabinets must be configured.

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Aaron Dumford is regional manager of Old River Cabinets. Call him at 704-831-6267 or visit 10235 Perimeter Parkway, one block west of I-77 off Harris Boulevard in Charlotte. You can also visit
http://www.oldrivercabinets.com to learn more about their manufacturing facilities and preview their product lines.

Trent Haston

Just because a home is beautiful on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s functional on the inside. Recently, we had the opportunity to help a Myers Park family, with the renovation of their kitchen. Their home was a beautiful Cape Cod, but it needed a comfortable kitchen to match its classic curb appeal.

Confined and outdated, the space was overwhelmed by floor to ceiling cabinets. Set apart from the rest of the home, the cramped kitchen had a single entry from the hall with just enough floor space for a small breakfast table.

The first step to improving the feel of the kitchen came by expanding the space nearly 30 square feet into the backyard. Not only did the design allow for a large center island to be installed, custom windows and a complementing  Dutch door on the new exterior brought natural light and backyard views.

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As vice president for Andrew Roby, Trent Haston helps oversee a variety of a custom residential construction projects. To learn more about how Andrew Roby can turn your home into a personalized comfortable space, call them at 704-334-5477, or visit them on the web at http://www.andrewroby.com.

Beth Keim

Tricey and Doug Edwards had a decision to make, to gut or not to gut (their kitchen). That was the question. The kitchen, as we all know, is the heart of the home, the gathering place. We also know it can be the most expensive room to re-do. I explained, to the best of my ability, the pros and cons of a “face lift” vs a “gut job.” A face lift often accomplishes all your needs. You can leave the existing layout and “face” everything else. Cabinets can be painted, appliances switched out, floors changed out or refinished and of course paint, tile and furnishings. In many cases it can be all you need for a new, clean and fresh look for less. Our next consideration was major renovation – moving walls, new cabinets, switching to gas, maybe bumping the room out for additional windows. It’s a hard decision to make because as great as a face lift can be, we all really want the blow out, something totally new.  we all really want the blow out, something totally new.
My only advice is this, if the budget allows and it’s the only major thing left on your home renovation list – go for what you really want.

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 www.lucyandcompany.com.

When Bill and Nancy Flango decided to build a house locally – while
still living out of state – they interviewed several custom builders. One
stood out immediately, and a successful partnership and lasting friendship
came to be.
“The project was very challenging because being in New Jersey we
could not personally oversee the progress,” Bill says. Nancy agrees, adding
“We needed a builder we could trust and Zar Custom Homes repeatedly
justified the trust we placed in them.”
Led by Russell Zavatsky, owner/president, and his wife Lisa, vice president/
design consultant, the process for the owners from afar began; the
results of the Lake James house delighted the Flangos, becoming a reality
with only two visits during the process from the homeowners. How so?

Through Zar’s attention to every detail and commitment to constant communication while building a lasting relationship with clients.
“While other builders talked about which type bricks they would use, I focused on facilitating an enjoyable relationship along the way and made
this clear to the homeowners,” Russell says. At Zar, the commitment starts at the design phase and continues throughout the onsite supervision
of construction. “They treated us as if we were building an extreme value home even though we had a modest budget,” Bill says, touting Russell’s advice on materials and accents accompanied by Lisa’s expertise in choosing countertops, colors, finishes, and tile as services they could not have done without. “They truly wanted us to love the house, and it happened on budget and ahead of schedule,” Nancy says. “We couldn’t be more pleased; the house literally took our breath away; the craftsmanship is superb, and the details superior – the masonry that went into the fireplaces, the stone columns, the front porch, the wood floors, the tile throughout – the house is full of unexpected details.”

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

For more information on Zar Custom Homes, call 704-843-8447 or email lisa.zavatsky@zarcustomhomes.com. You may also visit
www.zarcustomhomes.com.

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