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Interior DesignWe spend of good part of our lives collecting – antique china, crystal figurines, sports memorabilia, old pottery, Christmas ornaments – the list is varied and unique to each individuals’ taste.  Sometimes vacations and excursions are primarily focused on adding to our collections.  When we get home and review our collectibles, we think, “Now what am I going to do with this?”.  Read the entire article HERE. Bryan Pule Interiors. 303-399-8866.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

InStyle Charlotte has recently added an innovative collection of German ceramics to their unique showroom product roster.  Not only are there more colors of mosaic than we ever thought could exist but every tile boasts the ability to reduce homeowner cleaning efforts, decompose bacteria & germs, and act as an odor-eliminator due to a revolutionary surface treatment called Hydrotec. This tremendously functional coating is formed by baking titanium dioxide onto the glaze during manufacturing which acts as a catalyst for a reaction between light, oxygen, and air humidity.  All tiles are suitable for interior as well as exterior applications such as pool coping, patio flooring, or out-door showers. Those of you who adore the monochromatic, European-chic look will be thrilled to see that each mosaic comes in a glossy finish for wall applications and a matte finish for floor applications. Down-size your list of chores but not your personal style.

For more information call InStyle Charlotte @ 704-665-8880

The time has come yet again to get out your extension ladder and perilously teeter on the top rung struggling to reach your clogged gutters. The stench of that which comes out makes you crinkle your nose, and the mess left in the wake of your cleaning extravaganza can be seen on the ground below your feet. Wouldn’t it be nice to wave farewell to such a dangerous and unpleasant task, without having to pay someone else to do it? LeafGuard by Beldon, Inc. has the perfect solution.  Having chosen LeafGuard as the best gutter system on the market in 1995, Beldon carries the only patented one-piece, seamless gutter system that is guaranteed not to clog.

Gutters are a necessary evil for your home. They were created to capture rainwater and carry it safely into a downspout before it has a chance to eat away at your soffit, fascia and foundation. The problem is, ordinary gutters not only capture water, but they also collect leaves, twigs and other debris that can cause them to clog during a heavy rainstorm. LeafGuard by Beldon has come up with a design to allow rainwater to travel down and around its curved hood and into the gutter, while at the same time deflecting debris. Pat Franks, Chief Operating Officer at LeafGuard by Beldon, says, “A one-piece gutter system is better because it only allows one outlet for water to go into. With two-piece systems, there’s a second opening where debris can enter.”

LeafGuard was invented in the early 1990’s by a retired policeman in New Jersey who was frustrated by his gutters being pulled down every winter due to snow and ice. A one-piece gutter system was the answer. He then brought his creation to Englert Manufacturing, who works with dealers around the globe. LeafGuard by Beldon Inc. is the largest dealer by far, with 15 branch operations active today.

The question is, how does the system work? According to Franks, the gutter system works using the scientific principle called “liquid adhesion.” The hood, which deflects the leaves and twigs attempting to invade your gutter, is not a gutter add-on, but is instead attached to the system. Made from one continuous piece of O32-aluminum, the thickest aluminum on the market at 20 percent heavier than ordinary gutters, it’s shaped into a seamless gutter bottom and hood, which makes it unique in the marketplace. Each gutter is custom fit, durable and is available in a variety of colors. The attractive design also blends in with every style home.

The best part? With clog-free gutters, you no longer have to give any thought to water damage or surface erosion. But if you somehow still end up with a clogged gutter, the installing dealer will clean your gutters for free. That means no more dangerous climbs on your extension ladder!

To get an estimate or to find a dealer near you, visit LeafGuard by Beldon’s website at http://www.beldon.com/leafguard or call them in Austin at 512.351.7710 or San Antonio at 210.852.2023.

By the time Dawn Hearn was a junior in high school, she had already applied for the interior design program at Abilene Christian University (ACU).  “I graduated from ACU with an interior design degree and have been practicing interior design for almost 17 years,” says Dawn. “I love my job! I truly enjoy getting to know my clients. I listen to their wants and needs and learn how they live in their home so that I can design a space that not only functions well for them, but is beautiful too.”

A glance at Dawn’s portfolio lends insight to just how well Dawn listens to her clients’ desires. She has successfully worked with styles from modern to traditional and subdued to eclectic.

“One of the greatest things about this career is that every day is different and every client and project is unique,” she says. “I love working with clients on renovating their homes and offices to reflect their own personal styles.”

A member of both the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Dawn’s design services include consultation, new construction, remodeling, budgeting, space planning, furniture layouts, drafting, purchasing, and seasonal decorating. In addition, Dawn recently earned the distinction of being a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a certification that has personal relevance to her. 

“My brother-in-law uses a walker and wheelchair. His struggle with mobility inspires me to make interiors more accessible,” says Dawn. “It is amazing to me that in this day and age we are still building homes with narrow doorways and awkward thresholds that can’t even accommodate a walker.  There are so many things that we can incorporate into renovations that make homes more accessible for all of us and allow us to continue to live and function in our homes, no matter what physical challenges we may face.”

For Dawn, her next challenge is the opening of her new showroom, Whatnots. Whatnots will be located at Austin’s wholesale design center, Back Door To The Trade.

“Whatnots will be home to some amazing lamps, art and accessories for local decorators and designers to use as a resource for their own projects,” says Dawn.

With a passion for design that began as a child, as well as her professional drive, Whatnots is sure to be another success for this Austin interior designer.

Dawn Hearn Interior Design, 512.930.0250, www.dawnhearn.com

Designer Top 10:

  1. Period of Style: The clean lines of the Biedermeier period and the organic nature of Art Nouveau
  2. Color: Oranges – from clear and bright to muddy rusts
  3. Architectural Style: Frank Lloyd Wright for his ability to create harmony between his buildings and the natural surroundings
  4. Fabric: Lee Jofa and F. Schumacher large scale and archive prints
  5. Scent: Cashmere Mist by Donna Karen
  6. Treat: Coffee ice cream by Haagen-Dazs
  7. Shopping Website: Ebay
  8. Must Haves Under $50: Time and Again’s Shea Butter products, Starbuck’s Sumatra coffee, ZGallerie’s Chiang Mai Tables
  9. Spa Treatment: Choco-Foot-Love pedicure at Viva Day Spa
  10. Vacation: Italy’s Cinque Terre

Tucked among the treasures of West Hildebrand Avenue’s antique row, looms a large oasis on a corner lot. Breezy open fencing surrounds a mystical contemporary garden filled with pottery, statues, and most importantly, bamboo. Big Grass Bamboo has been the go-to spot for San Antonio’s eco-conscious cognoscenti since 2006. Owners John and Duang Hanesworth, “bamboo enthusiasts on a mission” as they call themselves, have established the company as the premier source for sustainable, elegant, stylish and globally friendly merchandise in South Texas.

A recent name change, from Big Grass Bamboo to the more simple Big Grass™, helps reflect the diversity of products available. While Big Grass carries everything from silk textiles to antiques to lanterns to hammocks, the store’s selection ultimately reflects a high-end design sensibility.  
“The Thai have a very refined sense of style. Many of our pieces are handcrafted by trained architects who became furniture designers,”
says John Hanesworth.

Already well known for outdoor room furnishings and garden decor, Big Grass is promoting two indoor furniture lines this season that integrate well with different design styles. Both product lines are made of distinctive, long-lasting bamboo. Loi™ (which means “flowing” in Thai)
is fashioned from laminated bamboo strips that are clamped and formed into fluid, contoured pieces. “It’s not instantly recognizable as bamboo,” says Hanesworth. “It actually has a very Scandinavian, contemporary look.” The Sabai™ line is made from solid core (not hollow) bamboo, giving it an appearance much like wood. Big Grass has a full complement of Sabai pieces: living room, dining room and bedroom furniture all featured in-store. Big Grass is the only US source for both furniture lines.

Big Grass may be best known locally for the innovative Ong™ jar. In a region with water shortages and the level of the Edwards Aquifer a major concern, rainwater collection and recycling is becoming increasingly mainstream. With the Ong jars, it can be beautiful as well. The jars are handmade in Thailand from dense concrete, and then custom-stained to match your décor. They can collect hundreds of gallons of water per rainfall, more than enough to water your landscape during the next drought. The only supplier of Ong jars in the US, Big Grass is so committed to rainwater conservation that it has donated several Ongs to area non-profits.

Beyond the sustainability of the objects they sell, Big Grass has another admirable aspect – a commitment to artisans. Working directly with skilled international artisans, the Hanesworths manage to ensure fair compensation, keep local traditions thriving, and maintain competitive prices for South Texas customers. “Many of our artisans are single women running their own businesses, or husband/wife teams. We love exploring Thailand and finding new artists to work with,” adds Hanesworth. In Big Grass, South Texas has the source for authentic, sustainable, stylish objects that are good for the planet.

Big Grass is located at 637 West Hildebrand in San Antonio, Texas. To learn more about their inventory, the artisan families they work with and to get tips about sustainability in practice, call 210.735.7999 or toll-free 877.735.7999, or visit their website at www.biggrassbamboo.com.

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