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Charlotte, NC – September 15, 2010

The 21st Century Building Expo and Conference was kicked off in style Wednesday evening with “An Evening in Venice” themed awards gala.  The STARS Awards, sponsored by the North Carolina Home Builders Association, were held Wednesday evening at the Hilton Charlotte Center City in downtown Charlotte.  Members of the local Home Builders Associations from across the state gathered to honor deserving recipients for their achievements in the last year.  There were awards for marketing, sales, merchandising, architecture, and special projects.

Zar Custom Homes, Inc., from Charlotte, was awarded the STARS award for the category “Best Single Family Detached Home with a sales price over $1Million between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet”.  Zar Custom Homes is a member of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association and the Charlotte Home Builders Association and builds in the Charlotte Metropolitan area in both NC and SC.

The overwhelming theme of the evening was “only the strong survive” as the group was continually congratulated for surviving in the current economy.  Zar Custom Homes has survived the tough economy in the last several years due to diversity, continued advertising, hard work, and customer referrals.  They are currently building new homes in Baxter Village of Fort Mill, SC and in Albemarle, NC.  Zar also builds in River Run, Providence Downs South, Lake James, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, or on any customer’s home site.

Zar Custom Homes is a full service custom home builder and remodeler located in Charlotte North Carolina. An award winning custom home builder, they specialize in custom homes, new homes, renovations, additions, outdoor projects, pools, etc. For additional information on Zar Custom Homes, call 704-843-8447 or visit our website at

The time has come – or actually returned – to add the decadent beauty of natural stone back into landscapes and home interiors. Thanks to competitive prices and improved scheduling, many alternatives and variations of stone exist for homeowners to choose from, including precast and natural stone.

We’ve turned to some of Charlotte’s foremost stonemasons and suppliers to cover the gamut of info from applications of real stone to colors to permanence and everything in-between. This is a savvy-consumer primer, making your home stone decisions more clear-cut.

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The recovering economy may be encouraging us to make changes that enhance the appearance and functionality of our homes. But in these realistic times, we are re-defining luxury. The spending patterns that have emerged reveal our new emphasis on quality, affordability and long-term value.

Design trends have followed suit, as interiors now reflect a “less is more” philosophy that uses every inch of space wisely, conserves energy, and strikes a balance between substance and style.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recently announced the winners of its annual design competition, along with the top 10 design trends, many of which mirror our new

mindset. From practical to the purely aesthetic, we compared the results from NKBA with feedback from Charlotte design professionals to bring you the most significant kitchen and bath trends in our market.

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One of the first things you notice when you enter the Myers Park home where Dick and Sallie Klingman live is the beautiful Tuscan-styled garden that lies just beyond the French doors in the solarium. Immediately in the foreground of the sun-baked patio, is a wall of Tea Olive trees that beautifully frame the view of a lawn sculpture and a sitting area that is off in the distance. There is a formality to the design of the patio that lies right outside the doors, yet on further inspection, when you look beyond the first outside room, you notice the informality of the sculpture that lies deeper in the yard. 
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1. With the rich color and warm texture of rattan peel, the Contempo collection offers the ultimate in outdoor living. Crafted from premium synthetic vinyl, Contempo is all about endless arrangement possibilities and durability. Porches and Yards. 704-987-3544.

2. With a fresh yet timeless approach to design, the Thom Filicia collection balances elements in unique and beautiful ways. The Robineau Road Round Mirror is the perfect complement to any living area. The Furniture Connector. 704-507-9023.

3. From organic cottons to recycled polys and renewable bamboo, this beautifully designed collection has the look and feel of a high-end residential fabric collection, while maintaining the earth-conscious philosophy that both Clodagh and Duralee have committed to in an effort to reduce our imprint on the environment. Front Door Fabrics. 704-844-6330.

4. Rennie armless leather sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is mid-century modern. Deep seat, small scale and sleek styling are enhanced by tall, thin tapered legs. The grid-tufted back gives it true, unseen comfort with the attached cushions.

5. Illuminate your home in a whole new way with the Soho 5 light antique nickel chandelier from Hinkley Lighting. Includes Opal etched glass shades that enhances this unique light fixture. Showplace. 704-553-1341. Unique Lighting

6. Add a little Moroccan flair with the Hyperion rug in red or olive. Available in sizes 5×8, 8×11, or 10×13. City Supply Co. 704-347-2489.

7. Galbraith & Paul lighting is designed with an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s hand. Remarkably soft and colorful patterned fabrics are teamed with high-quality lighting fixtures to create an amazing statement.

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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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


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