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We at The Morgan Landscape Group, Inc. hope you are having a great summer!  Even though it’s hot we are thinking ahead to Fall and Winter and the seasonal color choices for your beds.  We wanted to be able to provide you with more choices this season.

Below you will find the colors of Pansies and Viola’s as well as other Fall and Winter Ornamentals. Fall is also the season for planting Spring blooming bulbs.  Create fantastic displays by combining annuals with tulips or naturalize daffodils by planting in natural areas and groundcovers. Please look over the options and let me know what you like and we will begin the selection and scheduling process so that we are prepared for Season to give your beds the splash of color you desire!

Morgan Landscape Group is located at 5127 Sandy Porter, Charlotte, NC  28273.  You can also visit their website at or call them at 704-588-2292.


It’s not your neighbor’s pool – that’s for sure. The uniqueness of each pool designed by Bryan O’Neal is just that – a stunner created for your specific lifestyle to deliver a one-of-a-kind, backyard pool enclave, resulting in a personalized home sanctuary like no other.

When Bryan, owner/president of Falling Water Custom Pools, Inc., designs and builds a swimming environment he incorporates your personal
preferences, home architecture, surrounding landscape, and topography. “We never build the same pool twice,” he says. “Every yard is unique with drainage, setback issues, and architecture, so there is a twist on every pool that is often unknown by the homeowner,” he says. “I pinpoint these issues and develop a pool that works to your advantage, such as assisting you in alleviating these issues.” Drainage issues are addressed first, then comes the design, all resulting in pools that look good and function properly.

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

For more information on Falling Water Pools, call 704-723-4774 or email You may also visit them at or 4328 Republic Court NW in Concord.




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.

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

   When we think of design, we often think of colorful couches, contemporary dining sets or trendy paint colors.    However, in our zeal to make our homes an attractive, welcoming place to live, we often overlook the best designer money can’t buy: Mother Nature.

In Texas, we’re fortunate to have a diverse landscape that supports a wide array of flora and fauna. By utilizing Texas’ natural offerings, we can create outdoor spaces that are inviting to you and to Mother Nature’s livelier children – the local wildlife.

Native Texas plants come in a wide range of colors and sizes that allow you to make your outdoor space an extension of your artistic aesthetic. In addition to providing endless design options, they’re accustomed to Texas’ climate, which makes them hardy and drought-resistant. This means you can spend more time and money enjoying your yard than maintaining it.

The best feature of many native plants is their appeal to wildlife. Plants such as hibiscus or honeysuckle attract hummingbirds while lantana and sunflowers attract butterflies. These stunning visitors offer you entertainment while also nourishing your plants.

You can also create a Zen-like retreat in your yard by adding water features. For example, fountains provide water to sustain wildlife as well as the soothing sound of running water for visitors and birdbaths are a great way to attract our feathered friends and the beauty and melodies they bring with them.

Using Texas’ natural gifts, you can create an outdoor space that is truly an expression of your individual personality and make your backyard a place that feels like home.

-By: John Horton, Chairman, Austin Board of REALTORS®

Now that the weather is finally cooling down it is a great time to spend an evening outside by a lovely fireplace.

Fireplaces and firepits make a wonderful place for friends to gather, or just to enjoy a glass of wine after a busy week.

The Stone Man is a specialty stone landscaping company dedicated to providing the highest quality custom stonework for our clients. Projects range from small border walls to full stonescape installations. For stone or paver patios, pathways, walls, outdoor fireplaces, firepits, outdoor living and kitchen areas, or any kind of custom stonework, please give us a call. Our prices are competitive and our quality is second to none.  We also build pergolas, screen porches, sun canopies, and any other kind of custom home additions.

We are on the web at  To contact us, please call 704 616-7948 to talk with George Crump (Master Stone Artisan/Owner) now, or email

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.

Enjoying outdoor spaces in all seasons is one of the greatest benefits to living in Charlotte. “As society moves toward a focus in making memories at home, more people see the value in finishing their patio or deck to create an outdoor living area,” says Gregg Setzer, owner of Porches & Yards, a company who offers garden and patio furniture and accessories.

But how do you choose the right outdoor furniture for the space? There are three main types of furniture to consider: natural or synthetic wicker, aluminum or wrought iron, and teak or Brazilian cherry. In general, “Outdoor living rooms are usually close to the home, so wicker would be appropriate,” Gregg says. “The further from the house, swings and chaises are more popular, and on a deck, aluminum or wrought iron looks best.”

Placement of the furniture is key to preserving the look. “Though coated with outdoor primer, natural wicker is made from all organic material and should be under covered porches,” explains Gregg. If you want the look without the worry, “Synthetic wicker is made of vinyl and durable enough to take a beating from the elements.”

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

Call Porches & Yards at 704-987-3544 or visit the showroom at 20623-23A Torrence Chapel Rd. in Cornelius to see a variety of products from Laneventure, Lloyd/Flanders, Tropitone, O.W. Lee, and Kingsley Bate. Please visit our website at for further information.

A new exterior door is opening the possibility for Charlotte homeowners to achieve both affordability and environmental responsibility.

FiberLast™ exterior doors, the next generation of fiberglass technology from JELD-WEN, combines a certified level of eco-friendly recycled wood, durability, style and energy efficiency at a reasonable price.

The 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 unique recipe of technological advancements adds up to an affordable door that offers homeowners the durability benefits of fiberglass, peace-of-mind with a limited lifetime warranty, along with great style.

“FiberLast is a breakthrough in bringing eco-friendly features into fiberglass doors,” said Craig Weaver, JELD-WEN product marketing manager. “The added benefit is that these doors can be customized to fit any homeowner’s taste, so environmental responsibility and great curb appeal are both well within reach.”

Eco-friendly Takes Front Seat

Perfect for new construction or remodeling projects, FiberLast’s eco-friendly aspects introduce new achievements for fiberglass doors. For starters, the doors are Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)-certified to contain at least 35 percent pre-consumer recycled wood for the door slabs. In addition, the proprietary mix of recycled wood fibers and fiberglass combined with the engineered door construction   adds strength and durability, which is important in sustainable architecture. Other green qualities of the new line include:

  • Energy efficiency: As a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, JELD-WEN has a strong history of producing energy efficient products. FiberLast is engineered to save energy and meets 2010 ENERGY STAR requirements for a tax credit of up to $1,500. (Energy performance ratings will vary with glass selection).
  • Green building certified: FiberLast may help achieve credits and points or satisfy criteria for many local and national green building programs such as the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard.
  • Fewer VOCs: FiberLast’s solid wood stiles are made with the JELD-WEN® AuraLast® process that releases 96 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than traditional dip treatment processes.

Durability Tested

To ensure long-lasting performance, FiberLast has successfully passed some of the building products industry’s most stringent durability tests. Before their introduction, the doors performed flawlessly in six straight 48-hour test cycles that included being baked at 210 degrees, frozen to 10 degrees, submerged in water for hours at a stretch and exposed to steam and water vapor for long periods of time.

“Durability is paramount in FiberLast doors because the skins are so tough, they’ll protect the units from warping and cracking.  FiberLast is also more stable in extreme temperatures compared to standard fiberglass and steel units,” said Weaver. “These doors require normal maintenance and will stand up to the test of time.”

As for style, homeowners can customize FiberLast to fit their personal taste. The line offers dozens of glass types, sidelights and doors styles, including seven- and eight-foot doors, and stainable options.

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.


     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.

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


      Though the Italians may be credited for giving birth to the original pizza, over the centuries, Americans have adopted it so whole-heartedly, that it now ranks almost as high on the patriotic scale as apple pie and hot dogs.  In fact, some three billion pizzas are consumed in the United States annually.  It may come as little surprise then that many would want to create that same hand-made, pizza-parlor flavor in their own homes; that taste just cannot be conceived from the frozen pizza variety.

      “While I wouldn’t call it a new trend, residential wood-fired pizza ovens have increased in popularity over the past 15 years,” says Jean-Paul Yotnegparian, vice president of Earthstone Ovens. “People go to a restaurant, they like the food and they want to replicate it. The only way to do that is to use the same type of wood-fired oven as the restaurant.”

      “Just about anything that can be baked, grilled or roasted can be prepared in a wood-fired pizza oven, including fish, chicken, beef, breads and more,” says Jean-Paul.

      Earthstone Ovens and Wildwood Ovens are just two of the handful of manufacturers of wood-fired pizza ovens in the United States. While both vendors are based in California, they ship their ovens world-wide. The ovens come either as modulars with separate pieces requiring a bit of construction on the homeowner’s part or as preassembled ovens. Some preassembled ovens even come with a metal stand so there is no need to cut into stone or build around it. More than likely, no matter which oven is chosen, a mason, builder, and/or landscape designer will need to be brought on board to encase the oven and make it more aesthetically pleasing. 

      Once you have the ‘guts’ of the oven, your finish is only limited to whatever you can dream up.

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

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