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Now’s the time for your home to shine with the incorporation of tiles in colors and patterns that flow beautifully from room to room, truly transforming your house into a home.

Spotlighted as a new choice for homeowners is Crossville, Inc.’s debut of the Urban Renewal line. “This is a metallic, decorative line with designs inspired by architectural details ranging from traditional to contemporary to deliver a look that fits your home,” says Kirsten Urke, showroom designer. “This has recently become available on the market, and so far the series is off to a good start.”

Four finishes are available within Urban Renewal’s line: antique bronze, blacksmith iron, aged bronze, and bronze verde stain “Probably the antique bronze is still the most popular because it works well with many designs,” says Kirsten, “However, aged bronze is really unique and expected to do very well…”

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Crossville Tile and Stone.

For more information on Crossville Tile & Stone, call 704-927-8453. You can also visit the showroom at 927 Pressley Road, Suite B, or online at

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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1. Sconce lighting on both sides of the mirror is the best way to provide even illumination for a vanity. See the ‘echo’ sconce, featured here in its simple elegance, and many other options at the Modern Lighting Design Showroom in Historic Southend District. Modern Lighting Design Showroom. 704-332-0109.

 2. SmartTouch® Technology by Brizo does nothing less than change the way you interact with water. Simply touch anywhere on the faucet body or handle to turn on or off the water. HD Kitchen and Bath Collection. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.

 3. An oven that listens to you? Precisely. Introducing the industry’s best performing wall oven featuring the intuitive new Culinary Center, expertly calibrated for a whole new level of precision. Simply tell it what you’re making, your desired doneness and cookware type for superior results every time. Experience it in action, and explore the next generation of Jenn-Air® appliances.

 4. 3D Aluminum mosaic tiles provide the look of stainless steel metal mosaic tiles but with added texture and durability. The circular brushed aluminum finish gives a unique modern aesthetic while the extruded structure of the tiles provides superior durability and support once installed. The Tile Collection. 704-541-8453.

 5. The new Sub-Zero 36” built-in overlay refrigerator model BI-36R/O shown in flush inset application with wood panels and with glass door. Queen City TV and Appliances. 704-391-6000. 

6. Be environmentally friendly and stylish with ECO countertops by Cosentino. This non-porous countertop is made from recycled materials, does not require sealers, is available in 10 designer colors and two textures (Leather™ and polished) and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty. Stone Systems of North Carolina. 704-238-1659.

 7. The Kallos glass undercounter lavatory offers a distinctive architectural pattern reminiscent of fine crystal. The lavatory’s design creates stunning visual depth, while appropriately obstructing the view of toiletries stored inside the vanity. Ferguson Kitchen and Bath. 704-370-2020.

 8. The most useful kitchens use every inch of space. Storage solutions integrated into the Custom Cabinetry of Old River Cabinets allows you to utilize every inch of space within your kitchen. Let no corner be left untouched. Old River Cabinets. 704-831-6267.

1. MOD ROCKS! This 3-D weave of metal and honey onyx will be the fashion focal point of any space.  Tile Collection Inc. 704-541-8453.

2. Sleek and contemporary, this mini pendant is sure to complete any décor. The graceful shape is finished in polished antique nickel and complemented with etched opal glass. It includes one 6″ stem, two 12″ stems, and 10′ of wire.  Unique Lighting Showplace.  704-553-1341.

3. Stained or etched glass is a beautiful and practical way to not only dress up a problem window or door in a bathroom, but also offers an opportunity to personalize the space. 800-329-2270

4. The Moen Level collection pullout spray kitchen faucet offers a clean sleek style that is eye-catching and flawless.  Providing a durable construction, this faucet boldly complements any kitchen.  Style and substance strike a perfect balance in the Pekoe Semi-Professional kitchen faucet collection. The Pekoe is engineered to look beautiful and function flawlessly. Worry-free, drip-free and built to last. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty on function and finish. HD Kitchen and Bath Collection. HD Kitchen and Bath Collection.  Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.

5. The new Jenn-Air® appliance collection raises the bar on design and performance. Case in point: powerful wall ovens featuring a unique seven-inch touch-anywhere LCD display with an image-enabled cooking guide. Experience the next generation of Jenn-Air® appliances.

6. Most relevant in kitchen and bathroom design concepts and aligning perfectly with the “whiteness” trend, Bianco Delicato features crisp lines, to create an understated and purposeful aesthetic.  The Luckstone Corporation.  877-889-5825.

7. Take them for a spin. Contemporary brushed aluminum stools offer the classic 360-degree spin, with heavy-duty ball bearing action for a smooth ride.

There’s something about a crackling fire that brings people together and makes everyone feel warmer – body and soul. Today you don’t have to limit fireside chats to your living room. It’s easier than ever to relax with family and friends around a beautiful fireplace that sits under the stars in your own backyard.

As more homeowners discover the benefits of outdoor fireplaces, these quiet retreats are becoming more popular in our market. We talked with some of Charlotte’s prominent landscape architects to learn their best ideas for creating cozy outdoor fireplace retreats that complement your indoor living space and your home’s architecture…

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article

Redefining the Dream Home in a Post-Recession World
  The worst of the recession appears to be over, but a new consumer mindset will linger long after our economy recovers. According to a September 2009 Nielsen Report, the severity of this recession has brought on a change in consumer values, spending habits, and lifestyle choices. 

Whether shopping for groceries or a new family car, the post-recession consumer is more cautious about the purchases they make. This new mindset has also impacted the luxury housing market, as consumers think twice about how much house they really need to live and builders re-examine what homebuyers need, what they want, and what they can live without…

Contributor Information:

Kevin Holdridge owns KDH Residential Design. He can be reached by phone at 704-909-2755 or online at

Jocelyn Dienst is with Dienst Custom Homes. She can be reached at 704-892-8426 or online at

Russell Zavatsky is President of Zar Custom Homes, Inc. He can be reached by phone at 704-843-8447 or online at

Doug McSpadden is President of McSpadden Custom Homes. Call him at 704-825-7324 or visit him online at or

David Woldman is SunTrust Mortgage’s Top Producer company-wide. His specialty is renovation and construction to perm loans. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 23 years. He can be reached at 704-651-8377.




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  1. Style and substance strike a perfect balance in HD Kitchen andthe Pekoe semi-professional faucet collection. Worry-free, drip-free and built to last, all of our kitchen faucets are covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty on function and finish. Bath Collection. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.
  2. Freshen your kitchen with these geometric pattern tea towels by Jonathan Adler. Affordable and chic. Unlike basic white dishtowels, these won’t get stained as easily when they get thrown in to clean up a spill!
  3. The Montecristo lighting collection by Seagull Lighting is lovingly inspired by the practical detailing of century old farmhouse fixtures and updated for a refinement and proportion to serve today’s desired sense of sophisticated comfort. Shown in aged bronze. Unique Lighting Showplace. 704-
  4. The beauty of Urban Renewal goes beyond the surface. Each tile contains at least 50 percent post-consumer recycled material retrieved from various surfaces. Scientific Certification Systems will verify this recycled content, guaranteeing the tile is as green as it is beautiful. Crossville Tile and Stone.
  5. The Essex pendant features individually slumped glass panels joined with a metal frame. Includes low-voltage, 50 watt halogen bi-pin lamp or 5.8 watt replaceable LED module and six feet of field-cuttable suspension cable. com. Lighting and Bulbs Unlimited. 704-845-8844. 704-602-0150. techlighting.
  6. The Glass and marble blend beautifully in a contemporary and sophisticated yet whimsical mosaic with an interlocking random bubble pattern that provides for a seamless installation on an interior wall or floor. Tile Collection. 704-541-8453.
  7. The new Jenn-Air® luxury appliance collection raises the bar on performance and design. Since introducing the first self-ventilated cooktop in 1961 and downdraft ventilated range in 1965, Jenn-Air has consistently grown its reputation as a technology and design innovator.
  8. The shallow design of the Purist marble wading basin is a quiet backdrop for the simplicity of water. This vitreous china lavatory integrates with the Purist Suite, which helps transform your bathroom into a luxurious home spa environment. Ferguson Kitchen and Bath. 704-370-2020.

White is winter’s color, crisp as a frosty morning, and as fresh as a blanket of newly fallen snow. It also provides a welcome interlude between autumn’s intensity and spring’s full-spectrum outburst.  Southern Living has some great tips for bringing white blooms into your home this time of year, but if you’re looking for something that will last all year long take a look at our selection of winter white touches.

  1. Hector Lamp from Pale & Interesting
  2. Small Egg Crate from Anthropologie
  3. Jersey White Crockery Set from Jamie Oliver
  4. Antique Replica Porcelain Milk Bottles from Alyssa Ettinger
  5. Angela Adams Ceramic Art Tile from Ann Sacks
  6. Fondue for Two Fondue Mug from Fred Flare
We’ve put together a great guide for adding value to your home by combing a list compiled by the home improvement experts at Better Homes & Gardens and our best sources here in Charlotte.
  1. Replace your windows :: East Coast Window & Door
  2. Install new lighting :: Lighting & Bulbs Unlimited
  3. Upgrade kitchen countertops :: Stone Stystems of North Carolina
  4. Change the backsplash in your kitchen :: Crossville Tile & Stone
  5. Upgrade bath fixtures :: The Majestic Bath

HB white bathroom
HB classic bath
To view more of House Beautiful‘s top 20 bathrooms click here.

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