Using A Variety of Patterns And Colors, Asheville Artist Creates Order, Adding Beauty And Interest To A Space
July 21, 2014
Art does far more than dress up a wall; it adds beauty, complexity and dimension to a home’s design. Art is also far more than a simple arrangement of forms and colors – it’s a window into the artist’s inner world, and an attempt to capture, define and share a feeling or moment in time with the viewer.
One Is Another Mixed Media On Canvas 48 x 48
Images Courtesy of Kotara Studio ©
The works of Asheville artist Kenn Kotara, owner of Kotara Studio, exemplify the drama, beauty and energy an expertly crafted work can convey. Playing with the dualities of chaos and peace, white space and color, and simplicity and complexity, he creates intriguing and beautiful pieces that increasingly grace the homes and offices of many discerning North Carolina art lovers. North Carolina Design talked to Kenn to learn more about his work, and what drives his unique creative vision.
Kenn begins each canvas and paper work with a grid, which he layers with meandering, curvilinear lines in a variety of patterns and colors. While his pieces are decidedly modern and abstract, the underlying grid gives them a sense of order and a soothing, meditative quality that adds beauty and interest to a space.
“My work is really my attempt to understand this modern world, which is bombarded by an overload of information and driven by abstractions and chaos,” Kenn explains. “For me, it’s about making sense of the chaos and attempting to simplify it. I use the repetition of curved lines and simple shapes like circles to provide an element that’s relatable and soothing to the eye.”
Kenn creates everything from sculptures, to canvas paintings, to installations, and he is always open to any media. “When you break it down, whether it’s paint or oils or pastels, every medium is basically a form of rock and water,” he muses. “It’s just a matter of picking and choosing, and attempting to exploit each medium to its best advantage. Everything is fair game. I’ve even used coffee and food items — anything that can color a substrate is intriguing to me.”
Kenn’s open attitude toward his work extends to his color choices. “As Dale Chihuly said, ‘I never met a color I didn’t like,’” he quips. “I find that each work drives itself, and the colors will depend on what’s happening within the framework of each art piece, whether it needs a high-value contrast or something very subdued. I also go through phases where I might use subdued colors for days or weeks or months, then suddenly find it’s time to use something that jumps off the canvas.”
Kenn is intensely creative, and he finds inspiration in many places. “I might come across a newspaper clipping, or see an intriguing shape that triggers an idea,” he reflects. “I am always mentally storing and cataloging new information, and every once in a while a piece just pops out from the gray matter in my brain. I also maintain sketchbooks cataloging my thoughts. As I look through them, I might catch something that didn’t surface two years earlier that I can now expand and extrapolate from.”
July 18, 2014
It’s easy to get swept off your feet by a charming and beautiful home, and to fall in love at first sight. But if you plan to live in the home for years to come, it’s important that your love is more than a fleeting fancy. Designing a home that will stay functional, beautiful and relevant is a tall order, but Houck Residential Designers, an award-winning Winston-Salem residential design firm is up to the challenge. As a firm that has designed its share of exceptional custom homes, vice president and residential designer Barry Wilson explained to North Carolina Design how they ensure that homeowners don’t suffer from “builder’s remorse.”
Images Courtesy of Houck Residential Designers ©
Barry notes that homeowners must set priorities in order to ensure that their home truly meets their needs. “If you don’t know what your priorities are, we know how to ask the right questions. What rooms do you need? Do you want formal spaces? Do you need a big pantry? Do you want a getaway space all for yourself? Do you want all the rooms to be on the same level?”
For a house to accommodate a homeowner’s changing needs, priorities need to be set not just for now, but for the duration. “It’s important to stay flexible and think long term about the spaces in your home,” Barry stresses. “For example, a lot of people design around their kids, and that’s fine. But kids aren’t going to be five or ten years old for the rest of their lives. You won’t need a playroom forever. You have to think about what you will do with that room in the future.”
Thinking long term also affects the type of investment homeowners should make in their home. “Maybe you’re a 48-year-old with a job that makes you move around a lot, and you only plan to live in the house for 10 years. Or maybe you will be there until you retire, then you’ll move to the beach. Or maybe you’re going to live there for the rest of your life. You have to build to your appropriate time period.”
“If you plan to sell your home in the near future, you’re going to want to invest in something someone in your position now is going to want to buy. If you plan to stay long term, you have to invest more in your own priorities, and think of how to build in flexibility so that it will satisfy you now and later on as you age – keeping in mind that you shouldn’t make choices that are too taste-specific or inappropriate for the neighborhood, in case you do need to sell it.”
An enduring aesthetic is also important to a home’s design, but Barry concedes that it’s a bit more challenging to plan for than practical needs. “It’s hard to design for a projected preference later on. Who knows what people are going to want to see in a home in the future? As a designer, you have to go with what appeals to the homeowners now, while corralling them toward something you know will last.”
“Lasting design is proportionally correct and aesthetically pleasing,” Barry notes. “If it looks good now it will look good later; good design is good design. There are always ways to update the home’s look in the future.”
Charlotte Architect Explains How Collaboration On All Fronts Results In a Home That Offers Lasting Beauty
July 14, 2014
Building a home is a process with a thousand moving parts, and a successful project requires both a rock-solid plan and great teamwork. Don Duffy, owner of Don Duffy Architecture in Charlotte, knows a great deal about both. While Don is one of Charlotte’s most highly skilled and respected architects, he is also nothing if not humble – readily crediting teamwork for his many successes. He recently sat down with North Carolina Design to talk about the importance of collaboration, explaining how and why it brings so much satisfaction in his work.
Images Courtesy of Don Duffy Architecture ©
To Don, meaningful collaboration with clients is one of the most important aspects of designing a home. “In my view, we are servants, and we come to the job with that in mind,” he explains. “I do not think that I know what is best for our clients. In fact, we do our best work when our clients act as coaches.
“Some clients are good coaches, who are organized and know what they want, and can guide the process smoothly along. Some of them just need a sounding board so they can exercise their own creative side. And some of them need us to help them draw out and articulate their vision. There is nothing more enjoyable then developing a client’s idea for how they want to live.”
A lot of work goes into thoroughly deciphering a client’s unique perspectives. “Understanding our clients’ needs doesn’t happen in a single meeting,” Don notes. “It happens over many, many meetings – after spending a lot of time chit-chatting about the project. When clients say that they want something ‘traditional,’ ‘modern,’ ‘not too big,’ or ‘not too fancy,’ we always ask them to use adjectives to explain what they mean. Those concepts mean different things to different people, and we have to redefine them in the client’s terms.”
Don also highly values the collaboration of the team of craftsmen and builders that bring his designs to life. “The building process is very much communal, and involves many people who have solid ideas,” he affirms. “It’s the artistry of the entire team that will make the home even better than the original drawings. There is so much joy in the pride the trade partners bring to the project. You know you have hit a home run when the construction team brings their families to the job site to show them what they have created.”
While he loves the collaborative process, Don also gets a great deal of personal satisfaction from each project. “I love the sensory experience of it all, and seeing the project come together,” he explains. “When you’re working in a rural area, for example, you’re surrounded by the smell of the woods and the sounds of the forest, and you have the sense that you are building something amazing from nothing. It’s impressive to go from a piece of dirt or forested piece of land to a finished home.”
In the end, Don’s real crowning achievement comes from making his clients’ visions a reality. “The biggest joy in a project is in the client’s enjoyment of the home,” he concedes. “There is nothing better than hearing a client say that they knew the result would be good, but they had no idea that it could be this good.”
Courtesy Photo Credits Provided By Don Duffy:
Photos 1,7 and 8 – Bruce Clodfelter Landscape Architect
Photo 4 – Sheryl Vandermolen Interiors
Photo 9 – Stephen Young, Think Still Photography
Photo 9 – Circa Interiors
Photo 10 – Photography by Charlotte Virtual Home Tours, Cal Mitchner
July 11, 2014
When Charlotte residential designer Jenny Pippin, of Pippin Home Designs, and her husband, photographer Wes Stearns, set out to renovate their Lake Norman home, they first had modest ideas in mind. Their vision quickly expanded, and after a year-long process, the couple created a beautiful, vibrant, one-of-a-kind dream home that addressed their existing home’s issues and incorporated their top priorities. North Carolina Design chatted with Jenny about what makes her home unique, and the journey it took to design a home for an exacting client – her own self.
The home has actually undergone two separate renovations. In the first renovation, the footprint was expanded from 875 to 1200 square feet, and the existing carport was enclosed to create a garage. The second renovation was major, but it came about for a simple enough reason. “We needed a new roof,” Jenny explains. “We also needed a third bedroom and a second bathroom, so while we were contemplating the new roof, we thought, why not add on to the top of the house? And then things just evolved after that.”
Evolved indeed – into a whole new living space and workspace. “I used to have to commute 17 miles to my office, which took an hour each way,” Jenny recounts. “We decided to move my entire office into the home, and also create a photography studio for Wes.” The couple made the new second level of the home its main level. The 1200-foot existing home became a lower guest level, complete with guest bedrooms and a rec room.
Because of the steep slope of the build site, the garage, once enclosed, had continually flooded from rainwater runoff. Jenny and Wes moved the garage up the hill, which solved the flooding problem, and installed a bridge connecting the garage to the new front door.
The home does much more than meet the couple’s functional needs. From its 14 different paint colors to its metal spiral staircase, the design is decidedly bold, funky, and fun, and is carefully thought out to reflect the personalities of its owners. “We wanted to inspire people to be less neutral,” Jenny notes. “And we wanted to create someplace fun. Everyone who comes in smiles and feels really happy in our house.”
Jenny is known for her passionate endorsement of green building practices. For her own home, she incorporated passive and active solar power, as well as a rainwater harvesting system. She used low-VOC paints and water-based finishes, and incorporated sustainable materials like bamboo, cork and recycled corrugated metal. The home is silver-level certified from the North Carolina Healthy Built Homes Program, and Jenny and Wes host fundraisers, events and tours in the home to promote green building practices.
Creating a home that would welcome anyone of any physical ability was also of key importance to Jenny. “Years ago I broke my back,” she explains. “The home I lived in could not accommodate a person with a physical handicap, and I had to lay in a hospital bed in the front of the house for months. In this home, everything from the bridge, to the bathrooms, to the kitchen, and even the yard itself is accessible to anyone — from children to people in wheelchairs.”
Jenny did find it a challenge to design her own home. “I have done so many different projects for so many different people – it was really hard to narrow down what to do in my own house,” she admits. “In the end, I used an integrated approach to create a space that organically suits our needs, the landscape, and the environment – just as I do for all my clients. And I would say it was a complete success.”
July 8, 2014
This time of year, landscapes and outdoor living spaces not only entice us visually, they are a joy to spend time in on weekends and at the end of a long work day. In the hands of talented professionals, some of these spaces rise to a level of true artistry. Charlotte landscape architect J’Nell Bryson is one of these individuals. J’Nell loves the outdoors, is passionate about gardens, and uses her wonderful artistic talent, keen intuition and experience to create landscapes that are bold, innovative and truly beautiful. J’Nell shared with North Carolina Design her motivation, how she conceptualizes a space, and her favorite aspects of landscape architecture.
Images Courtesy of J’Nell Bryson Landscape Architect ©
J’Nell’s passion for landscape design goes back to her childhood. “I grew up on three acres of land out in the country,” she recounts. “We had a little pond, and it was very picturesque. I just loved being there. Creating landscapes helps me keep that connection to the land, and allows me to spend time in beautiful outdoor spaces.”
For J’Nell, each project brings an opportunity to build something original and truly special. “When I create a design, I first and foremost follow the client’s lead, based on their tastes and what they want,” she explains. “That said, the site itself is the most important factor in any design. You can have two people who want the same things, but depending on the way the property faces the sun, the architecture of the home, and whether the land itself is flat or rolling, you will get a completely different result.”
J’Nell’s focus is not only on designing a beautiful landscape, but on creating outdoor rooms with the right feel. “Designing an outdoor space is very much like designing an interior space, but on an entirely different scale,” she explains. “The plants create structure; they become the doorways and the hallways, and can be used almost like walls to create the intimacy of an outdoor room. I have a palette of plant materials that I use to create textures and shapes and set a mood. I like to do a mix of textures and plant leaf colors to keep things interesting year round.”
One challenge in designing an outdoor space is that, unlike walls and doors, plants are living things that grow and change. “When they’re first installed, plants need to be placed pretty far apart to leave room for them to grow, so they aren’t going to have the lush look and visual impact they will five or ten years from now,” she concedes. “Using fewer plants in larger sizes can help create a hint of what that space will feel like when those plants grow.”
While J’Nell loves traveling to visit historic and classical gardens, her personal preference is a more contemporary look and feel. “I like nice clean lines,” she affirms. “There is almost a minimalist slant to my work. I like gardens that are open and streamlined, and use fewer species of plants in larger sweeps.”
J’Nell’s favorite part of any job is the creative process. “There are so many details to collect at the onset,” she notes. “I have to meet with the homeowner, meet with the surveyor, and come out to look at the site so I can gather as much information as possible. Eventually, the day comes when I’m done collecting information, and I get to compile it and come up with creative ideas about how to put the whole project together. I love those days. They are so much fun.”
One of my favorite lines of poetry comes from the 19th century Irish poet John Keats. He wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases.” This is definitely the case with a well designed landscape. What pleasure it brings as it continues to grow.
July 4, 2014
Summer is the time for outdoor living. But keeping our outdoor spaces beautiful for the summer and beyond requires a good measure of behind-the-scenes maintenance. To find what we should be doing during the summer months to help our landscapes thrive, North Carolina Design looked to Carole Joyner, of Joyner-Benfield Distinctive Land and Waterscapes in Charlotte. Carole has more than 30 years of experience designing, building and installing some of Charlotte’s finest and most beautiful landscapes, and she knows everything there is to know about summer plant care and maintenance in the Carolinas.
Images Courtesy of Joyner Benfield Distinctive Land & Waterscapes ©
According to Carole, summer is the time to fish out the pruning shears. “This is an excellent time of year to prune almost all small trees and shrubs” she advises. “All plants should be selectively pruned – no head shears. Summer-blooming plants can be pruned by selectively cutting some of the blooms and foliage back, in the same way you would if you were creating a flower arrangement.”
When it comes to trees, shrubs and flowers, fertilizing is an essential summer task. “Once you have pruned, you need to fertilize,” Carole affirms. “For evergreens and spring-blooming plants, use any good fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen to promote green growth. Summer-blooming perennials, annuals and herbs should be fertilized every two to three weeks during the summer with a fertilizer high in phosphorous, which promotes blooms.”
Carole offers important tips to avoid over or under-watering your plants during summer. “When the temperature is in the 90′s, plants should be watered twice a week during any week in which it does not rain,” she notes. “It’s very important to manually operate your irrigation system. There is no constant rule to follow – everybody has to individually figure out an irrigation plan based on the types of plants they have, the available shade, and the different planting zones in their landscape.”
The North Carolina summer heat makes many homeowners hesitant to plant new additions, but Carole tells us that those fears are unfounded. “You can definitely plant in the summer, as long as you will be home and able to properly control irrigation,” she says. “In fact, this is an excellent time to plant, because you’re going to get a lot of good growth from now until the plants go dormant in the fall.”
If you’re tempted to use extra fertilizer to help your lawn stay green, you may want to reconsider. “You don’t want to add a lot of fertilizer to your lawn during the summer because it’s too stressful on your grass,” Carole explains. “You want to do a light layer of fertilizer in June. Then you can come back at the end of July and add an application of Ironite. That will help green it up for a little while.”
When it comes to watering the lawn, Carole advises homeowners to do so two times a week when temperatures are in the 80s and three times a week when they are in the 90′s, providing that it doesn’t rain. “The best time to water is at 5:00 in the morning,” she notes. “Don’t water in the afternoon.”
Summer lawns do need some extra TLC. “Cut your grass in a different direction every week, and bag or blow off your clippings,” Carole advises. “Lawn clippings can build up and choke out the roots of your lawn. Also, it’s really important to put lime down in your lawn in July. The soil in North Carolina – especially in the Piedmont region – is highly acidic, which prevents the nitrogen in fertilizer from releasing. Lime neutralizes the soil, so that when you apply fertilizer in the fall you’ll get the best effects.”
July 2, 2014
Water gardens are a wonderful way to add life and beauty to an outdoor space. Koi ponds add an especially intriguing element; the fish are colorful, graceful and soothing to watch, which is why many homeowners have made maintaining them a hobby. To find out a bit more about what goes into creating the perfect koi pond, North Carolina Design turned to an expert: Ben Case, owner of Down to Earth Designs in Raleigh.
Images Courtesy of Down To Earth Designs ©
Ben Case is a genuine expert in all things landscaping. He and his team can do everything from simple maintenance to designing and building an entire outdoor living space from the ground up, with impeccable taste and craftsmanship. That said, he has earned a reputation for his beautiful and exceptionally well-designed koi ponds.
“We build many other ponds that are not koi ponds, but koi ponds have become our niche,” Ben affirms. “Honestly, you can add koi to any pond, and many people do. But homeowners who are collectors or serious enthusiasts – and want a true koi pond – come to us because we know how to build them the right way. Not many other people do.”
There is much more to building a koi pond than one might think. “True koi ponds provide the best possible environment for the fish.” Ben notes. “They have vertical walls, they’re deeper than regular ponds, and they have much more advanced filtration systems. Many people don’t realize how complicated these ponds can be. They are actually more elaborate than a lot of swimming pools.
“Every pond is different. I design each one with the client’s wishes in mind, while factoring in the budget and the topography of the land. I consider the style of their home, and ask to see pictures of things that they like so that I can tailor the overall look to their preferences. Some people prefer ponds that look natural, with boulders, natural water edge treatments and irises that migrate down into the water. Others want a contemporary pond with clean lines and a more sculpted, deliberate look.”
Building the perfect pond can also come with some significant logistical challenges. “You never really know what you are going to find on the site until you start digging,” Ben says. “Sometimes we’re confronted with rocks, poor soil, or seeping groundwater, and we’re forced to change the design a bit. Access can be an issue — sometimes the site is in a far back corner of a yard, and we’re coming in with heavy equipment and literally dropping off 20 tons of rocks. That kind of disturbance creates repair work.”
In a warm summer climate like North Carolina’s, conserving water is certainly a priority. However, Ben affirms that homeowners needn’t worry much when it comes to their koi ponds. “Ponds really don’t require a lot of water,” he explains. “You are basically continuously recirculating the same water through the system. Unless you have a leak or a problem with splashout, there is very little water waste.”
Ben’s passion for landscaping and water gardens comes from a lifelong love of the outdoors. “I grew up on a farm, and in some ways landscape design and landscape horticulture allow me to stay in close connection with the land,” he notes. “Also, I have a lot of fun designing and developing new projects. It’s very satisfying work, and I truly love it.”
June 30, 2014
The Carolina’s Society of the American Institute of Building Design is calling for entries from North and South Carolina Residential Designers, Architects, Builders, Remodelers, Landscape Designers and Interior Designers for their second Annual “Carolina’s Finest” Design Competition.
Image Courtesy of Pippin Home Designs ©
Last year’s competition presented some incredible homes – gracious “getaways” on the lake, the coast and the mountains – as well as beautiful “everyday” homes moments from downtown skylines. For landscapes, renovations and newly constructed homes built since January 2011, this is a competition not to be missed!
Image Courtesy of Jan Enright And Associates Creations ©
Image Courtesy of Mountainworks ©
The deadline for entry is August 1st. For more information on applications and entries, email email@example.com Shown: winners from 2013 competition.
The Beauty And Artistry Of Fine Craftsmanship Balanced With Sustainability In Western North Carolina
June 27, 2014
There really are few things more wonderful than watching a skilled craftsman make something spectacular out of raw materials. Lang Hornthal fell into his career as a craftsman years ago, and never looked back. Today his company, Appalachian Designs, located in the Asheville area, is well known for making high-quality, beautifully hand-crafted wood furniture – and more – for homes throughout western North Carolina, and beyond.
Images Courtesy of Appalachian Designs ©
You name it, and Lang and his team can craft it – from railings, to log stairs, to dining room tables, case goods and outdoor architectural pieces – all in Lang’s signature earthy style – and all with sustainability in mind. North Carolina Design sat down to chat with Lang about how he got started, what motivates him, and why sustainable practices are so important.
Lang’s business started with a single piece of furniture. “After graduating college, I moved out West to Colorado with a friend,” Lang recounts. “We built a log bed and sold it at a flea market, then immediately got an order for another one. That’s how the business got started. In 1997, I realized that I needed to be in an area that catered to this furniture style, and I moved to Asheville full time.”
Lang’s niche does suit him well in western North Carolina, where mountain style is very popular. “Our clientele tends to have tastes that are a little more rustic,” Lang affirms. “We do a lot of work for log and timber frame homes in mountain or lake settings.”
A love of the woods and a passion for responsible forestry drives Lang’s lumber choices. “All of our products are made out of whole logs and twigs,” he notes. “We use what are known of as small-diameter trees – trees that are not more than 6 inches around. They are left on the forest floor by most companies because they’re considered not worth the time to process. But we ensure they don’t go to waste.”
Lang is deeply committed to supporting western North Carolina’s local forests. In fact, he started Root Cause, a regional initiative that helps raise awareness of the local forest products industry. “The forest is a renewable resource that has sustained many generations,” he explains. “If it’s managed properly it’s going to be around for many more. We have to educate people about responsible forest management, as well as the value in using local wood and supporting local mills, kilns and craftsmen.”
Lang uses native North Carolina woods like hickory, pine, rhododendron and black locust – an oft-overlooked hardwood that’s resilient, beautiful and highly sustainable. “Black locust in an excellent choice for outdoor furniture,” he notes. “It’s naturally pest-resistant. It’s rated for uncovered exterior application, without having to be pressure-treated. Also, the variation in its color and character is very unique – each piece is going to look vastly different from the last.”
Because of the type of wood and craftsmanship used, all of Appalachian Designs’ pieces feature a wonderful one-of-a-kind look. “Everything we build is made to order,” he notes. “We don’t wholesale, simply because it’s very hard to produce the same piece over and over again.”
Many craftsmen live for their craft, but for Lang, the excitement is in the ability to make each project a success. “I get a jolt out of working with the client to understand what it is they really want, and then coming up with creative solutions to problems. Sometimes I come to my team with a crazy idea sketched out on a sheet of paper. They have no idea how we’re going to make it work, but I just fly by the seat of my pants, and somehow we get it done. My attitude is always ‘yeah, we can do it!’”
June 24, 2014
The right linens turn a bed from functional furniture into a beautiful centerpiece of the bedroom. They also add the softness and comfort that make a bed a truly delightful place for respite and relaxation. As the owner of Isabella, Charlotte’s premier source for fine linens from around the world, Erin Dougherty is definitely an expert in blissfully dressing a bed.
Images Courtesy of Isabella ©
While her boutique and design services encompass every area of the home, Erin has a true affinity for bedrooms, and she’s passionate about helping clients find the right linens for creating the perfect bed. Erin has her finger on the pulse of today’s linen trends, so North Carolina Design thought there would be no better person to ask about what’s new in linens, and what look today’s homeowners are choosing for their beds.
“I find that people are mixing up lots of different textures and patterns to create a layered, less formal look.” Erin explains. “When it comes to prints and patterns, we’re seeing a lot of hand-blocked, Bohemian prints, and a lot of custom embroidered shams. Romantic, vintage-inspired linens – the kind with crocheted lace on the edges and detailing on the duvets and shams are also popular. That’s a look I particularly love.”
Today’s homeowners are looking to simplify, while getting the most use out of their linen choices. “Neutral whites and ivories are popular for duvet covers and shams,” Erin continues. “If you start with a pretty white or ivory bed, you can add in punches of trendy colors in the pillows, sheets and blankets. It’s a good way to update your linens without investing in a whole new look – you can just change the accent pieces out.”
In today’s homes, neutral gray seems to be the new beige. Erin finds that this tendency influences some of today’s more popular linen color choices. “A lot of people tell us they have neutral gray walls or headboards,” she explains. “We’re pulling a lot of colors that complement gray, like lilac, soft pinks, corals and different shades of blue. Neutral metallics are also popular -– mostly in accent pieces like pillows.”
Erin asserts that the whole trend in linens is toward something that’s simple, comfortable and practical. “Instead of having three small pillows, you’ll find people choosing one long lumbar pillow,” she notes. “They don’t want anything on their bed that’s cumbersome, can’t be used, or is hard to clean or maintain. Fortunately, there are many lightweight sheeting, duvet cover and quilted coverlet options available, with many different patterns and colors to choose from. They’re also washable, which homeowners love.”
When it comes to choosing linens, homeowners sometimes have trouble knowing where to start. That’s where Erin and her staff come in. “We ask the usual questions,” she says. “Do they prefer a down comforter? How do they sleep? What pillow sizes do they need? What layers do they need? Then we present them with style options. We guide them toward a more neutral base and help them choose accent colors to add in.”
Like many of her customers, Erin is excited by all that today’s linens have to offer. “There are so many more options now, and so many new up-and-coming linen designers,” she offers. “There’s a lot more eclectic mixing and matching, and things are a lot less fussy. Your bed can still be luxurious, but it doesn’t have to be so luxurious that you’re afraid to sleep in it.”
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