Excellence In North Carolina Design & Craftsmanship

Posted on | August 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

Room by room today, we present a visual delight of great interiors and more from across North Carolina! As the publisher of North Carolina Design, I am fortunate that I get to share the work of many of our state’s most talented designers, builders, remodelers, architects, retailers and artisans. Twice a year, however, I present My Favorite Things – a collection of those interiors and exteriors that particularly inspired me – innovative design, exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding execution of detail. I hope you enjoy them.

Image Courtesy of Betsy Anderson Interiors ©

I am in love with this breakfast room by Raleigh interior designer Betsy Anderson, of Betsy Anderson Interiors. Bathed in an abundance of light, it is the kind of space where I expect family spends much time throughout the day. The chairs are covered in a washable velvet. The most interesting thing about the room is the beautiful antique table which has been wonderfully restored. What can’t be seen are the lovers’ initials that had been carved into the table over time and are now on the underside. On many design projects, clients have the pleasure of working with the the mother-daughter team of Betsy and her daughter, Katie O’Neal.

Image Courtesy of Ambiance Interiors ©

In designing this living room, Asheville interior designer Kathryn Long, of Ambiance Interiors, was tasked by her client with creating a feel that hearkened back to the 1920’s to 1940’s. The rug was custom made for the space – and became the foundation upon which much of the room was created. The tapestry like yellow and white fabric on the side chair certainly assists in creating the desired period look. Kathryn pulled colors from the rug for the embroidered drapes as well as the soft to the touch green and ivory sofa. The chocolate pillows which accent the room also find the origins in the rug. Bright and airy, the 20th Century is back!

Image Courtesy of DeRhodes Construction ©

Charlotte remodeler Eddie DeRhodes, of DeRhodes Construction, proves that the master bathroom is a space where we are meant to be pampered. Every element in the room wonderfully works together – from the antique French doors to the distressed cabinets to the antique finished side by side mirrors. It’s said that seven years of our lives are spent in this area of the home – which would be a pleasure in this spa-like retreat. I am certain that the cares of the day will slip away with a few stolen moments relaxing in the evening inside this luxurious soaking tub.

Image Courtesy of Pheasant Hill Designs ©

Simply delicious is how I would describe the gray and white cabinets of this kitchen by Charlotte interior designer Kendra Tardif, of Pheasant Hill Designs. Added to this wonderful recipe are stainless steel appliances, a reclaimed brick backsplash and black and white countertops – just the right ingredients for creating feelings of warmth and familiarity. Kendra proves that she had the ideal combination. The space has a classic feel to it and is designed to stay in style for many years to come.

Image Courtesy of Carter Skinner Residential Design ©

Raleigh residential designer Carter Skinner, of Carter Skinner Residential Design, demonstrates that he knows a thing or two about what is necessary to create a warm and welcoming entry. The contrast of the architectural detailing of the white wood work against the scraped wood floors not only define the space, it sets the tone for the elegance of everything that follows. Without the detailing of the woodwork, this would have been a nice entry; instead it is remarkable.

Image Courtesy of Lowery Custom Construction ©

I am very much attracted to the strength and beauty of this beautiful stone home built by Lowery Custom Construction. What impresses me most are the details – the arched dormers on the second floor, the old world shutters flanking the front window and the chris-cross pattern built into the side of the chimney. I would describe it as a very handsome home. Owner Andrew Lowery is a multi-talented builder and can be found building houses like this in the Greensboro area, crafting spacious getaways on Smith Mountain Lake or beautiful log and timber homes along the waters of Lake James.

Image Courtesy of Pool By Design ©

Charlotte pool designer and builder Simon Spiers, of Pool By Design, has created the perfect outdoor living environment that can either figuratively or literally wash away the worries of the day. I can envision myself sitting pool side in the evening, music softly playing, entranced by the water that gently cascades down from the roof above. I know it is also the ideal setting for gathering with friends, but I am being very selfish in the “moment” I am creating for myself. I can almost feel the breeze and hear the crickets. Nice job, Simon!

Image Courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors ©

Shouldn’t the last thing you see at night and the first thing you wake up to each morning be beautiful and inviting? I am very much drawn to the classic styling of this spacious bedroom by Charlotte interior designer Anita Holland, of Anita Holland Interiors. Layered in creams and yellows, I envision it as a space where I could comfortably lounge reading the Sunday paper, lingering over the crossword. The book shelves, comfortable chairs, bench and antique botanical prints create a supremely soothing environment. No doubt, sleep would be deliciously inviting.

Image Courtesy of Linda Spry Design Interiors ©

If you gave me a good book and came back in a few hours, you would probably still find me with my feet tucked under me, blissfully reading in this warm den by Hendersonville interior designer Linda Spry, of Linda Spry Design Interiors. Perhaps with the animal trophy on the wall, this is meant to be more of a man’s room, but I find the colors very inviting and like the punch that the print on the chairs provide. I have always liked a book case that is accented with a ladder, even if it is only for show. Now, where is my book?

Image Courtesy of Benham Builders ©

Charlotte builder Jim Benham, of Benham Builders, shows what true craftsmanship looks like as he took this family room entirely to the next level. Anchored by beautiful crown molding, the coffered ceiling of the room opens to a wonderfully detailed railing that frames the center of the next floor. Details matter, and the handrail above nicely complements the mantle of the fireplace below. A builder who addresses the needs of clients throughout the Charlotte area and in other parts of the Carolinas, Jim creates great views both inside and outside the home.

Image Courtesy of Betsy Anderson Interiors ©

Everything in this dining room has been perfect orchestrated by Raleigh interior designer Betsy Anderson, of Betsy Anderson Interiors. All of the furnishings are antiques. The sideboard has been painted and properly embellished with gold leaf, which ties in well with the gold leaf on the table and the trim on the chairs. Adorning two walls are olive green and bronze drapes that nicely complement the color of the leather chairs. Completing the room is a sisal rug that is beautifully framed with velvet.

Image Courtesy of J’Nell Bryson ©

To me, this landscape by Charlotte landscape architect J’Nell Bryson, captures the essence of the quote by John Keats, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” J’Nell believes in creating artful landscapes, and this one includes seven bronzed steel rings that she designed. She named this project “Slinky” because to her, it suggests the fun and interaction of the toy. As I look at this image, I find myself drawn in, wanting to know what is waiting to be discovered further down the path.

I hope you enjoyed My Favorite Things. Leave a comment and let me know which one is your personal favorite. ~ Liz

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2 Responses to “Excellence In North Carolina Design & Craftsmanship”

  1. Laura Bell Greeno
    August 14th, 2013 @ 9:54 PM

    Great stuff. My favorite is the first picture with the wood dining table with the crystal chandy from Betsy Anderson Interiors. Gorgeous.

  2. Liz Hughes
    August 15th, 2013 @ 9:47 AM

    Thank you Laura. I love the story of the lovers’ initials on the underside of the table!

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