North Carolina Design – A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Posted on | January 21, 2013 | 11 Comments

When I get an email or a CD with new images for North Carolina Design, I can feel my pulse quicken. Whether they are photos from a builder, interior designer, architect, fine linens boutique or kitchen designer – reviewing new photography is the favorite part of my job. I thought it might be fun to periodically share with our readers some of my favorites that are currently on North Carolina Design.

Image Courtesy of Minta Bell Design Group ©

I absolutely adore this mid century modern dining room by Minta Bell of the Chapel Hill design firm, Minta Bell Design Group. People so often use the words “timeless” and “classic” to describe traditional design, but they exactly describe this image also. Ten years from now, this room will hold the same appeal it does now, and I will love it as much then as I do now.

Image Courtesy of Amy Vermillion Interiors ©

Working 9 to 5 would certainly be more inviting and enjoyable in this office designed by Charlotte interior designer Amy Vermillion, of Amy Vermillion Interiors. A vibrant room, it’s as if it would almost allow me to think better thoughts and create better ideas. Every detail has been thoughtfully executed, from the amazing desk to the artwork, and the personal items that are beautifully framed and collectively hung on the walls. The hobby horse adds a playful touch.

Image Courtesy of Carter Skinner Residential Design ©

While this image of a family room is taken from outside the room, it gives me a desire to enter the room. As a viewer, I am simply left wanting to see more of it. The reason for that is the beautiful architectural detailing that leads the eye towards the room. This is the work of Carter Skinner, of Carter Skinner Residential Design, of Raleigh. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, my love for beautiful things follows no particular design style. Here, the classic lines of the architecture beautifully frame the entry to the family room.

Image Courtesy of DL Design, Inc. ©

I think I am drawn to this kitchen as much because of the design of the space as I am by the abundance of natural light that fills it. When a kitchen is well designed, it is destined to be the first place where people congregate during parties. I imagine that this kitchen designed by Charlotte interior designer, Donna Livingston of DL Design, Inc., is no exception.

Image Courtesy of BlueRidge Design LLC ©

Tangerine was the Pantone color of the year in 2012. Selecting it as the color for the walls of this living room was both a daring and successful move by Western NC interior designer, Kitty McCammon, of BlueRidge Design LLC. With throw pillows and artwork also featuring this color, the room comes together beautifully. The custom cabinets wonderfully complement the color selection. To me, it’s a space that says, “Welcome.”

Image Courtesy of Traci Zeller Designs ©

How much time and thought has been put into the entries in your home? Foyers admittedly get a lot of attention. Charlotte interior designer, Traci Zeller, of Traci Zeller Designs, has not only created organization at the rear entry of this home – she has personalized it as well, and I love it! Everything about it says, “Family.”

Image Courtesy of June DeLugas Interiors ©

I love the quiet elegance of this bathroom by Winston-Salem interior designer, June DeLugas, of June DeLugas Interiors. The artistic manner in which the mirror is framed completes this room. Certainly there are bigger bathrooms, but since my house is only so large, this one just captured my attention.

Image Courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors ©

Bedrooms are certainly among the most personal spaces in any home. I have always felt that Charlotte interior designer Anita Holland, of Anita Holland Interiors, has the ability to create a truly elegant environment. I like how she unifies the window treatments with the bed skirt. In the foreground, the power of three – the two chairs and the ottoman – hold the visual attention of the viewer.

Image Courtesy of Advanced Renovations ©

Being blessed in North Carolina with a few sixty and seventy degree days during the winter months makes outdoor living spaces even more inviting. As I see it, Duane Johns and Roger Ketchum, of Advanced Renovations, in Charlotte, have provided a great environment to either relax and unwind while cozying up to the fire after work or entertain friends on game day – even if there is a bit of a chill in the air. Alone or with company, this is a space that is very inviting.

Image Courtesy of Fontaine Landscaping ©

I am drawn to the symmetry of this landscape by Fontaine Landscaping in Raleigh. Both the hardscape and the plantings come together to create an environment that is visually inviting. In my imagination, the sound of the water created by the fountain in the center is the perfect completion to the design.

Image Courtesy of ACM Design ©

I could find myself immediately at home in this Mountain Craftsman styled home designed by Asheville architect, Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA, of ACM Design and built by Sean Sullivan, of Living Stone Construction, Inc., in Black Mountain. The home includes many green features. In addition to receiving a Gold-level certification from North Carolina’s Healthy Built Homes initiative, it was awarded the Best Green Building Home by the NC Home Builder’s Association.

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11 Responses to “North Carolina Design – A Few Of Our Favorite Things”

  1. Amy Vermillion Interiors
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

    Thanks Liz for including me in this great post! Beautiful images! Talented group of designers!

  2. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

    My pleasure to include you, Amy. I really do believe I could think better thoughts and come up with brighter ideas if I had an office like the one you designed!!


  3. Donna
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 4:51 PM

    Thank you Liz for including me in this post as well! What an honor to be included among such talented designers. I enjoyed seeing each of the designer’s creative and colorful designs!

  4. traci zeller designs
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 5:21 PM

    Thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful round-up! I hadn’t seen some of those images, so I was especially delighted to enjoy the others!!

  5. Kitty McCammon
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 5:36 PM

    I loved seeing a few of your favorite things Liz. Thanks for including our Tangerine Tengo Living Room. We had so much fun with that room.

  6. June
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 9:00 PM

    It was nice of you to post all of these great photos. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of NC Design.


  7. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 10:06 PM

    Thank you June. I know our Readers are glad you are a part of NC Design.


  8. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 10:11 PM


    The Pantone color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. I can’t wait to see you incorporate that into one of your upcoming design projects!!


  9. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 10:14 PM

    So glad you enjoyed it Traci. Thanks for being a part of NC Design Online!


  10. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2013 @ 10:17 PM

    Donna, they may be “a few of my favorite things,” but I know our Readers are delighting in the opportunity to see them. Beautiful kitchen. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  11. Veni
    March 23rd, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

    Great Design!

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