three keys to everyday entertaining

Spring is in full swing, which means summer is just around the corner!  My kiddos are already on the end-of-school-year countdown, which fills me with both delight and — in all candor — a teensy bit of dread.  My family thrives on routine … and I’m a bit behind on my camp scheduling.  Yikes!  You can guess what I’ll be working on tomorrow.

Charlotte Home Garden Spring 2015 CoverHave you seen one of my latest projects on the Spring 2015 cover of Charlotte Home + Garden?  Now there’s a family who will be enjoying their home this summer!  To be sure, the home doesn’t look like a “playhouse” — but it is the perfect home for family fun!

Traci Zeller Wine Cellar VignetteWhat are the three keys to everyday entertaining in this gorgeous home?  Here, it started with an open floor plan, including large indoor and outdoor living spaces, created by Christopher Phelps.  It’s perfect for “party flow.”  Durable fabrics — including Crypton, Sunbrella and textured vinyl — in the living and dining areas mean there’s no fear of red wine.  Plus, with a pool and a pool table, activities for all ages are always ready — rain or shine!  Oh, and the killer wine cellar doesn’t hurt.  You can’t execute a project like this without the incredible craftsmanship that Arcadia Custom Homes always brings to the table.  

For more details, check out the entire article in the latest issue of Charlotte Home + Garden!

the latest on studio 202

Studio 202 Conference RoomLisa Mende and I cannot believe that it’s been almost a year since we signed the lease on our shared design studio, which we’ve lovingly dubbed Studio 202 (after the street address).  A huge thank you to Queen City Exclusive for the fantastic article in their latest issue

QC Exclusive March 2015If you haven’t read Queen City Exclusiveand you care at all about the coolest happenings in townyou really must!

Studio 202 in QC ExclusiveTo celebrate the one year anniversary of our lease signing, we’re giving the studio a bit of a refresher.  You know we designers like to experiment with new things … so you’ll see a new look debuting very soon.  Perhaps we’ll have a grand opening anniversary party!

Studio 202 Sitting AreaIf you’ve had your eye on any of the gorgeous art or furniture, act now!   Here are a few of my “in store” favorites …

Harrison Blackford Dry the RainHarrison Blackford‘s “Dry the Rain” original painting

Infinity Rings Sculpture

Infinity Rings sculpture


Alexis Walter Art 2Alexis Walter‘s original artLyra SculptureLooped natural iron sculpture

Julie Robinson Octopus GardenJulie Robinson‘s “Octopus Garden” original art

Thanks to Lisa’s and my busy schedules with client work — for which we are very grateful — Studio 202 is open by appointment only, so let us know when you’d like to stop by!  Or just send us an email with what you are interested in and we’ll get back to you absolutely as soon as possible.

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