Wandering Travelers – House of Nomad founders Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini let their travels inspire their designs.

PHOTOS BY LAURA SUMRAK When Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini met for the first time, the two then twenty-somethings instantly clicked. Their connection went far beyond their similar childhoods: Minkhorst is a Charlotte native and Lentini grew up in Greensboro. “We really have a true passion for being inspired by our travels abroad,” says Minkhorst. Despite their inspiring travels, though,…

Caribbean Cravings – You don’t have to book a flight to find authentic Caribbean cuisine

BY ALICIA VALENSKI A cold glass of rum punch in your hand, the soft sounds of Caribbean music playing, the intoxicating scent of jerk chicken sizzling on the grill… If that sounds like the description of an exotic getaway, then you haven’t explored the authentic Caribbean experiences and cuisine that Charlotte has to offer. Walk through the heart of NoDa and…

Paradise Found – A Barbados vacation combines a beach lover’s paradise with the adventurer’s need for escape

By Vanessa Infanzon Barbados, “the bearded one” in Portuguese, is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. On the map, it’s a speck, but its 166 square miles of winding roads through small towns with shops, restaurants, bakeries and historic places pack a big punch. And with a year-round average temperature of about 78 degrees, the island is perfect for water…

Going Green – Local restaurants, cafes, and more are breathing new life into their interior décor with vibrant, indoor greenery

Indoor plants are having a moment in Charlotte. The trend is known as “greening,” or bringing the outdoors in with plant life, and the refreshing interior design move is sweeping the city in restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. The organic additions are aesthetically appealing, of course—the splash of color adds a certain organic glamour to an interior—but there’s a wellness…

BIRD’S EYE VIEW – This 3,000-square-foot entertaining pad features a breathtaking panorama of Linville and more

When you walk through the 4-inch-thick, custom white oak double doors, your eye is immediately drawn past the impeccable interiors and furnishings and straight to the view: a sweeping 360-degree panorama featuring direct shots of Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Swinging High Bridge, and, on a clear day, Charlotte’s skyline. “It’s a $1 million view,” says Rick Gentry, a superintendent with…

Laid Back Luxury – This couple created a beachfront Isle of Palms getaway that felt like a home, not just a vacation house

When it came to building the perfect getaway on Isle of Palms, S.C., this Charlotte couple had a few guiding principles: They wanted open living spaces so everyone would feel connected. They wanted big windows to showcase the stunning ocean views. And they craved a casual vibe that was perfect for both entertaining crowds and cozily whiling an afternoon away…