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Laurie Smithwick

Home is where the heart is

  Laurie Smithwick, designer, artist and teacher, wants to bring art to every corner of Charlotte — starting with her Plaza Midwood home. by Page Leggett While most kids were pledging to become doctors, teachers, and firefighters, Charlotte native Laurie Smithwick, 49, set her sights on being an art director. Making mixtape covers was one of her earliest design efforts.…

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,…