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Comfortable Elegance

Charleston’s newest luxury hotel was more than a decade in the making — and it was worth the wait. by Blake Miller When you live in Charlotte, driving-distance destinations such as Asheville and Charleston, South Carolina, tend to be frequent getaways. So when a new hotel opens in the heart of historic Charleston, interest is piqued. And for good reason:…

Glass in the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates its 20th anniversary with a blockbuster exhibit. by Page Leggett China is the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary, while platinum is the modern choice. To commemorate its 20-year milestone, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is eschewing both. Instead, the Belmont destination plans to mark the occasion with the suggested modern gift for a third anniversary:…

Spirit of the Road

Ollie Mulligan finds that making award-winning whiskey is in his blood. By Jim Dodson   •   Photographs by Peter Taylor “Let’s have a test,” says Ollie Mulligan in his rich County Dublin brogue. “Try this and tell me what you think.” Standing in the elegant Broken Spoke bar adjacent to Mulligan’s Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, tucked away in…

The New Reality

Emily Maynard Johnson searched for love twice on national TV. She found it back in Charlotte, and four kids later, she’s finally living her dream — popsicles, bubbles, trampoline and all. by Caroline Portillo Photographer: Joseph Bradley Photography Wardrobe styling and production: Whitley Adkins Hamlin, the Queen City Style Hair and makeup: Patrice Clonts On Ricki: HVN Lindy dress, Coplon’s,…

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,…

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…