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Our top stories from around the region.

Light and Airy

A Cotswold family builds their ‘forever home’ with the help of an all-female team. by Blake Miller   •   Photographs by Erin Comerford Miller It was one of the few projects designer Ashley Shaw has ever been a part of that was led by all women. “With most homes, either the architect or the builder are men,” says the…

Tropical Tranquility

With majestic views of the twin Piton Mountains, sensational snorkeling and diving, and luxe accommodations, St. Lucia caters to travelers seeking adventure or relaxation. by Alicia Valenski Bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the West Indies, St. Lucia is a glittering gem of a destination tucked between Barbados, St. Vincent and Martinique. What the island may lack…

Moving On

For wellness coach and cancer survivor Jenn Andrews, an unexpected viral movement launches a nonprofit. by Michelle Boudin For 3 miles, Jenn Andrews had deliberately paced herself, determined to complete the entire race without slowing to a walk at any point. But when the cancer survivor and amputee rounded the last curve of the Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids…

Art’s Delight

With inventive cuisine and modern, elegant decor, Peppervine is a treat for the senses. by Cathy Martin Like kudzu, peppervine is a vigorous, climbing plant that traces its roots to Asia and runs rampant across much of the southeastern U.S. The team behind Peppervine restaurant, which opened at Piedmont Town Center in March, thought it a fitting depiction of their…

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,…