A Personal Collection

When I started scouting for this issue last spring, it didn't occur to me until I saw it unfold that two themes run throughout: a homeowner's desire to create a home that's truly a collection of items she loves. And color. Lots of it.

We should all take note: it’s not what a designer says works or what the new trend is — it’s what the homeowner loves that should dictate the interior. A former buyer for Barneys New York and currently the buyer for upscale women’s boutique Capitol, Ruth Caldwell exudes style. And that personal style translates into her SouthPark loft. She picks what she loves and then she finds a way to work her wardrobe or décor around it. Lawyer turned home stylist Lynn-Anne Bruns functions much the same way, except this time the input also comes from her four children, who are as much a part of the design decision process as their mom is. The result is a colonial in Foxcroft that is a true collection of creativity — from the tiny figurines Bruns’s ten-year-old daughter, Caroline, collects and the battered and antique British flag on son Alec’s bedroom floor to the constantly evolving paint colors on the walls. Both spaces demonstrate how a house instantly becomes a home once it’s filled with things close to our hearts.

And the color is abundant in both homes — from the subtle pink color scheme in Caldwell’s space to the summery blue and sea-foam green that resonates throughout the Brunses’ home. Look elsewhere in this issue and you’ll see it in the vibrant oranges and reds and greens in our kids’ room feature on page 40, in the bold purple and green hues of the Mediterranean skewers on page 48, and in the annotated recipe for Cantina 1511’s tableside guacamole on page 20.
It’s a colorful issue to say the least. But most of all, it’s a great sampling of the design — from the interiors to the home goods to the food — here in Charlotte. So enjoy. I know we did.

Categories: From The Editor, Home & Garden