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Our 4 Most Popular Home Renovation Stories of the Past Year

FROM A BUNGALOW in Oaklawn Park to a Cornelius lake house, we've featured several major renovations over the past year that have stirred conversation. Below, we’re looking at four of the most popular of those feature stories on regional homes. Michael…

Recipe: A Fall Salad from Chef Alyssa

Vegetable-based entrées are growing in popularity, especially in fall when produce like eggplant and squash are in season. Enjoy this healthy and colorful salad that’s hearty enough to serve for dinner.    Roasted Eggplant Salad with Yogurt Dressing Serves: 4…

Room We Love: A Secret Hideaway in Dilworth

Built in 2016 by Ram Design Build, this 6,000-square-foot craftsman-style home in Dilworth has plenty of space for a growing family. The homeowners wanted a room where “the kids can be wide open and have fun,” says designer Hadley Quisenberry…

Troutman Chair Company Keeps Front-Porch Tradition Alive

FURNITURE MANUFACTURING, once a leading industry and cultural mainstay in North Carolina, is becoming a lost craft. Since 1990, 60 percent of the state’s furniture-making jobs have left for factories in Asia, drawn to their lower material and labor costs.…

Rain Gardens Are Both Pretty and Practical

IF APRIL SHOWERS LEAVE puddles on the lawn, a rain garden could be the answer.  “Water that runs off impervious surfaces like roofs and driveways carries pollutants that end up going into the storm water system,” explains Paula Gross, adjunct…

Room We Love: Relaxed Vibes in a Dilworth Cottage

AFTER MOVING into a Dilworth cottage, Liz and Christopher Leonard weren’t sure how to use the finishes the previous owners had left behind. Dealing with a “beige-on-beige” space with a confusing layout, the family called on Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley…

3 Herbs for Your Indoor Garden

WHEN THE COLD WEATHER settles in, combat cabin fever by playing mixologist. A fragrant indoor herb garden serves double duty—growing greenery in your home will boost your mood and improve your spirits (the alcohol kind). Place these three herbs on…

The Making of The Launch Factory's Living Wall

VERTICAL GARDENS thrive both indoors and outdoors, but during the gray winter months, a colorful living wall can be a welcomed backdrop. Eric Westerduin, strategy director at Suite Plants, recently installed this living wall at The Launch Factory, a co-working space…

Interior Design Trend Forecast for 2019

The world of aesthetics is full of changes. One moment, granite is the go-to material for kitchen countertops; the next, it's old news. How do you keep up with the ever-changing trends of the interior design world? Well, if you're reading…

Six Stops During a Visit to Seagrove

UNDERNEATH THE GRASS and wildflowers and dirt is one of our region’s earliest resources: clay. Now, hunks of the terracotta-colored material are spun on the wheels of nearly 100 potters in Seagrove, the slippery clay tamed by their fingertips into mugs…

Couple Transforms Dated Bungalow in Oaklawn Park

TALAYA BROWN has always been attracted to small house living, so when she and her husband Kerrick Faulkner inherited a brick bungalow from his grandparents two years ago, they had the chance to fulfill this dream.   “Before renovations, the home was…