Inspiration Inside

After editing the spring/summer issue of Home & Garden, I was reminded that Charlotte is full of great design. Behind the doors and walls of homes in Myers Park and Foxcroft and Plaza Midwood are many well-designed, interesting, and sometimes eclectic interiors. These homes are so impressive and inspiring that upon seeing them I often take notes about how they arranged their coffee table books or what color they used on the bedroom ceiling or what wallpaper they chose for the powder room in hopes of incorporating those creative design elements into my own home.

With this issue, I hope you’re able to do the same thing by finding design inspiration courtesy of the homes, rooms, and designers we feature in our pages. One such home that you might want to grab your notepad for is Laura and Perry Poole’s Foxcroft stunner (page 50). The 6,000-square-foot midcentury modern home is the perfect coupling of architect Perry’s and shop owner Laura’s eclectic and sophisticated styles. From the framed-in wallpaper in the dining room to the vintage Dick and Jane prints picked up at Metrolina Expo for five-year-old daughter Fifi’s bedroom, you can take something away that can be applied to your home.

Interior designer Lisa Sherry’s Bald Head Island home (page 38) is yet another interior where inspiration abounds. Sherry’s sophisticated neutral color palette makes you unafraid to ditch color and embrace white. And Karen and Steve Barton’s family room (page 18) allows you to see the possibility of traditional meshing well with contemporary, and Rodney Harkey’s Charlotte ranch (page 44) proves that equestrian inspired doesn’t have to mean rustic. And if the homes and rooms themselves aren’t enough to inspire you to tackle that next home project with vigor, take designer John Bossard’s advice to heart (page 112). From the hottest color scheme to the coolest coffee-table books, Bossard dishes on the best (and worst) design trends and styles.

This issue is chock-full of tips to help you create a home that’s not only comfortable but stylish. So flip through and let the pages inspire you.