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Photo By: Paisley McDonald
Photo By: Juan Manuel Rodriguez and Jose David Jimenez
Photo By: Tomas Espinoza
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Photo By: Bronwyn Poole
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Making the Bar
The bar on the fourth floor features one of Rachel’s crowning achievements for the space - a major DIY moment gone right. “I knew that once I owned a home, I wanted to have a bar and for the surface of the bar to be decorated in bottle caps. Even before I bought my home, I spent years collecting bottle caps. Once I placed each bottle cap where I wanted it to go, I finished it with resin. I love that I get to share my artwork with so many people. My dreams have literally come true.”
As one might expect from an artist’s home, Rachel has many favorites among her collection. These range from a painting by famed artist Elizabeth Catlett to a yarn blanket that she inherited from her mother. But when asked about her favorite room in her home, Rachel’s immediate answer is, “The fourth floor.” Calling it her, “getaway,” she calls out the childlike themes, the toys and skateboards on the walls and the collection of artwork by Hebru Brantley as reasons why this room is her favorite space.
In the hallway landing a feature wall commemorating the landmark Brown v. Board of Eduction Supreme Court decision is one of Rachel’s favorite moments in the whole house. Rachel’s collage wall is a pastiche of moments surrounding the integration of American schools. Her clippings profile the March on Washington, examples of resistance to school integration and even political cartoons outlining the arguments for change. The papier-mâché of historic events is a backdrop to a colorful portrait Thurgood Marshall. “This space is so important to me,” remarks Rachel. “I have dedicated my whole life to educating Black and Brown children and I wanted a space in my home that spoke to my passion.”
Rachel’s home was an undeniable find. Her four-level townhouse features four bedrooms, and each bedroom has it’s own private bathroom. It’s a dream for families and houseguests alike, but it wasn’t always a marvel. “I bought this house as-is, so the previous owner walked away without doing any repairs,” she recalls. The process of rehabilitation took years, and included everything from replacing faucets to building a bar. Three years after taking over, however, Rachel feels the moment of completion is in sight. “I only have a few more spaces to hang paintings before I’m completely out of space,” she says.
Between Virginia Beach and North Carolina, Seana spent fourteen years in Brookyn, NY. As excited as she was to buy her first home, she felt she needed to grow her apartment-based design style to fill a whole house. “I didn't want to lose my urban vibe,” she confides, “so I did my best to incorporate glimpses of my old life in this new home.” Art became a major way to bring a bit of New York City street style to her Charlotte home, and can be seen in her gallery wall on the stairs.
For Seana, design isn’t a job, it’s a passion. More importantly it’s a way to express herself in a way where the only meaningful critic is her. “My major focus was giving this newly built house some character and soul,” she says. “It was a new build with no renovations to do, so I focused on the decor.” Her focus started with the home’s gorgeous entryway. The white walls come alive with a series of large-scale paintings purchased from a local Charlotte artist. Meanwhile, elements like the side table, rug and brass vase give the space a warm and grounded feeling.
Kids' Contemporary Playroom with Custom Wall Mural
This whimsical playroom inspires creativity, learning, and playtime fun with a colorful wall mural, multiple work areas for drawing and crafting, a slide, and hanging chair. Creative storage makes organization and access to toys easy for both parent and kid.
This light and bright hall boasts an all-over white palette with touches of color, like a bold blue runner and decorative wall hanging. Recessed lighting pairs with natural light to illuminate the space.
A built-in bar features open shelving for displaying glasses and also houses hidden storage and a wine refrigerator. Simple gray armchairs surround a round table for a spot to enjoy a drink or play a game.
When you have cars with sticker prices well into the six-figure range, a basic garage wont do. The Secret Canyon estate comes complete with a ball-room worthy automotive showroom. Sports cars not included.