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Gingerbread cottage

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Mark Petko Christmas is a big deal in the White household. Living in what is commonly known as “the gingerbread cottage” on White Oak Road, John and Ashley White and their sons John and Jack…

Timeless charm

by Liza Roberts photographs by Mark Petko Like so many of life’s most important things, Lisa Sykes’ dream house came when she wasn’t looking for it. What she wanted instead were rugs for the North Raleigh house she and her…

Henry’s Stone Oak: Lithocarpus henryi

by Tony Avent  illustration by Ippy Patterson Since Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, most residents like to think they can identify oak trees, but when I show Henry’s oak to garden visitors, their jaws drop to an unnatural…

Forever house

by Liza Roberts photographs by Lissa Gotwals Brooks Bell and Jesse Lipson knew what they wanted, and they had a list. Their new house had to have a fenced yard for their terrier, Theo, and a screened-in porch. A freestanding bathtub,…

Short plants got no reason to….Verbesina olsenii

by Tony Avent In a world where most plant breeders and nursery folks buy into the mistaken proposition that all homeowners want short plants, I embrace a different notion. I can’t imagine anything worse than opening my front door and…

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