Archive for category: Story of a House

Bringing in the outdoors

Bringing in the outdoors

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Catherine Nguyen Anyone who’s gone through purchasing a home knows what a big and sometimes agonizing decision it can be. But when the current owners of this gracious property caught wind of its upcoming sale, the wife’s reaction was swift and sure. “I told our Realtor we […]

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi

by Liza Roberts photographs by  Nick Pironio Donna and Jim Belt believe in wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept of beauty that celebrates imperfection. When the former Tokyo residents moved into a downtown Raleigh condo, they combined earthiness with refinement, symmetry with imbalance, and Japanese treasures with American practicality. With the help […]

Economies of scale

Economies of scale

photographs by Nick Pironio When Kim Shirley and her husband Graham decided to move out of Five Points to build a house on a spacious corner lot in West Raleigh, they wanted light, efficiency, and a home better suited to their lives as busy empty-nesters. They also wanted whimsy, which […]

Reclaiming the past

Reclaiming the past

    by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Nick Pironio A house on four lush North Raleigh acres has the presence of one built ages ago, when master builders and craftsmen devoted years of their lives to a singular project. The homeowners, who built the French-inspired home a mere four years […]

Gingerbread cottage

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 spend a lot of time preparing for the season. It […]