Archive for category: Story of a House

Back to school

Back to school

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Keith Isaacs Raleigh interior designer Carole Hollowell has designed many houses over the years – some for large families, some small. But creating a home for a sisterhood of 60 presented a new kind of challenge. Her client, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, had a tall order: […]

A Hickory Furniture dining table and chairs in a Liberty of London fabric sit beneath a red Fortuny chandelier. Turquoise walls and Zoffany panels help set the dramatic vision for the home.

Modern traditions

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Catherine Nguyen It only takes a spark, so they say. In the case of Elisabeth and Todd McGowan’s recent house renovation, a decision to upgrade their kitchen led to a total first-floor overhaul that now brims with sophistication and style. Starting in the kitchen, they […]

The kitchen, dining, and living spaces merge seamlessly to function as one spacious room. Pocket doors to the left of the kitchen reveal a study that can also function as additional sleeping quarters.

Mountain living redefined

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Catherine Nguyen When a Raleigh couple went looking for their ideal vacation home in Asheville, they imagined a log cabin deep in the woods. What they found instead was a mid-century modern five minutes from downtown with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The wife, a […]

Worthy of preserving

Worthy of preserving

by P. Gaye Tapp photographs by  Catherine Nguyen When Raleigh builder Mark Kirby saw a timeless Tudor Revival house built in Raleigh in the late 1930s by developer Thomas Adickes, he knew it would be perfect for his family of six. “I could see how we could live there,” he says. […]

Artist Gayle Lowry, 68, lives in a 1940 Sears Crescent home in Mordecai. “This to me just has more presence and more character (than a new house),” she says. “These houses are solid; they’re substantial. The surfaces are worn, there are bite marks on the windowsills from dogs – life has been lived in this structure long before I was here, and there’s just something nice about that.”

Assembly required

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Catherine Nguyen Most people know the horror of the words “some assembly required”: the miniscule parts and pieces, the half-translated instructions, the ridiculous illustrations that somehow lead you to put the entire thing together backwards. Now imagine that instead of a bookcase or wardrobe, you’re […]