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Modern Monday

Dezeen Top Interiors 2017 | dezeen released their top 10 interiors for 2017. Of course all of them feature either modern or mid-century influences sometimes blended with classic architecture. Check out the cool inspiration here.

Crossville Tile Showroom

We stopped in last night to visit Crossville Tile and other home interior vendors at the Airport Design Center last night for the Asheville Home Builder’s Association After Hours Gathering. We loved their selection of dimensional modern and mid-century styled tiles. Stop by for a visit sometime. Cheers!

Flea For Ya’ll | Sunday the 30th

13165975_495585930629933_6166293807108001181_nHi Folks! The final outdoor Flea of the season is later this month. Mark your calendars. It is a great time to pick up those vintage holiday decorations or cool furnishings to fluff your pad for holiday festivities. Or just come and enjoy the crisp fall days with purveyors of everything rustic and cool. Of course we will be there to share all that is going on during this peak real estate season. See you there. Cheers! Flea

Plywood | A Warm Material with Cool Applications

o-PLYWOOD-facebookPlywood was first introduced into the United States in 1865 from France. In 1928, the first standard-sized 4 ft by 8 ft sheets were introduced as a building material. Though it was used for many industrial and commercial applications it was generally used as base material for structure and form before being covered over with something more decorative.bo_050215_16-800x533

Today, plywood has come into its own as a visually striking surface for interior applications. An affordable alternative to solid wood, plywood is easy to shape, readily available and comes in textures ranging from the smoothest birch panels to mottled pressboard, and it’s taking center stage in everything from cafes, micro homes and modern cabins. Take a look at some applications on our Pinterest page here. Cheers!plywood-photographer-Lisa-Cohen

 

the Sinclair | Modern Urban Luxe

Sinclair-Ext-19-yes-all_squareYesterday, we were able to sneak in a quick, private peak of the swanky, new temporary stay units at 59 Broadway downtown know as the Sinclair. Wow! We were super impressed with the level of sophisticated design and detailing. The warm European style interiors blended light industrial touches with clean Danish modern textures and just a bit of mid-century thrown in. Overall, it was very mindfully put together. The vision was pulled together by a team of people including the owners and designer Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design. Cheers to the team!Sinclair 02

Want to stay? Find the details here. We know some clients who will be booking this today upon seeing this. Yes…you know who you are!Sinclair Bottom

 

Modern in the Movies | Ex Machina

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Being an avid movie buff I find there is much to admire in Ex Machina, the directorial debut of author/screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later). From Oscar Isaac’s powerhouse performance as a shady, machismo Steve Jobs-type (in a perfect world he’d be a shoo-in for all major best supporting actor nominations come the end of the year) to little touches, like the fictional beer imbibed by Isaac’s character throughout the film, called “Keikaku” (which means “plan” or “scheme” in Japanese, a clever reference to some third-act plot developments), the film is chock-full of heady ideas and arresting imagery.Untitled-1

Perhaps the most important contributing factor to the success of the overall mood and look of the film is the setting. Taking place almost exclusively at Isaac’s character’s estate, the movie was filmed at the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. Opened in 2007, the hotel’s rooms, which were conceived by the inimitable architects at Norwegian firm Jensen & Skodvin, are breathtaking examples of modern design. The sustainable architecture of this Scandinavian hotel was designed so that the interior mirrors the experience of the landscape — blurring the lines between inside and outside. To dig deeper go here.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.31.16 AM

Rustic + Recycled Lighting

metro compYears back my architectural college pals, Christa Rybczynski and Lawrence Grown, moved to Berkeley to open their own light fixture manufacturing company. With a natural affinity towards green and recycled they recently launched a series crafted with used alcohol bottles. The aesthetic seems to reflect the rustic trend in interiors, both commercial and residential, seen in Asheville along with the popularity of craft cocktails and brewing. Go here to see the new line along with their entire collection. Better yet — place an order. Cheers! Troy

Ciel | Crafted Modern Home

Comp o1Last Friday, Kelly and I were fortunate enough to get a private tour of Ciel’s latest spec home under construction. The 4800 sqft home is the latest in quality, luxury homes that make up the distinctive legacy being developed by David Zimmerman. David has selected the designers, builders and artisans for these mindfully crafted homes nestled above Asheville. The top floor of this home will be a soaring master suite with a treehouse spa bath and a ready to go elevator shaft if needed. Once completed I’m imagining it should prove a worthy and sexy hideaway for the next James Bond film. comp

The build is being led by Brad Rice of Bellwether. The home was originally designed by Retro-Fit Design and interiors are to be specified by Allard & Roberts. Above you can see the Cypress siding going up on the exterior. The wood is treated with a long-lasting green finish to both preserve it and allow it to turn a rich, warm gray blending with the surrounding trees. The team hopes to complete the home by June of this year. Kelly and I look forward to another tour in a few months. If you want to know more regarding this available home email us at hello@modernasheville.com. Cheers!

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Grandma’s Ranch Gets Its Groove Back

As you already know, Kelly and I are big fans of ranch homes. They are one of our specialties. Why? They offer one-level living, simple lines, ease of remodeling and are often in relaxed and established neighborhoods closer to town. Many people quickly look past them, but we see blank boxes for creating cool pads. As most of our clients are looking for that rare modern in Asheville we see it as an untapped resource. Between Kelly, myself and our team of designers and builders – we have helped find unique ways in achieving this. And let’s not forget our visionary and adventurous clients as well!IMG_2980In this case, Dave and Suzanne Donovan, were looking to leave their new, modern home in town and for wide open spaces to roam with their dogs, horses and motorcycles. We found them a 2400 sqft, 1967 vintage ranch overlooking the rolling hills of Fairview with nothing, but open skies, peace and quiet. This “Grandma Ranch”, as Kelly affectionately calls them, was suffocating from decades of traditionalization. However, with our mod-vision glasses, the four of us gazed beyond the crown moldings, printed wall paper and chopped up spaces.

Living CompAs with most ranches this one had divided living spaces. The first priority was to open it up for a flowing entertainment space with views out both sides of the home. Along with the layout, David Way brought his vision to the brick fireplace and clad it to match the kitchen and dining area cabinets to make the spaces sleek and seamless. Kitchen CompOnce the entry, living room, kitchen and dining area became one it was time to pull down the jello molds from the kitchen walls along with the 90’s Home Depot cabinets. Again, our designer/builder, David Way, was able to design and fabricate a custom kitchen that brought simple lines, elegance and efficiency to the space. Suzanne and Dave’s eye for details brought the modern bling with choices in tile, light fixtures and furnishings. Overall, a cool collaboration between designer and owner. Master Bath CompWith few exceptions most 60’s ranches have a tight master bath by today’s standards. Even with the current trend of downsizing from the extensive master baths of the past 20’s years, one still has to remove walls and closets to fit in a minimal spa style bath. Here the old tub was removed to allow for a sensuous shower for two. Sexy! Front CompThe exterior was stripped down, given a Silkwood shower and completely redressed. Dated roof shingles were covered with standing seam metal, shutters were removed and both brick and trim were given tone on tone paint to streamline the facade more seamlessly. A new front door was purchased to give it that cool, retro pop that was lacking in the quiet ranch.

In the end I know Dave and Suzanne could not be happier having adopted and saved this stray rancher. From all reports they may actually stay and not move again. {Bummer!} Kelly, myself and David Way enjoyed playing with them on this project and helping them stitch together a modern nest in the fields of Fairview. Cheers to the team!

Want to see more? Watch this little slide show and pick up a few more details.

For more of our articles on remaking ranch homes here in Asheville click here.

Need help with making your own modern in the mountains? You have a phone — call us! 818.771.2350.

Alchemy Design Studio

indexImageOn Tuesday I finally had the opportunity to sit down with Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design to get to know her and her team’s work. In Asheville speak, we seemed to share the same art & design vibrational frequency swapping opinions on design clients, new construction in Asheville and the work of artists such as  George Peterson. I’ll be visiting one of her projects next month to see more of her modern design work first hand. In the meantime take time to get to know her by visiting here.

Renovate with Color

Affordable Remodeling that is not Black and White

If you’ve been with me over years of remodeling homes and retail spaces you would have heard me say, during my efforts to be creative and economic, “It’s all about the paint and lighting.” It was over this philosophy that I bonded with Scott Courtenay-Smith last Tuesday night sharing glasses of Spanish red at the Battery Park Book Exchange. Scott is owner and resident artist of  “Renovate with Color.” We all know about Design-Build companies. Scott refers to his company as a Design-Paint company. Get it?

I first heard about Scott on the weekend pages of the Citizen Times. His work was featured in the “Home of the Week” section where he transferred a North Asheville, mid-century ranch into a creative retreat for a couple of IBM Executives who moonlight as potters. How perfectly Asheville! He combined a bold color palette mixed with vintage Asian illustrations from the couple’s travels. Scott’s inspiration ignites directly from the home or business owner using what they have as the nexus to begin the transformative and aesthetic dialogue. The clients were comforted in the way Scott included them throughout his process, so they felt even closer to the final result.

For a business client, understanding their branding is important to Scott and he likes to illustrate their story with his color and graphic choices. Recently, he noticed how the local Benjamin Moore store missed an opportunity by painting the outside of their store a muddy brown. Given the richness and history of the paint company, Scott approached them with his own vision that captured their branding at a billboard scale to grab the attention of the driving audience on busy Merrimon Ave. The result reflects the story of the business itself.

Another component that Scott feels is important to his work is the green aspect. He is able to bypass extensive remodeling and waste while transforming a space completely with paint. Once, he convinced a residential client to keep their kitchen cabinets and let him rework them. They were thrilled with the dramatic change, the expert paint treatment he provided and the money they saved in the process. No cabinets and hardware were harmed in the process and, more importantly, they did not end up in the landfill.

For merely $125, Scott will come to your business or residence for a one-hour consultation. He follows that up with a summary report and a master color palette tailored for your project. Given the nature of today’s economy and home values it sounds like an appropriate alternative for your investment dollars. More with less. I get it.

Article by Troy Winterrowd

Interior Mixology

Blending Down Home with Uptown

I sat down over a cup of coffee with interior designer Leslie Anne Huntley today to spend a few minutes finding out about what motivated her as a designer. She had dreamed of doing interior design for years following a career in education. Her passion nagged at her long enough to finally take the plunge and earn her degree in Interior Design from Western Carolina University. She followed that by working for a company designing high end, contemporary kitchens and baths. Dreaming of far off spaces beyond the kitchen she started her own company, Roost Interior Design, to broaden her creative world and design portfolio.

Leslie’s mantra is to work with what you have mixing the old with the new. She enjoy’s working with the client’s existing lifestyle and possessions by repurposing and enhancing the space in ways that seem completely new, but not foreign to her clients. She says,” my mission at Roost is to help synthesize my clients’ tastes into a harmonious space. It’s not about my personal taste, but helping our clients to discover the ingredients for an environment that brings comfort and happiness to them.”

I was able to get a quick tour of a home that Leslie recently completed, a cozy bungalow in Montford within walking distance to downtown. Showcasing the charming, historic bones of the cottage she opened up, lightened and added a layer of modernist sparkle, polish and shine to bring together a time blended interior that could appeal to a variety of clientele. Overall, I appreciated her eclectic “Metropolitan Home” style aesthetic that professionally balanced warm & comfortable with cool & clean.

Article by Troy Winterrowd, Photos provided by Roost