Author: Taylor Bowler

LILY BAKES: Breakfast Bread With Mixed Berry Spread

Lily Barnes is our 11-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s…

WEEKENDER: The Crystal Coast

  The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of beaches that encompasses Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and Cape Lookout. It’s roughly five and a half hours from Charlotte by car depending on which town…

ROOM WE LOVE: Bunked

When Traci Zeller’s clients bought their Myers Park home, they decided to turn an upstairs room, originally budgeted as a guest room, into a place where their two kids could have sleepovers. The sloped ceilings didn’t leave much space for…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Geno D’s Pizza

  Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of…

LILY BAKES: Strawberry-filled Cupcakes

Lily Barnes is our 11-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s…

ROOM WE LOVE: Role Play

When the owners of a lakefront home in Cornelius wanted a designated play place for their three young daughters, the team at Aguilar Design Studio in Cornelius came to their rescue. Aaron and Laura Aguilar, the spouses and owners behind…

WEEKENDER: Primland

Primland Resort is a two and a half hour drive from Charlotte and puts you in the heart of southern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The last 20 minutes take you through some winding mountain roads (pack dramamine if the kiddos…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Fat Cat Burgers + Bakeshop

Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Fat…

LILY BAKES: S’mores Biscuits

  Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is…

ROOM WE LOVE: Big Kid Refresh

When her longtime clients wanted to update their children’s bedrooms, Hadley Quisenberry was already familiar with their Cotswold home. The owner and principal designer of West Trade Interiors had worked alongside her mother and business partner Lisa Britt to renovate…

WEEKENDER: Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, also known as the Grand Strand, stretches 60 miles along the South Carolina coast and encompasses 14 different communities, each with their own identity and attractions. Kids can enjoy mini golf, pirate shows, and the beach boardwalk, while…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Milkbread

Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Milkbread…

LILY BAKES: Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

  Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is…

WEEKENDER: Atlanta

A-Town, Hotlanta, Hollywood of the South, the Big Peach. Atlanta has countless nicknames, and in North Carolina we often refer to it as “Charlotte’s big sister.” It has more people, traffic, shopping, and restaurants—like a bigger, flashier version of Charlotte.…

ROOM WE LOVE: For Art's Sake

Designer Cheryl Luckett had worked with the owners of this Davidson home in 2018, not long after they moved in. The young couple, both in the medical field, didn’t have much time to focus on design. They left those decisions…

PARENT TO KNOW: Dr. Sandy Charles

February is American Heart Month, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to Dr. Sandy Charles, a board-certified cardiologist and medical director of Novant Health Women’s Heart & Vascular Center. The New York native is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and…

GO. PLAY. SEE.: 4 Fun Things to Experience in Charlotte This Month

  TAKE THE CAMP PASSPORT CHALLENGE Camp North End will host a Valentine’s-themed Camp Passport challenge February 1-28. Pick up a Camp Passport from any of the 16 participating businesses; if you purchase an item from eight of them throughout the month, you can redeem it for…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue

Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Gyu-Kaku…

PARENT TO KNOW: Tonya Graser Smith

As a board certified specialist in family law and founder of GraserSmith, PLLC, Tonya Graser Smith counsels clients through divorce, property division, and co-parenting. In her personal life, she’s happily married to Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Sean Smith and…

LILY BAKES: Banana Bread

Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s…