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ROOM WE LOVE: Sweet Dreams

When Whitney Sturge’s clients hired her renovate their dated two-story colonial in Barclay Downs, they wanted room to entertain guests and host sleepovers for their three young children. For their 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom, Sturge had to come up with a…

PARENT TO KNOW: Clary Hilliard Gray

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we’re passing the pen to local mom, Clary Hilliard Gray. You might recognize her from Hilliard Studio Method, the popular fitness studio she co-founded with her mom, Liz Hilliard, in 2008. In…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Polished Pantry

When Tamara Leicester’s clients hired her to design the interior of their two-story modern craftsman in Dilworth, they needed it to function for their growing family, which included three children under age 6. Just off the kitchen, they budgeted for…

ROOM WE LOVE: Tween Suite

Jacy Painter Kelly has designed plenty of children’s rooms over the last decade, but a recent project for a 12-year-old girl schooled her on an emerging design trend among tweens and teens. “She wanted her room to have a lot…

ROOM WE LOVE: In Living Color

Lauren Clement designed nearly every room in her client’s 6,000-square foot home in the The Enclave at Longview, a gated community in Marvin. “Their style is pretty modern, and you don’t get a lot of that in Charlotte,” she says.…

ROOM WE LOVE: The Pink Side

Alexis Warren’s client was pregnant with her second child when she hired the designer to transform a space above the attic into a bedroom for her 2-year-old daughter. She wanted it to be fun and youthful, but it also needed…

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…

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…

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…

ROOM WE LOVE: In the Pink

Crystal Nagel’s clients had a 2-year-old son and a baby girl on the way when they hired the designer to decorate their new build in Eastover. The homeowners wanted to convert the guest room into a nursery, but with supply…

ROOM WE LOVE: Drop Zone

  Charlotte Lucas isn’t afraid to use bold colors and whimsical patterns, and that’s exactly why clients across the city hire the designer to add some pizzazz to their homes. When it came to her own midcentury modern house in…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Dark, Moody Bathroom

Dominique DeLaney, owner of Dominique DeLaney Interior Design, worked on every room of her clients’ new build in The Enclave community in Huntersville. The homeowners, who have two middle school-aged boys, wanted a light, coastal-inspired interior. So DeLaney installed wire-brushed white…

LILY BAKES: Marshmallow Pound Cake

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…

FAMILY TO KNOW: The DeBoers

Meet Matt, Tammy, Olivia, and Chandler DeBoer. If they look familiar, you might have seen one of their faces on “Black-ish,” “Shameless,” “You,” or “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” In 2019, this Charlotte-based family moved to Burbank, CA to chase their children’s…

The Pint-Sized Foodie: Orto

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 Orto,…

How to Be an Ally Parent

June is LGBTQ Awareness Month, and across the country, picnics, parades, and workshops celebrate gay pride. They also provide an opportunity to support members of the LGBTQ community and educate your children on different family structures and backgrounds. If you…