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Photo: Christian Hommel

To the trade: Furniture restorer Michael Keith is into details

Do you respect wood? Michael Keith does. A master of old-world craftsmanship, Keith is a furniture maker and restorer of the highest mark. Passionate about the details and intent on preserving the original integrity of antiques, his is an art based upon labored hours in his workshop/studio. Your first exposure to old-world craftsmanship occurred when […]

Kiki Slaughter and her husband rent a contemporary cottage in Ivy that doubles as a workspace. Photo: Andrea Hubbell.

Two artists and a designer create their perfect live/work spaces

For the creative woman, the lines between work and life are often blurred. Inspiration can strike at any moment, and having a space nearby that’s conducive to realizing a vision can be crucial. Being surrounded by objects, treasures, natural curiosities and sentimental items can provide an extra spark when you need one. But navigating a […]

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Designer Sandy Muraca sees the big picture at home

For interior designer Sandy Muraca, updating her foyer last winter so that it reflected her love of vintage art and antiques was vital. “While it’s not a space or room that you would sit and have coffee with a friend, it is a space where you come home, a space where you greet family and […]

Andrea Hubbell photo.

Object of my affection: the wedding chapel

“This painting was a wedding present from my husband’s uncle and aunt, who commissioned it for us. The church shown is Chapel of the Cross, the church in Chapel Hill where we were married. The church is so special to us, aside from the fact that we were married there: We actually met each other […]

June ABODE: Tracey Love’s pared-down Greenwood retreat

June ABODE: Tracey Love’s pared-down Greenwood retreat

(Photo by Andrea Hubbell) A year ago, Tracey Love and her boyfriend, Bridge, decided to buy a Greenwood farmhouse that was built in 1925. “It was a lifestyle change for sure; it was a commitment. Friends that drive out treat it as if it’s so remote, so rural—when in fact I’m five minutes from Crozet, […]