The Switchyard Smithy

Posted by - March 18, 2018

Written By: Marimar McNaughton Sunlight streams into The Switchyard, an active railroad interchange on one of Wilmington, North Carolina’s backstreets. This place where two rail lines converge has become the hub for a community of architects, builders, artisans and writers. One among them, Ben Kastner, is the modern face of yesterday’s blacksmith. Kastner and his

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Bloomin’ Beautiful

Posted by - March 18, 2018

Written By: Diana Matthews Azalea Garden Tour is April 13-15 “We didn’t have azaleas when I was growing up in Indiana,” said Barbara Downing. “We didn’t have camellias blooming in December and January, either. I so appreciate the things that grow here.”      Downing is Media and Communications Chair of the hard-working Cape Fear Garden

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Chez Barry

Posted by - February 20, 2018

Written by: Marimar McNaughton | Frank Hart Photography courtesy of Big Sky Design   “He had to have it,” says interior designer Jo Howell of Big Sky Design, recalling the day Barry Alexander set foot inside the company’s Masonboro Loop atelier — part studio, part showroom.      It was a capiz shell cylinder that hung

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Christmas at Heart

Posted by - December 2, 2017

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photography by: Mary Me Photography   As I listened to Dillon Mclamb tell his story, I could imagine the ten-year-old him waiting impatiently each day for Thanksgiving—the day he finally was able to set up his Christmas display, the day he longed for every year. I could envision him

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Show Time

Posted by - November 27, 2017

  Writer:  Marimar McNaughton Photography: Cothran Harris   A classic, coastal Carolina cottage with all of the trimmings — from gabled window dormers and eave brackets, to bright white columns and cedar shingles — outwardly exudes early 20th century lifesaving stations in its architectural symmetry and vernacular detailing. Inside is another story.   Nancy Mathis

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New Homes + Historic Sites = RiverLights

Posted by - October 2, 2017

  Written by: Marimar McNaughton  |  Photography by: Kathy Spetrino Ten years after unearthing more than 25,000 artifacts left by the Cape Fear Indians who once occupied lands near Barnards Creek 9,000 years ago, Newland Communities came out of the ground in 2016 launching RiverLights, a planned mixed-use, multi-generational community on the Cape Fear River.

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A Place by the Water

Posted by - October 2, 2017

Written by:  Beth Rutledge  |  Photography provided by: RiverLights The allure of a scenic stretch on the banks of the Cape Fear River isn’t new. In fact, the water’s edge at RiverLights, one of this city’s newest planned communities, has beckoned since native people camped there, since a rice plantation regularly floated its harvests into

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Post, Past & Present

Posted by - September 8, 2017

Step inside an historic jewel, polished to reflect its heritage. Written by: Beth Rutledge | Photography by: Michael W. Smith In 1854, Wilmington  buzzed with energy and promise. Steamships and the railroad shuttled ever-growing masses of people and goods; the Port City was its own gateway to the world. That year, Franklin Pierce was president,

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An Island Home with Modern Refinements

Posted by - August 11, 2017

Glide across the waters of the Cape Fear River to Bald Head Island, a sub-tropical hideaway, where time melts with the gradual canting of the sun and recollections of road-rage dissipate like strands of coastal clouds. It has probably been everyone’s dream, at one time or another, to be able to live on an island

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Another World: Bald Head Island

Posted by - August 1, 2017

Two miles off the coast near Southport there’s another world. You can see Bald Head Island from the mainland, low and tree covered, the geometry of the lighthouse—Old Baldy—rising above the green and leaves. A 20-minute ferry ride will take you there, and on the way you’ll shed the weight and troubles of the mainland

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