Donna and Dave

by Habersham Support  |  
November 24th, 2014

Donna and Dave Allen

“The flexible Habersham design process made our dream home a reality.”

Photography by Peter Rymwid

For Donna Allen, home design isn’t a process, but a passion. Working closely with husband Dave, she designs home interiors and exteriors for their building and renovation projects. Whether it’s a spec home or a room project, Donna oversees every element of the design process – from wrought iron exterior accents to cabinetry crown molding.

The duo has worked with Habersham on a number of projects and when it came time to build their own home, they planned to use it in one room…and just kept going.

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“We fell in love with Habersham when we first saw it years ago in a designer showroom. It’s a company that truly ‘gets it’ about furniture. The pieces are well made– calling upon a time-honored design process,” says Donna. “I had a design in mind before I even started working on this home and Habersham perfectly reflected my vision.”

Since the couple’s children and grandchildren lived in Raleigh, Donna and Dave decided to pull up stakes from their home base in Alabama and move to North Carolina. The Habersham Custom Kitchen Cabinetery Breakfast Areaneighborhood they chose was in the historic Five Points area of Raleigh, so it was important to the couple to design a home that not only worked within the architectural, landscape and other certified requirements of the neighborhood, but one that blended aesthetically with the other homes and overall atmosphere as well.

“The homes here are Tudor, French Provincial, and Georgian, so we opted for a European Georgian style to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood – carrying the style from the exterior to the interior,” Donna explains. “Our home reflects our travels and interest in art and handmade craftsmanship – from the Habersham cabinetry and furniture right down to our stairway, which is all hand-turned wood.”

For the kitchen, Donna wanted a casual European elegance with a new world twist. “I wanted a casual look with a touch of whimsy,” she explains. “Your home should have your own stamp. In Europe you don’t find homes that are all French or all Italian—that’s more an American thing. Because of Habersham’s design flexibility, they allow you to make your own space unique. The design team is very open to your ideas, shows you how things can work with your colors, and then helps achieve your vision.”

Donna drew and scaled her kitchen, working closely with the Habersham team on molding choices, dimensions, reviewing board/color samples and more. “The process worked so well for me,” she says. “The Habersham team is not locked into design restrictions—rather they wanted to help me with everything I hoped to achieve.”

Habersham Custom Mantle  and Coffee Table DesignDonna had found antique, hand-carved animalia designs from the 1800s and early 1900s that she wanted to incorporate to create a “Hunt” theme. Habersham‘s artisans worked with her to paint the designs and integrate them into the cabinetry.

Playing to her sense of whimsy, there is a fox looking out from the range hood, while a dog searches for him below. Fish and fowl designs on hunt plaques tie the theme together, while Victorian rosettes above the integrated refrigeration complete the look.

In the living room area, Donna wanted to find a way to create an Old World fireplace that could work with their TV. She drew the design and again worked with Habersham to create a custom design that effectively blended Old World sensibilities with modern technology.

The family room brought its own design challenges. “I wanted a country home in the city, but with this lot and building in a city, there were limitations,” she says, explaining how they were not able to place the family room/study on the first floor. “So we moved it upstairs and made it work.”

Habersham Custom Home Office Design

To provide dual workspace so their daughter would also have room to work when she visited, Donna and the Habersham team created a “workspace office.” Each side provides plentiful, practical room for a computer, dvds, and desktop. Designed to look like three drawers on either side, the space includes one top drawer while the bottom two are actually a single file cabinet.

“The piece and its finish offer a comfortable, relaxed look, which is so important. You shouldn’t feel ‘afraid’ of using or damaging your furniture. Comfort is key,” she says.

The master bath was designed with two opposing his and hers sinks. Donna wanted an elevated backsplash, which Habersham accommodated by providing a rounded front allowing the sink and faucet area to be pushed out further.

Habersham Custom Bath Cabinetry Master Bath

“If you look in the mirror of the ‘his’ side here, you will see how we tried to create a complimentary, yet different look for the ‘her’ side with three sections of mirror and chandelier lighting.” Habersham Guest Bath Custom Cabinetry

A lovely guest bath also reflects the overall design style of the home with its casual bead board and soft, hand-styled finish.

For the bedroom, Donna and Dave were able to order a customized addition to an existing piece of Habersham to make room for a larger TV.

When they originally purchased the media center/sideboard 9 years ago, Habersham shipped it with a sample board featuring the finish from the piece. Donna was able to ship that finish board to the factory to use in matching the new piece that now sits on top and holds the TV.

The addition is versatile too, as it is designed to either sit on top as shown, or be mounted on a wall.

Habersham Custom Entertainment Center

“If you can envision it, Habersham can create it–working closely with you along the way. It is a wonderful design partnership experience,” said Donna.

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Furniture and Cabinetry Engineer

by Habersham Support  |  
November 16th, 2014

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Kitchen and Bath Designer | Project Manager

by Habersham Support  |  
November 16th, 2014

We are seeking an experienced Kitchen & bath Designer/Project Manager. Duties include project management from initial contact and design, through estimating cost, final measuring, manufacturing and installation.

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Finishing and Assembly Professional

by Habersham Support  |  
November 16th, 2014

Habersham is seeking experienced finishers and sprayers who will hand finish high end furniture and cabinetry.

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Screen to Machine Cabinet Vision Programming Technician

by Habersham Support  |  
November 16th, 2014

We are seeking an experienced Screen to Machine Cabinet Vision Programming Technician.
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Habersham Introduces Americana Grouping, Adds New American Treasures, Biltmore Designs During Fall 2014 High Point Market

by Habersham Support  |  
November 5th, 2014

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Diane Laskoski | Pittsburgh, PA

by Habersham Support  |  
October 30th, 2014

Diane Laskoski The Blind Side and Villa Verona

Diane Laskoski,
Founder, President and Senior Designer,
The Blind Side, Verona, PA
www.theblindside.com
Villa Verona Design
Travelers Rest, SC
www.villaveronadesign.com

“Habersham shares our passion and attention to detail. It's a unique line. Once our clients see it, they want it.”

Diane Laskoski founded the award-winning design firm, The Blind Side, in 1987. Leading it to its current day position as one of the Pittsburg area’s top interior design firms, she is still actively involved in the firm’s interior design project management and works closely with its discriminating clientele.

She holds a degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Carnegie Mellon University and has experience in all aspects of interior design, construction and remodeling.
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Fall 2014 High Point Market Highlights

by Habersham Support  |  
October 27th, 2014

Habersham  Americana Tallulah BreakfrontWe unveiled the  latest additions to our  popular American Treasures® and Biltmore® Chateau Reserve Collections during the Fall 2014 High Point Market.  Americana, a  new grouping of one-of-a-kind, artisan designs, also joined the   line-up. 

Click here to see them all, including  the   Americana Tallulah Breakfront, shown here. 

Pieces in our Americana group bring clean lines, hand-done details and layers of color and texture together to create designs that will fit in almost any home.  Our designers selected earthy textures and colors  to bring life to a room, without overpowering it.  With the Tallulah Breakfront, a custom blue/white art finish converges with hand-sculpted details.  Jeweled hardware completes the look.

See all the new intros – click here!

Fall 2014 High Point Highlights

by Habersham Support  |  
October 27th, 2014

Habersham Fall 2014 High Point HighlightsWe unveiled the  latest additions to our  popular American Treasures® and Biltmore® Chateau Reserve Collections during the Fall 2014 High Point Market.  Americana, a  new grouping of one-of-a-kind, artisan designs, also joined the  line-up. 

Pieces in the American group recall the design inspirations and styles from our  early days – with a new twist.  Featuring new hand-styled artisan finishes, these pieces reflect simpler lines and more casual looks.  Each piece is a  one-of-a-kind, with unique design elements and handwork.

Fall High Point intros included:

Habersham Americana Highlands Forest Cabinet

27-8337B HABERSHAM AMERICANA HIGHLANDS FOREST CABINET — This particular design features ornate hand-sculptured details on its exterior, tying it to the natural beauty of the forest. Earthy textures and colors , inspired by nature, come together to create a design that is a true work of art.

Habersham Americana Laurel Lodge Closed

17-7573B AMERICANA LAUREL LODGE - Planked sides and door panels come together with richly detailed hand-finished textures and tones  to create a lovely lodge look that is at home  in any setting and décor style.

Habersham Chattoga Ridge Cabinet

23-1478B HABERSHAM AMERICANA CHATTOOGA RIDGE CABINET Bringing a dramatic red tone together with natural wood textures , this design can add a splash of color to any room.

Habersham Americana Tallulah Breakfront

23-8173B HABERSHAM AMERICANA TALLULAH BREAKFRONT Pieces in our Americana group bring clean lines, hand-done details and layers of color and texture together to create designs that will fit in almost any home.  Our designers selected earthy textures and colors  to bring life to a room, without overpowering it.  With the Tallulah Breakfront, a custom blue/white art finish converges with hand-sculpted details.  Jeweled hardware completes the look.

Habersham Americana Acorn Creek Cabinet

23-2710B HABERSHAM AMERICANA ACORN CREEK CABINET Meticulously hand-styled and finished, this cabinet design brings  earthy textures and tones together with reclaimed wood for a casually elegant, rustic look.

Habersham Americana Deer Hill Cupboard

23-4265B HABERSHAM AMERICANA DEER HILL CUPBOARD –Part of our Americana group, this art piece is finished in a custom green with hand-painted art of the door panels.  Our artists chose   colors from nature – leaves, water sky – the things we love and that inspire us with their beauty.

KB23-4420 Fontaine Bleau Vanity

KB23-4420 FONTAINE BLEAU VANITY – Offering a fresh new look, this tapered pedestal vanity features Roman acanthus filigree around the frieze .  Finished in Sandemar with gold tipping on the embellishments.

01-2369 3 Piece Lia Entertainment Center

01-2369 3 3-PIECE LIA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER This new American Treasures piece features mirrored doors in the center.  The stepped down side doors are shown in glass.  Offering clean, sleek design lines, this piece is finished in Seaspray Multicolor.

01-5770-Q Emerson Pencil Post Bed - Queen

01-5770-Q TIFFANY LINK BED Another addition to our popular American Treasures collection, this bed features an interlocking tiffany link pattern with platform railing.  Offering a nice mixture of classical and contemporary elements, this versatile, transitional design is sure to add an elegant accent to any bedroom.

17-1770A Nadia 2-Door Cabinet With Symmetrical Floral Art

17-1770A NADIA 2-DOOR CABINET WITH SYMMETRICAL FLORAL ART — This two-door cabinet brings classical and contemporary elements together for a rich effect.  A black finish with beautiful symmetrical floral art offers a dramatic accent.  Swarovski crystal knobs come standard. Also reference Valentina 2-Door and Aria 2-Door cabinet styles .

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17-1770B VALENCIA  2-DOOR CABINET WITH SYMMETRICAL FLORAL ART — This two-door cabinet brings classical and contemporary elements together for a rich effect.  A white  finish with beautiful symmetrical floral art offers touch a of casual elegance .  Swarovski crystal knobs come standard.Also reference Valentina 2-Door and Aria 2-Door cabinet styles .

HabershamAria 2-door cabinet

17-1770 ARIA 2-DOOR CABINET The perfect blend of classical and contemporary design elements, this piece is sure to add an elegant accent to today’s home .  Swarovski crystal knobs come standard.  Also reference Nadia and Valentina 2-Door Cabinet designs.

27-4620 Recellie Entertainment Center

27-4620 RECELLIE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER We’ve brought back our popular Recellie Entertainment Center – redesigning  it to accommodate a slimmer plasma TV.  Adding to its appeal,  this piece features a neoclassical design with unique raised panel doors featuring an arch/keystone design. Shown in Antique Honey with Muslin Connoisseur interior.

27-4610 Brooklyn Entertainment Center

27-4610 BROOKLYN HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER –Featuring a divided top/bottom, this piece can accommodate a slim plasma TV.  Adding to its appeal,  this piece features a neoclassical design with unique raised panel doors featuring an arch/keystone design.  Shown in a custom finish.

37-3058 Napoli Wine Center

37-3058 NAPOLI WINE CENTER – We are now offering the Napoli Wine Island in three sizes – 48”, 60” and 72”.  This 72” design is equipped with a wine cooler opening on one side.  Shown here with upgraded Schaub hardware, which is available with an upcharge.  Shown in Antique Honey and Imperial Green.

37-3060B Americana Rustic Work Table

37-3060B HABERSHAM AMERICANA RUSTIC WORK TABLE This richly rustic, hand-carved table  is one of the pieces in our new Americana group of one-of-a-kind artisan designs.

Habersham Americana Ladderback Arm Chair With Art

43-6552B AMERICANA LADDERBACK ARM CHAIR WITH ART Meticulously hand-styled and painted, this delightful chair design features hand-sculpted rose detailing.

64-1723B Americana Blue Bird Sideboard

23-1015B HABERSHAM AMERICANA BLUE BIRD SIDEBOARD — Part of our new Americana Group, this sideboard design features antique hardware and planked panels.  One adjustable shelf with a plate groove also  included.

Americana Gigi's Cupboard

23-6400B HABERSHAM AMERICANA GIGI’S CUPBOARD — As part of our new Americana Group, this piece is sure to be handed down from generation to generation.  A one-of-a-kind artisan design, it brings clean lines, hand-styled details and layers of texture together to create a lovely look.

Habersham Biltmore Overlook Arch Home Theatre

64-2398 BILTMORE OVERLOOK ARCH HOME THEATER Introduced during the spring 2014 Market, our Biltmore Overlook Arch Bookcase was inspired by the beautiful arches and ironwork found in the library of the famed Asheville, NC estate.  Now,   we taken this  popular design and  created a  home theater option. Fluted columns and arches come together with ornate metal grillwork   for an elegant room accent.

Ladderback Arm Chairs with Rush Seat

43-6552 LADDERBACK ARM CHAIR WITH RUSH SEAT Shown in Muslin Connoisseur. Side chair also available.

Shaker Windsor Arm Chairs

43-6007 SHAKER WINDSOR ARM CHAIR Reintroducing our best-selling Shaker Windsor Chair from our 1989 catalog.  Shown in Muslin Connoisseur.

Custom Spotlight: Elegant Entry

by Habersham Support  |  
September 10th, 2014

Custom SpotlightStep inside the luxurious Habersham Home.  Where a world of endless custom opportunities awaits you.  This magnificent custom entry –completed for Bolyard Lumber — is the perfect design solution creating a seamless flow from the kitchen to the dining room.

Habersham can customize anything.

You dream it.  We’ll create it.  Contact us today to let us help make your dream home a reality.