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The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home  |  Greenville, SC

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October 30th, 2014

The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

“We wanted to put our best foot forward with our first project for this builder, so we looked to Habersham.”

Featured Designer: Diane Laskoski, Villa Verona Design | The Blind Side
Builder: Fairview Builders LLC
Architectural Plan by Garrell Asssociates Inc.

When Diane Laskoski purchased a lot in one of the stunning Cliffs Communities, she got more than she bargained for.

Situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Cliffs is a collection of residential communities on millions of acres of protected national forest reaching from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC. Learning that Fairview Builders, one of the Cliffs’ preferred builders, was seeking a firm to guide the interior design for its model home in The Cliffs at Mountain Park, she saw an opportunity.

The Cliffs at Mountain Park Master Kitchen

She called the builder, shared information on her award-winning, Pennsylvania-based design firm, The Blind Side, and promptly got the job overseeing and directing the design of the 4300-square-foot sophisticated mountain style home.

Habersham Custom Kitchen For Cliffs Model HomeHabersham Integrated Refrigeration Cabinetry for The Cliffs At mountain Park Model Home

“Model homes design is challenging since you’re not designing for a single client” explains Laskoski.

“You need to create an environment that appeals to a larger audience, while still making a statement. We wanted to put our best foot forward with our first project for this builder, so we looked to Habersham,” she adds.

With an Interior Architecture and Design Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Diane calls upon the architectural elements of a home to enhance the interiors and her special touches can be seen throughout.

The home itself is designed for entertaining as evidenced by the kitchen.

As its centerpiece, Diane and her talented team worked with Habersham to create an expansive island finished in Greystone.

Designed so that hosts and guests can easily interact during meal preparation and serving, the spacious island has two dishwashers on either side of the sink.

“Some designers want to put their stamp on interiors regardless of the exterior design direction,” Diane explains.

“We really try to create a harmonious look between the interior and exterior. The Greystone finish used here offers the perfect complement to the Tennessee field stone on the exterior,” Diane says.

Everything about the kitchen’s flow is seamless. A range is right across from the island and integrated refrigeration cabinetry conceals cold storage, also within reach.

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A butler’s pantry, complete with prep sink and wine chiller, offers additional space for entertainment needs.

All of the Habersham kitchen cabinetry is finished in Muslin.

“We designed the kitchen with the Habersham team and it was such a wonderfully smooth experience,” Diane says.

“We met the installer and went over all our measurements and changes on site before the cabinetry was built – and the installation was flawless,” she adds.

At a recent open house, the kitchen was far and away the most popular gathering spot of the home. And it wasn’t just potential homeowners who were drawn to the inviting design.

The model home received the award for “Best Kitchen” for New Homes between $1-5 million in the Southern Home and Barden Bridges Awards presented by the Home Builders Association of Greenville. In addition, the kitchen also took the Pinnacle Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders.

Lodge Room at Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

Moving in to the lodge room, Diane also looked to the exterior for design inspiration for her interiors. “The home doesn’t stop at the window,” she said, pointing to the warm , welcoming greys , greens and stones of the exterior.

Here, Habersham bookcases flank the fireplace . Cedar beams and the washed stone around the fireplace enhance the Huntington finish on the bookcases

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Storage cabinetry for media equipment and more also flanks the fireplace in the Keeping Room. Here too, the interior calls upon stone and natural finishes, like Habersham’s Huntington style, to reflect the exterior.

Diane also used Habersham for the laundry and mudroom areas of the home. Both rooms created challenges with their angled space limitations.
Habersham Mudroom Cabinetry at Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

But Diane and the Habersham team worked around those challenges, creating fabulous, functional designs finished in Seaspray.

Habersham Custom Laundry Room at The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

The Master bath includes a his and her vanity designs, as well as peninsula tub by Habersham. For this cabinetry, Diane chose the masculine Brittany finish.
Habersham Master Bath Cabinetry

“I love this vanity. When the door opens, the left column also opens to allow more storage area below,” explains Diane.
Habersham Peninsula tub and cabinetry in Brittany finish.
All of the tile on the floor was custom designed and laser cut, offering the perfect foundation for the cabinetry style.
Habersham custom cabinetry for wine chiller
The space also features a wine chiller right off the master bedroom.
Habersham Custom Bath Vanity

Habersham cabinetry , in the Connoisseur finish, was also used in one of the guest baths. “Habersham got everything right,” Diane said, pointing to meticulous detailing, including the flat area the Habersham team added to the paneling around the mirror to allow for light fixtures.
Habersham Guest Bath Custom Cabinetry in Connoisseur Finish
For her game room design, Diane chose Habersham’s Antique Honey finish for the cabinetry, explaining that it brought out the colors in the Quartzite top, tiled back space and the porcelain wood look of the floor tile.
Habersham Custom Cabinetry in Honey Finish
Laskoski has gone on to open a second location for The Blind Side. Villa Verona Design, a European-style studio in Travelers Rest, SC . This new addition now provides interior and home design and remodeling services for The Cliffs Communities and surrounding areas.

Diane plans to use Habersham whenever she can. “Habersham shares our passion and attention to detail.”

Diane Laskoski | Pittsburgh, PA

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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

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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!

Americana Debuts During Fall 2014 High Point Market

by Joyce Eddy, Chairman of the Board  |  
October 17th, 2014

Habersham Americana Unveiled at Fall 2014 High Point Market Making its debut during the Fall 2014 High Point Market,, Americana will include a number of fresh new pieces that recall the design inspirations and styles from our early days – with a new twist.

Featuring new hand-styled artisan finishes, these pieces will reflect simpler lines and more casual looks.  Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind, with unique design elements and handwork.

For 42 years, we have strived to be extraordinary here at Habersham.  We’ve created Americana to exemplify creativity.  With this special set of designs, we’re going back to our roots with the future in full view.

So join us during Market – Market Square Space 191 — and let us know what you think!

Introducing Americana | We Go Back To Our Roots During Fall 2014 High Point Market

by Joyce Eddy, Chairman of the Board  |  
October 16th, 2014

Habersham Introduces America During Fall 2014 High Point MarketMaking its debut during the Fall 2014 High Point Market, Americana will include a number of fresh new pieces that recall the design inspirations and styles from our early days – with a new twist.

Featuring new hand-styled artisan finishes, these pieces will reflect simpler lines and more casual looks.  Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind, with unique design elements and handwork.

For 42 years, we have strived to be extraordinary here at Habersham.  We’ve created Americana to exemplify creativity.  With this special set of designs, we’re going back to our roots with the future in full view.

So join us during Market – Market Square Space 191 — and let us know what you think!

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