Grand Entrance: Trig Modern To Update The Quorum’s Lobby, Corridors

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

Trig Modern, the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh that specializes in modern decor, has been hired to upgrade the lobby and the eight residential corridors in The Residents at Quorum Center, a luxury condominium building also in downtown Raleigh.

“An inviting lobby is the condo version of curb appeal and your first impression of a building,” said Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum. ”That’s especially important in high-end buildings. The Quorum’s lobby harkens back to a time of elegance and sophistication, and our design speaks to that. We want to emphasize the beauty of the Quorum’s tile floors and Venetian plaster walls by adding layers of texture and color.”

Baum proposed three different color palettes – teal, orange, and gray — that will ensure the modern elements she introduces are warm and inviting.  The Quorum’s board will select one of them.

Each color “story,” as Baum calls them, involves replacing the wood-framed, Regency-style arm chairs in the lobby with either a pair of armless slipper chairs or a sleek, modern sofa in jewel-toned, patterned upholstery. She’ll complete the vignette with modern accent tables.

Each scheme also will replace the current console tables, lamps, and mirrors at the elevators – “which aren’t necessary,” Baum noted — with upholstered benches. She’ll upgrade the wall-to-wall carpet in the corridors with new striated carpet tiles that can be replaced easily if one of them is damaged or stained.

“And on every floor, above each bench, as well as in the lobby, I’ve recommended installing original works of art,” Baum said. “These pieces can be rotated among the floors and eventually rotated out of the Quorum so that new pieces can be brought in.” She will work with Kelly McChessney of Flanders Gallery in downtown Raleigh for the art rotation.

Baum also intends to remove all the artificial plants in the building and upgrade the lighting in the residents’ mail room.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit

TRIG Modern Announces Exclusive Deal with ValDesign

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A ValDesign kitchen

Downtown Raleigh store now offers high-end Italian kitchen systems.

 Trig Modern, the modern furniture, lighting, and interior design store located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, is now the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill “Triangle” region’s exclusive dealer for ValDesign, The Alf Group’s contemporary kitchen cabinetry systems.

ValDesign systems are designed and manufactured in Italy’s Veneto region, which is internationally recognized as one of the best furniture manufacturing areas in the world. The collection features a choice of high-end woods, lacquered and matt oak, lacquered colors, metallic lacquered colors, Melamine, cement resin, PVC, and laminated casework with polished or etched glass.

Speaking for himself and interior designer Anne Marie Baum, Trig’s owner, Bob Drake, noted, “Both Ann Marie and I were immediately attracted to ValDesign because of its ability to accomplish so many functions through its beautiful simplicity, spectacular finishes, and quality manufacturing.”

ValDesign’s parent company, The Alf Group, dates back to the 1950s. A group of highly skilled, experienced Italian craftsmen founded a co-op in Francenigo (Treviso) to mass-produce wooden furniture. In just a few years Alf became a luminary member of the Italian woodworking market. As a result, the late Oliviero Piovesana and his brother bought the company and invested additional resources.

According to Furniture Fashion reviewer Ronique Gigson, ValDesign “has the calming, sedate feel that will always bring you down to earth and back home.  The simple, cube-like basics of this kitchen echo a little bit of mid-century retro in their attitude… The combination of modular, rectangular cabinets and geometric lines of shelving turns a blank wall into a contemporary piece of three-dimensional installation art.”

Trig Modern is having a ValDesign demonstration kitchen installed in the store this month. In the meantime, anyone interested can look through samples of the systems’ various materials and discuss the collection with Bob Drake or Ann Marie Baum.

Trig Modern is located at 328 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit or call 919.516.8744.

Trig Modern bcsAbout Trig Modern:

Opened in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of Modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig on Facebook at

RHA Howell To Host “Put It On The Table” Design Competition, Fundraiser

To benefit children and adults with disabilities in the Tar River and Greenville group homes.

July 26, 2011 (Greenville, NC) – Creative holiday table settings and table top design are the themes for a special fundraiser to benefit RHA Howell’s Tar River and Greenville Group Homes this year entitled, “Put It On The Table.”

On Thursday, November 3, from 4-7 p.m., local businesses — interior designers, florists, gift shops and jewelry stores, restaurants, and other entrants — will use tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, center pieces and other elements to capture the spirit of the holidays. The event will promote their brands and work, while raising funds for children and adults with disabilities. Professional designers will serve as judges to select the “Best in Show” winner, while the attending public will determine the “People’s Choice Award.”

Businesses that enter the “Put It on the Table” competition and fundraiser will pay a $100 entry fee and provide a raffle or silent auction donation valued at $100. All items may also be priced for sale. RHA Howell will provide each entrant a 48-inch unadorned table and any number of chairs.

“We can’t wait to see how creative the table top designers will be,” said RHA Howell marketing director and events planner Debbie Valentine. “And we hope those who come to see the results will be inspired to get creative with their own table tops back home for the holidays.”

For their entry fee, participating designers and businesses will receive advertisements in the “Put It on the Table” program, two tickets to the event, their companies’ names in RHA Howell press releases, and a link to their businesses on the RHA Howell website. The event will also have its own Facebook page and Twitter account. The deadline for entering the competition is September 15.

“Put it on the Table” will be held at St. Peters Catholic Church at 2700 East 4th Street in Greenville, NC. Tickets to the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Limited advance tickets will be available from the website at

Event sponsorships are also available from $250 (“Friends” level) to $2500 (VIP). Benefits for each level of sponsorship will be available soon on the RHA Howell website.

RHA Howell is a non-profit, statewide organization that has been serving children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years. Tar River is home to 30 children with complex medical needs who require round-the-clock medical care. The Greenville Group Homes provide care for12 adolescents with special needs.

For more information about RHA Howell Tar River contact Crystal Garman at 252-758-1101 or

For more information about Greenville Group Homes contact Jill Liles at 252-327-2063 or

About RHA Howell, Inc.

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for nearly 40 years. Integrity, high standards for quality and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to

Raleigh Interior Designer Expands Services To Home Staging, Organizing, Party/Event Decorating

A dining room staged by Sharon Bell Glazener

December 7, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – After 25 years as a professional interior design, Sharon Bell Glazener of Bell/Glazener Design Group in Raleigh is expanding her professional services to include home organizing, home staging, holiday decorating, and event preparation and decoration.

According to Glazener, her interior design clients often request her help in these areas – especially home organizing and, this time of the year, with holiday decorating.

“I have many clients who want to decorate their homes beautifully and even dramatically for the holidays, but they don’t trust themselves to do it or they don’t have the time,” she said. “So they ask me to help because they know I’ll create a holiday ‘look’ that complements their décor.”

Her special-events services extend to any parties or events where a professional designer’s touch is needed, especially in coordinating with a floral designer and caterer.

Glazener’s expansion into home organizing was prompted by her desire to help people improve their homes’ livability and enjoy the space, furniture and accessories they already have.

Sharon Bell Glazener

“I truly enjoy organizing and love the look on clients’ faces when they suddenly have so much more space as a result,” she said. “It’s also a lot of fun to help them rediscover accessories they’d put away or that are buried under a disorganized clutter. And they’re always amazed at how much easier it is to clean and to keep clean a well-organized home.”

A client in Manteo, NC, offered the following comment for Glazener’s new e-brochure: “Sharon has a way of looking at your space and seeing possibilities where you only see a mess.”

Glazener is also keenly aware of the growing need for professional home staging as home sellers find it increasingly difficult to capture the attention of homebuyers in the current economy.

“There is such intense competition for buyers now, and often the key to winning that competition comes down to the ‘wow’ factor when a potential buyer walks up to the front door and crosses the threshold,” she said. “As realtors know, you’ve got about three seconds to get elicit that ‘wow’ factor. That’s where professional staging makes all the difference.”

Sharon Glazener’s interior design and home staging work has helped local home builders earn four Gold Awards from the Parade of Homes Competition.

For more information on Sharon Bell Glazener, visit To request her new “Decorative Organizing” e-brochure, contact her at or call 919-787-3515.

About Sharon Bell Glazener:

A partner in Bell/Glazener Design Group, Sharon Bell Glazener was educated at the North Carolina State University College of Design and has studied abroad in Spain, Italy and England. She has maintained an Independent Practice of Interior Design in North Carolina since 1979 and is responsible for the planning, design and coordination of all ID contracts. Project experience includes Residential, Sales Models, Commercial and Retail, Display and Merchandising, Conventions & Public Exhibitions and Seasonal Event Planning. She has been active in the design and construction of interior spaces for new construction as well as renovations and restorations. A primary focus of her interest has centered on single-family residential environments and the blending of personalities, activities, spaces and styles into individually tailored living environments. For more information visit

Porto Announces Its 2008 “CHAIRity” Art Event to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

March 3, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – To celebrate the role artists play in advancing cultural and social development, and to align that role with the contribution Habitat for Humanity makes to society, Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill (, has announced its second gala fundraiser for Habitat/Wake County, which will be held in the Raleigh location in North Hills on Saturday, October 18.

Porto is now inviting Triangle area artists to “recycle” used wooden chairs — in stock at Habitat/Wake’s ReStore Center in Raleigh — into one-of-a-kind works of art. The chairs are free to artists, who will be asked to translate this year’s theme: “Going Green Just Got Elegant,” a Porto slogan that reflects the stores’ commitment to sustainable furniture manufacturing.

The chairs-turned-art must be completed by August 30 and delivered to Porto. They will then be exhibited in public spaces around Raleigh for a month leading up to the evening of October 18, when gala attendees will bid on these unusual works of original art (some in a silent auction, others “live” via an auctioneer). Seventy-five percent of the winning bid for each door will be donated to Habitat/Wake County. The remaining 25 percent goes to the artists.

How artists use the chairs and translate the theme of the “CHAIRity” is completely up to them. Functional or not, construction or deconstruction – whatever they want to do with their chairs is up to their imaginations. They may even “reinvent” a chair into something else entirely.

Porto held its first Habitat/Wake County fundraiser a little over a year ago and raised over $14,000, which was used to purchase materials for a Habitat house that is now occupied by its new owner. Members of the Porto team helped build the house as well.

Artists who want to participate should contact Kim Weiss at blueplate pr (919-272-8615; no later than April 1. Anyone interested in participating in this year’s CHAIRity — as hosts for the chairs-turned-art, as sponsors to provide food or wine for the gala, or in another way – should also contact Kim Weiss as soon as possible.

Habitat/Wake County’s ReStore is located at 2420 Raleigh Boulevard. Habitat has set aside at least 30 specific chairs for this purpose.


Porto To Participate In “Feather Your Nest” Home & Garden Show

February 27, 2008 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) – To help shake off the winter drabs and welcome the possibilities of spring, Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, will present a sample of its collections and offer tips and techniques on sprucing up home interiors for the new season during “Feather Your Next,” a home and garden show to be held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on Sunday, March 16.

Porto co-owner Micheal Perry, who spends most of his time in the Chapel Hill store in Eastgate Shopping Center, will be on hand to meet show-goers and discuss what he sees as spring trends. He will also offer information on the increasing popularity of “environmentally friendly” furniture, which is produced by manufacturers who practice environmental stewardship. Porto is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council and has made it a practice since the Raleigh location opened in 2004 to carry only manufacturers who practice environmental and social responsibility.

The spring show will also feature fabrics, flooring, wall covering, window treatments, lighting, kitchen and bath ideas, floral design, and home entertaining, as well as an “Ask The Experts” area.

The historic Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro Street. Tickets are $10, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting, gift bags and raffle give-ways. Doors open at noon. The event is sponsored by The Carolina Inn, MW Design and Chapel Hill Magazine. For more information, visit

Porto is located in Raleigh at 4151 Main at North Hills and in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 East Franklin Street. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 
Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit


Carolinas ASID Designer Showhouse Selects Metro Magazine for Program Sponsor

February 13, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — The Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have chosen Metro Magazine ( as the Program Sponsor for the 2008 Designer Showhouse scheduled for May 10 through June 1. The event will showcase two state-of-the art townhouses in Ramblewood at North Hills in Raleigh. Each room in the town houses will be designed and furnished by area members of ASID. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Wake County as well as other community organizations and programs supported by the Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

As Program Sponsor, Metro will create the official printed guide to the Showhouse, which will include photographs and descriptions of the rooms as well as advertising opportunities for related businesses, individuals and industries.

Metro Magazine is a leading regional publication with circulation of 160,000 from the Triangle to the coastal area of North Carolina. Each edition features articles on architecture, interior design and historic preservation, along with other topics that appeal to its predominately affluent audience.

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh (WCR) is coordinating the Showhouse project. A non-profit corporation, the Club’s 400 volunteers raise approximately $200,000 and contribute 30,000 hours of volunteer service to the community each year. The Raleigh club last presented a Showhouse in 2005 and Metro served as program sponsor for that one. (To access coverage of the 2005 Show House, visit

The WCR is partnering with the Carolinas Chapter of the ASID. ASID is the largest professional organization for interior designers in the US with over 34,500 members who have passed its acceptance standards. Each of the participating designers will be responsible for the design and décor of a specific area in one of the townhouses.

The finished townhouses will open first to sponsors and invited members of the community at an evening Designer Showhouse Preview Party on May 9. The Showhouse will open to the public daily from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, June 1. Hours will be: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday; from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each at the door but can be purchased in advance for $15 per person.

Find more information about the Woman’s Club of Raleigh 2008 ASID Designer Showhouse at or call the WCR at 919-782-5599.

For information about advertising in the ASID Designers Showhouse official program, contact Katie Reeves at 919-831-0999 or email:


Porto in Raleigh Welcomes New Designer/Sales Associate

February 11, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – PORTO, a find home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, announces that Mark Sieber has joined the North Hills staff as a designer and sales associate.

Sieber brings years of experience in retail and interior design to Porto. He has worked at West Side Furnishings in Raleigh, the former Domicile in Chapel Hill, Nowell’s in Cary, and served as manager of DiProvincia in Greensboro for five years. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Mark came highly recommended from his previous stores,” said Emily Barrett, who co-owns Porto with Michael Perry. “He has already worked with several of the lines we carry, so he was able to hit the ground running. We are really happy to have him on board, both because of his excellent credentials and his stellar reputation.”

According to Barrett, Sieber is known for “large, creative interior design projects, both residential and commercial.” He describes his design sensibilities as “eclectic” and “outside the box,” and says he most enjoys “assisting a client in executing his or her vision and creating an elegant, harmonious, and inviting space.”

PORTO is located in Raleigh at 4151 Main at North Hills and in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 East Franklin Street. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 
Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 919-341-2763 in Raleigh and 919-338-2602.


Artist Creates Cool Interior For Hip New Boutique in Raleigh’s Trendy Glenwood South District

Catch 22 interior
January 30, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Clark Hipolito, the Raleigh artist who originally honed his skills at MTV, has created a hip ambience for Catch 22, a new clothing boutique on Raleigh’s trendy Glenwood South district, through his signature specialty painting effects.

Located at 322 Glenwood Avenue, Catch 22 features a turquoise wall emblazoned with gold script and eggplant walls where Hipolito free-handed scrollwork that pops behind the store’s collection of hand-picked collections from up-and-coming designers around the world.

The boutique is owned and operated by Heather Long who sees Catch 22 as “bridging the gap between Raleighwood and Hollywood.” The store carries some of her favorite styles for men and women as well as her own line of “super glam cocktail dresses.”

“I had some great inspiration working with Heather,” Hipolito said. “She has incredible design sense, so it was easy to bounce ideas back and forth and make things happen on the fly. She was so much fun to work with, and extremely easy going throughout the entire process.“

Catch 22 is also displaying some of Hipolito’s hand-painted woodgrain surfboards from his “Against The Grain” and “Surf du Jour” collections, which he creates through his new company ArtCo Surf.

Clark Hipolito is the principal of The Art Company, an interdisciplinary design firm specializing in various phases of interior design. The company has been consulting with private and commercial clients since 1994, and has both designed and decorated some of the trendiest destinations in Raleigh, including The Rat Pack, Ess Lounge at the Depot, Mosaic, and Five Star, Evoo and Margeaux’s. For more information, visit

For more information on Catch 22, visit