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Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Olivia Cerrillos!

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Olivia Cerrillos!

The Void.

With our Parade of Homes event just around the corner, we’re happy to introduce you to another one of our talented designers! We sat down with Olivia Cerrillos to give you an inside look into how she designed 4 of our remarkable homes: True Arch, The Void, 64 East, and Moss Hill.

True Arch.After graduating from Meredith College with a degree in interior design, Olivia worked in design-related roles that focused on furnishings, tile, cabinetry, and full-service turn-key remodeling. Her work experience combined with her pleasant and welcoming personality ensure that her customers are happy and satisfied with the design process and can call their new house a home. Outside of work, Olivia is an avid camper and enjoys the outdoors with her husband, family, friends, and of course, her four-legged kids (two German Shepherds).

What inspired the unique designs and themes for your homes?

64 East.

True Arch was inspired by 1930s Durham architecture (it pays homage to the history of Durham)! With The Void, I wanted to show that HBD is more than capable of doing super contemporary designs. 64 East was inspired by the landscape of eastern North Carolina. With the Moss Hill Towne, I wanted to show that our townhomes are just as high quality and stunning as our single-family homes, with lots of great design and features.

What is your favorite part about designing homes featured in the Parade of Homes?  

Moss Hill Townhome.

I really enjoy designing for the Parade of Homes because it gives me a chance to try unique designs that allow me to step outside of the box. I use colors, finishes, and products that can inspire future clients when designing their custom home.

We can’t wait for you to experience the distinctive details of The Void, True Arch, 64 East, and Moss Hill homes at Homes By Dickerson’s Parade of Style during the 2020 Triangle Parade of Homes! For more information about this event, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Susan Falcone!

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Susan Falcone!

As our Parade of Homes event approaches, we want to introduce you to the talented designers behind our 10 unique homes. Each designer chose special selections to fit a particular theme, and we’re excited to give you a behind-the-scenes look into their unique process! This week, our team is happy to introduce you to Susan Falcone, who designed our First Fiddle, Duke’s Revival and Eden Retreat homes.

Not afraid to branch out with a bold feature or fun detail, Susan has several award-winning model homes and Parade homes under her belt, and is excited to share the same creativity with her clients. With a background in the building industry with specializations in tile, she’s passionate about working with her clients to incorporate their personalities throughout their homes, while achieving a timeless design. When she’s not working, Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly her husband and their two cocker spaniels, Stella and Archer. Take a look at what Susan has to say about the distinctive touch she brought to each home!

What inspired you to create First Fiddle’s unique design and theme?  First Fiddle.

The architecture of this specific plan combined with the beautiful wooded lot gave me immediate inspiration. I knew I wanted something that felt modern yet still timeless a house where you could feel right at home in North Raleigh or in the outskirts of Nashville.

What inspired you to create Duke’s Revival’s unique design and theme? Duke's Revival.  

The combination of this house having a true colonial-style exterior and it being located in Durham. I wanted to channel the tradition of a timeless colonial home, but add some fresh, funky details, colors, and finishes to bring it up to date and carry through for years to come.

What inspired you to create Eden Retreat’s unique design and theme?   Eden Retreat. 

The vaulted ceilings and beam details in this house and how the sunroom and master bedroom enclose the outdoor living. I knew I wanted to take advantage of the natural light and the views to the outdoors.

What is your favorite part about designing homes featured in the Parade of Homes?  

Getting to flex my creativity and really push the boundaries of what we do as a company as well as what I’ve done in years prior for Parade of Homes.

Why do you love living in Raleigh? What is your favorite activity to do here?   

The Raleigh area provides a ton of stuff to do, endless places to grab a great meal, and is only a couple of hours away from the coast or the mountains.

We can’t wait for you to experience the exceptional details of the First Fiddle, Duke’s Revival, and Eden Retreat homes at Homes By Dickerson’s Parade of Style during the 2020 Triangle Parade of Homes! For more information about this event, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Find the Home Style That Fits Your Taste

Find the Home Style That Fits Your Taste

Join us as we toast to the 10 beautiful homes in our upcoming Parade of Style! As you discover your very own design style during the Triangle Parade of Homes this fall, we’ve paired each home with the perfect beverage. Something light and refreshing? Bold and strong? There’s something for everyone. Take a look at what we have to fit your taste!

Parade of Style Cocktail Pairings

Life of Hygge

Community: Wendell Falls

Floorplan: The Copper

Cocktail: Pear and Elderflower Spritz

Life of Hygee

Just like a light and refreshing cocktail, this farmhouse-style home provides the airy, light-filled space you love, with an open-concept living area with a vaulted ceiling, green features, a peaceful study, and more.

  • 2 oz. pear vodka 
  • 2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • Garnish: pear, thyme, or lemon

Fill a glass with ice and pour in pear vodka and elderflower liqueur. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of thyme, pear, or lemon.

 

Staycation

Community: Wendell Falls

Floorplan: Somerset

Cocktail: Citrus Paloma

With unique features like an upstairs loft and rec room, a Zoom call room, a screened porch with a double-sided fireplace, and 10-foot ceilings, this beautiful home puts a calming, coastal twist on classic design.

Staycation

  • 3 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. of sparkling water
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Sugar or salt
  • Lime and grapefruit slices

Place a small amount of sugar or salt on a plate. Moisten the rim of glass with a lime wedge. Rim your glass with sugar or salt. Add a small amount of ice to a cocktail shaker and to your drinking glass. To the shaker, add grapefruit juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier. Shake to combine and pour over ice. Add sparkling water. Stir gently, just until combined. Garnish and serve.

 

Belle Vue

Community: Traditions

Floorplan: Brighton

Cocktail: Blueberry Mint Julep

Inspired by modern French design and filled with unique details like vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, this home is bold and vibrant, just like a classic cocktail with a modern twist. Blueberry Mint Julep

  • 6-8 blueberries
  • 10-12 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 oz. soda water

Gently muddle the blueberries, mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Add bourbon and stir. Add enough crushed ice to fill the glass to the rim, and then pour the soda water over the ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

First Fiddle

Community: Papillon Park

Floorplan: Brinkley

Cocktail: Bourbon Old Fashioned

Suave and full of bold personality, this distinctive home is filled with features like double staircases, an oversized master wardrobe with seating, an owner’s entry with storage lockers, and elements of sophisticated comfort and warmth like this classic drink.Bourbon Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • Garnish: orange peel

Add the sugar, bitters, and water into a rocks glass, and stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Pour the water and bitters into glass, stir to combine, then place the ice cubes in the glass. Pour bourbon over the ice and garnish with the orange slice.

 

Eden Retreat

Community: Sunset Bluffs

Floorplan: Covington

Cocktail: Lemon Ginger Tea (Non-Alcoholic)

With a beautiful open-concept living area, sunroom, and large screened porch, this home feels like a calming retreat in the English hillside — just like a simple, staple tea that satisfies at all times.Lemon Ginger Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 piece ginger, 2-3 inch (5-7 cm)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or preferred sweetener

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Cut lemon and ginger into thin slices. Add to the hot water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and pour tea into a mug. Add in honey and stir.

 

The Void

Community: Briar Chapel

Floorplan: Chatham Forest

Cocktail: Matcha Latte (Non-Alcoholic)

Innovative and comforting, this home features modern details like a waterfall kitchen island, a floating staircase, an artist loft showcasing local art, a zero-entry shower in the master bathroom, and so much more between its modern clean lines and sharp angles.Matcha Latte

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3/4 cup hot milk (regular, almond, or oat)

Sift the matcha powder into a cup. Add the water and stir until no lumps remain. Stir in the honey. Add the milk and serve.

 

64 East

Community: Briar Chapel

Floorplan: Windham

Cocktail: The Charleston Gimlet

A modern take on an Eastern Carolina cottage, this unique living space is both classy and bold, with features like a dedicated study, see-through fireplace, natural wooden beam waterfall in the master shower, and more in this intercoastal home.Charleston Gimlet

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wheel

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

Moss Hill Towne

Community: Crystal Lake

Floorplan: Moss Hill

Cocktail: Pinot Grigio Spritzer

With a luxurious first-floor owner’s suite, and other convenient details like a grilling deck that overlooks the natural green space, the rustic yet classic comfort of this home reflects the simple satisfaction of a timeless, fan-favorite drink. Pinot Grigio Spritzer

  • 3/4 glass chilled white wine
  • 1/4 glass chilled club soda
  • Slice of lime or your favorite berries

Fill your glass with both the wine and club, add your favorite berries or a lime wedge. Add a splash of ginger ale or lemon lime soda for something sweeter.

 

True Arch

Community: Crystal Lake

Floorplan: Eno

Cocktail: Blackberry Thyme Gin & Tonic

Inspired by early 1930s downtown Durham, this timeless, ranch-style home reflects an English garden vibe with arch details, oversized triple-slider glass doors that lead to a screened back porch, and more.

  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  •  8 blackberries
  •  4 oz. gin
  •  2 oz. thyme simple syrup (3 sprigs thyme, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar simmered and cooled)
  •  Tonic
  •  Ice
  •  Garnish: blackberries, thyme sprigs

Muddle together blackberries and lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass with ice and stir in the gin and simple syrup. Stir and strain it into ice-filled glasses. Top it off with tonic.

 

Dukes Revival

Community: 751 South

Floorplan: Washington

Cocktail: Classic Dirty Martini

Just like your favorite go-to drink, this classic new urban Durham stye home is satisfactory from top to bottom, with an oversized kitchen island, Zoom call room, large covered porch leading to the patio, and a grand foyer with a wrought iron staircase.Classic Dirty Martini

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth 
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. olive juice (or olive brine to taste)
  • Garnish: 1 or 3 olives

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the gin, dry vermouth, and olive juice. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1 or 3 olives.

From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, we hope you enjoy our homes at the parade!