Planting Points

December 23, 2012

By Daniela Yankelevitch Special Thanks to Kevin Shaw at Hay Hill Garden Market Green thumb or no green thumb, it’s tough to garden during the colder months. Keeping houseplants is a great way to surround yourself with nature, brighten the atmosphere in a room, and make the air in your home healthier. These are some […]

A Home for Two on Lake Murray

December 16, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Back in 1981, Pam Amick’s father, Bruce Shealy, bought about nine acres of land on Windward Point at Lake Murray.  The land came with a ramshackle house (circa 1900) that the family used as a weekend getaway – no telephone, no air conditioning, just the wild serenity of […]

Let the Holiday Spirit Embrace Your Home and Guests

December 5, 2012

Garlands and wreaths and lights, oh my! Nothing emanates holiday cheer more than a warmly decorated home, but with the arrival of the season also comes the inevitable decoration panic. With so many holiday dinners, parties, family gatherings, plus the shopping list, Christmas cards, and baking, decorating your home can seem like an overwhelming stressor […]

A Retro-Southern Garden Center Gets Repurposed for the Long Haul

December 2, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Back in the 1970’s, Fred Gantt’s father bought a farm with an old house on it in St. Matthews. The house was in rough shape, so the family went to their farm and worked on the farm house nearly every weekend.  Not only did they work on the […]

Columbia Home & Garden Editor and Writer Garner Awards This Year

November 25, 2012

For the 2nd year in a row, William Thrift has placed 2nd Runner-up in the prestigious Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

Escape to Asheville’s Bele Chere The Southeast’s Largest Free Outdoor Street Festival

November 6, 2012

The middle of summer is a great time to get away from the sweltering heat of our famously hot city for a few days and head to the beautiful city of Asheville.  Nestled in the high foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville takes its visitors to a cooler climate while allowing lots of opportunities to […]

Orchestra’s 2012 – 2013 Season Promises Variety and Excitement

October 30, 2012

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra brings back old friends and introduces new ones in what promises to be one of its most dynamic and diverse seasons ever. The season starts with the orchestra and Columbia welcoming home Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim, who grew up in Columbia. Other featured artists are Marina Lomazov, […]

Lexington’s Silver Homage

October 25, 2012

By William Thrift Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Dowden, Town of Lexington John C. Calhoun was an iconic figure in both the South Carolina and United States government.  Not only was he the seventh U.S. Vice President, he was also Secretary of State, Secretary of War, a U.S. Senator, and Representative of South Carolina’s sixth district […]

Rosewood Market and Deli – A Columbia Icon

October 18, 2012

By James D. McCallister Photography by John Wrightenberry As he strolls a lush and shaded parking lot on a tranquil summer morning, Basil Garzia, proprietor of Rosewood Market and Deli, Columbia’s longstanding headquarters of natural foods, health supplements, and good vibes, has a twinkle in his eyes, which look upon his locally-owned grocery store and […]

Chateauneuf de Pape: Classic Wines from Southern Rhone

October 16, 2012

By Howard Jarrett Hot and sunny by day, Chateauneuf de Pape, in the Rhone Valley, is famous not only for its spectacular red, white and rose wines but also for its galets – fist-to-pumpkin-sized Alpine quartz rocks deposited in the area by the Rhone Glacier movement and rounded smooth over millennia by the Rhone River. […]