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Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris® Home is a full-service interior design firm and home furnishings boutique in Greenville, SC.. Whether within our retail showroom in Greenville’s historic West End and at the Shops at Greenridge, in our extensive downtown design centre, or through our talented team of interior designers in Greenville, Charleston and Savannah, Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home has created an exceptional experience in fine design since 2000.

From custom residential design to collective work with developers and builders, Linda McDougald Design has created innovative, distinctive, and timeless interiors of coastal and lakefront luxury homes and mountain getaways, equestrian estates and spacious country homes, downtown lofts and condos, classic city residences, eco-friendly homes, and commercial settings. Our experience includes new construction, standard remodels, and extensive renovations, with our range of work extending from exterior and interior specifications through furniture selection and installation.

The firm participated in the 2009 Inspiration Home and is returning to design and select furnishings for the 2012 Inspiration Home. Visit www.postcardfromparis.com for more info.

Signature Pools

A 55,000-gallon saltwater pool will be one of many unique features to be enjoyed during the 2012 Inspiration Home Tour this holiday season at Verdae.

Built by Signature Pools and Patios, an Upstate company serving Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson for more than 30 years, the resort-style pool is designed to accommodate a wide variety of water lovers – from a swim lane for serious swimmers to a nine-inch deep area with bubbling wands for children.

“We’re excited and proud to take part in this year’s Inspiration Home Tour,” said Signature president Craig Sikkelee. “This is a unique project that showcases not only our expertise but also the highest level of quality and efficiency available.”

Working in conjunction with landscape architect Graham Kimack, Sikkelee has built a luxurious aquatic feature that will be beautiful, fun, and functional. The pool’s features include a zero entry access, a slide, a central spa with a vanishing edges on all sides, and a sunning area – all surrounded by a large deck area accented by pavers and travertine coping.

The latest technology is also being used in the Inspiration Home’s pool. For late night swims, energy-efficient LED lights will create stunning lighting effects. The pool system is designed to operate at the highest efficiency possible, keeping costs at a minimum. This pool system uses a variable speed pump that allows owners to adjust programming from their iPhones or iPads.

To learn more about Signature Pools and Patios, visit www.signature-llc.com.

GBS Building Supply

It goes without saying that it takes a lot of materials to build an 11,000 sq. ft. home. Thanks to GBS Building Supply, the 2012 Inspiration Home will be constructed of the highest quality products as well. A long-time supplier for Milestone Custom Homes, GBS has made numerous deliveries since the home broke ground in February. In fact, GBS trucks won’t stop until the final day of construction–now fewer than 45 days away.

Bob Barreto, Chief Executive Officer for GBS, wouldn’t have it any other way. “The Inspiration Home is exactly that–an inspired project that demands our very best,” he said. “We’re pleased to provide a long list of featured products for the showcase home.”

Founded in 1972 by ten Upstate homebuilders, GBS has constructed a lasting reputation for selling only the highest quality products made by the country’s leading manufacturers. GBS is employee-owned and has grown from humble roots into an ever-expanding company in four strategic locations–Anderson, Six Mile, and Greenville, SC and Hendersonville, NC.

In 2011, the former GBS Lumber rebranded itself as GBS Building Supply to reflect the company’s growing expertise in installed sales, green products, remodeling and renovation design services, and commercial applications. In addition to lumber and plywood, GBS sources millwork, windows, doors, decking, cabinets, countertops, roofing, siding, insulation, trusses, hardware, sheetrock, brick, stone, and much more.

From start to finish, as it is proving with the 2012 Inspiration Home, GBS Building Supply has solutions for any construction or remodeling endeavor.

To learn more about GBS Building Supply, visit http://www.gbsbuilding.com.

Jeff Lynch Appliance & TV Center

A testament to modern comfort and style, the 2012 Inspiration Home will feature the latest appliances, electronics, and furnishings–all made possible by a familiar local supplier.

Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center of Greenville has been chosen by builder Milestone Custom Homes to furnish the 11,000 square foot residence’s main kitchen, smoothie bar, outdoor kitchen, outdoor living space, laundry, home theatre and more.

“Outside of our own facility, I can’t think of a better place to showcase the work of our sales professionals and designers than the Inspiration Home,” said Mark Lynch, president of Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center. “We jumped at the chance to be involved with the Inspiration Home. Not only because of our close proximity to Verdae, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to display the depth and breadth of our capabilities through such a unique project.” The main kitchen is highlighted by Sub-Zero’s finest built in refrigeration system and a convection steam oven from Wolf which automatically senses the amount, size, and shape of food. While cooking, it eliminates all guesswork by monitoring the time, temperature, and environment. The home theater seating by Palliser was carefully chosen for its supreme comfort, convenient tablet holders, and LED lighting. Outside the home Jeff Lynch has selected imaginative outdoor furnishings with handcrafted finishes and elegant details by WeatherMaster.

Family-owned and committed to its customers, Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2012. Headquartered in Greenville, it is the largest independent appliance and electronics dealer in the state of South Carolina. The company has a 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art showroom at 17 Roper Mountain Road in Greenville displaying more than 100 brands, including home appliances, electronics, bedding, and furniture.

For more on Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center, visit http://www.jefflynch.com.

Guardian Building Products

One of the county’s leading manufacturers and distributors of building materials will feature two of its leading products in the 2012 Inspiration Home. 

Headquartered in Greenville, Guardian Building Products has provided the GAF Timberline® Ultra HD™ Lifetime High Definition® Shingles that cover approximately 13,500 square feet of roofing surface on the stately residence. Each shingle is approximately 50 percent thicker than a standard architectural line and boasts the highest safety rating available. Manufactured using a patented high definition color blend, the overall beauty of the home’s exterior is ehnanced by dimension and vivid texture.

Inside the walls, the entire home is coated with a spray foam insulation also distributed by Guardian. Benefits include improved indoor air quality, increased energy efficiency, sound dampening, and greater compatibility with electrical wiring and plumbing components. Visitors to the Inspiration Home will be able to see, feel and learn more about the foam product during the upcoming tour.

Guardian Building Products is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries, with locations on five continents – North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  While maintaining its strong local presence in Upstate, SC, Guardian Building Products is the nerve center to more than 50 regional offices, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities across North America.

A presenting sponsor of the Inspiration Home Tour, Guardian Building Products provides thousands of quality building products that can be sourced locally through GBS Building Supply.

For more information on Guardian Building Products, visit http://www.guardianbp.com.

Boral Building Products

To stand before the 2012 Inspiration Home is to glimpse the enduring grandeur, and timeless comfort of an impressive façade. It also offers a testament to the simple but elegant choice to wrap the 11,220 square foot residence in brick.

When Milestone Custom Homes chose a brick exterior for the Inspiration Home, they turned to Boral Building Products, a leading distributor of brick and other high quality cladding products, and made the selection from Boral’s Greenville showroom.

“This is our first opportunity to be a part of the Inspiration Home series,” said Boral sales representative Scott Hannon. “There are so many reasons why this brick selection was the perfect choice for the home’s exterior and we’re excited to be a part of the project.”

Matching beauty and durability, brick is also energy efficient–surrounding the home with three inches of ceramic material nearly as hard and dense as stone. Brick absorbs heat in the summer and cold in the winter and provide added insulation from outdoor temperature changes.

Brick also adds lasting quality to any home. It doesn’t fade or rot and is able to withstand even the harshest weather. Homes wrapped in brick also have greater resale value – an estimated six percent higher than similar homes with exteriors made from other materials.

It took nearly 60,000 bricks weighing an estimated 125 tons to cover the Inspiration Home. The bricks were produced in a wood-fired facility using a renewable fuel source. This process also provides the added benefit of enhancing the color of each brick to resemble those made during the Colonial and early American periods.

For more information about Boral Building Products, visit www.boralbuildingproducts.com.

Charter Communications

Tour visitors will get a state-of-the-art introduction to the 2012 Inspiration Home thanks to Charter Communications, Inc.  A presenting sponsor for the tour and a preferred provider for the Hollingsworth Park community, Charter is providing its complete bundle of services to the home. 

Tour attendees are in for a rare treat – a first, in fact, for the Upstate. Charter is offering an interactive tour experience available to those who have smart phones or iPads, giving visitors even greater insight into the Inspiration Home’s construction, features, and technology.

Charter Communications, Inc. is the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States – providing advanced video, high-speed internet, and telephone services to approximately 5.2 million residential and business customers in 25 states. With approximately 1.8 million residential telephone customers, Charter is the country’s 10th largest provider of landline telephone service. A Fortune 500 company, Charter employs more than 16,000 employees nationwide.

For more information about Charter, visit www.charter.com.

Community Journals

After months of anticipation, a well-informed Upstate community will finally have its opportunity to see and experience the Inspiration Home firsthand.  Keeping the Upstate community informed about this year’s Inspiration Home, Community Journals – the parent publisher of the Greenville Journal and Spartanburg Journal – is a presenting sponsor and key contributor to the 2012 Inspiration Home Tour.

The success of this year’s tour will undoubtedly be impacted by major support from both Journals, in addition to support from two other publications published by Community Journals – TOWN and AtHome magazines.

True to its mission as a community publication, The Journal successfully merges traditional journalistic standards with an innovative, reader-friendly, weekly format. The Journal’s writers and columnists call the Upstate “home” and are devoted to informing and entertaining readers with the latest in local news and opinions that impact their community.

For more information about the Community Journals, visit www.communityjournals.com.

Clayton Tile

Professional home builders and “do-it-yourself” renovators alike will take notice of the surfaces supplied by Clayton Tile throughout the Inspiration Home’s various bathroom suites.

Since 1961, Clayton Tile has provided ceramic tile and stone for Upstate contractors, builders, designers, and architects – even homeowners interested in remodeling their own homes. Family-owned and operated, the company maintains one of the largest in-stock inventories in the Carolinas.

Lonnie Clayton, who co-owns the company with Lannie Clayton and Greg Manuel, said the 2012 Inspiration Home offers his company a wonderful opportunity to show designers, builders, and home owners just a few of the possibilities Clayton Tile can offer.

“This is such a great project to highlight what builders and suppliers can do in our area and we’re so happy to be a part of it,” Clayton said. “We’re thrilled with our contribution and hope others will be as excited as we are with the end result.”

The selections used in the Inspiration Home are both classic and contemporary – a blend of materials including crisp white subway tile, natural limestone, and porcelain, in addition to modern looks such as glass mosaics, crushed glass, and metal accents. The colors, too, are sophisticated – a palette of white, gray, and suede.

Clayton Tile has three showrooms in the Upstate – a 4,800 square foot showroom at its primary location in Greenville, a 3,600 square foot facility in Spartanburg, and a 2,800 square foot showroom in Anderson. Each site contains not only a huge selection of products and designs but also Clayton Tile’s greatest asset – a knowledgeable staff of more than 30 employees. Among them are design consultants and sales representatives devoted to the company’s founding principles of supreme customer service.

For more information on Clayton Tile, visit www.claytontileco.com.

Eastside Transporation

Visitors to this year’s Inspiration Home Tour will arrive in grand style courtesy of Gold Sponsor Eastside Transportation Service.

Since 1995, Eastside Transportation has provided full service chauffeured ground transportation for Upstate, South Carolina, as well as western North Carolina, eastern Georgia, and the Columbia area. Its 50-vehicle fleet includes airport taxi service, executive town cars, limousines, shuttle buses, and vintage cars and is the “go to” transportation service for numerous corporate and private clients in the area.

Transportation specialist Shari McCrory said she is more than thrilled to have Eastside serve as a sponsor for the 2012 Inspiration Home Tour. In addition to supporting local businesses and development in the Upstate, McCrory said she is pleased to support the charities that will benefit from the tour’s proceeds – Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Greenville Humane Society.

For more information on Eastside Transportation, visit www.eastsidelimo.com.


One of the world’s leading manufacturers is lending its support to the 2012 Inspiration Home Tour as a Gold Sponsor. Georgia-Pacific supplied structural engineered lumber for the luxurious 11,220 square foot residence in Greenville.

The company is known around the world for its tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products, and related chemicals – employing more than 40,000 people at approximately 300 locations throughout North America, South America, and Europe.

It is this world-class reputation for quality service and product that made the company an ideal fit for participating in the Inspiration Home project, said Jeff Key, senior manager of marketing and communications for Georgia-Pacific.

“As the construction market rebounds, we realize that new homes are being designed and constructed differently to be more energy efficient,” he said. “As a well-recognized brand, this project offers a good opportunity to attach our names to the type of work we want to be involved with.”

Key said Georgia-Pacific believes that in any construction project “what you don’t see matters” as much as a beautiful façade and features. “We want everyone who tours the home to know that what’s behind the walls is of the highest quality.”

For more information on Georgia-Pacific, visit www.gapac.com.

JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

Anyone who wishes to take a glimpse inside the 2012 Inspiration Home must do so courtesy of one the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. JELD-WEN is responsible for supplying the 11,220 square foot residence with windows and doors that look fantastic and are startlingly energy-efficient.

“The Inspiration Home is a great venue to demonstrate our finest products,” said sales representative Jared Foster. “JELD-WEN is proud to take part in this project and partner with other top of the line suppliers and craftspeople to create a beautiful state of the art home.”

There are 44 windows in the Inspiration Home. They are a double-hung premium series of wooden windows from JELD-WEN’s Siteline EX product line. The windows are wrapped in aluminum and offer both the very latest in energy efficient technology and a 20-year Auralast wood rot warranty.

The home’s four exterior doors, also provided by JELD-WEN, are an elegant chestnut bronze and also very energy efficient and built to last. One of the added features provided to the home by JELD-WEN is a folding door system that opens the residence’s great room on the main level to a beautiful exterior space overlooking the resort-style pool area. This is a popular feature in many new homes that superbly merges indoor and outdoor comfort while enriching the experience of both.

As a company, JELD-WEN also supports sustainable construction by using recycled materials in the production of its wood composite interior doors and offering the option of not adding formaldehyde for its molded door designs.

In addition to working with suppliers throughout the Upstate, JELD-WEN is a proud partner with GBS Building Supply, one of the Inspiration Home’s major sponsors.

To learn more about JELD-WEN products, visit www.jeld-wen.com.

Burchette & Burchette Hardwood Flooring

With so much to see at the Inspiration Home, it is worth reminding visitors to look down from time to time. The hardwood floors throughout the 11,220 square foot residence are truly a work of art.
Handcrafted by Burchette & Burchette Hardwood Flooring of Elkin, N.C., the lumber for the floors was imported from France and treated like fine furniture. Each six-inch plank is cut from the heart of Antique French Oak to yield a unique grain that shows lovely cathedral patterns. Furthermore, each plank is scraped by hand to create a texture resembling older floors – both soft and elegant. Colored by a stain made from walnut hulls, each plank also was hand buffed with a European oil finish that will continue to patina beautifully over time.

“Our company takes great care to produce durable but uniquely artistic floors that will last generations,” said Josh Burchette, national sales and marketing manager for Burchette & Burchette. “What an opportunity it is for us to create floors for the 2012 Inspiration Home, which is itself the sum of a great deal of creative work.”

Burchette & Burchette is a third-generation, family-owned, and family-operated business. Since 1948, the company has specialized in designing and handcrafting custom wood flooring and other architectural elements. Using traditional methods and great personal attention to detail, each floor is truly unlike any other – and expression of art and a testament to experience craftsmanship.
Their products also are certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council as being harvested from forests that practice environmentally and economically responsible forestry.

For more information about Burchette & Burchette, go to www.realhardwoodfloors.com.

Advanced Home Products

Advanced Home Products, Inc. is an Upstate company devoted to installing central home vacuum systems and built-in closet storage for residences.  The Greenville-based business is responsible for building an extensive vacuum system for this year's Inspiration Home, as well as installing Rubbermaid shelving in closets throughout the residence.

The vacuum system can be easily operated on each of the two main floors and terrace level of the home - using 30-foot retractable hoses capable of vacuuming a 1,600 square foot area.  In the home's gymnasium, Advanced Home Products installed a 60-foot retractable hose, a company first.

Green Space Outdoor Construction

The gorgeous landscape surrounding the 2012 Inspiration Home comes courtesy of Green Space Outdoor Construction a Landrum-based company serving the Upstate and western North Carolina.

Specializing in water features and custom landscape design and service, Green Space Outdoor Construction is providing all of the landscaping for the Inspiration Home's grounds - some 400-500 plants in all.  Following a very formal but functional design created by landscape architect, Graham Kimak, special attention has been paid to the home's resort-style pool, which features a variety of exotic plants.

Greenville First Bank

Client-driven and community-focused, Greenville First Bank is proud to have provided financing to construct the 2012 Inspiration Home.

Established in 1999, Greenville First is part of Southern First Bancshares, Inc., which has expanded into the Midlands as Southern First Bank with its unique ClientFIRST model of providing superior client service through relationship team banking.

In supporting the Inspiration Home, Greenville First also remains true to its core principal of community service and financial partnerships.

For more information about Greenville First Bank, visit www.greenvillefirst.com.

Ferguson Enterprises

The nation’s largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Inspiration Home. Ferguson Enterprises, which supplies builders, contractors, engineers, and even homeowners, supplied the Inspiration Home with a variety of plumbing and lighting fixtures.

Headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson Enterprises has served the Greenville area for more than three decades – providing a wide variety of plumbing and lighting for residential or commercial building project.

For more information about Ferguson Enterprises, visit www.ferguson.com.

Angel's Home

Angel’s Home is providing superior finishing work in the 2012 Inspiration Home. Based in Taylors, Angel’s Home specializes in finishing cabinets and doors – work that they’ve done throughout the 11,220 square foot residence. The company, which has been in business since 2007, also specializes in restorations.

For more information about Angel's Home, visit www.angelshomeartisticfinish.com.


Providing the elegant finishing touches to homes throughout the region, ECMD is a major distributor of building products such as moulding, stair systems, railing, and columns.

Partnering with GBS Building Supply on the 2012 Inspiration Home, ECMD has provided the beautiful moulding seen throughout the stately 11,220 square foot residence.

ECMD was founded in 1982 as a distributor of finely crafted millwork and continues to honor its reputation for creating high quality products.

For more information about ECMD, visit www.ecmd.com.

Huber Engineered Woods

Huber Engineered Woods is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products that are being used in the 2012 Inspiration Home.

A subsidiary of the J.M. Huber Corporation, the Charlotte-based company manufactures a signature line of flooring, and roof and wall sheathing products that are energy efficient, durable, and easy to install.

Huber’s AdvanTech  flooring offers greater moisture resistance than both plywood and OSB and has won the No. 1 Quality Brand Leader award from Builder magazine the past 10 years.

For more information about Huber Engineered Woods, visit www.huber.com.

Universal Forest Products - Mid-Atlantic

The nation’s largest manufacturer of building trusses is also supporting the 2012 Inspiration Home. Partnering with GBS Building Supply, Universal Forest Products – Mid-Atlantic has provided all the trusses used in the home’s gymnasium.

The vaulted trusses are as beautiful as they are functional – creating a “cathedral” style ceiling that will accommodate basketball and other sports played in an elegant setting.


Merging compelling designs with superior performance, Emtek is a proud supplier of hardware for each of the 44 doors in the 2012 Inspiration Home.

For the past 20 years, Emtek has specialized in manufacturing doorknobs, levers, hinges, handle sets, and deadbolts in a wide variety of styles. Emtek is also one of the few such companies to customize orders so that an entire home can be outfitted with a single style or color.

Simply AV

The 2012 Inspiration Home is a “smart” home thanks to the expertise of Simply AV, a locally-owned electronics business that specializes in audio-visual installation and wiring for complete home automation.

With the touch of an iPad or iPhone, numerous systems throughout the 11,220 square foot residence can be controlled from inside or outside the home as a result of the work done by Simply AV. The company wired the entire house for audio and video, including the residence’ home theater. Simply AV also installed wireless internet and wired indoor and exterior security cameras.

For more information about Simply AV, visit www.simplyav.com.

Samson Stone

Samson Stone, LLC is a Greenville-based company that specializes in stone and stucco installation, as well as providing a wide variety of materials used for landscaping projects.

The company’s skilled stonemasons installed nearly 4,000 square feet of natural Indiana limestone that was specially cut for the project and believe to be a first in the Upstate. Each piece of stone was handpicked and installed so that the contours of the stone cast shadows that give the wall a different look throughout the day.

For more information about samson stone, visit www.samsonstonesc.com.

Huttig Building Products

A major wholesale distributor of millwork and specialty building products, Huttig Building Products supplied the2012 luxury home with more than two dozen interior doors.

The company has 27 wholesale distribution centers serving 41 states, including a facility in Greenville that supplies lumberyards throughout the Carolinas and the Southeast. In addition to doors, the company also specializes in distributing millwork for decks, columns, stairs, and railing; roofing; windows; siding; insulation; and other products.

Air Temp Control

Air Temp Control, a family-owned and operated HVAC business based in Greenville since 2000, is responsible for installing the Inspiration Home’s heating and air system.

More than just heating and cooling air, the multi-stage energy efficient system actually processes air throughout the large residence. Using a computer model, the system was designed to meet the specific needs of the Inspiration Home to ensure ideal indoor air quality.
Air circulating throughout the Inspiration Home also will be cleaned and purified thanks to equipment installed by Air Temp Control.

For more information about Air Temp Control, visit www.airtempcontrol.com.

Accu-Brick Paving Systems

Accu-Brick Paving Systems supplied and installed the pavers for the pool deck and the patio deck for the Inspiration Home. With offices in the Upstate and Charleston, the company has been in the hardscape business for a dozen years.

For the Inspiration Home, Accu-Brick helped create a design featuring the latest products – a Silver Creek limestone paver and a Silver Creek tile paver used around the decking for the home’s resort-style pool.  Benefits include a better non-slip when wet surface and cooler to the touch during hotter days.

Heirloom Stair & Iron

Family-owned and operated Heirloom Stair & Iron of Campobello, SC, created the interior stair and railing systems for the Inspiration Home.
Since 1995, the company has specialized in creative, custom-crafted woodwork and metalwork that is unmistakably unique and artistic. Artisans in Heirloom’s woodworking and blacksmithing shops designed and created several one-of-a-kind items on display throughout the Inspiration Home.

Mullinax Woodworks

For 50 years, Mullinax Woodworks has specialized in constructing cabinets for Upstate residents. Based in Travelers Rest, the company created cabinets throughout the 2012 Inspiration Home, including laundry rooms, bedrooms, the study, the great room, and the play room.

All of Mullinax Woodworks’ products are custom made for each residence. With 14 employees, the company makes all of its doors and drawers – all of which will be on display during the 2012 Tour.

ParCon, Inc.

ParCon Inc. is an Upstate business specializing in roofing, drywall installation, and interior and exterior painting. Partnered with Milestone Custom Homes, this is ParCon’s second Inspiration Home project.

Based in Travelers Rest, ParCon has provided quality work throughout the Upstate for more than 16 years.