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Author: Ashlee Duren

A Place to Call Home

Most builders have a particular style, an identifying design element that is unique to them. If Patrick Huguenin had to choose one it might be a brick accent wall. “I guess we started incorporating brick accent walls in most of the homes we build several years ago,” Patrick said. “I just really like them. They add a rustic, yet elegant feel to any room. But, people have really fallen in love with the laundry room located right off the master closet.” Patrick and his mother, Debbie are the owners of PDH Builders, Inc. The mother-son duo, both natives of...

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Publisher Notes: October 2018

  Did you know that we live in one of the best cities in the South? Don’t believe me? Read for yourself.  It’s our annual Best of Augusta issue! A favorite of our team here at the magazine, and yes, it’s mainly because of the food. Of course, we do love shopping local, area entertainment and recreation, as well as festivals and events. By the amount of votes we receive from our readers, I think it’s safe to say that it is one of your favorites as well. Each year, we are anxious to see what area businesses will...

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Publisher Notes: August/September 2018

  Happy 50th Birthday to the Greater Augusta Arts Council! August marks the Golden Anniversary for the non-profit, which was ironically the result of a speaker at a monthly Junior League of Augusta meeting. To learn more about how the Greater Augusta Arts Council was founded, visit augustamagazine.com and read the story written by Don Rhodes.  We thought it was incredibly timely and the perfect opportunity to celebrate given that this issue is all about Augusta’s vibrant arts scene. We always include our annual Arts Calendar in the this issue. Let it serve as your guide to all the great cultural happenings in the area. Whether you are hoping to attend a concert, play, ballet, musical or gallery exhibition – our city has something for everyone! We also honor our annual Arts Council Award winners, beginning on page 35. These individuals have made significant contributions to these arts in our area and we join the Arts Council in applauding their efforts. The 2018-2019 Arts season will officially kick off in our area with the 38th annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta held September 14-16 in downtown. In case you missed it, Augusta has a thriving arts scene. So get out your calendar, it’s going to be a busy year!  -Ashlee   Article appears in the August/September 2018 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a...

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Publisher Notes: June/July 2018

  Three years. I celebrate my third anniversary as publisher of Augusta magazine with this issue. When I took the reigns as publisher, I will admit to being less than confident in my ability to guide this publication.  I felt like a change was needed, but I wasn’t sure that the readers would embrace it. I now know I was wrong. I would like to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for sticking with us. Not only, did we change the aesthetics of the magazine, but we’ve changed the tone as well. We’re a little more progressive, but that is not simply due to my desires and convictions. It’s more of a reflection on our city and its residents. The landscape of the area is changing, and the changes are not just in the construction of new buildings and renovations, but in our people. The June/July issue affords us an opportunity to highlight the next great group of Augustans – poised to lead us into the future. A colloboration between our magazine and the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, now celebrating our 10th year, the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch program was designed to feature the next generation of leaders. These young professionals are determined to make their mark, not only in their chosen profession, but in the Augusta area. They are truly invested...

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Publisher Notes: May 2018

  Benjamin Disraeli, a former British Prime Minister once said, “The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” I was not ready, or at least I thought I wasn’t. Back in the fall, my friend Brittany Johnston, who also happens to be an extremely talented interior designer, came to me with an idea for the magazine. She thought it would be a great idea for Augusta Magazine to host a design showhouse. At first, I loved the idea until she divulged the time frame. Six months! My reaction suddenly became, well, shall we say, less than favorable. In fact, I thought my friend had lost her mind. Who in their right mind would dare tackle a project of this size in such a short time frame? Not to mention, I had never done anything like this before and did not even know where to begin. Needless to say, I needed a moment to seriously consider it. Within 24 hours, I called Brittany back to tell her, “I’m in.” I mean, I would have been insane to turn down this opportunity. When, if ever, would I have the chance to be a part of something like this again? Carpe diem! From that moment until the moment we held the opening cocktail party in early March, life seemed to move at warp speed. The home itself has...

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