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W While working with Sullivan, the multi-generational family received an offer to sell its Taco Bell empire. Brett and Amy saw living in Wilmington as an opportunity to eliminate their daily commute to Fayetteville. “Originally this was not going to be their permanent residence. When they decided to move to Wilmington they … stepped it up a notch,” Hardison says. Amy and Brett Matthews also worked with interior designer Margaret Nowell of Nowell and Company in Wilson, NC. The Matthewses were apprehensive about working with an interior designer, but knew they needed help with their five-bedroom, five and one-half bath custom home. “Brett was scared to death of me, 70 WBM august 2015 but we had a common love of the Abacos. I think he thought: ‘If she loves the Abacos, we have to be in some way connected,’” Nowell says. The great room and open floor-plan of indoor living spaces all face a wall of transparency that leads to the Matthewses’ backyard — a pool, grassy area and outdoor kitchens and lawn. B & A M home of distinction


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