Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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34 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Today, that portrait — painted in 1929 by a Dutch-born artist named Willem Wirtz of Baltimore — hangs in the circa 1890 Ital- ianate house that's now the home of Parker and Michael Schlink, with its seven fireplac- es, three bedrooms, and three full baths on Wake Forest's North College Avenue. e 3,800-square-foot treasure was emp- ty when the Schlinks came upon it in 2006 after an 11-year stint in Texas, and as the story goes, they fell in love with the place. "It's a good thing the owners weren't here," she said of being star-struck and perhaps los- ing their bargaining power. In the ensuring decade, the Schlinks undertook some makeovers, fashioning a three-season sunroom off the parlor and customizing bookcases in what today is Michael Schlink's home office. "We did it in walnut because walnut is a North Carolina wood," Parker Schlink said. e open porch, once restricted to the front façade, is now a wraparound. But perhaps more than that, the house is a stroll through much of the Lowndes family history. Today, the "servants" are at every turn, in the form of statues crafted by e Bombay Company in the 1990s, among them "Dudley the Bellboy" holding a tray and "Millie the Maid." Look closely at the Wirtz portrait, and you'll notice that Parker Schlink's father, Upshur, is holding a riding crop, a leather strap used to direct a horse in competitions. "He was the equestrian in the family," she said. ere's an English saddle resting on a second-story hand railing and a black-and- white snapshot of a very young Parker atop her first horse, "Freckles." e framed sketches of riders on the trail of foxes are more loosely connected. "I just like hunt prints," she said. A large wall-mounted looking glass — Continued on Page 37 ❱❱ The three-season sunroom of the Schlink home in Wake Forest features, above the windows, an inviting verse: "May all who enter as guests, leave as friends." Archie, the family feline, has found a resting spot on a bathroom vanity. " At least he's off the cutting board in the kitchen," Parker Schlink said.

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