Jessie Ammons

Jessie is a former Chapel Hill Magazine editor-turned freelance culture writer based in Chapel Hill. She tends to structure her days around a morning cup of coffee and evening glass of wine.

A Look Inside This Close-to-Campus Retreat

Among Chapel Hill’s archetypal stately historic homes, Jeremy Salemson’s on Country Club Road stands out. Rich caramel-colored stained wood shutters and doors accent the cream brick exterior, and gas lanterns offset a lawn studded with stones and natural paths. The effect is soothing and sophisticated with a laid-back flair. “I love it. I love it,” …

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Mipso’s Libby Rodenbough Defines Her Role Differently

It’s been a whirlwind journey for Mipso, the bluegrass-indie-folk band formed by Carolina grads in 2010. What started as a fun side project for three college buddies took off, at first locally and then regionally. Their most recent album, “Old Time Reverie,” debuted last October at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. With …

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Designing an Airy, Expansive Home Without an Inch of Wasted Space

It started with a fireplace. Stephen and Ann Aylward were living in a traditional house with a gas fireplace, and building codes wouldn’t allow the addition of a wood-burning one. Luckily, Ann’s role as a local real estate investor tipped her off to a swath of land on Old Greensboro Road for sale by the …

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Revamped Home Nestled in the Heart of Downtown Offers a Cozy Abode

This story originally appeared in our March 2015 issue. Like many first-time homebuyers, Alex and Kate Sayre had criteria in mind that they were unwilling to compromise on. Well, one criterion, really: location. “Alex gave me a very small radius of where he wanted to live,” Kate remembers. “Very, very small.” That radius was downtown …

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Splurge with a Conscience on Dog Collars that Benefit Rescue Organizations

Erica Preo was working as a graphic designer for luxury brands in San Francisco when she had the realization familiar to many animal lovers: No matter how hard you try, you can’t save them all. It was a notion that marinated deep within her for the next few years, as she dated her Triangle-based husband …

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