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“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
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A FRESH TAKE ON FARMHOUSE Scenic beauty offers stress-free living
BLACK MAGIC The art of darkness is realized in this modern build.
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WE L C O M E
here is something about fall that makes it the coziest of the seasons. It’s the shorter days, the warmth of a long-sleeved sweater and the scent of nutmeg wafting from a mug cradled in our hands that compels us to surround ourselves with comfort as we nest at home. The Danish have a word for it: hygge (pronounced “hoogah”) which is about finding contentment and a sense of well-being by living simply and comfortably. Enjoying the good things in life includes surrounding yourself with things that give you warm fuzzies. The Danes' idea of homespun happiness is catching fire: it has been reported that interest in hygge has increased by 285% on Pinterest. And speaking of catching fire, basking in the warm glow of candlelight is one way to embrace hygge (no big surprise, but flame-obsessed Danes are the biggest consumers of candles in the world), as are fuzzy wool socks, cozy throw blankets, accent rugs and exposed wood. Yet, hygge is not just about things or even the setting they’re placed in – it’s the mindset it gives you. Hygge may originate from the happiest people in the world, but the idea of focusing on what creates a better quality of life is right at home in North America too. That’s one of the reasons this issue of At Home revolves around wall covering and window treatments, as these decorative accents have risen above necessity to create indulgently warm, comfortable spaces. Both add color, texture, harmony and yes, even joyfulness, to a room while maintaining their simplicity and practicality. Whether it’s with wallpaper, drapery or a brand new paint color, we hope you explore new ways to please your senses and bring hygge home this season. Start by surrounding yourself with the things – and most importantly the people – that make you happiest.
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Water and oil don’t mix, so we separate the differences between latex and alkyd paints Not every paint is suitable to every paint project. The surface itself, as well as its age, condition and the type of paint previously used to cover it, will determine the right product to use. There are two basic categories for paint: alkyd (oil-based or solvent-based) paints and latex (water-based) paints. The major difference is that the liquid in alkyd paints is made up of petroleum distillates and organic solvents while the liquid portion of latex paints is water. Latex paints account for 75% of all paint sold today. Not only is it ideal for most interior and exterior projects, latex paint cleans up easily with soap and water. Top quality latex paints are known for their durability and do not turn brittle over time the way that oil-based paints can. They also dry quickly,
which permits a second coat to be applied sooner and your project completed faster. It is common to find latex paints with an acrylic binder. A paint can labeled as containing 100% acrylic latex paint offers exceptionally durable and flexible performance. DIYers and professional painters alike know that these varieties adhere extremely well to most surfaces and are quite resistant to blistering and peeling. This makes them ideal for exteriors in regions with cold temperatures, whether they are applied to siding, stucco or masonry. Oil-based paints also have excellent adhesion. Over time, they may break down and cause cracking on exterior applications or chipping in interiors. However, oilbased paints are ideal for repainting
exterior surfaces with heavy chalking properties or on interior or exterior surfaces already coated in oil-based paint. They also work well on interior trim. It’s important to know the difference between alkyd and latex, especially when repainting surfaces. Regular latex paint will not adhere to oil, resulting in flaking and peeling. To tell which kind has been previously painted, use a cotton pad to rub a bit of acetone-based nail polish remover on the surface. If the paint comes off, it is a latex coating. If it’s an alkyd layer, be sure to choose a 100% alkyd paint to cover it, or prime with a good primer and then apply latex paint. This will grip the surface nicely and give smooth, lasting results.
COMPARING THE CHARACTERISTICS: ALKYD VS LATEX PERFORMANCE
OIL BASED (ALKYD)
WATER BASED (LATEX)
Ease of application
Brush and level out smoothly. Requires good ventilation.
Goes on smoothly and evenly but can drag a bit more than oil especially in exterior applications during warm weather.
Excellent adhesion. Prone to oxidizing and getting brittle with time.
Excellent adhesion and long-term flexibility; more elasticity than oil.
Likelier to change when exposed to sunlight. Whites will yellow over time.
Superior resistance to fading, even in bright sun.
Good on wood, concrete, brick, stucco, vinyl siding, aluminum siding, etc. Some substrates require priming.
Good on wood, concrete, brick, stucco, vinyl siding, aluminum siding, etc. Some substrates require priming.
on’t get hung up on the fact that James T. Davis has been selling paint since 1936 nor that they’ve been manufacturing their own Davis brand paints and stains for the past 50 years – because, as their slogan says, they are so much more than paint. Today, James T. Davis Paint & Design Center in Lynchburg, Virginia has expanded beyond the wide selection of reliable, high-quality paint products they have built their reputation on and continue to stand behind, including premium PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Their offerings include brand name window treatments, wallcoverings, fabrics and linens, home goods, furniture and accents as well as do-it-yourself project supplies – all intended to help you select the best products and find the finishing touches to complete and enhance your project. After more than 80 years of serving Central Virginia as an independent paint retailer, the team at James T. Davis still enjoys the privilege of helping local homeowners, contractors and automotive customers. It’s a continuation of the community-minded values that the business was founded on: friendly and consistent service, excellent products and expert advice. In fact, it’s because they wanted to continue meeting the needs of their customers that the store has continued to broaden its products and services. After a growing number
of DIYers came in asking for home decor advice and paint color recommendations, James T. Davis introduced free in-home consultations – meaning that one of their expertlytrained color and design consultants will come over to help you make the best choices for your home free of charge. Trust is a big reason why customers, their children and their children’s children keep coming back to James T. Davis for all their paint and decorating needs. They know that when they come in seeking dependable advice, requesting to color match an unusual shade (and the paint counter staff have seen it all!) or just looking for reassurance that they are purchasing the right tools and products for the job – they’ll leave with confidence. Whether you’re just starting a new project or wanting to maintain or transform an existing one, you can rely on the team at James T. Davis Paint and Design Center to guide you in the right direction – and lend their knowledge and professional expertise about so much more than paint.
BEFORE THE FIRST BRUSHSTROKE Your guide to the three Ps: prepping, priming and painting Shortcuts are great for avoiding traffic or beating video games, but not so much for painting. In fact, no matter the size of the painting project, its success really does depend on how much time and effort is put into preparation. There’s simply no way around it.
BEFORE YOU PRIME: PREPARATION TIPS • Before you begin, move all furniture out of the room. Larger items can be placed in the center of the room and covered with a plastic or canvas drop cloth. • Take down any pictures, wall hangings or removable fixtures as well as the nails holding them up. This is also the time to remove electrical plates and switch covers as well as air vents you don’t want to get paint on. • Scrape off any loose, flaky paint. Patch any holes and repair any other imperfections with a spackling compound. Allow to dry and then sand down until the surface is smooth. • Clean the walls with a sponge and TSP (Trisodium Phosphate should be used if the walls are greasy, i.e. in the kitchen) or a mild cleaning solution of water and detergent. Rinse the sponge frequently and repeat as necessary. Once dry, go over the surface with a microfiber cloth or a trap-and-lock style duster. • Collect and assemble all of the tools and supplies you’ll need for the job: paint, stir sticks, drop cloths, brushes, rollers and painting tape.
BEFORE YOU PAINT: PRIMING TIPS
Primer is the essential foundation of every paint job. It helps paint to adhere to the surface by making it more “accepting” of the finish coat, it blocks stains and tannins from bleeding through; it penetrates and seals problem substrates; and finally, it improves the color performance and prolongs the durability and smoothness of your paint job. • It is especially important to use primer when painting new wood or surfaces that have never been painted before, or when repainting a surface that is uneven, stripped, or badly deteriorated (sand it down before priming). Prime the walls if a lighter color is being painted over a darker color. Semi-gloss paints need a coat of primer as they tend to absorb unevenly. • Match the primer to the job. Tinting your primer first will give you a head start when painting darker colors and will require fewer finish coats. • Remember that latex-based can’t be used over oil-based paint (alkyd). Ask the experts at JAMES T. DAVIS PAINT & DESIGN CENTER for advice on the best primer to use. • Lastly, be sure to start painting only after the primer has dried completely. Check the paint can’s instructions to find out how long to wait between coats. PRO TIP: There are 2-in-1 paint and primer products available on the market, but it’s important to note that they work well on already-painted surfaces, not never-before-painted surfaces. While they may seem to eliminate a step, 2-in-1 products may require extra coats to give as effective coverage as the traditional primer and paint process. Ask JAMES T. DAVIS PAINT & DESIGN CENTER for their advice before purchasing.
• Apply a high quality painter’s tape on trim, baseboards, window and doorframes to protect everything you don’t want to get paint on. • Secure a drop cloth to the floors to protect carpeting, linoleum or hardwood flooring.
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NICELY FINISHED Choosing whether milk paint or chalk paint is right for your DIY project Creating a contemporary vintage look is a creative and simple way to update and refresh dated items. Try experimenting with milk and chalk paint to discover the wide range of amazing results you can get.
So, you’ve decided to bring new life to tired heirloom furniture or a treasured garage sale find by giving it a fresh coat of paint. Good for you. No matter the size of the project, forging ahead with a makeover requires knowing what paint to use and how to use it. In the past couple of years, milk and chalk paint have soared in use and popularity. Both are similar in appearance and characteristics, can be applied in transparent or opaque layers to achieve countless decorative finishes from dreamy to distressed – and yet, these are two distinct products. Non-toxic, environmentally friendly and easy to use, milk and chalk paint both have a chalky, whitish undertone. Neither require sanding or priming and adhere well to almost any surface: wood, masonry, glass, metal, plaster, plastic and drywall. Score!
Milk paint harkens back centuries to when American colonists decorated their homes with locally-sourced products: cow or goat milk, natural pigments and limestone. Today’s version is sold in powder form and consists of color pigment, lime, clay and milk protein, aka casein. It is a popular choice for period-style kitchen cabinetry (think farmhouse finish) and furniture with a handmade, vintage feel.
Among milk paint’s advantages are its unpredictability. There may be random flaking when applied over previously painted pieces; the paint will create a “chippy” look if manually distressed; and it is difficult to match a new batch with exactness. However, all of the above is a bonus if you are going for the patina of antique painted furniture. Milk paint varies in intensity depending on how much water you mix with it but is quick, easy and forgiving and provides a complex finish.
Chalk paint is a newer invention. Named because of its matte finish, chalk paint was developed as a decorative furniture finish in the 1990s and continues to be made of calcite, talc and color pigment. Unlike milk paint, chalk paint comes premixed in cans and is thicker and more predictable in nature. It does not flake but it does distress well if you choose to sand after painting. Chalk paint gives furniture a unique tactile feel, similar to suede, that latex paint cannot and can be applied with a brush, roller or sprayer. A top coat of wax is recommended to protect a chalk-painted piece and enhance the finish. However, for extra durability, a waterbased top coat instead of wax is recommended for projects such as tabletops.
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Your home is not a time capsule. Your home is a way station for the beautiful moments and memories of your life. Your home encapsulates an existence within our greater community. Your home stands from the now into the future. So, make it timeless. At James T. Davis, we offer so much more than paint. We can help you create a timeless design for your local home.
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WOOD BLINDS: FRIEND OR FAUX Discerning between genuine or imitation wood blinds
As elegant as they are resilient, wood blinds add natural color, character and warmth whether your taste runs from classic to contemporary. When shopping for window coverings to style your home, you will be faced with the choice between authentic wood blinds and faux wood blinds. Other than the obvious, is there much of a difference? In short, yes. WOOD BLINDS: REFINED QUALITY, NATURALLY If you’re seeking to add genuine organic elements to your décor or prefer eco-friendly alternatives, wood blinds are for you. Like a refined piece of furniture, wood blinds do not go out of style; their distinct fine grain and natural texture bring a sense of sophistication to any space. It’s important to find out where wood blinds are sourced, as most are made out of North American hardwoods from sustainable forestry practices. What most people love about wood blinds is that their attractive patina and unique details are undeniable and cannot be exactly replicated. Because of their naturally strong construction, they provide effective insulation all year around, while offering excellent privacy and protection from harsh sunlight. They are lightweight, durable and available in a wide variety of sizes and stain colors. The drawback to genuine wood blinds is that they do require some extra care to prevent scratches or damage when cleaning, as they cannot be wiped with harsh chemicals. However, wood only improves over time, ensuring that with the right amount of care, they can last throughout the lifespan of your home.
FAUX WOOD: EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING “Faux” means imitation or artificial. While faux wood blinds are designed to look like what’s only found in nature, they are made entirely out of composite wood material, PVC/vinyl material, or have a wood core coated in a high-tech synthetic polymer. There are many benefits to this. For one, these materials are very durable, shielding your blinds from warping, fading or cracking if exposed to too much moisture or sunlight. This resistance makes them especially suitable for rooms with high humidity – bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements and kitchens, as well as in coastal or tropical climates. Secondly, and often most important, faux wood blinds are affordable. They are an economic way of incorporating a “natural” look that fits your budget. Lastly, they are also easy to clean with water and home cleaning products without worrying about causing damage. As versatile and as inexpensive as faux wood blinds are, one downside is that they tend to be heavier than their real wood counterparts. This can make them slightly more difficult to raise or lower on a large window.
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Above: While they’re still very much ‘of the moment’ in the design world, simple white walls will always remain a classic. And for a good reason—crisp, clean white evokes images of pure silk, soft linen and simpler times, while offering the perfect neutral background for whatever style your foreground might be. Lightly kissed by a touch of gray, the white wrapping this room subtly touches on the tones in the sectional and flooring - perfection! Left: Any decorator, designer or stylist will tell you that every room needs black, but for unparalleled sophistication and luxury, few colours deliver like a deep charcoal. Almost tactile in its feel, it works everywhere: high gloss trims glow like polished ebony, while matte walls feel like silk velvet. And those with the courage and conviction to black out an entire space often end up proving truth of the old maxim: you can have color as long as its black!
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Table of Plenty
he Harvest Table, an iconic piece of traditional American furniture, is associated with bountiful fall feasts going back as far as the Pilgrims and the roots of Thanksgiving celebrations. The traditional colonial design of Harvest Tables, defined as narrow and at least six feet long with drop leaves, ensured they would take up very little space and yet, offers substantial surface area so that it could be laden with the bounty of the harvest. Originally, they were built to accommodate the very basic need for settlers to have a place to sit and eat together. Sturdy, stout Harvest Tables were assembled from settlers’ most plentiful resource – lumber, or more specifically, large fir planks. English furniture makers such as Thomas Chippendale had their designs copied and simplified in the early 19th century by farmers who took pride in handcrafting their own furniture for practical everyday use. These oversized tables became daily work surfaces as much as gathering places for farm families and their hardy farmhands to dig in to the noon meal while discussing the day’s chores. Modern interpretation of the tables continues to draw inspiration from the original design, being made from reclaimed or distressed oak, maple, cherry or pine wood to give it that touch of old world elegance. Harvest Tables are featured prominently in sumptuous holiday spreads to embody large-scale entertaining. The notion of a “Harvest Table” tends to take on a double meaning at this time of year – referring not only to the piece of furniture but to the items on it representing the fall yield. Commonly among these is a festive centerpiece known as a cornucopia or horn of plenty, spilling over with seasonal fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers as a symbol of abundance and nourishment. Whether paired with complementary matching chairs or contemporary bench seats, a Harvest Table brings character and vintage charm into a home. The visible wood grain, beautified distress marks and streamlined surface provide a warm, rustic farmhouse feel and, as was always intended, an open invitation for friends and family to gather for a memorable feast.
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rop any preconceived notions you may have that wallpaper and tile are just for walls and floors! Complement your tablesetting by incorporating wallpaper table runners, placemats, menus, candle and vase wraps – or tightly wrap the entire table in paper. Tiles make adorable place card holders, coasters and even chargers, trivets or serving boards. The options are seemingly endless when it comes to color, pattern and texture, so you’ll find a myriad of ways to make your china or everyday dishes sparkle time and again. Family dinners have never looked so good.
WHAT’S FOR DINNER? A printed menu of the food courses about to be served automagically makes a sit-down dinner all the more fun! Guests will be excited for what’s to come and will be impressed with your five-star treatment. The best part? There’s no need to enlist a graphic design whiz to have a personalized menu at your next dinner party; a pretty font and some leftover wallpaper are all that’s required. Once you have planned your meal, sit down at your computer and typeset your menu. Have fun with various fonts, sizes and graphic elements. Next, cut wallpaper into full-page printer paper dimensions so that you can easily arrange the layout and feed it through your printer. Once printed, you can trim into any size or shape you choose. Rounds, scrolls or shapes that suit your décor or theme all work equally well!
THE PERFECT PLACE Placemats pull together a dinner table and give guests a clear sense of what utensils and implements are their own and where their personal
space begins and ends. The mats protect your furniture and offer an opportunity to decorate the dinner table too. Thanks to disposable and recyclable wallpaper placemats, switching up dinner table décor couldn’t be easier. Cut wallpaper into evenly-sized placemats according to the number of settings for your dinner party. Set one sample place setting to gauge how much room it will take up and thus determine your mat dimensions. Make sure plates, chargers, cutlery and stemware will fit nicely and plan enough breathing room so that your gorgeous wallpaper placemats can be fully appreciated. If you fall for a real winning wallpaper that you want to keep and reuse, glue the paper to cork backs and seal with a clear acrylic finish to keep the placemats clean, dry and ready to bring out at your next party. FYI… wallpaper makes a fabulous table runner too!
PLEASE BE SEATED Geometric shapes are on trend with no sign of becoming shrinking violets anytime soon. What makes them so appealing is that they give off a modern vibe while being a true design classic, this will match well with both contemporary dishware or Granny’s fine china. Depending on the size of the place card, you can create many monikers from one sheet of tile, making this a very economical way to get guests exactly where you want them! Choose from magical marble, colored glass beauties or solid ceramics and porcelains. There are a multitude of options. If you are lucky enough to have gorgeous penmanship and a steady hand, you can wield a metallic Sharpie and hand-letter guests’ names in a snap. For an even quicker alternative, opt for cute stickers to spell out full names or simply use initials. Voila! A custom place card you can send home with your guests as a lovely parting favor.
It’s the little things that matter most – even at the dinner table. To elevate your DIY project from “crafty” to “handcrafted,” pay heed to the smallest details. Invest in sharp scissors for tidy edges and rule straight lines. Employ felts on the bottom of tile coasters and try scrapbooking corner cutters (instead of cutting corners!) for a polished finish.
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The hip bone’s connected to the backbone, the backbone’s connected to the neck bone, the neck bone’s connected to the... well, not so much anymore. While our cool ghoul (we’ve taken to calling him Napoleon Bone-apart) is disconnected and discombobulated, we love him just the same. You, too, can rattle trick or treaters by cooking up a smoldering skeleton with these quick and easy steps: 1. Pick up an inexpensive plastic skeleton. Dollar stores and party supply shops are great places to look. 2. If you are using a skeleton, cut the strings that hold him together. 3. Spray paint your skeleton’s bones outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. We used silver metallic spray but a bold pop of color would also turn this bag o’ bones
into a fun and unusual conversation piece. 4. Allow your spray-painted carcass to dry according to the recommended time. 5. Arrange the bones in your fireplace among the grates or andirons.
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COLORS TO DYE FO R Knit a daring splash of color into your wardrobe and your interiors
Photo credit: SweetGeorgia Yarns or Miss Babs
and-dyed color gives natural fiber knitting and spinning yarn a tonal vibrancy that makes personal projects come alive. “It has a heartbeat. It flickers. You just want to feel it in the hands and watch the colors shift and transform between the fingers,” says Felicia Lo, founder and creative director of Vancouver’s SweetGeorgia Yarns. “Because there are delicate and nuanced variations with hand-dyed yarn, it gives the sense that it has its own vibration and its own life. Working with it is deeply satisfying.” Having taken up knitting as a kid, Lo learned how to dye and spin yarn before starting SweetGeorgia in 2005. Today, her company has 16 employees who hand dye 19 kinds of knitting yarn and five types of spinning fibers in more than 150 “passionate, relentless and unapologetic” colors. “We love working with and experimenting with color,” she says, adding that her team is continually inspired by the snow-capped mountains, ocean and forest of their west coast surroundings. “Vancouver is a very visual place. But I’m also inspired by music, art, photography and pop culture. I’ve even created yarn colors based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kill Bill (picture Uma Thurman’s iconic jumpsuit – yellow and black with a little red splatter).” For people who enjoy hand-dyed color yarns, the feature they appreciate most is that they do not come in one flat, solid color. Unlike commercially-dyed yarns that tend to be more even and consistent, hand-dyed varieties have effects ranging from a subtle movement to the dramatic appearance of color. This can also mean that the unique hue created in one skein is unlike any other. “We tell customers to expect color variations within the same skein or the same dye lot, although we do try to be consistent with our inconsistency so that if people run out of yarn, they can come back and get another skein and add on without it becoming a matching nightmare.”
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Photo credit: SweetGeorgia Yarns or Miss Babs
Babs Ausherman, an artist and the owner of Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers in Mountain City, Tennessee, is still very much hands on with her company’s dyeing process. “Color is my passion and my color inspiration has always been nature,” Ausherman says. “Not all of my colors are naturebased, but the breadth of colors in nature is pretty incredible.” Miss Babs, which employs 16 people, including two additional colorists, has formulas or dye specifications for over 500 colors, including gradations made by diluting the original color. Ausherman creates two kinds of yarn colors – monochrome, which is a single, solid hue with flickers of color, and variegated, which is dyed using more than one color. “The variegated gives a random placement of color that can be a treat for the eye and for the soul so that not everything is symmetrical or predictable.” As the hand-dyed yarn industry is quite competitive, both company owners are justifiably protective of their respective color application processes. However, both Miss Babs and SweetGeorgia currently use animal-based fibers (e.g. wool and silk-wool blends) because they take well to acid dyes made of citric acid, vinegar or acetic acid. Acid dyes, which require less water, adhere much better to protein fibers compared to plant-based cellulose fibers such as cotton.
Depending on the technique, the yarn either gets immersed in the color dye or it is painted on by hand. Effects can vary based on the amount of water included in the dye mixture. After sitting for a period of time, the yarn is washed, rinsed and spun out (a second application is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired color) then hung up to dry. After that, it can be twisted, labeled and readied for sale. “In a perfect world, it takes us three days from the time we dye the yarn to preparing it for shipment,” says Ausherman, “but that’s only if it’s not too humid outside and other pressing matters don’t get in the way.” She points out that while some people may balk at the fact that hand-dyed yarn is typically more expensive than mass-produced commercial yarn, the price tag comes with greater value. “Quite simply, hand-dyed yarn is an art form that requires more time. Not only are you buying a yarn that gives an effect you can’t find in more commercially-produced varieties, you’re getting more value because of the amount of care that goes into making a high-quality product.” Just as many homeowners shy away from choosing daring paint colors, Lo says that a majority of knitters are still afraid of using bold-colored yarn.
“I try to convey to people that the colors you choose to surround yourself with, including the ones you look at day in and day out while working on a knitting project, can elevate your mood and change your perspective. And yet, it seems many people don’t want to stray from safe neutrals,” she says. “Even our top sellers are gray, gray, gray, beige and navy.” Lo looks to home décor to show customers how a pop of color can change the entire feel of a project. “Personally, I like vibrant, jewel-toned colors, but I understand if someone is scared to wear a hot pink or a sunny yellow cardigan,” she says. “I simply remind them that you can apply the same color principles of interior design to knitting. If you want a splash of color in a neutral room, you can paint a chair in a bright color or add brightly-colored accent pillows. Likewise, you can knit a grey cardigan and add a hot pink trim. It’s a way to introduce a bold element of color without freaking people out.” Learn more about the hand-dyed yarn color process at SweetGeorgiaYarns.com and MissBabs.com.
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A FRESH TAKE ON FARMHOUSE Natural accents and raw materials gives this familyâ€™s forever home real staying power
Text: BARBARA CHABAI Design: WESTSIDE CURB APPEAL Photography: RACHAEL A PHOTOGRAPHY
Fumed oak random-width flooring, in which individual planks are heat treated to bring out their natural warmth and beauty, enhances the modern farmhouse dĂŠcor on the 2,500-foot main floor level.
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This page: Beautiful glass doors bring the outside in and double the entertaining space; A walk-in pantry tucks away things not always in use; Boardformed concrete is a nod to Chris' upbringing in the concrete business.
wo things seem unbelievable about Denise and Chris Krahn’s modern farmhouse-style home in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley: 1) that the homeowners sketched out the 5,000-square foot floor plan in a coffee shop and 2) that they purchased the land, built, and finished their dream home in only eight months. “It sounds like a totally crazy scenario, but it all just unfolded the way it was meant to happen,” says Denise, an interior designer who owns a home renovation and remodeling company with husband Chris, a contractor raised in his family’s concrete business. “As soon as we
won our bid for the land, I met up with a good friend and we designed the house over coffee using ideas that had only been stored mental notes until then. Being in the construction industry, we are fortunate to have some good connections, so once we got our build permit, it was all systems go.” Situated just 300 feet from Okanagan Lake, the Peachland home’s picturesque lake and mountain vistas are a constant reminder of the serenity and natural splendor that echo throughout its décor. Contemporary yet timeless in approach, the white walls, clean architectural lines
and deliberate design choices stand out without need for gratuitous detail. Originally hailing from the Canadian prairies, both Denise and Chris wanted their new home to reflect their rustic roots, hence the modern farmhouse theme. “We wanted stress-free living with longevity, so that was a factor in many of our choices of raw materials,” Denise says. For example, the corrugated metal used on the home’s exterior will require minimal maintenance, yet create a distinct patina over time that will only enhance its character.
The stunning, random-width custom oak flooring in the main-floor living room, kitchen, dining room and multifunctional mudroom and laundry area was locally made by an intricate heating process called fuming. The white oak boards were individually run through an oven to bring out the natural color, rendering each plank unique. The knots were hand-stained before a protective coating was applied. “We splurged on the flooring, but it is an integral part of the farmhouse feel,” she says. “You know when you go into an old house and pull up the aged linoleum to find beautiful, original hardwood floors hidden beneath? That’s what we were going for.”
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Rustic touches, including the folding chairs in the foyer, eclectic artwork from foreign travels and the family's harvest style table in the dining room, are humble reminders of their homegrown roots.
Anchoring the home is a massive, 14-foot wide concrete feature wall that runs from the foundation to the rooftop. In the basement, the living and recreational space of the couple’s 16- and 12-year-old, the wall acts as a focal point with a walnut built-in. On the main floor, one side of the concrete wall is seen as the kitchen backsplash while the other side greets visitors in the front entrance. “I wanted this concrete wall to be the first thing people see when they walk into our home because it’s really a personal touch. Chris grew up in the concrete business, so people immediately associate it with him. It’s unexpected and versatile. I just love it.” Functionality was the first priority in designing the family kitchen. The custom maple cabinetry is traditional and practical, drawing the eye upward to the sloped ceiling and impressive 46-foot long i-beams overhead. Iron pendant lights suspended over the kitchen island and the dining table have an industrial appeal yet sparkle like chandeliers.
Flanking the farmhouse-style range are clever appliance pullouts for the toaster, coffeemaker and kettle for ease of use and even easier clean up. While the freezer is deliberately located in the walk-in pantry, which features open shelving and custom maple cubbies to store gadgets like the stand mixer and popcorn maker, the fridge is in the kitchen next to a clear-front cabinet so that guests can always find the drinking glasses. And speaking of entertaining, it’s not by accident that the covered concrete deck is located just beyond the kitchen’s 16-foot sliding doors. “I know some people like to locate the patio door off the living room, but I preferred it to be in the kitchen. Everyone tends to hover in the kitchen, so when we open up those doors, it’s like an immediate extension of our entertaining space.” When the couple wants to unwind at the end of the day, they retreat to the master bath – which has something for him and for her. Chris relaxes in “the biggest
A true his and hers master bathroom, she enjoys the spacious shower enclosure while he prefers to unwind in the massive soaker tub. Double sinks ensure plenty of room for them both.
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freestanding soaker tub we could find,” surrounded by manly touches like wallmounted bullhorns and a century-old railway tie converted into a shelf for shampoo and grooming products. On the other hand, Denise prefers to wash away a long day inside the luxurious walk-in glass shower enclosure. “It’s really us,” she says of the personalized touches throughout their home. “I always tell my clients that I can’t wait to make their house into a home, and now Chris and I have done it for ourselves. “In fact, we often bring new clients here so they can get to know us better – they can see our quirkiness, see that we’re lovers of vintage finds and Mexican art. We didn’t intend to build it as a show home, but we love that we have a home we are proud to show.” The multifunctional mudroom/laundry room is the busy family’s “drop and go station.” It can be accessed from the garage and leads to the kitchen pantry, which makes unloading groceries a breeze.
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MAG I C Reincarnating property in an older neighborhood conjures up a dramatic and darkly curious design Text: Arthur Liffmann Design: Cibinel Architects Ltd Photography: Michael Roberts
Tall, Dark and Handsome: the expansive great room, enveloped entirely in black, is a study in contradictions. It is filled with treasures both costly and humble, it is at once dark and airy, moody and calm.
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“Don’t compromise. We’ve felt incredible satisfaction from realizing the vision of this house — everything is exactly how I knew it could be.” - Bryan & Carin
hen these visionary homeowners set out to create an extraordinary dream home, they pushed the design envelope well into the black. At first sight, the older, two-storey house was in critical need of renovations. Its new owners – Bryan, a retired Olympic skater, and Carin, a successful entrepreneur – had big plans for a complete overhaul, along with a major extension off the back. As fate would have it, major structural damage to the foundation was discovered during the demolition of the back walls of the house. Twenty minutes later, after a nod from Bryan, the entire original building was completely levelled. This sudden change in direction would be a nightmare for most, but for this couple with common taste and serious design chops, it was an opportunity to raise something spectacular from the ashes. From the moment guests cross the threshold, they enter a space that challenges all preconceived notions of what airy, cozy and inviting can be. Swathed entirely in black, the sleek walls, ceilings and floors create a startling envelope for the spectacular collections and beautiful furnishings used throughout the space. But even more shocking is how right it all feels. “Everything has an opposite – you can’t have good without bad, death without life, private without public,” says Bryan, who worked closely with the builders for over two years to infuse the modern masterpiece with his distinctly unorthodox perspective. At a relatively modest 3,200 square feet, the house feels and lives significantly larger, thanks to a well-conceived open floor plan and soaring 12-foot-plus ceilings. Entered through a tall and heavy wooden front door, the double high foyer climbs over 20 feet up to the peak. The grand scale, combined with floor-to-ceiling red velvet draperies covering half the walls (the rest, of course, are black), demonstrates both the theatrical and architectural illusions used throughout the home to manipulate the senses. Several steps down from the foyer is the great room. The lounge-like space features comfortable living and dining areas, a magnificently understated kitchen and sparkling bar area. Anchored by a massive sectional, the living space is oriented toward an oversized fireplace and media wall. In front of the fireplace sits a long, timeworn bench with a somewhat sinister backstory that perfectly illustrates the hundreds of colorful tales that infuse the house with a decorated patina. For decades, the bench, spanned by several steel bars and a dozen pairs of ancient handcuffs, was used to hold criminals awaiting booking in the central downtown Los Angeles police station. “Some of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century including Charles Manson and the Hillside Strangler would have sat on that bench,” Bryan points out.
Opposite: Located off the foyer, the cozy den features classic design elements that are juxtaposed with the owners’ unique design approach: regular height ceilings are still painted black, and the traditional paneled walls are inset with flocked skull-pattern wallpaper. This page: Curated vignettes around the house, including this composition featuring an old trumpet and a mummified bird under glass, speak to the owners’ esoteric tastes and confident sense of style; a luxurious velvet-covered canopy chair balances the volume of the foyer’s 20-foot ceilings.
The custom island, made from quarter sawn white oak, provides extra storage space as well as a handy spot for working, serving or gathering while entertaining.
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The sense of a reversed perspective continues upstairs, where some of the most private spaces in the house deliver the most dramatic public reaction. The principal bedroom, where neon crosses illuminate a bed sprayed with graffiti, features a spectacular custom dresser with a split personality. Created especially for the couple in California, the piece aggressively merges modern and classic elements with a sense of balance that, like elsewhere in the home, challenges and redraws the boundaries of interior design. Adjoining the bedroom is an awe-inspiring closet and dressing room; an 18x12-foot space covered in custom wallpaper and illuminated by a black crystal chandelier. It’s home to Carin’s own personal wardrobe, while Bryan’s clothes are…? “It’s a trade-off. I have my
collections all over the house, and she has hers in the closet. My clothes are in the basement,” he laughs. It’s only in their daughter’s bedroom down the hall where white walls make a rare appearance. Yet, even this immaculate canvas is paired with vivid splashes of fuchsia, silver and black, demonstrating the keen sense of style she shares with her parents. Not to mention a flair for theatrics. “We saw the wallpaper in a Nicki Minaj commercial for AT&T; it took a while to track that one down,” confesses Bryan with a smile. In the end, the couple has created an otherworldly experience – and for good reason. “I feel like we travelled the world building this house,” says Bryan. “We sourced so many things from all over, but the final result feels exactly like home.”
Clockwise from top: One of the most storied pieces in the home, the bench below the fireplace in the great room once seated some of California’s most devious criminals as they awaited booking in downtown L.A.; Custom handles adorn all of the home’s interior doors; Past meets future in a dresser in the principal bedroom, custom designed in Los Angeles for this space; Singing in the shower meets Singing in the Rain in the master ensuite, where a spectacular umbrella chandelier is suspended over the bathtub.
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PAST PRESENT Built in 1935, this traditional Texas cottage was reimagined as a contemporary, light-filled home Text: Barbara Chabai Design & Photography: Hugh Randolph Architect Design
ugh Randolph was trying to avoid morning traffic when a detour took him right past destiny. “I took a side street and noticed this pretty little house I’d never noticed before. There was a For Sale sign out front and I thought – gee, that would make a really nice project for someone,” says Randolph, founding principal of Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects in Austin, Texas. As luck would have it, a family he knew was in the market for a character home like the historic 1935 Greek Revival cottage in the Clarksville neighborhood. Just as quickly as they signed the purchase papers, Randolph’s architectural and design firm had a contract to begin renovations. “Our goal was to create a home that honored the past while not being overly reverential,” he says. “The homeowners fell in love with the charming curb appeal and traditional aspect of the older home so they did not want to do a complete tear down, but at the same time, they wanted to transform it into a place they could put their own modern mark on.” Requirements included adding on two new bedrooms and an extra bath for the homeowners’ two teen daughters. It also needed to be more functional and reflect the family’s lifestyle. For example, they love to cook, entertain and simply hang out together in the kitchen – so greater emphasis was put on creating a spacious, all-inclusive kitchen area rather than on having a sumptuous living room.
Opposite: Eschewing the traditional tiled kitchen backsplash, the homeowner instead found a fun wallpaper pattern that is protected behind durable, hygienic and easy-to-clean glass plating. This page: The pitched roof was rebuilt and raised four feet above where the original roof had been, and yet looks perfectly in place as if it had always been that way.
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An unexpected but welcome pop of color on the ocean blue patio doors next to the dining room is a delight to the senses. “Bright colors in small doses is very effective,” Randolph says.
A fun feature just off the kitchen is the office nook tucked under the staircase. The homeowners envisioned having a desk close at hand but did not want it taking up valuable kitchen space. Solution? Utilize the empty hollow under the stairs that so often goes unused. “The goal was to have something convenient and close, yet kept away from the busyness of the kitchen. They love that the office is now neatly hidden in its own space only a few feet away.” While the roof was raised four feet to accommodate the new bedrooms in the former attic, interior walls were relocated, rooms rebuilt and contemporary new kitchen cabinets and fixtures installed. Still, the home’s design evolved as more aspects of the original construction revealed themselves. Uncovered beneath the drywall was the original paneling that the homeowners chose to salvage and keep exposed as a reclaimed wood wall. “We could have used even more of it throughout the house, but it was decided that less was more so that the interior didn’t turn out looking too much like a cabin,” Randolph recalls. “If something appears everywhere, it’s no longer special.”
Another original feature they chose to highlight as an artifact from the existing house was the chimney. Still functional as a working fireplace, the chimney serves as the anchor in the center of the home, representing both the past and the present. In fact, the transition between natural brick and faded white paint is a marking of where the original roofline had been. “If you’ve seen a riverbank after a flood – there’s a visible line where the water level once was; it leaves a trace of the past. Likewise, leaving the paint on the chimney not only is a cool aesthetic, it tells a story about the history of the house.” Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing aspects of the home’s design is the amount of natural light that streams through its gleaming windows. A combination of old-style, rectangular windows, skylights and seamless glass wall systems, the windows open up the home, let in light and connect the interior to the great outdoors. The horizontal ribbon of windows in the master bath and the ultra-modern corner pane in the kitchen offer particularly panoramic views of the back and side yards, creating more interaction with nature. “There’s a tree in the side yard that’s a pretty okay, averagelooking tree. But when they built the wall up to the bottom
of the bathroom window, it edited the view and framed it perfectly. That okay tree suddenly looked beautiful, like a Japanese scroll paining,” Randolph laughs. “The way the windows are placed really enhances the view of the existing spaces from inside the home.” There is certainly a careful sense of balance everywhere you look in the home – light and shadow; interior and exterior; traditional and modern. It’s no wonder Randolph considers this particular project very special to his firm. “A home is about more than windows, a chimney or skylights. All of those things are pretty cool, but at the end of the day, when you see a family living in the home and get a sense of how it’s truly a reflection of who they are and how well it fits in with their lifestyle – it becomes very meaningful.”
Above and top left: Long hidden under drywall, reclaimed wood walls were exposed, cleaned and lightly sanded to create an interesting visual contrast and pay homage to the home’s 80-year history. Extra-large windows in the kitchen and master bathroom open up the rooms’ design and allow for a greater connection with the outdoors from inside. A clever office nook is tucked beneath the staircase off the kitchen, making excellent use of valuable space that is often forgotten.
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THE MURAL ROUTE This Minnesota lake houseâ€™s clever wall design is all over the map Text: Barbara Chabai Design: Lucy Interior Design Photography: Spacecrafting
The stunning Lake Minnetonka wall mural, printed on high-definition vinyl, was thoughtfully and painstakingly modeled, scaled and installed to ensure the cottage ownersâ€™ bay and other favorite locales are on clear display.
lthough it spans 14,528 acres, Lake Minnetonka fits neatly inside this cottage bathroom, thanks to the ingenuity of designer Lucy Penfield and the adventurous spirit of her accommodating clients. “Ellie and Bill are empty nesters who have been dreaming about owning a place on the lake for 20 years. We were honored when they asked us to help them design it,” explains Penfield, principal of Lucy Interior Design of Minneapolis. As a gift of thanks, Penfield presented her clients with a vintage map of Lake Minnetonka that she’d found quite fortuitously – and from there, things began to unfold. “It didn’t occur to us at first, but then the idea hit to turn the map into a one-of-akind design feature as a whole-wall mural in the main floor bathroom.” Working with a Minnesota-based mural workshop, the map was scanned and scaled up before a 3D model of the bathroom was made to ensure proper placement of the legend as well as special locales – including the cottage owners’ bay and the
sites of friends’ nearby homes. “It was important that we didn’t leave out or misfortunately place a spot that was important to them,” Penfield explains. “We cut out the doors and the cabinet to best position their bay so that it would be prominent on the wall.” The mural was printed on highdefinition vinyl for durability, especially important considering the cottage’s proximity to water and its placement in the bathroom. “We chose the highest density, commercial-weighted vinyl so that it would hold up,” she says. “And although it is in a full bathroom with a working shower, it is a secondary bath. It doesn’t get quite the same use as an everyday master so we weren’t as concerned about continual exposure to moisture.” Aside from its Lake Minnetonka map showstopper, which earned Penfield’s firm first place in the specialty room category at the American Society of Interior Designers’ 2016 ASID awards, the cottage also utilizes interesting wallcoverings in the mudroom and the powder room.
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The glamourous powder room features dancing zebras on a safari brown background, an iconic wallpaper design made famous in the â€˜60s by Scalamandre. Walking in to the room is like entering a treasure trove thanks to the vintage cabinet turned vanity and a Victorian-esque gilded mirror.
“The mudroom functions as a multipurpose catchall; it’s kind of a grand spot, and yet, we wanted it to feel under-theradar comfortable. Our client’s favorite color is orange and she loved the playfulness and whimsy of the turtle pattern because it reminds her of the sea turtles in Florida. It really sets the mood as they come and go.” To offset the bright walls, Penfield chose white custom cabinetry (including a built-in den made especially for the family’s dog, Lucky), all-weather acrylic fabric drapery and easy-maintenance flooring in an exaggerated stripe that reflects the sandy tones along the beachfront. “It was a joy to get to play with color and scale in this room. You have these large-scale stripes on the floor paired with the smaller-scale turtle pattern on the wallcovering, and then you have the play on neutrals against the orange. It’s really a fun mix of styles perfect for cottage living.” Penfield adds that she is also pleased with the powder room – which defies the myth that bold prints aren’t suited to smaller spaces. They revived Scalamandre’s signature “dancing” zebra signature print wallpaper, which sets the tone for glamour along with the distinctly feminine vanity crafted from a vintage cabinet and a Victorian-esque gilded mirror. “The thing we love most about this project is that every room has its own personality. Some people like one style of design that remains cohesive and connected from room to room, but we were fortunate to work with clients who love color and pizzazz. This gave us an opportunity to create something out of the norm and totally unexpected – and we were over the moon that they fell in love with it.”
The mudroom/ utility room is a study in contrasts as the large-patterned, neutral flooring is a pleasantly unexpected juxtaposition with the bold orange, turtle-printed wallpaper. Even Lucky, the couple’s beloved pup, has a special place to relax at the cottage inside this cozy built-in with ample room for storing dog treats, food and other supplies in the surrounding cabinetry.
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This stately Southern Louisiana home is a beacon for family gatherings and social occasions Text: Barbara Chabai Photography: Mary Ann Elston Design by: Kitchen & Bath Cottage
At first glance, this Shreveport family home appears to be a historic property – but it’s actually a recent build that features many modern amenities. The homeowner, a photographer, enjoys using the breezy front porch and beautifully-landscaped yard for wedding and children’s portraiture.
amily is at the center of Mary Ann and Terry Elston’s life in Shreveport, Louisiana, so naturally they wanted the heart of their stylish home to be practical and functional for their seven children (including two middleschoolers who still live with mom and dad) and eight grandchildren. “We wanted a place where we could host our large family, extended family, as well as out-of-town friends for overnight stays. Our hope was to create a comfortable, relaxed environment so they didn’t feel like they couldn’t touch things or simply relax and enjoy,” Mary Ann says.
In addition to being busy parents and grandparents, the couple are home design business owners and active in their community, making their spacious home a gathering place for entertaining clients and friends. A contemporary circular layout makes it ideal for hosting large group events, creates a sensible floor plan and provides separate side entrances for their respective home offices. Mary Ann says her favorite room in the 9,000-square foot home is the kitchen. Because she loves to cook, it was designed in a way to allow guests to mingle without getting in the way of meal preparation.
“I was initially concerned that it might be too large, but it is actually perfect. We always have lots of people in our kitchen, and even when I am cooking and moving fast, I have plenty of room to get around without feeling crowded.” Inspired by south Louisiana homes in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Elstons aimed for a light and airy interior design that maintained some elements of southern rustic charm. In doing so, they chose low-maintenance wood clad windows and doors and factory-finished cabinetry with attractive glazing, but also gave new life to recycled building materials including reclaimed brick, pine beams and antique chestnut flooring.
“I didn’t want to have to worry about the floors getting damaged or looking bad over time,” she says, explaining that the floors were finished with tung oil, an old-fashioned coating that soaks into the wood and produces a durable and well-protected finish. On the other side of the kitchen and comfortable living room, pocketing lift-and-slide glass doors lead outside from the game room to the open-air entertaining area – a wellappointed porch outfitted with an outdoor kitchen and grill, fireplace, ample seating and dining room. The porch stays clean and bug-free thanks to being enclosed with motorized
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Above: Double doors in the luxurious master bedroom lead to the stunning patio and pool area. Top right: A mix of form and function, the circular, openconcept kitchen and dining area is an attractive gathering place for guests to mingle. Bottom left: Instead of using white marble for the kitchen countertops, the homeowner chose a more practical but equally eyecatching natural stone called quartzite, which complements the unique tile backsplash.
screens that open during the day to allow easy access to the custom-designed pool or to the nearby game and media room. “Not only is the porch a natural extension of our entertaining space, it keeps us all in close proximity no matter what’s going on outdoors,” says Mary Ann. “We love having family and friends come over and hang out with us, and it’s a joy to watch our grandchildren splashing and playing.” At night, poolside lighting accents and landscaping turn the backyard into a sparkling oasis that is viewable through the master bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows. “Our pool designer planned the pool area between our bedroom and the outdoor living area so that we have this phenomenal scenery,” she says. “Neither my husband nor I had any idea how lovely the view would be from our bedroom during the day and in the evening.” The South is known for its hospitality, and with its gorgeous limewashed brick exterior, white stucco columns and generous porches, along with an interior design that maximizes beauty and utility, the Elstons’ home is certainly a welcoming place where guests will feel charmed into staying a while.
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spoon me Photography, Styling and Recipes by Brian Johnson
The culinary equivalent of the chunky knit sweater, soups and stews are the perfect complement to the season. You donâ€™t need to wait for a chill in the air or for the leaves to change to turn garden-harvested vegetables into a hearty, filling meal for the whole family. Chef Brian Johnson has been simmering over these new ideas for one-pot dishes that are sure to warm you from the inside out.
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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP 2 butternut squash, halved & roasted (4 pieces in total) 3 tbsp butter 1 cup diced sweet onion 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped ¼ cup maple syrup 4 cups chicken stock ¼ cup heavy cream ½ tsp ginger ¼ tsp cinnamon salt & pepper to taste Garnish: sour cream, fresh cilantro, fried chorizo Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Coat inside with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Roast for 50-60 minutes or until easily pierced with fork. Remove and let cool. Scrape the inside of squash and reserve in a bowl. In a soup pot, melt butter and add onion. Cook until beginning to brown. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add squash and mix well. Add maple syrup, spices, chicken stock and cream. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and puree the soup mixture using a hand emulsion blender. Add more stock for a thinner consistency if desired. (If you don’t have an emulsion blender, you can puree the soup with a food processor in batches.) Heat soup to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste. Before serving, garnish with sour cream, cilantro and chorizo. ROASTED RED PEPPER SOUP 4 red peppers 1 cup diced shallots 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 ½ cups chicken stock 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp crushed fennel seed salt & pepper to taste Garnish: toasted pine nuts, fresh basil, goat cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place red peppers on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Roast for 50 minutes, remembering to turn them over at 25 minutes. Once peppers are blistered, place in a bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let cool for 20 minutes. Peel and seed peppers and set aside. In a soup pot, melt butter and shallots and cook until beginning to brown. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add reserved red peppers and mix well. Add chicken stock, smoked paprika and fennel. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and puree the soup mixture using an emulsion blender. (If you don’t have an emulsion blender, you can puree the soup with a food processor in batches.) Return to medium heat and simmer for 10 more minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste. Before serving, garnish soup with toasted pine nuts, fresh basil and goat cheese.
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BEEF BOURGUIGNON Part 1: 3-4 strips of thick-cut bacon 3 lbs stewing beef ½ cup flour 1 lb carrots cut to bite-sized pieces 1 large sweet onion, diced 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 bottle of robust red wine, preferably Côtes du Rhône 1 tbsp of butter 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 small can of tomato paste 2 cups beef broth Make a “bouquet de garni” by bundling fresh thyme, parsley, bay leaves and rosemary Part 2: 1 tbsp butter 1 lb of pearl onions, blanched and peeled 1 lb crimini mushrooms, stemmed and chopped Preheat oven to 350°F. Fry bacon in an ovenproof stew pot or Dutch Oven. Once crispy, remove bacon and reserve in a bowl, leaving 2 tbsp of bacon grease in the bottom of the stew pot. Season beef with salt and pepper. Dust with 1/2 cup flour. Working in batches and careful not to overcrowd the pot, brown the beef in the bacon grease at medium-high heat. Once browned, remove to the reserve bowl with bacon. Pour 1 cup of red wine into the pot to deglaze. Be sure to scrape up all of the delicious bits stuck to the bottom. Pour into the reserved beef and bacon bowl. Add 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil to the stew pot. Add carrots and onion and cook until onion starts to brown. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add tomato paste to the stew pot and cook until well combined. Stir in the remaining wine, beef stock and add the bouquet garni to the stew pot. Mix well. Return the beef, bacon and liquid from the reserve bowl to the pot. Stir until combined. Cover and put in oven for 90120 minutes. Part 2: About 15 minutes before removing the stew from the oven, use a separate frying pan to sauté the pearl onions in 1 tbsp butter until browned. Remove onions and set aside. Add mushrooms to same fry pan and cook until softened. Reserve and place with pearl onions. Pull stew pot out of oven. Remove the bouquet de garni. Add pearl onions and mushrooms to the stew pot and stir well. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes before serving. Serve with baguettes or over mashed potatoes.
COCONUT CURRY CHICKEN STEW 3 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips 3 cups coconut milk 2-3 tbsp red curry paste (depending on preferred spice level) 1 cup chicken broth 2 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp white sugar 1 cup bamboo shoots, cut into strips 1 red pepper, cut into strips 1 cup mushrooms, chopped 1 cup snap peas, cut in half 1 dozen basil leaves, shredded (chiffonade) Over medium high heat, heat 1 cup of coconut milk and add curry paste. Bring to a boil and dissolve paste. Add chicken and coat in sauce. Add second cup of coconut milk. Stir well while bringing to a boil. Then let simmer for 5 minutes. Add fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Stir well. Add third and final cup of coconut milk and chicken stock bringing to a boil. Once boiling, add bamboo, peas, peppers and mushrooms. Reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. Top with fresh basil and serve over hot cooked rice.
PUMPKIN PIE PARFAIT 3 tbsp butter 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree 3 tbsp maple syrup ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt 2 tbsp butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup pecans pieces or chopped pecans 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp powdered cloves 1 package of ginger snaps 3 cups of fresh whipping cream In a pot over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in pumpkin puree, maple syrup and spices. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool. Combine yogurt into the pumpkin mixture. Reserve. To candy the pecans, melt 2 tbsp butter in a small frying pan over low heat. Add ½ cup brown sugar until melted into butter. Add 1 cup pecan pieces. Coat pecan pieces and pour unto wax paper and let cool.
In a food processor, blend the ginger snaps into small crumbs. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff and chill in fridge. To assemble parfaits, layer ginger snap crumbs, then pumpkin filling, followed by whipping cream filling. Repeat pattern until glass is full. Top with candied pecans. Brian Johnson spends his free time experimenting with flavors. Although he loves being adventurous with food, this selftaught cooking enthusiast truly appreciates a simple meal made of fresh ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Brian enjoys making soul-satisfying meals for his family and community of friends who happily clean their plates then ask, "When are you opening your own restaurant?" While that dream may someday be in the works, Brian's recipes continue to transform his kitchen into a chefowned eatery that gives his wife and three children the best table in the house.
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THE BEST OF THE SEASON
Photography: Jessica Stevens
From apricots to zucchini, thereâ€™s a bushel of reasons to visit your local farmers market
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t’s not only because the produce is fresh off the vine that record numbers of locavores are visiting farmers markets every weekend. According to a study by the University of Iowa, we go to farmers markets primarily because of the connection – we get to meet the hardworking folks who are passionately committed to good food, a heathy lifestyle and a sustainable environment. As the saying goes, “Know your farmer, know your food.” If you’ve ever been to an open-air farmers market, you know they are alive with activity. Everywhere you look, people from all walks of life are genuinely happy to be taking it all in – the bouquets of fragrant herbs, ripened
and just-plucked produce, jars of golden honey, stunning handmade arts and crafts, the homegrown soundtrack of buskers strumming and fiddling, and hot grills sizzling with fried onions and farm-fresh meats. And if you haven’t yet made a trip to your local farmers market, allow us to offer 10 good reasons to do so this fall: 1. You’ll support farm families’ livelihoods.
When you shop at a farmers market, you are putting money directly into the hands of growers. This not only helps small, sustainable, family-run farms to survive, it boosts the local economy.
2. You get closer to nature.
Visiting a farmers market is a reminder of where real food comes from and how it’s meant to look. Sometimes that means there’s a little soil on it; sometimes that means the produce is misshapen, discolored, scarred or dented – in other words, it’s displayed in all its natural, untouched glory, freshly picked or dug straight out of the earth. 3. You can ask the growers questions.
The vendors not only want you to look at their fresh wares, they encourage you to hold and handle them, try a sample (goat cheese crostini, anyone?) and ask questions.
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This is the place to discover new things and learn more about food than anywhere else with people who are passionate about every aspect of what they produce. 4. Youâ€™ll cut out the middleman.
Grocery store produce gets picked, then exported, then transported, then sits in a warehouse, and then finally finds its way to the store shelf. On the other hand, farmers market vendors deliver goods direct from the farm, sometimes within hours of harvesting. Local-grown food is fresher and tends to provide more nutrients. 5. You can have a healthy body AND a clean conscience.
Local farmers are committed to growing healthy food and many use sustainable practices, including minimizing waste and pollution. Most promote certified organic practices, such as reducing or eliminating the amount of hormones and pesticides that come in contact with the food. The best way to find out is to ask. 6. You canâ€™t beat the selection.
According to the Food Marketing Institute, the average supermarket consistently carries 39,500 items. By comparison, a farmers market has fewer items but an ever-changing variety. In fact, you never know what will be offered from week to week because inventory turnover is high and based upon in-season availability. If you find something you like, buy it on the spot because it may not be there next week.
CHECK OUT THESE MUST-VISIT MARKETS CHARLESTON, SC: The Charleston Farmers’ Market (CFM) is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers; it features prepared food, artisans, crafters, live performers and more. WATERLOO, ON: St. Jacobs, Canada’s largest year-round farmers market, is situated west of Toronto near a community that is home to over 4,000 Mennonites, many of whom produce meats, vegetables, food products and crafts. NEW YORK CITY, NY: The Union Square Greenmarket attracts 60,000 daily visitors. With over 140 vendors, it is an urban source for farm produce, fresh meat, fish, preserves and baked goods. CHICAGO, IL: The Green City Market is open from May through October. Situated next to Lincoln Park, the market invites one and all to taste the Midwest bounty and interact with local growers. 7. You’ll eat PIE!
For every season, there is a reason for freshly-baked farmhouse pie: apple, peach, rhubarb, pumpkin, pecan, strawberry, lemon, raisin, cherry… 8. You can stock up on goods before winter.
In the old days, fall was the season for canning and pickling so that a taste of harvest could be enjoyed throughout the winter. At a farmers market, you can purchase fresh fruit and berries to make your own preserves – or stock up on premade jars of jam, jelly, pickles, honey, chutney and syrup to indulge in until next spring. 9. You’ll engage with your community.
In this age of Twitter and Tinder, there is something charming about getting
outside and meeting people in person. At a crowded farmers market, you’ll surely bump into long lost friends and start up conversations with perfect strangers that are so interesting you’ll forget all about checking your phone. Ahhh. 10. You’ll leave inspired.
Move over orange, carrots now appear in a rainbow of colors: deep purple, dark red, bright yellow and even white. That’s only one example of the surprising, beautiful things you’ll discover that will tickle your creativity. In fact, the farmers market is a visual feast of color inspiration because let’s face it, no one does it better than Mother Nature.
KELOWNA, BC: The Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Markets boasts more than 165 vendors from across the Okanagan Valley, with a focus on handmade, locally-grown and artisanal products. BOULDER, CO: The Boulder County Farmers Markets’ mission is to support, promote and expand local agriculture, make fresh products accessible to the community and strengthen relationships between local food producers and food consumers.
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“The real strength of our company lies in the quality of our employees. From studio to manufacturing, they are passionate about the products we produce and take great pride in the fruits of their labor.” – Carl Vizzi, Board of Directors, York Wallcoverings
LEGACY OF DESIGN
America’s oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, York continues to draw on its long, proud history for inspiration For over a century, York Wallcoverings has been manufacturing wallpaper from the same factory location in Pennsylvania’s picturesque Susquehanna Valley. The handful of workers who made York wallpaper back in 1895 would certainly be proud to know their factory continues to create wallcoverings for people across the U.S. and around the world, using the same high standards for durability, beauty and artistry. They would likely be equally impressed to learn that York still maintains and utilizes some of their original, 100-year-old presses alongside stateof-the-art digital equipment to produce beautiful designs for residential, commercial and adhesive wall décor solutions offered worldwide. York is one of a small group of companies worldwide which owns and operates all five print types under one roof. From the oldest and rarest to some of the most advanced, each press gives distinctive looks to the finished products. For example, the surface press York has carefully preserved dates back to the turn of the 19th century. This marvelous working example of early automated printing and turn-of-the-century engineering still produces a beautiful, painterly effect that modern presses simply cannot duplicate. Although printing technology has changed over the past century, the pride in craftsmanship that marked York’s early days endures today throughout this historic company.
YORK’S UNIQUE DESIGN PROCESS Timeless is the perfect word to describe York’s designs, which have served as the background to people’s lives and homes for over a century. Their current catalogue of 15,000 wallpaper styles, available in more than 85 countries, encompass a full spectrum of color and design from casual to elegant, classic to modern. Although large-scale artisanal production and local manufacturing have all but disappeared from the American landscape, York works hard to retain both. The vast majority of their products are designed in-house –including murals, appliques, and wallpapers embellished with recycled glass beads, mica, glitter, sand, metallic ink, flock and embroidery. York Wallcoverings’ design studio is long recognized for its collective talent and is renowned for innovative styling and artistry. Adept at uniting historical and modern aesthetics, designers find endless inspiration in York’s revered archives, home to thousands of document designs dating back to the early 18th century. Once the artists, designers and stylists create patterns destined to become York wallpapers, the sketchpad designs are electronically rendered and brought to life by apprenticed color experts, who ready each design for print. York’s craftspeople then print each design using in-house
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surface, gravure, rotary screen, flexographic or digital printing presses. The result of this exclusive creative process represents the craft of wallpaper-making and the skill of the print artist. York continues to break new ground in wall décor far beyond pleasing colors and carefully crafted artwork. To add tactile luxe and surface dimension, York has mastered reflective ink production and application. As a result, intricately-woven grasses, natural leaves, real mica and cork, glitter, sculptured inks, natural sand and recycled glass beads have all been incorporated into exquisite wallpapers for York’s upmarket collections. York also constantly looks for ways to improve quality and delight its customers. Recent innovations include both removable and repositionable adhesives and Sure Strip wallpapers, engineered for ease of installation and removal, plus digital solutions for custom wallpaper printing. Today, York wallpapers are made through a collaborative effort of more than 250 valued employees: designers, craftspeople, and manufacturing, customer service and support personnel in its York, PA headquarters, along with a team of domestic and international field representatives. “With a clear focus on the future, we are able to draw on our long, proud history for inspiration,” says Carl Vizzi, a member of York’s Board of Directors. “But the real strength of our company lies in the quality of our employees. From studio to manufacturing, they are passionate about the products we produce and take great pride in the fruits of their labor.”
WHAT’S ON TREND AT YORK WALLCOVERINGS Inspired by color, pattern and texture, York’s designers continuously keep an eye on global style trends (no wonder they’ve been The Stylemakers since 1895). According to their forecast, here are four ahead-of-thecurve specialty wall fashions we’ll see more of in 2018: NATURALS: Grass cloth, sisal, lotus and magnolia leaves, paper weaves, renewable cork, mother of pearl, and mica all take York’s concept of Organic Luxury to a new level. RECYCLED GLASS BEAD & SAND: The first American manufacturer to add recycled glass beads and sand to wallpaper, York hand-crafted its own machine from scratch to achieve these effects. SPECIALTY: Embroidery, metal filigreed, hammered metal discs – York loves to experiment with embellishing wallpapers, and to beautiful effect. Tactile and visually rich, these accents add texture without distraction; glamour without glitz. MYLAR: Subtly shimmering metallic wallpapers are a York specialty. York has developed specialty inks to create luminous shades of copper, bronze, silver, platinum, gold, brass and alluring mixed metals of enigmatic colors while its designers play with the perfect balance of matte and shine in individual patterns. FLOCKING: A luxury product at the turn of the century, Flocking descended into cliché by the late 1970s, when most was made of brittle viscose rayon. York was instrumental in reimagining Flocking as a high-style, trending luxe wallcovering and today, offers modern flocked designs made of velvety soft fade-resistant nylon.
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VIEW FROM THE TOP A decorative fabric treatment adds that perfect finishing flair
ant windows with swagger? Top treatments, like a valance – also known as that short length of drapery hung above a window – have the wonderful ability to be completely casual but also extremely elegant. Whether simply stated or extravagantly customized, valances are able to cover unsightly curtain rods and drapery bars or, when combined with draperies, blinds, shades or shutters, create a beautiful view from the inside looking out. It’s believed that valances first came into fashion during the sumptuous Victorian era. Because fabric was handmade and therefore very expensive in the 1700s, it was considered an extravagance afforded only by the wealthy, who used it to dress the windows of their homes. Layering ornate, heavy curtains was a show of wealth that not only created a luxurious aesthetic, it helped keep the cold out of drafty mansions. It shielded precious possessions from sunlight damage and protected privacy to a certain extent – although enterprising thieves would sometimes poke into windows using special hooks to swipe the valuable fabrics. Valances, or pelmets as they were known in Victorian days and continue to be called in the UK, were used to dress the tops of the windows, hiding the curtain rod and any mechanical parts. Today’s valances can spruce up a plain window, add a complementary color to a room or give a space without crown molding some visual appeal. With a wide range of design options, colors and patterns to choose from, they are one of the most versatile home accents available.
ARCHED VALANCE: Highly proportioned, this valance has a dramatic top arch and works well in rooms with hard, square edges. Take the arched valance from pleated, comfortable country style all the way to formal and sophisticated by opting for box pleats and brush fringe with matching drapery panels.
BOX-PLEATED VALANCE: The box-pleated valance comes in a myriad of variations. From multiple, smaller pleats to a few larger folds, they can offer a dramatically different effect ranging from modern to classic depending on the drapes with which they are partnered. For a more stately look (suitable for a formal dining room, for example) try a box-pleated valance with sculptural lines and drapes that puddle on the floor beneath. A symmetrical linear box-pleated valance with clean and perfectlyproportioned panels offers a look that runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary. CORNICE: While technically not a valance (due to its construction of hard substrates that have been upholstered) a cornice does the same job as a soft valance. Also made in various shapes and sizes, different fabrics or outlines can substantially change the look of a room. An intricately-carved cornice can evoke the opulence of royalty while clean and tailored construction can provide contemporary appeal. Slight adjustments will take a cornice from art deco to playfully-designed frames for nurseries.
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Some fabric houses also create coordinating wallpapers to their fabrics. Did you know you can also have fabrics paper-backed to make your own wallcoverings?
THE PERFECT PALETTE
A solid drape can be a perfect background pillow
Using a solid neutral on your
to the mix of pattern
largest upholstered piece,
in the foreground. Choose a tone from the
When combining multiple
collection of prints to
patterns be sure to mix scales
create a restful stop for
and graphics with organics.
the eye in your space.
Too much of a good thing is…
like the sofa, keeps things grounded and allows you to easily get a new look by simply rotating accessories.
well, too much.
A bold print or large pattern on a traditional silhouette is a comfortable way pillow
to introduce pattern that may be outside your comfort zone. A feminine print opposite a masculine plaid is a pleasing contrast in patterns, it’s important to not mix pattern of the
Creating a perfectly balanced look that’s interesting and multilayered without being overwhelming is easier than you think when you keep color, scale, design and texture in mind.
same type and scale together to keep the look pleasing to the eye.
and a stripe with a solid and a paisley and a dot. It works and it’s easy. Do not mix several different fabrics that are the same together, for example mixing seven geometrics or ten florals together is risky business best left to a design professional.
SCALE: Play with scale and use it to your advantage. Do not use similar patterns of the same size – that’s a recipe for near disaster. Select a combination of big, small and medium sized patterns.
TEXTURE: This is an easy way to bring dimension to the space. A mix of textures can often exude comfort and creates interest in your scheme in a very subtle manner. This can be a mix of a few or several different textures. Think linen drapes, a velvet sofa and a mix of tweeds, twills and cottons for your cushions. It’s an area where more can be more with little risk of going wrong.
DESIGN: This one is important. Mix different designs but do not mix same designs. Choose a floral both big and small, mix in a geometric
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COLOR: Find a palette and stick to it. You’ll find you can mix almost anything together if it’s bound by the same family of colors. In fact, professional fabric houses do this for you – their sample books are often arranged by color family.
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Your Guide to Choosing Interior Colors
Taking into account your design style, your homeâ€™s decor and your personal tastes, we want to help you find your color personality. Whether it be relaxed, dramatic, or balanced, we have ideas and tips for choosing
the perfect colors for you. Top Classic Neutrals
why we love them?
Dover Gray PPG1001-5
Excellent for trims and accent architecture, it adds instant depth and framing to a space
Fresh with the faintest hint of warmth, this white creates the perfect blank canvas
This shade of gray has enough warmth to pair well with browns and beige hues.
tip: When a single accent color is used in an all-neutral room, the room takes on the spirit of the accent hue.
Whites are receding and refreshing and have the ability to open up a space. In contrast, grays and blacks are advancing and dramatic and have the ability to close in a space. But used in tandem, whites, grays, and blacks can emphasize the structural elements of a room, increasing the architectural impact.
Neutral plays well with:
As a rule of thumb, clean neutrals play well with every other hue in the spectrum. However, often the most sophisticated and compelling neutral harmonies are created when they are mixed with muted or nuanced neutrals ones that have a subtle variation of hue and tone.
Silent Storm Metallic Mist PPG1032-1
Volcanic Ash PPG1012-6
Great gray - striking as an accent
Soulful neutral that is anything but dull
Antique White PPG1024-2
colorful spaces Top Classic Brights why we love them?
If energy and vibrancy are what youâ€™re aiming for, neutral color harmonies will never do. Finding the perfect dynamic bright for your space can take a room from average to amazing in no time flat.
Where to use it at its best:
Carmelized Orange PPG1197-7
Bold primary yellow is optimistic and cheerful
tip: Choose orange for rooms
or spaces where conversation and communication are essential - such as dining rooms and home office areas.
Forsythia Blossom PPG1214-5
Bright red hues are energetic, lively, and vivacious
WALL : Carmelized Orange PPG1197-7 TRIM : Atrium White PPG1020-1
Bright colors play well with: Clean white helps showcase the intensity of your chosen bright
As as rule of thumb, brights play well with other brights. But if single-color impact is what youâ€™re after, selecting clean neutrals as accent shades is a great way to frame up your key hue. Look for blacks, whites, and greys that are not tinted or altered by other colors.
Delicate White PPG1001-1
Black Magic PPG1001-7
Black helps to ground and balance bolder colors
Gray Stone PPG1009-4
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PPG The Voice of Color | nine color moods
WALL : Palmetto PPG1146-5 TRIM : Pegasus PPG1010-1
Blues are often considered the most soulful hues in the universe. Representative of air, water, atmosphere, celestial bodies, the heavens, peace, tranquility, freedom and spirituality. Blues are also suggestive of truth, honesty, friendship, sincerity, loyalty, and calm. Not surprisingly, blues are typically rated as the most popular color in the spectrum.
Top Classic Blues
why we love them? Even a bold shade of tropical, watery blue can be peaceful and serene
Midtone blues are mellow and calm, great for casual settings
Everglade Mist PPG1150-3
Blue plays well with: Blues play well with most other colors if the tones of each are complementary. Accents of soft yellow and fresh white in a light blue room can feel reminiscent of a summer meadow, while sandy browns and faded grey accents can conjure a beachy atmosphere. Clean white either in window treatments or bedding is so fresh with blue on the wall
Pastel blues are gentle and breezy, creating a sense of openness and space
Modern flair - pair blue with a mid-tone gray
Phoenix Fossil PPG1009-5
Sand Fossil PPG1098-3
Winter Wheat PPG12-05
COVER F ORM U L A
ic Class e Wid e Strip
Blackberry PPG 542-7
A smaller, angled
table juxtaposes the soft curves of a classic chair
the impact of
T W O W AY S
Replace (or roll up) the rug for an entirely different look
We’ve all got one lurking somewhere: whether you call it Granny’s Perch, Mama’s Seat or The Baba Chair, it’s one of those pieces you don’t know what to do with, but can’t bear to let go. Fear not, with a little imagination and a dash of bohemian sensibility, Mama’s Seat can get back in the driver’s seat with a simple makeover that’ll have you sitting pretty.
TRY THIS WALL FINISH: This fabulous widestripe wallpaper from the new Magnolia Collection by design star Joanna Gaines for York Wallcoverings has a handpainted feel, making everyone wonder — is it really paper? A faux fur rug and a chunky knit throw, both in mint green, add softness and warmth while keeping the look light and fresh.
HAVE A SEAT: First, assess your chair. We chose to paint out the wood trims on ours and upholster the body in a bright cranberry solid (if the upholstery on your chair is still in good shape, you may be able to simply replace the seat cover). For our seat, we selected a small-scale paisley print with an equal mix of cream, mint, purple and cranberry – an unexpected mix that allows for a multitude of decorating options.
NO, THAT WALL FINISH: We love the warm envelope a deep paint color provides, and this deep purple sets the tone for a cozy space. To create a serene nook to enjoy a good book, we added a simple flatwoven wool rug in colors that echo the wall color, and a modern leggy side table. All you need is a pair of reading glasses and a cup of tea.
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SPROUTING WITH COLOR E
No reason to feel envious; this season, there’s plenty of green to go around
veryone is crushing on green these days. Just a quick survey around our office revealed that our team has recently amassed several covetable accessories ranging from a crushed velvet sofa in emerald to a frosted jade glass table lamp. Green represents growth, nature, money, fertility and safety. It’s not only soothing to the eye, it’s associated with rejuvenation and health. The thing about the greens currently in play in the design world is their complexity. Sophisticated undertones emphasize natural hues (think earthly organics: forest, leaves, grass, olives, limes – you get the picture) with a broader appeal that makes it oh so easy to incorporate into home design. Whether your style is bold and deep or light and airy, take a cue from Mother Nature’s primary palette and envelop your space in green this season starting with a gorgeous wallpaper. From rich malachite to painterly watercolors to a mossy, organic motif – it may be a challenge to narrow it down to one choice, but even if you’re a greenhorn, you’ll get it right. This is one color that will never make you blue.
DINING ROOM Pine Garland 1126-6
Soothing and organic green leaves feel at home when chosen in an oversized scale and paired with popular gold metals and creamy whites.
Delicate White 1001-1
Bump up Scandi furniture and white loft living with a jolt of jewel toned emerald green. Malachite, a symbol of healing and well-being with its hypnotizing deep swirls, is glamorous and earthy simultaneously.
Holly Leaf 1143-7
LIVING ROOM Painterly watercolors remain strongly positioned at the forefront of home dĂŠcor trends. Interesting and endless color combinations, like this cream and gold with varying shades of blue greens, will ensure it stays put for a while.
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When decorating with neutrals, adding delicious pops of color creates visual interest in a monochromatic scheme. Injections of deep oranges and corals in the form of handmade pottery add a cheery bohemian touch and artisanal element to the room.
A subtle two-tone geometric wallpaper is exciting to the eye and acts as a floor-to-ceiling art installation. Intimidated by the thought of committing to an entire room of wallpaper? Try a single feature wall. This is a very easy and effective way to establish a focal point in your space.
Find a fabric you love and draw inspiration from it for the rest of your room. This soft, whimsical floral print offers a palette of neutral tones along with splashes of peach and rust that can be taken into consideration when choosing paint, wallpaper, furniture and accessories.
A neutral paint color will serve as a solid backdrop that pulls everything together into one cohesive scheme while supporting the design elements in the room. No need to go bold on the walls when there are already so many interesting textures and colors in the space.
Whiskers PPG 1025-3
Rather than defaulting to a simple white subway tile, try a textured or patterned beauty for a twist on an old classic. A bounty of different prints and colors are on trend and readily available.
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Weathered Weathered Wood Wood
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Beautiful color brochures and take home swatches to make color selection easier.
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VICENTE WOLF Beautiful neutrals
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