August 2014

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Country Living CHEF Kelly English PORCH ELEGANCE







Country Living CHEF Kelly English PORCH ELEGANCE




An interview with one of Memphis' top restaurateurs




Architect David Anderson creates an ultra-modern home for his family of five in Collierville’s Spring Creek Ranch residential community





Homeowners in Oxford, Mississippi, enjoy their comfortable, yet stylish, newly designed screened-in porch

Contemporary living in Collierville See page 54 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. 6 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014


AUGUST Contents

Lifestyle 20 fashion The Look of Linen 22 beauty Luscious Locks 24 health New Dry Eye Treatment 44 music Miranda Lambert 46 arts Live at the Garden HOME 50 technology Making More Time 64 design Kitchens and Baths 74 garden Growing Coneflowers


On the Road 26 mid south must do Cool Treat Hot Spots

30 travel New Orleans 38 roadtrip Vicksburg 40 community hotspot Oxford 98 a closer look Can You Guess It?

Foo d & E n t e r ta i n i n g 84 entertaining “Good Wine, Good Company”

90 cooking Backyard Burger Bash 92 cuisine Greencork

I n E v e ry I s s u e 12 | Publisher’s Note 14 | contributors 72 | style marketplace

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78 | by invitation — the social pages 94 | Happenings  97 | Sources
















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publisher’s note


BACK TO SCHOOL & FOOTBALL It seems I was just writing about the beginning of summer and now it is coming to an end. School-age children don’t get the Memorial Day to Labor Day stretch like we did and that is sad. Every year, they move that “back to school” date up a bit. Commercials for “back to school” shopping started right after July 4th this year, and Hobby Lobby put their Christmas decorations up before Memorial Day, but why? I remember shopping for school supplies with my two children and how different it was with a boy and a girl. With my daughter it was an all-day production. She stressed out over color coordinating her folders and notebooks, and in order to find all the new and trendy items, it was not uncommon to hit several Targets and Walgreens. We had to find the right colored pencils, markers and of course, sparkle markers, just because they write pretty. New glue sticks, stickers, rulers and, of course, a new calculator each year because we could never find the one from the previous year. After everything was purchased she would sit at the kitchen table and decorate every notebook and folder. She continued the notebook decorating through college I believe. School supply shopping with my son was much different and was more along the lines of “I don’t want to go, just get me some loose-leaf paper and a couple of notebooks.” No particular color of pens or markers, just ones that work. We don’t have the school supply run anymore as those days are far behind me, but just the other day I ran across some old notebooks and supplies in a box in my daughter’s former closet in our home. They were all nicely decorated and color coordinated. Her ink colors even changed from paragraph to paragraph and random “doodles” surrounded the pages. I noticed an occasional drawing of a heart with a certain boy’s name in it. That boy is her husband today. In that box I also found enough pens and markers to start my own office supply store and eight calculators, to be exact, which is one for each year and a couple extra. Although summer is coming to an end, it marks the beginning of my favorite season – football. As I write this letter I realize that Ole Miss kick-off is just 36 days away. I hope everyone had a safe and happy summer and Hotty Toddy, y’all!

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contributors jordana white

is a lifestyle writer and editor. In addition to contributing to At Home Memphis & Mid South magazine, she writes for nationally distributed Life & Style magazine and several online outlets. Once a resident of Nashville, she now lives in New York with her husband Ian and two young sons, Brayden and Cooper. This month on page 54 White tells us how Architect David Anderson designed a modern, yet practical home for his family to enjoy in Collierville’s Spring Creek Ranch.


is the proprietor of Angela Mazanti Design. She specializes in interior, floral and event design, and her work has been locally and nationally recognized as outstanding in the field. This month, Mazanti designs a dinner party themed “Good Wine, Good Company” on page 84.


is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden Talk.” Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. On page 74 Pulte explains how the coneflower is one of the Mid-South’s favorite flowers, and how you can grow and enjoy these blossoms!

April McKinney

is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. She has been featured on the Today show and Better TV, after her recipes won national cooking contests. You can also see her creating new healthy and simple dishes on her YouTube channel, “April McKinney Cooking,” where she demonstrates her recipes on camera. Turn to page 90 to check out McKinney’s tips on grilling your best burger. She also offers her favorite gourmet burger toppings – yum!

Chuck Dauphin

has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations including WDKN and the Interstate Radio Network. He has also written for such publications as Music City News and Roughstock, and can be heard weekly on WNKX / Centerville. On page 44 Dauphin takes a look at country music sensation Miranda Lambert’s sizzling 10-year career. 14 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014

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Omega 9 Hair Mask

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Soy Protein Primer Spray

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This gentle, non-stripping shampoo for damaged, overprocessed, colored, bleached and fragile hair cleanses hair while locking in moisture. These rich, nourishing and softening ingredients help bring damaged hair back to life and keep your locks in top shape.


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Dr. Whitney Hauser

New Dry Eye Relief in Memphis TEXT BY Dr. Whitney Hauser

Most people have experienced dry eye at some point in their lives and an unlucky few have their quality of life devastated by the disease. Eye care providers approximate that 30 percent of all patients they see have some form of Dry Eye Disease. Patients, however, may deliver a laundry list of symptoms and never say the word “dry.”

Tears are made of three distinct layers. Each layer must be present in proper amounts to produce a balanced tear. The outer layer is made of an oil manufactured by small glands that line the eyelid margin. Ideally, this oil has the consistency of olive oil. This layer is critical for stabilizing the tears and preventing evaporation.

More commonly, people report that their eyes feel scratchy, itchy, burning, light sensitive or as if something is in their eye (foreign body sensation). The symptoms may vary from day to day, wavering throughout the day and worsening as evening approaches.

testing helps TearWell’s experienced doctors make the best decisions about treatment. TearWell exclusively offers revolutionary testing to evaluate the tears layer by layer, the tear concentration and the health of the glands. TearWell is proud to bring Lipiflow, the most innovative dry eye therapy, to Memphis. After 25 years of scientific research, Lipiflow thermal pulsation therapy was created. This advanced treatment addresses meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD, the source of over 80 percent of Dry Eye Disease. Lipiflow restores and improves the oil layer of the tears to alleviate symptoms and is the only FDA-approved treatment for dry eye.

No one is immune to Dry Eye Disease. However, women tend to be affected more often primarily due to hormone fluctuations. Symptoms may be worsened by pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives and menopause. Dry Eye Disease can be a part of the aging process as well. Most people who suffer are over age 65. Eye surgeries (including LASIK, Dry Eye Disease also causes fluctuating cataract and cosmetic), medical conditions, vision. The image switches from clear to medicines and environmental conditions The Lipiflow activator is a single-use cloudy and may improve somewhat with can make circumstances worse. component that combines a lid warmer and blinking. The more often the symptoms eye cup. The warmer heats upper and lower occur, the more severe the disease tends to Dry Eye Disease is a chronic condition eyelids while another piece pulses smoothly be. As the disease progresses, it causes more with no quick fixes or cures. In the past eye against the outer eyelids. The disposable of an impact on the person’s lifestyle. This care providers traditionally had few lasting activator fits easily under the eyelids and can affect one’s ability to read, sew, watch remedies for dry eyes. Patients often used causes no pain. The treatment lasts for only television and even drive a car safely. every brand of artificial tears on drugstore 12 minutes and is continuously monitored. shelves and still found little relief. The new Dry Eye Disease is caused by a failure TearWell Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Over 30,000 patients have been treated with of the tears to lubricate the eye properly. Center provides comfort for patients in need Lipiflow and no serious adverse events have Tears are critical for nourishing the eye of supportive care for Dry Eye Disease. The been reported. It can safely be performed on and providing stable, comfortable vision. facility’s doctors and staff have spent their any skin type or color. The therapy’s success People who suffer from dryness make either professional careers treating and researching rate is 86 percent for patients selected and insufficient or poor quality tears. Sometimes, the condition. relief can last for 12 to 15 months. patients will experience “runny eyes” when the eye overproduces a poor quality tear. Patients don’t receive “one-size-fits-all” Visit or call 722.3263 to learn Remarkably, very wet eyes can also be a sign therapy; the clinic’s staff tailors care to meet more about TearWell Advanced Dry Eye of dryness. specific needs. Cutting-edge diagnostic Treatment Center. 24 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014

mid south must do

Worth a Lick TEXT and photography BY Caroline Graves

When the blistering summer sun puts a damper on summertime fun, these little “pick me ups” can help you beat the heat! 26 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014


In the Memphis area, there are two places that are definitely worth a lick when it comes to delectable frozen treats. Mid Southerners have learned they can keep cool when the weather swelters thanks to Jerry’s Sno Cone and La Michoacana.

Jerry’s Sno Cone 1657 Wells Station Road Something of a hidden treasure in the Kingsbury neighborhood, Jerry’s Sno Cones is a landmark loved by Memphians for 40 years. The iconic building started as a car wash and gas station. In 1974 L.B. and Cordia Clifton converted the location into a sno cone shop and named the business after their son. Several years ago the Cliftons sold the shop to David Acklin, however Jerry’s has managed to keep its fresh and fun vibe, while satisfying kids and adults alike. The loudly colored bubble-gum pink, bright yellow and green building surely catches the eye of anyone who passes. You couldn’t miss the polka dotted polar bear and soft serve cone with circular mirrors atop Jerry’s if you tried. The interesting flavors created by the staff make Jerry’s stand out from the rest and keep customers coming back for more. The employees let their imaginations run wild with flavors such as Legit, Spider Man, John Deere and Ninja Turtle. If none of those suit you, try the supreme, a sno cone with soft-serve ice cream layered throughout, also in an array of interesting flavors including wedding cake. According to employee Zoe Harrison, Jerry’s best sellers are wedding cake sno cones and burgers. Despite its name Jerry’s isn’t well known for its frosty treats alone. The burgers are hot off the griddle and freshly made. Tamales, sandwiches, nachos and many other items round out the menu if you’re looking for something to pair with your sno cone. On any given summer night the line at Jerry’s includes folks who’ve ventured from as far away as Collierville to get a taste of Jerry’s delicious treats. This is as good as it gets when it comes to sno cones. There are two things you must know and remember when planning a visit to the shop: Don’t venture out to Jerry’s on a Sunday because they are closed, and remember to that only cash is accepted at Jerry’s. August 2014 • | 27

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La Michoacana 4091 Summer Avenue There’s another best-kept secret in town, not nestled in a neighborhood, but “hidden away” in a strip center on a busy thoroughfare. Family-owned La Michoacana serves 70 flavors of Mexican ice cream. Homemade paletas (Mexican popsicles), ice cream and frozen fruit bars, all made from fresh, local ingredients, are the stars at the Summer Avenue cafe. La Michoacana will broaden your ice cream horizons—with the variety of flavors made from original family recipes, there’s one to please any palate. The most popular ice cream flavor is “Mexican cake.” Don’t be afraid to try something outside the ordinary; you may discover a newfound love for Mexican ice cream. If you are looking for more than ice cream, the menu includes a few Mexican dishes like nachos, churros and elote (Mexican corn on the cob), but ice cream is the main delicacy at La Michoacana. Wash down your treat with an agua fresca, a combination of fresh fruits blended with water and sugar. La Michoacana does not label their ice cream flavors and bars. The employees enjoy interacting with customers and answering questions about the menu, which makes the experience that much more inviting. Fans can satisfy their cravings at four additional locations across the Mid South: • 6635 Winchester Road, Memphis • 1250 Germantown Parkway, Memphis • 2733 Getwell Road, Memphis • 1035 Goodman Road, Horn Lake, MS

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Come Capture the Spirit of

New Orleans TEXT BY Barbara May, owner of Travel Leaders photography courtesy of Travel Leaders and New Orleans Tourism Board

→ New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and is one of the most interesting cities in the United States. Whether you’re a sports fan, an outdoor adventurer, an aspiring chef or music lover, be prepared to let New Orleans transcend the everyday and leave you inspired.

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For the cruisers:

Stop by the famous Pat O’Brien’s and get a “to-go cup” because it’s legal to drink on the street in New Orleans. New Orleans has the most dazzling cruise homeport Put on your beads and take a stroll down New Orleans’ you’ll ever sail from. When embarking on a cruise from most famous party street. It’s said that in the French New Orleans, you may choose to drive or take Amtrak. Quarter, Fat Tuesday is every day of the week. If you opt to take the train, you can go down the day before, enjoy the nightlife of New Orleans and then You are also likely to see jazz musicians playing in the board the ship the following day. You don’t have to worry streets and sidewalk vendors with their trinkets with about leaving a car and paying for parking while you are a definite New Orleans flavor. From the wild to sexy away. And once you return from your cruise, you can to sophisticated, Bourbon Street offers a wide array of entertainment. board Amtrak that afternoon and return home. The city’s prime location near the Gulf of Mexico means there is easy access to cruising destinations including Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and more. The Port of New Orleans offers year-round cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines. Also available are seasonal options from Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International. Or for a day trip you can climb aboard the Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing and fun-filled jazz journey along the Mighty Mississippi.

Groove to the blues with New Orleans’ legendary Big Al Carson at The Funky Pirate Blues Club. Ride the mechanical bull at The Bourbon Cowboy or the whale at The Beach on Bourbon. Take center stage at the Cat’s Meow Karaoke Bar, where you can listen to traditional jazz, a local favorite. Just walking on this legendary street is bound to create a night to remember!

To suggest the party starts and ends on Bourbon Street sells the rest of the city short. New Orleans has many distinct neighborhoods that offer nightlife options from The nightlife incredible live music on Frenchmen Street to intimate The night life on Bourbon Street is like nowhere else. cocktails just a neighborhood away. Harrah’s Casino The bars never close; in fact, many say the city is at its caters to high rollers and the city is home to slick best under the glow of a French Quarter street lamp. nightclubs where you can dance the night away. August 2014 • | 31


distinct neighborhoods in New Orleans New Orleans’ neighborhoods are where culture and creativity come to life. From the historic French Quarter to the elegant Garden District to the music-filled Marigny there is so much to be found all across the city. Each district has its own distinct flavor.

will hear the term “The American Sector” which is where American residents who came to the city sought to establish neighborhoods and a culture distinct from those New Orleanians of European descent back in 1803. The area has become well-known for its architectural styles, from modern highrise office buildings to quaint 19th-century row homes to renovated warehouses.

The downtown area is known as the Central Business District (CBD). The CBD stretches roughly from Canal Street to Poydras Street and from Claiborne Avenue to Tchoupitoulas Street. Due to its close proximity to the French Quarter many of the city’s hotels are located in the CBD. The neighborhood is also home to some of The Big Easy’s favorite cocktail bars and many fabulous restaurants. If you are visiting you

Lafayette Square was designed in 1788 as the response to Jackson Square. It is flanked by interesting architecture such as Gallier Hall and St. Patrick’s Church. Built in 1845, Gallier Hall served as New Orleans City Hall from 1853-1956 and its fluted ionic columns make for a great photo opportunity. St. Patrick’s Church, erected in 1840, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and retains many of its original

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finishes, including an impressive mural at the main altar. Lafayette Square is home to the popular Wednesdays in the Square, a free concert series showcasing top New Orleans talent in the spring and fall. You can take free tours through St. Patrick’s church and will be amazed at the beauty of the sanctuary. Not far from the CBD is the Arts District which is alive with activities. Museums such as the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art can be found in the Warehouse District as well as dozens of art galleries. An Art Walk is held the first Saturday of each month with galleries in the neighborhood opening their doors to showcase their wares. And as a designated Louisiana Cultural District, no sales tax is charged on any original works of art sold in the Arts District!

Other attractions that are in the area include the National World War II Museum (a must-see for history buffs), the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and cruise ship terminals. Faubourg Marigny & Bywater are both nestled just down river (east) from the French Quarter and they are two of New Orleans’ most distinct and wellkept secrets. Both neighborhoods are in diverse communities. They combine oldtime New Orleans culture with a hip, contemporary bohemianism. The French Quarter is the original settlement of New Orleans, also known as the Vieux Carré, or simply the Quarter. Established by the French in 1718, the location was, and is still, a valuable site for trade due to its strategic position along the Mississippi River. The Garden District is filled with traditional opulence and beauty. With its collection of antebellum mansions, pristine gardens and Southern charm, The garden District certainly stands out as one of the country’s loveliest neighborhoods, and a popular destination for visitors. Over the years, the Garden District has become famous through the countless movies that have been set there and the many celebrities who live in the area. Anne Rice, Nicolas Cage and most recently Sandra Bullock are just a few notable names who have chosen to call the Garden District their home. Tours that you may be interested in Start with what you love. Whether your goal is to wander sprawling antebellum plantations or taste test every classic cocktail, there’s a tour to suit your style. History lovers can explore iconic battlegrounds, the city’s European origins and historic jazz landmarks while hearing stories and lore from professional historians. Looking to delve into the world of the supernatural or the occult? Take a nighttime tour of a cavernous haunted mansion or learn about voodoo practices as you walk through maze-like cemeteries. Adventurers can take a thrilling excursion to spot alligators in the untamed Louisiana bayou. Relax in a muledrawn carriage, hop on a paddlewheel riverboat or set out on foot—there’s a lot to discover. August 2014 • | 33


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Festivals in New Orleans It’s said that New Orleans residents should have five good costumes ready to go at any given time. Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans experience. Each year, party season in New Orleans kicks off with the biggest of them all, Mardi Gras. The fun continues throughout the year with dozens of music, film, historic, food and art festivals. In September the New Orleans Seafood Festival is held in Lafayette Square The free celebration of seafood features many local artisans and world-famous cuisine from top local restaurants and caterers. The Po-Boy Preservation Festival in November celebrates the authentic spirit of one of New Orleans’ most delicious and famous sandwiches. The event also includes live music, arts and crafts and a children’s section. The Food in New Orleans New Orleanians live to eat and the Crescent City’s cuisine is among the most diverse in the world. Traditional dishes include gumbo, jambalaya, andouille sausage, crawfish etouffee, po-boys, shrimp creole, red beans and rice, bread pudding and pralines. Top New Orleans food distinations include: Cafe Du Monde, open 24/7, where the heavenly beignets are lavished in powered sugar, The Columns Hotel, a romantic location to enjoy cocktails on the grand porch, located on St. Charles Avenue, and French 75, named one of the top five bars in the country for men by Esquire magazine. Football If you should visit in the fall you will see lots of purple and gold or black and gold— it’s football season and New Orleanians are some of the most passionate fans anywhere. From the NFL New Orleans Saints to the LSU Tigers, the city is crazy for football. An easy five-hour drive from Memphis, New Orleans is a great place to visit for a weekend or to stay for several days. For more information on visiting New Orleans call the travel experts at Travel Leaders at 901.377.6600. Travel Leaders is located at 2765 Wolf Creek Parkway, Suite 104, next door to David’s Bridal. August 2014 • | 35

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A Road Trip to Vicksburg:

The Key to the South TEXT BY William G. Seratt, Jr. Executive Director Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau


n his 1935 book, God Shakes Creation, Mississippi writer David Cohn observed, “The Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends at Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” Now, 80 years later, the same is true. The celebrated fertile fields of the Delta now depend on high-tech farming practices rather than the back-breaking toil of the hard labor farming practices of the past. When you arrive in the Mississippi Delta you will be immediately taken by the richness of the earth. You can smell it. You can feel it. You will also be taken by how small you really are when you experience the 180° panoramic view of the sky that envelops you as you view the seemingly endless flat Delta landscape. There are stretches of iconic highways and byways where you travel over 100 miles without encountering a stop sign, much less a stop light. You will begin to understand that from the remoteness of this place, through the field hollers and work chants of African American slaves, was born the musical form that changed the world: the Delta blues. So important is the culture of the Mississippi Delta to the American landscape that in 2012 it was designated one of the nation’s 46 National Heritage Areas and as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its legends, landmarks and lyrics have been immortalized by the artists, musicians and writers who have called the Delta home. The Mississippi Delta has been referred to as the “cradle of American culture” for its role in shaping our nation’s character and culture. Located at the southern terminus of the Mississippi Delta where the Yazoo River flows into the mighty Mississippi is the richly diverse city of Vicksburg. The region was home to the Natchez Native Americans and later the Choctaw Nation took over the area by right of conquest. French colonists built Fort Saint-Pierre in 1719 followed by a Spanish military outpost which they called Fort Nogales in 1790. The Americans took possession in 1798 and changed the name to Walnut Hills. The village was incorporated in 1825 as Vicksburg, named after Newitt Vick, a Methodist minister who had established a mission on the site.

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Vicksburg is perhaps best known for the role that it played in the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln told his civilian and military leaders, “See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key!“ On July 4, 1863, the key was placed in Lincoln’s pocket with the surrender of Vicksburg, ending a 47-day siege that was intended to starve the city into submission. The surrender of Vicksburg, together with the defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg the day before, marked the turning point in America’s defining war. In 1899 the U.S. War Department established the Vicksburg National Military Park, “to commemorate the siege and defense of Vicksburg.” If you visit the park there are several ways to learn about the Campaign for Vicksburg. You can hire a National Park Service licensed guide who will interpret the battlefield. If you prefer a self-guided experience pick up a driving tour CD at the Visitor Center, or download the app at www. The leading artists of the last century were commissioned to create the monuments to honor the soldiers who served and those who lost their lives in the Siege of Vicksburg. the park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16-mile tour road, the Shirley House antebellum home,

144 emplaced cannons, the only remaining Ironclad gunboat–the USS Cairo–and the Vicksburg National Cemetery which contains the graves of 17,000 Union soldiers.

to grasp the terrain involved in the city’s 47day siege. Also featured are model railroads in “HO” scale, “N” scale and “O” gauge and railroad artifacts. The exhibit also includes Civil War artifacts, 40 original paintings of The history of this region is further the war on the river and a gift shop. Allow detailed in the Old Court House Museum’s an hour for enjoying the exhibits on the self15,000-square-foot exhibit space and entire guided tour. city block of lovely grounds. The museum houses thousands of artifacts ranging Vicksburg’s newest museum, the Lower from pre-Columbian implements to Civil Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront War equipment and relics. The building Interpretive Site, allows visitors the itself is considered to be the region’s finest opportunity to learn about the benefits and antebellum structure. Tours are self-guided risks of living along the riverfront. It is an and take one to two hours to complete. entertaining experience for both children and adults. The exhibit includes tours of In 1894 the Biedenharn Candy Company’s the Motor Vessel Mississippi IV that give a soda fountain was the first producer in the feel for life on board through interactive and world of bottled Coca-Cola®. The restored static displays. Admission is free. building is now home to the Biedenharn CocaCola® Museum and contains reproduction Vicksburg’s residential history is interpreted bottling works, Coca-Cola® memorabilia, in its 1800s-era tour homes which are open a 1900 soda fountain and collector’s gift year-round. The architecture of the homes shop. Across the street, Yesterday’s Children reflects the growth of the city. The oldest Antique Toy and Doll Museum allows you residential structure in the city is the George return to childhood. The collection contains Washington Ball House which was built toys and dolls from 1843 to the present. The circa 1822 and is all wood construction. museum houses one of the largest collections Later construction used locally fired bricks in the United States of French and German for both exterior and interior construction. bisque dolls. Vicksburg: The Key to South. For more The Old Depot Museum located in the information visit Levee Street Depot (circa 1907) features a 250-square-foot diorama that allows visitors August 2014 • | 39

community hotspot

Eats and Entertainment in

Oxford, MS TEXT and photography BY Caroline Graves

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xford, Mississippi, is not the kind of college town where the appeal extends only as far as the university’s campus. With a plethora of shopping and dining there is more to Oxford than you may think. Much history lies nearby; Oxford has been home to many writers, most notably Southern literary giant William Faulkner, and an array of artists, as well. Not only are creative types inspired by the charming town, but many culinary experts and entrepreneurs have also made a name for themselves in Oxford. Chief among them is Chef John Currence, owner of City Grocery, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast (BBB), Snackbar and Lamar Lounge, five of Oxford’s most adored restaurants. Oxford may have small-town charm, but the city continues to grow and develop with new eateries, hotels, entertainment opportunities and art galleries springing up. Visitors and locals love shopping on the scenic Square, but there are plenty of great stores throughout town that are sure to have whatever you may be searching for. From clothing and accessories to cosmetics and home decor, you can find it in Oxford. Neilson’s, located on the Square, is the oldest store in the South, however their clothes and housewares are far from old fashioned. Nella, close to Neilson’s, is also a “must-shop stop” for clothing and accessories when in Oxford. Jones Home, The Green Door and Something Southern offer unique pieces for furnishing your humble abode. Guided tours of Oxford on the Double Decker bus or in a Rebel Rickshaw pedicab provide insight into the history of both the town and the University of Mississippi. Mesquite Chop House (coming soon) With locations in Memphis, Germantown and Southaven, Mesquite Chop House specializes in steaks and seafood. Mesquite is part of the River City Management group of restaurants, including Spindini, Rum Boogie Cafe, and several others in Memphis. Mesquite Chop House will be a yummy addition to Oxford’s eateries. Mesquite will surely mesmerise and please your palate. August 2014 • | 41

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Wine Bar (coming soon) Replacing what used to be Emileigh’s/Roasted, the Wine Bar is soon to be a sophisticated hotspot for college students and residents of Oxford. The owners sought to recreate the elegant atmosphere of a 1920s speakeasy. The Wine Bar’s menu will primarily feature small plates and tapas-style cuisine, however it will not be limited to those items. Despite its name, beer, bourbons and scotches will also be available at the Wine Bar. Selections will change seasonally and much of the beer will come from micro-breweries from around the South. The whiskeys will include regional Scotches and selections from Japan, Canada, the US and Ireland, just to name a few. The Wine Bar’s unique style will make it the perfect place for a date night, girls’ night, or simply a “mustdo” when in Oxford. Gus’s Fried Chicken (coming soon) Are you looking for some soul food? Memphisbased Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken will soon have all of Oxford hankering for its chicken, coleslaw, beans and fries. People have been drooling over the food since the family recipe originated in 1953 in Mason, Tennessee. The spiciness and crunchiness is unlike any other. Gus’s has been rated as one of the top five restaurants from which people would hop on a plane to get a meal. Oxford Canteen Squeezed in the alley between the Lyric Theatre and South Depot, Oxford Canteen looks like a drive-through window or a food truck without wheels. One look at its blackboard-style menu shows that it is way more than just a quick stop—Oxford Canteen serves mostly locally grown and fresh produce that changes with each season. Take a seat at the outdoor food counter and enjoy breakfast or lunch at this notably delicious joint. From various breakfast items to fresh salads and soups, to sandwiches such as the beef brisket grilled cheese with sriracha mayo, Oxford Canteen will not disappoint your taste buds. Local Flavor Located in the former location of Olivia’s Too, Local Flavor is a new café, market and caterer. The menu features organic and local food including sandwiches, burgers and salads. Fresh juices and teas are available daily as are a variety of cookies, brownies and cakes, all baked in-house. To-go casseroles can be purchased at Local Flavor.

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My Michelle’s From casseroles and catering to a full breakfast and lunch buffet Monday through Saturday, My Michelle’s is a great local eatery that guarantees freshness whether you are eating in or getting food to go. Specials change daily to assure highquality food. My Michelle’s is known for catering all sorts of events including weddings, parties and tailgates. A meal at My Michelle’s buffet, which is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-intolerant friendly, is sure to leave you feeling guilt-free—the food is healthy and delicious.

welcoming atmosphere. Private dining rooms which resemble those found around Mississippi Delta in the prohibition era add a unique touch, while dark red leather lining the walls helps develop an interesting and diverse vibe in the main seating area.

with the river rock kobe, black cod miso and even a kobe burger. However the menu also features a variety of sushi. Jinsei’s full bar area specializes in sake and cocktails.

Tre Amici

Visit Oxford will host Double Decker Bus tours at 2 p.m. on Fridays before Ole Miss home football games this fall. The cost is $5 per person for the one-hour historic tour of Oxford and the Ole Miss campus. The tours, which depart from the Visit Oxford Visitors Center, located at 415 South Lamar Blvd., across from Abner’s, highlight the Square and historic landmarks in town and on the university campus. Lead by Oxford’s local historian Jack Mayfield, tours take place on the famous open-top double decker bus given to the city of Oxford by Oxford, England.

Tre Amici, an authentic Italian eatery, opened in the former location of Two Stick in September 2013. Tre Amici serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sunday. Salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta top the menu along with weekly specials. Traditional Italian entrees include fettuccine alfredo, chicken and eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi and Delta Steak Company lasagna. Tre Amici’s quaint and charming A taste of the Delta has arrived in Oxford. style creates a laid-back environment in Delta Steak Company’s comfort food does which to enjoy delicious Italian favorites. not disappoint. Every item on the menu is Locals prepared to order, including cocktails which are made from fresh ingredients. Delta Open only since January, Locals specializes Steak Company offers a friendly, welcoming in fare made using products from local ambiance and a menu loaded with simple farmers and vendors. Menu items range from yet succulent favorites like shrimp and grits, home-cooked meals to sandwiches, pastas, catfish laffite and, of course, steak, and steaks, ribs, pork and fish. The atmosphere allows diners to enjoy fabulous food and sources only local produce. beverages in an informal, relaxed setting for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Oxford Grillehouse Jinsei Classy and Southern are two words that describe Oxford Grillehouse. Exquisite steaks along with scrumptious seafood fill the menu. Exposed-brick walls add a simple, yet beautiful touch, creating a relaxed and

Double Decker Bus Tours

Pedicab Tours

Rebel Rickshaw Historic Tours are a unique way to tour Oxford—via pedicab. Each of the pedal-powered vehicles can hold three to five people. Itineraries include a Historic Homes/Downtown tour and a Historic Campus route. Each tour is approximately one hour in length, with narration by Jack Mayfield. The tours are arranged by appointment by the Visit Oxford staff by Jinsei’s architecture projects an earthy and calling 662.232.2477. The cost is $15 per comfortable feel. Fresh fish, imported from adult and $7 per child (12 and under). Japan and other countries, is a specialty. The Kadoma Tuna is a must at Jinsei, along August 2014 • | 43



Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville TEXT BY CHUCK DAUPHIN

2014 marks 10 years since Miranda Lambert first appeared on the scene with her album Kerosene. If the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year could steal a page from Brad Paisley’s “Letter To Me” and give that artist some advice now, what would she say? “I would tell her the same thing that ‘Automatic’ speaks about – enjoy it a little more, and don’t just look ahead at the next thing and the next thing,” she tells At Home Memphis & Mid South. “Live in it, and soak in more things. I wish I would have done that a little more. I remember one time I read this article in Country Weekly where Faith Hill had given Jessica Andrews a journal and a pen when she started. She said, ‘Write everything down – and take pictures. It’s important that you remember all these times at the beginning of your career.’ I remember reading that and, of course, I didn’t follow that advice; I should have soaked in all of it a little more.” There is plenty for Lambert to soak in these days. Her fifth album, Platinum, recently debuted atop the Billboard Country Album charts as well as the overall Billboard 200, and she added another number one to her singles list with “Automatic.” The album is full of special guests including Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town 44 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014

– and a voice from country’s past – Marty Raybon, former lead singer of Shenandoah, who lends his voice to the nostalgic “Another Sunday In The South,” a nod to the group’s 1989 chart-topper and other hits from the era. “Ashley Monroe, Jessi Alexander and I wrote that song on the road,” Lambert says. “We love 90s country. That’s where we always go to musically. I feel like it’s not celebrated enough. If you’re going to write a song like this, you really need to put it in perspective. If you’re going to use a bunch of song titles, it doesn’t need to sound like a bunch of song titles – you’ve got to make it sound like if someone had never heard these songs, it would still make sense. We wanted to write 15 more verses, because we thought of 15 more song titles we wanted to use. We also used a famous song as the title, so we had to work that out and make sure people knew we weren’t copying, but paying homage. The first two people I sent it to were my mom and Blake,” she says, referring to her husband, Blake Shelton. “About four minutes later, she texted me back, and said, ‘Well, I’ve just turned off my computer. I’ve downloaded Shenandoah’s Greatest Hits, Diamond Rio and Patty Loveless.’ She said she was going to spend the rest of the afternoon on the porch with a beer. You’ve put me in the mood. That’s what we wanted to do,” Lambert says proudly.


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Live at the

Garden TEXT BY Taylor Owens

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Bringing the local community together through music and exposing them to the natural beauty of the Memphis Botanic Garden has been the driving force behind the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series since its inception in 2001. Event organizers set out to make a lasting impact on the Memphis community and have more than accomplished their goal. This summer marks the series’ 14th season, and the concerts have become a staple of local culture not to be missed. The Memphis Botanic Garden added an outdoor theater in 2001 in order to insure the sustainability of the facility. The stage was built to welcome a variety of different types of shows; the symphony, ballet and opera all would be able to utilize this venue. It wasn’t long before the summer popular music concert series took off.

“Live at the Garden is an event. That’s the way we’ve always tried to portray it. It’s a big garden party. The people on the stage are the icing on the cake,” says Sherry May, co-director of Live at the Garden. The shows are a perfect way for Memphians to come together and have a great time with one another. The atmosphere is light, with people sitting either at tables or on blankets on the lawn listening to worldrenowned music with which people of all ages connect. May describes Live at the Garden as “something very different,” and says the events “add to the quality of life here in Memphis and we’re just happy to be a part of that.” The variety of musical acts that have been included in the series over the years is impressive; however, the audience experience on the lawn may just be the best part. Mid Southerners can chat and share a meal with old friends and also meet new “neighbors” whose blanket and cooler are next to theirs for the evening. Concert goers are welcome to bring their own food and drinks; however, two popular Memphis caterers, A Moveable Feast and Fork it Over, are on the scene to provide tasty treats during the events. These caterers provide several options for patrons, as well as the option to pre-order food and have it ready to eat upon arrival. The Fuel food truck, a Memphis favorite, and the Crepe Maker are two of the many booths that also set up across the lawn from the stage. Live at the Garden not only provides a great social outing in the Memphis area, but its proceeds support the sustainability of the Botanic Garden and its educational and horticultural programs. The music, the food and the beautiful garden setting blend to create an unbeatable atmosphere for all concert goers and the popularity of the series continues to grow every year. The thousands of Mid Southerners who consistently pack the venue for every concert, even in the midst of Memphis’ hot summers, are proof that Live at the Garden is a great way to be exposed to music, share a picnic and have fun with family and friends.

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The Second Line


Kelly English t ext by Maggie Weir | photography by Justin Fox Burks

One of the most recognized culinary names Tell us about your journey from in the South, Kelly English shares his passion Louisiana to Memphis. for cooking Creole and all this favorite things about Memphis with At Home Memphis & I grew up in South Louisiana. When it came Mid South. time for college, I went to Ole Miss and after graduating from the Culinary Institute of How does your upbringing in America in Hyde Park, New York, I went to Southern Louisiana influence work for John Besh, who taught me so much your cooking style? about cooking and being a good human being. I met my wife in Memphis, she is a I think that everyone's story affects native Memphian, and the rest is history. and shapes their passion. What my food upbringing taught me was resourcefulness. What’s your favorite part of At the root of Cajun or Creole cooking is living in Memphis? adaptability...these people used what they had to make incredible food. Given that I love the diversity of our city. I enjoy the mentality you can cook Creole anywhere fact that children in almost every area of Memphis get exposed to so many walks with any ingredient. of life. I adore that I can go get great real Mexican, Venezuelan, soul or Ethiopian You are one of the most food any day of the week. recognized culinary names in the South; to what do you attribute your success?

What is your food philosophy?

Most of our success comes from the hard work of our staff and the support we get from the people that love us. I owe a ton to my wife Angela, my parents, her parents and my brother Todd.

I think that great food can come out of the simplest ingredients if you put your whole heart into it. Take turnip greens, for example. Historically, the landowners would eat turnips and roasted pork, while they

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gave the trash to the people, depending on the time, slaves or indentured servants that were actually working—the trash being the turnip tops and the ham bone. That dish, stewed greens, [it] can be argued, is the most culturally significant Southern dish around. And the funny thing is that we identify with this beautiful and soulful dish made out of discarded pieces because someone put their heart into it. So if you ask about food philosophy, I look no further than the journey of greens. Describe the concept behind your new restaurant, Magnolia House. Atmosphere?

We really tried to convey the feeling of an old coastal home...much like Iris is an old Memphis home. Being in a casino and doing that is pretty bold, but the people at Harrah’s Gulf Coast really stuck to their vision and I’m glad we could be a part of it. Magnolia House is a celebration of the Gulf Coast. When people ask me what we do at Iris, I tell them that we cook what I think the people who settled in Louisiana would have cooked had they settled here. That philosophy can be carried almost anywhere.

Tell us about the cuisine at your new restaurant on the Gulf Coast.

Very Gulf Coast-centric. Everything that we serve that lived in salt water comes from that ocean right across the street. We relish in coastal living and eating. What draws you to this type of cuisine?

This truly is the cuisine of my youth. I have fished those waters for longer than I can remember. You've had great success with Restaurant Iris and the Second Line. What made you decide to open another restaurant?

Have you ever tasted a Gulf oyster while sitting on the beach of the Gulf? It is transcendental, and the reason will be immediately evident to anyone who tries it. What is your favorite part of living in the South?

Where can I even start with that? I love our manners, coupled with a truly genuine disposition...influenced but not dictated by the mood of the hour. The fact that everything slows down a touch and the clock goes a little faster than time actually passes. I like that we all firmly know where we are from. Describe to us your ultimate dining experience.

My wife and I, with our three dogs (the cutest Brussels Griffons anywhere: Shelby and her sons Benton and Pappy) on the banks of the Mississippi River. A few cheeses, some really good meat, some crusty bread and a bottle of Vinho Verde. The sinking sun and no cellphones. That’s all I need.

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I can vividly recall a conversation about independent wealth that I had over drinks with a favorite client and friend one evening many years ago. He offered some sound advice for planning for the future, and one statement he made has stuck with me. He said “I can always make more money, that’s not an issue. My single biggest challenge is that I cannot make more time.” One of the daily dilemmas this extremely successful individual faced was achieving the balance in life to meet professional, family and personal goals and responsibilities. My friend indicated that he became extremely frustrated when he actually had downtime and he had to spend it dealing with home maintenance—the HVAC system, pool, exterior lighting and so on. He dreaded having to wait for a service provider to repair television, telephone or Internet issues, knowing it was valuable time he could not spend on other things. We all face the same challenges from one time to another. How do I make myself more productive? How can I free up time for family and friends? How do I find downtime to clear my head and recharge? With today’s technology, there is no shortage of tools to increase productivity. Smart phones make scheduling your life a breeze with reminders to alert you of events. Smart phones connect wirelessly to most new cars, further extending their usefulness

by keeping your eyes on the road. Specialized We also provide advanced home networking apps allow you to perform tasks and keep in improvements, including boosting cellular touch with others in a variety of ways. reception for homes in fringe areas of the providers’ service maps. There is no reason Managing your home can be a challenge. not to have the best possible hardware for Some of our clients have permanent staff to these critical communication pathways. handle their residences. They take care of the With well-engineered solutions in place, maintenance and make sure everything is as reliability becomes greatly stabilized and it should be. Unfortunately, most of us must performance is the best it can be. seek a different approach. How can we make more personal time? I recommend service Proper power conditioning, surge and maintenance contracts for things like suppression and battery backups are also HVAC units, pools and irrigation systems. It important, especially considering the storms is a fact that regular maintenance increases we experience during spring, summer and reliability and performance. fall months. These devices not only protect the connected hardware, they also greatly At Phoenix, we are in the home technology improve reliability and performance. If business. We make clients’ lives easier and you have ever had to wait for a cable or more enjoyable. When we meet with our satellite box to reboot after a power failure or clients we spend time discussing their lifestyle, “brownout,” then you can appreciate what how they interact with and use their home(s) a battery backup can offer. Even if you have and ask them to describe some of their daily a generator for backup power, these devices routines. This allows us to design systems bridge between your utility service and the that simplify daily living by combining all generator coming on line. aspects of home control into an events-based operation. For example, a “good morning” By properly applying technology to your life setting can light the home, adjust the HVAC, you can make more time for the important set audio/video to personal preferences and things. Or to borrow a quote from one of interact with security systems to get the day my favorite movies: “Life moves pretty fast. started. A “good night” setting can shut the If you don't stop and look around once in a home down for the evening, making lighting while, you could miss it.” adjustments, activating security, changing HVAC settings and shutting down all audio/ Until next month… video except in the bedroom(s).

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s a seasoned architect

who just started his own design firm, David Anderson is used to creating other people’s dream homes, so when it came time to design a new house to live in with his wife Jessica and their three children, ages 10, eight and five, he was thrilled to execute his personal vision. Luckily for him, he jokes, Jessica was “very generous,” taking a back seat in the process to let David have “his own ideas.” The main focus of those ideas was to create an efficient, sleek and contemporary home that had an open floor plan but still provided a place for all the accessories that a family with young children accumulates. Also at issue was the location of the home, in Spring Creek Ranch, a fairly traditional country community in a rural reserve. To help bring his vision to life, David worked with Ryan Anderson and Chris Clark at RKA Construction. With David’s plans and RKA’s impeccable execution, the 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom dream home soon became a reality. In order to reconcile David’s modern aesthetic with the neighborhood in which it was built, the home’s exterior was constructed with a very traditional European design. The brick façade is painted in a more modern color scheme, setting it apart from other homes on the block. Ryan and his team installed windows with lots of light divisions that subtly lend a luxurious feel, while not adding too much cost to the project. Monochromatic shutters also give a nod to traditional styling while still maintaining the clean lines of a more contemporary design project. Inside the home, the modern concept is immediately evident. On the main level of the house, all the flooring is stained concrete; Ryan explains that his crew used a low-sheen wax finish to help create the illusion of an aged stone floor. David also notes that he chose a very dark stain for the flooring to avoid a warehouse feel. August 2014 • | 57


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Flooring is not the only aspect in which David and Ryan broke free from a conventional approach to home design. In the master bathroom, in place of a separate shower and Jacuzzi tub, Ryan constructed a “wet room” where the shower and tub flow into each other, optimizing square footage while still allowing users to either soak or rinse off, depending on their preference.

Ryan built a scullery complete with a big sink, dishwasher and open shelving. The family uses that space for daily clean up and clutter, allowing the kitchen to remain tidy. Hidden piping and a concealed hood help maintain the kitchen’s clean and sleek vibe. Of course, when it came to decorating the house, David didn’t want his family to feel their home was cold or hard, as can sometimes be a problem in ultra-modern design. To battle this issue, David enlisted the help of Selena McAdams, owner of Spruce design boutique in East Memphis, to tackle the task.

In the kitchen, David shunned traditional upper cabinets, opting instead to put in windows that provide a clear view to the backyard so he and Jessica can watch the kids while preparing meals. A mirror placed over the stand-alone oven also allows the busy parents to have eyes in the back of their First, David worked with a lot of different heads, as it were, and provides an unusual textured fabrics, including linen and velvet, design element that’s always a conversation and used wood-tone furnishings to establish starter when the couple entertains. a lush environment. He also created personal spaces, like an evolving family photo wall, Instead of putting a sink in the kitchen’s that infused emotion into the unfussy island (whose honed black granite extends design scheme. Finally, they selected works from the top all the way down the sides), of art that provided bursts of color in a

more monochromatic palette and also very personal. Three pieces of art that were created by friends of the family provide decor with the added warmth of personal connections. As an architect, David Anderson has drawn house plans in many different design styles; as a father and husband, he knew that he valued efficiency and order in his personal space and decided that a contemporary design would be best to help meet these priorities. Having created a home with “an open concept for entertaining that keeps in mind spots for everyday living,” David, Jessica and the kids have spent the few short months since they moved in mapping out their favorite spots in the place and figuring out just how each unique element of the home design will help make their family life that much richer.

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It’s a fact: when it comes to building or remodeling, kitchens and baths are focal points in construction. And getting those rooms right is important. These days, kitchens are more than a place to prepare a meal. They are often one of the largest rooms in the house and THE place to entertain friends and family. And bathrooms have become less institutional, focusing on luxury in a spa-like environment. With styles shifting from traditional to transitional and contemporary, finishes like oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel are still the most popular choices. But brushed gold and polished chrome are making a comeback. According to design professional Karen Arthur at Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom, “If you buy a quality product, all styles and finishes eventually come full circle.” In their newly renovated showroom in Cordova near the intersection of Germantown Road and Dexter, Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom features an outstanding selection of styles, shapes, colors, materials, features and technology. Functional room displays have been designed, including bathrooms complete with vanities, shower heads and faucets with running water. Coburn’s kitchen areas are fully operational, showcasing the latest in product design, innovation and craftsmanship from some of the best manufacturers in the business. From sinks and fixtures to lighting, appliances and hardware, Coburn’s provides an outstanding selection for every project. “With all the new products to choose from, making decisions can be overwhelming, says Pam Smith, another Coburn’s designer. “Our customers often spend several hours browsing the showroom to develop their style. Farmhouse sinks, pot fillers, vessels… we’ve got it all. Our goal is to understand the customers’ vision and help them get the kitchen or bath of their dreams.” August 2014 • | 65


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Thanks to Coburn’s experienced designers like Arthur and Smith, Memphis-area contractors, builders and plumbers feel comfortable sending their customers to the showroom to choose kitchen and bath fixtures, as well as cabinetry, knobs, lighting and washers/dryers. Coburn’s sells full appliance lines including ice machines, microwaves, garbage disposals and builtin coffee makers. “We also carry towel warmers, ceiling fans and steam units for the bath, so that no detail is missed,” says Arthur. “Professionals in the building business trust us, because they know we will take care of the homeowner and provide quality products that will last." For every project, Coburn’s provides a remarkable range of solutions for the kitchen and bath that perform as well as they look. So whether you’re looking for high-end luxury or affordable entry-level, a full remodel or a single replacement faucet, Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom in Cordova can help make your kitchen and bath the best rooms in the house. See page 97 for souces. October August 2014 2013 • | 67



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Before interior designer Steve Nabers teamed up with builder Paul Baddour to begin his expert transformation, Bob and Fay Weatherly’s swanky screened-in porch was just a plain, bare deck. Now the homeowners can beat the stifling summer heat in style. When it comes to porches and other outdoor living areas, current design trends favor low-maintenance spaces meant for relaxing. When the Weatherlys first spoke with Nabers, they expressed a desire to build a porch that reflected the style and design of the house itself. “The layout of the interior is what attracted the homeowners to this house,” explains Nabers. “My goal was to make the porch a seamless addition to the house, like it had always been there.” He chose an open gable design for the porch’s roof, which adds light and expands the space of the room. The ceiling of the newly constructed porch matches the height of the interior. Finally, Nabers worked with the homeowners’ style by adding some of their own pieces to the outside décor, such as the hanging McCarty Pottery planters. Nabers’ design models the traditional Southern screened porch but includes some European flair in its furnishings. Pops of bright orange and red in accent pillows and table settings add energy to the otherwise neutral color palette. The color scheme is appropriate for all seasons, though the Weatherlys may easily vary the look by using accent pillows in different colors. With his goal in mind — to create a space that was both comfortable and practical — Nabers included a wide variety of styles and textures in his selection of fabrics, metals and wood. For example, the salvaged barn wood dining table is paired with metal side chairs. This industrial-chic style makes for what the designer calls a “casual, no-fuss eating area.” Nabers certainly has an eye for detail. “The hanging copper pieces add some whimsy and complement the copper patina of the antique French washstands that flank the French doors,” he explains. “I like mixing furniture styles that complement each other to give a ‘collected over time’ look. The color palette was borrowed from the colors found in the home, mostly neutral tones and natural colors. To add interest, I brought in the all-important pops of color with assorted throw pillows and accessories.” August 2014 • | 69


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To make the porch

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For the portion of the porch that most resembles a living room, Nabers chose a set of teak furniture. Prized for its durability and rarity, teak can withstand extreme weather conditions; for the Weatherlys, this means that they need not worry about the furniture suffering from high humidity or even spills. Vintage wood drum tables paired with oversized porch rockers give the homeowners and their guests the perfect spot to sit and enjoy conversation, read a magazine or sip a cool drink. Despite its elegance, Nabers points out that the porch still “takes you back to those simpler times,” as it brings to mind the classic screened-in porch that caught breezes and provided shelter from insects in the days before air conditioning. When the weather turns chilly the family won’t have to abandon their new porch until spring. One of the structure’s most appealing features is its fireplace that beckons visitors to pull up one of the rocking chairs, prop their feet up on a pillow, grab a blanket and stay a while. When Nabers spoke with Baddour about the fireplace, they decided that it should be built to the side of the room for a bit of added privacy. Its position also opens up the vista from the interior of the house to the stunning rear acreage of the Weatherlys’ property. But Nabers didn’t stop at the screened porch. His team went on to create a luxurious grilling deck with steps that lead to a beautifully arranged terrace below. A circle of fashionable cushioned patio furniture surrounded by an elegant garden offers the family an aesthetic setting for outdoor social gatherings. Whether they’re enjoying time together or entertaining guests, the Weatherlys will surely find a multitude of ways to enjoy this new addition to their home. Are you a fan of Nabers' designs? Check out his website at for more information.

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Summer Shade

Accessorize your sunroom and porch with these timeless pieces

Canfield 5 Blade Patio Ceiling Fan Kichler, $402,

Stamford Wicker Tear Drop Swinging Chair

Home Loft Concept, $387,

Turquoise Pluto Wind Chime Kirkland's, $40,

Pyramid Lanterns

Frontgate, $99 - $369,

52" Leagrave Coffee Table

Restoration Hardware, $985,

Grace Rocker

Haste Garden, $549,

Adjustable Plant Hanger Plastec, $18,

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Party Globe Light String

Restoration Hardware, $45,

Antiqued Brown Scrollwork Cutout Clock Kirkland's, $20,

Perennials Portofino Outdoor Pillow Collection in Mocha

Restoration Hardware, $69-$79,

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The July 4th holiday is when purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) really starts strutting its stuff in the garden. However, as the dog days of summer oppress us with hot, humid weather, it continues to shine as one of the Mid South’s favorite garden-worthy plants. Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of this sturdy, sun-loving favorite. FLOWER POWER Purple coneflower is without a doubt one of the first perennials a new gardener should add to a sunny spot in their garden. Standard purple coneflower has oblong leaves, often with toothed edges. When in bloom, flowers protrude perfectly above foliage, creating a continuous blanket of blossoms when planted en masse. Large taproots form on mature plants, which help anchor plants firmly in the soil and bolster their tolerance of dry spells. Blooms are daisy-like with ray flowers protruding from a bristly cone, which often has orange tips. Plants have a long bloom time stretching from mid-June through fall. Although other color options are commercially available, flower color is most commonly darker or lighter shades of mauve.


worked soil in the fall and just let nature take its course. Seeds will germinate readily Echinacea is truly a mixed prairie at just the right time in the spring and can wildflower. In the wild it’s at home with be thinned easily or transplanted elsewhere native grasses in sunny locations. It can also if desired. be found in sunny openings in thickets. Its native range stretches widely across the WATCHABLE WILDLIFE Eastern United States with an impressive presence in the Mid South. It will look the most garden-worthy when watered during It is true that the long-lasting bloom dry spells, however, its large taproot keeps it of purple coneflower makes it extremely valuable to the home gardener. But there happy during leaner times. is an even better reason to add this robust Growing purple coneflower from seed bloomer to your garden. During a period is perhaps the easiest way to incorporate stretching from late summer into fall, spent this perennial into your landscape. Shop flowers will ripen into seed heads. The local local garden centers for transplants as well goldfinches will be sure to take advantage as established container plants. As fall of these in your garden. Goldfinches nest approaches, live container plants and seed very late in the season, which gives them the opportunity to feast on the seeds of many are both good choices for establishment. flowering plants. Coneflowers are good Good quality Echinacea seed is inexpensive attractants for goldfinches for a couple of and readily available at garden centers and reasons. First, their cones produce a huge online, or you can collect seed yourself. If amount of seed. Secondly, to get at all of you are a particularly tidy gardener, consider that seed, the goldfinches have to stay in starting seed indoors and transplanting after the same place for quite a while. This gives the fear of a spring frost. Perhaps the easiest homeowners a long viewing time when way to incorporate purple coneflower into goldfinches grace their garden. your garden is to direct sow seeds into lightly

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The beautiful home of Tim Brown and Angie Mitchell set the scene for a festive gathering themed “Good Wine, Good Company.” They were the high bidders on a one-of-a-kind auction item at Le Bon Appetit, benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Event designer Angela Mazanti created a party at their home. Mazanti, who also served as the event designer of Le Bon Appetit, and Ziparo’s catering created a special evening for a great group of friends.

THE THEME The theme of this party was “Good Wine, Good Company.” The hosts have an extensive wine collection that they enjoy sharing with friends, and this was a great opportunity to sample some of the new additions to their collection.

THE INSPIRATION Mazanti says the inspiration for the party was taken from Tim and Angie’s home. “I usually like to do an informal walk through of the space where I will be working to get a feel for the surroundings. It gives me a sense of direction to go in as far as colors, textures and layout. The hosts have a beautiful home filled with neutrals with pops of deep red and dark wood tones that guided me,” Mazanti explains.

THE DÉCOR Mazanti knew as soon as she made her way through the house during the initial walk through that she would incorporate red flowers into the party decorations. “I wanted to do something unique and unexpected to decorate in the dining room where we had the food displayed. I wanted to be able to use the whole surface of the dining room table for the food so I decided to go up with the centerpiece and have it hang over the center of the table,” Mazanti says. Using the chandelier as the anchor for the floral centerpiece, she attached hanging red amaranthus and then attached red tulips that would dangle over the table. Mazanti used seeded eucalyptus to cover everything and for the finishing touch added beautiful deep red rose clusters around the chandelier for that extra pop of drama. For the table, she started with a light gold linen to soften the hard texture but chose to only use it as fluff on the tabletop in order to show off the beauty of the wood. “I used lots of mercury glass with candles and some with small pots of maidenhair fern and red bromeliad to accent our color scheme. I used gold planters to build up the height on the table to display the food trays. I always feel like it is visually more interesting to have multiple levels on a tabletop,” Mazanti adds. 86 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August 2014


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ACHIEVE THE LOOK According to Mazanti, this look may be recreated using some of your favorite serving platters and items found around the house such as planters, books or decorative boxes to raise the level of the platters on the table, making the table setting multi-dimensional and visually interesting. Use linen like Mazanti chose to disguise everyday objects as attractive additions to lend height to the table display. You can always find pretty and healthy small potted plants that can be placed in decorative containers like the mercury glass used in the photo; they soften the look of the tabletop.

DECORATING ADVICE “When I give advice about decorating tips I always encourage you to look at your surroundings. Where is your event going to take place? Let that be your guide and everything will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to try and recreate the chandelier centerpiece in your own dining room. Start thinking ahead for the holidays and plan to be adventurous and surprise your guests. Look for flowers that tend to have a natural bend or flow to them to start with so they will hang nicely,” Mazanti says. Then use a vine or greenery that has lots of coverage to mask the stems. Next, create little hand-tied bouquets of pretty blooms like roses to attach to the chandelier with wire. You can forage from things you have in your own yard to use, as well.

SET THE SCENE After the initial walk through, Mazanti met with her design team and showed them pictures of the space. They talked about options, colors and textures. They went into Mazanti’s studio and selected items that would work well in this home and for this tablescape, set up a mock table and took pictures so that when they arrived to set the party up the team had direction and a plan. “That is what I encourage the readers to do when putting together special looks like this. Plan ahead and that way when it comes time to execute the design you already know what you are going to do,” Mazanti encourages. Happy designing! See page 97 for sources.

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With school back in session and fall right around the corner, it's a great time to soak up summer with a backyard burger bash! Instead of the usual burger fixins', give my gourmet toppings a try for a delicious burger bar. Even though the toppings seem fancy, they are really simple to make. The candied bacon, caramelized onions and “comeback” sauce can be made ahead of time, so you can just set them out when the burgers are ready.

they are flattened out, sprinkle each side of teaspoon of salt. Place the lid on the skillet the patties with your favorite seasonings and and cook the onions for 45 minutes, stirring then grill them up. every 10 minutes. The onions will be a deep golden brown color by the end of cooking. • Don’t overcook your burgers. If you are These may be stored in the refrigerator until in charge of grilling, be sure to watch the ready to serve. burgers and take them off the grill as soon as they are done. No one wants to eat a dried- • Garlic Grilled ‘Shrooms out, hockey-puck burger! If you’re worried Preheat the grill to medium heat. about keeping them warm, put the patties Slice 16 ounces of button or baby bella on the buns, and then place them back in the mushrooms. Place them on a large sheet of Along with these tasty burger toppings, plastic bag that the buns came in; this will aluminum foil. Add 2 tablespoons of cubed I want to share with you my three tips for keep them warm and moist. butter and 1 minced garlic clove over the grilling better burgers at home. Just follow top of the mushrooms. Sprinkle them with these simple steps and your burgers will have GOURMET BURGER TOPPINGS a ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add a that “restaurant-quality” taste at home! splash or two of red wine, if desired. • Candied Bacon TIPS FOR GRILLING BETTER BURGERS Preheat the oven to 400˚. Place a wire rack Wrap the mushrooms in the foil and seal on top of a large baking sheet. Place 1/3 cup the edges. Place the “packet” on the grill for • Flatten the burgers with the bottom of brown sugar in a shallow dish, and dredge 10 minutes, flip it over, poke a hole in the a glass. We have all experienced the “burger 8 slices of bacon through the sugar on both top of the foil, and then grill for another 10 balls” that result from not flattening out sides. Shake off the excess sugar, and place minutes. These can be cooking while the burgers correctly. My trick to even-cooking the bacon on the wire rack. Once all of burgers are grilling. patties is to divide the meat evenly, roll the bacon is coated, sprinkle it evenly with each section into a ball, use the bottom of a 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Bake for 20- • “Comeback” Sauce glass to flatten the ball, and then press your thumb into the center of each patty. It’s as 25 minutes. The bacon will harden as it In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup light cools. Store the candied bacon in an airtight mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons chili sauce easy as that! container until ready to serve. (or ketchup), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, • Keep it simple. A little burger seasoning (my favorite is Bam! Burgers by Emeril) • Caramelized Onions goes a long way. No need to mix all kinds of Slice 4 sweet onions. Place 2 tablespoons of ingredients into the meat; the more you play butter in a large skillet over low heat. Once with the meat the tougher it will be. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and 1/4 90 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • August March 2014 2014

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon hot sauce. Store sauce in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Greencork Self-serve Wine Bar in Memphis text by Caroline Graves | photography by Keenan Sloan

When they hear the words “wine bar” many people start rolling their eyes. Visions of dimly lit tables, condescending wait staff and indecipherable wine lists come to mind. Enter Greencork, the Mid South’s premier self-serve wine room. With over 32 wines on tap, Greencork has made a splash in Midtown since its opening last September during the annual Cooper-Young Festival. Greencork offers seasonally fresh, modern, Southern food. Menu favorites include lobster piled on top of fresh scallion johnnycakes as well as regional treats like the Elvis Dog dessert and the amply portioned fried poundcake. All come reasonably priced with appetizers

starting in the $7 range, moving up to $18 How does a Fairy Winemother go about for an entrée like the lobster. keeping her wine dispensers stocked and running? Careful planning. “We really have “We want to keep a fun, upscale feel to the to be mindful when we choose our wines,” menu without giving people something too says Brown. “We taste 20 wines a week and stuffy,” says Greencork proprietor Robin we ask ourselves a lot of questions: How Brown, who has extensive experience in diverse are our varietals right now? How catering and hospitality. Guests of her many dry versus how many sweeter wines are restaurant endearingly refer to her as The we carrying? Are we meeting a wide enough Fairy Winemother. range of price points? Do we have something for people just learning about wine, as well “It’s funny how a little nickname sticks,” as something for people who are experienced says Brown, “but once a couple of wine drinkers? It’s a lot to keep track of customers started using it regularly that’s but it really helps. Ultimately it’s all about what happened. I love that we give them a what our guests like to drink.” On average comfortable, relaxed place to experience so Greencork will bring four to five new bottles many kinds of wine.” in to replace existing ones each week.

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What if you have a favorite wine that goes out of rotation? The Fairy Winemother says it’s all part of the magic of Greencork. “We all have wines that we grow to love, but we are constantly trying to excite and challenge our clients to try new varietals, or a new vintner, or find wines that you are less likely to find on the lists here in town,” she says, noting that Greencork also offers a full bar, an elegant seasonal cocktail menu and beer in bottles. Newest to the menu are bellinis and champagne sparklers as a pairing for desserts. When entering Greencork, a guest is struck by the restaurant’s fun, vibrant atmosphere that is simultaneously laid back and adult. People are excited to try new wines, share, taste and learn. Explains Brown, “When we created Greencork we had one motto in mind— ‘Wine is for Everyone.’ Learning and trying is just part of the fun. After all, the best wine in the world is the wine you like best.” Most important to Brown is that Greencork is a family establishment. Opened after a family trip to Florida where she and her husband Bob Brown first saw the self-serve wine concept in action, Greencork now involves every member of Brown’s family. Her daughter Katy Sloan is the chef and kitchen manager, while her son Keenan Sloan assists Brown in managing and serving on the floor. “It’s part of the reason we chose Cooper-Young. We wanted a close, family neighborhood. We want to share the way our family eats and enjoys wine with the rest of the community,” Brown says. One of the most community-oriented events that happens weekly at Greencork is Test Kitchen Tuesday. On Tuesday nights, Brown and her daughter test a new item for the Greencork menu and serve it to guests for free with the purchase of wine, beer or a cocktail. Similarly, Share With a Friend Thursdays feature discounts on selected wines and an appetizer special. “We have a lot of ideas for our menu,” says Brown, “so we want to get as much feedback as possible. So far our guests have been crucial to our success as we shape our menu and wine selection. For me, being the Fairy Winemother isn’t about working magic, it’s about listening and paying careful attention to what people want.” August 2014 • | 93






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sources 26 | Mid South Must Do Special thanks to — Zoe Harrison, Employee Jerry’s Sno Cones

30 | Travel Special thanks to — Barbara May, Owner Travel Leaders,

38 | Roadtrip

40 | Community Hotspot Special thanks to — Kinney Ferris, Assistant Director Visit Oxford,

44 | Music Special thanks to — Miranda Lambert

46 | Arts Special thanks to — Sherry May, Co-director Memphis Botanic Garden’s “Live at the Garden” Series,

48 | At Home With Special thanks to — Kelly English

50 | Technology Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment

54 | Home Feature Special thanks to — David Anderson, Ryan Anderson and Chris Clark, RKA Construction

64 | Design - Kitchens and Baths Special thanks to — Karen Arthur and Pam Smith, design professionals Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath,

68 | Design - a Modern porch Special thanks to — Steve Nabers, Owner Nabers Interiors,

84 | Entertaining Event Design Planner — Angela Mazanti Design Caterer — Ziparo’s Catering Photographer — Creation Studios

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