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Experience at:

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RONE REGENCY JEWELERS Chattanooga, TN 423.894.1188

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Jaguar Bluff City 6335 Wheel Cove 901-844-9400 wwwbluffcityjaguarlandrover.com


A new Memphis home highlights the pleasing results created when seemingly disparate styles are combined in the right way. Read page 46 to see how a most talented group of individuals collaborated to give one couple the home of their dreams.


HOME FEATURE: Rustic Reuse

A lovely two bedroom cottage, born of new and old, represents the Classical Language of Architecture while embracing the principles of conservation and sustainability. Architect Eric Stengel, with offices in both Nashville and New York, is an expert on green architecture. Turn to page 38 for his stunning redesign of a 1930’s guest house. text JENNIFER STEWART KORNEGAY



Must-Try Melt-proof makeup and the summer’s hottest nail colors, plus organic products to maintain your natural beauty.


Eco-Friendly Home text HALLIE MCKAY

The simple home improvements that can benefit your wallet, your health and the environment. Plus, a wide variety of natural, organic, green and eco-friendly products to transform your home.


A culture of river life and southern togetherness defines the communities of Savannah, Pickwick, Shiloh, Crump and Saltillo.

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photo courtesy of JIM KIINYL

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Dream #14: Giving life to the place you want to live

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Homespun fashion sense that makes us happy we live in the South.


photo courtesy of Eric Stengel


Picky Eaters


Tips for how to get your child to eat healthy this summer


Seventy-Two Hours in St. Louis


An amazing destination with a wide variety of unique attractions, oneof-a-kind dining, shopping and entertainment.

34 AT HOME WITH Vicente Wolf


As a designer who has been at the top of the industry for over 35 years, Vicente Wolf maintains a passionate focus for his work through his many creative endeavors.


58 DESIGN photo courtesy of Sharky’s restaturant

The Front Porch

A portal to the home, the front porch provides a welcoming entrance as well as an open-air leisure-time family gathering spot.


Bacon, Lettuce, and the Perfect Tomato text ANDREW PULTE

A popular choice from the vegetable patch, the tomato reigns king of all things edible for one gardner.


Summer Cocktails

Cool drinks to sip this summer


86 DINING OUT Fresh Catch


photo courtesy of Dr. Alan Hellman

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Try and stay cool this July with Tennessee restaurants that offer some great “Fresh Catches.” Seafood so fresh you will think you are at the beach!


Made in the Shade


Fondness for sweet tea and homemade ice cream inspire a recipe that combines the best of both.


Green Guides


Green Guides to help make your home eco-friendly.

Gus Mayer Noodles & Company Charming Charlie Aeropostale Kate Spade Sephora Lacoste Wolford

Tiffany & Co. Louis Vuitton Burberry Free People Accessories By Anthropologie Brooks Brothers Omega Boutique The Cheesecake Factory

frolic in fashion. Introducing David Yurman and Michael Kors

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JULY 2011 - Vol. 10 No. 4


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Summertime in the South might not be too different from the rest of the country, if you remove the heat and humidity, but summertime a generation or two ago is a lot different from today for our youth. Today, we worry about the heat index and how it will affect our children. Guess what? We played outside in over 100 degrees heat index and our bodies became conditioned. We had no bottled water but we did have a garden hose to drink from as long as it wasn’t hooked up to the sprinkler, AKA, our swimming pool. We loved the rainy days of summer as well. When the rain came, we again, headed outside to play in the rain and run through the water as it backed up our neighborhood streets. Our house was the hot spot when it rained as we backed up to a large ditch that would flood easily, making a lovely muddy mess to swim in. When we were a bit older, potty trained and could feed ourselves, we were dropped off at the club or pool where we spent the entire day until we were picked up. There were no cell phones for our parents to check on us. If we “acted up”, there was at least one or two moms around to correct us and we listened. When we weren’t at the pool, we would be out riding our bikes literally all day. Again, no cell phones for “checking in” and we were home by dark, or just in time to cruise on our bikes behind what we called the “fog machine” or our local city truck that dispersed mosquito repellant (that was most entertaining to ride in and inhale). Weekends in the summer were spent at our lake house, which was nothing fancy. It was actually a trailer with add on rooms. It had a couple of bedrooms and a large den where all the children slept. We had a pier complete with a dock for jumping off and attached to the steps was a shelf for the bar of ivory soap and Prell shampoo (so we could “clean up” before coming in for the night). One of my favorite memories at the lake was riding around on our pontoon boat with my father. Cars then didn’t have car seats back then so why would we need life vests for the boat ride? We would board around 6:30, after my dad had prepared his signature pitcher of tequila sunrises, and “The Eagles Greatest Hits” would be in the 8-track player. We would cruise around trying to spot alligators. Now that I think about it, I think we always spotted that alligator just when the pitcher was empty and The Eagles 8-track was complete. Yes, my generation was raised a little different. We could have caught many different diseases from drinking from that dirty hose, suffered heat exhaustion from being out in the heat or even suffered separation anxiety from going all day and not checking in with our parents. For the most part, though we didn’t. The water from that hose was just fine, and our bodies adjusted to the temperatures and we learned to take care of each other and make decisions for ourselves. Not all decisions were the right ones and those that weren’t, we learned from. Most of all we had fun without a television or other electronic game to entertain us. So next time I water the flowers, I might just have to snag a sip from the hose, or what I like to think of as our fountain of youth.

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July 16 - October 9 brooksmuseum.org

This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Community Partners: ArtsMemphis, Hyde Family Foundations, Tennessee Arts Commission, The Jeniam Foundation, and AutoZone




The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation


Leon Bonhomme, French, 1870-1924. La femme en vert (The Woman in Green), 1909. Oil on paper board. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Purchase; funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Duggins 2007.26

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CONTRIBUTORS Jennifer Stewart Kornegay has been writing professionally for over 12 years. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she was most recently the editor of Montgomery Living, the monthly city/lifestyle magazine in Montgomery, Al, a position she held for five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Southern Lady, Alabama Journey, Southern Living, TIDE, Alabama, American Profile and Gulfscapes. For this issue, Kornegay wrote “Mix and Match” (p. 38) where she delves into both the joys and challenges of creating a new home.

Andy Pulte is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a gardening radio show, Garden Talk. Additionally, Pulte speaks regularly to diverse groups and travels extensively to feed his passion for people and plants. Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. For the July issue of At Home Tennessee, Pulte explores the history of the tomato and instructs readers on the best methods for growing this popular fruit on page 66, “Bacon, Lettuce, and.... The Perfect Tomato.” Stephenie Ward shares tips for how to improve your children’s eating habits in this month’s health feature, “Picky Eaters” (pg. 26). Ward is a registered dietitian who partners with clients of various medical and fitness backgrounds at Germantown Athletic Club. Her clinical experience includes pediatrics, cardiovascular disease, life cycle changes, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, osteoporosis and athletes desiring improved athletic performance. Outside of work, Stephenie enjoys training for triathlons, playing the violin, cooking and spending time with her family of five. Howard Wiggins is a guest contributor and distinguished interior designer whose interview with designer Vincent Wolfe (page 34) appears in this month’s At Home With. Wiggins’ firm, Heartstone Interior Design, based in Nashville, is recognized by the international design firm of Andrew Martin, U.K., as one of the world’s top 35 in their Interior Design Review, Volume III. Wiggins is also author of the book What Were You Thinking?: Recognizing Costly Mistakes That Everyone Makes. Tina Adams and Rebecca Thompson are expert wardrobe consultants who assist clients in everything from organizing closets to personal shopping. This month, our stylists assemble the best looks in “Southern Summer Style” (p. 20). When asked what defines Southern style, Tina Adams states “A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, with a lot of Old World romance...that’s the Southern look for ladies in the summertime.” For more information about Tina and Rebecca or to schedule an appointment contact tinaandrebecca@gmail.com or go to www.tinarebeccacom. 14 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

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FEATURED PROPERTY 195 Clearwater Ridge Pickwick Lake, TN

Make this Pickwick Lakefront Home Your New Summer Getaway! With approximately 165 ft. of water frontage, it’s never been easier to enjoy the lake with 3 boat slips, 2 jet ski lifts, & tram taking you right to the water. Six outdoor living areas include: 1st & 2nd floor balconies, hot tub deck, firepit area, picnic deck, & covered front porch. The multi-level decks are perfect for evening parties or relaxing lake views! Let this 5BR, 4.5BA lake home be your sanctuary from the hustle & bustle of the city! Luxury abounds with real hardwood floors, tall ceilings, abundant Pella windows, stone fireplace, & stainless kitchen with 5-burner cooktop & huge granite island that seats 8 people. Comes partially furnished & can sleep 14 guests. Includes large garage to store all your water toys! So much to see! O/A. Offered at $1,800,000. Check out photos & virtual tour @ lucydoane.crye-leike.com

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CRYE-LEIKECares St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway Gives Hope To Many Crye-Leike® and its associates have always been proud supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest singleevent fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide. This year’s local Dream Home is located in the Wolf River Ranch subdivision of Collierville, Tennessee. Southern Serenity Homes has been the builder for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway for the past four years. The 2011 home is valued at approximately $530,000. This gorgeous home was given away at the end of a 3-month fundraising campaign on June 26, 2011. 13,000 total tickets were available to be reserved, with each $100 ticket offering a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home in addition to 19 other highly desirable prizes.

COMMUNITY The community’s continuous support helps raise money for St. Jude to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and countries around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. For more information on the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway please visit www.dreamhome.org or call 800-224-6681. Impressed with the quality and beauty of this year’s St. Jude Dream Home and would like a similar design for your next “dream home”? Please contact Crye-Leike, Realtors, John & Lauren Criswell at (901) 260-4780 or Southern Serenity Homes at ssinfo.com.

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Tina Adams and Rebecca Thompson are expert wardrobe consults who assist clients in everything from organizing closets to personal shopping. In their free time, the girls also design custom jewelry and high-end dress shirts. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact tinaandrebecca@gmail.com


Style in the south is made up of one part country, one part rock and roll, and a whole lot of old world romance. Here, our stylists show you how to mix and match a few well-chosen pieces to achieve a variety of looks.

The Southern Romantic (THINK BRIGITTE BARDOT)



Ladylike without being too prim. This ethereal style channels subtle sensuality in free flowing fabrics and cool bohemian accessories.

Look 1& 2: 1. Lilly PulitzerWhite crochet dress, Long wooden bead necklace, Sofft beaded sandals, Earrings, Three Wrapped bangle bracelets, all Monkees ; 2. Billy Reid romantic shirtdress, H Audrey; Elise Double wrap leather belt, Monkees; Fabric wrapped multi-strand bead necklace, Jigsaw; "Deborah Back Lace - Cognac" Frye cowboy boot, Monkees.

The Southern Gentlewoman (THINK lauren hutton)

Polished and fashion-forward, this look hinges on simple, tailored pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, though; a fun contrasting accessory keeps the proper look from being too boring.

Look 1 &2: 1. Straw fedora, Jigsaw; Billy Reid two tone oxfords; Billy Reid pinstripe linen wide pants, Billy Reid slub knit racer back cotton tank, all H Audrey; Gerard Yosca Long wooden beads, Monkees; 2. Billy Reid homespun ivory sweater dress, H Audrey; Made brass and bone necklace, Raffia clutch, Jigsaw; "Deborah Back Lace - Cognac" Frye cowboy boot, Monkees.

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The Southern Sartorialist (THINK REEsE WITHERSPOON)

Endowed with a chic edge, preppy basics make a bold statement. Get the look with contrasting patterns, textured fabrics and bejeweled accessories. Look 1, 2, &3: 1. Denim blouse, Resin, H Audrey; Center kick-pleat a line skirt, H Audrey; Spiced ikat print cardigan, Jigsaw; Fabric wrapped bangle bracelets, Long wooden beads, Jack Rogers java and orange flat, all Monkees; 2. Equipment Femme fawn sailboats blouse, H Audrey; Sofft beaded sandals, Monkees; 3. Lilly Pulitzer yellow lace dress, "Deborah Back Lace - Cognac" Frye cowboy boot, Dangle earrings, all Monkees; Raffia clutch, Jigsaw.




H. Audrey

based in Nashville, owned by Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams, Jr.

The shop opened in the fall of 2007 and has been a hit for celebrities, stylists and Nashville fashionistas alike. Sheryl Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Faith Hill, and Kelly Clarkson ¬ww.haudrey.com

Billy Reid

based in Florence, AL, a southern designer, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award-winning designer firmly rooted in Southern chic style

It's the place to go for Southern Chic men's and women's clothing ¬Garden and Gun

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As we celebrate Independence Day this month, At Home Tennessee gets into the patriotic spirit with red, white and blue looks for whatever fun event you have planned this holiday.

Peter Millar, Cranberry striped polo, J. Michaels Clothiers, Nashville 615-321-0686

Geox, white windbreaker, dillards.com, 901.850.2229

Hart S. Marx, plaid button-up, hartschaffnermarx.com 1.800.767.1254

Stetson, Off Road Sunglasses, stetsonapparel.com 303.571.2296

Moore & Giles, Benedict Weekend Bag, 1.800.737.0169 Nautica, Swim Short, Belk, belk.com, 615.771.3200

Costume National, Dark Blue Tux, costumenational.com

Sperry, Mens Seaside Overlay, Dillards, Memphis 901.850.2229

Classico 1001 Diving watch, designer Italo Fontana, uboatwatches.it

Eton, ties, etonshirts.com 770.475.3081

Hart S. Marx, white pant, 1.800.767.1254

Stetson, Burnished Cavalry Boot, stetsonapparel.com 303.571.2296

Hart S. Marx, navy polo, hartschaffnermarx.com 1.800.767.1254

Smart Turnout, 'Yale' bowtie, smartturnout.com

Costume National, Linen Dress Pant, costumenational.com

Havaianas flip-flops us.havaianas.com

Wine Down Parties Friday Nights 7-10p Enjoy a bottle of wine, cheese, summer sausage, French Bread or chocolate while listening to live music under the stars. Stetson, Palmdale Fedora, stetsonapparel.com 303.571.2296

Booking Weddings, Receptions & Parties

Old Navy Men’s flag-graphic zip hoodie, oldnavy.com

2638 E. Mitchell St Hwy. 152 Humboldt Geox, blue tee, dillards.com, 901.850.2229

PF Flyers, Number 5 Canvas Sneaker, pfflyers.com

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Summer Makeup

Heat and humidity present troublesome challenges to your normal makeup routine. Keep your look fresh and pretty with these products.

High temperatures can melt makeup. Apply a primer before you put on foundation. This will provide a base for your makeup to stick to and prevent it from sliding off. If possible, swap your foundation for a tinted moisturizer. This will prevent makeup from looking caked-on or too heavy. We like: Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation Primer Light ($36) Sephora.com; Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42 ) lauramercier.com


face ›

Glossy lips are a summer makeup must. The perfect multi-tasker in any beauty regimen, most glosses nourish and protect lips while adding a youthful shimmer. A good gloss can add simple sheen when worn alone, or paired with another color, can transform your usual liners and lipsticks. Summer is all about brights, so what better way to liven up your complexion than by applying one of these bold colors? We like: Rimmel London, Moisture Renew glosses with SPF 15, ($7.49) rimmellondon.com

no shine, just natural glow ›

If you use bronzer, be sure to only apply where it appears most natural. Do not cover your whole face in bronzer; only highlight a few areas. For instance, the forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose are all areas likely to be naturally bronzed by the sun. To prevent shine, carry blotting papers in your purse or beach bag. We like: Paul and Joe Blotting Papers ($5) beautyhabit.com; Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic Bronzer ($12.50) drugstores nationwide

To prevent eyeshadow from creasing, apply an eyeshadow base or primer to the lid. This will help absorb natural oils from your skin and cover any redness you may have. Set with powder and apply your eyeshadow. We Like: Estée Lauder Double-Wear Stay-inPlace Eyeshadow Base ($15) esteelauder.com

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If you are sure to get wet, then play it safe by applying waterproof mascara and eyeliner. However, avoid using waterproof when possible. These products are extremely difficult to remove and they often leave a residue behind. Instead, opt for water-resistant formulas which will last all day and are much gentler on the skin. In all cases, never go to bed without taking off eye makeup. s, it losscara ging or a m f g o u o t r , aterp bbing over. her wy - no ru eup rem t o e k k l Unli s off easi e any ma come shes. Us a ing l

We like: Clinique Gentle Waterproof Mascara Long-wearing Lash Builder ($14) clinique.com


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Good, green and glamorous products from the beauty eco category

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^MyChelle is a completely organic, vegan friendly, gluten-free line of skincare

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<the balm contains lemon oil and extract and shea butter to keep lips soft

^key Clinical Actives: French Green Clay, Vitamin E, Vitamin C


Organic The offical USDA certification is given to products made from natural ingredients that have been grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Natural A formula that is primar-

ily made up of natural ingredients and contains no petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, or dyes. Any parabens or sulfates that might be in it are naturally derived. *see page 97 for sources

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Summer's hottest colors for your hands and feet

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Leaving the hectic school year behind, the summer is a great time to work on your children’s eating habits. As convenience food has become more of a staple in modern diets, many parents lament their children’s picky eating tendencies. With a little effort, healthy choices can become a part of your family’s lifestyle, leaving unhealthy eating and food battles a problem of the past.

FOR THE FOOD • Serve simple foods so kids can try one flavor at a time. • Stimulate interest by varying shapes, sizes and textures. • Offer a balanced, wide variety of nutritious foods. Continue to offer different fruits and vegetables. If not forced to eat them, kids will often try them over time. • Serve child-sized portions, particularly with new foods. lt’s better to serve less and have your child ask for more than to overwhelm him or her with too much food on his and her plate. • Serve a favorite food or two along with a new food. • Serve your child nutritious snacks two or three times a day (just not right before a meal), and limit liquids to amounts recommended at each age. • Make meals appetizing with lots of eye appeal. • Remember, a food must be served 26 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

at least ten to15 times before a picky eater will eat that food in an acceptable portion. • Allow treats as one of life’s simple pleasures. Balance treats with wise food choices and physical activity.

FOR YOUR CHILD • Turn off the television during mealtime to cut down on distractions and make the most of conversation. • You may need to have a quiet time before meals to let kids calm themselves, and they will eat better. • Schedule meals so kids can eat every three to four hours. This helps body clocks regulate and also helps children learn what it feels like to be hungry and full. • Expect kids to leave food on their plates; never require them to clean their plates. • Allow your young child to experiment with taste and textures by feeling his food and enjoying the sensory

experiences. • Eat together as a family so children see others enjoying their food and healthful eating patterns. • Let children self-regulate by deciding how much they eat and when they’ve had enough. • Take your child out of the high chair or excuse him or her from the table when they have clearly lost interest in eating. • Let kids help in food preparation — shopping, cooking and serving food. Start by giving them simple jobs and get them cooking. • Let older children serve themselves from family-style serving dishes.

FOR YOU • Keep mealtime positive. Ignore negative behavior whenever possible. • Never bribe or reward your child to eat, and never use food as a bribe, reward or punishment (especially dessert); keep food neutral.

• Give children two reasonable food choices as time, convenience and situation allow. • Never be a short-order cook; let your kids help plan the menus and stick to this nonnegotiable plan. Serve one meal for the whole family; modify it (texture or portion size) for your toddler or preschooler. • Avoid a power struggle and never battle over food. lf your child refuses to eat (doesn’t like the food, is not hungry or not feeling well) never force your child to eat or punish them for not eating. • Help your child develop a healthy body image by modeling good eating habits. Set an example by eating a variety of healthful foods every day. Be a great role model for eating and downplay your own dieting, calorie counting and food phobias. • Keep calm about spills and messes. • Be sure to take time to serve and eat breakfast with your kids. • Stop obsessing over a child’s food jags. Kids tend to get what they need over a week’s worth of meals. • Be assured that your child is developing normally by tracking his steady growth on his pediatric health care provider’s growth chart. • When your child refuses a food, substitute another food from the same food group and relax. • Avoid succumbing to food games and whims. No dinner theater and do not let your child manipulate you into overindulgences like “Just one more ______.” • Plan an interesting after-dinner activity if your child starts to dawdle over the meal. • Stay calm and avoid overreacting to your picky eater. Your child senses your stress. Remember, it’s what and how much she eats over a week, not at each meal, that counts. • Refrain from taking pickiness personally. . Keep junk food out of the house with just a few treats available. You can find out how much your child needs to eat and healthy choices visiting mypyramid.gov. It is important to remember that adults supply the food and kids decide whether how much they eat of the dish or even whether they eat the food or not. JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 27


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WHERE TO STAY The Hilton is located in the heart of St. Louis, where you are sure to absorb every sight, smell and sound the city has to offer. Located on the corner of 4th and Olive Streets downtown, The hotel is within walking distance of Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch and many other downtown attractions. The hotel restaurant, 400 Olive, is conveniently located on the first floor, allowing you to relax at the end the day with a mouth-watering steak and soothing glass of wine. While the state-ofthe-art gym, king sized beds and flat screen TVs may make you want to never leave this lavish hotel, the hustle and bustle of the thriving city right outside your window just might. In order to relax and enjoy your cultural experience in the sensational city of St. Louis, book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, situated on the bank of the Mississippi River. Opened in 2008, the hotel has 200 luxurious, affordable rooms that

will make your stay one to remember. If you’re looking for entertainment and a night on the town, this is the place. The Lumière Casino is connected to the hotel, making it convenient for the gamers. And just a few steps away is Laclede’s Landing, the city’s famous site for restaurants and bars. But if you’re looking for a quiet vacation, the hotel has a fabulous spa and first-rate restaurants that offer tranquility and relaxation during your stay. To get a taste of a trendy shopping, dining and entertainment district, book a room at The Moonrise Hotel. With a funky, fresh design and chic, luxurious mood, The Moonrise is St. Louis’ finest boutique hotel. Located in the heart of The Loop on Delmar Blvd., it affords convenient access to eclectic shops, restaurants and bars. Enjoy a cocktail or two on the Rooftop Terrace Bar that has spectacular views of the St. Louis skyline. A smaller hotel, The Moonrise provides guests with

an up-to-date workout room, comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms — just what you need to relax and recoup after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. WHERE TO PLAY No trip to St. Louis is complete without taking a trip up 630 feet in the Gateway Arch, America’s tallest national monument. Located right on bank of the Mississippi, take the four-minute ride up to see incredible views and learn a great deal of history about St. Louis and the Westward Expansion. Tickets for the tram ride to the top are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. For those afraid of heights, there is still much to explore at the base of this landmark including an underground museum and gift shop. If it’s baseball season, attending a St. Louis Cardinals game is an absolute must! Enjoy the newly-built Busch Stadium, where culture and fun meet. In addition to these two St. Louis originals, there is so much more to see and

do in this great city. Home of the world’s largest pencil, the City Museum is one of St. Louis’ most unique attractions With an innovative design and creative exhibits for all ages, City Musuem holds endless opportunities to be a kid again. Children and adults can crawl, climb and jump through the large Enchanted Caves, explore the indoor World Aquarium, or be brave and face MonstroCity, an outdoor jungle gym raised 20 stories up with interactive sculptures made for climbing and crawling. Make crafts in Art City, or examine and enjoy renovated architecture and vintage art. Parents, when you’re finished exploring, let your kids roam free through the jungle of a museum and relax in the Baleout Bar with an espresso or cocktail. Entry into the museum is $12 for persons age 3 and up. For a true experience and insight into St. Louis, make a trip to Grant’s Farm. Compliments of the Anheuser-Busch Company, Grant’s Farm sits on Ulysses S. Grant’s renovated property, where his cabin still remains. With free admission, Grant’s Farm is the perfect place to interact with animals in the petting zoos, watch elephants and other animals perform in shows, and enjoy a relaxing tram ride around the property while catching a glimpse of the wildlife. A visit to the famous Budweiser Clydesdales’ lavish stable is a highlight of your day at the farm. Before you leave, you must make one last stop at the hospitality courtyard to enjoy complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch products! Lunch and snacks are available to purchase at Brat Haus eatery in the courtyard. Grant’s Farm is open from April until October. WHERE TO EAT Settled in The Loop for almost 40 years now, Blueberry Hill is a St. Louis landmark and a local favorite. What makes this restaurant special is that the outside resembles the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stars on the sidewalks that lead into the restaurant bear names of St. Louis natives who have achieved stardom. John Goodman, Maya Angelou, and have their stars on the sidewalk, just to name a few. Pop culture memorabilia adorns the restaurant adding to the music-filled, casual atmosphere. Blueberry Hill has an enormous selection of beers on tap and specialty drinks. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its extensive, award-winning menu guarantees you’ll find something you will love. Oprah loved Giovanni’s On the Hill and you will, too! Known for their outstanding service, table-side preparation


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and a warm, elegant atmosphere, Giovanni’s is a fixture of St. Louis renowned Italian neighborhood. After Ms. Winfrey’s recent visit to the restaurant, the owner named a pasta entree for her, pappardelle alla bella Oprah. Along with that dish, the menu carries an array of pastas, salads and main dishes that taste like they came straight out of Italy. Wherever you choose to eat, you must order a basket of toasted ravioli, a St. Louis original appetizer loved by all! Pi Pizzeria has made a name for itself for its deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza. Open for lunch and dinner, there are a few locations in St. Louis where you can indulge in a variety of delicious salads, appetizers and thick or thin crust pizza. And don’t forget to order a beer on tap from their wide selection. With a warm, family–friendly atmosphere and delicious food, you will without doubt enjoy your meal. President Obama made a stop here on his campaign tour and loved it so much that Pi made a special delivery to him at the White House — and they’re opening a location in DC soon! Have you ever seen a cup of ice cream turn upside down and not fall out on the ground? You will certainly see that if you stop in for a treat at Ted Drewes Custard Stand. Famous for their concretes, thick ice cream with a choice of toppings, Ted Drewes has been a St. Louis tradition and a one-of-a-kind treat for over 80 years. WHERE TO SHOP If you’re looking for great shopping, you’ve come to the right destination! St. Louis has an assortment of malls and stylish boutiques across the city. Plaza Frontenac is where you find upscale department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as many different stores “for you, your home, and your lifestyle.” J. Crew, Talbots and Tiffany & Co. are just a few. Across the street from the Plaza is Melanie’s, a local favorite. This classy boutique has some of the cutest jewelry, handbags and gifts. With a large variety, this boutique has something for everyone! Down in The Loop don’t miss two St. Louis original shops: Vintage Vinyl and and Zeizo, a trendy women’s boutique for over 25 years. Shoppers love their stylish assortment of chic dresses, tops, shoes and more. Located just a few doors down from Ziezo is Vintage Vinyl, a treasure trove for music lovers. Fans of music of all genres from pop to vintage will find something to love at Vintage Vinyl.



Perspectives of the Designer,

Vincente Wolf text HOWARD WIGGINS/Hearthstone Interior Design

On a recent trip to Atlanta, I had the opportunity of meeting the highly talented

and acclaimed designer, Vincente Wolfe, while attending a lecture highlighting his perspectives and philosophy on the business aspects of the industry. Based out of New York City, Wolf established and built his interior design business from a few clients to a range of residential and commercial projects on an international scale. He achieved his great success in the design industry after initially overcoming difficult circumstances. He and his family came to the United States as refugees in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution in 1961. Wolf studied, worked in fashion and photography, and eventually became best known for his global approach to the world of interior design, based upon his travels around the world. Using elements of old, new and different styles mixed together, Wolf's unique approach to eclecticism has remained timeless and relevant since he firmly established his reputation in the 1970s. His use of various shades of white blended with different textures and scales is but one example of the pared down look and simplified approach for which he has become famous. The foundation of Wolf's design philosophy has always been based upon logic and an uncompromising professionalism coupled with crystalclear vision in formulating any project. Wolf has always focused on coming up with creative ideas rather than following the dictates of commercialism and popular sentiment. Most important, perhaps, is his belief that empowerment of the design community can be achieved through the realization and understanding of its value to the manufacturers and commercial outlets that rely upon its trade and talents.

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Howard Wiggins: Can you tell me about some of the business partnerships that have helped develop your brand as an interior designer? Vincente Wolf: I'm the only U.S. designer who has ever been asked to create a line of crystal for the French company Baccarat. This particular line is referred to as the Latitude Collection and is exclusively carried by Neiman Marcus. I'm also the only designer who has ever created a line of custom fixtures and hardware for Sherle Wagner. This custom line of hardware was specific to a project I did for 15 Union Square in New York. Also, I've created textile designs for Kravet, a manufacturer of high-end fabrics, the Vincente Wolf Collection of upholstery and case goods for the Henredon Furniture Company, luxury carpets for Tufenkian, china and flatware for the luxury brand Sasaki, and furniture pieces for Ralph Pucci and Niedermaier, an elite furniture distributor, to name a few.


HW: You also have a love of art and a background in photography. How do you go about advising clients on their artwork? VW: Some of my clients rely upon art consultants who help them build their art collections. However, I will make visits to an art gallery as well, especially when it pertains to photography, and recommend an artist to clients whose taste might match the art that I have found. HW: I understand that you are a fan of social blogging. Can you explain your philosophy on that? VW: I consider it important to use the social networking platforms of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so forth to gain exposure for one's work as well as to stay connected with colleagues and with what's going on in our industry. HW: Not only are you a sought-after public speaker in many countries around the world, but you have written several books. VW: I've published three books, the titles of which include Learning to See, Crossing Boundaries: A Global View of Design and Lifting the Curtain on JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 35

Vincente Wolf maintains an aesthetic for the clean, simple design.

all photos taken by Vincente Wolf

Design, that focus on my many design inspirations throughout the world. HW: I understand that you are the consummate professional when it comes to dealing with your clients. VW: Before discussing budget, I outline a plan detailing any architectural changes to be made before the actual room design. I take a room-by-room approach to create a flowing and cohesive environment as the end result. Also, I will discuss with the client the logic and the process by which I derive my ideas to formulate the project. HW: In so doing, you have created, as you have said, “a visual dialogue between pieces” that are so effortlessly 36 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

incorporated into your roomscapes. The awards bestowed on Vincente Wolf are impressive. Architectural Digest included Wolf in their “AD 100” edition and he was also named one of the top 100 designers by Metropolitan Home’s “Design 100.” House Beautiful named Wolf one of the 10 most influential designers in the United States and Interior Design Magazine inducted him into its “Designer Hall of Fame.” He is a recipient of the Pantone Color Award and, in 2009, was named one of the “Top 20 Designers of the Past Twenty Years” by Traditional Home Magazine. In September 2009 he was honored as the “Design Icon of 2009” at the Las Vegas Market.

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&match A new Memphis home highlights the pleasing results created when seemingly disparate styles are combined in the right way. text JENNIFER STEWART KORNEGAY photography JIM KIINYL

If you know what you’re doing, you can have it all, as evidenced by this welcoming new home in Memphis. The exterior’s English Arts & Crafts architecture and the interior’s blend of traditional and contemporary elements come together beautifully. It all works so well, it makes the process of marrying different periods and styles seem almost effortless — a hallmark of a truly happy union. Yet, as homebuilder/developer Hank Akers and interior designer Amy Turner explain, quite a lot of thought went into every inch of this 8,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, 38 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

six-and-a-half-bath house. When the owners first approached Akers, they had some specific requests. They wanted their house to fit its more urban surroundings as well as the needs of their changing family and do both in a grand fashion. The house is in Normandy Park, a gated community in the center of town and close to restaurants and shopping. “Their previous home was in a more suburban area,” Akers says. “And their kids were getting older, so they wanted a more ‘adult’ house.”

Marble tiles arranged in a striking diamond pattern give the foyer instant elegance and set the stage for the impactful use of tile and stone in the rest of the house. A sparkly “deco sunburst” light fixture and modern sconces highlight the ornate mirror.

As owner of MH Akers Custom Homes, Akers was the ringleader of the project and worked with a team including the architectural firm T Douglas Enoch Architects Associates, Turner and a landscape architect. Not only does Akers strive to check off the items on every client’s wish list, he also tries to reduce the stress of building a custom home by streamlining and smoothing the process. “I have many clients tell me after it is all said and done that, despite what they had heard, the experience was actually fun,” he says. The exterior was inspired by English architect Charles Voysey, whose work was prominent in late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s a balanced design, with no one aspect screaming for attention. To achieve the look of plaster that was often used in that period, Akers turned to painted brick. “Personally, I love the prominent chimney,” Akers says. The rich caramel color gives an instant sense of warmth, while the swooped dormer on the attached garage and arch of the front door lend a storybook feel. Once you walk through that front door, the real fairy tale begins. It’s a love story that finds classic colors and furnishings joined with more modern elements, including some tile work that adds punches of pizazz. “There is a marked difference between the interior and exterior that gives the house some tension,” Akers says. “But that’s a good thing here.” Turner agreed. “The interior doesn’t really match the exterior, but it works. Inside, the homeowners wanted a New York penthouse feel,” she says. In most places, she used the owners’ existing furnishings and artwork. “What I do is architectural detailing, not really interior decorating,” she says. To create the “big city” atmosphere the homeowners

An animal-print runner up the stairs adds a little exotic appeal and plays well off of the neutral, monochromatic color scheme on the walls and trim as well as the simple architectural artwork lining the walls.

were after, Turner envisioned an updated pre-war apartment in Manhattan, which explains the juxtaposition of the old and the new. “I designed the interior with heavy moldings and deep window casings. It is very traditional American but with some fresh, modern touches,” she says. Turner began with the entry hall. The space makes a bold statement with a patterned marble floor and swanky light fixture. “This foyer is very indicative of a penthouse,” says Turner. Oak floors throughout the house lay a traditional foundation, while a neutral monochromatic color palette on the walls in almost every room is a nod to what’s current in design. The moldings are painted one shade darker than the walls for added visual interest. Turner kept the window treatments simple or non-existent. “We wanted to show off the casings and the beautiful windows,” she says. “There are no window treatments in the dining room, and in rooms where we needed to block out some light or have some privacy, we did very basic shades.” While there is a balance of traditional and contemporary in most spaces, the kitchen is a sleek exception to that rule and a dramatic focal point of the house. “It is a little out there for Memphis,” Turner says. “I pushed the owners to try something different, and it took them a while to trust me on this.” Bright white marble tile floors, thick Corian countertops, gleaming cabinets and funky bar stools put the kitchen in stark contrast to the adjacent great room. “In the middle of this more conventional house, it is a little jewel,” Turner says. “It is light and crisp, and with all the white, including a backsplash that is white glass tile, it almost seems to glow.” JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 39

almost seems to glow.” Transitioning from the kitchen to the great room is like walking quickly through time, going instantly from noon to dusk, with white marble abutting the dark-stained, wide wood planks. Yet even this space has a “citified” feel, with elements that blur the lines between the looks of the two rooms. “The fireplace in the great room is contemporary, and we joined the walls together [because of the room’s vaulted ceiling] with stainless steel rods,” Akers says. “Both of these tie it into the kitchen.” As does the high-gloss finish on the floor-to-ceiling paneling that adds a dash of high glamour. If the walls in this room could talk, they’d probably

have something quite sophisticated to say. “Glamour to me is bright and a certain play of light,” Turner says. “I love the layers of lighting in the great room, with lamps, ceiling cans, sconces and the Lutron system that allows us to adjust the light to whatever we want. And the lacquer paint on the walls adds some sparkle and makes the color much richer and deeper.” A chandelier gives a strong pop of black to the room. In the living room, Turner anchored the space with a massive marble fireplace mantle and surround that looks right out of a circa-1930s house. “It came from a company in England,” she says. “They tea-stain the marble and wax it by hand to give it an

authentic ‘lived’ feel. It also has an art deco design.” Like the kitchen, the home’s study stands out, thanks to Turner’s extensive use of moldings and intense black accents. It too is a mix of traditional and modern. “The ceiling is a bit lower than in the rest of the house, which I love,” Turner says. “It gives it a cozier feel. The beams on the ceiling have real impact, too. The fireplace is where I brought in the traditional, but I wanted it to be very clean-lined, so I chose vein-cut travertine for the hearth and surround.” In keeping with her take on classic American style, Turner paid great attention to the house’s bathrooms, treating each one as its own distinct

Interior designer Amy Turner refers to the kitchen in this home as “a little jewel.” Clean lines, sparse accents and the multiple white surfaces create a contemporary space that’s a perfect example of form blended with function. 40 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

Top left: Thick, lush carpet in the media room gives it a cozy character, while a funky pendant fixture keeps the pool table lit. Top right: A pink paradise with sharp black accents make lend a fun, yet sophisticated vibe to the daughter’s bedroom. Bottom: The home’s office is a study in contrasts: Floor to ceiling paneling and ceiling beams are finished in a modern gleaming black. Playful animal prints and contemporary art are anchored by classical columns topped with old-world urns and an antique desk.

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Choices for the son’s room in this home were mainly dictated by his needs — room for all his boy toys — but it is still in keeping with the look and feel of the rest of the house.

space. “What you find in homes from the 1920s through the 1950s is every bathroom was different,” she says. “I wanted to do that here, so I gave every one its own personality.” And she accomplished this with tile, tile and more tile. The bathroom off the study is truly stunning; every square inch is covered with one of three different types of tile and marble crown molding accents the ceiling. “It could be too busy, but it works,” Turner says. “Everything in varying shades of gray and black keep it tied together.” Another example of intricate tile work is in the home’s laundry room. “Sometimes this space is overlooked,” Turner says. “But I wanted to give it the same attention as the 42 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

rest of the house.” In keeping with its purpose, the room is utilitarian, but it still has some panache. Turner dressed it like an old-fashioned kitchen with unglazed hexagonal tile on the floor and thinner moldings. She tied it into the adjacent kitchen by using the same cabinets and countertops. Upstairs, the décor is more driven by some individual personalities, namely the homeowners’ two children. Turner was happy to create a pink retreat for the daughter. “The girl’s room is all her,” she says. “We did start from scratch here and got all new furniture and custom-made bedding.” The son’s bedroom is a cool, calm

dark gray. “The design of this room was really dictated by all of his boy stuff — video games, a drum set, his keyboards,” she said. “The main goal was to make it masculine and comfy so it would be a relaxing place for him and his friends to hang out.” A media room is also upstairs, complete with a massive sectional sofa, a pool table and a large flat-screen television. Turner chose a deep, soft shag carpet to keep things cozy. A darker shade of brown on the walls adds to the “theater” ambiance. By artfully combining the characteristics of different styles in this house, Akers and Turner have proven that opposites do, in fact, attract.

Starting at the top left moving clockwise: The home’s art collection features modern abstract paintings (like these in the media room) as well as more traditional pieces. ; The dining room is bathed in natural light, and gets its glow at night from a unique chandelier that Tuner found online. It’s an Italian piece from the 1940s that hung in a Los Angeles home for decades. Its many crystals are either round disks and faceted “sticks,” giving it a different look from more commonly found chandeliers. ; The extensive use of tile in the home’s bathrooms adds to its custom character. Distinctive tiles were carefully selected for each one and arranged in a detailed design. ; This little nook was transformed into a small, whimsical workspace, showing a creative way to make use of every interior inch. ; An eye-catching tile design is again the main attraction in this bathroom that feels both fresh and glamorous. ; The spacious living room is one of the home’s more traditional spots. ; The master bedroom is a relaxing retreat and is also quite traditional with its deep rich colors and furnishings. ; Behind the house, a pool is nestled into a courtyard area. An arbor allows an escape from the sun. ; This bathroom is a tiling masterpiece, with floorto-ceiling tiles in a variety of shades, sizes and textures serve a purpose that is both aesthetic and practical. ; The guest bedroom is light and airy, with a more muted shade of the main interior hue on its walls and other pale tones and soft textures in furnishings and finishing touches.

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Rustic Reuse A charming cottage embodies the ancient principles of conservation and sustainability. interview by HALLIE MCKAY architect and photos ERIC STENGEL 46 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

How did the homeowners envision using this house? The homeowners wanted a small two-bedroom guest house. It was to be slightly remote, yet within walking distance of the main home and gardens. How would you describe the house? It’s simple, rustic architecture with chic, unpretentious detailing and interiors. Your approach to the new construction? The starting point is what some period architects call “Progressive Vernacular”. This is a narrative strategy for home design. The design “tells a story” about how it evolved over time. In this case a narrative of two rock farm structures evolved and transformed in to a cottage by adding rough sawn “saddlebags”. These additions enclosed and joined the rock build-

ings into one structure. That is why there are some rock walls on the interior – the narrative implies that they used to be exterior walls now enclosed. The guest house is an example of sustainable green architecture. What qualifies or defines a house as green architecture? The cottage fundamentally adheres to the ancient philosophy of conservation of materials and energy. The ancients didn’t have a button to push to change or subvert the interior climate. And so, they had to build in harmony with nature and the environment they were in as a mater of survival. Your philosophy emphasizes the reuse of materials and strong, heavy, natural and inert materials that require little processing. Correct, many materials used in this cottage were collected and

saved during the last 200+ years here in Tennessee. The new components are also inherently green due to the low carbon emissions in production, as well as upkeep during the natural life of the structure. The use of strong, heavy and natural materials insures the building’s longevity and ability to maintain a stable temperature. In addition, the use of such materials also requires little processing, making them safe to your life and the environment. You made great effort to reuse natural materials already present, including 150-year-old hand painted wainscoting, reclaimed poplar floors that are over 100 years old and century-old barn timbers. Was it difficult to restore these materials so that they could be used in the home? Most materials were used as is with no additional processing required. The mantel, wainscoting, JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 47

Strong, heavy and natural materials require little processing , giving the cottage a low carbon footprint.

timbers, even the floor was not remilled; only limited finishing was required. This adds to the “story telling” properties residing in the pocks and marks on the materials.

mal mass (concrete, rock, adobe bricks) can minimize the impact of temperature fluctuations. We call this passive solar performance through thermal mass.

How does green architecture account for the heating and cooling of a home? Heating and cooling can account for nearly 80 percent of the energy for a typically made building. One needs to focus on this demand because the savings are the largest here. Passive solar or non-mechanical solutions to reduce heat transfer include: porch overhangs that block the sun from heating up a room, lower window to wall ratios on appropriate exposures to the sun and thermal building mass for material and temperature stability.

I love the double height bay window, but I would think it doesn’t do much for the heating and cooling bill. Glass has the opposite property of thermal mass in buildings. So you’re right, heat is easily transferred through glass into a cooler room. Hence, the need for lower window to wall ratios; this comes from an influence in the ways ancients built. Think architecture pre-air conditioning.) Like all systems in a house, though, this ratio interacts with other considerations like the path of the sun, regional weather patterns and function of the room behind, to name a few. This window happens to face a huge oak tree which provides sufficient shade from the elements. The inside is also decorated with thick drapes which block out the sun and minimize solar transfer.

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The reuse of reclaimed wood creates a cozy atmosphere.

Improvements in insulation make single pane glass more efficient and overall “greener” than double pane glass.

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What types of features or modifications were implemented to reduce energy and cost spent on heating and cooling? Instead of installing a traditional HVAC system, we chose a geothermal conditioning system which uses the earth’s thermal stability to heat and cool the home. In addition to being cost-effective, it is also one of the most energyefficient and environmentally friendly systems available. What are some other features that can reduce energy costs? (Insulation, programmable thermostat, etc.) Some savings in energy are made passively through insulation, orientation, weather sealing, etc. But holistic living in the sense of being a participant in the life of a home is fundamental. What do you mean by being a participant in the life of a home? I mean always hoping for gadget green solutions (which require lots of plastic parts made in a chemical factory) to do everything for us is to be a non-participant with nature’s systems. As humans, we are still the “smartest” system in a home and being in sequence with the days of a year makes for a connected life. Small actions like closing the curtains when the sun is beaming in can make a meaningful difference. Besides the benefits of conservation, were there any cost, labor or other benefits to the adaptive reuse of these materials? I would say the front end costs are minimal and difficult to measure on a small structure. The real saving is holistic in nature. The project required less energy resources in production, transportation and on-site finishing, and less energy to heat and cool. The benefits include added longevity of materials, stability of materials and the savings of not having to throw cheaply made failed materials away every decade or so. Eric Stengel is the principal of Eric Stengel Architecture, LLC, in his native Nashville. Founded in 1991, the firm specializes in the Classical Language of Architecture. 50 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

Most of the reclaimed materials used in the cottage were used as is with no additional processing required.

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Go Green Environmentally conscious homeowners are reshaping the marketplace. According to a 2005 survey by the research firm Global Market Insite, 42 percent of Americans are willing to pay more for products labeled “environmentally friendly.” Are you one of them? Here is a list of some ways you can turn your home eco-friendly and save some money on the energy bill. text HALLIE MCKAY

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Consider installing an aerator on all household faucets and you can cut your annual water consumption by 50 percent. You can also save water by switching to low-flow shower heads. These help reduce waste without lowering water pressure.

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You can save up to $400 per year on utility bills by simply replacing your old appliances with energy-efficient models. The refrigerator is the largest power consumer in the home. In addition, many households have two refrigerators (one being in the garage or separate room from the kitchen). Remember, one large refrigerator is cheaper and more efficient than two smaller ones. Another way to get the most out of your electric dollar is by replacing old light bulbs with either LED or CFL bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs use 66 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Moreover, replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 in energy costs over the bulb’s lifetime.


You can minimize your impact on the environment by making an effort to use sustainable products, that is those products made from renewable resources. Natural materials such as rock or wood are free of toxins, require little manufacturing, and are a durable resource that enhance the longevity of a building. Resorting to non-organic materials like plastics increases our energy consumption and creates more waste that gets dumped into the soil. You can lessen your impact by making small changes such as swapping plastic and styrofoam for eco-friendly containers, recycling wastes and buying products that are environmentally friendly. When you are able to reduce waste, you are conserving the earth’s natural resources.

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Front Porches

Southern porches have long been the place of first love, last moments, healing laughter, and Gospel songs. From North Carolina to Louisiana, from Arkansas back to Tennessee, a front porch says “slow down…, be thankful…, and value your family and friends.” It’s the undemanding and simple moments-- a swing, a fan and a glass of sweet tea in the cool of the evening which make the worst of days a little bit better. In our technological world of hurried living, a front porch, with its delicate invitation, can nourish the soul.


photography JOHN TERRY text JASON SPEED



he Cantrell porch is exceptional because it incorporates both the new and the old components of any great Southern porch. Where the materials would be exposed to the weather, new materials and technology were used to minimize the maintenance required in the years to come. The 12” columns are fiberglass and the railing is constructed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the composite deck boards utilize recycled wood fiber that is encapsulated in a recycled polyethylene. Therefore the challenge for the trusted porch builder is to balance the implementation of these new materials with the desire to create the remarkable historic-porch look. You see, the best porches have an enduring look and feel even when they are brand new. But while the new materials provide upkeep advantages, it is the ‘used’ or recycled materials that give a porch the “always been here” look.

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A recycled brick, ‘Old Mississippi’, was used for the front steps and foundation walls. Reproduction cast iron grates were inset with the brick to add proper ventilation. Real beadedboard wood planks were installed on the ceiling and painted in a timehonored ‘sky-blue’. And best of all,

Vintage lighting sets the glow for an evening of entertaining. If you are looking for a little extra time in your life, meet me on the front porch, where time slows, relationships strengthen, and memories are everlasting.

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JULY 15-31 BOCAGE COMMUNITY White Station at Walnut Grove Bocage is a nine-lot gated community located in the heart of East Memphis, north of Walnut Grove Road on White Station Road. It lies within the White Station school district and is fewer than five miles from the city’s most prestigious private schools. It is also a short drive to Laurelwood and The Regalia shopping centers and some of Memphis’ finest dining. With the recent opening of the Shelby Farms Greenline, nature lovers and fitness buffs alike can access a seven-mile urban trail connecting the city’s midtown to Shelby Farms, the largest park of its kind in the country. The Greenline is just one mile from the Bocage community.. The 2011 Memphis Home Showcase will offer tours of two custom homes built by Kircher-Belz Builders and designed by respected architect Doug Enoch. Homes are decorated by Amy Howard, Julie Nicholson and Post 31 Interiors.


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The three-week showcase will kick off with a “Sip & See” Preview Party on Friday, July 15, from 6 until 10 p.m. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, live entertainment, a silent auction and a private tour with the homes’ architect, builders and interior decorators. Following the preview party, the Memphis Home Showcase will host cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, makeovers, and meet and greets with local celebrities. Tours are available July 16-31. Visitors can view the homes Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.


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31. A recurring number in 2009 for Teresa Davis. Life changing, blink of an eye, letting go while moving forward year. An unexpected, sudden death of her husband followed by the departure of the last child for college both filled 3’s. The realization that life would take unpredictable twists and turns from this moment on gave birth to Post 31 and became an effort to transition into the future creating a new focal point. Armed with a Design Degree from the University of Kansas, and years of design experience, Post 31 in Germantown opened in November of 2009 providing a diverse mix of eclectic furnishings and accessories “It’s the mix, not the match” embraces Teresa’s interior design philosophy. Her earliest education in interior design included dumpster diving behind her mom for daring treasures that would proudly be displayed next to 18th century guilded mir-

rors and beautifully painted Louis IV bergeres. “There’s a comfort level that naturally happens when interiors combine an unpretentious mix of periods and elements.” Says Teresa. A colorful contemporary painting sings above an antique Belgium oak chest. Industrial dental cabinets cozy up to a textured linen sofa peppered with nickel nailhead. An interesting, relaxing blend of elements composes the most comfortable, grand but humble interior. “I always aim to lose the match. It’s contrived, stuffy, and boring.” It is this style that Teresa uses in her interior design work as well, and helps clients learn what they love. “ I always encourage clients to collect what is interesting to their family and develop their own personal statement. Discover what makes your heart leap whether it be certain colors, objects, or textures. Our goal is always to design together a comfortable environment where friends and family can relax and create joyful memories.” JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 63


In Bloom: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora M

ost commonly referred to as Flapjack, the Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent tropical or annual plant for Tennessee. Easily recognized by its distinct paddle-shaped leaves, Flapjack makes for a vivid potted plant or summer succulent annual in a landscape. Its common name comes from the fact that the leaves are stacked on each other like flapjacks to form a rosette, and face upward to reduce their exposure to the hot sun. The leaves of Flapjack grow up to six inches in diameter, while the plant itself reaches heights of up to two feet. Flowers are produced on tall, leafy stalks after the plant matures (usually in three to four years) and are small and held close to the stalk in dense clusters. When given enough sunlight, the large and dramatic sage-green leaves develop a bright red or pink band that highlights the

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edges of the smooth, fleshy paddles. Flapjack is tolerant of moist but well-drained soils; and, like its succulent relatives, is very drought resistant once established. It grows best in full sun to partial shade. The brighter the light conditions, the more pronounced the red leaf margins will be, making for a striking show in the garden. In shade, leaves will be greener. Flapjack provides a bold and unique look to any landscape whether used in mass in garden beds, as an accent in rock gardens, or in containers. While a mature plant can reach up to two feet tall, Flapjack will typically grow no more than 12 inches during one outdoor growing season in Tennessee, however, this plant can also be easily over-wintered indoors. Blooming typically signals the end of the Flapjacks life cycle.

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Crisp bacon, fresh lettuce and the perfect slice of tomato were the three things on my mind as I put that first tomato plant in the ground this year. Small, five-lobed, yellow flowers made a promise to me of what was to come. The month of July shows us the fruits of our labor in every aspect of the garden. One of these areas is our vegetable patch. The tomato is truly the king of all things edible as we coast into the season where what you did in the spring should simply be enjoyed. text ANDREW PULTE

Red, Ripe ….History

It’s widely accepted that the tomato originated in some sort of wild form somewhere near Peru, Ecuador or Bolivia. The plant was then carried out of the Andes northward into Central America and Mexico. Our word “tomato” is a slight modification of tomati, the word used by the Indians of Mexico who have grown the plant for food for perhaps thousands of years. An interesting part of the tomato’s history is that although it has roots in the Americas, it has only been widely consumed in the United States for the last 100 years. One of the first known written accounts of tomatoes being grown and consumed for food didn’t take place until the 1550’s. European explorers and writers mentioned seeing the tomato in far-off places. However, there was never a mention of the plant being grown or consumed anywhere near what is now the U.S. In fact most early Americans considered the tomato a poisonous plant. The Italians (as you might have guessed) really helped transform the tomato into an everyday culinary delight. They have been growing and cooking with them for the last 450 years. It was, in part, the Italians who helped spread the tomato throughout Europe.

Frustrations in the Garden

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and insect pests of tomatoes. Contact your local county extension office for specific problems you might be having. To handle fruit that cracks as it ripens, switch to a more consistent watering schedule. Cracking occurs when the outside skin of the tomato expands and stretches too fast. Watering on a schedule helps plants take up water more consistently and allows for slower expansion of the fruit. Blossom-end-rot can be a discouraging problem in the tomato garden. It’s caused by a calcium deficiency induced by water stress. The characteristic symptom is a progressive deterioration of the bottom end of the fruit, from a water-soaked appearance to a sunken, black, leathery lesion. Just like fruit cracking, proper irrigation and water management are key to control this disorder. Mulch plants to hold water in the soil and provide good, consistent moisture.

Bacon…. A Love Affair

As you slice your first tomato this year, take a second and think about the journey this plant has taken to end up on your plate -- from high in the Andes to the gardens of the Aztecs; loved by early Italian chefs and shared throughout Europe, to your kitchen counter. Of all the interesting things you can do with a tomato, I will have mine with two, three or maybe even four slices of bacon, just the right amount of mayo and a few leaves of lettuce. I will make the always-important “to-toast-or-not-totoast” bread decision on game day.



Who eats the most catsup in the U.S.? Children under the age of 12 consume 19 percent of catsup but they are not the leading consumers. Teenage boys (1219) have the highest per-capita consumption of catsup. Who eats the most fresh (nonprocessed) tomatoes? Men and women over the age of 39 consume 50 percent of all fresh tomatoes. Also, Hispanic populations in the U.S. are the strongest consumers of freshmarket tomatoes. In the U.S. do we eat more potatoes or tomatoes? Tomatoes are second only to potatoes in both U.S. farm value and vegetable consumption. Per capita consumption of fresh tomatoes has been on the increase. Average annual per capita consumption in 1981 was 12.3 pounds and has steadily increased to over 18 pounds per person, per year. What states grow the most tomatoes? California is the tomato king, followed by Florida. How important are tomatoes to our diet? For many in the U.S., tomatoes contribute more nutrients to their diet than any other fruit or vegetable. The tomato is full of nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, folic acid and more.

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Taking a northerly trek through the middle of Hardin County, the Tennessee River may divide the land but the people unite along its banks in a culture of river life unmatched for its reflection of Tennessee's passion for good food, family, friends and fun. Savannah's laid-back style reaches south to Pickwick Dam banding together communities and people in this southwest part of Tennessee. "Living in Savannah is like going back home and visiting kin folks," Steve Bunnell says. Bunnell left a 30-year career in the corporate world and has been living in Hardin County for the past five years. He currently serves as CEO of Team Hardin County. "Today's unique economy has hit everybody," he continues, suggesting that the advantages of living in rural America help folks forget some of the current bad news. “This is a comfortable, relaxing place to live with great people, great churches and we love high school sports." Bunnell lives in Savannah's historic district and admits one of his favorite things to do is "get out the grill, sit on the porch and wave to people as they pass by." Pickwick Lake flows through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Hardin County communities welcome guests with their own special blend of West Tennessee hospitality. Or is it Middle Tennessee? In much of the state, the river serves as a county border, but not in Hardin County. West of the Tennessee River folks claim roots in West Tennessee and east of the river is Middle Tennessee. Some argue the river is the boundary between the two regions but wherever the split, a warm reception complete with local neighborliness is sure to greet you when you visit Hardin County.

SEE&DO Take in the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah, a monument to the grand waterway which divides both the county and the state into distinct geologic zones. Learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed Tennessee or trace the footsteps of Native American Cherokee who walked Savannah's Main Street on the Trail of Tears before crossing the river in 1838. Memorabilia of steamboat days, archaeology and other historical artifacts are on display. Admission is $3 or free with a ticket to Shiloh National Military Park. The Tennessee River Museum

is also home to the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau; stop in for a map or just a friendly "Hello." Peach blossoms fell like snow, clipped by Confederate and Union bullets in April 1862 on the battlefields of Shiloh National Military Park. As smoke cleared the fields surrounding Shiloh's church, a war-induced silence was broken by the groans of the wounded and accentuated by the blood-soaked ground of 24,000 fallen soldiers. Now part of the National Park system, a complete tour of the park includes Pittsburg Landing, a landing for riverboat

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steamers during the war, Shiloh Indian Mounds, a National Cemetery and the church, presently used by an active congregation. War strategies plotted within the walls of Cherry Mansion, General Ulysses S. Grant's Union headquarters, gave way to fashionable parties gathered around the piano, still part of the home. "My daddy bought the house in 1934 so it has been a two-family house," Mary Ann Gilchrist says. She grew up in the house and recently moved back into Cherry Mansion, restoring it as a family home and offering tours to school groups and travelers. A

history teacher, Gilchrist says her students' favorite point of interest is a blood stain in the floor from an 1870 battle. "I love it because it is my family home. It's where my best memories are," Gilchrist says. Tours by appointment, call 731.607.1208, located at 265 Main St, Savannah. You can take in the romance of the river when you board the Pickwick Belle. Cruise the slow pace of the Tennessee River year-round and view scenic hills, farmland and gorgeous rock bluffs from the upper deck of the authentic paddle-wheel riverboat, docking at Pickwick Landing


State Resort Park. "Water is a magical thing," Hardin County resident Mary Ann Gilchrist says, remembering the time when the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen brought travelers to Savannah.

ing requirements is a smart move. Rent a boat or fish from a pier on the lake. Boat storage is available but you will want to wet the rudder as you sail or cruise the sun-speckled waters of this scenic waterway.

Just south of Shiloh, Pickwick Landing State Park whose beginnings date back to 1840 when it was used as a riverboat port, is today an area teeming with life.

The newly-restored downtown Savannah Theater is the home of Dreamweavers of West Tennessee, a local theatrical troupe which stages several shows throughout year in the 1930s-era structure.

Play 18 holes of golf on the championship course or snag smallmouth bass, Tennessee River catfish, crappie or sauger. Pickwick Lake covers three states so checking licens-

STAY Relax this summer when you rent a cabin on Pickwick Lake from Pickwick Cabin Rentals. More than 75 units await

you. Take in long days of boating, swimming, waterskiing, golf, fishing or touring the area. Ride the Pickwick Belle riverboat, tour Shiloh's battlefield or see the Buford Pusser Museum, then unwind on the porch overlooking the lake. Contact Beverly Latham, owner, at 800.848.8177. At Little Andy's Sportsman’s Lodge rent a cottage or grab a room near the lake for quick access to fishing, boating and all types of water fun. Restaurant on site at 7255 Hwy. 57, Counce. Call 731.689.3750. Cabins and camp sites welcome the natural adventurer

while the Pickwick Landing Inn offers a more sophisticated stay with wireless Internet access and conference space. Public beaches and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools offer fun at Pickwick Landing.

SHOP In beautiful downtown Savannah, shop the SpaLicious Gift Boutique for the perfect gift or a personal "pick-meup." Choose from sleepwear, jewelry, candles and accessories Essential oils revive and refresh, leaving you with a smile. Schedule a SpaLicious Spa Party for a bride-to-be or

favorite little girl's birthday. Call 731.926.4024. Located at 407 Main St., Savannah.

Shiloh National Military Park

For unique decor and clothing, check out the Lake House Gallery at 8795 Hwy. 57 in Pickwick. Acquire handmade pottery, original artwork, furniture, gifts, jewelry and more. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 731.689.1000 or visit online at www.lakehousegallery.com. Grace Hyde & Co. in Savannah may become your "fashion sanctuary," with styles from essential basics to the extraordinary. Accessorize to the hilt at the downtown shopping venue located at 415 Main St. Call 731.926.2506.

EAT As you meander through Savannah you will not want to miss the unique cuisine at the Uptown Bistro Bar & Grill, located in the historic downtown at 350 Main St. Enjoy live music every weekend and check out a variety of lunch and dinner options ranging from vegetarian dishes to a filet mignon, topped off with your favorite drink. Reservations are accepted but not required. Call 731.926.1911. Simple elegance at Savannah's Chop House is an easy fit with signature salads, steaks, seafood and pasta. Located at 880 Pickwick St., the Chop House is open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call 731.438.3716. Since 1991, Jon's Pier has been one of Pickwick's finest restaurants and favorite gathering places. Located on Hwy. 57 South, Jon's Pier opens at 5 p.m. with a full line of steaks, seafood, pasta and poultry and an extensive wine list. Call 731.689.3575. The restaurant serves as the meeting place of the Pickwick Parrot Head Club, a not-for-profit organization providing social interaction, celebrating fun and a passion for life.

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Shiloh Falls Golf Course

The Pickwick Belle

Dress up or dress down for a fun, casual dining experience at The Broken Spoke restaurant in Pickwick located at 7405 Hwy. 57. Steaks, seafood and catfish are on the menu and the owners pride themselves on consistently serving high-quality food and making patrons feel right at home. Call 731.689.3800.


Centrally located between Memphis, Huntsville and Nashville, the gated community of Shiloh Falls offers some of the finest retirement living in the Mid-south. Located on 900 acres along Pickwick Lake, Shiloh Falls provides residents private ownership in the Shiloh Falls Golf Club completewith 18-hole championship course, driving range, full service clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. Tennis courts, swimming and fitness center are also available to members in this premier living environment. Call 731.689.5050 for tee time. Some of the finest examples of Southern architecture may be seen in 16 homes of the Savannah Historic District. The area is a piece of history dating from 1830 to 1930, within walking distance of the town’s shopping district. Part of the Historic Trail, sites include Cherry Mansion, a ferry crossing site operated by Alex Haley, Sr., interpretation of the Trail of Tears and the Tennessee River Museum. Pickwick Pines Resort is a family-oriented community providing custom homes and top-of-the-line amenities. The resort was opened by David McMeans, who is still the owner and president, on land his family has owned for over 100 years. Named one of the “Fabulous 50 Communities in the South” by Living Southern Style, Pickwick Pines prides itself on its dedication to the community. The resort features swimming pools, a fully-equipped gym, tennis courts and nature trails, as well as plenty of community-wide events year round such as cookouts, holiday parties and live entertainment. One of Pickwick's newest communities, Ridge Pointe at Northshore, awaits with gorgeous views of Pickwick Lake. Easy lake access is part of the appeal in this exclusive gated community complete with waterfront and off-water lots, swimming pool, playground, private boat ramps and slips, golf cart paths to the lake and a clubhouse. Prices range from $150,000 to $600,000. Call 866.770.0283 for information. Bordering Pickwick Landing State Park, The Woods at Pickwick may be your next JULY 2011 • athometn.com | 73

E.W. Ross House vacation destination or the ideal place to settle in and enjoy retirement. Set in 600 acres of wildlife heaven, the development affords privacy and low maintenance affords privacy and low maintenance living just five minutes from Pickwick Marina and Shiloh Falls Golf Course. Call 731.689.5106 for an appointment or view homes online at www. pickwicklakebuilders.com.

Tennessee River Museum

Move beyond a mere existence and experience the joys of living in historic and hip Hardin County. Legend has it if you put your feet in the waters of Pickwick you will never want to leave. Now is a great time to see for yourself. photos courtesy of Hardin County

When is the best time to catch fish? Big Orange Guide Service 731.689.3074 -- Guided trips for all types of fishing Gordon's Guide Service 731.925.5306 – Smallmouth, largemouth and stripers Phil King’s Catfishing Guide 662.286.8644 – 32 years of fishing Service and four-time winner of the National Catfish Derby Pickwick Guide Service 731.925.2952 -- Guided fishing trips and pontoon trips for pleasure or fishing Rick Matlock 731.926.6054 -- Full day or half day trips, 1993 National Catfish Derby World Champion Super Pro Guide Service 662.287.2017 -- year-round crappie fishing Talley's Outdoors 731.925.2852 – Guide services and full line of hunting and fishing supplies Todd Witt’s Pro Guide Service 662.415.3040 – Full or half day guided bass trips Anglers may find public access to Pickwick at River Heights in Crump, Wayne Jerrolds Park in Savannah, Dickey Landing off Lee Lane, Wilkerson Ferry Landing off Saltillo Ferry Road or by use of TVA access below Pickwick Dam. TWRA maintains accesses on the Tennessee at Saltillo, Cravens access in Savannah and at Yellow Creek off Hwy. 57 South near the Mississippi line.

Marinas in Hardin County along the river include the Saltillo Marina, 250 Shoreline Lane in Saltillo, 731.614.6330; Grand Harbor Marina, 325 CR 380-L001 in Counce, 662.667.5551; and Pickwick Landing State Resort Park, Hwy. 57 at Pickwick Dam, 731.689.5175.


Be sure to visit July Fourth for a free Fireworks Extravaganza. Every year, Pickwick Landing State Park is home to the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza, hosted by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. Boaters anchor in near the dam, while others gather around the park to watch the night sky light up in a fantastic display of color. The show begins at dark and can be enjoyed just as well from land or water. Just be sure to get there early enough to find the perfect viewing location because this show has been gaining in popularity over the past several years. Melodies drift on the breeze at the annual Sunset Symphony, September 3 on the lawn of Cherry Mansion, sponsored by the Savannah Arts Commission. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the beautifully orchestrated free concert with an historic Civil War backdrop. Country musician and Hardin County native Darryl Worley's Tennessee River Run, September 15-17, brings a special brand of Tennessee fun to Pickwick each September with a celebrity golf tournament, bass tournament, 5K run, motorcycle poker run and more! Call 800.552.3866 or visit www.darrylworley.com or www.tnriverrun.org. For six weeks, the National Catfish Derby competition, June 3- July 8, offers weekly cash prizes for the biggest fish. The World Championship of Catfishing is a team event to be held on Saturday, July 9 with cash prizes awarded. Tap your toes July 3-4 at the Savannah Bluegrass Festival founded by Grand Ole Opry fiddler Wayne Jerrolds. Buck dance on the banks of the Tennessee River or sit back in your lawn chair to take in the sounds of authentic bluegrass tunes.

We’re nothing if not colorful – full of true Delta characters and fascinating places to visit. You’ll find a hotel where blues empress Bessie Smith died and John F. Kennedy, Jr. stayed, and food that ranges from casual tamale and barbeque cafes to a restaurant owned and frequented by Morgan Freeman. The crossroads that we’re known for becomes the perfect combination of culture and quirky with a heavy dose of the blues. Cross on over and find out for yourself.

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David Yurman Opening Festivities - Nashville

In celebration of the opening of Nashville’s David Yurman boutique, Mayor Karl Dean, country music star Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and blues artist Steve Cropper presented jeweler Yurman with a signed Gibson guitar. The festivities, held May 18, also served as a benefit for the T. J Martell Foundation; a percentage of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the charity. Friends and supporters of the foundation gathered to view the new store and shop the designer’s latest collections, including several one-of-a-kind pieces created especially for Nashville. The next day Yurman hosted a luncheon and in-store shopping event to benefit the Women’s Committee of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative.

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Kentucky Derby Party

The Annual Kentucky Derby Party was held at Belle Meade Plantation,

where guests enjoyed the ambiance of Churchill Downs without leaving Nashville. Co-chairs for the party were Stacy Sullivan-Karrels of At Home Tennessee Magazine and News Channel 5 anchor Rhori Johnston. All proceeds benefited the Plantation.

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JDRF Promise Gala

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation held its 11th Annual Promise Gala at the Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel. The Ferre family were the evening's honorees, with Judy and Stephen Price and Joanie and Karey Witty serving as this year's chairmen.

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ings, jewelry and more. The art was on display at The Shops of Saddle Creek, South, April 29-May 14. The Spring Show was staged by Artworks Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging public awareness of the importance of a vibrant and active arts community.

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Birthday Celebrations


Family gathered at the Newport home of Marc and Cynthia Stinnett to celebrate milestone birthdays for three generations. Rev. Hubert Bunch celebrated his 80th birthday in February; his son Mike Bunch celebrated his 60th birthday in May; and his grandson Todd Bunch will celebrate his 40th birthday in July. Rev. Hubert Bunch, Mike Bunch & Todd Bunch

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2011 Iroquois Steeplechase

The 70th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase took place May 14th at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. The unique Nashville tradition benefited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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2 bottles chilled dry red wine, like Rioja 1 cup brandy 1 cup orange juice ¼ cup superfine granulated sugar 2 oranges, cut into thin rounds 2 Meyer lemons, cut into thin rounds 3 Key limes, cut into thin rounds 2 apples, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks 2 cups cold club soda Directions In a large pot or bowl, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the orange, lemon, and lime slices, the apples and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and add the soda. Serve in glasses over ice.

Spicy Bloody Mary

Serves 2 Ingredients 2 ½ cups tomato juice 4 ounces vodka 2 dashes of hot sauce, to taste 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce 1 ½ tablespoons grated fresh horseradish Juice of half a lemon 2 pinches of celery salt

Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Serves 23 1 box (4-serving size) strawberry-flavored gelatin 1 cup boiling water 2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen strawberries in light syrup, partially thawed 1quart (4 cups) fresh strawberries, hulled 1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed ½ cup sugar 1 bottle (11.2 oz) hard lemonade 5% alcohol beverage or 1 can (12 oz) lemon-lime carbonated beverage 6 additional bottles (11.2 oz each) hard lemonade 5% alcohol beverage or 1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime carbonated beverage or ginger ale, chilled

Directions Combine tomato juice, vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire, fresh horseradish, and lemon juice in a pitcher and stir with a wooden spoon. Set up 2 tall glasses with ice and garnishes. Fill with bloody mary mixture and drizzle the top of each glass with good quality olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of celery salt. Set up pickled vegetables on a platter with toothpicks for guests to select their own garnishes.

Directions In 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, place gelatin; pour boiling water on gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. In food processor, place strawberries in syrup, fresh strawberries, lemonade concentrate and sugar. Cover; process until smooth. Pour into gelatin. Stir in 1 bottle hard lemonade. Freeze 4 to 6 hours or overnight until slush consistency, stirring after 2 hours. To serve, spoon ½ cup slush mixture into each glass; pour ½³ cup hard lemonade over each. Stir and serve.

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The Original Mojito Ingredients: 10 fresh mint leaves ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste 1 cup ice cubes 1 ½ fluid ounces white rum ½ cup club soda Directions: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge. Bing Cherry Mojitos Ingredients 1¼ cups sugar 1¼ cups freshly squeezed lime juice (about 9 limes) 3 pounds Bing cherries 18 ounces best-quality black cherry or plain vodka (www.beekmanliquors. com) 1 bottle sparkling water (750 mL) Directions Bring sugar and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month. Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve and pit cherries; add to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight). Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon ½ cup cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top off with sparkling water. Serve immediately.

Filibuster Ingredients 2 ounces rye whiskey (suggested: Sazerac 6-year) ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ ounce pure maple syrup from Canada (Grade B preferred) ½ ounce of egg white or the white of a small farm egg Angustura bitters garnish, or freshly grated nutmeg Directions: Without ice, in a cocktail shaker quickly shake the cocktail ingredients to emulsify the egg. Next, add ice and shake for 10 seconds and strain into a coupe glass. Using an eye dropper, deposit a ring of bitters drops on the egg white, then drag a toothpick through the circle to create a "starry nights" effect. Or, grate fresh nutmeg on top.


To liven up a glass, moisten rim then dip into a shallow saucer of sugar.

Mandarin Sorbet Non-Alcoholic Ingredients: 4 large mandarin oranges, peeled and halved 3 tablespoons sugar 4 cups ice cubes tiny splash vanilla Directions: Place all ingredients in the vitamix in order as listed. Secure lid. Select variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to variable 10, then to high. Use the tamper to help push the ingredients into the blades. In about 30-60 seconds the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form. Stop the machine. Don’t over mix or the sorbet will melt. Serve immediately.

Pear Mimosas Ingredients 2 bottles Champagne (or ginger ale), chilled 4 cups pear nectar 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges Directions For each serving, pour ¾ cup of Champagne (or ginger ale) into a flute or wineglass and top with ½ cup of pear nectar. Squeeze and drop in 1 wedge of lime. Iced Green Tea with Ginger and Mint Ingredients 3 ounces ginger, unpeeled and sliced 1 cup mint leaves 6 green-tea bags ½ cup honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Bubble Pink For the little ones: Ingredients: Juice of your choice Sparkling water or carbonated water to get that pretty bubbling effect Cool or fancy glasses or plastic see though cups Lemon or cherry for decorative piece And some Ice Directions: Make juice as you would normally, except add it to the Sparkling water or carbonated water Pour the delicious beverage into your fancy cup or glass And add you cherry or lemon on top!

Directions In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the ginger and 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the mint and tea bags. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid into a large pitcher or other container. Add the honey and lemon juice; stir. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve in tall glasses over ice cubes and more mint leaves.

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Soul Fish Café

Named as having the best catfish in the area by numerous local publications, Soul Fish Café opened its first location in March 2006 in Midtown. Diners love the fun atmosphere and menu laden with Southern favorites including various po boys, fish tacos and 15 fresh vegetables a day. Soul Fish quickly made a name for itself in the Cooper Young neighborhood and has since opened a second location in Germantown. The midtown restaurant is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The Germantown location is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 862 South Cooper, Memphis, 901.725.0722 3160 Village Shops Dr., Germantown, 901.755.6988

the beach to East Memphis and they have truly accomplished this; from the pastel exterior to the lively bar and side patio. This beach-inspired eatery not only looks the part but serves up some of the freshest seafood in the city. The most popular dish is their fresh fish and they usually offer three or four fish specials a day such as grouper, redfish, swordfish, flounder, snapper and more. Besides the fresh fish, customers also rave about their sushi bar, oysters on the half shell and grilled oysters topped with Cajun butter and Parmesan cheese. The food and atmosphere combine for a true coastal experience at Sharky’s. The restaurant also has live music Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Sharky’s is open daily 10:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m. 6201 Poplar Ave., Memphis. 901.682.9796

and Raw Bar is one of the only fine dining establishments in the area that specializes in seafood. The warm, casual restaurant with patio dining and subtle reminders of the seafood based menu first opened in Midtown in September 2010 and relocated to its current spot in February 2011. Chef Louis Osteen, the only recipient of the James Beard Best Regional Chef award working in the state, focuses on Low Country preparations and signature dishes include fish tacos, grouper, flounder and seared scallops with shrimp hash and ravigote sauce. The restaurant is also known for its fresh and diverse selection of oysters. Fish & Co. Restaurant and Raw Bar is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 2317 12th Ave. South, Nashville, 615.292.2655

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Fish & Co. Restaurant and Raw Bar

Chesapeake’s This New England style seafood house serves up some of the freshest seafood

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in the Knoxville area. Located in a restored historic building downtown, Chesapeake’s specializes in Eastern shore cuisine including signature dishes such as the fresh Maryland crab cakes with homemade tartar sauce and Hawaiian Ahi Tuna. Chesapeake’s not only offers seafood so fresh you would think you are at the beach but also top-of-the-line Southern hospitality. Chesapeake’s is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10:00p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 -11:00 p.m.; Saturday 4:30 -11 p.m.; and Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. 500 Henley St., Knoxville, 865.673.3433

a cozy fireplace. The weekends are busy, but customers can enjoy the wait while sitting on the benches and Adirondack

Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill

Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill brings a New Orleans flair to downtown Cookeville. Voted one of Cookeville’s top restaurants since 2008, the establishment is housed in a 100-year-old brick building full of character. The outdoor patio is great for al fresco dining. Crawdaddy’s wows customers with entrees like the citrus glazed salmon which is panseared with an orange ginger sauce and topped with goat cheese, and the California sea bass grilled and served with a lemon basil cream sauce. It’s truly a “feel-good” restaurant with live entertainment most nights and a jazz brunch on Sundays. Crawdaddy’s is open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and the lounge is open 10:00 p.m.2:00 a.m. 53 W. Broad St., Cookeville, 931.526.4660

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A competitor on season seven of Bravo's Top Chef, Arnold Myint has created a diverse, Asian-inspired menu at one of Nashville’s hot spots, PM. The establishment opened in January 2009 in a very hip neighborhood and its aesthetics project a casual yet cool vibe. Because of its location and unique menu, “we get a very eclectic crowd and one that appeals to a large demographic. This ensures all walks of life come to PM and adds to the great people watching that happens every night,” says general manager Ross Powells. PM offers a large selection of sushi and popular entrees include the sushi pizza, sake seared salmon, and the ginger crab fried rice, a concoction of PM’s fried rice mixed with a fried soft shell crab. If you are not in the mood for seafood, a hidden gem on the menu is the chili glazed New York strip. PM is open MondaySaturday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.-1 a.m. 2017 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, 615.297.2070


The Catfish Hotel

Situated on the Tennessee River near Shiloh Park, The Catfish Hotel is a familyowned establishment known (of course) for its catfish dishes. The restaurant offers the Southern staple fried or broiled and also features lemon pepper and Cajun catfish. This place first opened in 1938 but the building burned down in 1975. The current location was built in 1976 and is very rustic with old barn wood walls and


chairs on the porch overlooking the water. The Catfish Hotel is open Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 1140 Hagy Ln., Shiloh, 731.689.3372

Nashville’s hip, contemporary restaurant Virago occupies an inviting space that offers customers a sake bar, a lounge and cocktail bar, chic dining rooms and a rooftop patio with unbelievable views of downtown – one of the best terraces for dining and cocktails in the city. Virago recently relocated from its original Midtown location to The Gulch neighborhood and the new building’s Asian accents enhance its warm feel. The signature sushi roll is The Bomb, with tempura shrimp, avocado and asparagus on the inside and baked jumbo lump crab, spicy mayo and unagi sauce on the top. Other favorites include the truffle sea bass, king crab tempura and Robatayaki skewers. Virago is open daily 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. 1126 McGavock St., Nashville, 615.254.1902


Consistently rated the top seafood restau-

rant in Memphis by restaurant critics and by the annual Memphis Magazine Readers’ Poll, Tsunami is owned by Chef Ben Smith and his artist/interior designer wife, Colleen Couch-Smith. Located in the Cooper Young neighborhood, the restaurant features a daily changing, eclectic, Asian-influenced menu with the freshest fish and local ingredients available. The style is casual and artistic as the walls are donned with many works of distinguished artists. Hand-made light fixtures, hand-crafted plates and a new bar extension are also highlights of Tsunami. Diners love Tsunami’s signature dish, roasted sea bass on black Thai rice with soy beurre blanc, as well as its small plates and the Izakaya menu which features tapas-sized portions such as Wasabi deviled eggs, Asian style nachos and scallop carpaccio with soy brown butter. Tsunami is open Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 928 South Cooper, Memphis, 901.274.2556

deck year-round thanks to misters in the summer and radiant heaters in the winter. It’s the perfect location in Chattanooga to enjoy the sunset, the river and the bridge

while dining on some fresh catch. The restaurant is open daily 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. 1459 Riverside Dr., Chattanooga, 423.622.0122

Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

Offering the best view of the Tennessee River in the area, Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar is casual and fun with an extensive menu that features oysters on the half shell, delicious seafood po boys and entrees from their wood-fired grill. Customers enjoy the Boathouse’s large

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Our home place, near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, was built in the 1830s. The lovely, white-columned grand dame is surrounded by five enormous trees, her “suitors,” who keep her protected and shaded from the fierce summer heat. Deep shade surrounds the house which has neither insulation nor air conditioning. The largest tree, a glorious old beech, was once estimated by the forester to be among the oldest in the state. It stands towering twice the height of our two-story home. As children we would play house at the base of the tree, the large roots dividing “rooms” for our dolls. Even clasping hands we could never reach around the trunk to hug the shady fellow. In the midsummer’s heat there was very little to cool a body inside the house. The windows were flung open wide and box fans placed in each room, but even with the air stirring the best strategy was to “loll about” and drink copious amounts of fresh brewed ice tea. Late in the morning, the tea kettle whistled and black tea was brewed in the old blue pottery pitcher, sweetened to taste and the juice of a whole lemon added to it while steaming hot. One of my earliest memories is slurping a taste of tea from a wooden spoon and being asked by my grandmother “does it need more sugar?” Stirred until all the sugar was dissolved, the tea was poured over the top of narrow glasses filled to the rim with ice cracked from frosty metal ice trays. We called it “sweet ice tea,” never “iced tea.” There was no “iced” about it. We never said “iced cream” so why would we say “iced tea?” On summer Sunday afternoons we looked forward to cooling off by eating bowls of homemade ice cream. Before the summer sun heated up the kitchen, my grandmother would make a rich vanilla custard, leave it in the fridge to chill and after serving the family a bountiful Sunday dinner she would flavor the custard with strawberries or peaches and pack the ice cream maker with ice. She placed the machine on the floor next to the front porch swing. We’d swing and talk and occasionally lift the lid to see if the ice cream was ready. It always seemed to take forever since as children we wanted to check it every five minutes. This summer’s early heat brought me back to those times and our family’s fondness for sweet tea and homemade ice cream. I decided to create a recipe that combines the best of both to beat the heat. The result is a bite of sweet lemon tea flavor that brings me back to summer front porch sitting with the people I love best in the world. 90 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011


Sweet Tea with Lemon Ice Cream Ingredients: Zest of 3 lemons ¼³ cup fresh lemon juice ½ cup sugar ½ cup sweet tea concentrate (instructions below) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 8 small black tea bags 4 egg yolks Pinch of salt 1 cup whole milk 2 cups heavy cream Instructions 1. In non-reactive bowl, mix the lemon zest, juice and sugar. Chill. 2. In a small saucepan, place 1 cup of water and heat until just boiling. Remove from heat and steep teabags for 10 minutes. You want a very strong tea flavor. 3. Remove teabags. Add 1 cup sugar, stir and heat until simmering. Reduce to ½ cup. Cool. 4. In large stainless steel mixing bowl, slightly beat the egg yolks. 5. Heat the milk to a bare boil in a large heavy saucepan. 6. Temper the eggs by adding just a bit of the heated milk to the eggs and whisk in briskly. Then add the egg mixture back to the milk and whisk that quickly together. Gently heat the mixture until it will just coat the back of a wooden spoon to make a custard. 7. Pour the tea concentrate, lemon mixture, heavy cream and custard together into the stainless bowl. Place bowl into ice water bath and stir every few minutes until cool. 8. Chill mixture for two hours if directions for your ice cream maker specify or churn immediately.

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If You Asked

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Applying for a loan is one of the most stressful things that many people do. And although lenders strive to make the process easy and understandable, it is still quite complicated. Probably one of the most misunderstood factors is a person’s credit score. Much has been done to inform consumers about the importance of their credit scores. Nevertheless, even those with excellent scores get anxious at the thought that they might be turned down for a loan. What lenders would tell you, if they were asked, should put your mind at ease about the often perplexing process. Lender: “We really want to make you a loan if there is any possible way to do so.” Most loan officers’ compensation is based in some way on their making loans to people who can be considered credit worthy. The common personality traits of most good lenders include a terrible fear of having to turn someone down, and an overwhelming desire to fulfill each loan request. So to the extent that the policies and regulations permit, lenders are going to find a way to approve your loan request. Lender: “Please stop us if we start using our lingo.” Every profession has its own set of technical jargon, abbreviations, acronyms and such. You may have heard lenders talking about debits, credits, LTV, DTI and beacons. But if you don’t understand these terms, then we are not communicating well with you. Don’t hesitate to ask the loan officer to explain things to you in layman’s terms. Keep asking until you completely understand.

Lender: “Be prepared to explain the purpose of your loan request.” When they ask loan applicants the purpose of the loan request, lenders often get stuttering, stammering and even outright lying in return. But there are reasons, legitimate reasons, why we ask that question. Our operating policies dictate that we determine the purpose of the loan. There are certain uses of loan funds that are considered to be unacceptable; thus the reason for the question. You need to be prepared to tell us the reason you need the loan; “personal reasons” will not typically be a sufficient response. Lenders: “Helping friends and family can be dangerous.” Practice saying this word – no. Practice saying it so much that when you are asked to co-sign for friends and family, it slips out of your mouth quickly and decisively. More parents, siblings and good friends have had their credit totally wrecked by not being able to say that lit-

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tle word – no. The one in need of the funds will always tell you, “don’t worry, I am going to make all the payments.” But if they don’t, then it is the same as if you didn’t. And normally you don’t know that there is a problem with the loan until it’s too late and the damage has already been done. Lenders: “When does a loan become too much debt to handle?” Not all lenders do this, but the good ones will calculate a person’s ability to pay his/ her debts and still have money left over to live on more than macaroni and cheese. This is called a debt to income ratio. It is calculated by taking the loan applicant’s existing monthly payment obligations for loans and credit cards and adding the new payment for the loan being requested. That total is then divided by the loan applicant’s gross monthly income. If the result is more than

45 percent, you need to ask yourself a tough question, “Do I really need this loan?” With a debt to income ratio over 45 percent, you may find it difficult to qualify for a loan at all. If you do qualify, chances are the rate will be higher, perhaps much higher. Other conditions such as additional collateral may also be required in an attempt to manage the lender’s risk. To sum all of this up … Whether your loan request is answered with “Yes” or “No,” you should know what you are getting into or why you did not qualify. Talking openly with your lender about the ins and outs of borrowing money is a win/win for both parties. So keep those questions coming and if you are not satisfied with the answers, find a lender who speaks your language and has your best interest at heart. You deserve that.

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BOOKS the pick


For many of us, the idea of “going green” is both appealing and overwhelming. While we realize the importance of moving toward a healthy and sustainable planet, the process of creating our ecofriendly plan and putting it into action can feel daunting and confusing. July’s reading picks are here to help us navigate the dilemma. These books show how to take steps toward small changes that make a real difference. With these guides in hand, going green is simpler than ever.

Just Green It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet and Your Health Running Press $17.95 Amazon

Just Green It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet and Your Health by Ron and Lisa Beres: This book is the perfect choice for those seeking a straightforward guide that sticks to the facts about going green. Starting with the basics, it opens with a discussion of the three “r’s” with which many of us are already familiar: “reduce,” “reuse” and “recycle.” Specific steps readers can take toward a greener lifestyle are highlighted here as well. The primary focus of Just Green It! is to guide readers in the process of choosing products for their homes that are healthy for both themselves and the planet. For each product type, the authors advise whether to “green it” or “skip it” and how to do so. Specific brands that offer particularly good options are pointed out in each section. Additionally, the final chapter contains several useful lists including “10 Steps to a Healthy Nursery,” “10 Steps to a Greener Office” and a compilation of green resources. Ron and Lisa Beres are also founders of greennest.com where further hints for an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be found.

Modern Homestead Fulcrum Publishing $26.95

If you are interested in leading a more self-sufficient life, cultivating a more sustainable future or simply deepening your connection to the land, Modern Homestead by Renee Wilkinson is the book for you. As a sixth-generation gardener and homesteader, Wilkison shares her infinite wisdom on simple living, growing your own food, raising backyard livestock and preserving your harvest with canned decadence. Modern Homestead offers something for everyone regardless of space constraints or green thumb know-how. Filled with step-bystep explanations, gorgeous photography, instructive illustrations and charts, garden designs, homemade recipes and so much more; you’ll find the depth of knowledge of this young, thoughtful gardener truly inspiring.

Green Living by Design: The Practical Guide for Eco-Friendly Remodeling and Decorating Filipacchi Publishing, $19.08 Barnes and Noble

A great read for anyone interested in eco-friendly design, this book is a compilation of photos of gorgeous interiors as well as a reference for green living. Put together with the help of long time editor and accredited green professional Jean Nayar and the experts at PointClickHome.com, Green Living by Design contains hundreds of the best insider tips on how to remodel, renovate or decorate the home without hurting the environment. You’ll find everything from complete renvoations to simple projects like redecorating a room. Chapters include vital information on furnishings, fabrics, insulation, carpentry, lighting, water use, locally made products, harvesting sunglight and energy efficiency. Green Living by Design is an easy-to-follow sourcebook with helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for creating a home that is healthy, energy-efficient and friendly to the planet. 98 | At Home Tennessee • JULY 2011

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