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Memphis designer shows off a Germantown gem


Renovation & Design

Best of Northern Beaches

At Home with Madeline Rogero: Knoxville’s first female mayor


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Summer LIV IN G

Memphis designer shows off a Germantown gem


Renovation & Design


Best of Northern Beaches At Home with Madeline Rogero:

Knoxville’s first female mayor

From Martha’s Vineyard to Maine, we’ve picked some great destinations in and around New England

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An interview with the first female mayor of any of Tennessee’s major cities

50 | home feature: A family affair

Renovated Germantown family home plays a leading role

67 | special: Renovation & Design A perfectly designed home for summer living in Germantown.

Great ideas for new homes and new looks

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contents 20 | fashion:

74 | garden:

Our best picks for cover ups and accessories for the beach and beyond

Learning everything hydrangea, and how to best care for them in your own garden.

24 | beauty:

76 | in bloom:

Beach fashion 101

hair rx in the sun Products to keep your hair healthy and hot this summer.


26 | health:

skin safety in the summer A top Memphis plastic surgeon gives his best advice for skin cancer prevention.

28 | lifestyle: beat the heat

Don’t let the hot summer weather put a damper on your daily workout.

30 | community: best of pickwick



From festivities to great food and outdoor entertaining, we are revisiting a Tennessee waterfront favorite.

44 | arts:

12 | Publisher’s Note 14 | contributors 62 | style marketplace 78 | by invitation — the social pages

the best survivor of hot weather Angelonias’ resilience in the summer season makes them our top choice for flowers this month.

84 | entertaining:

outdoor kids’ party Sumer fun with a themed twist.

88 | cooking:

toes in the sand – JalapeÑo poppers in your hand Healthy beach cuisine ideas on vacation.

89 | cusine:

sweets on signal Four charming eateries on Signal Mountain welcome locals and visitors alike.

90 | chef ’s corner:

John Rich, Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler come together in Memphis for a good cause.

summer magic

Great ideas for pairing peaches this season.

46 | technology:

91 | finance:

outdoor entertaining

the banker next door

From audio/video to security and Internet, the best advice for outside spaces at home.

A spotlight is placed on community banks for their personal approach and dedicated service.

48 | music:

94 | roadtrip:

Catching up with legendary artist Randy Travis.

58 | design:

backyard retreats Three Memphis experts show how to create the ultimate outdoor oasis.

64 | pets:

92 | Happenings 

pet talk with harrison forbes

97 | Sources 

Keeping your furry friends safe in the summer heat.

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the summer belle

concert to benefit st. jude

music city scene with chuck dauphin

In Every Issue 

JUly 2012

the best of tennessee tomatoes and horses From tomatoes to horses, At Home Tennessee is hitting the road this summer to explore what our state has to offer.

98 | books:

summer reading list The best cooking tips of the season.

JULY 2012 • Vol. 11 No. 4 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Margaret Monger |

EDITOR janna fite herbison |





Lesley Colvett |



senior ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Hilary Frankel |



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CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Shana Raley-Lusk, Beth Willis, Allison Tibaldi, Jonna Danis, Linda Benton, Jane Gaither, Jim Rout, Chuck Dauphin, Andy Pulte, Phillip R., Langsdon, MD, FACS, Julia Boudreau, Kara Campbell, Kristen Waddell, Michelle Hope, Charles Phillips, Scott Fuelling, Caroline May, Harrison Forbes, Michael Hatcher, and Mike Omar


INTERN Julia Boudreau, Kara Campbell, Caroline May, and Jenna Sampson

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publisher’s note

Renovation and Transition


hen planning this as our “renovation” issue, I had no idea that I would be paying such close attention to the content for a project so close to home. Our daughter decided that it wasn’t enough to get engaged, graduate from college and start a new job all in a two-month time frame. She thought she should add a new home purchase to the mix just for fun. I’m not talking about the new, ready-to-move-in type of home either, but rather a 1970’s, pink countertop, mushroom wallpaper and shag carpet beauty. Don’t get me wrong, this house has huge potential and with some fresh paint, new flooring, countertops and light fixtures, I think we can have it looking relatively close to 2012 in a few short months, or at least we have convinced her father of that. I do love renovating — I find this a very exciting time and want to jump right in. There is just something about picking out paint colors, new appliances and great fabrics that makes me happy, but I soon realized, with a hint from my daughter, that these decisions are not mine to make. Fair enough, but thinking about our first house, I just wish that someone would have talked me out of that lovely mauve and county blue goose border I just had to have in the kitchen. It’s very hard to admit I thought that looked good, but that was back in the 80’s when cargo pants were considered a fashion “do,” so what can I say? With little stress and within a few days I am happy to say that the paint colors have been selected by my daughter and her fiancé and I am even happier to report that there is no country-themed border included in the mix. Countertops and flooring are next on the menu and I hope those decisions go more smoothly than ripping up the double layer of lovely vinyl flooring that now graces their kitchen and hallway area. I hope you find some fresh ideas in this issue that inspire you. Whether you are looking for design inspiration for outdoor living or transforming an entire home, there is a little something for everyone. After all these renovations you might want to escape the stress and Southern heat and head to one of the relaxing beach locations on the upper East coast featured in our travel section or just grab some great beach-inspired fashions for your newly renovated backyard retreat. Whatever you are seeking this July, I hope our issue guides you to that destination. This month we are proud you bring you lots of options for you, your home and your lifestyle, but if you are ever looking for a mauve and country blue goose border, I am sorry to say you might not find it here. That decorating choice still haunts me. Happy renovating and happy birthday to all as we celebrate this 4th of July The next time you make a decision in your life, be it about something small like a paint color or more monumental like choosing a spouse or buying a home, pause for a moment to remember the men and women who risk their lives daily to protect our country. It is because of their sacrifices that we have the freedom to make all our own choices, even the ones that involve the wrong wallpaper.

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contributors LESLEY COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee Magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at



is as entertaining as the dishes she prepares. Columnist, kitchen guru and quite possibly the next Food Network Star, Gaither shares insightful columns and inventive recipes each month to bring us one step closer to mastering the Julia Child in all of us. This month, Jane shares family-inspired beach and vacation recipes on p. 88.


share fun ideas and how to throw the perfect hero-themed birthday bash on page 84. Hope and Newsom are the owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, and have a combined 19 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. They have planned numerous notable events including celebrity weddings and Super Sweet 16’s for the hit show on MTV. Woodward works closely with Hope and Newsom through her floral design business, Haute Horticulture, and has been featured in various magazines and national wedding blogs.

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contributors SHANA RALEY-LUSK

is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. Lusk is a lifelong reader who has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. This month, Shana focuses on the best of summer reading on p.98.


is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden Talk.” Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. Andrew focuses this month on varieties of hydrangeas and secrets on how to keep them beautiful on p. 74.


highlights a special celebrity event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on p. 44. She is a member of the MidSouth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, MPACT Memphis and the Arts Memphis BRAVO Memphis program.

Allison Tibaldi

is a travel writer who lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She has lived in Italy, Australia, and Canada and loves life on the road. She has been published in The New York Times, off Metro, Family Travel Forum and Mommy Poppins. Allison is a special travel contributor for At Home Tennessee this month. She takes us from Martha’s Vineyard to Newport and Maine on a journey to the best northern beaches on p. 36.

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Beachwear & Accessories 101


our favorite items to accessorize with swimsuits this season 2 3







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1) Zenergy Sage Swirl Dot Maxi Dress, $99, Chicos, 2) "Ann" Hat (in Nautical Navy and Cape Cottage Blue), $55, Emma Graham, 3) "Millie" Hat (in Cape Cottage Blue and Lemondrop Yellow), $55, Emma Graham, 4) Pareo, $49, Chicos, 5) Cliff House Silver Sunglasses, $279, Maui Jim, 6) Rhetorical Shades in Blue, $58, Anthropologie, 7) Ombre Crush Tote in Orange, $38, Anthropologie, 8) 4 Piece Interchangeable Sport Watch, $15, Belk, July 2012 • | 21



Some great products to keep your hair healthy and hot this season



Voile Capilaire-Protection Forte

Phyto Plage, $22,

Restorative Hair Mask

Moroccanoil, $40,


Bamboo UV+Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo and Conditioner Alterna, $20 each,


Hair Fragrance

Hair Shots, $11,


Red Gloss Classic One Inch Styler GHD, $185,


After Sun Daily Mask

Fekkai, $25, Neiman Marcus,

Surf Spray


Bumble South, $24,

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Hair Treatment Oil

Shades, $25,


Even a little exposure calls for extra protection. Add a luminous veil of shine while protecting hair from damaging UV rays and environmental stresses with this luxurious yet lightweight spray. Styles as it softens.


Gentle sulfate and sodium chloride free cleanser nourishes hair while maintaining healthy, vibrant color. Has rinse-resistant Color HoldÂŽ UV+ Technology for the highest level of color protection. Paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color.


Restorative Hair Mask is a five to seven minute revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs weak, damaged or color-treated hair. Its high-performance formula is rich in argan oil and protein to fortify and restructure hair damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling.


Even the most beautiful hair can pick up unpleasant smells throughout the day, but washing and restyling isn't always an option. That's why women choose Hair Shots, an easy-to-use spray-in product that refreshes your lovely locks.


Achieve flirty beach waves or a sleek, frizz-free straight style with this unique styler. The styling plates are contoured with a high-gloss finish to glide through hair effortlessly.

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A healing blend of lavender and orange, this oil is great for deepconditioning the hair and can also be used for dry skin.


For the ultimate wind-swept style, surf spray adds body with a light hold and matte finish. Excellent for all hair types.

Fekkai has taken summer hair to the next level with a complete hair care regimen focused on protecting locks from the harmful elements during the sun and surf-filled months. The new collection includes an After Sun Daily Mask, Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream, perennial favorite Beach Waves and the new Cooling Shine Mist.

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Summer Skin Cancer and Wrinkle Prevention Text by Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS, Facial Plastic Surgeon

Thousands of Americans develop skin cancers each year. Most of the cases are related to excess sun exposure. These tumors don’t usually appear immediately after sun exposure, but often develop years later. Skin cancers can occur anywhere on the human body, but develop most frequently on the face. Skin cancer types are basal cell (slow growing), squamous cell (faster growing and can more readily spread), and melanoma (the pigmented type that is very dangerous). Skin cancers can disfigure the face, eyelids, ears, lips, cheeks, or nose, etc. This is something most people find hard to worry about when they are young and working on that tan, but the risk of disfigurement is real. The likelihood of developing a skin cancer is directly related to the amount of sun exposure, and the skin damage can be cumulative. Tumors become more likely after repeated tanning or sun burns. What makes sun exposure even more of a problem is that even if a person does not develop a skin cancer, excess sun exposure can cause serious wrinkling. 26 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

The risk of skin cancers and wrinkling is lessened by protecting the skin from excess sun exposure. The first line of defense is to use sun screen and a hat. If a person knows they are going to be exposed to a lot of sunlight when going to play golf, to garden, or spend some time on the beach…..they might consider going ahead and taking a hat, clothing to cover with after an hour or so in the sun, and a good tube of SPF 30 or better sun screen. However, even riding in the car can incur excess sun exposure on the side of the face next to the windshield. For those who have already received several years of sun damage, early skin changes like pigmented spots, rough skin patches, wrinkles or crusted areas that bleed might become an issue. Once an outright skin cancer is determined not to be present there are things one can do to reverse the damage and improve the skin. Medical grade skin exfoliation creams can help stimulate the skin to regenerate and replace the damaged skin with smoother, healthier surface

cells. Sometimes this is all that is needed. However, severely damaged skin may require skin peels or laser treatments. There are many types of skin peels and many types of lasers. A specialist can make recommendations as to what type of peel or laser might best help the condition in question. Year Round Skin Health Plan: • Prevention: sunscreen, hat • Treatment of non cancerous skin changes like pigmented spots or wrinkles: medical grade skin exfoliation & hydration, peels, lasers • Skin cancers: non healing, ulcerated, bleeding or pigmented lesions should be evaluated by your doctor. 901.755.6465




dark, you know you are not drinking enough fluids. Sorry, alcohol does not count, as it is dehydrating. For most people water is sufficient. However, if you exercise in the heat for more than an hour you are losing electrolytes as well. You can replace them with a natural electrolyte drink such as coconut water or with a diluted sports beverage like Gatorade. Another note: if Exposure to environmental heat and you have not urinated in four to six hours, you humidity is taxing on the body. Physiologically, are dehydrated! it means an increase in blood flow to the skin and sweating in order to maintain normal Follow these easy tips to stay hydrated in the body temperature. The body’s response leads summer. • Keep frozen water bottles in a little cooler to an increased workload for the heart and for your drive to and from work or out on loss of water and salt. Excessive exposure to errands. heat, depending on your fitness level, can be • Drink a large glass of cold water first thing dangerous, causing an inability to regulate in the morning. normal body temperature. Because working • Keep a water bottle around and refill when muscles require blood flow, exercising in the empty. Have a drinking habit! heat demands more from the heart, so be aware and do not ignore signs of heat stress. Symptoms like nausea, dizziness, irritability or ACCLIMATE cessation of sweating mean that you need to get out of the heat and seek medical attention. Allow your body to adapt to the heat outside by gradually increasing your time and intensity. To help your body beat the heat, be smart and It will take between one and two weeks for you follow these summer safety tips. to fully acclimate to the heat. Competitors — do not expect to beat your personal best. Your HYDRATE times will be slower as your body is working overtime trying to cool while performing. You’ve heard it before, but it can’t be said Don't choose the hottest time of day to explore enough when it comes to being active in a strenuous new sport for the first time. the heat – don’t forget to hydrate. Drink approximately 20 ounces of water two hours EAT LIGHT AND HEALTHY prior to exercising in the heat, eight ounces shortly before you begin and then every 15-20 If you are competing or planning a hard minutes to ensure adequate hydration. workout day, be cognizant of what you fuel your body with the previous day. Make sure A true indicator of hydration is the color of to drink plenty of fluids, load up with natural your urine: a clear to light lemonade hue tells electrolytes and eat healthy foods like fruits and you that you are doing okay. If your urine is vegetables. Summer in Tennessee has much to offer in the way of outdoor activities. You can choose from outdoor concerts, a day at the zoo, music on Beale Street, ball games, or the music highlights Nashville has to offer. Unfortunately, the fun is often accompanied by Tennessee sweltering summer temperatures.

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Common medications can affect the body’s response to heat. Hypertension medications can diminish your ability to dissipate body heat to the environment during heat stress, and result in increased body temperature. Diuretics, appetite suppressants and decongestants can hasten the dehydration process and decrease the body’s ability to recognize overheating. Beta blockers affect the cardiovascular response to heat stress. Educate yourself on the meds you take, and talk to your doctor about it. KIDS, SENIORS AND PETS

Be aware that small children and the elderly are less efficient at cooling off and be sure to take special precautions with them. Heat can also be fatal to pets, as dogs don’t sweat and lose heat only from panting, so don’t take Fido for a run in the sun during the hottest hours of the day. ADDITIONAL TIPS

Other good ideas for outdoor exercise during summer include wearing light-colored clothing (dark clothes absorb heat) and using sunscreen. Hats can provide some sun protection, but if you are wearing a helmet, remove it at rest time to allow your body heat to escape through your head. If possible, plan a shady route for your excursions. Following these heat-busting tips for your activities will help you keep cool, comfortable, fit and, above all, safe. Enjoy your summer!

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Best of

Pickwick text by Caroline May, Julia Boudreau and Kara Campbell

Pickwick Lake in Hardin County has long been known as a perfect family getaway for summer fun on the water, with its 85 miles of shoreline. In recent years, the area has seen major expansion along its waterways in terms of restaurants, marinas and overall development. This month we are highlighting some Pickwick favorites, along with what’s new in the area.

DINE The Rib Cage Nothing puts a good day of fun on the lake to bed like a big dinner of barbecue at The Rib Cage. The restaurant’s signature starts with its name and continues to the homemade goodness of its barbecue. Menu items include almost any 30| At Home Tennessee • July 2012

kind of meat that can be barbecued from ribs to chicken and even quail. The atmosphere is casual and kid-friendly with a special menu for the little ones.

First inhabited in 1825 by original settlers Henry and Polly Hagy, the site served as a shelter for Union soldiers during the Battle of Shiloh. Today the restaurant’s owners and chefs strive for the utmost quality food and service, and the Catfish Hotel has developed a reputation as a Freddy T’s Restaurant & Beach Club Also known as the “hottest night spot in must-visit destination in Pickwick. Pickwick,” this beach-themed club and The Broken Spoke restaurant is great to liven up your night after a The Broken Spoke is a classic eatery in day relaxing on the water. Casual attire and an Pickwick with a varied menu and sweet outdoor dining area combined with the club’s Southern charm — everyone is always “a full bar, live music and DJ create the perfect guest” when eating at The Spoke. Owners atmosphere for a fun night out in Pickwick. Jay and Diane Barker and their attentive staff strive to make sure every family leaves happy. Catfish Hotel The restaurant’s casual atmosphere will draw When it comes to great food and an even you in, but the memorabilia on the wall will greater history, the Catfish Hotel is the place. make you slow down and look. The Broken

Grand Harbor Marina

Spoke's menu includes everything from fried pickles to steak: there's truly something for everyone at this Pickwick classic. Café St. Clair Located on Yellow Creek next to Aqua Yacht Harbor, Café St. Clair is a beautiful location to enjoy a fantastic breakfast before you hit the water. The restaurant also offers pick-up options for boaters on-the-go. Helpful hint: arrive early! This popular little spot fills up quickly. Red Wood Hut Restaurant You're sure to enjoy a summer staple when you stop by Red Wood Hut in Counce for some barbecue and other delicious local fare. This family-style restaurant hickory-smokes its ‘cue to perfection. July 2012 • | 31


Hagy's Catfish Hotel Restaurant

The Preserve

Grand Harbor Condominiums

The Preserve

Savannah Bluegrass Festival

Freddy T's

STAY AND PLAY Aqua Yacht Harbor Aqua Yacht Harbor is your boat’s home away from home while you enjoy all that Pickwick has to offer. Whether you need boat repairs or a quick bite to eat, Aqua Yacht Harbor has it all. The Harbor also has a tennis court, gated parking and rental cars available. If you want to stay near the harbor, there are many lodging options within five miles of the facility. Eastport Marina Want to enjoy the Pickwick lifestyle but don’t have your own boat and vacation house? Go to Eastport Marina, where rental cabins, personal watercraft and boats are available. The marina also has its own restaurant, a fuel dock and boat repair. Panther Cove, the Rope Swing and the Waterfall — On the Lake Panther Cove, the rope swing and the waterfall are three of the hottest boating spots in the area. Spend an afternoon in Panther Cove and you’ll experience its party atmosphere, with music blasting, people swimming and the classic Pickwick “Hot Dog Boat” driving around the lake. For the more adventurous, the rope swing and the waterfall can certainly provide an adrenaline rush. Anchor at these popular spots and soak up the sun or climb up the beautiful Pickwick rocks and jump off! All three places are fantastic for families with children of all ages or for a getaway with friends. Grand Harbor Marina Only nine miles upstream of Pickwick Dam you’ll find a boater’s paradise at the Grand Harbor Condominiums and Marina. Located at the junction of the Tennessee River and Tombigbee Waterway this place has everything you want in a marina including excellent spa services by Luxury Medi Spas and dock attendants for the yachtsmen. The Preserve This newly-renovated resort living development offers endless amenities, including multiple pools, outdoor grills, fitness center, a clubhouse and a tower observation area with expansive views of Pickwick Lake. If you are in need of a perfect lake home-away-from-home, the Villas in the Preserve are just the ticket. Pickwick Belle Looking for a delightful way to travel along the Tennessee River? Come aboard the Pickwick Belle! This 90-foot-long authentic paddlewheel riverboat full of Southern charm is a perfect way to discover the river on one of the regularly scheduled sightseeing cruises. Her 1,000-squarefoot dining area also makes the Belle ideal for chartered cruises for any special occasion. July 2012 • | 33

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Front Porch at Spruce Point Inn


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Best of

Northern Beaches TEXT BY allison tibaldi

From Maine to Martha’s Vineyard, travel with us to some of the most beautiful Northern beach getaways

Summer by the sea reveals New England at its finest. These three Northern resort towns meet all the requirements for a classic seaside holiday, with alluring beaches, charming hotels, quaint made-for-walking streets and the freshest seafood that the Atlantic Ocean can offer.

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND Newport has a justified reputation as a summer playground for the elite. You will see fabulous Gilded Age mansions and blue-chip sailing yachts worthy of the town’s America’s Cup legacy. But that is only part of Newport’s story. There are lovely public beaches and easy hikes that expose the area’s natural beauty. If you are a tennis fan, you won’t want to miss the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bibliophiles will enjoy visiting the Redwood Library, the oldest continuously operating library in North America. Everyone

will want to walk at least a section of the 3.5mile paved Cliff Walk, with its glimpse at the mansions’ backyards and breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views. Combine the dynamic dining scene, high-end shops and world-famous jazz and folk music festivals, and you have a great Northern beach destination just waiting to be discovered.

Beaches Easton’s Beach is just steps from downtown. The sandy ocean beach has a vintage carousel and a snack bar that sells a tasty lobster roll. A few miles away in Middletown you will find Sachuest Beach (locals call it Second Beach), beloved for its clear water, clean sand and space to spread out even in the height of summer. July 2012 • |37


Atria Photography Courtesy of Kristen Leigh Conklin

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Photography Courtesy of Barbara Freeman

Vanderbilt Grace Hotel Photography Courtesy of Serge Detalle

Burnt Island Light Photography Courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism


Chef ’s Signature Tasting Menu and prepare the amount of cars allowed, but it is easy to to be wowed. The restaurant is located in the negotiate on foot or bike. There are six towns to choose from, each enchanting. The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel is an oasis Vanderbilt Grace Hotel. of elegance in downtown Newport. Guests are greeted with champagne on arrival at the For a relaxed bite, locals favor Buskers Irish Edgartown is the most dignified, a historic mansion built by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1909. Pub, where the menu features homemade seaport village full of perfectly maintained The pampering continues throughout your chicken pot pie, creamy clam chowder, fish Greek Revival homes that were inhabited by stay at this 33-room property. Its public spaces and chips and a time-honored Irish breakfast whaling captains centuries ago. It is a pure delight to stroll the narrow streets and view are as exquisite as the guest rooms, and the all day. picture-perfect churches, galleries, charming terrace offers a glorious view of the harbor. inns and eateries that somehow manage If your taste runs towards the modern, Forty MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS to blend small-town flavor with a dash of sophistication. 1º North marries cool/casual with state-of-theart technology in all rooms. Floor-to-ceiling Historic lighthouses, pristine beaches and windows and balconies allow for plenty of shady bike paths are just a few of the many Slightly less refined is Oak Bluffs, a lively charms that will bewitch you on Martha’s town awash with gingerbread-trimmed natural sunlight and briny breezes. Vineyard. Its classic New England flavor has cottages. Kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy a long been popular with luminaries from the ride on the exquisitely detailed Flying Horse Eat entertainment world and political arena, who Carousel, handcrafted in 1876. Capture the Book a romantic fireside table for dinner enjoy the island’s discreet vibe. Getting here brass ring and you will be treated to a free ride. at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. British- is part of the fun, as most visitors arrive via Everybody is a winner at Murdick’s Fudge, a born Cartwright is causing quite a buzz in windswept ferry connections from numerous family-owned candy shop where you can watch New England culinary circles. Order the towns on the mainland. The Vineyard limits them make old-fashioned sweets. 38| At Home Tennessee • July 2012

Beaches You can hardly go wrong with any of the scores of public beaches on the island, but Joseph Silva State Beach is known for its picturesque wooden drawbridge and gentle waves. Aquinnah Beach’s boardwalk traverses alongside its famous red-hued cliffs, offering camera-worthy views and fine swimming.

Stay In Edgartown, the stately Charlotte Inn is a Relais and Château property that offers discriminating travelers 25 distinctly decorated rooms with a decidedly British feel. Formal gardens, quirky antiques and a top-quality restaurant ensure the utmost in Edwardian-era grace. The Dockside Inn in Oak Bluffs provides a healthy dose of seaside chic with its clean lines and pastel color palette. The 21 modern rooms all have private decks and either garden or harbor view, plus several have practical kitchenettes.

Eat One of the most refined dining spots on the island is Atria on Main Street in Edgartown. It is located in an atmospheric 18th-century sea captain’s house. This chefowned restaurant’s mouth-watering menu promotes island-grown produce, freshly caught seafood and fusion-oriented cuisine. You can’t get more “apple pie” than a meal at Oak Bluffs’ famed Linda Jean’s. This classic diner serves the best breakfast in town, starring ethereal pancakes.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE Quiet coves, windjammers, tranquil fishing villages and meandering country roads are what you will find in this iconic Mid-Coast Maine maritime village. Spending time here feels like a stroll down memory lane. Browse the village and indulge your sweet tooth as you enjoy salt-water taffy purchased from one of the numerous candy shops that dot the town, then head over to Dolphin MiniGolf to attempt a hole-in-one. Attractions are plentiful, but the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ breathtaking displays shine a glorious spotlight on coastal flora. If you’re traveling with kids, the fun and educational Maine State Aquarium will provide hours of diversion, perfect for a rainy day. Seaworthy vessels of every kind are available to rent in town, with sailing and kayaking taking center stage. July 2012 • |39


Vanderbilt Grace Hotel Photography Courtesy of Serge Detalle

McSeagulls Restaurant Photography Courtesy of Ralph C Smith II

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Boothbay Photography Courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

Beaches Mid-Coast Maine has several long, fingerlike peninsulas that jut southward into the Atlantic Ocean. Popham Beach is in nearby Phippsburg. It features a long stretch of soft sand and sublime scenery, including several offshore islands. Beachgoers can walk out to Fox Island at low tide. Make sure to pay close attention to the rising tides so as not to get marooned. Spectacular Pemaquid Point is one of Maine’s most photographed places. A beautiful lighthouse is perched on a ledge above the water where ceaseless surf dramatically pounds the bedrock coast in a never-ending progression.

Stay The family owned and operated Spruce Point Inn is blissfully understated, in perfect tune with its natural surroundings. The resort is set on 56 acres with a mix of seaside cottages, historic rooms, townhouses and hotel-like lodge rooms. The waterfront location is stunning, but equally lovely are the miles of bucolic pine-fringed nature trails that circle the resort. Borrow a bike and pedal around town. There are all types of boats for you to enjoy. Two swimming pools, shuffleboard and a giant checker set are just a few of the nostalgic diversions that you can find at the inn. The resort has three eateries that serve satisfying New Englandstyle cuisine. Bayberry House Bed & Breakfast offers five comfortable rooms in a lovely Victorian home. Most rooms have a fireplace and the morning meal is hearty and delicious.

Eat Lobster is king in Maine, served simply boiled with sweet corn on the cob. The Lobster Dock on Atlantic Avenue is a summertime favorite, for both its gorgeous nautical view and flavorful seafood. McSeagulls is another good choice for laid-back waterfront dining, with a large traditional menu and a good selection of icy cold beer on tap. Save room for dessert at Wannawaf, where fresh blueberry ice cream served in a homemade waffle cone is the essence of Maine summer.

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at home with

Knoxville Mayor

Madeline Rogero Catching up with the city’s first female mayor text by janna fite herbison photography courtesy of Traci K. McDonell/City of Knoxville

Madeline Rogero moved to Knoxville in the early 80’s and began her political career in the city as a Knox County Commissioner in 1994. Last November she became the first female to be elected mayor of Knoxville in its history. Rogero recently shared with us her vision for the city, along with her thoughts on Tennessee as a whole.

AT HOME TENNESSEE: What have you learned and come to love most about Knoxville and East Tennessee over the past 30 years?

Mayor Madeline Rogero: There are two things I love most about Knoxville: our people and our natural beauty. We have a diverse community and we celebrate this diversity in our art, music and festivals. Knoxvillians are compassionate, involved and take the “Volunteer State” name seriously. We are also blessed with some of the best scenery and natural resources in the country. Knoxville has lush parks and greenways and access to blueways, which make it a recreational destination. The city offers great environmental, tourism and economic opportunities. AHT: How does it feel to be the first female mayor of Knoxville? What has been the reaction over the past six months?

MR: I am honored to be the first female mayor of Knoxville and any of Tennessee’s four largest cities. Both men and women have expressed to me their pleasure that Knoxville has elected a woman as mayor. I hope that my victory will encourage other women to run for office development, and the city has helped to leverage that investment. and will let little girls know that they can be whatever they wish to be. Market Square, in the heart of downtown, is full of restaurants and shops. The city sponsors music series including “Jazz on the Square” AHT: What are some of your primary goals for the city as mayor, and every Tuesday during the summer. Downtown is also home to farmer’s what do you feel are your most significant accomplishments to date? markets and festivals, including The International Biscuit Festival, which grows more popular each year. MR: I’ve only been in office for six months, but we are already making accomplishments such as new development on a former brownfield AHT: What are your thoughts on the major differences between grant site that will bring jobs, stronger ordinances to address vacant Tennessee’s three grand divisions? As mayor of Knoxville, how do you and blighted properties, a new Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center work to overcome those differences? to promote the outstanding recreational opportunities of our city, and MR: The three grand divisions are geographically, economically and a proposed pension reform plan. culturally distinct, and that’s what creates the uniqueness of our great AHT: Please talk about the revitalization of downtown Knoxville in state. I have established good relationships with the mayors of the other large cities in Tennessee. Knoxville recently hosted the Tennessee recent years, and what we can expect to see in the near future. Municipal League conference, during which I met many more mayors, MR: Downtown Knoxville has made great strides in the past decade. council members and city managers. I look forward to working with The private sector has invested in residential and commercial all of them for the improvement of all of Tennessee. 42 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

AHT: Are you an official Vol? Along those lines, how big an impact do you feel the University of Tennessee has on Knoxville? MR: My master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning is from The University of Tennessee. Three of my five children have degrees from UTK. I can say “We’re All Vol.” The university has a huge impact on Knoxville in terms of research and cultural opportunities as well as being a major employer.

AHT: What are some of your favorite hobbies and activities outside of work?

MR: I enjoy flat-water kayaking, softball, dancing and bicycling on our many miles of greenways. I am a fan of many genres of music and particularly proud of our local talent. My husband and I attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as often as possible. We are also beekeepers. We have a couple of hives that produce honey. We enjoy our annual “spinning party” in which we extract the honey and introduce new folks to the wonders of beekeeping.

AHT: If you had to recommend five mustsee places in Knoxville to visitors, what would they be? MR: That’s a great question, but very difficult to answer because there’s quite a bit here. Some highlights are: • Our historic downtown area with shops and restaurants on Market Square and Gay Street, live music broadcasts from the WDVX studio in our Visitors Center, and nightlife in the Old City • Music and other entertainment at two beautifully restored theaters, the Tennessee and the Bijou, just a few blocks from one another • Alex Haley Heritage Square, with a 13-foot bronze statue of the author of Roots. The nearby Beck Cultural Exchange Center celebrates Knoxville’s African-American heritage. • World’s Fair Park, site of the 1982 World’s Fair and home to the city’s iconic Sunsphere. It includes fountains and a playground, and is flanked by the Knoxville Museum of Art. • Ijams Nature Center, a wildlife sanctuary just minutes from downtown, with 275 acres and seven miles of nature trails. It is part of a 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor.

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Kellie Pickler

Big and Rick with St. Jude Patients In Concert

Jeff Foxworthy

Exclusive John Rich Event Raises Funds, Awareness for St. Jude Text by KRISTEN WADDELL | photography courtesy of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

No family pays for anything — ever. It is an integral part of the unique mission that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis has promoted since its inception in 1962. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the hospital recently presented a first-ever kickoff event to the FedEx St. Jude Classic week. Country singer/songwriter John Rich served as the main host of the exclusive event to benefit St. Jude. Guests were treated to a cocktail reception followed by a live auction and acoustic concert featuring performances by several special guests including Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Jeff Foxworthy and Big & Rich. The main concert began with Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, sharing the mission of St. Jude. "The John Rich and Friends concert is an incredible way for us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and our constant dedication to curing childhood cancer. This year's tournament is about so much more than 44 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

golf,” said Shadyac. The week also featured a Angels Among Us Award from ALABAMA host of events for St. Jude supporters to enjoy, front man Randy Owen. while helping the hospital continue its mission “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital holds of finding cures and saving children. a very special place in my heart, and that’s why Generous donations by National Presenting I’m excited to kick off the FedEx St. Jude Classic Sponsor Window World and Mid-South with the John Rich and Friends concert,” said Presenting Sponsor First Tennessee made the Rich. “I don’t know how you could spend your evening possible. Live auction items included time any better on this earth than to support a guitar signed by John Rich, Darius Rucker, something like St. Jude. It’s truly God’s work – Kellie Pickler, Big Kenny and Jeff Foxworthy taking care of these kids. which sold for $13,000; a trip for two to the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament brought a The tournament now known as the FedEx winning bid of $16,000; and two pieces of St. Jude Classic was founded in 1958 as the graffiti art, one of which was purchased by Memphis Open. The event has raised more 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic Champion Dustin than $25 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since it became the sole Johnson for the price of $12,000. charity beneficiary in 1970. In addition to the A great friend and supporter of St. Jude since concert, other special events during FedEx St. touring the hospital in 1995, Rich became well Jude Classic week included the Championship known for his dedication in 2011 when he Pro-Am, Michelob Ultra Party Tent, a funwon Season Four of NBS’s popular show The filled Kid Zone and the Super T concert “after Celebrity Apprentice. Rich raised $1.4 million party.” for the Country Cares for St. Jude program, and later received the first-ever Randy Owen


Outdoor Living Spaces The Next Entertainment Frontier Text by SCOTT FUELLING President, Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment, memphis

Today’s home does not seem complete without an outdoor entertaining and living area. From the simplest patios to decks, landscaping, pools, fountains, ponds, hot tubs and so on, chances are you have an outside area to entertain your guests. You may or may not use it regularly, but it is ready to become a hot spot for your home. Technology is finding its way into outdoor living spaces. Today, more than ever, Internet access, home control, audio/video and even security play an important part in your life, in and outside the home. Here are some of the most common requests and effective solutions. Computer Networking and Internet Access: Most homes have WiFi Internet access which is typically available in the areas immediately surrounding the house, allowing smart phones and tablets to operate wirelessly. Sometimes additional devices need to be added, however, to provide adequate exterior coverage. There are specific manufacturers who produce specialty exterior networking devices, allowing you to have strong WiFi coverage for a specific area or for your entire property, if necessary. Audio/Video: Today’s homes typically utilize televisions, music systems and the Internet to receive movies, news, music, etc. It is becoming very common to add exterior audio and even televisions. There are many manufacturers, all providing different items to be used in the harsh outdoor environment. Weatherproof 46 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

speakers that don’t compromise sound quality Security: Today, security and safety are at the or performance are readily available and can top of everyone’s list. Interestingly enough, most people do not think of security as part of connect to most existing home audio systems. their outdoor living experience. The truth is, Weatherproof televisions have been around you need to have your home protected both for quite some time. I remember seeing one for inside and out. the first time at a trade show — the vendor had it submerged in a large aquarium. The entire Cameras at the front of your home can be television was under water and operating just used to determine when guests arrive. Placing fine. If you have a covered porch and an area that cameras in the rear of the home around the remains dry, you can utilize a normal television, lawn, pool or play areas provides a quick way to but you must realize its lifespan will be shortened check on children as they play outside. Simply due to drastic temperature changes, moisture pull out your tablet or iPad and you can scan (or in Tennessee HUMIDITY) and dust that through all of the camera images in real time. inevitably attack the internal circuits. If there is an incident, the digital video recorder (DVR), which is an important part of any Several brands manufacture exterior televisions residential security camera system, will provide and monitors specifically designed for outdoor an accurate record. use. Not only are these units unaffected by heat, moisture and dust, they typically offer a much Specialized security lighting that can be brighter image to help offset ambient light activated when the security system detects an during daytime viewing. If your outdoor living intrusion is an often omitted but nonetheless space calls for a television to meet your needs, critical part of exterior security. These are these models are by far the best choices. typically dedicated flood lights that bring a high degree of illumination when activated. Control: This is one of the most overlooked aspects of outdoor living. Control provides ease- Now, more than ever, you can extend the of-use and reliability. Lighting, audio/video, useable space of your home to the outdoors, pool and spa, fountains and fans can easily be where you can enjoy the sun, fun and relaxation integrated into a simple control system. The that come from having your very own private functionality can be based in your smart phone retreat, designed for you and your family. as an app, you can utilize a tablet such as an iPad, or you can stick with the old standard of Till next month… handheld remotes and weatherproof control keypads.



City Scene

With Chuck Dauphin Catching up with country music legend Randy Travis

Randy Travis is in the midst of celebrating his first 25 years on the Billboard charts. The singer, who recently released his 25th Anniversary Celebration disc, reminisced about some of his experiences along the way.

The multiple Grammy-award winning artist recalls his first time on the stage of the WSM Radio show as a nerve-wracking experience, and the presence of a certain Country Music Hall of Fame member had a little bit to do with it.

Travis says that starting out when he did “Jimmy Dickens used to come over to the allowed him to get a chance to be acquainted Nashville Palace (where Travis was a cook) to eat with many country music icons who are no dinner, so I got to know him. He took me over longer around. to the Opry and introduced me. I did ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ but he didn’t get but a “I had the great fortune to spend time with few feet away from me. I was holding a handpeople like Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and held microphone, and I was starting to shake. Grandpa Jones,” he says. “To do that was so My vocals were getting weaker and weaker, and special.” I thought ‘Why don’t you go somewhere else? Don’t stand right there and look at me!’ I will Travis also reflects on the opportunity to once never forget that,” he says, chuckling at the see a different side of “The King of Country memory. Music.” “The first time I was ever around Roy Acuff, he was talking about some of the places The singer is impressed with what he’s hearing he played when he was younger and some of on the airwaves today, although he does say, them being rough. He said that every once in “I am always going to say that we need more a while, you might have to get in a fight. I told traditional country music on radio, but I him I had played in some places like that in think we’re in good shape right now. Look at years past. He then asked, ‘Are you a fighter?’ I Josh Turner, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown. We told him, ‘Well, I’m not the best, but I’ve been have some great artists out there. We’re still in a lot of them.’ He then replied, ‘That’s good outnumbered a little bit when you look at a to hear. When I was a younger man, if I hit a more pop influence. We need to back that up fellow and he didn’t go down, I would go down a little bit.” behind him and see what was propping him up,’” he recalls, his voice cracking with laughter. Travis’s current single is “More Life,” which features Don Henley. Travis has nothing but warm thoughts about the Grand Ole Opry, where he has been a member since December 1986. “It’s a great feeling just being backstage at the Opry, but to walk on that stage, there’s something special there,” he says, beaming. 48 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012


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A Family Affair Renovated home plays a leading role in the life of one Germantown family Text by LINDA BENTON | photography courtesy of JOHN TERRY

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Keevie Smith having a guitar lesson at home

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The name Smith may be a common one here in the South, but the Smith home in a quiet corner of Germantown is anything but common. Drenched in color, original art, unique architectural elements, and plenty of family-friendly fabrics, the residence exudes signature style. Purchased in 2004 for its location and large lush lot, the home was transformed by well-known Memphis architect Charles Schipp. Inspired by the Louisiana French Country style, the two-story brick structure blends nicely into the well-established neighborhood known for its quiet streets and large, wooded lots. “Charles had such vision for this house,” say homeowners Morgan and C.K. Smith.  “We tore everything down to the stud walls, doubled the square footage, and in the end, created a wonderful environment for our active family.”    With three kids living at home, Morgan and C.K. wanted the interior of the home to be stylish but not stuffy. To achieve that design goal Morgan called on close friend

and designer Cindy McCord. Friends for years with daughters the same age, Cindy and Morgan knew each other well. “Cindy’s home is amazing so I knew she could create a look that we’d love,” says Morgan. “I totally trusted her instinct.” Combining treasured family pieces (like Morgan’s grandmother’s pie safe and her godmother’s art work) with modern lighting, fabrics and paint colors, Cindy created an environment that is both comfortable and creatively stimulating. “Morgan was so much fun to work with,” shares McCord. Original art, including works by Memphis artists Leslie Barron and Danny Broadway, fills the walls, and dried and fresh floral arrangements by Paula Declerk add an elegant touch of nature to many of the rooms.   “Because I knew the house would be filled with kids — not only the Smith kids but all their friends — I balanced the Southern classic style of the home with young and playful elements,” McCord adds. From the polka dot-

covered chairs and zinnia-splashed rug in the billiards room to the casual and comfy sofas in the hearth room, this house was designed with family in mind. Pops of red and orange are found in almost every room of the house. Perhaps in no other room does color play more prominently than in the music room. Drenched in a bold Chinese red, the walls are balanced with a butterscotch sofa and a creamy trellis-patterned rug. “Naturally, I wanted the music room to be stimulating,” says Morgan. “Creativity is an integral part of our kids’ lives.”  Their children, daughters Alex, Keevie and Riley, and their son, Chase, are all musically talented and involved in acting. In between trips to New York and Los Angeles for casting calls, theater camp and recording, the family spends a significant amount of time in the music room perfecting their craft. Their black baby grand piano, originally owned by Morgan’s uncle, provides a focal point against the rich red walls.   July 2012 • | 53


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From left to right: Keevie Smith, Olivia Phillips, Maddie Skudder, CK Smith, Gene Phillips, and David Skudder

When not in pursuit of their acting and musical dreams, the Smiths are not unlike other American families; they spend a lot of time around the kitchen island and in the adjoining hearth room. The kitchen is open and bright with ivory-glazed cabinets and granite countertops with a unique textured finish. “Everyone who visits our kitchen always comments on the granite,” says Morgan. An archway of reclaimed brick frames the welcoming entrance to the hearth room. With its large limestone fireplace and two full-sized sofas, it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day. Morgan laughs, though, when she says her kids don’t really do much relaxing. “We are always on the go, but when we are home, it seems our kids’ friends are drawn to our house,” she says. “Perhaps we made it too kidfriendly!”

reflects a truly entertaining atmosphere. Mature trees and a lush lawn make the area a cool and inviting oasis for summer fun. Recently, while Morgan and daughter Riley were looking at colleges in New York, C.K. hosted a fatherdaughter cookout. “I love to grill and I really just love seeing my kids have a good time,” he shares. The outdoor living spaces mirror the interior design, with plenty of comfy seating and family-friendly fabrics. Painted brick and a wood-paneled ceiling in the screen porch add casual texture to the space. The Smiths’ Southern hospitality combined with the home’s Southern charm insureS a good time for all guests.

came from an old Mississippi church were used in the hearth room. “The old wood really gives the house warmth and character,” says C.K. Chunky wood beams highlight the high ceilings in both the hearth and pool rooms. Natural wood planks were also used in the ceiling of the screen porch, providing a textural juxtaposition to the painted brick walls and stone floors.  

“It’s hard to believe we have lived in this home for more than six years and it’s still a perfect fit for our family,” says Morgan. “I’m so thankful we decided to give it a ‘rebirth’ of sorts instead of tearing the whole thing down and starting over.” Truly, this Germantown gem deserves a standing The generous use of wood, old brick and ovation for its enduring performance. natural stone gives the Smith home the look of a well-worn classic. Tom Green, owner of Old Mississippi Brick Co. in Collierville, With a welcoming screen porch and a generous found reclaimed lumber for the flooring and patio around the pool and jacuzzi, the home ceiling beams. Wide heart of pine planks that July 2012 • | 55



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Now as we fast forward through the other trends, we find ourselves in the technology era when bringing amenities into our outdoor environments. The irrigation component has made tremendous improvements in monitoring the specific needs of plantings. These advances help preserve water resources while providing adequate irrigation for plants and turf outdoor investments. Pools have also seen tremendous improvements in technology and equipment Once referred to as “nurserymen” or “horticulturists,” those who efficiency and are now both user and environmentally friendly. specialize in outdoor spaces now had a much larger role to play with the beginning of the marketing of the industry in general. With these advancements, customer service and quality of products have translated into industry standards. Renovations of aging Landscape professionals remained hard at work as the trend later shifted to seasonal and perennial color plantings. The need for landscapes and outdoor features are extremely popular lately. Homes irrigation and maintenance to maintain these landscape projects situated on lots with more mature plants and trees are now highly grew exponentially. sought-after. The homeowner’s concept of outdoor living spaces has changed tremendously over the past few decades. During the 1980’s, outdoor projects became elaborate, often including more advanced backyard ideas and amenities. Features such as decks and other outdoor structures began popping up, along with sweeping beds with mass plantings of many varieties of plants and trees.

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From left to right: Scott Fuelling, Mike Omar, Michael Hatcher

One of the hottest trends in outdoor living areas has been the use of container gardens. The right combination of urns, pots and baskets can really make a living area pop. The addition of some big glazed pots with winter hearty pindo palms and lantana will actually provide a big impact with a small budget. Popular colors this season include bright shades such as jade greens, cobalt blues and even a jet glossy black. Mixtures of urns and pots as architectural elements without plants also provide interest in lonely corners or focal points. A common mistake is the use of containers in front of a home that are too small and provide very little curb appeal. The front door should be just as inviting from the street as the backyard. A current hot trend is to find a perfectly shaped urn and turn it into a low-maintenance water feature. This is done by drilling a hole in it and then hooking up a specialty pipe, then attaching a pump. Set it on a pond reservoir and it becomes a beautiful, unique garden centerpiece. Now is a great time to consider electronic additions that will make your pool parties and barbeques even more enjoyable. There are many products available such as outdoor and wireless speakers and hot tub automation that will add further emjoyment of your home’s outdoor areas. Once you have identified and selected the technology items that are right for your wants, needs and budget, consult a reputable residential integration firm to apply the technology and train you on the final functionality. Whether they are seeking to renovate an outdoor space or planning landscaping on new construction, homeowners should consider several factors including experience and understanding of trends when selecting a landscape or technology professional. This will help make their home’s surrounding property a true oasis. July 2012 • | 61


Outdoor Living

our favorite items for entertaining and relaxing outside with your family this summer Wireless Grilling Remote Thermometer Williams Sonoma, $60

Wood-Slate Storage Bench West Elm, $279

Garden Treasures Chiminea $129

Outdoor 54� W 500 Series Gas Grill Viking, $7,800

Tenbrook Extruded Aluminum Patio Chaise Lounge Allen + Roth, $170

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Storage Buffet Box $699-$799

The 1,000 Degree Fahrenheit Wood Fire Grill Hammacher Schlemmer, $200

Allergy Nasal Spray Xlear, $6.99-$13.49

Peacock Pillow in Outdoor Fabric Elaine Smith, $123 Brewer’s Pool & Landscaping

Glass and Iron Outdoor Table Lantern and LED Pillar Candles Plow & Hearth, $50

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Pet Talk with Harrison Forbes, Celebrity Pet Expert

Keeping Your Pet Cool and Safe this Summer

As summer weather can be especially dehydrating, make sure your pet has fresh, clean and cool water in the shade; don’t fill up a dark bowl and leave it in the sun — that water can be scorching hot by afternoon. An open, shaded area with air flow is best for your canine friend: a doghouse sitting in a yard can get very Be sure to brush out the remainder of the hot with stagnant air, so try to provide your winter coat, as many dogs may still have pets open shade where the breeze can flow. that extra fur from winter that needs to be eliminated immediately. Also, NEVER park Summer tip: A little trick I like to call “Poor with your pets in the car and leave them Man’s AC” is to take two plastic two-liter soda unattended! A car can heat up to over 120 bottles, fill them with water and freeze. In degrees in less than 10 minutes in the hot sun. Remember that pets can’t sweat like people do the morning, take one out and put it in the so they can overheat even more quickly than doghouse or shaded lounging area — it will stay cold all day! The dog can lie up against it, humans. or in an insulated dog house, it can bring the Limit strenuous exercise for older and short- temperature down 25 degrees for hours. Each nosed dogs, and remember that asphalt can morning, exchange the frozen bottle out for a heat to over 150 degrees in direct sun, hot fresh one. enough to burn a dog’s pads. Most people don’t realize that pets CAN get sunburned; All in all, just use common sense this season light-colored fur and short haircuts can leave a and keep your pets cool and unstressed for a dog’s tender skin exposed. fantastic summer! Summer is here with a hot blast to all of us in the South! Just as it is a shock to our systems, it’s the same for our beloved pets. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a major problem in Tennessee, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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2012 Renovation & Design

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Generations of Excellence Limestone millwork – If you know what you’re looking for, it’s all over Memphis. Downtown to East Memphis, on institutional buildings, churches, office buildings and homes. This is evidence of 106 years of production by Christie Cut Stone Company.


rom 1906 with Alex Christie to Fred Christie in 1943 to Bond Christie in 1984 to Andrew and Michael Christie in 2012 Christie Cut Stone has maintained an integrity that goes hand in hand with a family business. Christie's most notable work is at Rhodes College of Memphis. A relationship that Fred Christie began in the early 60’s continues today as Rhodes College finishes additions to the West Village and the Refectory this month. “These two jobs have progressed about as smoothly as any limestone job could, thanks to estimator and draftsman Andy Mastin,” says Bond Christie. Our ability to visit the job and alter our fabrication plans to help the contractor is invaluable. Presently, Christie Cut Stone is working on restoration and additions to Ozark Hall at 68 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

the University of Arkansas. Project manager Nathan Craft will have his hands full when this job hits full swing, overseeing work on site as well as in the plant.

allowed Christie to expand their market area to include jobs as far away as Aspen, CO, and Ventura, CA. “Jobs in resort areas are fun to talk about but the work we do in Memphis is definitely the most rewarding,” says Bond The company's first 100 years were dedicated Christie. primarily to limestone fabrication. However, Christie has now expanded its product line Today’s environmental concerns are also to include more than 60 different stones, concerns for the limestone industry as a both domestic and imported, as well as sand, whole and the industry has been working cement, concrete pavers and many other with the Natural Stone Council to establish masonry-related products. These new lines can a sustainable path for green production of be seen at the outdoor show room located at limestone millwork. So even though Christie 10455 Highway 64 in Arlington. Cut Stone has a long and interesting past, it’s the future that looks brightest. With Bo In 2008 Christie Cut Stone moved from and Everhett Christie, sons of Andrew and midtown Memphis to a new facility in Michael, the fifth generation of Christie Cut Gallaway. This new facility houses the latest Stone is already in place. technology and is home to the skilled artisans who were always present at Christie. The production capability of the new mill has


Dedicated to Our “Dad”


or more than 30 years, Southaven Supply has been Desoto County's local, family owned and operated hardware store. We offer our customers an extensive inventory without sacrificing customer service. Our goal has always been to deliver the best products at the best price and to make a friend in the process. Southaven Supply was founded in 1979 by our parents Butch and Mary Morehead under the name Olive Branch Building Supply. The small hardware store moved several times over the next few years before opening the current location at 8560 Highway 51.

family“they have big ideas, and they go after anything a homeowner could possibleyneed or want for repairing or updating their home. them,” she is very proud of all of us. One can find thousands of different cabinet It was our family’s “big ideas” that lead us to knobs, door knobs and plumbing fixtures. purchase the adjacent building and expand At Southaven Supply, we also have budgetinto product niches that were in high demand friendly options, mid-grade and higher end to better serve our customers. Now we have pieces. These price tiers for each type of three unique buildings. Our family business product make it easy for the customer to go has expanded to include The Outhouse, right to what they need. which offers hundreds of different furniture vanities, mirrors, kitchen sinks, light fixtures, When you do business with Southaven Supply, accessories, and furniture, as well as copper, you are part of our family. We pride ourselves glass and stone vessels. It has been open for on good value for our customers and the huge four years. Open for twice that time, Jewelry selection of inventory. Southaven Supply is a for Your Home has an excellent selection of unique blend of stores where you will always home furnishings, purses, home decor, and find something different and unusual. even a "discount room" for our customers' convenience.

Our parents passed their business on to our family; Kerry Loosier, Toni Haney and Craig Morehead. We are now part owners and managers of our parents' shop. We are the We are always happy to see familiar faces in the third generation of the family to work at the aisles of our stores. Our Southaven Supply staff store. “Mom” still works at the store with all is proud to offer one of the biggest selections of of us and one grandchild. Mom says of the nuts and bolts in the area. We sell just about

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Staying Bug-free This Season


uzzzzzz WHACK!!! Oh, that dreaded one-two punch heard throughout our part of the country from March to November and sometimes beyond. It's the sound of an irritating mosquito meeting its demise. Well, there's a way to control that blasted little bloodsucker. It's called BuzzFREE Mosquito control. BuzzFREE has been servicing the Memphis area since 2004. It has grown from a small idea into a wonderful way to take back your yard from mosquitoes and other flying insects as well as ticks and fleas. Anybody who uses the yard for gardening, playing with the kids, enjoying the swimming pool, cooking out or any other outdoor activity should know about BuzzFREE.

the virus was initially detected on May 8th. The Many Mid-Southerners will agree that our earliest it has ever been found in the county. BuzzFREE products and services completed their outdoor investments – by protecting their Nothing can be more frustrating than investing time spent enjoying them. Join them today. in a pool, outdoor kitchen, spacious deck or Don't spend another summer getting chased cozy covered arbor, just to be driven inside after back inside. Just see what Stan Evans, a satisfied fighting the mosquitoes for half an hour. Let the BuzzFREE client has to say. "We have been professionals assist you in reclaiming your back- a BuzzFREE client for over three years now. yard paradise. BuzzFREE has added untold hours of enjoyment to our home and garden. I can't imagine owning BuzzFREE Mosquito provides a comprehensive a home in Memphis without BuzzFREE. You approach to fighting back against mosquitoes. have a great product and your customer service is From evaluating your property to applying highly terrific. Our entire experience from the initial sale effective 21-day barrier sprays; from thorough to the installation to the ongoing service has been "nine-point" inspections on every service call to truly outstanding." installing and maintaining our flagship product – our automatic misting system, we believe in BuzzFREE Mosquito welcomes you to look cultivating a relationship with our customers that into our company. We take pride in our work will continue to defend their backyards for years to and are proud of our team of installers and come. technicians.

This year, especially, it seems mosquitoes are even more voracious than usual. According to a recent television report in the Memphis area alone, the mosquito-borne virus that causes West And our product isn't just talk. We guarantee At BuzzFREE our motto is: It's your yard. Nile Disease has now been detected in seven that our system will help you reclaim your Enjoy it! Shelby County Zip codes. Health Department backyard to your satisfaction... or your coordinator Heather Burton Reynolds said that money back. 70 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012



Timeless Treasure

Heydar’s love and passion for hand-woven oriental rugs has been his life's work. He uses his experience to assist customers in selecting the perfect rug and teaches the customer about care and upkeep. “An oriental rug is a work of art,” says Heydar "and deserves the care and attention one would give to any fine Heavenly Rugs was founded in 2007 by possession." Heydar Omrani. He fell in love with his wife here in Memphis and decided to make this his Regular maintenance of any rug is necessary. home. Heydar comes from a long-running A good quality pad under an oriental rug can family tradition of rug weaving. His mother keep it from moving and will support the rug, and grandmother are both master weavers, and which will double the rug’s lifespan. Never leave many of his family members still weave the a rug wet or store in humid, damp or poorlyfinest Persian rugs. ventilated rooms. Mildew can create an odor, discolor fabrics and weaken the fabric, causing The fine-quality rugs sold at Heavenly Rugs are hand selected by Heydar himself. He has it to rot. Rotate rugs in any area frequently to an experienced eye for detail and knowledge ensure even wear. As a general rule, vacuum of rugs. Each beautiful piece is imported with low-level suction and if possible only use a from India, Pakistan or Turkey. Heavenly broom on the fringe. Before you vacuum, run Rugs stands proudly behind each and every your hand across the pile from fringe to fringe rug. They are happy to assist their customers to determine the nap. Never vacuum against in finding that “special” rug for their home or the nap of the rug. office. Heavenly Rugs’ customer base is not limited to Germantown, Collierville and East Hand-woven rugs can be a timeless treasure Memphis. They serve customers in other cities enjoyed by many generations. Oriental rugs and also sell wholesale to dealers, decorators can survive centuries in good condition. Heavenly Rugs provides excellent services and designers, both locally and abroad. he story of Heavenly Rugs is one of tradition, dreams fulfilled and passion for a fine art. Family-owned and operated, Heavenly Rugs is known for their superb quality rugs and focus on customer satisfaction.

to their customers to keep the rugs in top condition. Such services include professional cleaning, repair and restoration. Pet accidents may cause permanent damage to the wool fiber or dye, especially if left untreated, although with a handmade rug, the beauty of it is that when damage happens, it can be repaired. Heavenly Rugs offers designer services, appraisals and runner installation for stairways. Heydar keeps a list of talented local designers whom he recommends to customers to help them meet their needs and budgets. Heavenly Rugs also has a trade policy; will accommodate clients who wish to change or update rugs. Heydar is involved in every project at Heavenly Rugs and prides himself on his personal attention to detail. For more information about Heavenly Rugs, please visit the website:

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Chestnut Hall, a mid-south tradition

ront porches are a Southern tradition, with pale blue ceilings thought to keep critters away, and long, grand colonnades. Passing through the long, bluecapped porch of Chestnut Hall begins another Southern tradition. For 23 years, Chestnut Hall has created a brand out of family values, old-fashioned customer service, and quality home furnishings to match. Upon entering the showroom, Chestnut Hall customers often remark on the cheerful elegance the store is known for. Color has always been a passion and a specialty at Chestnut Hall, applied in both casual and formal settings. Bright and bold, or serene and subdued, Chestnut Hall designers employ a sophisticated use of color to create the look and feel each customer desires.

design of an entire house, or something as simple as finding the perfect accessory to add the finishing touch. Services include drawing rooms to scale, furniture selection and arrangements, consultation on space planning, color, flooring and finishes, and design and fabrication of custom upholstery, window treatments, and bedding. Chestnut Hall designers also have expertise in styling accessories, and selecting art and rugs. Customers have access to a wide variety of furniture, fabrics and accessory lines, providing design solutions for most style preferences, ranging from Old World to Traditional, Transitional and Modern. Lines include Henredon, Henkel Harris, Hickory White, Hancock & Moore, Lillian August, MaitlandSmith, Pearson, Taylor King, Theodore Alexander, and many, many more.

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United States. Touring American factories, the Chestnut Hall team’s excitement for Americanmade has been reinforced, with firsthand assurance that great quality comes from right here at home. The store proudly tags each American-made item on the showroom floor with a special American flag tag, which also tells the town where the piece was manufactured. Another unique tradition at Chestnut Hall is its rustic section, At The Cabin, the premier source for rustic furniture in the region. At The Cabin specializes in current day interpretations of the Great Camp Style and High Mountain Lodge, combining both with elements of nostalgia. At The Cabin aggressively pursues the country for artisans, craftsmen and small companies who make authentic items, often by hand, almost always the old-fashioned way, and they are offered to customers at realistic prices.


Hardscapes, Landscapes, and Pools


ometimes remodeling property can be a hassle... but not for me, Rocky Wisley. I am the owner of Serenity Hardscapes, a company specializing in hardscape design and building. We serve Memphis and the surrounding areas, including: Arlington, Collierville, Lakeland, Bartlett, Germantown, Oakland, Northern MS, Oxford, MS, and Eastern AR. We pride ourselves on quality work and great customer service. We add curb appeal to create your backyard retreat. Our teams at Serenity Hardscapes are professional designers who will interpret your tastes and needs, translating them into workable solutions. We offer a full range of services, including gunite pools, natural stone work, covered patios, arbors, stamped concrete, washed concrete, Ddecorative scoring, retaining walls, pavers, drainage systems, koi ponds, water features, fireplaces, fire pits, seating walls, fences, decks, outdoor kitchens, irrigation systems, landscape lighting, and more.

Whether your driveway or patio is cracked, or you are selling your property, or installing one of our gunite pools, Serenity Hardscapes can help you solve your issues. When your property needs a facelift, we have a great solution, hardscapes... landscape you never have to mow, grow or water.

After your project is complete, Serenity Hardscapes offers our customers a wide range of services to help you maintain your new space. For those with in-ground swimming pools, we offer many pool services and weekly maintenance programs. We service and install pool pumps, filters, cleaners, heaters, safety covers, salt generators, liner replacements, pool lights, Jandy computer controls, and eenovations of wxisting gunite pools – including all concrete decks, replaster, tile, and coping. We also provide drain and clean, pool openings, and pool closings.

We offer the latest in features, affordability and design. We maintain the highest standards of quality and workmanship in all of our projects. The possibilities are endless. It is our goal to help you create the space you have always imagined. Whether it is a decorative entryway, a cozy patio, or an outdoor entertaining area, We have a motto at Serenity Hardscapes: “Your project is more than a job, it’s a friendship!” we will create the space of your dreams. We are a company built on quality, allowing Serenity Hardscapes will only construct a few your project to be handled with extreme care projects at a time to ensure that each individual from start to finish. From me and all of us project will be completed in a timely manner at Serenity Hardscapes; your property will be with the highest quality in craftsmanship. I respected and cared for as if it is our own. Let am personally involved with each project from us show you what we can do. Come be part of the design to the construction, making sure the Serenity Family. that each project goes smoothly and that every detail is correct. July 2012 • | 73


'Ruby Slippers' is a new dwarf form of oakleaf hydrangea Photography courtesy of Sandy Reed

The Queen of Summer text by ANDY PULTE

A Tennessee garden would be incomplete without at least one hydrangea. Unfortunately these ladies of summer have received a hard-togrow reputation. However, if you pick the right hydrangea and put it in the right spot there is no reason you shouldn’t be successful. Take a look at these different types of hydrangeas and pick the ones that are best suited to your home landscape.

shade is required in most cases to maintain healthy plants. Best bloom often occurs on plants that get some sun in the morning. Mophead hydrangeas develop their flower buds in late summer or early fall. Gardeners who hard prune their plants during winter often unknowingly remove their spring show of flowers.

grow under the canopy of large trees where moisture is adequate. You can grow this plant in a sunny spot but not without supplemental irrigation. Smooth hydrangea blooms with current season’s growth and can be rejuvenated yearly by cutting plants back to around 10 inches. Selections: Annabelle has become such a

Selections: If you are a first timer who wants to standard cultivar that it has become a common Mopheads (Hydrangea macrophylla)

add one of these hydrangeas to your landscape, look for specific cultivars like Endless Summer, Mophead kind of sounds like a bad high David Ramsey, Decatur Blue, Oak Hill and school nickname, but they are the most Penny Mac, all of which are repeat bloomers. popular and iconic hydrangeas grown. Orbs of blue, pink and white are a true delight in Smooth (Hydrangea arborescens) the summer garden. Unfortunately, this plant’s spring show in Tennessee each year can be a bit Not just one of the best native hydrangeas, of a gamble as late frosts often reduce the size one of the best native plants period, smooth and quality of blooms. hydrangea grows wild as an understory plant in all but a handful of counties in Tennessee. Keys to Success: It is a common misconception that this plant needs to be Keys to Success: Take a cue from what you grown in full, deep shade. However, afternoon see in the wild. Smooth hydrangea likes to 74 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

name of this plant. The standard color of this hydrangea is white, but a few new pink cultivars have exploded onto the market (Invincibelle® Spirit or Bella Anna®). Also, look for improved white selections like White Dome, Ryan Gainey and Incrediball®. Panicle (Hydrangea paniculata)

If you like hydrangeas but you have a sunfilled yard panicle hydrangea is a great choice. Historically a huge, cumbersome shrub, new selections more suited to the residential landscape have increased its popularity substantially.

Mophead type hydrangeas continue to be one of the most popular plants for gardeners of all generations Photography Courtesy of Andy Pulte

Keys to Success: This is one of the most tolerant hydrangea types for any home landscape. Plant in sun to partial shade. Prune after spring flush to encourage slightly later, more abundant flowers. Selections: There are hundreds of cultivars but only a handful are readily available. If you are looking for a smaller selection choose Little Lime™ or Bobo™.

Oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia) Once this plant leaves the pot and finds a home in your landscape, it is nearly trouble free. Oakleaf hydrangea has been documented in the wild in about 15 counties in Tennessee, but it’s happy to live practically anywhere. Keys to Success: Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Afternoon shade reduces stress on plants. Mulch will help protect shallow roots and aid in providing somewhat constant moisture. Selections: There are many old standby cultivars. Alice and Snow Queen™ are beautiful full-size plants. If you need a smaller selection, look for Pee Wee, Ruby Slippers or Munchkin. July 2012 • | 75


In bloom: Plant of the Month: Snapdragon text by beth willis trials coordinator for the ut gardens, knoxville

Angelonia, commonly known as summer snapdragon, is a fantastic choice for your garden. This colorful bedding plant is covered with dramatic spikes of orchid-like blooms from early summer through the fall. Individual flowers may be as large as one inch across, with numerous blooms on each stem. Different varieties offer shades of purple, blue, pink and white; some are even bi-colored. Most will grow a foot or two tall and wide during the season. The most commonly available varieties are cultivars of A. angustifolia, which has been extensively hybridized. The scientific name refers to a 76 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

characteristic of the dark-green, glossy foliage, which is thin and needle-like. Not to be confused with true snapdragons, which wilt as summer temperatures climb, Angelonias thrive in the heat and perform best in fullsun locations. Site them in average, well-drained soil. Once established, they are fairly drought tolerant. Native to South America, they are perennial in warmer climates (Zones 8-11), but we grow them as annuals here in Tennessee. They can be propagated by tip cuttings or by seed.

Angelonias are low-maintenance plants. They require no deadheading, although they will quickly become bushier if occasionally cut back. They have no significant problems with insects or diseases. They work well in containers as well as in the landscape, and even make wonderful cut flowers, often lasting 10 days or more. A number of Angelonia cultivars are available commercially, and we’ve had the pleasure of growing many of them at the UT Gardens. The ‘Serena’ series from PanAmerican is somewhat unique in that it can be grown from seed, and it is slightly more compact than other varieties. Proven Winners offers the Angelface® series, which has been bred for flower performance and for its upright, branching growth habit. The Sungelonia™ series from Suntory Flowers is very uniform and compact, while the Archangel™ series from Ball Horticultural Company boasts larger than average blooms on well-branched plants. Regardless of the cultivar, summer snapdragon can be a colorful addition to any landscape. Make plans to see the colorful displays and ornamental plantings in Jackson at the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center during the center’s annual Summer Celebration on July 12. Nearly 3,000 gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend this combination indoor/outdoor program. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 17 and under. For more information, visit the website: and click on the link for the Summer Celebration. Beth Willis is the trials coordinator for the UT Gardens, Knoxville. The University of Tennessee Gardens located in Knoxville and Jackson are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Their mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, collections, educational programs and research trials. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. See and for more information.

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Summertime Kids Bash Super heroes save the day with this dynamite birthday party! TEXT BY MICHELLE HOPE | PHOTOGRAPHY ANNABELLA CHARLES

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What better way to celebrate a dynamic duo's • A good party is only as good as the • "Metropolis Wonder Dogs" Superman-style hot dog station birthday in the summer than an outdoor bash pack your bash with lots of fun excitement to keep everyone moving! with all their favorite super heroes? The Cake: The menu alone was a thriller, not to mention • Go the extra mile — the effort won’t be all the fun decorations and activities for the wasted! It's the little details that make a party Oh My Ganache Bakery created the threekids. Each table was themed after a different memorable, so putting some elbow grease and tiered birthday cake with each layer representing super hero: Captain America, Batman, Thor, creativity into the decor and favors will keep a super hero. The cake was placed on a dessert station lined with a DIY cityscape backdrop. Superman and Spiderman. The tables featured everyone talking long after the fun is over. Bedazzle My Bon Bons in red and green were centerpieces of balloons with super hero themes. stacked in a pyramid and the fun DIY favors Kids Theme Party Menu: (super suckers!) completed the look. The front of the house was encased in a giant web embellished with conversation bubbles • "The Super Hero" Six-foot subs (Italian cappicola, ham and Entertainment: that read "Pow" and "Bam." Lots of vintage provolone; turkey and provolone; and roast comic books were used in the decor. beef served w/ Ziparo's Italian Dipping • Giant bounce slide Sauce) • DIY photo booth (decorated to resemble a The kids had a blast running around dressed Superman phone booth) to save the world! The older “heroes” were • "Captain's Rations" • Super hero face painting Tequila Lime Chicken Wings just as happy with the mighty munchies and • “Quicksand pit” filled with goodies grown-up beverages. • “Holy Guacamole” Some quick tips to make your party just as Guacamole cups with chips super:

• “Super Power Buffet” Grapes, cheese puffs, peanut butter pretzels, • Always keep your guests in mind first and chips and mixed nuts — all served in different foremost – it’s nice to have food for the little super hero containers. (Each different super ones along with the more adult-friendly options. food gives you the super power of the hero!) 86 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012



Going on a beach vacation with your entire family is like giving birth a second time: you only vaguely remember the pain from the last time so you decide to go through with it again. This time it will go better. You hope.


The problem with cooking in a rented beach place is that no matter how many different houses you try, the same bad, outdated kitchen equipment turns up. This always makes me wonder if people who own second homes have come to afford them by shopping exclusively at yard sales. As lovely as many of the homes are, it is as dependable as white on rice that the skillet coating will be flaking off, the knives won’t cut hot butter and the pans will be as warped as a wet boards. I suppose the thought is that nicer cooking equipment might go home with a renter, but then so might the flat-screen television. We make do; sometimes I even remember to pack my black skillet and a few sharp knives.

My family is all about the extended family-alltogether beach trip. On my side this means 14 people (six children and eight grown-ups), four large SUVs, 11 bicycles and 28 flip-flops kicked off by the front porch door. We venture out for nothing more strenuous than a stroll on the beach or oyster shucking at Nances; even the youngest child is a capable shucker although he couldn’t care less about eating. Most late afternoons, though, you’ll find us lolling about on the front porch reeking of sunscreen and One of the best things about the large family bug spray while holding sweating cocktail beach trip is that most nights the men love to glasses debating the topic of what might be cook. This is not typical of our family dynamics for holidays or local get-togethers, although good to eat tonight.

they all love grilling, especially my brotherin-law who owns (and uses) four grills. With beers flowing they commandeer the kitchen, happily mixing, chopping and prepping while discussing the merits of various mustards and trying to come up with a type of food that would not taste better with bacon. They can keep this up for hours or until the dinner is ready, whichever comes first. After all these years, they still haven’t come up with a pairing that clashes with bacon. A family favorite beach recipe my husband, Paul, created is so popular that it is asked for every single night we are beachfront porch dining, ensuring we all get enough grease for the week; it’s basically bacon wrapped around cheese. But then, after all, we are on vacation.



•16 slices of bacon, cut in half •8 fresh jalapeños, capped; each sliced longways into four slices •1 pound block hot pepper jack cheese, cut into 32 slices •1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained •32 long bamboo skewers Directions: 1. Cut tops off of jalapeño peppers; slice in half lengthwise and remove most seeds (the more seeds you leave the hotter the pepper will taste). Slice the halves crosswise, so that you have four slices per pepper. 2. Cut cheese into 32 equal size pieces. 3. Place a piece of cheese onto a jalapeño slice. Top with a slice of chestnut. Wrap tightly with bacon and secure with a skewer. 4. Grill over medium heat turning often until the bacon is cooked, 7-10 minutes.

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Just like the imaginary Kingdom of Sweet Adventure in the old Candyland game, Signal Mountain offers visitors many charming experiences. Located minutes away from downtown Chattanooga, this quiet suburb holds a delightful array of sweet treats for those willing to make the winding journey up Highway 127.

Take the first left off the main road, just before the town’s one and only traffic light, and you’ll discover the almost-famous Signal Mountain Cookie Lady. Known for her whimsically decorated and delicious cookies, the shop’s owner, Sandi Benson, has established quite a reputation on and off the mountain. What started out as a hobby for this one-time dental assistant is now a full-time business. “I loved baking as far back as I can remember,” says Sandi. At her mother’s side she learned the basics of the art, but it was her creativity that helped her launch a successful business. “Everyone who received my cookies as a gift would always say ‘you should go into business!’” So, in 2005 at the urging of friends and family, Sandi set up shop. Since opening, her business has exploded. With over 1,400 cookie cutters in her collection, there isn’t an occasion for which Sandi cannot create a specialty treat. Each soft sugar cookie is artistically presented in its own cello bag and tied with a satin ribbon. In addition to the signature sugar cookie, the shop also offers cupcakes, cookies custom imprinted with company logos by using a special sugarbased ink and pizza cookies.

Featuring espresso and gourmet coffee drinks, 35 flavors of Italian sodas and milkshakes, and Mayfield Dairy soft-serve ice cream, Xpressomart is reminiscent of an old-time soda shop. Using their own proprietary roast, known as Xtreeme Beans, Xpresso has established quite a reputation for a great cup of coffee. Their most popular drink is the Frozen Joe, a combination of a freshly made espresso and ice cream. “We wanted to be the place to stop by for a quick cafe latte to go, or the place to sit down and enjoy an ice cream cone with the kids,” says Laura Stites.

the opening of The Bread Basket. “We had just moved to Signal Mountain and were still unpacking our boxes when a neighbor brought over a loaf of bread,” says Anson Hyde, owner and son of the founding owners Marie and Charlie Hyde. “Our family devoured it! We had to have the recipe.” Today, The Bread Basket is known far and wide, not only for its sourdough bread, but for its large array of muffins, cakes, cookies and bars, which they ship in gift baskets all over the country. Sellout favorites include the sourdough white and wheat loaves, as well as signature items like Cream Cheese Muffins, Five Flavor Pound Farther down Highway 127 is a popular spot Cake, Black Magic Cake and the ever-popular where locals love the daily lunch and take-out May Day Cookies. specials as well as the fabulous desserts. The Southern Star took shape from the shared vision Hours of operation vary by store. of Rick and Nancy Adams for a restaurant coupling tasteful, fresh-daily dishes with an • The Signal Mountain Cookie Lady emphasis on Southern flavor and hospitality. 715 Mississippi Ave. (1 block off Hwy. The couple opened the eatery in the Signal 127) Plaza Shopping Center in 2007 in addition 423.886.4037 to the downtown Chattanooga Southern Star location they had operated for several years • Xpressomart - 816 Ridgeway Ave. prior. Their freshly baked cookies and cakes are (Hwy. 127) divine, but the rich banana pudding is heaven423.886.7700 sent and available every day. Nancy says her memories of growing up in South Georgia • Southern Star - 1238 Taft Hwy. inspired many of the cafe’s menu items. “Like Signal Plaza (Hwy. 127) my grandmother, I try to use things in season,” 423.886.7004 she says. • The Bread Basket - 2116 Taft Hwy. It was the kindness of a neighbor offering (Hwy.127) 423.886.7771 a fresh loaf of sourdough bread that inspired July 2012 • | 89

chef ’s corner




It is with great anticipation every summer that I await the perfectly ripe peach. Yes, I get excited over peaches; it is okay to admit it! While I’m tempted to try one of the early imposters on the shelf at the store, I exercise some self-discipline and hold out for the magic. You bite into that little darling and it is all you can do to keep the ridiculously sweet juice in your mouth. Over the years we have paired them with prosciutto, daikon sprouts, shaved reggiano and basil drizzle. We have chopped them up and made fresh summer salsa with cracked almonds, fennel, roasted red peppers, champagne vinegar and olive oil or simply


chili lime-spiced, lightly grilled and tossed with artisanal greens for a refreshing salad. As always, sourcing great product is 90 percent of a perfect meal, so hit up the local markets, and don’t be afraid to ask for a taste or sample. Most folks are happy to provide a “teaser” to close the deal. Tennessee summers are full of what appear to be small pleasures until you take a moment to embrace them. From fireflies to sunsets to watermelon, corn or a delicious peach, allow yourself to experience the magic if only for a moment. Enjoy. EAT WELL & BE WELL – CP METHOD OF PREPARATION: FOR THE PORK

Peel the silver skin off the tenderloins and marinate or use a dry rub for a few hours. This is an area to be creative. You can simply chop some herbs, mix them with vegetable oil and marinate or add some of your favorite grilling spice. After the pork has marinated for a couple of hours, brush off the excess rub or marinade (whichever you choose), and place tenderloins on an outdoor grill on medium heat. Slow cook the pork until it is to your liking — we suggest cooking it to medium plus. (Allow pork to rest a few minutes before cutting.) FOR THE PEACH SALAD


2 pork tenderloins PEACH SALAD

4 peaches, cut in half 1 head of radicchio ½ cup toasted pistachios ¼ cup small pieces of basil (scissors work well) Olive oil ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley Juice of 1 lemon CHERRY GASTRIQUE SAUCE

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Lightly oil the peach halves and give them a quick sear over high heat on an outdoor grill or in a non-stick pan. The idea is to caramelize a bit of the natural sugar without cooking the peach. It must remain crisp, not mushy. Cut the peach halves in half (again). Toss the peaches with the herbs, oil, pistachios, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Slice the radicchio very thin and toss everything together. FOR THE GASTRIQUE

Combine all the listed ingredients in a sauce pot and reduce to a syrup consistency. Place in a blender and puree until very smooth. TO SERVE

With a pastry brush “paint” a heavy line of cherry sauce across the plate. Place a small amount of the peach salad in the center of the plate. Slice the pork into one-inch medallions and place three slices on top of the salad.


the banker next door TEXT BY Jim rout, president and CEO, Bank Tennessee

customizing solutions for their customers and their businesses. They take pride in finding ways to say yes. According to the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), community banks are prolific small business lenders, providing a substantial number of small business loans across the country, including Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Despite challenging economic times community banks under $10 billion in assets provide nearly 60 percent of small business loans between $100,000 and $1 million. By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an integral part of our nation’s financial system. Representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing nearly 300,000 Americans, ICBA member institutions hold more than $1.2 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits and nearly $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.

It’s important to feel good about who you trust with your finances. You want to do business with people you know, and who truly care about you. When deciding which bank to chose, include community banks in your options. Community bankers are typically deeply involved and committed to making their local communities a better place to live by leading and serving various civic, school and charitable organizations. They are also often lifelong residents of the local area and might even be your next-door neighbor.

Even though they might be small in asset size, most community banks are sophisticated in the personal and business services they offer. These include online banking, Internet bill payment, mobile banking, treasury management and remote deposit capture. Most also offer free Unlike the business model of some other checking, a product sometimes not found at banks, community banks go the extra mile in larger institutions.

Jim Rout is President and Chief Executive Officer of BankTennessee. BankTennessee has offices in Memphis, Germantown, Ripley and Middle Tennessee.

Caring is the foundation of community banking. It’s the opposite of words like careless, indifferent and business as usual. Caring builds trust. It’s a reason to work in the first place. It is treating everyone as a friend. Caring is the foundation of the community bank. Personally caring about the needs of local families and businesses defines a community bank. Community banks embody the American spirit of Main Street. Many have been in business for more than 100 years, and some are still family owned and operated. Because they are small businesses, community banks naturally understand and care for the needs of other local small business owners and focus their lending on them. Whether located in rural areas, suburbs or urban neighborhoods, community banks help build towns and cities by putting local deposit dollars to work funding small businesses and helping families purchase homes, acquire necessities and build financial security. Community banks desire to nurture their communities and provide a source of financing that is accessible, available and tailored to customers and the area in which they reside.

The real way strong communities are built is through the care that is extended to others. Community banks were founded and thrive on the business of caring, and, as a result, they continue to grow. Overall, caring should be a core value for all businesses and individuals, not just the financial world. As this happens, the world will be a better place.

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June 30-July 1 18th Century Independence Celebration & Muster Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton 423.543.5808

MON 2 July 2-4 Fireman’s Fourth Festival Courthouse Mall, Huntsville


Pops on the River Coolidge Park, Chattanooga 423.265.0771


July 3-4 Freedom Festival Drakes Creek Park, Hendersonville 615.230.8474


8 9 10 11 12 Spirit of SRVS Kickoff and Benefit Performance of Xanadu Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 931.726.4656

Poor Boys Classic Chevy Club Open Car Show Waverly Central High School 931.582.3038

15 16 17 18 19 July 13-15 35th Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro 615.893.2369

July 18-21 Singing Echoes Annual Blue Springs Valley Singing Blue Springs Valley, South Cleveland 423.472.2421

July 16-21 Anderson County Fair Clinton 800.524.3601

July 19-28 74th Annual Overton County Fair Overton County Fairgrounds, Livingston 800.876.7393

22 23 24 25 26 Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 901.525.3000


July 23-27 34th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Grand Championship Walking Horse Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro 615.494.8822


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July 20-29 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Gatlinburg Convention Center 800.568.4748


July 26-28 Quiltfest Historic Jonesborough 423.753.6644


Gaitlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

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Lauderdale County Tomato Festival Ripley City Park 731.635.9541


July 6-7 41st Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival

Downtown Smithville Public Square 615.597.8500

13 14 Psycho/The Shining Double Feature Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000

Casper – Family Matinee Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000


41st Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival

Ledisi B.G.T.Y. Tour with Special Guest Eric Benet The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 901.525.3000

20 21 The Princess Bride Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 901.525.3000

Tennessee Walking Horse Show Wiseman Park, Lynchburg 931.759.4111

27 28 Blazing Saddles – Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 901.525.3000

Downtown Ice Cream Social & Antique Car Show Paris Historic Town Square 731.653.7274


Downtown Ice Cream Social & Antique Car Show

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Tennessee walking horse: the shows of summer Text by kara campbell | photos courtesy of the tennessee department of tourism

For 74 years, in the heart of Tennessee’s rolling hills, people of all ages have gathered together to experience the pride of Bedford County at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville.

However, the festivities are not just limited to the city of Shelbyville. Only about 17 miles away, the Tennessee Walking Horse Show in Lynchburg is celebrating its eighth year on July 21.

This popular show has been a Tennessee tradition since it began in 1939 and this year is no exception. Friends, families and horse lovers will once again unite for 11 days starting Aug. 22 to take part in the annual extravaganza.

In addition to entertaining the public, the Tennessee Walking Horse Show in Lynchburg also benefits the 4-H Youth, rewarding them opportunities to earn scholarships thanks to local supporters including Billy Thomas.

Originally bred as a utility horse, the Tennessee Walking Horse is now known as a recreational mount due to its effortless ride and its gentle nature. Much like the peaceful Tennessee atmosphere that surrounds it, the calm temperament of the horse combined with naturally smooth and easy gaits insures the popularity of the Tennessee Walking Horse as the world's greatest show, trail and pleasure horse.

Billy and his brother Charles have been regular contributors to the show since its inception, Billy tells At Home. “We became involved in the Tennessee Walking Horse Show (Lynchburg) early on,” Thomas says. “We were the charters of this event for the purpose of generating funds for the 4-H Club.” Thomas says the horse show provides entertainment for everyone from infants to seniors and for only $5 anyone can enjoy the festivities. While watching as the horses are judged performing their gaits, spectators can The show site itself has grown into a enjoy a meal from the 4-H vendor or a tasty 100-plus-acre equestrian complex featuring a dessert made by Eastern Star ladies. 30,000-seat outdoor stadium and a 4,500-seat indoor stadium. From the night the event kicks If sweating it out in the stands doesn’t sound off until the day before Labor Day, audiences appealing, you might enjoy a trip down Main from around the country will fill these seats to Street Lynchburg to the Tennessee Walking watch over 2,000 horses vie for the show’s top Horse Museum instead. Located on the square prize, the title of World Grand Champion. in Lynchburg, this museum features exhibits on 94 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

nearly every aspect of the Tennessee Walking Horse and is the only institution devoted to preserving the history of the breed. Although the museum appeals to equine enthusiasts, the hands-on exhibits, interactive videos and rotating displays are perfect for keeping the kids entertained. Exhibits featuring registry, formation of the breed, foundation bloodlines and the World Grand Champions cater to both horse junkies and history buffs. Still can’t get enough? Another place to get your horse show fix for the summer is at the 34th Annual Pleasure and Colt International Grand Championship Horse Show in Murfreesboro this summer. This show has between 1,600 and 2,500 entries every year with a “Progressive Barn Party” where a homemade dish from every state participating is included. Regardless of whether you are looking for an exciting event for the whole family or just seeking a serene getaway for a few days, the state offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate and honor the elegance of the Tennessee Walking Horse.


RIPLEY TOMATO FESTIVAL Text by julia boudreau | photos courtesy of lauderdale chamber of commerce

For the residents of Lauderdale County, entertainment. Vendors will also be on site tomatoes are more than just a sandwich selling crafts, food and other items. topping. The town holds an annual festival celebrating the fruit and the area’s tomato The legionary Ripley tomatoes will be put to the test during the tomato tasting event on growing heritage every summer. Friday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the The event, planned this year for July 6-7, tomato-loving sportsman a pistol shoot at 7:30 will take place in Ripley City Park and in a.m. on Saturday, July 7, will be sure to get the other venues around downtown Ripley. The juices flowing. Lauderdale County Chamber and Economic and Community Development Office sponsor The celebration will continue into the night the festival, which features free admission and with main stage entertainment by Blind is open to the public. Approximately 5,000 Mississippi Morris on Thursday, July 5, a participants are expected to attend this year’s karaoke idol contest on Friday, July 6, and Party Planet rocking the house with the lead installment. singer from the band Kool and the Gang on Celebrating the tomato and the farmers Saturday, July 7. who grow it is a time-honored tradition in Lauderdale County with this year marking The Lauderdale Chamber has been planning the 29th anniversary of the event. “It (the the festivities for months. “The chamber works festival) gives us a chance to say thank you for with a group of volunteers to put together what you do for our county,” says Susan Todd, different activities; we started planning back in executive director of the Lauderdale Chamber early April to organize the festival,” Todd says. and Economic and Community Development. “We do what is called a tomato route that runs “The tomato festival is a kickoff to the tomato from the Ripley City Park and it continues to the newly renovated downtown court square.” season.”

farmers from Ripley produce many of the nation’s tomatoes. The region’s proximity to the Mississippi River makes the soil optimal for tomato growing, Todd says. About 25 tomato growers take advantage of these favorable conditions by living and working in Lauderdale County. The tomatoes they produce are known worldwide simply as Ripley tomatoes. “People will call us internationally for information on how they can get tomatoes shipped,” Todd says. One of those farmers, Mike Barham Jr., has been bestowed the title of 2012 Tomato Farmer of the Year. State officials will recognize Barham during the festival’s opening ceremonies. “It (the festival) is very special to us because it gives us an opportunity to honor our local farmers, and it pays tribute to what they do and what they grow,” Todd says. For more information on the festival call the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce at 731.635.9541.

Activities at this year’s festival include a 5K The festival pays homage to the many tomato run/walk, tomato tasting and main stage growers who live in the Ripley area. The July 2012 • | 95

sources 36 | Travel: Travel writer — Allison Tibaldi Allison lives in New York City, and has also lived in Italy, Australia, and Canada. She has been published in The New York Times, off Metro, Family Travel Forum and Mommy Poppins.

42 | At Home With: Special thanks to — Office of the Mayor, City of Knoxville

46 | Technology: Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment

50 | Home Feature: Photography — John Terry, Designer — Cindy McCord, Floral Arrangements — Paula DeClerk

58 | Design: Photography — Marc Burford Special thanks to — MorGreen Landscape & Nursery and Teton Stone Michael Hatcher and Associates Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment

84 | Entertaining: Event Planner/Designer — Michelle Hope, Social Butterflies LLC Rentals/Tent — Mahaffey Tent & Party Cake — Oh My Ganache Bakery, Collierville TN Bon Bons — Bedazzle My BonBons Caterer — Ziparos Photographer — Creation Studios, Donny Granger Face Painter — Jamie Young Paper Details/Favors — Natalie Chang Designs

94 | Roadtrip: Special thanks to — The Tennessee Dept. of Tourism

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Summertime Meal Inspiration TEXT BY SHANA RALEY-LUSK

For many families, the long, hot summer months often mean busy schedules and not a lot of time in the evening for meal planning and togetherness. If this sounds like your family, July’s books have some great solutions and tips to simplify summer dining and create a little more free time to enjoy all that the season has to offer.

connection between family and mealtime. Chapter one, entitled “Kids in the Kitchen,” focuses on how to include children in meal preparation. Vickery explains the valuable lessons that can be taught through handson time in the kitchen such as patience and “maintaining a sense of humor.” The volume’s short chapter called “Table Talk” which gives readers some ideas about how to get family conversation flowing at the dinner table. Each recipe has convenient, icons that guide readers to the dishes that will work for them (such as vegetarian and gluten-free meals). Easy to read and full of helpful tips, this book is a great choice for those looking for a little extra mealtime inspiration.

Food Family Style: Simple & Tasty Recipes for Everyday Life by Leigh Oliver Vickery (Revell/$14.99): This practical cookbook is loaded with great recipes that really take the stress out of dinnertime. With many delicious and easy-to-prepare features such as “Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms” and “Vegetarian Flatbread Pizza,” Vickery’s creations will please any palate. This book also includes several Don’t Panic: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals slow cooker recipes, which adds to its appeal for for your Family by Susie Martinez, Vanda busy families on the go. The best aspect ofFood Howell and Bonnie Garcia (Revell/$14.99): Family Style, however, is its emphasis on the Third in the series of the Don’t Panic 98 | At Home Tennessee • July 2012

cookbooks, this new edition features recipes that require 30 minutes or less of actual handson meal preparation. User-friendly icons point out recipes with six ingredients or less and direct readers toward lighter recipes and those that are well suited to freezing. Many tempting recipes are included such as “Blackened Chicken Quesadillas” and “Cajun Brisket,” which is one of the easy-to-prepare crock-pot creations featured. Don’t Panic closes with a tempting dessert chapter full of delicious treats such as “Butter Walnut Blondies.” With a focus on tasty, nutritious recipes that can be prepared easily on the grill or even in the slow cooker, this one is a must-have cookbook for busy home chefs looking for easy yet unique new recipes.


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