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AT HOME WITH CHERYL LEE SMITH

• YOUR LIFESTYLE FOR YOU • YOUR HOME

A look into the life of Memphis-based interior designer Cheryl Lee Smith

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Custom HOME DESIGN

HOME FEATURE NEW CONSTRUCTION

Tommy Young Construction creates custom-built dream home in Germantown

2014 BATH TRENDS

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Cheryl Lee Smith

This month’s featured bath showcases clean lines and functionality for a glimpse into upcoming design trends for the bath.

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DESIGN BATH REFRESH

A look into 2014 trends for home bath design

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MARCH coNteNts HOME 52 technology Networking in the Home 70 garden Springtime Gardening Techniques

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LifEstyLE 18 fashion The Golden Touch 20 beauty Brighten Up Your Look 24 health Coping With Infertility 26 lifestyle Kick the Diet 46 music Martina McBride 48 arts Dynamic Duo Captures Memphis Beauty

On tHE ROad 28 mid south must do Memphis Botanic

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32 travel Chicago Family Vacation 40 roadtrip Spotlight on Roanoke, VA 42 community hotspot Historic Germantown

98 a closer look Can You Guess It?

fOOd & EntERtaining 78 entertaining Spring Brunch 84 cooking Southern Style 86 chef’s corner Interim Restaurant Pastry Chef

90 cuisine French-American at River Oaks

in EvERy issuE 12 | Publisher’s Note 14 | coNtributors 68 | style marketPlace 72 | by iNvitatioN — the social pages 94 | haPPeNiNgs

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MARCH 2014 • VOL. 12 NO. 12 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR MARGARET MONGER | mmonger@athomemms.com

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EDITORIAL COPY EDITOR TERRI GLAZER

SOCIETY EDITOR LESLEY COLVETT | lcolvett@athomemms.com

IMAGING COLOR MANAGEMENT

CHARLES REYNOLDS | cr@colorretouching.com

ADVERTISING SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE HILARY FRANKEL | hafrankel@comcast.net

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BUSINESS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS TRIP MONGER | tmonger@athomemms.com

MARKETING AND CIRCULATION HARRIET W. DEATON | hdeaton@athomemms.com

WEBMASTER/GRAPHIC DESIGNER LAURIE SUMMERS | lsummers@athomemms.com

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS LINDA BENTON, DR. LAURA DETTI, TRACY LOUTHAIN, ANGELA MAZANTI, ANDY PULTE, APRIL MCKINNEY, SCOTT FUELLING, FRANCES FOLSOM , CHUCK DAUPHIN, LAURIE SUMMERS, MAGGIE WEIR, LEE MCALISTER, JORDAN SMITH

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS JOHN TERRY, TERRY SWEENEY, JAY ADKINS, BRENDA JOBE

INTERNS LEE MCALISTER, JORDAN SMITH, NICOLE HUGULEY

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publisher’s note

Awaiting

Spring

As I write this note, it is sunny skies and 65 degrees. Facebook friends are blowing up my screen posting photos of outside activities as if they have been in cave a for the last three months. I actually took the trash out this morning, before my husband did, just for an excuse to go outside. Of course, I had to retrain my eyes to function in sunlight but they adjusted. Is it safe to assume we have escaped the winter vortex? Just last week we were preparing for tornados and the week before that an ice storm warning was in place. Cabin fever is becoming an epidemic in our area and vitamin D is on everyone’s wish list. I am looking forward to everything that spring and summer bring except swim suit shopping! I can’t believe that March is here already and it’s great to live in an area where so much is going on. March madness, the start of baseball season, and fresh boiled crawfish stands on the side of the road are just a few of the things I am looking very forward to this month. Those with school-age children are gearing up for spring break while those of us who have passed that chapter will have to wait for grand children for an excuse to take a week off work in the middle of the month. Yes, until then we will be forced to work through spring breaks so that we can make money to give our college age kids so they can take a break at a resort in the Caribbean because Heaven knows they have no fun at college. Our son lives in Oxford MS, eats out on the square and walks through the grove everyday and he needs a week away to relax. I still haven’t figured out how I got tricked into that. I think my “work hard, play hard” motto came back to bite a bit. I will have to settle for a virtual vacation searching for great vacation spots via Google. Some place that does not allow Jim Cantore to visit. Speaking of the weather channel, it happens to be my back ground noise for the moment and the latest forecast is telling us to expect more freezing temperatures and maybe even ice next week. I think I am going to spend the rest of this day outside while I can. Safe travels to all of you traveling for your break and if any of you spring breakers are packing your bags for somewhere in our area, you might want to include your sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves and a parka—just in case.

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contributors LESLEY COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties as social editor for At Home Memphis & Mid South 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 Memphis & Mid South to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at lcolvett@athomemms.com.

APRiL MCKiNNEY

is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. she has been featured on the Today show and better tV, after her recipes won national cooking contests.  You can also see her creating new healthy and simple dishes on her Youtube channel, “April McKinney cooking,” where she demonstrates her recipes on camera. turn to page 84 for April's take on southern fried chicken and waffles.

ANDREW PULTE

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. Andy shares his tips and tricks for spring gardening this month on page 70.

ANGELA MAZANTi

is the proprietor of Angela Mazanti Design. she specializes in interior, floral and event design, and her work has been locally and nationally recognized as outstanding in the field. check out page 78 for details on Angela’s bright and bold spring brunch.

ChUCK DAUPhiN

has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations including WDKn and the interstate radio network. He has also written for such publications as Music City News and Roughstock, and can be heard weekly on WnKX / centerville. turn to page 46 for the inside scoop on Martina Mcbride’s new Elvis-inspired album, Everlasting.

LiNDA bENTON

After a 15-year career in marketing, Linda benton decided to pursue freelance writing. over the years, her work has been published in Blush, CityScope and HealthScope magazines.  in addition, she has written video scripts, museum display text, brochures and annual reports.  benton says she is most proud of her first published article — "Lily’s story."  Published in 1998, "Lily’s story" is the personal account of benton's 1997 trip to Vietnam to adopt her daughter. This month, Linda takes us through a custom-built dream, beaux Arts-style home in Germantown; turn to page 56 for the grand tour. 14 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014


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fashion

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Shop these styles Purchase information:

1) Double Layer Chain Necklace Kenneth Jay Lane, $75 www.shopbop.com 2) Barbed Scattered Pave Cuff Alexis Bittar, $225, www.shopbop.com 3) Morning Adornment Hair Clip Set $9, www.modcloth.com 4) Mila Necklace Gorjana, $90 www.shopbop.com 5) Chic to Chic Clutch $40, www.modcloth.com 6) Stretch Bow Bracelet and Subway Skinny Pave Bracelet Ann Taylor, $28 each www.anntaylor.com 7) Lady Love Song Dress in black $80, www.modcloth.com 8) Love Stud Earrings Marc by Marc Jacobs, $42 www.shopbop.com 9) Maria Nell Ring Melinda, $63 www.shopbop.com 10) Link Chain Necklace Adia ibur, $70 www.shopbop.com 11) Mia Clutch in Gold Antonio Melani, $99 www.dillards.com 12) Lock Closure Bracelet Tory Burch, $125 www.shopbop.com 13) Glitz and Gleam Heel $35, www.modcloth.com March 2014 • athomemms.com | 19


beauty

SPRING MAKEUP Must-Haves Brighten up your look with these spring essentials

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Spring 2014 Lip Gloss

CARGO, $16, www.cargocosmetics.com

Midnight Glow Palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER, $36, www.sephora.com

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Skinn Cosmetics, $42, www.shophq.com

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Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Plushest Punch Clinique, $17, www.sephora.com

Stephanie Johnson, $35, www.stephaniejohnson.com

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Bobbi Brown, $25, www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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Buxom, $19, www.sephora.com

Suited to a Tea Palette

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This multi-tasking cream color is now in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application. Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a justpinched look or blot it on your lips for a soft, stained finish.

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Soften lips with a cushion of color that’s between sheer and opaque. This moisturizing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters to make dry, delicate lips feel soft and smooth. This deceptively skinny, half-moon shaped case fits easily inside your handbag, but zips wide open to accommodate makeup essentials, nail polish, or whatever you need on the go. Plasma Flawless Finish Bronzer is a lighter-than-air color enhancer that perfects the appearnace of skin while giving you the effects of a healthy glow. Wrapped in micro-bubbles, it protects, mattefies, and blurs pores and imperfections.

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Bobbi's original formula treats lips to rich color with a soft-matte finish. Infused with Vitamins E and C as well as Beeswax, it also moisturizes and comforts lips. For kisses that’ll keep them coming back for more, try this sheer, highshine lip polish. It creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, supple, and protected, ensuring your smoothest moves ever.

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This eye shadow palette offers a stunning assortment of 12 cream based shadows in delicate spring shades, with delectable names such as Crumpet, Ganache and Macaron. It's endless summer with this super-luxurious powder bronzer. The smooth, oil-free powder gives face, shoulders and décolletage a seductive bronze look. Bronze Goddess Powder contains a unique oil-control complex that keeps skin shine-free and comfortable.

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health

Infertility

More Common Than You Think text by Dr. Laura Detti, reproductive endocrinologist & associate professor of OB/GYN

Couples who have trouble getting pregnant sometimes feel as if they are the only ones with the problem. In fact, more than 7 million Americans—including both men and women—may experience infertility. Fortunately, today there are more options than ever before to help couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines define infertility as: • Inability of a woman under the age of 35 to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. • Inability of a woman older than 35 to conceive after six months of unprotected sexual intercourse. About 40 percent of infertility can be traced to the female and 40 percent to the male, while the other 20 percent is due to a combination of the two.

of sperm production. Blockages and some or chemotherapy. Patients can preserve their medical conditions can also impair the sperm’s fertility before treatment so that they can start ability to function and move properly. In about a family later when they are ready. half of cases, the cause of male infertility simply cannot be determined. The facility is fortunate to have recruited certified embryologist Lucy Williams as the lab Anyone who has trouble getting pregnant director. Williams has a 20-year track record of should consult a boardcertified reproductive achieving pregnancy rates above the national endocrinologist who specializes in infertility average at infertility laboratories in Tennessee, conditions and treatment. If the doctor Illinois, Texas and Utah. Her level of experience can pinpoint the reason for the infertility, and understanding of patient needs is a key he or she can often treat the condition and asset to the staff. enhance a couple’s ability to conceive. In cases where these interventions do not resolve The center is equipped with state-of-thethe infertility, couples may choose to pursue art diagnostic and laboratory technology, assisted reproductive technologies. These such as 3-D and 4-D ultrasound and tri-gas procedures include intrauterine insemination benchtop incubators to enhance embryo (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), or quality and improve outcomes. In addition, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using the lab is registered with the Food and Drug partner or donor sperm. Administration, licensed by the state of Tennessee, and certified by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which regulates all clinical laboratory testing performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

More than one in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. Often, this is due to medical conditions like uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic adhesions and tubal occlusion, which can impair conception or complicate pregnancy. Age is also a factor in women’s infertility. After age 30, a woman’s ability to conceive declines and the risks of pregnancy increase. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity can also decrease a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. In some cases, The Center for Reproductive Medicine however, no cause can be determined. This is provides patients with a comprehensive called “unexplained infertility.” infertility testing and treatment program for both women and men. In addition to IVF and Men experience infertility at about the same other assisted reproductive procedures, the rate as women. About 40 percent of men center can help couples preserve their fertility have a condition known as varicocele, which for the future through cryopreservation. This can cause a low sperm count and decreased procedure, which flash freezes sperm, eggs sperm movement. In some men, hormone or ovarian tissue, can be especially helpful to imbalances may result in a complete lack cancer patients who must undergo radiation 24 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014

As anyone who has struggled with infertility knows, it can be an emotionally and financially draining experience. Since insurance does not always cover assisted reproductive technologies, the center offers payment plans through Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc., an organization that specializes in financing assisted reproductive procedures for patients at qualified university-affiliated fertility clinics in the U.S. The Center for Reproductive Medicine is the only Mid South practice that offers financing through the organization and the only member in the state of Tennessee. The most important message for couples facing infertility is this: don’t give up! Remember, where hope grows, miracles happen!


lifestyle DIETS & EXERCISE

DON’T WORK

LIFESTYLES DO TEXT BY JORDAN SMITH

The dreaded word “diet” has a few definitions. The most famous of these is its verb form, which means “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” That one seems to be ingrained in all of our brains. When summer looms over the hump of May, people start dieting for bikini weather. You’ve heard it a thousand times: “I’d love some cake, but I’m on a diet right now. We have a trip to Destin with the kids in three weeks, and I have to be beach-body-ready and able to squeeze back into that bikini I bought two years ago.” People who use diets in that regard are the ones who shed the weight for the beach but pack on the pounds (and then some) by midsummer when they cave in and overeat. Conversely, people who eat whatever they want but think exercise will grant them the magical ability to keep weight off and to lose more are also misguided.

of bad weather or skip your multivitamin because you left the house late and forgot it, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lifestyle anymore. It means you’re human. We have bustling lives that demand a lot from us and pull us in every direction, so, naturally, there has to be wiggle room for days we don’t have it together and for the nights we are really craving a slice of red velvet cake.

One of the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle is that exercising until your limbs fall off is not necessary to achieve optimal health and the body you want. More and more studies have shown that food consumption accounts for 7080 percent of weight loss and overall health. Yes, you need exercise, but it should be enjoyable. If you like walking while listening to music, do it. Attend a yoga class or practice yoga in your living room. Ride a bicycle. Go for a swim. Go shopping all day (Yes, shopping. You tend to Now, don’t get me wrong, diets and exercising walk a lot if you’re doing it right.). Whatever can both have fantastic benefits, but they are gets you physically active that you enjoy, do it. usually too grueling, too time-consuming, too intolerable to bear and keep up with, and Knowing what to do is only half the battle ultimately, you end up back at square one with against weight gain and bad health. You must a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in your lap and a whole also have a strategy. Everyone’s healthy lifestyle lot of remorse. So, if diets and exercise don’t will be different, and you need to listen to your work, what does? body closely to know what is right for you, but there is a basic outline that many people follow: Healthy lifestyles work (keyword—healthy). A lifestyle is something permanent; it is • Eat healthy six days a week. defined by the consistency in the way one lives • No sugar, alcohol or processed foods. his or her life. If you go to the gym at 5:00 • Avoid bread and overindulging in a.m. every morning to work out, that’s a part carbohydrates. of your lifestyle. If you take your multivitamin • Remember that fruits have sugar, too. after lunch and meditate for ten minutes, that Granted, it’s natural sugar, but it can start too is a part of your lifestyle. It’s consistent. It’s to stick to you in all the wrong places if something you do every day. It’s habitual. Now, you don’t keep it in moderation. My rule of if you miss a day of going to the gym because thumb with fruit: don’t consume more fruit 26 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014

in a day than you could easily hold in your hands cupped together. • Eat lots of vegetables. If it’s green, it’s good. • Drink water, water, water and more water. If you have to wonder if you’ve consumed enough water, drink more. • Choose one day during the week to eat whatever you want. This is a prime example of the vital wiggle room I mentioned earlier. • Exercise three to five days a week. • Commit to at least the minimum of 30 minutes exercise on the days you do; an hour is optimal to get the blood pumping. • You can always exercise more. At the end of the day, a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be torture or something that you contemplate quitting because you can feel yourself burning out. It should be the opposite—easy and enjoyable when done correctly. Your healthy lifestyle will eventually become an unconscious thing like breathing air; you’ll just do it, like with any daily routine. It won’t require a second thought. Once you make this change in your lifestyle, you’ll see and feel the difference. Your mood will improve, you’ll lose weight, you’ll gain energy, you’ll have an overall improved sense of well-being. Since this is a lifestyle, you won’t have to worry about putting the weight back on later because it’s not temporary. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not something you do obsessively before heading to the beach. It’s consistent. It’s permanent. It’s habitual. It’s a lifestyle.


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mid south must do

The Memphis

Botanic Garden

TEXT BY LAURIE A. SUMMERS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

Spring can be a stressful time of year with paying taxes, “springing forward” and, of course spring cleaning. It’s easy to fall into a routine and forget about the beauty and blessings all around us. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle and are looking to connect with nature, the Memphis Botanic Garden is the place to be. 28 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014


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Originally part of a plantation owned by corn and cotton planter Geraldus Oscar Buntyn in the early 1800s, the land stayed in the family until his great-great-grandson, Robert G. Heard, sold it in 1947 to Mayor Sylvanus Polk and the Park Commission. City officials wanted a park outside the city limits to complement Overton Park; the 355.5 acres of newly acquired land became Audubon Park. There were no planted beds until 1953, when Mrs. Morgan Ketchum donated 2,500 iris rhizomes to the park, creating the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden. Four years later, the W.C. Paul Arboretum was started. These two projects set the stage and established the section of the park that would be developed and recognized officially in 1966 as the Memphis Botanic Garden. Today, the facility is home to 28 specialty gardens spread over 96 acres. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about and enjoy a wide variety of plants, flowers and trees. The Garden is especially stunning in spring. “March is the month when spring really begins to burst forth at the Garden,” says Rick Pudwell, Memphis Botanic Garden Director of Horticulture. “This year, the majority of blooms will probably be later than average, due to the cold winter, but by late March, we should see lots of colorful tulips.” Here are just a few of our favorite spots just waiting to be discovered. Naturally, the Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden, formerly the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden, is at the top of our list! This area displays hundreds of varieties of Bearded Irises plus a few other types. With welltended circular beds and a statue of the goddess Iris in the center of a serene reflecting pool, the Iris Garden serves as a focal point and a scenic location for garden weddings. If you’re looking for something bigger, the W.C. Paul Arboretum is home to more than 170 species of trees from Lusterleaf Hollies and Chinese Chestnuts to a few notable unique varieties. Many of the trees in the original area are well over 50 years old and this Level 4 Arboretum is the only Urban Forestry Center of Excellence in the state of Tennessee. If you or a loved one have served in the military, or you wish to honor those who have, you don’t want to miss the Blue Star Memorial Marker and Garden at the corner of Park Avenue and Cherry Road. Dedicated in 2007, the marker sits in the midst of a specially designed garden bed, stylized to represent the stars and stripes of the American flag in honor of all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. March 2014 • athomemms.com | 29


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Transport yourself to the other side of the world without leaving the Mid South with a stroll through the Japanese Garden of Tranquility (Seijaku-En). This traditional Japanese bench garden was originally designed by Dr. P. T. Tono of Tokyo in 1965 and redesigned in 1989 by noted garden designer Dr. Koichi Kawana. The layout combines symbolic elements unique to Japanese garden design with a large variety of Japanese and regional native plants. Each year, the Garden hosts candlelight tours, where visitors can learn about Japanese folklore and symbolism while admiring the Garden’s most iconic location, the red bridge, in the light of the setting sun. Continue your exploration of Japanese and Asian flora with a walk through the Japanese Maple Grove just up the hill from the Japanese Garden. Not only does it offer a dozen cultivars of Japanese Maple trees, but also many other species of plants from several Asian countries. Originally part of the Rose Garden from Overton Park, the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Rose Garden is a sight to behold. From the end of March to as late as Thanksgiving, you’ll find 75 species of modern, antique and climbing roses in bloom. Originally created as a gift from John Stokes to honor his wife, the Anne Heard Stokes Butterfly Garden incorporates a variety of mostly native plants designed to attract and feed butterflies. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this delightful experience with nature. For visitors with special needs, the Little Garden Club Sensory Garden is the perfect combination of nature and accessibility. Designed by Tom Pellet, this exhibit displays a diverse variety of plant life in elevated perimeter beds easily seen from a wheelchair. And for the kids, My Big Backyard family garden offers a place for jumping, splashing, digging, creating and discovering the joys of time spent outdoors. The Memphis Botanic Garden offers a multitude of activities, workshops, art exhibits and special events for the entire family to learn and grow with nature. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com. Whether you go for a leisurely stroll, have a picnic with family or set out to explore all that the garden has to offer, don’t miss out on this historic Mid South treasure!

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travel

Chicago Vacation

With the Kids

Text by Tracy Louthain | photography courtesy of Choose Chicago

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eciding where to spend precious vacation time is no easy task. For those seeking a destination with plenty of family activities, history, cultural experiences and sightseeing opportunities, Chicago delivers. After many visits to the Windy City as a couple, we wanted to rediscover Chicago with the kids. By splitting the trip between two family-friendly properties, the historic Palmer House and the luxurious Peninsula Hotel, we enjoyed two minivacations in one. Upon entering the stately lobby of the Palmer House, guests are greeted by comfortable seating areas and a majestic ceiling, painted in a style reminiscent the Sistine Chapel. If only walls could talk, oh, the stories these could tell. The original Palmer House was destroyed just 13 days after opening in 1871 by the Great Chicago Fire, and the rebuilt hotel debuted in 1873. It became a showplace for some of the 20th Century’s greatest entertainers including Sonny and Cher, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett, among many others. These stars’ pictures now grace the halls of the 25-story facility, which boasts an impressive 1,639 rooms.

travel fast-pass entrance. These museums are quite large so breaking up days between museums and sightseeing is a good way to keep all members of the family happy and interested. A product of the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair, The Field Museum holds one of the largest collections of biological, anthropological, natural and historical items in the world. We began on the upper level at the Evolving Planet exhibit, which takes guests on a fascinating journey through 4.5 billion years of life on earth, and includes an expanded dinosaur hall. We even learned that we are in the midst of a major extinction right now! The museum includes permanent collections as well as rotating exhibits such Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair on display through Sept. 7, and The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, which opens Mar. 12.

Next door, the Shedd Aquarium, an international leader in animal conservation and public education, represents nearly 1,500 species from around the world. The impressive facility leads guests through the world’s underwater habitats. At the rear is the Abbott Oceanarium, which overlooks Lake Michigan and houses beluga whales and as well as the Pacific white-sided dolphins. The special jellies Our kids, ages four and nine, especially enjoyed exhibit captivates kids and adults alike, featuring sampling the “original” brownie. Created at the a variety of species gracefully pulsating inside Palmer House Hotel in 1893 at the request of dozens of tanks. Mrs. Bertha Palmer, this fudgy treat is available at the hotel’s two restaurants. The famed recipe Adler Planetarium is the smallest of the is also available upon request for those who wish museums, but no less impressive. It opened in to recreate it at home. Tours of the property 1930 and is the oldest planetarium in existence regale rich stories of the hotel’s storied past. today. Two levels take families on a fascinating journey through our solar system, featuring The Palmer House enjoys a central location stars, moons, planets, constellations, space within walking distance to shops, restaurants, missions and more. Several theaters allow guests museums, theaters and Millennium Park. Of to enjoy a deeper look into space and to study Chicago’s many public art displays, Millennium the night sky. Park is home to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”), which provides photo After museum exploration, take a leisurely stroll opportunities from every angle. A stroll through on the Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan the park reveals several creative installations as to enjoy spectacular views of the city or hail a well as the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker cab and head out for a sightseeing adventure. Pavilion where residents and visitors gather to Sightseeing excursions are plentiful and varied. enjoy live concerts and events. Tours of Chicago’s architectural jewels by boat are extremely popular, as are walking, biking Museum Row, which includes three of and Segway treks. Foodies can encounter local Chicago’s leading museums along the banks of cuisine on a culinary-based excursion or families Lake Michigan, is a convenient cab ride or long can plan their own restaurant tour of the city. Of walk from the Palmer House. Each of the three, course, a visit to one of the famed pizzerias for The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and a Chicago-style pizza is must. For families with the Adler Planetarium, accepts the CityPass, older children, Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing which is by far the most economical way to see system. With 4,000 bikes and 400 stations all the main attractions. Other perks of CityPass across the city, a personalized adventure on two include discounts on food and merchandise and wheels is just a bike station away. March 2014 • athomemms.com | 33


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Another “must-see” landmark is Navy Pier, which opened in 1916. Today it is home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, an IMAX Theater, Crystal Gardens Botanical Park, shops, restaurants and attractions including a ferris wheel, Transporter FX (a unique thrill-ride simulator) and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Halfway through our visit, we moved to the Peninsula Hotel on East Superior Street one block off Michigan Avenue, placing us within walking distance of a new set of adventures: shops, restaurants and attractions including the Hancock Tower. This famed landmark features an observation deck on the 100th floor providing expansive views of the city and four states. North Michigan Avenue is renowned for shopping and the Peninsula overlooks the 900 North Michigan Shops, which includes the famed American Girl Store. With multiple levels of dolls, accessories, a doll hair salon and American Girl Restaurant, it is a doll lover’s dream. A comfortable luxury hotel, the Peninsula is family-friendly. Special touches abound, as does excellence in customer service. The Junior Suite is spacious and offers parents a private room while kids take advantage of the fold-out sofa bed. Everyone in the family took turns relaxing in the large tub with private television—a welcome respite after a day of touring and exploring. Catering to families, the Peninsula is dedicated to making kids smile. From the surprise tray of treats filled with gummies, popcorn, cookies and candy to the adorable kid-sized bathrobe and slippers, children receive royal treatment. Stop by the concierge to learn about special activities and youth programs, including the Little Bakers Pastry Class led by the hotel’s pastry team, a meet and greet with Peter Bear, Chicago Scavenger Hunt, children’s afternoon tea and Chocolate at the Pen—an indulgent buffet of chocolate pleasures. The Lobby Restaurant provides welcome convenience as well as spectacular views of Michigan Avenue. Our family also had fun guessing the popular pop and rock songs performed live by the jazz trio. There are two options for visiting a zoo, either Lincoln Park Zoo or Brooksfield Zoo. We choose Lincoln Park. This impressive zoo is open 365 days a year and is free! Children of all ages will delight in the zoo’s breadth of animal species, featuring an impressive array of big cats and diverse types of primates including the zoo’s famous gorillas and chimpanzees. March 2014 • athomemms.com | 35


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The nation’s highest observation deck, the SkyDeck, is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. The SkyDeck features spectacular views of the city and four states, but also includes The Ledge, an enclosed glass viewing area that extends out beyond the building, providing a direct view down 1,353 feet to the ground below. A visit at dusk offers amazing views of the city bathed in warm a pink glow complemented by the vibrant sky. Afterward, Giordano’s Pizzeria, only one block away, is ideal for families ready to experience Chicago’s famous stuffed pizza. The Windy City is brimming with cultural experiences, including the Art Institute of Chicago, which is included with the CityPass, as well as theatrical productions, held throughout the year. This spring, family-friendly performances of Peter and the Starcatcher and The Wizard of Oz will bring enchanting tales to life with a few surprises along the way. We found Chicago to be just that…filled with enchanting tales, exploration and adventure with a few surprises along the way. The Skinny on ChiCago-STyle Pizza We learned there are three styles of Chicago pizza—deep dish, stuffed and thin crust. Gino’s East Style: Deep dish (even though the pizza is thick, the crust is thin and sauce is on top) Tip: If you like cornbread, you’ll enjoy the cornbread crust, which is a unique take on the original deep dish invented at Uno’s Pizzeria in 1943. Giordano’s Style: Stuffed Pizza (similar to deep dish, this pizza is thick but toppings and cheese are between layers of dough with sauce on top) Tip: Order pizza first; it takes 40 minutes to cook. Also, the house salad was surprisingly delicious with lemon vinaigrette dressing. Lou Malnati’s Style: Deep dish (like Gino’s and Uno’s with ingredients layered inside a deep pan) Tip: A sausage lover’s dream, the “Lou-Mal” pie uses a single patty of Italian sausage below the layer of tomato sauce. Aurelio’s Style: Thin Crust (thin, crispy pizza that is cut into squares as opposed to wedges.) Tip: The thin crust pizza is not as prevalent and Aurelio’s locations are outside the city. Choose Chicago 301 East Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616 www.ChooseChicago.com March 2014 • athomemms.com | 37


roadtrip

City Market Virginia Museum of Transportation

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Center in the Square

Roadtrip to

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People tend to bypass Roanoke when traveling on Interstate 81 to other parts of Virginia. This is unfortunate because the city, nestled along the Roanoke River with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, is a gem filled with historic and cultural venues. Years ago, Roanoke was a major stop on the Norfolk & Western railroad line. Many of the city’s cultural venues are in restored early 19th-century railroad buildings. Make your first stop the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, housed in a building that in 1905 was the passenger station for the Norfolk & Western. Also here is the O. Winston Link Museum with many of Link’s black and white photographs depicting what local life was like in the railroad’s heyday. Downtown It’s an easy walk from the visitors center to the downtown and the Historic Market Square area where upscale shops, galleries and a daily farmer’s market line the streets. At Chocolate Paper you can indulge in handmade chocolates. Cases are filled with row upon row of confections like sea salt caramels, cherry cordials and truffles.

Local artist Betty Branch designs unique sculptures in bronze, stone, marble and fiber. To say Branch’s work is larger than life is putting it mildly. Several of her pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Taubman Museum; others grace local grammar schools, universities and libraries. A visit to Branch’s studio on Norfolk Avenue is a must for art lovers.

26. The race has been called “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” because of elevation changes totaling 7,430 feet. Culture

The Taubman Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of works by such artists as Thomas Hart Benton and Norman Rockwell and abstract artist Jean Helion. Current outDoors anD nature exhibits, running through September, are From Picasso to Magritte; European Masters from the The city’s icon, the Roanoke Star, is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Reunion; world’s largest man-made illuminated star. Highlights of the Collection. Located in Mill Mountain Park, the structure is surrounded by ten miles of trails, Mill From Picasso to Magritte features works by Mountain Discovery Center with nature Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Rene Magritte and exhibits and the Mill Mountain Zoo, home to Auguste Rodin. Reunion highlights pieces from a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. the permanent collection and includes works by Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell, Get out and stretch your muscles by walking or George Inness and John Singer Sargent. biking any of the 26 miles of trails and paths that make up the Roanoke Valley Greenways. Routes Center in the Square is a restored 19th-century meander along the Roanoke River as well as furniture store that houses the Mill Mountain through neighborhoods and small towns. Theater, several museums, an aquarium with living reef exhibits, the Harrison Museum of If you want something more strenuous sign African American History and the Science up for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Museum of Western Virginia. The rooftop www.blueridgemarathon.com taking place April offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Taubman Museum of Art

Walking the Rail Walk (1/4 mile long) brings you to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Its comprehensive exhibits of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars and cabooses are sure to please anyone who is a railroad enthusiast. Staying and dining The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center with 325 rooms overlooks the downtown. Built in 1882, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If an intimate inn is more to your liking you can’t beat the Inn on Campbell. In a renaissance style building that dates to 1904 innkeepers Keith and Cindy Hummer offer guests down bedding and comforters in elegant rooms. Breakfasts are sumptuous as Cindy is a trained chef.

Museum at Ferrum College. As the state archive for Blue Ridge history the institute is stocked with exhibits, books and documents explaining the Blue Ridge and Appalachia areas. Take a step back in time to agrarian life in the 19th century with a visit to this living history farm. For the past 40 years, on the last Saturday of October, Ferrum College has hosted the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Exit the parkway for the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Washington was born a slave here on the Burroughs Plantation in 1856. A replica of the cabin where he lived until he was freed at end of the Civil War sits behind the National Park Service Visitors Center. Park rangers give tours telling visitors how Washington went to live in West Virginia when he was nine years old, graduated from the Hampton Institute, was the first leader of the Tuskegee Institute, authored many books, and was friends with noted professors, inventors and United States presidents.

Roanoke has no shortage of restaurants serving delicious regional fare. You can’t visit the city and not have a meal at the Roanoker. The word diet does not exist when it comes to their homemade biscuits smothered in country gravy. The same goes for the Homeplace’s Follow the Booker T. Washington Parkway to baked Virginia ham, fried chicken and all the Moneta and Smith Mountain Lake, known by locals as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Parkway. fixings served family-style. One look at the shimmering lake surrounded by the majestic mountains and you will be HiStory hooked. The activities are endless; fish for bass, Twenty minutes from Roanoke is the tiny rent a motor boat, sailboat or kayak, dine at village of Salem on the Wilderness Road, a myriad of dockside restaurants or peruse Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route that dates upscale shops and galleries. to 1600. This was the route used by settlers going west of Appalachia. Worth a visit is Spend time in Roanoke and the surrounding the Williams-Brown House, ca. 1845. On area and you will leave planning your next the National Register of Historic Places, it visit back. has a small but interesting museum detailing iF yoU go: the area’s history. A farmer’s market featuring locally grown produce, fruits, honey, flowers Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and herbs takes place every Saturday. 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE Roanoke VA 24016 Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, State 540.342.6025 Road 651, to the Blue Ridge Institute & www.visitroanokeva.com

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Germantown

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eed some relief from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than the historic city of Germantown, located just 20 miles away from the heart of Memphis. A short drive eastward leads to a city rife with character and charm that offers visitors a wide array of special events and activities that appeal to all ages. More than that, Germantown could be the perfect place to retire or raise a family. In the words of Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, the city offers “residential character not only in its neighborhoods, but also in the design and streetscape of its business districts and public spaces.” She sees Germantown as far more than a “bedroom” community, as it provides a full range of municipal services and a strong local governance. Its location on the east edge of Memphis gives residents of both cities a convenient way to enjoy each other’s amenities, employment opportunities, shopping and dining. One of the most intriguing aspects of Germantown’s long history involves a woman named Miss Francis Wright, who established a commune named Nashoba Plantation in 1825 on the present-day site of the city. Nashoba was a utopian experiment that served as a home for free slaves in the vicinity of the current Riverdale Road. The commune encountered increasing financial difficulty and was shut down in 1828. Soon after it was resettled and converted into a town that became the city of Germantown, named after the surveyor N.T. German. During World War I, Army troop trains passing through the city treated it with contempt due to strong anti-German sentiment, thus the name was briefly changed to Neshoba (an Indian word meaning wolf ) in 1917. Landmarks of this long history may be found throughout the city, and many historic buildings remain open for public use. Germantown Presbyterian Church’s original building, built in 1851, is the oldest public structure in the city, having avoided the wrath of the Union occupation during the Civil War. The old Baptist church, built in 1870, is currently slated for restoration. In 1873, Germantown opened its first railway station; it serviced the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad. The station building that remains open today dates to the 1940s. McVay Cemetery contains the graves of residents from the 1800s. Fort Germantown, a Civil War earthworks defense along the rail line, is a city park. Visitors could spend an entire day touring these sites and learning about the history of Germantown. March 2014 • athomemms.com | 43


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Dynamic growth in the 1970s and 1980s pushed Germantown from its state as a small hamlet to a city, 20 square miles in size, replete with its own performing arts center, athletic center, a highly-ranked library, and 700 acres of parks, playing fields and greenways. “Nevertheless,” explains Goldsworthy, “the city has retained a sense of community, relying on numerous events such as the Family Fourth of July, Germantown Festival, holiday parade and tree lighting and more. Germantown brings friends, neighbors and visitors together.” In addition to all of these impressive developments, in time the city has become a significant center for medical care in Shelby County, home to Methodist LeBonheur Hospital Germantown, Baptist Rehabilitation Center, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, numerous other large clinics, and hundreds of physicians’ offices. A 46-bed Baptist

Rehabilitation Hospital is under construction its Germantown store. Soon, Lettuce Eat, a in the Wolf River Boulevard corridor. fast casual restaurant that specializes in salads and wraps, is coming to Carrefour Shopping Itching to blow off some steam with a Center on Poplar. You won’t want to miss out shopping day? Hundreds of ambitious, on these fabulous new opportunities! innovative business owners have found optimal locations for their stores within the picturesque Who doesn’t love spending time outside in shopping centers of Germantown. Owners the warm weather with friends and family? Pull and renovators are expanding the business out those spring dresses and floppy sun hats streetscape with several new retail outlets because Germantown’s annual Charity Horse as they work to redevelop preexisting ones, Show kicks off in early June this year. The opening a plethora of shopping opportunities. event has roots in the Oak Grove Hunt and Germantown has slated Saddle Creek South, Civic Clubs, who organized a show for their a highly popular retail center, for partial own participation and enjoyment in 1948. Its reconstruction, alignment and connection initial success and growth led to the creation with its neighbor, Saddle Creek West. Whole and development of the Germantown Charity Foods Market is placing a new store on Poplar Horse Show arena and grounds on Poplar Pike. Avenue near Exeter Road. Memphis’ well-loved According to the mayor, it is “one of the larger burger joint, Huey’s, is opening a new location all-breed, all-class events on the equestrian at Germantown Plaza. Kroger is expected to competitive circuit, attracting between 700 announce plans soon for reconstruction of and 800 entries and exhibitors each year.”

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The five-day show is a fantastic event for horse lovers and community members alike, as it showcases fine mounts and extraordinary riders in a relaxed social setting. The GCHS Association oversees promotion and production and many volunteers offer support. A queen and court of princesses are presented each March at a Royal Ball. During the show, they assist with presentations and other duties. This organized gathering of residents, friends and horse lovers helps to strengthen community bonds through a group effort to raise money for the featured Charity of the Year. Another huge fundraiser sponsored by the city of Germantown hits the streets on Sunday, March 16. The 16th annual Germantown Half Marathon and the 29th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K kick off at the same time, bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Both race courses take participants through the lovely rolling hills and scenic areas of Germantown. Those who haven’t spent months training are welcome to participate as walkers in either race. Register online at www.germantownhalfmarathon. com. On Saturday March 15, race officials and organizers will host the Sports & Fitness Expo for registration and packet pickup at Germantown Athletic Club. Running and fitness vendors will be on hand with nutrition, apparel and other active lifestyle products. The races are presented by Campbell Clinic Orthopedics and supported by Germantown Parks and Recreation, and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Organization. With its long history, continued growth and development, and proactive dedication to charity, it’s no wonder that Germantown was recently named one of “America’s Best Suburbs” by Movoto Real Estate. The criteria for this award included very high ratings for education, good opportunities for employment, and a low crime rate (Germantown’s crime rate is 59 percent lower than the national average.) The ratings bring attention to the city. Goldsworthy views the award as a confirmation of what she already knew, but adds that the citizens’ viewpoints matter most. “In the end,” she says, “the opinion that counts is the one held by the people who live, work, play and visit Germantown.” So when the moment arises, take the opportunity to visit Germantown and engage in the charismatic community that holds the city together. As a place that is constantly in flux, you’re bound to discover something new upon every return. March 2014 • athomemms.com | 45


music

Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

MARTINA MCBRIDE COVERS THE CLASSICS ON

EVERLASTING TEXT BY CHUCK DAUPHIN

The title of Martina McBride’s upcoming disc, Everlasting, is quite telling. The album, which will be released April 8 on the singer’s new Vinyl Records label, is a collection of pop standards, including a few with strong ties to Memphis. One such track is “Suspicious Minds,” a 1969 number one Billboard hit for Elvis Presley. The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year says she still recalls the passion of the original. “I’ve always loved the song,” she says. “I remember it being so dramatic. Some of these songs I chose because I could visualize them live,” referring to the upcoming tour she’s planning to promote Everlasting. “I felt like it would be a great live song. There is a version by Dee Dee Warwick, who was Dionne’s sister. I listened to that one, and we borrowed from that and the Elvis version, and meshed the two into something different.” However, the new version has something in common with Presley’s final pop chart-topper. “We were honored to have Reggie Young play on the record,” McBride says. “He played in Muscle Shoals and also with Elvis. He also played on the Elvis record of ‘Suspicious Minds.’ We had him in the studio to play on our record, and we asked him what he wanted to play. He said ‘I could just play what I did on the original.’ So, he’s on Elvis’s record, and mine, which was really cool.”

Aretha Franklin (“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”) and Otis Redding (“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”). Though the songstress says country was her first love, a good song is a good song. “Growing up, I didn’t know there was any kind of music besides country music,” McBride says. “My dad was a hard-core country music fan, so I grew up on Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and George Jones. There was also a lot of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, but my dad was also a fan of Ray Charles and Etta James. I think as long as it was good music, I loved it. My mom used to sing around the house though she’d never admit to it. She’d sing songs like ‘Summertime,’ and some of the more classic songs like that. There was a lot of different kinds of music growing up.” In preparing a disc like Everlasting, McBride admits selecting the track list was not the easiest of tasks. “I was choosing from thousands of iconic songs, so in one way that was a great thing because we had a lot of songs to pick from, but in another way it was difficult, because there are so many great songs to pick from.”

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arts

The Dynamic Duo

Husband and wife team captures mempHis tHrougH art TexT by Maggie Weir | phoTography by by The Kenney’s Wedding iMagery

Land—it stretches for miles in the Delta. Having grown up surrounded by Southern scenery, Memphis-born artists Hillary and David Butler both look to capture the area’s landscape in completely different ways. Hillary is an abstract landscape painter and David is a watercolor artist who paints detailed Memphis scenes. They have had an exciting year in their art careers. David’s iconic Memphis prints are all around town. He took part in River Arts Fest, debuted a commemorative piece for Molly’s La Casita’s 30th anniversary, and had an article feature in The Commercial Appeal about his show at WKNO last August. He’s currently working on a series called “Regulars” focusing on all the different places regulars show up in Memphis, be it the 5 a.m. crowd at Bryant’s Breakfast or the Peabody ducks running their precise schedule. Hillary has had a lot of media attention lately with a Better Homes and Gardens blog feature, articles in The Commercial Appeal and RSVP Magazine, and exposure on several lifestyle blogs. Her work was featured in the “Best of Show” home in the Memphis Vesta Home Show and she’ll soon be exhibiting her art in New York. The Southern way of life is different from how things are done in other parts of the country and this couple’s approach to art reflects that unique nature. David prefers to paint the quirkier side of Memphis. Even the titles he chooses for his work are highly entertaining:

“Victorian Secret” for the James Lee House and “12 Disciples” for a dozen Gibson’s Donuts. His approach to art is fascinating. David states, “I find it only appropriate that the city founded on the river and built on cotton should be captured by water on cotton fibers. The goal of my work is for Memphians to be reminded of all things good in the Home of the Blues.” He has the privilege of painting many memories as he is often commissioned to paint favorite Memphis scenes. Hillary is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to improve her clients’ art buying experience and over the past year she’s developed some different approaches to doing so. After noticing a lot of anxiety in customers considering purchasing a piece before they saw it on their walls, she called on her background in graphic design to come up with a strategy of using a digital mock-up of a chosen piece in their space. This year she is launching a new on-site service. Using a digital photo of a client’s room, artist and customer can immediately see exactly what paintings in different sizes would look like in that space. Hillary’s passion for interiors, spatial arrangement and interaction of subject and color plays a huge role in the development of her pieces. She pulls inspiration from interior magazines and textiles for palettes and proportional treatment of color. Her work seeks to capture the constant ebb and flow of movement within a landscape with bold strokes of oil color. She states, “The goal of my

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work is to find truth in each stroke, to embrace the process of letting go.” Though the Bluff City has its share of hometown detractors, the Butlers are champions of Memphis and want to draw attention to its finer side. Hillary will be representing Memphis at a group show at Agora Gallery in the up-and-coming Chelsea arts district in New York City. “When I first received an email from them, I thought it was some kind of joke, until I researched the gallery and found out they were legit!” she says. Rated as one of the top six contemporary galleries in New York by CBS, Agora Gallery has a lot to brag about. “Representing Memphis at this show is an incredible honor. I take this place with me when I show my art.” Hillary and David are involved in the local community, working with the Broad Avenue Arts District, the Memphis Zoo, WKNO, and investing in the next generation of artists. For the past 13 years David has taught upper school art at Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, his alma mater. This year he’s added “Artist in Residence” to his title as he works to grow the school’s fine arts department. Hillary, a full-time artist, is also a part-time art instructor and enjoys working with David’s students as a volunteer. They paint out of their home studios and live in East Memphis with their studio assistant, Penny the coon hound.


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at home with

Cheryl Lee Smith

The award-winning interior designer and Memphis resident gives us a look into her life and the exciting road that lies ahead. text by Maggie weir

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he twists and turns in life shape and define us. Few know this as well as popular interior designer and Memphis resident Cheryl Lee Smith. Smith is an award-winning designer who has served and influenced the industry for over 40 years. Smith got her start in design at a young age. In college, she took time during her summers to work at a local clothing boutique. “I will never forget the day the owner asked me to do a window display,” Smith shares. “We received so many positive comments—it was then I realized I had found my niche in life.” Many years of hard work have passed since that pivotal moment in Smith’s life. Over the years, the designer’s work has been featured on national television, on magazine covers, in newspapers and at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France.

the Bee Gees, Aaron Spelling, Olin Mills and luminaries such as King Hussein of Jordan and Kuwaiti sheiks. “After such exposure, I kept getting phone calls from people asking, ‘What else do you have?’ So I began designing different styles of rocking horses here in the United States,” Smith shares. “I traveled twice a year to Europe to have baby dolls and plush animals made in Italy, velour doll clothes from Germany, wooden puzzles and jewelry sets for little girls—it was wonderful!”

beauty. Smith prides herself on creating an environment that genuinely reflects the unique desires and personality of each of her individual clients. Her commingling of colors, pleasing, soft textures and lighting is influenced by nature and the exceptional beauty exhibited through the fine arts. Smith offers this advice to aspiring designers: “The most important element in design is the client/designer relationship. Building trust is more important than selling ideas and products. We are continually being required to put together all the pieces of a puzzle and when completed properly, it results in inexplicable joy.”

For me inspiration for my work is everywhere,” Smith proclaims.

We can’t look back at the past without touching on the future. Smith says trends in the home design industry have a life cycle of about three to four years. “The ‘in’ colors for this season are lilac, cobalt blue, turquoise, rich russets, gorgeous reds, sunny saffron yellows and emerald and garden greens,” Smith shares. “Mineral colors are forever ‘in:’ silver, gold, bronze and nickel.” Smith’s personal forecast is that the color pink will return. “Big is better than small and the layered look of patterns, textures and colors has a place in every home,” she says. “A new desire for ‘lived in elegance’ has returned.”

“I love art in all of its different forms.”

Before Smith became an award-winning interior designer (a recipient of six Designer of the Year awards from the National Interior Design Society) she had a passion for product design. “After I got married and moved to California, I was the manager of a design center and also decorated models for builders.” Smith says. “But it wasn’t until I had children that I wanted to invest my talents in the creation of children’s toys—my heart was bursting for this opportunity. It was my dream.” Smith’s first product design was a three-horse, pedal-powered carousel. “FAO Schwarz in New York purchased one and had it photographed and put on the front cover of their summer catalog.” Smith says. “Once that happened the floodgates were opened—I was in the toy business!” Her luxury products have found their way into collections of many celebrities including Chevy Chase, the Mandrell sisters,

After many years designing beautiful, handcrafted toys Smith moved on to using the talent she is most recognized for today, interior design. Her work currently graces numerous homes and penthouses across the country and a stunning yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. Smith describes her signature style as sophisticated and full of color that arouses the senses. “If I have a signature style, it’s that Reflecting on her life, Smith is reminded that people tell me no matter where they look they her goals have never changed. “In the bottom see quality and beauty,” she shares. “And that of my heart, I want my God-given talents to be used to enrich the lives of others,” she says. makes me happy.” “Artists are known as ‘weavers of dreams’ and as There’s a common theme that runs through an artist, I have the responsibility and pleasure Smith’s design aesthetic from toys to home of weaving dreams for my clients.” As for décor—color. “I realize that no matter what Smith’s philosophy for success, it’s simple; she the age of my client, child or adult, we all references an old Chinese proverbs that says, respond to beauty and color,” Smith says. “It “Buy the best and you only cry once.” energizes the soul and delights the senses.” Her style truly transforms a home from dreary to luxurious and is comfortable and full of classic

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technology

New Construction &

Home Technology

TEXT BY SCOTT FUELLING, PRESIDENT, PHOENIX UNEQUALED HOME ENTERTAINMENT

So, you’re about to build a new home. Congratulations! Maybe this is your dream home or maybe it is just a step towards your ultimate goal. In either case, building the home you desire is a very rewarding process; selecting floor plans, finishes, fi xtures and so much more. However, it can be somewhat overwhelming at times, especially with varying priorities vying for your attention and sometimes even your construction budget.

interested in getting you online and then moving to the next project. Having a properly designed hardwired and wireless network in your home provides all of this including reliability and performance well beyond the typical store-bought hardware.

Safety and security are priorities in today’s society. A solid security system with life safety devices such as heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can easily meet these Home technology is often overlooked when needs. Wiring for this system on the front end building a new home. Many say “everything is ensures solid connectivity and reliability. going wireless so I don’t need to worry about it,” “I don’t need technology in my home, my Security cameras are also becoming more needs are very basic,” or even worse, “I’ll just and more commonplace in homes. Don’t be let my builder handle it.” fooled by inexpensive systems; cheap, lowresolution cameras often lack the ability to We live in a connected world. The Internet form a viewable image in dim light conditions and cellular data technology connect us to and long-term reliability issues are common anything and everything we may need, want in this category. Remember, you get what you or desire at a moment’s notice. In the home, pay for. computers, tablets and smart phones all need Internet connectivity. Having a fast, robust Automated wireless locksets that can send home network helps provide this and also text messages or emails are also very useful. allows you to access printers, scanners, etc. Imagine knowing when your children arrive Now add in the fact that most new televisions, home from school or when the housekeeper Blu-ray players, streaming media devices such arrives and departs. Today’s products even as Apple TV or Roku all need fast, reliable offer the assurance that all doors are locked Internet connectivity and the role of the home when everyone leaves the home. network comes to the forefront. There is some home entertainment that You should not allow your provider to requires forethought. Even though wireless handle your networking. They are primarily solutions exist, they are usually pretty limited 52 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014

in distance, function and performance. By setting up the proper wiring infrastructure in your home, you can easily select satellite, cable or Internet providers for your broadcast content and more importantly, change providers without the hassles of completely rewiring your home. Distributed audio/video is also gaining popularity in new construction. The ability to have centralized subscriber boxes and sources and utilize them anywhere or everywhere in the home gives you convenience, but also eliminates redundancy. By adding speakers in certain rooms, you can have a high-quality listening experience whenever you desire. There are many more topics, such as advanced home control or automation systems, specialized security solutions and even one-off designs to meet specific criteria. In the end, it always pays to consult with professionals and to properly plan for your needs, even if your budget cannot supply them all on the front end. This will save you time, money and frustration in the future. Until next month…


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When the owners of this exquisite residence first began their quest for a custom-built dream home, they started out with nothing more than a wish list. After living for years in a traditional home with a confining floor plan, low ceilings and limited windows, their first priority was to create an elegant, open-concept home with lots of natural light. “I met the homeowners at a Vesta Home Show. They talked about their dream home and I listened,” shares wellknown and respected builder Tommy Young. “They already owned a homesite in a new development in the Germantown area and I recommended Lavelle Walker for help in the home’s design.” The one-acre lot with gently rolling hills and numerous hardwoods called for a home with grandeur and Walker knew just the style. Inspired by Beaux-Arts design, Walker incorporated elements of classic historical style into a home design that blended Old-World elegance with modern-day efficiency. The Beaux-Arts style came to the United States in the late 1800’s when Americans were fascinated with everything European. The principal characteristics include symmetry, sweeping staircases, archways and a focus on outdoor living spaces and the surrounding landscape. “The French translation for ‘Beaux-Arts’ is fine art and this home represents an eclectic approach to the style,” says Walker. Prior to designing the home, he walked the property with the owners and knew that he wanted to capture the views from every room of the house. “The high elevation of this homesite created wonderful opportunities in design,” he adds. “The parade balconies off the upstairs bedrooms were inspired by the French Louisiana ‘Beaux-Arts’ style.” March 2014 • athomemms.com | 59


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The 6,400-square-foot home, with its elevated foundation, grand front entrance, four fireplaces and numerous balconies and terraces, embodies the spirit of a French mansion or “maison.” At every turn, details define its uniqueness. Windows and doors fill the home with light and allow the homeowners to move seamlessly indoors and out on both the front and back sides of the home. The painted brick exterior provides the perfect backdrop for the custom-designed wrought iron which was created by Absolute Iron. “I love working on homes like this,” admits Young. “It challenges me, and if my crew can’t do it I work hard to find the best craftsmen for all the specialized details.” The homeowners love to entertain and outdoor spaces were designed specifically with guests in mind. From the grand entrance with its sweeping steps and a large arched double door to the variety of poolside spaces in the back, the home welcomes its guests. An

outdoor living room with fireplace, several porches and balconies, a pergola for dining al fresco and a sizable pool and jacuzzi provide all-season enjoyment.

into the room.” The galley-style kitchen offers efficiency, but subtle details like the unique island pendant lights and an intricate tile backsplash give the kitchen its signature style. Off the kitchen is a scullery—a small prep kitchen that enables cooks to work behind the scenes and keep the main kitchen clean and clutter-free during parties. Also off the kitchen is a large butler’s pantry and food pantry. A custom-built climate-controlled wine cellar built by Young accents the wet bar area.

Inside, a consistent palette of warm beige walls allows the home’s architectural details to stand out. Jacobean stained white oak floors flow from room to room and traditional wool rugs in shades of poppy red, navy, taupe and ivory soften and warm the rooms. Antique pieces are blended with comfortable modern furnishings to bring everyday comfort to the “This was a challenging project,” admits main living areas. Young. “After enduring a couple of slow years during the recession this was a great The heart of the home is the open-concept come-back project.” Iindeed, this Beaux-Arts family room and adjoining kitchen. The tall inspired home is worthy of celebration. Vive cathedral ceiling is highlighted with chunky la maison! cedar beams and trusses which were custom made by Tommy Young’s team of carpenters. “I really think this wood detail makes the room,” says Young. “It’s a design feature that everyone notices and admires when they walk

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BATH REFRESH:

DESIGN TRENDS FOR THE HOME BATH TEXT BY NICOLE HUGULEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERRY SWEENEY

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or many homeowners, the bathroom is the hub of relaxation and peace—a private oasis that provides either an escape from stress or a calm environment to prepare for the day. Whether you’re in need of a steamy bubble bath or an organized vanity space, these 2014 design trends will help you improve the practicality of your bathroom space while maintaining a classic, modern touch. According to designers, this is the year of smooth lines, functionality and a neutral color palette. Minimalist style aims to create the most relaxing atmosphere possible with its mix of modern and traditional ideas. Designers also seem to agree that when it comes to the bathroom, “bigger is better;” more space means more room to allow for such features as freestanding tubs and walk-in showers. Planning ahead for storage is a trend that will never go out of style, but this year designers are amping up the creativity by viewing every square inch as an opportunity to combine functionality and aesthetic composition. This month’s featured home serves as a perfect example of 2014 bath design trends. Marble meets the floor without need for molding or trim, and storage features such as vanities and cabinets are nestled into the wall. Since edges between tiles are hidden from view, designers create the illusion that each wall is a single slab of marble. This technique helps to recall the classic elegance of ancient Grecian baths. Following this pattern, glass shelves that store linens remain tucked away within their own nooks, keeping all the room’s features on a single plane. Finally, multiple mirrors with few or no panes help generate bright and open spaces. These streamlined design elements function as an essential framework for the clean, crisp style of the entire bathroom. Charles Shipp, the architect who worked on this featured bathroom, offers his personal insight into the room’s style and design. Shipp tailored the design to the homeowner’s specific needs. “The room is enclosed for privacy with access to the pool—the owners wanted both an outdoor and indoor shower, so we combined the two.” March 2014 • athomemms.com | 65


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In order to accomplish this, Shipp installed an indoor shower and separated it from the exterior pool area with large sliding glass doors. When asked to describe the style of the bathroom, Shipp explains, “It is a spacious, light-filled bath.” He continues by noting another personal touch that he included in the design. “The vaulted ceilings match the architecture of the rest of the house, including the master bedroom.” Designers are now turning to a neutral color palette for flooring, furniture and accent pieces. Matte floor tiling in greiges and pale shades of neutral is a subtle deviation from stark white furniture, walls and ceilings. Varying tile shape serves to distinguish between separate areas in the bathroom. In this home, designers marked off the anterior shower area with small mosaic tiling that complements yet contrasts with the wide tiles of the front bathroom space. Plus, an added benefit of large tiles is smaller grout lines, which mean less maintenance for homeowners. Have fun with browns and tans to vary the room’s color scheme. Warm accents give the grays and white an added bit of character. This bathroom accomplishes this look with wood framing on the ceiling, a brass chandelier and cafe curtains that let in soft light. Adding texture to window treatments is an easy way to bring in comforting hues and to avoid a too-sterile color palette. Another current trend in bathroom design places a newfound emphasis on the bathtub. If space allows, a freestanding tub becomes the focal point of the room, not to mention a location to luxuriate. Added technology such as stereo systems and wall-mounted televisions elevate the bubble bath to a whole new level.

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Glass Shelf with Towel Bar in Satin Nickel OIA, $24, www.wayfair.com

White Open Leaf Wall Mirror Kirkland's, $40, www.kirklands.com

Bath Organizer (Set of Three) Zingz & Things, $36, www.wayfair.com

650-gram Weight Bath Towels Pottery Barn Essential, $5-$15, www.potterybarn.com

Pasadena Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Double Handles Price Pfister, $98, www.wayfair.com

Glass and Metal Soap Pump Kirkland's, $10 each, www.kirklands.com

Round Woven Lidded Hamper Pottery Barn Essential, $149, www.potterybarn.com

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Fleur-de-lis Apothecary Jar Kirkland's, $25, www.kirklands.com


Ella Single Sconce Pottery Barn, $99 - $189, www.potterybarn.com

Brown Chalkboard Basket Kirkland's, $13, www.kirklands.com

Southern Charm Soap Pump Kirkland's, $5, www.kirklands.com

Miranda Capiz Mirror Pottery Barn, $349, www.potterybarn.com

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GLIMMERS OF HOPE

TEXT BY ANDY PULTE

With spring just around the corner, it is time until closer to May due to the sudden changes to get serious and get the garden ready! The in temperature we still can experience. fickle weather of March makes it impossible to • If you are growing your own summer annuals, set dates and schedules for planting, so proceed early March is when many summer-blooming with caution. This month we hope to give you annuals should be sown indoors. Follow some ideas of what you should be thinking catalog or seed package directions. about planting in your garden. It truly is time • Seeds which were started indoors last month to shake off the dust and get back into the will most likely be ready to be transplanted garden if you haven’t already. When a warm into their finished containers and given day appears, use this list to give you ideas on dilute fertilizer. where to start. However, don’t get overzealous; • If you have a greenhouse, it is time to take cold weather might not be gone for good. cuttings of “wintered over” plants such as coleus, chrysanthemums and geraniums. Where to Start with • Divide and transplant clumping perennials SHRUBS AND TREES such as daylily and hosta and fertilize established ones as soon as new growth • You can prune summer flowering shrubs appears. Transplant any free-seeding like crepe myrtle after the last extremely cold perennials such as hellebore or coreopsis as weather but before they leaf out significantly. they appear. • Early March is still a good time to transplant • Cut back ornamental grasses to just above shrubs, trees and hardy vines; just remember their growing crown. Divide any thick and to keep them watered in the heat of the overgrown clumps and fertilize established summer. grasses as soon as new growth appears. • Roses can be pruned this month. Severe • Plant tender bulbs and tubers (gladiola, lilies pruning results in long-stemmed flowers and and dahlias) late in the month as soil warms. more compact bushes. You may continue planting additional bulbs • Prune winter jasmine after flowering. every two weeks until mid June to ensure a continuous source of bloom. Where to Start With • Set your mower on its highest height and PERENNIALS, ANNUALS, mow your ivy, vinca and monkey grass AND BULBS ground covers to easily remove old foliage. • Fertilize any pansies, violas and snapdragons • Wait to prune any semi-woody perennials like that you planted in the fall to boost their salvia, lavender, sage, artemis and rosemary spring blooming. 70 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014

Where to Start With FRUITS AND VEGGIES • Finish pruning fruit trees this month before the buds swell. • You can still do dormant spraying of fruit trees before the buds swell. Spraying should be done on a still day when the temperature is above 40 degrees. • Remove straw mulch from strawberries at the first sign of growth. • Take a little time to prepare the vegetable garden soil for planting. Well-rotted manure, processed manure, peat moss or compost are good additives for building the soil. Where to Start with LAWN CARE • Repair damage to areas of cool-season lawns and by overseeding. Be sure to not apply any pre-emergent herbicides to newly seeded areas. • Now through April is an ideal time to apply a combination of slow-release fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide for crabgrass control to any cool-season lawn. You want to apply this combination before dandelions reach the puff-ball stage. The fertilizer will boost the growth of your lawn and have it looking great for spring, and the herbicide will prevent crabgrass. Numerous brands are on the market and no matter which you select, be sure to follow label directions.


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A Springtime

Floral Affair TEXT BY MAGGIE WIER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA JOBE

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The inspiration for this brunch tablescape was all about texture. Event designer Angela Mazanti chose to incorporate natural elements in honor of the upcoming spring equinox. She used river rocks to create a sort of “riverbed” flowing through the center of the table. The table’s unstructured arrangement mirrors the new wild growth seen in nature this time of year. The mosscovered balls, the wood in the curly willow branches, the beautiful flowers all create the excitement that comes with a new season.

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Mazanti describes this spring brunch as “Natural Rustic Elegance.” Anyone can recreate a version of the look by collecting rocks from outside or purchasing a couple of bags from a craft store. For the greenery, glue loose moss to round Styrofoam balls; both items are available at craft stores.

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Mazanti used mercury glass candle holders and vases for hand-tied bouquets. Versatile and timeless, mercury glass goes with any style, Mazanti shares. “I use it quite often in such a wide range of looks and it never disappoints,” the designer says. Aged wine crates served a double purpose. Not only did their wood construction bring another element to the natural texture theme, but Mazanti also placed items on top of them to incorporate different levels, adding visual interest to the table. True to her style, the designer steered clear of the “expected” pastel flower shades and instead chose bright, rich oranges, reds and greens, proving that, contrary to popular belief, pastel colored flowers aren’t the only ones that can create the feel of spring.

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Light Chicken and Waffles Gets

TWO THUMBS UP CONVENIENTLY HEALTHY with April McKinney

CAJUN CHICKEN AND WAFFLES INGREDIENTS:

For the Chicken Tenders • 1 ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour • ¼ tsp. salt • ¼ tsp. pepper • 2 eggs • 2 tsp. hot sauce • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs • 1½ tsp. cajun seasoning • cooking spray

It seems like most upscale Southern-style restaurants nowadays are doing a version of down-home chicken and waffles, and who can blame them? Crispy fried chicken served over delicious waffles, and then drizzled with maple syrup, it's just heavenly! Since the chicken and waffles craze began, my husband has taken it upon himself to become a professional taste tester of the dish; if it’s on the menu he orders it practically every time we go out! I, on the other hand, try to resist this comfort food classic because, let’s face it, carbs and deepfried chicken aren't exactly waistline friendly. However, since I do love this combination, I decided to lighten it up a bit, and put a twist one of our favorite chicken and waffle dishes. I used a go-to baked chicken tender recipe that I have been making for years and I gave it a Cajun kick for this recipe. I also came up with a savory waffle recipe using some sharp cheddar cheese—don't knock it until you try it! And, of course, I do drizzle on the maple syrup because you just have to have it for this dish to really shine. This recipe can be served for brunch or dinner. I like to pair it with something light, just some fresh watermelon for brunch or some sort of green for dinner. Even though it is a lightened-up version of the classic, it's still very satisfying and filling. Oh, and don't worry, my husband gave this one his seal of approval. He is a pro at chicken and waffle taste testing, after all! For more recipes visit www.AprilMcKinney.com 84 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • March 2014

For the Waffles • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour (may substitute all-purpose) • 4 tsp. baking powder • ¼ tsp. salt • 2 eggs • 1½ cups milk • 1/3 cup canola oil • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese • maple syrup DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 400˚. Place a cooking rack on top of a

baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. 2. Place chicken tenders in a large zip top bag along with flour, salt and pepper; shake until chicken is coated. 3. In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together eggs, hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of water. In another dish, combine panko crumbs and Cajun seasoning. 4. Dredge the flour-coated tenders in the egg mixture, then in panko mixture (press crumbs into chicken to ensure they stick), and place on baking sheet. 5. Once all tenders are coated, spray them thoroughly with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes. 6. While the chicken is baking, preheat the waffle iron. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, milk and oil. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until just combined. 7. Lastly stir in the cheese. Spray the iron with cooking spray

and cook the waffles until golden. Serve the chicken tenders over the waffles and drizzle with maple syrup.


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Interim:

Sweet Escape

with Executive Pastry Chef E’Lane Bobo Williams TEXT BY NICOLE HUGULEY

pastry chef. Williams began cooking as a young girl in her family kitchen in the Mississippi Delta. After graduating from Ole Miss, she developed her artistic skills in preparing and decorating classic desserts and pastries at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. There she received her Superior Patisserie Dimplome. In 2012, she moved to Memphis and began her work with Interim. Her love of farm-fresh, local ingredients has a strong influence on her creation of specialty pastries, and this month she offers her recipe for Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta. This dessert is the perfect treat for a warm spring afternoon and can be prepared Featured in this month’s Chef ’s Corner is easily at home. E’Lane Bobo Williams, Interim’s executive Interim Restaurant & Bar opened its doors in January of 2007 at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue. While enjoying their meals, guests may also watch the team of highly talented chefs as they work in Interim’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The interior design of the restaurant, with its kitchen in plain sight of the dining area, is meant to enhance the relationship between the chefs and their audience of patrons. Artistic food presentation and a constant flow of activity only add to the restaurant’s eclectic and interactive dining experience. Another popular feature of Interim is its climate-controlled wine room.

CRÈME FRAÎCHE PANNA COTTA heat until barely simmering; stir together to make sure sugar is dissolved. Off the heat, whisk in the bloomed gelatin. Measure out the crème fraîche (or sour cream) into a large bowl. Strain the warm mixture over the crème fraîche and whisk together.

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Plating options: Pour dessert into individual serving dishes and spray dishes with cooking spray. Once set, flip dessert onto a clean, cold plate for presentation. If you are feeling adventurous, make a gelée or top the dessert with fresh berries.

*HOMEMADE CRÈME FRAÎCHE INGREDIENTS • 1 qt. heavy cream • 1 cup whole-fat buttermilk • 1 lemon, juiced METHOD Combine all the ingredients together and cover with plastic wrap, leave on counter for two days until mixture looks like sour cream, then refrigerate.


cuisine

French-American & Fresh

River Oaks text by maggie weir | PhotograPhy by Jay adkins

River Oaks is owned and operated by awardwinning Master Chef Jose Gutierrez. The title of Master Chef stands as one of the most coveted accolades a chef can earn, “I was voted by my peers,” Gutierrez says. “All over the world.” Gutierrez began his career at the Professional Culinary School in Manosque, France. The French-born chef has made his home in Memphis for over 30 years, however, and considers himself a true Southerner. When asked his favorite things about living in Memphis, it’s no surprise local eats are close to his heart. “There are so many favorites,” Gutierrez says. “Southern hospitality, great weather, variety of food professionals and availability of farmer-grown vegetables.” The French-American bistro located in East Memphis provides guests with an inspired and unforgettable dining experience. Having trained under Paul Bocuse, celebrated chef and creator of Nouvelle Cuisine, Gutierrez is well-versed in haute cuisine. The chef has been satisfying Memphians with his culinary skills for over 30 years, 22 of those marked by a distinguished career at the Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe. The chef ’s food philosophy is straightforward — to know the importance of the foundation of cooking and to share that knowledge with others, as well as to learn new techniques and to always respect the clients’ taste. As owner and chef of one of Memphis’ premier restaurants, Chef Gutierrez keeps the focus on the changing seasons and the simplicity of fine ingredients. “I am most passionate about fresh ingredients and true taste of ingredients,”

shares Gutierrez. “We make everything from seasonal greens, caramelized onions, roasted pepper and olive tapenade is a thrilling starter. scratch at River Oaks.” As for the chef ’s favorite menu item: “duck Certified by Project Green Fork, an initiative confit,” he says. When it comes to meats, that contributes to a sustainable Mid South menu standouts include the spiced duck by helping reduce environmental impacts breast with sweet potato and cranberry port and focuses on strengthening homegrown, wine sauce as well as Chef Jose’s sirloin burger River Oaks takes pride in buying seasonal with bacon and a side of pomme frites; add a ingredients from local suppliers. The menu is farm fried egg and gruyere for the full French a reflection of the chef ’s values, featuring the experience. For seafood, the sea scallops freshest seafood and the best in dry-aged beef. and homemade angel hair dish served with Utilizing local growers guarantees the freshest seasonal vegetables and citrus beurre blanc is both delicate and luxurious. “We have an approachable menu, and we are always happy to customize the dish,” says Gutierrez. “There is something for everyone — River Oaks is a warm, inviting, comfortable bistro.” Saving room for dessert at River Oaks is a must; the Key lime pie with nut crust and dulce de leche fresh whipped cream is unforgettable. The warm dark chocolate fondant cake with berries and vanilla ice cream will satisfy the sweetest sweet tooth. produce and specialty items, and the chef ’s commitment to serving only boutique and free-range farm meats assures the unmatched consistency and quality of River Oaks’ cuisine. The specials featured on a particular day alone are enough to tantalize the taste buds—from homemade agnolotti with ricotta, sweet corn, lobster, celeriac and chili oil to gluten-free organic fried chicken with mashed potato and truffle sauce—possibly the perfect FrenchAmerican dish.

River Oaks also boasts one of the most comprehensive wine lists in the Mid South. With more than 300 selections available by the bottle and over 75 by the glass, guests can experience the area’s most popular vintages as well as wines from more exclusive labels and vineyards.

If you want a memorable dining experience, impeccable service and unforgettable cuisine— look no further than this modern, yet An everyday menu favorite is the jumbo comfortable jewel of a restaurant. lump crab cakes served with seasonal greens, fresh avocado, mango and citrus vinaigrette. Warm goat cheese provencal salad with

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Wedding Jumpstart Bally's Tunica Robinsonville, MS www.eventbrite.com

MAHBA's Best of Home Expressions The Agricenter Memphis, TN

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Tennessee Naturalist Program Memphis Botanic Garden

Mardi Gras Pickwick Style Freddy T's Restaurant & Beach Club Pickwick, TN 731.926.1776

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Southern Circuit Screening: Finding Hillywood Playhouse on the Square www.southarts.org

Home School Days: Feathered Friends Memphis Botanic Garden www.memphisbotanicgarden.com

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Spring Break Camp The Memphis Zoo 901.333.6566 www.memphiszoo.org

Spring Break Fun Camp Memphis Botanic Garden

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Art After Dark: A Toast to Spring! The Dixon

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War Horse The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000 www.orpheum-memphis.com

27 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Landers Center Southaven, MS www.landerscenter.com

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Mississippi Blues Festival Leflore Country Civic Center Greenwood, MS www.mississippibluesfest.com

Dinner on Stage The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000

March 7 Legally Blonde the Musical

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Southern Women's Show The Agricenter, Memphis TN 901.757.7777 Legally Blonde the Musical Panola Playhouse Sardis, MS 662.487.3975

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March 14-15 4th Annual Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel Fair Park, Downtown Tupelo www.tupelobbqduel.com

Jillian Michael's 'Maximize Your Life' The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000

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Kids Fest Selmer City Park, Selmer TN 731.645.6360

Movies at the Pops! by the Jackson Symphony Carl Perkins Civic Center 731.427.6440

15 Memphis Flea Market "The Big One" The Agricenter Memphis, TN 901.757.7777

March 10 Spring Break Camp

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March 21-23 5th Annual Blooming Arts Festival Linden TN www.bloomingartsfestival.org

March 21-22 Hunting for a Cure Juvenile Turkey Hunt Hardin County Fairgrounds 731.952.8181

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Bill Pickett Rodeo The Agricenter Memphis, TN 901.757.7777

11th Annual Southern Entertainment Awards Resorts Casino Tunica www.southernentawards.com

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Tupelo Craft Beer Festival Fairpark Downtown Tupelo

For Ladies, By Ladies Empowerment Event LilyRoze Studios Memphis, TN www.lilyrozestudios.com

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Viking Half Marathon 5K Greenwood, MS

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March 20 Art After Dark: A Toast to Spring! March 25 War Horse

Annual Memorial Lantern Walk Parker's Crossroads Battleground www.parkercrossroads.com

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sources 42 | Community Hotspot Special thanks to — Stacy Ewell, Assistant to the City Administrator Germantown Mayor's Office, www. germantown-tn.gov 48 | Arts Special thanks to — Hillary & David Butler, www.hillarybutler.bigcartel.com www.davidbutler.bigcartel.com 50 | At Home With Special thanks to — Cheryl Lee Smith 52 | Technology Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment www.phoenixcommcorp.com 56 | Home Feature Windows & Doors — Pella Limestone — Christie Cut Stone Limestone — European Stone Werks Roofing — Owens Corning, Duration HVAC — Trane (William Cannon Heating & Air) Lighting — Magnolia Lighting Paint — Sherwin Williams Brick/Pavers — General Shale, Paint Color: Intellectual Gray Porches — Venice Tile & Marble, Quartzite Ironwork — Absolute Iron Cabinetry — The Cabinet Tree, Custom Cupboards Countertops — Granite & Marble Services Pool — Jay West Pool Deck — Silver Travertine 64 | Design Special thanks to — Charles Shipp, Architect March 2014 • athomemms.com | 97


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