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14 Editor’s Letter 17 Home Front Expert tips, news and events from Atlanta’s home improvement community

23 Editor’s Picks Objects of desire

25 Beyond the Page What’s happening in our online communities

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the most essential elements of any kitchen—get a special focus this month. As kitchens have become part of our primary living spaces, cabinets and countertops are more important than ever. These building blocks set the tone for the rest of the space, from defining the layout to establishing style. Pairing cabinets and countertops can seem mystifying with all the choices available, but there are some basic design rules that will help in the decision-making process. We also discuss affordable ways to refresh and improve existing cabinets and countertops. Something for everyone! The character of a home goes far beyond the kitchen. In fact, it begins at the door. Curb appeal projects, like kitchens, are some of the best investments you can make. Just check out the dramatic before-and-after photos in our feature on inviting exteriors to see what a difference paint, landscaping and more can make. Moving back inside, we are also taking a look at lighting this month. In several of the show homes I toured this year, the light fixtures really stood out to me. Can and track lights were nowhere to be found. In their place were artistic pendants, table lamps and sconces that complemented the décor. So the theme of our lighting feature focuses on showcasing your personal style with light fixtures.

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HGTV Stars John Gidding and Vern Yip Headline Fall Atlanta Home Show

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Visitors to the Fall Atlanta Home Show will have the chance to meet and get advice from design experts and HGTV stars John Gidding and Vern Yip. Gidding, from HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” and “Designed to Sell”, will present behind-thescenes secrets and tips for adding curb appeal Friday, Sept. 21, at noon and 2 p.m. Plus, one person will win the Photos courtesy of (left to right) John Gidding, HGTV; opportunity to have brunch Vern Yip, SEMCO Productions with Gidding. Enter at www. atlantahomeshow.com. On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 and 3 p.m.Vern Yip, from HGTV’s “Design Star” and “Design Star All Stars”, will discuss affordable design trends for the home. For more on John Gidding, Vern Yip and the home show, turn to p. 35.

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Local interior designers and artists have joined forces to create the Second Annual Art & Design Show House as a fundraiser for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Photo courtesy of Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Art. The show house, which will be open for tours Sept. 14-29, is located in The Park at Anderson Farms neighborhood in Marietta. Designed by Caldwell-Cline, the traditionalstyle 5,500 square-foot home includes three levels and 21-rooms and was recommended to the location committee by Johnny Sinclair, an agent with Harry Norman, Realtors. To make the home a true show piece, David Sinclair, of Sinclair Custom Homes, is helping the design team with highend upgrades. Plus, visitors can shop for a variety of handmade items from local artists on the terrace level of the home. Tickets are $15 plus tax online and $20 plus tax at the door. For more information, see the event listing in our “What’s Happening This Month” section or visit www.artanddesignshowhouse.com.

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homefront Fuller Center Saves Vacant Home, Donates To Family in Need A family of five now has a place to call home thanks to a volunteer effort lead by The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta. The project involved repairing and renovating a vacant home in Southwest Atlanta, which was donated to The Fuller Center by Chase Bank. Members of the local building community joined together to help complete the work under the leadership of Mark Galey, president of the center and owner of MRemodeling Services Inc. (www.mremodeling. net), and Chuck Whiteside, project manager and owner of Miracle Construction Services (www.miracleconstruction.com). With additional support from The Home Depot, Atlanta Home Improvement magazine and Reclaim It Atlanta, the renovated home was presented to the new owners during a dedication ceremony in June. The Fuller Center for Housing is a non-profit Christian charity that was founded in 2005 by Habitat for Humanity co-founder Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. As part of The Fuller Center’s annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build, Sept. 9-14, the organization will be doing major renovations on five homes in McDonough along with many others worldwide. To volunteer, please go to www.fullercenter.org for details.

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Local Builder Raises More Than $15K for Charity Event You have to be tough if you want to survive in the Atlanta housing industry these days, so it’s no surprise one local builder recently volunteered to fight in a charity boxing tournament. “Boxing has become a huge part of my life, and what better way to raise money for a great organization than to do it over cocktails, great food, friends and maybe even a little blood?” says Kevin Aycock, of Aycock Properties (www.aycockproperties.com). No stranger to the ring, Ayock has been boxing competitively for more than two years and has participated in several amateur boxing tournaments. However, in June, Aycock participated in a different kind of boxing competition: Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, in which members of the business community duke it out for the charity of their choice. Aycock fought on behalf of HomeAid Atlanta, an organization that works closely with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to build and maintain transitional housing for the temporarily homeless. While he lost his match—against personal trainer Dexter Hampton—Aycock raised more than $15,000 for the event and received special recognition for his enthusiasm and dedication. “It was a great fight,” says Aycock. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes Offers Inspiration and Advice A wide range of remodeling projects, from kitchens and baths to whole homes, will be on display during the Third Annual NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29. The remodelers themselves, all members of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a not-for-profit trade association of remodeling service providers that adheres to a code of ethics, will be on hand to discuss what was done in each home and offer advice on future projects. “Each year the tour has grown in popularity, as we showcase the beautiful and creative home expansions, renovations, kitchens, master suites, outdoor living spaces, green improvements and more created by local remodelers, builders and designers,” says Mark Buelow, president of Distinctive Remodeling Solutions (www.distinctiveremodeling.net), which will have a home on the tour, and chairman of the tour committee. “It is also extremely gratifying to partner with a charity and donate a portion of the proceeds to them. This year, our charity partner is the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).” Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the tour and will be available for purchase at www.atlantaremodelingtour. com or at the Fall Atlanta Home Show (www.atlantahomeshow.com), Sept. 21-23, 2012, at Cobb Galleria Centre. Attendees may visit the homes in any order and can download a map from the tour website. Editorial Resources begin on page 97.

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(770) 528-1444 www. artanddesignshowhouse. com Sat., Sept. 15 Marietta StreetFest 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Historic Marietta Square Marietta, GA (770) 794-5710 www.mariettastreetfest.com Fri., Sept. 21-Sun., Sept. 23 Fall Atlanta Home Show 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. Noon – 6 p.m., Sun. Cobb Galleria Centre Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA (770) 798-1997 www.atlantahomeshow.com Sat., Sept. 22-Sun., Sept. 23 Sandy Springs Festival 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat.

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nterior lighting is one of the home’s most basic needs, but today’s popular fixtures are anything but basic.

Designers commonly refer to lighting as the “jewelry” of a space—the finishing touch that dazzles and delights. Your home is filled with special decorative pieces, and lighting

should be no exception. Now more than ever, homeowners are turning to light fixtures to showcase their personal style. Clueless about how to creatively incorporate lighting into your home? Local industry experts and designers have come to the rescue. With these tips, you’ll never be left in the dark.

Start with finish The finish on a light fixture is key in a well-crafted piece and a way to showcase personal style. Some finishes can look dated or stand out for the wrong reasons. One of today’s biggest trends is flat, matte finishes such as rubbed bronze and toned-down metallics. Wrought iron is a timeless and versatile finish in keeping with the matte trend. Wood adds a natural flair and stands out in untreated or salvaged forms. For an especially rustic look, wire shades are playful and edgy. Glass and crystal remain popular materials, says Yaacov Golan, of The Lighting Loft (www.lightingloft.com).

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Details matter Form and function also come into play when selecting statementmaking light fixtures. Look for stylistic punches and attention to detail, as if selecting a work of art. Some trends you will find in today’s marketplace include:

Drum shades The ever-popular drum shade is now modern and updated, says Michael Fortson of Illuminations (www.illumco.com). The drum silhouette is clean and classic, blending seamlessly with the design of any room. Make it unique by covering a basic drum shade in fabric, suggests Golan. If you prefer a neutral-colored shade, let the shape of the fixture bring the drama. Look for a pendant with multiple small drum shades across a beam for visual interest. Judy White, of Masterpiece Lighting (www.masterpiecelighting.com), suggests grouping several drum pendants of varying heights and sizes to modernize a space.

Chandeliers Today’s chandeliers frequently include crystal and glass elements, which cause light to dance across ceilings and make entire rooms sparkle. Unexpected uses keep things fresh. For example, don’t be afraid to use chandeliers outside of their typical locations in dining rooms and entryways. Why not hang a chandelier in the master bathroom to add European-boudoir glamour or raise the sophistication level in the kitchen? If glass and crystal are too ornate for your tastes, consider farmhouse-style fixtures that add a rustic touch for an of-the-moment look.

Popular alternatives Beyond multi-arm chandeliers, orb-shaped fixtures command attention. Geometric shapes and textures are sculptural works of art, says Golan. Lantern-style fixtures are also common in today’s homes, bringing a touch of the past into the present. Even light bulbs have starring roles, including a major resurgence of Edison styles with exposed filaments, says White.

Mix, don’t match Now that you know what’s new in the lighting world, it’s time to incorporate these finds into your space. To avoid an overly match-y, dated look, seek out finishes that complement, not copy, the rest of the space. While many cabinets, doors and furnishings feature shiny silver or chrome hardware, it’s not necessary to replicate that finish everywhere. “I never worry about mixing finishes!” says Fortson. “Do not be afraid to mix flat and shiny: polished chrome can be softened with flattened nickel, dark bronze... anything goes.” Just as works of art are acquired over time, statement fixtures should have the same “collected” look, allowing each piece to speak for itself. Fortson says that many homes today are a mix of updated rooms and appliances paired with traditional furnishings and antiques. “My favorite thing to do is to put very contemporary lighting on top of traditional furniture like a Bombay chest,” he Photo courtesy of DRS and Associates www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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task and function,” Golan says. “Ceiling heights require and

Interior designer Kerry Howard, of KMH Interiors (www.

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kmhinteriors.net), has a meat-and-three design philosophy,

light for obvious task lighting. The various styles will create

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different looks and moods in the home.”

design elements around those pieces. He says to choose your

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main furniture, or the “meat,” then choose other elements

statement pieces and works of art. “Lighting really is the

such as rugs, mirrors and wall hangings and, finally, lighting.

‘icing’ on the cake in a well-decorated space,” says Howard.

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“It can tie everything together beautifully.”

and where to use lighting for maximum impact. “Various

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Energy-Saving Tips Lighting accounts for 15 percent of the average consumer’s energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By using energy-efficient lighting, consumers can use up to 75 percent less energy to light their home, adding up to some big savings. Here are more tips for saving energy: Conserve energy by using motion sensors and occupancy sensors. With sensors, you are only using light when you are at home and in need of lighting. The color temperature of the light source also is important. A color temperature between 2700-3000 Kelvin is ideal for residential lighting. Many light bulbs come with color temperature measurements listed on the packaging. —Phil Sherer, Masterpiece Lighting Add a dimmer to save electricity. If the light is dimmed, it’s like switching to a lower wattage bulb. Dimming a light by half can trim electric use by 40 percent over time. LEDs are four times more efficient than conventional light sources. They last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and far longer than typical incandescents. —Bart Lawrence, Sea Gull Lighting Energy efficiency is now easy to achieve without sacrificing ambience or light output. LEDs will begin taking the place of incandescent bulbs and can be retrofitted onto any existing fixture. LEDs are more dimmable than compact fluorescents and not as hot. —Michael Fortson, Illuminations

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Atlanta Home Show Stage Schedule John Gidding and Vern Yip headline the Atlanta Home Show Stage. Throughout the course of the Home Show, the Atlanta Home Show Stage will host 13 practical, eye-opening seminars on topics ranging from curb appeal and outdoor living to design trends and home fix-it tips. Meet and talk with Vern Yip, John Gidding, Tonya M. Williams, Walter Reeves, Joe Washington and more!

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Vern Yip is designing his way across America, one room at a time. Over his 13+ year television career, Vern has knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces, on NBC’s Home Intervention, through his private practice and for the past eight years on HGTV. His current work includes the seventh season of the HGTV hit series Design Star and Design Star All Stars. Whatever he does, Vern’s award-winning work has a distinct flair that reflects his expertise as both an architectural and interior designer. Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs, and his vast array of design tips can be found online at vernyip.com. Vern will be headlining the Saturday line-up of speakers. He will give two presentations on Saturday, September 22nd, at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

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Back by popular demand – meet John Gidding! With a bachelor’s in architecture from Yale and a master’s in architecture from Harvard, it was clear that John would leave his mark on the design world. The results of his studies, hard work and gifts can be seen right here in Atlanta! John Gidding Design Inc. has an Atlanta office that was started when John moved to Georgia for HGTV’s Designed to Sell. Working on both Designed to Sell and Curb Appeal: The Block, John has beautified many Atlanta area homes – inside and out! We are thrilled to welcome John back to the Atlanta Home Show. He will be appearing live on the Atlanta Home Show Stage on Friday, September 21st, at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Bring your questions, take lots of notes, stay for Q&A, get an autograph and enjoy the show! Visit AtlantaHomeShow.com for details on how to WIN BRUNCH WITH JOHN GIDDING! www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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SweetWater Backyard Beer Garden A backyard to behold! SweetWater Brewing Company teams up with Hope Atlanta to offer home show attendees the chance to sample some of the area’s best local brews. For a $5 donation to Hope Atlanta, home show attendees can sample an array of SweetWater’s finest beers and learn about local landscape design and options for every type of backyard. Bruce Holliday, of Landscape Plans Plus, heads up this feature team this year. Learn about landscape design, services and products ranging from grass to fire, flowers to water, patios to rec areas. Every penny of the $5 donation goes to Hope Atlanta, the programs of Travelers Aid, dedicated to the prevention of homelessness in our community.

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Fire Safety House In the event of a fire, do you know the best way out of every room in your house? Do your kids? Does the babysitter? According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. It’s not a question of luck. It’s a matter of planning ahead. Tour this life-saving exhibit with the whole family. Talk with members of the Cobb County Fire Department and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, and begin your planning today! This exhibit has proven so successful that this is the sixth year in a row that it will be featured at the Fall Atlanta Home Show. School field trips, grandparents with their grandchildren, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters have all toured this interactive exhibit. Your children will learn ways to prevent fires, the safest ways to escape fires and learn to trust the rescue efforts of the fire department in what can be a very loud and scary time. You will learn and/or be reminded of the steps you can take to make your home safe for those that trust you with their lives. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of Georgians for 30 years – feel free to say thanks! www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Exhibitors For a complete list of exhibiting companies, please visit AtlantaHomeShow.com A NU AGE HOME EXTERIORS .................................. 530

CPHB - CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL HOME BUILDERS ................................................. 416

JD KITCHENS BATH & MORE ................................ 1502

AAA AUTO CLUB SOUTH ....................................... 1612 ACKERMAN SECURITY SYSTEMS ......................... 1344

CPI SECURITY SYSTEMS ....................................... 1232

JOHNNY RHINO KITCHENS & BATH ...................... 1329

ACKERMAN SECURITY SYSTEMS - CAHP ............ 1348

CREATIVE CONCRETE RESURFACING .................. 1155

KITCHEN CRAFT..................................................... 1423

ADJUSTABLE PATIO COVERS INC ........................ 1010

CSI KITCHEN & BATH STUDIO ................................. 516

KITCHEN SOLVERS .................................................. 731

ADR TEAK ............................................................... 1210

CUTCO CUTLERY & COOKWARE .......................... 1044

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEMS INC. ................. 1115

ADT SECURITY SERVICES ....................................... 512

DACO ENTERPRISES INC. ....................................... 816

LANDSCAPE PLANS PLUS ....................................... 442

AERUS ELECTROLUX ............................................. 1330

DBD RENOVATIONS ............................................... 1606

LEAF FILTER NORTH OF GEORGIA INC. ................. 739

AFFORDABLE CONTRACTING ................................. 956

DECOR WINDOWS ................................................... 344

LEAFGUARD OF NORTH GEORGIA .......................... 636

AFFORDABLE CONTRACTING ............................... 1056

DIGNITY MEMORIAL ................................................. 837

LIGHTNING BUG ELECTRIC ................................... 1443

ALADDIN INSULATION ............................................ 1536

DIRECT BUILD HOME IMPROVEMENT ..................... 430

LIGHTNING BUG ELECTRIC - CAHP ...................... 1348

ALADDIN INSULATION ............................................ 1635

DIRECT BUY ........................................................... 1309

LOUD SECURITY SYSTEMS INC ............................ 1047

ALAN MURPHY WINDOW & SIDING COMPANY ....... 848

DIXIE HOMECRAFTERS .......................................... 1036

MA-BRI INC............................................................. 1628

ALL NATURAL DIPS/ELITE ENTERPRISES ............. 1619

DOGGONEHANDY .................................................. 1117

MASTERSHIELD ..................................................... 1127

ALL PHASE HOME SERVICES ................................ 1253

DYSON INC.............................................................. 801

MATTRESS 4 YOU .................................................... 506

AMERICAN ELEVATOR OF ATLANTA INC. .............. 1506

EASY LIVING PRODUCTS ....................................... 1416

MATTRESS FIRM .................................................... 1406

AMERICAN GARAGE DOORS & OPENERS .............. 716

EASY LIVING PRODUCTS ......................................... 323

METAL BRITE PRODUCTS ...................................... 1638

AMERICAN GARAGE DOORS - CAHP .................... 1348

EVERDRY WATERPROOFING ................................. 1601

METRO MECHANICAL HEATING AND AIR ............... 916

AMERICA’S MATTRESS .......................................... 1224

EVERLAST ................................................................ 736

MIKE MOORE PLUMBING - CAHP ......................... 1348

AMERICRAFT .......................................................... 1136

EXOVATIONS .......................................................... 1429

MIRACLE METHOD SURFACE REFINISHING.......... 1435

ANDERSON POWER SERVICES ............................. 1432

FALCON RAILINGS ATLANTA ................................. 1331

MODERN PATIO COVERS ....................................... 1223

ANGIE’S LIST ............................................................ 642

FIDELITY BANK ....................................................... 1642

MREMODELING ...................................................... 1531

AQUAGUARD BASEMENT SYSTEMS ..................... 1618

GARAGE FLOOR COATING INC. ............................. 620

MY PILLOW INC..................................................... 1637

AQUAGUARD BASEMENT SYSTEMS - CAHP ........ 1348

GEMS & CRYSTALS BY ANDREW ............................ 324

NARI - ATLANTA ..................................................... 1630

ARCHADECK OF GREATER ATLANTA .................... 1024

GEORGIA AQUARIUM............................................... 327

NATIONWIDE FLOORING BROKERS ...................... 1516

ARCLINE STUDIO LLC - CAHP ............................... 1348

GEORGIA AWNINGS................................................. 802

NATURAL POOLS BY DACOR ................................ 1202

ARS - UNIVERSAL HEATING COOLING & AIR PURIFICATION ...................................................... 524

GEORGIA CENTRAL VACUUM - CAHP................... 1348

NEHEMIAH RECONSTRUCTION LLC .................... 1444

GEORGIA FIREFIGHTERS BURN FOUNDATION ....... 105

NEHEMIAH RECONSTRUCTION LLC - CAHP ....... 1348

ASK-KAY/FLASH ELECTRIC ................................... 1519

GEORGIA LANDSCAPE ............................................ 442

NEW ARCH ............................................................. 1624

ASMYCA INTERNATIONAL TAIWAN.......................... 835

NO MOLD ATLANTA - CAHP................................... 1348

ATLANTA AUDIO & AUTOMATION........................... 1129

GEORGIA SOLAR LIGHTING BY THE SUNSHINE BOYS ........................................ 1001

ATLANTA DESIGN & BUILD ..................................... 1006

GEORGIA SPA COMPANY ........................................ 406

ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT MAGAZINE ......... 1634

GEORGIAS OWN CREDIT UNION ............................. 342

ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT MAGAZINE CAHP .................................................................. 1348

GLOVER’S FLOORING AMERICA - CAHP .............. 1348 GO GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL INC. ......................... 948

ATTENTION TO DETAIL HOME REMODELING ........ 1035

GOULDING DESIGN GROUP .................................. 1640

AVI / MARVIN DESIGN GALLERY ............................ 1306

GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS .............................. 1510

B-LEVEL SOUTHEAST ............................................ 1604

GREEN BASEMENTS & REMODELING ..................... 628

BATH FITTER ............................................................ 606

GREEN REVOLUTION ............................................. 1436

BEESNTHINGS.COM ................................................ 748

GUTTER CREATIONS.............................................. 1610

BEN HILL ROOFING & SIDING COMPANY INC. ....... 641

HADCO ................................................................... 1106

BORAL STONE PRODUCTS ..................................... 624

HAMMER STAHL CUTLERY-SIMPLICITY GOURMET ............................................................ 644

BORESHA INTERNATIONAL - BSKINNY COFFEE..... 531 BRANDSMART USA................................................ 1636 BROWN’S POOLS & SPAS ....................................... 348 BUILDER SPECIALTIES ............................................. 405 CABINET TRANSFORMATIONS ............................. 1142 CAPITAL REMODELING INC ..................................... 951

HEALTH MATE SAUNAS/PLH PRODUCTS ............... 241 HILLTOP POOLS & SPAS INC. ................................ 1028 HOME & GARDEN DESIGN INC. ............................... 529 HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS.................................. 1116 HOME IMPROVEMENT SOURCE LLC .................... 1230

JENNIFER’S GLASSWORKS LLC ............................. 424

NORTH ATLANTA RV RENTALS ................................ 124 NORTH GEORGIA REPLACEMENT WINDOWS INC..................................................... 441 OLDCASTLE SURFACES INC .................................. 143 ORANGE LUSTRE/CLIK PRODUCTS ...................... 1101 ORECK VACUUMS.................................................. 1401 PAINT WIZARDS/HOME WIZARDS ......................... 1629 PARTY TIL YOU POP ................................................ 224 PATIO ENCLOSURES .............................................. 1239 PATTEN SEED Co. / SUPER SOD ........................... 1544 PELLA WINDOW & DOOR COMPANY ...................... 906 PET LODGE PET RESORT ...................................... 1542 PHANTOM SCREENS ............................................. 1130 PIANO DISTRIBUTORS ........................................... 1524 PMC BUILDING MATERIALS ................................... 1424 POWER HOME REMODELING GROUP .................. 1335 PRESTIGE PRODUCTS DIRECT.............................. 1530 PRESTIGE RESTORATION SERVICES ...................... 603

CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION - CAHP ..................... 1348

HOPE ATLANTA THE PROGRAMS OF TRAVELERS AID .................................................... 147

CHAMPION WINDOW & PATIO ROOM CO. ............. 206

HORIZONSLTD.COM ................................................ 723

PULL OUT SHELF COMPANY ................................. 1148

CLASSIC BLINDS AND SHUTTERS ........................ 1623

HOUSLEY ENTERPRISES OF GA INC..................... 1102

QUALITY AEROSOL .................................................. 532

CLEARVIEW MOTION SCREENS ............................ 1324

HUMANE SOCIETY OF COBB COUNTY ................... 230

QUALITY STUCCO REPAIRS - CAHP...................... 1348

COBB COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT ........................ 105

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QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (DBA JF 23) ......................... 435

COLE AND COMPANY .............................................. 401

INFINITY LIGHTS ..................................................... 1532

RAINAWAY DECK DRAIN SYSTEMS ......................... 802

COMMUNITY ONE ASSOCIATES .............................. 316

INNOVATIVE OUTDOORS LLC .................................. 806

RAINBOW - PREMIER AIR LLC ............................... 1020

CONCRETE RESURFACING PRODUCTS ............... 1402

INSPECTORS ASSOCIATES INC. - CAHP .............. 1348

RELIANCE HTG & AIR ............................................. 1316

CONSULT-A-HOME-PRO (CAHP) ............................ 1348

INSPIRATIONS KITCHEN & BATH ........................... 1105

RENUEN EXPERTS ................................................... 329

COOK’S PEST CONTROL INC. ................................ 936

INVISIBLE FENCE BY PEACHTREE......................... 1124

RESIDENTIAL ELEVATORS .................................... 1018

COOLSCREENS ....................................................... 709

IRRIGATION REPAIR GUY ....................................... 1643

RHINO SHIELD BY GEORGIA COATINGS INC ........ 1622

COOPER MUSIC ....................................................... 144

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ROOFING INC. ......................................................... 744

CORONA SOLAR GROUP LLC ................................ 841

J & J PAINTING OF GEORGIA ................................. 1119

ROUSSO’S REPRODUCTIONS ............................... 1244

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Exhibitors ROYAL PRESTIGE COOKING SHOW ............................................................................ 423 RPM LANDSCAPE & PAVERS ....................................................................................... 942 SAFE RACKS .............................................................................................................. 1237 SELF DEFENSE ATL ...................................................................................................... 420 SERVICE EXPERTS HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING.................................................... 741 SHELF GENIE ............................................................................................................. 1336 SIGNATURE SHUTTERS - CAHP ................................................................................ 1348 SIT MEANS SIT ............................................................................................................. 115 SLEEP NUMBER ........................................................................................................... 924 SMARTMASSAGE ......................................................................................................... 417 SNELLVILLE HEATING AND AIR - CAHP ..................................................................... 1348 SOLAR ENERGY USA ................................................................................................. 1541 SOLAR ENERGY USA - CAHP .................................................................................... 1348 SOMA STONEWORKS .................................................................................................. 729 SOMETHING NEW ........................................................................................................ 843 SOUTHEAST COATINGS - TURTLE COAT .................................................................. 1235 SOUTHEASTERN UNDERDECK SYSTEMS LLC ........................................................ 1135 SOUTHERN CLASSIC FLOORING INC....................................................................... 1206 SPACEMAKERS OF AMERICA LLC.............................................................................. 941 SPRAY FOAM SERVICES .............................................................................................. 315 STATE FARM ................................................................................................................. 602 STRUXTUR INC............................................................................................................. 515 SUNBELT POOLS OF GEORGIA ................................................................................... 719 SUNCATCHER OF ATLANTA AFFORDABLE SCREEN ENC. ....................................... 1247 SUPERIOR PRO HOME IMPROVEMENT .................................................................... 1318 SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY........................................................................... 147 TALLMAN POOLS ....................................................................................................... 1614 TAYLOR CONSTRUCTION .......................................................................................... 1515 TAYLOR CONSTRUCTION .......................................................................................... 1229 TERRAGARDENS LANDSCAPE SERVICES ................................................................ 1641

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THE AUTOMATED HOUSE - CAHP ............................................................................. 1348

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THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION ................................................................. 1147 THE CABINET CREW - CAHP ..................................................................................... 1348 THE LOUVER SHOP ..................................................................................................... 519 THE MAD HATTER SERVICE COMPANY .................................................................... 1248

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THE TRUSTED TOOLBOX - HOME REPAIRS - CAHP ................................................. 1348

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VISION STAIRWAYS & MILLWORK LLC - CAHP......................................................... 1348

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VISION STAIRWAYS & MILLWORK LLC ....................................................................... 735 VITAMIX ....................................................................................................................... 1048 WATERFURNACE INTERNATIONAL INC. .................................................................... 1236 WE TEACH HOUSE INSTITUTE - CAHP ...................................................................... 1348 WEATHER GUARD METAL ROOFING ........................................................................... 616

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WESTSIDE FOUNDRY HOME FURNISHINGS ............................................................... 706

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WINDOW GENIE ......................................................................................................... 1040

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WICKFREE CANDLES INC. (SCENTSY WICKLESS CANDLES) .................................... 520 WINDOW WORLD ......................................................................................................... 724 WOOD RE NEW OF WEST METRO ATLANTA ............................................................. 1154 WOODMAN INSULATION - CAHP ............................................................................... 1348 WOODTRAC CEILING SYSTEM BY SAUDER ............................................................. 1231 XTREME WHITENING USA............................................................................................ 415

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the look you were going for,” says Becky Costa, of Stonecrafters USA Inc. (www.stonecraftersusa.com) in Marietta. You don’t need to break the budget, but if you’re remodeling to sell (whether right away or in the foreseeable future), remember the old adage: Kitchens sell houses.

Loving your layout Every kitchen layout, from classic L-shape to modern double-island, defines and highlights the space. Most are based around the “work triangle,” in which the sink, stove and fridge are positioned in the form of a triangle, to eliminate extra footsteps. The U-shape kitchen often includes a center island for prep work flanked by cleaning, cooking and storage areas. A two-wall, or galley, layout is a good option in tight spaces but creates separation and often makes entertaining difficult. The past several decades have seen a creative movement beyond classic layouts. A peninsula kitchen adds a dogleg to the standard Lshape layout and creates a small seating area, while a zone layout offers separated wash, prep and eating areas. Double islands, in which one island often includes a sink for prep and serving and the other is reserved for eating, are increasingly popular and can be added to several types of layouts. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS S P E C I A L S E C T I O N options that fit in tight corner spaces to open up the least accessible parts of a kitchen. “Just going from 30-inchhigh to 36-inch-high wall cabinets will greatly increase storage capacity,” says Debra Bobo, of CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio (www.csikitchenandbath. com) in Atlanta. Interior storage accessories often provide the biggest upgrade opportunities. Existing cabinets may be modified to function better with fewer doors and various insert options. “The right cabinet can utilize space better both inside and out, offering better storage solutions and a better use of floor space,” says Joshua Johnson, of J. Aaron LLC (www. jaaronwoodcountertops.com). Just remember, even a large kitchen must be planned carefully to maximize usable space. “It may not be obvious, but even a large kitchen can end up short on storage if not planned correctly,” says Mark Meriaux, of VT Stone Surfaces (www. vtindustries.com). “Homeowners should plan out their storage in both the upper and lower cabinets ahead of time and discuss options for increased storage and functionality.”

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irst impressions are important, especially when it comes to your home. A house with an unkempt yard, peeling paint and sagging gutters doesn’t look nearly as appealing as one with a well-maintained exterior. Whether you plan to sell your home or live in it for years to come, sprucing up the outside will make coming inside more inviting.

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Where to start To transform your exterior from drab to fab, begin with an honest assessment of what your home looks like from the street. Survey every angle visible to passersby, and take note of areas that scream for improvements. When creating a budget, determine your objective: Do you want to give the façade a mini-facelift or an extreme makeover? Are you creating curb appeal to attract homebuyers or to make your home more welcoming to

A major facelift that involves architectural changes to a house can cost around $5,000 to $30,000 depending on the project, according to Heather Shuster, project development director for Renewal Design-Build (www.renewaldesignbuild. com), an Atlanta remodeling company. “One of the most important things with curb appeal is to have a defined entrance,” she says. “You want to give folks who pull up in a car or walk by a really good sense of where to enter.”

family and friends? If you’re planning to sell, ask an expert if

To give the entrance a strong focal point, Shuster

the enhancements will add to the value of your property. At

recommends adding a path, a porch or an awning over the

a time when home values are down and there are so many

front door. She also suggests adding molding at the front

foreclosures on the market, make sure you can recoup some

door, windows and roofline to give the exterior a sense of

of the costs of the improvements in your selling price.

balance that is attractive from the street.

Ideas for improvement

Don’t forget to consider art when adding curb appeal, says Moyal, who also happens to be an artist. Any detail you can

You can make your home more attractive by doing

add to your home, whether it is an abstract sculpture on the

something as simple as installing outdoor lighting, putting

lawn, an artsy mailbox or unique street numbers will make a

in a new walkway or garden, incorporating natural stone in

home stand out among the rest.

the exterior, building a new front porch or replacing garage

In addition to upgrading or improving the exterior of

doors.

the home, don’t forget the importance of a beautifully

“People think this kind of project takes thousands of dollars,

landscaped lawn and garden. Lawns take a beating during

and it does not,” says Moyal. “You can pick one thing that’s

the hot summer months and often need additional nutrients

inexpensive and make it look really nice, or you can work on

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Five more things you can do to increase your home’s curb

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1. Remove weeds from planter beds and add new mulch

with your selections to print out or e-mail to a contractor.

and borders. 2. Repaint the house or key areas of the exterior such as the front door, siding, shutters and trim. 3. Repair porch railings to eliminate sagging or replace a wooden porch with brick or stone. 4. Repair cracks in the driveway and widen it with

Curb Appeal Tips from John Gidding • Play up the pathway to your front door—the most important

pavers. Stain the concrete in a shade that accents the

path for curb appeal—with materials such as brick soldier,

color of the home.

asphalt and painted or stained concrete.

5. Replace a damaged roof with a new one with

• Lawns are out. Try a cool

architectural shingles. The shingles come in a variety

xeriscape instead, with hearty

of textures, patterns and colors. Also consider

decomposed granite boulders

replacing old gutters and downspouts and paint them

and pebbles. It still looks lush

to match the house.

but is better for the environment

Resources for more inspiration For more ideas on how to boost your home’s “wow” factor, check out www.houzz.com, a website that

and much easier to maintain. • Garage doors make a big difference without a huge

specializes in home design, décor and remodeling ideas.

investment. Due to advances in

For jaw-dropping home exteriors, enter “curb appeal”

manufacturing, today’s garage

in the site’s search engine to access more than 4,000

doors are less expensive and

photos, find local architects, designers and remodeling

more high-end looking.

professionals and engage in discussions with other

—John Gidding, star of HGTV’s

homeowners. The free website also enables users to

“Curb Appeal: The Block”

upload photos of their own homes to get ideas from

Get more curb appeal tips from

other members and create an ideabook to take to a

John Gidding Friday, Sept. 21,

contractor.

2012, at the Fall Atlanta Home

Homeowners also can get ideas from online visualizers

Show at Cobb Galleria Centre.

by product manufacturers such as Ply Gem, James Hardie

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Important reminders As with any home improvement project, be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a contractor to do the work. When meeting references from customers whose projects were similar to yours or ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Make sure you have a mutual understanding about how long the project will take and what will happen in the event of delays. Be sure to check with your local government about any permits that will be required before the work starts. If your project requires tree removal, city approval might be needed before they can be

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Get help from a pro An interior designer can help focus your interests and inspirations into a design plan that is right for you, your family and your home. With a range of services offered, it’s never been easier to find the right designer for your home. Keep these rules close at hand when speaking to an interior designer about your vision for your space.

Get started Go through your home and get rid of anything dated. Make a shopping list of things that need replaced—starting with large pieces first. Also think about reusing or repurposing existing pieces that are no longer working as is. Could a lamp be repainted and moved into a bedroom? Would a marble top on your coffee table update it?

With so many options out there, how do you sift through and find the decorating style that is right for you? It is not surprising that many people feel overwhelmed by the endless choices currently available. With these rules you will be well on your way to a stylish home that remains timeless yet always looks fresh. Celebrate you Your home should be a reflection of you, not your designer or your mother or your next-door neighbor. Think about the things that you love and want to surround yourself with. Turn travel souvenirs into an artful collection or have your children’s art professionally framed. Let your personality shine so it is clear to guests who visit your home; celebrate you. Decorate in layers The quickest way to date your space is to purchase a matching set of furniture. The trick is to decorate in layers, picking your big pieces—a quality sofa or rug that will stand the test of time—first. Layer in smaller pieces—chairs and occasional tables—followed by lighting, textiles and accessories. Let these layers develop over time. Find pieces you absolutely love and incorporate different colors and textures. If you already own a matching set of furniture, you can break the set up into different rooms or trade with a friend.

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adding an island to the kitchen; and updating

Photo courtesy of Wade Bowman

Local interior designers and artists have joined forces to create the Second Annual Art & Design Show House as a fundraiser for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Photo courtesy of Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Art. The show house, which will be open for tours Sept. 14-29, is located in The Park at Anderson Farms neighborhood in Marietta. Designed by Caldwell-Cline, the traditionalstyle 5,500 square-foot home includes three levels and 21-rooms and was recommended to the location committee by Johnny Sinclair, an agent with Harry Norman, Realtors. To make the home a true show piece, David Sinclair, of Sinclair Custom Homes, is helping the design team with highend upgrades. Plus, visitors can shop for a variety of handmade items from local artists on the terrace level of the home. Tickets are $15 plus tax online and $20 plus tax at the door. For more information, see the event listing in our “What’s Happening This Month” section or visit www.artanddesignshowhouse.com.

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THE FINISHING TOUCH P. 28-32 Altogether Home, (866) 402-HOME, www.altogetherhome. com. Ballard Designs, (800) 536-7551, www. Make lighting part ballarddesigns.com. Circa Lighting, (877) of your decor 762-2323, www.circalighting.com. Crate and I Barrel, (800) 967-6696, www.crateandbarrel. com. DRS and Associates, (818) 981-8210, www. drsandassociates.com. IKEA Atlanta, 441 16th Street, Atlanta, GA 30363, (404) 745-4532, www. ikea.com/us. Illuminations, 597 Cooledge Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, (404) 876-1064, www.illumco.com. KMH Interiors, 1440 Dutch Valley Place, Suite 740, Atlanta, GA 30324, (678) 705-7580, www.kmhinteriors.net. The Lighting Loft, 593-B Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, (404) 522-2074, www.lightingloft.com. Masterpiece Lighting, 774 Forrest Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 355-6803, www.masterpiecelighting. com. Sea Gull Lighting, (800) 347-5483, www.seagulllighting.com. The Finishing

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nterior lighting is one of the home’s most basic needs, but today’s popular fixtures are anything but basic.

Designers commonly refer to lighting as the “jewelry” of a

space—the finishing touch that dazzles and delights. Your home is filled with special decorative pieces, and lighting

should be no exception. Now more than ever, homeowners

are turning to light fixtures to showcase their personal style.

Clueless about how to creatively incorporate lighting into your home? Local industry experts and designers have come to the rescue. With these tips, you’ll never be left in the dark.

Start with finish

The finish on a light fixture is key in a well-crafted piece and a

way to showcase personal style. Some finishes can look dated or stand out for the wrong reasons. One of today’s biggest trends is flat, matte finishes such as rubbed bronze and toned-down metallics. Wrought iron is a timeless and versatile finish in

keeping with the matte trend. Wood adds a natural flair and stands out in untreated or salvaged forms. For an especially

rustic look, wire shades are playful and edgy. Glass and crystal remain popular materials, says Yaacov Golan, of The Lighting Loft (www.lightingloft.com).

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PERFECT PAIRS P. 52-65 Artisan Group, (512) 263-7625, www.artisan-collection. CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, 6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Cpairs How to choose cabinets and countertops 2, Norcross, GA 30071, (770) 729-1999, www. csikitchenandbath.com. Cosentino, www. S cosentino-group.net. CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, 6527 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30071, (770) 729-1999, www.csikitchenandbath. com. Diversified Cabinet Distributors, 5250 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross, GA 30071, (678) 325-3650, www.dcdcabinets.com. J. Aaron LLC, 733 Glendale Road, #A, Scottdale, GA 30079, (404) 298-4200, www. jaaronwoodcountertops.com. Mark Williams Design Associates, 659 Auburn Ave., Studio G9, Atlanta, GA 30312, (678) 539-6886, www.markwilliams-design.com. Oldcastle Surfaces, 1400 W. Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 355-3108, www. oldcastleapg.com. Stonecrafters USA Inc., 401 Wallace Road, Marietta, GA 30062, (770) 973-0344, www.stonecraftersusa.com. VT Stone Surfaces, (712) 369-3117, www.vtindustries.com. Wellborn Cabinet Inc., (800) 762-4475, www.wellborn.com.

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take a design from dream to nightmare if you get lost in the

details. “The right cabinets and countertops can complement your kitchen by finalizing your design and helping you get

the look you were going for,” says Becky Costa, of Stonecrafters USA Inc. (www.stonecraftersusa.com) in Marietta. You don’t need to break the budget, but if you’re remodeling to sell (whether right away or in the foreseeable future), remember the old adage: Kitchens sell houses.

Loving your layout

spaces but creates separation and often makes entertaining difficult. The past several decades have seen a creative movement beyond

classic layouts. A peninsula kitchen adds a dogleg to the standard Lshape layout and creates a small seating area, while a zone layout

offers separated wash, prep and eating areas. Double islands, in which one island often includes a sink for prep and serving and the other is

reserved for eating, are increasingly popular and can be added to several types of layouts.

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irst impressions are important, especially when it comes to your home. A house with an unkempt

yard, peeling paint and sagging gutters doesn’t look nearly as appealing as one with a well-maintained

exterior. Whether you plan to sell your home or live in it for years to come, sprucing up the outside will make coming inside more inviting.

“This is your residence, where you spend most of your life. It’s part of you, so you want it to look as good as you,” says Avi Moyal, owner of Atlanta Curb Appeal (www.atlantacurbappeal.com).

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