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he temperature is soaring and you’re feeling frazzled. Close your eyes and imagine relaxing next to a babbling brook or wiggling your toes in the sand while the ocean’s waves crash around you. No time for a beach vacation? Try adding a tantalizing splash to your environment, like these savvy landscape designers did—bringing the serenity of the water’s edge to their clients’ backyards.
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Location: Sandy Springs Pool size: 1,425 square feet Design: Jason Brownlee | J. Brownlee Design JBrownleeDesign.com Installation: Neptune Pools | NeptunePools.com This stunning backyard combines the natural elements of fire and water with a unique, modern twist. â€œWe put a gas burner inside a
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While an outdoor shower where hikers, bikers and dogs can clean up may seem like a decadent idea, it’s surprisingly easy to install and is budget-friendly. “The challenge we encountered here was finding the ideal location for the shower, both for convenience and privacy,” says architect Timothy S. Adams. Locating the shower in a side yard makes use of a normally ignored outdoor space where privacy and access are typically plentiful. “This shower head is right around seven and a half feet above the shower floor. We felt it was important to include a handheld nozzle and a foot wash. Both hot and cold water lines were installed for those chilly mornings or warm afternoons,” Adams explains.
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Design Review: Do Your Window Views Add To Or Detract from Your Interior Design? You’ve invested time, effort, and money into creating unique interior spaces that reflect your style and personality. Do the views from your windows flow with your interior design— or do they leave a bit to be desired? Of course, the first thing we recommend is an instant makeover with farm-fresh, premium sod. Nothing spruces up an exterior space like a carpet of rich, green grass! You can also follow these easy tips to take your window views to the next level. Here’s how to start: • Sit on a chair or sofa that naturally provides a view out the window. Think of the window as the frame around a work of art. • Grab a pencil and paper and sketch what you see. Then, use clear page protectors or tracing paper to create an overlay of the elements you would like to add or highlight. Think about trees, shrubs, planting beds, rock borders, stepping stones, accent lighting, and water features. • Decide what you can do on your own and what projects you should hire out. Then, break the project down into phases or weekend-size chunks. Once you have a plan … get out in the yard and start having fun! • Be sure to add accent lighting outside to extend the beautiful show into the night. Solar lights require no complex wiring and can be used to highlight key focal points like rock walls, fountains, specimen trees, and walkways.
What happens outside is just half of the picture. Here are a few ideas for how you can add specific elements to your interior spaces to further highlight your good-looking landscaping: • Keep window treatments to a minimum to allow your beautiful view to be the star of the show. Consider using curtain rods that extend several inches past the window frame. Not only does this give the illusion that your windows are even bigger, it will also allow you to push the curtains aside and provide an unobstructed view of your lovely yard. • Incorporate accent colors in soft goods and accent pieces that coordinate with your favorite landscape features. Colorful throw pillows, decorative bowls, and ottomans are an easy way to bring the colors of daffodils, roses, daylilies, azaleas, and dogwoods inside. You can also change these design elements seasonally as the color palette outside shifts. • Don’t be afraid to capture the sun with metallic or glass accents that will sparkle year-round on sunny days. • Double the effect by strategically hanging a mirror that reflects the beautiful view from your windows. You’ll also reflect more sunlight into the room, creating a more open and airy feel. Elevating your exterior views to match the vibe of your custom interiors is easy and fun—and it all starts with a beautiful, green backdrop of premium sod from NG Turf!
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in the kitchen
The Perfect Recipe: Cooking with Coworkers The staff at My Home Improvement and fellow industry insiders embraced their inner chef at Team Building with Taste. An opportunity to cultivate relationships, be creative with recipes, and cook in a commercial kitchen with top-notch appliances made for a food lover's paradise. By Annie Paschal ove to watch “Chopped,” Food Network’s culinary showdown series? Feel a competitive edge when you’re in the kitchen? Want to connect more with your coworkers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, visit Team Building with Taste (TBWT). My Home Improvement, one of Atlanta Best Media’s flagship publications, joined forces with its sister publication, Best Self Atlanta, and its friends in the home improvement industry to take on a cooking challenge. Started by chef Paul McKeon and Jack Gerblick in 2012, TBWT invites businesses to strengthen their teamwork through collaborative cooking in its 1,800-squarefoot commercial kitchen. During the culinary challenge, teams have 55 minutes to prepare a three-dish meal while handling the occasional curveball. Our 20-person group was strategically split into four teams. This allowed people in departments (and at other companies) that don’t interact on a regular basis an opportunity to get to know each other better. Once the clock started, we were off to make the “healthy” menu (seven other menu options are also available, including Bistro, Italian, South of the Border and more). We got organized to make the kale salad, poached salmon, and warm quinoa. Someone in each group immediately took charge by assigning roles, brainstorming ways to enhance the recipe, and more.
(L-R) Alex McCray, Halen Adair, Wyndi Kappes, Patti Stephens, Paul Castell, and Jennifer Prins, enjoy a glass of wine before the fun begins.
(L-R) Team Four members David Leonard, Antonette Copeland, Paul Castell, and Miguel Velázquez celebrate their victory.
Diane Coker becomes a grill master.
(L-R) Wyndi Kappes, Jennifer Prins, Mark Galey, and Patti Stephens engage the audience with a “Kale Yeah!” chant.
With a fully stocked pantry at our disposal, written recipes in hand, and a TBWT-designated chef at each station, the groups worked together to create a meal that would impress the judges.
When the timer sounded, everyone put down their bowls and added finishing touches to their plate for the judges. Then it was time to present our dishes to fellow competitors and convince the judges to choose their group as the winner. Some chose catchy sayings and others went with creative music and dances. Mark Galey, president of Master Home Remodelers, Inc., led an energetic “Kale Yeah!” chant for Team Two. Getting the audience involved definitely scored them extra points. Ultimately, it was Team Four that smoked the competition with their Asian-inspired
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Recipes with a twist
Kale Salad with Almonds and Sherry Vinaigrette
Sherry Vinaigrette: 2 oranges 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon of honey kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper squeeze of lemon juice
1 bunch fresh kale (about 1 pound) 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
Directions • For the sherry vinaigrette: Peel the oranges with a sharp knife. Remove the segments by cutting between the white membranes of each segment. Squeeze out 2 tablespoons of juice and reserve. • Combine the olive oil, sherry vinegar, juice and mustard together. Season with salt and pepper and whisk vigorously. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. • For the kale salad: Remove the tough stems from the kale and discard. Finely slice the leaves into thin ribbons and toss together with the cranberries and vinaigrette. Serve on a platter scattered with orange segments and sprinkled with almonds.
Warm Quinoa with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives Ingredients
Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Photography by Justin Sicard of Mammoth Studio.
4 cups boiling water 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 2 cups quinoa 16 spears asparagus, trimmed olive oil, for brushing kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
• For the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, honey and mustard in a small bowl and blend until smooth. While whisking slowly, add the olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste. • For the quinoa salad: Bring the water to a boil and add the thyme. Stir in the quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
1 cup pitted Nicoise olives 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
• Preheat the grill. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on all sides until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. • Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fold in the asparagus, olives, goat cheese, basil and parsley. Add just enough vinaigrette to moisten the salad; don't make it too wet. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with more of the vinaigrette.
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What are your tips for creating an efficient kitchen?
“To generate an efficient work triangle, analyze how you move and cook. Ensure that items and materials you need to prep, cook, and clean are readily available in their areas.” —Jesse Morado, CR, UDCP
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
“The Thermador 48” Pro Grand® Steam Range. This item looks really sleek in the kitchen and the built-in steam feature makes it easy to prepare fresh, healthy options.” —Antonette Copeland, design director at Construction Resources, LLC
What did you like most about cooking in a professional kitchen? “I liked having everything we needed at our fingertips. The use of the warming drawer to finish the meal helped us time everything perfectly without having to stress about it.” —Jennifer Prins, residential marketing representative for Cambria
What would you like to change about your kitchen?
After the judges made their decision based on presentation, plating, and taste, we enjoyed the fruits of everyone’s labor by digging into each team’s dishes. As we ate, we reflected on what we learned about our coworkers and our newfound trust, respect and dependence on each other. Overall, this unique team-building experience, which more than 25,000 people have participated in, received rave reviews from our group. Now we know why 80 percent of other participants said this was the best teambuilding activity they have ever done.
(L-R) Team Three members Jesse Morado, Laura Janelle Downey, Nicole Hunnicutt, Alex McCray and Halen Adair are all smiles.
“I’m redoing my whole kitchen and plan to add a steam oven, vacuumsealing drawer, modular cooking tops, a Rohl faucet and a sink by The Galley.” —Paul Castell president/owner of Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath
(L-R) Team One members Annie Paschal, Sherri Adair, Witt Beckman, Juliann Kaiser, and AnneMarie Edwards show off their hard work.
What would you like to change about your kitchen?
“I would love to have wider aisles so people can work side by side without getting in each other’s way. I love to cook with friends and this would make that so much easier!” —Mark Galey, president of Master Home Remodelers, Inc.
What would you like to change about your kitchen?
“I currently have a small galley kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in it. If I had more space, I would love to add a convection steam oven.” —Diane Coker, marketing representative for Sub Zero Group, SE
(L-R) Chefs Susan Fornek, Philip DeYoung, Gloria Mitchell and Paul McKeon are ready to help.
Photos courtesy of (Team Three and Team One) Team Building with Taste. Photography by (bottom right) Justin Sicard of Mammoth Studio; (Jennifer Prins headshot) Willett Photography.
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Bring the warmth of nature and family to the table in this intimate dining space
set to make sweet memories. For a look as unique as the home custom builder Steve Powell had crafted, he turned to tablescape designer Victoria Katsikis to take his 400-square-foot indoor/ outdoor dinette to the next level. Katsikis, the Ellie Alexandra business owner, gathered her inspiration from surrounding colors and textures, drawing on everything from the pool to the rustic farm table. The result? A table setting that reflects the brightness of the landscape present in the colorful tulips, the intimacy of a family brunch tied together with personalized name tags and tall pewter candlesticks, and the richness of the home's interior set by brass cutlery and drinkware.
Table: Reclaimed wood farm table and bench crafted by Windsor Pine. Place mats: Knitted by Katie Klopp of Knitworthy Arts. Find her work at Urban Farmhouse.
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ch-ch-changes For the Different Stages of Life
from shabby sunroom to madeover mudroom From the start, interior designer and artist Kathy Story, and her husband, Trip, adored their country home in Milton. But after spending an ample amount of time in their sunroom, the couple realized that they could put this space to better use. The mess trudged into their home by Maggie, a 12-year-old cocker spaniel rescue, and Baby, a threelegged American bulldog, had run its course. After one too many muddy paw prints, Kathy decided it was time to turn their 120-square-foot sunroom into a place to corral the crud and the clutter.
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This pocket gate slides into the wall when not in use so the homeowners and their guests can move quickly from the mudroom to the kitchen without hassle. With the help of her handy husband, the pair set to work making the new space stain resistant and easy to clean. After replacing the old carpet with tile flooring, they tackled the walls next by covering them in rugged shiplap for durability and effortless rinsing. Kathy also added fun and functional accessories to the space, like an all-natural chevron rug perfect for throwing in the wash and a “serene blue” storage unit for stowing away coats, dog leashes, boots, and more. Kathy and Trip’s rescue pups were also given a cozy corner of their own. “When not on the sofa with us, you can find Maggie and Baby in this room, chowing down before snuggling up on their plush pillows,” Kathy says.
Kathy Story • Owner of Clairebella Studio • The interior designer and artist also has a product line, which includes fabric, wallpaper, wall art and more. All fabrics and artwork featured are Kathy’s designs. • Kathy has a passion for creating spaces that solve problems and combine form and function. • ClairebellaStudio.com
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Closets That Work Designers Create Private Retreats for You (and Your Wardrobe) By Stacy Moser The latest trends in closet design reimagine its very purpose. Designers are creating bright closet spaces, filled with natural and LED light, as opposed to darker, heavier dressing areas of the past. They are repurposing little-used rooms of the house into dream closets that invite one to slow down and stay a bit. Bye-bye drab storage space―hello inviting retreat. No matter what your budget, it’s easy to add a few clever design elements to expand your own closet’s functionality and ramp up its style.
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Take Advantage of Height
“My design maximized every square inch of this closet,” designer Scott Barnes explains. He “went tall” to capture territory for displays with ceiling-height cabinetry in a trendy gray-brown wood ﬁnish. Jay Kim, owner of Tailored Living in North Atlanta, says closet design has changed over the years―what used to be top-end upgrades, like soft-closing dovetail drawers, are now expected design elements. TailoredLiving.com/NorthAtlanta
Photo courtesy of Tailored Living.
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Designer Amber Longo says of this closet retreat, “We wanted an open, airy concept. Windows allow fresh air, but for privacy and to prevent wardrobe items from fading, we installed custom, UV-resistant window treatments. Also, think about your habits―do you fold jeans or hang them up? How about a vanity for makeup space? An ottoman can provide extra storage too.” LongoCustomBuilders.com
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DETAILS ➊ Sofa fabric: This 1960s- and 1970s-inspired “Sexy Sectional” in Nimes Denim by Ambella Home Collection visually divides the room. For this particular fabric, visit Lewis & Sheron Textiles. 912 Huff Rd., Atlanta or LSFabrics.com
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of the room. For something similar, go for a Grey Tufted Winged Side Reese Settee from Horizon Home Furniture. 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta or HorizonHomeFurniture.net
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Photo courtesy of Minhnuyet Hardy, photography by Brandi Boblett. Photography by (headshot) Mali Azima.
Minhnuyet Hardy • Owner of Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors, a boutique design firm specializing in men’s interiors and smart-home technology. • Her signature style, developed during her lifetime of travel, is an edgy combination of elegant simplicity and modern glamour—with a dash of the unexpected. • MinhnuyetHardy.com
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Lisa Gabrielson, interior designer and owner of Lisa Gabrielson Design, oﬀers everyday insight into key elements of various styles and tips for incorporating them seamlessly into your house.
Finding the ideal coﬀee table is no easy feat. Which of these speaks to you?
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Style can be expressed in every nook and cranny of a space, even on the ďŹ‚oor! Select the rug you would prefer to see underfoot.
Itâ€™s amazing how something as simple as paint color can completely change the feel of a room. What hue would you want to adorn the walls of your home?
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"Made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines, of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper,’ this style often incorporates relaxed furnishings, white walls, shiplap, subway tile, and a healthy dose of rustic wood,” Lisa Gabrielson, owner of Lisa Gabrielson Design, explains. The overall feel of this style is casual and clean while also being warm and family-friendly.
Photo courtesy of Home Tour America, home built and designed by Ecraft Homes.
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“Homeowners want to incorporate meaning into their houses and many do this through travel photos or collectibles. There are so many fun ways to incorporate these pieces, but my best advice would be to group similar items together for more impact,” Gabrielson says.
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If you answered mostly D's your style is Industrial MOSTLY D’s
“Factory lights, metal piping, hard edges and reclaimed wood define this style, which largely appeals to younger crowds and men. It’s modern, casual, and cool—all of which are reasons why so many city restaurants have embraced it,” Gabrielson says.
Photo courtesy of Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors, photography by Brandi Boblett, interior design by Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors.
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If you answered mostly E's your style is New Traditional MOSTLY E’s
Reinventing classic and timeless spaces, new traditional offers a fresh feel. It is ideal for those who want quality, comfort, and elegance without the stuffiness. Gabrielson notes, “This is often a layered look—incorporating history in traditional lines, art, and fabrics, yet applied with a youthful approach.”
Photo courtesy of Amy Morris Interiors, photography by Erica George Dines, interior design by Amy Morris Interiors.
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