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Contents Bucks County Home & Garden Guide Annual 2016 Edition Annual Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Home Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Inside Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Living in the Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Finishing Outdoor Rooms . . . . . . 52

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Beyond the Garden Gate . . . . . . . 60 Bucks County Barns . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

44 Home & Garden Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Advertising Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

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Publisher William N. Waite Executive Editor Bob Waite Asssistant Editor Mary Beth Schwartz Art Director Mary Wilsbach Katz Photography Randl Bye Advertising Director Vicky M. Waite

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Account Executives Frank Boyd Lisa Bridge Kathy Driver Lisa Kruse Bucks County Home & Garden Guide is published annually by BCM Media Company, Inc., 309 W. Armstrong Drive, Fountainville, PA 18923. 215766-2694. Single copy price of the Bucks County Home & Garden Guide is $1.95. For single copy sales, call 215-766-2694 or visit Buckscountymag.com.


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ANTIQUES 62nd Annual Yardley Community Centre Antiques Show January 15-16: Over 20 antique dealers offering a variety of items, including primitives, country and traditional furniture, china, glass, silver, textiles, jewelry, pottery, and dolls. Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission.Yardley Community Centre, 64 South Main Street,Yardley, PA. www.yardleycommunitycentre.com. 2016 Chester County Antiques Show April 2-3: The 34th Annual Antiques Show is a benefit for the Chester County Historical 10 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

Society. Admission. The Phelps School, Malvern, PA. 610-692-4800; www.chestercohistorical.org. The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show April 15-17: This prestigious show offers diverse furnishings and decorative arts for both the period and modern American home. Admission. The Navy Yard on the Marine Parade Grounds, South Broad Street and Intrepid Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 610-902-2109; www.philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com.


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Renningers April 28-30: Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza June 23-25: Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza September 22-24: Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza 740 Noble Street, Kutztown, PA. 610-683-6848; www.renningers.net. Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art Antiques Show May: Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation are featured at this show. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA. 610-388-2700; www.brandywine.org.

Antique City June 18-19: Rows of booths feature varieties of antiques and collectibles. Primitives, decoys, pop culture, postcards, amusements, and more will be on display. Admission. Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA. www.antiquecityshow.com. Warren County Antiques Show & Vintage Marketplace August 20-21: Spend a few days shopping in the country for antiques. Along with antiques and collectibles, there will be lectures from respected historians, demonstrations, and world class exhibitions. Don’t miss the live entertainment and food vendors. Admission. Free parking. Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 11


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Harmony, NJ. 908-343-5873; www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com. Tinicum Park Antiques Show September: This annual weekend event benefits the Historic Properties Division of Bucks County Parks and Recreation. Admission. Tinicum Park, River Road, Erwinna, PA. www.buckscounty.org. Annual Antiques Show November: The Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association presents their annual antiques show on a special weekend during the month. Admission. Eagle Fire Hall, Route 202 and Sugan Road, New Hope, PA. 215290-3140; www.bcadapa.org.

Delaware Antiques Show November: Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. Admission. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. 800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org.

CRAFTS Sugarloaf Crafts Festival March 11-13: Garden State Exhibit Center (Somerset, NJ) March 18-20: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Oaks, PA) More than 250 artisans display and sell their creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, and more. Admission. 800-210-9900; www.sugarloafcrafts.com. 12 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craftsmen Fairs May; October: Philadelphia, PA June; November: Lancaster, PA July: Wilmington, DE Admission. 717-431-8706; www.pacrafts.org. Byers’ Choice Annual American Artisan Showcase May 7-8: This juried show features about 70 handcrafters, who create traditional crafts, or crafts based on a traditional method or design. The craft booths will be indoors, in a large, well-lit expo facility within the Byers’ Choice building. Admission. 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA. 215-822-6700; www.byerschoice.com. Annual Bucks County Quilt Showcase July-September: Over 100 quilts of various types will be on display at the Bucks County Visitor Center. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA. 800-836-2825; www.visitbuckscounty.com. Annual Traditional Artisan Show September: Bedminster Land Conservancy hosts this annual show. There will be over 40 artisans from 12 states selling Redware pottery, Windsor chairs, hooked rugs, Shaker boxes, floor cloths, Theorem paintings, stained glass, and more.Visitors also can see craft demonstrations. Delaware Valley College, 700 East Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA. 215-795-2352; www.bedminsterlandconservancy.org. Doylestown Arts Festival September: For a special weekend in


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September Doylestown turns into a festival. You will discover over 100 artists, live music on multiple stages, activities, food courts, and a bike race. Doylestown, PA. www.doylestownartsfestival.com. New Hope Annual Outdoor Juried Arts & Crafts Festival September: One weekend in September will include over 175 artists and craftsmen with such media as ceramics, sculpture, pastels, glass art, and jewelry. Free admission and shuttle. Rain or shine. New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA. www.visitnewhope.com/arts-crafts-festival. Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza September 15-18: Come see exhibits of over 600 quilts and garments presented in gallery style. Over 200 vendor booths offer completed quilts, as well as the equipment and supplies needed to make them. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 484-754-3976; www.phillyexpocenter.com. Crafts in the Meadow October: This fall invitational craft show features over 100 craftspeople, live music, and tons of activities on a weekend during the month. Represented will be ceramics, fine art, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and more. Tyler Park Center for the Arts, 10 Stable Mill Road, Richboro, PA. 267-218-0290; www.tylerparkarts.org. Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show November: This annual art event is for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, 14 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

to fund conservation and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-684-7930; www.pmacraftshow.org.

GARDENS Bartram’s Garden Visit this National Historic Landmark and House, circa 1728. The grounds are free and open to the public. Guided tours are available of both the historic garden, as well as the Bartram family home. Don’t miss The Bartram Nursery, complete with native plants and those discovered by the Bartram family. 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. 215-729-5281; www.bartramsgarden.org. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve This is the destination for seeing and learning about the native plants of the Delaware Valley. The 134-acre preserve has over 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore woods, meadows, a pond, and Pidcock Creek, as well as a changing collection of wildlife, birds, and wildflowers. Many educational programs are offered yearround. 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA. 215-862-2924; www.bhwp.org. Camden Children’s Garden Designed for children and families, the Camden Children’s Garden is a place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play. Educational programs are offered April through December. Admission. 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. 856-356-8733;


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www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Chanticleer A 35-acre pleasure garden open to the public. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. Educational programs are offered year round. 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA. 610-687-4163; www.chanticleergarden.org. Hortulus Farm A one-hundred acre 18th-century farmstead and nursery operation. It was created by garden and event designer Renny Reynolds and garden writer and author Jack Staub. The gardens and museum are open for tours from May through October. 60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown, PA. 215-598-0050; www.hortulusfarm.com. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Jenkins Arboretum features a collection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns in a natural landscape. The landscape and plant collections provide sanctuary for native birds, insects, and wildlife. Educational programs are offered year round. 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA. 610-647-8870; www.jenkinsarboretum.org.

events, firework and fountain displays, seasonal festivals, guided tours, and educational programs. Admission. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA. 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org. The Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania Ninety-two acres of lush and colorful gardens await at The Morris Arboretum. Discover garden spaces and learn about 13,000 labeled plants, trees, and flowers. More than 100 classes, tours, and lectures are offered in spring and fall.Visitors also will enjoy changing exhibits. Admission. 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 215247-5777; www.morrisarboretum.org. Mt. Cuba Center The Mt. Cuba Center is situated on 600 acres. Its woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as one of the region’s finest. Guided docent tours are available by reservation. Admission. 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE. 302-239-4244; www.mtcubacenter.org.

Linden Hill Gardens The retail nursery and destination garden of garden designer Jerry Fritz. Educational programs are offered year round. 8230 Easton Road, Ottsville, PA. 610-847-1300; www.lindenhillgarden.com.

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College Encompassing over 300 acres of Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum features over 4,000 types of ornamentals plants. The mission of the Arboretum is to display plants suited for home gardens in this area and to educate the public. Education programs are offered year round. Admission. 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA. 610328-8025; www.scottarboretum.org.

Longwood Gardens Flowers, trees, and fountains make up this estate created by Pierre S. du Pont.Year round visitors can enjoy music and theatre

Tyler Arboretum One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the Northeast, this year-round destination has 650 contiguous acres and 20 miles of

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hiking trails. The Arboretum’s collections include rare plant specimens, ancient trees, and historic buildings. Educational programs are offered year round. 515 Painter Road, Media, PA. 610-566-9134; www.tylerarboretum.org.

exhibits showcasing orchids in full bloom. There also will be growing supplies, giftware, books, photographs, and a plant sale. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 484754-EXPO; www.phillyexpocenter.com.

Tyler Formal Gardens Built in the early 1930s, the gardens reflect early twentieth-century horticulture, and originally were influenced by larger Italian and French gardens. Divided into compartments and levels, separated by shrubs and stone walls, the gardens include manicured lawns, water fountains, gravel pathways, an espalier, and bronze sculpture. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. 215-968-8000; www.bucks.edu.

Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour June 11: This annual self-guided walking tour allows visitors to enjoy “hidden gardens” in the backyards of residents in Lambertville, NJ. The tour begins at The Kalmia Clubhouse, 39 York Street, Lambertville, and showcases a variety of garden types and plants, from eclectic to formal, large and small. Net proceeds further The Kalmia Club’s mission and assist with its community outreach and annual scholarship programs. Admission. 609-397-2537; www.kalmiaclub.org.

Winterthur Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts. The estate features a research library, as well as a 60-acre naturalistic garden. Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Educational programs are offered year round. Admission. 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE. 302-888-4600; www.winterthur.org. 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show March 5-13: This year’s flower show, “Explore America,” honors the centennial of the National Park Service and our country’s culture, monuments, history, and landscapes. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. 215-988-8800; www.theflowershow.com. SEPOS Annual Show April 1-3: This extravaganza will feature 18 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

Garden Tour June: See private Bucks County gardens on this annual tour. Advance admission. Sponsored by the New Hope Historical Society. 215-862-5652; www.newhopehs.org.

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orating and remodeling ideas, learn more about companies, and stroll through gardens by area landscapers. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 484-754-EXPO; www.phillyexpocenter.com. Designer Craftsmen & Historic Home Show February 5-7: The ultimate show for restoring, renovating, and preserving our Nation’s architectural heritage. Admission.Valley Forge Casino Tower Hotel, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA. www.historichomeshows.com. Philadelphia Home Show February 12-14, 19-21: The 2016 Home Show features guest appearances by DIY celebrities, along with designed rooms and the Cooking Stage. The Xfinity Experience Stage featuring presentations on remodeling, renovation, organizing, décor, gardening, and outdoor projects. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 855-856-7469; www.phillyhomeshow.com. Bucks County Designer House & Gardens April-May:This show house features the work of local landscapers and designers. It is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown to support Doylestown Hospital and V.I.A. community projects. Foxwood Manor, Jamison, PA. www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org. Spring Home Show April 1-3: This home show is presented by Bowman’ s HillAssociation. Wildflower Preserve the Lehigh Valley Builders See 20 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

booth after booth of vendors for all of your home’s needs. Admission. Stabler Arena, 124 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA. 610-432-4101; www.lvba.org. Annual Philadelphia Furniture Show April 8-10: This annual show highlights artisan quality furniture and furnishings to suit all tastes. Admission. 22 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA. www.philadelphiafurnitureshow.com. Annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen & Garden Tour June: This self-guided tour features six Bucks County home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Advance admission. 215-340-3639; www.bucksbeautiful.org.


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ou’ll love coming home! Bob DuBree, Bucks-Mont NARI Certified Master Remodeler, has owned and operated his business for 26 years. He and his wife, Kim, a certified interior designer, and their team, have won multiple design awards and will help you turn your dream into a reality. We don’t just remodel-we reinvent the living spaces of your home– and we work closely withyou through the entire process.Remodeling can sometimes be a daunting task. Show us your inspirations – we are here to help.


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arb-Lin Carpet One, family owned and operated, has been providing excellence in the floor covering business since 1948. Our quality and service are what the community has been able to depend on. The flooring industry has undergone many changes in recent years. Barb-Lin Carpet One is one of the few carpet retailers who have met this challenge by aligning themselves with major brands such as Karastan, Bigelow, Lees, Pergo, Mannington, and Armstrong just to mention a few. We invite you to visit our showroom and let our professional staff answer any questions you may have about flooring.

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ooper Mechanical is a full-service HVAC and Plumbing COOPER Company specializing in expert, engineered installation and servicing. Available 24/7, count on us when you’re building MECHANICAL a custom home, renovating or adding an addition, replacing equip- 7696 Easton Road Ottsville, PA ment, or need a repair. Visit our showroom and convenient parts 610-847-2441 counter and choose from a superb selection of high quality plumbing fixtures, accessories, and parts. As Lou Cooper always says, Coopermech.com "Customer trust is earned through superior performance" Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 31


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ROLF SCHROEDER GENERAL CONTRACTORS 215-672-0829 Rolfschroedergc.com

or over 30 plus years, Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. has provided award winning construction that offers the design and the building aspect needed for successfully managing and completing any remodel project in Bucks County and Montgomery County. We offer the knowledge and expertise to handle any remodel project, while specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, and custom home remodeling.

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DELAWARE QUARRIES, INC. 6603 Route 202 • New Hope, PA 215-862-1670 Delawarequarries.com

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elaware Valley Stone has been supplying contractors and consumers the finest quality stone veneer for over 60 years from our original location on the banks of the historic Delaware River. Our main quarry has been in operation since 1758. From our other locations, we provide an unsupassed range of colors, textures, and varieties of premium grade guillotine cut stone and uncut natural fieldstone.


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NYCE CRETE & LANDIS BLOCK 711 Countyline Road and Chestnut Street • Souderton, PA 215-723-5506 Landisbc.com

yce Crete and Landis Block is a family owned business who specializes in concrete and block. They carry Cambridge Paving stones which feature a fully transferable lifetime warranty. These attractive pavers are great for outdoor rooms, patios, poolsides, driveways, walls and walkways. Go to www.cambridgepavers.com for more informaiton.

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HARRIS COMFORT 215-788-4596 215-968-7477 Harriscomfort.com

ear-round comfort. Service. Value. Security. Convenience. You can have it all with Harris Comfort. For over 50 years and four generations, the Harris family has been providing the region with top quality fuel oil, along with expert residential and commercial heating, cooling, and backup generator installations. With every piece of equipment, every drop of fuel, we also deliver unyielding dedication to full service, personal attention and your total comfort.

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ullivan Building & Design Group is a full service design/build firm that focuses on a hands approach, where we are committed to working with you to help realize your vision. Cider Press Woodworks, the millworks division of SBDG, is a group of artists, designers and crafstmen who specialize in designing and building custom casework, furniture and architectural elements. Sullivan Building & Design won the 2015 National SULLIVAN BUILDING & DESIGN GROUP Chrysalis Award for “Addition”. And, they won the 2015 Regional 585 Old Bethlehem Road • Quakertown, PA Chrysalis Award for “Kitchen 215-804-1100 Remodel”. SullivanBuildingandDesignGroup.com

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MICHAEL J. HUTCHINSON BLDR. 132 N. State St., • Newtown, PA 215-968-3767 Michaelhutchinson.com

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hen you are in need of a general contractor, Bucks County builder Michael Hutchinson is one of the area’s finest. His strong eye for detail, coupled with intolerance for mediocrity and decades of superior craftsmanship, puts Michael in a class of his own. From residential renovations to commercial construction, Michael Hutchinson brings the same set of enthusiasm and pride to every job. A legacy of building excellence in Bucks County has been handed down through four generations, and Mike has continued to delight his customers with his unique style.


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J.R. MAXWELL BUILDERS, INC. Doylestown, PA 215-345-1953 JRMaxwellBuilders.com

rom Custom Homes and Remodeling to Millwork and Commercial Renovations, there is distinctive American character in everything we build. We place significant emphasis on quality control from start to finish and we refuse to cut corners — every detail of every project has the unique touch of our craftsmen. Each carpenter, mason, plumber or electrician who works with us has dedicated significant time and effort to the perfection of their individual craft.

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Large display of E.P. Henry, Cambridge, CST and more. Also carrying sand, stone, mulch, topsoil, rock salt, coal, stucco, brick, cement, motar, tools and more. WE DELIVER.

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Interior Designer Franca Caserta of Color by Design LLC can design your home blending the inside with the out • by Mary Beth Schwartz

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he world of interior design is constantly evolving. Just recently, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) identified its trends for 2016. You’ll see the word sustainability being used more in design plans. Technology’s impact on design will continue to grow. New designs also will have resiliency and incorporate a holistic approach. In addition, designs will not be limited to a single location or culture, but be globalized. Most importantly, interior design will incorporate elements so we can better focus on own health and well-being. Like other designers in the field, Bucks County Interior Designer Franca Caserta, Owner of Color by Design LLC, let’s her work speak for itself. 36 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016


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Opposite, Caserta’s design on display for the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. This page, for a New Hope home, Caserta created a staircase that traveled from the basement all the way up to the second floor. This design features lots of shape and natural light.


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Since 1991, Caserta has specialized in both commercial and residential projects. She is unique from other designers in that she also has experience with architectural work. “I incorporate the client’s ideas with my own expert vision to create a space that reflects their lifestyle. I render a space for its ultimate purpose, encompassing beauty and functionality,” Caserta says. According to Caserta, she can work with a wide range of budgets. Perhaps you need some help in planning your space with furniture, window treatments, and color. Maybe you would like her to customize a master plan and execute it to the hilt. Or would you rather design the house room by room over time? Whether it is architectural drawings for new construction or a renovation, or just jazzing up the family room, “I can take your interior space to the next level.” Homeowners like to give the bathroom a fresh new look. Caserta revitalized the first

floor of a client’s home in North Wales. The new bath has a timeless design featuring a quartz countertop, a glass shower door, and a new window for some much needed light. The tile design is a mixture of glass and stone with a nice field tile so that it looks balanced and gives it an interesting feel in keeping it neutral. Everyone loves spending time in a redesigned bedroom. For a home in Doylestown, Caserta gave new looks to bedrooms for the adults and kids. She designed a blue bedroom for a teenage boy. He was a big sports fan, so Caserta included elements such as a mural made of baseball bats and a framed Philadelphia Phillies baseball jersey. For the master bedroom, the homeowner always had wanted a serene white room. “I incorporated the different whites and textures. The silk drapes are flowing and romantic. The bedding is white and fluffy.” The white bedroom also has a dressing bench and two chairs for viewing the new fireplace design.

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One of the most popular rooms to revive is the family room. For a family in Doylestown, Caserta redesigned a space with comfortable furniture, accent tables, rugs, wall color, and an eclectic mix of accessories. For a Craftsmen style home, also in Doylestown, she completely renovated the family room space. “They wanted a new design that incorporated pieces from their travels. The room has a Mission style feel, but also includes comfortable seating. Wall color, window treatments, carpet, pillows, accessories, and space planning were part of the design.” The kitchen is another popular room to redesign. For homeowners in New Hope, Caserta created an open and modern kitchen for a Craftsman style home. The timeless design includes maple cabinetry and a porcelain tile backsplash. The island area has stools, pendant lighting, black cabinetry, and a glass countertop from Canada. For a kitchen in Doylestown, she completely gutted a kitchen with white cabinetry and a very small island. The new kitchen now has a 12-foot island with blue pendant lighting, stainless steel appliances, and a unique backsplash made of glass and stone. There is maple cabinetry with a java stain. “It is so important to have a nice space for your kitchen. It is the bloodline, the heart of the home.” Look near the kitchen and you will find the dining room. Caserta has revamped her share of dining rooms. For a Doylestown family, she gave a new look to a dining room with unique furniture and lighting fixtures. “I like to mix and match furniture. I used a table from Restoration Hardware, and chairs from Ethan Allen. It was a fusion of two different styles.” The blue walls have a striated finish. “It looks 40 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

A Doylestown kitchen features maple cabinetry with a java stain, a 12-foot island with blue pendant lighting, and a unique backsplash made of glass and stone.

like cloth wallpaper, but in fact, it is actually paint. It adds texture to the room.” As you come and go from a home, you are likely to find more of Caserta’s work. She has designed some extreme staircases. For a New Hope home, she created a staircase that traveled from the basement all the way up to the second floor. This design features lots of shape and natural light. The grand banister is made of wrought iron, and the stairs are mahogany. Patterned glass windows mimic and wrap the staircase all of the way up. Uniquely shaped lights hang from the heights. For a family over


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A new design for a family room in a Craftsmen style home. The Mission style room has collectibles from the homeowners’ travels.


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For the master bedroom, the homeowner always had wanted a serene white room. The new design has different whites and textures.

in Doylestown, she designed an open mahogany staircase with a modern feel. The area features an impressive chandelier with pillars, a stacked stone front by the front door, pottery, a mirror, and an accent table. The wood and the wrought iron of the staircase are mimicked on the balcony. You’ll find Color by Design LLC all over the Delaware Valley. Caserta has been a part of the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, as well as the Holiday Festival of Trees at the Pearl S. Buck House. She has 42 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

done work for restaurants, including the Green Parrot in Newtown. You can see her online portfolio at www.colorbydesignllc.com. On Facebook, she shows before and after photographs of her projects. For more information, you can call Franca Caserta at 215-3433018. Her email address is fcaserta@colorbydesignllc.com. MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

IS A FREELANCE EDITOR

WHO FREQUENTLY CONTRIBUTES TO REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.


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Top, a Doylestown dining room with textured blue walls and unique lighting fixtures. Caserta mixed and matched the furniture for a fusion style. Right, afestive display created for the Holiday Festival of Trees at the Pearl S. Buck House. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 43


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Living In The Kitchen

After waiting for almost 30 years, Doris and Michael Bartell now have a house with the kitchen that they had always dreamed of • by Mary Beth Schwartz

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or years you researched—tore pages out of magazines, visited specialty stores, attended house tours. Along the way, you compiled a wishlist— high-end appliances, a clean contemporary design, a large island, lots of storage, European styled cabinetry, a fireplace, even a special nook for the dogs. After waiting for almost 30 years, Doris and Michael Bartell now have the kitchen that they had always dreamed about. Homeowners Doris and Michael Bartell moved to Buckingham in 1983. Their property, Sycamore Springs, was a former mill site. The Quaker manor house for the property, their home, dates to 1733. The Bartells renovated their small kitchen about five years later, but were on a budget. For years Doris thought about cooking in her dream kitchen. Then, she saw a Riegelsville kitchen on Houzz that

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Above, the kitchen offers several strong design elements, including high-end modern appliances, contemporary design, a large marble-topped island. Structural elements like the hardwood floor and exposed beam ceiling blend old and new. Right, open shelves and cabinets are convenient to access while at the cooktop. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 45


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she fell in love with. She contacted Sullivan Building & Design Group and the Bartells were able to visit the home. “In the Riegelsville kitchen, Sullivan made a new kitchen merge with an old house. I liked the juxtaposition of the old and the new. It was a big decision for us to go ahead with our kitchen. We wanted to gain a larger kitchen and to open up the house to our beautiful backyard. If we were going to do it, I wanted it to be exceptional,” Doris says. “We took this historic farmhouse, with small dark rooms and low ceilings, and created a charming addition that seamlessly ties in old with the new. The addition has a new foyer, large modern kitchen, and a sitting area. A new dining room is located where the original kitchen once stood. The low ceilings, exposed

stonewalls, and fireplace create a warm and cozy space for enjoying meals. The stunning see-through fireplace visually makes sense of the transition from the high ceilings of the addition to the low ceiling of the original home,” says Designer Molly Hanisch. There are unique elements in each part of the addition. When you walk into the addition from outside, you come upon the foyer area. There is a bench to sit, hooks for hanging coats, baskets for storage of hats and gloves, and a bright chandelier. Nearby is the dining area, the site of the original kitchen. Sullivan was able to save an old built-in glass wall cabinet from the previous kitchen. There is seating for 10 at the table. A custom bench, along with the project’s doors, cabinetry, and wood-

Below, windows about the sink offer panoramic views of the backyard and pool area. Black countertops and stark black windows provide contrast for the white kitchen. Right, a stunning see-through fireplace visually makes sense of the transition from the high ceiling of the addition to the low ceiling of the original home.

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Opposite, a view of light filled kitchen from sitting area beside the fireplace. The exposed beam ceiling and black chairs around the island creat a great contrast of color and the old and new. Above, the dining area, like most of the farmhouse addition, features design choices by Doris Bartell. The old blending with the new can be seen in furnishings and building material.

work details, were created by Cider Press Woodworks, a division of Sullivan. Doris hired a decorator to have pillows and a cushion made for the bench. The material was selected from Restoration Hardware to match to chair coverings. The lounge area features a stately two-sided, see-through gas fireplace. You can see it from the kitchen and the dining area. There is thick, glossy, black glazed tile from Morocco covering the fireplace. The fireplace has a built-in TV on one side, and a decorative clock on the other. By the fireplace are two green leather chairs Doris selected from Blue Raccoon Home Furnishings in Lambertville. Near the lounge area is a bar area kept guard by a golden deer head. It features a wine cooler. Adjacent to the area is a full height pantry with pull-out drawers. Now let’s head over to the heart of the large and very open modern kitchen. It has radiant heat flooring, tall open beam ceilings,

lots of natural light, and levels of storage. There are windows above the sink offering panoramic views of the backyard and pool area. By the oversize fireplace sink is a dishwasher. The all-white cabinetry is custom with face framed inset doors with a small flat panel. The Bartells wanted the appliances not to be covered with paneling. There is a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, one standard wall oven, a warming drawer, and a Wolf cooktop. A pot filler is located above the cooktop. The kitchen is lit with recessed lighting, decorative overhead fixtures, and cable lights. The island with Danby marble top offers seating, shelves for cookbook storage, even an area on one of the end caps for the two Corgis to tuck in their bowls. There is a microwave drawer in the island as well. A wooden accent bowl from FX Dougherty adorns the island’s top. The kitchen’s surrounding countertops are honed absolute black granite. A door by the sink leads Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 49


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to a new deck area complete with a propane fire pit and comfortable outdoor furniture. The Bartells enjoy sitting on the deck and watching the birds come to the feeder. The project began in May of 2014 and ended in November. For this project, Sullivan Building & Design Group received the 2015 National Chrysalis Award, Addition Over $250,000. As for the Bartells, Doris says that they now live in their kitchen. You can see the Sycamore Springs project on Sullivan’s website at www.sullivanbuildinganddesigngroup.com.

Sullivan Building & Design Group 585 Old Bethlehem Road Quakertown, PA 18951 215-804-1100 www.sullivanbuildinganddesigngroup.com Visit them on Facebook or Houzz

MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

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WHO FREQUENTLY CONTRIBUTES TO REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.

Below, looking from the dining area the kitchen and fireplace can be seen. Open space plays a major role in the design. The view of the fireplace shows off the large decorative clock. The clock on the fireplace reads Antiquities Paris. The Bartells share a close connection with Paris.

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Above, in the entry to the addition is a seating bench, storage, shelves and a crystal chandelier. Bottom, the exterior of the addition features unique corner boards, window casings, and decorative accents.

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Furnishing

Outdoor Rooms

Our thinking about our outdoor spaces is constantly changing and so is the way we furnish our outdoor rooms • by Mary Beth Schwartz

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his is the year that you will finally get the outdoor living room that you always have dreamed of. Whether on a country landscape in Bucks County or off of the beach in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, these year-round living spaces can require just as much design as the indoors. You’ll be selecting patterns & colors, fabrics, furniture, cushions, lighting, umbrellas, even decorative rugs and pillows. Here are some top trends in outdoor furnishings to help you in your design journey. Topping the shopping list is comfortable seating. “Outdoor sectional and modular pieces are hugely popular these days. What better way to enjoy your outdoor space than to curl up in a big, deep-seated sectional. These pieces are customizable as well, and designed to fit in 52 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016


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At left, Gensun manufactures a line of umbrellas. Here we see a striped version that coordinates with the couch. Bottom, Jensen Leisure’s Coral woven collection. The arms and platform leg base are crafted from Ipe wood.

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a variety of spaces. The fabrics today are amazing. They are as soft to the touch as indoor fabrics, yet they resist mildew and fading. We’re even seeing faux leather for outdoors,” says Executive Director Jaclyn C. Hirschhaut, International Casual Furnishings Association. At Bucks Country Gardens Ltd., Lifestyle Manager Donna Dentner travels to furniture shows to hand select furniture. She searches for the best quality and value for her customers. Recently, her customers have been requesting pieces that are transitional in style. Instead of settling for what the big box stores offer, you can customize your furniture, whether it be frame colors or fabrics. “On the main bodies of the deep seating cushions people tend to choose neutrals, taupes, beiges, and grays. Bright pops of color and geometric patterns are picked up on accessories such as

throw pillows. For 2016, we are seeing more blues and grays in furniture,” Dentner says. Although cast aluminum furniture is in, Dentner says that next year there will be more blending of wood and wicker. Several manufacturers are available through Bucks Country Gardens Ltd. Some of the top brands include Alfresco Home, Castelle, Erwin & Sons, Gensun, Hanamint, Jensen Leisure, Meadowcraft, Peak Season, Ratana, Summer Classics, Telescope, and Woodard. Second on Hirschhaut’s popularity list is the fire feature. “Whether it’s a pit, a table, or a bar, customers want to add comfort, warmth, and ambiance with fire. Fire tables are perfect for extending the al fresco dining and entertaining season. There are so many options available—traditional natural gas, propane, and ethanol fuel. Table heights go from con-

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Above, the Lattice collection by Alfresco Home. The set includes cushions. It comes in a finish called Antique Fern and has a traditionally designed weave.

versation height to dining to counter to bar. And sizes go from extra small for balconies to extra large for those who want to seat a crowd of 10 to 14 people,” she says. At Bucks Country Gardens Ltd., they carry a variety of dining sets integrating fire pits, Lazy Susans, even beverage coolers. Customers also are staying comfortable with cantilever umbrellas that combine heating and lighting, as well as patio heaters. A grouping of Adirondack chairs is perfect for a fire pit on its own. 56 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

Rounding out the top trends from the International Casual Furnishings Association are outdoor accessories. “The outdoors has become an extension of your home. Colors are flowing out of the kitchen, family room, and the living room. Rugs, plants, glazed pottery, a flat screen TV, accent tables, baker’s racks, tableware—you have so many options in the outdoor space,” Dentner says. Also included in accessories would be furniture covers, outdoor lighting, decorative pillows, cushions, and


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Above, Gensun’s Manhattan dining collection offers a selection of chairs—a dining chair, or swivel versions of a rocker, balcony stool, or bar stool. Below, the Lancaster collection by Hanamint.

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Above, Castelle’s Madrid Crescent deep seating outdoor furniture.

umbrellas. According to Dentner, red is the number one color in umbrellas. Their sizes range from bistro to cantilever. You can even accessorize the umbrella base. “Our bases come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and finishes,” she notes. Bucks Country Gardens Ltd. also has the bar stools your need for the outdoor kitchen, porch rockers, park benches for wooded trails, and double chaise lounges for the pool area. “With today’s outdoor room, you don’t need to pack up your outdoor furnishings and head inside. There’s no question that the importance of the outdoor room keeps growing. Manufacturers are increasingly addressing the consumer’s desire to use their outdoor spaces throughout the year regardless of the temperature. Consumers want products that will make these spaces comfortable, cozy, and functional for both entertaining and relaxing,” Hirschhaut says. 58 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

When the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) asked their members what residential clients were looking for in outdoor design, the top contenders were fire features, lighting, outdoor furniture, seating & dining areas, and garden accessories. Making the bottom of the list were hammocks and outdoor sleeping spaces. (I predict that the outdoor bedroom will someday become as popular as the outdoor kitchen.) Bucks Country Gardens Ltd. can design and build your outdoor room, complete with all of the custom furnishings. They are located at 1057 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. Their phone number is 215-766-7800. You can like them on Facebook or visit their website, www.buckscountrygardens.com. MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

IS A FREELANCE EDITOR

WHO FREQUENTLY CONTRIBUTES TO REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.


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Above, another view of the Park Place collection by Castelle. Below, a Portfino wedge sectional by Ratana.

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Walter’s Nursery, Inc. A path built with reclaimed antique bricks blends seamlessly with the historic stone home. An unpainted cedar picket fence and gate with an iron latch leads into the cottage garden under the bough of an old crabapple tree.


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Dear Garden Associates, Inc. Here we see a rustic style cedar Adirondack style gate and fencing for a country vegetable garden.

Dear Garden Associates, Inc. A covered walking bridge on the property is accented with spirea, lavender, and boxwoods.

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Dear Garden Associates, Inc. A stone path and steps lead to an arbor adorned with New Dawn roses.


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Walter’s Nursery, Inc. A rustic oak timber-framed arbor and cedar rose trellis frame the old barn windows. The arbor was allowed to weather to its natural color, while the trellis was painted to match the plaster on the old barn wall to fade into the background.


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Walter’s Nursery, Inc. A tobacco stake picket fence and gate. Reclaimed barnwood rails, antique tobacco stakes, rustic cedar posts, and antique latches and hinges were used in the construction.

Walter’s Nursery, Inc. Here we see a grass path that is defined by tightly clipped boxwoods, also called a boxwood allee (below). J. Willis Buck Walter, Head of Garden Design at Walter’s Nursery, Inc. (right)

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Dear Garden Associates, Inc. A refreshing autumn scene shows the birch trees after losing their leaves and the fiery path leading into the clearing.

Walter’s Nursery, Inc. This path features large six-foot naturally weathered field stones gathered in northern PA. A new woodland was created from scratch with several varieties of birch trees and thousands of bluebells and ferns.

Dear Garden Associates, Inc. 6746 Old Easton Road Pipersville, PA 18947 215-766-8110 in PA 609-919-0050 in NJ www.deargarden.com Visit them on Facebook and Houzz

Walter’s Nursery, Inc. 152 River Road P.O. Box 206 Point Pleasant, PA 18950 215-297-5860 www.waltersnurseryinc.com Visit them on Facebook

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Walter’s Nursery, Inc. A classic white painted wooden arbor over a bluestone path frames the kitchen door at the back of this Bucks County home. Hydrangea, clematis, and hosta are in view.

Dear Garden Associates, Inc. In this image lavender and roses accent the cottage along with spirea. You can see catmint toward the front along the path with Gold Flame honeysuckle over the door. The scene also reveals climbing roses with royal purple smokebush.

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Historic Bucks County

Barns By Randl Bye

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arns in Bucks County are more than just buildings to store hay and house animals. They are artifacts of a culture that has all but vanished. They are beautifully built historic documents that point us to a time when small farms were the mainstay of the economy and life was simpler. Now, though some are still used for the fledgling farms that are left, barns stand as monuments paying tribute to yesteryear.


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Building Stone Bucks County’s Delaware Quarries, Inc. has been supplying building stone to the area since 1946 • by Mary Beth Schwartz

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tone is synonymous with Bucks County. We have fieldstone farmhouses and bank barns. It is part of our signature covered bridges. You’ll even find it in our walkways, water features, outdoor rooms, driveways, and retaining walls. When Bucks County’s masons, builders, landscape architects, and DIY homeowners need stone for their projects, they call upon Delaware Quarries, Inc. Delaware Quarries, Inc. was founded in 1946. Its main quarry, located along the Delaware River, has been operating since the year 1758. Princeton University was one of their first clients. Today, 76 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016


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Delaware Quarries, Inc. has over eight facilities, including its corporate headquarters in New Hope and retail locations in Lumberville and Langhorne. The Building Stone Institute (BSI) has recognized them as America’s largest stone supplier. You’ll find a large selection of products available through Delaware Quarries, Inc. One category is building stone. There is stone with full veneer or thin veneer with a range of styles and colors. A second category is landscape stone. Here you’ll discover landscape boulders for waterfalls, benches, and accents. How about flagstone for steps, hearths, walkways, and patios? Perhaps you need decorative gravel for a garden or driveway. Add cobblestones and steppers, mulch and topsoil, and Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec to the list. Or maybe you are in search of natural wallstone for a waterfall,

retaining wall, or garden wall. Last but not least, Delaware Quarries, Inc. carries a plethora of accessories, including sealers, cleaners, masonry tools, weed fabric, and landscape edging. According to HGTV, natural stone is one of the most versatile elements available for a landscape makeover. Their experts offer some creative tips on using natural stone in your landscape. 1. Select stones that will fit the tone of your space. For instance, river rocks can be used to add warmth, while white marble bits can add some brightness to a shady spot. 2. Consider using stones for groundcover. They will last longer than mulch, which needs to be replenished at the start of each season. 3. Plant a rock garden. You can pick a spot that gets a lot of sun and put in a few Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016 77


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small boulders. The boulders can be surrounded with decorative low-lying flowers. The spaces can be filled with smaller stones to complement the boulders. 4. Create a focal point in your space with one large interestingly shaped boulder. 5. Use large stones to create a decorative border. This is perfect for hiding the black liner of your backyard Koi pond. 6. Design a pretty stepping stone path in a shady area near the home. According to HGTV, it’s a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side or back door. To create a tidy look, they suggest surrounding large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color. Whether for your outdoor hardscape or the face of your new great room fireplace, Delaware Quarries, Inc. has a full selection of building stone products to

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meet your needs. Their Lumberville and Langhorne retail locations are open to contractors and the public. You can visit them online at www.delawarequarries.com or like them on Facebook. Their email address is sales@delawarequarries.com. If You Visit: Langhorne 1868 West Super Highway (Route 1) Langhorne, PA 19047 215-757-2208 Lumberville 3449 River Road (Route 32) Lumberville, PA 18933 800-533-4954 MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

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om Furey describes himself as a realist who is painterly. Meeting him at the Centre for the Arts in Bristol is reminiscent of the first time I met Tom there, while I was killing some time before Bristol’s annual doo-wop concert. Tom was at the Centre attending to visitors. Just popping in, I was pleasantly surprised to meet the painter and see several of his paintings hanging on the wall. They were strong. It is hard to define his palette, since it is broad and not confined to any particular colors in the way that his paintings were not limited to any particular subjects. His

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work caught my eye. Tom says, “I like to paint what I experience.” This in itself broadens the range of material. Tom has worked for US Steel in the mill and as a training coordinator for over 10,000 employees. On a resume he lists skills like courseware and training development, technical writing, technical Illustration, document conversion, mediabased presentation development, WebPages design and a long list of other skills. Tom is well-travelled and a more than competent jeweler, who worked at that craft for years, while also working as a trainer, consultant and so on. Yet his lifelong aspiration has always been painting. “I started painting at five years old,” Tom says. Tom’s father served in both WWII and the Korean War. At the time Tom was five, his father was in a Veterans

hospital and for therapy they gave him paint by numbers kits. He would send the kits home for Tom, who would paint them. “It sparked my interest in art.” As Tom got older he helped his grandmother knitting, crocheting and doing other crafts. He also began to draw comic book cartoons, at first by copying them, and then from memory. Tom says, “I always got a pat on the back. Getting recognition plays an important part in the life of young people.” Tom was recognized for his abilities by his teachers, who would often have Tom draw illustrations on the board for their lessons. Tom attended Bucks County Community College as an art student and then finished his art education at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. At the Institute he was a painting major and also learned how to be a jeweler.

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After college, Tom shared a studio on Mill Street with two other artists. He stayed there from 1975 to 1999. His art was what interested him most, but raising a family meant allowing his wife to stay home with the children for their early years, so he also worked in the Steel Mill and as a jeweler. “I began as an abstract painter, but a 82 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

friend who was an artist told me I would sell more art in Bucks County painting realistically. He said that I would still be using shapes and forms, which in essence are abstract.” Tom painted a small realistic painting and entered it in a juried show hosted by the Bucks County Arts Alliance. The painting won Best in Show. “It’s all a


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learning process,” he says. As a representational painter Tom Furey has painted landscapes here and in a small English fishing village. He paints houses, stairways, still lifes and a large variety of other subjects. His paintings range from stark contrasts to shadowy and almost blurred. His palette ranges from dull to bright, all depending on his subject matter and the challenge to present his experience as an image. Oil is Tom’s favorite medium. His finishes are smooth. “I paint in layers.” Tom says, “There are a million things I want to paint.” (Tom paints full time now.) He starts each day by doing a complete painting. “I get up every morning at 5 or 6 and paint a painting for the day. I have to paint alla prima (wet on wet) and this means

I have to nail it right in the beginning.” Tom is a prolific painter, and in addition to his painting a day, he is usually working on about ten paintings at a time. He says, “It’s an addiction and there is no 12-step program for it.” Tom Furey has been in more than 20 juried shows in 2015. Some of his paintings are hanging in the Centre for the Arts in Bristol at 308 Mill St., Bristol, PA 19007 267-251-2538. To view examples of his work and learn more about the artist, visit www.tom-furey.com or contact him at 267736-7834. BOB WAITE IS THE EDITOR OF BUCKS COUNTY MAGAZINE AND MONTCO HOMES, GARDENS & LIFESTYLE.

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Home & Garden Resource Directory ANTIQUES Aniques at 200 East & East Broad Street Antiques, Quakertown, PA; 215-536-4547. 200 East Broad St., 215-536-4408. 141 East Broad St., 215-536-4408. Quakertown, PA; www.200eastbroadantiques.com. Two unique, multi-dealer antique shops, just steps apart, located at the intersection of Routes 212 and 313 in the quaint, Antique District of Quakertown, PA. Operating since 2005, these two fine quality antique shops offer everything from Vintage Clothing, to Estate Jewelry; Country Chic to Primitive Furniture; Architectural Hardware; Collectibles; Trains; Frames & Artwork, Antique Clocks (with warranty), Textiles, and much more. APPLIANCES Bill Vandegrift, Inc., 450 East Butler Ave., New Britain PA; 215-345-5616. www.billvandegrift.com. Bill Vandegrift Inc.—the only one you need to call. Let our knowledgeable staff and 60 years of experience help you choose the right appliance for your needs. We’re just a phone call away.

Perfecta retractable awning with the quality, reliability and experience they deserve. The possibilities are endless from sunrise to sunset. BLOCK AND CONCRETE Eddington Supply LLC, 2734 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA; 215-639-0990; www.eddingtonsupply.com. Located in Bensalem, Eddington Supply LLC has been in the business of providing the best masonry and hardscaping since 1949. They provide delivery services at the convenience of our customers. We deliver both quality and value by making outstanding hardscaping.

Nyce Crete and Landis Block, 215-7235506; www.landisbc.com Landis Block and Concrete is a familyowned business, established in 1942. Landis has grown to accommodate commercial contractors and homeowners with a vast array of stone, block and concrete products as well as other building materials. Visit our showroom, see our large selection of products and experience our unmatched customer service.

AWNINGS

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JMT Awnings, 215-659-5239; www.jmtawnings.com. For over 20 years JMT Awnings has provided customers with a beautiful, custom-built

Creative Contracting Inc., 584 Woodford Road, North Wales, PA; 215-661-8517. www.creativecontracting.biz. Creative Contracting, Inc. – You’ll love

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coming home! Bob DuBree, Bucks-Mont NARI Certified Master Remodeler has owned and operated his business for 26 years. He and his wife, Kim, a certified interior designer and their team have won multiple design awards and will help you turn your dream into a reality. Gemmi Construction Inc., 4936 York Road, Suite 1200 Buckingham, PA; 215-340-4600. www.gemmiconstruction.com. Gemmi Construction, Inc. is a full service, remodeling firm, specializing in Custom Renovations and additions founded by NARI Certified Remodeler, John Gemmi. With over 20 years experience, John’ s skill and pride in his craft are building elegant and comfortable living spaces all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties that will be as appreciated in a century as they are today.

J. R. Maxwell Builders, Inc., Doylestown, PA; 215-345-1953; www.jrmaxwellbuilder.com. From façades and kitchen cabinets to built-ins, there is distinctive American character in everything we build. We place significant emphasis on quality control from start to finish and we refuse to cut corners—every detail of every project has the unique touch of our craftsmen. Jarrett Vaughan Builders, Inc., Doylestown, PA, 215-345-8008; www.jarrettvaughan.com. Specializing in one-o-a-kind homes, additions and renovations. Along with our custom cabinetry division, Cold Spring Cabinetry, Inc., our staff has been beautifying homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties for more than 35 years. Michael J. Hutchinson Builder, 132 North State Street, Newtown, PA; 215-968-3767; www.michaelhutchinson.com. Tucked away in historic Newtown, Michael Hutchinson quietly runs one of the most respect-

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ed restoration construction companies in Eastern Pennsylvania. His ties to this quaint Bucks County birthplace, coupled with several generations in historic construction and a passion for history, have equipped Michael with the unique skill of meticulously refitting older homes. Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc., 1979 Stout Drive Suite #1, Ivyland, PA; 215672-0829; www.rolfschroedergc.com. An Award Winning Construction Firm that offers the Design & the Building aspect needed for successfully managing and completing any remodeling project. In over the last 30 plus years, the Company has been built around professionalism, reputation, integrity, dedication, and experience. Sullivan Building & Design Group, 585 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA; 215-804-1100; www.sullivanbuilderanddesigngroup.com.

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Sullivan Building and Design Group is a full service design build firm that focuses on a hands approach, where we are committed to working with you to help realize your vision. Cider Press Woodworks, the millworks division of SBDG, is a group of artists, designers and craftsmen who specialize in designing and building custom casework, furniture and architectural elements. FARM Quarry Hill Farm, LLC, 620 Quarry Road, Harleysville, PA; 215-513-1514; www.quarryhillfarm.net Enjoy fresh organic produce. Large variety of heirloom verggies and herbs. Heritage breeds, pastured, grass fed, soy-free, organic lamb, poultry, rabbit & turkey. All grown and raised on QH Farm. FIREPLACE Grates & Grills, Inc., 105 S. Main Street,

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Dublin, PA; 215-249-0182; www.gratesandgrills.com. Since 1975 Frank Rymdeika and family have been helping people stay warm and toasty with an extensive inventory of fireplace tools and equipment. Also filling your barbecue needs with a huge array of gas and charcoal grills. A family business for your family needs.

to establish guidelines in the selection of your furniture. By taking into account your personal tastes and the circumstances of your existing living space, our designers can help you to integrate the existing furniture you intend to keep, and develop the best aesthetic and functional plan for your room.

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Alegacy Furniture, 1486 S. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA; 610-970-4340; www.alegacyfurniture.com. Alegacy Furniture is a locally owned furniture showroom, dedicated to promoting the best in American made furniture. Our furniture is carefully crafted from American hardwoods, sustainably harvested to promote the health of our natural resources. You will find function, value, quality, and style in the many designs that we offer.

Barb-Lin Carpet One, 640 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-8116; www.barb-lin.com. Family owned and operated, Barb-Lin Carpet One has been providing excellence in the floor covering business since 1948. Through the years, our quality and service are what the community has been able to depend on. We invite you to visit our showroom and let our professional staff answer any questions you may have about flooring. Holland Floor Covering, 35 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA; 215-357-0909; www.hollandfloor.com. Family owned and operated for over 40 years. Carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile. Excellent service, reasonable prices. Free estimates. Let us show you how beautiful your home can be with new flooring. FURNITURE Hendrixson’s Furniture for Distinctive Homes, Route 263, Furlong, PA; 215-7947325; www.hendrixsonsfurniture.com. Hendrixson’s Furniture has been helping homeowners create beautiful homes for over 40 years. We offer a variety of personalized services to make this possible. Our designers are happy to offer each of our customers a complimentary design consultation in our store or in your home. Each design plan begins by creating a floor layout 88 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2016

GARDEN CENTER Buckman’s Home & Garden, 1814 South Easton Rd., Doylestown, PA; 215-348-0877; www.buckmanshomeandgarden.com. Buckman's Home and Garden is a Bucks County tradition that has been family owned and operated for over 35 years. We are more than just a garden center. We have an extensive line of home and seasonal décor. In our boutique we carry a fabulous selection of scarves and jewelry including “Firefly”and “John Michaels Richardson”. We also stock a wide variety of plants and specialize in potscaping. From spring to winter we can help design your pots to look amazing all year long. We invite you to visit our unique shop with friendly personalize service. Open 7days a week year round. HEATING & COOLING Harris Comfort, Bristol, PA; 215-788-4596; Newtown, PA; 215-968-7477;


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www.harriscomfort.com. At Harris Comfort, customer satisfaction is our goal—that's why, when you send us your feedback, we listen! We've improved our online customer portal system so that customers can enjoy a seamless experience with easy-to-use, helpful features for convenience and comfort year round.

HOME ENTERTAINMENT Royal Billiard & Recreation, 2622 Bethlehem Pike, Hatfield, PA; 215-9977777; www.royalbillard.com. Royal Billiard and Recreation has been offering the best in home entertainment items including pool tables, shuffleboard tables, bars, bar and kitchen stools, dart supplies, pool table service and so much more. KITCHENS Kitchen Magic 866-929-7441; www.kitchenmagic.com. Since1979 Kitchen Magic's team of experts have designed, manufactured, installed and refaced more than 50,000 beautiful kitchens. We offer Award Winning Kitchen Renovations including Cabinet Refacing, Custom Cabinetry and Luxury Countertops in Granite, Quartz and durable Corian. All of our work is backed by a Lifetime of Homeownership Warranty. Sweetbriar Cabinetry and Design Inc., 8330 Easton Rd., Bldg. D, Ottsville, PA; 610-847-5551; www.sweetbriarcabinetry.com. Sweetbriar Cabinetry & Design, Inc. specializes in Kitchen and Bath design, as well as many other rooms in the home, including bars, libraries, outdoor kitchens, dressing rooms and

home offices. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Walter’s Nursery, Inc., 152 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA; 215-297-5860; www.waltersnurseryinc.com. A third generation family run design-build landscaping firm. Walter’s Nursery specializes in the “Bucks County look.” In addition to plantings, we do walks, stonewalls, patios, garden sheds, arbors, estate maintenance, and even holiday decorating. Call us for an appointment. LANDSCAPING STONE Delaware Valley Quarries, Inc., 6603 Route 202, New Hope, PA; 215-862-1670; www.delawarequarries.com. Delaware Valley Stone has been supplying contractors and consumers the finest quality stone veneer for over 60 years from our original location on the banks of the historic Delaware River. Our main quarry has been in operation since 1758. From our other locations, we provide an unsurpassed range of colors, textures, and varieties of premium grade guillotine cut stone and uncut natural fieldstone. PLUMBING & HVAC Cooper Mechanical, Inc., 7696 Easton Road., Ottsville, PA; 610-847-2441; www.coopermech.com. Cooper Mechanical is a full-service HVAC and Plumbing Company specializing in expert, engineered installation and servicing. A trusted neighbor in Bucks County and the surrounding areas for 40 years, our attention to detail and personal service makes us the perfect resource to call for custom designs, historical renovations, additions replacements, and repairs. Available 24/7.

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ROOFING Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., 699 Cedar Lane, Perkasie, PA; 215-429-4098; www.whitneyroofing.com. Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. provides experienced, high quality, roofing repair and restoration services throughout the Southeastern Pennsylvania & New Jersey region. We are committed to traditional craftsmanship and we offer only proven materials that can withstand the elements and the tests of time. We specialize in slate and copper, and are fully qualified to complete all of your roofing needs. SWIMMING POOLS Blue Haven Pools, 791 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, PA; 215-996-0900.; www.bluehavenpools..com.

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When it comes to swimming pools and backyard dreams, tens of thousands of U.S. homeowners have trusted the familiar “diving lady” symbol–making Blue Haven Pools the local swimming pool builder and contractor of choice. Make your dreams come true. Contact Blue Haven today. WINDOW TINTING Delaware Valley Window Tint, 15 Penn St., Hatboro, PA; 215-672-1041. Filter damaging UV rays wih VISTA window film. Vista film blocks up to 99.9% of all UVA and UVB rays, helping to protect your family and reduce fading of your furnishings, fabrics and carpets.


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