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kitchen trends

Five key directions—from streamlined cabinets to eco-friendly materials—to inspire your own kitchen design

26 california dreamin’ Jessica Capshaw, star of Grey’s Anatomy, and family give us an exclusive tour of their new Santa Monica guesthouse and pool

34 healthy child, healthy home Ideas from a groundbreaking Chicago showhouse to help you create a healthier, safer home


44 grilled to perfection Chef Daniel Darvell cooks up the perfect menu to show off your garden’s or farmers’ market bounty and indulge in the pleasure of cooking on the grill

ON THE COVER Jessica Capshaw and her baby, Eve, enjoy their new guesthouse. Photograph by Dominique Vorillon Stylist: Kim Wong


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR If I were to describe this issue in one word, it would be FRESH. And who doesn’t love fresh? Fresh-picked strawberries, freshly washed sheets, freshly painted walls…the list goes on and on. There’s just something about summer that makes a person want to freshen up and shake off any cobwebs that have inevitably appeared over the winter. Our cover story is a prime example of fresh AND beautiful. Jessica Capshaw and her husband Christopher Gavigan, along with their children, Luke and Eve, share with us their gorgeous guesthouse renovation. Jessica and Christopher’s choice of Cambria throughout is the perfect match for their discerning tastes in design and natural living. On the note of natural living, we also feature the Healthy Child, Healthy Home showhouse in Chicago, a true showcase of beautiful designs, products and ideas. Even our regular features scream FRESH…pork chops, grilled to perfection with a lotus root salad, the perfect wine and beer pairings for anything you may have on the docket this summer and fresh design tips for your home from Billy Beson as he gives us the lowdown on lightening up your look. Plus, we’ve added a new feature this round…Local Scene…which showcases the best of the best in two select cities. Watch for it in each issue as we travel around and give you insider tips on what to eat, where to shop and what to see. Speaking of traveling, don’t forget to check out our latest Word on the Street, giving you a bird’s eye view of what Cambria has been up to (including MORE new colors…you aren’t going to believe these until you see them)! Whether you are reading a physical copy of our magazine or clicking links to your favorite products on our digital version — we hope that you are inspired and enjoy reading the issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. Cheers,

LouAnn Berglund Haaf Editor-in-Chief


President and CEO Martin Davis

Creative + Publishing Director LouAnn Berglund Haaf

Creative Manager Matthew McCoy

EVP, Marketing + Residential Sales Peter Martin

Senior Marketing Director Randy Meier

Director of Brand Management Summer Kath


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Executive Editor Jill Kirchner Simpson Senior Editor Reed Richardson Art Director Barbara Chilenskas Photo Editor Alan Gottlieb

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40 perfect pairings

style report

From clever gadgets to iconic chairs to beautiful lighting, great design can enhance your kitchen


living stylishly

Upgrade your bath with these timeless classics


living well

A next-generation activity monitor, bath potions fresh off the farm and other ideas to help you live your best life


12 the picnic

A sommelier and cicerone share their secrets for pairing wines and beers with summer foods, and offer their top five picks

42 navigating the farmers’ market Chefs reveal how to be a savvy shopper—and make the most of the season’s freshest offerings


48 word on the street One hundred Cambria colors! Plus the latest Cambria news and connections

Beautiful accoutrements for enjoying one of summer’s classic pleasures


15 tablescapes

50 ahhh, summer

Set a gorgeous, shimmering summer table

Don’t let the season slip away before you’ve had a chance to relish some of the simple joys of summer

16 local scene Cambria partners recommend some of the best things to see, do, buy and eat in Seattle and Toronto


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StyleReport 1

1 The Perfect Glass Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva’s classic tumbler is heat-resistant and cone-shaped to fit the hand easily, with a tapered top to prevent dishwasher damage. Now, it comes with an outer layer of spiraled silicone, for a better grip and insulation from hot or cold. Set of 4 Timo Termo glasses, $69, or original glasses, $32, from 2 Make a Wish Danish designer Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone chair, designed in 1949, is surprisingly comfortable, thanks to its curved top rail and broad seat. It’s now available in 36 colors and finishes. $750 at Vintage metal dining table from Canvas, 3 Clever Kitchen Helpers Twin British designers Richard and Antony Joseph take a fun yet functional second look at common kitchen gadgets: Their Elevate line of kitchen tools features integrated rests to keep the working (messy) end of utensils off the counter. Tongs, $12. Double Dish’s curvy double-walled bowl handily hides pistachio shells or olive stones, $18. And the stainless steel “Rocker” crushes garlic cloves and cleans up easily, $15.

Destined To Be a Classic Reminiscent of a turn-ofthe-century marble countertop, but with all the modern benefits of quartz, Praa Sands, from Cambria’s new Waterstone Collection, is sure to become a classic with its inherent strength and maintenance-free qualities.


New Classics

From new takes on icons to reinventions of kitchen basics, great design can enlighten your kitchen



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StyleReport Even the most basic elements in your kitchen— from a timeless teapot to island lighting— can bring a dose of pleasure

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Tea for Two Shapely vintage pieces made by Bauer Pottery in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s are now being reissued as Bauer 2000. This charming beehive teapot holds 32 oz. $70 from

1 The Light Fantastic Why settle for staid pendant lighting when you could add a splash of style? Oilo’s cylinder shade adds modern pattern and color above a table, $199. The shapely silhouettes of Jamie Young’s hand-blown seeded glass pendants would make a stylish trio over an island, $213 - $225. All are available from

2 New Heights In 1958 Norman Cherner fashioned plywood into this sleek, sculptural chair. A modern classic, the Cherner chair is now available in counter-height and bar-height stools for modern island seating, $699.



3 It’s a Grind An old-fashioned mortar and pestle still comes in quite handy for grinding spices, making pastes, pesto and other kitchen tasks. Classic English Cornishware, first produced in the 1920s, has been reintroduced by T.G. Green & Co, $55.

Make an Entrance Carve out a corner of your kitchen or entry to create a mini mudroom 1 Chalk it up to forgetfulness—or friendly reminders, writ large. The bold scale of this chalkboard gives sophisticated presence to your grocery lists. Color code your family’s to-do’s with colored chalk. Marseilles Chalkboard, 4 to 8 feet tall, from $349, www.restoration

2 Stylish Storage: Between this clever bench and shelf, fitted with hooks and cubbies, your storage needs are covered, from backpacks to jackets, baseball caps to boots—plus a place to sit and tie your shoes. Samantha Entryway Collection, $229 to $549. www.


3 Stash everything from basketballs to umbrellas to flip-flops in these useful and beautiful handwoven rattan baskets. Assign one to each member of the house for a tidy-up catchall. $55 to $110, www.restoration




Living Stylishly



1 Instant Elegance Decant your locally-sourced soaps and oils, cotton swabs and puffs in these graceful, faceted glass apothecary jars, $28 each. 2 Look beyond the drugstore for grooming accessories that add to the beauty of your bath, such as this horn comb, $75. A tortoiseshell toothbrush, $4, and intricately detailed hand mirror, $48, recall the dresser sets of yore.

The WellAppointed Bath The essentials need not be simply functional. Classic and timeless is our mantra when it comes to outfitting the bath. Crystal apothecary jars, silver hand mirrors and horn combs are bound to become heirlooms.

3 The morning shave takes on new life with a good shaving brush and razor. This horn shaving set is not only timeless in form and materials but ergonomically balanced and equipped for modern Mach 3 blades. Authentic horn handles, badger brush and nickel stand, $450.



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Living Well

Step by Step Need a nudge to get more exercise? DirectLife from Philips is an itty-bitty activity monitor that tracks your progress and even offers an online personal coach, $149. Keep track of what you eat and your exercise with easy-to-use websites and apps such as and “My Plate” on Juice cleanses are all the rage—to detox your body, jump-start a weight-loss regimen or just feel better. BluePrintCleanse offers three levels of intensity, based on your current diet (you drink six bottles of juice per day on each) and also a “Juice ‘Til Dinner” option—and their juices actually taste good! $65 a day. To make your own, order their book, The 3 Day Cleanse.

Farm-Fresh Essentials Just as the farm-to-table movement is inspiring us to eat local and organic for both environmental and health reasons, all-natural, farm-grown skin and bath products let you do the same for your grooming regimen. Visit the farmers’ market to search for local purveyors, or try one of these homegrown companies’ wares, straight from the farm or kitchen.

1 Look No Further You’d never guess that Further’s fragrant hand soap started life as waste grease from restaurants! Owner Marshall Dostal refines used cooking oil to create biofuel to power cars, and then scents the glycerin byproduct with bergamot, olive oil and grasses to create eco-amazing soap, lotion and candles.



2 Farmaesthetics’ products are as notable for what they don’t contain— preservatives, petroleum products, synthetic fragrances, dyes or talc— as for what they do— organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains, all grown on American family farms. Check out their pure and simple cleansers, moisturizers and remedies at


Try handmade soaps—typically made from natural oils such as olive, coconut, palm or avocado, and scented with herbs, flowers and essential oils—for a cleanser that looks and smells good enough to eat!


3 Want a natural alternative to shaving cream? Try Soaptopia’s richly moisturizing shaving soap with castor, avocado, macadamia nut and jojoba oils, $11.


Things to Love

When it comes to summer’s purest peasures, picnics top our list. Add some panache to yours with a classic basket and dishes that look more like family heirlooms than picnic ware





Game On

Bocce dates back to the Roman Empire, but it’s easy and fun to play anywhere. This tournament-quality set includes 9 sturdy resin balls and a wood carrying case, $140,

The Ultimate Basket The Rolls-Royce of picnic hampers, this classic willow basket includes everything from china and flatware to corkscrew, cutting board and S&P shakers. $319 at

All thats, required are good friends, good food and a beautiful day Slice it Right The Batard folding knife and corkscrew is a picnic classic. Keep it on hand to slice bread and cheese or open a bottle of wine. $21.99 from

Quite a Spread

From Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio come savory spreads that can turn any sandwich into gourmet fare. Sweet Caper Mustard, Balsamic Onion Marmalade, and Green Olive Tapenade, $14 each; set of 3, $37,

Wine to Go The traditional Spanish leather wine pouch makes it simple to transport a jug of wine. Handcrafted by Jesús Blasco, $79.99,

Blanket Statement Easy to fold, tote and spread out on, this bright woven cotton blanket with a built-in handle creates the perfect picnic spot. 60” square, $24.99,

Beyond Paper

As pretty as Provençal pottery, but made of lightweight, shatterproof melamine, these plates can be your go-to choice for summer entertaining. Set of 4, $59.95, Benidorm by Le Cadeaux;



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Tablescapes More tips for the table from Ruth Delf, ASID and LEED Green Associate, of Susan Fredman Design Group: COLOR THEME Start with a color palette, whether it’s based on the room, your china, the flowers or the season. Those colors can weave their way through table linens, china and flowers as desired. Focus on a few key pieces, and keep everything else simple and light. MIX AND MATCH

“Everything doesn’t have to match,” advises Delf. Fleamarket finds, your own everyday china and your mother’s crystal goblets can all mix together. The key is choosing a common thread that unites the different elements, whether it’s color, style or a material, such as wood or pressed glass.




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A luminous beach-inspired table that’s also earth-friendly

This beautiful, shimmering summer table setting has a practical side: All the beach-glass-like pieces are handcrafted in the U.S. from recycled glass. Even the napkin ring is an upcycled vintage fork, its tines twisted into octopus-like swirls. Cambria’s White Cliff tabletop, with its decorative edge and polished surface, complements the setting’s sparkling translucent hues. A woven

sandy-colored placemat and cloth napkin are the perfect neutral addition. Interior designer Ruth Delf, of Susan Fredman Design Group in Chicago, who designed the table setting for us, notes, “Eco-friendly design is also about preserving and layering in pieces you already own,” whether it’s your grandmother’s antique plates or simple white everyday dishes.

Use elements from nature or from the meal itself for decoration—perhaps a bowl of lemons, pots of herbs or flowers from your garden in small vases at each place setting. Tie napkins with rustic twine or wrap a flower or herbs around each napkin and pin to secure. GLAMOUR

Add nightime glamour with floating votives in vases of different heights. Opt for ecofriendly unscented soy candles, which are not petroleumbased and are clean-burning.

Make It Your Own

“Scalloped” hand-wrought stainless steel flatware, Mantra, $320 for four place settings. www.susanfredman

Reclaimed fork napkin rings, $36 for set of 4, at Moss Envy. www.


“Forage” dinner plate in “Jewel Ice,” Hudson Beach Glass, $80. www.susanfredman

“Adrift” bowl in “Jewel Ice,” Hudson Beach Glass, $110. www.hudson

Recycled glass goblet, Fire & Light, $29.95.


Local Scene By Marcia Jedd

2 TO BUY 1 Chukar Cherries Washington State is known for its cherries, and these delicious chocolate-covered dried cherries have become a local institution. 2 Bh honey Ballard Bee Company From the historic and hip neighborhood of Ballard comes golden unfiltered honey.


SI G HTS 3 MuseuM of Glass 1801 Dock St., Tacoma 866-468-7386 Watch live glassblowing in the Hot Shop and marvel at Dale Chihuly’s Bridge of Glass.

Seattle When in Rome . . . When in

Seattle, coffee is a must! Grab a cup of joe at local institutions like Caffe Ladro, voted best in Seattle, or Caffé Vita and stroll around the artsy Fremont neighborhood, advises Sarah Stanhope, residential sales manager with Cambria dealer Fine Line Pacific in Seattle. You can’t turn a corner without taking in a beautiful statue or stunning architecture, along with a mix of boutiques, galleries and pubs. Psst: Check out the giant troll under the Aurora bridge!

4 Pike PlaCe Market First Ave. and Pike St. 206-682-7453 “America’s premier farmers’ market,” over a century old, features more than 200 stalls, along with craftspeople, street performers and cafés.

STOR ES 5 Watson kennedy fine livinG Inn at the Market courtyard 86 Pine St. 206-443-6281 Find the perfect gift, or just browse the tablewares, treats and one-ofa-kind finds.



C A F ÉS 6 Café Juanita 9702 NE 120th Place, Kirkland 425-823-1505 The Pacific Northwest pioneered this kind of locally-sourced, organic cooking. Try the grilled octopus and rabbit. Caffe ladro 452 N. 36th St. 206-675-0854 Caffé vita 4301 Fremont Ave. N. 206-632-3535








STO R E S 1 distill Gallery 55 Mill Street, Link Building 416-304-0033 See the work of more than 100 emerging Canadian artists and craftspeople under one roof.


2 teatro verde 98 Yorkville Ave. 416-966-2227 From curios to couches, this Toronto original houses a wide selection of gifts, accessories and furniture.

TO B U Y 3 loW Profile BoWls Artist Katherine Morley created this series of cameo-like bowls honoring “great but under-celebrated” Canadians, such as author Pierre Berton, $120. 4 aroMaCholoGy fraGranCe Create a custom-blended perfume based on your personality and favorite scents, from $60. 5 radio Canada kit BaG Red Canoe honors Canadian heritage with aviator-inspired clothing and bags, Can$130.




one restaurant Hazelton Hotel 116 Yorkville Ave. 416-961-9600 Try the “Lobster Spoons” and an updated Chicken Cobb Salad on the patio at One, in Yorkville’s stylish, five-star Hazelton Hotel. taPPo Wine Bar and restaurant 55 Mill Street, Building 3 647-430-1111 Sit at the bar and sip wines from around the world, or sample Italian and Mediterranean fare in this soaring, rustic space in the Distillery District.

Toronto “Toronto is a dynamic, multicultural city with a lot of European influence,” says Sara Rooney, district manager for Cambria Canada in Toronto. She recommends the Yorkville neighborhood for strolling, with department stores like the flagship Holt Renfrew, and boutiques and cafés along Yorkville and Bloor Streets. Best explored on foot, “charming courtyards and alleyways make you forget you’re in the city.” Another top pick: The Distillery District (above) is a pedestrianonly neighborhood of brick-lined streets and restored Victorian industrial buildings jam-packed with theaters, boutiques and galleries.


Designer Style

Sheers and mirrors invite more light into a room. Sheer fabrics, from left: “Fifth Avenue” from Rodolph,; “Ring Bearer” from Kravet,; Rodolph’s “Demure”; “Fringe Benefits” from Pollack, www.



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Interior designer Billy Beson spotlights 3 trends that will help lighten, brighten and refresh your rooms for summer MINERATM Jewel CollectionTM © Cambria 2011

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors are masterful magicians that I rely on frequently to reflect light and open up a space. If you put a bouquet of flowers in front of a mirror, you’ve essentially doubled the size of the bouquet. Designer Billy Beson, head of Billy Beson Company in Minneapolis, framed a • Place a mirror opposite a window wall to reflect light back large-scale mirror in Cambria’s “Minera” to brighten and open up a room. into the room. • One mistake people often make is choosing a mirror that’s • On the other hand, I also like to frame windows that have a too small. A grand mirror—say, six feet tall and three feet wide, beautiful view in sheer draperies. If you have heavy drapes with lots propped against the wall (like my dramatic mirror, framed in of swoops and scallops, the first thing that does is stop your eye from Cambria quartz, right) really extends the space visually. looking out at the view. • It’s also a common mistake to hang a mirror over a mantel. • Sheers can also feel modern—there are great subtle geometrics, Unless it’s hung very low, what you see reflected is simply the contemporary takes on lace, and microfibers that are crisp and clean. ceiling. Better to hang a painting above the mantel and place a One of my favorite fabrics is a lightweight wool challis—it has a mirror where you can look into it, or where it reflects something substance and body to it that synthetics and cotton don’t. beautiful—a view out the window or a pretty part of the room. • A large mirror can help a cramped or dark space, like an entry or long hallway, feel more spacious. But according to feng shui principles, you don’t want to place a mirror directly opposite your front door, or money and positive energy will flow out of your home! Wallpaper is another design • You can buy a mirror ready-made, or you can create your own by element that is enjoying a finding a molding you like at your favorite framer’ s and having it resurgence in popularity. fitted with a mirror. Patterned wallpapers had fallen out of favor • Look for frames at flea markets and tag sales—if you hate the with the recent emphasis on spare, neutral painting, you can ditch the Elvis on velvet and salvage the frame rooms, but now they’re back and better than (as I did, opposite). Have a mirror cut to fit by a glass cutter or at the ever. The newest wallcoverings have largehardware store. If you don’t like the finish on the frame, spray-paint scale, simple or stylized graphics, in a paredit high-gloss white and brighten up the room. Or try brilliant yellow down two- or three-color palette, often with or orange—a little jolt of color to wake up the space. white. (That also makes them less expensive than intricate scenic papers with twenty • Even mirrored surfaces like a mercury glass vase, or a mirrored color screens.) Here are a few simple ways to table (pictured opposite), can help add light and glamour to a space. tap into the “wow” factor of wallpaper: • Paper an entire powder room, including Modern floral wallpapers, from top: “Benvarden” the ceiling. Don’t be afraid to use a boldly and “Wild Chrysanthemum” scaled paper in a small space—that will from Osborne & Little, give it even more impact. Sheer draperies are coming into vogue because people; “Cabriole Gold” • Use wallpaper to cover just the bed/ want light-filled rooms, while still having some sense from Designers Guild, headboard wall in a bedroom. If you of privacy. The range of beautiful new sheers includes really want to have fun, you could gorgeous embroideries, burnout patterns, printed sheers and modern upholster the headboard in a matching takes on eyelet. They’re available at every price point, from $5 to $500 a fabric, if you align the patterns carefully. You can paper an yard, and in a wide range of weights and translucence, from a whisper of accent wall, such as the wall behind a buffet in the dining cotton lawn to supple lightweight wool. room, just as you might paint an accent wall. • Steer away from sheers that are pure silk—they will disintegrate over time from sun damage. • If you’re adding a new color with wallpaper, the trick is to repeat that color elsewhere in the room, so it ties • If you have an unattractive view, or a bank of windows close to a into your existing interior. Add some throw pillows, linen corner, consider hanging sheer draperies floor-to-ceiling and wallnapkins, plates, a piece of art, or just some fresh flowers or a to-wall. That will camouflage off-center windows or an airshaft big bowl of fruit that pick up on the new hue. view while still letting in lots of light.



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kitchen trends by Jill Kirchner Simpson


WHEN IT COMES TO KITCHEN DESIGN, think Nicole Kidman, not Lady Gaga. When you’re designing something as expensive and long-lasting as a kitchen, it’s important to think classic with staying power, not fad of the moment. But whether you’re renovating, building new or just looking to freshen up the

the long-term directions that will influence whether the kitchen you design today will still look great five years from now. We talked to top kitchen designers across the country and sifted through reports compiled by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which regularly polls its members and teases out trend information from their prestigious annual design awards. Here are five key trends we see happening now or coming up on the horizon.


» Completely open to the family room, this “social kitchen” invites everyone to hang out together—whether on comfy couches or island bar stools. The island and painted drop-down ceiling above it are the only subtle demarcations between spaces.



kitchen you already have, it’s helpful to stay on top of the trends. And by trends, we mean not “flash in the pan” but

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kitchen trends » Cabinetry banked on one wall streamlines this galleystyle kitchen, right. Frosted glass doors on the front of the island add lightness while obscuring what’s inside.


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Cambria’s Darlington countertops wrap the island, above, providing a light counterpoint to the sleek dark wood cabinets. Cabinets are stacked to maximize storage and reduce the number of upper cabinets overall, so floor-to-ceiling windows can flood the room with light.


dark wood cabinets, streamlined design While white kitchens and cabinets are not going out of favor any time soon, there is a pronounced interest in rich, deep woods such as walnut and mahogany, and ebonized or dark-stained cherry, oak and alder, according to designer Jennifer Gilmer, a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and creator of KitchenDesignOnline. net. There’s also growing interest in exotic wood

fewer upper cabinets = open, airier design Fewer upper cabinets, more windows, and open shelves or glass-fronted cabinets are helping break up the claustrophobic feel of unrelieved banks of cabinets. “We are definitely using fewer upper cabinets,” says Peterson. “Closed upper cabinets are good for items like sippy cups and mismatched


veneers, including engineered veneers, which are made from wood that is dyed and stained to mimic more expensive or endangered species. These exotic species include wenge, Macassar ebony, sapele and more. Medium-toned species such as teak, quartered cherry, bamboo and eucalyptus, and lighter species such as anigre, sycamore, beech and birch are rising in popularity as well. “It’s important to balance dark woods with white or lighter accents,” points out Gilmer. “Laminates are also coming back, and I have been using exotic wood veneers paired with white gloss laminates in the same kitchen.” Cabinet styles are becoming simplified, with fulloverlay frameless slab doors, simple square edges, and less ornate hardware. If doors are paneled, they often feature simple recessed panels, rather than elaborate raised panels with corbels and moldings. In contemporary kitchens, integrated finger pulls and self-closing cabinet hardware, such as that made by Blum, create a streamlined look with less visual clutter. “Simpler, more evenly textured countertops such as Cambria quartz are the perfect companions to the stronger-grained woods,” notes designer Lyn Peterson of Motif Designs in Westchester, New York, author of Lyn Peterson’s Real Life Kitchens.

coffee mugs; but we’re putting sets of dishes and glassware, as well as serving bowls, pitchers and platters (which are often too deep for shallow upper cabinets) on display on open shelves.” Foodstuffs are often now stored in a pantry, whether it’s a walk-in closet, or a deep pull-out pantry cabinet. Gilmer agrees: “I am taking out the small window over a sink and replacing it with a set of two or three windows. We make up for that storage by putting in a tall pantry cabinet—just one of those can replace what three or four wall cabinets would hold.” This more open, airy look also helps the kitchen fit in more seamlessly with a great room or dining room, as open-plan kitchen/living areas continue to be the norm.

the social kitchen “We’ve seen this for a long time, but today, what I call the ‘social kitchen’ has reached a whole new dimension,” says Susan Serra, CKD, a Long Island, New York, designer and blogger who is introducing a new line of cabinets called Bornholm Kitchen. “The kitchen is no longer just about cooking: More and more activities are taking place there; it’s the center of everything.” According to Serra, this blending of cooking and living space means that “upholstered furniture is moving into the kitchen, along with real artwork, sconces, and other livingroom-like accoutrements, so there’s a more seamless transition between the kitchen and other rooms.” This trend is also reflected in the continued importance of the kitchen island—with seating for friends, room to do homework, and space for multiple cooks. “I truly believe that in years to come, this trend is going to make dining rooms obsolete in the typical home,” says Jennifer Gilmer.


In this ecofriendly renovation of a 1902 home, the luminous green backsplash of Fireclay recycled tiles steals the show. A wide stretch of open shelving, below, with simple white dishes and clear glasses, breaks up the upper cabinets and lightens up this kitchen.


“It’s important to balance dark woods with white or lighter accents,” notes designer Jennifer Gilmer.

naturally green Whether environmental concerns weigh into your kitchen decisions seems to depend in large part on where you live: “‘Green’ is definitely big in Oregon,” says Martha Kerr, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer who is vice president of Neil Kelly Design, in Portland. “Our company, as well as our customers, are very focused on the environment, which includes evaluating the company and its manufacturing processes in addition to





Here’s what designers are starting to spec in cutting-edge kitchens:


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the product itself. Cambria is our number one quartz countertop not only because it’s an antimicrobial, no-maintenance, nonporous product, but also because it’s made here in the U.S., and doesn’t have to be shipped across the ocean,” says Kerr. “We’re choosing floors that are sustainable, such as cork, bamboo and Marmoleum, as well as wood, because wood floors have a very, very long lifetime. Our cabinetmaker uses Agriboard, which is made from agricultural byproducts, such as wheat, for the cabinet boxes, and low-VOC finishes. ‘Green’ can extend as far as choosing a foot pedal or motion-sensor faucet to reduce water use, or recessing a compost bin into the countertop.” Designers in St. Louis and New York, however, say environmental concerns are still on the periphery except in the area of energy efficiency: Energy Star appliances, WaterSense faucets, and LED lighting are becoming musthaves for consumers who realize they can save money while also helping save the planet.

Gas is still most people’s first choice, but at the higher end, and for those with electric, these versatile cooktops are gaining notice. “To me it’s a no-brainer,” says Serra. “My next cooktop will be induction by choice.” Induction cooktops, which use electromagnetic energy, are much more efficient than gas or even electric. They are also more responsive and precise, allowing you to instantly adjust the heat to a low simmer or a rolling boil. And they win high marks for safety, because the heat is transferred directly to the pot, leaving the flat ceramic glass cooktop cool to the touch and easy to clean.

BEVERAGE CENTERS While refrigerator drawers are rather pricey, many people are setting up satellite beverage centers for entertaining and to minimize traffic in the main work area. These beverage centers might include undercounter refrigerators, icemakers, wine coolers and/or built-in coffee/espresso makers.


distinctive materials “There is an explosion of new materials available,” says Susan Serra, which is a factor that dovetails nicely with people’s desire to create a more individual, personalized kitchen. Some of the newer materials designers are experimenting with include back-painted glass for seamless backsplashes in custom colors; metallic tiles and trims; and Lumicor and 3Form resins, which have materials such as leaves, shells, grass and more embedded in them. “Thin, stacked stone tiles are also becoming popular for backsplashes, and glass, in larger tiles or intricate mosaics, continues to gain momentum,” says Jennifer Gilmer.


“Steam ovens can cook by steam, convection, or both, and are also great for warming and reheating,” explains Jennifer Gilmer. “They’re ideal for steaming healthy veggies, fish, even pasta. Steam combined with convection cooks food that is moist inside and crispy outside—like delicious roasted potatoes.” There are also speed ovens made by manufacturers like Miele and Sharp that combine a convection oven and microwave. “This makes a great, space-saving second oven,” she notes.

A dual-level Cambria countertop adds sculptural curves to this island. The stacked stone wall, fitted with a pizza oven, provides rustic contrast.


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hen Jessica Capshaw and her husband Christopher Gavigan bought their 1927 Spanish Colonial home in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2007, they got something else in the bargain: a dilapidated garage slumped on a cracked concrete slab behind the house. They lived with the eyesore for years while restoring the main house, allowing the shack to “tell them what it wanted to be.” “We always knew we were going to do something with it, but we had to figure out what that was,” says Jessica, who plays the feisty pediatric surgeon Dr. Arizona Robbins on ABC’s hit show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” and

is also known off-screen for her Hollywood lineage as actress Kate Capshaw’s daughter and director Steven Spielberg’s stepdaughter. Four years later, Jessica and Christopher have their answer: Their former eyesore has become a chic guesthouse that will double as an open, airy play area for their son Luke, three, and daughter Eve, seven months, as they grow up. It wasn’t easy to get to this point. They began demolition in July 2010, scrapping 95 percent of the original structure and keeping only the footprint. They completely relandscaped the spacious back yard; the concrete slab that had encroached on much of it was history.





LEFT: Jessica cuddles with the kids in the guesthouse’s airy studio. The wall of French doors behind them opens to the yard and pool, giving the space an indoor-outdoor quality the whole family loves. ABOVE: With its earth-tone “Sussex” Cambria countertops ready to withstand repotting, pruning, and trimming, a workshop serves as potting shed for flower-loving Jessica. Vintage stool, ladder, watering cans and clay pots from Rolling Green Nursery.

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Now light floods the 950-square-foot guesthouse through three large skylights, making the white walls and whitewashed ceilings glow. Overhead, a hefty beam bisects the soaring 15-foot cathedral ceiling in the living space, dubbed “the studio.” Along the main wall, four sets of French doors open to the backyard. A newly built outdoor banquette surrounds a fire pit filled with volcanic rock; a small stand of olive trees shades one area; beyond, a pool shimmers. Adjacent to the studio is a guest bedroom and pristine all-white bath as well as a pocket “kitchen bar.” In a compact space, it manages to house a sink, under-counter refrigerator and dove-gray cabinet topped with Sussex gray Cambria counters, perfect for the needs of weekend—or weeklong—guests. Through a separate entrance on the other side of the guesthouse is a small potting shed and workshop, also fitted with a sink, shelves and Cambria counters. In a stroke of genius, Jessica and Christopher decided to build a cozy loft for extra sleepover space above the studio, safely tucked away behind banisters. On an outside wall, begonia climbs up a corner next to

an open-air copper shower with an oversized rainfall showerhead. The highest praise: Because it took its exterior cues in color, detail and trim from the main house, the structure looks as if it has always been there. Jessica, barefoot and dressed casually in white jeans and striped top, points out that while the guesthouse will obviously see its share of visitors, children will be its main inhabitants day to day. “We wanted to have a safe place where the kids could play and bring their friends,” she says. “The loft space is for sleepovers and such. And with the refrigerator, the kids can grab drinks and snacks.” Christopher envisions the studio as a space for family entertaining as well as whatever the kids dream up: playing music, art projects, putting on plays. There will be a 60-inch flat-screen television on one wall for movie-viewing parties and impromptu summer evening screenings. “We can open up the French doors all the way, the kids can sit outside on the lawn and it will be like having a drive-in movie!” explains Jessica, clearly delighted at the prospect. Christopher, 37, is an entrepreneur and former executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World,


In the guesthouse’s main living space, bright colors, handwoven textiles and oversized upholstery make the room comfy and casual. An antique barn ladder leads the way to “Luke’s Loft.” Sustainable furniture and accessories from Cisco Home. Susani throw, Duet Interior Collections. Art, Rolling Greens Nursery. George Peterson wood bowl, from OK.

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The kitchen bar’s “ Sussex” Cambria countertop is maintenance-free and nontoxic, a perfect place to prepare kids’ snacks. An under-counter refrigerator, on the right, is handy for drinks and staples for visiting guests. Lilith Rocket covered vessels, George Peterson live edge cutting board, Dansk pepper grinder and Adonde plates from OK, Los Angeles. Fermob bistro chair from Potted. Sensi studio hat from Turpan.

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A spacious outdoor banquette surrounds the pool, as well as a volcanic outdoor fire pit, for cooler evenings— for California living at its best


Jessica and Christopher enjoy pajama time with Luke, three; and Eve, seven months, on weekend mornings. In the main house, the stunning floors are made of ipe wood, a sustainably harvested Brazilian wood imported from Washington State. Bare feet or slippers are de rigueur in the house to keep pollutants from being tracked inside. OPPOSITE: The 25’ x 12’ non-chlorine pool is for play, but it also serves as Christopher’s “exercise room,” equipped with a RiverFlow system by Current Systems that supplies resistance for lap swimming.Ceramic garden stool from Potted, See Design patterned pillows from Brentwood General Store.

a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals (see page 32 for more information), and the author of Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home. Both Jessica and Christopher believe that children are uniquely vulnerable to toxic exposure. They are dedicated to raising awareness on the subject and maintain a chemical-free household themselves. It was important to them that the new guesthouse not just be pretty, but also built carefully and consciously using healthy, safe and eco-friendly materials and processes. And there was one more requirement. “I embrace the idea that we have to live sustainably,” explains Jessica, “but I am also eternally about aesthetics and things looking beautiful.” That caveat led the couple to Minnesota-based Cambria. “When Chris brought the Cambria book home, I couldn’t believe such a beautiful product also met all of our environmental criteria,” says Jessica. The couple chose Cambria for the guesthouse’s stylish gray

counters in the kitchen and workshop as well as the crisp white shower wall and sink in the bath. The material meets all the stringent requirements they had set: It is completely natural, made domestically with no chemical sealers (and won’t ever need any), food-safe, and stain-resistant. It is certified for both GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD for Children and Schools. In addition to the product itself, they were taken with the company’s deep commitment to sustainability, which matched their own. “I was incredibly impressed with how they conduct themselves,” remarks Christopher, “how they reuse water in their own facilities, how they recycle their own materials. It was an easy choice.” For her part, Jessica at one time referred to herself as “a different shade of green than Christopher,” but if that was ever true, she has made up for lost time. “I started recycling and went up from there,” she says. The couple now composts, uses only environmentally safe products, and insists shoes be removed at the door

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RIGHT: The choice of a striking “Waverton” Cambria block-like pedestal sink is at once modern, classic and indestructible. More like sculpture than sink, it is the centerpiece of the bathroom. BELOW: Luke’s little flip-flops grace the compact bath with pristine “Newport” Cambria shower. “I love an all-white bath,” says Jessica. “It makes everything look so clean.” The room’s distinctive herringbone wood floor was made from scrap oak pieces. Towels and Patyka toiletries from Turpan.

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to keep petroleum resins and other chemicals at bay. They avoid furnishings, mattresses and carpets that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as formaldehyde that can release toxins into the air. They put their commitment into practice every day: The children’s toys are free of PVC, BPA, lead and phthalates. The pool is chlorine-free and uses an ozone filter system. Jessica feels that families are making progress, however gradual, in learning how to remove toxins from their lives. “People are starting to understand what they need to do to live sustainably, even on a small level,” she says. The couple also subscribes to the notion that reusing something is as green as you can get. They searched for salvaged or recycled materials, for example, reusing an original cast iron sink from the 1920s in the workshop. They also scooped up scraps of dinged red and white “utility oak” from flooring companies that were discarding them. By crafting the scraps into an ingenious herringbone pattern, they managed to create a custom floor throughout the house from these bits and pieces. Personal touches add to the overall appeal: A barn ladder from Missouri, Jessica’s home state, provides access to the loft. Born in Columbia, Mo. to parents who were educators, Jessica moved to New York City when she was three so her mother, Kate Capshaw, a special education teacher, could pursue a career in modeling and acting. Her parents split up shortly afterward. “We had to move around a lot

A tree swing is the perfect place to rock baby Eve, or let Luke find his wings as my mother took acting jobs,” Jessica recalls. In 1983, Steven Spielberg cast Kate in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and eight years later, the two married. Jessica is now part of an extended clan that includes five biological and adopted siblings. On being part of such a high-visibility family, Jessica says simply, “It doesn’t feel any different from anyone else’s family. My parents just happen to be people strangers would know.” Jessica graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in English and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She made her way through a series of guest appearances on TV shows and acted in several minor films before her big break in 2002. Playing ambitious Harvard grad Jamie Stringer in “The Practice,” she stayed with the series until it ended in 2004. More gueststarring roles followed, including, in 2009, the intractable but charming Dr. Robbins on “Grey’s Anatomy.” She joined the cast as a series regular the following season. With the show on hiatus for the summer, Jessica gets a break from the grueling 10- to 18-hour-a-day schedule she keeps when the series is shooting. On weekends, family life tends to be a low-key affair built around nap schedules—and relaxation for the grown-ups. “We stay in pajamas as long as possible, and hang out in the yard, “ says Jessica. “We live 18 blocks from the beach so we might go there, come back for lunch, then pop the kids in bed for a nap.” Recently, Luke, an animated blond charmer, helped his mother plant the family’s raised organic vegetable garden (pesticide-free, of course). “We put in strawberries, mint, parsley, cilantro, carrots, lettuce, and even corn, which I thought was kind of ambitious, but we’ll see,” says Jessica. Whatever Jessica and her family undertake, they put sustainability and health first. During the course of building their guesthouse, they were happy to see they had company in that mission. “The good news is that there are folks like Cambria in the world doing the right kind of work,” says Christopher. “It’s like an insurance policy. You’re investing in your child’s future.” The 1927 Spanish Colonial had been occupied by only two previous owners before Jessica and Christopher bought it in 2007. A 14-month renovation brought it up to 21st-century standards.

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HEALTHY CHILD A Chicago showhouse demonstrates how anyone can



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OVERLEAF: The Healthy Home kitchen features numerous environmentally-friendly design elements, including GREENGUARDcertified Cambria countertops, low-VOC paints and stains on the cabinets, furniture made without added chemicals and lighting fixtures manufactured within 30 miles of the house.

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hether your home more closely resembles a quiet sanctuary or a three-ring circus, there is one role we all want our homes to play—that of security blanket. These days, that means more than just safety; whether or not our homes are healthy has become increasingly important as well. What exactly constitutes a “healthy” home can be confusing and overwhelming, however. That’s where the Healthy Home showhouse comes in: It was designed to make those decisions both visible and simple. Created by Healthy Child Healthy World, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cleaner, greener and healthier indoor environments, the house was designed using the latest green technology and healthy materials to show families they can create a home that’s not only safe, but stylish as well.

From pesticides lurking in our manicured lawns, to chemicals from plastics leaching into our food, to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, stains and sealers filling the air we breathe, no one can afford to assume that their home is always a healthy place to live. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher than those outdoors—a sobering statistic when you consider that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. The genesis of Healthy Child Healthy World began nearly twenty years ago, when founders Nancy and James Chuda sadly and unexpectedly lost their four-year-old daughter, Colette, to cancer. Convinced the disease was the result of some kind of environmental exposure, the Chudas have dedicated their lives to sponsoring scientific studies on environmental risks to children, research that eventually linked Colette’s cancer to Nancy’s exposure to pesticides while pregnant.


Victoria Di Iorio, Healthy Child Healthy World’s education outreach coordinator, decided there would be no better way to educate people about how to create a healthier home than to build one from scratch, using the healthiest materials and processes both indoors and out. Last fall, that idea came to fruition when Healthy Child Healthy World opened the doors to the Healthy Home showhouse. This five-bedroom, 5,800-square-foot house in suburban Chicago is the first home in the country to be built according to the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) standards for residential construction. In addition, an advisory board of six experts in environmental design drew up new Healthy Interiors Guidelines to guide the selection of the home’s design elements and furnishings. During the home’s six-month-long exhibition period, the Healthy Home hosted numerous public tours, builder forums and educational visits from design and architectural industry groups, spreading the word about how to make homes healthier.


The kitchen’s energy-saving induction range, left, and vent hood are Energy-Star-rated; the backsplash tiles from Ann Sacks, below, are made from recycled materials. Cambria countertops were used in the kitchen and pantry, right. Benjamin Moore’s zero-VOC Natura paints were used throughout the house, including the rich red in the sitting room, below right.

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terms to know VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS Organic chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol that are widely used in thousands of household products, from paints and lacquers to industrial glues and adhesives to cleaning supplies. According to the EPA, VOCs have been linked to both short- and long-term adverse health effects, such as eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and liver, kidney and nervous system damage. For more information on VOCs, go to

GREENGUARD A nonprofit environmental institute founded in 2001, GREENGUARD advocates for better indoor air quality and reduced exposure to chemicals and pollutants through the promotion of healthy, sustainable building standards. GREENGUARD also certifies products (such as Cambria) for low chemical emissions, testing for more than 10,000 chemicals to ensure that products are safe and healthy for indoor environments. Visit

OFF-GAS This is the process by which VOCs slowly evaporate into the air from solid and liquid products. In some cases, off-gassing can continue virtually undetected for years after a product is purchased and installed, exposing consumers to ongoing health risks. CAMBRIAST YLE.COM


This children’s playroom, above, features a multicolor pinstriped, natural-fiber area rug, which adds warmth to the room without worries of chemical off-gassing from the glues used to install wall-to-wall carpets.

The Chicago-based Susan Fredman Design Group designed the home’s interiors and furnishings. “We approached this as if we were designing a traditional home for a family with children,” says Fredman designer Ruth Delf. “We wanted to create a feeling of luxury and comfort and not have it be the typical granola-style design you see in a lot of green homes.” The Healthy Home project features pesticide-free landscaping outside the house and natural and untreated materials inside it, with a particular emphasis on minimizing the amount of chemicals, stains and glues on furnishings, and choosing low and no-VOC paints and finishes.

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Avoid pesticides. Eliminate pesticides from your lawn care to lessen exposure to chemicals that have been linked to diseases such as asthma and some forms of cancer. Take off your shoes when you come inside the house, to avoid tracking in pesticide and pollutant residues.

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When it came time to choose countertop surfaces for the home, Di Iorio says the one product that satisfied all of their rigorous criteria was Cambria. “It really is the best of the best. Not only is it GREENGUARD-certified safe for food preparation, its manufacturing process is environmentally responsible, and it’s made here in the United States. The fact that Cambria never needs a sealer eliminates any worries about VOCs, a huge plus for a healthy home.” Codesigner Kathy Hoffman notes that she normally doesn’t choose just one product for all the countertop surfaces in a home. “Because of all the choices Cambria affords designers in terms of colors, edge profiles,

Use nontoxic products. Try using homemade cleansers made from vinegar and baking soda, or green alternatives to harsh cleansers. And look for products like Cambria, which don’t require chemical cleansers or sealants to maintain them. Improve indoor air quality. Take a few minutes each day to open your home’s windows, even in winter, for better ventilation. Adding more houseplants to your home will also help recycle stale air. Eat whole foods. Create a wholesome diet built around simple, unprocessed foods that are free of preservatives, pesticides and hormones. Be choosy about containers. Avoid plastic food and drink containers, which can leach chemicals into your food, especially when microwaving. Instead, try to serve, store and reheat foods and beverages using glass or stainless steel products.


backsplash designs and stone patterns, we had no problem using it throughout the entire house,” she explains. “It really is the perfect example of a product that is green, healthy and beautiful.” The house isn’t just about new or high-tech materials, however; it also features many antiques. “They are obviously green because it’s reusing something already made,” explains Hoffman. “Plus, you know that any paint or stains used on them have long since off-gassed. They can add a feeling of style and age that you don’t always find in newer homes.” She also points out the use of area rugs, which add warmth to a room without the concerns about adhesives that often accompany wall-to-wall carpet installation. “The rugs we chose were not only luxurious,” she says, “they were also green and healthy, made from all-natural wool and silk and colored using vegetable dyes.” In other words, you really can have it all, says Delf. “The message here is that there are lots of stylish, healthy and green choices out there that anyone can use in their next home project or renovation.” Perhaps the best proof of this are the things one didn’t notice in the Healthy Home: “It was really refreshing to walk into a new home and not smell any chemical odors from paints, glues or stains,” notes Hoffman. “During tours of the home, we specifically had to point out the green features because they didn’t intrude on the overall design. It just felt like a warm, comfortable family home.” Make that a warm, comfortable and healthy family home.


The ultra-deep, overflowing Kohler SOK bathtub, which is WaterSense certified, is ensconced within a luxurious tub surround of Cambria quartz.



When updating or designing a kitchen, look for energy-efficient and healthy products like Energy Star appliances, WaterSense faucets, and nonporous, GREENGUARD-certified countertop surfaces such as Cambria.


For an alternative to paints, stains and conventional wallpaper, try natural wall coverings such as grass, hemp or clay. These can give a room a cozy, earthy feel and are chemical-free. If you paint walls or stain kitchen cabinets, choose a product that is low- to no-VOC or low-formaldehyde.


Reclaimed hardwood floors—also with a low- or no-VOC finish—will last a century or more and can be resanded and refinished as needed. » Choose window treatments made from organic fabrics that allow in plenty of natural light to reduce energy costs. But consider pairing them with heavier, interlined curtains that can be used during the cold winter months to retain heat. » New, low-e windows will save energy and reduce heating and cooling costs, but they can make a house so airtight that you don’t get enough fresh ventilation. Consider investing in an ERV—energy recovery ventilation system—to bring in fresh air and improve indoor air quality. A screened-in porch also offers well-ventilated living space naturally. » Basements should be waterproofed, with regular use of a dehumidifier to prevent the buildup of toxic mold. » Visit and click on “Products” and “Resources” for detailed listings and explanations of all the healthy products and materials used in the showhouse. Keep up with the latest research and resources at

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(PERFECT Confused about pairing beer and wine with food?

5 Great Summer Beer Picks THIRST QUENCHER

312 Urban Wheat, Goose Island Brewing Co. Smooth bready sweetness is followed by a zippy but gently spicy hop bite, while whiffs of citrus float in the background. PACK FOR A PICNIC

Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Sweet caramel and toasted bread crust dominate, with moderate bitterness to balance. A crisp, dry finish keeps it light and drinkable. GREAT FOR GRILLING

Oasis, Tallgrass Brewing Co. Grassy hops are the star of this Extra Special Bitter (ESB), but not enough to hide the rich, caramelmalt backbone. Refreshing, yet bold enough to stand up to grilled meats. ROMANTIC GETAWAY

30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred and Ken’s Bock, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big and dripping with caramel and honey, with light notes of citrus. Spicy hops bring it to an agreeably bitter crescendo. The elegant cork-finished bottle adds to the romance. EVENING SIPPER

Glissade, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Herbal, almost minty hops offer a fresh counterpoint to the honey-tinged malt. It’s just bitter enough to keep it from seeming too sweet.

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Start with intensity. Lighter foods need lighter beers. More flavor-intensive foods require heavier beers. Be sure to consider the whole preparation, not just the main ingredient. Sauces and spices can easily turn that lightweight grilled chicken breast into a heavyweight. Consider light and dark. By “light” and “dark” I don’t mean color. I’m talking about the quality of flavors in both the dish and the dram. Light flavors are bright and refreshing, with a touch of acidity, like fish with fruit salsa. These foods call for dry, crisp beers, with those same fresh, fruity and spicy qualities: Kölsch, pilsner, wheat beers, and citrusy pale ales. Dark-flavored foods are redolent with roast, toast, and earthy, savory goodness, such as mushroom risotto. These foods pair well with dark flavored beers like porters, bocks and funky bières de garde.

Look for complements and contrasts. The sweet, caramelized maltiness of a German doppelbock is a great complement to roasted sweet potatoes or baked winter squash. Salty foods do well with the contrasting fruitiness and light, citric acidity of a hefeweizen. Hops intensify heat, malt calms it down. As a general rule, bitter beers with high levels of hop flavor will pump up the volume on spicy foods, while sweeter, malt-balanced beers envelop them in a flame-taming blanket. Carbonation and hops clear the palate. Like acidity in wine, carbonation and hops in beer will clear away the tongue-coating fat of rich foods and creamy cheese. They leave your palate clean for the next bite.


PAIRINGS Try these quick tips and you’ll be pairing like a pro

5 Super Summer Wine Picks THIRST QUENCHER

Ameztoi Txakolina This Spanish favorite is zippy, zesty and vibrant, lovely paired with a fresh summer salad or all by itself. $18–$22 PEOPLE PLEASER

Ponzi Vineyards’ Pinot Gris Know someone who’s on the fence about wine? This is a no-fail, palatable, people-pleaser, round with notes of sun-kissed summer fruit, yet crisp. $16–$18 GREAT FOR GRILLING

Zero Manipulation by Peterson Winery Smokin’ hot, charred and right off the grill deserves a wine with similar attributes. This dark-fruited mouthful is a combination of Carignan, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. I love it! $15–$17 ROMANTIC GETAWAY

Franciacorta Brut, from Ca’ del Bosco Surprise that special someone with a bombshell bubbly from the Lombardy region of Italy. This sparkles with a full, rich, luxurious palate. $35–$41 PACK FOR A PICNIC

ForeFront by Pine Ridge Pinot Noir I really enjoy this price-friendly Pinot from Napa Valley—a slightly smokedcherry, supple red. $19–$23

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Don’t choose wines based on the color of your food. Just because you’re having fish doesn’t mean you have to drink white, and red meat doesn’t mean you should always reach for red wine. Consider the preparation of your food, as well as any sauces. Light flavors and broiled or grilled meats and fishes work well with whites, but blackened or Cajun fish or a lively chile sauce will point you more toward red. A Pacific Northwest Pinot goes beautifully with a cedar-planked salmon, and a thick, rich Napa Chardonnay can stand up to a charbroiled Porterhouse steak. What grows together, goes together! This rule of thumb is an easy way to create natural pairings. If you’re making a classic Tuscan dish, why not pair it with a classic Tuscan wine, such as a Sangiovese


or Chianti? And if you’re selecting a cheese from a particular region, choose a wine from the same area. Serve wines with dishes that feature similar flavors. The best way to approach this is often to check the back label. If it says “bright, green and grassy,” for example, serve something like-minded, like a fresh green-bean salad. Still not sure? Want a little more guidance (or a great hostess gift)? Pick up a copy of What to Drink With What You Eat, by Andrew Dornenberg and Karen Page. This is one of the best references on food and wine (and beer and spirits) pairings. From Cheetos to Chateaubriand, this book has you covered.


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NAVIGATING THE FARMERS’ MARKET So many tables, so many offerings—where to begin? It can be intimidating to enter a farmers’ market, with artisanal this and organic, grass-fed that. But the reality is much more simple: just trust your nose and taste buds and follow a few basic rules to be a friend to your local farmers, and get the most from your visit.

TIPS FOR FORAGING Keep farmers’ costs to a minimum (and be green) by coming prepared with baskets, totes or small containers for the most delicate produce.


GO EARLY. The day begins with the best selection and the best parking spots. Supplies are limited for indemand items—like first-of-the-season tomatoes and strawberries—so be prepared to beat the crowd.

in season this week? Who’s that new vendor? Who’s selling similar products—and what’s the difference? Chart a course to pick up the items needing refrigeration last.

ACCEPT IMPERFECTIONS. If you demand flawless conformity in your food, stick with the robo-produce offered by giant supermarket chains. But for the best flavor from the freshest source, look past the little holes in the lettuce leaves and choose local.


ACCEPT THAT YOU MAY PAY A BIT MORE. Small farmers can’t beat the large discount chains’ prices—they’re not getting rich off farmers’ markets. You’re eating fresher and helping to sustain the local food supply chain. If a product is beyond your budget, wait a week. Prices come down if supplies grow.

Chef Seth Caswell says he loves the surprises he finds at markets in the Northwest, from obscure apple varieties to lesser-known breeds of cherries and cranberries grown for the export market. Not sure how to prepare something? Ask the farmer for ideas.



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ASK ABOUT THE SOURCE. Farmers are usually more than happy to tell you how and where their products were grown. Ask for a farmer’s email or phone number if you have questions that can’t be answered in the bustle of the market. Be suspicious of goods that seem odd for your climate or carry telltale source stickers.

Find farm-fresh food near you Find a farmers’ market or CSA At, you can search by city, state or ZIP Code for a farmers’ market or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture farm) near you. CSAs are taking off all over the country—buy a share and work a few hours to take home a box of local produce from spring to fall. Add an App For $2.99, the Locavore iPhone App can pinpoint the markets closest to you and even show what’s in season and what’s coming soon. Friend your farmers Many farms on Facebook are giving on-the-ground reports, from the birth of spring lambs and the ups and downs of weather to previews of what’s ready to go to market.




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Chef/manager, Swarthmore Food Co-op, Swarthmore, PA

Executive chef/culinary director, Kitchen Window Minneapolis; 612-824-4417

WHERE HE SHOPS: University


District Market, Ballard Market, Queen Anne Farmers’ Market, Columbia City Farmers’ Market, Phinney Ridge Market

Blooming Glen CSA, Doylestown Farmers’ Market, Swarthmore Farmers’ Market, Stockton (NJ) Farmers’ Market




The all-too-brief strawberry season; Washington’s diverse array of apples; purple, orange and green cauliflowers; a gigantic banana squash

Solebury Farms’ white peaches, None Such Farm’s white corn; wild ramps (also known as wild leeks)


From the Northwest’s Hmong and Japanese-American smallscale farmers, locally grown tamarind, ginger root, bamboo shoots and bok choy.

COOLEST THING FOUND: Spring, yellow and Vidalia onions from Blooming Glen. “They have a sweet pungency, especially when you grill them. I’ve never seen or tasted anything like them.”

WHERE HE SHOPS: Minneapolis

Farmers’ Market, St. Paul Farmers’ Market, Hmong markets in Minneapolis’s Frogtown district, The Bistro Farm CSA (Clear Lake, Wisconsin) FAVORITE SEASONAL ITEMS:

Hmong farmers’ flowers, fingerling potatoes fresh out of the ground, Harrelson apples and, during a short spring window—ramps. He puts them in compound butters, in eggs, and even pickles them. COOLEST THING FOUND:

Four pounds of really small gherkins, which he pickled to make his own cornichons.


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perfection Come summer, the best cooking is done outdoors on the grill, with dishes that make the most of the season’s fresh bounty, whether it’s from your garden or the local farmstand. Try these flavor-full recipes created exclusively for us by Daniel Darvell, executive chef and culinary director of Kitchen Window, in Minneapolis.

Frenched Pork Chop with Broccoli Rabe Pistou Pistou is a Provençal sauce similar to pesto, made with summer vegetables, olive oil and garlic. Here, it adds piquant flavor to grilled pork chops. “Frenched” pork chops have the meat cut away from the end of the bone, like a rack of lamb, but any good pork chops will do. Ingredients


4 8-ounce bone-in pork chops Gray sea salt Smoked black pepper

4 cups broccoli rabe 4 cloves garlic 1/ 2 cup Parmesan, grated 1/ 3 cup extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice Kosher salt Black pepper

Method 1. Preheat a grill with both high heat and low heat zones. 2. Bring a medium pot of water to boil and prepare a mediumsize bowl of ice water. 3. Blanch the broccoli rabe in boiling water for 12 seconds. Quickly remove the broccoli rabe and transfer to the bowl of ice water. 4. When the broccoli rabe is cool, remove from the ice water and squeeze out any remaining water from the broccoli rabe. 5. Place the broccoli rabe in a food processor along with the garlic and Parmesan. Add approximately 1/3 cup of oil, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. 6. Blend the mixture until incorporated. 7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. 8. Season the pork chops with sea salt and smoked pepper. 9. Sear the pork chops on both sides over high heat, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to the low heat zone on the grill and cook until the center reaches 145˚F. Remove the chops from the grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes. 10. Before serving, top each pork chop with a few tablespoons of the broccoli rabe pistou.

What to Drink Summertime, Goose Island Brewing Co.: This Kölsch-style beer is crisp and refreshing. Great with summer salads or grilled fish.

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Tallgrass Oasis: Higher alcohol and fuller body make this an Extra Special Bitter (ESB), good with roasted meats, like the pork chops.

Vina Mayor Tinto Roble, Spain: This Tempranillo’s supple, smoked cherry and vanilla tannins snuggle up to smoky grilled peppers. Archery Summit Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir: The dark berry fruit of this sexy Pinot from Willamette Valley, Oregon, pairs lusciously with the pork chops.



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Lotus Root Salad with Cucumber and Shallots Showcase the lacy silhouette of the lotus root in this simple salad. Lotus root is available in Asian markets or farmers’ markets with Hmong or Cambodian vendors. It’s crunchy in texture with a sweettangy flavor; the lemon water will keep it from turning brown until you pickle it. 44

Ingredients 2 lemons, juiced 2 pounds lotus root (available at Asian markets or some farmers’ markets) 1/ 4 cup shallots, sliced thin (2-3 shallots) 1 pound cucumbers, peeled into ribbons or sliced into coins (2-3 medium cucumbers) PICKLING LIQUID

1 cup rice vinegar 3 cups water 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 red bird chili, cut in half

Method 1. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and bird chili in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. 2. In a large bowl add 6 cups of cold water and the juice of 2 lemons. 3. Lightly scrub the lotus roots under cold running water. Trim and discard both ends of the root. Peel the lotus root and immediately plunge into lemon water. 4. Taking one root at a time, slice crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick disks. Return sliced disks to lemon water. 5. When the pickling liquid has come to a boil, drain the water from the lotus root and combine the root, cucumber and shallot into a heat-proof container. 6. Pour pickling liquid over lotus root, cucumber ribbons and shallots, then cool in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours until fully chilled. Makes 6-8 servings.


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Grilled Garden-Vegetable Stuffed Poblanos Ingredients 3 poblano peppers, halved 3/ 4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/ 2 teaspoon smoked black pepper 1 red bell pepper, grilled, then finely diced 1 yellow bell pepper, grilled, then finely diced 1 green bell pepper, grilled, then finely diced 1 yellow onion, sliced into 1/2 -inch slices, grilled, then finely diced 1 zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick planks, grilled, then finely diced 1 yellow squash, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick planks, grilled, then finely diced 3 ears corn, husk removed, grilled, then stripped 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded, 1/4-inch diced 4 tablespoons butter, melted 2 cloves garlic, pressed 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, thyme, parsley, oregano) 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 1 cup jack cheese, grated 1/ 2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Oil (grapeseed, safflower or canola) Method 1. Prepare grill. Soak hickory wood chips or chunks for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium high with wood chips in smoker box. 2. Cut poblanos in half lengthwise right through the stem, leaving some of the stem attached to each half. Cut out the cores and remove the seeds and ribs from the interior. Season the inside of the pepper with salt and smoked black pepper. 3. Grill bell peppers, onions, squash and corn over medium heat, then dice. 4. Combine bell peppers, onions, squash, corn, tomatoes, butter, garlic, herbs, breadcrumbs and cheeses in a bowl and toss.


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Honey-Ricotta Cheesecake Using fresh ricotta from a farmers’ market or artisanal cheese shop (I like Minnesota’s Star Thrower Farm), rather than commercially packaged ricotta, makes all the difference in the taste and texture of this light, fresh cheesecake. Ingredients 8 ounces graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 12 ounces fresh ricotta, drained 1 pound Neufchâtel or cream cheese, room temperature 3/ 4 cup sugar 1/ 4 cup orange blossom honey 1 teaspoon orange zest 4 large eggs Method 1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. 2. In a food processor, combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Firmly press the crumb mixture in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. 3. In a clean food processor, blend the ricotta and Neufchâtel until smooth. Add the sugar, honey and orange zest and process until evenly incorporated. Add the eggs and pulse just until blended. 4. Pour the cheese mixture into the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Place the springform pan into a large roasting pan. Add enough warm water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

6. Fill poblano peppers with mixture.

5. Bake until the center of the cake moves slightly when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour and 35 minutes (the cake will firm up more after refrigeration).

7. Grill over indirect heat until peppers are cooked and filling is heated, about 20 minutes.

6. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 1 hour, then transfer to a refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 4 hours.

5. Lightly coat the outside of the poblanos with oil.

Makes 6 servings.

Makes 8 servings.




MORE STYLES CAMBRIA OLORS COLORS REACH DEPTH This spring, Cambria unveiled new colors and the Waterstone Collection. This collection, inspired by the fluidity and movement of water over stone, is reminiscent of the classic look of marble and granite with all the benefits of Cambria, with its strength and maintenance-free surface. The second color launch in six months, these new colors once again prove Cambria’s commitment to offering the widest color selection in the industry, including colors and styles not found anywhere else.

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As part of a new WITH LEGENDARY DRUMMER W.S. HOLLAND partnership with legendary country music drummer W.S. Holland, a longtime member of Johnny Cash’s band, Cambria is teaming up with Nashville’s landmark radio station WSMAM, the broadcast home of the Grand Ole Opry. Cambria is sponsoring the ongoing radio series “Stories from Life on the Road with Johnny Cash.” Told in his distinctive Tennessee drawl, Holland’s short vignettes offer an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his forty years of playing and recording with American music icon, Johnny Cash, and others such as Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

HEALTHYKITCHEN, HEALTHYHOME Healthy living proponent and Cambria ambassador Mariel Hemingway recently walked the red carpet with members of the environmental organization Healthy Child, Healthy World, at the debut of their Healthy Home showhouse. As a presenting sponsor of the Healthy Home project, Cambria donated all of the kitchen and bathroom surfaces for the 5,800-square-foot home. The home was constructed using the highest building standards for safe indoor air quality and stylish green living. Pictured alongside Mariel at the event are Jill Salisbury (President, el furniture), James Chuda (Co-Founder, Healthy Child Healthy World), Nancy Chuda (CoFounder, Healthy Child Healthy World) and Victoria Di Iorio (Healthy Home Project Director). For the full story on this project, see page 32.

CHOICE OF THE As part of a complete suite-level upgrade this past winter, the Milwaukee Brewers chose Cambria for all eighteen of the Founders Suites at its home field, Miller Park. All told, nearly 1,200 square feet of countertops, tabletops, walls and flooring were installed in the Cambria colors Charston and Victoria—and you can also see Cambria prominently displayed behind home plate!

CAMBRIA SPONSORS CLASSIC WOMAN AWARDS This past fall, Cambria was honored to sponsor Traditional Home magazine’s sixth annual “Classic Woman Awards.” The awards honor the spirit of volunteerism through six women “whose exemplary and extraordinary volunteer efforts have made their communities a better place to live.” These real-life superwomen have “put their heart and soul” into causes like pediatric cancer research, creating schools in Cambodia and EKG testing for teens to discover hidden heart disease. At the inspiring awards luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, Cambria ambassador Mariel Hemingway co-hosted the event with Traditional Home editor Ann Maine. Mariel presented each honoree with a $2,500 donation from the magazine to put toward their volunteer initiatives. To learn more about these remarkable women, visit



ahhh,Summer This is the summer to build a treehouse.

This is the summer to run that marathon. This is the summer to have family picnics. This is the summer to build window boxes. This is the summer to grow your own vegetables. This is the summer to invite your friends to a backyard soirĂŠe. This is the summer to hang your clothes outside to dry. This is the summer to walk the dog every day. This is the summer to explore your city. This is the summer to enjoy an outdoor play. This is the summer to learn how to skip rocks. This is the summer to hang a hammock and use it.

This is the summer to jump off the end of the dock . . . running all the way.






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