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Summertime — it’s the season for vacations, family reunions, sunbathing and lazy days at the pool. It’s time to get outdoors — visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, take in an outdoor concert at Columbus Commons or go on a picnic. Gourmet Style features some scrumptious picnic dishes — including cold salads and sandwiches prepared by two local chefs, Ian Rough and Rick Lopez, who also offer advice for putting together a quick-andeasy picnic. The secret? Let someone else prepare it for you! If you’re planning an outdoor wedding this summer, the tips in Michael Leach’s Great Outdoors column might be a bit late. However, for those who like to plan — months or even years — in advance, save this issue as you’ll want to refer back to it later. Summer is also the time of year when the annual BIA Parade of Homes is held. This year, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Each of the homes in this year’s Parade, which will be held June 16 through July 1 at The Meadows at Lewis Center, will feature a midcentury retro feature. For instance, one homebuilder might incorporate 1950s-style furniture, while another might choose to feature the aquas, browns and oranges that were so popular back then. Lots of activities throughout the Parade will celebrate this milestone event. For more information, visit

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ohn and Jen Dean of Muirfield wanted a deck they could enjoy throughout the year — one that would allow them to bring their indoor living outside. “We liked the deck we had, but we didn’t get to use it as much as we wanted,” Jen Dean says. “We wanted something more.” Deck Masters designed and installed a deck for the Deans that incorporated multiple levels — a deck above and screened-in porch below — creating an outdoor oasis that combines all the wonderful elements of indoor living and allows for nearly year-round exposure to the fresh air. “It’s a double-decker,” says Mike Fresch, vice president of sales and marketing for Deck Masters. “We ran cable and electric, and eventually there will be an indoor/outdoor, high-definition television.” “People want outdoor storage space, and they want the additional counter space when they are serving meals outside,” Fresch says. “Some customers install sinks as part of the package as well.”

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On the upper level, Fresch swapped out windows for doors to allow for multiple entry points. The view from above looks over the 16th hole at The Country Club at Muirfield Village. “From up top, you can see almost the entire golf course,” John Dean says. The Deans are installing a heating system and exploring a vinyl window product that can go over the screen, allowing for year-round use on the lower, covered level. “We can avoid the bugs and the bees when we want to eat outside and enjoy the better parts of the weather,” John

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The view from the Dean’s second-level deck overlooks the16th hole at The Country Club at Muirfield Village. Dean says. “We’ll be able to watch TV out there and not have to worry about the rain.” Powell couple Nilesh and Jasmine Varma’s deck is comprised of three levels — a patio off the basement, a large area off the main floor that wraps around the breakfast area and additional deck space off the master bedroom on the top floor. All of the areas are connected, but the Varma’s have the luxury of a private entrance from their bedroom, and there is an entry point to the main deck from a guest bedroom. “It’s really perfect for cookouts and when we have

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family over in the summer,” Nilesh Varma. Barbara and Fred Osterman, also in Powell, have a multilevel deck that was installed by P&D Builders. The lower level is screened in, and the deck space off the master bedroom has a hot tub. For safety reasons, the Ostermans purposefully designed the deck so there is no access from the ground. “We’re outdoor folks, so we spend quite a bit of time out there,” Barbara Osterman says. “I like the elevation of the deck, and we have about 25 bird feeders in the back so we can sit and watch them.” The Ostermans also like to grill out year-round,

so they had a natural gas line installed that goes straight into the grill, eliminating the need to lug around propane tanks. When Tony Langella received a job offer, he had to convince his wife, Anne, to move to Columbus from New York. “I didn’t want to move here, but (Tony) told me I could have whatever I wanted if I agreed,” Anne Langella says. “I definitely wanted a nice deck, and ever since I was little, I wanted a gazebo.” Tom Blankenship, owner of Creative Spas and Decks, installed the deck and gazebo, and the Langellas also dropped in a hot tub. “I was hoping to use the deck and gazebo from May to October, but we had the gazebo screened in, and now I can use it all the time,” Langella says. “And as long as it’s not raining, we are using the hot tub almost every day.” “We love it so much, we are thinking of getting one of those large umbrellas that we can swing over it — I would love to be able to use it almost yearround.” Adds Blankenship, new technology for HDTVs allows them to stay put year-round, thus eliminating the chore of moving them back and forth. “They’re made to be outside, and that’s huge for outdoor living,” he says. “They have great pictures ,and you never have to touch them. You can just cover them when you aren’t using them. They’re perfect for watching games and other shows from your deck.” •

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ost art is mobile in the sense that it can be moved from room to room, or be altered with a new frame. Traditional paintings are complementary pieces that add to the mood of an area. A mural, however, is much more. It defines the entire tone of a space, and has the ability to transcend its inhabitants into another setting or dimension. You aren’t just in a room — you are part of a scene. “Murals open up a space and can bring the outdoors in,” says Michael Boudreault, owner of Michael Boudreault Murals & Decorative Painting. “They can show off someone’s character and make nice areas spectacular.” Boudreault says murals aren’t just for walls — ceilings and floors are also excellent spots to make bold, artistic statements. “On the ceiling, it doesn’t have to look like the Sistine Chapel, it can just be ornamental with some interesting design elements,” he says. “You can do something around a chandelier or do something in between arches.” “With hardwood floors, one idea is to paint a Persian rug — one that you will never have to vacuum,” he adds. Kim Kharazi of Galena wanted something that would help her accept an area she didn’t much care for — a narrow hallway. She asked for input from designers, but wasn’t satisfied with their suggestions. She wanted a “wow factor.” Boudreault painted an outdoors scene with “a Tuscan feel to it,” according to Kharazi. The scene (at left) included trees, a great deal of green and a lake with swans. Kharazi describes the finished product as “soothing and calming, and it adds punch to the area.” “When we built the house, it was probably my least favorite part of the house,” she says. “And

At right, Melissa Taylor painted columns, which appear to be 3-D, at the entrance of Kharazi’s home.

Melissa Martz continued the African savannah theme (previous page, top) into the bathroom. The table (at left) by Michael Boudreault looks so real that you almost want to put something on it.

now it’s one of my favorites.” Murals also provide rooms with more depth. Kharazi envisioned putting a small table in her kitchen. The problem? Not enough space. But Boudreault saw beyond the spatial limitations, and painted a table on the wall featuring items symbolic of what her children enjoyed when they were little. “There are books because my daughter was a reader; a racecar because my son liked Matchbox cars and a ball and jacks for my other son,” Kharazi says. “It’s a wonderful table in a place where I wanted one and couldn’t physically put one.” “It’s like any other art, where you want the mural to fit the personality and sense of style,” Boudreault says. “It has to be a

custom design, because it is such a big part of the home.” Josh Eversole and wife Jennie — both big fans of Miami and the West Coast — wanted to bring the beach into their master bedroom. They hired local artist James Sewell to put sand and water on the wall of their bedroom. “It looks just like the beach, with amazing details,” says Josh Eversole. “You expect the palm trees, but James added other touches, like a small crab, that made the mural even better.” Melissa Martz, owner of Artistic Interiors, completed several murals for Juanita and Marvin Rusk in Westerville. She designed an African savannah and English garden in the grandchildren’s rooms — and two murals in the basement.

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For one of the basement murals, Rusk says she drew inspiration from a past BIA Parade of Homes … and added her own personal touch. “It’s a bar scene with my husband behind the bar and my son is sitting on a stool,” she says. “And Sean Connery is at the end of the bar — at my request.” “The bar-scene mural is one of the first things people ask about,” Rusk adds. For his son’s room, Patrick Twohig of Pataskala wanted a sports theme. He wanted something simple on the wall, like a locker. Sewell offered a different suggestion — a mural of a little-league baseball field, with details that included an ice-cream truck in the distance. “It brightens up the whole room,” says Twohig,

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who admits being a little jealous of his son’s mural. “I asked my wife if we could have a baseball field mural put in our room, and I got shot down.” George Acock, architect and owner of Acock Associates Architects and locally known watercolorist, has experience with murals both professionally and personally. He did a mural for his grandson’s room, but cautions others when choosing a theme. “It cuts down on your flexibility in a room, because if you want to change something you have to destroy the work,” Acock says. “Winnie the Pooh is great, but do you still want it in your room when you’re 10 years old?” •







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TIDY UP Basic clean-up can be achieved with little effort and minimal cost:

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and reseed. • Trim trees and shrubs. Make certain you can see the front door from the street. • Plant colorful annuals, and put ground cover around trees. • Garage your cars. Many of us turn our garages into storage rooms. Parking cars in the driveway can clutter the view of the house.

A FRESH COAT • Add fresh paint to siding and/or trim. A bolder color will make a huge difference. • Don’t forget the shutters. Semigloss paint in a complementary color adds sparkle. • Refinish or repaint the front door, and add new or refinished hardware. Nothing looks worse than a weathered brass kick plate. • Repaint or replace your mailbox,

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LIGHTEN & BRIGHTEN Lighting makes a big difference. Most lighting projects can be accomplished on your own. • Don’t forget about how your house looks at night — add lighting for evening appeal. • Most landscape lighting is low voltage, with a transformer that plugs into an exterior weatherproof outlet. However, if you don’t have an available outlet and you’re not comfortable working with electrical wiring, hire a licensed electrician. • Add low-voltage lighting along your sidewalk to the front door for guests. Many types of decorative fixtures are available to enhance the walkway.

• Add up-lighting to illuminate trees, corners of the house or important landscaping elements. • Add a decorative post lamp or replace that worn out light fixture on your front porch. Match your existing fixtures as much as possible so they look cohesive.

ENHANCE YOUR HOME’S IMAGE There are many things you can do architecturally to enhance the image of your home. Some are simple and inexpensive, while others require a larger budget. • Add flower boxes to your windows. Many styles are available online or at a local home center. Consider adding a drip-irrigation system to keep the flowers blooming and conserve water. • Make a front porch inviting by

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LOCATION “Utilizing the space in the basement/lower level of a home is an excellent and cost-effective avenue in adding on a media

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room,” says Jon Smith, vice president of Buckeye Basements. “What’s a common element in all movie theaters? They are dark. In general, basements tend to be dark as well, making them a prime location for that optimal movieviewing experience, and no doubt a major reason why media rooms are becoming one of the most popular requested items in basement finishing,” Smith says.

EQUIPMENT Items needed typically include a video projector, 100-inch fixed screen, receiver, speakers and a Blu-ray player. Designing a truly

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TECHNOLOGY The availability of 3-D-enabled equipment and content is making the transition easier, says John Premec of Premiere Home Technologies. “At this point, 3-D viewing is an occasional experience for the

homeowner. Viewing movies and sporting events in 2-D high definition is still the dominant use in home theaters,” Premec says. Customers should keep in mind that watching 3-D material requires 3-D glasses for everyone in the room, he adds. “That can add up to six to eight pairs of glasses (or more) when entertaining family and friends.” This factor should be considered prior to investing in the additional expense of 3-D integration. Although autostereoscopic display technologies are being pursued (which eliminates the need for 3-D glasses), this approach to 3-D viewing is still being perfected. Whatever type of theater you choose, remember that spending time in family leisure activities increases emotional bonding. “My favorite place in the world is on our comfy chair in the theater with all of the kids and me piled up together,” says Benjamin Hilton, father of three children, who recently had a new home theater

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erene, blue water reflects the cotton-ball clouds high above the whispering branches. Gentle guitar music accompanies bird songs and the murmur of guests seated in rows of prim white folding chairs on a freshly mown lawn. When all eyes turn to the bride, she is suffused in late afternoon sunlight that no studio lighting could ever rival. Hardly the cookie-cutter hotel affair, a garden wedding is unquestionably romantic. But creating a magical knot-tying requires more than praying for good weather. Far more.

Landscape and wedding professionals suggest getting the earliest possible start. Whether the wedding is in a backyard, public garden or on a family farm, “it should be an enjoyable day for everyone,” says Colleen Winkel, client services manager at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Amenities such as parking, tables and chairs, caterer’s kitchen, bathrooms, weatherproof seating, electricity and a dance floor might be overlooked when planning and pricing an outdoor wedding. Depending on the size and complexity, alfresco weddings can rival the costliest indoor affairs. Add

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Great Outdoors the vagaries of central Ohio weather and a garden wedding becomes too much for some. “You don’t get the bride who panics a lot. Most of the time they are folks who can handle stress,” says Andrea Schulte, who does extensive wedding work for Lasting Impressions Event Rental in Columbus. If that’s you, start thinking about the location almost as soon as the question is popped. “You want to plant far in advance so the plant material is established” and to avoid a “just-put-in look,” says Molly John, co-owner of M.J. Design Associates Inc. of Plain City. Contractors also need adequate lead-time to build a gazebo or other structure, if this is part of the plan. One of M.J. Design’s clients launched landscape renovation work on the family’s 100-plus acre home site in 2010, more than a year before the August 2011 wedding. Flowers complementing the wedding colors were planted last spring. Extra containers were ordered in June and planted by a greenhouse grower for use as garden accents. The tent area required grading to ensure a level base for the dance floor.

On a less elaborate scale, Schulte recalls a home wedding where the groom’s mother planted containers of Wave petunias, the bride’s favorite, to decorate the garden. “You can’t duplicate that,” she says. “It’s very giving.” Mercurial weather, however, makes a rain plan a must. Planners recount horror stories involving wedding-day hail and even snow. A week of rain turned parts of one yard into a swamp necessitating flooring in the tent, Schulte says. Tents are far from glorified campground setups. Schulte worked one wedding held in a clear, airconditioned tent on the grounds of COSI that gave a full view of the Downtown skyline. Some venues offer inside and outside options. “A majority of our events book with the hope of using our outdoor areas,” Winkel says. “From the end of April to the middle of October, at least 90 percent of our clients desire an outdoor wedding.” As for making the outdoors a worthy backdrop, John stresses the need for ongoing maintenance. Yet, even the best-kept landscape might need last-minute

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The best-kept landscape might need some last-minute accents. accenting with containers of flowers. Borders and beds should be edged to clearly define the lawn. “If you have crisp, clean edging, it makes everything else just pop.” Alfresco means work, but one planner sees the potential for increasing numbers of garden weddings due to environmental concerns. “It kind of goes hand in hand with ‘green’ brides,” says Dina Gesouras, owner of Scarlet City Events. Still, the biggest appeal for a garden wedding will probably always be an old-fashioned one. “I think they feel that the outdoors are so beautiful and natural that it sets the tone for the wedding,” she adds.

Expert advice for making magic happen • Be up front about the entire wedding budget. “It’s like shopping for a home. You make your wish list and the Realtor will give you reality,” Schulte says. • Use a handicap portable toilet, if extra facilities

are needed. A must for those with special needs, they’re bigger, allowing easier movement for all. They also have room for a small table with a lamp, a welcoming touch. Put containers of flowers outside to add to the welcome. • Use electric lights if the event is after dark. Guests need to see their food and move safely. • Mulch at least two weeks ahead so the odor dissipates. Or fluff up existing mulch with a rake to bring up dark mulch. • Focus on the area where the traffic and attention are going to be. “You don’t have to do everything,” John says. • Hydrate. “I would suggest offering plenty of refreshments to keep your guests cool during the day,” Winkel says. •


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Tanny Crane Tanny Crane, president and CEO of the Crane Group, serves on six local boards, is an active philanthropist and keeps a physically aggressive bucket list. No wonder she and her husband have built a quiet, relaxing retreat in the country. From the blue padded-fabric walls in her dining room to the tiered, stone-wall laden outdoor space that sports a veranda, multiple trellises and an Old English perennial garden, Tanny Crane’s home appears to be a well-renovated 19th-century classic. That was the whole idea when she and husband John Wolff built the custom English manor-style home in Jefferson Township 12 years ago. “People laughed when we put in these beautiful wood floors and had these guys walking around with spikes on their shoes to distress the floors,” Crane says. “Our goal was to make our house look — on the exterior and the interior — like it was 100 years old.” The nearly 70-acre property also includes antiquelooking barns and roughly 25 horses that Crane boards as a side business. Join Central Ohio Home & Garden as we take a peek at Crane’s exciting — and sometimes surprising — home life. Q: How did you get the idea to build your home to look old? A: My husband really designed the home. There’s 40 Central Ohio Home & Garden Summer 2012

a lot of stone and stucco. We had cabinetry built to look really old. We had some antiques as well. We had the landscaping done in Old English perennial gardens that would bloom at different times of the year. Q: What’s one of your favorite rooms in your home? A: I love my dining room. My husband and I bought a painting in Positano, Italy, which is one of our favorites. It is this tiered, beautiful view looking from the ocean at the town. I told my decorator I wanted to make it the centerpiece of our dining room, and I wanted blue walls to make the painting pop. I also wanted the walls padded with fabric. I don’t spend a lot of time in there, but when I look at it, I just think of one of my favorite places. Q: Are you a collector of artwork? A: My mother is an art collector and she started all of her kids collecting art. Q: What is your most prized piece of art?

From top to bottom: — A chandelier with horses and foxhunters has removable pieces. — The dining room’s blue padded-fabric walls make the painting from Italy stand out. — Crane’s mother got her started collecting artwork. Paintings and sculptures, each with its own unique story, adorn every room of her home.

A: My favorite is a painting that I had done for my husband’s 50th birthday of our four children. It was a surprise. It’s a painting of the girls in the family room playing a board game. It’s just the most beautiful piece and the artist — Terry Rodgers — just did a wonderful job depicting each of our daughters. Q: Do you have a favorite designer? A: I have the best designer in the world, and she’s my best friend. Her name is Anne Louis, and I grew up with her. She just has a fabulous eye and incredible taste. She’s very practical, yet she’s elegant. She’s found unique items for our home, but she’s not over the top or ostentatious at all. Q: What are some of the unique items she’s found? A: The chandelier that sits over our everyday eating table. It has a fox and lots of horses with foxhunters on them. If you look closely, you can see that you can actually pick the pieces up and move them. It’s quirky; it’s fun. Q: Where do you like to go to unwind? A: If I really want to take my mind off things, I like to go out to the barns, take my dogs — we have two chocolate labs — and feed the horses. Q: From where do you draw inspiration? A: From the property. It’s serene. It’s quiet. It’s very much secluded. There’s a veranda where I just love to sit. It inspires me to watch people ride. My family inspires me. I get inspiration from watching people do good things. I’m very community oriented. I look around our community and see so many people doing great things. It’s easy to be inspired. Q: What are your hobbies? A: I bike. I will go out for anywhere between a 50and 75-mile bike ride on the weekends whenever I can. I love working out. I love to read. I love to travel.

Q: What’s on your bucket list? A: I just crossed off one item this past year. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last September. I did it with one of my daughters, and it was phenomenal. It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done — and not just physically taxing, but mentally, too. Another item on my bucket list is a ride called Coast to Coast where I would ride my bike from San Francisco to New Hampshire. I don’t know when I’m going to do that, but it’s definitely on my list. I’m looking forward to it. • Central Ohio Home & Garden Summer 2012 41

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hen planning a picnic, certain items are considered staples — a blanket, sunshine, good company and, of course, the classic picnic basket. But what differentiates your picnic from others is what’s inside the basket. Central Ohio Home & Garden magazine consulted local food experts Ian Rough and Rick Lopez for their recommendations on putting together the perfect picnic. Their advice is keep it simple, and if possible, let someone else take care of the cooking, which is exactly what they did for us. For the most part, cold dishes, such as salads and sandwiches, are the items of choice for these two chefs. Rough, regional chef for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, prepared an incredible spread at Marcella’s in the Short North, which features lots of fresh meats and cheeses that are picnic-ready. “The first thing that comes to mind for food that would be good for a picnic is antipasti, like the fresh meats and cheeses we have, because they are easy to serve and delicious,” Rough says. Marcella’s offers a cured-meat plate that features prosciutto di parma, mortadella, bresaola, capicola, sopressata and salami. The cheese plate includes

taleggio, mozzarella, aged provolone, aged goat cheese, pecorino di pienza and gorgonzola. “For a picnic, I also like some of our antipasto salads with our giardiniera vegetables. You can just snack on that,” Rough says. “Also, the caprese salad, the peppers and mushrooms, and I like the Sicilian caponata, a roasted eggplant salad with olives and capers.” “Those are great for picnics because they don’t have to be freezing cold or extremely hot, so that’s appealing,” he adds. Rough’s personal favorite for picnics is his homemade sausage. “As a family, me and my dad have been making our own sausage for 20 years,” he says. “With the bratwurst, I’ll parboil it at home with some beer, and then I take it to the park and fire up the grill and get them all nice and crisp.” Lopez, who owns Knead on High, also located in the Short North, is known for using local products and ingredients and for his made-from-scratch dishes. Lopez recommends incorporating different textures and colors when putting your picnic plans in motion. “When I have a picnic, I’m definitely

One of Lopez’s favorite sandwiches is smoked chicken salad (left). “We put different elements in to change it up.” Ingredients: hardwood smoked Gerber chicken with toasted pecans, dried cherries, fresh tarragon and house-made lemon garlic aioli on homemade Ohio wheat bread.

Knead on High’s popular lentil salad is served cold. Sautéed seasonal vegetables are lightly dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.

going to do some sort of roasted vegetable salad with the type of vegetables I use depending on the season we are in,” Lopez says. Although, sandwiches are an easy grab-and-go for picnics, Lopez advises. “You don’t want to have something messy, and you don’t want a type of sandwich where the bread gets soggy. Cold sandwiches are good for picnics, but you have to make sure you have something that keeps the bread dry.” Asparagus is great for picnics, adds Lopez, who likes to wrap it in prosciutto and stuff it with mascarpone cheese. “We do our lentil salad different than most, because we use whatever vegetables are in season,” he says. “That’s always important to me — I have to have vegetables that are in season.” Picnic season mirrors Downtown Columbus’ festival season. So whether you are headed to an outdoor event or simply to the nearest park, grab your picnic basket, and stock it full with these refreshing picnic-ready goodies. You can’t control the weather or the ants when it comes to a picnic, but with the advice from some of the area’s top culinary minds — the picnic fare is certain to be a hit. •

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elebrations at Judy Rinehart’s home in Lancaster are not that different from most. There is cake at birthdays, gifts to unwrap at Christmas and an egg hunt at Easter. There is one small difference when it comes to the participants. Rinehart’s festivities are for her seven Shih Tzu dogs. “They are like my children, so I let them pick out their own birthday cakes at Three Dog Bakery, and they do get to open their own presents,” Rinehart says. To outsiders, pets are just pets. But to

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pet owners, these four-legged creatures are family — and they are treated as such — sometimes even better. So when it comes to spoiling these furry family members, there’s no shortage of items available locally and online for “parents” to buy for their “children.” Posh Pets Boutique in the Short North carries Sniffany’s pet beds as well as luxury car seats for traveling in style. “If it’s something you can use for a child, then there’s a pet owner that will want something similar,” says Jo Johnson, owner of Posh Pets. When it comes to their pets, owners like to treat them — no matter the cost. In those cases, Johnson says, “bling” is the thing. “There are $10,000 dog carriers out there, and $3,000 or $4,000 custom beds,” she says. “I went to a trade show in New

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