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40 SUMMER IS FOR PARTIES Summer is here and so is the time for entertaining friends and family at your place. This season, try something new and exciting. Check out these 5 backyard party ideas for a break from the norm.

50 FLOW & EASY Architect Carol Kurth’s inspiring renovation of this Westchester property creates a truly “farm to table” experience—complete with an 18 acre microfarm and a covered outdoor dining room for eight.

62 MAKING A SPLASH This contemporary outdoor room becomes the much needed design focal point and entertaining space for this lower Hudson Valley residence.

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13 DIRT A collection of useful outdoor products including mood-setting lanterns & light strings, dinnerware for stylish outdoor entertaining, and solutions for bringing your favorite music with you outdoors.

21 OUTDOOR CHEF Take a little flavor vacation this summer and grill up some boldness. Local Hudson Valley chefs and restaurateurs share some of their recipes for the perfect sauces, marinades, and rubs. 8

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26 DETAILS Viewing your garden through the windows at night changes your experience. Author and landscape lighting expert, Janet Lennox Moyer, helps to demystify the process of lighting your land-

34 GROW 7 secrets to great planting design! Local landscape design professionals offer advice and inspiration for pulling off great gardens here in the Hudson Valley.

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elcome to our summer issue! I am thrilled to share this jam-packed release with the Hudson Valley. As you may have already noticed, this issue is substantially larger than our May/June premiere. At 64 pages, it’s filled with sprawling outdoor projects, helpful advice from local pros, and—as always—the best in

outdoor living for all of us that call the Hudson Valley area, home. Since the release of our premiere issue, I have had the pleasure of traveling around our area to chat about Outdoor Home and the local outdoor living market. I’ve met readers, advertising partners, local business owners, and homeowners. Many of the same folks I met in my journeys attended the Outdoor Home launch party at the beautiful Millbrook Winery —a wonderful way to share our first print issue with the community! Often times while discussing the industry, the topic of conversation turned to why Outdoor Home was started and what some of our goals were. Being that many of the folks I met were lovers of great design and style, I often responded about one of my many trips to the newsstand to read the latest shelter mags. Ahhh yes—a dozen or more magazine titles focused on the topic of home design and remodeling. The thing you soon realize, however, is that most all of these titles are nearly 100% focused on the interior of the home. I created Outdoor Home Magazine to fill this void—to inspire, to educate, to elevate, and most of all, to connect—the local outdoor living market. With this summer issue, we continue our mission of connecting our area’s most qualified design/build professionals, architects, and product manufacturers & dealers of outdoor products, with savvy Hudson Valley homeowners. Whether it’s advice on creating great plantings, a recipe for an awesome grilling spice rub, or sprawling images of inspiring outdoor spaces, this issue of Outdoor Home should leave you a little closer to creating—and living in—the outdoor paradise of your own. See you on the patio,

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OUTDOOR CHEF: SAUCES, MARINADES, AND RUBS

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Secret Sauce Want to go from good to great on the grill this summer? Sauces, marinades, and rubs are your ticket to bringing home the flavor. TEXT BY JESSICA STRELITZ

You can throw burgers, chicken legs, or corn on the grill this summer with some salt and pepper and it’ll probably taste fine. It’s grilled deliciousness, after all. But sauces, marinades, rubs, and glazes are an easy way to go from fine to amazing! This delicious amazing can bring you a little escape from the flavors, a mini-vacation of your own –all in just a few minutes. Bring some of these local offerings home to try, or mix up some of your own. All of the rubs and sauces are made in house at Chumley’s BBQ in Florida, owned by Culinary Institute of America graduate, Dan Lemire. Seven barbeque sauces are bottled and sold around Hudson Valley, including newcomers—apple-garlic and Beanhead coffee. The coffee-tinged sauce was inspired by the Beanhead Coffee Porter at Rushing Duck

Brewing Company in nearby Chester, NY. “We tasted [the beer], and thought it would go well with barbeque,” said Chumley’s General Manager Keith Newman. Experimentation with the beer led to a unique barbeque and steak sauce, which is served with the restaurant’s grilled flank steak sandwich and bacon-bleu cheese burger. The restaurant and catering business is best known for its slowly cooked pulled pork – they sold 9,000 pounds of it last year. But if you’re looking for saucy barbeque pork, this isn’t it. Chumley’s treats its meat with a dry rub and serves it “naked,”

BRING THE LOCAL FLAVOR Chumley’s BBQ in Florida, NY bottles 7 barbeque sauces that are sold throughout the Hudson Valley.

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TIPS FOR PERFECT RUBS, SAUCES, & MARINADES Grilling can mean big flavor— so long as you do it right. While using these bold flavored concoctions will make your food sing, they can be a bit tricky to use properly. Just remember these 3 tips for when the food hits the flames and you’ll be grilling like a rockstar!

STROKES OF GENIUS Brown sugar rubs and bold BBQ sauce come together for falloff-the-bone ribs

MOSCOW MULE Cut some of those big flavors with a refreshing drink of Vodka, ginger beer, mint, lime, and sugar.

so guests can choose what they like, from mustard to root-beer based sauces. “Certain spices lend themselves to particular flavor of a meat. The rubs we use for ribs have a lot of brown sugar, which adds sweetness to the rib flavor,” Newman explains. “Pulled pork doesn’t have sweetness, but more of a savory flavor. It wouldn’t taste like pulled pork if it had brown sugar on it.” At Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, NY, owner Laura Pensiero and her team, focus on local fruits, including plums, peaches, and cherries,

for the base in their line of barbeque sauces. Many of the sauces are available for purchase in local markets, alongside GiGi’s herbaceous marinades, salad dressings, and rubs. “Anything green can be made into pesto, including arugula and kale” said Pensiero, who, as a chef and registered dietician, is bullish on healthy cooking. “Pestos cross over nicely as marinades, especially if you add some extra acidity, like lemon juice.” Seasonal barbeque sauces and pesto (instead of white or tomato sauce) also make good toppings for thin crust pizzas and flatbreads, Pensiero added. The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls in Beacon, NY is bringing their summer grill inside this year, but will continue to make everything inhouse – from ketchup to veal jus-based steak sauce – as part of its Patio menu, which offers al fresco dining overlooking the waterfall on Fishkill Creek. Executive Chef Brandon Collins of Roundhouse isn’t afraid of spice. His grilled chicken breast sandwich gets a kick from fresh harissa paste, made with guajillo peppers, and is soothed with a fresh yogurt mayo. Try it with a kicky Moscow Mule – made with vodka, ginger beer, mint, lime, and sugar – on your own patio. Now you have so many options. Fortunately, you have all year to try these flavors out (or create a combination of your own)! Isn’t that the best part – trying out different grilling recipes in your outdoor living space? Bon appetit!

1 Do not put a sugary sauce on food until five to ten minutes before it’s finished cooking. This will reduce the risk of both overcooking and discoloration.

2 Marinades can be made quickly and are extremely versatile. Take any fruit juice and add a little olive oil, spice, and sweetness – such as honey or agave. If you also want to further tenderize the meat, you need to include a stronger acid such as orange, vinegar, or wine.

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This is excellent on top of baked or grilled pizza, and doubles as a marinade for shrimp or chicken. 3 cups arugula, packed 1 ½ cups flat-leaf parsley, chopped 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup grated Grana Padano cheese 1 TB lemon zest (from 1 large lemon) ¾ cup pine nuts, toasted Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions: Soak the dried chilies in hot water for 30 minutes, drain, and then remove stems and seeds. In a food processor, combine chilies, garlic, salt, and olive oil and blend. Add the remaining spices and blend to form a smooth paste. Store in airtight container. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top to keep fresh. Will keep for a month in the refrigerator.

Directions: Place arugula, parsley, garlic, and half of the olive oil in a food processor; pulse to blend. Add cheese, lemon zest, pine nuts, and salt; pulse to blend. With processor running, add remaining oil in a thin stream to emulsify. Taste and add pepper; adjust salt if necessary.

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Retrieving the visual connection to our gardens after nightfall brings about an incredible—and somehow strangely powerful—connection between nature and home. Viewing your garden through the windows at night changes your experience. Your interior spaces will feel larger and your mood will lighten. However, the process of designing and installing a landscape lighting system is often unchartered territory for Hudson Valley homeowners. So how do you begin? Start by envisioning your future outdoor spaces. Take a look out of your windows during daylight and think about the elements of the landscape that you would like to continue to see after dark. It could be one special tree, or you could include a soft background that expands the space and gives you a sense of boundary. It could be a grouping of plants and trees. Think about that in all of the locations that you’ll be spending time at night. Then, think about what you would like to do in your garden during the evening – things that you do now and activities that you may not do now, but might like to start to do. It could be sitting out on the patio having cocktails with your friends, dinners by the pool, or walking through the gardens to relax after a tough day. Once you know what you want, then you can speak with

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The entry to this property is inviting, warm, and functional . Highlighting the plant material offers texture and color contrast, while the light grazing on the home’s brick facade creates structure and place. Photo provided by Cast Lighting

a landscape lighting professional to start planning a system. Landscape lighting requires technical know-how. The professional will need to be an expert in planning and installing equipment and also have an aesthetic vision of how light reveals and hides elements in a night scene to create a cohesive composition. It may seem simple, but it requires understanding and experience to not end up disappointed and then starting all over again! Lighting systems start with power distribution and need to include all of the changes you can imagine happening over time. So this is the time you expand your plans on everything you wanted before by going beyond just the now and the next few years. Think further down the line. Maybe you have imagined

adding a summerhouse, a folly, a stream, a guesthouse…try to think about everything you have longed for in your wildest dreams. Don’t forget that plants grow and die; you’ll add plants; you may add a new walkway, or a water feature, or a sculpture – at least you may be dreaming of that one day. You want to have enough power in all of the areas of your property so that you won’t have to dig up your beautiful gardens at some time in the future to add some lighting. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to plan everything now and forever be limited to your designs and dreams of now! Lighting systems can easily be added and adjusted over the years with adequate planning during the initial power distribution installation.

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Keeping your outdoor spaces intact isn’t the only reason you want to plan carefully. Landscape lighting is not inexpensive. And, that old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is really true with landscape lighting. There are eight kinds of corrosion we face everyday in the outdoor environment. With rain, snow, fog, and sprinkler systems, etc., there is continual wetting and drying that challenges fixtures. Make sure to use fixtures that can hold up to the environment and to all of the activities in the gardens. Your fixtures can be hit by tools, vehicles, people playing games… the list goes on and on. The construction and finishing of fixtures is critical to their long-term survival, so be careful to ensure that you get good quality fixtures. While selecting the perfect fixtures can be a lot of fun, it can certainly be overwhelming with all of the options out there! Your fixture choices will be based on aesthetics, function, durability, and placement. The professional that you work with can help inform you about the differences and they will probably advise you that you will need a variety from more than one manufacturer. Fixtures can be stake mounted in your planting beds and the stem may be adjustable to respond to plant growth; they can be mounted in your trees; or they can be located right in the ground. Wondering about the best starting point? Start with down lighting. Think about the fixtures that will be mounted in trees, on buildings eaves, in a trellis – or any similar location. Down lighting gives you more coverage; it will look more natural (less dramatic) as it mimics what we are used to from the sun; and it requires less maintenance, as it has fixtures located up out of the way.

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LEFT: This outdoor space benefits from the focal point that the uplighting creates. Photo by George Gruel. Lighting design by Janet Lennox Moyer. TOP: The trees create a natural “frame” for the picture that is the elegantly lit Maple tree. Photo by George Gruel. Lighting design by Janet Lennox Moyer. BOTTOM: Details of plant material is brought to life at night. Photo Cast Lighting.


There are many issues that your designer and installer will know how to plan for to ensure a long-term functioning system. Just like your landscape, you want to include in your thinking the annual maintenance to keep your lighting looking good. The annual work is not significant, but if overlooked it can become a big cost-issue in the future. And yes, all lighting requires maintenance! With tree-mount fixtures, you can have the arborist that helps you with normal tree maintenance do the little that is required. The fixture and the electrical cord need to respond to tree growth. This requires careful design for how the mounting canopy and the cable will be attached to the tree. There are thoughtful approaches that won’t hurt

your trees and of course other ways that may potentially hurt your tree. A simple red flag to remember is: never allow anyone to wrap anything around the trunk or branches of any tree. For fixtures at grade, on a regular basis, you will have to clean leaves, flowers, and other normal debris out of them – no matter what style of fixture you select. You need to ensure that the aiming of the light fixtures does not get knocked out of adjustment. A few inches – or degrees of adjustment - can often cause the visual composition to start looking odd, at best. Now on to controlling your outdoor lighting! Today, the control of your landscape lighting can be right from your smart phone. Some manufacturers have wireless controls and

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more are going in that direction. The fixtures still need to be wired to your electrical panel and typically to low-voltage transformers, but from there, you can create scenes, dim, and control everything remotely. You can still include time-functions, so that you can automatically have some (or all) your lighting turn on at dusk and then turn-off at any time you prefer. One manufacturer has integrated the control system right into their transformers, which significantly decreases the installation difficulty. Last thought to consider is your lighting source. LED lighting is today’s hot item. This new technology has changed lighting options significantly. It offers more flexibility than before. From individual fixture dimming, integral beam spread variability, and lower wattages. Most of the developments have provided more

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DETAILS: PAINT THE NIGHT freedom to create, but at the same time, it has increased the complications in the planning process. One example – electronics don’t like moisture, and LED have a limited tolerance for heat in the way they produce light. If you want an LED system, this is definitely the right time for it! Now that you’ve read about the key technical issues necessary to consider for a successful lighting system, you’re not quite a lighting expert yet, but you are certainly better equipped to understand the process. Whatever lighting options you choose, remember, outdoor lighting can be tricky. There are many talented professionals right here in the NY area to help bring your ideas to life. Most importantly, enjoy the process of lighting your landscape. As always, enjoy your outdoor spaces! FACING PAGE: Landscape lighting brings the details of plant material to life. Photos provided by Cast Lighting. LEFT: The architectural elements of this home are featured at night. Photo provided by Cast Lighting.

RESOURCES Janet Moyer Lennox www.janmoyerdesign.com International Landscape Lighting Institute 518.235.4808, www.tllr.org Cast Lighting 800.914.2278, www.cast-lighting.com

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The more passionate you are about plants, the harder it can be to design great plantings. That’s how it was for landscape designer Mary-Liz Campbell before she went pro, back in the 1990s. At nurseries in her Rye neighborhood, she would find herself unable to resist the blossoming temptations in every direction. “I loved plants so much that I was buying this and that, and nothing made sense after a while,” says Campbell. “When I finally learned to design with plants, I didn’t do that anymore.”

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Campbell still loves plants, but now she knows how to put them together in a way that works. It may seem like a secret skill available only to a select few, but great garden design can be accessible to all, even the backyard dabbler. If you, too, have ever found yourself driving home from the nursery with a trunk bursting with flora, but no game plan, take heart. The following pro tips can help you create plantings that feel as cohesive as they are eye-catching.


LEFT: Mixed perennial border. Design & Photo by Mary-Liz Campbell. RIGHT: Trees in bloom line a wandering path. Photo provided by Boscobel/Garrison, NY.

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Shape, color, and texture all work together to create a visually interesting story.

Think Like a Minimalist For Brian Higley, a landscape designer based in Beacon, NY, less is more. “It’s all about editing,” says Higley. “A lot of people use way too many varieties of plants. Or they have a lot of ideas, but they’re not all going to work together.” For starters, Higley suggests that we look at plants more for what they do than for what they are. Particular plants might provide a pathway or screening; Higley likes tall shrubs like multi-stemmed Juneberry and grasses like Calamagrostis (feather reed grass) to define a space. “Typically,” he says, “the less I do, the better it turns out.”

Lay Out Your Plants Even if you restrain yourself at the nursery, you still might end up with a good haul of plants. What now? “Instead of planting them right away, lay them out in their containers,” suggests Tom Francello of Augustine Nursery in Kingston, NY. “Give that a day or two so you can digest where they are and what you want them to do. Then, if you decide to shift things, you can do it without disturbing the plants and the ground.” When you do plant, just make sure you don’t plant too low. “You want to plant where the stock and the root meet,” advises Francello. TOP: There’s always something blooming at this poolside beauty. Design & build by The LaurelRock Company, photo by Larry Merz. RIGHT TOP/ BOTTOM: Colors and textures working together beautifully. Design & photo b Mary-Liz Campbell

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Use Odd Numbers “I always plant in groups of three, five, or seven,” says Campbell. Why odd numbers? “It has to do with your eye—visually, things hold together better. If you see two together, your eyes will often look for the third. And two plants can look like goal posts.” Campbell will use one plant at times for deliberate effect, such as a tall ornamental grass that serves as an exclamation point. But for the bigger picture, she prefers odd-numbered clusters. “It helps things to be more coherent and creates a more flowing design.”

Plant from Low to High “For a garden border against the house, you want to lead the eye from the ground up,” says Francello. “If you were working with evergreens, you might start with a Juniper in the front, then jump up to a Holly, and behind that, maybe a Rhododendron.” Spacing is key: Remember to plant far enough away from the house so that if you have problems with your siding or need to paint, you’ll have access. “Most people plant right up against the house, which isn’t a good idea,” cautions Francello. TOP: Contemporary design with planters courtesy of Johnsen Landscapes & Pools. BOTTOM: A more formal planting surrounds a fountain. Photo Boscobel/Garrison, NY

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Create a Visual Story

For an aesthetically minded designer like Campbell, a visual story is key. “Things should relate to each other,” she says. “You can do it with color: If you have blue somewhere, you can repeat it somewhere else— such as blue Hydrangea in one place, and Lamb’s Ear or Catmint to pick up the hue in another spot.” Shape, too, is a good way to create a story. “I like to mix different shapes, which lends visual interest.” To tie it all together, she might use the same leaf color. “You want to create a whole picture,” says Campbell.

Plant for All Seasons

Here in the northeast, it takes strategizing to have something happening in the garden at all times of the year. Campbell suggests using evergreens like Mugo Pine and Boxwood as foundational plants. “They add winter interest and also structure—not just in the winter but throughout the year.” Even past-prime flowers and grasses can sustain charm. Higley likes combining Feather Reed Grass with Black-Eyed Susans. “They’re low maintenance for a sunny spot or edge that can get a little wild—and with the dried heads of the flowers, they look great in the winter, too.”

Know Your Colors

People tend to think of flowers for color, but a savvy gardener will use foliage, too. “If you have a green house, and you have foliage with red lines planted up against it, that can be really striking,” says Higley. When you do use flowers for color, keep in mind, which plants will bloom at the same time. Yellow and red don’t mix well, but if you plant Witch Hazel for yellow in spring, and Bee Balm for red in summer, you’ll be safe. Knowledge of the color wheel is great, but not mandatory. “Colors are very personal,” says Higley—and they’re a perfect way to insert what matters most in the garden. Your own stamp of individuality. RESOURCES Mary-Liz Campbell Landscape Design 914.967.0339, www.marylizcampbell.com Brian Higley, Landscape Architect 845.809.5342, www.brianhigley.com Augustine Nursery 845.338.4936, www.augustinenursery.com Johnsen Landscape & Pools 914.666.4190, www.johnsenlandscapes.com Boscobel House & Gardens 845.265.3638, www.boscobel.org

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LEFT: Art in the garden. Photo courtesy of Johnsen Landscapes & Pools. TOP RIGHT: An abundance of color. Photo courtesy of Mary-Liz Campbell Landscape Design. BOTTOM: The LaurelRock Company mixes stone and plants to make a stunning hillside. Photo by Larry Merz.

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Friends gather together for a rather impromtu wine and beer tasting social. Featuring the fruits of local vineyards and breweries is a great way to add connection to the region.

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ime to showcase the outdoor living spaces you’ve created with succulent flowers, decorative patio stone, and maybe even a complete outdoor kitchen. Perhaps you’ve even opened your pool up during the Memorial Day weekend. You’ve looking forward to the July 4th weekend for your next gathering and then bam… the summer kicks in and your next reason to have people over isn’t until Labor Day. Oh no! Bring your guests back and keep the outdoor parties fun. Dare to be different and wow them with a unique party. Enjoy the “just because” reason to celebrate!

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egardless of whether your guests are experienced oenophiles or are new to the world of wine, a wine tasting social brings friends together for an afternoon or evening of entertainment. “Try to think of the type of guests that you will be having,” says Tedi E. Plate, Assistant Marketing Manager at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery in Millbrook, NY, “if these are budding oenophiles, then choose something different and exotic like Chilean Carménères.” For a group that is fairly new to wine choose a varietal or regional wine that people already know a little bit about, for example, New York State Rieslings. “Generally, I say to stay between five and eight for a wine tasting,” Plate says, “any less than five doesn’t give enough variety, but over eight, your guests will have a hard time deciphering the last few.” If you choose white wines, have a wine holder with ice available to keep the wine from getting warm. If you are tasting reds that need to be canted, be sure to do so before your guests arrive so the wine has ample time to open up.

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Plan at least one and a half to two hours for the tasting to allow guests time to talk in between each wine without having too much time in between. Provide plenty of chairs for guests to sit, enjoy, and contemplate their wine. Have information available on each of the wines and provide guests with pen and paper to write down their thoughts as they have them. If you decide on a blind tasting, place each wine in a paper bag and unveil the wines once the tasting is complete. To add a little fun, maybe even allow people to guess the wines before the big reveal. Then, award a winner via a raffle. You can do one winner and choose the bottle that was either guessed correctly the most number of times, or even better, the bottle that was guessed correctly the least number of times. For a more formal atmosphere, consider hiring a sommelier. Culinary schools may also be able to facilitate a tasting. “Most of all, don’t try to take it too seriously. Enjoy the good food, good wines, and most of all good company,” concludes Plate.


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Select refreshments based on the time of day you’ll be holding the event. Wine and cocktails are perfect for a late afternoon or early evening gathering whereas tea sandwiches and light fare such as veggies and dip are more likely to hold up to the heat of mid-day. Serve healthy food that compliments a spa experience and use herbs and aromas from your gardens. “Mint is great for flavoring teas and cocktails,” says Weber-Garnot. Music is one of the most important aspects of creating your outdoor spa. Select soothing music to encourage your guests to relax. “Yoga music is very relaxing and Pandora has a great Yoga channel,” suggests Weber-Garnot. Finally, to ensure safety, Weber-Garnot points out, “when hiring a professional, make sure they are certified and licensed to perform the services you have hired them for.” Cheers to relaxation!

amper yourself and your closest friends with an outside spa bash. This is a fun way to celebrate a birthday, a bachelorette party, a baby shower, or to simply provide a little rest and relaxation. Select a venue on your property. “It can be poolside or under your favorite shade tree,” says Marlene Weber-Garnot, owner of Marlene Weber Day Spa in Poughkeepsie, NY. “If your yard has a hill, plan the party up on the hill and create an oasis on your own property.” Regardless of the setting, you’ll need chaise lounges, lawn chairs and stools, and umbrellas or awnings to provide shade. “Hang sheets between each guest to make it feel really professional and private,” adds Weber-Garnot. Limit the guest list to six. “This allows each guest to enjoy a sampling of two or three services,” she suggests. And what exactly are the services? As an example, Marlene Weber Day Spa provides two technicians that offer 15-30 minute services that can include mini-manicures, mini-pedicures, neck rubs and foot massages, facials, or basic hair styling. Structure the services so that guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks in between each service. Depending on your budget, you can hire estheticians or cosmetologists from local salons to provide the services. For a lower-budget option, guests can take turns pampering themselves and each other. “It can be fun to find out who in the group gives the best massage” Weber-Garnot notes. Welcome guests with a freshly steamed hand towel. Mint leaves placed in between each towel keep the towels smelling great. Soak inexpensive hand towels in a dish with hot water before the guests arrive to create a first impression they won’t forget.

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An elegant but casual outdoor dinner follows a successful interactive cooking party. FACING TOP: Anthony Moustakas of Gourmet to Go Catering demonstrates proper techniques. FACING BOTTOM: The finished masterpiece. Photos courtesy of Gourmet To Go Catering/ Millbrook, NY.

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pice up your next gathering with an interactive cooking experience for an unforgettable culinary experience. Cooking parties in your outdoor kitchen are a delicious way to enjoy time spent with friends, learn new skills, and explore exciting cuisines in the intimacy of your own outdoor kitchen. Hiring a professional cooking party company takes the guesswork out of planning an event. “We bring all the food and labor, you just need to provide the basic utensils and a cooking range,” says, Anthony Moustakas, owner of Gourmet to Go in Millbrook, NY. Gourmet To Go and similar companies provide a chef, labor to assist with set-up and clean up, the ingredients for the meal, recipes, and cooking tools. Moustakas adds, “we typically bring in enough knives and cutting boards for each person at the party.” Typically, companies that lead interactive cooking parties offer you several seasonal or themed menu options. Menus can be selected based on the season or the participants’ skill levels (or both). And to ensure a smooth gathering, prior to selecting a menu, check with guests for any dietary restrictions or allergy concerns. When planning an interactive cooking party in your outdoor living space keep the guest list small. “Stick to 10-12 guests,” Moustakas says, “a small group provides more intimacy and most people don’t have a big enough home to have a larger group for this type of party.” A smaller group also allows for step-by-step individualized instruction and hands-on demonstrations throughout the entire process. Guests not only eat, laugh, and share the meal they have created together, they can also learn and/or improve techniques from the correct way to hold a knife to grilling, sautéing, frosting, and more. Worried about the varying cooking expertise levels? Moustakas says that “people most enjoy the camaraderie and friendship. Some guests will really get into it, while others will sit back and enjoy the cocktails and the food.”

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arm summer nights are perfect for hosting outdoor movies. An outdoor movie night appeals to any crowd, simply select a movie appropriate for the audience, along with complementing food and drinks. Consider the equipment available in your outdoor space. If you already have a drop-screen, large television, or a projector screen in your exterior space, you already have the equipment you need! Even if you don’t have a built-in entertainment system, don’t rule out an outdoor movie night. You can string a sheet up in the backyard to serve as a screen or rent an inflatable movie screen to recreate a theatrical feeling. Sound is key! You can rent speakers to make your party a success. Comfortable seating is another essential. Mix and match lounge sofas and individual chairs to offer guests ample seating choices. Ask guests to bring a blanket or sleeping bag for lawn seating for a fun throwback to childhood or when throwing this event for little

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ones. Determine the guest list by the atmosphere you’re looking to create. If you’re looking for an intimate night with close friends, limit the invite list to eight to twelve people. However, if you have the space available and are looking for a casual “drive-in” movie feel, invite as many people as your backyard can hold! Carefully choose lights for illuminating a path to snacks and bathroom breaks. Candlelight provides just enough light for safe passage without interfering with the movie. Set up a refreshment table for guests to grab popcorn, candy, coctails, and other treats before the movie starts. Have plenty of ice available to keep beverages cool. Depending on how close your neighbors are, be courteous and let them know your plans ahead of time. Consider inviting them in on the fun too!


TOP LEFT/BOTTOM: Friends and family gather for a private screening out on the lawn. Photos provided by Open Air Cinema. www.Openaircinema.us RIGHT: Signage is an important element of a successful party.

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hoto parties are an innovative and affordable way to arrange for a professional photo shoot. Make it a girls night, family get together, or just another reason to spend time with your friends on a Saturday. Consider the features in your outdoor living space to select a spot with a beautiful backdrop. Pick an area that is free of distractions like overhead power lines, storage sheds, or other items that can take away from the individual in the photo or the beauty of landscaping in your yard. Water features, gardens in blooms, old shade trees, outdoor fireplaces, and other areas can provide an eye-catching backdrop. Natural sunlight is the best lighting source for stunning photos. However, mid-afternoon sunlight can be harsh and create shadows on the people in the photo. Look for a space in your landscaping with light shade that is close to the natural lighting. Don’t worry if the planned day turns out to be cloudy. Cloud cover naturally diffuses harsh sunlight and enriches the colors in the picture. For a fun twist on an outdoor photo party, consider a photo booth or backdrop. Backdrops can also be sophisticated and elegantly simple. “We have an antique polaroid booth from the 1950’s,” says Cynthia Delconte, owner of Delconte Photo in Rhinebeck, NY. Guests sit in front of a backdrop with antique wallpaper and can choose from a number of props for a vintage photo. “The Polaroid is popular because it’s retro,” Delconte adds. Guests receive a Polaroid picture as a favor matted in a folder with the event and date on the front. “Guests love it!” she notes, “and it makes a really nice party favor.” Have your guests bring their own wardrobe and then encourage them to bring their own props and plan to provide your own in case some get lost or broken. In between the photo shoots and the mingling, your guests will be hungry – be sure to coordinate the food and drinks. Also, you’ll want to ensure the music is appropriate to the mood you’re creating. Do plan carefully to organize the session schedule and share it with everyone in advance. This will allow your guests to ensure proper timing of wardrobe changes, makeup application, and anything else they need to do to prepare for their shots! To help with the budget, it is acceptable to share the cost of sitting fees!

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Architect Carol Kurth’s renovation of a Westchester home creates a fluid communion between indoor and outdoor spaces

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here was a time when company visiting Barbara Cervasio at her Westchester home had a fairly mundane view as they wound up her drive: a screened-in porch, the back wall of the garage, some unsightly air-conditioning units, and a fairly undistinguished patio. If Cervasio was grilling, says her architect, Carol Kurth, “She had to go downstairs through the lower level or descend a flight of twenty stone steps outside” to arrive poolside, where the grill was located. In other words, for someone passionate about entertaining al fresco, Cervasio wasn’t having an easy time of it. So Cervasio asked Kurth, who had designed a home for her in the early 1980s, to rework the back of the house. Cervasio had made major life changes in those intervening 30 years, becoming a nutritional health coach. That meant food was now absolutely central to her life. “I wanted things set up so we could dine and entertain outside, and so I could do demonstrations,” says Cervasio. “It was also important that everything be truly farm-to-table,” meaning she wanted to move easily among

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her 18-acre micro-farm across the driveway, a new conservatory (where she could start seedlings and conduct those presentations), the kitchen and the outdoor entertaining area. Kurth’s ambitious plan called for enlarging the kitchen, relocating the air-conditioning equipment, adding the conservatory off the back of the garage, repurposing the original footprint of the screened-in porch for a new family room, and placing a dining pavilion between the latter two structures that would be flanked by pergola-covered walkways that connected everything. They relied on the venerable English firm Parish Conservatories, whose stateside offices are in Fairfield, CT, for the greenhouse. It was Kurth’s job, says Cervasio, “to customize the conservatory so it fit in with the architecture [New England clapboard] and the site.” The result is a structure reminiscent of carpenter Gothic cottages that both contrasts and complements the architecture of the main home. Kurth also included a counter with a sink and a juicer in this space where Cervasio can whir up her daily wheatgrass concoction and sit at a table overlooking the garden to read the morning paper.


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For the family room, Kurth designed a space ringed in French doors and windows, making it feel more connected to the outdoors. Cervasio also requested a fireplace, the starting corner of which the perfectionist Kurth laid herself so the subcontractors could mimic its irregular, rustic feel. Between these two buildings, Kurth created a dining pavilion with a mahogany-lined ceiling and a floor made of unexpectedly square bricks found at Bedford Stone & Masonry Supply. Also from this source, the women purchased large tread slabs of bluestone to serve as steps outside the doors to the conservatory and family room, as well as down onto the patio. A table and chairs from Elegant Earth provide dining space for eight. Inside, the architect created a European-style kitchen, taking pains to match existing hand-painted, hand-glazed cabinetry. Other techniques Kurth deployed to make the new space feel seamlessly connected to the old include: a new Basaltina-topped island, countertops that are hand-scraped and a ceiling punctuated by reclaimed beams.

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Irregular flagstone offers a nice contrast to the formal architecture of the home. The fire pit aligns with the dining pavilion, allowing room for a circle of Adirondack chairs

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TOP/BOTTOM LEFT: Outdoor Dining for eight. Complete with amazing tablescapes and meals prepared with food grown on the property. BOTTOM RIGHT: A look out to the fire pit seating. FACING: Inside the dining pavilion after dark.

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The view from the dining pavilion back to the home. The property is essentially a series of connected outdoor rooms. The flow from one to the next is easy and graceful.

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Kurth also moved the existing fire pit in that patio to align it with the dining gazebo, which enabled Adirondack chairs from Walpole Outdoors to fit all around it instead of skirting only one side as before. “Now it’s more like a campfire or a friendship circle,” she notes. Cervasio adds that the fire pit doubles as a grill at times, mostly for her husband and his man friends, since she prefers more wholesome forms of cooking. When conceptualizing the patio, says landscape designer Marge Sandwick of Designs in Gardening (DIG) in Bedford Hills, “We wanted to immediately break with the formal architecture and put in a very rustic, casual space.” So irregularly shaped flagstone seemed the natural choice. “In shady areas we planted moss between them,” she says, “and in sunny areas we planted thyme.” The former garden also needed sprucing up. “She loves things that have fragrance,” observes Sandwick of her client. Wisteria now climbs trellises and cascades over pergolas, and lavender, roses and herbs exude other scents. “Pretty much everything there flowers,” adds Sandwick, providing color from spring through fall. “Carol really opened it all up so we could view the property better,” says Cervasio of the new configuration and additions. “It’s really a series of outdoor rooms,” concludes Kurth, “layers of spaces you transition through. There’s a sense of procession to it.” And as any appreciative guest to Cervasio’s home will also note, they are treated to a much more aesthetically pleasing approach when they come to visit.

RESOURCES Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors 914.234.2595, www.carolkurtharchitects.com Designs in Gardening 914.241.2961, www.designsingardening.com Legacy Construction Northeast LLC 914.273.4511, www.legacydevelopmentllc.com Bedford Stone & Masonry Supply 914.666.6404, www.bedfordstone.com Elegant Earth 800.242.7758, www.elegantearth.com Walpole Outdoors 800.343.6948, www.walpolewoodworkers.com

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Making A Spl a sh A ho-hum backyard is transformed by a new patio, stone wall, and a stunning outdoor pavilion text by maria lapiana photography by curtis lew

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I LEFT: A look into the outdoor dining room. RIGHT: Cooking poolside with a drop-in grill and refrigerator.

t’s an understatement to say this northern Westchester property was a bit untamed when architect Carol Cioppa first laid eyes on it. It did boast a dramatic freeform pool with natural stone surround, but little else foreshadowed the backyard paradise it would become. The clearing was rough-hewn with a steep earth-and-rock berm; the lawn was unkempt, the pool equipment stowed behind a flimsy lattice fence. There was no patio, and no place to sun, grill, dine, or entertain. “Luckily, there wasn’t much to tear out, so it was kind of a blank slate,” says Cioppa, looking on the bright side. The project called for dedicated areas for poolside chaises, and an open-air pavilion that would serve as an outdoor kitchen and dining room. The architect, whose firm, Cioppa Architects, LLC is in Pound Ridge, NY, knows the area well, and she knew that the landscape

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LEFT: Perfectly lined up chaise lounges add to the contemporary feel. RIGHT: Dover wallstone holds back the raised planted hillside.

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”The pool

itself has a jigsaw of inlets, including a massive springboard stone beside a hot-tub/whirlpool that heats the

surrounding water.”

design had to echo the home’s modern sensibility—as well as the organic form of the pool. Siting the 16-foot-square pavilion was of paramount importance. “We looked at two different locations,” she says. “The first was closer to the house. It has a lovely view across the pool to a stream and the woods.” The spot they chose, however, was at the opposite end of the pool. “There is a perfect pathway from the house up toward the gate, so the pavilion is the first thing you see,” says Cioppa. “We placed it in the farthest corner and raised it up two steps. Just taking it off the ground a little made all the visual difference.” Corner posts and a red cedar screen give the structure a sense of enclosure; overhead, an open “roof ” was crafted of cedar in a box-like, crosshatch pattern.

Hardscape materials were selected for form as well as function. Says the architect: “We looked at many species of stone and granite, but in the end we made the simplest and most economical choice: concrete pavers.” The pavilion floor is set in cement, but the main pool patio is set with polymeric, or stabilized, sand. “It kept the cost down, the joints tight, and created a very monolithic appearance,” says Cioppa. Dover wall stone was used for the pavilion and the serpentine retaining wall that follows the curves of the pool. It seems to undulate as it ebbs and flows, forming a cozy conversation pit along the way. Finally, the lighting was thoughtfully designed to “graze” the lattice screen and illuminate the space in a gentle, diffused way—just another detail that took this ordinary pool project from simple to sublime.

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A curved seating wall constructed of Dover wallstone allows for extended seating, complete with cushions and pillows.

RESOURCES Carol Cioppa, Cioppa Architects, LLC Pound Ridge, NY, www.cioppaarchitectsllc.blogspot.com Ron Lucini, Salem Ridge Construction Ridgefield, CT, Carpenter Tino Candulo, CBI Concrete South Salem, NY, Stonework Stepping Stones Marble & Granite New Canaan, CT, Lagos Blue Limestone Countertop Ring’s End Lumber Vista, NY, Western Red Cedar wood for pavillion Albano Appliances Pound Ridge, NY, www.albanoappliances.com, Capital built-in stainless steel charcoal grill, GE Monogram outdoor undercounter refrigerator Hardscrabble Farms North Salem, NY, Plant Material Valley View Greenhouses South Salem, NY, Plant Material Dullo Prado, Prado Landscaping LLC Brewster, NY, Plant Installation 68

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