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Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home SUMMER
departments 7 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long 10 IN THE GARDEN Bug Off Keeping the pests of summer under control 12 DECORTAINING A Picnic Please Summer dining in style 14 MONEY MATTERS The Psychology of Investing Four traps investors should avoid 47 CUISINE Summer Seafood Grilling up smarter choices 51 LOCAL FLAVOR Recommendations for Area Dining Great food and ambience are a must when dining out
features 16 Dimensional Transcendence A neighborhood beauty that respects the historical heritage while surpassing expectations in design by DeHaan Homes 28 Beach Elegance Comfortable style with a coastal palette by Mike Schaap Builders 39 Polo at Meadowview Everything you need to know about this season’s Parade plus our editor’s picks — the homes you won’t want to miss 54 Everyday Thankful A West Michigan couple’s journey to living everyday to the fullest
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Best Curb Appeal, $1 Million -$1.5 Million #69 Mike Schaap Builders
THE 2015 SPRING
Awards of Excellence
The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR) and Cosmopolitan Home magazine are pleased to announce the Awards of Excellence winners for the 2015 Spring Parade of Homes. The Awards of Excellence program recognizes Parade home builders in a variety of categories; Best Kitchen, Best Floor Plan, Best Curb Appeal, and Best Interior Elements in the various price ranges. The Remodeled homes are recognized in either the Best Single Space Remodel or Best Full Home Renovation.
AWARD WINNERS $150,000 - $200,000
$400,000 - $450,000
Best Interior Elements - #47, Mayberry Homes Best Kitchen - #47, Mayberry Homes Best Floor Plan - #47, Mayberry Homes Best Curb Appeal - #47, Mayberry Homes
Best Interior Elements -#18, Ashby Builders Best Kitchen - #18, Ashby Builders Best Floor Plan - #6, Ridgeline Homes Best Curb Appeal - #36, J. Peterson Homes LLC
$200,000 - $250,000 Best Interior Elements - #64, Adaptable Home Best Kitchen - #64, Adaptable Home Best Floor Plan - #7, Koetje Builders, Inc. Best Curb Appeal - #7, Koetje Builders, Inc.
$250,001 - $350,000 Best Interior Elements - #32, Eastbrook Homes Best Kitchen - #32, Eastbrook Homes Best Floor Plan - #32, Eastbrook Homes Best Curb Appeal - #54, Dave Dusendang Custom Homes
$350,000 - $400,000 Best Interior Elements - #31, Whitmore Homes LLC Best Kitchen - #68, Celebrity Builders LLC Best Floor Plan - #68, Celebrity Builders LLC Best Curb Appeal - #68, Celebrity Builders LLC
Best Kitchen, $400,000 - $450.000 #18, Ashby Builders
Best Floor Plan, $1 Million -$1.5 Million #70 Mike Schaap Builders
WINNERS CONT. $450,000 - $550,000
Best Floor Plan, $550,000-$650,000 #22, Tim Verstrate Custom Homes
Best Interior Elements - #19, Dave Dusendang Custom Homes Best Kitchen - #62, J&J Concepts LLC Best Floor Plan - #19, Dave Dusendang Custom Homes Best Curb Appeal - #19, Dave Dusendang Custom Homes
$550,000 - $650,000 Best Interior Elements - #4, Homes by Gary Byker Best Kitchen - #13, Berghuis Construction Best Floor Plan - #22, Tim Verstrate Custom Homes Best Curb Appeal - #4, Homes by Gary Byker
$650,000 - $750,000 Best Interior Elements - #27, Muston Construction Inc. Best Kitchen - #27, Muston Construction Inc. Best Floor Plan - #27, Muston Construction Inc. Best Curb Appeal - #27, Muston Construction Inc.
Best Interior Elements, $750,000-$1 Million #34 Epique Homes
$750,000 - $1 Million Best Interior Elements - #34, Epique Homes, Inc. Best Kitchen - #2, Engelsma Homes LLC Best Floor Plan - #2, Engelsma Homes LLC Best Curb Appeal - #2, Engelsma Homes LLC
$1 Million - $1.5 Million Best Interior Elements - #70, Mike Schaap Builders. Best Kitchen - #69, Mike Schaap Builders Best Floor Plan - #70, Mike Schaap Builders Best Curb Appeal - #69, Mike Schaap Builders Best Single Space Remodel - #A , DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath Best Full Home Renovation - #B, Cutting Edge Builders, Inc.; #C, Creekside Companies
Judged by a panel of a dozen industry experts, the Awards of Excellence are highly sought after by the Parade of Homes participants.
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Don’t get “ticked” this summer
yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect not only the health of the yard, but also your family. Nuisance pests such as fleas, ticks, ants, spiders and more can transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions for both people and pets. Your lawn is the perfect environment in which threatening weeds, diseases and pests can lurk, often with harmful consequences. In some cases, the primary damage may come in the form of these insects eating away at grass or the leaves of shrubs. Alternatively, grub worms or insect larvae may destroy grasses and plants at their roots. Other lawn pests pose their greatest threat to you and your family. For example, Lyme disease, which is transmitted by the deer tick, is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system. Currently, there are no protective vaccines for humans for tick-borne diseases. Considering how quickly pest populations can multiply, being proactive in preventing and treating their presence is crucial. A regularly scheduled treatment plan is one of the best strategies to reduce your exposure to dangerous pests, and help defend your home and family from unwanted lawn visitors. Look for a system designed to eliminate active pests and control successive generations. For example, the TruShield Lawn Pest Control Plan available through TruGreen includes a first application to significantly reduce the population of active lawn pests, and additional applications every four to six weeks for lasting control and ongoing protection.
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“Using a professional to help control lawn pests should be part of a well-rounded, comprehensive defense program,” said Bob Mangan, TruGreen director of technical services. “Because ticks and other nuisance pests can congregate in backyards, it is especially important to help protect yourself and your family so that you can fully enjoy your outdoor time.” In addition to a regular treatment program, these tips from the Centers for Disease Control can help reduce ticks in your yard: •Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawn •Place a barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas •Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked •Stack wood neatly and in a dry area away from the house or lawn •Keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from wooded areas and in a sunny location if possible •Remove any trash or debris from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide For more information on protecting your lawn from pests, visit www.trugreen.com. b
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A Picnic Please summer dining with style
ining out doors is one of summerâ€™s rites of passage. Sporting events, concerts, or lounging riverside with a good book are some situations that might call for a variety of good eats to enhance the experience. Depending on where you find yourself, be sure and pack a mobile lunch or dinner that will fit the bill and stay within the boundaries of public picnicking. Start by doing all of the work ahead of time. Have salads, sandwiches, and snacks bite sized, or fork and spoon ready. Individual salads packed inside plastic pails are a mess free place to start. No need to bring a salad then dole it out onto paper plates, these self serve goodies have it all in one place. Salad dressing is the base ingredient, or first layer coating the bottom of the container. Layer in chopped baby spinach and fresh arugula. The next layers can be any vegetable, cheese, or nutmeat. I layered black beans, whole kernel corn, and chopped tomato on mine. Prior to popping the lid, shake contents vigorously to coat ingredients with dressing. A Similar technique was used for the mini deserts in plastic mason jars. This time I used a variety of cubed fruit for the base layer. Frozen fruit is ideal for keeping this dessert cool and refreshing when the temps are high. Next I scooped in flavored yogurt and crushed Oreo cookie pie crust on top for a satisfying crunch. If you are feeling crafty, tie a ribbon and adorn with a mini disposable fork.
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Get creative with your offerings if you are planning on sharing with guests or near by picnickers. Individually wrapped half baguettes made with grilled vegetables are tasty and there's a lower risk for the possibility of food born bacteria associated with non refrigerated meat. This may not be a concern if you have made allowances for this ahead of time. My picnic baguette is made with sliced Turkey, Brie, and Arugula. I placed it strategically next to the frozen bottles of water to keep it safe. Festive Chevron snack bags hold anything from kettle chips to pistachios, all ready for consumption. Each bag is identified with a hand made label — cute, clever and necessary. Mini vegetable skewers are another neat way to serve mozzarella, artichoke, olives, and basil on a pick. Nothing left to chance as these guys won't roll off your plate when you aren't looking.
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Beverages can be easy, as long as you know ahead of time if glass or alcohol is prohibited on the premises. Boxed white wine is easy peasy to travel with and serve. I've utilized mini plastic mason jars for lightweight non breakable cups. The addition of a tin lid with a hole for a straw keeps bugs out and helps to prevent spills. Lastly, don't forget a blanket or old tablecloth to spread out on. I used a floor mat for its structure and thickness to keep my picnic tight and right. Get creative, get outside, and get relaxing. Enjoy the Michigan summer season! And, don't forget to bring a trash bag along to make clean up even easier. Enjoy! b
Wendy Finch is the sole proprietor of StyleCoach Studio Interior Design which she launched in 2008. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has had many featured homes, including her own home, in Cosmopolitan Home magazine. She has been a decorator for the GR Symphony Showhouse and in 2011 was a participant in “19 Windows.” Recently, Wendy has added the American School of Protocol to her repertoire, an ideal accompaniment to her design-for-your-lifestyle philosophy.
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The Psychology of Investing Four Traps Investors Should Avoid
nvesting in the stock market has its ups and downs. And it’s not just because the stock market is unpredictable. It’s easy for individual investors to get tripped up by the psychology of investing. Investors need to be aware of these four common behaviors and plan accordingly: ETERNAL OPTIMISM. When money is involved, it’s tough to keep feelings in check. It’s completely normal — even expected — to believe your stock will go up in value even if it’s heading in the other direction. The problem is that wishful thinking can keep you in the game when you may want to be calling it quits. HERD INSTINCTS. Individual investors tend to follow the crowd, buying popular stocks (perhaps influenced by a mention in the news or a friend’s recommendation) and selling when they see others cutting loose. The wise investor bases decisions on sound research, not the crowd mentality. FEAR OF FAILURE. No one likes to lose, so investors often delay the sale of a losing stock and instead sell winners (thinking they’re smart to turn a profit). Savvier investors know how to turn a losing stock into an advantage by selling it to offset gains and reduce their net tax bill. SUPER EGO. If you think you can beat the market, think again. Timing the market is a strategy that doesn’t work well over time. Even if you do get lucky once in a while, it’s pretty unlikely you will get better overall results
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buying and selling stocks than the institutions that employ sophisticated software models, closely monitor market trends and have entire departments devoted to stock market analysis. The bottom line? Forget about outsmarting the market and resist the urge to do it all yourself. Instead, seek advice when it’s time to invest. Focus on making investment decisions that are aligned with your long-term goals and are backed by experience, research and insight. b
Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies. Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.
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T R A N S C E N D E N C E TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA
From all appearances, this home, tucked on a shady street in East Grand Rapids, is a quaint, tiny abode that fits into the neighborhood as though it has been there since the 1920s. It was important to Douglas DeHaan of DeHaan Homes to respect the historical heritage of this seasoned neighborhood; one of the oldest in the state, and the home of our 38th President. The homeowner had a wish list for a 1.5 acre lot he had previously wanted to build on, so Douglas was tasked with incorporating his desires into a much smaller footprint. Coincidentally and fortunately for the homeowner, Douglas had created an entire book of “thin, narrow designs” for a landplanning engineer who builds throughout the U.S. and Russia. The concept of narrow design takes the view scape and places it on the ends of the home; like taking a ranch home and turning it on end. To avoid extra long hallways, the home is divided into thirds: social area, living space, and compartmentalized rooms off the back hallway. It’s very counterintuitive, but by changing the window scape through the center of the home, Douglas overcomes any feeling that the space is confining.
An expansive dining room/great room/kitchen area with 10 foot ceilings features exquisite details and accents like the herringbone tile fireplace surround, and bright pops of color in rugs and pillows. Plantation shutters let in natural light and add a charming historical perspective from the exterior. The kitchen spans over 30 feet with two 13-foot islands; one out of quartz for prep and presentation, and the other a rich walnut with a forgiving Danish oil finish. A checkerboard floor tile lends a classic touch with a bit of whimsy to the back hallway. Just outside the kitchen this area features a homework station, the ideal location for parental computer supervision and assistance, if needed.
It is standard for homes in East Grand Rapids to place the garage in the backyard, but this home spanned two lots and sat in between two streets. Sensitive to the view of the neighbors facing the garage side of the home, Douglas designed what looks like two front entrances. The garage is tucked off a driveway of stone pavers, and its street-facing side is adorned with shuttered windows and French doors.
Although the door isn’t concealed, the front of this home has social gathering space with a side-entry door opening into a small vestibule.” From the vestibule, the unexpected surprises unfold into an expansive dining room/great room/kitchen area with 10 foot ceilings and “bays, bows, and bumps,” as Douglas calls them. Laura added details and accents like the herringbone tile fireplace surround, and bright pops of color in rugs and pillows, and drapery edging. Plantation shutters let in natural light from all windows, adding a charming historical perspective from the exterior, and offering privacy without the closed-off feeling of blinds.
Viewed from either street entrance, the first thought is that it’s a fresh-looking, small home. Step inside, and it’s a whole different story. Technically referred to as “dimensional transcendence” (think the TARDIS on Dr. Who) the interior is a lightfilled, voluminous space. “The one word that I would use to describe this home is Having all those space constraints forces ‘unexpected.’ You have a perception of what you’re creative design. We really study what layers going to see from the exterior, and you’re pleasantly we’re going to put in a home, as we’re surprised by the inside,” said Douglas. always after the most impact within budget. Credit Laura Davidson, owner and principal designer of Dwellings, who worked alongside Douglas to achieve the impossible. The homeowners had been following her work for years and knew they wanted her on their design team. Entries to the home can often take up a lot of attention and space, and the front of this home lacks a formal entrance. “Frank Lloyd Wright often hid the front door to force people to appreciate the architecture because they had to search for the door,” Douglas explained. “Approaching this home, you notice the strong pillars, porches, and soft, blue shutters; a neat trick.
The kitchen would have been good-sized at 24 feet, but it stretches out over 30 feet with two 13-foot islands; one out of quartz for prep and presentation, and the other a rich walnut with a forgiving Danish oil finish. The challenge was in lighting those large spaces. Laura’s favorite expression is “scale is everything” and once she found predominant fixtures that worked well together, the rooms took shape. Laura used high contrast materials including black granite counters against glossy white subway tile backsplashes to overcome the room’s sheer volume. Just outside the kitchen is a large pantry with a full-size refrigerator and freezer within easy reach of the kitchen. There’s a homework station outside the pantry providing parental computer supervision and assistance, if needed. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 19
From the vestibule the dining room (part of the great room and kitchen area) invites with a bright yet soothing color palette and comfortable seating around a stylish “farm” table. The home office is historically appropriate but offers an updated ambience. The distinctive dark-stained formal woodwork is balanced with wheat-colored grasscloth walls.
Side-entry doors access a spacious mid-house mudroom with lockers and hooks for belongings, and a powder room. This is also the transportation hub of the home with access to all areas: up, down, left, or right. A brilliant idea is the cupola over the stairs that fills the center of the home with natural light and holds a massive lighting fixture for nighttime. A checkerboard floor tile lends a classic touch with a bit of whimsy to the back hallway. Smaller rooms: an office, laundry, and walk-in closet, along one side are framed by blue barn doors with opaque glass to allow natural light into the hallway. On the opposite side of the hallway is the home office, offset from the home so the picture window can capture the setting sun. Laura worked hard to make it appear historically appropriate but updated, balancing the distinctive dark-stained formal woodwork with wheat-colored grasscloth walls. Extra-wide walnut stairs with newel posts and a black handrail is a nod to the historical architecture of the '20s. The stairs lead up to a landing with a children’s library and study area separating the children’s and parent’s wings.
“We used Google Maps to design the second floor so that it had transparency and looked through the rear yards,” said Douglas. As the trusses came up, Douglas and Laura found ways to create unique features in each room, taking advantage of the 8-foot ceilings and roof angles. One bedroom has a built-in bookcase and daybed; another has an L-shaped window seat, and the last has a loft. Each room also has a unique elevation whether it’s a tray, box, or cathedral ceiling. For a vintage touch, several of the closets in this wing have a lopped off edge. Laura purposefully left the door off and lighted a glass display cabinet to look like a “reclaimed closet” at the end of the hall. A bonus room anchoring the wing features great roof lines drywalled in to look like beams, and a pop of red color in the built-in shelves.
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The homeowners’ hallway divides separate bathrooms and closets; his closed off by a barn door, and hers with French doors. Thoughtfully, a coffee station and refrigerator are available in case thirst strikes. With a vaulted ceiling, a large sitting area for reading by the fireplace, and an outside deck, this room is a great example of the many private areas designed within the home for peaceful escape. Even though you know you’re going into a lower level, it doesn’t feel like it. Floor to ceiling windows and extra deep window wells allow natural light to flood into the space. The homeowner had a lot of input into how he wanted an authentic pub look and feel. Everything from the 20 by 20 metallic floor tiles, exposed duct work, and replica Chicago brick wall invites you to belly up to the bar. Laura singled out that area as a great example of true collaboration with everyone involved, and masterful execution by the lead builder Steve Vanderwall. The tradesmen did a beautiful job of distressing the ash wood surfaces; literally striking it with chains. This is a full-service bar complete with taps, but if beer’s not your thing, Laura inspired the owners to convert a potential storage closet into a glassed-in wine room. The lower level follows the same pattern as the upper floor: social area on the end including a Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 21
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glassed-in exercise room adding depth and transparency, with “compartments” off the long hallway. A sliding barn door reveals a theatre room twinkling with LED ceiling lights, raised tier seating, and an exposed brick wall that’s actually the masonry from the fireplace above. Although a smaller room, it’s a great intimate space with won-
You have a perception of what you’re going to see from the exterior, and you’re pleasantly surprised by the inside.
derful acoustics. Barn doors are a Laura Davidson trademark as she believes the hardware and craftsmanship of the doors should be celebrated, not hidden in a pocket opening. Looking down the hallway, you’re faced by another useful nook with angled molding and lighting that interests the eye. Off to the side is a guest bedroom
The homeowner wanted an authentic pub look and feel for for the lower level. Metallic floor tiles, exposed duct work, and a replicated Chicago brick wall invite you to belly up to the full-service bar. The tradesmen did a beautiful job of distressing the ash wood surfaces, literally striking it with chains. The lower level follows the same pattern as the upper floor: social area on the end including a glassed-in exercise room; theatre room; a guest bedroom with full bath; and a cement rec room that includes a basketball hoop and ping-pong table and is accessible from the garage above.
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A hallway divides separate bathrooms and closets for the homeowners; his closed off by a barn door, and hers with French doors. Thoughtfully, a coffee station and refrigerator are available in case thirst strikes. With a vaulted ceiling, a large sitting area for reading by the fireplace, and an outside deck, this room is a great example of the many private areas designed within the home for peaceful escape.
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with full bath. The end of the hallway opens into a cement rec room that’s accessible from stairs in the garage above. “It’s a great entrance for the kids coming home with friends to entertain,” explained Laura. “They can take the stairs from the garage, and blow off some steam with the inside basketball hoop and pingpong table, or make their way to the theatre room.” “Laura and I have mutual respect for each other's talent,” states Douglas. Working with her is so enjoyable, because she’s so collaborative, trying to create the best product for the client. She talks, and I draw. I love to fill a home with what I call the ‘quiet details.’ Wall panels that anchor a room; cabinetry, moldings, panels, and door profiles with an historical touch that provides a feeling of strength and solid quality. I make a beautiful outfit, and Laura accessorizes it up to the nines! “Having all those space constraints forces creative design. We really study what layers we’re going to put in a home, as we’re always after the most impact within budget. Here we were limited by land, set-backs, and height, but we were able to integrate all those wonderful creature comforts.” Scale is everything in this home. b
RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER DeHaan Homes ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Douglas DeHaan INTERIOR DESIGN Laura Davidson, Dwellings APPLIANCES Bekins BUILDING MATERIALS Deleeuw Lumber DECORATIVE HARDWARE Modern Hardware FLOORCOVERINGS Johnson Flooring GARAGE DOORS Zylstra Door LIGHTING The Lighting Corner MOLDINGS & MILLWORK Elenbaas Hardwood The cupola over the stairs fills the center of the home with natural light and holds a massive lighting fixture for nighttime. The stairs lead up to a landing with a children’s library and study area separating the children’s and parent’s wings. One of the children’s bedrooms has a built-in bookcase and daybed (another has an Lshaped window seat, and the last has a loft). Each room also has a unique elevation whether it’s a tray, box, or cathedral ceiling.
beach ELEGANCE TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA
tep inside this beach home, one of the Pier View Cottages of South Haven, and there is an immediate sense of cohesiveness. Everything from the outside in has been planned down to the smallest detail. That kind of forethought backed by an experienced, discerning eye is the hallmark of Mike Schaap Builders. “We don’t start when we have plans. We pursue the details in advance and make sure they are thought through from the beginning; then we design accordingly,” said Schaap. “It was also important to us with this project that each Pier View Cottage has its own character. We used different color palettes, but viewed from land or water, there’s continuity and consistency in materials and quality, and they look great together.” This custom home is sheathed in beach-friendly fiber cement siding in a shade of blue that blends seamlessly with the water backdrop. Contrasting white trim and darker blue window clad lend definition and architectural interest to the exterior. This is the second home Schaap built with Chris and Joady Grant, who lived just a few doors down before being approached to sell their home and deciding to start the building process again. “We can be recognized with the industry’s highest awards and honors, but when a client enjoys the process so much that they want to build with us again, that’s the highest compliment we can receive,” noted Schaap. Chris and Joady commented that there really weren’t as many planning meetings as you would think since so much was accomplished in each meeting. Chris added, “They knew us well enough to show us things we really liked, so the decisions were easy!” He laughed and made the comment that he understood that custom building is akin to saying “we can do the impossible, but miracles take a little time.” With the owners nearby to quickly bless final decisions, Mike filled out his team with architectural design by Jonathan and David Lorenz of Lorenz & Co., and the in-house talent of Benchmark Design Studio. “The one thing that makes these houses what they are is that we collaborate well,” said Schaap. “There’s a lot of back and forth until we make sure every detail is right.”
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The architectural design by Lorenz & Co. successfully overcame the challenges that come with narrow lakeshore lots.Three levels of outdoor living space on the home’s lakeside maximize view exposure while angled views were created from interior rooms further away from the water.
David was prepared for the unique challenges that come with narrow lakeshore lots, and he and Jonathan focused on three levels of outdoor living around the back of the home and worked to maximize view exposure; with angled views from rooms further away from the water. He summarized their philosophy saying, “We understand that spaces are for people. We have aesthetic goals, but at the end of the day, we want to make sure that the homes we design make people feel comfortable and provide the space for them to live their lives to the fullest.” Mike pointed out that wind shear is another big challenge with the narrow profile of the lakefront homes. “The only waves you want to see are in Lake Michigan, so there’s a lot of steel support on the west side of these homes.” The homeowners attested to how solid the homes are constructed having lived in two Schaap-built homes during tremendous wind storms. Picture finding a piece of driftwood along the Lake Michigan shore and you’ll have an idea of the palette of subtle colors found inside this beach side home. That soothing palette is echoed in the whitewashed, European white oak floors used throughout the main floor which imbue the home with a fresh, coastal flavor. Joady loves the different personality of this home compared to their previous Pier View Cottage. “We wanted it to feel like a beach house, and although this feels more casual rather than elegant, it’s beach elegant and there’s a difference!” Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 31
The mudroom is a wide open space with bench seating, flanked by built-in armoires with louvered doors. Off the home’s main entrance is a home office station that leads to the kitchen. The kitchen overlooks the clearly defined living and dining rooms and features Quartz countertops from Advanced Stone & Tile and Viking appliances from Bekins.
Credit Jodi Medina and the designers at Benchmark Design Studio who worked in concert with Mike Schaap Builders to nail down the details that surpassed the Grant’s expectations. The l?lighthouse on the south pier of the Black River Channel is South Haven's most notable landmark having been in existence since the early 1870s. It should be noted that this development is named for the fact that all seven homes, rather than being placed in a neat row facing the lake, have been staggered so that each has a view of the pier. “Working with Mike every day, you forget that no one else has such a discerning eye and pays so much attention to the small details,” said Medina. “Usually it’s Mike himself, but often there is someone on site checking the fit and finish of everything going into the home.” Whether you enter from the garage or the front door, you are met with solid craftsmanship. The mudroom in a wide open space with bench seating, flanked by built-in armoires with louvered doors, and a V-groove ceiling treatment that echoes the home’s cottage detailing. Across the hall, a sliding, louvered barn door separates a room originally slated to be a main-floor laundry room and is now an elegant study that takes full advantage of the lake view. The main floor half bath is a prime example of detailed execution. From the rope sconces, grass-
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The owners' suite was designed to capture the full impact of the sweeping lake vista and includes its own private deck, the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee. Multiple guest rooms were designed with grandchildren in mind including bunk beds tucked around stairs with functional storage. The kidsâ€™ bathroom features Corian countertops with integrated sinks and porcelain tile floors.
cloth walls, and braided hemp cabinet insets, to the Colonial White granite, the colors and textures are true to the nautical theme carried throughout the home. Off the main entrance is a home office station, a utility closet, and a walk-in pantry with lazy Susan turntables for easy access of supplies. Multiple windows invite the lake view into the kitchen which overlooks the generous, but clearly defined, living and dining rooms. An iridescent Ann Sacks tile backsplash complements the quartz countertops, and workhorse Viking appliances add beauty and functionality. Benchmark Design Studio created an intimate dining experience with a mahogany bistro table that sits just off the end of the quartz island. With its rich, warm finish and nautical feel it fits right into the flow of the room. The dining room built-in became an extension of the kitchen using the same materials and adding extra storage and serving space. A large
mirror reflects the lake providing a view for everyone seated at the table. In the living room, louvered doors serve double duty offering ventilation to electronics while offering a sophisticated cottage feel to the room. The fireplace surround is quartz and a ledge was mitered out of the same material so that the flatscreen television could be brought down to a comfortable viewing level for the room. Wide stairs flooded with natural light offer gracious access to the upper floor. Although there are plenty of guest rooms designed with grandchildren in mind, the design team converted a planned storage space into a guaranteed hit: bunk beds tucked around stairs with functional storage. Ten-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors remove any sense that the home is narrow in design. If the kids decide against the bunk beds, they have private rooms designed with inventive nautical touches and a bathroom featuring CorianÂŽ countertops with integrated sinks and porcelain tile floors. In the hallway, louvered doors fully retract Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 35
into the wall to expose the conveniently placed laundry room. French doors open to the owners' suite designed to capture the full impact of the sweeping lake vista. Chris and Joady are delighted with the deck and have declared that they’ll be enjoying their coffee there most mornings. Low maintenance Ipe, or Brazilian walnut decking, was selected for its amazing lifespan and weathering characteristics as it will slowly age to silver. The deck also has cable railings offering an unobstructed view. Classic touches like subway and honeycomb tiles in the owners’ bath are accented with shimmering blue mosaic tiles to reflect the natural outdoor beauty. The lower level is filled with design choices to help the homeowners enjoy a more carefree existence including beach-friendly, stained, concrete floors with radiant heat. The guest bedroom is an inviting mix of serene and calming colors and textures with access to a fully tiled shower. There’s also a full-service kitchenette with bead board tile backsplash and granite counters, and a family room with plenty of space for entertaining. A sewing room for Joady was added within the lower level laundry room that’s perfect for handling sandy beach towels. All the custom cabinetry is like a piece of furniture with thoughtful built-in touches like beach towel storage right by the outside door. An outdoor slab shower was added to keep the sand at bay. Everything in the mechanical room is neat and labeled which speaks to the tagline for Mike Schaap Builders: “The difference is in the details.”
The lower level is filled with thoughtful touches to help the homeowners enjoy a more carefree existence including beach-friendly, stained, concrete floors with radiant heat. The lower level guest bedroom is an inviting mix of serene and calming colors and textures.
As Jonathan Lorenz noted, “That’s the expectation Mike sets for his team. On our walk throughs we see all the behind-the-scenes stuff that is hidden behind the drywall. It’s knowing that the attention to detail and quality goes way beyond what’s visible. The culture that Mike helps create is one of caring, attention to detail, service to the client.”b
RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Mike Schaap Builders ARCHITECT Lorenz & Co. INTERIOR DESIGN Jodi Medina APPLIANCES Bekins BUILDING MATERIALS Deleeuw Lumber CABINETRY Benchmark Design Studio CARPETING DeGraaf Interiors COUNTERTOPS Advanced Stone & Tile DRYWALL SMDI GARAGE FLOOR Concrete Revival HARDWOOD FLOOR Rivershores PLUMBING FIXTURES Genzink
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POLO GRAND RAPIDS
at meadowview farm
THE JOHNSONS OF MEADOWVIEW FARM
FROM WHERE I STAND Polo, A Bird’s Eye View
A PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE Polo, The Extreme Sport
TAILGATING FUN EQUIPMENT BASICS
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THE JOHNSONS OF MEADOWVIEW FARM The Legend Continues ... BY GRETCHEN SOUTHWELL
In a recent “sit down” with Les, Cathy and Katie Johnson at their beautiful Meadowview Farm in Lowell, the back story took many treks off the beaten path. Les, who played polo (with my dad, Frank Southwell) back in the ’70s, developed his true passion for the equestrian world when he worked for and was mentored by Bobby Bond at Kentree Stables in Ada. He was in his young teens and did everything from feed, water and exercise the horses, to drag the dirt polo fields to level off the divots. Other stable hands became his closest friends and his colorful life in polo was launched... There are a million hilarious and meaningful stories worth repeating around a campfire, but the love affairs: Les and horses and Les and Cathy and how they intertwine, truly reveal the special bond the Johnsons have with each other, horses and polo. Les is equal parts cowboy, horse whisperer, farmer, farrier, horse trainer, polo player, friend and father. He met Cathy in Naperville, Ill. when he managed a beautiful farm for another polo player and mentor of his, George Alexander. His 10 years there taught him much, and kept him in touch with his friends in Grand Rapids. CATHY, A POLO SUFFRAGETTE At that time, Cathy was a hard working stable hand, horsewoman, and excellent hunter jumper. It was rare for a woman to play polo, extremely rare, but in a pinch when the team was short a player, Cathy courageously volunteered. While Les embraced her spirit and respected her abilities, he wasn’t prepared for how he would feel when members of the opposing team aggressively tried to shut her down. Cathy is a small person with a huge spirit and it was fun seeing Les get riled up, telling how he made those Milwaukee men cry and surely regret their actions — chivalry at its finest. Polo historically was a war training exercise and is known to be incredibly physical. It wouldn’t be uncommon for an angered player to swing mallets
at another player, or for tempers to fly. Not unlike hockey, players would dismount quickly and “take the gloves off and go!” Les was quick to add, looking at his daughter Katie, “It’s a good thing that it’s changed and is now opened up to women.” The warm smiles and glint in Les and Katie’s eyes at that moment were impossible to ignore. Les and Cathy went on to have two beautiful daughters; Katie, who started out as a hunter jumper but now shares her dad’s passion for polo and Hillary, who is a top ranked hunter jumper and has traveled the country with her mom competing and winning. While they appear to go in separate directions at times, the love of horses and sharing that love with others through their farm keeps them ultimately connected as a family. Les, as a horse whisperer, has trained an average of 10 polo ponies a year over the last forty years. Some of the greatest laughs of the evening came from discussing and naming the horses and how it became a struggle. One year, he had a Jeepers, a Creepers and a Peepers; and a Milly, Tilly and Lilly. Another year he used the names of all seven dwarfs.
Each year, the polo clubs will nominate special horses for the prestigious “Polo Pony of the Year” award. The horses are an integral and obvious element of polo and the relationship between the players and their horses is what makes polo so magical. There are some rich stories based around specific horses and each player, or horse person, has had their hearts stolen by at least one incredible horse. One horse that Les knew lived to be 40 years old. Currently, his horse Socks (age 30), a former polo pony turned polo school horse, is happily retired and helping little girls win blue ribbons in horse shows at Meadowview Farm. Socks, like plenty of other polo ponies, had several different owners. Starting in Florida, having bucked off a friend of Les’s, he had an owner named Vicky, then Wes Devon, Doug Olin, Les, then Katie. As a patient polo school horse, he’s helped a solid 15 men and women learn the sport. Les spoke from his heart when he said that horses need purpose; it keeps them going. It’s likely true for humans too.
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POLO GRAND RAPIDS
FROM WHERE I STAND Polo, A Bird’s Eye View
BY GRETCHEN SOUTHWELL I can’t say for certain what number “Announce a Polo Match” is on my official “Bucket List,” but crossing it off last year was absolutely exhilarating! Crossing off “Get Published” this year with a feature on Polo and continuing to announce makes it difficult to wipe the grin off my face. Sitting up high on the same announcer’s stand that Nancy Devon did when I watched in awe as a young girl, I couldn’t stop the vivid, full color memories. I remembered her calm, beautiful, intelligent voice describing the plays, and players on the field, always looking impeccable. She’s forever kind, and was absolutely worthy of being a mentor to this shy, freckly, strawberry blonde “hot walker” girl. She’s every bit the beautiful, incredible woman today and I marvel at my keen insight to have chosen her to look up to so long ago. While Polo is truly the glitzy and magnificent “Sport of Kings” in many parts of the world, there are many humbling and earthy, characterbuilding moments as well. Or, as they say, a back-story … Mine begins with our little club consisting of the children of polo players. As former “hot walkers” and “grooms,” we worked our tails off! Loading up the horses, tack, gear, mallets, horse feed, water for the horses and our (never-full-enough) coolers consumed our weekend mornings. Our dads were intense, had a lot on their minds and weren’t concerned with asking nicely. Some of the horses loaded easily and knew the drill, but others weren’t crazy about the tight quarters, and getting their pecking order screwed up for the bumpy ride out to the polo fields. Our bonded clan of kids had many fears to overcome and questioning whether we were up to the tasks or not was not an option. Don’t get me wrong, we all look back on those days as some of our richest childhood memories. Something about those scary, dangerous, filthy, sweaty, thirsty, sunny, funny experiences bonded us for life. One particular vivid memory had only one color for me: black … black as a stormy, rainy night in the country because that's what it was and yet so much more. Summers were spent going to polo matches on a rotating schedule, traveling throughout the Midwest every other weekend. Late one rainy, Sunday evening around midnight, coming back from a weekend of polo in Chicago, I woke to the sound of spinning tires stuck in the mud (and likely a cursing father). Michigan Avenue by Kentree Stables was a gravel road back then, and the rain had washed it out and made it very slippery. Our trailer was filled with six tired, worn-out horses that were sick of traveling, afraid of the storm and just wanted to get home. It wasn’t much different for me. My dad gave the orders that we needed to unload the horses and walk them up to the barn, about a quarter of a mile, with thunder and lightning — no street lights, flash lights or vehicle lights (or other adults to help out). Did I mention how muddy it was? Dad handed me two lead ropes and two jumpy horses to lead up the pitch-black hill to safety. Somehow we survived and while I likely cried the entire way, I lived to tell the tale. It remains one of the many defining 42 | summer 2015
moments of my life. I was 8 and to this day, I can’t drive up that now-paved-hill without smiling and, well, let’s just say I’m no stranger to facing fears! So many stories for the hot walking clan: swimming in the creek to cool off; legendary “Apres Polo” parties; listening to country music being played from the cab of a pickup; juke boxes in taverns, made up games, playing Tarzan with bailing twine linked together and hung from the rafters of the hay barn — not quite Little House on the Prairie, but we sure had our fun! Cell phones definitely had not yet been invented! Our little clan has certainly grown up to be productive adults, parents, and even grandparents! A handful graduated from being a “Polo Rat” to becoming truly accomplished players themselves. Among them, Jose Campos, son of Dr. Manny and Alice Campos; Katie Johnson, daughter of Les and Cathy Johnson; and Scott Devon, son of Wes and Nancy Devon. Jose played with his dad who sponsored several Argentine players each summer. Rumor has it that he remains an amazing player, however, for now, he is retired. The Johnsons own the beautiful Meadowview Farms in Lowell and Katie and Les run the polo club and polo school there. Scott Devon has completely embraced the legacy, become a very accomplished player, and plays around the world with his team, Catamount, or as a representative of team USA. As the story continues to unfold, I asked Scott to try and put into words his “Why Polo?” statement. His essay (opposite page) very eloquently answers my question, and I couldn’t be more proud of the man my fellow, former “Polo Rat” and friend has become.
Contributing writer Gretchen Southwell in 1971 as one of Kentree Stables “hotwalkers” and present day with her two daughters, Ally and Yana.
A PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE Polo, The Extreme Sport BY SCOTT DEVON Polo to me is the ultimate extreme sport. Calling polo an extreme sport might be a surprise to some who think of polo as a gentlemanly game played by rich people. While the sport has its share of billionaires, those who play polo know it in a different way. It is more of an extreme lifestyle than a game you play for a couple of hours on the weekend. You just don't grab your clubs in the garage and go off to the course. With polo, you have to live it as a way of life. From the constant needs of caring for rather large, live animals to the extensive travel requirements, as well as the physical risks, you really need to commit to live polo as a way of life. Polo is an extreme sport to me in many ways. From the highlights of playing in Palm Beach in front of 10,000 people to the emotional lows of witnessing death, losing a close friend, and having others living a life in wheelchairs because of polo accidents. Along with the daily reminders of my own injuries, which include a near fatal fall when my horse reared over and fell on me resulting in two stomach surgeries and, most-likely, a third in the future. Would I trade that all in or do I have any regrets? Hell no. I started this life as a kid growing up in a conservative Midwestern town to becoming an international polo player that has met some of the most fascinating people on this planet. Most non-polo people are impressed that I've played with the royals; Prince Charles, and his sons Harry and William. Meeting Kate and even the late Princess Diana tend to be the most impressive. Although this will always be a highlight, it’s really the international family of players, trainers, and friendships that make the sport extremely special. Specific highlights are the two decades spent playing with my late father, Wes Devon and having my Mom, wife Terri, and sons Emerson and Cole travel with me on life-changing experiences. An example being last year’s trip to South Africa to play for team USA against South Africa; getting to know a new part of the world and sharing an incredible safari experience. This is why polo is an extreme sport because it is an extreme life experience. The memories, friends, families, and the amazing and majestic horses we have been so fortunate to have lived and played with all add up to a life lived extremely well. And, even though I'm reminded of the physical toll on a daily basis, I feel mostly grateful to play a game that asks so much but gives back more than I could ever have imagined. That is to me why polo is the ultimate extreme sport and is my best answer to, “Why Polo?”
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POLO AT MEADOWVIEW WELCOMES ALL to join the fun as a tailgating spectator, divot stomper, rider, or student. Perhaps it's your destiny to become a player of "The Sport of Kings" and now queens too! Either way, you're invited to become part of the story. So grab a cocktail and make Sunday “Funday” (see polo schedule). These are a few summer favorites you may want to try field side ...
POLO EVENTS MEADOWVIEW POLO SCHEDULE 9914 Vergennes, Lowell AUGUST 1-2 Sunday Polo 8-9 Sunday Polo 15-16 Sunday Polo 19 Van Andel Institute Event (tenative) 22-23 Sunday Polo at Noon 29-30 Helen DeVos Children s Hospital Event SEPTEMBER 5-6 Sunday Polo 12-13 Horse Show 19 Sunday Polo 27 POLO for PINK/Susan G. Komen Event for more information visit
In a copper mule mug full of crushed ice pour:
In your favorite glass with ice pour:
In a cocktail shaker with ice combine:
1 1/2oz favorite vodka Fill with your favorite ginger beer Finish with a good squeeze of lime and a dash (or two) of bitters
4 oz sparkling wine 1/2 oz Chambord Liquor
Garnish with limes, mint or cucumber
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1 1/2 blanco tequila 2 oz fresh, ruby red grapefruit juice 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz agave nectar Shake well ≈ Pour into your favorite glass of ice with a splash of club soda Garnish with sliced grapefruit
POLO GRAND RAPIDS Stick or Mallet
The stick is made from flexible manau-cane and the head is made from white Tipa. Sticks generally range in length from 50 to 54 inches and can weigh between 160 and 240 grams. The top has a rubber wrapped grip and strap
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Helmet Polo Breeches Regulation white â€” double seated traditional and functional for polo
Hard surface, lined, strapped and some have face-guards. Only piece of equipment that is required under U.S. Polo Association rules
Bridle The entire headgear the horse wears which includes the bit and reins
Optional but provides a slipfree, firm grip and protects the player from blisters
Made of leather or suede, polo saddles are English style. They are supportive in structure and designed to balance the rider in the centered position on the horseâ€™s back
Reins Mainly made from leather and attaches to the bit. Polo bridles have two sets of reins: Top (snaffle) rein and bottom rein. The rider uses these to control their horse with stopping and turning
Spurs Attaches to the heel of the boot. Used by riders as an aid to encourage the horse to move forward laterally
Breast Plate Attaches to saddle with the purpose of keeping the saddle from sliding back
Stirrups Made of metal, it holds the riders foot. Used for balance and helping with leg control, allowing the player to come out of the saddle
Braided Tail Allows less interference with swinging mallots
Wraps Protective wraps used for support
Riding Boots Provides additional protection for the players lower leg
Knee Pads Provides players knee protection from bumps and balls
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Seafood & Summer Grilling Smart Choices
he fresh, enticing flavors of the sea are calling. This summer, amp up your outdoor dining experience with recipes that offer a nutritious and delicious alternative to garden-variety grilled fare like burgers and steaks. Low in fat and sodium, and high in heart-healthy omega-3s, Alaska seafood takes on a whole new appeal when prepared over an open flame. Grilling Alaska seafood is easy with simple preparations, such as these, that let the flavor of quality seafood stand front and center. SERVE A SMARTER ENTREE OPTION Families who want to feel good about what they eat can feel confident when they serve Alaska sockeye salmon, a versatile protein that is sustainably harvested. From one of the most bountiful fishing regions in the world, Alaska salmon have never been listed as endangered or threatened. In fact, sustainable seafood practices are so essential to Alaska, it’s written into the state’s constitution. As a flavor-packed source of omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein and other nutrients, such as selenium, phosphorus and potassium, wild Alaska sockeye salmon makes a great mealtime addition. At only 220 calories per 3.5-ounce serving, it’s a delicious, low-calorie entree.
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ALASKA SOCKEYE SALMON WITH HERBS AND GARLIC Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 13 minutes Servings: 4–6 1 1/2 pounds Alaska sockeye salmon, fresh or thawed Cooking spray 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup white wine 2 tablespoons melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh garlic 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs Remove salmon from refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking. Heat grill to 375°F. Cut 2 pieces of wide, heavy-duty aluminum foil about 6 inches longer than salmon side. Stack foil pieces (shiny side down) on baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray. Place salmon, skin side down, in middle of foil. Fold foil sides and ends up (1–2 inches) to make shallow pan around salmon, leaving at least a 1-inch margin around fish. Season salmon with salt and pepper. In small bowl, mix together wine, butter, garlic and herbs. Spoon mixture over top of salmon, drizzling with any remaining liquid. Carefully transfer foil pan to center of preheated grill. Do not cover salmon with foil or close foil over salmon. Close grill cover and cook 10–13 minutes, cooking just until fish is lightly translucent in center — it will finish cooking from retained heat. Remove from grill and let rest a few minutes before serving. Cook’s tip: Check salmon for doneness at 10 minutes.
NUTRITION AT A GLANCE: The nutritional information for wild Alaska sockeye salmon, based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22: Serving size: 3.5 ounces/100 grams; Calories: 220; Protein: 27 grams;; Fat: 11 grams; Saturated fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 65 milligrams; Cholesterol: 85 milligrams; Omega-3: 1200 milligrams
BORDER GRILL GRILLED ALASKA COD TACOS Prep time: 35 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 Marinade: 2 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds 3 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and cut in half 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 1 large bunch cilantro 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 pounds wild Alaska cod fillets 12 small (4 to 6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed 6 lettuce leaves, torn in half 1 cup high-quality, store-bought salsa fresca 1 cup guacamole (see following recipe) Lime wedges, for serving
Note: Guacamole recipe will yield 3 cups total. To warm tortillas, dip corn tortillas in water, shaking off excess. Toast, in batches, in nonstick pan over moderate heat, about 1 minute per side. Wrap in towel to keep warm.
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Guacamole: 5 ripe avocados, preferably California Hass 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 medium red onion, diced 4 jalapeño chiles, seeded and finely diced 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For marinade, lightly toast cumin seeds in dry skillet over low heat just until aroma is released, about 5 minutes. Transfer seeds to blender. Add jalapeños, garlic, salt, pepper and lime juice and puree until cumin seeds are finely ground. Add cilantro and olive oil and puree until smooth. Using hands, generously cover cod entirely with marinade and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
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Preheat medium-hot grill, broiler oven or pan on stovetop over medium-high heat. Cook fish until nearly opaque throughout, about 2–5 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove fish from heat, cool slightly and pull apart into large flakes. To make guacamole, cut avocados in half. Remove seeds, peel, quarter and place in mixing bowl. Mash with potato masher or fork until chunky. Add remaining ingredients and combine with fork. Serve immediately. To assemble tacos, place warm tortillas on work surface and line each with piece of lettuce. Top with chunks of fish, a generous spoonful of salsa fresca and guacamole. Serve immediately accompanied by lime wedges.
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BISTRO BELLA VITA,
an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Fresh. Natural. Local. Mediterranean Countryside Cuisine. We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service, whether it’s a simple pizza and beer or an elegant chef ’s table meal. Guests enjoy our unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, scratch-made recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction. Serving Lunch and Dinner Monday – Friday; Dinner Saturday and Sunday. 44 Grandville Ave • 616.222.4600 • bistrobellavita.com
MANNA CAFE At Manna Café, we serve goodness from God’s creation. Our warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly, attentive service brings back old-time hospitality. We specialize in lunch and breakfast, where an innovative menu offers heavenly breads from our bakery, and features a variety of French toasts, pancakes and waffles, house seasoned and smoked bacon and sausage, outstanding egg creations, delicious sandwiches made with our house smoked meats, and fresh salads and soups. Our pastry and bakery selections already have gathered quite a loyal following. Come see what the buzz is all about! Located at 820 Forest Hill Avenue, one block off Cascade Road. Mon-Sat, 7 am-3 pm; Sun, 9 am-4pm. 616.956.9000 • mannacafes.com
CITYSeN LOUNGE in the CityFlatsHotel CitySen Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, is a hip bar with a big city feel. The focus is on fresh ingredients, seasonally changing ‘New American’ menus, and a full bar with local brews, wine, and creative cocktails. The lounge hosts a daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm featuring specials on drinks and small plates as well as half-off bottles of wine every Wednesday night. CitySen Lounge offers lunch and dinner every day and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The patio onto Monroe Center is open seasonally. 83 Monroe Center St NW. 616.608.1720 • cityflatshotel.com/grandrapids
BOSTWICK LAKE INN Established in 1910, Bostwick Lake Inn feels like the old family summer home on the lake. Enjoy wonderful views of the water and our beautiful deck with a bar, seating and live music in season. Inside, there's a cozy, casual feeling of friendship and neighborhood gathering for food, fun and fellowship. The menu is casual, eclectic, and creative — with a focus on traditional and "new" American favorites. We've revamped the space with a new bar, decor, and staff, while staying true to the historic roots that have make Bostwick Lake Inn a West Michigan favorite for over a century. 8521 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 616.874.7290 • www.thegilmorecollection.com
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local flavor RIVERHOUSE ADA While the new master plan for Ada Village places focus on its future, RiverHouse Ada memorializes Ada's historic past, celebrating the towns vital history. Chef Ryan Bolhuis creates mouthwatering Regional American fare with a heavy focus on locally grown products. Daily happy hour from 2-6pm. "No Whining Wednesdays" with half off all bottles of wine under $100. "Tantalizing Thursdays" with $7 fish tacos all day. Dine al fresco during the warmer months on our gorgeous deck overlooking the garden and lawn area. Open lunch and dinner Mon-Fri. Saturday, dinner only starting at 2pm. 445 Ada Dr SE Ada, MI 49301 616.432.3345 • www.riverhouseada.com Photo courtesy of Ada Historical Society
THE GREEN WELL GASTRO PUB, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Honest Fayre. Local Flair. Our innovative, neighborhood gastro pub blends a relaxed atmosphere with creative food featuring a global range of eclectic flavors prepared with many local ingredients. Over 20 rotating taps focus on Michigan brews and a vast bottle selection includes local and American craft plus traditional European styles. We also offer classic cocktails and wine flights. Our LEED®-certified building is environmentally safe, ultra efficient and leaves behind the smallest possible carbon footprint. Our greenness also spills over to guests who benefit from affordable prices and outstanding service by a fun, welcoming staff. Serving lunch and dinner daily. 924 Cherry Street • 616.808.3566 • www.thegreenwell.com
REDJET CAFE, Red Jet Cafe focuses specialty coffee service, fresh fruit smoothies, woodfired pizzas, and Grand Rapids' most authentic crepe selection. Breakfast is served from open to close and features a diverse menu, including Crepes, Deluxe French Toast, Scrambles and more. The Crepes are phenomenal, with both savory and sweet selections. Red Jet resides inside what used to be the Creston Library, creating a vintage interior complemented by a more modern decor. The wood-fired pizza selection is vast and the menu also features a nice offering of entrees, craft beers and wine. Enjoy our street-side patio during the warmer months. 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 616.719.5500 • www.thegilmorecollection.com
CITYVu BISTRO A distinctive rooftop dining experience offering fantastic views of downtown Holland. Fryers and frozen foods are out; fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees are in. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, the restaurant’s contemporary yet casual atmosphere, full bar, and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Happy Hour is available weekdays from 4-7pm and handcrafted sushi and live music on Thursday nights. Dine al fresco on the rooftop patio which is open seasonally. 61 E 7th Street, Downtown Holland. 616.796.2114 • Cityflatshotel.com/holland
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What makes for a dining experience? Is it an expertly prepared meal or the delicious, hand crafted micro-brew that washes it down? Gilly’s makes the answer easy — you get both in spades. Not only will the beer lover in you be indulged, (Gilly’s offers a variety of Brewmaster John’s brews) but the foodie in you will be satiated as well. Each dish on Gilly’s menu exudes a flair for both big flavors and culinary creativity. The menu provides a diverse set of options, from vegetarian delights to seafood specialties. Our Fresh Oyster selection and Crab Legs come highly recommended. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.356.2000 • www.thegilmorecollection.com
STELLA’S LOUNGE Stella's has the best burger in town, the longest whiskey list in the state and cool video games that take you back to your miss spent time in the 80s. Ballah on a budget? Grab a beer that you swear you stole from your old man's fridge, pop a quarter in Mortal Kombat, and while the night away. Feeling spendy? Spring for a fine spirit, sip superiorly, and people watch to your heart's content. Either way, you win! Named best burger in Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids Magazine January 2014 Named one of the top 5 burgers in Michigan - MLive 2013 Named the best burger in the United States - GQ magazine July 2012 We're Stella's, come check us out. Stella's Lounge: 53 Commerce Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.742.4442 • www.stellasgr.com
GROVE, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Earth to Table Dining: Artfully Crafted Cuisine Grove is our tribute to the bounty of earth’s harvest and how we bring that to the table with impeccable service, natural ingredients and innovative cuisine. We responsibly source as many ingredients as available from local, family and sustainable farms and we prepare them to demonstrate our respect for how these farmers raise and grow their products. We carefully pair daily menus with the best modern wines, also offering top-shelf and housemade infused spirits, craft beers, pour-over coffee and espresso. Serving Dinner Tuesday – Sunday. 919 Cherry St. • 616.454.1000 • groverestaurant.com
GRAND RAPIDS BREWING COMPANY Reimagined, reinvented and reopened as the Midwest's only USDA-certified organic brewery. From our re-purposed wood tables to our retro art, we like reusing where it makes good sense. But, in reopening GRBC as the Midwest's only organic brewery, we knew we were taking a new step in the right direction. One sip and you'll know, too. Know what goes great with organic beer? Our hand-crafted food. From award winning chili and house-made sausages to our brewhouse burger, everything on our menu was made to be enjoyed with our beers. Grab anything off our pub friendly menu to go with your pint and you'll see what we mean. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Organic never tasted so good. 1 Ionia St. SW Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.458.7000 • grbrewingcompany.com Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 53
PHOTO BY ANDY TERZES
Many of us grow up thinking that life will turn out one way or the other, only to find out that in reality, we have very little control. Circumstances and happenstance change our lives daily and our approach to these bumps or blessings makes all the difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.
t’s easy to get caught up our own personal daily grind, the lukewarm cup of coffee, the long line at the grocery store, the frustrating email, even the bad golf shot. But these are “first world” problems that we should feel fortunate to experience. Each encounter and situation allows us a chance to react, reflect, define, and redefine our attitudes and expectations. A West Michigan couple has learned this lesson and their story offers inspiration, hope, and a little wisdom to the rest of us. Darren and Jennifer Delvaux, a West Michigan couple, are in the midst of their journey, having been married for twelve years with two children, Maddie,15, and Drew, 10. Darren was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, specifically Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, in 2009. Since then he has endured two brain surgeries, three months of IV antibiotics, countless visits to the ER, seizures, strokes, radiation and chemotherapy and relocation to Houston for treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. After all this, news that the tumor has returned and is most likely inoperable is a distinct probability. This is reality for Darren and Jen.
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One might think that this couple would look tired and worn out when, in fact, the opposite is true. They are the picture of the ferociously fit. Showing no outward signs of his intense physical traumas, Darren works out avidly and golfs every day, saying, “I want my body to be healthy so when they tell me I have five years left, I know I have ten because my body is strong.” These activities give him strength and allow him to quietly listen and savor the sights and sounds of his environment, something he does not take for granted. The power of positive thinking and the connection between the mind, body, and spirit can not be denied. Fitness has been therapeutic for both of them. For many, a moment comes when a picture, or look in the mirror prompts the quest to get healthy. For Jen it was a picture, and as circumstances had it, six months before Darren’s diagnosis, Jen decided to get fit. This decision tuned out to be life changing. At that time, she became a Beachbody Coach (an online fitness mentoring program). Not only does she help people become healthy and fit through her career, she supports the family with her hard work and passion for her job. As a full time mother, spouse, and business owner, she still works out an hour a day saying, “It is the only hour a day that cancer is not involved.”
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other is stronger than ever. Currently, Darren is feeling good; the family remains realistic yet optimistic, and they all continue to live each day thankful that Darren is here, right now. This summer will bring more date nights, a family trip to Hawaii, and quite certainly more laughter. The cancer diagnosis, subsequent operations, treatments, and lasting complications have left Darren with deficits, mainly with short term memory, processing numbers and letters, and ordering events. He was kind enough to write down some thoughts on his journey which sum up his positive outlook:
Darren and Jen go through every day thankful and ready to live, making every event worthwhile, important, and just plain fun. Darren wakes up every morning singing, loudly. While he does think of his prognosis, and prepares for the eventuality, he doesn’t dwell on it. He said he is thankful that the disease has made him a better person. “I go have fun, I laugh, I celebrate, I cry. Throughout the day, I experience all the human emotions. That is what life to its fullest is all about.”
unusual it is to be alone in a place that deals with cancer. Most patients have an extensive support system. Fast forward to the waiting room. Jen, Darren, and Drew sat down to wait. The woman was there. Very shortly thereafter, Darren had a seizure; chaos ensued. Jen immediately handed Drew, her son, to this woman, a stranger. In the aftermath of the seizure and Darren’s immediate care, Jen snapped back to the present and went back to the waiting room. There was Drew, sit-
... it’s like being in a different country that no one else has been to. It’s like experiencing different cultures that no one else has been immersed in.
I have a deeper understanding of what life is all about thanks to my disease.
Intuition, premonitions, hunches; sometimes, it’s just a feeling. A person just knows. Throughout this journey, Darren has just “known.” When he first went to the doctor, he said, “I have brain cancer.” From that time on, if Darren said that he “just didn’t feel right,” he would end up having a seizure, fainting, or in an ambulance on the way to the emergency room.His instincts about his own body, always spot on.Unfortunately, this happened often. Jen has seen her husband in unimaginable pain, unconsciousness, incoherently confused, and been told that his death was imminent. All the while, staying as strong as possible with help from family, friends and sometimes, even strangers. At one particularly scary visit to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Jen said she noticed a woman as she, Darren, and Drew walked into the lobby. The woman was older, beautifully dressed, calm, and alone. They made eye contact, as we do sometimes with strangers, and exchanged a smile. Jen later recalled how
ting safely with the woman. Jen cradled Drew and thanked the smiling woman. And that was it. They never spoke again. The idea of a guardian angel resonates; it makes us think we do not travel this earth alone. Darren has never lost his sense of humor. Every time he sees his doctor he cheerfully asks, “What are my chances?” Darren knows the cancer will most likely return. The entire family knows. But they don’t let this define their time together. On dates nights, Jen and Darren talk about the kids, raising a teenage girl and a tween boy provides them interesting and often funny topics of conversation. Darren shared a story about coaching Drew’s football team and constantly calling the plays backwards. Drew, in the huddle corrects him, “No dad, left, not right!” They both chuckle. Darren’s calming demeanor complements Jen’s high energy and together they are teammates in their journey. Their family roles have changed in the past few years, but their commitment to each
“Living with cancer has allowed me to experience joy and pain at its highest and lowest moments. To me, it’s like being in a different country that no one else has been to. It’s like experiencing different cultures that no one else has been immersed in. I have a deeper understanding of what life is all about thanks to my disease.” We can only control so much. We don’t know what might change our path, but if we think about Darren and Jen, we will remember that we are in control of our attitudes, our spirit, and our capacity to make each day count.
ANAPLASTIC ASTROCYTOMA According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), anaplastic astrocytoma is a rare malignant brain tumor affecting 5-8 of 100,000 people. As with many types of cancer, the cause is unknown. Genetic abnormalities, environmental issues, diet and stress may be factors. Anaplastic astrocytoma affects more males than females and more adults than children. Symptoms can include memory loss, motor and speech impairments, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vision loss and loss of balance, among many others. Symptoms vary depending on the location and size of the tumor. Therapy includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. So much is not known about anaplastic astrocytoma, but aggressive investigative therapies are ongoing. To support NORD and the research into anaplastic astrocytoma research: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51076/donate_pa ge/donate-now
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