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Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home EARLY SPRING 2017

Pictured here: This stair railing features illuminated newel posts that have a marble-like finish within. The black balusters fade into the evening darkness giving the railing the appearance of floating. See article on page 12

features 12 About the Details Dave Dusendang Custom Homes captures attention with extraordinary details 30 Gather and Grow Scott LaMaire Custom Homes and 42 North Architecture & Design create a home to grow into

departments 7 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long 8 MONEY MATTERS Ten Financial considerations for 2017 10 BUSINESS PROFILE Villa DĂŠcor Browse this unique boutique for design inspiration and one-of-a-kind items 47 CUISINE Hosting & Toasting Entertain without missing the party 49 LOCAL FLAVOR Recommendations for Area Dining Great food and ambience are a must when dining out THE FLIP SIDE The 2017 PRODUCT SOURCE GUIDE


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FOR ALL YOUR FIREPLACE NEEDS Whether your fireplace requirements are new construction, remodel, or service on an existing fireplace, please contact us. With over eighty-five years combined experience, we are the pro fireplace store for your project. Proud to handle all the fireplace needs for West Michigan Builders

cover photo by Ashley Avila

Volume XXIX Issue 1 No. 150 PUBLISHER

David J. Koning

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EDITOR

Jennifer Vander Vliet

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jennifer Koning Pamela Patton Lisa Cargill Marie Kamp

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ashley Avila

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Jennifer Koning

ADVERTISING SALES

David J. Koning

Unsolicited manuscripts accepted. Send to Editor, 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. ©2017 Summit Media. Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home is published by Summit Media Inc., 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Subscription Rate: 1 year, $18.00; single rate, $3.00 (includes third class postage). Postmaster: send changes to 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. 616.514.9871 www.cosmogr.com No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without the expressed written consent of the publisher.

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early spring Plan flower beds that will provide summer color

Prune trees and shrubs (except those that bloom early in the spring) while plants are still dormant, removing dead and injured branches first

Sow tender annual and vegetable seeds that require four to six weeks indoors

Protect tender plants from unexpected frosts if needed

Press heaved plants back into the soil

Remove winter coverings from roses as soon as new growth begins

Watch for blooms of early spring bulbs, such as daffodils and crocuses

Fertilize early flowering bulbs

Prepare soil for planting.Test soil pH; adjust if needed

Transplant and divide early flowering bulbs

Sow hardy and half-hardy annual vegetable and flower seeds outdoors

Transplant roses, shrubs, trees, ground covers and vines

Plant a tree in celebration of National Arbor Day, April 30

Plant hardy perennials, such as daylilies and delphiniums

Fertilize woody plants before new growth begins

Fertilize shrubs, trees, ground covers, vines, fruits and perennial herbs and flowers as growth starts

Avoid walking on frozen lawns

Harden off transplants started earlier in the spring before planting outdoors by gradually exposing the young plants to outdoor conditions


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10 Financial Opportunities Considerations for 2017

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he start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your financial life. Have you done all that you can to put yourself in the best possible position? Or, have you missed out on some important financial opportunities? Take a look at where you stand and consider these key opportunities that could make a big difference in your financial life in 2017 and beyond: REVISIT YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS You may have established financial goals a year ago or maybe it has been several years. Either way, it makes sense to revisit your goals and make sure they are still consistent with the direction of your life and dreams for the future. Make adjustments if anything has changed. BUILD A SUFFICIENT EMERGENCY FUND One of the most fundamental forms of financial security is having money set aside in a “rainy day” fund to meet any emergency needs. You don’t want an unexpected expense to result in a major financial setback. It’s best to have a minimum of three-to-six months of expenses set aside, and up to a year if you can. SAVE ON INTEREST PAYMENTS First and foremost, if you have outstanding credit card debt, make it a priority to pay down this costly form of borrowing as fast as you can. Also, take a closer look at the interest rate on your home mortgage. If it’s notably higher than today’s market rates, look into refinancing to reduce your monthly payment and put the money you save to better use. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WORKPLACE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN If you participate in a 401(k) or 403(b) plan at work, make sure you are, at the very least, contributing enough into the plan to take full advantage of any employer match. It’s a “free money” opportunity and should not be overlooked. To the extent you can afford to do so, consider contributing more than the match amount to your plan. CAPITALIZE ON CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTION RULES If you are age 50 or older, you can boost contributions to your workplace savings plan and individual retirement account (IRA) by taking advantage of so-called “catch-up” rules. This can mean investing tens of thousands of additional dollars over time to help secure your financial future. ESTABLISH ROTH SAVINGS IF YOU QUALIFY Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s allow you to build retirement savings with after-tax dollars where all distributions may qualify for tax-free treatment in the future. The potential for tax-free income in retirement can be an important benefit.

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MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR PORTFOLIO Are you constantly worried what could happen to your portfolio in a market downturn because you’re taking on too much risk? On the flip side, do you think your portfolio needs to be more aggressive to keep up with your financial goals (knowing that there’s always risk with reward)? If you come up short in either area, it may be time to revisit your investments and make appropriate changes. REVIEW YOUR PROTECTION STRATEGY ACROSS ALL ASPECTS Do you have sufficient life insurance in place to protect your loved ones? Is disability income coverage part of your mix? Are you protected against the risk of specialized care costs later in life? Are your home and personal possessions properly covered? Make sure you have a comprehensive protection strategy in place to prepare for unexpected events.

GET A HANDLE ON YOUR TAXES Review past tax returns and your current financial situation with a tax professional who can help you find potential ways to reduce your tax liability. If charitable giving or volunteering is important to you, consider the tax implications of your donations. SOLIDIFY YOUR LEGACY PLAN Make sure your will, health care directives and trust documents reflect your current priorities. Review and if necessary, update beneficiary designations on retirement accounts, bank accounts and insurance policies. Take the time to review these tactics for your personal situation. Checking these items off your list can help you start 2017 on the right foot and may make a significant difference for your financial future. 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. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Villa Décor

Defying Description

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hen most of us travel, we bring back a small souvenir for friends and family. But when interior designer Amy Darooge goes on an adventure, she brings back carefully curated, one-of-a-kind treasures waiting for others to discover at Villa Décor Boutique. Villa Décor is a blended boutique that breaks the conventional interior design studio mold. Part design studio, part retail store, and part lifestyle specialty marketplace, Villa Décor invites guests to relax, browse, and discover. Owner, designer and curator Amy Darooge brings over 16 years of experience and her unique personal style as she blends the old with the new while encouraging clients to express their individual personalities and preferences. She believes in creating spaces that are comfortable and inviting, yet stylish and unique. Her renowned portfolio includes projects ranging from lakeside cottages in Northern Michigan, bed and breakfasts, bistros, restaurants, Parade of Homes showcases, remodels and new construction. Her award-winning work has been featured on the website Houzz, and esteemed design publications such as Cosmopolitan Home and Cottage and Bungalows, to name a few. Stepping into Villa Décor is like stepping into a home that would not be out of place lakeside in Northern Michigan, Sonoma county’s wine country, Napa Valley, or the mountains of Colorado. Light, bright, airy and inviting, Villa Décor invites you in and encourages you to stay and explore. A northern California native, Darooge has traveled the United States and beyond, bringing back furniture, lighting, accessories, and even jewelry that evoke her design philosophy to pay attention to every detail. Shelves lined with B. May handcrafted handbags, accessories, and leather goods made in Petoskey provide a visual contrast to the buttery soft leather satchels, made 10 | early spring 2017

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by women of Africa and sold through fair trade. Dotting the walls are paintings by artist Diane LaLonde Hasso while glass cases display unique pieces by jewelry designer Barbara Boz, and over in the corner, reaching nearly to the ceiling is a gorgeous, hand-crafted wood paddle board that is equally at home in the water as it is as a decorative accent. In addition to the boutique, Villa Decor’s design team will create beautiful and custom rooms that reflect the homeowners’ personality. The design is in the details, through the curated selections of fabrics, furniture, window treatments, custom pieces, lighting, floor coverings, and paint colors. Paying attention to every detail matters. Soft grays, delicate beiges, and a muted palette partner with textures ranging from wallpaper to seagrass to provide a soothing atmosphere. FURNISHINGS: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW A service that Villa Décor offers that is the rage of HGTV is reclaiming and repurposing found objects. But the similarity ends there. The team has an eye for seeing the potential in articles that others might overlook. Take, for example, the wood bench that sits in the design studio. The shape is familiar, and upon closer inspection (and a hint from Darooge) you can see it is a repurposed headboard. A large glass lamp sitting on an end table was once was an ordinary oversize jar. A local artisan decoupaged delicate vintage line drawing of birds to its surface, the jar was rewired for electricity, and a simple lampshade was recovered in a textured fabric and trimmed in grosgrain ribbon. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece that stands out from “off the shelf” lighting solutions. Every homeowner, at one time or another, has experienced, “I’ll know it when I see it.” It can be a frustrating search for the perfect piece of furniture in just the right shape, size, and color. Instead of wasting time and energy looking for that “just so” item, Villa Décor engages the services of a team of


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furniture designers and millworkers to create the perfect piece that her client had in mind. But upon occasion, a client will present a beloved old piece, such as Grandmother’s rocker or Grandfather’s desk, both of which have seen better days. When cleaned up, touched up, refinished, or reupholstered, family heirlooms look right at home in their new surroundings. Darooge is careful to point out that while reclaimed objects are a design trend, Villa Décor's designs are far from trendy. You won’t find walls painted with outrageous colors, oversized lighting, or myriad pillows and accessories covering every conceivable surface. Villa Decor's design philosophy is to pay attention to every detail. To create a finished project that brings together each clients’ dreams and visions to provide spaces that reflect their unique personal expressions.

LARGER PROJECTS Villa Décor’s services extend well beyond paint colors and paddle boards. They will carefully design custom millwork and cabinetry for rooms ranging from library and study to kitchen and home theater. And the design team works with homeowners to thoughtfully create ideas and layouts for a beautiful, yet functional kitchen, from custom cabinetry and appliance selections to finishes and hardware. The result is an inviting kitchen that will certainly be the hub of the home. Villa Décor’s brand new 18,000-square-foot boutique is located at 4737 Cascade Rd. SE in Grand Rapids. Open Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 5:000pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Private consultation also available by appointment. Darooge welcomes guests to stop by to browse her latest discoveries, discuss an upcoming project, or simply gain inspiration for their own homes. b

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about the

details TEXT BY JENNIFER KONING PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

Building a new home can be quite an undertaking ‌ but then again, that may depend on your builder.

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or Dave Dusendang and his wife Kathy, building their 2016 Spring Parade Home was a pleasure. Designed for empty nesters, the floor plan lives well for a couple who likes to entertain and host friends, their children and grandchildren. As a Parade entry, the home showcases exquisite design features and impeccable craftsmanship. You see, Dusendang grew up in a family of builders; his dad and his three older brothers were all carpenters. Dave spent his summers in high school and college working for them, learning the trade and business and honing in on his craft. At age 25, he earned his own building license and with hands-on experience already under his belt, and a thorough knowledge of the industry, Dave Dusendang was an immediate go-to builder.


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The double door front entry opens to an impressive foyer area with a barrel ceiling overhead that is also coffered. Spacious and inviting, the home opens to multiple areas that are equally grandiose. A wide plank, European white oak flooring, from Century Flooring, complements and contrasts the surrounding elements. Multiple distressing techniques give this easyto-care for, engineered floor an aged character. Two arched openings access the dining room. This inviting space features a tray ceiling over head with both block and step crown molds. Centered within the tray is an elegant chandelier from Kendall Lighting Center while recessed lighting on dimmers in the room's corners illuminates large candles, producing a faux flame effect.

Today, 20-some years later, Dusendang Custom Homes continues to build exceptional homes. With his vast experience, Dusendang has a keen insight to what's on trend and what's trending forward. His ability to meet the client's wants and needs and create a home that's fresh in design is in big part to his obsession with the details. “I've really become known for details,” said Dusendang. One glance at this Parade entry and it's easy to see why. Every area of the open concept home offers something unique and custom. “Everything we do is hand built,” he continued. “Nothing is preordered — we do everything ourselves.”

“It's pure romance. And that's the kind of stuff I love to do.”

Because everything is done in house, the special features are plentiful but the price tag is extremely competitive. “I can do more details because I'm actually doing it,” said Dusendang. “You won't see what we put in our houses for the same amount of money — period. From rough framCosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 15


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ing to trim carpentry to even flooring — we do it all in house and can do everything.” A husband and wife team, Kathy Dusendang is a natural at interior design. It's an ideal work relationship. “I make it look cool — she makes it look pretty,” noted Dusendang.

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Starting with the exterior elevation, the home presents a grand presence. There's a Mediterranean feel yet traditional elements remain noticeable. It's a striking first impression and a fitting introduction to the beauty inside. The double door front entry opens to an impressive foyer area with a two story-high barrel ceiling overhead that is also coffered. Spacious and inviting, the home opens to multiple areas that are equally grandiose. A wide plank, European white oak flooring, that has undergone multiple distressing techniques, complements and contrasts the surrounding elements. The open view is captivating.

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“The details ... had to be properly supported by the other selections. No one element could stand alone but, rather, all had to be integrated and complementary.

“This is a house that does not want to be forced into the label of Mediterranean,” said Christine Mikowski, a designer with Century Flooring. “But rather walks the line between traditional and Mediterranean, bringing an entirely new interpretation of transitional.” The spacious great room ahead features a groin vaulted ceiling that has a palatial feel. The paint application here is mesmerizing. All done by hand by artist Keith Schwanz, the ceiling was created from Venetian plaster that contains both marble and limestone granules. The finished product is a stunning replica of marble itself. “I was so inspired by the architectural features of this house,” said Schwanz. “Really, what I did, was support those features.”

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Not only beautiful to look at, this ceiling also serves a function. The marble fragments keep the ceiling cold to the touch and when hot air rises and hits the cool surface, it falls back down, making a ceiling fan obsolete. And, if that isn't enough, in the evening, the ceiling has an incandescent glow.


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In the kitchen, a tray ceiling, that is also coffered, is centered over a quartztopped island from Premier Granite & Stone. A 6-inch clay tile backsplash with a crackle glaze and an imperfect edge complements the custom woodwork. The window ledge was tiled instead of framed to pull the eye outdoors, uninterrupted by casework. The wood flooring’s natural colors were enhanced by a heat process and then glazed a weathered gray shade, complementing both the light and dark cabinetry.

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“It's pure romance,” said Dusendang. “And that's the kind of stuff I love to do.” “Walking into this house on a warm summer day with the doors to the porch open and a light breeze coming through, makes one forget that it is an ordinary day,” said Mikowski. “Instead it feels like you have stepped into a vacation home somewhere far away.”

“Everything we do is hand built. Nothing is preordered — we do everything ourselves.”

A lengthy, horizontal, electric fireplace also captures attention in the main space. With a flip of a switch, the wall is ignited, offering expansive boasts of fire and giving a very cozy feel. The elegant furnishings from Klingman’s complements the space and adds to the luxurious feel. 18 | early spring 2017

A lengthy, horizontal, electric fireplace also captures attention in the main space. With a flip of a switch, the wall is ignited, offering expansive boasts of fire and giving the vast area a very cozy feel. The surround to the firebox is also a Schwanz masterpiece. Finished in a “reptile effect,” the surround was created from plaster and cheesecloth with numerous applications of metallic glazes and finishes. The result is beautifully unique — the perfect complement to the surroundings.


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The spacious great room features a groin vaulted ceiling that has a palatial feel. The paint application, done by hand by artist Keith Schwanz, was created from Venetian plaster that contains both marble and limestone granules. The finished product is a stunning replica of marble itself.

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“Kathy is an amazing design force,” noted Schwanz. “Her ability to balance all the architectural details with color choices and finish selections is a true talent.” The expansive kitchen is open to the great room and balances the space beautifully. A tray ceiling, that is also coffered, is centered over a quartztopped island. Custom cabinetry fills the space elegantly and has a fresh appeal. The upper cabinets feature a light “French Vanilla” color with a smoke glaze while the lower cabinetry and island base are grounded with a darker color from the charcoal family. A heavy clay, 6-inch tile backsplash with a crackle glaze and an imperfect edge was an important choice as a complement to the custom woodwork. The window ledge was tiled rather than framed to pull the eye outdoors, uninterrupted by casework. Two, large, arched openings access the dining room. This inviting space features a tray ceiling over head with both block and step crown molds. Centered within the tray is an elegant chandelier while recessed lighting on dimmers in the room's corners illuminates large candles, producing a faux flame effect.

The main level owner suite is a sophisticated retreat to luxury. Another tray ceiling features a unique beam design that gives the space a designer feel. The owner bath has a hexagon-shape tile, from Century Flooring, that creates the look of a stone pathway. His and her vanities are separated by a large shower with a Carrara marble panel centerpiece. An elegant chandelier overhead adds a feminine touch while the white custom cabinetry and dark quartz countertops from Premier Granite & Stone complete the look.

Another unique feature of this main space is the stair railing and balusters. During the day, it complements the wrought iron design found on the front doors and light fixtures. However, in the evening, the black balusters disappear into

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the darkness and the handrail appears to float within the illuminated newel posts that also feature a marble-like finish within. “The details of the groin vaulted ceiling, wrought iron staircase and 10-foot metal doors had to be properly supported by the other selections,” said Mikowski. “No one element could stand alone but rather all had to be integrated and complementary. To that end, the wood floor could not look too new and the tile on the kitchen splash could not be too perfect.” If entering the home from the garage, a large mudroom area keeps the couple organized. There's plenty of storage space behind beautiful custom cabinet “lockers” as well as a bench and hooks with more cubbies underneath. A large built-in mirror showcases more of Dusendang's attention to the details and matches the cabinetry. Porcelain tile flooring with a granite look lends to the Mediterranean feel of the home, especially as it was installed in a brick set pattern.

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“... with the doors to the porch open and a light breeze coming through ... it feels like you have stepped into a vacation home somewhere far away.”

The main level owner suite is a sophisticated retreat to luxury. Another tray ceiling features a unique beam design that gives the space a designer feel. Hanging bedside light fixtures add cozy drama. The bedroom opens to the back deck with a private, sunken hot tub. Canvas curtains, that can be tied back at the deck's corners, offer a vacation-like feel and provide privacy when needed. A nod to the ocean-side cabana's of South Beach, the look is both functional and chic.

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The owner bath is like walking into a comfortable spa. Along the way his and her closets keep the couple's wardrobes from commingling. A hexagon shape tile with tons of shading and texture creates the feeling of walking a stone pathway. His and her vanities are separated by a large, tiled, walk-in shower surrounded in glass. An elegant chandelier overhead adds a feminine touch while the white custom cabinetry and dark quartz countertops are in perfect contrast and complete the look. “Because this house is full of contrasts, we chose to lighten and brighten the shower space with white tile,” said Mikowski. “And, we added a centerpiece of grand scale — a Carrara marble panel outlined in mosaic deco tile.”


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The owner suite and great room both open to a back deck with a private, sunken hot tub. Canvas curtains, that can be tied back at the deck's corners, offer a vacation-like feel and provide privacy. A nod to the ocean-side cabana's of South Beach, the look is both functional and chic.


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The staircase to the lower level descends beautifully under a tray ceiling that mirrors the one in the dining room. The railing and balusters feature a wrought iron design that complements the front doors and light fixtures. In the evening, the black balusters disappear into the darkness and the handrail appears to float within the illuminated newel posts that feature a marble-like finish within.

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The lower level is dedicated to extended family fun. A home theater space provides optimal viewing for box office hits. A lengthy bar-height island with stools provides the ideal space to snack while taking in the show. Another lengthy electric fireplace below the screen creates a cozy feel.

“I was so inspired by the architectural features of this house. Really, what I did, was support those features.” The lower level wine bar includes more of Schwanz's unique paint work, this time with a suede effect. Again, the colors and application create a stunning look that highlights the architectural details beautifully. This area also reveals the artist in the couple's daughter, Stacey Kirk, who created the backdrop behind the cabinetry. Here, mirrored glass was hand cut and grouted to create a unique, mosaic detail that adds to the posh feel of the space.

The lower level wine bar includes a unique paint application by artist Keith Schwanz that has a sueded effect and highlights the space’s architectural details beautifully. The lower level home theater area provides optimal movie viewing. A lengthy bar-height island provides the ideal space to snack while taking in the show. A lengthy electric fireplace below the screen creates a cozy feel.

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The exterior of the home features materials from American Classic Construction. There's a Mediterranean feel yet traditional elements remain noticeable. It's a striking first impression and a fitting introduction to the beauty inside.

The lower level also includes a workout room surrounded by built-in mirrors, emphasizing how every space has special details. Two more bedrooms with custom built-ins (there truly is something unique in every room) and a full bathroom accommodate over night guests ideally. There's even a cozy hang out area under the stairs that keeps the grandkids content with their own, private space. “We utilize all the space in any house I build,” noted Dusendang. “Kids love to hang out in there.”

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Dave Dusendang Custom Homes BUILDING MATERIALS Carter Lumber COUNTERTOPS Premier Granite & Stone DECORATIVE HARDWARE Modern Hardware DRYWALL & PAINTING Absolute Interiors FLOORING Century Flooring FURNITURE Klingman’s LIGHTING Kendall Lighting Center GARAGE DOORS Discount Door Company ROOFING & SIDING American Classic Construction

The home is incredibly unique and yet so comfortable. The details are everywhere making each space feel special and inviting. It's a home that truly feels like home … but somewhere beautiful and far away. b

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TEXT BY LISA CAMPBELL PHOTOS BY ASHLEY AVILA

ust minutes north of Grand Rapids, a community is growing that

mimics the vistas of Ireland. Emerging thoroughfares are charmingly named Knockadoon Drive and Gaelic Court. Here, an inviting family home is nestled amongst the tranquil pines. Built by Scott LaMaire Custom Homes and designed by 42° North Architecture & Design, the home features the finest materials and impeccable craftsmanship.


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Designed for a young couple, the home offers comfort and ease for daily routines, entertaining and family time. It's smart and efficient use of space keeps everyone on the main level yet offers room to grow down the road. An attractive and functional foyer leads to a spacious, integrated living/dining area adorned by an expanse of windows accented by custom molding and trim-work. Above is a beautifully illuminated tray ceiling with cove moldings and adjustable, recessed lighting that imbues the room with a warm glow. Underfoot is elegant Mannington laminate flooring, specified for its “real oak” appearance as well as its worry-free durability. A gleaming gourmet kitchen welcomes on the south side, and a towering fireplace encased in custom cabinetry graces the living space on the north. 32 | early spring 2017

The fireplace is a unique masterpiece of planning and design. A large screen television is mounted above the hearth, and at the owner’s request, the monitor can be lowered for more comfortable, eye-level viewing when the fireplace is not in use. Expert craftsmanship allows just a quarter inch to seamlessly surround the television when it is returned to its elevated position. This is just one example of how LaMaire Custom Homes and 42° North Architecture & Design worked together to fulfill the specifics of the individual home owner's needs. “First, we listen and undertake cohesive planning. Communication is key,” said Ryan La Haie, owner and principal of 42° North Architecture & Design. “Then we find the expert vendors and builders who can deliver on our meticulous plans.”

“They were truly excited for the opportunity to showcase our beautifullycrafted, custom home and its many special features.”


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“I actually really enjoyed the challenge of crafting the fireplace,” noted Scott LaMaire. “Pushing the envelope keeps me on my toes and lets me hone my craftsmanship.” In addition to performance, the homeowners also wanted something different with the appearance of the fireplace. Instead of traditional brick or cultured stone, the hearth sports brilliant white Carrara marble tile in a herringbone pattern on its face. This selection coordinates attractively with the marble backsplash of subway tile in kitchen, which is interrupted with a section of stainless steel backsplash behind the double range, giving the kitchen a high-end, gourmet feel. Professionally equipped for homeowners who love to cook and entertain, the kitchen features a 7- by 7-and-a-half-foot gleaming, marbled, white quartz-topped island that sparkles with

gracefully sinuous flecks of silver and grey. The perimeter quartz countertops feature a darker color that frames the space. Conveniently and discreetly tucked within easy reach of the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, a powder room, and a built-in with a bench, hooks and cubbies to keep the family organized upon arriving home. A full-size laundry room completes the efficient space, boasting cabinets of blue-green that were a favorite among those who visited during the 2016 Fall Parade of Homes. The three-stall garage is also accessed from this back area and boasts precast concrete plank for storage underneath.

Professionally equipped for homeowners who love to cook and entertain, the kitchen features a 7- by 7and-a-half-foot marbled, white quartz-topped island. The perimeter quartz countertops feature a darker color that frames the space. A custom-built hutch in the dining area serves as a wine bar as well as providing additional storage.

The dining room also features a custom-built hutch tailored to meet the needs of the homeowners. “The homeowner had a few prerequisites, and one was finding a home for the beloved piano in a house that desired to be deliberately open, havCosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 33


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ing few walls,” stated La Haie. “Designing a custom-built hutch was the solution. Creating a few inches more of depth, the hutch gave us the necessary extra inches for the piano, without sacrificing any functional space, as well as delivering a remarkable display.”

“Pushing the envelope keeps me on my toes and lets me hone my craftsmanship.”

Across the room is access to a resort-like screened porch, beloved even in winter with a hot tub and a wood-burning fireplace with a beautiful stone hearth and surround.

The owner suite also features an illuminated tray ceiling above, as well as individual reading lamps installed on each side of the bed, which the homeowner voiced as an important amenity and the architect and builder appointed beautifully. The suite has two separate closets, with the “her’” closet being slightly bigger than “his.” The en suite bathroom features Kohler fixtures that are modern with clean lines. The sleek style makes them easy to clean and completes the spa feel of the space. The vanity boasts specialty counters at 36-inches, custom-built cabinetry and a quartz surface with a beautiful bowl sink. The tile floor is enhanced with a heat mat underneath and the striking shower features a linear drain. The main level has two additional bedrooms and second bath for future children. By design, the bath makes efficient use of space in keeping practice with one of the goals of La Haie: to create spaces for families to grow. To this end, they created a “lock out bath” which allows each child to use an area, separated by a pocket door. Cabinetry was built on an angle across the doorway to make ample, efficient room for storage.

A resort-like screened porch is enjoyed all year long with a hot tub and a wood-burning fireplace with a beautiful stone hearth and surround. The sprawling yard, with landscaping by Rivertown Landscapes, features a fire pit and spacious patio just off the screened porch — perfect for grilling and enjoying the privacy of the yard's wooded backdrop. In the family room, the homeowners desired something different with the appearance of the fireplace. Instead of traditional brick or cultured stone, the hearth sports brilliant white Carrara marble tile in a herringbone pattern on its face.

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A custom stairway rail pairs brilliant white posts with woodwork in the same rich, darker hue found in the mud room area. Motion-sensor mini-lights illuminate each step leading to the lower level. Here, another clean-lined bathroom, featuring luxury vinyl floors is easily accessible. This level also features an office tucked behind a clever book-shelf door. The remainder of this level is primed for build out in the future.

“The home-owners trusted our experience and ultimately gave us the leeway to do what we needed.”

‘We are passionate about creating spaces for families to gather and grow,” said La Haie. When completed the home will be over 5,000 square feet and consist of 6 bedrooms.

Conveniently tucked within easy reach of the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, a powder room and a fullsize laundry room boasting cabinets of blue-green that were a favorite among Parade goers.

LaMaire Custom Homes is also committed to building homes that will be enjoyed by the owners as they grow forward in life. In addition to being a one-call solution for new home construction, Scott LaMaire Custom Homes does remodeling, additions and renovations, delivering dreams on time and on budget. The home's charming two-tone exterior was sited to perfection. The sprawling yard, with landscaping by Rivertown Landscapes, features a fire pit and spacious patio just off the screened porch — perfect for grilling and enjoying the privacy of the yard's wooded backdrop. Quite remarkably, the construction of the home took only four-and-a-half months. Contractual limitations on a previous home-building project caused an abrupt change of heart for the young Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 37


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couple. They were eager to find a new builder who could deliver quickly but also ensure a home built with the finest materials and quality craftsmanship. Scott LaMaire delivered beautifully on this need. Without hesitation La Haie sincerely credits La Maire’s experience and skills for the success of the project, and LaMaire is quick to return the sentiment back to the architect.

The home's charming two-tone exterior was sited to perfection, taking advantage of the private, wooded property. A custom built-in with a bench, hooks and cubbies keeps the family organized upon arriving home and also is a convenient spot to accomodate guests’ coats, etc.

“First, we listen and undertake cohesive planning. Communication is key.”

“Scott saved the day when he found this lot” said La Haie. “He discovered it in a little-known subdivision.” La Haie then worked closely with the owners to design exactly what the owners wanted. LaMaire and La Haie also give credit to the owner’s knowledge and quick decision-making for the successful build. “The home-owners trusted our experience and ultimately gave us the leeway to do what we Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 39


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The main level owner suite features an illuminated tray ceiling above. The en suite bathroom features Kohler fixtures that are modern with clean lines. The vanity boasts specialty counters at 36-inches, custom-built cabinetry and a quartz surface countertop. The tile floor is enhanced with a heat mat underneath and the striking shower features a linear drain. Two additional bedrooms and second bath are also on this level.

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needed,” said LaMaire. “We very much appreciate that trust, and of course we were committed to the highest standards of professionalism and to personally delivering the home of their dreams.” Another sign of their meant-to-be relationship was that the homeowners were eager and delighted to participate in the 2016 Fall Parade of Homes. “They were truly excited for the opportunity to showcase our beautifully-crafted, custom home and its many special features,” stated LaMaire. And, it's easy to see why. b

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Scott LaMaire Custom Homes ARCHITECT 42 North Architecture & Design AUDIO/VIDEO Created Control DRYWALL Scott Mol Drywall LANDSCAPING Rivertown Landscapes

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RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TREE REMOVAL & STUMP GRINDING

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Dr. Michel Marie Wicksall Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Michel Marie Wicksall, 1996 University of Michigan Dental School graduate; Michele Chatman, Dental Assistant; Mary Blodgett, Office Manager; Deb Koperski, Hygienist

4500 Cascade Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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cuisine

Hosting & Toasting Entertain without Missing the Party

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hether you're hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it's easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests. One way to take the guesswork out of meal planning is by starting with the wine you're planning to serve and working backwards. Chardonnay is a favorite varietal of many wine lovers, and Edna Valley Vineyard has crafted award-winning, food-friendly Chardonnay from California's central coast for more than 35 years. Featuring bright layers of white peach and apricot alongside notes of pineapple and brown spice, this white wine is a sure bet to complement a range of dishes and elevate any meal. One savory example that pairs perfectly with Chardonnay is Grilled Panzanella Salad - a quick and delicious dish that can serve a small group using a few basic ingredients and leftover bread. For a bright, decadent option that holds up well at room temperature, try a side of Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts. Last but not least, whip up this simple Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes recipe for a hearty entree to round out the meal and complement your wine selection.

ORZO WITH LEMON, BRIE AND TOASTED PINE NUTS Serves: 8 1 pound orzo pasta 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon, divided 1 tablespoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 wheel (10 ounces) Brie cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3/4 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste Prepare pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking and allow to cool. In large bowl, toss pasta with remaining olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, Brie cubes, raisins, pine nuts and basil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Garnish with additional basil, if desired.

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images GRILLED PANZANELLA SALAD Serves: 4-6

CHICKEN THIGHS AND TOMATOES Serves: 4

Salad 8 ounces day-old sourdough bread 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt 1 clove garlic 1 cup roasted red bell peppers, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups yellow grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, halved if large 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese

1 pint cherry tomatoes pepper kosher salt olive oil 4 chicken thighs (skin-on, bone-in) 1 cup white wine 1 clove garlic 1 lemon, juice only

Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 1/2 tablespoons golden balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt, to taste pepper, to taste

In cast iron skillet, toss tomatoes with pinch of pepper, kosher salt and light drizzle of olive oil and place in oven. Roast tomatoes for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oven to 400 F.

Heat skillet on stovetop. Once hot, sear chicken thighs. Flip chicken and sear bottom side for about 1 minute. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. For salad: Cut bread into 1-inch thick slices. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt. Grill bread on both sides until toasted and grill marks are present. When bread is cool enough to handle, rub garlic clove on both sides. Cut into 1-inch cubes. In large bowl, combine bread, peppers, tomatoes, olives, basil and cheese. For balsamic vinaigrette: In small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar and garlic. Whisk in olive oil in slow stream until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss vinaigrette with salad and serve immediately. Garnish with additional fresh basil and grated cheese, if desired.

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local flavor Recommendations for Area Dining

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local flavor 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 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

BLUE WATER GRILL Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, a stunning fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. This is all made possible with large glass walls, inspired design and on of the most beautiful decks in Grand Rapids. Blue Water Grill continues The Gilmore Collection tradition of inspired food with a collection of satisfying influences including Italian, Mediterranean and classic American. The menu and surroundings are perfect for the most intimate or social of dining experiences. 5180 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 616.363.5900 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php

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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Mangiamo! is housed in a beloved 19th century mansion just east of downtown Grand Rapids, which The Gilmore Collection has transformed into one of West Michigan's most favored spots for fantastic Italian-inspired dining. Mangiamo is perfect for family dining, large groups, or diners looking to grab a pizza and a beer . Mangiamo! is the perfect venue to host your special event or wedding reception with our signature gated lawn and a variety of unique private rooms. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.742.0600 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php

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

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 | 51


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Welcome to GREENRIDGE REALTY Boardwalk is a private paradise tucked away on the scenic South Haven shores of Lake Michigan. Wake up every day to the sound of waves crashing. Boardwalk provides all the amenities you want, in a tight-knit, gated community. Situated on a quarter-mile stretch of Lake Michigan, Boardwalk offers residents a private beach, 600-ft boardwalk, heated pool, and hot tub.

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Visually stroll through this elegant cover home that features detailed craftsmanship at every turn by Dave Dusendang Custom Homes. Also, a...

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