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departments 5 UP FRONT Quick Reads Topics of interest to enhance your life 8 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long 10 DECORTAINING Nourishing Tablescapes Thoughtful touches make for memorable moments 12 MONEY MATTERS Enjoy Spring Break Tips to enjoy a getaway without breaking the bank 21 PRIMETIME Society Events Juice Ball 2014 and the Harlem Globetrotters hit the Van Andel 22 LOCAL FLAVOR Recommendations for Area Dining Great food and ambience are a must when dining out

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Ways to help shelter animals in your community More than four million dogs enter animal shelters each year — making awareness about these often forgotten animals more important than ever. With this in mind, the PEDIGREE® brand recently launched its See what good food can do.™ campaign. The campaign features real stories of shelter dogs, their caregivers and the dogs’ new families — showcasing the impact some extra attention, good food and loving care can make in shelter dogs’ lives. Along with fellow dog lovers, such as baseball player David Ortiz, actor Josh Duhamel and recording artist Miranda Lambert, the company is asking people across the country to help transform the lives of shelter dogs. HELPING AT HOME There are many ways to show your support for animals in need. Here are some options you can pursue to help transform shelter animals into pets with loving homes within your community. Consider pet adoption. With so many wonderful pets in need of homes, check out your local pet shelter when considering a new pet. Tell your story. Every dog owner has a tale to tell, and PEDIGREE® is calling on America to share their stories. Every time dog lovers tell their tale of what their dog means to them, using #DogTales on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food to a shelter in need.* Hold a supply drive. Gather your friends and co-workers to chip in for a supply drive for a shelter organization close to home. From chew toys to towels, these facilities are always in need of extra supplies to keep their operations in good standing. Volunteer as a family. Share the gift of volunteering with those closest to you by scheduling an afternoon at a local animal shelter. By committing to just a few of these life-saving efforts, you’ll be doing your part to support shelter animals that so greatly need your help.


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mat, scrub it off and place it back in. As a bonus, these mats often come in fun colors or patterns to help jazz up kitchen décor. LET THE KIDS HELP CLEAN: Many kitchen and bath manufacturers, such as Pfister, offer faucets with flexible, pull down spouts for kids to help clean and rinse dishes after dinner. Just be sure to invest in a sturdy step stool to keep your little helpers safe while they’re at work. For more information, visit CLEAN WITH BAKING SODA: Backsplashes and tile flooring can be cleaned in a breeze with a simple solution made from things you may already own. Just mix a half cup of baking soda into a two gallon bucket of water and scrub those splatters away.

OUTFIT WITH SMUDGE-FREE FEATURES: With all the upkeep required in a kitchen, cleaning build up on the faucet can be a bothersome task. The new smudge-free Slate finish from From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen Pfister retains its shine after being handled, even after little hands. Plus, its warm, is often the busiest room in the home. And, with all of this activity comes a grey metallic color blends perfectly with other appliance finishes. world of messes. For busy moms, cleaning up spills and splatters can be a job in itself, especially when kids are involved. From installing kitchen features REMOVE COUNTERTOP STAINS: Kids love their juice with breakfast that make it easier for kids to help clean up, to easy ways to keep pans bright, just like mom loves her coffee, but little spills happen. To remove such stains, simthese tips offer simple solutions for a range of kitchen mishaps and messes. ply add a little hydrogen peroxide to water and a few small drops of ammonia and scrub with a soft cloth. LINE THE REFRIGERATOR: Hardened mustard or sticky soda spills can be hard to remove from inside the refrigerator. For quick clean up, line With a few simple tools you’ll be able to keep your kitchen squeaky clean so it can the drawers with plastic placemats. When a mess happens, just pull out the continue to be the favorite hang-out for the entire family. 6 | early spring 2014


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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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Nourishing Tablescapes


Thoughtful Touches Make it Special



Bring a table runner or table cloth, it’s easy to fold up and adds color or texture to your table — great starting point..

2 A yummy chocolate in a pretty box gives the guest something spe1

cial to enjoy and enhances the table-scape.

3 An artfully, pre-folded napkin can make a “wow” statement.


welcomed lunch break or a relaxing meal out at the end of a long day with friends or family can be a treasured experience. Unfortunately, with today's busy schedules, these special gatherings are intentionally put on hold or altogether skipped. But, with a few clever tips, the experience can be brought to the forefront of our mindset. The prep is surprisingly simple and the result will be memorable for all who attend. So stop ... and take time to enjoy your favorite people and create a memory. When sending or texting the invitation, pick the restaurant ahead of time. Communicate the reason for the gathering (even if there isn't a specific life event), let them know you are really interested in everyone attending. If your party has time constraints or is larger than five or six, consider offering a choice of two salads or soups prior to the day to help staff and servers keep things tidy and on time. This will also communicate to your guests that this is more than just a random event. Part of life's pleasure is appreciating those “precious moments” and, by adding a theme or feel to a table (or as it's called in the biz: “table-scaping”), a heart-felt moment is in the making. I'm sure you have thought

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of this at home, but have you considered doing this in the restaurant setting as well? It's completely acceptable and with a little pre-planning (which keeps it on our minds and not on our future “to-do” list), it's easy and fun. Start by individualizing the table with easy-to-pack and set articles from home. Bring in a table runner or table cloth, add votive candles and tea lights, individual stems of flowers, or pictures in frames. I have used bright cloth napkins for a jolt of color on a gloomy day, or festive cocktail napkins to help set the theme. Use the tableware and silverware the restaurant has, but consider its placement, can you add something to it or take something away? Remove the table tents that are often found on the table, no need to know what happy hour specials there are, we have planned in advance. Do we really need all those sweetener packets? A few discreetly placed makes a difference.









Print out and frame a “Reserved” sign. Your own will be prettier and adds to that special event feel.


Your prettiest salt and pepper shakers from home are a must.


Faux flowers: pretty and no water needed.


A unique but special party favor, such as these perfume sprayers, adds flair and is a great conversation starter.”What’s your favorite scent?”


10 A fun cocktail napkin predominantly 4

Bright napkins and a fun goody bag adds much needed color on gloomy days.


Chinese take out boxes filled with fortune cookies adds a fun element and is something your guests may take home to share.

Place something special at each setting that your guest may take home. Flavorful candies or chocolate in a pretty box or bag, a sachet for the closet or drawer, or Chinese take out boxes filled with fortune cookies. Use water tubes from the florist to keep a single flower vibrant at each plate. Use your imagination, anything goes. It's not just about holidays or birthday's, it's about being present in our daily lives. It doesn’t take much to the make the little things extra special. *Inspired to plan a gathering? We'd love to see your "event." Please send photos to'd like to publish your “nourished tablescapes” in our upcoming issues.

placed addresses why you’re celebrating or sets the theme.

11 If the restaurant is known for a fabulous dessert, pre-order for everyone. Life’s too short not to have dessert once in awhile. Pictured here is Chloé Elan’s rose petal icecream with peanut brittle wedge ... so good! SPECIAL THANKS to Chloé Elan for letting us “nourish” tablescapes at their fabulous restaurant. 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. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 11


Enjoy Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank


pring break season is just around the corner and you might be wondering if a vacation is in your budget this year. Whether you’re considering a spring break getaway, or already have one booked, the following tips can help you save money.

Rent a bicycle — Depending on where you go, this can be a fun and costeffective way to get around. Having a bike also allows you to get off the beaten path and take in some breath-taking scenery or wildlife while enjoying the fresh air. It’s also a good way to get some exercise on vacation.

Don’t follow the crowd — Instead of going to a hot spot destination, visit a neighboring area instead. You’re likely to experience similar weather, but at a much lower cost. Before you book, make sure the location you’re considering offers the type of indoor or outdoor attractions and activities you’re seeking. At a minimum, make sure they’re within a reasonable travel distance so you don’t miss out on the sites and fun activities.

Take advantage of city passes — If you are visiting a major city, such as Boston, New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles, consider purchasing a city pass. They typically offer discounts to popular attractions – and they can help you avoid long lines.

Travel during off-peak periods — This can help you save on airfare. An added bonus is that you can avoid long lines at the airport. Typically, the cheapest days to fly are Wednesdays or Saturdays because the fewest number of businesspeople travel on those days. Tuesdays are next on the list. Plus, a five-day vacation — for example one that starts on a Tuesday and ends on a Saturday — will likely be noticeably less expensive than a longer one.

Consider a staycation — You might decide that a getaway isn’t in the cards this year. If this is the case, a vacation at home can give you an opportunity to explore the rich historical, cultural or outdoor tourism opportunities in your own backyard. The trick is to treat your staycation like a traditional vacation. This includes setting a start and end date, unplugging from work, chores and the daily compulsion to get things done, and scheduling your activities like you would if you were visiting somewhere for the first time.

Explore alternative accommodations — If you typically stay at a hotel, check out condominium, townhouse or private home rentals instead. Oftentimes you can book them at a lower per-night rate than a hotel, especially if you’re traveling in a group and splitting the cost. In addition to more space, you’ll also have access to a full kitchen, allowing you to pick up items at the grocery store and save money on meals by dining at “home” some or all of the time. Buy your necessities before you depart — Sunscreen, water shoes, toothpaste, beachwear and other items are sold at a premium in touristy areas, especially during peak season. Purchasing these items at home and bringing them with you will save you money and give you more time to enjoy the area you’re visiting. Use public transportation — The costs of renting a car or catching a taxi ride can add up quickly. Check out public transportation options and schedules that will be available to you. Then, plan ahead to get where you want to go on time. Another bonus is that it will give you an added sense that you’re one of the locals. 12 | early spring 2014

For more information about creating a financial strategy that can help you meet your goals today — and tomorrow, consult a financial advisor. An advisor can help you evaluate your current situation and map out a way to help get you where you’d like to go. b

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The 2014 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year

A timeless masterpiece by Scott Christopher Homes A stunning example of what a quality, custom home should be, the 2014 Cosmopolitan Home of the Year is impeccably timeless. Over the last 30 years, Scott Christopher Homes has built a reputation for building custom, high-end homes that show true craftsmanship and stand the test of time.

“If you watch Scott Christopher build homes, you can tell early in the process that they are building something that is going to be there for a very long time,” said the homeowner. “ And to me, when I say a very long time, it’s conceivable that there could be a family living here 300 years from now.” Not only are they building high-quality homes throughout West Michigan and the lakeshore, they provide a full-service approach by offering a home maintenance program to their homeowners. If the homeowners decide down the road that they would like to do some remodeling, SCH has a sister company, Surpass Renovations, available to manage those projects as well. They do not just build homes, they build relationships. This home, built on 100 acres of farmland in Ada, is a modern version of a classic farmhouse. A favorite design for families with a casual lifestyle, variations of the farmhouse have become a very popular choice over the years.

This type of style really tends to make a warm, inviting home that people can really live in and not have to worry about things always being perfect. It is a great fit for families ... people can feel comfortable and be with each other.

“This type of style really tends to make a warm, inviting home that people can really live in and not have to worry about things always being perfect. It is a great fit for families ... people can feel comfortable and be with each other,” says interior designer Sara Dupin of Via Design. Although this style of home has a relaxed and simple feel, there were many custom features implemented to create the desired look. The homeowners have a big family, so spaces that could accommodate larger groups were of the utmost importance. Ten-foot ceilings throughout the home give an open feeling while all the details were scaled up so they would not get lost in the overall design. Scott Christopher Homes and the architects and designers of Via Design had to plan every detail, including custom mullions on the windows and extra large mantles for the fireplaces. Even the furniture and accessories had to be scaled to fit the spaces. “We had to look for fixtures and finishes that could work with the scale of the home — these items needed to be able to hold their own with the scale and not get lost in the spaces. Light fix-

OPPOSITE PAGE: The living room lies in the center of the home, flanked by the sunroom and office area to one side and the kitchen and dining rooms on the other. Ten-foot ceilings throughout the home give an open feeling while all the details were scaled up so they would not get lost in the overall design. THIS PAGE: The dining room features a custom-built fireplace that allows the flames to be at table height. Every seat in this room has a view, whether it be of the fire, the landscape, or the stunning “dish room.”

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tures that might seem too large in most homes work great in this home — ceilings that might usually not need a design to them had detail added to help bring the scale down,� said Dupin. The ceilings, or fifth wall as it is sometimes called, are definitely something noteworthy in this home. Each room features special custom details to enjoy, from coffered ceilings to v-groove, to a phenomenal barrel ceiling in the master bedroom. One of the most notable features of the home is the two-sided fireplace in the foyer. It sets the tone for the entire house: cozy, welcoming and casual. Although many homes of this size often have a grand and formal entrance with sprawling views upon entering, these homeowners wanted to have a space that made people feel at home while also lending more privacy to the living areas. The living areas lie behind this fireplace along the back of the house. Every room features a view of the serene surroundings and, during the beautiful Michigan summers, most of the rooms open to the patios and pool.

The kitchen incorporates sufficient space for the entire family. This need really drove the layout, creating two islands, one with bar seating and one with seating all the way around. This serves as great overflow space for dinner parties too, being directly off of the dining room. The dish room is accessible from the dining room as well as the kitchen, and it not only serves as a space to store and display dinnerware but also be a drop spot for dirty dishes during a party so they are not visible in the kitchen. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 19

The living room lies in the center of the home, flanked by the sunroom and office area to one side and the kitchen and dining rooms on the other. The kitchen incorporates sufficient space for the entire family. This need really drove the layout, creating two islands, one with bar seating and one with seating all the way around. This serves as great overflow space for dinner parties too, being directly off of the dining room. The dining room is the real show stopper, though. It features a custom-built fireplace that allows the flames to be at table height. Every seat in this room has a view, whether it be of the fire, the landscape, or the stunning “dish room.” The dish room is accessible from the dining room as well as the kitchen, and not only serves as a space to store and display dinnerware but is also a drop spot for dirty dishes during a party so they are not visible in the kitchen. This room is one of the best examples of mixing the tastes of the homeowners, both glamorous and casual. There is crystal lighting to accent the chrome hardware and leaded glass accents juxtaposed by distressed cabinetry and an apron sink for a more casual appeal. This combination that the homeowners call “casual elegance” is seen throughout the entire home. The second level features the owners' suite, a luxurious getaway befitting a manor. Not only does the owners’ bedroom

feature another dual-sided fireplace and serene view along an entire wall of windows, it also has a custom console with vintage mirrored doors to house a retractable TV.

At the other end of the owners' bedroom lies the home office. This room features the other side of the bedroom ‘s dual-sided fireplace along with a custom bar. The rich tones of the woodwork along with the stylish architecture make this space a cozy place to focus. 20 | early spring 2014

The long corridor leading to the mudroom is accented in different ways along the way, allowing it to feel less like a hallway and more like a visual experience. There are a few smaller utility spaces like a cleaning closet and open pantry, as well as a powder room and one of two laundry rooms. This laundry room has a few unique features. There is an island that houses the dog bed, a gift wrapping station that also doubles as a spot to fold clean clothing, and a printing station where all of the equipment is kept out of sight. In keeping with the traditional farmhouse style, this room also has a Dutch door that helps keep the dog at bay when necessary. The mudroom at the end of the hall has custom lockers for each member of the family, a great way to corral clutter before entering the main part of the home.

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The second level features the owners' suite and is rivaled by none. Not only does the owners’ bedroom feature another double-sided fireplace and serene view along an entire wall of windows, it also has a custom console with vintage mirrored doors to house a pop-up TV. The dual closets keep everything in its place. His closet has very masculine features of dark rich wood tones, while hers features hanging space enclosed in glass with in-cabinet lighting, making it feel like a high-end boutique. The owners' bath is complete with high-end finishes, polished marble floors, and a custom niche built around the vanity that houses recessed lighting, a unique way to add necessary light while allowing the use of more decorative sconces as well. This bathroom has another pleasant surprise: a private balcony for morning coffee by an outdoor fire. At the other end of the owners' bedroom lies the home office. This room features the other side of the fireplace from the owners' bedroom along with a custom bar. The rich tones of the woodwork along with the stylish architecture make this space a cozy place to focus. ”Part of the coziness is a product of how the roofline design — having dormers and letting the roofline incorporate into the space — it creates more interest,” says Brian Barkwell, principal architect with Via Design. The symmetry of this home allowed for two identical bedroom suites at either end of the home. While the décor and color schemes of each reflect the personalities of the children that occupy them, the spaces are similar in design. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 21

They each feature well-appointed custom built-ins, walk-in closets, and daybeds built in as window seats. The full ensuite bathrooms allow everyone to have their personal space while getting ready for the day. These suites were designed to allow each child to have privacy and a place to spend time with friends. The second floor also features two things every busy mother would love — a second laundry room and a huge floor-to-ceiling linen closet designed to also house the upper half of the chimney. It is a great way to hide the chimney and make creative storage space in the process. Over the garage, the homeowners built an apartment for their older children to visit. They attended to every detail here, just as in the main part of the home. This space has a full kitchen with a built-in banquette for dining, a separate bedroom and full bathroom, and then a “bunk room” at the back that allows for several beds. The bunk room has become a great place for the kids to have sleepovers with their friends when there are no family visitors. Throughout this home, you will find many elements that are not only aesthetically beautiful, they are classic and high-quality, making this a home that will be beautiful and livable for decades to come. The walnut floors throughout the main floor, the beautiful natural stone and marble tile in all of the bathrooms, the granite and quartz countertops, and the leaded glass throughout the entire home — these are materials that will never go out of style and will have the durability to sustain the lifestyle of a large family. These are just a few of the examples of how Scott Christopher Homes exercised their expertise and commitment to green building practices. Another can be found in the lower level where the mechanics of the home are housed, featuring things like an efficient geothermal heating system. The forethought and planning of the entire team of builders, architects, and designers led to a home that will be efficient and beautiful for a lifetime. One of the most unique parts of the home is not, in fact, part of the house. It is referred to as the rec barn (afterall, every farmhouse needs a barn), a great place to play and entertain. This building still follows the farmhouse theme but with a more rustic 22 | early spring 2014

Every farmhouse has a barn but the modern spin here is what this barn offers. The “rec barn” is the ultimate place to entertain and play. Nano doors were used so they could completely fold away and make the outdoor patio seamlessly become part of the space. The large pond in the distance provides a beautiful back drop to the pool and hot tub and provides a view that never gets old.

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The interior of the “rec barn” follows the farmhouse theme but with a more rustic approach. The timber construction with exposed trusses offers industrial beauty as the space was built for entertaining in a versatile way. There is a partition clad in reclaimed barnwood that provides a great backdrop for art and stores the ping pong table when not in use. A full kitchen with a modern flare is defined by brick walls that mirror the barn’s entry. A trampoline floor complete with padded walls is tucked away and allows for rambunctious play.

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approach. There is a brick wall at the entry that looks like it has been there for years, and the smell of raw wood from the floors and whitewashed wood paneling on the walls makes you feel like you are truly in the wilderness. The timber construction with exposed trusses adds more industrial beauty to the entire building. This space is definitely built for entertaining in a versatile way. There is a partition clad in reclaimed barnwood that provides a great backdrop for art while helping to define the large space. It also provides a secret hiding place to store the ping pong table when not in use. There is also a pool table and a full kitchen that has a modern flare, defined by brick walls to mirror the entry. One of the most unique features of the “barn” is the trampoline floor tucked away in one area of the room, complete with padded walls for rambunctious play. The main area is open for whatever it needs to be: space for tables, a dance floor, whatever the event calls for. Nano doors were used so they could completely fold away and make the outdoor patio seamlessly become part of the space. The upper level houses a complete home fitness center that is partially open to below. There is also a full lower level in this barn for additional storage. This home accomplished so many things that most homeowners strive for: a marriage of personal tastes, a design aesthetic that is both classic and modern, an efficient but large and exceptionally useful floor plan ... the list goes on and on. Scott Christopher Homes and the rest of the team know that planning is key, and they all put their expertise and craftsmanship to use in every detail, from the exquisite custom cabinetry to the home's inner workings. This estate will be a testament to great building and design for countless years ahead.

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BEST FOOTPRINT FORWARD At first thought, many architects and builders are inclined to recommend an addition to accommodate more living space. However, this isn’t always the best solution. The most experienced of professionals may see the potential to increase living space within the existing footprint of a home reallocating rooms and moving interior walls as needed to transform the minimally used areas into premium livable space.

Architect Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, president of Visbeen Architects, says another tendency on remodel projects is to leave the existing walls where they are, and work within that layout — limiting the possibilities. That is not what happened with this lakefront home on Lake Bella Vista in Rockford, Mich. Visbeen describes this renovation as a substantive change in quality of living. “With some critical moves, we were able to transform how this home lives,” said Visbeen. “We moved rooms around, turned a sun porch into a master bath, and made the master suite much more elaborate. We opened up the kitchen, living room, and the interior of the rear of the home. We also simplified and beautified the exterior.” Visbeen is an architect and an interior designer. On remodel projects, he designs and modifies the floor plan and space utilization, and then creates interior concept sketches, live, in front of the client, to show how it will look and feel when completed.

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The owner desired a larger kitchen that opened to the living room. The result is an open space with sweeping views across beautiful, solidplank walnut floors that span the main level. Visbeen’s design vision was brought to life by Doug Butterworth, owner of Creekside Custom Homes and Renovations, with whom he has collaborated on other successful projects. “Doug deserves tremendous kudos for his patience, tenacity, and quality. He is fabulous,” said Visbeen.

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“The living room was the largest room in the home, but it wasn’t being used much, and it was separated from the kitchen, said Visbeen. “We opened up the arches around the fireplace to open up the room. It also opened out onto a large deck, so that when you walked through the main entry into the home, or into the living room, your view of the lake was obstructed by the deck and the deck railings. So we eliminated the deck from right in front of the living room, and expanded the windows to really transform the first impression you get when you first walk into the home.” Before the renovation, the kitchen was the center of the home, where the most time was spent:

THE LIVING ROOM, the largest room in the home, wasn’t being used as it was separated from the kitchen. By creating open arches around the fireplace, the room opens to the kitchen and instantly premium livable space was created.

The owner desired a larger KITCHEN that would provide plenty of room and ease of use when entertaining. The result is an open space with multiple dining and seating options. Taller windows, decorative columns and pendant lighting add nuance and help define each open area.

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The open KITCHEN offers sweeping views across beautiful, solidplank walnut floors that span the main level. By moving a wall back a few feet into the laundry room, the width of the kitchen was expanded enough to create space for a large free-standing island and a butler pantry.

cooking, eating, and socializing.The adjacent living room was large, but was closed off from the kitchen, so the space just wasn’t utilized to its full capacity. The owner desired a larger, spectacular kitchen that opened to the living room. Now it is wide open, with sweeping views across beautiful solid plank walnut floors that span throughout the main level living area. “We put in an overhead beam and moved a wall back a few feet into the laundry room, expanding the width of the kitchen enough to create space for a large free-standing island, opening into a butler pantry and big open mud room and laundry complex so that the whole back of the house functions incredibly well with the kitchen and family dining area,” said Visbeen.

The once “closed-off” DINING ROOM at the front of the home is now completely open to the kitchen. Still a more formal option for dining, the new space however, is bright and ideal for entertaining.

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Butterworth introduced aesthetic recommendations wherever he recognized the opportunity to advance the vision outlined by the owner and architect. Some of the attractive interior atmosphere comes from details Butterworth proposed, such as arched passageways, taller windows, and a full-stone wrap on the massive center fireplace. Decorative columns and pendant lighting also add nuance and character. “There was a sunroom where the master bath is now,” noted Visbeen. “It was off on the corner of the house and was hardly ever used. We were able to transform that by opening up the walls from the master suite and master bath, and turn it to the rear of the home, which has a lake view, and make a much more extravagant master suite with a new entrance statement, closing off the door to the original master bedroom and now opening into a vestibule, then turning left to the bath and right to the bedroom, and adding large closets.”

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The new bath includes his and her sinks with televisions mounted behind the mirrors just above the countertop, so the morning news or wake-up program can be conveniently seen and heard during the morning routine. In addition to replacing all the windows in the home (many larger in size than the existing), glass transoms were added to interior doorways to increase the amount of natural light pouring from room to room. The home's exterior also was re-defined and enhanced. The rear of the home had included end-to-end, multilevel decks and smaller windows. The areas of the deck system that were not frequently used were removed, which cleared the interior view of the lake from the main level living room. Phantom screens on the main deck now allow for great, open daytime views, offering comfortable evenings on the deck, protected from mosquitoes by motorized screens that effortlessly lower and raise.

“With some critical moves, we were able to transform how this home lives.” Architectural definition was enhanced on the rear of the home by the use of decorative rafter ends, brackets, and corbels. Landscaping was upgraded and complements the lake setting. Butterworth expanded the scope of the project with upgrades and improvements to the garage, including repairing the cracked floor and coating with 20 year epoxy and added much-needed storage cabinets.

What was once a tucked-away, rarely used

The lower level also received a substantial renovation that includes a cosy family room overlooking the lake and a new bar for entertaining. With so many desirable places to enjoy, it’s hard to believe that it was all done with out changing the footprint. The home feels like a completely new space. It’s an “eye opening” example of how experienced talents can work their magic and turn an existing, closed-off floorplan into a home that flows from space to space and is utilized to its full potential. b

sunroom is now the owners’ bath. By opening walls from the existing owners’ suite and turning it to the rear of the home, a much more extravagant suite with a new vestibule entrance was created. The bath includes his and her sinks with televisions mounted behind the mirrors as well as a stunning claw-foot tub. 32 | early spring 2014

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER Creekside Custom Homes ARCHITECT & DESIGN Visbeen Architects COUNTERTOPS Top of the World Granite DECORATIVE HARDWARE Modern Hardware GARAGE DOORS Zylstra Door MILLWORK Elenbaas Hardwoods

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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 •

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. Tues-Fri, 6 am-3 pm; Sat-Sun, 7 am-3pm. 616.956.9000 •

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 •

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 •

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local flavor RIVERHOUSE ADA Bistro Chloe Élan will soon become Riverhouse Ada, featuring a renewed comfortable, casual vibe and scrumptious regional American cuisine, a perfect fit with the community. While the new master plan for Ada Village places focus on its future, Riverhouse Ada will memorialize Ada’s historic past, celebrating the town’s vital history. Come grab a local brew, watch the game, or challenge a friend at pool or darts in the lounge. Grand Opening April, 2014, “Summer Concert Series On The Lawn” begins in June. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and Saturday for dinner only. 445 Ada Drive SE • 616.432.3345 •

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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 •

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 •

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 •

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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 •

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 •

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 •

GRAND RAPIDS BREWING COMPANY Reimagined, reinvented and reopened as the Midwest's only USDA-certified organic brewery. From our re-pourposed 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 •

primetime JUICE BALL 5th annual fundraiser for Kitchen Sage January 11, 2015 Photos by Ian Anderson for StellaFly

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Family fun at the Van Andel Arena January 26, 2014 Photos by Terry Johnston for StellaFly

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