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to update their kitchen and

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cabinets and appliances. “Taking out

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couple hosted their first party in the new

back, pause, and linger to enjoy it because

carefully kept lawn, this Germantown

space with great success. “People were

there’s such a variety.” The couple enjoys

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horticulture that will attract birds and

room, kitchen, and dining room,” the

butterflies, and have planned the garden

homeowner states. “It flowed just like we

so that there’s something going on

hoped it would. People were sitting and

throughout the year. “A gardener’s love is

to be inside or outside. “Since we have so

and enjoying furniture that hadn’t been

endless,” the homeowner says. “So I can’t

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used in years.”

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This couple treats their outdoors, both

dozens of different varieties, including

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hydrangea, gingko trees, hostas, hollies,

their home. “In the back, we did a border

magnolias,

the homeowner says. “It’s kind of scary when you start thinking

garden concept with flowing edges,” the

red and white coneflowers.” With the

depth outside. It really makes the inside

about removing walls, but we knew that we wanted more of an

homeowner explains. “If you’re walking

completely reformed kitchen, dining,

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open floor plan.” With the kitchen now completely open to the hearth room and dining room, the space is hardly recognizable. The renovation team removed all of the tile flooring and replaced it with hardwood floors, which they feathered into the existing hardwood. Then they sanded and refinished the floors in a light stain. Caviness moved the old kitchen cabinets to be repurposed in the garage, and installed new white cabinets and all new appliances. The large island, which matches the cabinets, is topped with a substantial marble block and a divided sink. The homeowner chose the barstools specifically from Restoration Hardware to preserve the clean lines of the space. “I could have a cooking show behind this island,” she laughs. Ceiling details complement the simplicity of the rest of the room. The homeowner had a vision of rustic 200-year old beams in the ceiling, and Caviness was able to deliver. It was essential to keep the ceiling medallion, which the owners had painted after they moved in. However, when it came time to integrate the dining room into the new plan, the ceilings were different heights. Caviness and his team worked to carefully remove the medallion and reinstall it; the homeowner found a new artisan light fixture from Palladio Antiques, and the dining area came together beautifully. While one homeowner’s tastes are more modern and contemporary, her husband’s tastes lean toward to more traditional style. “We picked and chose the best ideas that each of us had, and worked to a consensus. After 25 years of marriage, you learn how to do that,” he laughs. The result is a bright, uncluttered space that allows the natural light to reflect from the off-white walls, light wood floors, and white cabinets and island. After the 24

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new home that needed attention. “Right

doors in the corner of the kitchen next to

Veazey decided to move

when we moved in, as we tried to unpack

the empty wall,” Tom remembers. “It was

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The Veazeys decided to call builder

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Dave Moore, who had worked on their

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of space on top that wasn’t really being

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their lighting, storage, and layout problems. “We began the design with the Veazeys providing me concept pictures,” Moore recalls. “Then we designed a kitchen layout that worked for them.” They came up with a major plan for a successful remodel, including removing part of a wall, plentiful lighting, and installing a spacious, two-tiered granite island. Removing the wall and cramped doors from the corner of the room immediately opened up the space, and adding upper and lower cabinets and a pantry closet on the once-empty wall practically doubled the amount of available storage in the kitchen. New, white cabinets reach up to the ceiling, giving the couple plenty of room. “When we moved in here a year ago, we couldn’t store anything,” Diana says. “And now, I even have some empty cabinets.” At 30 inches deep, the refrigerator (one of the few things that the Veazeys brought from their previous home) is deeper than the counters, so the builders extended the upper cabinet to

cabinet tape lights. “Pam showed me that

the granite island. Then you turn around

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and you’ve got the garbage can, disposal,

of things. Maybe they were originally for

and dishwasher around the sink. You can

over the existing oven to create the “double oven.” Moore had the

an entryway,” Diana explains. “But they

stand in one place and do everything you

idea for a stainless steel farmhouse sink, but Diana wanted to find

really work in here.”

want to do in a four foot span.”

give it more of a built-in look. The home’s existing oven actually matched the style and brand of the fridge, so the couple opted for a countertop microwave with a trim kit, which was then installed

one with a divider. Their ideas came together when Diana found a

The island is the centerpiece of

The kitchen wasn’t quite finished at

functionality in the new kitchen, seating

Thanksgiving last year, so the Veazeys

four people for dining at one end, and

had

providing plenty of room for food prep

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and serving as well. “The way that Dave

BBQ and The Cupboard. “It was a lot of

make all the difference. “The old style of halogen lighting would

set things up is very efficient,” Tom

fun,” Diana says. “But we are really looking

heat up the kitchen and could even burn you,” Tom recalls. “Now

explains. “On one side of the island, we

forward to cooking and hosting it this

we have the LED lighting, so it’s cool to the touch.” The couple

have the pots, right near the stove. To the

year in our new space. The kitchen has

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left of the stove, we have a pull-out spice

made the move to this new neighborhood

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just wonderful.”

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distinctive

by molly fromkin Photos by Mike Boatman

design

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W

hen

Tom

and

Kim

included a small kitchen, dining room and

contacted architect Jeff Bramlett, who

Mitchell bought their East

butler’s pantry, all contained and separate

gave them some ideas about how to

Memphis home two years

from one another—and more importantly

modernize, and worked with contractor

ago, they knew it would

for the Mitchells’ needs, from the

Tim DiSalvo to bring the kitchen into the

need a lot of work. “We

entertaining areas of the house. “We both

21st century.

loved everything about the house, but it

like to cook and to be in there together,

Where the original kitchen was

needed updating to suit our needs,” says

so the original kitchen was just not

cramped and lacked storage, the new

Tom. The existing structure, circa 1960s,

practical for us,” notes Kim. The Mitchells

space is open to the family room and

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destinctive

design

expansive enough to hold, among other

they really made it so it looked like the

toward a more conventional setup. (For

things, restaurant-grade appliances, a

remodel was part of the original design.”

frozen goods, Kim says, there’s a chest

walnut-topped chopping block island,

While

the

Mitchells

didn’t

have

freezer in the pantry that’s “bigger than my first apartment, I’m pretty sure!”)

and, Kim points out with a laugh, “a

a particular vision for the design of

sink big enough to bathe triplets in.” Tim

the kitchen, instead falling in love

DiSalvo says that getting from before

with

to after was not without challenges:

and following their lead, there were a

delays and blown budgets, the Mitchells

“We had to tear down a lot of walls, “

few elements they knew they had to

note that working with DiSalvo made

he notes, and actually what was once

have. “We knew we wanted a big gas

the experience a breeze. “When you tell

the old kitchen is now the laundry room.

range, three ovens—we knew the new

people you’re starting a project like this,

“We repurposed as much of the existing

space would have to accommodate all

you hear all the horror stories,” says Tom.

structure as we could,” says DiSalvo,

these appliances for big gatherings,

“But Tim and his crew made it so easy.

noting that what used to be kitchen

Thanksgiving dinners, that kind of thing.”

Even though we weren’t living in the

cabinets have been incorporated into

One rather unusual feature the Mitchells

house, they treated it as if we were—they

the new laundry and pantry space, and

wanted to include was a commercial

became family.”

brick walls that had comprised part of the

reach-in restaurant refrigerator, with no

Now that the work is finished, Kim

old garage now function in that space

freezer space. “It’s just 35 cubic feet of

says, “there’s nothing about that room I

as well. Tom Mitchell is full of praise for

fridge,” says Tom. Far more common, of

don’t love.” The couple entertains more

how well Bramlett and DiSalvo preserved

course, is a fridge/freezer combo, so

now, and cooks most nights—“I miss it

the original structure of the house. “From

DiSalvo found a way to customize the

when we don’t!” she adds. “If we could fit

the outside, you can’t tell what’s new and

cabinets so that the restaurant fridge

our bed in there, I think we’d sleep in the

what’s original,” he says. “We were wary

looks like a built-in, but the dimensions

kitchen,” says Tom. “Every morning when

of having one of those additions that’s

of the space will still work for any future

I get up now, I look forward to going in

just stuck onto the side of the house, and

owners of the house who may be inclined

there.”

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Bramlett

and

DiSalvo’s

ideas

Though often

remodeling

accompanied

by

projects

are

headaches,

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fter one Germantown couple

looked tired,” the homeowner recalls.

“We were just going to redo the floor

had lived in their new home

Before, the walls were a gold hue with

and paint the walls and cabinets,” she

for a few years, they noticed

white crown molding, the shower was

says. “But when we took the floor out,

the lackluster feel of their

pushed into the corner with less-than-

we found that it ran under the shower,

master bath, a room that

appealing angular metal framed glass

which we’d have to remove. That’s

ideally would be calming and restful.

walls, and a builder-grade jacuzzi tub sat

how it started.” A friend of the couple

“Though it wasn’t terribly out of date, it

under the stained glass window.

recommended builder Dave Moore for

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EFORE

design

B

B

EFORE

light of

the project, and since they had also seen his work at last year’s VESTA Home Show, they decided that Moore would be the one to help them transform their drab space into the sunlit oasis that it is today. The homeowner had some specific ideas about the style and materials she preferred. “They were looking for a very clean-lined style bathroom. We wanted to use subway tile, a free standing soaking tub, and chrome lighting,” Moore says.“I knew that I wanted mostly marble, and that I wanted modern or contemporary fixtures,” the homeowner explains. “I love the modern look, but we didn’t go overboard because the rest of the house is very traditional.” The marble on the sink countertop is an understated and very clean Turkish White Carrera pattern, while the marble tiles on the walls surrounding the tub and in the shower are a White Sanctuary pattern. Moore kept the cabinets, but with a coat of white paint and rectangular chrome hardware, they look brand-new. The almostmustard walls are now a light, warm gray that seems to bask in the natural light flowing in from the stained glass window, which both grounds the room to the more traditional feel of the overall house,

challenge. The homeowner worked with the professionals at Falk Plumbing Supply to find the perfect faucet, a minimalist chrome piece. “Though the tub is in the same place, we had to move the

but now has a fresh look in the context of the bathroom remodel.

plumbing from one wall to the other because we wanted the faucet

Moore removed the cramped, heavy shower frame and replaced

to face the door,” she explains, noting that this creates a focal point

it with a larger, glass walk-in shower, tiled in a range of gray and

that ties the room together. “I’m really happy and I’m glad that we

white marble that lends its peaceful aura to the rest of the room.

did it. I feel like I’m in a little luxury boutique hotel now. It’s much

“The challenge was finding the perfect mix of products that gave

more calming.”

us the look and design while staying within a budget,” Moore says. “The tub is my favorite part,” the homeowner shares. The removal of the bulky jacuzzi tub automatically made the room

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Winner!

LaborTLove by molly fromkin | Photos provided by Julie Patterson

W

hen Julie and Keith

really big bushes,” she notes with a laugh.

I tried to just plant stuff in the existing

Patterson

“If it was taller than me, someone else did

soil and it just wasn’t thriving at all,” she

it!”

remembers. Having a sister-in-law who

into

their

moved Lakeland

home five years ago,

“Gardening is truly my hobby,” says

is a Master Gardener eventually solved

everything about the

Julie. “I work in the yard every day.” Her

that problem; “she said, you’ve got to dig

property

fresh

love for the work meant that rather than

down and enrich the soil, break the clay

and new and waiting for them to make

hire a landscape architect or designer,

up,” notes Julie. “After that I just doctored

their personal mark. “It was a brand new

Julie studied books and magazines to

it. By now I’ve gotten it to where I can just

house when we moved in, so there was

figure out on her own what was right

reach down and pull the weeds, instead

no garden, and hardly any landscaping,”

for her garden. “I taught myself what

of having to use a sledgehammer!” One

shares Julie. A couple of bushes in front

would work in terms of sun versus

of her next projects, Julie says, will be

and one small flowerbed in the back of

shade, what needed the most water—I

starting a compost pile, to enrich the

the house left, essentially, a blank canvas

did a lot of research to figure out what

garden even more while benefiting the

on which Julie created a haven of colorful

would fit.” At first, she says, one of the

environment outside her own property as

blossoms and comfortable relaxation

greatest challenges was working with the

well.

spaces—almost entirely by herself. “The

Tennessee soil, which was full of rocks

The pool and poolhouse were the first

only thing I didn’t plant myself were the

and thick clay. “During the first year or so,

part of the Pattersons’ vision to come to

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life. “We do a lot of entertaining, so we

After reshaping the areas closest to

knew that had to come first,” says Julie,

the house, Julie says, her attention shifted

and they added the fountain for its beauty

to the edges of the property. “There was

While the Pattersons’ garden is a

as well as the peaceful murmur of the

sort of a lower level to the yard that

complete vision of loveliness—so much

water. “It was important to us to create

went way down this slope—it was kind

a relaxing environment,” she notes. That

of wasted space,” she remembers. “I

desire led to several distinct areas within

said, ‘why don’t we do something down

the garden, perfect for a quiet gathering

there?’” The Pattersons worked with

of friends during cocktail hour or an

Rocky Wisley of Serenity Hardscapes

afternoon of reading in the sunshine.

and

Julie’s mother spends a lot of time at the

Irrigation to embed a winding stone stair

house, she notes, and “she specifically

in the hill, wrought-iron railings on either

requested a swing,” which ended up

side, leading down to a big patio space

law is impressed: “She asked me, ‘How

being the focal point of one such area,

complete with another swing and a fire

come you never have any weeds?’” Julie

set into a wooden pagoda-like arch and

pit. “At first I wasn’t sure anyone would

shares. “And I said, ‘Because I’m out here

surrounded by hydrangeas.

go all the way down there to eat,” Julie

every day!’”

Jesse

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of

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recalls. “Now we’re down there all the time! It’s one of our favorite spots.”

so that the Fix panel of judges selected it as our 2013 winner!—Julie is by no means finished working in it. “It’s my main enjoyment, my stress reliever,” she says. “Everybody knows, when they come over, that’s where I’ll be. It’s just what I love to do.” Even her Master Gardener sister-in-

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the beauty

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hospitality fix Recipe by Sarah Matheny Gordon

Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

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avory sweet potato and leek soup is the perfect dish to welcome the warm flavors of fall into your home. This satisfying soup includes simple, inexpensive seasonal ingredients and pantry staples that come together for a delicious and healthy one-dish meal. This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled, as long as you have time to do some extra peeling and chopping. Make extra to freeze ahead for a quick, filling meal this winter, or to share with neighbors or loved ones. It is always a big hit at dinner parties as well, and can be made a day in advance for convenience. The recipe below yields enough to serve 4 adults as an entrée, or 6-8 as an appetizer or side dish.

INGREDIENTs 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups chopped leeks**, white and very light green parts only (from 4 to 6 small leeks or 2 to 3 large ones) 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, washed, diced into 1 inch cubes 2 cups high quality chicken broth 2 cups water, divided 1 ½ cups half-and-half 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional) Salt and ground white pepper For garnish: Chopped chives or minced cilantro Grated parmesan cheese

directions Working over medium-low heat, melt butter in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Add leeks and ½ tsp. salt, and sauté 10 minutes until tender. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes more until fragrant. Take care not to let the mixture brown. Add sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer for 20-25 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, or working in batches with a traditional blender, blend the mixture until a smooth puree is achieved. (Use care: splatters can cause burns.) Return puree to pan, bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in half-and-half, cumin, ¼ teaspoon white pepper. Stir in 1 cup water (or more as needed to make soup consistency of heavy cream). Taste and adjust salt and white pepper. Serve topped with parmesan and chives or cilantro.

**Note: Leeks are notorious for trapping sand and dirt within their layers of leaves. To remove it, cut base and dark green leaves from leeks. Slice remaining part length wise, then chop into half-moons. Submerge the leaves in a salad spinner and swish around with your fingers so that any trapped sand sinks to the bottom. Drain, spin and repeat until you no longer see any sand in the bottom.

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