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Linda Bacher: One Christmas, my daughter-in-law dressed my grandkids in matching striped outfits. Nick, my only grandson, wore bolder colors than his four sisters. I have a picture of them standing next to the tree. It’s one of my favorites. Katie Coughlin: ThanksgivingWhat am I thankful for? Football, food and family. Lisa Cavin: My husband’s family did a white elephant gift exchange every year. It was fun seeing what everyone could find for $10! Karen Bradner: My father decorated the tree after we went to sleep on Christmas Eve. It was just one more magical part of the morning to wake up and see that tree for the first time. Tara Burchfield: My favorite present was my very first bicycle. It was black. I couldn’t believe I owned my very own bike. Mine. Brand new. Not a hand-me-down. Mine. Mine. Mine. I rode the crap out of that bike. Nina Kieffer: I used to let my daughter fall asleep on the living room couch with the Christmas tree lights glowing nearby. It was like her own holiday night light.
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Elvis Lim: My family moved to Cincinnati from the Philippines and arrived here just after New Year’s Day. I’ll never forget seeing snow for the first time. I couldn’t wait to get outside and play in it. Gina Miller: When my twins were toddlers, we bought Kyle a car he could sit in and Kylie a kitchen. We couldn’t get Kyle out of the car for most of the morning. When he finally did get out, his sister jumped right in. Looks like she was ready to hit the road rather than play house. She got her own car for her next birthday. Christi Kleiner: My father worked on Christmas, so Santa came to our house a day early. Each year my sister and I would deliver cookies to all of the neighbors on Christmas Eve and would come home to discover Santa had stopped by. Melisande Weidner: We used to celebrate Thanksgiving at my great aunt’s friend’s small house. My extended family would pack into her dining room. After dinner, the men would go for a walk and the women would do the dishes. As a kid, I got to go with the men while they walked off their meal. It was always fun.
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features 22 An Enchanting Chateau Local auto dealer builds her dream home in Indian Hill 35 Holiday Confections Make room for dessert 42 Through Rose-Colored Glasses Hyde Park homeowner looks beyond 100 years of flaws to see home’s potential 54 Touch of Magic Holiday cheer is tucked around every corner of this cozy cottage
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12 FRESH FINDS The latest finds in flooring, furniture and lighting 96 HOUSETRENDS.COM Contests, recipes, resources and inspiration 97 Ad Index
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With its turret and cupola, Lorinn Williams’ new home evokes the essence of a French estate. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
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say a man’s home is his castle… until the queen arrives! In
the case of the Williams’ home, you could say the queen was the mastermind behind the castle. F Lorinn Williams had a dream of building a home that was reminiscent of a French estate or castle that would be complete with a turret and cupola. For two years she gathered magazine clippings, newspaper articles and anything else she could find that represented her vision for her home. She then took her mass of inspiration to Cincinnati architect, Mary Cassinelli. With Cassinelli’s expertise, the ideas were fleshed out and translated into handdrawn architectural renderings. continued >
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An expansive open-air patio is a favorite spot for the family to gather on spring, summer, fall and even a few winter days. OPENING SPREAD: Lorinn takes it outside with the familyâ€™s green advocate, Emily.
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The homeowner also had another goal for her modern day castle and that was to honor the wishes of Emily, her 13-year-old daughter, that the house would include at least a few elements that were “green” or environmentally friendly. Lorinn took a large step in that direction by using repurposed hardwood on the first floor with a low VOC finish and stain, and cork flooring on the second floor. All the walls were painted using low VOC paint, and many of the lights are motion activated so they turn on only when someone is in the room. Unlike the drafty, dank castles of old, the Williams’ home feels immediately warm as you enter into the large foyer with dark hardwood flooring juxtaposed by an exquisite and brilliant crystal chandelier. Just off the foyer are two grand circular staircases—one leading to the upstairs through the turret, and one leading to the lower level. The staircase leading to the upstairs had to be installed in one complete piece and was therefore too large to come through the front door. The only option then was to lower it by crane before the turret was built. “That was an exciting day!” Lorinn remembers. Most exciting for her though, is the authenticity of her turret which she refers to as a “true turret.” That’s because its interior extends up to a point, rather than having a flat ceiling. The height of the turret is punctuated by an impressive five-foot chandelier.
TOP: The outdoor kitchen opens up a whole new level of entertaining for the family. LEFT: Handsome beams and a Juliette balcony showcase the living room’s soaring ceilings. OPPOSITE TOP LEFT: The circular staircase beckons guests from the entry to the second floor. OPPOSITE TOP RIGHT: A bar, positioned between the kitchen and living rooms, glows with soft mood lighting. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: In the living room, one of Lorinn’s favorite finds, a church pew, is crowned in layers of elegant fabrics.
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Storm the castle—it’s party time! The Williams family loves to entertain large groups of friends and family and this home was designed with that in mind. Lorinn thrives on the opportunity to cook and bake for guests in their beautiful kitchen. “There are always baked goods here,” she says. “It’s why I keep so much real butter in my freezer!” A stunning backdrop to those sweet treats is the granite countertops and custom stove hood with its decorative paint finish. If sweets aren’t your style, then perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy a drink at the adjacent pub-style bar with its custom stained-glass lighting and hand-hewn wood countertops that appear to have been worn by years of guests gathered to visit and celebrate. According to Lorinn, their guests routinely gather at the pub or on the impressive patio with its stained concrete floors and striking view to the back yard through floor to ceiling screens. In another move to use green products, the curtain panels on the patio were fabricated from recycled fabric with the help of designer Tina Engdahl of Apollo Draperies. The patio is so open and airy it gives the sense of truly being outdoors, but only if being outdoors could include a gorgeous full kitchen, dining area and living area with a stone fireplace. Without exception, the patio is Lorinn’s favorite area of the home, and with or without guests, the Williams family eats their dinner together on the patio whenever possible.
continued > OPPOSITE: The open floor plan is perfect for keeping the cooks in the kitchen involved in the rest of the action. ABOVE: Handy drawers are placed on the three sides of the island.
Lorinn shares her grandmother’s recipe for one of her family’s favorite treats. 2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup butter 2 eggs 3 cups all purpose flower, sifted ½ tsp salt 1-½ tsp baking powder 1-½ tsp baking soda 1-1/ 8 cup buttermilk or regular milk if you prefer (use more if needed) 1 tsp vanilla 1-½ cups mashed bananas (I always use more) 1 cup chocolate chips (or more) Cream butter, add sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and bananas and chocolate chips. Bake in loaf pans (2 big pans or 4 small pans) at 350 degrees. When cake is done, it will turn loose from side of pans.
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A room fit for your “HIGH-ness” The home’s living room has soaring 22-foot ceilings with wood beams and arced trusses. To balance the drama of the ceiling beams, Lorinn chose a massive marble fireplace as the room’s focal point. If the fireplace isn’t enough to get your attention, then the ornate, oversized church pew next to the fireplace is so unique it’s a sure-fire showstopper. The “crowning glory” is the crown shaped corona above the pew that spills a decadent curtain down around the church pew like a huge royal robe. Creating this sumptuous curtain using just the right combination of fabrics and trims was also a design feat of Engdahl’s. Even with all its elements of grandeur, this room still exudes a feeling of coziness and comfortable living. A striking selection of light fixtures is found throughout the home, and Lorinn admits beautiful lighting is one of her passions. Of course, proper lighting was also important to play off of the artistic faux paint effects in places such as the powder room and master bedroom, as well as the scene of a French villa painted just outside the master bedroom. Now that Lorinn has the French estate of her dreams, she and her family will travel to France for the first time next spring. Then, for her family, returning home to their own castle will be the perfect end to an enchanting vacation.
ABOVE LEFT: On the dining room window treatments, jewel-like fringe mimics the room’s dramatic chandelier. ABOVE RIGHT: This view shows the home’s turret, to the left of the entrance, and a cupola to the right.
Designer: Homeowner; Architects: Ken Bowerman and Mary Cassinelli; Builder: Core Resources, Inc., Project Manager Todd Brandenburg; Flooring: Schumacher Hardwood Floors; Staircase: Cincinnati Stair; Kitchen cabinetry: Kemp supplied by Sims-Lohman; Kitchen countertops: Sims-Lohman; Kitchen backsplash: M.C. Tile; Kitchen sinks and faucets: Ferguson; Appliances: Bosch dishwasher, Viking range, Liebherr refrigerator, all supplied by The Appliance Loft; Lighting: Lighting EFX; Painting: Ron McIlvain Painting; Faux finishes: Andrea Frangioso; Furniture: Select pieces from Brian Gibson, DIGS; Home Theatre: Sound Advice; Cork, hardwood and carpet: KW Flooring; Stained glass: Stained Glass Overlay; Windows: Integrity by Marvin; Draperies: Apollo Drapery; Doors: Marsh Building Products; Brick: The Belden Brick Company in Canton, Ohio (Lorinn’s hometown); Landscaping: Botanics; Irrigation: Lawn Management Sprinkler Co.
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confections Make room for dessert By Christina Kleiner
The last course is often the most anticipated, especially during the holidays. Whether or not you have a sweet tooth, itâ€™s impossible to pass up dessert during this time of year. Here are a few recipes we couldnâ€™t help but pass along to you. continued >
CANDY CANE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING Recipe on next page Recipe courtesy of Royal Icing by Jillie. Photo by Connie Kimsey.
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confections Tip: Fruit Cake can be prepared up to 1 month ahead. Wrap in plastic and store in cool dry place.
CANDY CANE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING 4 sticks salted butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons milk 1 2 lb bag of powdered sugar (10x sifted) 5 candy canes, crushed
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FRUIT CAKE For Fruit: 1⅓ cups raisins 1 cup coarsely chopped dried apple slices ¾ cup dried tart cherries ⅔ cup dried cranberries ⅔ cup diced dried pears ⅔ cup diced dried apricots ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup dark rum 1½ cups boiling water Combine all fruit in large bowl. Add sugar and stir to coat fruit well. Blend in rum. Add enough boiling water to almost cover fruit. Let stand at room temperature until fruit is plump, at least 2 hours or overnight. For Cake: Butter for pans Flour for pans 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground mace
¼ teaspoon ground allspice ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1¼ cups sugar 1 stick unsalted butter 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon dark rum ¾ cup chopped pecans ¾ cup chopped walnuts Powdered sugar Preheat oven to 300°F. Butter and flour two 8x4-inch loaf pans. Combine 1 cup flour, all spices and baking soda in bowl. Using heavy-duty mixer or electric mixer, cream sugar and butter in another bowl. Add eggs and rum and blend well. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Add undrained fruit and nuts to batter and mix well with wooden spoon. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 13/4 hours. Cool in pans on rack. Dust cake with powdered sugar before serving.
Whip butter on medium until creamed. Turn mixer down to low and add milk, vanilla and about ½ cup of powdered sugar to make a runny paste-like consistency. Add the rest of the sugar about 1 cup at a time on low to medium-low setting. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, add the crushed candy canes. Turn mixer to medium-high or high and let it whip for about 3-5 minutes. Tip: You can use your whisk or paddle attachment. The whisk will make a fluffy frosting, while the paddle will give it a firmer consistency.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Tart 1 package, 3 ounces cream cheese 1 stick butter 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar Pinch of salt 1 16 ounce jar raspberry preserves with seeds Mix cream cheese, butter, flour, sugar and salt in a food processor until well blended. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Thumb shape into 6 individual tart pans and fill half way with raspberry preserves. Bake in 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden. Cool and remove tarts from pans. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh raspberries if desired.
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Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Hyde Park homeowner looks beyond one hundred years of flaws to see her homeâ€™s true potential By Sarah J. Dills | Photos by Ross Van Pelt continued >
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“My house is kind of a metaphor for my life,” Pat Feldman says, describing the renovation of her one-hundred-year old Hyde Park home. “At times it was a question of, ‘Is this house going to defeat me…or am I going to conquer this house?’” Feldman, an interior designer and owner of Pat Feldman Designs, has built her career around creating elegant, yet comfortable, spaces for people to enjoy. So on the first visit to her now home, she saw the potential without seeing all of the neglect. “I first saw the house through rose-colored glasses,” Feldman says. “I saw the beauty without seeing the time, work and money that would be involved.” Crumbling plaster walls covered in four layers of wallpaper and paint, wall-to-wall plush, mauve pink carpet and felt-covered ceil-
ings were just waiting for Feldman to rescue. “I only saw tall ceilings, great molding details and graciously sized rooms flooded with light,” Feldman explains.
Architects and elbow grease There was one point of contention for Feldman, however. Beautiful sunlight, that initially attracted Feldman to the home, poured into the master bedroom through a seating area surrounded by windows. “The view outside all of these windows was this black, vinyl roof material on the room addition below,” Feldman describes. “It was a big negative for me, because I spend a lot of time in my bedroom and wanted a nice view. I almost didn’t purchase the home when I saw this.” continued >
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OVERLEAF LEFT: Feldman decided to replace an old tile roof with a dimensional shingle roof and credits the workmen as being “efficient and industrious” during one of the hottest summers in Cincinnati. ABOVE: The original leaded, glass windows in the living room were salvaged. The homeowner added molding to frame the windows. TOP LEFT: A warm and inviting entry draws guests into the home. TOP RIGHT: “I love the sculptural beauty of coral,” the homeowner says of her collection. RIGHT: A picture window serves as the backdrop for the family room’s window seat, increasing the light in the space.
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THE COLORS OF MY HOME WERE INFLUENCED BY THE SUN AND THE BEACH.
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OPPOSITE: The original, stained glass window in the breakfast nook served as inspiration for the space. The homeowner purchased her chandelier to coordinate with the window colors. ABOVE: Existing laminate cabinetry in the kitchen was enhanced with turquoise knobs which match the wall color.
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Thanks to Feldman’s experience in interior design, she knew to give the house a chance before walking away. A meeting with Mark McConnell, of McConnell & Ewing Architects, reassured Feldman that the family room addition could be improved, which would in turn give her a more pleasant view from her master suite. “Mark suggested tearing the roof off the family room addition and raising the ceiling height two feet,” Feldman explains. “Not only would this get rid of the awful black roofing, but the height of two feet added to the family room would create a walk out terrace from the master bedroom. “Mark’s concept was brilliant and I was sold on the house after realizing all the negatives I was concerned about could be turned into positives.” The next project Feldman tackled was the cleaning and repair of the ceilings, walls and floors. The walls and ceilings were stripped to the original plaster, and all of the carpeting was removed. “I have allergies, so I didn’t want anything that could capture moisture,” Feldman says of her decision to rehab the original, oak hardwood flooring throughout the home.
It all starts with a shell Once Feldman had her house spackled and polished, the shell was complete. Now it was time to breathe new life into the space through interior design. continued >
TOP: In the dining room, a painting by Donna Talerico, was purchased at Pendleton Studios. ABOVE: The family room ceiling was raised two feet which, in turn, created a rooftop terrace off the master bedroom. OPPOSITE: Feldman puts a finishing touch on her dining room table.
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Feldman drew inspiration from one of her favorite places. “My son, Elliott and I were traveling to Florida frequently during the renovation. We always vacationed on Sanibel and Captiva Islands,” Feldman says. “It’s just beautiful there, with beaches of white sand covered with shells. The colors of my home were influenced by the sun and the beach.” Meandering through Feldman’s home is, in fact reminiscent of a stroll along the ocean. The yellow wall color in the living and dining rooms resembles the sun. Tan walls throughout the house are similar to the colors of beach grass and rattan furniture. The kitchen walls are painted an aqua blue, pulling the aqua color of the tile backsplash into the room and bringing a pop of color to the space—like the ocean waves washing up on the shore. “I have fond memories of walking along the beaches during our vacations,” Feldman remembers. “I started my shell collection with a visit to the different shell shops in all of the beach towns we visited. They have striking texture, color and patterns and are a great focal point on a table or grouped together in a bookcase.” Feldman carried her beach inspiration through to her furnishings. “My furniture definitely has a West Indies feel. I like dark wood accents against light colored walls and fabrics.”
A trip to the beach Now that Feldman has renovated her home, she says she is content. A trip to the beach is never farther than her front door. “The light in the house is extremely uplifting,” Feldman says. “Everyone who has ever been in my home has remarked on how light and airy it feels. In the end, the light was the reason I purchased the house. It spoke to me the loudest. It felt like home.” TOP: French doors were installed in the master bedroom’s sitting area to provide access to the newly added rooftop terrace. MIDDLE: The master bedroom is dressed in calming neutrals. BOTTOM: A third floor bedroom, study and living room all feature charming coved ceilings and leaded glass windows.
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Designs; Architect: Arcanum Architects for first-floor family room addition; McConnell & Ewing Architects for second-floor master and terrace; Leaded glass window: Classical Glass; Paint: Walls in Ralph Lauren Paints; Trim in Porter Paint 445; New windows: Marvin Windows, Marsh Building Products; Sliding doors in kitchen and solarium: Andersen 400 series, JFK Window and Door Co.; European Shower Doors: Ryan’s All Glass; FURNITURE: Front hall: Black lacquered bamboo table from Flowers Of The Meadow; Kitchen: Antique kitchen table from English Traditions; Leather armchairs and bench in living room from Restoration Hardware; ARTWORK: Living room: Painting of the Mediterranean Ocean in the south of France by Beverly Erschell from Miller Gallery; Family room: Modular painting: Kathy Eckhert Brookwood Retirement Community; LIGHTING: Exterior: Hinkley Lighting, Keidel Supply; Dining room chandelier: Antique French wrought iron from English Traditions wired by Palette Studios; Kitchen chandelier by Quoizel Lighting from Keidel Supply; Table lamps: Mission style and Chinese porcelain urn style, Palette Studios; Exterior stonework: Ben Parks and Thomas Mackey; Driveway: Architectural Concrete; Exterior decks: Trex, McCabe Lumber; Roofing: Rain-A-Way Exteriors, Inc.
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Betty Peachey has a home and business to decorate for the holidays, so she starts the planning process pretty early. Betty is the founder and owner of Coldwater Café, a popular eatery in Tipp City, and she takes great pride in choosing the perfect Christmas décor for her restaurant, but it’s in her own home—a quaint cottage that was built in the 1800s, where her love of Christmas can be seen shining through in every room.
Personal interest Betty works closely with Randy Luken, of Luken Interiors, and each year they try to find a unique way to pair traditional decorations with something a little different, whether it’s through color, flowers or just an overall feel. One of Betty’s favorite decorations is the Christmas tree in the dining room, which is full of nostalgic ornaments. “It reminds me of when I was a child,” she says. “The shiny, bright colored bulbs going on the tree was magic to me. I have hundreds of these ornaments and when Randy would come over and see the tree, he would just say ‘more, more, more,’ so it became packed full and I absolutely love it.” The nostalgic tree stands near the dining table, which takes a step away from traditional and features a naturalinspired citrus theme. Lemons, limes and green apples make for a bright, fun and fresh tablescape. The yellow, green and white color scheme is continOPENING SPREAD: Betty’s tablescape includes fresh limes, lemons and green apples mixed throughout the settings. The focal point of Betty’s home is the large Christmas tree in her dining room, which is overflowing with bright-colored ornaments and bulbs. ABOVE: The yellow and white color scheme is continued above the fireplace mantel with bright colored tulips and fresh greens.
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ued throughout the house and highlighted over the fireplace mantle through bright tulips.
Little details Because the home has an intimate cottage feel, Betty wanted to make sure she didn’t overwhelm the space with Christmas décor. “I realize more and more that it’s about adding little touches of Christmas here and there,” Betty says. “You don’t have to use every decoration you own, it’s more about the little touches.” One special touch sits in a closed-in porch where Betty displays her McCoy Pottery collection. There is a small Christmas tree that takes on a vintage feel, decorated with candy boxes and old felt ornaments. It’s another way Betty sprinkles in some Christmas fun in an unexpected place. continued >
ABOVE LEFT: Wreaths hang from each window in the breakfast nook. ABOVE RIGHT: A small Christmas tree full of old-fashioned ornaments sits in a closed-in porch at Betty’s cottage home.
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TOP: A grouping of traditional Santas adds a whimsical touch. RIGHT: A holiday mouse sits atop this glass cookie jar. BOTTOM: Subtle Christmas touches like this Santa, silver ornaments and wintergreens are used to set ambiance throughout Bettyâ€™s home. LEFT: Hints of Christmas, like this Santa, are spread around the cottage. OPPOSITE: A holiday wreath pops against the black range hood in the kitchen.
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Betty shares one of her favorite holiday recipes 1 10-inch pastry shell ½ cup bacon, crisply fried and crumbled ⅔ cups shredded Swiss cheese 1 teaspoon minced onion 2 cups heavy cream 4 eggs ½ teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt Pinch cayenne pepper Chopped parsley
At the same time she is decorating her home, Betty is also working to come up with a good Christmas theme at the restaurant. When the restaurant first opened, Betty worked with Luken on design ideas, and she says he continues to come back to the café to make sure she’s on point with the interiors. “I think he’s very proud of my house and the café,” Betty says. “I’m honored and I look at him as a mentor because he was really able to bring out creativity in me that’s been missing for a long time.”
Preheat oven to 325°F degrees. Prepare pie shell. Add the bacon, cheese and minced onion and mix gently with fingers. Combine the next 5 ingredients in blender and process for 45 seconds. Pour on the cheese mixture, making sure that all the cheese is submerged under the cream mixture. Sprinkle top with chopped parsley. Place quiche on lowest shelf of oven. Allow 1½ to 2 hours to bake. Quiche is done when set in the middle. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting. Cut into 6 or 8 pieces.
Go to housetrends.com for a handful of easy holiday decorating tips that you can incorporate into your own home. Search: Christmas Cheer. For more photos of this project, search: Touch of Magic. continued >
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When driving through the suburb of Montgomery, one may stop when passing a contemporary home that boasts of sleek lines, simple geometries, and a characteristically-modern flat roof. Breaking boldly from tradition, one may imagine the fun childhood game Duck, Duck, Goose on this street with this particular structure as the object that keeps people buzzing. â€œMany people stop their car and let me know that they are in love with my home,â€? says David, the owner. By Stephanie Aurora Lewis | Photos by Josh Beeman continued >
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About 20 years ago, David moved to the neighborhood into an older home that is now demolished on this same site. “When everything in the home needed major renovations, I thought it was time to build new rather than lose equity in the amount of repairs needed.” So he embarked on a two-year journey to design a home that he wanted regardless of what others are accustomed to. The project has since shown unprecedented success in the neighborhood. Stephanie Labbe, Founder and Owner of SKL Architecture in Cincinnati, was the architect David selected because the design of her own home was similar to that of his own architectural vision. “Labbe’s design hit the bull’s-eye,” he says of his home. Both he and Labbe alike, respect the mid-century modern Californian Case Study Homes that inspired his home’s design. “I have always been in love with The Stahl House, designed by Pierre Koenig and made famous by Julius Shulman’s photography, since I was a very young child,” David continues. According to John Ballantyne, owner of The Leland Group who was the custom builder for the home, this green project did not take significantly more time and more money to build due to its contemporary design standards and added green technologies. Ballantyne believes the home exhibits what he calls “smart green” where the home will greatly reduce its carbon footprint and save the homeowner on energy costs without a huge cost increase.
Passive solar David wanted the home to be as efficient as cost-effectively possible. Therefore, Labbe started her design with passive principles. “I had to make sure the house was oriented on its triangular lot so that it would have the correct solar angle for passive solar techniques to work,” says Labbe. The deep roof overhangs and the south-facing windows are an important part of its passive solar design. continued > OVERLEAF: The white PVC membrane roof is one of the homeowner’s favorite green features. LEFT: An efficient use of space makes this 1,850-square-foot floor plan work.
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OPPOSITE: Next to the front door, an electric fireplace is nestled in a neutral stone surround. ABOVE: Interior designer Jenny Wynne created a number of distinct conversation spots with her clever placement of furniture.
In the winter, the sun comes through the windows to heat the wood flooring during the day. Then, at night the heat stored thermally in the wood flooring helps to keep the inside air warm by radiation. The exterior envelope of the home is air-tight so that the amount of cold air that infiltrates the space is kept to a minimum. Conversely, in the summer the objective is to get rid of overheated air so the space can self-regulate the heat. For this reason, the first floor has a set of clerestory windows that can be electronically opened during the hot summer evenings to allow hot air to naturally ventilate. The deep roof overhangs are designed such that low-lying sun rays can enter the home in the winter but are partially blocked in the summer. Natural lighting throughout the home significantly cuts down on lighting costs and is reported to lift the spirits of home occupants especially during the cold, winter months. Labbe designed the home so that the walkout level has a wall with a lot of windows to allow for natural lighting in what would normally be a dark basement.
Green materials and technologies Geothermal heating provides the mechanical heating and cooling for the home. Not long ago, geothermal was applicable for
large, expansive properties. A breakthrough in its technology, now geothermal can be installed within nearly any small site. Geothermal takes energy from the ground so that the heating and cooling fluids used to temper air for the home are held in reserve at a median temperature. Therefore, only a minimal amount of energy is needed to further heat or cool the liquid before it reaches the ideal temperature. The home’s exterior envelope has many sustainable features including sustainable materials and high insulation ratings. The walls are filled with extra insulation that also deters rot. The windows are high-efficiency and have extra sealant to prevent unwanted air infiltration. The exterior siding is composed of recycled material. The roofing material is a white PVC sheet that is heat welded and mechanically-attached, with the ability to be repaired throughout its service life to encourage its longevity. The white color deflects solar heat, reducing the load on the air conditioning. Inside, the home has low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets for water conservancy. “Building this home green did not really add much extra cost to the bottom line,” says Ballantyne. That’s a big misconception about green building practices. Smart techniques such as passive solar combined with a few active sustainable techniques can significantly reduce the home’s environmental impact. continued >
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Mid-century modernism While the home surpasses basic green qualities, it is perhaps most recognized and most appreciated for its architectural design. “It seems like the orange door is what causes people to make the most frequent comments about my home,” says David. A flat roof as opposed to the traditional asphalt shingle pitched roof is a bold statement for residential design in the Midwest. Even the cooler gray colors and of course the orange (not red or brown) front door stands out among its counterparts. “One of my most favorite aspects of the home is its open interior design,” says the homeowner. Labbe designed the home so that the exterior walls bear the brunt of the home’s weight so that the interior can be freely defined and decorated. Jenny Lynn Wynne,
the interior designer from Thomasville Home Furnishings and Design Destination who staged the furniture for the home’s first touring as shown in the pictures, notes that the home lends itself to many styles. While this home stands out on its own, the height of the roof, the blocking of the home’s shapes, and even the combination of stone and siding all tie into the prevalent design themes in the neighborhood. For David, he could not be happier, “Most people love my home as it exhibits a real ‘freedom of choice’ that is expressed through its modernist architectural design and green building innovations.”
Builder: John Ballantyne, The Leland Group, LLC; Architect: Stephanie Labbe, Registered Architect, AIA, LEED AP, SKL Architecture, LLC; Interior designer: Jenny Lynn Wynne, Thomasville Home Furnishings and Design Destination; Flooring: White oak hardwood, Cincinnati Floors & Window Coverings; Kitchen sink: Modern sink by Kohler supplied by Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.; Kitchen faucet: Modern Moen Faucet supplied by Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.; Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.; Paint: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray; Furniture and accessories: Design Destination; Landscaping: Rob Richter Landscaping, Inc.; Windows: Andersen supplied by McCabe Lumber; Roof: Duro-Last single-ply heat welded PVC membrane, installed by Rainbow Roofing Enterprises, Inc.; HVAC: Geothermal System by Willis Heating and Air Conditioning THIS SPREAD: The architect positioned corner windows in the living room to afford the homeowner natural light while maintaining a sense of privacy.
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A closer look at the next generation of green building practices No longer does the greening of America refer solely to its natural beauty. Many eco-conscious consumers are responding to the clarion call to save the earth by recycling or collecting rain water, and still others are putting the greening concept into practice by building and buying homes that are energy-efficient. F But how, exactly, a home are important for energyâ€™s sake? continued >
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Solar Panels Solar panels are used to convert sunlight into usable power. Made with crystalline silicon, the panels sustain little wear and tear over time, thanks to PV (photovoltaic) technology: fragile cells protected by tempered glass and framed by sturdy, non-corroding aluminum. “Solar panels are used in conjunction with inverters to convert the power from the panels to usable AC power,” explains Chris Flannery, co-owner of CNE Solar and Electric in Sharonville, Ohio. “By installing solar panels (onto rooftops and onto the ground), you become your own utility company.” The panels, which are on average 16-18% efficient, are very cost-effective, adds Flannery, and add value to your home or business. Less efficient, older homes, however, require more solar to offset the cost of energy usage. “Solar energy will not produce toxic fumes, nor will it produce allergens; they have a zero carbon footprint, and by installing them, you help reduce harmful greenhouse gasses,” Flannery notes. However, he cautions, as they produce electricity, they must be installed properly by licensed electricians, or they can become a hazard. They are also susceptible to damage from hail and other weatherborne threats.
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TOP: Solar panels do not produce toxic fumes and help reduce harmful greenhouse gasses. Photo by Craig Thompson ABOVE: These solar panels generate power to help operate this Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home. Photo by Craig Thompson OPPOSITE PAGE: SIPs help create a tight envelope, with no thermal breaks to allow air to escape. Photos courtesy of Lamit Industries OPPOSITE BOTTOM RIGHT: This Powell, Ohio home is constructed of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Photo courtesy of Lamit Industries
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buildingtrends Structural Insulated Panels When you think of Structural Insulated Panels (known as SIPs), think of a sandwich: they are made out of two layers of materials: EPS (expanded polystyrene) inserted between layers of OSB (oriented strand board). They are made out of foam, and their purpose is to replace traditional framing in homes. “It makes a super-insulated envelope of the home, with no thermal breaks, as very little air gets in and out of the house,” says Chris Dolan, sales manager for Lamit Industries in Columbus, Ohio. This in turn saves the owner 50-70% in heating and cooling costs. Dolan says that the payback on a SIP home can be evident as soon as three years. SIPs also save money up front in labor as they are quick to install, not to mention the fluctuation in lumber costs. In addition, says Dolan, the house is quieter. “You don’t get any greener than building with SIP. There is nothing that compares to it.” While SIPs may sound new-fangled, they have actually been around in one form or another since at least the 1930s; Frank Lloyd Wright may have been one of the first builders to use them. continued >
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Geothermal Heating Geothermal heating is a way to heat and cool your home using the earth’s constant temperature with a ground source heat pump (GSHP), which draws heat from the earth in winter or extracts heat from the home during the summer. Michael Merck, president of West Penn Energy Solutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says, “There are a lot of factors that can determine how much it can reduce energy costs, like insulation levels in the home, etc. Typical energy analysis reveals that GSHPs can reduce energy costs by 15%.” Like any mechanical system, it can wear out over time, though Merck estimates that such a system should last for 20 years if properly installed. And speaking of installation, to
do so can be twice as expensive as a traditional heating and cooling system. “It is highly recommended that when purchasing any new/replacement heating and cooling system that you have a diagnostic energy model performed to see what cost- effective energy improvements can be made,” Merck adds. “For example, it would not make sense to install a GSHP when the home is under-insulated.” He also advises that consumers first obtain a “Manual J and S” (a method of determining how much heat the house loses in winter and gains in summer, and based on this, what equipment should be selected) in order to size the GSHP correctly.
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buildingtrends Heat recovery ventilaors This mechanical ventilation system allows a continuous supply of fresh air to get into a building and improves climate control in the whole house, something particularly important for tightly sealed homes. Specifically, says Merck, “They provide fresh, balanced indoor air to the home while recovering heat in the exhaust air. This recovered heat is then put back into the intake air—hence, heat recovery. Ultimately you are ridding the home of
stale air, all the while capturing heat you are paying for, plus you are bringing fresh air into the home.” HRVs are typically tied into existing ductwork but can be installed independently, and installation costs can vary, depending on the size of the HRV. Over their 15-20 year lifespan, their standard efficiency is approximately 70% recovery. Merck says that having an HRV is the best way to satisfy the 62.2 continu-
ous duty ventilation standard set forth by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), though it also can be satisfied with the use of exhaust fans. He adds that having an HRV in the home makes a lot of sense if you value indoor air quality. continued >
OPPOSITE TOP: This illustration demonstrates how a geothermal heat pump pulls heat from the earth. Photo courtesy of Earthlinked Technologies OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The AP Series geothermal unit features an ECM motor and is rated highly efficient. Photo courtesy of Geo Excel BELOW: The mechanicals, including a geothermal heat pump, Rheem Marathon water heater and a heat recovery ventilator, are kept in the utility room of this Pittsburgh home. Photo by Craig Thompson
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tankless water heaters Why should your water be heated all the time rather than only when you need it to be heated? That is the concept behind tankless water heaters; that is, heating water only on demand. These heaters can be installed in the same place as your traditional water heater and they are typically smaller in size, resulting in a space savings. Or, multiple tankless water heaters could be installed in different areas of the home. The upfront costs to install are greater because of the changes needed to be made to existing plumbing and gas/electrical connections. However, Merck adds that the overall cost savings are marginal.
â€œThe highest rated tankless systems are 98% efficient as compared to 67% efficient for new, traditional storage hot water heaters. For example, a typical annual hot water cost for a four-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot home might be $350 per year with a traditional storage tank; with a tankless heater, you might see the annual cost drop to $300 a year. Like other mechanical systems, they do tend to wear out in 10-15 years, he says. Another potential drawback, he adds, is that it could take longer for the hot water to reach the proper temperatures, particularly on the upper levels of a home.
ABOVE: This tankless water heater is tucked inconspicuously into the laundry room. Photos courtesy of Rinnai OPPOSITE PAGE: This insulation is a climate-friendly, light density spray foam made from castor oil. Photo courtesy of Icynene
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spray foam insulation Spray foam insulation is a polyurethanebased spray-in-place/air sealing foam insulation. It is applied as a liquid and expands and cures in sections. It is typically installed between the building studs before the drywall is installed and also installed to the underside of the roof decking. Its function is to stop air leakage. “Many insulation products are not classified as air barrier materials and as such, have certain limitations,” says Jeff Sapp, president of Three Rivers Urethane in Pittsburgh. “Conventional, air-permeable fiber insulation, regardless of R-value, will have its performance compromised by any gaps and seams around framing materials where air can get in and out.” This can lead to energy loss and transfer of pollutants into your home. This insulation is defined as either closed cell or open cell. “Open cell has an R-value between 3.6 and 4.2, lower cost, great sound absorption and good air barrier characteristics,” explains Sapp. “Closed cell has an R-value between 6.5 and 7.2, higher cost and great moisture and air barrier characteristics.” R-value is the numeric value given to insulation material based on its resistance to heat flow. Spray foam insulation does not wear out over time and while it is about twice the cost to install as conventional insulation, it can result in energy savings of up to 50%. “Spray foam insulation makes a house much more energy-efficient, healthy and comfortable; it reduces random air leakage and limits the penetration of outdoor allergens and pollutants,” says Sapp. “Combined with proper mechanical ventilation, spray foam insulation is the ideal base for a healthy home.”
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for the Eyes A decorated table makes the perfect statement By Christina Kleiner
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often marks the start of the holiday party season. If you are planning your first dinner party or bravely preparing to host the whole family on Christmas Day, be sure to add a little holiday cheer to the dining table. Weâ€™re highlighting some of our favorite table settings and offering a few ideas that might encourage you to set the table a little early this season.
Pretty Poinsettias Dayton, Ohio FFF Photos by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging Dress up your napkin with a holiday-themed holder, such as these blooming poinsettias. Pair your napkin holders with natural linens for the perfect pop of color.
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decorating trends Cincinnati, Ohio FFF Photos by Greg Grupenhof Use the table as a forum to display a favorite holiday collection. This homeowner uses her Clothtique Santas to create a whimsical table centerpiece.
Hurricane candleholders never go out of style. You canâ€™t go wrong with an oversized wreath to set a traditionally elegant tone.
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Dayton, Ohio FFF Photo by Daniel Feldkamp/ Visual Edge Imaging Hang garland, crystals and small ornaments in a mixture of shapes and sizes from your chandelier to draw eyes upward.
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Columbus, Ohio FFF Photo by JE Evans Consider the dining room dĂŠcor when selecting your table settings. These placemats and napkins bring out the rich navy blue hue of the walls and window treatments, while still celebrating the holiday spirit.
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Stuffed Fondue Meatballs with
Fig Honey Balsamic Glaze FFF
1 large head garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and sliced into ½-inch rings 2 tablespoons sweet Riesling wine or balsamic vinegar ¼ teaspoon EACH salt and pepper ½ pound EACH ground pork sausage and ground beef 1 tablespoon Fig Honey Balsamic Glaze mixed with ½ teaspoon EACH salt, pepper and allspice (or nutmeg) 1 ½-ounces of Jarlsberg, cut into 18 ½-inch cubes Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut across the top of garlic head, then place cut side up in heavy aluminum foil. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil over exposed cloves, before enclosing garlic in foil, and place in oven to bake 45 minutes. Place onion rings in a baking dish. Toss with 1 tablespoon each olive oil and wine (or balsamic vinegar); sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake 45 minutes. At the ½-hour mark, toss onion rings with 1 tablespoon more wine (or balsamic). When garlic and onions are cool enough to handle, remove garlic cloves from skins and combine with onion in food processor, pulsing to coarse-chop to produce ½ cup. Reserve ¼ cup for another use. In large mixing bowl, gently combine pork sausage and beef with glaze plus ¼ cup roasted garlic/onion mixture. Using 1 tablespoon measure to scoop meat (a 1-ounce portion), place Jarlsberg cube in center before shaping into 1 ¼-inch-sized meatballs. Place meatballs about 2 inches apart on foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Transfer meatballs into small serve-style baking dish and drizzle with remaining glaze. Makes 18 meatballs. Recipe and photo courtesy of Family Features.
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