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s it grows colder outside, our homes suddenly feel so much cozier. Autumn is a season in which people thrive on coziness, so in celebration of warmth and family we've brought our magazine a little bit closer to home. From cover to cover, you will discover who's who in the world of interior design, and you'll learn hear some stories that will warm your heart. As the leaves continue to fall and litter the ground, a quiet night by the fireplace with a warm drink and some delightful literature is ideal. Curl up with a blanket and get cozy, because you will adore diving into these matters of the home. As always, keep in touch.

OCTOBER 2017 PUBLISHER

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Departments

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Trend Setter

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

18 Architectural Justice

Welcome to your new home away from home.

26 Changing the Season with Color

As the season changes outdoors, so, too, does our interior environment.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

BRASS BAND OF THE WESTERN RESERVE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS It was in the Summer of 1997 that it became known that the experienced and successful brass band director, Dr Keith M Wilkinson, had moved from Britain and was residing in the area. This

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knowledge inspired a group of brass and percussion players to invite Keith to direct a couple of sessions reading brass band literature. The enthusiasm generated by these evenings led to the formation of the band and it has shared its vibrant sounds with countless audiences since that time. BBWR is delighted to once again present its Concert Series at Medina Performing Arts Center and the 2017-18 season commences on Saturday, October 7th, with a performance entitled Let's Celebrate!  Among the popular items on the program that night will be the premiere performance of a march specially written for the band by prominent brass band composer, and good friend of BBWR's music director, Philip Sparke.  The celebratory march is titled Heritage and is a tribute to

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also be participating in a “Fun Show” where they will compete in games on horseback. Following Fall Fest, from 4:00-6:00 MCH will be holding a clam bake with proceeds benefiting Medina Creative Therapy Ranch. Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased in advance no later than September 30th by contacting Event Coordinator, Kortney at 330-591-4434 x 7020 or visit www. medinacreativehousing.com. Bring your friends and family and please join us at this fun event!

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Giving Back

All Decked Out

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oward the end of this month, boutique fashion meets the beauty of the Medina County countryside at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Save

the date for October 26, because from 4 to 9 p.m. a glamorous ladies night out will benefit an amazing cause. "Every November and December, the area is flooded with art

shows and craft shows, and those are wonderful," says Jeanne Hurt, an Event Planner & Organzier at Bloom Event Planning and Management Services. "They help you get a jump start on your holiday gifting, and they're fun. We had the idea of creating a similar event, but instead of arts and crafts, a unique boutique shopping experience along with a fashion show making the night memorable." Amazing fashions from businesses like Noonday Collection, Sugar YOU MAY SEE SOME OF THESE AMAZING BRANDS

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everything from clothing, accessories to spa and skin care products

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will be on site to help you start your holiday shopping. The event will

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feature a fashion show showcasing boutique items, starting at 7 PM,

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attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest fashion trends

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while having fun with celebrity emcee Desiray from Star 102.

Agnes & Dora – destination for effortless clothing

Hurt. "If you're looking for that special outfit for a gala you plan to

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attend or want to get holiday hair and makeup ideas, All Decked Out

Facial Impressions – skin spa & organic boutique

is the place to go. The evening will be truly special— a night of fellow-

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ship and fun that benefits The Children's Center of Medina County."

JADupcycle – vintage assemblage jewelry & accessories

"We are excited to be involved with such an exciting event," says Anna

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Lighting the Way With Whitmer's Lighting ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY NIKKI RHOADES

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or decades, Whitmer’s Lighting has been

The selection at Whitmer’s Lighting is impres-

serving Northeast Ohio. With locations in

sive. Each location’s brilliantly lit storefront win-

Akron/Montrose, Westlake, and North Olmsted,

dows conceal a remarkable showroom that is

totaling over 30,000 feet of showroom space, the

grand in terms of both size and selection. And, as

Whitmer family is uniquely equipped with the

Whitmer’s Lighting aligns prices with authorized

selection to bring any bright ideas to life.

online retailers but with a showroom shopping

As the weather grows cooler, home

experience, you are unlikely to find better deals

improvement projects are moving from the

anywhere else. Whitmer adds “ We can even

yard into the comfort of the home. Whitmer’s

ship your order direct to your home! For free!”

three locations are your one-stop-shop for all

“The way our lighting showrooms are laid out

your lighting needs, and there couldn’t be a

and displayed is unique,” explains Whitmer. “We

better time to brighten your world.

offer a selection of residential lighting ranging

“Throughout the month of October, our Fall

from chandeliers to ceiling fans to landscape

Lighting Sale is in full swing,” explains Chad

lighting. Anything that you could ever need for

Whitmer, Manager of Whitmer's Lighting.

the interior or exterior of your home. We handle

“We offer 20 to 75 percent off everything in

installations as well, so whether you are com-

our stores. We will also be offering 20 per-

pleting a kitchen renovation or tackling a newly

cent off special orders.”

constructed site, we’re here to help.”

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THE TIMELESS AND THE TRENDY

is the best part of my job,” explains Whitmer.

Whitmer’s Lighting offers a variety of styles

“We provide lighting for all situations, so it

to choose from, ranging from simple to ornate

is really special to see lighting completing a

and catering to every personality and fashion.

room and bringing everything together.”

After all, lighting is not just a utility: it is part of

To help you find the perfect pieces for your

our lifestyle, and the lighting we choose can

space, Whitmer recommends bringing along

set the tone of our home or office environment.

a photo of the room being remodeled to help

“One of the newer trends we are seeing is

both you and the staff visualize how certain

the restoration-type look,” explains Whitmer.

elements will fit into the room.

Sure enough, several seemingly up-cycled

“Bring room measurements along as well,

chandeliers glimmer throughout the store,

being able to visualize the room and under-

their chic antique finishes glowing warmly

stand its dimensions helps tremendously

in the plentiful light. “These products feature

when you are selecting new pieces. One

a lot of wood, glass, recycled materials, and

mistake people frequently make is guessing

other things of that nature.”

their ceiling height.”

It is plain to see how such a trend has risen

It is important to remember that large

in popularity—crystal and glass equip the

showrooms may initially feel overwhelming,

chandeliers with a sort of timeless elegance,

so it is helpful to have an understanding of

yet each unit is unique and can effortlessly add

your personal style prior to your visit.

interest and personality to any environment. And, continues Whitmer, LED lighting continues to rise in popularity.

“If that means pulling a picture out of a magazine, so be it. Anything that helps guide our staff is very helpful to narrow down your search.”

“LED is very big right now. LED lighting is

Since 1988, Whitmer’s Lighting has been

as much as 75 percent more efficient than

serving Northeast Ohio with quality lighting

alternatives, and it can be incorporated into

products. The staff of Whitmer’s Lighting has

your indoor and outdoor home environment

over 100 combined years of lighting experience

in a number of ways. There is always an

and hundreds of products to help you find

opportunity to retrofit current fixtures, or there

the perfect fit. You won’t want to miss the Fall

are many cool new fixtures with LED lighting

Lighting Sale this year, because the perfect

already integrated. LED is great for indoor or

product is waiting for you. And remember at

outdoor use because it is low maintenance,

least 20-75 percent off everything in the store

low energy use, and environmentally friendly.”

AND 20 percent off special orders!

ADDING THE FINISHING TOUCH

Whitmer’s Lighting has locations at 3900 Medi-

When completing a renovation, lighting is

na Road , Akron/Montrose; 30655 Detroit Road,

often the finishing touch that brings a room

Westlake; and 29929 Lorain Road, North Olmst-

together. With well over 100 lighting suppli-

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ers and manufacturers, customizing a space

Fall Lighting Sale, so head to a store near you

is easier done than said.

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“Seeing the space and watching it trans-

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INGENIOUS INTERIORS: Architectural Justice unveils Gallery & Cafe

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hey say a picture is worth a thousand

The showroom, now an eclectic array of

words, but photos just don’t do these

mini-galleries featuring various vignettes and

two spaces justice. “You must see it in person to take it all in,”

Farms barn, a structure which traces its history

explains James Justice, Owner and Founder

back to the early 1900’s. The historic building

of Architectural Justice. “Our showroom

has been artfully crafted into a one-stop-shop

space is composed of kitchen and bath

for stand-out and exotic products, thanks in

vignettes, fireplaces, and a wine room, all of

part to the impressive 75,000 square feet of

which mix styles and materials to create a

granite and stone slabs located on-site.

genuinely unique environment.”

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material selections, was once the Longview

“The neat part is that the farm here at our

Architectural Justice has been serving the

Medina location belonged to Ralph Strong,

greater Cleveland area with design and remod-

the great great grandson of John Strong,”

eling services for over 30 years. Their Medina

explains Justice. “John S. Strong was an early

Showroom, located just two miles south of

settler and developer of Strongsville, a city

Route 303 on Pearl Road, is a local landmark.

that now bears his name and carries on his


legacy. Our brand new Strongsville location, which opened just a few weeks ago, is located in John Strong’s front yard, so it is amazing to see that parallel in both local history and our own.” While the farm’s legacy is subtly preserved in the stunning details of the Design Center, the story of John Stoughton Strong is proudly displayed on the sign of the historic Strong House which neighbors the new Strongsville Gallery & Cafe. Though the iconic Medina Design Center and the brand new Strongsville location share an unusual connection, the spaces actually differ quite dramatically. “In Medina our focus is on our design and remodeling services. We have a full team of designers and artisans who work with clients on various home improvement projects,” says Owner Darlene Justice. “We also have a full granite fabrication shop, custom cabinetry shop, ornamental iron shop, and cast stone shop on-site in Medina. Over in Strongsville, it is more of a lifestyle boutique where we provide an unrivaled shopping experience with a tasty twist. We showcase beautiful pieces of furniture and home decor, including some of our original pieces made by our artisans. The cafe and cooking classes bring the whole lifestyle concept full circle with food and fellowship. It is truly a place to shop, dine and be inspired.” Amazing Creations As a long-time remodeler, James Justice has had the opportunity to work on amazing buildings all across Northeast Ohio. As a designer, he draws inspiration from his travels and the architecture he encounters, as well as the nature and antiquities that he experiences along the way. Yet, across his travels, he could not shake the sight of all the material left over from various projects. Justice decided to start making furniture out of beautiful pieces that would have otherwise gone to waste. “We were driving along one time, and James, who is very spur-of-the-moment, spotted a fallen tree at the side of the road,” explains Darlene. “He recognized the beauty of the log, and we actually ended up buying it. We have acquired a lot of different pieces in similar ways. Our on-site shops and designers provide us the unique ability to combine materials to create pieces that truly stand out. Our Strongsville gallery showcases some of the pieces that are created by our Medina artisans.” The Architectural Justice team loves to tackle a project and make it special and personal for each customer. “We love to push design to the limits,” beams James. “We like to mix styles to create elegant or fun environments to complement different tastes and personalities.” “Often when clients begin a project, especially a kitchen or bathroom, it is hard for them to image where to begin.This is when I will start them off in the stone yard first so they can focus on a stone they like,” says Darlene. “Once you have chosen a signature piece, you can create the room around it, and because everything is in one location, we can see all the selections together.” Whether you are planning for a full turnkey renovation or simply a stunning new countertop, a stop into the Architectural Justice Design Center can help bring your dream to life. A Home Away From Home Architectural

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY NIKKI RHOADES

L

ong gone are the days where granite

Granite is one of many stone products

countertops were a luxury reserved only for

offered by this family-operated business:

the wealthy. Now, it is one of many affordable

quartz, marble, travertine, and onyx also

options available to Northeast Ohioans, and

glimmer in their indoor warehouse, waiting

the Grubers wouldn’t have it any other way.

to grace your home environment with their

“Granite is a really special stone,” says Courtney Gruber, who owns and operates

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splendor. Man-made products, such as laminate and Corian, are also available.

Chippewa Stone with her husband Oskar. “It

“Our stone work is done by hand,” explains

can last forever, if you don’t grow tired of the

Gruber. “We work to provide a personalized

color or design.”

touch, and our old-fashioned approach to

In fact, the stone already has lasted mille-

countertop design continues to fuel our pas-

nia, and each individual piece is a work of art.

sion. We roll out a red carpet for our custom-

“When you purchase granite, you’re

ers, and we are here to guide them through

buying a 300 million year old rock,” laughs

the design process. Chippewa Stone is all

Gruber. “Granite is timeless, beautiful, and

about product quality, customer service, and

superior in terms of durability.”

bringing your dreams to life.”


The Gruber family got their start in home remodeling, but after observing the demand for granite they found a desire to offer a product more than just a service. Today, they continue to offer a variety of superb products at prices that you have to see to believe. “With granite, the price point has stabilized,” she explains. “ The demand is high, so larger quantities of stone are being brought over in a smarter fashion. I find that many customers come in expecting that granite is less affordable, but when we show them remnants, many are surprised to learn that using remnants is even an option.” “ That 300 million year old rock,” she continues, “has formed in a unique way, so each part has the potential to look different. Your neighbor can buy the same type of stone and it may look completely different than your countertop. It has a lot of personality.” Quality workmanship and professionalism ensure that countertop or bathroom renovations are everything you ever dreamed. In the showroom, pictures, vignettes, and samples are available to demonstrate how certain color schemes and material combinations may look, and the indoor stone yard lets you view stones that add personality and a superior finish to your home. “ The stone is simply the icing on the cake,” she says. “When you find that perfect piece of stone, you see the look on their face and the happiness is infectious. The hunt is the best part of what we do.” The holidays and a new year are just around the corner, and if you are stressing about redesigning your personal space… well, don’t stress! The staff at Chippewa Stone will get to know your style preference and price point, and their personalized approach ensures that choosing the perfect natural stone countertop is a breeze. “Our hands-on approach is personal, which helps you bring your dreams to life.” To begin making your dreams a reality, stop in to the Chippewa Stone showroom and warehouse at 4930 Chippewa Road, Medina. For more information, call 440.238.4007 or visit MyChippewaStone.com.

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Trend Setter

Changing the Season

WITH COLOR ARTICLE AMY DOUGLASS: DESIGN DIRECTOR INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO

F

all Solstice: The changing of seasons

and pumpkins along with tree branches

from summer to fall. Days are getting

create a fresh outdoor feel inside your home.

shorter, and evenings are growing cooler. The

Heavy textures of afghans and throws will

beauty of the seasonal shift can be reflected

also add a desirable layer of warmth.

in your home through the employment of a

As we move deeper into autumn, fall sun-

few simple color techniques. Colors become

sets cast beautifully warm hues throughout

brighter with Fall while our houses grow qui-

our homes. Candle light and soft textures of

eter, a combination that creates feelings of

macrame and fur pillows add a wonderful

warmth, beauty, and calmness in our homes.

contrast to the bright yellow-orange sunset.

There are two color palettes that I feel that

Cuddle up with a good book by a fire inside

will help you in flawlessly executing your sea-

surrounded by the softness of pillows. By

sonal decorating. As a professional Interior

creating a warm and comfortable environ-

Designer, I like to incorporate colors that can

ment, we simulate the illusion of a hug.

flow seamlessly from one season into the

Long gone are the hot, humid, sun-baked

next. This offers a softer transition between

months of swimming and patio games. Now,

seasons , and by overlapping  colors we add

we are surrounded by to bonfires, apple pick-

more life and longevity to both seasons' decor. ing, and the sweet aroma of cider. Remember, Fern and moss green add a fresh take on the

the color palettes for this season are also

common color wave of fall browns and oranges.

transitional, combining some of the succulent

For instance, the lush greens of summer succu-

greens of fern and moss of late summer with

lents interact well with the leaves and branches

tree limbs and gourds in an array of bright

of Fall. A simple way to incorporate this is by

orange, summery yellow, and creamy white.

using them in centerpieces and floral arrange-

Incorporating these colors together give us a

ments throughout your home. It is important

longer growing season and provides freshness

to also layer in different textures with in these

to a season that can easily grow dark and dull.

colors to help create interest and contrast.

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The next phase of this season is what is

Purples, such as eggplant or shades of

commonly refer to as the Holidays, a time

berry, add a pop of freshness to the traditional

which includes Thanksgiving. At this point, we

fall color scheme. Shades of purple allow the

can add the bright golds, coppers, and

seasonal browns and oranges to project a

other metallics amongst touches of black or

safe warm glow to a room. On their own, the

espresso to glam up for the Holiday Season.  

autumnal browns and oranges would have

Following Halloween is the glamorous

appeared cold or harsh. Now with the pop of

reemergence of the glittery  Holiday Season

purple and berry colors the browns add the

that is soon to come.  Those same purples,

comfort and warmth that the season makes

blacks, golds, and coppers can add a festive

us crave. For Halloween, consider substitut-

experience to the traditional fall color base.

ing purple or eggplant for the traditional black

I hope you have enjoyed our color journey

color. This brightens up the hallowed days of

and have seen how simple it is to add new

fall with with a fun pop of color.

life to your existing color themes making

Now layer fun accessories on top of those

our homes an oasis of comfort and secu-

color palettes to help celebrate the season

rity. Happy decorating, and enjoy changing

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Parting Thoughts

Tom Batiuk

I

ARTICLE NIKKI RHOADES

n 1972, area artist Tom Batiuk debuted syndicated comic Funky

the character was 36. Readers, moved by the story, mourned, and they

Winkerbean in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The comic drew from

even initially begged Batiuk to keep the character alive. That same

the community and environment he thrived within, and through real-life

year, the Lisa's Legacy Fund was established to raise funds for cancer

situations he encounters, he has developed and matured his characters.

research at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Her tale

Employing a slice-of-life approach, he flawlessly creates a narrative that

of hardship was immortalized in Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe, a collec-

allows him to tackle sensitive subjects such as teen pregnancy, alcohol-

tion of the 1999 and 2007 comic strips on comic strips on Lisa’s battle.

ism, divorce, and cancer.

"Now, ten years later,

"The comic is very

we will be celebrating

much rooted in familiar

her legacy at the Medina

local places," chuckles

Library," says Batiuk.

Batiuk, adding, "I'd like

On October 3 at 7

to think local readers

p.m., Batiuk will make an

have recognized the pic-

appearance at Medina

ture-perfect small town

Library where he will cel-

square and Gazebo that

ebrate the 10 year anni-

make Medina so iconic. I

versary of Lisa's Story.

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Plus, he will examine

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Personal characters is an understatement. With a gentle integration of

readers will once again be taken back to Lisa's youth in Prelude's col-

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lection of early comic strops. In The Last Leaf, Les and the family cope

rable ways. For much of its run, the characters have aged in real-time, caus-

with Lisa's death, and she is brought back in Les' imagination.

ing characters like Lisa Moore (née Crawford) to face struggles that moved readers across the country.

Batiuk, who himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, employs a powerful and personal message to convey empathy

"When Lisa was introduced in 1984, she was anxious about her

and spread awareness. His characters truly come to life, and the

SAT," explains Batiuk. Soon, though, she would become the best

love between Les and Lisa continues to move audiences. Though

friend and love interest of Les Moore. "They grow together, and the

Lisa's final chapter may seem to have concluded, her engaging

reader finds their interest piqued by the reality of the story."

legacy continues to inspire today. Especially during the month of

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October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to stop by the library on October 7 to celebrate a tribute to one of Northeast Ohio's most memorable fictional characters. 


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