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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE NEST

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE more than ever, we are filled with gratitude for our Nests and our local GREATER ROCKINGHAM

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there really is no place like home. Now communities.

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ANDREA DORMAN Realtor 540.908.0549 JONATHAN KAUFFMANN andrea.dorman@nestrealty.com Founder, Nest Realty nestrealty.com/andreadorman 434.825.5756 jk@nestrealty.com nestrealty.com/jk

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IN THIS ISSUE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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ASK A NESTER

WANT MORE? Head to NestRealty.com for design ideas, DIY videos, trend alerts, house tours, and more!

Welcome to the gratitude issue. The Brokers of Nest Realty play a game of “This or That,” where they must choose just one feature. Which would you prefer? Play along!

SAVOR 18

TREND ALERT

Warm up your home this holiday season with rich, earthy hues.

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COFFEE BAR

Satisfy your morning caffeine fix in style.


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SPACES

DISCOVER

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HOUSE TOUR: Boho Sister Space

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CREATE A COHESIVE NEST

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HOUSE TOUR: Coastal Prep

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GIVE BOLDLY

Two sisters in Raleigh, NC, share a whimsical, bohemian bedroom. You may be surprised that this beachy bathroom is actually located in Cary, NC.

Instagram trendsetter Cassie Bustamante shares tips on creating your own beautiful abode.

Nest Realty is committed to serving our local neighborhoods, in ways big and small.

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HOUSE TOUR: Vintage Eclectic

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LOCAL LOVE

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HOME OFFICE TRANSFORMATION

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DIY Blanket Ladder

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FALL HOME MAINTENANCE

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HISTORY OF DESIGN

Take a glimpse inside this Lake Norman, NC, home with a dramatic, moody vibe.

A family turns a cluttered storage space into an ideal work-from-home office.

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CURB APPEAL

We love the Southern traditional vibe of this Louisville, KY, home. Wait until you see the inside!

Local nonprofits and businesses that are strengthening our communities. Build the latest design must-have! Your seasonal HVAC maintenance guide. Cozy up to learn the origins of a roaring fireplace.


FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 2 0 L E T T E R F ROM T H E E DI TOR

This issue is dedicated to our homes, and the deep gratitude we have for them. Now more than ever, it’s important to nurture your nest. Our homes serve as more than a place to rest our heads— they’re also our workplace, schoolhouse, and non-stop eatery. In this issue, we hope to offer some clever ideas and design inspiration to bring more comfort into your home. When it comes to interior design, work schedules, or even magazine publishing, if 2020 has taught us anything...it’s to be adaptable. Our usual parade of press trips throughout the region for photoshoots and interviews simply wasn’t possible this summer. And while we truly missed visiting each of our towns, we are grateful for the connections we made virtually. For our House Tours (pages 6, 10, and 14), we reached out to some of our favorite interior designers/ Instagram trendsetters, who offered us an intimate glimpse into their own homes and the spaces they’ve created for their families to thrive. In our feature article, designer Cassie Bustamante lends advice for Creating a Cohesive Nest (page 19), and we got a whopping dose of inspiration from the Home Office Transformation (page 34). Cozy up an unused corner in your house with the finds in our Trend Alert (page 18), and learn how to make your own DIY Blanket Ladder (page 42). It goes without saying that supporting our local communities is more important than ever before. In our Give Boldly section (page 26), we highlight organizations who we proudly support. In Local Love (page 28), we introduce you to some incredible nonprofits and businesses that are strengthening our communities.

Warmly,

JASMINE LISTOU BIBLE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Flip to page 18 to see this timely quote on a beautiful leather bookmark.

“READING GIVES US SOMEPLACE TO GO WHEN WE HAVE TO STAY WHERE WE ARE.”

~ Mason Cooley, American Aphorist

W E WA N T TO H E AR FROM YOU !

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As the quote below from Mason Cooley suggests...we hope this issue transports you to a visually stimulating space that allows your mind a moment of respite.


NEST MAGAZINE

Q&A

ASK A NESTER: THIS OR THAT We asked the Brokers of Nest Realty to play a game of “This or That.” If they

PUBLISHER

HAD to choose just one option to place in their dream home...which would they prefer? Follow along to see if you agree!

Jonathan Kauffmann EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jasmine Bible MANAGING EDITOR

SEPARATE OFFICES, PLEASE!

Sara Belkowitz

75% of Nesters would prefer two home

DESIGN DIRECTOR

offices over a two-car garage.

THE CLASSIC CLAWFOOT

Paigelee Chancellor GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

40% of Nesters favor a

Taylor Ahn Brandon Quintin Megan Chandler

BREATH OF FRESH AIR

classic clawfoot tub, while

86% of our Nesters would prefer a rooftop patio over a skylight.

hot tub, and 21% prefer a

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

39% would like an outdoor jetted soaker tub.

Aaron H. Bible Tom Seabrook Taylor Titus CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS/ VIDEOGRAPHERS

WARM UP BY THE FIRE While 56% of Nesters prefer a wood

Graeme Jenvey Jennifer Morgan

fireplace, gas is a close second at 44%.

PARK IT HERE

MOVIE NIGHT The majority of Nesters (85%) would

74% of Nesters prefer an

prefer an in-home theater over a

attached garage.

recording studio.

IT’S LAUNDRY TIME Published Twice Annually in Charlottesville, Virginia

83% of Nesters prefer bedroom-level laundry, while 17% prefer a laundry chute.

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OPEN IT UP CHEERS!

69% of Nesters prefer an

Built-in bar? 80% of Nesters would prefer

31% prefer a layout with

a wet bar, 24% would opt for a wine cellar,

dedicated rooms (dining

and 6% would use it as a smoothie station.

room, living room, etc.).

open concept, whereas


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HOUSE TOUR

BOH O SIST ER SPACE

DESIGNER Tiffany DeLangie LOCATION Raleigh, NC INSTAGRAM @prettyrealblog WEBSITE prettyrealblog.com Follow along with DeLangie for more home decor inspiration and style tips for kids.

TEXT BY JASMINE BIBLE + PHOTOGRAPHY BY PRETTY REAL BLOG


DESIGNER

tip Narrow down your style choices to a few options that you can live with, and then let your kids choose between them.

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ibling bliss? Is it possible? For Raleigh, North Carolina, blogger and

Instagram tastemaker Tiffany DeLangie, when creating a space for

her 10-year-old and 8-year-old daughters, bliss was at the top of the

wish list. Her aim was to design a room that spoke to the girls’ individual styles

dresser by IKEA. The butterfly bookends and bow hooks add the perfect dose of sweetness.

Three ledge shelves from IKEA serve as both an organizational and design

while still making mom’s designer heart happy.

element—allowing the girls to display some of their most-often-read books.

“I wanted to create a space that expressed both of their personalities—

lounge chair provides an extra chill zone.

bohemian and whimsical, but a little more mature for my eldest daughter,”

Convincing faux plants add maintenance-free greenery, and the macramé

explains DeLangie. The starting point for the overall design was the

The dramatic bronze draperies don’t just add a visual punch to the double-

statement piece, and I always love having some vintage objects in every

must for kiddo rooms. On the nightstand, the adorable white globe lamp with

matching vintage rattan headboards she found locally. “They are the perfect

window wall—the thick velvet fabric serves as blackout shades too—a definite

room,” says DeLangie.

gold base is actually a three-touch lamp found at Walmart. Unicorn busts,

Next was the Leanne Aztec distressed printed area rug by Alexander Home.

empowering artwork, and soft overhead lighting complete the space.

DeLangie shares one of her go-to decorating tips: “Start with the rug! Pull

“Kids’ rooms are so fun to design—they are more playful and generally

matching bedding to really amplify the cuteness factor of the twin beds.

DeLangie. Let your imagination run wild and create a space that you and your

colors from it to create your color palette for the room.” From there, she chose

less expensive. There’s less pressure, and you can take greater risks,” shares

Artwork and accessories in complimentary colors grace the top of the Hemnes

kiddos can enjoy for years to come.

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HOUSE TOUR

C O ASTAL PR E P

DESIGNER Victoria Ford LOCATION Cary, NC INSTAGRAM @prepfordwife WEBSITE prepfordwife.com Follow along with Ford for more design inspiration, decorating tips, and plenty of preppy style.

TEXT BY JASMINE BIBLE + PHOTOGRAPHY BY PREPFORD WIFE


DESIGNER

tip For maximum impact, choose a

PRIVILEGE GREEN (SW 6193)

FRESH KICKS

theme and stick with it.


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hen I ask designer Victoria Ford if she would consider her

Above the sink, a round-edge brass mirror by Pottery Barn is actually a recessed

known for her preppy style, a genre she fully embraces, as seen on her popular

for day-to-day necessities, a medicine cabinet felt right,” explains Ford. The

bathroom preppy, she laughs, “Always prep!” Ford has become

Instagram feed, aptly named PrepFord Wife (@prepfordwife).

With a background in public health, interior design wasn’t something she

set out to do, it just happened organically. “Where you live and how you

medicine cabinet. “Because we removed the sink, but we still need storage

nautical lights were salvaged from a wrecked ship, and sourced from Nautical Antiques & Tropic Decor in Galveston, Texas, a warehouse that specializes in authentic salvaged pieces.

live within the space can affect how you feel,” explains Ford. As she began

Brass makes another appearance in the shower faucets by Kingston Brass. The

in Cary, North Carolina, her blog and Instagram following rapidly grew. We

subway tile that carries all the way to the ceiling. The blue stripe that spans the

documenting the design process of her own Cape Cod-style home, located were lucky enough to get a tour of her latest project, the upstairs bathroom.

dramatic exposed shower head draws the eye upwards and highlights the white height of the shower niche adds a preppy punch.

“Our house has a coastal, cottage feel, in spite of us being inland,” explains

A true shiplap painted Fresh Kicks by Clare Paints envelops the space and

renovate the upstairs bathroom, she knew she wanted to continue the bright,

floor, hexagon tiles by Spanish company Codicer were laid in a stripe pattern.

Ford. Nods to nautical are seen throughout her home, so when it came time to airy, coastal vibe.

The first step was removing the existing dark and heavy vanity in favor of

a floating “trough” style sink that carried less visual weight and took up no

floor space. The Brockway wall-mounted sink by Kohler was the perfect fit. Given a coat of anti-rust paint in Privilege Green (SW 6193), it now matches

the vintage medical tin, found by her husband Marcus, who Ford laughingly

provides texture and visual interest without encroaching on the space. On the

To round out the space, accessories were carefully curated. Monogrammed towels by Savannah-based towel company Weezie, are preppy perfection. The

beautiful cobalt blue Langston Luxury candle by Harlem Candle Co. sits atop a warm wood pedestal by Mistana. Real boat cleats used as towel hooks are a cheeky addition.

admits is the finder of many of the coolest vintage objects throughout her

Take a tip from Ford: for maximum impact, choose a theme and stick with it.

them, along with the pea trap and soap dish, brass plated by a small company

space into something whimsical and coastal with a touch of sophistication,

home. The double faucets by Kohler were only available in chrome, so she had

By staying within a tight color palette and style, she’s transformed this tiny

in Atlanta, Georgia. “I am team all-brass-everything!” quips Ford.

and, of course, full of prep.

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V I N TAGE E CL E CTIC

DESIGNER Audrey Sprinkle LOCATION Concord, NC INSTAGRAM @theblackhouseonthecorner WEBSITE theblackhouseonthecorner.com Follow along with Sprinkle for renovation and home decor tips. Headshot by Sarah Slusarick Photography

TEXT BY JASMINE BIBLE + PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE BLACK HOUSE ON THE CORNER


tip

Pick what you like—

you make the rules!

TRICORN BLACK (SW 6258)

DESIGNER

IRON ORE (SW 7069)

NAVAL (SW 6244)


A

t the age of eight, Audrey Sprinkle designed her first piece of

so she knew installing costly new wallpaper was out of the question. So the

cherry wood. Though he strongly advised against using a soft wood, she

down to one she could feasibly replicate, then she tested out various

furniture—a bed that her dad lovingly constructed for her out of

knew exactly what she wanted and wouldn’t settle for anything else. That unwavering confidence and decisive design eye has carried Sprinkle into

adulthood and catapulted her into the public eye. “Design brings me so

much joy. My heart races and I lose all track of time,” expresses Sprinkle. Her wildly popular Instagram feed showcases the design of her home, a 1900 Greek revival craftsman in Concord, North Carolina. Upon moving into the home, she promptly painted it black; thus the name The Black House on the Corner.

idea of painting her own began to take shape. She narrowed her choices patterns and techniques on paper. Working with the existing chair rail, she calculated the spacing to accommodate the angles of the soaring 12 foot ceilings. Using a sponge brush, she handpainted the black brush strokes

over the course of three days. In the end, is she satisfied with the result?

“Absolutely. Every time I walk by, it makes me happy,” shares Sprinkle. “In

designing your home, you have to be true to yourself and do what makes you happy. Forget trends. Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it the right decision.”

Daring, bold, classic with modern touches, a dash of bohemian eclectic,

The kitchen underwent a complete renovation. Shaker-style cabinets

it is, the better!” While it may be hard to put her exact style into words,

countertops. High-contrast black and white tiles from Cement Tile Shop

and loads of vintage. “I like what I like,” laughs Sprinkle. “The weirder there is a definite mood. Rich in color and textures, it’s the type of home

where you want to grab a good book, a toasty beverage, and snuggle by the fire. In the front sitting room, grand oil portraits happily reside next to

clean-lined mid-century modern pieces. The deep blue (Naval SW 6244) serves as the perfect backdrop for the watchful ladies of the house, while

the fireplace offers a subtle contrast (Iron Ore SW 7069). A small-scale leather chesterfield sits atop a jute rug, layered with a red vintage Persian

rug. The coffee table was found at a local Charlotte antique mall, Sleepy

coated in a rich black (Tricorn Black SW 6258) sit beneath quartz add an impactful graphic punch. “I have a thing for lighting, all lighting. My husband would probably call it a problem because I swap out lights

like most people swap out pillows,” Sprinkle laughingly shares. So when it

came time to choose the feature lighting, she knew she couldn’t stomach a $700 price tag. Instead, she built her own. Edison bulbs and exposed wires suspended from a hoop now hover above the kitchen island.

Sprinkle’s ability to mix eras and styles results in warm, layered, inviting

Poet. Vintage Persian rugs play a supporting role throughout the home.

rooms that are full of visual interest. If your home is suffering from a case

While Sprinkle and her growing family have lived in and renovated three

to play it safe and pick everything from one store. But give yourself the

houses, this is the first with a hallway. “I knew the hallway needed to be impactful, but not cluttered,” explains Sprinkle. They had recently paid

someone a pretty penny to remove old wallpaper that was beyond salvage,

of beige, follow Sprinkle’s design advice: “Design can be scary. It’s easy

freedom to mix it up. Feel empowered to say, ‘I’m not buying this entire

dining set. I love this table, but I’ll find the chairs somewhere else.’ Pick what you like—you make the rules!”

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T RE ND A L E RT

Warm Neutrals Cozy up your home this holiday season with rich, earthy hues.

BY TA Y LOR TI T US

Photo courtesy of Rachel Ridings Scott Photography

BOOKMARK Handmade Leather Bookmark, $24, kingsleyleather.etsy.com CHARCUTERIE BOARD Hand-Me Charcuterie Board by Achillea Design Co, $87, achilleadesignco.com ART Printable Wall Art, $6, btdesignco.etsy.com BLANKET Merino Wool Chunky Blanket in Fawn, $170, laneandmae.com

Photos courtesy of vendors

PILLOWS Dash Mudcloth Pillow Cover, $90, BD-2 Handpainted Mudcloth Pillow Cover, $130, osxnasozi.com DRAPERIES Insulated Thermal Velvet Curtains in Glod Brown by Lazzzy, $58, amazon.com PAINT Wall Paint in Dirty Chai, Coffee Date, and Blackish, $54/gallon, clare.com

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COFFEE DATE

BLACKISH


CREATING A COHESIVE NEST WITH CASSIE BUSTAMANTE

TEXT BY JASMINE BIBLE + PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASSIE BUSTAMANTE

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Before you begin tearing out walls, give yourself DESIGNER

tip

time to discover the little things that make your home special, like the way the afternoon light dances through your living room.

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LET THE HOME SPEAK TO YOU While it can be tempting to immediately begin tearing down walls and adding fresh paint, Bustamante advises taking time to let your design direction develop organically: “I believe that each house has a soul of its own. You need to DESIGNER Cassie Bustamante LOCATION Greensboro, NC INSTAGRAM @cassie_bustamante WEBSITE cassiebustamante.com

live there for a moment and let it speak to you.” The style, history, and architectural features of a home can and should inform the design choices. After all, if you were drawn to the overall style of the home, chances are that you are drawn to that

Moving into a new home is exciting,

to be thrifty and thoughtful with how we

decorating it can also feel overwhelming.

stores and redoing furniture myself,” explains

exhilarating, and fun. But let’s be honest, We reached out to designer Cassie

Bustamante to get her advice on creating a cohesive home.

Bustamante lives in a 1966 ranch-style

home in Greensboro, North Carolina,

along with her husband, three children,

decorated, so I started going to secondhand

Bustamante. As her vintage furniture

collection grew, and her restoration skills blossomed, she saw the opportunity to open

a vintage shop in Frederick, Maryland. In

tandem, she launched a home improvement blog and Instagram account.

style of decor as well. Go with it! Give yourself at least a month to evaluate how your family will utilize the space. Will an open concept floor plan serve you in the long term? Or does having dedicated spaces make more sense? In these bizarre COVID-19 times, Bustamante says she’s grateful that they don’t have an open floor plan. “With our entire family home all day, it’s nice that we can each find a quiet place to

and two dogs. Her journey to becoming a

Nowadays, thousands follow along on her

work or play. It would be so loud if we were in

out of necessity. “When we moved from

the design process of her home, aiming to

tearing down a wall between her kitchen and

they love. Read on for her tips to create a

offered valuable pantry space.

popular interior design Instagrammer began Louisiana to Maryland, the cost of housing

was significantly higher, so all of our money went to the purchase of a home. We had

Instagram feed and blog as she documents

one large, shared space.” She initially debated

inspire and empower others to create homes

living room, but decided to keep the wall since it

cohesive home that’s uniquely you…

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FIND YOUR UNIQUE STYLE “Your house should be an expression of who you are and what makes you happy—what speaks to you,” says Bustamante. Whether you find inspiration through Instagram, magazines (like this one!), or Pinterest, start looking for your patterns. Are there certain colors that keep making an appearance? Are you drawn to bold punches, or subdued textures? Give yourself permission to hone in on that. Bustamante suggests asking yourself what you want to get out of the room. “As a Leo, which is a fire sign, I need calming hues that counterbalance my energy. If I had a red room, it would just agitate me,” she laughs. Instead, she’s carefully chosen varying tones of green, paired with white, black, natural elements, and touches of soft pink. Then to really amp up the fun, she uses bold graphic punches like the hand-painted black and white rainbow mural in her hallway, and the Twinkle Star stencil from Stencil Revolution in her entryway. “As you’re designing your home, allow yourself to evolve, learn, and make mistakes along the way. Look at it as a stepping stone to finding your unique style.” Find elements that fit your aesthetic and bring you happiness. The cheeky “If you’re waiting for a sign” poster by Etsy artist BT Design Co, and the “Dang you look good” mat in the kitchen by Etsy shop DeclarationHome, do both for Bustamante. NEST MAGAZINE | FALL/WINTER 2020

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DESIGNER

tip For open shelving, if you place your daily-use items like plates, salad bowls, and drinking glasses, you don’t need to worry about them gathering dust.

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CONSIDER THE VIEW You don’t necessarily have to restrain yourself to a strict color palette throughout your entire home, but you should be cognizant of sight lines between adjacent rooms. “Make sure that the rooms are in a happy relationship,” quips Bustamante, “consider the view.” For Bustamante, when someone enters through the front door, they have a clear sight line directly into the kitchen and the kitchen sink. “The individualist in me wanted a statement-making sink that I had never seen before,” shares Bustamante. She collaborated with local Greensboro company, Thompson Traders, for the jaw-dropping brass farmhouse sink. White shaker cabinets and matte black hardware set the stage for the refrigerator, range, and dishwasher by Café Appliances. For the countertop and backsplash, Bustamante wanted a seamless look, but common materials like quartz countertops proved to be far too expensive. Instead, she opted for a custom terrazzo piece from Concord, NC, company Terrazzco. The colors in the terrazzo and the decorative objects on the open shelving offer a visual connection to the adjacent rooms—the entry, dining area, and living room. Consider the connections between rooms in your home. An orange-drenched bohemian room with wicker may be a bit jarring next to a Victorian-inspired parlour dripping in lace. Or who knows, it might be amazing! Do what makes your design heart happy. Simply ask yourself if you like how the rooms speak to one another. If you do, then go for it!

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GIVE BOLDLY At Nest, we’re committed to giving back and strengthening our communities. Over the past year, individual Nest agents and various Nest Realty offices have donated more than $215,000 to charity and volunteered more than 4,000 hours. Here are some of the wonderful organizations to which Nesters have contributed:

• AHIP

• Foothills Child Advocacy Center

• Nourish NC

• American Red Cross

• Fredericksburg Area

• Out of the Darkness Suicide

• Arts Council of the Valley • Backpack Buddies • Band Boosters

Public Schools • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

Prevention Walk • Piedmont Housing Alliance • Rivanna Trail Foundation

• Black Lives Matter

• Friends of the Library

• Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA

• Blacksburg High School PTSO

• Giving Kitchen

• Ronald McDonald House

• Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

• Greater Augusta Wellness

• Settle the Debt

• Blue Ridge Mountain Search & Rescue Group • Cain Center for the Arts • Caring for Creatures

Partnership • Habitat for Humanity • Habitat for Humanity StauntonAugusta-Waynesboro

• Shenandoah Valley Animal Service Center • Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club • Soccer in the Streets

• City of Promise

• Holly’z Hope

• SPARK

• Coalition for Economic

• Homeward Bound WNC

• St. Jude’s Hospital

Opportunity • Cornelius Animal Shelter

• Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

• The Haven • The Jackson Symphony

• Cultivate C’ville

• Jefferson Swim League

• The Paramount

• Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

• Lake Norman Lucky Cat Rescue

• The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop

• Dream Center of Jackson

• Live Arts

• The Trevor Project

• Duke Children’s Hospital

• Loaves and Fishes

• The Virginia Discovery Museum

• Earlysville Exchange

• Meals on Wheels of

• Thomas Jefferson Community

• Fair Fight Action

Charlottesville/Albemarle

Land Trust

• Feeding Greene Food Pantry

• Micah’s Backpack

• Virginia Swimming, Inc.

• Fluvanna County Habitat

• NAACP Legal Defense and

• Virginia Organizing

for Humanity

Educational Fund

KEEP READING TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES


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LOCAL LOVE Here are some of our favorite local nonprofits and businesses that are working to make our communities better in every way. Look online to find more causes to support in your city or region, and let’s make a difference together! #NestLocalLove

ARTSGREENSBORO Greensboro, NC

Beauty and creativity are essential, especially during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. ArtsGreensboro supports the arts and in the process makes Greensboro an even better place to live. The organization’s Artist Relief Fund directly assists artists whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. artsgreensboro.org

ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Community Food Bank serves a massive population of people in 29 Atlanta-area counties, working to end hunger through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and nonprofit partners. Donations support not only food distribution, but also education and engagement with the mission of empowering local communities. acfb.org

BLUE RIDGE AREA FOOD BANK Verona, VA

Food security is more important than ever for families dealing with COVID-19. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 25 counties and

eight cities in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, helping tens of thousands of people get enough to eat—their mission for nearly 40 years. You can do your part by volunteering, donating, hosting a food drive. brafb.org

impacted by the coronavirus crisis buy groceries and pay rent. Visit their website to see how you can donate or volunteer to help make a difference. cacfonline.org

CAPE FEAR RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT

Fredericksburg, VA

CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOUSING COALITION

Wilmington, NC

Bringing together environmental planning, economic development, and conservation projects, Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development strives to improve the balance between people and nature throughout the Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina. capefearrcd.org

Affordable housing is a cause we can all get behind. Central Virginia Housing Coalition’s mission is to increase housing opportunities for all residents of the Fredericksburg region. With education for landlords as well as internship and volunteer possibilities, it’s easy to get involved at any level. centralvahousing.org

GIVING CLEAN VALLEY COUNCIL Roanoke, VA

CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Charlottesville, VA

For more than 50 years, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has been working to connect philanthropists with worthy causes in Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Earlier this year, the Community Foundation established the Community Emergency Response Fund in time to help hundreds of local families

From a small group determined to fight litter in Southwest Virginia, the Clean Valley Council has grown to an organization with educational programs that reach more than 16,000 students and clean up events involving thousands of volunteers every year. Donate today to support a healthy environment or get out there and pick up some trash. cleanvalley.org

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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS GREATER GREENSBORO Greensboro, NC

With the impact of COVID-19 on Greensboro area schools, Communities in Schools Greater Greensboro shifted into high gear to make sure they were able to continue providing help and services to local students. Donations have maintained food drives to keep families afloat while promoting continued student success. cisgg.org

EAST FORK POTTERY Asheville, NC

An artisanal pottery company dedicated to using regional materials to bring their classic, sturdy designs to life, East Fork Pottery has donated tirelessly to the Asheville community, supporting healthcare workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic and also working on behalf of racial justice. Browse their offerings online and enter to win a different free pot every month! eastfork.com

EDEN OF YOUTH TOWN Jackson, TN

With the mission to help teenage girls ages 13 to 17 who are struggling with substance abuse, Eden of Youth Town challenges youth to grow as people and as members of society. Eden of

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Youth Town offers a holistic approach to healing to give their residents a fresh start in life. youthtown.net/eden

FAMILIES FOR EFFECTIVE AUTISM TREATMENT Louisville, KY

Autism impacts entire families, so FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) supports families with education programs and advocacy. Their Autism Friendly Community program works with local businesses to foster greater understanding of community members on the autism spectrum. featoflouisville.org

FOOTHILLS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER Charlottesville, VA

Foothills Child Advocacy Center works to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community—children. With a mission to keep kids safe and respond to child abuse and trauma, Foothills acts as a voice for voiceless children throughout the Charlottesville area. foothillscac.org

HEALTHY GENERATIONS AREA AGENCY ON AGING Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Fredericksburg and four

surrounding counties, Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging works to connect senior citizens and service providers to give aging members of our community a higher quality of life. You can help by donating, volunteering, or even sponsoring a senior. healthygenerations.org

HOMEWARD BOUND WNC Asheville, NC

By utilizing the Housing First model, where immediate housing is the first and highest priority, Homeward Bound has housed more than 2,100 people since 2006. A key ingredient to their success is the supportive services offered by a trained, compassionate, and nonjudgemental staff who deeply cares about the people they serve. homewardboundwnc.org

HOPE HOUSE FOUNDATION Huntersville, NC

When misfortune strikes and they end up without a place to call home, single women and women with young children can turn to Hope House Foundation for help. Hope House provides a place for these women to stay for up to six months, as they work to transform their lives. hopehousefoundation.org


LOVE AND NOURISH 2020 Durham, NC

O T H E R S

The Southern Harvest Hospitality Group, a collection of restaurants, caterers, and event services based in Durham, created Love and Nourish 2020 in direct response to the impact of COVID-19. By purchasing delicious meal packages, you can support Love and Nourish 2020’s efforts to provide free meals for families in need throughout the Durham area. southernharvesthg.com

MICAH’S BACKPACK Blacksburg, VA

Giving food to someone is a tried and true way of showing you care. Micah’s Backpack cares for low-income students in Blacksburg by providing backpacks filled with weekend meals to students who qualify for free school lunches. You can help by donating or learn more about starting your own backpack program on their website. micahsbackpack.org

MYSTIC FARM & DISTILLERY Durham, NC

The good folks at Mystic Farm & Distillery, a gin and bourbon manufacturer, have been cranking out their own Mystic hand sanitizer, made with the World Health Organization’s recipe authorized by FDA/TTB to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Eager to assist healthcare facilities and first responders, they are taking special requests via their website. whatismystic.com

NRV DIAPER PANTRY Blacksburg, VA

One of the ways you can help the tiniest members of our community (and their parents!) is to donate infant and adult diapers, pull-ups, and wipes to the NRV Diaper Pantry. These goods are provided free of charge to those in need, especially families hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. nrvdiaperpantry.org

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SUPPORTING OVARIAN AWARENESS OF KENTUCKY

SCARLET ROPE PROJECT

Louisville, KY

Scarlet Rope Project aims to provide a way out and a way up for victims of sex trafficking, serving women in the Jackson area. The annual Crawfest supports the work of Scarlet Rope with music, entertainment, and, of course, fresh crawfish! You can also help by taking advantage of their many donation and volunteer opportunities. scarletropeproject.com

Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky has been advocating for those affected by ovarian and other gynecological cancers since 2001. Today, through a combination of support strategies, awareness events, and educational presentations at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, OAK helps women throughout Kentucky stay stronger together. oakky.org

PALE FIRE HELPS Harrisonburg, VA

As if we needed another reason to love local craft beer, Harrisonburg’s Pale Fire Brewing Company created the Pale Fire Helps pop up food bank to provide food to restaurant industry workers during cutbacks due to COVID-19. Drop off your shelf-stable food donations (including pet food!) at the Pale Fire tap room and grab some suds to go while you’re there. palefirehelps.com

TOTAL ACTION FOR PROGRESS

Jackson, TN

SEWING MASKS FOR AREA HOSPITALS Atlanta, GA

Roanoke, VA

By helping provide short-term essentials while educating and advocating for long-term change, Total Action for Progress works to alleviate poverty and break the cycle of hopelessness for communities in the Roanoke and Western Virginia region. TAP accepts donations of books, automobiles, and volunteer time in addition to monetary support. tapintohope.org

OUR

As the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the fact that many hospitals were critically low on masks and other personal protective equipment, the folks at Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals decided to do something about it. Since March 2020, this volunteer organization has donated almost 60,000 masks to hospitals and care facilities in Atlanta. Sign up today to put your needle skills to good use. smahatlanta.org

VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES Richmond, VA

It’s difficult to build community when not everyone is included. To fight against prejudice of all kinds, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities sponsors programs in schools and businesses to achieve their vision of a society where everyone is given an equal opportunity to succeed. inclusiveva.org

PATRIOT MILITARY FAMILY FOUNDATION

SHE ROCKS

VIRGINIA LITERACY FOUNDATION

Wilmington, NC

Richmond, VA

Mooresville, NC

With the mission of expanding awareness of ovarian cancer, supporting ovarian cancer research, and assisting patients in the Wilmington and Triad areas of North Carolina, She ROCKS (Research Ovarian Cancer Knowledge Support) has been uplifting women since 2014. Donations fund research into early detection, a key factor in surviving ovarian cancer. she-rocks.org

Recognizing the need to assist Virginians left behind by illiteracy, the Virginia Literacy Foundation has been supporting volunteer programs to teach reading skills to educationally disadvantaged adults and families throughout the state since 1986. virginialiteracy.org

With events throughout the year, the Patriot Military Family Foundation works tirelessly to assist veterans and their families, especially those affected by PTSD and other disabilities. Donate today to support our servicemen and women, or volunteer at one of the foundation’s fundraisers. patriotmilitaryfamilyfoundation.org

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HOME OFFICE TRANSFORMATION With work-from-home becoming the new norm for many of us, this family took the storage space above their garage and converted it into a co-working space for two. This once underutilized room is now a bright, open, organized space that’s conducive of productive work days. Follow along to see how this space was transformed.

WANT TO SEE THE BEFORE? Head to NestRealty.com/blog for photos! TEXT BY JASMINE BIBLE + PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY


DESIGNER

tip Ceilings should always be painted in a flat, matte finish to hide any imperfections.

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PAINT The room itself was void of architectural details, so to add depth and dimension, the owners used painting techniques that make a strong visual impact. Chosen to match the vintage fireplace, the vermillion paint (Fiery Opal 077 by Benjamin Moore) was extended from the ceiling down 10 inches onto the walls, enveloping the room in warmth. The walls were given a fresh coat of white paint (Super White PM-1 by Benjamin Moore) in a matte finish. Since new flooring wasn’t in the budget, the owners decided to paint the wood subfloors white and splatter paint with a high-contrast dusty-rose color (Auburn Glaze S180-5 by Behr). The splatter pattern hides dust and potential future scratches and dings, and was sealed with a water-based polycrylic.

DESIGNER

tip When shopping for vintage pieces, establish a strict color palette of three to five colors to keep the look cohesive. By choosing only red, orange, yellow, and pink pieces for this space, the overall effect feels intentional and not cobbled together.

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LIGHTING

The vintage fireplace was the catalyst for the overall design. The

The buzzing of overhead fluorescent lights was the first thing to go.

owners knew they wanted a space that was dramatic and impactful,

They were replaced with affordable four-inch dimmable LED flush-

yet uncluttered. By choosing bold pieces with a mid-century modern

mount recessed lights in a warm white. Two Scandinavian-style

flare, they were able to achieve a sophisticated, California-cool vibe

pendants from IKEA hover above the conference table, and an arched

in a warm, desert-hued palette.

floor lamp in the lounge area provides a soft glow in the evenings.

Fiery Opal 077 by Benjamin Moore

Super White PM-1 by Benjamin Moore

Auburn Glaze S180-5 by Behr

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ZONES To make the best use of the open space, various zones needed to be established visually. A wooden slat wall crawls up the wall and onto the ceiling and hovers above the thrifted round conference table, surrounded by vintage yellow rolling chairs. The two tall desks on the southern wall give both husband and wife their own work spaces, and cleverly form an additional vertical plane, visually layering them one step up from the conference table. Old kitchen cabinets were rearranged and painted to create a storage area and art niche for the owners’ daughters to use. The mural behind is playful and whimsical, and aims to inspire the girls to feel a sense of freedom as they create their own art. An absolute necessity for any co-working space? Coffee! Thanks to a fun color block arch, the coffee bar feels like its own special moment, worthy of a coffee break...or two...or three. Layered rugs from Safavieh help to delineate the lounge zone. The Brittany convertible sofa in mustard yellow by Novogratz provides the perfect spot for afternoon power naps. A vintage 1970s red hand chair calls attention to the vinyl corner, with the tall faux palm tree drawing the eye upwards.

Within the 700-square-foot space, there is now an entry bench, conference area, desk space, lounge zone, art nichĂŠ, coffee bar, and vinyl corner.

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REUSE To keep to a very tight budget, nearly all of the pieces in the room were thrifted or DIY’ed. The entry bench formerly lived in a local movie theater and was given new life thanks to rose gold spray paint on the base and a newly stained top. For the tall desks, they used two matching vintage dressers for one side of each desk, adding hairpin legs from HairpinLegs.com, and a ¾-inch thick plywood top, stained pink and sealed with a high-gloss polyurethane. When the owner couldn’t find a record console she liked, she used a cube cubby from Target, adding a wooden base and angled legs, both stained pink. The slat wall is perhaps the most impactful element of the entire room, and was achieved using a mix of 1” x 4” and 1” x 2” pine boards. The lackluster door was given a coat of mustard paint (Glowing Umber 182 by Benjamin Moore), and a set of mounted antlers that the owner actually salvaged from a dumpster were painted in the same color, with an arch painted behind to mimic the arch of the coffee bar. Eager to transform a space in your home into a home office? Establish a vibe, utilize paint for maximum impact, create dedicated zones, and reuse your own furniture from other spaces in your house (or safely thrift).

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Create Your Own

COFFEE BAR While mornings spent lingering in our favorite local coffee shops are on hold for now, create your own coffee oasis right in your home!

FIRST Find an unused cabinet or hutch large enough to hold your supplies. Make sure it has the space to stash a tray or restaurant-style bus tub to easily transport dirty dishes to your kitchen.

SECOND Define the space with paint! We used three Benjamin Moore paint colors to create this dramatic painted arch.

THIRD Add open shelving to display your mugs and glasses.

LAST Add the goods!

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Head to the blog for a full color blocking tutorial! NestRealty.com/blog/ coffeebar


PAINT COLORS August Sunrise 030, Brilliant Amber 161, Spiced Pumpkin 034, benjaminmoore.com

THE GOODS!

GLASSES Godis Glass, $6, (set of 6), ikea.com

SHELVES StyleWell Wood Bookshelf with Gold Brackets (set of 2), $59, homedepot.com

COFFEE Culture Blend Ground Coffee by Boss Blend Coffee Co., $14, bossblend.com

MUGS (similar) Axel Mug in Caramel and Light Pink, $7, cb2.com

FRENCH PRESS Rose Gold French Press by Yakalla, $23, amazon.com

TEA Home Sweet by Adjourn, $18, adjournteahouse.com

SPOONS 6-Piece Espresso Spoons in Gold by Sweejar, $14, amazon.com ESPRESSO CUPS (similar) Porcelain Coupe Espresso Cups and Saucers, $8 (set of 6), worldmarket.com SERVING TRAY Glattis Tray, $19, ikea.com

HUTCH Delancey 2 Door Accent Cabinet by Hopper Studio, $249, wayfair.com

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DIY

BLANKET L ADDE R

ASSEMBLE STEP 1 □ CUT each furring strip to 80” in length.

□ Set your chop saw at 15, then cut the bottom of each strip (this will result in a 75 degree cut).

STEP 2 You’ve heard of a blanket ladder, right? While they’re currently all the rage in the interior design world, we were skeptical until we built our own. It’s

□ CUT two 17” sections from the first dowel, then repeat on the second dowel, for a total of four (4) 17” dowels.

the perfect place to stylishly stash your blankets this winter. Follow along with these simple

STEP 3

instructions to make your own!

SUPPLIES

□ SET the two side rails on the ground, with each rail rotated outward so that the inside of the side rail (where the holes will go) is facing up.

STEP 4

□ (2) 2” x 2” x 8’ furring strips

□ (2) 7/8” x 48” round wooden dowels

□ CLAMP the two side rails tightly together using furniture clamps.

□ Wood glue □ 180 grit sanding block

STEP 5

□ Wood conditioner □ Sample jar of paint in your favorite hue

TOOLS

□ Chop saw (or miter saw) □ Furniture clamps □ Power drill □ 7/8” paddle drill bit □ Painting supplies

Did you build this?! We want to see! Use the hashtag #SOnesty!

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□ MARK where the holes for the rungs will go. Starting at the top, mark at 14” down in the center of each side rail, then again at 28”, 42”, and 56” from the top. Once leaned against the wall, this will place your bottom rung at approximately 24” from the ground.


STEP 6

□ DRILL your holes. Using your paddle bit, drill down ½” deep at each of your eight marks (four on each side rail).

STEP 7 □ REMOVE the clamps.

STEP 8

□ ROTATE your side rails inward so that the holes are facing one another.

STEP 9

□ DAB wood glue into all eight holes and, working quickly, place your rungs into the holes, then press the side rails together.

STEP 10

□ CLAMP the outer edges of the ladder and allow to set overnight for the glue to harden.

STEP 11

□ PAINT the lower ¾ of the ladder with your chosen paint color (we used Ballet Slippers by Benjamin Moore). Tape off for a clean line.

STEP 12

□ TREAT the upper exposed wood section with wood conditioner using a microfiber rag.

Now load that beauty up with your favorite blankets, stand back, and admire your handiwork!


CURB APPEAL

SOUTHERN TRADITIONAL Louisville, KY

Copy this look to enhance your curb appeal!

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C O L O R PA L E T T E These gray, teal, and cream tones were made for each other! The color palette brings a French Provincial feel to this classic southern home. House: Sea Haze 2137-50 by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com Shutters: Spring Sky 674 by Benjamin Moore,

Sea Haze 2137-50

benjaminmoore.com Trim: Silken Pine 2144-50 by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com

PLANTS LIGHT FIXTURES

“Ferns and caladiums are my go-to plants!” shares Wafzig. We can see why! We love how the white caladiums pop against the

These oil rubbed bronze

rich green of the ferns.

fixtures have a classic elegance. The clear seeded glass creates a diffused glow. Allen + Roth Castine Rubbed Bronze Outdoor Wall Light, $109, lowes.com

DOORS These wooden doors bring warmth to the color story, while the nine-light glass panels allow ample daylight to

Spring Sky 674

stream into the foyer. Exterior Fir 9 Light Double Door, $784, doornmore.com

F L OW E R URNS Concrete urns are the perfect vessels for elevating greenery. Macron Urn

Silken Pine 2144-50

Planter, $99-$109, potterybarn.com

WELCOME M AT If you have a large front porch, opt for an outdoor rug instead of a welcome mat. The scale of this buffalo check rug suits the entrance perfectly. Leer Gray/ Ivory Rug by Gracie Oaks, $113, wayfair.com

DESIGNER Courtney Wafzig COMPANY Zig&Co INSTAGRAM @zigandcompany WEBSITE zigandcompany.com

Ready for a peek inside?!


Courtney Wafzig is an artist and designer who lives a colorful life! Every inch of her 1960s-era home is filled with vibrant colors and patterns. We adore the way she expertly mixes prints, fabrics, and textures. Each room tells a story, and keeps us wanting to see more! Along with her husband, four kids, three dogs, and two birds‌her house is full of love, laughter, and inspiration. Take a cue from Courtney and add a splash of color to your home!

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HOME SYSTEM

Maintenance FIVE W A YS TO SA V E YOU M ON EY A N D KEEP YOU R N EST HU M M I N G T HI S W I N T ER .

As the days are getting shorter and temps begin to drop, you’ll

O U R E X P E RTS:

want to be sure that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air

S O DO R A AND JAM I E J O NES Jones Heating & Air LLC Charlottesville, VA joneshava.com

conditioning) systems are running as safely and efficiently as possible. Thanks to our home systems experts, Jones Heating & Air, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, we’ve come up with five practical things you can do now to save money and keep your home safe:

For those with functional fireplaces in the home, here are the Jones family’s top tips to make sure your fireplace is safe

1. GET A PRECISION TUNE-UP

and ready to go before using it this winter:

Schedule a professional HVAC company to perform a tune-up on your heating equipment to prepare it for the winter. A service

1. SWEEP THE CHIMNEY

technician will be able to catch small things like Freon leaks,

Hire a professional company that can clean your chimney by

weakening or failing parts, and the overall cleanliness and

removing soot and debris. This should be done at least once

safety of your system.

a year.

2. CHANGE FILTERS REGULARLY

2. CHECK FOR DAMAGES

A clean filter can make a world of difference in how your

Hire a professional company to make sure the structure

system performs.

and lining of the chimney has no cracks, loose bricks, or

3. MAINTAIN PROPER INSULATION

deterioration of the mortar. Make sure the chimney is securely attached to the house and there is no water damage.

This allows your HVAC system to do less and still maintain the home’s proper temperature. Make sure your attic is properly

3.CLEAN THE BLOWER

insulated. This will prevent your warm air from escaping to the

Not all fireplaces have a blower, but if yours does, it should be

outside, which will cause your furnace to run excessively.

cleaned. Most fireplace blowers do not have a filter, so they

4. SEAL LEAKS

have to be cleaned to prevent buildup.

Make sure there are no leaks around windows, doors, or other

4. CAP THE CHIMNEY

openings. Not only do they let cold air into your home, they let

By capping the chimney, you are preventing wildlife (birds,

all of the hot air out. Check your chimney for any obstructions,

squirrels, chipmunks) from coming in. Capping will also

which can also be a safety hazard.

prevent rain, leaves, or any type of debris from getting into

5. CHECK HIGHER THAN NORMAL ENERGY BILLS

your house.

This could be an indication that your system is not performing

5. CHECK SMOKE AND CARBON

properly and you’ll need to schedule a service check.

MONOXIDE DETECTORS It is paramount that you make sure these detectors are in proper working condition and have fresh batteries.


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THE HISTORY OF DESIGN

TH E FIRE PL ACE BY TOM SEABROOK Fireplaces are often the heart of the home, and there’s nothing quite like the ambiance of a crackling blaze. But have you ever wondered how fireplaces have changed over the years? Toss another log on the fire and keep reading to learn more about the warmest spot in the home.

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1. HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTH IS

4. CLASSICAL GAS

As late as the 19th century,

with good reason. You can enjoy

many American homes used

the ambience of a real fire without

open hearth fireplaces for both

the maintenance that a wood

heating and cooking. Much like

burning fireplace needs. Since the

our modern multifunction ovens,

mid-20th century, gas fireplaces

fireplaces could be used to cook

have grown in popularity as costs

a wide variety of foods—from

have dropped and the possibilities

stews simmered in large pots

for design have expanded. Don’t

over the flames, to loaves of

like fake logs? Try rocks or glass

bread baked in separate brick

marbles instead!

Gas fireplaces are all the rage, and

niches. Everything tastes better flame grilled!

5. PASS THE ‘MALLOWS Outdoor campfires have been

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2. STOVE-R THE TOP

used in every culture throughout

One early innovation that

history and continue to serve as

improved upon open hearths

a primary cooking tool in many

was the enclosed stove. Fires

parts of the world. The firepit has

built inside warmed the iron

evolved from the rustic campfire

or porcelain body of the stove,

to become the perfect focal point

radiating ample heat. Stoves

for your patio, deck, or backyard.

designed for cooking featured

Whether you’re grilling weenies

flat tops with space for kettles,

or toasting up a chocolatey

pots, and pans—the precursor to

s’more, the firepit is a classic,

the stovetop burners we have in

timeless gathering place.

the kitchen today.

6. UP ON THE HOUSETOP

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3. OLD KING COAL

One of the most delightful

During the Industrial Revolution,

characteristics of Santa Claus

many homes transitioned from

is his ability to fit down any

burning wood to burning coal.

chimney, despite his famous girth.

Many older homes in cities like

We all know that if you leave a

Richmond, Virginia, still have

stocking hung carefully by the

small exterior doors for coal

fire on December 24th, jolly old

deliveries. With the modern move

St. Nick will fill it up with goodies.

away from fossil fuels, you’re

Celebrate Christmas but don’t

more likely to see coal at an old

have a fireplace? Don’t worry!

timey train show than to find it

You can hang your stockings

heating your drawing room.

anywhere...Santa will know!


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