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Happy Birthday, Columbus


s we celebrate the 200th birthday of Columbus, we also take the time to celebrate the people, businesses and leaders who built this great city and continue to make it such a wonderful place to call home. As such, the theme of this year’s Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by gridSMART® from AEP Ohio, is “Happy Birthday, Columbus! Come Celebrate With US.” Columbus is a giving community. Individuals and businesses alike go out of their way to make a difference by being generous with their time and money. Last summer, the community, along with the help of the cast and crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, came together to build a new home for the Rhodes family. Locally based P&D Builders Inc. volunteered to build the house and graciously gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a house in 106 hours. Also inside this issue you’ll find features on setting the perfect table, a spotlight on unique home goods and accessory stores located in historic downtown Powell, as well as some tips for parents on instilling good


manners for their little ones in our Gourmet Style department. One of the main attractions of this year’s Home & Garden Show will be 11 glorious gardens designed by local landscapers and gardeners that celebrate Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods, such as the Arena District, German Village, The Ohio State University and the Columbus Museum of Art, among others. In keeping with the thought of giving back, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the show, which runs Feb. 25 to March 4, at the Ohio Expo Center. The show will be chock full with eight days worth of attractions, events and exhibitors — all of which are sure to put you in a spring state of mind. Candice Olson, star of HGTV’s Candice Tells All and Divine Design, will share design ideas at the show. In addition, local chefs will be on hand giving cooking demonstrations — and don’t miss out on the amateur cake-decorating contest. Hope to see you at the show.

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Contents Spring Show 2012


Tour Worthy 12 H&G gets the Grand Tour


By Design 18


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Behind the Scenes with P&D Builders

Gourmet Style 59

Perfectly Placed: Setting the Table and Minding Your Manners

Great Outdoors 65 11 Glorious Gardens Depicting Columbus Landmarks

Our Backyard 81 Spring, where are you?


H&G Spring Show 24

New features, traditional favorites in store

Spotlight on Powell 77

Home dĂŠcor, furniture and accessory stores and boutiques


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On the Cover

Tour Worthy Bexley couple gives H&G the Grand Tour Story by

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Gritzmacher and Negron kept 13 of the original windows from the 86-year-old home.


ittle did they know it, but when Mike Gritzmacher and Ron Negron purchased a home across the street from where they were living on South Parkview Avenue in Bexley, they had all the makings of a tour-worthy home. So much so, the couple’s 6,300-square-foot home was chosen to be part of last year’s Bexley Women’s Club House & Garden Tour. What does it take to make

your home worthy of being on a tour? Bexley tour co-chair Bev Sapienza says the goal each year is to select a variety of homes with tremendous curb appeal. She was drawn to the couple’s home when she noticed the two had been doing extensive remodeling and landscaping both inside and out. Last year, the Bexley tour, which is held in June, featured 12 homes. The tour

committee had yet to secure a larger home until Sapienza approached Gritzmacher and Negron to arrange a visit. “Once inside, it was deemed the décor (and) design would be appealing to a large audience, and it was also of interest that they had done much of the design and decorating work themselves,” Sapienza says. “We want different sized homes with different architectural styles and the people

decorating them have to be good,” Sapienza says. “When people go through the houses, we want them to be able to get good ideas for their own homes.” The German Village Haus and Garten Tour features historical renovations and discriminating gardens all with their own unique styles, says John Clark, co-chair of the 2012 event with his wife, Jan. “We know people love German Village homes on the

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outside. (But) sometimes people don’t realize we have very contemporary tastes down here,” Clark says. “Some of these homes are 150 years old, and are very unexpected on the inside. We want people to say ‘wow’ when they come in to the homes on the tour.” Clark says some of the more interesting homes on the German Village tour, which is held the last Sunday in June each year, are those where homeowners have remodeled spaces or rooms that were originally designed for another purpose. The tour gives guests a peek of excellent preservation and original design. “A lot of times when these houses were built, people

didn’t have kitchens, electricity or indoor plumbing,” Clark says. “It has taken a lot of work to make them livable in the 20th and 21st centuries, and those are the ones that are the most amazing.” Bexley’s Negron and Gritzmacher made some of their own changes to the interior layout of the circa 1920s house. There originally were seven bedrooms, which they pared down to five by reallocating some spaces. The two stayed in their former house while preparing the new abode. The first year was all interior and the second stage last summer focused on the exterior. “The backyard was one big field. Michael lived

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‘We made it very monochromatic on the first floor, and then it kind of tints into different colors and some light, medium and dark grays.’ in the backyard and just did everything,” Negron says. Updating the front entryway, where they hung a new chandelier and replaced the flooring, was a top priority. “We made it very monochromatic on the first floor, and then it kind of tints into different colors and some light,

medium and dark grays,” Negron says. One of the more interesting aspects of the house, Gritzmacher says, is that 13 of the original windows are still intact. They converted the original kitchen on the first floor into a mudroom and bar area,

The backyard consists of three distinct sections: a pool area, a formal area for entertaining and an open space.

‘when you see trees, there’s a bit more intrigue, like you are looking into a forest.’ and built a new kitchen, which blends with a great room at the rear of the home. On the second floor, they took a smaller master bathroom and made it stand out by drastically altering the space. “We gutted what was a closet and bathroom area, put two big windows on the back where there previously was just a small window, and made it more open,” Gritzmacher says. The third floor was once a ballroom that, according to legend, came in very handy during Prohibition, Negron says. Many lockable cabinets were built into the walls and were used to conceal alcohol in case of an unexpected visit from law enforcement. Now? The room has been transformed into a much more innocent play area for Gritzmacher and Negron’s two-year old daughter. “We designed this whole space last fall with her in mind,” Negron says. “We just wanted to give her a space that is all her own.” Sapienza was most impressed with the way Negron and Gritzmacher made the remodel look like it could have been the original design of the home, which was built in 1926. “They did an outstanding job of blending their tastes and good ideas with the original structure and characteristics of the home,” Sapienza says. “They didn’t make a lot of structural changes where they tore down walls or anything like that.” The crown jewel of the home is truly the outdoor liv-

ing space in the back. In the beginning, there was just a kidney-shaped patio and field. Negron and Gritzmacher did a considerable amount of research on French- and Italianstyle homes and gardens before deciding on how to proceed. They wanted three separate areas in the backyard: a pool area, a formal area for entertaining and an open space. The first order of business was to put up a fence around the perimeter — and then cover it with more than 150 trees. “I think when people see fences, their eyes stop,” Negron says. “When you see trees, there’s a bit more intrigue, like you are looking into a forest.” The 8-foot-deep pool is surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers selected by Gritzmacher. “I just like taking different pieces and ideas from other places that I see, there is really no rhyme or reason,” Gritzmacher says. “As much as we love the interior, we really bought this house when we saw all the potential for this backyard area,” Negron says. The area drew rave reviews from tour guests, according to Gritzmacher, adding that several friends served as guides for the house, an important role because it would be very easy to get “lost” in the home, which has a very unique floor plan. “There’s no easy way to walk completely through the home, so people literally had to walk through some of our closets to get around,” Negron says. “As far as the tour, that was one of the bigger challenges.” •


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extreme effort P&D Builders Constructs a house in 106 hours

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n December, ABC aired a special holiday episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring the Rhodes family on the near East Side of Columbus. The family of seven was living in a small, one-bedroom home on Dewey Avenue until Delaware-based P&D Builders, along with thousands of volunteers, stepped up to change their lives. The highlight of Extreme Makeover is Ty Pennington shouting through his bullhorn, “Move that bus!” Although the show chronicled the project leading up to the unveiling, it is difficult to give a complete account of all the man-hours — 106 hours to be exact — that went into the project. P&D Builders gave Central Ohio

Home & Garden magazine a behindthe-scenes glimpse of what it was like to build a house under such strict time constraints. Well in advance of a family being informed that they have been chosen, the show’s producers send out a team to find a builder. “If we don’t have the right builder, we don’t have a house,” says Michael Moloney, designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Part of the selection process is to actually try and talk the builder out of doing the project, according to the show’s executive producer George Verschoor. “We tell them that it’s a lot to build a home of this magnitude in seven days,

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‘it’s a big leap of faith on our part when we select a builder, but we were very confident that p&d could pull it off.’

The newly constructed brownstone, a narrow and long architectural style, consists of five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Photos courtesy

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and things come up like weather issues and other things,” Verschoor says. Each hour on the project equates to one day for a regular build. If the project is an hour behind, it’s like being a day behind. “It’s a big leap of faith on our part when we select a builder, but we were very confident that P&D could pull it off,” he adds.

ultimate challenge For P&D Builders the chance to help a local family in need outweighed any challenges or sacrifices on the horizon. “Our entire team was honored to have had this opportunity,” says Mac Roberts, president of P&D Builders. “We wanted to do this for the Rhodes family after hearing their story, and also it was the ultimate challenge in building.” P&D vice president Ed Snodgrass says it took five weeks for P&D, a family-owned business with 12 employees, to mobilize volunteers and secure donations of food, beverages, supplies and labor needed for the effort. Donated materials included more than 18,000 pounds of ice, some 9,000 meals, 1,500 granola bars, 1,000 individual bags of trail mix, 30 cases of fresh fruit, 500 trash bags, 12 palettes of bottled water, 120 five-gallon water jugs and 10 palettes of other various drinks, Snodgrass says. “When you see that list, it gives you an idea of the effort that went into getting this accomplished,” he says.

By Design Personal touches are evident throughout the home as the Extreme Makeover team interviews each family member about their personal tastes, dreams and interests. “We all committed that we would not have this impact our existing customer base, and we accomplished this by reallocating staff,” Snodgrass says. Framers worked on P&D jobs on Friday, showed up at the Rhodes house on Saturday morning and worked until Sunday afternoon. They took one day to rest and were back to work on Tuesday.

summer storms “Everyone on our staff worked many extra hours,” he says. Although the show aired in December, summer storms (the show was filmed in August) created some tense moments. “One night, we actually had a tornado warning and ABC made everybody knock off,” Roberts says. Workers waited out the storm by singing Christmas carols with Santa Claus look-a-likes brought in for the holiday show. On another evening, heavy rain threatened to halt construction. P&D crew leader Jason Cordle quickly had to reassess the construction time line and get the roof on — quickly. “We basically said ‘stop’ to everything that was going on and focused on getting the roof on before the rain hit,” Cordle says. Thankfully, the roof already had been preconstructed in two parts in the church parking lot adjacent to the house.

The Grumpy Sub Jerry Semon, president of Shepherd Excavating, had worked on projects before with accelerated

time frames, but nothing could have prepared him for this. “I ended up being here for 24 hours straight, and I had some of my people here for 20 hours,” Semon says. Semon’s company leveled the land and poured gravel for the basement. “It’s nothing that we don’t do every day, we just don’t do it in this kind of condensed version,” he says. “It wasn’t always easy. I was voted grumpiest subcontractor for that 24-hour time period that I was down there.” A life-changing event made the Rhodes family what it was — a family of too many in a home with too little. Makia Rhodes, 34, had a cancerous brain tumor. She underwent emergency surgery in August 2010, and was unable to continue working. She turned to her parents, James and Jackie Rhodes, for help. She and her four children moved into the 900-square-foot home. The five of them slept in the front room. For the design, the P&D team decided on a brownstone — a narrow and long architectural style typically found in urban settings. “We pictured a home that could be found in New York City, Lincoln Park in Chicago or on our own Neil Avenue,” Snodgrass says. The brownstone more than accommodates the entire family with five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The first floor consists of a large, open living room, dining room and kitchen as well as the owners’ suite. The second floor has three bedrooms, two baths and a laundry room. The lower level has two separate specialty rooms, two unfinished storage areas along with the fifth bedroom and its own bath. When decorating, the Extreme Makeover team incorporates personal

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touches based on interviews with family members. “I put it out there for our designers that this family loves the outdoors, they love barbecuing, they love Ohio State and they are die-hard football fans,” Verschoor says. “I wanted to put a roof-top deck on the entire house.” P&D Builders instead suggested putting it on the roof of the garage. “P&D really worked with us on this to add something that I think is an extreme element,” Verschoor says. The two-car detached garage sports a flat roof that Photo courtesy extreme makeover

also serves as a great party deck. James Rhodes was overcome with emotion. “It’s hard to believe a magnificent and large company like that would just throw their hearts out to people they don’t know,” he says. “They just jumped in and I thank God for them.” When James embraced the people from P&D after meeting them for the first time, Snodgrass of P&D summed up the feelings for the company. “Happy to do it,” Snodgrass says. “It’s our pleasure.”

“It was exciting and overwhelming at times, not only are you doing something you’ve never done, you’re also doing it on such an incredibly tight time frame,” Snodgrass explains. “The family was fantastic, and it was a very positive experience for our entire company.” •

The roof of the two-car detached garage serves as the ultimate party deck for watching Ohio State football games and grilling out.

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Fresh New Experiences add Sizzle to Show

Candice Olson, star of HGTV’s Candice Tells All and Divine Design, will be at the show Saturday, March 3, from 1-2 p.m. The Columbus Landscape Association will build 11 spectacular gardens to salute Columbus’ Bicentennial celebration. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens boasts a brand new role this year, leading the Garden Stage which includes an exciting new exhibit.


he moment they walk in the door, guests of the 2012 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show will land smack-dab in the middle of a wonderland of spring sights and smells. It’s part of a brand new layout that highlights the show’s 11 dazzling, full-size gardens.

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THE PROS KNOW The Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by gridSMART ® from AEP Ohio, runs Feb. 25 through March 4 at the Ohio Expo Center. More than 450 exhibits, attractions and events offer unique access to the region’s top experts, SPRING SHOW 2012

including the NARI Remodeling Pavilion. Guests will save time and energy as they get ideas, ask questions and discover what their project might entail. They will find experts all in one place for every area of home improvement, such as a quick and affordable bath makeover, major kitchen over-

haul, new landscape design — or help with any homeimprovement project.

CELEBRATING HOME & HOMETOWN This year’s theme, “Happy Birthday, Columbus! Come Celebrate with US,” embraces the city’s 200th

birthday celebration with an eight-day party. The new floor plan means the 11 full-size, living landscapes will be visible from every angle, surrounding guests in vibrant greens and blossoms. Each garden will feature Columbus’ greatest icons or landmarks that embrace the best of the city. Individual gardens will feature the Brewery District, Nationwide Arena, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, City Hall, Hayden Falls, Buckeye Tailgate, Columbus Back to the Future, Columbus Museum of Art, German Village, Goodale Park and a “You’re Invited” birthday party garden.

EIGHT DAYS OF DEALS Guests have the opportunity to shop for every imaginable tool, accessory and service for any homeimprovement or landscape project. The show features showonly deals and specials, offering homeowners premier pricing on goods and services. The show boasts eight days of workshops, events and special features, including The Basement Doctor 97.1 Fan Cave and the “My Guy” Ultimate Garage. A Floral Design Competition is set for Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m. Amateur cake decorators face off in a live competition for cash prizes on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. Judging takes place at 3 p.m., with guests getting to sample one of the amazing cakes after judges select a winner.

Wednesday is Senior Day, with special events and discount admission for seniors. Kids’ Day is Saturday, March 3, and features the Dr. Insecta Bug Lab Experience, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animals, character appearances and Kids’ Corner activities presented by The CW Columbus. Candice Olson, star of HGTV’s Candice Tells All and Divine Design, is set to appear Saturday, March 3, from 1-2 p.m. on the Telhio Credit Union Center Stage. Olson will share her dramatic design ideas, take audience questions and hold a brief autograph session after her presentation. The Telhio Credit Union Center Stage will host the region’s best chefs offering recipes, demonstrations and samples, including The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Chef Richard Blondin, Spagio Chef Hubert Seifert, Barcelona Restaurant & Bar Chef Paul Yow and Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace Chef Tonya Harris. Guests also can meet The Columbus Dispatch Food Editor and Dispatch Kitchen Chef Robin Davis. Other spirited features include a Rockmill

Brewery beer tasting and a wine tasting. And Columbus Savvy Shopper Laurie Dixon will show guests how to save money in every area of their home. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Stage will feature useful and engaging events throughout the show, including vegetable gardening with Ashton Ritchie and a lawn and garden Q&A with NBC4’s Tom McNutt. The Lowe’s DIY Stage will be packed daily with expert demonstrations and ideas for doit-yourselfers. Complete stage schedules and show details are available at Show hours are: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; and closed Monday. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults, but the show offers special events and discounted pricing Tuesday-Friday after 5 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. $10 advance discount tickets are available at area Kroger stores through Feb. 24. A portion of select ticket sales will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. •

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Home-grown window company continues to give back

Columbus native Mike Rosati acknowledges that people have options when it comes to choosing replacement windows. Thus, he appreciates every customer who has chosen to do business with Rosati Windows. He says the very things that make his company different also have made it successful. “Our prices are competitive. We react quickly to service issues, and we control every decision that goes into building and installing our top-quality products,” Rosati says. “We’re just able

to take better care of our customers.” But Rosati isn’t content to just make and sell a better-quality, competitively priced product. He continues to focus the company’s mission on contributing to the local community. “Columbus is my home. I was born and raised here, went to high school here, attended The Ohio State University. As a matter of fact, my grandparents and my parents built their businesses here,” he explains. “As a result, we’re very passionate about giving back to this community.” Rosati Windows supports education, health care, the Columbus Fire Division, high school athletics and The Buckeye Ranch. A portion of every window Rosati sells goes to support

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“No one can touch Rite Rug on price,” says Larry Noel, Rite Rug’s president of retail sales. “It’s simple. When you work with the flooring experts who are buying more product than anyone else, you get the best pricing.” Noel adds that guests will be able to stop by a virtual Rite Rug showroom at the Home & Garden Show. They can shop for carpet, laminate, hardwood and ceramic tile, see the very latest in flooring products and talk with the Rite Rug experts about the best option for their home, lifestyle and budget. Buy it today. Enjoy it tomorrow. “Rite Rug is beyond full service,” Noel says. “We not only sell and install every imaginable kind of flooring, but


these programs, and more. “As a local company, we see the needs in our community and we lend a hand,” Rosati adds. Much of Rosati’s award-winning success also is traced to the company’s highly trained installers and customer service pros, as well as its commitment to help educate consumers so they can purchase the right window for their lifestyle, budget and home. Guests can visit the Rosati Windows display at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show to learn more about how replacement windows can save money and improve energy efficiency, while increasing the value of their home.

we help educate our customers. We want them to be customers for life.” With the largest inventory in the Eastern U.S., Rite Rug also has the luxury of asking its customers, “Do you want it tomorrow?” In most cases, the local flooring retailer offers the option of next-day installation. An army of skilled flooring pros, armed with Rite Rug’s decades of experience, will be on hand at the Home & Garden Show to talk with guests about today’s best flooring trends, options and pricing. Homeowners not only will have the opportunity to purchase flooring on site, they can also schedule a home visit and get all their questions answered.

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This year, Ohio Mulch is celebrating 28 years of providing innovative products and services to central Ohio homeowners. The local company prides itself on offering products that are affordable, yet safe for the environment. Because Ohio Mulch manufactures all of the mulch it sells, it can ensure that production is managed in an environmentally conscious way. All of the company’s mulch products — even its dyed mulch — are non-toxic and

biodegradable. Ohio Mulch is always working to develop the newest, most creative and innovative products. The company recently launched its new Prestige Mulch, a unique dyed-mulch product that offers an unprecedented money-back guarantee. Available in black, brown and red, Prestige Mulch is guaranteed to retain its beauty for a full year. “We’re locally owned, so we take great care to make certain that our mulch is made from only the highest quality materials,” says Jim Weber of Ohio Mulch. “We have 14 convenient locations all around central Ohio, offer-

ing 23 varieties of mulch, both bagged and in bulk, in store or for delivery.” While most homeowners think the company only offers mulch, it also carries a large assortment of soil products, patio stones, garden accessories and gravel, also sold bagged or in bulk. Central Ohio Home & Garden Show guests can visit the Ohio Mulch booth at the show to check out the more than 23 varieties of mulch. Its experts will be available to help guests determine how much mulch they’ll need and which product is ideal for their landscape. Mulch can be ordered in advance for convenient home delivery.

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Just hearing “Scioto Valley” causes the “We have all the fun!” jingle to start rolling around in your head. But demand for more than hot tubs, pool tables and pools has led the 30-year-old retailer to expand its product offerings. Scioto Valley partner Spencer Jacobs says that an ongoing consumer love affair with the leisure lifestyle is behind the addition of furniture and more. Scioto Valley might not be the first place a homeowner thinks of for home theater and leather seating, but it should be, he says. Scioto Valley’s collection of

fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and patio furniture can be found at its mammoth Hilliard-area showroom on Lyman Drive. It will also have a huge presence at the 2012 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, with a significant display of outdoor and indoor living areas. “Today’s customers are looking for ways to improve and extend their living space,” Jacobs says. “With the severe housing slump over the past few years, many people are staying put and spending to improve their existing homes. By adding a dedicated outdoor living area, complete with an outdoor kitchen, casual seating, pergola and a fireplace or fire pit, they can add an entirely new living space that functions nearly year round for family and friends.”

Scioto Valley’s unique line of outdoor kitchen and living products can be pre-made and delivered to the homeowner’s backyard for quick and easy installation. Whether the consumer prefers wood, wicker, wrought iron or deep upholstered seating, Scioto Valley offers the region’s largest selection of outdoor living furniture. “We invite Home & Garden Show guests to stop by the Scioto Valley booth,” Jacobs says. “Our team of professionals can demonstrate just how easy it is to expand living space by creating an outdoor area that will quickly become the most popular spot in the house.”

Show to Benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital coupons redeemed at the door and any ticket purchased for entry after 5 p.m. Proceeds from the show’s Preview Party will also benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Not only does the Home & Garden Show have a strong commitment to benefitting NCH, but the show has created ways that guests can support the hospital as well. The Design Center, featuring JELDWEN’s Doorway to Your Imagination, will include a donation box where show guests can deposit cash or checks made out to Nationwide

more. A water feature inside the Home Improvement Expo, presented by Rosati Windows, will serve as a wishing well 2012 will be a landmark year where Home & Garden Show guests for Nationwide Children’s Hospital can toss coins, which will also benefit (NCH), which is celebrating its 120th NCH. year of serving children and their In addition to the new 12-story families. main hospital, Nationwide Children’s Guided by the same mission that Hospital will open its third research founded the nine-bed hospital in building this year, as well as a new 1892, Nationwide Children’s has Surgery Center in Westerville and a grown to become a world-class center Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Cenfor pediatrics ter in Dublin. and research. When its new Commubuildings open, nity support the facility will be always has the second largest been vital to pediatric hospimeeting the tal and research hospital’s institute in the mission. Now, country. NCH will with more have recruited the than one milcountry’s best pelion patient diatric physicians visits annuand scientists ally, the need — all to provide has never the finest care been greater. available for chilAs such, dren and to find the Central discoveries that Ohio Home & fight the diseases Garden Show that affect them. has made The NationNationwide wide Children’s Thousands of kids like 5-year-old Beau, who’s being treated for Leukemia, Children’s Hos- benefit from donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Hospital team pital the official believes that beneficiary of this every child year’s show. Children’s Hospital. deserves a chance at a healthy future Nationwide Children’s Hospital This interactive play space, deand that when a child needs a hospiwill receive at least $1 from most signed to spark imagination and ideas tal, everything matters. ticket sales to the 2012 Central Ohio for kids’ play areas in your home, will Additional opportunities for giving Home & Garden Show, including feature a reading circle, chalk boards, are found at NationwideChildrens. advance ticket sales, select discount a sandbox, costumed characters and org/giving.

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Entries are judged on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. NARI of Central Ohio presented 19 local Contractor of the Year awards in December at its annual awards gala. Selecting the right remodeler is the most important decision homeowners will make in a remodeling project. Choosing a contractor who has entered professional award competitions such as NARI’s Contractor of the Year is a good starting place. These award entries require a lot of

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ment rapidly regrows where the harvesting took place. Strand bamboo flooring is the most popular, as it has a strong surface and is resistant to scratches and dents. It also comes in dynamic designs. When it comes time to choosing your home’s floors, it’s important to decide what characteristics, both practically and physically, are important to you. Do you want a

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projects. One example is microwaves designed for use in the base cabinetry. A drawerstyle microwave allows easy access for children and helps to avert spills. A lock is available to prevent the smallest of hands from operating when necessary. There are endless options available for the interior design of cabinetry. We have all seen the pullout shelves for base cabinets that eliminate the need to dig through the cabinet on hands and knees. This is just one of many develop-

ments that help us create a highly functional, yet beautiful, kitchen. Other cabinet inserts include tray dividers made of wood or metal, pullout trashcans and rotating, pullout recycling centers. But there are a few newer items taking design up a notch, which add luxury and convenience.

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Pull-Down Shelving Vertically challenged people no longer need to drag a chair over to reach the items on the shelves of wall cabinets. A pull-down shelving system made of chrome, which is beautiful to look at when the cabinet is open, completely pulls out of the cabinet making it easy to reach items on the shelves. A good place to incorporate this shelving system is over a built-in coffee maker or baking area. Pantries are one of the most used spaces for storage in kitchens, which is why most homeowners wish to incorporate one in the kitchen when remodeling. Pantries can be part of the cabinetry instead of a separate closet of days past. Small kitchens often cannot accommodate a full-size pantry so a pullout pantry, 6 to 12 inches wide, works well. Larger kitchens that allow for an 18- to 36inch pantry might contain top-to-bottom, lazy-Susan shelving that rotates for easy access or a rollout pantry with door storage. Both options maximize the use of space while making it easier to access stored items. If you are looking for a pantry that is more modern and sleek, a rotating pullout a guide to remodeling right

glass pantry is both beautiful and highly functional. This pantry pulls out and spins 90 degrees in either direction to allow access to stored items. It is more expensive than some of the others, but the sheen of the chrome, combined with the champagneflute finish, speak to Italian design and is well worth the look for discerning homeowners. Two additional items worth mentioning include the undersink pullout and under-sink removable chrome basket. It can be frustrating to move bottles around under the sink to find one particular item. These two items help organize this area and create better access to stored items. An under-sink chrome basket can house cleaning products and is removable as a caddy to be carried to other parts of the house. The chrome finish adds style and looks tasteful. The under-sink pullout simply pulls out to bring all of those cleaning items to you. No more knocking over bottles to get to what you are looking for — it rolls out to you, nice and neat. Unlike kitchens of the past, today’s kitchens can take on many looks on the outside and contain endless organizational surprises on the inside. Cabinets can be as sleek and clean on the inside as they are outside. By NARI member Angela Bonfante, Angela Bonfante Kitchen Designs

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hen a consumer is deciding on a contractor or service provider, oftentimes he or she wants to know what kind of experience other customers have had with a particular business. Through NARI’s Achievement in Consumer Excellence (ACE) Awards program, potential customers are

provided a way to hear about the experiences of consumers before they make the first call to any member business. The ACE Award recognizes NARI members who provide outstanding service. Consumers who have worked directly with professionals rate their provider sin several areas, including quality, responsiveness, profes-

sionalism and communication. The ACE Award recognizes those who receive an average score of 3.5 (out of 5) on these criteria. All members who provide products or services are eligible. Member companies of all types and sizes can be recognized as ACE Award recipients based on customer evaluations of their work.

The ACE Award is an achievement earned by providing superior service based on consumer ratings and represents a standard of excellence. Current members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Central Ohio chapter (NARI of Central Ohio) who received the ACE Award for 2011 are listed below:

1st Choice Glass Block Ace Fence & Deck B & T Roofing The Basement Doctor Bill Davis/Mr. Fix-it Blue Designs Buckeye Basements The Cabinet Shop Distribution & Design Campbell Builders The Cleary Company Columbus Garage Floor Coating Columbus Glass Block Custom Classic Renovations Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers Davidson Builders

Direct Home Improvements DiYanni Remodeling DMO Builders Ever-Dry of Columbus Ferguson Enterprises Fine Designs & Interiors Finish Line Building First Data Independent Sales Central Ohio FROG Hauling LLC Great Scott Kitchens & Remodeling Griffey Remodeling Hamilton Parker Company J.S. Brown & Company Keefer Contractors Kelly Cabinet Company Ketron Custom Builders

Kresge Contracting Kuhns Contracting Landa’s INTERDESIGN Marble and Granite Works Miller Troyer Custom Amish Cabinets & Remodeling MPGharrity Building Neverman Construction Nicholson Builders Nitro Restoration NJW Construction Northern Lighting Peter A. Robinson Remodeling ProXterior, Inc. Punch Out Plus Red’s Remodeling & Repair Regency Wallcraft, Inc.

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When it comes to hosting a formal dinner party, having everything perfectly placed makes guests feel both welcome and special. But with today’s busy schedules, it’s rare that family and friends sit down to enjoy a meal — let alone a formal dinner. As such, hosting a dinner party can be daunting from knowing how to properly set the table — with forks, knives and spoons in their proper places — to employing the correct table manners.



But hosting a dinner party should not be cause to panic, says etiquette expert Nora Cline, founder and owner of Modern Manners, based in Powell. She advises not getting caught up in “what you should and shouldn’t do” at a dinner party. “The most important thing when hosting a party is to make people feel comfortable,” Cline says. There are some triedand-true rules on etiquette,


however, that will make an evening run smoothly — for both the host and guests.

Dinner Party Rules • RSVP — Cline says not responding to an invitation is one of the most neglected aspects of communication today. “People don’t realize what a problem this causes for the host when they are trying

to prepare the right amount of food and beverages and arrange seating,” Cline says. • Dining — Take a little of whatever is offered. Say “No, thank you,” if you don’t like something or have dietary restrictions. • Conversation — Talk to the people across from you and next to you. Keep the conversation light and positive. Find something good that happened that day and focus on that. If not, talk about the weather. Photos by

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• Gifts — Acceptable, but not required. They are a nice gesture if staying over at someone’s house. • Flowers — In general, flowers are frowned upon because of the shuffling around it causes. If you bring them, provide a vase so the host doesn’t have to stop what he or she is doing to cut the flowers or search for something to put them in. • Wine — If you bring a bottle, point out that it is for the host to drink at his or her leisure. The host should not be obligated to serve it at dinner, as it might not go with what’s being served. • Chocolates or homemade gifts — You can’t go wrong with either of these. As the host, make sure you engage all of your guests at some point. And there is no magic number of people to invite — it’s however many people you can comfortably accommodate, she says.

Dinner is Served The utensils are the road map for how many courses will be served. Add utensils as you go away from the plate — like utensils go on the same side according to how many courses you serve. Try these quick tips for remembering how to set the table. • Forks go on the left — Fork and left each has four letters. • Spoons, knives and drinks go on the right — Spoon, knife, drink and right each has five letters. • The bread plate goes on the left (breaking the fourletter rule).

Once seated, if you aren’t sure which utensils or glasses are yours, just ask your neighbor. “Sometimes this gets confusing, so just ask the person sitting next to you,” Cline says. It’s a great icebreaker if you don’t know the person. Cline says she started teaching etiquette classes because she saw the need. Etiquette is something that “used to be absorbed” at the dinner table, where families gathered to enjoy a hot meal and discuss their days, she says. “It was a time to linger. Subjects would come up that we didn’t normally talk about,” Cline says. “If (etiquette) is a learned experience, you are more comfortable with these situations later in life.” But these days, rarely do families sit down at the table to eat together. “I was guilty of it, too,” says Cline, remembering her children’s teenage years. “I did the same thing, (buying) fast food and (going to) sports.” If a family does eat together, there often is little interaction — and lots of distractions — the TV, computer, cell phone and handheld electronic gaming devices. If mom or dad is texting or watching TV at the dinner table, he or she is telling others that they are not as important, Cline says. In order for parents to expect their child to behave in a socially acceptable way, they should: • Model good behavior, • Set expectations and limits, and • Make sure expectations are met and limits observed.

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Nora Cline teaches an etiquette class to a troop of Girl Scouts at the Glass Slipper in Powell. “Consistency is the key,” Cline says. Some of the biggest challenges Cline sees in children today include: • Interrupting — This occurs while a parent is on the phone or talking to another adult and not talking in turn. • Not listening or focusing — This is evidenced by lack of eye contact. • Too familiar — This is evidenced by a lack of deference for parents or other adults in charge. Cline says some parents try too hard to be their child’s friend — something children don’t want or need. “Children are not on the same level, but they are being allowed to be.” Cline is ever the optimist, however. For the most part, “children are polite and courteous when they need to be. Some children don’t even need to be in my class — their parents are doing a great job and setting the foundation at home,” she says.

Sit Up and Take Notice When it comes to table manners, Cline said there are a few basics for children. Come to the table with clean hands, sit up, put your napkin on your lap — and use it. She also teaches children how to hold their utensils, and their proper resting place when not in use.

Elbow Room Is it ever acceptable to put your elbows on the table? Yes, as long as there’s no food on the table, Cline says. If your elbows are on the table, most likely you are slouching or leaning, which shows a lack of interest or respect. Who came up with the elbow rule? Cline says she has researched its origin but, so far, has not come up with anything conclusive. •

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Central Ohio landscape designers routinely handle tweaks and transformations. But translating a Columbus icon into foliage and flowers? Now that’s a design challenge of the first order. Central Ohio Home & Garden Show planners insisted that the 2012 gardens adhere closely to the theme “Happy Birthday, Columbus,” honoring the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding. Designers found inspiration in everything from City Hall to city history and say visitors will find plenty of ideas, from paving to patios and furnishings to fire-

places, to transplant in their backyards. “It was a little bit difficult, a little bit different,” says Charlie Potts of the theme. He is a residential landscape designer and salesman for Benchmark Landscape Construction. “But we’re up for it.” Benchmark’s entry takes its cues from the Brewery District and features a fireplace and brick pavement. Showing what a company can do for homeowners, while adhering to the theme and budget, is always a challenge when creating show gardens.

‘Iconic’ gardens await visitors

“It has to be a very efficient design,” says Nicholas Besser, a landscape architect with Riepenhoff Landscape. But this is true for any design, “every inch needs to work toward the solution.” The company’s entry, inspired by German Village’s postage stamp gardens and cozy, colorful Frank Fetch Park, fills about 1,000 square feet — roughly the size of many village gardens. Such concepts will give visitors ideas on transforming their boring, bluegrass back lawn — or some small part of it — into an outdoor living room. •

The Brewery District Benchmark Landscape Construction Inc.

Benchmark Landscape Construction takes show guests into the historic Columbus neighborhood: The Brewery District. Located just south of downtown, the Brewery District was named for its role in Columbus history as the heart of the city’s once-thriving brewing culture. Columbus’ first brewery was opened in 1836 by German immigrant Louis Hoster. Others quickly followed. But Prohibition led to decline, and the neighborhood became peppered with warehouses and industrial buildings. Redevelopment breathed new life into the neighborhood, where condos, restaurants, nightclubs, a winery, brew pubs and a lively urban feel make it popular with young professionals. Architectural elements popular today

and 200 years ago are found in this garden. A clay brick pathway defines the neighborhood that once was bustling with brick malt houses, brewing buildings, bottling plants and working-class homes. The garden wall encompasses rectangular arched windows, popular then and now. The district’s telltale sandstone defines garden borders. Simple movement through the garden harkens back to the rectilinear street grid that characterized the Brewery District in the 1800s. Plantings then, as now, were formal, using Evergreen Taxus, Holly, Boxwood, Juniper and Spruce. A variety of standard city-approved plantings are in keeping with the Brewery District theme. The Hoster Smokestack, still standing in the district, vents an outdoor garden fireplace.

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Back, Now and into the Future Cedarbrook Landscaping and Garden Center

Cedarbrook Landscaping and Garden Center says, “Happy 200th Birthday, Columbus,” traveling Back, Now and into the Future. The garden takes a look back in time at the Columbus of yesterday, while representing the now city of today and a peek ahead into the city’s future in the year 2020. Guests enter this dramatic garden through a representation of the old Union Station Arch, which was saved in 1976. The arch now sits in its new Arena District location at the entrance to Arch Park on Nationwide Boulevard. Walk down the street, past flowering Crab Apples and Viburnum and old lampposts. White Pines form a park-like canopy and Rhododendrons highlight the view. Graffiti

art represents our urban neighborhoods, while a stroll past a water park and bridge spanning the Scioto River is represented by ornamental balustrades over the meandering river feature. Upright Arborvitaes and River Birch mark the path to a futuristic City Hall with its telltale clock tower. Cedarbrook’s limousine feature gives a nod to the DeLorean from the movie Back to the Future, as a tunnel transports guests into the year 2020, where a copper arbor floats over a patio and bakery.

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Five Seasons Landscape Management

Five Seasons Landscape Management celebrates Columbus’ bicentennial with a nod to the city’s iconic “new” City Hall building. Replacing the original after it burned down in 1921, Five Seasons’ version of the new City Hall will feature an inviting paver pathway that leads guests into a garden marked by the large Christopher Columbus statue. A pergola sits in front of a mammoth 8’ x 12’ mural of the downtown City Hall building. On one side of the garden, a grill counter with a wood-fired pizza oven invites guests to sit and enjoy the garden, while a small fireplace facing the grill warms and welcomes. Large Oak trees flank the garden, while ornamental trees, such as Magnolias and


Crab Apples, add flowering color to the garden’s center. Lush Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Boxwoods inject rich, green leaf foliage and eye-catching floral color to the plant beds. Pops of seasonal color and the intriguing texture of tropical plants offer added beauty throughout. Five Seasons Landscape Management invites Home & Garden Show guests to enjoy a relaxing stroll through its special version of Columbus City Hall as it salutes the city with a resounding “Happy Birthday, Columbus!”

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The Arena District M.L. Longaberger Inc. The M.L. Longaberger Inc. garden welcomes visitors to one of Columbus’ most thriving entertainment areas, the Arena District, which is home to Huntington Ballpark and the Columbus Clippers, Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and loads of restaurants, clubs and other entertainment offerings. Guests enter the garden through a brick facade. “Prison bars” give a nod to the old Ohio Penitentiary, which once sat in the spot that’s now home to the bustling Arena District. Once past the weathered front, guests are invited into a beautiful park-like setting. Among the first attractions they’ll see are beautiful Tilia trees perched in raised

planters. Together with several varieties of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Hydrangeas, they bring the streets surrounding Nationwide Arena to life. After turning the corner, show guests will come upon a large display area paying tribute to the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team. Here, a moving display of some of the Blue Jackets’ greatest moments and memorabilia is on parade for guests to enjoy. M.L. Longaberger Inc. has created a unique ice rink water feature that pays homage to the IceHaus and the Nationwide Arena hockey floor. Highlighted by a cannon, which serves as a waterfall, the rink acts as the basin for this unusual fountain.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Oakland Nursery Columbus proudly boasts of a great historic landmark in its Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Established in 1895, Franklin Park has a unique collection of both indoor and outdoor horticultural specimens. Oakland Nursery was proud to join Franklin Park, playing an instrumental role in the construction and development of the International Horticultural Exhibition “Ameriflora 1992.” As a tribute to this great landmark, Oakland Nursery presents a small sampling of the conservatory. Weeping False Cypress flank the garden entry, which evokes the east conservatory entrance. Guests are drawn into the space by an overhead cupola, reminiscent of Franklin Park Conservatory’s Palm House.

Once inside, guests will enjoy an array of pots filled with a host of different palms and interior plants, much like those found in the conservatory’s Palm House. Also in the tradition of the conservatory, a formal garden is filled with stately Boxwood hedges, Hostas and assorted perennials. The garden is contained by bold Arborvitaes that shield outside views. It’s accented by flowering Bradford Pears, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas and many flowering shrubs and bulbs. A grand Walpole Trellis stands over Oakland Nursery’s unique main attraction: a lively picture wall displaying the more than 100 hundred years of Columbus history and tradition found at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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German Village Riepenhoff Landscape, Ltd. Riepenhoff Landscape, Ltd. says “Willkommen auf unserer Deutschendorf garten,” or “Welcome to our German Village garden,” replicating a garden in one of the city’s most recognizable and unique neighborhoods, German Village, as its tribute to Columbus’ Bicentennial. Riepenhoff’s designers have drawn on what makes German Village gardens so special. The village’s small, tight lots provide unique challenges that become opportunities when properly addressed in designing the landscape. Typical of German Village gardens, the space focuses inward. A privacy fence and plantings surround a brick patio, while walkways guide guests through the garden. As visitors enter, attention is immediately drawn to a replica of the fountain located

in German Village’s famed Frank Fetch Park. A nearby pergola is oriented to take full advantage of the soothing sound of the fountain. The surrounding plantings, nestled under a canopy of Homestead Elms, provide color and interest. Miss Kim Lilac, Viking Chokeberry, Henry’s Garnet Wweetspire, Summer Snowflake Viburnum, Knockout Rose and Weeping Cherry provide waves of color and fragrance, while the Diablo Ninebark and Emerald Arborvitaes create a green backdrop. Masses of Hostas, Coral Bells and Daisies work beautifully with annual flowers to provide color and interest. No trip to Columbus is complete without visiting German Village. Guests are encouraged to stop by and say “Guten Tag, mein Freund!” (Good day, my friend!)

Hayden Falls Park Seely’s Landscape Nursery

Seely’s Landscape Nursery celebrates Columbus’ 200th birthday by paying tribute to one of the city’s great natural spots and recreating the essence of Hayden Falls Park. Like the two-acre tract located on the western shore of the Scioto River in Northwest Columbus, Seely’s garden features a natural rock gorge habitat, woodland plants and a spectacular waterfall. When guests first enter the garden, they’re met by a rocky wall and the sound of rushing water preparing them for what’s to come. Hemlocks, Sycamores and a variety of native and unique plants make their home in Hayden Falls Park. By following the cobblestone path to the boardwalk across the creek and


through the woods, visitors eventually discover the heart of the garden, a roaring 12foot waterfall, a re-creation of the beautiful Hayden Falls in miniature. As they relax on the deck and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem carved out by Mother Nature, visitors are transported to the shores of the Scioto River — if only for a moment. Seely’s garden will inspire show guests to create their own backyard oasis and to visit the real Hayden Falls Park, which is lovingly tended to by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

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You’re Invited Spellacy’s Turf-Lawn Inc.

It’s a party, and everyone is invited! Spellacy’s Turf-Lawn is throwing a bicentennial birthday bash to wish Columbus a Happy Birthday. Historic arches welcome guests into this garden collage, which pays homage to the city of Columbus. A scaled-down cityscape is silhouetted against the bicentennial logo wall. The path leads guests to a customcrafted, birthday cake-inspired outdoor fireplace, flanked by Tulips, Sycamore and arborvitaes. A photographic retrospective tells the story of a growing Columbus within a living framework. Flowering trees and bulbs accent a unique garden layout. Moving along an inscribed walkway, guests will experience a menu of iconic businesses and personalities.

They’ll pass a souvenir water feature to discover balloon party favors exhibiting some of Spellacy’s finest recent work. No birthday celebration is complete without a party hat, and Spellacy’s hat canopy tops a Cake Island Outdoor Kitchen, where visitors will be surrounded by the fragrant aroma of fresh culinary herbs. Guests are encouraged to relax and visit as they view some exceptional projects celebrated on the outdoor monitor. Nearby, a bed of River Birch, Boxwoods, Rhododendrons and flowering Crab Apples adds color and texture. Before departing, everyone is invited to sign the giant birthday card saying, “Happy 200th Birthday, Columbus!”

The Ohio State University Warwick’s Landscaping & Garden Center Inc. Nothing says Columbus quite like The Ohio State University and its beloved Buckeyes. And a backyard Buckeye tailgate party is a great way to kick off a yearlong celebration of the city’s 200th birthday. Warwick’s Landscaping has created the perfect setting for the backyard Buckeye tailgate, paying homage to the Bucks, the largest all-brass marching band in the land, Script Ohio and favorite songs, such as Carmen Ohio, Hang on Sloopy and Across the Field. The Warwick’s Landscaping garden welcomes guests with its mammoth stone fireplace and inviting seating area. A built-in grill is the perfect spot to prepare tailgate favorites, such as burgers, dogs and brats. Stone walls in that trademark Buckeye gray

and a welcoming stone-paved pathway lead to a pair of elegant waterfalls. This lush garden is planted with Evergreens, White Lollipop Crab Apples, Weeping Cherries and frothy, white Rhododendrons. A Japanese Red Maple and a colorful bed of spring flowering bulbs add color and visual interest. No proper tailgate would kick off without a big-screen TV, and Warwick’s will feature favorite Buckeye gridiron highlights, as well as Ohio State memorabilia. This “Go Bucks” tailgate party invites every guest to celebrate the city’s 200th birthday as they shout out, “O-H ... I-O!” Central Ohio Home & Garden spring show 2012


Columbus Museum of Art Wood Landscape Services, Ltd.

Wood Landscape Services, Ltd. presents its “Garden Gallery,” inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art. Juxtaposing the outside in and the inside out, Wood Landscape Services brings the typical gallery room to life. Installing proportional entrance columns, flanked by ornate containers stuffed with lush foliage and brightly colored flowers, perimeter gallery “walls” frame the space and welcome show guests into the garden gallery. Much like a fine museum, the art on display is eclectic and as varied as the color and textures of the garden itself. The detailed flooring design becomes its own canvas, showcasing modern-day craftsmanship. A centered gallery bench allows guests to contemplate the surrounding art or engage in creating your own art right on the spot.

A soothing evergreen backdrop is punctuated by summer foliage of homestead elms and river birch. Both provide a ceiling and backdrop for easels and sculpture, which rise from a colorful massing of ground cover and flowering bulbs. Guests are invited to stop and take a moment to sense the movement of the water panel that’s found tucked into the evergreens. It adds the soothing element of water into the garden and helps guests redefine their sense of beauty, as well as their own meaning of “garden art.”

Goodale Park Yard Solutions Yard Solutions says, “Happy Birthday, Columbus!” with a gorgeous garden inspired by Columbus’ first park, Goodale Park, located downtown in Victorian Village. The Yard Solutions garden represents many of the same features visitors see when strolling through the downtown park, only on a smaller scale. Guests entering the garden will walk under a unique arbor before noticing the historic limestone incorporated into the rich paved surfaces under their feet. Visitors are encouraged to relax under the shelter of the gazebo or pause for a moment along the edge of the reflecting pond as they take time out from a busy day.

The garden walls and natural rock formations help define pathways and contain planting beds. A combination of evergreen and deciduous trees are teamed with large drifts of flowering shrubs and perennials that border the garden. The variety of plantings offer visual interest in every month of the year. The natural materials showcased throughout the park are a nod to the natural landscape of one of the city’s most popular parks, Goodale, which has been preserved for more than 150 years. The beauty of these elements can inspire show guests to create a lush parklike setting at their very own homes.

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At Home With

bryce jacob Story by REBECCA WALTERS PhotoS by JAMES D. DECAMP

Bryce Jacob enjoyed working in health care and was successful at it. However, the industry required him to work — in some capacity — 365 days a year, which took its toll on his family. While a design and operations consultant for an architectural firm in Charlotte that designed senior-living communities, Jacob started remodeling his own home. Turned out he had a knack for it, and it was something he quite enjoyed. He bought a few houses, gave them cosmetic updates and did some remodeling work on the side. Eventually he turned it into a full-time

Vice president of Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers says the ‘real work’ begins when he gets home each night.

business. During that time, the concept of universal design, which accommodates homeowners and their families throughout their lifetime, caught his attention. Jacob also learned about Dave Fox, a successful homebuilder for nearly three decades in Columbus, most notably in Worthington Hills. In the 1980s, due to the economy, Fox made the shift from new construction to remodeling. In 2004, Jacob called Fox, asking for 10 minutes to pick his brain. “I pursued meeting Dave Fox strictly from a networking standpoint. I wanted to learn

what he had done to become such an influential presence in the remodeling market,” says Jacobs, describing Fox as “closed-minded” about their initial meeting as Fox was a busy man. That 10-minute meeting, turned into a two-hour conversation in which the two men hit it off. Among others things, they discussed universal design and its potential, the ideas of which they both embraced. It wasn’t long before Fox asked Jacob to join the company. Jacob politely declined. He was content being his own boss. But Fox was persistent and

offered him a sales position. Jacob again turned him down, but agreed to develop educational materials and programs about universal design as well as generate leads for the company. Fox had more in mind. Jacob says Fox told him, “I’m going to be retiring and there’s no one who can take my position, but you have the core of what it takes.” Fox was in his 60s and Jacob in his 30s. For two years, the two were inseparable. “He took me under his wing to learn how things work,” Jacob explains. “He was like a fatherin-law to me because the

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Above: Each letter is an item that Jacob found on a railroad track. Center: Jacob writes notes to his daughters each morning before school. Right: Ava and Calley being silly. company was like his daughter.” Fox retired in 2005, but has remained close to the company, which after he left, became a full-fledged employee share ownership plan (ESOP,) consisting of three main officers, including Jacob, Gary Demos, president, and Glen Scheckelhoff, chief financial officer. Describe a typical day. I get breakfast for the kids,

pack lunches and write a personal note for each girl to put in her lunch box. I typically have a few projects that I am designing or that are in production. I manage our team of talented designers. I also lead our marketing and public relations efforts. I am generally home by 5:30 p.m., which is when the real work begins — playing, helping with homework, dinner, soccer practice, reading or a pre-bedtime dance party with the girls. Where do you go to relax? We live close to the woods and river. I love taking the girls and our dog (Roxy the boxer) to the river to explore, skip stones and relax in

nature. I find the outdoors to be calming and my girls have learned to appreciate and respect nature. At home, our favorite room is our living room or kitchen. The girls enjoy cooking with us. The living room is for kicking back together and watching a movie or playing a game. What are your hobbies? I live in an older home that requires ongoing maintenance and remodeling that I enjoy. I have a woodshop where I do small projects and work on my carpentry skills. I enjoy taking my girls camping. We have a tradition of camping with my father. We cook all meals by

the campfire, explore in the woods, fish and connect with the outdoors and one another. Work wise, what has been your most rewarding experience? The first project I ever designed was for a family whose father and mother were elderly and physically struggling in their home. We reconfigured the ranch’s floor plan to include a new master suite with a wheelchair accessible shower, first-floor laundry, wider doorways and easy access into the home. The changes improved their quality of life. What inspires you? My family. My family

is the key component for motivating me to do my best at everything. Their support encourages me to stay positive, even during tough times, because no matter how challenging a day or week may be, they are always there to greet me at the back door when I get home. What has been your biggest challenge in life, and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge arrived with my first daughter, and was followed by two more. Being a dad has been somewhat natural, but it is constant on-the-job training. Part of my commitment to being a great father is to be home and not be overly

consumed with work. This is unfortunately a difficult formula for most to achieve, but I found it at Dave Fox. Our company prioritizes the relationships each employee has with their family and God. If you weren’t in the remodeling business, what would be your dream job ? I have always loved Italian sports cars. My dream job would be to walk in the footsteps of Valentino Balboni and test drive every Lamborghini as it comes off the production line in Sant’Agata, Italy. Just to sweeten the deal, I would like to assist with design development for Lamborghini. •

Bryce Jacob with his wife, Gina, and daughters Calley, 4; Sydney, 9; Ava, 7; and Roxy the boxer.

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Spotlight on Powell Tucked away off the main drag is a gem of a furniture store specializing in customized wood pieces and accessories — many items are hand made.

the collection 41 Depot St. 614-885-9091

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petals and leaves 50 S. Liberty St. 614-785-9690

The Bungalow, which features local, American and imported goods, is the newest addition to the unique home furnishings and accessories stores in Powell.

the bungalow 50 W. Olentangy St. 614-841-4448

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Situated in a 116-year-old cottage, Rue de Lily specializes in unique home accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts featuring exclusive brands.

rue de lily 32 E. Olentangy St. 614-888-5459

This family owned Amish furniture store specializes in hand-crafted furniture, most of which is locally made in Ohio.

buckeye amish furniture 50 S. Liberty St., Suite 158 614-846-1234

Specializing in natural gourmet soy candles featuring more than 100 scents, custom home fragrance, and candle pouring parties for any event.

the candle lab 14 E. Olentangy Road 614-338-9223

This feel-good store for women is known for its hand bags and jewelry, but it has some cool finds for the home including candles, potpourri, mugs, place mats and inspirational signs.

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82 Central Ohio Home & Garden SPRING SHOW 2012


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Old or new, we make beautiful floors that last a lifetime... Garages • Basements • Porches • Patios




Official magazine of ‘The Dispatch’ Home Shows

central ohio home & garden


glorious gardens


behind the scenes with P&D Builders

‘extreme’ effort




Bexley couples gives H&G the grand tour


glorious gardens ‘extreme’ effort ExclusivE : behind the scenes with P&amp;d builders SPRING SHOW 2012 Bexley couples gives H&amp;g tHe gran...

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