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Kentucky Homes & Gardens March/April 2018 Volume 15 Issue 2

On the Cover: An Understated Beauty Turn to page 50 to see more.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT 12 HOMESCAPE: Color in Bloom 14 LANDSCAPE: Limestone Garden Walls

SPECIAL FEATURES 16 GARDEN: Secluded Sanctuary


20 FEATURE: Top Trends in Fine Kitchen Cabinetry 33 ART: Ray Daugherty: Emotion in Imagery


HOMES 34 Entertaining Inspiration 42 A Shimmering Hearth & Home


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Decca Lounge & Restaurant



Decca brings exciting new American fare to NuLu By Kirsten E. Silven

Photography Courtesy of Decca

Situated in a historic building located in 1 This charming courtyard at Decca is one of the best places in Louisville for outdoor dining when weather permits. Photo by Sarah Babcock. 2 Decca Restaurant serves up adventurous New American cuisine in downtown Louisville’s NuLu district. Photo by Original Makers Club. 3 Decca Restaurant Head Chef Annie Pettry. Photo by Sarah Babcock. 4 Exposed brick, clean lines and an open floor plan creates a welcoming atmosphere in the foyer and main dining area at Decca Restaurant in Louisville.Photo by Original Makers Club. 5 Beet Risotto with Chevre, Pistachios and Mint

the heart of downtown Louisville’s East Market/NuLu district, Decca Lounge & Restaurant is a unique, multifaceted eatery offering a variety of sustainable, locally-sourced menu items. The establishment features two dining rooms and two bars—one of which is housed in a speakeasy-style cellar lounge—along with a spacious outdoor courtyard complete with a fire pit and meandering koi pond. “We strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where diners can expect friendly service, delicious food and drinks made from the best local and seasonal ingredients,” explained Decca owner and head chef Annie Pettry. “You can join us for a cocktail and live music in The Cellar Lounge, stop in for a local draft beer and a quick bar bite, or enjoy an extravagant feast complete with wine pairings.” Designed with a welcoming ambiance to make patrons feel at home, Decca Restaurant is also committed to supporting a healthy environment and a sustainable food system. The menu changes as often as the seasons to feature the region’s great abundance of amazing produce as it becomes available. “The team at Decca and I work very hard to make sure the restaurant embodies our personal philosophies for sustainability, locality, seasonality and general wellbeing for the food system,” Pettry shared. “Using these philosophies, we strive to affect change in as many ways as we can. This includes using only sustainably-raised meats, seafood and produce in their buying practices, as well as heating and cooling the restaurant using 14 geothermal wells dug deep under the cellar. Decca also doesn’t use straws, composts and is working to reduce food waste, recycling everything they can, including the restaurant’s used fryer oil.

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Beet Risotto with Chevre, Pistachios, & Mint Yield: 4 portions (about 5 cups) Ingredients: •1lb red beets, cubed (about 3 beets) •1 Tbsp olive oil •1 tsp cider vinegar •½ tsp honey •Salt to taste •4 Tbsp pistachios •6 Tbsp butter •1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped •¼ cup water


Pettry says her favorite dish on the menu right now is the crispy sweet potatoes, served with crème fraiche, toasted coconut and rosewater vinaigrette. The dish starts off with excellent local sweet potatoes that have an intoxicating floral flavor. She triple cooks them so they have crispy and chewy caramelized bits on the outside, with a soft and fluffy interior. The rose water vinaigrette brings out the floral flavor of the sweet potatoes and helps balance the sweetness by adding just a touch of acidity. Although she is originally from the south, Pettry has lived all over the country, including New York City and San Francisco, which is where she was living before moving to Louisville in early 2012. She opened Decca in partnership with a local family who shared an appreciation for great food and drinks, generous hospitality and a sustainable food system.

•1 cup Arborio rice •5 cups warm vegetable stock (or chicken stock) •½ cup crème fraîche •4 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated •2 Tbsp chives, roughly chopped •4 Tbsp chevre •1 tsp orange zest •16 mint leaves

Preparation: - Preheat oven to 375˚. - Wash the beets & place on a large piece of aluminum foil. - Drizzle the beats with olive oil, vinegar, & honey, & sprinkle with salt. - Wrap tightly in the foil and roast until tender—about an hour—& let cool. - Once the beets are cool, remove the skin by rubbing with a dish towel. - Cut the beets into small cubes (you should have about 2 cups of diced beets) & set aside. - Toast the pistachios in a 375˚ oven for a few minutes until golden, let cool, & reserve for garnish. - Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. - Add onions & water, then cook on low heat, stirring often, until the onions are soft & the water has evaporated (about 10 minutes). - Add the Arborio rice & stir over medium heat to toast (about 2 minutes). - Add the warm stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring often. - Wait until the liquid is almost fully absorbed before adding the next half cup of warm stock. Do this until the rice is al dente, then add the roasted beet cubes & cook, stirring constantly until the rice is tender (about 2-3 more minutes). - Fold in the crème fraîche, parmesan, & chives. - Stir vigorously to incorporate & add a little more stock or water if the risotto is too thick (the consistency should be saucy). - Check seasoning, adjust to taste, & serve. Serve: Divide the risotto between four rimmed plates or wide shallow bowls. Sprinkle with chevre, toasted pistachios, orange zest, and mint leaves. Enjoy!


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Color in Bloom

By Christina Noll Photos Courtesy of Superior Paint & Decorating & Benjamin Moore

Your home is your refuge and as such you want it to be a place you can relax. For most homeowners, that means choosing interior design that is both comfortable and stylish. That includes the right paint color—which acts as the backdrop for all other interior decorating.

1 Gunmetal 1602 2 Caliente AF-290 3 Meditation AF-395 4 Knoxville Gray HC-160 5 Winter Gates AC-30 All paints and photos by Benjamin Moore

“The most important suggestion I have for people is to choose your fabric first,” says Bobbi Ramsay, owner of Superior Paint & Decorating in Lexington. “You need to have an inspiration for the color you want to live with. Even though paint is the first thing you do to the room, it’s the last thing you should pick.” Ramsay says to choose your fabric and bedding, then decide on the paint color that coordinates. “We can make any color you want, but when you paint a room a color, you have narrowed your choices for bedding, fabric and carpet.” Most fabric stores have swatches attached to the bolt that you can bring along to the paint store to see which colors work best. When it comes to paint color trends, they typically last about 10 years. “There’s a difference between trends and fads,” explains Ramsay. “Fads last about one or two years, so be careful not to invest too much money into a fad.” For the last few years, the trend in paint color has been gray. “Revere Pewter is still our hot color,” says Ramsay. “Grays are tricky, they can go blue on you very quickly. Grays can have a blue, a green, a purple, or a brown undertone so be very careful choosing grays.” Other grays she recommends are Gray Owl, Coventry Gray, Bone Black and Chelsea Gray. Spa colors would be, Beach Glass, Healing Aloe, Wythe Blue and Wales Gray. If you’re looking for a dark gray, she recommends Kendall Charcoal. One reason gray is so popular right now is that most people prefer a neutral palate throughout the house. “I think people have been saturated with strong colors for so long that they are tired of them and want a softer, lighter, more soothing and restful look,” says Ramsay. “I still have people come in wanting to paint over red, navy and hunter green from years ago. They’re playing down strong colors and going towards neutrals or “spa” colors. I would stick with classic colors, but allow yourself one bold color that can easily be changed.”

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Ramsay explains that there can still be trends in neutrals. “About six to seven years ago our neutral was a golden tan and now the neutral is gray,” she says. Similarly, the trend in trim color used to be an off-white, like Navajo White, and now it’s White Dove, a much lighter trim color. No matter which color you choose, paint is a small expense that can make a huge difference. Ramsay offers the following tips for deciding on the final color: • Use a maximum of three colors. “Don’t make your house into a patchwork quilt,” she says. • Paint so the main rooms flow: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, great room and powder room. “The bedrooms can be on their own, even let the kids have fun with color,” she says. • Buy samples and test a color before you buy it in gallons. Use the test sample to paint a large section, not just a brush stroke. “Some colors can be influenced by the current wall color. So, if you have some white primer or white ceiling paint, paint a large area and then paint the samples over the white paint,” Ramsay suggests.


• Check your lighting. “Lighting plays a huge roll in selecting the right color. Just because it looks good in your friend’s house does not mean it will look good in your house,” she says. “I can’t emphasize enough, take the larger color sheet home that Benjamin Moore provides or buy a pint size sample. Check the color night and day so you can see it with incandescent lighting and day light.” If you plan on selling your house, Ramsay suggests keeping your paint choices simple. “Instead of different colors in every room, choose one color. You can go lighter or darker with that color just to give the house more interest. Make your foyer light then take a darker version of that same color in the living room or dining room to draw people into the house. Don’t knock them over with a bold color as soon as they walk in the door. It doesn’t have to be ‘builder beige,’ just a nice color with warmth.”

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Limestone Garden Walls By Bill Henkel

Kentucky is a unique country,

often called “blessed” by those of us that call it home. We enjoy the change of seasons, have a wealth of tall legacy trees, deep rich soils for growing food, and healthy horses. We have rolling hills that add dimension to our landscape and seasonal rainfall to sustain our needs. Finally, there is real wealth in our naturally occurring limestone. In case you have yet to notice, limestone walls are all around us, and like some of our trees, hundreds of years old. Limestone has been mined and gathered for years, evidenced in many of our older homes and their limestone basement walls. Limestone is a sedimentary rock deposited millions of years ago in varying layers consisting of calcium carbonate formed from the skeletons of marine micro-organisms and coral. It is easily lifted in consistent thickness layers, it breaks easily, and each rock is different in display, with it’s own unique history. When you build a wall with limestone, it is simply a reorganization of old stone to form a new structure.


Many in Kentucky use limestone to construct walls of 3 distinctive styles—freestanding, retaining, and sitting. Each of these is a different application and function, but all share similarities: they are strong, weather slowly, and gracefully change appearance over many seasons. Limestone walls lend an impression of permanence to our homes and gardens.

1 This retaining wall fits its natural landsacpe to perfection.

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3 2 A freestanding limestone wall can transform a garden walkway. 3 This freestanding limestone sit wall is the perfect height for folks to visit with each other on a lovely spring day.

Freestanding: Frequently seen, free standing limestone walls provide a narrow vertical barrier that helps define our garden rooms. These walls can be laid dry with no mortar, footer, or rigid concrete footer with mortar placed between the stones. The top stone can be a vertical cope stone or a horizontal cap stone. These walls are often seen on horse farms.

Retaining: Retaining walls are mostly installed to manage steep changes in grade, especially when there is little horizontal distance to simply roll the grade gently down. Grades that are too steep for safe mowing might need to be retained with a stone wall. Limestone retaining walls can facilitate the garden experience by adding visual interest and movement, and also serve to define separate spaces.

Sitting: Any wall can be a “sit wall” if one is able to sit down and get up comfortably. Sit walls are both freestanding and retaining, and are especially useful in that they can be used to contain an outdoor space—like a patio or terrace. A well-positioned sit wall contains the feeling of space, directs and controls movement, and adds a premium spot to park the fanny, serving trays, pots and planters, and other garden objects. One might even stretch out for a nap on a warm sunny day.

Placing a limestone wall in any landscape takes careful planning. Stone walls can become permanent features on the land, and it’s best to consult with a landscape architect for help. Homeowners should also be aware that building codes could come into play when constructing these walls. Landscape architects are aware of these codes, and educated, trained, and skilled in adding the best limestone wall to fit your outdoor space. Bill Henkel, American Society of Landscape Architects Healing and Therapy Garden Certified

When I was first out of school my first job was with Hillenmeyer Nurseries in 1976. I met a gentleman by the name of William Cowden who lived near Chevy Chase Lexington. He wanted to build two patios off the back of his house and he wanted them to both be contained on the outside with sit walls. This was all new to me and we decided to do a tour of neighborhood sit walls to determine the exact proper height. Off we went in my Volvo station wagon to wander through neighbors and friends’ backyards to sit on every wall we could find. At the end of this tour we both considered each other to be sit wall experts—more importantly we remained friends for many years and enjoyed lots of laughs from our tour and friendship. -Bill

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GARDENS 1 This charming view of the Tudor-style home’s front elevation shows the beautifully-wooded lot and carefully-selected plantings, which provide pops of color and texture amidst the greenery. Lush blue hostas, purple clematis, reddish-orange New Guinea impatiens and ornamental grasses are all visible here, along with a massive 100-year-old ash tree, Chinese sumac, Weeping Blue Atlas spruce, a variety of locusts and river birch. 2 The homeowner’s beloved canine companion Livie peeks out from the Snow on the Mountain and ferns growing next to a bench by the koi pond.

Secluded Sanctuary By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Jack Richardson IV

Garden owner Jack Richardson IV found this

secluded one-acre lot in Louisville’s Anchorage area by chance 25 years ago, after he decided to look for a quiet place to build with more privacy and less noise than his home in Middletown offered. Situated on a peaceful cul-de-sac, the lot was completely overgrown and surrounded by dense forest, offering the ideal location to build a new home and garden space that would provide a serene environment closer to nature. “I started designing the house on a napkin, then the design evolved to a notebook and finally to a blueprint,” Jack shared. “I acted as general contractor and took great pains to protect the trees on the lot during the construction process.” The home was designed to fit nestled among the mature trees, which left a dense canopy to provide shade during the summer months and still left plenty of space for him to add a variety of different plantings that would lend color and texture throughout the garden. It has also appeared on the Kilgore House & Garden Tour, which will be held on May 19-20 in 2018. “Half of the landscaping was already there when I moved in, thanks to the many large trees that we were able to preserve throughout the building process,” Jack said. “So everything else I planted had to be happy in a shade garden.” Today, the lot is home to locusts and black cherry trees, as well as maples, Chinese sumac, walnut trees and several types of spruce, as well as river birch and a magnolia. In beds designed to surround the stands of trees, he found plantings that love dappled sunlight and shade, incorporating a number of different types of hostas and ferns, New Guinea impatiens, Snow on the Mountain, coleus and coral bells, as well as clematis, azaleas and boxwoods. “Plants will tell you when they like a spot,” Jack revealed. “I also chose plantings that would complement the colors of the home and provide a bit of contrast.

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1 This includes the bluish-grey tones of the roof and trim, which are reflected in the blue hostas and spruce, as well as the inclusion of New Guinea impatiens, which provide pleasing contrast with bright pops of reddish orange. A deck overlooks the rear lawn, which is also home to an impressive koi pond that boasts two waterfalls and was carefully crafted from natural stone. A nature trail winds throughout the property and is crafted alternately from small river pebbles, brick pavers and larger river rocks. The entire trail can be lit by tiki torches at night, while additional lighting on the fountain and in the koi pond makes it easy to enjoy warm summer nights outdoors. “The garden is art in motion and I constantly have to improvise, so it’s fun to see how everything comes together,” Jack shared. The local deer, birds and squirrels also appreciate his efforts, which include providing sustenance for wildlife of all kinds during the frigid winter months. And as the garden continues to evolve over time, it will surely offer countless hours of enjoyment for everyone who is lucky enough to traverse its depths.

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3 A teardrop-shaped drive wraps around mature shade trees and plantings, which include a number of variegated hostas and ferns, as well as azaleas and New Guinea impatiens. A blue spruce, magnolia tree, two hemlocks, a Chinese sumac and skip laurels are also visible here. 4 Seen here from above, the rear garden is home to a large koi pond and water feature that boasts two waterfalls and was crafted using a variety of natural rocks and boulders found in the area. Two benches provide plenty of seating, while water lilies, Snow on the Mountain, burnt orange coleus and a variety of ferns surround the black cherry and locust trees. In the background a border of flaming red New Guinea impatiens border a bed of Australian ferns and massive variegated hostas that surround two sassafras trees near a seating area and fountain situated in the home’s rear garden. 5 Phalaenopsis orchids produce long-lasting blooms several times each year and are seen here adorning a black cherry tree, while bright red dragon begonias and boxwoods are also visible bordering the rear deck.

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6 This end of the walking trail is comprised of brick pavers bordered by a low limestone wall, lending additional texture to the space and providing structure for plantings in a bed that spans the rear of the home. A memorial garden for the homeowner’s beloved pets is also visible here in a bed of maple tree and locusts, which also features Snow on the Mountain, Japanese painted ferns, Ostrich ferns and blue hostas, as well as Everbloom azaleas and multi-colored coral bells. 7 Dappled sunlight filters through the old-growth canopy, lending a magical feel to the garden in this view, which also shows burnt orange coleus, boxwoods, tiger lilies and bright purple hydrangeas all thriving in their locations. 8 Carefully placed river rocks meander through the trees to make up this portion of a walking trail, which winds through all of the home’s various rear garden spaces, including a dense bamboo forest, and is lit by tiki torches at night.


9 This tranquil seating area features a fountain that creates the soothing, musical sound of running water and is situated near the perimeter of the home’s rear garden, which is bordered by dense woodland terrain, providing a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the view.

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Top Trends in

Fine Kitchen Cabinetry By Kirsten E. Silven

1 Sleek ebony ones on painted-maple cabinetry lends a classic feel to this spacious kitchen, which also features a beaded inset design and Milan door style, with a p-raised panel. The design also incorporates plenty of seating along the center island and a custom floral tile mural, which lends a multi-hued pop of color to the space. Design and installation by a certified Mouser Cabinetry dealer

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Today, cabinetry is no longer just for storage, but has become an essential element to boost a kitchen’s style, whether it’s part of a remodel or a new build. In either case, cabinetry is the crown jewel that brings everything together in one of every home’s most important rooms. “The kitchen is such a major investment and it’s truly the heart of a home,” stated Laura Dalzell of Cabinets & Designs. “We recommend timeless designs that will have longevity and remain functional for years to come.”

Form & Function 2 This stunning kitchen highlights the many possibilities that are available today, incorporating Mouser Cabinetry’s Premier Overlay, Inset and EuroStyle products with a variety of different types of wood, door styles and accessories, including double ovens and a range hood over the island, two sink spaces, ample storage space and bar seating. Design and installation by a certified Mouser Cabinetry dealer.

There is currently a rising movement towards a more streamlined look, but there are also a growing number of unique customized styles available that can really make a statement. To design the perfect kitchen, it’s imperative to take the time to review all of the many design and organizational options on the market today, then find a local professional who has the experience to bring your vision to life. “Organization and utilizing every inch of available space is a major part of kitchen design today,” shared Jack Logsdon, owner of Whitis Cabinets in Somerset. “Custom touches like power stations for charging electronics, pull-outs to hide pet bowls and a place to keep cookbooks are all becoming more commonplace.” It seems inevitable that technology would find its way into the kitchen, since this is where we spend so much time. At the very least, the kitchen should have a charging station for mobile devices, and if you often use a smartphone or tablet to follow recipes or watch cooking videos, consider installing a docking station or device holder. If you want to go really high tech, wireless devices can even be built right into the cabinetry, including speakers, televisions or even a tablet.

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3 Colors & Finishes When it comes to color in the kitchen, we’re still seeing a great deal of white in the cabinetry, countertops and paint, but thanks to advances in technology there is a virtually endless list of cabinet finishes and techniques to choose from. “We have found that most clients are searching for a softer white, instead of a brilliant bright white, so we created our popular “white dove” color match from the Benjamin Moore collection,” shared Kirby Barber-Riley of Barber Cabinet Company. “This is just one of the many benefits of being able to do designs that are 100% custom – we can recreate any color our customers can dream of!” This new flexibility has prompted many homeowners to incorporate multiple finishes and colors in parts of the kitchen, especially on the island, which is more like a standalone piece of furniture and lends itself nicely to a bolder look. “Shades of blue have been trending recently, but white is still the most popular color we see in kitchens right now,” shared John Barber of Barber Cabinet Company. “We have also seen a growing demand for acrylic cabinetry. It’s not for everyone, but does provides a smooth, flawless texture and is a very sleek look.

3 Stunning knotty cherry cabinets in a custom, mostly clear tint create a warm, inviting feel in this rustic kitchen, which also features pine flooring in a custom stain. The stone center island provides plenty of extra seating, while the built-in hutch with glass doors lends contrast and provides a place to display treasured items. Photo courtesy of Jolynn Johnson, CMKBD, Crystal Kitchen + Bath.

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4 Style & Design As with other parts of the home, kitchens have been adopting a cleaner aesthetic in recent years, especially in the cabinet construction. Modern cabinets are increasingly free of ornate design work that was often found in more traditional designs, featuring recessed panel doors with smooth edge profiles and simple lines. “Many clients are upgrading to inset cabinetry,” shared Barber-Riley. “Inset cabinets offer clean lines, which most designers, builders and homeowners want to achieve.” Even the hardware is moving toward a lower profile, and many kitchens have incorporated contemporary design elements without straying too far from the warmer traditional look. “Consumers and designers are moving away from solid doors and into grey translucent options,” stated Kim Dowell, customer service manager at Mouser Cabinetry. “We are also seeing more transitional designs in solid colors and multi-colored designs.” When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, a transitional look has become the mainstay, but it still ranges between different degrees of this style, from the subtle to the dramatic. The key is to develop a design that feels easy effortless but is also functional, with carefully-planned workstations that take workflow into consideration and make the most out of the available space. “When renovating an existing kitchen, it’s important to consider where the appliances and plumbing are currently positioned and what it would take to move those areas around,” Logsdon added. This includes the use of smart task lighting, as well as open shelves that offer easy access to frequently-used items and create an open, airy feel, while also giving you a place to showcase specialty pieces. “Incorporating lighting into cabinetry is growing increasingly popular,” Dalzell added. “We’re also seeing the return of more color to replace the neutrals that have been so popular lately.”

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5 No Substitute for Experience Regardless of the project at hand and whether it involves building a new kitchen or renovating an existing space, working with an experienced professional is key to having a good outcome and to being happy with the end result. “Homeowners should carefully plan their project and make decisions with the help of a kitchen and bath design professional to avoid any unforeseen problems during the project,” shared Jeff Ramsey, who serves as creative marketing coordinator at Mouser Cabinetry. “Homeowners should select a designer who listens to them and fully understands their design requirements.” Look for a kitchen design professional you feel comfortable with and who can give shape to an enduring, versatile space. With a seemingly endless array of storage and style options to choose from, it helps to have input from a designer with ample experience who can create a custom space that is also highly functional. “This year, Barber Cabinet Company has been in business for 70 years and we are still family owned and operated,” shared Kirby Barber Riley. “We are also a full custom shop and generate custom door and glass mullion styles, create custom paint and stain colors, build our own drawer boxes and even produce some of our own crown moldings and wood countertop brackets. Having access to a CNC machine not only helps with production time, but it also enables us to generate anything you can imagine.”

4 This cheerful kitchen features maple perimeter cabinetry in a solid salsa color with a java glaze and distressed finish to create a weathered look. Perimeter and cabinet doors are Bedford, while the drawer fronts are both Bedford and slab. The island and sink areas feature cherry cabinetry in an autumn finish with a java glaze and are also distressed, with Andorra doors and slab drawer fronts. Design and installation by a certified 5 Situated in a 1920’s colonial, this spacious kitchen features Brookhaven inset door cabinets in platinum, which is a soft grey tone, while the range hood was stained a deep brown hue to match the exposed ceiling beams. The refrigerator is cleverly concealed behind a mirrored panel that lies between two doors, which lead to a pantry on the right and laundry room on the left. The perimeter countertops and farmhouse sink is soapstone, while the center island is topped in Eureka marble. Photo by Walt Roycraft. Designed by Cabinets & Designs.

While many kitchen trends are subject to fashion fads, there are also a wide variety of design options available today that will stand the test of time, adding to a home’s long-term resale value and keeping homeowners happy for many years to come.

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6 6 With a soft grey hue on the oversized center island, range hood and select pieces of the perimeter cabinetry, this elegant kitchen also features a hidden walk-in pantry located behind the double doors in the back right of this view. The pantry provides plenty of room for food storage and creates a seamless look in the space, which also features granite countertops, a wet bar and plenty of seating. Design, fabrication and installation by Barber Cabinet Company. 7 Featuring mahogany cabinets and a custom Endgrain butcher block island, this spacious kitchen also boasts a backsplash crafted from glazed syzygy tile and Hammerton Studio lighting, with organic curved lines on the ceiling mimicked on the island, which also features plenty of extra seating. Photo, design and installation by Zoske Construction and Montana Interiors. 8 At first glance, this rustic kitchen looks so authentic that one might think it was constructed 100 years ago. Situated in a second home, the kitchen serves as a gathering place for family and is the very definition of luxury. The hand-forged hood boldly stands in the middle of the room, commanding attention even through the sturdy log beams both above and to the sides of the work/gathering space. Custom quartered oak cabinets by Premier Built Cabinetry. Pendant lighting by Dragon Forge. Photo courtesy of PB Kitchen Design.

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9 Knotty alder cabinetry gives this charming kitchen a subtle rustic feel, while the island is done in red oak and provides extra seating. Each was finished in a custom stain, creating a striking, two-tone look, while the decorative tile backsplash and pendant lighting add to the custom feel. Design and installation by a certified Mouser Cabinetry dealer. 10 This kitchen boasts a streamlined appearance and bamboo plywood cabinets with the core exposed at the edges to show the construction as a design detail that is also visible in the horizontal line that appears in the wooden backsplash. The cabinetry has a natural, clear finish and its design is echoed by the stunning light feature on the ceiling in this kitchen, which received a Silver LEED rating for using renewable materials. Photo and design by CCI Design


11 Featuring soft white cabinetry and striking natural wood on the ceiling beams and flooring, this timeless kitchen has plenty of windows to provide natural light, so the upper cabinets are deeper than the standard 12-inch depth and reach all the way to the ceiling. Other special features include a pantry cabinet with pull-out shelving and a number of special “bump out” locations designed to maximize cabinet and counter space. Design, fabrication and installation by Barber Cabinet Company.


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12 With a brushed copper range hood and reclaimed oak barn beam ceiling accents, this breathtaking kitchen beautifully incorporates a variety of contemporary and rustic design elements. Clavos hardware and plenty of task lighting create a functional workspace, while leathered black granite countertops lend a grounding effect to the design. The cabinets were custom made by Handcrafted Cabinets, while the center island is topped with Titanium Gold granite and pendant lighting from Hubbarton Forge completes the look. Photo by Mark Boisclair Photography. Architecture and Interior Design by Tate Studio Architects.


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1 Some Gave Their All Taken at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Daugherty is often struck with how the image resonates with people. “Sometimes I know why the image moves people,” he said recalling a time when he gave the photo to a friend at lunch. “And there we sat, holding hands and crying at the table with our wives beside us.” Other times, Daugherty cannot explain what moves people. “I met a nine-year who wanted to spend his money on something at an art fair, and of all the things in every booth there, he chose this Vietnam Memorial image,” said Daugherty. “It makes sense that the image speaks to a Vietnam vet. It doesn’t make sense that a nine-year old would be so taken by it.” It is that reaction to his photography, understood or not, that Daugherty finds incredibly rewarding.

2 Native Spirit Woman This image was made with the help of two Navajo guides tossing sand into the air so light could refract off the dust and reveal beams in the slot canyon. “I thought the guides may have used too much sand to reveal the beam, but I took the image anyway,” Daugherty said. At the time, he wasn’t sure how the full exposure image would turn out. “The brain can’t slow down to a fraction of a second, so in the moment, only the camera could see what happened,” he explained. “Under the sand is the appearance of a woman with a come-hither way about her,” said Daugherty, noting the framing of a woman’s hips and shoulder in the beam. When Daugherty shared this story at an art fair, he ended by saying the sand had painted a woman. “And a lady in the booth replied, ‘Or revealed her.’”

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Emotion in Imagery Translating the emotion of an experience into an image By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography by Ray Daugherty

Ray Daugherty sees a distinction 3 3 Photographer Ray Daugherty. Daugherty’s photographs can be custom-printed to a variety of sizes on metal, fine art paper, acrylic or canvas. His work can be found online at:

between decoration and art. For Daugherty, a Kentucky native and photographer, decoration is utilitarian. Art, however, is emotional. Daugherty recalls a man who, with tears in his eyes, bought a photo of a Hawaiian canyon. “He’d been to the same place with his wife for their 50th wedding anniversary,” said Daugherty. This man was buying more than a decoration. “He was buying a memory that moved him.” Daugherty’s early interest in photography was not based on emotion. As a student and photojournalist at Georgetown College, his job was to document a process. “My interest was in the ability to see and capture action.” Over time, his focus changed. “I wanted to translate the emotion of the experience into an image.” That translation took time to master. “I used to get caught up capturing the moment rather than being in the moment,” said Daugherty. Thinking back to the aurora borealis, Daugherty recalled, “It felt like my heart was either going to stop beating or beat out of my chest.” In the excitement, “I blew the photograph because I hadn’t removed the cap from the lens!” Before making photography a full-time retirement career, Daugherty worked in addiction research. “In that line of work, I learned how areas of the brain light up when we see something that excites us,” he said. “And I realized that’s what happens to my brain when I see certain scenes.” The challenge for Daugherty is to understand what he is responding to, what picture his brain takes, and then figure out how to recreate it. “What moved me? That’s what will move other people.”

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4 4 Emerald Waves “Sometimes you just have to wait for the right moment,” said Daugherty. “It’s difficult to capture the full impact of a wave, so I sat on the beach and waited for the sun to drop behind it to get this moment.” 5 Lightning Around the Mountain Daugherty wanted to capture an image of lightning during a storm in Sedona, Ariz. With his lens on the Red Rock/Secret Mountain area, “I went for it. But this specific shot, the way the lightning split around the mountain, was serendipity,” he said. 6 Marigot Sunset One of his most popular images, Daugherty finds tranquility in this shot. Taken at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, a popular spot known for its deep waters and steep hillsides where sailors find safe harbor during storms, Daugherty noticed the angle of the boat as the sun began to set. “There was a lot of waiting and moving to line up the sun, the boat and my camera for this moment,” he said.


7 Awakening Guided to Copperas Falls in Red River Gorge, the falls were not what amazed Daugherty. “It was the rays of light coming through the trees,” he said. Also known as God beams, crepuscular rays occur between clouds or through trees when there is moisture in the air, he explained. “Their name comes from the Latin word ‘crepusculum’, meaning twilight.” 8 On the Other Side Daugherty spotted this silhouette in an area of the Peruvian Amazon where a 20-foot anaconda had been spotted the day before. The intense Amazonian sun, a sharp Canon lens and the right angle allowed him to capture the exquisite detail of veins in the dragonfly’s wing through the leaf. “If I hadn’t been watching for that snake, I would have never seen the dragonfly,” he said.


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7 “Cameras see things differently, but we can make them see the same thing our brain does by taming the equipment, taking variables into account and knowing it’s not just a matter of zooming in on something,” said Daugherty. Although automation can be a helpful learning tool, he believes photographers must understand the image their brain is capturing. “You can’t always rely on algorithms. You need to take control of the equipment and make the camera do what you want it to do.” Whether he has captured a heart-thumping scene of coastal brown bears in Alaska, a slot canyon in Arizona, or humpback whales bubble net feeding, Daugherty must then recreate the moment. He uses two Adobe products lightly to process his photos: Photoshop, a photo editing and graphic design software; and Lightroom, an image management and editing program. “By default, the camera creates a JPG file, which discards 25% of the data. Instead, I process the RAW file to keep all data, and edit just enough to recreate what I experienced while maintaining the natural beauty of the moment.” The intense emerald of a wave is not an attempt to make a scene artificially beautiful, it is the result of Daugherty waiting for the sun to drop and pop the color. “I’m not interested in creating things or colors that weren’t there.”

8 Daugherty’s work can be found in the Bardstown for the Arts Gallery on the Square in Bardstown, Ky.; the Kennydid Gallery in Midway, Ky.; the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Ky; at art fairs throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia; and online at:

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1 The front elevation presents clean lines and a distinct Mediterranean flair, with pleasing contrast between the light-colored brick and dark roof. A sweeping circular drive lends added curb appeal and provides plenty of room for guests to park when the homeowners are entertaining, while the boxwoods, arborvitae and magnolias lend a classic touch to the well-planned landscaping.

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By Kirsten Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft

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2 Soaring ceilings and a grand staircase lend a classic feel to the formal entryway, which also features a decorative round window that is echoed in the shape of the chandelier. The open feel of this inviting space showcases the wide-plank hardwood flooring and connects to the spacious formal dining room and home office. 3 This sweeping view of the formal dining room and entry hall highlights the home’s many architectural details and open floor plan, which incorporates a stunning trey ceiling, a window seat near the main door and two additional doorways that open to the front porch and permit natural light to flood the space.

Situated in Nicholasville

right outside of Lexington, this home was designed with entertaining in mind and brings together all the features that newly married homeowners James Cain and Rebecca Bach-Cain have always wanted.


“James and I both owned homes we liked when we met, but we really wanted a fresh start after we married,” Rebecca shared. “We both love the beach and wanted a light, airy home with a Mediterranean vibe.” At 5,000 square feet, the home has plenty of space for guests to mingle and never feel crowded, but the open floor plan is also key to accommodating larger gatherings and provides more than enough room for the couple and their four dogs. Features like two oversized granite-topped islands and a breakfast nook in the kitchen, as well as built-in benches and window seats in the entryway and hearth room, a spacious deck that spans the entire rear of the home (not pictured) and an oversized dining room table that easily seats up to 10 guests all help to create an organic flow during parties.

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3 Rebecca’s keen eye for detail is revealed in her knack for designing spaces that exude character, with personal touches at every turn, including monogrammed custom window treatments and chair coverings, stunning artwork painted by her own mother, the addition of his-and-her closets and careful selection of colors, textures and finishes throughout. Other special features include double doors that open directly from the dining room to the front porch and garden area, as well as wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout the home in a rich dark brown tone that also picks up subtle shades of blue. The decorative tray ceiling in the dining room and coffered ceiling in the hearth room work with other details like the beveled subway tile backsplash and bead board walls crafted from wood-look tiles to give the home’s main common areas a custom feel. Far from a stressful experience, Rebecca says they really enjoyed the entire process of designing and building their dream home and are thrilled with the end result. “It was one of the most fun and rewarding times of my life so far,” she shared. “We knew what we wanted and put so much of ourselves into the design.” Although this home is still brand new and the couple has only lived in it for about one year, it presents a classic, well-established appearance. This approach will allow couple’s innovative sense of style to evolve over time, with plenty of space to fill with mementos from their travels abroad.

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4 The home’s understated beachy vibe creates a light, airy feel in the custom kitchen, which opens to the formal living room, dining room and hearth room, incorporating two oversized granite-topped islands to make entertaining a breeze. White sparkling quartz adorns the perimeter countertops, while beveled white subway tile lends texture and creates added visual interest in the backsplash. 5 A dining nook situated at one end of the oversized kitchen comes in handy while entertaining, featuring a wet bar, ice maker and additional seating. 6 The hearth room continues the home’s elegant tropical vibe and is situated just off the kitchen, boasting a coffered ceiling, custom shelving to house mementos from the couple’s travels and a built-in bench with storage underneath. Glass doors lead out to a large covered porch that spans the entire back of the home and provides added space for entertaining.

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7 7 A charming yet functional home office lies just off the main entrance hall and features a custom six-panel glass door to create an open, inviting feel. The quintessential Kentucky view takes center stage, framing the rolling green hills of a nearby horse farm, while monogrammed window treatments work with a painting created by the homeowner’s mother of a beloved pet to lend a personal touch to the space. 8 The master bedroom has a subtle island vibe, with a nature-inspired ceiling fan, bedding from Coastal Living and masterful detailing on the canopy bed, nightstands and dressers. The wide-plank hardwood flooring incorporates just a hint of blue, while plantation shutters and a tray ceiling complete the look. 9 Situated just off the master suite, this custom closet has a place for everything. Leopard print carpeting and two delicate chandeliers give the space a feminine feel, while signed original prints of Barbie dressed to the nines in a variety of looks add a touch of whimsy.


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AShimmering Hearth & Home

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Creating a home’s flavor with a mix of Palm Beach Glitz & Kentucky Hearth By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography by Walt Roycraft

1 After purchasing a house in the Griffin Gate community, Victoria Baker hired contractor John Franklin of Corbitt-Mack Construction and interior designer Mary Cynthia Martin of Martin Durr Caldwell for renovations. Over the course of eight months, the renovations included gutting the interior of the home, building custom fireplaces, adding crown molding and creating outdoor entertainment areas as well as complete room furnishings. The home’s lawn and landscape are maintained by Executive Landscaping.

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Kentucky native Victoria Baker is a former

teacher, coach and coal broker whose primary residence the past 35 years has been in Florida. The avid golfer with a love for horses wanted a second home in Kentucky to enjoy more time with her great-nieces and nephews. She chose a house with about 3,000 square feet in the private residential community of Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky. Perhaps best known for its golf course set on 250 acres of land, Griffin Gate proudly claims to embody the tradition of Southern hospitality. “I was looking for a place in a golf community,” said Baker. “Kitty Lane, with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty, found the house.” Community amenities including a fitness facility, club house and two pools were added bonuses to the home’s overall layout with a master suite and guest bedroom on the main floor and a double guest suite upstairs. For scenery, the eighteenth fairway is visible from the back deck. Some elements of the home’s initial design fit Baker’s Kentucky tastes, including the limestone exterior, barrel rim wood light fixtures, double-sliding barn door and equine-themed artwork.

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2 “The living room is where we brought in hand-carved Italian marble tables from Decorative Crafts,” said Martin. The gold patina mirror accessorizes the neutral gold and creams in the room. Those neutral tones allow the crystal and brass chandeliers to stand out. “A French balloon chair covered in embossed leopard velvet completes the conversation area,” Martin said. The grandfather clock has belonged to Baker for four decades, but stayed in her mother’s house for years. “When I decided to get a home here, I told my brother to bring it over,” said Baker.


3 A Jaunty rug frames the Fine Furniture Design sitting with a double pedestal, mahogany table. Hepplewhite style chairs, from Decorative Crafts, have an antique, gold leaf trim. In the foreground sits a marble table from the Biltmore Collection that uses bronzed grey hounds for support.

Despite the many existing features Baker liked, she wanted to make the house her home. To accomplish that, she decided to renovate. “I wanted to leverage and extend the equine influence of the interior,” explained Baker. “But also add some Florida flavor.” Baker worked with contractor John Franklin of Corbitt-Mack Construction, a company based in Lexington with nearly two decades of experience in residential and commercial construction; and Mary Cynthia Martin, an interior designer whose family-owned business, Martin Durr Caldwell Interior Designers in Danville, Ky., is the second oldest design firm in Central Kentucky. “I was impressed with John and Mary Cynthia’s collaboration,” said Baker of the teams that completed her home renovation. For Martin, the challenge of mixing two distinct, regional tastes was an exciting opportunity. “It’s not often I get to start from scratch,” she explained. “People tend to redecorate one room at a time, over time.” For projects like that, Martin may be tasked with updating a room in 2018 that flows into an adjacent room last decorated in 1994. For Baker’s house, Martin’s task was to combine the French country and Italianate influences of South Florida with the 18th century style furniture influences of Central Kentucky. “In Palm Beach, they tend to prefer metallics and glitz,” said Martin. “In Kentucky, we tend to prefer home and hearth.” Martin explained that the glitzy Palm Beach style can be, in part, traced back to European and Persian immigrants who originally settled in places like New York and New Jersey. “Gilding was a sign of wealth in the old countries, and that carried over to America,” she said. As those families grew and migrated south, those styles came with them. “They learned that salt and humidity ruined cherry and mahogany woods, so they switched to materials that could withstand the elements.” Glass, marble and granite became popular because they are more durable and do not erode. “The light in South Florida is also much different than it is in the North East,” said Martin. “And that makes a difference in the types of colors used there.” Palm Beach colors include clear sherbets and an abundance of whites. “You don’t see much stained trim down there.”

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4 And while Kentucky has its fair share of humidity as well as English and French influence, the bountiful supply of solid woods helped define its traditional style. “The trees were a great source for furniture making,” said Martin. “Hepplewhite and Chippendale were popular English furniture makers in the 18th century. Those pieces, mostly made of mahogany with features like detailed cut outs, carvings and fine upholstered fabrics, were symbols of wealth at the time compared to the more primitive furnishings of a farm worker’s home.” The reddish-brown of mahogany was a rich color base for the darker tones popular in Kentucky home interiors. “Victoria wanted to use antique gold leaf and ornate furniture,” Martin said, “And she also wanted to use white wood work and crystal.” To merge these preferences together, Martin used patinas throughout the house. “Brass is a staple in Palm Beach and Kentucky.” Whether it was fabrics, rugs, wallpaper or light fixtures, Martin carried some form of gold in every room. “Franklin’s team did a fabulous job on the renovation and Mary Cynthia was right on the mark with the color schemes,” said Baker. “The furniture and accessories she presented for selection were unique, warm and pulled the décor together, much like my Florida home”, said Baker. While Martin took the lead on the decorating, Baker selected the artwork herself. “That gave me the opportunity to do finishing touches in my new home.”

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4 A yellow ceiling allows the white crown molding, a feature Baker had added throughout the home, to stand out. “Customized cabinetry throughout the house came from Kitchen Concepts with nicely added touches like cabinet hardware from Willis-Klein,” said Baker. The kitchen’s Jenn-Air appliances were purchased at Pieratt’s. 5 A glass table top opens the kitchen’s dining area. The slick surface of the table and granite counter tops round out texture found in the rug and embroidered window treatments. To compliment the hue of the existing brushed gray floors, Martin used silver and gold thread in the drapery and a metallic sheen in the wallpaper.

6 “This is where everyone gathers,” said Martin, noting the swivel rockers, “That pivot wherever the action is.” With a pool table from Steepleton; Yamaha clavinova from Willis Music; and a TV and bar area, Martin wanted to sound proof the room. A Brumlow zebra-inspired carpet runs the length of the room to offset the minimal drapery which is a popular decorative tool to help reduce noise. 7 Red leather chairs on either side of the window’s plantation shutters give this room its alternate name: the red room. Behind the delicate French writing desk by Theodore Alexander, a company known for crafting each piece by hand, rests a Louis XVI style chair with faux mink fabric. Above the desk chair is a large, three-dimensional, thoroughbred themed art piece from Artique. The wainscoting supports the visual heaviness of that artwork. What appears to be an office book case under the window is a wine bar Baker brought from her business office. The home’s carry over gold is evident in the rug with highlights of red to tie together the room.

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8 A complete remodel, two side windows were removed and a custom-built fireplace was added to the upstairs suite for what Martin described as, “A cottage-feel.” The headboards carry gold into this room. The furniture, by Lillian August, is a French County style. The blue paisley fabric on the benches and chair serves two purposes: it grounds the room and it affirms the homeowner’s love for the University of Kentucky. 9 “Victoria wanted a red room, a blue room and a green room,” said Martin. “So I used gold and cream as carry colors throughout the home.” Gold metallic fabrics in the drapery and tufted headboard add shimmer and sheen to this guest room. For a slick texture, Martin chose a quilted bed spread from AST Fabrics, a company known for producing luxurious chenille upholstery fabrics. The room exits onto the porch where a custom-built stone fireplace was added as part of the renovation. 10 Renovations in this room began with new tile and replacing the tub with a seamless shower stall for the appearance of more depth in the space. Franklin and Martin chose brass and crystal pineapples for light fixtures to represent Southern hospitality. The geometric pattern in the wallpaper has a metallic finish.

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House Credits: Realtor: Kitty Lane, Keller Williams Bluegrass Construction: John Franklin, Corbitt Mack Construction Interior Design: Mary Cynthia, Martin Durr Caldwell Supporting Credits:

The Tile Shop Berkut Tile Perspectives Superior Paint Tailored Living (closet design) Bluegrass Marble & Granite BCD Industries (fireplaces) Crave Music Brock McVey Pieratt’s Willis Music B&W Awning Steepleton (bar/pool table) Willis Klein (cabinet hardware Barney Miller Executive Landscape

11 A carry over color in other rooms, gold is the foundation of the master suite with a cream and gold bedspread. The French Heritage head board is adorned with gold while the crescent-shaped end tables from Decorative Crafts are adorned in gold and silver leaf motif. White ceramic pineapples with gold tops rest on the mantle of a custom fireplace by Franklin’s team with an insert from BCD Industries. The fireplace and the French pocket doors leading into the game room were added during the renovation.


12 To elongate the room and add depth perception, Martin hung wallpaper from floor to ceiling. The metallic gold Wisteria, a classic English floral pattern, is from Thibaut, the nation’s oldest designer wallpaper firm. Franklin chose brushed brass tile shower insets that accent the marble. The light fixtures are in the shape of pineapples, a symbol of Southern hospitality that dates back the Colonial times.


An Understated


1 Surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful bluegrass in Central Kentucky, the Phillips residence is a new home made to look timeless. The exterior is a mix of materials including brick painted with Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams, hardy board and a stone skirt. The shutters are Chelsea Gray and the front door is Comfort Gray, both by Benjamin Moore. Details on the home that contribute to the old horse farm house feel include the rooster weathervane, cross detail in the gables and real wood porch floors.

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One family’s vision of light & love comes to life in this newly designed, classic Kentucky farm house. By Christina Noll Photography by Walt Roycraft

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Before Jessica and Jason

Phillips began building their home in Central Kentucky, there were years of planning and dreaming. Jessica, who had wanted to design and build a home ever since she can remember, started collecting floor plan ideas when she was young. Even after the couple bought 20 acres in Jessamine county, she spent a year using an architect scale to sketch design ideas before deciding on a floor plan.


2 “This is probably the most used spot in our entire home,” says Jessica. Adjacent to the stove, this space is a family hub and a great place for the family to gather in the kitchen. The entire fireplace is an original design and includes hand-made tile by Walker Zanger and custom made doors to give the square fireplace the rounded effect. Custom cabinetry, painted Hardwick White by Farrow and Ball, includes space to house the family’s board games as well as a cut-out below the fireplace holding some favorite pottery from Africa. 3 The kitchen is a cook’s dream with a European 60-inch range including six gas burners, griddle, searing pan and under hood pot filler for classic Italian cooking. Custom cabinetry includes a place to hide small appliances, as well as open bookcases, and a seeded glass case which holds the family’s white pottery collection which they have collected while traveling both here in the United States and other parts of the world. The countertops are matte finished quartzite—a natural stone that is stronger than granite with the look of marble. Right around the corner from the kitchen is a double headed porcelain Kohler water fountain from a 1920’s Pennsylvania schoolhouse. There’s also a built-in desk area for the kids to do their homework.

“I wanted it to be really timeless and classic,” says Jessica. “I honestly wanted to move into a really old home but my husband did not; so, I decided to build a house that looks like it’s been here a long time.” Jessica collaborated with Shai Murphy from Dream House Designs LLC to determine the final floor plan. Marion Jones of Bluegrass Fine Homes was the couple’s builder. The result is a stunning six bedroom, six bath house that evokes the classic style of an early American farmhouse. “In that whole process when I was sketching and drawing, I was studying different themes and periods of architecture,” explains Jessica. “I drew a lot of Pennsylvania (style) and different periods and styles of old America. I really tried to stay true to Old American home.” In terms of structural design, that meant including a lot of extra details, such as real working window shutters, custom cabinetry and simple, yet statement-making moldings and trim work. “We don’t build homes like we used to, and I didn’t want to cut any corners,” Jessica says. As a testament to how well the Phillips achieved their goal, Jessica tells of how one subcontractor who came to the home complimented her on the “renovation” of the home. He was surprised when she told him the home was only three months old. “He thought he offended me but it was really a compliment,” she laughs.

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Light was also a major consideration in the building plan. The entire back of the house is full of windows—Jessica estimates 25 on the ground floor—and many doorways also include transoms to let in extra light. “I wanted all that light to come in and I wanted views of our farm because it’s beautiful around here,” she says. There are also three specialty windows on the house, all a result of Jessica’s research and her love of architectural windows. With four kids, two dogs and two cats, the house, although a showpiece of beauty, was intentionally designed to be functional. “I did not want any wasted space,” says Jessica. “I wanted every room to use the maximum because we are a family of seven.” The result is an extremely livable space that is also pleasing to the senses. The interior design choices all contribute to the serene, comfortable feel throughout the home. “I’m not an interior designer by career but it’s turned into my passion,” she says. In fact, she has plans to open her own Interior Design business later this year. Her home is a showcase of her talent.

“I selected my entire palate in the house to be really neutral and I wanted it light and airy,” Jessica says. To this end, she chose to paint most of the walls and trim in the house Ivory White by Benjamin Moore. “That is a continuous color that runs everywhere through the house,” she explains. “I also painted my trim and my walls the same color in different sheens, which you don’t see a lot.” For furnishings, Jessica chose a variety of pieces that are both functional and beautiful in the space. “I am a big believer in mixing when it comes to design; old antiques with new pieces, mixing metals and various textures,” she says. Much of the family’s inspiration when decorating has come from their frequent travels, especially to Africa. Jessica is founder and executive director at Story Changers, a non-profit in Ethiopia that provides education, daily meals, medical aid and emotional and spiritual support to children in order to help break the cycles of poverty and despair. Story Changers has two centers and serves over 135 children currently. “I have made eight trips to Ethiopia in the last five years and our youngest son is from Ethiopia,” says Jessica.

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5 4 The large front porch offers panoramic views of the sunset, making it a popular spot for evening meals at the outdoor dining table, which seats eight. “Aside from winter we are out there almost every night of the week,” says Jessica. The front porch floor is natural Ash wood from Thermory out of New York and has been specifically steam treated to withstand all weather extremities. The shutters on the home have true functioning hardware, something not often seen on new homes.

5 In the family room, the entire back wall features windows with transoms to let in plenty of light. The moldings in the room are deceptively simple—the ceiling molding is made using only 1x8 trim—but add depth and texture. The walls are painted with Joa’s White by Farrow and Ball and the floors are pre-finished oak wood with a walnut stain. “I went darker on the floors since I was going so light on the walls and ceiling,” explains Jessica. Over the floors she laid an oriental rug and doubled it with a seagrass on top. Throughout the room are special touches by the family, including special treasures from Ethiopia in the cabinets. She and her son hand-picked the stones for the fireplace.

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6 The family is now in the process of adopting another little girl from Ghana. “So (Africa) is a big part of our lives and it touches all over the house. There is something in every room that is personal to us,” she says. Sharing light and love is something that seems to come naturally to the Phillips family and their front door is always open. “We love to share our home and property with others and we built it with hospitality at the forefront,” Jessica says. The property includes a treehouse with a 250-foot zip line, clay shooting, four wheelers, a large garden and dirt bikes, which neighbors and friends enjoy. “Many of our friends consider this place their local playground,” she says. In the year and a half since they moved in, the Phillips have hosted a large wedding, as well as multiple retreats and reunions for family, church and community. “I want the peace and beauty found here to be a haven to all the people that we know and love.”

6 Located just off the kitchen, the Phillips use this bright space as their main eating area. The highlight is the tent style ceiling with shiplap and large beams. Three walls of windows offering surrounding views of the countryside. “I love how I did my windows—I ordered them in raw wood and hand painted them with Benjamin Moore rod iron black,” says Jessica. The light fixture above the table, as well as some in the kitchen and front hall, are made from antique gas lights that Jessica found in Louisville and still feature the pulls that would have originally controlled the gas flame. A lighting artist in Atlanta rewired and rebuilt them for the home using a mixture of new and old pieces.

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7 The Phillips purposefully designed their master bedroom a bit smaller than their previous master so as not to waste square footage. “I just didn’t want a big master that you get lost in and I love the coziness in this room,” says Jessica. This room is painted in Elephant’s Breath by Farrow and Ball, a color that Jessica says changes to a deeper, moodier color in the evening light. A simple, yet elegant cross pattern on the ceiling made using 1x8 trim. Wall to wall wool carpet adds to the coziness, as does a reading chair, which Jessica uses often. The entire room is done in warm, neutral colors with a pop of blue. 8 The Phillips chose ceramic tile with the look of marble but without the maintenance for their master bath. The room also features heated floors, a walk-in shower with bench, double sinks and custom cabinetry including an appliance cabinet to hide chargers and accessories. A pull-out drawer next to the vanity includes plugs for using a blow dryer, flat iron and more. Wood frames around the mirror were custom made to come all the way down to the countertops. The antique-looking free-standing tub is actually brand new and enjoys a view of the property.

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9 A large pool with waterfall feature is the centerpiece of this outdoor space. Just off the back of the house there is a screened in porch, which the family uses often in the Spring and Fall, as well as a back porch with TV and grill for entertaining. There is also an open-air, full bathroom complete with outdoor shower. It’s easy for the kids to use without tracking water in the house from the pool, and also great for cleaning pets or washing up after working on the land. “It might have been the smartest thing I did in this whole house,” Jessica says. 10A & B On the upper level, a bonus area is home to the kids’ play area and an adjoining exercise room. “This room has an entirely different vibe,” says Jessica. “I went industrial and rustic, which is not like anything else in the house. But I wanted it fun and different.” The floors are Coretek, an indestructible material. In the play area, a stainless-steel countertop and chalkboard wall is the perfect place to make crafts. There are also plenty of cabinets to store toys and supplies. In keeping with the industrial feel, the handles on the closet doors in the playroom are made from plumb pipe. Jessica found the lights in the playroom on clearance, however they had to be rewired. She added all the rope to tie them in together.


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Kentucky Derby Museum Celebrate our state’s vibrant horse-racing culture with a hands-on experience of the history & tradition surrounding the most famous two minutes in sports.

By Christina Noll Photography Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum

tSpring is in the air, and in Kentucky

1 “It’s My Derby” is a permanent exhibit that features an assortment of past Derby outfits and hats, as well as personal accounts from Derby attendees. 2 Located on the beautiful grounds of Churchill Downs, the museum captures everything about the history and passion of the Kentucky Derby. 3 The museum features 2 floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits. 4 Hourly 30-minute historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack are available for visitors.

that means it’s almost Derby season. This year will mark the 144th consecutive running of the Kentucky Derby and one of the best ways to get into the spirit is to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs in Louisville, where the greatest two minutes in horse racing are held each year, the Kentucky Derby Museum captures everything about the history and passion of the event. “Whether you are a lover of Thoroughbred racing or are just curious about why everyone wears a big hat and spends the entire day awaiting a two-minute horse race, this is the place to learn about this iconic and beloved sporting event,” says Lindsay English, Communications Manager at the Kentucky Derby Museum. “Aside from attending the Kentucky Derby itself, visiting the Museum is the best way to get that Derby feeling!” In addition to capturing the history of 144 years of the Kentucky Derby, the Museum also celebrates the traditions that go along with it, including the mint julep, the Garland of Roses and the state song, My Old Kentucky Home. “Our signature event is our movie, The Greatest Race, shown in 4K, Ultra HD in the Museum’s 360° theater, one of the only theaters of its kind in the world,” explains English. The movie is 18 minutes long and runs every hour within the Museum. “It transports guests to the heart of the Kentucky Derby, providing a unique perspective from trainers and jockeys, to fans and even the horses themselves,” says English. “It will get your blood pumping and send your emotions soaring!”

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Another not-to-miss aspect of the Museum is the 30-minute walking tour of historic Churchill Downs, included with general admission. During the tour, visitors will explore the highlights of Churchill Downs, including history and facts about the Derby, with stops at the Paddock and the Grandstand. Other tours available at the Museum include the Barn and Backside Van Tour, which explores the backside of the track, where 1,400 horses live and work during racing meets. The Behind the Scenes tour lets guests see areas of the racetrack not open to the general public, including Millionaire’s Row, Turf Club, Jockeys’ Quarters and more. The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour and Race Day Golf Cart and Walking Tour are half day experiences guests can book. “No matter how much time you have to visit, if you can take in the 360° movie, The Greatest Race and then go on the 30-minute historic walking tour of Churchill Downs, you will get the true flavor and meaning of the Kentucky Derby and why it’s such an extraordinary, iconic event,” English says. In addition to the movie and tours, the Museum features two floors of family-friendly, interactive exhibits highlighting the history and traditions of the Kentucky Derby. Favorite exhibits include “It’s My Derby” hat and fashion display and the Riders Up display, where guests can see what it’s like to be a jockey, or the Place Your Bets display, where they can learn about wagering and actually bet on a race.

The Museum’s Matt Winn Gallery on the second floor is home to rotating exhibits, including the current spring exhibit focused on fillies in the Kentucky Derby, especially Winning Colors in 1988. “Visitors from around the world can walk through our doors and get an understanding of what the dream of competing in and winning the Kentucky Derby means to so many and what makes it such a unique, storied event,” says English. She notes that while pre-Derby is an exciting time to visit, there is still a thrill of seeing the Twin Spires or visiting the backside of the track no matter what time of year you visit. “We say it’s Derby Every Day in the Museum, but of course springtime is a great time to visit.” Upcoming events at the museum include Big Brims and Fancy Trims, an annual hat sample sale presented by Calospa and Caloaesthetics, on Thursday, April 5. Closely following the Museum’s annual black-tie gala on April 27 is FanFest Day on April 29. “This is a day to celebrate Thoroughbred racing, past and present, and to get into the spirit of Derby Week,” says English. “It features a full day of programming, with opportunities to meet many luminaries of the racing world.” As Derby gears up, so do more events, such as Biscuits & Bourbon on May 2. Visit to learn more about upcoming events, as well as ticket and touring options.

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