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Kentucky Homes & Gardens November/December 2013 Volume 11 Issue 1

Contents 13 Homescapes Do

it Yourself Painting

16 Antiques

18 Landscapes

20 Holiday Gift Guide 22 Gardens

Room to Grow

26 Special Feature

The Great Escape: Exploring Modern Man Caves

32 Artist

Contemporary Art

36 Home for the Holidays 44 Symmetry in Motion 52 Magnificent Manor 63 Discovering Kentucky

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Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re painting is interior or exterior, there are ways to ensure that the finished product is more masterpiece than disaster. BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT


“Don’t be afraid of color, it’s just paint...”

If you’ve ever tried to tackle a home painting project yourself, you know it’s no small task. We talked to Bobbi Ramsay, owner/president at Superior Paint & Decorating to find her best tips for do-it-yourself painting. Think About Color First “If you’re starting over with furniture and drapes pick your fabrics first,” says Ramsay. “I can make any color you want but if you choose the color first that will limit you in fabric choices down the road.” She recommends trying to limit color choices to three in the main areas of the house: Foyer, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Great Room. “Of those three colors you can go lighter or darker in shade, which gives you more colors and keeps you in the same family,” she says. “You don’t want to look like a patchwork quilt.” Ramsay stresses, “don’t be afraid of color, it’s just paint. Go a little darker and richer and if you want orange, go orange.” Use quality paint and tools. “No one likes to paint so why make it harder than it is,” says Ramsay. For example, she recommends using a quality roller cover, because it makes your job easier and looks more professional. Quality paint is also a must. “At Superior Paint, we ask several questions when starting your project because we want to make sure you use the right paint for your project,” she explains. “If you’re not sure about the color, always invest in a pint to test the color and see if you are satisfied. Use the right tools, the best paint and you will see a huge difference.” Do the Prep Work. Whether it’s interior or exterior, Ramsay highly recommends that you always do prep work, such as caulking, spackle, lightly sanding and cleaning. “Your finished job will look much better and it will last longer too,” she says. Avoid Common Mistakes Some of the most common mistakes include choosing the wrong color, using too glossy of a finish on the walls, painting latex over oil and being afraid of color. “We sell pints and it’s the best way to see what the color will look like on your walls,” Ramsay says. “The most common mistake is people pick a neutral that is too pink or a gray that is too blue.”


“...if you want orange, go orange.”

Shiny walls show every imperfection in the wall, so choose a Matte or Eggshell finish for the walls and flat for the ceiling. “The biggest mistake with painting trim is people don’t like to paint with oil and 80% of the time that is what’s on their trim,” she explains. “If they go over it with latex, it will peel off in sheets.” Today, paint companies have come out with oil/ latex hybrids--Benjamin Moore calls their product Advance—it has the characteristics of oil, including brush strokes that level out and more durability, but with the convenience of soap and water cleanup and low odor. Finally, Ramsay says, “Don’t forget your ceiling--it wants to be noticed too.” Know When to Hire a Professional For interior spaces, it’s always wise to hire a professional for tricky areas such as two-story foyers, great rooms and stairwells. “A painter will have the scaffolding and proper ladders, where a consumer would more than likely have to rent them,” Ramsay explains. If you don’t like heights your hand will not be as steady when painting in the trim around the ceiling. Ramsay believes all exterior painting should be done by a professional because of all the prep work involved. “The exterior will most likely need caulking, cleaning, scraping off peeling paint and priming bare wood,” she says. “Because of the work involved, a lot of homeowners skip this process which causes the paint to fail.” Most people don’t paint the exterior as often as they change color in the interior and since you’ll want it to last as long as possible, with 15, 20, 25 years not being unheard of, it’s best to hire a professional and use top quality paint to make the job last,” she says. “Exterior is not the place to skimp on product or prep work.” Ramsay says the same holds true for decks: power wash and clean off all molds, dirt and mildew before applying a fresh coat of stain. When all is said and done, you can be confident in your own painting job, if you follow these simple tips. The trick is to just go for it. “Remember, paint will make the biggest impact in your room for the least amount of money,” says Ramsay.




Sophisticated Sterling Kentucky’s Most Sought-After Silver Patterns BY JERRY SHROUT PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT



Now that the Holidays are upon us, many festive Bluegrass tables will be set with sophisticated sterling flatware at family gatherings and elegant dinner parties to celebrate the season. Although many sterling patterns are available; certain styles are particularly popular in the Commonwealth. Collectors of each of these patterns are not limited to flatware, but also seek serving pieces and various “hollowware” forms to complete their respective patterns. Following is a brief synopsis and history of Kentucky’s most sought after patterns… #10 Repousse by Kirk Stieff: Originating in 1828, Repousse (pronounced rep-ou-zay) is the oldest sterling pattern still currently in production. Southern in style, this pattern features a floral relief, while flat on the reverse side. #9 Lily by Whiting (later Gorham): With its luxurious Art Nouveau style, Lily is a somewhat rare pattern which originated in 1902. With the demise of Whiting, the pattern was discontinued. Availability is currently found in the secondary market via antique stores and sterling matching services; or by “made to order” requests from Gorham. #8 Buttercup by Gorham: One of the oldest and once most popular patterns for brides throughout the South, Buttercup is a delicate symmetrical pattern which mixes well with many china settings. The pattern was first introduced in 1899. #7 Fairfax by Gorham: The clean, masculine lines of this pattern allow it be easily introduced into a mixed set, which makes it very popular with bachelors and those with a more contemporary flair. #6 Francis I by Reed & Barton: Originating in 1907, Francis I is Reed and Barton’s most popular pattern to date. Collectors love the fact that each piece features a unique design in the center of the handle; a total of 15 motifs spread across all pieces in the pattern.


#5 Old Master by Towle: A classic and immensely popular pattern, Old Master was designed by prominent designer Harold Nock and introduced in 1942. It remains a popular choice due to its wonderful balance between intricacy and simplistic style.

4 1 A cocktail fork and teaspoon in the luxurious Lily pattern by Whiting.

4 A four piece place setting in the popular Chantilly pattern.

2 The elegant and versatile Strasbourg pattern.

5 Nationally, Grande Baroque is the most popular pattern, but not in Kentucky.

3 The most popular pattern in the Bluegrass; Old Colonial by Towle.

5 6 Many flatware patterns also have their own hollowware designs, such as this elegant bowl in the Francis I pattern. 7 Another sought-after Towle pattern, Old Master.

#4 Chantilly by Gorham: One of the most traditional patterns, Chantilly appeals to those with a classic, understated sense of style. The pattern was first introduced in 1895, and remains a favorite with registering brides to this day.


#3 Grande Baroque by Wallace: America’s most popular pattern also enjoys a place in many prominent Kentucky homes. The pattern was introduced in 1941 during America’s second World War; a time which, surprisingly, saw a vast amount of wealth in this country due to the fact that more women were working than at any time previously. As a result, the 1940’s saw introduction of a vast array of female-centered luxury products, including sterling and jewelry. Grande Baroque is one of the heaviest patterns and is ornately crafted with renaissance inspired scrollwork and the signature piercings that set it apart from others. #2 Strasbourg by Gorham: Introduced in 1897, this pattern is similar to Chantilly with its glossy finish and plume design. Due to its versatility and understated elegance, serving pieces in the pattern may be easily mixed to complement other patterns and add variety to a silver service. #1 Old Colonial by Towle: If you’re from Kentucky and you inherited a set of sterling flatware from your grandmother, it was probably Old Colonial. While not the most popular pattern on any national list, Old Colonial is easily the most popular pattern in Kentucky. Characterized by a stylish pediment end and distinctive scalloped bowl, the pattern is elegant enough to complement the finest porcelain but casual enough to accompany much less sophisticated china. Much like Kentucky, Old Colonial is classically versatile and adaptable to a variety of tastes.


For silver collectors, collecting patterns can be a fun hobby. Some make it their goal to collect all the various pieces available in only one pattern, while more adventurous collectors seek a more eclectic blending of several patterns. Whatever your taste, there’s a wide universe of items available, from the very simple to most elaborate. Jerry Shrout is the Proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at 859-233-9375 or at



A Affair


With the green revolution on everyone’s minds, consumers are more concerned than ever about eco-friendly alternatives. Everything from the origin of their food, to energy efficiency, to recycling is on the table. Americans are taking a more critical look at their everyday choices. Homeowners have begun to reevaluate their landscape practices as well, looking to organic and sustainable land care programs. With lawn care fertilizers and pesticides among some of the top pollutants, it’s about time. A “green” lawn is about more than just color; it’s about making healthy choices. Soil free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers is safer and better for children and pets. Organic lawn care works to build the health of the soil and out-compete weeds instead of eradicate them. Although organic and conventional lawn care methods both strive to establish thick green weed-free lawns, there are some basic distinctions in the processes involved. Let’s compare the lawns of two fictional families: The Leonards want a natural lawn that looks nice, but also benefits wildlife, reduces water pollution, and becomes self-sustaining with time. The Smiths just want a pretty lawn. In spring the Leonards take a soil sample to determine pH, organic matter, micro and macronutrient content. The results of this test enable them to determine the correct adjustments for their lawn. They seed clover as an early low-maintenance addition to their fescue which will help to shade out weeds later in the season and provide much of the lawn’s basic nitrogen needs for the year. They also apply a slow release organic fertilizer to the lawn. The dogs and children are safe to enjoy the early spring weather on the lawn. The fertilizer breaks down over time giving the lawn a sustained green. The Smiths apply pre-emergent herbicide to the entire lawn. The children and pets have to stay off the lawn for 24 hours. The Smiths notice this year they see fewer birds and wildlife. They fear the herbicide may have contributed to the decreased sightings. The Smiths apply a synthetic fertilizer, which gives an immediate flush of green. However the turf cannot take up the overload of nutrients all at once, causing some of the excess to leach into the groundwater during the next rain. The Smiths must stay off the lawn until the grass dries according to the chemical label. The lawn, however, looks good and is green earlier than the rest of the lawns in the neighborhood.


Through the months of May and June the Leonards kids occasionally dig dandelions after school. The Leonards pay their children 25 cents each dandelion as an incentive and the kids happily agree, spending the afternoon

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outside seeing who can dig the most. A June application of slow release organic fertilizer is applied. As July rolls around the Leonards apply compost tea instead of a fungicide to the lawn to inoculate the soil and turf with beneficial organisms that act as a living barrier against pest and disease pathogens, and build the health of the soil. The tea also improves aeration, and soil structure, and breaks down thatch. The Leonards spend the evening outside watching bees, birds and butterflies. The Smiths apply a weed-and-feed product to the lawn and around the base of several trees. The product turns the lawn green and kills the weeds, however, the Smiths fail to read the fine print on the label and several trees begin to exhibit signs of herbicide damage. After regularly watering 2 to 3 times a week, the Smiths apply a second round of herbicides and a fungicide to the remaining weeds. A neighbor’s child chases her dog into the yard tracking the herbicide home on her feet. In August, the Leonards continue to routinely water 1 ½ inches per week and the kids monitor their rain gauge for a school project to be sure the lawn gets the amount of water it needs. The clover keeps the lawn green and the turf thick even when the neighboring lawns begin to look dry and less green in the summer heat. The Smiths’ consistent watering attracts some grub pressure; they apply an insecticide and stay off the lawn for 24 hours. The insecticide also kills many of the pollinators present in their yard as well as the beneficial organisms naturally present in the soil. The season wraps up in October. The Leonards aerate and top dress the lawn with compost and add soil amendments, relieving compaction and building organic matter while correcting deficiencies. They seed the lawn to fill in bare areas and establish a thick healthy turf for next season. The Smiths apply another application of synthetic fertilizer and herbicide to hold them over through the fall and give an early start in the spring. The family must avoid the lawn for 24 hours. The turf has had a rough summer however it stays weed free and green a majority of the season. Both lawns look good. However, the Smiths’ lawn isn’t healthy or happy. The microbes in the soil have been destroyed. The Smiths’ lawn is an illusion. To maintain the façade they will have to continue to use chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. This ongoing routine requires more inputs and effort each year. The Leonards were able to maintain a lush and green lawn without toxic chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. Their lawn is a self-sustaining and balanced ecosystem. The Leonards have a healthy lawn, safe for children pets and wildlife. In addition, they have reduced pollution and slowed storm water run off. Each year their program builds the soil and decreases the inputs necessary to maintain a healthy green lawn.


Holiday Gift Guide Artique, a celebration of creativity, features Kentucky’s most extraordinary collection of jewelry and gifts, all handcrafted in America. Among it’s many awards, Artique was named “Top Retailer” nationally by Niche magazine and the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award in the Arts. Artique sells fine jewelry, blown glass, furniture, equine art, and extraordinary gifts to celebrate all significant life occasions. Located downtown in the Lexington Center (859.233.1774) & Lexington Green (859.272.8802) Mon.-Sun. 10-9. 1.800.288.1774

When you think Christmas, there’s nowhere better than The Corman Marketplace for everything you need for the holiday season. Whether you are searching for a special ornament for a gift or a nutcracker for a unique collection, The Corman Marketplace offers a large selection of Christmas décor and gifts. Open Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 881 Floyd Drive, Lexington, KY 859.233.0544

Charm is evident in this unique shop on the corner of Euclid and High Street in the heart of Chevy Chase. As you leisurely explore, you will find quality handmade reproduction lighting, fine English-and American-made furniture, original oil paintings, elegant accessories, and the largest selection of fine lamps in this part of the country—all at discounted prices every day. Our friendly staff and designers are always available to help you with your selections.

The Front Porch is a local gift store, where personalizing is our specialty! In business for over 35 years, we have so many great things, from baby to wedding to purses and jewelry! You won’t be surprised why it’s everyone’s favorite store. Get all your gifts here, including one for yourself! 4238 Saron Drive, Lexington, KY 40515 (859) 271-9326 •

The Mighty Purse: A fusion between fashion and technology, the Mighty Purse charges your phone and makes a great handbag accessory. The Mighty Purse features a hidden lightweight battery that can charge smartphones or tablets. Whether travelling or enjoying a night out on the town, you never have to go powerless again. A great gift for the woman on the go. Available at L.V. Harkness & Co. for only $100.


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Leather Inc., located in Palomar Centre in Lexington, is the place to go for all your luggage and travel needs. For 29 years, this locally owned store has specialized in luggage for the casual as well as the business traveler. We also carry a huge selection of briefcases and business items, including the largest selection of writing pens in the state of Kentucky with over 1700 to choose from. Men’s and women’s wallets and a large selection of chess sets are just some of the great gifts you will find at Leather Inc. Come visit us at our new location at 3735 Palomar Centre Drive 859-273-1382 or 1-800-Leather.

Holiday Gift Guide Lisa Lynn Designs Home Store/Design Studio is your one stop design shop. Showcased 20 times in Homearama since2003, and winner of 8 best design awards, Lisa brings energy and creativity to each project, making homes beautiful and functional. On November 2nd, our newly expanded showroom will feature nearly 6,000 square feet of furnishings, décor accessories, cabinetry, lighting, flooring and more. Located at 12556 Shelbyville Rd in Louisville, KY, 40243. Open M-F 10-6 • Sat. 10-3 • 502-384-5966 Email:, Website:

The Midway Merchants Association invites you to spend a day shopping in Historic Midway’s unique shops which include ladies’ boutiques, men’s clothiers, jewelers, antique galleries, art galleries, consignment stores, specialty shops, leather goods, and more. Cap off your day with a delicious meal in one of the excellent restaurants.

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Robin’s Nest Interiors is your destination for the perfect holiday gifts, custom-made Christmas décor, and unique accessories, artwork, lighting, and accent furnishings for your home. Gift selections include candles, pillows, throws, books, Kentucky-themed items, and ornaments. One-of-a-kind wreaths, garland, trees and bows will add that special touch to your home for the holidays. 129 S. English Station Road, Louisville, KY 40245 (502) 509-4530 •

LINENS LIMITED is Lexington’s source for fine linens & furnishings for Bed, Bath & Table; offering such noted lines as Dea, Sferra, Yves Delorme, Matouk & more. We have an extensive selection of tabletop, gifts & accessories from Mottahedeh, Juliska, Riedel, Match & Arte Italica Pewter. We offer a full range of home fragrance by Cire Trudon, Diptyque, Agraria & Lafco. Located in the Clay Avenue Shops 114 Clay Avenue at Main Street Mon-Sat 10-5 • 859-233-1061 •

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Voted “Favorite Place to Buy a Gift”, Peggy’s is truly packed with one of a kind goodies for baby, yourself or your home. The boutique on Clay Avenue is known for its wide selection of purses, jewelry, personal accessories and everything monogrammed. Don’t miss Peggy’s signature polka dot gift wrap, which is complementary, when you visit!

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2 When John Saunders first purchased this piece of property in southeast Lexington back in 1984, a local orchard had been using it as a strawberry patch for many years and much of the ground had only 18 inches of soil over the bedrock. Still, it was a large, 20-acre corner lot and Saunders had a vision for what it could become. From the beginning, he worked with landscape architect and educator Horst Schach to design the space, which was developed with a long -range master plan in mind. First, Schach worked with Saunders on the placement of the home and its driveway, then moved on to begin planting the property’s first trees in 1985. “The whole idea was to create total privacy,” shared Saunders. “Every tree on the property has been planted since 1985.”

1 Purple coneflowers and ornamental grasses are allowed to self-seed and thrive along the perimeter of a meadow in what the owner likes to call his “anything goes garden.” 2 This pathway begs visitors to explore the garden and is flanked by colorful award-winning daylilies, large ornamental grasses and a redbud tree. In addition, a black Tupelo gum tree that was planted in 1987 adds height and provides brilliant fall color.

The gardens and the home’s placement on the property are also designed to create an element of surprise and discovery, with various spaces evolving as you explore. In fact, every part of the garden and arboretum has benefited from a hands-on approach by both Schach and Saunders, who both show an unbridled enthusiasm for the project. Today, a variety of distinct spaces have emerged thanks to their efforts, including a meditation garden, a swimming pool that is positioned near a gazebo and pergola, a Zen garden, a small pool and various carefully designed pathways. In addition, Saunders has tagged many of the trees with not only a name but also the date when they were planted, which makes it both fun and educational for visitors to see how they have grown over the years. Saunders’ love of gardening can be traced back to his mother, Vera Saunders, and the time they spent together in her garden during his childhood growing up on Shady Lane in Lexington. Today, he still has red daylilies on the property that came from her garden and they are always the last to bloom each year. “We still walk through about twice a year to discuss changes. It is still very much a project in the works,” shared Schach. As with any well-established garden, some things die off and must be replaced, while others may require careful pruning or even relocating. Together, Schach and Saunders have created an extraordinary garden and arboretum that – thanks to careful planning and foresight – will continue to improve over time for many years to come.



3 Situated close to the front of the home, the contemplative garden contains a golden leafed hydrangea, as well as a climbing hydrangea and a styrax japonica tree in the corner. In addition, creative placement of lighting ensures the walkway is illuminated at night, while an acer triflorum tree is visible just behind the bench. 4 This whimsical bronze statue stands approximately four feet tall and artist Lawrence Shank custom designed the piece especially for the garden. Dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Topperâ&#x20AC;? by the owner, he enjoys a prominent position overlooking the pool. 5 The garden owner found this delicate bronze fountain while visiting New Orleans and today it brings visual interest to this small pool. Up-lit at night, the fountain is visible from both the sunroom and the bedroom when looking out from inside the home.


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6 6 A pathway begins to the left just out of view, leading visitors through the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depths. The entrance to the pathway is flanked by nearly identical plantings of awardwinning daylilies and a redbud tree on the other side of the entrance (not pictured), creating a heart shape.


7 Nestled among the plantings, the pool area also boasts a pergola and gazebo. This view shows the garden ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for informal multi-seasonal interest and texture that is achieved by blending a variety of perennials with ornamental grasses, evergreen shrubs and trees. The airplane weathervane on top of the gazebo was purchased on a trip to Nantucket and well-established wisteria gives the pergola a timeless feel. 8 Here, a sweet bay magnolia and a shingle oak add height and vertical interest, while oakleaf hydrangea and awardwinning daylilies add pops of subtle color.

Garden Credits: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Horst Schach



Special Feature The Great Escape: Exploring Modern Man Caves BY KIRSTEN E. SILVEN

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2 1 Man Cave by A.G. Photography - (KDS Interiors): Situated in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level, this sports-themed space houses a shuffleboard table, plenty of high-definition flat screen action, a billiards table and ample room to display all of the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite footballs, jerseys and helmets.

2 Photography by Miro Dvorscak (Vining Design Associates): With an unmistakable western flair and plenty of personality, this space has everything it takes to entertain and enjoy the finer things in life. A shuffleboard table, billiards table, bar and plenty of seating give the room ample space for larger gatherings, but the warm wood accents, rustic ceiling and nature-inspired elements also lend it an intimate feel.


3 3 This awe-inspiring space combines the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive collection of Mustangs and Shelby Cobras with modern luxury, including black leather seating, rich wood accents and a bar complete with cabinetry designed to resemble the glossy red Snap-on toolboxes of yesteryear. The space also features two large flat screen TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a draft beer tap. Photo Courtesy of Teresa Ryback of tdSwansburg. 4 Situated in the lower level of a spacious town home, this warm, inviting space features an expansive bar, as well as craps and poker tables for gaming fun. Plenty of extra seating was added in the form of recessed benches along the wall, which lend the feel of a modern-day speakeasy. Photo courtesy of Brian Beaugureau.



5 Man’s deep-seated desire to have a place of his very own that remains protected from the outside world may be traced back to his prehistoric roots, but modern man caves are so much more than just a retreat or a place to escape the elements. Today, when a man decides to dedicate one area of the home to his own interests, the space is much more likely to be both upscale and carefully tailored to meet a list of specific requirements. “The space needs to reflect the man’s personality,” shared Kristen Pawlak, DDCD, owner and interior designer at Decorating Den in Louisville. “The space should be as individual as the man himself.” Whether his passion includes golf, sports, NASCAR, music, aviation, hunting, the military, gaming, model building, career achievements, or any combination of these and a wide variety of other potential interests, there are a few elements that are typically found in today’s man caves. First, Pawlak stresses the importance of including some kind of wet bar or eating area where snacks and drinks can be kept on hand. A sink, dishwasher and refrigerator can also be quite handy for speedy cleanup. High quality video and audio with surround sound has also become very popular, and new technology makes it easier than ever to incorporate big, bright projection video into a more open space. According to Gene Crawford, president of Crawford Entertainment Systems in Louisville, the new projectors provide excellent picture quality even when more lights are kept on, which has greatly reduced the need for a dedicated dark room or theater. In addition, the overall sound quality can be greatly improved by incorporating absorber panels on the walls, which come in a variety of styles and can even help to improve the look of a room.

5 This urban loft helps to create a relaxing living space that is both masculine and downtown cool in its design, with sleek lines, a billiards table, a jukebox and plenty of seating enveloped in natural light during the daytime hours and the city at night. Photography by Kevin Kelley, courtesy of Grammaphone.

“The audio component means it also functions as a space dedicated to music,” shares Crawford. “Today we are able to significantly improve the sound quality of compressed audio files, which leads to much more high quality digital streaming from the Internet, especially when the room’s acoustics are taken into consideration.” Flooring is another major component of any man cave, and its selection should depend largely on how the room will function. For example, if it will most often be used to entertain larger groups during sporting events or for gaming purposes, commercial grade carpet, tile or decorative concrete will provide a durable and high-quality look. In addition, Todd Meyer, vice president and CEO of Mees Tile and Marble, says a new product has just been released that is essentially a ceramic tile made to look like real wood, providing a rustic appearance with no maintenance that can also be used in lieu of traditional wainscoting on the walls.


6 The entertaining wing of this high profile athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home features a gaming room with pool table, poker alcove and electronic gaming; an elaborate wrap around bar; a media room complete with theatrical curtains for privacy; indoor batting cage; ample displays for trophies and awards; and a massage spa that is complete with its very own salon (not pictured). Moving glass walls connect the game room with a spacious terrace and pool for expanded entertaining. Photo courtesy of Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction.


7 This room features a beautiful modern fireplace, which adds a great deal of architectural interest to the space. The bright blue pool table and bar stools add pops of color, while the bar and multimedia elements complete the look while providing a variety of different entertainment options. Designed by Mina Fies, founder of Synergy Design & Construction.


8 Everything necessary to wind down after a long day at work can be found in this ultra-masculine space, which boasts a billiards table, bar and fireplace. A touch of southwestern style is evident in the area rug, as well as in various accessories and the overall rustic feel of the room, which also features rich wooden accents and soft lighting. Photo courtesy of Modern Group. 9 Used by PGA Tour pros and top instructors, high definition golf simulators are the ultimate addition to a man cave for anyone who loves golf. With photo-realistic imagery and incredible accuracy, the system transports the user to play on the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest courses. Photo courtesy of HD Golf. Room designed and built by Twin Peaks Construction.



9 Of course, gaming remains another popular way for men to pass the time, and many of today’s man caves feature pool tables, shuffleboard, poker tables, a craps table, retro arcade games, darts or video game systems. “We’ve seen a definite increase in requests for our custom made poker tables,” shares Meyer. Finally, where the room is placed within the home might be one of the most important considerations, whether the man cave will be part of a newly constructed home or the result of remodeling. Popular areas to convert into a masculine-themed room include the lower level, garage, bonus rooms, or any other area of the home that is somewhat removed from the main living areas. “Pay attention to how you can access the space and keep in mind that having a separate entrance can be a plus,” shares Mike Barber of Barber Cabinet Company. “Whenever possible, try to think ahead when buying or building a home to include future additions such as this.” Although men throughout history have always had billiards rooms, drawing rooms, studies, studios and, yes, actual caves, the current trends in masculine décor involve more than just a place to escape and bond with friends. In fact, contemporary man caves are often quite large, encompassing several rooms, and may even incorporate an exercise studio, office or steam room. Interestingly, all signs point to the fact that today many women are beginning to enjoy hanging out in these spaces and regularly take advantage of the great escape they provide from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“The space needs to reflect the man’s personality. The space should be as as the man himself.




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ARTIST Combining photography with painting and drawing, Bruce Robert Frank produces exquisite works of art, using nature as his inspiration. A native of Miami, Fla., Frank has always been drawn to the vibrant colors of land and sea. He developed an interest in photography as a student at the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in design, and continued his love of the lens with a master of fine arts in photography from Florida State University in the late 1970s. Mother Nature continued to inspire Frank, when he moved to Scott County in Kentucky in 2001, this time with the beauty of the Bluegrass. He has been a juried artist with the Kentucky Arts Council since 2005, and has exhibited his work throughout Kentucky and into Ohio and Indiana. Among his clients are the Museum of the City in New York City, the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., and Partridge Fine Arts in London, England.

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As a kid, Frank was always drawing pictures of family and friends. He even entertained the notion of being a cartoonist when he grew up. His uncle was an art director for an advertising firm in New York, and Frank ultimately chose a career path involving both fine art and graphic design. In addition to marketing his own artwork, Frank is the senior graphic designer with UK HealthCare Marketing in Lexington.


5 1 Balance (2013) Each quadrant of “Balance” was created separately, unlike the precise symmetry of a kaleidoscope. Each section is also a blend of multiple photographic subjects over a period of years. 2 Artist at Work (photo by Cheryll M. Frank) Artist Bruce Robert Frank at work in his home studio. See more of his artwork at 3 Bromeliad Photographed with a film camera, “Bromeliad” depicts a flower of the

same name that was found nestled in the brush at Flamingo Gardens near Fort Lauderdale. 4 Mandarin Spin “Mandarin Spin” pays homage to the artist’s favorite flower, the hibiscus. 5 Sundial When the artist placed a hibiscus bloom from his garden in a cobalt blue bowl, the midday sunlight illuminated the still life to cast a shadow on the stamen and pistil, leading to the title “Sundial.”



6 Lotus in Light (2010) Combining photos of billowing cannas, aquatic plants and koi fish, “Lotus in Light” is a scene that couldn’t exist in reality, but came to life through Bruce Frank’s artistic expertise. 7 Revelation Centered around a butterfly, “Revelation” is a composite of photos taken in various locations at different times. 8 Ascent Shape, transparency and a botanical form are the elements in “Ascent,” which is reminiscent of a Native American motif.



9 Orchids on Ice Where does the photograph end and the painting begin? This was the concept for “Orchids on Ice.”

“The concept of the arts as constructive elements of the healing process is appealing to me as an artist,” he said. “What better way to use your talent than to help patients, and even family members, feel uplifted during what can be a stressful time?” When he first began making photographic images in the early 1970s, Frank would draw on the surface of matte photo paper with colored pencils, and then make prints on sheet film and “back paint” it. Today he uses archival matte papers that allow him to sign his prints in the traditional manner, with a pencil. Once he has taken a photo, he transfers it to the computer and manipulates it digitally, integrating painting effects into the photographic image. There are multiple visual elements in each finished piece.

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“I find the process liberating,” he said, “in the sense that I can work out several concepts on one digital canvas.” One of his favorite spots to take photos of botanical subjects is his own backyard. He often incorporates butterfly images into many compositions. Each time he works on the computer, Frank discovers new ways of moving pixels around the screen. “I think the creative process, the discovery moment of an image going in an unexpected direction, is something that inspires most artists to continue making their work,” he said. In 2014, Frank plans to continue being an organizer and participant in the “Digital Vision” exhibit at the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center in Georgetown. “In general, I have a positive outlook on life, and I hope that comes through in my work,” he said. “Even pensive pieces of mine tend to have optimistic overtones.”




Home for the Holidays


1 An open stairway showcases the 20 foot ceilings with custom molding in the large entryway. “Bill did the trim on this ceiling about five years after we moved in,” says Marvia. “He loves trim. The staircase itself features a beautiful runner that curves along with the stairs. The rugs are antiques purchased before the house was built and the chandelier is from Heritage Antiques on Main Street in Lexington. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for the entry,” says Marvia. 2 The piano room was designed specifically for Marvia’s Yamaha piano, a gift from Bill on their first wedding anniversary. With a step up marble floor, the room opens into the family den on the right and is another reason the home is perfectly situated for entertaining guests. “If I ever have a piano player or singer, they would have a little stage area,” says Marvia.


Holiday memories abound in this traditional Southern home BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT




Marvia Stanback loves to decorate for Christmas; A fact that is immediately apparent when you walk through the front door of the Stanback’s colonial style home. In a grand foyer with 20 foot ceilings, visitors first feast their eyes on a holiday wonderland complete with a ten foot tall Christmas tree that takes almost three days to decorate. In all, there are 25 indoor lighted trees in all sizes, along with custom decor on every mantel and banister. It’s all part of creating warm holiday memories in the Stanback family home. Marvia had always wanted to live in an older, traditional home full of antiques. So when her husband, Bill, co-owner of Stanback Properties, designed and built their family home in 1998 he promised her he would make it look as old as he could. The result is a newer construction house filled with all the modern conveniences, but steeped in the character of an older home. The entire first floor is designed in the shape of an oval, so there are no dead end rooms, making it an ideal space for entertaining. The four story home sits on ten acres surrounded by picturesque Kentucky horse farms and offers the perfect setting for an old fashioned Christmas. “We love this area,” says Marvia. “With the large pond in the back and Champagne Run horse farm, the view is just beautiful. The dock by the pond was the first thing Bill built, before he built the house.”



Hardwood oak floors, ten foot or higher ceilings on the entire first floor, crown moldings and six fireplaces add to the ambiance of an older, colonial home. The home also features floor to ceiling size windows throughout the main floor to take advantage of the amazing views. Deep jewel colors set the tone of the regular decor throughout the house and compliment the Christmas greenery. “Andra Gyor, from Janice’s at the Saltbox, helped me decorate this house,” says Marvia. “She helped me with the selection of the wallpaper and the colors throughout the house, and the window treatments. I love Christmas, as you can tell, so I wanted to pick colors that look pretty around the holiday season.”

The process of turning such a large home into a cozy and inviting holiday showcase takes several weeks. “I usually start about two weeks before thanksgiving,” admits Marvia. “It takes about three weeks to completely decorate. I concentrate on one area at a time.” Marvia spares no detail, using her natural talent for creating beautiful visuals all over the home. “Even my presents are part of my decorating,” she explains. “I get into wrapping with the bows and the glitter; I put flowers and other items on the gifts. Most of the time people come in and think they are just display presents, but they are the real ones.” Much of her inspiration comes from magazines and her annual trip to Irish Acres in Nonesuch Kentucky every Christmas. Her own personal touches can be seen everywhere, especially in the display of Victorian china dolls under the tree in the formal living room, along with the collection of her daughters’ American Girl dolls residing under the family Christmas tree in the den. “Christmas is all about childhood memories!” she says. In the family study, The Villages, a collection of ceramic houses and figurines, bring back special memories to Marvia and her daughters and have been collected over the years. “When they were young, every year we’d purchase a new piece to add to our collection,” she says. “My daughters loved to look through the little windows when they were young. It’s so much fun to see things through kids’ eyes. It’s what makes Christmas so magical.”

5 3 Oak floors, trimmed with a walnut wood edging, mirror the ceiling in the Stanback’s formal dining room which features an antique armoire and antique wall sconces. “When I entertain during the holidays, of course the dining room table is usually filled with food,” says Marvia. She especially likes to decorate the chandelier over the table. “I dim the lights and the bulbs that hang there kind of glitter; it’s really pretty. I love sparkle and light at the holidays.” 4 Marvia made the custom window treatments in the formal living room herself with fabric she bought to match chairs in this room. “The hutch in the corner was my grandmothers, and Bill matched the dental molding on this hutch when he custom made the fireplace mantel in this room for me,” she says. 5 Although the family spends most of its time in the Den, an antique writer’s desk and cozy decor make this a tranquil spot to curl up and relax. The fox shown in this photo is from Irish Acres Antiques and only comes out during the holidays.


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6 The gas fireplace features elaborate holiday decor over the mantel surrounding a floral arrangement Marvia made herself that stays up all year. Angels are also a large part of her holiday decor. “I love angels,” she says, referencing two flanking the fireplace. “I put my golden angels out every Christmas.”


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“What I love about this room, is it’s so pretty, especially when it’s , seeing the horses out in the paddock, it’s breathtaking. And you can see for miles.”

7 An antique Victorian cast iron fireplace in the sunroom is so heavy that it took four men to carry it inside. It’s complemented by an early 1800s fireplace screen and a painting of the Stanback family by James Wright.

8 The coziest room in the house is the light-infused sunroom, perfect for curling up with a book and an afternoon snack. With a view of the front, side and back yards, the sunroom features two entrances with French doors on either side of the central fireplace. “What I love about this room, is it’s so pretty, especially when it’s snowing, seeing the horses out in the paddock, it’s breathtaking. And you can see for miles,” says Marvia.


1 The home’s façade demonstrates the importance of outdoor living and interacting with neighbors in Louisville’s Norton Commons development, with a sprawling wraparound porch and plenty of seating. A screened in porch is visible to the right of the home, which is designed to make the most of this large corner lot.







Located in Louisville’s booming Norton Commons neighborhood, this charming home blends a penchant for symmetry with an old-world feel and hints of the Carolina coast to create a style that feels truly one-of-a-kind. After moving to Louisville and living in another part of town for a few years, the homeowners decided to build a home in the development, which offers a wide variety of incentives – especially for families with children. Situated just across from the pool, this 4,875-square-foot, four and a half bath, five bedroom home is ideal for this busy young family with four children, and provides plenty of room to grow. Jason Hoppe of JH Designs drew the plans, working to meet the stringent requirements of the Norton Commons guild, while also crafting a home that would meet the homeowners’ every need. “They had lived in the Carolinas and wanted a hint of a coastal feel,” shared Hoppe. “They also needed more room to maneuver and were interested in exploring the use of symmetry in the home’s design.”

2 This view from the kitchen to the front entrance showcases the home’s use of natural light and demonstrates a classic feel by incorporating an intermediate space between the entryway and the different rooms located on the home’s first floor. 3 The formal dining room is a delightful mixture of family heirloom antiques and a soft, coastal-inspired color palette. The hand scraped mahogany hardwood floor anchors the space, which also boasts a window seat that doubles as extra storage space.

To accomplish this, Hoppe included a large wraparound porch on the home’s façade and designed the first floor with a long central hallway with rooms branching off to the left and right. At the end of the hallway, the kitchen is immediately visible upon entering, with the range, hood and center island sink lined up perfectly with the doorway. Two lights over the island echo this symmetrical theme. The large front porch is one notable characteristic that is visible throughout the Norton Commons development, which is not only focused on the inside of each home, but also strives to encourage residents to interact outside of the home in order to build a stronger sense of community. In addition, Hoppe created an open floor plan for the home’s first floor, which allows the homeowners to keep a watchful eye on the children while preparing dinner or relaxing at the day’s end. Despite this modern twist, a formal dining room was also an important element to the homeowners, who enjoy entertaining. Still, it was important to avoid feeling boxed in by the separate rooms. To accomplish this, Hoppe incorporated cased openings instead of doors throughout the transitions from one room to the next on the first floor, which allows for an easy flow from one room to the next, even during larger gatherings. Part southern elegance and part functional family residence, this home employs the use of balance and symmetry in its design without becoming predictable by incorporating a variety of custom features and carefully selected accent pieces. Finally, the use of natural light and soft, tranquil colors helps to soften the effect of the strong symmetrical lines, creating an atmosphere that feels highly efficient yet touched by whimsy at the same time.




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4 The range, hood and center island sink all line up perfectly with the front door, helping to draw visitors to the heart of the home. The sunroom is just visible to the right, preceded by a wet bar that is often used by the homeowners when entertaining. The countertops are crafted from quartzite, which is a natural stone that gives the look of marble but is somewhat more stain resistant, while the backsplash adds texture and depth via a glass basket weave tile. 5 Situated just off the kitchen, this breakfast area provides an informal place to dine and reveals the open design of this home. Cased openings with transoms above lead into the hallway and the formal living room beyond.

6 A double-sided fireplace serves as the focal point in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formal living room, which opens to the screened-in porch and boasts a coffered ceiling. Bright pops of color in the form of custom-designed window treatments bring a delightful sense of contrast to the cool blues and warm neutral tones that dominate this space.



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9 7 The master bath features a freestanding tub, natural stone flooring and a large tilting mirror above each of the his and hers sinks. The shower boasts a rain showerhead, multiple body sprays and can also be used as a steam room. 8 Situated on the second floor, the master suite also boasts a sitting area and walk-in closet (not pictured). Custom window treatments bring a personalized feel and add visual interest to the space.

9 Dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sunroomâ&#x20AC;? due to the natural light that always seems to be flooding in, this space is used every day by the homeowners as a family room and opens wide to the kitchen. Bright pops of royal blue, sea green and navy work to complement the whites and neutrals here, creating a soothing atmosphere in which the family can relax and wind down after a long day.

House Credits:

DESIGN JH Designs BUILDER The Ramage Company INTERIOR DESIGN Julieann Oxley


Magnificent Manor

The largest home in Fayette County was inspired by the centuries-old stately manor houses in England. BY KATHIE STAMPS PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT


1 Built of steel and concrete, Bloomfield Manor has a majestic exterior of stone and brick, and a slate roof. To tone down the abundance of the brick, and the pavers of the motor court, ivy was planted along certain walls to add another stunning visual element.



Alan Bloomfield and his late wife, Irene, moved into this custom-designed home on Derby Day 1999. Charismatic was the Thoroughbred winner that day, a word that could easily describe the Bloomfield estate. At 25,000 square feet, there are three floors and a basement, along with award-winning English gardens on the 11-acre property and a house manager’s apartment with a private entrance. The classical English manor theme of the exterior was carried throughout the home architecturally, with at least one modification. A typical English country house built in the 1600s or 1700s would have had many interior doors, to close off rooms from drafts. The Bloomfield home has a far more open floor plan. From the entrance, guests step up to an 80-foot long hallway and then into the great room with its 24-foot ceiling. An entertainer’s dream, Bloomfield Manor has held as many as 200 people for functions such as weddings and charitable fundraisers. “The kitchen has never been updated since we’ve lived here,” Bloomfield said. “It does not need any updating, believe me.” On the second floor there are four guest suites, each with its own bath. There’s also a sitting room, a gym, a massage room and redwood sauna. The top story of the house has doll houses, games and other toys, and comfortably sleeps six. “The third floor is a grandchild’s delight,” Bloomfield said. The portraiture above the fireplaces throughout the home are actually photographs of the Bloomfields’ 11 grandchildren. With a family this large, holidays are a special time for Bloomfield. “I have always enjoyed the holidays,” he said. “Thanksgiving and Christmas we all gather for an old-fashioned time. This is when the formal dining room is put to good use.”


2 The formal dining room seats 16, which comes in handy for large family gatherings during the holidays around the antique table. The Chippendale chairs are covered with a cinnamon-colored FabergĂŠ silk. The antique chandeliers above the sterling silver candelabra were bought in England, while the fabric for the upholstered walls came from Brunschwig & Fils in France; the pattern on the emerald green silk damask is a copy of a 17th century design. The drapery fabric was custom-made to coordinate with the fabric-covered walls. 3 With its mahogany ceiling and marble flooring, the grand foyer provides a museum-quality setting for bronze statuary and chandeliers.



4 Bloomfield admitted that his favorite rooms are the library and his office. The former owner of Gall’s Inc. in the 1980s and ‘90s when the company was a supplier of police and fire equipment, Bloomfield is now retired. He calls the office his man cave; it has a separate entrance and is connected to the house by a breezeway. Irene Bloomfield passed away in the spring of 2011 and Alan Bloomfield has since remarried. Nancy Bloomfield has not made any changes to the house other than finishing out a porch into a sunroom. Interior designer Lannie Cornett worked with Alan and Irene Bloomfield in the late 1990s as the home was being built. “They were surrogate parents to me,” he said of the couple. Cornett helped Irene Bloomfield pick out particular details for the manor, such as the hinges and door knobs from P.E. Guerin, a world-renowned hardware company in New York. The crystal door knobs throughout the house were originally antique hardware, salvaged from a hotel in England. “It’s classical,” Cornett said, describing the interior design of the home. “It’s grand.” With its breathtaking storybook view from the gated entrance and acres of bucolic Kentucky countryside, Bloomfield Manor is truly an English masterpiece right here in the heart of the Bluegrass.


4 The custom walnut cabinetry in the kitchen reaches to the ceiling as storage for serving dishes not used on a regular basis. The cabinetry came from Chicago and was distressed to give it an aged look befitting an old English manor, but the other details in the kitchen are modern, with all of the qualities of a commercial kitchen. There are stainless appliances, three dishwashers, multiple Sub-Zero refrigeration and freezers, an eightburner range, and quartz counters with a built-in farmer’s sink.

left. A mahogany Norman arch leads to the grand foyer, and just ahead is an inglenook holding a pair of royal-looking chairs from North Carolina. The glass top table in front of the wood-burning fireplace came from England.

5 The great room has a coffered ceiling with recessed lights inside the antique medallion inserts, a treatment Bloomfield called his late wife’s answer to the Sistine Chapel. In the back of the room is a restored antique piano from Louisville.

8 “Every house ought to have two dining rooms,” the homeowner said. While the formal dining room is used for big family gatherings and holiday entertaining, smaller dinner parties are held in this breakfast room at the glass top table. The hand-painted wallpaper is from Gracie, a company based in New York. What was once an original gas light fixture is now a chandelier operated with electricity.

6 The front door opens into a vestibule, with a powder room on the right and a coat closet on the

7 A simple, yet tasteful, glass tabletop goes from the everyday to the holiday with the addition of a brass berry holder and candelabra, befitting the homeowner’s enjoyment of the holidays as a valued time to spend with family.


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9 9 The Christmas tree in the great room is placed near an arched doorway leading to the library, one of the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite rooms of the house. The Oriental rug in the library is by Stark. 10 Marble flooring, mahogany wood trim, a soaking tub: these are a few of the classic touches in the master bath, which has closets and a dressing room off to the side. The marble countertops were handpicked from a marble yard in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

11 In the master bedroom, custom-made and custom-colored wallpaper came from Clarence House, a fabric showroom in London, England. The silk fabrics are from Nancy Corzine, and the carpet is from Stark. The four-poster bed was made from separate posts and crafted into an antique-looking bed, and yet another creative touch is found in the nightstands, which are set on piano legs from Europe. From a high-tech standpoint, the panels in the ceiling drop down to reveal a projector television screen.

House Credits:

ARCHITECT Hugh Bennett, Bennett Architects BUILDER Burchfield & Thomas LANDSCAPING John Michler, Michler Florist INTERIOR DESIGNER Lonnie Cornett 58


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DISCOVERING Among the many activities and sights to see along the riverfront in Newport, Kentucky, one icon stands out as a symbol of freedom and peace. The World Peace Bell, located in the heart of the popular Levee district, gives audible testament to our desire for tranquility across our nation and around the world.


The Bell, weighing in at an impressive 66,000 pounds, came out of a visioning process in the mid-1990s, when local business leaders, including Wayne Carlisle, sought a destination piece to set the area apart. Ultimately, it was decided to create the world’s largest swinging bell in time to celebrate world peace along with the coming Millennium. The bell was too large to be poured locally, so in December 1998 the World Peace Bell was poured in Nantes, France, at Fonderie de l’Atlantique by Paccard Bell Foundry, about a block from where the statue of liberty had been poured. The bell is a combination of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, giving it it’s bronze color. Once the bell was successfully cast, it was brought by barge across the ocean to New Orleans. “From there it came on a fairly ceremonious trip up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, stopping along the way at various cities, such as Naches, Paducah, Memphis and Louisville, to celebrate the concept of world peace,” says Jack Moreland, President of Southbank Partners, Inc., a community and economic development organization that facilitates care of the bell. The bell was placed where it now resides in November 1999 after months of preparation.

The World Peace Bell

Since it rang for the very first time, on New Year’s Eve 1999, the World Peace Bell has been rung thousands of times. “There are two ways to ring the bell,” explains Moreland. “We can actually swing the bell, or we can ring it with a hammer. Once the bell begins to swing, it takes about 30 seconds for it to ring the first time, but then the momentum causes it to keep ringing for several minutes even if we turn off the motor immediately after the first ring.”

If you go: The World Peace Bell is located at 425 York Street in Newport and rings each day at noon or by special request. Guided tours are available via South Bank Partners, MondayFriday, 10am-4pm. Weekend by appointment only. 6464

Ringing out our desire for world peace one clear note at a time. BY CHRISTINA NOLL

The bell is often rang at civic events or for military groups holding special ceremonies. In addition, many school groups visit the bell along with individuals from all over the world, including Germany, Australia, South America and Japan. Visitors to the bell can also view a display of mementos from the original installment celebration, which includes symbols of peace from countries throughout the world. From it’s inception, the idea was that this World Peace Bell would be a unifying object, tied in concept to thousands of other bells across the United States. Carlisle envisioned this bell as the mother bell, and when the mother bell rang, the other bells in cities and towns would ring too, and just for a second people would stop and reflect on how important it is to have world peace. “The whole idea was to live and work in a country that wants to be as peaceful as the United States,” says Moreland. “And I think we’ve demonstrated over time that by and large this country is a peaceful nation and we hope for peace for everyone in the world.”

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