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Kentucky Homes & Gardens July/August 2018 Volume 15 Issue 4

On the Cover: Casual Elegance

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HOME IMPROVEMENT 18 HOMESCAPE: Smart Cooking 24 LIFESTYLES: Tips for Decluttering Your Home

SPECIAL FEATURES 14 GARDEN: Poetry in Motion 26 FEATURE: Luxury Chandeliers 32 ART: Robert Clark: Always Drawing Horses


HOMES 36 A Perfect Gem


42 Mayfield House: The Next Chapter 50 Casual Elegance


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Carson’s Food & Drink

Carson’s offers upscale casual dining in downtown Lexington. By Kirsten E. Silven

Photography Courtesy of Carson’s Food & Drink

Situated on East Main Street in

the heart of downtown Lexington, Carson’s Food & Drink serves up fresh, chef-driven fare and Prohibition-style cocktails, as well as hand-selected wines, 20 taps of the best craft beers, an extensive variety of Kentucky bourbons and great scotch in a rustic, yet always elegant and inviting atmosphere. “You will feel at home the moment you step inside,” shared Mark Fichtner, owner, operator and concept developer behind the Carson’s concept and a few new projects that are currently in the works. “I wanted a place where people could come as they are and experience high-quality food in a wonderful, Kentucky-inspired environment.” Featuring barn doors from Dixiana Farm and reclaimed horse fencing from Sierra Farm, Carson’s restaurant is filled with natural textures like limestone, leather, wood and brick, juxtaposed with oversized chandeliers and delicately balanced with sleek industrial materials. Guests are invited to come in wearing a suit or their favorite blue jeans—both are totally appropriate— and enjoy a variety of Kentucky Proud products, including fine bourbons displayed upon many years of rich Bluegrass history with shelving from Calumet Farm. Also, don’t miss the Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace murals by local artist Mike Martinez!

Asked what he loves the most about Carson’s, Fichtner said working with his son—and the restaurant’s namesake, Carson—is tremendous, adding it’s also been a true joy to utilize everything he’s learned from working more than 40 years in the industry. “Coming up with the name of our restaurant was easy; I wanted the name to reflect our dedication to excellence, our kindness to others, and our commitment to our guests and employees,” Fichtner shared. “I only had to look to my son Carson, who embodies all of these things and so much more.” As for the most popular menu items, he says the Creole Filet (recipe featured here) is always a hot item, along with the Shaved Prime Rib sandwich, which features a rosemary demi-glace with bourbon mushrooms and onions. Other favorites include the Sriracha Bourbon BBQ Ribs and Bread Pudding, but even the pickiest eaters would be hard pressed to find anything on the menu to complain about. “When I developed Carson’s, my motto was to meet people where they are and take them where I want them to go,” Fichtner shared. “What makes us unique? “Our menu is different and over-the-top. What really makes us unique? Our employees, who are very well trained, with ongoing education about food, wine, beer and spirits. They are really what makes us great and different.”

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Creole Filet—Carson’s Food and Drink Ingredients: •8 oz filet mignon •2 shrimp for each steak •Whipped truffle butter •Cajun crème sauce •4 heirloom tomatoes for each steak •Weisenberger grits seasoned with smoked gouda •Whole and chopped chives •Salt and pepper to taste



Cooking Instructions: 1. Season filet with salt and pepper, place on flat top and cook to desired temp. Brush with whipped truffle butter when done. 2. Place 1 Tbsp. of whipped truffle butter into a sauté pan with shrimp. 3. When shrimp are almost done, add Cajun crème sauce and heirloom tomatoes. Allow to simmer for a few minutes untiil tomatoes blister. 4. Place grits in center of plate. 5. Place filet on top of grits, making sure not to smash the grits. 6. Ladle Cajun crème sauce around the grits and across the center of the filet. 7. Place tomatoes evenly around the grits in the sauce. 8. Place skewer of shrimp in center of filet. 9. Pipe 1 Tbsp. of whipped truffle butter on both sides of the shrimp skewer atop the filet. 10. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of chopped chives around the grits in the sauce, then lean long chives against the skewer.

Fichtner says his company, Palate Restaurant Group, is developing a new restaurant called Riley Fitzgerald’s, along with the Glass Eye Brewery, which he hopes to see under construction within the next 12 months. The long-term plan is to grow both the Carson’s and Riley Fitzgerald concepts within Kentucky, and expand to cities in surrounding states.


The bottom line? If you’re looking for outstanding food and superior service that always overdelivers, Carson’s Food & Drink in Lexington is the place to go! Visit or call 859-309-3039 to make reservations.

1 The dining room and bar area at Carson’s has a sleek, speakeasy vibe with rustic accents in a casual, comfortable atmosphere.

4 Salmon Bruschetta, featuring house-cured salmon, goat cheese spread, red onion, capers, cucumbers, balsamic reduction, crème fraiche and fresh dill.

2 Carson’s offers six different Bloody Marys; each are equally delicious and served with a house garnish of candied bacon, shrimp, olives, celery, pepper jack cheese, pepperoncini and a seasoned rim.

5 Live jazz music at Carson’s Food & Drink on Main Street in downtown Lexington.

3 Mark Fichtner and Carson Fichtner at Carson’s Food & Drink in Lexington.

6 Creole Filet, featuring an 8 oz. seared filet mignon on smoked gouda Weisenberger grits, blistered heirloom tomatoes and shrimp sautéed in truffle butter, served with a creole white wine reduction.

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Poetry in Motion By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft

When Laura and John Witty purchased this home,

the lot was anything but lush, with little more than a lone dogwood and a few other trees, but all of that would soon change and today the garden is a living testament to what 15 years of hard work, smart stewardship and plenty of love can accomplish. “There were no trees, a few shrubs, no fence and no flowers when we moved in,” Laura shared. At about one acre, the lot offered much promise, so the Whittys were excited about the possibilities. Also, there’s something to be said about having a blank slate to work with. Today, there are no other houses visible from most of the garden spaces, despite the fact that the home is located in a subdivision in the Glenview neighborhood near Lime Kiln Lane. There are at least 25 varieties of ferns, 50 varieties of hosta and 24 different Kentucky wildflowers represented here, including Kentucky Ladyslipper and bluebells. “Guests typically enter the garden through an arbor with climbing roses, honeysuckle and American hollies,” Laura said. The property’s remarkable transformation took place in part thanks to help from Tommy Bachman of Goshen Gardens, who supplied a variety of trees and shrubs over the years that were already well-established when planted, including a European beech, a Bloodgood Japanese maple, a Bur Oak, three Willow oaks, a Japanese cedar, three Amur maples and several arborvitaes, to name only a few. Of course, the careful ministrations of Laura, along with those of her friend and garden co-conspirator Betsy Green, were also essential to help the plantings not only survive, but thrive.

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3 1 This view of the rear perimeter garden highlights a whimsical spinner that moves with the wind and is surrounded by more than 25 varieties of daylilies, many of which were given to the Whittys by a friend who moved to Florida.

2 A Swallowtail butterfly alights upon purple coneflowers in the Whitty garden.

3 An American yellowwood tree takes center stage here in front of the substantial perimeter garden, from across the expanse of deep green lawn, while the wrought-iron table and chairs offers a perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea, a book, a visit with a dear friend, or all three!

“Tommy said to water the trees weekly for three years, so we did,” Laura revealed. “Also, the soil was terrible and mostly clay, so we added sand and manure to increase its fertility. We also released 1,500 lady bugs, along with 500 praying mantis babies and 10 praying mantis cocoons that can produce more than 3,000 insects, to eat aphids and other pests.” A favorite stop on the last year’s annual Kilgore House & Garden Tour, which takes place every year in May, the Whitty garden is also home to campanula, yellow chamomile, bee balm, phlox, helenium, heliopsis, Russian sage, rudbeckia and Beauty Berry, along with several varieties of goldenrod, lavender, knockout roses and oriental poppies. A shade garden (not pictured) was also established under a stand of pine and hemlock trees in the back yard, and it is easily both Laura and Betsy’s favorite area, having been a work in progress for several years. “Nearly everything is hand-pruned by Betsy,” Laura shared. “This is much her garden as it is mine. When I don’t know something, she does, and vice-versa.” Establishing and maintaining a garden like this is definitely no easy task, but it’s one that both ladies are more than up to handling. As with any worthwhile endeavor, the rewards are greater than the sweat equity required to make it happen, and the beauty of this garden is sure to continue unfolding for years to come.

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4 This patio area and screened-in porch were added by the Whittys after purchasing the home and today it serves as the ideal vantage point to relax and enjoy the many fruits of their labor. Here, American hollies and viburnum are visible in the background, while a Bloodgood Japanese Maple from Goshen Gardens is surrounded by daylilies and hardy geraniums, and the bed to the left in this view is home to Carolina allspice bushes and hostas.


5 The fullness of the perimeter garden beds serves as silent testimony to the time and care that has gone into their creation. Here, we can see a playful spinner just waiting for the wind to make it dance, along with a birdhouse and a massive Oak Leaf hydrangea, Shasta daisies, columbine, anemone and coreopsis. 6 A Kousa dogwood tree springs from a thick bed of multi-hued coleus and holds several birdhouses, while the wrought-iron fence that encloses much of the garden is just visible here through the lush greenery.


7 Color and texture abound in this section of the garden, which spans the rear perimeter and is home to a wide variety of plantings, including several types of euphorbia and stonecrop, which is a type of sedum. There are also irises when the time is right, three ninebark shrubs that turn a variety of different colors throughout the year behind the birdbath, Oak Leaf and Tardiva hydrangea, kerria, daylilies, coneflowers, butterfly weed, peonies and hollyhocks, all hemmed in by gently rounded hand-stacked creek rock borders. 8 Meadow rue in a delicate, soft lilac hue is found in the shade garden. 9 Situated under a Kousa dogwood and surrounded by colorful coleus, this cheerful toad welcomes one and all to the Whitty garden.

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10 Creating a type of natural barrier that’s beautiful to look at and also affords a fantastic amount of privacy, this view shows one of several birdbaths located throughout the garden, a magnificent pine tree in the distance, red and orange lantana, Oak Leaf hydrangea, marigolds and a variety of other annuals.




Garden Credits: Design, Installation & Maintenance: Laura Whitty, Owner; Betsy Green, Professional Gardener Creek Rock: Crane Landscaping Trees & Shrubs: Goshen Gardens St. Matthews Feed & Seed Starview Nursery


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Smart Cooking

The latest technology in kitchen appliances is changing the way we think about food storage and preparation. By Christina Noll

Gone are the days when having the latest kitchen technology meant having

an automatic dishwasher. In today’s kitchens, you can brew your coffee before you even get out of bed, using your smartphone, or whip up dinner in just minutes with a speed cooking Advantium oven. “Once you have experienced and gotten used to cooking with an Advantium Oven you will not want to live without one,” says Jon Morgan, Sales and Operations Manager at Appliance Pro in Lexington. “Cooking 4 chicken breasts in an Advantium oven in just about 8 minutes and having it taste like it came off your grill makes cooking fun and different.” Morgan believes the Advantium oven is the number one must-have technology in a modern kitchen. He says other new technologies available for kitchen right now include LED lighting, along with pizza ovens and microwave drawers that are changing the way people cook indoors. Door-in-door refrigerators are also gaining popularity, and Morgan says refrigeration columns, such as all-freezer or wine storage, are a growing part of the business. Smart Hub, which makes it easier for homeowners to control smart, connected appliances is also big. “Smart home technology is still in its infancy and GE is leading the way with the most connected appliances, and more are coming,” says Morgan. “Customers will have complete control of their appliances and soon GE will have the Smart Hub which looks like an over-the-range microwave but can control your smart home.”

Despite all this technology, the most popular feature with homeowners right now is the wide variety of colors available in kitchen appliances. “You can completely change the look of your kitchen just by changing colors,” says Morgan. Ranges, refrigerators, oven hoods, dishwashers—any appliance in your kitchen now comes in just about any color you desire. With all this technology available for our kitchens, some customers may still be reluctant to make a change. “Customers are still very price conscious but are stepping up to these newer technologies and features that make their lives easier,” explains Morgan. “There are some brands that are bringing out cool features like having a tablet on the front of your refrigerator, but most customers are not purchasing these because they don’t see the overall value related to the price. What that does, however, is to help the customer remember that brand when they make their buying decision.” These appliances use technology that is more energy efficient, saves time in the kitchen, makes our lives easier and makes time spent in the kitchen more fun.

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1 GE’s kitchen hub features: -Live video chat functionality with multiple camera angles, and a forward-facing lens -Access to recipes and guidance to explore new culinary possibilities -A cooktop-facing camera and ample task lighting -Improved organization with access to calendars and schedules -Over-the-air updates keep the kitchen hub current and in tune with the latest features 2 GE’s Cafe series oven features Advantium technology.


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Tips for

Decluttering Your Home By Richard Hunter

With today’s active lifestyles,

we often find ourselves with little time for things like home organization. Most of us know that a cluttered home can add stress and complication to our lives...but how do we get it under control? We decided to ask an expert and spoke to Cristy Sharp, the managing partner of LadyCat Organizing and a sister company to Wildcat Moving in Lexington.


1A & 1B A home office is transformed from a confusing, cluttered mess to a peaceful, stress-free environment. 2 This garage has become an unusable space due to unorganized clutter. 3 Tools like racks, shelves, and bins can make a room tidy and usable.


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KHG: First, what is clutter? Cristy: Clutter is anything you’re keeping around your house that doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is all about making room in your home for things that matter and letting the rest go. KHG: What are some helpful ideas for organizing your living environment? Christy: Sometimes we live in an environment that is cluttered because we become immune or used to it. We may not be fully aware of how it is impacting us but it can impact our moods and how we feel about ourselves. I start by suggesting that we take it one room at a time so that you aren’t overwhelmed. With belongings or clothing, I suggest that a person looks at each piece and asks themselves three questions: One, has the item been worn or used in the last six months. Two, do you need the item, and three, does it make you happy or fulfill a need? If it doesn’t do one of the three, then I suggest letting it go. Those questions also help with the sorting process, which is the first step in getting organized. I tell my clients to make several bins—as many bins as they want. Then ask, will the item be donated, thrown out in the trash, kept, given to friends or relatives, put out in a garage sale, etc. Once you decide on the item, put it in the appropriate bin and move on. Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, making your home clutter free will have you living in a calm and peaceful environment, which will help remove stress from your daily life.

However, you are most concerned with the bin that has the items you want to keep, since the rest will be out of your life. We do that same process for every room of the house. KHG: When is a good time to start organizing? Cristy: Right now! You can call me for help or do it yourself...the main thing is to get started! KHG: Why hire a professional organizer? Cristy: There are several reasons to hire a professional. They have the experience necessary to problem-solve almost any space and situation. Sometimes the client doesn’t have the time to do it themselves, or they have the skills to do the job themselves, but simply needs some motivation. When you hire someone and they are on the clock, one cannot procrastinate any’s going to get done. KHG: If I use your company for help, how do I keep my house organized after you leave? Cristy: The best way to keep your home organized after we leave is to put items back where you found them. When we work with you to organize your home, everything has its own place in your home. We put like items with other like items. We make sure the home flows with how you live and what you do.

Ladycat Organizing provides a full range of services that include packing, unpacking, and home and office organization. For more information on using a professional, please contact LadyCat Organizing at 859-948-3397 or

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Luxury Chandeliers

See your home in a whole new light. By Kirsten E. Silven

1 Neutral tones and mirrored surfaces work with subtle recessed lighting and a stunning trey ceiling in this impressive master bedroom, creating a seamless design around a substantial conical crystal and brass chandelier by Laiting from Dubai.


Chandeliers have a long,

storied history that can be traced back to Medieval times when—much like today—they served as works of art and represented much more than just a practical source of light, mostly gracing the homes of royalty and the very wealthy. By the early 18th century, chandeliers had grown in popularity among the merchant class and today they remain a popular choice for homeowners of all backgrounds who wish to do more than illuminate a home’s interior spaces, serving as focal points in design and even as standout conversation pieces.


“I believe that lighting functions as the jewelry of a home,” shared Andra Gyor, Owner of Janice’s At the Saltbox. “Chandeliers are signature items that should reflect the style and personality of your home.” Incorporating a beautiful chandelier can—quite literally—shed new light on the look and feel of any interior or exterior space, but it’s essential to select a fixture that complements the existing style and is also the right size for the room it will inhabit. When properly selected, a chandelier can balance the scale and proportion of a space to instantly create a serious “wow” factor. In the end, the luminescence and transparency of glass or crystal juxtaposed against wood or metal elements is nothing short of magical.


“When selecting a chandelier for any space, you want to first consider where the light will be placed and how it will be positioned in the room,” revealed Christy Helton, Showroom Manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Lexington. “For example, if the chandelier will be the focal point of the room, consider choosing a design that will stand out. However, if other aspects of the room such as a wall or piece of furniture are meant to be the focal point of the room, then consider a chandelier style that blends well with the overall style and color palette of the room.”



Whether you prefer a glamorous look with shimmering crystal pendants, rustic wrought iron and wood, classic hand-rubbed brass, brushed nickel or muted gold, there is a wide variety of spectacular lighting available today for every room in your home and chandeliers aren’t just for the dining room anymore! You can choose to accentuate the kitchen, bath, bedroom, closet, foyer, outdoor living area or any other space, with a wide selection of chandeliers to choose from that can add a new sense of style and design to any room.

2 A ten-light chandelier from the Vineyard Collection by Capital Lighting Fixture Company lends this space a more rustic, farmhouse feel with a French Country flair. Featuring candle-style lights and a two-tone finish that juxtaposes a distressed, painted white wood look against aged metal with shimmering gold accents. Available through Brecher’s Lighting.

“We are seeing cleaner, more modern looks for chandeliers than ever before, and I think this trend will continue,” shared William Branham of Brecher’s Lighting. “When choosing a chandelier, picking a finish that works with the space is more important than matching the other light fixtures in the house. Mixing metals and finishes is the new normal.”

3 With flowing steel tendrils that have been carefully crafted to embrace the curves of six exclusive Swarovski Strass Wave Cut crystals, the Courbé Duet LED pendant by Synchronicity Lighting brings a sculptural touch to any space. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Incorporating LED bulbs is another big trend with chandeliers, since they are now available in sculptural styles, are more energy efficient, longer-lasting and also give off less heat, which allows for brighter bulbs without worrying about burning shades. When cleaning and caring for a chandelier, it’s important to consider the materials and to follow all manufacturer guidelines. If the fixture contains crystals, for example, they should be cleaned individually with a damp cloth and mild cleansing solution.

4 An organic, elegant shape flows through the design of the Zephyr pendant chandelier by Hubbardton Forge, which features heat-textured steel that appears to seamlessly morph into a ribbon-like LED light. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

“Lighting today gives you so many choices and styles, so we’re here to help,” shared Susan Hughes of Kentucky Lighting & Supply. “You’ll see the marriage of wood and metals, with mixed finishes, styles and shapes. The hot finish right now is gold—not the polished brass of days gone by, but painted gold tones with a muted finish.” Regardless of the style you choose, don’t be afraid to branch out and select a chandelier that will serve as much more than just another source of light. Instead, look for fixtures that will elevate your home’s interior design, providing a source of delight and visual interest for many years to come!

5 This contemporary chandelier boasts a unique “waterfall” design, created using frosted glass and brass pendant lights to bring warmth into this clean, modern space, which also features a coffee table crafted from a natural tree trunk by Eden Patina. Photo courtesy of Boca Do Lobo. 6 Selected especially for this closet and dressing room, light from the elegant polished nickel over solid brass and crystal chandelier bounces off the mirror to provide ample illumination. The fixture is just the right size for this space, which also features a wall of custom built-in shelving for storage. Photo by Walt Roycraft. Design and installation by Janice’s At the Saltbox.



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11 7 This exquisite eight-light chandelier from the Milan Collection by Capital Lighting Fixture Company boasts clean square lines and a striking gold finish with modern crystal accents, lending a sleek appearance to this eclectic dining room. Available through Brecher’s Lighting.

10 This traditional sitting room exudes elegance at every turn, with recessed lighting in a trey ceiling and a delicate yet substantial 26-light antique crystal chandelier topped with bronze shades to serve as a focal point. Photo courtesy of LUX Design.

8 Traditional Victorian style creates a grand look and feel in this spectacular living room, which features warm gold tones with a dazzling brass and crystal chandelier suspended from a two-story coffered ceiling. Photo courtesy of LUX Design.

11 Boasting a fresh take on a classic mid-century modern style, this chandelier from the Zander Collection by Capital Lighting Fixture Company is inspired by designs from the 1920s, updated with cleaner lines, fresh angles and hints of industrial chic, warmed up with an aged brass finish. Available through Brecher’s Lighting.

9 This contemporary gallery space is illuminated by several larger four-light pendants that are accented by smaller one-light pendants, all from the Swing Collection by Progress Lighting, which features LED bulbs with a vintage look and mixed metal accents. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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Always Drawing Horses


By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography courtesy of Robert Clark

Artist Robert Clark traces his love

for horses back to trips with his dad to Tijuana, Mexico while the family lived in San Diego, Calif. “We went there for haircuts,” he recalled. “And there was a billboard for the Caliente Racetrack with a great action scene. I didn’t know about horses, but I loved what I saw on that billboard.”

2 1 Orb, 22” x 28”, Oil on Canvas “This painting was a career breakthrough moment for me,” Clark said. “Stuart Janney called out of the blue to inquire about a painting of Orb, his 2013 Kentucky Derby winner. Janney owned the horse with his cousin, Dinny Phipps who had been the Chairman of the Jockey Club for 50 years; between them they had me paint Orb six times for various family members.” In their last conversation before Phipps passed away, Phipps said that Clark was the only artist in North America that he would use to paint his horses. 2 Artist Robert Clark stands next to his painting of Java’s War in the 2013 Blue Grass Stakes.

Before settling in Georgetown, Ky. with his partner Susan Rose, an equine therapist, Clark studied fine art on scholarship at Sewanee and later at Florida Atlantic University. After college, he made a 10-year plan to work as a stockbroker and establish financial independence so he could retire early and paint for himself. “That did not happen,” laughed Clark. However, a tragedy in 1987 reaffirmed Clark’s devotion to his art and his timeframe. “A client walked into our Miami office,” Clark said. “He shot two people, killing one and paralyzing another, before killing himself.” In 1992, Clark walked away as planned to pursue painting. That pursuit has Clark following the footsteps of Richard Stone Reeves (1920-2005), preserving beauty and portraying the history of horse racing one canvas at a time. “My interest is capturing this period of history,” he said. “I’m documenting this generation of horses.” Like his predecessor, Clark’s archives are rooted in fine art. “Fine art is about the process, developing layers and richness.” Clark paints on Belgium linen and uses a wet-on-dry technique developed by the Dutch school and popularized by Rembrandt. Clark takes up to 30 minutes each day to mix a portrait style palette with 50 different blends of oil paint. That routine allows him to return daily to a canvas in progress achieving color consistency through his palette discipline.

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3 Curlin at Dubai, 22” x 28”, Oil on Canvas “I was at Gulfstream for Curlin’s maiden race,” said Clark. “He went out and won by a dozen lengths.” In 2008, at four-years old, Curlin won the Dubai World Cup before going to stud. “Curlin sparkles,” said Clark. “He sparkles! If you see him on a rainy day, you’re missing out. “ 4 Premium Tap Portrait, 22” x 28”, Oil on Canvas To date, Clark has painted Premium Tap three different times. “There’s not a speck of white on that horse,” he said. Clark laughed as he retold a story about Premium Tap’s ownership. “The horse was bought for $60,000 and the owners later turned down an offer for $600,000 to buy him and people laughed at their decision to pass up that offer. But, as Premium Tap continued to win, the owners eventually sold him for over $1 million.”


“Confirmation paintings of horses standing at attention are like beauty contests. Racing paintings are all about the action and energy of capturing a horse’s career highlight reel moment.” said Clark. “With conformation painting, you have to know the ideal and miss toward the desired.” Clark explained that the width of a pencil line makes the difference in painting legs too thin for a Thoroughbred or too thick for an Arabian. In a racing scene, however, details highlight more than anatomy. “Twenty years ago, I was painting from a photo at Gulfstream Park and debating whether to leave one ear perked up and the other back, or paint both ears pinned back,” said Clark. “And a jockey said to leave one ear up. ‘His ear is ticked because he’s listening to me.’ I looked closer at the photo, and could see the jockey clicking in the horse’s ear. That detail is what told the story.” The artist’s own story was summed up at a high school reunion where a former classmate recalled that Clark was always drawing horses. When asked what he was doing now, Clark answered, “Always drawing horses.” Clark’s work can be found at the Robert Clark Artist Gallery in downtown Georgetown or online at where copies of A Brush with Greatness, his book collaboration with author Edward L. Bowen, are for sale and can be personalized.


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5 Gun Runner, 22” x 28”, Oil on Canvas “If you look closely, you’ll see a horseshoe in Gun Runner’s tail,” Clark pointed out of his painting of the 2017 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. “David Fiske told me they watched the slow-motion video, and a horse running beside Gun Runner on the backstretch threw a front shoe about 30 feet into the air, and when the shoe came down it bounced off his own rump, kicked 90 degrees, then snagged in Gun Runner’s tail. The shoe was so entangled that no one noticed until Gun Runner was jogging back to the Winner’s Circle.”


6 Arrogate and California Chrome, 18” x 24”, Oil on Canvas In 2017, the Jockey Club invited Robert Clark to the Breeders’ Cup in Delmar. While there, he painted this career highlight of Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic in Santa Anita, defeating Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome by a half-length. 7 Shanghai Bobby, 24” x 30”, Oil on Canvas “I’ve painted at Keeneland’s September sale for 15 or 16 years,” Clark said. “A Cajun guy, who came around at the end of every day, said to me, ‘When we get the Big Horse, you’ll paint ‘em.’ A few years ago, that Cajun guy, Jeff Reddoch, tells me that they bred Shanghai Bobby and wanted me to paint him live at the Keeneland sale.” In 2012, Shanghai Bobby won the Hopeful Stakes, the Champagne Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile earning the Eclipse Award as champion two-year old colt.



8 Plum Pretty, 30” x 40”, Oil on Canvas According to Clark, John Fort of Peachtree Stable saw this filly, who would later win the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, at a sale and described her by saying, “She’s just Plum Pretty.” Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm, who bought Plum Pretty after her racing career ended, commissioned this painting. 9 Littleprincessemma and St. Patrick’s Day, 24” x 30”, Oil on Canvas “I was fortunate enough to be sitting with Jane Lyon from Summer Wind Farm at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton sale when she purchased Littleprincessemma,” recalled Clark, who then explained that Littleprincessemma, the mare in this painting, is the dam of American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Triple Crown. “The colt is his full brother,” added Clark.


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A Hidden By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography by Walt Roycraft

1 Built in 1951, Robin Cole’s ranch-style home was one of the first houses in its section of Bellemeade. The 1,700 sq. ft. home has three bedrooms and two baths. “One of the first things we did was replace a huge tree on the side of the garage with a river birch,” she said. Additional landscaping added dimension to the home’s exterior. Cole painted the front door in a mid-century blue and also painted over the red brick and yellow siding for a more cohesive look.

“Why buy an older home if you’re

just going to modernize everything?” asked Robin Cole, owner and interior designer for Robin’s Nest Interiors in Middletown, Ky. and homeowner of a 1,700 sq. ft. ranchstyle home built in 1951. Four years ago, once Cole’s children left for college, she and her husband focused their desire to downsize on homes in the city of Bellemeade. In addition to the location, “It’s a hidden gem off of Shelbyville Road,” the couple liked the wide streets and tall trees in the neighborhood, as well as the variety of homes in the areas. “No two houses are alike,” said Cole.

2 2 A 10th wedding anniversary gift from her husband, the grandfather clock rests on the original slate floor in the entry foyer. “We gave up a coat closet to add a full bath, so I added a coat rack in this area,” said Cole. 3 “This is probably the tightest area in the house,” admitted Cole, who added that there is still room for a huge sideboard and two painted chairs along the back wall. On the left, this room leads down to the den in the home’s addition. On the right, this room opens to the kitchen. 4 The brick seen in this room was originally an exterior wall. “The previous homeowner added this portion of the house,” Cole explained. “We recovered existing furniture and put in a tile floor for the dogs.” Brad Anderson of Mike Anderson Wallcovering, a contractor Cole often works with when she is designing other home interiors, built the fireplace mantel to replicate a style common in the 1950s, when the original home was built. 5 “The kitchen faces to the front of the house,” Cole said. “I thought that might bother me, but the neighborhood has so many big trees that we still have privacy when we sit at the peninsula and look out.” Instead of true pendent lighting, “Which wasn’t possible because of how the cabinets opened,” Cole grouped the lighting at different heights for a similar effect.

As for this particular home, Cole said, “I bought it on a Tuesday while my husband was traveling for work, it had just gone on the market and we put an offer in that night.” Although she walked through the home using Facetime to show her husband the house on the day they made an offer, her family was underwhelmed when they saw it for the first time later that week. “They couldn’t see the potential,” she explained. By the time Cole talked through her vision, “My husband was fully on board. When he walks guests through our home now, there is a lot of pride in his voice.” “The house is small, but the living areas are large,” explained Cole. “The previous owner, who lived here for 40 years, built a living area as an addition to the home. She also added a porch that we screened in to make a little slice of heaven in our backyard.” Four large windows in the back of the home overlook a magnolia tree and contribute to the overall open feeling. Cole added to the expansive feel of the home by opening a wall between the kitchen and dining area. “The kitchen was closed off with saloon doors,” said Cole. “It sounds charming, but it was not.” Despite preferred updates, such as a peninsula and cabinet pantry in the kitchen, Cole stayed as true to the home’s original 1950s design as she could. “We saved elements like the slate floor in the foyer, louvered doors on the closets and exposed brick because that’s what you had back then.” What couldn’t be saved was replicated when possible. “Backsplashes in a kitchen weren’t popular in the 50s, but glass was. So, I used glass tile for our kitchen backsplash.”

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3 “When we originally bought the house, we thought we’d enlarge the master to add a bath and laundry room,” said Cole. “We decided to live in the home awhile before we tackled that, and the longer we lived here, the more we liked what we had.” Instead of enlarging the master, Cole switched the master to a smaller bedroom that allowed for an ensuite bathroom. The smaller bedroom was not an issue for the couple. “We sleep in the bedroom, live in the living area,” she explained. After four months of living in the home, Cole moved forward with other planned renovations. Working with contractor Brad Anderson of Mike Anderson Wallcovering, the laundry room was moved upstairs near the garage from an unfinished basement. “We gutted and redid both baths; pulled up carpet and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors underneath and tiled the den,” she said. “It can be more of a challenge to work with the space you have, but we achieved the flow of the house we wanted without another addition.” Cole liked the mid-century vibe of the house, “But I didn’t want a home full of that decor.” Nods to the style are evident in the lighting and mirror over the fireplace. “Neutral palettes are nice and soothing, but they are not me. I enveloped the house in color using a mix of fabrics and patterns, that’s what makes me happy. Plaid lets you tie lots of color together throughout a home.”



While living in Atlanta, Ga., Cole worked in insurance and earned an MBA from Georgia State University. By the time she moved to Louisville 13 years ago, she decided to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from Sullivan University. “Coming from Atlanta, I felt Louisville needed a store that sold unique finishing touches.” With that focus in the six years since she first opened her store, Cole has moved locations and doubled her retail space where she sells accessories, upholstery and furniture as well as works with clients on interior design projects. “My mantra is: At Robin’s Nest Interiors, we believe your home should reflect who you are, how you live and be filled with beautiful things you love.” In her own home, Cole has achieved that mantra. “For our stage of life, our home is just perfect.”

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6 6 The home’s original exposed brick is on display in the room, but the focal point is the tufted Chesterfield sofa in navy velvet. The bench near the baby grand piano, a 20th wedding anniversary gift from Cole’s husband, adds extra seating to the room and overlooks the back yard. 7 “Because this space is small, I found wrought iron beds to help keep the room open,” Cole said. The bold, floral pattern of the window treatment spans the length of the wall to add drama to the room.



8 Cole wanted the focus of this room to be the chest with painted birds. She added benches under the windows to create a seating area.


9 “The home’s original full bath opened to the hallway,” said Cole. “We closed that off and opened the bathroom to the bedroom.” The corner windows feature Roman shades. “An oversized headboard works in a small space like this,” explained Cole, who added that her favorite color is green. 10 The original flooring, a hexagon tile, was cracked beyond repair. Cole paid tribute to that design in her updated bathroom.


1 1 When the Mayfields purchased the home, the back yard was completely overgrown. “It had boxwoods and hydrangeas, and it looked a bit like Jumanji out here,” Kathy jokes. “Redmond’s came and they had to take almost everything out, except the tree and some boxwoods, and they laid all the brick and did all the landscaping.” The brick walkway and courtyard style are low maintenance, yet the yard still offers plenty of room when the family has guests. The screened in porch is an excellent place for entertaining and Kathy serves many family meals out there for her children and grandchildren. It’s also a great place for overflow from a party inside.

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Mayfield House: The Next Chapter By Christina Noll Photography by Walt Roycraft

2 2 Kathy chose the light color for the runner on the stairs, despite knowing that it might be difficult to keep clean. “We don’t go up there often and I wanted it because I thought it looked pretty,” says Kathy. Upstairs, Kathy had another runner made of the same carpet to coordinate. Downstairs, all of the floors are random width hardwood original to the house, except in the master bedroom, where the couple was able to put in new hardwood that matches perfectly.

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3 Cathedral ceilings, a brick fireplace and lots of light combined with a pink and orange template make this room feel cozy and bright. “We completely re-did this room,” says Kathy. That included changing the ceiling fans to chandeliers and adding shutters to the upper windows. Above the fireplace mantel, Kathy asked her carpenter to re-create a wood embellishment she had seen at Spindletop Hall. Brick fireplace, cathedral ceilings. “I took a picture and showed the carpenter and the next thing you know he was building it for me. I love it,” she says. The furniture in the room has all been collected through the years. “My husband and I go to a lot of auctions; that’s our hobby,” she explains.

4 Located just inside the front door, the study, lovingly called “The Thinking Room” by family members, includes antique and family furniture. The wallcovering is grass cloth, put up by Ian Parks. “He did a wonderful job,” says Kathy. “I got a little carried away and started putting grass cloth everywhere.” Some of Kathy’s blue china collection is featured in this room, as well as framed correspondence from Buckingham Palace in response to a birthday gift Kathy once sent Queen Elizabeth.

Kathy and Barry Mayfield had always lived in

historic homes—the kind that told a story. So, it came as a surprise when, a year and a half ago, they chose to move into a house built in 1989. Despite the transition to a newer home, the Mayfield house still comes with a story in every room. When the Mayfields put their historic home in Winchester on the market after 25 years, it was with the intention of moving closer to their son, Logan, and daughter, Ann-Phillips and her family. “People asked why on earth we wanted to sell our house and move 25 miles and we said because our children live 25 miles from here and 25 miles is too far,” Kathy explains. Their daughter, a realtor, showed them this 3400 square feet house in Willow Glen. The Mayfields loved the neighborhood and the central location, which is only minutes from both their son’s and daughter’s homes. But the Mayfields were having trouble selling their historic home in Winchester. “We have always been big believers that if something is supposed to happen, it will happen,” Kathy says. “We went away to Disney World with our family and Christmas Eve, we got a telephone call and we had two offers on our house and one was cash. We said that’s our sign.” The Mayfields immediately put an offer on the Willow Glen home in Lexington. “We’ve always lived in 100 years old houses, so this is the newest house we’ve ever lived in,” says Kathy. “It was just a feeling—it just felt right. And it is where we were meant to be. One thing that drew the couple to the 3-bedroom home was the spaciousness. “The rooms are really big and I knew my furniture would go in it,” Kathy says. Downstairs there is a master bedroom and bath, living room, dining room, small den, kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room and large screened in porch. Upstairs features two large bedrooms and a bathroom. The space was perfect for the Mayfields, but the style of the house needed to be updated to fit their taste. “The house was in really good shape but we did paint every room,” says Kathy. “Every room had the ceiling painted the same color as the walls. That must have been the trend” Although the beautifully decorated home seems like any other from its era, what makes it unique is the stories the family has already made within its rooms in just a short amount of time. For example, when Kathy first contemplated the small study just off the foyer, she wasn’t sure if it was large enough to serve any purpose. Her grandson promptly told her, “You could always come in here and just think,” and so the family jokingly calls that room “The Thinking Room.” In the same room, a framed hand-written letter from Queen Elizabeth’s lady in waiting serves as a reminder of a terrific story of the time Kathy sent the Queen a birthday gift and received a response. “During the year of the equestrian games, a friend, Suzy Smith, and I, wrote an entertainment book,” Kathy explains. “My friend is an equestrian artist and so the book contains recipes and paintings.” Kathy sent a copy of the cookbook to the Queen and several weeks later received a beautiful packet from Buckingham Palace, thanking her. “We like to joke that the queen would have written the letter herself but she was busy in the kitchen making one of the recipes,” laughs Kathy.

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5 In the dining room, Kathy wanted to re-create lattice work on the wall as she had seen in a magazine photo many years ago. Her carpenter hand-cut and painted each piece of lattice and installed each slat separately so it would not look pre-made. The far wall is mirrored, giving off the impression of a much larger room and reflecting the ample light that comes in from the large windows overlooking the courtyard. The crystal chandelier was broken when Kathy found it, but she had it fixed and now it works perfectly in this space. This room is filled with items that carry sentimental value for Kathy, including dishes and flatware that belonged to her mother.


6 6 In the kitchen, the Mayfields left the tile floor and backsplash but had the cabinets painted and trim work added to the bottom for a more custom look. The countertops were changed to Doziaq quartz and recessed lighting was added. In the adjacent breakfast area, the carpenter added wainscoting below the chair rail. The drapes were purchased, however Sandy Reed with Sew Much More added a lining and fringe to them for Kathy. “The big cabinet in the window is interesting,” says Kathy. “We bought it at auction. It came from France and it was the counter where they sold bagels and breads. If you go behind it, there are multiple shelves and in the top, there is a carved slit in the wood to put the money down into and there is a drawer behind that you can pull out to get the money.”

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7 “Much of the furniture in this room has been collected for our son, who recently bought a house. For example, the red leather couch, which will be moved to his new study,” explains Kathy. The twin canopy beds, which were purposefully left without the canopy covers at her grandson’s request, are covered in silk bedding made especially for this room by Lisa Berry in Winchester. “My sister came to visit last September and there was a big rush to get this all done,” says Kathy. “Everyone chipped in and it really made me feel good and it was so sweet. Just people being nice to people.”


Even the foyer has a story, as Kathy relates that the runner going up the stairs was chosen, in part, because her and her son’s dogs kept missing the third to last step when chasing one another down the stairs. Kathy figured it was only matter of time before one of the humans missed a step, too. Perhaps the biggest story is the one that happened in the biggest room in the house—the family room. “This room is how I got my job,” explains Kathy. When the Mayfields moved in, the windows above the French doors were open glass. Kathy called Perspectives in Lexington to have shutters installed and Becky Jent, one of the two designers, came to measure for the shutters. “She asked if she could look around, and she called me later that day from her office with an estimate and asked me to go to lunch with her,” says Kathy. “She said, ‘I want you to come work at Perspectives. I have been looking for a long time for someone to decorate and when I walked into your house I knew you were the person to come work for us,’ and I was floored.” As a retired school teacher, Kathy had previously done some decorating; she now works at Perspectives two days per week. Becky Jent is also part of the story in the adjoining dining room, where hand-made lattice work is a conversation starter. “I had a picture in my hand that I had saved for 30 years from a magazine of a room that had lattice in it,” explains Kathy. “I brought it out to show Becky and I said I’d like to put this in my bathroom but it’d be hard to clean. She said, “Why don’t you just put it in here’ and I thought that was a great idea. I didn’t even take the wallpaper down.”

In the kitchen, Kathy tells the story of how the countertops almost didn’t get replaced. The Mayfields had repainted the walls and cabinets, however the countertops were a nice granite and there seemed to be no reason to change them. “I tried to like it,” Kathy jokes. “There was nothing wrong with it. We had gone out of town while the painter had finished the cabinets for us. We walked in and the next day my husband said, ‘When are you calling the Quartz people?’ because he knows me. The new countertops are Doziaq quartz. Upstairs, the two bedrooms have been decorated with the Mayfield’s grandchildren in mind. Twin beds in her grandson’s room have been purposefully left without canopies because he likes to pretend they are large ships. Within one of the closets there is a large storage space where he and his friends can play and hide. In the other bedroom, made up for their granddaughter, Kathy wanted to do something special with the wall behind the bed so she asked the carpenter to make it look like a real wood wall. “I had seen something like this in Shelbyville, but it was real wood,” she says. The carpenter used trim work, placed directly on the wall and painted with the same paint as the woodwork to create a faux wood wall that perfectly balances the floral accents in the room. With the inside of the house complete, Kathy says her next project is to re-do the front of the house. There is sure to be a story or two that comes out of that renovation. As it turns out, it’s not the age of the house that makes it more likely to hold interesting tales. Rather, it’s the character of the family living inside—all the laughter and love and time spent together—that make for wonderful stories.

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9 8 The master bedroom is stunning with toile fabric that Kathy ordered from a company in England. Sandy Reed with Sew Much More made up the drapes, headboard and other embellishments for the room. Much of the furniture in the room came from the Bluegrass Auctions, a Sunday afternoon hobby for the Mayfields. The painting on the far side of the room is of the Mayfield’s daughter, when she was younger, and was done by Eugenia Blackburn of Frankfort.

9 The highlight of the master bath is a deep sunken tub that a person could easily get lost in while relaxing. Although the tile in the room and the travertine marble floors were original to the home, the Mayfields replaced all the light fixtures.

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House Credits: Jason & Mary Taylor, owners, Becky Jent, & Betty Harvey, Perspectives, Inc 10 In the other upstairs guest room, which has been made up for the Mayfield’s granddaughter, the theme is bursts of colorful florals. The floral fabric on the drapes and chair is something Kathy bought years ago in Nashville. “I liked it, so I bought all they had,” she says. “I thought it looked very 1940s.” The couch in the room was in the breakfast room at the Mayfields old house and has been recovered and repurposed in this room. This room also features a faux wood wall behind the bed, created by using trim work attached directly to the wall and painted the same color as the trim. Kathy’s favorite element of this room is a family photo taken at her sister’s house during an anniversary celebration.

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1 Nestled among the trees over a rich expanse of green lawn that backs up to a scenic lake view, this home’s front elevation features warm, neutral-toned brick and cobblestone, with oval window accents and a recessed front porch.


Elegance By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft

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When certified interior designer

Julie Sandman (CID) and her husband first spotted this lot in Prospect, Kentucky, with its scenic lake views more than 26 years ago, they decided it would be an ideal place to build a forever home, a place where they could age gracefully and that would meet all of their needs in the years to come. The home they designed is all of that and so much more, featuring a first-level master, plenty of room for entertaining and a spacious workspace for Julie’s thriving interior design business above the garage. “The property is very private, especially during the summer months,” she shared. “We can have a lake view from every window along the back of the house and love to see the reflection of the water dancing on the ceilings!”

3 2 Setting the tone for the rest of the house, the entryway is relaxed yet elegant, featuring a leaded glass front door, casual Mexican Saltillo tile floor, wide arched doorway and wrought-iron handrail on the stairway leading to the second level. The walls are done in a tan hue with a leathery faux finish, while the chair to the right in this view was inherited from longtime Louisville interior designer Dorothy Ewald and is painted in a Chinoiserie finish. 3 (From the cover) Featuring custom cabinetry in a gorgeous antiqued crème glaze with bronze hardware and a contrasting center island stained in a walnut finish, the kitchen also boasts a fully-functional, wood burning see through fireplace and granite countertops with a curved ogee edge. The backsplash features ceramic tile with a herringbone design above the stove, lending it an understated, classic look.

Inside, the home is elegant yet casual, with a relaxed air that never feels formal but instead focuses on enduring design and effortlessly juxtaposes the old with the new. There are plenty of antiques to be found throughout, but it never feels old or dowdy, giving the design a sense of real longevity that’s often challenging to achieve. In her design studio above the garage, Julie meets with clients and also spends time working solo, which is why she incorporated two skylights and plenty of recessed lighting to illuminate the space whenever she’s busy poring over various colors and textures. An oversized center island is the perfect height for working while standing up, and plenty of built-ins offer ample space for all the fabric, wallcovering, paint and other samples, while a desk at the far end looks out over the street and provides a strong connection to the outdoors.

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4 4 A series of three double doors topped with relaxed roman shades in a Kravet fabric and Palladian transoms make the most of this home’s beautiful lakeside views in the great room, while a mantel made of pine that Julie Sandman found in an old barn and installed here with a granite surround works with plenty of built-ins to create visual interest. Outside, a deck connects to the kitchen and breakfast nook, creating an ideal flow for entertaining. 5 Situated adjacent to the open-plan kitchen, this charming breakfast nook and sitting area features a vaulted ceiling with wooden accent beams, custom window treatments in a modified swag with Thibaut fabric and faux-painted walls in a glazed coral shade. The dining table is a French oak antique refectory table with leaves that slide out on each end, while the chandelier is by Currey & Company and a very special antique Italian console table is just visible against the far wall.


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6 6 A rich Thibaut wallcovering takes center stage in this powder room, which is situated just off the great room and also features a travertine tile floor accented with black absolute granite, a pedestal sink, gilded mirror and delicate crystal chandelier. 7 The formal dining room is a study in elegance and connects to the kitchen, which makes entertaining a breeze. The China cabinet is a reproduction piece inherited from Julie’s husband’s late grandmother, the much-loved longtime Louisville interior designer Dorothy Ewald, while the table lends the space a fresh feel with its metal base and glass top, complemented by antique Queen Anne burled walnut chairs. In the bay window, a small mahogany morning table is flanked by two chairs, also from Dorothy Ewald, and the chest to the left is new, boasting a faux snakeskin texture and topped by a gilded antique mirror. Kravet fabric was used to create the custom printed silk damask patterned window treatments, which provide a pleasing contrast to the walls, which are done in a coral-toned Chinese red with a high-gloss finish.

7 “The lake view is easily my favorite thing about this house,” Julie revealed. “I also enjoy the layout of the kitchen and entire first floor—it’s highly functional and can easily accommodate big crowds during the holiday season.” Throughout the home’s personal living spaces, Julie has created a symphony of tones that are neutral but have real personality, featuring coral, tan, crème and black accents that never go out of style. Other unique design elements include the addition of a comfy sofa in the breakfast area just off the kitchen—a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea—and an oversized deck that stretches along the rear of the home with several access points to afford gorgeous lake views. There are also a few unique pieces inherited from the late Dorothy Ewald—her husband’s grandmother and a beloved interior designer in the Louisville area, who operated a shop on Brownsboro Road for many years.

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In the kitchen, the hutch next to the fireplace was created to replace a little-used desk and now it offers deep drawers for extra storage and serves as a wine bar when the couple entertains, keeping the island clear for serving food. A German stonemason handcrafted the functional double-sided wood burning fireplace that opens to the kitchen and great room, while a mud room and laundry area is situated to the rear of the kitchen just off the garage.

Taken as a whole, the Sandman home allows the couple to live big and small at the same time, with plenty of room to entertain and a first-floor master layout designed to make aging in place a breeze. And thanks to a variety of smart, enduring design elements and a functional floor plan, this forever home will age just as gracefully as its inhabitants throughout the years to come!

The dining room features a variety of nostalgic pieces, including a gorgeous Italian chandelier above the table, which Julie remembers her mother purchasing from Don Glaser at Stewart’s in downtown Louisville about a half-century ago, and several pieces from Dorothy Ewald, including two antique chairs and a reproduction China cabinet she commissioned.

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House Credits: 8 Featuring double doors that connect to the deck and lake views, the master bedroom offers an ideal sanctuary to relax and recharge after a busy day. The windows on either side of the bed were elongated at Julie Sandman’s request, while the armoire is a French antique, and the custom window treatments are done in a black and tan buffalo check Kravet silk fabric.

Interior Design: Julie Sandman Interiors Floor Coverings: Carpet Specialists

9 The master bath makes the most of this space by incorporating plenty of custom cabinetry for storage, a standalone glassed-in shower and a soaking tub, with crosscut travertine tile floors and decorative tile accents in the shower and behind the tub. Julie Sandman opted to increase the floor-to-ceiling window size, allowing even more natural light to flood the space, which also features a vaulted ceiling and granite countertops, with bronze hardware and an oriental rug. 10 As a certified interior designer, Julie Sandman decided to incorporate a workspace at home over the spacious garage, adding two skylights to allow plenty of natural light and custom built-ins to hold a wide array of paint colors, fabrics and wallpaper samples.

Tilework John Legel Tile Wallpaper Hanging: Tom Bivins Fabrics: Kravet; Thibaut Lighting: Currey & Company

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Muhammad Ali Center

Celebrate a beloved Kentuckian’s life & legacy through interactive exhibits, educational programs & inspiring events. 1 By Christina Noll Photography Courtesy of Muhammad Ali Center

Located on Museum Row in the heart of downtown Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center is the only place in the world dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of the three-time heavyweight champion boxer, cultural icon and global humanitarian. “The Ali Center is a community gathering place, and has become a symbol of self-discovery, inclusiveness, and transformation,” says Jeanie Kahnke, Senior Director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. “Perhaps the most profound message for all who visit is that there is a bit of “Ali in All of Us.”

2 1 The Center teaches visitors the six core principles of Ali’s life: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality. 2 Visitors experience an interactive exhibit surrounded by a few of Muhammad Ali’s honors.

The 100,000-square foot Center, which features 2-1/2 levels of exhibits, has won numerous national awards since it first opened in 2005. This past May, the Center unveiled a newly renovated retail store and main lobby. In the lobby, an Augmented Reality (AR) Wall allows visitors to experience a 10 foot by 5-foot virtual video display that introduces them to highlights of Ali’s life. Visitors simply download the “Ali Experience” app on their smart phone to participate. This technology was developed by Gamifi by Fusioncorp in Lexington, Kentucky, is the only known immersive AR museum experience in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “Another unique element of the Ali Center is the new display in the Main Lobby of six Tag Heuer clocks featuring six of Ali’s famous fights, each set to the time zone in which that fight took place,” says Kahnke.

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4 4 The Center houses an award-winning museum that is dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

3 3 Children are dressed in traditional African clothes in this hands-on exhibit.

Exhibits Exhibits at the Center incorporate history, culture, sport and humanitarianism, and allow visitors to experience Muhammad’s iconic life and connect with his six core principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality. “My favorite feature of the Ali Center is, bar none, the Orientation Theater,” says Kahnke. “This 14-minute film uses Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” as the connective backdrop that takes visitors through the highlights and lowlights of Muhammad’s life, introduces visitors to Muhammad’s six core principles, and leaves visitors with an emotional, hopeful message—especially for young people—to dream, and dream big, like Muhammad did.” The Ali Center also has a new kid-friendly temporary exhibit called “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” that will be open until December 30th. “This family-friendly interactive exhibit, explores the diversity of Muslim cultures in our community, country and the world,” Kahnke explains. The “American Home” area within the exhibit features Muhammad Ali’s artifacts from the Center’s collection that have never been displayed before. The Ali Center has added several new permanent exhibits that provide more humanitarian details of Muhammad’s life. “In interactive Story Booths, visitors can share either what they are fighting for in this world and/or a predominant moment in time that affected the trajectory of their lives,” says Kahnke. “They can also create their own artistic Poster Pledge, which can either be purchased in our store, or visitors can email or text themselves the images.” The Ali Center also houses a library and research facility, where the public can access the research collection by appointment. “We also manage the Muhammad Ali Oral History Project, an ongoing initiative created to utilize the practice of oral history to document the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali,” says Kahnke.

Programs The Center strives to deliver programs and activities that focus on education, gender equality, global citizenship and Generation Ali. “Individuals of any age can participate in Ali Center activities that are designed to enrich their lives, open their minds, and touch their hearts,” says Kahnke. These programs include a Character Education Program, school field trips, the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students, and the UCREW Social Enterprise Program. “The Center’s programming related to Global Citizenship hopes to inspire people to act locally and to think and behave globally,” says Kahnke. Over the years, the Ali Center has collaborated with officials, teachers, community leaders, and youth from nations all over the world, with the goal to impact individuals and transform communities. The Ali Center has recently launched two new mobile apps: Hours Against Hate and Generation Ali, both which offer a fun and educational way to learn inclusion. The Center also hosts a wide variety of private and public events. One of these is a bi-monthly breakfast series called “Daughters of Greatness,” featuring prominent women speakers. This provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond. “In addition, the annual Shining a Light photo contest and exhibition is always a highlight , as it shines a light on women’s rights and experiences around the world,” Kahnke says. “Informed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), it opens every year on International Women’s Day.” The Ali Center is in the process of gearing up for their Sixth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, taking place on Thursday evening, September 20th at the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville. “The purpose of these Awards is to celebrate people from around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice, or other positive actions pertaining to human or social capital,” Kahnke explains. “In addition to awards presented to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years or younger, are honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles.”

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