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14 Cooking in Kentucky


English Grill at Louisville’s Brown Hotel

16 Homescapes

Building Basics

18 Landscapes

Outdoor Kitchens

20 Gardens


Louisville’s Annual Kilgore House & Garden Tour

24 Special Feature


Innovations in Kitchen Design

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1 As the signature dining room for the Brown Hotel, the English Grill has been named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country and serves up an eclectic array of American cuisine with a Kentucky twist. Photo Credit: John Nation. 2 A Louisville tradition since the 1920’s, the original Hot Brown is hands-down the most well-known dish in town. Featuring an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with crispy bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce, the Hot Brown is served on toast and sprinkled with pecorino cheese (see recipe for details)


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By Kirsten E. Silven Photography Courtesy of the English Grill Located in Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel, the English Grill has been serving up delicious fare for more than 90 years. This landmark of fine dining in Louisville has received the coveted AAA Four Diamond award and has also been named among the 100 most romantic restaurants in America by OpenTable. Serving contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky flare, the restaurant boasts dark oak paneling, lead glass windows, tracery ceilings and equestrian-themed décor that is reminiscent of a private club and appropriate for a Kentucky legend. “The English Grill is a truly sincere reflection of what fine dining can be,” shared Manager J. Troy Ritchie. “We offer a growing seasonal menu that evolves throughout the year, along with a number of consistent favorites all year long, such as the Hot Brown and our signature tableside Caesar salad.” Serving as a top destination for locals and visitors alike, the English Grill has become part of the fabric of life for many Kentucky natives who come to celebrate special occasions from wedding anniversaries to graduations and Derby Day.


Modern foodies will also thrill to the restaurant’s two unique Chef’s Tables experiences, which can accommodate parties as small as 4-8, or as large as 30 guests. “Of course, we have an ongoing love affair with bourbon, but we also offer an extensive, award-winning wine list,” Ritchie shared. The menu includes a diverse array of appetizers, homemade soups, salads and entrees crafted by a gifted culinary team that is led by Executive Chef James Adams with the help of Chef de Cuisine Andrew Welenken. Just don’t forget to save room for the decadent signature Chocolate Striptease dessert, which is finished with flaming Bacardi 151 Rum! The English Grill is open from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended and business casual attire is highly encouraged. Valet parking is complementary. For more information, call 502-209-7346 or visit

Original “Hot Brown” Sandwich From the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Yield: 2 Servings

Hot Brown Sauce

AMOUNT INGREDIENTS 1 ½ tablespoons salted butter 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups heavy cream ¼ cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish a pinch ground nutmeg as needed salt & pepper

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1. In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined to form a thick paste or roux. 2. Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. 3. Whisk heavy cream into roux and cook over medium heat until cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. 4. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino-Romano cheese until sauce is smooth. 5. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

Hot Brown Sandwich

AMOUNT INGREDIENTS 14 oz. roasted turkey breast, sliced thick 4 slices Texas toast, crust removed and sliced in half diagonally 4 slices bacon 2 Roma tomatoes, halved garnish Paprika garnish Parsley 1. For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven-safe dish and cover with 7 oz. turkey. 2. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and two toast points and set them alongside the base of the turkey and toast. 3. Pour half of the sauce over the dish, completely covering it. 4. Sprinkle with additional cheese. 5. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. 6. Remove and cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top. 7. Sprinkle with parsley and paprika and serve immediately.

Brown Manhattan

3 Blending a modern yet classic feel with an unmistakable sense of Old World opulence, the vast lobby of the Brown Hotel is a study in English Renaissance architecture, with soaring plaster ceilings, gold inlay and marble columns. Despite its great expanse and grandeur, the space retains an intimate, welcoming feel. Photo Credit: Chris Witzke. 4 The Brown Manhattan, (see recipe for details).

AMOUNT INGREDIENTS 2 oz. bourbon 1 oz. sweet vermouth 3 dashes orange bitters 1 bourbon-soaked cherry 1. In a mixing glass, add bourbon, vermouth and bitters. Stir. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a bourbon-soaked cherry.





1 Custom built home by Padgett Construction

Building Basics Questions every homeowner should ask their builder before building a new home.

By Christina Noll Photography Courtesy of Padgett Construction & Wolford Built Homes If you are building a new home or thinking about building a new home, you understandably have many questions. Building a home is a huge investment and asking questions is important if you want to be sure you’re fully satisfied with the finished product. Experienced builders want you to ask questions and be involved so the process goes smoothly. Here are the top questions to ask your builder and some answers from the experts: How much will this cost? “The most often asked question is the most difficult to answer: what is the cost per square foot of finished space,” says Tom Padgett, President, Padgett Construction, Inc. “There are so many variables that determine costs. The majority of the costs are determined by the client as they make their selections, such as tile, cabinets, appliances, floor coverings, etc. The costs that the builder controls are determined by the skill level of his subcontractors and that will vary from one builder to another.”


How long will it take to build my house? “The timeframe of the build is totally dependent on the size and complexity of the design,” says Martha Brown Wolford, Partner with Wolford Built Homes. “After plans are completed a 2,000 square foot house can be built in about 6 months while a 10,000 square foot house may take 14-16 months.” How experienced are you? “Experience is key to having a smooth build,” says Wolford. “A builder that is aware of the codes, neighborhood restrictions and has relationships in place can be an extreme advantage.” “I’ve always said that I think many people shop more extensively for a new TV than they do their builder,” says Padgett. “It’s imperative to have a complete list of references and speak to some of them. It’s also vital that your builder be financially stable. In a very real way they become your business partner.” Do I need a realtor? “Sometimes a client, especially from out of the area, will already have a realtor,” says Padgett. “Otherwise there is usually no need for realtor involvement.”

2 Custom built home by Wolford Built Homes Although working with a realtor is not necessary, Wolford says it can often be a benefit. “The agent can make sure that contracts are adhered to and be a great support system throughout the build.” Can I customize? “Choose a homebuilder that listens to you and asks a lot of questions about what you are looking for,” says Wolford. “Rarely do we come across a client that wants exactly what someone else has. A buyer deserves a builder that wants your home to be special and unique.” How and when is the final price on the newly built home determined? “The price is initially determined by the contract price after the construction plans are completed,” says Wolford. Changes and add-ons that happen during construction add to the final cost. “The single biggest complaint that clients have about the process of building a home is cost overruns,” says Padgett. “Any changes or increased costs need to be dealt with before they occur. In our company we feel that the client is entitled to see all of the results of bidding and pricing and, that this process should be done with competition among the suppliers and subcontractors.” Are there any hidden costs? “Home buyers should ask to see examples of items that are included in their allowances—such as flooring, countertops, lighting selections, etc.—so there is no miscommunication between buyer and builder,” says Wolford. “High-end finishes are subjective and seeing the finishes before signing a contract can save a lot of heartache. Buyers should ask to be educated on the processes and the materials that are going to be included in their home and the builder should be happy to accommodate them.”

2 She adds: “Many builders charge change order fees and these can add up quickly. To avoid these charges take more time in the planning phase and make sure the plan is everything you want it to be!” Padgett concurs. “I strongly encourage clients to insist on having enough information on specifications and selections at the outset that enables a ‘fixed price’ contract,” he says. “The builder, in concert with the client, will have to do all this homework at some point. It’s far safer to do as much as possible before you start.” Other important questions to ask when choosing a builder: • Do you specialize in custom homes? • Are your supplies and subcontractors competitively priced? • Do you have systems for monitoring job costs and accounting? • What is your current workload? • Who will be managing my project and how many others will he/she be handling at the same time? • What systems do you have in place to monitor quality control? • How do you document decisions, selections, etc.? • How do you monitor project schedules? • Do I get your builder pricing on my materials? • Have you ever been sued by a client or had liens placed on a property? Stay active in the process. Asking the above questions and building a relationship with the builder you chose to build your home, will make the process enjoyable for both parties!





As much planning should go into your outdoor cooking space as the one indoors. By Bill Henkel Photography by Bill Henkel

The 50’s—what a time it was in America. Elvis, The Everly Brothers and Tennessee Ernie Ford to mention just a few. America was growing. Homes and subdivisions were being built and turned into communities where neighbors got together over the Jim Dandy three-legged charcoal grill, to cook or burn a tray of hot dogs and hamburgers. Times have changed: outdoor cooking has far advanced from the charcoal grill in the carport. Today’s outdoor kitchens have become entertainment spaces where many can gather to join in the fun of cooking, eating and socializing. In some ways, outdoor and indoor kitchens are much the same. Still, there are a few important differences. Before you decide to build let’s start with a few questions. Q: HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO BUDGET FOR MY OUTDOOR KITCHEN AND AM I COMMITTED TO DOING THE JOB RIGHT THE FIRST TIME? A: Only you can answer this. A quality outdoor kitchen will cost as much as a quality indoor kitchen, maybe more. Q: WHAT IS THE OPTIMUM LOCATION FOR MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT? WILL THIS KITCHEN BE REMOTE OR ATTACHED TO THE HOUSE? A: Location is essential: a remote location may appear inviting and romantic. However, repetitive trips to and from the main house can kill the passion, so being attached or close to the house is often better. Q: WHAT ARE THE ZONING REQUIREMENTS/NEIGHBORHOOD REGULATIONS? A: Many people begin building projects only to find out later that they do not adhere to zoning requirements or subdivision rules. Make sure you know what these are before you begin. Q: WILL THIS KITCHEN NEED ELECTRICITY, GAS, WATER OR SANITARY HOOK-UPS? A: Be sure you have the hook-ups you need for the appliances you want. Q: WILL APPLIANCES, SUCH AS A REFRIGERATOR, ICE MAKER, DISHWASHER, WARMING OVEN, TV OR SOUND SYSTEM BE INCLUDED? A: A carefully-designed outdoor kitchen can be a work of art in both function and form, however make sure the appliances and systems you want to use are rated for the environment where they will be used. Using cheap imitations can cause long-term problems and cost you more money in the long run.




Q: ROOF OR NO ROOF? WILL THE KITCHEN HAVE AMPLE PROTECTION FROM THE WEATHER, SUCH AS RAIN AND WIND? A: A roof can protect your space from bad weather, giving you months of outdoor cooking in comfort. Even if you have a roof over your space, keep in mind how protected your area is from wind and rain.

1 Outdoor kitchens can be designed to perfectly complement your home, and can range from basic to elaborate.

Q: HOW MANY GUESTS/FAMILY MEMBERS DO I MOST OFTEN COOK FOR AND HOW MANY WILL MY SPACE ACCOMMODATE? A: Determining size, shape and a floor plan is key to achieving a successfully functioning space.

2 Keep your landscaping in mind when designing your outdoor kitchen, and make sure they blend together nicely.

Q: WHAT IS MY PREFERRED FUEL FOR OUTDOOR COOKING? A: Most people have a fuel preference when it comes to outdoor cooking. Wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, or all four? Your space can be as diverse and flexible as you’d like, so long as you have the available space. Q: HOW MUCH COUNTER SPACE WILL BE NEEDED? A: Think about how much counter space you use in your indoor cooking space, and plan accordingly for your outdoor kitchen. Now that you have a list of wants and needs for the outdoor kitchen, it is time to consider design. My strongest recommendation is to hire a design professional to guide the process, such as a licensed Landscape Architect. Hiring a professional will be well worth your savings in time, money and headache. It’s easy if you know what you are doing, however, attaching a new porch/kitchen to an existing structure is complicated. It is too easy to spend a lot of money on something that won’t perform or hold up, and this is where a professional will help you. An outdoor cooking space with a high-functioning kitchen is an excellent addition to any home. It welcomes neighbors, family and friends with ample, comfortable seating. It may have a roof, ceiling fans, lights, heaters or even a wood-burning fireplace, making it perfect for year-round entertaining. Here’s to great planning!

Bill Henkel, Partner at Henkel Denmark Leading Landscape, American Society of Landscape Architects Healing and Therapy Garden Certified



Louisville’s Annual

Kilgore House & Garden Tour By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft Now in its 17th year, the annual Kilgore House & Garden Tour showcases some of Louisville’s most exceptional residences and fantastic gardens. Proceeds from the tour provide much-needed support for the nonprofit faith-based Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, which was founded by Betty Kilgore Gibbs and has helped individuals and families in need, heal the mind, body and spirit for more than 30 years. “Sometimes local artists come to paint en plein air, and we’ve also had live music set up at gardens in the past,” shared Joan Gaston, who serves as chairwoman of the Kilgore Garden Tour. Each year, more than 450 people attend the tour, which also features local master gardeners who are available to answer questions. The garden tour always includes a nice variety of homes and gardens in Louisville, highlighting the wide variety of different styles and types of gardens that can be seen in the city and surrounding areas. This dedication to diversity can be seen in the images shown here and outlined below, which were featured as part of the 2016 Kilgore House & Garden Tour.

Garden: Tavia Cathcart Brown & Matt Brown


Located on a 400-acre farm in the Westport Rd. area, this charming and colorful wildflower garden belongs to Matt Brown and Tavia Cathcart Brown, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. Although the garden is still young, with plantings ranging between one and four years of age, it has already become an important waystation for migrating monarch butterflies. “Matt and I really enjoy gardening together. We focus on native plants that provide support for pollinators like monarchs, bees and hummingbirds, while repelling deer, raccoons, squirrels and other hungry wildlife,” Tavia shared.



The garden features plenty of milkweed, which is the best thing gardeners can plant to support monarchs, as well as columbines, foxgloves, catmint, bee balm, bluestar, lilies, cold-hardy hibiscus, yellow wood poppies, zinnias and a vegetable plot that includes heirloom tomatoes.

3 Garden: Sarah Luce

This one-acre lot in Prospect features a creek off to one side and a variety of mature trees that give the home’s outdoor spaces a peaceful, settled feeling. An extensive back patio renovation helped define the space, adding limestone caps to the wall and steps, as well as colorful container gardens and a whimsical carousel pig from the 1900s. “Gardening is like painting with plants, shared garden owner Sarah Luce. “I love container gardening because the plants can be moved around so easily.” 1 This colorful birdbath-turned-planter is home to a variety of annuals that serve as important nectar sources for monarchs in the garden of Tavia Cathcart Brown and Matt Brown, which is also home to a variety of natives and perennials. Here, lilies are starting to come up, along with purple coneflower, blue sage, yarrow and a pink poppy planted in honor of Matt’s parents. 2 Framed by cold-hardy hibiscus, this beautiful butterfly globe was on display at the residence of Tavia Cathcart Brown and Matt Brown to inform visitors on the Kilgore House & Garden Tour about the importance of planting with a purpose for monarchs. The butterflies were released at the end of the tour. 3 This capricious 1900’s carousel pig is appropriately named “Barbecutie” and now graces the patio at Sarah Luce’s residence. Here, she is framed by Pencil holly, Campfire coleus, Georgia Peach coral bells and Apricot calibrachoa in the tall concrete urn, along with blue salvia surrounded by yellow calibrachoa and sanvitalia in the smaller planter. 4 Contrasting limestone caps add a custom touch and upscale look on the patio at Sarah Luce’s residence, providing an ideal space for this lovely container garden, which blends a variety of colors and textures that includes salvia, Marguerite sweet potato vine, Orange Rocket barberry and Chocolate Mint coleus, as well as Yellow Soleria begonias, Rex begonias and Red Soleria begonias.

4 Garden: Albin & Katie Whitworth

Featuring gorgeous golf course views, this Prospect-area garden was inspired by the gardens of Europe and boasts several different sitting areas and “rooms.” Homeowners Albin and Katie Whitworth enjoy entertaining in the garden, which features several large pine trees, a variety of statuary and fountains, all tucked into a natural setting. Albin designed and planted the outdoor spaces himself with minimal help and delights in the process. “It’s good for my soul to dig in the dirt,” he shared. “I’ve loved to garden for as long as I can remember and part of the enjoyment is sharing it with others.”

Garden: Ken Sanders and Christina Collins

Boasting two water features, various garden “rooms” and plenty of brightly colored and beautifully-textured plantings, this Anchorage-area garden spans more than two-and-a-half acres and has become a labor of love for Christina Collins and Ken Sanders. Just four short years ago the home’s outdoor areas held only a pool, surrounded by virtually no garden areas, so larger plantings were selected from the start to give the impression of added maturity. “We always wanted a water feature, so that became the focal point and the garden has grown around it,” Ken shared. “I focus on one thing at a time and just keep adding to what’s there every year.”


5 An elegant wrought-iron table, chairs and bench beckon visitors to stop and enjoy the view in Albin and Katie Whitworth’s garden, which features sweeping golf course vistas and a variety of focal points. Here, several statues depicting the four seasons are visible, along with a wrought iron trellis, crepe myrtle, peonies, iris, roses, rhododendron, boxwood hedges and a variety of annuals to provide additional color all summer.


6 This fountain was found at Hillenmeyers and gifted to garden owners Albin and Katie Whitworth by the choir at the 1st Methodist Church in Lexington, where Albin was director of music and organist for 31 years. Here, it is nestled under two mature pine trees planted by the home’s original owners and surrounded by pachysandra and holly. 7 A sizable water feature built using stone from Bullitt County serves as an important focal point in this lush, colorful garden, which belongs to Ken Sanders and Christina Collins. A pair of Canadian red maples, assorted junipers, hostas, coleus and blue spruce create a beautiful backdrop and add to the natural look and feel of this space.

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8 This shady seating area is surrounded by hostas, coleus, lemon bush and a wide variety of perennial groundcover, along with assorted annuals to fill in and provide pops of color throughout. Homeowner Ken Sanders laid the stone patio and walkway, and he also personally handles all of the planting and care in this whimsical garden. 9 A whimsical wooden garden angel with tools in hand and an iron fence serving as “wings” was a gift from friends and now stands sentry on a patio table in this garden, which belongs to Marilynn Hettich and has evolved beautifully over more than 14 years.


10 This antique garden urn features a beautiful patina and is brimming with lantana and Vancouver geranium, which remains small and provides fabulous texture. Lamb’s ear and iris are also visible here, which owner Marilynn Hettich saved from her mother’s and grandmother’s gardens.

Garden: Marilynn Hettich

When Marilynn Hettich moved to this Louisville-area home on a city lot not far from Cherokee Park more than 14 years ago, there were very few plantings aside from a large southern magnolia. Since then, her careful care has helped the home’s outdoor spaces evolve to include a wide variety of colorful flowers, beautifully-textured plantings and other focal points, including a birdbath that is much loved by a large red-tailed hawk, as well as a number of “passalong” plants from friends and family.


“I love to collect antiques and statuary,” Marilynn shared. “It’s therapeutic, especially when plants come up that were given to you by loved ones who have passed away.”




Innovations in

KitchenDesign Innovations By Kirsten E. Silven

Innovations in

KitchenDesign By Kirsten E. Silven

1 Elegant modern lines, 11+ foot ceilings, reflective surfaces and custom touches define this awe-inspiring kitchen, which boasts LED backlit granite countertops on the perimeter and center island that produce a captivating glow, along with Hammerton lighting, a mirrored backsplash and engineered quartz on the island bar in the foreground. The wrought iron range hood was custom made by a metalsmith in Colorado Springs and the floors are reclaimed chestnut. The custom cabinetry features reflective black smoked glass on all but one set of doors, while natural limestone on the walls and ceiling timbers of Douglas fir complete the look. Architect: Jeffrey P. Manley, AIA, Martin Manley Architects. Interior Design: AP Resort Concepts. Photo by Jay Rush.


KitchenDesign By Kirsten E. Silven


2 Sleek contemporary lines and a high level of functionality abound in this KitchenAid kitchen, which boasts a unique step-up design, along with KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, a decorative aquamarine tile backsplash and plenty of light both day and night, thanks to custom recessed lighting placed above the various workstations and a series of skylights. A wet bar situated at one end of the island faces the living room and is ideal for entertaining. Image courtesy of KitchenAid, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

2 Whether it’s part of a remodel or new construction, the best modern kitchens incorporate ample work space for cooking, flexible space for meals and entertaining and efficient, functional appliances and fixtures. From decorative backsplashes and countertops, to custom cabinetry and storage, to state-of-the-art lighting and appliances, today’s kitchens are the true heart of the home. “Kitchens are the entertainment hub of the home, making larger, more open kitchens a must-have,” shared Stansell Dye, Area Showroom Manager— Southeast, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “Food brings family and friends together and preparing a meal can be a great shared memory!” Trend Watch: Dye says today’s kitchen designs are also leaning toward more neutral colors and unprotected “living finishes” that develop a patina over time, as well as natural materials blended with modern technology and luxe details. The farmhouse sink is still making a statement in the kitchen, albeit with updated designs, dimensions and finishes in soft golds and matte blacks, while many homeowners are opting for commercial-grade appliances that can easily serve a large group.

become a popular trend, as they are excellent for camouflaging dust and dirt. “Metal is a hot trend and mixing metals—even brass and golds—is back in style,” shared Martha Wolford of Wolford Built Homes. “Also, we are no longer hemmed in with small rooms, and the number one ‘requested item’ in both new construction and remodels is an open living concept.” Style Savvy: In fact, many remodels are using the area that was previously reserved for the dining room to make way for a larger kitchen with an open floor plan. Removing walls is almost always a possibility, but in addition to structural considerations, just make sure the walls that are coming down or openings that will be enlarged are not housing plumbing and electric that can be costly to relocate. “Simple, clean line, Shaker-style doors are popular for their modern look & affordability.” shared John Barber of Barber Cabinet Co. “We have variations of the Shaker style that our designers love to combine with decorative molding on base and wall cabinets to customize your look without breaking the budget.”

“We are seeing more high-tech functional features than ever before,” added Laura Dalzell, owner of Cabinets & Designs. “There’s also a push for using simpler, clean lines in kitchen design, along with maintenance-free materials like engineered quartz countertops.”

Lighting: The future looks bright in kitchen lighting as well, with a variety of new solutions available that are designed to have an increasing focus on functionality. Proper lighting can enhance the workflow in a kitchen and also spotlight key design features while enhancing the overall sense of style in the space.

Coiled faucets are a fun and quirky additions in today’s kitchens, and although darker floors are still popular, some homeowners are wondering if the upkeep is worth the look. Wire brushed oak and multi-colored eucalyptus flooring have also

“LED lighting is big on the horizon,” shared Hillary Whaley, a Lighting Specialist with Kentucky Lighting and Supply. “If LED lighting is featured prominently, it’s important to consider the color temperature, which can range from warm yellow tones to cool blue hues.”


7 The custom wall cabinets in a Kendall Charcoal finish are built with no back and glass doors to permit the decorative yet understated backsplash to show through in this highly functional kitchen space, which also incorporates stainless steel appliances. The center island has electrical outlets hidden underneath the skirt and also makes room for a farmhouse sink, dishwasher, bar seating and additional storage on each side. Photo, design and installation by Barber Cabinet Company.

3 It’s essential to consider both form and function when selecting lighting for a kitchen. Recessed fixtures will cast a soft, ambient light throughout the room, while pendants complement other design features while providing valuable illumination over the island. “When deciding on what type of fixtures and lighting to use in a kitchen, it helps to know the details of how the space is laid out, including ceiling heights, room dimension and island size,” shared Julie Zinsmeister, a Lighting Specialist with Brecher’s Lighting. Regardless of whether your existing kitchen is due for a much-needed facelift, or you are planning to build a dream home from scratch, today’s kitchens have evolved from closed-off satellites to the most well-integrated and popular rooms in the house, requiring adequate planning to pull off a successful design. “It’s essential to do your homework before starting on your kitchen shopping adventure,” shared Barbara Sallick, co-founder and senior vice president of design for Waterworks. “First, take stock of your house, as the kitchen is the pivotal space around which the adjacent rooms are decorated. Next, scour magazines and websites to identify the colors and features that align with your style and taste. Finally, edit your accumulated kitchen images to the final few that will eventually define your installation.”

4 4 Craftsman details abound in this bright, open space, which features rough-hewn ceiling beams and pops of lime green, creating pleasing contrast to the white cabinets and backsplash. Veins of grey in the granite countertops complement the stainless appliances, and the kitchen flows beautifully into a breakfast nook and great room for easy entertaining. Photo by The House Designers.

And remember—stay faithful to your own sense of style, because nothing you truly adore is ever really out of fashion.


6 This island-inspired space has a distinct Latin influence, with Macassar Ebony wood in the kitchen that is carried throughout the home. Roche Bobois bar stools and pendants from Tango Lighting add to the streamlined, modern look and feel, while the 16-foot bar is accentuated by Compac’s orange quartz. Bar, cabinetry, countertops and backsplash custom designed by Britto Charette.



5 Built in 1964, this home had seen layers of transformation and design trends through the years, but the current owner revived its mid-century modern roots while adhering to her own design aesthetic. “Bringing the outdoors in” was accomplished by removing walls, opening the space and adding a 14-foot “wall” of glass doors. Straight and horizontal lines were also an important design theme, repeated in European style cabinetry and chrome-handled hardware, which runs the entire length of the cabinets. The high gloss white and charcoal wood cabinets are also complemented by a white waterfall edge Quartz countertop, and the homeowner selected dark Cali Bamboo flooring in keeping with the modern look. Photo courtesy of Wolford Built Homes. 7 Neutral tones and rich textures create a visual feast in this bright, cheerful kitchen, which features a distinctive wooden ceiling, stainless appliances and a sizable natural stone island with built-in seating. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood the space, which also has dual dishwashers camouflaged on either side of the sink to the right and a green tile decorative backsplash. Photo courtesy of Nicholson, LLC.


8 Custom cabinets from Brookhaven by Woodmode in a rich slate color pick up the cool grey tones of the engineered quartz countertops in this transitional kitchen space, which also features Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, including a wine cooler and icemaker in the center island (not pictured). A coffee station was also added in front of the doors with decorative corduroy glass for added functionality. Photo, design and installation by Cabinets & Designs.


9 Sleek contemporary lines and luxe finishes define this spacious kitchen, which features Progetto Vetri glass tile by Walker Zanger; Poggenpohl handles and cabinets by Grolle Cabinetry with Titan Grey and High Gloss White front finishes; a stainless steel island counter also by Grolle and Shagreen white pearl wall covering by Schumacher, Cresendo Wall Covering and Fabrics. Appliances are cleverly hidden from view to achieve a clutter-free, clean look and a Sub-Zero wine cellar provides a decorative touch. Photo by David Giral. Design by Britto Charette. 10 Crisp tones in a Dove White finish and clean lines define this transitional kitchen space, which features Arabescato Danby marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash. Custom cabinet details include fleur-de-lis panels and floating shelves created using gas pipe, lending a slightly industrial feel. The bottom of the wall cabinets are recessed to hide electrical outlets that fit underneath, which creates a clean look on the backsplash, while the pin hinges on the doors are decorative only, as a modern, soft-close hinge is located inside the doors for the highest functionality. Photo, design and installation by Barber Cabinet Company.





Capturing Character on


By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography Courtesy of Joyce Garner

For artist Joyce Garner, “Happiness is a large white canvas.” A selftaught painter, Garner described color and texture as something that, “Made me smile inside.” The attraction to color and texture lead her to library books in the 1970s. “In the books I read, oil paint was the medium,” she said. “Acrylics were not mentioned and water colors are not saturated enough to excite me.” Although she continues to paint with oil, Garner has explored content and scale throughout thirty-plus years of exhibiting her work. Her content started with apples. “I painted apples for years,” she said. Through experimentation, Garner found that the apples painted from her imagination were more vibrant than the apples she painted realistically.

2 1 American Pie, Oil on Canvas, 5’ X 14’ Don McLean’s song of the same name was going through Garner’s mind when she painted “American Pie.” For Garner, imagery can trigger a familiar song. “I think your subconscious does that sometimes,” she said. 2 Artist Joyce Garner at the easel painting, “Lovers”.


The same was true of the early portraits in her career, which she wanted to be physically true to the subject. Over time, her focus shifted away from realism. “I don’t want the physical characteristics to be realistic,” said Garner. “But I do want the expression of feelings and emotions, the character of the person, to be real,” she said. “My work doesn’t spell it out,” she explains. “I expect the viewer to do some of the work.” “My work has become more personal,” said Garner. One distinct personal element to her work is the presence of checkerboard tables. “The only art created in my family were quilts,” said Garner. “Quilts are a very Kentucky art form.” The checkerboard is a way for Garner to honor her family as well as the patterns of a quilt. It is also an opportunity to play with color, circling back to her initial attraction to painting.



3 3 Cellist, Oil on Canvas, 6’ X 18’ “I love this painting because it’s 18-feet long,” said Garner. Although she had completed large paintings before, “Cellist” was the first time an entire scene was on one solid piece. “I just unrolled the bolt of canvas, pinned it on the studio wall and went to work,” she said. 4 Wild Hares, Oil on Canvas, 55” X 37” This piece accompanies another, longer horizontal art piece of Garner’s called “American Pie” and continues the images of wild hares. “However, the focus here,” said Garner, “Is on the food and the couple.” Viewers may notice another personal touch in some of Garner’s work. “I call it the bird chair,” she said. Several paintings memorialize this favorite chair of hers with bird-patterned upholstery fabric that wore out and could not be replaced. Based out of an urban studio in Louisville, Ky., Garner paints on a large scale. “Cellist” is a single six-foot by 18-foot canvas. Other work may be a combination of canvases that, together, stretch 20 feet. Currently, her work focuses on life around the table. “I paint in series, so I always know there will be a table,” she said of her starting point. “I thin the paint with turpentine and cover the white canvas with a watery abstract under painting,” she explained. “I use vine charcoal to find the narrative in a big drawing. Then I paint in a series and continue until I have nothing left to ‘say’.” The narrative of Garner’s work is about relationships. “We define ourselves by the relationships we have, whether it’s with another person or a pet or an object or the natural world. We’re just sorting it out.”


In Kentucky, Garner’s work can be found at the Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art in Louisville and New Editions Gallery in Lexington.



7 5 Irises, Oil on Canvas, 78” X 60” Garner put painting on hiatus while she renovated her 1880s studio building. “There was plaster in one room, and I used watered-down paint to draw a flower garden with roses, tulips, irises,” she explained. “People don’t draw on their walls. That’s when I realized I needed to get back to painting.” The result of that realization is “Irises”.



8 6 Milk And Cookies, Oil on Canvas, 60” X 48” Looking back on one of her more recent paintings, Garner laughed, “The dog looks downtrodden!” 7 Peaches, Oil on Canvas, 72” X 60” “I like that different ages are represented in the painting,” said Garner, whose work includes a young couple, a mother and child and an older couple.


9 8 Pinky Swear, Oil on Canvas, 48” X 60” “I don’t know what’s going on, but those two women have a deal,” said Garner. “I like that commitment they’ve made, that relationship.”

9 Lovers, Oil on Canvas, 66” X 54” “This is really about relationships,” said Garner. “I hope it’s a happy painting.”


1 Originally built by the renowned architect Hugh Meriwether, the cape

cod is approximately 72 years old and sits on two lots, located in town, directly across from the country club. The home features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus a basement that offers an additional guest bedroom and den.



A mother-daughter duo combined their many collections in this traditional cape cod to form one classically beautiful home.

By Christina Noll Photography by Walt Roycraft


2 2 In the front living room, an oriental rug covers original hardwood floors and anchors comfortable, traditional seating. Custom built-in bookshelves flank the working fireplace, where matching armchairs provide a cozy spot for reading. Much of the furniture in the home is antique, collected over the years by the Reeds, however some pieces are from the Saltbox or were reupholstered by Gyor at some point. The Sheridan chest on the left hand side is a maple hepplewhite from 1750-1780.

When Betty Pearl Reed and her daughter, JoEllen Reed, found out that a favorite house in Winchester was for sale, they were more than willing to move their combined households. The two had originally combined households in 2008, in a modern, ranch house, just outside of town, that was well suited to caring for JoEllen’s father before his passing. However, they were never really settled in that house, so when their current home, a Cape Cod, became available, the women knew it was the right move.

The way the Reeds found out the home was for sale was something akin to divine intervention. JoEllen happened to run into the owner (at the time) while out shopping one day. “I said to her, ‘Mom and I are really interested in moving back into the neighborhood. We’ve always loved that house, so if you ever think about selling, please let me know,” and she said, “I am selling it.” JoEllen was completely surprised and elated. That was on a Saturday afternoon and by Wednesday the Reeds had purchased the house.

“My mom and I have admired this Cape Cod-style home since I was a child,” said JoEllen. “Our love of classic design drew us to this house. I also grew up in this neighborhood.” The Reeds were already acquainted with the previous owners—Roger and Tessie VanSickle. In fact, Roger VanSickle had worked with JoEllen’s father, Joe, and JoEllen had been a junior bridesmaid in the VanSickle’s daughter’s wedding.

Originally built by the renowned architect Hugh Meriwether, the Cape Cod is approximately 72 years old and sits on two lots, directly across from the country club. The Reeds prefer a traditional style, and the home offers the perfect backdrop. Along with original hardwood floors throughout, the home features heavy moldings and woodwork.


3 3 The chandelier in the formal dining room is original to this house and is thought to have been a gas light that was converted to electricity. Pieces from several of their collections are shown here, including a porcelain lamp, one of several gold-framed mirrors, and a toile tray located above the corner cabinet. Both JoEllen and Betty Pearl were pleased that this room could accommodate each of their corner cupboards. The English sideboard purchased at the Saltbox completed their style in this room. The portrait on the left wall is of Jo Ellen. Combining the original households—including all the furniture, household items and décor—was a challenge, and the women enlisted Andra Gyor, interior designer at Janice’s at the Saltbox in Lexington, for help the first time. In 2015, when the women moved to the home, Gyor was once again an instrumental part in making it all come together smoothly. “We like the simple, clean cut lines of traditional furniture,” said JoEllen. Gyor helped with the placement of the furniture and the interior design, bringing the entire picture together to reflect both JoEllen and Betty Pearl’s love of the classic look. “There have been very few times that Mom and I have disagreed over furnishings or how to style a room,” said JoEllen. “Of course, it’s always easier with Andra’s design magic.”

Among some of JoEllen and Betty Pearl’s collections showcased throughout the home are toile trays, antique chests, oriental prints and blue and white china. “I began collecting antique chests when I was a sophomore in high school,” said JoEllen. “I had a part-time job and I would apply what I earned to my account at an antique shop called Todd’s Antiques in Winchester. I would pay off one chest and start on the purchase of the next one.” “We just have a love for the simple and traditional and we try to reflect that throughout our home,” said JoEllen. “We’ve been blessed in our home every day that we’ve been here.”

“I had so much fun decorating with them because they’ve been collectors all their lives,” said Gyor. “They don’t have one of anything.”



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6 4 Painted brick lightened up the galley style kitchen and allows the Reeds to showcase more of their collections, including some bird prints, the fruit prints and the blue and white china. In the future, they may add cabinetry on the left for more storage and possibly enclose the refrigerator. Lighting is Saltbox lighting. Cherry cabinets are custom by Terry Craycraft. Countertops are butcher-block with a porcelain sink. 5 Both JoEllen and Betty Pearl spend a lot of time in the family room just off the kitchen, as well as on the beautiful tree-canopied deck just outside. The wood beams shown were already part of the home. “Basically all we had to do was paint the walls and trim,” said Gyor. “All the furniture in this house came from their previous house; everything fit in, which was just a miracle.” The Jackson Press shown is a Kentucky piece that has been handed down for several generations in Betty Pearl’s family. “It was left to me by my great aunt, whom I was named after,” said JoEllen. 6 In the first floor bedroom, located just off the family room, another gorgeous pencil post bed needs a step stool for access. The window treatments in this room have been moved from the Reeds previous home, as have others throughout the house. One of Betty Pearl’s beloved toile trays, a gift to her from her deceased husband, is displayed just above the bed. 7 One of the only renovations needed in the home was here in the downstairs bathroom where a bathtub was replaced with a standing shower. The vanity is converted from a piece of furniture, replicating a similar one the Reeds had in their previous home and loved. Above the vanity are some of the oriental prints Betty Pearl has collected. The wall coverings came from the Reeds previous home and were refit for this room by Gyor. Lighting is by Saltbox.




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10 8 The upstairs bedroom covers most of the upper floor and was originally the attic space before the previous owners renovated it to a master suite. There is also an adjacent bathroom (not shown). In order to bring the room more to JoEllen’s taste, Gyor had the wallpaper removed and Craycraft built in cabinets to provide more storage. The room is made larger by several factors, including a niche for the television that keeps it from standing out into the room. In addition, the finials were removed from the top end of the bed so it would fit under the eaves and not need to be placed in the middle. 9 One half of the basement was converted into this guest bedroom, which offers a place for the beautiful pencil post bed, made by Winchester cabinet and furniture maker Terry Craycraft. There are also plenty of built-ins for some of the many books the Reeds own. “The red cedar chest at the end of the bed was a gift to Mom from my Dad when she graduated from high school,” said JoEllen. 10 The other side of the basement is a cozy den, also featuring built-ins with more books. The chest is one from JoEllen’s collection and is typical Kentucky cherry Sheridan, circa 1830s. Gyor lightened the old pine paneling in this room with a warm neutral paint color. This space is sued frequently by the Reeds’ niece and nephew who spend time here watching TV and playing games during visits.

House Credits INTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING Andra Gyor, Janice at the Saltbox CABINETRY Terry Craycraft PAINTING Scott Howard, Custom Painting & Decorative Finishes


1 Clean lines define the California-inspired home of Donna Outlaw. Located in Prospect, Ky., the two-story, painted brick home, has 5,000 sq. ft.


TrendingInspiration By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography by Walt Roycraft


2 Instead of standard trim work, the windows and doorframes of Outlaw’s home are outlined by curved drywall, an indicative feature of the clean lines she sought when designing the home. All window treatments in the home, including those in the foyer, were custom-made at Dwellings. The wrought iron railing along the second floor was custom-made by Gianni Zanata, an artistic blacksmith out of Spencer County, Ky. 3 Lee Industries upholstery, a furniture line carried at Dwellings, is featured throughout Outlaw’s home. “I upgraded the sofa cushions for a softer, slouchier look and feel,” said Outlaw. Leather chairs, a velvet ottoman with acrylic legs and custom-made, sheer window treatments add a variety of textures to the feel of this room. The seating arrangement also encourages conversation.


As co-owner of Dwellings, a furniture, accessories and design store located in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., Donna Outlaw stays ahead of the latest trends in home design. “The way Americans live is changing,” she said. “People are downsizing, they don’t need the space they used to have with areas like unused living rooms and dining rooms. Most of my clients are looking for outdoor living with grilling stations and fire pits and plenty of comfortable seating to entertain.” Another shift in American living is the role of the kitchen. “The kitchen is no longer just a room to cook,” said Outlaw. “The contemporary kitchen should be designed as the pivotal room of the home where everyone gathers. Now, we have big, open kitchens where we entertain.” The open concept, a trend for the future according to Outlaw, is beautifully exhibited in her two-story, painted brick, 5,000 sq. ft. Prospect, Ky. home. This being the fifth home she’s designed and had custom-built, Outlaw worked with Palmer Cole at Bentley Homes to get exactly what she wanted. “A big kitchen and great room together,” she said. “No formal dining room.” She also wanted a master suite on the first floor. “But I didn’t want the bedroom to be big,” she said, noting that the purpose of the bedroom is rest, meaning there is no need for extra square footage. “The bedroom should be about you being rested and comfortable. Get rid of clutter—that’s a stress factor. And get the most wonderful bed you can afford,” she advised. Having less square footage in the bedroom meant Outlaw had more square footage for the bathroom and closets, areas where homeowners focus less on restfulness and more on the energy of getting ready for everything from the day ahead to special occasions.


3 Whether working on a client’s home or working on her own, Outlaw starts with inspiration. Outlaw finds that in travel, whether it is professional trips to the High Point Market, the largest furnishings industry tradeshow in the world, or personal excursions to different cities where she is exposed to different styles of architecture. “I think you need to be inspired by the exterior of your home,” said Outlaw. “From there, you move to the interior and figure out how big of a space you need to make your rooms work.” Lifestyle is key to this equation. “Are children the focus of a home’s purpose?” she asked. “Formal entertaining? Pets? It’s all important to figure into the purpose of the space.” Also important are the furnishings. If life centers around a kitchen table, the kitchen must have room for the right table. If a collection or artwork is important to the homeowner, the rooms need adequate space to display those personal treasures. For her new home, Outlaw found inspiration in the clean, straight lines and circular windows of California. “Less is more,” said Outlaw. “Crown molding and trim molding aren’t as popular anymore, although wall trim like wainscoting, shiplap and beadboard are gaining popularity.” For her home, Outlaw wanted to push the less is more idea with little touches. “This home has curved drywall instead of trim work around the doors and windows,” she said, pointing out another element that gives the home an open, clean feel.

Although the home was custom-built two years ago, Outlaw’s design offers a sense of warmth and comfort. “I entertain quite a bit,” she explained. With that in mind, Outlaw opted for another new trend, walk-in pantries, instead of overhead cabinets in the kitchen. “That design, eliminating the cabinets, also allows for more natural light,” she said. The outdoor area chairs swivel for TV or pool viewing. The sofa cushions were upgraded to provide a slouchy support. “Making a new home feel established is accomplished by using fabrics to add comfort and character to the interior,” said Outlaw. “This provides a sense of flow throughout the house.” Outlaw’s home is full of natural, muted tones and bright walls. According to Outlaw, good design should last 15 years. “My former house was a French European design,” she said, noting that the ornate features of such design, layers of crown molding, heavy drapes, and decorative tassels, were popular from 19952008. “It’s 2017 and the look is more metropolitan,” explained Outlaw. “Louisville is very traditional,” she said. “I’m not saying get rid of everything for the sake of changing trends; I’m saying you can update your home to the changing trends by mixing antiques with more modern pieces, trade out the lined drapes for sheer window treatments, replace the ceiling fan with a chandelier, and get rid of those fake florals!” she laughed.

4 4 A kitchen, eating area and sitting area make up Outlaw’s great room. Here, the view of the kitchen table is flanked by two abstract art pieces leading to the kitchen. The outdoor room is to the left. The table from Four Hands expands from 6-feet to 8-feet. 5 To allow for more natural light in the kitchen, Outlaw decided on walk-in pantries instead of overhead cabinetry. For a more solid feel than granite, she chose concrete countertops. For entertaining purposes, she included a bar area at the far end of the kitchen, next to the door outside where her family spends a great deal of time most of the year. 6 This covered, open area is a popular spot in the spring, summer and fall. “This is where we live,” said Outlaw. The swivel chairs, from Lee industries, were chosen so guests could turn to watch TV, enjoy the fire pit and conversation, or look out over the pool where Outlaw’s friends and family, including her grandchildren, spend much of their time.






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9 7 Stressing the importance of lighting in a home, Outlaw describes chandeliers as, “The jewels of the home.” The chandelier hanging in the master bedroom is made of oyster shells. “I like to feel like I’m on vacation when I’m home,” said Outlaw. Natural light is also important, and in this room, that light is reflected by the mirrored nightstands from Worlds Away. 8 As trends change, homeowners are looking for smaller master bedrooms with larger closets and bathrooms. Another trend is the preference for a soaking tub, seen in Outlaw’s master bath. The vanity includes dark java cabinets and Imperial Danby marble. To the right of the room, behind a custom wood-stained door, is the shower. “When my family is together, the girls get ready in my bathroom,” said Outlaw. By hiding the shower, the master bath offers both privacy and open space for gathering. 9 The basement of Outlaw’s home includes a game room where her family gathers together. Beyond the concrete counter top of the island is a metallic checkerboard backsplash for the wet bar. Barn wood archways are on the left side of the room.




Bright red begonias and boxwoods bring color and texture to this bed that is framed by limestone and four-rail fencing, creating a quintessentially Kentucky pastoral scene. The stately 13,000-square-foot traditional brick home sits on 10 acres just southeast of downtown Lexington.

Estate of theHeart By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft


2 2 The home’s grand entryway features dual curving staircases and luxurious marble flooring set on the diagonal, as well as a hand-painted mural on the wall under the stairs. A beautifully arched front door, breathtaking chandelier and baby grand piano complete the space, which opens to the great room and home office. A few years ago, Brenda and Pat Mercurio fell in love with this 13,000-square-foot home and 10-acre estate located southeast of downtown Lexington, which features sweeping Kentucky vistas and a cozy yet elegant feel. Although the bones were in fantastic condition, a complete remodel of the home’s interior spaces was in order, and everything from the flooring to the custom cabinetry has been updated or replaced, creating a warm, inviting oasis that showcases the very best the Bluegrass State has to offer. “The home has seven bedrooms and nine-and-a-half baths,” shared Jayme Flynt of The Painted Horse, who helped select new paint colors and also worked on other aspects of the home décor. “In addition to a complete cosmetic overhaul, we made minor structural changes, including French doors in the great room that open to a new balcony on the back of the home that overlooks the pool.” The kitchen also received a total makeover, transforming from a galley-style layout to a more modern space with custom Habersham cabinets and plenty of seating that opens to the dining room and hearth room. Brenda and Pat have seven grandchildren, who love to come over and swim during the summer months and have plenty of room to play inside during the holidays.


“The home is both cozy and comfortable despite the size,” Brenda shared. “We also fell in love with the lay of the land, which includes two paddocks and a barn.” Other notable features include a highly detailed yet understated hand-painted mural in the formal entryway, as well as a compass that is hand painted on the ceiling in the home office and was properly oriented to accurately depict the position of the room. They also replaced the traditional brick fireplace in the informal first-floor family room with gorgeous bricks crafted from real coal, in a nod to the family’s history, which is deeply tied to Eastern Kentucky coal country. “My son Todd Stricklin is now with Itrust Asset Management and my son Mark Trimble is with Mortgage Suppliers, which are both based in Lexington,” Brenda shared. “But my other two sons, Tommy and Mike Trimble, are still with Trimble Coal and travel between Lexington and Eastern Kentucky.” Finally, from the theater room and lower-level family room, to the pool area, balcony and screened-in porch outside, as well as the first-floor family room, which opens to an outdoor patio shaded by a pergola, the home is ideal for entertaining both friends and family, while the professional floor-to-ceiling renovation will ensure this estate stays current for years to come, providing lasting memories and years of family fun.

3 Habersham cabinets to the left and right of the stove bring a special custom feel to the kitchen, which was completely remodeled recently along with the rest of the home. Other unique features include extended seating attached to the island, granite countertops and faux painting, while all appliances are cleverly hidden from view by custom cabinetry in complementary tones of cream, tan and brown.


4 Custom green velvet window treatments, sumptuous traditional dÊcor and luxe gold faux painting on the ceiling and wainscoting work to create a posh look and feel in the formal dining room, which also features an Oriental rug found at Ryser’s Furniture and an extensive collection of antique china.




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5 The richly-appointed home office boasts a full wall of built-in shelving and a compass mural on the ceiling that is actually painted to reflect the room’s true position, as well as beautifully textured grass cloth wallpaper and a handsome burled wood desk. 6 The oversized coal surround on the fireplace takes center stage in the home’s first-floor family room, which also features a vaulted ceiling with decorative beams and a whimsical chandelier from Ferguson’s. Four skylights provide plenty of natural light and the space provides easy access to the back patio, which is shaded by a pergola. 7 The formal living room opens through two sets of French doors to a two-story deck overlooking the pool area (not pictured). Massive Palladian windows flood the space with natural light, while the chandelier matches the one hanging in the adjacent entryway. The fireplace features a stunning green marble façade and is flanked by built-in shelving, while gold-toned draperies, sofa and chairs help to create a warm, inviting feel.

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8 The upstairs hallway hovers between the entryway and the formal living room below, offering amazing views of the home and grounds through a row of oversized windows that also permit natural light to flood the space.


10 Featuring soft ivory tones and a remarkable Habersham bed and nightstands, the master suite also boasts a double-sided fireplace, plenty of cozy seating, a whimsical chandelier and a lovely antique Chinese secretary.

House Credits REMODEL Jimmy Nash Homes KITCHEN Creative Kitchen & Bath FIXTURES Willis Klein PAINT & DÉCOR The Painted Horse, Jayme & Jimmy Flynt 10 Flooded with natural light and showcasing gorgeous views of rolling green pastures, the master bath features travertine tile, a double-sided fireplace that is also visible in the master bedroom, as well as a luxurious soaking tub, plenty of custom built-in cabinetry and expansive his-and-her vanities.


INTERIOR DESIGN Ryser’s Furniture, Kandy Sutton FAUX PAINTING & MURALS Ann Little, Steve Walker

11 Situated in the lower level, the cinema room is all about having a good time, with a Wizard of Oz theme, a pinball machine and popcorn maker, as well as two bar tables with stools (not pictured) a fun antique lamp with elaborate shades and custom draperies.

12 This inviting family room in the lower level opens to a screened-in room that overlooks the pool and features a fireplace with stone faรงade, fun animal prints, a gently curving leather sofa with plenty of other seating and an entertainment center.





Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum

Experience one of the finest collections of fluorspar in the world, right here in Marion, Kentucky.

By Christina Noll Photography Courtesy of Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum

1 A brightly-hued specimen of fluorite is one example of the variety of minerals you will see at the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum. This piece was mined from the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District. 2 Another example of a fluorite mineral from the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District comes in a deep shade of purple, showing the wide variety of colors this mineral can be found in. 3 Minerals aren’t the only thing on display at the museum. Mining equipment, documents and photography highlighting one of the state’s oldest professions can also be viewed. 4 Don’t leave the Mineral Museum before checking out the gift shop!


Almost 100 years ago, Ben E. Clement arrived in Western Kentucky, in the heart of the fluorspar district, where he became involved in what was then a flourishing fluorspar industry. He went on to a successful career in fluorspar mining, operating several mines supplying the U.S. steel industry and later supplying fluorite and accessory minerals to collectors. However his largest contribution and certainly his finest legacy, was his efforts to preserve thousands of fluorite specimens, accessory minerals, photographs, records and other memorabilia from this unique time in American mineral history. Today, you can enjoy these treasures in Clement’s namesake museum, where the mission is to preserve mineral and mining history and offer education and information to students, educators and the general public. The museum houses four collections: the mineral collection, the equipment collection, the document collection and the photograph collection. “Each specimen in the museum is unique unto it’s self,” said Tina Walker, director at the museum. “Two of the most popular displays are the fluorescent room and the newly remodeled education room.”

If you go: The Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum is located at 205 North Walker Street in Marion. Call 270-965-4263 or email for more information or to make a dig reservation. Group rates and special tours are available upon request. Visit

In the mineral collection, visitors will find thousands of fluorite crystal specimens, all found while mining the famous Southern Illinois—Western Kentucky Fluorspar Region. The mineral findings, all of which represent a rare accidental find among regular ore bodies, range in weight from a fraction of an ounce to hundreds of pounds. Also part of the collection are mineral samples, fossils and gemstone carvings.


In the equipment collections, visitors can learn about the men who were part of the fluorspar mining, as well as view mining and milling equipment, including mining lamps, early ultraviolet lights and many personal items from local miners. In the document collection, visitors will find blueprints, maps, contracts, journals, surveys and more, all related to the mineral mining industry. Visitors to the photograph collection will gain a glimpse into mineral mining during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The photographs tell the story of how miners located ore, tested drilling sites, constructed mills and more. Aside from the extensive collections, the museum offers events, including special digs, both daytime and nighttime, that are open to the public. During daytime digs, visitors can dig for fluorite and related minerals. During the more adventurous nighttime digs, UV lights are used to identify and collect fluorescent minerals. People come from all over the United States and from other countries to participate. In addition, educational programs for schools, scouts, 4-H, church groups, and other groups are available. The next dig will be April 29; space is limited and preregistration is required. Another dig takes place in conjunction with the 11th annual Ben E. Clement Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show on June 3rd and 4th this year. This event features various vendors selling minerals, jewelry, fossils, household décor and more. There is also an Indian artifact display, museum tours and a silent auction. Special free children’s activities—including rock digs, cupcake geology, making a pet rock and more— make this a fun event for the entire family.

4 Also on the horizon is the eclipse event, coming to Western Kentucky in August, when the museum will be hosting digs for three days on August 18th, 19th, and 20th. Whether you attend an event, go for a dig, or just want to tour the museum, there is something of interest for everyone. There are picnic tables on the grounds for use by visitors and a gift shop where you can find minerals, gemstones, educational items and more to take home as a memento. It’s a worldclass collection that has accumulated over the span of more than 60 years and is considered by many to be “God’s art.” It can never be duplicated and is a unique part of the heritage of both Kentucky and its Fluorspar district.



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124 Kentucky Avenue • Lexington, KY • 859Ǧ268Ǧ4663

3323 Haley Pike $1,639,000 A gorgeous estate nestled on 24 acres with a gated, private driveway. Includes an 8 stall barn, 4-board fencing & 3 pastures. 1st floor owner’s suite and 3 additional bedrooms. Stunning! Hill Parker 859-608-8039 Joan Davis 859-229-2085


4100 Little Rock– Jackstown Road, Paris $1,380,000 Picturesque Snow Hill Farm- 254 acres of gently rolling fields suitable for horses or crops. Over two miles of new, 4-board horse fencing w/ample space to ride the perimeters. Historic Dry Stacked Stone Walls throughout property. Top of the line barn featuring 14 custom designed stalls. Heated waterers in barn and fields. The two story main house has been meticulously restored on the outside and is in its original condition on the inside. Managers house with full basement/garage, new stainless appliances. Hill Parker 859-608-8039 & Dennis Nobles 859-388-4237

862 McMeekin Place $1,299,000 Luxurious 5 Bedroom home! Amazing chef’s kitchen & upgrades galore! Sumptuous master bathroom and beautiful hardwood floors. Outstanding landscaped yard! Rick Queen 859-221-3616 Becky Mobley 859-321-0819

866 McMeekin Place $1,290,000 Meticulous 4 bedroom with over 5000sq.ft. CW Warner built with recent upgrades. Basement, family & great room & formal dining room. Rear gate to UK (green space). Broker/agent. Becky Mobley 859-321-0819

1879 Parkers Mill Road $1,145,000 One of the most unique properties in Lexington! Situated on 2.3 acres. Features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths & 1st floor owner’s suite. World-class renovations & stunning outdoor spaces! Rick Queen 859-221-3616

785 Lansdowne Cir. $740,000 Absolutely stunning 4BR,4BA superbly renovated home w/1st floor owner’s suite, gourmet kitchen, volume ceilings, reclaimed wood fl, numerous amenities, new 3 car garage, w/workshop & floored 2nd level on 1/2 acre lot. Rick Queen 859-221-3616

2927 Four Pines Drive $650,000 Classic 3 bedroom and 4.5 bath home with over 4000sq. ft. Hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, custom builtins, custom cherry cabinets and owner’s suite! Rick Queen 859-221-3616 Mary Dorval 859-494-3029

2929 Eastbrook Court $459,000 Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Eastbrook! Over 2900sq.ft, large 1st floor owner’s suite, bonus room, home office, basement, hardwood floors, brick patio, and a 2 car garage Rick Queen 859-221-3616

309 Henry Clay Blvd. $445,000 Spacious 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath home in Fairway! Hardwood floors, family room w/vaulted ceiling, skylights, built-ins, fireplace, great floor plan, 1st floor owner’s suite, & a finished 3rd level. Rick Queen 859-221-3616

673 Headley Avenue $325,000 Absolutely stunning renovation. Original heart pine floors, 10’ceilings on 1st and 9’2ceilings up. Paired with 7’6 doors and original molding takes you back in time. Private off street parking. Steven Wathen 859-621-3313

1074 Heather Gate Court $305,000 Lovely open floor plan, all one level living! Fully updated home, move-in ready, hardwood floors, carpet in bedrooms. Large corner lot– perfect for dogs! HOA includes 2 pools, tennis courts & more! Robin Owens 615-838-5203


#1 Top Producer for 17 years!

Suzanne Elliott (859) 806-6234


3000 Brookmonte Lane

Laura Eaves (859) 797-5822 email:


A Kentucky Classic Home on 10 gently rolling acres. Only 10 minutes from Man O’War and backs to a horse farm!

2117 Shelton Road


The essence of Southern living! Columned front porch, amazing brick floored veranda, & beautifully landscaped .6 acre lot.

1320 Big Pond Circle


302 Golf Club Drive


2409 Olde Bridge Lane


720 Beechmont Road


Home features quality materials & workmanship on 10 beautiful treed acres. Marble flooring, volume ceilings, gourmet Kitchen, & 1st floor Master.

Amazing treed views of Elkhorn Creek from the many large windows of this spacious home featuring 4 BR, 4.5 BA, and 6,133 square feet.

4865 Tates Creek Road $2,850,000 Almost 10 acres in a central location of Lexington! Resort style w/indoor pool, sauna, gym & movie theatre.

3208 Hobcaw Lane


Wonderful Warrenton Woods location on a treed .47 acre lot! 9’ ceilings and updated Kitchen.

Outstanding Nicholasville ranch home in popular gated Cambridge Estates East. A one acre lot and 3 car side entry garage create a very livable home!

Amazing Old Shadeland Home with great curb appeal. Modern 2 story Great Room and 9’ ceilings on 1st and 2nd Floors.

622 Old Coach Road


Amazing new ranch in Nicholasville built by Danny Adkins. Inviting Kitchen w/ white cabinetry & granite counters

395 Redding Road, #140 $158,500

Beautifully remodeled condo. The Oaks community comes with many amenities including covered parking.


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SELLING RESULTS The HOUSE STORE Realty Group is a boutique full service real estate brokerage, serving Central Kentucky. Our goal is to provide unparalleled service to our buyers, sellers, and community through innovating marketing, industry leadership, and commitment to educate those around us. 535 S UPPER ST #227 / $160,000

Panoramic Views in a One Bedroom Condo Downtown!

316 DESHA RD / $739,000

Complete Restoration in the heart of Ashland Park!

David Willoughby Sr. Loan Officer NMLS #20146 Office: 859-293-0411 1084 E. New Circle Rd #200 Lexington, KY 40505


2125 PATCHEN LAKE LANE / $344,146 Maintenance Free Lakeside Living!

527 LAKETOWER DRIVE #103 / $699,000 Unique Lakefront Luxury Townhomes in 40502!


527 LAKETOWER DRIVE #106/ $670,000 Unique Lakefront Luxury Townhomes in 40502!

1242 SCOVILLE RD/ $734,900

New Construction in Montclair Neighborhood!

We are a Community of Mortgage Professionals that are united by the Benchmark Core Values


Susie Rodes Associate Broker ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES


1150 DeLong Lane

Truly spectacular estate! Incredible first floor Master Wing with several rooms; two sumptuous baths, sitting area with fireplace, bar & abundant walk in closets! Lovely Family room with exposed beams, fireplace, built in’s. Gourmet Kitchen & Butlers Pantry with every amenity a cook would desire. Theater, Exercise room, handsome bar in lower level. Covered blue stone porches & screened porch overlooking 20 Acres!


47 Avenue of Champions, Nicholasville

Resort Living on private 12 acre lot! Stunning Foyer, Formal Dining, Library, Gourmet Kitchen, Family Room, Grand Master Suite, Wine Room, & Home Theater. Excellent outdoor areas, Pool house, hot tub area & outdoor kitchen! State of the art smart home.


4876 Waterside Drive

Elegant Firebrook Estate home with beautiful architectural details. Full of light with an open plan! Elegant Formal Rooms, Gourmet Kitchen, Breakfast Room overlooks the lake! Huge Master Suite with walk in closets & Master Bath with granite & jetted tub.


3501 Trinidad Court

Mansion in Greenbrier Estates on 1.4 acre lot! Veranda spans the 2nd floor & overlooks the 18th hold of Greenbrier Golf Course!


2723 Martinique Lane

Priced $138k below PVA valuation! Updated Kitchen, huge Sunroom, Party Wing, & indoor pool! Bedroom suites with verandas.


112 Ashley Woods Road

10 acres with 10 more available, just off Richmond Road! Main level huge Master plus 2 additional 1st floor Bedrooms. Great Kitchen, formal Dining Room with fireplace, cozy Den with true wainscotting. Excellent sun room, covered porches, pool & guest house.


3209 Hobcaw Lane

Beautiful, Padgett built home in Warrenton Woods, 40502! Library/Study, Great Room with lovely fireplace and a wall of windows. Vaulted Master Suite; stone fireplace, large bath; whirlpool tub, separate shower, his and hers vanities AND walk in closets!


3405 Briercroft Way

Updated Townhome with open floor plan! Gourmet Kitchen, two story Great Room, & 1st floor Master Suite with 2 walk in closets!

#1 Consistently TOP Producer a Topfor 3 Sales 2015,Producer! 2011 & 2010!


6120 Cedarcreek Lane

Peaceful, private home with custom built Fireplace! Huge Kitchen opens to Living Room. 1st floor Master with covered deck!


Your Trusted Mortgage Lender Chase Holman • Loan Officer • NMLS# 1060919

181 W. Lowry Ln., Ste. 150 • Lexington, KY 40503 Direct: 859-475-1323 • Phone: 859-221-6329 • Copyright©2016 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. NMLS#2289. 4801 S. Biltmore Lane, Madison, WI 53718, 1-877-699-0353. All rights reserved.



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See the Light Come to the Source! Builders and Designers agree that good lighting in the home provides the best visual impact for the least dollar amount invested!

Brecher’s has been the source for lighting since 1866. Visit one of our showrooms for the latest in lighting. For selection, service, and style come to the source.

Celebrating 150 years in lighting!

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Quantrell Subaru is the number one volume Subaru dealership in Kentucky for the last five years.^

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