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Kentucky Homes & Gardens March/April 2012 Volume 9 Issue 2

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Although fairly large and featuring a high-pitched ceiling, the great room still has a cozy, inviting quality about it. Turn to page 48 to see more.

10 Antiques

Period Primer

Modern Water Features Go With the Flow See more on page 22.

12 Designer’s Corner

Questions and Answers

13 Landscapes

Water Gardens

15 Homescapes

Room to Relax

18 Gardens

Suburban Sanctuary

28 Art

22 Modern Water Features

Images of Planet Earth

Water features have come a long way over the last 20-plus years.

64 Discovering Kentucky

32 A Circle of Trust

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Acting as general contractor for one’s own renovation project may be regarded a bit like a surgeon operating on themselves: a feat not for the faint-hearted.

43 Hints of the Past

This woodford county home pays homage to the craftsmanship of yesteryear with its historic- looking exterior.

52 Twice as Nice

A splash of bold gold in a grove of aspen trees in the mountains of southern Utah caught Ament’s eye in this aptly named “Aspen ‘Y’ Grove.”

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A study in elegance, the tub in the master bath was found at The Bath Works and – perhaps not surprisingly – receives almost daily use. It was constructed in England but finished in Tennessee and is crafted from polished aluminum and enamel.

Instead of trying to locate a new home that was already equipped with the various features they were looking for, homeowners Don and Kim Thompson opted to re-work their existing home.


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Retirement

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by Jerry Shrout

Period Primer

Photography: Walt Roycraft

A Brief Guide to Period Furniture Styles I am often asked what it means if a piece of furniture is a “period” piece. In general, furniture is defined as period if the piece was made during the period it represents. For example, a period Chippendale mirror is considered such if it was made sometime between 1755 and 1790, which is the time period in which Chippendale developed as an original furniture style. By contrast, a Chippendale mirror produced after this time is correctly referred to as “in the Chippendale style” or simply as a Chippendale reproduction. The words period and “antique” should not be confused. A piece may be considered antique but not period. For years in America, the general rule of thumb for defining an antique is that it must be at least one hundred years old. A Chippendale mirror produced in 1850 would be considered antique, but not period – since it was produced at least sixty years after the Chippendale period. Therefore, furniture identified as period is always antique but not vise versa, and prices for period antiques are reflective of this fact. Following are some of the 1 major English and American furniture styles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries with the characteristics which define them, in chronological order. Jacobean - William and Mary (1640-1720) : During the time the American colonies were being settled, most furniture was brought over from England. The word Jacobean is derived from the Latin Jacobus. This was an ode to King James I, England’s ruler at the

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time. Almost always of oak, Jacobean furniture tends to be massive, sturdy and of simplistic design, although heavy turning was also popular. Upholstery of Jacobean furniture was often in tapestry. The classic gateleg table design originated in the Jacobean period. The William and Mary style followed after the ascension of Mary Stuart to the English throne, but it did not replace Jacobean; it modified it and the two styles ran simultaneously. The highboy was a significant introduction under the William and Mary style. Queen Anne (1700-1755): Some of the distinguishing characteristics of the popular Queen Anne style include the pad foot, sometimes referred to as a spoon foot. Other features include the cabriole leg, whose origins can be traced to Asia, the shell motif, and a simplistic emphasis on ornamentation, carving, and elegance. Comfort was also a primary design concern. Most often made of walnut, period Queen Anne pieces also appear in birch, maple, and cherry. Late in the period, mahogany pieces were produced. Georgian: (1714-1795): Furniture produced during the reigns of British monarchs George I, II, and III is collectively referred to as the Georgian period. Typically of oak, walnut, or later in the period, mahogany; Georgian furniture was more streamlined, stately and conservative in design. In this respect, it has somewhat of a neoclassical influence.


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Chippendale (1755-1790): Perhaps the most celebrated and famous of all the furniture styles, Chippendale is named for its English designer, Thomas Chippendale. In fact, the Chippendale period marked the first time in history a period style was named for its designer, and not a British monarch. Deriving inspiration from a combination of English, Chinese, and French designs, Chippendale created a legacy of fluid and balanced elegance. Chippendale’s work was crafted almost exclusively in mahogany, which set it apart from his predecessors. Some characteristics of the Chippendale style include the ball and claw foot, the straighter Marlborough leg, and fretwork on his Chinese designs. Classical Styles - Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Federal, Duncan Phyfffe, Empire (1790-1830): Designers George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton are primary in the collection of designs known as the Classical styles. Hepplewhite drew his influence from French designs, while Sheraton’s designs were interpretations of Neoclassic inspiration; delicate, ornate, perhaps even somewhat feminine, but durable. The most important new furniture form of this period was the sideboard.

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Victorian (1830-1890): With the ascension of Queen Victoria to the English throne came another more elaborate and luxurious style. Characterized by heavy carving of furniture and tufting of upholstered pieces, Victorian rooms, or “parlours” were layered with pattern and opulence. Most furniture was crafted from rosewood or black walnut. Significant American designers of the Victorian period include John Henry Belter, Elijah Galusha, and Charles A. Baudouine.

1. Early Georgian oak harness cupboard standing on raised feet.  Molded cornice above two figured doors with interior row of pegs for hanging harnesses.  English, circa 1720-1740.  2. Small George II mahogany table.  Typical etched corners and pad feet.  English, ca. 1740-1760. 3. Inlaid cherry bowfront chest from the Springfield, Connecticut area. Transitional piece exhibiting characteristics of both the Chippendale and Hepplewhite styles, circa 1800. 4. Hepplewhite four drawer inlaid cherry chest of drawers resting on French feet. Most likely Midwestern origin, possibly Eastern Pennsylvania to Central Ohio, circa 1810.

THE WORDS PERIOD AND “ANTIQUE” SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED. A PIECE MAY BE CONSIDERED ANTIQUE BUT NOT PERIOD.

Period pieces have been reproduced for over 300 years and continue to exact their influence on contemporary design. As evidenced by the most recent furniture and design trade shows, the influence of period furniture styles remains strong in all categories of design. What a wonderful legacy these craftsman of yesterday created!

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Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at tagallery@windstream. net or 859-233-9375. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com

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DESIGNER’S CORNER

Kathy Snyder Interior Designer Carriage House Furniture, Inc. 9801 Linn Station Rd. Louisville, Ky. 40223 (502) 640-5843

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In my practice as an Interior Designer, I have held to the belief that a great interior will stand the test of time and will truly reflect the story of my client’s life.  I try to avoid a look that will date a room - just as a fashion trend will date a wardrobe - think gold chains, big hair and shoulder pads!!   That being said, there are trends that become evident at every market and the addition of one new element can really give a room a lift. I made notes of some of these trend following visits to High Point and Atlanta.   Furniture is reflecting finishes that are lighter, rougher, reclaimed.  Heavy distressing and painted finishes with glazing were shown in every imaginable style.  This is definitely a plus for a consumer who doesn’t want to worry about scratching a surface.  As a counterpoint to the finishes, upholstery is becoming more vibrant and the use of one strong, pungent accent color is very important.  Lemon yellow, fuchsia and tangerine were abundant.   Texture is a great way to freshen a room’s feel.  Sisal, leather, linen and the shimmer of glass tile all add dimension to a space.   Organic neutrals are still predominant for wall colors.  Pebble, weathered wood, sand and clay were the base for some of the brighter colors.  Blue is also resurging in the shades of denim, indigo and turquoise.

WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY TO CHOOSE A LAMP SHADE?

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WHAT ARE THE NEW DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2012?

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A.Lamps and their shades do a lot to set the mood of a room. Because of that, a lot of factors come into play when you are choosing a new lamp shade. Generally, people are not aware of the details that make up the balance between the shade, the lamp and the base. The simplest approach is to enlist the help of your interior designer or your lamp store staff. However, to feel more comfortable with their help, it is useful to understand what they are looking at when choosing a shade for your lamp. To successfully find the best shade it is important to bring the lamp with you so you can see how the new shade relates to the lamp in regard to height, width and color. If you are lucky and your lamp shade matched your lamp to begin with, maybe you can just buy a new shade exactly like the old one. I say lucky, because it is not always possible to find an exact replacement, or perhaps your current shade wasn’t the best choice for your lamp to begin with. When making a decision on the size, you need the lamp shade to be in balance with the lamp. You will want to hide the socket but not bury it and you accomplish that by choosing a harp height that works for the shade and the lamp. You want a shade width that is wider than the widest part of the lamp and the base and if you are going to be using a high wattage bulb, you allow for that by choosing a wider top opening. These are guidelines, not iron clad rules, so you want to trust your eye and the eye of the experienced people helping you make a decision. If you are uncertain about a shade, ask if it can be taken home on a trial basis to see how it looks in the surroundings where the lamp is going to be sitting. If you still can’t find a new shade that you like, then the only solution may be to have your old shade recovered and relined, which is possible with some shades, but not all. If you will take your time when looking at lamps and the shades, you will begin to see them in an entirely new way. Try your lamp with different styles and shapes to get an idea of how each style can give your lamp a different look. Remember that changing lamps or just their shades can be one of the easiest ways to totally change the entire mood of a room.

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by Bill Henkel

LANDSCAPES

The Beauty of the Water Garden WATER IS LIFE AND NO GARDEN IS COMPLETE UNTIL THE WATER ELEMENT IS INCLUDED.

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Mankind has always understood the value of water and how precious of a resource it is and that’s the reason most of our towns and cities are located along waterways, rivers and bays. As early as 2500 B.C., the Aztecs and Incas of South America made intelligent use of water growing their fruits and vegetables. In Asia 2000 B.C., water began to appear in gardens in China and soon spread to Italy, France and later to England, before finally finding its way to the gardens of North America. By definition and in my trade, a water garden is any container of water where plants are grown. A water garden is usually shallow with a collection of plants floating on top of the water, growing in the water and on the upper margins of the garden edges. These plants can be native and hardy or tropical and exotic. The water garden can be a collection of some permanent natives, some perennials and perhaps, a few tropical plants included for their brilliant colors. These gardens vary in size, shape and composition from the smallest whiskey barrel on a townhome balcony to liner ponds of many acres and everything in between. In door water gardens are popular and some are aquariums with fish as the main feature. Water features – spray, jets and rills can be combined with water gardens to create dramatic effects. Water features are most often re-circulating fountains with chemical water to control water clarity. These water features provide movement in and on the water and also help add oxygen back into the water, which supports plant and animal life. Waterways such as streams, flumes and swales are frequent features in the Kentucky landscape ... often, naturally occurring as springs. They can be quite enchanting meandering gently through your garden – the quiet of water trickling over smooth water-worn rocks as it continues downstream before tumbling into the lowest pool.

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Water changes the mood and sight of a garden and brings it all to life. When considering a water garden: Start small and easy. Water gardens can be challenging, so don’t bite off more than you can handle. Think safety always – Animals and people can and will wander into the garden. Never include electricity without a licensed electrician. Educate yourself. Read all you can about gardens and how water can add to the overall look of a garden. Tour water gardens. See for yourself what is possible and discover what you like. If you do it yourself, use a simple step by step program. Be patient, take your time. Hire a professional if you get overwhelmed. Become a student of water gardens. They can be tricky to manage and maintenance issues will appear, however the more you know the more you will enjoy your garden. Finally, do it! Your best gardens get better with water. Water makes sense in a garden, because it unifies all the elements and brings life to the garden. Bill Henkel, Landscape Architect and Certified Healing Garden Designer Partner, Henkel Denmark, Inc. Total Landscape Care magazine’s “2012 Landscaper of the Year” company recipient


by Christina Noll

HOMESCAPES

1 1. Containing clutter does not have to mean unsightly plastic bins. Here, a wicker basket compliments the design of this entry area, while serving double purpose to hide needed items. Photo courtesy of Thomas Birkman, Circa Home Interiors.

Room to Relax SMART SOLUTIONS FOR TAMING CLUTTER AND RECLAIMING YOUR SPACE

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2 Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Most of us strive to have an organized home, but the reality is that it’s not always easy to tame the constant stream of clutter that results from everyday life. When you spend a little bit of time organizing your home and invest in methods for keeping clutter under control, in the end you’ll find more room and more time to relax. Jerry Ostertag, President and General Manager, of Closet Factory in Louisville and Lexington says, “One of the things we often observe when we go in a home is that a space that is designed for one thing gets turned into something else.” This misuse of space is a top reason a home may be disorganized. The first step to regaining control is to define the space in your house. Decide what each room’s purpose is, and put only the items that support that purpose in the room. By having a defined space, you’ll know exactly where an item is when you need it. “There is a hierarchy of criteria when designing space: you need to ask: ‘what is it’s function’ and how do you make it livable?’ The space should perform and be beautiful,” says Thomas Birkman, Lead Designer & President of Kimbrel Birkman Interior Design & Owner of Circa Home Interiors. An eye catching interior is not only about choosing fabrics and furniture—it’s also about keeping the room focused on its function and clear of distractions. Another big reason many homes seem disorganized is that we put too much in any given space. “All that clutter, all those little piles—it feels like chaos,” says Birkman. “Less is more, always.” It’s hard to relax in a home that feels chaotic. To reduce clutter in the home, a periodic clearing out is necessary. Birkman advises giving away or throwing away items you don’t need to live. “I’m a big fan of the annual purge,” he says. “Especially now,when so many people are in need. It’s a win/win.” This is especially true for overstuffed storage areas, such as closets and pantries, which are often bursting at the seams. Look at every

item and decide if it is being used or if you really need it. “Ask yourself: when was the last time I used this or wore this? There is no need to hold on to items that you don’t use or that doesn’t fit,” says Ostertag. If the idea of organizing an entire house, or even just a large closet feels overwhelming, Ostertag recommends dividing the space into sections and allocating ten minutes to each section. The short time frame will help keep you on task. Birkman advises purchasing clutter-catching containers that double as home décor pieces. For example, wicker baskets that hold toys are both functional and pleasing to the eye. Many people don’t mind tackling the task, but have a hard time deciding what to let go, especially items with sentimental value. It’s fine to keep a few favorites, but remember the rule about designated areas. If you aren’t currently using an item, even if you plan to keep it for sentimental reasons, it doesn’t need to take up valuable space. Pack it away and store it somewhere out of the way. Truly the best was to get organized is to hire an expert to help. Experienced professionals at both the Closet Factory and Kimbrel Birkman can give you tips on designing and organizing the space in your home to be efficient and effective. Organizing your home will not only save you time, but will reduce the clutter in your mind, as well. “Peaceful surroundings help maintain a healthy frame of mind,” says Birkman. 2. A well-organized room is both visually appealing and more functional. Free of clutter and chaos, this room invites you to relax and enjoy. Photo courtesy of Thomas Birkman, Circa Home Interiors.

“PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS HELP MAINTAIN A HEALTHY FRAME OF MIND”

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4 3. Whether your closet is spacious or small, custom built in cabinets, such as these from The Closet Factory, help keep everything in place and off the floor. Hanging like items, such as pants or suit jackets, together also keeps clothing organized.

4. Built in drawers keep items at eye level, so you can visualize all of your clothing choices easily. Photo courtesy of The Closet Factory.

5 5. When items are kept in their proper place, such as in this well organized jewelry drawer, you won’t waste valuable time looking for a particular piece or risk losing a favorite. Photo courtesy of The Closet Factory.

Cramming too much into a tight space is a major contributing factor to disorganization. This is especially true in closets. Follow these steps to keep your closet organized and also help maintain the life of your clothing: Take plastic bags off clothes as soon as you get home from the dry cleaner so that any cleaning products can dissipate. Invest in quality hangers, either plastic, wood, metal or padded and throw away wire hangers, which can damage clothing. Leave space between clothing when you hang it, so clothing can breathe. Give it away. Try this: At the beginning of a new season, turn all your clothes hangers around backward. After you have worn the item for the first time that season, turn the hanger back in the correct direction. At the end of the season, donate anything that hasn’t been worn. Look at the floor. Things like to hide down there, especially shoes. Place shoes at eye level and remove them from the original box so you can see what is available.

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GARDENS

by Kirsten E. Silven

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SUBURBAN SANCTUARY This charming Lexington-area garden makes the most of a compact space, proving that good things can definitely come in small packages. Photography: Walt Roycraft Husband and wife team Joe Miller and Susan Daole, both avid gardeners, knew they had a fair amount of work ahead when they purchased their first home more than 25 years ago, but they were excited by the opportunity to create a shared vision and felt eager to begin. The1940s home is located in a Lexington suburb on a diminutive lot of just 50 by 150 feet. At the time, it was encircled by a dated wire fence and had no garden to speak of, save for a few weeds, a clump of purple irises and some poison ivy. “We literally started from scratch,” Susan shared. “We began with the trees, since they would take the longest to grow and mature. We planted evergreens around the perimeter, as well as native dogwoods and redbuds.” Joe, who has always been handy with building and enjoys making furniture, set about replacing the dilapidated perimeter fence with a new wooden privacy fence, constructed a decorative arbor and designed and built a small garage. These elements began to define the overall structure of the garden’s design, which is always a work

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in progress and has continually evolved over the years. Susan studied horticulture at the University of Kentucky under Sharon Bale and had been planning her dream garden for some time, so when it was finally time to begin planting she knew just where to begin. “We wanted to have color all year and were interested in using native plants,” she shared. “We also knew that we wanted to nurture local wildlife through our plantings as much as possible.” A large cherry tree once dominated the back yard, limiting much of the selection process to varieties that preferred a shady environment. But after losing the cherry tree in a storm, the couple was able to branch out and began to experiment more freely. Today, they have added a water feature and several meandering pathways, as well as a number of new trees, shrubs and flowers, including a collection of native wildflowers, many of which were transplanted and rescued from developments located all over the state.


Both Susan and Joe have nurtured a lifelong love for the outdoors and for watching things grow, which is clearly evidenced in the enchanting garden space they have created together over the years. They enjoy trying out new plants whenever possible, experimenting with color, texture and height, and they are as quick to learn from their occasional mistake as they are to rejoice in success. 1. Here, the natural stone of the waterfall can be seen up close, gently guiding a never-ending stream of water down into the small pond, which is home to a colorful family of goldfish. The rich purple Siberian irises are of the Caesar’s Brother variety, while the perimeter is planted with a variety of ferns, including the Japanese painted fern, the hay-scented fern, the Lady in Red fern and the Christmas fern, which is a native variety that stays green all year long. 2. Water lilies lend a very natural feel to the pond’s overall aesthetic, although it was entirely handcrafted by the homeowners, who once witnessed a blue heron perched upon the banks.

“Some plants do very well in one spot, but not so well in another,” Joe stated. “And sometimes, plants can work in a way that really surprises you.” Susan and Joe have also worked to make sure that the garden has color all year, with spring typically coming into full bloom by the week after the Derby. “We have daffodils, phlox, a weeping cherry, tulips, petunias, peonies, wisteria, irises, columbine, foxglove and roses,” shared Susan. “It’s an explosion of color and we have planted many fragrant things.” Summer brings with it a fresh color scheme; depicted by yellow and orange coneflowers, along with Shasta daisies and black eyed Susans, while fall ushers in its own dramatic wash of rich tones. Even winter has a certain inauspicious type of charm, with the evergreens and cattails providing a fair amount of visual interest against an otherwise stark backdrop. As the garden has grown, Susan and Joe have worked to create various garden ‘rooms,’ drawing attention to specific vistas and encouraging visitors to linger in certain areas. A number of benches and chairs are strategically placed, offering a quiet place to read, or just to contemplate the surrounding beauty. Although the garden is undeniably compact, it also feels deceptively expansive, thanks in part to the smart placement of

2 its various components. In addition, the many perspectives from which the garden can be viewed actually help to create the illusion of additional space beyond its perimeter. “Every year we try to take on one major project,” Joe shared. “There was a time early on when we thought we would eventually get it done, but we’ve learned that we really love the process. It’s a journey, not a destination.”

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“WE WANTED TO HAVE COLOR ALL YEAR AND WERE INTERESTED IN USING NATIVE PLANTS”

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3. The garden is a study in color and texture and makes gorgeous use of all available space. Here, the path seems to lead off into the distance, meandering through plantings of May Night salvia, Sweet Flag yellow irises, Shasta daisies, black-eyed Susans, foxglove, blue columbine, New Dawn roses, ornamental honeysuckle and peonies from Susan’s mother’s garden.   4. This fanciful pathway winds around the garden’s water feature and is framed by a large flowering Bridal Wreath spirea shrub, Bevan’s pink perennial geraniums, astilbe, hostas, coral-bells and pansies. 5. Framed by purple pansies, a whimsical white rabbit peers out from raised beds of romaine lettuce in the vegetable garden.

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6. This cheerful critter was purchased by the homeowners while traveling and adorns a gate that spans the driveway. 7. This charming outdoor space was built entirely by the homeowners, including the garage and the pergola, which is topped by a dense covering of wisteria. The containers on the patio hold a number of different vegetables, including lettuce, green onions, peas and carrots, as well as various herbs and a few edible flowers.

Garden Credits: Perennials: Michler’s Trees, Shrubs & Vines: Springhouse Gardens Herbs: Wilson’s Nurseries Pansies: Fayette Seed / Louie’s Flower Power Shop

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SPECIAL FEATURE

by Kirsten E. Silven

GOING WITH THE FLOW MODERN WATER FEATURES OFFER UP EASY MAINTENANCE AND BREATHTAKING DESIGN, SERVING AS A TRANQUIL ADDITION TO ANY OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE.

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1 1. This stunning water feature encompasses most of the home’s back yard and was created by Nature’s Expressions. It holds a variety of prized Koi fish, which places extra importance on the filtration system and water quality. There are several destinations around the perimeter from which different focal points can be enjoyed, and the eco-system can even be designed to provide a supplemental food source for the Koi. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com

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Water features have come a long way over the last 20-plus years. Their design has evolved from requiring experts that knew how to piece together a variety of equipment specifically for each job, and has become more of a specialized art form backed by a growing industry. Today, the possibilities are virtually endless, limited only by your imagination – and budget

PLACEMENT

When choosing where to position a water feature, consider how it will function in daily life and also whether you would like it to be front and center during special

“IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER HOW THE WATER FEATURE WILL LOOK FROM DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINTS” occasions. For example, it can act as a main focal point of your outdoor living area, or it can provide more of a subtle accent to the space. To help decide what would fit best with your lifestyle, consider whether there will be children or pets around with regularity, and also determine how you would like to interact with the water. In addition, its placement should allow for easy maneuverability between any existing outdoor ‘rooms,’ and should take into account the

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amount of shade the area will receive. “It is also important to consider how the water feature will look from different vantage points,” shared Dave Miller, co-owner of Nature’s Expressions. “Be sure to check out the view from both inside and outside the home before settling on placement.”

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Opting to install outdoor lighting can allow you to enjoy a water feature even after night falls, and it can also help to create a sensational environment for entertaining. Successful outdoor lighting will be cleverly hidden from view and will highlight the most impressive elements of the space, including cascading waterfalls and other remarkable elements in the surrounding landscape or hardscape. A popular trend today involves the use of energyefficient LED lighting, which features bulbs that last upwards of 40,000 hours. “There are a variety of ways to capture the environment surrounding a water feature,” shared Erin Zide, franchise consultant for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. It is often best to combine the effects of up lighting, down lighting and path lighting to ensure that all of the important elements are properly emphasized.”

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The sky is the limit when it comes to designing today’s water features. There are a wide variety of natural stones, as well as synthetic options available, and the overall look can be either quite organic, very structured, or it can take on a somewhat whimsical appearance. It is important to decide early on whether or not you would like to include fish in the pond, such as goldfish or Koi, as this will determine whether the design requires special filters and other elements that will help to create an optimal environment for their survival. 6 “Begin by considering the mood you would like to develop,” suggested Suzette White, owner of Nature by Design. “Then you can decide how to create the surrounding area to support your vision.” It is also important to consider any potential long-term plans for the home’s other outdoor living spaces. If you would like to add an outdoor kitchen, deck, or patio in the future, it is essential to design the water feature in a way that will work with the area as it grows. “Taking the time to map out the overall project will make an enormous difference in the final design of a water feature,” shared Jeff Duggins, owner of H2O Designs. “Even if every component will not be completed immediately.” Many of today’s man-made ponds have come to resemble natural outdoor aquariums, providing a much-appreciated water source for frogs, birds and other local wildlife. The surrounding plantings can play a large role in making this possible, which has caused the popularity of water features to soar among horticulturalists, avid gardeners and naturalists alike. “Water in the garden is like fire in the fireplace,” stated Mark Foster of Mark Foster Design Build. “They both give life to a space.”

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6. The dramatic lighting around this water feature allows the outdoor space to be enjoyed any time of the day or night. Camouflaged up lighting draws attention to the various plantings around the pond, while path lighting illuminates the ground cover, and the hypnotic motion of cascading waterfalls is captured by cleverly hidden down lighting. 7. Inspired by a picture that was found by the homeowner in a magazine, this ‘bubbler’ style water feature was created by shaping a large stone that measures five feet in diameter, then outfitting it to circulate water from an underground reservoir. Nature’s

Expressions crafted the water feature, while Andrew Moore Landscape architecture handled the plantings. 8. This water feature is unique because it is situated in front of the home. It reflects the homeowner’s personality by incorporating a very natural, woodland look. Nature by Design created the space, which also provides a soothing and melodic backdrop for entertaining. 9. Whimsical and easy to install, this simple fountain, created by Nature by Design, adds visual interest and a sense of surprise to any outdoor area.


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1. Ament loves to travel, but Mother Nature’s beauty is also as close as his front yard in Lexington. For the photograph of this dogwood, called “Fresh,” the sunlight was a challenge. Ament worked with the larger dark branches to create motion and direction, and to serve as anchor points for the viewer’s eyes. 2. Looking for fall color in upstate New York one year, Ament found an area inundated with rain instead. To create razor sharpness in this “Mist Opportunity” photograph, he needed 30 seconds of exposure, with a dead calm wind around the rushing water. He got it. 3. Ament admits to having preconceived ideas before a shoot, but he strives to remain open to each situation as it unfolds. “When photographing an area, I always pay very close attention to the light, because everything else is unimportant,” he said. This image of a stone path in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is titled “Upward.”


2 Don Ament stumbled upon a career in photography in eighth grade. The school photographer at Lexington Catholic High School had asked Ament’s older brother to fill in and shoot a basketball game. “My brother promptly handed off the assignment to me,” Ament said. After a quick lesson from the ‘real’ photographer, he got to strut around the gym during the game, being all official with a fancy camera. Ament was fascinated by the process of developing the photos in the school darkroom and watching images magically appear in trays filled with chemicals. A few years later he discovered Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in southern Fayette County and promptly turned to the great outdoors as his photographic playground. “Raven Run brought larger environmental implications into focus for me and my camera,” he said. “Carol Chambers, the Raven Run naturalist back then, gave me unfettered access to the sanctuary, and I spent many a day in those woods looking at things growing out of the dirt. Our big, round planet became something to revere, something to celebrate, something to protect.” One of Ament’s favorite times to take his camera outside is on a wet, drizzly April morning through a remote Kentucky trail. “The saturated ground explodes with fecund color, light sparkles through glistening air, silence falls from heaven, and the damp earth reveals secrets, fleeting and nebulous.” Another picture-perfect preference is in summer, “when August thunderstorms build on hot thermal airlifts in a cobalt Utah sky, late in the afternoon as the sun dips westward. The car is far away; the only escape becomes my tripod, a big camera, and the sound of a shutter.”

3 Ament’s work process involves equal parts preparation and spontaneity. “Chasing light requires a level of patience akin to glacial movement,” he said. And sometimes things don’t go according to plan: the lighting doesn’t work, the wind blows the wrong way or the moment is lost. “Sometimes, though, the ethers align,” he said. “Our universe opens, God pours forth and something very, very good happens. Time and space disappear in those moments.” Since the mid-1990s Ament has had around 300 exhibitions of his work, mostly at outdoor art fairs and festivals around the country. “It is a fantastic way to bring my art out into the world, and meet the people face-to-face who collect my work,” he said. His collector base is 5,000 people strong. Ament was born with cataracts in each eye and had surgery to remove them. “I’m left with eyesight that is not exactly Air Force pilot material,” he said. “For many years I let that fact hold me under a rock.” But by working with other photographers, and teaching photography, he discovered that his own vision and sensitivity to light is unique. “The only thing that holds us back is us,” he said. “That’s what my career as an artist has taught me.” See more of Don Ament’s fine art photography online at www.DonAment.com.

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4 4. “Moving Reflections” is an image of a river in Tennessee. Created in a Strip Pix format, each 5” x 30” panel is a finished piece of art. But when these 7 panels are put together, the story continues. Ament invented a floating magnetic hanging system for his Strip Pix pieces. 5. On a late afternoon as fog rolled in from the Pacific Ocean, “Expanded Reality” was made in the California Redwoods. “I’ve hiked here many times and have developed an intimate connection with these woods,” Ament said.

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8. Trees are one of Ament’s favorite subjects of choice, like these at Summit Lake, West Virginia. Titled “Torch,” it is another example of his Strip Pix format, this one in three panels. 9. Ament formed a meaningful composition around light, color, rock, water, land and sky in this photograph called “Perspectives.”

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A CIRCLE OF TRUST By: Mary Cynthia and True J. Knowles Photography: Walt Roycraft

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1. A classic turn of the century Kentucky limestone farm house. Nestled among big trees and rolling bluegrass, a hidden brook murmurs. “This property was once the family home of Clarence F. Gaines, founder of Gaines dog food and proprietor of Gainesway farm. His son, John Gaines. is credited with founding the Breeder’s Cup”, our host shared. “I saw this immense potential when I inspected the property despite massive disrepair. In the summer, this house is impossible to see from the road. Street noise, to my surprise, was minimal.”

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2 Acting as general contractor for one’s own renovation project may be regarded a bit like a surgeon operating on themselves: a feat not for the faint-hearted. Combining engineering and construction expertise with his partner’s style and trust in their process, our featured homeowner has created a magical realm for his son, his son’s friends, schoolmates, parents, and neighbors, an oasis of love and peace—just outside Lexington’s New Circle Road. It pays to be nice to your auctioneer. “I stumbled onto this place in 2001,” said the homeowner. “Most people who have driven on Tates Creek Road for many years have forgotten this place was even here. It was a zoo, in utter disrepair, and completely overgrown. We could see the potential, but we also knew it would take a lot of time and resources.” “When the property came up for auction in 2001, it attracted a lot of interest. As one of the last remaining parcels of land near New Circle Road, it was ideal for several reasons: a prime location, a unique history, and lots of green space to work with.” As the bidding escalated and the auctioneer was about to drop his gavel, the game began to get interesting. “The last person who was bidding against me was causing quite a bit of controversy”, he said. “He failed to shout his final bid in a timely manner, so the auctioneer ignored his bid and I won.” As he guided us on a tour of the property, I couldn’t help but notice our host’s gentle and gracious manner. A native of Iran, he met his wife as a graduate student in the Engineering program at the University of Kentucky. The decision to act as his own general contractor brought the owner much satisfaction. “With my past experience in construction of oil projects in the Persian Golf., I knew I could ensure a better work

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flow and quality control with less conflict.” He went on to share that while he was the general contractor in this ambitious project, his wife provided the tipping point in the decision to launch. He gives full credit to the project’s architect, Frieda Myers, as an effective designer and mediator. “Frieda helped us walk through the entire workflow from beginning to end,” he said. “My wife and Frieda had been golfing rivals in school, so there was a certain level of trust to begin with.” Our hostess’ design sensibility informs the house. “The style is mostly hers”, he said, “but I like it too. We wanted clean lines and a minimalist feel.” From a design perspective, the key to the house lies in the interplay of shapes, surfaces, and textures. Black accents and white trim move through the house to provide unifying travel colors. The design choices balance the “bones” of the house with the spirit of the style; what could have been jarring in effect when placed in a Kentucky farmhouse, actually works. It was a slow start for the couple. The homeowners’ project management skills, essential in controlling costs, were put to the test. Rolling out in phases, the project took nine years to complete. . “We had to do the work in phases,” he recalled. “We moved into the guest house, and over the next nine years or so we moved as the work moved.” One detail of the process hints at the level of care that went into the renovation. “The roof is the original green clay tiling”, he said. “Each tile is held into place by metal screws. We had located replacement tiles in Ohio, even though the manufacturer was out of business. We took down all the intact tiles, washed them, cleaned them, sealed the roof, then matched up the new tiles and reset them with the original screws. The whole process took about eight months.” More care was taken to match new stone on the exterior of the house


3 2. For an active couple who entertains frequently, comfort and style remained paramount as the couple executed their design concepts. Camel colored walls provide a backdrop of warmth for contemporary furnishings. White woodwork and black appointments demonstrate a sophisticated blending of the existing architecture with a contemporary flair (i.e., the use of black and white neutral surfaces to enhance the furnishings in the room and draw the eye to what looks good). Drapery, fireplace, rug and art produce an effect in the room greater than the sum of its parts. 3. The Sun Room provides a private retreat for the homeowners. Surrounded on three sides by an expansive pastoral setting, the room is enhanced by the choice of yellow/golds in the walls, floors, and upholstery to complement the Kentucky limestone fireplace. The painting over the mantel, painted by a friend, beckons a cordial greeting of hospitality in Farsi to the visiting guest.

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5 5. Rather than finishing off this Kitchen with accessories or fuss, the clean lines of the cabinetry create an interesting tension between old and new that draws the guest into the room. The Kitchen illustrates a perfect example of using a backdrop of blue, green, and brown (sky, grass, and dirt) to bring the beauty of the estate grounds into the heart of the home. Neutral black granite tops make the backsplash tiles pop. The lighting scheme exemplifies the proper spacing and placement for food preparation; adequate lighting is essential in a Contemporary design scheme to bring out the depth and warmth of specified surface materials.

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to the existing limestone. The entire back elevation of the house was modified by more than six feet; tons of dirt and rock were moved. Our host said, “Inside, the farmhouse was chopped up into little rooms all the way across the front, so we opened them up, and closed in the mudroom by the back entrance.” The existing swimming pool was jack hammered out, and a new one placed with the entire back half of the home in mind. We wanted to see the pool from anywhere in the house.” The house has many state of the art features. All energy, lighting, entertainment and security settings can be monitored from any computer or smart phone, anywhere in the world. Guests may listen to their own music through the built-in speakers from their personal devices. “My wife does the cooking, but I love to grill”, he said. “I have my range facing the pool and my friends, rather than a back wall.” At the flip of a few latches, the sliding Nana™ doors from Germany turn the entire hospitality and entertainment area from an al fresco experience to shelter from the elements. “My son brings his friends over to watch movies after swimming, and I cook them some hamburgers. It was important to both my wife and I to always be available to our son and spend quality time with him at home. On Halloween and many other different occasions throughout the year, we have parties with lots of kids from school and the neighborhood.” Looking back on this ambitious labor of love, the couple often pauses to reflect on their creation. “We both agreed that when it came to decorating this house, we didn’t want it to be just pretty, we wanted everything to be practical and have meaning. 6. Overlooking the swimming pool and the back yard landscape, the office provides our hosts with a flexible workspace that allows them to juggle the requirements of business with the demands of family, turning commute time into game time with their son. The suite is completely selfcontained, with a wet bar, water closet and sleeping quarters. 7. Another jaw-dropping Persian rug, prevents the piano from dominating the conversation. The player piano provides more rhythm of life for frequent gettogethers. A black finish, as opposed to a natural wood finish, works in partnership with the fire screen and accents. All fireplace screens in the house were specified to support and enhance design elements in the room.

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Frieda Myers, Lexington, KY

8. The couple’s master bed ensemble is amplified by the inset cove aligned to create a point of interest for the Master Bedroom.

Cordovan stained panels complete the backdrop for the platform bed. A warm gray shade not only bathes the bedroom walls, the color breathes influence into a variety of fabrics and surfaces in the room: draperies, bedspread, and carpet. Floor to ceiling cabinets hide cutting edge energy and entertainment management systems monitoring the entire home site. 9. Showcasing a fusion of technological sophistication and design simplicity, this Master Bath glows with an inner light. Marble and granite imbued with luminous depth provides warmth. Music fills the air. Warm jets of water massage the body. Heated floors sustain the feeling of renewal. Says our host: “my son’s friends all have to come in and experiment with the shower head”, which dispenses water from a location in the ceiling. The good news: the tub is impossible to overfill!

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Rick Rushing, Rushing Design Co., Lexington, KY

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1. The limestone exterior of the two-story house, finished in 2011, is a mixture of stones from different quarries in Central Kentucky to create an aged and unique appearance, as opposed to a uniform look. The simulated dry stack technique employed by stonemason Juan Valdez involved using mortar in the back of the stones (for strength and durability) but not in the front. Extending to the left of the main structure is a more contemporary design, suggesting an addition.

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HINTS OF THE PAST THIS WOODFORD COUNTY HOME PAYS HOMAGE TO THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF YESTERYEAR WITH ITS HISTORIC-LOOKING EXTERIOR. THE INTERIOR IS ULTRA-MODERN, THROUGH AND THROUGH. By: Kirsten E. Silven Photography: Walt Roycraft

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2 Over a three-year period, Nancy and Bruce DeMaeyer developed a 38-acre farm in Woodford County. They rehabbed a tobacco barn to use for storage, constructed a 7-stall horse barn, and built a guest house to live in during the construction of the main house, their 6,300-square-foot pièce de résistance. The DeMaeyers are both originally from Chicago. They lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for 20 years before moving to Kentucky for her love of horses. “It was getting more difficult to keep them out there and do what I want to do,” Nancy DeMaeyer said. “The care here for horses is marvelous.” She has a dressage arena and plenty of space, and grass, for her horses. “They are so happy here in Kentucky,” Nancy said of her Dutch Warmblood and three other horses. “They have big pastures. They are happy campers.” When they purchased the land, the DeMaeyers came up with a story for their new Kentucky home. What if they had come across a property with an old, derelict Shaker house? What if they remodeled a Kentucky farmhouse and brought it up to date instead of tearing it down? So, they designed a house to look as2if it had been sitting on the land since the 1800s. They even included an “addition” with a more contemporary look. Architect Kevin Locke was fascinated by the process of building a house that looked like it had been there a century or two. “It’s a great concept,” he said. The architectural theme of the house was to create a Shaker simplicity that would still work “for somebody with a contemporary attitude and contemporary way of life,” Locke

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said. Shaker simplicity is achieved through the quality of details, honesty of materials, and the passion and respect of the people who work with them. The “old part” of the house is two stories, with a large entryway, a library and dining room, along with two upstairs guest bedrooms. The “new addition” contains the kitchen, great room and master suite. Nancy DeMaeyer thoroughly enjoyed working with architect Kevin Locke. “He really devoted himself to the project and came up with wonderful ideas,” she said. She also praised builder Padgett Construction and project manager Chris Peoples. “They were wonderful to work with on this house,” she said. “I can’t say enough good things about them.” Peoples met with the homeowners once a week. Those meetings often lasted several hours. “There is not any detail that has been left to chance,” Tom Padgett said. “The crowning touch of this house is the fact that she is an interior designer,” he added. “She really is good.” Nancy DeMaeyer was a professional interior designer when she lived in Chicago. “I gave it all up for horses, but I still do my own stuff,” she said. Bruce DeMaeyer’s expert skills in electronics and technology were also put to good use in this custom home, which is as energy-efficient as technologically possible. “The house is extremely smart and attractive, inside and out,” Padgett said. “They have tremendous taste and eye for detail.”


2. Architect Kevin Locke designed the fountain in the backyard off the great room. It is reminiscent of an old grist mill fountain. Water bubbles from the center and falls over the edge. 3. Ironhorse Forge created the chandelier in the entryway, based on initial sketches by architect Kevin Locke. The hand-applied finish to the wrought iron railing and the chandelier took multiple stages. It was coated with a stain made from metal, then rubbed by hand with an abrasive pad to bring out the highlights, then protected with a clear coat. “It took a five-man crew an entire day to install the railing,� said Tony Higdon, co-owner of Ironhorse Forge. All of the things unseen behind the drywall, the paint, the nice wood treads had a plan, well ahead of time, to account for the weight of the railing and ease of installation.

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4 The guestrooms on the second floor have identical floor plans, an intentional decision by the homeowners. “In Wyoming we had three guest bedrooms that were all different,” Nancy DeMaeyer said. “There were more arguments over who got which room. This time I decided they would look alike.” Each guest room has plenty of floor space, a queen-size bed, a walk-in closet and a nice bath. Of the four fireplaces in the house, the two in the library and dining room were reconstructed from Shaker fireplaces with beautiful mantels handcrafted by a Frenchman in Chicago. The stone was imported from France. The kitchen was designed by an international designer Mick De Giulio, of De Giulio Kitchen Design in Chicago. “We wanted a livein kitchen,” Nancy said. “This kitchen is like a dream come true.” Behind the sink and counter, a series of mirrored panels all open up to display appliances, including a blender, panini press, knife sharpener and toaster. “I can use it, put it back and shut the door,” Nancy said.

An armoire near the counter houses espresso machines and everything to do with coffee and tea. “Everything is plugged in,” she said. “Just push it back when you’re done with it.” The backsplash behind the stove that appears to be marble? It is actually another set of sliding panels for appliances and spices. In the great room, high clerestory windows let light in even on cloudy days. Bruce DeMaeyer told the architect he planned to watch television in that room and didn’t want any glare on the TV screen. “We concentrated on getting the angles and overhang of the windows just right for no glare,” Locke said. Attention to detail and a collaborative effort among the homeowners, architect and builder came together to make this house a success in every way. “The process maintained a cooperative life of its own,” Padgett said. “It was an enjoyable process on everybody’s part.”

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5 4. This doorway in the great room is framed with western art and a sculpture in a cherry wood niche. The hallway leads to the master suite. 5. To the right of the stove is a huge dark walnut cabinet housing the refrigerator and freezer. The island is for food prep, with a sink at one end. Along one side of the island there is a microwave and storage for pans. On the other side is the homeowner’s baking center, where a Cuisinart, Mixmaster and other small appliances are on a “lift up” system so they don’t have to be hauled out of a cabinet and put back. 6. In the dining room, beech hardwood flooring and a simple stone fireplace are perfect backdrops for modern furniture and western art. The striking color on the walls is burnished cognac.

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7 7. Contemporary Indian shirts from Wyoming are displayed on a stone wall in the great room. The stone acts as the joiner area between the pretend “old and new” parts of the house. Near the ceiling, clerestory windows provide natural light around the entire perimeter of the room. The flooring is made from reclaimed beech wood taken from a tobacco warehouse in Tennessee.

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Kevin Locke, AIA, InsideOut Architects BUILDER:

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Instead of trying to locate a new home that was already equipped with the various features they were looking for, homeowners Don and Kim Thompson opted to re-work their existing home of 18 years, creating a softer, lighter, more casual look and a sensible design that suits their evolving sense of style. By: Kirsten E. Silven Photography: Walt Roycraft

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1. The exterior boasts a distinctly European air and was repainted as part of the recent renovation, which also included new windows for the entire home, an updated roof and a substantial arched front door. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com

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Don and Kim Thompson have always loved their home of more than 18 years, which sits on a scenic lot in Oldham County near Louisville. But after their children grew up and moved away, they found themselves left with the decision to either sell and downsize, or re-work their existing home’s design to suit their changing needs.

“The goal was to create a new look that is sophisticated, yet also soft and casual.” “We looked at what was available and decided that anything we bought would require work, so we decided to stay here,” shared Kim. “We love the neighborhood, and our children still enjoy coming home to the place where they grew up.” They began by going through a variety of books and magazines, narrowing down styles they both liked that would help bring their home into the 21st century. The kitchen and master bathroom were both a major focus of the renovation, which also included a new roof, and replacing all of the doors and windows throughout the entire home. Architect Timothy R. Winters was brought in to create the initial concept and do perspective drawings of the new architectural details. The height of the trim work was increased to be more proportional to the size of the home and the height of the ceilings. Builder David Landis was brought in to handle the construction portion of the project, which involved taking the entire first floor all the way down to the drywall.

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movement throughout the space, which also functions as one of the home’s main living areas. 4. Adjacent to the kitchen, the hearth room is an ideal place to read the morning paper and enjoy the warmth of a fire during colder weather. Two sets of French doors open onto the home’s deck and covered porch, while a Venetian mirror adds a touch of glamour to the space and a striking painting by Joyce Garner lends added visual interest.


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9. The existing dining room furniture was reworked to match the updated new look and feel of the room, which features lighter finishes and a new open lantern light fixture from Circa lighting.

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“The home’s look was relatively formal prior to the redesign, with heavier furniture and a much darker color palette. The goal was to create a new look that is sophisticated, yet also soft and casual.”

In addition, Betsy Wall, interior designer and Vice President at Bittners, had helped Don and Kim with the home’s initial interior design years ago and was asked to come back and serve as an integral part of the team during the recent remodel. “The home’s look was relatively formal prior to the redesign, with heavier furniture and a much darker color palette” shared Wall. “The goal was to create a new look that is sophisticated, yet also soft and casual.” To accomplish this, a variety of lighter colors and neutrals were layered with different textures, creating a chic, relaxed design that is both elegant and informal. When it came to planning the updated kitchen and bathroom, Kim and Don worked with kitchen designer Moira Cox of Mike’s Woodworking, who helped them open up the rooms and added plenty of storage to the master bath. The new look is clean, sharp, and mixed with just the right amount of detail. “Life is stressful enough, so your home should be a source of comfort,” Cox opined. “And our kitchens have evolved to become an extension of who we are.”

The painted white kitchen cabinets offer up a timeless look and are nicely accented by polished chrome hardware. The existing island was reworked to a larger size and topped with Vermont marble that boasts an impressive 2 ½-inch mitered edge, while traffic flow was improved by removing a hallway to enlarge the space. The impressive scope of this project is made even more amazing by the fact that it was completed in plenty of time to accommodate Don and Kim’s daughter, who became engaged after the remodel was already under way. She expressed a desire to have a Fall wedding followed by a reception on the property, which would be held just days after the project was scheduled for completion. The ultimate success of this endeavor stands as a testament, no doubt, to the professionalism of the team involved and to the clarity of vision possessed by the homeowners. “This was truly a team effort,” shared Landis. “As always, the collaboration between those involved brings valuable perspectives that make a big difference in the final outcome.”

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DISCOVERING KENTUCKY

By: Christina Noll

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption AUTHENTIC OLD WORLD ARCHITECTURE, RIGHT HERE AT HOME To stand at the steps of 1140 Madison Avenue in Covington, Kentucky is awe inspiring, whether you are religious or not. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, which serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, and as the parish of St. Mary’s, is the most impressive example of French-Gothic architecture in our state. A twin tower façade, flying buttresses, 26 gargoyle waterspouts and over 80 stained glass windows are only part of what draws more than 50,000 visitors to the Cathedral each year. “It’s reminiscent of Notre Dame, in Paris, France,” says Rev. Msgr. William Neuhaus, Rector at the 1 Cathedral. Designed in 1893 by Leon Coquard, the Cathedral is one of just 35 minor basilicas in the United States, a title traditionally reserved for churches that exemplify antiquity, dignity, historical importance, or significance as centers of worship. As grand as the outside of the Cathedral is, this beautiful structure is even more amazing once you step inside. Measuring 180 feet in length and 81 feet in height, the interior features arched ceilings of Gothic design. Modeled after the Abbey Church of St. Denis, Paris, the Cathedral houses such treasures as murals by Covington artist Frank Duveneck and the historic Matthias Schwab organ. But what will really catch your eye are the windows. “The windows are my favorite architectural detail of the Cathedral,” says Neuhaus. Indeed, St. Mary’s biggest claim to fame is its north transept window, depicting the early fifth century Ecumenical Council of Ephesus that proclaimed Mary as the Mother of God. Measuring 67 feet in height by 24 feet wide, it is the largest stained glass church window in the world.  The Cathedral is also home to two massive rose windows, which at 26 feet in diameter are some of the largest rose windows in the world. “St. Mary’s is the only church in this area patterned after French Gothic,” explains Neuhaus. In the main sanctuary, the antique Verde marble altar is presided over by the carved baldachins featuring 16 prominent saints. The baptistery displays four different types of Italian marble and an octagonal font. Mosaic Stations, spaced along the walls, utilize as many as 80,000 tiles crafted in Venice, Italy, and that is only a minor offering of the multitude of grandeur the Cathedral offers to delight the visitors’ senses.

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Even those who work at the Cathedral or attend mass there on a regular basis are in awe of its magnificence. “The beauty of St. Mary’s adds to the experience and enriches the prayer life of individuals attending mass or praying at the basilica,” says Neuhaus. Truly, it is a sight not to be missed. 1. This newspaper article gives you interesting facts, the floorplan, as well as important dates in the history of the Cathedral Basilica 2. The interior of the Cathedral Basilica forms the shape of a cross and features pure Gothic design, including fluted columns which reinforce upper levels. 3. Made in Munich, Germany, 82 exquisite stained glass windows line the Cathedral Basilica, including the world’s largest church stained glass window, located in the north transept.


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