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Kentucky Homes & Gardens September/October 2016 Volume 13 Issue 5
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A Shining Example: Today’s Outdoor Lighting Trends Turn to page 22 to see more. PHOTO, DESIGN & INSTALLATION BY MCKAY LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
Tribal Talk: A Brief History of African Masks
Fall Tuneup for Your Home Landscape
LED Lighting 101
The Historic Gardens of Frankfort’s Liberty Hall & Orlando Brown House
22 Special Feature
A Shining Example: Today’s Outdoor Lighting Trends
The Language of Sculpture
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1 Dan Poro “Goat” tribal mask, Liberia/Ivory Coast, mid 20th century. 2 “Lion” mask. Banum tribe, Cameroon, mid 20th century. (Collection of Richard Mook) 3 Makuye mask, Punu tribe, Gabon, West Africa. (Collection of Richard Mook) 4 Rare, museum quality Banum tribal mask from the Cameroon Grasslands. Mid 20th century. 5 Dramatic tribal mask from the Baule Mbolo, Ivory Coast. (Collection of Richard Mook) 6 “Anteater” mask from the Bamileke tribe, Cameroon. (Collection of Richard Mook) 7 A very good example of a Baule or Yaure dance mask, Ivory Coast, mid 20th century.
Tribal Talk: A Brief History of African Masks BY JERRY SHROUT PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT
The use of African masks in tribal ceremonies has been traced to the Paleolithic era (at least 35,000 years ago) as evidenced by masks depicted in cave paintings that were unearthed on rock walls throughout various parts of Africa. However, it was not until the 1890â€™s that these creations captured the Western interest when Richard Andree, a British enthnographer, obtained a knowledgeable understanding of the masks which led to a greater appreciation among Western tastes. Previously, European travelers who visited the African continent found the masks to be grotesque. Afterward, the work of European artists such as Modigliani and Picasso began to be influenced by the masks, as seen in their paintings and sculpture. Interestingly, the Africans making the masks did not see the mask itself as a work of art; but rather as a functional part of ritual dances or the religious and social events where they were prominently used. There was no meaning attached to the mask itself. The making of the mask, however, is regarded as an art form. In many tribes, mask making is a skill that is taught from father to son and is passed through the generations; with the understanding of the representational symbols and meanings behind the masks being passed down. The mask maker was a highly regarded member of his tribe and typically had spent some time working as an apprentice under another mask maker before perfecting his craft. The type of skill required for mask making was dependent upon the location of the tribe. In the Senufo, bronze masks were common, while basketwork was the specialty of the Congo. Most masks, however, were made of wood. Other materials that are sometimes seen on masks include feathers, fur, animal teeth, human hair, textiles, and glass. While most masks are designed to cover the face, some are helmet style headdresses.
7 Some of the events in which masks were used include funerals and burials, hero worship, fertility and agriculture rituals, initiations, or simply for entertainment. The belief of most African tribal culture is that the wearer of the mask loses his human identity and becomes the spirit of the mask. Masks are usually modeled after a human face or animal and can be decidedly abstract, perhaps to achieve spiritual intensity. Today, as the masks have become more sought after, commercial (mass) production has become more common, especially in tourist markets, and these representations are fairly true to their traditional predecessors. Nevertheless the authentic, traditional masks are highly sought after not only by collectors intrigued by their history, but also by interior designers who recognize and are captivated by their fascinating charm. In the last few decades of the twentieth century, the names of the specific makers of the masks has begun to be documented on individual masks, and contemporary makers of masks indicate they feel their work is appreciated by their community. Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-233-9375. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
Fall Tuneupfor Your Home Landscape BY BILL HENKEL
Is it time to reevaluate the shapes of some of your landscape beds? Many landscape bed lines are determined by the plant materials within and often these beds appear snake-like in form, slithering aimlessly throughout the garden. Bed lines look their best when they are simple and respond with some intention. For bed lines to look their best, they need some relationship to the home, the walks or the structural plants within the bed. To get an idea of how new bed line might look, use a paint gun or flags to experiment with the new shapes you have in mind.
Reshaping bed lines and removing poor performing plants create real possibilities for trees, shrubs and especially spring bulbs. Fall is the season for planting spring bulbs. Purchase early to get the selections and quality you desire, so think big and order plenty. You will be rewarded. Bulbs that you expect to return annually need their own space in your beds. Since they don’t do well with competition, research your supplier for naturalizing mixtures that will be consistent performers over the years. Create a three to four-layer color garden for your landscape. Keep in mind that different size bulbs should be planted at different depths. Consider a kaleidoscope of colors and bloom times with daffodils, crocus, muscari and pansies and violas on the top. This combination will reward you with eight to nine months of continuous and changing colors from September to May. This is easy, fun and takes just a bit of planning, not to mention digging. Start planting early while the days are warm because you won’t enjoy it nearly as much if you wait and plant when it turns cold.
1 Fall is the planting season and the perfect time to evaluate the success of your plant materials within the bed. Remove poor performing plants to make room for new selections. Fall’s warm soil temperatures are perfect for transplanting decidious trees and shrubs. The warm soils and consistent rains promote root development and encourage new plant establishment. What about the summer colors in your garden? If it’s time for a change, then fall is also a great time for transplanting many perennials. When you reshape your beds you can create more opportunities for fall coloring shrubs and trees.
Landscapes 1 A well-composed garden with a meandering path creates movement and mystery. Thoughtful plant selections add color and texture to the whole experience. 2 A simple layering of bulbs planted in the fall creates a stunning display the following spring. Note, muscari will continue to bloom for many years while tulips can be treated as annuals, thus the reason for the separation in this bed. 3 An example of a very tired shrub and perennial bed that is in dire need of renovation and reshaping. Plants have died and disappeared, the turn looks exhausted and the remaining planting make little sense in this composition. 4 This freshly cut bed edge was created with a sharp shovel or spade, and the dark brown compost blend contrasts nicely with the deep green of the turf. Simple geometry of the bed lines creates pleasing appearance while the sweep of the bed edge creates movement. Tall hedge suggests privacy and transition.
New bed lines means new turf lines and fall is the best time to seed cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescue. This is also a good time to apply an all-natural fertilizer to your lawn if it is necessary. A soil analysis test is the best way to determine your lawn’s needs for nutrients. There are online soil testing labs where you can mail in your sample or you can take your soil sample to your county agent for testing. Your soil test results will tell you what is lacking in your soil for the type of crop you plan to grow. It will also contain recommendation for what is needed and the application rate. This is pertinent information for all landscape projects.
When you cut back your perennials you can top dress the front of the beds with a blend of pine bark and compost. This provides a very pleasing finished edge and greatly contributes to the soil quality. The contrast between the compost blend and the bright green lawn is stunning. Leaves can be blown to the back of the bed and allowed to insulate shrub roots while composting over the winter. Plant your spring bulbs, pansies, violas, asters and mums now and you will be able to relax and enjoy your hard work come spring.
4 Finally, water all of your new and existing plantings before you winterize you irrigation system. Fall root development needs water which promotes strong roots growing in healthy soils and will give you high performing plants. Fall is also a perfect time to clean, re-lamp and re-aim your landscape lights. This will help you provide a well-lighted path and entry to your house while showcasing all of your hard efforts in the garden. Landscape lighting also serves to bring the outside in so you can participate with nature twelve months of the year. Wash your windows to let the winter’s strong and clear light come into your home; this makes for better viewing of your new garden as well. After all of your hard work, it’s now time to settle down with a good gardening book, a warm fire, and dreams of spring soon to return.
Bill Henkel, Partner @ Henkel Denmark Leading Landscape American Society of Landscape Architects Healing and Therapy Garden Certified www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
1 1 Style-conscious homeowners don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for savings when it comes to LED bulb choices. For more info on these vintage-inspired bulbs, check out Bulbrite’s Nostalgic Fixture Collection.
LED Lighting 101 Confused about LED Lighting? Here’s what you need to know about this energy-saving option. BY CHRISTINA NOLL
2 Those making the switch to LED lighting can find limitless options, as evidenced by this collage of bulbs from Bulbrite.
Savings examples: Replace a 60-watt bulb (lasting approx. 850-1000 hours) with 10W LED bulb which lasts 25,000 -30,000 hours Replace a 75-watt bulb (lasting approximately 1800-2000 hours) with 13W LED bulb which lasts about 50,000 hours
Homescapes 3 Archipelago Lighting built this 2700k dimmable bulb with an enclosed heat sink, making it more traditional-looking.
When it comes to expertise in LED lighting, Dan Saver, owner of Saver Sales and Saver Lighting in Lexington, has been involved with LED lighting since its advent. Before starting his own company, which specializes in providing sales coverage for the electric utility industry, Saver worked at GE Lighting. “For the average person, there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to LED lights,” he says.
Saver gives three main benefits of using LED lighting in your home or commercial space: 1. Savings Who doesn’t love saving money? It turns out that LED lights offer a tremendous energy savings. “Simply replacing a 60 watt regular bulb with an LED 10 watt bulb offers significant savings,” explains Saver. “Your energy bill comes in kilowatts, so the more watts you save, the more money you save. This means LED lighting turns into exponential savings over the life of the bulb.” Using LED lighting will also lower your energy costs to cool your home in the summer. This is because LED lights have a much cooler operating temperature, so they don’t emit the heat that regular bulbs do into your home. 2. Longevity LED lights last as much as 25 times longer than regular bulbs. So for example, if you have a space that is difficult to get to — such as a high ceiling — that makes it hard to change the bulbs out often, having LED bulbs means you won’t have to change as often because they last so much longer. In fact, some LED bulbs may last as long as 15 years! 3. Options When LED lighting first became available, it could be difficult to find the bulbs you needed. Now, however, they are available in every size and wattage you could possibly want. The bulbs are offered in a range of color temperatures, based on their Kelvin number. The lower the Kelvin, the warmer the color temperature of your bulb. LED lighting also creates a more vibrant and pleasing environment. Saver also offers a few tips when it comes to LED lighting: It’s best to keep your home at all the same temperature color, so when you buy your LED lighting, stick to all 3000 Kelvin (warm) or all 4000 Kelvin (medium), for example. In commercial spaces, consider 5000 Kelvin (cool). Another tip: if you have a light that works on a dimmer, the LED bulb lamp must say “dimmable.” www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
of Frankfort’s Liberty Hall & Orlando Brown House BY KIRSTEN E. SILVEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT
1 Bordered here by a mature boxwood hedge, this perennial bed provides pops of color from pink surprise lilies, monarda and purple phlox. 2 This bucolic view shows the property line between Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, featuring a mature ginkgo and well-established perennial bed planted with rudbeckia, impatiens and White Althea. 3 Planted in memory of mothers everywhere, the “Mothers’ Garden” at the Orlando Brown House was inspired by a loving letter Orlando once wrote to his mother at the tender age of nine. Here, we can see zinnias and lantana, as well as lilies and a variety of greenery surrounding a plaque emblazoned with a sweet line taken from the 1810 letter that reads simply, “continue to love me.” 4 Up close, the pink-hued surprise lilies seem to be making a statement of their own as they reach ever skyward in silent celebration.
5 5 This aerial view of the Orlando Brown house, which was built in the Greek Revival style and is located right next to Liberty Hall in downtown Frankfort, shows an impressive copper beech tree, a ginkgo tree, a mature boxwood hedgerow and a striking herringbone pattern in the brickwork along the walkway. The home’s lot backs up to the Kentucky River and encompasses around two acres. The home was originally built in 1835 as a residence for John Brown’s second son, Orlando, and designed by Lexington-based architect Gideon Shryock, who also designed the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort. Photo by Willie MacLean, BirdsEyeFoto.com.
Built in Frankfort around 1796, Liberty Hall was originally the home of Senator John Brown and his wife Margaretta. Today, the four-and-one-half acre historic site includes extensive gardens and the Orlando Brown House, which was built in 1835 as a residence and grounds for John Brown’s second son and his wife Mary. “Located in downtown Frankfort, the Liberty Hall Historic Site backs up to the Kentucky River,” shared Executive Director Julienne Foster Jones. “The brick for Liberty Hall was fired on site—probably by slave labor—and we don’t know the architect, but suspect it might have been John Brown himself.” Regardless of who designed the home, Liberty Hall stands today as one of the finest examples of Federal style architecture and the Orlando Brown Home remains a testament to the best of the Greek Revival period in America and was designed by Gideon Shryock, who also designed the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort and the Franklin County Courthouse. Although the exact original layout of the gardens at Liberty Hall remains unknown, letters from the earliest years suggest that Margaretta Brown had a hand in developing the grounds. She described the property as containing “a charming garden… planted with grapes and every kind of fruit, either natural to the soil or which can be adopted with success.”
In fact, the property was home to grapevines started from cuttings taken from the first vineyard in the U.S., which is still open to the public and located in nearby Nicholasville. Early on, the gardens were quite functional, with an extensive kitchen garden planted with vegetables, herbs and fruit needed to provide sustenance for the household. By the early 20th century, decorative plants including many varieties of roses were added and the garden took on a more multi-functional role, adding trees, shrubs and decorative perennials. Today, the Liberty gardens are still home to many historic plantings, including an heirloom trio of native Northern Catalpas, the oldest of which is located right beside Liberty Hall and the youngest of which was established in 2000 when descendants of the Browns were invited to attend its planting. Guests also enjoy walking among the meandering pathways, lined with thriving perennial beds framed by mature boxwoods, peonies and crepe myrtle, as well as a variety of herbs and other flowers. Guided tours of the Liberty Hall Historic Site are given at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday from mid-March through mid-December and depart from 218 Wilkinson Street. The site grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit www.libertyhall.org or call 502-227-2560. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
6 Lined by mature boxwood hedges, this symmetrical brick path is part of the historic site’s many meandering walkways and leads to an arbor (not pictured), making it a favorite spot for wedding photos. 7 Ethereal sunlight filters through the thick leaves of a Northern Catalpa planted at Liberty Hall in the early 1800’s.
8 Today, the garden’s grand allee leads to a sundial and is flanked by established perennial beds that include crepe myrtle, phlox, rudbeckia and Voodoo Lily. 9 This brightly-hued painting looks from the Kentucky River back toward Liberty Hall, which is just visible to the top left, peering through the blooms along the garden’s original grand allee. “The Rose Garden,” by Paul Sawyier, oil on canvas, ca. 1913. Liberty Hall Historic Site Collections.
10 Located on the back patio of the Orlando Brown House, this memorial bench offers a shady place to rest among the greenery, which includes a white dogwood, Lords and Ladies, wild ginger and hardy begonia. 11 This close-up view of the memorial “Mothers’ Garden” behind the Orlando Brown House shows gorgeous orange zinnias and lantana spreading good cheer among the other greenery. 12 This view of Liberty Hall shows the historic home’s fine Federal details, including a striking Palladian window. The home is framed here by a blooming Northern Catalpa that was planted in the early 1800’s, just after the home was built by Senator John Brown in 1796. Photo courtesy of Liberty Hall in Frankfort.
ATodayâ€™s Shining Example: Outdoor Lighting Trends BY KIRSTEN E. SILVEN
1lightAistiered water fountain serves as the focal point of this outdoor space. Here, shining down on the fountain to illuminate the bench, flowers and walking
paths. This down-lighting allows for a more natural feel and creates a unique evening environment. The fountain is also lit from the inside on all three levels at various intensities using underwater lighting. Path lights along the walkway and up-lighting on the smaller ornamental trees completes the look, which has a park-like feel. Photo, www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com 23 design and installation by McKay Landscape Lighting.
2 Dramatic fire bowls and up-lit columnar hornbeams create an enchanting outdoor space that is ideal for relaxing or having an intimate conversation. The area also features oversized statues of dancing frogs playing musical instruments and an expansive water feature. Photo, design and installation by Nature’s Expressions Outdoor Design & Construction.
3 This project started small and grew over time to fulfill the goals of added security, functionality and curb appeal. The expansive covered area doubles as an entertainment space, while dramatic up-lighting around the side entrance highlights the home’s architectural details along with a variety of different plantings, including a tall Sweet Bay magnolia. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. 4 With subtle Oriental flair and a clean contemporary vibe, this beautifullyilluminated courtyard boasts mature plantings and ground cover, immense decorative boulders and a clear sense of symmetry in its design, which beckons visitors to enter and explore the crisscrossing pathways. Design by Rugo / Raff Architects. Photo by Charlie Meyer.
5 The arm of this violin-shaped pool shows the “upper bout,” which serves as a lap pool, while the cutouts of the violin’s “tuning pegs” provide a cozy resting spot for tired swimmers, or those who are simply seeking a quieter area. More than 5,600 fiber optic strands are woven in between the glass tiles to create the glowing “strings” of the violin. Up-lighting on the trees and on select plantings throughout the surrounding landscape design complete the look and create a nighttime oasis. Photo and design by Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping. 6 The landscape lighting around this lake house fire pit creates the ideal ambience for a night of entertaining, storytelling, laughter and s’mores. Here, path lighting and seat wall lights are used to illuminate the stone walls and steps, which also creates unique shadows on the rocks. The light on the ground also increases the safety of the entire area at night. Photo, design and installation by McKay Landscape Lighting
5 The functionality of any outdoor area greatly increases when it can easily be well lit at night, whether for entertaining or safety reasons, or both. There are many ways to accomplish this, including placing task lighting above cooking stations to help with food preparation, or adding a decorative chandelier, ambient wall sconces and freestanding lanterns that create the perfect ambience for sitting and dining areas, as well as points of entry. Accent lighting can also be used to illuminate trees, wash walls and light pathways or trails. “It’s possible to extend the comforts of your indoor space to the outside areas of your home with lighting,” shared Stansell Dye, area showroom manager in the mid-south for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “For increased functionality, task lighting near a grill or outdoor kitchen area is essential during the evening hours. To create ambience, consider using an accent light to highlight trees, a fountain or the architecture of your home. Lamps and chandeliers specifically made for outdoor use are a popular decorative accent for porches, pools, cabanas and other covered outdoor spaces.” Regardless of the type of outdoor areas that are in play, any project should aim to avoid the glaring “runway effect” and instead achieve a subtle sense of atmosphere that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “The lighting itself is not the only focus of what we do,” shared Brook Tafel, owner and general manager of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. “Instead, the lighting should draw the eye to noteworthy elements in the home’s landscaping or architecture.” To do this effectively, it’s important to develop a good understanding of how the space looks at night before outdoor lighting is installed, as well as the ability to visualize what it will look like after the installation is complete.
“When properly installed and conceptualized, outdoor lighting can make any home as beautiful at night as it is during the day,” Tafel added. This requires the skill to determine which architectural angles and landscape details are worth illuminating and which could be a waste of time and effort, as well as working with the shadows in a precise way to bring about a three-dimensional effect. Since lighting is one of the main factors that helps set the mood for an outdoor space, it can work to create virtually any desired look and feel. “The location of an outdoor area and how it will be used helps us determine how it should be lit,” stated Dave Miller, co-owner of Nature’s Expressions Outdoor Design & Construction. “It’s important to work with a trusted advisor who really understands the value of outdoor lighting and knows how to create various spaces that come together.” Finally, it bears mentioning that today’s best outdoor lighting systems are both energy efficient and designed to function automatically, often eliminating the need for relying on light switches and memory to turn them on and off. In fact, the controls have become so advanced it’s even possible to control a home’s outdoor lighting via smartphone or tablet, and many systems can save various settings for different weekend and weekday turn on and shut off times, which is great for entertaining. Whether you would like to enhance an existing home’s outdoor areas or are still in the planning phase of a newlybuilt outdoor area, the lighting can truly make or break the usability of a space, as well as the home’s overall curb appeal. Through careful planning that can even include implementing the lighting in various phases versus all at once, the end result will be akin to a form of art that transforms your home into a 24-hour oasis. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
7 An expertly lit pool area allows for long summer evenings spent enjoying the space and also helps to make any hazardous areas safer, including steps, walkways and pool edges. Here, a combination of down-lighting, up-lighting and path lights combine, with up-lights around the pool adding a beautiful backdrop and creating a soft light throughout the area, while down-lights provide a unique, evenly-lit atmosphere that enhances safety around the pool edges. Photo, design and installation by McKay Landscape Lighting. 8 Featuring well lights and spotlights, along with stair riser lights and flat post cap lights that are built right into the custom railing and decking, this one-of-a-kind outdoor living space features various seating and conversation areas, providing plenty of space for entertaining or just relaxing under the stars. Photo, lighting and decking materials by Trex.com.
9 This inviting outdoor space includes a wood burning fire pit with a gas starter surrounded by low seating stones that are just the right height for roasting marshmallows. Subtle path lighting along the walkways and up-lighting on Moonglow magnolia and Kwanzan cherry trees also works to open up the space, which is located just off the home’s grilling deck. Photo, design and installation by Nature’s Expressions Outdoor Design & Construction. 10 The exterior lighting brings this stately manor to life at dusk, with path lighting along the main walkway, as well as up-lighting to highlight the mature oak tree and other greenery that accentuates the home’s sense of symmetry and traditional design. Interior design by Diane Burgoyne Interiors. Photo by Tim Proctor Photography.
11 Subtle landscape lighting and carefully positioned illumination near the entryway work to create a soft yet functional feel for this home’s façade, while up-lighting also draws the eye to a textured stone architectural feature. Image courtesy of Kichler, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
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1 Occulus, Rusted Steel and Hand-forged Wagon Wheels 18’ long X 8’ tall Occulus came to Rivera in a dream. “I saw rings lined up with an I-beam. So the next day at the studio, I pulled the rims from old, horse drawn wagon wheels we had on site and Dan and I started piecing it all together on the ground.” Working from Rivera’s initial vision, the two men moved the pieces in various formations while discussing order and closeness until they had the final configuration. “We just knew when we saw it,” said Rivera. “It was, ‘There! That’s it!’” After seeing the garden of a cheese maker who lived in Greenville, Ind., Dutton sent the woman a note that she needed a sculpture. She agreed to meet with him and Rivera. “It was our first time doing this together,” said Dutton. He researched the ancient art history of goats in art to speak to the cheese making. Dutton felt prepared and pitched whimsical animal forms. “When I was done, she said, ‘I don’t like whimsical,’” said Dutton. “What do you think about rust?” asked Rivera. “I love rust,” she answered. Occulus, which had already been constructed, was installed in the client’s garden a week later. Photo by Dan Dutton.
Dan Dutton, a life-long artist who has studied everything from ballads he heard growing up in Somerset, Ky. to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, had worked with welders before and was not interested in someone else’s input into his own art. Then he met Jesse Rivera, a welder and steel fabricator originally from Chicago, who spent spare time creating designs to share with Dutton. “Dan had a magnifying glass looking for something wrong with them,” said Rivera. Try as he might, Dutton could not find a flaw in the execution. “Jesse’s ability to capture flow of lines amazed me,” said Dutton. The potential for collaboration was clear, and Rivera-Dutton Sculpture Studio, specializing in welded steel and site-specific designs, was created in 2015. Commissioned work begins by learning what type of experience the client thinks will make the sculpture memorable. “Does the client want drama and splash, or quiet and meditative?” asked Dutton. Those answers help shape the story, and therefore the design. “We solve design problems by exploiting the characteristics of our material and our tools,” said Dutton. “The presumption is that sculptures don’t require maintenance, but sooner or later, the pieces are going to rust. So we ask clients how they feel about that change, because that change becomes part of the story. That’s the language of sculpture.”
Artist 2 Jesse Rivers (left) and Dan Dutton (right) of Rivera-Dutton Sculpture Studio in Somerset, Ky. Photo by William Cox. 3 Milkweed & Monarch, Painted Steel, 4’ tall X 2.5’ wide X 2’ deep Inspiration can be subliminal. “When you open yourself to the space, you get a feeling for what can be there,” says Dutton. In the case of Milkweed & Monarch, Rivera and Dutton were contacted by a landscaper who needed a sculpture for a client’s walled garden. “We met with the client, and she talked about a milkweed garden for monarch butterflies,” said Dutton. The start of an idea was there, and eventually became a stylized monarch in milkweed. When the final sculpture was delivered, the artists noticed a resemblance of oblong milkweed shapes among scallops in the fence. “We had a feeling for how the work would fit the space and impact the client on an emotional level,” said Dutton. Photo by William Cox.
“There’s a lot going on with rust,” said Rivera. “When you look closely, you see a lot of patinas, holes and craters. When you cut steel that’s already painted, it can bubble or get a toasted edge.” Those characteristics tell a different story than a smooth layer of fresh paint on clean steel. Understanding the material and finish is crucial to telling the story.
After meeting with a client, Dutton creates a series of concept drawings. “We use those to figure out how the sculpture might look and feel, its scale, the construction techniques. We talk about the experience—how will people move around the sculpture, how close will they get, how will they spend time with it?” explained Dutton. He draws from past experiences to navigate his creativity. “Ikebana influenced how I think about arranging an object in space,” said Dutton. “It should work with the space it’s intended to be in.” When concepts are finalized and both men understand the proportions, harmony and vision, Rivera takes the lead in cutting and shaping the sculpture design. Rivera may use fullscale patterns or a guide to free-cut and weld the pieces using a variety of tools, including a welding torch, a plasma cutter, chop saws, drill bits and grinders. “Machines don’t make the cuts on our work,” he said. “Every bit of it is my hand working the metal.” Together, the artists are telling their own story as they continue to hone their craft. “Jesse and I resist the idea of our art being a ‘gift’. What we make is a direct result of the time we have spent developing our respective crafts and technical abilities,” said Dutton. ”Our partnership is about sharing our ideas with someone who respects them and is committed to figuring out how to make them appear as real objects. We have a shared language and shared goals—the result is a deep sense of communion and friendship.”
To learn more about Rivera-Dutton Sculpture Studio, visit their new website, created by Kirby Stephen’s Design in Somerset, Ky. at www.rivera-dutton.com or call Dan Dutton at 606-219-3140. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
4 4 Bremen Town Musicians, Painted Steel, 9’ tall X 5’ wide X 3’ deep A popular fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, The Town Musicians of Bremen is the story of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who leave their homes to become musicians. The same fairy tale is also the inspiration for this sculpture, commissioned by the Friends of the Pulaski County Library in Somerset, Ky. In the 1980s, Dutton worked on a similar, wooden design for the library. Although the project did not come to fruition then, Judy Burdine, former director of the Pulaski County Public Library, never forgot. She was instrumental in making possible this commission, Bremen Town Musicians. The primary colors for the piece were inspired by one of Dutton’s first memories. “For my third birthday, I got a package of plastic cars. As cars, I had no interest in them. But I knew they were primary colors and I realized that with those colors, I could do and make anything. It was very powerful.” For Bremen Town Musicians, Dutton started with a large paper pattern of objects and later added color. Rivera determined how the legs would work under the weight of the final piece and how to bring the individual elements together. “Jesse took the paper pattern and transferred it to steel. His ability to capture flow of lines amazes me every time,” said Dutton. Photo by William Cox.
5 Aunt Lou’s Woods, Steel and Nails , 8’ tall X 4’ wide X 2’ deep In addition to commissioned work, Rivera and Dutton take time to explore their own ideas and make what they want to see. “We both like dangerous things,” said Dutton. “Things that aren’t easy to sell to the general public or confined by the parameters of other people.” Aunt Lou, based on a real person who lived in Southern Kentucky, was known to be a witch. Dutton learned of the folklore through stories told by his parents. As part of an upcoming installation at a New York gallery, Dutton is exploring Aunt Lou as a model for personal freedom in a society that inhibits privacy and free thought. This particular image, Aunt Lou’s Woods, is for the proposed entrance to the gallery installation. “Right now, we have a single figure completed,” said Dutton. “A designer took that completed figure and rendered it to show our final idea: a witch’s forest,” said Dutton. “There is a certain degree of menace and strangeness to this.” Photo by William Cox. 6 Cormorant, Welded and Painted Steel, 3’ tall X 4’ wide Kendrick & O’Dell is one of the Greater Cincinnati region’s most respected residential and commercial landscaping companies. Cormorant was commissioned by Kevin O’Dell to include in a submission to the 2016 Cincinnati Flower Show. His submission, Haven of Beauty and Tranquility, went on to win the Chicago Horticultural Society Flower Show Medal and the Cincinnati Park Department Award.
Cormorant birds were trained to fish in ancient Japan. A snare was tied near the base of the bird’s throat allowing them to eat smaller fish while leaving the larger fish in their throats for fisherman to retrieve. This particular design from the Rivera-Dutton Sculpture Studio evolved from an idea of fire and flame bringing about life.
7 Rabbit Gate, Painted Steel, 5” tall X 12’ long “There is always a significance, and more than one story, behind the images in the things we make,” said Dutton. Growing up on a family farm in Somerset, Ky., Dutton often saw rabbits and learned of Brer Rabbit from his mother, following the oral tradition of storytelling. “That led to rabbits becoming visual characters for me, a sign of speed, humor, freedom, and a lackadaisical approach to life.” Over the years, Dutton has streamlined his method of drawing rabbits into a gesture of rhythms, “Something like a signature,” he said. Rabbit Gate was a commission by Penelope Brooks in Hamilton, Ohio. While meeting with the client, her fondness for the colors blue and white as well for rabbits was apparent. “I knew immediately what I wanted to do,” said Dutton. As an artist with Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dutton had created a rabbit design for a large ceramic vase. After seeing a watercolor of the same shape, the client was over the moon. “I shared my vision for the gate with Jesse. He’s the expert in knowing, ‘How heavy will it be? How will it swing on a post?’ He knows how to trouble shoot that part of the process when I share my ideas,” said Dutton. Photo by William Cox. 8 The Music Lover, Rebar and Cut Steel, 7’ tall X 8’ wide This commissioned piece began with a question from the client, “Can you make something for a vine to grow on?” Dutton explained the request came because the client had removed a fence but did not want to lose a wisteria vine. “They wanted a trellis and a sculpture,” said Dutton. Knowing the client was a music lover, Dutton had the idea of a melancholy clown as the tall figure playing a guitar with a second figure that was enraptured by the music. Photo by Dan Dutton.
8 9 Earthstar, Painted Steel, 8’ tall X 8’ wide X 11’ deep Originally envisioned as larger piece for the park setting, Earthstar was scaled to half size for inclusion in the Museum Gallery Series at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton, Ohio. Earthstar is a type of fungus, common around Dutton’s farm, which resembles a puffball when young and unopened. In maturity, the outer layer of the mushroom splits open to resemble a star. According to folklore, earthstars grow where shooting stars hit the earth. “From sundials to Stonehenge, sculptures have been oriented to the sun, moon and stars,” said Dutton. “Our thought was to use the folklore narrative to speak to how the cosmos is diagramed, from the microcosms of fungus spores growing on earth to the macrocosm of meteors traveling through space.” Photo by Dan Dutton.
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1development This two-story, 5,000 sq. ft. home with a walk-out basement in Mt. Washington’s River Crest was featured in the 2016 Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville’s
Homearama. Designer Tracee Dore worked with her design partner Deb Kastelic and developer Richard Miles for the project. With elements of English cottage and Craftsman style, the home boasts articulated gable roofs, multi-pane windows, arched stone detailing and stained wood shutters.
T 2 Miles added coffers wrapped in drywall to the 9’ ceilings for a masculine feel to the room. The painted moulding and soft color provides a lighter feel to balance the masculinity. The lighter color also allows the emerald green walls to make a bold statement. A literal study of complementary contrasts, the room features emerald green walls and a blue graphic rug; mismatched lamps with gold finishes on either end of the traditional brown leather sofa; a contemporary, linear mirror coffee table and an antique-influenced, curvilinear chest; custom-made window treatments with brushed gold hardware; and a painting from the 1980s in its original golf leaf frame. With no formal desk, this room can also be used as a get-away retreat inside the home.
racee Dore was a teenager when she began working in the design and construction industry with her father. “I’m very lucky to have found something I love to do at such a young age,” said Dore. “It’s kept me focused.” Twenty-three years ago, while a student at the University of Kentucky College of Design, she started her own business, Tracee Dore Interiors. “My dad used to say, ‘If you’re proud of what you do, you put your name on it.” Dore is now a freelance designer from Carriage House Interior Design and Home Furnishings in Louisville, Ky., a locally owned company that has been in business for 40 years. “Carriage House carried every line I relied on for clients,” said Dore. “Plus an outstanding reputation for working with freelance designers.” Not only has her own home been featured in Kentucky Home and Gardens (July/August 2007), Dore stared in the third season of HGTV’s Design Star. In July of this year, Dore’s design talent was on display at the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville’s 2016 Homearama in the River Crest development of Mount Washington, Ky. Working closely with Deb Kastelic, her design partner, and Richard Miles, owner of Dogwood Homes and managing partner of the River Crest development, Dore was tasked with designing the home as if it were her own. “We start with a brand new home in January, and it’s ready for the public to tour in July,” said Dore. “This was my fourth Homearama house in 12 years. We were awarded second place for Favorite Interior Design and we won Best Home!”
3 The 5,000 sq. ft. home in River Crest is influenced by elements of both English cottage and Craftsman style homes with articulated gable roofs, a small dormer, multi-pane windows and arched stone detailing. “The home has a lot of texture,” said Dore. “The brick looks as if it’s reclaimed, the gables are various heights and the shutters are stained wood rather than vinyl.” That attention to detail carries over in the home. “Show homes have a tendency to look staged, as if no one could actually live in them,” said Dore. “For me, the best compliment about a show house is when someone says, ‘I feel like I could move in here.’” Window treatments are one of many ways Dore accomplishes that feeling. “I’m a believer in custom window treatments,” she said. Gravitating toward cottons and sheer linen, Dore looks for fabrics that will stand the test of time. “Treatments are key to making a space warm and livable,” said Dore. “The right window treatment, not just any window treatment, will turn a well-designed house into a home.” Dore’s classic, timeless style is on display throughout the home. “I love neutrals with pops of color,” she said. Those pops of color are emphasized with the contrast of navy paint on the walls together with the gold mirror and gold leaf and crystal chandelier in the dining room, “That room would have a totally different feel if the walls were white or ivory,” said Dore. “Paint is the easiest way to create drama,” she said.
3 “Navy blue is my go-to favorite,” said Dore. “The first time I used navy was in my mother’s home 20 years ago, and it remains timeless.” The navy color allows the crystal and gold-leaf chandelier, from manufacturer Visual Comfort, to stand out in this room. Other gold accents include the mirror, curtain rods and lamps. Dore wanted the dining room to be simply bold with contemporary lines found in the chairs and linen fabric of the custom window treatments.
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4 “Gold is back,” said Dore. And gold accents are prominent in the living room, including the gold end table with a mirror top and the gold foil frames of the art flanking the bookcase. The painted finish bookcase was essential to make the two-story room warm and charming. “Built-in furniture, like a bookcase, brings detail down so you feel surrounded by it,” said Dore. Freestanding pieces, like the bookcase in this room, serve as their own visual element; and in this case, fill what would otherwise be a cold, empty wall. With color limited to the chairs and accent pillows, Dore maximized texture in the living room. “The woven art above the fireplace is encased in acrylic,” she said. Like other rooms in the house, Dore implemented aesthetic contradictions. “The coffee table and chairs have very clean lines that are in contrast with the busier textures and curves found in the rug, sofa and cabinetry.”
“Everything is neutral, but it also has texture. The woven art above the fireplace is encased in acrylic and the bookcase has a painted finish,” said Dore. While the room is primarily neutral, the colorful chairs and pillows provide warmth to the open area. Dore is often asked what colors are in style. “Every color is in style,” she said. “How you use the color is what makes it hip.” The front study is purposefully without a desk, giving the room flexibility to function as a get-away. Dore encourages the unpredictable. “Having two end tables on either end of the leather sofa would be expected,” she said. Her use of contradictions are also unexpected. “The differences in this room work well together,” she said. “The contemporary mirror coffee is very linear, while the antique-influenced chest is curvilinear. People have this idea that everything has to match, but that’s not true in home design.” The kitchen features a stainless sink with a gold-brushed faucet. “I look at the use of gold in interiors like jewelry,” said Dore. “As long as it’s fabulous, it’s going to work on your home, no matter the finish.” Dore’s advice on mixing colors, styles and finishes is simple: “If you love it, it works.” She advises clients to avoid trendy styles while looking for classic influence. “Ask yourself, ‘What will be in style in 10 years? In 20?’” she said. For example, gold finishes never went out of the style in design. “You didn’t see much gold for a while, but now it’s back in a big way!” said Dore. Take inspiration where you can find it, because what matters most is creating the space you want to live in.
5 Although she advises to keep finishes classic, Dore said finishes do not have to match perfectly. Her kitchen design includes a mix of stainless steel appliances from GE, a stainless steel sink with a brushed gold faucet, brushed gold light fixtures and brushed gold cabinet hardware. “The trick is to find something to base your design off of. If you love it, it works.” Dore also mixed wood finishes, choosing a light stone color for the perimeter cabinetry to lighten the room while choosing a darker brown for the island. “The light stone will never go out of style, and the dark brown can take a beating,” she said. “The Silestone quartz countertop replicates marble and has zero maintenance. It costs a little more, but it’s a good investment,” said Dore.
6 6 This room is a replica of Dore’s daughter’s room in the family’s new house. Madeline, age 12, chose the floral pattern fabric for the chair. “It’s a throw-back to the 80s,” said Dore, who spray-painted an old chair that has now been reupholstered twice. Madeline also chose the crisp, coral wall color and neutral bedding. Jordan Price, Madeline’s acting coach at Center Stage in Louisville, Ky., provided the barn wood headboard after Dore posted a need for the material on Facebook. One of Madeline’s favorite features in the room is the bicycle handlebar and basket, between the bed and chair, which serves as magazine rack. Dore found the piece at the Urban Farmhouse Market on Frankfort Ave., also in Louisville, Ky. “It replaces a nightstand for books and magazines in a smaller room,” said Dore. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
7 As with most furnishings in the home, the grand upholstered bed is from Carriage House. “This is a bed that women love,” said Dore. “But men love it even more.” The headboard is heavy and bold; the tufts give the bed a sense of masculinity. And yet, the bed is still soft enough that draperies were not needed in the room. Instead, Dore chose plantation shutters. Neutral, linen fabrics keep the bed fresh while custom embroidered pillows of mustard yellow and linen tones rest in the center. “You can create elegance in a simple room,” said Dore. “The pillows are like jewelry for the bed!” Large, matching, clear crystal lamps, resting on bold nightstands of different styles, fit the scale of the oversized bed. Dore chose to leave the floor bare to show off the natural red oak floors that, like the bed, contradict the dark walls.
8 “The white Calacatta marble floor and counters are the stars of the show in this room,” said Dore. Set in a herringbone pattern, the marble pieces are 12” x 24”. The marble is replicated with white tile in the enclosed shower. To balance the femininity of the white marble, Dore added bronze fixtures, a more masculine finish that matches hardware throughout the home while also complimenting the many gold finishes in other rooms. A square tray ceiling was added during the construction process to showcase the chandelier. The original design included a platform with an inset tub. This revised design allows the double vanity to lead the room’s sight lines to the free-standing tub, a popular feature for both traditional and contemporary homes.
9 9 The entire lower level of the home, which walks-out to a pool, was designed around the light-weight, folding, 144” long, counter high, portable table with a rustic hardwood finish from Carriage House Interiors. “When you come down the stairs,” said Dore, “This scene sets the stage for a Kentucky country neighborhood home.” The floor is a dark brown, pre-finished wood. The cabinetry was designed by Dore and Kastelic to serve as a backdrop for the bar table. That cabinetry and stainless steel appliances from GE bookend the Damar granite countertop and art glass tile back splash in this self-sufficient kitchen. With a vision for the wall in the sitting area, Kastelic took the lead on installing the horse tack given by a fellow designer with a farm and the framed art from Carriage House Interiors.
10 Located under the stairway that leads to the lower level of the home, the Game Room is a converted playroom. “When younger kids outgrow toys, they move on to video games,” said Dore. This room is designed to provide a sanctuary for kids of all ages. “The room has its own door with a window and a doorbell,” Dore said. Ovation provided the flat-screen television. The hide, art and antlers are from Carriage House Interiors.
California Dreaming Located just outside of Louisville, this spacious home exudes a west coast vibe. BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT
1TheLocated outside of Louisville, the home features over 10,000 square feet, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. home is constructed from poured concrete on concrete slab with unusual lines and an impressive faรงade.
harles A. Osborn, Jr. wasn’t intending to live in the massive, luxurious home where he now resides. When he originally purchased the home he was more interested in the 130 acres of property that accompanied the house. The house, with over 10,000 square feet, was built by a family who eventually moved back to Hong Kong and designed by a local architect. Osborn, a principal at Norton Commons in Louisville, purchased the house and property in the early 2000s; He then developed much of the land into 26 estate lots. Previously, he and his late wife had restored an 1855 home. They found that someone was interested in purchasing the restored home, but didn’t really think the buyer would accept their price. They were surprised when the buyer did and suddenly the Osborns needed to move. Luckily Osborn’s current home was an option.
Even though Osborn’s position at Norton Commons keeps him extremely busy, he has plans to renovate some of the home. He hopes to turn the area into more of an open concept by knocking out a few walls and completely redoing the entire kitchen area. One thing that won’t change is the abundance of natural light throughout the home, courtesy of multiple large windows in almost every room. These windows bring nature into the home, providing a pleasing but stark contrast to the clean, white décor reminiscent of a Southern California mansion. “It’s very different,” says Osborn. “It’s a commercial conception with a west coast feel.”
3 2 Throughout the home, as in the dining room, the furniture is a blend of antique and new. Some of the larger pieces were manufactured onsite in the home by a Czechoslovakian furniture builder. The floors are white oak. The circular area rug mimics the circular inset holding the chandelier as well as the curved nature of the large window in this room. 3 A grand foyer welcomes guests with marble floors, a crystal chandelier and brass stair rail. Continuing with the opulence, the wall covering was created using real silk. The statues are replicas of Osbornâ€™s pet Dobermans and used to be located in his restaurant, Remingtonâ€™s.
4 In the kitchen, stainless steel appliances and Corian countertops, along with light gray walls and white cabinets provide a serene, clean space. Osborn plans to completely renovate the kitchen and open up the space to the adjoining living area. 5 Just off the kitchen, a breakfast area offers beautiful views overlooking the creek at the back of the property. 6 The formal living area is splendid in all whites and creams, including plush carpeting and comfortable furnishings. Although Osborn says he only plays a few tunes, the piano is more than an elegant ornament to the room. An abundance of windows allows for plenty of natural light to brighten the space and provides views of the lush property. 7 In the den/library, custom cherry wood paneling sets the stage for relaxation, along with a cozy fireplace and leather furniture. The wood paneling is completely glued and does not have any nails in it.
“It’s a commercial conception with a west coast feel.” -Osborn 46
8 One glance at the indoor pool and youâ€™ll feel as if youâ€™ve stepped straight into a movie. The entire room offers a resort-like feel with spectacular custom designed swimming pool featuring a waterfall and slide, as well as a Jacuzzi. The stone surrounding the pool is intended to look like volcanic rock. 9 A striking aspect of the master bedroom is the hand-painted flowers that cover the walls in the entire bedroom. Where there are not flower-covered walls, windows that cover fifty percent of the room let in an abundance of natural light.
Magic Mt. Mellick Farm Feel the
BY KIRSTEN E. SILVEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENI PARKS
The front elevation of this historic home shows its classic lines and careful use of symmetry. Situated on the banks of Elkhorn Creek, the home was built in 1787 and was originally comprised of a much smaller stone portion that is still visible from the rear. Today, the home at Mt. Mellick Farm stands at approximately 4,000 square feet and features a two-story Greek Revival brick front with a Corinthian recessed doorway that was added around 1860.
ituated near Georgetown, Mt. Mellick Farm stands as a wonderful testament to the past and promises to remain relevant for generations to come, thanks to recent renovations that restored the home’s former glory while also bringing the property into the modern era. “The homeowners have lived in Louisiana and were interested in polo,” shared principal interior designer Lynn Pedigo, who owns Pedigo Designs and helped spearhead the project. “When we began, the home was being used as an office for Kentuckiana Farm, so it needed quite a few updates to become a livable full-time residence.”
2 2 A curving stairway adorns the bright, cheerful entry of this historic Kentucky home, which displays original refinished ash floors, wallpaper that is appropriate for the period in which the home was built, antique lighting and other pieces brought from New Orleans by the homeowners. 3 Situated on the first floor near the front entryway, the home’s formal drawing room is a study in true elegance and provides an ideal place to entertain. Impressive woodwork abounds and the richly-hued green paint appears subtly layered. New lighting was strategically placed to showcase the homeowner’s extensive art collection, while the gas fireplace boasts a black and gold detailed mantle, adding an understated Empire feel to the space. 4 A blend of ancestors and favorite period paintings collected by the homeowners creates a charming vignette over this gilded cabinet topped with honed limestone in the home’s formal drawing room.
The original stone portion of the home was built around 1787 and the brick façade was added more than 70 years later in 1860. Today, the interior has retained many of its finest original features, including wonderful ash floors that have been painstakingly restored and refinished, as well as 11-foot ceilings and large rooms that are ideal for entertaining.
3 “The homeowners are very creative and have excellent taste,” shared Pedigo. “Almost all of the furnishings and light fixtures are antiques that were purchased in Louisiana, then tagged and shipped to Kentucky.” She says the home had excellent bones, which helped the renovation move along without major incident, although the ceiling had to be removed and reinforced in the first floor dining room in order to accommodate the great weight from the marble and other pieces that were added to the second floor master bath. Another twist involved the use of the two large rooms that lie opposite one another at the top of the main stairway in the second floor foyer. Instead of parceling them out into a guest and master, or some other similar and predictable use of space, the homeowners opted to make one of the expansive 18-foot by 18-foot rooms a master bedroom suite and the other a large master bath suite that is complete with a sitting area and plenty of storage. Originally known as Flournoy’s Fort, the home has been renamed Mt. Mellick Farm in a nod to one of the current owner’s Irish heritage. Still, the more than 200-year-old residence stands strong today as a landmark piece of frontier history that has managed to not only survive—but actually thrive—well into a whole new era.
5 The completely renovated kitchen expands into the original, one-and-a-half story stone portion located in the rear of the home and features original ash flooring that has been beautifully refinished, stainless steel appliances, a glass subway tile backsplash, marble countertops and custom cabinetry by Cabinets & Designs. 6 Making good use of a built-in dining room cabinet, this classic vignette is illuminated by LED lights and the back wall boasts subtle wallpaper, all to showcase this collection of antique china and silver.
7 Spiraling upward from the entryway in a sensuous curve, the beauty is in the clean lines and subtle detailing that adorns each step of this striking staircase. The tone-on-tone floral wallpaper gives a subtle nod to the period when the home was built, while the antique light fixture was installed with a state-of-theart mechanism that can easily lower it for cleaning. 8 From the second-floor landing, the entryâ€™s impressive architecture is apparent in the graceful curvature of the bannister and rounded exterior wall. Magnificent woodworking frames the view through the doorway into the master bedroom and is also visible here in the substantial baseboards. An antique game table and period lighting complete the look.
9 Situated on the opposite side of the second-floor landing, across from the master bedroom, the master bath features an expansive sitting room, two separate dressing areas, a shower with a glass wall to allow for views of the rolling Kentucky countryside beyond and sumptuous marble countertops.
10 Light and airy, the master bedroom features soothing neutral hues blended with bright pops of red and cool grey tones, along with custom recessed lighting, and a stately antique chandelier. 11 Original ash floors, decorative tile and sleek marble take center stage in this guest bath, which also features an expansive shower with custom fixtures and recessed lighting.
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470 Shawne Run An impeccable well built 6,000 SF ranch on a walk out basement with an ultra, deluxe, multi-tiered pool, nestled on 8.5 acres with gorgeous views. The house sports hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, multiple sun rooms, 1st floor owners’ suite, open floor plan, chef’s kitchen and a family kitchen, ICF steel reinforced construction. The farm offers one paddock with diamond wire mesh fencing, room for many more paddocks, oversized 3 car detached garage, and up to 8 acres additional. $575,000 Hill Parker 859-608-8039 & Brad Tune 859-396-5510
866 McMeekin Place Meticulous 4 bedroom with over 5000sq.ft. CW Warner built with recent upgrades. Rear gate to UK property (green space). Broker/agent. $1,390,000 Becky Mobley 859-321-0819
1897 Goodpaster Way A spectacular custom built, Jimmy Nash home overlooking grazing horses. Designer lighting, Brazilian hardwoods, ornate millwork, and a brick patio surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. The Gourmet kitchen offers a Sub-zero refrigerator, Wolfe cooktop, walkin pantry, and large island. This fantastic floor plan boasts three bedrooms that are all worthy of being called the Master, custom built-ins and a see through fireplace. There is even marble in the utility room. A full unfinished basement that is framed/plumbed, and third heating/cooling unit. $549,000 Hill Parker 859-608-8039
121 Concord Trail 5 Picturesque acres in a gated area. Featuring 5 bedrooms & 5.5 bath, 7695sq. feet, salt water pool, gourmet caliber kitchen, spacious rooms and much more! $975,000 Becky Mobley 859-321-0819
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681 Providence Road 4 Bedroom & 3 Bath w/custom upgrades, gorgeous kitchen, spacious owner’s suite, bonus area, 2 car garage & fenced yard. Close to UK/ Downtown/Schools! $549,000 Rick Queen 859-221-3616
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700 Providence Road 3 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath and 2 Half Baths. Hardwood floors, Updated kitchen & bathroom & spacious new Great Room . Close to Morton/Chevy Chase/UK. $399,000 Steven Wathen 859-621-3313
Outstanding 5 bedroom and 4.5 bath home in West Wind! Spacious kitchen with stainless appliances, granite. Large owner’s suite, hardwood floors & covered porch. $459,000 Rick Queen 859-221-3616
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1 The statue of Man O’ War stands proudly, greeting guests to the Kentucky Horse Park.
KENTUCKY HORSE PARK More than an equine theme park, the Kentucky Horse Park is the world’s only park dedicated to our relationship with the horse. BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
In the horse capital of the world, there is only one place you can get up close and personal with the horses: the Kentucky Horse Park. Located just 9 miles from downtown Lexington, the park offers attractions, museums, events and experiences beyond what most visitors expect. Established in 1978, the park was conceived as a people’s park, with the goal of bringing people and horses together. “People from outside the state (and even inside) knew Kentucky had a special relationship with horses, and they would come here to see them but they couldn’t get close to them,” explains Lisa Jackson, director of marketing and public relations at the Kentucky Horse Park. Thoroughbred horse farms in the area were not open to the public, and the only way to see horses was behind fences in fields or at the racetrack. “So a group of state officials and businessmen got together and created what we know today as Kentucky Horse Park,” says Jackson.
With the upcoming 100th anniversary of the birth of Man o’ War on March 29, 2017, the Kentucky Horse Park is gearing up for a year-long celebration. As part of the festivities, the park plans to restore the statue of Man o’ War on the park grounds to his original red color, as well as restore the panels that are located around the fountain. You can help return this tribute to one of thoroughbred racing’s greatest victors to full glory. Learn more at: www.khpfoundation.org/
The park operates its own daily attractions, with daily shows and opportunities to see horses up close, as well as the Hall of Champions and the International Museum of the Horse (IMH). Guests can also visit the American Saddlebred Museum, also referred to as The Showplace for Saddlebreds. This is an independent museum on the property that is included in park admission.
IF YOU GO: The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, in Lexington, onehalf mile east of I-75 off Iron Works Pike (1973) at Exit 120. Admission rates vary depending on the season. Visit www.kyhorsepark.com for more information.
2 Horses graze peacefully at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition, the park also has horse shows taking place some weekdays and every weekend from spring to fall and throughout most of the winter. “One week it could be a hunter jumper show, another week American Miniatures, and another week it could Thoroughbred rescues,” says Jackson. “We have about 200 special events and horse shows throughout the year that take place in addition to our regular daily park operation.” Two of the more well-known events at the park include the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the spring and the CP National Horse Show in the fall. Other events include numerous hunter jumper Grande Prix horse shows that are included with park admission throughout the summer. “You can have dinner at one of our hospitality tents and attend a show—it’s a great evening,” says Jackson. “Some of these hunter-jumper shows have national level competitors and you might be watching someone here that one day will be at the Olympics.” Jackson recommends that visitors look at the website (www.kyhorsepark.com) to see which events are coming up and plan their trip accordingly. The park’s “Next Day Free” admission option allows visitors to purchase an admission ticket the first day and then come back into the park the next day for free, making it easier to plan and see more. Even if you’ve already been to the Kentucky Horse Park in the past, Jackson recommends you visit again. “Visiting the park is definitely not a one time thing because there is so much to experience,” she says. “You’ll be amazed at the things you’ll learn that you didn’t know.” There’s more: The park hosts a run/walk club on Monday evenings, where visitors can run or walk through the grounds free of charge and stay to socialize and enjoy food trucks onsite. For a close-to-home getaway, stay overnight in the campground where you can enjoy amenities including the junior-Olympic sized pool and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. “We have room for family reunions, business meetings, weddings and more,” says Jackson. “And the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks our lakes, so you can come out and go fishing, too.”
3 Visitors can explore the grounds on a horse-drawn trolley.
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