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this month... 10 CREATURE COMFORTS
for the way we live!
on the cover After one of the harshest winters we can remember, flowers are a welcome sign! So is the sight of a charming table and chairs on the patio! Check out more of Paula Deen’s furniture on page 12. Turns out the Lady is more than a good cook— she loves a beautiful home! Editor-in-Chief Loreen Epp Contributing writer Dominique Waters Food writer Wendi Hiebert
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wall paint colors
wright at home with nature
from our blog green room design
green at home If you‘re in the market for new furniture, a remodel or a new home, it pays to get the scoop on the latest green advances. In honor of this month‘s Earth Day, we summarized current green trends for home.
If you‘re heading northeast this summer, consider a side trip to Fallingwater; a one-with-nature home Frank Lloyd Wright built in the 1930s, just outside Pittsburgh. Surely, this is Wright at his finest! Or you can duplicate (or just admire!) Wright‘s favorite organic colors by checking out Pittsburg® Paints‘ Fallingwater palette. The Pennsylvania-based paint company developed the color palette after working with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to repaint the home in 2006.
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Greener homes are paying off! http://bit.ly/fVGDS9
movie set design
Rare beauty, humanitarian, Hollywood royalty... Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered for many things, not the least of which was her remarkable style, on and off the silver screen.
A COLORFUL LIFE Taylor left us more than pretty pictures. Her approach to color was especially distinctive, shifting between rich classic and softly elegant palettes. Elizabeth Taylor: A Color-filled legacy http://blog.roomplanners.com/blog/home-design-furniture-and-color-tips/elizabeth-taylor-a-lady-who-knew-something-about-color
QUEEN OF THE CLASSIC Her stunning beauty made Taylor the perfect pick to play Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. But her most epic movie also reveals the colors, design motifs, furnishings and lifestyle that still inspires classic interiors today. Cleopatra: the picture of classic design http://blog.roomplanners.com/blog/movie-set-design
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royals to move into Welsh farmhouse Following a lavish wedding on April 29th, Prince William and Kate will settle into a more rustic setting near Will‘s Royal Air Force base in Anglesey, North Wales. The couple has hired Beverley Hills designer Kenneth Bordewick to help them with the makeover. The designer-to-the-stars flew to London last month to meet with William and Kate to begin work on their first home. ―They want it to be causal and contemporary; it won‘t be classical or old-fashioned at all,‖ Bordewick revealed. ―They know that the rest of their lives is going to be very traditional and want to let their hair down now with a typical young, newlywed house, This is really a stretch from what William has grown up with and they‘re excited to have a change.‖ ―Kate loves to cook so we‘re focusing on the kitchen and fitting it with large American-style appliances.‖ Bordewick also wants the master suite to be lovely for Kate. ―I like to make a woman‘s boudoir her sanctuary. It needs to be feminine, young and sexy.‖ Read the full story at: http://bit.ly/g4WCGx http://blog.roomplanners.com/blog/home-design-furniture-and-color-tips/prince-william-and-kate-hire-beverly-hills-designer-to-renovate-welsh-farmhouse
more at http://blog.roomplanners.com hotel design
bohemian chic Townhouse meets rock ‗n roll chic in the recent renovation of the Redbury Hotel in Los Angeles. The hotel‘s owner wanted a romantic, soulful and funky look and brand director, Matthew Rolston came through with more than a few bohemian touches. ―There‘s a vaguely Victorian-era English quality to many of the materials and finishes,‖ Holston says, adding that the guest room décor channels an eccentric aunt‘s boudoir. But there are industrial-era and global inspirations thrown in too. Read the full story and see more photos at: http://blog.roomplanners.com/blog/home-design-furniture-and-color-tips/bohemian-ideas-inspired-a-funky-guest-room-makeover
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for the way we really live... They cave to our creature habits, embrace technology, ignore room labels and make the most of space. Today’s creature comforts have little to do with how we should live, and everything to do with how we do live!
So here’s to those of us who don’t always eat at the kitchen table, don’t just watch TV in the living room and rarely use a desk for work. 6
Once the domain of the elderly and the back-problem-prone, adjustable mattresses have gone from not-so-cool to red hot. According to research by TempurPedic and StrategyOne, 38% of us want to incline or recline our head or feet at the touch of a button. Adjustable mattresses offer a serious return on their investment, including more comfort while watching TV, working or reading in bed... and less snoring or acid reflux. The mattress shown here features independently operated sides and four programmable memory positions.
PHOTO: Tempur-Pedic, TEMPUR Advanced Ergo Systemâ„˘
anywhere pieces Handy one-of-a-kind accent chairs, floor mirrors, curios and cabinets are helping us personalize our homes, organize our stuff and maximize our tight spaces, corners short walls, halls and foyers. Even the writing desk is making a comeback! It may not be used for scribbling love notes anymore, but this compact piece is a symbol of a compact, wireless world; perfectly sized for a laptop computer and easily placed in front of a window, in a hallway or behind a sofa. PHOTO: Hooker Furniture, Melange www.roomplanners.com APR 2011 7
benches & ottomans Once relegated to the cheap seats by the back door, benches are taking center stage and looking good! With supple fabric or leather tops, theyâ€˜ve become a must-have in the bedroom for storing extra blankets, packing a suitcase, putting on shoes or getting clutter off the floor.
Once just a place for feet, ottomans have morphed into plush places to stretch out or sit for a bit. Over-sized ottomans are even an alternative to coffee tables, offering a luxurious place to perch a tray or stretch our legs.
PHOTO: Kincaid Furniture, Alson
buffets & bars Theyâ€˜re entertainment-centric and the perfect alterative to a formal china cabinets in a home without fancy teacups or a lot of space. Buffets, servers and bars provide a handy surface for platters or a drink station. The one shown here features such as a stone top (for hot plates and easy wipe-up), extra pull-out serving counters, a built-in power outlet and shelves for bottles and stemware. PHOTO: aspenhome Furniture, Young Classics
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gathering tables Known by many names, pub tables, counter-height tables and gathering tables are a symbol of our casual lifestyles, where socializing is on par with good style and great food. Born of bars and pubs, higher-height tables are a party magnet: standing people are at the same height as sitting people, encouraging people to gather round! Perched on a bar chair, we also feel like we‘re eating out… not a bad thing with waning restaurant budgets! PHOTO: Kincaid Furniture, Highland Park
lift-top tables For those who use their sofas not just to watch TV or visit— but to eat and work too—this couch potatoworthy item is awfully handy! Look for versions with storage drawers for remote controls, coasters, magazines or home office supplies. A lift-top table is perfect for small spaces too; it can triple as a coffee table, dining table and home office! PHOTO: Martin Furniture, Bradley by Kathy Ireland
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Drexel Heritage Urban
Ok. Show of hands. Who doesn’t sit in bed with their lap-top computer, iPod or cell phone? And who doesn’t need to recharge their myriad of portable electronics at night? So it just made sense for the nightstand to become grand central for electronics and an easy way to stay powered up. Power outlets are being tucked into a drawer or under a flip-up panel on the top of the stand. No more crawling along the floor to reach a plug! PHOTO: Drexel Heritage Furniture
sectionals Seating that wraps around a room was born of 1960‘s flower children who loved to hang out in conversation pits. Today‘s sectionals feel just as likely to gather a crowd! More popular than ever, sectionals are made in a plethora of shapes, including round party-ends and modified sofas with a chaise on one side. PHOTO: Drexel Heritage Furniture
STORAGE BEDS Say good-bye to dust bunnies, monsters and plastic pull-out bins under your bed! Under-bed drawers on one or both sides offer a streamlined look and eliminate the need for a bed skirt. First inspired by ships and boats where storage was packed into every nook and cranny, storage beds have been a long-standing favorite in kidâ€˜s rooms. With homes trending smaller, storage beds are fast becoming a smart way to utilize unused space in any bedroom. PHOTO: American Drew, Tribecca
e Furniture, Fremont
No more precariously placing your TV on your bedroom dresser â€Ś or on a cheap TV cart in the living room! At a good height for TVwatching, a media chest features lower storage drawers and a flipopen top drawer to store audiovisual players. Plus it coordinates with other room pieces. Some chests, like the one shown here, include a power bar and optional top-drawer glass inserts for remote control use. PHOTO: Universal Furniture, Paula Deen Home.
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savannah style SHE’S BELOVED FOR HER COMFORT FOOD. But this southern belle knows a thing or two about creating a comfortable home, too. We sat down with Paula Deen to discuss her home in Savannah and a new line of furniture it inspired! www.roomplanners.com APR 2011 13
“This isn’t whirly, twirly furniture. It’s honest and uncomplicated …just like my cooking.” Paula Deen, restaurateur, author and Food Network star.
RP: We know you’ve got a knack for cooking. But you seem to have a love of home décor, too. What inspired you to launch your own furniture line? Paula: My kitchen has always been therapeutic for me. But so has my whole home. If you‘ve heard my story, you know that I went on a 20 year ride with agoraphobia. My whole life was whatever was taking place in my home. I loved to decorate and make things pretty around me while I was stirring my pot. When the opportunity came along to create a home collection, I immediately said yes. It was a natural progression. What inspired the designs for the line? And are some of the pieces similar to pieces in your home? Definitely, Oh, definitely. The designs are inspired by favorite pieces I‘d collected over the years; a lot of them I‘d picked up from yard sales and junk shops! So when Universal Furniture and Craftmaster‘s designers came to my house, we just had a wonderful three days together! They went back to their
PREVIOUS PAGE: Paula‘s table expands to over nine feet. Slipcovered and ladderback chairs add casual charm. OPPOSITE PAGE. Painted kitchen cabinets inspired a casual gathering table. LEFT. Captain Mike apparently does more than dock ships on the port of Savannah; the bar was named after his entertaining ways. BELOW. A comfortable mix of living room pieces invites guests to come sit a spell.
TOP. Dark wood contrasting light-colored walls and fabrics was a signature look in British Colonial design. BOTTOM. A blue-and-white color palette ties together… and tones down a zesty mix of toss
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drawing board and when they came back to me it was unbelievable. Pieces I‘d paid a lot for, they duplicated, even the finishes! It‘s exquisite. They hit my mark. How would you describe that mark… or your approach to putting your name behind a product? When my children and I started our restaurant, my thought philosophy was… Ok, sons, we want to serve the very best meals that we‘re capable of preparing for a fair price. I‘ve carried that same thought process through other legs of my business. If my friends or fans or family see anything I have, I want them to be able to have it too… and I want it be affordable. And this collection is affordable; that‘s the beauty. The styling suggests a mix of country, cottage and even classic influences. Is an eclectic style your way of creating a home that feels comfortable? I just love pieces like that that are one-ofa-kind. But I like a feeling of subtleness, too, and furniture that doesn‘t get all in your face. I wanted the styling of my furniture line to be comfortable and warm, so you‘d know immediately that it‘s not something you‘re not supposed to walk around, but you‘re supposed to use. I‘ve always wanted my home - whether I had money or whether I didn‘t, to feel like arms around you, drawing you in when you walk in the door. I think that‘s what this collection does. It makes you immediately feel comfortable. Of course, we’d assume your kitchen is your favorite room in the house? You know, when we built our new house, I said to myself... I want to show women who are building or remodeling this room that I have. It‘s my dish pantry. I want them to think about the importance of this room. It‘s as important as the laundry room. I can hardly get on my knees anymore. www.roomplanners.com APR 2011 17
PREVIOUS PAGE. “My favorite colors are an extension of God‘s colors,‖ Deen admits. Green walls, botanical prints and nature-inspired drapes and hanging pendant make the point. The base of the round pedestal table was inspired by a turned vase. ABOVE. Storing pots and pans in the open and mixing light and dark wood finishes create a casual look. So does a counter-height eating table with shelf and baskets that Deen recommends for ―potatoes, onions, salt, pepper or whatever‖.
Settees offer a way to add comfort and mix things up a bit. Mixed with accent chairs, the look is casual, personal and slightly eclectic.
“I just love furniture pieces that look one-of-a-kind. Also pieces you can drag from one room to another!”
My knees are shot from my cheerleading days! I had things that I wanted to use, but I was not going to get down on my hands and knees and pull everything out of my cabinet to get to them! All of my dishes, everything that I love, is displayed in this dish pantry and I just walk in and get things off the shelf. Do you have a favorite piece in your furniture collection? One of my favorite pieces is the Bag Lady cabinet – my goodness, with all those little drawers. The grand thing is that it can go from foyer to dining room to kitchen to living room to bedroom to bathroom. I love furniture that‘s utilitarian. I like to be to able to drag it from one room to another! Another of my favorite, favorite pieces is the big square coffee table that turns into an eating table. Here in Savannah we have a lot of carriage houses. For students living in these smaller places – it can serve as a dining room table or even a computer desk.
The Savannah poster bed with scalloped headboard and twisted posts adds elegance to a bedroom. The bed comes with low post options for the headboard or footboard. With turned legs and stretchers, a bench at the end of the bed adds more sophistication.
There‘s another table I love, love, love, too - the taller, square one with a shelf underneath. You can slip your flower arrangement under there when you‘re eating, or store your napkins, salt, pepper or sacks of potatoes and onions. I don‘t refrigerate my potatoes or my onions; they turn sweet on you. So I always need an extra place to throw a basket! What would you say is similar about your cooking style and your home style? My food is very, very unpretentious; it‘s just honest, cooking like momma did. You know, I‘m not a chef. I‘ve never been to school. I graduated Summa Cum Later from Granny‘s Paula‘s kitchen it‘s the only education I have. You know... it‘s funny, some women come to me and say I cook like you but I’m a better cook than you. I say, honey, I don‘t doubt that at all! I just happen to make my living off of my grandma‘s
A beach-inspired stripe looks sophisticated with a mix of deep brown and off-white hues. Bolster cushions feature an elegant script fabric with an Old World script. A sisal rug complements a casual coffee table with slat base, the round end table adds a mix-and-match flavor.
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“The designs are inspired by favorite pieces I collected over the years; some of them from yard sales and junk shops!” cooking! You know, wonderful memories are made in the kitchen. We all remember the time we lived in this totally safe and secure world. Our feet were under our grandmother‘s table and we knew nothing could hurt us. With my food and my furniture, I hope to bring people back to that place. This isn‘t squirly whirly, twirly furniture. It‘s honest and uncomplicated – just like my cooking. How important is a formal dining room to you? Some new homes are doing away with them. I‘ve tangled with that. Michael and I designed this huge living room – it
looks like a basketball court. I don‘t know what we were thinking! There are fireplaces at each end. On one end, I have two round tables; that‘s my dining room end. In my kitchen, I have my farmhouse table, but it was going to be my workspace, not for eating. Do you know we have not had a meal in our dining room yet! When I cooked our first meal, Michael and I said, ok, well, we‘ll just drag two chairs in here and we ate in our kitchen. A few nights later, Barry, my agent was here. I said ok, well, we‘ll just bring in one more chair. I now have eight chairs around my kitchen table! I‘ve had bankers here from New York and you know, every time I feed them around the table in my little old kitchen! I like the fact that the dining room is there, for showers and parties and things like that. But for eating, give me that kitchen.
With large louvered doors and handy drawers and shelves, this utility cabinet is designed to for any room in the house.
Do you think the role of our homes is changing in these tough economic times? I think people are nesting more. Families are reconnecting with each other and figuring out ways to have fun without leaving the house. Of course, that‘s always been my style. When I was raising my children, we didn‘t have money to go out to eat. We‘d have
BELOW. Paula‘s favorite! The Bag Lady cabinet.
friends over and we‘d have the best times. My goodness, we didn‘t know we were as poor as that church mouse. Is there something we all can do to improve our homes without spending a lot of money? I‘d say give thought to the color palette for your home. If you have a good palette, your can buy yourself four pillows and give your whole house a fresh, new look. You can mix and match and drag from one room to another to give your house a facelift without spending a lot.
entertaining is the graciousness of the host. Do you have a favorite season to cook? Michael has this grand outdoor kitchen, but my favorite time to cook is in the fall – when it‘s crisp out there. Nothing makes me happier than to put on a pot of collards and stink up the neighborhood. Since you like to collect your favorite things over time, we just have to ask— what’s the most recent thing you added to home? I just hung engravings of two crows in my bedroom. They‘re magnificent. But my designer, Carolyn Hultman, she slipped in here and got my cheerleading uniform from 1965 and she framed it – that‘s my most favorite piece.
Speaking of color palettes, how would you describe yours? If people came into my house, they‘d say oh gosh, girl, your favorite color is green. I refer to my favorite colors as God‘s colors - the blues, the greens. And your favorite way to entertain? Very casually. Ours is a blended family and it has grown, so in my dining room, we built a big banquette that separates our living and dining room. It has drawers, a refrigerator and freezer so I can set up a buffet. But you know, you can have a grand party without spending a lot of money. Some of my most beautiful flower arrangements; every drop came from my yard! We have an abundance of oyster shells here and for my class reunion here recently, we painted the backs of them gold and served hot nuts in them. The most important thing about
A laid-back, louvered day bed (with storage drawers invites a lazy afternoon nap.
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paint color ideas
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Behr #760D-5 shortgrass prairie
Behr #290E-3 classic taupe
Behr #750C-1 ivory mist
Behr #410E-3 rejuvenate
Behr #370D-5 summer field
spanish moss Behr #560E-1 little dipper
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Whatâ€™s a heart-warm home without a heartwarming meal? From her kitchen to yours, a few of Paulaâ€™s time-tested favorites...
simple southern ham and bean soup Makes 6 to 8 servings 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 1 small onion, chopped fine 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine 1-1/2 cups leftover ham, diced 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained & rinsed 4 cups low sodium chicken broth (or homemade) 1 bay leaf 4 cups fresh collard greens, cut into thin ribbons (or substitute one can of cooked collard greens) Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste 8 tbsp butter, for garnish
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, heat oil and 1 tbsp butter. Add onion, garlic, ham and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add beans, broth, bay leaf, collards, salt and pepper; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes so the flavors can develop. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with a tablespoon of butter on each serving.
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chicken and asparagus crepes Makes 4 servings 2 tbsp butter 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1/2 small onion, chopped 1/8 cup dry sherry 1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese 1 cup chopped cooked chicken 8 asparagus spears, steamed until crisp-tender Savory Crepes (recipe follows) 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add cream of mushroom soup and onion and cook for 2 minutes, Stir in sherry, fontina cheese and chicken. Cook until cheese is melted. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture down center one-third of each crepe. Place 2 asparagus spears over chicken mixture. Fold edges of crepe over filling, and place, seam side up, in prepared baking
dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Swiss cheese over crepes. Bake until cheese is melted and crepes are hot, about 10 minutes. Savory Crepes: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1-1/4 cups milk 1 egg 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp butter, melted In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg, egg yolk, and butter. Gradually add flour mixture to milk mixture, whisking until smooth. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon 2-1/2 tbsp of batter into skillet; cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Loosen crepe with a spatula, and carefully turn over. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds; transfer to plate. Repeat procedure with remaining batter, stacking crepes on a plate.
shrimp creole Makes 8 servings 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup diced green bell peppers 1/2 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced celery 1 tsp chili powder 1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 tbsp hot sauce 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp white sugar Salt and pepper, to taste 1-1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp Green onions, for garnish
Preheat crock pot on High. In frying pan, heat olive oil. Add peppers, onions and celery. Cook until softened. Add chili powder and sautĂŠ until caramelized. Remove from heat and pour into crock pot. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 hours. Add shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Serve over rice, topped with green onions.
Wilmington island marsh mud cake Makes 16 to 20 servings Cake: 1/2 cup cocoa 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted 4 eggs, beaten 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1/8 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans Frosting: 1/2 cup milk 1 (16 ounce) box light brown sugar (2-1/3 cups) 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (softened) 1/3 cup cocoa 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 (10.5 ounce or 300 g) package miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350ยบF. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Stir cocoa and butter into mixing bowl. Add eggs, flour, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat well with a mixer. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes. While cake is baking, prepare frosting. Scald milk. Beat brown sugar and butter together. Add cocoa, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Remove cake from oven when baked; sprinkle marshmallows over hot cake. Pour frosting over marshmallows.
crab cakes Makes 4 to 6 servings
Favorite dipping sauce, for serving
1 pound crabmeat, picked free of shells 1/3 cup crushed crackers (recommend Ritz) 3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 egg 1 tsp dry mustard 1 tsp salt 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp garlic powder Dash cayenne pepper 1/2 lemon, juiced Flour, for dusting 1/2 cup peanut oil
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour, peanut oil and dipping sauce. Shape into patties and dust with flour. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in skillet and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.
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Restful, soothing, natural… Mother Nature‘s favorite hue has been known to reduce anxiety and claustrophobia, increase reading speed, settle stomachs and make us happy.
But no two greens are alike in makeup or mood. Modern greens feel energizing; elegant greens cultured, traditional greens intellectual, rustic greens comfortable, organic greens calming... and so on! Each of our top green room color picks create a distinct mood! Inspired by Mother Nature herself, they’re ideal for walls, furniture and other large areas.
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