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Annapol i s HOME Vol. 5 No. 6 2014

A n n e A r u n d e l | Ea st e r n S h o re


Stunning Interiors

AHM Reviews Harry Browne’s Restaurant Award-winning Yacht Interior Holiday Revery!

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FEATURES Town & Country A country home in Trappe with a traditional flair.

Living Large on a Small Scale A couple moves from a large home to a loft and finds out that less is much more.

A New Kind of Coastal A home on the South River redefines classic coastal design.

Feeling Blue

The color “blue” makes this homeowner happy.

Alpha Yacht An award-winning Italian yacht has an interior is equipped for navigation and entertainment on a superior scale.



Publishers’ Letter


Robert’s Picks


Fine Design: My Favorite Chair


H is for Holiday: Great gifts for the season


Straight Up on Dining Out: Our critic samples cuisine from Harry Browne’s, an Annapolis mainstay.

On the Cover:


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An elegant dining room designed by Arlene Critzos of Interior Concepts.


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High Five!

Five Extraordinary Interiors. Five interiors from five designers, all different, all sure to inspire.


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Publishers’ Letter Welcome to the Interior Design Issue of AHM. We are thrilled to bring you five very different interiors designed by some of our region’s most talented designers. We contacted them and asked for recent projects and were surprised that, when you get right down to it, the word “trend” and “interior design” do not have much in common. There is no formula for a truly riveting interior, one that communicates the essence of one’s soul and reflects the hidden depths of one’s personality and history. This is a wonderful discovery. The best designers somehow manifest an environment drawn from their clients’ desires, preferences, and personal objects that have genuine meaning for them. When this all comes together, real interior design happens and is moving, it is an experience. Also in this issue, we include some ideas to enliven your home for the holidays. Once again, we found during our scouting a wealth of ideas. Leave last year’s accessories and what-nots in the drawer and delve into these new things, including making or ordering an icicle cake, sure to be a conversation starter as well as delicious. We wish you the happiest holiday season!

Kymberly Taylor & Robert Haywood Publishers

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Architectural Columnist Chip Bohl

Creative Director Ryan Gladhill

Contributing Writers Christine Fillat Manning Lee Monica Resa

Senior Designer Samantha Gladhill

Joni Zimmerman, CKD, CBD Owner and Award Winning Designer

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Contributing Photographers Angie Seckinger Christine Fillat Gwin Hunt Bob Narod Derek Jones Shawn Stratmann

Copyeditor Katie Pierce Publishers Kymberly B. Taylor Robert E. Haywood Vice Presidents, Marketing & Business Development Taryn Chase Mia Cranford

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Through its advertisements Annapolis Home strives to showcase businesses that possess a strong commitment to high standards of professional integrity and customer service. We seek advertisers who share our business philosophy. For advertising inquiries, please contact Robert Haywood at robert@annapolishomemag.com or please call 443.942.3927 Annapolis Home Magazine P.O. Box 6560, Annapolis, MD 21401 Annapolis Home is published bimonthly by Taylor Haywood Media, LLC. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without express written consent of the publishers. Publishers disclaim any and all responsibility for omissions and errors. Publishers disclaim any and all responsibility for an advertiser’s products, services, or claims. The views expressed in this magazine are solely those of the writer. All rights reserved. If you would like to be removed from the mailing list, please put your request in writing via an e-mail to robert@annapolishomemag.com. © 2014 by Taylor Haywood Media, LLC.


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There are many ways to age, but Henri Matisse offers one productive approach: keep working. Even after being diagnosed with cancer and confined to a wheelchair late in his life, Matisse continued producing his spectacular cut-outs, among the greatest works of modern art. You can see the full range of his work at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The show, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, runs through February 8. See moma.org for details.


Get ready for the holiday season. Beginning on Friday, December 5, you can buy boxwood wreaths and centerpieces at the Hammond-Hardwood House in downtown Annapolis. And then on December 7, you can enroll in a Family Greens Workshop and

Robert Haywood, Ph.D., studied art and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the Vice President of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

create a single side boxwood wreath with the guidance of experts. For more information, visit hammondharwoodhouse.org.


The Annapolis Symphony has an excellent season of concerts this year. For the holidays, the Symphony presents a Broadway Holiday with Will and Anthony Nunziata. The concert takes place on December 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. To purchase tickets, go to annapolissymphony.org.


You can enjoy an Old Fashion Eastern Shore Christmas Dinner at the historic Union United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes sliced roasted turkey, Maryland fried oysters, and much more. For more Christmas in St. Michaels events, go to christmasinstmichaels.org. Henri Matisse, Two Masks (The Tomato), 1947, cut-out, collaged gouache on paper.

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We asked three interior designers to select a favorite designer chair to share with you. Here are their selections—each different but stunning in its own way.


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Marilyn Acrylic Arm Chair Italian molded acrylic in a traditional silhouette with a mohair cushion gives any room a fresh and sophisticated feel by taking the stiffness out of a traditional setting or adding depth to a contemporary space. Mohair fabric is available in several colors.


Patrick J. Baglino, Jr. Interior Design pbaglino.com

ALEXANDRA ACCENT CHAIR The Alexandra accent chair from Hickory Chair features one of my favorite architectural motifs­— the quatrefoil. The chair is completely hand carved and may be covered in many different custom upholstery fabrics. This sophisticated chair stands as a beautiful punctuation in both contemporary and transitional settings. The graceful curves of the quatrefoil-shaped back add a lovely touch of fluidity to a room. I enjoy using this chair in a light walnut finish with an elegant silk dupioni fabric as a singular “jewel piece” in my designs.


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BRIDLED HORSE ART CHAIR This fabulous chair, called Bridled Horse, is a Kyle Bunting exclusive art chair. I have always been a huge Kyle Bunting fan, as he is commonly known for his exquisitely patterned and colorful hide rugs. His new chair collection is equally as amazing, as each chair is custom made with dyed cow hides. You come up with a design, and he will create it. Hide is extremely durable and the “hair on hide� creates such beautiful texture. Every room needs a fun accent chair and even more interesting that each is truly unique to you.


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Kelley Interior Design Town & Country By Kymberly Taylor Photography by Angie Seckinger A home built in the 1800s has a tougher time than anyone realizes. Over and over, it is loved and then abandoned, and suffers when owners have bad taste. Surely, rambunctious children and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, both experts at trampling gardens, have abused it. Kelley Proxmire’s client purchased a home such as this, a rambling vernacular farmhouse built in the 1800s in Trappe, Maryland. Over the years, the home had been remodeled and added on to; the client planned to use it as a second home, to escape the clamor of D.C. Trappe is located upon the lower portion of the Eastern Shore. It is mostly rural and very close to the ocean, a perfect spot for an artist or a recluse. Proxmire, owner of Kelley Interior Design based in Bethesda, had designed the interior of her client’s first home and was asked to help with the second. The owner wanted her Trappe residence to have furnishings and mementos from her D.C. home. There was a problem, though: The homes had two very


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different aesthetics. The shore home was casual and beachy, the northwest D.C. home, elegant and traditional. “We brought the formality of D.C. to the ‘casualness’ of the Eastern Shore,” says Proxmire. This is most evident in the home’s living room. It is nautical, with its whites leavened with blues and greens, yet it exudes a formality fostered in part by its clarity and symmetrical arrangements. Builtin shelves flank the fireplace. The furnishings, some repurposed, restuffed or remade from her D.C. home, are plush and substantial. The sofas face each other and in an old fashioned way are centered in front of the hearth, inviting conversation over coffee or apertifs. Mirrors add nineteenth-century glamour and accent pillows keep the palette lively.


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There are bits of the D.C. home throughout that are re-utilized. The table in the dining room came from the library. To give them a fresh look, Proxmire painted the chairs white. The silver and china displays are family heirlooms from her grandmother. The art in the living room and kitchen are also from the client’s home in D.C. Brisk splashes or orange wake up almost every room. The shade is inspired by the large bright orange sign that says “Peaches.� This also came from the D.C. home. It seems to have found its proper place, here on the shore, where peaches are synonymous with summer and often sold in roadside stands. Initially inspired by a pair of orange lamps, Proxmire incorporated many orange accents into the D.C. living room. Orange remains a favorite shade in Trappe as well. The total transformation of

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the Trappe home was the catalyst for the owner deciding to move there. “My client liked the home so much that she said, ‘I want to live in Trappe.’ So she sold her D.C. home quickly for a nice price and lives here full time.” This gave Proxmire a chance to build upon the original concept and incorporate even more D.C. furnishings into the home, which the owner appreciates. In Trappe, there is town and country; sophistication and fresh air. And, this house is really happy. AH Resources: Kelley Interior Design: kelleyinteriordesign.com


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Farnady Interiors Living Large on a Small Scale By Manning Lee Photography by Gwin Hunt Mary-Beth and Bruce Phillips dreamed of simplifying their lives and leaving it all behind. Unlike most of us, they turned this fantasy into reality. They sold everything, including their seven-bedroom Victorian home in Westfield, New Jersey, and moved into a 1,400 square foot, two-bedroom condo overlooking Annapolis Harbor. “We sold all of our antiques, furniture, and treasures gathered over our lifetime and moved to Annapolis with only our two chairs and our crystal,� says Mary-Beth. The two-story loft condominium was just right for downsizing. However, its floor plan was slightly outdated, with the feel of the 1960s, and in need of revival.

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With an eye for design and a charismatic energy, Mary-Beth, a floral designer by trade, dove into the project. For help, she turned to a team of professionals: Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal of Purple Cherry Architects, Katalin Farnady of Farnady Interiors, and Andy Apter of Apter Remodeling/Craftsman. Purple Cherry felt limited by the width of the condominium. The height of the two-story loft and the original, outdated winding staircase made the space uncomfortable. Her solution was to enclose the loft and redesign the staircase, creating an even flow of open space downstairs and maximizing the condominium’s overall floor area. Upstairs, Purple Cherry divided the space in two by creating a floating wall. On one side of the wall is the bedroom, and on the other side an office. The floating wall brings the bed forward and closer to the window. The move ensures glorious views and that Mary-Beth and Bruce wake up to the ever-changing scenes of the harbor. The sleeping area is compact, but the space is designed cleverly for both efficiency and ease. The built-in shelves on either side of the bed, the lighting by Tolomeo, and the pullout bedside drawers are smart and practical. On the wall is an unexpected splash of color by Barbara Becker.

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On the other side of the wall is a just enough space for a condensed yet fully functioning office. Farnady and Mary-Beth chose sectional desks by Ballard and Storheim, with chairs covered in a durable pear fabric. The Schumacher pear checkered ottoman is the finishing touch, adding a whimsical twist and final polish to the room. Farnady explains, “What I appreciate about working with smaller spaces is the necessity and the ability to pay close attention to the detail.” Nowhere is attention to detail more apparent than in the charming yellow and black guest suite. The built-in dresser and floor to ceiling window treatments create the illusion of space. The bold movement in the wallpaper by Maija Louekari for Marimekko coupled with the pattern in the carpet introduce drama, heightened by the room’s intimate dimensions. Once in a while throughout the design’s six-month process, Mary-Beth’s charisma and Farnady’s desire to think outside of the box created a dissonant harmony. They light-heartedly agree that there was a pushing of the envelope between the two of them. They also agree that their tension proved productive and propelled the project to the next level. The living room is sophisticated, almost seamless, and comes together with the feel of a fine Chanel black patent leather handbag. One’s eye is quickly drawn to the balcony that overlooks the harbor and then captured by stairs built by builder Andy Apter. The stairs and sculptural railing by Frog Valley Forge elegantly frames the room, setting the stage for a warm, but classic modern drama. Continuing the play are highlights composed of contrasting blacks and shades of yellows. The curtains by Sew Beautiful are sewn with golden silk threads that seem to bounce light from the harbor throughout the room. Though space is a commodity, with the creativity of Katalin Farnady, Cathy Purple Cherry, Andy Apter and other professionals, the home has been reborn. Every cubic inch of the condominium’s floor space flows very comfortably. It proves quite unexpectedly that one can live large on a small scale. AH

Resources: Catherine Purple Cherry Architects: purplecherry.com Katalin Farnady Interiors: farnadyinteriors.com Andy Apter Remodeling/Craftsman: apterremodeling.com


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ttrsir.com/id/RN5Z8D | $2,795,000 Charming, traditional treasure on beautifully-landscaped lot with mature trees. Master bedroom on first floor, family room off gourmet kitchen, first floor office, 3 bedrooms and loft upstairs, wine cellar and exercise room on lower walkout level, two screened porches with cathedral ceilings, large garage, irrigation system and garden shed.


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Interior Concepts A New Kind of Coastal By Kymberly Taylor Photography by Bob Narod When it came to furnishing her 10,000+ square-foot new home on the South River in Annapolis and integrating treasures from world travels, owner Chris Ventura discovered that good interior design is much more than a clever arrangement of furniture. After working with Arlene Critzos for many months, Ventura reflects, “I was looking for her help to make it fabulous, but found out something even more valuable . . . she looked at the plans and saw them from an entirely different perspective. She asked me, ‘How is it going to feel? How are you going to use the space?’ Or said stuff like, ‘this foyer has no sense of entry!’” Ventura learned from Critzos, founder and president of the Annapolis-based Interior Concepts, that exceptional interior design has no formula. Rather, it is about manifesting beauty from the odd bits and quirky materials that make up a life, conjuring an atmosphere where orchids, river stones, and elephants cohabitate, fashioning a home that makes one’s husband happy.

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“My husband had been to Morocco when we were dating, picked up this crappy, dumpy Moroccan musket, and dragged it around in the basements of my homes for two decades. I was showing Arlene this, and said, ‘I am assuming this goes to the dump and she said, ‘Oh no.’ So, the musket is center stage over the lion. She made an instant friend of my husband.” In this informal fashion, floor by floor, relic by relic, Critzos and Ventura shaped a décor that breaks with classic Chesapeake coastal design, defined loosely by lightweight fabrics, crisp whites, vibrant colors, and nautical blues. Critzos introduces a new kind of coastal, a design centered around water but composed of complex earth tones, the warmer hues and moods of foreign seas and shores. Critzos’ challenge was to unite disparate geographies, time zones, and personal histories. There are artifacts from Bali in the music and dining room; the Steinway baby grand was from a previous rental home; the chandelier in the dining room is from Ireland. “There’s a traditional look in the chandeliers, a contemporary look in the kitchen. Critzos chose a look in the dining room that bridged the rooms perfectly,” notes Ventura. While the entire home references the spirit of water, the lower level reflects the geography of the Sahara. “It was kind of the nature of the theme. We went on several safaris; we went to game reserves, to Botswana, Cape Town, and throughout South Africa. The thrill of the whole time was spent on land rovers and finding animals in all different places with our two kids,” recalls Ventura. To pay homage to many safaris, Critzos and senior residential manager Joyce Pearl chose large sage green tiles imprinted with elephant and acacia trees as well as smaller accent tiles with giraffes, gorillas, and lions. Ventura took over 2,500 photographs. A selection has been framed and covers an entire wall. “The Africa wall has morphed into a world wall, a multi-adventure wall. It all blends,” says Ventura. Here you’ll find carved wooden masks from completely different places, from Masai mara in Africa, and villages in Fiji. There are sea treasures from scuba dives in Australia, a boomerang from Indonesia, a handmade sword. There is even a didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago. Only the bar presented a problem. The wall behind it was bare so Critzos and Pearl came up with the idea of a spectacular elephant-filled mural that wraps around the room. “The mural creates movement and gets your attention, as does the texture of the stone and tiles. We chose textures to feel like the earth,” says Critzos. Ventura’s favorite room is the conservatory where she grows roses, gardenias, African violets, and orchids. An avid gardener, she carries on the tradition of her father, who was a professional plant exhibitor in the 1960s. Orchids grow inside pots inserted neatly into cast iron rings attached to a custom-made wall trellis. Its floral, lyrical composition and itinerate blooms connect the Ventura’s Annapolis home to their home in Maui, which is also on the water, light filled, with thirty rose bushes and countless orchids. (Their Annapolis home has seventy-five.) The best part of this room may be the floor, which is composed of river stones. Lighter pebbles form a meandering stream begins at the entrance and ends at the granite sink. Similar streams of life and currents of creativity recreate the meaning of “flow” in this home. One is swiftly carried every which way—to the giant elephant mural, into the graceful arms of an amber chair, to a kitchen island with glistening tiles. Critzos notes that she is asked often to incorporate artworks and objects into a single room. This project, though larger, was not that different, she says. She merely went global, and integrated the wide world into a singe house. AH

Photo by Victoria Cooper


Resources: Arlene Critzos, Interior Concepts, Inc.: interiorconceptsinc.com Kitchen Design, Joni Zimmerman, Design Solutions, Inc.: dsikitchens.com Winchester Construction: winchesterconstruction.net Atlas Marble & Tile: atlastile.com Barks Road Landscape Architecture: barksroad.com Metal Work, Cardine Studios: cardinestudios.com



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Karen RenĂŠe Interior Design Feeling Blue By Monica Resa | Photography by Shawn Stratmann Shawn Strattman loves the nuances of the turn of the century colonial she shares with her husband, David, their two daughters, and pets. The uneven, wooden floors. The walls layered in vintage paper. The gargantuan, red barn that sits out back, a reminder that in the early 1900s this house and land were a four-acre working dairy farm in rural Ellicott City.

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In 1997, when the family added a great room, their intention was to make it look original to the home. To assist them, they hired designer Stephanie Simmons of Karen Renée Interior Design to bring the space full circle. “The room was painted in earthy tones of reds and yellows,” expresses Strattman, “but these didn’t feel authentic to who I am.” She longed for blue. “It’s my favorite color and in almost every other room of my house.” The goal for Simmons was not only to incorporate Strattman’s love of blues, but also speak to her desire for a lighter and brighter farmhouse feel. “This project was special to me,” notes Simmons, “because I live in a home built in 1911 and appreciate the architectural detail, character, and history of older homes.” Besides appeal to Strattman’s aesthetic, the new room had to blend seamlessly with the rest of the house and incorporate separate but compatible dining, working, and entertaining and relaxing areas, all the while maintaining loyalty to its farmhouse roots. Simmons’ design combines various elements to do just that. First, re-milled vintage wood boards, painted in a crisp white along the fireplace wall, create textural interest and provide contrast to the grey and brown stone. Second, symmetry is restored by flanking the fireplace wall with trendy weathered wood consoles and relocating the paintings of David’s sister, which once hung on the wall above the television, to the mantel where they settle in as a focal point. Next, Simmons addressed the upholstered pieces, where she and Strattman collaborated extensively to find the ideal pairing of new and old. The color palette for the entire space began with the intricate, kaleidoscope pattern on the back of the desk chair and continued onto the throw pillows. “This was our jumping off point,” both ladies exclaim.

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Simmons stayed true to the trend of “grey as the new beige” in the dark grey herringbone sofa. With the chairs, she added a touch of sophistication with a linen-like fabric of gold and blue stripes against a rustic cream. The geometric patterns on the stool, dining bench, and accessory pillows add an abstract, modern element and update the space. The room receives natural lighting on all three outer walls and from the adjacent, spacious kitchen. Recessed lights are offset by wall sconces and the large rustic chandelier. The light bounces off the Edgecomb Gray (Benjamin Moore) painted walls as well as the Bavarian Crème (Benjamin Moore) fireplace wall. White sheer curtains are purposefully used to draw the eye to the outdoors. “The trendiness in the room selections becomes timeless with the use of darker wood pieces Strattman possessed along with the subtle mix of purchased and personal art work, trinkets, and collectibles,” shares Simmons, who was awarded an honorable mention in the ASID Maryland Design Competition for this project. “To anyone else this might just look like a well-designed room, but I’m surrounded by things I love,” reflects Strattman. “This room is a collection of beloved memories.” It’s finally a space that reveals the priorities and personality of her family. Feeling blue never felt so good. AH Resources: Stephanie Simmons, Karen Renée Interior Design, Inc.: karenreneeinteriors.com

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2015 is less than three months away. Fall is the time when investors look for ways to lower their taxes and make some financial changes. This is an ideal time to schedule a meeting with a financial, tax or estate planning professional. How do economists see next year unfolding?

Morningstar sees 2.0-2.5% GDP for the U.S. for 2015, with housing, export growth, wage growth, very low interest rates and continuing vitality of energydependent industries as key support factors. It sees the jobless rate in a 5.4-5.7% range and annualized inflation running between 1.8-2.0%. Fitch is far more optimistic, envisioning U.S. GDP at 3.1% for 2015 compared to 1.3% for the eurozone and Japan. (Fitch projects China’s economy slowing to 6.8% growth next year as India’s GDP improves dramatically to 6.5%). 1,2 The Wall Street Journal’s Ecomomic Forecasting Survey projects America’s GDP at 2.8% for both 2015 and 2016 and sees slightly higher inflation for 2015 than Morningstar (with the CPI rising at an annualized 2.02.2%). The Journal has the jobless rate at 5.9% by the end of this year and at 5.5% by December 2015. 3 The WSJ numbers roughly correspond to the Federal Reserve’s outlook: the Fed sees 2.6-3.0% growth and 5.4-5.6% unemployment next year. A National Association for Business Economics (NABE) poll projects 2015 GDP of 2.9% with the Jobless rate at 5.6% by next December. 4

What might happen with interest rates?

In the Journal’s consensus forecast, the federal funds rate will hit 0.47% by June 2015 and 1.17% by December 2015. NABE’s forecast merely projects it at 0.845% as next year concludes. That contrasts with Fed officials, who see it in the range of 1.25-1.50% at the end of 2015. 3,4

Speaking of interest rates, here is the WSJ consensus projection for the 10-year Treasury yield: 3.24% by next June, then 3.58% by the end of 2015. The latest WSJ survey also sees U.S. home prices rising 3.3% for 2015 and NYMEX crude at $93.67 a barrel by the end of next year. 3

participants in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is $17,000for 2014, with a $5,500 catch-up contribution allowed for those 50 and older. (The IRS usually sets next year’s contribution levels for these plans in late October). 5

Should you go Roth in 2015? If you have a long time horizon to let your IRA grow, have the funds to pay the tax on the conversion, and want your heirs to inherit tax-free distributions from your IRA, it may be worth it. Are you thinking about an IRA rollover? You

should know about IRS Notice 2014-54, which lets taxpayers make “split” IRA rollovers of employer-sponsored retirement plan assets under more favorable tax conditions. If you have a workplace retirement account with a mix of pre-tax and after-tax dollars in it, you can now roll the pre-tax funds into a traditional IRA and the after-tax funds into a Roth IRA and have it all count as one distribution rather than two. Also, the IRS is dropping the pro-rated tax treatment of such rollover amounts. (Under the old rules, if you were in a qualified retirement plan and rolled $80,000 in pre-tax dollars into a Roth IRA, 80% of the dollars going into the Roth would be taxed under the pro-rated formula). The tax liability that previously went with such “split” distributions has been eliminated. The new rules on this take effect January 1, but IRS guidence indicates that taxpayers may apply the rules to rollovers made as early as September 18, 2014. 6

Can you harvest portfolio loss before 2015? Through tax loss harvesting—dumping the losers

in your portfolio—you can claim losses equaling any capital gains recognized in a tax year, and you can claim up to $3,000 in additioal losses beyond that, which can offset dividend, interest and wage income. If your losses exceed that limit, they can be carried over into future years. It is a good idea to do this before December, as that will give you the necessary 30 days to repurchase any shares should you wish. 7

Should you wait on a major financial move until 2015? Is there a chance that your 2014

taxable income could jump as a consequence of exercising a stock option, receiving a bonus at work, or accepting a lump sum payout? Are you thinking about buying new trucks or cars for your company, or buying a building? The same caution applies to capital investments.

Look at tax efficiency in your portfolio.

You may want to put income-producing investments inside an IRA, for example, and direct investments with lesser tax implications into brokerage accounts.

Finally, do you need to change your withholding status? If major change has come

to your personal or financial life, it might be time. If you have married or divorced, if a family member has passed away, if you are self-employed now or have landed a much higher-salaried job, or if you either pay a lot of tax or get unusually large IRS or state refunds, review your current withholding with your tax preparer. Citations: 1 - news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=666682&SR =Yahoo [9/29/14] 2 - 247wallst.com/economy/2014/09/30/downside-risks-to-global -gdp-growth/ [9/30/14] 3 - projects.wsj.com/econforecast [9/30/14] 4 - blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/29/business-economicssee-lower-interest-rates-than-the-fed-sees-in-late-2015/ [9/29/14] 5 - shrm.org/hrdisciplines/benefits/articles/pages/2014-irs-401kcontribution-limits.aspx [11/1/13] 6 - lifehealthpro.com/2014/09/30/irs-blesses-split-401k-rollovers [9/30/14] 7 - dailyfinance.com/2013/09/09/tax-loss-selling-dont-waitdecember-dump-losers/ [9/9/13]

Can you put a little more into your IRA or workplace retirement plan? You may put up

to $5,500 into a tradional or Roth IRA for 2014 and up to $6,500 if you are 50 or older this year, assuming your income levels allow you to do so. (Or you can spread that maximum contribution across more than one IRA). Traditional IRA contributions are taxdeductible to varying degree. The contribution limit for

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