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I N S PI R ATI O N S 14 M O O D B OA R D Staying light and breezy

16 SUCCULENT SUCCESS Locals share best practices for care

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Home products in every shade

EN T H U SIASTS 2 2 P E TA L P U S H E R FA R M S Flower-picking fans Jerí and Matt Irby

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Alejandra Santillan goes beyond the blanket

26 C O L D B U T T E R S T U D I O Jess Chamberlain’s ceramic story

GAT H ERI N GS 56 SUMMER SETTING A simply sunny tabletop

5 8 M E LO N , T WO WAYS Sweet or savory, you decide

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ike all good romances, summer is full of promises. More sunlight, longer days, picnics and parties, grills aglow and fireflies. While the outdoors call us to swimming pools and sunset celebrations, the inside of our home becomes a refuge. For this summer season, we found bright colors and bright light to be our inspiration. Color-saturated living spaces with natural light spilling in from the outdoors are found in both home features. For a fun weekend activity (or your next summer soiree), read about where you can hand-pick gorgeous flowers at a local flower farm or explore farmers markets throughout the metro. Putting those two things together in “Gatherings,” we’ve set the table with seasonal blooms and melons that create a sunny scene, like something out of a dream. There’s wisdom to glean from local experts on growing succulents and staging the perfect picnic. Learn about both summer pastimes from our “Enthusiasts.” In this issue, you’ll also find some accessories for the home in different hues of blue and a beautiful poolside scene to inspire you to stay cool, even in the summer heat. Whether you are lounging by the pool or in the shade of a tree, or maybe in the cool comfort of your home, we hope you find inspiration here for your living spaces — and that as summer stretches over the 405, you can fully appreciate this luminous season.

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BREEZY ACCENTS Bring an air of lightness home BY S A R A GA E WAT E R S P H OTO BY CA R L I E C O N O M Y

B L A Z I N G H OT S U M M E R days inspire us — or drive us— to cool hues, soft fabrics and smooth tiles. These flowing trims, light blue and soft green paint colors, florals and checks all push the mood to light, breezy days and easy living. Small changes to your home can make all the difference. Bringing in blue hydrangeas for the table, changing to a linen bed covering for the summer season or painting your walls a gorgeous glass slipper blue are simple ways you can make things extra light and refreshing.

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SUCCULENT SUCCESS No need to be prickly about care for these plants BY G R E G H O R TO N

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ocal gardening experts say there is an art and a science to making your spring pots pop with color and design, and they have tips for you based on their Oklahoma-grown experience. Succulents are the house cats of the plant world: They don’t need a ton of attention, but what attention they do require is critical to their thriving. And — just as with cats — unhelpful generalizations abound, including the idea that all succulents love direct sunlight, or that a few drops of water will suffice, as if all succulents come from the Gobi Desert. Christina Carter, co-owner of Plant People, 1212 N. Hudson Ave. in Midtown, said that it’s true all succulents need sunlight,

but there are caveats. “Some succulents need more sunlight or warmth than others,” she said. “Many succulents thrive in a place where they will get six to eight hours of sunlight a day, but it’s not recommended to expose your succulents to full sun in temperatures above 90°F to avoid doing damage to their leaves and root system.” As with any plant, the best advice is to get the specific care requirements for each variety you purchase. Carter says keeping in mind that care requirements are not “one

PLANT PEOPLE

The ever-popular echeveria, from Plant People


Succulents are the house cats of the plant world: They don’t need a ton of attention, but what attention they do require is critical to

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size fits all” is important for success with these hardy plants. “There are many factors to consider, including the type of succulents, the type of pot and soil, how hot and sunny your location is and whether the plants are outside or kept inside alone with your houseplants,” she said. Knowing whom to trust is important. Local plant stores can save you time and money, and they’re more accountable than random websites. That being said, YouTube channel Succulents and Sunshine has a large, active following, and offers stellar advice for no charge. For amateurs, it recommends starting with something that works well indoors, like a zebra plant or snake plant. Jen Semmler, who owns The Plant Shoppe at 835 W. Sheridan Ave., said echeverias do not do well outside typically, but she loves them indoors, noting that they need some outdoor light. “Some succulents can live fully indoors, and we love haworthias,” Semmler said. “Jades do well inside, and my favorite — California sunset — only needs a well-lit room indoors. You basically want the most amount of sunlight without direct sunlight. String or trailing succulents, like string of pearls or string of bananas, are also great choices for indoors.” One of the primary issues for Oklahomans raising succulents is our wide temperature swings. Succulents don’t thrive across a

Plant Shoppe pots contain a pleasing mix of textures.

wide range of temps, but some are hardier than others. “Succulents tend to prefer a temperate climate ranging from 60 to 80°F,” Carter said. “Some can tolerate temperatures as low as 40°F or as high as 90°F. High temperatures in the range of 80°F to 90°F can sometimes help maintain the deep colors for many succulents, especially for soft succulents.” As for watering, Carter recommends not watering on a set schedule. “Water your succulents when the soil is completely dry. Watering on a set schedule doesn’t always work out, especially if your succulents aren’t in a pot with drainage. If the soil has shrunk from the sides of the pot and become hard, you have waited too long.” We asked Carter for some quick do’s and don’ts in succulent care:

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• Use well-draining succulent/cactus soil. • Research the watering needs of your particular succulents, since it can vary. • Be patient. It’s okay if it takes a loss of a couple of succulents to gain some experience. DON’Ts

• Never use regular potting soil by itself. Non-organic materials must be added so that it doesn’t retain too much water. • Succulents don’t need misting. They aren’t ferns! • Don’t use fertilizer too often or any that’s high in nitrogen. Excess nitrogen causes plants to grow fast, but makes them vulnerable to common pests. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME 17


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ME Home’s “Daydream” giclée, set in a simple gilded float frame, evokes the calm of a peaceful day at the beach. mehomecollection.com

P R O D U CT S

This linen-wrapped Ming-style cocktail table in commodore blue can be ordered from Hive Palm Beach. hivepalmbeach.com

For the cooking enthusiast with truly good taste, this La Cornue CornuFé range in Provence blue is available through Culinary Kitchen & Home. culinarykitchen.com

WHERE SKY MEETS SEA Products that bring us into the blue BY G R E TC H E N L E I G H C L A R K

Boost your mood and style at home this summer with nature’s favorite color. From sky to sea, various shades of blue create a sense of calmness and serenity in our surroundings. Azure, cerulean, sapphire, navy … whatever shade of blue is for you, we hope you find something you love in this roundup of pretty blue pieces.

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The beautiful mix of blues in Mister Robert’s Avalon ceramic lamp would make an elegant statement in any room. misterrobert.com

A lovely pair of antique French benches from Scissortail Marketplace have that je ne sais quoi in indigo blue velvet. scissortailmarketplace.com

Recycled glass beads from OKC’s eclectic home boutique Live Boho are a styling staple. shopliveboho.com

This handblocked pomegranate tablecloth from Fanny Bolen’s Buzz is a great foundation for indoor or outdoor entertaining. buzzbybebe.com


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to unique designs with customers. My feeling is I want the homeowners to be happy and be able to enjoy their outdoor space.”

“Whether it be a brand new build or updating an existing build, I enjoy each step of the process,” he said. “I have built simple designs

Melott advises clients who are considering hiring a builder to find a company that can manage all aspects

of the project, be licensed and insured and provide quality work. “Communication should always be clear with the company to have a successful project,” he said. “It’s also important to look for local, small businesses in OKC.”

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Jerí and Matt Irby of Petal Pusher Farms

A FARM IS BORN Petal Pusher Farms is a top pick for plucking native stems BY A D I M C CA S L A N D P H OTO S BY R AC H E L M AU C I E R I

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hen a forester and a soil scientist marry, a thriving farm is all but inevitable. It was 2017 when Jerí Irby, a forester, and her husband, Matt, a soil-scientist-turned-attorney, purchased the land they were leasing in Purcell to start Petal Pusher Farms, a sustainable flower farm with an ironic name. Blooms this brilliant needn’t be pushed onto anyone. “He knew everything about the soil, and I know about the plants, so we joined our expertise to grow some beautiful f lowers. It’s really just a side hustle,” Jerí Irby said with a smile, “but it’s a pretty successful one.” Quick ticket sales to their summer events demonstrate this as an inarguable truth, and it all started with letting a few people come pick their own flowers.

SUMMER EVENTS For a hands-on experience, register for one of these events offered July through September: • Summer Evening U Picks offer a stunning opportunity to browse the farm, cutting flowers you fancy while enjoying the peaceful country sounds. • Floral Design Classes are an educational and fun way to spend an evening, learning to make your own exquisite arrangements. • Date Nights on the farm will make you swoon, as you and your partner pick your favorite flowers and then enjoy an evening under the stars with charcuterie by Graze OKC and live music by Grant Scowden. To ensure people have room to roam, ticket sales are limited — and go quickly. Visit petalpusherfarms.com for details.

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“We were developing the farm and had some people out to cut flowers and make their own bouquets,” Irby explained. Much like the crops they were cultivating, the concept just kept growing. What makes Petal Pusher Farms worth the drive to Purcell? Aside from visual splendor, the Irbys are committed to sustainability and longevity. “Probably less than 15 percent of all flowers are grown locally, leaving a huge environmental footprint from the floral industry across our state,” she said. “There’s less of an impact when you purchase flowers grown down the road.” Couple this with a focus on seasonal crops and refusal to use chemicals, and Petal Pusher’s flowers — already more vibrant — tend to last longer. “A freshly grown native zinnia can last seven to 14 days, as opposed to the

two days you might get from a grocery store flower,” Irby said. Unsurprisingly, soil health is key to all plant life, and keeping soil healthy is year-round work. If a field is not being used, the Irbys plant cover crops to keep the soil fertile for the next growing season. “We use a green manure mix with winter wheat, barley and nitrogenfixing legumes, but we never let it go to seed head. We just want the green parts so the tractor can chomp it up and add it back to the soil as fertilizer,” she said. Ladybugs are their preferred pest control tool. With such deliberate focus on natural farming practices, and such exquisite results, it only makes sense that Petal Pusher Farms would offer a Flower Share program. Modeled after traditional Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), individuals have three seasonal options from which to choose and bring the best of the blooms home to enjoy. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME 23


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Poolside picnicking bliss, courtesy of The Picnic Project

THE MAGIC TOUCH The Picnic Project sets up a feast for the senses BY M E L I S S A M E R C E R H O W E L L P H OTO BY M A D ELY N G R AC E P H OTO G R A P H Y

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ool breezes, green foliage and sun-drenched settings add a lively, immersive sensory experience to outdoor gatherings. And when it all comes together, it can be magic. Alejandra Santillan knows a lot about making things come together. As proprietor of The Picnic Project, Santillan’s work has been called stunning, artistic — and, yes, magical. The company, now in its second year, provides linens, tableware, tables, seating and décor for outdoor events of up to 20 guests. Catering is contracted separately. She says she

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works with clients to achieve a luxury aesthetic that is tailored to their taste and needs. “I try to switch it up … change little things,” she said. “I’ve never been a huge fan of large parties. I want my clients to feel this is an exclusive thing, something they don’t have to share with anyone else.” A dental assistant by training, Santillan, like many, took a new occupational direction during the early months of the pandemic. “It really came easy,” she said. “I was seeing others becoming self-employed. I found that the need was there, and it was just easy.” And it’s been a rewarding change on a number of levels. “It’s the enthusiasm of being my own boss, the excitement I feel from clients and the artistic [aspect]. I think I’ve always had a passion for art. I just didn’t think I could make a living at it,” she said. The only drawback, according to Santillan, is the physical nature of the business. “It’s physically a lot of work. You’re building a whole setup; carrying everything to and from the event. The outcome is beautiful,

but people don’t see the work that goes into it,” she said. The work Santillan puts into a picnic and her ability to adapt to specific needs is what led Amy Cook Fisher, director of new client setup at Oklahoma City-based Paycom, to hire The Picnic Project for a gathering at her home. “She tailors everything. We loved their ability to accommodate the numbers and the variety of color options,” Fisher said. “It was the perfect evening. Everybody enjoyed it. Everybody was fascinated with the concept. It’s been seen in California. It took a bit to get here in Oklahoma.” For now, Santillan is extra busy with the added business that warmer temperatures bring. She has toyed with the idea of partnering with event planners to expand the business, but says she would miss the hands-on aspect of her work. “When I walk away and I see people come together at the table and start eating and people say, ‘Let’s get a picture of it’ … that’s the most exciting thing for me,” she said. A picture-perfect picnic. Magical indeed.


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HIP TO BE SQUARE Jess Chamberlain lays out her Cold Butter Studio story in tiles BY A D I M C CA S L A N D P H OTO S BY C H A R L I E N E U E N S C H WA N D E R

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orn out of the pandemic, tiles are a second act for Jess Chamberlain. “I feel like I’ve lived several lives already,” she mused. “We’d been flipping houses — still do — and vintage Land Rovers. I was looking for what to do next, so my husband, kids and I moved to Italy for three months.” After returning stateside for some time in Boise and San Diego, the Chamberlain family relocated back to Oklahoma City … on the day of the COVID-19 quarantine emergency order. A coincidence of unexpected value, as she found herself with the opportunity to start anew. “In another life, I would paint tiles in Morocco; why am I not seizing the moment?” she pondered. And so she did. She’s not in Morocco, but she seized, nonetheless. With one eye on her past and one on her clay-covered future, Cold Butter Studio was born. “The name came from me making scones and biscuits with my kids. We joke that the secret ingredient is cold butter,” Chamberlain said. “The blocks of clay that I use for the tile look like big sticks of butter before they are shaped and fired in the kiln, so it seemed like a perfect fit.” Creativity is often a team effort in Chamberlain’s studio. “My husband is great on the pottery wheel. He’ll throw bowls and cups, and I glaze them, so we’ve created this small housewares line out of it — unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.” She also works with a welder to create unparalleled furniture pieces. A quick scroll through Cold Butter’s Instagram (@coldbutterstudio) will showcase an array of their collaborations, brilliant in both color and concept. When asked if the art she enjoys


LEFT: Chamberlain says she knows her work is complete when individual tiles speak together as a larger piece. BELOW LEFT: Sketches show the shapes and colors in various tile patterns. BELOW RIGHT: At Cold Butter Studio, Chamberlain paints every tile by hand.

and the art she produces align, her answer is a quick, definitive “Yep.” “The art I’m drawn to is always so colorful. I just got tired of seeing so many neutrals because it felt like the personal touch was lost,” Chamberlain said. “I like eccentric art. Hand-drawn. Imperfect touches.” Those imperfect touches are stunning symbols of a small-batch creator’s character. They are representative of an artist who is, first and

foremost, driven by her vision, and trusting the sales to follow. Chamberlain had a closeup view of that expressive and undemanding way of life — one notably devoid of mass consumerism — in 2017 while on a drive from Paris, France, to Palermo, Italy. “That slower way of life was [an] inspiration. So many people there have a craft: They bake bread, they make things. And they’ve been doing these things forever, which

inspired me to find that thing that I could do long term — that thing that I would really love and would be a part of my family’s story,” she said. George Eliot once said that it’s never too late to be what you might have been, and Chamberlain is embracing her role as a creator. She is an artist in pursuit of her soul goal. A visual storyteller. A woman leaving a legacy, one hand-painted tile at a time. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME 27


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A HOME THAT

READS ‘HAPPY’

BRILLIANT, LIGHT-FILLED DESIGNS TO DELIGHT

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hen Jackie and Doug Johnson decided to build their new home in northeast Edmond, they had one primary request for their designer, Sara Crooks. “I want to walk into this house and just read ‘happy,’” Jackie Johnson said, noting an affinity for color. “I want people to smile.” The Johnsons moved into their new house in 2020. Today, the light and cheery home is full of life and energy. Sounds of family gatherings, Bible studies and dogs they work with a nonprofit to train resonate throughout. The Johnsons have a son, a daughter and four grandchildren, ranging from nine months to nine years in age. They pick up the older two grandchildren every day after school. The grandchildren have their own room with bunk beds and an upstairs loft area overlooking the living room that the Johnsons developed in what started as an afterthought; it is accessible by a secret spiral staircase in the garage and includes a tumbling mat, reading nooks and more. ABOVE: This funky lamp, Crunchberry by Stray Dog Designs, is crafted from papier-mache. LEFT: Sara Crooks partnered with contractor Doug Poff and trim carpenter Eric Adams to design the built-in vanity in the primary bathroom.

“We built this house so we can have fellowship in it,” Jackie Johnson said. “God built this house. There’s no other explanation.” Working with architect Jim Hassenbeck, building contractor Doug Poff and Crooks, the Johnsons built their new home in the Prairie at Post addition at Post and Danforth near Arcadia, just north of what was Tom Price’s Sugar Hill addition a few years ago. “We couldn’t have done it without any of those [professionals],” Jackie Johnson said of Hassenbeck, Poff and Crooks. Starting with Hassenbeck, who asked them how they wanted to live, their home-building team “took our descriptions and built a design around it,” Johnson said. Crooks says she loves color, too, and she loves designing unique projects that reflect the lives of the people who live there. “I never want any of my projects to look the same,” Crooks said. “My favorite part about doing design is creating spaces literally for people’s lives to unfold. [A home] really is like a stage set for their life. I think everyone should be able to be surrounded by things that make them feel like themselves.” 30

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Dining room highlights include a Visual Comfort light fixture by Juile Neill, square Louis chairs with fuschia fabric from Lisa Fine Textiles and gingham drapes from Brunschwig & Fils.

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LEFT: In the entry, commissioned artwork from Fort Worth artist Donna Walker includes a representation of the Johnsons’ home in the scene. ABOVE: A walk-in pantry provides plenty of space for food prep and storage. BELOW: To offset feminine elements and balance the bedroom, Crooks selected

a menswear-type fabric from Osborne & Little for the upholstered bed.

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Pendant light fixtures from Urban Electric were custom colored to match the Modern-Aire vent hood in the kitchen.

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OPPOSITE PAGE: This Apothecary’s Garden by Trustworth Wallpaper

reflects the Johnsons’ love for the outdoors and gardening.

LEFT: Four grandchildren can rest easily in their own happy bedroom

with two sets of Restoration Hardware bunkbeds.

BELOW: Barney, a rescue dog, enjoys his very own room with playful wallpaper and a doggy door.

Outside the home, large front porches on multiple sides and a weathervane that features dogs give a slight nod to the farmhouse style, but inside, the abode has a different feel, with modern technology and a colorful style that works for children and adults. When visitors first walk in, they are standing in a large open space that includes the dining room, living room and kitchen, as well as a “keeping room” with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to the side. The large, cathedral-style ceilings stretch two stories tall and have clerestory windows that flood the space with light. The room is covered in wood, with vertical planks in the upper half and some horizontal wood elements in the lower half. “In this large room, it made sense to wrap it in wood in a way that celebrated the architecture and warmed up the space,” Crooks said. “There’s always some sort of design challenge that you have to solve, and I think that the challenge in this space was how to give human scale to such a large volume of space.” Other touches to scale down the space include the dining area’s lower ceiling to give a more intimate feel, lots of colors and textures in the fabrics and specially made pendant lights to anchor the space above the kitchen island. Doug Johnson is a retired oil and gas executive, and Jackie Johnson is a retired family nurse practitioner. To their grandchildren, they are “Grumpy” and “JJ.” When they aren’t caring for grandchildren, they help socialize and train service dogs for the nonprofit New Leash on Life. Their passion for dogs is evident throughout the house: In addition to the weathervane, they have several split Dutch doors in rooms, especially where their dogs are sometimes contained, to allow them to keep the bottom half closed but open the top half. One spacious room, designed especially for the dogs, has a dog door that lets them come and go. The delightful James Shelton wallpaper features colorful, cheerful canines. “We built the house for our grandchildren and our children — and for the service dogs,” Jackie Johnson said. In the end, Crooks planned a big reveal for the Johnsons, ready to see them “read happy” as they toured their new home. “It was fun to come out and see it come to life,” Doug Johnson said. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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furniture is just furniture — merely the utilitarian means for seating, eating and storage within a home. Not so for Brent Swift and Alisse Ellis. They house a curated collection in Norman, in a 1974 contemporary, renovated and designed with furniture and art in mind. Among other highly sought-after items, their living room features a Florence Knoll credenza, a Warren Platner chair and rare architectural pottery by David Cressey and Malcom Leland. Edgy works by Luis Filcer, Purvis Young and Enrique Bascón decorate the walls, while unique finds — like a vintage Gucci ashtray — are scattered throughout. “Maybe all of this doesn’t work [together], but I love all of it,” Ellis said. “It’s definitely curated pieces of art, furniture, fabrics, and textures,” added Swift. “The house is what it is, but we are collecting pieces that we love that can go with us to the next home.” The home was built by Barry Switzer, but it’s the decor and interior designs that leave guests starstruck. Ellis worked closely with interior designer Nina Wadley of No Coast Design to select fixtures, wallpapers and fabrics. A longtime friend, Wadley knew how to blend Swift’s mid-century modern aesthetic with Ellis’ preference for maximalism. “I’m familiar with their likes and dislikes and how they prefer to live, which is like starting on second base,” Wadley said. She felt this home was perfect for the couple right from the start. “Sometimes a house really steals your heart, and I knew this one was special from the second I walked in the door,” she said. “The low stoop of the patio through the front door, opening to the vast volume in the living room — it all just hits right.” While Ellis and Wadley collaborated on interiors, Swift tackled construction projects like adjusting doorways and windows throughout the home to improve function and flow and extending

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RIGHT: The den includes a Hans Wegner CH445 Wing Chair and ottoman, by Carl Hansen & Son, and a mother-andchild portrait by graffiti artist Mear One, which is based on “The Madonna of the Rosary” by Bartolome Murillo. BELOW: In the kitchen, Ellis says she

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This Knoll Tulip chairs and table set was procured from a Palm Springs home designed by Arthur Elrod.

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The kitchen backsplash tile, a Zellige from Riad Tile, adds rich and distinctly imperfect texture to the space.


Cole & Son’s Miami wallpaper complements the Norwegian Rose marble in the primary bathroom.

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LEFT: Swift and Ellis purchased this coffee table, designed by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia, from a neighbor in Palm Springs. BELOW: Swift’s collection includes several pieces of architectural pottery and mixed-media artwork by Purvis Young. RIGHT: Designer Nina Wadley sourced the dining room wallpaper, Schumacher’s Modern Toile, which provides an interesting backdrop to the table Swift had fabricated from a quartzite slab.

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the living room’s flagstone floor to the kitchen, den and dining room. With 25 years in construction and real estate, Swift has restored some 250 houses. Swift also partnered with landscape architect Brent Wall of LAUD Studio to create an outdoor lounge, unearth Switzer’s 1970s pool (previously buried) and surround the home with landscaping details that harkened back to that era.

“Although the house is contemporary, it was very important to make it feel really warm and earthy,” Wall said. “We were really embracing the ’70s vibe as our measure of success.” As construction progressed, Wadley devised designs to highlight Swift and Ellis’ artwork collection. “We made sure to leave opportunities to highlight art. Some items we knew from early on where they would probably end up, but the rest we pulled from at the end as the space dictated,” Wadley said. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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LEFT: Reflecting the gilded front doors, a large mirror in the living room was purchased by Ellis and Swift with the home. RIGHT: The living room features a Piper Bridwell painting, Florence Knoll credenza and Warren Platner chair and ottoman.

The stories behind the art and furniture are as meaningful to Swift and Ellis as the items are. Ellis says she likes to collect pieces that resonate with her emotionally. “It’s not about the thing itself,” Ellis said. “It’s [about] the emotion; the feeling that you have when you first see something.” “It’s really weird how you get attached to the things that are in your environment,” Swift said. “You have this great opportunity in your life to create the space that you want to live in, and if you have some skill at it, then all of a sudden it becomes a way of life.” For now, Ellis and Swift’s way of life is unfolding inside this 1974 contemporary. But tomorrow … who knows? They are constantly buying and restoring homes, including another 1970s contemporary located just across the street. Wherever they go, the furnishings shall follow — making it feel just like home. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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This summer, why not open up to a few new open-air concepts? Our local experts know how to enhance outdoor living spaces and experiences, and they are eager to be your guide. Inspired by nature and full of sunshine, these pages are presented to inspire. Let’s go outside!

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Tile

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Cool for the Pool DUR ABLE AND S T Y LISH, TILES A DD INTERES T TO BACK YAR D RE TRE ATS B Y L I S A L L OY D

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Steen said tile is an ideal choice for outdoor spaces that are exposed to the elements — primarily water and dirt. “Tile provides texture and slip resistance in your outdoor spaces, and non-porous porcelain tile will not soak in the outdoor elements like water, dirt, et cetera,” she said. “It will not change color or scratch, either, no matter how much salt or sand it might come in contact with. It is extremely long-lasting and it is also very low maintenance and easy to clean.”

Home improvement and new construction have been on the rise since COVID19, Steen said. “We have seen so many people come in that are just wanting to refresh their space in some way,” she said. “I think people genuinely do enjoy spending more time at home now, and they are wanting to make their spaces more enjoyable and entertaining to be in.” If you’re one of the millions of Americans who own a pool, you might consider elevating your style with tile this summer.

ENCORE CERAMICS

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your favorite summertime spot, you’re likely not alone. Residential pool ownership is on the rise, with approximately 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the United States, according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. As more and more people are incorporating (or updating) pools and poolside spaces, design elements are also getting more attention. Tile is a great way to mix textures, patterns or colors into backyard hardscapes — patios, fireplaces, kitchens and especially pools. “Outdoor tile is the perfect way to create your dream outdoor space,” said Sydnye Steen, owner of Artisan Tile Studio in Oklahoma City. “It is available in so many styles and is durable and long-lasting, to keep your space looking incredible for years to come.” At its showroom, Artisan Tile Studio offers a large selection of tile options for outdoor spaces, including submersible pool tiles and pool liner tiles such as Encore Ceramics. Encore’s line of tile is uniquely durable and suitable for most installations. Its glazes can be used in submerged fountains and pools, steam showers and spas, exterior walls and more. Artisan Tile Studio also has multiple options for large-format porcelain tiles and stacked stone tiles that are perfect for outdoor fireplaces, as well as decorative stone and porcelain tile options for outdoor kitchens, backsplashes and feature walls. Concrete, natural stone and porcelain pavers can be used in walkways, patios and pool decks, as well as cobblestone options for driveways.


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Easy Planting D R O U GH T-TO L ER A N T L A N DS C A PI N G GR OW S I N P O PU L A R I T Y B Y L I S A L L OY D

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living, one of the most popular trends for 2022 is drought-tolerant planting. Oklahoma’s unpredictable climate can often mean weeks or months without rainfall, as well as brutally hot temperatures. Utilizing drought-tolerant plants, such as yucca and native grasses, in a low-maintenance landscape project can have benefits for both the environment and the homeowner. When embarking on a landscaping project, it’s important to get the most out of your investment and ensure you can maintain it. Experts say that by choosing plants appropriate to Oklahoma’s climate, you’re set up for success. 50

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“Oklahoma is known for its severe weather and major temperature fluctuations,” said Chad McClain, co-owner of Squared Away Lawns. “Choosing plant materials that are native to Oklahoma temperatures, wind and soil types not only guarantees better odds of survivability but will also provide better growth rates and coverage.” Perhaps no place offers more (or knows more about) native plant options than a locally owned shop. At Calvert’s Plant Interiors, customers can find everything they need for their low-maintenance landscape needs, and then some — it has more than 10,000 square feet of retail greenhouse space open to the public. Since 1976, the Calvert’s name has been synonymous with live plants, patioscape and pottery. “Our team has the resources, experience, knowledge and passion to transform outdoor and indoor living spaces,” said Chelsea Hughes, horticulturist and business development manager at Calvert’s. “We offer free design consultation, and we handle everything from that point forward,

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including plant selection, delivery and installation.” Hughes said since the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are seeking to improve their indoor and outdoor spaces. “We are seeing lots of customers who have employees returning to work in their offices and are taking advantage of our indoor plant services to refresh their space,” she said. “But we also know customers want to get back to socializing in a safe way, and patios and backyards are a great option for hosting parties.” McClain said Colorado is famous for its xeriscaping: using natural stone and drought tolerant perennials to construct a durable landscape that is drought-resistant and also endures most winter conditions. “We have, in more recent years, begun installing much more of these features in Oklahoma landscapes with very good results and beautiful curb appeal,” McClain said. If you’re ready to focus less on keeping your plants watered and more on enjoying your summer, consider drought-tolerant planting this season.



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Oklahoma mean outdoor entertaining: backyard barbecues, afternoons at the pool and chasing fireflies with the kids at sunset. Warm nights and long days bring great potential for happy memory-making. But it can be hard to focus on enjoying time with family and friends when everyone’s busy swatting away pesky mosquitoes and other insects. Selecting the right pest control method can be overwhelming, with thousands of products promising a pest-free paradise. From bracelets to lanterns, candles to lotions, the bug-free industry is booming. Keeping your outdoor living space bugfree requires some maintenance. Experts 52

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advise to keep the space clean to avoid attracting insects in the first place. Birds are also a natural form of bug control, so hanging bird feeders and birdhouses near your outdoor areas can help cut down on pests. For mosquitoes, especially, it’s important to eliminate standing water, as they can lay eggs in just an inch of water. According to HouseLogic, plants like basil, catnip, chrysanthemums and lavender can deter certain insects, thus providing both beauty and function for your patio. However, if you’re serious about pest control, call in the professionals. One innovative Oklahoma company is taking back outdoor spaces, one backyard at a time. Family-owned-and-operated, SWAT Mosquito Mist Systems (swatokc.com) employs a cutting-edge misting system installed around the perimeter of the backyard to repel insects from the yard and kill mosquitoes on contact. The system is connected to a smaller tankless machine, or a 55-gallon drum option is available. It can be programmed for automatic sprays or activated

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by an app on your phone. In addition to the system, SWAT offers recurring yard spray appointments that are scheduled approximately every three weeks on a regular basis, or one-time yard sprays for a party or event. Reed Savage and his wife Christi launched the business after realizing how much of an investment Oklahomans make in their outdoor spaces. Their SWAT Mosquito Mist System is like an insurance policy for your backyard. “People invest a lot of money in their outdoor spaces, but if it’s overrun by mosquitoes, it can’t be enjoyed to the fullest extent,” Reed Savage said. “It doesn’t make any sense to spend all that money and not be able to go outside.” The products SWAT uses are approved for use in schools, hospitals and the food industry. They utilize permethrin- and pyrethrum-based products that are derived from chrysanthemum flower extract, which has been used to control insects for more than 100 years. Take back your right to be outdoors this summer, and the only guests at your backyard barbecue will be those you invited.



Studio M is ready to turn the vision you have for your outdated kitchen or dingy bathrooms into elegant spaces of serenity and beauty. Drop by our showroom to let your imagination run wild, or make an appointment to start loving your home again in 2022! NOW OPEN: Studio M furniture!

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SUMMER SETTING An easy table full of sunshine BY S A R A GA E WAT E R S P H OTO BY B R A N D O N S M I T H

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci O N E CA N N OT U N D E R E S T I M AT E

the power of a beautiful flower. Or a vibrant tiled table. Or a colorful bowl of luscious summer-ripened melon over fresh greens. Combine all these things and you have not only a brilliant summer table setting, but also an easily assembled one. Single stems arranged in copper dipping bowls with a little water and a flower frog (a nifty tool to hold stems in place) make for a floral arrangement that wows. You really can’t go wrong with what flowers you choose; for this table, ranunculus, daisies, tulips — whose petals are turned inside out for a more dramatic look — and anemones are the stars of the show. A few miniature succulents are also placed around the table to add in a little more green and complement the beautiful light green bowls filled with a melon-laden salad (see recipe, p. 58). These simple elements, all set atop “Waves of Watercolor in Granita” tiles, transport us to a faraway place to sit back and relax, even if it’s just a few steps away from your own kitchen.

Table top from Culinary Kitchen, culinarykitchen.com Tiles from Cold Butter Studio, coldbutter.com

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MELON, TWO WAYS Make summertime sweet, savory and refreshing BY C O U R T N E Y P RYO R P H OTO S BY B R A N D O N S M I T H

IN THE SUMMER,

I always try to think of easy recipes that don’t require much prep time or heat. When it’s 95 degrees outside, who wants to turn on the oven? Also, my three-year-old daughter absolutely loves melons; we always have cut watermelon and cantaloupe in the fridge. I decided to put these ingredients to work. A salad, for starters: Sweet melons pair deliciously with balsamic vinegar and mozzarella. Toss it all together with your favorite crunchy greens, and opt to top with chilled shrimp or prosciutto. I’m serving this salad alongside a refreshing melon drink, a watermelon-ice fizz. The pink cubes are both cheery and versatile. Mix it up and make it your own — and cheers to a cool summer.

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I N GRE DI EN TS FO R ME LON FRU I T SALAD:

• Mixed greens • Cubed cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew melon • Mozzarella pearls • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil • Optional proteins: sliced prosciutto or chilled shrimp


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Industry Excellence Awards For the first time ever, we polled our readers on their go-to homebuilders, interior designers and decorators, and kitchen and bath professionals. We asked them, “Who do you call on again and again?” and “Who do you recommend to friends?” — and the nominations poured in. With a list of local picks in hand, we hired a third-party research company, DataJoe, to vet submissions among industry peers. Now we’re ready for the big debut, and we’re thrilled to share this list with you. Congrats to our first-ever 405HOME Industry Excellence Award winners!

SUMMARY We went out looking for respected trade firms in the area. To this end, we conducted a multifaceted research process. First, DataJoe conducted a massive Internet research campaign to isolate the top trade firms in the region. Then, we polled the magazine’s readers, asking them to nominate their favorite providers in various trade areas. Finally, DataJoe conducted a massive Internet “reputation” research campaign, reviewing indicators across a wide variety of online sources, including ratings, reviews, and memberships. In the end, we utilized a proprietary algorithm combining all of the above metrics to then score each company. This list reflects the entities with the highest scores.

FINAL NOTE We recognize that there are many good trade firms that are not shown in this representative list. This is a sampling of the huge array of reputable firms within the region, but it is by no means exhaustive. Inclusion in the list is based on metrics and other information that we were able to gather in our independent research. We take time and energy to ensure a fair, multifaceted process, although we understand that the results of this research project are not purely objective. We certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective trade firms may not appear on the list.

DISCLAIMERS DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. QUESTIONS? For research/methodology questions, contact us at surveys@datajoe.com. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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Kenyon & Brandi Woods 2422 NW 178th St. Edmond, OK 7301 2

405. 285.7464 buildauthentic.com

AUTHENTIC CUSTOM HOMES Authentic Custom Homes has been building beautiful homes for 16 years. Their goal is to give customers the ability to create a home that reflects their own personality, spirit and character. Owners Kenyon and Brandi Woods are grateful to each and every homeowner and to all of the people who have helped build and sell their homes over the years. They are also very proud of the team they have in place today. “After 16 years, you could say we are experts in home building and running a company, and you’d probably be correct, but we both plan on learning and growing until we retire,” Brandi Woods said. “We have a group of people who really care about our homes, our customers and our reputation of being authentic.” Each home they build is truly authentic and not the same as the house next door. Customers appreciate the fact that the company is family run, and that Kenyon and Brandi are in the office each day. The company has grown in 62

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Oklahoma and other states, but they maintain the feeling of a small family company. “I still look at each home and spend time making sure that it is one of a kind,” Brandi said. “Kenyon still walks jobsites. Our company is so important to us. We are proud of what we have built together and enjoy our work. Kenyon has worked in homebuilding for more than 20 years, Brandi for almost as long. They will celebrate their 24th wedding

anniversary this year. They hope to teach their children the business as well, to continue the family legacy. “It is so much fun to share this love of business and design with them,” she said. “Both of our kids have grown up going to meetings with bankers or listening to business calls while in the car. It’s amazing to me how much business knowledge they have ‘caught’ instead of being taught.”


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KEVEN CALONKEY CARL, NCIDQ, ASID At Mister Robert, Keven Calonkey Carl has worked with many repeat clients over the years. One client in particular has come to Keven for three separate projects. At the time, the client was recently widowed and needed a “new start.” The sizable project included selecting paint, wallpapers, lighting, window treatments, rugs, furniture, as well as some structural changes. “All projects are different, and I see the role of the Interior Designer is to first listen to the client and then make suggestions to build a space they love,” Keven said. “I started by listening to the client, and then made suggestions to meet her needs. She was very happy with our result.” The same client went through a relocation and downsized twice more over the years. Keven used the new square footage optimally to ensure both beauty and functionality and make each new place feel like “home.” “All people face transitions in life, some more difficult than others,” Keven said. ”I am honored when I get to help clients negotiate these. Professional Interior Designers understand

that our work can improve people’s lives by making them feel comfortable and safe.” Keven has two pieces of advice for hiring an Interior Designer. First, credentials matter. Look for a designer who has NCIDQ, which is the highest obtainable certification in Interior Design. Her second piece of advice is that your space should reflect your taste and style. She said clients can sometimes feel pressured to do whatever the designer suggests, rather than speak up for themselves. “If you don’t like what a designer suggests you do not have to do it,” she said. “Your space should make you feel safe and comfortable. Good design offers insight and options. It does not dictate a style or force a specific product. Your home should be beautiful and functional for you, not someone else.”

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WINTER HOUSE INTERIORS Winter House Interiors has been designing and furnishing spaces in the Oklahoma City area for more than 30 years. Located at 6411 Avondale Drive in Nichols Hills, Winter House’s showroom exhibits many furniture, art, lamp and accessory lines for clients and retail customers. Offerings also include work by local artists, candles, soaps, pantry items and gifts. “We design for you, the client, not to satisfy our personal tastes,” said owner Steve Winters. “We ask questions and pay close attention to your responses. We believe a good and experienced designer will save you money, not cost you more.” Whether you’re in your forever home or a short-term residence, the team at Winter House Interiors will put together the perfect design plan to fit you and your budget. “We have known Steve Winters for over 15 years and have reaped the benefits of his vast knowledge and expertise designing our homes,” said one client. “We are in the process now of building a new home, and Steve has been with us through each process, starting with house plans. I could not imagine building this house without him. His design ideas are unique and yet, he knows our ‘tastes’ and is able to blend the two beautifully.” The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday 405.607.1199 | winterhouseinteriors.com 6411 Avondale Dr. Nichols Hills, OK 7 3116

EXCELLENCE WINNERS INTERIOR DESIGNERS & DECORATORS 30A Home A-Line Designs LLC Alyssa Collins Design Chateau Design & Interiors Cherdena Daniel Creative Design Studio CRH Design + Build Decorating Den Interiors By Celia Designer’s Brew Designs By Debbie Inc Dovetail Studio Edmond Kitchen & Bath LLC Fanny Bolen Interiors FLX Architecture & Interior Design Gant Mckenzie Design Gretchen Clark Interiors Hannah Sutter Interiors Henry Home Interiors Huff & Co Designs by Decorating Den Interiors Interior Gilt Ivy House Interiors Janet Biddick Designs Jennifer Welch Interior Design Julie Johnson Interiors 64

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IN-SEASON FARMERS MARKETS Where all is Oklahoma grown, made and sold BY C H R I S T I N A W YGA N T

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EDMON D FA RMERS MARKET AT MITCH PARK

Patrons can find up to 55 vendors who sell local produce, jams, meats and homemade baked goodies, as well as a delectable selection of international foods.

On Wednesdays, this smaller market offers easy-access parking, right next to the produce stands outside the Edmond Senior Center.

26 W. First St., Edmond Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 to Oct. 29 (closed April 30)

2733 Marilyn Williams Dr., Edmond Open Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 to Sept. 28

CROISSANT BY DENNIS SPIELMAN; SAUCES AND ONIONS ETC. BY BAD PENNY FACTORY

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he saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.” Outdoor farmers markets in the 405 are no exception, as many market enthusiasts pride themselves in being first to purchase delicious just-picked local produce. Thankfully, there is no need to wake up too early. Most markets are open more than three hours, April through October, providing patrons ample opportunity to select the state’s freshest field-to-table products at downto-earth prices. Whether you visit Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore or Norman, it’s easy to pop around the metro from one market to the next to find the perfect watermelon. Non-food items like locally grown plants, arts and crafts, leather goods and dog treats are also found at most locales. Whatever your taste, outdoor farmers markets in the 405 are a one-stop shop for local products, produce, food and entertainment — truly something for everyone. How do you like them apples?


LEFT: Bring your appetite and shopping list to the OSU-OKC Farmers Market at Scissortail Park. BELOW: Local vendors stock the shelves with produce (left) and sauces (right) at the OKC Farmers Public Market. RIGHT: Scissortail Park shoppers enjoy a variety of products plus skyline views.

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300 SW 7th St., OKC Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 to Oct. 29 All vendors here accept Snap Tokens. The market utilizes the park space by offering seasonal cooking demonstrations as well as an array of cultural performances. Leashed or contained animals are allowed.

MARKET SATURDAYS AT FARMERS PUBLIC MARKET 311 S Klein Ave., OKC Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Year round

Find locally raised meats, fresh produce, homemade goods and more at this farmers market, held on the first floor of the OKC Farmers Public Market downtown. This historic venue dates back to 1928, and the year-round market keeps its tradition alive.

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About 30 vendors come here weekly to showcase their assortment of local produce, crafts and baked goods. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

With a new location this year, this market offers an indoor/outdoor market with up to 80 vendors who sell local produce and value-added farm products, such as jams, meats and soaps, as well as a variety of artwork. Burgeoning student musicians from the University of Oklahoma play live music every Saturday.

Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion: 700 S. Broadway Ave., Moore Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 4 to Aug. 27

The Well: 210 S. James Garner Ave., Norman Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 to 7 p.m. April 2 to Oct. 22

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PARADISE FOUND IN ALBUQUERQUE Discovering Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm BY S A R A GA E WAT E R S

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here is no mistaking the complete sense of calm that is Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before you step out of your car, a long drive takes you into the property, passing alpacas and sheep on your left and rows upon rows of lavender on your right. The sights (Sandia Mountains), smells (lavender galore) and sounds (simply quiet) evoke ease and a satisfying stillness. The rich history of Los Poblanos is behind everything that the inn has to offer. It’s the culture and care of the families who have owned Los Poblanos, past and present, that inspire the intentionality of the structure, comfort of the rooms and integrity of the food.


It’s the culture and care of the families who have owned Los Poblanos, past and present, that inspire the intentionality of the structure, comfort of the rooms and

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integrity of the food.

Attention to detail is integrated into every guest experience. With 45 guest rooms, Los Poblanos provides an excellent mix of intimate spaces with beautiful views. Classic New Mexican style is reflected in the antique southwest furnishings, carved ceiling beams, wrought iron features and original artwork. Organic bedding can be found throughout, and some rooms have wood- and gas-burning fireplaces. All are stocked with lavender amenities — a small sample of what can be purchased in the charming Farm Shop. Lavender soaps and salves are not the only products sold at the Farm Shop, either: Shoppers delight in the carefully curated and locally sourced items as well as pastries from the bakery. There are salts and herb blends also available, not to mention artisan cheeses and ice cream to satisfy that afternoon craving. Campo, the “field to fork” restaurant on the property, is casual fine dining. Organic offerings from the property’s own farm, accompanied by other local artisans and farmers, assure visitors an outstanding dining experience. Seating arrangements in the bar and beyond provide comfortable areas to savor the seasonal menu and linger a bit longer than usual, and great wines and craft cocktails also help make the bar a nice stop along the way. The Hacienda Spa offers a variety of treatments in a beautiful setting, and is not something to miss. Wellness classes, cultural programming, culinary events and guided farm tours are just a few examples of activities Los Poblanos offers. Whether it’s enjoying a glass of wine by the chiminea or strolling along through the Greely Garden, Los Poblanos is likely to prove just the place for renewal and retreat. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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POOLSIDE OASIS Four ways to enhance your waterfront designs BY E V I E K LO P P H O L Z E R P H OTO S BY E M I LY H A R T

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ater exudes tranquil properties. With a ripple effect that relaxes all who gaze upon it, a pool becomes the ideal centerpiece to surrounding hardscapes and landscapes. Here, we dive into four ways to enhance poolside designs and create the most soothing experiences — as “ahhh-” inspiring as a cool dip in the crystal blue water. JUST A DD SHA DE

Determine how much sun your backyard receives so you can pull in several dependable sources for shade. Design a pergola to cover your back porch, or build a stand-alone structure and make it your own. Incorporate ceiling fans, a misting system and walls of wooden shutters that can be adjusted throughout the day to keep you cool. Customized umbrellas are a great addition for more color, style and shade around the pool. SET A SU N N Y SCENE

Lounge chairs with cushions and pillows in no-fade, weatherproof fabrics are a thoughtful way to accommodate those craving a little more Vitamin D. Organize a bar cart nearby with all the essentials — sunblock, towels and an icy bucket of bottled drinks — for extra convenience. Monogrammed towels provide a personal touch, and you can mix in a hammock or two if your backyard has the right trees. SERVICE, PLEA SE

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ABOVE LEFT: This Norman backyard maximizes outdoor amenities with a covered poolside patio.

BELOW LEFT: A bar cart doubles as the perfect place to offer extra towels. RIGHT: Natural beauty is celebrated by incorporating earthy elements: rattan furniture, seashell-adorned lighting and natural fiber rugs.

refrigerator, kegerator, grill or pizza oven, among other amenities. High-top seating at the bar allows for built-in dining — and the opportunity to layer in welcoming chairs. Design an open layout so everyone has easy access to food and beverage service.

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Durable outdoor furniture is only part of designing an outstanding exterior living room. Seek out nautical touches, like a chandelier dripping in seashells or a rattan chaise daybed in neutral tones. Lay down

rugs to group seating vignettes together, and use potted plants for bursts of color and texture. To keep the area in play after summer concludes, install heaters, a fire pit or a fireplace. Cool plus cozy equals a year-round poolside paradise. SUMMER 2022 405 HOME

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FALLING FOR KITCHENS Honoring the season and the heart of the home BY S A R A GA E WAT E R S P H OTO BY E M I LY H A R T

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lay claim to having all the charm, all the beauty and all the things one desires within a season. The weather is pleasant, the food is comforting and nature starts showing off its brilliance in color. This fall, 405HOME has got you covered. Specifically, we’re turning our attention to the heart of the home: the kitchen. From accessories to design to fall flavors, our “Kitchen Issue” will kick off the season and move us into that fall state of mind.

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