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A Room with a World View

Concrete and steel, crystal and stone, the eye-catching Lewis home on Lake Hiwassee harnesses structural components and design elements from around the world and works design magic to create a contemporary gem simple in appearance but fascinatingly complex in nature.


Let the Sun Shine In

Natural light suffuses and energizes the radiantly beautiful Lamb home, making it easy for visitors to see and appreciate the well-planned design and décor that makes the clean-lined, kid-friendly new house so open, inviting and practical.

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Rooms for the Ages

Decorating kids’ personal spaces is an opportunity for mutual enjoyment; as these local examples of an infant, a young girl and a tween boy show, a little thought allows parents to influence their offspring’s tastes without dictating them, and lets children as they age begin exploring their own design preferences.


SQUARE ONE 10 Save the Date

12 From the Editors


16 For the Coffee Table Inspiration blooms in Shane Connolly’s “A Year in Flowers.” 18 Essential Elements Anchor pieces, heavy furniture and fixtures help define a room, but smaller accent touches give it life – like these elements we really love.


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21 Setting the Table Decorative suggestions for sumptuously beautiful dining at spring and summer celebrations. 28 Fast and Fun Graphic Art Want to add some brio to a room without delay? Hang some snappy pieces like these for a visual pop that’s off the charts.


66 Orchestrating Beauty in Nature’s Design Working with the available land, water and plant life while refusing to sacrifice her vision, Nancy Muenzler has crafted a stunning, verdant backyard oasis. 76 Spring and Summer Plantings Gardening tips to help green-thumbed Oklahomans reap some of the goodness of nature. 78 From the Bookshelf Put your carpentry skills to work via “Simple & Stylish Backyard Projects.”


80 Finishing Touch

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On the Cover

A conversation spot among the sharp angles and vivid accents in the Lewis home. Photo by David Cobb

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SQUARE ONE | Welcome

From the Editors

Spring 2015

FRESH … THE PERFECT WORD TO USE TO DESCRIBE SPRING, and it definitely captures the spirit with which this issue of Design Oklahoma was formed. With a refined layout, fresh content and new twists on favorite features, we hope this issue inspires you. Nancy Muenzler’s garden is more than lovely; it’s revitalizing. One can’t help but want to linger just a little longer and soak up all the beauty. The fabulous Lamb home is the same. Interiors that exuberantly depict a life lived in pristine color. And the Lewis abode? A toss-up between which is more inviting – the incredible contemporary interior or the relaxed lakeside vibe outdoors. If you are going to start anew, why not begin with the little ones’ rooms? We have stages from baby to middle school represented and all are equally well done – any kid would love to scatter toys in these spaces. For a fresh take on our “Setting the Table” entertaining feature, we decided to peek in on some actual events: a spring dinner party and a summer baby shower. This time, we’ve got a little more than just the plates and silverware. We’ve also posted the recipes we used during our parties on our website at Our editor’s picks pages are a new addition, too. Finding some personal favorites was easy, and we hope our inspiration pieces push you out there to see what’s around the metro, and to shake off the cobwebs of winter and ring in the new season. We’ve also included some helpful hints for your spring garden. A timeline on when to plant is made a little bit easier with this primer on seed planting for our area, so now all you have to do is turn the pages and read before you get your hands a little bit dirty. Inspiration is a bit like a seed … you’ve got to nurture it. We hope this issue provides the nourishment and encouragement to inspire you this spring!

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ACCENTS | Inspiration

For the COFFEE TABLE AS SPRING ARRIVES AND COLDER TEMPERATURES GO BACK INTO HIBERNATION – now is the winter of our discontent with freezing weather, so to speak – nature begins to arrange its most colorfully redolent displays of blossoms across its fields and vales. It’s easy to get caught up in appreciation for the beautiful, bountiful potential of flowers this time of year. That enthusiasm is easily transferred indoors and maintained beyond the boundaries of this spring season, and indeed throughout the year. Shane Connolly has operated a namesake floral company in England for more than 25 years, travels the world to deliver lectures and holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales (which is kind of a big deal). So when an expert of his credentials says that decorating the home with flowers is easy and rewarding all the livelong year, he knows of which he speaks. And while it might seem a trifle incongruous for the man who provided floral arrangements for the royal wedding to give his book the subtitle “Inspiration for everyday living,” Connolly spends these 150-plus oversize pages making a solid case. Select the proper container to accent certain characteristics. Add an occasional pop of contrasting color – sorry, “colour” – as a highlight. Incorporate mushrooms into autumn arrangements, an idea he borrowed from Flemish still life paintings ... “A Year in Flowers” spans suggestions for all seasons through thoughtfully assembled arrangements selected on natural availability, sustainability and affordability. Connolly is meticulous about listing the individual components of each display included, and while that’s not always entirely useful as a recipe since the blossoms he harvests from his English garden aren’t always readily available here in Oklahoma, the principles of his arrangements remain sound on either side of the Atlantic, and the photographs are intoxicatingly inspirational. Jason Lowe’s lavishly detailed images are as instrumental in telling the story as Connolly’s words.

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There’s a charm and a sense of ritual in observing the changes of seasons through decorating our homes, altering our personal environments slightly to echo the cycles of nature. With a bit of pleasurable effort, and inspiration from an expert, any of us can avail ourselves throughout the calendar of the joys of a year in flowers.


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Two-sided wooden block clock from BD Home in OKC.

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Waylande Gregory Studios white bowl with gold base from Cayman’s in Norman.

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Zinnia and marigold indigo ceramics from Urbane Home & Lifestyle in OKC.


Jan Barboglio decanter and shot glasses from Rawhide in OKC.


White and blue square tray from Cayman’s in Norman.


Wooden “home” plaque from The Social Club in Norman.


Cobalt blue and conchetta pillows from Winter House Interiors in OKC.







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Silver vase with subtle shimmer from Tulips in Norman.


Locally made Oklahoma journal from Chirps & Cheers in OKC.


Navy stripe notebook, anchor pencils and brass sharpener from Chirps & Cheers in OKC.


Turkish bath towels and Saipua gardener’s soap from Sara Kate Studios in OKC.


Seashell cluster lamp with sage shade from Tulips in Norman.


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ACCENTS | Special Events

Setting the Table

Dinner Party

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Find the recipes R A: fo dishes featured in r the article on our web this si te at K/ PUTTING TOGETHER A DINNER PARTY FOR 10 CAN BE INTIMIDATING. Over the years I’ve learned a few things to make it easier. Like most, I’ve learned through trial and error. For instance, why did I always try out a new recipe when we are having guests? Thankfully, I think I’ve finally kicked that habit. The truth is, if you want to be involved to some degree with the entertaining of your guests, you are going to work. You’ll have to just accept that part of the deal. For me, I enjoy caring for the ones I love by serving them a meal in a beautiful setting, no matter the amount of work. Because in the end, when the sun’s going down and we’re all gathered around the mess of the previously perfect table ... therein lies the joy. For this get-together I decided to look to some of my friends’ go-to recipes. I have named them after these special people as a nod to what awesome cooks (and hostesses) they are!

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ACCENTS | Special Events Sometimes it is just easier to use paper plates, especially on nights when we just don’t want to deal with a mess. However, when guests are here, more likely than not, we’re using the “real” stuff. Setting a table in all its glory is an art ... and in my opinion, everyone is an artist in this area. However, one worry is not having enough matching tabletop items. Don’t sweat it. Mixing and matching can be fun, and in the end no one will care. On occasions when I have needed matching materials I’ve gone to my friends and family, and I can’t tell you how many times people have said they were happy to loan out their wares … because they never use them! To that I say not only “thanks,” but also “get out your stuff and use it, don’t let it gather dust.” Too often we rush through group meals when we could stop and savor the moment with family and friends. This time around, my dear friend Lauren graciously loaned her tabletop items for the party, my mom loaned her wine glasses and I supplied all the vessels for the flowers. Another sweet friend offered some of her beautiful garden roses and peonies for my arrangements as well as some nectarine branches. I added baskets of herbs (thyme, mint and oregano), peonies from a local store and boxwood from my yard. White pillar candles finished off the table. Layering all these things together made for a bountiful and beautiful table. Hint: You don’t have to make perfect flower arrangements. Clusters of flowers and pots of herbs will do the trick. The harvest table I grew up with was big enough for the group and bamboo folding chairs loaned to me by my generous aunt and uncle supplemented with benches on the ends were perfect for seating. It all came together for a lovely spring soiree.

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Baby Shower

There is something very special about taking the party outdoors. Even if the temperatures are starting to rise, you can start early and still enjoy the blue skies, singing birds and fresh air. Writer SARA GAE WATERS Photographer CARLI WENTWORTH 26 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | Spring 2015

CELEBRATING A MOM-TO-BE MIGHT BE ONE OF THE MOST JOYOUS OCCASIONS FOR A PARTY. So how about an outdoor brunch with breakfast food and mimosas (fresh orange juice for the expectant) and, of course, cake? No matter the time of day, there has to be cake. Three tables with creamy white linens accented with a sage stripe along the border are topped off with three different china patterns, silver and crystal. Vintage napkins (some monogrammed, some lace-laden) and boxwood sprigs with tiny chalkboard name cards are only upstaged by the borrowed baby cups. The wee cups are engraved with dear friends’ children’s monograms and dates of their birth, and filled with white and ivory baby roses, Queen Anne’s lace and white tulips for great centerpieces that travel down the center of each table. By now you’ve probably realized that we don’t know if this precious baby will be a boy or a girl, so white dominates the theme. A big beautiful white cake with fresh flowers on top is the centerpiece on the drink table, while a silver pitcher full of white flowers graces the table with the food. Egg casseroles, a big berry fruit salad and blueberry and chocolate chip muffins are on the menu. A trellis with fresh garland and an antique baby carriage to hold the gifts marks the spot for Mommy-To-Be to open the presents and take center stage. Next to that is the little girls’ table, so they are close enough to observe the opening of gifts (and assist!) plus have a donut or two if the big girl menu doesn’t appeal to them. Bubble wands and Polaroid picture taking contribute to a little silly fun as well.

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Fast and Fun




THE POPULARITY OF GRAPHIC ART IS UNDENIABLY ON THE RISE. It takes many forms, from framed vintage covers of The New Yorker, to originals from local artists Rita Ortloff and Tiffany McKnight, to simple, succinct messages. And while I never expected a buffalo to capture my heart, the piece by Jill Hollingsworth is definitely a favorite. In all honesty, they’re all my new favorites. This idea brings a lot of fun and life to any room. Set aside that fear of nail holes in the wall and set about creating a big impact with just a little investment of time and money.

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from Etsy shop RitaOrtloff | “Heck Yes” graphic print from The Social Club in Norman | Tiffany McKnight original watercolor and ink drawings “Untitled [Primordial Soup] 1-3” from | “Tomorrow the Birds Will Sing” print from The Social Club in Norman | Turquoise tray from Cayman’s in Norman | Vase from Tulips in Norman | Vintage The New Yorker cover from Sara Kate Studios in OKC | Jill Hollingsworth buffalo string art from The Social Club in Norman

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The cantilevered patio roof mimics the property’s gradual descent from street level to waterfront. Retaining walls around the patio provide plenty of casual seating options, and landscape flora minimizes the visual impact of mechanical systems. “We kept as many trees as possible,” says architect Bobby Newman.

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Interesting architecture occupies the land along and around Lake Hiwassee. Late 1940s bungalows mingle with tidy ranches and traditional two-stories, all nestled near the picturesque man-made lake. Winding around the waterfront and past the mostly low-slung living quarters, you eventually come to the lakeside retreat of Rob and Patti Lewis. With a vision of escape in mind, the Lewises sourced structural and design components from around the world to craft a contemporary gem. “We both like modern,” says Patti, a partner with the law firm of Barnes & Lewis, LLP. “We worked to have something sleek and cool with an element of warmth,” she explains, “so this is a combination of our vision.”

Huge windows, nearly floor-to-ceiling, provide views of the entire shoreline from the living room space. The two-pane set on the right-hand wall was a late change to the plan, presenting the design team with some challenges. “Concrete doesn’t like to be skinny,” Newman said of the thin corner column separating the banks of windows. “We found a way to make it work, and I can’t imagine not having those windows there now.”

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AND THE LEWIS RESIDENCE IS A VISION TO BEHOLD. As one of the newest members of the neighborhood, it represents a quantum leap in terms of local residential construction. This is no ordinary home, literally starting from the ground up. Instead of traditional wood-frame construction, the home’s walls are constructed of poured concrete panels with a core of insulation. While that sounds simple enough, the pro34 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | Spring 2015

cess created some unique challenges for the construction teams. “Anything that needed to be inside the concrete – conduit for electrical wiring, audiovisual, data ports, ductwork – had to be in place before the concrete was poured,” explains architect Bobby Newman of Oklahoma City’s 3 Level Design. The innovative approach earned 3 Level Design the Project of the Year – Above-Grade Concrete Home

Award from the Concrete Foundations Association of North America. The choice of concrete walls helped meet the owners’ goals of creating a peaceful sanctuary. “There are no windows on the street side of the house,” says Newman. “There’s a reason for that.” The main landscaping feature in the front of the house plays on the tranquility theme. A solid red concrete ball sits in the center of concen-

tric rings of stone, creating a ripple effect on solid ground. The outermost ring laps up near the pathway to the front door. Although the result is an arid sea of serenity, achieving the desired end was a challenge. “The delivery truck couldn’t get [the concrete ball] where it needed to be because of the limited access,” Rob laughs. “So we had to figure out how to get it from there to here,” he continues, pointing to a spot about

Viewed from street level, the house obscures the view of the lake. Once inside, the interior provides panoramic views of the water while completely obscuring any view of the street. The stone panels and custom cut glass accents help soften the concrete exterior walls. Each ensuing “ripple” in the landscape increases by 30 percent in size as they move away from the center.

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Artwork and artistic installations soften the concrete walls inside the home. The steel panels forming a near circle separate the entry landing from the main floor. The feature focuses your attention on the lake view straight ahead without the claustrophobic drawback of a traditional wall.

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“That outside-to-inside transition is

a symbolic cue

that we are entering a different place.”

20 feet from the sphere’s final resting spot. As befitting Mr. Lewis’s nature as an entrepreneur, they found a way to get the job done. “We had a lot of meetings,” adds Bobby. Walking from the street-level parking area, a pathway descends gradually toward the entryway. A small footbridge spans the walkway to the threshold. “That outsideto-inside transition is a symbolic cue that we are entering a different place,” Rob explains. A “moat” of smooth Mexican beach stone dotted with holey limestone boulders quarried from Kansas creates a break between the façade and the landscaping. A thin onyx panel, positioned on a wall to the right of the entry door, serves as the porch

light when backlit at night. The various materials’ points of origin are just the start of a lesson in geography – and geology. When the front door opens, the transition from the street is complete – huge banks of floor-to-ceiling windows frame the lake. “We wanted the entire shoreline to be visible [from the great room],” says Rob. Immediately to the left, two steel panels rise out of a concrete bed to create a break in the space. The artistic feature was a latecomer to the plans. “We couldn’t decide if we wanted to put a planter or a water feature there,” says Rob. The steel panels, weighing in around 1,700 pounds each, represented another challenge. “We had to figure out how to

Above: The enclosed patio room is tucked away behind the house where guests can be served conveniently from the indoor or outdoor kitchen. The barbeque features two separate grills. “You can’t cook fish and meat on the same grill at the same time,” Rob points out. “The temperature requirements are too different.” The second cooking surface is also useful when hosting large gatherings. Left: The U-shaped bar gives everyone a view of the lake. The blocks supporting the bar are actually bricks of pink Himalayan salt cut and shipped from Pakistan. LED backlighting creates an inviting glow and shows off the beauty of the natural crystal. The glassenclosed office above serves as a fourth bedroom for guests, and white acoustic panels hang from the ceiling to minimize noise bouncing around the large open space.

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get them in here after the house was built,” Rob continues. “That was another meeting,” Bobby jokes. Functionality merges with style as you step down into the main floor. The Lewises envisioned a home where they could entertain parties of 30 or more comfortably, and the interior design is unified to meet that goal. The open kitchen includes a long island space to allow the hosts to prepare and serve food without abandoning guests. A large, U-shaped bar and abundant living room seating provides a place for everyone to meet and mingle or just gaze at the lake. The backyard beckons with plenty of patio space and breezy waterfront resting spots. 38 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | Spring 2015

The long, deep island separates the kitchen from the main room. Double ovens and dishwashers accommodate cooking and cleaning for large parties. The rich cherry wood cabinetry features sleek drawer pulls that complement the linear motif.

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Ensconced in a bamboo nest, the master suite features louvered overhead vents for directional air flow. Six geothermal wells control the internal climate. Vents positioned in the floor and ceiling function together to keep air from stagnating. Bathroom cabinetry is made of recycled rubber tree wood. The lush appearance of the exotic lumber is also waterproof, making it the perfect material for the purpose.

Like the architecture around it, the Lewis’s Hiwassee hideout is a study in contrasts. Rigid concrete and commercial grade windows yield soft, summery views of a lazy lakefront. Large, open spaces encased in glass, steel and stone invite cozy conversations and nights by the fire. The vacation house is close to home with materials sourced from around the world and is a structure simple in appearance but complex in nature. “It started out simpler,” says Bobby. “Then I got involved,” laughs Patti. “We just wanted something for ourselves,” muses Rob, “and you hope it turns out.” Bobby agrees, albeit from his perspective as architect. “In construction, you get one shot and you hope it’s right.” Inside, outside, lakeside or street side – this project turned out all right.

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The subtle archway over the entry door provides a focal point for visitors and softens the sharper angles of the structure. Variations on the theme are expressed in arched windows at aesthetically strategic places on the front and back of the home. “The arch over the door was the only thing I didn’t like about Bruce’s [architect Bruce Bockus] first draft of the home,” says homeowner Bailey Lamb. “[Designer Bebe MacKellar] convinced us to keep it, and we are so glad we did.”

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Shine In

Writer SEAN BECKER | Photographer DAVID COBB

The wide, tree-lined streets of the neighborhood are populated by a pleasing array of stately homes. Manicured lawns and meticulous landscaping draw your attention to Tudor-style revivalist mansions, mid-century modern gems in the mold of Frank Lloyd Wright and sprawling walled properties reminiscent of elite boarding school grounds. There is no shortage of architectural eye candy here. Spring 2015 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 43

JOINING THESE ESTEEMED PROPERTIES IS THE GLEAMING NEW RESIDENCE OF KEVIN AND BAILEY LAMB. When the Lambs acquired the lot, it already had a home on it. Weighing the cost of potential renovations with their needs for a family home led them to start over from the ground up. Or technically from underground, as the house includes a full basement. Completed in May, the exterior brings a taste of continental Europe to the block party, as stucco and stone-faced walls frame an abundance of windows. The arched entryway over the front entrance welcomes visitors and introduces the Romanesque design element that emerges elsewhere on the property. The effect is that of having been transported to a French chateau or Tuscan villa. It’s a good feeling.

From top: The sweeping stairway ascending over the front entrance pays homage to the home that previously occupied the lot. “It was the one thing I loved about that house,” says Bailey. Light in the foyer is provided by a stunning Murano chandelier with a cascading horseshoe motif, attributed to Barovier, circa 1960. Dabs of color welcome you into the living room. After living in the house for six months, the Lambs are settling in. “At first, when everything was so new, we were trying to keep the kids from messing anything up,” Kevin laughs. “Now we’ve found a way to make this a space for all of us.”

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The saltwater swimming pool extends from the back of the house toward the rear property line. As with the exterior front, arched windows draw attention away from the angular complexion of the structure and soften the overall appearance of the home.

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“We wanted the home to be open and inviting

but still practical.�

The cozy sunroom, positioned on the opposite side of the pool from the kitchenette and covered patio area, provides a peaceful vantage point on outdoor activity.

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Left: A casual dining space adjacent to the kitchen leads to a covered patio and the swimming pool, while a kitchenette provides refrigerated storage for beverages and a place to serve food. The practical applications are twofold: swimmers and sunbathers can take a break without leaving the poolside, and parents can keep a watchful eye on the activity outside while enjoying climate-controlled comfort. Right: The study features functional contemporary furnishings. The paneled walls here and elsewhere throughout the main floor are set with minute, quarter-inch gaps that give the spaces a feeling of additional depth.

A custom iron and resin leaf chandelier, handmade in California, casts a warm glow over the formal dining area. The table is a recycled piece surrounded by chairs reupholstered with laminated fabric for easy cleanup.

Capturing that feeling was the goal from the start. “We wanted the home to be open and inviting but still practical,” Bailey says. With four children six years old and younger, several nods to the necessities of daily life were deemed essential. Storage space is abundant throughout the house, and the windows and glass walls on the rear provide views of the backyard and pool from almost anywhere inside. In the basement, a custom-built wooden fort (complete with a slide!) provides an indoor space for the kids to burn off energy, a toy room cuts down on clutter and a special art studio confines finger painting projects to their intended media.

Also high on the Lambs’ list was the desire for plenty of natural light. That goal was achieved through the use of as many windows as possible along with floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the rear of the house. “I don’t think [the Lambs] said no to any windows,” shares architect Bruce Bockus of Bockus Payne Architects. And with good reason – on the many sunny days enjoyed in the metro, artificial light is virtually unnecessary inside the house. The interior design plays up the sunlight that streams through the glass. “Colorful but not busy,” is how designer Bebe MacKellar of Fanny Bolen Interiors describes the result of her work. Spring 2015 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 47

“I wanted a calming interior design plan.�

Pocket doors glide out to separate the kitchen from the formal dining area. The clean lines in the kitchen are accentuated by modern cabinet hardware.

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From Top: Windows on either side of the range hood on the east wall capture morning sunlight. The oversized island features cavernous storage space underneath. The smoky gray glass-front cabinetry features special glides that facilitate hands-free opening and gentle closings. The floral print headboard and matching blinds in the guest bedroom encourage occupants to enjoy the mature trees in view outside. Furnishings such as the floor lamp and cushioned bench cleverly combine classic and contemporary elements.

With a house full of youngsters and frequent visits from nearby relatives, “I wanted a calming interior design plan,” explains Bailey. Bebe used whites, soft grays and gentle earth tones to enhance the natural light, while splashes of color are interspersed throughout the home to energize the color palette. The liberal use of whites and lighter colors runs the risk of creating a sterile perception, but Bebe deftly sidestepped this trap by dotting the interiorscape with colorful artwork, intricate accent pieces and the occasional flashy fabric. There is just enough of everything but never too much. Turning these bright ideas into one sun-splashed sanctuary was the result of great communication and teamwork. Builder Don Childress says, “It started on day one – all of us working together.” The Lambs’ vision started to take shape with Bruce Bockus’ drafts. “I work by listening,” he explains. “They wanted traditional and contemporary forms, and Don’s team pulled it off.” The interior designer was there every step of the way as well. “As a traditional interior designer, I work with clients from the beginning,” Bebe says. For people new to the process, her input and experience with the building profession – and building professionals – is invaluable. “I know the terminology,” she continues, “so I can help explain how it all works.” This house works. Have a look – and enjoy the sunshine! Spring 2015 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 49


for the Ages The news of a baby’s impending arrival is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life. There’s a symbolism that goes beyond the literal birth, and permeates the whole of a family, infusing it with new hopes and dreams about the future. Decorating a nursery is a unique enterprise; parents are preparing a place for their child, but also extending their home’s atmosphere, and allowing it to be changed and formed around an as-yet-unknown individual, whose tastes and preferences will hopefully mirror some of their own, but will also be distinct and singular.

Writer JILL HARDY Photographer CARLI WENTWORTH The artwork that started the Fowlers’ nursery decoration hangs prominently over the crib.

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A cozy place to rock baby to sleep: gray glider from Tulips, ottoman and arc lamp from Target.

Some favorite things … purchased during a trip to the Williamsburg flea market while visiting friends in New York City, the framed “W” card initially was meant to represent “Williamsburg” and the fact that the Fowlers had just found out they were expecting; it took on a new, serendipitous meaning after they decided on Winnie’s name. The elephant head is a just-for-fun addition from Collected Thread and the stuffed tiger is a tribute to Jonathan’s love of Calvin and Hobbes.

WHEN NATALIE AND JONATHAN FOWLER FOUND OUT THEY WERE EXPECTING, Natalie knew she wasn’t going to go the traditional route. After finding out that they were having a girl, the Fowlers began putting together their daughter Winnie’s room, organized around an unusual focal point. “The thing that really kicked off the theme of the nursery was my husband finding the piece that’s over the crib, by Oklahoma City artist Matt Goad.” Natalie says. “He found that at a gallery showing, and then I found the wallpaper and then kind of worked everything around that. I knew I wanted something whimsical, and kind of modern. Something she could transition into when she’s a little older – not something that would just be appropriate when she’s two.” Avid record collectors (they own over 2,000 between them), Natalie and Jonathan received the record player in Winnie’s room from friends (who also own Guestroom Records in Norman). The 45s were favors from a baby shower, and in addition to being a fun decorative touch, they represent the hope that all parents have; that some of their passions will become shared ones. “Hopefully she’ll love music just like we do.” The purple afghan was knitted by Natalie’s grandmother; “Cuddle Monster” from Tulsabased Etsy shop, cuddlemonstre.

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Girl’s Room

A room with a view (from the window seat) … dollhouse from Plan Toys, available through Kidzone Furniture.

ENCOURAGING INDEPENDENCE WHILE INCORPORATING A CHILD’S INDIVIDUALITY INTO THE FAMILY COLLECTIVE IS A LIFE-LONG ENDEAVOR, and the decorating of a bedroom can be a wonderful example of negotiating the challenge of having offspring with preferences that might diverge from yours. An organizing principle of Andy and Lindsay Gibson’s home décor is fitting sentimental pieces in with their eclectic style, and while six-year-old daughter Daltrey’s room definitely displays that focus, it also serves as a showcase for a color she adores … pink. A central feature of Daltrey’s room is a purpose-built piece that provides an extended window seat with a ladder for access. Placed above coordinated Ikea shelving, the area is padded with pink (of course) and is a perfect nook for reading or playing. True to family form, the walls are filled with meaningful mementos; the Wilco poster is from a concert attended while Daltrey was still in utero, during the week the baby book said her ears were forming. “We like to think of it as her first concert,” says Lindsay. The Tour de France print was picked up when the Gibsons attended a day of the Tour, during a memorable family vacation this past summer. A trip to Spain yielded the painting above Daltrey’s bed (which is of Parc Güell, in Barcelona), and the chest at the foot of the bed (covered with cheery Jonathan Adler for JC Penney bedding) belonged to Andy as a child. The teddy bear’s jaunty hat and Doors t-shirt make for stylish cultural touchstones (Dad is a Doors fan), but also serve as a bittersweet reminder that babies grow up. “She finally outgrew it this summer,” Lindsay says, of the tiny tee. “But I can’t bear to part with it or put it away.” 52 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | Spring 2015

Although no longer functional in a practical sense, a clock that was in Lindsay’s nursery has been set to mark a very special moment; the time of Daltrey’s birth.

In the Gibson hallmark style of fusing past and present, a collection of pennants started by Andy as a child (souvenirs from family vacations) is broadened by a home state addition; Lindsay found the Oklahoma pennant in an antique store in Colorado.

Daltrey’s favorite color, pink, features prominently in the room’s bedding.

The wooden desk (and all other wooden furniture) was Lindsay’s as a child (lovingly preserved by her mother for 30 years); Raggedy Andy was a childhood toy of Andy’s. The brightly hued carpet squares are a compromise; primary colors (Lindsay’s preference) interspersed with Daltrey’s signature vivid pink.

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Boy’s Room

The twin daybed was built by Ryan; the bedding is from Restoration Hardware.

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A window seat is a handy perch for Lego constructions.

TWEEN YEARS CAN BE TRICKY, WITH REGARD TO BOTH PARENTING AND DECORATING; not yet teens, ten-to-twelve-year-olds also aren’t babies anymore and have a special set of evolving needs all their own. When Brittany and Ryan Stover’s son London expressed an interest in having his room redecorated, after seeing his mom’s success with a re-do of his sister’s room, Brittany suggested a particularly meaningful theme; the city that gave him his name. “It’s the city where his dad and I decided we loved each other,” Brittany says. “London never really liked football (the room’s décor motif during his younger years), but he loves geography, and he loves that he’s named after a city.” Brittany’s idea proved timely, with trendy British items readily available from a number of sources, and her willingness to respect her son’s preferences has paid dividends in what some moms of boys would consider a miraculous fashion. “He’s been good at keeping it clean and he’s taken a lot of pride in it.” Brittany says. “I think he really appreciated it.”

From top: The wooden desk belonged to Brittany’s grandfather, and she says, “It’s special to me to try and keep family stuff, and make it useful.” London’s first pair of hiking boots make a sentimental wall hanging. A metal basket from Target is a great way to corral balls after play or practice. Hardy Boys mysteries were a gift to London from his grandfather, and the prop camera is a nod to Brittany’s profession as a photographer.

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Live in COLOR


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Color is here to stay and we mean primaries, pastels, bold colors and a mix and match of various colors. Don’t be afraid to use color to express your personal style. You’ll see plenty of color everywhere from the runways of fashion designers to red carpet premieres to home accents and more.

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B Gallerie is a local, family-owned company with over 77 years of combined experience in residential design, product knowledge and installation. With owners and staff who have completed hundreds of projects all over the United States in the past 24 years, their team has a passion for quality and craftsmanship in all that they do. You spend countless hours of your time in your home, that’s why the KB Gallerie team strives to make your living space uniquely yours. They can custom design the living spaces of your home, with a focus on kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor spaces, home offices, media areas, master closet suites, laundry rooms and more. KB Gallerie’s process allows you to work directly with their team while they manage the progress for you. Their lead installers are full-time employees, not subcontractors, and the design team will assist you every step of the way through their 5 stage process – inhome consultation, design, materials and quotations, scheduling

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and renovation and completion – allowing for an on-time, on-budget project. With services ranging from project design to project completion within the living spaces of your home, KB Gallerie saves you time, money and stress with their process.

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ne of Oklahoma City’s most historic communities, Nichols Hills, is adding a jewel to its crown. Located north of NW 63rd Street between Pennsylvania and Grand Boulevard, the new Glenbrook Park addition lies in the heart of northwest Oklahoma City’s finest shopping and dining and represents a rare opportunity for prospective homeowners. Accessible to existing Nichols Hills streets on both sides, Glenbrook Park is a pedestrian-friendly enclave of cul-de-sac streets consisting of 14 lots and a neighborhood park. Of the 14 exclusive home sites offered, only nine remain available for purchase. Lot areas of up to 12,600 square feet can easily accommodate up to 5,200 square feet of living area. The Glenbrook Park addition will benefit from all new storm and sewer systems, modernized utilities, a homeowners association and superior police and fire protection by the City of Nichols Hills, according to respected Oklahoma City architect James Loftis, FAIA, the development’s managing partner. Loftis points out that the new development affords prospective homeowners several distinct advantages, among which are Nichols Hills’ exceptional location and esteemed heritage, combined with an opportunity for homeowners to create their own legacy in the construction of their home by using their own builders and designers. “What makes this opportunity especially unique,” Loftis explains, “is that Glenbrook Park represents the last available land for development in Nichols Hills. To be able to build something new in what is one of the most valued real estate locations in the city is very rare. It’s the best of both worlds.”


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The Wood Garden Q uality is a hallmark of the furniture, bedding, accessories and décor offered by The Wood Garden, but one of the family-owned store’s greatest strengths is its personal touch. Many items are exclusively designed just for customers, the product lines available in the showroom are constantly rotating for fresh looks, and you can even bring the mother-daughter management team’s design expertise into your own home – they’ll be happy to come explore your space and help you find the right items to give it the perfect look. Express your style with The Wood Garden!



7650 N. Western Ave., OKC | 405.848.9663 |

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Urban Farmhouse Designs


n a world of immediate gratification and mass manufacturing, Urban Farmhouse Designs operates its entire business model on the premise that objects of value are still made by hand and that quality not only takes time, it stands the test of time. As a locally owned, full-service manufacturer and retailer of residential and commercial furnishings and accessories created from reclaimed materials, Urban Farmhouse Designs specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate a legacy and preserve the characteristics of enduring beauty and function. To do that, the company devotes much of its time to sourcing hard-to-find materials to be repurposed into a singular creation that simply can’t be duplicated. Each piece created by Urban Farmhouse Designs is manufactured on site in their 14,000-square-foot showroom in Oklahoma City by craftsmen who represent the best in their trade. Customers can bring design ideas with them or find inspiration in the showroom’s ever-changing inventory of exclusive furnishings. Manufacturing, assembling and finishing can be seen in progress on-site, which always sparks an appreciation for the process and makes shopping a very experiential occasion. In addition to producing custom furnishings and accessories, Urban Farmhouse Designs is a rich resource for homeowners who are building or remodeling. The company locates and makes use of reclaimed beams, mantels, doors and barn wood from several parts of the country, as well as quality wood from railcar flooring that dates as far back as the late 1800s. Urban Farmhouse Designs has also sourced items steeped in Oklahoma tradition from which they make pieces that are both beautiful and historic.

400 S. Western Ave., OKC | 405.305.6353

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Pergola Supreme


t’s time to enjoy your outdoor space! A new season of Nature’s vibrant, vivid beauty is upon us – wouldn’t you like to be spending time in a beautiful and welcoming retreat, one thoughtfully designed and expertly built for your specific home? Pergola Supreme provides exactly that; it’s a family-owned local business founded on the principles of honesty, quality and care and dedicated to exceeding customers’ expectations. Because each project – cedar pergolas, pavilions, gazebos, outdoor kitchens and more – is custom designed for individual clients, the process begins with a free consultation on your property and works around your schedule to quickly, cleanly and professionally create a top-quality addition to your home. Pergola Supreme genuinely is the best choice for enhancing your home’s beauty and value through custom fixtures. Give them a call today, and soon your backyard will be beckoning you to get home from work, go outside and enjoy.

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Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio


amily owned and operated, Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio in downtown Edmond has been serving the Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas for over 20 years now. With a visit to Swanson’s, you will receive personal and experienced customer service while enjoying a fun, family atmosphere. Offering the beauty of cast aluminum, the warmth of wicker and the durability of wrought iron, Swanson’s is home to only the very best in outdoor furniture from the casual furniture industry leaders. And with three having 100 years in the business and one of the youngest just turning 40, the manufacturers so proudly represented are trusted brands honored over time with multiple leadership and design excellence awards. For the finest in outdoor furniture, you are invited to visit Swanson’s where, as their slogan says, it will be “A Short Trip Well Worth Your Time.”

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n the longstanding battle of Man vs. Mosquito, a homeowner’s weaponry has always included a stockpile of bug repellents, zappers and citronella. Advantage: Mosquitoes. Homeowners now have a new defense against mosquitoes: SWAT Mosquito Mist System. Advantage: Homeowner, family and pets. Let SWAT Mosquito Mist System take the sting out of outdoor living in your backyard with a custom mosquito control system. SWAT’s industry-leading misting system is configured to the unique specifications of your property and begins with the professional installation of a series of misting nozzles around the perimeter of your yard. SWAT’s system is worry-free, programmed

to release a specially formulated mist to target and kill annoying mosquitoes, greatly reducing your family and pets’ potential exposure to mosquitoborne diseases such as the West Nile virus. SWAT also offers service for existing systems, as well as yard fogging or event fogging to help eliminate mosquitoes before outdoor parties and protect your gathering from uninvited guests. An Oklahoma-based company, SWAT believes, “You have the right to remain OUTDOORS.”® This year, reclaim your outdoor living space and secure your summer fun!



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Garage Door Services


hen it comes to home improvement, details make a big difference – not just in appearance, but in functionality and utility too. Garage Door Services specializes in giving you options: steel doors, smart trim carriage doors, wood overlay doors, modern glass doors, even recyclable material and other specialty garage doors made specifically to your design. They offer a remarkable range of choices, including Made in Oklahoma products, for your preferences and price point. Garage Door Services offers a complete line of LiftMaster products, featuring MyQ technology for smart home integration. With MyQ, you can use an app on your smartphone, tablet or other internet-enabled device to operate and monitor the garage door remotely or get alerts when it’s opened unexpectedly or too long; extra peace of mind at the touch of a button. Classic or custom options for the optimal look; the technology to make your daily home life safer and easier; workmanship and quality you can trust. It all adds up to the perfect finishing touch for your home, courtesy of Garage Door Services of Oklahoma City.

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he process of remodeling is all about updating your space – but if you’re looking to give your home a look that’s truly fresh, visit Oklahoma City’s most contemporary showroom for a dazzling display of inspired contemporary design and modern styling. WarHall Designs began in 1998 as a countertop manufacturing company and has grown into a full-service kitchen and bath design firm. hom by warhall, a division of WarHall Designs, is complete with everything needed for a full-service design remodel including interior design and space planning, or simply to assist in supplying your DIY project. Dedicated to its customers and interior design industry partners, hom offers a place to design truly fabulous spaces. With the help of the on-staff design team, you can choose from a broad selection of stylish tiles, contemporary countertops, sleek cabinets and beautiful hardwood floors. hom by warhall is located in the Quail Village and its website is full of ideas and inspiration.

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The World Beyond Our Walls Indoor furniture moves out to create a cozy garden setting. Page 66 Photographer SIMON HURST

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Water features (three ponds with contributory streams and several fountains) play a central role in the mood of Nancy’s yard. A retractable awning over the bedroom patio’s deck allows for control of the amount of sun or shade it receives, and glass sculptures, available at The Greenhouse, add color when cold temps arrive.

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Orchestrating Beauty


Cheery orange nasturtiums and herbs line the stream in the spring, while a variety of trees, including Japanese red maple, yews, junipers and heavenly bamboo nandina, compose a lush backdrop.

It was the opinion of Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero that a garden (in addition to a library) gave one all that was necessary in life. The backyard of Nancy Muenzler’s northwest metro home is precisely the kind of landscaped oasis that could lend credence to that idea; gently sloping down from a comfortably furnished back porch and culminating in a 35,000-gallon koi pond, this lovingly cultivated collection of streams, mini ponds and plant life is both a private haven and natural entertainment venue. Writer JILL HARDY Photographer SIMON HURST

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“You just have to find

what you like.”

The koi pond’s roomy deck is furnished with ’20s era furniture inherited from Nancy’s grandmother; mixed succulents are used as living accent pieces; the curved bridge was constructed by Norman builder Rick Green (who also built the gazebo, drainage deck and built-in deck tables) and links two seating areas.

“I’ve had anywhere from 85 to 100 people here at one time,” Nancy shares. “There are five seating areas, not including the hot tub. But this is where I am every evening.” Nancy, who owns a retail nursery (The Greenhouse, in Norman) came to the home several years ago after marrying Dr. W. Stanley Muenzler (who passed away in 2013). She immediately began working her magic on the yards, transforming them from mere complements to viable extensions of the home itself. Despite challenges presented by drainage and the steep slope of the backyard, Nancy succeeded in creating a space both beautiful and useful, with individual, selfcontained areas organized into a visually stunning whole. The sound of water trickling through the various conduits situated in This metal sculpture is by Oklahoma artist Dean Imel.

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the yard adds an aural depth to the atmosphere, making it almost impossible not to relax once you step outside. Nancy laughs off suggestions that she’s a natural artist (“I was a finance major!”) but details like the Monet-inspired bridge that flanks the koi pond, and the Chihuly-esque glass sculptures that dot the various garden areas, are certainly reflections of personality; touches that Nancy insists anyone can emulate, in their own unique way. “You just have to find what you like.” Much of the yard’s design was a product of necessity; true to Nancy’s advice to try and work with what you’ve been given, she coordinated the koi pond’s construction and the lower yard’s plantings with natural shade provided by several large willows and cottonwoods.

A visual treat awaits you no matter where you’re standing; the view from the bedroom area deck rewards the eye with dots of color from glass sculptures in the greenery.

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Nancy’s back porch living area rivals many of its indoor counterparts; although she and her husband had originally envisioned an outdoor kitchen, Nancy says that reality dictated revising the plan to a comfy place to relax and watch football games. “There are,” Nancy says, “a lot of restaurants in Oklahoma City, after all.”

“This was a streambed – not every yard is going to have this to work with.” Nancy explains. “All of these things need this shade. When we sculpted and started creating the steps, it was all based on these trees.” That isn’t to say that Nancy’s approach and results are strictly the product of pragmatism; she confesses that her overall vision wasn’t something she was willing to compromise for the sake of ease. 70 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | Spring 2015

The weighty concrete table was given a granite top (found at an auction) for a stylish-but-still-substantial touch. A bowl of sturdy succulents makes for an easy living centerpiece.

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“If something doesn’t work

I just change it.”

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From top: A resin water feature mirrors the black detailing alongside the doors. Red double begonias reflect the bright hue of the mailbox, for a streamlined, contemporary look in front of the house.

Nancy’s patio houses five citrus trees, contained in large buckets, which winter in her greenhouse.

“I have friends who are landscape architects and I asked a couple of them, ‘What would you do [about the original brush-filled yard filled with poison ivy and brambles, with little more than a ditch at the bottom for drainage]? ’ – and the response was, ‘Grass it.’ I said, ‘Sorry, that’s not happening.’” So while it’s definitely a paean to the principle of working with natural features of an outdoor space, Nancy’s beautifully orchestrated slice of open-air heaven is also a testament to the dedication of its designer. “If you’re going to do something, do it well.” Spring 2015 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 73



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Spring Plantings


ONE OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR NEW GARDENERS IN OUR STATE IS THE OSU-OKC EXTENSION OFFICE. Their website,, is filled with fact sheets that cover just about every garden-related question you could think of, but if you are just getting started it can be a case of information overload. Here’s our simple breakdown of some commonly grown items for the Oklahoma gardener.

Gardener’s Notes

Succession Planting: ensures you don’t have a huge crop of any one item at one time. Plant a few seeds every couple of days or each week so that the plants will mature at different periods – for example, you won’t need a dozen heads of lettuce or 50 radishes to all be ready the same day; you might want to space them out so you can have fresh salads for weeks. Pre-Soaking Seeds: helps hard outer shells of some seeds soften up so that the seed can sprout. Place seeds in a damp paper towel or coffee filter in a closed zip-lock bag on the kitchen counter to moisten them up enough to send out a shoot. Once the shoot has sprouted, don’t wait too long to plant because the seeds will mold easily in the moist, humid environment. More Spring Crops: Additional popular crops grown in our area include Irish potatoes, onions and asparagus. Plant seed potatoes and onion plants – the best onion plants are thinner than a pencil in diameter; thicker ones tend to “bolt” (flower early) and will not create a good-sized onion bulb – between February 15-March 10. Plant dormant asparagus crowns in the spring, keeping in mind they are perennial and will be in the same location for a decade or more. Asparagus should not be harvested the first year so they can store up their energy for their long lives, the second year may have minimal harvesting and the third year is full production.

Lettuce – sow seeds directly outdoors in succession plantings, between February 15-March 10

Peas – pre-sprout then sow seeds directly outdoors, between February 15-March 10 Cabbage – start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks prior to planting outdoors, plant out transplants between February 15-March 10

Broccoli – start seeds indo ors 6-8 weeks prior to planting outd oors, plant out transplants in March

Radishes – sow seeds directly outdoors in succession plantings, between March 1-April 15 Spinach – sow seeds directly outdoors in succession plantings, between February 15-March 10

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OUTDOORS | Taking Root

Summer Plantings

THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN THEY THINK OF A VEGETABLE GARDEN – it encompasses all those delicious tastes of summer!

Gardener’s notes:

Tips: Always use fresh okra seeds, as they are very sensitive to aging and will not germinate reliably if they are old. Peppers’ growth can stall if exposed to cold, so if nighttime temperatures are not adequately warm, wait a bit longer to put peppers in the ground – tomatoes are not quite as sensitive. More Summer Crops: watermelon (direct sow outdoors May 1-20), eggplant (start indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, between April 10-30), cucumbers (direct sow outdoors after April 10), pumpkins (direct sow outdoors after April 10) and sweet corn (direct sow outdoors March 25-April 30).

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Beans – pre-sprout then sow seeds directly outdoors, between April 10-30

Squash – sow seeds directly outdoors between April 10-30 or later

Peppers – start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks prior to planting outdoors, plant out transplants between April 10-30.

Okra – sow seeds directly outdoors between April 10-30 or later. Cantaloupe – sow seeds directly outdoors between May 1-20

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From the BOOKSHELF ANY DAY NOW – PERHAPS ANY MOMENT – SPRING IS JUST ON THE VERGE OF, WELL, SPRINGING. While nature will be handling the botanical refurbishment on a grand scale, you can lend a hand at improving the allure of your own slice of paradise with a few creative undertakings. As presented by family team Anna and Anders Jeppsson, the step-by-step guides found in “Simple & Stylish Backyard Projects” walk readers through woodworking designs that are utilitarian, decorative or both. The book covers 37 undertakings in an expansive variety of scopes and scales. Nothing says you need to start at the beginning and work your way straight through, though – if you want to try your hand at something small and whimsical like a bird feeder or lantern-like votive box for candles, forge ahead; if you feel up to tackling something more industrious like a garden gate, woodshed or porch deck with privacy fence, specs and directions are available in here as well. Bear in mind that “simple” is a relative term; it’ll take more than 10 minutes with a claw hammer and some nails to turn a pile of lumber into, say, the sun bed with an adjustable back found on page 66. The book’s projects are predicated on a familiarity with basic woodworking; you don’t have to have a Nick Offerman level of skill, and there is a section at the back providing extra detail on some concepts like rabbets, cross-laps and radius cuts, but the authors do presume you have access to and can use jigsaws, clamps and other tools. In this fertile season, spending more time outdoors is a joy in itself. But there’s an extra pleasure in being surrounded by the creative works of your own hands, and undertaking a bit of construction not only results in that sense of accomplishment, but gives you a reason to be outside during the woodworking process – doesn’t that sound like a win-win?

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SIMPLE & STYLISH BACKYARD PROJECTS By Anna and Anders Jeppsson (Popular Woodworking Books, $26.99)

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Finishing Touch Growing Season Photographer SIMON HURST Whether or not your own backyard is as luxuriously verdant as Nancy Muenzler’s personal retreat, spring’s rejuvenation is a gift for us all; find someplace to sit and relish the beauties of nature.

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