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HOME SPRING 2018
A room-by-room guide to reimagining your whole house
ENTRANCES 8 Bling out your 12
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DESIGN 18 Experts’ style tips 20 Metallics shine 22 Home décor trends 24 Decorate with apps 26 Travel-focused style WALLS 30 Wallpaper stays on 32
trend for homes Hot paint colors rule for 2018
CLEANING 34 Tips to refresh your home for spring
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WELCOME HOME From the mailbox to the front door, curb appeal makes a first impression BY VALERIE FINHOLM
“A trend now is to mix letters and numbers, like Fifty 4,” she says. “Another one I love is, if you have four house numbers, to set them up in a grid instead of vertically or horizontally.” McLain says more homeowners are adding invitational language, like HELLO, to the front of their homes, or putting family names on plaques, perhaps like their grandparents did. DuQuella Tile in Deadwood, Ore., specializes in ceramic tile numbers for >
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s the front of your home looking a bit tired and neglected? If so, maybe it’s time to add a bit of bling to bolster its curb appeal. Updating house numbers, hardware or a new mailbox can add some class — or sass — to the look of your abode. And it doesn’t have to cost much to make a statement. At Modern House Numbers in Tucson, Ariz., Brandy McLain and her architect husband, Rick, make custom address numbers and plaques in a variety of fonts and finishes for House numbers customers in a variety of in the sizes and styles U.S. and add to a home’s visual appeal. Canada.
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personalizing homes and cottages, says Cyra DuQuella, owner and tile artist. “People love our Victorian rose pattern at the top of a house number.” Another way to update your home’s first impression is to replace an old mailbox with something modern. “People don’t notice an ugly mailbox, but if it’s nice, it’s noticed — like a little surprise,” says Los Angeles
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Small doses of color can do wonders to make a mailbox stand out.
interior designer Orlando Soria, author of Get It Together! An Interior Designer’s Guide to Creating Your Best Life. For homeowners who are stumped about how to liven up their mailboxes, websites such as Etsy or Pinterest can provide a needed boost of inspiration. Also, adding a contrasting color to your front door can be an eye-catcher. Consider giving it a two-tone style to
add unexpected drama. Finally, don’t forget to update the hardware on the front door. “People underestimate the importance of door hardware,” Soria notes. “You touch hardware to get in and out of a house so you want a handle that feels like quality and looks beautiful. It will completely change the experience of entering your home.” l
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Bright colors are appealing and can change the entire look of a house. Try the Pella Vivacious Red fiberglass entry door with an insulating core. $1,131.97, lowes.com
The Builders Choice Elite Surf Satin Etch Glass Contemporary 4 Lite front door enhances entryways with a modern look. This fiberglass door is energy efficient and resists dents, rotting, rusting, cracking and warping. $1,230.55, homedepot. com
COME ON IN Your front door should make a statement
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othing makes a first impression for your home like the front entrance. “Many are using the front door to personalize their homes as it’s a cost-effective way to make an immediate impact,” says Manhattan-based interior designer Tina Ramchandani of Tina Ramchandani Creative. “I’m seeing bright colorful doors as a trend in 2018. The best thing about manipulating a door through color is that it can be updated at any time.” For homeowners hopping on the popular trend of renting out homes for additional income, a colorful front door can add pop to listings. “First impressions count, and that means a vacation home’s front door and how it’s photographed could make or break a potential booking,” says Melanie Fish, a travel expert with property-rental website HomeAway. “Exterior shots are sometimes overlooked by homeowners, but they’re important — both a wide shot of the whole property and a closer shot of the front door.” Here are some bold ideas for front doors that captivate:
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If you want an elegant look that provides additional peace of mind, the Hidden Door Store manufactures high-security front doors like the custom-built Fortress Series steel core door. Features include locking bolts, specially shaped security studs on the hinge side, steel tubing and drill-resistant manganese steel plates for locking mechanisms. Prices start at $7,200, hiddendoorstore.com
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The Yellow Flash Clear 3-Diamond Lite door from the Spotlight Glass Collection by Verona Home Design creates an inviting entrance to any home. The fiberglass unit with a 4 9/16-inchwide primed composite frame, brickmould and a composite adjustable sill has satin nickel hinges. $1,489, houzz.com
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nowing that your home’s furnishings and accessories were made in the U.S. can be a source of pride, as artisans continue the American traditions of ingenuity and skill that have resulted in countless beautiful creations. There are benefits for the U.S. manufacturers as well. “We manufacture locally to allow us complete control of the process and enable us to create custom pieces both on a small and large scale,” says Alex Segal, co-founder of Croft House, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in handmade home furniture. “We’re also inspired by the social impact. Building a workforce locally has been one of the most rewarding parts of our business.” These four furniture and flooring picks were proudly made in the United States:
Custom-made sectional. $6,250, crofthouse.com
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POWER UP High-tech devices boost your home’s IQ and productivity BY CHERLYN JENKINS
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GOOGLE HOME Google Home users can manage multiple schedules, stream music using Google’s Chromecast service and control smarthome devices. The device includes the ability to set and snooze multiple clock alarms, and the My Day function offers a “Good morning” greeting and provides users with the current temperature, news, commute time and the day’s first meeting. Google Home, $99; Google Home Max, $399; Google Home Mini (shown), $39, store.google.com
K ONO S MA RT KONO boasts the newest smart — and now decorative — thermostat from LUX Products. Among its features is Home and Away Aware that automatically adjusts for comfort and savings, smart scheduling with utility cost estimator and energy and runtime usage reporting. It comes in charcoal black but KONO’s Décor-Snap interchangeable covers, sold separately, change the way the thermostat looks with colors like Hibiscus Red, Sea Green, True White and Deep Blue, plus a paintable cover option. The thermostat is compatible with Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant app. $149.99, shop.luxproducts.com
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any of today’s homes are driven by smart technology — appliances, water systems, security systems, lighting, windows and robot vacuums — that communicate with us and one another and do what we command with programming, a voice prompt or our smartphones. The continued popularity of these devices is rampant. Nearly 7 in 10 Americans think smart homes will be as common as smartphones by 2025, according to a 2015 online survey by Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer chips and other technology products. Two of the hottest gadgets on the market are the voice-controlled devices Google Home, or Google Assistant, and Amazon Echo, or Alexa. “Fifty percent of U.S. homes will buy one of these voice assists in the next five years,” says Becky Worley, technology and consumer correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. Yet, how do consumers choose which device best fits their needs? Here are five options that can help you make your home smarter:
SA MS UNG FLE X WA S H With its 5-cubic-foot lower washer and 1-cubic-foot upper washer, this machine lets users clean two loads at the same time and it uses steam to help remove stains. Wi-Fi connectivity makes it possible to receive alerts when the cycle is complete and schedule cycles from a smartphone. Comes in 5.5-cubic-foot and 6-cubic-foot models. The companion FlexDry has two dryers, steam technology and is Energy Star certified. The 7.5-cubic-foot dryer is available in gas and electric models. See samsung.com for prices.
AM A Z O N E C H O This second-generation version boasts improved sound, powered by Dolby, and seven microphones to hear commands. The device can manage multiple schedules and control other connected home devices. Need to make a call, request an Uber or order pizza? Just ask Alexa! $99.99, amazon.com
SM A RT C B U LB S Thanks to compatibility with Amazon Echo, consumers can remotely control lights by using their voice and the C by GE app. The C-Sleep adjusts to create the proper light based on the time of day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; softer at night and vibrant in the morning. The single-color C-Life bulb can be controlled to achieve optimal light anytime. $39.99 for a two-bulb combo pack, amazon.com
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DESIGN DILEMMAS Experts answer readers’ most burning décor questions
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A total remodel can allow you to design the kitchen of your dreams.
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Refacing cabinetry can cost significantly less than a total replacement — a huge plus if your existing cabinetry is in great shape, and if the layout and function of each cabinet is as you would envision. When a Elizabeth kitchen is truly dated and will Cross-Beard require a complete overhaul Jenkins Baer Associates (from layout and appliances Baltimore to lighting and finishes), my advice is to instead repaint the cabinets and update the cabinet hardware — saving money by not actually changing the cabinet doors and drawers themselves. The beauty of a total replacement is you can design the kitchen of your dreams. Even with keeping existing plumbing locations, the sky is the limit when creating a kitchen layout from scratch. The caveat with total replacement is that you will likely need to replace your countertops and backsplash, and then the option of a new sink, faucet, that light fixture of your dreams and the amazing I-need-it barstool can add up and spin out of control quickly. Make sure you create a budget and include a line item for every facet of your kitchen renovation before starting total replacement to ensure you stay on target.
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WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF REFACING KITCHEN CABINETS VERSUS TOTAL REPLACEMENT? — Carol Gage, Alexandria, Va.
HOW CAN I IMPLEMENT MINIMALISM IN A 1928 HOME THAT PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN? — Carla Mills, Mankato, Minn.
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Let’s say the house is a traditional bungalow, with small rooms and dark, heavy woodwork. Paint all of the walls, woodwork and ceiling white. If the fireplace lies between the dining Marcelle and living room, consider Guilbeau opening up the walls around Marcelle Guilbeau it, being mindful of any Interior Designs existing historic woodwork, Nashville, Tenn. to allow easy flow. Enlarge the opening between the kitchen and dining area and turn the kitchen counter into a pass-through. Within that, build a minimalist palette of simple, sculptural furniture. You can go as modern or edgy as you want. Consider a simple, clean-lined sectional for the living room to add seating and simplicity to an otherwise enclosed space.
I’M A RENTER IN AN OLD HOME. A HIGHCEILINGED WALL IN MY KITCHEN IS A FOCAL POINT, BUT IT’S SO BARE. HOW DO I DETER FROM ITS EMPTINESS WITHOUT HANGING SOMETHING FROM IT? — Sydney Bennett, Pittsburgh When renting, it can be challenging to define and personalize your space. But fortunately, even when you have restrictions from your landlord, I’ve found that a tall wall in a main living space can be Lisa Kahn accented with more than just Lisa Kahn artwork or a mirror. I love to bring Designs in something natural to help Naples, Fla. capture the feeling of sanctuary that we all need when we come home. To do that, I’ll select things like a potted tree or a vase of flowers placed on a console table against the wall. There are other ways to warm up a space, too, like a piece of sculpture or an object like a tall lidded jar. All of these can reflect your personal style, create a focal point and bring a little calm to your world.
Pendant lights can add an elegant touch to a dining room, kitchen or living room.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COORDINATE LIGHT FIXTURES BUT NOT MAKE THEM FEEL MATCHY-MATCHY OR TOO DISJOINTED? I LIKE DIFFERENT STYLES, BUT I WANT THEM TO FEEL COHESIVE. — Toni Danielson, Lakeville, Minn. An eclectic look can be achieved by pairing items that work well together without being identical matches. When coordinating light fixtures, consider the size and finish of the lights that you are trying to Keisha coordinate. For example, three Gilchrist glass pendants can be paired SDV Decor Hyattsville, Md. together if they are of similar scale and finish, but the shapes can be different. I love the idea of mixing pendants over a bar or kitchen countertop — it adds interest to the space. If you can’t find three fixtures of the same scale, consider grouping two smaller pendants of the same scale at the end of your trio, with a larger pendant in the middle.
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SHIMMER AND SHINE Metallics are trending in home dĂŠcor BY OLIVIA OSBORNE
C A NDLE HOLDE RS A metallic candleholder set can accessorize year-round. Change the candles seasonally to add fragrance and color. Studio 350 metal candle holder set of three, 11 inches, 7 inches and 4 inches tall, $41.49, overstock.com
etallics continue to appear in home design with the mix of metals in the form of furniture, tile and accessories. But matching metallics is not necessary; incorporating various materials and colors adds interest and depth. Start with these pieces to give your home a boost of shimmer:
P ILLOWS Metallic pillows provide a sheen that will brighten and make any piece of furniture more comfortable. Handcrafted velvet metallic sandstone pillow cover measures 20 x 20 inches. $19.99, westelm.com
P LA CE S E TTING Mixing metallics creates interest. Gold charger, $39; Belgian Flax linen napkins, $24 for four; brass napkin rings, $28 for four; Organic Shaped Dinnerware, 16-piece set for $94; Fishs Eddy gilded side plate, $10, all at westelm.com
S I DE TABLE A whimsical table in a metallic finish is sure to be a conversation starter. Hopedale end table, $210, houzz.com
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TAP. CLICK. REDECORATE. Online apps put home décor solutions at your fingertips BY ADRIENNE JORDAN
OV E RS TOCK .COM If you’ve ever surfed an online home store and wondered how an accent chair would look in your living room, this AR app allows potential buyers to view thousands of home products alongside their own furniture in 3-D. (AR function available only on iOS devices.) App Store and Google Play
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This app allows users to decorate a space and then share it with others for feedback, or take a picture of an empty space, share it with others and let them decorate it. You can also create quick mock-ups to see how a space will look once it’s furnished. App Store
COLORS NA P V IS UA LIZ E R Instead of carrying around cumbersome color swatches, this app from Sherwin-Williams connects to your ColorSnap Match device (sold at SherwinWilliams stores) to create streamlined color matching. Scan a color on any product or surface and match it to the closest Sherwin-Williams paint shade. App Store and Google Play
MORP HOLIO BOA RD Board offers dozens of options that complement or contrast your selected furniture, artwork or paint by extracting and capturing colors from the places you take your smartphone. App Store
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nterior design apps have revolutionized the industry — you can now virtually transform your spaces on your smartphone or tablet. “Home décor and furniture can be difficult decisions to make online, but now there is new technology like augmented reality (AR) that can help address those hurdles so people can more easily create their dream home,” says Amit Goyal, senior vice president of software development at Overstock.com. Here are four free apps that you can use to revamp your abode:
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Infuse your love of travel into your home BY JENNA INTERSIMONE
f your living space is looking a little drab and you’re eager to redecorate, you may be able to find inspiration in a seemingly unlikely place — your passport. That’s because these days, a new trend in interior design is to use your travel aspirations, favorite destinations and “happy places” to inspire your interior décor. “Travel is a really big part of my life, and by decorating my home with photos and >
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Deep ocean blues and special keepsakes are used in this room’s shoreliving-inspired design.
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trinkets from my travels, I am constantly reminded of some really great memories,” says Fiona Andrews of Montclair, N.J. “Plus, it’s unique — I don’t know anyone else who has a tapestry from Lake Titicaca hanging in their kitchen.” Andrews, who works as a marketing consultant and loves to cook, says she enjoys being able to make the dishes she has experienced abroad using the same ingredients and tools that she purchased there, such as her copper jug from Greece for serving wine and her molcajete from Mexico for making guacamole. “It’s also always a conversation starter,” Andrews says. “People ask a lot of questions about where I’ve been and often they say they are inspired to travel more, too.” Amani Thorpe-Lee, director of sales at Ethan Allen of Whippany, Wayne and Somerville in New Jersey who has also worked as a designer, says people don’t usually consider using their favorite destinations as inspiration, but designers will often ask travel-related questions to help visualize what a client’s ideal space would look like. “Most clients go into the interior design process not really knowing what direction
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Cultural or environmental elements can remind you of a fond destination.
they want to go in,” she says. “We had a client recently that wanted to redesign their living room — the room was cold and dreary, and they never wanted to go in it. “When we asked them about what they like to do, they said that they have a house in Nantucket where their grandchildren visit them and they lit up immediately, so we knew those colors and themes would be great inspiration.” Thorpe-Lee says destination-inspired design has gotten a bad reputation because some have gotten too literal with their interpretation — one option, she says, is to allude to a destination using colors or other small aspects that will tickle a memory of a place. To help those looking to incorporate travels into their interior design, Thorpe-Lee offered these tips: uIntegrate your destination-inspired design elements into your space in a way that doesn’t seem disjointed. Souvenirs should be highlighted, but not stand out in a way that detracts from the overall décor. uWhen traveling to exotic lands, decorate with potted fauna reminiscent of the region. A distinctive plant that you remember from your trip can be featured in a grouping under a large cloche, or domed glass. Found treasures such as seashells, stones, fossils or flowers can be pressed onto watercolor paper or set on a mini easel for display. uSort through the photographs of your travels and set your color scheme based on the images. uUse textures and forms in your space that mimic the architecture of your favorite getaway. The trussed barns of the English countryside can be honored in a coffee table or other pieces of furniture. A room also can reflect an aspirational destination, says Thorpe-Lee. “People who are incorporating ‘destination design’ into their interior decorating are just regular people who love to travel, no matter if it’s to an exotic destination, their home country or a summer home,” she says. “Everyone loves to see these inspiring destinations in their everyday environment.” l
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UP FRONT | DESIGN
U P F R O N T | WA L L S
Wallpaper with bold patterns adds character to your room.
STYLE THAT STICKS Wallpaper returns as popular design choice
rom block prints to pop art and metallic to jute, wallpaper has made a big comeback. Several factors have helped bring wallpaper into the
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spotlight again: trends moving from minimalism (less is more) to maximalism (the more the better); easier application and removal; and a move toward nontoxic chemicals. During the past five years, sales
of wallpaper have spiked: The Wall Street Journal reports a 27 percent increase in commercial and hospitality industries alone. Here are some ways to make wallpaper work in your dĂŠcor:
HYGGE & WEST
BY SHEILA RICH
BREATHE EASY Wallpaper manufacturers are avoiding volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — that create off-gassing and pollute indoor air — and replacing the heavily toxic material with low- or no-VOC alternatives. Also, the use of various adhesives for specific types of wallpaper have made application and removal easier, eliminating hours of work. Makelike: Mica Gold on White
M I X AND M AX Maximalism is a departure from the more minimal, neutral look of recent years. Wallpapers featuring animals, pop art, art-deco patterns and intricate florals are turning neutrality upside down. True design maximalism combines multiple wallpapers in single rooms and seemingly disparate papers in adjacent rooms, hallways and even ceilings. Joss & Main: Croton Banana Leaf
COLOR COORDI NATION Choose a variety of wallpapers that have a particular color in common. You might use stripes in one room, florals in another, geometric patterns beyond that, and so on. If you prefer a more coordinated look, consider using wallpapers with the same design in two or more colorways. Graham & Brown: Helen Glitter Stripe Lilac & White; Atmosphere Heather
MAKEELIKE; SHEILA RICH; MURALS YOUR WAY; GRAHAM & BROWN; JOSS & MAIN
The maximalist trend allows for bright, intricate paper patterns.
Sheila Rich is an interior designer who has been creating timeless spaces for more than 30 years. Her award-winning Monmouth Beach, N.J.based design firm, Sheila Rich Interiors, services residential and business clients. Her work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications, and she’s proud to be a certified interior designer in New Jersey.
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C aliente Sandst one Tint
TOP COLOR PICKS FOR 2018
BY CINDY BAILEN
very fall, paint companies announce their color picks for the coming year. And they don’t just make them up — they employ people who travel the planet to research the trends. In 2018, quiet grays retreat, and rich jewel tones and relaxing nature-inspired hues are ready to make our homes feel more alive.
Ultra V iolet
Oceanside Black Magic
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Pantone’s royal purple hue can be achieved at home improvement stores using a color chip custom matched to any paint base, like this Behr brand.
Deep O nyx
LO O K F O R T HESE SHADES THIS YEAR: PURPLE IS KING Pantone, the world’s color authority, has selected Ultra Violet as its color of the year for 2018. This deep purple hue is all about the spiritual and mystical. It’s dramatic and unconventional. You might hesitate to put it on your walls, but consider bringing it into a room with furniture or rich draperies.
BLUE-GREENS BRING THE OUTDOORS IN From Sherwin-Williams comes deep, dreamy Oceanside, a perfect teal that works well on walls or kitchen cabinets. Behr has called out In the Moment, a soothing, frosty evergreen shade with undertones of pale blue and green. DunnEdwards offers The Green Hour, a dark blue-green inspired by the popularity of absinthe-colored cocktails in turn-of-the century Paris. 2018’s cool colors are tranquil and restorative. Picture a blue-green bowl planted with green succulents. These colors can go vintage, coastal or farmhouse with ease.
NEUTRALS ARE ALWAYS AROUND Dutch Boy has announced Sandstone Tint, a calm greige, as its 2018 color of the year. The combination of two of the ultimate neutrals, beige and gray, is a comfortable choice for any room or for the whole house. And whatever your favorite take on Millennial Pink is, it’s still with us. It definitely fits into the neutral category, and it works in many different color palettes. The lighter, dustier pink color can be used on ceilings or added to a home’s décor with pillows or throws. AkzoNobel, a company that makes paints for Dulux and several regional brands, has picked Heart Wood, a mauve-y pink, as their color of the year. It’s an embracing shade that adds warmth to a bedroom and welcome to a living room.
BLACK IS BACK Black typically predominates in the world of fashion, and now we can bring it onto our walls. An amazing thing about dark walls: At night, they seem to recede, bringing a sense of endless space. Glidden and Olympic Paints have each staked out black for their 2018 colors. Those of us who can’t imagine painting a whole room black can use it on the trim, or brush a couple of coats on the front door. But Glidden’s Deep Onyx and Olympic’s Black Magic look enchanting in a room where you entertain, or on one wall of an open-floor plan space to designate that part of the room for a specific activity, like dining or lounging. Black has been trending in kitchen design for years, and most major appliance companies now offer refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens in black stainless steel. Those appliances can really pop in a kitchen outfitted with white quartz counters and a black island.
RADIANT REDS MAKE A STATEMENT Red is fun to wear, and it brings an undeniable energy and charisma into a room. Benjamin Moore has declared Caliente, a high-energy red, as its signature color for 2018. This bold shade rocks hints of orange and brown, so it’s confident without overwhelming a space. Although it might be difficult to sleep in a bedroom blanketed in red, a throw pillow on a bed might be just enough of a color pop in a gray room. And a dining room in red is unforgettable.
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UP FRONT | CLEANING
REFRESH, RENEW In the spirit of spring cleaning, start here BY SEAN ROSSMAN
W I ND OWS
Windows are Rapinchuk’s biggest must-clean. Not just the glass, but their many crevices, which always seem to collect dirt. She suggests cleaning the window casing, sill and track, in the spring and once before winter. Vacuum first then scrub with soap and water. Q-tips can be used to get in those hard-to-reach places.
Replace dirty air and furnace filters. Depending on your furnace or vents, how often you change these may vary. However, Rapinchuk notes that spring is a good time to take stock of when you need to replace them. The same goes for vacuum-cleaner filters which, if dirty, can spit dirt back into your home and undo your hard work.
CA R P E TS
Although some may suggest twice a year, Rapinchuk says it’s OK for people to deep clean their carpets once a year to supplement regular vacuuming. Hire someone or do it yourself using a rented steam cleaner. Open the windows and turn on fans for a quick dry.
Clean the floor of your garage because mud and salt from your car accumulates. Also, put away your winter gear — shovels and sleds — and pull out lawn tools — the lawnmower, weed trimmer and rakes. Fill your gas canister so it will be ready the first time you use it.
DOORK NOBS , LIGHT S WITCHE S
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These are touched every day but rarely cleaned. Rapinchuk suggests using warm water and a squirt of dishsoap for wiping them down. Don’t forget to clean light fixtures throughout the home as well, brightening the vibe in every room.
ILLUSTRATIONS: MIRANDA PELLICANO
he spring cleaning tradition stems from a time when people spent months holed up in their homes, warmed by a fire, and then mercilessly opened their windows and freed themselves of dust and dirt. The renewing feeling of spring endures, and Becky Rapinchuk, founder of the lifestyle website Clean Mama, says people catch the cleaning bug around this time because the season, along with its prominent sunlight, reveals the dust and dirt that has been hibernating. Rapinchuk says performing simple daily maintenance will help give your home a refreshing spring shower. Here are ideas to get you started:
VENTURES he most powerful experiences in life are shared — and many of those begin in the kitchen. From helping your kids re-create Grandma’s special spaghetti sauce to watching Uncle Karl prepare his amazing apple strudel, food and cooking combine culture, education, art and creativity. We want to introduce five food influencers who are creating and sharing some of the most delicious, family-friendly recipes —
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we’re talking dishes that help make everyday meals and special occasions a true experience. With best-selling cookbooks, award-winning photography and amazing personalities, Grateful Ventures’ (grateful.co) featured bloggers’ creativity, expertise and passion are reflected in every dish. Their mouthwatering recipes will capture your imagination — with stepby-step videos and photos — that will inspire you to try them in your own kitchen.
GRATEFUL UNITES ONLINE AUDIENCES WITH A TALENTED CAST OF FOOD INFLUENCERS
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Jessica is an expert at unraveling the science behind flavorful, healthier cooking and sharing that know-how on her blog, Jessica Gavin — Culinary Scientist (jessicagavin.com). As a child, Jessica visited the Chinatown area in Oakland, Calif., with her family to shop for fresh vegetables, roasted meats and “special pink bakery boxes” loaded with Chinese sweets. She noticed how food was able to bring people together and create bonds, and she knew then that food would have a very important role in her life. A culinary graduate and teacher at heart, Jessica developed an interest in “farm to fork” food production, focusing on providing safe and wholesome food and understanding the consumer. Jessica develops healthy food, beverages and children’s products for people around the world and loves to share her simple, family-friendly recipes with her readers.
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
Kosher salt, for seasoning
Black pepper, for
ASIAN CHICKEN SALAD WITH DRESSING SERVES 4
PREP TIME: 20 MINS
COOK TIME: 10 MINS
2 cups Tuscan kale (also called lacinato), sliced ¼-inch thick
1 cup napa cabbage, sliced ¼-inch thick
1 cup red cabbage, sliced ¼-inch thick
1 cup carrots, shredded
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
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1 tablespoon extra-virgin
2 cups romaine lettuce,
Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken. Cook for five minutes, flip and continue to cook until no longer pink, three to five minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into ½-inch slices. For the salad, in a large bowl, combine kale, napa and red cabbage, carrots, green onions, lettuce, apples and chicken slices. For the dressing, add to blender ¼ cup cashews, 1 cup Fuji apples cut into 1-inch slices, 3 tablespoons each of rice wine vinegar and soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and ¼ cup extra-
virgin olive oil. Process until smooth on medium-high speed for about one minute. Drizzle dressing over salad and enjoy.
BONUS: The robust vegetables in this salad and the emulsified sesame ginger dressing store really well for lunches or dinner throughout the week.
sliced ¼-inch thick •
1 cup Fuji apples, sliced ¼-inch thick
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(See instructions for dressing ingredients)
C R E AT O R // C H O C O L AT E C O V E R E D K AT I E
Katie — who eats chocolate every day and sometimes even has cake for breakfast — created a small food blog, Chocolate Covered Katie (chocolatecoveredkatie.com) just for fun. It skyrocketed in popularity and quickly became a go-to source for healthy desserts and comfort-food recipes. Not surprisingly, some of Katie’s favorite recipes include chocolate, such as chocolate pie, brownies and pudding cake. Among reader favorites are her healthy cookie dough dip and black bean brownies (kids will never even know that something healthy was snuck in!). Recognized as a top healthy dessert blogger, Katie has been featured on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, CNN, The Food Network and in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light and People Magazine. Also, Amazon chose her debut cookbook, Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You, as one of its Top 20 cookbooks in 2015.
¼ cup nondairy milk
1 teaspoon white or
V E G A N B A K E D S T R AW B E R R Y D O U G H N U T S MAKES 6-7
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
/3 cup pure maple
syrup, agave or honey •
3½ tablespoons vegetable, canola or melted coconut oil
1 cup vegan flour, loosely packed
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup diced strawberries
Pinch cinnamon, handful mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut (optional)
Combine milk, vinegar, vanilla extract, syrup and oil. Set aside. Grease a doughnut pan or mini muffin pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together all remaining ingredients except strawberries. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients once oven is hot, and stir until just evenly mixed. Don’t overmix. Stir in the berries. Pour batter into pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until doughnuts have risen and batter is no longer wet. Let sit five minutes before removing from the pan. You can serve these plain, or top with jam, almond or peanut butter or vanilla yogurt. Or you can make a basic doughnut glaze of 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk and ½
teaspoon pure vanilla extract. If you like strawberry shortcake, you will fall instantly in love with these light and pillowy strawberry doughnuts that are secretly vegan and refined-sugar-free — but no one will ever be able to tell! The doughnuts are a great healthy breakfast or dessert, and they’re super kid-friendly and easy to make.
FO R M O R E R EC I P E S / / FO L LOW CHOCOLATE COVERED K ATIE
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COOK TIME: 10 MINS
CO O K I N G I N S T R U C T I O N S
apple cider vinegar •
PREP TIME: 10 MINS
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MONIQUE KILGORE C R E AT O R // D I V A S C A N C O O K
Monique is an energetic Southern girl who loves having her cake and eating it, too — literally and figuratively. Having grown up in a huge family full of women who cook from scratch, she started Divas Can Cook (divascancook.com) as a way to share her favorite simplified Southern-inspired recipes with busy women (and men) and encourage them to cook from scratch, too. On her blog, you’ll find a fun, down-to-earth approach to cooking with video recipes that casually guide you through the entire process. Monique’s hope is that the site will inspire you to get into the kitchen and bring back that beautiful tradition of home-cooked meals. Monique believes cooking is an art that deserves to be enjoyed and admired, and you can build your kitchen confidence with her easy, tried-and-true recipes. Her motto is, “Have fun! It’s OK to be silly in the kitchen! Dance, sing, relax and let your creativity emerge!”
1 homemade pie crust
½ cup unsalted butter,
B R O W N B U T T E R S W E E T P O TAT O P I E SERVES 8-10
2 pounds sweet potatoes, washed and dried (about 2 cups pureed)
½ cup light brown sugar,
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½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
Tiny pinch cloves (optional)
2 tablespoons orange or pineapple juice (or a
COOK TIME: 55 MINS
CO O K I N G I N S T R U C T I O N S
cut into cubes or slices •
PREP TIME: 25 MINS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork several times. Place on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until very tender. Let cool. Roll pie crust out in a 12-inch circle, and place in round pie dish. Add butter to a heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Whisk continuously while scraping the bottom of the pan. Once the solids in the bottom of the pan are golden brown, remove from heat. Pour into a glass dish and let cool. In a large bowl, scoop out the flesh of the cooled sweet potatoes. Mix until creamy, adding a few splashes of water (or milk) until you have the texture of a thick puree. Mix in the cooled brown butter until smooth. Mix in the brown
sugar, white sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves (if using), juice and flour until well combined. Pour into pie crust shell and smooth the top. Bake on middle rack in preheated 350-degree oven for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely until the middle is firmly set. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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mixture of both) •
1½ tablespoons flour
C R E AT O R // S A L LY ’ S B A K I N G A D D I C T I O N
Taught to cook by her mom and grandmother, Sally loves to bake, take pictures and write. The kitchen is where her creative juices flow, and her blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction (sallysbakingaddiction.com), is where she shares her passion with her legions of followers. Sally started her blog to document her life after college and share the recipes that she baked on the weekends. Working in finance at the time, she felt lost, so she tapped into her fond memories in the kitchen and picked up her camera. The rest is (delicious) history. Three cookbooks and many recipes later, Sally’s Baking Addiction has become a baking enthusiasts’ mecca filled with recipes that are classic and approachable, inspired by seasonal flavors and family traditions. Her goal is to help readers feel like masters in the kitchen and enjoy the experience of making really, really good desserts.
2 homemade pie crusts
DEEP DISH APPLE PIE SERVES 8-10
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
Zest and juice of 1 lemon (2 teaspoons zest and 2 tablespoons juice)
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon each: ground allspice, ground cloves and ground nutmeg
Egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
Optional: coarse sugar
COOK TIME: 55 MINS
CO O K I N G I N S T R U C T I O N S
6 large apples, cut into ¼-inch slices
PREP TIME: 3 HOURS
Prepare two crusts of your favorite dough recipe. In a large bowl, stir the apple slices, sugar, flour, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside as the oven preheats. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of dough into a 12-inch circle. Carefully place the dough into a 9 x 2-inch pie dish. Spoon the filling into the crust. Roll the other disc of chilled pie dough into a 12-inch circle. Carefully lay the dough over the filling. Trim off excess dough from the sides. Cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Crimp the edges to seal.
Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes, place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent burning. Cool pie for three hours before serving.
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for sprinkling on crust @sallysbakingaddiction
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PROVIDED BY SALLY MCKENNEY
C R E AT O R // B U D G E T B Y T E S
As a former microbiologist with degrees in clinical laboratory science and nutritional science, Beth loves to cook because it combines her two favorite subjects: art and science. As a food lover and a number cruncher, she decided that cooking on a budget shouldn’t mean canned beans and ramen noodles night after night. Her desire to document her attempts to cook delicious and (mostly) nutritious food on a small budget prompted her blog, Budget Bytes (budgetbytes.com). She gives confidence to new cooks and inspires them to learn how to cook well without going broke. She even wrote a cookbook about it: Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half. She believes you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or hours of your day to shave money off your monthly food bill. Her motto: “Remember, food is money. Use it wisely.”
1 tablespoon cooking oil
6 boneless skinless
SKILLET PINEAPPLE BARBECUE CHICKEN SERVES 8-10
Pinch of salt and pepper
20-ounce can pineapple slices in juice
½ cup barbecue sauce
1 jalapeño (optional), sliced thinly
PROVIDED BY BETH MONCEL
2 green onions, sliced
COOK TIME: 55 MINS
CO O K I N G I N S T R U C T I O N S
chicken thighs (about 2.3 pounds)
PREP TIME: 25 MINS
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface. While waiting for the skillet to heat, season both sides of the chicken thighs with a pinch of salt and pepper. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken thighs and cook until golden brown on each side and cooked through. Remove the chicken to a clean plate. While the chicken is cooking, drain and reserve the juice from the canned pineapple slices. After removing the chicken from the skillet, turn the heat down to low and add about half a cup of the reserved pineapple juice. Stir to dissolve and loosen the browned chicken bits from the bottom of the skillet. Once everything has been loosened from the
skillet, add the barbecue sauce and stir until a thick sauce forms. Taste the sauce and season with salt if needed. Add the chicken thighs and pineapple slices to the skillet, dredging both sides in the sauce. Spoon extra sauce over the chicken. Place the skillet of chicken in the broiler on high and broil for 5 minutes. Sprinkle jalapeño and green onions on top and serve.
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he decision to build a home from the ground up is not one that many homeowners make without careful consideration. The road to a dream home can be paved with joys and rewards, but also obstacles and challenges. When Jason and Casey Lynn Lawrence pooled >
‘Forever home’ The Lawrences built their home on family land in Wisconsin.
Family first Casey and Jason are the parents of Lana (left) and Sayla.
Custom kitchen The space is expansive and well-designed, but functional.
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their talents and built their first home in Raymond, Wis., the result was a distinct and functional residence they both love. But for this couple, it’s more than just their first home. It’s their “forever home,” as it was built on a 5-acre parcel of land given to them by Casey’s parents, who live down the road near the family farm where she grew up. “We built on a property that has been in my family since before Wisconsin was even a state, so moving is not an option,” she says. Casey, whose parents own a greenhouse nursery, is a blogger and vlogger (caseylynn lawrence.com) who covers garden and home design. Jason is the head of sales for Joseph Scott Homes, a custom home builder in Racine, Wis., and co-owner of Joseph Scott
Real Estate in Mount Pleasant. Like his wife, he grew up in a family business. The couple, who have two young daughters, knew they wanted plenty of windows, skylights, vaulted ceilings and natural materials. They started the building process in 2013 with Jason acting as general contractor, and moved into the U-shaped home in 2014. The kitchen features semi-custom cabinets, a stone range hood, an oversized island with a coffee-hued granite top and a commercial-grade refrigerator. Adjoining the kitchen is a dining area with a second island and a wet bar that includes a window for passing food and drinks to the patio. A large sunroom with window-filled walls and
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a family room with a 26-foot vaulted ceiling, a loft, a large foyer, a bedroom for each of their girls and a large backyard deck. The couple’s custom design choices led to their home being featured in the local Parade of Homes tour in 2014. “We have a turretlike area on the staircase landing and a door in that area that leads to the family room that has an angled top,” Casey says. “I added that angle to remind me of (her family’s) farmhouse. When the farmhouse was changed over the years and walls were put up, some of the arched doorways ended up being divided in half and now have half arches.” >
Barn-inspired The Lawrences’ large sunroom reflects their casual lifestyle.
an overall design meant to give the home a barnlike look reflects the couple’s love of nature and their casual lifestyle. The master suite also has personal touches. “When I designed the master, I left a section of wall by the bed open, and it looks into the bathroom,” Casey says. “This design was based on our honeymoon suite, and we love it. I can be in the whirlpool tub and see the TV in the bedroom and talk to Jason if he’s in there. And when we are both getting ready for work in the mornings, the girls will often come in the bathroom and play.” The 3,600-square-foot home also includes
Serene location The Bohnings’ 4,200-squarefoot home overlooks parkland.
Homeowners Kelly and Michael Bohning enjoy their custom home.
Kitchen central The couple modified the builder’s design to fit their style.
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ATTENTION TO DETAIL Kelly and Michael Bohning moved from Olathe, Kan., to Lee’s Summit, Mo., to shorten Michael’s commute, but every house they looked at in the area was either over budget or needed too much work. “When you’re spending close to a million dollars for your home, you want it to be exactly what you want — not, ‘mmm, we can live with it,’” Kelly says. So they decided to build their own, and eventually found the perfect lot overlooking protected parkland that was already owned by an independent builder. They used one of the builder’s floor plans, but modified it considerably. “We were involved with every step of the
process, from adding square feet, changing the roofline, reconfiguring the kitchen layout, elevation of the home, etc.,” Kelly says of the resulting 4,200-square-foot house. The couple also chose every design detail, reveling in the opportunity to truly customize their living space. For instance, 4 feet were added to the east side to accommodate a beloved dining room table Kelly bought from Spain, and nooks were added to showcase her 10 Christmas trees. “When you’re in your mid-50s, like we are, we knew that we wanted no neighbors behind us (and) what worked and didn’t work in our old house,” says the retired teacher and mother of three. “One of the reasons we built was to have exactly what we wanted:
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THE BOHNING FAMILY HOME
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hether building your dream home isn’t in the budget or you just know that starting from scratch isn’t your thing, DIY-oriented retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer a full line of renovation services to give your existing home that like-new look and feel. Each store uses local, independent installers and general contractors, and offers financing if your dreams are bigger than your bank account. Home Depot offers
free in-store consultations at most locations. Similarly, Lowe’s employs two project specialists — one for interior and one for exterior projects — at each store. Matt Michaels, Lowe’s corporate communications specialist, says installation services the national chain added in 1998 have expanded based on customer demand. “We have definitely migrated from simply installing products to helping customers tackle larger projects and remodels from start
(an) appliance garage, Tupperware drawer, pull-out ironing board and bar shelves built to accommodate the various-sized bourbon bottles in (Michael’s) collection. Sometimes it’s the little things.” Other personal touches include a stone fireplace with an extended hearth where the grandchildren can sit; ceramic tiles throughout much of the home that can withstand the wear and tear from their large dogs; and a back deck that features a fireplace, a TV and screens that go up and down with the touch of a button.
A HOME TO GROW WITH Although the Lawrences spent much time and effort in the designing and building of
to finish,” he says. John Shorter, assistant store manager at Home Depot in Alexandria, Va., points to the store’s specialists’ ability to anticipate the unexpected when customers start a project. “There might be a lot of little things they haven’t thought about,” he says. “They’re excited about the new kitchen — then they’re in the project, and they’re out of the kitchen for a few weeks, so there’s an emotional component. Our associates are aware of that.”
HOME DEPOT AND LOWE’S RENOVATION SERVICES • Kitchen countertop and cabinet installation • Light and ceiling fan installation
• Bathroom and kitchen remodeling • Laminate flooring and carpet installation
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their home, green spaces were also a priority. “When it comes to my home, I have a vision for our historic property,” Casey says. “It’s a vision that will take a lifetime to achieve, but the ball is rolling and the first project we have been working on is an area we call the garden oasis. We started this project last season.” It has eight large raised flowerbeds surrounding the house, large pots and window boxes, a half-acre pumpkin patch and a 70-by-40-foot flower garden where the couple plan to build a greenhouse in the fall. “When I’m in my 70s, I want my grandchildren to beg to come and see Grandma and Papa’s gardens,” she says. “I want it to become five acres of gardening magic. >
• Heating and AC installation and repair • Window replacement and installation
• Roof and gutter installation
I want to have paths, nature landings, areas to stop and have picnics and butterfly and bird areas. “My dad used to force me into the vegetable garden; now I love spending time in there ... and the girls love working in the garden with me.”
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Of course, anyone who has built a home knows there are often pitfalls. In the Bohnings’ case, the project stalled when their builder had a heart attack. A month of rain also contributed to delays, and a completion date of May 2017 was pushed to August — with the couple concerned that they wouldn’t be able to move in before their teen daughter started school. While some delays are unavoidable, Kelly offers tips for maintaining sanity during
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what can be an extremely stressful process: Rule No. 1: Be organized. Take notes, get a binder, start a Pinterest page. Rule No. 2: Stick to your guns when builders or designers head in a direction you don’t love. Rule No. 3: When it comes to budgets, “Have a must-have and nice-to-have list. You have to pick where you want to splurge. I really wanted a dog-washing station, but I also wanted a subzero refrigerator. My husband said you have to pick one. I got the subzero fridge.” And even though they are thrilled with the results, the Bohnings are fairly certain it’s the first and last time they’ll ever build a home from the ground up. “We told our two sons, you’ll have to move us in a pine box,” Kelly says, joking. “We’re never doing it again.” l
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REIMAGINE Your Rooms
TAKE A FRESH APPROACH TO UPDATING YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE
BY LISA MARIE HART
e’ve all been there: You want to revamp at least one room in your home — or maybe every last one of them, but you’re stumped on where to start. You might have a definite style in mind, or you fear you might lose your mind trying to select one. That’s where our panel of professional designers comes in. On the following pages, our experts offer top tips, techniques and styling advice that will get you dreaming yet keep you grounded. Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or just an empty nest, their best ideas for redecorating each distinct space include where to start and what to consider along the way. What we learned: Designers coast-to-coast agree on a few foundational truths. Each room needs a focal point, it pays to invest in quality whenever possible and there’s much to gain by taking your time and getting it right. Grab your imagination and open your mind. Here’s your room-by-room guide:
Displaying personal items in an organized and balanced way, such as in a multicompartment shelving unit, can make a living room feel inviting and comfortable.
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iving rooms are attractive, hardworking chameleons, serving as both public and private spaces. Their design challenge lies in achieving a flexibility that lets them be used daily in a meaningful way, then turned around for hosting guests in elegant surroundings at a moment’s notice. “Creating that alchemy where the energy of a person or family extends its welcome is part of the fun,” says Lisa Kahn of Lisa Kahn Designs, based in Naples, Fla.
VISION WITHOUT LIMITATION
Kahn says anyone can approach a living room refresh the same way she does: Consider how the room will be used, then how you want it to feel. “When I get stuck, I thumb through books and periodicals, walk through a museum or look online for images that speak to me,” she says. “Sometimes I start by clearing out as much as possible, sitting on the floor and simply being in the quiet empty space.” Decorating begins by envisioning the ultimate “after” picture, Kahn attests. Don’t let your budget deflate your dreams. “Even if you can’t afford to implement all changes at once, take it in phases so everything meets that end goal,” she says. “I find the piecemeal approach of adding a piece here and a piece there with no thought to the overall plan usually results in frustration, lost time and wasted money.” Every room has a few stars that need supporting actors, Kahn says. In a living room, she finds worthy splurges in a knockout piece of artwork, an exquisite light fixture or gorgeous drapery panels. A custom rug or handmade table also has star potential.
GETTING PERSONAL “There is a movement toward seeing our spaces as sanctuaries — spaces that speak to the comfort of the body, the curiosity of the
LISA KAHN LISA KAHN DESIGNS Naples, Fla.
Known for: Designing “sanctuaries” where raw, organic beauty contrasts refined elegance. Kahn sees her work as the creation of sacred places where we can relax, refresh our spirits and return to the essence of who we are and what is truly important. Her luxury interior designs have garnered numerous awards and led to the founding of a new movement known as Finding Sanctuary, a fresh perspective on the importance of the built environment to our physical and emotional well-being. Among the ways Kahn shares the concept is an online “7 Days to Sanctuary” class that was scheduled for release in February.
mind and the nurturing of the spirit,” Kahn says. Touch on all three for a winning design. “I think we want more than just beautiful backdrops. We are looking for deeply restorative spaces that facilitate living more joyful lives.” She has personalized living rooms to foster hobbies such as reading, a cherished activity like sharing a bottle of wine among loved ones and to feature a collection of books or objet d’art. “Real life is often at odds with magazineperfect rooms,” she notes. “That being said, a beautifully curated collection of objects on a centrally located table can be visually stunning and easily set up as a focal point that can change with the season.”
WELCOME THEM HOME As for spatial arrangement, balance and symmetry put everyone at ease. To provide a sense of graciousness and authenticity, bring the outdoors in. Referencing nature in a subtle way, such as shells or birds, soothes your guests. Use a light but thoughtful hand. Excessive assorted collectibles or furnishings can crowd a living space, which needs room to breathe. Yet a room too sparse or styled can seem cold or contrived. Kahn’s trick to accessorizing this dualfunctioning space? “Simplicity is best. A fresh orchid plant in a crisp blue and white porcelain pot or a pile of beautiful books with an object on top are two of my favorites,” she says. “I also love a specimen of rock crystal on a stand. The energy crystals bring to a space can be almost incandescent.” Conversation pieces are a natural fit for this communal room. “I love when products have a story,” she says. Lately, she has been shopping Imagine Home, a small company that works with artisans around the world to make handcrafted, organic and chemicalfree furniture, fabrics and accessories.
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Use open shelving to display favorite items and declutter counters to showcase choice accessories and appliances, says designer Elizabeth Cross-Beard.
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AN EAT-YOUR- HEART- OUT
oes your dated kitchen have you feeling like a dropped egg? Designer Elizabeth Cross-Beard of Jenkins Baer Associates in Baltimore, assures home chefs that plenty of transformative changes can be done in a week or less. Whether you’re redecorating instead of remodeling or you’re refreshing until you can renovate, you want the closest to a dream kitchen you can afford. “A face-lift can keep you happy,” she says, — and take your scrambled mess to perfectly baked in short order.
CHANGING PLANES From a technical perspective, kitchens are a mix of two planes: flat surfaces like countertops and an island on the horizontal, set against walls and cupboards on the vertical. A change on one or both planes might be a bigticket item, but your end result will certainly be dramatic. Contemporary kitchens lean light, bright and white or an edgy contrast of black and white. Peruse an endless menu of images online, in magazines or elsewhere until you find a style that matches yours. Short of changing out cabinet door and drawer faces — usually a complicated and costly endeavor — repainting them and updating the hardware will shed years from your kitchen’s tired persona, says CrossBeard. You can always replace the hardware again later, so allow yourself to ride a trend wave (did someone say “gold cabinet pulls?”) after testing one or two. “Of course, you may be working around existing finishes you may not love but cannot change due to budget,” says Cross-Beard. “And your countertops may or may not be an easy fix because of the backsplash and sink.” Changing the backdrop color of the plane will at least refocus your eyes’ attention.
SEASON TO TASTE
ELIZABETH CROSS-BEARD JENKINS BAER ASSOCIATES Baltimore
Known for: Approachable homes (both modern and traditional) with an organic, collected look. Cross-Beard has a reputation for creating spaces that are as individual as each client. Having studied fine arts, with a focus on interior design and architecture in college, Cross-Beard reimagines every facet of a space, focusing on everything from the environment’s spatial possibilities to the finishing details. An interior designer for more than a decade, she handles projects from Florida to California and specializes in residential and boutique commercial work.
Installing new decorative lighting or a new backsplash adds sizzle without evolving into a full remodel, she says. To season the overall design, she is partial to unique counter stools or a vintage-style runner rug that functions as artwork underfoot. A gleaming new sink and pull-down faucet will improve prep, cleanup and your mood. “My own splurge was a Le Creuset tea kettle,” Cross-Beard shares. “It sits in the middle of the range top, is a beautiful ivory color, and I use it daily, so it’s both functional and decorative.” Reflect your priorities in the few quality items you leave out on the countertop. A spectacular knife block, a pair of live-edge wood serving boards or a set of flavorinfused oils hints at your kitchen proclivities. Pull together a custom coffee station with ingredients and tools that put your barista to shame or nestle that Ninja blender among a bowl of fresh fruit and an herb garden. Open shelving puts favorite pieces on display and lightens a heavy look.
THE APPLIANCE FACTOR Unless your fridge, dishwasher and stove are on the fritz, you may not want to replace them. “Appliances can be expensive, so think long term,” says Cross-Beard. “If you plan on remodeling within the next few years, hold off.” A remodel often involves revamping your kitchen layout to accommodate your wish list, which in turn can affect the size of appliances you’ll need. What looks like a fabulous range today could actually restrict future possibilities for one that’s bigger and better. No remodel on the horizon? A quick kitchen turnaround might come down to paint, hardware, lighting and accessories — a modern recipe for the heart of any home.
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A trendy light fixture will illuminate other design elements you select, like the modern tub, glass shower and abstract art in this bathroom.
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hen decorating a bath space, limitations can lead to striking transformation. “As a small room comprised mostly of cabinetry and hard surfaces, there can be minimal decorative ways to create a large impact,” acknowledges Elizabeth Cross-Beard of Jenkins Baer Associates in Baltimore. The upside is that every change counts. A few savvy updates, even on a modest budget, can create the jewel-box effect that attracts all those “likes” on social media — and in your home.
IN THE SCHEME
“If you plan to fully remodel within the next few years, decorate with smaller items that can translate into the new space or aren’t a big investment in the interim,” Cross-Beard advises. Adhesive panels that mimic tile might satisfy your yen for a quick fix. New lighting fixtures, such as a set of sconces or a chandelier, illuminate your upgrades. Choose wisely for their looks and brightness. “A trendy light fixture that only allows for one bulb and low wattage creates a cavernous space,” cautions Cross-Beard. A well-lit bathroom with at least one dimmer provides options, from makeup application to an evening soak in the tub. Take a picture or video to gain a new perspective. You might see things you hadn’t considered. How about an ultramodern toilet? Or maybe just a polished brass toilet handle? Depending on your flooring, you WITH SPACE may be able to overlay it with affordable DIY AT A PREMIUM vinyl laminate. Rugs work wonders, too.
She says the first step comes in question form: Is there a decorative element you could add that would also enhance the functionality of your bathroom? Perhaps baskets or shelves? “If you find a gorgeous Moroccan basket that works perfectly as a laundry hamper, pick a fresh paint color and hand towels based on the colors in that basket. The item you love becomes your inspiration.” IN YOUR While storage or laundry baskets in THE PRETTY DETAILS BATHROOM, particular can be functional sculpture that With space at a premium, stick to one STICK TO ONE add color and pattern, you could pluck your style, be it farmhouse, boho, beachy, modern design cue from a romantic floral shower or spa-inspired. Layer in choice accessories DESIGN STYLE. curtain, a striped Turkish bath towel or a such as a wastebasket, towel ring and hand-painted vase. toilet paper holder. “Quality bath towels It’s easy to build a chic, cohesive scheme withstand the test of time and look beautiful when the space is so neatly contained. Just when hung,” says Cross-Beard of a favorite remember that steam and moisture can harm some artwork indulgence. A set of vanity accessories (soap dish, toothbrush over time and splashes can damage wallpaper, especially holder, lotion pump and tray) offers instant oomph. Compagrasscloth. When in doubt, water-resistance is everything. nies from Kate Spade to Restoration Hardware produce new sets each season, instinctively tapping the trends. SWAP IT OUT “Take full advantage of whatever storage you have to Modifications to a bathroom often straddle the line declutter surfaces. Then create opportunities for pretty between redecorating and remodeling, notes Cross-Beard. storage wherever you need it,” says Cross-Beard. “Fill wicker The bigger the refresh, the more refreshing your space. At the baskets with extra toilet paper rolls. Install floating shelves very least, you can swap out the mirror, faucet and cabinet and add apothecary jars with mini shampoo, conditioner, hardware. In some cases, you can paint the existing vanity. If lotions, etc. for guests.” you want to dip your toe in the renovation waters, a profesFor the cost-to-enjoyment ratio, a luxurious hand soap, sional can replace your old vanity with a new one — sink, rich lotion and fragranced candles with lids elevate a mediocountertop, tile backsplash and all. cre bathroom to sophisticated, five-star hotel suite status.
Designer Marcelle Guilbeau suggests perusing magazines or Pinterest to help determine your design preferences for a dining space.
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MADE FOR GATHERING
he dining room is a place for making memories,” says Marcelle Guilbeau of Marcelle Guilbeau Interior Design in Nashville, Tenn. Whether you need a formal setting for entertaining or a family-friendly enclave that’s casual enough for every day, “understanding your aesthetic and lifestyle creates a space that makes you feel alive.”
WILL IT STAY OR GO? First, let’s be honest: What do you love and what do you dislike about your current dining setup? The more you can keep and work with, the more you can budget for additional pieces. “If your furniture is tired, but good quality, it is amazing what you can do with just recovering or refinishing it,” Guilbeau notes. When it comes to replacing, “invest in the absolute best quality you can afford. You can’t go wrong with American handcrafted furniture in natural materials such as solid wood, stone or metal. It’s durable and will last decades if not a lifetime.”
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DEFINE YOUR DINING SPACE Feast on images in design magazines and on Pinterest. Your preferences will reveal your color palette, furniture style and how dressy or casual you want to go. Once you notice your dining flavor emerging, take a leap of faith. “A fresh coat of paint is instantly gratifying and an easy, cost-effective way to experiment,” Guilbeau says. If the table gets lost in an open-room plan, she suggests anchoring your furniture under an oversize chandelier. Create an accent wall with paint, wallpaper or stained wood paneling to distinguish the space. The dining room can brim with color, patterns, textures and materials that surprise and stimulate. “There aren’t any design
rules that can’t be broken in a dining room,” Guilbeau says.
SEATING MAKES THE SETTING
MARCELLE GUILBEAU MARCELLE GUILBEAU INTERIOR DESIGN Nashville, Tenn.
Known for: Soulful designs that reflect clients’ personal style and the things they’re most passionate about. Guilbeau creates designs that stir the senses and awaken the spirit. Inspired by life and all its imperfections, she listens to the heartbeat of a home and uses its rhythm to create livable spaces that redefine luxury. She is a featured designer on the Dering Hall website, which features highend home design, and has appeared in Domino, Curbed, Nashville Interiors, StyleBlueprint, Apartment Therapy and DesignSponge.
The table is the main course, the focal point of your space. Secondarily, if you have one, is the buffet (enhanced with a large mirror above, flanked by large pillar candles or lamps). Guilbeau says her traditionalist clients favor a farm table paired with cream linen-covered chairs. “Alternatively, I’m loving the trendy reuse of high-quality vintage and antique furniture,” she says. “Often you can find something gently used for a fraction of the cost. With a coat of paint, a little retouching or a reupholstery, they’re as good as new and infinitely unique. Currently, I’m refurbishing some vintage French dining chairs in a white wash — with a lush purple velvet.” The built-in banquette has become extremely fashionable, she adds, and not just for space constraints. Built-in seating creates warmth and comfort, making a cozy nook out of your dining space. In one client’s historic home with a parlor-turned-dining room, Guilbeau built a dining bench all the way across one wall with storage beneath.
FOCUS ON FINISHING TOUCHES Wainscots, wallpaper and ceiling treatments, such as wood beams or moulding, add depth and dimension to a dining room. Over time, add layers to your design using wallpaper, a painting technique like a faux finish, a beautiful rug and drapery. The biggest misstep is feeling like you have to tackle the whole room at once, says Guilbeau. “You really need to plan or place all of the furniture before locating a chandelier,” she says. “People often forget the buffet will nudge the table off-center.”
“Intuition is your best friend,” she reassures anyone with decorating stage fright. “If it feels right, you can trust it to lead you to create a beautiful space. And if you don’t feel confident of your choices, you can always call a designer for some advice.”
Warm, neutral colors, geometric shapes and statement furniture combine to create a calming backdrop in this master bedroom designed by Keira St. Claire-Bowery.
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t the end of the day, literally and figuratively, a bedroom should beckon like a hug. At its best, it’s a serene place for respite and refreshment where you feel free to be yourself. Keira St. Claire-Bowery of Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Cabin John, Md., believes calming colors, coupled with natural materials, are the first step to creating just such a place. Get set to unwind and leave the demands of the day at the door.
SWEET DREAMS OF SOFT COLORS “You want everything in your bedroom to exude comfort,” says St. Claire-Bowery. Hues can express your personality, but keep them soft and toned down. “Whether you are attracted to warm or cool shades, select colors you naturally gravitate toward, but steer clear of energetic colors like reds and oranges.” A hushed palette needn’t be boring. Claire-Bowery recently designed a bedroom that picks up blues, purples, pinks and cream, mingled in gentle harmony. Natural materials impart a sense of peace and oneness to your spirit. Cotton, linen, cork, wood or bamboo accent this safe haven. “Flower arrangements are a lovely thing to wake up to in the morning,” St. Claire-Bowery adds. “They don’t have to be anything extravagant, and you can place them anywhere: nightstands, dresser or vanity.”
ADD TEXTURE, SHAPE & SHINE Layering textures is St. Claire-Bowery’s secret key to bedroom bliss. Needless to say, piles of work-related items and general clutter don’t count. “Keep clutter out of the bedroom,” she urges. In addition to being hard on the eyes, visual disorder may prevent a good night’s sleep as much as a terrible mattress.
KEIRA ST. CLAIREBOWERY ANTHONY WILDER DESIGN/BUILD Cabin John, Md.
Known for: Blending architectural elements with fine finishes and furnishings. St. Claire-Bowery is a self-described ambitious and creative interior designer who is passionate about all things design. She uses her discerning eye for visual composition to harmoniously blend architectural elements with finishes and furnishings, whether contemporary or traditional and everything in between.
Once clean and clear, add texture for dimension and character without overdecorating. You can incorporate velvets, faux fur, suede and a textured wallpaper. An area rug atop a sisal rug can help frame the bed. Geometric shapes can give a trendy balance to a classic wall mirror. “Mirrors make magic happen,” St. Claire-Bowery notes. “They make any space feel larger, brighter and more unique. Hang one up or prop it against the wall. If not for putting your outfit together, get one just for the high shine and design factor.”
LIGHTING IS KEY Create multiple lighting options to match your moods and the way you plan to use the space. Place lights at different heights, add dimmers, table lamps and play with different types of bulbs to get the desired effect. And don’t forget natural light. St. ClaireBowery created a treehouse feel in one bedroom with vaulted ceiling and dormers, adding mirrors to reflect the views, and plenty of windows provide a framed picture of the treetops.
BUY ONE SPECIAL PIECE “Splurge on one element that catches your eye, helps tell your story and makes you happy every time you see it,” says St. Claire-Bowery. That item could be the bed-ofa-lifetime or a piece of sentimental artwork. When selecting art, don’t overthink it, she says. “Go with a statement piece that speaks to you or inspires, whether it’s a photograph, a flea market find or a child’s drawing.” Your splurge might well be the focal point which, as St. Claire-Bowery reminds, every room needs. A head-turning bed with a tall canopy that fills the height of the space can contribute a more intimate escape at the day’s end.
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Basements can have more than one purpose, such as a modern, well-appointed home office, says designer Sayre Ziskin.
A BETTER, BRIGHTER
asements can be cold, dark and unwelcoming. It’s not their fault. These subterranean retreats often get a pittance of our decorating attention and resources. There’s no reason all that square footage (and potential!) should go to waste. If you take some simple steps toward an upgrade, an abundance of useful space for relaxing, working or creating can be yours.
START FRESH Before you begin plotting, address any risk of flooding or water leakage. Bring in a professional to assess and recommend safety measures. Use a dehumidifier to dry out any damp spaces. As basements tend to be storage catch-alls, decluttering is next. If your future man cave, lady lair, art studio, kids’ playroom or family theater has been overtaken by unnecessary stuff, it’s time to reclaim it. Spend a ruthless weekend throwing out, donating or selling what isn’t critical. Then dedicate a proportional area for legitimate storage needs.
PICK YOUR PURPOSE Choose a specific mission for your newfound square footage, or two if the space will accommodate it. Be realistic about your intentions, says Sayre Ziskin of SVZ Interior Design in Los Angeles. “If you make it into a game room, how likely are you to go down there and use it?” Some envision a creative space to sew or scrapbook; others see a home office or meditation zone, free of distractions and foot traffic. Basements make an easy media room, too, due to the typical lack of natural light.
WARM IT UP Many homeowners avoid their basement because it’s cold, Ziskin says. Maintaining a reasonable temperature is key. For comfort,
low-pile carpeting is warmer than concrete and is basement-friendly. Carpets and rugs also improve acoustics. Lastly, select upholstered furniture with soft, warm textures. “Stay away from leathers and vinyls that feel cold and slippery,” says Ziskin. Add a big basket of cozy blankets to keep everyone toasty.
SAYRE ZISKIN SVZ INTERIOR DESIGN Los Angeles
Known for: Eclectic, bohemian details and patterns with clean, modern lines. Ziskin, who has a background in fine arts and commercial advertising, refined her artistic and intrinsic interior design skills working for a high-end residential designer in Los Angeles before starting her own firm in 2010. While she takes a one-of-a-kind approach to her designs, each project is tethered by her signature ability to infuse classic design with unexpected subtleties and creative solutions. Ziskin not only places importance on the aesthetic outcome of each project, she strives to put her clients’ needs first.
GO LIGHT AND BRIGHT Another warming trick: Ditch cold, unflattering fluorescent lights in favor of warm bulbs and add more light as needed. “It’s important to have at least one overhead light,” Ziskin says. Opt for a flush-mount that drops no lower than 6 inches below the (typically lower) ceiling. Fill in with wall sconces, floor lamps or table lamps. The idea is to have light coming from different angles, including up-lights in the corner. A dimmer lets you choose brighter light for working or games and softer light for socializing or screen time. Basements are a best bet for design risks. Paint the floor a whimsical teal or a bright, happy orange. Dress one wall in a wallpaper you always loved but feared was too bold. Even in a basement used for storage or laundry, airy colors add a positive ambiance.
INVEST IN QUALITY Although it may be tempting to skimp on a room few guests ever see, treating your basement to the same level of quality and beauty you give the rest of your home will pay off in your desire to spend time there. From an inviting chair with a soft throw to the tailored look of crown molding and built-in shelves, these elevated details go a long way toward giving a basement the feel of a “real” finished room like those upstairs — instead of an after-thought space filled with cast-offs and leftovers.
Beautiful pillows and a soft throw can dress up any sofa by adding color, texture and interest, and they also make the seating area more inviting.
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Stools add layers and warmth to a kitchen by introducing a furniture element, and they also are an invitation for gathering and conversation.
A sitting area elevates the feel of a bedroom to that of a suite. The setting offers a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a good book.
KEIRA ST. CLAIRE-BOWERY BEDROOM
Adding an unexpected element (like a black soaking tub) to a bathroom can elevate the space and create more of a collected feel.
ELIZABETH CROSS-BEARD BATHROOM
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Using ottomans as a coffee table provides flexibility because they can easily be pulled apart for extra seating or moved to free up floor space.
SAYRE ZISKIN BASEMENT
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Smaller dining spaces can benefit from the use of a bench on one side of a table. Place captains chairs with arms at each end for added luxury.
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our alarm goes off ... but you don’t hit snooze. You’re ready to get up and start the day because your decked-out, stylish home office is just a few steps away. Find inspiration and ideas for your own workspace in these four functional and creative rooms in homes throughout New Jersey:
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ANNA dual bud vase RabLabs; $150 neimanmarcus.com
Patton white lacquer three-drawer desk with brass base Worlds Away, $1,400, interiorhomescapes.com
Raw silk wallpaper lines the backs of built-in shelves in this chic and bright office. A cowhide rug, layered on top of a larger neutral-toned area rug, adds to the casual yet sophisticated ambiance. Both rugs sit on top of radiant heat marble flooring, which adds visual and physical warmth. The white lacquer and brass desk from Worlds Away serves as the focal point of the room. Find more metallic tones in the Arteriors Zanadoo antique brass starburst chandelier and the Visual Comfort sconces over the window seat. The seat itself was added for more storage. The decorative pillows on the window seat highlight the metallic accents in the office and bring the outdoors in using a floral and leafy pattern.
Kazivera throw pillow Decor 140, $100 to $145, jcp.com
DESIGNER: JK INTERIOR LIVING, RIDGEWOOD. N.J.
Appreciation for detail is captured in this library, where custom built-in shelves by Oak Ridge, N.J.-based Michael M Fea Inc. architectural woodworking and design are the backdrop for a color story that plays out through books in varying hues of lilac, gray and black. The sweet space features Room Service’s London White Starfire glass desk and Jonathan Adler’s charming horse lamp. Vintage midcentury white cane-back barrel chairs are finished with ikat cotton cushions in shades of gray and lilac to complement the vintage purple rug from Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J. DESIGNER: VANESSA DELEON ASSOCIATES, EDGEWATER, N.J.
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Faux crocodile skin wallpaper and dark woods are tied together by a dramatic ceiling painted with Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty for this office, which also doubles as a study. Old Biscayne Designs’ striking Adabella desk in walnut takes center stage, flanked by a pair of black velvet wing chairs by Bassett and a cozy blue Ethan Allen velvet sofa with nailhead trim. The gray and beige geometric print area rug and custom pinch-pleated silk drapery panels in a playful gray and cream pattern serve to lighten the room. DESIGNER: CECILIA B INTERIORS, FAIR LAWN, N.J.
Muse porcelain peace hand Jonathan Adler, $225, neimanmarcus.com
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Guidinha writing desk Willa Arlo Interiors, $343.99, wayfair.com
Randall modern height low-back office chair $88.99, jossandmain.com
15-inch desk lamp Victory Light USA, $62.99, wayfair.com
Trends framed world map Ashton Wall Décor, $254.99, wayfair.com
Arthur chair in navy Worlds Away, $2,280, houzz.com
Boris accent chair $799, macys.com
Natural New Zealand sheepskin six rug LIFESTYLE, $399.99, houzz.com
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Floor-to-ceiling windows with bold black frames were incorporated into this chic modern farmhouse space to maximize views and promote a positive connection to the outdoors. An assortment of antiques and eclectic accessories lends a touch of personality to the space. The trendy glass X-frame desk and Eames chair pair with a tufted red side chair and a black-and-white cowhide rug. DESIGNER: Z+ ARCHITECTS AND Z+ INTERIORS ALLENDALE, N.J.
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Silver wrought iron and glass-top desk Chelsea House, $1,311, houzz.com
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PETITE RETREATS ‘She sheds’ for the lady of the house are like a man cave — but prettier BY MARY HELEN BERG
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f anyone needed a room of her hideaway built for one. own, it was Erin Kern. The shed now resembles a The 34-year-old interior pint-size farmhouse cottage, decorator from Owasso, appointed with rustic shiplap walls Okla., tried to run her Cotton and vintage and French country Stem design business and blog accents. Three paned windows and (cottonstem.com) from the home she a single-lite door fill the place with shares with her husband and four sun, while a small desk and tufted young daughters, armchair provide ages 1 to 7 years both a workspace and old. Finding a calm sometimes, a comfy corner anywhere was spot for a muchI N S P I R AT I O N pure fantasy. needed nap. Get more expert “My kids are so “It’s really only ideas online. many and so close big enough for one together, and so little person to come out ERIKA KOTITE @shesheds_thebook still, that there’s no here — just me, which (Instagram) completing a thought is kind of exactly why from A to Z inside I like it being small,” the confines of our Kern says. ERIN KERN home,” Kern says. Women everywhere @cottonstem (Instagram) “No phone calls can long for a private happen without space where they can chaos.” work uninterrupted, a GILL HERIZ Luckily, peace haven where they can @gillhedgehog and quiet were write, paint, practice (Pinterest) only steps from yoga, read and yes, her back door. With nap, says Gill Heriz, the help of her husband and her author of two books documenting father-in-law, Kern transformed the she-shed trend in Europe and an 80 square-foot potting shed, the U.S. which had red brick outside but “The separation from the greasy lawnmowers inside, into domestic space is really a charming “she shed” — a cozy important,” notes Heriz, whose
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— MARY MCCACHERN, lifestyle blogger
A Woman’s Shed: Spaces for women to create, write, make, grow, think, and escape was published in 2014 and A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways: More than 40 She Sheds and Other Retreats was released in 2016. “That idea of going to work, walking out of the house, leaving that behind and going to do whatever it is that you do in your shed. Private space that is theirs and theirs alone is really, really important for lots of women.”
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If you have an outdoor area, then there’s a shed to match your style and budget, says Erika Kotite, whose second book on women’s hideaways, She Shed Style, is slated for release in the fall. In North Carolina, blogger Mary McCachern (homeiswheretheboatis.net) designed her 10 x 16-foot shed on Lake Norman to look like one she spied on a magazine cover. She salvaged doors and shutters, and added a porch, window boxes and distinctive leaded-glass windows to create an inspirational haven for potting and puttering. “It’s really not about having all the bells and whistles,” McCachern says of her small space. “It’s really just about having a place to be and create.“ In rural Oregon, Tymmera Whitnah built an 8 x 8-foot, all-glass meditation room out of 30 separate doors and windows she had collected and rescued over the years. The tiny house rests on
Floral stylist Anne Wells’ quaint shed in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, is featured in Erika Kotite’s first book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own.
It’s really not about having all the bells and whistles. It’s really just about having a place to be and create.”
Hideaway for Her Design experts, including authors Erika Kotite and Gill Heriz and design bloggers Erin Kern and Mary McCachern offer these tips to build the best space to fit your needs:
Define the purpose of your shed and how you intend to use it.
Create a foundation out of concrete slab to stabilize the building.
Insulate your shed so you can use it yearround.
5-foot-high log stilts, inspired by spirit houses Whitnah saw in Bali. So whether the look you crave is sleek modern, vintage bungalow or eclectic bohemian, any shed style can be achieved economically by using an existing building or salvaged materials, says Kotite, Interior designer Alexis King created this modern whose own 6 x 6-foot shed is a shed in Los Gatos, Calif. traditional cottage with a pitched roof. Lowe’s, Home Depot and other hardware chains sell basic prefabricated sheds for as little as $1,000, while companies that specialize in customized versions, such as Modern Shed, offer French doors, skylights or additional windows that can push costs up to $18,000. A dream shed built from scratch can cost tens of thousands. Keep in mind that although your shed is miniature, it shouldn’t be slapped together or constructed simply, like a children’s playhouse. “It’s a grown-up woman’s studio,” Kotite says. “It’s a building, and you want it to last a long time so you want it to be built right.” l
Use a pocket door, sliding door or a door that opens outward to maximize your space.
Paint the inside with light colors to make the space feel larger.
Check local zoning restrictions and building codes to determine the size of your shed and whether you’ll need a permit to add plumbing or electricity. — Mary Helen Berg
OUTDOOR | FIRE PITS
PUTTING IN A PIT
Building a backyard fire feature is easier than you think BY DEBBIE SWANSON
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for most homeowners, says Kyle Doolittle of E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting Inc. in Glastonbury, Conn. The overall cost of creating a do-it-yourself fire pit can be minimal (if you already have large stones or boulders in your yard) or as much as you want to invest in materials. “The fireplace may be out of range for the typical DIYer, but most can do a fire pit,” says Doolittle.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN Versatility is what makes a fire pit such a great project for any DIY-inclined homeowner. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like — from a basic fire ring on a bed of
n escape from the first chill of fall, a summer night of stargazing — there are endless reasons to gather around a fire pit. Pour some drinks, open a bag of marshmallows and create lasting memories. Because creating an outdoor fireplace can be complex, involve masonry skills and cost up to $4,000, a fire pit is a better option
gravel to an artistic structure of natural stones. “An easy, basic fire pit can be made of concrete block,” says Doolittle. “They’re often prefab or precut, so they interlock, and homeowners can easily assemble them.” A recent trend, he adds, is a square or rectangular shape. “It’s really just aesthetics,” he says. “Companies like Unilock have started making blocks that are more linear and contemporary.” Beyond blocks, almost any flame-resistant material will do: stones, bricks, poured concrete, pavers or any creative combination thereof. Contrasting colors, tiles or granite infuse a splash of personality. “If you are concerned about (the) safety of whatever material you choose, use a row of fire-resistant bricks to line the inside of the fire-pit wall,” suggests DIY blogger, Kathy Bates. She and husband Steve share DIY fire pit steps at thegardenglove.com.
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START WITH GOOD PLANNING Size and placement of your fire pit affects both comfort and safety. A good rule of thumb is 10 feet of clearance between the pit and other structures or vegetation — but always check your local regulations. Early in the process, call your power company to have your underground utility lines marked. Seek out a level plot that will accommodate a 3- to 4-foot-wide pit, plus room
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uKirsten Dunn of Dunn Lumber, which has locations throughout Washington state, says a mini concrete tabletop fire bowl takes less than an hour to make, plus drying time. A product called Shapecrete is used to create the bowl and canned fuel creates the flame, showcased by lava rocks and glass crystals.
for gathering. Doolittle recommends a 5-foot radius. As you’re scouting locations, consider changes that come with time and seasons; compact shrubs grow over the years, and barren trees may fill with encroaching limbs.
current trends, says Doolittle. “You just turn the gas on and start the fire from a remote. It burns cleaner, and there’s no worry about gathering kindling.” Artificial logs, lava rock and colored fire glass are other options, he says.
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The scent and sizzle of burning wood is a must for some families, but others want convenience. Propane or natural gas are
The cozy blaze is only the starting point for a backyard living space, says Bates. “Use stepping stones and landscape lighting to create
a pathway, some colorful pillows and an outdoor accent table or two.” For seating, think beyond traditional patio furniture and consider flea market finds or creative logs or stumps. “Building your own fire pit can turn your backyard into a living space that becomes an extension of your house,” Dunn says. “For me, any excuse to be outside and spend time with people is a win!”
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MAINTENANCE | OUTDOOR
Maintenance tips to keep your backyard space looking great
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BY DIANA LAMBDIN MEYER
his is the perfect time of year to open up windows and doors, blending indoor and outdoor living spaces in a comfortable expanse of fresh air, gentle breezes and warm spring sunshine. But outdoor areas, no matter how enjoyable, can also come with a fair amount of work. Instead of just another
room to keep clean, here are tips from architects and landscape designers to minimize maintenance in your outdoor living space:
START WITH PLANNING Kobi Karp, an architect and outdoor living designer in Miami, says that just a little bit of thought in the planning stages will save countless hours and
potentially thousands of dollars in maintenance over the years. “We like to design where leaves and other debris blow through the hardscape to a specially designed landscape for composting purposes,” says Karp, who has been in the business for more than 30 years. “That requires a bit of research on how the wind blows, where mature trees are located and where other >
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A well thought-out plan is essential, and will save you countless hours and potentially thousands of dollars on maintenance.
of natural wood instead of using staining products. “To stain a hard wood year after year is just ridiculous,” says Karp. “We prefer the natural sun-bleached look that highlights the grain and irregularities of the wood.”
CONSIDER THE COLD outdoor space, but also reduces maintenance, resulting in less cleaning and less frequent replacement. When it comes to decking, tables or benches, Karp recommends keeping the look
However, in colder regions where outdoor spaces are pummeled with snow and ice for months, composite decking that doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional wood decking may be a better choice, recommends
Woven resin wicker is durable for most weather
Granite is a popular and practical stone for outdoors
Use weather-proof or all-weather resistant fabric for seating
Break-resistant tumblers are good to use for any occasion
Compact fire pits add warmth and ambiance when entertaining
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plantings will be placed, but it can make a big difference.” A trend in recent years has been to reduce overall lawn care by replacing grass with ground cover and perennials. Choosing native plants minimizes the need for excessive watering and also attracts pollinating insects and beautiful butterflies. Overall, natural materials like stones as opposed to man-made concrete tend to last longer, according to Karp, and using materials reflective of the region — driftwood or coral in Florida, for example — not only enhances an
Rhianna Miller, a home and garden improvement expert with RubberMulch.com in Lakewood, N.J. She also says homeowners can consider longer-lasting materials to create aesthetic spaces in and around a patio or deck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscaping in colder climates may benefit from different types of mulch, such as rubber, which is more durable and weather resistant than traditional cedar or other wood chips,â&#x20AC;? Miller says. For those living in climates where the ground freezes, water features are another item that require regular maintenance. Just like in-ground sprinkler systems, fountains need to be winterized, including possibly moving the pump indoors. As warm weather returns, professionals must flush, clean and reset those pumps. No matter the climate, Lamb and other landscaping experts say one of the most popular outdoor living features in recent years is a fire pit. Experts agree that a gas line, while a little more expensive to install, will be much easier to care for than a woodburning fire pit, which must be cleaned and ashes properly cooled and disposed of.
ACCOUNT FOR ACCESSORIES When building water features, R.J. Lamb, a landscape architect with Lambs Lawn and Landscaping near Louisville, Ky., encourages his clients to invest in a design that will allow for a hard shell liner. Although more expensive in the beginning, hard shell liners often come with a lifetime warranty. Soft liners have a limited warranty and when it begins to leak, the
accompanying hardscape work could cost upwards of $5,000. Karp says he is working with a company to develop outdoor lighting options that will naturally deter bugs with a near-zero maintenance level. He expects the products to be available within the next year. In northern regions dominated by cold and snow, all outdoor rugs and furniture should be covered or stored indoors for the winter. But because of innovations in material sciences that wick away moisture, rugs that are exposed to rain and humidity in the summer months will now dry faster, thus eliminating mold and mildew. Karp prefers a basket-weave rug because of the interesting texture, which feels good on bare feet, and, when worn out can be composted, which sends it back to nature. Addressing many of these maintenance issues when planning your space will ensure your outdoor entertainment area is ready to shine when the warm temperatures of spring and the hot and humid days of summer beckon. l Select perennial or low-maintenance plants for a backyard garden.
OUTDOOR | KITCHENS
The design of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor kitchen has come to rival its indoor counterpart, with many homeowners opting for high-end design and timeless function.
Outdoor kitchen design has an eye toward entertaining
n recent years, the term outdoor kitchen has, perhaps, become a misnomer. While an indoor kitchen may include multipurpose features like a TV, a homework station or a dining area, at its heart it is primarily a place to prepare food. The outdoor kitchen, experts say, leans more toward an entertaining space. Indoors, one person usually is the cook. When people use an outdoor kitchen, however, it tends to be a communal event, with someone manning the grill, someone fetching cold drinks from the outdoor fridge and others gathering â&#x20AC;&#x2122;round the fire pit.
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B. PILA DESIGNS
BY MARGARET LITTMAN
Outdoor kitchens are in In a 2017 survey, respondents identified the items they wanted the most.
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Of those planning to add an outdoor kitchen, more than 75 percent were looking for grills, lounging space and refrigeration.
This difference has helped fuel the popularity of outdoor kitchens. Because of nature’s elements, it can be more complicated to create and maintain an outdoor kitchen than an indoor one. But manufacturers have developed more products perfect for the great outdoors, resulting in options at a wider range of
price points. You can achieve something both beautiful and functional without burning through your budget before you fire up that grill. “For years, designers have been bringing nature inside, but now the trend we are seeing is bringing the inside outdoors,” explains Elle HMillard, a certified kitchen designer and
spokeswoman for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) in Hackettstown, N.J. Full-glass walls and materials that link the aesthetic of one area to the other can extend the house to the outdoor space. Concrete can be stained or texturized to emulate wood and stone, using materials designed to weather the elements. >
More than 66 percent wanted a fireplace. Outdoor kitchen essentials include a proper grill (the bigger, the better), countertop prep space and storage areas.
60 percent were craving a pizza oven. Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association
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DIYers now have more affordable options for outdoor kitchen building materials.
TRAVERTI NE is becoming popular for flooring because it is impervious and slip-resistant.
STONE VENEER can be used for cabinet bases as an alternative to natural stone.
PORCELAI N is preferred on counters or as flooring because it tends to resist stains.
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In NKBA’s 2017 annual design trends survey, outdoor kitchens were at the forefront, and one item in particular was on many respondents’ wish list. “The pizza oven is something that is taking off quickly,” H-Millard says. “It was a luxury for so many years, and now it has become popular.” In addition, designers are seeing wine coolers, grills with rotisseries, ice makers, kegerators, weatherproof cabinetry and fabrics designed for outdoor use. The cost of building an outdoor kitchen can vary — depending on the size of the
project and the equipment chosen — anywhere from $10,000 to $75,000. Alicia Marshall of Innovative Outdoor Kitchens in San Diego says most of her projects fall between $25,000 and $30,000. Hiring a professional designer may cost more than doing it yourself, but an expert might avoid design pitfalls like not installing a sink next to a grill without prep space in between or other basics that could cause you frustration later on if you opt to go it alone. Kevin Guzior, vice president of marketing and business development for Pioneer Landscape
Centers, with locations in Arizona and Colorado, is excited about DIY kits for building countertops and outdoor spaces. “It used to be that stone veneer and stucco required a contractor, but now there are kits that can be stacked together in any form or format, Guzior says.” Bea Pila of Miami’s B. Pila Design expects the popularity of outdoor kitchens to continue to grow. “I love how people enjoy outdoor kitchens,” she says. “There is something about a fire’s open flame that brings people together. It must be embedded in our DNA.” l
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Get Grillin’ The centerpiece of a fabulous and functional outdoor kitchen is a great grill. Here are some options you can fire up to turn out top-notch alfresco fare:
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The Traeger grill uses hardwood pellets as fuel and is great for grilling and smoking. $899.99, bbqguys.com
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OUTDOOR | POOLS
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ummer, the season of backyard barbecues, neighborhood parties and sipping cocktails on the deck, is just a few months away. And what better way to beat the sizzling hot days — or enjoy gorgeous sunsets on a warm night — than from a swimming pool? More homeowners are choosing to make room for these private retreats just a few feet from the comforts of home. In 2017, there were 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the United States, according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.
fit your needs: “If investing this kind of money in your backyard, it is not right to not have a well thought-out design.”
TAKING THE PLUNGE
In-ground pools can be customized to include landscaping and sundecks.
Michael Moore, president of Morehead Pools, which has locations in Shreveport, Bossier City and Little Rock, Ark., says that when planning for a pool — an expensive endeavor that requires ongoing maintenance — it’s best to steer clear of the mass-produced kinds and go with something that will
Moore recommends homeowners do their homework before calling a specialist. Knowing what styles are suited to the home’s aesthetics is beneficial when determining a swimming pool’s design. Most pool companies offer free estimates and will work with homeowners to sketch out a plan before moving ahead with the project. Moore says that custom pool areas can range from $40,000 to $500,000, with many companies assisting with all aspects of projects, including constructing outdoor living areas and covered spaces. Typically, budgets determine whether a customer chooses an in-ground pool or a less expensive alternative, such as an aboveground or a semi-in-ground pool. “For most people, a typical in-ground pool can run between $30,000 and $60,000,” says Brandon Eytcheson, sales manager at Performance Pool and Spa, which has five locations around Minneapolis, Minn. “Whereas an above-ground pool can cost between $5,000 and $10,000 and a semisubmerged can cost between $10,000 and $20,000.” But unlike other types, an in-ground pool allows for more customization. There
are two basic styles for in-ground pools: sports, which have two shallow ends and a dip in the middle, and diving. Diving pools are heavily regulated and must meet national depth requirements. After the plans and budget have been finalized, it’s time to move to construction.
DIP INTO DESIGN Once the ground is broken — which, in many areas of the country, can start at the end of March, weather permitting — it can take three weeks or longer for construction, landscaping and any additional features to be completed. These extras can include
items like massive cascading waterfalls to resort-style tube slides. “I’ve seen people put in things from competitive diving boards to having fountains surrounding the pool ... ridiculous lighting (and) surround sound,” Eytcheson says. While installing an in-ground pool can add some value to your home, you’re not likely to see a full return on your investment, says Dan Kasper, president of Ament Spas & Pools in St. Cloud, Minn. But it’s an investment your family can enjoy for many summers. “A pool can be a real asset,” Kasper says. “But make sure you are getting a pool because you want to.”
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GARDENS | OUTDOOR
WILD AND WONDERFUL Native plants can help turn a yard into a nature preserve
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BY PATRICIA KIME
n the mornings, Karen Schedler’s yard in Tempe, Ariz., is a bird sanctuary, with hummingbirds flitting to her feeders and unseen goldfinches chittering in the bushes. Thrashers and towhees hop about near the vegetable garden, trying to maneuver around the bird netting to reach the protected feast beneath. Schedler has seen eight different types of butterflies in her yard, watches
bees light on flowers and often sufficient to attract some spots lizards darting around of the little critters that we Attracting wildlife with native a woodpile. Not only has she desperately need to keep the plants can help lived in her home for more planet functioning,” she says. restore natural than 40 years, she purposefully Schedler is among the habitats. has shared it with a multitude 215,000 homeowners and of wildlife species. renters nationwide whose “I feel an intense amount of satisfacyards are certified as wildlife habitats tion that I’m doing something in my by the National Wildlife Federation little place, just a small tract home (NWF). Her property also is designated from the ’70s, that has landscaping as a bird habitat by the local chapter >
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a community garden, according to Mizejewski. “This is something anyone can do, no matter where you live.” To see more creatures fluttering, flying or scurrying in your yard, make sure it provides the following, according to Mizejewski and Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals:
FOOD Food is vital, but Mizejewski says bird feeders and supplementary food sources aren’t necessary (although they can provide additional nutrition for visiting creatures during the winter). Instead, yards should contain
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of the National Audubon Society, and the whole idea with these programs is she is a member of the Million Polthat each of us can make a difference, linator Garden Challenge, a campaign restore a little bit of habitat and invite that promotes efforts to the wildlife — the birds, L EAR N MO R E protect cross-fertilizing the butterflies, the animals insects. Such programs are nwf.org that can coexist with us — part of a broad movement back into the landscape.” u The National to encourage people to According to NWF’s Wildlife Federation has restore natural habitats backyard certification more information on in cities and suburbs and program, there’s actually how humans can help reduce the impact humans very little that needs to be preserve wildlife by have had on native done to attract and support providing suitable enflora and fauna, says David wildlife on one’s property. vironments for animals Mizejewski, a naturalist It’s “basic wildlife biology to thrive. with the NWF. 101,” Mizejewski says. “We have altered the environment Elements needed for creatures to pretty drastically, destroying habitats survive can be incorporated into nearly for other species,” Mizejewski says. “But any landscape — a yard, a balcony or
Attracting birds, bees and butterf lies A colorful garden not only is a neighborhood crowd pleaser, it also can attract a host of birds and pollinators. These 10 plants are indigenous to parts of the U.S. and will help draw wildlife to your yard:
SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS
plants that are native to the region. These species provide the foundation for an ecosystem that can sustain a variety of native wildlife. For example, many insects need specific plants for survival, and birds — and even some mammals — eat insects or feed them to their young.
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WATER Water is essential for life, and a birdbath or small fish pond can provide clean water for wildlife to drink and bathe. When installing a water feature, though, remember that pollinators, like bees and butterflies, also need water, says Henriksen. She suggests adding a few river rocks to a birdbath or placing shrubbery near a fish pond so the branches reach over the water, providing a place for insects to perch. Dump your birdbath every three days to kill mosquito larvae or use a natural mosquito dunk to halt their development, Mizejewksi recommends.
SHELTER Plants that provide food for wildlife also can double as shelters. Mizejewski suggests installing flowers or shrubs in bunches to allow birds, bunnies,
squirrels and other creatures local cooperative extension to hide or nest in them. Also, office to determine which Arranging native plants in “host plants” can help to plants are native or attract groups creates sustain certain insects, such certain species. an eye-catching as milkweed to feed monarch Wildlife-friendly yards not landscape. caterpillars and protect them only benefit animals, they from predators. In some areas, can have a positive effect on a brush pile or woodpile can provide the humans who live there, too, says a place for lizards and other small Henriksen, who lives in Falls Church, Va. creatures. “Plants are actually proven to have “They are used by all sorts of mental health benefits, to reduce stress animals. But you want to keep in mind and improve attention and memory,” fire safety, or, if you live in an urban Henriksen says. “Our backyard is area, I wouldn’t recommend it because a place to enjoy being outside and it would be a nice place for rats to hang take a break from all things that are out,” Mizejewski adds. digital and electronic. It’s a place for Henriksen recommends consulting us to appreciate nature, to enjoy being with a landscape professional or the outside.” l
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