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tour of homes: Light & Airy Anchorage Home is Cape Cod Chic


The Pro To Know: Martha Wolford of Wolford Construction and Design


Trending decor: Lighting Featuring Brecher’s Lighting



Louisville Design Firm Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture Wins Awards for St. Matthews Project


Starview Greenhouses


Let’s Get Vertical!


What’s Hot in Outdoor Kitchens


Porch Personality

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hen a family set out to build their Anchorage home for themselves and their three children, they knew they wanted a calm oasis that overlooked gorgeous landscaping. The 6-bedroom, 4-fulland-3-half-bath home, built by Meridian and designed by Dan Grimm, gave the family the space they needed to entertain and enjoy.

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n the kitchen, quartz countertops and chrome fixtures bring elegance to the Normandy Blue island, and the hood over the range is made of restored beams. The family enjoys being able to see into the eat-in kitchen and family room from the kitchen, which is perfect for entertaining. The dining room is intimate with a dark blue, octagonal Schumacher wallpaper, exposed ceilings and a gold Restoration Hardware light fixture. The dining room chairs add a pop of color with a salmon design inside the blue fabric.

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he master bedroom is calming, again with vaulted ceilings and archways and a fireplace while accessorized with grays, beiges and blues. The mantel in the master bedroom is also made of restored beams. “It’s calming … the colors are easy on the eyes,” the family says. The master bath displays clean lines, white surfaces and nickel fixtures. The walk-in shower shows off a blue mosaic-tiled accent wall, mixed with white and gray tile on the adjacent walls. Moving into the office, the room is adorned with pops of emerald green and gold in the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper and furniture. A personal touch of a stained

glass window in the room hangs on the wall and comes from a family member’s home state of Pennsylvania. The second floor is home to game, craft and piano rooms. The finished basement is divided by barn doors for the family’s movie room and game room on either side. The movie room holds a huge sectional for the group to cuddle and a wine closet for the adults to enjoy. A second office, gym and sauna complete the basement. The home is a good change from the family’s previous “dark and divided” property with “a lot of open space and light,” says the family. “It feels very calm and very warm at the same time.” 

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olford Built Homes was started by Ron Wolford in 1974. Together with his wife, artist Martha Wolford of Wolford Construction and Design (created in 2008), Martha’s reputation for “superior craftsmanship of luxury homes” has continued to grow. “We have won every major building-associated award, are the only local builder to be featured on MTV Cribs, and are a regular Best of Houzz award winner as voted on by over 25 million (monthly Houzz users),” says Martha. She also served as the Marketing Director for Wolford Built Homes. Martha Wolford created Wolford Construction and Design “to address the void in the market of luxury remodeling” and “has taken top honors for her creative floor plans and remodeling expertise.” She received her education at Parsons Paris, University of Florence in Italy, and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Martha grew up in Anchorage, Kentucky, in “an equine-loving household devoted to showing horses.”

For the last 18 months, Martha has been working with a local homeowner to turn “a traditional, classical home into an 8000 square foot contemporary with breathtaking spaces and soaring ceilings.” For Martha, “It was the project of a lifetime, the most challenging I have ever done, and the most dramatic transformation - bright colors, exotic cabinets, unique tile. Most fun I have ever had!” Martha explains more about her process. “My involvement and attention are paramount. From initial ideas to floor plans to final finishes, I am involved 110% of the way. I think I care about these homes as much as

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the client does! As an artist, I bring a fresh perspective to a traditional craft. I also go about a project with a lot of time spent planning, making decisions, and ordering selections. It is our goal to make the building and design process the least invasive it can be with no downtime.” With Martha on the project, the client doesn’t have to worry. “That’s what I do. We have a team that can handle every scenario. We are pros and have experts in every step of the building process.” Hands-free home living is a current trend that Martha sees as a long-term shift in home design. “From faucets to lighting, a focus on germ-free living will continue. Simply wave to turn on and off.” Although the technology is not new, app-operated living with smart devices has taken the trend further to control lighting, heating, and entertainment. Louisville area homeowners are also looking to “redefine current spaces for our shift in living with an emphasis on personal space,” expand exterior spaces to make the most of patios and porches, and update kitchens and baths. “I want to continue to work with specialty remodels, says Martha. “I love creating spaces and want the client to be in love with their home again.” As for new construction, “We have recently joined forces with builder Jon Boone who is known for his incredible craftsmanship and construction techniques.” According to Martha, they both “bring a keen knowledge of design trends and interpersonal relationship skills” and “promise to be a formidable pair in creating Louisville’s architectural icons of tomorrow.”

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stablished in 1866, Brecher’s Lighting enters its 155th year of operation in 2021. Imagine the history! “Evolving from firelight to gaslight to electric light,” they are “the largest supplier of decorative lighting in the state of Kentucky.” The Brecher family owned the company for three generations before selling it to the Branhams. William Branham represents the third generation of leadership in his family. “Lighting is so important to the look of a room. For the least amount of dollars invested, it has the power to change a room completely.”

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Current trends include antiqued, brushed, and satin brass and gold fixtures - as opposed to shiny or polished. Traditional styles remain popular, but the designs are updated slightly with clean lines. Black fixtures are also among the bestselling. As for future trends on the lighting decor horizons, William predicts long-lasting, energy-efficient LED-integrated fixtures will be all the rage. Although Louisvillians tend to favor more traditional home decor, William says contemporary LED is starting to catch on in the area. Brecher’s Lighting is hopeful that they will carry on with their Annual Tent Sale in September 2021 after its unfortunate cancellation last fall. During the sale, clearance items outside under the tent will be up to 70% off, and regular decorative items in the showroom will be 20% off.  Visit the showroom on Hurstbourne Parkway near Shelbyville Road or browse and shop online today at brecherslighting.com. Be sure to follow @brechers on Facebook to see some of the latest styles.

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Louisville Design Firm Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture Wins Awards for St. Matthews Project


Starview Greenhouses


Let’s Get Vertical!


What’s Hot in Outdoor Kitchens


Porch Personality

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Louisville Design Firm Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture Wins Awards for St. Matthews Project

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Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture recently won two awards for their work on a Louisville residence. The company earned the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for General Design – Constructed Residential Work in 2019 and the 2020 Association of Professional Landscape Designers Gold Award in the Small Gardens Category from the APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program. BY TAYLOR RILEY • COURTESY PHOTOS

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composition to transition between materials and highlight the Bluestone details.

The awards were based on Romeo and Mary Ann Laureano’s St. Matthews front entry and garden renovation. The Laureano family wanted to bring their home to life by creating a beautiful and welcoming front entry with a classic, formal design. Boxwood hedges were layered with Hydrangea, Lilacs and a Bloodgood Japanese Maple. The project included removing and replacing the existing driveway, constructing a new front entry walkway and opening up an existing brick wall. Along the front entry, a hidden garden is revealed to delight guests as they approach the front door. Cobblestone pavers were installed for the driveway surface and a new Pennsylvania Bluestone walkway leads guests to the front door. A custom Bluestone border and circular banding were handcrafted to define the hidden courtyard. Crushed gravel was introduced into the

Josh and his company were instrumental in turning their client’s vision into reality, according to the Laureanos.They first provided Josh with various photos of their favorite garden elements, and then he created a “beautiful hardscape and landscaping, which was both balanced and elegant,” says Mary Ann. “His team was extremely capable and responsive to our requests throughout the entire process...the overall project certainly exceeded our expectations.”

t’s an honor to be recognized by our design peers for the hard work that we do in collaboration with our clients and exceptional contractors we work with,” Josh Myers, owner and Landscape Architect, says. “It gives us the confidence to continue to be creative and provide our clients with a high level of design and professionalism.”

“Our philosophy for the design process encompasses taking our client's vision and attention to detail to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space and landscape,” Josh says about his company, which primarily works on high-end residential projects in Louisville and Prospect. “Our goal for the Laureano project was to include a modest palette of materials to create an elegant and impactful outdoor space that matched the level of detail inside their home. “

The clients say the project was “transformative.” “Coming home and seeing the landscape design brings joy to the both of us each and every day,” says Mary Ann.

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F You can’t buy happiness

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amily-owned and operated since 1972, Starview Greenhouses, Nursery, Garden Center, and Gift Shop in La Grange, Kentucky, has grown from a small single greenhouse to a sprawling selection covering over 3.5 acres. Manager Theresa Rahm’s grandparents were the original owners, followed by her three uncles, including her Uncle Ed Ott. Theresa, Uncle Ed, and two other cousins continue in the family business. “It’s a good atmosphere where all employees are treated like family.” Customers appreciate the “bench system” in the main greenhouse behind the Garden Center. After making your first selection, a staff member places it on a bench in the loading area and assigns a number. From then on, they will carry all of your remaining items to the

bench for you. When you’re finished shopping, the staff writes up a ticket. Simply pay in the Garden Center, pull your car around, give a staff member your bench number and receipt, and let them load up for you!

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gardens Starview’s quality and quantity of selection also set them apart. “90% of our plants are from seeds or cuttings. Trees and shrubs are from a Tennessee tree farm, and all are zonal to withstand Kentucky winters,” says Theresa. Starview has 2.5 acres under cover and a 1-acre tree lot. It is a one-stop-shop for seasonal plants, over 16000 perennials, mulches, potting soils, and topsoils. The annuals come in a large variety of colors to accommodate all home exterior colors and are conveniently organized by whether they are sun-loving or shade-loving. Be sure to check out the “huge” geraniums and hanging ferns! Starview carries an abundance of fruit and vegetable trees and plants, including 35 varieties of cherry, heirloom, and hothouse tomatoes. The full lot of trees and shrubs offers excellent stock, as does the newest greenhouse with an expanded selection of houseplants and succulents. Starview Gift Shop’s unique yard decorations, candles, containers, and windchimes enhance outdoor living spaces. “We try to lean toward Made in the USA whenever possible.” The Garden Center carries garden chemicals, tools, and fertilizers. But “If we don’t have it, we will try to order it.” 

Follow @starviewgreenhouse on Facebook. For more information and the latest specials, visit starviewgreenhouses.net and subscribe to the Starview Greenhouses Newsletter email list. But be warned: the specials are seasonal and sell out quickly, so act fast!

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90% of our plants are from seeds or cuttings. Trees and shrubs are from a Tennessee tree farm, and all are zonal to withstand Kentucky winters

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! l a c i t r e V Introduce yourself to a new dimension of gardening. BY AMANDA HARPER


common Types of vertical gardens:

Stacked planter boxes. This looks something like a ladder with several planter boxes as the rungs. These usually lean against the side of your home or hang suspended with chains. This type of vertical garden is best for plants that don’t vine or branch out.

f you love the idea of gardening, but find it challenging for a variety of reasons, you’re not alone. Gardening can be physically demanding, which is a struggle for many people. Traditional gardens also require a lot of unused ground space, which many of us don’t have to spare. Vegetable gardens can honestly be somewhat unsightly in an otherwise pristine backyard.

Wall pockets. This is often a sheet of felt or canvas with little pockets that plants tuck into. This would be hung from a wall or divider. This is usually used for non-vining plants.

If you’ve been put off by any of these factors, vertical gardening might be for you!

Trellises, “living walls” or arbors. Naturally vining plants are trained to climb these garden structures.

Vertical gardening is–as the name implies–the practice of growing plants up rather than out. While some plants need encouragement to go vertical, it’s a gardening style that just about anyone can do successfully.

String, stakes or cages. Vegetable gardeners often use supports for plants that naturally climb, like green beans.

The ways to achieve a vertical garden are virtually limitless. You can use everything from old fencing to used palettes to get growing. If you’ve never trained a plant to climb, the process is fairly simple. You need to identify what method the plant uses to climb and provide it with a material it can grab onto. Plants with those curly little tendrils like green beans need something small, like string or wire, to grasp. Plants that are “twiners” like morning glories or clematis use their leaves to grab on; because of that, they can climb thicker structures, like wooden trellis. Some plants are able to cling to just about any surface (Boston ivy), while others (climbing roses) need to be tied. Google is a tremendous resource in helping you understand what will go up!

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Works in small spaces. If you don’t have much ground to dedicate to gardening, growing up can allow you to have more in a space that might otherwise be wasted! Less physically demanding. Aching knees and backs rejoice! Vertical gardening requires less stooping, kneeling, bending over and generally contorting your body than traditional growing setups. Even sunshine and watering. This setup allows you to make the most of the resources you have. Can increase yield. By allowing your plants to grow up and out, there is often more potential for crop production. Looks aesthetically appealing! You can create a garden that almost looks like a fixture of your home rather than… well, a garden. 


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Outdoor Kitchens Everyone wants their outdoor space to feel like their own little piece of paradise. Whether for entertaining friends after work, sharing dinners with family al fresco or simply relaxing after a long day, our backyards are our personal retreats. If you’re looking to make yours even more incredible, we’ve rounded up the latest trends in outdoor kitchens and dining spaces to help you picture your backyard oasis. PHOTOS BY SHAUN RING

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Countertops Most people prefer stone countertops for their outdoor kitchens. Granite and soapstone are popular, durable options. Tile is a less expensive alternative that can allow some creative freedom. If you’re considering other materials, speak to an expert about how much maintenance and what potential problems you’re looking at down the road.

Cabinets Hands-down, the most popular choice for outdoor kitchen appliances, drawers and cabinets is stainless steel. It can stand up to outdoor conditions and it’s fairly easy to clean. It’s also easy to match to upgraded appliances and features you might add on later. But if you want a custom look, stainless steel can offer that too: with powder coat finishes, the cabinets can be any color or mimic a number of natural textures, including wood. Marine-grade polymers are gaining in popularity as an alternative. However, it may not be as long-lasting as stainless steel. And there’s the fact that it’s combustible. If you go this route, talk to your installer about what precautions you need to take. Some people like the look of masonry or stucco outdoor kitchens because it offers them the ability to completely customize their space. The downside to this option is that all that stone can be a real bear to install, and the setup will take up a lot of space in your yard.

Connections While it would be nice if we were talking about friendship, we’re actually getting a little more practical: you want your devices to work out there. Bluetooth speakers, projectors, TVs, phones and more will need lots of ports and electrical outlets to keep working out there all summer long. If nothing else, you’ll probably want to plug in the margarita machine now and again.

All Seasons Fire pits, gas heaters and fire tables can help you stay outside even when the temperature dips. Many families are turning to multiple sources of heat outdoors to ensure that everyone stays cozy all year long.

Made in the Shade For most of us, a dinky patio umbrella just ain’t gonna cut it. Safely covering your outdoor kitchen area means that not only can you grill in any weather, but also that your setup is just as protected from the elements. More people are building permanent gazebo-type enclosures that often serve to section off the kitchen and bar area. These Pergolas are popular options for people who want to add a little shade to a large area of their patio space. These structures don’t offer the same protection from rain, but they’re lovely and allow you to use vining plants to create a natural roof. Canvas is another great cover option!

It’s Not Delivery Pizza ovens are a hot trend right now. Compact stainless steel units have hit the market, making wood-fired pizza as close as your backyard.

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It’s All About YOU! The old thinking about outdoor spaces was a focus on entertaining first: amenities were built for the enjoyment of friends and colleagues rather than the family living there! According to a houzz survey, nearly 4 out of 5 homeowners were focusing their home project plans on what would help them enjoy their own home more. And outdoor spaces were no exception. While it’s nice to dream about 4th of July barbeques and graduation parties, that’s really a fraction of the time you’ll be spending in your outdoor space. So instead of thinking how you’ll accommodate your guests, think first about how you and your closest loved ones will be using the space most often. If you’re thinking about your own use first, one thing you might downgrade right away is your grill space. Why sacrifice the space all year long to accommodate a monster grill that would serve maybe two or three parties a year? When the party rolls around, call a friend to bring over a backup grill, or rent one from a local party rental company. Also consider whether you really need a lot of seating space. Put it like this: would you rather have quantity or quality? Many homeowners are opting for more comfortable, luxurious seating over plentiful seating that’s not something they could really relax on when guests aren’t over.

No Need for Debate... It used to be that you had to pick a side: gas or charcoal? Well with the new class of grills, you no longer have to choose. Hybrid grills allow you to cook it your way. Add a smoker to your setup and everyone will come to the table smiling. If you are previously committed to a grill, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with adding a second grill to the lineup. People who own ceramic charcoal grill/smokers already know this well: variety is the spice of life!

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You really can have it ALL!

Bar’s Open While at-home bars have always been a popular feature of outdoor kitchens, homeowners are definitely investing a little more in these spaces. Personal kegerators, ice makers, wine fridges and more are making outdoor bars a little more swanky.

It’s Personal When you’ve gone through the process of designing and installing an outdoor kitchen, you want the space to feel like it’s finally, truly your little piece of paradise. So it’s natural that you’d want to put your personal touch into the design. Many homeowners are incorporating a pop of color into their outdoor kitchens (and yes, Kentucky blue is a popular one ‘round these parts.) From stool cushions to custom knobs, the possibilities are just about endless. A word of caution: if you plan on selling your home down the road, refrain from making these little personal touches too permanent. 


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hen it comes to home inspiration, why not start with your porch? This is the space that sets the stage for your personality as a homeowner while providing a glimpse of your inside home style as well. Maybe you prefer a more traditional style, or you might be a true Southerner who dreams of a porch Reese Witherspoon would be proud to call her own. Perhaps it’s a boldly painted door with modern details or a giant porch swing overflowing with colorful pillows! Your porch can add valuable square footage and expand your living space while setting the tone for relaxation and conversation with loved ones. We’re here to break down a few different porch “personalities” and hopefully spark some inspiration as we approach the spring season, which really means….PORCH season.

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“Hi Ya’ll, Come Sit for a Spell!”


The perfect setting to invite all of your guests and make them feel like family. Envision a classic set of rocking chairs, ceiling fan, a couple of hanging ferns and of course don’t forget a cozy porch swing. THE ESSENTIALS Haint Blue Roof Ceiling Fan Rocking Chairs Hurricane Lanterns Southern Sign Decor Gas Lantern Decor Ferns Porch Swing Wood Flooring

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“Welcome Home”


A classic porch can make anyone feel at home. Picture a gorgeous white palette with a classic navy door paired with traditional columns for the front and cushioned wrought iron seating area to create an inviting oasis for family and friends. THE ESSENTIALS White Columns Topiaries Classic Navy Front Door Wicker Chairs Layered Doormats Chinoiserie Garden Stool Brick or Stone Flooring House Mounted Mailbox 48 louisville homes & gardens | May 2021

“Hey Neighbors!”

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Do you consider yourself the spunky kind? You’re the type that doesn’t shy away from color and you might get referred to as “the fun one” often. Your porch is filled with creative elements that makes everyone feel welcome! THE ESSENTIALS Vibrant Front Door Colorful Flags Planters Full of Flowers Playful Door Sign Comfy Porch Swing Candle Lantern Decor Quirky Sculptures

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“Come On In”


This porch belongs to those who appreciate a minimalistic approach to design and love clean lines. Think modern black details and geometric elements to create a stunning entrance and porch area. THE ESSENTIALS Sleek Front Door Geometric Railing Modern Wicker Furniture Black Trimmed Windows Geometric Lights “Plant Mom” Plants Large Rug Stone Pavers Modern House Numbers

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