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CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS ISSUE: Louis Prichard’s name was misspelled on page 90.

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Community Spotlight: Foster Care Council

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Behind the Lens: Paul Atkinson

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Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky by Jon Carloftis

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The Arboretum

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Home & Garden Trends for 2013

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Lexington Living

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Out & About

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Cardinal Hill Winter Bash

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SOUPer Bowl Party for the Child Care Council

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TOPS February Preview Party

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TOPS February Preview Party (cont.)

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Her Knight Father/Daughter Dance

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Mid-Knight in Paris

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Mid-Knight in Paris (cont.)

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132 H’ARTful of Fun Bollywood Bash 134 H’ARTful of Fun Bollywood Bash (cont.) 136 Bluegrass Sports Awards 138 Japanese New Year 140 LexArts Campaign Kick-Off 142 American Heart Assoc. Heart & Stroke Ball 144 American Heart Assoc. Heart & Stroke Ball (cont.) 154 TOP Shots

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UK Men’s Basketball v Georgia 7p AWAY ukathletics.com

KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament

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Rupp Arena khsaa.org

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Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show 10a-6p Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena bgantiquesandgardenshow.org

KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament Rupp Arena khsaa.org

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8p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

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UK Men’s Basketball v Florida 12p Rupp Arena ukathletics.com

MSEDA Gala

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5:30p Spindletop Hall mseda.org

Run for the Hill 8a Keeneland cardinalhill.org

RailRunner 10 Miler & 5K 9a RJ Corman 3wayracing.com

KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament Rupp Arena khsaa.org

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

10a-6p Kentucky Horse Park bgantiquesandgardenshow.org

1 0 SUNDAY KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament Rupp Arena khsaa.org

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show 10a-6p Kentucky Horse Park bgantiquesandgardenshow.org

14 THURSDAY Gregoire Maret Quartet 7:30p Norton Center for the Arts nortoncenter.com

1 5 FRIDAY The Addams Family

8p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

Friday Night Handicapping Contest

4p-9:30p Keeneland Equestrian Room keeneland.com

Road to the Horse

9a-6p Kentucky Horse Park roadtothehorse.com

1 6 SATURDAY Shamrock Shuffle 3K 8a Downtown shamrockshuffle3k.com

St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade 11a-7p Downtown lexingtonstpatsparade.org

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The Addams Family

2p & 8p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

Road to the Horse

9a-4p Kentucky Horse Park roadtothehorse.com

Ashland Poker Tournament

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5:30p Signature Club henryclay.org

Kentucky’s Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards

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6p-9:30p Seelbach Hotel kyallstars.net

Dreams & Fairytales

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7p-11p RJ Corman Hangar thetoychest.org

The Addams Family

NCAA Tournament

2p & 7p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

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Tammy Pescatelli 7:15p Comedy Off Broadway comedyoffbroadway.com

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UK Symphony Orchestra 7:30p Singletary Center finearts.uky.edu

Rupp Arena ncaa.com

Les Miserables, School Edition

Walk With Sidney

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8:30a Fayette Mall Food Court khaky.org

24 SUNDAY The Hound of Baskervilles 2:30p Carriage House Theatre studioplayers.org

26 TUESDAY The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva

30 SATURDAY Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs 11a-5p McConnell Springs mcconnellsprings.org

Run The Bluegrass HalfMarathon Keeneland runthebluegrass.org

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Les Miserables, School Edition

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Lexington Indoor Polo Kentucky Horse Park lexingtonpolo.com

2p & 8p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

NCAA Tournament

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Easter Bunny Special

Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

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Orchestra Stars

7p Downtown Arts Center lexphil.org

22 FRIDAY Bach Brandenburg

7:30p Singletary Center lexphil.org

Louie Anderson

7:15p Comedy Off Broadway comedyoffbroadway.com

Les Miserables, School Edition 7p Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com

Lexington Indoor Polo Kentucky Horse Park lexingtonpolo.com

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Finance

THE POINT OF INVESTING IS TO MAKE MONEY by Tom Dupree The Money Man

Last issue I wrote about low interest rates. If you are a saver today, you are having a tough time finding CDs or bonds that yield much in the way of interest. In 1982 that was not the case. U. S. Treasury bonds, municipal bonds, and CDs were all yielding double digit interest rates. Inflation was high, but you were compensated as an investor by high yields on invested cash. The stock market was low and consequently dividend yields on stocks were quite high also.

their dividends in like manner. And so have a handful of other companies. Perhaps what happened from 1982 until recently was like a one-time event. Interest rates were quite high and gave bond investors an incredible ride for years as the rates came down. But that only happened with interest rates going from extremely high to extremely low. That cannot happen again over the next thirty years, because rates are low now. Rarely do I give investment advice, but if you own longer duration bond funds you

At the time, Paul Volcker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. He wanted to “break the back” of inflation by driving interest rates high enough to slow the economy way down. He accomplished that. The economy went into a bit of a temporary slowdown, inflation dropped substantially, and interest rates went into a decline that has lasted thirty years. If you had investments in bonds during this time, depending upon the credit rating and maturity, you might have made nice money, because declining interest rates usually cause bond prices to go up, at least for awhile. The problem with bonds is that they mature. They end. The maturity of your bond means they pay your principal back and you have to figure out what to do with it. The same thing happens with bond mutual funds. The bonds in them mature and they have to reinvest the money for their investors. And for the last thirty years it has been a good bet that they were reinvesting the money at a lower rate than it had previously earned. Which means that if you were a bond fund investor you probably saw your dividend slowly decline for the last twenty plus years. On the other hand, if you had been a common stock investor in Procter and Gamble, you have seen your dividends increase for 56 consecutive years! The Nestle Company has increased

might want to look at selling right now. If rates begin the long climb back up, the prices of bond funds will get hammered. Remember, the point of investing is to make money. Do you think you’ll make more money over the next several years by buying stocks which have a long history of raising dividends, or bonds which have a fixed payout that is historically low?

Listen to “The Tom Dupree Show” Saturdays from 6-9 a.m. at News Radio 630WLAP or wlap.com.

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Julep Cup

We diners here in the city of Lexington are a lucky bunch. You can practically throw a rock in any direction and you’ll hit any number of restaurants, delicious dives and fine dining establishments featuring culinary styles from across the board. However, some Lexington restaurants are intent on serving the type of dishes that have become synonymous with Southern-style cuisine. Then, there are places like The Julep Cup, which is intent on elevating it to obscenely delicious levels. The restaurant, located in The Woodlands, opened just over four years ago. It’s also a family affair, currently owned by Carol Brooks with her daughter, chef Lindsay Brooks Brugh, leading the kitchen and Lindsay’s husband, Scott Brugh, offering the welcome hospitality as the general manager. As you make your way through The Julep Cup, it’s impossible not to notice the décor. Where as some restaurants sprinkle their interior with references to the Bluegrass State’s horse racing heritage, the Julep Cup goes full bore, with endless equine decorations adorning it’s deep red walls complemented by heavy curtains and Oriental rugs. You’ll get quite the opposite effect in the restaurant’s Seahorse Lounge, with walls blasted with turquoise and seashell decorations. Chef Lindsay’s specialty is infusing southern comfort food with a bit of French flair, and that French flair is well earned. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and earned the Superior Cuisine Medal while continuing her education at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. This deft hand is evident from your first bite to your last. For its upcoming spring menu, the iron skillet crab cake features plentiful amounts of crab with a smoky char, the sweetness of homemade green tomato jam and the mix of sugar and spice in the tomato coulis. When ordering some greenery, a head of romaine lettuce gets the grill treatment with avocado, bacon, red onion and the house bleu cheese. Since the restaurant opened, entrees like The Julep Cup’s take on shrimp and grits or its Kentucky trout, which you can get either grilled or fried, have become beloved staples. In fact, the restaurant’s southern fried chicken received iconic actor William Shatner’s stamp of approval. Now, The Julep Cup has evolved into one of best places in Lexington to get a serious cut of meat. Chef Lindsay only uses grass-fed, certified Angus beef that’s grade choice or higher and always locally raised. You can also amp up your cut of steak with one of several “style enhancements” that incorporates seafood like lobster tail, lump crab and New Orleans BBQ shrimp. Plus, considering the chef ’s French background, if you choose one of these add-ons, you’re guaranteed to get a killer sauce. While I didn’t get a chance to try a steak, The Julep Cup’s grilled bone-in pork is a dish everyone should try. The inchthick chop comes with sweet potato gnocchi, grilled asparagus and it’s topped with a blue cheese, bacon and green apple slaw. As my colleague, photographer Keni Parks, nicely put it when hearing the dish’s description, “every word you just said I love.” I agreed, but words barely do this tasty entrée justice. Considering the restaurant’s namesake and my own affinity for bourbon, I felt like it was my moral obligation to you, the reader, to “force” myself to try a Julep Cup mint julep. As manager Brugh described it, this “adult snowcone” is made simply and attentively, with shaved ice, lightly bruised mint and the sweetness of the simple syrup further enhanced in my metal cup by Basil Hayden’s bourbon. Speaking of bourbon, if you want your desserts to have more than a mere hint of bourbon, chef Lindsay Kentucky-fies a fantastic flourless chocolate cake and ice cream with Jim Beam baked in and a pourable bourbon icing that may make you consider taking a sobriety before walking out the door. Everything about The Julep Cup, from what’s on the walls to what’s on your plate, will give you a feeling that you’re experiencing something both familiar and unexpected. With the way this restaurant brings it all together, it’s a feeling Lexington residents should experience themselves—on a repeat basis.

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by Kelly Adams

“Mom, all the girls are trying out for cheerleading, can I sign up?” “Dad I need the new basketball shoes, all the popular boys are wearing them.” “Mom, I’m falling behind in my class, can you get me a tutor?” Children living in a stable environment would more than likely receive a “sure sweetheart” from their parent or parents.

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early 750 children right here in the Fayette County foster care system can only wish to be able to ask one or both parents for these items. Instead, they face problems that beg questions we as adults will most likely never have to ask. Some include; where am I going? How long will I be there? How will I get to school tomorrow? Why can’t I take my things, and moreover…when can I go home? The Foster Care Council is an organization in Central Kentucky dedicated to finding these children the help they deserve. Who Is the foster Care council? Only a little over a year old, the Foster Care Council of Lexington is a local non-profit agency comprised of 13 board members dedicated to making a difference in a child’s life.

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Lexington native, Cassie Slone, brought the Foster Care Council back to her hometown after living with her family in Naples, Fl. She served on the board of The Foster Care Council of SWFL for four years and became passionate about the concept. She was eventually promoted to Education Training Coordinator where she hired accredited tutors, oversaw pre and post testing of children and worked directly with foster parents and caseworkers to ensure academic progress of each individual child. After living there for 6 years, the Slone family decided to relocate back to Lexington. “I had to leave the charity in Naples but witnessing the impact the charity had on the children, I knew I must somehow continue the good work,” said Slone on her decision to start the charity in her home of Fayette County.

Community Spotlight

The Helping Hand

A Year of Success

“The FCC works hard to make a child’s transition into foster care, whether temporary or permanent, less painful by making programs available to meet these children’s needs, whatever need they may be,” enthuses Carla Van Horn, head of marketing for the Foster Care Council.

Slone has put together a board of very diverse individuals (one member is even a former foster child) who come from different professional backgrounds in the community. Their commonality? Each individual has the desire to change the life of a foster child.

Some of these children may need clothing because there wasn’t time to gather any belongings when taken away from their situation, or maybe they just never had any. Other children may need tutoring to get them back on track, while some just need a sense of normalcy. The Foster Care Council’s first priority is helping the individual children succeed. The kids may feel like just another number in the system, so the FCC works tirelessly to make them feel special and above else, wanted. Subsidizing the state’s assistance is also important for the Foster Care Council. In doing this, the Council hopes they can increase the number of foster homes because it will lessen the financial burden one faces when contemplating foster parenting. If the FCC can make the commitment just a bit less frightening, they can make even the smallest difference.

Through sweat equity, fundraising, soliciting private donations and the assistance of The Lexington Charity Club, The FCC was able to assist 112 individual local foster children. That’s approximately 15 percent of the total foster child population in Fayette County. If the Foster Care Council was able to do that much good in a year, imagine what the future holds for this powerful organization! What’s Next? Recently the FCC officially launched its Education Advancement/ Mentoring Program. This tutoring program differs from all others in that it is the only one that provides one-on-one tutoring to foster children. The Foster Care Council employs local Fayette County teachers to help these children get further in their education than would previously have been allowed. If you are interested in making a difference in these kids’ lives, apply to be a part-time tutor online at fostercarecouncil.org.

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Behind the Lens

Paul captured a horse laughing while another nuzzled it’s nape, and a young boy experimenting with photography for the first time by taking a picture of a beloved golden retriever. Other images included bourbon barrels that reflected in the glorious afternoon sunlight, and ivy adorning and consuming a forlorn bourbon distillery, while another pictured a snowy day at Keeneland with the stables framed in stunning alignment. Here, Paul greeted each of his excited guests with a spark of exuberance as he described his work with thoughtful conversation and sincerely thanked everyone for being a part of the celebration. Paul is every bit the gracious host one would expect a Southern gentleman to be. Growing up in Stanton Kentucky, when he was a little boy, Paul began taking photographs for his mother because as he explains, “she always had the habit of cutting our heads and feet off in the frame -the little Kodak Brownie had an awkward lever to snap the shutter so you couldn’t see very well in the viewfinder. I started shooting the photos for her because I seemed to have an eye for keeping the photos in frame.” Jokingly he adds, “This may be the reason I do not appear too often in the family photos.” From this point forward, he began carrying a camera with him wherever he went thus beginning to garner experience and accolades at a young age. After attending the Berea Foundation High School, Paul admirably entered the Navy where his interest for photography grew. Paul explains, “When I was in the Navy from 1968 - 1972 travelling around Europe and the Middle East, The Navy Ships always had a crew-member designated as the ‘Ships Photographer’, and when there was an opening, I took the opportunity. I really did not know how to use the big ship’s camera but taught myself quickly by a hit or miss method I developed until I figured out how to get a decent photo.”

Upon returning from sea, Paul continued his passion for educational enlightenment in college. “I bought a Pentax SLR camera with a couple lenses and enrolled in the Photography and Graphic Arts program at Eastern KY University in 1972, and fell in love with Black and White photography. I had a portable dark room and carried my camera with me everywhere.” Paul goes on to say, “I began to see everything as a photograph, especially people. I found that by just talking and connecting with the subject you brought them to life in the photos.” In 1974, Paul graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with an AA Degree in Printing Technology (Graphics and Photography). He then entered Berea College and graduated with a BA in Art two years later where he tells us, “I have always tried to combine graphics and photography with the fine arts ever since,” an art he has perfected as his impressive resume reflects.

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For 25 plus years he worked as a graphic artist in the advertising business, and in 2001, he was able to begin his freelancing career full time by doing mostly Photography for advertising agencies around Lexington, and in 2002, he opened his own company, Rockledge Photography. He then indulges that “In 2005, I was asked to photograph Keeneland Racetrack for a brand new company called Topsinlex.com. I walked the grounds, communicated with and had the pleasure of photographing people having fun. I knew at that moment this was what I wanted to do with my life and I had a lot to learn about event photography; it is not as easy as it looks or sounds.” Over the next 7 years, Paul has photographed thousands of people at many public and private events. “Sometimes it gets hectic and stressful, but I always know I am doing what I love and making people happy doing it.” TOPS: What are some highlights of the past year for you? Paul: I have had the opportunity to photograph many “big events” through the Topsinlex.com website and magazine. Last year, for example, I got to follow Bill Clinton around for the day while he was speaking in Lexington. I was backstage with him and up front during his speech. It was a highlight for me as I was and always will be a fan of President Bill Clinton. I have also photographed Bush senior and President Obama in my career along with many musicians

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and equally famous local businessmen and women. I have also had the pleasure of photographing a plethora of basketball and football coaches for the University of Kentucky over the years. The best of all was my three days with the men from the 1972 USA Olympic Basketball team. They were the team that had the Olympic Gold Medal stolen from them by the Russians in a game that was fought to the finish. I was proud to have been their photographer for their first reunion in 40 years as they are truly a great bunch of guys. Another memorable event that occurred this year was the Toyota Evening featuring Leigh Anne Touhy, interior designer and otherwise known as the protagonist matriarch from the feature film adaptation of 2010’s The Blind Side. “I photographed a three evening extravaganza with a great and funny lady, but most of all, I was one of only a hand few of men at the event as it was a huge ladies night out.” Boston Pops at Rupp was another fantastic event--so exciting with great music, too. TOPS: What are your hobbies, interests and passions? Paul: Photography is my main hobby, and interest, but I allow time for hiking, scuba diving and fishing. I am also a huge basketball fan, of not just one team, but of the entire game. My wife Christine is my best friend, keeps me interested, and is the passion in my life.

Gardens of Kentucky

The People’s Garden at the Governor’s Mansion Fronting the grand Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, between Lexington and Louisville, is a spectacular one-acre formal garden edged in taxus and embellished with both colorful perennials and annuals. Home to the state’s governors since 1914, the mansion is one of the few executive residences in the country that conducts public tours. Set on a scenic bluff above the Kentucky River, the balconied Beaux-Arts-French Renaissance structure—modeled after the Petit Trianon, Marie Antionette’s summer chateau at Versailles—is also one of the most beautiful. As the Governor’s Mansion is “The People’s House”, this is the people’s garden, a place where visitors can stroll around, take a moment to slow down, and smell the roses (literally).

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Anonymous You wouldn’t know it but the owner of this property wasn’t always a gardener. The large and varied gardens surrounding the buildings where she lives and works have evolved gradually, and are still works in progress. “I try everything, and then change it,” she says. If volunteers come up, I usually let them stay.” One of her first gardens was the vegetable plot next to her house. She wanted to build geometric beds because she like dtheir orderliness, but didn’t want them to look fussy. Her stylish yet practical solution was to edge them with a low limestone rock border, which she hand-placed with the help of a friend. From her big office in a turret on the third floor of her home, she has a sweeping view of her farm. A girl, her dream, a big, beautiful result. It is an inspiration.

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Lois Anne Polan Lois Anne Polan wanted her front garden to stop traffic, but to say that she has created an eye-catching yard for her Lexington home would be an understatement. Depending on the time of the year, it overflows with pansies, bluebells, peonies, irises, larkspurs, poppies, columbines, moonflowers, plumbago, orange cosmos, and an arbor heavy with purple hyacinth bean vines. The inspiration for filling her back garden with white flowers came from Edith Wharton’s remarkable garden in Paris, and the roses are a particular source of delight. “A garden,” says Polan, “is like a sculpture in four dimensions: length, width, depth, and time. What makes it really exciting is the X-factor that Mother Nature brings. There is an exhilarating magic that happens.” That may be true, but in the case of this garden, the magic is pure Polan.

Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky is available at Belle Maison, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, LV Harkness and Morris Bookshop. Visit joncarloftis.com

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trip to The Arboretum is not just another walk in the park. In fact, if you take in everything that encompasses the 100 acres of land nestled on the edge of the University of Kentucky campus, you could leave with sensory overload. This is sensory overload of the good kind. Focus your sight on the diverse native plant collection. Engage your sense of sound with the beautiful music of the birds that flock to the area. Tempt your nose with the fragrances of the rose garden, annual and perennial flowers, and the herb garden. Nurture your brain with lectures and workshops. The Arboretum has something for everyone, spanning every generation.

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The Arboretum

and note cards or collages. When it comes to deciding what topic to offer, the people who work at The Arboretum generate some ideas, participants suggest other ideas. There are favorites that draw in the crowds. “Currently Greener Lawn Care and Home Composting are two of our most popular classes. I think there is real interest in using fewer chemicals on our lawns and in more sustainable lifestyle,” Farris says. The learning opportunities are not limited to adults. The Kentucky Children’s Garden swung open its gates in 2011. Children as young as two years old up to nineteen have a safe space dedicated just to them. There are two acres to stroll through with small theme gardens and an amphitheater. “The children and parents that come to the Kentucky Children’s Garden by all indications enjoy their experience,” Farris says. Teachers are encouraged to schedule field trips for their students. The Guided Garden Discovery field trip offers hands-on learning that meets Kentucky core content. Other lessons can be tailored to target specific areas of learning. How about a science lesson on plant culture and life cycles? Make math fun by measuring tree dimensions. There is a bounty of inspiration for art and writing classes, too. Every trip to the Children’s Garden can be guaranteed to be different! The cultural opportunities are attracting crowds of all ages. “A diverse group of 200,000 visitors crossing all generations came from not only Lexington, but 44 states and 17 countries last year,” Farris says. Two of the most well attended events are right around the corner. Arbor Day, (April 27th) and Birds, Baths, and More (May 24th – June 2nd) attract hundreds of people. Woodworkers, artists, families and school

children tap into their creativity to create all things birds! Birdhouses, birdbaths, bird feeders, bird food storage containers, and bird-themed home or garden décor will be on display and available to bid on. “It is amazing to see the creativity of participants,” Farris says. The Arboretum is also a beautiful backdrop for getting in or staying in shape. The two mile paved trail that loops around the grounds is perfect for walking, running, or biking. Pets are welcome too. If you go online they even have fitness tips and guidelines so you can test your endurance based on your age and how quickly you walk the trail. When Jan Czochara is not volunteering at The Arboretum she heads there to relax, walk, and reflect. “Nowhere else in Lexington, indeed in the State of Kentucky, could I find this grace,” she says. Everyone who visits seems to find his or her own grace in the gardens. “When I worked in the Rose Garden, I felt very connected to nature. It was a delightful experience to hear the sounds of the day, interact with the visitors to the Rose Garden, admire the beautiful roses,” says Pat Waggener. These days Mrs. Waggener is spending more time indoors helping with the funding needs of The Arboretum. They have many short- and long-term goals on the horizon. Construction on the Transportation Garden and Stewardship Garden begins this spring in the Kentucky Children’s Garden. In the fall the long awaited outdoor rest room will be added. And, of course, thousands more bulbs, new trees, annuals and vegetables will be planted and blooming soon with fresh ideas. “Late summer and early fall are perhaps the prettiest time of the year at The Arboretum. The colors are glorious and all the plants are full and healthy,” Waggener says.

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Gardening

“HONEY DO” LIST by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

It’s March, and after this year’s start with single digit temperatures, snow days, and weekends spent in my warm house looking out the window longing for Spring, it’s almost here. While the weather will still dictate just how much we can accomplish in our yards, there is still plenty to do to prepare. If you did not seed your lawn in the Fall and need to, now is the time. It’s also not too early to tackle weed control. Take inventory of your garden tools to see what may need sharpening and what tools have seen better days and just need replacing. This is also the perfect time to plan flower and vegetable gardens. What will you plant and where will you plant it? Three years into my hobby I still consider myself a beginner. So, I’m still experimenting with what vegetables thrive and where. I am hoping a class at the UK Cooperative Extension Office will lend a hand in my planning. Vegetable Gardening for Beginners is one of many educational classes at the extension office this month. For me, this is the perfect month to sit indoors and learn while satiating my appetite for gardening at the same time. Other topics this month include Extending the Vegetable Growing Season, The Humble Potato, and Unusual Annuals from Seeds. Check out the Gardener’s Toolbox for all the class topics at fayette.ca.uky.edu.

myrtle. I have been looking forward to this day since last summer, but I’m learning to be time sensitive in my zest to chop away. Pruning now will encourage healthy growth later. If you have some shrubs that have outgrown their welcome in your yard, like my Forsythia, don’t be afraid to cut them all the way back down to the ground. While you may miss this season’s blooms, the reward will come next Spring. Good things come to those who wait. With a little planning and preparation this month, we should all be primed to start our growing season with banner results.

Mid-March should be a safe time to plant cool season crops which include: broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, radishes, and green onions. Those of you who, unlike me, are not intimidated to start your crops from seed should do so now. Trying my skills at seed starting is on my 2014 “to-do” list. Once the ground is warm enough to allow it, dig and turn the soil. Be sure to mix in all the extra goodies: fertilizer, compost, and manure. Your plants, flowers, and vegetables will thank you later. Pull out those pruning shears! Flowering bushes and trees that bloom on new wood can be pruned in early March. Not a day too soon for my crape

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H&G Trends

seven o’ clock on a weeknight and you are preparing your next culinary masterpiece while sipping your favorite vino. Wafting in from the adjoining room are the sweet sounds of style emitting from the Home and Garden channel as the savory ratatouille you’re experimenting with bubbles and roasts to the perfect golden brown in the oven. Immediately, your inner designer begins to resonate and fill you with an excitement from within as you finish adorning the dining table with crystal stemware to add a bit of sparkle to the room, creating an element of magic in the atmosphere. As you grace the table with the final flourish of a floral arrangement thrown together with treasures from the backyard inspired by the decorators on the flat-screen, your imagination begins to run wild with thoughts of spring and summer trends to make your living space even more uniquely you. Fortunately, with the tips and tricks of Lexington’s finest home and garden specialists, whether you are looking to add a little flair to your existing space or staging your home to sell, you can seize the season and create the home of your dreams. Months ago, industry moguls forecasted all things trending for 2013 by suggesting the hottest colors, products, and themes with enough flair for every style and budget. Let’s take a closer look by delving into the varying and exciting realms that make up the home and garden.

Interior Decorating Trends A few of the most talked about trends in the interior decorating industry include gold finishes throughout the home in furniture, frames, and other items; wallpaper with completely fresh ideas featuring gold layers, bold wall decals and graphics; neutral spaces with pops of brilliant color accents (particularly yellow), black accents and décor, feather accents throughout the home, tribal prints and natural settings; and finally cottage style décor with pastel colorings of blue and mint green. j. stuart hurt of the boutique House on Walton Avenue, shares what’s trending in interior design. “Some trends that will be hot for 2013 are pattern, colors and textures.” He divulges, “Patterns such as Ikat, Chevron and muted tone-on-tone are becoming very popular and seen on everything from packaging to jewelry. We also use repetition in the store, showing how to use one item in multiple ways, or showing how to repeat the item to make a singular statement.” Colors are also strongly influencing interior design. Stuart informs us that the “colors that have made an emergence are emerald green, eggplant purple, navy blue, all tones of grays and high contrast yellows. “Of course,” he continues, “creams and whites are always in

fashion, but when paired with any of the above, a true statement is sure to be made.” As for textures, Stuart describes that those “such as burlap have been on the upswing and are still very popular, but the addition of a very textured linen or canvas has also emerged, creating the nice tactile feel that all interiors call for.” Stuart tells us, “the majority of emerging trends can easily blend with your current interior without performing much of a make- over or expense. Taking one key pattern or color, and repeating in a common theme, (such as accent pillows, candles, draperies or even the nice container or urn), will create a fresh updated look to achieve the new spring trends!” Kellie Clarke of Norwalk Furniture goes on to add that other interior design trends include more color being used in neutral spaces, the incorporation of clear colors with neutrals, bold graphic prints popping up, the freshness of new color combinations such as blue and coral, black and yellow, and purple and gray, as well as the rebirth of wallpaper in residential settings. Which trends is she most excited about you wonder? One is, “wallpaper,” Kellie enthuses, “but we’re not talking about your grandmother’s

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wallpaper here. Wallpaper is making a comeback in a huge way with great new patterns and colors that can take any room up a notch.” Another trend she is excited about is the color blue because “blue is such a fresh, calming color that can be used in a variety of settings and ways.” She concurs with Stuart that in order to change up a room without too much hassle, “add small touches of hot new colors by using pillows, throws, artwork and/or add a focal point with a fresh wallpaper.” Meghann Van den Dool of Chevy Chase’s boutique Adelé shares that “brass is making a comeback this season.” She emphasizes, “not the shiny brass from the 70’s and 80’s, but a softer antique finish. It’s timeless, affordable, and warm. Just a small representation like drapery hardware, a decorative accessory, or even a nail-head detail on an upholstered piece can make a sophisticated statement in any space.”

Treading Softly When complementing your gorgeous new accent colors, textures, and patterns, Carrie Patterson of Carpet One lets us in on all things trending in the flooring category. “One of the fastest growing segments in floorcovering is resilient flooring, also known as vinyl. Resilient flooring can be recycled forever and can always be turned into a new product. Resilient flooring is very durable and is best used in high traffic commercial areas. It can be created in numerous visuals from wood to stone, transferred into various sizes, and you can even add texture to it. It also comes with a 2013 trend—pops of color,” says Carrie.

In the hard surface category, we are still seeing a surge in hardwood flooring. The five inched wide hand-scraped floors and reclaimed barn-wood are striking in many homes. Also trending this year towards colored hardwood in solid black, white and even bold colors such as red and green. Cork is also widely used in kitchens, exercise rooms and wine rooms. Cork is popular because its a renewable resource along with its natural appearance. Carpets and rugs are trending towards the modern approach for 2013. Bold colors, textures and patterns will wow most shoppers and help them create a not so subtle environment. Shag rugs with patterns are also making a debut for 2013. Natural fibers such as wool and sisal also continue to grow with geometric patterns and tonal textures. Finally, tile features include metal, glass and large format tiles in 12”x24” and 24”x24” sizes with color trends in grays, blacks and earth tones, with pops of bright colors. Ceramic or porcelain tiles resembling wood plank floors are also continuing to emerge in 2013, while mosaic tiles with intricate patterns are becoming popular focal points for back-splashes and other points of interest.

In the bedroom Remember to address the space where you recharge each night by honing in on some of the hottest bedding options on the market. Debbie Green and resident sleep expert Karrie Knopf of Sleep Outfitters offer insight to the current trend for getting a great night’s sleep in 2013, and why they are so excited about it. Karrie shares on her blog that “Tempur-Pedic has just announced the release of four new models at the Las Vegas Furniture show, and two of them may really surprise the public. This April, Tempur-Pedic (known as the Choice Collection) will be hitting retail sales floor with two air mattress models! This will allow customers an alternative to the well-known, Sleep Number bed, but with added advantages and huge improvements to the current design. Rather than one large bladder for each side like the Sleep Number models, The Tempur-Pedic models will offer 3 bladders on each side, for added lumbar support and head and neck comfort.” They are excited to

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recommend them to clients because of the added advantage of simple set up in contrast to the Sleep Number beds and because the Choice Collection will also feature patented Tempur visco foam for wonderful pressure relief and product longevity, with an adjustable base for even more benefit to your body.

What’s cooking in the kitchen? Nathan Kerr of Hager Cabinets weighs in on what’s hot in cabinetry and organizing your kitchen affordably in 2013. “Function is right up there with beauty. Homeowners want the most out of their space with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and built-in storage for the kitchen.” Nathan goes on to say that “custom cabinet colors are making a strong comeback to reflect the personality of the home.”

Chris Benezet of Benezet and Associates contributes that there is a greater interest in mixing up the focal points of the kitchen in new unique ways. He suggests, “Darker color islands are making an emergence to draw attention to the center of the room. These richer islands are complimented by lighter color cabinets and bases.” M. Brent Richards of Architectural Kitchen and Baths shares with readers that “Simplicity and clean lines continue to be the trend for 2013.” He goes on to note that a new color trend popping up for 2013 is the sun-washed tone of weathered gray, including shades like ‘Driftwood’, ‘Greystone’, and ‘Outer Banks.’ As for kitchen countertops, “Granite has remained popular largely because of the dealer’s ability to offer a product that satisfies the demands of the more discerning customer,” says Richards.

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So fresh and clean Jonathan Thompson with Quality Construction Company notes that walk-in showers are a big trend for 2013. Several of our clients are getting rid of their tubs and going for walk-in showers because, quite simply, many homeowners aren’t using their tubs anymore.” Chris Benezet agrees that bathrooms are seeing “more open concepts with large oversized showers that you walk right into without glass shower doors.” Jonathan goes on to recommend the product that he is most excited about for 2013, WEDI, a product that is used in the installation of showers, as well as floor and wall construction. Known as ‘Building Boards’, it helps protect the substrate from water penetration. It is a product that stands the test of time and will allow the customer to rest easy knowing that you don’t have to worry about the tile floor leaking in your shower. In order to keep the water in your new shower, (and in the rest of your home for that matter,) to flow smoothly, Bret Melrose of Fayette Heating and Air recommends a water filtration system “to ensure you receive the best quality of water in Lexington. This system filters the limestone out, keeping your water softer and reducing the use of detergent utilized in the household.” He also recommends the advantages of a wholehome generator providing benefits for Lexingtonians. “Generac Whole House Generators

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from Fayette Heating & Air create more amps than those sold in retail stores, thus allowing you to power more appliances, light, heating, cooling or electronics when you lose electricity.” He adds, if you live in a low-lying area, these generators are amazing because they are actually able to prevent the basement from flooding by keeping your sump pump working during a power outage. Finally, Bret gives us the number one trend in the Heating and Air industry—going geothermal with your HVA systems. “Geothermal is still a hot trend because it is environmentally friendly creating a more efficient energy system for you and your home.” There is also a huge bonus to going geothermal as there is a tax credit available for home and commercial building owners who install geothermal heating and cooling systems through the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. Be sure to check with Fayette Heating and Air to learn how you can qualify for this amazing advantage.

Fiberglass entry doors offer great durability, weather resistance, security and style, making them more reliable and longer lasting than wood doors. Recent improvements in fiberglass technology have lead to designs that are nearly indistinguishable in appearance from real wood doors. Chris Benezet adds that to update your walls from room to room, he is seeing “a lot of clients excited to use color with paints.” The trend he is most excited about is “painting the walls and ceilings in a room

Between Rooms If our eyes are windows to the soul, as the old English proverb suggests, then doors are the gateway to the life force of our home and deserve a little tender loving care. Fortunately, many people are turning to doors as one easy and affordable option that can impact every area of the home. Dawn and Phil Resmondo of Homestory Doors provide homeowners with easy, trendy ways to update their home for 2013. “The trend for interior doors is simplicity,” shares Dawn. “We are seeing many homeowners replacing traditional six panel ‘colonial’ doors with our Cambridge and Continental doors, which have simple and elegant two panel door designs. Our line of doors includes many styles that will fit beautifully into any style home from traditional to contemporary.” They continue, “For closet doors, our ‘Mirror Impression’ doors have been very popular. These doors blend beautifully with our other doors, and the beveled mirrors set into a thick wood frames are both attractive and functional in bedrooms and baths.”

the same color while adding a dramatic crown molding to break up the single color schematic.” A few of the products he is ecstatic to recommend for his clients to achieve this look are brand new paints brought to you by Sherwin William’s, which are all “Zero-VOC” or free of volatile organic compounds, providing a much healthier alternative to conventional paints. The first is called Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex paint with which you will enjoy excellent quality and ‘green’ performance. This Zero-VOC formula reduces interior odors due to their patented odor eliminating technology, and gives your walls a washable, durable finish. Harmony is perfect for use in children’s rooms or a nursery, because it can be applied to occupied rooms without causing disruption to your daily routine. The second product Chris recommends is Duration Home Interior Acrylic Latex paint highlighting superior durability and ‘washability’ for an active home. It is ideal for high use areas like kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms. This product is preferred by parents with young children due to its durability and washability. Finally, the Emerald choice offers beauty, washability and sustainability in a class of its own and delivers unsurpassed performance. Backed by a lifetime warranty, Emerald interior paint provides a beautiful smooth appearance, is stain resistant, easy to wash, and provides maximum resistance to mildew and moisture. It is self-priming, making it easy to apply, and it saves you time by reducing the number of coats you’ll need. Plus, Emerald is a zero VOC formulation, even after colorants are added,

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proving that going green is permeating every facet of decorating and constructing your dream home; leading us to what’s trending in the construction industry.

Construction Trends As the construction industry continues its recovery, commercial project designers and architects are reinvigorating the design landscape. These trends will give way to a new generation of buildings inspired by not only green building technologies, but designs that reflect nature and flexibility. In 2013 and beyond, one of the leading trends is the green building movement, more particularly, biomimicry; and will use patterns found in nature and biological systems in innovative and efficient designs, architecture, and engineering. Also in 2013, it will not just be the facades of buildings that take a note from nature. So whether designs are copying natural habitats or simply providing innovative building principles, architects are now more than ever drawing from the wisdom of Mother Nature for the aesthetic and function of tomorrow’s buildings. Another trend making a strong comeback is modular design and prefabrication because there are a number of benefits (both of time and sustainability) to modular building. To architects, project owners, and general contractors, it means greener and faster production. It means lower building and operating costs; not only do the clean lines give an air of efficiency, but popular building materials include energyefficient glass and aluminum paneling, making these designs even more eco-friendly. Over the coming years, the constr uction industry is poised to go

through a reboot of sorts. Many of the practices that were used in the past will make way for new trends, being inspired by the evolving importance of environmental responsibility, energy conservation, resource management, and, most exciting, individual imagination. Mike Elder of SawyerElder Construction adds that “the concept of having outdoor cooking centers along with covered theater or living areas surrounding a fire pit have become very popular.” He also shares that “outdoor living areas tend to keep the family at home and are inviting to guests. The warmer temperatures lately in our area have made these spaces more usable throughout most of the year,” and a great investment to enjoy for decades to come. Further, John with Quality Construction adds that home theater projectors and surround sound systems and wireless A/V continue to drop in price, making this an affordable option compared to several years ago. Now may be the perfect time to install that home theater that you have always wanted. James Smith of the Congleton Lumber Company enthuses, “wood is back in style. On the outside, decks, pergolas, raised gardens, and elaborate grill areas along with sidings, cornice work and porches are trending more than ever while on the inside, doors, windows, mouldings, mantles and casework have returned to the natural beauty of wood.” James also shares that “interior walls, ceilings and floors are also following these trends, from the ‘lodge and cabin look’ that comes with Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Western Pines while more ‘Contemporary and Craftsman styles’ are using maple, mahogany and walnut.” Regulations controlling the environmental impact of harvest lumber have increased and the focus on sustainability has intensified to reassure environmentally conscious clients. James goes on to encourage clients that choosing wood is the right choice because “while the aesthetics alone are a good enough reason to recommend these natural products, there are also advances in technology such as torrefecaction and micronized copper azole increasing the durability of wood.” John Owens with Pella windows enthuses that this is THE year for industry professionals with regards to building momentum and is excited for construction industry. He is particularly excited to recommend the installation of the Pella Impervia Fiberglass brand win-

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dows because not only are they “incredibly strong fiberglass, they are virtually impervious to all weather conditions and they are all made locally in the Central Kentucky area, providing 400 plus jobs to Kentuckians.” He also recommends the Pella 350 Series or “distinctive vinyl windows with superior performance and offer the benefit of being 54%–83% more energy efficient because of the triple-pane glass built in.” Finally, for a more cost effective option, John offers the Encompass by Pella vinyl windows offering exceptional energy efficiency, styles and options to fit most any budget, and are all backed by Pella with quality craftsmanship. Regardless of which option you choose, all will provide you with the opportunity to gaze out at your gorgeous garden or yard, freshly updated with some of the tips and tricks provided below. also adds that tropical plants, “both fruits and florals are trending this spring and summer because they can go almost anywhere in the garden and be fabulous.”

In the Garden To keep the green theme going, want to know what’s hot in gardening for 2013? For starters, there is a greater desire than ever to grow one’s own food to keep up the trend of sustainability. To create gardens that look good enough to eat, people are continuing to embrace the concept of eating what we grow, from vegetables in the garden to fresh herbs in the windowsill. Kelly Morgan from Wilson Nurseries confirms that “growing what you eat is always trending,” and for good reason. She goes on to explain, “Growing a garden at home is easier than ever before, even if you do not have access to a yard or garden in which to plant your vegetables. “All you need for year round success in gardening and harvesting fresh, scrumptious produce are large pots or containers and sunlight from your patio or deck.” Kelly also informs us that both heirloom seeds and plants are becoming a bigger trend than ever before because “there are countless varieties to choose from; the best part is that they are all delicious!” Better Homes and Gardens (BG&G) bloggers concur by suggesting we take it up a notch by learning how to can and enjoy sauce from home grown tomatoes (Wilson Nurseries recommends heirloom tomatoes) enjoying it year round. To create beautiful centerpieces from the garden, Kelly gives us another huge trend for 2013—terrariums. “Terrariums give life to the home because they can be anything you want them to be from elegant, to fun, to theme-oriented; their range is boundless.” Kelly

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Biggest trends in gardening this spring and summer from BH&G include having a fragrant garden—large, overflowing hanging baskets whether florals or a mixed arrangement of blooms and veggies— bigger is better. Another exciting trend comes in the form of mixing bouquets by creating fresh arrangements by combining cut flowers with clippings of fresh vegetables. Some of the veggie options they suggest for mix-ins include: radishes, carrots, flowering kale, squash blooms, chard, or eggplant. Consumers are also becoming more nostalgic in the garden, this is why old-fashioned flowers and plants such as hydrangeas, lavender, Russian sage, moonflower, impatiens, and celosia are growing in popularity this year. There is more interest than ever among BH&G readers to provide accommodations for nature’s pets; the desire to share yards and gardens is one trend that many families hold near and dear to their hearts. Now, many people are finding something especially satisfying about making their landscapes friendly for birds, bees, butterflies, and other natural critters. Using plants that play on other senses such as touch and smell are also trending, with fragrant lavender, moonflower, daffodils and knock-out roses. Flower trends in the gardening world come in a bountiful offering of the newest and hottest perennials for 2013 to per-

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Shannon Lisk of Shannon Lisk Interiors helped Laura connect the old with the new in the open living area, creating a modern cottage. They glazed, painted and repurposed family furniture pieces to coordinate with Laura’s modern décor and new furniture pieces, giving the new parts of the home a feeling that it had been there since the home was built. “I loved that [Shannon] could walk in a room and figure out the perfect way to design and finish it,” laughs Laura. “I couldn’t figure out how to make my kitchen work. Shannon walked right in, told me where to expand and to paint the trim black and it made all the difference!”

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Laura and Shannon turned to Longwood Antique Woods to create a unique and rustic ceiling made of reclaimed flooring and lumber with a custom white wash finish in the living room. They also installed wide plank reclaimed pine flooring in the kitchen. More recently, Finders Keepers Market helped Laura with accessories and finishing touches in these areas. A lover of horses and lifelong equestrian competitor, Laura wanted to incorporate a stall door in the home. Longwood Antique Woods found one that originated from the War Admiral barn and custom fit it to the space. There is a matching half door from the same barn separating the mud room from the dog room. Out back is a screened porch, complete with a television, bar, and locally made bourbon barrel barstools. It is the perfect area for entertaining and watching horseracing. Off the screened porch is an outdoor living space. Made ethereal with white curtains, the space is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and watching a Kentucky sunset on a warm night after a long day in her equine law practice.

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Like many who reside in Chevy Chase, Laura says it is the perfect location for her family. Close to downtown, but far enough away to have neighborhood living, the area boasts some of the greatest shops and restaurants in Lexington.

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The place feels so much like a home that once you are inside, you would never know it is connected to another home. The openconcept space includes a kitchen that flows into the dining, living and sunroom. In the kitchen, the Leake’s were able to customize everything with Clay Leavell of Kitchen Concepts and Atchison-Heller. Richard is the chef of the family, so a top of the line stove was on his wish list. Jane chose the river green granite countertops because she had fallen in love with the color while refurbishing a piece for another showroom. The dark green pops against the white glazed cabinets.

This has become another living space for us. It adds so much square footage and really makes for great entertaining all year.

Besides the kitchen, the couple spends most of their time in the sunroom. Homeowners in The Village at Rabbit Run can choose to enclose this area like the Leake’s, or some choose to make it a screened-in porch.

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The master bedroom is comfortable and chic and the bath was customized to fit the needs of the couple. The couple prefers to take showers so they eliminated the bathtub in favor of floor to ceiling built-ins for additional storage. “The space is smaller, but everyone is downsizing these days,” says Jane. “The key is to get as much storage as you can, take

advantage of every inch of space with tall curtains on the windows and showers, and add mirrors to create the illusion of more space.” The Leake’s are enjoying the freedom of their beautiful new home without the hassle of home maintenance. According to Jane, “it truly is the best way to have it all!”

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DOWNTOWN

TECHIE

Ever wonder what that inventor “Q” from the James Bond movies would do with a historic downtown Lexington home? Well even if most don’t, one Lexington homeowner has brought his home up to speed with the latest technological marvels, while remaining true to Lexington’s historic charm. On a downtown corner lot sits a home that appears much like every other historic Lexington home. Inside, however, is a rustic, manly décor complete with all of the latest techie gadgets. “I have been redoing homes since I was 14,” says the homeowner, “For this one, I wanted a convenient downtown location, but done my own way.”

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Everything can be customized throughout the home. If the homeowner likes to wake up to a certain sound, he can set his alarm so the lights gradually come on in the bedroom, his favorite wakeup song starts playing, and the steam and shower turn on in the bathroom. If he enjoys a different scene after a hard day at the office, he can set that scene to start at five on the dot. The homeowner does a lot of entertaining, so if he wants something specific done by the weekend

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for an upcoming event, the team at Integration Unlimited are available to make it happen. “My tech requests are usually fairly innovative and they do a great job putting it together and making it work. They are professionals and great to work with,” says the homeowner. You may not be able to hire “Q”, but the next best thing may just be a complete techie home makeover.

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The downstairs of the home is completely open. Extra space in the building plan allowed the Sato’s to add additional areas specific to their family’s needs like homework nooks and a mudroom off the laundry. Upstairs, the Sato’s wanted a space for each of their children, plus an area for the children to bring friends. “They are young now, so they want to stay downstairs with us, but when they get older, they’ll want an area of their own, so we designed the loft space,” says Kasi. The loft looks out onto the downstairs, allowing the room to feel connected to the rest of the home. Each child’s room is customized to his or her tastes. One of the boys even got a camo ceiling, hand painted by Alison Roher and Beverly St. Laurence, who also painted the African scene in the Master Bath. The Sato’s wanted a first floor master. Simple; classy yet comfortable, it is exactly how they envisioned it during the design process. The bedroom is complete with a beautiful view of the yard and they are able walk out onto their back patio. They have a huge shower in the master bath and a large closet; all of which were made possible through building their own home. “It takes a village to raise a family and build a home. We are so thankful to have found John Atchison and Steve Heller!” said Kasi. The perk to building is customization and with the help of local professionals, the Sato’s were able to build their dream home. If you really want that Pin Board to come to life, maybe building is for you.

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LOFTY LIVING Location. Location. Location. With so much transpiring in downtown Lexington, living in the heart of it all is perfect for a fun and exciting lifestyle. Downtown living can be daunting to some. Safety and space are general concerns for people, but designer j. stuart hurt turned his loft into a spacious and convenient living space, quietly nestled in one of downtown’s historic homes. “When we purchased the home in 1996, that area of Lexington was not the most desirable, and I was not ready to make the leap,” Stuart remembers. “After much consideration and coaxing by my father, I made the move and worked very hard to achieve this space.”

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This loft condo boasts almost 3,000 square feet of living space. With an open floor plan, the 117 year old home holds old charm with gorgeous hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Because he is on the third floor, he benefits from great views of downtown, a perfect backdrop for entertaining on the private deck off the back of his living space. The condo wouldn’t be a true loft without a space that overlooks the rest of the home. The custom curved stairs, built by Stuart’s father, lead you to an unexpected space that can easily transition from Artist loft to a relaxing tranquil reading nook with views of the entire space. With an easel, a book, and plenty of open space, one can clear his mind and let his imagination run free.

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Even though Stuart is a designer, it was still a difficult process decorating his place. “I have the benefit of seeing so many great products because of my profession, that sometimes it even overwhelms me to pick the right piece for myself!” laughs Stuart. By the looks of his space, one can tell his style is eclectic, and it all works seamlessly together. From the ornate chandeliers in the main stair gallery, to the wooden beams that define the spaces without use of walls, variety of modern and antique furnishings, to the expressive art pieces that adorn the walls, there is no doubt that Stuart has style.

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Stuart’s vision came to life with the help of his father, who not only convinced him to make the move, but loaned his expertise to the project during the renovation. As a retired engineer, Stuart’s father made sure every meticulous detail was perfect from the plumbing to the drywall. “I must pay tribute to my dad,” Stuart admits. “He was a true work horse during the renovation, spending countless hours here, even when I was not, to make this entire condo come together.”

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Living downtown has so many advantages. It is close to the best local shops and restaurants Lexington has to offer, and the parks offer the great outdoor space for public interaction. Luckily, Stuart’s backyard is secluded and private, affording the opportunity to relax there, if he so chooses. Stuart’s favorite part of living downtown is being close to everything. He is minutes from his office – he co-owns House by JSD Designs on Walton Ave., Gratz Park, and the Fifth Third Pavilion. He also enjoys riding his bike so living downtown makes it convenient to get to the Legacy Trail for a nice spin. Downtown living has come a long way in the last few years, and Lexington is the perfect town for it. Large enough to be a big city, but small enough to maintain old Southern charm, Lexington’s downtown makes the perfect backdrop for an on-the-go lifestyle.

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PET BIRTHDAYS by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

Do you know your pet’s birthdate? Do you do anything to celebrate it? Like every pet issue, this one is a source of great divide between pet owners. Some pet owners would say that it’s silly. The rest of us can’t hear them naysaying over the strains of “Happy birthday, dear Poochie...” Honestly, I’m all for anything that gives me cause to sing loudly and throw confetti. In the past, I’ve been known to celebrate totally obscure holidays and throw parties with themes like “bathrobes and ‘Quantum Leap’.” So yeah, I’ve been known to wish my pets a very happy birthday. And I think you should, too. Couldn’t you use a little extra merriment in your life? Wouldn’t it be nice to say “thanks” to your pet for being such a great friend? Don’t you want to throw confetti? So let’s say you don’t already know your pet’s birthday. If your pet is registered or adopted, it probably came with some paperwork that notes your pet’s birthday (or a guess at what it might’ve been.) You probably offered a guess at your pet’s age at your last vet checkup, so check that paperwork, too. If you don’t know your pet’s birthday and have no way of finding out, take it from the Pet Aficionado; it doesn’t matter. Pick an arbitrary date and just go with it. Mark it on the calendar and don’t look back!

What should you avoid on your pet’s birthday? First, it’s not good to overindulge your pet. Steer clear of treats that are sugary or too unusual from your pet’s usual diet. Second, don’t overload your pet’s senses. Balloons, poppers, music and groups of people can stress out some pets and some decorations can be dangerous. Third, don’t get overwhelmed. If you’re stressed out, your pet probably is, too. Keep Calm and Party On. A great bonus of celebrating your pet’s birthday? There’s always SWAG waiting to be had. Sign your pet up for your favorite pet store’s pets rewards club. Often, they send you great coupons on your pet’s birthday. This will make grabbing a gift for the birthday bunny a little easier. Celebrating your pet’s birthday should be about having fun and showing some love to your beloved companion. Keep it light-hearted and easy so that you can make the most out of your time with your pet. And throw a little confetti if you want (just clean up afterwards so Rover doesn’t track it everywhere.)

What do you want to do to celebrate your pet’s birthday? This varies wildly by pet, owner and birthdate. There’s certainly no expectations from Fido about what to do, so do what makes you both happy. Some pet owners get their pet a treat or “cake”—you can probably find recipes for these special doggie meatloaf, veggie and rice treats on Pinterest. If you’re not quite that industrious or your pet has special dietary needs that you’re not sure about, just choose a nice treat from a pet bakery or pet store. I think one of the key elements to a successful pet birthday is a special outing. Take a walk around the park, go to the pet store together, sit outside in the sun or go on a roadtrip with the windows cracked. If you like, make a playdate with your pet’s best friends. Whatever makes your pet happiest, enjoy it together. Want to invite some people over? I think it’s a fun occasion, but make sure your guests are fellow pet lovers who will enjoy the affair. Again, this is a divisive issue among pet owners, so it’s hard to tell who will enjoy it and who will be put-off. And please repeat after me: “I will not force my guests to wear party hats or sing to my cat.”

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HOSTING AN EASTER-THEMED SPRING PARTY by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner

If you’ve spent the last couple of months cozied up in your favorite sweater with a mug of hot cocoa just waiting for Spring to come, then your wait is thankfully almost over. Easter weekend signals that it’s time to bring your favorite Spring fashions out of hibernation. The spring thaw will begin and little pops of color will start peeking out of the ground, just waiting to fully bloom. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a fun, fashionable Easter party. Party Décor If you’re planning on hosting an Easter party, look no further than your own closet for Spring party inspiration. Spring dresses and menswear favor pastels and lightweight fabrics. Gingham and seersucker fabrics are perennial Spring favorites in the South. These fabrics can be incorporated into party decorations for a fashionable look. For example, Spring fabrics can be used to make ribbon or bowties for cake stands and jars. They can also be used to make a casual banner to hang over the food table. Spring fabric table runners and napkins also add a nice touch to the dinner table. Additionally, an Easter table would not be complete without spring flowers. Whether you gather early bloomers from your garden or purchase tulips and hydrangeas from your local florist, flowers are a must for a Spring party. The Egg Hunt

for a more casual set up, consider individual portioned salads and tea sandwiches. Make-ahead menu items, such as potato salad and pasta salad, will allow you to prepare before the party. Choosing lighter desserts also works for Easter. Some ideas for lighter items include vanilla meringues, macarons, coconut topped angel food cake, strawberry mousse, and strawberry cupcakes. Each of these desserts can be made or purchased ahead of time and set out for guests to nibble on at their leisure. By preparing for your party in advance you will have more time to make lasting memories with friends and family this Easter. And, with a little planning you can achieve a fashionable, fun party without a lot of work.

Of course, an Easter party has to incorporate an egg hunt. As a child, I loved shopping for a new Easter dress and shoes for Easter Sunday. However, when it was time for the egg hunt, the new patent leather dress shoes came off and were exchanged for serious egg hunting shoes —tennis shoes. For kids, the egg hunt is the main event. Even if you are hosting kids of all ages, you can have a successful egg hunt with a few simple tips. First, although purists may argue for all hard-boiled eggs, kids will appreciate the plastic versions filled with candy or small trinkets. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have your egg hunt on a sunny day where temperatures will rise above 70°, pop any chocolate filled eggs in the freezer for a couple of hours before they hunt. The chocolate will freeze and be less likely to melt on a hot day. A good rule of thumb to remember is 12-15 eggs per child. Finally, to accommodate kids of different ages, consider either splitting the yard into sections broken up by age or allow younger kids to start the hunt earlier than older kids. The Menu Easter is a great time to enjoy lighter fare. Traditional Easter food typically includes spiral cut ham and Spring vegetables. If you are looking

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Robo-callers often offer me a special on a security system for my house. But I don’t think they have any idea why I don’t want any alarms going off in my house anymore. Several years before we had children of our own, my husband and I were guests of a couple with four nearly grown children. The evening’s entertainment for me was our friends’ endless collection of child-rearing anecdotes. I was thoroughly amused. One of the ongoing themes of the stories was their kids’ struggle with bedwetting. Which was really funny only because it was no longer a problem. My friend groaned as she recalled soggy toddlers crawling into her bed each morning and the never-ending laundry loads of smelly bed sheets while she waited hopefully for her children to outgrow this phase. She managed a rather efficient home, and she said one of her timesaving strategies was to require each child to make his own bed. Of course, in the case of an accident, the sheets would have to be washed, thus eliminating the necessary bed making. One morning, she walked by her son’s room just in time to see him standing on his pillow — fully awake — “wetting” the sheets. It was then she realized that perhaps the kid wouldn’t naturally outgrow the bedwetting. The issue needed some focused parental intervention, and she began researching ways to help her son.

You guessed it. We purchased an alarm of our own. As we hooked up my child to the sensor the first night, there seemed a sense of relief: this problem had a solution. While I did notice there was no volume control, I naively never attempted to test the alarm. So we had no idea what the alarm would sound like —until 3 a.m., when it violently shook the house. Everyone came running to the bed of the sensor-wearing child… who continued sleeping peacefully even as my husband carried the limp kid to the restroom, assisted in the necessities, and then tucked the child back into the dry bed. The next morning, the child had no recollection of the night’s events. When I called the customer support center, the very kind physician didn’t seem very concerned. In fact, I think he was laughing a little. “Let me guess: everyone woke up, except the child.” Right. Eventually, the alarm worked effectively, and I am happy to say I haven’t had to change a wet bed in some time. But I have found that there is a quiet alliance of mothers who are all too familiar with these moisture sensing alarms. I have a friend with several young children. The other day she told me, “the alarm woke us all up last night.” Without even thinking I asked, “who wet the bed?”

The scientific solution she discovered? A moisture-sensing alarm. She described the product for me in detail, and swore it worked magically. I didn’t believe her. That night, my husband and I were awakened when someone accidentally tripped our hosts’ home alarm. “It wasn’t me,” I told my husband as he groggily asked what was going on. “I didn’t wet the bed!” Years later, one of my own children was having a difficult time staying dry at night. I began researching the causes and treatments, and discovered that my friend had been on to something with that moisture-sensing alarm. Seems enuresis is actually a sleep disorder. Some kids sleep so deeply, they can’t wake up enough to get up and go. That is, unless an alarm wakes them up.

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Etiquette

Manners for Children “Peas and Tank-oo” by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette Consultant

Good manners open doors into the homes of friends, the best schools, better professions as well as a more comfortable feeling in a myriad of situations. Teaching manners is the responsibility of the parents and must begin at an early age. As soon as a child utters MaMa and DaDa, it is time to begin with the “Please and Thank You”. Children will learn from what you do. Saying “Please and Thank You” to them at the appropriate times will soon become a part of their vocabulary. This, of course, is just the beginning of the learning process. Manners must be constant and consistent for children of all ages to have it become a foundation for the rest of their life. There will be many issues like pushing, hitting and yelling that will have to be dealt with in the future. Starting early with “Please and Thank You” is a building block for a well mannered child. As children grow older, they will continue to follow by example. There are certain rules that all children should follow: Rule 1 Teach children to clean up after themselves wherever they go. If children leave a mess, remind them that they need to clean up before the next activity can begin, and stick to it.

characteristics, type of dress, etc. should not be tolerated. Teaching tact and kindness toward others is mandatory at every age. Rule 5 Good telephone manners should be taught and practiced before being allowed to actually answer the phone. When making a call, instruct children to identify themselves first, and then ask if they may speak to the person. Speaking clearly and distinctly makes a more pleasant conversation. Rule 6 When a gift is received, teach children to sincerely thank the person who gave the gift. Another gift should not be opened until appropriate appreciation has been shown. Sending a hand written thank you note is always appreciated. In this day of easy emails, learning to write a proper thank you note is a valuable lesson to be used throughout life. Beginning with a toddler and continuing as long as parents can claim to be an influence, they should be teaching good manners. It is a gift the child will use for life. Parents – approach this responsibility with all the seriousness of a full time job!

Rule 2 The fine art of conversation can begin quite early. Start by teaching children not to interrupt unless there is an emergency. If someone’s attention is needed immediately, saying “Excuse me” is the polite way to enter a conversation. Rule 3 Dinner time at home is an ideal situation for practicing and displaying good manners. While many parents encourage their children to talk at the table, it is improper and very bad manners to dominate the conversation. Sitting up straight, keeping hands to themselves, eating with forks held like pencils and keeping their mouths closed while chewing will reap great dividends. The pay off occurs when the opportunity arises to have dinner at someone’s home or at a very special restaurant. Rule 4 Children must be taught that being caddy is rude and impolite. Comments about a person’s physical

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WOW Wedding

The reception was held in the barn, offering shade and an intimate setting. Burlap, greenery, branches and mini crates were featured prominently in the decor. The dinner featured rich, hearty foods, including a whole smoked hog and Granny Smith Apple salad. Since neither the bride nor groom is fond of cake, they wanted a different dessert to serve guests. Many of their early dates involved The Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, so serving a buffet of pies was a fun solution. As the DJ played, guests wore glow sticks—a nod to the couple’s engagement—and danced the night away.

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WOW Wedding

DETAILS Venue: Smith Berry Winery | Wedding Planner: Essential Details | Photography: Payne Photography | Bridal Gown: Angela Morris | Florist: Blooms | Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All | Catering: Mastersons | DJ: John Tobias | Invitations: Vistaprint

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THIRTEEN GREAT WEDDING FAVOR IDEAS FOR 2013 by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

Many Brides today to send a wedding favor home with their guests as a keepsake of their big day. Forgo the prepackaged, plastic favors for something thoughtful, especially those you put together yourself. Choosing a favor that doubles as part of your wedding table setting can add to your wedding décor – and that is just ‘icing on the cake’. 1) A Marriage Off to the Races: Kentucky Brides sometimes choose to gift guests with a horseshoe, an eternal symbol for luck. A message tied on with a ribbon or twine is nice, such as “We Feel So Lucky to Celebrate with You”. Make sure horseshoes are placed with the curve side down at the table so the luck won’t run out!

8) Simply Succulent: Another trend for giving green is offering a perfect, single creatively potted succulent that guests can nurture at home. Luckily, succulents are carefree so there will be little care necessary before your wedding. Again, these will be so lovely on the table or offered on a large gift table as your guests leave.

2) Tiny Flower Arrangements: This live flower treat doubles as part of your table centerpiece décor and the effect is an explosion of flowers on your tabletops. Simple floral arrangements are especially nice in tiny apothecary jars, or small mason jars for shabby chic style.

9) Picture Perfect: Everyone takes photos at weddings, so a great idea is to send home one of your pre-wedding photographs in a nice small frame – guests can add this to their photo collection, or reuse the frame. Plus, this is a great way to get more mileage out of your engagement photos. Each seats’ photo should be different to add interest and to encourage visiting from table to table.

3) Local Flavor: If you want to treat your guests to a taste of the Bluegrass, a fun favor is a bottle of locally produced Ale-8 One® – the neck wrapped with raffia or burlap ribbon, and tie on a colorful paper straw for fun – especially perfect for a rustic wedding. Cheers!

10) Culinary Delights: Handmade treats like Rosemary infused sea salts or herb-infused olive oil are very easy to make. Even taking the effort of creating small jars of berry preserves or homemade granola is thoughtful and meaningful.

4) Sweet Treat: Give a local confection like a Blue Monday®, or oversized kiss from Old Kentucky Chocolates wrapped in foil matching your wedding colors. Custom wrap a candy bar with labels that you can create yourself on a your home printer. Wrapper messages like “Love is Sweet” are fun.

11) The Bee’s Knees: Custom labeling jars of local honey is a fabulous idea, with sayings like “Life Together is Sweet”, and will also ward of the sniffles for your guests for months to come. Add gold twine to accent the golden honey.

5) Love Light: A gift of a small candle, especially Kentucky made, is a great little gift that is sure to be used and appreciated. Even unlit, they look great circling your wedding tablescape at each setting. Wrap the candle with a piece of colored twine or burlap, and tie on a note like “Our Love Burns Bright”, or “Let Love Shine”. 6) Symbolic Herbs: A unique idea is to give a live herb that can be planted in your guest’s gardens. Guests can think of you when cooking in the upcoming season. Herbs have symbolic meanings, like Rosemary for “Love & Remembrance” or Basil for “Good Wishes”. You have to think ahead on this one, and have a nursery ‘nurse’ your plants and have then ready to coincide with your wedding date.

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7) Think Green: If you are an environmentalist or just love the outdoors, gifting a small tree that can be planted and grow through the years is a marvelous idea. This is especially nice for fall and winter weddings where small glitter laced evergreens encircling your tables lend a magical woodland effect! Small saplings are available from the Arbor Day Foundation.

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12) Rest and Relaxation: Send your guests home with soothing, essential oil scented homemade bath salts in a glass container to relax with after the busy wedding event. Bath salts are easy to make, and adding a label from your home printer that expresses your thanks is a breeze. It’s important that your lids are secure so the scents don’t interfere with the scents of your flowers or catering at your reception. 13) Nothing at all: If you are on a tight budget, don’t feel that you have to give favors. It’s a nice touch, but not a necessity and if you have to budget cut, it’s better to spend more on your gown or not cut guests, and forgo the favor. Your wonderful wedding is gift enough for the people who care about you! intimateweddings.com


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