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From fashion to wallpapers, fabrics & furnishings,

Pantone’s top color for 2012

is a jolt, a shot of energy and boldness.

tangerine tango

Brunschwig & Fils fabrics include drapery, “Samarkand” cotton and linen print; sofa in “Firle” herringbone chenille, “Mira” tape border; chair in “Gulchihra” printed velvet; Louis XV Fauteuil chair in “Leopard” velvet; pillows, “Tavistock Stripe,” “Zenobia” linen print.


antone’s choice is influenced by designer runways, fabric shows, news events, pop culture and consumer habits. “There’s the element of encouragement with orange; it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute executive director, the research division of Pantone Inc., which creates color standards for the fashion, beauty and home industries. Orange is a more urgent call to action than last year’s hot-pink hue Honeysuckle, which also channeled cheerfulness coupled with nostalgia. Consumers weren’t always so keen to orange, however, said Eiseman, who wrote the new book “Pantone: The 20th Century in Color.” 



It’s been used a lot in high fashion — think Versace and Hermes — for years, but to Americans, it was more closely associated with fast food or children’s products, she explained. It all started to change as computers opened many doors in the 1990s. “When use of the computer started taking off, you could see the awareness of colors used in other cultures. The orange began to come through. Italians got it, and certain Asian countries like India and Indonesia used orange, and then it started to make its way into the mainstream. And then in 1998 one of the iMac choices was orange,” Eiseman said. “And at this point, we’re ready to acknowledge orange as a ‘happening’ color.”

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What our designers say “Tangerine is an adventurous color. If you use it in small ways, such as in accents, you could live with it a long time. Tangerine and taupe would be great together. Taupe tames it down a bit.” — Kathy Flack, Flack Interior Design Associates, a division of Simpson Furniture

“We see it as a breath of fresh air in contrast to the deep, rich gray tones that have been becoming more popular over the last year. I see this reddish orange tone paired with deep navy/ plums, rich taupe/greys and a punch of goldenrod yellow.” — Kennon Springer, Interior Perfection, Hiawatha

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› Partner it with green and distressed wood finishes. › It makes a happy marriage with hot pink hues, making it a popular combo for wedding colors. › Use it with cobalt blue, navy, white, brown and even red in patterns. › A little orange goes a long way, so this will be an easy trend to tap into, predicted Brandi Shipp, vice president of marketing for the new lifestyle brand C. Wonder. › It’s also a shade that works in fashion and home items that are traditional silhouettes and shapes, so there doesn’t have to be a full adjustment of the collective eye. 


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› Tommy Hilfiger uses the tangerine color coupled with red. He imagines men wearing the orange in a striped or paisley tie, or for women, as a color for a purse or even a trenchcoat. It’s a color that will move seamlessly through the seasons. Orange will be a new addition to the closet, and newness is what drives purchases, Hilfiger said. “I feel very strongly about 2012: I think people over the last couple of years have been conservative with buying clothes. Eventually you have to refresh the wardrobe.” › Resort collections for luxury accessory brand Judith Leiber pair it with red, and it will continue as a top color for spring, used in a stripe pattern with cobalt blue, fuchsia, gold and white dubbed Palm Beach.

“This tangerine color is a fresh accent ... It seems like such a bright, but it’s really a gerbera daisyflower shade, which makes it sort of neutral.” — Beth Eckerstrom, director of trend and product development at Crate and Barrel.

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The charm and versatility of navy blue may surprise you. It’s a classic, and it goes with everything, adds warmth to rooms and depth to walls.

Deep shades of blue are calm, cool and collected. Think indigo, dark denim, midnight blue, the deep blue sea. › Pair dark blue with white or red for a crisp, traditional look, or marry it with the new Tangerine Tango, magenta or lime green for something unexpected. › Navy can be considered a masculine color, but mixing it with certain shades, such as pink, purple or teal, can bring out its feminine side. Other colors that mingle especially well with navy include mustard, red, emerald, gray and black.

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“Navy blue is the new black. It goes with everything. You could use it with tangerine or mix it with turquoise and aqua, a fresh look that we’ve seen in the past few years. You’ll also see it in more colloquial patterns, but used in a contemporary way.”

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› Paint walls navy in entry spaces, dining rooms or libraries with a shinier finish and keep the trim light. › Dress up kitchen cabinets for instant, subtle impact. › If you find the color appealing but are apprehensive about dark, glossy walls, try painting a piece of furniture. A dresser, bedside or occasional table, or even a front door, can get a big dose of personality with a new coat of navy paint. › Upholster a sofa or a chair in a rich, navy velvet. › Dress your bed, windows or floors in a graphic navy pattern. › Accessorize tables and shelves with navy pillows, linens or shapely vessels.

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our design themes and 20 new colors dominate Behr’s 2012 Color Trends palette with a “something for everyone” approach. “Whether you’re looking to imbue a room with a sense of adventure, playfulness or drama, there is a palette ... that will let your imagination run wild,” Ericka Woelfel says. “Safari Escape” is a combination of relaxed neutrals and exotic details; “Tea Party” is a feminine mix from deep neutrals to pallid pinks; “Retro Recall” is a quirky combo of retro and contemporary gadgets; and “Santa Fe Today” offers a complex yet welcoming mixture of natural warm tones. “Santa Fe Today” colors reference our past love affair with the Southwestern color palette, but are more sophisticated and less commercialized. Prairie Poppy, Canyon Sunset and Lone Star, for example, are the perfect canvas for “minimal and streamlined furnishings paired with authentic and homemade decor. Organic and exquisite accents include handmade pottery, worn leather, adobe walls, wood, rusty ironwork and desert plants.”

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“People are feeling more confident and expressing themselves more through color. They want to feel engaged and comfortable with colors that will lift their spirits and create a mood. Color is such a powerful tool.” — Ericka Woelfel, director of color, Behr paints

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“When people decorate their homes, it’s an expression of who they are and how they live and what they feel.” Peggy Van Allen, color specialist Pratt & Lambert paints


rends and hues in the Pratt & Lambert 2012 color trends were chosen “with care to ensure that, like memories and dreams, they endure.” Collections were given names that summon up emotions and a sense of connection. “Hopefully, within these groups, people will find one or two they like. Don’t think of them specifically as wall colors; there are lots of possibilities where you can use the colors.”  Pratt & Lambert “Essence” Palette


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“Echos” are colors drawn from the past — colors and patterns of an American childhood with circus brights, summer vacation skies and more. Paradoxically, “Enough” brings in clean, uncomplicated colors and old-school technology into today’s state-of-the-art homes. “Expressive” is all about personal expression in rich, vibrant colors, and “Instinctive” colors are pungent, harmonious and mysterious. “Essence” offers ethereal hues from the sky and sea, grounded with dark, rich colors of earth, light and shadow.

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“Paths” is the collective theme of Dutch Boy’s 2012 new color palette, and which path you take in color depends on personal reflection and self-expression, Rachel Skafidas says. “These are brand-new colors to draw inspiration from, and within the palettes, you’ll find one you identify with.” “Ethereal” has airy and atmospheric colors, while “Fundamental” makes full use of classic, contrasting neutrals like beige and gray that are perfect foils for bold accents in orange, green and blue. “Pastimes” reminisces about the past, celebrating American culture in simpler times as an antidote to the hum of modern technology. “Compose” plays rich dark hues against bright pops of color, while “Primitives” shows colors found in nature — deep barks, citrines and raw earth, suffused with energy.

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“People are tired of their cocoons. They want warmer, happier colors, something to cheer them up in these economic times. Bright, fun colors evoke personality and can be very expressive.” – Rachel Skafidas, color specialist Dutch Boy paints

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SW color experts drew inspiration from fashion-forward color combos within color families to create four palettes, Reds, Blues, Greens and Neutrals. The red palette is a deep gradation of fuschias, red-oranges, violets and delicate pinks. “The old taboos about mixing reds with oranges and purples don’t apply. Our red palette is as bold and free-spirited as the color itself.” The soothing blue palette explores dark indigo and calm shades that reflect rivers, lakes and seas. Greens are firmly planted in an eclectic palette of organic, lush and deep colors. Subtle neutrals are understated and refined, offering tonal variations, such as warmer grays.

“Pairing colors within the same color family is a dominant trend. We discover a fresh array of combinations within color families – be it fiery reds, watery blues, grassy greens or organic neutrals.” – Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams

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color confidence Erika Woelfel, Behr’s director of color › Take baby steps. Test colors on the wall before committing. Paint an accent wall or if that won’t work, paint an item of wood furniture to bring in your new color. Maybe you’ll take the next step and make it a focal point. › Don’t worry about the dark side. “You might think a dark color makes a room feel smaller. Actually, it pushes the field of vision out and creates a feeling of more space, if the lighting is right.” › Flat paint absorbs light. Create more reflection with dark colors by choosing eggshell or satin sheen finishes for walls. › Create harmony in a room with lighter and darker versions of a color shown on the paint chip card. “Go lighter on the ceiling, a few steps darker on the wall to create interest and other color variations to suggest transitions from one space to the next.” 

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Squishy footrests rule

hile ottomans tend to be more structured, with a solid form and usually some legs, poufs or hassocks are actually just big upholstered cushions, and aren’t usually used as tables the way ottomans often are. But poufs are the perfect squishy footrest and suit family rooms or relaxed living rooms. With a versatile, portable accessory like this, you can afford to play a little. Look for unusual designs, colorful hues and interesting shapes; poufs add a nice punch to a space for not a lot of money, unless you choose something by a designer. Poufs are great if you’ve got toddlers — they’re cruising-friendly, and fun to flop over. Some poufs come filled, but you can use just about anything to fill the cover — old clothing, sheets, newspaper or purchased foam trimmed to size. If you’re at all crafty, consider sewing your own. Better Homes & Gardens’ website offers step-by-step instructions with material costs of about $50. They used burlap to make the example, which gives the pouf a great textured look. It’s not a complex project, so you could have some fun with a few yards of interesting material.

Color Confidence - Continued from page 16 Peggy Van Allen, color specialist, Pratt & Lambert › Starting and ending color in an open-concept space can be tough. Color breaks can happen in a corner or a column that visually separates a space, for example, “or as long as the colors work together and an element carries back and forth, you can coordinate it. › Afraid of making a mistake with a color like tangerine? Put it an entry way or other space where you want some punch or visual excitement. › Break the rules. Sian Blue, for example is a dramatic color, but painting a front door with the color in high gloss gives it more impact. Play with sheen for a new look. Rachel Skafidas, color specialist, Dutch Boy paints › Start with an inspiration point, which can be the color itself, an area rug, a throw pillow, a piece of art you love. › Take a holistic approach. Spread your paint chips on the dining room table, write the name of each room on the card and visualize how the colors work together. But the best way is a wet paint sample on the wall. That way you can see how it looks in different light, against flooring and carpeting and trimwork, and decide if you need to go up or down a few shades.

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Six furnishings trends for 2012


f you’re shopping for new furniture, you should know about the fresh take on color and a big push for multifunctional pieces that fit today’s lifestyles — among six hot trends spotted at the Fall 2011 furniture market at High Point, N.C.

“Companies have focused on one small item to add to your home to give a lift to a room, rather than the financial or styleand-sensibility challenge of doing over an entire room,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of public relations at the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

1. Bursts of color

2. Multi-function furniture

Neutrals are still around, but you’ll find vividly colored accent pieces — “great color finishes on wood furniture like Bombay chests, coffee tables, accent tables, a wide range of colors, patriotic stars and stripes on wood furniture. It’s a little whimsy that lightens the ambiance of a room.”

“More than we’ve ever seen before — beds with underbed storage in place of box springs, entertainment centers with electric fireplaces and extra storage.”

3. Kitchen organization. “If you don’t have a glorious big kitchen and need more work space, you can buy a kitchen island that is actually a piece of furniture. Paula Deen has done a furniture collection. One piece is a great cabinet, very narrow with drawers and storage designed from a piece in her own home.”

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5. Youth furniture grows up. “There was a time when kids’ furniture was kitschy and novelty. Now it’s more sophisticated and focused on storage, study and sleep.”

4. Home office flexibility. “We’re so portable with our computers and components now that an office can be anywhere in the home. You’ll see furniture that looks like a sofa table but it’s a writing desk with a surface that pulls out to expand the workspace, for example, and pieces you can place anywhere in the house without it looking like an office.”

6. Ottomans.

Still white-hot in home interiors — “extra seating, extra storage with tops that lift off, a place to put up your feet or serve as a table. It’s an underrated piece of furniture, and now companies are doing very different looks.”

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Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock nspired by a glass candelabra lamp with dangling prisms in turquoise, red, blue, green and fuschia, Linda Curran has infused her home with rich, vibrant colors. For Curran, her color palette is an extension of who she is. “People can be scared of color and pattern. I love it, I embrace it. Sometimes I have to stop because I could just keep going and max it out. I have to pull myself back a little bit,” said the Realtor, smiling. When she purchased the home more than a year ago, it was a nondescript, blank white canvas. But Curran saw the potential, and she set about transitioning from staid and traditional to vibrant and contemporary interiors. “What drew me to this house were the swimming pool and deep lot, two fireplaces and three living areas. That’s pretty amazing in a house this size. I considered knocking out a bedroom to get more space.” Instead she worked within the home’s existing footprint and embraced, rather than replaced, the rough cedar paneling and stone fireplace surround in the main living room. It proved to be a perfect foil for the deep mocha walls and pops of color — a red leather club chair, animal printupholstered occasional chair, dramatic artwork and pillowfilled black sofa. Beyond color, simple changes made a huge difference. Neutral wall-to-wall carpet went down in the living room and a new tile floor was installed in the dining area and kitchen, although she left the crisp white countertops in the kitchen as counterpoint to bright accessories. Hardware was replaced, along with the old sliding patio doors. The new French doors open into the sunroom. She pulled down outdated window treatments in the sunroom and opened up the view to the swimming pool. She chose a black-and-white color scheme and splashed it with color. The 20-year-old love seat was redressed in a stylish tapestry and dotted with pillows. “I move things around from room to room — nothing is static in my house. I keep and store all my accessories so I can change things around. The sunroom has the overflow accessories from the house and because my taste is pretty contemporary, it all seems to work,” she said. In her personal retreat, Curran finds respite in a restful space built around a monochromatic color scheme of pewter gray with crisp white, silver and reflective surfaces. The basement was transformed into a functional and fun family room by moving a wall, ripping out paneling, reframing the fireplace and installing a glass-tiled bar.  Opposite: Neutral doesn’t have to be beige. Rich mocha is a great backdrop for a black sofa loaded with pillows in vivid colors. Pairing matching floor lamps create symmetry and direct attention to the beamed ceiling. Animal print introduces a sophisticated note. SPRING 2012


TOP, BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: Curran made the biggest changes in the basement family room, updating the fireplace surround and installing a glass mosaic-tiled bar for entertaining. Deep lavender walls play nicely with funky, colorful accessories and artwork.




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Pale upholstered pieces look dramatic set against deep lavender walls. Bright accessories and artwork sing against the saturated color. The nearby guest room is drenched in a surprisingly restful shade of mid-tone blue that neatly matches ultrasuede upholstery on matching futons. H&G

TOP LEFT: French doors in the dining room offer a view of the sunroom and swimming pool beyond. Color is introduced again in the tablescape.

TOP RIGHT: A black-andwhite color scheme doesn’t distract from the swimming pool view. Curran chose a tapestry fabric to cover seats on the 20-year-old love seat, a simple but stylish update.

BOTTOM: Curran decided to work with the stone fireplace facade and cedar wood paneling, juxtaposing interesting accessories and bright colors without interrupting a view of the TV. SPRING 2012



The Old Salt Road panel bed from Stanley provides a perfect canvas for the blond, close-to-the-wood matte finish with cream accent glaze.

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he perfect bedroom comes in all shapes, sizes and styles. We asked interior designers to offer their advice for transforming your bedroom into a restful retreat. “The perfect bedroom is not only a place to sleep, but a sanctuary from the outside where you can close the door from the kids, the dog, and the noise of the day. For me, the perfect bedroom would incorporate many things that are necessity, but that are also indulgent,” says Jan Finlayson, an Iowa City designer.




Jan Finlayson Designs, Iowa City • A luxurious, upholstered headboard with some curves and button tufting is a little sexy. • Warm tones are more comforting and restful. Soft taupes, browns or golds are a great base to accent with deep aubergines, copper, gray-blues or a cranberry tone. • Mix textures with some pattern, and use soft sheens along with matte finishes. Top things off with a cashmere throw and a few pillows in faux furs or sequins for a truly luxe feel. • Painted finishes add a softer feel, especially in lighter tones of gray, yellow or bisque. • Drop a small chandelier with shades above each night stand for a dramatic effect. For readers, consider wall mounted sconces that have a moveable arm to adjust the lighting to your needs. • Create a sitting area. Built-in bookcases, TV, fireplace and a melt-into-it chaise or pair of oversized chairs just beckon as a retreat.

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| bedroom retreat | Julie Meyers Decorating Den Interiors, Waverly • Have a room with a view? Orient furnishings toward the view and frame windows with gorgeous treatments. • Put the best linens possible on the bed. • In a monochromatic color scheme, introduce textural elements such as lush throws and organic and natural elements. • De-emphasize the TV as much as possible. • For glitzy style, add glass, mirrors, perhaps a mirrored furniture piece and fabrics and trims with glamorous details. • For window treatments, consider privacy and light control first. There are fabulous options in shades and blinds. Then use a soft window treatment to frame the windows, add color, texture and softness to the space, and to influence the way your eye travels around the room. Do you want to draw eyes upward to a tray ceiling, for example, or add vertical height with floor-length draperies? Have fun with details like decorative rods and finials, patterned fabrics and interesting trims. “I ask my clients to think of their favorite color to be surrounded in for the master bedroom color scheme, then I search for a key fabric — patterned or plain — from the duster, shams and draperies. From there we select a paint color or wallpaper to complement the fabric.” – Rhonda Staley, IIDA, The Mansion, Iowa City




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Rhonda Staley, IIDA The Mansion, Iowa City • Whether the fabric is patterned or plain, the repetition of that fabric throughout the room is pleasing. • Place the bed so the headboard is visible as you walk in the door, and centered on the wall if possible. • Night tables do not have to match, just be close to the same height on each side of the bed. I like to use a chest on one side and a 36” round table with tablecloth and glass top on the other. The round table allows for space for additional favorite things such as framed family photos, a bowl of potpourri or a vase of flowers.

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• Pillows need to be a functional accessory. I often stop at three Euro shams (24 by 24 inches) and two regular pillow shams in front, with sleeping pillows tucked out of sight. The days of a multitude of accent pillows heaped on the bed are gone. • Wall-to-wall carpeting is warm and quieting and should be a short, tight weave for easy vacuuming. • A chair or bench in the room is helpful.

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Pillow test Stop punching pillows in the store. Instead use these easy indicators to check a pillow’s quality. • Down or feather-filled: Fold pillow in half on the floor or a flat surface. Squeeze out the air and release. It should return to its original shape. • Synthetic: Fold pillow in half on the floor or a flat surface and place a tennis shoe on top; release. The pillow should pop out from under the shoe and return to its original shape.

Thread count Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. A higher number equals softer linens. Take care of your bed linens by laundering them once a week in warm water. • 140 to 180 count (muslin sheets): Usually at a lower price point. • 180+ count (percale sheets): A tightly woven, smooth cotton. • 250 to 300 count: Sheets begin to feel silky and are more durable. • 300 to 400 count: Considered luxury sheets. • 400+ count: The added comfort is slight; it’s not worth spending the extra money. Source: MCT A stitched leather panel headboard distinguishes the storage bed in Pulaski’s Tangerine portfolio of furniture designs.

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OPPOSITE: Sumptuous draperies frame a view of the Mississippi River in the master bedroom suite. Vaulted ceilings, thick moldings and other architectural details and an elaborately carved bed frame create a polished, relaxing retreat. RIGHT: Rich marble, a soaking tub and, glass shower enclosure provides a five-star spa experience. FAR RIGHT: A purple and gold crystal chandelier adds a touch of whimsy. BOTTOM: Two ivory sofas have classic, subtle glamour, complemented by the warm coral fabric on Bergere chairs in the living room. The richly carved fireplace mantel has a high profile, set off by a curvaceous chimney and flanking built-ins dressed with wrought iron scrollwork.


Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock he could picture how she wanted her house to look. For years, she’d torn pages from home magazines and saved scraps of ideas she loved into a folder that became quickly stuffed. When the former Miss Iowa and her husband found the perfect property to build their first — and forever — home, she’d pull it out and mine it for musthaves. Genial and philanthropic-minded hosts, the couple wanted a home that had plenty of style and space to entertain. At the same time, it couldn’t be too stuffy. It had to be comfortable for their rough-andtumble children, too. They found their piece of ground on a bluff above the Mississippi River and worked with Ahmann Design Inc., in Hiawatha, to take full advantage of the views. It took 1 1/2 years to build. “Every room has a view. I had an image of how I wanted the rooms to look and we hardly changed anything, just some tweaking here and there,” she said. Old World-inspired copper-topped turrets, gutters and finals and the stone and brick facade are distinct and appealing exterior features. The knotty alder front door sweeps open into a welcoming foyer with pillow-edged limestone floors and a flowing staircase with beamed ceiling. Textured interior walls are painted an earthy golden hue throughout much of the home for subtle continuity.  Continued on page 53 SPRING 2012





The family room’s comfortable ambiance is reinforced by the fireplace with its beefy, carved mantel and easy-living, overscaled furnishings. The ottoman is practical and pretty for serving snacks or kicking back with feet propped up. SPRING 2012



TOP: Probably the most formal room in the house, the stately dining room’s carved chairs are upholstered in a mix of fabrics – gold leather for the seats, striped velvet and for the armchair fronts, a velvet tapestry. 34



LEFT: Foliage frames a magnificent view of the Mississippi River. Eagles soar over the landscape and wild critters like turkeys and deer are frequently seen traipsing through the backyard on their way to the water.

RIGHT: Brick-colored slate is practical and easy to keep clean in the screened porch, where the homeowner loves sitting with a cup of morning coffee. Tongue-and-groove wood gives the tray ceiling outdoorsy interest.

LEFT: Paprika-colored walls set off the office. Draperies afford privacy when desired, an Old World look in place of a traditional door.

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The kitchen is a hub of activity for this family. Grounded by dark granite countertops, cabinetry features fluting and carved elements and is stained natural cherry with burnt umber glaze. An island – black with pine-cone stain – has the appeal of real furniture, expanding working space that accommodates a large gas range and refrigerator. The bar is perfect for hectic school-day breakfasts.




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Design LEFT: On a bright moonlit night, guests can see the river and bridges from the wellappointed deck, lit with grand antique copper street lamps salvaged from a Minneapolis park. Large cast-iron planters are filled with ornamental grasses and flowers, and the deck is home to a lush Boston fern collection started from her late mother’s plant that serves as a living reminder.

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Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock erhaps the fifth time is the charm, and not the third, as the adage goes. “We love to build,” she confesses, “But this is our fifth — and the last house we build without palm trees. Over the years, we’ve refined what we want, and this new home reflects our family’s needs as our children have gotten older. Plus, my husband is a big golfer, and he wanted to be right on the golf course, so here we are.” These homeowners also are keen on modern design, appreciating the clean aesthetic and emphasis on lowprofile shapes and minimal accessories, but with touches of “in-the-moment” contemporary color schemes and industrial chic details. Cedar Falls’ builder Rob Schuerman worked with the couple to create a streamlined, modern home that is both restful and functional. Josie Schuerman helped the homeowner design the interiors. “We had to take into account that many of the surrounding homes were traditional, and we couldn’t go over the top. I’d describe the exterior as transitional. Inside, we kept the woodwork white for contrast with the dark cabinetry and flooring. The cabinets had to look sleek in style and trim so it wasn’t overwhelming to look at,” said Rob Schuerman. Industrial-inspired finishes keep the look pared-down, and a sense of openness flows throughout the main level. Light floods the spaces through tall, broad windows. In the living area, the gray color scheme is punctuated by reflective metal surfaces and luxurious gray upholstery on the sectional sofa. Furnishings and accessories are kept to a minimum. Deepest espresso and lime green accents provide an organic touch. Floors are dark Italian porcelain tile, both dramatic and easy to keep clean. “I’d never done gray before, and I liked the modern look. We brought in lots of metal to complement the gray and the dark woods and floor and soft lime green are nice counterpoints,” she said. The open-concept floor plan draws attention to the sleek kitchen design. Although the footprint isn’t huge, it lives large because it is so functional and efficient. Hanstone Basento quartz countertops are rich with great depth, and stainless steel appliances and glass tile backsplash are shiny counterparts to the dark cabinetry. Modern bar stools are gathered around one side of the island. Schuerman designer Amy Fisher worked on the design and layout of the kitchen. The calm master bedroom suite offers respite from the day’s stresses, and a steam shower with aromatherapy in the spa-like bathroom is the perfect place to unwind. Universal design elements such as extra-wide doors make it easier to age-in-place, and a mother-in-law’s suite was installed to accommodate visits from aging parents and frequent out-of-town visitors. H&G SPRING 2012





RIGHT: Why block a lovely view with heavy window treatments? This home takes advantage of its setting as well as natural light. OPPOSITE LEFT TOP & BOTTOM: The hard-working kitchen is the hub of this modern home. Glass-tile backsplash, dramatic espresso-colored Bellmont cabinetry, high-quality Hanstone quartz and a sleek design is goodlooking, but the design and stainless steel appliances are functional and efficient. Barstools provide stylish seating options. OPPOSITE BOTTOM RIGHT: The attentiongrabbing lime green walls and matching drum-shaded light fixtures give a stylish air to a dining area that is far from traditional and formal. Patio doors open onto the Trex deck overlooking a golf course. SPRING 2012



LEFT: Pale gray and dark woods work together to create a restful retreat in the master bedroom. OPPOSITE: This luxurious bath has a spa-like appearance and includes a steam shower with aromatherapy.





TOP LEFT: A soft melon orange color scheme makes floating shelves pop off the wall in the home office.




TOP RIGHT: Whether it’s a party, pool, pingpong, games or movie nights, the family room offers plenty of space and seating areas to accommodate a crowd.

BOTTOM LEFT: Trex decking makes the screened porch practically maintenance-free, and turquoise upholstery on black porch furnishings bring the summer sky indoors.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Pink in a girl’s bedroom is sweet but this retreat has an air of sophistication with its use of graphic black and white.

Modern design sensibilities extend into the basement, a place for their older children to hang out with friends, watch movies and sports on the big-screen TV and play pool. The unusual pool cue holder was created by blacksmith/artisan Andy Shimek.

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dmit it: You’re thinking about a facelift. You’ve noticed the little lines forming here, darkened areas emerging there. Features once fresh and sparkling are looking worn and dull. When you switch on the light, it’s all too clear that things are slipping over the hill. No need to feel embarrassed. There’s nothing wrong with wishing for a mini makeover — especially when you’re talking about your bathroom. It is a maxim among real estate agents that improvements to bathrooms and kitchens are likely to bring the best return on investment of anything you can do to a house. But bathroom renovations get costly fast. A few nips and tucks costing far less can go a long way to refreshing a bath. Anything you can do to make the room feel fresh and new can make a difference. The change doesn’t have to break the budget. Los Angeles designer Lytel Young is host of HGTV’s “Save My Bath.” “There are three










important things in a bathroom,” Young says. “Clean, simple and orderly. That’s the key for every budget, whether it’s $500 or $40,000.” A fresh coat of paint and new lighting are easy improvements that have an immediate impact, he says. A combination of natural and artificial light is optimal, Young says. But for bathrooms without windows, sconces on both sides of a mirror plus an overhead fixture on a dimmer will do the job. Take a few hours or hire a handyman to re-caulk around the tub and shower. Replace dated, inadequate light fixtures. Rip out the old-fashioned medicine cabinet and replace it with a mirror as large as you can make it. Source: Washington Post

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Over the garden gate Backyard transformed into relaxing, blooming retreat Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock “Go away” reads the sign hanging on the side gate. A clutch of pretty flower-filled pots softens the stern message, but is it any wonder Doug Castenson and Dean Petersen would want to keep their enchanting garden retreat private? The white gate is low, though, ideal for leaning and gabbing with neighbors, and their casual summer soirees are magnets for friends and family. “The sign is meant as a joke,” said Castenson, laughing. “We entertain a lot and spend a lot of time out in the garden, and we have two dogs that run around the place.”



Ten years ago, the transformation began from a typical backyard of turf and a few shrubs into a restful garden in this longestablished Waterloo neighborhood. Castenson drafted the plans, drawing landscape sketches to divide the backyard into a series of garden rooms, as well as incorporate hardworking beds and borders to indulge his passion for plants. Their home is on a side street, just a stone’s throw from a busy thoroughfare. But traffic sounds disappear beneath the quiet, soothing burbling of water in the classic stone fountain, the garden’s focal point with its pineapple top, and the greenscape. “I love trees for their shade and aesthetics in a garden, and you’re planting them for posterity, aren’t you? Doug is the real 

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gardener here. It’s his vision. I help with the landscaping and stonework,” said Petersen. He also enjoys growing herbs for cooking. “Rosemary is my favorite, and dill and basil. I make pesto in the fall, and grow tomatoes.” Doug, a former art teacher, became interested in flowers and plants as a teenager and later worked in a greenhouse. And he’s a bit of a softie, too, appreciating the passalong sentimental value of peonies, irises and roses, particularly David Austin English roses, including the pristine white “Winchester Cathedral,” the divinely fragrant pink classic “Gertrude Jekyll,” and deep pink and lush “Brother Cadfael.” A pergola-style arbor defines one garden space, and curving brick paths wind between the borders. A boxwood hedge lines one path. “Two I purchased and the rest I grew from cuttings. I do a little shaping, but they’ve really thrived,” said Castenson. In the spring, tulips and daffodils are the color show, with ferns, hostas, hydrangeas and other shade-lovers unfurling as the days grow longer. There’s enough light, too, for growing “Casa Blanca” and other fragrant Oriental lilies, daylilies and more. Dozens of colorful pots are tucked here and there, particularly to highlight the garden’s multiple seating and dining areas. A dramatic — and practical — tent pavilion, a wisteria vine winding its way up and over the supports, covers the brick patio. “We spend a lot of time out here, especially on the weekends when the weather is fine. It’s a place to enjoy lunch or dinner and just sit outdoors and relax,” said Castenson.


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At River’s Edge - Continued from page 31 A stately fireplace holds court in the formal living room where a Tuscan flavor takes hold in the furnishings, wrought iron details and soft-focus color scheme. An open-concept kitchen and family room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling are warm and friendly, prime gathering spots for the family. “I wanted a big, open kitchen because I didn’t want to feel enclosed whether I was cooking for the kids or a party. The whole space feels comfortable because this is really where we live,” said the homeowner. In warmer months, nightly meals are enjoyed on the screened porch. Summer entertaining takes place on the broad, well-appointed patio overlooking a large, open backyard and Old Man River just beyond. In winter, the family watches eagles soaring over the river and the occasional flock of wild turkeys stalking through the yard. Deer and other wild critters are regular year-round visitors. The homeowner collaborated with interior designer Rhonda Staley, IIDA, of The Mansion in Iowa City. Taking her cues from the home’s Eurostyle elegance, Staley chose details that echoed the homeowner’s quiet sophistication. Tumbled travertine tiles were laid cobblestone-style in the kitchen, white Product supplied for this project oak floors stained dark walnut ground the living Silver Creek Landscape Tiles and room. Roman shades mounted over patio doors in the Silver Creek 3 Sided Chisled Steps. family room, and overscaled upholstered furnishings chosen for both looks and liveability. Upholstery fabrics range from chenille and velvet to leather, linen and silk. “Nothing stiff, always inviting and homey. The rooms are so large that furnishings have to be substantial, not dainty. We made a trip to the furniture market in High Point, N.C., to select pieces, starting with the family room and kitchen barstools,” Staley explained. In the master suite, the homeowners awaken each morning to a glorious view framed by elegant silk draperies in a room with exquisite architectural and decorating details that are easily evident, but never overstated. The master bath is carefully appointed with hard-to-find Breccia de Vendome marble and a whimsical and colorful chandelier. “Actually, there isn’t a thing we’d change. We never had a change order on this house. It just feels like home.” H&G

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Chilly evenings call for warm, family-friendly meals — and who doesn’t need a new way to treat chicken? These recipes from the National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association are tasty enough to serve guests, too.

Steamed Chicken with Noodles and Vegetables Serves 6 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders, sliced in half Broth: 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 can (14 ounces) light coconut milk 1 teaspoon freshly gratd ginger 1 teaspoon freshly minced jalapeno pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce 1 lime, juiced 1 shallot, minced 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped (tender inner white bulb only) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoons black pepper Noodles and vegetables: 8 ounces angel hair pasta, prepared according to package directions 56



2 cups (3.5 ounces) shiitake mushrooms, halved 1 cup chopped carrots (about 2-3 carrots) 4 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped Garnish: ¼ cup chopped cilantro ¼ cup chopped unsalted, roasted peanuts Place all broth ingredients in large stockpot or saucepan fitted with a steamer insert. Bring broth ingredients to a boil. Place chicken, noodles, mushrooms, carrots and scallion in steamer basket, in individual piles, if possible. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Steam until chicken and vegetables are cooked through, about 18 – 20 minutes. To serve, place serving of noodles in shallow bowl; top with portion of vegetables and chicken. Ladle broth over chicken mixture. Top with peanuts and chopped cilantro. Nutrition information, per serving: 390 calories; 11 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 39 g carbohydrate; 520 mg sodium; 5 g sugar

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Makes 6 1 pound chicken tenders, halved Stir Fry: 1 large onion, halved and sliced (about 2 cups) 2 tablespoons canola oil ½ teaspoons hot pepper sauce 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon lime juice (from half of lime) Tacos: 2 cups packaged coleslaw mix ½ cups cilantro leaves 1 ripe avocado, sliced thin ½ cup fresh salsa 12 eight-inch soft flour tortillas, warmed according to package directions ½ cup sour cream In wok, heat oil over high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring and tossing, for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add hot pepper sauce, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken. Continue stir-frying for 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through. Add lime juice and remove from heat. To serve, place a small amount chicken and onion mixture in the middle of warm tortilla. Top with coleslaw mix, cilantro, avocado and salsa. Add dollop of sour cream; fold both sides of tortilla over the ingredients. Nutrition information, per serving: 550 calories; 23 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 60 g carbohydrate; 26 g protein

Serves 4 4 chicken breast halves, bone-in with skin removed ½ pound flavored chicken sausage links, cut diagonally into thirds 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoons dried rosemary 1 pound small red potatoes with skin, cut into quarters ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoons black pepper ¼ cup white wine 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 small red peppers, cut into 1-inch squares In nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage for five minutes. Remove sausage to plate. Add chicken breasts, meat side down, to same skillet and cook, turning once, for five minutes or until golden brown. Remove to plate. In same skillet, warm olive oil. Add garlic and rosemary; sauté one minute. Add potatoes and three tablespoons water. Cover and cook 15 minutes, checking to make sure that potatoes are not sticking. (Add additional water 3 tablespoons at a time if water evaporates.) Push potatoes to side of skillet. Return chicken and sausage to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Add wine, balsamic vinegar and red pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 – 35 minutes, until chicken registers 170 F on instant-read thermometer. Remove chicken and sausage to platter; keep warm. Cover skillet; cook potatoes 2 to 3 minutes more, or until tender. Pour potato sauce over chicken and serve. Nutrition analysis, per serving: 360 calories; 10 g fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 24 g carbohydrate

Serves 4 1 pound chicken tenderloins, or thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 package (8 ounces) thin rice noodles 1 can (14 ounces) reduced-fat coconut milk 7 tablespoons low-sodium teriyaki sauce (divided) 1 bag (12 ounces) broccoli slaw 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips ¼ teaspoon salt 2 egg whites, lightly beaten ¾ cup panko crumbs 3 tablespoons canola oil Soak noodles in bowl of warm water for 15 minutes. In large saucepan over medium heat, warm coconut milk, four tablespoons teriyaki sauce, broccoli slaw, red pepper strips and salt. Cook until broccoli and pepper are heated throughout, about five minutes; set aside. Brush both sides of chicken pieces with two tablespoons teriyaki sauce. Dip each piece in egg white and coat completely with panko crumbs. In large nonstick skillet, warm canola oil over high heat. Add chicken pieces and sauté 2 to 3 minutes, then turn and cook additional 2 minutes or until crumbs are crisp. While chicken is cooking, drain rice noodles and add to coconut-teriyaki sauce in pan; reheat as needed. Place noodles and sauce on serving platter; top with chicken pieces. Drizzle remaining tablespoon of teriyaki sauce over all before serving. Nutrition analysis, per serving: 580 calories; 20 g fat; 8 g saturated fat; 70 g carbohydrate Continued on page 60


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eer lovers should get in touch with their inner packrat as retailers clear Imperial Stouts, barleywines, winter warmers and holiday ales to make way for spring and early summer seasonals. You can stock an eclectic cellar of beers that will benefit from aging — and be there for those odd, cool summer nights when you want a big beer. I experienced the benefits of aging or cellaring, a few years ago during an informal comparison of fresh and aged versions of beers including Goose Island’s Pere Jacques, a Belgian-style Abbey Ale with a respectable 8 percent alcohol-by-volume. The fresh version was excellent, but the older vintage was truly a revelation. The 2009 was fruity, malty and pleasantly sweet with a hot alcohol edge, but there was flavor conflict. The 2007 version was almost unrecognizable as the same beer. The flavors had melded to become greater than the sum of their parts — a mellow, rich, extraordinarily nuanced, yet entirely cohesive beer. I nearly cried when the bottle was empty. A portion of every suitable beer purchase since has gone to the cellar.

Here are some guidelines to cellaring: 1. Choose the right beer to age. In general, the higher the alcohol content, the longer you can store the beer. Imperial Stouts, barleywines, old ales and Belgian strong ales age very well to five to 10 years; some vintage ales

beyond that. Beers with an emphasis on hops — fresh hop ales, India Pale ales, Imperial India Pale ales, etc. — have the strength to be aged, but I drink them fresh because those wonderful citrus, floral, herbal flavors fade quickly. Ditto to anything with a delicate flavor profile such as hefeweizens and berry or flower-infused beers. 2. UItraviolet-rich sunlight is the main enemy of beer longevity, dismantling molecules in hops, which then bind with sulfur molecules into an unpleasant, skunky-smelling compound. Any light-proof enclosure — closet, cupboard, cardboard box — will suffice. Long-term refrigeration is not recommended because low humidity can dry out corks in corked bottles. 3. Consistent cool temperature is a major factor in long-term storage. The BeerAdvocate website recommends a 40-60 degree range with lighter (in content, not color) beers at the lower end, stronger beers at the high end. 4. Store bottles upright. Bottle-conditioned beers contain yeast which will eventually settle, forming a layer of sediment on the bottom, wherever that may be. If stored on its side, when you tip the bottle to pour, more of this will end up in your glass and not everyone cares for the flavor. 5. Store a couple of each beer to see how the flavors change over time. Don’t forget to drink one fresh to establish a benchmark and satisfy your need for immediate gratification.

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In the Kitchen Treat your sweetheart to a delicious dinner for two on

Valentine’s Day

Chef Haley Silacek has created an elegant, romantic — and surprisingly easy — menu featuring recipes sure to win the cook lots of love and kisses. The meal begins with Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp Salad, followed by pan-seared filet medallions in a wild mushroom sauce, roasted garlic green beans and cheezy orzo. For the grand finale, a wine-besotted pear draped in rich, dark chocolate. Iowa wine selections are included for every course. All menu ingredients are available at Hy-Vee Food Stores.

Chef Haley Silacek Chef Haley is the chef at the Ansborough Hy-Vee Food Store in Waterloo. A graduate of Kirkwood College’s culinary arts and restaurant management program, she has been a professional chef for five years and most recently was executive chef at Black’s Steakhouse in Waterloo

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons pure honey Salt and pepper to taste Salad: 6 slices prosciutto 1 bag mixed greens Seeds of ½ pomegranate 2 teaspoons sliced almonds, toasted 4 ounces Celebrity honey goat cheese 6 each 16-20-count shrimp, raw In a bowl, mix together juice and honey. Whisking, slowly add oil until mixture is completely emulsified. Next, sauté shrimp in a small amount of olive oil until pink and145 F. Let shrimp cool slightly and wrap each with prosciutto slice. Toss lettuce in dressing mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Crumble goat cheese, almonds and pomegranate seeds on top of salad and arrange shrimp around salad. Wine: “Blue” wine from Fireside Winery in Marengo

Amana Pan Seared Filet Medallions with Wild Mushroom Sauce 4 4-ounce filet medallions ½ cup oyster mushrooms

½ cup shitake mushrooms ½ cup Baby Bella mushrooms ½ teaspoon fresh garlic minced 1 Knorr Au Jus Packet ½ cup dry red table wine 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon cold water Salt and pepper to taste Preheat pan on medium heat with a little butter. Salt and pepper both sides medallions. When pan is fairly hot, cook filets 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add mushrooms, wine and garlic; let simmer until wine is reduced by half. Add Au Jus, salt and pepper. Combine cornstarch and water and add to boiling sauce to thicken. Place filets back in pan and simmer until filets reach 130 F for medium rare.

Cheesy Orzo ½ pound orzo ½ teaspoon garlic, minced ¾ cup hand shredded mozzarella ¼ cup Parmesan, grated 1/4 cup heavy cream, Salt and pepper to taste Cook orzo al dente and strain. Place back on low heat and add cheese, garlic, cream, salt and pepper.

Roasted Garlic Green Beans 1 ½ cups fresh string beans 1 bulb fresh garlic 1 tablespoon canola oil Salt and pepper to taste Clip ends off green beans and cook in boiling water until slightly soft and strain. Place garlic and oil in a small piece of foil and wrap up tightly. Roast garlic in the oven for 35 minutes. Squeeze roasted garlic out of the bulb and toss 1 teaspoon in the cooked green beans. Season with salt and pepper.  Continued on page 60

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Chicken & Sugar Snap Pea Curry

Serves 4 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced thinly 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon ground coriander 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas Sauce: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup) 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, minced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced 1 (14 ounces) can diced tomatoes, drained 1 (14 ounces) can light coconut milk 2 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoons black pepper In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add onion, curry powder, chili powder, jalapeno pepper and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add drained tomatoes, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium high and bring mixture to a boil; lower heat to simmer and cook until sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil to a wok and place over high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken slices and coriander, stirring constantly. Cook chicken until almost done (about 5 – 7 minutes) and add sugar snap peas. Continue to cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Combine chicken and curry sauce mixture; simmer 3 – 5 minutes to blend flavors. Serve over rice. Nutrition information, per serving: 410 calories; 22 g fat; 9 g saturated fat; 17 g carbohydrate; 37 g protein

Continued from page 59 Wine: Frederick’s Red Farm House Wine from Engelbrecht Winery Fredericksburg

Raspberry Poached Pear with Chocolate Ganache 2 pears, peeled with stem on 3/4 bottle Farm House Red Raspberry wine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 2 tablespoon pure honey Ganache: 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup Hershey’s dark chocolate chips Garnish: Fresh raspberries Fresh mint leaves Powdered sugar Use a potato peeler to peel pear, leaving stem in. Cut a thin slice off the pear bottom so it sits straight up. In a sauce pan, combine wine, cinnamon and honey; whisk until smooth. Cook for 2 minutes and pour glaze into a small, rimmed baking sheet. Sit pears upright into glaze and baste. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 30 minutes, basting pears every 10 minutes. For ganache: Boil cream in saucepan and as soon as it come to a boil, add chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Place pears in pretty serving dish, pour ganache over pears and garnish with fresh raspberries, mint leaves and powdered sugar. Wine: Farm House Red Raspberry wine from Engelbrecht Winery in Fredericksburg.

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The open, free-flowing layout of Plan HMAFAPW00763 from makes spending

time with family and visitors simple, while also granting privacy to the master suite. The three-bedroom design features 2,090 square feet of living space on one level.

Head inside past the dining room, open on two sides, into the main living areas. Here, a raised

hearth and media shelf make the great room cozy and convenient for watching movies or relaxing. The kitchen’s snack bar offers seating for casual meals, with the sunny nook nearby also an option.

Step out to the back patio or the sun terrace (ideal for a hot tub), or the covered front porch.

The master suite has a garden tub, separate shower and walk-in closet.

Two additional bedrooms are in back on the opposite side of the home, sharing a full bath with dual vanities.

A laundry room with counter space leads to the two-car garage. All over the home, you’ll find

thoughtful storage solutions, including a niche, plant shelf and plenty of closets.

HMAFAPW00763 DETAILS: › Bedrooms: 3 › Baths: 2 1/2 › Main floor: 2,090 sq. ft. › Total Living Area: 2,090 sq. ft. › Garage: 434 sq. ft.

House Plan

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