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shimmer Dress up a room with a little luster color palette Ideas for Pantone’s color of the year storage chests Make room for stylish options new & next Star-struck room accessories; create family

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workstation; Steampunk

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team spirit

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Vintage farmhouse

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garden party

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Thoughtful design, neutral colors create easy, stylish living for sports-minded family Favorite collectibles, history translates into comfort Tour a vibrant but sweet garden and learn to be a little adventurous with color rooms that work

Lower-level gets transformational new lease on life

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makeovers

Refined remodel creates contemporary kitchen & bath

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Old bathroom gets spa-quality remake

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cuttings

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New flower and vegetable varieties to try this spring food & entertainment

Flavor Forecast Chef Jim Nadeau gives his take

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wine

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on new taste combinations Steer toward port

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Spring2013 Gleam, glisten, glimmer ...

Candice Olson’s Sloane chair for Highland House is part of “an eclectic fusion of contrasts such as an antique pared with modern, rustic with refined, minimal with adorned, matte set off by luster.”

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Shimmer The juxtaposition of shimmer against matte adds interest to a room and brings a little bit of formality, but not too much.

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Sit and think: The “Muse” sofa from the Candice Olson collection adds a bit of streamlined glamour. 

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This metallic hall chest is from Bassett Furniture’s HGTV Home collection.

e all know how the right necklace or earrings can dress up an outfit. In much the same way, a little bit of luster can dress up a room. Shimmery fabrics and finishes are popping up on showroom floors, and add glamour when we work them into our home decor. They can take a variety of forms — silver leaf on a chair frame, for example; luminous silk on an accent pillow; or perhaps a scattering of metallic threads woven into a linen upholstery fabric. This isn’t about dazzle, though. The look is more glowing than shiny, more luminous than sparkly. The lustrous look may sound formal, but it’s surprisingly versatile, designers say. It can loosen up traditional furniture by making it a little more daring or flirty, or it can add a surprising touch of opulence to a casual setting.

Luxe Finishes Today’s finishes have a soft nature that make them work as neutrals, said Renee Loper, a marketing vice president with Bassett Furniture Industries. The company used the finishes and fabrics in the collection it recently introduced for HGTV Home. A sectional sofa in the collection was covered in an ivory fabric shot through with metallic threads and accented with pillows that had a bit more metallic in them — “still safe and basic,” she said, “but updated for today.” Luster was in evidence at the recent High Point Market in North Carolina, where manufacturers were using it as a way to add contemporary elegance to furniture, lighting and accessories. Probably the highest-profile example was a furniture collection created for Highland House by Candice Olson, the interior designer and TV personality.

Now you see it: Art of Concealment coffee table from furniture maker Theodore Alexander.

Subtle sheen: This upholstery fabric has a subtle luster and gives an upscale look to a chair from furniture maker Bradington-Young.

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color palette Go green

Emerald is the top trend color for 2013

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merald is no longer green with envy. The rich, vibrant shade is Pantone LLC’s Color of the Year for 2013, beating out all the other shades of the

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rainbow. “The entire green family has been so strong, upcoming through the ’90s as we’re paying attention to nature, so the family isn’t new, but what we needed to look at and revisit was the psychological background: Emerald is such a balanced color, and balance is something to pick up on and listen to,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute. Eiseman adds, “It’s a color of growth, renewal, healing, unity and regeneration — words we’re all so in need of at this point of history.” On the runways, emerald green was spotted for 2013 at Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Vivienne Tam. Tracy Reese took her bow wearing green. In the home category, green is almost like a neutral, complementing almost everything else, Eiseman says: Pair it with tan, black, blue or even yellow. She has seen it used for an espresso maker, kitchen stool and a mixer. Colors rise and fall in popularity just like other style-centric trends, says Eiseman, but she thinks green has staying power like few others. It has taken on meaning as a noun and a verb as well as an adjective. “It might have been a trend, but it has become a social cause so it’s just part of our world. ... Kermit said it’s not easy being green, but it became easier once it became a good thing to be green.”

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“Home by Novogratz,” Robert and Cortney Novogratz ($35, Artisan Books) A hip, urban couple with seven children and a knack for interiors that combine the bold and the beautiful, their look has launched a brand. The couple propelled their lifestyle and talents into an HGTV show, a home furnishings collection for CB2 and, now, this book chronicling their vintage-meets-modern design style.

“Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love,” Sherry and John Petersik ($25.95, Artisan Books)

Richmond, Va., bloggers Sherry and John Petersik use their fixer-upper houses as labs for DIY improvements. The self-described “cheapos” have a huge following on their blog, Young House Love. The book serves up no-attitude advice and step-by-step directions for lots of everyday projects.

“The Collected Home,” Darryl Carter ($45, Clarkson Potter) In his second book, Washington designer Darryl Carter explains how he creates his refined yet rustic spaces. There are ideas for hinges, moldings and paint colors. Then there is something deeper and more personal. If you’re ready to curate your place in a meaningful fashion, this book will guide you in the right direction.

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Create an organizational hub for homework, paperwork Carve out a physical space — anything from a single kitchen cabinet to an entire spare room — that can function as a family information center and workstation. Ideally, the space will also include a work surface where kids can do homework and parents can handle tasks. Many families also include a laptop or desktop computer.

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To transform a pantry or small closet into an organizational hub: 1 Remove doors if possible to open space, then add a deep shelf that can be used as a desktop. 2 Tack fabric to the underside of the shelf and hem it just above the floor, creating hidden storage space and a place to tuck a bench or stool. 3 Shelves can be added to the wall above the desktop, along with a message board and calendar. If you lack a spare room or closet, HGTV designer Cortney Novogratz of “Home by Novogratz” suggests choosing one corner of your kitchen cabinetry, since it’s a room the entire family uses daily. › Line the cabinet door with the calendar and corkboard or dry-erase board. Then add small bins on the cabinet shelves for each family member’s items. A small laptop can be kept inside the cabinet and taken out for use at the kitchen table. › For additional storage, she suggests buying a rolling cart with labeled drawers where each child in the family can keep things like pending work or art supplies. This can be wheeled around the kitchen or other rooms as needed. Novogratz says it helps kids stay organized and feel a sense of ownership over their work when they have a permanent space for it, even if it’s just a labeled drawer. Or create your own center, suggests Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of decordemon.com. › Buy two kitchen cabinets from a big-box home improvement store, and two pre-fab bookcases. Assemble the cabinets, then the bookcases and stack them directly on top of the base cabinets. Mount them to the wall and add some basic molding to the front edges, creating “the look of custom built-ins, but for only a few hundred bucks.”

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Smashing steampunk

Does anybody really know what time it is? Give this Iron Clock Face with stand a look, $379.

A show-stopping way to light a room and ignite conversation. Metal gyro envelopes a crystal chandelier, $3,079.

| new & next | In design lingo, steampunk defines work that marries an aesthetic that incorporates the 19th-century British Victorian era or American Wild West — where steam power and the Industrial Age were prominent — with a post-apocalyptic future. Frankly, we just think the pieces look fun, cool and funky as accessories. All from Dwell, Coralville.

Reclaimed steampunk fans, each $1,129.

This decidedly dramatic table has vintage appeal with lighted interior and frosted top, perfect between chairs or as a focal point at the end of a sofa.

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Seating arrangements in the living area float on a neutral area rug. A pair of leather sofas with plump faux zebra pillows, wing chairs and curvaceous tables are grouped for comfort and conversation. The room is polished, but tile floors and easy-care furnishings can withstand the wear-and-tear of four active children and their friends.

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s parents of four sports-minded children (three teenagers and a 7-year-old) with jam-packed schedules, these homeowners thrive on their home’s Grand Central Station ambience. Sports gear, books and backpacks hit the floor and kids throng in the kitchen for snacks and frequent team dinners. “It can get crazy — and there’s also a lot of traveling, too, for their teams,” she acknowledges, smiling. “But it’s an easy house to come home to, for hosting team events and entertaining. There’s lots of room, and the house is always full of extra kids. It’s sort of a revolving door.” The couple factored all of that into their plans when they purchased the newly built house — “really just a shell” — and hired interior designer Kennon Springer to finish (and in a few instances, refinish) it to suit their tastes. Owners wanted warm, gracious Tuscan-influenced surroundings with nice flow. “Originally it was painted all white, and the spaces were so large and the ceilings so high that it looked like a mall, not homey at all. So we chose a rich, warm, Old World color palette with shades of henna/chocolate, metallic copper and platinum. It’s still a monochromatic color scheme, very natural and layered and soothing because the colors are closely related to one another,” the Interior Perfections designer explained. Working as a team, Springer and the homeowners carefully phased in each step of the project. With lots of team meals, sleep-overs, parties and easy-going gatherings, the homeowners wanted guests to feel comfortable. And because there are tile floors, the rooms were “very noisy and echo-y. We wanted everything brought down to size, but at the same time to have a feeling of expansiveness. It’s a big family home, but not fussy. We wanted it to be beautiful, but for people to relax and feel at home,” she said. Faux painted walls have a metallic finish that is not shiny, but the seven-step Venetian plaster process adds depth and emphasis. Architectural details such as columns, arches, fluting and moldings are classic and understated. There are five bedrooms and a guest suite on the lower level. A geo-thermal system and in-floor heat heighten the comfort level. H&G Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock

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A little faux painting magic and heat-resistant paint has transformed the formerly golden oak fireplace and green marble surround into a carameltoned, stone-look fireplace with a deep cherry-stained mantel. “It was costprohibitive to pull it out and start over,� said interior designer Springer.

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Window treatments lend a bit of glamour, gathered and draped at each long window in the living area. cvhg.com Spring 2013

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“The breakfast nook is extremely large — I mean, who has a nook this big? — so the Bausman & Co. table was custom-made with a hand-carved, fluted base to fit the space,” said interior designer Springer. The round table seats 14 in a pinch. Chairs are dressed in upholstery fabric that matches the dining room draperies, and large-scale nailhead trim is echoed in a more diminutive size on bar stools clustered around the island. Custom plantation shutters with 5-inch veins give windows in the kitchen a crisp, clean look, both inside and out.

LEFT: A fireplace in the wall warms the breakfast nook. “We turn it on every morning to warm everything up and for ambience at dinner each night,” the homeowner says.

OPPOSITE AND ABOVE RIGHT: Custom Omega cabinetry has a deep, dramatic cherry finish. Granite countertops are a perfect complement to the home’s Tuscan sensibilities, as is the metallic medallion on the stone backsplash. Pendant lighting sheds light on the island. A good work triangle keeps meal preparation efficient. cvhg.com Spring 2013

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Faux painted Venetian plaster walls and columns give the master suite’s tub an aura of sensual grandeur.

Rather than replace the granite atop the guest bathroom’s vanity, Springer’s dark palette successfully tricks the eye so the granite’s pink and green veins are no longer noticeable.

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Delicious chocolate drenches walls in the master bedroom suite with its French-style furnishings. It is the only carpeted room on the home’s main level.

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ABOVE: When the parents need to decompress, their “go-to” room is the cozy, enveloping library-den. As this home goes, it’s a small space that doubles for a piano room and man cave. Located just off the foyer, furnishings include a masculine pairing of Christopher Guy wing chairs and an oversized ottoman that serves as a table and footrest. Springer custom-designed the library’s massive entertainment wall system. Drawers hide CDs and DVDs in organized fashion, and cabinetry swings out to allow easy access to wiring for the television and components. Maitland Smith wall sconces flank the dramatic piece that has a rubbed black stain finish. OPPOSITE: Graceful and ornate, the dining room is more formal than the rest of the house. Three glass-fronted custom cabinets feature elegant scrollwork details and houses family mementos. Silk-shaded chandeliers hang in unison above the polished and carved table that seats up to 12. “I want everyone around the table at the holidays,” says the homeowner. cvhg.com Spring 2013

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farmhouse Vintage

Multiple additions, filled with collections and comfort

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his old farmhouse is rich with history. Every creaking floorboard, the well-worn woodwork and subtle sheen of wear on stair treads and doorknobs recalls the trials and tribulations of

family life. Like the rings of a centuries-old tree, its age can be ticked off in the number of additions as each generation left its mark. The original structure was built in 1869, with the first addition made in 1890. Another portion expanded the farmhouse in the 1960s, followed by a full-story addition and porch enclosure in the 1970s. Another addition added to the home’s profile in the 1980s, and the final (so far!) addition was made three years ago. Now it’s hard to discern where the original structure ends and additions begin. The lines blur, at least from the outside. “It’s always been important to maintain the integrity of the original home, to keep that history and be good stewards of that,” says the homeowner. Her husband grew up on the farm and loves every stick of wood in the old place. “I grew up in three-bedroom ranches. I was enamoured of this old house, and I wanted to live here when we got married. His parents immediately began plans to build a threebedroom ranch,” she recalls, laughing. “It was an awesome place to raise seven children, and now we have 17 grandkids.” Over the years, she has become an enthusiastic collector — with a discerning eye for staging her favorite pieces. Old kitchen utensils are artfully arranged for display, such as wooden rolling pins tucked into vintage crockery. There’s also tinware, cookbooks, children’s books and toys and old quilts as art. “I enjoy the character and the makedo attitude of them. “I collected lamb and sheep figurines from the 1940s and ‘50s because I thought they were very sweet, but I can’t squeeze in another one. I collected flower frogs, and that’s at its limit unless I find something that’s totally different. It would be easy to be cluttered if you just keep going. I’ve learned to stop, to draw a limit,” she explains. She shrugs off dusting. “It’s a lived-in house. We live in the country. Dust is part of life.” There are family heirloom pieces, too. Her greatgrandmother’s bread bowl, homemade ice shoes for walking on ice and sleigh bells used for more than mere decoration are prized items, along with her mother-in-law’s Vaseline glasses. “I wasn’t always a collector. When I had a house to decorate, I went out to an old shop on the farm,

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pulled out old things, cleaned them up and used them as decor. My father-in-law couldn’t believe I was hanging old farm implements on the walls,” she recalls. In the basement, she discovered an old pie safe dating from the mid to late 1800s, dragged it upstairs, gave it a scrub-down and replaced worn screens. “I was delighted with it and still have it. Then I began collecting old crocks, kitchen utensils, old pictures, anything that appealed to me. If it was under $20 and I really liked it, I was thrilled it could be mine.” Her husband guided plans for the latest addition which included a spacious garage with heated floors and a large area overhead. Actually, it’s less storage for vehicles than “party central” for big family gatherings, holidays and birthdays, and the area is decked out like any other room, including plenty of seating and decor. She smiles. “In hindsight, his ideas were much more visionary than mine. And who knew how wonderful it would be to have an attached garage?” Above the garage is a charming guest room and her sewing room, an expansive, cozy and comfortable space. A carpenter turned a $5 desk into a sewing table, and there is plenty of storage for her quilting fabrics. She’s quilted with Civil War-era fabrics, as well as fabrics from the 1920s and ‘30s, and loves reproduction fabrics. She is so organized that one closet is devoted to fabrics arranged by color and pattern. This is her favorite room in the house, but a close second is a rather awkward space formed when two additions came together. Tucked up in the eaves, it’s a cozy, secluded library filled with books and collectibles. The family room’s vintage stove still works and has kept them warm in blizzards-past when power has gone off. New countertops gave the kitchen a fresh look several years ago, and the homeowner enjoys views of her garden from the sink. H&G Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock

A little faux painting magic and heat-resistant paint has transformed the formerly golden oak fireplace and green marble surround into a caramel-toned, stone-look fireplace with a deep cherry-stained mantel. “It was cost-prohibitive to pull it out and start over,” said Springer.

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The homeowner’s many collections and treasured pieces, including beloved children’s toys and games, heirloom furniture and Vaseline glassware are incorporated into charming vignettes throughout the old farmhouse. Finds like a rustic pair of oil lamp holders frame views of the garden from the kitchen. cvhg.com Spring 2013

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TOP: Grandchildren love to romp in the blue dormitory-style guest bedroom, which the owner dressed in her favorite quilts and vintage collections.

BOTTOM LEFT: An old cupboard holds farm-themed collectibles in a dining area in a corner of the recently added garage.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Perfect for handstiching or reading, a seating area in the sewing room is cozy and fun with a crisp yellow and white color scheme, punctuated with bright colors.

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TOP: The new garage is actually decorated and furnished as a gathering place for large family birthday parties and celebrations. The big wash tubs are used for ice and beverages.

BOTTOM LEFT: Quilting and sewing books and fabric fill cupboards.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Quilts get an airing on a clothesline in the backyard.

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he key to lower-level living is keeping it comfortable, relaxing and functional. In this inviting room by Kathy Flack of Flack Interior Design Associates, a division of Simpson Furniture, an architectural sectional tweed sofa and club chairs in subtle print maximize seating and lend a classic but casual air to the surroundings. A suede-covered ottoman serves as a coffee table, foot rest and hidden storage. Fine quality, maple custom-built bookcases and low-slung entertainment/storage center stained in light cinnamon wrap around the main space. An electric fireplace insert adds warmth, and soft light filters through plantation shutters. With the addition of decorated rippled glass above for privacy, there

before is no feeling of being below ground level. Dizdarevic Construction did the work. Previously, the homeowners dreaded going downstairs — low, acoustical-tile suspended ceiling, uncomfortable cast-off furniture, fluorescent lighting. “It was hard to relax because we were staring at everything that needed to be done. We had a laundry list of things that seemed impossible,” the homeowners said. Now the couple lives downstairs. “It’s such a thrill to walk into this space now that we never want to leave it!” Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock

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before The homeowners often enjoy supper at the roll-out table that also can be positioned at the computer station for more work space or used for crafts or puzzles. The homeowners watch TV or pull books off the filled shelves for a little reading in front of a cheerful fire on a cold evening, left.

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The designer also jettisoned the vintage 1970’s avocado green in the bathroom, along with a massive vanity and bamboo roller shades. Updates included new tile, fixtures, vanity and artwork.

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refined, open-concept kitchen and dining area were at the top of the list when Jill and Jordan Muller bought their Reinbeck home last year. They immediately set to work demolishing the interior with an eye toward modernizing and making the space open and filled with light and style. “Once we got into the walls, it became a more complex issue than the remodel we thought it would be. The original home is 1900’s with an addition in the mid-1900’s and an oversized double garage added in the 1970’s. It ended up being more cost-effective to remove all the walls and start over. Essentially it’s a new house built on an old foundation and existing basement. The kitchen is where the double garage stood,” said Jordan. Jill, a designer with Moeller and Walter in Reinbeck, knew she wanted “modern but comfortable, too. I wanted it to feel like home — classic and not too trendy and with neutral, earthy colors.” The contemporary vibe is subtle but unmistakable. Details are amplified throughout the main level with the effective use of light and dark tones. Sunlight streams into the sunken living room through banks of Anderson A-series windows with transoms. Upper cabinets were sacrificed in favor of windows to brighten the kitchen. Both homeowners love to cook, and Jill created a highly functional and efficient kitchen with multiple prep zones that is also long on style. Text | Melody Parker Images | Brandon Pollock 34

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Contractor: Moeller & Walter

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In the master bath, Brazilian walnut dresses the shower stall ceiling for interest. Multiple shower heads and vein-cut travertine tile create a spa experience.

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Natural elements infuse guest bathroom with spa sensibilities

Kohler’s “Tea for Two” under-mounted tub offers luxurious, effervescent air bubbles and massaging jets while chromatherapy floods the spa in soothing lights. The tub deck is walnut, and paneling is stained birch.

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ABOVE LEFT: The vanity was crafted from a solid piece of walnut with its natural edge left intact. Cabinetry beneath is maple, and hardware carries through the linear feel that streams through the bathroom.

ABOVE RIGHT: Porcelain tile in an earthy stone finish was a practical choice for heated floors. Narrow tiles were laid horizontally on tub walls with some protrusions for a rough-hewn appearance. The look and style draws from a fireplace surround elsewhere in the lower level.

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Dwell spells casual, sophisticated comfort in an eclectic package

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FIND IT : 250 12th Ave . No. 100, Coralville, (319) 338-8909, dwell.homefurnishings.com Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. HISTORY: Sheri Hochstetler, Jeff Draker and John O’Meara are partners in this home furnishings

store whose collections include contemporary, eclectic, casual and globally-inspired furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories. The store opened 15 years ago and now boasts 77,000 square feet on two levels.

SERVICES: Brands and designers include Lee Industries, American Leather, Drexel Heritage and

Thom Filicia. Free design services; six designers on staff. Dwell also has several warehouses full of special finds they can dip into.

STYLE PHILOSOPHY: Sophisticated comfort, exciting play with texture and finishes, high quality

Sheri Hochstetler and Jeff Draker, owners, top. Not pictured, John O’Meara. Gilded iron metal-banded pendant, $749. Bison gingerbread American Leather chair with chrome legs, $1,579.

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furnishings made in America, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces handcrafted in such exotic places as China, Indonesia, India, Europe and Vietnam. You’ll find building blocks for interiors as well as finishing touches. “We keep our finger on the pulse on what our customers want, and our customers like an eclectic, acquired look that makes them feel well-traveled. We also like to mix contemporary design with industrial, reclaimed objects in fresh and different ways,” says Draker.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Mid-century style in furnishings and accessories. “It looks very ‘today’ whether it’s vintage or reproduction. The lines are clean and crisp,” Hochstetler notes.

Rugs. Whether as an accent or room-sized, rugs set the tone for stylish interiors. Look for natural textures, neutrals, unusual and vibrant colorations and materials, including overdyed rugs. These are often antique rugs or classic patterns with washes of deep, saturated colors for an unexpected layered and original look.

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Soaking tubs create a Zen experience

Some of us are shower people, and some are bathers. But there’s a way to be both, as the Japanese discovered centuries ago when they developed the ofuro, or soaking tub. Traditionally, the Japanese get clean with a shower or hand bath and then step into an “ofuro,” a deep tub full of clean hot water. These tubs are often large enough that several family members can have a communal soak. It’s considered a relaxing and important ritual. The idea has caught on here, and there are now several manufacturers making ofuro tubs suitable for one bather or a couple. Usually about 27 inches deep, the tubs typically have built-in seats, and often a grab bar. They’re available in acrylic, composite, wood, even stainless steel and copper. Steamy options › Wooden tubs. The Hinoki Ofuro is made from romatic cypress native to Japan; the resin is bacteria- and rot-resistant and withstands humidity. The citrusy fragrance is a common aromatherapy component. › Acrylic and composite tubs. Kohler makes the Greek acrylic soaking tub, a 4-footlong, 23-inch-deep, one-person bath wellsuited to a smaller bathroom. Kallista’s Perfect Deep Soak bathtub has two raised corner seats at different heights. › Metal tubs. Diamond Spas in Frederick, Colo., welds recycled copper and stainless steel into tubs that are lined with foam insulation, then buffed to a nice Old World finish. Make sure you’ll be able to get the tub sideways through doorways. › Many tubs come with an overflow failsafe built in, but you should have a drain in the bathroom floor as well. The river rock bed is an attractive way to hide a draining floor system, but you can also tile the bathroom floor and install a drain.

› You’ll need lots of good hot water, so upgrade your system, and consider an inline heater that continuously reheats the full tub. › There are jetted options for many of these models, if you’d prefer some bubbles with your soak.

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FIND IT: 2302 W. First St., Cedar Falls, 50613, (319) 266-1501, homeinteriorsinc.com STORE HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday HISTORY: Home Interiors showcases high-quality furnishings and accessories, including lighting and rugs, with a stylish aesthetic. It is one of only two authorized Stickley dealers in Iowa, in addition to carrying Norwalk, American Leather, Hooker Furniture, Lane, Ekornes-Stressless, Lexington, Theodore Alexander, Bassett and Hubbardton Forge, among other brands. Nancy Meinders and Linda Birley purchased Aplington’s Lawrence Dreyer Furniture in 1976 and successfully transformed it into a “destination” design store. Meinders and husband Bob bought Birley’s half when she retired, and six years ago expanded to Cedar Falls’ Thunder Ridge Court. The Aplington store closed last year so staff could devote full attention to the Cedar Falls location. SERVICES: Annual rug shows are popular, and the store periodically hosts symposiums for

customers featuring such designers as Joe Ruggiero. Staff includes Kristi DiCecco, senior designer; design consultants Brenda Harken and Emily Ubben; and Leon Aalderks, sales and window treatment installer.

STYLE PHILOSOPHY: “Our philosophy is about modern interpretation of the classics,” says Meinders. “Our customers want their homes to be unique to their tastes and personalities, and not look like everyone else’s home.” Senior designer Kristi DiCecco agrees. “We help our clients put rooms together. Sometimes it’s a facelift for the home with one or two new pieces that can bridge the old with the new. We want to serve their needs and the look they want to achieve. We work with all sorts of budgets, and help customers visualize their complete space.” WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The clean lines of mid-century modern but an emphasis on details

such as button tufting, welting, the use of reclaimed wood (“especially fun if you know the provenance behind the piece”) and the wide appeal of mirrors — on walls and as furniture. “Mirrors can add a spark to a room and can function as a piece of art,” Meinders says.

Stickley’s Brighton Spice leather and exposed wood chair, $1,408. Kristi DiCecco and owner Nancy Meinders, top right. Uttermost crystal lamp, $333. American Leather sofa transitions from a low profile to a high back seat with a simple adjustment of the back cushion.

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ike hemlines, our gardens change from year to year. But color is what makes them irresistible, and color is as much about your own personality and style as it is about the plants. There’s no explaining attraction — the colors, combinations and foliage that make your heart sing. Colors can be fun and exciting — like a garden party — or serene and soothing, or a bit of both. Ultimately your garden should make you happy, whether or not it follows “the rules.” Play with combinations at the garden center. Load your cart, find a corner and take a hard look. Do the colors look good together? Is the foliage attractive? Depending on size at maturity, how many plants will you need for clumping or drifts? What are the bloom times? Find a color wheel for inspiration in your color schemes. Balance and unity. Shades of the same color create a unified appearance, but are the colors, foliage and sizes too similar? If all the plants are similar, the garden will be a yawner. Mother Nature’s combos. Play up contrasting leaf colors and shapes. Foliage lasts long after perennial flowers, in particular, are spent. On the other hand, if there’s too much contrast, the visual result is chaotic. Repeat your color/foliage choices but don’t alternate colors in a predictable pattern — it looks too obvious. Contrasting warm and cool colors also can be pleasing. Separate conflicting colors with silver- or grayfoliaged plants. Experts recommend starting a plan with fall- and winter-interest plants, then add summer and spring bloomers. Consider combinations for each season. Include something bold and dramatic.

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Mass: Think clump or drift. A clump is a grouping of odd numbers (3, 5, 7) of plants arranged in a circle. Drifts are groupings arranged in a longer, more irregular shape. The smaller the plants, the more plants you’ll need for impact. For best effect, repeat clumps or drifts of the same or similar plants or colors several times along the border. Try staggering placement within each drift. If you have five plants, plant either two or three in front and the rest behind. Then break the pattern in another drift so it’s not identical. Try arranging one drift aimed toward the border’s outer edge, the next toward the middle or in back to create a natural flow.

Neutrals: Green, white, silver, even black can function as neutrals, toning down colors in a bed and acting as a buffer between plants.

Texture and form: Color and blooms are temptresses but lust is short-lived. Many perennials bloom over a two-, three- or four-week period and then it’s over. Foliage remains. Shapes are round, heart-shaped, strappy, narrow, broad and pointed. Textures range from fine to coarse. Visually, foliage can make a garden look large or small. Crinkly, coarse or fine and shiny leaves add character. Big, bold foliage lends scale to a large garden; fine- and medium-sized foliage can make a small space look larger.

Contrasting: Uses colors from opposite sides on the color wheel.

Color schemes Monochromatic: One color, any hue, in tones dark to light Analogus: Colors that are close to one another on the color wheel. Complementary: Colors across from each other on the color wheel.

Triadic: Using three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. H&G

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A soft blue wash gives new life to old concrete and asphalt paving. Watermelon pink brightens outdoor furnishings, and pots and window boxes overflow with pink, purple and yellow annuals. A black fence sets off “Marshall’s Delight” monarda while shade-loving hostas draw visitors to the backyard gate. cvhg.com Spring 2013

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Prettily painted 100-year-old screens are joined with a piano hinge for a backdrop between the newer garage and original garage that is now used as a garden house retreat. Hydrangeas, lilacs, a “Seven Sisters” rose, Joe Pye weed and other plants surround the patio. Papyrus, coleus and petunias fill containers.

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New varieties to try

Each spring we anticipate new plant introductions. Here we’ve singled out a few worth a second look:

Flowers

Sunflower “Solar Flare” — Dazzling flame type sunflower offers a sensuous color contrast, the dark black disk orbited by ray petals in scarlet red flame, finishing to gold at their tapered tips. Five to six feet tall, it will keep your vases ablaze with Aztec magic.

Calendula “Costa” — An ideal companion for pansy and viola in spring and fall. It comes in three bright colors — yellow, light yellow and orange. “Costa” prefers cool sunny spots in the garden either in beds or containers and will flower season long with minimal care. Petals are edible.

Agastache “Astello Indigo” — Highly versatile, this agastache can be grown for perennial and annual borders, containers and patio pots, alone or in mixed combinations.

Celosia “Intenz” — Vibrant color on spiky blooms and sought-after texture to add to mixed containers. It performs great in full-sun with a long flowering time for home gardeners. A low-maintenance plant with high appeal.

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Vegetables Lettuce “Relic” — Improved “Red Deer Tongue” variety brings gorgeous rusty maroon color, disease resistance, and uniformity to a popular heirloom type. Upright habit similar to romaine lettuce, and plants can reach 15-inches tall. Leaves have mild flavor and buttery texture.

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ach year, spice-and-seasoning experts McCormick offer their Flavor Forecast, predicting trends that will drive our continued exploration of flavor and fusion combinations. “Authentic, real ingredients are still at the core —though now they’re being enjoyed in unique, updated ways that reflect a much more personalized approach to cooking and eating,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. In other words, we’re finding new ways to incorporate formerly “ethnic” ingredients into everyday cooking and eating. Some flavor combos offered by McCormick are sumptuous, others are intensely indulgent, sultry, spicy or rustic and comforting. We invited one of our favorite chefs, Chef Jim Nadeau from College Square Hy-Vee in Cedar Falls, to comment on several recipes incorporating these trendsetting new flavor profiles that will appeal to Iowa palates.

Cocoa Rubbed Ribs with Passion Fruit BBQ Sauce Cocoa powder adds rich flavor to the spice rub. Finished with a glaze of passion fruit liqueur barbecue sauce, these tender baby back ribs are sweetly sumptuous. “Passion fruit has a sweet-tart flavor — when I was a kid, I liked Sweet Tarts that had that pucker quality. That’s going to help the overall flavor profile. Cocoa powder is going to make the ribs rich and darken them up,” said Chef Jim. 3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons McCormick Chili Powder 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Basil Leaves 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder 1 teaspoon McCormick Onion Powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Crushed Red Pepper 2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 4 pounds), white membrane removed 1 cup passion fruit nectar 3/4 cup barbecue sauce 2 tablespoons passion fruit liqueur Mix brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and red pepper in small bowl. Rub spice rub evenly on ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in foil. Place on roasting pan. Bake in preheated 300 F oven 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until ribs are very tender. Meanwhile, mix passion fruit nectar, barbecue sauce and passion fruit liqueur in small saucepan on medium heat. Simmer 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

Remove foil from ribs. Place ribs on grill over medium heat. Grill 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned, brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce. Makes 8 servings. Test kitchen tip: To broil ribs, place unwrapped ribs on baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes per side or until browned.

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Charred Orange Sorbet with Warm Rum Sauce & Spiced Cookie Bars This restaurant-inspired dessert combines crisp and creamy textures, warm and icy temperatures and the distinctive flavors of black rum, charred oranges and aromatic allspice. “Orange and spice pairs very nicely with black rum. Sorbet is going to cleanse your palette, and the rum and spice are going to fill your tastebuds with flavor. Sounds delicious!,” Chef Jim noted. Charred Orange Sorbet: 1 seedless orange 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided 1 1/4 cups orange juice 1 cup Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk 1/2 cup half-and-half Spiced Cookie Bars: 1 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Allspice 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons black rum 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract Rum Sauce: 3 tablespoons butter, divided 4 seedless oranges, peeled and sectioned 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons black rum For the Charred Orange Sorbet, grate orange peel. Set aside. 52

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| food / entertainment | Fried Chicken and Waffles with Molasses-Cider Syrup A soulful combo, homemade buttermilk fried chicken with sage

waffles satisfies all the cravings. Drizzle with molasses-cider syrup instead of typical maple syrup for a unique eating experience. “This sounds pretty good — all recipes I would make at home. This could be a good breakfast or dinner and a great brunch item. If you don’t have a nonstick waffle iron, clean your iron after making the waffles because sage will season it and you’ll taste it the next time you make waffles,” Chef Jim advised. He suggested adding a little cornmeal to the waffle batter to “make it a little more like a bread.” Fried Chicken: 2 cups buttermilk 3 teaspoons McCormick Rubbed Sage, divided 3 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves, each piece cut into thirds 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Red Pepper Vegetable oil for frying Molasses-Cider Syrup: 1/2 cup apple cider 1/2 cup molasses

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract Waffles: 1 cup pancake and waffle mix 1 teaspoon McCormick Rubbed Sage Fried chicken: Mix buttermilk and 1 teaspoon of the sage in large bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight for best flavor. Mix flour, remaining 2 teaspoons sage, salt, pepper and red pepper in large bowl until well blended. Pour oil into cast-iron or large deep skillet, filling no more than 1/3 full. Heat to 325 F on medium heat. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture. Coat in seasoned flour. Once all of the chicken has been coated, coat again in seasoned flour. Add chicken in batches to hot oil. Fry 10 to 12 minutes per side or until cooked through and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm. Meanwhile, for the Molasses-Cider Syrup, bring cider, molasses and brown sugar to simmer in small saucepan on medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Keep warm. For the waffles, prepare pancake and waffle mix as directed on package for waffles, adding sage to the batter. Serve fried chicken with waffles and warm Molasses-Cider Syrup. Makes 8 servings.

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all it the hedonism of youth, the solace of age. Or, as some do, call port the “adult candy” of the wine world. Some even allege you can chill it and sip it at picnics. Or serve it with ice cream. But what is port? Port is made in Portugal, not surprisingly, with grapes from the steep, hot, arid Douro Valley that cuts through the middle of the country. The grapes are Portuguese, little-heard-of elsewhere — Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amerela and Tinta Cao and others. After picking, the grapes are carted to the winery and poured into giant open vats of concrete or granite called “lagares.” Then they are crushed — in many port houses by human foot. First comes the “corte” or cut, in which teams of workers march shoulder-toshoulder in rhythm on the grapes, sometimes to military march music. Then comes the “liberdade,” or liberty, in which the workers tread free-style, sometimes to American rock music. Some wineries do this mechanically, but where’s the fun in that?

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| food / entertainment | The heat of feet and natural ambient yeast cause fermentation to begin. When the fermentation is about half finished, creating an alcohol level of about 6 percent, the juice is poured into another big vat, and natural grape brandy that’s 77 alcohol is added in a ratio of one liter of brandy to four of juice. This stops fermentation, and raises the alcohol level of the finished port to 17 to 20 percent. And since the fermentation was stopped before it used up all the natural grape sugar, the resulting port is quite sweet. Now we have port. But it’s only the beginning. Port is made in several quite different styles: › Ruby port is aged in large oak vats for two or three years before bottling, so it’s young and lively and very fruity. › Late Bottled Vintage Ports come from better grapes and are aged four to six years, so they’re more complex, but still brightly colored and fruity. › Tawny ports are aged in wood for much longer — 10, 20, 30, even 40 years. They become tawny in color and take on

flavors of nuts and caramel. Once they’re bottled they’re ready to drink, and don’t profit from further aging. › Vintage ports come from the port houses’ very best grapes, and are made only in years when the grapes come up to this standard. They age in vats for a couple of years, then often much longer in bottle. They’re muscular and powerful. Highly recommended: › 2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port: inky color, intense floral and mint aromas, powerful flavors of black raspberries, spice and bitter chocolate, muscular tannins benefiting from long aging, long, smooth finish. › 2007 Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port: powerful and intense, with aromas of blackcurrants and spicy flavors of black cherries and mocha, medium-sweet with dry finish. › Dow’s Fine Ruby Port: bright ruby color, intensely fruity, with aromas and flavors of red raspberries and chocolate, full-bodied and smooth. McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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whiff of spring at the Eastern Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show, Feb. 8-10, will cure what ails homeowners in a fever-pitch to paint, wallpaper, redecorate, refurnish, refurbish, remodel, build, landscape or garden. Nearly 200 home improvement and landscape exhibitors will be present at the 62nd annual event. The event takes place 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Five Sullivan Brother Convention Center. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Friday matinee admission is $4 from 3 to 5 p.m. Co-sponsors are the Waterloo Exchange Club and Iowa Show Productions. Among exhibitors will be builders and

contractors and companies featuring building materials, design, kitchens, windows, doors, insulation, furniture, carpeting, art, heating, cooling, cookware, asphalt, sewing, siding, security systems, vacuums, landscaped gardens, lawn tractors, mowers, chippers and more. Along with exhibitors, the show also will feature free seminars for attendees. At 4 p.m. Feb. 8 is Jessica Crouch’s “Organizing Tips for Your Home,” followed at 5:30 p.m. by Julie Evenson, “Designing Your Landscape” and at 7 p.m. is “Energy-Efficient Home Construction” featuring Pete Olson. On Feb. 11, Evenson will present two seminars, “Designing Your Landscape: at 11 a.m. and “Selecting Plants for Your Landscape” at 12:30 p.m. Prairie Rapids Audubon will present “Attracting, Feeding, Identifying Birds In Your Yard” at 2 p.m., followed at 3:30 p.m. by “Save More — Install Your Floor” by Castle Interiors and at 5 p.m. by “Retaining Walls & Pavers” featuring Dan Foss. Castle Interiors will present their floor seminar again at noon Feb. 12, followed at 1 p.m. by an encore of Olson’s home construction seminar and at 2 p.m., the bird-feeding presentation.

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what’s new No more messy leaks KraftMaid has introduced the Coreguard Sink Base Cabinet. This kitchen base cabinet has a seamless synthetic pan built into the structure to catch under-sink links, eliminating the mess and preventing the cabinet floor from rotting. From $225, kraftmaid.com

You know you love singing in the shower. But why stop when the water does? Kohler’s new Moxie shower head has an integrated Bluetooth speaker that syncs with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 player to stream your favorite tunes. The speaker is removable, so you can move it around the house or recharge the battery. The shower head is available with a spray of either 2 or 2½ grams per minute, in either a white or polished chrome finish. Suggested retail, $199 and is available from home centers and other retailers that sell Kohler products or find a store at www.us.kohler.com.

Easy to install kitchen faucet The Allora Faucet with EZ Anchor by Delta makes installation a breeze. Make the water connections and the rest of the mounting happens above deck. No more sore head from banging it under the sink or tight fits. From $440, deltafaucet.com.

Soybean surface is strong, light & green The next generation in solid surfacing? Soybeans? Soy-oil based urethane is combined with powdered glass to create a scratch-resistant countertop that’s at least 20 percent lighter than other solid surfaces, like Corian—and about one-third the price. From $15 per square foot; ecotecss.com

Join the PARADE! New and remodeled homes are being sought for one of the area’s largest real estate events, 11th annual Fall 2013 Cedar Valley Parade of Homes. Sponsors are the Home Builders Association of Northeast Iowa and Courier Communications. The event proudly showcases area builders. Thousands of potential home buyers tour customdesigned, model, new and remodeled homes in the Cedar Valley. The parade also displays the quality of workmanship of contractors and subcontractors in the Cedar Valley. Proceeds from public admission are used for the Home Builders Association of Northeast Iowa’s scholarship program. The public will see the latest trends, including open designs, multi-functional rooms, accessibility for again in place, sustainability and lowmaintenance exteriors. For more information on participation guidelines, interested builders and contractors should contact Sheila Kerns at the Courier, 291-1448.

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