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A day in your life at Prairie Wind.... Enjoy your morning coffee from a private balcony as the sun comes up over Cedar Falls. Head downstairs to the lap pool for an energizing wake-up while your husband walks the indoor track. Clean up in the locker room before meeting a new friend for an art class in the lively multi-purpose center. Whip up a quick lunch in your spacious kitchen, admiring the cabinets and countertops you selected. Then ride the WHC bus with other residents to a school where you mentor students. Return in time to join a book club conversation, schedule your next appointments at the salon spa, and grab milk from the convenience store. Greet your daughter and grandchildren who have dinner with you in the restaurant, then step outside with them for a sunset walk on the trails. End the day relaxing in your beautiful home‌ thankful that you made this move when you did.

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It may not be easy being green, as Kermit the Frog says, but it can be a restful color. We’re talking about greens like sage, ivy, forest … that have a soothing, tranquil, even refreshing feeling. These shades of green can be a neutral, too, working with a range of other colors.


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Throughout history, green has been described as the great harmonizer. Green is also the color of nature, which means the right shades can work surprisingly well throughout your home. Soft sage greens, for example, create a spa feeling in the bathroom. Earthy greens are relaxing for bedrooms, said to promote a good night’s sleep. In the living room, green can make a handsome accent wall, or introduce it through fabrics, pillows and accessories.


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design "Design trends can date rooms, so I try not to follow them." Markham Roberts

The way New York designer Markham Roberts sees the world

is large, bold, colorful and highly personalized. His designs reflect his belief that clients' needs and possessions provide vital cues, while it's his fine lens and editing that make the vision clear. We talked to Roberts about his decorating views and recently published book, "Decorating The Way I See It" (Vendome Press, 2015). Q: You organized the book in the same way you work — after the floor plan, you move on to wall and floor treatments, colors, pattern, then furnishings and accessories. Why does this work? A: "The background — walls and flooring — come first to set the framework, and then you layer in everything else until the rooms reflect the inhabitants. I never like houses I see in magazines where they don't look like anyone lives there." Q: People speak about picking pieces and arranging rooms for a timeless effect since decorating can be expensive and time consuming.

Your rooms don't look dated, yet you use lots of fabric and wallpapers that could date them. A: "I think design trends can date rooms, so I try not to follow them. If a client really wants something that I think will be datable or trendy, I will try to think of a less obvious way of using it. For example, a client will often have something that belonged to their family and has real meaning, and if it's an older piece of furniture that doesn't work in their new environment, we can use it in a new way so it will take on a different character and feel new. I might put an old-fashioned table with a modern mirror above it or a new chair next to it." Q: Most of the homes and apartments in the book are large, even grand in size and scale. So many want to go smaller these days; any tips? A: "Though I have a big house in the country our apartment in the city is a one bedroom. New Yorkers are much attuned to maximizing space, and even in big homes there may be small rooms where you just want to cozily take a


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Top Tall bookcases in an entry gallery designed by Roberts break up the space. Stenciled diagonal stripes on grass cloth add a youthful edge. Above A traditional sofa sits in a niche, with a watercolor of a bull above for a novel grouping. Left Furnishings, including mahogany antiques, stand out much more against lacquered walls.


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don’t dare to boldly go where no one has gone before. A little edgy with backsplashes, maybe. A lime spatula or even a KitchenAid mixer in raspberry, why not? But an aqua fridge? Or a radiant orchid range? Seriously? Seriously. This is not for the design timid. This is about the anti-white kitchen, that classic that remains most picked, in spite of what design editors may want. Some may think it a cacophony of color. Others may be more comfortable with monochromatic splashes of bold hues. In the past year, though, a move out of safe neutrals was not limited to cabinets, custom or not. Faucets, sinks, refrigerators and even ranges have been introduced in astonishingly unexpected hues. For those artsy, eclectic folk who may not give a flip about resale values, there’s plenty of exuberant color for the kitchen to make you feel like a kid in a candy store (or a Jonathan Adler shop). Go for an eye-popping faucet. Hastings Tile & Il Bagno does it right with its simple, clean-lined Vola single lever, deck-mounted faucet, available in 15 hues. Sink your teeth into luscious color for the main or island sink. Pyrolave, an enameled lava stone available as countertop material or sinks, comes in 16 glossy and 16 matte shades, as well as custom colors to match existing interiors. Keep it cool in a colorful fridge. The Italian company Smeg shows off a little retro ’50s styling with soft, rounded edges and a range of happy hues. Heat it up with a colorful oven or range. Dacor wall ovens are available in 10 standard colors including cordon bleu, citron, crimson and tangerine plus virtually any color imaginable with its ColorMatch system — you provide a swatch. Italian manufacturer Bertazzoni spices up color with tangy orange, lemon yellow or tomato red — in Ferrari finishes. Make a case for color. From matte to glossy, paneled to modern cabinets, there are Snaidero’s glossy brights, as in canary yellow or fiery red, and the latest from manufacturer Plain & Fancy, in a juicy range from apricot to tangerine, with paneled door fronts that wake up tradition. Or paint your own to give them a little pop. Try color as a feature wall to add zest to white or anchor island cabinets with a spicy accent. Be counterintuitive. Silestone, a natural quartz product by Spain-based Cosentino, dishes up cool hues from magenta to coral, yellows to apple green and cobalt.


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A little improvement … goes a long way Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and challenging, but you can make substantial cosmetic changes with just the help of a painter and electrician. And if you're ready for even bigger changes, it's still possible to stay on budget and create a gorgeous kitchen with a minimum of stress. Step one is deciding what really needs to be done. Can you work with the appliances and cabinets you've got, or is it time for a full-scale remodel? Step two is the budget, coming up with a realistic estimate for each expense.


Storage. A smoothly functioning kitchen has space for everything to be stored away, within reasonable reach. Can you achieve that with your current cabinets? If so, keep them and just replace or refinish the doors. If your cabinet doors are stained wood, consider painting them. Then, change the hardware. If your budget can handle it, opt for custommade cabinetry. You’ll get well-made pieces, built to your needs. And rather than add only cabinets, install deep drawers for storing pots and pans.

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quick, inexpensive solution to a kitchen remodel on a low budget, but kitchen décor should work with the rest of the house. If you're trying to update your kitchen's look, there’s been a shift to color in appliances and texture, as well as materials like butcher block, concrete and glass tiles for countertops and backsplashes.

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Try mixing affordable elements with higher-end ones. Choose colors and materials you'll be happy with long-term, rather than something trendy.

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Seating. A new table and chairs can update a kitchen's look and make it more comfortable. But it's tempting to sacrifice function for style. Don't. Also, choose seating that's easy to clean and durable. Finally, take time to choose the things you really want, and be patient if the project takes longer than you'd hoped. What matters is the final result, not how many weeks or months it took to get there.  Source: Associated Press

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It's clear why: Extra seating is never a bad idea, and they can bring a splash of color or texture to a dull space without the commitment of hanging art or painting the walls. And while they do subtly enhance a room much like a brightly patterned settee or accent chair, stools are less aesthetically risky because they're usually bought in pairs, which means the color or print will be naturally repeated. Of course, the type of stool you need depends on your countertop arrangement, which varies from home to home. Measurements are crucial when shopping for stools, and designers recommend leaving about 12 inches of space between the height of the stool and the height of the counter to keep guests comfortable (most counters measure 36 inches high, so look for stools that are around 24 inches). It's also worth noting that bar stools and counter stools are not the same; bar height is closer to 40 inches, which means bar stools will often be 28 to 30 inches high. Placement is fairly obvious: The stools should slide right up to the counter's edge. And be sure to mind the seat's depth, especially if you're planning to arrange seating between an island and a nearby wall. Round stools, or stools with rounded edges, come in handy in spaces like this because they allow guests to swivel and face each other comfortably without feeling squished. If there's no room in the kitchen for any seating, try creating a small, makeshift counter in the living room with a high pub table. They typically measure counter height (36 inches) if not higher, and take up about as much as space as a thin desk. Many come with a pair of matching stools that tuck underneath like nesting tables. There's a stool for pretty much any decorating style. Windsor-backs are popular in traditional homes and look great in a room with a high ceiling, and saddle stools with perforated leather seats can look nice in a setting with more masculine design.  Source: Washington Post

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Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen If you've lived with your kitchen for awhile, chances are you've got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you just hate. Wouldn't it be nice to have a wellorganized kitchen that makes food preparation a pleasure? Some of the latest ideas and products for whipping a kitchen into shape: Divide & conquer Kitchens function best when divided into work zones, says Josee Berlin, an interior designer for Ikea USA. She cites three: storage (fridge/ freezer/pantry), washing (sink/ dishwasher) and cooking (oven/ cooktop/microwave). "Work zones give your kitchen a practical structure. Placing them well is crucial to achieving an ergonomic work triangle, with a natural workflow and everything within reach," Berlin says. If you're planning a new kitchen, place your oven and stove near sinks and worktops so you aren't walking too far with hot pots and pans, she says. A worktop near pantry cabinets and fridge makes unpacking groceries easy. If space is tight, consider a stainless-steel cart with lockable wheels for portable storage and extra prep space. Cabinets & drawers Experts suggest taking an inventory of your kitchen tools, and then outfitting cabinets and drawers


so they work for you. Use adjustable drawer dividers and shelf inserts at different depths. Tools & gadgets You don't need a lot of stuff. Buying a pot and pan for every dish is a mistake. One good large Dutch oven, one sauté pan, one 4-quart saucepan, one omelet/crepe pan, one cast-iron pan and that's it. If you're a baker, consider consolidating those components. Some experts suggest checking out restaurant supply houses for high-quality, affordable items. Commercial-kitchen-grade, stainlesssteel pans come in a variety of squares and rectangles that you can stack to save space. If your kitchen's a workhorse, don't worry about keeping it "showroom ready." Your food processor, scale, utensils and blender should be right out where you need them. Hanging rails with "S'' shaped hooks provide extra storage without taking up real estate. Sturdy racks can hold pots and pans, plates, utensils and sieves.  Source: Associated Press

Home renovation trends are incorporating thoughtful design details. Some are functional or aesthetic. Others are a bit of both. Here are 10 to look for: Kitchen cabinetry: Let's face it, you can't have too much storage in a kitchen. Kitchen cabinetry that goes all the way to the ceiling makes use of all the vertical space. Besides, when cabinets stop short of the ceiling, the tops just collect dust. Look for good quality cabinetry that include "soft close" (a.k.a "self close") features on the drawers and dovetail joints. Also, inset cabinets (as opposed to overlay) require a higher level of craftsmanship and have more of a finished look. Of course, they cost more money, too. Smart use of pocket doors: Nothing is more frustrating than opening a door only to have it slam into another door that was left ajar. Where there are too many doors opening into an area or just a need for precious space, pocket doors make sense. In addition to saving space, pocket doors allow for easier placement of furniture and avoid the inadvertent crash of doors. Attic HVAC unit: Most attic A/C air handlers are located in an unconditioned area. We are starting to see "green" homes in which the attic unit is built in a "conditioned" room. In other words, the A/C unit cools itself — making it run far more efficiently and extending the life of the unit. Very cool. Backsplash outlets no more: A kitchen backsplash can be a great finishing touch to pull a kitchen design together. Because building codes

require electrical outlets at regular intervals throughout the kitchen, electrical outlets break up the look of the backsplash.



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An elegant solution is tucking the kitchen electrical outlets neatly under the hanging kitchen cabinets. They are out of sight but conveniently accessible. Floor vents and return grilles: Finished floor vents custom crafted from the same material as the floor are vastly better than a cheap metal insert. Similarly, once overlooked metal air returns are an opportunity to add some pizazz with vintage style patterns. Placement: Look for bathroom shower and tub faucets conveniently located where you can turn on the water without getting wet. Similarly, "toe kick" light switches at the bathroom vanities make it easy to turn on lights with dirty or wet hands. Electric outlets: Incorporating combo electrical outlet/USB ports into key areas in the kitchen, by bed tables and in home offices can make charging your devices far more convenient. While we typically are reluctant to hard-wire technology into a home (because of how quickly technology changes and thereby "dating" your home), the day-to-day practical benefits of this feature outweigh the costs of upgrading them over time.

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Doors and thresholds: Hollow doors make a home feel flimsy. Look for solid core doors, with good quality hardware. Taller door thresholds on the main level create a more open feeling and let light travel between rooms. Solar tubes: Solar tubes are cylinders connecting from the roof to a ceiling bringing natural light into a home at a fraction of a cost of skylights. They help save electricity costs and can brighten up an otherwise dark part of the home. Wood-burning fireplace with gas starter: A gas starter for a woodburning fireplace is the best of both worlds. With a gas starter, you can look like an Eagle Scout starting a fire effortlessly. No kindling, no newspaper, no sweat! Source: Steve Wydler and Hans Wydler, authors of "Inside the Sell: Top Agents Reveal Unspoken Secrets and Dangers of Buying and Selling Your Home."

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dining in Contrary to popular opinion, dining rooms aren’t extinct. They’ve simply evolved. Today’s dining room may be part of a great room, or used for more functions than sitting down to eat. Woods, finishes and shapes of dining tables reflect more relaxed, casual lifestyles, with an emphasis on comfort and style. Take a look at what’s trending in dining room tables – just in time for the upcoming holidays!

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Stickley’s Finger Lakes Collection Ledyard Trestle Table has a grooved top with bread board ends and expands with two 15-inch leaves. This is an heirloom table that can be handed down through the generations.

Calligaris Mascotte coffee dining table can adjust to seven positions and can seat six. It’s a dynamic piece perfect for condo living.


A sleek modern table, the Calligaris Key can easily be transformed from a 6- to a 10-person table. Slide the top sideways to lift the side extension leaf stored in the underframe into place. Key features a tempered glass top and metal frame and legs.

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This table goes from seating six to nine by simply turning the table top, releasing and unfolding the extension leaves. A Skovby dining table makes room for everyone, whether you’re dining alone or with family and friends.

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just hanging out Create an impromptu outdoor dining table, set up a buffet for a late summer or early fall gathering, make a dreamy day bed, use it as a potting or project bench or simply make an unforgettable statement in your yard or garden. You’ll need a vintage solid wood door, two lengths of thick, heavy rope, large, heavy-duty eye bolts and, of course, a sturdy tree branch. Make sure the rope can carry the weight of the door, as well as whatever you intend to use it for, and get enough that you can raise the door to your desired height and tie a secure knot.


With the door lying flat or on a work bench, securely screw eye bolts into the sides of the door. Make sure bolts are centered and evenly spaced about 3 inches from the edge on each side, and each bolt lines up with the bolt on the opposite side.

03Thread each length of rope through eye bolts on one side of the door and tie secure knots.

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Architects often talk about rooms that accommodate multiple functions, and industrial designers are taking note, such as Ecotono's Feeler pendant light with an integrated Bluetooth speaker, Mio Feltforms decorative panels that double as acoustic tiles, and Oso Industries' concrete Rollerboy rolling table/stool/ottoman.

Wood. Warm and attractive, wood is the preferred material for furniture makers; modern designers are simply playing with new forms. Examples of this strategy include Todd St. John's

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Minimalism. Industrial designer Dieter Rams once said, "Good design is as little design as possible." Some designers take this literally, introducing products that seem barely designed and barely there. The Zelda 2 pendant from Bec Brittain, for example, is a slim fixture made of brass tubes and thin LED bulbs.  Source: Washington Post


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1925 Center St. Cedar Falls, IA 319-429-6934 Decorating a living room comes with one almost universal question: sectional or sofa? Sectionals are the obvious space-saver and offer more flexibility with layout than the traditional setup of a sofa and two chairs. They're the more frugal option, too, if you employ the logic that one piece of furniture is probably cheaper than three. Especially if you're in a small space, it's probably exactly the solution you're looking for. The biggest misconception is that all sectionals are big, but if you measure the footprint and think about your layout, they actually give you more wiggle room. A sofa and two chairs can make a small room feel cluttered and closed off, but a sectional lets the room breathe. The key is to make sure at least once piece of the sectional is backless. Once you've decided to take the plunge and shop for a sectional, you need to determine how much room you have to work with. Because sectionals don't need so much breathing room, you probably have more space to work with than you think.

As a general guideline, choose an eight- or nine-foot sofa with a 60-to-72inch chaise, suggest designers. Anything smaller can feel cramped and hinder your odds of fitting a practical coffee table. For very small spaces, look for sectionals that are about 36 to 40 inches deep Sectionals with fold-out sofa beds can come in handy for guests but often have skirting at the base. If the extra bed is more of a convenience than a necessity, consider a slightly wider sectional that can double as a bed when needed. The most popular sectional configuration for small rooms is a twopiece L-shaped sofa, which consists of a left- or right-facing arm on one end and a chaise on the other. Some retailers offer a style of sofa with the option to buy the pieces together or separately. But be sure to crunch a few numbers and sketch out different arrangements. In some cases, buying a pre-arranged sectional is cheaper than ordering separate pieces, but you may want the freedom to orchestrate the sectional exactly as you like.  Source: Washington Post


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frame of reference How you frame art, whether it be posters, photographs or a rare oil painting, can enhance the look of your home. Details matter. Just ask Mark Leithauser, senior curator and director of design at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The work of art is paramount. When it comes to displaying art, he says, "There is no right or wrong way to do it." But "you always think about the work of art." The purpose of the frame is "to enhance it." Contrary to what many people believe, Leithauser says, "There is no neutral color. . . . Gray, black, white. They're all making a statement. We never use white like the stark white of this paper," he says, pointing to a document on his desk. "Paintings get little cracks in them as they get older. They look grungy, a little bit sad, a little bit dirty" next to a stark white. "They pop on a gray much better."

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Get the details right Mats: Stick to a shade of white, creamy beige or latte. Get 50 whites, fan them out, and lay them against your image. Choose a white to complement the art. Avoid colored mats that will compete with the image. To prevent discoloring or staining, choose archival or acid-free mats. Frames: Typically, cost for a custom frame is figured by the linear foot. Aim for the best you can afford. Cost will depend on the type of mat, frame and glass you choose, and size of the piece. If you've spent $500 on a piece of art, expect to spend at least that for framing it. More elaborate mats and frames cost more. Expect to pay more for a hand-painted frame than one painted at the factory. Glass: Options are regular glass, non-glare glass and museum or preservation glass. If there is any risk of a work fading, either over time or from sunlight or moisture, she recommends museum glass. Non-glare glass tends to have a "milky tone" that can interfere with the image. Rely on an expert framer for guidance.  Source: Washington Post

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rom the street, this home in Iowa City’s Peninsula fits in well with its neighbors, although it’s no cookiecutter development where houses present the blandness of suburbia. American individualism is at work here, an appreciation and nostalgia for old-fashioned neighborhoods and historical design aesthetics that makes everything old new again. Although the development is relatively new, it has an established, welcoming air that suits this hospitable homeowner. It’s not unusual for sightseers to drive slowly through, admiring the pretty front porches, classic architectural styles and details, painted siding and offset garages. Her own home reinterprets the Craftsman bungalow for a 21stcentury contemporary lifestyle. Built just over a year ago, it is a model of modern energyefficiency with all the amenities — and beautiful interiors to boot. “I crave sunshine. I wanted light in my home, light in my life. I wanted one floor I could live on, a kitchen I could work in and to be surrounded by things I love. I didn’t want anything old ladyish,” says the homeowner, smiling. South-facing windows, including a big bay, capture light that is mirrored and plays off light wall finishes and furnishings in each room. Rhonda Staley, IIDA, of Iowa

City’s The Mansion, worked with the homeowner to realize her dreams. They chose Sherwin Williams SW 7537 Irish Cream paint for walls throughout, framing it with SW 6385 Dover White for the trim. Engineered wood floors in earthy stained maple ground the spaces. The homeowner loves to entertain, and the open floor plan — living and dining rooms and kitchen — easily accommodates her guests. Custom-made furniture is kept to a minimum to keep from crowding the floor plan. Pieces are comfortable, far from formal but not overly casual either. The off-white sofa anchors an area rug and mirrored, metallic nesting tables, softly contrasting the tan leather Mid-century Barcelona chair. An abstract painting pulls the subtle color scheme together above the glass mosaic-tiled fireplace. “Rather than use typical built-ins around the fireplace, I used floating glass shelves to keep the look of clean, contemporary lines,” Staley notes. In the dining area, “finding the right light fixture was important. It’s the focal point, and when I saw this chandelier, I said ‘that’s it!’ It pops, but it has an elegant touch,” the interior designer explains. Clean cabinetry with traditional crown molding in the kitchen speaks to the Craftsman


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“I crave sunshine. I wanted light in my home, light in my life. I wanted one floor I could live on, a kitchen I could work in and to

be surrounded by things I love."


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vernacular, installed at varying heights to play up the ceiling height. The white island is topped in crisp Black Galaxy granite, providing workspace for preparing meals and the homeowner’s cookie-baking sessions, as well as luncheons for friends. “Cooking is very important to me. I love putting out all sorts of toppings for a taco salad bar or creating other kinds of salads and desserts – that’s always a major part of the meal. I love chocolate, and I make lots of desserts like cheesecake and a strawberry pretzel dessert everyone loves,” says the homeowner. Orange is a bright pop of color in the off-white master suite. “The rest of the house is subdued, but I wanted color in my bedroom. It gives me a feeling of joy when I wake up, and it makes me feel good.” Staley adds, “By using off-white as the main color, it’s easy to switch out the orange for another color if she tires of it. It’s practical but fun, too.” H&G

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vintage water ski attached to the exterior siding, an orange awning over the side entrance and orange shutters at the windows are sure signs that what this cabin-home lacks in size, it makes up for in style. At about 500 square feet, every square inch of the cabin functions with purpose — and surprising ease — without feeling cramped or claustrophobic. No bigger than the average-sized urban garage, this tiny house is a year-round home. Throughout, the homeowner has gathered an artful mix of practical and comfortable furnishings, arranged with care and punctuated with decorative panache. “My goal was to maximize the space because there’s none to spare. I had a yard sale before moving here, and it was easier than I thought to give up all the stuff. I kept only what mattered most to me, or what I thought would work in my new space. It came together so easily because everything about this spoke to me,” she says. It’s an enviable location, too, just steps away from the Wapsipinicon River in a tightly-knit community where golf carts are the primary mode of transportation around town, and residents make their own fun, most of it centered around the river — Fall 2015


boating parties, shoreside barbecues, even snow golf in winter when the river is frozen. Owning the cabin is a dream come true. Years earlier, she’d flipped through pages of Country Living and Country Home magazines, imagining herself living near water in a charming but rustic setting. Then life happened, and she put away her daydream for marriage, two children and divorce. Years later, fate intervened. Ready for a simpler lifestyle without a big mortgage payment, she was introduced to her soulmate’s small Iowa hometown. As he drove around on a sightseeing tour along the river, she spied a “for sale” sign in front of an unkempt cabin. She quickly called the realtor for the list price, and was discouraged to hear the area was geared toward seasonal living. “So I dropped the idea, but a few months later I found out there was also full-time living on the river, so the next day, I called the realtor and made an offer that was accepted.” Rehabbing the cabin meant gutting it to the studs, insulating it from top to bottom, installing new windows and doors (except the original front door) and apportioning space to living, dining, bedroom and a bath


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no bigger than a minute. There’s also an outhouse for overflow guests because there is no septic system. Water comes from a holding tank for daily chores, but she uses bottled water for cooking. In the bedroom, galvanized metal was installed 1/3 of the way up the wall and on the ceiling. If a river flood comes up high enough, repairs can be easily made. A collection of lockers on one wall holds clothing and other personal effects and serves as storage. “I love to shop, but now I have to ask myself if I have room for more shoes. I have to justify everything, and I’ve decided I like unique, artisan-made jewelry because it’s easier to store,” she says, laughing. A collection of wooden oars forms a headboard and crisp white shutters open into the kitchen so she can see outdoors while at the sink. White walls and a crisp white comforter make the space visually more expansive. The small deck off the bedroom is a relaxing place to sit and unwind with a glass of wine. Her style is vintage-eclectic-casualelegance, and after a lifetime of collecting and culling, each little touch is wowworthy. Her accessories aren’t smallscale, either, and carefully layered. Her favorite Pottery Barn sofa made the cut, along with a white-painted buffet that showcases a beautiful carved wooden swan and doubles as storage and bar. The original fir floors were scrubbed and oiled. “I wanted the color scheme and furnishings to have a calm, open look. Keeping some of the cabin’s original character was important, too.” She purchased stock hickory cabinets for the kitchen and chose a black countertop and painted the kitchen walls black, too. “People were shocked at first, but it works and sets off my white dishes and cast-iron cookware.”

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The bathroom is a small masterpiece, with a horse trough-turned-tub, galvanized metal walls and the smallest-ever bathroom sink. She also turned a bright orange life preserver into a mirror. “This cabin sings my name. I walk in after work, and I’m delighted, overjoyed. It’s peaceful and fun, and I look around and think, ‘I did it!’ It feels good because it was a labor of love.” H&G

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ven on the warmest summer days, it’s hard not to want to relax on the patio. The surroundings are serene, with the garden, a pond burbling in the background and comfortable furnishings that invite one to sit and enjoy the view of scenic woods that hug this rural Iowa home. “We really use this space, and we entertain and dine outdoors in the summer,” says the homeowner. “I love the pond and the fountain, and it’s just soothing to sit out here.” But weather and age had taken their toll. The homeowners enlisted help in rejuvenating the patio from their long-time friend and interior designer Linda Austin of Austin’s Interiors and Design in Waverly. They’d worked together successfully on numerous major and minor projects through the years. It was particularly fitting because Austin had designed the original irregular-shaped, multi-level patio. “It was sound, but needed some structural work and repair without changing the footprint,” Austin explains. New 24- by 24-inch Italian porcelain tiles were laid underfoot, including bull-nose tiles at elevation changes to keep water out. The old pergola came down and a new wood structure rose in its place. The hot tub surround has been retiled, and classically elegant Brown Jordan furnishings arranged in cozy groupings. Now it’s once again the go-to hangout for summer cookouts and gatherings.

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Just steps away from the patio is the kitchen, which got its facelift about six years ago. New oak cabinetry is finished in soft white, an effective contrast to the black granite countertops and backsplash. A single large piece of granite tops the island. Corbels, crown molding and other details give the cabinetry a furniture-like heft. The living and dining room are awash in daylight that cascades through sparkling window panes. No draperies, shutters or sheers hinder views of this scenic setting. That wasn’t away true, the homeowner says, because although the home is spacious, a front porch and small windows blocked both light and scenery. Austin offered a range of options, and once the homeowners settled on what best suited their needs, the interior designer guided them through a remodeling project that saw the removal of the front porch from the brick house, adding square footage. Old windows came out, and larger divided light windows were installed throughout the living and dining space. Exterior bricks were saved from demolition and reused. Pale painted and stained crown and rope moldings add emphasis to door openings and window frames, echoing the light, neutral color palette that plays out in subtle patterns and textures. At one end of the expansive room, a Harden dining room table sounds a graceful and traditional note. The opposite end is



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anchored by a dramatic zebra skin rug, handsome sofa, chairs and large ottoman. “Classic design stands the test of time,” says Austin, who helped the homeowner select finely crafted, madein-America furnishings. “Neutrals dominate, but the color scheme can be easily changed by changing the pillows.” Artwork, including several landscapes painted by Austin, stands out against the light walls. A Chinese vase and other accessories were gathered on the homeowners’ travels. Although the family room is next up on the “things-todo” list, the homeowner is thrilled with the outcome. “It’s so beautiful, indoors and out. I love the patio, I love my dining room. This space is so filled with light. The home reflects our lifestyle beautifully,” she says. H&G


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Growing family; going up


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n 2010, CVHG magazine featured the Kyle Larson home under the headline “Modern Living.” The home, built in 2008, is streamlined, contemporary and reflected the builder’s passion for clean, uncluttered surroundings where form follows function. “Everything in this house is there for a reason, nothing extraneous,” says Kyle, who owns LGC Homes. The main floor boasts 2,300 square feet, that includes a large, modern kitchen, sunroom, master bedroom suite, home office and a small nursery. The lower level features a lounge area and bar. It’s an ideal home for entertaining and a youthful lifestyle. But it wasn’t built with a growing family in mind. So now Kyle and his wife Lori are embarking on an ambitious plan to add a second story. CVHG will follow along with the project, and bring it to our readers in future issues. “We have three kids now — ages 5, 2 and

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a baby. Lots of kids weren’t on the radar when we built this home. Now it’s just not functioning for us as a family,” says Kyle. That realization hit home when Kyle, who works from a home office, had to vacate and turn it into a child’s bedroom, carving out space for himself in the lower level. Then along came another baby, and the sunroom now holds the crib. As a nursery, it is inadequate — not enough room for proper furniture for mother and baby to be comfortable and a definite lack of storage. Not to mention it’s at the opposite end of the house from the master bedroom, which means Lori practically needs skates to get from one end to the other. Even with bunk beds, bedrooms would be cramped. Roomy bedrooms were sacrificed in favor of a relatively large living area and kitchen when the home as originally built. Transforming the lower level into kids’

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The living room will stay essentially the same except for the addition of a fireplace.

rooms is problematic. The staircase banister is a series of wire cables and treads are thick, solid (and sharp-cornered) birch with open space between each tread, leading to a concrete floor. Not to mention it’s a walk-out basement. “It’s like every parent’s nightmare. We’re uneasy about the stairs and keep them blocked off to the kids, but still, it’s there. So it all boils down to space, and how to get it,” Kyle says. The couple considered a complete remodel but that wouldn’t give them the extra space and improved footprint needed, or finding a lot and building a new home or an existing home that could be remodeled to meet their needs. “We like the neighborhood, and it makes sense to stay here. We did a lot of house hopping before we built this house,” Lori notes.


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Architect Dan Levi, Kyle and Lori Larson discuss the second floor addition.

In other words, they’ve put down roots. “I grew up playing in this area. My kids will be the third generation at their elementary school. I guess I’m more sentimental than I realized,” Kyle says. “As crazy as it seems, going up — adding a second story — is economically more cost effective than building new or remodeling another home. This will almost double the space above grade with the equivalent cost to building an additional room.” Starting with a basic floor plan, the Larsons worked with architect Dan Levi to design blueprints. The new second story will provide three bedrooms, one with a full bath, and the other bedrooms will share a Jack-andJill bath. There will be a master suite at the opposite end. On the main level, the kitchen, dining room and sunroom will remain virtually unchanged, but space will be reconfigured to include a guest suite and office.

When demolition begins, fixtures and other materials will be salvaged and reused. “We’ll be constrained by the existing footprint, and that will keep costs in check, too,” Kyle explains. The tear-down phase should take about two weeks, working from the inside out to limit exposure to the elements when the roof comes off. “Then it becomes fairly straightforward construction for the joists and walls to go up, and then to enclose the space so work can begin on the interior.” Larson estimates the entire project — from the planning stage to turn-key finishing — to take roughly a year. In the meantime, the Larsons have packed up and stored furnishings and moved the family into the lower level. “As soon as we can, we’ll be moving back to the main level while works goes on upstairs. We’re excited to get started,” he adds. H&G


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mozzarella caprese appetizer 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese 5 fresh tomatoes 3 bunches fresh basil Extra virgin olive oil 4 cups balsamic vinegar 2 cups sugar Cracked black pepper

Hy-Vee Chef Chris Meyers is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and has won numerous culinary competitions, and has years of catering experience.

Place vinegar and sugar in saucepan over medium-low heat and reduce the volume by half. The resulting liquid should be fairly thick, but will become more syrup-like when cooled. Slice cheese and tomatoes. Remove basil leaves from stems. Shingle the sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil leaves, alternating each item, on a tray or arrange in a pleasing pattern. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction and olive oil and cracked black pepper to taste, just before serving. You can also chiffonade the basil (roll leaves and slice) to dress the cheese and tomatoes.

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apple galette

This beautiful French tart is a bit of effort, but it's absolutely stunning. With nothing more than fruit, sugar, butter and a bit of shellac on top of a flaky crust, the flavor of apples is the clear star. If you don't keep a can of Wondra in your pantry, you can use 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. You might have to add more water to the dough, however. The thinner the slices, the better; you're aiming for 1/8 inch. I cheated on the ones in the photograph and used my mandoline, so the shingling on that galette is a bit tighter than average, since I had more pieces to play with. I'd also like to try making this with apple jelly instead of apricot at some point. I think the glaze would be just as shiny, though the apricot flavor isn't off-putting. For the record, the smearing process to make the dough is a French technique called fraisage. Dough: 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup Wondra flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 5/8-inch cubes 7-9 tablespoons ice water

Apple filling: 1 1/2 pounds apples (3-4 medium or 4-5 small) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons apricot preserves 1 tablespoon water Combine flours, salt and sugar in food processor with three 1-second pulses. Scatter butter pieces over flour, pulse to cut butter into flour until butter pieces are size of large pebbles, about 1/2 inch, about six 1-second pulses. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over mixture and pulse once quickly to combine; repeat, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time and pulsing, until dough begins to form small curds that hold together when pinched with fingers (dough should look crumbly and should not form cohesive ball). Empty dough onto work surface and gather into rough rectangular mound about 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Starting at farthest end, use heel of hand to smear small amount of dough against counter, pushing firmly down and away from you, to create separate pile of dough (flattened pieces of dough should look shaggy). Continue process until all dough has been worked. Gather dough into rough 12 by 5-inch mound and repeat smearing process. Dough will not have to be smeared as much as first time and should form a cohesive ball once entire Recipe continued on page 60

pring and summer bring with them a delicious and everchanging list of in-season produce. Juicy strawberries, raspberries so tart they make your lips pucker, luscious tomatoes as big as your head. And then the leaves change, and the heat begins to dissipate, and we're left facing a long, hard winter of canned beans and toast. But apples are here to make the transition a little easier — nature's parting gift before the cold sets in, and we become indoor creatures again. Apples invite you to put on a sweater and use that long sleeve to buff up a crisp Cameo or a blushing Braeburn. Apples warm you up on a chilly night with a piece of pie straight out of the oven, or a mug of cider, hot off the stove. I make a day trip up to an orchard in Wisconsin every fall with some friends; they buy Honeycrisp cider, I buy a big bag of McIntosh apples, and we all indulge in some cider doughnuts. McIntoshes are a little harder to find than a more common variety, like Red Delicious, but they're usually in stores in the fall months. They're a unique breed. Most tart apples, like Granny Smiths, soften but don't disintegrate when heated; sweeter kinds, like Golden Delicious, completely collapse and turn to mush — which is why they're the best choice for applesauce. McIntoshes have a tart flavor but a soft body that breaks down easily. When combined with Granny Smiths in a pie or crisp, they provide an extra dose of flavor while breaking down to create a naturally thick filling around the firmer slices. I find it preferable to trying to thicken juices with copious amounts of flour or cornstarch. These three recipes — an Apple Galette, an Apple-Cranberry Pie and a Dutch Apple Crisp — are varying mixtures of humble and showy, tart and sweet, easy and elegant. But all put apples squarely at center stage, with spices and other fruits complementing but not overwhelming their natural flavor. And they're good year-round, of course; if you can't find McIntoshes, go for Gala, Golden Delicious or another soft apple that will break down. Or come up with your own medley of apples that suits your own tastes. Just enjoy them while they're in season.


alan simmer/on cooking Continued from page 59 portion is worked. Form dough into 4-inch square, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until cold and firm but still malleable, 30 minutes to 1 hour. About 15 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 F. Peel, core and halve apples. Cut apple halves lengthwise into 1/8-inchthick slices. Place dough on floured 16 by 12-inch piece of parchment paper and dust with more flour. Roll dough until it just overhangs all four sides of parchment and is about 1/8 inch thick, dusting top and bottom of dough and rolling pin with flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Trim dough so edges are even with parchment paper. Roll up 1 inch of each edge and pinch firmly to create 1/2-inchthick border. Transfer dough and parchment to rimmed baking sheet. Starting in one corner, shingle sliced apples to form even row across bottom of dough, overlapping each slice by about one-half. Continue to layer apples in rows, overlapping each row by half. Dot apples with butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Bake until bottom of tart is deep golden brown and apples have caramelized, 45 to 60 minutes. While galette is cooking, combine apricot preserves and water in medium microwavesafe bowl. Microwave on medium power until mixture begins to bubble, about 1 minute. Pass through fine-mesh strainer to remove any large apricot pieces. Brush baked galette with glaze and cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Transfer to cutting board. Cut in half lengthwise and then crosswise into individual portions; serve.  Source: America's Test Kitchen

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My note in the cookbook next to this recipe: "This, all the time. Yum." Classic Dutch apple desserts require a streusel topping, some dairy and dried fruit. The filling is cooked in a Dutch oven, in a marvelous coincidence, until it's perfectly done; the streusel is baked in the oven before the two are combined for a quick finish. If you'd like to serve this as a pie, blind bake a 9-inch crust and assemble the filling inside of that.

Dutch Apple Crisp

Apple filling: 2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 5 medium) 2 pounds McIntosh apples (about 4 medium) 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon table salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup heavy cream Streusel topping: 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6 1/2 ounces) 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cornmeal 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 425 F. Peel, quarter and core apples; slice each quarter crosswise into pieces 1/4-inch thick. Toss apples, sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl to combine. Heat butter in large Dutch oven over high heat until foaming subsides; add apples and toss to coat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in raisins; cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until Granny Smith apple slices are tender

and McIntosh apple slices are softened and beginning to break down, about 5 minutes longer. Set large colander over large bowl; transfer cooked apples to colander. Shake colander and toss apples to drain off as much juice as possible. Bring drained juice and cream to boil in now-empty Dutch oven over high heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and wooden spoon leaves trail in mixture, about 5 minutes. Transfer apples to 8-inch square baking dish; pour reduced juice mixture over and smooth with rubber spatula. Combine flour, sugars and cornmeal in medium bowl; drizzle with melted butter and toss with fork until evenly moistened and mixture forms many large chunks with pea-sized pieces mixed throughout. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread streusel in even layer on baking sheet. Bake streusel until golden brown, about 5 minutes; cool baking sheet with streusel on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle streusel evenly over pie filling. Set pie plate on now-empty baking sheet and bake until streusel topping is deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack and serve.  Source: America's Test Kitchen

alan simmer/on cooking Apple-Cranberry Pie

Dough for 2 9-inch pie crusts 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface 3 large Granny Smith apples (about 1 1/2 pounds) 4 large McIntosh apples (about 2 pounds) 1 tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon grated zest from 1 lemon 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg white, lightly beaten Preheat oven to 500 F, with oven rack in lowest position. Place a cookie sheet on the rack. Roll out one piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate. Press dough into the pan leaving any dough overhanging the lip in place. Refrigerate the dough-lined pan.

lemon juice and zest. In a medium bowl, mix 3/4 cup of the sugar, the flour, spices and salt. Toss the dry ingredients with the apples and cranberries. Turn the fruit mixture, including juices, into the pie shell and mound it slightly. Roll out the second piece of dough to a 12inch circle and place over the filling. Flute the edge to seal. Cut four slits in the dough top. Brush the egg white on the top crust and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Place the pie on the baking sheet and lower the oven temperature to 425 F. Bake the pie until the top crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Rotate the pie from front to back and reduce the oven temperature to 375 F; continue baking until the juices bubble and the crust is deep golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes longer. Transfer the pie to a wire rack; cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours — or ignore that and eat it warm with ice cream on top.

Peel, core and quarter the apples; cut the  Source: America's Test Kitchen quarters into 1/4-inch slices and toss with the

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ironclad cookery It may be the most versatile pan around, yet it's hundreds of years old and comes in one color: the cast-iron piece de resistance. For generations of cooks, the pan has been passed along from kitchen to kitchen as an heirloom. You’ll find plenty of recipes online celebrating the art of cast-iron cookery, and in the cookbook “Lodge Cast Iron Nation.” Lodge is the only company that still makes cast-iron cookware in the U.S. in South Pittsburg, Tenn., since 1896. Whether the cookware is used to fry chicken, bake cornbread, roast Brussels sprouts or sear steak, the pans add a special sizzle to cooking. You can use it on the stove, in the oven, on the grill or campfire, and at the table, where the dish can be presented direct from the heat. And let’s face it. It’s the only way to make pineapple upside down cake and get that wonderful carmelization. You can make all sorts of things in cast-iron, and it comes in all sizes. Five-inch mini skillets are perfect for baking and serving large chocolate chip cookies for a special dessert. Top with toasted, sugared walnuts, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a swirl of salted caramel topping. Or line a big skillet with parchment paper and use it to bake a pie. Cast-iron is affordable and can be used every day. Lodge cast-iron comes already seasoned, with instructions on how to maintain it. This is tough stuff – it doesn’t need to be babied.

A few tips: • A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet isn’t as non-stick as Teflon, so make sure your skillet is well-seasoned and make sure to pre-heat it well so you don’t have any sticking problems. • Don’t let food harden in the skillet. Let it sit on the stove until after supper or breakfast, then wipe out any food, wash it with hot water, a little detergent (yes, you can use soap!), rinse it clean and wipe it dry.

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15-Minute Parmesan Frittata for Two 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small red potato, sliced ¼-inch thick ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes, Greek-oregano flavor Fresh basil leaves and sliced scallions, for garnish (optional) In a 10-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium heat warm oil. Add potatoes, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook potatoes, flipping once, until both sides are soft and golden brown, about 5 minutes.

• After cleaning set the skillet on the stove, turn the burner on for a short time to dry out the inside, then add a half teaspoon of vegetable or canola oil or shortening. Use a paper towel to rub it around the skillet. Continue heating the pan until it starts to smoke. Remove from heat and let it cool.

In a medium bowl add eggs, milk, cheese and tomatoes. Whisk well to combine.

• To maintain the seasoning? Use your pan regularly to fry, sear or bake.

Remove from oven with a pot holder. Slide frittata onto a cutting board and slice frittata into 4 pieces. Serves 2.

» Another recipe on page 65

Pour eggs over cooked potatoes; stir to combine with potato slices, using a rubber spatula. Cook until edges are set, and the center is slightly wiggly. Transfer to oven and bake for 1-3 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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The 35-foot-tall Colorado spruce was gone. Now the front yard was flooded with sunlight, and NoraJean Csukker had a choice: Seed more lawn or plant flowers. She chose flowers. “I wanted roses, daylilies and coneflowers — I love all the new colors in coneflowers. I’ve always gardened in the front yard, planting lilies, hydrangeas, hollyhocks, black-eyed Susans, all sorts of flowers, so it seemed like a good idea to enlarge it.” And the tree stump? It was cut into rounds for stepping stones in her new beds. “I’ve lived here for 38 years, and we planted the tree when we first moved it. It was a nice way to remember it,” Csukker says. A front yard garden, filled with flowers, trees and shrubs, creates a lovely welcome for family and friends. It can provide a source of relaxation and stress relief, as Csukker says her garden does. Flowers, trees and shrubs can give your home personality. What’s appropriate to your architecture, the lot size and shape? All of this will influence the style of garden, whether its formal, informal, classic or contemporary. Look at your site. Is it sunny or shady or some of both? Consider how much lawn you’re willing to give up. It’s better to start small. Do you want to buffer traffic sounds, provide privacy, emphasize particular architectural displays? Can you rework existing plantings? Are plants healthy enough to move to other locations in the yard? What shape will your garden take? Don’t forget you want to guide visitors to the front door, so you may need paths or walkways, retaining walls, fences, materials to define borders and beds, perhaps an arbor or pergola for training a climbing plant like a rose or trumpet vine, and lighting. Create the parameters and framework first, before filling in with plants. Then think in terms of mixed borders – perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and bulbs – as well as the size of plants at maturity, and be sure to incorporate seasonal interest. Of course, with curb appeal comes upkeep. A front yard garden needs regular maintenance to look its best, including weeding, pruning and moving or replacing plants that aren’t performing well. If possible, avoid high-maintenance plants that require lots of watering or are susceptible to disease and pests. And don’t forget to include a place or two to sit and enjoy your handiwork!

At top NoraJean Csukker's front yard garden is filled with lilies, hollyhocks and other favorite flowers. Center Plantings can emphasize an architectural detail such as a porch. Bottom Roses and lavender grace an elegant white fence at streetside.

entertaining Continued from page 62

Caramel walnut Brownie 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup whipping cream 6 tablespoons butter, melted 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1/4 cup whipping cream 6 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped Coffee or vanilla ice cream (optional) In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/3 cups brown sugar, the flour, cocoa powder, coffee crystals, baking soda and salt; set aside. Heat a 10inch cast-iron or other heavy ovengoing skillet over medium-high heat. Add walnuts; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until very lightly toasted.

Add 1/4 cup butter to skillet; stir to melt, then add 1/2 cup brown sugar to skillet. Cook and stir until mixture bubbles and brown sugar begins to melt. Remove skillet from heat and carefully add 1/2 cup cream to skillet. Return to heat; cook and stir until combined and sugar is melted. Set aside.Add 6 tablespoons melted butter, eggs and 1/4 cup cream to cocoa mixture; stir until combined. Fold in chopped dark chocolate Carefully spoon batter over nut mixture in skillet. Bake in a 325 F oven for 35 minutes or until just set (place a shallow baking sheet on the rack below to catch any drips). Remove from oven and cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm with ice cream, if you like. Makes 10 to 12 servings.  Source: Midwest Living

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Bulbs are measured by circumference (size around the middle). Look for tulips that measure 12 centimeters or more; large daffodil bulbs measure 14 to 16 centimeters. Large bulbs will cost more, generally, so plant them in locations meant to impress. For mass plantings, smaller-bulbs are less expensive and will give you plenty of bang for the buck.


What’s the difference between a perennial and naturalizing bulb?

Perennial bulbs return for at least three years; naturalizing bulbs return and multiply for successive years. Annual bulbs produce just one season of bloom.


When should I start planting spring-flowering bulbs?

Night temperatures should be in the 40 to 50 F. range on a consistent basis. Keep bulbs in a cool, dry place out of sunlight before planting.

When you’ve started turning on the heat in your car on the way to work, bringing a sweater or sweatshirt along on a walk, noticing that fall color has past its peak and squirrels are busy digging in nuts … that’s the time to start planting spring-flowering bulbs. It’s one of the joys of autumn – salting gardens with tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and crocus bulbs, all in anticipation of a spring color show. Five commonly asked questions about bulb planting:


Why can't I plant tulips in the spring?


Does size really matter?


Can I save bulbs to plant next spring? I waited until the last minute to purchase my bulbs (or found a bag of bulbs I forgot about!)

Sadly, no. Plant them now or lose them forever. These are living plants, not seeds; and must be planted the same season. Get them in the ground somehow, or if the varieties can be forced, pot them up, keep them cold (38 to 50 F) for 10 weeks (15 to 16 weeks for tulips), then bring them out into warmth and light. With any luck, they’ll bloom.. Some bulbs are prechilled, so read labels. Hyacinth, crocus, muscari and hybrid daffodils are easier to force than tulips. Triumphs and Darwins are better tulips to force.

Spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils must be planted in the fall to bloom in spring because they require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical process that causes them to flower. In fall, it's optimal to get them into the ground six weeks before hard freezes. They need time to develop strong roots.

Yes, zaftig – pleasingly plump bulbs – are better. Larger tulip bulbs store more food inside than smaller bulbs, resulting in more or bigger flowers for the first year.



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Moris Gudanov: Double, big and beefy blooms are sometimes solid or streaked in colors of scarlet and yellow.

Cretaceous: Enormous-sized, double blooms that are yellow touched with scarlet

Akebono: Full, semi-double flowers in pale yellow streaked with red and green.

Virichic: Vase-shaped blooms with wavy petals in vibrant pink with a bright green stripe down the middle

Cartoche: Double white-edged raspberry red tulip that is irresistible.

A mixture of tulips including Peerless Pink, Anna Claire and Elizabeth Arden.

Sir Winston Churchhill: Fragrant white flowers with orange flecks, in clusters of 3-5 on a single stem.

Tahiti: Double yellow flowers accented by orange

Pink Charm: Actually salmon, the cup is deep enough to drink from and it’s a great naturalizer.

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Paint or stencil a collection of pumpkins for your Halloween display. It’s easier than carving and a lot less messy. Plus, the pumpkins will last much longer. Or purchase a package of fake butterflies or other insects from a hobby store, then spray paint them black (or other color). Attach to pumpkins with your hot glue gun.


Roast pumpkin seeds. Save the seeds after carving out a pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Toss seeds in melted butter, olive oil or vegetable oil with garlic powder, salt or other seasonings, and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, turning occasionally, until toasty golden brown.


Carve out the insides of mini pumpkins and pop votive candles inside as part of a fall centerpiece. You can also drill a small hole in the bottom and mount the pumpkins on plastic rebar stakes and scatter them about your garden for a end-of-summer party.


Make your own homemade pumpkin lattes using pumpkin puree. Top with a big dollop of whipped cream drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce.


Bake or make something – pumpkin soup, classic pumpkin or mini pie, loaves of bread, rich bread pudding, a spicy cake, or simply roast and season wedges of fresh pumpkin.

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