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features RENO VAT I N G A B AT H R O O M

Think: Essentials before aesthetics BY M it z i B i b l e


Stylishly blending the old with the new in a Federal-style family home BY Pat r i c i a C H e l d


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26 E M B ELLISHED WALL C O VERINGS They’re not your grandma’s patterns anymore

52 FOOD STORA G E AND ORGAN I Z AT I O N Tips to keep your cool and prevent food waste

32 PUTTING YOUR BEDS TO BED FOR WINTER Fall gardening projects

38 TA B L E S E T T I N G 1 0 1 Designing a gracious table

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74 T H E LIVING ROOM Creating a space for family and friends BY P h o e b e D i n s m o r e

54 HOME SECUR I T Y SYSTEMS Options in monitored home security systems

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70 HOUSE PESTS Send pesky insects packing

46 COMFORT FOOD GOES LUXE Old favorites, updated

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80 A R T FULLY A R R ANGED B O O KCASES More than a just place to store books

96 PET PEEVES Cleaning up after Felix and Fido

110 W H AT ’ S O N Y O U R WINDOW SILL? What your kitchen display says about you


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n editor ’ s note Growing up in Texas, I could only read about things like the blazing colors of autumn foliage, hayrides and apple picking. We had only two seasons there: hot, brown and windy—and cold, wet and windy. It wasn’t until I was dating my-boyfriend-in-Virginia (now my husband!) that I ever got to experience the splendor of all four seasons. Of them all, fall is by far my favorite. I love the crisp air, a calendar full of fun activities and all those glorious leaves! We were married in Lynchburg on Halloween morning (it was an off-weekend for both UVA and VT, what can I say?) and I still remember watching the neon-orange and yellow leaves floating down from the trees on the lawn at Boonsboro Country Club seemingly in time to our ceremony’s string quartet. Indeed, it’s the time of year when we’ll be hosting family for memorable meals, watching games with our friends and cozying up next to the fire with a good book. Within this edition of HOME, you’ll find inspiration and resources to help you prepare for the holiday season and the winter ahead. It’s our intention that you be a bit more grasshopper and a bit less ant this autumn. We’ve got tips for making the most of your living room and recipes for special one-pot meals suitable for entertaining even your most esteemed guests. We’ll even help you organize your groceries and set the table! And if you like to

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Whether getting ready for the day or getting refreshed at day’s end, we spend countless hours enjoying the pleasure of indoor plumbing in our bathrooms – a pleasure people in the early 19th century could only find in the most luxurious hotels. While most of us think of our bathrooms as necessities rather than luxuries, that luxury hasn’t been lost altogether. Options abound that can turn an average bathroom into an oasis of comfort and leave you feeling like a resort’s special guest. If you’re planning a complete bathroom remodel or just switching out a few fixtures for a new look, Central Virginia contractors, plumbers and electricians are keeping up with the trends and are working hard to deliver the most durable and stylish products.

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Sidney B. Allen, Jr. has been building custom homes in the Lynchburg area for more than three decades and has learned what’s most important to homeowners in bathroom design: functionality and a custom look. “Practicality has to be first and foremost; you have to make it work,” he said. Most people dive into a bathroom remodel because they have outdated fixtures that are worn out or they want to upgrade to new items such as a whirlpool tub or ceramic tile in the shower he said. People also remodel for mobility issues brought about by aging. Whatever their reason, oftentimes the first mistake is “trying to do too much in too small a space,” he said. Our bathrooms generally are the smallest rooms in the house. Working in a tight space where so much activity occurs every day is a big challenge. Allen said for the larger jobs, a licensed contractor will guide homeowners on what they can do with the space they have, taking into consideration the existing plumbing, wiring, and floor space. Scott Tyree of Tyree Plumbing, Inc. said the reality is what looks like a simple job can turn into something much larger when the plumbing system is exposed. “Water lines or drains may need to be moved or the integrity of the existing plumbing rough-in is no good,” he said. “It is all on a job-to-job basis. If a customer wants something done and we feel that it would not be a good fit or even a possibility to do, we will make suggestions.”

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Just because someone sees their dream bathroom in a magazine or on a home makeover show, doesn’t mean that dream can come true in that exact way. But with some flexibility, mixed with a little creativity, a new look can be achieved that will be a perfect fit for your home. Allen said sometimes space can be borrowed from a bedroom or even from a closet if it is absolutely necessary, as there are more storage options for bathrooms — custom vanities, cabinets, and shelving — than ever before. Often, a large vanity can be given up for a pedestal sink instead, freeing up several feet of space. The best way to know if your goals are attainable is to visit a showroom and explore the designs firsthand, he said. “Take some time, look around, know what your options are and be willing to compromise with your space,” Allen said. Be leery of contractors who want to install their own products they just happen to have on hand; licensed and insured contractors, plumbers, and electricians should be willing to work with you to find your own style of products. While home improvement and hardware stores carry several options, you will find much more in the way of fixtures at a plumbing specialty stores. And if space is still at a minimum, as well as your budget, borrow some tricks from interior designers to create the illusion of an “enlarged” room: choose a light paint color for the walls or paint the ceiling a bright white and add crown molding. Choose a light-colored floor, with larger tile squares, to make the room feel bigger. The right lighting can make a difference, too: switch to CFL bulbs for a brighter, more natural light; remove curtains from windows (if your privacy isn’t compromised, that is), or if you can spring it, add a skylight. Large wall mirrors over sinks and three-way mirrors also visually enlarge a small space. Shock Value Ben Miller, President 434.942.3902 22

After exploring showrooms and talking with a contractor and/or plumber, it is always a good idea to contact a licensed electrician because there are so many rules and regulations on electrical outlets and fixtures in a wet space. For example, Fred Hickey of Hickey Electric said a wet-niche fixture with a gasket must be selected for recessed lighting over a shower. Standard in every bathroom is a ground-fault circuit interrupter, a type of outlet that senses any imbalance and stops the electric current to prevent shock. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

Electricians can also service or install new ventilation fans, helping to preserve walls, cabinetry and just about anything else that can be damaged by moisture. A popular upscale option is a remote fan, which is located in the attic (no more of that bothersome noise!). One of the preferred brands is NuTone, which offers all varieties (including the remote fan) with energy-efficient options and even automatic sensing to detect moisture. Panasonic makes a vent fan that is extremely quiet, he said, complete with a built-in motion sensor and humidity sensor, so it only runs when needed. Hickey said today’s homeowners are concerned “with energy savings as well as price” when renovating a bathroom. He urges people to stick within a budget, adding items as you can to enhance the space. Tyree said sometimes it can be as simple as adding a new toilet or a new vanity counter top. Changing out faucets that have lost their shine is another lowcost option. “Lots of times an older tile bathroom with great cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, a new shower curtain, new towels and accessories can give you a fresh new feel on a tight budget,” he said.

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Rub-a-Dub-Dub, You Might Want to Give Up the Tub

Perhaps the biggest decision you will make is where you will bathe in your new bathroom. Bathroom remodelers are seeing more people give up the bathtub in exchange for more shower space. And that makes perfect sense because most of us are living lifestyles that are too busy for lengthy, candlelit bubble baths. A quick shower, and we’re off. You might work yourself up into a lather when you visit a showroom and see the huge variety of nozzles and faucets. Popular options include body sprays (a jet massage spraying from the sides of the shower); multi-setting shower heads (including the much-in-demand rain spray option); hand showers on slide bars, and double-head shower faucets. Consult with a plumber first to see if this is an option for you. Showers with built-in seating are not just for those with mobility issues anymore; you will see more styles that come with seats to make showering and shaving easier. A luxury therapy item, steam showers are gaining in popularity. A generator (often hidden under a vanity or behind a wall) can be activated with a push of a digital control button. Sitting on a bench in your shower, you can sweat away the stress of the day under scented vapors. Many tout the benefits of a steam bath for your skin and sinuses. Once installed, a steam shower doesn’t incur much additional cost: a 20-minute steam bath only uses about 2 gallons of water (versus 50 gallons for a 20-minute shower). After a quick rinse, you are certain to feel rejuvenated. Should you need it, you can also have a therapeutic tub installed, the same type used by physical therapists. Many people justify the expense of one by weighing the cost of going regularly to therapy versus the in-home convenience of having your own. Cast-iron tubs were trendy in the last few decades, but more people are trading them in for shower stalls for practical reasons—not everyone can climb over the side safely. Tubs are not out altogether, though. Many people still enjoy their soak in a garden tub. These high-end items are installed mostly in new construction (because space has already been allotted for them). Whirlpools and Jacuzzis may not be the best for the budgetminded, since they can run up a water bill very quickly just to fill them. If you still need a tub for children, acrylic may be the best way to go. Many companies that specialize in tub overlays use acrylic for its virtually maintenance-free quality. The nonporous material will never fade, crack or get dull. An overlay is comparable in price, or less, than a complete tub refinishing job (less mess, too). People with acrylic tubs have said they never have to scrub; a little Windex and paper towel is often all that is needed. Warm Up to New Features


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Some of the newest bonus-features in bathrooms can greatly add to your comfort level when you step from a hot shower into a cold room. Heated floors are perhaps the latest-and-greatest addition to the market. A separate thermostat operates an electric mat installed under tile. “Heated floors and heated towel bars are wonderful when the budget allows,” Potter said. And remember those outdated red-coil heat fixtures overhead? They are still available, but modernized versions now come with C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

the addition of ventilation fans and can also include lights for a three-in-one deal. For those who secretly wish to be royalty, a heated toilet seat on a cold night is most welcoming; some even come with nightlights! It’s Personal

As you can “have it your way” with a burger and order your coffee with a list of special instructions, you can do the same with your bathroom. Where you tidy up is the most private room of your home and it ought to include those special, personal touches. Pictures of family members? Why not? I have a favorite photo of my kids playing in a bubble bath that still makes me laugh when I see it. Add your favorite fragrances, use your favorite colors, steal some fresh flowers from the dining room. Replace those ever-thinning bath towels that were wedding gifts long ago with a livelier pattern and brighter colors, perhaps paired with new hand towels. Why can’t bathrooms have a conversation piece, too? If you are a sucker for local pottery like I am, some pottery shops sell homemade sink basins that can add a personal touch. Changing out cabinet knobs, towel racks and outlet covers to a fancy, fun style can quickly add some flair. Committing to a new look in your bathroom may take some time, but you can’t plan too much for a room that you use every day; you will be glad you took the time to get it right in the end. And maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find the time to lather in your own lap of luxury.

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They’re not your Grandma’s patterns anymore BY K ENDALL AT K INS LI V I CK

If “embellished wallpaper” conjures up images of the 1970s style floral prints that adorned your grandmother’s walls or overwhelmed you at a kitschy countryside bed and breakfast, scratch those preconceived notions. The wallpaper showing up in the most modern of homes has a very “out with the old, in with the new” feel. These days, it’s all about texture and glam. “They’re not your grandma’s patterns anymore. They’re much more stylish,” said staff designer Carolyn Mahone, of Mahone & Sons Decorating Center of today’s look. “It’s a whole different world of color.”

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Once one-dimensional, wall coverings now come textured with metallic finishes, shine, flocking, beading and a variety of tones to add a rich complexity to your rooms. Donna Sisk, design consultant at James T. Davis says the new patterns are bigger and bolder. “Most of the new wallpaper books we’re getting in are full of modern patterns with a retro feel, including geometrics, big florals and metallics.” Today’s updated geometric patterns vary from those of yesterday, blending “traditional” with “transitional.” “The patterns, colors and textures we’re seeing in wallpaper today have more depth to them. When the light hits them, they’re so pretty, especially if they have a little glitter in them,” added Sisk. The manufacturing of wallpaper materials is complex and there are many options. The commonly used “grasscloth” is made of fibers grown in Asia and the Caribbean which are woven together by hand. Fabric-based wallpapers are often coated with acrylic or liquid vinyl to give them a shimmer effect. Another popular style seeing its hey-day again, “flocking” refers to the three-dimensional look created when a machine shakes fibers of cotton, nylon, rayon or silk over a printed pattern that has been varnished or painted with a slow-drying adhesive. The finished product appears to be a raised pattern made of velvet or damask. Other alternatives to printed designs are wallpapers featuring raised patterns like architectural papers made of a raised wood flour and linseed oil mixture to create faux-finish crown moldings and chair rails in your rooms without the need for sawhorses and a mitre saw. “Beading” is a look achieved when fabric is coated with tiny flexible glass beads. Aside from shine, C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

this texture can also add lighting to a room in a variety of colors. Depending on the space, a mural may be a dramatic option for your room. Once only hand-painted by artists, modern mural wallcoverings feature an image that extends over multiple strips of wallpaper with the objective to cover the bulk of the wall without repeating the design. They are available in traditional and ultramodern designs and are particularly well-suited for foyers and dining rooms. Floral patterns are still on the market, but many of the styles are modernized. Mahone recalls the “little bitty flowers” on prints a few decades ago. Now, she explained, flowers are bigger and stylized with multi-toned fabrics. Aside from the new options available, another creativity-inspiring rule of thumb is that there are no rules of thumb. Gone are the traditions of paring patterns with room size, room purpose and other furnishings. “When I first started in this field, there were all these rules,” Mahone said, adding that a small room required a small print. “Well, the rules are gone!”

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Mahone said it isn’t uncommon these days for customers to choose bigger, bolder patterns for small rooms such as bathrooms. The idea is that when you go into the bathroom, you’re in and out. For rooms where you spend a limited amount of time, Mahone urges customers to “go for the wow factor.” Think big bold colors and intricate patterns that you may normally shy away from in rooms like, say, the living room or dining room. In a décor era where mismatched shades of furniture are paired with eclectic accessories that may or may not reside within the same color family, this age of creative liberty also extends to wallpaper. Take your personal passions and creative tastes and run with them. The bottom line is: Trust your instincts. You just may be intuitively onto a developing trend. Even if you’re not, you will never be dissatisfied with a look that is custom catered to suit your personality and unique spirit. If you’re looking into wallpaper for a fall home makeover, Mahone said the aqua and teal shades of turquoise are currently a very hot commodity, along with deep sea colors and rich shades of navy. She is also seeing lots of orange in wallpapers and fabrics. Yellow is always a staple, as this timeless color can be muted and neutral, or bright and sunny. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

While the trend seems to be bolder colors, Sisk says that she’s still seeing a lot of gray and silver tones. You can default to neutral shades and liven up the rest of your space with bright, fluffy pillows and other colorful accessories. If you are new to the art of home décor and aren’t sure what look best suits your personal tastes, search for an online decorating personality quiz to help you decide if your look is Modern Glam, French Country or Shabby Chic. Doing a little research on your own at home prior to setting up an appointment with your local wallpaper design source will help you (and them!) narrow your selections. The choices are endless! Who knows? You might end up choosing a retro look reminiscent of the floral pattern from Granny’s country cottage after all. Although near and dear to you are the memories of your childhood, your textured, bold floral or alternatively designed wallpaper will remind you that you are a fashion-forward, modern decorator embracing the chic expression of a “no rules” style. Photos courtesy of Thibaut, James T. Davis and Mahone & Sons Decorating Center

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Poet Dorothy Parker once said, “Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing….” When heat affects you this way, fall is a welcome reprieve from the lethargy of long, sultry summer days. Cooling autumn temperatures often boost our energy and renew our enthusiasm for gardening. Wise gardeners turn their thoughts toward preparing their hardworking flowerbeds for their upcoming winter slumber. Although opinions differ about the specifics and the order in which to tackle things, the basics to ready your beds for the winter will include the following:

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A good place to begin this process is by plucking up any newcomers that have cropped up since you last weeded. Pull weeds when the ground is wet and keep a pointed sharp object close by to loosen the soil at the root. Grab the main stem as low to the ground as possible and pull it upward sharply. Then dispose of plucked weeds carefully. Take special care with weeds that have flowers or seeds on them. Don’t lay them directly on the ground, shake them or carry them around or you might inadvertently re-seed your flower beds. Also avoid the tendency to toss them in the compost pile; normal composting will not kill seeds. Beware of toxic plants and protect yourself with long sleeves and pants as well as gardening gloves. Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac all have small white, tan, cream or yellow berries in the fall which can help distinguish them from harmless but similar plants (see photos). Pruning

Martha Dudley (Rainfrost Nursery, Lynchburg) says that it doesn’t make sense to prune perennials at this time of year, right before plants go dormant, since pruning encourages further growth. Early spring blooming perennials like azaleas, spirea, forsythia, and some hydrangeas are setting their buds for the next flowering season; pruning now will interfere with this process. Consider too that perennials with prominent seed heads such as Echinacea and Black-Eyed Susans, will provide food for finches and similar birds through the winter if they are not cut back.

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Think of pruning at this time of the year as a cosmetic treatment. Clean things up by removing spent annuals and any dead or decaying areas of your shrubs, ornamental grasses and trees so harmful insects can’t spend the winter hiding out there. Fertilizing

The nutritional needs of grass, flowers, shrubs and trees are type-specific and vary depending on many factors. The appropriate fertilizers should be chosen accordingly and applied as directed. Fertilizing (like pruning) promotes growth and should therefore be done only at certain times of the year. Martha at Rainfrost says to stop fertilizing the plants in the flowerbeds in early September, when plants are preparing to go dormant. Compost

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extenders� called leaf scoops make light work of picking up leaves and other debris. Electric shredders are great for mulching up huge piles of dead leaves but the job can also be done with simply a weed eater and a metal garbage can. The dead leaves can then be used in place of mulch when spread around the flowerbeds 2-3 inches deep. They can also be incorporated into a compost mix to enrich the soil in your flowerbeds using the following simple three-step plan:

NOTE: If you add compost only to specific areas of the flowerbeds, work it into the soil before mulching. If you apply compost across the ground in your flowerbeds, you can forgo mulching until Spring. Watering

Finally, continue to water your flower beds until the ground freezes to prepare flowerbeds for the winter. Adding approximately one inch of water every week in the form of one deep watering will provide the plants with the water they need to survive through winter. After following these relatively simple preparations, your flowerbeds can rest easy this winter as they dream about emerging next spring.

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In medieval times, meals were served out of a communal pot placed on a table to which diners brought their own knife, spoon and a wooden board called a trencher. Forks were nonexistent and fingers were used to take food from the pot onto the trencher and into the mouth. Napkins were oversize, due to necessity. It was not until the 19th century that the service a la russe (a series of dishes served in succession) came into vogue as the precursor to our modern-day table. The table is kept bare of service dishes because food is plated in the kitchen or served from a buffet. Flower arrangements and candlesticks can be placed in the center of the table and dessert flatware becomes part of the table setting, because dessert is a part of the meal and not a separate affair. To this day, dining remains one of the most basic forms of human interaction and dinner parties are an important way to entertain friends and family or to conduct business. Whether you are celebrating a homecoming, a holiday meal or just dinner for two, sharing a meal with the special people in your life is a grand occasion. c vhomemaga zine .com


A formal dinner is a special time — a meal to linger over as you enjoy the conviviality of the guests at your table. It is served in courses, each to be savored on its own merit, each plated and served individually. A formal dinner is the time to bring out your best china, crystal, silver and linens. You are going to great effort to prepare an unforgettable dinner that deserves to be presented in its very best light. Presentation is everything at a formal dining table. Candlelight and fresh flowers add greatly to the ambience of the evening. Every bride should be given a pair of silver candlesticks on the occasion of her wedding. Those candlesticks, after sitting on the dining table as an observer at so many gatherings, would have quite a tale to tell after 50 years or so! 4 0

Your formal dinner will be served in courses, by you and your co-host or by staff. Each course will be served individually and the plates and corresponding wine glasses cleared before the next course is served. The Service Plate is the only plate that remains on the table between courses. This plate is larger than a dinner plate and can be used as a buffet plate on another occasion when you are hosting a buffet dinner party. Remember: when serving or removing each course: LOWER from the LEFT; REMOVE from the RIGHT. Yes, there will be a lot of dishes to wash and linens to iron, but it will be worth the effort and allow you and your co-host time to enjoy a “post-mortem� of an unforgettable evening. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

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M ot t a h e d e h c hina ava il a b l e at T h e S il ve r T his t l e .

This is the way most of us entertain and should be the way we dine as frequently as possible with our children. A step above casual, this says to our family that something happy has happened that we need to recognize…a birthday, a first soccer goal scored, a role in the school play…all times to sit down and create a memory. An informal dinner is a perfect way to gather with friends, even if the occasion is simply an opportunity to connect, interact and laugh at the end of the day. Table linens can be more casual and the table setting is in the traditional manner because this meal is not served in courses. There is generally a bread and butter plate above the forks, a salad plate to the left of the forks and a cup and saucer (if coffee is to be served) to the right of the knives and spoons. Since there are fewer courses, we use what is generally known as the five-piece place setting: salad fork (far left); dinner fork (left); dinner knife (right); teaspoon (far right); dessert fork (above plate, handle to left). Also since there are fewer courses, you can get by with serving only one type of wine along with water. Both glass and goblet rest above the knife and spoon.

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First, “casual dining” does not mean eating food out of the carton! Picnics, poolside dinners and Sunday night kitchen suppers with good friends don’t mean dining shouldn’t be done with style. Here is where paper products and melamine shine. Set your table the same as you would for an informal dinner, using paper or plastic dinner plates and plastic glasses for drinks. Because plastic utensils are so hard to use, set the scene with your everyday stainless steel flatware and cutlery.

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As the weather turns cooler, our minds turn to comfort foods: hot, cheesy, feel-good foods. When we think of comfort foods, it usually includes a smell, doesn’t it? Meat roasting, cheese browning. Interestingly, your idea of what’s comfort food may depend on where you grew up and where your ancestors were from. Some of us may think a burger on the grill or a piece of apple pie is the ultimate comfort food, whereas others may consider it something a little more exotic like pierogis, bouillabaisse or bangers and mash. Comfort food is the food of your childhood — the food you ate growing up, no matter where you grew up! I used to be in a supper club with friends who enjoyed food and loved getting together and trying new things. The hosts would take turns choosing a theme for our dinner and assigning recipes for us to bring and share. One month, we decided to “go Retro.” I can’t remember whether the assignment was “Comfort Food,” “Favorite Childhood Dish” or “Your Mama’s Best” recipes, but let me tell you, the food was delicious! Chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, a wicked chocolate cake and all kinds of other treats made for some memorable choices at dinner that night. Comfort foods are great for company, there’s nothing better than guests arriving to a home that smells like home! When hosting guests, it’s important that you are not in the kitchen finishing the food or cleaning up for the entire party. Luckily, comfort foods tend to be do-ahead dishes like roasts, casseroles, soups and stews. And, with today’s array of fabulous and fresh groceries, it’s easy to think of luxe upgrades to your Mother’s old fashioned recipes. It’s also easy to upgrade Mom’s food visually with fresh herbs sprinkled on top (fresh herbs certainly were not in my mom’s cooking repertoire!). In addition to that, beautiful oven-to-table casserole serving dishes are available, some even with iron or wicker holders for an attractive presentation. For soups and stews, update your serving style with individual bowls featuring wide rims. Balance a beautiful toasted crostini dusted with parsley and parmesan across the bowl for a restaurant-worthy presentation. Sit back, think of the things you grew up eating, update and try them again! Better yet, I’ve written a few of my childhood favorites for you- Happy Cooking!

Updated Beef Stroganoff (Serves 4-6) Change the beef from the cheapest cut to the best cut, update the mushrooms from canned to fresh and wild and it can’t help but become an updated classic in your house! 2 pounds trimmed beef tenderloin, cut into one inch cubes, salted and peppered to taste 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 medium red onion, cut in half, then sliced 1 clove garlic 1 pound wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 2 cups low sodium beef broth 3 tablespoon sherry 1 cup crème fraiche (or sour cream) 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 12 ounces wide egg noodles 4 tablespoons butter, divided chopped fresh parsley Season beef with salt and fresh ground pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté beef quickly on each side, about 4 minutes total. Remove from stove to rest on a nearby plate. In the same skillet, add and heat 2 more tablespoons oil. Sauté onions for two minutes, until they begin to soften. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook for five more minutes. Add broth and sherry and scrape pan to get all the little brown bits incorporated into the sauce. Add the crème fraiche and Dijon mustard and cook until the sauce has thickened. Adjust seasonings to taste with salt and pepper. Cook’s Note: you can prepare the dish to this point to set aside and finish later. Boil the noodles according to packet directions. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons butter. Reheat sauce over low heat, adding meat and any juices that have accumulated. Heat for 3-4 minutes until meat it heated through. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and swirl to incorporate. Mound noodles on a plate and top

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Spicy Lemongrass Mussels (serves 2-4) Mussels with white wine are a standard French comfort food. The mussels are as good as the broth with bread for dipping! This recipe is updated with Southeast Asian flavors, certainly not your mom’s mussels, even if you are French! 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped 1 stalk lemongrass, discard the tough outer leaves and chop the lighter yellow section 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 can coconut milk 1 cup clam juice or fish stock 2 pounds mussels (cleaned and de-bearded) 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped Heat oil in a stock pot. Sauté ginger, jalapeño, lemongrass and garlic for one minute, until fragrant. Add coconut milk and fish stock. Cook’s Note: you can prepare the dish to this point to set aside and finish later. Heat mixture to boiling; add mussels and cover. Cook for 8 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any mussels that don’t open. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with cilantro. Serving suggestion: serve with crusty toasted bread for dipping in the flavorful broth. 4 8

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Grilled Pound Cake Sandwiches

Homemade Caramel Sauce

(Serves 4-6)

(makes about 1 1/2 cups)

Now that’s what I call an upgrade! From grilled cheese to grilled cake, try this! Your favorite pound cake (purchased or prepared), slice two half-inch pieces per guest

1 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons butter, cut in 4 pieces

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In a medium heavy saucepan, mix sugar,

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Spread half of the pound cake slices with

dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high,

2-4 tablespoons Nutella and leave the other

bring to a boil and cook without stirring for

half of the slices plain. Transfer all to a baking

about 7-8 minutes, until the mixture becomes

sheet. Cook’s Note: you can prepare the dish

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to this point to set aside and finish later.

mixture will bubble furiously! And don’t worry,

Preheat broiler. Cook cake slices for 3-4 minutes, until they begin to brown. Flip a plain slice onto each chocolaty slice and prepare

the final sauce will be much lighter in color. Remove from heat, add cream and butter. Cool.

one plate per sandwich. Add a scoop of softened ice cream, top with caramel sauce and serve.

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The refrigerator is the workhouse of the kitchen and its busiest days are upon us. It will be required to keep the tailgating treats cold for game watching, the turkey fresh for Thanksgiving and leftovers tasty for sandwiches. It is frustrating to reach for fresh salad greens only to pull out a frozen, wilted mass. Who hasn’t opened the refrigerator door to confront a noxious fume of unknown origin? A few simple rules of thumb and some cleaning and storage hints can help keep the fresh in your food and keep funk at bay.


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The goal of refrigeration is to strike the delicate balance between inhibiting bacteria growth without freezing your food. Since bacteria begin brewing around the 40 degree mark, your goal is to maintain a very narrow temperature range of 34-38 degrees. Keeping a steady internal temperature can be tricky. It might surprise you to learn that the best way to do that is to keep your refrigerator well-stocked and full (though not stuffed). As your grocery shopping day nears and the refrigerator shelves become increasingly bare, add pitchers of water to keep things full in order to stabilize the temperature and keep your appliance working efficiently. Clean it

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As you load your items back into the fridge, follow these tips to help keep food as fresh as possible: Vegetables and Fruits go into separate drawers because they have different humidity needs. Vegetables generally need higher humidity while fruits need lower. The exception: greens don’t like extra humidity, so store them in sealed plastic bags in the low-humidity fruit drawer. Wait to wash your fruits and vegetables until right before you use them because the extra moisture and handling can cause wilting, drying and brown spots. Note: don’t store bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemons and limes in the refrigerator at all. Dairy should be left in its original containers from the store. Milk should be kept in the back on the bottom shelf of your fridge, your refrigerator’s coldest spot. The same is true for yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese. Butter and cheese don’t particularly need a cold spot, so they can stay in the dairy compartment in the door. Once cheese has been opened, wrap it in plastic wrap or a sealable plastic bag.

Likewise, most condiments have their own built-in preservatives (like vinegar and salt), so the door is a perfect spot for them. If your orange juice is pasteurized, the door is a good location for it as well. However, if it is fresh-squeezed, find a place for it next to the milk on the bottom shelf. Believe it or not, eggs can absorb odors despite their shells, so they should be kept in their original storage cartons. Do not store them in the door; put them in the part of the fridge that maintains the most consistent temperature: the middle shelf. Keep all meat, fish and poultry in its original wrap, on the coldest bottom shelf. It’s a good idea to put it on a plate to catch any drips. Storing it on the bottom shelf will also shorten the distance any accidental ooze might travel! Storing leftovers in clear, airtight containers means that labeling your leftovers is not necessary. Glass works best for things that are microwaveable. Freezer organization is an exercise in spatial planning; you need not worry much about maximizing a frozen temperature for food preservation here (frozen is frozen). However, you should label your leftovers with the dates they enter the freezer since they will become unrecognizable long before they become inedible. Keeping a clean, well-stocked and organized refrigerator will ensure that your kitchen’s most important appliance (and your family) will stay happy and healthy for years to come. 53



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Home security systems, like other electronics, have many available features and functions, but all systems can be placed into three different categories: wireless, hard-wired or hybrid (combination of both). Each type of system has advantages and disadvantages. Wireless systems tend to be self-contained, meaning the system is housed in an enclosure that also functions as the system’s keypad. Usually located near the entry that is most frequently used, this is where your security system will be armed and disarmed. One of the advantages of a wireless system is its ease of installation. There’s no need for a large disruption to your walls or what lies behind them. The contacts (used to sense open doors or windows) are wireless and can be installed virtually anywhere. The main board can also use cellular signals to communicate with a monitoring agency so the only “wire” that is typically needed is for power. A disadvantage of a wireless system is that the batteries in the contacts will need to be changed periodically. Depending on your system, there can be many batteries. A wired security system uses contacts that are hard-wired from the security panel to the door and window monitoring contacts. Installation of the required wiring for this type system has a much higher labor cost, especially if retrofitting an existing house. New homes are a good candidate for wired systems because the wiring can be installed prior to drywall installation, thus reducing the cost. Hybrid systems use the best of both; wired contacts where a wire can be easily installed and wireless contacts for areas wiring installation is impractical or cost-prohibitive. 5 4

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Once the best type of system for your home is determined, a decision will need to be made on the contact placement: perimeter contacts (windows and doors), interior contacts (motion detectors) or both? Perimeter placement means that contacts are installed on all windows and doors on the perimeter of the structure that are accessible from ground level. With this type of installation, the security system will alarm when a burglar attempts to gain access through a window or door, which will in most cases deter them from entering at all. When the siren starts to sound as the window or door is opened, occupants are alerted. Interior contacts (motion detectors) cause the system to alarm after the intruder has entered the home or business. Owner preference determines where the contacts are to be installed and whether perimeter contacts, interior contacts or both will be installed. A system with perimeter contact placement will usually cost more than the same system with only interior contacts, due to the number of contacts required. One motion detector can cover an entire room or area where it could take several window and door contacts to secure the same area.


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Monitoring will also need to be considered when installing a security system. Monitoring refers to the security system notifying a UL listed agency when a burglar alarm has been activated. The system communicates with the agency that notifies authorities when the system is in an alarm state. In Virginia, a security system cannot dial 911 directly; it must call a central station licensed to be a monitoring agency. This service requires a monthly fee and can be billed monthly, quarterly or annually. The location of the home or business will often determine if system monitoring will be beneficial. If in a rural area, it can take up to 1 hour for the authorities to respond due to limited resources and distance they will need to travel. Some systems allow for “selfmonitoring” which means upon an alarm, the system will dial a designated number, typically the owner, and play a pre-recorded message indicating the security system has experienced a burglar event. This service is typically free, but the authorities are not dispatched to respond. Most systems today can be controlled with smart phones. You are able to arm and disarm the system as well as receive text messages when various events occur. You may want to know when the kids get home from school or that it’s 9:00am and the system was not armed when you left for work. This can be very handy when installed in a second home or if you just want the peace of mind associated with being able to log into the system and see what is going on at home. One final consideration when evaluating a security system is the installation company. In Virginia, all companies offering electronic security services must be licensed as such with the Department of Criminal Justice. The owner can request to see an individual’s registration card and it must be presented. If the installer does not have these credentials, then they have not met the legal requirements for installing such systems. With the proper planning, a security system will give you peace of mind for many years. With the holiday season approaching and so many things to worry about, knowing your home is protected from fire and thieves brings great peace of mind. Just think, if Cindy Lou Who’s parents had a security system, the Grinch would not have been able to steal her presents and roast beast! c vhomemaga zine .com

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Alex and Sackett Wood’s home focuses on the family. Clearly, this is what matters most for this couple. Around the home are family photographs, carefully framed and displayed in every room, and heirloom furnishings passed through generations. Even its location, in proximity to both Alex’s and Sackett’s families, is important to the couple. The Woods have lived in their home for 13 years. Both Alex and Sackett grew up in the Lynchburg area and their families were friends. Shortly after beginning a family of their own, the couple moved into the house across the street from Sackett’s parents. “My motherin-law asked me if I was ok with moving in so close-by,” recalled Alex. My reply was “I feel great about it, but how about you?” Today Alex and Sackett Wood, along with their three boys, still live close to their relatives. The home’s location, which is off Link Road, is a great setting for raising children. “We wanted a family-friendly neighborhood” said Alex, “ where kids can bike and throw a football.” Moreover, she pointed out, “We wanted to be near both sets of our parents, all of whom are very involved and close to the kids.”

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The home’s Federal style, symmetry and traditional appearance initially drew Alex to the house. The couple enhanced its exterior design with new landscaping, a circular drive, a front patio and a flagstone path trimmed with brick soldiers vertically laid along the edge of the stone walkway. Directly across the street is a large triangle owned by the city. Landscaped with trees and benches, the park is a tiny haven of common ground open to all. Here everyone gathers. According to Alex, popsicle parties are regular events in the summer. Children bike around its perimeter, play ball there and enjoy the extra green space. The home was in relatively good condition when the family moved in. However, since Alex enjoys cooking, she knew that a kitchen renovation was necessary. “We lived here for about eight years before redoing the kitchen,” said Alex. The couple hired Bill Justis of Justis Construction for the project. Bill Justis represents the third generation of contractors and cabinetmakers. According to Alex, “He gets it. He does a lot with older homes and knows how to continue the look.” He’s a perfectionist and that is why he is so good at what he does. 6 0

“Alex knew exactly what she wanted and what she was looking for,” said Bill. The result is a very compact and efficient kitchen with everything in the best place for food preparation, cooking and serving. A pantry was gutted in order to install double ovens and a cooking range. A center island doubles as additional workspace and an extra dining spot. With its four comfortable stools, the island is perfect for family breakfasts and snacks after school. A farm sink, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances give the room a sparkling clean appearance. Following Alex’s design suggestions, Bill also added wainscoting on the kitchen walls as tall as the chair rail for an added touch of interest. He explained that this wainscoting was installed the old-fashioned way, one board at a time, unlike the newer wainscoting that comes manufactured in sheets. Five years ago, they added a first-floor master bedroom and bath, a family room and a screened porch facing the backyard that runs the length of the house. Since Bill Justis proved to be so essential to the kitchen project, he was the obvious choice to build their addition. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

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“We wanted an open family area so we added this room,” explained Alex as she pointed to a large and comfortable space necessary for a house full of children. “This is where we eat and live,” said Alex. An enormous round table dominates one end of the room. While it is both massive and indestructible, the table’s rich wooden finish and design add an air of sophistication to the room. Beneath the table is one of Betsy Burton’s handpainted floor cloths. Known for her unique designs, Betsy begins with a large piece of canvas that has been primed, and using acrylics, she paints fanciful designs, in this case butterflies and other small creatures. She then covers the canvas with a coat of polyurethane for protection and durability. While the family room is a separate space from the adjoining kitchen, Alex did not want to feel isolated from the family when she was busy cooking. Instead of walling over the original kitchen window, the glass was removed creating a vista and a handy kitchen pass-through between the two rooms. Bill Justis’s talent for cabinetry is especially evident along one wall lined

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Artwork by Virginia artists hangs throughout the home. he often uses this area as subject matter. They are especially fond of the Cow Pasture River. When their youngest son questioned the artist about why he had not ever painted their favorite river, Bality promised him, “When I get home I will do a painting of the Cow Pasture River.” Two months later, their son received an oil painting in the mail personalized on the back with the message “To my young art enthusiast.” Needless to say, Andras Bality holds a special place in Alex Wood’s heart. French doors from the family room lead onto the screened porch. The backyard is still a “someday” project for the family. Alex explained that when they first moved in, they planned to plant a vegetable garden. “We started to till the land and when we finally got it ready to plant I went into labor with my first child. We never got any further.”

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we were adding on and told me, ‘Alex, you don’t need me, let’s just do this together.’” At the time, Alex was too busy with young children to consider turning her talent into a business. “Now I am ready,” she proclaimed. The two still work together, pooling their experience and talents for various projects. “Laura has been a wonderful mentor and there is a nice balance between the two of us.” Always with her eye on fresh ways to transform the spaces in her home into their aesthetic and efficient best, a back room — still a work in progress — will eventually become Alex’s office. The room is painted aqua with an upholstered bright pink sofa accenting the room. Portraits of each of the couple’s three children hang along one wall. As in the rest of the Wood home, the formal living room reflects the heritage of both families with its blending of furnishings and decorative pieces. A pair of ornate Victorian lamps in cranberry red glass illuminates through their bases. They were originally her mother-in-law’s and Alex describes them as “a little gaudy and a lot of fun.” Built-in shelves display Alex’s pottery and porcelain collection and a large bay window allows light to pour into the already-bright room. An ornate library table is covered with family photographs and flanked on either side with lamps depicting Chinese girls dressed in bright red. Alex originally spotted the table at Enchanted, which is a downtown Lynchburg shop well known for antiques and decorative pieces. It had a bright red HOLD sign on it. Each time Alex visited the store she would look at the piece until finally she asked the shop’s owner Mary Brockman, “Who has a hold on this table?” Mary’s reply: “Your mother-in-law.” A quick phone call settled that and Alex bought the table. 6 8

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“While this house is traditional, I love it,” said Alex. “I like to mix the old stuff with the new.” The dining room is very traditional with its original chair rail and built-in corner cabinet. Collections of family silver, including several family members’ silver baby cups, are on display in the room and a painting by local artist Annie Massie decorates the wall. “While this house is traditional, I love it,” said Alex. “I like to mix the old stuff with the new.” Throughout their home, the theme of “family” is evident. It is found in the location, the décor and the design. The Woods expect to stay here a long time. Their home is ideal for the entire family now and for many years to come, perhaps even carrying the tradition into the next generation.

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Overwintering House Pests How to send stink bugs, ladybugs, and boxelder bugs packing

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Many events mark the transition from summer to fall in Central Virginia: the striking color change of the trees, the numerous autumn festivals and, unfortunately for us, the annual migration of pests moving into our homes to settle in for the winter. Among the most common of these pests are the stink bug (brown marmorated stink bug), the ladybug (multicolored Asian lady beetle), and the box elder bug. What’s surprising about these insects is that none of them are actually native to Virginia! The stink bug is the newcomer to our area. Native to eastern Asia, it was first found in Pennsylvania in 1996, likely traveling over by boat or plane. This species is a great hitchhiker; by 2004 it was found all over our region and today it can be found in all 48 contiguous states. These pests pose a threat to many fruit-bearing trees, vegetables and soybeans. Ladybugs are generally considered highly beneficial from an agricultural standpoint because they eat aphids and mites. The multicolored Asian lady beetle is also an eastern Asia native and was purposely introduced to areas of the US throughout the 1900s to protect crops. In the last few decades, Virginia has seen a large increase in ladybugs that have left their homes in the country to overwinter in our homes in the city.

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The boxelder bug, though less well known, is a problematic pest for many area households. This species, identified by the reddish bands along its sides, is native to western states but has found its way to the eastern US and parts of Canada. Named for the harm it causes to boxelder trees, the boxelder bug also poses a threat to other related trees such as maples. Besides being a nuisance when overwintering in our space, all three of these pests can leave nasty stains on walls and carpets; and in the case of the stink bug and ladybug, they can produce foul-smelling toxins. Therefore, their removal from your home is advisable. Why Choose Our Homes?

So why do these pesky insects choose to bed down in our houses for the winter? According to Dr. Eric Smith of Dodson Brothers Exterminating Company, our homes mimic the warm caves where these insects would overwinter in their natural habitats. They seek the warmth that modern buildings provide as well as the dark areas between walls and siding. Pests will most often be found on the southern walls of homes, sometimes in combination with the adjoining eastern and western walls, pursuing the heat. In addition to this, the same generations of insect will return to the same shelter year after year. This explains why one house on a street might have a horrible pest problem when neighboring homes do not. The overwintering process can begin as early as mid-August for some insects and typically reaches its peak in September or October.

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You can stop the pushy pests from moving in for the winter by sealing them out before they have a chance to get cozy. Your first task is to remove any visible insects or their remains with a vacuum cleaner. You might consider dedicating an inexpensive vacuum cleaner for bug removal as both stink bugs and ladybugs release smelly toxins inside the hose and vacuum bag, making it unpleasant to use in your regular household tasks. Next, use a flexible caulk for sealing small crevices and use an expandable foam product for the larger ones. Areas to consider include: door frames, window frames, door thresholds, light fixtures, ceiling fans, heating ducts, electrical outlets, and switch boxes. These areas are considered fully sealed when no light can escape from the cracks. Even larger gaps that can’t be sealed, such as vents, should be covered with 16-mesh screening. Prevention truly is the best line of defense against these bugs because using insecticides, pesticides and chemicals will generally only kill the pests on contact. “Bug bombing” an entire home or room is a bad idea as this will leave many dead bugs inside your walls which will then lead to another problem: the larvae of dermestid beetles (also known as carpet beetles or larder beetles) feed on the dead bodies of other insects. In other words, don’t trade one set of problems for another! If your pest problem is only light to mild, insect traps like glueboard can be used with good results. If all else fails or the problem seems out of your hands, call your local exterminator for assistance so that your family doesn’t have to deal with unwanted houseguests all winter. c vhomemaga zine .com

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These days, the (capital L, capital R) Living Room is that place in your home where you most often entertain guests. It might take the form of a traditional formal parlor or be one part of a greater entertaining space sharing equal billing with the kitchen. Either way, having a functional and stylish living room helps you create a comfortable and welcoming space for your friends and family. When arranging the furniture in your living room, approach the task with a fashion stylist’s eye and play up your room’s best features to dress it for success. Focus Hocus-Pocus: Creating Illusions

Every room needs a distinct focal point to define its space and use. Be it a fireplace or a beautiful mountain view, you can arrange your furniture to complement it. Don’t be afraid to move your furniture around by the seasons in order to highlight the room’s natural assets. In winter, perhaps the furniture admires the hearth and fireplace; but in spring, it sashays so the rhododendron on the Blue Ridge can steal the scene through the view from your large bay window. After you’ve arranged your furniture according to your room’s focal point, look around, focusing your attention on details such as furniture heft and lamp heights. If your eyes go on a rollercoaster ride around the room, a stack of books on an end table can raise lamps to equal height and a potted palm nestled behind the squatty chair that sits opposite a more substantial one helps even things out. Create the illusion of a 74

balanced room by shoring furnishings up with props to achieve a balanced look. You can also create order and instill a sense of calm while downplaying irregular features like radiators, alcoves, beams, awkwardly placed doors and mate-less windows. You don’t have to dress the room like identical twins to create symmetry. Instead of being matchy-matchy, a more modern approach is to create the illusion of symmetry by grouping similarly sized, shaped or colored paintings and objects so that they take up the same amount of visual space on either side of a fireplace or window. Items don’t have to match, just relate. Balance something tall with a grouping of smaller and shorter items. Nestle the items tightly to increase their visual weight and create balance A well-placed mirror can do wonders for reflecting light into dark corners and making a space feel larger. Every living room needs one. Make sure that it is placed so that it reflects something pretty! Likewise, all white, clear or C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

mercury glass objects do a great job of reflecting light around your room as well. Have a not-so-great piece of furniture? Paint it the same color as your walls and watch it tactfully blend into its surroundings and vanish right before your very eyes. Blah mantel? Paint all elements of it same color as your walls. If your fireplace has decorative molding, paint it the same color as the walls so that it doesn’t look like a pictureless frame. Lean & layer mirrors, art or pictures for a warm and casual look on your mantel or bookshelves. And, who says you have to have a fire in the fireplace? Try a fiery orange mum or a basket of maple leaves and pinecones instead. Zone Out

Consider the entire shape of your room including its length, width and height. If your room has prominent architectural features such as a fireplace, large doorways or numerous windows, use those elements rather than the walls to define the seating area. Open floor plans and long, narrow rooms create unique challenges. Because there is so much going on in the shared space, create distinct activity zones and anchor each area with a rug. A soothing color palette ties the entire space together. Living rooms don’t stand alone as an island in your home. Think about what is going on in the living room itself and its neighboring room as well. Stand in one room and study the adjacent one. Do the two spaces flow together and feel like a natural extension of one another? Consider using your living room’s color palette or similar window treatments to tie two rooms together. Carry accent colors from one room to the next with accessories and use the same hardware metals from room to room for the most cohesive look.

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Furniture should be proportionate to the size of the room, so don’t be afraid to show a little leg if you have a small living room. Furniture legs, that is! Furniture with tall shapely legs visually increases the size of your room because light is able to freely mingle all around. Bring furniture in and away from the walls and, again, define the seating area with rug so that your room doesn’t give the appearance of having unmoored, floating furniture. An L-shaped furniture arrangement is more casual and is well suited for rooms where television will be viewed. A classic face-to-face furniture arrangement with a sofa flanked by a pair of chairs encourages conversation. Provide a small stool or table beside each armchair on which guests may rest their glass. A coffee table or ottoman-with-tray in the center of the group also provides a convenient landing pad for reading material and refreshments. Place furniture so that there are easy walkways among and between so guests don’t have to zig-zag just to have a seat. Pull furniture a few inches away from the walls and windows so they aren’t smooshed against them like dormitory furniture.

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The practical little black dress of decorating is to keep things classic by choosing neutrals for walls, furniture and rugs. Have fun and play up current trends through your accessories. Don’t go overboard with trends; just add a touch of whimsy. For instance, paint your walls a warm and inviting creamy white. Next, choose a favorite color as an accent color. Perhaps you can paint the back of your bookcases in it or use it in your draperies. Have your accent colors show up here and there throughout the room in your lamp bases, picture frames or a decorative clock on the mantel. Finally, add a touch of that accent color’s complementary shade in your throw pillows or on a tray resting on the ottoman (see color wheel graphic for ideas). Upholster the sofa in a solid; your chairs in a stripe, geometric or floral; and perhaps the ottoman or lamp shades in an animal print. Less is More

Accessorize your home as you would an outfit: drawing attention to its best features and downplaying its eyesores. Coco Chanel advised women to get dressed, put on their accessories and then “take one thing off before leaving.” Her rationale was that we all have a tendency to overdo it when it comes to accessorizing. When it comes to doodads and curios, a little goes a long way. So that your home doesn’t look like a tchotchke shop, group your collections and consider editing them to avoid knick-knack gluttony. Only display the most important items and they’ll have a brighter opportunity to shine and become an interesting conversation-starter at your next party. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

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The Cle verly Arranged Bookcase By C a r r i e Wa l l er

The term “bookcase” is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, the tradition of filling these linear spaces with books is one option, but the possibilities far exceed what the name implies. Bookcases are perhaps one of the most multifunctional storage spaces in a home and that means the styling possibilities for them are nearly endless. How do you narrow down a collection? How can you make the clutter look clean? And how do you strike an attractive balance between your keepsakes and an overflowing book collection? Luckily, there’s an answer to each of these questions and the solutions might be simpler than you think.

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The first step to a sophisticated and styled bookcase is organization. And, as we all know by now, the first step to organizing is purging. Take a good hard look at your book collection. If you haven’t picked up that novel in the past few years, pass it on so someone else might enjoy it. The wonderful thing about books is that there’s always someone who hasn’t read it before, so you can feel good about sharing pieces from your collection with the next generation of readers. Save only the books that are truly meaningful to you and donate the rest. But what if you have the opposite problem – beautiful, oversized built-in bookcases and no book collection to display? For this, we’ll send you to the very place we send our book hoarder in need of a push to purge: thrift and estate shops are the perfect place to flesh out a book collection. From fantasy to fiction, you’ll find a variety of books on themes of interest to you at unbeatable prices. Hardback books are prettiest, so focus your hunt on those. And don’t turn away from one with a worn dust jacket. Simply removing it might reveal a gorgeous linen cover beneath. Once you have refined or established a collection of books, it’s time to decide upon a method to display them. Rather than simply organizing your personal home library by category (as in a book store), consider the colors of the books and use them as decorative objects. Try mimicking the colors of the rainbow and arrange books by their graduated colors. Slip the books with red spines in first, followed by those with orange spines, then yellow and so on until you get to violet for a cohesive and organized look in your shelves. Another place to incorporate color and create a focal point out of the bookcase is on the shelving itself. A contrasting hue painted onto the back wall of the bookcase can enhance the colors of your book and keepsake collection and make them stand out. When it comes to choosing a color, observe your collection, specifically the book spines. What shades are predominant? What colors play well with the rest of the room?  For instance, in a living room full of accents and a collection of antique hardcovers with earthy, burgundy tones choose a toasty cream color to accent the back of the bookcase. Or in C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

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a contemporary space filled with rich peacock colors and a vibrant book collection in all manner of hues, paint the inside of the bookcase gray or perhaps a muted mint blue. With books and a color scheme set, now is the moment to incorporate accessories for a polished look. Because pairs of things seem to look too intentional, keep in mind a general “Rule of Thirds.” Collections of three feel organic and collected. This thirds-rule also applies to height. For example, set a low stack of books in the center of your shelf. Then to the left, prop a medium-height framed piece of art, and to the right place a collection of tall decorative glass vessels. Three different heights, three different textures and three different accessories. This arrangement will feel natural and balanced. Continue to fill the rest of your shelves reusing the formula, staggering the heights and pieces in various combinations (the neighboring shelf might hold a stack of tall-leaning books coupled with medium-height vessels and a low framed photo). Don’t get discouraged if things don’t feel perfect right away. For better or worse, styling takes a certain amount of trial and error, and may take two or three rearrangements to look right. Sometimes all it takes is a quick switch here and a swap there for your bookshelf to feel finished. Whether your home features an industrial shelving unit in the kitchen stacked with cookbooks and pans, or an elegant built-in with crown molding in the formal living room, bookshelf styling is a fantastic project to hone your creativity and express your individuality. This is one of the few home projects that doesn’t require heavy lifting or power tools and can take as little as an afternoon to complete. Have fun with this one!



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Financial Planning Priorities

retirement vs. college BY R i ch R ot h

Retirement Planning is often the key objective when someone seeks the help of a financial planner. Their main objective is figuring out how much money they need to save and invest in order to live a comfortable lifestyle throughout their retirement. In addition, many people are concerned about college savings plans because sending their child to college typically occurs well before they are ready to retire from their career. Often when a child is born, emotions run high and inevitably the discussion turns to saving for college since the projections for what it will cost by the time this baby moves into a freshman dormitory seem astronomical. In fact, one college calculator I use to forecast the cost of college 18 years from now estimates $70,000 annually for an in-state public school for tuition, room, and board. Double that amount when considering a private school. It’s no wonder that parents and grandparents begin worrying about saving for college as soon as a child is born!

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s much as we want to start saving for a child’s education, I must caution you to only begin doing so after you are certain that your own retirement savings are in good shape. People are living much longer, there are questions about the future of Social Security and we’re seeing a great reduction in pensions and other defined benefit plans available to retirees. The importance of saving as much as we can for our own retirement has to be our top priority. Consider this: loans are always readily available to support a college education, but they most certainly aren’t for retirement. Before you start tucking away money for a child’s education, answer this, “Are you already doing enough and saving enough for your own retirement? Are you contributing the maximum amount each year to your retirement plan provided by your employer? Are you contributing each year to a Roth IRA for both you and your spouse, if you are eligible? Have you consulted a financial advisor to help you determine if you are on track to have enough money in retirement to live the type of lifestyle you would like to lead?” If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you may want to seriously consider whether saving significant amounts of money for college is the best use of your resources right now. If you come up short with your retirement savings,“Nearing you may notRetirement have many options to make up for what – Dual Agent” you didn’t save when you had the chance. In addition to choosing to save money for college rather than “Nearing Retirement – Dual Agent” for retirement, the other mistake some parents make is depleting their retirement funds in order to pay for college. Since many retirement plans and IRAs will let you take money out to pay for college without any penalty, people do this, not thinking about


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the long term effects it can have on their retirement. If you are already struggling to save enough for a comfortable retirement, taking a big chunk out of that savings may leave your nest egg woefully malnourished. Now, let’s assume you are on track for retirement and have extra money that you can begin to set aside for college. Congratulations! There are several different options available to you. One of the most popular ways to save for higher education is 529 Plans, named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which established potential tax advantages for qualified college savings plans, including tax-deferred growth and exclusion from income tax purposes when used for qualified higher education expenses. Nearly every state has a 529 Plan featuring different benefits and advantages. For example, if you live in Virginia and contribute to the Virginia 529 Plan, you can deduct $4,000 per account per year from your Virginia state taxes. Some states (including Virginia) offer a variety of pre-paid tuition options through which you can buy future semesters for your child at today’s tuition rates. Keep in mind that you are buying tuition for state schools in your current state, not out of state or private colleges. If your child, someday, chooses an out of state or private college, the money you paid into the prepaid option will still be available to you, but it will certainly not cover all the expenses. Think carefully about this option before choosing it. Other 529 Plan options can include investing in different mutual fund families (these will vary by state) or even FDIC-insured options for more conservative investors. One downside to 529 Plans is that if the money is not used for higher education purposes, a penalty can be assessed when the money is withdrawn. Thankfully, there are plenty of different educational services that qualify for higher education and beneficiaries can be changed to other family members, so that you don’t lose the benefit of what you’ve saved if your child does not end up going to college after all. There are other ways to save for college such as Coverdell Savings Accounts, in which the money can be used for any type of education including primary and secondary schools. Additionally, some Custodial Accounts and Life Insurance products can be used. Make sure you research these options because they may have much lower contribution limits, tax consequences, or even create a negative impact on your FAFSA financial aid applications. Please note that investors interested in investing in a 529 College Savings Plan or mutual fund should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. The official program offering statement or prospectus, which includes this and other important information, is available from an investment professional and should be read carefully before investing. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original value. There are plenty of options available to you as you consider your child’s or grandchild’s future education. Just make sure that saving for Junior’s college isn’t done to the detriment of your ability to save for your golden years. Rich Roth is a Financial Advisor with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and also hosts “Investment Game Planning 101” Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on WLNI-FM. Rich also teaches continuing education classes “Investing for Retirement” and “Investing Basics” at Central Virginia Community College. c vhomemaga zine .com

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Picking Up Chicks What to Know Before You Embark on Backyard Chicken Ownership BY A m y Kowa l s k i

Our family’s move from a bustling Northern Virginia suburb to a five-acre “farmlet” in Lynchburg would not have been complete without chickens. Even before we contemplated the move, I had my eye on a Space Age-looking coop that would fit nicely in our postage stamp sized backyard. A friend in Tampa enticed me with tales of the blue, green and pink eggs she collected daily from the two hens occupying her backyard. I had visions of my four children skipping down to the coop at dawn, eagerly collecting the fresh eggs and pulling cartons of eggs around the neighborhood in a little red wagon, earning spending money. Four years and two flocks later, I’ve learned a thing or two about keeping chickens. So here it is: the good, the bad and the funny of raising chickens.

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efore you get your heart set on a backyard flock, check your local zoning ordinances and your neighborhood covenants to make sure your new hobby is legal. Localities often limit the number of chickens you can keep, prohibit roosters and have setback requirements. You may also want to survey the folks next door. Chickens can make for noisy, messy companions and unless there is adequate space between houses or you have laid-back, chicken-loving neighbors, your flock may cause unwanted tension. Assuming all is in order from a legal standpoint, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons of chicken ownership. One obvious check in the pro column is a continuous supply of fresh, healthy eggs. When the cupboards are bare, you will always have eggs, and not just any eggs, but ones with bright yellow, almost orange yolks from chickens whose food source is well known to you. Raising chickens can be a wonderful lesson in responsibility and a taste of farm life for citified kids, and if you produce enough eggs to sell, those little entrepreneurs in your family can look forward to a steady supply of dollar bills as fresh eggs can sell for $2-3 a dozen. As chicken owners, you could come to tout yourself as the greenest gardener on the block, as nothing beats chickens for backyard pest control and fertilization. They will feast on your unwanted ticks, grubs and other insects and their waste, if composted, can fertilize as well as anything you could buy. They will also eat just about anything you throw their way, becoming a wonderful way to rid yourself of kitchen scraps and weeds. A lesser-known benefit of chicken ownership: having built-in backyard comedians. Despite their bird brains, chickens have C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

distinct personalities and their antics have given our family plenty of laughs. For example, when we put denim “hen saddles” on our hens to prevent them from pecking each other we found it hilarious when one chicken responded to her new attire by frantically running backwards. We get a kick out of watching them fight over grubs and pecking order. And chicken ownership has caused me as a mother to say things I never predicted would cross my lips such as “No, you cannot jump on the trampoline with a chicken;” “Get the chicken OUT of the pool;” and the now classic, “Why are there feathers in the powder room?” In the con column, chickens do require a degree of maintenance. You will have to feed them and give them water daily and habitually collect their eggs. Chickens can also be a tad messy. Our chickens range free, which translates to poop on the driveway, poop on the front porch, poop, well, pretty much everywhere (including on our neighbor’s hot tub cover). They scratch mulch out of landscaped beds and newly planted seeds out of gardens, and they eat tender greens, tomatoes and other produce, so if you

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appreciate a manicured lawn and garden, free-ranging chickens may not be for you. Chickens can also be loud, breaking into an “egg song” before laying. Roosters, of course, are even noisier, but you don’t need a rooster to keep egg-laying hens. Indeed, many chicken owners prefer not to keep a rooster because in addition to the noise, they can be aggressive. Finally, as with other pets, you must arrange for someone to tend to them when you travel and deal with the heartbreak (and the carcass) when they pass. Although a pet chicken could live an average of 7 to 12 years, most will succumb to predators long before that. Common predators of backyard chickens include neighborhood dogs, domestic and feral cats, hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, possum, raccoons, weasels, ermine, minks, snakes and rats. However, there are ways to secure your coop against predators. First, your coop should have a door that shuts securely at night. A trench around the coop lined with hardware cloth will deter digging predators such as possum, and an elevated coop will prevent mice, rats and weasels from entering. Avoid luring predators by cleaning up any food scraps that the chickens don’t finish before nightfall, and scare away unwanted nighttime visitors with motion sensor lights. Finally, if you have chicken hawks and owls in your area, cover your run with bird netting to keep them from scooping up your birds. If after weighing the pros and cons you’ve decided to take the plunge, do some research on breeds and basic chick care. is a wonderful resource for all things poultry including information on breeds, a learning center, and a forum where chicken owners can ask and answer questions. We love our Aracauna, easily identifiable by the fluffy feathers around their head, because they are hardy, friendly and lay gorgeous, colorful eggs. Other popular breeds include Rhode Island Reds with their rust-colored feathers and reputation as the best layer of brown eggs; Leghorns who have the highest rate of lay for white eggs but can be flighty and noisy; Plymouth Rocks, a great starter bird who are friendly, docile and striking with black and white stripes; and Silkies, a novelty breed with furry feet. even has a fun, interactive quiz that will pair you with your poultry soul mate. We purchased our chicks from McMurray Hatchery at www.mcmurrayhatchery. com and requested a straight run of females to avoid having

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to dispose of a rooster. If you buy chicks online, you will be summoned to the post office to pick up your chirping package of peeps when it arrives. Here in Central Virginia, some feed stores sell baby chicks in the spring. Your new peeps will need to be kept inside for a period in a “brooder box” under a heat lamp with a food and water source. The box should have at least two square feet of space per chick. With our first flock, we made a chicken condominium out of several cardboard boxes. We put pine shavings in the bottom of the box and laid paper towels on top of the shavings, changing the towels when they were soiled. Our second flock enjoyed larger accommodations in a homemade brooder box. You can also get creative, housing your chicks in a bathtub, kiddie pool or large plastic bin. You will need to purchase bedding, feed, an automatic feeder and water container and a heat lamp from a local feed store. If you don’t already have a coop, purchase or build your own while your chickens are living indoors. Building a coop can be a fun and creative project. We’ve known folks who have built everything from wheeled chicken chariots to traditional miniature red barns. Tractor Supply provides a variety of kits and plans on its website. For $889 plus shipping, sells a sporty, reclaimed cedar coop you can move around your yard, providing fresh scratching ground for your chickens.

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93 sells customized coops complete with windows, a balcony and operational shutters where your chickens can reside in complete luxury. More locally, Sixchickenlovers. com in Scottsville charges $350 for an unassembled coop shipped to you and $400 for an assembled coop delivered. They also advertise a “Chick-a-Dee Package” that includes everything necessary to get you started, including three chickens! Once your babies are ready to fly your coop for theirs, they may still need a heat source. We ran an extension cord from our house to a heat lamp in the coop for the first few weeks. Your coop should have enough room for your chickens (4-10 square feet per bird depending on whether they are able to roam free), bedding such as shavings or hay, protection from predators, a roost, ventilation, a covered run and a food and water source. You can expect to enjoy the benefits of the pet that pays you back in about four months as chickens start producing an average of one egg per day, although production slows in the winter months. Egg production peaks at two years and declines thereafter, so in all likelihood, you’ve now set yourself up with hens that will continue to lay for several years. It’s easy to see why backyard chickens have become all the rage with families focused on healthy living and sustainability. Although my initial fantasies of skipping children carrying egg baskets hasn’t exactly panned out, I wouldn’t trade our experience of chicken farming and the fresh eggs we are able to enjoy, give and make into delectable concoctions. My kids may tire of the work involved in proper chicken care, but at least my husband appreciates a breakfast of fresh eggs, spinach, arugula, tomatoes and peppers – all from our backyard.

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Local Zoning Information: Lynchburg City;

may have up to four confined chickens with 20 foot setback; call 434-856-CITY for more information. Bedford County;

up to 18 enclosed chickens allowed with a 15 foot setback; no roosters; call 540-586-7616 for more information.

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Open 7 days a week! 434.608.1200 source for citified chicken coops check out the Agrarian line for high-end coops and supplies Coleman & Sons Inc. (A Southern States Store) sells supplies,

can order coops; Appomattox 434-352-7298 Southern States, Bedford Cooper ative sells supplies and feed, has several

small coops, sells baby chicks in spring; 540-586-8201 Colleen Feed and Seed (A Southern States store) sells supplies

and feed, baby chicks in spring; 434-263-8395 Moneta Farm and Home Center (A Southern States store) sells supplies

and feed, baby chicks in spring; 540-297-5558 Tr several local stores; sells

supplies and coops Farmer’s Seed and Supply sells feed and

supplies in downtown Lynchburg; 434-845-2522 Aylor’s sells feed and supplies in Forest 434-525-1007 Amherst Milling sells chickens, feed and supplies; 434-946-7601

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Pets share our homes, play in our yards, bathe in our tubs, and in many cases, sleep in our beds. They bid us farewell as we set off on a long day and wait patiently until we arrive again, all the while holding down the fort with diligence. But at what cost do we enjoy this unconditional love and companionship? Surely if our walls, floors and furniture could talk, they’d have a few tales to tell about how they’ve carried the brunt of this friendship. It’s inevitable. You can train your puppy or kitten, but you can’t guarantee a mess-free life when choosing the path of pet ownership. Thankfully, there are some tried and true tricks for maintaining the value and appearance of your home. Whether you’re dealing with the day-to-day cleanup or greeted with a nasty surprise, rest assured…with the right tools, it will be like new again. 9 6

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You know the drill. Before you finish wiping things down, it seems they’re covered again. Because pet hair holds an electric charge, it naturally sticks to an array of surfaces. Before you wave the white flag, remember that this battle is neither expensive nor time-consuming to win. You likely already have in your cleaning cabinet all the tools you need to prevail. Sharon Sprague, owner of the local Merry Maids franchise, explained, “A latex glove works as well as any fancy tool.” Just put it on your hand and rub the surface. The pet hair should stick to the glove like a charm.” Sharon also shared that a barely-damp, clean kitchen sponge works wonders. Rub the surface of fabric, upholstery or carpet with the sponge, and when clumps accumulate, simply pick them off by hand. If your wooden furniture is looking a little fuzzy, try an anti-static dusting spray on a cotton cloth. Not only will the cloth pick up hair, but the spray should cut the charge, protecting your wood from fuzzies for longer than your average furniture polish. Any cleaning expert would advise that proper maintenance is the best way to prevent pet hair from getting the best of your home. Brushing your dog or cat frequently can dramatically decrease the amount of hair that settles in your carpets and on your furniture. Look for brushes at a local pet supply store designed to remove your pet’s undercoat. Experts say using such tools can reduce shedding up to 90 percent.

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Regular vacuuming is also vital for keeping your floors looking fresh, as well as protecting your family. Matted hair that collects in corners and beneath carpet fibers causes more than a little shame when friends and family visit — and it is notorious for harboring dust and allergens. If you have trouble keeping up with the amount of hair your fur child is laying down, consider purchasing a vacuum designed specifically for picking up pet hair. Several robotic options are available for maximum convenience. Natural Disasters

Even the best-trained animals have accidents. So what’s the best way to handle natural disasters such as urine, feces and vomit? And dreadful dregs like paw prints and scratches? These questions were taken to the area’s top cleaning professionals who seem to share a common understanding. Too often, flooring is ruined not by the pet’s mess but by the owners’ lack of knowledge on how to clean it up. Unfortunately, there is no single solution that works on every accident, but an awareness of your surface can prevent further damage, staining and lingering odor. If you’re worried that you may have missed other messes, invest in a black-light to help you search for accidents that have dried. c vhomemaga zine .com

Catastrophes On Carpet

When encountering a mess on carpet, resist the urge to use every spot cleaner under the kitchen sink and scrub away. These common mistakes are the fastest ways to create a permanent stain and damage carpet fibers. Instead, carefully remove any solid matter and blot the affected area with a clean white cloth until there is no transfer from spot to cloth. Mark Wood, Carpet Tech with Kidd’s Restoration and Cleaning Services, said vinegar can be instrumental for removing the mess and neutralizing odor. Concoct a homemade spot cleaner using two tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with one quart of water, apply liberally and blot excess moisture. Then sprinkle baking soda over the spot and vacuum when dry. If using a store-bought product, be sure to select an enzymatic cleaner and follow recommended instructions. However, if your carpet is white, or made of natural fibers such as cotton, wool or silk, calling a professional service is the safest way to prevent further damage to your rug. In the event that you find an accident later rather than sooner, it is very possible that professional cleaning and restoration will be necessary. If you want to try your hand at a set-in stain, the Humane Society of the United States suggests renting an extractor or wetvac (not a steam cleaner) from your local 99

hardware store. These machines force clean water through your carpet and then force the dirty water back out. If ever you suspect the problem has migrated into the padding under the carpet…or even worse, into the subfloor under the pad, it is best to have a professional come out to see if the carpet can be saved and what steps need to be taken for complete odor relief. Virginia families are all too familiar with little red paw prints made from our region’s seemingly indelible red clay soil. When you find them on your carpet, Mark Wood said the best thing to do is to blot excess mud and let the rest dry. Once dry, your vacuum should remove the remaining particles in carpet fibers. He added, “If you have stains, use a mild detergent and blot with a white cloth. A final rinse or blot with clean water will help remove residue left behind from the detergent. Again, never scrub, and call a professional if stains remain or if your carpet consists of natural fibers. Woes On Wood

If your dog or cat has an accident on a sealed hardwood floor, a good wipedown with a vinegar/water solution should take care of both cleanup and odors. For extra protection, dust the cleaned area with baking soda and let it sit for about a half hour. Re-wipe with the vinegar and water solution. Our sources warned that if your floors aren’t sealed, there’s always a chance you’ll be stuck with staining. Applying a light coat of polyurethane may conceal the stain, but if odors are prevalent, the sealant can encapsulate them. Discuss your needs with a professional to determine appropriate removers and/ or replacements.


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I once ate what was described on the packaging as an “artisan” tortilla chip. Sure, it tasted good, but was that mass-produced—albeit betterthan-average—tortilla chip truly an “artisan” food? Recently, I’ve noticed that restaurants and food manufacturers have become increasingly fond of using the word “artisan” to describe their pizzas, chips, bagels, etc. And I’m not the only one talking about this. On a recent episode of NBC’s “Rock Center,” reporter Willie Geist talked to everyone from college professors to fast-food employees about what truly was and wasn’t “artisan” food. He questioned how name-brand shredded cheese came to be labeled “artisan,” and said of a pizza chain that advertises its “artisan” pies, “... even though the ad campaign was tongue in cheek, it was still the precise moment, some say, when the term ‘artisan’ jumped the shark.” So what is “artisan” food anyway? If you swear by Webster’s, “artisan” is a noun defined as “one that produces something ... in limited quantities often using traditional methods.” Applied to food, the adjective “artisanal” would be correct, but the gist is this: unique food, made in small batches in a hands-on kind of way. But why quibble? Here are some local examples of artisan— er, artisanal—food:

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Spring Mill Farm Goat Cheese

Five years ago, H.B. and Danielle Hunter bought some goats and started making cheese. H.B., who has a degree in dairy science and interned with a cheese maker in Northern Virginia, said he and his wife “were talking about how to figure out how to play with cheese making and one thing led to another. We bought some goats and started playing around, and figured out how to do it as a business.” Today, the Hunters tend about 30 goats on their Concord farm. H.B., a full-time farm loan officer for a community bank, works the farm during his off hours. Stay-at-home mom Danielle handles the full-time farming duties. With milk from their goats, along with some bought from a goat farm in Blackstone, the Hunters make several varieties of chevre, a spreadable cheese. Flavors include plain, Herbes de Provence, garlic and chive, sundried tomato, spicy pimento, and seasonal varieties that include honey-lemonlavender, tzatziki and others. According to H.B., the best seller is the pimento. “I grew up not liking pimento [cheese], but I really like it,” he said. Spring Mill also makes “Goat Berry Truffles,” using plain chevre, raspberries and dark chocolate from Cao Artisan Chocolates (which you can read about later in this story), as well as Camembert, feta, McLaurin and Crottin cheeses. Where to find: Sold at Lynchburg Community Market, Bedford Avenue Meat Shop, The Farm Basket, Magnolia Foods and Lynchburg Grows (Lynchburg), and The Grainery Farm Store (Gladys). Served at Isabella’s, Bull Branch, Mangia, Dish and Rivermont Pizza (Lynchburg). Hungry Hill Farm Honey

If you ask Glenn Clayton, Sr. of Hungry Hill Farm in Shipman, he’ll tell you it’s bees and not humans who are the artisans when it comes to making the honey he’s been selling for 30 years. “The bees make it,” he said. “All we do is rob from the bees and bottle it up.” Clayton started beekeeping in the 1960s, when he was living in New Jersey and working as a firefighter. When he retired in 1983, he moved to Virginia and brought along his bees. In the beginning, Clayton said, he harvested honey only for family and friends, but “then it got into where people were asking me for it. It just expanded out from there ... more than I really anticipated.” Hungry Hill’s honey is raw, meaning unpasteurized, and comes from about 200 Central Virginia hives. Pasteurized honey has a longer shelf life and may not crystallize for three to five years, Clayton said, but with raw honey, “you’ve got all the enzymes, plus pollen and so forth.” Clayton explained crystallization as “just a process of it sugaring up” and said, “All my containers that go out say, ‘If it does crystallize, put it in hot water and let it reliquify. It’s good for about a year before it crystallizes.” That said, raw honey crystallizes faster than pasteurized honey. That’s no big deal for something like honey, however, which has reportedly been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, still edible after 2000 years. Hungry Hill Farm honey is bottled and labeled by Clayton and his family. Clayton called the business a “family affair” and said, “We don’t hire anyone. We get occasional help in from time to time, but no permanent employees, other than ourselves, and we work for nothing.” Where to find: Anderson’s Country Store (Madison Heights); Health Nut Nutrition and The Farm Basket (Lynchburg); area apple stands, orchards and farmers markets; and online at


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A year and a half ago, Morgan Holt went into the milling business. It all started when the Lynchburg mom attended a class at Our Father’s Farm in Gretna. She describe it as a “sort of home-ec class for [the] natural home: how to cook using natural ingredients and clean using nontoxic chemicals,” among other things. “When I was at the class, she had emphasized and educated us on the difference in quality between fresh ground grains and the pre-ground grains available at grocery stores,” Holt said. “She helped us to understand that freshly ground retains all of [its] nutrition, baking performance and flavor, where most of what’s available at the grocery store has lost all three of those things.” Holt came home wanting better-quality grains than she could find at her local supermarket. The trouble was, she couldn’t bring herself to splurge on a grain mill. “Initially, I wanted ... access for my own baking, but I don’t bake as much as some people do,” Holt said. “It was difficult to justify a $600 home grain mill. I told my mother, ‘I want to have access to good quality grain and mom said, ‘I bet you’re not the only one that feels that way.’” And Wildflour Mill was born. Nowadays, Holt and husband Chris sell their milled-to-order grains at the Lynchburg Community Market. If someone comes to the booth and asks for a pound of grits, Holt said, “We scoop out a pound of whole corn and grind it right there.” The couple mills hard red winter wheat, hard and soft white winter wheat, rye, barley, yellow and blue corn, amaranth, buckwheat, and KAMUT-brand khorasan wheat. They also make and sell baking mixes for brownies, pizza dough, pancakes and other treats. While some of Wildflour’s grains come from the Midwest via an organic wholesaler in Pennsylvania, Holt recently started sourcing organic hard red and hard white wheats, used for bread flour, from Aburnlea Farm in Gladys. Where to find: Lynchburg Community Market.

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Cao Artisan Chocolates

It was the movie “Chocolat,” in which a mysterious chocolatier awakens the passions of a village, that sparked a notion in Lynchburg resident Mary Matice of Cao Artisan Chocolates. “In 2010, I watched the movie ... and was intrigued at the possibility of actually making small batches of chocolate from the bean,” Matice said. “My husband Carl was intrigued as well and we decided to figure out how to make our own chocolate as a marital hobby.” As Matice puts it, she and Carl taught themselves to make chocolate, “scouring books and other resources to better understand the chemistry of cacao and the creation of molded chocolate and hand-rolled truffles.” Today, making and selling bean-to-bar chocolates is a fulltime job for the couple. In addition to chocolate bars, truffles and a “dark chocolate, single-origin tasting box,” Cao also sells “facial chocolate,” which is made from Cao chocolate that didn’t work out quite right for one reason or another and isn’t suitable for eating. “It’s made up of our chocolate, cacao husks, cocoa butter and oatmeal,” Matice said. “It exfoliates and moisturizes. I love it and find it perfect for a girls’ night in, paired with truffles and ‘Chocolat’ of course.” Where to find: Lynchburg Community Market, Bloop in Cornerstone, and The Farm Basket (Lynchburg); S&W Market (Roanoke); Savoy-Lee Winery (Moneta); and LeoGrande Vineyard and Winery (Goode). P h ot o s c o ur t e s y of C a o A r t is a n Ch o c o l at e s

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Brian Wynn bills his Muse coffee as “the coffee company for everyone else ... for everyone that wants wonderful flavor over speed of delivery. For everyone who is more than their beard, bicycle, scarf, expensive car, Ivy League school, and micro brew. For those who want community and conversation over corporation.” Muse Coffee Roasters operates out of a nondescript building on a side street in Lynchburg’s Wyndhurst neighborhood. The roastery is about two blocks away from Wynn’s coffee shop, The Muse Coffee Company, on Enterprise Drive. At the roastery, Wynn and part-time roaster Luke Crouterfield roast a variety of blends. The company website lists everything from Begin—“a wonderful coffee to begin the morning”—to the self-explanatory Finale. There’s also Without—as in without caffeine—Coffeehouse, Guatemala Antigua, Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble, Chocolate Hazelnut, Rainforest Crunch and Christmas in a Cup, said to evoke “memories of the holiday season all year long.” Cozy Muse, a “butter-rum infused [coffee] with spicy clove goodness” claims “to give you warm fuzzies,” and Groggy Muse plays off the flavors of the Scottish Highlands with its “distinctive blend of caramel and whiskey flavors with hints of chocolate.” Wynn said using the word “Muse” in the names of his roastery, shop and coffees is based in Christianity. “My inspiration is Christ and [for] other people, it’s not Christ, and that’s OK, but one thing we have in common is where we get inspired from,” he said. “If what we do requires creativity, force and focus that is beyond us, that is ‘the Muse.’ For others, they might think it’s meditation or yoga that enables them to do what they do. We all have this force pushing us in some direction and we can all share and bond over it.” Where to find: Sold at The Muse Coffee Company (Lynchburg), The Grainery Farm Store (Gladys) and online at Served at Lorraine Bakery, Lifestyle Fitness, Brentwood Church and Highland Heights Baptist Church (Lynchburg-area); Corner Cafe (Bedford); and Main Street Cafe (Altavista).

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Chateau Z

The foothills of Tobacco Row Mountain in Amherst County might not be the first place you think of when you hear the word “kimchi.” But there, on a 19th-century farm they call Chateau Z, Cliff and Rebecca Ambers make kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish. “I try to grow enough Napa cabbage to harvest about this time of year to have the kimchi last the year at the market,” Cliff said in June, referring to the Lynchburg Community Market. “Sometimes, I make a winter batch from wholesale Napa cabbage to fill in the spring if I run out. I’m still trying to match the demand at the market, but I’m getting close to having the stuff yearround.” In addition to kimchi and a Bok Choy variety, “Bok Choy Chi,” the Ambers also make sauerkraut, fermented sour beets and green beans, vinegar, and four kinds of hot sauce—red, green and varieties dubbed “Wild Man Tim’z” and “Z-Lulu.” And then there’s the wine. The Ambers grow grapes and make wine as well, including several “Vixen” varieties named for the mascot of nearby Sweet Briar College, where Rebecca is an environmental science professor. Cliff—who, like his wife has a Ph.D. in geology—manages farm operations full-time. Although Chateau Z has a website, Cliff says he’s “not interested in becoming the latest thing in canned vegetables, so I don’t push the stuff. The Lynchburg Market is my sales home and that’s what I’m scaled for. I don’t buy the ‘get big or get out’ mantra.” Where to find: Lynchburg Community Market People always say that handmade gifts are the most special. Whether that gift is given to someone as a holiday present or hostess gift, served at your next dinner party or enjoyed comfortably at home in your pajamas, take time to savor and enjoy these locally-made handcrafted treasures.


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What’s on Your Windowsill? BY I n g r i d McCr a ry

We’ve all been there. You’re at a good friend’s house chatting about what a fun summer it was but “isn’t it great to have the children back in school?” and you spy something unusual on her kitchen windowsill. “What’s this doing here?” you ask. Perhaps you will get a great story, or perhaps you won’t get an answer at all, which is probably an even better story! So the next time you’re having morning coffee or evening wine and whine with your friends, notice what’s on their windowsill and use this guide to navigate the subtleties of windowsill décor. But remember, what you learn in the kitchen stays in the kitchen! Plants (of the living, dying or plastic variety)

This girl is an Earth Mother and sees herself as a nurturer, never mind that the plant may be on its last leg. She cares for everyone and wants to see all around her mellow and happy, happy, happy so give her bonus points if there are questionable seeds sprouting from an ice cube tray. This friend will bring you a lovely chicken casserole when there is an illness in your family with an accompanying bottle of organic wine. If the plant is plastic, her mother-in-law probably gave it to her and the ever loyal Earth Mother feels the obligation to display it. A mason jar of colored liquid? It may be plant food but is most likely leftover wine, used when necessary to fortify herself in dealing with aforementioned mother-in-law. Jewelry

Your friend is a Party Girl. After staggering in at midnight from an evening with her old college roommates and chugging water at the sink, she sheds her J. Crew bangles and sterling hoops on the windowsill so as not to wake sleeping babies as she creeps upstairs. The party girl will be 110

up and chipper first thing in the morning, with coffee on and fresh stories to tell of her roommate’s husband’s college antics. The only plants in her windowsill will be dead or plastic as she is too busy living life to the fullest and making sure her family does the same. Always include the party girl in your girls’ nights out; she is fun, fun, fun! Pre-School Art

We all know this person— the Sentimentalist. She is so soft-hearted she cannot bear to part with the aluminum foil sculpture or the yellowed paper plate art even though her babies now have babies of their own. She mentions packing up items and cleaning out closets frequently but it never seems to happen as she is happily occupied remembering everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. She is most likely an animal lover and may keep her window open so her five cats can easily slip in and out through the cut screen. Sentimentalists make the world a better, less threatening place. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

Glass Bottles

This girl is a Purist. She enjoys the sun streaming in through the various glass colors and most likely will not clutter her windowsill with other distracting elements. She can be one-sided on issues, but give this girl a project and sit back and watch her get it done! She’s the girl to assign to handle that difficult client, elect as PTA president, or negotiate the best price on the new family Volvo. Deep down, she is a “why can’t we all just get along?” kind of girl and dislikes conflict, but definitely knows how to handle it. If the bottles are beer or wine, give the Purist bonus points and introduce her to a Party Girl! Coffee Mug (with yesterday’s leftover coffee)

Meet the Working Girl! The working girl is ALWAYS running late and abandons her half-drunk coffee mug on the windowsill. Ever the optimist, she is certain that today she will finish a full cup before dashing out the door to get the children to school and picking up Barfy’s anti-itch medicine at the vet. And all this before she slides in the rear office door only 6 1/2 minutes late!

The working girl is a master at manipulating deadlines and managing the household from her cell phone. She frequently has a work-fromhome husband, who has a PhD in quantum physics and while quite lovable, somehow manages to still be in his jammies when she walks in at 6:30. Although the Working Girl and the Purist can butt heads, together they can stage a killer football tailgate, even if it is for opposing teams. Chewed Gum Tree & Other Curiosities

Yes, my friends; there really have been sightings of such an oddity although they are sometimes kept in hiding behind a café curtain. If you encounter one of these charming multi-colored gooey pyramids you are in the kitchen of an Ultimate Recycler. Before you make a run for the back door, consider the 1001 uses for previously chewed gum; i.e., caulking that drafty window, attaching photos and artwork to the fridge, plugging that pesky leak under the sink, etc. The ultimate recycler is prepared for any emergency in her home with Zip-locs saved from C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e F a l l 2 0 1 3

1993 and spare buttons from every item of clothing she ever purchased. Even better, she is most happy to share her gum and repair skills with you in your time of need—extremely handy, especially if you are a working girl with a workfrom-home hubby (see above). Recyclers have been known to spirit away purists’ glass bottles to the recycling bin when they are not looking, so if you are a purist, secure those bottles with a wad of gum! Electronics

This seemingly straight-arrow Wired Girl collects small electronic gizmos on her windowsill with plans to read all the “how tos” any day now. She is on the cutting edge of technology even though the

windowsill plays host to an old Palm Pilot and various memory sticks with no memory of what’s on them. The Parliamentarian in her sorority, she still makes her grocery lists on sticky notes; however she is your go-to girl if you bring home something new with a cord or charger attached and need assistance. The Wired Girl is quite instinctive and always offers to help with computer issues you may have. Secretly, she keeps a list on her iPad of what all her friends have on their windowsills and is

always at the ready to provide a quickie psych consult. Seat Wendy Wired next to that difficult-to-talk-to guest at your dinner party. She can get a conversation started with anyone! But electronics and liquid fertilizer don’t mix well so don’t expect to see a wired girl hanging out with an earth mother. Absolutely Nothing

You have met the Minimalist. Ms. Minimalist is a big believer in “less is more” but unfortunately, her family has

not bought into this concept Her husband, five children, three dogs, gerbil and Great Aunt Gladys have thwarted each of her attempts to Feng Shui the house. Ever optimistic that some day she will succeed, she declares the windowsill off limits and clears away gum wrappers, doggie treats, dead batteries and paper plate art on a daily basis. Ms. Minimalist is the reigning queen of organizing neighborhood yard sales, often frequented by the Ultimate Recycler. Now if she could only keep her children from dragging their belongings back in the house!

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Annual Tour of Homes Sunday September 22 Join the Lynchburg Historical Foundation for a tour of five houses in the Garland Hill Historic District. Garland Hill is a small residential neighborhood located on one of Lynchburg’s seven hills. The area from Third Street to Blackwater Creek was originally the William B. Lynch Farm. A son of John Lynch, founder of Lynchburg, is said to have had his house at what is now 208 Madison Street. The area between Second and Third Streets on the opposite side was known as Lynch’s garden. Stables and servants’ quarters were located between First and Second Streets. The only building left from the farm is 619 First Street, built in 1787 by John Lynch. In 1845, William B. Lynch, Jr., left the farm to Celine Dupuy, a cousin. Mrs. Dupuy divided the property into lots known today as Garland Hill. Garland Hill was fully incorporated into the city in 1870. During the mid-19th century, the area was so populated with the Garland family that the “Hill” took the family name. Samuel Garland, Sr., a wealthy Lynchburg lawyer with extensive agricultural interests and properties in Mississippi, purchased Lot 7 and built a home. He was only the first of many members of the Garland family to live on the hill.


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Fink’s Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Piedmont Floor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

First Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Pink Lady at Farm Basket Shops. . . . . . . . . . 67

Flint Property Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

PIP Printing & Marketing Services. . . . . . . . 51

From Shabby to Chic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Plastic Surgery Associates (Center for Healthy Skin). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Foster Fuels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Givens Books/Little Dickens. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

4 Seasons Landscape, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 A Bead Abode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 A-Plus Lawn Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Added Touch/ Mercedes Mosby. . . . . . . . . . . 79 Allegra’s Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Allergy Partners of Lynchburg. . . . . . . . . . . 106 Appalachian Orthodontics of Lynchburg. . 76 Beyond These Hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Bank of the James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Blanchette Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Blickenstaff & Co. Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Blue Sky Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Boxley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Bowen Jewelry Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Brownstone Properties, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Buzzard’s Roost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Centra Home Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Centra Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37    Centra Pace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37        Central Virginia Family Dentistry. . . . . . . . . 94 Central Virginia Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cindy Bryant, (Mary Kay Cosmetics) . . . . . . 50

Gladiola Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Gordon T. Cudd Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . 16 Grand Home Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Grayson Ferguson Woodworking. . . . . . . . . 20 Hamilton Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Head & Neck Surgery of Central Virginia. . . 28 Hepatitis Treatment Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Holy Cross Regional Catholic School . . . . . 109 Integrated Technology Group. . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Isabella’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 James River Day School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 James T. Davis Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Jennings Works, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Judy Frantz, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Kidd’s Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Kitty Reynolds, ReMax Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . 51 La La’s Salon and Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Land Tech Group/Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Lawn Doctor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Log Homes By Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Lou’s Auto Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Lynchburg City Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Price Busters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Prudential Insurance and Financial Services . 86 Rainfrost Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Retail Merchants Association . . . . . . . 50 & 51 Riley Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 RM Gantt Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Select Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Sidney B. Allen, Jr., Builder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Smith Mountain Window & Door Design Gallery. 65 Southern Landscape Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Spectrum Stone Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St. Clair Eye Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Studio Eleven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Terrell E. Moseley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 The Brothers that Just Do Gutters. . . . . . . . . 56 The Columns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 The Flower Basket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Little Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 The Summit at Wyndhurst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 The Southern Porch Company . . . . . . . . 34, 95 The Vinyl Porch Rail Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Virginia 10 Miler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 The Well Pet Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Thomas Nelson Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

CLC Incorporated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Mable Hamlette-Franklin (Mary Kay Cosmetics). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

CMC Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Magnolia Foods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Valley Structures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Collins Siding & Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Mark E. Blanchette, D.D.S., M.S.. . . . . . . . . . 93

Virginia Vein Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Curtains, Blinds & Bath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Medical Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Walter Mahone & Co. Painting. . . . . . . . . . . 77

Custom Structures, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Merry Maids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Wasabi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Decorating Den Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Miller Custom Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Water Garden Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Decorative Concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Nadine Blakely, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Watts Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Deitz Lilly Builder, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

National Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Wellington Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

DBB Custom Framing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Next Time Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Westminster Canterbury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Dodson Brothers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Official Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

William K. Perdue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Dr. Darin K. Bowers, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Periodontal Health Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Window World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Enchanted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Persian Rugs & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Wingfield-Burton Construction . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Farm Basket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Piedmont Eye Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Yellow Door Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Ferguson Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25  

Piedmont Eye Center-LASIK. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


Urban Merchant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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