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n editor ’ s note It’s about this time of year when my house and I enter a love/hate relationship. I’m grateful for a warm, pleasant place to live, but with the holiday decorations long packed away, and the season unripe for much in the way of gardening, I have become a little too familiar with the scene inside. Basically, I hate everything. It’s a situation that can be rectified only by what I call an MSA Day—“Moving Stuff Around.” I’m sure my family wants to run for the hills when I announce, on a Saturday morning: “I have an idea!” and “It will just take a few minutes!” (Translation: hours.) Rooms to be rearranged, furniture moved from one floor to another, artwork to be hung and rehung. A whole new look, without leaving home, and without spending a dime! Whether by splurge, purge, or simply “MSA,” I think it’s a natural yearning, as we wait for the true spring to spring, to want to shake things up around the house. We hope this Early Spring issue of HOME inspires you with ideas for a few projects to help you be productive and content in your own home this time of year. Our feature on lighting fixture trends asks local experts for advice on what can be a simple, statement-making update. Our feature on home libraries examines a space you may take for granted or think you don’t have room for—but think again! We’ll have you installing bookcases in unexpected places and searching for the perfect globe and bookends for

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he YWCA Lynchburg Design House 2015 was a great success and the YWCA of Central Virginia would like to thank all of the sponsors, contributors, designers, volunteers, our incredible volunteer steering committee members, and everyone who had a hand in making this event happen! Not to mention a huge thank you to the homeowners, Jimmy and Caroline Atkins, who let us “borrow” their beautiful home! Words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards every one of these individuals. The proceeds from this event will go so far towards improving the lives of every woman we reach, and that alone is unforgettably amazing. The YWCA Lynchburg Design House 2015 was truly a blessing to not only witness, but to take part in. We not only transformed a home, but we built better lives. Thanks again to all who were involved in the wonderful cause!

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Lighting is a crucial element of interior design, and a good lighting plan for a room accounts for both function and beauty. Hard-working but subtle recessed lighting certainly illuminates your home for tasks, and can even highlight architectural elements or artwork, but the real eye candy often comes in the form of a light fixture that on its own is a sight to behold—a sculptural pendant, an oversized lantern or a glittering chandelier. Statement light fixtures like these have big style impact while providing another layer of needed illumination; they also reflect your own unique personality and tastes. But where are some unexpected places in the home to make a lighting statement, and how can you choose something stylish that works with your decor? To offer some new ideas for illuminating your home, local lighting experts break down the current trends and give the inside scoop about the lighting guidelines that influence how clients make selections. Â

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Industrial-inspired pendants or fixtures are still in demand and on trend, but are now offered in warmer metals as well as colored and organic-shaped glass. “Bronze and wood tones are popular, and we are seeing a big trend toward gold and hand-applied painted faux finishes,” says Lisa Moorefield, a lighting consultant with Timberlake Lighting of Lynchburg. Moorefield’s store also has strong demand for drum-shaped fixtures, both flushmount and pendant styles. In addition to gold, warmer metals like brass and copper are making a comeback; this brass is not your mother’s shiny brass of the 1980s, but a burnished brass with an aged look. The aged look continues with fixtures meant to look like they were reclaimed; one popular fixture looks like an old rectangular toolbox that someone flipped over and made into a light.   Lindsey Johnson, who manages the showroom at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery in Forest, says the combination of finishes in a single fixture is trending strong. “Black and burnished gold together is very hot right now, which is new to our market,” she says. “It’s a classic look with a contemporary feel.” Architectural shapes of all types are on trend, even in more traditional homes, and the stark shapes are often warmed up with filament bulbs (also referred to as Edison-style or antique bulbs) to soften the look. The orb or globe shape is still popular, and is offered in every conceivable finish as well as the combination of a traditional crystal chandelier encased in circular rings. The Moravian star is also a favorite look, and Moorefield mentions the clover as another shape popular with her customers. Colored glass is now in demand with homeowners (think one bold color instead of Tiffany-style glass) and organic-type fixtures are finding their way onto the showroom floor, made with materials like concrete, ceramic and hand-blown glass.   LED lighting is also on trend, especially for homeowners who are ecoconscious. “LED technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years,” says Johnson. “The color temperature has improved, so the light is warmer and more pleasant, and while they still cost more upfront than traditional lighting, the cost is coming down.” 18

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Johnson likes LED for outdoor use because of the energy savings—lights can be on for an extended period of time without outrageous cost, and because they last for years, bulb changes are practically eliminated. And a little known benefit—Johnson says many species of bugs don’t like LED. “This alone makes them great for outdoor use, particularly at the front door because you’ll have less buzzing around your guests,” she says. For indoor use, people are often impressed that LEDs now dim well, which they didn’t do a couple of years ago. Homeowners are also surprised to learn that filament bulbs are now available in LED, as well as bulbs that are identical in color temperature to incandescent lights, offering a warm glow instead of the cool light color that many people consider the hallmark of LED. You’ll pay more up front for an LED fixture, with the idea being that you’ll recoup the cost with energy savings over a period of years. It’s a choice that is good for the planet, with today’s LED lights rated as six to seven times more efficient than conventional lighting and lasting up to 25 times longer. This is a real benefit, says Moorefield, for a fixture in a hard to reach spot (like hanging in a tall foyer) because it practically eliminates challenging bulb changes.

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Many homeowners want to know what the rules are for choosing a fixture. How high should you hang it? How big should it be? Can you mix metals? Fortunately, there are no hard rules when it comes to lighting, but there are some guidelines that can inform your selection. For hanging over a table, the fixture can hang as low as 30 inches above the table (measuring from the top of the table to the bottom of the fixture). It may need to be higher if you have tall family members or guests. The kind of fixture comes into play here as well; if it is a visually heavy fixture (you can’t see through it), it may need to be slightly higher so it doesn’t feel obtrusive. In areas where a fixture doesn’t hang over a table or furniture, be sure that a tall person can walk under it, and in the entry, be sure that you’ve allotted for front door clearance. In older homes without tall ceilings, semi-flush-mounted fixtures add interest while allowing for needed clearance. If you like the new metals available in lighting but fear they don’t “match” current metals in your home, know that mixing and matching is okay, though including an element of repetition in the space will help it look intentional. For instance, if you add a new burnished brass fixture in your foyer, add a mirror with a burnished brass frame in the same space—and you’ve just borrowed a trick from an interior designer’s handbook.   The size of your fixture is ultimately personal preference, keeping in mind that you want something that fills the space without overwhelming it. A general formula for chandelier or pendant selection in a dining room is that chandeliers should have a diameter of one-half to two-thirds the width of the table. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6

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To size a fixture as the focal point of any other space, like a living room or foyer, measure the length and width of the room (to the nearest foot) and add those figures together. The sum of those two numbers is the approximate recommended diameter of your chandelier or pendant (in inches). A final note on size: experts agree it’s better to err on the side of bigger rather than smaller fixtures. “Too small looks awkward,” says Johnson. “Sometimes when the room is empty of furniture, the client worries that it might be too big, but I’ve never gotten a call back that a client didn’t like the fixture size once the room was filled.” So be sure you aren’t judging the size of a fixture in an empty room. One guideline not to ignore: though it’s on trend to hang a chandelier in a bathroom, make sure it is hung properly. For safety, you shouldn’t be able to touch the fixture if you are standing in the tub (or shower). Electricians can advise on codes if you are renovating a bathroom or have chosen a new fixture for your current bath. Unexpected Lighting Statements

The dining room chandelier has been around as long as the dining room. Even in this traditional space, you can bend tradition to come up with something unique. Consider multiple chandeliers instead of a single, especially for a long table; think about hanging several miniature pedants at different heights, clustered together, for an artistic statement that no one else on the block will have. The popularity of pendants in the kitchen has soared with the popularity of the open floor plan, in part because they are excellent for creating zones and division in large, open spaces while also lending style and interest to the room. When you are choosing pendants for a kitchen island, know whether the island is for prep only, or includes seating. That can influence the fixture height (if the island functions as a table, the 30-inch general guideline applies). Consider if you want the pendants to create division in the room, or if they should hang higher to prevent it.   Miniature pendants and chandeliers are making appearances in walk-in closets, powder rooms and even laundry rooms. In a space like the laundry, it can be an unexpected shot of glamour to greet an otherwise unglamorous task.   Trends in lighting placement include chandeliers over coffee tables and in other living spaces, and in bedrooms. If these ideas pique your interest, there a few factors to consider in making a choice. In the living room, you have two lines of sight—from the doorway standing up, and sitting on furniture. Consider both sight lines to determine if a chandelier or fixture would obstruct views of art, an interesting outdoor view, or the television.   22

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In the bedroom, chandeliers and pendants can be a great choice; a recent trend is two small hanging chandeliers on either side of the bed in place of other bedside lighting. Another trend is a chandelier hanging from the bedroom ceiling, but if you try this idea make sure you can sit up comfortably on the bed and make the bed without bumping the fixture. Hang it toward the foot of the bed, and don’t overlook a dimmer switch, which is an excellent choice for all lighting fixtures because it gives you maximum flexibility and control. Visiting the Lighting Store

Browse online before visiting a lighting store to have a sense of likes and dislikes as a starting point. If you are upfront about your price range, a lighting specialist can quickly assist you in narrowing down the best budget options. Bringing in photos of the room, as well as measurements, can be helpful in choosing fixtures of appropriate scale and style. Some lighting stores will do a consultation at your home for a nominal fee and make custom recommendations without obligation to buy, which is particularly helpful if you are overwhelmed by a renovation or building project. The good news? Trends and guidelines exist as a reference, but our lighting consultants say you should go with what you love. Go with your instinct, and, if necessary, have an expert help you work the new look into your home.

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Imagine it’s late July. You are hosting a dinner party. Your guests enjoy a colorful salad of red, yellow and orange heirloom tomatoes, grilled chicken smothered in a fresh tri-basil pesto, and roasted home-grown Japanese eggplant, garnished with a unique variety of flavorful parsley. The promise of moments like these inspires gardeners to begin plotting during the chilly winter months. They know certain heirloom vegetables and beyond-the-basic basils might not be available at their local supermarket or farmer’s market, and that hunting them down in specialty stores will be costly. If you want to ensure an imaginative selection of delicious vegetables and herbs for your garden this summer, and maybe learn something new while you’re at it, simply up your garden game a little and start your own plants from seeds. Don’t be daunted! Seed starting is easy, inexpensive and fun. 2 4

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First and foremost, starting from seed lets you select from the widest choice of varieties. Brick-and-mortar garden stores tend to stock basic seedlings, and while catalogues and websites can offer a broader range of plants via mail delivery, choices are still limited. Another benefit is cost. Even the most exotic seeds are only a few dollars a packet, allowing you to grow multiple plants, each of which would cost significantly more via mail order, especially when you factor in shipping costs. Many gardeners turn to seed starting simply because it’s fun. While winter winds blow outside, stir-crazy gardeners have an excuse to visit their favorite garden store and peruse racks of colorful seed packets. Itchy green thumbs can get started gardening indoors months before spring, biding their time until they can really get outside and play in the dirt. Seed starting is also a wonderful way to inspire future gardeners. If you involve children in the process, they not only have fun learning, they can also enjoy picking and eating foods they grew from scratch. Getting Started

Begin your seed starting at local gardening stores—usually the easiest and least expensive option to acquire your assortment. While local garden shops may have a limited selection of plants in April, they are likely to have a wider variety of seeds in February and March. Give yourself some time to really enjoy perusing the packets, checking out all the varieties available, and mixing and matching to create your ideal future garden. You should also ask the salespeople for ideas and recommendations. Many times they are just as passionate about gardening as their customers, especially at smaller neighborhood stores, so be sure to engage them in conversation and take

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advantage of their knowledge. (Of course, if you’ve read about a certain variety and you can’t find it in stores, you can always go online to find it.) Often everything you need to know about growing a given plant from seed is right on the packet—including a suggested timeframe for when to start seeds indoors, how long they will take to germinate, and even how long you can expect to wait from transplant outside to harvest. And just like the plastic information tags that come with purchased plants, seed packets should tell you how far apart to plant seedlings, what kind of sunlight is required, and more. Following the start dates listed on the packet will help your seed-starting project go more smoothly. Seeds started too early may grow spindly and require an interim transplant to larger containers—not a huge hurdle, but if you can time it right, you can avoid that extra step. On the flip side, seeds started too late might be too small to set out by your frost date, which, for very eager gardeners, means wasting precious growing time while seedlings mature. Packets should tell you clearly when to start seeds indoors. For example, some varieties of Thai peppers take about eight weeks to grow from seed to seedling, while tomato plants may be ready in six weeks, and basil as early as four weeks. Try to stagger seed starting so that all your seedlings are ready for planting at the same time. Planting time will be governed by the anticipated last frost date of the season, a date determined by historic weather patterns for your zone. Some seed packets feature little maps that clearly tell you when to plant for your area. Our area falls into Zone 7a, where the last frost date usually falls between April 15 and April 30. Mark your calendars to plant your seedlings in that timeframe, then work backward from that when starting your seeds.


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It’s easiest to purchase an inexpensive seed-starting kit, which usually includes a plastic tray with a clear lid—like a little greenhouse—and small disks of compressed soil, peat or coir (coconut husk fiber) that you soak in water to hydrate and expand into small, self-contained pouches. Trays and lids can also be cleaned and reused, so they are a simple investment for future seed starting. You can also use yogurt, applesauce, or diced fruit cups. Just be sure to wash them well and poke holes for drainage. You can fill these with “germinating mix” or “seed-starting mix” that you can buy at your local garden store—special lightweight mediums usually sold in small bags. As a secondary (and economical) option, if you have some lightweight container potting mix still dry in the bag from last season, use that. Just don’t use garden soil, which is too heavy and might harbor disease or pests. Seeds need a clean, light medium that promotes air circulation and allows roots to grow, but with enough heft to hold some (but not too much) moisture. Fill your containers with moistened soil, or place the hydrated pouches in their tray, then sprinkle a few seeds of one plant in each. Mix the seeds in so they are lightly covered. Put plastic wrap over the containers or put the lid on your seed-starting tray to keep moisture in.

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If you use a tray system, label a front and back, and make a map of what you planted where. If you are using containers, label with a permanent marker. To promote germination, place in a location that’s warm, but not too hot, such as a sunny window or near a laundry dryer that generates gentle heat. Check periodically on your seeds and refer to the packet to check their germination time. If seeds from a certain plant don’t germinate in the right timeframe, add a few more seeds into the medium and start over. After seeds germinate, when sprouts are about a half-inch high, they will need at least 14 to 16 hours of direct light, or they may become thin and scrawny. A south-facing window that lets in a lot of sunshine is ideal. Further enhance natural sunlight by covering cardboard with foil and putting it behind the seedlings.

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If you don’t have a sun-drenched spot, create a simple growing area by using desk lamps fitted with grow bulbs, which you can purchase at local garden, hardware or home improvement stores. Lights should be about four inches away from the seedlings—near enough to offer direct light, but not too close to scorch leaves. As plants grow, they should be moved to low tables, with the lamps angled down from higher tables. Adjust distance if you see the edges of the leaves curling, an indication that they are being singed. Seedlings will lean toward any light, so rotate them on a regular basis to promote straight growth, and try to keep plants at room temperature, between 60 and 70 degrees. If using grow lights, turn them off at night, since seedlings need a period of darkness each day. Seedlings should be kept moist, but not drenched. Try to water from the bottom to prevent fungus from killing—or “damping off”—sprouts. Water placed in a seed-starting tray will wick up through the hydrated pouches. Keep containers in a pan with water to be absorbed through the drainage holes. If the growing medium still looks too dry, and seedlings start to wilt, water gently at the base of the seedling. You will need to “harden off” your seedlings so they acclimate to the outside before you commit them to the garden. About a week before you want to plant, place seedlings outside for a few hours during the day—first in shaded areas, then in sunnier spots. Bring them in at night until the last few days, then leave them out for a few trial evenings. If these steps seem complicated, they really aren’t. Seed starting is a fun, easy and economical hobby that provides a truly varied harvest. It involves very little effort and money, and the results will amaze you. When spring arrives, you will enjoy a unique sense of pride and accomplishment when you plant seedlings that you’ve nurtured from seed. Then, it’s just a matter of time before you can really savor and share the fruits of your labor.

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DIffICULT W I N D O W S By R o ry R h o d es

Windows are an essential component of any home. They let in sunshine and scenery, reflect the home’s architectural style, and are important considerations for heating and cooling. Window treatments are used to address the practical considerations of light, privacy, and temperature control, as well as aesthetic preferences in home decor. With certain types of windows, balancing these needs can be tricky. Here, local experts offer advice for dealing with some common window conundrums.

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“When you are dealing with difficult windows, custom window coverings are the way to go! There are a number of options for windows that are very large or specialty shaped. We hear all of the time, ‘We loved the arched windows when we built the house and never thought about how to cover them!’ When sun is pouring in through an open window, the UV rays are damaging your floors, furniture, fabrics, etc and usually it is too late when you notice the fading. Whether for custom draperies, a fan shutter or duette for your arched window, or a power shade for your window 10feet high, we can help with our Hunter Douglas gallery or our local seamstress.”

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With bay windows, there are really two types to talk about: bay windows, and bay walls. A traditional bay window extends out from a flat wall, and features a substantial sill. With a bay wall, the walls themselves form the bay shape. If you have a classic bay window with a sill, Ashley Hilbish of Curtains, Blinds and Bath in Forest, has several suggestions. “Roman shades are the most popular option because it takes care of the beauty factor and privacy in one pop,” she says. Plantation shutters are also very popular, providing a “clean, crisp look,” but it’s best to have professional help with the measuring and installment, since it can be tricky to fit the shutters in a small space. For clients with a modest budget, Hilbish says, “We have stock rods that will angle and accommodate any stock valance.” She notes that 2.5-inchwide pocket rods are very popular and user-friendly. Woven wood shades are another attractive option. Bay walls are more common in new construction, and since there’s often a bit of space between windows, it’s easier to hang mounting hardware to dress each individual window. While there are many beautiful custom options available for bay walls, unless your windows are unusually sized, stock materials may be an option for limited budgets. You can also dress the bay wall as a unit. Kathy Potts, of Decorating Den Interiors, says, “Sometimes bay windows are treated as a whole, and panels are hung on the walls on either side of the opening.”


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For a large window over a garden tub, privacy is usually the main concern. Hilbish recommends installing a plantation shutter with a “divide rail”—a horizontal, 3-inch piece of wood which lets you operate the bottom and top louvres independently. Hilbish says this option is “by far my highest recommendation, and the most popular” in their store. Potts has even managed to put shutters on a large curved window above a tub. “It looked great and the client was very happy,” she says. Alternatively, “top-down bottom-up” shades, in cellular or woven fabrics, can provide similar privacy options. Mounted to the sides of the window inside the frame, this style allows both the top and the bottom of the shade to be adjusted. If reaching the window treatment is difficult, consider motorization shades or blinds. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6

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An entry door with sidelights adds light and curb appeal to many homes, yet privacy here is also a consideration. Shades in materials such as woven wood, Roman, or cellular can be mounted in many sidelights, though their narrow widths generally require a custom order. For a simple solution, Hilbish suggests curtain panels with a top and bottom rod. She recommends a lightweight or sheer fabric, adding that this arrangement is very budget-friendly. Hilbish also notes that, surprisingly, plantation shutters can be made in very narrow widths, and praises their practicality, saying, “You can shut them all the way for privacy, or open them for light.” If you’re looking for a bit of a showstopper, Potts carries a product that looks like iron scrollwork, but is actually made out of lightweight wood. These faux grilles, she says, come in many shapes and patterns and can be attached to the outside of the sidelight, giving it a custom look and filtering the view. Potts says, “It’s a way of dressing up the window without changing the whole door.”



While privacy is rarely an issue for skylights, light and temperature control definitely can be. Potts says remote control shades can solve this problem. Curtains, Blinds and Bath offers adjustable cellular skylight shades that can be opened and closed either by remote control or with a long pole. While using the latter option is more affordable, Hilbish says it’s still a custom option, since it requires specially-fabricated materials. “A starting pricepoint would be about $300 per skylight,” she notes. If something more affordable is desired, Hilbish says it’s sometimes possible to place tension rods on either side of the skylight and use stock sheers to filter the light. “A seamstress can alter the sheers to fit the opening, and the entire thing can be taken down during winter, when people often want more light.”

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The Palladian window, a central arched window flanked with two rectangular windows, is a classical feature from Renaissance architecture that remains popular today. We’re not sure what Andrea Palladio used for drapes when he designed it in 16th-century Italy, but today the main dilemma is what to do with the arch. Draping the curve itself is extremely tricky, and liable to look dated, so it should be considered only if excess light is a problem. In that case, a specialty-shaped shade can be made, but it will not be operational. Hilbish says Hunter Douglas does make a moveable shade but warns that these tend to be very pricey. A custom shutter can also be designed, which can be tilted open or closed and provide a more architectural look. An easier and attractive option is to install drapes above the arch. Potts prefers this to placing a rod just below the arch, which cuts the window in half. “I like to treat the window as a whole, accenting the arch in some way and dressing the sides.” Hilbish also favors this approach, noting it will add height to the ceiling and provide light and privacy options when needed. “Visually, it looks nice to take it all the way up,” she says, adding, “You can also place stationary panels on either side, just for looks. This creates warmth with the fabric and softens all the woodwork around it.”


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We love the look of using a shade plus stationary drapes. Silhouette shades have a sheer on the front that let the light pour in while blocking up to 88% of the UV rays. They can be closed for privacy and can go up in the headrail and be completely out of the way.

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Typically smaller windows placed above doors or other windows, transoms can be purely decorative, or functional, allowing air flow and heat dissipation in homes built before the advent of air conditioning. Generally, this extra light is considered desirable, but if it’s causing a problem, such as sunfading on art and fabrics, there are several options. As with Palladian windows, going above the transom will unify and elongate the room. However, Hilbish says this usually requires a custom length, so hanging a rod below the transom is a more economical option. A large, adjustable shade can also be hung above the transom. Transoms are often found above a door, generally along with sidelights. In this case, it’s best to use the same treatment on both the transom and the sidelights for a unified look. Here again, Roman or woven shades are effective and have a clean look. Potts has used faux iron grilles in transoms for a decorative accent. No matter what type of window you’re looking to dress, knowing your budget, along with your functional and aesthetic preferences, is key. Once you have these considerations in hand, a window professional can help you select a treatment that will both insulate and beautify your home.

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Winter Salads Roasted and toasted redefines comfort food

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Thankfully the longest, darkest days of winter are behind us, but we’re still hunkered down and waiting for spring. Sometimes it’s still a little dark and dreary, so we may feel like indulging in heavy comfort foods, potentially putting on an extra few pounds. Some of us are holding our ground with our New Year’s resolutions, some have already fallen off the wagon … and then there are those of us who are still considering starting! I’m trying to change my thinking about comfort foods. It’s not all about meat and melted cheese anymore. Comfort food is about good roasted, toasted smells, lots of textures and flavors, and feeling comfortably full. I think that a good salad—one that includes greens, grains, vegetables and a lot of texture—is the answer (at least some of the time!). Winter salads are a whole different thought process than summer salads. In the summer, we find the freshest things and serve them raw. In the winter, we add grains and beans to salads to bulk them up and bring them to a main-dish level. A delicious cold-weather salad often includes some cooked items and can be served warm or at room temperature. The juxtaposition of flavors and textures is key—deep flavors of roasted winter squash can be brightened by a hint of citrus; crunchy shallots are a great complement to creamy beans. Here, I’ve included three of my favorite cold-weather salads. Each can stand on its own, or work as a side dish, and all are good for eating next to a roaring fire! 38

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Arugula, Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad (serves 6 as an entrée) This salad takes advanced planning; the farro alone can take an hour to cook, but the results are worth the time. Farro is an ancient Italian grain—nutty, chewy and delicious! 2 cups farro 1 large butternut squash 1 sprig fresh thyme, minced 1 large red onion, cut into thin wedges Olive oil (about ½ cup total) 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup walnuts 4 cups baby arugula 2 ounces goat cheese Preheat oven to 350. In a heavy stock pot, combine the farro in 5 cups water and a generous amount of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer, and cook until al dente, checking often after 45 minutes. (Note: Compare to package directions; sometimes farro is “pearled” and will take less time to cook. Follow package directions, and check often for doneness.) Drain and set aside to cool. Carefully peel the squash and remove the seeds. Cut into ¾-inch cubes. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and spread on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, then flip carefully. Toss the onions with a bit more oil and add to the pan. Roast another 20 minutes until both the onions and the squash are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. In a small but heavy saucepan, heat the balsamic over medium heat. Cook until syrupy and reduced by two-thirds, stirring often. Toast the walnuts in the oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Toss the arugula and farro in a large serving bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables and walnuts. Crumble the goat cheese over. Drizzle with reduced balsamic and serve at room temperature. c vhomemaga zine .com


Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Asian Pear, Roasted Hazelnuts and Bacon (serves 8) Raw Brussels sprouts are full of crunch and flavor—and my kids have grown to really like them! 1 pound Brussels sprouts 1 Asian pear ½ cup hazelnuts (substitute almonds if you can’t find hazelnuts) 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled ¼ cup vegetable oil 4 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Salt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 350. Slice the Brussels sprouts, staring at the top and slicing across thinly. Discard the stem ends. Toast the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Halve and core the pear, then cut into thin slices. In a small bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice and Dijon and whisk to blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Pan-Fried Cauliflower and Carrots with Black Rice and Crispy Shallots (serves 4) Cauliflower is enjoying a year of popularity. In this salad, the colors are beautiful and the crispy shallots are the perfect topping! 4 shallots 2 tablespoons flour ½ cup vegetable oil ¾ cups of black rice, cooked according to package directions and cooled 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 4 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained ½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and coarsely chopped Juice and zest of a lemon ¼ cup hazelnut or walnut oil Slice shallots crosswise and separate into rings. In a small bowl, toss shallots with flour. Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Test to see if the oil is hot enough for frying

by dropping a shallot ring in; if it bubbles vigorously, it’s ready! Fry the shallot rings in two batches until browned and crisp, about four minutes. Drain on a paper towel, salting immediately. Set aside. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half the cauliflower and carrots and cook, stirring until they start to brown in spots, about 15 minutes. Add four tablespoons water, cover and cook another two minutes. Set aside. Repeat with remaining carrots and cauliflower. (Note: Unless you have a HUGE pan, do this in two batches so that the vegetables have plenty of room to brown instead of steaming.) In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and hazelnut oil. Whisk to combine, and salt and pepper to taste. In a large serving bowl, combine rice, carrots and cauliflower, beans, chopped parsley and a tablespoon of lemon zest. Toss to combine. Drizzle with dressing and toss again. Top with crispy shallots and serve.

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Creating a home library

By Ch a r lot t e A . F. Fa r l e y


ith the popularity of e-readers, it might seem curious that more and more homeowners are showing an interest in creating their own home libraries. Where is this interest coming from? While many passionate readers believe that nothing will ever truly replace the

experience of a real page-turner, a home library offers more than just a place to store your hardcovers

and paperbacks: it offers us a place to experience peace in our busy lives. Most of all, a personal library serves as a visual display of afternoons you’ve spent reading, knowledge you’ve obtained, and the development of your interests. Right about now, you might be thinking, “What a nice idea, but I don’t have any room for a home library!” Well think again. Whether you are creating a wall of bookcases, carving out a corner, or dedicating an entire room to your library, there is a place for a library in every home, no matter the size. What you intend to gain from your home library will inform all of your decisions, from where you choose to house the collection right down to your seating. Ideally, the area should invite you to escape from the chaos of day and retreat into your own thoughts (or the author’s thoughts, as the case may be). If possible, choose a space or room that isn’t already the center of action in your home, like a formal living room that doesn’t see very much in the way of day-to-day living, a guest room, or even a large landing at the top of the stairs. You might want to section off part of a room and dedicate that space to the library, or redesign your home office to double as your book room. Consider any nook that welcomes space for your collection: under the stairs, beside the fireplace, the end of a hallway, large blank walls. 42

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After you determine a location, you’ll need some kind of shelving system for all of your books. Before you rush to hire a contractor to build a custom, floorto-ceiling shelving unit for you, assess your book collection. Good organization always begins with assembling all of your items, recognizing their purpose, and determining if their purpose still aligns with yours. How does this apply to books? Well, if you still own your college algebra book “just because,” or if you were required to read The Grapes of Wrath a few times but never liked Steinbeck, donate or sell those items. A few guidelines to help you decide what to keep: titles that hold meaning for you, books that you hope to read on a rainy Saturday afternoon, those that bring you great joy just by catching sight them, and those that you regularly reference. After you sort through the stacks, you’ll be able to make the best choice for your shelving system. You might need to use the full height of the wall, or you could use floating shelves in a corner nook to utilize the full height of the space to create a library; it can 4 4

climb all the way up to the ceiling if you wish. By the same token, if you are interested in space-saving solutions, you can purchase a circular bookcase that revolves, or add shelving or built-ins at the dead-end of a hallway or along the path of a wide hallway. In general, tall narrow bookcases are great for holding large collections without commanding a large amount of floor space. Whatever you choose to do, make sure your system is securely positioned. (If you are interested in putting together a library for your children’s book collections, consider tall, narrow shelves—anchored to the wall, of course, for safety. It is much easier for children to replace books properly on a narrow shelf where they won’t fall over.) Remember that you’ll need a spot to hunker down with a good read and a drink. Based on your space, consider how much room you have for any chairs, sofas, tables or lamps. Will you need a place to write—and do you have space for a desk? A traditional desk is fine, as is an old dining table that you might repurpose as a library desk; alternately, a lap desk might suit your space and needs more appropriately.

Make sure the space will have plenty of light. Windows are terrific for a view to the outdoors as well as natural light, but you also need a bright lamp that casts its light over your shoulders to minimize glare. Organizing Your Home Library

When it comes to home libraries, there are more ways to organize your collection than by the Dewey Decimal system. Alphabetizing by author last name is an easy way to locate your books. If you like the idea of sorting alphabetically, but you’re not good with names, place your books in alphabetical order by title. You could always take a riff on the Dewey Decimal idea and store your books by subject matter (and then alphabetize author last names or book titles within the subject if you like to be super organized). You’ll find many designers suggesting a color-coded library. While that may be aesthetically pleasing and makes a visual impact on your shelves, it’s not always the best way to organize information, unless you happen to remember that your personal copy of To Kill A Mockingbird is C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6

lavender and can easily find the novel among the other purple books. Another option: divide the shelves into “read” and “unread” sections: dedicate a shelf (or entire bookcase) to books you’ve already read cover to cover, another to books you haven’t finished completely, and one more to the books that remain unread. In a similar way, you could just separate your fiction from your non-fiction. Chronology is another fun, clever way to use your library to display your life in books. It might feature Dr. Seuss on the top shelf, The Crucible a few shelves beneath that, and then books on parenting, spirituality, or biographies. Another important consideration: room for more books! Take a page from children’s author Julia Donaldson, who writes in Room on the Broom about a witch and a cat who encounter different creatures while traveling. The witch always finds a proper perch for these new friends who join her along the way. In the same spirit, be sure to leave some room on the shelves for new members of your library.

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Your display of books reveals much about your tastes and interests; likewise, showcasing artwork and personal items amid the books on your shelf develops the overall aesthetic while reflecting more of your own story. Still, how you style your bookshelves has much to do with the size of your actual library. If you own a massive collection, multiple vertical lines of books make for an impressive display, and you just might not have space leftover for picture frames and objects of interest (just keep the Room on the Broom space for new books that enter your home). Whether you’ve held onto every book you’ve ever read or whether you keep a small collection of personal favorites at arm’s reach, it’s likely you’ll have some visual space behind the books. Use that to your design advantage, painting or wallpapering the backs of the shelves to add a pop of color into the room. Rotate the placement of books so that some are stacked vertically while others are stacked horizontally to add even more space for displaying favorite photographs, souvenirs or family heirlooms. Your library should be a place for you to relax, to ponder, and to enjoy. Paint the room a color that’s pleasing to you, and surround yourself with artwork that you find meaningful and beautiful. For you, that might mean colorful landscapes, and for others, it might mean a series of old family pictures. If you’re looking for alternatives to artwork, consider framing and hanging old maps, sheet music, or book jackets from favorite children’s books. Add a cozy throw blanket or two and a soft rug under your seating area and you’re just one rainy afternoon and a cup of chai away from thoroughly enjoying your new home library.

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Charming, Functional Accessories for Home Libraries

Home libraries don’t have to be silent, and they definitely don’t have to be stuffy. Just having a space dedicated to a home library speaks to a sense of adventure; after all, if you’re a book lover, you love to delve into other worlds that books can offer. Though you may find these items in a public library, they’re interesting, unexpected touches for your home library. n If you’ve stored your books high above your reach, a rolling library ladder will provide the right perch for you to pull a title off the shelf. n A bookstand not only works as a display for your favorite heavy-duty tome, but it promotes better posture while reading and makes a great conversation piece. n A library book rack or cart can be a great mobile mini-library in itself, or it can hold books that you use so frequently that they might never find their way to the actual bookshelf. n Create custom bookplates or a custom embosser for all of your books, especially those you might lend out to friends but hope to keep as part of your permanent collection. n Keep an eye out for vintage card catalogs; use the drawers for storing smaller items or as an actual filing cabinet. n Don’t forget to invest in bookends! They’ll keep your books in place while adding visual interest to your shelves. n Vintage magazine racks are great for holding current issues and keeping the stack in check. n No library seems complete without a beautiful globe.

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GALORE Get a Grip on Your Cooking Utensils to Make Your Kitchen More Efficient BY MITZI B I B LE

Don’t you love watching those cooking shows where the chef is ready to mix his ingredients and a whisk appears out of thin air, and a split second later he reaches for a barrage of spoons and spatulas, all magically within his reach? We know this is not a realistic scenario (the items are obviously set out ahead of time, not to mention that he has an entire crew at his disposal to hand him anything he needs)—but there is some truth to be learned here. When your everyday utensils are well organized and can be located quickly, you can greatly reduce your prep time and keep your kitchen tidy. If a more realistic scenario for you is yanking open an overcrowded drawer (which may require some force if that ladle didn’t get put away properly) and then placing several items on the counter just so you can hunt down the meat thermometer that somehow made its way to the very back, here are some ideas to bring order to your kitchen tools. 4 8

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Professional organizers will advise us to group items in “activity zones.” If counter space allows, a basket by your coffeemaker could hold filters, grounds, a scoop, and your favorite mug. Likewise, your cutting boards could stand beside your knife block. It is best to start with identifying what items are used in your everyday activities and designate a handy place for them. Once you’ve separated your most frequently used items and have put them in their appropriate zones, it is time to take inventory of your entire gadget cache. Sometimes the only way to do this is to dump it all in one place so you can see what has accumulated over time; you might be surprised at your tally. Kitchen gadgets are fairly inexpensive, and it’s easy to buy a few at once and equally as easy to forget to toss the old ones away. Years of doing this can certainly add up. Start by separating the items that you use at least once a week and put them all in one place, preferably in the drawers closest to your oven. If you have items that you use occasionally, such as a cake server or juicer, store them in drawers farther away or in a container of their own inside a pantry or a cabinet. Of course this process completely depends on your cooking habits—and your eating habits. (No judgment here, but if that ice cream scoop is a favorite accomplice, by all means give it a proper place!) Start a discard pile for items you have not used in over a year. If some are nearing the end of their life, are melted, burned or rusted, then discard. Freeing up the space you use every day will free you up to be able to find your gadgets quickly.

Kitchen drawers can be like a black hole, sucking in our smaller gadgets to never be seen again. We all had great intentions when we moved into our homes, selecting a place for each item, perhaps using one side of the drawer for spatulas, another for the salad tongs. But when you add in the nutcracker, pizza cutter, and handheld can opener, and it can get messy quickly. When you’re ready to place the items in the drawers, consider one of the many drawer organizer kits available in stores or online. The newest products are adjustable, such as Rev-A-Shelf, which includes a series of wood dividers and clips (imagine a miniature bookshelf on its side), and DrawerDecor, which features “divitz” (tiny blocks) that you can position on a silicone mat in any combination along a series of grooves, creating a notch to place your gadget and lock it in place. Both basic kits retail for about $30 per drawer. For a less expensive option, traditional plastic flatware trays work well for other items. (That short meat thermometer rests easily in the smaller section, by the way). You can also purchase individual small plastic containers and line them with your favorite scrapbook paper design. Be sure to line the drawer first with grip liner so the containers don’t move around when you open and close the drawer. If you have maxed out your drawer space, think about pulling out your longest and bulkiest tools, such as that ladle or whisk or potato masher, and placing them in a decorative container on the counter. For a clean look, consider placing all of your wooden utensils in one container.

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If you’ve taken an inventory and still require more space, there are other solutions. Magnetized strips are becoming very popular. Mostly used for knives, these strips of aluminum or heavy duty stainless steel (the more expensive option) can be adhered to the backsplash or under the top cabinets and hold the blades. They come in different lengths. Some come in a wood look and can also have hooks for those utensils that can easily be hung from holes in their handles. If you don’t use a knife block, or have too many knives for one, a strip is one of the safest ways to store them. They keep knives out of reach of children and keep adults from risking a cut when rummaging through a utensil drawer. Some creative storage solutions include a picture frame filled with chicken wire and small hooks, or taking a tip from your dad’s workshop and using a pegboard. You can even install small shelves under the top cabinets and place decorative baskets there to hold certain utensils, or you can install pull-out drawers. A basket hanger on a nearby wall or even the back of a pantry door could be a practical solution. At a time when families are busier than ever and just having the time to cook is a luxury, take a cue from those TV chefs and keep those gadgets close at hand so you can prepare a meal quickly and become the star in your own kitchen.

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Lynchburg area native, Gwen Seiler never imagined she would be moving back to the area where she grew up, but when an appealing employment opportunity presented itself, Gwen and her husband Sig, wholeheartedly jumped at the chance to return to Lynchburg. Preparing to make the move from Richmond, the Seilers began a house hunting adventure. Gwen knew immediately a home they were looking to buy was perfect…almost. “I looked at 60 plus homes and fell in love with the lot and the view of one house in particular,” she explains. However, the kitchen was dark, dated, and lacked functionality. Their realtor, Greg Blanks, recommended his client contact Tracy Kearney, owner of Cornerstone Cabinets and Design and lead kitchen designer, to discuss options. “She [Tracy] immediately had a vision for how to transform the flow and functionality of the existing space. The kitchen was a primary reason we were hesitating on whether this home was the right one for us or not,” Gwen shares. The team at Cornerstone Cabinets and Design had proven experience and an excellent reputation for transforming living spaces—confirming for the Seilers this was their new home and Cornerstone was their kitchen designer. “I knew up front I wanted to be very involved [with the kitchen remodel]. Tracy was there to offer advice and direction. She had such an eye and could see the vision of the kitchen from the beginning. She truly has a gift,” recalls Gwen. The team at Cornerstone Cabinets and Design created a modern kitchen with a classic look, capitalizing on the 9-foot ceilings for the ability to stack wall cabinets—adding both storage and style. Using white painted maple with full overlay shaker-style doors, they accented the cabinetry with timeless brushed chrome hardware. This helped brighten the space and made it appear larger.



A challenge of this remodel was keeping the existing flooring. “We had to make sure the footprint of the design did not change in order to use the existing floor,” explains Kearney. “Our desire was to help Gwen turn this kitchen into her dream kitchen and still stay within her budget,” Kearney remembers. Gwen expresses, “We love our new kitchen; we love the lighting, the openness, the functionality, and the flow.” “If we have to pick one thing we use the most in our kitchen, it is probably the beverage bar. I am so happy we took Tracy’s advice on this feature. We have it set up for coffee/tea/hot chocolate and it is a favorite spot for our family and guests.” The goal for the Seiler’s kitchen was to create a space that they could enjoy, but also that their daughters (in graduate school and college) and their friends would want to spend time. “It has been a delight for us to see the girls come home with their friends to cook and bake,” shares Gwen. “I absolutely love it!” “All of the Cornerstone staff and subcontractors have been wonderful to work with. They have been great ever since the job was completed, even to come back and tweak a few little things.” It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. Sometimes it is not about finding the perfect house, it is about creating the right home. Choosing trustworthy teams to help execute your plans can take your home from fair to fabulous.

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BY J ess i e T h o m p s o n P h ot o g r a p hy by KG T hi e n e m a nn

Addison Lineberry is a planner. A serious, no-detail-is-too-small type of planner. He and his wife Ashleigh knew that they wanted to build a special house—one that reflected their style, but also one that would serve as a true homeplace for their four children and their extended family. So Addison compiled a list of things the house would include, which turned into a 40-page notebook to be presented to the builder. After about 14 months, the vision of a grand, Craftsman-style farmhouse became a breathtaking, red-roofed reality. “We knew up front that it was going to be a beautiful house,” says Randy Gantt, of R.M. Gantt Construction, the builder of the Lineberry home. “It gives the Lineberrys a very unique house, one with a lot of thought put into it. It’s a house that they are extremely proud of, and we are as well.” c vhomemaga zine .com


Before the House

Addison and Ashleigh lived in Forest’s Farmington neighborhood—and loved it. But with three young boys and thoughts of another child, both Addison and Ashleigh thought they might like a little more land. They wanted mountain views, and a pond. And Ashleigh had a hankering for a garden like the one she had tended with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. So they went on a hunt for the perfect house. Instead, they found land—163 overgrown acres tucked off of Cottontown Road in Bedford County. Before breaking ground for the house, a barn was constructed. The barn is a traditional style; there are three stalls (maybe they’ll have horses one day, says Ashleigh) and a hayloft. But half of it is now being used as a garage, and they had an electric car lift installed so Addison can tinker on old racecars when he finds the time. While the barn was being built, the entire family came out to the property daily. They put in that garden that Ashleigh, now pregnant, pined for— tomatoes, squash and peppers. With the boys in tow, the whole family started bonding with the land. They brought out the family’s four-wheeler, hung swings, and got a tractor. And the property, dubbed Ivy Croft, became a working farm. The Lineberrys visited daily. 5 4

Addison, who consulted with a high school friend who runs a local farm, researched breeds of cattle, and settled on Red Devons (Red Devons were raised by several famous Virginians including George Washington, James Madison and Robert E. Lee) and Red Angus, both valued for their beef. They learned about sheep too, and now have a flock of Katahdin, also raised for their meat. The Lineberrys are also caregivers of nine ducks they adopted after a local kindergarten class raised their eggs and watched them hatch. During this time, new neighbors would drop in and introduce themselves if they saw anyone on the property, and welcomed the family to the neighborhood. “We started meeting people and everyone was so friendly and welcoming,” says Ashleigh. “Everyone around really made an effort to meet us, welcome us, and we really felt connected right away— maybe even more than in a traditional neighborhood.” The Lineberrys were initially concerned about how their boys, and the baby, would adapt to being out in the country, but all of their fears have been allayed. “It’s giving our kids the opportunity to get back to our roots. They are seeing cows and helping in the garden, and seeing where our food comes from,” says Addison. “I’m hoping one day,” he chuckles, “they’ll be better eaters.” C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6

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Although Addison and Ashleigh had found house plans they liked online—it was an award-winning Petoskey design—the design wasn’t perfect, and, they were a tiny bit dubious if online plans were legit. “I have a friend who is a major architect in Atlanta,” says Addison, “and his wife has been on HGTV. So I called him.” Once the friend in Atlanta gave the Lineberrys the green light, they incorporated their changes to make the design their own. Some weren’t too much of a big deal: swapping the mantelpiece in the family room from rock to wood, making built-ins symmetrical, changing coffered ceilings to beams, and making the master bedroom and bathroom bigger. Others, including taking out an elevator, moving a powder room, and changing the layout of the ground floor, were more involved. The next step was finding a builder. They wanted someone with whom they could collaborate, who would understand the plans they had, and who would work with some commercial subcontractors whom Addison preferred. Once they met Gantt, and his partner and wife Rosie, they knew they found the right fit. “We needed someone we could trust to let us know about whether the changes we were making were weird,” says Addison. Gantt said that all of Addison’s attention to detail made his work easier: “Everything went to plan; there were no surprises … One big decision was where to site the house, because it is such a large piece of land,” he says. Addison and Ashleigh also wanted unobstructed views of No Business Mountain, wanted to be able to sit inside the house without being blinded by either the sunrise or sunset, and wanted to keep the land as pristine as possible. Once the house was sited, construction began in short order. 56

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There were thousands more details to attend to: cabinetry, countertop surfaces, hardware, plumbing and lighting fixtures. But Gantt, who specializes in custom construction, offered the Lineberrys help—in the form of his wife, Rosie. She has been working alongside her husband for years to help clients with the minutiae that can make or break a custom-built home. Their office has an extensive showroom stocked with higherend materials, and it’s not uncommon for Rosie to meet multiple times with homeowners to understand their design aesthetics, along with what they may need in the way of soft goods and furniture. “Typically, when we meet with clients we spend hours up front helping them with some of those decisions,” says Rosie Gantt. “Building a house is one of the largest, if not the largest, investment someone can make. We try to eliminate the stress.” So, long before the floors were in, Ashleigh and Addison had modified those initial plans to their liking, and had picked out just about everything you could pick out in a house. Then they turned their attention to making it a home.

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The collaboration with Rosie really helped transform the bones of a house into a forever home, agree both Ashleigh and Addison. Ashleigh and Addison made choices and were confident in their selections, but Ashleigh likened the process to hitting a moving target because they made so many choices months before installations. But Rosie kept them moving forward, helped them pick furniture, and accompanied them on several trips to Farmville to get all the pieces they’d need. “I was worried it wouldn’t feel like home,” said Ashleigh “But it did. Instantly.” A Welcoming First Floor

The front door opens to the living areas on the left. The ceilings in the first floor range from 12 to 14 feet, adding a sense of grandeur, and the windows are oversized, letting in both natural sunlight and tremendous views. Wainscoting is understated, with dimension added using varying tones of paint and interesting applications of additional molding. The entire level is unified by hickory floors stained a custom-mixed, rich walnut color. To the left is a study, which shows off a secretary that has been in Addison’s family for generations, along with a large window seat and a comfy sofa. The camel-colored walls are a perfect neutral. An alcove carved into the back of the room boasts custom-built shelves, and a granite-covered workspace easily large enough for two. Beyond the study is the dining room, which is open to the family room, kitchen and breakfast area. The dining room is designed around a magnificent brass and crystal chandelier the couple found and purchased in an antique store in New York City. This area is anchored by custom, glass-fronted cabinets—perfect for displaying china. A neutral rug helps delineate the space. “When Rosie first showed me the rug, I wasn’t sure,” says Ashleigh. “But she said, ‘Trust me.’ She was so right. It just looks perfect.”

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A granite breakfast bar gets far more use than the couple initially thought it would. Five chairs fit around it easily, and it’s become a favorite place for the kids to hang out.

It’s a few steps from the dining room to the kitchen. A granite breakfast bar gets far more use than the couple initially thought it would. Five chairs fit around it easily, and it’s become a favorite place for the kids to hang out. The whole space, even on gray days, is filled with natural light from strategically placed large windows. An eating area off of the kitchen features a Thomas Johnson table they bought at auction, and a customized chandelier made by an art gallery in San Diego scouted by Addison. The space is open to the family room; its focal point is a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace, flanked by shelves that proudly display family photos. An oversized sectional is comfortable enough for the whole family. The family room opens to the blue-ceilinged Trex porch that wraps from the side of the house around to the back. Chippendale-style railings are fixed into columns wrapped in the c vhomemaga zine .com


same white brick of the home’s exterior. (This particular brick is an “Old Virginia” style chosen by Addison—it’s a hard-to-find type of brick acquired from the company Old Virginia Brick, which shuttered its doors during the construction of the Lineberrys’ house.) If visitors could discount the view, the star of the porch would be its stunning fireplace. The same might be said about the first-floor master suite. Another modification to the original plans added this fireplace as well as detailed built-ins, painted crisp white. A set of comfy chairs in front of it sets the tone for intimate fireside chats. Off of the master is a private deck, complete with pergola. From the bedroom, it’s a few short steps to the ultra-luxurious master bathroom. A mirror lines a wall with his-and-her sinks, and crystal sconces add a sparkling effect. A soaking tub sits centered in front of a massive picture window, and a separate glass shower fills out the space. The bathroom opens into the room Ashleigh loves the most: her master closet. “If you’re building your dream house, you have to have your dream closet,” she jokes. It features customized shelves and hanging spaces, and a place for everything. Shoes are corralled on one side; blouses on another. Handbags and luggage are on higher shelves. The whole space feels like a boutique, complete with a chandelier to match those in the bathroom, and a center island covered in granite. Just past the closet is a washer and dryer, a space that also opens to the family’s mudroom. Each of the four children has a space for their things—boots, coats, sports equipment. This, say the couple, was not happenstance. They planned to have space for what they would need for now, but also for what will be needed in the future. 6 2

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The mudroom also opens to the three-car garage, above which sits Addison’s office. A huge space with bright red Cape Cod walls and double dormer windows includes Addison’s desk, built-in shelves, a gas fireplace, exercise equipment, and a bathroom. Because he’s a planner, Addison did his own wiring schematic; all the house’s systems can be run from his office. (Another benefit of good planning: one switch to control all the family’s Christmas candle lights.) Upstairs and Downstairs: Kid Zones

There is a common area for the children above the main living space, along with four spacious bedrooms, another washer and dryer, and three full bathrooms. There is also another granite-covered work space, which mirrors the one in the study. But there is one fun difference: this space features a chalkboard-painted wall that the children (and their friends) love to write on. The boys’ rooms are all painted a neutral light blue, which can grow with them. For now, Jackson, 4, has what they call “the lookout room,” as it has a large window overlooking the driveway, and he uses the hall bathroom. Nathan, 9, is a sports fan, and his decor shows it. He and Parker, 6, share a Jack-andJill bathroom, and often have “sleepovers.” Parker’s room, decked out with airplanes and bunk beds, also features an architectural cutout in the ceiling, in which he hung a bi­ wing model airplane. 64

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Daughter Aubrey, 1½, has “the upstairs master,” which is set two steps up from the other rooms. The Lineberrys joke that it’s a good thing she is a girl, because it made the decision of who got the upstairs master bedroom easier. If Aubrey had been a boy, says Ashleigh, there may have been some fighting for the bigger room and the en suite bath. Painted a muted lilac, it features an entire wall of windows.

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While the two floors provide more than enough space for everyone, the Lineberrys know that in the blink of an eye, their children will be looking for more space. Hence: the ground level. Complete with 10-foot-ceilings, the space is open and bright, with cheery yellow walls. The kitchen area (icemaker is key) features a bar with wainscoting created from a century-old chestnut tobacco barn that once stood on the property. The second family room also has a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace. Also on this level is a guest bedroom/craft room combo and a large bathroom, which also services the pool area. The entire space is lined with wainscoting created from the same salvaged wood that is featured on the bar. It’s a subtle nod to the outside, which features an oversized pool (a shelf on one end allows for the children to reach the bottom), a screened-in porch and a grill, always at the ready. Beyond the pool is a flat field, used for whatever sports the children are playing at the time and lots of other outdoor fun. And while all the details and all the planning helped avoid any unpleasant and or costly surprises, there was one thing Addison hadn’t planned for: the feelings he has every time he drives down the lane to his house. “For me, it’s almost disbelief: the dream became the reality. This view never gets old. … This is really a long-term investment in family.”

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Maintenance to-do lists keep your home running smoothly By J er em y A n g i o n e

As spring approaches to signal the end of another temperamental Virginia winter, homeowners are wise to make a list of house chores to accomplish before even thinking about good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Winter can cause several of your home’s key systems to experience an accelerated degree of wear. Inside and out, from air ducts to sidewalks, here are a few maintenance essentials to consider addressing before spring awakens. c vhomemaga zine .com

The battle against an intense winter is often fought on two fronts. On one hand, keeping your home warm and dry is crucial. On the other, a sole focus on heating your home can lead to a dry environment. That’s where humidifiers come in, working with your home’s heating system to create a balanced atmosphere that is warm but not too dry. It is important to schedule a cleaning with local HVAC specialists for your humidifier, as it will need attention after a stretch of heavy usage. You can also clean your humidifier yourself if you are feeling resourceful—no tech savvy required. Make sure to have your humidifier manual handy, as well as some warm water and white vinegar or bleach. Stagnant water and the dirty filter of an ill-maintained humidifier can contribute to mold growth or foster airborne allergens, so seasonal cleaning is important. While no one likes to think about it, mold is a factor that should always be on the radar. After a harsh winter, with your humidifier working overtime, you may find that excess moisture in the air can cause mold growth in particularly humid areas of your home. You’ll want to check those dark areas where moisture can be trapped, such as attics, basements and even pantry spaces. As spring approaches, consider having a professional check those hard-to-see areas or test areas that may have seemed innocuous. Though you won’t need it for awhile, your cooling system will need some attention too. As always, make sure filters are regularly changed and cleaned, and ducts are cleaned as well. Schedule your air conditioning annual maintenance now for a time when the cold tapers off, before that first heat wave that catches many Virginians by surprise. 67


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A particularly cold winter can prove to be too much for your indoor plumbing. It is important to routinely check any water pipes for cracks, leaks and any freezing which can cause pipes to burst. Keeping an eye on your pipes is an important habit to develop, but if you don’t know what to look for or if you notice actual damage, be sure to contact a professional plumber. Smoke Detectors

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As the end of Daylight Savings Time approaches, let it serve as a reminder to check all the smoke detectors in your home. They need to be dusted periodically for optimum performance, and their batteries need to be tested. Replace faulty detectors and change the batteries while you’re at it. Floors and More

After a winter with even the slightest snowfall, snowy or muddy boots (or paws) will undoubtedly reach your floors. Cleaning a hardwood floor can be simple enough with standard floor cleaner, but you may need some extra help. Book an appointment with a cleaning company that specializes in flooring of all types to meet the various needs of your home. Freshly cleaned hardwood, carpet or tile is immediately noticeable and adds a brightness to your home that is appropriate for spring. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6


Gutters can take a beating during the autumn and winter months, making regular maintenance important. In spring, your garden may be colorful and bright, your home spotless and the windows washed, but clogged or leaky gutters can turn into an eyesore that overshadows your other spring spruceups—not to mention paves the way for damage to your roof, home and yard. Be sure to schedule a gutter inspection and cleaning sooner rather than later, as appointments will be booked quickly by diligent homeowners. Outdoor Plum bing

While you may have taken all the precautions to protect the plumbing inside your home from the cold, you may have forgotten a few important parts of outdoor plumbing. As a general rule, make sure faucet valves are shut off fully and water is completely drained from hoses and faucets to avoid freezing. If there is damage to an outdoor faucet, your best option is to replace it. Porches and Paths

Not only can the snow and mud of winter damage the exterior of our homes, but so can our efforts to manage them. Safety-conscious homeowners may cast salt on walkways or steps where ice might collect—but unfortunately, excessive salt can cause your walkway or porch to become dry and cracked. Be sure to sweep and remove excess salt, making sure not to sweep it onto your lawn or garden, which could damage the soil. Wash down any areas where the salt was used. While one winter’s worth of salt may not create extensive damage, consistent use year after year can indeed damage walkways, porches and steps. Giving these hot spots your attention now will help keep your home’s systems in good repair, paving the way for a stress-free spring at home.

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Spring may not yet have sprung, but it’s never too early to envision your garden in full bloom. Winter is the best time to plan your plantfilled outdoor space for the spring, summer and fall—which includes not only what plants you’ll be tending this year, but how you’ll get the most enjoyment from your labors. Incorporating a bench—the workhorse piece of furniture in any room, indoors or out— into your design will help you transform your garden into an interactive oasis for relaxation, discovery and even utility, year-round. Here, we’ll help you choose the perfect perch for your outdoor escape. Location, Location, Location

First things first: Identify where a bench may easily fit into your existing garden design, or consider where you might make landscape changes to incorporate one. Find the best views of your yard—water features, fountains and focal-point beds are obvious spots that benefit from a well-placed bench from which to admire their beauty. The base of a flowering tree, near a fragrant bush or next to long grasses are also great locations in which to sit a spell. Other prime places for benches are along walkways and in the farthest reaches of your yard, beckoning visitors to meander all the way through and admire the sights and inhale the aromas of your landscape on the way to a respite spot. A bench can also bring an element of surprise and interest or blend seamlessly into the landscape when placed directly in a bed or around a quiet corner where visitors rarely go. Next, check the conditions of your potential bench location for ground dryness and for sun/shade patterns. Your ideal spot(s) should be free from runoff and post-rain-shower standing water, and should provide shade for at least part of the daylight hours in which you’ll be enjoying time there. Study sun/shade patterns in your prospective spot for a few days prior to placing your bench there permanently. Make Room for Multitaskers

Consider additional roles your bench might play in your garden. A backless storage bench can hold tools, small pots, extra potting soil, gardening gloves or hoses. Two benches placed opposite each other can morph into an al fresco dining spot with the addition of a folding side table or two (and a tray of hors d’oeuvres). Similarly, a bench located just off a patio or larger gathering spot can double as a mini-buffet during outdoor parties. And a bench with a backrest and underseat storage can stow children’s outdoor toys, towels, extra sunscreen and bug repellent, as well as serve as a drying spot for towels after a run through the sprinkler or dip in the pool. c vhomemaga zine .com


Find the best views of your yard; water features, fountains and focal point beds are obvious spots that benefit from a well-placed bench where you can sit and admire their beauty. Style It Up

Bring in color and pattern to create a focal point with outdoor cushions and pillows arranged on a bench with a backrest that you can change up by the season, occasion or your mood. Iron, cast-aluminum and copper benches with backrests are often adorned with vine, floral or scroll patterns that can add interest to a bland area of your garden or can serve to draw the eye toward a specific plant or architectural feature you’d like to be noticed. Wood and manufactured-wood benches with backrests bring their own flair; traditional, camel-backed, Mission-style, even brightly painted versions mean the accent options for your landscape are endless. Pick the Perfect Perch

Once you’ve determined a location, style and any desired dual functionality, it’s time to go shopping for your bench (or benches!). Here are some common materials and their advantages out in the wilds of your garden. Metal: Cast-aluminum, cast-aluminum with copper overlay, and steel are plentiful in garden bench design, typically in benches with seat backs that feature ornate designs. Metal’s durability is its big plus, as it naturally resists chipping and cracking, while the hefty weight of the bench ensures it will stay put (with the exception of aluminum, which is considerably lighter than other metals). Temperature absorption with metal benches should also be on your radar if you plan to bench yourself in a primarily sunny spot (in which case, a combination wood-metal bench with wood seat might be a better option). Price range: starting around $100 Wood: Teak, acacia and eucalyptus are three prevalent kinds of hardwood choices for garden benches. Like manufactured wood, these woods are more expensive than metal or plastic, but are revered for their durability, cleaning ease and virtually no maintenance, all while providing a natural-looking complement to your garden’s design. Wood also bears the bonus of being an eco-friendly and renewable material. Price range: starting around $300 Pl astic (including resin): Usually lightweight and

easy to move around, plastic benches that feature molded backs with lumbar support and other ergonomic design elements have become commonplace, as have trunk-style, backless benches with lids for storage and designated spots to stash tools. Plastic benches can also feature faux rattan or wood textures for added interest. Price range: starting at $100 7 2

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Composite/manufactured wood: Trex and Polywood are two leaders in the manufactured wood/composite category. Polywood, specifically, is made of durable, high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Advantages to this type of bench are its resistance to cracks, chips, fading, as well as resistance to fungi, insects and saltwater. It also requires very little maintenance. Trex provides the same type of durability, and both are made of recycled materials. Price range: about $300 to $800 Stone/concrete: Whether natural stone, stamped concrete or custom-built from brick or pavers, a stone bench can lend a natural feel to your garden, one that will patina over time. Advantages of concrete or stone include their strength and natural weather-resistant properties, as well as stamped concrete’s ability to be formed into petite, curved benches, often accented with ornate trim patterns. These benches come in a wide variety of sizes and can adeptly squeeze into tight spaces and hug garden bed curves. Price range: starting at $50

Adding a bench (or three) to your garden this year is a sure bet for countless hours of outdoor enjoyment among the blooms, be it in reflective solitude, in boisterous celebration or in a bit of both. Find the right one for your space and you—and your guests—will never want to come inside.

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While many of us have experienced nostalgia for days gone by, few folks have “misty water-colored memories” of decorating fads like carpeted bathrooms or harvest gold appliances. In order to keep your home from becoming a shrine to a previous decade, it’s important to update its style every few years. It doesn’t have to be a major overhaul; just a touch here and there will keep your interiors feeling fresh. We all know fashion is cyclical, and sometimes it’s worth hanging on to something until the tides turn back in its favor. But while some pieces will stand the test of time, sometimes today’s trends can be tomorrow’s regrets. Here, we suggest ways to modernize a few familiar looks from previous eras. 74

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The Oriental rug is an undisputed classic, adding sophistication to any space. Yet rug styles and preferences have evolved over the decades. In the 80s and 90s, many Oriental rugs had navy and red colors with intricate details. Aubusson rugs, with their floral patterns and pastel tones, were also popular. Today’s rugs tend to have tribal or geometric motifs, or are vintage pieces with highly faded finishes. If you have a rug that’s looking dated, there are several choices. If you’re open to replacing your current rug, two of the most fashionable options are kilims and Oushaks. Rich, warm-toned kilims and subtly-hued Oushaks both come in an array of colors and patterns. Unless you’re going for a total room overhaul, look for a rug with accent colors that pick up something in your space, be it the paint or a piece of furniture. However, if you have an heirloomquality piece (or you still love it) there are options. A professional cleaning can unearth colors you’d all but forgotten. Layering it beneath a neutral rug such as sisal can tone down the impact. Take a close look at the colors in your rug and see if there’s a more modern accent shade you can pick out, and use for wall paint or accessories. Alternatively, neutralize the rug by using it in a room with crisp white walls and otherwise restrained decor, where it will be a welcome pop of color. If none of these options work, you can either store it for a few years until it’s back in fashion, or sell it on consignment and use the spoils to buy a new one!

While wallpaper has made a resurgence in recent years, the wallpaper border is over. To keep detail on your walls, look for wallpaper in updated florals or natural textures. Add interest with wainscoting or beadboard. If you like the way that wallpaper border draws the eye upward, install paneling at 2/3 or 3/4 height around the room, and top it with an eyecatching paint color or wallpaper. Faux Wood Paneling

Along with ping pong and foosball tables, faux wood paneling graced many a 70s basement. Though the game tables are fun, it’s probably time to update the vibe. To be fair, not all faux paneling was created equal. Pre-1960s stuff was generally topped with a layer of natural wood and can be nice quality, so it’s possible to achieve a simple update just by whitewashing the paneling, which brightens the room while allowing the wood grain to come through. Faux paneling from more recent times is usually fiberboard with a wood design printed or glued on top, and if you decide to paint over it, you’ll need an oil-based primer. If you want to remove faux paneling, be prepared for the possibility of bare foundation or framing hiding beneath, so drywall may be required if you want to paint. You can also retain the warmth of a wood paneled room by replacing faux paneling with the real deal. Today’s wood paneling is often horizontal instead of vertical, and planks of weathered, reclaimed wood are especially chic. It’s a terrific choice for an accent wall! 75

Matching Furniture Sets

For years, a complete set of furniture was de rigueur in pulled-together spaces, particularly bedrooms. These days, a more eclectic, less formal look is in fashion. Take a look around your home and see if any pieces can swap rooms (a friend with a fresh eye can be really helpful here). Break up a monotone sofa set by replacing the smallest piece with a chair from another part of the house. Think of new ways to use an existing item—small tables work great beside the bed; chests of drawers can become side tables or buffets, depending on their size. For wood furniture that looks a bit out of date or whose finish is less than perfect, painting it white or a fun color will impart new life. Dining room chairs, sideboards, and wall frames are popular choices for this look, but don’t be afraid to think big. A bedframe, secretary, or armoire in a bold new shade can change the feel of a room. This is a good DIY project, but if that’s not your specialty, a locally owned home decor shop can either assist or provide a referral.


Valances, whether alone or atop curtains or blinds, are useful for hiding unsightly hardware, filtering light and views, or to soften a window frame. However, the right style can prevent them from looking dated. Swags, jabots, festoons, and balloon valances are all styles that were often featured in formal, traditional spaces, while current preferences trend toward more tailored designs that keep the focus on the view and the architecture. Roman shades, which offer privacy while softening the window with fabric, are a terrific alternative, and can be customized with virtually any fabric. If you like the dressier look of a valance, the trick is to use clean lines—think box pleat or a straight panel. You can also use a patterned valance with solid drapes for a custom look. This works particularly well with either a board-mounted valance or a fabric-covered cornice. It’s natural to collect decor over time, and many inviting homes successfully layer styles and pieces from different eras. With an update here and there, you won’t have to worry about your home becoming an ode to the Brady Bunch—unless you want it to! 7 6

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Clear The Tables! Inspiration to Give Your Coffee Table a Whole New Look BY L au r el F ei n m a n

Creating a new vignette for your coffee table is a great seasonal project. You don’t need a huge decorating budget, you can shop your own home, and you can change it out as frequently as your creativity allows—since refreshing it can be as easy as swapping out a few books, adding flowers, or getting a new set of coasters. Due to the “up close and personal” proximity of a coffee table, occupants and visitors alike feel compelled to inspect the things they find there, making it the perfect spot to show off keepsakes or a unique collection. Keep your treasures out in the open where everyone can enjoy them and put the “you” into “your home.” So, let’s clear the tables and create a whole new look for your coffee table this spring! c vhomemaga zine .com


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The coffee table is the perfect “low-commitment” place to experiment with colors, textures and prints, as nothing placed here is likely to overwhelm the rest of the room. Pull a favorite color from existing furnishings or a piece of artwork and express it on the coffee table through flowers, trays, book jackets or objets d’art. Something as small as a decorative box of matches next to a lovely candle can introduce just the right dash of a bold graphic print or bright pattern to your room. A tablescape is a great place to add an “au courant” tone to your room’s color palette—a trendy hue you might not want large doses of but would love to have as a fashionable accent. For instance, a sleek metallic accessory in antique silver, rose gold or copper would bring a touch of glamor to a tablescape and contrast nicely with the matte surface of a stack antique leatherbound books. A monochromatic white or ivory color palette is a refreshing look to try for spring and summer. Play up this cohesive look and use it en masse through several kinds of white flowers in a white vase on a white tray (you get the idea). Set the Foundation

A tray is an excellent anchoring piece, a base layer that keeps everything orderly and compartmentalized. If you use an upholstered ottoman as a coffee table (or even if you don’t), a large tray provides a stable surface for holding books and decorative accessories. Similarly, you can also use stacks of books to display an intriguing object. Setting items on a tray gives them a place to shine, a pedestal upon which to stand. Petite trays, beautiful bowls and small platters are cute catchalls. Long, narrow, slim, square or round—any shape or size can find a place on a tabletop. Shop your own home and think beyond an item’s intended/original use to find a new way to use it in your tablescape. A baby’s porringer could catch the jewelry you cast off at the end of the day, a handmade pottery bowl could hold your husband’s prized collection of keepsake guitar picks, or a small potted plant can rest on a saucer from an antique china set.

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Focal Point

Create your coffee table vignette the way an artist arranges objects in a still life—by establishing a focal point and arranging other items around it. It’s a familiar suggestion that items displayed in odd numbers (3s, 5s or 7s) are pleasing to the eye. A tall sculpture, vase or flowers will add dimension, but do consider the length of your coffee table and how it relates to the height of those taller objects, so nothing will appear to teeter on top of it. To strike an overall balance for your tablescape, think about the composition of your items. Play with the varying heights and the visual heft of your things (whether they appear heavy or lightweight) to keep your collection of candlesticks from looking spindly, a bunch of boxes from looking chunky, or piles of round things from resembling a group of playground balls. Opposites attract, and it’s fun to pair shiny objects with others with a matte finish. Round with rectangle, big with small, modern with antique. Sneak in a humor book among your art books or display a silly cartoon in a formal silver frame. Cross over into an entirely different style of decor to add a delightful touch of quirk and personality. Just try not to smile when you see that one oddball item in an otherwise very traditional tablescape! Creating balance in your tabletop arrangement is a bit of an experiment—testing the mass and weight of one item and measuring how it works against another. The best way to test it is simply to play. Try a group of things together, take something away and put something else in its place.

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An item from nature introduces interesting textures to a tablescape. Gathered pinecones, shells and the like, or the smooth horn or mother-of-pearl handle on a magnifying glass all are organic items that conjure up a sense of history. Live plants are slightly sculptural and add “life” to a display. Just be sure to choose plants that favor low light if your coffee table sits some distance away from a window, and place it on a saucer or a plate, to protect the surface of whatever’s underneath it from moisture. A bell jar or a cloche can be used to highlight any special item and elevate it into a piece of art. A bell jar is a dome-shaped glass display case/dust cover that comes with a base. The glass dome fits into a groove on the base, creating a seal that prevents air from seeping in or out. Therefore, a bell jar is best used to display inorganic items like Baby’s first pair of shoes, preserved flowers or a figurine. A cloche is similar to a bell jar but doesn’t come with a base. Gardeners use cloches to protect outdoor plants from frost, though indeed they may be used indoors too. Most cloches have a bubbly hand-blown appearance and have a small glass knob on top. Cloches keep humidity up for indoor tropical plants that need it, like orchids and ferns (and they can be used to protect tender leaves from nibbling cats, too!). Open-mouthed jars or shallow bowls can be used to grow succulents—dry climate plants that don’t need extra humidity. Consider repurposing a breadbasket, pasta bowl, punchbowl or vintage pie plate for a succulent garden. Lanterns and hurricanes with pillar candles inside can be slightly nautical or very traditional. Your tablescape will look gorgeous when illuminated by the glow of candlelight! Use scented, unscented or even battery-operated candles inside. Or, you could even fill yours with seasonal items like candies or colorful baubles. Finally, don’t forget to put as much thought into what’s under your coffee table as you do what’s on top. If yours is the kind of table that can accommodate a tuckunder, consider stashing poufs, storage baskets, or even a smaller table or stool layered underneath. You can even make tidy stacks of board games or fill baskets with your favorite “keepsake” magazines (like HOME)! Your coffee table has the potential to be so much more than just a coffee mug-resting pad. Design yours to be a knee-high display space that gets everyone talking—a place where you can share your interests and personal style with friends and family through the treasures you’ve chosen to showcase on it. 8 2

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Successful interior designers need a few important things—talent, for sure, as well as strong artistic sensibilities and business savvy. Lynchburg is home to many interior designers who bring these extraordinary capabilities to the homes of the Hill City and the surrounding area. Featured here are three designers who have another offering for their clients: new showrooms in downtown Lynchburg, where clients can see, touch and experience their work. Here, take a look at these new studios and meet the designers behind them. c vhomemaga zine .com


CIRCA STUDIO Originally from Baton Rouge, Kaycie LaGrone moved to Lynchburg two years ago when her husband became a student at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Active in design projects and new construction back home in Baton Rouge, LaGrone thought that she would have to give this up once moving to Virginia. However, as fate would have it, LaGrone began meeting people who wanted to tap into her interior design expertise. Then, a studio became available, and she knew that she was exactly where she needed to be. P h ot o g r a p hy by E l l e M e re d i t h Circa Studio is a full-service design studio focused on selling uniquely customized home items that are affordable. Located downtown at 505 Church Street, the recently opened Circa Studio features trendy furniture pieces as well as rugs, artwork and other accent pieces. Opening a showroom was an idea that LaGrone tossed around for a while because she wasn’t sure how important it would be for her custom-order business. However, she quickly realized that having a place where her customers could come in to “see and sit and touch” was ideal. “I think that it does help some people that tend to kind of ride the line [if] they’re not positive they want to use one manufacturer over another,” says LaGrone. A showroom is also a great way for her to stay organized and keep all of her fabrics in one location. After all, hauling a variety of fabric samples to a client’s house can be cumbersome for all. With her own design space, LaGrone is able to work one-onone more easily with clients to help them customize their homes in a way that speaks to them. “We actually go through together and we’ll pick out the sofa fabric, the fabric that is going to go on the throw pillows and the stain that’s going to go on the legs of the sofa and things like that,” LaGrone says. “I really work hard to tailor what I pick out to what my clients like. If I have a client that is traditional and that’s all they’ve ever known and that’s all they feel comfortable with, then I’m going to help them pick out nice traditional pieces.” While LaGrone loves all aspects of the design field, her favorite projects to work on are new construction. As an interior designer, she enjoys getting involved in all areas of a new construction project, not just simply choosing the paint color for the walls. “I’ll get called out at the preplanning phase when floor plans are getting finalized and I’ll help … move around walls to maximize the space,” she says. She also enjoys picking light fixtures and making sure they are mounted exactly where they need to be. Above all, LaGrone loves meeting new people and strives to please her clients. She hopes to reach a wide market with some of her lines that are specifically geared toward being cost effective. “I’m really doing everything I can to make it affordable for all markets,” she says. “I don’t want to only service or help super-high-end clients, that’s just not really where my heart is. I want to be able to help young families as well.”

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INTERIORS BY MOYANNE Moyanne Harding, while no stranger to the Lynchburg area, has recently moved the location of her design studio from Rivermont Avenue to downtown Lynchburg. Moving her business downtown allowed her to consolidate all of her work to one location as she is also an owner of Estates and Consignments, located in the same building but on 12th street. Interiors By Moyanne is a turnkey design business that has been serving clients, both commercially and residentially, since 1991. Located at 107 13th Street, Harding’s new studio houses a myriad of design elements for the home such as samples for carpet, cabinetry and countertops, as well as bedding, rugs, lamps, artwork, fabrics and furniture. Interiors By Moyanne carries a wide variety of lines that are exclusive to Harding’s business. Among some of these are Farrow and Ball paint and wallpaper, Bella Notte linens, as well as Colefax and Fowler, Anna French, Lee, Hickory Chair, Lillian August and Lee Jofa. Another distinction of Interiors By Moyanne is her full construction team that can help facilitate any and all projects for the home or office. “They just work full-time for me, so that way people aren’t having to wait as long as [they would] with a regular construction company.” With her new location, Harding hopes to create a userfriendly space that pulls elements to the customers’ eyes. “So if 8 8

you’re a do-it-yourself designer, then you can come on in and pick what you want and we can order it for you,” Harding says. “I like people to be able to come in, touch and feel and sit on and look at, try it out and take it home on approval. I think you have to have that, that’s what it’s about.” Harding’s motto as a designer is to keep things fresh and constantly changing. “I don’t like to repeat myself,” she says. She shops the High Point Market, an international furniture market that takes place in April and October in North Carolina, to help with this. And custom is key for Harding; she strives to go above and beyond interior design chain stores so that her clients have pieces that are unique and help express their personalities. According to Harding, Lynchburg’s design scene runs the gamut. With a mix of modern loft, traditional Virginia country home and historical homes, Lynchburg has a style for everyone. Mixing modern with traditional is a style that Harding has noticed more and more in the Lynchburg area. Harding tends to prefer European-style homes and also loves to mix antiques with modern pieces. “I think it gives a home more character and comfort,” she says. At the end of the day, Harding wants her clients to be happy and get the best possible attention. “My favorite part is transforming a space and making my clients really happy,” she says. “Seeing the end result, it’s a lot of satisfaction. Because you’re constantly improving things, so it’s a constant feel-good job.” Harding works with clients of all ages who are looking for different things. Just this year, she had several clients who were in their 80s and 90s, still renovating their homes. “I love working with all different people,” says Harding. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 6

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STUDIO H HOME Elizabeth Harrington is a talented interior designer who has a vast wealth of knowledge in the design and fashion field. Her career in the world of design began when she was just 16 years old, working in her mother’s women’s clothing store, The Hen House. She continued to pursue her career in retail when she worked for companies like Ungaro Couture in Paris, Thalhimers’ management training program in Richmond, and Evan Picone Company in New York. Harrington moved back to Lynchburg in the 1980s where she opened her own women’s clothing company called Carter Bates. Later, she opened The Silver Thistle, which was eventually sold and continues to thrive as an antiques, home furnishings and gift store. After building two homes and completing multiple home renovations, Harrington felt a natural gravitation to the world of interior design. Her latest venture in the design field is her new studio, Studio H Home, which was founded in May 2015. Located at 1215 Jefferson Street, Studio H Home is a design studio and showroom offering full interior design services, including floor and space planning as well as selections of furniture, accessories, lighting, window treatments, rugs, paint, wallpaper, and more. Harrington was inspired to open up a storefront in order to escape her cramped home office and utilize more space for working with clients. “The studio and showroom allows ample and comfortable space for me to work with a client,” says Harrington. “I can spread out 2D floor and elevation plans while showing fabric, accessory and upholstery selections.” The cost-to-benefit ratio for a client to work with an interior designer is superior, says Harrington. Because designers have a vast knowledge of product information, pulling an entire room or house together with a more personalized look is easier to achieve than if a homeowner tries to go it alone. “The money you invest by working with a designer will save you time and costly mistakes of purchasing the wrong items, ending up with an ill-conceived floor plan or a room that’s not comfortable and inviting,” says Harrington. “By having samples on the floor, I have competitive pricing and clients can see and feel the quality of products.” According to Harrington, her design aesthetics and rich cultural knowledge help to make Studio H Home stand out. “I have a degree in Studio and Art History and I travel a lot,” says Harrington. “I’m constantly looking for design inspiration. On a recent trip to Greece, Istanbul and Amsterdam, I found numerous examples of fascinating design in each culture—the textiles, ceramics and architecture are incredible.” Harrington procures furniture and accessories for Studio H Home from places like the High Point Furniture Market, the Washington Design Center and others in order to help clients find pieces that fit their style. In addition, she specializes in gathering and placing antique furniture and Oriental rugs to add an extra special touch to a room or a home. Working with clients who show enthusiasm and are eager to engage in the process of creating personalized and inviting spaces is part of why Harrington loves her job. “I enjoy building rapport with my clients, understanding their desires and needs, then creating from there,” says Harrington. “In the end, I derive great satisfaction when my clients wake up every day in a room that they love being in.” 9 0

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Located at 1215 Jefferson Street, Studio H Home is a design studio and showroom offering full interior design services, including floor and space planning as well as selections of furniture, accessories, lighting, window treatments, rugs, paint, wallpaper, and more.

Inspired Interiors

Elizabeth Harrington

1215 Jefferson Street, Lynchburg | 434.944.2043 | studiohhome.com

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The Drop Zone

By R ach el B e a n l a n d

In my 1960s rancher, the front door opens directly into the living room. There is no entryway, no foyer and certainly no mudroom. As a family of five (six if you count the dog), our cast-off shoes, abandoned backpacks and discarded dog leashes are a year-round problem. When the weather is cold and wet, and coats, boots and woolens litter my living room, my entrance’s shortcomings become all the more obvious. It’s easy to convince myself that I need a mudroom the size of the Taj Mahal, but it’s much harder to figure out what to do with the space I actually have. If—like me—all you’ve got is a wall to work with, don’t despair. With some thoughtful considerations and maybe a dash of patience, I could likely turn this situation around before the spring thaw (and its host of problems—namely, mud). No matter where you enter your own house— the front door, the back door, the garage—these tips can turn your entrance into the hardest-working room in the house. 9 2

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Hang Up Your Coat

Choose the wall closest to your home’s main entrance and install enough coat hooks for every member of the family to use at least two—one for a jacket and one for a bag. Don’t forget to allocate a hook for the family dog so you’ve got a handy place to hang a leash. Mount the hooks at different heights for more versatility. All of us, but children in particular, are more likely to hang up our coats when the depository is in plain sight and at eye level. If hiding coats away in a hall closet is your only option, consider installing a second hanging rod that young children can reach. Another option is to buy a closet rod extender, which hangs from the original wall-mounted rod. If your kids can’t reach the coat hangers, you’ve lost the coat-hanging battle before it’s even begun. Kick Off Your Shoes

While many homes feature a console table in the entryway, family may be better served by a bench. It’s useful to have a place to sit, particularly during the winter when lacing and unlacing boots can be hard going. The empty space underneath a bench also makes for great shoe storage.

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Purchase as many baskets as will comfortably slide underneath and label them with the names of your family members. To corral your family’s messiest footwear, buy a boot tray; they’re designed to hold several pairs of boots at a time and to catch mud and pooling water as your boots dry. Position a hardworking boot scraper just outside your front door to keep the worst of the winter weather outdoors where it belongs. Even if the floor of your entryway is tiled, invest in a pair of heavy duty, easyto-wash doormats and position one on either side—exterior and interior—of your entrance. Throwing a doormat in the washing machine is easier than getting out the bucket and mop, and over time, the mats will reduce general wear and tear on your floors. Make sure everyone in your family has a comfy pair of slippers, and store them by the door. Designate one basket for slippers, so they don’t mix and mingle with everyone’s dirty shoes. Your family will be more likely to wear them if they’re within an easy arm’s reach. It’s All in the Arms

When it comes to keeping winter woolens organized, your best bet is to select one

hat, scarf and pair of gloves for each person in your family and hide the rest away in a nearby dresser. If you’ve got the drawer space, consider assigning each family member a drawer. When you enter the house, stuff your gloves and scarf into your hat and shove the wooly bundle down the sleeve of your coat. If the trick seems elementary, it’s because it is; I learned it from one of my son’s elementary school teachers. Anything that keeps a classroom of twodozen school children organized can work for a small family. Before You Walk Out the Door

Successfully wrangling your household’s coats, footwear and woolens is a big accomplishment. But don’t stop there. Buy an umbrella stand so you’ll have a place to stow both wet and dry umbrellas. To cut down on the time you spend looking for your keys, pick out an attractive, wall-mounted key hook that you can hang by the door. An entryway is a great place to hang a mirror. Use it to give yourself one last glance as you head out the door in the morning. In the evening, when you come home to a well-organized entryway, use it to congratulate yourself on a job well done.



Exterior Embellishments Little Touches Make Big Impact on Curb Appeal

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By A lyss a M er c a da n t e

There is no better time than now to think about updating the exterior of your home. A small facelift is just what your abode needs to feel rejuvenated after a long winter. And while the idea of an outdoor makeover may seem daunting, a little bit goes a long way when it comes to boosting curb appeal and adding some oomph to your home’s outward appearance. These easy outdoor project ideas can each be completed in as little as one weekend— even one day—and can likely be done yourself. A Splash of Color

If you feel up to a little bit of painting, a revived front door—the focal point of curb appeal—could be the ticket to instantly updating your home. Choose a not-so-neutral color to make your entryway really pop. Bold aquas and greens look great against a tan or brown house while bright red stands out on a gray or white house. Don’t be afraid to experiment here since bright and bold doors are all the rage, are an inexpensive update, and can easily be repainted. All you need is the paint color of your choice, a flat brush, and a painter’s tray and tape. Try transitioning this exterior update to the inside of your home by painting the other side of the door as well. On the other hand, you can reflect your home’s interior on the outside by adding a decorative wreath or oversized monogram that reflects your personal taste and style. Cool Metals, Neat Numbers

Updating your house numbers, door knobs and door knockers are small but effective ways to give your exterior a stylish look. There are so many DIY projects out there for modernizing your house number. Think big, fancy fonts in stainless steel or aluminum affixed to the face of the house, or a display of various potted plants arranged on the front porch with numbers painted on the sides. If you have the space, add a cute bench out front with a bright and colorful pillow featuring your house number in a bold applique to really make a statement. Get rid of those old, shiny brass door knobs and replace with bronze or another favorite metal. If you don’t like the idea of buying and c vhomemaga zine .com

replacing your door hardware, try using a metal spray paint to quickly update the look and feel of your knobs and hinges. If you are looking for something more unique, be sure to scour local antique shops. Adding an old, interesting door knob or door knocker with intricate details and designs to your front door can really give your house the perfect dash of character. Simple Lighting

Properly illuminating your home’s wonderful features is key to curb appeal. And this doesn’t have to be an expensive or time-consuming project. Install solar lighting along your sidewalk leading up to your house to make a large impact with little effort, making your home feel warm and inviting instantly. Solar lighting does not require any wiring and can be purchased at any home improvement store. If you’re up for spending a little more, add a large overhead chandelier- or lantern-like light fixture to your front porch to accent your house and create a warm, welcoming entryway. (Consider calling in the electrician on this one if you have no electrical experience.) If you have porch lights on either side of the front door, consider updating them as well so they match the door’s hardware. Symmetry and fluidity are important factors to consider when it comes to creating curb appeal, as pieces that flow together are pleasing to the eye. 95

Paint the wooden post on your mailbox to match or complement your home’s exterior color. Add your house numbers down the post in a contrasting color, making sure they are clearly visible. Surround your mailbox with a beautiful flowering garden or a small, simple bed of rocks with hardy ferns. Mailbox Makeover

Your mailbox may be one of your least worries, but it’s likely one of the first things people see when they arrive at your home. Let it set the tone and complement your home while expressing your personality. Try using indoor/ outdoor spray paint for a metal mailbox. Two coats should do it and will dry in less than an hour. Think about choosing a fun, bright color for the box—such as a turquoise-blue with a shiny red flag—and white with large black house numbers for the post. If you have more conservative tastes, paint your mailbox black or white for a more classic look. Paint the wooden

post or pole to match or complement your home’s exterior color. Add your house numbers down the post in a contrasting color, making sure they are clearly visible. Surround your mailbox with a beautiful flowering garden or a small, simple bed of rocks with hardy ferns. Each of these done-in-a-day projects allow you to express yourself and add instant pizzazz to your home. To complete your home’s fresh, new look, be sure to manicure your lawn, tend to any shrubs and bushes, wash dirt off of sidewalks and driveways, and wipe down the windows to make your home sparkle and shine.

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n AROUND TOWN Lee Loves Local February 6 - 12 2016

Interiors by Moyanne invites you to their new location at 1225 Commerce Street to celebrate shopping locally with Lee Furniture. All Lee furniture is manufactured completely in the US and is exclusive in Lynchburg to Interiors by Moyanne. During this time, Interiors by Moyanne will offer a 30 percent discount on any piece by Lee, either from stock or by special order. Also just for visiting the new space you can register to win, no purchase required, a Free Home Consult (valued at $500) which will include a room flip, design assistance and ideas for your home or office. Shop local Lynchburg! Dance the Night Away with Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra invites you to welcome Music Director and Conductor Dr. Christopher Swanson to the Lynchburg community. On Saturday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at Tresca on 8th, event-goers will mix and mingle with Swanson and LSO musicians, and enjoy some of the most beautiful, romantic music to come from the orchestral repertoire, including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture as well as the waltzes of Johann Strauss II. Local ballroom dancers will demonstrate; the orchestra will play dance music for guests to take the dance floor. Tickets are $75 per person; $85 at the door for dancing, desserts and a cash bar. Seating is limited; black tie optional. An added feature of the gala is the “Celebrity Maestro Competition” in which four local celebrities—Tabitha Abbott, marketing director of United Way of Central Virginia; Abe Loper, entrepreneur; Len Stevens, WSET news director; and Tony Camm, hotelier/entertainerpreneur—compete for votes; the winner will conduct the orchestra for one selection that night. Gala tickets are available at Givens Books, Bloom by Doyles and the Lynchburg Visitor’s Center, and for purchase online at lynchburgtickets.com/lso, lynchburgsymphony.org, or by calling the LSO office at (434) 845-6604.

Quilt Show: The Magic of Fabric and Thread

Enjoy the beauty of over 300 beautiful quilts—both traditional and contemporary—at a spectacular quilt show hosted by the Patches ‘n Pieces Quilt Club. In addition to the display of quilts, enjoy shopping in a special boutique, participate in the raffle and door prizes, or bring your children to experience interactive hands-on activities. See a special quilt designed and created to honor and thank an exceptional Lynchburg police officer. Patches ‘n Pieces is pleased to share this display of art to the public. The club meets twice monthly, in addition to specific subgroups which meet monthly to focus on specific skills or to create over 200 donation quilts annually to be given to charitable organizations. The quilt show will be held Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Regional School, 2125 Langhorne Road. Admission is a $5 donation; students 12 and over are $3, and children under 12 are free.

Drab to Fab Kitchen Contest

Do you hate walking into your kitchen every day? Maybe the cabinet doors don’t close, or the countertop is cracked or maybe you can’t turn around without banging into the fridge. Maybe you feel like you would rather entertain and host your guests in the garage. The Cabinet Gallery of Smith Mountain Lake in collaboration with Smith Mountain Building Supply want to get you out of the garage and into a brand new beautiful and functional kitchen. Beginning Monday, February 1 we invite you to enter the $25,000 Drab to Fab Kitchen Contest with a 3-minute video entry* of your ugly and outdated kitchen as well as a short description about why you need a new one. The contest will run from February 1 to March 31 with one grand prize winner being announced Monday, May 2. For more information about this contest, please contact Morgan Kreutz at the Willard Companies via phone at (540) 721-5288. *All entries must meet certain specifications and requirements. c vhomemaga zine .com




Embrace Home Loans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Next Time Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Estates & Consignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Nina’s Bridal and Formal Wear. . . . . . . . . . . 83

Estates Revisited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Outtasight Truck Wraps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Paisley Gifts & Stationery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

About Face. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Farm Basket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

PIP Printing and Marketing Services. . . . . . . 84

Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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

Pella Windows & Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Access Advisors, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Flint Property Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Periodontal Health Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Givens Books and Little Dickens. . . . . . . . . . 84

Perry Pools and Spas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Gladiola Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Persian Rugs & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Gordon T. Cudd Construction Inc.. . . . . . . . 68

Piedmont Eye Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Grand Home Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Rainfrost Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Head and Neck Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Riley Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Interiors by Moyanne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

RM Gantt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Iron and Grace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Select Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Isabella’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Simply Clean by Stacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

James River Day School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Southern Air. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

James T. Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Southern Landscape Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Judy Frantz, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Spectrum Stone Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Karen Hall, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Studio H Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Kevin S. Midkiff, DDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Suzy Q. etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

La La’s Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Taqueria Tradicional. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Lauren Bell, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Terrell E. Moseley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Liberty Christian Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

The Corner at Rivermont. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine and Cantina. . . . . . . 32

The Summit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Lynchburg City Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

The Vinyl Porch Rail Company. . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Lynchburg Dental Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Timberlake Christian School. . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association . . . . 84

Wellington Builders, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Mable Hamlette-Franklin Mary Kay Cosmetics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Wired Up Electrical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Davidson & Garrard, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Decorating Den Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Nadine Blakely, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Dermatology Consultants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

National Pools of Roanoke, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 12







Bank of the James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Blanchette Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Blickenstaff & Company Realtors. . . . . . . . . 22 Bowen Jewelry Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Boxley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Buy Local Lynchburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Buzzard’s Roost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Carilion Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center. . . . . . . . . . 63 Centra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Central Virginia Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Charmed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Cheryl’s Secret Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics of Lynchburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cindy Bryant (Mary Kay) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Circa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 CLC Incorporated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Cornerstone Cabinets & Design. . . . . . . . . . 51 Curtains, Blinds & Bath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

YWCA Lynchburg Design House . . . . . . . . . 15

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Central Virginia HOME Early Spring 2016  

Central Virginia HOME Early Spring 2016