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94 features

showcase home

CREATIVE STORAGE Ideas for stylish organization

OPEN SPACES Stylish home offers easy living




SWEET RETREATS Two local backyard oases



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3463 Goode Road, Goode, VA 24556 Extraordinary French Country home situated on 243-acres with long frontage on Elk Creek, and spectacular mountain and countryside views. It’s an unparalleled offering located in one of the most desirable areas of Central Virginia. The 5BR home combines a rustic but elegant interior with impressive outdoor spaces. Featuring lofty ceilings with exposed beams, curved archways, fireplaces of stone and marble, wide plank hickory floors and oversized windows that provide natural light and capture the views. The exterior features a stone façade of varying sizes, stacked rear porches, saltwater pool and hot tub, fire pit and large patio area. The property includes a 3-car garage, fully restored caretakers cabin, Kentucky-style barn with enormous cedar beams, partially restored cabin and 2-acre lake. Price $4,250,000

303 Howard Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24503 Country living within easy access to the best that Lynchburg has to offer. This elegant home is sited on 29-acres and features a luxurious master suite addition that creates a private retreat away from the main living area. It’s distinguished by exceptional craftsmanship and offers formal living and dining rooms, spa-like exercise facilities, a remarkable wine cellar and a pristine detached 3-bay garage with custom cabinetry. Price $1,590,000

230 Waughs Ferry Rd, Amherst, VA 24521 The Joyner-Fogus house is a historical gem formed by the marriage of two timber frame homes built in the 1840’s and successfully joined together in 2011. Both homes exemplify fine quality and Regency-style details and were masterfully connected and fully restored with modern conveniences and energy saving features. The property includes 2.3-acres, a 2 car garage, work shed and is just a short drive to Lynchburg. Price $595,000

306 Walnut Hill Rd, Amherst, VA 24521 Private family retreat with distant Blue Ridge views in a most favorable location convenient to Lynchburg and Charlottesville. The home is sited on 226-acres and demonstrates thoughtful design, exacting detail and attention to simple pleasures. Featuring an open great room, sunroom and kitchen area, exquisite hardwood flooring and an exceptional basement. The property includes a 2BR guesthouse, 4-bay utility building and barn. Price $1,375,000

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Expert tips for common conundrums BY RORY RHODES


Designing a nursery BY MEGAN BRUFFY



Styles for every home



Design, Defined: Industrial style BY ALYSSA MERCADANTE



Compare the options



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Start now for a greener spring BY SARA SIGMON


Unusual bulbs for a spring sensation BY MITZI BIBLE



Savory pumpkin recipes BY MARSHA GALE


Coffee contraptions for the perfect brew BY SLOANE LUCAS


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EDITOR’S note Something about September feels like a fresh start. Though some schools begin in August, years of September start dates— with their shiny new school supplies and class schedules—make this month feel like prime time for getting organized and tackling things that were put off during summer. This issue of HOME puts the focus on family, and getting your home and garden squared away for fall. Make the most of your space with our article on creative storage solutions, which offers ideas for every area of your home. If you’ve got extra real estate in the basement and are wondering how best to put it to use, our basement remodel feature has plenty of inspiration. We’ve shared advice from local designers on several family room design conundrums, and our team at HOME magazine has pooled our best cleaning tips—we hope to surprise you with some new household hacks! These next couple of months are some of the best to spend outside; check out our feature on beautiful backyards to see how area homeowners have created relaxing retreats. If your lawn is looking tired after a hot and busy summer, our how-to on lawn care tells you what to do now for lusher grass in spring. Speaking of spring, fall is the time to plant bulbs—we’ve found a few you probably haven’t seen before. Don’t forget to take some time to appreciate our area’s natural bounty—we’ve got suggestions for the perfect fall picnic, and some savory pumpkin recipes to take you beyond the classic pumpkin pie.

If you’re thinking about a fall project or two, now is a good time to get it done. Whether it’s a new front door, a touch of industrial-style design, or designing a nursery for your newest family member, we’ve got ideas. Plus a handy breakdown of home security options, to keep you and yours safe and sound. And, if you need a charge before tackling these home projects, our article on making gourmet coffee at home will put some pep in your step. As always, our goal is to be a resource you can count on for design, home improvement, and a few fun extras. We hope you enjoy reading our family issue, and wish you a happy autumn! — Rory Rhodes, Editor


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rganizing—it’s a never-ending quest. Our desire for tidy, puttogether homes requires a lot of vigilance, but also creativity. We’re forever pushing back on the constant creep of our belongings from their appointed storage location to “all over the house.” Culling your belongings with popular techniques such as KonMari or Swedish Death Cleaning can only get you so far. At some point you need to assess your storage options and, if lacking, address. Just because a home is large doesn’t mean it has adequate storage. And even smaller homes can be deceptively creative when it comes to sneaking in storage opportunities.

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To create the most elegant and seamless storage in your home, invest in built-in cabinetry. That could be building out a unit against a living room wall to store books, DVDs or toys—maybe leaving room for a mounted TV to create a media room. It could be allocating a wall in a dining area to install cabinets to store your plates and glasses. Or it could be creating built-in cabinets and drawers against a bedroom wall to store clothes. As long as you have suitable wall space, and the funds, you can hire local craftsman to build out custom storage that will blend right into your home. In addition to wall space, ask yourself if you can cut a hole in a wall and take some space from a garage or attic space on the other side. You can carve out space to create nooks and recessed storage. One natural area that is often underutilized is beneath the stairs, where drywall can be removed, and shelves and doors can be built right in. Some other areas to build in recessed spaces include bathroom linen cupboards and storage cabinets, dining room china hutches, kitchen pantry and appliance garages, and bookshelves. You can even build out space between dormers in an attic room. You can also build around a large window, installing shelving and cabinets on either side, and adding a bench underneath the window, which can be both a reading nook and hidden storage. Entryways may provide some unused space that can be repurposed for storage, including a built-in unit with a bench, hooks and shelving to store coats, bags and other daily use items. Take time to assess all the logical areas in your home for potential storage. Can you upgrade a kitchen island, enlarging and

adding storage? Can you add built-in storage on either side of a fireplace? Built-in options can also go beyond cabinetry and drawers. You can hide a bar area behind sliding doors, and reveal it when company arrives. Or you can build around a recessed area to stash a folding desk and a laptop for a hidden office space. If custom builds are not in the budget, you can sometimes approximate the look and feel of custom cabinets with large-scale furniture and storage options from furniture stores like IKEA, which will allow you to purchase a bank of identical bookshelves or closed storage shelves that can be attached to a wall for safety. The uniform appearance can give the look of custom cabinetry for far less. A bank of bookshelves divided with a matching TV console or buffet can give the same tailored look as built-ins for significant cost savings. And it will provide some attractive, practical storage. Dressed up with a few interesting objets d’art, both built-ins and custom or semi-custom cabinetry can offer valuable extra space, while also displaying your style. Bins and baskets

If you want the storage without the permanence of built-in or attached cabinets, you can purchase large-scale furniture that can double as creative storage. Large shelving units—especially ones with square, box-like shelves—can be fitted with decorative baskets that house toys and crafts, and they are often great to store vinyl records or books. You can also use galvanized steel tubs or canvas-covered storage boxes for a different feel, depending on your decor. These items are especially useful in living rooms and dens, where you may need to tidy fast. From the outside, they will

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While wardrobes and computer cabinets are functional and practical ways to camouflage storage, they can be bulky, and not particularly original. If you’re looking to make a design statement, seek out furniture that does double-duty providing excellent storage while still being eye-catching and stylish. Don’t settle for a basic boxy buffet. Instead, choose something with texture, pattern or color that will stand out in your dining space. A lacquered or mirrored finish adds shine to your design. Intricate fretwork on the doors, ornate period detailing, or sleek midcentury lines can set the tone for your dining room. Choose coffee and side tables made of unusual materials but also with hidden drawers or shelves that will make a statement in your living room while still offering storage. Drum tables come in a range of finishes, from hammered metal to salvaged wood, and are a great place to store toys, throws, and pet supplies. Luxuriously upholstered ottomans, decorative benches, and occasional tables with shelves can all add both style and storage. Beds with drawers underneath are fantastic for storing blankets or off-season clothing. And beds with bookshelf headboards are great for extra bedtime items. Both are especially useful in kids’ rooms. Kids’ rooms can also be expanded by going vertical. You can buy loft beds with room underneath for a homework space or extra storage. Need a mudroom? Buy some sports lockers and build them into the garage or just inside the garage door, giving your family a fun and practical place for shoes and coats. Maximizing existing space


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You should also take a look at your existing closets and pantries and ask yourself if you are really using the space to its full advantage. Similar to installing bookshelves, you should be using all of the space, from floor to ceiling. Ask friends for recommendations or do an online search for local professional closet designers, and call for a consultation. They can share ideas and price out a revamp of your space. Storage systems like Elfa from The Container Store, or closet organizers from home improvement stores can also be installed, either professionally or DIY, to transform a mediocre closet into a fantastic wardrobing space. Similarly, pantries can be more than just shelves in a closet. You can add hanging door racks for spices, or additional shelves with bins, if that helps organize your items better. Scour your local stores for creative storage products that you can use. Your kitchen cabinets may be able to hold more than you think, if you hang wire plate holders under the shelves to stack additional dishes or hang mugs above platters. Add risers and stackable shelves to lower cabinets to store more pots and pans. Drawer organizers may also help contain clutter—especially if you have deep drawers where you can add another tray. Most people have probably maximized their rough attic space for storage with plastic bins to keep clothing and other items clean and stacked. But you may also be able to better leverage your garage, especially with storage racks mounted to the ceiling. You can use sturdy, airtight plastic bins to store clothing or offseason coats, and these can be really great for luggage. Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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Sometimes it’s not long-term storage, but quick-fix solutions, that help you contain your daily disarray. Can you install a bank of hooks at your entry to hang purses, coats, bags and keys? That will help keep the clutter controlled. Hanging kitchen racks can help you showcase your cookware, giving you easy access to pans and pots while also freeing up cabinet space. A collection of copper cookware will add some charm to your kitchen, and keep them handy when you want it. Do you have some decorative or seasonal items you love but only use infrequently? Display them on top of kitchen cabinets. With an array of ideas and options for storage, ranging in price from high-end custom builds, to statement furniture that combines storage with style, to easy-peasy solutions from your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get your home organized. All it takes is some creativity and a commitment to making your space as put-together as possible. ✦

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n every home there are bound to be certain design and decorating challenges. Who hasn’t tried rearranging furniture or art every now and then—whether to improve flow, make more room, or just try something new? When you’re looking at your own spaces, it can be hard to see things with a fresh eye. We might search Pinterest boards, magazines, and design websites for inspiration; we might ask a trusted friend for opinions and ideas. But nothing beats the help of a professional. Interior designers and decorators have the ability and experience to analyze a space and see what needs to be changed to improve both style and function. While every home is different, in their line of work, certain design challenges do come up with regularity. We talked to two local designers on how they handle three of the most common conundrums in a favorite spot—the family room. c vhomemaga zine .com


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Almost every family room has a television, and quite a few have fireplaces as well. Orienting both in the same space can be a challenge, and not everyone wants to have a TV as their room’s focal point.“The TV issue is a very common problem,” says Kathy Potts, of Decorating Den Interiors. “Sometimes the TV will be too high if put over the fireplace, and in that case, the TV could go on a bookshelf beside the fireplace or, if there are windows in the way, on either of the adjacent walls,” she explains. Potts says a recent design challenge involved a similar situation, where a client’s large fireplace took up one wall of a small space. There was no good spot for a TV above the fireplace, but she was able to situate it on a nearby built-in bookshelf. For furniture placement, Potts says, “I put in a smaller sofa and two small recliners in an L shape. No coffee table but two accent tables beside the sofa and between the recliners.” In this arrangement, the TV can be seen and the fireplace is open to the room, without overcrowding the space or making the fireplace the sole focal point. For homeowners who like to camouflage the TV when it’s not in use, there are several options. Moyanne Harding, of Interiors by Moyanne, says, “I love mirror TVs or art TVs—it’s an amazing way to make the TV go away.” Samsung offers an LED Mirror TV which, as its name suggests, looks like a mirror when the TV is turned off. Samsung also has The Frame, which offers the choice of more than 800 works of art for display. Both models have customizable frames. If you’re looking to hide your existing TV, consider wallmounted panels in an attractive finish. Antiqued mirror, reclaimed wood or even a large canvas can be slid or placed over the TV when not in use. “I’ve seen a TV disguised over the fireplace with sliding wood doors,” says Potts, who notes, “The TV would need to be inset in the wall in order for the wood panels to have a smaller projection.” There are also bookshelves and entertainment units with movable doors that can hide the TV when needed.

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Some family rooms—especially those situated adjacent to an open kitchen in the rear of the house—tend to have long, rectangular spaces that can feel a bit like a bowling alley. The conundrum here is how to make best use of the space while avoiding an awkward layout or blocking off access. “In this situation, furniture can be used to separate the space into two areas,” says Potts. “Another idea is to keep the space open, and place furniture along the longest parallel walls, facing each other for conversation.” With either option, Potts says to make sure that if there’s a fireplace, you place the TV in the same area. “Two focal points are sometimes unavoidable, but not one at each end of the room,” she advises. If you have a small family room and want to make the space feel larger, there are various tricks of the trade. Make sure your furniture is the right scale for the space—avoid bulky or oversized items. Raised leg furniture gives the illusion of more space by allowing you to see more of the floor—same with a glass-topped coffee or side table. A unified color palette and keeping clutter to a minimum also make a room feel spacious. Harding says one of her tips for a small space is the use of mirrors. Whether wallmounted, an oversized leaning mirror, or even a mirrored console table, any chance to reflect light and space will add dimension. Durable design

A family room is meant to be lived in. To keep it looking good, low maintenance and durable design elements are important here. Sofas can be covered in washable slipcovers or performance fabrics. According to Potts, “The industry has seen that pets

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and children shouldn’t stop you from having nice upholstery. There are a lot of performance fabrics out there now, and they’ve become more stain resistant, easier to clean, and more resistant to tearing than before.” For area rugs, both Harding and Potts favor wool for its resiliency. “It will absorb spills, however if cleaned immediately you can flush the spill out of the fibers,” notes Potts, who adds that while nylon is affordable and easy to clean, over time the fiber can become flat. Harding emphasizes natural materials in her design, and says, “Fabrics like wool, linen, cotton and bamboo are very resilient and healthy.” She is also a fan of Farrow & Ball low-VOC paint for its “amazing colors.” When choosing a paint, Potts offers this guide: “Flat paint is the easiest to touch up, but shows marks easily, especially with darker colors. Satin paint has a slight sheen and can clean up with a sponge. Semi-gloss and gloss are shiny, however they clean the best.” She recommends satin on the walls and semi-gloss or gloss on trim for the best combination. To make sure your family room has both good form and good function, it’s important to have the right layout and appropriate materials. Knowing a few professional tips can help you get there, and remember that being open to new ideas and possibilities can lead to great things. As Harding points out, “Conundrums are always a lesson—it’s fun and oftentimes a blessing in disguise.” ✦ Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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We all want to protect what’s important to us, starting with our home. Whether you have concerns about break-ins, package theft, or security while you are away, you can find a solution by browsing the growing selection of home security systems on the market. In recent years, smart technology has drastically expanded the homeowner’s ability to control and protect their home. Many find comfort in the ability to see video feeds from security cameras and control locks, garage doors, and thermostat settings from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. The first choice you have to make when seeking a home security solution is whether you prefer a professionally-monitored or DIY system. Here are a few options to consider… 36

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ADT stands as one of the most traditional and well-known home security companies, with nationwide dealers and installers. Homeowners can call or go online to get a quote on one of three packages, “Essentials,” “Total Protection” and “Premium Protection.” Each comes equipped with a wireless keychain remote, backup battery, infrared motion detector, three window and door sensors, high-decibel alarm system, digital keypad with a panic button, and 24/7 professional monitoring. ADT Pulse®, included in the “Premium Protection” package, allows homeowners to monitor their security system, including camera feeds, on their personal devices. If the system detects a threat, ADT will send you text and email alerts in addition to triggering alarms, a helpful feature if you are away from your home. ADT also allows homeowners to control compatible home automation devices, like smart thermostats, smart locks, and smart light bulbs from the ADT Pulse® app. The total cost varies per package, but buyers should keep in mind that professionally installed and monitored systems require fixed-term contracts and monthly fees. Vivint

Like ADT, Vivint offers a professionally monitored, customizable home security setup. One of Vivint’s primary draws is its stylish and smart devices. Homeowners can control their system using their Vivint Smart Home app, PC, or SkyControl, Vivint’s seven-inch, wall-mounted, touchscreen control panel. More than just a home security hub, SkyControl lets homeowners control their system and access smart devices from collaborating companies, like Nest, to switch lights, turn locks, open and close garage doors, and set thermostats, all in one place. SkyControl

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comes with a panic button that can instantly connect you to a monitoring professional, whether you have a security threat, a fire, or a medical emergency. The two-way voice feature puts you in contact with a representative through the WiFi-enabled SkyControl panel, so that in the event of a false alarm, you can alert the representative immediately, without having to run for your phone to answer a confirmation call. Though Vivint tends to cost more than ADT and require longer contracts, financing plans are available. Nest

Homeowners who prefer to monitor their own systems and forgo monthly fees may find Nest is the right choice for them. Nest devices are visually appealing, simple to use, and easily monitored using the Nest app. The starter pack includes the Nest Guard, the system’s hub device equipped with an alarm, two Nest Detect sensors, two Nest tags, which can be swiped by the Nest Guard to arm and disarm the system, and installation materials. Since some homeowners are deterred by security systems because they expect loud beeps and harsh countdowns, Nest offers a gentle voice and softer chimes, so the homeowner won’t feel startled when they arrive home. Homeowners can choose to add indoor and outdoor cameras to their setup in order to increase security and have the ability to check on their home while they are away. Professional monitoring is available in partnership with Brinks Home Security, which can be helpful to those with increased security concerns. Another add-on homeowners may consider are Yale keyless locks, opened with key codes, that allow homeowners to lock and unlock their doors using the Nest app. Nest thermostat control (also available through ADT and Vivint) is another great feature


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to consider when designing your Nest security system. Though the cost of Nest starts around five hundred dollars—more with cameras and other add-ons—homeowners can forgo installation and long-term service fees. Adobe

Adobe offers another popular DIY home security system. The starter kit comes with the Adobe Gateway, the system’s hub, which is equipped with a 93-decibel siren, a backup battery, optional cellular connectivity, home automation capabilities, and professional monitoring, if desired. The kit also includes one mini door/window sensor, an indoor motion sensor, and a remote key fob. Additional cameras, sensors, and accessories can be added if desired. One of Adobe’s unique features is visual verification. When an alarm is triggered, your Adobe system sends photos of your home to your phone so that you can quickly see whether the alarm was false or not and choose whether to disable the alarm or call the police. With Adobe, homeowners can enter and exit their home without arming or disarming the system using the auto-home and auto-away features, free of the hassle of manually arming and disarming your home. Whenever a door is opened, Adobe pushes a notification to your phone, a feature that may be especially helpful to parents who want to make sure their children make it home safely. The flexible nature of Adobe allows homeowners to entirely self-monitor their systems or pay low monthly fees for professional monitoring. Unlike Vivint and ADT, Adobe offers flexible contracts for professional monitoring. Final tips

Because there are an abundance of home security companies and packages available, decide whether you want a professionally monitored or DIY system, then choose the features you need before contacting a security company. Try not to be oversold on unnecessary features that drive up the price. While conversing with company representatives or researching online, pay attention to the quality of the customer service you receive and the ease or difficulty of navigating the company’s website, so you can find the best fit for you. Build a home security system that makes you feel safe and protected, whether you are at home or away. ✦ Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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Smaller pumpkins have names like “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.” With their firm, sweet flesh, they are an excellent choice for cooking and baking.

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here are a variety of pumpkins in our grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Smaller pumpkins have names like “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.” With their firm, sweet flesh, they are an excellent choice for cooking and baking. Use these small pumpkins for roasting, making soups, and for making homemade puree for pies—their flavor and smooth, roasted consistency is better than larger pumpkins, which tend to have stringy, watery flesh. Sugar pumpkins are about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. From one pumpkin of this size, you’ll typically be able to get the same amount of puree that you do from a 15-to-16 ounce can of pumpkin, or perhaps a little bit more. Roasting them is a breeze: Start with 2 sugar pumpkins; rinse with warm water to remove dirt. Cut pumpkin one in half, using a sharp knife; scoop out seeds with a metal spoon. Lay the pumpkins face-down in a large baking dish and add ¼ inch water. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on size) or until tender, using a fork to check. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin.

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½ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste) 1 teaspoon salt dash of black pepper 4 cups cooked pumpkin, mashed or pureed (canned is fine) 2 cups corn (fresh or frozen) 4 beaten eggs 1 cup grated cheddar


serves 6 This is a spicy pumpkin dish similar to spoon bread. If you prefer milder flavors, feel free to reduce the spices to your taste. It’s delicious as a savory side to many different meats. Braised short ribs are a favorite pairing. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 ½ cups chopped mixed red and green peppers 2 to 3 large cloves minced garlic 1 teaspoon cumin

Sauté onions, peppers, garlic, spices, and salt and pepper in olive oil until onions are translucent and peppers are beginning to soften (about 8 minutes). Add sauté to pureed pumpkin, along with corn and beaten eggs. Mix well. Spread into a buttered 2-quart casserole, and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered. The casserole is now perfectly done and ready to serve, but I like to broil the dish at this point in order to get a golden brown top. If you are so inclined, just switch from bake to broil and keep a close eye on it until it becomes browned and bubbly. Recipe adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen.


makes 12 cups Comforting, satisfying and delicious, this recipe has been a family favorite for years. It yields a large pot of soup, but it’s very easy to cut the recipe in half. 3 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, sliced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 sugar pumpkins, roasted and insides scooped out (or 2 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree) 6 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder pinch of nutmeg and ground ginger GARNISHES Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, or croutons

Melt butter in soup pot and sauté onion and carrots until soft; stir in potatoes and pumpkin. Add stock, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 40 minutes. Add curry, nutmeg and ginger. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Return to saucepan, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with your choice of garnishes. Recipe adapted from Susan Branch’s Autumn cookbook. ✦

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The view from Carla and Robert “Perk” Workman’s back patio is a picture-perfect expanse of calm water and lush greenery. Their home is located on Ivy Lake, in Forest, and they love living there. The only problem was the yard leading down to the lake was quite sloped and not very usable. “It was a workout just walking up and down the backyard,” Perk says. “Also, our landscaping back there needed some serious attention.” They had always thought about tackling a backyard project and decided that now was the time. They have two older children and, with their lives slowing down a bit, Carla felt they would have more time now to enjoy a place to sit and relax. Perk knew Wayne Melancon, owner of Land Tech Landscapes and Pools, and realized immediately that he was perfect for the job. So with the help of Rebecca Mahanes, one of Land Tech’s landscape designers, they created a serene place to take in their lake view. 46

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The Workmans had an existing covered patio under their sunporch, with stamped concrete flooring. They chose coordinating pavers to lead out to an expansive new patio featuring a spa, outdoor kitchen, and several fire features. A fire pit, the focal point of the new space, sits between the spa and outdoor kitchen, and is surrounded by comfortable outdoor seating. Land Tech installed a completely automated system which allows the fire pit to be controlled by an app on their phone or iPad, creating instant ambience. The nearby hot tub seats up to twelve people and is a wintertime favorite, though it can also be used as a cold tub in the summer to escape the heat. The spa has a waterfall and is flanked by two fire bowls which also have waterfall features. Mahanes, who recommended them, says, “You have the sound of the water, the visual of the fire, and the visual of the two elements together is stunning.�

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Carla and Perk both agree that the outdoor kitchen is their favorite spot on the new patio. They wanted an outdoor grill area, but the end result has far exceeded their expectations. It is a twelve-by-fifteen foot covered space with wooden beams, stone accents and granite countertops that houses a gas grill, Big Green Egg, sink, mini fridge and even a warming drawer. There is bar seating on one side and an area on the other side with a table and chairs where they can have dinner. “We enjoy hosting our friends while grilling out and sitting outside for dinner,” says Carla. The lighting all around the patio that Land Tech added provides just the right amount of warm glow needed while watching the sunset. 4 8

Flanking the kitchen area are also two fire bowls that match the ones by the spa. “They not only give off a lot of light, but also create the ambience that you want,” explains Mahanes. Mahanes says when designing a project like the Workmans’, it’s important to plan ahead. “Whenever you are implementing something of this size, there is a lot of detail and pre-planning that goes into the construction,” she notes. “We usually suggest that if you want to be enjoying something by a certain season or date, call well ahead of time. Large-scale quality construction takes time.” This project took eight to ten months to complete, and Perk says, “It was most definitely worth the wait.” Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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A place to gather

When you look out over Matt and Johanna Schubert’s backyard, you see a place that is perfect for gathering and entertaining, and that is precisely what they wanted when they contacted Southern Landscape Group. They had seen work done by the landscaping company at Smith Mountain Lake, and had a wonderful experience working with Mark Maslow and his team of landscape professionals. Together they designed an outdoor space that they can enjoy with their four children and friends and family for years to come. “Our backyard was a place we avoided,” says Matt. It was a completely empty space with grass that needed work. The property features rolling vistas but Matt admits, “Most evenings the view of the sunset behind the mountains is something we’d watch from behind the back doors or windows. We wanted to create a space to relax and enjoy the view already present.” 50

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When Maslow works with a client on a new project, he follows three important steps. Step one is the discovery phase, where he learns about the customer. “We ask a lot of questions about ideas, goals and things they want to accomplish with the project,” he says. Step two involves creating the concept. This is where he shows the homeowner options, and a portfolio of projects so they can visualize plans and materials. Maslow encourages his clients to create an “inspiration guide” using popular websites like Pinterest or Houzz to get ideas and to show the contractor the direction in which they want to proceed. “Matt wanted something outside the box, something he hadn’t seen before,” c vhomemaga zine .com

says Maslow, so the planning was an important part of the project, and especially helped Johanna to visualize the end result. Step three involves fine tuning. “The ideas become a functional and build-able plan,” Maslow explains. For this project, they reconstructed the deck that was on the back of the house, creating upper level seating with a bird’s eye view of the new pool. The space beneath features an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and bar stools, a dining area, and a comfortable seating area with a TV. Just steps away is a stunning pool and spa. It was important to Matt and Johanna to have the pool close to the house, so that even if they were in different parts 51


of the space they could still feel like they were together. Thanks to clever design, even the adjacent sunken outdoor seating and fire pit area feel like they are right in the mix. The edge of the pool near this area was designed to allow swimmers to swim up and socialize with those relaxing nearby or enjoying the soft glow of the fire. The stone accents and meticulous landscaping adds to the overall beauty of the space. “From morning till evening there’s something to enjoy outside, and we love living out there as much as we can,” says Johanna. The Schuberts’ landscape design and build took about six months, and Matt says, “The outcome was beyond our expectations.” Early on in the project, Johanna says, “I used to laugh at Matt when he asked me to grab a camp chair and come sit outside with him while the project was still in process.” But 5 2

now that the project is complete, Johanna says, “There aren’t many evenings that I don’t take him up on his offer to join him.” Whether you are looking to do a major renovation of your backyard space or just spruce up what you already have, there are some things the experts agree are important to think about before you begin. Create a budget in the early stages of planning so everyone has similar expectations regarding the outcome of the project. Planning ahead is key—chances are there will be a weather delay or something unexpected during the process, so the sooner you begin, the more likely you will be able to meet your deadline. And lastly, have fun. Create an outdoor space that matches your personality and lifestyle and you will make memories that will last forever. ✦ Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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There we were, two eager first-time parents-to-be ready to build the baby registry to top all baby registries. We’d spent months researching products, curating Pinterest boards, and polling every parent we knew. We were ready… or so we thought. But as we wandered wide-eyed through the store aisles, all the baby products formed one continuous blur of adorable patterns and unknown functionality. At one point, my sweet husband, who was quickly spiraling into overwhelmed, said, “How do you decorate a room for someone you’ve never met?” That first trip brought us a lot of clarity, namely that despite our collective four advanced academic degrees, we couldn’t answer the question: “Glider or rocker?” When you’re facing a project full of uncertainty, the only logical course of action is to categorize your needs and tackle one at a time. Small victories, I’ve found, keep morale high! 5 4

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Fitting furniture

When I’m decorating a space, I view it in layers, with furnishings as the sturdy foundation. For a nursery, the necessary furniture is pretty minimal: a crib, a changing station, storage, and a comfy chair. One trip to your local store and you’ll find that cribs come in every shape, size, color, style, and material. A neutral crib—white, black, gray—allows you the flexibility to add pops of colors through sheets and mobiles. On the flip side, a colored crib—think mint green, fuchsia, cerulean—makes a distinct focal point in the room. Convertible cribs that transition into toddler beds (some even offer a kit to transform into regular bed frames) are a great way to extend the lifespan of your purchase. A changing station also has options—you can buy a dedicated changing table, or transform the top of a dresser or table into a changing area. Changing pads are inexpensive and can be used on most any surface. Place a non-slip pad underneath for added security, so it won’t slide around while you’re tending to your little one. For storage, bookshelves are a nursery staple, and they can transition all the way to the teenage years with ease. Simply add bins—metal, wicker, fabric, or wood—and it becomes an organizer with built-in display space for trinkets and keepsakes. If you don’t want to invest in another piece of furniture, or if you have a smaller space,


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Perhaps the most important textiles in the room are linens. Crib sheets. Playard sheets. Bassinet sheets. Changing pad covers. It’s a lot to keep track of, and even more to launder. Whether you place your linens in drawers, on shelves, or in a hanging organizer, heed this advice—label, label, label. In the middle of the night, when you’re sleepily trying to refresh your baby’s crib, all the sheets will look the same. Labeled storage will save you a lot of confusion! Linens are also a convenient and costeffective way to incorporate your theme, and so much easier to update than to repaint or purchase new furniture if you tire of your initial choices. Adorable accessories

Adornments are the final frontier. These thoughtful items elevate your nursery from a mere room into a cozy nest for your sweet babe. A wellappointed monogram above the crib. A gallery of maternity and newborn photos on the wall. Stuffed animals on corner shelves. To give the room dimension, mix-up the materials and sizes. Pair a wooden monogram with metal photo prints. Station a floor lamp beside open shelves lined with small curios. A low wattage or dimmable lamp of some kind is handy for middle-of-the-light diaper changes. In the South, we often pass down meaningful pieces from generation to generation. Why not hang your grandmother’s hand-sewn quilt above the crib? Or showcase your baby cup beside your child’s? Less adorable but still important, don’t forget a hamper and diaper pail. From form to function, nurseries offer baby a cozy welcome to the world, as well as the chance to have fun with colors, patterns and products. While the design elements are many, the most important facet of this special room is your baby. So, embrace the process and curate a space that invites you to enjoy this next chapter in your life. ✦

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Something about autumn brings on an urge to get things squared away in our homes. Like creatures of the field and forest, there’s a pull to get everything ready for the cold season ahead. Though squirrels and groundhogs probably don’t worry much about hard water buildup or fresh-smelling linens, those of us who don’t live in tree tops or burrows tend to like a clean, shiny home. We’ve asked the team at HOME magazine for their favorite cleaning tips and tricks, and are sharing them with you…

From pet hair to dirt getting tracked in on our shoes, our floors constantly need to be tidied. To make floor cleaning easy, I eschew rugs in heavily trafficked areas of the house like our entryway, hallways, dining room and kitchen. Instead of lugging out the vacuum and worrying about spot-treating stains, I just have to quickly wipe up or sweep up messes. This also lets us show off our beautiful wood floors. Marissa Hermanson, contributing writer I use kosher salt to scrub hard-to-clean pots and pans. Generously sprinkle the pan with salt and use a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe away the mess. I use the same method to clean my stainless steel sink. Edwana Coleman, art director

Mr. Clean, furniture polish. I like to keep a Windex one in the car, especially when I travel with my dog! And, did you know that furniture polish works great on car interiors if you don’t have Armor All? Kirsten Becker, advertising sales A packet of lemonade mix (or any powdered citric acid) in the dishwasher will eradicate odors and build up in the dishwasher and on dishes. Just add the packet, run the dishwasher on a normal cycle and everything is bright and shiny again. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer

Hydrogen Peroxide sprayed onto grout cleans it beautifully, with minimal effort and no toxic smells. Let it sit and bubble a few minutes—scrub a little if you think it’s needed—then wipe it out.

I have a container of touch-up markers. I have stain markers for furniture and hardwood floors, grout pens, and even a paint pen for my kitchen cabinets which I ordered from the manufacturer to match the finish. I also have Old English on hand as well. This little kit keeps my furniture, floors, and cabinets looking like new!

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For instant wipes, I save my bleach wipe containers and use paper towels for refills. Cut a roll of paper towels in half, remove the cardboard center and pull towels from the center. Then pour whatever cleaner you need into the dispenser—Windex,

I keep worn out socks and use them for wiping down lots of things: dusting blinds, cleaning up spills, etc. I store them in a box under the kitchen sink to grab quickly.

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Baking soda does a great job for cleaning my ceramic top stove. Use a damp scrubber to create a paste and apply to the surface, then wipe clean with a soft cloth. Donna Collins, graphic designer

I made a “stain guide” that I keep near my laundry area and refer to when I need to remove a specific kind of stain, like tomato sauce, ink, or berry. Whenever I find a remedy online, I add it to the list. I use a notebook, but a message board or chalk board would also work great. Alexandra Reynolds, contributing writer Before tossing an old shower curtain liner that I just can’t scrub back to luster anymore, I use it as a drop cloth when I paint a wall or have some big messy project I need to do indoors. Then I let it dry and toss. At least I can get another use out of it! Mitzi Bible, contributing writer

A tip I learned from my mother is to wipe down the insides of the refrigerator with a little bit of vanilla extract after cleaning. It takes away any chemical or food odors and leaves a very subtle, neutral aroma. I love opening my fridge and getting a waft of that fresh scent! Rory Rhodes, editor c vhomemaga zine .com


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A trick for towels and sheets that have a sour smell even when laundered: Wash them in hot water with a couple tablespoons of baking powder and ½ cup white vinegar—no detergent. It’s also great for pet odors in blankets. Noelle Milam, contributing writer Instead of spending a fortune on Swiffer pads, just attach a washcloth or microfiber cloth to the bottom and away you go! To clean laminate kitchen floors, I love the mixture of water, baking soda, vinegar, and fresh-squeezed lemons. The floors come out miraculously clean and smell delicious. (Bonus points if you use your makeshift Swiffer!) Megan Bruffy, contributing writer

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I keep a box of generic denture cleaning tablets under my kitchen sink. Fill a stained coffee mug with warm water and a denture tablet and wait until the fizzing stops. Your mug should wash sparkling clean in minutes. To remove the ring left on a glass vase from fresh flowers, let the tablet soak for a couple of hours, then rinse well. Edwana Coleman, art director

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As a collector of vintage and antique glass and barware, I use Bar Keepers Friend to bring my new-to-me acquisitions back to life. It works on rust, mineral deposits, and other unidentified stubborn stains using a gentle, bleach-free formula. You can also use it to clean everything from pots and pans to sinks and bathrooms. But I love it best for restoring my treasured collectibles. Sloane Lucas, contributing writer

My “gets-out-everything” for the laundry: a mix of hydrogen peroxide, Dawn dishwashing liquid (must be Dawn) and baking soda. I mix it into a paste and apply it to the stain, and often let it sit overnight. It’s worked on everything I’ve tried to get out except makeup. Jessie Thompson, contributing writer

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I don’t like using a lot of chemicals, particularly around kids and pets, so I use baking soda to scrub out tubs. It’s gentle yet effective. Becky Calvert, contributing writer

After peeling garlic, your hands may need a good cleaning. If you rub them along your stainless steel sink a few times, the garlic smell will be gone. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer

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To safely polish silver without harsh chemicals, use a simple chemical reaction involving aluminum and baking soda. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of sea salt. Place it in an aluminum pan, or a dish lined with aluminum foil (shiny side up). Add ½ cup vinegar and one cup of boiling water. You’ll see a slight chemical reaction begin. Add your silver items, making sure each piece touches the aluminum surface; you’ll see fizzing as the tarnish on the silver reacts with the aluminum and lifts away. It should only take about 30 seconds, but heavy tarnish might need to soak for a couple of minutes. Remove and dry the silver, and buff with a soft cloth.

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the spot. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe with a damp cloth until all residue is removed. It gets out almost anything, including red wine. I’ve heard it also works on mold and mildew. Julia Belvin, advertising sales I use dryer sheets to clean and shine several things in my home. They are great for removing hard water stains and soap scum from shower doors, shower heads and tub/sink faucets. Something about them really polishes and buffs the surface. I also use them for dusting pretty much anything! Alyssa Mercadante, contributing writer

To shine tarnished brass: smooth on tomato ketchup, let it sit 10 minutes, wipe off. Noelle Milam, contributing writer To remove hard water stains from shower glass doors, I make a paste of vinegar and baking soda. I rub it onto the glass with a paper towel, and then after letting it sit for five minutes, I scrub with a sponge. Rinse with clean water, then use a microfiber cloth to buff it and it looks like new! Christy Rippel, contributing writer

I use newspaper and Windex to clean glass and mirrors—it does not streak or leave any lint. Also, I keep a set of everything I need to clean in each bathroom of the house; this way, I won’t skip doing something because the cleaner is in another spot. Jessie Thompson, contributing writer When your shower head or faucet gets clogged, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, secure it to the faucet head with a rubber band, and leave it overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and rinse with warm water. You will have better water pressure and a clean shower head. Katherine Fulghum Knopf, contributing writer


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Before I get started cleaning, I put all my rugs and linens into the wash, then clean the areas around them while they wash and dry. I also pre-soak showers and commodes with cleaner and save those areas for last. Once I reach those spaces, they’ve been soaking for 30 minutes or more and the dirt practically falls off. Megan Bruffy, contributing writer

I use an old battery-powered toothbrush to clean nooks and crannies that are hard to reach and require a bit of elbow grease— at the base of sink faucets, around drains and sink edges, for grout, etc. Rory Rhodes, editor Bill Herbert

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Before tossing the dryer sheet in the trash I use it to do a quick clean around the top of the washer and dryer where dust or drops of detergent may have collected. Mitzi Bible, contributing writer When your drains get slow, pour a cup of baking soda in the tub or sink drain, then follow with three cups of white vinegar. Let it bubble. Once it clears, pour down a couple tea kettles of boiling water or run the hot water for a few minutes. Katherine Fulghum Knopf, contributing writer

I fill a spray bottle with water, vinegar, and Dawn dish soap and use it to clean animal bowls and crates. I use about one-and-a-half to two cups of vinegar, and a few good squirts of Dawn. Always rinse eating and drinking bowls with water afterward, but for cages just wipe clean with a paper towel. The mixture is safe for them, and works well to remove lingering odors! Sara Sigmon, contributing writer

To clean a thermal coffee pot, drop a dishwasher pod into the pot. Fill it with boiling water and allow it to sit for at least two hours, more if possible. When you rinse the pot, it will be spotlessly clean and shining like new. Julia Belvin, advertising sales I always throw my lemons in the garbage disposal when I am done juicing them. It’s an instant clean for the disposal and leaves a fresh scent. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer

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I love to add lavender essential oil to homemade cleaning solutions and even a few drops to my loads of laundry. Not only does it smell clean and fresh but it has natural antibacterial properties! It’s a wonderful way to keep my home clean without using chemicals. You can order lavender essential oil online or get it at local health stores. Ashley Blair Smith, contributing writer I use several Norwex products for chemical-free cleaning. Their “enviro” microfiber cloths and window cloths give a streak-free finish to window, mirrors, granite, stainless steel, crystal, and shower doors. Their dusting mitt is great for wood blinds and other items. Colleen Miller, operations manager ✦ Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

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Although summer is over, your lawn may still be feeling the effects of children running through it, making homemade baseball diamonds, and skidding to a stop on swings. Not to mention pet damage and months of hot, dry weather. The cooler months of fall are the perfect time to rejuvenate your grass. Here’s what you need to do to ensure a lush lawn next season…

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The first step to a healthy lawn is knowing exactly what nutrients your soil needs to germinate new growth. In Virginia, there are four common types of soil: sandy soil (coarse and grainy), clay soil (thick and putty-like), silty soil (holds water, but doesn’t dry into a clay mass), and loam (the ideal mixture of sand, clay, and silt). Each type of soil requires different nutrients for proper growth, and these nutrients can be identified with a soil test. Soil tests do not require an expensive visit from an expert. You can perform your own test with a kit from your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. For these tests, take soil from 10 random areas—two to four inches deep, dug with a steel or chrome-plated shovel. The samples should then be placed in a container, mixed thoroughly, and sent to be evaluated. According to USDA data, about half of Virginia’s soil has a pH level of under five, which is too acidic for proper grass growth. c vhomemaga zine .com

In addition, 30 percent of the area has soil which is too dense to allow for proper growth of grass roots. However, both of these issues can be solved with some careful preparation before germination. Banish weeds

While waiting for your soil results and before planting grass seed, you’ll want to remove any weeds competing for space. To avoid using potent chemicals which can be toxic to pets and beneficial insects, it’s advised to manually dig any weed patches with a flatbladed shovel. Be sure to get the roots to discourage regrowth. For large weed patches, rent a sod cutter from a local hardware store, which will remove the roots. In situations where a lawn is filled with bare spots, rocky soil, and weeds, it may be simpler in the long run to wipe the slate clean and start over. In this case, you’ll want to rent a rototiller 65


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The results of your soil test will tell you the pH and nutrient levels in your yard, and how to correct and enhance them. As mentioned, with Virginia’s often-acidic soil it’s not uncommon to see a lawn with a pH level of five. This level makes growing grass difficult, but the acidity can be neutralized with a covering of pelletized, ground limestone. Healthy lawns tolerate a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5, which commonly takes 20 to 50 pounds of ground limestone per 1,000 square feet. Strongly acidic lawns may need as much as 100 pounds. Apply lime with a spreader to be sure it is evenly distributed, walking first in one direction, then crisscrossing the other direction to get each spot covered. Make sure you apply the correct amount based on your soil samples; otherwise, it can quickly turn into an expensive game of trial and error. Fertilize and seed

Before planting grass seed, apply slow-release nitrogen fertilizer in the same way the lime was applied. In fact, lime and fertilizer can be applied together without any issues. If rototilling, till the soil after the application of lime and fertilizer to be sure the soil is properly mixed. Fertilizer should then be watered in immediately. After fertilization, level your soil as much as possible using a rake. While raking, allow grooves to form for the optimal texture for seed germination. For grass seed, Kentucky Bluegrass is considered the best quality turf and works well in our region. It’s a cool season grass that should be planted between September 15th and November 1st, when temperatures are in the 50 to 65 degree range. It can be used to fill in any bare spots, is very resistant to wear and disease, and tends to regrow in damaged areas. In areas with more shade, a fine fescue grass can be mixed in to prevent irregular coverage. Plant Kentucky Bluegrass at a rate of two to three pounds per 1,000 feet. Use a rotary spreader to keep application even. After seeding, rake the ground once again to be sure the seeds receive proper ground contact. Thoroughly water the entire area. Cover the ground with a thin layer of straw to hold in moisture, prevent

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rain from washing the seed away and to keep birds from snacking on your hard work. It is recommended to keep the ground dark with moisture until all the seed germinates, either by hand watering or an irrigation system. After germination, the grass should receive approximately one inch of water per week and should be mowed to two-and-a-half to three inches in spring and fall; three to three-and-a-half inches during the summer. Overseed

If you find that you missed some spots while seeding, you can fill in bare areas with overseeding. Mow the existing grass down low and rake to remove any dead grass or leaves. Overseed with a spreader, and apply starter fertilizer to help grass seed get established (Avoid weed-and-feed fertilizer at this time, as the pre-emergents will prevent seed germination). Then, water the area gently but thoroughly. Preparing and seeding your lawn requires a bit of time and effort. But, once germinated, Kentucky Bluegrass is hardy and will stand tall against wear and tear, and will keep your lawn looking good in the seasons ahead. Remember, the grass isn’t greener on the other side; it’s greener where you water it. ✦


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On the western side of Lynchburg, Cynde and John Buckles’ home sits like a gem, nestled into the rolling hills and trees of the Piedmont. The road to this stunning residence leads straight up a gentle rise, affording the couple beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The road to finding and designing it, however, began five years ago and could be more aptly described as a “meander” than a straight shot. After more than three decades of marriage, these two professionals were looking forward to a relaxed retirement. Cynde, an interior designer, and John, who owns restaurants in Roanoke and Lynchburg, were ready for a change from the seven-acre property where they’d raised their children. An estate of that size required so much maintenance and upkeep that they began to think about something more manageable; building a home that was in line with the way they wanted to spend this stage of their life.


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“My vision was of a simpler, more casual style home,” Cynde says. “I was ready to get rid of formality, and wanted an openplan home without traditional formal spaces.” While Cynde was envisioning the home, John was focused on the lot—its location and topographical features, and most importantly, its view. The couple looked for over two years for the right spot, sometimes even calling strangers to see if they might be willing to sell a parcel of land that had caught their eye. Finally they found the perfect place—a parcel belonging to friends—which John had long admired. The friends agreed to sell, and Cynde and John began planning their new home. The Buckles engaged Dominion Seven Architects, of Lynchburg, and contractor Tom Gerdy, of Tom Gerdy Construction, to design and build the house. Cynde took Dominion Seven her plans (inspired by a book of house plans by Southern Living) at the outset, and together they tweaked and reworked until they had things just right. Though Cynde had initially envisioned a much smaller home, as the design process got under way, the home’s square footage grew. The Buckles credit Dominion Seven with giving them a design which made construction less problematic on a hillside home, including placing the house so that they did not need to dig out a full basement. Both Cynde and John had certain features in mind, and it took time, patience, and some compromise to get things just right. “The architects were great with placement on the lot, scale, and technical stuff that goes into building,” Cynde explains, “But when it came time to finish the interior, I told them I would work with my contractor to finish it. It’s something I prefer to do myself.” Cynde called upon her decades of professional interior design experience to work with Gerdy on finishing the project of a lifetime: her own home. With Cynde now fully retired, and John “thinking about it,” the couple plans to spend their retirement years in this home. “We plan to age in place,” Cynde says, “And with an eye towards that, I wanted everything on one floor.” She

describes working with Gerdy as a partnership. “I just love him,” Cynde says. “Both John and I have worked with him on other projects and he’s great. We had to rework a lot of stuff on-site together—which you have to do with a custom home. That’s what makes it custom.” Thankfully, Gerdy understood that. Cynde was able to take him pictures of things like baseboard and crown molding that she wanted in the house, and he could make it happen. She even custom blended the stain for the home’s hardwood floors. “I came up with this color,” Cynde says, “And since then, I have had five people ask to use it.” It’s a blend: two parts “Provincial” and one part “Grey” by Minwax, with a flat finish to compliment the understated shades on her walls and trim. With careful oversight and a trusted contractor, the house was completed on time and the Buckles moved in November of 2015. Though the home’s square footage grew from Cynde’s original design to 6,000 square feet, it still feels like a warm and intimate residence. From the bright entry, guests are welcomed into an inviting great room. Cynde was able to reuse and repurpose many pieces from her existing furniture collection. Comfortable upholstered seating is cleverly arranged to take advantage of conversational space, the built-in flatscreen TV and fireplace are flanked by built-in shelves and cabinetry, and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors take advantage of the views off the back of the house. The living area is decorated in soothing tones of greens and cream—Cynde notes that one of the biggest challenges of an open floor plan is planning the palette. The way the rooms flow into one another means that the colors of walls and furnishings must blend and compliment each other. She describes her wall shade in the main part of the house as “greige,” a combination of grey and beige, but also points out that because of lighting (some rooms are flooded with natural light while others, like the hallways, tend to have more shadow) she “scales” the strength of her colors, to balance the lighter and darker areas of the home.

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Cynde, a retired interior designer, decorated the open floor plan in greens and creams.

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The Buckles knew they wanted a big kitchen and island. “You know how it is,” Cynde laughs, “Every time you entertain, everyone ends up in the kitchen!” So the couple planned ahead for that. Cynde gives much of the credit for the kitchen design to her husband. “The kitchen is John’s,” Cynde says. “He had things he wanted and he got them.” They enlisted Ramsey Cabinets to help them design custom cabinets which reach all the way to the 10-foot ceilings, and RockFab Kitchen & Bath to make the marble countertops, including on the expansive island with sink and seating for four. The kitchen opens onto a dining room that features a large rustic trestle table atop a bold geometric area rug, accented with botanical print curtains. An apple green sideboard and a stunning chandelier by Curry and Company complete the space.

While John got the kitchen he desired, Cynde had her own wish list for the interior—a laundry room with a folding table, a mudroom, an easily accessible butler’s pantry, a bar area, and a small office area near the kitchen for herself. The spaces are all situated off a hallway connecting the kitchen to the garage. “Everything is within arm’s reach and on a single level,” Cynde says. “I call it my ‘all-purpose hallway.’ Everything that John and I use is on this level.” Ramsey Cabinets also installed custom cabinetry in these areas—cabinets, china storage, countertops, and wine racks in the bar and butlers pantry; and bookshelves, benches and cubbies in the office and mudroom to keep everything orderly and out of sight. This attention to detail means organization is a breeze, and gives the Buckles the uncluttered feeling they were looking for, even in the hard-working areas of the home.

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Custom cabinetry and marble countertops outfit the spacious kitchen.

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Cynde and John both worked to streamline and simplify their furniture and possessions before moving into the home in 2015. “We got rid of a lot of stuff!” Cynde says. “I am definitely a ‘less is more’ person.” They not only wanted a tidy feel in their new home, but also to have less “stuff” for their adult children to deal with down the road. Despite her urge to purge, Cynde treasures her growing art collection. “This house lends itself to displaying art,” Cynde explains, “And I have begun collecting.” She has taken a special interest in two local artists: James Brewer, from Nelson County, and Purnell Pettyjohn, of Lynchburg. Her collection adorns many of the walls throughout the home. The three-bedroom home features a master suite on the main floor, outfitted with two walk-in closets, a large bathroom with double sinks and a soaker tub, and a spacious bedroom decorated in relaxing blues, creams, and grays. A simple armoire holds (and hides) a TV, and the floor is covered with a geometric patterned area rug. The open staircase in the entry leads to an upstairs hall which offers a comfortable seating area, a bath, and two well-appointed guest bedrooms decorated in serene blues and greens. 76

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Upstairs features wellappointed guest quarters in serene shades.

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For the home’s exterior, Cynde says, “I wanted what I’d call a ‘courtyard house,’” describing a home with a drive, garage, and front yard that is semi-enclosed, like a courtyard. John envisioned a threecar garage with high ceilings, a bonus room, and plenty of storage space, and he carefully selected the hardscape materials and bluestone, which was brought in from a quarry in North Carolina. Early in the building process, the couple had also engaged Mark Maslow, owner of Southern Landscape Group, to help them with their exteriors. Cynde gives much of the credit to Maslow and his team, and her husband John, for the results. Working with Maslow, John helped shape the look of the home’s outdoor spaces, including the courtyard driveway and entry to the garage. Out back, there is an “outdoor room” that Cynde describes as one of their favorite things about their home. Protected from elements, but open to the air and views, the space is complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, and a casual seating area with fireplace. Beyond, terraced patios were designed to capture breezes and views of the woods and small lake. “It’s a great home for

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There’s something indulgent about visiting your local coffee shop to sip a frothy latte or a fresh cup of Joe that’s brewed just right. But a great cup of coffee doesn’t have to be expensive or involve a drive. And you don’t need to invest hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in a specialized coffee machine that eats up counter space. With a few simple gadgets you can upgrade your morning brew and become your own best barista. c vhomemaga zine .com


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A great cup of coffee starts with great beans, so treat yourself to some high quality, whole coffee beans. Buy them at a local grocery store or specialty shop, and have them ground just before buying. Or you can buy them whole, store them until use, and grind them as-needed with a simple $20 coffee grinder from Krups or Braun that you can put away when you’re done. Store your freshly ground coffee in a cool place (although not in the fridge or freezer) in a sealed container, like ones you use to store flour or sugar. You can also elevate your beverage simply by using filtered water, which removes minerals and impurities that may impact flavor. Use your fridge water dispenser or a water filtering pitcher. Coffee gadgets and gizmos

Automatic drip coffee makers have their place—they can be programmed in advance and have coffee ready when you wake up. But you can also buy a few simple kitchen tools that will give you café-level coffee and espresso for very little money, take up less room in your kitchen, and may even be conversation pieces when entertaining.

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To make espresso drinks, buy a stovetop Moka pot—a tried and true method that was first patented in Italy in the 1930s. Made of metal, they have three compartments: the bottom holds the water, the middle one holds the ground beans, and the top collects the finished brew. The water steams into the grinds and delivers a strong flavored beverage. You can buy them for less than $20 and make some fantastic espresso right on your stovetop. Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

There are several options for “pour over” coffee, including a basic coffee dripper, or the more stylish Chemex brand. For both, coffee grinds are placed in a paper or stainless steel filter, hot water is poured over, and the coffee drips through, slowly extracting the flavor. The basic drippers make for a light, smooth cup of coffee. You can buy a standard filter holder and paper filters at your grocery store for $5 to $10, or invest in a reusable, paperless stainless steel version for $15 or more. Coffee can be dripped right into a mug. The more expensive Chemex brand is stylish and perfect for entertaining. It retails for around $40 for a basic model, and you need also to purchase specialized filters. (You can also by similar styles for less.) Slightly more complicated—but allowing you good control of the coffee strength—are several “press” options. A French press is easy and can be purchased in several different materials, including glass, stainless steel, and even good quality plastic, which is a smart choice for outdoor use, like camping or on a patio. To use, simply mix coffee and hot water in the container, which has a lid fitted with a strainer. Let the coffee brew for the desired time based on your preferred strength (usually around three to five minutes) and then press the strainer down—so that the grounds are at the bottom and the coffee is on top—then just pour the coffee out. You can buy different sizes—from individual cups to larger ones for entertaining—and

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you can get some really stylish options, with stainless steel or copper accents, to impress your guests. They sell for $15 or more, depending on style and size. Another popular “press” brand is an Aeropress, which brews faster than the French press and provides a less acidic coffee. The coffee grinds soak in hot water for about 30 seconds, and then air pressure pushes the coffee through a special filter right into your cup. They are well priced at around $30, but you will need to purchase special filters for use. For these options, you will need a method to heat the water— either with a stovetop or electric kettle. Most coffee aficionados will advise you to cool the water slightly before pouring it over, since the ideal brewing temperature is 200 degrees and many kettles will boil water at a higher temperature. Fun with frothers

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Want to make delicious lattes and cappuccinos at home without a huge stainless steel machine hissing in your kitchen? No problem. There are some simple options for frothing up milk. A hand-held, battery-operated frothing wand with mini whisks at the end sells for as little as $7. Even the more expensive ones like those from Aerolatte sell for only $20 to $25. They are a great choice for not only your home but for your office, since they are so portable. They work by frothing milk cold in a mug or glass container. You then heat the container with the milk in a microwave and then add your coffee. Quick and simple—and small enough to store in a drawer. Freestanding automatic frothers sell for roughly $35 to $50 and work like electric kettles—they heat and whirl the milk until the desired level of froth is achieved. They’re easy to use and leave your hands free for making your coffee. You can also experiment with different milk options—skim, whole or reduced fat dairy milk, or dairy-free options like almond, cashew, and coconut. Just be aware that these non-dairy options may not froth quite as well as dairy milk. Keep cool

For those who enjoy iced coffee, you can buy pre-made cold brew coffee in stores, but you can also make your own. Cold brew coffee makers involve a soak and filter system, where grounds are soaked for 12 to 24 hours and then filtered through a filter pad or fine mesh strainer. Instead of hot water,


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it’s just room temperature or cold. The result is a smooth-brewed thick coffee that is mixed with water, milk or nondairy milk. You add a small amount of the coffee to create the drinks, so it lasts for days. The process is simple, easy, and allows you to choose your preferred coffee beans—whether different strengths and types of beans, fun flavors, or even decaffeinated. You can buy larger systems that brew quarts at a time, or smaller ones for individual use. Many range from $10 to $50. Sweet success

Another element that makes barista coffee taste like such a treat are the flavors and spices you can choose to add to your finished brew. So definitely go the extra step and stock up on your favorite syrups and spices from your local gourmet store. Whether you are brewing up a coffee to go, sipping an iced creation, or lingering to enjoy a big mug of latte on your couch, with a few simple additions to your kitchen, you can be your own best barista, brewing up beverages perfectly suited to your taste. ✦

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front door reveals many things: where to enter the home, what the owner’s style represents, and often it implies when the home was built. A door welcomes guests and sets the tone for what is on the other side, so establishing your home’s decor can start with something as simple as what you choose for this feature. Doors are built in many different styles, and each one represents an era of architecture. Most homeowners choose to match the door to the character of the home. Doors change over time as architectural styles come in and out of vogue; new materials are developed that provide better weather protection, and sometimes a home just needs a change. Putting on a new door can give your home a fresh look.

What should you consider when replacing your door? Start with style. According to Mark Kreskowski, of Pella Windows and Doors, “Craftsman style doors are very popular now. European three-quarter glass doors are popular as well, and contemporary style doors are just starting to come in vogue.” Contemporary doors, with their clean lines and minimalist aesthetic, go well with homes featuring a midcentury modern look, but all of these doors work well on a range of architectural styles in our area, so homeowners have options. If it’s time for a new front door, a good way to get a sense of what works is to take a drive in several neighborhoods. Notice homes with similar architecture to yours and look at their doors. Using your phone to take pictures will give you a palette of designs, colors, and materials to consider before you go shopping. There are several basic door styles to choose from: Traditional usually has raised panels—anywhere from one to twelve on the door front to give it some detail and depth. These are popular on colonial homes as well as some classic ranch style houses. c vhomemaga zine .com



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Craftsman doors are for cottages, bungalows, or post and beam mountain style homes. These rustic doors are so popular that many homeowners are adjusting other architectural features so they can use one on their home. Modern doors are often large, but simple. Their straight sleek lines provide a contemporary appeal. They work well with the minimalist designs that are hot right now. Simple does not convey boring—they may contain frosted glass or several clear glass panes that give them punch. Rustic doors are great for cabins or country homes. They are usually heavy and thick, and can be one solid piece of wood or made of beautiful wood panels pieced together. If these doors have glass, it is almost always small and clear— usually in the upper third section. The wood is meant to be the eye-catching feature here. Arched top doors offer a unique look and create a focal point on the house. Arched doors are versatile and, depending upon the details, can work on many different home styles—from craftsman and country cottages to stately Old World mansions. Arched doors must be custom made to fit the size and style of the house, and there are many options a homeowner can choose, so it’s best to seek the advice of an architect or a door specialist. In terms of material, “Wood or fiberglass are most popular now,” Kreskowski says, adding, “Fiberglass now comes with an option of smooth or a wood grain look.” Kreskowski notes that steel doors are not being sold much, unless it’s for fire protection in certain areas. A homeowner must then decide whether to have the factory paint or stain the door, or to do it after installation. A benefit of factory paint or stain is that it lasts many years and should come with a warranty. “Pella just refreshed their color palette for doors, as gray and black are very popular colors,” Kreskowski notes. They now offer many shades of these two colors, as well as various other factory finish options in both paints and stains. Metal and glass details are a way to add interest. Metal scroll work and “caming,” the decorative metal in glass panels (often seen in leaded glass styles), both create a traditional look. Trim and hardware are accessories that Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

complement a door’s character and color. For example, the hardware on modern doors is often large in scale but minimalistic, to compliment the sleek lines. Hinges on this style are hidden to keep the focus on the door handle and ensure a clean look. Craftsman or rustic doors, on the other hand, favor visible hardware in heavy iron or dark material to capture the style. Once you have your style, color, and hardware in mind, you will need to know the front door’s opening measurement, and how you want the door to hang. Will the door hinge right or left? Do you want it to swing inside the house or outside when it opens? When you head out to shop, make some notes, bring a photo of your current door, and be open to ideas. A new front door is an exciting way to change up the look of a house. It may also give you better energy efficiency and inspire some transformations on the other side of the door. Whichever style you choose, your front door is the introduction to your home, so be sure to have fun with the possibilities! âœŚ

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With the heat of summer fading behind us, fall is a great time to pack up a picnic and enjoy the change of season. Whether you’re setting up at a local winery, state park or taking in the spectacular autumn colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, having a meal packed along makes it much more of an event.

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Po-boys, muffulettas and bánh mì are all served on thick, crusty French bread, which allows the sandwich to be made ahead of time. The crumb center of the bread can be hollowed out to make room for the sandwich filling. PO-BOYS: Generally filled with roast beef or fried seafood such as shrimp, oysters, catfish or soft-shell crab. They can come “dressed” with mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles, although a roast beef po-boy can also be served with gravy on it. The sandwich originated in New Orleans and is also popular along the Gulf Coast. In nearby Texas, a BBQ po-boy can be found featuring smoked brisket and other meats. MUFFULETTAS: Another culinary tradition from New Orleans, this time served on a round, Italian-style bread. The bread is spread with an olive salad that features pickled vegetables (celery, cauliflower, carrots, peppers) as well as olives, and then stuffed with a variety of meats and cheeses such as salami, ham, mortadella, capicola, provolone, and mozzarella. The sandwich is made ahead of time and wrapped tightly so the flavors can marinate before serving.

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The key to planning a picnic is being prepared. Because you will be transporting your food, you will want to go with items that need little onsite prep, as well as foods that don’t get soggy, can be made in advance and served at room temperature. Sandwiches made on thick, crusty bread, like po-boys, muffuletta or bánh mì are tasty and transport well. Biscuit sandwiches are a Southern staple, and pair nicely with a number of fillings such as fried chicken, barbecue, ham and even pimento cheese. Or skip the sandwich idea altogether and offer a well-rounded cheese and charcuterie plate with nuts, dried and fresh fruit, pickles and/or olives, as well as a few meats and cheeses with crackers. Include a variety of styles and flavors to please all palates—Brie, Manchego, Gorgonzola, goat cheese, prosciutto, soppressata, mortadella and pâté are some delicious options on your personalized platter. When packing a charcuterie plate, be sure to bring a cutting board, knives and other serving utensils. Nuts, olives, dried fruits and other accoutrements can be placed in small jars that make for easy transport as well as elegant serving. c vhomemaga zine .com

Round out the meal with salads that move beyond the usual potato, pasta and green variety. Roasted vegetables or cooked lentils tossed with grains like barley, quinoa or farro, or small pasta like orzo, with fresh herbs, olive oil and red wine vinegar are easily adaptable side salads which are also hearty enough to stand on their own. Tabbouleh, the Middle Eastern salad made with parsley, mint, tomatoes and bulgur wheat, is another great option. Or fill an insulated container with some warm soup—roasted butternut squash soup on a chilly fall day is warm and savory. A cooler of chilled drinks is vital to your picnic, with nonbreakable glassware for serving. For chillier days, consider an insulated container with some warm cider or cocoa to round out your festivities. Simple appetizers and finger foods, like bite-sized fresh fruit, nuts, and cheese straws, are always appreciated. Dessert should not be overlooked either! Instead of a cake or pie, consider smaller versions that transport easier like cupcakes, hand pies or a tin of cookies.

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Despite the classic image of a sweet wicker basket set upon a checkered tablecloth as the quintessential picnic gear, there are no hard and fast rules as to what your picnic gear should look like. As long as you have the essentials covered—food and drinks, serving items, a blanket or tablecloth upon which to set the food, and something in which to carry it all—your picnic can take on any style you prefer. A sturdy canvas tote and a cooler works just as well as that charming wicker basket. You’ll want to pack your picnic as efficiently as possible. Keep the cool items cool and the warm items warm by packing them in the appropriate separate totes. Place larger, heavier items on the bottom of your bag or cooler, and use a cutting board as a shelf on top of the first layer to keep the upper layers from crushing anything beneath them, while also ensuring things don’t get too jumbled in transport. Tea towels can also be used to insulate items. These items will come in handy at your final destination as well—a cutting board can become a flat surface to serve

drinks from, while a spare towel can be used to wipe up spills. To cut down on waste, consider using melamine or enamelware plates and cups, which are lightweight and less likely to break in transit than everyday dishes. Wrap silverware settings in cloth napkins to make transporting them and setting up your picnic a breeze. Be sure to pack a bag for trash as well. Whether your picnic destination has tables or not, you’ll want something to designate the serving area. A tablecloth, blanket, quilt or even a pretty sheet can fit the bill nicely—something that can withstand the elements, clean up easily and help set the tone of your event. Other items to consider, space permitting, are a portable table and chairs, and games such as bocce ball or a deck of cards. With a bit of planning, picnicking is an activity that will appeal to the entire family. If you want to simplify preparation, don’t be afraid to outsource to your favorite deli or bakery. The goal is to get outside and enjoy the fall weather and scenery while it lasts, however you choose. ✦


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A big, unfinished basement is like a blank canvas just waiting to become a masterpiece. With such a large space comes endless possibilities for remodeling; however, figuring out where and how to start the makeover can seem daunting. It also can be a big investment, but one that is sure to boost your home’s resale value. Consider your family’s needs when deciding on a basement design. If you have little ones, you may want to create a space especially for them to play in and “mess up.” If you love entertaining on weekends, consider a layout that is party-friendly with plenty of room for enjoying beverages and snacks with friends. If you have out-of-town family or friends that are frequent visitors, you may want to turn your basement into guest quarters complete with a living area, kitchen and a bedroom or two. Another option is to only remodel part of the basement and leave the rest unfinished for storage purposes. The ideas are infinite when it comes to enhancing this extra living area, but there should be one main goal regardless of which option you choose: to get as much value from the space as possible based on how you live.


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Your basement doesn’t have to be something that stays hidden or is only visited in special circumstances. Gone are the days of dingy basements that stay dark and are strictly for storage or doing laundry. It is becoming more and more common for homeowners to consider their basements an extension of the home or a main living area. If you and your family spend a lot of time hanging out at home together watching TV and movies, turn your basement into the ultimate family room complete with large, comfy sofas —maybe even a massive sectional that can be rearranged for lounging during a movie night. Make it as inviting as possible by adding a soft rug and keeping loads of pillows and blankets handy for easy grabbing and snuggling. If there’s no fireplace, you could add a freestanding electric one for instant coziness. There are even TV stands out there that have an electric fireplace built in. Install a big-screen TV or projector screen to give that movie theater feel that both kids and adults will enjoy. If space and plumbing permits, consider including a small kitchen space complete with fridge, sink, and microwave to be used for whipping up quick meals. A minibar area to keep snacks and drinks stocked will also do the trick. You could even add a small dining area or bar with stools so that prepared meals can be enjoyed there as well. With such a homey ambience, you’re likely to forget you’re even in the basement. Playroom for small kids

Having a designated space in your home for children to play in and store their toys is a win-win situation for all. Kids love it because it’s a place to call their own. It’s somewhere they can escape to by themselves, with siblings, or with friends for hours on end, using their imaginations to build, play and have fun. Adults love it because it keeps toys from being scattered all over the house (ideally). Having a playroom in the basement will also help to keep the noise level down for the rest of the house. There are a ton of inspiring possibilities if you plan on utilizing a large part of your basement for children. Create an indoor playground with small slides, tunnels and a ball pit. Add a cute tent for your little one to relax in. Incorporate built-in shelves filled with books, educational toys, and plenty of supplies for arts and crafts (just be sure to keep c vhomemaga zine .com


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Basements aren’t just a place for the kids to have fun. Adults need a place as well, and it can even be catered to a certain hobby. Maybe you have a family member who is obsessed with music or is in a band, and they need a place to jam out and keep all of their instruments or music collection. Is your significant other an avid hunter or fisherman? Give them a space to store all of their sporting essentials as well as showcase their big “trophies.” Let your fella have his very own man cave, or give your gal her own private escape. World travelers may want a place to consolidate all of their trinkets in one area. If you adore the beach and nautical themes, but don’t want it to overpower your main living area, use your basement as a place to express this love and decorate with maritime elements. Wine or whiskey

For some, sports are life. If your family gets really into watching sports and enjoys having guests over to partake in the madness, you may want to tailor your basement to that. Hang memorabilia of your favorite team(s)—think framed jerseys, painted canvases of various stadiums, and other sports-inspired printed artwork. Install a large-screen TV —or even multiple TVs so several games can be watched at once—and don’t forget to provide an ample supply of seating. You could even build a bar with stools directly behind the main couch, so people can sit and have an unobstructed view of the big game. Make sure to keep a well-stocked fridge nearby for cold beverages. There are even coffee tables out there that double as a cooler—imagine not having to get up from the couch to grab a drink! Choose dim lighting with a sports bar feel, dark

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Even if you plan to only remodel a portion of your basement, there are still a variety of options. While leaving part of the basement unfinished for storage, you can still make great use of the rest of the space by creating a workout area, kid-friendly zone, small home office, and more. Fitness lovers will appreciate having a section in the basement that’s strictly dedicated to working out. You don’t need an insane amount of space for a few machines, mats and weights. Create a small home office space that can be utilized by adults who work from home or by kids who need a place to do schoolwork away from distractions that may be present in the kitchen, living room or bedroom. All you need is a small desk, chair, and some simple shelves. Keep it light and cheery by using pale shades of paint on the walls and installing lights on the ceilings. Put together a space for children to play or do arts and crafts. Have custom built-in shelves or cubby holes installed, or buy pre-built shelves where bins filled with toys, books, and more can be stored. Not wanting to completely finish your basement, but wanting to spruce it up, means you could leave the existing concrete floors and lay down some large, soft, and colorful area rugs. You could also leave the ceiling exposed instead of installing drywall. Just add some blue-gray paint and embrace the industrial style that is currently on trend. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly hangout space, a place to entertain friends on weekends, or an area to house your family’s latest hobby, don’t let your precious square footage go to waste. This underground jewel is prime real estate, and the possibilities for improvement are truly endless. ✦

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If you like spring flowers, now is the perfect time to think about planting bulbs. When you envision spring, images of gardens full of brightly colored pink tulips, yellow daffodils, and the traditional white Easter Lily probably come to mind. These classic bulbs have stood the test of time and will never go out of style. They are hardy, widely available, and will light up your yard with their bold beauty. But if you’re looking for some new and interesting varieties to make your spring garden bed a showstopper, consider these lovely oddities of the bulb world. If they’re not available at your local garden store, many online sites will deliver them to your door, and offer mixed combination packages for a splendid show of color. 102

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If your Landscaping has Gone to the Dogs…

checkered lily Lilies Checkered Lily (also known as Snakes

Head, Guinea-Hen Flower, or Mission Bells): Checkerboards aren’t just for game rooms and retro tile floors. As its name suggests, this lily displays a checkerboard pattern on its bell-shaped petals. Alternating squares of white and deep maroon or violet are the draw for this unusual flower. It will grow up to one foot tall, and its grass-like foliage makes it a great choice for planting along a walkway or border, where it can be more easily noticed. It also works well in naturalized areas, where its strong, musky odor keeps deer and rodents away. And, unlike many spring bulbs, it tolerates moist soil and partial shade. Crown Imperial Lily: Native to the Middle East, this unusual flower reaches a height of up to three feet and has a “crown” of thin, spiky, grass-like leaves above a cluster of blooms, which range from deep red to orange and yellow. It does best in full sun. Like the Checkered lily, it has an aroma that makes it deer- and rodent-resistant. It also has an illustrious history in our state: Thomas Jefferson was so intrigued by this strange flower that he acquired three bulbs in 1812. By 1816, his plantings at Monticello were strong enough for him to forward shoots to his retreat home, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg. It is also planted at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; in 1784, the Marquis de Lafayette requested bulbs from Washington. c vhomemaga zine .com


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book signing, floral demo and wine reception Farmbasket is pleased to partner with Pharsalia for a book signing, floral demonstration and wine reception featuring Greg Campbell and Erick New—co-owners of the celebrated Memphis floral shop Garden District— and their new book, Florists to the Field. Florists To The Field, available at farmbasket, honors the hard working specialty farmers and growers that provide fields of flowers and an abundance of inspiration for collaboration. Florists To The Field is one of this floral design team’s most ambitious endeavors and a worthwhile testimony to their renown creative work. We’re thrilled to catch them on their tour en route to Monticello. Enjoy an afternoon of flower arranging, book signing, wine tasting and our signature small bites sampling, creekside at farmbasket.


IF YOU ARE GOING WHEN: Wednesday, September 19th, 4pm WHERE: Creekside at farmbasket, 2008 Langhorne Rd., Lynchburg TICKETS: 25.00 tickets are available at farmbasket FOR MORE INFO: 434.528.1107

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erick New have grown a business of floral abundance and artistry one relationship at a time. A partnership of boundless creativity with an anything-can-be-done attitude, Greg and Erick never let reality get in the way of a great idea. On task they seem invincible, dream big, and realize their vision with exactness, always striving to surpass expectations. From plant breeders and flower farmers, to importers and exporters, to markets worldwide, Greg and Erick have navigated a vibrant labyrinth of activity together for 25 years. The curation of products in their Memphis showroom represents Garden District’s connection to floriculture across the U.S. and abroad. In turn, Florists to the Field is Greg and Erick’s tribute to the fellowship they share with specialty farmers and colleagues in the floral industry. Florists to the Field is a testament to avant-garde resourcefulness that employs flowers to complement settings, mirror emotions, and enrich lives. Join Greg and Erick on their Florists to the Field journey. From the Deep South to the West Coast, through the Midwest and across the ocean to Holland, these are the places where they find inspiration. 104

butterfly daffodil

Also called Narcissus, there are hundreds of daffodil varieties beyond the classic yellow ones we know and love. They are among the hardiest spring-flowering bulbs and require the least maintenance. Butterfly Daffodil: The Butterfly daffodil has a smaller ruffled center cup instead of a long, slender trumpet, giving it a feminine, frilly appearance. It comes in a range of color combinations for both coronas (the petals) and center cups, including yellow, orange, peach, white and pink. Plant clusters of approximately six bulbs per square foot for a showy effect. Peruvian Daffodil (also known as Spider Lily or Basketflower): A wildflower native to South America, this plant more closely resembles an amaryllis. Spidery, elongated curling petals give it an exotic look, and the flowers are fragrant and appear in early summer. Each plant can produce up to five flower clusters. Since it blooms in late spring to early summer, try tucking it around bulbs or perennials that bloom earlier in the season.

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Tulips Fire Flame (also known as Horned or Turkish Tulip): Fire flame is aptly named; its clusters of narrow, pointy blooms—in yellow with bright red streaks—look like tendrils of fire. This wilder cultivar of the tulip is quite showy, and is an heirloom variety that dates back to at least the early 1800s. They can be planted in full sun or partial shade. Fringed Tulip (also known as Crispa Tulip): There are multiple varieties of this tulip group, which features stunning frayed petals in an almost crystalline effect. They come in white, pink, apricot, yellow, orange, red, and violet. Some of the varieties even come in double flowers, for double the petals.

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Planting Bulbs When: Keep your bulbs in a dry, dark, cool place until you are ready to plant. You can plant them about six weeks before the ground freezes or after the first hard freeze. You might get the best results by planting bulbs as soon as possible after purchase. How: The perfect planting depth for each bulb is about two-and-a-half times as deep as the bulb is tall. (Follow instructions that come with each bulb purchase). The simplest and most attractive planting method is to dig out an area to the proper depth, plant bulbs in clusters or drifts, then cover with dirt and an extra layer of compost or mulch. If the winter is dry, water the area once a month and add extra mulch. You may also want to add a rodent repellent or cover part of the ground in chicken wire—remove as the bulbs begin to sprout. Where: A good tip is to plant your bulbs among or behind later-blooming perennials, to conceal the foliage when it dies and turns brown. Look for a welldrained spot that has plenty of early spring sunshine. After blooming: Allow the bulb foliage to brown and die naturally, since the leaves are still a food source for the bulb in the ground. If you remove the foliage too soon, it will weaken the bulb and lead to fewer blooms next year. ✦

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STEP INTO THE PAST AT THIS NEWLYRENOVATED DOWNTOWN LANDMARK BY C H A R LOT T E A . F. FA R L E Y P hotos c o ur tes y of T he V ir g ini a n H ote l

Sometimes you don’t have to get out of town to get away. Just heading to downtown Lynchburg and stepping into the lobby of The Virginian Hotel, with its marble floors and the sound of jazz standards swinging through the air, can temporarily whisk you away to a place of style, comfort, and modern convenience.


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History & significance

The Virginian is the first hotel in the state to receive the elite distinction as a member of the boutique Hilton Curio Collection. While it may be new to Hilton, the hotel has a long history here in the Hill City; the building located on Church Street between 7th and 8th Streets opened on April 30, 1913. For fifty years, it served travelers and locals alike. In the 1970s, the space functioned as housing for Lynchburg Baptist College, then as Section 8 housing for more than forty years before succumbing to a brief span of vacancy. This past May, after nearly four years of renovation, The Virginian returned to its initial purpose, almost 105 years after its premier opening date. Developers George Stanley and Blair Godsey have been active in downtown revitalization projects, but this is their first hotel. When they purchased the property in 2014, “It was in really, really bad shape. It took a lot of work,” recalls Dennis Marcinik, general manager. “All of the bones of the building are original, as are all of the marble and the wood flooring on the second floor, but everything else had to be replaced, including the windows.” Stanley’s construction group, Cityscape, did the actual renovation. “They are great hands-on owners. It was a labor of love, and expectations are high,” Marcinik says. Shelley Simpson, catering manager, adds that many features of the grand ballroom (which was the original lobby) are authentic to the building. “They only had to refurbish the marble. And both the staircase and the Corinthian columns are original,” she says, pointing out the “V” inscribed at the top of each column. Cameron Harris, the principal interior designer, created an elevated sense of sophistication throughout the space by

considering its history and original era. Thus, Art Deco reigns supreme everywhere, from the sumptuous furnishing to the Jazz Age-typography on room numbers and restaurant menus. Glamorous gilded mirrors, elaborate light fixtures, and luxe leather feature prominently. Glass lamps in shades of amethyst, ruby, and emerald present punches of color against the sleek palette of black, white, and gray. Very Virginian

The hotel is true to its name, celebrating the Commonwealth from the ground floor up. Marcinik explains, “It was important to the owners and important to us to have many touches that represent Virginia.” (Stanley and Godsey are both from Virginia—Richmond and Lynchburg, respectively.) Unlike other hotel gift shops, The Virginian’s performs as a luxury retail shop that stars Moore & Giles products along with artisanal chocolates and jewelry. The gift shop is only the beginning of a Virginian journey at this hotel. Step into the library and you’ll find Virginia-centric authors and titles. Discover the mural of famous Lynchburgers and Virginians prominent during the civil rights era, and the quirky, fun paintings depicting James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington (playing cards) along with Patsy Cline and Roy Clark. In another nod to the birthplace of our nation, all of the special event rooms are named for mothers of Virginian presidents. Head into the Eleanor Rose Gallery (named for James Madison’s mother) to catch which Virginian artist has work on display. Marcinik explains, “Local galleries will be providing some of the art, which will likely rotate on a seasonal basis.”



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The Virginian Hotel Lynchburg, Virginia | Circa 1913

Located in our historic downtown, The Virginian Hotel has been thoughtfully restored to its original grandeur and refreshed with modern amenities.

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Academy 2018 Gala



Academy 2018 Gala Late Night: Bridgett Everett & Murray Hill

20 2018 Lynchstock Musical Festival featuring Dr. Dog & COIN


Taylor Rodriguez Live in Concert with the Thunder Ridge Band


American Shakespeare Center: The Comedy of Errors


Spooky Saturday featuring the Boo Bash dance (kids), the Pumpkin Party decorating contest (all ages and skill levels), and the Wicked Warehouse after party with the Dundies (ages 18+)


Skills for the Stage Fall Break Camp


FREE Lynchstock Launch Party with The Dundies and Apple Butter Soul


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Speaking of art, the framed images hanging in the guest rooms are a step above the ordinary—from colorful abstracts to cheerful fields of poppies, it’s the kind of artwork you’d find in a gallery or in your own home, not the typical ‘hotel art’ you might find elsewhere. Even the mattresses are regional—provided by Kingsdown and made exclusively for this hotel. In addition to luxurious decor, each guest room features blackout curtains, bath slippers and robes, and 55-inch TVs. Standard rooms are doubles with queen beds; other room options include king rooms, deluxe rooms, two-room suites, deluxe suites, and the Presidential Suite. Outfitted by Moore & Giles, this 750 square foot, penthouse-style space includes a leathertufted headboard and bench, soaking tub, custom bedding, a wet bar, granite countertops, a soaking tub, and a dining area. The hotel compendium (in-room directory), also designed by Moore & Giles, notes all of Lynchburg’s great cultural contributions. Both guests and local visitors can enjoy the choice of three dining establishments within the hotel. Operated by the Parry Restaurant Group, who brought us Bootleggers, El Jefe Taqueria, and My Dog Duke’s Diner, The Virginian boasts their latest offerings. Marigold Coffee & Wine bar continues the Art Deco flavor with hexagon tiles and violet-colored seating. The bistro boasts a menu of coffee drinks, quiches, soups, salads, and sandwiches. You can also treat yourself to an order of poached shrimp or deviled eggs to share, or a glass of wine or beer. The Skyline Grill, The Virginian’s rooftop restaurant and bar, is the only restaurant of its kind in Lynchburg. “Everyone wants to be outside—it’s all about the mountain view,” Simpson explains. The patio wraps almost all the way around the building and provides plenty of small tables, fire pits, and seating to enjoy the view of the Lynchburg skyline. In addition to carefully selected wines, the list includes selections from Virginia’s breweries as well as several signature cocktails, such as the Skyline Gold Rush (a must-try for bourbon drinkers). Proffering appetizers like shrimp scampi flatbread with preserved lemon, chickpea fries with ovendried tomato jam and feta, along with crème caramel with roasted peaches, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie for dessert, the food and the scenery make it the place to be. “It’s stayed at full capacity since it opened,” Simpson notes. The restaurant does not accept reservations, so plan to be there early. (Local tip: Try a Sunday or Monday night.) The final restaurant offering—The William Henry steakhouse—will open this fall. The hotel is within walking distance to downtown Lynchburg attractions such as Amazement Square, The Academy Center of the Arts, the Farmers Market, and the Bluffwalk. “We have wonderful food and beverage, and great lounging space, so we’re certainly kid-friendly and teen-friendly,” Marcinik says.“We want everyone to feel welcome. Everyone who comes to us is VIP. ✦ Central Virginia HOME Fall 2018

DESIGN 2018 style series

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eutral palettes, high ceilings, exposed brick, concrete flooring, and open concept spaces are all signature aspects of industrial style. This factory-inspired look became increasingly popular in the late 2000s, when old industrial spaces started to be transformed into sophisticated lofts or offices. Rather than hide the past of these large, vacant buildings, their workaday elements were embraced and accentuated. Now, people are finding ways to bring aspects of this iconic design into their homes. No longer limited to commercial buildings in large cities, this chic style can be found in a small downtown apartment or a house in the suburbs.

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The style has its roots in the Industrial Revolution, which took place in major cities from the 18th to 19th centuries. Massive buildings were erected and designed to facilitate manufacturing and streamlined production. Large windows lined the structures, allowing for natural light to flood the space. Open floor plans were required in order to sufficiently house the machinery, people, and processes. Concrete and steel came into the picture in the early 20th century, which allowed for even bigger structures. But as more land became needed to support these larger factories, construction moved away from the cities and metropolitan areas, leaving warehouses empty and abandoned. These spaces eventually became prime real estate for residential areas, restaurants, offices and more. Now, many developers are actually reproducing the historic factory style in their new construction— everything from apartments and condominiums to coffee shops and even wedding venues. Industrial architectural style is all about simplicity, functionality and space. The motto “less is more” is truly perfect for this concept. Open floor plans with large windows to let in natural light are key aspects. You will usually see high, exposed ceilings and bare brick walls. Concrete or wood floors are also typical, and furniture and appliances will be composed of “raw” materials such as wood, metals, and leather. You really won’t see a ton of decor or colors in this look. Instead, the building or room itself and the style of furniture are what really sets the mood. The simplicity of the look means that this particular design style can be a relatively affordable one to achieve. Beams and water and ventilation pipes can be left completely untouched and don’t need to be covered by plaster and paint. It’s raw, edgy, and literally bares all as the foundation of the structure is put on display rather than hidden. Brick walls can be left in their natural state. Instead of interior walls, furniture can be used to define and break up a large area into separate, distinct spaces. For furnishings, you’ll want to stick to natural, earthy colors and materials. Blacks, browns, beiges, and especially grays all

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are great options when choosing a color palette. If your home includes any exposed brick, cement, or wood, then you already have a good foundation for figuring out your scheme. Use color sparingly—start with neutrals and rustic or faded hues, then slowly add in small doses of more saturated hues, such as fuchsia or indigo. Metal is a key component of the industrial look, particularly when combined with wood. Wood and metal tables or shelving are an easy way to add an industrial element. In the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, kitchen counter stools, and light fixtures fit the theme. Metal doors and stair railings provide a visual punch. A local salvage store is sure to have interesting finds that can either be incorporated into a piece of furniture, or displayed as an objet d’art. If you love this style, but creating an entirely industrial-chic home is not on the menu, try incorporating a statement piece or two rather than attempting an overall look. Pairing a metal and reclaimed wood coffee table with a midcentury sofa could be the perfect pairing. Hang some Edison-style light bulbs or lanterns to achieve a vintage, historic feel. Install some floating shelves onto a wall with pipe brackets or lean a metal bookcase against an exposed brick wall. You can also use bold, bright artwork with graphics, hang a flag, or even paint a mural or symbol directly onto a wall to bring industrial details into your home. One of the things that makes industrial style so charming is its ability to mix and match so well with modern design. Industrial style is all about finding the beauty in simplicity and functionality. It can be created in any sized space, in any type of location. All it takes is a little creativity and an appreciation for humble materials. ✦

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ADVERTISER index 4 Seasons Landscape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Academy Center of the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Accents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Alexa Taylor, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Alpaca By Jaca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Altavista Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Anthony and Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Assurance Financial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bedford Centerfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Blickenstaff & Company, Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bowen Jewelry Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Brent Lilly Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Brew RIdge Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Bruce Carrington, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 CAPTRUST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Centra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Central Virginia Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Childrens Dentistry & Orthodontics of Lynchburg. . . . . . . . . . 8 CLC Incorporated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Custom Structures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Daniele Mason, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Decorating Den Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Designer Solutions, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Dr. Kevin Midkiff, DDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Estates and Consignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Farm Basket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Favored Flavors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Fink's Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 First Bank & Trust Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Flat Creek Pet Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Flint Property Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Francis Oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Givens Books/Little Dickens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Gladiola Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Grand Home Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Harry’s Bakery & Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 High Cotton Fine Home Furnishings and Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Home Again Consignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 ID Shield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Integrity Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Interiors by Moyanne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Isabella's. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 James River Ironworks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 James T. Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Judy Frantz, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Just Liz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Kathy Terrell, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Kubota of Lynchburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Land Tech Group of Virginia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Lauren Bell Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Liberty Landscape Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Lynchburg City Schools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Lynchburg Dental Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lynchburg Regional Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-69 Maddox Air & Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Main Street Eatery and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Main Street Café & Coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Main Street Shoppes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Member One Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Merry Maids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Moore & Giles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Monkee’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Movement Mortgage, Will Luper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Nadine Blakely, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 National Pools of Roanoke, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Next Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Next Time Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Paisley Gifts & Stationery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Peakland Catering Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Pella Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Periodontal Health Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Persian Rugs & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Piedmont Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Piedmont Floors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Pinnacle Cabinetry & Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 PIP Printing and Marketing Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 R Coffee Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Rainfrost Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Reid Street Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Reid's Fine Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Riley Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Runk & Pratt, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Scott Weiss Architect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Select Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Smith Mountain Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 SOLD Sisters- Kelly Ayers and Corrie Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Southern Landscape Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53, 115 Southern Provisions Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Spectrum Stone Designs, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Stones n' Bones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Structure Foundation Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Suzy Q, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Terrell E Moseley, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Terry Volkswagen Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Art Box. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Babcock House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 The Columns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 The Floor Show Carpet One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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