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n editor’S note The other day, I did something really out of character, something for which I had to dedicate and protect several hours, clear the dining room table of mail and other debris, and shoo away the other occupants of my home. What I did was...wait for on photo albums! While this session was mostly driven by the need to be organized and record this wonderful life, it was also both relaxing and rejuvenating—qualities of a good oldfashioned hobby. While my efforts don’t feel worthy of the verb “scrapbooking,” I do think that sorting photos into events and themes, choosing shots with the best angles, and discerning which pics really capture the spirit of the moment, constitute creativity for me right now. This winter issue of HOME is all about nurturing creativity in your home. All that holiday prep, opportunities to entertain, not to mention the cold temps and midwinter weekends with little to do...these are the perfect conditions to consider livening things up with a dash of creativity. Even if you don’t have a room dedicated to crafting or creating, our feature on creation stations may inspire you to carve out just a little space and time to nurture your creative spirit. The uber-talented Kerry Giles and Katy Murray share three gorgeous handmade wreaths, with tips on creating your own. And our feature on basements shows how three local couples made creative use of basement space— the land down under that often gets neglected or designated for storage.

Creativity doesn’t have to mean producing something new. It can also mean seeing or doing things in a new way, or sharing a new perspective. And it sure does come in handy in all our endeavors of the season, like entertaining, cooking, and shopping. Articles in this issue are sure to inspire you to try some new things: ideas for make-your-own food station buffets, thoughtful touches to add to your party décor, shopping for just-right gifts for the gardeners in your life....we provide many ideas to ignite your creativity this winter. And did you ever think of working out as “creative”? We offer you an article sharing some classic moves combined in new ways to new tunes, all in the comfort of your home, to help you shape up and de-stress this season. If we take in to account the many ways we experience creativity in our lives, and how it can renew and enrich us, we can see that every home should make creativity a priority in one way or another. Isn’t making a home quite possibly one of the most creative endeavors we can undertake? Wishing you a happy, healthy, and creative holiday season! Thanks for reading!


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Fun and functional basements make the most of subterranean space By Patr i C ia C h e l d

SHoW C a S e H om e: t H e C ri S t S

Home renovations keep pace with evolving family By Patr i C ia C h e l d

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28 d e S i Gner eV ent Simon Chang visits Central Virginia

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76 G reat G i f t S Shop local for treasures for your favorite gardener

44 f ood Stati o nS Creating fabulous and fun make-your-own buffets

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32 Wr e at HS How to design and create your own wreath By K e r ry G i les Wi th

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50 H om eoW n e r S a SSo C i ati o nS Understanding what HOAs mean for you and your home By K i P r u d G e

57 K i t C Hen C o nt eSt Show HOME your fabulous kitchen

72 mone Y matt erS “Money buckets” help you understand retirement planning

90 H a B i tat r eS tore Retail goods for a good cause

102 C u Li n a rY C o r n e r How to find the best recipes online

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Fun Functional Basements Make the Most of Below-Ground Space By Pat r i Ci a C h el d P h ot o g r a p hy by B e c k y l a m b e r t

Laundry room, workshop, extra storage ‌ these are the typical functions of a basement. But what a waste of space! Basements can house all of this, but they can be oh-so-much more. Today the trend is to use all of this additional square footage and transform it with pizzazz. We visited three local homeowners to see how they revamped their lower levels and created extraordinary space for family and friends to enjoy.

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When Paula and Michael Bryant moved into their home last autumn they renovated from top to bottom. Their final endeavor was the lower level. Thanks to the previous homeowner, several elements were already in place, facilitating their renovation. Nonetheless, the Bryants had some grand plans in mind. Upon descending the stairs, the first obvious improvement is the floor. Reminiscent of terrazzo, it is a highly polished surface with a variegated stone-like pattern tinted a warm tan. Visitors marvel, immediately wondering what it’s made of. Paula explained that the floor is actually the original concrete basement floor, but buffed, polished and lightly stained. Local builder L.G. Flint was responsible for updating the entire home and worked with area contractors to develop a living and play space on this lower level. The Bryants did not change much in a good portion of the basement. An existing small kitchen area and bar needed little overhauling. By painting the molding and chair rail a creamy white, raising the ceiling and laying a bold floral patterned rug, the sitting area became cheerful and bright. With comfortable 2 0

overstuffed sofas, a big-screen television, and doors opening onto a private terrace, the room is light-filled and vibrant. “When guests come to visit, they really want to see the IU suite,” said Paula. The couple are both proud Indiana University alumni. To honor the IU tradition, they reconstructed their basketball arena, Assembly Hall. The detail is extraordinary right down to the authentic gym flooring. With the help of L.G. Flint, Paula and Michael discovered Appomattox artist Sonny Harlow who created murals on three walls depicting hundreds and hundreds of cheering fans. Coming up with the design was a family event. The cheering crowd is composed of many familiar faces. There is the new coach, Tom Crean, and of course, the infamous Bobby Knight who coached at Indiana for eons. In his plaid jacket, Knight appears angry and frustrated, so like the “Bobby” fans either loved or hated. The famous “mop lady,” known for mopping the floors as she belts out the Hoosier fight song, is also part of the scene. There is even an area for the opposing team with fans from all Big Ten schools represented, plus, for good measure, Virginia Tech, UVA, Liberty University and Lynchburg College. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

The couple are both proud Indiana University alumni. To honor the IU tradition, they reconstructed their basketball arena, Assembly Hall. The detail is extraordinary right down to the authentic gym flooring. Sonny Harlow has been working with decorative arts and faux finishes “from the time I could pick up a crayon,” he said. He admitted that this project was a bit different. “It was a real challenge since I don’t know a thing about basketball,” said Sonny. He took a lot of direction from the Bryants. “This is how Assembly Hall is set up,” said a very pleased Michael Bryant. Thanks to Heather Kinder of SPACES by a little french, they were able to get an exact match of the crimson and cream Indiana colors. Heather explained that Michael provided her with the University’s official Pantone red which she used to match the color. The crimson and cream is carried over into an adjoining office where the Indiana theme continues. An adjoining exercise room completes the suite.

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Mike and Sarah Dunlop’s basement began as a blank canvas. According to architect Ron Driscoll of Custom Structures, “The homeowners were instrumental in the design and they had a vision. We had a war against ninety degree corners.” Sarah added, “We wanted a more modern feel. We had travelled to Vegas quite a bit. We like the feel of all the clubs.” They decided to recreate that experience here using curves and various elevations. As with the Bryants’ home, L.G. Flint had a hand in the construction and brought in the same company to refurbish the concrete floors as well as create the countertops, sinks and bottle cooler. Chad Gill represents the Richmond-based company, Concreate. According to Chad, his company travels the Eastern seaboard transforming concrete floors in commercial and residential structures. He can work with existing floors or start from scratch with new construction. The entire space is designed for entertainment. With three televisions on this level alone, it is ideal for watching sporting events and hosting parties. The area opens out into a newly designed patio area with an outdoor fireplace. With twin tenyear-olds and an eight-year-old—all boys—the space is wellused, especially during football season. Gill installed a ruby-red countertop of concrete for the bar area plus a gunmetal grey barrel-shaped bottle cooler of concrete capable of holding 100 pounds of ice. The wall behind the bar is covered with tiny square tiles to match the counter. “We saw that bright color in Vegas and knew we wanted that,” said Sarah. A sink in the powder room is also made of concrete and has a C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

uniquely contemporary design. The water seems to flow from the back rim of the sink. The Dunlops used brushed metal accents to encircle support columns, along stair railings and on the apron beneath the bar. Squares of brushed metal form decorative hangings along the staircase wall. “The couple wanted an environment that felt and functioned differently than the other spaces in their home,” explained Heather Kinder, who had a hand in decorating the Dunlop home as well. “We chose bold geometric contemporary fabrics to complement the sleek stainless steel, polished concrete and cool glass mosaic tile.” In one corner Heather designed corner seating. Although Sarah did not want a couch here, the area lent itself to seating. So Heather created a comfortable corner nook where guests can curl up on peacock-blue cushions with contrasting plush pillows. Overstuffed chairs, a large-screen television and a pool table with an exercise room nearby complete the indoor play area. The walls are decorated with Lynchburg

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The final basement on this local tour of the land down under is actually made up of two lower levels, one of which is 22 feet in the ground! Sidney B. Allen incorporated the lower-level designs into the home from its inception. The area is designed as extra play and entertainment space for family and friends. “It is very versatile for us and all of the company that we usually have at our home,” explained the homeowner. Large and comfortable guest quarters include a private entrance to a back patio. “We eat down here, play games, and it is an extra place to sit,” said the homeowner. “And with the kitchen it is great for parties.” She went on to explain, “My husband wanted a place where he could have all of the football games on at one time.” Sitting at the bar with a TV nearby and another in an adjacent area, he can do just that. The lower level includes a fully equipped gym and a spa with a steam room and bath decorated in cool sea green and creamy white tones. By taking advantage of a small unused space, they created a meditation room. Since there is only one entrance and no cell phone reception, it became the perfect location for a very private retreat. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

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A viewing room has an enormous beanbag seating area that accommodates several children plus comfortable reclining chairs. The family enjoys getting together here with their children for movie night. While this lower level is perfect for entertaining and family events, the main focus when building their home was to install a regulation-size racquet ball court. According to Bert Allen, the homeowners “went to a lot of extra effort to make this a firstclass racquet ball court.” They wanted it to be inconspicuous, but this was not easy when considering the amount of space the court would take. According to Allen, they dug 22 feet. “It got a bit complicated because it was so deep into the ground,” he said. While it would have been much easier to put it in at ground level, the overall appearance is far more pleasing this way, he explained. The homeowner said, “We have a lot of fun here. It turned out perfect and we are thrilled with it.” A small viewing area on the court level allows players to take a breather from play, and another window on the upper level offers views of the court from above. Each of these three basements is poles apart in design, yet they all have something very important in common. Upon the approach from the main floor, there is absolutely no feeling of entering a basement. They are not the dungeons we sometimes envision when we think of basements. Perhaps these local homes will inspire and inform your next renovation project, motivating you to convert your lowest level of space into a useful and attractive area for family and friends.


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Forest was recently treated to a visit from renowned fashion designer Simon Chang, who firmly believes fashion and home design go hand in hand. Chang appeared at events including a fashion show and trunk show featuring his upcoming collections September 28 and 29 at The Columns, the Forest boutique owned by Debra McCabe. Chang has been in the business for more than 30 years. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, then moved to Montreal to begin his career in fashion. Chang is the sole creator, designer and president of Simon Chang Concepts, Inc., and is one of Canada’s busiest—and most personable—fashion figures. Each season, he releases a womenswear collection of some 300 pieces, as well as a variety of licensed products including swimwear, sleepwear, eyeglasses, bags, uniforms and paint. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


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“Fashion has always been my passion; and not just fashion— everything creative,” Chang said. “I think it’s so important to show people how much I love my job. I’m the rare one that really, truly loves their job.” Chang says it is easy for him to design both clothing and things for the home because everything relates. “Debra’s store is a perfect example of this,” Chang said. “She looks at the big picture like I do. You walk into her boutique, and my clothing designs complement her décor, and vice versa.” McCabe and Chang have been business colleagues for years, and they share a mutual respect for fashion and entrepreneurship. The two decided to mutually host a fashion event at The Columns, which carries a large part of Chang’s collection, so that Chang could share his expertise with Central Virginia. “I love Debra’s store and decided that I had to come down here,” Chang said. “I wanted to see the customers. It’s very important to see the actual consumers and observe the kind of people who buy my clothes, so that I can see what I need to work on or what I need to do better.” Chang said his ultimate goal is to relate to real people. He tries to travel and meet with his consumers as much as he can, because he says a tremendous amount of input comes from real women. “Seasonless, timeless, ageless. To me, that’s what women are in this world,” Chang said. “It’s not about trends. I think it’s a designer’s responsibility to make things women can put together in their own unique way. Women shouldn’t look like clones of each other, but individuals.” Chang stressed that he tries to be realistic when it comes to designing. He said he does not want to make pieces strictly for C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

the red carpet or celebrities. He wants his clothes to be real and affordable, but also unique. “I want people to buy my clothes because of the ‘wow’ factor everything has,” Chang said. “Every piece has something that is a little unexpected, whether it’s a simple ruching or embellishment or a colorful pattern.” This idea of surprise can be found in any of Chang’s work, including his new paint collection called “Oh Canada!” One of the colors is even called “Unexpected.” “I wanted to show colors that embrace the beautiful country of Canada from the west to east,” Chang said. “I have the same philosophy with my paint collection as I do with clothes. I want to provide a variety of choices. I don’t want to dictate, I just want to help direct the customer to something beautiful, yet something that’s comfortable for them.” Chang’s new paint collection was influenced by the many different regions of his country. Cool blues were inspired by Canada’s charming and picturesque fishing villages, pomegranates and pinks by the country’s urban cities, and earthy-fresh golds by the simple, organic prairies. Chang’s paint line is not yet available in the United States, but he hopes an American chain picks it up soon. In the meantime, paint lovers can visit online to see the complete color collection. If you missed the event, take heart. “I’ve had a lot of fun here, and I’m sure I’ll be back. I’ve learned so much,” Chang said. For more about Simon Chang, visit

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Wreathed in Seasonal Splendor Create Your Own Wreath with Nature’s Treasures By K er ry G i l es W i t h K at y m u r r ay P h ot o g r a p hy by l au re n B e nni o n

When decorating for the holidays, the basic wreath is one of the most versatile pieces you can use to express your artistic side and your own personal style. By using different wreath frames, elements from nature, and other accents from your home, you can create a wreath that reads as traditional, casual, whimsical, elegantly natural ... there is no limit to what you can do with a simple wreath. Consider starting with a pre-made wreath of pine, boxwood, fir or other evergreen, adding your own greens for a fuller, more custom look. Or you can start from scratch with a wire, straw or floral-foam wreath frame, attaching bunches of evergreens with floral wire or florist pins. And you probably don’t have to look much further than your own backyard for varieties that work. Be on the lookout for needle-type evergreens, such as pine, spruce, cedar, cypress, yew, hemlock, arborvitae and junipers; consider incorporating broadleaf evergreens as well—boxwood, magnolia, camellia, aucuba, euonymous, osmanthus, photinia and laurel.

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o get started, grab your clippers and cut 12-inch lengths of evergreens in various shapes, textures, and shades. Layer different greens into a small bundle that you find pleasing, or use just one type of green. Wire the bundle about 6 inches below the leaf tops and cut about 4 inches off bottom. Your bundle should be about 8 inches overall. Wire the bundle onto a straw or metal frame, repeating the process in a counterclockwise direction until you’ve completed the circle. The bundle should be full enough to overlap the interior circle as well as the outside. Use individual sprigs, pinned to the frame for filling in or covering all of the exposed straw. Enhancing a purchased wreath with additional greens can be done in the same way with thinner bundles. In this way, greens can be more randomly placed, as desired. Once you have created the wreath frame just the way you want it, you can insert accents of your choosing. While there is


no magic formula to arranging your accents just right, consider placing the larger elements first then filling in until you feel satisfied with the look. Take into account color scheme and placement, too, making sure colors are represented throughout the wreath in a balanced way. If incorporating a bow, consider where you will place it—top or bottom. If the wreath is hung from the top using a ribbon, the bow should be at the top for a look of continuity. A bow at the bottom of the wreath works best if the wreath is hung by something other than a ribbon (wreath hanger, nail, or some other nondescript hanger). Nature provides some of the most interesting wreath accents around—think pinecones, sweet gum balls, acorns, nuts, moss, milkweed pods, lichen, feathers, lotus pods and more. All of these things can be attached to a wreath using floral wire or hot glue. Herbs and flowers can add interesting color, texture, and even fragrance—think rosemary, yarrow, cockscomb, lavender, hydrangea, globe amaranth and cotton. The produce aisle C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

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Make it Personal Create the ultimate personalized wreath with your family monogram. This wooden script monogram is encircled with English ivy, white pine, and boxwood. The greens are bunched and clamped on a wire frame, and the monogram is attached with wire. Monogram cut-outs are available online at places like (made from acrylic), (wooden), and many vendors at

Lasting Impressions Wreaths made with natural elements look spectacular for a limited time. Weather plays a major role in the life of a wreath displayed outdoors. Cool is best, whether indoors or out. The winter sun will dry a wreath more quickly than if it is displayed out of direct sunlight. Cool, covered porches are ideal for longer-lasting wreaths. Any wreath with fresh greens or components has a shorter lifespan indoors. A few weeks is probably the maximum time you can expect your wreath to last outdoors, although some components actually look good as they dry. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



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Citrus Surprise If you want to capture a really unique look, consider this surprisingly beautiful mix of pink, yellow, red and green that captures the full, fresh and fragrant essence of rosemary and citrus. Created on a floral foam base with boxwood and small roses, this wreath features the unexpected: fruit sliced and inserted on florist sticks. A wreath with such perishable components should be used for a special event since it will not last a long time. You can replace the perishables to lengthen the life of the wreath and time for enjoyment. Special thanks to Kerry Giles, Katy Murray and Lauren Bennion of farmbasket for creating, photographing and writing about these magnificent wreaths to share with readers of HOME magazine. We are most grateful for their extraordinary talent and generosity.



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Tips for Cleaning the Machines that Keep Us Clean By l au r el F ei n m a n

As contrary as it sounds, the machines that help keep us clean need to take a bath from time to time, too. A simple monthly cleaning routine, using basic ingredients you already have on hand, is all it takes. Don’t let vinegar’s off-putting odor put you off; it’s an inexpensive and terrific household cleaner. Its distinctive scent quickly dissipates, leaving things fresh and squeaky clean, especially when coupled with baking soda. Bleach, a household staple from your laundry room, can be used to sanitize multiple surfaces in your home when diluted to the same ratio that hospitals use: 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. Products like table salt and baking soda can come out of the spice cabinet and play a role as gentle and effective scrubbusters in all the rooms of your house. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



Once a month, remove the utensil holders and racks, check for stuck-on food, and wipe down the interior of the dishwasher. Though you should check your owner’s manual before you try any home cleaning remedies, consider this method to clean your dishwasher: Add 3 cups of plain white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda to the bottom of the empty machine. Turn on the dishwasher; allow it to run for a few minutes. Stop the cycle midwash, leaving the vinegar solution to stand for 20 minutes or so, then allow the machine to finish up its cycle. The combination of hot water and the vinegar solution will loosen any goo and allow you to easily wipe it away. Pay special attention to the door and its rubber gasket. Finally, don’t forget to refill the compartment for your machine’s liquid drying agent. Products like “Finish” and “Jet Dry” really do help your dishes and the interior of your machine to dry faster, cutting down on soap residue and ultimately helping your machine run efficiently. Jetted Tubs

A nice bubble bath, perhaps with some scented essential oils or an exfoliating salt scrub, is such a nice way to relax and tend to your personal well-being. But properly cleaning up after your at-home spa treatment is essential to the health of your Jacuzzi tub, considering that your bath water, bubbles and exfoliated skin have been recirculating through the pipes and creating an icky brew. After your bath, fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the jets by an inch or two, and add a squirt of your favorite grease-busting dish soap plus 1 cup of bleach to cleanse and sanitize the slippery surface. Turn on the jets for about

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Whether you have a front-loading or top-loading washer, an ounce of prevention is worth having to rewash a pound or so of stinky laundry. When not in use, leave the soap dispenser compartment ajar as well as the door or lid on the drum to allow residual water to evaporate. If you have a front-loader, use only “he” (high-efficiency) detergent, and no matter what style of machine you own, use only about half as much detergent as the container suggests you need. More is not better when it comes to laundry soap and liquid fabric softener. Over-sudsing creates a scummy sludge in your clothing and in your machine. Once a month, run an empty cycle on the hottest water setting with 3 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda, or use a packet of store-bought washing machine cleaning powder. Once the cycle is complete, wipe down the interior of your machine, including the door/lid and around the rubber seal. If you notice that your machine has a mold or mildew smell, you must focus on sanitizing and killing bacteria. Instead of a vinegar-andbaking soda solution, add one cup of bleach to the drum of your washer and run a complete cycle on the hottest setting. Go ahead and take the opportunity to toss in your household cleaning cloths and sponges so they can be sanitized, too. When the cycle is through, scrub the interior of your machine with a nubby cloth to remove any remaining sludge and leave the door open to permit everything to air-dry. Our grandmothers didn’t have the big modern-day equipment that we have the luxury of using today, but they certainly knew a thing or two about economical and effective cleaning solutions for the home. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



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Mix and Mingle with New Ideas for Buffets By K i m F ox

If hosting a holiday party is in your plans, you are probably planning your menu and addressing invitations already. Even if it’s tempting to pull out the grocery list from last year, why not try something a little different? There are so many new trends in entertaining, and inspiration for planning and executing interesting gatherings is everywhere— magazines (like HOME!), blogs, websites...ideas abound!

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A common dilemma for a hostess is finding the right space to set up the food. If the dining room table is used, where are your guests going to sit? If a kitchen island is put to work, accessing the freezer for ice or the pantry to replenish the cracker tray might be tricky. Recently, I attended an anniversary party at a darling little country inn where space was at a premium. As I walked into the dining area, I immediately noticed that food was arranged on several tables scattered around the room. Something different was offered at each table. One held a cocktail bar with several bottles of wine in buckets next to goblets lined up on a silver tray. Cocktail shakers were nestled in tubs of ice next to martini glasses and highballs. Instead of ordering from a bartender, guests were having a great time channeling their “inner mixologist� and serving themselves. In another corner of the room, a table held steaming bowls of mashed potatoes surrounded by every topping imaginable—chives, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, herbed butters and flavored sour cream. Next to the traditional beef and ham carving station, heaping platters of artisan breads and rolls enticed guests to create bitesized sandwiches topped with cheese or horseradish sauce. Instead of a traditional tiered anniversary cake, the honored couple served tiny sweets atop glass cake stands of different heights and shapes. Since the desserts were small, it was a great excuse to try a couple of different miniature tarts and cakes. This fun trend of mini buffets has caught on big time as modern hostesses are looking for something to set their events apart. These food vignettes become a memorable and amusing way to get guests out of their seats and socializing without waiting for a sit-down meal to be served. You may not be hosting

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Teenagers and little ones alike love sleepovers, but for adults they can seem like long nights with perpetually hungry mouths to feed. If you don’t want to become a short-order cook, and ordering pizza seems too mundane, try setting up a snack bar that allows kids to be part of the preparation. Freshly popped popcorn becomes a gourmet treat when topped with flavored butters, grated cheese or candies. Purchase popcorn bags at the party store and set out several bowls of toppings, letting the guests make individualized concoctions. What a great way to satisfy those late-night munchies! Breakfast is easy too, when you have set out cereal bowls, spoons, a variety of cereals, and juice glasses the night before. In the morning, you can quickly add ice cold milk and a selection of juice to the breakfast bar and retire to the next room with your cup of coffee. Letting the kids c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Little food stations set up around your house help break the ice by getting guests moving about. serve themselves will be a welcome break for you if you didn’t get much shut-eye the night before! International Night

The holiday dinner party is a great way to celebrate the season with friends. The dilemma for any host is how to get your guests to mingle, especially if they don’t know each other. Little food stations set up around your house help break the ice by getting guests moving about; chances are they will strike up a conversation as they meet at the crostini bar. Consider adding a theme to your dinner party. If you love Italian food, stock your cocktail area with limoncello, iced granites and some hearty red wines. Set up a pasta bar on your kitchen table you have moved into one corner. Fill big pottery bowls with different shapes and flavors of noodles such as spinach fettucini, peppery cappelletti or buttery gnocchi, and offer several sauces and toppings. Homemade pesto or sun-dried tomato sauce served in rustic gravy boats lend that Tuscan feel to your Italian theme. Or try an Asian menu by serving lo mein noodles or rice in hot woks and offering different toppings, such as stir-fried vegetables, and diced pork, chicken and shrimp. Mexican food adapts to the food station idea perfectly when you provide homemade tortillas and set out everything your guests will need to make the perfect personalized burrito. These little mini buffets are the perfect way to start your guests talking as they work their way through creating their custom culinary masterpieces. 4 8

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Game Day

Elevate your tailgate when you provide fixings for individual kebabs made by each of your guests before the big game. Meats cut into cubes, chunks of raw vegetables and even fruits can be threaded onto skewers and grilled by your favorite grill master. Encourage everyone to enjoy a cold beverage during the pregame show, snacking on party mix that they have mixed themselves. Set out a food station with nuts, cereals, pretzels, small crackers and dried fruits or candies in apothecary jars. Provide metal scoops and encourage guests to fill team-colored paper lunch sacks with the concoction of their own making—a great way to satisfy a hungry crowd while you get the grill going! If you are looking for some fresh ideas to inspire you this party season, provide food, fellowship and fun with these casual crowd-pleasing food stations. Your party will be a memorable event for everyone— and may just bring out the Top Chef in your guests!

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Understanding Homeowners Associations By K i P r u d G e

House hunting is—and always will be—the process of weighing seemingly countless options and picking the ones that dovetail with your needs and wants. There’s location, financing and even the moral impasse presented by full basements versus crawl spaces. One of the most important decisions any potential homeowner will face is: “Who are my neighbors and how much input do they get in how I manage my property?” Enter the Homeowners Association (HOA).

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early 18 percent—24.8 million—of U.S. homes are part of the nation’s 300,000 HOAs, be they condominiums or detached dwellings, according to the Community Association Institute (CAI). In 2010, nearly 62 million residents were living as part of HOAs. Despite occasional bouts of bad press, the vast majority of the HOA members are satisfied with their associations, according to the CAI. Polls have indicated that more than 70 percent of those living in HOAs had positive experiences. Ellen Sarantos, president of the Irvington Park Homeowners Association in Lynchburg, said the HOA provides an important quality to every neighborhood. “The homeowners association sets the neighborhood standards,” she said. “Through the bylaws, we provide consistency.” Mark Jordan, a planner with Bedford County, explained that local governments have very little to do with HOAs. “The county doesn’t govern private covenants,” he said. Since HOA members must pay local property taxes and partake of few local government services, many locales are loath to tinker with a golden goose. Most HOAs maintain their own roads and common areas, saving the local governments and Virginia Department of Transportation millions of dollars annually. In essence, HOAs do not play heavily on the minds of local governments. In contrast, potential homeowners ought to keep the HOA blip on their radar. By their very nature, HOAs feature restrictive covenants and bylaws that dictate the fabric of their neighborhoods. Some homeowners chafe under these restrictions, and others welcome the standards they bring to the community.


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When buying a home, researching the HOA is as important as looking for evidence of termites and verifying the number of bathrooms. Jennipher Lucado, president of Brownstone Properties, Inc. in Lynchburg, is a 23-year veteran of HOA management. Lucado explained that Brownstone manages 29 HOAs scattered throughout Lynchburg, Bedford County, Campbell County, Amherst County and Pittsylvania County. As a management agent, Brownstone handles a myriad of administrative chores for client HOA boards including collections, being the point contact for HOA members, and managing contractors. “The [HOA] board retains all the decision-making powers. We take the day-to-day pressure off the board,� said Lucado, a CAI-certified Association Management Specialist and a Certified


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Manager of Community Associations. “The board members all have jobs. They’re busy.” Steve Moriarity, a principal with Chadwick, Washington, Moriarity, Elmore & Bunn PC, a Northern Virginia law firm specializing in HOA and condominium law, says while HOAs are necessarily complex beasts, they deserve respect and understanding. There are two basic types of HOAs—those for condominiums, and those for detachment homes with land, said Moriarity. The difference is fairly simple. Condo owners—as members of the condo HOA—share ownership of the common areas or amenities the HOA owns. In a development scenario with homes on lots, the common areas are owned by the HOA. The HOA also charges fees to the property owners to maintain the common areas. When buying a home, researching the HOA is as important as looking for evidence of termites and verifying the number of bathrooms. Moriarity explained that it is relatively easy to get information on any HOA connected to property that may become your dream home. If a property is part of an HOA, that will be noted on the deed. The information is readily available in every courthouse or through the counties’ electronic registries. When the sale is being consummated, the buyer can request a full disclosure of the HOA involved. The disclosure will provide the Declaration of Covenants, the HOA bylaws, and any other rules enacted by the HOA Board of Directors. Lucado and Moriarty stressed the need to request the HOA’s financials as well. “This may be the single most important item that a new homebuyer will want to check concerning an C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

HOA,” said Lucado. By their nature, HOAs govern not only the look of a neighborhood, but also significant aspects of the infrastructure, like roads, common areas and amenities. In some instances, HOAs are responsible for individual home repairs. Potential homeowners want to be sure the HOA is in good financial shape to manage such capital costs. Lucado said having a CPA scrutinize the state-required Reserve Study can provide a good indicator of an HOA’s financial health. “It’s important to see what is being held in reserve so you can protect yourself from special assessments in an emergency,” she added. Sarantos explained that the Irvington Park HOA board manages their own finances and capital reserve. She reiterated the importance of prospective homeowners understanding how HOA dues are spent. In Irvington Park, HOA dues fund the capital reserve and maintain common capital assets, such as the pool, tennis courts and common areas. Due diligence on HOAs has become more important over the years due not only to their proliferation, but also to the

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nature of the developments themselves. One increasingly popular development type in this area is the “maintenance-free living” retirement community. In many cases, the HOA assumes the responsibility of upkeep on a much greater proportion of the property. “Look at the documents and be certain what is covered by the HOA and what is not,” said Lucado. “I’ve never seen an HOA cover every maintenance situation.” In cases of storm damage, an HOA can increase assessments significantly to repair homes. However, most fee or onetime assessments will be covered by the bylaws, and it is not uncommon for an assessment ceiling to be on the books. In addition, often the HOA membership has to approve any attempt at raising more money. “Some HOAs have very few rules, but others can be very, very specific,” said Lucado. “And you don’t want to find that out after the fact.” The good news is that a strong HOA can go a long way toward stabilizing your home’s value and even increasing it.


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While your halls are probably already decked with boughs of holly, additional decorative touches show guests you went the extra mile just for them. Line your staircase with a row of poinsettias; create a small arrangement of holly and other greens for a small vase in the powder room. If you are having a sit-down dinner, have fun with place cards. Hole-punch and thread them on ribbon tied to simple sprigs of greens, prop them up against spray-painted pine cones, take a paint-pen to dollar-store Christmas ornaments...any festive doodad can become a place card holder this time of year.

Give a Favor

Why should kids get all the goody bags? Send your guests home with a token of your affection—something they’ll eat, use or appreciate. Box leftovers in festive Chinese take-out cartons, package a short stack of homemade cookies in a cellophane bag for the ride home, or gift a small paper sack of scones for the next morning. A cupcake nestled in a plastic cocktail cup wrapped in cello with a festive bow is another easy idea to execute. For holiday bashes, send your guests home with a sprig of real mistletoe—the gift that keeps on giving! 6 0

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The food is ready, the drinks are chilled, and your house is as clean as it’s going to get. This party prep is certainly important, but at the end of it all, what really matters is how guests feel in your home. Often it’s the little touches that help create the mood, making the difference between just another party, and a gathering that makes your guests feel welcome, relaxed and cherished.

Light the Way

You set the tone for your guests the minute they approach your home. This is the time of year in which you may already be featuring a great outdoor light display, so your front door may already announce party time. To make a winter gathering extra special, light the path to your door with luminaries— either make your own using paper bags and battery-operated LEDs, or buy some. A temporary spotlight staked in the ground shining on your front door is also neat way to beckon guests to the entrance. Even if you are a white-lights only kind of person, drape colored or blinking lights around your bar for some unexpected fun. Novelty strings of lights (think illuminated snowflakes or paper lanterns) in unexpected places—around the powder room mirror, on the sideboard—add a touch of festivity too.

Engage all Senses

Always turn on the music before the first guest arrives. Start with the volume low and boost it up a bit as the party gets going. Your first guests will appreciate the feeling that the party is already underway. Spend time organizing your music playlist before the party, mixing in holiday tunes with more contemporary favorites. Have on reserve a good dance mix list for late night, just in case! Fragrance is another mood maker; you want your home to smell fresh and clean, but not cloying or overpowering. Burn your scented candles for a bit before the party, then blow them out just before guests arrive. Room scent diffusers are a great option, but make sure they aren’t placed in a spot right next to anyone’s head, like your end tables or fireplace mantel.

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Renovations Keep Pace with Family Dynamics By Pat r i Ci a C h el d P h ot o g r a p hy by KG t hi e n e m a nn

With every new owner, a house undergoes some change, whether it’s a major addition or simply a new paint job. In the home of Christine and Frank Crist, the changes can be marked by adjustments in the family dynamics. With four youngsters, their house was full. As the children grew up and moved away, rooms were altered. With the addition of another child, rooms were changed again. The result is a new home within the old. While its spirit has remained the same, the home has taken on a new life. Their home was built about 30 years ago and designed by Frank. “My husband designed it on a bit of paper and then had it built,” explained Christine. “He is a dentist, but he really is a frustrated designer.” According to Christine, he knows what he likes, and since she has taught art, Christine has an eye for design as well. Her knack for decorating and Frank’s keen eye for design were an enormous asset in their renovation. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



rank and Christine Crist’s home is situated along a farm road in a still-rural area of Forest. It was planned as a traditional brick country home with lots of interior wood paneling, and was perfectly suited for a large family. As the older children began to move out and live on their own, the Crists initiated some major home projects resulting in a more elegant style. This is most evident at the driveway. A front entrance courtyard greets visitors. Stylish urns and a wreath of greens and magnolia blossoms decorate the entry. Like most homes, the kitchen is the center of the house, which they renovated in 1999. “Originally the cabinets were all knotty pine,” said Christine. The couple was looking for a more modern, upscale design. “We wanted something that looked more like furniture than big cabinets,” she said. And the result is a cook’s dream. Ivory cabinets and a large center island contrast with the granite countertops. Double windows over the sink provide the extra light so necessary in a kitchen. All this plus superior appliances make it a kitchen any cook would find irresistible. “My husband loves to cook and gets every cooking magazine that’s published,” said Christine. Today their kitchen suits Frank perfectly. A one-time porch just off of the kitchen is now an inviting breakfast nook. “We designed it,” said Christine, explaining that


Ronk Cabinets and Furniture helped them with the kitchen. Expansive windows create a bright and cheerful atmosphere. Tones of red are carried throughout the room, including in the Oriental carpet and checkered seat cushions on the ladderback chairs. A brick wall serves as the backdrop for a lovely pine hutch with a natural wood finish. The table is set in the holiday spirit with Santa, greens, and wine-colored goblets at every place setting. Currently a small laundry is located directly off of the kitchen, but this will eventually become a butler’s pantry. A new laundry and a garage on the first level are in the couple’s future plans. According to Christine, their original plan was to build a new home. They looked at several pieces of land, and even after the kitchen was renovated, they continued to look. But the Crists could never find the perfect location. “Then I got so attached to this house, especially after we started to do things,” said Christine. “We just put our heart and soul into renovating.” Once the new kitchen was completed, there was a disparity between this room and the rest of the house. The Crists decided to redecorate and renovate the remaining main floor to achieve a more consistent look. The kitchen, music room and den all connect, so it was especially important that these three rooms flow together. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

The music room includes a baby grand piano and a sitting area opening directly into the den. Today the den is striking, a brightly lit room with an eye-catching fireplace. Originally this was a plain brick fireplace. Thanks to Frank’s design and artist Sonny Harlow, it has been transformed. Sonny faced the brick with a stone-like material, and added a mantel and molding. With the addition of a raised marble hearth, the fireplace is now the room’s centerpiece. For the holidays, the mantel is decorated with a village glowing with white lights, and a large decorated tree stands in the corner. A massive ornate mirror hangs above the mantel. When Christine first saw it she was not sure that it would suit the room. But now she simply cannot imagine it any other way! On either side of the fireplace are large windows with commanding views of the water garden. As an art teacher, Christine has a natural eye for design. “I kind of moved from paper and paint to bigger things,” she said. Now she enjoys decorating both inside and outside. Christine likes contrasts. Her style is discriminating and eclectic.

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An elegantly appointed dining room with a crystal chandelier is the perfect place for Christine to display her beautiful collection of rose medallion china. And throughout her home, Christine displays a collection of art. She finds the work locally and on the couple’s travels. Another addition to the family prompted more renovation projects. “In 1993, we adopted our daughter,” said Christine. Her arrival was quite sudden and the couple quickly set up the master bedroom with a crib. It stayed that way for two and a half years. The children’s bedrooms had been on the second story, and by then all the children had grown and left the family home. They could not put a two-and-a-half-year-old in a vacant second-floor bedroom. Instead they renovated the first floor and added a master bedroom, using the old bedroom as their daughter’s room. As she got older, the Crists wanted to give their daughter more privacy, so Christine moved her upstairs. Then they initiated another renovation to open up the downstairs and update the master suite. The entry hall, with its elaborate wrought iron and stone table overflowing with greens and larger-than-life pinecones, serves as an introduction to a long corridor leading to the master suite. The addition of a chair rail, Oriental runner and painted grasscloth transformed this simple area into an elegantly appointed passageway. Dianne Mowry of Yellow Door Interiors in Wyndhurst helps Christine with many of her decorating projects. “She has done so much here!” said Christine. “If I could add another daughter, it would be her.” C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

“We took some formal spaces and opened them up,” explained Christine. Breaking into a hall wall exposed the living room, and allowed access to this cozy area made a bit more formal with an Aubusson rug. Today both the hall and the living room are brighter and more open. Their daughter’s original bedroom, which adjoins the master bedroom, became the Crists’ library. Here, Frank stores his huge collection of cookbooks. The room also houses one of Frank’s prized pieces, a cellaret purportedly fashioned from wood taken from the ship of Lord Nelson. Cellarets were popular in the 19th century for keeping wines and champagne cold. Lined with tin, they were a very early version of today’s wine cooler.

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One of the last rooms to be renovated was the master bath. According to Christine, originally the entire room was wood from floor to ceiling. They removed some of the paneling from the walls and took up the original flooring, then replaced the wood with tile and marble. This dramatically changed the look from country to classic. Christine’s stone choices were perfect, picking up the earthy colors of the natural wood grains. The effect is light and updated. Curtains, Blinds and Bath worked with Christine on shutters for the skylight and windows, allowing control over light and privacy. “Now, instead of closing the French doors that lead into the master bath, we keep them open!” said Christine, also noting that guests often compare the look of this bath to the island-inspired style of Tommy Bahama. The hallway leading from the bath to the master bedroom is covered in a softcolored coral grass cloth. A tiny dressing room is complete with a small vanity and sink plus a very feminine chandelier. Excellent lighting and mirrors make this the perfect little room for adding the finishing touches when dressing. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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In keeping with the décor of this wing, the master bedroom is flawlessly fashionable. Heart pine floors with area rugs and salvaged doors create a cozy room. Tray ceilings are painted a French blue with contrasting chocolate brown walls. Christine does not like the stark effect created with bright lighting; instead she uses indirect lighting and lamps. A simple four-poster bed and a beautiful antique desk decorate the bedroom. “I saw this desk at Status Symbol Antiques but had no place to put it,” explained Christine. “Then one morning I got up and suddenly it dawned on me that the best place for it was facing the bed.” That convinced her to buy the piece. The lines of the desk caught her eye. Elaborately carved, the desk probably dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century. Christine explained, “I just look at the design of a piece. Its age and origin are not that important.” In an area that was once a small stoop, Frank envisioned the perfect smoking porch. So the Crists created an inviting little covered spot with black wicker chairs where Frank and his guests can escape for an occasional cigar. The water garden has been a work in progress. According to Norman Tharpe of Water Garden Designs by Tharpe Landscaping, he met with Christine initially to discuss the installation of a spring and small pond. The Crists had the perfect location on a small hillside behind their home. Over the years Tharpe expanded the garden feature. Today there is a large pond, additional waterfalls and over 80 feet of stream. Tharpe worked with Christine to add a variety of plantings along the water line as well as numerous walkways. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

The result is a beautiful garden complete with enormous koi that live year-round in the pond. Nearby a heron decoy stands guard. One day Christine spied a real heron in the garden. Concerned that it might dine on her beautiful koi, she followed expert advice to set out a decoy to deter other herons from approaching. It seems to have worked, fortunately for her fish! Another outstanding feature on the exterior of the home is a beautiful bluestone patio complete with fire pit, created with the help of Southern Landscape Group. Today the Crist house is alive again with the sounds of children and grandchildren. Dianne Mowry explained that now the home is more comfortable and blends a mix of both contemporary and traditional styles, creating a functional and family-friendly atmosphere. And Frank is already thinking he will need a bigger kitchen for everyone. “I think a house always evolves with the children,� said Christine. This home certainly has evolved, and with each change it has just gotten better.

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MONEY BUCKETS Managing Retirement Investments By r i Ch r ot h


uckets. Whether they’re used out in the garden, in the closet next to the mop, in the garage for storage, or even decorative buckets as interior décor … they are a staple in almost every household across America. But in my business of investment planning, I use buckets in a very different way: for money. No, I don’t mean that I have buckets and buckets of money lying around (although much like you, I wish that were the case!). I use buckets as a way to illustrate to my clients how their money and investments will be structured as they approach and hopefully enjoy retirement. Thinking in terms of placing investments in different “buckets” can be an effective tool to help clients better understand their retirement portfolio and feel more comfortable with their investments during a very volatile period in the financial markets. Here’s how the concept of buckets works: In retirement planning, once you’ve done all the necessary planning, budgeting, and calculating, and have figured out your risk tolerance, income needs, diversification strategy, and picked your investments, then you break out the buckets! Three of them to be exact, for your short-term, medium-term, and long-term investments. This is not a specific investment plan that needs to be followed to a “T”; it’s just a way to help you better understand how your investments can be structured to provide some measure of protection for your money in the short term and give it an opportunity to grow in the long term. And like all investments and plans, it should be customized to help you work toward your own specific needs and goals. While diversification (or asset allocation) does not ensure a profit and may not protect against loss, it can play a key role in establishing a sound investment strategy and reducing risk.

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Bucket 1 is your Short-Term Bucket. This is typically the most conservative of all buckets because it should provide the immediate income you will need for the next three years. This bucket is usually made up of cash and cash-equivalent investments, which you should be able to count on for the next three years. The Short-Term Bucket is the one that should provide comfort when the market is at its most volatile, because regardless of what happens in the market, you potentially have three years’ worth of income in this bucket. It also gives your other two buckets more time to weather market fluctuations, before you will need to access that money. Bucket 2 is your Medium-Term Bucket. The investments in this bucket are a bit more aggressive than Bucket 1, since you are looking for more return or yield from these investments. In many cases, though everyone’s plan is different, this bucket will contain many of your fixed income investments. Bonds of all kinds, preferred stocks, and even longer-term CDs can be used to fill this bucket. The time horizon—the amount of time before you plan to access this money—for this bucket is generally in the neighborhood of three to seven years. Bucket 3 is your Long-Term Bucket and typically has a time horizon of seven years and up. This is the place for the equity portion of your portfolio, as equities generally have the biggest risk/reward ratio of all of the investment types we have discussed. It’s probably a good idea to incorporate equities in your portfolio to some degree, regardless of what stage of your plan you are currently in. By placing them in your Long-Term Bucket, you can create a buffer of many years before needing to use this money.

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To summarize the bucket concept: The goal of the Short-Term Bucket is to help protect the money you will need in the next three years regardless of market fluctuations. The Medium-Term Bucket has more conservative investments that won’t be needed for a few years and may offer greater total return. And the LongTerm Bucket contains the risk/reward equity portion of the portfolio, allowing plenty of time to account for market fluctuations before it’s needed. It’s also important to think about the flow of money through the buckets during retirement—from your riskier long-term investments into your more protected, short-term investments. Each year as the money comes out of Bucket 1 to satisfy your income needs, it is replenished with money from Bucket 2, which in turn is replenished from Bucket 3. This means Bucket 1, the Short-Term Bucket, is always full and capable of providing you with the income you need. Who knew? In addition to all of their other uses around the home, buckets can also help you to better understand your investment plan, hopefully giving you one less thing to worry about as you enjoy your retirement. Rich Roth is a financial advisor with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and also hosts “Investment GamePlanning 101” Saturday mornings at 9 on WLNI-FM. Rich also teaches continuing education classes “Investing Basics” and “Investing for Retirement” at Central Virginia Community College. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Winter has settled over the region once again, replacing outdoor adventures with new ones indoors, hot chocolate and fluffy blanket in hand. For a gardener, the lack of flower- and vegetable-friendly weather doesn’t put a stop to preparation for the springtime season to come. And with the holiday season comes plenty of gift-giving opportunities to satisfy these creative personalities. To get the scoop on what’s hot for your gardening pals this cool-weather season, we trolled through some of the city’s most garden-friendly shops. With prices as low as $14, you’re sure to find the perfect surprise to remind your outdoorsy loved ones of their favorite time of year. Get Organized

Although gardening starts with an imaginative mind, it also requires a good amount of stuff: gloves, trowels, seeds, pots, soil...Sometimes the hardest part isn’t getting plants to grow, it’s finding a place to store all the things that help them along. The Picket Fence Bench ($325, Steger Creek) is a gardener’s dream, complete with seating for two and a handy lower shelf perfect for stowing things away. It’s doubtful that you’ll need to tell your thoughtful gardener recipient twice, but like all outdoor accoutrements, you’ll want to be mindful of the elements and the effects they might have on the bench. This gift is best suited for a covered porch area or patio that can shield the painted-wood finish from the worst of Mother Nature’s wrath. If an outdoor covered refuge isn’t in the floor plan, try setting it up as a gardener-inspired mudroom or drop zone just inside the back door. Outfit the storage shelf just as you would outdoors, but utilize any wall space above it by hanging extra hooks for aprons or gloves. And speaking of hooks... A funky, trowel-shaped hook made from wrought iron ($12.50, Urban Merchant) is another great way to celebrate the gardener’s craft. Or bring the outdoors a little closer to home with a wood and metal bird hook rack ($48, Urban Merchant). Hung either just inside or outside the door, this outdoor-inspired rack is the perfect landing place for outdoor gear—hats, dog leashes and the like. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Looking for a gift that looks good and feels good? Pick out a Mat Mate ($21.95, Steger Creek) for your garden-savvy friend. These interchangeable outdoor mats are made to withstand the elements, complete with fade-resistant colors and permanent dyes. The environmentally friendly materials of recycled tires also are sure to please your “green”-conscious gift recipient. The patterned mat insert can be given on its own or paired with a decorative tray ($132, Steger Creek) for extra stability and charm. Lead the Way

As dusk falls, outdoor enthusiasts tend to gravitate toward their domains. An evening stroll through lovingly tended garden beds can be just what’s needed to cap off the day. For these stolen moments, halogen light bulbs tend to steal the magic right out of the air. Luckily, the same lanterns that have been guiding people to a place of comfort in times past are still around today. Indoor/ outdoor seasonal lanterns (39” $135, 21” $52, 15” $46, Steger Creek), available in anything from galvanized punched tin to antiqued white-washed metal, are perfect for setting the mood. If concerns about an open flame have you second-guessing the gift idea, try battery-operated alternatives. Seasonal flags (from $10 to $15, Accents) are always a welcoming touch to a garden. When the leaves and flowers fade away, decorative flags add that color right back into the yard. If you want to gift a year-round flag, go for a neutral monogram or “Welcome” design. 8 0

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For the gardener who simply can’t wait until the spring, an indoor/outdoor container garden could be just the thing. Available in ceramic, composite and plastic options (from $2 to $200, Virginia Garden Supply), sturdy containers allow gardeners to work on their own schedule rather than having their plantings dictated by the weather. No matter what the planting, there’s a container to suit. When in doubt, gifting your gardener pal with a piece of top-of-the-line equipment is a surefire way to please. We asked around for the most popular pruning shears and came away with Saboten Slimmer Trimmers ($38.95, farmbasket). The bright orange handles make this one eyecatching pair of blades. Another great gift idea is a new pair of professional gardening gloves to keep digits (and manicures) clean and protected for ages. Boss brand makes an affordable leather option ($14, Gary’s Garden Center) that stays well within budget, but doesn’t skimp on protection from the elements. There may not be a whole lot to do outside this time of year, but there are plenty of ways to keep next year’s garden in mind. Gardening gifts keep the excitement going year-round, and help to satisfy antsy hands ready to get down and dirty in the soil.

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Shining Sconces add light, mood and drama with this design darling By C a r r i e Wa l l er

The art of lighting is a delicate one. Install the wrong fixture (too big, too small, too bright) and the entire mood and tone of a space can be derailed. But get the lighting just right, and you will be rewarded with a room you’ll be proud to let shine. Designers agree that the key to successful lighting in a room is using a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting. Layering is really at the heart of this concept; embracing it provides dimension and warmth. Incorporating all three types of lighting will help create a functional, beautiful space. When considering wall sconces in terms of this three-part lighting formula, they are perhaps one of the most versatile light fixtures you can buy since they can be used for all three: Ambient in the way they truly encompass a space, task in that they go where you want them to go and shine where you want them to shine, and finally, accent lighting at its finest, since sconces offer such customized style. Sconces can suit just about any taste, and are available in all sorts of shapes, colors, finishes and sizes. They present the light bulb moment you’ve been waiting for!

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Unobtrusive and out of the way, these lights are the perfect solution for rooms lacking in available surfaces. Need a soft glow next to the reading chair in the den but don’t have room for a floor lamp or table-top fixture? Installing a wall-mounted sconce beside the chair could be the just the thing. Yet beyond its power to space-save, a collection of sconces can add drama and personality to a room lacking that finishing touch. Think of light fixtures as an accessory rather than merely a fixture, the difference being that accessories adorn the room rather than simply illuminate it. Functioning as both task and accent lighting, sconces can bring a little sparkle to areas you’d like to focus attention on. Use them to frame an oversized print or mirror in the dining room, or flank a fireplace with a matching set. When off, decorative sconces add artistic appeal, but turn them on and watch the wash of light create a tangible feeling and mood. Style File

Once used to hold candles before the age of electricity, wall sconces have now blossomed into a massive genre of wired lighting that has a design for everyone. Traditional styles, with intricate iron detailing and cream shades, and modern options, complete with stark lines made from industrial metals, are both available—and that’s only a sample of existing looks. Lighting designers will agree that this is an area of interior décor that has really taken off. Immerse yourself in research and you’ll be amazed at just how limitless the options are. There are pieces that look like pendants, and other more elaborate options that look like 18th-

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When choosing the right sconce for your home, consider the style of the space in question. Is the furniture traditional with curved lines and turned legs? Are the textiles wrapped in embroidered pattern? Is the room finished with crown molding, honey-colored hardwood floors and an ornate Oriental-style rug? These types of classic spaces may call for wall sconces with an equal amount of elegance. In this case, consider fixtures of brass or black iron. Incorporating lampshades also has the potential to read more classic than modern, and can be customized to any c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


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style—from cream and white silk, to geometric patterns and even animal print. If lampshades aren’t your particular taste, another way to achieve a traditional look is to go with sconces meant to look like candles, topped with flame-shaped light bulbs. Or celebrate authentic tradition and hang a real candle sconce. These classic options are lovely and, with glass surrounds, offer a safe way to add a flickering glow. For more modern spaces scattered with punches of bold colors, geometric art and clean-lined mid-century furniture, sconces tend to be simpler and more understated than their traditional counterparts. Choose fixtures made from unfinished metals with elongated bendable arms. Imagine a wall-mounted equivalent of a 1960s desk lamp and you’ll see one possible look come together. If you find yourself drawn to a more eclectic, transitional style, try combining elements of multiple looks. Love cloth lampshades but not a fan of traditional brass finishes? Pair a modern, square-shaped shade with a curved brushed nickel base. Or if you like the classic sheen of brass, but don’t want it to read overly traditional, you can choose a boxy, all-metal brass sconce with geometric detailing. When taking sconces into a child’s room, you can really play with the details. In a little girl’s room, top sparkling silver bases with lampshades in feminine pinks and purples. Add a whimsical monogrammed detail to really make it hers. For the boys, start with a boxy base and perhaps set a camo-print lampshade on top. The beauty of a funky lampshade is that it can easily be replaced as styles and tastes mature. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

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The options in terms of design and style are endless. The art of placement, however, is a bit less open-ended. There’s a reason movie sets have trained, professional lighting experts on hand; proper lighting is truly scientific, taking into account the right height, brightness, spacing, and quantity of fixtures needed. To calculate the number of sconces for a room, judge by its size. For a large living space or kitchen, sconces can be plentiful but should be used to supplement, not complete, the lighting. Be sure to incorporate other lighting options to achieve balance, such as floor lamps, recessed overhead lighting, or tabletop lamps. On the other hand, two wall sconces may be all you need in a small office or bathroom. Think of them in terms of layering and what each individual room needs to feel complete. Take your time brainstorming ways to incorporate wall sconces into your home. Stand at the entrance of the room in question and look around you. What spots seem too dim to feel inviting? Where is the lighting a little too overpowering? Sconces should relate

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to something and feel integrated with aspects of the room— centered between a pair of wingback chairs, flanking either side of a fireplace mantel or piece of statement artwork, or simply situated to accent an interesting architectural feature like an arch or column. These fixtures are meant to highlight their surroundings, so be cognizant of the zones in a room that can benefit from wall-mounted accent lighting. As another example, consider a bathroom. You may have heard that the right light beside a bathroom mirror can melt years away from your reflection. The eye-level glow from a decorative sconce could easily provide the magic that overhead lighting wants to destroy. Lighting beside the face will give you a true-to-life reflection rather than one distorted by shadows from light cast downward. Install a dimmer switch to fully control the effect. Adequate lighting in a kitchen is an absolute must, but that doesn’t mean you have to relegate all of it to the ceiling. Hard wire a pair of sconces alongside the cooktop or above a banquette in the eat-in dining area. Eye-level light has the ability to soften overhead fixtures and turn a largely utilitarian room into a relaxing place where people want to congregate. Need a few other instances where low-hung lighting sets the tone? Install a line of them down the length of a hallway with family photos hung between, or embed them in a large flushmounted mirror in the dining room or master suite. For a kid’s room, try placing a pair at their eye-level on either side of the bed for well-lit bedtime stories and play. Sure, sconces are a nobrainer on each side of the bed, but don’t forget the sofa for this type of pairing too. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

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When wiring multiple sconces in a space, the general rule of thumb is to install them between 60 and 72 inches from the floor, depending on the height of the home’s occupants, and with about 8 to 10 feet of separation between each light. These standards are in place so that you can avoid the look of a dim movie theater or the fluorescent feel of a doctor’s office. Remember, you want to find the perfect balance between too dark and too bright. The “rules” also help establish a cohesive and intentional look to your sconce collection. Pairs of lights read as a unit, creating balance, whereas sporadic numbers and spacing will throw off the scale (and mood) of a room. If new to electrical work, this project may be best left to the experts. A trained electrician can charge anywhere between $40 and $100 an hour, so keep this in mind when deciding on placement. Keep your costs down by placing new light fixtures near existing wiring, so that running electricity to the new light won’t be a major hassle. The installation of the light is the easy part; it’s running new wire to an uncharted location that will run your final invoice up. Wall sconces offer homeowners the ability to layer on drama and mood in a space, all without taking up valuable surface area. Beauty meets function in these fixtures, which isn’t an easy combination to find. If wrestling with wires and toppling lamp bases is getting you down, cut through the chaos and wire up some eye-level, in-wall peace of mind.



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Good Deals for a Good Cause

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Remodeling and renovating your home is no small task. Whether it’s time for the flooring to be replaced, the cabinets to be updated, or that old family furniture from the 1960s to finally make its exit, home renovations take time and money. And let’s face it, time and money are something many of us just don’t have in abundance these days. Why spend hours pacing up and down the aisles of the big box stores trying to compare prices and materials? Why spend money on overpriced goods when a better deal is out there to be had? c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Lynchburg is a bargain hunter’s one-stop wonder in home renovation supplies. It carries everything from hammers and nails, to cabinets and counters, to furniture and books—all at discounted prices. Amanda Monark, the assistant manager for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, agrees that there are many benefits to shopping at ReStore for all your home furnishing and renovation needs. “Everything in the store is 20 to 90 percent off of the normal retail price,” Monark said. “Not only are the prices great, but all the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, and help build homes in the community.” Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps provide homes for low-income families by getting the community and the families in need involved in building the homes. According to Monark, the organization has constructed 278 homes in the Lynchburg area thanks to donations from the community and proceeds from the ReStore. “Our ReStore here in Lynchburg was the first ReStore ever in Virginia, and the store has been going strong for 11 years,” Monark said. ReStore does sell some new items at discounted prices, like flooring tiles bought from liquidators, although most of its merchandise is comprised of donations from the community. “We sell everything from new area rugs, used and new furniture, composite decking, books, paint, molding, cabinetry, and more,” Monark said. “We are always looking for new donations, as well as volunteers to help with things like stocking and greeting customers in the store.” The ReStore’s merchandise changes daily based on the amount and type of items donated, so Monark suggests checking the store regularly when in search for particular items. “Not only would you save money by shopping here for your home renovation needs, but you would also be helping the community,” Monark said. “Even if the store doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for, you can still support the ReStore and Habitat for Humanity by making a monetary donation. We greatly appreciate any type of donation given.” So, when you finally decide to rip up that outdated yellow linoleum that is tainting your kitchen floor, or when you get the whim to redecorate the living room with all new furniture as a Christmas gift to yourself, try buying your materials from the ReStore. Not only will you save money and precious time, you will be helping to provide families in need in the Lynchburg area with homes of their own.

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Everyone has one — that “catch-all” drawer, typically in the kitchen or office, that holds everything from scissors, tape and glue, to pipe cleaners, bottlecaps, a needle and thread and other scraps for half-finished craft projects. Sometimes that drawer spills over into another drawer, or to a whole cupboard, corner or even a whole room. As the holiday season comes and goes, HOME offers you some tips to finally complete those projects by creating a clutter-free area in your home where your creativity can truly shine.

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In the weeks leading up to Christmas and for other celebrations throughout the year, many people tackle homemade gifts—that photo album for Mom, the knitted scarf for Aunt Sue, those cute sock pets for the kids. But if you’re like many busy people with a household to run, you may have only gotten as far as collecting the materials—and they’re probably piling up in a disorderly fashion. Finding the right space to work is the challenge. And a recent study for the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) shows the typical crafter/hobbyist spends an average of 7.5 hours per week engaged in a craft or hobby. If you’re going to spend close to a full day’s time at something you love each week, you ought to love the space where you’re doing it. Local Laura Dawson loves her crafting space, a designated area in her family home’s basement. An avid crafter, she enjoys sewing, painting and crafting all kinds of items, especially for children—like wall art, bibs, burpcloths, backpacks and more. Carefully organized and beautifully displayed, her craft supplies fill several wall-mounted shelves, while less visually pleasing supplies and tools are housed in fabric bins on shelves below. High windows and French doors to the outside let in plenty of natural light during the day. “My space started out as a closet,” Laura said. “My husband knew I had a passion for it, and once I really started getting in to it, he said, ‘You really do need a space of your own.’” She didn’t need four walls and a door, instead maximizing available wall space for storage and working at a generous drafting table made by her husband’s grandfather, where she can stand comfortably to paint, or pull up a stool to sew. Her children (ages 5, 7 and C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

9) know that while they are occasionally invited to collect items from her extensive collection of crafting goodies to make their own creations, this space is “just for Mommy,” she explained. Being able to see her array of organized supplies is her favorite aspect of this area, because it allows her to see everything she has, which keeps the creative juices flowing. She also displays photos of her children and special pieces of handcrafted artwork in her space for inspiration. Kathy Harris of Amherst said she spends several hours each day in her large craft room. The room is the result of a last-minute decision she made when building her new home several years ago. “It’s the area over the three-car garage that was really going to be nothing,” she explained. “I said, ‘Ah, ha! That will be my studio.’” As a painter, seamstress and craftsperson, she makes use of every inch of the spacious room, which also doubles as a guestroom. A large table left over from her husband’s time in the printing business allows her to work on bigger projects and has many drawers and cubbies to hold supplies. She also has file

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cabinets, a sewing machine and stand, two beds, a love seat, a television, a cabinet where she can display her finished work, a draftsman’s table for her artwork, and a shelf for her own library of art books. There is also an adjoining full bathroom, which makes for easy cleanup. Harris’ specialty is angel figurines, which she makes as a ministry. She has given away close to 400 through her church’s bereavement committee, to nursing homes and to those who are sick. The ongoing project means she has to stay organized. She never knows when she will get an order. “All my gold trim for the angels is in one cabinet here; right next to it is the desk where I make the angels; next to that is a basket where all the kits that I make up for the angels are,” she said. She has it down to a process for sure, but it comes easy to the self-proclaimed “born-organized person.” To an avid crafter like Harris, organization is indeed the key. Getting Organized

Even if you don’t have a special room, a large area, or even a closet with leftover real estate, you can still fashion your own creation station. Consider procuring and organizing for yourself a self-contained portable unit that contains all the things you need to work on a particular project. A large plastic tub with a lid could do the trick; a lidded basket is another great choice, particularly because the basket could stay out of hiding as part of your home décor—making you more likely to work on your craft without having to haul anything out from the back of a closet. The key is organization, which has become an art all in itself. 9 8

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Picking the right type of containers for your different craft supplies — in the right sizes — is quite a skill. The first thing to do is take stock of what you have, and make note of what you need. If you enjoy multiple crafts in different disciplines, try to keep the accoutrements separate in designated containers or areas. Also, group items typically used in every craft project, such as scissors, glue guns and tape, and keep these items easily accessible, such as in a drawer, small plastic bin, or on a shelf above your workspace. Gone are the days when you had to save shoeboxes and pill bottles for all your do-dads; today’s sturdy containers are built to last. Many retailers offer decorative storage boxes, crates, baskets, trunks, stacking bins and more. They come in all sizes and colors, with the popular translucent option so you can quickly locate supplies. And container manufacturers are getting smarter. They know that finding a central spot in your home to both store supplies and work on your crafts is often hard, so they’ve created off-theshelf workstations. These freestanding

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units often consist of drawers of various sizes, a countertop for working and a basket attached to the side for holding taller items, such as gift wrap. If your crafting is limited to gift wrap, consider a workstation made just for that purpose—a fold-up table of sorts, doubling as storage for supplies and a surface for wrapping gifts. When the lid is shut, a clip on top secures a roll of wrap, and grid lines guide your cutting. And when the holiday season is over, the workstation folds down to store under a bed or on a shelf. It can be done!

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Although a craft nook may sound like a hobbyist’s dream, the reality is that many of us are already maxed out when it comes to space in our homes. Matalie Howard, a Family and Consumer Sciences professor at Liberty University, said a craft room may not be all that practical in a busy household, but there are ways to make a multipurpose room—a “family center,” if you will—where everyone in the household can enjoy their own personal activities, including crafts and hobbies. “Crafters have been told for years that we should have a special room in our homes dedicated to our craft. A place— behind closed doors—where we can create, where we can relax, without interruption and without bothering others. I choose to differ,” she said. “Not everyone wants to be closed away from the rest of the family.” For that reason, she suggests doing the best you can with what you have, making your workspace blend in with a room everyone can use. “I sincerely believe that many individual activities can be enjoyed in the same room,” she said. To create a comfortable family center — a dining room, kitchen, family or living room — first make sure the room meets the needs of each person, Howard said. Choose furnishings that are easily cleaned, not easily damaged nor likely to cause injury. Use cabinetry with doors to secure supplies such as scissors, tape, and paper for scrapbooking or pins, scissors, and patterns for sewing. The general lighting can be varied in intensity, she said, with dimmer switch controls and task lighting provided for specific activities. With these tips, she said, your work area can also become a place where you enjoy one another’s company. “Individual family members are typically very busy throughout the day with schedules for work, school, play, extracurricular activities, etc. Family centers are places you go home to.” So whether you want a place for everyone to dream and design together, or a refuge to relax into your own creative endeavors, making your own creation station is easier than ever with these ideas and inspiration. Get organized, get those creative juices flowing, and get crafting just in time for the holidays and those long winter afternoons that follow.

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Inspired to make your own creation station without breaking the bank? Consider the following tips from the Craft & Hobby Association: Make your own craft table by purchasing a plain, smooth 6-foot secondhand or damaged interior door (found inexpensively at most lumber companies) or a piece of half-inch plywood cut to the desired size. Cover it with fabric or plastic. Take two two-drawer metal file cabinets and place one cabinet under each end of the door or plywood. Use the cabinets for your crafting supplies and projects. Use coffee mugs to hold paint brushes, craft knives, pliers and other supplies. For storage and organization, use clear plastic shoeboxes, baby food jars and resealable plastic bags. A fishing tackle box has lots of little compartments, making it especially useful for smaller crafting supplies like beads and sparkles. Plus, it’s portable.

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Discerning Delicious Recipes from Cyberspace By Lu cy co o k


he Internet is a great place; anyone can set up a site or a blog, and write whatever they think—it’s the ultimate example of freedom of speech! There are too many sites about food to count; it seems that a new one pops up every hour. And with reposts on sites like Pinterest, the availability of recipes online is mind-boggling. But have you ever tried a recipe from the Internet that was a complete failure? How do you tell the difference between a recipe that will work and taste good, and one that won’t? With all the availability of recipes and information, I’ve been challenged to define my recipe thought process—how I look at recipes and decide if they’ll work and taste good. The first and best determination is the source. Loads of recipes are available from national magazine sites like Southern Living, Food and Wine and Better Homes and Gardens. Big-time national magazines have the luxury of employing an army of recipe testers—folks who make the recipes and test the instructions to make sure they’re clear before the recipe ever goes to print. You can almost guarantee that this type of recipe will work! (Here at HOME, the combination of my family, friends and a Type-A editor means the recipes I offer you should be in pretty good shape, too.) For magazine websites, I definitely read the comments that follow posted recipes. Readers act as testers and often come up with good ideas, and sometimes that feedback is tested and commented on by other reviewers. For example, someone may say that the dressing recipe for a salad is too skimpy, then suggest doubling the ingredients and using to taste. I usually heed this type of advice, since I can be in control of the dressing, or choose to serve it for guests to add on their own. Unfortunately there are plenty of crackpot comments—those that ignore major components of the recipe or make too many substitutions—but those are easily recognized and ignored.

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Food blogging and photography have come a long way, which can add to the confusion. Sometimes, I’m attracted to the recipe because of the pictures, though I’ve found some bloggers may be better photographers than cooks. I suspect that bloggers feel pressure to post often, and therefore probably don’t have much time to test and retest recipes. Sometimes they give it away themselves, writing that they tried this last night for dinner, or made it over the weekend. This information always makes me think that they’ve only made that recipe once, and I know from my own experience that sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly what amount of ingredients or steps were taken. Look for comments in the blog like “this is my favorite” or “every time I make this” for better success. Feedback from the readers of food blogs is usually less informative than larger websites, because such comments are usually made upon reading the recipe (i.e. “sounds yummy!”). Because blogging is so time-sensitive, most readers don’t go back and post how a recipe turned out. Culinary detective work is easier than ever. If you find a recipe that has no helpful feedback, and you’re still determined to make it, use a little research to help you out. Googling to find similar recipes is one of my favorite tactics. I can cross-check ingredient amounts, baking times and temperatures, and add or subtract ingredients based on this additional input. If I’m unsure about a recipe’s pedigree, I can often meld it with one from a proven source and come up with a winner. Research like this also helps fill in blanks when I get recipes from friends or find old recipes from my mom that seem incomplete. An evening on the sofa reading recipes is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Here, I’m sharing a couple that I’ve found online and adapted. If you find a recipe that seems like something you’d like to make, don’t be afraid of the unknown. Check the comments, do a little investigation, and get cooking!


Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies I saw this recipe on Pinterest and clicked through to see the most complicated recipe for cookies ever! Since I like the idea of sandwiching Nutella between cookies (I generally like the idea of Nutella anywhere!), I adapted the recipe with a simpler cookie recipe, kept the Nutella, and made sea salt an option. (Makes about 18 cookies) ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup dark brown sugar ¼ cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 10 ounce bag chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate chips) ½ small (13 ounce) jar of Nutella, chilled Optional - Flaky sea salt, like Maldon Beat butter in a stand mixer. Add sugars and mix well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each, then add vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt, and mix well. Add chips and blend to combine. Take a scoop of dough and flatten into a cookie. Take a teaspoonful of the chilled Nutella and place in the center. Take about another half

a cookie equivalent of dough and cover the Nutella, pressing to seal. Place on a buttered cookie sheet and repeat until you’ve used all the dough. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Chill the cookies on the sheet for about a half hour, then bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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‘Tis the season of overindulgence, and I don’t mean dancing sugarplums and martinis at the office holiday party. I’m talking about an overindulgence of activities, errands and stress! A daily wellness routine encourages health and helps you power through that ever-expanding to-do list—during the holiday season and year-round. These do-anywhere exercises use the best equipment available: your own body in your own home. You work so hard to maintain your home as a haven of hospitality; how fitting, then, to establish a fitness routine within its walls to leave you feeling refreshed during the most wonderful time of the year.

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These exercises are safe for daily use, although common sense says to listen to your body and stop if you feel pain, especially in the joints. No need to fuel up with a pre- or post-workout snack for this quick routine, so leave the peppermint bark in the pantry. While this de-stressing holiday regimen will help keep you off The Naughty List, you’ll also be well on your way to a healthy and happy new year. WALL SITS: Press your back against a wall or closed door with feet placed shoulder-width apart about two feet off the wall. Suck in those abs like Santa squeezing down the chimney and slide down the wall until thighs are parallel to the floor. Adjust your stance if necessary so there’s a straight line from knees to ankles. Hold for 30 seconds, eventually building up to 60 seconds. Take a brief rest and repeat this exercise three more times. You will feel a lot of action in the glutes and quads, but if you feel pain in your knee, stop the exercise. Time elapsed: 4 minutes. Suggested holiday playlist: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey), “Candlelight” (The Maccabeats). INCLINE PUSH-UPS: (using a wall, kitchen counter, coffee

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table or stair): Push-ups done on an elevated surface reduce stress on the body. Perform incline push-ups at an 80 degree angle at first (wall) and gradually decrease the angle as you become stronger—going to 60 degrees (kitchen counter), 45 degrees (coffee table) and eventually 30 degrees (bottom step of the stairway). It’s a push-up, not a tush-up, so make sure your body forms a long, straight line from your neck to ankles. Perform the incline push-up slowly. Don’t let “momentum” do the work for you. By descending in three breaths and holding yourself steady at the bottom before pushing back up again, you’ll get the most out of this version of a classic gym-class exercise. Repeat 12 times. Time elapsed: 2 Minutes. Suggested playlist: “Hot Chocolate” (The Polar Express Soundtrack), “Auld Lang Syne” (The Country Gentlemen). c e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

HIP R AISE (BRIDGE): Lie on your back with knees up and feet on the floor. Brace

your abs as though a reindeer just kicked you in the gut and press down through the heels to lift the hips off the floor, lengthening the spine and making a straight line from knees to shoulders. Don’t let those hips sag in the middle! Abs, glutes and hamstrings will be well engaged in this movement. Extend the exercise by flowing through a series of gentle lifts and lowers, each time paying careful attention to maintain that straight line from knees-hips-shoulders when in the extended position. Repeat 12 times to start and work up to 24. Let your breath set the tempo for this slow, controlled movement, exhaling on the way up, inhaling on the way down. Time elapsed: 3 Minutes. Suggested playlist: “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” (Michael Bublé), “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah” (Barenaked Ladies).

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These classic yoga-inspired postures have so much going for them! Not only do they provide a fantastic stretch, but they require a lot of core stability to perform them. CAT/COW: Start on hands and knees,

with hands directly below shoulders and knees directly below hips. As you exhale, gently nod your chin toward the chest and round the spine by tucking your tailbone as you look back toward the knees. Slowly inhale as you press the tailbone back out while lifting your head, feeling as though you could balance a punchbowl of eggnog on your back. Repeat this movement several times, allowing your inhalations and exhalations to set the pace of this gently flowing exercise. Time elapsed: 4 Minutes. Suggested Playlist: “Silent Night” (Andrea Bocelli), “Ocho Kandalikas” (Erran Baron Cohen).



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DOWN DOG/DOWN DOG-TO-PL ANK: Start on all fours with fingers spread wide, making sure the wrists are under the shoulders and knees are under the hips. Tuck your toes and lift the hips up and back, straightening your legs to make an inverted “V” shape with your body. Relax your neck, allowing your head to hang between the elbows. Keep your tail high and press the heels toward the floor (they might not touch). Extend the benefits of this rejuvenating pose by coming forward into a plank position before pressing back into a downward facing dog position once again. Repeat this movement several times, allowing your breath to determine the tempo of your movement. Allow yourself to pause and hold each pose for several natural breath sequences as well. Time elapsed: 4 Minutes. Suggested playlist: “The Christmas Canon” (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), “Christmastime Is Here” (Vince Guaraldi Trio).

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Riverside Runners Inspires Movement

If you have been on Rivermont Avenue recently, certainly you have noticed Riverside Runners. Located in the old Randolph College Bookstore, Riverside Runners has transformed the place and is encouraging the community to Inspire Movement. “Inspire Movement is not just about putting one foot in front of the other; it is a total wellness effort. Being an active member of this community requires emotional dedication, as well as a physical,” said Jeff Fedorko, owner. Riverside Runners has developed a scholarship fund to benefit high school students in our region. Electric green laces with the message Inspire Movement will be sold to fund the scholarship. Home and Garden Show Offers Something For Everyone

Join Central Virginia HOME for all the best in home and garden improvement, design and more at the Greater Roanoke Home & Garden Show, to be held January 11-13 at the Roanoke Civic Center. This fun-filled, information-packed event offers something for everyone!

For every pair of the signature Inspire Movement shoe laces sold, $1 goes into the Riverside Runners Inspire Movement Scholarship Fund. Riverside Runners will match it, dollar for dollar. Each April, they will honor one 11th- or 12th-grade student who best demonstrates the Inspire Movement ability in our community. The scholarship is available to high school seniors in Region 2000. While they are well-known as the best place in our region to purchase running shoes, Riverside Runners is also a great resource for walking shoes, orthodics, apparel, nutrition, or need inspiration to get you moving! Go get your laces and get moving! Stories with Santa

Are you on Santa’s naughty or nice list? Find out, and get in the holiday spirit at Story Time with Santa, to be held December 1 at the Historic Miller Claytor House at Riverside Park. The house will be decorated for the holidays and filled with the aromas of evergreens and Christmas goodies. Santa will read at three seatings at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to hear a story, sit on Santa’s lap, receive a signed book, and enjoy cookies and milk. The cost is $5.00 per child. To reserve your space, call the Lynchburg Historical Foundation office by November 19 at (434) 528-5353.

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