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■ PuBLISHER’S NOTE There’s a first for everything! And, there’s a first with this issue of HOME magazine. It’s the first time we’ve had someone purchase advertising in HOME as a gift for a loved one. It will truly be a gift that keeps on giving for this advertiser. Actually, we’ve had lots of firsts over the years at HOME magazine. Readers tell us all the time that they use HOME as a reference for credible contractors and businesses when they’re considering a home and garden project or purchase— but each feels like a first because we are delighted anew with every unique story or situation. Advertisers share stories with us about the calls they get from prospective customers as a result of their ads in HOME. One of my favorite firsts is the story of an advertiser who received a call that was triggered by an ad from a past issue, over a year old. Yes, HOME is a keeper because it’s full of inspiration and ideas, along with the local businesses that can help you implement these ideas. So as the weather turns and the first flowers begin to peek out from the frozen earth, get out of your homes and enjoy a bit of what Central Virginia has to offer when it comes to finding new ideas and local businesses to enhance your home and lifestyle. No matter how long you’ve lived here, no matter how long you’ve been making your house a home, there are many firsts to explore— you may just find a new one yourself this spring. I’m looking forward to lots of firsts this year at HOME and for you as well. If you have one to share, I’d love to hear from you.








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■ EDITOR’S NOTE It seems like spring is when we like to get our house in order— essentially hitting the “reset” button and rebooting our home after a long winter. After so many grey months, it’s a breath of fresh air to bring the colors of spring inside our homes (look inside for our spring color report). Browse the homes featured on this year’s Historic Garden Day tour plus two more that we’ve chosen to share with you because of the clever ways they’ve used architectural details to bring the outdoors “in.” In this edition of HOME, you’ll find articles brimming with practical advice and fresh approaches to problems you might face every year. Set off on the right foot as you step into your garden for the first time with tips on selecting the right containers for your porch and how you can soften hard edges around your lawn. And, while you’re out there looking at things with fresh eyes, perhaps you’ll even see the potential for creating a backyard retreat—a little place you can call your own. But, should you end up with an inside-day due to April showers, we’ve got some productive projects for you that you may have been putting off… for a long time! There are so many opportunities to celebrate in your home this spring: Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and bridal showers. Now is a good time to assess your table linens and find out which key pieces your table linen wardrobe needs. Then,

once you’ve got your table set, choose a sunny dessert (or host three different occasions so you can try them all!) to serve your guests at your beautiful table. In the spirit of hospitality, I’m happy to welcome Darrell Laurant into our HOME. Most of us already know Darrell from his feature articles and long-running column in the News and Advance. Pull up a chair and sit a spell with Darrell and learn what he has to say about front porches. Thank goodness, spring has sprung! Come on in,


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As our yards are returning to their warm-weather glory with the arrival of spring, many of us will be itching to enjoy the outdoor spaces we’ve missed all winter. In recent years, the trend of embracing gardens, patios and lawns as extensions of the home has expanded how people think of and use their yards. With homeowners looking for more ways to develop their yards, features such as decks, fire pits, pools and patios have become increasingly common. Though these elements (generally referred to as hardscapes) serve great purposes, they can create visual discord with their hard lines and rigid looks if they are not balanced and buffered with proper landscaping. Hardscapes and landscaping are often addressed as separate projects. But by treating these two huge elements as separate entities, you could be limiting your property’s overall aesthetic potential. If you were instead to take a step back and imagine your yard, driveway, garage, porch, patio, deck, sidewalks, pool and everything that surrounds them as an extension of your home, the results could be surprising. Literally softening the edges of your hardscapes by utilizing good landscaping techniques can blur the lines between the two, creating a visual flow and elevating your property to resort-like status. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


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As with any project, it is important to plan ahead and have a good understanding of the way your structures and yard work with each other and what you hope to accomplish. Maybe your home sits on the side of a hill and you are having problems with erosion control. Perhaps you have rows of shrubbery around your front porch, and all that’s needed is proper pruning to smooth over any rough edges. Or it could be that your driveway appears long and awkward and requires some spicing up to eliminate that “runway” feel. Embrace the natural flow of your land and imagine how you could work out some of the blockier corners or bare areas. All Hands on Deck

Some of the more common hardscapes are patios and low-lying decks. When planning for landscaping additions here, start by going out and sitting on your patio or deck and take note of where your gaze is naturally drawn. This should be the focal point of any landscaping work. Keep in mind that your entire yard will be viewed as one large presentation that 2 0

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does not end with the perimeter of your deck or patio structure. For this reason, it is important to make sure one area flows into the next. This might mean planting colorful border trees and shrubberies all around the exterior of your yard as sort of a backdrop for your presentation. Larger plants such as crepe myrtles, Japanese red maples, redbuds, and dogwoods are wonderful choices that add a variety of color. Evergreens such as junipers and cypresses are also great picks that will provide year-round greenery and make excellent privacy borders. With the foundational vegetation in place, you can begin layering smaller plants in the foreground and around your hardscapes to relax the look of their rigid lines with lighter, airy foliage. Many herbs will help you achieve a delicate look around your ground-level deck or patio without a lot of maintenance. Look for dill, thyme, Russian sage, lavender and rosemary to provide soft texture (not to mention the added aromatic and culinary benefits!). Another trick to creating a relaxed atmosphere is to avoid a precise pattern in your plant groupings.

Intermingling shorter flowering plants and grasses can give your bed a more natural look, and allowing the plants to fill in on their own will mean less weeding down the road. Consider the layout of your particular hardscape and what areas might especially benefit from landscaping. Turn the severe corners where a sidewalk meets a driveway into an eye-pleasing flower grouping with a fluid, curved border. “Try to use low-growing plants like mondo grass or liriope planted right at the edge of the walkway so it grows slightly over the edge. This guarantees a softer look,” says Mark Maslow, owner and president of Southern Landscaping. For elevated decks, when the structure is at least 4 or 5 feet off the ground, there are a few additional factors to consider. From your perch, you’ll be gazing at a downward angle on your yard and plantings. Again, establish taller plants first, then work your way down to medium and low-lying choices. Consider shrubs that will grow to be bushy and tall enough to fill in the gaping space between the deck and the ground, such as arborvitae for an evergreen choice or C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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hydrangea and rhododendron to provide a bright pop of color. Don’t hesitate to bring flora onto the deck as well. Container gardening is an easy and low-maintenance way to break up the wood-on-wood monotony of a large deck. “Containers and potted plants and flowers can soften corners, and be used to separate areas,” says Laurice Jennings, owner and founder of Jennings Works. “They also are a great way to add color.” Group several containers of various heights together, or create a terrace effect by placing pots of trailing plants like sweet potato vine, verbena, begonia and nasturtium up a flight of stairs. Under the deck itself, the most practical choice may be stone mulch (with weed cloth beneath to keep undesirable “volunteers” at bay) since the lack of sunlight prevents hearty grass growth. Available in many colors and textures, there is certainly a stone mulch variety available to complement your hardscape. Stone mulch is also very effective at slowing erosion, making it a great choice to incorporate into landscaping for aesthetic and practical reasons. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Our area is known for its hills, and in some spots it would appear as if every single home is built on an angle. Many homeowners struggle with slope retention and erosion. Fortunately there are elegant ways to deal with these hard-tolandscape problem areas, and the results can be beautiful. Before proceeding with landscaping slopes, you must consider the soil type and how steep a slope you are dealing with. Southern Landscaping’s Maslow says, “There is no better erosion control measure than a living plant.” He suggests that homeowners look for native species to plant on steep slopes, such as Virginia Sweetspire or Summersweet Clethra. Ground covers are also great choices for hillsides, since their root systems will help provide a sturdy “grip” to the soil. “Another huge benefit is that most ground covers offer low maintenance, and over time as they fill in, reduce areas for weeds to grow and reduce the amount of area to mulch as they get larger,” says Jennings of Jennings Works. His choices for ground covers include blue rug juniper, dwarf Japanese garden juniper, coral beauty cotoneaster, big blue lily turf, and Japanese spurge (a type of Pachysandra). Terracing walls and creating distinctive walkways to deal with slope provide opportunity for some unique landscaping, which would not be possible on a flat lot. Forming terraces, which involves removing sections of dirt and inserting retaining walls to create a functional structure, can be difficult as you have to maintain a proper foundation and support for your slope. A common choice for these walls is to apply stucco over a concrete, brick or block base. In addition, stacking smaller walls into tiers C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

or creating a serpentine wall adds visual interest. Combining outdoor stairways with your terraced walls is also a great strategy. You may even decide to include some stepables (plants that tolerate foot traffic) between your stairways and flagstone or paver walkways. Dwarf mondo grass, creeping Jenny, Irish moss and many varieties of mint are all great selections. Pools

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, it’s important to address how it fits with the landscaping. A pool area with great landscaping can become a gorgeous, spa-like destination in your own backyard. For the most part, pools can be treated much like other hardscape structures, although there are a couple of things to consider. “Concern for plantings around a pool should be in regards to plant ‘litter,’” says Tracey Norvelle, landscape architect and pool construction supervisor at the Land Tech Group of Central Virginia. “While we’ve installed planting beds adjacent to pools, it makes more sense to keep them further from the pool and/or not

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Good landscaping takes all of these factors into consideration; great landscaping goes beyond selecting the right plants and mulch, however. Consider using non-plant elements in order to elevate your yard to the next level and give it a resort-like status by adding an unexpected statement piece. If you find yourself craving that “something extra” in your yard but aren’t ready to undertake a big project, look to features that are ready-to-install that you can simply landscape around. Effects such as a small fountain, a grouping of boulders, a garden bench, or a pair of large urns overflowing with flowers can add a lot of character with minimal effort. Take the opportunity to select a piece that

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The best-looking homes and yards combine all types of landscaping styles and strategies to fit the natural layout of their spaces. reflects your desired overall atmosphere for your yard, whether it’s an oversized lantern for a Zen look, a masculine log bench for a rustic elegance, or a simple yet contemporary water feature for a modern flair. Use mulch or groundcover around the base, then work your way into low-lying plants like phlox and lantana, then on to slightly taller choices such as coleus or hosta to layer in bright greens, working upwards with taller plants like hollyhock and dahlia. Use the plants you already have incorporated into other landscaping to frame this centerpiece and give a dramatic yet unified effect. Do keep in mind that when it comes to statuary and other non-plant elements, too much can definitely give your yard a cluttered look; don’t overdo it!

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If you haven’t gotten yourself a lacquer tray yet, you must! Every home needs at least one. These handy multitaskers corral odds and ends on the desktop, upgrade beverage and snack service at refreshment time, and hold a stack of books plus a drink on the ottoman. Lacquer works equally well in either very traditional or very modern décor. Lacquered wood finishes are durable and can be found in an array of bright colors and metallics. Antique lacquered boxes and tableware are sometimes inlaid or carved, but today we tend to use the word to refer to wooden items painted with a super high-gloss paint finish. Lacquer looks best when it has something in a contrasting texture nearby. hard aS naILS: Due to its high-shine, every fingerprint and smudge shows up in sharp relief on lacquered surfaces. But, all you usually need to do to clean it is to wipe the item down with a soft damp cloth and then polish it to dry with a soft, dry cloth. Never use paper towels or pretreated cleaning cloths on lacquer.

TRY IT! A shiny fire-engine red Chippendale-style chair in the entry hall begs to become your new favorite pocketbook perch. A lacquered waste bin and bathroom accessories set elevates your washroom to a serene spa. Still faint at heart? Try a classic white lacquered jewelry box on your dressing table.


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Try one new fun thing in every room of your home this spring. An acrylic container by the phone holds your reading glasses and a pen. A chromedipped light bulb peeks from under the pendant over the kitchen sink. And your car keys always have a home when resting on a lacquered tray on the hunt board. By adding touches of these glossy accents throughout your home, you’ll freshen things up for spring without committing to a total makeover, adding a little something unexpected to your stylish home. A special thank you to Present Thyme for contributing photography for the article.

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Strawberry Season

Looking forward to a rite of spring

BY lU CY Co o K

Each year after a long chilly winter, we cherish the arrival of spring fruits and vegetables. The first tip of asparagus to break ground, a pea tendril curling around its support, bright white strawberry blossoms ready to turn into juicy red fruits all signal the arrival of spring. One of my favorite rites of spring is strawberry picking. I usually demand a trip to the strawberry patch each Mother’s Day. Local, fresh strawberries are always the best for flavor and for nutrients. Like other seasonal fruits such as tomatoes, the varieties available in the supermarket are grown for their ability to ship, not their good taste. Local berries trump store-bought for that reason alone! The good news is that they’re easy to grow in strawberry pots at home and there are many varieties that will bear fruit all summer, extending their growth season.


The best way to shop for berries is to actually pick them yourself. When picking berries, keep in mind that the fruit does not ripen further after picking. The next best place to pick berries is at the farmers market. Look for berries that are a uniform rich red color. Smaller berries usually have a better, more concentrated taste. Strawberries won’t last long after being plucked, so it’s best to use them within a few days. As soon as they’re home, spread them in a shallow covered container (they don’t like being stacked) and put them in the fridge. Wait to wash and hull them

until right before use. Any berries that aren’t used within a few days should be frozen. Wash and allow them to dry, then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag. Most strawberry recipes are for desserts, although strawberries are also great in a fruit salsa over grilled chicken or fish! I’ve included three desserts that make strawberries the star. Each of these recipes requires a little advance planning but they are all simple to make and will be so pretty on your springtime table. Enjoy our local strawberry season. It goes by too quickly!

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Strawberry Panna Cotta (Serves 8) Panna Cotta (Italian for “cooked cream�) is a silky eggless custard, served cold with fruit or chocolate sauce. Panna Cotta is a perfect dessert for dinner parties because it can be made a day or two in advance and kept refrigerated until serving. If you’ve never had it, this is a great time to try it! 8 ramekins or small molds 6 cups fresh local strawberries, cleaned, hulled and divided 2 cups milk 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin Slice all of the strawberries into halves and divide two equal portions of halved berries into separate bowls. Puree half of the berries in a food processor and refrigerate the other half, reserving for a later step. Press the processed berries through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. In a heavy saucepan, stir together the milk, cream and sugar. Sprinkle both envelopes of gelatin on the surface and let stand for 10 minutes. Over low heat, stir the mixture until the gelatin dissolves, about five minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and fold in the strawberry puree. Divide the mixture evenly among ramekins or molds and chill for at least 8 hours. An hour or so before serving, make the sauce: Reserved berries 1/2 cup local honey 1/2 cup water Peel of one small lemon, grated Place the remaining berries, honey, water and lemon in a heavy saucepan and heat just to boiling, gently pressing on the berries while stirring. Transfer to a small bowl and cool to room temperature. Serve the panna cotta by unmolding desserts onto a puddle of strawberry sauce.

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Strawberry Tiramisu (Serves 10) This dessert is traditionally a mocha flavor, but springtime calls for a change to strawberries! Serve this pretty recipe instead of strawberry shortcake. Despite its many steps, cooks of any skill level can easily master this recipe. Note: this dessert contains raw eggs, which may be dangerous to the elderly, children under age 4, pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems.

STEP THREE: ASSEMBLE AND CHILL Serving dish (layer the dessert in a footed trifle bowl or a pretty


casserole dish)

2/3 cup water

Berry syrup

2/3 cup sugar

1 7-ounce package savoiardi (Italian ladyfinger) cookies, divided

1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

Mascarpone mixture, divided

4 Tablespoons framboise (raspberry-flavored) liqueur Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Strain the strawberries from the liquid syrup, reserving both. Dip half of the cookies for a few seconds in the syrup and place a single

Cook two minutes at a full boil, then remove from heat and stir in the

layer of cookies in the serving dish. Spread half of the mascarpone

strawberries. Let the mixture cool, then stir in the liqueur. Set aside to

mixture over the cookie layer, then spread half of the reserved

cool and thicken while you work on the next steps.

strawberries on top of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat with the

STEP TWO: THE CREAMY FILLING 4 eggs, separated

remaining ingredients, ending with the remaining strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours.

1/2 cup sugar


8 ounce container mascarpone cheese

2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted

1/2 cup whipping cream

To toast: spread the nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet. There’s

Beat egg yolks with ½ cup sugar until thick and light yellow in color.

no need to add oil because the nuts have their own. Roast the

In another bowl, beat mascarpone and whipping cream together

almonds in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes (give

until soft peaks form. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone

the tray a little shake halfway through toasting so they don’t burn).

mixture and blend.

Transfer the nuts immediately to a plate.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks

When ready to serve, top your chilled tiramisu with toasted almonds

form. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.

and enjoy!


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Strawberry Basil Ice Cream (Makes one pint serves 2-4) Friends may question this flavor combination—that is, until they try it! The basil is steeped in the milk, creating an interesting flavor that complements the berries. Be sure to use fresh basil for this recipe. For best results, put the bowls of your ice cream maker in the freezer overnight before blending. 2 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar, divided into 1/4 and 1/2 cup portions 2 cups half and half, divided 1 pound strawberries, hulled 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 generous sprigs basil, divided

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Whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Set aside. Heat one cup of half and half with the remaining sugar plus one sprig of the basil until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for 5 minutes. Discard basil. With the mixer running, carefully drizzle the hot milk mixture down the side of the bowl and into the yolks a little bit at a time (otherwise, you risk making scrambled eggs!). Return this mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, then add the reserved berries and cream. Stir and refrigerate the mixture until it is very cold, 4 hours or overnight. Finely chop the remaining basil and add it along with the lemon zest to the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions.

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A Contemporary Home in the Woods

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It’s a real design homerun when new construction balances aesthetics and functionality in perfect accord, all while minimizing its footprint in the interest of good stewardship. Here, Central Virginia HOME shares a prime example of such modern sensibilities. Preserving the natural beauty of a wooded lot, bringing the outside in, employing energy-efficiency at every turn and not wasting even an inch of space all make this home a remarkable example of what thoughtful home design can achieve. To create this home, Custom Structures’ graduate architect Joshua Marsh first called upon the basics of contemporary design while also bringing lessons learned from previous experience. The result is a mix of traditional and contemporary design, calling into play the use of symmetry, space allocation, exposed structures, large spans of glazing and an unusual bell-shaped curve roofline. All professionals and craftsmen involved worked hand in hand from planning to completion, and the outcome is a home that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


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While the mature hardwoods and a lakeside view made the setting for this contemporary home an ideal match, the site was not without challenges, says Custom Structures’ Jimmie Campbell, who was in charge of the construction end of the project. The oak trees were one issue and it was difficult but not impossible to work around them. The home’s footprint blends into the natural topography of the land, and thanks to careful planning and grounds work, most of the trees were saved. In addition, Custom Structures had to overcome a huge grading problem at the building site. The property dropped dramatically towards the lakeshore. Terracing created a more gradual grade and compensated for the steep drop. Instead of grass, contoured slopes are landscaped with an extra-thick carpet of mulch and extend to the lakeshore. The lack of grass translates into no lawn care, making mowing and weed control unnecessary. At the entrance, large stepping stones introduce a natural walkway leading to the front door. Exterior features include teak wood on the balcony, ironwork railings, HardiePlank siding and rafters of cedar and tongue-and-groove pine. Dutch Quality stone in many hues of pink, purple, plum and grey contrast with the neutral tones of the stucco trim. French drains control the water flow from the roof. A patio off the great room extends toward the lake and another circular staircase leads to the grounds. The home was designed with a common space in the central portion and private areas in wings, including the master bedroom suite and children’s rooms. A lower level holds a workshop, office, extra bedroom and in-law apartment. Energy efficiency is key to this home. Its passive solar energy system relies on the sun’s position as it shines into the home for temperature control. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

Clerestory windows, which reach toward the roofline, provide sunlight. The overhang’s design is calculated to keep the sun out in the summer. It is long enough so the house does not heat up. During the winter months, when the sun is lower, the windows are positioned at the proper angle to allow the sunlight to enter. A floating floor with radiant heat provides an extra-comfortable walking surface. Additional heat is generated from a geothermal heat pump, and solar light tubes were installed wherever possible to bring natural light into the house. Jimmie Campbell explained that the walls are thick. Known as ICF walls (insulated concrete forms), they are made of foam filled with concrete. Known for their high-energy efficiency, they offer superior insulation and also result in an added benefit of deep windowsills. Simplicity and avoiding wasted space are very important design elements. Every room is used regularly. Hence the home has no formal dining room, hallways, or guest rooms. The master bedroom suite adjoins the front entrance. Sliding pocket doors serve to conceal the suite from the rest of

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the house, and its location toward one end of the home affords privacy and convenience. There is no need for a hallway leading to this area. A walk-in closet and bath with a large shower and Jacuzzi tub complement the suite. All fixtures are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The balcony off the master suite offers a spectacular view of the lake and wooded setting. Teak planking and custom iron railings produce a clean and contemporary air to this terrace. Timberlake Metal Works designed and built the railings and the spiral staircases to exact specifications, including an iron and poplar wood spiral staircase leading from the master bedroom to a spacious lower-level office. The fixtures, from Lisa Moorefield at Timberlake Lighting of Lynchburg, are unusual and suit the property to perfection. A massive fan keeps air circulating in the great room and an unusual chandelier with hand-blown globes illuminates the entrance. The carpets throughout the house are commercial and easy to care for. The colors pick up the natural hues of pink, purple, plum and grey in the exterior stonework. In this home the great room is appropriately named. With ceilings extending over twenty feet, and exposed supporting trusses and massive windows extending upwards, this room has a hallowed air. A small woodstove provides extra heat on cold days. While it is designed for its super efficiency and ability to burn clean, its simple lines add to the grace of the room. Alberene soapstone on the floor and behind the stove protects the area from the heat and adds another design element to the area. White veins run

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through a virtually black stone, creating a design reminiscent of the nearby mountains. The kitchen area is the hub of the house. It is a paradigm of convenience and practicality. Situated directly off the great room, it is defined by its porcelain tile floor. The kitchen includes not only a cook’s dream space for food preparation but also a large walk-in pantry, a laundry and mudroom, plus a well-planned workroom that is used as a small office and project room. Reminiscent of a school lab, it is outfitted with high counters, a sink and a large center table. Here projects can be started and left undisturbed. As busy as this room can be, the kitchen remains uncluttered. Scotts Cabinetry designed all of the units throughout the house and Spectrum Stone Designs did the countertops. With a coffee drawer and appliance garage, the kitchen cabinets are designed to hide all of the much-used appliances. Outlets and strips of LED lights are concealed beneath the cabinetry. Two cupboards house returns for the heating system, and one opens into a small dumbwaiter that drops to the apartment below. Everything has its place and it can all be neatly stowed away. An unusual backsplash made of glass is a product called Dream Wall Colored Glass, installed by Cooke’s Glass. It is easy to clean and works well in the kitchen area. The children’s wing is a youngster’s dream come true. Bunk beds, a great lakeside view and ample work and play space make this area a great children’s hideaway. A climbing wall leads to a small loft where the only way in is to scramble straight up. And a secret door leads to a ladder that ascends to another loft overlooking the great room. 4 6

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Another staircase off the great room leads to the lower level. LED lights brighten every step and create a safe walkway. The lower level provides access to the in-law apartment, woodshop, garage and utility room which houses the internal workings of the house plus a generator. Controls for back-up power, the electrical system, plumbing and heating are confined to this area, creating the nerve center for the entire house. A complete apartment includes a full kitchen and pantry, living room, bedroom, elegant bath and an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. Very private yet accessible from the main house or from the outdoor terrace, the suite is a stylish and very comfortable living area for an extended family. With no wasted space, its energyefficiency and its beautiful location among a stand of stately oaks, this contemporary home is well suited to today’s lifestyle where simplicity and efficiency are key elements of living.

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The Garden Shed Grows Up Think Beyond a Place t o Stash Your Tools BY m i t z i B i B l e

Our childhood imagination that made a backyard tree house or playhouse so much fun is still alive in all of us. It’s just that as adults, we’re more practical about it. Bring back that youthful creativity and transform a utility structure into a place to call your own. Let’s face it: sometimes we dream about having our own haven where we can exercise, or make crafts, or work, or even just socialize with a couple friends without stepping on Legos or shouting over a blaring television set or having family members pass through dropping all the wares of their day in our special space. A backyard shed could be the solution! Now available in more architectural styles than ever before, the garden-variety garden shed, if you will, now has many different uses.

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ete Foss, owner of Valley Structures in Lynchburg, said although the basic garden shed is still requested by about 80 percent of his customers who need an answer to their outdoor storage problems and a place to keep their tools, he does have customers request specialized sheds for alternate uses. And those uses may surprise you. “I’ve known people to make them into pool houses, aviaries for their birds, game rooms with a bar and billiards, workout rooms, artist studios for painters and musicians, pet sanctuaries with kennels, and hunters even use them as cabins. It’s pretty amazing what people come up with,” he said. Now with so many options for size, doors, windows, angled roofs, and even electrical and plumbing, some people are choosing to construct a backyard shed to house their hobbies. These buildings may cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. Take a look at the options available for sheds today and you may find why these stylish outbuildings are making their way into more backyards.

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Nowadays, the styles of sheds can range from a very traditional carriage house; to a modern chalet with a peaked roofline and elaborate trim; to a resort-like villa. There’s even a two-story cottage with Williamsburg-style dormers—a perfect compromise for couples, where each can have their own level, keeping hobbies separate but enjoying the space together. Even simple barn and A-frame-style buildings come with interesting details and options. People can closely match the look of their home and really pick and choose what they want to customize it and make it their own. 5 0

Once a style is decided, size is the next big factor to consider. The structures are ordered in 2-foot increments (for instance, a basic A-frame can range from 4-by-6 to 14-by-36). Foss advises that you discuss your structure’s intended use with a retailer because they know what works best for a particular purpose. For example, a 12-by-20 building is the minimum size recommended for a woodshop because if you go smaller than that, it will be difficult to work with a full sheet of plyboard. If you hope to use the space to rebuild a vintage car, you will need room for a workbench, enough height to open garage doors, and ample space to navigate around your vehicle with tools as you work. So, perhaps you’d need a 14-by-28 shed for your workshop. If you dream of having your own home gym and plan to place a weight set out there, retailers will need to know your plans so they can reinforce the floor for adequate support. Another factor you’ll want to consider is the exterior siding. Wood or vinyl options are popular (again, you can match the color and style of your own home if you’d like), but there is also a board and batten option, and a cement siding that provides more durability and insulation. Then come the extras: there are an abundance of window and door styles, different types of shutters, and even shelving, skylights, vents, ramps, window boxes and porches. Let the Sunshine in

Although sheds can be outfitted with electricity, Foss said one of the most popular ways people customize sheds is to request more windows and doors, to let more light in and sometimes even avoid an electric hookup altogether. Artists, he said, have ordered buildings with windows on every side so they can work C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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while bathed in all-natural light. Chalets and sheds featuring dormers are popular styles for this reason. Buildings can be ordered with electrical wiring already installed, but you will need an electrician to attach the fixtures. Ordering the building with wiring is not recommended unless you plan on finishing the interior walls. Installation Intel

People always want to know if a building permit is needed for utility structures. In many cases, if the structure is less than 200 square feet (and doesn’t have electrical or plumbing installed), you may not need one. Any shed larger than 200 square feet will likely need a permit and it will need to be anchored to the ground as well. Sheds larger than 250 square feet may require footers. Localities have different requirements and zoning ordinances. Retailers can work with customers to make sure all the requirements are met during installation. They can also recommend electricians, plumbers and landscapers. Set-up and installation of a shed is fairly quick. For buildings leveled

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With the exchange of ideas the Internet allows, there is no shortage of inspiration to help you decorate your special space. Like rooms in a home, you can choose a theme and decorate from the inside out. One place where creative ideas converge from social media, blogs, and decorating gurus is www.scoop. it/t/garden-sheds. Here, you can find ideas about how to decorate with antiques (think cozy cottage with a whitewashed, distressed look on the walls and cabinets); create a gardener’s delight with vines, trellises, and birdhouses; or paint the exterior with the color and logo of your favorite sports team to customize your man cave! If you decide to finish off the interior, Foss recommends using OSB, a type of sub wall, with insulation. He advises against using drywall because if the structure ever were to be moved, its finish could crack. Many people add paneling over the OSB and then paint or paper the paneling as they desire. On the outside, depending on what type of installation your building requires, you may be able to install a rock foundation or use shrubbery to cover any open areas underneath. Some people choose vibrant paint colors to attract attention to their building, while others prefer an unfinished, natural look and allow vines to meander around and provide camouflage. Some will add a fountain, rock garden, rows and rows of flowers, and dainty furniture, while others will add a simple paver pathway leading from their home. A personal space is about personal style, so it should reflect your own.

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Foss reminds all his customers that the buildings are like their home and must be maintained. “If you let it go, you’re going to have problems down the road—it will start to look rundown,” he said. A roof should be replaced every 15-20 years and homeowners should keep an eye on the shingles for leaks, add fresh coats of paint when the structure shows wear, and seasonally clean it if it is vinyl. To protect your siding, don’t prop tools or equipment against it, which can trap moisture and also encourage hideouts for critters. Unlike your home, however, these buildings can be remarkably portable. “The best thing about these buildings is they are made to be set down and picked back up again,” Foss said. So, even if you pack up and move, you can always take your special space and move it with you.

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Hot tips to tackle some of your biggest storage conundrums BY K i m F oX

When April showers force you out of the garden and into the house, take a cue from Mother Nature and focus your spring cleaning efforts on projects you may have been putting off until a “rainy day.� Tradition dictates we shake out the rugs and dust the cobwebs from the corners, but there are other projects that might help you start spring feeling fresh and light.

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If you are a saver, you probably have a drawer (or two) stuffed with your children’s papers and art projects. I realized it was time to clean out “the drawer” as I was looking for a piece of my college senior’s artwork from high school and found it—along with her first crayon scribble on a restaurant napkin from 1992. Time to edit! I envy the people who make beautiful scrapbooks for their kids, but starting such an archive when they are 22 is a bit daunting. Still, I wanted a unique way to preserve and store a few keepsakes I just couldn’t part with. I let my daughter sort the items she wanted to save and I reluctantly let her toss the rest. Presentation books, found at our local art supply store proved to be the perfect storage solution. These books are used by art students and professionals to preserve and protect their work. They usually sport a sturdy black polypropylene cover and typically contain 24 acid-free sheet protectors. Pieces can be slipped in and out of the sleeves, and aren’t permanently secured or damaged with glue, and the acid-free plastic keeps the artwork from fading over time. Since some of her “masterpieces” were large, we chose an 11x17 book, but they come in all sizes. A cute label on the front made the book uniquely hers. Lots of Pots

When I have time to watch television, I enjoy those DIY programs about decorating, remodeling and cooking. I love watching an entertaining chef prepare a new dish and I love a glimpse into those TV kitchens—so clean and well organized and sporting shiny, new pots and pans. This spring, after 25 years of marriage, it was time to rethink, replace and recycle just about everything in my kitchen! After emptying every drawer and cabinet, I was shocked at how much “stuff” I had that I never used and hadn’t seen in years. I discovered I had random flatware in patterns I don’t remember choosing and at least five glass measuring cups. After getting rid of items that were damaged or broken, I filled three plastic bins for each of my children. At some point they will all (hopefully) move out and have their own apartments. As I wiped down each cabinet, I realized that I had unpacked my kitchen sixteen years ago when we moved in and everything had pretty much remained in the same place since then. Taking time to rethink and reorganize gave me a much more efficient space and I even had room for some shiny new pots and pans! 56

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Lending Library

I see my husband sigh every time I make a trip to my favorite bookstore. I just can’t seem to embrace digital readers—I love a new book! Unfortunately, those stacks of books in my home closely resemble a hoarding problem, so this spring I vowed to get those piles under control. I have a copy of each book selection from our book club since we started meeting in 2005. Instead of parting with those books, I purchased a wire shelving unit with adjustable shelves and organized my books by the year in which they were discussed. I will add one book a month until …well, until I run out of room or until we stop selecting books! My new goal is to get rid of a couple of volumes before I bring a new one into my house, so I have passed books along to nursing homes, local libraries and neighbors. I’m quickly getting those piles under control and I love seeing all of our book club selections in one place. This year, add a couple of new projects to your to-do-list and you will start spring with a clean slate!

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Hot for Spring How Will Your Home Wear Spring’s Top Colors? BY C A R R i e WA l l eR P h ot o g r a p hy by m a ll o r y B e n e d i c t

We’re lighting up at the first signs of green poking up from the ground and breathing deeply those wisps of a springtime breeze! Because no season is quite so colorful as spring, we’re breaking down some of the hottest hues of 2014 with a few simple tricks to bring each vibrant shade into your home. Whichever shade you choose, do so with gumption and fearlessness. Using color in your home is a simple, affordable and amusing solution that happily discourages formula or finality.

Although perhaps more often associated with summer, shades of light umber and canary yellow are already peeking out from shop windows and shelves. These optimistic colors immediately evoke feelings of joy, making them natural solutions for a springtime home refresh. Businesslike colors such as black, grey and navy will get an attentiongrabbing energy boost when paired with these sunny shades, while natural cork and wood tones will bring these colors down to earth and soften their glow. 5 8

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PLACID BLUE These calming colors melt easily into spring and will travel with you into summer.

VIOLET TULIP WITH HEMLOCK Depending on their particular depth, moody purples can come off looking warm or cool. Whether you go pastel or for a fully saturated hue, be sure to own it! Pair your purples with mature shades ranging from gray to green. Like the stems on these wildflowers and the moss on bark, a gray-green color like hemlock keeps violet and lavender from looking like they belong in your child’s Easter basket.

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Pair these airy blues with neutrals—colors like gray, tan or a subtle combination of both. Or, a match-up with bright white brings in a celestial vibe of where clouds meet sky.


In terms of design, this mauvelous color is best taken in small doses. Bright red, adjacent to purple on the color wheel, keeps this lush lavender-undertoned shade from skewing toward something you’d find in Barbie’s dream house. c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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There is such a thing as too much color. If a circus-tent effect is starting to permeate your home, try switching out brighter accents with flattering shades of grey, silver, tan and gold. Balancing bold colors with neutrals is always a great idea, especially if your “new neutral” is a metallic!


With its wooden bridge leading to the front door and green culverts in the solarium, the Youngs’ Quarry House has incorporated design strategies to ensure life in their passive solar home and its unusual setting is not only efficient and comfortable but also accessible and good-looking. 6 0

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A contemporary home built in an unusual setting 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

When the sun shines, Nancy and Bill Young’s “Quarry House” works to produce energy, enough to keep their passive solar home comfortable year-round. This is exactly what the couple had in mind when they completed their dream home in 1981. Today energy efficiency is more mainstream, but the Youngs were considering a passive solar design in the late 1970s. According to Nancy, solar was on everyone’s minds during that period’s energy crisis. But the couple could not find anything that met their needs. Nancy lamented the fact that no architect in the area was even interested in working on such a project. It was just by happenstance that they finally met their architect, Hal Craddock. Hal had just returned home after a stint in the Peace Corps when he was introduced to Bill through a mutual friend. Bill, an accomplished woodworker, went to Hal’s home to look at some furniture in need of repair. He immediately noticed that the living room walls were covered with designs for solar homes and asked Hal his occupation. The reply could not have been better, “I’m an architect. I studied at VPI and would like to design solar homes in Lynchburg.” Nancy jokes, “We married him immediately!” The Youngs were ecstatic and so was Hal Craddock; this would be his first house design, and a solar project, at that. The Youngs had fallen in love with the area when Bill took a teaching post at Lynchburg College in 1964. “Why leave such a pleasant place?” they reasoned. And so they began to search for the perfect location for their new home.

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Like discovering diamonds in the backyard, they realized the ideal site was right next door to where they were living. When Quarry Road was developed in the 1930s, the builders deemed the area at the end of the street as undesirable space, and construction stopped short of several acres of wooded and rocky land. One day the Youngs decided to explore, and to their amazement they discovered an abandoned quarry ideal for their plans. The Peakland Quarry was active throughout the 19th Century where green stone (hornblende gneiss) was mined. “A tremendous amount of stone came out of here,” says Bill. It was widely used for retaining walls, foundations, lining ditches and, when crushed, it made a good road base. For a young architect, this project was the realization of a dream. “Not many clients come to you and say ‘I want to put a solar house down in a rock quarry’,” remarked Hal. He knew that this was going to be a challenging project. Hal explains that in contrast to an active solar plan that converts solar energy into electricity, a passive system employs no mechanical means to 6 2

capture the sun’s rays. Utilizing large areas of east-south-west facing glass, the homeowner takes advantage of that latent energy by opening and shutting doors and windows. “We just rely on the sun to rise each morning,” says Bill. “It hasn’t disappointed us yet.” Because of its solar design, Hal sited the home at just the right angle and height to maximize the effectiveness of the sunshine. He brought the home up to the correct elevation by positioning it on a pedestal anchored to the quarry floor. To help Nancy visualize the project, Bill built a working model of their future home. With the house positioned directly in the quarry and surrounded on two sides by rock cliffs, Nancy questioned, “How do we get to the house?” Hal’s reply was simple. “We will build a bridge.” Today the Youngs’ Quarry House is set in a serene woodland environment amidst the rocks. A forested path leads to a wooden bridge that spans the quarry and its woodland plantings, guiding guests to the home’s primary entrance. “I’ve always had an interest in nature,” says Nancy. “I spent my youngest years on a farm and have memories of running

my hands through soil warmed in a hot bed where my father started his plants.” The heart of the home is its two-story solarium. The solarium, essentially a glass-walled room, looks out onto the quarry cliffs and receives maximum sunlight during the day with its eastsouth-west exposure. “We lovingly refer to it as our furnace,” says Nancy. The room wraps around a portion of the home and responds like a closed up automobile sitting in the sun. By mid-morning on a bright winter day, the solarium reaches 75 to 85 degrees. The Youngs simply open the interior sliding doors and windows to allow warm air to spill in and circulate through the house. Within the solarium, five metal drainage culverts, painted a deep green, stand vertically and extend down into the pedestal. Each is filled with 500 gallons of standing water, and serve as heat collectors. The water absorbs and radiates warmth, thus preventing severe temperature swings. Cold and sunless days are rarely a problem for this house. The solarium is also a great spot to grow plants in winter and, according to Nancy, “is a comfortable place on a sunny day.” c e n t r a l V i r g i n i a H o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4


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A wood stove inserted into a five-foot-high stone mass in the living room provides an extra source of comfort. The stone facing and exposed flues let every bit of heat generated by the firewood to either warm the house directly or be absorbed and stored in the rock. Stone, soil and water hold heat and are important components in a passive solar home. In the Quarry House they all play integral roles in temperature control. One year Nancy diligently recorded the interior temperature in the solarium on a daily basis. The warmest temperature noted was between 87 and 88 degrees, achieved when it reached over 90 degrees outside; the coldest was 45 degrees following several cloudy, zero-degree days. In the summertime, the sun is high in the sky and casts its rays above, not directly into the solarium. When the interior temperature nevertheless gets too high, the Youngs open a skylight manually to rid the room of excess heat. They also have central air to battle the region’s humidity. In the winter, the sun is lower and sufficient light and warmth fill the room to keep it cozy. “We also have an auxiliary heat source as a backup,” says Nancy. When the couple is not available to monitor the interior temperature of the home, a heat pump kicks in. This auxiliary heat source also controls the temperature in a north side addition, which has no exposure to the solarium. Hal worked to create a sense of the outside coming inside, with stone inside to match the rock outside. Every window offers a commanding view of the surrounding woodland and quarry. Even the window seat feels like a bench in the woods. Hal Craddock understands the importance of balance and tying things together. c e n t r a l V i r g i n i a H o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

Most of the gardens surrounding the home are natural. According to Nancy, “Before we built, whenever the neighbors mowed or trimmed, they dumped their clippings into the quarry. The result created a perfect medium for plants and trees.” After working the quarry for stone stopped in the early 1930s, nature immediately began to reclaim it. “We have all kinds of vegetation here, none of which we planted,” says Nancy. Among the rocks are patches of green ferns, small shrubs and over 40 varieties of wildflowers. The Youngs have enjoyed watching a herd of resident deer graze, raccoons and squirrels steal birdseed, and several years ago witnessed a grey fox show off her two kits. Bill frequently refers to these various animals as residents in a quarry condominium. Many dwell in caves located in cliff walls near the house. “They seem to live peacefully,” he says. While Nancy admitted that it is a challenge to garden here, they created one planted area, lovingly named “Nancy’s Fancy.” It contains a water feature surrounded by quarry rock and a variety of perennials. Mosses and lichens cling to the many rocks that project from the ground. The sound of gurgling water mingles with the calls of nuthatches, bluejays, cardinals, titmice, wrens, woodpeckers, and many others in this bucolic setting. The interior of their home serves as a showcase for handmade designs, and each room is planned with energy efficiency in mind, furnished in a contemporary style. Built-ins are used extensively and many of the furnishings are Bill’s own design. The interior rock on the woodstove stone mass was handplaced by a North Carolina craftsman. And the artwork displayed throughout the house represents many local artists such as Charles Worsham, Gay Tucker, and Karen Bowden, as well as paintings acquired as remembrances of places visited

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A new kitchen dominated the 2006 addition, and Nancy designed the layout. The area is wellplanned with everything within reach. Most importantly, “I wanted a sink with windows looking out on the quarry,” she says. Her wish was granted. The natural maple cabinets feature a walnut inlay designed by Bill and built by Ralph Peterman of Weathered Knot Custom Woodwork. The resulting cabinets provide great storage with no wasted space and complement the area with their beautiful craftsmanship. A breakfast area and a screened porch adjoin the kitchen space. This opens onto a deck overlooking the quarry, offering an additional area to entertain, enjoy a meal, and relax in the dramatic quarry setting. The home has won numerous awards including accolades for energy and wildlife habitat. “I’ve had few opportunities like this,” says Hal Craddock. “Most people have a vision in mind that has to do with aesthetics and not energy.” Here at the Quarry House he was able to design a home that exactly suited the Youngs and their desire to live in an energy-efficient home that also suited their style of living.

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Which Container Works for You? By m e r i d i t H i n G r a m

It may be too early to plant much, but it’s never too early to get organized for the upcoming gardening season—starting with your containers. Avid gardeners tend to collect containers over the years, which can evolve into a haphazard lot of pots. Before the dazzling display of annuals, perennials and grasses hits nurseries later this spring, take some time to reconsider your own stash of containers, culling the old or collecting new for an easy refresh of your outdoor space.

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Before buying new containers, the first thing to consider is where you are going to place them. While the front entrance of a traditional Colonial, for example, might look great with matching Classical urns flanking the door, here more than anywhere else scale and proportion are arguably even more important than style. Remember that front entrance containers are admired from afar by passersby, and by you and your guests as you come and go. So make sure these containers are big enough to stand up to this task, and small enough that they don’t overpower the walkway or stoop. Decks, patios, driveways, walkways, even a bare patch in your yard or border garden are all good places for container gardens. Whatever spot you’re looking to adorn, keep in mind that these will need to be watered by hand, so don’t orient them too far from a water source or collect too many that watering them becomes a chore. The material you choose depends upon your personal aesthetic as well as your gardening style and work habits. Simple symmetry or eclectic collection? Modern or traditional? Are you likely to water faithfully, or do you water only when you notice plants drooping? Do you like to move your pots around to various spots depending upon the occasion, or are you one-anddone—plant in May and leave it until September? Think about these questions before you consider which containers to buy. The Heavy-Hitters

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develops a lovely patina over time, its distinctive color can clash with traditional red bricks or other strong color elements around your home. It’s also highly porous, which means water can do a number on it. If you tend to leave your planters out year-round, terra cotta is not your best choice, since water freezing and thawing can cause cracks. You’ll also need to water plants in unglazed terra cotta frequently since water will evaporate quickly. The bright side? Your plants are unlikely to suffer from waterlogged roots. Many such containers are sold with saucers to catch overflowing water and provide reabsorption; resist using these as they are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Glazed clay or ceramic pots work well for gardeners who like the heft of terra cotta but want something with a little more style that requires less maintenance. The colors and patterns of ceramic containers are as dazzling as the flowers you’ll plant in them. While these planters retain more water, dark-colored glazed pots will also retain more heat and could damage plant roots in extremely high temperatures.

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Wooden planters fit the bill in places where you want big bang for the buck (think whiskey barrel planter). Wooden planters are porous as well and will need frequent watering, and will also be susceptible to water damage over time. Line wooden planters with plastic to stave off some of this damage. Cedar, redwood and teak are the most water damage-resistant; treated wood lasts longer than untreated wood, but you won’t want to plant any edibles in a treated wood container since ingesting the chemicals may be harmful. Concrete and stone planters can make a bold statement and provide a neutral background for your garden. Think of these containers as permanent fixtures; they’ll work great for container gardens that don’t need to be moved to accommodate sun, watering or the changing seasons. They are also great for spaces where an over-exuberant pet could topple lightweight containers. Lightweight, But Not Light on Style

Easy to use and easy to move, synthetics like plastic and its upscale cousins, resin and fiberglass, are great options for lightweight but pretty containers that can mimic the “faux” look of just about anything—stone, wood, metal and ceramic. Since they aren’t porous, they won’t lose moisture as quickly as unglazed pottery. But because they don’t lose moisture, it is especially important that they drain sufficiently, so plant roots don’t become waterlogged. Synthetics tend to resist weather damage, and because they are so lightweight, they are easy to haul in and out of the shed each season. Keep in mind, though, that tall, narrow synthetic-material pots, heaped full with plants, will be top-heavy and could tip over easily during big summer storms. 7 2

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Playing with Placement

When grouping different containers in a space, aim to include some unifying element. You might use all gray containers in one area, but made of different materials—or go with all bright blue ceramic pots but in an array of sizes (and perhaps a small blue-and-white patterned pot on the outdoor table to accent the look). Or if you have many different kinds of containers that you adore on your deck, stick to quieter flower arrangements, repeating the same arrangement in each pot. Keep in mind that vividly colored glazed ceramics draw attention to themselves, while neutral grays and browns fade into the background and place more attention on the flowers. Armed with this information, you can choose the right container to suit your garden style. With the right containers in place, you can focus on creating arrangements to punctuate your outdoor space with bursts of color and creativity.

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When I bring out cloth napkins for a meal, my teenagers eye them with suspicion. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I’m sending my family a message that we are going to slow down and spend some time together. We are not going to eat standing up in the kitchen, we are not going to eat slumped in front of the TV (even though some circumstances call for this). And I hope someday they look back and know that those cloth napkins, along with the many large and frequent home-cooked meals, were just another way for me to love on them. When we domestic engineers employ table linens—the good tablecloth, pretty placemats and cloth napkins—we are saying that this meal we’re sharing matters. It’s an occasion. And this mindset shouldn’t be limited to one season (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving and Christmas!). While spring offers lots of special occasions for dressing the table, like Passover Seder, Easter, Mother’s Day, end-of-the-school-year celebrations and graduations, it’s also time for fresh starts, spring cleaning and getting organized. Take time this spring to assess and update your table linen wardrobe just as you would your personal wardrobe. Even if you only use linens for an occasional meal, you’ll be stocked and ready to make memories in your home with the people you love.

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Think of your linens the way you would your clothing. Basic, quality pieces can be accessorized to create different looks. But just like any great outfit, the underpinnings can make or break the look. If you are going to use a tablecloth, know that the foundation of the most beautifully laid table is the oft-neglected table pad. Not only does a table pad protect your table from scratches, burns and spills, but it also provides a better drape for your tablecloth. The extra padding can also eliminate the clinking and clanging of tableware being placed and passed, taking the gentility of the affair up a notch. Table pads come in a variety of forms, materials and sizes. You can order a high-end custom-fit table pad at most local furniture stores or online; these are usually made from some variation of a vinyl-coated fiberboard with a velvety underside, and can cost up to several hundred dollars, depending upon the size of your table. Made to fit precisely over the tabletop, these pads can be folded and stored when not in use. Another option is the “table silencer” which is a thick, drapey tablecloth itself, made of felt or a flannel-type cotton/polyester blend. Like a large, quality tablecloth, silencers tend to be a little pricey. For a few dollars, you can pick up a trim-to-fit table pad, made of vinyl backed with a polyester padding, at just about any big box discount store. Or, some pros suggest using a blanket (think smooth wool or microfleece) as a table pad. Since this is your base layer, choose the best white or offwhite tablecloth you can afford for your formal dining area in a cotton or linen fabric that looks and feels best to you. Make the investment and commit to take care of it, because with this c e n t r a l V i r g i n i a H o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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blank canvas, you can create many different looks for years to come. To enhance the look, drape a smaller round cloth over the larger one on a round table, or a square cloth over a round or rectangular table. You can even layer several square cloths set on a diagonal down the length of a rectangular table. While they certainly do not have to match your walls, patterned tablecloths add an instant design element to your room. Another bonus? Patterns are more forgiving of stains and wrinkles. In building your linen wardrobe, you might consider a solid, formal cloth for your dining room and a fun, patterned cloth for a kitchen table that gets more regular, casual use. There are new styles of laminated fabric placemats that give the upscale look of heirloom table linens with the modern convenience of wipeability. Or stick with placemat and napkin sets for the kitchen and forgo a table cloth here entirely. Remember that when a tablecloth is in place, placemats are not necessary. A table runner is a versatile piece to include in your linen wardrobe because you can use it in creative ways. It can translate as formal or informal depending upon its composition. It can be placed over a tablecloth, layered with other table runners of varying widths and lengths, placed widthwise along the table to create “placemats for two,” and it can stand alone. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your tabletop to suit your whimsy. A Proper Fitting

Without a good fit, all efforts are for naught. Before buying a new tablecloth, measure your table’s length and width (or diameter for a round table), then add the desired number of inches you want

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the cloth to hang on each side to those dimensions. This will determine the size of the cloth that is ideal for your table. Drop is a matter of preference, but there are a few things to consider: the shorter the drop, the more informal the look; any drop less than 6 inches just won’t work; and drops longer than 15 inches might get tangled in diners’ laps. Whatever the drop, it should look proportional to your table and hang to about lap level. For example, if your rectangular tabletop is 56x74, and you want a 10-inch drop, add 20 to each measurement (76x94) and shop for that size (or something really close to it). While tablecloths come in a variety of standard sizes, you should also know that sometimes your favorite tablecloth isn’t made in your desired size. For example, I have found it difficult to dress my 60” round dining table. And don’t forget to account for any table leaves—you might want to have one tablecloth that fits with the leaf, and one that fits without, if budget permits. Accessorize!

Placemats and napkins are the jewelry and scarves for your table. For starters, buy as many of each as you have place settings of your dishes, and maybe, at least for napkins, a just-in-case “plus two.” Have fun mixing and matching textures and patterns, always aiming for contrast among the elements as you would when decorating any area of your home: solid with pattern, smooth with texture, large-scale print with small-scale print or stripe and vice versa. The style options for placemats run the gamut of traditional linens and cottons, in all manner of shapes; to woven natural fibers; to vinyl-coated polyester—and even silicone that’s been die-cut into cool shapes. Quilted placemats are another great choice because their hefty padding quiets the table. Plus, they are machine washable and don’t have to be ironed within an inch of their lives to look good! Before you buy a whole new set of placemats and napkins that you’ve spent time fussing with for a perfectly-coordinatedbut-not-too-matchy-matchy look, don’t forget the dishes at home in your cupboard. Those are your dishes, not the ones set in the store’s display. Your dishes play a major part in these decisions. If you have solid, plain dishes, you can be a little more adventurous; patterned dishes on patterned linens can certainly work, but this takes some finesse to avoid pattern overload and a clash of colors and styles. Patterned napkins are the most fun, flexible and forgiving option for casual dining. While blends wrinkle less, nothing beats 100 percent cotton because it softens over time (like them crisp? Iron them with a little spray starch). When considering different sizes, use this as a guide: larger napkins are used for formal dining and smaller napkins are for informal occasions. Dinner napkins are usually 20 inches square (sometimes up to 22 inches), luncheon napkins about 17 inches square, and cocktail napkins from as small as 6 inches square to 10 inches square. Though some might disagree, the size should suit your preference. That your most festive napkins are luncheon-sized shouldn’t stop you from using them for a casual Cinco de Mayo dinner. Cocktail napkins, meant to be used while standing at a party, cradling a cocktail and an appetizer plate, easily fit the small hands of children—you could even toss one in a lunchbox for a reusable, eco-friendly napkin (just don’t send one you’d c e n t r a l V i r g i n i a H o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

be sad to never see again should it accidentally be tossed in the lunchroom trash bin). If you are entertaining more people than you have matching napkins, don’t be afraid to mix it up. As long as the patterns or colors coordinate, your eclectic napkin presentation will look clever and intentional! A Note about Care and Cleaning

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Yes, caring for linens can take more time than using disposables, but we’re making memories here. And in the case of everyday napkins, we’re also being a little more eco-conscious. Simply pretreat easy stains with a little water-anddishwasher liquid combo and toss it all in your laundry bin until your next load. You may have to research cleaning tricks for tougher stains, but that information is easy to acquire online. Iron napkins during your guilty pleasure TV show; make a little room in the coat closet to hang your folded and pressed tablecloth from a sturdy hanger. Or if you want to be a total pro, roll your ironed linens around a sturdy cardboard tube, the likes of which you find at a fabric store, which will prevent creases. With these simple tasks done, you’ll be ready to dress any table. The teenagers may roll their eyes, but that’s okay. Sit back and enjoy a meal… together.

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Table Tips: Monogrammed Linens

If table linens are a staple in any well-appointed home, then monogrammed table linens are the icing on the proverbial cake! Anyone, from new brides to young families to empty nesters, can appreciate the special touch monogramming lends to linens. Options for monogram thread color, font and style are endless; which letters you incorporate, as well as where to place these letters, are also matters of personal preference. Refer to these guidelines to help make these decisions. Monogrammed table linens make great gifts! (Psst! Mother’s Day is May 11!) n Single-letter

monograms should feature the first initial of the last name. n Traditional three-letter monograms use a person’s first, last and middle initials, in that order, usually in a script font, with the last-name initial slightly larger than those that flank it. A more modern look in a block font uses the three initials in a row (first, middle, last), all the same size. n For couples, one popular choice is to use the initials from the couple’s first names on either side of the initial of their married last name. n Placement of the monogram on table linens depends entirely on your personal style and how you like to set your table. Follow these general guidelines: NapkiNs: place monogram in the lower right-hand corner, straight or on the diagonal; or in the center of the napkin so that the design is in the preferred position when folded or placed inside a napkin ring. pl acemats: place monogram in the lower right corner, straight (to the right of the plate); or the top center of the mat (above the plate); or the middle (under the plate). tablecloths: monogram corners on the diagonal; or make a bold

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The Boomer effecT oN reAL eSTATe Riding the wave into the future of local real estate

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Having recently been named one of “25 Best Places to Retire” by Forbes, the Lynchburg area is known for its good economy, cost of living, average home price, good air quality and low crime rate. It’s no wonder our area is a popular choice for Baby Boomers. They comprise the demographic born between 1946 and 1964 and are nearing retirement (if not already there). This generation, known for its marked increase in birthrate, represents nearly 20 percent of the American population and nearly 80 million Americans. They are also known to have a significant impact on the economy due to their numbers and their natural demands for consumer goods. Obviously, they continue to have a powerful impact on real estate trends and are changing the face of the industry once again.

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ome Baby Boomers will inherit wealth beyond any other demographic we’ve ever seen. They may own two to three homes, one of which may be a rental. Their homes may be in the top two percent of value in our area, and they may have additional homes. The second type of Boomer may have had his or her IRA or 401k hit twice—once when the bubble burst, and again during our most recent economic collapse. This segment of the Boomer population may be fighting to hold on to what they have. They may have adult children or aging parents they are helping. And ironically, while the Boomers did give rise to what pop culture loves to call ‘McMansions,’ there is evidence to support that these may soon become two-and three-generational homes with Mom and Dad living under the same roof with their own parents and adult children.

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“The real estate meltdown of 20072010 profoundly affected the Boomer generation,” says Billy Flint, CRS, JRI, Flint Property Group. “For some of the more affluent, it was an opportunity to acquire a second or third vacation home at Wintergreen or the Lake at a bargain price. For others, however, it was extremely painful. Their retirement account was halved in 1999-2000 and again in this recession. Perhaps one spouse lost employment or financial assistance had to be offered to an adult child who found themselves ‘upside down’ in their home. We saw it all.” Boomers are looking ahead. Previously, the most import consideration in choosing where to retire was climate, but today it seems to be cost of living and healthcare. Nadine Blakely, SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), ASP (Association of Staging Professionals) of Nadine Blakely Homes, understands that active

Boomers want to “age in place” and are often looking for their forever home. “Many of my clients haven’t looked for homes in 20 or 25 years,” says Blakely, “Things in real estate can change in 20 days!” Noting that there weren’t any brokers and appraisers 20 years ago, Blakely says it is a very different industry today. “Boomers want to be careful,” Blakely says. “I work with quite a lot of builders on custom features that allow for this ‘aging in place’ with ease.” Popular Boomer construction elements include: main-level master bedrooms; doorways wide enough for (potential or eventual) wheelchairs; showers on the main level of the home; taller toilets; fewer steps; and pulls and levers versus knobs that can be difficult to maneuver with arthritis. But Blakely says that, above all else, Boomers want convenience. They aren’t

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“Standin’ on your mama’s porch, you told me that you’d wait forever. Oh, and when you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never. Those were the best days of my life.”

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Front porches tend to be a Southern phenomenon, much like sweet iced tea. Climate has a lot to do with both. Down South, where the months of warm weather more than double those of cold, the front porch serves as the open face of a home. In the Northeast, where most porches are enclosed to fend off the ferocious winter winds, that face usually wears a ski mask. My wife and I own two Central Virginia houses— the split-level home in a Forest subdivision where we live, and a small house off lower Rivermont Avenue where Gail has established an art studio and gallery. In Forest, we barely know our neighbors beyond an occasional passing wave. But by contrast, as soon as we moved in on Belmont Street, we were immediately cast in roles in a continual street play. Neighbors walking past had stopped by to chat, and before long we were acquainted with virtually everyone on the block. The difference? A large part of it, I think, is that the Belmont Street house has a front porch, complete with a porch swing, several comfortable chairs, hanging plants and a curious headless mannequin created by an artist friend (why not?). In an article titled “The Evolution of the American Front Porch,” cultural historian Scott Cook argues that the front porch c v h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

has become an architectural relic, in grave danger of passing from the American scene along with the Greatest Generation. He blames the arrival of air conditioning in the 1960s, arguing that porches were “no longer needed as a cool shaded area during the day or as a place to enjoy the cool night air. Families remain comfortably indoors.” Apparently, Mr. Cook has never driven down Rivermont Avenue in the spring and summer! Whether it’s a grand, broadshouldered old classic born in the 1920s or a modest single-story dwelling on the ragged edge of downtown, chances are the majority of houses you see will have front porches. It’s the same along Cabell Street and Bedford Avenue. If you pass by at the right time of day, each of those porches will be occupied. For one thing, people are still curious about the world outside their front door, and the front porch offers a bleacher seat from which to view the passing parade — without appearing nosy. Another plus for the traditional front porch: porches and parties go together like bourbon and coke. Porches lend themselves to relaxation, taking away the fear of spilling food or drink on some delicate and cherished piece of inside furniture. They are where the important things are said, softly, away from the crowd. They provide a respite from the babble of conversation and the thumping of loud music. They expose us to cool night breezes, which industrial air conditioning has yet to replicate. And, you can hear the summer song of crickets (and, every 17 years, the cicadas). So, if you have a front porch, cherish it. Even Scott Cook isn’t quite ready to write off front porches completely. The last words in his epistle are: “The future of the American front porch remains uncertain, yet in a time when American values are being reevaluated and attempts are being made to rework them, the front porch as an important and existing cultural object may resurface again. “ He can come and sit on our porch any time. We’ll even give him the swing. 89


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1513 Linden Avenue Built in 1964, this white frame house is a celebration of color, both inside and out. The owners, one of whom is a portrait artist, have achieved a comfortable and colorful palette. The house has a casual mix of transitional, informal and family heirlooms. Of particular interest are pieces from the owner’s childhood home in Tehran, including his mother’s cherished prayer rug. Additionally, there is a great deal of original art in the house, created by local, national and international artists. The styles are a mix of traditional, impressionistic and modern. The artistic owners have used their love of bright colors and color combinations throughout the quaint cottage garden. Deutzia, ageratum, dianthus, Jacob’s ladder, Iceland poppies, peonies, azaleas, boxwood, hellebores, pieris japonica, tulips, pansies, knock-out roses and dogwood all add to the splendor of this masterpiece that has taken the owners fifteen years to achieve. Open for the first time: Pat and Farshid Shahrokhi

other speCiAL pLACes to visit on GArden dAy: Anne Spencer House and Garden, Awareness Garden, MillerClaytor Gardens and House, Oakwood Country Club, Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Sandusky, Sweet Briar House, The Academy of Fine Arts, The Farm Basket and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

Endless Design Possibilities offering complete floor covering needs · CARPET · HARDWOOD · LAMINATE · TILE · VINYL · AREA RUGS

2011 Enterprise Drive Forest, VA 24551 (434) 316-5985 9 6

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JENNINGS HOME IMPROVEMENT Over 30 years experience Bill Jennings, Owner Painting • Faux Finishing • Paper Hanging • Carpentry Plaster Repairs • Drywall Hanging & Finishing • Vinyl Siding Replacement Windows • Roof Layover & Repairs 100 Dreaming Creek Drive Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 221-1821

Lawn Care - Excavation - Snow Removal - Hauling Commercial - Residential Edward Jones - owner

Clean Cut “The Cleanest Cut in Town”

4963 Everett Road Forest, Virginia 24551


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Farm Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 94 Farm Basket / Pink Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Plastic Surgery Associates Center for Healthy Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Prudential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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

Rainfrost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

First Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Riley Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

A Bead Abode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Flint Property Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Sedalia Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

4 Seasons Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Givens Books & Little Dickens . . . . . . . . . . 29

Select Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

A Plus Landscape and Lawncare . . . . . . . . . . 2

Gladiola Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Gordon Cudd Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Appalachian Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Grand Home Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Aqua Pros Pools & Spas, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Grayson Ferguson Woodworking . . . . . . . . . 6

Bank of the James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Head and Neck Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Be Famous Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Henderson’s Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Blickenstaff & Co. Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Hodges Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Southern Landscape Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Bloom by Doyles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School . . . . . 57

Spectrum Stone Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Boonsboro Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Iron and Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

St. Clair Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Bowen Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Isabella’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Terrell Moseley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Boxley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

James River Day School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

The Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Bridgewater Retirement Community . . . . . . . 8

James T. Davis Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Brownstone Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Jennings Home Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Centra Home Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Jennings Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Centra Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Judy Frantz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Centra PACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Land Tech Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Central Virginia Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Lawn Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Central Virginia Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Lou’s Auto Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Thomas Nelson Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Cindy Bryant (Mary Kay Cosmetics) . . . . . . 28

Lynchburg City Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Timberlake Lighting of Lynchburg . . . . . . . 54

CLC Design/Build Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Mable Hamlette-Franklin (Mary Kay Cosmetics) 97

Valley Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Clean Cut Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Magnolia Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

VAS Subway Commonwealth Games . . . . . 56

CMC Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Mark Blanchette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Virginia Garden Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Cold Coffee Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Medical Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Collins Siding and Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Nadine Blakely, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Curtains, Blinds & Bath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

National Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Custom Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 43

Periodontal Health Associates . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Dayrich Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Persian Rugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 32

DBB Custom Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Piedmont Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Decorating Den Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Piedmont Eye Center LASIK . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Dodson Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Piedmont Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Embrace Home Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Pip Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29


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The Framery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Little Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Shoppes at Ashwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Summit of Wyndhurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 The Vinyl Porch Rail Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Walter Mahone & Co. Painting . . . . . . . . . . 53 Wellington Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Westminster Canterbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 William K. Perdue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Window and Door Design Gallery . . . . . . . 63 Yellow Door Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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