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n P U B L I S H E R ’ s no t e With this issue of HOME magazine, I’m excited to introduce Layar Augmented Reality (AR), a cutting edge technology that will digitally enhance your experience with HOME. This cool new app will connect you with more meaningful content right here through our printed pages using cameras and sensors in your smartphone or tablet to add layers of digital information – videos, photos, sounds – to our already-packed editorial content. By scanning an image or page with your phone or tablet, you will now be able to interact with our pages and discover even more information to enhance your home and garden.







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To get started, download the Layar (AR) app, then scan my picture above. You’ll automatically be shown a short video in which I’ll explain specifically how it works. Or, after downloading the app, simply look for the AR logo on pages 5, 44 and 50, scan the page, and watch it come to life. I think you’ll find HOME more engaging, useful and entertaining than ever before with this exciting new feature. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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n edi t or ’ s no t e I shouldn’t play favorites, but I am really excited about this edition of HOME! I think the overarching theme to this one is “friendship and fun.” We started working on it in earnest back when there was still snow on the ground, but the fun of this edition actually began last summer when we got to spend the evening at Smith Mountain Lake with Jason and Shelby Bingham and their good friend Robert Kulp. Robert and I are lucky to share a friendship with one of his lifelong friends who happens to be married to one of mine. It was through that connection that we were able to meet the Binghams and learn about their lake home, which was built by Robert. Our team descended upon Jason and Shelby’s house one latesummer afternoon and thanks to their gracious hospitality, we felt like instant friends and forgot that we were “supposed to be working.” We laughed, talked and shared stories on their porch ’til dusk. Then, we loaded into a boat and took a little ride out into the channel so we could view their home from the water. That image (in my mind, anyway) is what summer is all about: making new friends. Laughing. Whiling away an afternoon on a porch. This edition of HOME has all the necessary ingredients to help you create an at-home paradise where you can enjoy lazy afternoons and evenings. Have a little shady spot in your yard?


Plant a shade garden and create your new favorite place to read a book or bird watch. Learn how to ease the transition points between inside and outside so your guests can flow seamlessly throughout your next party, virtually doubling your entertaining space. And, add a whimsical touch of the resort lifestyle to your everyday world by mixing in bright, bold botanical fabrics with your existing décor. Of course, one of the best things about summertime is the opportunity for adventure! We’ve got several suggestions for ways you can spend a summer day, right here close to home. I hope you have as much fun with this edition as we have. Please email us or visit our Facebook page and share your summer fun with us, your friends at HOME.


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features SHAD E - L O V I N G F L O W E R S A N D P L A NT S

Bring these garden beauties into the spotlight BY M it z i B i b l e


Expert design advice for your small space BY Lau r e l F e i n m a n


What to do if water wreaks havoc on your home


BY C o ry M o r g a n


at Smith Mountain Lake BY Patr i c i a C H e l d

Cover Photography by Allegra Helms

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66 A S terling I dea Decorating with collectibles

29 OUTDOOR SHOWERS They’re not just for the beach anymore!

60 N AT U R A L BOUNDARIES Tips for growing a privacy screen in your yard

18 FA R M E R S M A R K ET S Great places to buy local

BY Lau r e l F e i n man

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54 IMPROVE YOU R PAR TY FLOW Set the stage for a party that goes inside and out

72 C ommon Lawn P roblems Solved Identify and tackle the most common problems

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76 S U M MERY FABRICS Floral and foliage prints BY B ec ky Calve rt

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Plus: carry it home in style! 38 LEMON FRESH Summer-bright flavors for your table BY Lu cy C o o k

42 A Nat ural Re treat Living Where You Play BY Lau r e l F e i n man


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Made in the Shade

Bring shade-loving plants into the spotlight BY M i t z i B i b l e

Those towering trees in your yard can make your home cooler in the summer, give you privacy and provide a habitat for wonderful wildlife. But, the shade that they cast (along with that from nearby homes and outbuildings) can present a gardening challenge. Fortunately, though, many plants thrive in the shade—more than you may know. In Living Color

Perhaps you have that one little spot in your yard that you know would make a great garden retreat. You bought a pretty bench, a birdbath, some stepping-stones and decorative brick border. But surrounding the scene with a few ferns or some ivy just doesn’t cut it. If only you could add some color to go with those greens and browns… Although long-term color in a shade garden will come primarily from foliage rather than blooms, you may not know that your options for shade flowers reach beyond the ever-dependable impatiens. There are several varieties of shade-tolerating plants that have beautiful and colorful blooms. Many of those plants are groundcovers, including one of the ultimate design plants, Golden Creeping Jenny Aurea: a vigorous, quick-spreading plant with rounded bright-green leaves and golden-yellow blooms. This plant will do well on a shady porch or patio and is often seen cascading over the edges of a large planter. Another shade groundcover is Epimedium, found in many varieties and in different colors. The most common variety is Sulphureum, which produces a spiky yellow bloom. This variety is easy to grow and can be used to line a walkway or as a nice groundcover, swirling through a garden bed and accentuating other plants around it. Used as a groundcover or as a short plant at the front of a garden spot, Dwarf Goat’s Beard can add an interesting look to your space. This miniature version of the taller plant, usually seen along fence lines, grows about 1 foot tall and has leaves that closely resemble a fern, with delightful, feathery spikes of white blooms. r vhomemaga zine .com





One shade-loving plant with an exotic-looking bloom is the Japanese toad lily. Although you will have to wait for fall for the big show, it is worth the wait. The Japanese anemone blooms in the fall as well, so paired with its cultural counterpart, they can create quite a display. Popular types of anemone have white and pink blooms and can grow to be 3 to 4 feet tall, so they are best for the back of a garden bed and can also tolerate less-shady spots that may receive dappled sun filtered through the trees. Other shade perennials with blooms are Alchemilla, commonly known as “lady’s mantle,” which has a yellow bloom in the spring; varieties of hellebores, which bloom very early in the spring (pluck a few of these from the garden and float them in a shallow dish for a nice centerpiece); and pulmonaria, known for its white-dotted leaves and clusters of rosettes that change from blue to red, or from red to blue. Lotsa Hostas

When you think of color, though, sometimes the subtle hues of green, white or yellow are all you need to bring a shady garden space to life. If you’ve tried your hand at shade gardening before, you no doubt started with hostas. Found at any garden center in enough varieties to make you have to think about the choice, the hosta 14

Hostas are great complementary plants. Pair their broad leaves with frilly ferns and you have a tried and true shade garden combination. is the most popular shade perennial, often called the “chairman of the shade border.” New varieties are being released each year, with the tally now close to 7,000. Known for their hardiness, hostas do well in virtually all areas of the country. Hostas can provide different leaf structures and growth patterns without having to call on blooms to play a starring role in the garden. With broad leaves and multiple shades of green, white and yellow (and in variegated colors), they can easily brighten up a dark spot in your yard. Nurseries are even experimenting with new colors. Blue hostas have leaves that are bluish in color, and some varieties even have red stems (and rumor has it that the race is on to cultivate one that has red leaves). The Hosta of the Year for 2014? The Abiqua Drinking Gourd. Its leaves are bluish-green and its blooms are white. The foliage is cupped, curving upward around the edges. Hostas are great complementary plants. Pair their broad leaves with frilly ferns and you have a tried and true shade garden combination. Try planting Blue Hostas near a Japanese painted fern (which is bluish and silver) for a nice combination. If you want varying sizes of plants in your garden, hostas can come to the rescue. There are many varieties of mini-hostas, which also are popular for window boxes. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4



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Grasses and Trees and Shrubbery...oh my!

There are many plants that look like grass, but botanically aren’t, and they are perfect for shade gardens. Liriope, which you often see along walkways and driveways, can have solid green stalks or variegated colors. Purple shoots bloom from the center, making this plant look larger than life. Other “grasses” to try are sedges, Sweet Flag and Mondo Grass. With leaves that are thin and wave in the breeze, and available in various colors, they can animate your shade garden. They also do well in pots for shady porticos. It may seem odd to add a tree to your shade garden, since you are trying to seek as much sun for your plants as possible, but consider that some understory trees, growing beneath the canopy of nearby taller hardwood trees, have beautiful blooms. Though you will have to exercise your patience as they grow to maturity over a few years, flowering trees are a great idea. The most popular understory tree in Virginia is the dogwood, of course. It grows well at the edge of the woodland. It stays relatively small and can have pink or white blooms. The Kousa dogwood


is an Asian variety that is gaining in popularity for its ability to bloom later and resist disease better. Numerous white blooms can make the tree appear snow-covered. Japanese maples also do well at the edge of the woods and will give blazing fall color. Some shrubs can add variety and height to your shade garden. The camellia, with its beautiful large blooms, grows well along the side of a home and can grow to be tall. Azaleas, Virginia Sweetspire and Althea are all shrubs that don’t mind the shade and they can bring an abundance of color. If you’re going for big, look for the Aucuba. One variety of this hardy shrub has green leaves speckled in yellow that has become quite popular for nurseries. Clethra plants, with blooms similar to a butterfly bush, also do nicely in the shade. They come in various sizes, and if you have a smaller garden, they won’t get too large and take over. They come in sizes as low as 3 to 4 feet and in several interesting varieties; look for “Hummingbird” and “Sixteen Candles.” Maybe by now you have many different ideas in mind for the shady areas in your yard. Remember, it may take a couple of years to experiment with what works well in your yard as the amount of shade it receives varies with every season. But if you fail, try again. There’s no better reward for your hard work than taking a break in the shade on a hot summer day. It will be your bright spot, for sure. HOME would like to thank Dr. Joe Pond, a Master Gardener with the Hill City Master Gardeners, for offering his expertise for this story. Pond has been experimenting with his own shade garden for 35 years and continues to give presentations on the subject to groups throughout the region. The Virginia Master Gardener program is part of the Virginia Cooperative Extension.




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Virginia is known for many plants that do well in the woodlands. Sometimes hard to cultivate, and thus harder to find, these native plants add splashes of beauty. 1

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Jefferson’s Twin Leaf, blooms in April around Jefferson’s birthday; it makes a seedpod that looks like a teapot


Native Ginger, a low-growing plant (2-3 inches off the ground) with sometimes hard-to-see blooms that grow under the leaf


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Bleeding Heart, bright red or pink hanging blooms

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET A Field Guide to Roanoke Area Farmers Markets BY C a rr i e Wa l l er

For those preparing for a summer filled with barbecues, garden parties and Sunday brunches, our community is packed with local vendors of the freshest ingredients for your delectable meals. What better way to gather the best fixings our region has to offer than to visit new and old farmers and artisan-run markets? Here, you’ll find all the information you need to visit five local markets, each boasting a little something unique—from Hungarian specialties and handmade jewelry, to quail eggs and local produce and meats. There’s no better way to support and enjoy the best of “home” than at market.


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What: Roanoke City Market Where: Downtown Roanoke, at the intersection of Campbell Avenue

and Market Street When: Mon. – Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Offerings: All-natural grass-fed beef, soap, locally-grown produce (apples, peaches, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, cantaloupes, cabbage, salad greens, etc.), spring bedding plants, stoneware pottery, apple butter, hand-crafted jewelry, rabbit meat, chicken, dairy, egg noodles, jams and jellies, homemade dog treats, seafood, metal home and garden ornaments, glass bottles More Information: (540) 342-2028, ext. 15

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In Roanoke: Greenbrier Nursery Market, West End Community Market, Grandin Village Community Market and Roanoke Memorial Hospital Farmers’ Table. In Blacksburg: YMCA Thrift Store Farmers Table, Blacksburg Community Market at South Main. In Floyd: Floyd Farmers Market, Greens Garage When: Varies per location; Visit the website for specific schedules and directions

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BIG STYLE Strategies for Making the Most of Any Small Space BY L au r el F ei n m a n

Every home has one, and yours does too: that small space you’ve never quite known how to handle. Deep down, you know your little nook has untapped potential. You just need some fresh ideas and inspiration to access it! Here are three different small rooms and some expert design strategies that might give your small space a big personality.

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P h ot o g r a p hy by Kev in H u r l ey Roanoke designer Elaine Stephenson had the pleasure of working on a precious jewel box of an apartment in The Patrick Henry in downtown Roanoke. Once a landmark hotel, The Patrick Henry has recently been converted into luxury apartments and business space. A busy woman who has a house in Botetourt County needed the convenience of a place in town and hired Stephenson to help her decorate it. She had one special request that drove the design decisions for the apartment: that Stephenson use colors from a painting her son made when he was a little boy. Stephenson’s fabric and furniture choices in the apartment prove that small can be stylish and chic. Stephenson selected furniture that takes up a minimal amount of visual space so that nothing feels cumbersome or like it is weighing down the room. “Reflective items made of glass and Lucite virtually disappear. Mirrors and shiny lacquered furniture reflect light, keeping things airy,” she says. Instead of using tabletop lamps, Stephenson installed wall sconces above a pair of very long, narrow end tables. The tables are leggy and take up almost no floor space at all. Stephenson added small decorative risers on each tabletop to display interesting objects and draw the eye upwards. Stephenson says, “I intentionally chose sofas and chairs that have very low arms because they give a maximum amount of seating area without boxing themselves in.” There is also a large round ottoman in the center of the seating arrangement, providing a tabletop or extra seating if needed, with the added bonus of no pointy corners jutting into the room. Stephenson kept all the walls in the same light, neutral color and used minimal treatments on the windows to prevent visual clutter on the walls. Standing in any spot in the apartment, you can easily see into the other rooms. Stephenson says, “The neutral backdrop is the anchor point. Color pulls the eye from room to room so the entire space reads as one.” A life-sized papier-mâché torso holds court over the living room next to an orchidcolored console and the fuscia ottoman. Lilac bedroom lamps, painted by Betsy Burton of Lynchburg, wear a silver Greek key motif. Plaids mix with geometrics and it all works together because of the consistent color palette inspired by that little watercolor painting. In this charming pied-à-terre, artistic inspiration reigns supreme. With a little bit of design magic, you can create the illusion of height, allow color to unify the space and let furniture serve several different needs—all helping you live large in any small space.


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P h ot o g r a p hy by A ll e g r a H e lms Old houses aren’t known for having big bedrooms and closets. Sometimes they even have a bedroom so small (by today’s standards anyway) that it’s hard to know how to use it for modern living. Such was the case with one small upstairs room in a historic home in Lynchburg. Too small to be a comfortable bedroom and inconveniently located to serve as a home office, it’s been used as a catchall for luggage and out-of-season clothing for the past 15 years or so. The little room’s best use was as a baby nursery, but now that “baby” has a driver’s license and an active teenage lifestyle. Last summer, the savvy homeowner, who has a natural eye for design and a handy husband, decided to transform the little room and give it a new purpose as a closet and dressing room for their daughter. Over the course of several weeks, she painted the walls a beautiful robin’s egg blue, and on weekends, her husband assembled and anchored the storage units that would soon hold their daughter’s clothing and accessories. The room’s greatest assets, besides its location next to a small hallway bathroom, are two large windows. Underneath one is a radiator, a necessity in the wintertime. An ideal spot for a vanity due to the abundance of natural light streaming in, a contemporary acrylic table fits perfectly over the radiator and is lightweight enough to pull away from the heat source when the radiators are in use. On the windows are cellular shades that softly filter sunlight and add a layer of privacy. Around them hang simple linen curtain panels, cleverly tied back with brightly colored necklaces. Once their teen heads to college and takes her clothes and trappings with her, the homeowner jokes that she and her husband are already vying for who gets to take over the dressing room next. Lynchburg designer Dianne Mowry looked at the new dressing room and had high praise for a job well done on the doit-yourself project. “They did a great job playing up the windows. They enhanced them by strategically placing mirrors and reflective furniture to shine light back into the space,” Mowry says. “They were smart to hang curtain panels as high up on the wall as possible and let them reach all the way to the floor. Doing so draws the eye upward and gives the illusion of height to the space.” Another aspect Mowry commended was the versatility of the closet structure itself. “The dark cherry wood is a sophisticated choice and, because it is modular, it can be rearranged and modified to suit the next occupant’s things,” she says. 2 4

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Designer Linda Martin had the courage to break one of the most highly regarded small space design “rules” when she moved into her petite abode on her son’s property. Many designers would recommend only using furnishings that are scaled for the room. But Linda defied that rule—and with great results. Across one entire wall, Linda uses an enormous 10-foot long antique display hutch as a media center, bookcase, display space and home office. It’s so big, in fact, that she had to hire workmen to remove one of the windows in the room to get the top half of it in, and they removed the stairway banister outside in order to get the bottom cabinets through the door. When she saw it at Circa, she recognized it and had to have it. It was a display case from The Young Men’s Shop, a place she remembered visiting as a little girl with her grandfather and father as they admired hats. It brought back happy memories and she knew it would fill many needs in her new home. Linda says, “I think the key to choosing furniture for a small space has much more to do with its functionality than its form. Choose furniture that serves several purposes.” She explains that the lower cabinets of the hutch hold all of her design files and home office equipment. Everything is neatly tucked away behind closed doors. She saved one cabinet for her 2 6

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Anyone who has ever rented a beach house knows that bathing outdoors turns a mundane daily ritual into something special. Is there anything more refreshing after hours in the sun than stepping into that wood-lined stall and washing off? Some homeowners are coming home from vacation and improving upon that experience so they can enjoy it their everyday lives. In fact, outdoor showers are becoming so popular that they are now one of the most-requested luxury home improvement projects. And I’m not talking about adding a hose-on-a-pole out on the deck. These are fully-integrated and stylish showers designed to be a transition chamber where you’ll rinse away the aftermath of your outdoor hobbies before stepping back inside your home. The best ones are connected to the house as an outer entrance to a powder room, with a laundry room nearby, so that everything you need before and after your shower is just steps away. r vhomemaga zine .com


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Adding an outdoor shower will require some excavation and slab work, some alterations to the exterior of your home and plumbing. Therefore, you’ll probably want to hire a general contractor to do this job. Just like with an indoor bathroom project, your installation costs and project length will vary widely depending on how elaborately you design your shower and its fixtures. But some things about the project will be the same.

drier. That’s critical for preventing wood rot and slippery scum. Also, try to avoid placing your shower under a tree so leaves and other debris won’t litter your shower floor. Privacy

Finding a way to preserve that outdoorsy experience while ensuring your privacy can be tricky. You’ll want an enclosure that promotes air circulation but prevents probing eyes from an unintended peep show. Louvered walls and roofs allow you to take in birdsong and a cloud-puffed sky while you’re showering.

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Do your homework before you get started and find out if your municipality allows outdoor showers. Location

You’ll want your outdoor shower to be somewhere that gets direct sun— not just because it will make your experience more pleasant, but because the sun will help keep the walls and floor 3 0

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Towel hooks, a hamper, a shelf or wall niche and a bench are just as handy in an outdoor shower as they are indoors. It’s nice to have a place to sit down to remove your shoes and a dry place to put your clothes. Bathing necessities will be within arm’s reach as you wrap up in a sun-warmed towel after your shower en plein air. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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So, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast who takes multiple showers each day or a dirt-covered gardener who needs to rinse off before coming indoors, sudsing up outside can be a pleasurable experience and a practical choice. Adding an open-air shower to your home could be the next home improvement project that gets you all worked up in a lather.

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Few things are more frightening from a homeowner’s perspective than to arrive home and open the door to a waterfall flowing down the steps. Whether due to a broken water main, a leaky pipe or the kids leaving the sink running upstairs, water damage can be devastating to your home. While it is common for homeowners to invest in precautionary measures to prevent burglaries or fires, many overlook the likelihood that water damage could occur in their home. Insurance studies show that water damage to a home is estimated at six times more likely to occur than burglary and seven times more likely than fire damage. Considering these odds, knowing how to react if water damage occurs and how you can prevent it from happening again will help you tackle any situation, from the smallest of leaks to a completely flooded basement. r vhomemaga zine .com


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Upon discovering water damage in the home, you should take a few immediate steps to limit the damage. If possible, turn off the electricity, especially if the water level threatens to reach electrical outlets, and then unplug any electronic devices in the affected area. If you are dealing with a continuous flow of water, such as a burst pipe, turn off your water main valve. Contact an emergency plumber or water damage expert immediately if water is spewing out of your control. Once you have done what you can to bring the problem to a halt, it is important to start documenting everything, as you will likely soon be working on a claim with your insurance company if the damage is significant. Take photographs of all of the damaged areas at their worst and write down a timeline of the events and the steps that you took after you discovered the accident. Dry it Out!

Depending on the extent of your water damage, getting rid of the standing water and drying everything out can be tedious, but it’s an important step that should not be rushed. In fact, improper drying-out methods can lead to even bigger problems later, like black mold. First, remove all wet furnishings from the home, as keeping them inside will only increase the time it takes for the water to dry out. If the water affected any carpet or rugs, pull them up and clean and disinfect them, allowing them to dry completely. It is possible that the carpet can be saved if handled early enough. If it happens to shrink, it might be able to be repurposed as an area rug. However, you will need new padding. You may not have to pull up the carpet at all if you contact a professional water extraction service right away. If weather permits, open all your windows to increase the airflow in your home. Use old towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as you can. Alternatively, you can rent a wet vacuum or a sump pump, but do take caution to plug them in an outlet that is located away from any standing water. After any standing water is removed, it generally takes 2-5 days (depending on the humidity) for the entire structure to dry. Window fans, attic fans, and dehumidifiers are good options to speed up the drying process, but refrain from using heaters because heating wet wood could warp the floors and promote bacteria growth. If you are dealing with water damage that was caused by a roof leak, you will need to replace the insulation in your attic because it will likely be ruined. The weight from the water can even cause sags in your ceiling. Check all ceilings for water spotting; even a small leak can lead to ceiling problems in multiple rooms. Extremely damaged ceilings might actually collapse. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

If your basement was affected, it is likely that any drywall the water touched will need to be replaced as it crumbles very easily. Baseboards may be salvageable if they are made of solid wood. For situations where water has seeped into the walls, you should contact a professional, as special drying techniques to reach inside the walls may be necessary. The Cleanup

Once the drying process is complete, you need to clean and disinfect the affected areas to prevent bacteria and mold growth. It is crucial that every surface is completely dry before treating for mold; otherwise, you won’t be able to kill all of the spores. All homes have some mold present, even in the best conditions, but the wet environment created by a water leak can leave you susceptible to mold in much greater quantity, which can become a serious health hazard. The most infamous household mold is black mold, which is not just unsightly, but dangerous. Black mold can cause structural damage to your home and can even be fatal to humans and pets if it gets into the respiratory system. Thoroughly disinfect the areas in your home that were in contact with the water. You can use a mixture of bleach and water to disinfect the area, but spot-test the surface in an inconspicuous area to be sure the bleach does not cause discoloration. Given the health risks of mold exposure and the extent of the damage, it may be best to hire a professional to handle the cleanup for you. If your water damage was slight and you are dealing with the problem yourself, wear gloves and a safety mask that covers your nose and mouth.

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Once you have waited out the drying process, made certain that your drywall and structure is free from mold, and worked out the details of an insurance claim with your insurance company, it’s time to make restorations to your home. This could be a great opportunity to make other renovations or updates to your home. Know your budget and plan everything you want to accomplish during the restoration process. You might want to hire a licensed contractor that specializes in water damage recovery and repair. In Virginia, contractors are divided into three classes: class A (unrestricted in the dollar amount of contracts they may complete), class B (can perform work on projects up to $120,000), and class C (can perform work on projects that are less than $10,000). Ask questions about how much experience they have dealing with water damage recovery, and don’t be afraid to request references from past clients. After all is said and done, you will have a unique hindsight on the whole situation. This is a great opportunity to reevaluate your insurance policy while everything is fresh in your mind and assess whether or not it was sufficient in handling your needs. You may want to meet with an insurance adjuster to update your policy and ensure you are better protected if something similar occurs in the future. Most important, enjoy your newly rehabilitated home and take comfort knowing that you have successfully handled a tough situation. Preventive Steps

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the past. All family members in the home should know the exact location of the water main and how to shut it off. Find it and label it, maybe with neon-colored tape. You don’t ever want to be in the position of stumbling around in a dark basement frantically searching for the water main. Additionally, it is a good idea to shut off your water completely if you go away from home for an extended period. Be sure to do a yearly inspection of your water-using appliances (fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.) to check for leaks in hoses. If you have older appliances, you may want to consider replacing rubber hoses with the stainless steel-braided, flexible hoses. Also inspect tubs, faucets and sinks for cracks and crevices. If found, you can likely take care of these spots yourself with an ordinary tube of caulk from the hardware store. Recovering from water damage in your home can be an arduous process; however, knowing how to react as soon as you encounter the problem is half the battle. Armed with these tips for success in managing and preventing water damage of any magnitude, you’ll now know how to keep your head above water if you’re ever faced with this sinking situation. r vhomemaga zine .com

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hen life gives you lemons…consider yourself lucky! Thinking about lemons and all of their uses in the kitchen makes me think that they are as vital an ingredient as salt and pepper. Lemons are an irreplaceable ingredient in both sweet and savory cooking, but also can be used as a natural preservative, disinfectant, deodorizer, stain remover and wood polish! One of the best things about lemons is that they are available year-round. When shopping for lemons, choose fruit that is smooth, blemish-free and that seems heavy for its size. Many fruits, including lemons, may be treated with pesticides in the orchard, and with additional chemicals to reduce the chance of rot during shipping. For that reason, it’s best to buy organic lemons, especially when your recipe calls for using the peel. Here’s a little bit of lemon lingo: lemon zest is the shiny, brightly colored outermost portion of the lemon peel and has the brightest and most intense flavor. Be careful when you’re zesting because the white pith that lies just underneath is very bitter. You’ll need to use an easy touch and a very fine grater or a microplane tool to finely shred the zest. When a recipe calls for lemon peel, this refers to peeling the top-most layer of the skin and leaving it more intact, in larger pieces. A vegetable peeler or paring knife is perfect for this task. If you need only the lemon peel for your recipe, juice the lemon and save it in a spare ice cube tray in the freezer. If your recipe calls for zest (or peel) and juice, first grate the entire peel and then cut and juice the fruit. You’ll get more juice out of a room-temperature lemon than a cold one, although a short time (ten seconds) in the microwave will also do the trick. Roll the lemon on the counter using firm pressure to break down some of the fibers and increase the amount of juice the fruit will release. A lemon squeezed on apples or avocados serves as a preservative and keeps them from turning brown. A half lemon dipped in salt can be used to scrub, disinfect and deodorize a cutting board. A half lemon dipped in baking soda will bring back the luster to a copper pan. And, lemon juice boiled in your microwave will get rid of cooking smells and loosen baked-on food. When life gives you lemons, don’t be a sour puss! Find something great to do with them. There are too many great recipes that use lemons to include all of them here, but here are a few of my favorites. In addition to the recipes I’ve included, I think two fantastic summer projects for you to research and make your own are limoncello, a delicious lemon liqueur with origins in Italy, and preserved lemons, a Moroccan specialty. To make limoncello, lemon zest is steeped in vodka for a week, then mixed with simple syrup and “aged” for two more weeks to be enjoyed as an adultsonly lemonade or a flavoring agent in cooking. Making preserved lemons requires pickling them in salt and their own juices for at least three weeks, and can be used in everything from tagines to salad dressing. Pucker up…and happy cooking!

Lemon Pasta (Serves 4-6) This is a versatile dish that I’ve been making for 20 years. It’s a great side dish (serves 6), or add 2 pounds of shelled shrimp tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 400 degrees for 6 minutes to serve it as an entrée. 4 tablespoons butter 1 cup cream ½ cup fresh lemon juice Grated peel of 3 lemons Your favorite pasta, prepared according to package directions ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley Heat butter and cream in a skillet until cream starts to boil. Add lemon juice and peel. Reduce by half, stirring constantly. Cook pasta in well-salted water and drain. Add pasta to the sauce and toss with cheese and parsley. Add roasted shrimp prior to serving, if desired. r vhomemaga zine .com


Lemon Curd (makes 2 cups) The essence of lemon, this delicious lemon spread is a great thing to have on hand. Use it to fill a premade tart shell or as a filling in your favorite cake. 3 eggs ½ cup sugar Finely grated zest of 3 lemons ½ cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons) 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 pieces at room temperature

Eton Mess (serves six) This is my take on a traditional British dessert! I love the soft and crunchy textures, and the sweet and tart flavors. 4 large egg whites 1 cup sugar ¾ cup heavy cream

Whisk the eggs, sugar, zest and juice in a two-quart non-reactive saucepan. Add the butter and cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the butter has melted and the mixture has thickened. Pass through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, and press a sheet of plastic wrap on the surface of the curd. Keeps up to two weeks.

3 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pint berries (strawberries, blackberries or both) ½ cup lemon curd (see next recipe) First, make the meringue: Preheat the oven to 250. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Beat the egg whites at high speed with a mixer until they hold soft peaks. Add the sugar and continue beating until the eggs hold stiff peaks. Plop the mixture by large spoonfuls on the parchment, smoothing the tops so they stand about an inch high. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside until the oven is cool (about an additional 90 minutes). Peel the meringues off the parchment and crumble into bite-sized pieces. Whip the cream with powdered sugar and vanilla in a chilled bowl. Set aside 6 berries for garnish. Smash the remaining berries with a fork. In six wine or other clear glasses, layer the crumbled meringues, a spoonful of lemon curd, a spoonful of berries and a dollop of whipped cream, making at least two layers. Top each dessert with a whole berry. Can be made up to five hours in advance. 4 0

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Lemon Tea Cake (makes a one-pound loaf, about 8 slices) We eat this for breakfast and as dessert. It would be a companyworthy dessert with a dollop of lemon curd and fresh whipped cream. The glaze is optional. Butter and flour for preparing pan 3 tablespoons lemon zest 1 cup sugar 1 ½ cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup Greek yogurt (full fat is preferable) ½ cup canola oil 2 eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla Glaze: ¼ cup lemon or orange marmalade 1 teaspoon water Lightly butter a one-pound loaf pan then dust with flour, tapping out excess. Using your hands, rub lemon zest into sugar until the sugar is fragrant. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

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Properties in River’s Edge have spectacular views and access to Smith Mountain Lake and the common areas of Back Creek and the Roanoke River—two waterways that are well known by local anglers and fly fishermen. Living among such natural beauty offers homeowners a peaceful coexistence with wildlife and the natural characteristics of the land. Home sites have been carefully selected so that views and privacy are maximized, but with minimal disturbance to the natural terrain. Dalton says, “I think the thing that sets our development apart from others is that we are a turn-key operation, meaning that we handle all aspects of home construction. From assisting with site selection, design plans and the construction itself, we work with homeowners until their home is complete.” The rustic elegance of the River’s Edge setting strikes the perfect balance between maintaining its natural integrity and enhancing it in a responsible way so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

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Dreams of summer camp: they conjure up so many pleasant memories. Sleeping in bunk beds, the sounds of chirping crickets as you nod off to sleep, adventures exploring a private island, roasted s’mores on an open fire, outdoor showers… these are the makings of a summer of fun and adventure! And thanks to great planning and an intuitive builder, it is what Shelby and Jason Bingham’s vacation home at Smith Mountain Lake has to offer their family and friends. Although the Binghams moved to Roanoke nearly 14 years ago, it took them a while to discover Smith Mountain Lake. “When we rented a house here we fell in love with the lake,” Shelby explains. With three children, a vacation home at the lake is the perfect escape for weekends and holidays.

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he Binghams weren’t seriously looking for property when they found the three-acre parcel in the Goodview area of Bedford County. “It was flat, had water on three sides and was quiet. What’s not to love?” asks Shelby. “This side of the lake is not as busy and reminded me a lot of the Hiwassee River in Tennessee.” Shelby and her family frequented the Hiwassee when she was a young girl, and she has many fond memories from her visits there. Both rural and wooded, the Bingham property is actually a peninsula with great views from every vantage point— including a small island within a short swim from their dock. And because it’s not along the main channel, the waterway is quiet and perfect for swimming. The Binghams asked their friend Robert Kulp, owner of Blue Ridge Residential, Inc. and co-owner of Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, to build their dream vacation home on the lake. “Robert built this house, and this is his house,” says Shelby as she teasingly adds, “We just get to live here!” Kulp put so much of himself into this house, and as Jason explains, “Robert really had a vision for what we wanted, so we just let him run with it.” 4 6

Robert Kulp says that this house was planned both inside and out with an emphasis on fun. Throughout the house and on the grounds, there are many different settings where small groups of people can gather and play. And when the house is at full capacity (it is designed to sleep 20) space to spread out is essential. “I told Robert that I wanted a house that pulled you outside,” explains Shelby. Kulp sketched it out and they hired architect John Fulton of John Fulton Associates to assist with its design. The Binghams have renovated 13 houses, but this is the first house they built from scratch. Shelby’s flair for design and keen eye for detail, combined with Kulp’s technical expertise, made them a great team. “I am a fan of traditional design and I am a fan of salvage,” says Kulp. The result is a “new-old” house, utilizing a mix of reclaimed wood and artifacts combined with the necessary creature comforts to make the home very pleasant. Shelby wanted a home that worked well as a vacation home, so her priorities differed a bit from her city house. For example, while her kitchen here has a good amount of below-counter R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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storage, it lacks upper cabinets because she didn’t want anything to interfere with the view. “I wanted windows. I wanted to see where all of the children were and I wanted to be included,” explains Shelby. Honed granite countertops with a soft luster on the surface create an aged look. To add contrast, Kulp used a unique butcher-block surface on the oversized kitchen island. The block was manufactured by Valley Block, a Pennsylvania firm that fashions butcher blocks using an original, century-old machine. Double dovetails lock pieces of the rock-hard maple together to create a perfect work area that is slightly taller than the nearby countertops and offers storage below. A visit to the lake often means having more meals at home. With the open kitchen and an adjacent outdoor barbecue area and patio, meal preparation is a breeze. “We use the outdoor fireplace all the time to roast s’mores and other goodies,” says Shelby. The dock is also outfitted with a fridge and a countertop, providing a snacking zone down by the water. Shelby wanted to have a floor that could withstand wet bathing suits and wet dogs. Inglenook Tile Design created the floor tile in the high traffic areas of the house. It is brick tile, fired and designed specifically for floors, and lacks the weight and bulk of regular bricks. Shelby raves, “It is not high-maintenance and I don’t have to worry.” Where the brick tile is not used, lovely tones of hickory wood contrasts nicely with area rugs that Shelby uses throughout the house. One of Robert Kulp’s best ideas for the Binghams’ home literally fell off a truck. The wood paneling used throughout the R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

home was salvaged when a truck broke down and the trucking company needed to get rid of the load—a mix of pine, beadboard and tongue-and-groove paneling. “We got a great deal on the wood and it worked for this house,” says Kulp. In many places in the home, the wood was left with its natural finish, and in others, the wood paneling has been pickled—a technique similar to whitewashing that highlights the grain and masks imperfections. With the help of its natural wood walls and furnishings, the house takes on a relaxed atmosphere. A stone fireplace, pickled wood walls and open beams create a cozy living room space, yet the cathedral ceiling and view of the loft keep the room open and spacious. Roanoke interior designer Elaine Stephenson helped Shelby choose fabrics, rugs and a color palette. “It was her idea to use Sunbrella fabric on all the furniture,” says Shelby. With an eye toward a comfortable life among children and pets, these durable outdoor fabrics are ideal. Thanks to lots of windows and interesting decorative accent pieces, the home’s interior is bright and vibrant. According to Shelby, “My inspiration for colors used in the lake house is simple: blue is my favorite color and luckily, everything goes with it! It works well when you have lots of random pieces that you want to incorporate all together.” Robert Kulp’s house design provides the home with a little built-in historical fiction. He purposefully designed it to appear as though it was an older lake home that had seen many add-ons over a lifetime. “I wanted the house to look like it had been here awhile, as though the original house was centered on what is now the living room and from there, other rooms were added,” he explains. For example, the inside wall of the interior porch

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The master bedroom walls are board and batten, and fashioned from plywood. Along three walls, the boards run horizontally and according to Kulp this offers a nice juxtaposition alluding to the room’s supposed past. Heart pine doors and hardware are all salvage pieces, adding to the story of a house that grew as the family grew. French doors lead directly onto the back porch and all the windows offer excellent views. Two additional bedrooms on the main floor offer accommodations for adult visitors. One of the rooms is filled with mementos from Shelby’s childhood. In the other, horse-themed prints decorate the room along with a red and white hand-stitched quilt hanging over the bed—one of Shelby’s favorite things. “It was my grandparents’ quilt,” she explains. “My grandfather was a minister and the congregation gave it to them for Christmas in 1950.” A back hallway is lined along one side with a gallery of photographs. They include candid family photos that are very special for Shelby and Jason, and a portrait of all of the men who worked on the house. r vhomemaga zine .com

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A long church pew lines the other wall and above it hangs a giant chalkboard. Here, family members jot down quick notes and reminders, and guests add notes of thanks for the Binghams’ hospitality. It is a great way to communicate when there is the bustle of family and houseguests moving in and out and living in the home. In the front hall, Shelby displays her collection of crucifixes. Each one has special significance, given to her by family and friends. Nearby, a simple shelf hangs on the wall—an item salvaged from The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Kulp devised a unique way to disguise a necessary but unsightly vent that runs along the wall in the front hall. He used an antique grate that has a repetitive clover-like pattern on it, and then repeated this same pattern along the balusters on the stairway and the balcony railing above. With lots of guests, having a number of bathrooms available is a significant need. While all three bathrooms stay busy, probably the most useful one is the outdoor shower located directly off the downstairs half-bath. “The kids take a shower before they even come into the house,” says Shelby. And, with the laundry room just steps away, it’s easy for them to toss their wet towels and bathing suits straight into the washing machine. Oftentimes, the smallest rooms in a house can offer the biggest surprises. The highlight in the powder room is a large, brightly painted mural. It was a fifth grade project created by the students at Crystal Springs Elementary School. The completed piece was auctioned off at a school fundraiser, and the Binghams were the lucky bidders. Kids reign supreme on the second floor. The bunkroom sleeps ten. Built-in bunk beds, each with colorful bedding sets, are R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

stacked in a line down one wall and extra beds line the other walls. Koiner Thomas, manager of the Marketplace at Black Dog Salvage, helped Shelby find many of the unique items that give the bunkroom its character. According to Shelby, “Koiner is so much fun to work with and has taught me so much!” The walls are covered with photographs of the Bingham children and their friends. The upstairs bathroom nearby has individual cubbies so young guests have a private place to store their belongings. Adjacent to the bunkroom is a large, airy sleeping porch. Four more guests can comfortably snooze on hanging swing beds, attached to the ceiling by chains. The porch floor is made of a heavy-duty vinyl called Duradek. Drains in each corner provide easy clean-up and a convenient escape for any rainwater that might blow in. Outside of the bunk area, a small loft overlooks the living room down below. It has a table and chairs plus a comfortable wicker couch. According to Shelby, “I don’t count this as an official sleeping area, but the kids certainly do!” Varsity Landscape designed the colorful and easy-tomaintain landscape. There is not a large front lawn to mow, and Knock-Out roses and Aurora Gold hard fescue line the rock-covered banks. Shelby and Jason have achieved their vision of a vacation home here at Smith Mountain Lake. Shelby says, “I am not sure if we will ever live here full-time, but my dream is that this is a place where all the children, grandchildren and cousins anticipate visiting us here each summer, no matter where they live.”

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Take it Outside Improving the Relationship Between Inside and Out By A lyss a M erc a da n t e

When summer heats up, so does the party scene. There is no better time to have friends over for drinks and dinner on the deck. But instead of just putting out paper plates and calling it a party, why not add a touch of the unexpected and elevate your outdoor party space to the same level as your home’s lovely interior? The key to hosting a great summer party is in creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. Sometimes it is hard to know how to blur the lines between indoors and out, but try to think of the entire indoor-outdoor entertaining space as one big open floor plan, instead of two different places. You can create a terrific entertaining area that your guests will savor if you apply a few basic design tricks. Improving your party flow can be as easy as rearranging the furniture, extending your color palette from inside to out or even simply incorporating some new accessories, like a set of dishes or outdoor cushions.

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Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your party space. Color: Connect the spaces with similar hues

The use of color is perhaps the simplest way to connect your indoor and outdoor spaces. Decorate the deck and pull colors from the nearby interior by selecting plants and flowers that complement your indoor color scheme. On your deck, choose outdoor cushions, umbrellas and flowerpots from the same color palette you use inside. Coordinate your outdoor dining essentials with your regular indoor tableware, so they’ll mix and match well on your al fresco buffet. You don’t have to use the exact hues, but be sure they relate and come from the same color family. Plants, candles, cushions and 56

cachepots can all help tie the indoors and outdoors together when they share the same color. For your party, grab a few of your indoor accessories and decorate with them outside on the deck to really make it feel like an extension of your party space. Even adding a throw or two to your outdoor seating arrangement can help carry colors outdoors (and give your guests a cozy wrap if the night air becomes cool after dusk). Flooring: Make it as seamless as possible

Make the transition point from your indoor to outdoor space as seamless as possible. The goal is to remove any visual barriers between the two, so your indoor and outdoor spaces seem to function as one. Choosing a flooring material that

works well inside and out, like brick or wood, is one great way to make the two spaces feel connected—even if the look is achieved only by appearance and not actual product. A great flagstone patio can appear to flow indoors when you install ceramic floor tiles in the same shade of grey. Or, you can choose the same color stain for your deck that you used on your interior wood floors. If changing flooring is out of the question, something as simple as using the same or similar indoor/outdoor rugs inside and out can create a visual connection between the two spaces. Outdoor rugs are quickly becoming everybody’s favorite new floor covering, inside and outside. Because they are so easy to clean, they are perfect for parties. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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A vine-covered arbor or pergola is another great and beautiful way to add shade over your outdoor entertaining space without darkening your view. All of the same decorating motifs you might use inside your home can be used outdoors. Your outdoor furniture is visible from inside your home, so it makes sense that you would extend your interior decorating themes there, even if you have a very small outdoor space. Just as you would do indoors, soften your seating with throw pillows made of water-resistant fabric. Make sure you have a side table next to the lounge chair, so guests have a place to set their plate. Use trays on tabletops to help steady drinks and add a decorative touch. All of these thoughtful touches will establish that the party is outside, too. Big Openings: Remove barriers

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One of the best ways to integrate your indoor-outdoor living spaces is to invest in a big opening between them. Consider replacing a solid wood door with a French door or a single door that is mostly comprised of glass to let the light shine through. Forgo the curtains or opt for lightweight sheers so that nature can easily be seen from within. Keep in mind that allowing vast amounts of light to shine in can warm things up a bit inside. You can keep your cool and limit overexposure of the sun by installing an awning or planting a large tree nearby to shade windows and doors, which will in turn lower indoor temps. A vine-covered arbor or pergola R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

is another great and beautiful way to add shade over your outdoor entertaining space without darkening your view. Plants: Bring the outdoors in

Plants bring natural beauty into our living spaces. By adding color and texture, plants can transform a room or patio into an environment that comforts, welcomes and literally brings life into the space. Not only should you choose plants that complement your home’s color palette, but be sure to include an interesting mix of textures and heights as you select plants and flowers. Great design is not solely about the way your house looks but also about how it functions. Homes that successfully blur the line between outside and inside can make a home seem more spacious and more in tune with nature. Gone are the days when the only connection to the backyard was the back door. Now, a multitude of options exist for uniting the two areas by using the space well and incorporating intentional choices in color, flooring, furniture and foliage. Together, these concepts create a seamless flow between your indoor and outdoor spaces.

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By N o el l e M i l a m

Our porches, patios and lawns are natural extensions of our home. And just as homes have areas that are public and private, so too do our yards. Sometimes, you welcome the friendly dog walker passing by to join you for a visit on the porch. Other times, it feels awkward to host supper club outside on the veranda while the neighborhood teens zoom by on their skateboards. And it’s probably fair to say that you never want to see the utility company’s access box that’s installed in plain view from your deck. One attractive solution is to grow your own privacy screen. Privacy screens can help delineate special hideaways in your yard, hide an unsightly view, provide shelter from wind or strong summer sun—and even control unwanted traffic through your garden. Our particular climate here (Zone 7, according to USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map, a tool that helps gardeners determine what plants will thrive in particular climates) is optimum for home gardeners who wish to grow their own privacy screens. Many will take less than one growing season to implement with a little planning and forethought.

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Set Your Goals, Get Up and Growing

Whether you are trying to camouflage the air conditioning units or create a private “outdoor room” in your yard, stand in the space and give some thought to how you’ll be using the screen and if you’ll be using it for three seasons (outdoor entertaining) or four (hiding something from view). Some of your choices are evergreen and bushy, perfect for hiding that electric meter all year long, while others make a versatile backdrop that changes with the seasons before dropping leaves and going dormant for winter. Knowing these answers will dictate the amount of space you have to work with and guide your plant choices. Next, imagine how you want your natural privacy screen to look once it is fully established. Measure the height, width, and depth/density you will want it to be at maturity. According to Barbara Leach, Horticulture Technician with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, “Most people think they need something much larger than they actually do, or they don’t pay attention to the plant’s ultimate height.” For most backyards, she recommends a screen height of 15 to 18 feet at maturity in order to avoid creating that claustrophobic “bottom of a well” effect, where you feel surrounded on all sides and your lawn is starved for sunlight. 6 2

Is the environment where your screen will be dry or boggy? Shady or full sun? Is the site vulnerable to strong winds or is it sheltered? Leach advises, “It is infinitely easier to choose a plant that is suited to your site, than it is to permanently modify your site to suit the plant.” Use an outdoor privacy screen in your yard in the same ways you would use a decorative room divider screen inside. They are perfect for defining spaces, hiding clutter and just adding an interesting decorative touch. An outdoor privacy screen offers your yard more than just a natural barricade. A row of decorative grasses that grows taller than your deck will sway in the breeze and soften any hard lines that exist between the deck and your landscaping. A hedge of hollies planted along the fence draws your eye to that attractive corner of your lawn with their glossy green leaves and bright red berries. Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

Single-species plantings like a hedge of boxwood or holly require frequent pruning, so you’ll have to make a plan for that if you’re not handy with hedge clippers. Likewise, it is good to consider plant toxicity if small children or animals will be playing nearby. In varying degrees, many R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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A screen can be made of a single type of plant or a group of different plants, depending on your requirements and the look you’re hoping to achieve. common Virginia garden plants like azalea, daphne, foxglove, hydrangea, oleander, rhododendron, wisteria and yew are known to be toxic. But Leach says, “They really are only potentially harmful if they are ingested, so this may not be a problem for you.” Know that some plants like bamboo, Japanese honeysuckle and morning glories are self-sowers and very invasive. If you’re not diligent with their upkeep, they can take over the yard (and possibly your neighbor’s as well). Vines will also need to be pruned often throughout the growing season—at least monthly. Leach says, “The golden rule for vines is never let your vine grow taller than your ladder.” Though charming on an arbor or trellis, vining plants like clematis, Dutchman’s pipe, English ivy, jasmine, Carolina jessamine, trumpet vines wisteria can be especially challenging. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can restrain a thirty-foot vine and keep it on a six-foot-long fence. When nobody’s looking, it will eat the car,” Leach warns. Know what kind of gardener you are and eliminate choices that just don’t match your lifestyle. Can’t decide between stolid boxwood or cascades of ivy? Good news! You can have them both. Unless you are going for a very formal look, the best practice is to mix different specimens. A screen can be made of a single type of plant or a group of different plants, depending on your requirements and the look you’re hoping to achieve. Often, mixed hedges look more natural, attract a larger variety of beneficial wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds—and provide more “interest” through the seasons. Don’t be afraid to mix heights and textures. This softens the edges of your screen and allows the plants to grow naturally, with minimal pruning and upkeep. Spring and summer are times we enjoy our outside spaces most. With careful planning and implementation, a beautiful, natural privacy screen will enhance the landscape and help you create your own little getaway—right in your own backyard. 64

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DECORATING WITH COLLECTIBLES By H e at h e r B H ay es P h ot o g r a p hy by A ll e g r a H e lms

While serving as U.S. president in 1806, Thomas Jefferson found himself grappling with a dilemma. His old law professor and dear friend George Wythe had recently passed away and bequeathed him two silver cups. They were perfectly lovely but not something Jefferson would have picked out himself. They were probably a little too big, possibly a little too ornate…just not quite his style. What to do? He could re-gift of course, but that trend wouldn’t come into vogue for another 200 years or so, and besides—the cups were silver. He could turn to an old standby: safely display the cups behind glass. But Jefferson was far too practical for that; in his world at Monticello, everything had a job and cups didn’t get by only on their looks. His solution, in true Jefferson style, proved to be brilliant and well ahead of its time. He decided to recycle and repurpose the gift, commissioning silversmith John Letelier to melt down these cups (along with two other silver mugs) and create a new set of eight tumblers. r vhomemaga zine .com



hese low, round-bottomed cups, designed by Jefferson and used as part of his regular dining set, featured a gilt interior and a base that was proportionally thicker than the sides, making the cups stylish in form, comfortable to hold and extremely stable. On four of the cups, Jefferson included an engraving, “GW to TJ”—a clear show of Jefferson’s appreciation for Wythe’s original generosity. “This design is really quite a wonderful expression of the kind of neoclassical, straightforward, elegant look that Jefferson preferred,” explains Susan R. Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President for Museum Programs at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. “It’s consistent with his tastes and it’s one more way in which he added to his reputation as a style-setter in America.”

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Jefferson’s creation is, of course, what we now refer to as the Jefferson cup, which has become famous not only because of the four originals still on display in the dining room at Monticello but also because of the hundreds of thousands 6 8

of reproductions (available in silver or pewter) that are given as gifts and symbols of momentous achievement. The cups, almost always engraved with something personal, are presented for all manner of graduations, baby and bridal showers, and birthday, anniversary and retirement parties, and have become a favored style of trophy for everything from wine competitions to poetry recitals. They are so popular, in fact, that it’s almost become a rule that “you can’t graduate or get married in Virginia without getting a Jefferson cup as a gift,” according to Stein. This associated spirit of generosity is completely in keeping with the history of the original cups. Pairing Form and Function

So what should today’s Jefferson cup owners do with their own collections? Be Jeffersonian and put those treasures to work! The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. For starters, Jefferson cups can, of course, be used to serve cold beverages. Or, they work well as containers for dips and other snacks at your next party.

As a bonus, Jefferson cups, with their personal inscriptions and commemorative associations, can also be counted on to spark memories and conversation topics. In fact, that unique blend of form, function and history also makes the Jefferson cup an exceptional and adaptable design piece that can add just the right touch of elegance, practicality and personal remembrance to any occasion or room. For example, Jefferson cups serve as the perfect-sized vase for displaying fresh-cut peonies, winter pansies, miniature carnations, dwarf lavenders, old-fashioned English roses, and other eye-catching blossoms in any room that could benefit from small splashes of color and refinement. Another house-garden idea: employ your Jefferson cups as sweet-sized planters for succulents, mosses and small creeping plants that require very little water (though be sure to use proper potting soil and a spare watering schedule to guard against root rot since Jefferson cups don’t have drainage holes). If possible, cover the soil surrounding your plant with white pebbles—a step that allows the greenR o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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and-silver color combo to really pop—and then set it on a sun-soaked windowsill. You can also add a bit of pizzazz to your bookshelves by displaying your collection of Jefferson cups in stairstep style, placing them on ascending or unstructured stacks of books and periodicals. Or group them with other pewter and silver pieces to create a sparkling focal point to a table, mantel or shelf. For instance, you can mix and match silver and pewter Jefferson cups, julep cups, goblets and teapots, positioning them on an antique platter, creating visual interest with their variety of heights, colors and styles. Another possibility: create a visual tribute to family achievement by displaying a collection of Jefferson cups, trophies and related photos from the events during which these memories were made. Jefferson cups also make refined catchalls for everyday living. Owners often employ them to organize buttons, jewelry, paper clips, loose change and pens. You can even count on them to dress up a bathroom when they hold such ordinary objects as makeup brushes, cotton balls, Q-tips and other personal necessities.


Think outside of the box like Jefferson did and be creative with your cups. “They are meant to be talked about and to be used ceremonially, reverentially and also casually,” Stein says. “They’re very versatile, which is one reason that they’re so popular.” The other reason they’re so highly regarded, of course, is their unique link with the man of Monticello. While most Americans think of Jefferson in historical, lofty terms, owners of the Jefferson cup can hold in their hand—or store their earrings in—a very tangible reminder of Jefferson’s creativity, as well as their own unique ties to Virginia. And that’s a gift that should forever be kept, cherished, used and enjoyed. Meet the Jefferson Cup’s Famous Cousin— the Julep Cup

The taller, more slender julep cup is also an object worthy of your attention when considering its usefulness as a decorative object in your home. Far too precious to just sit idle on the sideboard, julep cups can be used in all the same ways in your home décor as Jefferson cups. In fact, the stately julep cup’s height is an essential ingredient for your displays. Mixing Jefferson cups and julep cups together in the same arrangement makes for a truly gracious Southern charm. Odd-numbered groups of cups, whether on your mantel, bookcase or dining room table, add a sophisticated sparkle to any room—especially when a few non-shiny items like antique leatherbound books or accessories made of natural horn or tortoise shell are added to the collection, giving a warm contrast in colors and textures to keep the silvery cups from looking too cool.

Far too precious to just sit idle on the sideboard, julep cups can be used in all the same ways in your home décor as Jefferson cups. In fact, the stately julep cup’s height is an essential ingredient for your displays.

Cheers, Y’all!

Despite what those Kentucky hard boots might argue, probably the most famous mint julep recipe in antebellum America was served to influential judges, legislators and planters at the Old White Tavern in what was then White Sulphur Springs, Virginia— better known today as the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort. The earliest recipe featured the “purest” French brandy. However, bourbon later proved to be an inexpensive, widely available substitute during the Civil War and eventually became the mint julep’s staple spirit. The mint julep is a “sippin’ drink” and is best served in a silver or pewter julep cup that should be held only by the top or bottom edges, so as not to interrupt the critical frosting process that occurs on the outside of the cup. 7 0

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The Greenbrier’s Famous Mint Julep 12-15 fresh, large mint leaves 1 oz. simple syrup 2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon Crushed ice Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of a small mint julep cup and use a specialized muddling tool (though a wooden spoon will also work) to gently crush and break open the mint leaves just enough to release their concentrated oils. Fill the cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon. Spin with bar spoon 1-2 times. Garnish with large sprigs of mint dusted with powdered sugar.

The mint julep is an ice-cold icon of warm southern hospitality—a simple, four-ingredient concoction that, according to one long-since-passed southern gentleman, acts as “a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of a happy and congenial thought.”



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You may want to buy a do-it-yourself lawn testing kit or take a sample to your local county extension office and ask them to help you identify your lawn problem. Go to a place in your yard where dead grass meets healthy grass. This is called the disease margin. With a trowel, cut a four-inch square of turf from the disease margin, including the roots and making sure to include both dead grass and healthy grass in your sample. Keep the sample from drying out or becoming too hot by placing it in an unsealed plastic bag. If you cannot take the sample to the extension office right away, your sample will keep in the refrigerator for a few hours. While you await the results of your lawn test, arm yourself with information about the most common lawn diseases in our area and how to prevent them so you can restore your yard to its peak condition. The Common Thread

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When seeding any type of new grass, it is important to do it in the fall instead of early spring, which is a common mistake that many homeowners make. Early symptoms of this lawn disease will show patches of wilted green grass that quickly turn brown, sometimes with a grey or gold-colored ring along the edges of the patch. This ring is a sign that the lawn disease is spreading and infecting new grass. Infected grass blades will usually have brownish lesions covering them. One distinctive trait of brown patch is the “frog’s eye”—a small doughnut-shaped patch of green grass growing in the center of a large brown dead patch. How do frog’s eyes form? The center of each brown patch is where the disease first begins. Since it is the oldest part of the diseased patch, it is the first to recover, thus the mound of green grass in the middle. Dollar spot, another common fungal disease that resembles brown patch, gets is name from the silver dollar-sized yellowbrown patches that appear on the lawn when the fungus first strikes. Left untreated, these spots will quickly spread and eventually grow together to form huge irregularly shaped patches of diseased grass. Unlike these common fungal lawn diseases that are most active in summer, leaf spot favors the cool, moist weather of spring and fall and it is particularly keen on targeting Kentucky bluegrass. Like red thread, you must inspect individual blades of grass to diagnose leaf spot’s presence in your lawn. Grass blades will have irregularly shaped tan spots outlined in red or brown. Leaf spot not only attacks the blades, but also the root system. connect with us: Burchett Homes Team

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As tempting as it may be, do not water diseased patches of grass, as this will only improve the growing conditions for a fungus. If you are certain that your lawn has a fungal lawn disease, applying fungicides might be the best route back to a healthy lawn. Haakon notes, however, that fungicides “are very expensive and there is no guarantee they will prevent the disease to an acceptable level.” Before applying anything to your lawn, consult a lawn care professional to determine which fungicide is best for your lawn’s particular problem. You can take some simple preventative steps to help your lawn remain disease-free. One of the main contributors to lawn disease is overwatering. Water your lawn in the morning to allow plenty of time for excess moisture to evaporate, and only water when your lawn is dry—twice a week is usually plenty. Proper mowing procedures can also keep your lawn healthy. Experts recommend keeping your grass about 3 inches tall. Also be sure to only mow when grass is completely dry and mower blades are sharpened. If your lawn is beyond repair or habitually prone to disease, it might be time to consider replacing your turf grass with a sturdy disease-resistant variety like Kentucky bluegrass or ryegrass. When seeding any type of new grass, it is important to do it in the fall instead of early spring, which is a common mistake that many homeowners make. “I think the most important item one can remember when it comes to lawn care and cool season turf is that you build a lawn in the fall months,” says Haakon. Summertime, the peak of the growing season for your yard, is the perfect time to study your lawn and decide if you should seed it come autumn. The beauty of a lawn can be quickly destroyed by a fungus, but with a little knowledge and some good lawn care habits, you can maintain a disease-free and healthy turf, keeping your lawn the envy of the neighborhood! r vhomemaga zine .com Since 1997


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Use these strong patterns in limited amounts and consider them the anchor for the rest of the room. “You want it to be a centerpiece,” says Hope Hollingsworth, manager of The Second Yard. When used as a focal point, a contemporary oversized design can mix in very well with furnishings that are more traditional. A print on a wing chair becomes a statement piece, adding drama without overwhelming the rest of the room. And, framing a portion of the pattern on something small like a throw pillow or a dining room chair can add an element of surprise to a room, drawing out that detail that attracted you to the fabric in the first place. Used as drapes, these prints can become the backdrop for your room. If you’re worried the print may be too bold, keep in mind that when drapery panels are hanging on either side of your window with all those pretty pleats and folds, the fabric won’t look the same as it does when it is stretched out on 7 8

a bolt or upholstered on a sofa. Paint the walls the same color as the background of the fabric and the drapes can blend in. Remember that these patterns can live in almost any room in your house. They’re not just for sunrooms and patio furniture! When used in a bedroom, these large prints make fabulous duvet covers or even headboards, bringing the restorative touch of nature to that relaxing place. Used in a more unexpected space, such as in the study or the kitchen, the small punch of color found in botanicals becomes a treat for your eyes. Such patterns can bring a woman’s touch to an otherwise masculine leather-and-wood library or study—without being out of context or “girly.” And, when used in the kitchen, these patterns can offer a refreshing, clean vibe, evoking feelings of purity and fresh air. “The juxtaposition of these fabrics used in any traditional way becomes the surprise,” says Hollingsworth.

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Don’t be shy in combining other patterns with large botanical prints, which come in a wide range of colors and shades. Anything goes when it comes to pattern mixing—stripes, plaids, chevrons, lattices, ikats, paisleys, even other florals can work together wonderfully. Pull colors and shapes out of the base print when coordinating fabrics to tie the look together. Another approach is to pull the color from the background of one fabric and choose a coordinating fabric featuring that color in its foreground. Hollingsworth says that the key to working with these special fabrics and mixing them with others is to keep the patterns in scale. “As long as the scale is considerably different, you can pair these prints with any textured solid or geometric pattern,” says Hollingsworth. “Pairing a large leaf print with a large woven grass cloth calms the print down, keeping it more refined,” she says. Adding R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S u m m e r 2 0 1 4

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with these warm-weather fabrics, there is one piece of advice that seems universal among the experts. When considering using an oversized botanical print on a large piece of furniture like a sofa (something that is meant to last for many years), you’ll probably be happiest over the long term if you upholster it with something neutral. Bring the fun print into your room by way of throw pillows or perhaps a smaller piece of furniture like a chair or ottoman. Don’t be afraid to try large-scale botanical prints. They’re not as difficult to work with as it may seem. Though Hollingsworth cautions “a little goes a long way,” offering small doses of largescale botanical prints can make any room feel more at ease and give it a sense of flair and playful eccentricity. In the end, you and your family are the ones who live in the space. Creating a look and atmosphere that you love is part of what makes your home, well…your home. Expressing yourself through these beautiful fabrics lends a casual, resort-like feeling to your home all year-round. r vhomemaga zine .com








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