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CONTENTS Roanoke Valley HOME Early Spring 2017

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Make your at-home workspace work for you BY SLOANE LUCAS


Esteemed retired designer talks career highlights, inspiration, and shares a look at his own home BY RORY RHODES


Revisit ten years of memorable homes featured in HOME magazine LIKE US ON FACEBOOK HOME Magazine r vhomemaga zine .com 9

E A R LY S PR I NG 2017


Embrace the unsung heroes of the color wheel BY CHRISTY RIPPEL



Bringing brass back to your decor


Try indoor succulents to appease your green thumb




Five reasons to plant a magnolia




Clean small appliances for big impact BY KATHERINE FULGHUM KNOPF


All you need to know about engineered hardwood flooring BY MEGAN BRUFFY

LIVE 34 FROM DRAB TO FAB Meet lucky local kitchen contest winners BY NOELLE MILAM


Chilly nights call for warm meals BY MARISSA HERMANSON

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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 1 PUBLISHER Julie Pierce EDITOR IN CHIEF Meridith Ingram ROANOKE EDITOR Rory Rhodes ART DIRECTOR Edwana Coleman GRAPHIC ARTIST Khristina Helmich CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Megan Bruffy Becky Calvert Charlotte A.F. Farley Marissa Hermanson Katherine Fulghum Knopf Sloane Lucas Noelle Milam Christy Rippel Ashley Blair Smith PHOTOGRAPHER Kevin Hurley OPERATIONS MANAGER Colleen Miller

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Roanoke Valley HOME is published five times annually by West Willow Publishing Group, LLC. For an annual subscription, please send $20 with your name, address and telephone number to: Roanoke Valley HOME 2003 Graves Mill Road, Suite B, Forest, VA 24551 For advertising information please call (434) 386-5667 or sales@rvhomemagazine.com. To discuss coverage of an event relating to home or garden, please contact Roanoke Valley HOME at info@rvhomemagazine.com.

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Roanoke Valley HOME magazine is a beautiful quality publication that matches the taste and interest of our customers perfectly. We always enjoy participating in the features about local designers’ solutions for intriguing design problems. And we always hear from our customers about their appreciation for these interesting questions. Clearly, HOME is a magazine that serves the needs of both its readers and advertisers in winning fashion! - HALIFAX FINE FURNISHINGS


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EDITOR’S note Recipes that stand the test of time are the ones that are goof-proof, bring comfort and get the job done, whether it’s a Tuesday night meal or a special occasion. But one thing I’ve learned over the years in the kitchen: a recipe is only as good as the ingredients you use to make it. Ten years ago, we created a recipe for our first issue of HOME magazine, and from the start we have been committed to using all the best ingredients—a variety of flavors to suit various tastes. Over the years we’ve refined the recipe, tweaked some ingredients here and there, but with ten years to show for it, our recipe has remained tried and true. In this special anniversary edition of HOME, you’ll read about one of our favorite ingredients that is a staple in each issue: features on local homeowners who generously invite us all in to show us how they live in their homes. In this issue, we’ll revisit a few of the most memorable over the past decade. Another ingredient you’ll always find in these pages: a variety of

design stories, full of ideas and inspirational photos, like the ones in this issue about how to make your home office even more homey, and how to incorporate black and white in a world where color trends come and go. Lest we get too caught up in the dreamy eye candy that some design projects are destined to be, we also include informative, hands-on articles that will help you with the practical workings of your home. Here you can learn to satisfy your green thumb, even if you can’t dig around outside just yet, with an indoor succulent garden project, or make plans to plant a new magnolia tree after the thaw—there are so many reasons to love this Southern garden staple. Get a nudge to do some deep kitchen cleaning with step-by-step advice, or research flooring options for your next big renovation project. Ten years ago, we wrote our recipe to include such a range of topics because we believe that variety is indeed the spice of life. We hope you will continue to enjoy HOME’s recipe for years to come. Thanks for reading! Meridith Ingram, Editor

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It was March 2007 when we published our first issue of Central Virginia HOME and just a year later, in September 2008, Roanoke Valley HOME debuted. I have made so many new friends along the way and have experienced so much joy in publishing HOME. I couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of people with which to work, for more gracious homeowners in this community who have opened their homes to us, and for more loyal advertisers who have been the lifeblood of this magazine.

FIRST YEAR ADVERTISERS THAT WE STILL PARTNER WITH TODAY Accents on Windows Astonish Antique Restoration Closet Storage Organizers CMC Supply Elaine Stephenson Interiors F & S Building Innovations Ferguson Grand Home Furnishings Halifax Fine Furnishings Home Town Bank Kevin Hurley Photography N-Hance National Pools Present Thyme Steger Creek The Columns The Little Gallery Vinton Appliance Whitt Carpet One

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Over 10 years ago, we had a vision to be the sole local resource to provide ideas and inspiration to homeowners and then connect homeowners with the businesses they need to execute their plans and projects. We’ve refined this vision over the past 42 issues as we continue to keep our content fresh, focused and local. We are grateful to each and every business that has advertised and continues to advertise in our pages. There are so many local professionals who have been incredibly instrumental to our publication over the years, bringing a level of personal commitment and interest to further improve our content. Some of our earliest and longest running supporters are Elaine Stephenson of Elaine Stephenson Interiors and Valeta Pittman of Halifax Fine Furnishings. Both of these talented professionals have led us to many spectacular homes and projects over the years. In fact, Halifax has supported our pages with advertising in every issue but our first. We’ve been lucky enough to call on a bevy of designers—more than we could list—to share with our readers real design tips. They’ve weighed in on hot design trends, favorite paint colors, the perfect white, the best design books—

you name it, they are always generous with their words of wisdom. Since our early years, we’ve called on business owners like Jeff Janney, owner of Vinton Appliance, and Kathy Spark, owner of Accents on Windows, along with experts from National Pools, Grand Home Furnishings and Ferguson to provide us with expert input on many of our featured topics. These local professionals assist us to make sure our content is applicable to the homeowners here in the Roanoke Valley. Finally, there have been countless people in our community who have referred us to interesting projects and inspiring homes to feature. It really is a community effort to produce a publication that celebrates all the home and garden resources our area has to offer, and we’re lucky enough to work with more talented experts than we could possibly name here. We hope that the past 10 years have demonstrated that when you’re looking for home and garden ideas and inspiration, you have to look no further than the pages of HOME magazine—and for years to come. Onward to the next ten!


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A world of ever-increasing connectivity has brought us lightning-fast Internet speed, easy-access virtual networks, and the ability to communicate through instant message, chat rooms and video conferencing with the touch of a keyboard. With this constant (and reliable) connectivity, lines between our work life and personal life are increasingly blurry. For many, this has been a boon— allowing more and more people to work from home. This has shaped not only the way we interact with our friends and family but how we are able to work—whether that’s a full-time job, a part-time gig, being a student or keeping our households running smoothly. But it has also forced many of us to re-think our physical workspace within the home. If you want to keep organized, ensure your tables are not overrun with stacks of paper, ban computers from monopolizing your dining room table, and generally keep your home looking like a home, consider creating one or more home office workspaces.

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Getting Started: The Basics

Every home office has few basic requirements. You’ll need a computer, naturally. If you are a full-time telecommuter your company will likely provide you with a laptop, but bear in mind that any personal work you do on that computer will be track-able. If you are a full- or part-time freelancer, a homemaker, or a student, you’ll need to buy your own, and that could be a laptop or desktop, depending on the work you do. If you are just looking to keep your household organized, including paying bills online or taking advantage of online ordering to cut down on shopping time, speed and portability may not be an issue. In which case, purchase what you can afford and just what you need. Computers should all be wifi-enabled. Along with a good computer is the need for good Internet connection. Whether that’s through your phone company or your cable TV provider, invest in the fastest and most convenient connectivity you can afford. If your company is paying, even better. But your house should be set up for wireless Internet service, allowing you to place computers anywhere in the house without cords. A home office should also have a printer, scanner, fax and copier. You can usually buy a 4-in-1 combo of these machines, very compact, for very low cost. As much as we all would like to go 100 percent paperless, there always seems to be a need to print something. And while smartphone apps let you scan and email or fax documents, for a true office environment, you may need to invest in an additional piece of hardware to print. With the basics in hand, it’s time to design your perfect workspace, which will vary depending on your needs. A Dedicated Workspace


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According to Forbes magazine, in 1995, only one in 10 employees worked from home. A mere 20 years later, that number jumped to four in 10. If your company allows full-time working from home, the benefits can be significant. You can save time and money on driving and commuting. That extra time often allows for the ability to run errands and do household chores while still putting in a full day’s work, which in turn leaves more genuine free time on weekends. The caveat is, you need to be 100 percent as productive at home as you would in an office. For many, this means not only R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7

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getting into the mindset of working chair. If your work requires you from home (self-discipline, adjusting to spend hours sitting in front of a to lack of social contact) but it also computer screen, you may want to means investing in the right setup. invest in something that is good for If you work at home full-time, the your back. (There are also higher most ideal situation would include a “standing” desks or desks with tops room dedicated to being a home office, that can be raised, to allow for with a door that closes. Think of it changing from sitting to standing as a private office in a regular work positions.) Consider the length of setting. It’s your space, designed for time you’ll be at the computer and maximum privacy and organization, buy ergonomic furniture where it and you report to work there, just like makes sense for your comfort and you would in a normal office. It helps well-being. You may also need to with creating the right mindset—and consider the unsightly but practical has the practical benefits of privacy plastic protective cover for your floor and quiet, allowing you to keep or carpet, to prevent your office chair household noises from intruding on from scratching or wearing down your work area. flooring. With this in mind, however, don’t If you are lucky enough to be able limit yourself to the furniture section to fully dedicate a room to office of your local office supply store. It’s space, wonderful. However, there’s no still a room in your home. There’s no reason your office can’t serve a second need for industrial metal file cabinets purpose as a guest room on weekends. and Formica desks. If space and budget allow, invest in a The benefit of working from home Murphy bed with built-in shelving or is choosing your own decor so, when a comfortable pullout couch. During your door is open, it flows organically the workday, these pieces can serve as with the rest of your home. Desks can office furniture. During the weekend, be repurposed dining room tables. they allow for use as a guest room for File cabinets can be credenzas or friends and family. buffet tables, or decorative shelves Getting Creative: Working with baskets for drawers. with Limited Space Creating a home office can also For students, those who work partbe a good excuse for a broader home time from home, or household refresh. See if you can repurpose managers who need to address a underused furniture you already monthly wave of bills or a daily have, helping open up space deluge of school forms, you also throughout your home. Or, replace need to allocate time and thought the repurposed furniture with some into setting up a home office space. upgrades. If you’re studying or generating And of course, you can paint your income, you want to ensure you can walls however you like, and include continue to work effectively from beautiful window treatments— home. And if you are managing bills neither of which you are likely to and paperwork for home, you’ll need enjoy if reporting for work in a to stay organized. traditional office building. You may However if you don’t have opt to keep colors calm and relaxing, the space—even as a full-time conducive to concentrating. Or you telecommuting employee—you just may want something brighter and need to be a little more creative. more lively, to keep your energy Your challenge in these cases levels high. Choose a color that works might be more about being able to for you, and that complements the hide your space (and clutter) while rest of your home. You should also still being able to work effectively. invest in quality window treatments You’ll likely have to file paperwork, that allow you to adjust for changing invoices and the like, and you won’t light throughout the day. want that to overwhelm your living The only piece of furniture you space. might need to invest in that might If you have limited space, revisit not match your decor as well as you the type of computer you want to get. would like is a good, ergonomic R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7

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carpenters to carve out spaces under staircases, or build out a closet in a larger room using drywall, sliding doors and shelving. Challenges in these configurations will be electricity and lighting, unless your closet has a plug or a light already installed. Use the nearest exterior plug and an extension cord or power strip, then remove and stash when not at work. Also, here’s where the wireless connectivity becomes a benefit. A wifi-enabled laptop, desktop and printer in these spaces will make for more efficient use of space without cords and wires everywhere. Hiding in Plain Sight

A desktop is harder to conceal than a laptop, so the smaller, portable option might be your best bet. However, if you do graphic design or other work that requires a large monitor, a laptop won’t usually work. Thankfully, there are many creative ways to carve out space. One of the more popular trends is renovating a closet into a small, compact office—a “cloffice.” Try to choose a closet in a well-lit area. Remove the clothing or other stored items and redistribute to other closets and cabinets. Install a small, narrow desk, or create one with brackets and a sturdy shelf. You can even add a slide-out shelf for a keyboard or laptop. Add shelving to the interior walls—vertically, to maximize space—and voila! You have an efficient space that allows you to close the doors and hide the office easily. If you have a nook that doesn’t currently have doors, consider installing pocket doors or sliding barn doors for an even sleeker space. Get creative with your cubbyhole offices, including upcycling furniture. You can also paint the interiors in bright colors to create lighter space. If you lack extra closet space but have more funds, consider working with custom 26

If you don’t have a room to spare, and absolutely can’t spare a closet, no worries. You can create a corner or a nook in an existing room (again, look to your guest room or den first…see if you can make them do double-duty). Set up a sleek desk and shelves that match your decor, and hide files and paperwork in baskets or other decorative storage containers. If you have a laptop and only minimal paperwork or files, a vintage “secretary” desk might be a decorative and practical option. Another great piece of furniture is a computer cabinet that has a slide out shelf for your keyboard or laptop, and shelves and platforms for your printer and other computer accessories. When done working, you close the doors, and it just looks like a stand-alone wardrobe or TV cabinet. They can be bulky, but they are practical, keep your house neat, and can be moved around as needed. These can be placed in living rooms and family areas or in guest rooms or bedrooms. For even more compact spaces, where you don’t even have room for a desk, you can purchase or create your own “Murphy tables” that fold up when not in use. These work best for people who have a laptop they can stash elsewhere when not in use and who can put paperwork in other sections of the house. And with wifi, you can even stash your printer in a completely different space of the house, like a laundry room or basement, and print remotely. For offices where you don’t have dedicated space, you should still pay attention to your chair and your flooring. Even a basic chair can be made more ergonomically sound with proper cushions and back support. And get a small roll-up rug to protect flooring. A home office can be anything from a nook in the kitchen to a dedicated room. And for households where there are dual telecommuters, and students too, you should be able to create more than one space to accommodate everyone’s needs. The effort to invest in these spaces will lead to more efficient work-time, a more organized home, and a more relaxed you. n R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7

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add color and warmth to indoor spaces BY A SHLE Y BL AIR SMITH

ust because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb to rest. There are many plants that are hearty enough to survive the season’s chill if moved indoors and looked after properly. Such plants include succulents—some of the easiest plants to propagate and care for throughout the year, which happen to adapt well to the indoors. They can be used as centerpieces and focal points throughout your home to add an extra touch of color and texture. Here are some ideas to create an indoor succulent planter to enjoy as we await spring’s warmth.

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IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, SUCCULENTS ARE ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS. THEY ARE EASY TO GROW AND CAN SERVE AS A BEAUTIFUL INDOOR PRESENTATION YEAR-ROUND. sunlight, making it very adaptable for the indoors. The plant’s long leaves are covered in silver bristly hairs that turn rusty orange at the tip of young leaves, and chocolate brown on the tips of older leaves. The velvety appearance of this succulent will give your planter some added texture and a little pop of warm color. Gather Your Materials

Creating a succulent planter is easy and relatively inexpensive, and the materials required can be found at almost any nursery or home improvement store. Here’s what you’ll need: n A variety of succulents and cacti n Container n Pebbles n Cactus soil

Succulent Know-How

Succulents are drought-resistant plants that store water in their leaves, giving them a thick and fleshy appearance—a big part of their appeal. These plants are native to deserts, and retain water in their leaves to survive the arid climate and dry soil. While fellow desert dweller the cactus falls into this category, not all succulents are cacti. Cacti typically bear spines and lack leaves. But since both favor similar growing conditions, they work well when planted together. If you haven’t noticed, succulents are all the rage these days. They are easy to grow and can serve as a beautiful indoor presentation year-round. While there are many choices, a few common types do well both indoors and outdoors, and also work well together. Here are some common varieties: Sempervivum: More commonly known as hens and chicks, Sempervivum comes in many different varieties ranging in color from greens to purples. Sempervivum grows close to the soil with leaves formed around each other. The main part of the plant is the “hen,” and the “chicks” are the tiny buds that start on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots. These succulents do best in sun, but will grow in light shade. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is a type of succulent widely known for its medicinal properties. While green is the most common color, aloe also comes in shades of orange and purple, and in a variety of sizes. These plants require welldrained, sandy potting soil, and do best in bright, sunny conditions. Schlumbergera: Schlumbergera, or Christmas cactus, is a great addition to any succulent planter. Since both succulents and cacti prefer warm, dry weather, they can grow quite nicely together. Christmas cactus have flat stems which resemble leaf-like pads that are joined to one another, and flower in red, orange, yellow, pink, white and purple. Kalanchoe Tomentosa: While most succulents thrive in direct sunlight, Kalanchoe Tomentosa, or panda plant, prefers a mix of direct and indirect 3 0

Succulents grow well in a variety of containers, so you'll have plenty of options. The key is choosing the type of container to fit your personal style. Glass hurricanes are both simple and elegant and can add a nice touch of sophistication without being overly pricey. If you’re looking for something a bit more whimsical, you might like to try a glass terrarium. Terrariums tend to be shorter and more circular than hurricanes and can even be used as a hanging planter. With all different shapes and sizes, terrariums can be used as a centerpiece on your coffee table, or serve as a fun addition to any bookshelf throughout your home. Terrariums can be found at almost any home improvement store. If glass isn’t your go-to, you could try growing your succulents in a flat wooden crate. This will give your succulent planter a more rustic feel. And if you want to go small scale, mason jars work well for tiny succulents. Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary materials for your project, it’s time to get planting. First, start by adding a thin layer (about ½ inch) of small pebbles to the bottom of your container. This will help drain water from the soil and prevent root rot. Next add a layer of soil. When choosing soil for your succulents, opt for cactus soil. Succulents need to be able to drain well, and some regular potting soils hold in too much moisture. Finally, plant your succulents and cacti directly into the soil. Try tucking the plants into the soil R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7

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Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind as you work on your planter project. n When it comes to sunlight, remember that balance is key. All plants need sunlight; however, succulents are very flexible and do well indoors. Make sure your plant gets an adequate amount of sunlight and shade. n Don’t overwater! Your succulent won’t die quickly from lack of water, but it does need it from time to time. Hold off watering until the soil is completely dry. You might also like to use a spray bottle to lightly mist your plants, rather than drench them. n Remember to give your succulents room to breathe. Make sure you use a container without a lid so that your succulents can get some air circulation. Succulents are desert plants after all, and prefer a drier climate. n Keep in mind that your succulents will grow and may eventually need to be repotted. With such fun planting projects, there’s no need to let the cold keep you from gardening during the chilly season. n

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n her line of work, Morgan Kreutz has seen her share of kitchen contests and renovations. So, as marketing director for The Willard Company, hosting a kitchen contest for the community seemed to be just the thing to showcase the work of Willard subsidiary The Cabinet Gallery, and to promote the talent of designer Sheri Howard. Along with sponsors Interiors by Kris and Ferguson Enterprises, as well as The Willard Company’s Smith Mountain Building Supply, The Cabinet Gallery gave Kreutz the go-ahead to find an area homeowner to receive a $25,000 kitchen renovation. The contest opened February 1, 2016, and according to the entry form, the lucky winner would receive a full kitchen remodel—to include new cabinets, appliances, countertops floors, backsplash and lighting from the product lines of the contest sponsors. Dubbed “Drab to Fab,” and bearing the slogan “End Kitchen Envy!” Kreutz and her committee, which included Howard, her assistant April Brown, and Kelly Cass from Smith Mountain Building Supply, invited contestants to submit video or photos of their needy kitchens before the end of March. Over the course of the next eight weeks, entries poured in. “Some were so unique!” Kreutz recalls. “There was even a hilarious video short of one lady’s kitchen that was accompanied by horror movie theme music.” She says there were many deserving kitchens—so many that the committee expanded the field of finalists from three to five. The criteria for winning centered around two themes: The kitchen needed to be a suitable size and layout for the designer to work with, and had to demonstrate a true need—not just be in need of a minor update. To get familiar with the finalists, Kreutz and her committee made personal home visits to each before making their final decision. On May 3, 2016, the day of the big announcement, Sara Cann was monitoring study hall at Cave Spring High School, where she is a teacher. Unbeknownst to her, Kreutz and the rest of the “Drab to Fab” contest committee had notified Brian

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Cann, her husband, a local small business owner, as well as the administration of Cave Spring High School, that Sara was the contest winner. Working together, they planned to surprise Sara at work with the news. “We showed up as a group,” Kreutz explains, “and just burst in on her in study hall with balloons, flowers and a cabinet door that we had all signed. Sara was so shocked and excited. We all were!” Sara was indeed shocked—and thrilled. “I was just sitting there in the cafeteria study hall,” Sara recalls, “and the principal distracted me for a moment. I heard a commotion, looked up, and realized I recognized the people from the kitchen contest home visit!” Though she knew she was a finalist, she didn’t really think they would choose her entry, and she had been working hard not to get her hopes up. But then on that memorable afternoon, amid the cheers of happy students, coworkers, contest committee members and her husband Brian, those hopes became a reality. Sara and Brian Cann bought their home, a brick ranch-style in Roanoke County, in 2001. It had been a single-owner home and had not had much work done to it in decades. Young and in love, and with no children yet, the couple went “gung ho,” as Sara describes it, throwing themselves into various renovation projects around their new home. Some went better than others. “Let’s just say we learned the hard way what things we could do ourselves, and what was better to leave to professionals!” Sara laughs. They had always planned to do something about the kitchen, though. There was carpeting over asbestos tile, for one thing. A dishwasher installed underneath a wall oven, exposed undercabinet wiring, and lots and lots of green Formica, too. But before they could attempt to tackle the kitchen, Sara says, “Life happened.” Two children,

a breast cancer diagnosis, and the normal stresses and strains of a two-career family made tackling a job the size of a kitchen renovation by themselves insurmountable. Thankfully, the Canns were not alone. Thanks to The Cabinet Gallery and everyone involved, they now had professional help every step of the way. The planning process began as the school year wrapped up. “We sat down with The Cabinet Gallery’s designer Sheri Howard,” explains Sara, “and she was just amazing.” Howard helped the Canns discover what they liked and what their vision was for their new kitchen. The process of planning lasted nearly six weeks, the dream kitchen taking shape in their minds as Sara and Brian selected cabinets, flooring, countertops, and all the myriad components from drawer pulls to light fixtures that go into a full-scale kitchen renovation. The onsite work took approximately two months. Demolition of the old kitchen began on August 2. Sara and Brian called on some of their old DIY skills to do some rewiring and plumbing work before the process began, to make things go more quickly. She recalls that once the contractors arrived, things went pretty smoothly. Sara, Brian and their children (ages 3 and 12) opted to stay in their home throughout the process, though they found that it was challenging to live for a couple of months without a kitchen. They ate out a lot, and found ways to cook that didn’t involve a stove or oven. “I learned there are things you should never attempt to cook in a crockpot,” Sara laughs, “and my husband says he isn’t ready to even look at a one for a long, long time.” Still, the project progressed more or less on schedule. The various contractors became like family members, as did the team at The Cabinet Gallery. This sentiment seems to be mutual; Kreutz describes the process as “amazing,” emphasizing that the Canns, too, were a joy to work with. “They were just so genuine, helpful, creative and flexible,” she says. “We had a lot of fun helping them through this project. I think it was a blessing for everyone involved.” About 10 months after the contest idea first sparked in Morgan Kreutz’s head, the Canns were able to enjoy their new kitchen. The result is a sleek and elegant new kitchen, with dark wood cabinets contrasting with light-colored stone countertops and tile floors …and not an inch of green Formica in sight. Sara has trouble choosing just one favorite part of the new space. She says she adores her new gas stove, the newfound counter space and the ingenious storage in the custom cabinetry. Most of all, she loves ditching her apologetic attitude toward the cramped and outdated old kitchen. That attitude went out with the old kitchen cabinets (which were generously donated to Habitat for Humanity). Of the new kitchen, Sara says, “It is just such a warm and inviting place now, and it looks twice the size. I love welcoming people into this beautiful new space.” Looking back over the contest and the renovation, Kreutz feels like it was a meaningful experience for everyone involved. “The kitchen is truly the hub of a home,” she says, “and it was so rewarding to be able to give this gift to such a deserving young family. It made everyone feel good.” n


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orget 50 shades of gray—sometimes, things really are better in black and white. From the keys on a piano to the stripes on a zebra to the crinkle of newsprint, the combination of black and white is pure classic. While black and white will never have the oomph of a racy red or a regal purple, paring down the color scheme in your home can provide dramatic results. And if your house is already awash in color, you don’t have to surrender to a wholesale black and white scheme, as you can create a black and white effect with some minor changes. You could also make a black and white statement in a designated room or area, like the entryway or a powder room. And you can split black and white, using either to create the look you crave. Read on for ways to integrate these restrained colors in your decor. r vhomemaga zine .com 39

Black and White Paint Colors to Inspire Your Next Project Davis Paint Sugar Dust

White with warm and creamy undertone.

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A hint of cream for some warmth.

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A soft white, a tried-and-true color, and favorite of decorators. Pittsburg Paints Delicate White

White with a crisp and cool tone.

Ralph Lauren Bone Black

The blackest black you can find. Benjamin Moore Soot

A moodier black, with a hint of blue. Davis Paint Subway

Black with a slate chalkboard hue. Sherwin-Williams Black Fox

Lush black with chocolate undertones that give it a nice warmth.

Pittsburg Paints Onyx

Classic black with muted undertone.

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The Dark Drama of Black

Black is glamorous and versatile, and is grounding in a space. It also is excellent for defining architectural elements, like thick moldings and trim. Try painting trim in a historic home a slick black; practically speaking, it hides dirt and can provide a real wow factor. If the idea of committing to black trim in your entire home makes you shudder (it’s best with neutral walls), try it on for size in one room, or commit to a small project. Your stairway bannister or the back of your front door are great places to try on black for size. Other ways include adding a black framed mirror, black chairs around a dining table, or a collection of black frames—even if the art or photos vary in tone, the black of the frames will unify the collection. Do you have beautiful old

windows? Instead of committing to all-black trim in the room, paint just the interior window sash and muntin (also known as the window grille, or the trim that intersects the panes) a deep black. In addition to defining beautiful architectural elements, black can also give some weight to ho-hum trims and molding, giving them much needed gravitas in a builderbasic home. And a true deep black isn’t your only option—you can get the black effect with moodier colors like Benjamin Moore’s Soot, which has a hint of blue, or Sherwin-Williams’ Black Fox, which is an interesting brown-black. Looking for a five-minute makeover? Pop a black shade on an existing lamp, or swap out your tired ivory chandelier shades for black ones. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7

Light and Bright with Shades of White

White walls and trim can be anything but boring, if you layer shades and textures. Think of painted wainscoting, or white grasscloth wallpaper, and complementary shades of white paired together on the walls and trim. While it may seem easier to coat a ceiling, walls and trim in the same color, varying textures and depth provides visual rest for the eyes yet interesting places for your gaze to land. The major benefit of a white-walled backdrop is that eclectic furnishings and interesting artwork become the stars of the room—the vanilla backdrop allows the lines of art and furnishings to stand out, and eliminates a busy background that can create a look that is cluttered instead of cool. If your house is a color explosion, try white in the bedroom, where visual rest and calm will be appreciated most. Some interesting ways to bring white into your decor? A collection of thrift store or antique plates hung on the wall, or a grouping of milk-glass vases (making sure, again, that tones vary for interest). Have a wood floor that needs


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THE BLACK AND WHITE HOME DECOR TREND FIRST EMERGED IN THE 1920s, AND IS STILL GOING STRONG TODAY. to be refinished? Give it an inexpensive makeover and new life with a can of white paint (consult a paint store for the correct preparation steps for a clean and durable finish). Covering dark, outdated kitchen or bath cabinets in white paint is also a less expensive option than replacement, and along with new hardware, can update the look dramatically. Mismatched furniture can also be unified with white—clean, contemporary and unfussy. Black and White Make a Classic Statement

Black and white together, though stark, can be forgiving. If you are going black and white in a room, you can more easily mix scales and themes without looking like an accidental mess. The black and white home decor trend first emerged in the 1920s, and is still going strong today. If you want to bring a bit of classic style to your home, try a checkerboard floor in an entryway or kitchen, subway tile with dark grout as a backsplash or bathroom wall tile, toile wallpaper, or a houndstooth or buffalo-check fabric for windows or a chair (oversized patterns look particularly fresh). If you have a coffee table or side table that needs updating, try replacing the top with marble—this also works well on a mantel or windowsill, and brings a bit of grandeur to a room. If remodeling a kitchen, black and white is a classic choice. Whether you go with the clean look of white cabinets or the drama of black ones, marble, soapstone, black and white granites (honed and leathered are more current finish options for granite) or black and white quartz are great options to finish the black and white look. And, of course, you can soften the look of black and white by layering in shades of gray, while still getting that black and white effect. Create your black and white room or area of your home by starting with one pattern or object that you love, and build around it. n 42

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comfort meals FOR COLD NIGHTS BY M A R I S SA H E R M A N S O N

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uring the winter months, I find myself huddled around the stovetop, preparing home-cooked meals, cranking up the oven’s heat. The cold temperatures and bare trees leave me longing for the satisfying meals that I grew up with, like gooey mac-ncheese, hearty pot pies, and Mom’s meatloaf. Comfort meals should not just be tasty and nurturing, but they also should be easy to whip up. After all, what is more comforting than a delicious, do-able recipe? I find myself gravitating toward these dishes when I need something satisfying and warm. The following recipes are classic comfort dishes, but feel free to tinker with the ingredients, customizing each dish to your palette.




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With frozen crusts, pot pie can be whipped up in a jiff. For this recipe, I use ground turkey, but any poultry or red meat will do. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken or ground beef from the night before, you can always incorporate that into a pot pie. And, if you are pressed for time, instead of sautéing vegetables, feel free to use a bag of frozen veggies. The combinations of meat and veggies are limitless. Serves 6. 2 minced garlic cloves 1/2 diced yellow onion 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrots 16 ounces ground turkey Salt and pepper, to taste Oregano, to taste 1/2 cup frozen peas 2 10.75-ounce cans cream of potato soup 1/4 cup milk 2 frozen pie crusts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a dollop of oil in a sauce pan, and sauté minced garlic for one minute, then adding the onions, celery and carrots to the sauce pan, sautéing for 5 minutes until softened. Set aside the veggies in a large mixing bowl. In the same saucepan, heat a dollop of oil and brown ground turkey for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper and oregano. Add the cooked meat to bowl of sautéd veggies, and mix in the frozen peas. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and cream of potato soup, mixing well. Add the milk and potato soup mixture to the large mixing bowl with the meat and veggies, mixing well. Prick the bottom pie crust with a fork, and slit the top crust with a knife. Add the meat and veggie mixture into the pie crust and then top with another pie crust, pinching the edges of the pies together, and leaving the tins on. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 60 minutes, removing the top pie tin after 45 minutes to brown the crust. After crust is golden, remove the pie and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Classic baked macaroni and cheese is a promising go-to when you need something to warm your soul and fill your belly. For a creamy texture and decadent taste, I use egg and heavy whipping cream. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of cheese, or add in other ingredients for your own twist on the classic—diced jalapeño for “South of the Border” mac-n- cheese, or bacon for “Southern Comfort” mac-n-cheese. Serves 10. 16 ounces of shell pasta 1 cup of heavy whipping cream 3 cups milk 2 cups shredded mild cheddar 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese 12 ounces Velveeta Salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste) 4 eggs 1 to 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (for topping) 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and boil noodles until al dente. Drain pasta and put aside in a large mixing bowl. Combine the heavy whipping cream, milk, mild cheddar, Colby jack and Velveeta, stirring to combine. Season mixture with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and mustard powder to taste. Add eggs and whisk until well mixed. Pour the mixture over the pasta and stir until well combined.


Growing up my mom made this meatloaf recipe weekly, as it is easy, quick, and there aren’t many ingredients that go into it. For my meatloaf, I typically use ground bison, because of its rich flavor. Bison is also leaner than beef, but ground chuck or even ground turkey work well, too. Feel free to substitute ketchup with barbecue sauce or add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, if you are looking for more flavor. Serves 6. 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of ground bison 1 egg 2 slices bread, cubed 2 tablespoons milk 1/4 cup ketchup (plus more for topping) 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and squish together with your hands. Form the meaty mass into an oblong log and slide into an oiled loaf pan. Spread additional ketchup on top of meatloaf. Bake the meatloaf for 60 minutes, or until it is done in the middle. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it set for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. n

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Lynn Warren, CID, ASID, has spent 37 years with Stedman House, an esteemed Virginia design firm, and longer than that in the interior design business. Now, having announced his retirement at the end of last year, he’s finishing up a few projects and looking forward to some travel, rest, and volunteer work. Lynn recently sat down with HOME to discuss his design philosophy and a couple of professional highlights in what has been a career grounded in tradition, with nods to the unexpected. He also gave us a peek at his own living quarters on the summit of Hunting Hills.

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or many years, Lynn has divided his time between Roanoke, Richmond, and other locales. A native Roanoker whose family founded The Roanoker Restaurant, Lynn studied interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he met his wife, Nancy, and honed his craft. In 1980, he merged his interior design company with Stedman House, known for classic, tasteful interiors and with offices in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Wintergreen, and Richmond. He commuted between here and Richmond, with stints in other cities when Nancy, a pathologist, was transferred for work. But he always kept a home in Roanoke, and now that he and Stedman House’s two other longest-working designers, fellow VCU alums Pat Nolan and Tom Gilreath, are retiring, the company is quietly closing its doors after more than 70 years in the business. It’s a bittersweet time for Lynn, who enjoys the 5 2

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work but is ready to slow down the pace. “I’ve continued to work because I love what I do and have several second generation clients,” Lynn, a soft-spoken gentleman, says modestly, “Clients I’ve worked with since the late ‘60s.” One of those long-term clients was Douglas Wilder, Virginia’s first African-American governor who served from 1990-1994. Governor Wilder had been a client of Lynn’s since the 1960s, and when he took office, he asked Lynn to redesign his private living quarters at the Executive Mansion. At around the same time, the governor appointed Lynn to a state nonprofit charitable organization, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Furnishings and Interpreting Executive Mansions, where he was asked to design a new 19x30 rug for the Executive Mansion. “I needed a very traditional rug because of course the room is very traditional,” says Lynn. “But I wanted it to have some Virginia symbolism. I worked with Stark Carpet Company to design the rug, incorporating a tobacco leaf border, a dogwood flower, an oyster shell, and our state seals.” He also created a complementary 11x14 rug in the adjacent dining room, using the same colors but without the symbolism. Not every interior designer would have the courage and skill to create a formal rug from scratch, let alone one with such tradition and significance. But Lynn says, “I’m very much a traditionalist. I think tradition will always be in style. It goes with anything, like a black dress or a navy blue suit.” That’s not to say that Lynn is stuck in the past. With a fondness for polka dots—including a pair of polka dot socks he’s wearing, one of multiple sets he owns—Lynn likes to inject doses of color, whimsy, and contemporary elements into his work, underscoring that design is collected over time. “I love color, and I don’t want my clients’ rooms to look dated, or to look like they’re in vogue with the style of that year,” he says, adding that to avoid looking dated, “You have to be aware of what’s in style right now, and you might try to use some of that in small doses.”

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is own home, a condominium perched atop Hunting Hills with sweeping views of the valley, reflects this philosophy. The color scheme in the main area is mostly understated because, Lynn says, “We collect so much stuff. If we do a lot of color or pattern here it’s going to be awfully busy. Not many of my clients have as much stuff.” It’s not just any old stuff, either. The entryway boasts a sunburst chandelier from an Italian church and an old Venetian mirror, both in his possession for years. In the adjacent powder room, a frame holds tassels that are from trim used at Windsor Castle, given to him by a colleague from his Executive Mansion days who worked on the castle’s restoration after the 1992 fire. The gold tassels are juxtaposed with a giant modern “L” hung at an angle, a Christmas gift from Nancy that was made by a Richmond artist. The foyer and front hallway are defined with custom lattice wallpaper that he worked to create with Paul Montgomery, an artist who designs handprinted murals and wallpapers from his studio in Churchville. Once hung, Lynn says, “I decided it looked too new, so we took triple aught sand-paper and sanded it.” The wood floor is sanded and pickled cherry, with a custom border he used in a Roanoke Design House project and liked so much that he asked his decorative painters, Bonnie Thomas and Kay Jacobs, to replicate in his home. Lynn’s hallway and main living area are hung with several historic family portraits from Nancy’s side. Their elaborate frames and Old World patina lend stateliness to the space, which flows from foyer to dining room to living room. One of Lynn’s favorite pieces of furniture is the dining room table, which once belonged to late designer Billy Bowles, of Bowles Nelson Powers, who worked for Stedman House for 20 years. The table is surrounded by Chippendale chairs, family pieces which have been recovered in a modern checkered pattern. In Lynn’s signature style, the traditional tableau is offset by placing a vibrant glass sculpture from Dale Chihuly on the tabletop. Lynn says that when he visited Chihuly’s exhibit at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “I hyperventilated because of all the color!” Above the table

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The wood floor in the Warren home is sanded and pickled cherry, with a custom border Lynn used in a Roanoke Design House project and liked so much that he asked his decorative painters to replicate in his home.

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The dining room chandelier was designed by Lynn after seeing something similar in New Orleans, and is candle instead of electric.

is a chandelier he designed and had made in Spain after seeing something similar in New Orleans. The chandelier is actually candle instead of electric, and was originally made to complement a vine rug he also designed, which now rests in the adjacent living room. On the dining area walls, a collection of antique porcelain plates and a huge disc-shaped mirror call to mind Lynn’s love for polka dots and are part of a recurring circular theme in his home. The floor is covered with an unusual rug made from recycled soda bottles with a striped wool border. “To me, every rug needs a border,” Lynn says, adding that with the uncommon materials and design, “This kind of floor makes a statement.” The rug continues into the living room, where a wall of windows overlooks 5 6

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In the living room, a vine rug Lynn designed is layered atop an unusual rug made from recycled soda bottles with a striped wool border.

the mountains ringing the Roanoke Valley. The space is decorated in shades of gold, taupe and pale green, a serene blend of pattern and texture that is punctuated with dashes of detail and color, such as a pair of side chairs that Lynn upholstered in a subtle pastel fabric, but with waterfall skirts on each arm featuring a contrasting striped fabric on the underneath. Likewise, a Martha Washington chair with carved legs and ball and claw feet has been recovered with Clarence House’s whimsical Le Foret fabric in green velvet. “I love to do things that are unexpected,” Lynn says. “Little things make a big difference.” Another eye-popping element is a large piece of art over the sofa, from Malibu artist and architect Myra Berg. Lynn, who says he sat on the floor of Berg’s studio and picked out the colors himself, likes the way her piece injects life and movement into the room. “I don’t want spaces to look static,” he explains. The fireplace mantel holds special meaning for Lynn. Bought by Stedman House in Richmond in the 1960s, it stayed in the office there for years before ending up in owner Ted Oakey’s possession. It was originally painted white, but Oakey stripped and pickled it, and gave it to Lynn as a housewarming gift. Lynn cherishes it as a remembrance of his former boss (who passed away in 2014) of whom he was very fond. Anchoring the furniture group is an area rug with a gold and taupe vine pattern, the one that Lynn designed to complement the dining room chandelier. His mastery of design has led to several distinguished appointments and opportunities during his career. In addition to serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee and working on the Executive Mansion, Governor Wilder also appointed Lynn to be the residential design representative for a state board with an unwieldy acronym but important function. “APELSCIDLA” is the board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects, and oversees licensing and regulating for all applicable individuals and businesses in Virginia. In this capacity, Lynn was tasked with defining the criteria for state certification for interior designers practicing in Virginia, and he considers it his most honored appointment. Working on the Executive Mansion led to another professional highlight: the

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opportunity to be involved in the refurbishment of George Washington’s mansion, Mount Vernon, in preparation for the bicentennial of Washington’s death in 1799. Christine Meadows, long-time curator at Mount Vernon, had worked with Lynn on the Citizens Advisory Committee and was impressed with his work and collegial mien. She brought Lynn on board to design new silk curtains for Mount Vernon’s West Parlor, a project which involved considerable research. Lynn, in going through Brunschwig & Fils’ fabric archives for appropriate period fabrics, found a peacock pattern that seemed like a good fit, with the added bonus of having a small repeat (the number of inches before a pattern is repeated) which would save on the yardage required. When he presented the fabric—to be produced in a custom color—Lynn says he was asked how he knew Mr. Washington brought peacocks to the United States. “I said, ‘I did my research’,” Lynn laughs, adding, “It was a fluke!” His custom curtains were so well received that he subsequently used the fabric in the rest of the room, and was involved in selecting materials for other areas of the mansion, including the bedrooms. Despite the prestige of Lynn’s work for the Commonwealth, it has been equally rewarding to design for his residential clients, where he can also indulge the more playful side of decor. He once put a curved Lucite sofa in a client’s home in Altavista; another’s has walls lacquered in an eggplant shade. Deep purple is one of Lynn’s favorite colors—his office is painted that hue— and while he has outfitted his own home in more subdued tones, it does make an appearance. In the den off the kitchen, a pale green sofa and ecru patterned side chairs are anchored with a deep purple rug that Lynn found in Asheville and bought not only for the color, but also because the motifs on the rug (ornamental 5 8

The den is a cozy corner off the kitchen, where Lynn and Nancy spend their downtime. It features textured grasscloth wallpaper, a built-in bookcase, and more polka dot and circular accents.

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vases, and a cluster of rolled-up carpets, among others) seemed like a good fit for an interior designer. The den area features textured grasscloth wallpaper, a built-in bookcase, (which Lynn wryly notes is “crammed full of books”) and more polka dot and circular accents, and Asian nesting tables and a chow table from the late 1800s that belonged to his great aunt and uncle. A cozy corner off the kitchen, which is outfitted with clean lines and understated celadon-colored cabinets so as not to detract from the living space, the den is a place where Lynn and Nancy spend their downtime.


ow that Lynn’s illustrious career is winding down, they’ll have more time to relax, travel, and to pay it forward in the community. Lynn, who has traveled quite a lot over the years, says that while he looks forward to doing a bit more of that in the future, it’s important for him and his wife to spend time volunteering in their home turf. He remains genuinely humble about his accomplishments, noting that he grew up in modest circumstances. “I’ve been so blessed with the things I’ve been able to do and see,” he says. “Nancy and I have both been fortunate to have had exciting careers, and we feel the need to change track now, and give back to our hometown.” n r vhomemaga zine .com 59

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IMPROVE keep it clean

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o matter the season, many of us simply need our warm up of coffee or tea in the morning. It gives us that jolt to get moving and address the busy day. Those small kitchen appliances that work overtime for us when we’re bleary-eyed never get noticed until the coffee tastes bitter or your eye catches the side of the toaster that’s covered with smears and fingerprints. The spills the blender takes from smoothies and the coffee stains in the carafe build up over time until the coffee gets cloudy and the blender gears strain from the gunk.


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It doesn’t take much to make sticky appliances sparkle like the day you brought them home. A good clean will make them last longer and everything taste better. Your efforts will reward you with a kitchen that smells good and shines. The best way to clean these small appliances is simple. You will need: n Clean rags and sponges n White vinegar n Baking soda n Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol n Dishwashing liquid (Dawn is a great degreaser) Fill one side of the kitchen sink with hot water and add dish detergent. Fill a large bowl with hot water and vinegar (two parts vinegar to one part hot water for best results). Next, unplug each appliance you want to clean. Coffee Makers and Tea Kettles

If you use a traditional coffee pot, make sure the filter is removed and there are no coffee grounds in the basket. Put the empty coffee basket in the soap mixture to soak. Fill the coffee pot water reservoir with white vinegar, place the carafe in the unit, and turn on the pot. The vinegar will heat and run through the machine into the glass carafe. Your kitchen will smell fresh and clean! Let the hot vinegar sit in the glass pot for a few minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the coffee basket and place it on a clean kitchen towel to dry. Pour the hot vinegar from the carafe down the sink and run a cycle of plain water through the coffee maker. Wipe the coffee maker sides down with a sponge dipped in your hot water and dishwashing soap. Clean the top and leave the reservoir open to dry. Now take another sponge and dip it in the vinegar water. Clean the outside of the coffee maker and buff with a clean rag. For single-pod coffee makers, open the top and remove the small basket unit that looks like a funnel. Carefully separate the top and bottom pieces and place both in the soapy dishwater. Fill the water reservoir with vinegar, place a ceramic cup below, and run the vinegar through in batches of one cup at a time. Once the vinegar is gone, fill the water reservoir with water and run it through the same process until the machine is empty. Wash the small pod basket that’s soaking in the soapy water and allow it to dry. Clean the outside of the unit with soapy water, then vinegar water, and replace the pod basket in the machine. Fill the water reservoir with fresh water and you are ready to brew delicious coffee again. For tea drinkers, your kettle needs a good deep clean once in awhile too. Fill your tea kettle with white vinegar, place it on your stove and turn on the heat. Once the vinegar boils and the kettle whistles, put some baking soda in the kitchen sink drain and pour in the hot vinegar from your

tea kettle. It will bubble and foam as it cleans the drain of grease and old residue—a two for one chore! Rinse the tea kettle with warm water and wipe down the sides with white vinegar and hot water on a rag. If there are lots of smudges, use the hot soapy mixture first, then follow with a vinegar wipedown so your kettle shines. Toasters and Toaster Ovens

For most of us, it has been awhile since we emptied the crumbs from the bottom catch tray in our toaster or toaster oven. Once they are clear, soak them in the soapy water mixture, then use a sponge to scrub the trays. Rinse in hot water and dry with a rag; reinsert the trays in the slot. Wipe down outside of the toaster or toaster oven with the soap and hot water to remove grease and smudges, then buff with your solution of vinegar and hot water. If there is a glass door to the toaster oven, rubbing alcohol on a paper towel will clean off the cooking haze. Blenders

Blenders by nature are messy and suffer from food spills—so they need some attention. Gears in the base unit can be wiped carefully with rubbing alcohol on a rag to remove residue. This takes patience as the grime comes off slowly. Once the inside of the base is spotless, remove the top of the blender and take it apart. Wash the glass pitcher and the top pieces in the hot soap solution. Rinse with hot water and allow them to dry on a dishtowel. Clean the outside of the blender base with hot soapy water on a sponge. If the base is chrome, follow with the vinegar solution to make it shine. Now reassemble the unit and it’s ready for tomorrow morning’s juices and smoothies. Just a few simple steps, and each appliance is prepared for the next morning. All this cleaning deserves a rest and a cup of tea or java. Reward yourself! n

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American Impressionism In The Garden

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Sally & Walter Rugaber Childe Hassam, Descending the Steps, Central Park (detail), 1895, oil on canvas, 22 3/8” x 22 1/4”, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Gift of the Estate of Hildegarde Graham van Roijen, 93.112. Photograph: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition was organized by The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY, and was curated in part by Linda S. Ferber, Ph.D. Travel of this exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Here are five reasons why you should consider planting one. They’re dramatic. The Southern magnolia stands out all year

long. While there are cultivars that don’t grow as large, the Southern magnolia can reach a height of 80 feet with a span of 40 feet. An evergreen that grows in a natural pyramid shape, their leaves are a thick, large and leathery dark green, with a soft, slightly furry brown underside. Their creamy white blossoms add pops of color from late spring into summer, and come fall, become a rather unusual-looking seed cone. As the flower opens and the petals drop off, an item resembling a pineapple in the center becomes more apparent. As the summer months go by, this structure morphs into a cone-shaped seed pod. When the pod matures, bright red seeds start spilling out. High in fat, these seeds are a favorite food of birds. Dramatic in appearance, the seed pods as well as the leaves are a favorite in holiday greenery displays. They’re resilient and rugged. According to fossil records, magnolias have been around for at least 100 million years. With over 80 known species, there are both deciduous as well as evergreen magnolia trees. They are wildly adaptive to different climates, soils and exposures, so that while native to Asia and North America, magnolias thrive in almost every region of the world. Pollinated by beetles, the leaves’ slightly leathery finish makes them more resistant to insect damage. There’s really not much they can’t withstand—their bark doesn’t burn well, protecting them from wildfires, and they can tolerate moderate droughts. They very easily live well over 100 years. They’re not at all fussy. Once planted, Southern magnolias need very little attention. They’re relatively pest free, and the problems that do pop up—like scale or leaf spots—can probably go untreated. They don’t require pruning, although they can lose limbs in ice storms. Because their leaves are so tough, they are slow to decompose when they drop. This makes it hard for any competing plants to pop up under them. They’re from around here. The Southern magnolia is native to the Southern United States, where it can be found in

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the wild from Virginia to South Central Florida and as far west as Oklahoma and East Texas. They are the state tree of both Mississippi and Louisiana. This means that very little effort is required to make them thrive, other than planting them. As a native to the area, they provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife, particularly during the winter months, when their tough leaves make excellent shelter from the harsh weather. And that aroma… Perhaps the most beloved characteristic of the Southern magnolia is the magnificent bloom. Creamy white in color, the blossoms can be up to a foot in diameter, lasting for weeks on end. They open sporadically beginning in late spring, sometimes running throughout the summer. The blossoms have a distinct fragrance that has been known to perfume an entire garden—slightly sweet and reminiscent of tropical fruit, but not overpowering. There is no mistaking the scent of a magnolia in bloom. Southern magnolias prefer to be planted in early spring. They have a wide, shallow root system that needs to spread out when planted. They do best planted away from sidewalks, driveways and roads, so that their roots have this room to spread. They can take either full sun or partial shade, although the amount of light they get will determine how tight or loose their pyramid shape is. More direct sun results in a tighter pyramid, while a Southern magnolia in a shadier spot will have a looser shape. They prefer slightly acidic, moist soil, but they can adapt. They don’t need to be fertilized upon planting; you can wait until the start of the next growing season. Southern magnolia trees do best when planted among a variety of trees in rich but well-drained soils. Southern magnolias are not fast growers, with a growth rate of about a foot a year. They need little attention beyond regular watering to become established, but they can take a few years to bloom—up to five or more years. While most gardeners admit that gardening can take patience, that particular amount of time can be a bit much to ask of anyone. Thankfully, the Southern magnolia tree has so much to offer that holding out for those majestic blossoms is well worth it. n

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IMPROVE flooring options

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Elegant hardwood floors are the envy of every homeowner. Intricate grains convey warmth and texture. Sleek planks elongate the room. Delicate seams flow effortlessly between spaces. High-quality hardwood floors give a home an extra dash of character.


n my 1940s home, the original hardwoods feel gracious in the foyer, hospitable in the dining room and homey in the living room. Blessed as my husband and I were to happen upon a gem pre-lit with this must-have, the kitchen and office were not so lucky. These key rooms received wellworn checkerboard linoleum and plush, fairly new carpet, respectively. Though the argument for carpet can be made—and won—my personal fondness for hardwood floors began decades ago. In regard to the linoleum, there was no salvaging that period-appropriate selection—wellworn was an understatement!

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As we embarked on the research phase of our flooring revival, I happened upon a curious option: engineered hardwood. To this point, I assumed all hardwood floors were the same—wood that went on a floor. How many choices could there be? Right? Wrong. Now that I’m well-steeped in flooring know-how, I have a greater understanding of the engineered option and, in my humble opinion, it deserves a moment in the spotlight. Allow me to share. The Foundation

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engineered products consist of three to five layers of hardwood or plywood with a hardwood veneer situated on top. This top layer is made of the wood you desire and is the reason a visitor or permanent resident would never be the wiser of your selection based on appearance alone. When musing your choices, keep in mind that for increased stability, the under layers should be proportionally thicker than the top veneer. It’s also worth noting that since it is topped with a slim veneer, engineered hardwood floors can only be refinished one or two times (depending on the thickness of the veneer), compared to up to 10 refinishes with solid hardwoods. Though it varies by brand, planks come in a variety of widths, lengths and stains. The more options, the better!

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The beauty of engineered hardwoods lies in its flexibility. Due to changes in moisture and temperature within your home, other hardwood products are only recommended for use at or above ground level. Not engineered hardwoods! The layers alternate the direction of the grain to add stability and minimize shrinking and expanding. With increased moisture and heat resistance, it can be used on any level of your home, making it a great option for finished basements and bathrooms. However, if the product will be in an area that experiences high moisture levels, such as a room below ground level, it is recommended that you include a vapor barrier, which can be as simple as a sheet of plastic.

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This thin layer helps keep potential moisture in your foundation from making its way to your beautiful new floors! Installation

Underscoring its long list of benefits, engineered hardwoods can be installed directly overtop a concrete slab (similar products must be nailed directly to subfloor). New brands and styles also offer a tongue and groove configuration so the floors may be installed as “floating floors.” This method, most commonly associated with laminate flooring, is easy for DIY home installers with a basic understanding of construction and the associated tools like a chop saw and rubber mallet. The boards are not glued or nailed to the subfloor or concrete; they simply lock snugly to each other. Installation is a snap, though you should be prepared to dedicate many hours to the cause! While aesthetically this method doesn’t present any differences, the floor may have a mild bounce or give to it. If you’re going to install a more traditional floor

that is nailed or glued onto a concrete slab or subfloor, I recommend you call in the pros. These folks will ensure your floor moves and expands as it should! Price

For the majority of home renovations—mine included—price is key. I was happily surprised to learn that engineered hardwood floors steer a straight monetary line between budget-friendly laminates and their solid hardwood counterparts. Strong design and a mid-range price equals a happy budget in my house! Also the consideration that engineered varieties can be used in more areas of the home makes them, in my book, a better value. Keep in mind, the price of each engineered hardwood option is often determined by the thickness of the hardwood veneer adhered to the top. The thicker it is, the pricier each plank will be. I recommend checking with your flooring specialist or local hardware store. These experts will help you consider all your options so you can make an informed decision. Whether you want to spruce up your main living spaces, breathe new life into your kitchen or infuse warmth into any room, engineered hardwood flooring is, in my humble opinion, an excellent and affordable option. The variety of stains and plank widths will allow you to curate the environment of your dreams and achieve the lovely ambience that follows hardwood floors. So, go ahead—explore engineered hardwoods. You’ll be glad you did! n 70

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SHINY BRASS MAY HAVE HAD ITS HEYDAY IN THE 1980S, but like all fashions, it has made a resurgence… and for good reason. Reimagined into modern shapes and various finishes, this mighty metallic brings a fresh look to any decor. Brass—in everything from light fixtures to home accessories to furnishings and hardware—adds warmth, depth and sophistication, making it a versatile part of today’s eclectic interiors.

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an anniversary retrospective

In every issue since our inception, one gracious local family has invited HOME magazine— and all of you—into their home for an up-close-and-personal look at where and how they live, providing real, hands-on ideas and inspiration for better living. Here, with heartfelt thanks to all participating homeowners over the years, we revisit just a few of the most memorable.











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RENOVATED LOFT HOME TO FAMILY AND FUN Janice and Larry Davidson fulfilled a dream to renovate and live in a downtown loft—on the top floor of the downtown location of Davidsons, their family-owned men’s clothier business. In our Winter 2009 issue, they shared their story of transforming what had been both storage and a distribution center for the business into a polished living space decorated with reclaimed pieces from family and business—including a massive table fashioned out of two glass doors from this very building, crafted with materials and assistance from Black Dog Salvage. Open spaces, high ceilings, hardwood floors and spacious windows are hallmarks of this gracious downtown property. The Davidsons say their home is perfect for entertaining, with a chef’s kitchen, skylit dining area, distinct entertaining areas and even a charming rooftop porch.




2010 SETTLED ON STANLEY AVENUE Bob and Jo Rider chose their classic 1910 Georgian colonial on South Roanoke’s Stanley Avenue for its charming architecture and small-town feel, perfect for their family with four young children. Now, they host their grown children, grandchildren and neighbors all year long, for all manner of gatherings, including Halloween parties in the fall and sledding in the winter—just as they’d like it. The details that provide good bones and character to homes from this era include crown molding, hardwood floors, plantation shutters and French doors with original beveled glass. While through the years they have mostly provided facelifts to the home, they completely renovated their kitchen, which appeared on the Fall 2010 cover. 7 6

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Angie Link had always had her eye on a particular dream home in South Roanoke, so it was an easy decision to buy when it came on the market in 2002. She and husband Eddie loved this South Roanoke home for its traditional, comfortable feel, and used architect John Fulton and contractors Cornerstone Builders to renovate and expand the kitchen into a large comfortable space, transforming what were three small rooms into one expansive knock-out area perfect for cooking and gathering. Angie credits designer Elaine Stephenson for the elegant but comfortable interiors. Outdoor renovations include a generous patio area with an outdoor fireplace and terraced gardens to indulge Angie’s longtime passion for gardening. An octagon-shaped room with a cathedral ceiling, added by the previous owner, is another feature that makes the Link home remarkable. The home was featured in our Spring 2011 issue.



What began with a pool house renovation due to a leaky pipe morphed into a total house transformation, featured in our Fall 2012 issue. A 1950s-era ranch, this home was transformed room by room, with most of the work done by homeowners Scott Arnold, heart surgeon by day, Laura Arnold, and their two sons, with help from family, friends and the occasional trusted contractor. With the expertise of Vera Silcox, friend and interior designer, the home emerged from its renovation with great style. Features include a cheery kitchen with sea-green cabinets, an elegant master suite oasis, a renovated pool house that includes eating and sleeping quarters, and expansive outdoor entertaining space featuring an outdoor kitchen and a pool restored by National Pools. 78






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A CROWD-PLEASING RENOVATION When Lynne Pearo moved to South Roanoke from New Orleans, she immediately was attracted to this Arts and Craftsstyle gem, featured in our Fall 2013 edition. Lynne felt that the home’s interior was a little confining and dark, and with the help of JC Construction, she remodeled the home, including removing walls and lightening and brightening, all while making efficient use of every inch of the house. Cathy Spark at Accents on Windows created all the window treatments. The project included an exterior facelift as well, painting it a soft shade of moss to give the home a breath of fresh air, as well as adding new front railings, white trim with red accents, and exquisite landscaping by Fiddlehead Landscape and Garden Design. PHOTOGR APHY: BILL HA ZLEGROVE





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CUSTOMIZED FAMILY HOME IS A PERFECT FIT Anne Marie and Gordon Poore didn’t have to move far from their Crystal Spring home when they bought their current home—also in the neighborhood, which they loved, with plenty of room for their family with three school-aged children. Featured in the Spring 2014 issue, every bit of this Georgian-style Colonial has been renovated, with much of the work being completed by Gordon himself, with help from a few trusted professionals. One of the largest transformations was the kitchen and its adjoining rooms; walls came down, doorways were widened and a staircase was moved to maximize space, create better traffic patterns, and of course, create a cook’s kitchen with a coffered ceiling, white cabinetry, a mantel range hood and an old brass light fixture repurposed from department store display. Upstairs, the renovated master suite features a soothing blue and white palette, with a cathedral ceiling and Palladian window, and a white Carrera marble bath.



FRESH EYE LENDS NEW LIFE TO A FAMILY HOME Transforming the interior the Durham family’s Avenham Avenue home was right up designer Jessica Durham’s alley. When she and husband Hunter looked at buying the 1920s bungalowstyle cottage, she was able to see past the dark, dated interiors and dream about putting its high ceilings and extra-large rooms to work. This eye for design comes naturally, as she and her mother own Magnolia in Roanoke and a sister store in Abingdon. Featured in our Fall 2014 issue, the Durham home is a showcase for Jessica’s eclectic style and an extension of all Magnolia has to offer, featuring a mix of streamlined modern furnishings, interesting textiles and light fixtures, and local art throughout. A scene from a sunny corner of the Durhams’ living room graced our Fall 2014 cover. The Durham family, though they loved their home on Avenham Avenue, has relocated to a home just a few streets away. 8 0


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It’s impossible to be gloomy in Meredith and John Draper’s color-filled home on Sewell Lane in Southwest City, featured in our Early Spring 2015 issue. They chose the home for the location, the good bones and the spacious yard—the perfect set-up to customize the home to their desires: a first-floor master bedroom, a large den, a new kitchen and a pool. They called upon Alam Design Group and Family Builders to help with the renovations and say they couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. Of note is the spacious kitchen with white cabinetry, Vermont granite countertops and a dining alcove, as well as interiors (including the center hall!) painted in bright and vivid hues of blue and pink. Their backyard oasis includes a custom pool created by Virginia Pool Sales and Service.

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FRESH AND FUN UPDATES It was the big, flat yard that drew this sporty family—Jenny and Chris John and their three children—to their current South Roanoke home. As for the rest of the shuttered Georgian Colonial, they gutted and renovated it to perfectly suit bustling family life. Highlights include a perfectly appointed mudroom, which was once a formal dining room, to keep everyone’s gear in order, and a den with comfortable seating and significant artwork to provide a quiet place to relax. And with help from dear friend Robert Kulp of Black Dog Salvage and Blue Ridge Residential, the Johns extended their kitchen with a great room off the back—500 square feet, with a sunroom at one end, hewn beams and a high ceiling. A long table and a wet bar make this space, which Jenny calls “the best room in the house,” perfect for gatherings. A door leads to a side porch and an outdoor kitchen complete with a large grill, smoker, cooking area and fireplace. A scene from this room was featured on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue.







When Steve and Juli Murden were looking for a new home in Roanoke County, they found an attractive home that was move-in ready—essentially a blank canvas, but with builder-grade materials and an unfinished basement. They wanted the space and functionality to make hosting family and friends, and their children’s friends and families, a breeze. With a team of professionals including Baron Enterprises, Classical Designs and Roanoke Landscaping, in just five months they expanded a cramped driveway, added a utilitarian wing (the hard-working mudroom, pantry, laundry and more), first-floor master suite, large screened-in porch and lower patio, as well as finished the basement and modified the kitchen, foyer and living areas. Friend and designer Jessica Durham oversaw the interior design. The Murdens’ home has the space, seating, and amenities to host a crowd in effortless style. A scene from their porch graces the cover of the Summer 2016 issue. n R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E E a r l y S p r i n g 2 0 1 7


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