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n EDITOR’S NOTE One of the pleasures of owning a home is having a place for making memories with family and friends. Sure, all that’s really required for good times is the company of others, but such gatherings can be made that much sweeter by adding a little element of fun. The makings of party time can serve us well in the every day, too; lighting candles during a weeknight dinner, placing flowers on your desk, hanging a special wreath on the front door with the changing of the seasons… all say that you appreciate and celebrate the moment, the day or the season in your home. This fall, we have lots of ideas here at HOME for elements large and small that will help elevate the ordinary into an occasion. Our feature on firepits—a hot trend, pun intended— may inspire you to add one to your yard, because everyone knows that any outdoor event is much more fun with a fire blazing at the center. And our feature on the many ways to make your laundry room luxe (yes, your laundry room) will help you make this everyday chore a little more pleasant. If you can’t avoid it, find ways to enjoy it! And then there’s mealtime: how about taking a traditional fall meal (roasted pork loin, anyone?) and making it festive with the addition of some Virginia-made cider? Our feature on this artisanal beverage might teach you a thing or two that you didn’t know. For an occasion-worthy dessert, check out Lucy

Cook’s fresh takes on the old-faithful chocolate cake—it’s not just for birthdays! We also hope to inspire you with an article on revamping your dinnerware well before the holiday frenzy sets in. In the get-ready spirit of fall, we also offer articles on organizing your closet with a mix of flattering basics and trendy pieces, updating your bed and linens to prepare for your coziest hibernating, planting shrubs for fall garden color, and so much more. This season, we hope you’ll take a page from this issue of HOME and elevate your every day into something special. Thanks for reading!


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Fire is an essential element that provides heat for warmth and cooking. Fire also possesses an entertainment value, which, played with safely, can fascinate for hours—think bonfire. Imagine the fun of roasting marshmallows and drinking cider on a crisp, fall evening where fire is the feature—the center, core, heart of the gathering. Historically, using fire inside the home within a centrally located fireplace has allowed homeowners and guests to keep warm on wintry days. Today, an indoor fireplace is still a popular source of heat and often offers a distinct aesthetic appeal to its partakers. Because of its all-around appeal and function inside the home, fire often finds its way into outdoor spaces as homeowners decide to extend similar considerations outside the home. When homeowners integrate a fire feature into their outdoor space, they find the benefits extremely satisfying. Indeed, an outdoor firepit or other type of fire feature offers lighting, warmth, and entertainment and allows homeowners to really use and enjoy their outdoor spaces in multiple seasons— particularly the fall, and throughout the year. 1 0

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Once homeowners decide to add a fire element to their outdoor spaces, they must consider the many options. Firepits are, according to Ronnie Mitchell of Ronnie Mitchell & Son Landscaping, “a great conversation piece.� He sees families using them mostly as a place to gather, chat and roast marshmallows, he says. Firepits, also called fire bowls, and fireplaces are the most popular options. Firepits can be portable or builtin features. Although firepits come in a variety of sizes and shapes, for built-in firepits, homeowners often opt for a circular configuration, as opposed to square, in order to accommodate more people around the fire. Other options for outdoor fire include tiki torches and fire walls. Tiki torches are a simple, inexpensive way to add ambiance to an outdoor area. Fire walls are literally walls of fire. They resemble fireplaces but are open to the air and do not have a chimney. Fire walls can add an aesthetic quality to patio areas, and they emit more heat than traditional firepits and fireplaces. For modest budgets, homeowners might consider a DIY firepit kit or portable firepit. Often, these types of firepits are constructed of metal and can be purchased directly from a local home improvement store or online. Depending on the R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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specifications, prices can range from under $100 and go up from there. Larger budgets garner more choices, of course, and for more expansive projects, a hardscape with a built-in firepit, fire feature, or even a fireplace are all popular options. The hardscape is a complete outdoor area made of materials like concrete and stone, often in the form of a patio. As an extension of the house and the space inside the house, a hardscape should replicate the aura of the entire home landscape. Considerations

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Intent, budget, space and safety are all things to consider when choosing to add fire to your outdoor space. According to James Edwards of GroundScapes, the designs his company helps create are largely based on what each individual client really needs. Edwards says it’s important to listen to the client to ensure their needs for their outdoor space are met. “Once we understand what they’re looking for, that’s when we get creative and put everything together for them,” he says. Budget is a certainly a factor in this type of project; costs vary greatly

depending on how large you want to make your firepit area and what details and features you incorporate. There are two options for fueling the fire: gas or wood. Edwards says that his business does about 50 percent gas and 50 percent wood-burning firepits. As far as how to make that choice, he notes, “When we really get into talking to clients…it’s not a choice that is hard to make.” It is an easier choice once their needs and wants for the area are fully understood. For example, if homeowners plan to host gatherings and prefer something authentic that evokes an aura of camping in the woods, then they might benefit most from a wood-burning fire. If it’s more for ambiance and aesthetics, then choosing gas may be most desirable. Another factor is how important the actual heat is to homeowners; wood-burning fires tend to burn warmer than gas-fueled fires. Taking into consideration the maintenance of the two different options can also guide homeowners’ choices. When homeowners consider their intentions for their space, they can make the best decision on the fuel source.

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Where to place the firepit is also a big decision, because when dealing with fire, safety is a top concern. “A firepit should be far enough away from the house,” notes Mitchell. “The biggest safety concern is what people actually put in their firepits.” He notes that you should not put anything other than wood into a fire, because other materials could be full of chemicals that could be toxic. A suggested safety measure when starting, stoking and maintaining a fire is to keep some source of water close by, whether a hose or bucket of water. If there is an emergency, it’s important to be able to extinguish the fire. Gas-burning fire features require an emergency gas shut-off. Ultimately, by keeping intent, budget, space and safety in mind, homeowners can make the right choices for their fiery design. Enlisting A Professional

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Homeowners must have a plan for their project. A plan includes the overall arrangement and also the flow of people within the space. Mitchell says that a combination of softscape/hardscape within the landscape is a good idea, and that this can be achieved by “incorporating some plants into the pavers to give R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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it a soft touch.” The hardscape, as an extension of the homeowner’s taste, should match the exterior of the home as well, which can be accomplished by considering and complementing the existing exterior structures. Then, the designer is able to maintain a level of continuity and congruity from the inside out. Many designers consider form and function to be top priorities in the design process, and a fire feature is no exception. Not only does planning for the fire feature occur, but planning for the entire outdoor area surrounding the fire feature is critical as well. For example, designers plan for furnishings, such as tables, chairs and benches, to ensure that the area is comfortable and functional. Trends

According to Mitchell, “Sixty to 75 percent of the patios we build have firepits in them or a fireplace of some kind, some kind of fire feature.” As Edwards comments, “Fire has always been popular,” so it’s no surprise that firepits are such a hot trend right now. Edwards also notes that the trend of premanufactured or manmade kits is popular for those looking for something more budget-friendly because they are less expensive than custom masonry firepits. Fire is enthralling to watch and enhances an outdoor space, but it must be handled with care. Gathering all the necessary information is the most important tool when choosing to add a firepit or other fire feature to an outdoor space. Knowing your options and consulting someone fluent in design ideas will help you begin on the right track. Because there are so many positive reasons to incorporate this fierce element, choosing to utilize fire in some way, shape or form in an outdoor space is almost second nature.

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our dinnerware can be so much more than a utilitarian object on which to serve food. It can set the tone of your meal, add interest to everyday suppers and parties alike, and help bring your entire spread together. It’s an extension of your decor and an expression of your personal aesthetic. All that from a dinner plate! Dinnerware varieties include several types of fine china, everyday china, and more casual 16

alternatives. In this day and age, it may not be so easy to decide on whether you want to buy and use formal versus casual table settings; with such a vast array of designs and price points to please everyone’s tastes, distinguishing between the two has become less important. It is really all about personal preference; use what makes you happy and brightens up the meal and your space. We hope this look into the many options available will help you decide on dinnerware to fit your personal needs, taste and decor. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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Fine china can be more than just pretty plates gathering dust in a glass cabinet. Maybe you’ve inherited a set from your grandmother; don’t be afraid to use it and show it off when entertaining. It could even make for an interesting talking point. If you don’t have any hand-me-downs coming your way anytime soon, consider investing in some yourself that you could pass down to your children. Fine china is the more expensive option of dinnerware because of the way it’s made. It gets fired at temperatures of up to 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit—much higher than the casual, everyday variety. This process allows for the china’s “ingredients” to merge together so compactly, making it very durable. Bone china and porcelain are the most common types you will see when scoping out fine china. Bone china is called such because it is comprised of bone ash, a white material produced by the calcination of bones, creating its creamy, ivory color. Porcelain contains a substance called kaolin, which helps to make the china that beautiful, vivid white. So, if fine china is in your price range, it can be an elegant addition to your home. You can also scope out local antique stores and yard sales for unique pieces of fine china that are possibly more budget-friendly. If a more casual, easy-to-care-for table setting is what you’re after, head toward everyday dinnerware. Stoneware, ironstone and earthenware are all types of popular casual dinnerware. These materials are easier to care for since they are usually dishwasher safe and can handle being transferred from your refrigerator, to the microwave, to your kids’ table settings, and back to the dishwasher so it’s ready for use the very next day. Everyday dinnerware is also fairly inexpensive compared to fine china, making it easier to change out and play around with if you get bored with a certain color or style. Styles and Patterns

All-white plates are the way to go if you enjoy entertaining regularly and food presentation is of great importance to you, as sauces, drizzles and garnishes can get lost on a colored or patterned plate. White dinner plates are simple, incredibly versatile, and a great addition for those with minimalist tastes. Plus, you never have to worry about them going out of style. If all-white seems too boring, try switching up your tablecloth, placemats, and other table decor to add some color to your table. Invest in some colorful dessert plates and bowls to add some pizazz to the “after party” of your meals, or pair white bone china plates with vintage glasses from the flea market for fun mixing and matching. If you want to create more stand-alone interest with your dinnerware, colored and patterned plates may be what you are after. Vietri is a popular r vhomemaga zine .com 17



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brand of upscale ceramic dinnerware handcrafted in Italy that comes in all different kinds of colors, shapes and patterns. Pfaltzgraff is another wellknown brand associated with high quality ceramic products that come in a multitude of patterns and colors. Villeroy and Boch makes both fine china and more casual alternatives. Most home decor stores also carry a wide variety of colorful, casual dinnerware. If you’re having trouble deciding between white and colored, the solution may be to have a caterer’s set of basic, plain white plates that could be used for either a casual or more formal event, as well as a set of colored, fun stoneware that could also be used for a dinner party or everyday use. You could also opt for a style that is mostly white with a colored or patterned rim around the outside of the plate. Or choose a very light solid color with detailing to keep it simple, yet unique.

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plates may look great on your table, but you won’t be such a fan if you can’t fit them in your cabinet or dishwasher. Plus, studies show that we tend to eat less if we use smaller plates. Once you’ve got the sizing nailed down, it’s time to figure out which pieces you need and how many you need. It’s a good idea to look for open stock so you can customize your sets to your own needs. Open stock options let you pick and choose exactly what you want and easily replace something if a piece gets broken. If you never drink tea or coffee, skip the cups and saucers. If you constantly grab bowls out of the pantry, stock up on those. Be sure to buy enough pieces to host a dinner party. Eight is a good start, but think about what you would need if you were to host a family holiday dinner—12 or more sets would be ideal. Scoop up some extras, too, such as soup bowls that can also be used for desserts and coordinating platters to serve anything from sliced bread to heaping salads. Chargers placed beneath dinner plates add a great hit of style and dimension. When it comes to dinnerware, it really is about personal preference and what best suits your home and lifestyle. Have fun picking your perfect plates, mix it up, and don’t dwell too much on the rules of setting a table. Just be sure to consider size (plates should be able to be easily stored and handled) and durability (avoid materials that may chip easily if you have small children or use the dishwasher on a daily basis). Stock up now, making informed choices, and you’ll be ready to host any holiday meal that strikes your fancy.

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spectacular shrubs for fall bloom in spring, color in fall BY B ECK Y C A LV ER T

It would seem most gardeners plant with spring and summer blooms in mind, overlooking fall colors, particularly when it comes to shrubs. Don’t let bloom time steal all the attention; there are a number of options that typically offer, in addition to seasonal blooms, glorious fall color as well as texture and other interest all year long.

Among these options is the oakleaf hydrangea. Native to the Southeastern United States, the oakleaf hydrangea is sun and drought tolerant, resistant to deer, insects and diseases, and it’s cold hardy, too—making it an ideal shrub. Named for their foliage’s resemblance to larger oak leaves, oakleaf hydrangeas have both large leaves (up to 12 inches long!) and large, showy white blooms that begin to bloom in late spring. While they do make excellent cut flowers, they also last indefinitely on the bush, turning shades of pink and brown as they mature. Oakleaf hydrangeas make excellent dried flowers, and will do so while still on the plant as they age. Come fall, the leaves turn beautiful shades of red, bronze and burgundy, before dropping off to reveal a peeling bark that highlights a dark brown layer underneath. This peeling is a normal for oakleaf hydrangeas, adding interest and texture to the winter landscape. The oakleaf hydrangea does well in full sunlight, but as an understory shrub, a bit of shade during the hot afternoon sun is preferable. When planting oakleaf hydrangeas, keep in mind they can grow up to 10 feet tall with a spread of 8 feet, so be sure to give them enough space to fill out. They bloom on the prior year’s growth, so if you must prune them, do so after they bloom, giving them enough time to grow new buds for next season’s glory. Fothergilla, sometimes known as witch alder, is another Southeastern United States native, and a relative of witch hazel. As a native, it is a lowmaintenance shrub that is basically pest and disease free. Low growing, fothergilla has fragrant brush-like blooms in early spring before leafing out in shades of blue-ish-green. Come fall, the fothergilla takes on hues that range from golden yellows, bright oranges and intense reds. Once the leaves are shed, their zig zag branches stand out, continuing to create interest throughout the winter. Fothergillas prefer full sun, but can take some shade. There are several varieties, including a dwarf, so their size can range from 3 to 10 feet. With over 150 species of viburnum, many of which are native, it can be hard to choose just one. In general, viburnum have lovely, often-fragrant spring blooms and attractive foliage that offers a variety of brilliant shades of reds, pinks, yellows and oranges in the fall while also sporting

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colorful fruits that attract birds and other wildlife. Many types of viburnum can adapt to various growing conditions, and while they do best in full sun, they’ll also take partial shade. Among the varieties that do well in this area are the arrowwood, nannyberry and mapleleaf. All three boast white flowers in the spring (with the mapleleaf veering towards yellow), fall fruit in shades of green to red to blue-black, and spectacular fall colors specific to their particular varietal. The mapleleaf, pink to deep purple in the fall, can grow up to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, while the arrowwood with its yellow to orange fall foliage can grow to a height of 10 feet tall and wide. Nannyberries, which can be maintained as small trees, can grow up to 15 feet tall and sport shades of burgundy come fall, offsetting its dark blue berries. Beautyberries are another shrub native to the area, sometimes known as serviceberries. They bring color and texture to the fall garden with their small purple berries that hang on the plant well into the winter. The berries are edible, attracting birds to your yard, and can be used to make jam similar in flavor to elderberry. Native Americans were known to dry the berries to make tea to treat illnesses, and the oil in the leaves can be used as an insect repellent. In the spring, the beautyberry has small lavender-pink lilac-type flowers and in addition to their purple fall berries, their foliage turns yellow, creating a striking look. Beautyberries prefer light shade and grow to be about 4 to 8 feet tall and wide. They make a terrific informal hedge or planted under tall shade trees for a natural woodland-looking area. If the idea of edible landscaping appeals to you, why not plant blueberry bushes? They offer lovely bell-shaped blooms in the early spring, delicious berries in the late spring to early summer, and brilliantly colored foliage in the fall, in shades of red, orange and yellow. All varieties— Northern, Southern, as well as rabbiteye, a Southeastern native bush—do well in our region, so why not try a few varieties for a harvest that stretches the length of blueberry season? Blueberries prefer full sun, but can take some shade. They also prefer acidic soil, so soil viburnum amendment is generally necessary when planting blueberries. Blueberries take a few years to get established, but once established, they are incredibly low maintenance while offering much to your garden. Depending on the variety, they can grow from 4 to 8 feet tall. It is worth noting that blueberries are extremely popular with wildlife, so some sort of netting is advised if you would like to keep the bulk of viburnum your bounty. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6


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Fall is a terrific time to plant, particularly shrubs and trees. With the ground still relatively warm while air temperatures are dropping, fall planting gives roots more time to establish themselves before winter sets in. Cooler air temperatures mean less insects, less disease and less watering too. Fertilizer, which promotes new growth that can be nipped by winter weather, isn’t necessary when planting this time of year. With the weather a bit more predictable in the fall than the spring, there is far more opportunity to plant than there is during some of those intense cold spells we can see far beyond the date when we want to deal with them in the spring. Best of all, fall is when garden centers are trying to sell off their inventory, making it bargain time for sprucing up your yard. As you take a look around your yard and consider adding color for this time of year, why not go ahead and plant something that a year from now will completely change up the look of your garden? You’ll be glad you did.

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Traditional Drink Pairs Perfectly With Today’s Foods BY R O RY R H O D ES

It’s no secret that Virginia is good apple country. Every autumn, farmers markets burst with bins full of apples from local orchards. Seasonal recipes abound with apple ingredients, the perfect complement to mellow golden days and crisp evenings. It’s the time of year when everything apple sounds inviting, including hard apple cider! And if you can get locally-sourced cider, so much the better. Virginia cideries are on the rise, and while the refreshing beverage they produce has a long tradition in the colonies, today’s hard cider is all about moving forward.


n Britain, the world’s top producer of the drink, the term “cider” refers to the alcoholic beverage. Here in the States, “cider” often refers to unfiltered apple juice, so we use “hard cider” to distinguish the grown-up version, which, like wine, is a fermented drink. You’ve probably heard of hard ciders such as Angry Orchard, Woodchuck, and Virginia’s own Bold Rock. This style of hard cider is packaged in long neck bottles and marketed as a craft beer alternative. Like beer, water is added, giving it an alcohol content of around 5 percent. While it is tasty, popular and commercially successful, there is another style of hard cider that is garnering attention. Virginia cideries such as Foggy Ridge Cider, Albemarle CiderWorks and Castle Hill Cider make an artisanal drink that can be enjoyed much like wine, both by itself and with food. This type of hard cider comes in a wine bottle and, though there are many different styles, often has an effervescent freshness similar to sparkling wine. Ciders can be dry, off-dry, semi sweet, or sweet like a dessert wine or port. It all depends on how it’s made and, more importantly, the apple. Our Commonwealth has a long and storied love affair with the apple, beginning in the 1600s, when English colonists began importing apple seeds and seedlings from England. Apples were one of the earliest crops grown by settlers, and it wasn’t long before hard cider became a staple of the colonial diet. These days, Virginia cider circles are well-acquainted with the ofttold tales of our country’s Founding Fathers’ love for the drink. Yes, George Washington secured his first political post by providing cider to voters; yes, John Adams supposedly had a tankard a day; yes, colonists preferred the drink to water. Diane Flynt, owner and cidermaker for Foggy Ridge Cider in Floyd, says that where cider is today is an interesting tale in its own right. “The more

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Often, a variety of apples are blended in hard cider to provide additional components, such as tart, sweet, spicy, and aromatic notes.

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uncommon story is that, before industrial farming, there were many varieties of fruits and vegetables, eaten and grown for different reasons,” she says, and apples were among the crops cultivated for specialized uses. “Apples for drying, apples for apple sauce, apples in June and apples in November—not just the five in the grocery store.” Flynt says that, in the same way that no one expects to make a good wine from a supermarket grape, the same holds true for cider. Making a quality artisanal cider depends on selecting the right fruit, which is more of a challenge than it seems. While there were once thousands of apple varieties, many have been lost to time and the demands of commercialization. Hard cider’s prominence on the American table began to slowly decline in the 1800s due to various factors, including the Temperance movement, urbanization, the rise of beer with a wave of German immigration, and then, during Prohibition, many cider orchards were destroyed. So today’s cidermakers face the prospect of working to find enough fruit and to cultivate heirlooms from the past. There’s an adventurous, innovative feeling afoot in many orchards and cideries. Geoff Robinson, director of sales and marketing (and former cellarmaster) of R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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historic Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, says, “We have 26 varieties in an experimental orchard, and we see what grows, what we like.” Charlotte Shelton, owner of Albemarle CiderWorks in North Garden, is also CEO of Vintage Virginia Apples, a specialty orchard with over 250 varieties of apples, both new and old. Some, like Roxbury Russett, Albemarle Pippin, and Thomas Jefferson favorite, Hewe’s Virginia Crab, have survived since colonial times, while others, such as Gold Rush, were developed in recent years. Shelton says that, like wine grapes, apples are “terroir conscious,” meaning that they are influenced by the soil and climate in which they are grown. What grows well for cidermakers in Central Virginia can be quite different from the apple trees which produce the desired results for Flynt, whose orchard stands at 3,000 feet in the Blue Ridge mountains. According to Shelton, “The English shire varieties have not done as well for us, so we are more interested in American varieties,” whereas Flynt says at her elevation she has been able to grow high-tannin apples of both English and American origin. As Robinson puts it, “We look for the finest expression

of the apple that we can get.” Thus, each cidermaker tends to have favored apples that work best for what they’re trying to accomplish. What they all have in common, however, is an understanding of what makes a good cider apple. It’s not generally the same as what makes a good eating apple. Two key components of an American cider apple are tannin and acid, which give the drink body and brightness. Often, a variety of apples are blended in hard cider to provide additional components, such as tart, sweet, spicy, and aromatic notes. However, like wine, ciders can also be made from a single apple varietal. In addition to their blends, Albemarle CiderWorks offers single varietal ciders from apples such as Winesap, Albemarle Pippin, and Hewe’s Virginia Crab, the latter their first reserve cider, which quickly sold out. Castle Hill offers two 100 percent Albemarle Pippin hard ciders; one, a sparkling cider named Levity, is aged in an 8,000-year-old technique using clay storage vessels/jars. While Flynt prefers blending her acclaimed ciders, which have been lauded in The New York Times and Wine Enthusiast, she also

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produces a dessert wine from Newtown Pippin (another name for Albemarle Pippin) and apple brandy, called Pippin Gold. In short, there is an impressive variety of artisanal hard ciders to be found in our area, and many different ways to enjoy them. Any pork dish will pair wonderfully with hard cider, especially one with a hint of fruity apple sweetness. Shelton says, “I enjoy pairing cider with traditional American cuisine, as well as anything pork, and I love cider with Norman French cuisine, with its cream sauces.” Normandy, a cool coastal region in northern France, is famous for many things apple—cider, Calvados apple brandy, apple tarts—as well as shellfish, creamy cheeses, butter, and rich sauces that are offset nicely with the crispness of cider. Shelton, keen on preserving the early American tradition of cider, also loves pairing it with Thanksgiving, with its rich autumn flavors. She also notes that “a dry, crisp cider is gorgeous with the richness of oysters on the half shell.” Flynt says that hard cider is very food-friendly, and is as diverse as wine or beer. For pairing food with dry cider, such as her Serious Cider, Flynt says, “Think fat—creamy goat cheese, French fries, crab cakes, and pork chops pan seared in butter and bacon.” Off-dry ciders such as Foggy Ridge’s First Fruit are versatile and work with a range of flavors, including grilled foods and vegetables, quinoa, and a variety of cheeses, including pimento cheese, since an off-dry cider will still have enough acidity to balance out the fat. Fruitier ciders, such as her Stayman Winesap Cider, which she likens in sweetness to a drier Riesling, are a terrific complement to spicy foods, such as Thai, Indian, chili, and pulled pork barbeque with a spicy vinegar sauce. Flynt notes that, unlike wine, cider can handle being paired with sour, pickled flavors. Foggy Ridge regularly hosts a Chef Series, where R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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chefs from noted area restaurants pair three tapas with three hard ciders. Castle Hill Cider hosts seasonal full dinners at the cidery, showcasing local chefs and restaurants with inventive food and cider pairings. Robinson is also a big fan of hard cider with pork, and likes paring Castle Hill’s dry ciders, such as Levity and Terrestrial, with shellfish and seafood. Serendipity, their best-selling cider, is made from 100 percent Albemarle Pippin, and retains just enough sweetness to make it an excellent choice for lighter fare, such as picnic foods and cheese boards. Robinson, a former restaurant owner and professional chef, enjoys cooking with hard cider as well. “Any time you think of a light white wine in cooking, you can substitute a dry cider,” he says. He likes to replace white wine with a dry cider in a classic beurre blanc sauce, which he serves with cod or white fish with capers and lemon. A sweeter cider can be used in place of honey or brown sugar in dishes such as braised cabbage or glazed carrots, and to deglaze a pan when creating sauces. It’s fun to get creative with cider—try using it instead of beer in a shrimp boil, and in place of wine or beer in cheese fondue, for a subtle boost of flavor. Foggy Ridge Cider, Albemarle CiderWorks, and Castle Hill Cider, along with many other

regional cideries, are open for tastings and a variety of events throughout the year. Though Virginia Cider Week is officially in November, right now is a wonderful time to visit a cidery and orchard, and see what’s new with an oldfashioned favorite. If you can’t make the trip, you can always enjoy a crisp autumn evening on the porch with a zesty cider from your local store, paired with a plate of cheese and cured meats. Hard cider is a tasty seasonal alternative to beer at your next football party, and you can even make cider-based cocktails. For a nod across the pond, try a British “Snakebite,” made from equal parts cider and lager, but beware— rumor has it that some British pubs won’t serve it, because it goes down too easy! Whether served at a meal or enjoyed by itself, this colonial tipple has ridden the recent wave of interest in craft and artisanal beverages into a new era of innovation. Today’s cidermakers combine both heirloom and modern apples with contemporary cidermaking techniques to create a refreshing and versatile drink that embodies both tradition and the locavore trend. As Shelton says, “We’re recreating American cider—perhaps as it was, but certainly as it ought to be.”

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simplify your closet– and your life



When it comes to getting dressed each day, we may be needlessly taxing ourselves. Some of us relish taking time to put together creative outfits; for others, it’s more of a chore than we may realize. Studies continue to show that the fewer choices you need to make in any given day, the more you can avoid wasted time and preserve your emotional bandwidth.

he popularity of Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less opened our eyes to the reality that less choice can mean easier decisions and less overall stress in your life. People continue to embrace this overall trend toward minimalism, which reached new heights with Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which inspired people to purge everything from clothes to books to knick-knacks, keeping only the items they truly love. This trend toward simplicity set the stage for the resurgence of the “capsule wardrobe,” a smart fashionista technique that women have been employing since the 1970s. The concept is usually attributed to Susie Faux, a London boutique owner who espoused the idea that women should invest in a basic wardrobe of excellent quality pieces in classic, flattering designs that will stand the test of time, and then update them seasonally with a few trendy pieces.


A typical capsule wardrobe might consist of a few pairs of well-fitted pants and a few tailored skirts—mostly in neutrals like black, beige and gray, or one or two in an eye-catching color or pattern. You might have a few dresses—again, a mix of neutral and patterned, and perhaps ranging from casual to cocktail. You would have tops in mostly solids and a few colors and patterns that could be mixed and matched with the bottoms, and perhaps a few cardigans, scarves and belts that complement and jazz up these outfits. A selection of dress flats, heels and casual shoes—and a complementary assortment of bags—would complete the collection. All clothing would be in materials and colors suited to the current season. And since you are curating your items to the best of the best, you would naturally only keep items that fit and flatter—creating a wardrobe of 100 percent favored pieces. If the idea of simplifying a key aspect of your day-to-day life appeals to you, consider trying to build your own capsule wardrobe. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

You can start by doing a full audit of all the clothing you already have—and not just the clothing you have hanging in your main closet, but the clothing in your spare closets, the clothing stored in bins around the house. Everything. Take a good look at each piece. Do you love it? Or is it something you reach for with a distinct feeling of “settling” or, even worse, distaste? Forget about what you paid for it, who gave it to you, or how you used to look in it. If you don’t feel fabulous wearing it now, today, set it aside. Remember that your goal is to create a smaller wardrobe of items that make you feel fantastic when you put them on. Another way to help you decide? Look in your laundry bin. Review your Facebook or Instagram photos. Do you find yourself washing the same pants every week? That’s a keeper. Are you in the same cute top in many photos? Another winner. Most people who embrace the capsule wardrobe usually only do so for clothing they would wear day-to-day, for work, and for the weekend, with a selection of evening attire that suits the

season. So feel free to separate your clothes into different groups based on use. Your exercise clothes and pajamas should be part of your purge, getting rid of old, threadbare or otherwise uninspiring items. Shoes, bags and accessories should also be subject to your mass purging, especially if they are worn out, or you just don’t like them. Then sort by season and store whatever is not part of your current capsule wardrobe. You will find it easier to part with items if you have a game plan for where to send them. If you have some designer brands in excellent shape that you don’t just want to give away, see if there are local consignment shops that will take your pieces, re-sell them, and share the profits with you. Another option is to sign up for a site like ThredUp ( You can order a “clean out” bag for free, pack it with items, and ship it back, also for free. You may only make a small amount back, but it’s extremely easy and you may earn enough to buy some new seasonal clothes. Items that are not

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designer or slightly worse for the wear, donate to your local Goodwill or other favorite charity, and keep that receipt for tax time. As you start to finalize your capsule wardrobe, it’s important to take into account your lifestyle. If you’re a stay at home mom, you may need more casual items than someone working full time in a formal office, who may have to wear suits on a regular basis. Women working part time or volunteering may benefit even more from a capsule wardrobe, since the ability to dress up or down will make a smaller selection more versatile. Now that you have a newly curated selection of your favorite “staple” items, decide which are appropriate for the current season. Store off-season clothes, shoes and accessories in a spare closet or bins, out of sight. The only items that should be in your closet should be ready-towear for the current season. If you already have a few fun, on-trend items that you love (patterned shirts or cozy cardigans in fall colors, for example)—great! Use them as a starting point. Now, the fun part— adding to your wardrobe. First, the staples. If you find that you really don’t have some basics—like a good pair of black pants or a basic wool skirt for fall and winter—invest in something of quality. For the trendier seasonal items, skim fashion magazines or Pinterest for inspiration. You can find all sorts of ideas, from color palettes to key items, to help. These might be items you spend a little less on but that you still love to wear. Again, the goal is to focus on mix-and-match items. Shirts that match multiple pants. Dresses that can be casual with a scarf, or gussied up with a belt and blazer for work. You’re looking for flexibility and maximum ability to interchange items. At this stage, you should now have a closet that’s orderly, thinned out, with a heavily curated selection of seasonal clothing, shoes and accessories. When you wake up in the morning to dress, you should have an easier time choosing what to wear, picking only from your favorites and layering and mixing flattering items that make you feel fabulous. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6




n many households, the conversation is the same around each family member’s birthday: “What kind of cake would you like for your birthday this year?” Some have a different request every year, but some are creatures of habit, requesting the same thing each time. (My niece, who has a July birthday, has an old-fashioned ice box recipe that my family calls Zebra Cake: layers of chocolate cookies alternated with fresh whipped cream. As the cookies and cream sit overnight in the fridge, they morph into a striped cake-like consistency. An old favorite, it can be found on the back of the box of Famous Chocolate Wafers.) As a restaurant owner, I discovered that there were other types of households that had a specific item called “birthday cake.” I found this out when customers would call to order a birthday cake, and I would ask for details. The answer was usually just the customer repeating “birthday cake” a little louder. I’d ask, “What type of birthday cake?” again, to be met with the same two words: “Birthday Cake!” After going round and round, they usually told me what their family defines as birthday cake; in 90 percent of the cases, it was yellow cake with chocolate buttercream—but sometimes it was something else. If anyone is asking me, the more chocolate the better! I may choose a cake or a pie, but in every case, it includes chocolate! Chocolate cakes run the gamut—from layer cakes all the way to cheesecake, but all get their flavoring from either solid chocolate or cocoa powder. Cocoa powder comes in two forms: regular and Dutched, a type that has added alkaline. Because

of the alkaline, it’s very important to read the recipe carefully and not assume that they’re interchangeable. If you’re making a chocolate cake and the instructions call for greasing and dusting the pans with flour, cocoa is a great substitution for the flour, because it doesn’t leave a dusty ring on the finished cake. In every case, just be sure to sift or whisk cocoa with the other dry ingredients as it often is lumpy. Solid chocolate comes in bars, squares, wafers and chips, and unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk and white. You can use semisweet and bittersweet interchangeably (depending on your taste), but unsweetened, milk and white chocolate cannot be substituted. To melt chocolate, I usually use a microwave. After measuring out the right amount, I chop it into small (about ½-inch) pieces. Then I microwave it in short bursts—about 30 seconds at a time—stirring between each. Chocolate will sometimes keep its shape after it’s melted, so it’s important to stir to check how far it has melted and to release any hot spots that may build up. Alternately, chocolate can be melted in a double boiler over low heat. Remember in both cases that the goal is to melt the chocolate, not cook it—so go low and slow with the heat! I’ve included some of my favorite chocolate cakes—a flourless chocolate cake that can be mixed in just a few minutes in one bowl, a throwback favorite that performs a little bit of magic by moving the frosting to its core, and a decadent triple chocolate cheesecake. Try each of them—just make sure to save me a piece! Happy Cooking!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake (serves 8) This is one of the quickest, most delicious desserts in my repertoire. I can knock this out in one bowl and bake it while we’re eating dinner! Everyone loves its rich, chocolatey flavor. 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa 1 cup unsalted butter 8 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 1/4 cups sugar 6 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment cut to fit, then grease the parchment. Dust pan with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, then knock out the excess. Set aside. In a microwave-safe container, melt the butter and chocolate until smooth and just melted. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar and cocoa to combine. Add eggs, vanilla, salt and melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven about 40 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes on a wire rack, then slide a knife around the outside and remove the sides of the pan. Serve at room temperature with freshly whipped cream and berries.

Tunnel of Fudge Cake (serves 12) As a kid in the 70s, this was the cake of my dreams!. Don’t mess with the recipe—don’t even omit the nuts, or it may not work. It’s a fun throwback, and a rich, delicious cake! CAKE 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa, sifted 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened 6 eggs 2 cups powdered sugar 2 1/4 cups flour 2 cups chopped walnuts GLAZE 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 4 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan, and dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa. Knock the pan on the sink to release any excess cocoa. In a mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in the eggs, one at a time, stopping regularly to scrape down the bowl. On the very lowest speed, add in the sugar. Scrape the bowl and add the flour, walnuts and cocoa. Spoon the batter into the pan, and smooth the top. Bake exactly 52 minutes. Cool in the pan for one hour, then invert onto a cake plate. When the cake has cooled, sift the powdered sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Add most of the milk, and whisk until smooth. Dribble in more milk until the glaze is just loose enough to pour over the cooled cake.

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (serves 8–12) What is more decadent than cheesecake? This chocolate crust, chocolate filling and chocolate-topped cheesecake is worthy of being anyone’s birthday cake. For sweet/salty fans, this would be great topped with flaky sea salt! CRUST 1 package Famous Chocolate Wafers (found near the ice cream cones in most groceries) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted FILLING 1 pound good-quality semi or bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla GLAZE 1/3 cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 3 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate chopped

For the crust: In a food processor, grind up the wafers. Mix with melted butter. Press in the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Wrap outside of the pan carefully with one large single sheet of foil, making sure that it reaches at least 2 inches up the sides. Freeze for 15 minutes. (The foil will come into play later; cheesecakes benefit from the even, humid heat that a water bath provides. Since the springform pan may not be water-tight and we will be putting it in a pan of water, we need the foil to keep the water from seeping when we bake it.) Preheat the oven to 325. Place a rack in the middle of the oven.

For the filling: Heat the chocolate and coffee in a double boiler, just until melted. Stir until smooth; set aside. In a mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat for 2 minutes, then scrape the bowl well. Beat 2 more minutes, and scrape the bowl again. Add the eggs, one at a time, and scrape the bowl well between each addition. Add the chocolate mixture, salt and vanilla and beat well. Scrape the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan (foil and all) in a larger pan, like a roaster, and pour boiling water in the roasting pan until it reaches about an inch deep around the cake. Carefully move the whole thing to the oven. Bake for an hour, then check with an instant-read thermometer that the temperature has reached 160 degrees. Continue baking until 160 degrees, then remove from the oven and cool in the water bath for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from the water bath and cool another 30 minutes. Chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours in the pan before carefully running a knife around the edge and releasing the pan.

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For the glaze: Put the remaining chocolate in a small bowl. In a small pan, heat the cream and butter to almost boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir calmly until the chocolate has melted. Pour over the cheesecake, and spread to cover within an inch of the edges. Chill 30 minutes until set.

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In 1976, Lenie Shumate moved to Roanoke from Philadelphia, and settled with her young family into a spacious white clapboard home in Southwest County. Years later, with an empty nest, she decided it was time to think about the next step. “Two years ago, I felt I wanted to get into something either smaller or more practical to live in. My inclination was to go to a home show, grab some brochures, and talk to people,” she says. As a retired nurse, Lenie was pragmatic about the possibility of needing an easier-to-manage space one day in the future, and wanted to get her living situation squared away while she was still fit and active. At the home show, she met Rob Leonard of Structures Design/Build, who talked to her about options. Initially, she considered the idea of building a patio home on the adjacent lot she owns, but the lay of the land was less than ideal. So Leonard suggested she consider “aging in place,” in which a home is renovated to allow homeowners to stay where they are in safety and comfort. r vhomemaga zine .com 37

Leonard brought in architect Steve Sunderman, and Lenie worked with the duo for several weeks on ideas for how to reconfigure her three-story home, discussing considerations such as doorway widths and flat thresholds (to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs if the need ever arises), bathroom accessibility, and stairs. They opted to convert the living room into a master suite, so that Lenie could live on the main floor of the house, and keep the upper and basement levels for guest quarters and extra storage. Lenie was on board, and decided that the renovation would coincide with an interior makeover. “I wanted it to flow, and I wanted it to be different and fun, like a whole new house,” she says. “I wanted to feel in a way that I had moved—but hadn’t—and still have the luxury of guestrooms for friends and family.” To make the place feel new, Lenie enlisted the help of interior designer Elaine Stephenson. “I’d heard so many good things about her!” she says. Lenie and Stephenson discussed ideas for the re-do and went to local stores like ProSource and Ferguson together to pick out tile and bathroom fixtures. Soon thereafter, she met Greg Baker, the foreman for the project, had Virginia Varsity Storage move her main-level furniture to a storage unit, and then the demolition began. Lenie lived upstairs during the renovation. “I spent a lot of time in my room!” she laughs, but says that, luckily, the kitchen didn’t need an overhaul, so she was still able to use it much of the time. About five months later, Lenie’s home renovation was complete, and the results are remarkable. Originally, the foyer had a doorway to the former living room just inside the front door, but that has been closed off. The old wallpaper was removed, and the walls here and throughout the refurbished living areas were painted Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan. A pair of Paris Flea Market light fixtures by Visual Comfort and dark wood flooring that flows into the adjacent dining room give the entry a fresh look. The dining room is a study in how to gracefully update traditional furnishings. A Henkel Harris dining set is a glossy counterpoint to striking blue chinoiserie wallpaper by Jim Thompson No. 9. Stephenson loved its unusual silhouette effect, and managed to find satin fabric 3 8

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The Henkel Harris dining set is a glossy counterpoint to striking blue chinoiserie wallpaper.

in a matching hue for custom drapes, which are embellished with taupe trim. Beneath the drapes are woven grass shades, which Stephenson favors, noting, “They transcend any decorating style, from very contemporary to very traditional.” She also found a transitional cream and blue rug to complement the space, and topped the table with a crystal-embellished chandelier which she describes as “a love at first sight kind of thing.” The other pieces in the room are also Henkel Harris, including a china cabinet filled with colorful Imari porcelain and a buffet topped with a piece by local potter Steve Mitchell. Gilt-framed family oil paintings of Lenie, her mother, and her greatgrandfather add history to the updated space. The kitchen, fortunately, only needed a few revisions, which included replacing the fluorescent lighting with pendant and can lights—all on dimmers with modern switchplates—and some cosmetic enhancements, such as new cabinet handles, a fresh coat of paint, removing some dated draperies and valances, and swapping out some of the artwork. A painting over the kitchen table is one of the first pieces of art Lenie ever bought, in Philadelphia. “It remains one of my favorites,” she says, “Because it looks like Maine, and I love Maine.” A small TV hangs unobtrusively in the corner of the eat-in kitchen, wall-mounted with no visible wiring. During the renovation, Lenie worked with Dwayne Martin of Sound Decision to update the home’s technology so that TVs are wireless, and music speakers are built into the ceiling and controlled by her iPhone and iPad. In addition to these conveniences, she also had a state-ofthe-art security system installed by Security Consultants Unlimited, and is in the process of installing cameras inside and out for additional security. Adding this protection was one more facet of the renovation that will help Lenie feel both comfortable and safe in the years to come. r vhomemaga zine .com 39

The brick fireplace is softened by an unusual dove gray finish which Lenie’s former neighbor, painter Gary Custer, applied years ago.

The adjacent family room also kept its original footprint, but got a major makeover by Stephenson. A taupe chenille sectional sofa from Rowe Furniture, in Elliston, is Lenie’s favorite reading spot. A painting by Johannes Schiefer, which hangs above it, was Stephenson’s inspiration for blue and green accents in the room, including throw pillows and a custom round leather ottoman. Stephenson found a brass and leather side table with a shagreen finish for one side of the sofa, and placed a mirrored end table from her shop along the other side, which is topped with books, candles, and a pair of heavy green Orrefors crystal vases. The furniture is anchored by a fun animal print-inspired rug, and brightened with the addition of recessed lighting. The brick fireplace is softened by an unusual dove gray finish which Lenie’s former neighbor, painter Gary 4 0

Custer, applied years ago that is the subject of much admiration. A painting by Radford artist Mei Shu hangs above the mantel, flanked by a pair of cachepots by potter Tracy Brent Howard. Colorful art adorns the walls, including a piece by Mary Boxley Bullington, and a whimsical work by Sue Jamison, aptly titled “Empty Nest.” Across the room, the entrance to Lenie’s office is flanked by a pair of built-in bookcases that are filled with more whimsical art. A collection of animal folk carvings from Maine artists Donna and Dan Strawser includes an opossum with three babies hanging from its tail, and Jonah being swallowed by the whale. An adjacent wireless TV is wall-mounted above a 1773 Pennsylvania Dutch blanket chest, which Stephenson found in Lenie’s basement and repurposed. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

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The office was originally a screened-in porch many years ago, but now it’s an elegant working and meeting space. Stephenson found a perfectly-sized blue sofa, from Vanguard Furniture in Hillsville, to fit between two of the room’s three windows, which are all topped with custom cornices in a striped fabric that complements the blue and coral tones of the room. A pair of caned occasional chairs from Rowe Furniture flank a hammered wood table and provide additional seating. Lenie’s desk is a substantial kidney-shaped piece from Lexington Furniture, paired with a gray studded leather chair. A collection of art from both Maine and local sources completes the room. While the living areas received mostly cosmetic updates, the other side of the main floor is a different story. Past the kitchen, the area that once housed the formal living room, along with a space which, over the years, was variously an office and a bedroom, plus a full bath, has undergone a dramatic transformation. Now a glamorous powder room sits just off the kitchen, with a hallway leading to a brand new master suite. “The configuration before was not very conducive,” Stephenson explains, so Cook Siding & Window was brought in to move a window on the back of the house so that the new powder room could fit between the kitchen and master bedroom area. Bold, modern floral wallpaper in the powder room, by Harlequin, is a showstopper, and its taupe background is echoed in the marble floor and woven shade. Stephenson asked Roanoke furniture maker John Davis to build a custom vanity for the space that she designed, featuring side cupboards with unusual grillwork and fabric panels. “He did a fantastic job!” she says. The vanity has a quartz top from Premier Stone, and is topped by a mirror and faceted sconces from Uttermost in Rocky Mount.

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As with the family room, another painting was the inspiration for the master bedroom’s dreamy color palette.

A pocket door allows the hallway to the master suite to be closed off for privacy when needed. The hallway, hung with art by Mary Boxley Bullington and Katrina Bell, leads to a walk-in closet outfitted by Closet Storage Organizers. Lenie’s closet— which is organized by color!—has handy features, such as a full-length mirror that pulls out from between the racks, several sliding valet rods for hanging outfits, and a laundry hamper. Across from the closet is the master bedroom. As with the family room,

another Johannes Schiefer painting was Stephenson’s inspiration for its dreamy color palette. The walls are a soft blue, and the floor is a plush taupe carpet with a trellis pattern. Bedside tables, the vanity, and a chest with capiz doors are all cream-colored, with a pair of Vanguard club chairs covered in cream and blue Villa Romo floral fabric. The windows are layered with taupe woven blinds and curtains made with the same fabric as those in the dining room. “I love the way they drape!” says Stephenson. The bed has

an upholstered headboard whose extra height adds a touch of drama, and the bed is layered with pillows in Villa Romo fabric and a cream matelasse coverlet from Peacock Alley. “This is one of my go-to coverlets because they’re so easy to care for,” says Stephenson. “Just throw them in the washing machine—and this particular one doesn’t shrink, like some do.” The bench at the foot of the bed is covered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric in an aqua and white Greek key pattern, which is repeated in the neck roll pillow.

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While much of the furnishings are new, accessories such as vases and the alabaster lamps are from Lenie’s mother, and every gilt-framed painting has a story. On one side of the bed is a pastel portrait of Lenie at age four, while on the other, a painting of an adobe hut was a wedding present to her mother from none other than Oscar Meyer, of bologna fame. “We’ve always gotten a kick out of it,” Lenie chuckles. A large piece by Nan Mahone, which depicts Charleston’s intracoastal waterway, was a recent find. Lenie’s bedroom is so serene and elegant that you would never guess its secret: It has everything necessary for convalescing if ever needed. The sumptuous bed is electric, and faces a large wall-mounted, wireless TV. Doorways and pathways are spacious and level, in case she has mobility issues in the future. The glamorous master bathroom is similarly provisioned. Nina Campbell wallpaper, in a trellis pattern with an Asian motif, is a color Stephenson refers to as “AGDEB”. “It’s a funny name I read in a magazine years ago,” she says. “It stands for Almost Green Duck Egg Blue.” The L-shaped space has marble flooring, and white cabinetry from ProSource featuring a quartz counter, double sinks, and a linen closet. Fluffy white towels and chrome accents add to the well-appointed ambiance, but the most impressive aspect is the bathing area. The all-marble walk-in shower, also by ProSource, has a glass door, a built-in seat, a rain head and handheld faucet fixtures, and is tiled in four complementary patterns, including one on the ceiling. Next to it is a walk-in tub with 4 4

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a bench seat and a large door that latches. Lenie has tried it out a couple of times and says it only takes a few minutes to fill up, noting, “It’s not bad if you have something to drink.” With all of the new furnishings and secret comforts in place, Lenie says it’s time to start doing more fun stuff. Though she used to be very active on various boards and committees, these days she prefers to paint, read, travel, and spend time with her family, which includes seven grandchildren. Her new layout, along with the fact that Feazell Custom Lawn Care keeps her garden immaculately maintained, means that she has more time to spend on all of these things. For Lenie Shumate and her family, giving their home new life and function has been a wonderful way to move forward while preserving cherished memories. Lenie says she learned a lot during the process. “This has been a very empowering experience for me,” she says. “Big decisions, reconfiguring everything— I’ve loved it. It’s given me a real appreciation for craftsmanship, teamwork and timing.” She’s also pleased to report that, since living on one level, her knees bother her much less—one more perk of the process that has her eager to embrace this new phase of life. “I don’t take anything for granted. I’ve enjoyed this, but now I’m looking forward to getting out and doing things.”

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Driveway Sealing

Black Magic or Black Hole? BY J ER RY H A L E


alk to a half-dozen homeowners about whether or not it’s a good idea to periodically topcoat an asphalt driveway, and you’re likely to hear dissenting opinions. Some may call it a “waste of money”—basically a “paint job” with little or no value beyond aesthetics. Others say periodic seal coating is essential for long-term driveway health— like regular oil changes for your car. The ones in the middle have likely heard both arguments and haven’t decided who to believe.

Asphalt driveways are a less expensive alternative to concrete, and though typically less durable, are often preferred for their rich black coloration as well as their lower price. Commonly called “blacktop,” this paving is a simple mixture of gravel aggregate and petroleum-based binder. Applied hot and then compressed smooth by a heavy roller, it yields an attractive and functional surface for car, bike and foot traffic. It’s been in use for roads, driveways and paths for well over a century. Like the roof on your home, your driveway gets full exposure to the elements. Sun beats down hard, its heating effect magnified by the black color. (If you have any doubts about that, just take a step or two on your drive, barefooted, on a sunny day. Better yet, trust the science on how effectively color attracts and holds the heat!) Whatever falls from the sky—rain, snow, sleet, hail and airborne pollutants—hits your driveway full on. Then there’s the matter of traffic—not just your relatively lightweight personal vehicles, but trucks delivering packages, fuel, propane, mulch and the occasional piece of furniture. 46

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Indeed, asphalt’s proclivity to fade from rich black to dull gray over time is its way of confirming that it is weathering. In essence, the aggregate gradually shows through as the top film is eroded by sunlight, precipitation and tire traffic. Driveways must also contend with the effects of temperature-induced expansion and contraction. That, combined with surface erosion, will gradually produce cracks where water can collect and further attack the surface as it runs, freezes and thaws. So the best argument for regular top-coating of an asphalt driveway is the sealer’s ability to fill in the cracks, keeping water on the surface where it can harmlessly evaporate rather than collect in the cracks and, in cooler climates, freeze into expanding “chisel” mode. Small cracks also harbor seeds that germinate into unsightly weeds, with penetrating roots acting as damaging levers. A fresh coat of sealant will also help protect asphalt from corrosive auto fluid drips. Bottom line: Experts seem to agree that sealing an asphalt driveway every three to four years is prudent and cost-effective preventative maintenance. Contractor or DIY?

RESURFACING VS REPAVING Asphalt driveways that are heaving and crumbling won’t be helped by a top coat of sealer. An asphalt contractor should be consulted for advice on repair options. Most expensive is repaving—tearing out the old asphalt and starting over. About a third to a half less expensive is putting a new layer of compatible asphalt over the old, which may be an option depending on what is causing the old asphalt to fail. As in most repairs, the effort spent in proper preparation will determine how good the finished driveway looks and how long it will last.

That said, there’s another contention to wrestle: Is this a job I tackle myself… or purchase from a pro? Doing the sealing job yourself using buckets of top coating purchased at home improvement stores will definitely save you money, but there are downsides. Lots of driveway owners try this once and then decide that lugging, opening and stirring the unwieldy buckets, getting hands and face splattered with hard-to-remove black goop, destroying a set of work clothes and pair of shoes, and tracking black footprints into the garage and/ or mudroom all become part of the cost equation. As for aesthetics, a DIY job often results in brush marks, swirls and start-stop lines that the pros know how to avoid. Pros will also be experienced at addressing major cracks, crumbling and root bumps prior to applying the sealer. Going beyond a superficial treatment of problem areas may well forestall the need to repave for several years. Angie’s List, for example, gives a range for using reputable contractors at $200–$400 per thousand square feet (a 10' x 100' section) which you can eyeball for a ballpark to check against what the contractor reports after using a measuring wheel. Several web experts caution that fly-by-night providers (who typically knock on the door proposing a bargain job using material left over from “another job in the neighborhood”) often apply substandard material and won’t be around for retribution should you be dissatisfied. They suggest using only established firms with a reputation to protect locally. Another consideration is when to seal. For best appearance of the finished job, avoid months when leaves or other tree debris are falling. If this is on your fall to-do list, do it soon, before the big leaf drop. If your driveway has a steep slope, wait until spring to seal it to minimize slippery-ness under tires and feet when cold winter rains and/or ice and snow arrive. Steep driveway owners should also be sure the sealant used includes sand to improve traction. Whether you hire a contractor or do the job yourself, make plans to stay off the driveway until the sealant has fully cured—usually a minimum of 48 hours, and somewhat dependent on ambient temperatures and sunlight. Any less and you’re likely to get tread marks that will bug you until the drive is resealed in three to four years, especially on slopes where your car isn’t tracking a perfect straight line. Like most other aspects of your home inside and out, driveways will fare best with proper care along the way. Most experts agree top-coating with a quality sealer will extend your driveway’s life while improving appearance. And if you’re like most homeowners who notice a freshly-sealed blacktop drive, you think, “Wow, that looks really GOOD…maybe I should get it done at my place!”

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in the mix


In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the on-trend home was often heavily themed, like Southwestern or country, and furniture that matched was the look of choice. Since that time, popular style has evolved to embrace an eclectic look, but many do-it-yourself home designers find this style tricky to pull off. How can you look collected and eclectic without looking cluttered and chaotic? And what exactly are you supposed to do with pieces you’ve inherited? How do you integrate these heirlooms into your current decor? Keep reading for some easy ways to combine old with new to get the chic look you’re after. Consider Your Architecture

If your home has some years behind it, include some furniture pieces or accessories from the time that it was built (a nod to mid-century modern for a 1960s rancher, or some 1930s-era antiques in your foursquare) for an organic tie-in. “Mixing antiques with modern or traditional adds depth and interest to a room,” says Kelly Goldsmith, who heads Goldsmith Appraisal Service in Roanoke. Layer in some pieces that create contrast; modern art paired with more traditional furnishings is surprising and fresh, and modern rugs, like bold stripes or geometric patterns, can work well with traditional furniture. 4 8

In a newer build, consider bringing in older elements to create warmth and character, like reclaimed wood planking on a wall or ceiling, or a vintage light fixture, fireplace hearth or banister. A design scheme can be built around these initial contrasts of old and new. Know What You Need When You Treasure Hunt

If you like to go on the hunt for pieces with potential, a tape measure is a must—in a big open space the piece can appear smaller than it will in your living room. Have an idea of what you are looking for, like chairs to flank your buffet, or an interesting piece for a bookshelf, so you don’t wind up with R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6


rooms that are overstuffed—a surefire way to look cluttered. Goldsmith says the biggest mistake novice decorators make in blending styles is ignoring scale. “If you have a room that is decorated in a traditional manner, with say a camel back sofa, wing chairs, Hepplewhite style tables… you cannot throw in a heavy, highly carved and chunky Empire secretary bookcase and expect it not to stick out or scream at you when you walk in the room,” explains Goldsmith. “The scale of the Empire piece overpowers the other furniture in the room. But, you could take a smaller Empire piece, a library table for instance, and use it behind the sofa or as a console against the wall, and it’ll work that way.” Don’t be afraid to paint something (chalk paint and milk paint are easy to use for novice painters) if you think a fresh coat will transform it. Keep in mind that painting diminishes the value of the piece drastically, so don’t reach for a paint brush before you know if the furniture is worth anything. If you inherit a piece and are unsure of its value, have an antiques dealer take a look first, advises Goldsmith. If you find an upholstered piece with great lines but shoddy springs and worn, dated fabric, it can be fixed. However, make sure the wood has not dry rotted and is in good shape. “Examine the frame—if the joinery is really loose, it may be expensive to repair if parts need to be replaced,” cautions Goldsmith, who otherwise gives a green light on investing in reupholstering. She says older upholstered pieces are often better quality than what is being mass produced for the market today Stick to Tried and True; Edit Accessories

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When you’ve inherited furniture from family and painting it is out of the question, you can make it look more current without altering it. That secretary your grandmother left to you? Think about how you could use it—maybe it comes out of the living room to the top of the upstairs hallway to hold guest towels and toiletries. Remove an attached mirror and a dresser becomes a buffet; a collection of fine china plates that will go unused in a cabinet can be hung on a wall to enjoy every day. When you have dark-stained vintage furniture, lighten up what’s around it to avoid a heavy, dated look. Light colored walls won’t compete (try Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White for a warm, creamy white), and a natural fiber rug like sisal makes a great, neutral backdrop. Break up groups—your inherited dark-wood table will look instantly fresh contrasted with contemporary chairs. In a bedroom, consider moving the nightstands or the dresser to another room to avoid an excessively match-y look. And remember that a collected home is one that evolves to reflect your priorities, interests and experiences. “If you throw in some things, whether furniture pieces or decorative pieces or both, that are unexpected, your room becomes more visually interesting,” says Goldsmith. “The story of how it was acquired will make for fun conversation when you are asked about it.” R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6


let’s get cozy


As much as I adore the warmth and bliss of summer, the crisp air of fall has always held a certain magic for me. It makes the world seem fresh and clean again, the muggy air suddenly erased by the fragrance of Russian Tea and a wood-burning stove. I also gravitate toward cooler months because I’m an unapologetic lover of my bed. As such, I revere fall as the perfect weather-appropriate time to reassess my sleep comfort. After all, restful sleep is a vital component of good health. At first glance, the seemingly endless options for mattresses, toppers and sheets can be overwhelming, but with a little help your path will become clear! Mattresses

We’ve seen the mattress commercials—and secretly dreamed of being the person who sleeps without a hair out of place or embarrassing drool!—but how do you actually shop for a mattress? Where to buy Grab your pillow and head to the store! No, seriously. Experts recommend taking your favorite pillow and laying on a potential mattress for 10 to 15 minutes in your preferred sleep position, simulating slumber. Also, keep your wallet top of mind. Many stores will price match their competitors. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, take advantage of online retailers. With reviews, reviews, and more reviews at your fingertips, it’s easier these days to make decisions to buy things online. The most important two words to remember are: return policy. Before you shell out the big bucks, make sure you can get them back if you don’t love your new bedding. What to consider The best mattress will give your spine a nice curvature and properly align your buttocks, heels, shoulders and head. If a mattress is too firm, it will push on pressure points, causing pain; similarly, if the mattress is too soft, it won’t effectively support those points, leading to an achy morning. So now you know where you’re going and what you need, but what are your choices? Innerspring: The most widely sold and affordable option, innerspring mattresses contain metal coils. In most modern versions, each coil is individually wrapped to help disperse motion. While it can be comfortable for most anyone, firmer versions are especially beneficial for those with back pain. When shopping, keep in mind that the coil count is important, but anything above 390 won’t make a noticeable difference.

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Memory or latex foam: Tempur-Pedic has emerged as the most recognizable name for this mattress type. Memory and latex foam are both quickly gaining popularity and embody the same basic principle: a slow-responding foam that molds to your body and eliminates pressure on the body. Sounds great, right? Memory foam has an excellent reputation for relieving aches and pains, as well as absorbing movement, making it an ideal option for couples. However, it can retain heat, which makes for a warm sleep. Thankfully, newer options boast gel-infused or plant-based options that dissipate heat and provide better motion diffusion. Latex foam is more durable than memory foam and maintains a more consistent temperature, but is not as effective at relieving pressure.

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You’ve thoughtfully selected your mattress. Now, let’s infuse a little coziness with a mattress topper! Protective layers: Lightweight and machine washable, cotton is a splendid choice of material for a topper, while wool absorbs heat to keep you cool and resists mold and dust-mites. If you tend to sniffle and sneeze, a hypoallergenic option could make pollen-heavy months more comfortable. Mini-mattresses: If you opted for an innerspring mattress, you can simulate the memory-foam experience with a mattress topper composed of the same material. The egg crate is another great foam product, featuring ridges and grooves to help disperse pressure on the body. An iconic option, featherbeds are just as luxurious as they sound! This type of mattress topper, filled with down feathers, is lightweight and soft, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Best of all, snagging a plush foam R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

topper or featherbed is an excellent alternative to buying a new mattress! Sheets

You have a heavenly mattress and a cushy topper, now it’s time for the grand finale: sheets! As the part of bedding that actually touches your body, I consider cozy sheets to be a high priority. In advertisements, thread count seems to be the determining factor, but rest assured there are plenty of other elements to appraise including material, weave and beyond. Here’s the quickand-easy guide to soft sleeping: Thread count: Sorry friends, contrary to popular belief, a higher thread count does not necessarily denote a softer sheet. Defined as the number of threads per square inch of a fabric, thread count is actually influenced by many factors, with material being the most important consideration. Experts recommend sheets between 300 to 600 thread count composed of a high-grade fabric (learn more about materials in the following section). Anything more than 800 will not make a noticeable difference. Options greater than 1,000 can often begin to feel stiff due to the tightly compacted threads and will be less breathable, resulting in a warm slumber. Material: Any self-respecting Southern woman will tell you that 100 percent cotton

sheets make for the best sleep—cool, breathable, and less likely to stain…what more could you want? Sure, they can be a bit crisp at first, but after a few wash cycles you’ll swear you’re sleeping on a cloud. If you are partial to a freshly ironed look, try a cotton-polyester blend which resists wrinkles. Also very important is the fiber length. Long-fiber cottons such as Egyptian, pima, and Supima offer a distinctly softer sheet. Additionally, combed cotton fabric, true to its name, is combed to remove lingering short fibers, creating a strong but soft sheet. Weave: The weave is the undercurrent of the sheet, determining how it feels, how long it lasts and how much it costs. Percale dominates the upper end of the basic weave spectrum, offering durability and a silk-like feel. Specialty weaves, such as sateen, provide more vertical than horizontal yarns, resulting in an extremely soft fabric. Traversing the wild world of bedding can seem like foreign territory, but embrace the challenge. If you take your time, ponder all your options, and make informed choices, the end result can drastically improve the quality of your sleep. Now is the time to seize the sheets and take your sleep comfort into your own hands!

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When you see a beautifully decorated room, whether in person, on television, or in glossy photos, it is the small but exquisite details that really seem to transform a design from functional to fabulous. Using decorators’ trim—tassels on a valance, cording on a pillow, even a simple gimp covering upholstery tacks—is a designer’s go-to method of fully customizing a design project. These are the final touches that elevate a project to the truly personal and one of a kind. Trims are used to draw the eye to certain elements of design, such as pleating along the skirt of a club chair, or to accentuate a structural feature, such as high ceilings or an oversized window. Kristin Kopcial, owner of Decorating Den Interiors which provides design services to customers in the Roanoke Valley area, describes trim, tassels and fringe as “the icing on the cake” of a decorating project. “Embellishments add a little ‘bling’ to your design and are a way of ensuring that your design is one-of-a kind,” she says. “They can really make a statement if used correctly.” 5 4

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Today’s homeowners are blessed with almost endless choices of trims. There are gimp trims—a woven trim of various widths (regular gimp, scallop gimp, braided gimp, up to the very wide galloon gimp). These are used to cover seams or tacks in upholstery or to make transitions between the fabric and other types of trims. Cording, also known as piping, is commonly used at seams of cushions and pillows, adding decorative interest as well as additional reinforcement for the seams. Various fringes, such as bullion fringe, brush fringe or tassel fringe, are also popular statements on window treatments, throw pillows, and along skirting at the bottom of chairs, sofas and table covers. Trim tapes, available in a variety of widths, colors and patterns, are perhaps the most popular trend in fabric embellishment at the moment due to their versatility and affordability. Whether you are looking to add a touch of whimsy to a formal room or lend a feel of understated elegance to a more casual room, there is a trim to fit that goal. Uses and Trends

Like all elements of design, there are certain things that are currently on trend and others that are more timeless. Often this has less to do with the trim and more to do with where and how you use it. While we are familiar with trim edging a pillow or a drapery panel, it might be a little more adventurous to think about adding trim to a lampshade or an upholstered headboard. “Decorative tape [also known as banding] is what I have found to be the most popular embellishment at the moment,” says Kristin Kopcial. “It can be used on window treatments, pillows, bed skirts, and even high-end upholstered pieces.” She also recommends using decorative tape on drapery panels for a sophisticated “but not too busy” look. She also likes to use tassels and trim on valances that “just need a little something extra.” Trims can also be layered—though experts, Kopcial included, caution that this should be done with care to prevent a dated look. Gimp and cording lend a classic feel to an upholstered chair or sofa, while contrasting cording and trim tape can give a piece a more contemporary feel. 5 6

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Care and Upkeep

One thing many homeowners are concerned about when thinking of fabric embellishments is ease of upkeep. Will those darling tassels along the bottom of the sofa’s skirting get caught in the vacuum cleaner? Is it safe to wash or dry clean the drapery panels with the Greek key decorative tape, or will the tape run or pucker? Will the contrasting cording on the throw pillows bleed if thrown in the washer? First of all, choose carefully. If the trim will be attached to something like a couch throw pillow, that in the course of family life will likely need to be removed and washed on occasion, then plan accordingly and choose trim (and removable pillow covers!) that can be either machine washed or dry cleaned safely. The key to keeping your fabric trim and embellishments looking their best is to keep them clean and dust free. Prevention is key. Shake, fluff, or carefully vacuum to remove dust, spot clean as recommended by the manufacturer, and as a last resort, wash by hand, in the washing machine or dry clean. Be sure that your trim is firmly attached before vacuuming or washing—most trim is either sewn on or glued, depending on the project. Make repairs, and trim any snags or loose strings as necessary before cleaning. Whether you are contemplating a new design project or looking for ways to update and add a “pop” to your existing decor, today’s beautiful trims, tapes and embellishments are sure to provide you with inspiration to bring out your home’s unique appeal.

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ort, wash, dry, fold, iron, repeat. Life in the laundry room rarely (okay, never) feels like a thrill ride, and it’s not usually on the top of the list when it comes to home-style updates. But considering that clean clothes are one

of the necessities of life, why not ask for more—from both a functionality and a design perspective—from the

space you spend so much time in to get those clothes clean?

From a budget-friendly freshen-up to a total overhaul, whether you’ve got a closet or a ballroom-sized laundry space

to work with, showing your laundry room a little affection can help the whole process of getting clothes clean go more smoothly—and, dare we say, make you enjoy caring for your clothes a whole lot more. Here, we’ve got some ideas to get you on the path to an updated, organized and efficient laundry area. Sort it out.

First things first: take stock of your laundry area’s form, function, available space and condition of the key appliances that help you get the job done. If you’re remodeling or building a new home, look to locate your laundry area closest to the area of your home where the most dirty laundry collects, or near bedrooms where clean laundry is put away. Another potential location would be between the garage/house entry and kitchen—a strategy that could turn your laundry area into a multitasker, doubling as a mudroom or entry drop zone. Last but not least: consider the location of your washer and dryer within your laundry space in terms of noise and vibration that may travel to other floors or rooms. If you’re working with an established area, look for places to make space-use improvements, such as moving walls if your budget allows, purchasing a stackable washer and dryer, or creating or installing additional storage. Next up, evaluate your main work horses. Washer/dryer need an upgrade? Washer/dryer technology has changed considerably in recent years, so do your homework on what kinds of features you want and can afford. You’ll also have to decide on top-loading versus front-loading washers, and stacked versus side-by-side. Be sure to evaluate the energy consumption and costs of any units you’re considering. 5 8

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In short, look up. Is your laundry room taking advantage of all the vertical space it can? Look for opportunities to capitalize on space by going vertical: Install shelving units above the washer/ dryer, or up the entirety of one wall. Or consider installing a laundry center with a fold-down ironing board and iron storage to take up less floor space that can double as a mini folding station if you’re short on space. Another option is to hang an ironing board over the laundry room door. Could your laundry room benefit from the addition of a sink with sprayer faucet head for pet baths and hosing off muddy shoes? Or perhaps upgrade an existing, dated sink, swapping the white plastic tub for a farmhouse porcelain style with bronze fixtures, a stainless or granite model, or an industrial-look sink. Cabinetry and countertops are another key design and function opportunity if you choose to upgrade. For a quick, budget-friendly yet impactful update from a design standpoint, paint your cabinet surfaces and go for new hardware in crystalR o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

look glass, polished metal or bronze finishes. Another fast update that’s light on the wallet is to remove cabinet doors and let open shelves create opportunities to showcase clever and colorful storage within, such as matching, labeled baskets in either rattan, printed fabric or a solid color family. Open storage also allows quicker access to your most-used items and the opportunity to see at-a-glance what you’re running low on when you’re headed to the store for supplies. If your budget allows for new cabinetry, find your favorite look that also offers intelligent storage solutions such as ironing boards that roll out of drawers and drying racks that pull down from cabinets. Add ambiance with up or down-lit glass doors and stash extra dishware or pottery collections to turn your laundry room into part collectible showcase. Another laundry room attribute that makes laundry life easier is, of course, a folding station. If you don’t have one, look for spatial opportunities to house a big enough solid surface to get clothing, sheets, towels, and your biggest items folded and ready for distribution—spanning the top of the washer (if it’s a front loader) and dryer, folding down from a wall, or on a ready-made or constructed island, for example. Also up for consideration in laundry room updates are pets. If yours doubles as a place for your furry friends to kennel, nap or eat meals, consider upgraded functionality like built-in dog or cat beds, cleverly concealed cat box cubbies and extra cabinet space for pet food and grooming supplies. Have a little fun.

Why not entertain yourself? Install a flat-screen TV or add portable speakers and pipe in music via a home media player, or create a device station so you can view media, video chat with family or friends, or listen to your favorite tunes or audio books while you get the job done. While you’re at it, if your laundry room is in a much-accessed area of your home,

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consider creating a charging station for electronic devices as well (far from water sources, of course). Bring some “wow” to the walls, windows and doors.

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Walls, windows and doors are not only necessities—but opportunities. Use them. Bold, blue-and-white or floral printed wallpaper says “fresh” and can bring instant cheer to your laundry area. Or install a glass or subway tile backsplash behind your washer/dryer or sink and watch it catch and reflect light around the room and introduce a new color scheme that can be echoed in window curtains, painted walls and doors. If your laundry room is one highly trafficked by family, consider painting one or more walls with chalkboard paint and let kids decorate the space with artwork, institute a family message center, or even use it as an extra space to brainstorm your next big coup at work while waiting for the air fluff cycle to finish. Could your laundry room door use an upgrade? Splurge on a paneled, wooden door in a rich wood, or install a Dutch door, painted or stained in your favorite hue to keep pets in or little ones out with the bottom door closed while you let extra light in or listen for the dryer chime by keeping the top door open. Bonus: a window in the top half lets light in through this novel yet classic door style. If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your laundry room, use it to bring living room-like charm into the space. Layer bamboo shades and curtains, or install a printed roller or charming plantation shades for an instant, upstyled look. Light it up.

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Nothing brings new life to any room faster than a new light source. Up the design and functional wattage on your laundry area with a statement chandelier dripping with crystals, a shiny, oversized industrial pendant, sleek recessed lighting, rustic barn-inspired fixtures or demure and traditional shaded sconces. Also consider areas in which you might incorporate table lamps in your favorite design to mimic a cozy living room and disperse soft, glowing light. Examine your light sources and consider changing light bulbs to LED versions; a single LED bulb can last up to 25 years and provides a whiter, brighter light source. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

Turn an eye toward trendy storage (and accessories).

Storage: it’s the backbone of any successful laundry operation, and whether it’s a single shelf or a room full of cabinetry, where you stash your supplies can be a chance to change up your look. Bring in texture and warm wood with rattan or bamboo laundry baskets and/or coordinated shelf bins. Add function and gleam with industrial-look metal rolling baskets or entire shelving units. Punch things up with pattern and save some space at the same time with collapsible baskets in chevron or floral print for sorting laundry or stashing detergent and fabric softener. Up the luxe factor on your countertops with colored or patterned glass containers for laundry soap tabs, clothes pins, dryer sheets and lint rollers. Use wood, glass or high-shine metal candle holders with flameless candles with programmable timers to make a statement and provide a little romance in the laundry room (why not?) and pull double-duty as night lights for pets or lonely laundry

at night. Lastly, look for decorative hooks and stagger them on the wall, where they’ll not only help delicate clothing to air-dry but can also keep hats, umbrellas or coats within easy reach in a laundry room near the garage or front door. Get in on the ground floor.

If your plan calls for new flooring, consider contributing to a new look with patterned or wood-look laminate flooring, marble-look ceramic tiles or glossy white subway tiles, or opt for natural materials such as real wood or even brick. No budget for new floors? Find your design groove with chunky, easy-care cotton tie rugs or washable looped rugs in a rich or ethnic pattern for an instant update underfoot. No longer do you need your laundry chores be a mind-numbing affair, nor the space in which you launder to be the design eyesore of your home. With a little planning, creativity and space-use consideration, a happy life in the laundry room is within your reach.

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Have you ever considered taking that boring plot of grass in your yard and creating a garden path with some interesting features? Who can resist the allure of a path through a garden? You may be wondering, “Why would I ever want to make extra work for myself, or hire someone else to do the job when the grass is just fine?” Just as pictures, art, mirrors and travel artifacts on interior walls add interest and character to a home, so does a specially-created garden area, often with a path as the element that beckons, “Come, join me!” It ramps up the uniqueness of the property. It also shows that someone cares about this part of the yard; it’s not just lawn that gets mowed once a week. Even if the path leads to a bench where you might never want to sit—too buggy, too hot, too noisy—your eyes will go down that path and visually rest at the bench, providing a calming, peaceful effect. And such a charming vignette can add to the value of the property. Fall is the perfect time of year to add this garden feature, because the weather is still comfortable for working outside, and with some plants dying back, you can more clearly see the big picture of your garden. Let’s be clear: we’re talking about a pathway, not a walkway. Walkways are necessary parts of the property leading to doors or outbuildings. A pathway, on the other hand, is a frill, a cherry on top—but like art on indoor walls, it is a welcome addition. It’s also an extension of the home that makes ignored or neglected space usable. Pathways not only can increase real estate value, they can also provide outdoor living value. Your pathway should reflect the style of your home. Is it traditional, cottage-style, coastal, contemporary, Asian-inspired, Southwestern or just plain neutral—meaning no real definitive 6 4

style? While straight, clean lines in pathways harmonize with a contemporary look, most paths—and landscaping—are enhanced by curving lines. Elements of the path can play off the home’s exterior colors: a Tuscan look uses terra cotta and muted olive-green colors; coastal style emphasizes whites, beiges and light blues; a Southwestern feel comes from earth tones. The path may incorporate stepping stones similar to the home’s exterior stone, or brick may edge the path to complement brick on the house. And even if brick isn’t a part of your house, it lends a cottage or Americana look to a path—just add a white picket fence, and you’re all set, if that’s your style. You’ll need to determine where to locate this landscape feature. Ideally it will be visible from inside the home, drawing you outside to walk there and luxuriate in the outdoors. It may be visible from a window, porch, deck or patio, and ideally the start of the pathway will be near or visible from a home egress for easy accessibility. Pathways, being less formal and less used than walkways, are often constructed of natural materials: simple stepping stones, mulch or pea gravel. A pathway should be two to three feet wide, and a curved pathway is more attractive than a straight one. If you’re simply placing stepping stones to create a path, consider surrounding them with ground cover (creeping thyme is a popular, non-invasive choice) to add visual interest. Constructing a casual path is relatively simple; basic steps include removing a few inches of existing sod/soil, spreading some landscape fabric to prevent weeds from poking through, and filling with your material of choice. Mulch is probably the easiest and least expensive option, with a pretty straightforward prep and install. Pea gravel is a good choice and has a European R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 6

flair—think about how it’s found around castles and gardens on the Continent. Plus, it’s inexpensive (only about $5 per square foot installed; about half of that if you do it yourself), prevents weeds, improves drainage, prevents erosion, acts as a rodent barrier around the base of the house, and is easy to maintain. Installing pea gravel is relatively easy, too. The soil should be worked to about 6 inches deep, then should be covered with a 2-inch layer of coarsely textured crushed base rock. Next, lay down a barrier of landscape cloth and cover that with a 3-inchdeep layer of pea gravel. The base rock stabilizes the pea gravel to provide a firm surface. Pea gravel does have some additional requirements. It must be contained with edging material, be it wood, brick or metal— an added cost. It will shift underfoot if the layer of base rock is omitted in installation. It will eventually pack down into the soil and need to be replenished about every four years or so, whereas mulch, being organic and subject to decomposition, needs to be refreshed every year. You’ll probably need to neaten up a gravel path’s surface with a rake every so often, or if stepping stones are set in the gravel, you’ll need to sweep and perhaps adjust them occasionally. Also keep in mind that a gravel path may be less sturdy and more difficult to navigate, so consider who will be using this path. Gravel sticks into anything except flat-soled shoes, so there should be a gravel removal mat at the entry door near the path to avoid tracking it inside the house. In addition to making your pathway reflect your home’s style, the corresponding landscaping might have a specific theme. Give the pathway a destination; it could lead to a formal herb garden, to a shady garden or bank of shrubs, to a flower garden of perennials, to a garden arbor with trailing vines, to an area that attracts hummingbirds, or butterflies, or both. Or how about a mini-garden designed around your favorite color of flowers? Remember that your garden pathway isn’t something for viewing only. It can be a useful, tranquil place to relax, enjoy nature, read a book or share a cup of coffee. Furniture might be required: a bench, a table, a couple of chairs or some lounge chairs. With today’s materials, you can leave sturdy furniture and even fabric-covered cushions out in the weather without damaging them. Once you have built your pathway and installed its surrounding greenery, you can revel in the closeness of nature— hummingbirds, butterflies, herbs, flowers or whatever you have used or attracted to populate your pathway and landscape area. Enjoy!

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Renew, Repair & Revitalize Your Wood No Sanding - No Dust - No Mess - No Odors

Revolutionary wood renewal with a tough polyurethane finish. Enjoy your beautiful wood floors and cabinets with no sanding. No mess, no odors, in just 24 hours. The process is quick, easy, and hassle free. N-hance has a full customer service guarantee.Outdated, damaged and worn wood can be renewed ® with little disruption and instantly cured with

N-Hance’s exciting Lightspeed wood refinishing technology is the first nationwide franchise system to develop such a product. The new UV floor refinishing offers consumers the following benefits:

• Instantly cures the wood finish and makes it usable immediately as opposed to traditional wood finishes that can take up to two weeks to dry. • Can be used on cabinets and kitchen tables, bars, as well as on wood floors. • Is the most durable finish with the highest wear index and highest scratch resistance. • Eco-friendly and safe for family/pets





“I just want to thank you with regards to the great job you did to our kitchen cabinets. They had 22 years of use and you made them look like they were just installed. ” - The Kuehns

Wood Renewal in Just One Day! Independently Owned and Operated Call 375-6631 today to schedule a FREE In-Home Estimate. Serving Roanoke, Botetourt, Vinton and Salem |

Roanoke Valley HOME Fall 2016  
Roanoke Valley HOME Fall 2016