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CONTENTS Roanoke Valley HOME Fall 2018



70 features

showcase home

CREATIVE STORAGE Ideas for stylish organization

ROANOKE REDUX 1920s Tudor home refreshed for family of four




SWEET RETREATS Three local backyards



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ALL ABOUT THAT BASEMENT Transform this underutilized area BY ALYSSA MERCADANTE

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Expert tips for common conundrums BY RORY RHODES


Designing a nursery BY MEGAN BRUFFY



Styles for every home



Design, Defined: Industrial style BY ALYSSA MERCADANTE



Compare the options



HOME crew shares their cleaning hacks





Start now for a greener spring BY SARA SIGMON


Unusual bulbs for a spring sensation BY MITZI BIBLE



Savory pumpkin recipes BY MARSHA GALE


Coffee contraptions for the perfect brew BY SLOANE LUCAS


Enjoy an autumn meal outdoors BY BECKY CALVERT

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EDITOR’S note Something about September feels like a fresh start. Though some schools begin in August, years of September start dates— with their shiny new school supplies and class schedules—make this month feel like prime time for getting organized and tackling things that were put off during summer. This issue of HOME puts the focus on family, and getting your home and garden squared away for fall. Make the most of your space with our article on creative storage solutions, which offers ideas for every area of your home. If you’ve got extra real estate in the basement and are wondering how best to put it to use, our basement remodel feature has plenty of inspiration. We’ve shared advice from local designers on several family room design conundrums, and our team at HOME magazine has pooled our best cleaning tips—we hope to surprise you with some new household hacks! These next couple of months are some of the best to spend outside; check out our feature on beautiful backyards to see how area homeowners have created relaxing retreats. If your lawn is looking tired after a hot and busy summer, our how-to on lawn care tells you what to do now for lusher grass in spring. Speaking of spring, fall is the time to plant bulbs—we’ve found a few you probably haven’t seen before. Don’t forget to take some time to appreciate our area’s natural bounty—we’ve got suggestions for the perfect fall picnic, and some savory pumpkin recipes to take you beyond the classic pumpkin pie.

If you’re thinking about a fall project or two, now is a good time to get it done. Whether it’s a new front door, a touch of industrial-style design, or designing a nursery for your newest family member, we’ve got ideas. Plus a handy breakdown of home security options, to keep you and yours safe and sound. And, if you need a charge before tackling these home projects, our article on making gourmet coffee at home will put some pep in your step. As always, our goal is to be a resource you can count on for design, home improvement, and a few fun extras. We hope you enjoy reading our family issue, and wish you a happy autumn! — Rory Rhodes, Editor


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rganizing—it’s a never-ending quest. Our desire for tidy, puttogether homes requires a lot of vigilance, but also creativity. We’re forever pushing back on the constant creep of our belongings from their appointed storage location to “all over the house.” Culling your belongings with popular techniques such as KonMari or Swedish Death Cleaning can only get you so far. At some point you need to assess your storage options and, if lacking, address. Just because a home is large doesn’t mean it has adequate storage. And even smaller homes can be deceptively creative when it comes to sneaking in storage opportunities.

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Out in the open

Sometimes it’s not long-term storage, but quick-fix solutions, that help you contain your daily disarray. Can you install a bank of hooks at your entry to hang purses, coats, bags and keys? That will help keep the clutter controlled. Hanging kitchen racks can help you showcase your cookware, giving you easy access to pans and pots while also freeing up cabinet space. A collection of copper cookware will add some charm to your kitchen, and keep them handy when you want it. Do you have some decorative or seasonal items you love but only use infrequently? Display them on top of kitchen cabinets. With an array of ideas and options for storage, ranging in price from high-end custom builds, to statement furniture that combines storage with style, to easy-peasy solutions from your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get your home organized. All it takes is some creativity and a commitment to making your space as put-together as possible. ✦

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While wardrobes and computer cabinets are functional and practical ways to camouflage storage, they can be bulky, and not particularly original. If you’re looking to make a design statement, seek out furniture that does double-duty providing excellent storage while still being eye-catching and stylish. Don’t settle for a basic boxy buffet. Instead, choose something with texture, pattern or color that will stand out in your dining space. A lacquered or mirrored finish adds shine to your design. Intricate fretwork on the doors, ornate period detailing, or sleek midcentury lines can set the tone for your dining room. Choose coffee and side tables made of unusual materials but also with hidden drawers or shelves that will make a statement in your living room while still offering storage. Drum tables come in a range of finishes, from hammered metal to salvaged wood, and are a great place to store toys, throws, and pet supplies. Luxuriously upholstered ottomans, decorative benches, and occasional tables with shelves can all add both style and storage. Beds with drawers underneath are fantastic for storing blankets or off-season clothing. And beds with bookshelf headboards are great for extra bedtime items. Both are especially useful in kids’ rooms. Kids’ rooms can also be expanded by going vertical. You can buy loft beds with room underneath for a homework space or extra storage. Need a mudroom? Buy some sports lockers and build them into the garage or just inside the garage door, giving your family a fun and practical place for shoes and coats. Maximizing existing space

You should also take a look at your existing closets and pantries and ask yourself if you are really using the space to its full advantage. Similar to installing bookshelves, you should be using all of the space, from floor to ceiling. Ask friends for recommendations or do an online search for local professional closet designers, and call for a consultation. They can share ideas and price out a revamp of your space. Storage systems like Elfa from The Container Store, or closet organizers from home improvement stores can also be installed, either professionally or DIY, to transform a mediocre closet into a fantastic wardrobing space. Similarly, pantries can be more than just shelves in a closet. You can add hanging door racks for spices, or additional shelves with bins, if that helps organize your items better. Scour your local stores for creative storage products that you can use. Your kitchen cabinets may be able to hold more than you think, if you hang wire plate holders under the shelves to stack additional dishes or hang mugs above platters. Add risers and stackable shelves to lower cabinets to store more pots and pans. Drawer organizers may also help contain clutter—especially if you have deep drawers where you can add another tray. Most people have probably maximized their rough attic space for storage with plastic bins to keep clothing and other items clean and stacked. But you may also be able to better leverage your garage, especially with storage racks mounted to the ceiling. You can use sturdy, airtight plastic bins to store clothing or offseason coats, and these can be really great for luggage. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

Out in the open

Sometimes it’s not long-term storage, but quick-fix solutions, that help you contain your daily disarray. Can you install a bank of hooks at your entry to hang purses, coats, bags and keys? That will help keep the clutter controlled. Hanging kitchen racks can help you showcase your cookware, giving you easy access to pans and pots while also freeing up cabinet space. A collection of copper cookware will add some charm to your kitchen, and keep them handy when you want it. Do you have some decorative or seasonal items you love but only use infrequently? Display them on top of kitchen cabinets. With an array of ideas and options for storage, ranging in price from high-end custom builds, to statement furniture that combines storage with style, to easy-peasy solutions from your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get your home organized. All it takes is some creativity and a commitment to making your space as put-together as possible. ✦

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n every home there are bound to be certain design and decorating challenges. Who hasn’t tried rearranging furniture or art every now and then—whether to improve flow, make more room, or just try something new? When you’re looking at your own spaces, it can be hard to see things with a fresh eye. We might search Pinterest boards, magazines, and design websites for inspiration; we might ask a trusted friend for opinions and ideas. But nothing beats the help of a professional. Interior designers and decorators have the ability and experience to analyze a space and see what needs to be changed to improve both style and function. While every home is different, in their line of work, certain design challenges do come up with regularity. We talked to two local designers on how they handle three of the most common conundrums in a favorite spot—the family room. 16

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TV + focal points

Almost every family room has a TV, and quite a few have fireplaces as well. Orienting both in the same space can be a challenge. MaryJean Levin, interior designer at Halifax Fine Furnishings, says that flatscreens have somewhat simplified the conundrum, since they can be mounted above the fireplace in certain situations. To integrate the two focal points, Levin says, “Continuing moldings above the mantel to fit the screen can make an attractive architectural feature. One caution about this installation is that the mantel should not be more than four to four-and-a-half feet high, because a much higher screen is uncomfortable to watch.” Some homeowners prefer to camouflage the TV when it’s not in use. “Televisions are such symbols of the ‘community entertainment’ purpose of a family room that I discourage clients from trying to disguise them here,” says Levin. However, for those who do want it hidden here or in other spaces, there are several options. Samsung offers an LED Mirror TV which, as its name suggests, looks like a mirror when the TV is turned off. Samsung also has The Frame, which offers the choice of more than 800 works of art for display. Both models have customizable frames. If you’re looking to hide your existing TV, consider wall-mounted panels in an attractive finish. Antiqued mirror, reclaimed wood or even a large canvas can be slid or placed over the TV when not in use. There are also bookshelves and entertainment units with movable doors that can hide the TV when needed. Layout + space

Some family rooms—especially those situated adjacent to an open kitchen in the rear of the house—tend to have long, rectangular spaces that can feel a bit like a bowling alley. The conundrum here is how to make best use of the space while avoiding an awkward layout or blocking off access. “Divide and conquer is usually the best solution for a long rectangular room,” Levin says. “A small sofa across the middle of a long space can create a sitting

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area, with another area behind furnished with a game table and chairs. This is useful not only for games but also for casual eating and homework.” She also says, “If the room is extremely long, two small sofas back-toback can delineate the spaces.” Levin says her favorite solution for a difficult room layout is a swivel lounge chair—or two. “A pair can often be used instead of a bigger sofa, or one can fit in an awkward spot and still be turned to join the main activity in the room,” she explains. If you have a small family room and want to make the space feel larger, there are various tricks of the trade. Kristin Kopcial, of Decorating Den Interiors, says, “Use light, neutral colors. Choose art and accessories carefully, as they can tend to clutter a space. And, use pieces that are multi-purpose—like an ottoman cocktail table.” Make sure your furniture is the right scale for the space—avoid bulky or oversized items. Raised leg furniture gives the illusion of more space by allowing you to see more of the floor—same with a glass-topped coffee or side table. Levin says, “A monochromatic color scheme can make a small space feel larger because of the low contrast. This is even possible if the dominant color is darker or brighter than one might expect.”

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A family room is meant to be lived in. To keep it looking good, low maintenance and durable design elements are important here. Sofas can be covered in washable slipcovers or performance fabrics. “There are so many new patterns and textures available in durable finishes originally designed for outdoor spaces, such as those offered by Sunbrella and Crypton,” says Levin. “They make great-looking fabrics for indoor rooms that families with children and pets can enjoy guilt-free.” For family-friendly furniture options, Kopcial says, “Wood with a slightly distressed finish will be much better for families, and won’t show wear and scratches as easily as a smooth or highgloss surface. Also, repurposing furniture can be a great way to change the look without buying a new piece.” Wool is an excellent choice for area rugs thanks to its resiliency. Nylon is affordable and easy to clean, but be aware that over time the fiber can become flat. For paint, a flat sheen tends to show marks, though it’s the easiest to touch up. Semi-gloss and gloss clean the best, and are recommended for trim work. For walls, satin or eggshell has a slight sheen, making it fairly easy to clean and a good choice for busier spaces.


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Smaller pumpkins have names like “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.” With their firm, sweet flesh, they are an excellent choice for cooking and baking.

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Crisp air, cooler temperatures, and shorter days are all signs that autumn is upon us. Suddenly, every coffee and donut shop is offering pumpkin-flavored treats. When most of us think of pumpkin, we automatically think of sweet things, such as pumpkin spice latte, muffins and, of course, pumpkin pie. However, there are many delicious savory pumpkin dishes to be enjoyed. 2 2

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here are a variety of pumpkins in our grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Smaller pumpkins have names like “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.” With their firm, sweet flesh, they are an excellent choice for cooking and baking. Use these small pumpkins for roasting, making soups, and for making homemade puree for pies—their flavor and smooth, roasted consistency is better than larger pumpkins, which tend to have stringy, watery flesh. Sugar pumpkins are about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. From one pumpkin of this size, you’ll typically be able to get the same amount of puree that you do from a 15-to-16 ounce can of pumpkin, or perhaps a little bit more. Roasting them is a breeze: Start with 2 sugar pumpkins; rinse with warm water to remove dirt. Cut pumpkin one in half, using a sharp knife; scoop out seeds with a metal spoon. Lay the pumpkins face-down in a large baking dish and add ¼ inch water. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on size) or until tender, using a fork to check. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Your roasted pumpkin can now be mashed or pureed to use in your favorite recipes. Here are three flavorful recipes perfect for this fall…


serves 6 Just the thing to serve hungry guests while waiting for dinner! We like this dip best served with celery sticks, but whole wheat, rice, and club crackers are delicious as well. 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, softened (low-fat is fine) ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup pumpkin puree (more if you want a stronger pumpkin flavor) ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans or hazelnuts 2 to 4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled 3 green onions, thinly sliced ½ teaspoon seasoned salt ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Stir all ingredients together using a large spoon or an electric mixer until combined. Serve garnished with extra bacon, nuts and green onions if desired. Recipe adapted from


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Sauté onions, peppers, garlic, spices, and salt and pepper in olive oil until onions are translucent and peppers are beginning to soften (about 8 minutes). Add sauté to pureed pumpkin, along with corn and beaten eggs. Mix well. Spread into a buttered 2-quart casserole, and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered. The casserole is now perfectly done and ready to serve, but I like to broil the dish at this point in order to get a golden brown top. If you are so inclined, just switch from bake to broil and keep a close eye on it until it becomes browned and bubbly. Recipe adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen.


makes 12 cups Comforting, satisfying and delicious, this recipe has been a family favorite for years. It yields a large pot of soup, but it’s very easy to cut the recipe in half. 3 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, sliced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 sugar pumpkins, roasted and insides scooped out (or 2 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree) 6 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder pinch of nutmeg and ground ginger GARNISHES Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, or croutons

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We all want to protect what’s important to us, starting with our home. Whether you have concerns about break-ins, package theft, or security while you are away, you can find a solution by browsing the growing selection of home security systems on the market. In recent years, smart technology has drastically expanded the homeowner’s ability to control and protect their home. Many find comfort in the ability to see video feeds from security cameras and control locks, garage doors, and thermostat settings from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. The first choice you have to make when seeking a home security solution is whether you prefer a professionally-monitored or DIY system. Here are a few options to consider… 2 4

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ADT stands as one of the most traditional and well-known home security companies, with nationwide dealers and installers. Homeowners can call or go online to get a quote on one of three packages, “Essentials,” “Total Protection” and “Premium Protection.” Each comes equipped with a wireless keychain remote, backup battery, infrared motion detector, three window and door sensors, high-decibel alarm system, digital keypad with a panic button, and 24/7 professional monitoring. ADT Pulse®, included in the “Premium Protection” package, allows homeowners to monitor their security system, including camera feeds, on their personal devices. If the system detects a threat, ADT will send you text and email alerts in addition to triggering alarms, a helpful feature if you are away from your home. ADT also allows homeowners to control compatible home automation devices, like smart thermostats, smart locks, and smart light bulbs from the ADT Pulse® app. The total cost varies per package, but buyers should keep in mind that professionally installed and monitored systems require fixed-term contracts and monthly fees. Vivint

Like ADT, Vivint offers a professionally monitored, customizable home security setup. One of Vivint’s primary draws is its stylish and smart devices. Homeowners can control their system using their Vivint Smart Home app, PC, or SkyControl, Vivint’s seven-inch, wall-mounted, touchscreen control panel. More than just a home security hub, SkyControl lets homeowners control their system and access smart devices from collaborating companies, like Nest, to switch lights, turn locks, open and close garage doors, and set thermostats, all in one place. SkyControl

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comes with a panic button that can instantly connect you to a monitoring professional, whether you have a security threat, a fire, or a medical emergency. The two-way voice feature puts you in contact with a representative through the WiFi-enabled SkyControl panel, so that in the event of a false alarm, you can alert the representative immediately, without having to run for your phone to answer a confirmation call. Though Vivint tends to cost more than ADT and require longer contracts, financing plans are available. Nest

Homeowners who prefer to monitor their own systems and forgo monthly fees may find Nest is the right choice for them. Nest devices are visually appealing, simple to use, and easily monitored using the Nest app. The starter pack includes the Nest Guard, the system’s hub device equipped with an alarm, two Nest Detect sensors, two Nest tags, which can be swiped by the Nest Guard to arm and disarm the system, and installation materials. Since some homeowners are deterred by security systems because they expect loud beeps and harsh countdowns, Nest offers a gentle voice and softer chimes, so the homeowner won’t feel startled when they arrive home. Homeowners can choose to add indoor and outdoor cameras to their setup in order to increase security and have the ability to check on their home while they are away. Professional monitoring is available in partnership with Brinks Home Security, which can be helpful to those with increased security concerns. Another add-on homeowners may consider are Yale keyless locks, opened with key codes, that allow homeowners to lock and unlock their doors using the Nest app. Nest thermostat control (also available through ADT and Vivint) is another great feature


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to consider when designing your Nest security system. Though the cost of Nest starts around five hundred dollars—more with cameras and other add-ons—homeowners can forgo installation and long-term service fees. Adobe

Adobe offers another popular DIY home security system. The starter kit comes with the Adobe Gateway, the system’s hub, which is equipped with a 93-decibel siren, a backup battery, optional cellular connectivity, home automation capabilities, and professional monitoring, if desired. The kit also includes one mini door/window sensor, an indoor motion sensor, and a remote key fob. Additional cameras, sensors, and accessories can be added if desired. One of Adobe’s unique features is visual verification. When an alarm is triggered, your Adobe system sends photos of your home to your phone so that you can quickly see whether the alarm was false or not and choose whether to disable the alarm or call the police. With Adobe, homeowners can enter and exit their home without arming or disarming the system using the auto-home and auto-away features, free of the hassle of manually arming and disarming your home. Whenever a door is opened, Adobe pushes a notification to your phone, a feature that may be especially helpful to parents who want to make sure their children make it home safely. The flexible nature of Adobe allows homeowners to entirely self-monitor their systems or pay low monthly fees for professional monitoring. Unlike Vivint and ADT, Adobe offers flexible contracts for professional monitoring.

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Because there are an abundance of home security companies and packages available, decide whether you want a professionally monitored or DIY system, then choose the features you need before contacting a security company. Try not to be oversold on unnecessary features that drive up the price. While conversing with company representatives or researching online, pay attention to the quality of the customer service you receive and the ease or difficulty of navigating the company’s website, so you can find the best fit for you. Build a home security system that makes you feel safe and protected, whether you are at home or away. ✦ R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8





Those of us fortunate enough to live in this beautiful corner of Virginia look for excuses to spend time out of doors, soaking up the splendor so casually on display in the green areas of our community and, more often than not, in the hidden paradises of our own backyards. A beautiful backyard comes in endless variations: some expansive and others charmingly small, some structured and formal, others relaxed and casual. Regardless of your style, one thing most gardeners agree on is that a backyard is never a finished project—it’s always changing and evolving, always awaiting the next inspiration. Whether you’re an experienced gardener with your own backyard oasis, or just getting started designing and creating the outdoor space around your home, here are three local gardens to give you inspiration. r vhomemaga zine .com



Woodland garden

On a ridge above South Roanoke lies the home of Bruce and Lulu Thomas, featuring a backyard that feels like the middle of a forest grove. Sunlight filters through the tall trees, while lush plantings of evergreens, hydrangeas, daylilies, iris, and various other shadefriendly plantings are carefully layered around winding stone garden paths and a meandering stream. The word “serenity” comes to mind, but homeowners Bruce and Lulu are quick to explain that this serene woodland garden is the result of a long learning curve, and years of trial and effort. When the Thomases bought their home 40 years ago, the garden was a blank slate. “There was nothing but weeds and grass,” says Bruce, who takes main responsibility for the garden’s design and upkeep. “In the beginning I didn’t know anything. I spoke to designers and horticulturalists, and read a lot of books,” he says. “We also looked at other people’s gardens, and 28

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adapted their ideas to our space.” Bruce began by terracing his steeply sloped lot, which had been a challenge to mow. He added an irrigation system and began planting species of plants that caught his fancy, including evergreens. “I was in love with dwarf conifers,” he explains. “I loved their shape and variety.” Over the years, Bruce installed hundreds of plants in this mountaintop oasis, but says he never really had a specific plan that he followed. “It mostly sort of evolved,” Bruce chuckles. “I made tons of mistakes, but my theory is that if a plant doesn’t work where I put it, I move it.” Lulu jokes, “I’ve always said that if I moved furniture around inside as much as he moves stuff outside, Bruce would never find the bedroom!” Despite the transient nature of Bruce’s garden, Lulu gives her husband full credit. “He does all the work and he’s got a much better eye for plants than I do. I just enjoy it!”

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The rock-lined paths and all of the large rocks amongst the plantings were unearthed from the yard itself. “I had to learn to use rock and love it,” says Bruce, indicating the pathway. “There was no getting around it with this rocky soil.” About 20 years ago Bruce contacted Norman Tharpe, of Water Garden Designs By Tharpe, whom he had met at a home show. Together, they designed the rock-lined stream and pond feature which begins at the high end of the garden, burbles gently over moss-covered rocks and under a quaint footbridge, and feeds a pond full of water lilies. Once this feature was in, Bruce had the inspiration (and the rocks!) to extend the creation around a tree that stands at the edge of the pond. From there, water spills down the steeper slope beyond, landing in a stone-covered reservoir before being recirculated back to the top. The effect is magical: the sound of rippling water follows the visitor at every point in the garden. After his retirement a few years ago, Bruce extended the garden further down the slope. “I filled up what was once the backyard, 30

and now I’m pushing into the woods. It used to be all weeds, and I’m building a woodland garden,” he explains. Lulu and Bruce have added statues and metal work around the garden, which adds a whimsical touch. Over time, Bruce has cultivated a four-season garden that has a backbone of evergreen conifers to provide year-round color and textural interest. There’s something blooming from late February—when the earliest of his hundreds of daffodils start to open—until the end of autumn. Bruce has also encouraged deer-resistant plants like plumeria, as the garden is a veritable pass-through for everything from chipmunks to wild turkeys, deer and even the occasional bear. With all these visitors, it’s amazing that every plant isn’t ringed with deer fencing, but Bruce believes that a woodland garden should also be home to woodland creatures. Happily, the garden doesn’t seem to have suffered any ill effects from the visitors; perhaps they find the green paths and gurgling water as charming as the rest of us. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

Growing with the family

Colleen and Bill Hamlin’s home, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, has been a work in progress since the couple purchased it from Bill’s mother nearly twenty years ago. At that time the backyard was what Colleen describes as “the woods,” meaning mostly wild, and with “lots and lots of massive trees planted too close together.” There was, however, a picturesque stone retaining wall and a large brick patio installed years earlier by Bill’s parents, which the outdoor-oriented family loved. When they moved in, the Hamlins had two active young boys and decided that what their family needed was a grassy yard for those boys to play in. Thus began the first transformation of this large lot. The Hamlins removed several trees and spent years cultivating the thick lawn that now undulates down a gentle slope. Early on, Barb Nelson,

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manager at Townside Nursery where Colleen works, advised the Hamlins to plant the statuesque stand of Leland cypress along the back of the property, affording the family privacy from the road beyond without a fence breaking up the green expanse. Always a gardener, Colleen then spent years establishing a large perennial garden. As the years passed and the boys grew up and left home to start lives of their own, the garden started to feel like too much. “The kids got older, I started working more, and we have a cabin in Craig County that we go to on weekends, so I gave up perennial gardening,” Colleen explains. “It was just so much work.” The backyard began another transition: a lower maintenance garden that requires less time and effort so that Colleen and Bill can spend more time traveling and with their grandchildren.



The new backyard requires only the basics of mowing, edging, weed eating and occasional weeding. Colleen now relies on hardy easy-keeper perennials such as hostas and hydrangeas to give the garden texture and interest. The only plants that require regular care are geraniums and ferns, in containers and window boxes that are sprinkled around the patio area. Two and a half years ago, the couple added a garage onto the back of the house. “Bill always, always wanted a garage,” says Colleen. “He finally got one, and it’s nicer than our living room!” The garden shed, which the family used to call ‘the garage’ was moved to the site of the old perennial garden. Painted white and adorned with window boxes with fluffy ferns, it now resembles a charming summer house and is where Colleen keeps her gardening things. “I don’t get to keep any of my gardening things in Bill’s garage,” she laughs. “They all have to go in here—except for the riding mower. That’s allowed.” The Hamlins love to entertain family and friends, and their spacious patio has rattan seating casually arranged under a large umbrella within view of a large blue fountain. The fountain was a birthday gift to Colleen a few years ago, and has been an easy and carefree source of enjoyment for the couple, and especially the grandchildren, ever since. Though the patio and garden have changed through the years with the family’s needs and interests, one thing has remained constant: it is always a place that the Hamlins and their family and friends can enjoy. 32

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Graceful symmetry

In the historic area of Salem, near the campus of Roanoke College, is the home of Nancy Mulheren. Purchased in 2012, this home was exactly what this active businesswoman, mother, and member of the Board of Trustees of Roanoke College was looking for: a commuter home. Nancy is often back and forth between Salem and the family’s businesses in Paint Bank, Virginia. She found commuting exhausting, and staying in hotels depressing, so when she found the perfect small home for sale in downtown Salem, she was thrilled—with the house. The backyard? Not so much. Nancy explains that the home’s previous owner left the backyard in its natural state, and the garden was a jumble of miscellaneous plants and scrub trees. “It was a wild habitat,” Nancy says, but it lacked the sense of order she craved. “I’m pretty much the total opposite of that,” she laughs. “I’m definitely a person who likes things to feel very exact.” Nancy discussed her vision for the backyard with local landscape architect Jim Loesel, and together they made a plan to r vhomemaga zine .com

create a sense of structure in the garden. Then, Nancy brought in Seven Oaks Landscape and Hardscape to help her implement the plan. They removed the scrub trees and installed a formal boxwood parterre with pea gravel pathways. A fountain, bench, and urns add focal points. Seven Oaks also put in a large patio with herringbone brick pavers, and privacy fencing along the small alley behind the home, which gives the garden the feeling of a quiet oasis despite its proximity to the bustling campus of Roanoke College. Jay Reed, sales representative for Seven Oaks Landscaping, says it’s important to provide a backyard in keeping with a homeowner’s lifestyle. “To me, maintenance means being proactive, not reactive,” he says. “This garden has solid design and is relatively easy to keep looking great.” The boxwoods provide year-round greenery and, once established, Reed says, “Maintenance consists mostly of pruning, and cutting back the vinca ground cover a few times a year to keep things looking neat.” 33


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Nancy is happy with both the initial work and the follow-up care that Seven Oaks provided. “They did a fabulous job,” she says. “They were very quick to come back and revamp things that weren’t working or to replace plants that didn’t make it.” Her goal of creating an orderly but beautiful garden in downtown Salem was realized through this successful partnership. At a recent gathering she hosted for Roanoke College in her backyard, she received many compliments on the design, and notes that the home has become more than just a commuter residence. “My children call it my ‘sanctuary,’ and I think that is exactly what it is,” she says. “It’s relaxing… my little gem.” With Roanoke’s temperate climate and picturesque four seasons, backyards are the sanctuary of many a local home. Whether the garden evolves over many years or is created by master plan, a beautiful backyard will always be a place to gather, to relax, and to appreciate a little piece of nature. You might say that backyards will always be, ahem, a perennial favorite. ✦


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There we were, two eager first-time parents-to-be ready to build the baby registry to top all baby registries. We’d spent months researching products, curating Pinterest boards, and polling every parent we knew. We were ready… or so we thought. But as we wandered wide-eyed through the store aisles, all the baby products formed one continuous blur of adorable patterns and unknown functionality. At one point, my sweet husband, who was quickly spiraling into overwhelmed, said, “How do you decorate a room for someone you’ve never met?” That first trip brought us a lot of clarity, namely that despite our collective four advanced academic degrees, we couldn’t answer the question: “Glider or rocker?” When you’re facing a project full of uncertainty, the only logical course of action is to categorize your needs and tackle one at a time. Small victories, I’ve found, keep morale high! 36

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Fitting furniture

When I’m decorating a space, I view it in layers, with furnishings as the sturdy foundation. For a nursery, the necessary furniture is pretty minimal: a crib, a changing station, storage, and a comfy chair. One trip to your local store and you’ll find that cribs come in every shape, size, color, style, and material. A neutral crib— white, black, gray—allows you the flexibility to add pops of colors through sheets and mobiles. On the flip side, a colored crib— think mint green, fuchsia, cerulean—makes a distinct focal point in the room. Convertible cribs that transition into toddler beds (some even offer a kit to transform into regular bed frames) are a great way to extend the lifespan of your purchase. A changing station also has options—you can buy a dedicated changing table, or transform the top of a dresser or table into a changing area. Changing pads are inexpensive and can be used on most any surface. Place a non-slip pad underneath for added security, so it won’t slide around while you’re tending to your little one. For storage, bookshelves are a nursery staple, and they can transition all the way to the teenage years with ease. Simply add bins—metal, wicker, fabric, or wood—and it becomes an organizer with built-in display space for trinkets and keepsakes. If you don’t want to invest in another piece of furniture, or if you have a smaller space, consider using bins on open wall-mounted

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shelves to contain clutter. For me, a good chair is crucial in a nursery. Since you’re sure to spend some time in it with your baby, a cozy chair invites you to stay a while. Gliders, recliners, and rockers are all great choices; pair with a storage ottoman and a small side table to combine function and comfort. Touching textiles

With your furniture in place, the room starts to take shape. Now for the next layer: textiles. This adds both softness and texture, giving dimension to the generally hard surfaces of furniture. A plush rug is a must-have. Not only does it provide sound absorption, it gives you a soft surface to play with your baby—a cushion for all stages of mobility, from tummy time to crawling and walking. This is a natural place to add color or pattern. Try quatrefoil or floral for a girl’s room, and geometric patterns for a boy’s room. Curtains are another crucial item. While I love a sheer curtain as much as the next person, a light-blocking option helps your little one enjoy naps during the day and aids in temperature regulation within the room. Why not use this surface to introduce a fun design theme or color palette? Outlines of baby bears. Stripes of purple-and-white. Hot pink with tassels. The possibilities are endless!


Perhaps the most important textiles in the room are linens. Crib sheets. Playard sheets. Bassinet sheets. Changing pad covers. It’s a lot to keep track of, and even more to launder. Whether you place your linens in drawers, on shelves, or in a hanging organizer, heed this advice—label, label, label. In the middle of the night, when you’re sleepily trying to refresh your baby’s crib, all the sheets will look the same. Labeled storage will save you a lot of confusion! Linens are also a convenient and costeffective way to incorporate your theme, and so much easier to update than to repaint or purchase new furniture if you tire of your initial choices. Adorable accessories

Adornments are the final frontier. These thoughtful items elevate your nursery from a mere room into a cozy nest for your sweet babe. A wellappointed monogram above the crib. A gallery of maternity and newborn photos on the wall. Stuffed animals on corner shelves. To give the room dimension, mix-up the materials and sizes. Pair a wooden monogram with metal photo prints. Station a floor lamp beside open shelves lined with small curios. A low wattage or dimmable lamp of some kind is handy for middle-of-the-light diaper changes. In the South, we often pass down meaningful pieces from generation to generation. Why not hang your grandmother’s hand-sewn quilt above the crib? Or showcase your baby cup beside your child’s? Less adorable but still important, don’t forget a hamper and diaper pail. From form to function, nurseries offer baby a cozy welcome to the world, as well as the chance to have fun with colors, patterns and products. While the design elements are many, the most important facet of this special room is your baby. So, embrace the process and curate a space that invites you to enjoy this next chapter in your life. ✦

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IMPROVE cleaning tips



Something about autumn brings on an urge to get things squared away in our homes. Like creatures of the field and forest, there’s a pull to get everything ready for the cold season ahead. Though squirrels and groundhogs probably don’t worry much about hard water buildup or fresh-smelling linens, those of us who don’t live in tree tops or burrows tend to like a clean, shiny home. We’ve asked the team at HOME magazine for their favorite cleaning tips and tricks, and are sharing them with you…

From pet hair to dirt getting tracked in on our shoes, our floors constantly need to be tidied. To make floor cleaning easy, I eschew rugs in heavily trafficked areas of the house like our entryway, hallways, dining room and kitchen. Instead of lugging out the vacuum and worrying about spot-treating stains, I just have to quickly wipe up or sweep up messes. This also lets us show off our beautiful wood floors. Marissa Hermanson, contributing writer I use kosher salt to scrub hard-to-clean pots and pans. Generously sprinkle the pan with salt and use a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe away the mess. I use the same method to clean my stainless steel sink. Edwana Coleman, art director

Mr. Clean, furniture polish. I like to keep a Windex one in the car, especially when I travel with my dog! And, did you know that furniture polish works great on car interiors if you don’t have Armor All? Kirsten Becker, advertising sales A packet of lemonade mix (or any powdered citric acid) in the dishwasher will eradicate odors and build up in the dishwasher and on dishes. Just add the packet, run the dishwasher on a normal cycle and everything is bright and shiny again. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer

Hydrogen Peroxide sprayed onto grout cleans it beautifully, with minimal effort and no toxic smells. Let it sit and bubble a few minutes—scrub a little if you think it’s needed—then wipe it out.

I have a container of touch-up markers. I have stain markers for furniture and hardwood floors, grout pens, and even a paint pen for my kitchen cabinets which I ordered from the manufacturer to match the finish. I also have Old English on hand as well. This little kit keeps my furniture, floors, and cabinets looking like new!

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For instant wipes, I save my bleach wipe containers and use paper towels for refills. Cut a roll of paper towels in half, remove the cardboard center and pull towels from the center. Then pour whatever cleaner you need into the dispenser—Windex,

I keep worn out socks and use them for wiping down lots of things: dusting blinds, cleaning up spills, etc. I store them in a box under the kitchen sink to grab quickly.

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Baking soda does a great job for cleaning my ceramic top stove. Use a damp scrubber to create a paste and apply to the surface, then wipe clean with a soft cloth. Donna Collins, graphic designer

I made a “stain guide” that I keep near my laundry area and refer to when I need to remove a specific kind of stain, like tomato sauce, ink, or berry. Whenever I find a remedy online, I add it to the list. I use a notebook, but a message board or chalk board would also work great. Alexandra Reynolds, contributing writer Before tossing an old shower curtain liner that I just can’t scrub back to luster anymore, I use it as a drop cloth when I paint a wall or have some big messy project I need to do indoors. Then I let it dry and toss. At least I can get another use out of it! Mitzi Bible, contributing writer

A tip I learned from my mother is to wipe down the insides of the refrigerator with a little bit of vanilla extract after cleaning. It takes away any chemical or food odors and leaves a very subtle, neutral aroma. I love opening my fridge and getting a waft of that fresh scent! Rory Rhodes, editor A trick for towels and sheets that have a sour smell even when laundered: Wash them in hot water with a couple tablespoons of baking powder and ½ cup white vinegar—no detergent. It’s also great for pet odors in blankets. Noelle Milam, contributing writer Instead of spending a fortune on Swiffer pads, just attach a washcloth or microfiber cloth to the bottom and away you go! To 4 0

clean laminate kitchen floors, I love the mixture of water, baking soda, vinegar, and fresh-squeezed lemons. The floors come out miraculously clean and smell delicious. (Bonus points if you use your makeshift Swiffer!) Megan Bruffy, contributing writer I keep a box of generic denture cleaning tablets under my kitchen sink. Fill a stained coffee mug with warm water and a denture tablet and wait until the fizzing stops. Your mug should wash sparkling clean in minutes. To remove the ring left on a glass vase from fresh flowers, let the tablet soak for a couple of hours, then rinse well. Edwana Coleman, art director As a collector of vintage and antique glass and barware, I use Bar Keepers Friend to bring my new-to-me acquisitions back to life. It works on rust, mineral deposits, and other unidentified stubborn stains using a gentle, bleach-free formula. You can also use it to clean everything from pots and pans to sinks and bathrooms. But I love it best for restoring my treasured collectibles. Sloane Lucas, contributing writer

My “gets-out-everything” for the laundry: a mix of hydrogen peroxide, Dawn dishwashing liquid (must be Dawn) and baking soda. I mix it into a paste and apply it to the stain, and often let it sit overnight. It’s worked on everything I’ve tried to get out except makeup. Jessie Thompson, contributing writer White vinegar in the drying agent compartment of the dishwasher will freshen the inside of the dishwasher as well as eliminate spotting on glassware. Anne Marie Poore, advertising sales R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

I don’t like using a lot of chemicals, particularly around kids and pets, so I use baking soda to scrub out tubs. It's gentle yet effective. Becky Calvert, contributing writer

Don’t like housework?

After peeling garlic, your hands may need a good cleaning. If you rub them along your stainless steel sink a few times, the garlic smell will be gone. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer To safely polish silver without harsh chemicals, use a simple chemical reaction involving aluminum and baking soda. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of sea salt. Place it in an aluminum pan, or a dish lined with aluminum foil (shiny side up). Add ½ cup vinegar and one cup of boiling water. You’ll see a slight chemical reaction begin. Add your silver items, making sure each piece touches the aluminum surface; you’ll see fizzing as the tarnish on the silver reacts with the aluminum and lifts away. It should only take about 30 seconds, but heavy tarnish might need to soak for a couple of minutes. Remove and dry the silver, and buff with a soft cloth. Kirsten Becker, advertising sales

To clean carpet and upholstery fabric, use one part Dawn dish detergent to two parts hydrogen peroxide and lightly rub onto the spot. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe with a damp cloth until all residue is removed. It gets out almost anything, including red wine. I’ve heard it also works on mold and mildew.

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To shine tarnished brass: smooth on tomato ketchup, let it sit 10 minutes, wipe off. Noelle Milam, contributing writer To remove hard water stains from shower glass doors, I make a paste of vinegar and baking soda. I rub it onto the glass with a paper towel, and then after letting it sit for five minutes, I scrub with a sponge. Rinse with clean water, then use a microfiber cloth to buff it and it looks like new! Christy Rippel, contributing writer

I use newspaper and Windex to clean glass and mirrors—it does not streak or leave any lint. Also, I keep a set of everything I need to clean in each bathroom of the house; this way, I won’t skip doing something because the cleaner is in another spot.

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When your shower head or faucet gets clogged, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, secure it to the faucet head with a rubber band, and leave it overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and rinse with warm water. You will have better water pressure and a clean shower head. Katherine Fulghum Knopf, contributing writer Before I get started cleaning, I put all my rugs and linens into the wash, then clean the areas around them while they wash and dry. I also pre-soak showers and commodes with cleaner and r vhomemaga zine .com

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save those areas for last. Once I reach those spaces, they’ve been soaking for 30 minutes or more and the dirt practically falls off. Megan Bruffy, contributing writer

When your drains get slow, pour a cup of baking soda in the tub or sink drain, then follow with three cups of white vinegar. Let it bubble. Once it clears, pour down a couple tea kettles of boiling water or run the hot water for a few minutes. Katherine Fulghum Knopf, contributing writer

I use an old battery-powered toothbrush to clean nooks and crannies that are hard to reach and require a bit of elbow grease—at the base of sink faucets, around drains and sink edges, for grout, etc. Rory Rhodes, editor I keep spray bottles of half white vinegar/half water for all purpose cleaning. Use it on windows, mirrors, wiping down the stove top, countertops, dusting baseboards—everything. Becky Calvert, contributing writer

Dishwasher detergent sprinkled in a porcelain sink and scrubbed whitens and brightens without scratching. Anne Marie Poore, advertising sales

Before tossing the dryer sheet in the trash I use it to do a quick clean around the top of the washer and dryer where dust or drops of detergent may have collected. Mitzi Bible, contributing writer I fill a spray bottle with water, vinegar, and Dawn dish soap and use it to clean animal bowls and crates. I use about one-anda-half to two cups of vinegar, and a few good squirts of Dawn. Always rinse eating and drinking bowls with water afterward, but for cages just wipe clean with a paper towel. The mixture is safe for them, and works well to remove lingering odors!

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I always throw my lemons in the garbage disposal when I am done juicing them. It’s an instant clean for the disposal and leaves a fresh scent. Jane Rennyson, contributing writer I love to add lavender essential oil to homemade cleaning solutions and even a few drops to my loads of laundry. Not only does it smell clean and fresh but it has natural antibacterial properties! It’s a wonderful way to keep my home clean without using chemicals. You can order lavender essential oil online or get it at local health stores. Ashley Blair Smith, contributing writer I use several Norwex products for chemical-free cleaning. Their “enviro” microfiber cloths and window cloths give a streak-free finish to window, mirrors, granite, stainless steel, crystal, and shower doors. Their dusting mitt is great for wood blinds and other items. Colleen Miller, operations manager ✦

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Although summer is over, your lawn may still be feeling the effects of children running through it, making homemade baseball diamonds, and skidding to a stop on swings. Not to mention pet damage and months of hot, dry weather. The cooler months of fall are the perfect time to rejuvenate your grass. Here’s what you need to do to ensure a lush lawn next season…

Soil samples

The first step to a healthy lawn is knowing exactly what nutrients your soil needs to germinate new growth. In Virginia, there are four common types of soil: sandy soil (coarse and grainy), clay soil (thick and putty-like), silty soil (holds water, but doesn’t dry into a clay mass), and loam (the ideal mixture of sand, clay, and silt). Each type of soil requires different nutrients for proper growth, and these nutrients can be identified with a soil test. Soil tests do not require an expensive visit from an expert. You can perform your own test with a kit from your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. For these tests, take soil from 10 random areas—two to four inches deep, dug with a steel or chrome-plated shovel. The samples should then be placed in a container, mixed thoroughly, and sent to be evaluated. According to USDA data, about half of Virginia’s soil has a pH level of under five, which is too acidic for proper grass growth. r vhomemaga zine .com

In addition, 30 percent of the area has soil which is too dense to allow for proper growth of grass roots. However, both of these issues can be solved with some careful preparation before germination. Banish weeds

While waiting for your soil results and before planting grass seed, you’ll want to remove any weeds competing for space. To avoid using potent chemicals which can be toxic to pets and beneficial insects, it’s advised to manually dig any weed patches with a flatbladed shovel. Be sure to get the roots to discourage regrowth. For large weed patches, rent a sod cutter from a local hardware store, which will remove the roots. In situations where a lawn is filled with bare spots, rocky soil, and weeds, it may be simpler in the long run to wipe the slate clean and start over. In this case, you’ll want to rent a rototiller 43

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from a local hardware store, and use it to break up and aerate the soil to allow for new growth. But if your lawn has only minor damage and bare spots, rototilling is not necessary. Apply ground limestone

The results of your soil test will tell you the pH and nutrient levels in your yard, and how to correct and enhance them. As mentioned, with Virginia’s often-acidic soil it’s not uncommon to see a lawn with a pH level of five. This level makes growing grass difficult, but the acidity can be neutralized with a covering of pelletized, ground limestone. Healthy lawns tolerate a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5, which commonly takes 20 to 50 pounds of ground limestone per 1,000 square feet. Strongly acidic lawns may need as much as 100 pounds. Apply lime with a spreader to be sure it is evenly distributed, walking first in one direction, then crisscrossing the other direction to get each spot covered. Make sure you apply the correct amount based on your soil samples; otherwise, it can quickly turn into an expensive game of trial and error. Fertilize and seed

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Before planting grass seed, apply slow-release nitrogen fertilizer in the same way the lime was applied. In fact, lime and fertilizer can be applied together without any issues. If rototilling, till the soil after the application of lime and fertilizer to be sure the soil is properly mixed. Fertilizer should then be watered in immediately. After fertilization, level your soil as much as possible using a rake. While raking, allow grooves to form for the optimal texture for seed germination. For grass seed, Kentucky Bluegrass is considered the best quality turf and works well in our region. It’s a cool season grass that should be planted between September 15th and November 1st, when temperatures are in the 50 to 65 degree range. It can be used to fill in any bare spots, is very resistant to wear and disease, and tends to regrow in damaged areas. In areas with more shade, a fine fescue grass can be mixed in to prevent irregular coverage. Plant Kentucky Bluegrass at a rate of two to three pounds per 1,000 feet. Use a rotary spreader to keep application even. After seeding, rake the ground once again to be sure the seeds receive proper ground contact. Thoroughly water the entire area. Cover the ground with a thin layer of straw to hold in moisture, prevent

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rain from washing the seed away and to keep birds from snacking on your hard work. It is recommended to keep the ground dark with moisture until all the seed germinates, either by hand watering or an irrigation system. After germination, the grass should receive approximately one inch of water per week and should be mowed to two-and-a-half to three inches in spring and fall; three to three-and-a-half inches during the summer. Overseed

If you find that you missed some spots while seeding, you can fill in bare areas with overseeding. Mow the existing grass down low and rake to remove any dead grass or leaves. Overseed with a spreader, and apply starter fertilizer to help grass seed get established (Avoid weed-and-feed fertilizer at this time, as the pre-emergents will prevent seed germination). Then, water the area gently but thoroughly. Preparing and seeding your lawn requires a bit of time and effort. But, once germinated, Kentucky Bluegrass is hardy and will stand tall against wear and tear, and will keep your lawn looking good in the seasons ahead. Remember, the grass isn’t greener on the other side; it’s greener where you water it. ✦

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THE HOME WHERE THE CULLEN FAMILY LIVES IS ONE THEY LOVE, BUT IT WAS NOT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. While living in another house in the neighborhood, Amy Cullen had passed the stately buff brick home in South Roanoke on walks time and time again. With their family of four, Amy and her husband, Thomas, were getting the itch to move into something more spacious. But when the 1925 Tudor-style home came on the market, Amy, a real estate agent with MKB, initially continued to walk on by. “I passed it often,” says Amy, “But I typically like a colonial style, and a symmetrical front.” Though the outside did not pique her interest, she decided to give it a chance and take a look inside.


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Ultimately the home, with its multi-gabled roofline, side screened porch, and character in spades, won them over. With two rounds of major renovations and help from several area professionals, the Cullens’ new home is comfortable and stylish, and a great fit for their family, which includes a daughter and son in elementary school. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing from the outset—the family moved in on the same day as the “derecho” windstorm event of 2012, and ended up spending their first night after closing in a hotel. “We were amidst all these boxes, trying to get our bearings, and the power went out. Suddenly everything was pitch black,” remembers Amy. “The kids were little, and we weren’t familiar with the house so it was worse in the dark, we couldn’t see a thing… off to the hotel we went.” The kids then went to stay with Amy’s parents in Kentucky, where she was raised, while she went about setting up the family’s new home, albeit in less than ideal circumstances. Rolling with adversity came in handy later, when the family embarked on the first major renovation, which involved gutting the old, cramped red kitchen to make way for a more functional, updated space. While the kitchen was out of commission, a stove was set up in the garage for cooking meals. “I remember a nice day when I was cooking in the garage with the door up, and I’m waving to friends while cooking a pot of chili,” she laughs.

Reworking the kitchen space was a challenge, with multiple windows cutting down on available cabinet space and an adjoining laundry area that felt misplaced. Robert Kulp of Blue Ridge Residential, Inc (and president of Black Dog Salvage) helped the Cullens solve the dilemma by creating a basement laundry room, where he repurposed the original kitchen sink and some of the cabinets. This opened up needed space in the kitchen and, along with eliminating two windows, created better storage and flow. While both Kulp and the Cullens hated to sacrifice the natural light, the kitchen retains an airy feel with a white-on-white palette—creamy semi-custom cabinets are topped with white Macaubas quartzite, and clean white subway tile finishes the look. Luckily, the remaining large window over the farmhouse sink provides adequate natural light, as well as a view of the driveway and side yard where the kids often play. Kulp also added a small kitchen island for additional prep space, which overlooks a banquette where the family eats casual meals and spreads out homework. The custom oak table, made by local craftsman Coy Hodges, is a perfect fit for the space, and the banquette is made of salvaged pews from St. John’s Episcopal, where the family attends church. Chairs that Amy already owned were painted by Creative Finishing in Roanoke to match the cabinets. Above the banquette, a rope-covered chandelier lends casual flair and doesn’t compete for attention with a Carson Price painting, a find from local design shop, Magnolia.

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A kitchen banquette, made of salvaged pews from the church the family attends, is paired with a custom oak table.

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The new basement laundry room was spacious enough to allow Amy to add a craft and gift wrapping area, where she decorated the walls with her children's art from school. “It just makes me smile when I come down here,” she says. The basement also has a playroom that serves as a second family room, and houses the piano from Amy’s childhood home, which both the children play. Off of the playroom is a guest suite, which the Cullens renovated for Amy’s parents and other friends and family who come to town. The queen size bed features a headboard upholstered in coral fabric from The Second Yard, a South Roanoke store, while the eye-catching leopard print carpet was Amy’s find from Green Front Furniture in Farmville. The compact private bath is light and bright with a white palette, and was another Robert Kulp project. The basement exits to a walkway leading to a separate and spacious twocar garage. “It was one of the things that attracted us to the house. It’s so difficult to find garage space in this neighborhood,” says Amy. To the left of the garage is a nice, flat expanse of yard that the Cullen kids use for soccer games and play. An additional smaller garage, original to the house, serves as storage for bikes and gardening tools. While Amy enjoys gardening and is a member of the Roanoke Valley Garden Club, she called upon Roanoke landscape designer William Middleton, of LandArt, to help with her home’s outdoor spaces.

The basement includes a gift wrap station and a fun guest bedroom with coral upholstered headboard and leopard print carpet.


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The two-story foyer features a classic Tudor front door and wrap-around staircase.

Middleton removed the existing overgrown boxwoods, and designed and planted a new landscape in front of the home. Amy is thrilled with the results, and enjoys maintaining and working on the outside of her home, as well as the inside. In fact, she and a good friend put in hours of sweat equity to unearth a stone wall in the backyard that was hidden with ivy. “Only a very great friend would do that with you,” laughs Amy, who can now admire the stone beauty that frames her yard. Amy isn’t the only Cullen who loves the outdoors; her husband enjoys spending many an early morning or late evening on the screened porch. In previous homes, the Cullens had to add screened porches, but this one had one ready made for them. It is perched seamlessly on the side of the home, and exits onto a flagstone walk that leads around to the front yard, and the home’s entrance. The front door is a classic Tudor-style plank with strap hinges, painted a sage green, which gives way to a foyer with a wrap-around staircase that hugs the wall. The foyer light, the Darlana Lantern from Visual Comfort, was purchased from Magnolia, and highlights the two-story foyer and surrounding stairs. Through the foyer is the living room, which is painted in a subdued blue (Benjamin Moore Blue Veil) and was decorated by Elaine Stephenson, a fellow garden club member and longtime Roanoke interior designer. A creamy sofa faces two shapely chairs that flank a table, which Thomas’ grandparents gave the couple as a wedding gift. In the corner is a desk from Amy’s grandmother’s house, and on a wall is a painting of the Jackson 5 2

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The blue and cream living room was decorated by interior designer Elaine Stephenson.

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The family room came together with help from esteemed Richmond designer Suellen Gregory.

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The dining room holds family heirlooms, including high chairs once used by Amy and her brother. r vhomemaga zine .com

River, where the family has a weekend retreat. Thomas’ father gifted it to him, a reminder of the weekends spent fly fishing and relaxing. A built-in bookshelf houses Thomas’ collection of books, memoirs and biographies. Portraits of the couple’s children also hang in the living room and were done by Stella Hart, a North Carolina-based photographer who has worked extensively in Roanoke. Through the living room is the family room, where the Cullens spend downtime. The room came together with help from esteemed Richmond designer Suellen Gregory, with whom Thomas’ sister works. A wood-burning fireplace makes for a cozy spot on cold nights, and french doors lead to an outdoor veranda, which has been a favorite spot for parties and guests. “We got married on Derby Day, and we’ve often had a Derby party—it’s a great spot to sip a mint julep,” says Amy. A colorful Maria Driscoll painting that Amy’s girlfriends commissioned for her 40th birthday hangs near the french doors. It’s a landscape of her hometown of Versailles, Kentucky. “I cried when I saw it,” she says, touched by both the beauty of the painting and the gesture. Rounding out the first floor is the dining room, which holds framed prints from Amy’s childhood home and a sideboard flanked by the highchairs that 55

Steve Morris of Classical Design and Jessica Durham of Magnolia revamped the master suite. The bath includes heated marble floors and a freestanding tub.

she and her brother used as babies. A handsome grandfather clock—from Thomas’ own grandfather, appropriately—keeps time outside the entrance to the room. The second major renovation to the home was upstairs, and was handled by Steve Morris of Classical Design. “Steve has a great eye, and brought so many really wonderful ideas to us of how to rework the upstairs space,” says Amy, who speculates that the reason the house did not sell quickly was because of a quirky upstairs layout which involved “captive” bedrooms (meaning you had to go through one bedroom to get to another). Classical Design fixed this issue, creating a stunning master bedroom, en suite bath, and custom closet. Jessica Durham, owner of Magnolia, helped bring the master bedroom to completion with custom-made curtains and a rug. 5 6

The master bathroom has a freestanding tub in front of a bank of windows, heated floors and marble on every surface, including topping the white cabinetry. The bathroom leads into a large closet, with the left side for her and the right side for him, and includes a second washer and dryer for easier living. The children’s bedrooms and an updated hall bath—also part of the renovation—complete the upstairs level. While many different designers, builders and artists had a hand in shaping the Cullen home, it is distinctively theirs—filled with treasures from their childhoods and meaningful gifts from dear family and friends. Though the house is sometimes called the Sydnor house, after previous long-time residents, the Cullens cannot imagine another family calling it home anytime soon. ✦ R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

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There’s something indulgent about visiting your local coffee shop to sip a frothy latte or a fresh cup of Joe that’s brewed just right. But a great cup of coffee doesn’t have to be expensive or involve a drive. And you don’t need to invest hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in a specialized coffee machine that eats up counter space. With a few simple gadgets you can upgrade your morning brew and become your own best barista. r vhomemaga zine .com


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A great cup of coffee starts with great beans, so treat yourself to some high quality, whole coffee beans. Buy them at a local grocery store or specialty shop, and have them ground just before buying. Or you can buy them whole, store them until use, and grind them as-needed with a simple $20 coffee grinder from Krups or Braun that you can put away when you’re done. Store your freshly ground coffee in a cool place (although not in the fridge or freezer) in a sealed container, like ones you use to store flour or sugar. You can also elevate your beverage simply by using filtered water, which removes minerals and impurities that may impact flavor. Use your fridge water dispenser or a water filtering pitcher.


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Automatic drip coffee makers have their place—they can be programmed in advance and have coffee ready when you wake up. But you can also buy a few simple kitchen tools that will give you café-level coffee and espresso for very little money, take up less room in your kitchen, and may even be conversation pieces when entertaining. To make espresso drinks, buy a stovetop Moka pot—a tried and true method that was first patented in Italy in the 1930s. Made of metal, they have three compartments: the bottom holds the water, the middle one holds the ground beans, and the top collects the finished brew. The

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water steams into the grinds and delivers a strong flavored beverage. You can buy them for less than $20 and make some fantastic espresso right on your stovetop. There are several options for “pour over” coffee, including a basic coffee dripper, or the more stylish Chemex brand. For both, coffee grinds are placed in a paper or stainless steel filter, hot water is poured over, and the coffee drips through, slowly extracting the flavor. The basic drippers make for a light, smooth cup of coffee. You can buy a standard filter holder and paper filters at your grocery store for $5 to $10, or invest in a reusable, paperless stainless steel version for $15 or more. Coffee can be dripped right into a mug. The more expensive Chemex brand is stylish and perfect for entertaining. It retails for around $40 for a basic model, and you need also to purchase specialized filters. (You can also by similar styles for less.) Slightly more complicated—but allowing you good control of the coffee strength—are several “press” options. A French press is easy and can be purchased in several different materials, including glass, stainless steel, and even good quality plastic, which is a smart choice for outdoor use, like camping or on a patio. To use, simply mix coffee and hot water in the container, which has a lid fitted with a strainer. Let the coffee brew for the desired time based on your preferred strength (usually around three to five minutes) and then press the strainer down—so that the grounds are at the bottom and the coffee is on top—then just pour the coffee out. You can buy different sizes—from

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individual cups to larger ones for entertaining—and you can get some really stylish options, with stainless steel or copper accents, to impress your guests. They sell for $15 or more, depending on style and size. Another popular “press” brand is an Aeropress, which brews faster than the French press and provides a less acidic coffee. The coffee grinds soak in hot water for about 30 seconds, and then air pressure pushes the coffee through a special filter right into your cup. They are well priced at around $30, but you will need to purchase special filters for use. For these options, you will need a method to heat the water— either with a stovetop or electric kettle. Most coffee aficionados will advise you to cool the water slightly before pouring it over, since the ideal brewing temperature is 200 degrees and many kettles will boil water at a higher temperature. Fun with frothers

Want to make delicious lattes and cappuccinos at home without a huge stainless steel machine hissing in your kitchen? No problem. There are some simple options for frothing up milk. A hand-held, battery-operated frothing wand with mini whisks at the end sells for as little as $7. Even the more expensive ones like those from Aerolatte sell for only $20 to $25. They are a great choice for not only your home but for your office, since they are so portable. They work by frothing milk cold in a mug or glass container. You then heat the container with the milk in a microwave and then add your coffee. Quick and simple—and small enough to store in a drawer. Freestanding automatic frothers sell for roughly $35 to $50 and work like electric kettles—they heat and whirl the milk until the desired level of froth is achieved. They’re easy to use and leave your hands free for making your coffee. You can also experiment with different milk options—skim, whole or reduced fat dairy milk, or dairy-free options like almond, cashew, and coconut. Just be aware that these non-dairy options may not froth quite as well as dairy milk. Keep cool

For those who enjoy iced coffee, you can buy pre-made cold brew coffee in stores, but you can also make your own. Cold brew coffee makers involve a soak and filter system, where grounds are soaked for 12 to 24 hours and then filtered through a filter pad or fine mesh strainer. Instead of hot water,

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it’s just room temperature or cold. The result is a smooth-brewed thick coffee that is mixed with water, milk or nondairy milk. You add a small amount of the coffee to create the drinks, so it lasts for days. The process is simple, easy, and allows you to choose your preferred coffee beans—whether different strengths and types of beans, fun flavors, or even decaffeinated. You can buy larger systems that brew quarts at a time, or smaller ones for individual use. Many range from $10 to $50. Sweet success

Another element that makes barista coffee taste like such a treat are the flavors and spices you can choose to add to your finished brew. So definitely go the extra step and stock up on your favorite syrups and spices from your local gourmet store. Whether you are brewing up a coffee to go, sipping an iced creation, or lingering to enjoy a big mug of latte on your couch, with a few simple additions to your kitchen, you can be your own best barista, brewing up beverages perfectly suited to your taste. ✦


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front door reveals many things: where to enter the home, what the owner’s style represents, and often it implies when the home was built. A door welcomes guests and sets the tone for what is on the other side, so establishing your home’s decor can start with something as simple as what you choose for this feature. Doors are built in many different styles, and each one represents an era of architecture. Most homeowners choose to match the door to the character of the home. Doors change over time as architectural styles come in and out of vogue; new materials are developed that provide better weather protection, and sometimes a home just needs a change. Putting on a new door can give your home a fresh look.

What should you consider when replacing your door? Start with style. According to Mark Kreskowski, of Pella Windows and Doors, “Craftsman style doors are very popular now. European three-quarter glass doors are popular as well, and contemporary style doors are just starting to come in vogue.” Contemporary doors, with their clean lines and minimalist aesthetic, go well with homes featuring a midcentury modern look, but all of these doors work well on a range of architectural styles in our area, so homeowners have options. If it’s time for a new front door, a good way to get a sense of what works is to take a drive in several neighborhoods. Notice homes with similar architecture to yours and look at their doors. Using your phone to take pictures will give you a palette of designs, colors, and materials to consider before you go shopping. There are several basic door styles to choose from: Traditional usually has raised panels—anywhere from one to twelve on the door front to give it some detail and depth. These are popular on colonial homes as well as some classic ranch style houses. r vhomemaga zine .com



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Craftsman doors are for cottages, bungalows, or post and beam mountain style homes. These rustic doors are so popular that many homeowners are adjusting other architectural features so they can use one on their home. Modern doors are often large, but simple. Their straight sleek lines provide a contemporary appeal. They work well with the minimalist designs that are hot right now. Simple does not convey boring—they may contain frosted glass or several clear glass panes that give them punch. Rustic doors are great for cabins or country homes. They are usually heavy and thick, and can be one solid piece of wood or made of beautiful wood panels pieced together. If these doors have glass, it is almost always small and clear— usually in the upper third section. The wood is meant to be the eye-catching feature here. Arched top doors offer a unique look and create a focal point on the house. Arched doors are versatile and, depending upon the details, can work on many different home styles—from craftsman and country cottages to stately Old World mansions. Arched doors must be custom made to fit the size and style of the house, and there are many options a homeowner can choose, so it’s best to seek the advice of an architect or a door specialist. In terms of material, “Wood or fiberglass are most popular now,” Kreskowski says, adding, “Fiberglass now comes with an option of smooth or a wood grain look.” Kreskowski notes that steel doors are not being sold much, unless it’s for fire protection in certain areas. A homeowner must then decide whether to have the factory paint or stain the door, or to do it after installation. A benefit of factory paint or stain is that it lasts many years and should come with a warranty. “Pella just refreshed their color palette for doors, as gray and black are very popular colors,” Kreskowski notes. They now offer many shades of these two colors, as well as various other factory finish options in both paints and stains. Metal and glass details are a way to add interest. Metal scroll work and “caming,” the decorative metal in glass panels (often seen in leaded glass styles), both create a traditional look. Trim and hardware are accessories that R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8


complement a door’s character and color. For example, the hardware on modern doors is often large in scale but minimalistic, to compliment the sleek lines. Hinges on this style are hidden to keep the focus on the door handle and ensure a clean look. Craftsman or rustic doors, on the other hand, favor visible hardware in heavy iron or dark material to capture the style. Once you have your style, color, and hardware in mind, you will need to know the front door’s opening measurement, and how you want the door to hang. Will the door hinge right or left? Do you want it to swing inside the house or outside when it opens? When you head out to shop, make some notes, bring a photo of your current door, and be open to ideas. A new front door is an exciting way to change up the look of a house. It may also give you better energy efficiency and inspire some transformations on the other side of the door. Whichever style you choose, your front door is the introduction to your home, so be sure to have fun with the possibilities! ✦ ThermaTru doors available at Ideal Building Supply. Custom-milled doors also available.

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With the heat of summer fading behind us, fall is a great time to pack up a picnic and enjoy the change of season. Whether you’re setting up at a local winery, state park or taking in the spectacular autumn colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, having a meal packed along makes it much more of an event.

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Po-boys, muffulettas and bánh mì are all served on thick, crusty French bread, which allows the sandwich to be made ahead of time. The crumb center of the bread can be hollowed out to make room for the sandwich filling. PO-BOYS: Generally filled with roast beef or fried seafood such as shrimp, oysters, catfish or soft-shell crab. They can come “dressed” with mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles, although a roast beef po-boy can also be served with gravy on it. The sandwich originated in New Orleans and is also popular along the Gulf Coast. In nearby Texas, a BBQ po-boy can be found featuring smoked brisket and other meats. MUFFULETTAS: Another culinary tradition from New Orleans, this time served on a round, Italian-style bread. The bread is spread with an olive salad that features pickled vegetables (celery, cauliflower, carrots, peppers) as well as olives, and then stuffed with a variety of meats and cheeses such as salami, ham, mortadella, capicola, provolone, and mozzarella. The sandwich is made ahead of time and wrapped tightly so the flavors can marinate before serving.

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The key to planning a picnic is being prepared. Because you will be transporting your food, you will want to go with items that need little onsite prep, as well as foods that don’t get soggy, can be made in advance and served at room temperature. Sandwiches made on thick, crusty bread, like po-boys, muffuletta or bánh mì are tasty and transport well. Biscuit sandwiches are a Southern staple, and pair nicely with a number of fillings such as fried chicken, barbecue, ham and even pimento cheese. Or skip the sandwich idea altogether and offer a well-rounded cheese and charcuterie plate with nuts, dried and fresh fruit, pickles and/or olives, as well as a few meats and cheeses with crackers. Include a variety of styles and flavors to please all palates—Brie, Manchego, Gorgonzola, goat cheese, prosciutto, soppressata, mortadella and pâté are some delicious options on your personalized platter. When packing a charcuterie plate, be sure to bring a cutting board, knives and other serving utensils. Nuts, olives, dried fruits and other accoutrements can be placed in small jars that make for easy transport as well as elegant serving. r vhomemaga zine .com

Round out the meal with salads that move beyond the usual potato, pasta and green variety. Roasted vegetables or cooked lentils tossed with grains like barley, quinoa or farro, or small pasta like orzo, with fresh herbs, olive oil and red wine vinegar are easily adaptable side salads which are also hearty enough to stand on their own. Tabbouleh, the Middle Eastern salad made with parsley, mint, tomatoes and bulgur wheat, is another great option. Or fill an insulated container with some warm soup—roasted butternut squash soup on a chilly fall day is warm and savory. A cooler of chilled drinks is vital to your picnic, with nonbreakable glassware for serving. For chillier days, consider an insulated container with some warm cider or cocoa to round out your festivities. Simple appetizers and finger foods, like bite-sized fresh fruit, nuts, and cheese straws, are always appreciated. Dessert should not be overlooked either! Instead of a cake or pie, consider smaller versions that transport easier like cupcakes, hand pies or a tin of cookies.

BÁNH MÌ: Sometimes known as a Vietnamese po-boy, it began as a street food that combines pickled carrots and radish, cilantro, cucumber, and mayonnaise on a crusty bun, with some sort of protein, such as pork, chicken, pâté, tofu, or some combination thereof. Its distinctive sweet and spicy flavor is thanks to the inclusion of sriracha mayonnaise and/or jalapeños. TO MAKE BÁNH MÌ PICKLES: Slice radishes and julienne carrots. (Onions are a nice addition, if desired.) Toss with 1 teaspoon salt, place in a strainer over a bowl and let sit 30 minutes. In a saucepan, combine 1 ¼ cups rice vinegar, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup water and crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a jar and pour vinegar mix on top. Cover and let sit at least an hour, or overnight. 67

Gear & packing

Despite the classic image of a sweet wicker basket set upon a checkered tablecloth as the quintessential picnic gear, there are no hard and fast rules as to what your picnic gear should look like. As long as you have the essentials covered—food and drinks, serving items, a blanket or tablecloth upon which to set the food, and something in which to carry it all—your picnic can take on any style you prefer. A sturdy canvas tote and a cooler works just as well as that charming wicker basket. You’ll want to pack your picnic as efficiently as possible. Keep the cool items cool and the warm items warm by packing them in the appropriate separate totes. Place larger, heavier items on the bottom of your bag or cooler, and use a cutting board as a shelf on top of the first layer to keep the upper layers from crushing anything beneath them, while also ensuring things don’t get too jumbled in transport. Tea towels can also be used to insulate items. These items will come in handy at your final destination as well—a cutting board can become a flat surface to serve

drinks from, while a spare towel can be used to wipe up spills. To cut down on waste, consider using melamine or enamelware plates and cups, which are lightweight and less likely to break in transit than everyday dishes. Wrap silverware settings in cloth napkins to make transporting them and setting up your picnic a breeze. Be sure to pack a bag for trash as well. Whether your picnic destination has tables or not, you’ll want something to designate the serving area. A tablecloth, blanket, quilt or even a pretty sheet can fit the bill nicely—something that can withstand the elements, clean up easily and help set the tone of your event. Other items to consider, space permitting, are a portable table and chairs, and games such as bocce ball or a deck of cards. With a bit of planning, picnicking is an activity that will appeal to the entire family. If you want to simplify preparation, don’t be afraid to outsource to your favorite deli or bakery. The goal is to get outside and enjoy the fall weather and scenery while it lasts, however you choose. ✦





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A big, unfinished basement is like a blank canvas just waiting to become a masterpiece. With such a large space comes endless possibilities for remodeling; however, figuring out where and how to start the makeover can seem daunting. It also can be a big investment, but one that is sure to boost your home’s resale value. Consider your family’s needs when deciding on a basement design. If you have little ones, you may want to create a space especially for them to play in and “mess up.” If you love entertaining on weekends, consider a layout that is party-friendly with plenty of room for enjoying beverages and snacks with friends. If you have out-of-town family or friends that are frequent visitors, you may want to turn your basement into guest quarters complete with a living area, kitchen and a bedroom or two. Another option is to only remodel part of the basement and leave the rest unfinished for storage purposes. The ideas are infinite when it comes to enhancing this extra living area, but there should be one main goal regardless of which option you choose: to get as much value from the space as possible based on how you live.


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Your basement doesn’t have to be something that stays hidden or is only visited in special circumstances. Gone are the days of dingy basements that stay dark and are strictly for storage or doing laundry. It is becoming more and more common for homeowners to consider their basements an extension of the home or a main living area. If you and your family spend a lot of time hanging out at home together watching TV and movies, turn your basement into the ultimate family room complete with large, comfy sofas —maybe even a massive sectional that can be rearranged for lounging during a movie night. Make it as inviting as possible by adding a soft rug and keeping loads of pillows and blankets handy for easy grabbing and snuggling. If there’s no fireplace, you could add a freestanding electric one for instant coziness. There are even TV stands out there that have an electric fireplace built in. Install a big-screen TV or projector screen to give that movie theater feel that both kids and adults will enjoy. If space and plumbing permits, consider including a small kitchen space complete with fridge, sink, and microwave to be used for whipping up quick meals. A minibar area to keep snacks and drinks stocked will also do the trick. You could even add a small dining area or bar with stools so that prepared meals can be enjoyed there as well. With such a homey ambience, you’re likely to forget you’re even in the basement. Playroom for small kids

Having a designated space in your home for children to play in and store their toys is a win-win situation for all. Kids love it because it’s a place to call their own. It’s somewhere they can escape to by themselves, with siblings, or with friends for hours on end, using their imaginations to build, play and have fun. Adults love it because it keeps toys from being scattered all over the house (ideally). Having a playroom in the basement will also help to keep the noise level down for the rest of the house. There are a ton of inspiring possibilities if you plan on utilizing a large part of your basement for children. Create an indoor playground with small slides, tunnels and a ball pit. Add a cute tent for your little one to relax in. Incorporate built-in shelves filled with books, educational toys, and plenty of supplies for arts and crafts (just be sure to keep r vhomemaga zine .com


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If you have teenagers or adult family members who enjoy playing games, you’re probably looking for a way to keep them entertained. A place dedicated to playing video games or watching TV and movies will definitely be appreciated. Add various kinds of seating and a large TV, but don’t stop there! Stock your basement with a ping pong, foosball, or pool table. Hang a scoreboard on the wall to feed their competitive nature. Include a card table and load up shelves with both new and classic board games. You could even put in some old-school arcade games, slot machines, or a dart board for a fun and funky feel. Include a minibar area so that snacks and drinks can be enjoyed in between games. Cover the floors with a hard surface, such as R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

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Basements aren’t just a place for the kids to have fun. Adults need a place as well, and it can even be catered to a certain hobby. Maybe you have a family member who is obsessed with music or is in a band, and they need a place to jam out and keep all of their instruments or music collection. Is your significant other an avid hunter or fisherman? Give them a space to store all of their sporting essentials as well as showcase their big “trophies.” Let your fella have his very own man cave, or give your gal her own private escape. World travelers may want a place to consolidate all of their trinkets in one area. If you adore the beach and nautical themes, but don’t want it to overpower your main living area, use your basement as a place to express this love and decorate with maritime elements. Wine or whiskey

For some, sports are life. If your family gets really into watching sports and enjoys having guests over to partake in the madness, you may want to tailor your basement to that. Hang memorabilia of your favorite team(s)—think framed jerseys, painted canvases of various stadiums, and other sports-inspired printed artwork. Install a large-screen TV —or even multiple TVs so several games can be watched at once—and don’t forget to provide an ample supply of seating. You could even build a bar with stools directly behind the main couch, so people can sit and have an unobstructed view of the big game. Make sure to keep a well-stocked fridge nearby for cold beverages. There are even coffee tables out there that double as a cooler—imagine not having to get up from the couch to grab a drink! Choose dim lighting with a sports bar feel, dark


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Guests love being able to have their own space when visiting, especially if it’s for an extended amount of time. If you find yourself frequently housing out-of-towners, consider giving your basement an apartment-like feel. Nothing wears out a welcome more than feeling like you are living on top of one another. Section off the space to create a separate living area, bedroom(s), bathroom, and even a small kitchen/dining area if space permits. Use a bright white paint color and install recessed lighting to make the ceilings seem taller. While tile can be expensive, it may be the best option here, as it is easy to keep clean and dry. You can always add area rugs in the living and sleeping areas to make them cozier. Keep each room simple, clean, clutter-free and spacious. Leave plenty of room in the bathroom for toiletries and linens. Not only will your guests appreciate the privacy, but you will too! When you’re not entertaining guests, the additional space can provide your family with a getaway if they are in need of a quiet place to relax. You could even rent the space out if you’re looking for a little extra income. R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8

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Even if you plan to only remodel a portion of your basement, there are still a variety of options. While leaving part of the basement unfinished for storage, you can still make great use of the rest of the space by creating a workout area, kid-friendly zone, small home office, and more. Fitness lovers will appreciate having a section in the basement that’s strictly dedicated to working out. You don’t need an insane amount of space for a few machines, mats and weights. Create a small home office space that can be utilized by adults who work from home or by kids who need a place to do schoolwork away from distractions that may be present in the kitchen, living room or bedroom. All you need is a small desk, chair, and some simple shelves. Keep it light and cheery by using pale shades of paint on the walls and installing lights on the ceilings. Put together a space for children to play or do arts and crafts. Have custom built-in shelves or cubby holes installed, or buy pre-built shelves where bins filled with toys, books, and more can be stored. Not wanting to completely finish your basement, but wanting to spruce it up, means you could leave the existing concrete floors and lay down some large, soft, and colorful area rugs. You could also leave the ceiling exposed instead of installing drywall. Just add some blue-gray paint and embrace the industrial style that is currently on trend. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly hangout space, a place to entertain friends on weekends, or an area to house your family’s latest hobby, don’t let your precious square footage go to waste. This underground jewel is prime real estate, and the possibilities for improvement are truly endless. ✦

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If you like spring flowers, now is the perfect time to think about planting bulbs. When you envision spring, images of gardens full of brightly colored pink tulips, yellow daffodils, and the traditional white Easter Lily probably come to mind. These classic bulbs have stood the test of time and will never go out of style. They are hardy, widely available, and will light up your yard with their bold beauty. But if you’re looking for some new and interesting varieties to make your spring garden bed a showstopper, consider these lovely oddities of the bulb world. If they’re not available at your local garden store, many online sites will deliver them to your door, and offer mixed combination packages for a splendid show of color. 76

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Flower, or Mission Bells): Checkerboards aren’t just for game rooms and retro tile floors. As its name suggests, this lily displays a checkerboard pattern on its bell-shaped petals. Alternating squares of white and deep maroon or violet are the draw for this unusual flower. It will grow up to one foot tall, and its grass-like foliage makes it a great choice for planting along a walkway or border, where it can be more easily noticed. It also works well in naturalized areas, where its strong, musky odor keeps deer and rodents away. And, unlike many spring bulbs, it tolerates moist soil and partial shade. Crown Imperial Lily: Native to the Middle East, this unusual flower reaches a height of up to three feet and has a “crown” of thin, spiky, grass-like leaves above a cluster of blooms, which range from deep red to orange and yellow. It does best in full sun. Like the Checkered lily, it has an aroma that makes it deer- and rodent-resistant. It also has an illustrious history in our state: Thomas Jefferson was so intrigued by this strange flower that he acquired three bulbs in 1812. By 1816, his plantings at Monticello were strong enough for him to forward shoots to his retreat home, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg. It is also planted at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; in 1784, the Marquis de Lafayette requested bulbs from Washington.


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Also called Narcissus, there are hundreds of daffodil varieties beyond the classic yellow ones we know and love. They are among the hardiest spring-flowering bulbs and require the least maintenance. Butterfly Daffodil: The Butterfly daffodil has a smaller ruffled center cup instead of a long, slender trumpet, giving it a feminine, frilly appearance. It comes in a range of color combinations for both coronas (the petals) and center cups, including yellow, orange, peach, white and pink. Plant clusters of approximately six bulbs per square foot for a showy effect. Peruvian Daffodil (also known as Spider Lily or Basketflower): A wildflower native to South America, this plant more closely resembles an amaryllis. Spidery, elongated curling petals give it an exotic look, and the flowers are fragrant and appear in early summer. Each plant can produce up to five flower clusters. Since it blooms in late spring to early summer, try tucking it around bulbs or perennials that bloom earlier in the season.

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Tulips Fire Flame (also known as Horned or Turkish Tulip): Fire flame is aptly named; its clusters of narrow, pointy blooms—in yellow with bright red streaks—look like tendrils of fire. This wilder cultivar of the tulip is quite showy, and is an heirloom variety that dates back to at least the early 1800s. They can be planted in full sun or partial shade. Fringed Tulip (also known as Crispa Tulip): There are multiple varieties of this tulip group, which features stunning frayed petals in an almost crystalline effect. They come in white, pink, apricot, yellow, orange, red, and violet. Some of the varieties even come in double flowers, for double the petals.

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eutral palettes, high ceilings, exposed brick, concrete flooring, and open concept spaces are all signature aspects of industrial style. This factory-inspired look became increasingly popular in the late 2000s, when old industrial spaces started to be transformed into sophisticated lofts or offices. Rather than hide the past of these large, vacant buildings, their workaday elements were embraced and accentuated. Now, people are finding ways to bring aspects of this iconic design into their homes. No longer limited to commercial buildings in large cities, this chic style can be found in a small downtown apartment or a house in the suburbs.

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The style has its roots in the Industrial Revolution, which took place in major cities from the 18th to 19th centuries. Massive buildings were erected and designed to facilitate manufacturing and streamlined production. Large windows lined the structures, allowing for natural light to flood the space. Open floor plans were required in order to sufficiently house the machinery, people, and processes. Concrete and steel came into the picture in the early 20th century, which allowed for even bigger structures. But as more land became needed to support these larger factories, construction moved away from the cities and metropolitan areas, leaving warehouses empty and abandoned. These spaces eventually became prime real estate for residential areas, restaurants, offices and more. Now, many developers are actually reproducing the historic factory style in their new construction— everything from apartments and condominiums to coffee shops and even wedding venues. Industrial architectural style is all about simplicity, functionality and space. The motto “less is more” is truly perfect for this concept. Open floor plans with large windows to let in natural light are key aspects. You will usually see high, exposed ceilings and bare brick walls. Concrete or wood floors are also typical, and furniture and appliances will be composed of “raw” materials such as wood, metals, and leather. You really won’t see a ton of decor or colors in this look. Instead, the building or room itself and the style of furniture are what really sets the mood. The simplicity of the look means that this particular design style can be a relatively affordable one to achieve. Beams and water and ventilation pipes can be left completely untouched and don’t need to be covered by plaster and paint. It's raw, edgy, and literally bares all as the foundation of the structure is put on display rather than hidden. Brick walls can be left in their natural state. Instead of interior walls, furniture can be used to define and break up a large area into separate, distinct spaces. For furnishings, you'll want to stick to natural, earthy colors and materials. Blacks, browns, beiges, and especially grays all are great options when choosing a color palette. If your home includes any exposed brick, cement, or wood, then r vhomemaga zine .com


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you already have a good foundation for figuring out your scheme. Use color sparingly— start with neutrals and rustic or faded hues, then slowly add in small doses of more saturated hues, such as fuchsia or indigo. Metal is a key component of the industrial look, particularly when combined with wood. Wood and metal tables or shelving are an easy way to add an industrial element. In the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, kitchen counter stools, and light fixtures fit the theme. Metal doors and stair railings provide a visual punch. A local salvage store is sure to have interesting finds that can either be incorporated into a piece of furniture, or displayed as an objet d’art. If you love this style, but creating an entirely industrial-chic home is not on the menu, try incorporating a statement piece or two rather than attempting an overall look. Pairing a metal and reclaimed wood coffee table with a midcentury sofa could be the perfect pairing. Hang some Edison-style light bulbs or lanterns to achieve a vintage, historic feel. Install some floating shelves onto a wall with pipe brackets or lean a metal bookcase against an exposed brick wall. You can also use bold, bright artwork with graphics, hang a flag, or even paint a mural or symbol directly onto a wall to bring industrial details into your home. One of the things that makes industrial style so charming is its ability to mix and match so well with modern design. Industrial style is all about finding the beauty in simplicity and functionality. It can be created in any sized space, in any type of location. All it takes is a little creativity and an appreciation for humble materials. ✦ R o a n o ke Va l l e y H O M E F a l l 2 0 1 8


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