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n editor ’ s note Earth Day—April 22—has been around for a long time, but I first celebrated it with gusto as a sophomore in college. To call me an activist would be a gross overstatement, but I did my version of a hippie thing for what amounted to 10 minutes. I scolded my friends to recycle their Diet Coke cans; they called me Mother Earth and suspended a tiny foam model of the planet over my bunk bed in the dorm. It’s not that they were poking fun at Earth Day; they were poking fun at my stance from the soapbox. I’m sure I deserved it. It’s fun to be able to reminisce and laugh about passionate antics, however short-lived. But I always have and always will have a soft spot for good stewardship. Nothing makes me crazier than waste. In all things, I try to balance consumption with gratitude and most importantly, intention. If I’m going to use/do/ buy it, I want it to matter, to count. Here at HOME we operate with intention; we choose stories and sources with the intention of adding value to your home and your life, to help you be good stewards of your own resources. In this issue, a feature article on azaleas and an article including tips from local garden pros about their favorite plants will help you decide what you want to add to your green space this spring. We’ll show you the benefits of a tried-and-true way to conserve energy and reduce waste: the good old-fashioned rain barrel (which is seeing a resurgence in popularity!). We’ll also show you

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features Wise abou t Windows

Get the low-down on window replacement By K ay l a V i n s o n

Ma jestic A zaleas

This flowering shrub reigns supreme in spring By M it z i B i b l e


Downsizing to right-sizing with great design and family treasures By Patr i c i a C H e l d

Bedroom Chic

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18 O P T I ONS IN PAINT Funky paint finishes turn drab to fab

56 HOME TECHNOLOGY Equip yourself to get connected at home

40 FAV O R I T E P L A N T S Local experts share ideas for spring plantings

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The windows in our homes are something we often take for granted. We probably don’t appreciate all they do for us until they stop working properly, or fall apart completely. When your windows begin to leave you feeling cold in the winter, and make you burn up in the summer, or when they start letting little things (like water) slip through the cracks, it’s time to admit that you need to move on, and begin searching for other options that won’t let you down. Breaking up (even if it is with your windows) may be hard to do—for this has been, and will be, a long-term relationship. However, once you begin to discover all the options and benefits available to you, suddenly saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new will be a little easier.


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Know Your Needs

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When looking to buy new windows, you must first consider your reasons and needs. Do you need to replace just one leaky window, or are you thinking of replacing all the windows in your home? A total-home window replacement project with top-quality windows may carry a hefty price tag; but it will really amp up your home's aesthetics, energyefficiency and quite possibly its value. Steve Dawson, manager of S.J. Neathawk Window and Door Gallery, said that when you decide to replace your windows, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is how much you are willing to spend. “First, you want to determine the type of budget that you are trying to achieve,” Dawson said. “Then, find a reputable company using brandname, trusted products, who will complete the project within your budget.” Once you know your needs and the outcome you wish to achieve, it is time to find out about your options. Do Your Research

We live in a world where the Internet can demystify home improvement projects for homeowners allowing you to study and compare your options. However, the task of replacing windows is one that is best left to the professionals, saving you a great deal of time and stress. According to Dawson, when installed properly, windows can last up to 40 or 50 years. So you want to make sure that you start off the “long-term relationship” on the right foot. Brian Muelenaer, vice president of operations for Smith Mountain Building Supply, provided some valuable tips about asking the right questions when you are looking for a reputable company to complete the job.

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“[First], ask for references, a copy of their builder’s license, and proof of liability insurance,” Muelenaer said. “Also, ask if they are Certified Installers by American Architectural Manufacturers Association, which is the governing body for window and door manufacturers.” He also encouraged homeowners to get several estimates; this not only helps you find the most competitive price, but it also gives you the added insight of determining whether everyone is seeing the same issues and challenges with your current windows. Once you select a reputable company, the cost and time involved in the project will vary based on the number of windows being replaced and the type of replacement. According to Muelenaer, there are generally three types of window replacements: a full replacement, window inserts and sash packs. “A full replacement involves complete removal of the current window and installation of a completely new unit,” Muelenaer noted. “If your budget allows this, it is the way to go because it will result in a fully-warranted opening, installed using the newest methods and best fit.” According to Muelenaer, window inserts are windows that are made to fit inside the current window frame, installed after all the current window’s components (except the frame) are removed. “For [a window insert], the frame needs to be free of rot and structurally solid,” Muelenaer said. The third type of replacement, using a sash pack, is the easiest to install and could be a do-it-yourself project, since it does not require a full window replacement. A sash is simply the framework that holds the window pane in the frame. Therefore, this type of renovation is ideal if you are simply fixing damage done to the window frame. 14

Once you have determined what type of work you need done, the fun part begins—actually picking out your new windows. Time to go shopping! Select Your Window

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then windows are the eyes to your home. Like eyes, windows come in many variations, shapes and sizes; some are stronger, and “see better,” than others. When purchasing new windows, it is important to look into the various available options, and to seek out the greatest return on investment. According to John Morgan, millwork sales manager and window and door specialist for Capps Home Building Center, popular window options include all vinyl, vinyl clad, aluminum clad, and composite cladding such as Fibrex, to name a few. “Each type has its own price point, so your budget may determine which type you use,” Morgan said. “Each type has both their pros and cons.” Morgan also warned prospective window buyers to be aware that “just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is going to perform like you need it to,” and that doing detailed research at the beginning of the process really pays off in the end. If energy-efficient windows are a must in your book, Muelenaer suggested wood, fiberglass, or vinyl treatments. “These products do not transfer heat or cold easily from one surface to another,” Muelenaer said. While there are many choices in the type of glazing (glass) to consider—including low thermal emissivity (low-E), laminated and tempered, — Muelenaer suggested that one of the best ways to save energy R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

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with your windows is to focus instead on finding a product that uses “warm edge” technology. In very simple terms, warm-edge technology refers to the type of spacer material used to separate the panes of glass (or glazing) in a window unit. The material used in warm edge technology is less conducive to heat loss than the traditional aluminum spacers. Ty Cassell, project manager for Skyline Door & Hardware, said that above all other factors, you must consider the type of materials being used to make the windows. “In this industry, you really do have to look into the quality of materials being used to construct the windows, and [then] make a determination of what you expect from that product,” Cassell said. “The better built products, [like] extruded aluminum-clad wood windows, will last and perform longer.” While wood windows are among the most aesthetically appealing choices, Cassell typically advises buyers to avoid wood since it is more prone to decay. These windows tend to need lots of tender-loving care. “Wood is never a good option, regardless of what it is painted with,” Cassell said. “It is a r vhomemaga zine .com


high-maintenance product that, if left alone, will rot and decay.” While vinyl is one of the least expensive options out there, it is also one of the least appealing, in Cassell’s opinion. “The worst thing to me is driving through a nice neighborhood and seeing a cheap, vinyl replacement window on a beautiful 80 or 90 year-old home,” he said. Basically, choosing the right window for your needs boils down to quality versus cost. When you find a window that meets both of your standards in those areas, you have found your perfect match. Start Replacing

Now that you have done your research and chosen your new windows, it is time to let the installation process begin. According to Muelenaer, the time required to complete this project from start to finish depends on several different factors. These include, but are not limited to, the type of product being installed, the condition of the existing structure, whether the home is single story or multiple stories, and weather conditions. While there is no standard “ballpark” figure for a project of this size, because so many variables play into it, replacing windows is a major home upgrade that carries a big price tag. Muelenaer gave a helpful hint, however, on how to save yourself a little money. “If your household budget allows, it is better to replace all the windows at one time,” Muelenaer said. “There is a savings by having the installer come once, rather than multiple times, and replacing only one window will not achieve energy savings.” He also noted that when all the home’s windows are the same, curb appeal increases, possibly increasing the value of your home. Additionally, replacing only one or two windows won’t do much to increase energy efficiency in the home if all the others are damaged or dated. Enjoy the Benefits

After you have your windows installed, the benefits should be reflected in your next power bill. “Windows and doors are the greatest source of air infiltration, heat gain, and heat loss in a typical home,” Muelenaer said. “Having high-quality, energy-efficient windows installed in your home by a certified installer will dramatically change the levels of all three and have an instant impact on the energy required to heat and cool the home.” If replacing your windows has been at the bottom of your to-do list for a while now, start making it a priority and discover all the benefits you’ve been missing—strong windows that will help you weather life’s storms and energy bills. 16

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We all know paint plays an essential role in expressing our personalities throughout our homes. The color of a wall can alter our mood and enhance the visual appeal of our surroundings. But let’s face it— painting a wall, room or an entire house can be a pretty daunting task, one for which most of us just do not have the time or patience. Here’s the good news: There are hundreds of ways to liven up your home using paint without spending a lot of precious time and money. With all the interesting paint-finish options dominating the DIY scene, the possibilities for decorating projects big and small are endless.


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You can turn almost any ordinary surface into something unique, fun, and maybe even useful with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint comes in brush-on or spray application methods, and can be found at most craft and home improvement stores. The paint turns any smooth surface into a chalkboard and can also be used to renew old chalkboard surfaces. Chalkboard paint can be used on metal, wood, plastic, glass, hardboard and paperboard. If you want to try something other than typical black, check out Benjamin Moore’s colored chalkboard paint to brighten your home in time for spring. Have an old metal filing cabinet sucking the life out of your home office? Spray it with chalkboard paint and label each drawer with big, bold chalk letters. Have a tired coffee table you’re not using anymore? Tackle the top with some chalkboard paint and give it a new home in the kids’ playroom along with a generous bucket of colorful chalk for instant fun. For another simple project, purchase a small, inexpensive mirror with a cool decorative frame, spray or brush on a layer or two of chalkboard paint, and hang it on your pantry door for an everchanging grocery list, a place for phone messages, or an easy recipe reference station. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, use chalkboard paint on an entire wall for artwork, quotes, love notes and more. Glitzy and Glamorous Metallics

If you’re looking to add a little glitz to your home without going overboard, metallic spray paint might be just the thing. Give shimmer and shine to any piece of furniture with paint available in many different kinds of metallic finishes—from gilded to gold-leaf to pearlescent and more. One project that is very simple and takes hardly any time at all is a lamp revamp. Have a lamp that is boring and dull? Refinish it with metallic paint instead of buying a new one, and turn your plain lamp into a statement piece. You can also instantly update your entire home by spray painting door and drawer hardware and light switch and outlet plates with a metallic finish instead of buying expensive metal ones. For best results, you should clean and prime the hardware before glamming it up. Some metallic spray paints come with a primer already in them, so be on the lookout for these two-inones to eliminate a step. Metallicize anything from small flower pots and plastic figurines to large bureaus and tables to effortlessly glamorize your home. Pairing bright, neon accessories with metallics is a perfect way to add life and freshness to your home for spring. Mirror, Mirror…

It’s almost like magic. With mirror paint, turn clear vases and candleholders into “silver-plated” items, and make plain framed glass look like an age-worn mirror. You can even add some water for a result that looks authentically old. It couldn’t be more simple: All you need to do is wipe clean the glass item you are transforming, then spray paint away until you get your desired look. Spray painting a window, vase, ornament, lamp or picture frame with a mirror paint, such as Krylon’s Looking Glass, will create an instant antique look. One of my favorite uses for this kind of paint requires a picture frame, glass cleaner, mirror paint and water. Remove the glass 2 0

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from the picture frame and clean it with glass cleaner. Lay the glass down and flick a few drops of water onto the glass using your fingers or a spray bottle. This will create that worn, antique look. Spray the glass with mirror paint and let dry. You can add more coats as desired until you accomplish the look you want. Place the glass back into the frame and use as a vanity tray to display your favorite perfume and jewelry. Another adorable idea: Spray a few mason jars with mirror paint and fill with bright, colorful flowers to create a fresh and feminine arrangement for your mantel or dining room table. Place the jars atop a wide strip of lace or burlap for an extra dash of style. With such a variety of different paints available to avid DIYers, it is now possible to transform almost anything in your home into something unique and beautiful without spending a lot of money and time. Stock up on these funky spray paints and get excited for the endless DIY possibilities that come along with a fresh, new spring season.


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Sitting by a cozy fire, curled up with a book and a nice hot bowl of soup? No way! Winter doesn’t get all the credit for this delicious and easy culinary delight. Soups are meant to be enjoyed year-round. If you think of soup as a light, refreshing meal that can be served warm, cold or at room temperature, you’re well on your way to year-round soup satisfaction.

In general, all soup making begins the same: by sautéing aromatic vegetables in some kind of fat. Depending on the origin of the soup, the aromatics may change a bit, and the fat that you use may vary, but the technique to create it is generally the same. Next, the pan is deglazed with some flavorful liquid, to maximize the result of the caramelized aromatics. Other ingredients are layered in, in the order of their cooking time, until the entire dish has come together. For this reason, soup, once mastered, is the easiest improvisation in a cook’s repertoire. Soups require very little equipment—a knife, a pot, sometimes a blender, and a soup bowl. We may think that chopping lots of vegetables makes soup too much work, but now, the abundance of frozen and fresh chopped vegetables makes even the most daunting soup easy work. Soups are great for improvising and using leftovers; the chicken left over from last night’s baked chicken or veggies languishing in the crisper can be made into meals for later in the week. Many soups are based on chicken or vegetable stock. There are varieties available in the grocery store that will pass, but homemade stock will elevate your recipe to the next level. Making your own stock is not difficult; most of the preparation time is hands-off, while the broth is simmering. You can freeze in any portion size—I use all different-sized containers, then after they’ve frozen, I pop them out of the container into a large freezer bag. Having four or more quarts of homemade stock in your freezer will make you feel like you’ve got the world by the tail! I’ve included recipes for chicken and vegetable stock, and some special soups that would be great in the spring. Enjoy! 22

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Chicken Stock (makes 4 quarts) This makes a darker-colored stock appropriate for most soups. If your recipe calls for a light chicken stock, skip the roasting step and just start with all the ingredients in the stock pot. 6 pounds chicken necks, bones or wings 1 large onion, rough-chopped 3 large carrots, rough-chopped 3 ribs celery, rough-chopped 2 bay leaves 10 whole peppercorns 10 sprigs fresh thyme 1 cup dry white wine 16 cups water (filtered if possible) Put the chicken and vegetables in a large roasting pan and roast in oven preheated to 350 degrees until browned, about 45 minutes. Transfer chicken and vegetables to a large stockpot and add bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme. Add wine to the empty roasting pan, and scrape the bottom to get all the brown bits. Add this wine mixture to the stockpot with the water. Bring to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and let cook for 3 hours, replacing the water as it evaporates, and skimming any gray scum that forms on the top. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth, and cool for an hour. Decant into smaller containers and chill. Skim any fat and residue that congeals at the top of the container, and freeze for up to 6 months. r vhomemaga zine .com


Vegetable Stock (makes 3 quarts) Vegetable stock is useful and easy to make with things you may have hanging around in the vegetable drawer. 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 carrots, sliced 2 onions, quartered 2 potatoes, sliced 2 ribs celery, sliced 10 white mushrooms, halved 1 bunch parsley (stems, or leaves and stems) 2 bay leaves 12 cups water (filtered if possible) Heat oil in a large stockpot, and sauté vegetables for 10-15 minutes until soft and browned. Add the parsley, bay leaves and water. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour. Strain, taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste, then cool for an hour. Decant into smaller containers and freeze.

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One of my favorite pictures of my daughter and me shows us on an early spring day sitting in the backyard with freshly cut sprigs of bright pink azalea tucked in our hair. She is smiling so big not only because at 4 years old, every beautiful thing you wear makes you feel like a princess, but, I believe, azaleas have a natural charm that seems to make every spring day feel enchanting. So it came as no surprise later when I learned that the azalea, with its rich history dating back to the East Indies, is often called “the royalty of the garden,” reigning over the South as its most popular flowering shrub. Azaleas are fairly low-maintenance, which is perhaps one reason we take this royal shrub for granted in the Roanoke Valley when it helps us usher in spring each year.

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ccording to the Azalea Society of America, more than 10,000 different azalea plants have been registered or named, providing a wide variety of sizes (generally 3 to 6 feet), colors (ranging from white to purple, pink, red, orange and yellow), and bloom times (most in our region bloom from mid-April to mid-May). Although different varieties will produce more blooms than others, most of the blooms on azaleas will appear at the same time and will last about two weeks. Because azaleas remain relatively pest-free, they can outlive many of their counterpart shrubs. Japan has recorded some of its varieties living hundreds of years. If you were lucky enough like me to purchase a home that already has well-established azaleas, you probably won’t need to do anything more than an annual pruning shortly after it has finished flowering. Wait until after mid-summer, when next spring’s buds will already be set, to prune. According to the United Stated National Arboretum—an azalea hotspot boasting thousands of the popular plants—it is best to remove separate branches back to the area where they join a larger branch. But if the azalea has grown entirely too large for its spot, you can cut the large branches back with no fear; new growth will come from the stubs. In late summer, check the shrub for wilting or dead branches to prune. Putting Down Roots

If you have purchased a newer property or simply want to add some color and larger variety to your garden space, planting anew is easy as well. Many florists now carry potted gift azaleas and these can be easily planted in your yard. Follow the instructions for indoor and outdoor maintenance. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

Azalea or Rhododendron? Rhododendron is the genus name for all azaleas and rhododendrons. Azaleas usually have smaller flowers, will bloom earlier, and have much smaller leaves that may be deciduous or partly so. Rhododendrons usually have bigger blooms that show a little later, and have large leaves that will show into the winter. Source: United States National Arboretum

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Plant azaleas in early spring or early fall. The key is well-drained, loose soil that has plenty of organic matter. If drainage is poor, you can correct the problem or plant them in raised beds. If you aren’t sure about your drainage situation, use this simple test. Dig a hole six inches deep in the desired planting area and fill it with water; if it doesn’t drain out within four hours, you know it isn’t the best spot for your azalea unless you add some drainage tile or plant it in a raised bed. If you need more organic matter, add rotted leaf mold or compost. The soil does not need much preparation, though, because azalea roots lie near the surface, in the top foot of the ground. Although most people think azaleas prefer shade, heavy shade is not ideal. According to the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), a spot with filtered sunlight is best. If an azalea is planted near other tall shrubs or fences that provide a screen from the afternoon sun, it should still thrive. VCE also suggests finding a spot that is protected from the wind. Again, if they are planted near evergreen shrubs or trees to the south or west, they will be protected, and they will


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also be given a chance to showcase their vibrant flowers against a dense backdrop. The National Arboretum suggests planting under “widely spaced, high-crowned trees,” such as oaks or poplars, because azaleas do not tend to grow well under trees that have dense foliage, such as maples and pines. Once you’ve picked out your azalea, water the container well before planting. Dig a hole twice as large in diameter as the container and a couple of inches shallower in depth. It can be planted a bit higher than ground level, with soil brought up to the top of the root ball, because it will naturally settle, and also because this is a more effective method for planting in the heavy clay soil that we tend to have in our area. It is a good idea to add a few inches of mulch; any type will do, even pine needles, wood chips or leaves. Water it slowly and again the following day. Water at least once a week for several weeks. Well-established azaleas generally don’t need fertilizer, and for the most part, recent plantings won’t need the extra nutrients either. If you do fertilize, VCE suggests using a fertilizer specially formulated for azaleas, and doing so only in April or May. A fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants can be added to the surface before the mulch is laid. (Use no more than 2 pounds per 100 square feet, or follow directions on the package, VCE says). Although azaleas are among the hardiest shrubs, there are a few culprits that can cause an early demise. For new azaleas, too much water or poorly drained soil is the most likely cause. For wellestablished azaleas, those pesky voles can chew near the crown of the plant. But keeping mulch away from the trunk will discourage these critters. Weather can do its job, too. Big fluctuations in temperature can injure the bark, and long drought periods can cause fungal cankers to form on the branches. It is best to prune out these affected branches later in the summer. Azaleas can also suffer from the azalea lace bug, a black bug that likes to hang out underneath the leaves and in some cases cause the foliage to turn white. According to the National Arboretum, the insect reaches its peak in late summer and enjoys doing the most damage in sunny sites (another reason to choose some shade). Insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, or a systemic insecticide can be applied in spring when the first hatchlings are seen. Feeding damage can also be done by caterpillars, although unless there is an unusually large population, they will not kill the plant. Plucking them off is usually effective. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

Best Touring Spots for Azaleas Azalea watches have become almost as popular for tourists as the fall foliage in New England or the cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital. Here are some spots you might want to take in if you’re planning a road trip this spring: U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.:

The arboretum includes thousands of azaleas, including hundreds of hybrids in all hues grown by former arboretum director Benjamin Y. Morrison. It was the early azalea collection which piqued enough interest to allow the arboretum to begin opening to the public in 1949. Their website,, includes an Azalea Blossom Watch every year, with projected peak bloom dates. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, South Carolina: This prime garden tourist

attraction is known for its spectacular show of azaleas, with the oldest collection of Indian azaleas in America. It lays claim to being the first garden to plant azaleas outdoors, in the 1840s. Read more, and view photos at

Azaleas are not completely immune to plant diseases; the most common occurrence is petal blight. This is when the petals turn brown, soft and mushy shortly after they have opened, and most often this is when the weather is cool and damp. It can be fended off with a fungicidal spray as the buds begin to show color. According to the National Arboretum, if treated at the right time, and if the weather does not get too hot, the blossoms may last as long as three weeks and will fall off the plant instead of turning brown and mushy. You will find many folks who do not have any trouble with their azaleas year to year and for whom even pruning is not absolutely necessary to ensure a delightful annual display. While its beautiful blooms may be the attention-getters, the azalea’s hardiness is its best virtue. Though the azalea has been used for ages as an ornamental shrub near the home or as an accent in a woodland garden, the timeless staple still manages to bring an element of grandeur to the outdoors each spring, continuing to sit on its throne in Roanoke Valley. Welcome, your Spring Majesty.

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Forests become a kaleidoscope of color as trails lead you to thousands of azaleas at this popular spring tourist attraction. A 40-acre Azalea Bowl garden puts you at the center of all the beauty. Read more at

For more information on azaleas:

Azalea Society of America: United States National Arboretum: Virginia Cooperative Extension:

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For Nelson and Martha Teague, downsizing meant a move from a large three-story home to a compact one-story in Southwest Roanoke. However, the transition did not leave them lacking space. Thanks to an excellent design plan, their new home is open and airy and provides all the breathing room they need for their busy lives. As their four children grew up and left the house, the Teagues found that their home was just too large. According to Martha, “I had a friend who lived across the street and she told me about this house. Someone was living there at the time.” Her friend described it as a beautiful house, but it could not be seen from the road. Martha’s curiosity led her to investigate. “One day I crept up the driveway just to take a look. I really stalked the house,” she said. Martha was inspired with what she saw. Soon after, the Teagues put the word out to realtors that they were ready to make a move and to watch for a house that met their needs. Luckily this house became available; they made the purchase, and the rest is history. r vhomemaga zine .com


Because of its location, the house is still difficult to see from the road. The painted brick home sits on a corner lot high on a hill above the neighboring homes. Every spring, daffodils carpet the hillside leading to the entrance. Dogwood trees dot the slopes, adding their delicate flowers to the seasonal landscape. Martha pointed out that many of the boxwoods outlining the perimeter of the home are original to the structure. She planted a jasmine vine that has flourished along the support column at the entrance door. Its white blossoms offer an attractive and fragrant welcome to guests. Toward the back of the property, the Teagues have created a private garden area directly off their great room. Here nandina, knockout roses and daisies cover a small embankment. A garden bench and herbs form a border for a small patio created with brick pavers in a basket-weave pattern. Nelson built a goldfish pond, complete with a spouting fountain for “Bob,” “Thelma,” and “Louise,” their resident goldfish. Liriope and pond grasses adorn the small pond, and a Japanese maple and camellias flank its sides. The early-1950s home is located on a charming street, which is exactly what Martha wanted. Although their home is private, it is part of a real neighborhood with lots of families living nearby. “I have precious children living just across the street,” said Martha. Another big selling point for the Teagues was the home’s size. “We love it. Everything is on one level,” she said. However, with two small bedrooms and a tiny galley kitchen, the original house required a few changes. “When we moved in here everything was overgrown,” said Martha. “You could not even see the house.” But she recognized 34

that there was plenty of property around the home that would enable them to make some necessary improvements. Original to the home, a small breezeway led to a separate garage. By using the open space in front of the garage for a master bedroom suite, updating the breezeway, and adding a great room to the back portion of their home, their small twobedroom purchase suddenly became a home with all the space they desired. “We asked architect Jay Hough to come up with the plans,” said Martha. “He nailed it immediately.” Matt Prescott of Prescott Construction did all the renovation work. The recently-installed back patio leads guests through French doors and into the striking great room. With a cathedral ceiling and its wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, the room casts light that filters throughout the interior of the home. To one side of the room is a simple wooden table and chairs for informal dining. Across from the dining area is a large fireplace flanked on either side with built-in shelving. According to Martha, the Teagues had the mantel custom-made from a piece of old pine. “I had a picture that I cut out from a magazine and saved for years,” she explained. She showed it to woodworker John Davis and he created the mantel. He even hand-carved a traditional decorative thistle design into both sides of the mantel. Books, memorabilia and pieces of art line the shelves. A lovely little painting of a line of geese, created by an aunt, Ethel Ferrell, is noteworthy. She was a Lynchburg artist known for her portraits and pastels. The Teagues’ collection includes several more pieces painted by Ferrell, including portraits of their four children, throughout the house. Martha also pointed out a R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3


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A hall from the kitchen leads to the breezeway. The wall is painted a pale yellow and is decorated with Isis ceramics. Created by Deborah Sears, her hand-produced and hand-painted designs use tin glaze patterns typical of 17th and 18th century England. In her travels, Martha found these plates at Sears’ studio in Oxford, England, and she hand-carried them on the plane back home. They all have a distinctive blue decorative pattern, and their unique color was duplicated by Roanoke artist Jennifer Wright in a painted mural of birds and floral designs beneath the Isis display. What had been a simple walkway leading to the garage has become a brick-lined breezeway with plants, seating, and lots of character. It leads to the master bedroom suite, laundry area and garage. “We had a brick sunroom in the other house,” said Martha. “We loved it so much that we decided to use the brick floor here as well.” The laundry is spacious with more than enough room to work. Top-of-the-line appliances, counters, a large sink, storage cabinets and shelves provide everything one would want in this fundamental room. Blue walls and blue carpeting work beautifully in the master bedroom suite. For contrast, Martha used a white bedspread on the four-poster bed with a yellow and blue print dust ruffle and matching draperies. A small contemporary landscape hangs in one corner. Its bold blues and greens complement the rest of the room. Martha proudly pointed out that her 10 year-old nephew created the piece.

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In the older section of the home, very little needed to be renovated, according to Martha. Furniture from her previous home fit in well, and coats of paint plus well-placed art and collectibles create a formal yet comfortable style. The dining room includes a lovely corner cabinet filled with treasured plates and porcelain. Instead of the traditional bowl in the center of the dining table, Martha found a porcelain fish head that was intended to hang from the wall and spout water, but Martha has used it cleverly here. The center hall features a very important piece of furniture in the history of her family—a chest of drawers. Martha and her husband purchased it when Nelson was a resident at Duke. “We had absolutely no money. We were riding around the back roads of North Carolina and went into this old junk shop, and here was this chest. We took two months salary to pay for it. So we have moved it with us wherever we went,” she said. Martha pointed out that it is not very fancy, yet it is so important to the couple that it always gets a place of honor. The cozy living room is bright and airy. Local faux-painting artist Nene Roe painted the walls a taupe hue using a faux technique. The neutral tones allow all the other colors to sparkle through. A cabinet displays more of Martha’s plate collection. “I have been collecting blue and white porcelain for years,” she explained. Hand-stitched needlepoint pillows decorate the couches and chairs, several of which have been stitched by Martha. Artwork covers the walls and a particularly bright piece by Roanoke native Peyton Klein features a scene from Key West. On a corner desk, Martha exhibits her collection of birds. These vivid-aqua miniature Chinese porcelain pieces truly



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brighten the room. Martha explained that for years, an antique dealer friend, Bob Anderson, would keep a lookout for her. “Every time he would find one he would phone me and say, ‘Martha I have some chickens!’ Then I would go and get them,” she said. The two original bedrooms now serve as guest rooms. The grandchildren are regulars here and enjoy a delightful bedroom perfect for children. An enchanting dollhouse sits in the corner just waiting for granddaughters to join in the play. Martha explained that she had the house made for her own daughters, but they never played with it. According to Martha, she enjoyed it far more than her children ever did. The bed in the other guest room is quite special to Martha. With its red canopy, it is suitable for a grand dame. Martha mentioned that she always had fond memories of that bed because it originally belonged to an elderly aunt whom she remembers as a very genteel woman. The bed, with its elegant canopy, immaculate white spread and embroidered pillows, perfectly suited the lady. With great design skills and collections of family treasures, Martha and Nelson Teague have created a comfortably elegant home to suit their current lifestyle. “It was a wise decision when we decided to move, and we were lucky to find this house,” she said. r vhomemaga zine .com

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Ask theWhat’Professionals s Your Favorite Plant? With spring in swing and summer on the horizon, it’s time to think about what you’re going to do to spruce up your outdoor space. We asked professionals from several local nurseries and landscaping companies to tell us about their favorite plants, since they have so much experience working with a variety of elements. Thanks to their expertise, we hope to inspire readers of Roanoke Valley HOME to try something new in the garden this season. Enjoy!

My favorite plant to use in my landscape designs is the Colorado blue spruce, also known as Picea pungens, ‘Glauca.’ It is the perfect specimen plant for a property border or foundation specimen in an island bed. I love the texture it provides as well as a contemporary color contrast. It is a standout when paired with other plants in the burgundy or chartreuse family. Ericka Bowling, Ericka Bowling Landscape Designs

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Choosing one favorite plant is like finding a needle in a haystack! With that said, one of our favorite perennials at Townside Gardens would have to be in the Helleborus family. We highly recommend the Hellebore because there are many varieties that grow in almost any temperature zone. This evergreen is one of the earliest plants to bloom in winter. It is perfect in a woodland garden because it does well in shade, dappled light, or morning sun with afternoon shade. Hellebores are very longlived perennials, dependable, come in many colors, are great cut flowers, and are deer- and varmint-proof. Hellebores do not care for wet feet, and instead do very well in dry shade as well as well-drained, fertile soil. What more as gardeners can we ask for in a perennial than an easy, beautiful blooming plant in our winter garden while awaiting spring? Becky Balzer, Townside Gardens

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I like the butterfly bush because it is low maintenance, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and produces masses of flowers all summer into fall. It comes in multiple varieties and is available in blue, pink, red, violet, yellow and white. The shrub grows 5- to 10-feet tall and wide. Butterfly bushes grow well in shrub or perennial borders, and the fragrant flowers can be used for cutting. Norman Tharpe, Water Garden Designs by Tharpe Landscaping

Just as the seasons change, so do my favorite plants. With new and better varieties of plants constantly being introduced, it is easy to find one to become a favorite. A new favorite perennial of mine is ‘Low Down’ Helianthus, or ‘Low Down’ willow-leaved sunflower. Just when you think all the color has been cooked out of your garden at the end of August, this fall bloomer brings life to the summer-baked garden. Plant about 18 to 24 inches apart in full sun, and expect it to grow to about 18 inches tall. Mark Maslow, Southern Landscape Group 42

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A favorite perennial of mine is Veronica penduncularis, the ‘Georgia Blue’ variety. This little beauty is an evergreen ground cover that is covered with tiny blue flowers in the spring. The delicate leaves may lead you to think it is a fussy plant, but once established, it is drought-and heattolerant. Deer leave it alone, and when it is finished flowering, it is a lush green carpet. In fall and winter the leaves turn a beautiful bronze color. It loves the sun and is perfect as a border plant, along a walkway, or in a rock garden. My Veronica ‘Georgia Blue’ at home is planted in a strip between my sidewalk and driveway. It started as a small plant in a quart container and is thriving at 4 inches tall and 3 feet wide. I do nothing to it and it rewards me every spring with a thick mat of cobalt blue flowers that last about 4 to 6 weeks. It’s really a great little plant. Cynthia Holt, Southern States - Roanoke Co-Op

My favorite plant is the knockout rose. It is very dependable and easy to maintain. The best part is that it gives you color spring through the end of fall, blooming about four times a year.

If I had to pick one favorite plant, it would probably be ‘Green Velvet’ Boxwood. We use them primarily in foundation plantings because they maintain a manageable size (3 feet by 3 feet), are deer resistant, provide a nice deep-green color, have virtually no disease or insect issues, and I could count on one hand the amount I’ve ever had to replace of the thousands we’ve installed.  Jason Childress, Varsity Landscaping and Grounds

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Does the sight of a luxurious, professionally made bed overwhelm you? Flip through any home design magazine or catalogue and you’re all but guaranteed to see images of bedrooms centered on a bed that’s anything but utilitarian. Perfectly pressed crisp cotton sheets, layers of fluffy duvets and quilts that look like they’d be feather-light to the touch, soft cashmere blankets folded just so at the foot of the bed…and we haven’t even mentioned the mountain of plush designer pillows. If you think that type of extravagance is only for those with big budgets and sky-high thread counts, think again. Well-appointed and lavish bedding is really just a matter of pausing and considering what your space needs, and what you want to enjoy, since you are the primary audience. It all starts with an appropriately sized mattress. Choosing between a king or queen mattress is ultimately up to the sleeper(s) who will occupy it. A standard queen bed is 60 inches wide, which, if two people are sharing it, gives each person about 30 inches of room. On the other hand, a king bed is 76 inches wide, giving each sleeper an extra 8 inches to toss around in. Now, 30 inches may sound like plenty of room, but the eye-opening reality is that the standard twin bed is actually 39 inches wide. This works as a nice comparison in terms of spatial comfort. But a sleeper’s comfort may not actually be the deciding factor. The size and layout of the room itself may have the final say in which mattress will set up reign. It’s generally best to leave at least 3 feet of room between the edge of a mattress and its surrounding walls and/or furniture. No matter how badly you want a king-sized bed, if it doesn’t fit properly in your bedroom, don’t do it. Badly proportioned furniture can quickly take a room from comfortable to cramped. 4 4

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Once that decision is out of the way, thoughts can turn to the first of many decorative accents: the headboard. Upholstered, wooden, metal…options abound. Are you a modernist? Go for clean lines in uncomplicated shapes. An art deco lacquered piece in high-gloss white may be just the thing. A tufted, upholstered number in a sleek rectangular shape can be a great neutral background accessorized to suit many different aesthetic leanings. One thing to keep in mind as you shop for a headboard is the bedroom’s architecture. If you’ve got the requisite four walls with standard 8-foot ceilings, allow your imagination to take over. However, a master suite with unique recesses and angled ceilings may put some limits on the design of the headboard. Consider a Craftsman-style home, for example, or even a Cape Cod. These architectural styles, particularly upstairs, are often sloped with custom niches and alcoves. While these features give the home character, they do pose a bit of a problem when it comes to a headboard with any kind of height. But don’t fret quite yet. If glamour and opulence aren’t achievable in an oversized headboard, you can easily compensate with great bedding. Regardless of a home’s architecture, in any design project, it’s always best to start by focusing on the base. For bedding purposes, this is typically a comforter, coverlet, quilt or duvet, depending upon your taste and need for warmth. These terms— particularly comforter and duvet—are often used interchangeably, but it’s important to understand the distinction, particularly if you’re shopping online and need to know what you’re shopping for. Duvet, the French word for comforter, generally refers to the cover that goes over a plain comforter—think of a giant pillowcase. They are often sold as “duvet covers.” So if you’re purchasing a duvet cover, you will need an insert for warmth R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

and shape. These inserts or “comforters” can be made from down feathers or other synthetic materials. Items sold as comforters, however, are designed to stand their own, having a more polished look than the inserts for duvet covers. Coverlets and quilts, on the other hand, are often made of thinner materials, and while they do provide a polished look, you’ll need to use them in layers for warmth. Since it’s more expensive to change out a comforter or even a duvet cover with your whims, rein in that wild side here just a touch and choose one that will stand the test of time (and changing trends). Perhaps start out with a color. Say you’ve loved the color purple your entire life. Keep an eye out for a solid or subtly patterned lavender comforter, coverlet, or duvet since it’s likely that you’ll love it for years and years to come. Allow this to be the foundation and build from it. When it comes to dressing a bed, your “accessories” are comprised of things like shams, sheets and accent pillows. This is a place to think big and make bold decisions. Mix patterns and bring in a secondary color. Continuing with the purple scheme, good options for coordinating colors are green, gray, and even red. Of course, an interior designer can help you find just the right look, but if you want to do it yourself, head to the nearest home goods store. Even many of the big box stores offer great bedding selections. So grab a cart and use this contained space to test color and pattern coordination by tossing accessory pillows and sheet sets in together. This allows you to see how it all works together visually.  If playing with different types of pattern is of interest to you, here are few tips to keep in mind. First, stick to your original color palette. Let’s say you’ve decided to run with white, purple

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and gray—a little soft and sweet, mixed with hints of masculine. Scan the shelves for a pillow that jumps out at you, maybe a stripe or an ikat. Use this as your star player to choose the rest, tossing three or four options into the cart at a time. Watch how the patterns mix, focusing on a good balance of bolder patterns with more neutral ones. Floral is back in vogue and looks gorgeous mixed with stripes, plaids or other geometrics. As long as you stick to a color scheme and remember to vary the scale of prints, it’s almost impossible to come up with a bad mix of patterns.  And don’t shy away from solids, which have a nice way of balancing the overall look. If you consider solids a bore, look for a little texture, maybe a faux fur or something with piping in a coordinating color. These elements can satisfy your bold taste without throwing off the symmetry of the bed as a whole.  How many pillows is too many? This is completely up to you. Since you’re not likely to physically sleep with these decorative beauties, just be aware that they’ll need to be removed each night and rearranged in the morning. What are you willing to work with each day? This shouldn’t become a daily headache!  Here’s a good rule of thumb. If you have a queen bed, shoot for three pillows, whereas a king bed can handle closer to five. If that sounds like a lot, keep in mind that they don’t all have to be the same size. Mix oversized pillows with miniature ones, round with square, kidney-shaped with bolster.  If the idea of wrestling with piles of patterned pillows isn’t your cup of tea, there’s nothing wrong with paring down accessory pillows. Instead, achieve that pop of interest in the shams. Use the same logic here, but instead of choosing multiple patterns, just focus on finding that perfect “one.” If you love floral (and your spouse isn’t entirely opposed to having them on his side of the bed), pick out a pair of shams in your favorite color scheme to match the comforter. You can now achieve a mixture of patterns as simply as picking a great sheet set.  When choosing sheets, a classic stripe is always a great option, as is a solid. They don’t have to come with the comforter as a set, but it’s always a good idea to pick up at least one color from the comforter to make sure they coordinate in some small way. If you’re not sure about patterned sheets, going with white is a classic, style-neutral, and fail-safe option as a base for the rest of your bolder linens. You can never go wrong with white.  If you spent time and energy finding snazzy sheets, they are generally not something you’ll want to hide beneath the comforter all day long. To show them off, make the bed with the top sheet facing down, then fold the top, finished edge up and over the comforter, quilt or duvet. Offering just a hint of those stylish linens gives the bedding scheme a nicely layered look. Comforter? Check. Pillows? Shams? Sheets? Check, check, check. Now it’s time to focus a little attention on the end of the R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

bed. The same rules of balance that apply in the rest of the home are relevant here. If you build up the top of your mattress with coordinating patterns and layers of mixed and matched pillows, the opposite end is going to feel pretty off balance. So spend time considering a few additional pieces to bring the whole look together. There are a few general options in this last phase. One is a folded or draped blanket at the foot of the bed, and the other is a bench or trunk pushed against the edge of the bed frame. If space allows, go with a bench. You’ll be wishing that you had thought of it years ago as you use it to both store your shoes and sit on to put them on. But if space is needed to maneuver around the bed, a luxurious throw blanket is a fabulous way to gain visual balance. Again, keep color scheme in mind, but allow yourself to break a little out of your comfort zone. It’s all about impact here. Contrary to widely accepted opinion, luxury in the bedroom isn’t as expensive as you’d think. As with any home project, set a budget and stick to it. By shopping around and choosing only one or two big-ticket, big-impact items, you can easily and comfortably create a bed worthy of any home fashion spread.

Gorgeously styled beds call for well-appointed side tables. Here are some quick tips for styling bedside table(s): n Don’t feel limited to a standard nightstand. Low-hung wall shelves, small dressers, and even chairs can all provide the needed landing spot for bedside accoutrements. n Choose tabletop accessories that are both functional and attractive. A decorative storage box, for example, can hold television remotes, tissues and jewelry. A stack of books is another helpful styling trick. They look great, add height, and also provide late-night reading material if you’re having trouble catching those zzzzs. n Good lighting is a must. If you have the room, choose a table lamp that makes a statement and ties in with the bedding colors. If space is tight, opt for low sconces. These can be hardwired, or you can simply run the exposed wire behind the headboard. n Function isn’t the be-all, end-all when it comes to styling a bedside table. Personalize this surface with framed photos of your favorite people, a colorful journal to jot down those late-night epiphanies, or even the delicate tea cup your grandmother gave you from her collection. This is your personal place to display the things that speak to you in a special way.

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RAIN BARRELS Collect Water, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste By K i p R u d g e

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best: “Into each life some rain must fall.” To wit and ergo, it must follow that onto every house some rain must fall. If you’re a homeowner, you can’t do much about the rain in your life, but the rain on your house has a definite upside. Rain irrigates the lawn, the shrubs and even the vegetable garden. But weather, being a fickle mistress, can often leave you high and dry. Enter the rain barrel. A low-tech answer to conserving resources and saving money, the rain barrel gives you a simple method of gathering and storing clean, clear water when Mother Nature turns the spigot on. In many instances, rainwater has advantages over its brother, groundwater. Economically, rainwater is everything groundwater is not. That is to say that rainwater is on the house—both metaphorically and literally. Since rainwater falls on your roof, runs into your gutters and through your downspouts, local governments or water authorities can’t charge you for it, whereas getting groundwater from the reservoir to your Waterpik is both an economic and energy investment. The monthly water/sewage bill will testify. Yes, it does take a little money to set up a collection system, but the cost has offsets, including free water and better crop yields, and even greener lawns and shrubbier shrubs. It also r vhomemaga zine .com

makes a relatively tiny footprint in regard to any energy output needed to collect and store it. Another big advantage of rainwater is the lack of treatment when compared to the water coming out of your hose or shower. In order to make water potable, the treatment process adds chemicals and substances that may be fine for you and me, but aren’t optimal for the delicate root systems your rhubarb, dogwood and azaleas possess. In other words, the very organisms that water treatment is designed to protect us from are actually good for plants and soil. The lack of treatment also means that rainwater is softer than groundwater. Softer water means compounds, such as soap, dissolve much more easily and completely. Hence less soap is needed to wash things like your car and patio furniture. Evaporation and condensation are excellent purifiers. However, on its voyage through the clouds and across your roof, 51

rainwater can and will pick up goodies that shouldn’t be in your workout water bottle. Keep in mind what birds do on your roof (pun intended) and also remember that air pollutants can be absorbed by rainfall. This region is no stranger to droughts and water rationing. Rain barrels—and rainwater—can be an excellent fallback to ease the stress on municipal water systems when the rains dry up for extended periods. Rainwater can even be used to flush toilets if need be. So Daddy may not have to fish that brick out of the commode tank next August. Rain barrels have been around for centuries. Anyone who grew up in rural America since the turn of the last century could find rain barrels aplenty at every farm house. The technology is simple in the extreme. Find a big container, feed the downspout into it and wait for it to rain. Even Moe, Larry and Curly could wrap their noggins around the concept. But since we do live in the time of the SpongeBob, Windows 7 and the fiscal cliff, one can be assured the concept has become somewhat convoluted. Harvesting or collecting rainwater is discussed by scads of internet sites. In addition, you can purchase rain barrels online or at virtually any home repair store. Of course the prices vary depending on the bells and whistles. In addition, checking with localities can provide additional resources when planning a rain barrel installation. Some local governments have classes and programs to provide both information and actual rain barrels. There are still some basic barrel imperatives to be observed, however.


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Wooden barrels are frowned upon due to the advent of containers made of materials that do not degrade or rust over time. Also the newer barrels are engineered with rain harvesting/ collection in mind, and have fittings built in. Wooden barrels tend to leak and succumb to evaporation more readily than plastic or resin containers. Be sure any container you purchase has a lid to keep children and small animals out of the container. Nothing breaks the ecological moment quite like fishing a saturated chipmunk out of your clean, clear rainwater. Also plan your location[s] carefully. Most containers hold more than 50 gallons of water. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, so even a moderatesized rain barrel will tip the scale at a homeowner-squishing 400 pounds. With those weights in mind, the barrel must be level and on a stable surface. Also the barrel will need to be elevated in order to use the barrel’s water pressure to push water through a hose— so the higher the better. Since water is the great destroyer of foundations, decide how to handle overflow. The barrel will fill quickly and the overflow should be directed into another barrel or back into the drainage system away from the house. Anyone old enough to remember Grandma’s rain barrel will also recall the squiggly little mosquito larvae that kept the water rippling constantly. Make sure all openings are covered by insect screen, which will also keep out debris. If a skeeter makes your barrel its hot tub, there are dunks that will take care of the insects while leaving the water clear. Be wary if you have an older home with asbestos shingles or old lead-painted gutters. Get a sample of rainwater and have it tested to determine if any leaching is taking place. A properly maintained rain barrel can harvest literally thousands of gallons of free water—water that homeowners can use in any number of situations to offset groundwater use. With the increasing awareness that freshwater resources are being utilized nearly to their limits, the rain barrel is a cheap, efficient method of helping your wallet and the environment.

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Imagine living in a peaceful mountain village with all the vitality and easy access to the amenities of downtown living. That’s exactly what’s in store for residents of South Peak, a new development located just above the intersection of routes 419 and 220 in Roanoke County. Developers Smith/Packett plan a combination of commercial and residential areas tied together with a shared architectural design and sense of community. South Peak’s commercial component will include offices, restaurants, a parking garage and a five-story Hilton Garden Inn. The residential area will be a mix of condominiums and single-family lots, all offering beautiful views. Director of Sales and Marketing for South Peak Jeff Barbic explained that the residential and commercial segments will be tied together by a specific look. “There will be a common theme in architectural design. The same architectural design of arts and crafts will be carried through all of the buildings,” said Barbic. While the entire development shares a cohesive look, South Peak’s condominium owners in the gated residential section, known as The Peaks, will have 11 choices for floor plans. “This is not a cookie cuttertype of condominium project,” Barbic said. “Owners will be able to put their fingerprint on their residence and really customize.” The first 32 units will be ready this spring and could eventually grow to a total of 176 units spread over five buildings. While floor plans vary, each unit will feature a great room with a raisedhearth gas fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Condo owners will also enjoy individual in-unit laundry facilities and a large master bedroom with a walk-in closet. Cecelia “Cece” Currie, real estate agent for South Peak, is also a future resident who looks forward to the benefits of condo living with her husband Jim. “One of the things we really like is that it is maintenance-free, with underground parking, and we can just go up to our place and relax,” Currie said. Underground storage units are available to every resident of The Peaks, and are spacious according to Currie. “The storage unit in the basement is larger than my first apartment after law school,” she said. 5 4

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Other amenities for The Peaks will include a large community room with a bar, an outdoor living area with an observation deck, a walking trail, a fitness room and a dog park. In addition to condominium living, 23 lots ranging in size from one-third to half an acre will be offered for sale nestled in The Estates area of South Peak. Owners of the single-family lots will all enjoy scenic views and the same common area amenities as the condominium owners. Barbic expects the future residents of South Peak be a variety of ages and life stages. “We feel we have two markets—young professionals and empty nesters,” Barbic said. Whether the resident is rushing off to work downtown or leisurely meandering on the walking trail, Barbic feels the community is going to be about one thing. “South Peak is going to be about a lifestyle — a maintenance-free lifestyle for folks looking to enjoy everything Roanoke has to offer,” he said.

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Today’s technology consumers are more connected than ever; through our home computers, TVs, smartphones and more, we are literally never more than a fingertip away from the Internet. Here is some information you need in order to purchase the right equipment for your home technology environment—without having to spend an entire day trying to communicate with a techie in one of the big-box electronic stores. Your first consideration should be your broadband connection from an Internet Service Provider. This can be challenging because the types and speeds of Internet service can vary so widely within a small geographic area. At my own house, only DSL or satellite Internet service was available for several years, while my neighbors across the street were allowed to enjoy the benefits of cable Internet! Of the different types of residential Internet service available, cable Internet generally offers the biggest bang for your buck. In most markets, DSL is the cheapest, with slower download and upload speeds than cable Internet. Satellite Internet is available from the satellite TV companies in the more rural areas where DSL and cable Internet connections may not be available; however, it is usually more expensive and less reliable than cable or DSL. Some cell phone companies are making a big push to compete in this market— and they are succeeding. There are some areas where cellular r vhomemaga zine .com

Internet service is one of the faster, more reliable technologies available for connecting your home network to the Internet, offering the convenience of mobility. In general, cellular Internet service tends to be more expensive than cable or DSL, and not as fast. Contact any and all service providers in or near your area for more information regarding serviceability, available speeds and prices for service. Once you have made a decision regarding your Internet connection from a service provider, the next consideration should be a router or a firewall. There is a wide variety of these devices with many different features available. It is helpful to understand the differences between these two options. In the case of SOHO technologies—that’s industry-talk for Small Office Home Office—they both route traffic between the Internet and your internally connected devices that comprise your home technology network. However, firewalls may offer additional features that protect your internal information, filter Internet content, and possibly allow you to create a secure connection to your office network. I cannot think of a scenario where I would recommend a router without a firewall. Basic routers are very inexpensive, but if you spend a bit more, you can purchase a firewall that offers a layer of protection between your information and the rest of the world. One oftenoverlooked feature available in some firewalls is content filtering. A few years ago, as parents we could install some software on the home PC to protect our children from Internet content; however, that is no longer enough. Our children have iPods, tablets and often PCs or laptops of their own. Content filtering by the firewall can be an effective means of managing what comes in or goes out of your home. 57

Thankfully, service providers will provide equipment that allows you to connect to almost any SOHO router or firewall. Such routers and firewalls come with an Ethernet-type Wide Area Network (WAN) port to create the connection between your router or firewall and the service provider equipment (in most cases, referred to as a modem). They also include one or more Ethernet-type Local Area Network (LAN) ports to connect your internal devices. There are a number of websites, such as, that provide easy-tounderstand consumer reviews on a wide variety of different brands and models. The next consideration should be your network switch, a device that distributes the Internet connection to various devices throughout your home, while also connecting your internal devices. Outside of brand and price, there are only a few elements to consider: quantity, speed and power! Choose a switch that has at least as many Gigabit Ethernet ports as you have data connections in your home. I highly recommend your choice of switch include Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality. This feature will allow

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An Early Glimpse of Tour’s Homes,Gardens This year the Garden Club of Virginia celebrates 80 years of Historic Garden Week, a spectacular statewide event referred to as “America’s Largest Open House.” This year’s local tour, sponsored by The Roanoke Valley Garden Club and The Mill Mountain Garden Club, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring beautifully appointed homes and gardens, historical sites and other places of interest, refreshments and activities galore... there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this much-anticipated event. Here at HOME, we are delighted to share a preview of the homes and gardens that await your discovery during Historic Garden Week in Roanoke.

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“Tarrylong,� 1630 Belleview Avenue This historic Tudor revival built by Charles Lunsford overlooks the winding Roanoke River. The home’s 3-acre landscape is filled with patios, gardens, statues and fountains. Its spacious front hall includes a collection of bronze statues and Renaissancestyle artwork. Antiques decorate the interior of Tarrylong. A seven-year renovation has restored the 1927 home to its former glory, with updated bathrooms, a breathtaking new kitchen, and gardens filled with plants and ironwork. The expansive property continues up the mountain where it is rumored that a previous owner kept his prohibition still. Owned by Carilion Hospital for more than 20 years, the home was used to host visiting physicians as well as hold medical gatherings and seminars before its current conversion to a private residence. Open for the first time for Historic Garden Week. Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Torre, owners. r vhomemaga zine .com


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2725 Cornwallis Avenue This Southern Colonial Revival is reminiscent of Mount Vernon. It sits on a quiet street across from a city park. Originally built by Horace M. Fox, the home was purchased by the current owner’s parents in 1968. After growing up in the home and experiencing two renovations under his parents’ direction, Mr. Chaney, Jr. and his wife, an architect, embarked on its third renovation. They added a four-car garage, an in-law suite, balconies, a “man cave,” and a geothermal heatpump system. The home features oak and heart-of-pine floors, fine paintings, Limoges china and numerous antiques. The patio and gardens off the family room are filled with hostas, azaleas and other native plants as well as an arbor of wisteria. Open for the first time for Historic Garden Week. Mr. and Mrs. John M. Chaney, Jr., owners. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 3

“Rockledge,” 1801 Prospect Road This historic home located near the top of Mill Mountain features magnificent views and landscaping. The Italianate-style stone home gets its name because of its location, having been built on a rock ledge. The gardens and terraces, designed by landscape architect Albert A. Farnham, are situated on a series of massive concrete window boxes, which are filled with native plants, garden statues and fountains. Visitors will pass the stone tollbooth dating from the road’s opening in 1924 on the way up to the property. Rockledge was designed and built by William Henritze in 1929. The home remained in the Henritze family until the 1980s. The current owners purchased the home from Roanoke’s mayor, Ralph Smith, in 2005 and began three years of extensive renovations. A second kitchen and master suite were added, as well as a new rooftop deck that takes advantage of the view. The original wood paneling, wood inlaid floors and stonework were preserved. The home is furnished with antiques and artwork. The gardens feature unusual items such as a Civil War cannon ball, a terracotta figurine built directly into the front yard terrace wall, and several millstones that now lead a path into the woods. The front yard fountain often becomes a birdbath for the redtailed hawks that migrate over the mountain. Doctors Nancy and Kevin Dye, owners.

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2826 Stephenson Avenue This mid-century, modern home contains the original slate and hardwood floors throughout the living areas and in the great room. There is a mirrored wall, reflective of its 1949 construction. The home features cutout walls and Frank Lloyd Wright-style paint colors in keeping with its vintage look. The semi-open floor plan is filled with local art, antiques and light fixtures from as far away as Italy. It has been under renovation since 1999. In the backyard, the patio’s fireplace is original. Located near an outdoor kitchen, a pool and hot tub extend the outdoor entertainment space. The pool is surrounded by informal gardens designed by the owners. There is a jasmine-covered arched entry to the backyard, and the original iron gate remains. The herb garden is conveniently located off the kitchen. Dense evergreens offer privacy. In the front yard, a hidden putting green is an unexpected surprise. Open for Historic Garden Week for the first time. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Webb, owners.

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2706 South Jefferson Street This Spanish Colonial, built in 1924, is made of adobe stucco and features a red-tile roof. The surrounding landscape features both native and arid gardens for show. The home includes original glass French doors onto the patios and red tile floors in the dining room. The informal gardens were redesigned during the summer of 2011 and contain Italian cypress, yucca, needle and windmill palms, and aspidistra. In the back, a flagstone patio is surrounded by an arbor trailing with wisteria. The restored kitchen has cabinets made of Alder wood and granite countertops. The staircase to the second floor features a curved iron railing and hand-painted tiles on the risers. The home is filled with antique furnishings and local art. Open for Historic Garden Week for the first time. Marylee Burnstein, owner.

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Full-Tour Tickets $30 • No single-site tickets • Advance Tour Tickets $25; may be purchased by mail until April 22 by sending checks payable to “Historic Garden Week” and mailed to Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke VA 24018. Advance tickets are also available by cash or check at the following area locations: Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, Ronald McDonald House, Townside Gardens and Black Dog Salvage. Online tickets also available at TOUR HEADQUARTERS, TRANSPORTATION

The Ronald McDonald House, 2224 South Jefferson, is the tour headquarters and is the starting and stopping point for the trolley and the shuttle. Roanoke’s Star Line Trolley and a shuttle will take guests round trip to the homes on the tour.   OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PLACES OF INTEREST

The Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs will also host a plant sale at the South Roanoke United Methodist Church parking lot across the street from the Ronald McDonald House. Other places of interest on the tour include Fincastle Presbyterian Church, Fincastle, and Beale Memorial Garden at Hollins University. Both locations have undergone garden restoration projects by the Garden Club of Virginia using funds from Historic Garden Week. For more information, visit the tour’s website at www. and “Like” the “Historic Garden Week in Roanoke” page on Facebook, or contact Tour Chairman Cyndi Fletcher at (540) 589-3084 or

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n INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 3-Day Kitchen & Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Accents on Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Better Bathrooms & Kitchens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Better-Decks Plus Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Black Horse Manor Antiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Bowman’s Woodworking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Boxley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Capps Home Building Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 CertaPro Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Certified Carpet Cleaners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Chem-Dry of Roanoke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Classic Floors of Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 CMC Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Dodson Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Elaine Stephenson Interiors.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Fink’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Get Healthy Virginia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Grand Home Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Habitat ReStore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Halifax Fine Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Integrated Technology Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Interiors by kris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Kevin Hurley Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Ladles & Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

What makes a kitchen fabulous? Like the meals prepared there, a great kitchen has a just-right balance of ingredients: functionality, beauty, comfort and style, to name a few. Maybe this recipe includes professionalgrade appliances, cutting-edge technology, and storage galore. Maybe it means great picture windows, room for a crowd, or “I did it myself!” Whatever the mix, whatever the situation, a great kitchen is inevitably the place where homeowners gather, where delicious meals and lasting memories are made. Though we’re not ones to fish for an invitation, Roanoke Valley HOME wants to see your fabulous kitchen. Whether it’s newly renovated, got-it-right-the-first-time, or something in between, we want to take a closer look and share it with our readers! We have already asked readers on our website,, to show us their kitchens, and we have been delighted by the response—so delighted, in fact, that we’ve decided to do it up big in a “Roanoke Valley’s Best Kitchens” feature in our Summer 2013 issue. We’d love to see even more submissions to really round out the mix of kitchens we know you savvy homeowners use and love every day. Do you have a fabulous kitchen? Please send us a photo or two, and a brief description of why you love your kitchen to, and we will be in touch with you to learn more. But hurry—we need to hear from you by April 1 so that we can put together our best kitchen feature yet from our favorite sources—our readers! Please be a part of this inspiring collection of photos, ideas and information about the best of the best in the Roanoke Valley!

Marshall Stone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 N-Hance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 National Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 National College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Nationwide Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Neathawk Window & Door Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Oakey’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Our Lady of the Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Phillip Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Pink Lady at Farm Basket Shops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Premier Landscape Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Prime Lending. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Protect Painters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Provisions/rsvp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Reid’s Fine Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Roanoke Granite Tops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Salem Terrace at Harrogate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Skyline Door & Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Smith Mountain Building Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 South River Contracting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Southern Lamp and Shade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 South Peak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Southern States. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Superior Bath Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 The Green Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Little Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Valley Tile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Water Garden Designs by Tharpe Landscaping Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Whitt Carpet One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Window & Door Design Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Window World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 WSLS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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