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features BLUR R E D L I N E S I N Y O U R L AW N

Softening the edges where hardscapes meet landscapes BY C o ry M o r g a n


A completely renovated family home

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A 100-year-old aesthetic still popular today BY Lau r e l F e i n m a n


Tabletop essentials every hostess needs BY M e r i d i t h I n g r a m

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22 P O P CULTURE: ADD A T OUCH OF MOD Adding modern accents to your traditional home

34 RAINY DAY PROJE CTS Spring cleaning projects you’ve been avoiding


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52 CH O O S I N G TH E R I GHT G A R D E N CO N TA I N E R S Picking the right pots and planters for your porch

28 C U L I N A RY CORNER: S T R AWBE R R I E S How to use strawberries after your visit to the patch

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BY Lu cy C o o k

80 T H E COLORS O F S P R I NG Fresh new colors for your home BY Carr i e Walle r

37 WHAT’S HAPP E N I N G IN LO CAL REA L ESTATE Baby Boomers’ influence on the market

72 G A R D E N D AY 2 0 1 4 Beautiful homes and gardens welcome you

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n editor ’ s note It seems like spring is when we like to get our house in order— essentially hitting the “reset” button and rebooting our home after a long winter. After so many grey months, it’s a breath of fresh air to bring the colors of spring inside our homes (look for our spring color report). Browse the homes featured on this year’s Historic Garden Day tour plus our Roanoke Valley Showcase Home. I’m excited to share a feature story that I wrote for you about a hundred-year-old architectural style that continues to wield a powerful influence. Our appreciation for that which is handmade and locally-sourced continues to shine through the aesthetic of the Craftsman style. The sensibilities of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the twentieth century are just as innovative and relevant today as they were then. You probably even have reflections of it in your home. In this edition, you’ll find articles brimming with practical advice and fresh approaches to problems you might face every year. Set off on the right foot as you step into your garden for the first time with tips on selecting the right containers for your porch and how you can soften hard edges around your lawn. But, should you end up with an inside-day due to April showers, we’ve got some productive projects for you that you may have been putting off…for a long time!

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There are so many opportunities to celebrate in your home this spring: Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and bridal showers. Now is a good time to assess your table linens and find out which key pieces your table linen wardrobe needs. Then, once you’ve got your table set, choose a sunny dessert (or host three different occasions so you can try them all!) to serve your guests at your beautiful table. Thank goodness, spring has sprung! Come on in,




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Living on the Edge Softening the lines between hardscapes and landscapes

BY Co ry M o r g a n

As our yards are returning to their warm-weather glory with the arrival of spring, many of us will be itching to enjoy the outdoor spaces we’ve missed all winter. In recent years, the trend of embracing gardens, patios, and lawns as extensions of the home has expanded how people think of and use their yards. With homeowners looking for more ways to develop their yards, features such as decks, fire pits, pools and patios have become increasingly common. Though these elements (generally referred to as hardscapes) serve great purposes, they can create visual discord with their hard lines and rigid looks if they are not balanced and buffered with proper landscaping. Hardscapes and landscaping are often addressed as separate projects. But by treating these two elements as separate entities, you could be limiting your property’s overall aesthetic potential. If you were instead to take a step back and imagine your yard, driveway, garage, porch, patio, deck, sidewalks, pool and everything that surrounds them as an extension of your home, the results could be surprising. Literally softening the edges of your hardscapes by utilizing good landscaping techniques can blur the lines between the two, creating a visual flow and elevating your property to resort-like status. r vhomemaga zine .com



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As with any project, it is important to plan ahead and have a good understanding of the way your structures and yard work with each other and what you hope to accomplish. Maybe your home sits on the side of a hill and you are having problems with erosion control. Perhaps you have rows of shrubbery around your front porch, and all that’s needed is proper pruning to smooth over the rough edges. Or it could be that your driveway appears long and boring with all the visual interest of a runway. Embrace the natural flow of your land and imagine how you could work out some of the blockier corners or bare areas. All Hands on Deck

Some of the more common hardscapes are patios and even lowlying decks. When planning for landscaping additions here, start by going out and sitting on your patio or deck and take note of where your gaze is naturally drawn. This should be the focal point of any landscaping work. Keep in mind that your entire yard will be viewed as one large presentation that does not end with the perimeter of your deck or patio structure. For this reason, it is important to make sure one area flows into the next. This might mean planting colorful border trees and shrubberies 14

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all around the exterior of your yard as sort of a backdrop for your presentation. “Adding depth to the beds around a hardscape project allows for large shrubs or small trees like crepe myrtles or Japanese maples to be incorporated,” says Jason Childress, landscape designer for Varsity Landscaping and Grounds in Roanoke. “These vertical elements add visual interest and break up the often flat surfaces,” Childress continues. Evergreens such as juniper and cypress are also great picks that will provide yearround greenery, and are excellent selections for those looking for privacy borders. With the foundational vegetation in place, you can begin layering smaller plants in the foreground and around your hardscapes to relax the look of their rigid lines with lighter, airy foliage. Many herbs will help you achieve a delicate look around your ground-level deck or patio without a lot of maintenance. Look for dill, thyme, Russian sage, lavender and rosemary to supplement soft texture (not to mention the added aromatic and culinary benefits!). Another trick to creating a relaxed atmosphere is to avoid a precise pattern in your plant groupings. Intermingling your shorter flowering plants and grasses can give your bed a more natural look, and allowing the plants to fill R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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in on their own will mean less weeding down the road. Consider the layout of your particular hardscape and what areas might especially benefit from landscaping. Turn the severe corners where a sidewalk meets a driveway into an eye-pleasing flower grouping with a fluid, curved border. Buffer elevated features, such as stair railing or a trellis, with taller plants that won’t be dwarfed next to them, or consider climbing plants, such as clematis, to add interest above ground level. For elevated decks, when the structure is at least 4 or 5 feet off the ground, there are a few additional factors to consider. From your perch, you’ll be gazing at a downward angle on your yard and plantings. Again, establish taller plants first and then work your way down to medium and low-lying choices. Consider shrubs that will grow to be bushy and tall enough to fill in the gaping space between the deck and the ground, such as arborvitae for an evergreen choice, or hydrangea and rhododendron to provide a bright pop of color. Don’t hesitate to bring flora up onto the deck as well. Container gardening is an easy and low-maintenance way to break up the wood-onwood monotony of a large deck. Group containers of various heights together, or create a terrace effect by placing pots of trailing plants like sweet potato vine, verbena, begonia and nasturtium up a flight of stairs. Under the deck itself, the most practical choice may be stone mulch (with weed cloth beneath to keep undesirable “volunteers” at bay) since the lack of sunlight prevents hearty grass growth. Available in many colors and textures, there is certainly a stone mulch variety available to complement your hardscape. Stone mulch is also very effective at slowing erosion, making it a great choice to incorporate into landscaping for aesthetic and practical reasons.


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Slippery Slopes

Our area is known for its hills, and in some spots it would appear as if every single home is built on an angle. Many homeowners struggle with slope retention and erosion. Fortunately there are elegant ways to deal with these hard-to-landscape problem areas, and the results can be beautiful. Before proceeding with landscaping slopes, you must consider the soil type and how steep a slope you are dealing with. Ground covers are great choices for hillsides as their root systems will help provide a sturdy “grip” to the soil. Furthermore, many ground cover species require little maintenance and provide a great wispy look that often stays year-round. Look to things like junipers, creeping thyme and mosses. To provide height and color, gardenia, nandina, loropetalum, liriope and rhododendron will be successful on slopes. Terracing walls and creating distinctive walkways to deal with slope provide opportunity for some unique landscaping, which would not be possible on a flat lot. Forming terraces, which involves removing sections of dirt and inserting retaining walls to create a functional structure, can be difficult, as you have to maintain a proper foundation and support for your slope. A common choice for these walls is to apply stucco over a concrete, brick or block base. In addition, stacking smaller walls into tiers or creating a serpentine wall adds visual interest. “Planting shrubs, perennials and annuals above a wall that will drape over will serve to soften and can add color,” says Randy Brannan of Roanoke Landscapes. “Strategic planting both above and at the base of the wall will add interest and make the wall seem an integral part of the landscape rather than simply a utility item.” 18

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Combining outdoor stairways with your terraced walls is also a great strategy. You may even decide to include some stepables (plants that tolerate foot traffic) between your stairways and flagstone or paver walkways. Dwarf mondo grass, creeping Jenny, Irish moss and many varieties of mint are all great selections. Pools

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, it’s important to address how it fits with the landscaping. A pool area with great landscaping can become a gorgeous, spa-like destination in your own backyard. For the most part, pools can be treated much like other hardscape structures, although there are a couple of things to consider. Brannan suggests reaching out to a landscape professional before construction so that options other than concrete can be explored. “Interlocking concrete pavers offer much more in the way of color, designs, durability and flexibility than does poured concrete.” This is also the ideal time to incorporate planters, fire features, and even kitchen elements. “Vertical surfaces give that ‘outdoor room’ feeling,” adds Brannan.

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Childress of Varsity Landscaping and Grounds says that “plant choices should driven by the season, so focus on summer and early fall blooming plants like crepe myrtles, knockout roses and ornamental grasses as well as summer perennials like blackeyed susan, coneflowers and shasta daisies to provide maximum impact during the time your pool is being used the most.” Also consider adding tall ornamental grasses, such as pampas or pink muhly grass, which may look fluffy but are actually very hearty. They will give your pool the atmosphere of an oasis. Non-Plant Elements

Good landscaping takes all of these factors into consideration; great landscaping goes far beyond selecting the right planters and mulch, however. Consider using non-plant elements to elevate your yard to the next level and give it a resort-like status by adding an unexpected statement piece. If you find yourself craving that “something extra” in your yard but aren’t ready to undertake a big project, look to features that are ready-to-install that you can simply landscape around. Effects such as a small fountain, a grouping of boulders, a garden bench, or a pair of large urns overflowing with flowers can add a lot of character with minimal effort. Take the opportunity to select a piece that reflects your desired overall atmosphere for your yard, whether it’s an oversized lantern for a Zen look, a masculine log bench for rustic elegance, or a simple yet contemporary water feature for a modern flair. Use mulch or groundcover around the base, then work your way into low-lying plants like phlox and lantana, then on to slightly taller choices such as coleus or hosta to layer in bright greens, working upwards with taller plants


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Putting it all Together

The sky’s the limit when it comes to landscaping around your home. The bestlooking homes and yards combine all types of landscaping styles and strategies to fit the natural layout of their spaces. And they also reflect what you really want to get out of your space—whether that’s entertaining by the barbeque on the patio, spending a day of fun in the sun in the pool, or simply spending a quiet afternoon taking in the beauty of your garden. Keep these principles in mind to create a comfortable and enjoyable space for you and your family. r vhomemaga zine .com



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Whether your home is filled with heirloom antiques or hand-me-downs, any style of dĂŠcor can pull off a touch of whimsy, a bit of other worldly sophistication and some sparkle. Accents in acrylic, chrome and lacquer add a little spunk to your home and bring you a smile every time your gaze falls upon them.

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An acrylic coffee table in the living room reflects light and won’t compete with other furniture around it. A pair of crystalline table lamps with translucent bases brightens the buffet. Feeling timid? A beautiful lamp set upon an acrylic riser brightens any dark corner.

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TRY IT! A chrome office chair is a glamorous midcentury sparkler when it’s upholstered in plush velvet. Pull up an avant-garde side table next to your favorite spot on the sofa. Just can’t go big? A chrome vase holding a single bloom gives your bedside table just a touch of Hollywood glam. 2 4

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A Clear Winner

Acrylic furnishings (sometimes called by their brand names Lucite or Plexiglass) add a playful accent to your room without adding visual clutter. These ghostly furnishings have the uncanny ability to disappear while highlighting other items that rest on or under them. Elegant and with a contemporary edge, clear acrylic brings colors and shapes in your room to life and visually maximizes your space.

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Acrylic scratches easily and requires a tender touch to keep it gleaming. A clean, damp microfiber cloth keeps your acrylic sparkling. It’s a good idea to designate a cleaning cloth to be used only on your acrylic so you don’t accidentally smear a cleaning solvent from another job on your item. Never use chemical cleaners or glass cleaners on your acrylic. Oops! Got a scratch? Novus Polish (www. removes scratches and haze to restore your acrylic to its former glistening glory.






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Modern and cheerful, chrome is a forward-looking metal that adds a sleek touch to any room. Often overshadowed by other silver-toned metals like nickel and pewter, moderately priced chrome holds its own in your living room just as well as it holds your robe in the bathroom. This cool metal reflects light like a mirror and everyday items such as wastebaskets, coat racks and desk utensils take on a retro swanky Palm Springs vibe when finished in chrome. Caring for chrome: Chrome is a durable material that needs only a little upkeep if it is kept away from water. Simply dust with a soft cloth and clean occasionally with a nonabrasive cleaner. Make sure the cleaning agent is safe for your chrome by testing it on a small area that is hidden from view. r vhomemaga zine .com

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Shiny and Bold

If you haven’t gotten yourself a lacquer tray yet, you must! Every home needs at least one. These handy multitaskers corral odds and ends on the desktop, upgrade beverage and snack service at refreshment time, and hold a stack of books plus a drink on the ottoman. Lacquer works equally well in either very traditional or very modern décor. Lacquered wood finishes are durable and can be found in an array of bright colors and metallics. Antique lacquered boxes and tableware are sometimes inlaid or carved, but today we tend to use the word to refer to wooden items painted with a super high-gloss paint finish. Lacquer looks best when it has something in a contrasting texture nearby. Hard as nails: Due to its highshine, every fingerprint and smudge shows up in sharp relief on lacquered surfaces. But, all you usually need to do to clean it is to wipe the item down with a soft damp cloth and then polish it to dry with a soft, dry cloth. Never use paper towels or pretreated cleaning cloths on lacquer.

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Try one new fun thing in every room of your home this spring. An acrylic container by the phone holds your reading glasses and a pen. A chromedipped light bulb peeks from under the pendant over the kitchen sink. And your car keys always have a home when resting on a lacquered tray on the hunt board. By adding touches of these glossy accents throughout your home, you’ll freshen things up for spring without committing to a total makeover, adding a little something unexpected to your stylish home.

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Strawberry Season

Looking forward to a rite of spring

BY Lu cy Co o k

Each year after a long chilly winter, we cherish the arrival of spring fruits and vegetables. The first tip of asparagus to break ground, a pea tendril curling around its support, bright white strawberry blossoms ready to turn into juicy red fruits all signal the arrival of spring. One of my favorite rites of spring is strawberry picking. I usually demand a trip to the strawberry patch each Mother’s Day. Local, fresh strawberries are always the best for flavor and for nutrients. Like other seasonal fruits such as tomatoes, the varieties available in the supermarket are grown for their ability to ship, not their good taste. Local berries trump store-bought for that reason alone! The good news is that they’re easy to grow in strawberry pots at home and there are many varieties that will bear fruit all summer, extending their growth season.

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The best way to shop for berries is to actually pick them yourself. When picking berries, keep in mind that the fruit does not ripen further after picking. The next best place to pick berries is at the farmers market. Look for berries that are a uniform rich red color. Smaller berries usually have a better, more concentrated taste. Strawberries won’t last long after being plucked, so it’s best to use them within a few days. As soon as they’re home, spread them in a shallow covered container (they don’t like being stacked) and put them in the fridge. Wait to wash and hull them

until right before use. Any berries that aren’t used within a few days should be frozen. Wash and allow them to dry, then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag. Most strawberry recipes are for desserts, although strawberries are also great in a fruit salsa over grilled chicken or fish! I’ve included three desserts that make strawberries the star. Each of these recipes requires a little advance planning but they are all simple to make and will be so pretty on your springtime table. Enjoy our local strawberry season. It goes by too quickly!

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Strawberry Panna Cotta (Serves 8) Panna Cotta (Italian for “cooked cream�) is a silky eggless custard, served cold with fruit or chocolate sauce. Panna Cotta is a perfect dessert for dinner parties because it can be made a day or two in advance and kept refrigerated until serving. If you’ve never had it, this is a great time to try it! 8 ramekins or small molds 6 cups fresh local strawberries, cleaned, hulled and divided 2 cups milk 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin Slice all of the strawberries into halves and divide two equal portions of halved berries into separate bowls. Puree half of the berries in a food processor and refrigerate the other half, reserving for a later step. Press the processed berries through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. In a heavy saucepan, stir together the milk, cream and sugar. Sprinkle both envelopes of gelatin on the surface and let stand for 10 minutes. Over low heat, stir the mixture until the gelatin dissolves, about five minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and fold in the strawberry puree. Divide the mixture evenly among ramekins or molds and chill for at least 8 hours. An hour or so before serving, make the sauce: Reserved berries 1/2 cup local honey 1/2 cup water Peel of one small lemon, grated Place the remaining berries, honey, water and lemon in a heavy saucepan and heat just to boiling, gently pressing on the berries while stirring. Transfer to a small bowl and cool to room temperature. Serve the panna cotta by unmolding desserts onto a puddle of strawberry sauce.

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Strawberry Tiramisu (Serves 10) This dessert is traditionally a mocha flavor, but springtime calls for a change to strawberries! Serve this pretty recipe instead of strawberry shortcake. Despite its many steps, cooks of any skill level can easily master this recipe. Note: this dessert contains raw eggs, which may be dangerous to the elderly, children under age 4, pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems.

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1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

Mascarpone mixture, divided

4 Tablespoons framboise (raspberry-flavored) liqueur

Strain the strawberries from the liquid syrup, reserving both. Dip half

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.

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Cook two minutes at a full boil, then remove from heat and stir in the

of cookies in the serving dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture

strawberries. Let the mixture cool, then stir in the liqueur. Set aside to

over the cookie layer, then spread half of the reserved strawberries

cool and thicken while you work on the next steps.

on top of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat with the remaining

STEP TWO: THE CREAMY FILLING 4 eggs, separated

ingredients, ending with the remaining strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours.

1/2 cup sugar


8 ounce container mascarpone cheese

2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted

1/2 cup whipping cream

To toast: spread the nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet. There’s

Beat egg yolks with ½ cup sugar until thick and light yellow in color.

no need to add oil because the nuts have their own. Roast the

In another bowl, beat mascarpone and whipping cream together

almonds in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes (give

until soft peaks form. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone

the tray a little shake halfway through toasting so they don’t burn).

mixture and blend.

Transfer the nuts immediately to a plate.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks

When ready to serve, top your chilled tiramisu with toasted almonds

form. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.

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and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens,

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about 5 to 10 minutes.

Friends may question this flavor combination—that is, until they try it! The basil is steeped in the milk, creating an interesting flavor that complements the berries. Be sure to use fresh basil for this recipe. For best results, put the bowls of your ice cream maker in the freezer overnight before blending.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, then add the reserved berries and cream. Stir and refrigerate the mixture until it is very cold, 4 hours or overnight. Finely chop the remaining basil and add it along with the lemon zest to the ice cream maker and freeze according to

2 egg yolks

manufacturer instructions.

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producing realtor for MKB, Realtors, who focuses on the South Roanoke area. Avis observes that it’s when the kids leave home that the Boomers start to say, “We aren’t using all this space anymore,” and they look to scale down. He says, “Many in this age group are moving into patio homes.” He explains that people who are looking to move into smaller homes appreciate a more maintenancefree lifestyle. Avis notes that town homes and patio homes with homeowners’ associations are “popping up” around the Valley and are becoming very popular. Generally speaking, homeowners’ associations provide residents with the management of a development’s recreational amenities, which are maintained for exclusive use by its members. This can allow homeowners access to perks like a maintained pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis court or walking trail, all without the responsibility (and hard work!) of maintaining them on their own. Some homeowners’ associations even provide security personnel for residents. Many of these new, smaller maintenance-free homes offer custom features that allow for this “aging in place” connect with us: Burchett Homes Team

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A Perfect Fit

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Nineteen years ago, Anne Marie and Gordon Poore relocated their family to Roanoke, Gordon’s hometown, and moved into the Crystal Spring neighborhood, close to Crystal Spring Elementary School. The Poores, planning for their family to grow, knew the house they were in did not have enough space. Just a few blocks away, a larger home went up for sale. Anne Marie and Gordon thought the location was perfect for their growing family. “I went to look at it first, then we went to together. My husband looked at it and said that this is all the space we will ever need, but that we would have to redo every square inch of it,” she recalls. The Poores have been at their current location for more than a decade, and over that time Gordon has completed the bulk of the restorations. He relied on a few outside professionals to help him complete his task, and the final renovation is ideal for a family with three children. r vhomemaga zine .com


“Gordon was an Eagle Scout,” says Anne Marie, implying that her husband can tackle just about any renovation job. With a college degree in systems engineering and minors in both mechanical engineering and computer science, Gordon’s background has served him well in top-to-bottom renovations. “Gordon has a mind for it,” says Anne Marie. “I can show him a picture or make a drawing and ask, ‘Can we do something like this?’ and he figures out how to do it. And since their home is almost a century old, Gordon has had to deal with some very old problems such as outdated plumbing, poor room design and general disrepair. An inviting walkway leads up to the Georgian style home. Bedecked with double-file viburnum standards (a deciduous shrub native to China and Japan) on either side of the walkway entrance, the path ends at an engaging gleaming white porch with matching urns 4 4

overflowing with sword ferns on either side of a large black front door. The couple installed foundation landscaping including liriope, boxwood and Otto Luyken laurels. An enclosed front garden is now planted with blueberry and raspberry bushes. Anne Marie explained that the area originally housed 80 rose bushes, which have found new homes. Fencing and netting keep deer and birds at bay so the area now serves as a magnet for the children. They love the spot, and the Poores’ younger son enjoys standing inside the enclosed fruit patch picking the berries and eating all of the takings. This turn-of-the-century home came with niceties, including a wide entry hall and front hall staircase. Other than a new ceiling, freshly painted woodwork and wallpaper, this room has remained unchanged. The original wooden floors now gleam with a rich stain and finish while a small Persian rug adds interest.

Anne Marie commented on this rug and how her homes have grown. “It once covered the living room floor in my first apartment. I like to remind myself what came before and just how fortunate I am now. I look at that rug and think that is how big my first living room was.” Anne Marie describes her home as a simple house. She explained that two bachelor brothers originally lived here, and for them detailing was not very important. Thanks to Gordon, the couple has been able to add some of those details, creating a more elegant space. For example, Gordon installed crown molding throughout the house, a chair rail in the dining room, custom wainscoting, and a plaster medallion in the center of the room where the chandelier hangs. Though Anne Marie says that she does not collect fine antiques, she points out that the dining room table is a family heirloom. A built-in china cupboard adds a sense of charm to the room. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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Thanks to three large windows facing the front of the home, the living room has a good deal of light. Family photographs, built-in bookcases, a baby grand piano in a corner and cozy furniture create a warm ambiance. A small side porch adjoins the living room. The Poores hired Prescott Construction to redo this area, screening the porch as well as repairing and replacing trim. Today the space creates a great extra room in the summer months, adding additional space to the living room and a covered room adjoining the patio. A butler’s pantry is conveniently located between the kitchen and dining room and also serves as a side entrance to the house. Built-in cabinets, which are original to the house, line the walls. “We use this side door so much that I wanted to brighten up the room,” says Anne Marie. She called in local artist Leigh Ann Martin to decorate the cabinets and the result is positively delightful. Polka dots, stripes, lemons, oranges and gingkos decorate the wooden cabinets. A colorful throw rug complements the choice of colors on the cabinets. The kitchen and its adjoining rooms underwent one of the largest transformations. This area of the house has endured both gutting and altering. “It wasn’t only a tiny space; it was a warren of rooms,” says Anne Marie. She describes a maze of small spaces leading to the back end of the house and a rear staircase. Gordon moved walls; a contractor moved the staircase. Other walls were opened and doors were added. “We widened four doorways, removed two openings, and five doors. All this helped provide more space, a better traffic pattern, easier access to rooms plus additional sunlight,” Anne Marie says. “I really wanted to use all of the space in the kitchen,” says Anne Marie. “I cook a lot and I don’t want to run myself to death.” As a result everything is close and efficient. They added a coffered ceiling, bringing character to the room, widened a doorway, and added a mantel hood. Neighbors gifted an old brass fixture originally used for a department store display. It suspends over a decorative butcher-block center island and is perfect for hanging pots and pans. A friend was removing kitchen cabinets in a renovation. They were of a simple wooden design and when Anne 4 6

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Marie saw them she knew they would be perfect in her kitchen. Once they were refurbished, the cabinets fit perfectly in the kitchen space. The simple lines align perfectly with Anne Marie’s style. “I wanted it to look like they had always been in this house,” she says. And they do! A traditional farm sink with apron front and turned legs fits well in the overall kitchen design and the soapstone countertops, which are easy to care for and impervious to stains, also add to the authentic look of the room. The kitchen opens directly into a small dining area with a large enough table to accommodate the entire family. Green floral Thibaut wallpaper and a geometric patterned rug create a relaxed atmosphere perfect for family gatherings. The geometric pattern on the rug mirrors the black and white diagonal pattern on the den floor. In addition to serving as an informal dining room, a corner area doubles as both a bar and laundry. Anne Marie devised an ingenious way to utilize space by tiling a counter and backsplash that enclose the washer and dryer. Both units are front loading and remain hidden when not in use with a bright gingham curtain

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hanging on a café rod. On laundry day Anne Marie pulls the curtain aside, and during the remainder of the week the room is ready for whatever may happen. The Poores find the green and white tiled area perfect as a bar and serving area when they entertain. A dark and dingy den was drastically altered when the couple removed the cherry paneling, painted the walls and applied a geometric design on the parquet wooden floors. Anne Marie points out that they never would have considered removing the paneling if it had been authentic tongue and groove wood paneling. And the wooden floors, originally laid on concrete, were in bad shape. Gordon sanded them and then used an industrial paint to apply a diagonal black and cream checkerboard pattern over the floor. It was a very gutsy move on his part, but the outcome was impressive. The addition of French doors leading to a back patio creates a bright and cheerful room. The original patio had no easy access from the house. Now family and guests can reach the outdoor area readily through the den. At the top of the rear staircase is a small sitting room and home office space. At one time, before an addition was added to the house, this was a sleeping porch. Today it houses lots of rattan as well as a Tiffany-blue computer desk, and is a perfect room for reading or playing. It connects the master bedroom suite with the rest of the upstairs bedrooms and serves to unite the entire upper level. Anne Marie has fond memories of summer camp and the natural wooden ceilings in her cabin. She and Gordon were able to recapture the spirit of that ceiling in their bedroom suite. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

Originally, the room had a leaky flat roof and a ceiling height of only seven feet (the other rooms in the house are 9 or 9 1/2 feet high). “To get the slope and pitch of the roof right to marry well with the existing roofline, we had to raise the walls 24 inches,” she explains. “The roof is on the less formal portion of the house with cedar shake shingles, so we decided to put a standing seam copper roof on this part of the house,” she adds. A contractor raised the room’s height to create a cathedral ceiling, and left the wood natural, adding a thin layer of whitewash. “We moved this Palladian window from the brick gable of the house to the new gable, so extra light streams through,” Anne Marie says. The bedroom walls are colored in tones of Wythe Blue and accented with white coverlets and monogrammed pillows. A white Carrera marble bath completes the master suite. Anne Marie says that they chose a honed marble rather than have it polished, for a softer look. And all of the cabinets are open. Three dark willow baskets tucked underneath the vanity keep bathroom accoutrements organized and out of sight. “We utilize our space well and try to be very efficient,”


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says Anne Marie. “Plus I like the open concept. It makes it easy to get to things and keeps things neat.” The front bedrooms include a guest area and children’s bedrooms. The hall bath was a major job that needed a transformation. According to Anne Marie, at some point there had been some new tiling added to the tub area when the previous owners wanted to make it a shower tub, but the tile was not secured properly and needed to be redone. The couple called in Pittman Construction to do the job. They had a small window of time to complete the job when children and guests were not there. Walt Derey and his crew were able to match the existing tile; add PVC wainscoting (a great product for a steamy bathroom area) to the walls; tear out the existing tub and install a new one; tear out a closet and add a custom built-in three drawer cabinet; move a radiator; paint and install Thibaut wallpaper—all while working within the couple’s time frame and budget. “They did a phenomenal job,” says Anne Marie. “Every time a homeowner is happy, we are happy!” says Walt. He explains that when they deal with older homes they are often required to match existing work. By blending the old with the new, “We try to make it appear like we were never there.” Gordon and Anne Marie called in Randy Brannan of Roanoke Landscape to install a new brick patio, water feature and ornamental plantings in their back garden. According to Brannan, the original yard was made up of scrubby grass, bare dirt and several holes created by the family pet. He described it as a “rough spot to keep green.” Randy was very concerned about a large maple tree that served as a focal point in the back yard. “We didn’t want to lose that tree,’ he says. The original patio was set in mortar. To allow more water to reach the prize maple, Randy set the brick patio pavers in limestone sand. In addition, most of the work was done carefully and by hand so the roots of the maple would not be disturbed. Camellias, hydrangeas, dogwoods, hostas, ferns, R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

azaleas and rhododendrons provide both greenery and color year-round. A charming Craftsman-style garden shed decorates one corner of the garden area. Designed and constructed by Prescott Construction, the shed provides much-needed storage space. Anne Marie explains that now they finally have space in their garage to park their cars. Anne Marie jokes, “It’s a novel idea—cars parked in the garage!” Prescott Construction also installed a pergola directly off the informal dining area. At one time, a rather large greenhouse occupied the area. Anne Marie exclaims, “it was really like a seethrough garage!” After tearing down the structure, they used the same footprint for the current pergola and the area now serves as a small covered patio for informal gatherings. Gordon Poore was right: The couple redid every inch of their home. “We did it in stages,” says Anne Marie. “It has good bones and as my husband pointed out, it is all the space we will ever need.” Not only is the amount of space perfect for the family, but the home is ideally suited for their lifestyle today and for future years.

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Which Container Works for You? BY M er i d i t h I n g r a m

It may be too early to plant much, but it’s never too early to get organized for the upcoming gardening season—starting with your containers. Avid gardeners tend to collect containers over the years, which can evolve into a haphazard lot of pots. Before the dazzling display of annuals, perennials and grasses hits nurseries later this spring, take some time to reconsider your own stash of containers, culling the old or collecting new for an easy refresh of your outdoor space.


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Before buying new containers, the first thing to consider is where you are going to place them. While the front entrance of a traditional Colonial, for example, might look great with matching Classical urns flanking the door, here more than anywhere else scale and proportion are arguably even more important than style. Remember that front entrance containers are admired from afar by passersby, and by you and your guests as you come and go. So make sure these containers are big enough to stand up to this task, and small enough that they don’t overpower the walkway or stoop. Decks, patios, driveways, walkways, even a bare patch in your yard or border garden are all good places for container gardens. Whatever spot you’re looking to adorn, keep in mind that these will need to be watered by hand, so don’t orient them too far from a water source or collect too many that watering them becomes a chore. 5 4

The material you choose depends upon your personal aesthetic as well as your gardening style and work habits. Simple symmetry or eclectic collection? Modern or traditional? Are you likely to water faithfully, or do you water only when you notice plants drooping? Do you like to move your pots around to various spots depending upon the occasion, or are you one-and-done—plant in May and leave it until September? Think about these questions before you consider which containers to buy. The Heavy-Hitters

The old faithful terra cotta pot is a reliable choice for its low cost and the blank canvas it provides. While unglazed terra cotta develops a lovely patina over time, its distinctive color can clash with traditional red bricks or other strong color elements around your home. It’s also highly porous, which means water can do a number on it. If you tend to leave your planters out year-round, terra cotta is not

your best choice, since water freezing and thawing can cause cracks. You’ll also need to water plants in unglazed terra cotta frequently since water will evaporate quickly. The bright side? Your plants are unlikely to suffer from waterlogged roots. Many such containers are sold with saucers to catch overflowing water and provide reabsorption; resist using these as they are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Glazed clay or ceramic pots work well for gardeners who like the heft of terra cotta but want something with a little more style that requires less maintenance. The colors and patterns of ceramic containers are as dazzling as the flowers you’ll plant in them. While these planters retain more water, dark-colored glazed pots will also retain more heat and could damage plant roots in extremely high temperatures. Wooden planters fit the bill in places where you want big bang for the buck (think whiskey barrel planter). Wooden planters are porous as well and will R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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need frequent watering, and will also be susceptible to water damage over time. Line wooden planters with plastic to stave off some of this damage. Cedar, redwood and teak are the most water damage-resistant; treated wood lasts longer than untreated wood, but you won’t want to plant any edibles in a treated wood container since ingesting the chemicals may be harmful. Concrete and stone planters can make a bold statement and provide a neutral background for your garden. Think of these containers as permanent fixtures; they’ll work great for container gardens that don’t need to be moved to accommodate sun, watering or the changing seasons. They are also great for spaces where an over-exuberant pet could topple lightweight containers. Lightweight, But Not Light on Style

Easy to use and easy to move, synthetics like plastic and its upscale cousins, resin and fiberglass, are great options for lightweight but pretty containers that can mimic the “faux” look of just about anything—stone, wood, metal and ceramic. Since they aren’t porous, they won’t lose moisture as quickly as unglazed pottery. But because they don’t lose moisture, it is especially important that they drain sufficiently, so plant roots don’t become waterlogged. Synthetics tend to resist weather damage, and because they are so lightweight, they are easy to haul in and out of the shed each season. Keep in mind, though, that tall, narrow R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

synthetic-material pots, heaped full with plants, will be top-heavy and could tip over easily during big summer storms. Playing with Placement

When grouping different containers in a space, aim to include some unifying element. You might use all gray containers in one area, but made of different materials—or go with all bright blue ceramic pots but in an array of sizes (and perhaps a small blue-and-white patterned pot on the outdoor table to accent the look). Or if you have many different kinds of containers that you adore on your deck, stick to quieter flower arrangements, repeating the same arrangement in each pot. Keep in mind that vividly colored glazed ceramics draw attention to themselves, while neutral grays and browns fade into the background and place more attention on the flowers. Armed with this information, you can choose the right container to suit your garden style. With the right containers in place, you can focus on creating arrangements to punctuate your outdoor space with bursts of color and creativity.

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CUttiNG EDGE AND WITH THE GRAIN CRAFTSMAN STYLE How to spot elements of it in your home today BY L au r el F ei n m a n

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I don’t know about you, but I am “over” clutter. Do I really need that drawer full of gadgets when one great paring knife will do? Can’t you see yourself getting more work done at a sleek desk where the printer and other computer gear is hidden away in a nearby cabinet, thanks to wireless technology? These days, I find myself pausing to admire the pages in my favorite magazines that feature mudrooms and kitchens with tons of built-in storage. Turns out, this clean aesthetic I yearn for is actually rooted in a historical movement that has influenced and continues to influence several generations of home design: the American Arts and Crafts movement.

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Difficult to define, both in era and in style, the American Arts and Crafts movement (1895-ish to 1930-ish) gave itself permission to have many different outward expressions. It was actually more of a design for living than a singular architectural style, and examples of it are prevalent throughout our city’s older neighborhoods. Snubbing mass-produced “art objects,” lithographs of famous works of art and furniture “suits,” critics said such things were the products of an unimaginative people (well, pardon me for loving Pottery Barn!) and that the refined aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts’ decorative arts would instead make individuals more rational and society more harmonious. The underlying fear was that the machinery of the Industrial Revolution threatened to strip the world bare of its creativity. So Arts and Crafts, in a way, represents an aesthetic we’re seeing a renaissance in today with our renewed obsession with all things handcrafted and artisanal. In short, the Arts and Crafts movement was about living well with fewer—but better—things. And this is a cue from which we can certainly benefit today, with 6 0

an emphasis on being good stewards of our homes and environment. Not a Hard Sell

The American Arts and Crafts movement was the aesthetic counterpart of its contemporary political philosophy, progressivism, which asserted that advances in science, technology, economic development and social organization would improve the human condition. The movement began in the late 19th century in overcrowded industrial cities where reformers witnessed large numbers of immigrant settlement workers facing harsh conditions at home and on the job. Reformers spoke out about the need for laws regulating tenement housing and child labor. They also called for better working conditions for women. As these reforms took place and Americans’ lives improved, a strong middle class emerged and grew so quickly that it eventually became the most influential group of consumers and remains so to this day. In April 1897, the first American Arts and Crafts Exhibition featured over 1000 objects made by 160 craftsmen, half of whom were women. The exhibition’s

success led to the formation of The Society of Arts and Crafts whose mandate “to develop and encourage higher standards in the handicrafts” focused on the relationship between artists and engineers. The Society promoted practicality, and challenged designers to counteract a desire for ornamentation and place a greater interest in functionality. The impact of this event reminds me of the reaction every time Apple releases a new iProduct—there’s always a lot of excitement and media attention when good technology meets up with good design. Today, Jim Dyson and his superior household appliances are household names because of his design and engineering innovations. How often do engineers become cultural superstars because of Target commercials? Magazines Influence, Inform and Inspire

Just like today, magazines played a tremendous role in inspiring homeowners to create their own gracious homes through pages of advice and beautiful illustrations. Between 1906 and 1940, thousands of American homes were R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

built according to plans sold by mail order companies such as Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward and through magazines like House Beautiful and Ladies’ Home Journal, making the world of architecture and design accessible to the exploding middle class of Americans. Don’t you dog-ear magazines, saving pictures and ideas for your future home projects? (We certainly hope you do!) In fact, the Arts and Crafts movement’s nickname came from a popular home magazine, The Craftsman, founded by designer and furniture maker Gustav Stickley. Stickley believed that mass-produced furniture was poorly constructed and overly adorned. His designs were governed by clean lines and quality materials and were influenced by Asian motifs. His ideas obviously resonated very well, because his furniture continues to be an iconic fan favorite found in television rooms and lake houses to this day. The Craftsman featured original home and furniture plans fashioning a fresh, new style that reached its zenith with the bungalow— that quintessential Arts and Crafts architectural form characterized by broad

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overhanging eaves, articulated woodwork and an open floor plan. Perhaps as a reaction to the prissy Victorians, Stickley’s pattern books illustrated America’s desire for a simpler lifestyle in a wood, bricks and mortar kind of way. Renovating a Homelife

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The previous era’s Victorian home featured a complex façade of two-storied bays, an assortment of gables and turrets, wraparound porches and a lot of bric-abrac cluttering its interior. Typically, a Victorian home had a back wing with a separate entrance that housed the kitchen and pantries on the first floor and the servants’ quarters up above. Fitted with inferior-quality woodwork and hardware and noticeably smaller bedrooms with lower ceiling heights, the Victorian kitchen and servants’ wing embodied the aristocratic class distinctions of the old world. These homes, designed for a life with servants, were America’s Downton Abbeys and they were being edged out of the social scene. The middle-class housewife of this new age didn’t have domestic servants (at least not live-in ones) and did much (if not all) of the housework herself, while also caring for her children. These added roles made it important that her kitchen be integrated into the main house with easy sight lines to the common areas as well as into the backyard. Breakfast nooks and built-in kitchen cabinetry turned the kitchen into the heart of the American family’s home. It seems that even then, the numberone home renovation project was redoing the kitchen! Just as it was then, topping the wish list on every kitchen makeover is “more cabinets, please!” We just can’t seem to get enough of them—from mudrooms to craft rooms, we love stowing our gear in built-in custom cabinets sized perfectly to protect our wares. A Breath of Fresh Air

The wish for a rural retreat away from smoggy cities inspired many craftsmen to call upon colors, textures and patterns of flora and fauna in their works, resulting in a rustic effect. Craftsman architects openly displayed a home’s sturdy beams and structures and exposed the natural materials they used in their designs rather than hide them underneath lathe and plaster. Designs 6 2

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“It was…a design for living” often mixed materials throughout the homes, rooting a structure to its surroundings and creating a nature lover’s scrapbook of indigenous wood and stone. Deep, friendly porches extended a family’s living space outdoors and allowed passersby to stop in for informal visits, replacing stuffy foyers where visitors were once required to patiently wait while house staff announced their call. Tucked underneath low-pitched gabled roofs with deeply overhanging eaves, porches held exposed rafters and were supported by tapered, square columns, often with stacked stones at the base. Gingerbread-style brackets were sometimes added as a decorative adornment, one of the few details in a Craftsman home that served no useful purpose other than to delight. No matter what the style of your home is, we’ve seen the porch make a big comeback. Homeowners decorate them with all the comforts and trappings of their home’s interiors, creating three-season rooms intended for entertaining. Covered porches have once again become one of the most requested exterior home improvement projects. It’s on the top of my list! Large four-over-one or six-over-one double-hung windows were prominent in Craftsman homes. This describes the number of lights in each window sash, where smaller panes of glass hang above a large single pane, offering homeowners an unobstructed view and excellent ventilation because they could slide up or down in the sash. Arts and Crafts homes featured a variety of light-emitting transoms, dormers and eyebrow windows, welcoming an abundance of light and warmth into a home. r vhomemaga zine .com


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Of the many decorative arts, some of the best loved of the Arts and Crafts movement were the designs of the stained glass designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the famous jewelry designer Charles Lewis Tiffany. The advent of electricity was of keen interest to Tiffany and he often collaborated with Thomas Edison. By 1906, Tiffany Studios was selling more than 400 different models of electric lamps and hanging shades. Most often, Tiffany’s stained glass window panels and lamps depict iridescent patterns of wisteria, apple blossoms, and other plants and trees. Many homeowners still enjoy using stained glass in a bathroom or kitchen window to serve as a colorful obstruction from neighboring eyes. Decorative metalwork and hardware crafted in warm tones with a rugged, hammered character evoking Medieval, romantic or folk influences were especially popular in Craftsman household items like bookends, chargers, cutlery, candlesticks, desk accessories, knobs and hinges. The majority were made from copper, brass and oil-rubbed bronze. From switch plates and drawer pulls to house numbers and mailboxes, handmade metal accessories put the finishing touches on any Arts and Crafts home. Craftsman knobs and pulls continue to be a very popular look in kitchen cabinet hardware. And, I would love a pair of Bevelo gas lanterns on either side of my front door! Every homeowner knows that it’s the accessories that add the personal touch, distinguishing their home from others and making it truly their own. Whether yours are store bought, handmade or passed down, your accessories likely say something very personal about you. What stories will your items tell about 64

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you to the next generation? Even if the Craftsman “look” isn’t your personal taste, it’s always nice to learn a little something about history and architecture because, like quality handmade wood joinery, the pieces all fit together and inform your future purchases. So, the smart, streamlined Craftsman aesthetic was the bobbed hair and shortened hemline of home design compared to previous eras’ elaborate up-do’s and bustled skirts: so much easier to tend and far less confining! Even if your home doesn’t have an exposed beam or a single hand-hammered copper anything throughout, it still might be influenced by the Craftsman philosophy. Do you like your things to be stored away in cabinets? Do your windows allow the outdoors to come inside and mingle? Do you like being able to see from the front of your house straight through to the back? (Have you ever admired or bought anything from Pottery Barn?) Then, you have been touched by the Arts and Crafts movement—and you didn’t even know it!

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Table Linens

Make Memories at Mealtime BY M er i d i t h I n g r a m

When I bring out cloth napkins for a meal, my teenagers eye them with suspicion. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I’m sending my family a message that we are going to slow down and spend some time together. We are not going to eat standing up in the kitchen, we are not going to eat slumped in front of the TV (even though some circumstances call for this). And I hope someday they look back and know that those cloth napkins, along with the many large and frequent home-cooked meals, were just another way for me to love on them. When we domestic engineers employ table linens—the good tablecloth, pretty placemats and cloth napkins—we are saying that this meal we’re sharing matters. It’s an occasion. And this mindset shouldn’t be limited to one season (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving and Christmas!). While spring offers lots of special occasions for dressing the table, like Passover Seder, Easter, Mother’s Day, end-of-the-school-year celebrations and graduations, it’s also time for fresh starts, spring cleaning and getting organized. Take time this spring to assess and update your table linen wardrobe just as you would your personal wardrobe. Even if you only use linens for an occasional meal, you’ll be stocked and ready to make memories in your home with the people you love.

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Must-Have Base Layers

Think of your linens the way you would your clothing. Basic, quality pieces can be accessorized to create different looks. But just like any great outfit, the underpinnings can make or break the look. If you are going to use a tablecloth, know that the foundation of the most beautifully laid table is the oft-neglected table pad. Not only does a table pad protect your table from scratches, burns and spills, but it also provides a better drape for your tablecloth. The extra padding can also eliminate the clinking and clanging of tableware being placed and passed, taking the gentility of the affair up a notch. Table pads come in a variety of forms, materials and sizes. You can order a high-end custom-fit table pad at most local furniture stores or online; these are usually made from some variation of a vinyl-coated fiberboard with a velvety underside, and can cost up to several hundred dollars, depending upon the size of your table. Made to fit precisely over the tabletop, these pads can be folded and stored when not in use. Another option is the “table silencer” which is a thick, drapey tablecloth itself, made of felt or a 6 8

flannel-type cotton/polyester blend. Like a large, quality tablecloth, silencers tend to be a little pricey. For a few dollars, you can pick up a trim-to-fit table pad, made of vinyl backed with a polyester padding, at just about any big box discount store. Or, some pros suggest using a blanket (think smooth wool or microfleece) as a table pad. Since this is your base layer, choose the best white or off-white tablecloth you can afford for your formal dining area in a cotton or linen fabric that looks and feels best to you. Make the investment and commit to take care of it, because with this blank canvas, you can create many different looks for years to come. To enhance the look, drape a smaller round cloth over the larger one on a round table, or a square cloth over a round or rectangular table. You can even layer several square cloths set on a diagonal down the length of a rectangular table. While they certainly do not have to match your walls, patterned tablecloths add an instant design element to your room. Another bonus? Patterns are more forgiving of stains and wrinkles. In building your linen wardrobe, you might consider a solid, formal cloth for your

dining room and a fun, patterned cloth for a kitchen table that gets more regular, casual use. There are new styles of laminated fabric placemats that give the upscale look of heirloom table linens with the modern convenience of wipeability. Or stick with placemat and napkin sets for the kitchen and forgo a table cloth here entirely. Remember that when a tablecloth is in place, placemats are not necessary. A table runner is a versatile piece to include in your linen wardrobe because you can use it in creative ways. It can translate as formal or informal depending upon its composition. It can be placed over a tablecloth, layered with other table runners of varying widths and lengths, placed widthwise along the table to create “placemats for two,” and it can stand alone. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your tabletop to suit your whimsy. A Proper Fitting

Without a good fit, all efforts are for naught. Before buying a new tablecloth, measure your table’s length and width (or diameter for a round table), then add the desired number of inches you want R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4



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the cloth to hang on each side to those dimensions. This will determine the size of the cloth that is ideal for your table. Drop is a matter of preference, but there are a few things to consider: the shorter the drop, the more informal the look; any drop less than 6 inches just won’t work; and drops longer than 15 inches might get tangled in diners’ laps. Whatever the drop, it should look proportional to your table and hang to about lap level. For example, if your rectangular tabletop is 56x74, and you want a 10-inch drop, add 20 to each measurement (76x94) and shop for that size (or something really close to it). While tablecloths come in a variety of standard sizes, you should also know that sometimes your favorite tablecloth isn’t made in your desired size. For example, I have found it difficult to dress my 60” round dining table. And don’t forget to account for any table leaves—you might want to have one tablecloth that fits with the leaf, and one that fits without, if budget permits. Accessorize!

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Placemats and napkins are the jewelry and scarves for your table. For starters, buy as many of each as you have place settings of your dishes, and maybe, at least for napkins, a just-in-case “plus two.” Have fun mixing and matching textures and patterns, always aiming for contrast among the elements as you would when decorating any area of your home: solid with pattern, smooth with texture, large-scale print with small-scale print or stripe and vice versa. The style options for placemats run the gamut of traditional linens and cottons, in all manner of shapes; to woven natural fibers; to vinyl-coated polyester—and even silicone that’s been die-cut into cool shapes. Quilted placemats are another great choice because their hefty padding quiets the table. Plus, they are machine washable and don’t have to be ironed within an inch of their lives to look good! Before you buy a whole new set of placemats and napkins that you’ve spent time fussing with for a perfectly-coordinatedbut-not-too-matchy-matchy look, don’t forget the dishes at home in your cupboard. Those are your dishes, not the ones set in the store’s display. Your dishes play a major part in these decisions. If you have solid, plain dishes, you can be a little more adventurous; patterned dishes on patterned linens can certainly work, but this takes some finesse to avoid pattern overload and a clash of colors and styles. Patterned napkins are the most fun, flexible and forgiving option for casual dining. While blends wrinkle less, nothing beats 100 percent cotton because it softens over time (like them crisp? Iron them with a little spray starch). When considering different sizes, use this as a guide: larger napkins are used for formal dining and smaller napkins are for informal occasions. Dinner napkins are usually 20 inches square (sometimes up r vhomemaga zine .com


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to 22 inches), luncheon napkins about 17 inches square, and cocktail napkins from as small as 6 inches square to 10 inches square. Though some might disagree, the size should suit your preference. That your most festive napkins are luncheon-sized shouldn’t stop you from using them for a casual Cinco de Mayo dinner. Cocktail napkins, meant to be used while standing at a party, cradling a cocktail and an appetizer plate, easily fit the small hands of children—you could even toss one in a lunchbox for a reusable, eco-friendly napkin (just don’t send one you’d be sad to never see again should it accidentally be tossed in the lunchroom trash bin). If you are entertaining more people than you have matching napkins, don’t be afraid to mix it up. As long as the patterns or colors coordinate, your eclectic napkin presentation will look clever and intentional! A Note about Care and Cleaning

Yes, caring for linens can take more time than using disposables, but we’re making memories here. And in the case of everyday napkins, we’re also being a little more eco-conscious. Simply pretreat easy stains with a little water-and-dishwasher liquid combo and toss it all in your laundry bin until your next load. You may have to research cleaning tricks for tougher stains, but that information is easy to acquire online. Iron napkins during your guilty pleasure TV show; make a little room in the coat closet to hang your folded and pressed tablecloth from a sturdy hanger. Or if you want to be a total pro, roll your ironed linens around a sturdy cardboard tube, the likes of which you find at a fabric store, which will prevent creases. With these simple tasks done, you’ll be ready to dress any table. The teenagers may roll their eyes, but that’s okay. Sit back and enjoy a meal… together. R o a n o ke Va l l e y h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

Table Tips: Monogrammed Linens

If table linens are a staple in any well-appointed home, then monogrammed table linens are the icing on the proverbial cake! Anyone, from new brides to young families to empty nesters, can appreciate the special touch monogramming lends to linens. Options for monogram thread color, font and style are endless; which letters you incorporate, as well as where to place these letters, are also matters of personal preference. Refer to these guidelines to help make these decisions. Monogrammed table linens make great gifts! (Psst! Mother’s Day is May 11!) ■ Single-letter

monograms should feature the first initial of the last name. ■T  raditional three-letter monograms use a person’s first, last and middle initials, in that order, usually in a script font, with the last-name initial slightly larger than those that flank it. A more modern look in a block font uses the three initials in a row (first, middle, last), all the same size. ■F  or couples, one popular choice is to use the initials from the couple’s first names on either side of the initial of their married last name. ■P  lacement of the monogram on table linens depends entirely on your personal style and how you like to set your table. Follow these general guidelines: Napkins: place monogram in the lower right-hand corner, straight or on the diagonal; or in the center of the napkin so that the design is in the preferred position when folded or placed inside a napkin ring. Placemats: place monogram in the lower right corner, straight (to the right of the plate); or the top center of the mat (above the plate); or the middle (under the plate). Tablecloths: monogram corners on the diagonal; or make a bold

statement and place a large monogram in the center.

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The Mill Mountain Garden Club and the Roanoke Valley Garden Club invite you to tour five private homes and gardens plus two additional gardens in the charming neighborhood of South Roanoke on Garden Day, Saturday, May 3. Highlights of the tour include a shaded pool surrounded by a woodland garden, one of the largest oak trees in the Roanoke Valley, a 25-year-old organic garden, and an urban culinary garden complete with chickens.

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3128 Somerset Street Once known as “The Old Boxley Home,� this 1936 Country Georgian classic features hand-processed board-molded oversized red brick. It has been updated recently to add a cookout patio to the original tiered English gardens with fieldstone embankments. Spacious interiors include hand-painted wallpaper in the dining room and wood paneling in the foyers and along the stairway. The owners commissioned an oil painting of Portofino, Italy that hangs over the living room fireplace as a remembrance of their honeymoon. A snug guest wing includes a nursery and a claw-foot tub. Azaleas line the driveway along with crepe myrtles, hostas, mountain laurels and a large magnolia. Boxwoods frame the new patios in the rear along with red bud, lilac, dwarf crepe myrtles, nandinas and roses. Jesse and Karen Davidson, owners.

2612 Cornwallis Avenue Built in 1925, this estate sits on nearly two acres of property once known as Mountain Park. The current owners began an extensive renovation in 2010 to modernize it for an active family while preserving many of the original features, including wood-lined archways, a great room, a formal dining room, a stairway with wrought-iron spindles and original wood beams. At the base of these beams, 10 faces have been carved. Reportedly, the original carpenters carved their own likenesses in these gargoyle-like characters. Newer features include a customdesigned kitchen and a two-sided fireplace, a part of both the sun porch and outside patio. Local painters furnish the home with antiques and art. The master bedroom and balcony overlook the restored gardens and the water fountain that once stood on the original Mountain Park Amusement Grounds in the 1900s. The property also includes a tennis court, pool, pool house, gazebo and a contemporary garden shelter designed by the previous owner. Open for the first time. Tom and Whittney Dunkenberger, owners. 74

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3115 Somerset Street

This 50-year-old home is a neoclassical villa that sits slightly elevated from the street. The unique architecture of its Doric portico entrance flows through a sunken living room to a matching rear Doric portico, opening onto a stonefish pond designed by Stanley Abbott, who designed the Blue Ridge Parkway. The foyer and living room feature 11-foot ceilings, hardwood parquet floors and a raised-panel marble fireplace. The art and furnishings are a comfortable mix of traditional and contemporary. A recentlyremodeled kitchen opens onto a terraced garden, with border gardens featuring spring bulbs and blooms, boxwoods and carpet roses. An espaliered pear tree climbs on a curved stone wall enclosing one side of the garden. Beyond the garden gate is the owners’ “experimenting” and cutting garden. This home is open for the second time, previously in 1977, and now by the former owners’ daughter and her husband. Jane and Deke Coulter, owners.

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160 27th Street, S.W. (garden only)

A patio, reflecting pool and garden mall designed by Williamsburg and Blue Ridge Parkway landscape architect, Stanley Abbott, define this organically-grown garden. The perennial flowerbeds feature plant material either actively blooming or of horticultural interest throughout all four seasons of the year. All trees on the premises except three (the tulip poplar, magnolia and oldest dogwood) were planted by the owners. Yearlong bird feeders and two watering vessels attract not only a variety of birds, but also other urban wildlife. Of note is statuary featuring a cast bronze “Springtime,” a gift to one of the owners’ fathers; a concrete Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of Mercy; and a cast bronze titled “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares.” Anchoring the garden is a gazebo built to celebrate the owners’ daughter and her wedding reception that took place in 1986. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lemon, owners.

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A large champion white oak tree shades the entry walkway featuring a handforged rail created just for this property. Built as a simple one-story home around 1956, it is nestled in the woods and has been remodeled to reflect the taste and profession of the owner (an artist and photographer). The exterior is composed of hand-cut quarry stone and copper roofing. Large windows offer views of shade gardens and woods from every room. In the rear, a shade pool reflects the serenity of the woodland garden. Inside, the house showcases the natural beauty of wood, stone, water and light. The owner’s fine art photography from his worldwide travels is displayed throughout along with work by noted contemporary artists. The Fern Park Tree ID Trail is located next to the property. It was created as part of an Eagle Scout project. There are 20 informational stations at the base of 20 different trees. Lift the lid and you’ll learn about the many trees common to Virginia. Opening his home for the first time. Sam Krisch, owner.

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2871 Jefferson Street

2913 Wycliffe Avenue Each room of this 1950s Colonial-style home features original art from local artists and collected pieces from travels, illuminated by unique lighting. Classic molding combines with pops of bright modern art in the foyer to introduce a blend of quirky and quaint. Remodeled in 2012, the kitchen merges modern and traditional design elements. The living room features a wood table, a large mixed-media piece and a portrait of the homeowner’s daughter, painted by her mother. An unsigned Ted Turner and a smattering of tramp art from New York City provide an additional layer of originality. The artist-created fireplace screen and an assortment of Floyd County potters’ works reflect the homeowners’ appreciation of fine craft. The upstairs master bedroom features a fireplace, custom master closet, and colorful fabric and art. An assortment of perennials, tulip trees and annual flowers encircle the lawn. A kitchen herb garden, private deck and a custom water feature complete the setting. Opening their home for the first time. Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Wishneff, owners.

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2713 Avenham Avenue (garden only)

Tucked inside a latticework fence, the vegetable garden borders 28th Street where two espaliered apple trees grace the outer wall of the garden. Plantings change seasonally. The spring garden usually includes lettuces, peas, beets, spinach and a variety of leafy greens. The configuration changes to highlight the different colors and textures of the plants. The border inside the fence is planted with a mixture of herbs and flowers. The chicken coop in the corner houses five Light Brahma hens. A walk around the grounds reveals the variety of specimen trees planted by the owners since they purchased and renovated the house in 2003. The north end of the yard features a wildflower garden nestled under the shade of large rhododendrons. The old weeping cherry tree in the front is a favorite of the owners’ grandchildren who use it as a hiding place. Underneath, there is a bench inscribed with “Fairacres,� the original name of the home when it was built in 1911. Opening the gardens for the first time. David and Mary Ann Wine, owners. Please visit for information about how to obtain tickets or contact Cyndi Fletcher at

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Hot for Spring How Will Your Home Wear Spring’s Top Colors? BY C a rr i e Wa l l er P h ot o g r a p hy by M a ll o r y B e n e d i c t

We’re lighting up at the first signs of green poking up from the ground and breathing deeply those wisps of a springtime breeze! Because no season is quite so colorful as spring, we’re breaking down some of the hottest hues of 2014 with a few simple tricks to bring each vibrant shade into your home. Whichever shade you choose, do so with gumption and fearlessness. Using color in your home is a simple, affordable and amusing solution that happily discourages formula or finality.

FREESIA WITH CELOSIA ORANGE Although perhaps more often associated with summer, shades of light umber and canary yellow are already peeking out from shop windows and shelves. These optimistic colors immediately evoke feelings of joy, making them natural solutions for a springtime home refresh. Businesslike colors such as black, grey and navy will get an attentiongrabbing energy boost when paired with these sunny shades, while natural cork and wood tones will bring these colors down to earth and soften their glow. 8 0

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PLACID BLUE These calming colors melt easily into spring and will travel with you into summer. Pair these airy blues with neutrals—colors like gray, tan or a subtle combination of both. Or, a match-up with bright white brings in a celestial vibe of where clouds meet sky.

VIOLET TULIP WITH HEMLOCK Depending on their particular depth, moody purples can come off looking warm or cool. Whether you go pastel or for a fully saturated hue, be sure to own it! Pair your purples with mature shades ranging from gray to green. Like the stems on these wildflowers and the moss on bark, a gray-green color like hemlock keeps violet and lavender from looking like they belong in your child’s Easter basket.

SAND AND PALOMA There is such a thing as too much color. If a circus-tent effect is starting to permeate your home, try switching out brighter accents with flattering shades of grey, silver, tan and gold. Balancing bold colors with neutrals is always a great idea, especially if your “new neutral” is a metallic!

RADIANT ORCHID WITH CAYENNE In terms of design, this mauvelous color is best taken in small doses. Bright red, adjacent to purple on the color wheel, keeps this lush lavender-undertoned shade from skewing toward something you’d find in Barbie’s dream house. r vhomemaga zine .com









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3-Day Kitchen & Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Panache. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Accents on Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Pat B. Joiner, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Ballyhack Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Phillip Morgan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Better Sofas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Pitman Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Black Horse Manor Antiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Potter Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Boone Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Prescott Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Bowman’s Woodworking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Present Thyme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Boxley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Protect Painters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 BP Roy Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Burchett & Dickinson, Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Bush Flora Shoes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Callie Dalton, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Capps Home Building Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Certified Carpet Cleaners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 CMC Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Curtains, Blinds and Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Dalton Construction Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Davenport & Company, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dodson Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Reid’s Fine Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Roanoke Landscapes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Rockydale Quarries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Ronnie Mitchell & Son Landscaping and Lawn Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Scott Avis, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Seven Oaks Landscape and Hardscape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Smith Mountain Building Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Southern Lamp and Shade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Southern States Coop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Star City Solar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Embrace Home Loans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The Columns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

The Little Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Floyd Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Toad’ly Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Goldsmith Appraisal Service, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

VAS Subway Commonwealth Games. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Grand Home Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Viva la Cupcake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Habitat ReStore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Water by Design Hot Tubs and Saunas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Halifax Fine Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Whitt Carpet One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Hunting Hills Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Williams Lighting Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Interiors by kris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Window and Door Design Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

LinDor Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Wisler Plumbing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Magnolia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

WSLS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

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Pat B. Joiner, REALTOR速 540-797-6295

Personal Focus, Positive Results MKB Realtors

3801 Electric Road, SW

Roanoke, VA 24018

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Rv spring 2014