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n editor ’ s note The reward for enduring a cold, gray winter is spring! Your outdoor spaces are certainly showing all the signs. It’s fun to watch the daily progress of our native ornamental trees and the perennials that grow in your garden (we’ve got news you can use about both of these in the Garden department). If you’ve been thinking about adding some extra curb appeal to your home, consider putting a design’s eye toward the front walkway and giving it a stylish makeover. Local experts weigh in on the best ways to do it. We’re proud to support Virginia’s statewide Historic Garden Week by sharing a preview of our area’s homes and gardens featured on this year’s tour—in Lynchburg on Tuesday, April 21 and, at Smith Mountain Lake on Friday, April 24. Lest you think this edition is “just” about what’s going on outside—we’ve included several ideas to help you bring the outdoors in. Our feature article on sunrooms will shine a completely new light on the benefits of adding a four-season room to your home, and we’ll show you how to lighten up and dress your windows in an easy, breezy style. Does springtime put you in the mood to entertain? We’ve got the inspiration you’ve been seeking in our article about brunches—the loveliest of morning-time parties—and we have some fun ideas to accessorize your home with treasures you probably already own but haven’t been using lately. We made it—spring has finally sprung! Happy reading,








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50 Ornamental Eye candy Redbuds announce spring’s arrival

26 Best in B r unch Lovely late-morning parties

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With spring’s fair weather and longer days, creatures of all kinds emerge from their winter quiet to begin the business of a bustling season. Birds build nests, bees build hives, and perhaps, humans are thinking about building a little something too—a little extra light-filled room in which to stretch out year-round. A fourseason sunroom is a great way to add both space and sunlight to your home, and it can be used for a variety of purposes. Sunrooms have been around for several centuries in one form or another, and can trace their earliest beginnings from Renaissance Europe, where a newfound expertise in glass-making techniques allowed the creation of “orangeries.” These south-facing greenhouses featured woodburning stoves and were used by the wealthy and fashionable to grow citrus trees in cold northern climates. The orangerie gradually evolved into the conservatory, a larger structure that also began as a way to grow exotic plants in Britain and northern Europe, but by the end of the 19th century had become an ornate, iron-framed edifice used by Victorians for social functions such as tea parties and receptions. Today, the terms sunroom, conservatory and solarium are often used interchangeably to describe a room made from at least 50 percent glass that is attached to the main house and accessed from inside the home. These spaces can be used for a variety of purposes, but all function as extra living space. The term “four-season sunroom” denotes a structure that is heated and cooled for year-round use. While you can certainly find lightweight pre-fabricated sunroom “kits” on the market, constructing a fully integrated sunroom can be achieved two ways: by enclosing an existing porch or deck, or by making a structural addition to your home. When adding a sunroom, the two most important considerations are location and desired use. If you’re starting from an existing porch, the location may well determine the usage. If, however, you’re starting from scratch, possibilities expand. c vhomemaga zine .com


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If you already have a deck or porch attached to your home that you’d like to turn into a sunroom, its dimensions and location on your property will help define its future use. For example, if it’s off the kitchen or dining room area, you could create a sunny breakfast nook, a roomy dining space, or an adjacent seating area. If it adjoins the living or family room, a sunroom might simply expand your existing space for family or entertaining. It could also be used to create a separate area for a library, a children’s playroom, or an office. If the deck is on the ground floor, it might make a charming greenhouse and potting room. In a more private location, the sunroom can be a personal retreat for crafting, reading, painting or simply relaxing. Keep in mind that while an existing porch provides the outline for your new sunroom, it will need to be rebuilt from the ground up in order to be structurally sound. When designing a sunroom from scratch, you’ll want to take into account your property’s footprint and features. Besides choosing a location with adequate space, make sure it offers an attractive view of the garden, or privacy from neighboring homes. A sunroom brings the outside in by using expanses of glass, so be sure you like what you see. A large part of choosing the right location, and therefore the use, for your sunroom involves evaluating the sunlight. A sunroom with southern exposure will make the most of low winter sun, but might need some shade in the summer to be enjoyable. A sunroom on the eastern side of the house will provide morning sunlight that could make a cheerful breakfast nook, as long as the sun isn’t coming up right into your eyes. A western sunroom will capture afternoon rays, but could heat up quite a bit on a summer evening if there are no trees or shade features. A sunroom with northern exposure may be shaded or partly shaded for much of the day, which could either defeat the purpose, or work well in a hotter location. Generally, sunrooms on the southeastern quadrant of the house are most popular, as they capture morning sun and avoid the heat of late-afternoon summer sun. If you’re working with an existing porch, you can manage the sun’s trajectory with both your building materials, and later decorative elements like shades and drapery. Don’t forget to take into account any deciduous or evergreen trees, because their shade will make a big difference to the end result. 18

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The materials you use (brick, siding, stone, etc.) will depend upon your home’s architecture and the look you want to achieve, but the glass must be tempered safety glass. Tempered glass is stronger than plain glass and, if broken, will crumble into small, smooth pebbles rather than shatter into dangerous shards. It’s used in automobiles and patio doors, and you’ll definitely want it here. You’ll also want insulated glass, which is double paned (sometimes triple paned) and usually filled with an inert gas such as argon to act as an additional buffer from outside temperatures. There are several glass coating options to be aware of. A “low-e” (for “emissivity”) coating uses a special metallic layer to filter UV and infrared rays. This prevents heat transfer without cutting down on light. A low-e coating helps block heat from entering in summer and escaping during winter, and also helps protect fabrics from fading. For a particularly sunny or exposed spot, tinted glazing might be helpful. With tinted glazing, glass is coated with a darker color, usually a neutral gray, brown, or blue-green. These colors won’t alter the view from the inside, but will reduce brightness and visibility somewhat from the outside.


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Some sunrooms—especially those where plants are grown—have segmented glass roofs, made from either glazed safety glass or polycarbonate, a tough, transparent thermoplastic. Often, though, a traditional roof is installed, which provides insulation as well as more options for installing light fixtures for nighttime illumination. If you do choose a standard roof, skylights can be added to increase daylight. Some skylights are operative, meaning they can actually open to release heat. This is a great option to consider when planning for year-round use. Ceiling fans are another handy way to keep air circulating in warmer months. But of course, in a sunroom, it’s all about the windows. Windows that open to catch cross breezes will do much to make sunrooms pleasant in nice weather and reduce the need for supplemental climate control. Casement windows, which open on a side hinge, offer greater ventilation than sash windows, since 100 percent of the window area can be opened to the outside, versus only 50 percent with a sash window, where one window pane must slide over the other. Casements are also more weathertight than sash windows, because on a sash window the weatherstripping seal has to slide along with the window. In order to do this, the sash’s seal must be a bit loose. With a casement window, the weatherstripping is a stationery line, and the window can be sealed tightly when closed.

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Utilizing natural shade and breezes are great examples of passive cooling techniques for a sunroom, but during high summer, you may need air conditioning. Your builder may be able to extend your home’s existing duct work into the sunroom, as long as your system can handle the extra square footage. You might need additional duct fans, and you could even install a separate thermostat and valve system to control your sunroom’s temperature independently from the rest of the house if needed. By the same token, while sunny days will help warm up a chilly sunroom, a four-season space will need a little help in the heating department in order to be pleasant during Virginia winters. As with air conditioning, central heating can help you here if your current system will allow for it. Other heating options include installing a small gas wall heater, and radiant floor heating. Believe it or not, heated floors were invented by the ancient Romans in the form of a hypocaust, in which a wood-burning fire blew heated air beneath a raised marble floor. Today, most radiant floor heating uses electrical wires embedded beneath a conductive flooring surface such as stone, concrete or ceramic tile. It’s not the best choice for all flooring, however; wood tends to shrink and expand too much with temperature fluctuations, vinyl and laminate floors have temperature limitations due to adhesives and materials used, and carpet’s insulation blocks too much of the heat flow. Having a heated floor not only gives a luxuriant feel to your space, it’s also more efficient. With forced air heating, warm air (plus allergens and dust) rises to the ceiling, where it cools and then sinks again. With radiant heating, infrared waves transmit heat to objects instead of the air, which C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

produces a more even warmth. This means that you can actually feel warmer at a lower temperature. Anyone who’s ever wondered why they’re shivering when the thermostat reads 72 degrees may want to investigate this option! All the Extras

Radiant floor heating is a feature that needs to be installed during construction. Depending on how you’re planning to use your sunroom, other elements may need to be built at this time too. Will your sunroom need plumbing? In a greenhouse, for example, you might like a potting table with a sink, or perhaps a floor drain and waterproof materials. A kitchen extension could need water lines for a sink or the ice-cube maker in a refrigerator. If it’s living space, what about built-in elements such as bookcases or a banquette? This is why it’s important to have a clear vision of how you’ll use your sunroom before you begin construction. Also, if your sunroom will lead directly to the outdoors, decide whether you prefer the streamlined, modern look of a sliding door, or the more formal, charming look of French doors.

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When construction is over, it’s time to decorate your new room. If sunrooms of old were outfitted with wicker Papasan chairs, today’s can be decorated to blend seamlessly with the rest of your interiors. The location and purpose of the room affect not only the way you use it, but also the style and tone of the furnishings. A sunroom that is an extension of an entertaining space might have a more formal feel than one designed to be a playroom or hobby nook. You could choose to make your sunroom a transitional space between indoors and outdoors, using indoor furniture that incorporates fabrics and colors echoing an outdoor palette. Adding a couple of potted plants is another great way to transition the space from inside to outside; one or two nice plants will do the trick without overpowering the space and detracting from the view. When outfitting your sunroom, don’t forget that sun exposure can fade furnishings and damage artwork. Glass coating and tinted glazing on windows help reduce this fading by blocking more UV rays, but you can also protect furnishings with other products. Awnings, shades, blinds, or louvered shutters will

shield your décor, and have the added benefit of adjustable light and privacy options. Wood furnishings and floors can fade in varying degrees depending upon the transparency of the wood’s finish, its natural pigment and tannic acid, and how it was processed, so it’s probably best to steer clear of wood in an area that receives intense sunlight. Mahogany, oak, and walnut are particularly susceptible to fading. Rattan, and painted wood (latex paint blocks UV rays) are a couple of attractive furniture alternatives to consider. Or opt for teak, known for fading to an attractive silvery gray. Finally, rearrange furniture when possible so that any fading that does occur is consistent throughout the pieces. In recent years, outdoor fabrics have expanded to include a sophisticated array of designs and patterns. Use them for seating, throw pillows and curtains to provide fade-resistant style to your fourseason sunroom. If you’re considering a fabric that is not specifically designed for outdoor use, check that the label indicates the material is “UV resistant.” If using indoor fabric for curtains, make sure they’re lined with a sun-resistant fabric.

A Room with a View

Last but not least, once settled into your sunroom, make sure you like the scenery. While you can certainly adjust the privacy with tinted glass and window dressings, don’t forget about enlisting Mother Nature. A strategically placed hedge, specimen tree, or trellis with wisteria or a climbing rose will not only screen your sunroom but provide an appealing view. Potted plants, garden beds with multi-season interest, and even a water feature or outdoor fireplace will help bring the outside in, no matter what the time of year. For centuries, people have used sunrooms to make the most of available light. With modern amenities and efficient climate control options, we can now extend our living space to enjoy the sunshine throughout all four seasons.

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In the spring there are plenty of occasions for brunch; Mother’s Day and Easter are the two that come to mind, but there are always baby showers and wedding showers and birthdays that are fun to celebrate. I love the idea of a springtime brunch with friends. In my mind, we look like we’re straight out of the pages of a magazine: impeccably dressed, beautiful flowers on a rustic wooden table in my manicured yard… and delicious food that appears out of nowhere! Sounds good, doesn’t it? We can’t help with the outfits or the table, but we’ve got a great plan for a meal that is all but ready the night before! Our easy-does-it brunch menu includes homemade granola with Greek yogurt and berries, Praline Pull-Apart Rolls, a cheesy scrambled egg casserole, and a green salad of your choice.

Hosting a brunch is like having any other party: Invite guests, plan a menu and execute the plan. The only hitch is that with other parties, you have time during the day to execute! Having brunch before noon is a lesson in planning and organization, but with a little of both, it’s easy to do. Besides having the food almost ready, it’s important to set the table and set out serving dishes and utensils for all the dishes the night before. Label each serving dish with the menu item it will hold, and set up the buffet, so you can get a look at the finished arrangement. Do the same with the bar, making sure the glasses are polished and your ice bucket is clean. In the morning, your list is simple. Preheat the oven for the casserole and the rolls. Assemble a green salad. Put the rolls in about 95 minutes before you expect your guests. Then 45 minutes later, put the scrambled egg casserole in. Set out the granola, fruit and yogurt, and then the ice and drinks. The casserole and rolls will still be in the oven when the guests arrive, but it will give you 20 minutes to serve drinks and get everyone settled. Get everyone moving toward the table, then remove the rolls and casserole from the oven…and you’ve got it! 2 6

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Praline Pull-Apart Rolls (serves 8-12) Always a big hit, this recipe is like delicious sticky rolls, but much faster, easier and done the night before. Unmold onto a cake pedestal; the finished product is so beautiful that it will be the centerpiece of the table! 1 cup sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon (divided) 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted and cooled slightly 1 2-pound package frozen yeast roll dough (not to be confused with cooked rolls; we use Kroger-brand frozen yeast roll dough) 1 cup chopped pecans ¾ cup whipping cream ¾ cup brown sugar Mix sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl. One at a time, dip rolls into butter, then coat in sugar. Layer them in a Bundt or tube pan. Sprinkle pecans on top. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let sit overnight in the refrigerator (at least 8 hours, and up to 18 hours). In the morning: Preheat oven to 325. Whip the cream in a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer. Add the brown sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and beat to combine. Pour over the top of the rolls. Put the pan on a foil-lined baking sheet (you’ll thank me later!). Bake for an hour. Let rest for 10 minutes, then unmold onto a plate, scraping out all the extra caramel on top of the rolls.

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Scrambled Egg Casserole (serves 8-12) I had a casserole like this at a friend’s house a long time ago, and I’ve worked to recreate it. I like serving this instead of Cheese Strata (see HOME’s Early Spring 2015 issue for that recipe) when I’m serving another bready item for breakfast (like the Praline Pull-Apart Rolls). It’s flexible too—you can substitute sautéed peppers and onions for the spinach and roasted tomatoes, and bacon or sausage for the ham. 5 tablespoons butter 5 tablespoons flour 3 cups milk (warmed in the microwave or on top of the stove) 2 cups cheddar 18 eggs Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup defrosted frozen, chopped spinach, drained well 6 plum tomatoes, cut in half, drizzled with olive oil and roasted at 400 for 35 minutes 1 cup diced ham 2 scallions, chopped

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According to Brent Gleason of Boxley, Inc., one of the local pioneers in what has come to be called “hardscaping,” area builders and homeowners are waking up to the possibilities inherent in decorating not only walkways, but driveways and patios. In some cases, those three elements share the same design and actually flow together. The trend began in Europe, Gleason says, and it’s taking hold here in the U.S. too. The trend is driven both by word of mouth as well as the vast amount of information and media images available to inspired homeowners looking to add flair to their outdoor spaces. “People see it done with somebody else’s home,” Gleason says, “and they get interested themselves. It might not have occurred to them before.” Like home decorating customers armed with paint samples and fabric swatches, these newly sophisticated sidewalk shoppers now greet their local landscaper with their own ideas of color and style. “It can be a conference sort of thing now,” says Chris Templeton of CLC, Inc. “Not just, ‘I need a sidewalk put in.’” And, says Mark Maslow of Southern Landscape Group, the possibilities now go far beyond concrete gray. “There’s not much c vhomemaga zine .com

we can’t do anymore with hardscaping,” Maslow says. “We can do monograms in a sidewalk. Awhile back, we put down a Virginia Tech logo on a driveway.” The colors in stamped concrete and concrete pavers come from dry pigments spread across the concrete and incorporated into it while it is still setting. Thus, the various hues are virtually fade resistant. A sidewalk could feature large individual flagstones set against a backdrop of aggregate gravel. Or inlaid brick. Or slate. Or paving stones presented in a chevron or herringbone pattern. Or, perhaps, a parquet look. Such patterns, Gleason says, “soften up the landscape.” Some homeowners like the look of a walkway that curves as it approaches the house, an effect that can be difficult to achieve with a single uninterrupted sheet of concrete. Others prefer a wider surface than the standard 3 1/2 feet, allowing two people to walk up the sidewalk side-by-side. “We get that a lot,” Templeton says. Stamped concrete, offering unique designs embossed into the surface, has come a long way in the past decade, and it is now possible to use concrete pavers that almost perfectly mimic brick or slate, but are less expensive. 31

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Installing such a walkway is not beyond the realm of possibility for do-it-yourselfers, but Templeton advises caution. “It’s really better to have it done by someone with some technical expertise, because there’s a lot more to it than people realize,” he says. Unlike laying down a kitchen or bathroom floor, anyone putting in a sidewalk must deal with tricky issues involving the amount of “fill” beneath the walkway and changes in gradation. An inside floor is close to perfectly level—a sidewalk, not so much. If the fill doesn’t adjust to how the ground is configured, says Templeton, “you may wind up putting stress on a section of the walkway and causing it to buckle. Right now, we’re tearing up a 4,000-foot driveway that was installed improperly.” Or, as Maslow points out, “You’ve got to establish a barrier between the stone base and the dirt, because you don’t want the gravel to migrate downward. That migration is what causes potholes in streets, because it leaves an empty space under the surface.” Moreover, since paving stones obviously can’t be glued to the ground, they must be held in place by more subtle means, like paving sand in the joints and a taut edging that keeps the walkway firm by exerting opposing centrifugal force. Standard concrete, by contrast, remains in place simply by virtue of its own weight. All of these factors conspire to push up the cost of choosing a decorative sidewalk. From a labor standpoint alone, it is much more time consuming to match and carefully insert pieces than to simply pump out the appropriate amount of concrete and level it. Yet for those who might see a “designer sidewalk” as a frivolous expense, dealers like Gleason, Templeton and Maslow offer some compelling utilitarian arguments. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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“These types of walkways are a lot more durable,” says Gleason. “A typical concrete sidewalk might have a 3,000-4,000 psi (pounds per square inch) rating. Some types of stone can be as high as 8,000 psi.” “Regular concrete isn’t designed to give,” points out Templeton, “and that can cause problems, especially in places where there is a wide range of temperatures.” Like most substances, concrete expands slightly with heat and contracts with cold. If you have enough of those slight movements, cracks can develop. By contrast, many hardscaping companies offer anywhere from a 50-year to a lifetime warranty on walkways made of stone or concrete pavers. “The longevity is definitely a factor,” says Maslow. “Something like interlocking concrete pavers may be more expensive, but once it’s in, it’s in.” Another plus, says Gleason, is that it is much easier to replace individual pieces in a decorative walkway than a crack in continuous concrete. The cost currently varies from $8-$10 per square foot for basic concrete pavers to $12-$18 for more elaborate designs. Brick, slate and flagstones are more expensive, as much as $30 per square foot and more. Also, as with more traditional walkways, drainage must be a consideration in how the finished product might be angled. But what if you have grown tired of your old walkway and would like to get fancy, but cringe at the thought of jackhammers in the front yard? Most of these same designs are available in concrete overlays that can be put down over the old surface. With all these options, homeowners no longer have to settle for that boring perpendicular walk to the front door. The way has been paved for better, brighter paths.

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When I got married some years ago, a favorite gift at the time to give the bride and groom was a silver tray. They came in all shapes and sizes, and I received quite a collection. At the time, I was under-impressed and did not see the use in them, but my mother assured me there would come a time when I would love and use each and every one. Whom and what would I serve using these trays? All I could think of was teatime and white-gloved butlers when it came to trays. But oh how the tray has transformed! No longer just functional vehicles on which to pass canapĂŠs, or objects with designs and materials dominated by silver, trays have become an integral and fun part of decorating and home decor. They are likely to be discovered in most any home today. Whether they are on a coffee table, ottoman, vanity table, or console, they can make quite a statement. Trays are suitable to put on practically any surface, and are particularly advantageous for protecting marble or other surfaces prone to distress. Trays can corral objects and keep them orderly, and create a nice place of interest in any room. c vhomemaga zine .com


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Ever the versatile piece, a traditional tray can be used in rather unique ways, or it can be devised and created from items never imagined. Take for instance your grandmother’s two- or three-tiered dessert tray that has forever found a home in your closet. It can make an excellent jewelry or perfume holder in your dressing room or bathroom, or you can display something interesting on it like a colorful collection of matchbooks or figurines. Don’t have a have a tiered dessert tray? Make your own using two or three china plates, some candlestick holders, and some good craft glue (experts recommend fast-drying epoxy). This is a great way to show off those antique plates you picked up at an estate sale or your great aunt’s china you thought you would never use or appreciate. And speaking of china, almost any piece can be used as a distinctive tray. After all, the definition of a tray is “a container used for carrying, holding, or displaying.“ For many, there is nothing more fun than hunting in an antique store, thrift store, or even your own basement for pretty plates, saucers, teacups, bowls and other porcelain pieces. The versatility of dishes can be amazing. Take a small plate or saucer and add a nice bar of soap, and you have an elegant soap dish. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a lovely ribbon, and viola! You have the perfect hostess gift. Teacups in a drawer or on a shelf make a simple organizing system for holding anything from earrings to cotton balls to those pesky elastic hairbands. The key here is to start looking at china in a whole new light! Crafting Fun Trays From Everyday Objects

Of course, when in pursuit of the perfect tray, don’t bypass old picture frames. There are some unique old frames out there to be found, and they can be turned in to a stunning tray, sometimes with the simple addition of a piece of plywood and some paint. You can also add your personal signature to any tray by covering the bottom with some good-looking fabric, wine corks, beer bottle caps, concert ticket stubs, travel mementos, stencils…or just about anything! You can also take this jazz-it-up approach to old trays, revamping them for a new look. Another easy and useful DIY project is to create a to-go tray made from the top of a sturdy cardboard box covered with cute wrapping paper or fabric. This project is a clever way to deliver a meal or take a dish to a potluck supper. Keep in mind that just about anything can be repurposed and used as a tray. You just need to view everyday objects with new eyes, and the possibilities become endless. P h ot o gr a p hy by A ll e gr a H e lms

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And back to those silver trays… They can make a lovely and sophisticated backdrop for shelves when interspersed between books, porcelain figurines, picture frames, and other collectibles, or you can use a collection of trays in different shapes and sizes to fill the space and make a statement. Another option is to group silver trays together and hang them on the wall for an interesting and elegant look that creates a focal point in a room. After all these years, I have actually begun to use and enjoy all of my silver trays, whether in the bathroom as an elegant soap dish or to display perfume bottles, on a coffee table to hold our many remote controls and magazines, or as a backsplash for a bar. Looks like my mom was right after all! So next time you are in an antique or thrift store, an estate or yard sale, or even your own basement, get creative and let objects inspire you. You may find yourself with a whole new organizational system, a focal point for a room, or at the very least, a new conversation piece.

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New Artisans With Old-World Skills

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When it comes to making a house a home, it often comes down to the details—those handmade pieces and custom accessories that add a sense of personality and thoughtful care to a space. The age-old practice of making home goods—whether it’s furniture, sculpture, glass or the like—is still very much alive and well among us thanks to a community teeming with artisans right here in Central Virginia. Men and women throughout the region are serving the maker’s lifestyle proudly, putting their classically based creativity to good use with modern techniques and tools that reflect and build upon an Old-World era of expertise. c vhomemaga zine .com


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For wood carver Mark Poleski, being an artisan is truly a full-time job, born from a lifelong love for art of all mediums. “Early on, I constantly would draw to hone my skills,” says Poleski. “I always wanted to work in 3D, to sculpt in stone or wood.” Happily, this artisan made his wishes come true, and he now works at the helm of his own wood-carving studio, Sleepy Hollow Art. Drawing on his 20 years of experience as a residential contractor, Poleski offers homeowners custom wood and rockwork, including eagle sculptures, wooden three-dimensional marine portraits, carved pumpkins and—what seems to be his signature motif—wood bear sculptures of all shapes and sizes. “One day I saw a small chainsaw-carved bear in an antiques store and told myself I should try to carve one. About a year later, I did—and I never stopped.” Poleski’s art officially took off thanks to a serendipitous project he made for his sister—a large, hand-carved bear that ended up just outside of her Amherst County lawn and garden store. Once customers caught on to the piece, it became something of a small-town sensation and garnered enough interest to give Poleski’s burgeoning business the boost it needed. “I started to make other animals, and my wife Dana and I decided to officially form our creative venture, Sleepy Hollow Art. We attended the Garlic Festival in Amherst later that year, and started to become better known locally and online,” he explains. These days, you’ll find Poleski in his studio crafting wood sculptures for clients across the country. He’s mastered refined and rustic styles, not to mention nearly everything else in between. The proof is in his extensive portfolio of work. “When I first started carving it was challenging to create a bear,” he reminisces. “I felt like I was almost forcing it to take shape. The progression from ‘learning’ to ‘immersion’ has been that now I can better visualize the process and end result. I begin to enjoy the process. It is not forced anymore. It flows. I feel connected to something that helps me see it more easily.” As with any artisanal adventure, the Poleskis must constantly work to bring awareness to the craft. The technological advancement of our age makes this type of marketing much easier, perhaps, than it did for Poleski’s classic predecessors, but the same principles are still in play—to make and create something timeless and unique, and to share the work with others through word of mouth. “To me, being an artisan means being able to do what I love all the time. I think a lot about each sculpture, about how to approach it or how to construct a large, complicated piece,” says Poleski. “I feel lucky to be able to do something like this where I can stay in my creative mindset, while at the same time, share my work with others. It gives me a sense of self-worth.” 4 0

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Jonathan Baker, a professional glass blower living in Lynchburg, got his own start as a modern-day artisan while attending classes at Elon University. While there, he learned the traditional art of glassblowing, specifically having the opportunity to hone his relationship with a vat of molten glass and the process of turning the raw material into something beautiful. Later, Baker took his skills to the next level, learning about lampworking, which involves the use of a torch or lamp to melt the glass and, specifically, is the form of glass blowing that Baker does now. From there, he took a brief introductory course in Durham, and then embarked on the c vhomemaga zine .com

final leg of his journey—teaching himself the rest of the basics, while adding his own unique touch throughout the process. “My progression has been from making small, simple items, to now being able to incorporate various, more complicated techniques into larger sculpture pieces,” Baker explains. “It really evolved over time and after continual practice, I’m able to know how the melted glass moves and flows and how to incorporate various colors to achieve a better understanding of how the final piece will come out.” As if that weren’t enough, Baker also runs 5th Street Art House, a co-op space in downtown Lynchburg that plays host to the work of innumerable artists from across the region. Walk through

the doors, and you’re immediately met with a web of color and texture. From handmade furniture and oversized prints, to paintings and textile art, 5th Street Art House showcases it all and acts as visual proof that Baker isn’t alone in his passion for all things “handmade.” The shop on 5th Street also serves as Baker’s studio, where he creates his glass projects. As far as he knows, he says, it’s the only lampworking glass studio in Central Virginia, and visitors are always welcome to watch him work. As a businessman and artisan, Baker is forever thinking, analyzing and dreaming of new ways to approach his work and to expand on his technique, so that “stagnant” never becomes a part of his routine. 41

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Another artisan who is anything but stagnant (as well as a nearby 5th Street neighbor) is Justin Rice. Rice has made quite a name for himself as one part of the three-person team at downtown Lynchburg’s Oxide Pottery. His pieces are instantly recognizable to those who see them, thanks to his telltale comic bookinspired graphic art and clay printing techniques. It all started while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, where Rice studied as a drawing major with a concentration in printmaking. “The degree, at the time, required that each student take a class in every field or discipline,” Rice recalls. “I waited until my BFA thesis year to put my hands in clay. I was bitten by the ‘clay bug’ and took to the potter’s wheel.” The rest, as they say, was history. After moving to Richmond, Rice teamed up with Chatham Monk and her father, Joe, and Chatham and Justin eventually converted their garage into a ceramics studio. Armed with a collection of used equipment—and by sacrificing most nights and weekends to their art— the team, in Rice’s words, found their way with clay. Eventually, the trio made the transition to Lynchburg and opened up shop—literally—in the fall of 2009 in a space on Main Street that Joe Monk had been renovating in fits and spurts for years. “With a lot of hard work, the day jobs gave way to a full-time studio practice, and Oxide Pottery came to life. I now have my hands in clay eight days a week,” Rice jokes. Between downtown foot traffic and their involvement in the museum and gallery wholesale market, Rice along with Chatham and Joe Monk have successfully “made it” in terms of building their following. Visitors to the shop on Main Street are met with a wide variety of fired clay pieces, from mugs and dishes, to heirloom-worthy platters and vases. This includes Rice’s signature printed clay pieces, too, many of which are meant to serve just as they are—decorative works of art to be hung, admired and treasured. “My personal inspirations can be found all over the map,” he reflects. “Certainly the natural world can be seen as a huge inspiration, although I think it is filtered through my interest in comic books, movies and music. These inspirations become translated into shapes and graphics that work on a narrative level.” Just as you’ll hear from many artisans on similar professional path, Rice considers his role as a modern potter a lifestyle rather than a traditional job. “I consider myself a ‘Maker’ and it makes me feel good to create, using my mind and hands to leave behind physical records of ideas. Yes, at the end of the day I wash my hands and leave the clay studio, but when I get home I work in my sketchbook and think and work on other projects with other materials. It is a never-ending cycle and you just have to ride it and capitalize on opportunities when they arise.” 42

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Modern-Day Blacksmithing

Despite the fact that present-day artisans are proven aplenty within the region, it may still come as a surprise to know that the near-ancient art of blacksmithing is flourishing in our midst. One man responsible for affirming its presence in the area is Story and Forge owner and professional blacksmith David Tucciarone. Tucciarone got his start in the art in the early 1980s, as part of a shipyard apprentice program based in Norfolk. While operating there, he learned the steel fitter trade in tandem with his training at a shipyard blacksmith shop. After layoffs forced him away from the shipyard, Tucciarone came up with a new plan. “Being a collector of old tools I reasoned that if I had some blacksmithing skills, I could repair the various tools I had collected,” he explains. “During this time, a very bad strain of flu hit the town where I lived, and I was laid up for about a week with the illness. It was during this sick time that I finalized my plans.” With his process laid out thanks to the opportune illness, Tucciarone “forged ahead” and ended up at John C. Campbell Folk School for his first blacksmithing class in 1986. Next came a series of blacksmithing group memberships and more classes, all culminating in a trade well learned and fully appreciated. “Since my days in the shipyard, I have discovered a kind of ‘inner artist’ inside of me. I experience a great deal of satisfaction as I take raw steel and forge it into useful art,” he reflects. “As the ideas are formed, I put a little bit of myself into the work.” Since the early 1990s, that “work” includes a series of orders from clients who come to him with their own visions of custom ironwork for both the inside and outside of their homes—anything from fireplace tools and stands and garden trellises, to sculptural wall art, curtain draw backs and metal candelabras. “Working for myself is very fulfilling. I try to keep standard hours for the sake of my clients, but oftentimes I am working late at night, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays.” c vhomemaga zine .com


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Thomas Filiaggi, the builder and designer behind vintage and custom furniture studio Loft3F, is another modern artisan who blurs the lines between his work and his free time. Following graduation from Virginia Tech in 2006, Filiaggi made the transition to Lynchburg, where he found work within Georgia-Pacific’s IT department. Faced with the prospect of filling his new home, a loft in Riverviews Artspace, Filiaggi found himself wandering through downtown furniture shops in search of pieces to fill the empty square footage. “I bought a lot of vintage furniture pieces, many of which needed some work. I did a lot of refinishing and repurposing, and since I was a website developer, I thought, ‘Why not create a webpage and start selling some of this stuff?’” Filiaggi explains. 4 4

Thanks to the growing demand for mid-century modern furniture, and pieces that fit within the on-trend industrial look, Filiaggi’s website and brand took off, eventually giving way to custom-made tables, chairs, nightstands, buffets, cabinets and more built out of wood and steel. Those sold, too, and so Loft3F was formally established as a business. “I was working out of an old church on Cabell Street that my father and I bought (and are still in the process of restoring), and that became really cramped, so I rented some shop space on Kemper Street, quit my IT job and went for it,” he says. Filiaggi explains that he took on the lifestyle of an “artisan” rather organically, what with no formal training in the process of furniture building. “I was an IT guy, and so the only thing I did

with my hands was peck at a keyboard. Restoring the church and refinishing furniture was just something to do to escape from the mundaneness of the corporate world. Once I started creating things though, I knew that was what I wanted to do full-time,” he says. Today, Filiaggi’s business is more than a full-time job, offering him both a way of life and a way to share his creative talent with eager clients and Loft3F supporters. “Enjoying what you do everyday is what it’s all about. To get that email from a customer saying how much they love their 10-foot dining table years after it has been delivered...that’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.” Whether by quill or by keyboard, there’s little doubt that artisans both past and present know exactly how he feels. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5



Our homes may not be as automated as The Jetsons, that childhood cartoon we remember from the 1960s (but set in 2064), but we’re getting closer with today’s “smart” technology. For years, consumers have enjoyed being able to set timers that automatically send their dishwashers, washing machines and ovens into motion at appointed times—making those homekeeping tasks occur at convenient times of day. But now, home appliances getting are even smarter.

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smoke or carbon monoxide alarm goes off, an intruder sets off a motion sensor in your home, or the hot-water heater springs a leak. Long the vision of science fiction and World’s Fairs, smart homes have not completely reached the level dreamed of in the 50s and 60s, but we’re getting closer to that goal all the time. At present, there is no single standard technology to allow smart appliances to “talk” to each other, so the appliances in some smart homes will be hard wired, while others are able communicate wirelessly. These technologies also help make the smart house a “green” house that allows you to keep appliances, lights, and heating and cooling off during the day when no one is home. You can choose to run your dishwasher or washing machine during off-peak hours, generally at night, when electricity demand on the local power grid is light. Before you leave the office, you can set your home thermostat to slowly cool down as you head home so the temperature is comfortable when you arrive. You can turn the oven on to preheat while you’re still at the grocery store. When you pull into your driveway, you can pull out your phone to open your garage door, unlock the door to the house, and turn on the lights so you don’t have to fumble with a light switch when you have your hands full of groceries. Separate controls can replace your thermostat and can be installed to control overhead and occasional lighting or other home devices. From your easy chair, you can control your home theater system or control the volume of your favorite songs in each room of the house. Security measures may include magnetic contacts that detect when a window or cabinet, like a gun safe C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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eastern redbuds take center stage By R ach el B e a n l a n d

In Virginia, the flowering dogwood tree can get more than its fair share of the limelight. Its bloom is so beloved it was named the state flower in 1918. Almost a century later, the dogwood flower adorns license plates, roadway signs and bumper stickers across the Commonwealth. But let’s not let it steal the whole show: the eastern redbud is another native tree that deserves its own place on the spring stage. If you are considering adding an ornamental to your landscape this spring, look no further than this woodland delight.

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artha Dudley, who has worked at Rainfrost Nursery in Evington for more than 15 years, says she frequently fields calls from homeowners. “They ask, ‘What’s that sweet pea tree blooming in the woods?’ and I’m always surprised. Not everyone grew up with redbuds,” she notes. There are several different cultivars of redbud—all of which are members of “Fabaceae,” or the pea family. The eastern redbud (Cercis cannidensus L.) grows in the eastern United States and lower Great Plains, and does particularly well in Virginia’s soil. In the Midwest, Texas and Oklahoma redbuds are prolific, and there’s a western redbud that’s native to the western United States. Imported varieties, such as the Chinese redbud and the Afghan redbud, are non-native to the U.S. but popular cultivars too. The eastern redbud, like the dogwood, is a harbinger of spring. Its flowers—small and pinkish-red in color—bloom early, beginning in March, and long before its leaves come in. Early bloomers, or pollinators, are especially important to insects and birds that have survived a long winter and need to feast on the season’s first flowers. While the dogwood’s flowers bloom in sporadic clusters along its branches, the redbud’s flowers cover nearly every inch of its limbs, extending to its trunk and giving the tree the appearance of having been dipped in a pot of pink paint. For gardeners who like to have some color in their yard throughout the spring, a redbud can provide weeks of coverage while other trees, shrubs and plants ready themselves for their big debuts. After the redbud blooms, small seed pods come in. Native Americans used to harvest the redbud’s flat, green pods as well as its flowers—both of which are high in vitamin C—to eat. They made use of the tree’s bark, too, concocting teas and astringents to treat whooping cough, fever, congestion and stomach problems. The eastern redbud’s nectar is a favorite of hummingbirds and its pollen attracts honeybees. Squirrels go for its flowers, bark and seed pods, and whitetail deer snack on its foliage. While some gardeners aren’t fans of the tree’s seed pods, it may be a reassurance to know bobwhite quail and songbirds love them. Only after the seed pods are in do the redbud’s leaves follow. Small and heart-shaped, the leaves are a dull, dark green that turn yellow in autumn. Dudley likes the eastern redbud because it’s hardy. The eastern redbud can grow just about anywhere, which makes the tree a popular choice for novice gardeners who are afraid of getting something wrong. In the wild, redbuds tend to grow in the partial shade of the forest’s tree line, but it’s their ability to thrive in both full sun and full shade that makes them so versatile. “Redbuds like water and will grow along creek banks in the wild,” says Dudley. “But they don’t need that much water, and if you plant one at home, it should take off well.” Dudley advises watering the redbud in its first year, while the taproot is establishing itself. After that, the tree requires little maintenance. Unlike comparable non-native ornamentals, such as the Bradford pear or crape myrtle, the redbud doesn’t require much in the way of pruning either. “Pruning is a matter of choice,” says Dudley. “I tend to leave things as nature intended them, but people who like a straight trunk or symmetrical branches can prune if they want.”

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A redbud that isn’t pruned will eventually grow to be about 25 feet tall, with a 25- to 35-foot spread of foliage. Understory trees like the redbud look great framing a house because their shorter stature accents the roofline without dwarfing it. Horticulturists recommend planting flowering understory trees like the redbud in clusters. When they bloom, it’s as if someone graffitied the landscape with a very big brush. Water and pruning aren’t the only things homeowners can go easy on when it comes to planting and nurturing redbuds. Nurseries used to always advise gardeners to amend their soil with nutrient-rich potting soil and fertilizers, but some horticulturalists now say it may be unnecessary. Eventually, all plants must adapt to their environment, and there’s evidence that the sooner this happens, the better. Because the redbud is so low-maintenance, there’s almost no wrong time to plant one. Dudley likes to tell people, “If you can dig, you can plant. Unless the ground is frozen, you can plant just about anything.” The advantage to planting a redbud in the fall is that watering it regularly becomes less of an issue. By the time the tree meets its first drought the following summer, it should be fairly well established. But planting in the spring or summer is fine too. There’s no debating that a dogwood will outlive an eastern redbud. The average dogwood lives 80 years compared to a redbud’s 30-year lifespan. But the redbud’s blooms are so distinctive, it’s worth considering the tree as a complement to the dogwood, if not an alternative. At most nurseries, shoppers can expect to spend about $125 for a six- or seven-foot tall tree. Redbud or dogwood, it’s important to remember that native trees, shrubs and plants matter. Choosing a native tree guarantees a habitat for local wildlife, reduces the likelihood of introducing a non-native invasive plant into the landscape, and requires less maintenance and water usage. Increasingly, Dudley sees shoppers that understand—and embrace—these benefits. “People are paying a little more attention than they used to,” says Dudley, “They’re trying to go with things that are easier on the land and easier on themselves.”

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hen they first settled in the area, Michelle Bell and her late husband built a large home on a 29-acre tract in Boonsboro. Several years after Michelle lost her husband, cardiothoracic surgeon John Howard Bell, in a tragic accident in 2007, Michelle felt like it was time to downsize the house. “Part of this was moving forward for me,” explains Michelle. “As much as I loved that house, there were a lot of rooms that were not getting used.” Time is a precious commodity to Michelle and she allocates it carefully, making sure she has enough for her children and her volunteer work. With her children out of college, she felt like she finally had time to plan a new home and garden. She wanted to create space for making new memories while honoring the past. She first considered buying another home and restoring it, but decided to take advantage of the property she owned—selling the original home 56

but carving out six acres for her new residence. Michelle was confident in her decision to build because she had a contractor she could trust wholeheartedly: WingfieldBurton Construction. The firm built her previous residence, and for Michelle there was absolutely no doubt that she wanted them to build her future home as well. “Having done it before, I knew we could do it,” she says. Partners John Wingfield and Penn Burton have been working together for years. Both men are extremely talented and their abilities complement each other. Wingfield is the designer in the partnership; he can envision a project and predict how it will look and work, whereas Burton is the hands-on person, managing the subcontractors and the dayto-day logistics. Describing their firm, Wingfield says, “We basically show up the first day and don’t leave. We work on one project at

a time and we just stay there until it is done.” Michelle Bell’s home took 22 months to complete, and at least one of the partners was there regularly. By working on one project at a time, they stay on top of things and catch problems before they occur. “Our attention to detail—this is our niche,” says Wingfield. Penn Burton took thousands of photographs of the internal workings of Michelle’s home before the walls were up. He understands just how valuable these photographs can be, especially once walls are in place. Michelle will have a clear map of pipes, beams and electrical wires. When a fixture is changed or artwork needs to be hung, this information is important. Wingfield describes Michelle Bell’s home as “Virginia Country”. It stretches across the landscape with its white brick façade, matching chimneys and inky black shutters, creating a stately appearance. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

Michelle was very involved with all stages of the construction and enjoyed great rapport with the contractors and all of the subs. “For me it was great,” says Michelle. Living next door during the construction, Michelle checked in at her “new” house regularly. “I could be on site in a minute,” says Michelle. “She stopped in everyday, no matter what the weather,” says Wingfield. “And on Thursdays she always brought cupcakes for all of the workmen.” Wingfield drew the plans for the house, and step by step, Michelle was there to personalize the design. “It was a joint effort,” says Wingfield. He would draw and Michelle would look at it and suggest modifications. She was forever cutting out pictures for specific details, such as an arch or a type of brick. Sticklers for detail and superior workmanship, Wingfield-Burton hired only local subs they knew and trusted. “They are all willing to go the extra mile and will do anything we want,” notes Wingfield. “All of the subs loved the challenge,” says Michelle, “and the cupcakes!”

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From custom soffit vents and shutters that actually work to jack arches over the windows, there is truly not an unsightly side to this house. The detailing is extraordinary. Quality materials are essential, and include cypress for all exterior trim, and copper and slate for the roof and gutters. A slate roof can cost a king’s ransom but its beauty is unparalleled. So, there was much discussion regarding the roof. “Slate was a big hurdle,” says Michelle. “I wanted it, but John was not sure.” He was trying to be practical, considering its cost and the amount of support a slate roof would need because of its weight. But Michelle insisted on it. “I gave up,” says Wingfield. “And I am glad that I lost that argument.” The gardens and landscaping will always be works in progress. A hands-on gardener, Michelle takes delight in planning and planting, and has designed a simple and easyto-maintain area. Boxwood takes center stage around the front entrance and an assortment of flowering trees add color throughout the seasons. An enchanting private courtyard behind the house is enclosed with a brick wall and a garden gate. Miniature boxwoods add a touch of formality to this garden area. Wingfield based his design for the home’s layout on Michelle’s desire to be on one level. “She can live on this floor for the rest of her life,” he says. “She does not have to go up or down stairs and she has plenty of room.” Wingfield and Burton had a good feel for Michelle’s likes and dislikes since they built her first house. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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Window design can create the ultimate first impression upon walking up a front walkway. At the Bell home the windows are superb. Identical windows facing the front each have three large panes across and four set vertically. The custom frames, which are 6'6" tall and 3'8" wide, are set into the walls almost flush with the brick, making the window sills extra wide. Interior designer Laura Sackett of The Arched Door in Lynchburg worked hand in hand with Michelle and WingfieldBurton Construction on the project from its inception. She travels the world in search of the ideal furnishings and household ornamentations. She helped Michelle with the first house, and a lot of what they used to decorate the new house was brought from the other. Both fixtures and furniture are being reused. “They all fit well in the design, so why not?” says Sackett. Sackett describes the house as “traditionally elegant.” Everything is polished and lovely, yet maintains a relaxed aura. Integral to its design, there is an expansive feeling throughout the lower level. Wide, straight hallways offer clear views from one end of the home’s interior to the other. Every meticulous detail—from the high ceilings and crown moldings to the paneled walls—was chosen to create a gracious ambiance. Leaded glass side windows and a transom highlight the substantial front doorway and an extra-wide foyer. A spacious stairway leads to the second floor and grown children’s bedroom suites. According to Wingfield, while the staircase was magnificent in Michelle’s old home, this one is perfect for her new home. The wide staircase leads down to the newel post, and ends with an eye-catching finial. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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When Wingfield first designed this home, he took under consideration the impression it made at the entrance. An elaborate iron lantern light fixture that hangs on an extra-long chain from the second-story ceiling illuminates the hall. This fixture was moved from Michelle’s previous home, and it is so heavy that it required an extra-heavy-duty blocking system to support it. Wingfield and Burton knew they were going to hang this fixture here and designed the house to compensate for its enormous weight. The entrance hall is flanked by the dining room and living room. Both these rooms are formal and decorated with many of Michelle’s treasured antiques. Wall panels, an elegant fireplace mantel in the dining room and ceiling and crown moldings throughout these rooms create an air of stylish grace. In the old house, Michelle rarely walked through all of the rooms. “But here I walk through them regularly and can appreciate everything I have,” she says. The living room is deep and extends the width of the house. Beams painted to match the ceiling add character to the room and create a warm atmosphere. Yellow floral upholstered chairs and a baby grand piano encourage visitors to sit and listen to the music.

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Michelle says that in her previous home, there were 50 steps from the kitchen to the bedroom—but in this house, she was determined that things would be different. Here her bedroom is in close proximity to the back of the home, where everything is happening. A small foyer buffers the bedroom from the more public rooms, but maintains its accessibility. The only room that is painted in a color outside the neutral palette is the master bedroom, a pale French blue. A four-post bed, reclining chair and a loveseat offer a choice of resting spots. Shuttered windows add extra privacy to this first-floor room. The French blue theme is carried through in the hand-painted bureau and accents. Her walk-in closet is a series of cabinets and drawers, storing her wardrobe while presenting a neat and uncluttered appearance. The master bath is snowy white and quite dramatic with marble and white cabinetry. The rear section of the home is its focal point. Composed of an office, laundry, large kitchen area and sitting room, the area is so functional and charming that there is really no need to go anywhere else in the house. Michelle loves symmetry and her home reflects this characteristic. Kitchen cabinets on one side match those on the other. Twin dishwashers are hidden behind identical cabinets. 6 2

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Kevin Chamberlin of Dominion Maid Cabinets designed all of the cabinetry in the house. While the cabinetry differs in each room, they all have a formal design. John Wingfield planned the cabinet layout throughout the house while Kevin Chamberlin designed the cabinet faces and interiors. Chamberlin pays close attention to homeowners’ needs when working on his designs. “I want to know where you make your sandwiches in the kitchen so I know where the wax paper drawer needs to be,” he explains. Michelle chose a chalky white marble with distinctive veining for her countertops and a solid walnut counter for the center island. Both the marble and walnut provide a stylish contrast to the creamy-white wooden cabinets. Glass cupboards flank the entrance to the sitting room, creating a partial barrier between it and the kitchen. Original plans called for a breakfast room. “We never ate in the breakfast room in the other house and I could not see myself eating in this one,” explains Michelle. Wingfield and Michelle decided that an area for relaxing and watching television would be a better use of the space. 64

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Entering this room, a large plaster cartouche hanging on the opposite wall immediately catches the eye. Whenever Laura Sackett discovered something on her travels that she thought was suitable for Michelle’s new home, she would text her a picture. So when she found this cartouche taken from a Paris chateau, Sackett knew immediately that it would be ideal for this room. So she sent Michelle a text, who immediately texted back: “Buy it!” It is indeed perfect here. This room was designed to appear as if at one time it was a porch. It is light and airy and has French doors leading to the patio and enclosed courtyard. With its custom shelving and cabinets, blue and white rug contrasting with the darkly stained floor and yellow and white upholstered furniture, the room is so much more than a TV room. “It is amazing how wonderful it all worked,” says Sackett, marveling at Michelle’s home as a whole. The finished project is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between talented people, each bringing many gifts to the table.

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Buckle Up, Tidy Up Stay organized while living on the go BY S p en ce S p en ce r

Each spring, we get to go to a convention for my spouse’s job. It’s always held at an elegant hotel, a few hours’ drive away. Upon our approach, we have the obligatory manners talk with the kids. Then, as we roll to a stop under the covered portico by the guest registration desk, a uniformed bellman extends a helpful gloved hand to assist us with the car door and welcome us to the resort. Inevitably, a soda can (or some other kind of backseat shrapnel) bounces out and rolls underneath the car. Yup. The Spencers have arrived, y’all! Whether you’re a carpooling suburbanite or a traveling salesperson whose “office” is in the backseat, keeping your car clutter-free and organized can help your daily commute from feeling chaotic (not to mention save you from the embarrassment of having the unruly contents of your car exposed for all to see!). After all, your car is really an extension of your home, isn’t it? The approach for setting up an organization system for your car is similar to setting up one for your home—but with one additional and unique challenge. In the car, your organizing will be affected by constant motion, acceleration and deceleration. Ever had everything slide off the passenger seat into a jumble on the floor because you slammed on the brakes? Yeah, that. So, are you ready to get rolling? c vhomemaga zine .com


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It all starts with a good cleaning and purging. Take everything out of the car (even the baby’s car seat!) and analyze it. Don’t forget the random places like the cup holders and door pockets. Sort through everything; decide what to toss and what to keep. What things do you use all the time, and what do you use only occasionally? Decide where they really go and put them there (especially if it’s in the house, or the trash). Some things belong up front, while others belong in the back or trunk. One of the best habits you can adopt is to gather the day’s wrappers and trash each time you arrive home. Do a quick seats-and-floorboard check and carry out that clutter! Additionally, any time you fuel up, do another spot check since you’ll be parked next to a trash barrel for a few minutes while connected to the pump. Integrating this daily trash-clearing habit into your routine will go a long way toward the goal of keeping an organized car. Many cars come with built-in hooks, perfect for holding an old grocery sack— just the thing to help gather the garbage. Not that automated? Pick up a package of adhesive hooks (like 3M™ Command Hooks) and stick one in each row of your vehicle, positioned where a buckled-in passenger can easily reach it. Store extra sacks in the glove compartment and your car’s trash problem could be solved. Corralling for Convenience

Sometimes, it feels like we live in our cars, so think about how you use your car (I mean besides “for transportation”). Are you a salesperson with a trunk full of manufacturer’s samples, a parent of sports stars, or a realtor who ferries prospective homebuyers from property to property? For many of us, our cars have to serve all those purposes on some level. There’s a fine line between being prepared for anything and using your car as a mobile storage unit. Only you can decide where that line is. When you shuttle kids all over town, with the backseat serving as a snack café between lessons and practices, and the front seat being the mobile office where you do work in your car between appointments—sometimes it just makes sense to keep certain things in your car fulltime (or at least throughout the season). Give these things an official home, because if they don’t have “a spot,” they’ll cause a mess. Though some manufacturers make organizing systems specifically designed for vehicles, they can be pricey and hard to find. With a little engineering, you can develop your own off-label uses on more-common organizing gizmos. Just remember that anything loose can become dangerous in the event of a sudden stop or a crash—causing damage your car or, worse, injury to your occupants. That’s why so many of the specialmade car organizers include straps, to keep things safely lassoed down. As with any organizational system, the trick to making a good supply kit is finding the right container and keeping it in the right spot. Convenience items are only convenient if you can reach them when you need them! Open-top containers are the best containers for things that anyone might need in a hurry. Keep them where they can be easily reached.

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the items you’ll want in reach at all times. ■ Notepad/pen ■ Sunglasses ■ Tissues ■ Lip balm ■ Hand sanitizer ■ Spare change, extra cash ■ Hair ties/hairbrush Clean-Up Brigade: items you’ll

never regret having in the car at all times, whether in your front seat command center or in a less-easy-to-reach spot like your backseat floorboard or trunk. ■ Paper towels/wet wipes ■ Stain-remover pads/pen ■ Trash bags In Case of Emergency

There are also items worthy of their own organizational systems, that you should keep in your car at all times, but not necessarily at your fingertips. It’s more important to keep them together, and know where they are. First Aid Kit: Keep this must-have in

an opaque, lidded box to keep bandages and ointments at the ready for the next monkey bar mishap. Stashing this in your trunk area, center console or glove box is probably an even better choice than up front in plain view, removing temptation from youngsters to who like to perform medical procedures on their dolls and other backseat buddies. Glove compartment docs:

Consider a sturdy laminate envelope that’s easy to find and grab. ■ Auto club membership info ■ Owner’s manual/service record ■ Proof of insurance/vehicle registration Roadside emergencies: A plastic

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But what about all those other “convenience items” we keep in our cars—you know, that stuff that’s “more convenient” to keep in the car than to run back home to grab or carry in-andout every day? Closet organizers like soft-sided over-door shoe organizers, or even hanging toiletry bags, that install under your headrest to keep the backseat organized work well for these groups of items.

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We spend hours sorting through paint swatches for our walls, and then more hours choosing the best flooring. But what about our ceilings? Are there just as many options for this additional “wall”? From choosing a complementary paint color, to adding texture effects, to exploring alternative coverings, you may find that the view above could become your favorite view of all. Color it Up

One of the quickest, easiest, and most budget-friendly ways to liven up a room is to paint the ceiling. Isn’t it ironic that many of us settle for plain white ceilings throughout our house, while we will go to all lengths to find the right color for our walls? The fact is that the ceiling color can add that perfect finishing touch to your room. Experts usually recommend staying within the hues of your wall color for your ceiling, using slightly darker shades for smaller rooms or slightly lighter for larger rooms. Lighter, neutral shades can make a ceiling appear higher, while darker shades can make a room feel cozier. A room with all-white walls and light-colored flooring could benefit from a more vibrant color for the ceiling. If you have a particular ceiling fan or light fixture you’d like to draw focus to, consider painting the ceiling red, gray, or chocolate brown. The idea is for the eye to be able to make a smooth transition from the floor to ceiling, no matter the shades. Sometimes experimenting with a new finish on a plain white ceiling is all you need to give your room a new look. Although many paint manufacturers offer ultra-flat ceiling paint (which will reflect light and hide imperfections, and c vhomemaga zine .com

is specially formulated for less splatter), consider a high-gloss coat to shine things up. In a bathroom, for instance, a glossy white ceiling can create a mirror effect and make the whole room seem bigger and brighter. In a young girl’s bedroom, consider using a “glitter effect” topcoat for the ceiling (made by many of the top paint brands) to bring sparkle and magic into her world. Paint that comes in metallic finishes can also fit your fancy in other rooms; add a high-gloss glaze over it, and your dining room ceiling could shine like the silver on the table below. Brush it Up

A textured ceiling can add a bit of personality to a room, but it can also cover imperfections, stains and cracks. Popcorn ceilings were popular a few decades ago (and if you own an older home, odds are you may have this style in many of your rooms), but there are more painting techniques that can add character to a room. You can “sponge,” “smoosh,” “stomp,” “stipple,” or “strié” your ceiling for a dramatic effect. That’s a lot of silly sounding “s” words, but these techniques each call for rolling a rag or other material on the paint, or using a glaze with different brushes

and different strokes. Of course, these effects take even more care when you’re doing them overhead. Cover the floor and all furniture with drop cloths, and wear protective eyewear. While you could climb a ladder to sponge or stipple in small areas at a time, you can also use special rollers with your feet firmly planted on the ground. For a great strie effect, try using a whisk broom. There are also paints that will add immediate texture to a wall, as they are infused with small, sandy particles that can create a three-dimensional effect; no need for a special spray gun or sponge to create the look of plaster or stucco. These paints come in an assortment of colors. Cover It Up

There are plenty of solutions for ceiling treatments that don’t come in a can. Create a one-of-a-kind design by using wallpaper, tiles, or even fabric coverings. Your home may not be the Sistine Chapel, but adding masterpieces to the ceiling will instantly cause your guests to look up in awe. One way of bringing art to the top is using wallpaper. Browsing wallpaper is like going to an art gallery; there are so many patterns and murals, with some just screaming to end up on a ceiling. Think baby blue sky with clouds for a nursery, florals for a sunroom, a sophisticated geometric to highlight a chandelier in the dining room…the options are endless. Wallpaper can be as easy to install on the ceiling as it is on the wall, although it is usually a twoperson job. 71

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Sometimes experimenting with a new finish on a plain white ceiling is all you need to add to change the entire look of your room. If you have a drop (suspended) ceiling, a fun project could be decorating the panels one by one for a whole new look, especially if you harbor some artistic talent yourself. You can remove the panels, decorate them the way you like, then place them back (no straining your neck looking upward for so long!). Try painting the panels with textured paint or metallic finishes, or use two different colors for a checkerboard effect. Consider using wallpaper or fabric and your options expand even more. (Create a tufted look with fabric by stapling a fabric square in the center and covering the staple with a button, tucking the fabric loosely around the back.) Even the most upscale ceiling designs can be achieved by using creative coverings, such as tin tiles and leafing with precious metals. Ornate tin tiles, offered in nickel, bronze, and copper, among other metals, can give your rooms an OldWorld style. Tiles are relatively low in cost and affix easily to the existing ceiling either by adhesives or by nails, which are built into the design. Pair tin ceiling tiles with coordinating backsplashes and you could change the whole look of your kitchen or dining room. 7 2

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Gilding your ceiling with any of a number of precious metal-looking leafing products can also create a luxury look. Leafing comes on rolls (called ribbon leafing) and can be applied fairly quickly. For a more contemporary look, choose wood ceiling planks, which also fall into the easy-toinstall category. Ceiling products like WoodTrac by Sauder ( can be mounted onto an existing suspended ceiling grid or directly to the wall. Clips attach to the grid or the ceiling itself and molding is slid on. The ceiling planks fit easily into grooves in the molding. Wood finishes range from bamboo to oak to cherry, so you can coordinate with your furnishings and flooring for a cohesive, natural look. For ceilings with exposed beams, experiment with different stains and paint. Or for those without, add some rustic faux beams. For a contemporary, sleek look, attach metal beams to the ceiling and paint them the same color as the ceiling, or even a contrasting color. As with any home project, make your ceilings reflect your style. Don’t be afraid of giving your ceiling a new look. We spend more time than you think looking up at our ceilings—as we lie in bed, do curl-ups, or daydream on the couch. Raising this oft-forgotten space to the top of your list will surely take your room’s design to new heights.


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he happiest homes seem to be filled with meaningful personal treasures— hand-selected for display, either by us or for us. They’re a tangible way of saying, “This is who we are and what’s important to us.”

Our family photos, whether they are carefully posed portraits or images caught during a memory-in-the-making, are perhaps the greatest treasures of all. Therefore, they are worthy of our consideration about how and where we could best display them in our homes. Allegra Helms, a professional fine art and lifestyle portrait photographer, says, “Something is always the impetus that prompts the decision to have a portrait taken. There’s been a change, something new to celebrate, a special spot to fill in a special room. A professional photographer helps clients analyze their needs and come up with a plan to meet them.” So, instead of haphazardly displaying your photographs along with the clutter of life (or worse, leaving them forgotten on a disc in the desk drawer), it’s wise to take the opportunity to plan just how and where you will display them, thoughtfully weaving your portrait photography into your everyday décor. It’s because of that careful forethought and attentive planning that Helms says professional portrait sessions will entail at least three separate appointments: the first one, to define and set the goals for the project; the second one, the photography session itself; and the third, to preview and select images. She says that this is what professional photography service is all about. Helms says that a besides lending an artistic eye to the subject in front of the lens, a professional photographer can also help you decide the best way to display your images. “We [professional photographers] can help you decipher which images look best hanging on a wall versus in a book… or which ones will look best in a frame on the desk or as a holiday card,” she says.

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When her primary assignment is to provide a portrait to hang in a specific place in a client’s home, Helms says she visits the home so she can see that spot for herself. She says, “What I’ll do is photograph the place where the portrait will eventually hang so that when we meet to review proofs after our photo session, I can show you exactly what your portrait is going to look like in your room. We can digitally mock it up—choosing layouts and trying out processing techniques to specifically suit that space.” Since certain settings—both the location where the portrait is taken and the place it will hang in your home—will convey certain feelings and meanings, Helms advises clients that even though “your art doesn’t have to match your couch, you don’t want a complete mismatch, either.” Homeowners should put some thought into where the portrait will eventually hang when choosing the location for the photography session and the attire that will be worn in the portrait. She explains, “Perhaps the family portrait is planned to hang in a warm, woody setting, like in a masculine gentleman’s study. A Lilly Pulitzer-clad beach scene might not be the best fit for that space.” Even so, Helms says don’t let that be a deal-breaker if your family’s tradition is to go to the shore and wear Palm Beach pinks and greens. Besides, she says, “People move, they repaint walls, they take a new family portrait and move the old one somewhere else.” To ensure you’ll be pleased with the outcome of your photography session, planning in advance and thinking through all facets of the project will be time well spent. Helms says that when asked where a portrait should be taken (at a particular location or in the studio), her answer always points back to the original goal of the assignment: do you want a framed photo for your desktop or something large for the mantel?

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The photo shoot’s locale—the environment—might not be that important after all. Since most photographers charge additional fees for photo sessions taken outside of the studio, this might be an important consideration as you plan for your portrait. She explains, “Unless your goal is for the environment to be the primary subject in the photo [instead of the people]—don’t worry so much about the pretty place. Remember—the photo is for documenting life.” Helms illustrates her point by sharing an example from a recent portrait session. She explains that from a distance, this particular portrait, hanging above a fireplace in a large, lodge-like living room, appears to be a beautiful piece of landscape artwork—the subject of which is pastureland at sunset in autumn. But, upon closer inspection, you realize it’s actually the portrait of a small (relative to the rest of the image, that is) bride and groom holding hands, walking toward the sunset together. Compared to the environment depicted in this image, the happy couple takes up only a very small portion of the canvas. Why did she choose this approach? Helms says that to adequately fill an expansive space like this spot in the living room, getting the scale right for an appropriately-sized portrait could have resulted in larger-than-life-sized people looming over the room from the mantelpiece. So Helms chose to make the subject of the portrait appear to be more about the landscape— the environment—than the people. It’s a very contemporary, fine-art look that suits the space well. There are times, however, when the photograph’s environment is secondary to its subject. Helms gives the example of a traditional bridal portrait focusing on what’s important—the bride: the expression on her face, her special dress, the moment in time. In this case, the bride herself will always know where the photo was taken, though essentially it doesn’t matter. “This [type of] photo is about the pretty girl on her wedding day—not the room,” she says. Casual Arrangements

Unframed photographic display techniques, like “gallery wrap” prints (sometimes called “canvas wrapped” prints) offer a contemporary look that’s perfect for casual photos of children and families. Compared to matted and framed portraits hung under glass, gallery wraps are lightweight and easily moved. Helms says she fulfills 75 percent of her wall portrait business through gallery wraps. When deciding where to hang a photograph, it’s important to think about the furniture and objects that will be around it—to anchor it, give it life and integrate it into its new setting. One nice effect is to hang “found” objects or a small painting related to the scene in the portrait, to bring the display to life and tell the story of your family’s memorable moment. For instance, a large family portrait taken by the seashore could be hung in a grouping that includes smaller, candid outtakes of individuals— plus a sand dollar, framed in an acrylic shadow box, found that very day. Casual arrangements like this thrive in odd numbers and a mix of textures and tones. A display like this would be ideal in the family room or kitchen—the family hub. Before putting hammer to nail, carefully work out your casual arrangement on the floor. Gather kraft paper, scissors, a pencil, a roll of painter’s tape (it won’t damage the finish on your walls), and a measuring tape. Trace and cut a template to the size of 7 8

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each photo and object. Shuffle them around until you find the arrangement that pleases you. Tape the templates on the wall and let the size and shape of your items determine the distance apart you should hang everything. Depending on the amount of wall you hope to fill with your casual display, consider spacing your items anywhere from 1 to 3 inches apart. Let your eye be your guide; when objects are different sizes and shapes, there are no hard rules, but your arrangement will feel more cohesive if you select a width and remain consistent with it as you hang the other items in the group. Gallery Walls Go With the Flow

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A gallery wall is a look that homeowners can use with great effect. A gallery wall display will be of a much larger scale than the aforementioned smallscale grouping. Whereas a casual arrangement may have three, five or seven items on display, a gallery wall may feature photographs hung virtually from floor to ceiling over an expanse of wall. This arrangement is especially interesting because viewers take in the entire effect, rather than focus on just one piece. Hallways and stairways are great places to set up a gallery wall because these spaces tend to have a long run of wall space that makes it easy to add more photos as life goes on. A gallery wall, in other words, evolves over time. Helms calls black and white photography “the great unifier” for times when it’s difficult to coordinate people and their outfits—or if you’re taking a new photo that needs to fit in with other photos that were taken at a different time, in different locations or with different people, such as in a gallery wall. She says, “A storyline progresses so well through black and white photography because the focus is on the faces. Black and white eliminates the distraction of colors.” Because a gallery wall has a wandering nature, some people like to add to the contemporary vibe by mixing in paintings and colorful prints with the

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photos. Doing so helps break up the sea of faces and allows the gallery to have a more organic, free-form feeling. Choose two, three or even five photographs to be the landing pads for your gaze and place them near the middle of the gallery. It’s best to establish a layout for your gallery wall before you start hanging pictures. If you’re just getting your gallery wall started, find the focal point of the wall and start your arrangement there. Over time, your gallery wall will fan out from that point and eventually fill the entire expanse. Remember, for most people, a gallery wall doesn’t happen all at once—it grows over time. But, you’ve got to start somewhere, right? So that you don’t end up feeling like you have a lone cluster of activity on an otherwise big blank wall, find the most interesting part of the wall to be your starting focal point. You might be living with your gallery this way for some time, until you can add to it and expand it. Not sure where it is? Look to the landing area in the stairwell or that bit of wall you first see when you enter the hallway, and see if either of those spots beckon to you. Formal Looks | free consulations 1533 Eton Road, SW | Roanoke, VA | (540) 761-8278 8 0

When you have a particular theme you wish to uphold (or if you simply prefer a more formal look), have all the photos matted and framed in an identical style and size, and hang them evenly spaced. Whether you wish to display individual portraits of your children, or a collection of wedding photos from several generations of family members, a symmetrical arrangement is the most formal display and perfect for a living room or foyer. Your family’s portraits are works of art, and an at-home gallery is sure to enliven your home with great personality and flair. After careful planning, perhaps even with the help of a professional, you can admire your family’s beauty on a daily basis when you thoughtfully display their photographs throughout your home. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5

HANGING HINTS Hanging a single picture on the wall is easy—so, why not approach hanging a group of pictures in the same way? Visualize an imaginary frame around the grouping. This imaginary frame can help you with the horizontal and vertical placement of all the photos and ensure that your group will have an organized, cohesive look. When hanging multiple pictures on an expanse of wall and contemplating the proper amount of space to put around each one, DO let your eye be your guide, but also let a little math into the equation, too. You can use an old-fashioned yardstick, or let an online picture hanging/gallery wall calculator like do the math for you! To stay in control of your gallery and create a sense of order, use identical mats in ivory or another soft white shade (all the same width) and similarly styled frames to unify the diverse group. For the most uniform look, use identical frames. But if you want to embrace an eclectic look, you can mix things up by sticking with frames of a consistent material (wood or metal) and color (black, gold, silver, red or even natural wood), but allowing slight variations in style—beaded edges, scrolled edges, ornate frames, plain frames. Each image will dictate whether a thicker or thinner version of the frame will suit it best. Use the right hardware: ■ U  se a nail and a hooked hanger

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Perennials are the backbone of many a garden because of their heartiness as well as their ability to reappear with new growth spring after spring. Once established, perennials need little attention beyond dividing and thinning every few years to keep them from getting crowded or tired. Perennials are defined as plants with soft stems that generally die down in the late fall and make a comeback with new growth every spring. They typically reproduce not through seeds but through vegetative means—which in layman’s terms means through their root systems. These systems tend to form clumps, with the offshoots forming around the outside, leaving the centers to become tired and bare if left unchecked. Thankfully, this is easily addressed by lifting these clumps out of the ground every few years and dividing them. c vhomemaga zine .com



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ividing perennials is best done when they are dormant. While there are some general rules about dividing springblooming plants in the fall and fall-blooming plants in the spring, most perennials will do just fine if divided in the early spring just as they are emerging. The worst thing that can happen to a perennial divided at the wrong time is that it will go into dormancy and not bloom that year. As long as a perennial is divided when the soil is somewhat warm, the temperature is moderate and water is plentiful, they will likely survive. Plants will let you know when they are in need of dividing: they will put out less blooms, or even smaller ones, with the center of their plot resembling a bit of a dead zone with foliage but no blooms. When you pull the entire clump out of the ground, you’ll be able to see why, with the exterior roots visibly healthier than the ones in the center. To divide perennials, take a shovel and dig up around the perimeter of the perennial patch you want to split. Remove the entire root from the ground, shaking out as much excess dirt as you can, which will make it easier to pull the roots apart. Some plants have root systems that pull apart as easily as a cinnamon bun, while others may require a bit more effort. Doing this task when the soil is soft and workable but not too muddy will help. Dividing some roots might require hand tools such as a garden trowel or knife, and using a small ax on some roots is not unheard of. Don’t be afraid to use a tool if necessary to separate the roots; most plants are resilient and this temporary stress will result in a much happier, healthier version. The tool needed for this is dependent upon the type of root system. There are several variations on root types among perennials, including tubers, rhizomes, surface roots, underground running roots, taproots, and roots that form clumps or offsets. Roots that form clumps or offsets will have small plants growing at the base of a larger one, like coneflowers and hostas; these can become dense and may need to be cut with a tool. To maintain a healthy plant, keep at least three growing points (they should be easy to see, protruding from the clump) when replanting. Taproots, which are deep and vertical, do not divide well and it is generally recommended they not be divided. These include plants like butterfly weed, false indigo and Oriental poppies. Plants such as plume poppies and hardy geraniums with underground running roots develop suckers—smaller plants that grow off the main one—as they grow beyond the shade of the so-called mother plant. If these suckers are overcrowding the bed, they can be cut away from the main plant without any digging, although you may want to dig them up to remove the suckers directly from

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the mother plant. Bee balm, black-eyed Susans and creeping sedums have surface roots, running on or just below the surface of the soil. As they reach an open space, they’ll form new crowns and roots. By cutting between the stems the way you would with sod on a lawn, you’ll divide a section with its own stems and roots that can be replanted elsewhere, to create some breathing room. Bearded iris are the most commonly known perennial with a rhizome root system—a healthy one will be about a thick as your thumb with healthy roots on one end and a leaf fan sprouting from the other. Though a rhizome only blooms once, because it reproduces itself at the root, it is considered a perennial. When dividing an iris bed, anything in the center that’s weary (from the parent plant) can be discarded. Tuber roots, such as dahlias, require what is known as an eye on each division. It is from this eye— often a visible and recognizable white or pink dot on a large tuber—that the next year’s stem will come, so be sure to leave one intact on each division. Tubers and rhizomes both are best separated with a knife.

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Once you’ve pulled the roots apart, discarded the dead and/or diseased matter, get them back into the ground promptly to keep them from drying out. Before placing them back into the bed you dug them out of, replenish the soil with organic matter of your choice. Replenishing the soil boosts the health of your plants, and also takes up the space of the removed roots, helping the beds settle back into place. Perennials multiply exponentially; one stem this season is likely to turn into three or four next year, so keep that in mind as you divide and replant. The smaller the section, the more it will grow, so quartering (or smaller) your plant is preferable to halving it. Replant at the original depth in a hole that is as wide as its roots when spread out. Don’t try to squeeze a plant into a hole that’s not big enough because you’ll defeat the plant’s natural regrowth mechanisms. Spread your divisions out; the tops of the plants will be as wide as the roots at the time of planting. It can be helpful to place your plants with the roots spread out in the area you are replanting before completely covering the bed with soil, to gauge what the bed will look like when it blooms. You will probably have some leftover plants that you can use in another area or share with a friend. Dividing perennials is a great way to share part of your garden with friends. If not divided on a regular basis, some plants, like iris, will stop blooming. Division of perennials is necessary to their wellbeing, so while some root systems can be downright stubborn in staying put, the process is often more traumatic to the gardener than the plant. So be brave and take that shovel to that patch of perennials without fear. They’ll thank you for it with glorious blooms.

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SHEER GENIUS Updated drapery panels complement any decor By N o el l e M i l a m

When many of us hear “sheers” in reference to window treatments, our first thought is often a memory: those shimmery polyester curtains that hung under draperies in Grandmother’s living room. These billowy white sheers functioned as a petticoat of sorts, layered under a veritable coronation gown of brocade, with heavy full-length panels, swoopy swags, and billowy jabots spilling over the sides. Dressed like this, windows looked…impressive. And very, very formal. As kids, something about all that ethereal fabric was irresistible. We were repeatedly shooed away from draping those sheers over our faces like veils, pretending to be brides. The sheers let light into the otherwise dark and formal room, but also afforded some degree of privacy from the street. In the 1970s that window represented the height of style in formal window treatments, and for better or for worse, it’s what many of us think of when we think of “sheers:” “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”, the petticoat to the dress, the accompaniment but never the main show. c vhomemaga zine .com



h, but times have changed! Sheers are still prized for their ability to filter light and provide a modicum of privacy over a bare window, but newer, smarter fabrics have given these old standbys much more of a starring role in today’s windows. At Interiors by Moyanne, owner Moyanne Harding has noted the trend, prized for the feel it lends to any room. “Sheers are all about softness,” she says, explaining that she uses them in curtain panels and Roman shades, and even in diaphanous dust ruffles. She also lauds their versatility, saying there’s a sheer to suit any style. “There are many lovely motifs available today, such as floral damask, vines and branches, toile, stripes and great geometric shapes.” Many people nowadays tend to shy away from heavily draped and decorated windows, preferring instead cleaner lines and a lighter feel in their homes. It is with today’s homeowners and designers that sheers are making a comeback in a big way. In addition to making most interiors look brighter, larger, and less cluttered than their heavier drapery cousins, sheers can help with thermal energy conservation, and shield furniture and flooring from damaging UV rays. Ashley Hilbish, an interior designer and the store manager at Curtains, Blinds, and Bath, in Forest says, “The idea of something lightweight and sheer is becoming increasingly popular as whites and neutrals in general make a strong comeback at the window.” She’s seen renewed interest in these treatments because they give homeowners new ways to accent their windows and complete the look of their room without feeling fussy. Sheers don’t just have to be a petticoat layer, either. Often they are being used as stand-alone window treatments for many homeowners who love the finished look of window treatments, but don’t want to sacrifice a view, or have the window treatment compete with carefully planned architectural elements or other décor. Hilbish sees sheers used as standalone treatments in many transitional and contemporary homes where often they are mounted on decorative rods “higher above the trim to really draw the eye up toward the ceiling, making the room feel larger.” 8 8

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There are unlimited ways to dress a window with sheers, and because the price point is often significantly lower than lined drapery panels, and they are often available “off the shelf,” many homeowners are emboldened to design and implement their own window treatments. These versatile fabrics can be layered, with similar or contrasting patterns or hues. For a traditional look, they can be placed under a valance or cornice. Sheers that will remain stationary (always open, or always closed) can utilize tab-top, rod-pocket, or the more feminine tie-top treatments. These are not generally recommended for sheers that will be opened and closed frequently because they tend to “catch” on the rod. If functionality is a requirement, then consider attractive rings (which can be sewn on or clipped on) or, for a more modern look, metal grommets embedded in the curtain, which will smoothly slide along the rod. You can further customize the look of your sheer window treatments by adding dressmaker details (think pleats, or bands of interesting trim) and other accessories such as rings, rods and tie-backs.

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If DIY is not your style, designers can advise you on the best way to use sheers to complement your home’s décor, update tired window treatments, and screen or enhance certain aspects of your home. Special design challenges often require expert guidance, even with sheers. These include extremely low ceilings or extremely high ceilings, baseboard heaters, radiators, or forced air vents located in close proximity to the window, and asymmetrical or unusually shaped windows or doors (a half moon shaped window, for example, or a door with an oval cutout). Using a window treatment specialist will often save money in the long run by helping you avoid costly mistakes. As we move into the lighter days of spring, it’s a popular time for people to think about ways to make their homes feel lighter and brighter. Now’s the time to rediscover sheers, for their remarkable versatility and great looks. With the abundance of fabric choices to suit any style, there’s no reason not to give them a starring role in your windows, and enjoy the—dare we say it—“bridal” beauty of windows dressed in sheers. C e n t r a l V i r g i n i a h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 5


HIST ORIC GARDEN DAY � Ap r i l 21, 2 015

Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during Historic Garden Week, which has come to be known as “America’s Largest Open House.” A beloved Virginia tradition, this 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Locally, Lynchburg Garden Day will be held Tuesday, April 21, hosted by the Hillside Garden Club and the Lynchburg Garden Club. This year’s tour features five private properties showcasing examples of a city garden, a country garden, formal and informal gardens, and a working flower and fruit farm-garden, along with four outstanding homes. This special day also includes lectures on gardening in Central Virginia, as well as flower arranging tips and techniques. Advance tickets are available locally at various locations as well as online; tickets may also be purchased on-site on the day of the tour. For more information, visit Here, HOME offers a sneak peek at what this year’s tour has to offer. c vhomemaga zine .com


307 Washington Street Built circa 1886, this lovely Italianate town home is attributed to architect R.C. Burkholder, who designed many Italianate-style homes in Lynchburg. Ornamental cast iron work adorns the entire front porch and the flat roof above, creating “must-stop” curb appeal for those on walking tours of the neighborhood. The house is decorated with an eclectic mixture of antiques, original artwork, and a vast array of collectibles. Each room has its own character, starting with vintage-style wallpapers and ending with the most charming small adornments. Family heirlooms fill the home, including a christening gown crocheted by the owner’s grandmother for her grandsons and a collage of family wedding photographs. In the library, you will find the owner’s collection of turn-of-the-century military and nautical prints, lithographs, and other military-related memorabilia reflective of a 27-year career in the Navy. The small but cozy backyard contains a brick patio with a garden of antique roses, and is decorated with a variety of garden statues which convey the homeowners’ love of animals. The patio is surrounded by beautiful wrought-iron fencing, which creates a private sanctuary with great views of downtown Lynchburg. Jeff and Sally Schneider, owners

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400 Washington Street Visit this 1902 Georgian revival home in the heart of downtown Lynchburg and you will feel as if you have been transported to the country. The “Lucado House” is a Historic District treasure, one purchased by the current homeowner in 2003 as a surprise Christmas gift for his wife. All woodwork, mantels and wainscoting are original to the home. The family room ceiling is a restored canvas painting not to be missed. Three stunning crystal chandeliers purchased by the homeowners in New Orleans grace the main level, and the dining room’s is equally magnificent, made from Murano glass and acquired while on holiday in Venice. Four gracious bedrooms on the second floor and four on the third (complete with playroom and billiard room) make this home perfect for comfortable large-family gatherings. Step outside and you will want to ramble for hours in the lovely Proctor Harvey-designed gardens filled with boxwood and hydrangea. The pool, pool house and gardens were added in 2009 and the carriage house was built in 2012. A charming playhouse and playground for the grandchildren are nestled in a lovely corner of this unique 1½-acre property. Don and Carol Banker, owners

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Royal Oak Farm, 2100 Oak Park Place This gracious estate in the heart of Boonsboro was built in 1997 and sits at the end of a long, curving driveway in the middle of 80 acres. Stunning in white brick with a red metal roof, the architecture was inspired by houses in Hartsville, South Carolina in which the owner was raised. The front entrance hall features several beautiful archways that lead into the formal living room and its rock fireplace, the dining room, upstairs or to the rear of the property. The home is filled with beautiful works of art, including paintings by Edward Gay, the owner’s great-grandfather, as well as other 20th-century American artists. Also a must-see is an Intaglio sculpture by renowned American sculptor, Erastus Dow Palmer. The beautiful furnishings and rugs have been lovingly collected over many years. The rear grounds include a terrace with mountain views, fountain, pool and a covered entertaining area with outdoor fireplace; all are surrounded by a circular brick wall that leads to yet more garden areas filled with indigenous plantings. Mr. and Mrs. C. Lynch Christian, III, owners

3115 Rivermont Avenue This handsome Georgian home was designed by Lynchburg architect Pendleton S. Clark and built in 1930 by local contractor C. Raine Pettyjohn for his own family. It is said that Pettyjohn built the house to keep his construction crews working during the Depression, and that the fine detail inside and out may be the result of his intention for them to have plenty of work to do. The house was purchased in 1983 by RandolphMacon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) to be used as a president’s house; it is now home to Dr. Brad Bateman and Cyndi Lee. The furnishings are donations from several alumnae and friends of the college. The home is adorned with countless pieces of artwork from the Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College’s nationally recognized collection featuring works by 19th, 20th- and 21st-century artists. Of particular interest is an original 1953 painting (Swing Low Sweet Chariot) by renowned Lynchburg artist Queena Stovall. Also of note is the priceless collection of “Doughty birds,” created by English artisan Dorothy Doughty beginning in the early 20th century. The collection includes many American birds, including indigo buntings, mockingbirds, goldfinches, quail, warblers, wrens, hummingbirds, and of course, cardinals. 9 4

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Irvington Springs Farm, 236 Irvington Springs Road A true working farm and cutting garden located within the city limits, Irvington Springs Farm has been supplying Lynchburg and surrounding areas with freshcut flowers for many years. The property was purchased in 1944 by the Moomaw family, and four generations have since farmed the two-acre creek bottom. In 1995, the owners began farming flowers on the land with their six children. Today Kaye Moomaw says that the gardens are tended by “five working women and a token man (or two)!” Irvington Springs Farm is also a popular wedding venue. The Moomaw farm produces flowers for sale to local shops, florists, wholesalers and drop-by customers. In the peak season, customers can pick from over 200 varieties of sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, larkspur and blueberries, just to name a few. Kaye Moomaw and staff will present lectures on composting, soil preparation, irrigation, pest control and gardening in Central Virginia. A member of Hillside Garden Club will conduct a flower arranging demonstration copying a number of arrangements designed specifically for our 2015 Garden Day homes. She will discuss container selection, mechanics and the choice of flower and fillers used in the home arrangements. Garden Day ticket holders are invited to enjoy all lectures and demonstrations throughout the day. (For a detailed schedule, see Kaye and Ben Moomaw, owners Garden Day tickets also include admission to the following historic properties and areas of interest: Anne Spencer House and Garden, Miller-Claytor House and Garden, Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Sweet Briar House and Garden, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Proceeds from the tour fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, provide graduate-level research fellowships, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.

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n LIVE AROUND TOWN The lower level houses a bar, European wine cellar and movie theater. Garden areas fill the waterfront, from dock to natural beach, and add to the stunning view of the lake from the home’s covered porches and French Country railings. The Ferguson house, 5 L ands End Road

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Chatham Garden Club Hosts Historic Garden Day At Smith Mountain Lake

For the first time since the early 1990s, Smith Mountain Lake will have homes and gardens on tour during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. The Chatham Garden Club is hosting tours of three homes and gardens located in The Water’s Edge community in Penhook on Friday, April 24. House styles include an Old World farmhouse, a French Country house, and a river plantation house, each with magnificent lake and garden views. Here is a brief preview of what you can look forward to seeing on the tour. The Davenport House, 240 Isl and View Drive

This “Old World farmhouse” has a feeling of age and charm. The great room is warm, with light from lakeside floor-toceiling windows and heart pine floors. Artwork and artifacts collected from around the world contribute to the home’s Old World ambiance.

This large white brick house, where magnolias and white crape myrtles line the approach, resembles a James River plantation home. English boxwood surround the gardens filled with peonies, hydrangeas, astilbe, hosta, sweetspire and daffodils. A stairwell in the foyer rises to a large loft consisting of four bedrooms that circle an intimate den overlooking the living room. Antiques with family stories combine with artwork and beloved toys to reinforce the feel of permanence at this gracious home. The Lee house, 15 L ands End Road

This French Country-style house offers beautiful lake views from the windows, covered porches, verandas and dock. Artwork— including French antiques, oil paintings, mosaic tiles, Limoges boxes, family portraits, and
a Chagall lithograph—graces the home throughout. A moss-topped stone wall and walkway leads to the dock and features gardens with Solomon’s seal, hellebore, hosta, jonquils, pachysandra and liriope. Beside the dock is a children’s minibeach with fire pits for s’mores, small Adirondack chairs with beach umbrellas, and stone steps leading to the water. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Garden Festival Educates and Entertains

The Hill City Master Gardener Association will host its 15th annual Festival of Gardening at the Aviary in Miller Park on Saturday, May 2. Throughout the day, Master Gardeners will lead demonstrations and educational seminars, and answer all your gardening questions. The Master Gardeners are a group of volunteer educators for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service who have completed 50 hours of classroom training plus 50 internship hours. The event will be held rain or shine, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the festival, or to learn how to become a Master Gardener yourself, visit Luncheon Benefits Miriam’s House

Miriam’s House, a local nonprofit organization that serves local homeless women and families, will host its 16th annual fundraising luncheon on Tuesday, May 19 at the Burton Dining Hall at Lynchburg College. This annual fundraising event includes a noontime meal and an inspirational talk about the women and families who have benefitted from the support of programs at Miriam’s House. For more information about the luncheon, or about Miriam’s House, visit 9 6

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Central Virginia Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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