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the look: mid-century modern
PRESIDENT Tony Spano
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Roxanne Hutson EDITOR Channing Spano
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Hickerson Daniel B. Kline Elsa Ludwig Teresa G. Odle Channing Spano
36. swimming pool trends add or renovate your pool with modern design
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jenny Vigliotti GRAPHIC DESIGN Jenna Camputaro Tarra Wood ACCOUNTING Mariellen King ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE Mark Somers
2. environments complete livability in this south florida home
10. ask the light lady answers to your lighting questions
12. home improvements remodeling your living spaces
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exciting new kitchen innovations
40. area rugs traditional style makes a comeback
44. gourmet greens healthy recipes to start the new year
46. marketplace stylish new products for your home
18. designer Q&A looking ahead to this year’s design trends
26. home technology tomorrow’s technology for today’s home
30. 2015 color forecast delicious color abounds in 2015
32. keeping your cool a/c maintenance advice
contemporary bathroom updates
BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN
The Cascade fits into its scenic outdoor environment with graceful Mediterranean influences like the triple arched grand tower with iron accents. The use of cast stone on the columns, tower and balustrades provides dramatic curb appeal. The custom designed Acadian Iron Works double doors are as impressive as they are durable. Chestnut colored driveway pavers from Tremron have a Stonehurst texture and pattern. Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors are Whole Wheat on the walls with Moderate White used as trim.
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BY DANIEL B. KLINE
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t’s no surprise that climate and environment have a
huge impact on the design of a home. In Southwest Florida, delightful temperatures and sunny days have inspired people to move away from grand, single-use rooms to less formal open concept floor plans with easy access to outdoor areas. “The primary philosophy behind our designs is ‘complete livability‘“, says Jerry Wallace, President of Royal Corinthian Homes. “In our area, where people want abundant outdoor living, it is important to create panoramic views using expansive glass that blends the interior of the home into the outdoor living areas.”
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(LEFT) The living room has opposing sofas and low swivel chairs in a mix of solid natural linens and fun prints. The entertainment wall features square columns with applied moldings and multiple display areas. The room has a commanding 14-foot diamond shaped coffered ceiling and detailed crown molding. Sliding doors from PGT Industries offer views of the sparkling pool and the lake beyond. The chipped edge Antalya color travertine stone floors are laid in a Versaille pattern. (BELOW) The formal dining room, while maintaining an open feel to the other gathering areas, is separate and spacious. The room is warm and welcoming with banana leaf parsons chairs and large glass table.
“The team at Royal Corinthian Homes is more than just a custom home builder, we consider ourselves ‘dream builders’”, he explains. “That’s because we understand each client has entrusted us to bring their dream into reality. We do that in various ways but mostly by listening and creating an enjoyable building experience. Delivering a quality home accomplishes our primary goal – an ecstatic client.” Wallace’s team used that philosophy while designing The Cascade, Royal Corinthian Homes’ model at the Verandah in Fort Myers, Florida. Located in the Whispering Oaks neighborhood, the 2,871 square foot home is built around a great room that “cascades” into a dining room, study, nook and kitchen. The soft and relaxed coastal theme is carried throughout the home with fabrics, textures, wall-coverings, furnishings and artwork.
The White Delicatus granite countertops provide plenty of workspace in this stylish and comfortable kitchen. An impressive mantle-style wood hood by Kabinart, a Kohler sink, and Moen Arbor faucet complete the space. Natural gas is available to Verandah residents and the kitchen features a Viking gas cook top. Kabinart’s Signature Series Nassau style cabinets are painted in Starlite with a Mocha Glaze.
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(OPPOSITE TOP) In the Master retreat, a 13-foot stepped ceiling with crown molding and cove lighting gives the room weight and visual interest. Tall zero corner sliders overlook the outdoor areas providing easy access to the lounge, pool and spa. The bedding by Eastern Accents enhances the ivory tones and complements the shades of blue in the room. The furniture is from Stanley, Sam Moore and Hooker. (OPPOSITE MIDDLE) In the Master Bath, the centered soaking tub and recessed rain glass niche become the focal point. White Dream granite countertops and wall-towall mirrors lighten the space and a separate toilet room provides complete privacy. The enormous walk-thru shower features two showerheads. Echoing the kitchen, Kabinart Signature Series cabinets are painted in Starlite with Mocha Glaze. (OPPOSITE BOTTOM) The two fully appointed guest bedrooms have 10-foot ceilings and crown molding. Custom headboards, full baths and Hooker and Lexington Shine furniture finish the rooms. (ABOVE) The vast lanai, over 1,000 square feet, is accessible from several rooms. It encompasses a pool bath, an outdoor lounge complete with a stone trimmed fireplace, and stained wood ceiling. The Cool Water Custom Pools infinity pool and 360 degree spill-over spa are caged with picture window screens. The Cappoucino colored Tremron pavers are durable and create a nonslip surface when wet.
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(LEFT) A dropped, octagonal stained wood ceiling delineates the Solara with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. The Artisan grill and U-Line refrigerator are surrounded by Juperana Succri granite. The space is protected from hurricanes by Smart Companiesâ€™ motorized roll-down Storm Catcher Screens. (BELOW) The spectacular outdoor fireplace faces a comfortable seating and lounge area. The Lennox Gas Firebox fireplace is trimmed in Eldorado Stone Veneer in Pearl White Costal Reef.
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the light lady
LIGHTING TRENDS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN UPDATING THE DECORATIVE LIGHTING IN YOUR HOME? The first thing to consider is your budget and your priorities. Simply changing one fixture, such as a dining room chandelier, or adding some pendants in your kitchen can change the whole atmosphere of the space. Because lighting fixtures are one of the design elements that aren’t changed often in your home, it is especially important that you are happy with your selection. It isn’t necessary to change everything all at once. Don’t “settle”. If that means waiting until you find just the right fixture, at just the right price, then it is worth the wait.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONSULT WITH A PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING DESIGNER WHEN REPLACING OR PUTTING NEW LIGHTING IN YOUR HOME? Lighting is currently in the midst of a technological revolution and it is important to understand the way that these changes can affect your home and your lifestyle. So many factors, such as color temperature, brightness, size, energy efficiency, and the final expense, should be considered when selecting new lighting. Additionally, knowledge of safety and building codes is essential. A professional lighting designer can take all of these factors into consideration, as well as assisting with the decorative decisions, to ensure that you are pleased with your investment for years to come.
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nown as "The Light Lady" since 1984, Lynne Stambouly is Senior Lighting
Designer to Lighting First's Specialty Lighting Division (SLD), in Southwest Florida. She has owned her own lighting showroom, been the lighting designer for the largest interior design firms in Southwest Florida, and served as President of the Naples, Florida chapter of the Interior Design Society. Lynne’s lighting designs express her passion for the ways in which light effects peoples’ lifestyles and environment. She invites designers and consumers to visit the new, fully interactive LED Lighting Experience Center, in Bonita Springs, FL.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LEADING TRENDS IN LIGHTING, TODAY?
For more information on lighting innovations and design, contact: Lightlady@lightingfirst.us
Currently, the decorative lighting trend seems to be leaning towards lighter, brighter finishes, including champagne, light antique brass, and chromes. Elongated chandeliers, with stunning contemporary crystal, fit better above long dining tables or give additional depth to a room. Using LED to backlight translucent surfaces, such as onyx countertops, glass shelving, and agate accent walls, has become a stylish option. Of course, when it comes to technology, LED is here to stay. However, not all LED is alike and low quality products lead to poor performance and light quality. A professional lighting designer can assist you in selecting LED that is affordable, has a warm color temperature, is fully dimmable, and can last a lifetime. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIOVANNI PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING DESIGN BY LYNNE STAMBOULY DESIGN BY LYNDSEY DAVID – REED DESIGN GROUP
28801 S. Tamiami Trail South Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239.939.6900 www.SpecialtyLightingDivision.com
All of the walls between kitchen, great room and dining area were removed, creating one bright and open space with a seamless flow from the kitchen, dining and living areas. Light moves freely through the whole space and the room seems to have doubled in size. New ebony colored wood flooring ties the space together. The custom-designed travertine cocktail table is by Southern Showcase.
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Home Improvements open&updated By Teresa G. Odle
(RIGHT) The cabinets were refinished in a medium white color with a tea stain glaze. To accommodate their clientsâ€™ desire to move the microwave, Kingon and team modified the pantry and the clients now have an appliance garage to hide the charging station. A new dishwasher and subzero refrigerator were made to look more like a piece of furniture. Changing the appliances in the kitchen brings the look and functionality up to date while making minimal changes to the existing layout.
People remodel and renovate for a variety of reasons. Some love their neighborhood, but need more space. Or perhaps your home needs more functionality. Sometimes, you just want to refresh and update the look of a long owned and loved home. Whatever your motivation, keep in mind that open and airy equates to livability and a stylish, updated look. “Today, a majority of our clients want to create wide open spaces,” says Ann Kingon, of Kingon Homes & Remodeling with Southern Showcase in Bonita Springs, Florida. “This allows a small house to live and feel big.” Here are some idea-filled projects that demonstrate how a well planned home improvement project can transform your home.
Kingon Homes & Remodeling With Southern Showcase 24520 Production Circle, Suite 7 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-1100www.kingonhomes.com
(LEFT) Light from more private window is still allowed in. The bright new shower has niches that hold low-voltage, hot-wired candles that light with the flip of a switch. The outside wall is covered with split travertine 1” x 2” tiles and the shower interior is covered by porcelain tile. Kingon’s team has installed a linear drain to create a barrier-free entry allowing the shower to stay level with the main floor. (ABOVE) The renovated kitchen flows well and has plenty of storage in custom base cabinets with double pullouts. In fact, an entire wall is designed just to hold extra dishes, large bowls and silverware. The super capacity three-door refrigerator was placed out of the way of the main cooking area. The single large island is now the focal point of the kitchen with a large sink, prep area and seating area.
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(RIGHT) Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this fully renovated luxury condominium features a modernized kitchen with alabaster slab cabinetry and paneled appliances. Hidden LED accent lighting illuminates the dramatic charcoal and white granite. A Mosaic glass and metal accent wall steals the show in this urban-transitional beachfront retreat. (BELOW) Reclaimed elm wood credenza with antiqued mirrored panels, available from the Kira Krümm Koastal Kollection (OPPOSITE) This single-family home showcases a “cottage-coastal” kitchen with transitional, recessed cabinet doors and brushed, white oak flooring, exotic quartzite countertops and exposed stainless steel appliances. Under-cabinet LED lighting and mother of pearl glass tile backsplash add warmth.
“WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST ‘NEW’ TRENDS IN DESIGN?” I always say it is better to be an innovator than an imitator; it is okay to recognize trends, but your home should be a reflection of your style and draw inspiration from aspects of your unique life, including your natural surroundings. Many design “trends” have been inspired by the coastal environment - incorporating treasures from the sea, using light, natural “driftwood” finishes, and allowing colors from nature to influence interior color schemes. In 2015, I look forward to exploring new organic materials and less refined finishes and expect to see innovations in flooring material and furniture using reclaimed wood. Regardless of the latest trends, an experienced designer can help you discover your own style. 18 | YOUR HOME MAGAZINE
“DO YOU SEE THE TREND TOWARDS LESS HEAVY, MORE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN CONTINUING IN 2015?”
Kira Krümm, ASID, NCIDQ President & Principal Interior Designer, Kira Krümm International Design
In recent years, there has definitely been a shift away from the opulent, “formal” lifestyle, and more towards simplicity in the home, creating interior environments that reflect a chic, coastal lifestyle. However, many homeowners are forced to compromise with some of the older existing architectural details when updating their homes today. There are ways to bring your home into the modern age through new technological innovations such as audio visual features and LED lighting. Refreshing an outdated, heavy traditional interior with lighter, more modern elements requires some compromise, but with the innovation and expertise of an experienced Designer, the results can be exceptional.
“WILL WE SEE SIGNIFICANT DESIGN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOS?” Yes, although there are notable differences between homes and condos, in general there is a strong movement towards transitional style in residential design. I see that single-family homes are adopting a more transitional “cottage-coastal” style, blending old with new. Condominium interiors, while mostly transitional, tend to be more euro-contemporary, with cleaner lines,
Award-winning interior designer,
functioning mostly as vacation retreats. These “concrete boxes” can be renovated and stripped
Kira Krümm, has garnered global
of old elements and without having to consider the architectural style of the building like a
acclaim securing her position as a
single-family home would.
visionary at the forefront of modern interior design. With recognition in countless regional and international publications, and a collection of more than 30 industry honors, her brand includes her signature product line, the Kira Krümm Koastal Kollection, and her interior design firm, Kira Krümm International Design, which specializes in fullservice, custom interior design and home décor for luxury residences. Miromar Design Center 10800 Corkscrew Rd. Suite 304 Estero, FL 33928 239.992.5586 FL Lic.#IB26001349 www.kirakrumm.com Photography is courtesy of Kira Krümm International Design, Interior Design Photographer, Randall Perry Photography
funcTIon CONTEMPORARY UPDATING YOUR BATH
WRITTEN BY CHANNING SPANO
Wood and other natural materials with warm undertones keeps modern bathrooms from feeling stark and cold. Running the flooring choice up one or all of the walls in the bathroom creates a unique and high-end look. Photo Courtesy of 41West
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f 2014 was the year of the kitchen, 2015 will be the year of the bathroom. People are paying more and more attention to this important room, both small and large. The bathroom needs to be a
practical and functional space but people are realizing that just as with other areas of the home, function and beauty are not mutually exclusive.
(TOP) For outdoor bathrooms, or for those who want to bring the outdoors in, this hand carved granite bathtub from Stone Forest is perfect. Because each one is handmade, the finished product is a unique piece of art. Photo Courtesy of Stone Forest. (BOTTOM) Using a piece of furniture as a vanity is a trend that works in any bathroom. This stunning waxed Southern Elm flat top altar table from the early 19th century Qing Dynasty makes a beautiful base for this modern sink. Photo Courtesy of Bruce Palmer Design Studio
Here are a few trends to look for in bathroom design this year. While costal cottage style has been the main focus for the past few years, people are now upgrading their bathrooms to reflect a clean, contemporary look. They want glamour and shine in their bathrooms. Thatâ€™s not to say the coziness has been abandoned altogether. Using warm colors and textures like bronze or dark woods bring glam to a bathroom but keep it from feeling cold and uninviting. Interesting metallic fixtures are also popular and can be incorporated in a variety of ways from sinks, to insets, to faucets. Brass and bronze are the metals of choice for their durability and visual interest. And while these metals also look good as hardware, there is a move away from visible draw pulls and cabinet handles. Incorporating hidden or built in handles creates a sleeker look.
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(LEFT) A chandelier is a really easy way to add visual interest and drama in a bathroom with a neutral pallet. (BELOW) Another way to create unique textures in a bathroom is to make the entire wall the backsplash. Here, the mirror is set into the tiles. Photo Courtesy of 41West. (RIGHT) Design should reflect you. For people not totally sold on a modern look there are plenty of ways to keep traditional from feeling outdated. Mixing classic elements like these Pedestal sinks with a modern, glass enclosed shower keep traditional exciting and fresh. Photo Courtesy of Kohler.
The shower is also getting an upgrade this year. These once small spaces are turning into rooms in their own right with multiple showerheads and jets that melt the stress of the day away. The trend of open concept floor plans has also reached the bathroom were walk-in showers are in high demand. And as bathrooms incorporate more wet and dry zones, the layout can accommodate a shower “room” that is still open, yet keeps the rest of the bathroom dry. And what if you don’t like the look of the drain sticking up through your beautiful tile, interrupting the intricately laid patterns? Infinity drains provide an option that is sleek, stylish and extremely functional. These drains lay flat against the shower floor, discreetly whisking used water away. When it comes to bathtubs there are two trends happening simultaneously. With a growing awareness of the environment and the conservation of recourses, some are opting to forgo a tub altogether. The fact that tubs use more water than a shower coupled with a lack of leisure time, the tub is seeing a drop in popularity. But if you are someone who still enjoys a good soak there are many stylish and luxurious options for you to choose from. The main trend is free standing. Your grandmother’s claw foot tub is back in vogue and it’s been updated to fit the demands of today’s bathroom. Soaking tubs made of incredible stone or marble complete the spa feel of a modern bathroom.
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Tailored upholstery on simple chairs, and the signature sunburst appearing in a wall-mounted mirror make this dining room Mid-Century Modern. Bold colors paired with muted tones update the look for today’s homes.
hey say that history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of fashion and interior design. Touring this fall's High Point Furniture Market, it was clear that we are in the midst of an ongoing "rhyme" with the mid 20th century. In the 1950s, after years of war and economic depression, society started adjusting to a new set of social norms. People dressed up and pared down, focusing on simpler items with cleaner lines and enduring quality. Today, after a difficult stretch of
our own, people are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and the echoes of mid-century style – now called Mid-Century Modern continue to emerge as people take more risks with their decorating. While Baby Boomers may choose this look for nostalgic reasons, a younger generation is now embracing it too. The iconic sunburst is considered hip and trendy, and symbolizes hope and optimism. The look is elegant without being fussy. Like the fashions of its origin, Mid-Century Modern is slick, tailored and well fitted. This style is minimalistic, but also extremely versatile. Using driftwood tones, it seamlessly blends into a coastal theme. Abundant use of glass and mirrors provides sought-after glitz, and the mixed metals found in this design style pair well with industrial décor. The key is quality craftsmanship. It’s amazing how craftsmanship can influence a piece – or an entire room!
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Use light fixtures like this starburst chandelier in a silver-finish to capture the iconic Mid-Century Modern sunburst look. This particular fixture has crystals added for extra drama and glam.
Gold-toned drawer pulls, trim and leg tips shimmer on this burled wood front dresser making it a versatile piece. In a bedroom is shines as a dresser but in the dining room it can double as a gorgeous buffet.
Boxy arms, silver finish, and the clean simple lines of this dining room chair are topped by warm oatmeal colored linen cushions. Using this combination of fabrics and textures pulls the Mid-Century Modern look together and can work in multiple settings.
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“We are all about custom décor and exceptional service. It is our goal to help you make your home all that it can be.
Resembling a cross cut of agate, the sinuous curves of this soft-toned wall covering provide an elegant, natural backdrop for the simple lines of Mid-Century Modern furniture.
We create beautiful yet functional designs and product plans - whether you need custom drapery, shades, furniture, lighting, accessories, bedding, wall or floorcovering, we do it all. And the best part, we handle it all, helping to make your life easier and save you valuable time and money.”
No Mid-Century Modern home would be complete without a gleaming bar cart. This multi tiered one shimmers with gold tones and glass shelves.
With an Ebony veneered wood top, solid crystal legs and nickel hardware, this Martini Table is an excellent addition to a Mid-Century Modern drink station. It’s also small enough to travel from room to room as the party moves throughout the night.
TOMORROW’S TECHNOLOGY TODAY’S HOMES
Written by Scott Hickerson
WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THE HOME, WHAT ONCE WAS CONSIDERED SCIENCE FICTION HAS NOW BECOME THE “NEW NORMAL.” HOWEVER, THE CHALLENGE TO KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THE NEW CHANGES AND ADVANCES CAN OFTEN BE DAUNTING TO MANY HOMEOWNERS. MULTIPLE DEVICES, CONTROLLERS, AND SWITCHES CAN QUICKLY BECOME OVERWHELMING. “THAT IS WHY THE CURRENT WAVE OF SIMPLIFIED AND EASY CONTROL IS SUCH A GAME CHANGER,” EXPLAINS DANA VANNATTA OF SPECIALTY ELECTRONICS. “WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF “APP BASED” SYSTEMS, PEOPLE CAN CONFIDENTLY LEARN HOW TO USE THEIR SYSTEMS IN 15 MINUTES, WHEREAS EVEN FIVE YEARS AGO IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN HOURS. TODAY AN IPAD OR SMART PHONE CAN RUN YOUR HOME.” 26 | YOUR HOME MAGAZINE
(ABOVE) Combined with Internet technology, televisions can preform an array of amazing and useful task like streaming on-demand videos and live or recorded music, connecting us with social media, hosting and display video games, and monitoring the security of your home.
entertainment focus of the home, it barely resembles the same device from just a decade ago. With the advances made in internet technology, televisions and their accompanying components can now fulfill our film needs at any hour, connect us with social media, stream radio or live concerts, and serve as a digital photo album, a web search device, a security monitor, and even a virtual art gallery. When using a home control system, like Control4®, the homeowner can take all of the
fabulous qualities of the latest television picture and combine them with other elements in
favorite TV show or film starts to play. Or distant
Another rapidly growing segment of app-based
the home to create a custom-made theater
family members appear on the screen, larger
technology is home security. Wherever you are,
experience. “With a single touch on your
than life, ready to chat across the miles.” says
as long as you have an internet connection,
iPad or smart device, your family room lights
Vannatta. And when not in use? “Using that
just open up your app and you can see what’s
fade, the window shades lower, your hidden
same smart device, the TV disappears behind
on the other side of your security cameras, lock
surround sound speakers kick in, and your
an original painting.”
or unlock doors, change your light levels, and even alert authorities if necessary. Your home’s integrated technology can send texts when anyone enters your home and even let you know if there is a water leak. Some people are using this same technology for more creative applications. Watching sunsets at their beach houses, viewing the wildlife in their backyard or balcony, or even seeing if that package has been delivered. (ABOVE) “Many people buy a TV, a Blu-Ray player, and Apple TV. With this system they all work together and can be easily controlled,” says Mike Metzler, system designer at Specialty Electronics. (LEFT) Multiple light switches can be replaced by one simple panel. Using a lighting system in your home allows you to set different lighting scenes in every room and control them from one discrete button.
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Lighting & Energy With the number of lighting devices in large homes, lighting systems are quickly becoming the standard. Through a well-designed lighting system, like Lutron Homeworks QS, there can be a variety of scenes for each room or control of individual fixtures, without the need to see all those ugly wall switches. Lighting and energy control can simply be about dimming your lights, but can also lower your automated shades to cut the glare on your TV. It can also change the temperature set on the thermostat as you make your way home, and check on the temperature when you’re away. Integrating technology can transform your home into a more comfortable and exciting place to live. However, Vannatta cautions, “when deciding to integrate your home’s technology, be sure that you choose a system that allows for easy upgrades as technology changes. Control4® and Lutron systems are great examples of this, and have easy to use Apps that can meet your needs today, and are ready for whatever tomorrow brings.”
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(ABOVE) When looking for a simplified option, systems like Control4® are user-friendly and have totally redefined home entertainment. (LEFT) App-based technology makes it easy for you to monitor the security of your home or condo App-based giving you peace of technology makes mind as you it easy for leave you to your home the each day. monitor security of your home or condo giving you peace of mind as you leave your home each day.
2015 COLOR FORECAST:
delicious color colorTIP I OFTEN USE THE COLORS IN A FABRIC AS THE STARTING POINT FOR MY DESIGNS. I AM WORKING ON A BEDROOM RIGHT NOW WHERE I DREW THE DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM A SINGLE FABRIC PIECE. THE WALLS ARE PAINTED A SOFT BLUE AND THE ROOM IS SPLASHED WITH PISTACHIO AND PLUM. Photo by Tarra Wood
arm, spicy paprika. Deep, juicy plum. Bright, yellow curry.
Also new for 2015, finishes are changing from cool silver tones to
Vibrant, light-hearted pistachio. When I describe a color
warm golden ones. Designers are dishing up copper, brass, and
I always try to relate it to a food. Pairing a familiar food with more
bronze everywhere - from case goods and accent pieces in living
esoteric descriptive terms serves my clients a visual feast they can
areas to fixtures in baths and kitchens.
really sink their teeth into. Organic colors, or “earth neutrals,” provide a good balance to these What’s on the menu for 2015? We have been fed a diet of soft, subdued
deliciously saturated accent colors. A space needs to balance
color in keeping with the minimalist styles that have prevailed over the
correctly; otherwise the eye will focus on one spot, without flowing
past few years. Now that the economy is improving, people are indulging
around the room. Flow is critical to the harmonic balance of a room
their appetite for stronger colors; the intensity of colors is increasing.
and is what transforms rooms into a home.
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CONNIE TRUTWIN, A.S.I.D INTERIOR DESIGNER FL ID 0000268 Longing to tap into her creative side, Connie Trutwin set aside the practicality and precision of a career in engineering for the fun and flair of interior design. She graduated from the highly regarded FSU department of interior design, with a specialty in lighting. "If an interior designer spends time and energy creating a beautiful interior, and doesn't enhance the color, mood, and drama with proper lighting they're missing an important component of great design," says Trutwin. She brought her talent and vivacious personality to Naples in 1986 and spent the next 23 years creating delightful and stunning interiors for her clientele at Robb & Stucky Interiors as a senior designer before opening her own firm at Constance A. Trutwin Interiors. For more information contact: Constance A. Trutwin Interiors, LLC www.catrutwininteriors.com 239.513.2284 1959 Trade Center Way Naples, FL 34109
(TOP) Plum, paprika and coral hues pop from this neutral palette. The lines of the curvaceous sofa and side chair echo the graceful arches of the satin brass finished table legs. ( BOTTOM) The satin brass finish on the hexagon cocktail and side tables warms up this living room. Deep gray walls are the perfect backdrop to gilt-framed organic prints and sleek, textured furniture covered in linen tones. Above photos courtesy of Vanguard Furniture
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COOL WRITTEN BY CHANNING SPANO
Since ancient Egypt, humans have tried to cool their homes to create a more comfortable environment for their family and friends. For those of us living in South West Florida’s subtropical climate, keeping the home cool is an absolute necessity. All it takes is one day without a working air conditioner to make us thankful for Willis Carrier’s ingenious invention. Your AC is heavily relied on so here are a few things you can do to keep it running at its most efficient level. First, keep your system maintained. “Most manufactures warranties require regular service to ensure the manufacturer will honor the warranty when there is an issue,” says Dustin Harris of Bruno Air in Bonita Springs, FL. Your AC should get a checkup every 6 months since it’s one of the hardest working systems in your home. On average your AC runs about 3000 hours per year. “That’s equivalent to putting 100,000 miles on your car in a year. Regular maintenance ensures all the components in the unit are running well, and keeps
large and expensive issues at bay. It also prolongs the life of the unit and contributes to the overall health of the air in the home.” Harris says.
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Once a technician arrives, here are a few key things they should be looking at:
Make sure they are inspecting the drain lines.
Mold, dirt and slime can accumulate in these lines causing your system to backup and water to overflow back into your AC unit. It can also leak onto your floors and even damage drywall.
The temperature different between the
incoming and outgoing air always needs to be checked. This helps catch and prevent major problems from occurring. If the temperature difference isn’t correct, it will clue the technician into issues your system might be having, and the necessary repairs can be made before problems get out of hand.
Motors and electrical parts need to be
inspected with every maintenance appointment. If your motors are “over amping”, your electrical components aren’t preforming to manufacturer standards. This can cause major and costly issues.
Maintenance should always be preformed by a licensed contractor since manufactures won’t cover parts needed or labor done by someone without a license. Most air conditioning companies will have their license number listed on their website but if it’s not, call and ask the company to give that number to you. Also check the Better Business Bureau in your area to make sure there aren’t any complaints against a company. You can find a company’s license number there as well. When shopping for a filter it’s important to know which one will fit your particular unit. The most common is a 1” pleated filters and these are easily found at local hardware stores. These 1” filters should be changed every 2-3 months to ensure your system is still “breathing” correctly. For people with allergies, a 5” filter is the best option. When choosing an AC for your home, make sure you let your builder, remodeler, or AC company know you have allergies so they can make sure the system they are installing has a grill that will accommodate a 5” filter. A licensed professional can retrofit units that have been installed but don’t have a grill that fits a large filter. Unlike 1” filters that need to be changed multiple times per year, a 5” filter can last between 6 - 12 months depending on your allergy sensitivities and the amount of pets and people living in the home.
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While professional maintenance is a must, there are other steps you can take that impact your AC in a huge way. Making sure the filters in your unit are clean and changing them on a regular basis will have a huge impact on your system. Old and dirty filters limit air intake, which causes the air conditioner to freeze and shutdown. Mold, skin cells, dirt, outside contaminants, as well as pet and human hair are all trapped in the unit’s filter. If not changed regularly, those trapped particles can become dislodged and wind up back in the air in your home.
Another step you can take to keep your system running efficiently is cleaning the coils on your outside unit. “You can visually check these coils. If the unit outside looks dirty, it means the coils are dirty and that will cause your system to slow down,” says Harris. “You don’t want to push the dirt further into the system so make sure you’re spraying the water through the opening at the top of the unit so it forces the dirt out.” Cleaning the outside unit for 10 -15 minutes every 6 months will ensure you are getting the best for your AC.
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Written by Teresa G. Odle
This Year’s Swimming Pool Trends
GREAT FOR EXERCISE, RELAXATION, AND ENTERTAINING, POOLS ARE A FUN AND FASHIONABLE EXTENSION OF YOUR HOME. KNOWING HOW TO ADD OR
RENOVATE A HOME POOL IS IMPORTANT. IT’S AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL BRING YEARS OF ENJOYMENT TO A FAMILY SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE UP-TO-DATE ON THE LATEST TRENDS AND AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY.
Infinity edge spas create an extra relaxing space in any pool. These spas are not as “intrusive” as a traditional spa and don’t break up the lines of a pool, making it feel and look like a resort Photo by Foresite Homes
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Infinity Pools Infinity
increasingly popular. Also called vanishing edge, negative edge, or zero edge pools, they create a visual effect of the water reaching to the horizon. Infinity spas are also gaining popularity, according to Greg Beall, general manager of Nassau Pools Construction, Inc., in Naples, Florida. “The spa is raised slightly above the elevation of the pool and will spill over the perimeter into the pool, which in turn has it’s own infinity edge. That’s probably the latest and greatest of what’s in the pool business currently,” he says.
Natural Materials When it comes to pool materials, many people are choosing natural products over those that are man-made. Travertine, marble, and stone are particularly in style for both the pool and deck area. As for the pool’s interior finish, which gives the pools its overall color, glass beads are quickly becoming a popular option. In contrast to the small pebble material that has often been used in the past, glass beads are very reflective, polished, and uniform. “It creates a beautiful and really unique finish,” Beall says.
“Smart” Pools Finally, automated pools make your life simpler. Thanks to a number of technological advances, these “smart” pools allow you to turn on the pool heater or lights using your smart devices. “You can access your pool’s system anywhere in the world, from any device, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or PC,” Beall explains.
(ABOVE) Incorporating natural materials into the pool deck is another great way to create an oasis in your backyard. Built in planters on the patio and deck are becoming a popular option at any price level. (LEFT) Natural deck materials likwe Travetine, Limestone or Granite stand the test of time as friends and family enjoy life around the pool.
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TRENDS area rugs WRITTEN BY ELISA LUDWIG
Area rugs provide quick and easy ways to revamp floors and change the look of a room or entire home. While area rugs add color, texture and visual interest, they also have other benefits in homes that already have wood or tile floors. Area rugs absorb sound, serve as anchors for their respective rooms and protect more permanent flooring options in high traffic areas. However, area rugs, like the latest fashion trends are moving targets and can quickly become outdated. If youâ€™re not careful, you could easily fall behind on the latest trends.
Moroccan rugs have been made by the peoples and tribes of Morocco for centuries, and are a popular addition to homes both modern and traditional. Beige and chocolate, this rug is made from wool that has been hand knotted in a trellis design.
Taupe and gray are once again a popular color combination that works with transitional, modern and traditional rugs. This rug was made in India and is an example of programmed hand knotting made of linen and viscose.
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The paint colors, the feel of the room and even furniture placement are all determined by the area rug. The colors in this rug come from a one of a kind vegetable dye. Made of New Zealand wool in India, this rug isn’t just an accessory in a room, it’s a piece that can stand alone.
This contemporary rug was made in India from a blend of wool and viscose. Grey is a time tested neutral color in a home.
When using a rug with bold patterns and colors remember to keep the walls and furniture in a room a little more neutral. This unique rug uses vegetable dye and is made in Pakistan of wool and silk. These brilliant colors can’t be duplicated by using a synthetic dye.
A combination of blue and gray is rapidly becoming a popular choice for people searching for stylish area rugs. Hand knotted with oneof-a-kind vegetable dye, this rug was made in Pakistan out of 100% Ghanzi wool.
For instance, although many homeowners chose area rugs with geometric and viscose patterns in 2014, traditional area rugs are making a comeback this year. “We believe that 2015 will see traditional rugs back in force, and we are seeing people looking for a more traditional look as well as transitional neutrals,” says Susan Hadinger of Hadinger Flooring. “We are seeing a willingness to mix and match styles of rugs in the same house, so a customer may have a few traditional and a few transitional rugs mixed throughout the house.” Hadinger says that while transitional rugs and tone on tone rugs continue to be strong, people are also moving towards Moroccan rugs. She points out that although beige and any hue of blue continue to be popular, gray is coming on strong as the new neutral. “We are also getting more requests for navy and taupe.” “Color is the main thing,” Hadinger notes. “2015 colors will include and embrace all the shades of blue which is a good thing for our area. Blue has been a number one pick for a while.”
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written by channing spano
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he kitchen is the heart of the home, in more ways than one. Itâ€™s where family and friends gather creating memories. The kitchen is the functioning center of day-to-day activities. And it certainly sets the design standard for your entire home.
Kicking off the first of our series on kitchen styles and trends is a look at contemporary. Known for a simpler use of materials and ornamentation, contemporary can run the gamut from something you would find in an ultramodern, big-city penthouse, to a more scaled-back transitional look that fits most any lifestyle.
Even if modern is not your cup of tea, the trend today is less ornate, so look for ways to incorporate simpler styling even in more traditional settings. Here are three tips for incorporating contemporary style into your kitchen.
Contemporary styling starts with flat-
panel doors, also known as slab-panel doors. Choosing high-gloss lacquered finishes in sharply contrasting colors creates an ultramodern look. Or you may lean towards a more transitional look using natural materials and colors on the countertops and floors.
Square edges on counters follow the
symmetry of the doors and the simplicity of a contemporary look. If using cabinet door handles (pulls), they can be installed horizontally or vertically.
Designers are viewing kitchens more
holistically, understanding that is the hub of a home's social activities. Social space allows family and friends to mingle in the food service areas. Mixing natural materials and rich textures with contemporary cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures, is a sure way to create a stylish and inviting kitchen. By adding different features, like an entertainment wall, the kitchen can shine as a multipurpose gathering space.
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almond basil pesto ingredients: 4 cups fresh basil 1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic ½ cup olive oil ⅓ cup toasted almonds ¼ cup grated gouda or parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
directions: Combine the basil, garlic, and almonds in a food processor. Blend, stopping often to scrape down the sides. Once mixture has become a paste, add cheese, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust spice, if necessary. Transfer to bowl and cover top of pesto with thin layer of olive oil.
Greens Healthy recipes with a fresh flare
Recipes by Chef Ruth Cohen Photos courtesy of Shari Brownie
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vegetable fried rice with egg This dish of healthy, fresh vegetables uses an Asian-inspired sauce to sizzle with both flavor and color. Add the omelette-style egg for extra protein, or leave it out to make the dish vegetarian. Serves 4
for the asian-inspired sauce ingredients: 2 tablespoons sesame oil 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar Â˝ cup soy sauce Âź cup water 1- tablespoon honey 1-2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 yellow pepper, diced 1 orange pepper, diced 1 egg, beaten
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix
thoroughly. Let sit 30 minutes or overnight.
Place thawed edamame in a separate bowl, set
for the vegetable fried rice
aside. Chop remaining vegetables into one bowl, mix thoroughly. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil
in large saute pan over medium heat. Place
2 tablespoons coconut oil
vegetable mixture in hot pan. Saute for 8-11
1 to 2 tablespoons Asian sauce (see above)
minutes. Add rice and edamame. Continue
2 cups cooked rice, cooled (Always use cooled rice. To cool rice faster, spread out on a baking sheet)
to cook 5 minutes. Slowly, add Asian-inspired
1 pkg frozen shelled edamame (soy beans) 1 medium green cabbage, sliced crosswise 1 small red cabbage, sliced crosswise 1 medium sweet Vidalia onion, diced small 1 wide stalk of celery, sliced lengthwise, then on the bias
sauce, to taste. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, but keep warm. Using a separate nonstick egg pan, heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Pour beaten egg into pan and swirl, as if cooking an omelet. Gently, cook till almost set and flip. Remove from heat to finish. Place rice and veg mixture in a serving dish. Fold egg onto a cutting
1 scallion, sliced on the bias
surface and make 3 to 4 diagonal cuts. Set egg
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
on top of fried rice mixture. Top with your favorite
1 red pepper, diced
hot sauce or garnish and consume with delight.
Chef Ruth Cohen combines two decades of experience in Europe and the United States with a deep passion for experimenting with a broad range of ethnic cuisine. It is her passion to create culinary expressions that are unique, health conscious, and visually stunning.
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