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CONTENTS Home Theater 101 | 4 Ways people are choosing to enjoy today’s high-tech home entertainment

Wow Them With Wallpaper | 8 Incredible colors and styles are ushering a resurgence in wallpaper

Surface Matters | 12

Stylish options for counters in kitchens and baths

Treasures Underfoot | 16 Cover photo courtesy of Collins & Dupont Interior Design

Advances in fine rug design


YOUR HOME Magazine Volume 2 Issue 3 Contributing Writers David Bush Mary Lou Smart Kitt Walsh Marci Wise Director of Sales Channing Spano Account Representatives Robert Barsimantov Kennedy Carroll Mark Somers Production Manager Roxanne Hutson Production Coordinator Jenny Vigliotti Accounting Daniela Ronchetti Production President Tony Spano

Contact YOUR HOME Magazine 239.676.7461 Your Home Magazine is published by Your Home Publishing, Inc. © Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. All prices, specs and financing rates & terms are subject to change without notice. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any  advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. If your home is currently listed, nothing in this magazine should be construed as a solicitation.

Designer Q&A | 20 Nationally syndicated writer Rosie Sadez Friedmann answers decorating questions

Habersham - Tastemaker of Refined Living | 22

What new from American furniture maker Habersham

Plantation Shutters | 26 Today’s look for age old window coverings

Savory Recipes | 30 Two spectacular pies that are sure to be a hit

Real Estate | 32

Stress reducing moving tips

Marketplace | 33

Great products and designer accessories for your home

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Home Theater 101 Planning Ahead is Key


t the end of a long week, nothing is better than coming home, settling into your own living room and rewarding yourself with the entertainment of a top-of-the-line home theater system. Recent technological advances can offer us high definition visuals and crystal clear audio clarity without us ever having to leave the couch. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your entertainment package – and bring the good times home. 4 | Your Home Magazine

Think Ahead If you can, schedule a consultation with a media specialist early in the project. “We like to please the clients with the performance of their home video and audio equipment – while still respecting the decor plans of the designer,” said Mike Novak, Owner of Epic Audio/Video. Just like computers, home theater components continue to quickly evolve and improve in quality, so it pays to prepare for the future. “In the next three or four years you’re

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going to have to completely re-do your system,” says Novak. Ultra HD 4K television is looming on the horizon and promises to deliver a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels - so a little extra planning now can save you time, money and headaches down the road. The Four S’s In order to stay ahead of the curve, start by assessing the four S’s: Space – When space allows, specially designated rooms equipped with home theater chairs like the ones you’d find in a traditional movie theater are the pinnacle of the home entertainment experience. Most homes only have the space to embellishing their main living areas with a large, flat-screen television, speakers, and comfortable seating. But Novak points out, “With so much product available, there is a great option for virtually every situation.”

Seating – The old rule of thumb for optimal seating distance was one and half times the width of the screen. However, today’s formula is based on the type of technology you’re using and the pixel size. “You can sit much closer than you used to on a much larger screen,” says Novak. In fact, a recent demonstration of Ultra HD 4k television showed that you can sit within six feet of and 84-inch TV and still have the picture appear crystal clear. Sound – This is where the properties of your particular room come into play. An expert can evaluate how sound waves reflect in the space and then apply treatments to give your system optimal performance. “The biggest problem you run into in a “live” room is called slap echo - if you clap your hands in the room and can hear the echo at all – you’ve got a problem,” said Novak. To combat this, adding a rug, an upholstered sofa, draperies or carefully hidden sound panels will help catch reflections and reduce echo. Your Home Magazine | 5

The Latest Trends Other hot trends and innovation in today’s home theaters are: Courtesy ofEpic Audio-Video

Speakers – While some choose to cut home theater costs by choosing less expensive speakers, this is a big mistake. “What most people don’t understand is that it’s the speakers that are responsible for making all the sound - and if you pair cheap speakers with fancy electronics - you’re still going to get cheap speaker sound,” said Novak.

Apple based automation systems – Gone are the days of the old remote control. Now you can operate everything from your iphone. “When you pull your phone out of your pocket, it lists

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Another acoustical nightmare is a “dead” room in which sound hampering qualities lend the uncomfortable sensation that you’re in a library – instead of your own living room. “Here, a hard surfaced table, leather sofa or foil-lined sound panels will help to reflect sound instead of absorbing it,” adds Novak.

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all of your rooms along with a series of options, allowing you to control any room in your house – from any room in your house,” said Novak. You can drop your motorized shades, change the lights, and play music at a dinner party all with one preset button. Commercial grade or enterprise-class network – For the forward thinking consumer, an upgraded network will soon be needed in every home. “Your average house has multiple devices that need to be on the internet at any given time – your TV, your computer, your phone, your ipod and ipad,” says Novak. Without a topnotch network your system can quickly become bogged down. While they are currently expensive – plan to spend $3500 to $5000 at a minimum – they are the wave of the future.

Large Screen Display – While large flat-screens still reign supreme, projection televisions are making a comeback due to a huge price drop. Novak says that many people are doing both, “They’ve got the 50 or 60 inch TV – along with a 10 or 12 foot screen that drops down at night for parties.”

For more information on the latest in home theater and whole-house integration visit, Written by Marci Wise Your Home Magazine | 7

That’s Wallpaper Resurgence of Walls with Wow

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“What we are seeing is that younger homeowners, those between 25 and 45, see wallpaper as interesting and intriguing,” said Paula 8 | Your Home Magazine

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erhaps the latest trend with wallpaper is that it is back, according to industry experts. Certainly, paints and paint treatments with perfected quality and available in thousands of colors command center stage. Wallpaper has always been a fantastic option, but perhaps painful memories of gushingly sweet floral prints or any number of garish papers plastered throughout the 90s dampened the desire for wallpaper. Whatever the case, for more than a decade, consumers have just said no.

Berberian, creative director, Brewster Home Fashions. “There is a kind of lost generation of people out there who grew up in homes without wallpaper.” A manufacturer and distributor of traditional wallpapers since 1954, Brewster Home Fashions is a 5th generation family business based in Massachusetts with a manufacturing plant in England and another being built in China. In addition to a presence in the United States, the company’s sales force services Canada, Europe, Asia, Russia, China, Australia and New Zealand. The influence of a global marketplace can be seen in the vivid colors and energetic patterns of many of its latest offerings. Serving a diverse audience with product in several price ranges, the company sees the same trend in all of its markets. “For a long time wallpaper was out of fashion, but it is definitely coming back,” said Berberian. “The minimalist look was really in 10 or 15 years ago and that meant solid colors, no patterns and no designs. You are starting to see people interested in putting patterns and designs back into their fabrics, and the same is happening on walls.” Courtesy of Brewster Home Fashions

While consumers might be looking at wallpaper with renewed interest, many use it in different ways. Instead of applying the paper on every wall in a room, for instance, a wallpaper mural on one wall and paint on others can be a winning combination. Another form of embellishment in the new age of wallpaper, decorative wall decals can accent a wall or add a theme to a room such as a nursery. Your Home Magazine | 9

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For those desiring a custom product that is made in America, check out Vahallan Papers. This Nebraska company creates elegant, hand-painted wall coverings, and is an excellent example of how the market is changing with unique alternatives to traditional paper. Its patterns are created for piece-by-piece application in blocks or with a torn appearance for collages. Vahallan papers do not come in rolls, but rather in the shapes and sizes that are custom ordered and then sold by the square foot. In one, an organic play of rust and birch mix with gold. Raised

detail creates the effect of slivers of metal and bark randomly placed. With the right lighting, shimmering metallic patterns are guaranteed to dramatically transform any setting. Make no mistake about it; papered walls have long enjoyed an appreciative audience. Farrow & Ball, a privately-owned English company first known for its paint, has been in business since 1946. Very much a design house for upscale residences, the firm’s wallpaper designs include classic block-printed patterns

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with a contemporary edge. One recent offering is the captivating Ocelot, a lively leopard pattern with soft colors that include a hint of pale rose.

great way to proceed. For a stylish interior, look for the finest craftsmen in the industry with the most distinctive designs, and follow your heart!

Credit for the surge in popularity should also be given to technological improvements. Whereas the paper of yesteryear was an absolute nightmare to remove, much of today’s product is designed for easy application, and printed on non-woven substrate, they are even easier to remove.

For more information on wallpaper visit Written by Mary Lou Smart

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Best not look for a short list on colors or patterns. When it comes to what is trending on the color / pattern scale, how about everything under the sun? According to industry experts, metallics — silver, gold, and copper — are in high demand as are geometric patterns, many mimicking classic favorites. Patterns that realistically imitate fabrics and natural fibers — damask, linen, and bamboo, for example —are also favored. Neutrals have never gone out of fashion. Colors in vogue run the gamut from crisp teal to pale pink. “There are a lot of colors trending right now,” said Berberian. “Peacock, turquoisy blues are still very much in. The limeony-lemon greens are very popular; the purples, especially some of the deeper purples; fuchsias; and deep browns are all in. There is a renewed interest in pastels, and I don’t mean the baby pinks, but, rather, the softer hues, pretty mid-tones of pinks, blues and greens.” When it comes to selecting wallpaper for your home, the best rule of thumb might just be that whatever suits your fancy is a

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Surface Matters On Top of the Trends

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omeowners agree that the kitchen is the favorite gathering spot in their home. So much so that today’s home design almost always features the kitchen wide open to be shared and enjoyed by others in at least one other living space. It wasn’t always that way. Decades ago the room was a dedicated work space behind a closed door and outfitted for serious business. 12 | Your Home Magazine

Back then a fine home design featured a swinging door into the kitchen, but the cooking was still done behind closed doors. With the liberation of the heart of the home, considerations are many and countertop selection is key to a unified interior design. For some time now, granite, available in a mindboggling selection

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Design leader Caesarstone has recently introduced five quartz lines that emulate marble. Marble has never dominated the kitchen countertop field because of a high potential for staining. Marble might be gorgeous, but a spilled glass of red wine leaves a pink stain. With Ceasarstone’s new designs, the creamy color

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of colors and patterns, has been top choice for an attractive look. Complaints about granite include that stone can be cold; that a slab of solid rock doesn’t absorb sound; that glasses break when they tip over on it, and that the shiny surface requires maintenance. Even so, granite delivers a dynamite look and its popularity remains strong.

of marble with delicate veins running throughout will deliver a look that lasts. Designs released include the likenesses of natural marble’s famed Carrina and Marfil. Quartz countertops are a top choice among designers because of cutting-edge technology that allows the melding of the rock solid stone chips into a product of unyielding strength that also allows considerable flexibility in design. Caesarstone contains up to 93 percent quartz. Application possibilities include kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, flooring, wall paneling, furniture and more. For those looking for a unique touch, quartz products are available in an incredible array of bold colors.

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Wood countertops have always been appealing, but primarily as a niche product. A wood surface selected for a butcher block cutting area, for instance, lends a warm and traditional feel. Wood grain adds texture and an organic element to an otherwise lifeless setting. To get beyond the idea that wood scratches, remember that cutting boards are used on most countertops anyway. While wood will scratch, it has been a favorite countertop in well-loved bars forever. Wood as the countertop choice for an island is a growing trend because it complements other countertop surface materials. In addition, chefs report that a wood countertop in the pantry of a busy kitchen will be easier on the glassware than stone.

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Grothouse Lumber Company, a Pennsylvania company that has been making wood countertops for designers since 1994, sees a trend for more wood surface gaining momentum. Offering product in a wide variety of woods, the company has been selling a good deal of Peruvian walnut, which is darker than American walnut, as of late. “Down in Florida, I do believe that people are more inclined to choose tile over wood floors, and so if you install a tile floor or a granite countertop, you’ll want to break that up visually,” said Denise Grothouse. “A good design incorporates multiple surfaces.” The most design-savvy trend in countertops is an age-old feature in home design. Contrary to what we were taught as children, glass is not always fragile either. ThinkGlass, a Canadian company, makes a surface out of 100 percent recyclable glass that delivers delicate beauty in a product marketed as being as strong as any natural stone or man-made countertop material. Non-porous and requiring no sealant, glass is a hygienic choice. Each countertop is a custom design. Because they are pricey, many choose a glass countertop for a small focal area of the kitchen, and select another material for larger workstations. To truly embrace ThinkGlass’s creations, one needs to banish painful memories of fingerprints on glass tabletops. Thick slabs of glass — natural green or crystal clear — are thermal-formed at very high temperatures. Bottoms are textured in patterns that guarantee that fingerprints will not be seen. When enhanced with LED lighting, the countertop will take on a different look in the evening. Because it is such a fashion-forward addition to the countertop field, many assume that glass is only for contemporary design. Not so, according to ThinkGlass’s Karl Desjardins. “We have designed countertops for lighthouses and barns with very old wood using classic styles and it is also used in modern lofts or casual family rooms,” he said. “You know, glass has been with us for thousands of years. Glass is like a chameleon; it blends well in any type of décor.” Courtesy of Thinkglass

For more information on the latest in countertops, visit: Written by Mary Lou Smart

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Treasures Underfoot Advances in Fine Rugs

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nfluenced by advances in technology, the rug industry has kept in step with the times. It has seen changes in the past two decades which reflect new design possibilities that were not even considered only a short time ago. Traditionally, hand-knotted oriental rugs were limited to the patterns and designs of the past, handed down from generation to generation. Although beautiful, there remained a void which needed to be filled. That time has now come. With computerized patterning, the weavers, still maintaining hand-knotted craftsmanship, are now able to expand their

design repertoire. This resulted in more creative designs in whatever style needed, from traditional to contemporary. Currently quite popular is the “fabric-inspired� rug, so named because its designs and patterns have been inspired from decorator fabrics. Transitional in tone, because it can adapt itself to either a traditional or more contemporary decor, it usually has a fine, hand-spun wool foundation with the pattern all in a raised silk design. It can also be dyed in various colors depending on the color palette needed. Your Home Magazine | 17

Fabric Inspired Example of the fabric-inspired rug; each has a very similar raised silk floral design, while each is finished in two contrasting background colors.

TRANSITIONAL Wool & Silk Transitional area rugs, so named because they are neither completely contemporary nor traditional in design, but can adapt themselves to either, like a chameleon to its surrounding decor. The design of this fabric-inspired rug was hand-knotted in silk, emphasizing its extraordinary colors in a raised motif above the wool foundation.

CONTEMPORARY Wool & Silk Contemporary area rugs is the Nepalese, a combination of wool and silk all hand-knotted in a 150 Line construction. One of the finest made in Nepal, these rugs can be ordered to one’s own size, colors, and design specifications.

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Peshawar The Peshawar takes its name from its place of origin in the Northeast region of Pakistan near Afghanistan. It is also called a Choobi. Although its more open, less detailed pattern is based on antique designs, many call them ‘transitional’ rugs because they lend themselves to either a traditional decor or a more contemporary one. It is noted for its soft, muted colors achieved through the use of fine, natural dyes. Gazani Of a more traditional design, this hand-knotted rug from the regions of Agra and Jaipur in India, boasts of eye-appealing vivid colors and detailed pattern. What gives the Gazani its unique look is its use of twisted wool in which a variety of wool from different regions is combined or twisted together. Given the natural differences among the various threads, each takes the dye a little differently, resulting in differing shades wherever it is used in the rug.

Oushak Oushak, about 100 miles south of Instanbul, was the production center of these Turkish rugs since the 15th century. From the 16th-18th centuries, the most famous weavers in Turkey worked in Oushak because of easy access to the finest wool, natural vegetable dyes, and the international market. Even today, the antique Oushak (Usak, Ushak) is much in demand and sold at big auctions. Today’s Oushak has updated its design with softer, more muted colors, but has retained the quality of its centuries’ old weaving method.

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with Rosie Sadez Friedmann Designer and Syndicated Columnist Answers Your Design Questions QUESTION: Perhaps you can help me with a constant argument I have with my husband. Should art match the décor in the room? ANSWER: Ah, that question comes up all the time. If it is fine art, it stands alone and does not need to color coordinate nor match the décor of the room. Fine art speaks for itself. It talks to you. The rest of the room is just there. Fine art should be prominently displayed and well lit and should take center stage. Decorative art on the other hand, should coordinate with the rest of the room in theme, feel and color. This way, the art enhances as well as compliments the room. So you see, you are both right!

QUESTION: What are some of the services interior designers provide? ANSWER: The services are many. There is data gathering, in other words, getting the needed information regarding your requirements in order. They provide space planning, furniture specifications and layouts, electrical and acoustical planning, lighting analysis, barrier-free and compliance codes and purchasing, storing and delivery of your furnishings. They provide window treatment solutions and workrooms that will do the job and the installation of the window treatments.

QUESTION: If I choose to hire an interior designer, how soon should I do this? ANSWER: The answer is, the earlier the better. The designer can work with you and the architect to create a space that works for you, including working with the spacing and placing of the furnishings you want to use in your home so the rooms are created to fit your specifications. The designer can help you find professionals that will be required to complete your project and can coordinate these professionals to do the work when their talents are needed in a timely and harmonized manner. 20 | Your Home Magazine

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann is a licensed interior designer and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who has been published in Barron’s Who’s Who in Interior Design, and has been featured as a weekly columnist in the Naples Daily News since 1998. Her column appears in more than 200 newspapers across the country.

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Habersham Homes A Tastemaker of Refined Living


t is a safe bet that when Joyce Eddy opened her small antiques business above a laundromat in Clarkesville, Georgia in 1969, she had no idea how far her dream would extend. First inspired by folk art and small crafts, she soon realized that her clientele wanted home furnishings. Her company was in the perfect location. Dating as far back as the 1800s, the lush green mountains of northeastern

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Georgia have nurtured woodworking artisans. First named Habersham Plantation after the Georgia county known for its palatial plantations, the company made handcrafted furniture reminiscent of early American designs. As demand for well-made wood furniture grew, family members and the area’s talented woodcrafters rolled up their sleeves and went to work.

Over the next four decades, the United States real estate market changed considerably. Homes became much bigger and technological requirements brought fresh challenges to interior design. In addition to wood storage casegoods such as chests, dressers, bookshelves and cabinets, company wood-workers were making all manner of tables, beds and headboards. Armoires and cabinets continually evolved to accommodate ever-changing televisions. Along the way, home offices requiring attractive multi-purpose desks, bookcases and cabinets were necessary to welcome the virtual lifestyles of the computer age. Eddy’s company became known throughout the industry for fine furniture and hand-styled signature finishes that deliver the patina of time. Many of its furniture designs are styled after 300-year-old classic European pieces, and just as many blend well with the transitional design of a more casual home. Unlike many mass-marketed brand name manufacturers that rely on imports, Habersham’s solid wood furniture does not find its way to a landfill after a few years of use. Instead, a focus on craftsmanship is the company’s defining feature. The furniture pieces themselves, made by master craftsmen working with quality hardwoods and veneers and painstakingly adding signature details such as soft-close doors, dovetail joints, solid hardware, antique class doors, and carved finishing touches, become treasured heirlooms. As American love of classic European design soared, Habersham Furniture Company, based in Toccoa, Georgia, was Your Home Magazine | 23

in place and ready to satisfy the demand. A permanent fixture at well-regarded design shows such as the National Furniture Mart in High Point, North Carolina, it gained a reputation for magnificent pieces emulating everything from Old World elegance to Mediterranean refinement. As the requirements of the country’s upscale residences grew, the company became a leading manufacturer of hand-painted and styled showpiece reproductions and original furniture designs. To protect its market share, the company holds copyrighted protection on many of its designs. 24 | Your Home Magazine

A big part of Habersham’s success has been its insistence on made-in-America, which allows management to keep an eye on consistency in quality. The logic behind it’s mostly-Americanmade work ethic is that quality products produced with fair labor practices are more likely to lead to reliable outcomes when running a business. Today, while Habersham boasts over 800 pieces in more than 50 finishes, a good deal of its focus is on a more personalized market. After years of fine tuning, giving up on side businesses

such as upholstery, the most obvious direction of a company that always catered to customers keenly interested in interior décor was the luxury market and the custom home. Sales of luxury home furnishings soared to almost $38 billion in 2012, and the luxury home furnishings market now makes up 40 percent of the total home furnishings marketplace. As luxury homes grew larger, interior design requirements became substantial. To meld a beautiful kitchen containing to-die-for cabinetry with the dining room and the rest of the home, an integrated approach to built-ins became an essential element to the design of stylish, upscale residences. Habersham Homes moved into the competitive kitchen and bath arena with customizable cabinets. It’s expertise in finishes made the design of a whole house seem effortless. Nothing beats taking the finish and detail on a classically-inspired kitchen and applying that to the dining room, and carrying similar features throughout to tie together a high-style design. Habersham offers a completely customizable line of furnishings that fit with any interior and any size home. The focus on much of the work is functionality in addition to beautiful detail. To cater to its clientele, the company website is easily maneuverable and offers an incredible array of imagery, including client testimonials. “We gradually continue to go up-market,” said Tom Skipper, president. “We enjoy a special place in the luxury market. Now, not only do we create high-end furniture using fabulous designs, but our professional artisans create custom furniture and fitted rooms. We are uniquely positioned to create a whole home experience with custom cabinetry for every room in the home.”

For more information on Habersham furnishings, visit: Photography courtesy of Habersham Home Written by Mary Lou Smart Your Home Magazine | 25

Plantation Shutters A Cool Trend from a Hot Climate

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indows are an essential focal point of any room, and enhancing them with the appropriate treatments can make or break an interior design plan. Endless options abound. Curtains, shades, blinds and shutters are offered 26 | Your Home Magazine

in every material, finish and color imaginable. One of the coolest trends in window treatments right now is plantation shutters. When shutters are mentioned, people typically think first of outdoor fixtures but interior window shutters are the fastest

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growing segment of the window treatment market. They have a versatile and timeless elegance that never goes out of style and many practical benefits as well.

became a decorative element inside houses, in addition to their functional use. When European colonists brought shutters to the Americas a new decor trend was born in the wide-louvered “plantation shutter”. Traditional “colonial shutters” with a thin 1 ¼ inch louver were popular in the Northern states, creating a tight seal against the cold. However, in the stately plantation homes of the South, shutters with wider 2 ½ inches louvers were created to increase ventilation during hot days and maximize the view. The

Interior shutters are an ancient design experiencing a modern resurgence. While the form and use has evolved over the years, the basic design has been around since at least the Middle Ages. Shutters were originally installed to control light and ventilation in window spaces without glass. As glass windows became commonplace around the 18th century, wooden shutters

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name “plantation shutter” stuck and today it generally refers to any wide-louvered shutter used as an interior window covering. Plantation shutters are making a big comeback, and used to compliment more décor than just their namesake plantation style. The crisp, elegant shutter look is often used with modern décor or even to accomplish an Asian flair. Other designers use plantation shutters with a tropical design scheme and still others to create a “cottage feel.” In addition to their aesthetic appeal, the practical advantages of shutters have made them a favorite with homeowners and interior designers alike. Adjustable louvers offer maximum control over sunlight with quick and easy operation. When closed, shutters provide insulation, conserving electricity in hot or cold climates, making them one of the greenest window treatments available. Louver widths have grown wider and more diverse, with sizes ranging from 2 ½ inches to 4 inches and beyond. The wider louvers of plantation shutters maximize visibility when open, making them a preferred choice with larger windows where the view is paramount. Many configurations are available to suit almost any type of window. Shutters designed with a divider rail split the top and bottom half of a window. These are a popular choice for bathrooms, allowing for closure of the bottom louvers for privacy while the top louvers can be left open for view and light. Courtesy of Norman Shutters

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Angles, arches, eyebrows and virtually any shape can be accommodated with custom-made shutters. This serves to preserve and even highlight architectural shapes that shades or curtains might obscure. Clerestories, those high windows close to the ceiling are another place where shutters can be useful, allowing the extra light to be controlled.

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Louvers are not the only way to open shutters. They also open to the sides of the windows in three different ways, depending on the installation. Double-hung panels fold off to one side, one on top of the other, a convenient feature if something is blocking the other side. Sliding shutters operate on a track where one door slides behind the other. This can be useful over wide windows or sliding doors, a trend that is popular in Europe and increasing in the states. Finally, single-hinged shutters are the most common option, swinging open to both sides of a window.

Composites are also valued for their moisture-resistant properties, making them a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms.Â

With many types of materials available, real wood is still the ultimate choice where aesthetics are the primary concern, bringing warmth and richness to a room. When a stained look or the authentic allure of the wood grain is desired, real wood is the way to go.

Another question that arises when considering plantation shutters is whether to add drapes. Plantation shutters look finished and elegant without any additional treatments. In fact, many designers would consider it a faux-pas to cover them up with heavy curtains. If a softer look is desired, for example in a bedroom, curtains that pull clear to the side of the window are one option. Layered effects and other creative combinations can be explored to add warmth and texture. Drapes periodically wear out, or go out of style. Shutters on the other hand last indefinitely with minimal care, and their timeless appeal never goes out of style.for thousands of years. Glass is like a chameleon; it blends well in any type of dÊcor.�

Due to improvements in the fabrication of medium density fiberboard (MDF), many composite shutters achieve a look that is almost indistinguishable from real wood but at a lower price.

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In a small microwavable bowl, combine gelatin and 1/4 cup whipping cream. Set aside for 5 minutes. Microwave in 30 second intervals, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool 10 minutes. In a large bowl, stir together strawberry spreadable fruit, mascarpone, vanilla extract, salt, lemon peel, and dissolved gelatin mixture until well combined. Add strawberries and basil; stir until combined.

My Big Fat Italian Strawberry-Basil Wedding Pie PIE Crust: 1 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup COLD Crisco® Butter-Flavored Shortening 3-6 tablespoons ice water, as needed 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt until well blended. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the Crisco butter-flavored shortening into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small measuring cup, add vinegar to 6 tablespoons ice water. Drizzle water-vinegar mixture over flour-shortening mixture by tablespoons until dough looks evenly moistened and sticks together when pressed with the flat side of a spatula. (If dough crumbles, add more ice water by tablespoons.) Shape dough into a flat disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out chilled 30 | Your Home Magazine

pie dough to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pie dough into pie plate; trim pastry edges. Do not prick pastry. Line the pastry with foil; fill with pie weights. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes to set the crust. Carefully remove the foil with the pie weights. Prick the bottom of the pie crust. Reduce oven temperature to 375 F degrees; continue to bake 14-17 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven; set on cooling rack to cool completely. Strawberry-Basil Filling: 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup whipping cream, plus 1/2 whipping cream 1 (10 oz.) jar Smucker’s® Strawberry Spreadable Fruit 1 (8 oz.) container mascarpone cheese 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, crushed, slightly draining liquid 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat on high remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the strawberry mixture. Pour filling into prebaked pie shell. Refrigerate 2 hours, or until filling is set. Vanilla Bean-White Chocolate Mousse Topping: 3/4 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup whipping cream, plus 2 tablespoons 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste White chocolate curls, for garnish, if desired White fondant flowers, for garnish, if desired In a small saucepan, melt white chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons cream, stirring often, over low heat. When chocolate is completely melted remove from heat; stir in vanilla paste. Let chocolate cool (but not harden). In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cooled white chocolate mixture. Spread over top of pie, or pipe in a decorative manner. Return pie to refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until topping is set. Garnish pie with white chocolate curls and white fondant flowers, if desired.

Recipe & Photo courtesy of American Pie Council and Crisco

Laura’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie PIE Crust: 1 ½ cups of flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar ¼ cup cold butter cut in small pieces ½ cup of refrigerated Crisco® shortening Mix all above ingredients in Kitchenaid style mixer on medium speed swiftly until crust appears “pea-like.” Carefully sprinkle water in crust mix until it starts to become moistened and gathers together. Pat into a disc, wrap and refrigerate for at least one half hour. Roll out on to floured surface and make and crimp crust. Freeze until ready to use. Apple Filling: Five medium to large Michigan Cortland, Ida Red Apples, peeled, thinly sliced, diced 1 cup brown sugar 3 Tablespoons flour 4 Tablespoons melted butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon lemon juice ¼ teaspoon salt Cook above ingredients in large pan on medium heat until cooked halfway. Stir in 3/4 cup homemade caramel (recipe to follow) until melted. Sticky Toffee Pudding Filling: ½ cup praline pecans (recipe to follow) 1 stick of butter softened ½ cup brown sugar 2 T heavy cream 1 T lemon juice 1 egg – beaten ½ cup self-rising flour Mix above ingredients just until blended.

Crumb topping: ½ cup praline pecans 1 stick of butter softened Mix all together all crumb topping ingredients by hand or a pastry blender until fine and crumbly. Homemade Caramel: 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ stick butter 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract In heavy 3 quart saucepan, combine all ingredients, but vanilla. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, covering all parts of bottom of pan with wire whisk to avoid scorching. Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, constantly stirring, until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until caramel reaches 244F on a candy thermometer or firm-ball stage. Pour in glass container. Cool to use.

Praline Pecans: 1 cup of chopped pecans 2 T butter 2 T brown sugar Melt butter in small pan on medium –low heat until melted. Add pecans and sugar and stir ingredients until you start smelling the nuts roasting. Take off heat and cool. Crumble. Directions: Spread sticky toffee pudding mixture on bottom of crust. Put apple mixture over pudding mixture. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for one hour or until knife easily slides into center of pie with no resistance. If pie becomes too brown before done, turn down oven to 350 degrees to finish baking and cover with foil completely. Top with a generous amount of homemade caramel and praline pecans.

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Moving Tips


t has been said that moving is the fourth most stressful thing that we will do in our lives, behind death in the family, divorce and loss of job. What is it about moving that makes it so stressful? Is it filling out an address change, changing doctors, setting up utilities, transferring children’s school, setting up new bank accounts, packing, transferring prescriptions, scheduling a mover, cleaning the home, or all of the above. Of course this is just the beginning of the arduous list of things that may need to be done before and during the moving process.

So what are some things you can do to eliminate some of the stress of your move? First and foremost is finding the right moving company! An experienced full service moving consultant will be able to help sort out the biggest challenges of the moving process, including helping to explain what services may be needed, like packing, custom crating, piano service, storage needs, photos/video records, or unpacking, setup and art hanging at the new residence. Other areas of assistance may include helping to purge unwanted items, identifying potential consignment or donation items, setting up handy man services for patching holes or minor repairs before the move, arranging cleaning services for existing or new home, or making arrangements for an auto transport company to get a car shipped out of state. Note that not all moving companies provide all of the services listed above, and not every client will need them all, but it can be helpful to select a moving company that does provide a full list of services so you can select the ones you need. Moving will never be completely stress free, but getting assistance in the most stressful areas of the move can make a huge difference in having a positive moving experience. 32 | Your Home Magazine

Here are a few tips to help make moving less stressful: n Research companies before you decide. Ask for local references

and call them. Check online for customer comments. For interstate movers search the company on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safersys website at Contact the Better Business Bureau for outstanding complaints. n Get more than one estimate. Prices vary based on the estimated weight and the services you will require. n Make sure you tell the mover everything you are planning to move in the initial estimate. Change orders can be over priced once you’ve committed to the move. n Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover your belongings once on the truck. You should consider getting a moving insurance policy. Compare your insurance company with the mover’s, if they offer it. n If possible, plan your move off-season. Prices are better when movers are slow. n Start packing non-essentials as soon as possible. Items you use day to day can be the last items to be packed. n Pack your boxes by rooms and clearly mark them as to what’s in them and where they go. This makes unpacking much easier. Make sure all boxes are securely taped, including along the bottom. n Check your belongings as they are being removed from the truck. The carrier is responsible for damaged or missing items, but you don’t want to argue that point after the fact. Have them note any problems on the delivery forms. Courtesy of Mike Hilton Hilton Movers, Bonita Springs, Florida


Great Products and Designer Accessories for Your Home

Wrought Iron & Copper Window Box

Isla Settee A delicately carved oak frame is upholstered in a soft viscose/linen fabric to create the Isla Settee, a piece that exudes classic elegance and comfort. The down-wrapped cushion is under-stuffed, giving it a relaxed look perfect for your Florida home. Whether dropping your bags off after a day of shopping or kicking your shoes off after a day at the beach, this settee invites you to relax and lay back. Overall dimensions: 50-1/2”W x 29”D x 36”H, Seat Height: 18”H, Arm to Arm: 48”W, Seat depth: 22”D. $899.95. Available at

The golden glow of polished copper adds luxurious architectural detail to the Decora line of window boxes. Over time, the copper will develop its distinctive patina - the blue-green finish that protects it from rust for years to come. The stylized wrought iron brings to mind New Orleans garden townhomes and recalls a gentler time. With five styles to choose from: The Arch (pictured above,) the Del Mar, the Venetian, the Santiago, and the Medallion, there is surely one to suit your taste. Standard sizes run from 24” to 72” long, and custom sizes are available. Other liner options include white PVC and silver-or bronze-tone galvanized metal. Priced from $208.85 - $467.85. Available at

Steamist Total Sense Home Spa System From the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of steam to supplementary options such as aromatherapy, chromatherapy and in-shower audio, the Total Sense Home Spa System from Steamist allows you to easily tailor the system to your preferences. Combining convenience with home comfort, Total Sense offers touchscreen controls with pre-programmed user profiles, Bluetooth technology for wireless in-shower audio and a new mobile app that activates the system from a smartphone or tablet. This advanced system is designed to deliver the most seamless, satisfying home spa experience imaginable. Fully equipped, around $7,000. For a list of distributors, visit

Antica Farmacista Home Collection Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Founded in New Hampshire more than 40 years ago, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has officially arrived in the high-end design world with its custom wood floors used in luxury homes and high-end stores across the country. White Oak, pictured here, is a hard, resilient wood with nutty brown hues and dramatic grain features that range from simple and sleek to intricate swirls. Custom Graded, All 12” widths, $26.00/SF. For ordering information, call 800-595-9663 or visit

Antica Farmacista, the creator of luxury fragrances for the home and body, has created a new Spring/Summer fragrance for your home: Bergamot & Ocean Aria, a beautiful fragrance built on the allure of the ocean and its captivating ambiance. Soft warm notes of white musk and lush oakmoss complete this captivating scent. Home Ambiance Diffuser $25 - $92, Room and Linen Spray $28, Candle Collection $18 - $48, Bath and Body Collection $13 - $38. Available at

La Petite Maison Doghouse Actress and model Rachel Hunter has given new meaning to “going to the dogs.” Her pampered pooches reside in fully furnished pet palace designed by La Petite Maison. The company builds doghouses (and playhouses for humans) in a variety of shapes and sizes, right on your property. This Mediterranean style matches owner Hunter’s own home. Prices begin at $10,000. For more information, call 877-404-1184 or visit

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EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is a polished addition to the EatSmart kitchen line, designed to include all the “must have” features for the serious chef. The contemporary stainless steel platform is extra durable, easy to clean and ample enough to accommodate large mixing bowls. Unique features of the Elite include the large backlit LCD display, the TARE feature - which allows the user to subtract the weight of the container or weigh multiple items in a row - and the maximum 15 lb. weight capacity. The scale offers four measurement modes; ounces, pounds, grams and kilograms, allowing bakers and cooks to master international recipes. Included with every Precision Elite is a free Calorie Factors Booklet, which educates consumers on calorie counting and proper portion control. $39.95 available at, also at

SWITCH 3-in-1 Speaker/ Conference Call/Power Bank Unit Whether rocking out poolside to your favorite songs or taking that conference call from your über-chic home office, wouldn’t it be nice to have a speaker solution just as pleasing aesthetically as it is on the ears? Native Union’s SWITCH is a portable and powerful 3-in-1 music player, conference call unit and portable power bank for USB-enabled mobile devices. SWITCH has been designed to ensure optimal clarity throughout the frequency range, meaning it’s perfect for all genres of music and can toggle easily between music and conference call mode. $149.99, available in black, white, bordeaux, slate or aquamarine at

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Eat High Chair Loox LED Lights Loox brand of LED lighting offers a wide variety of brighter, more powerful lights with the option for individual design variation. Loox can be applied in kitchen cabinets, closets or workspaces and other non-traditional spaces, such as in drawers and wardrobes. The energysaving illumination has motion sensors and switches that allow for dimming. Loox products range from $36 - $300 and are available at

Whether the tot in your life is just visiting or is a permanent resident, Baby Home’s Eat High Chair brings some style to mealtimes. This light, simple and safe high chair has a polished aluminum structure which features a large and comfortable seat with a quilted inside. The fabric is breathable, removable and washable. A five-point safety harness is included that can be adjusted as baby grows and the chair’s wide base gives it added stability. The chair’s dinner tray can be fully removed for versatility allowing the use of the chair with or without a table.  Eat also features a compact folding system to allow for ease when transporting and storing. Suitable from the time baby can sit unaided up to 55 lbs. Available in red, black, green, purple, navy, brown and turquoise. $149. Available from

Garage Gear Custom built, powder coated wood garage cabinets from RedLine Garagegear are designed specifically for the man whose workshop is his castle (that doubles as his garage.) With over 500 cabinet sizes, you are able to create storage solutions that fit your garage like a glove. Pictured here, a combination of tall, upper, and base cabinets of varying widths and depths. Dove-tailed drawers are also included this system, as well as a counter top to create a workbench area. Garage cabinets come in 11 different powder coated colors for even further customization. The powder coat provides a protective layer that is able to withstand water, most chemicals, temperature extremes, and even a few bumps and bruises. The storage systems are also made to hang on the wall from a heavy-duty rail system; keeping your cabinets (and the items stored inside) high and dry. RedLine Garagegear cabinets range from $3,000-$10,000, excluding installation. For more information, visit

Coyote Centaur Hybrid Grill The Coyote Centaur Hybrid Grill is a one-of-a-kind, affordable 50-inch split hood hybrid grill offering 600 square inches of cooking space. It’s functional, stylish and packed with features. The Centaur includes two high-powered Coyote iBurners on one side for gas grilling and charcoal and woodchip-friendly smoking on the other. Engineered in the USA, the new Centaur is made from 100% all-stainless steel for a beautiful and seamless finish. Priced at $2899 including a lifetime warranty. For a list of dealers, visit

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MARKET UPDATE This year has been great for sales, up over 30% from last year. It’s great to see the market going up after the last few down years. Buyers are more ready than they have been in years. Now is the time to sell in Mountain Ridge and Pine Lake. Below is a brief market report - if you would like more information on what sold or what is actively listed, or if you are interested in listing your home, please call my office at 123.456.7890. 2013 closed sales Mountain Ridge Single Family Homes Villas Low & Mid Rise Condos

# of Sales 24 3 28

Percent Total 44% 5% 51%

2013 closed sales Pine Lake Single Family Homes Low & Mid Rise Condos High Rise Condos

# of Sales 4 9 15

Percent Total 14% 33% 53%

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