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CONTENTS Dramatic Style | 4 Photo courtesy of Giovanni Photography

New Jersey designer enters the sunshine market

Custom European | 10 Sleek Italian styling now available in custom sizes

Phantom Screens | 14

A visibly better approach to screens

Color Trends | 18 Tapping the power of taupe


Account Representatives Robert Barsimantov Kennedy Carroll Mark Somers Production Manager Roxanne Hutson Production Coordinator Jenny Vigliotti Production Assistant Tarra Wood Accounting Mariellen King Production President Tony Spano

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Director of Sales Channing Spano

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Contributing Writers Ginny Cooper Elisa Ludwig Kitt Walsh

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Volume 2 Issue 6

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

Today’s Hottest Lighting | 22

A showcase of beautiful lighting from leading manufacturers

Healthy Home | 26 Family and environmentally safe home cleaning products

Second Time Around | 28 100 year old reclaimed wood makes an encore

Savory Recipes | 30 Apples have never tasted better

Real Estate | 32

Take your home from aged to staged

Marketplace | 33

Great products and designer accessories for your home

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dramatic style Contemporary and Light Water sets the tone for the interior of this stunning home. Designer Shannon Murray’s use of circular design throughout is meant to echo the movement of water and serves as the focal point of her design concept. Employing dramatic shades of gray popped with accents of yellow 4 | Your Home Magazine

and bright pink in her design, Murray also chose to use both LyptusÂŽ Wenge hardwood and travertine marble flooring in the residence. The accessories and artwork placed throughout the home reflect the circular theme and serve to deliver dramatic contemporary style.

Lyptus wood flanks a 14-foot stainless steel ‘ribbon’ fireplace In the living room. Kravat upholstry on the side chairs feature a circular pattern and a grand semi-circular custom sofa is positioned on a custom rug etched with spiraling graduated circles.

In the foyer, the circular influences throughout the home begin with the transom above the beveled cut glass entrance doors and continue in the shape of the soft, gray ottomans and in the shade on the table lamp.

The contemporary, hardwood table is accompanied by steel framed dining chairs upholstered in Klint-Pearl Grey fabric by Kravat. Above the table, a square chandelier by AXO.

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The modern kitchen boasts a grand wall of cabinetry fashioned from Lyptus Wenge wood. A full complement of professional stainless steel appliances are accented by the stainless breakfast bar, countertops, backsplash, range hood, and cabinet details. Lyptus Wenge wood continues to the built-in cabinetry in the family room. A circular ottoman anchors six upholstered chairs that serve as an inviting conversation area. Further architectural details are provided by the custom window seat and coffered ceiling. Glass sliders open to join the room to the outdoor living area.

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The master bath is centered by a clover ottoman by Kelly Hoppen in a fabric called Graphic Garden Weave for Schumacher. The area rugs and runners were custom made and reflect the homes’ circular theme. The square Kohler soaking tub is surrounded by a private, live garden, complete with pink orchids.

In the master bedroom, a king poster bed by Century is fashioned from rich, dark wood and a canopy accented with stainless steel bars. The custom bed linens feature a variety of fabrics in varying textures and shades of grey. Your Home Magazine | 7

Streamlined and elegant, the office has a custom designed his-and-hers desk. Wenge wood was used for the desk and the custom cabinetry that features touch latches and conceals the office equipment, filing cabinets and storage. In the media room, black and white, life-sized, canvas-wrapped photographs of the clients’ grandchildren flank the walls from floor to ceiling. The project earned the 2009 bronze “Home of the Year Award” from Electronic House Magazine.

Stainless steel built-in cabinetry lends the laundry room a NASA-esque appearance. A custom Plynyl runner by Chilewich and square floor pillow in fabric by Stronheim & Romann add finishing touches to this functional space-aged area.

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The contemporary lanai featurs seating and tables are by Jardin de Ville, including chaise lounges in the shape of giant leaves. The magnificent infinity pool offers far-reaching water views of the lake behind. The tropical landscaping , the sound of running water and the stunning natural views lend the outdoor space a relaxing , spa-like quality.

Bright and airy, the exercise room offers nearly wall-sized custom artwork by Rosenbaum Fine Art that continues the circular design theme of the home. The twin sleeper ottoman by Motioncraft is covered in Silkloom fabric. Plantation shutters painted in a crisp, clean white cover the large windows. The space also holds the requisite exercise equipment and a large screen television.

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Italian Style Customized for You


he kitchen is the most functional room in the house, but that doesn’t mean that its design has to be dry and conventional.

With a custom kitchen, the sky — or at least the roof — is the limit. Based in the Marche region of Italy, high-end manufacturer Munda Cucine produces 100 percent customized wares, with any size, material, color or veneer, from olive wood to high-gloss lacquer, all produced by smaller workshops of highly skilled craftsmen. “That versatility is a boon for the homeowner with vision”, says Vern Swart technical director at Cucine Ricci, which carries the Munda Cucine products. “When you’re working with a catalog you’re limited to what’s already been made, 10 | Your Home Magazine

with limited finish options and specific, standardized sizes that will have to work in your existing space,” says Vern Swart. “With this kind of product, you can let your imagination run wild and create a kitchen unique to your tastes and needs.” And if your tastes run to contemporary, there’s really no reason to not go Italian. There’s a reason this little country has a reputation for leading the way in international design. No rules are left unbroken, and form meets function in clever and sometimes surprising ways. Think of Italian cabinetry as the latest model Ferrari as compared to an American Buick. Both will do the job of getting the driver from point A to point B but the former will deliver them in high style, with greater speed and efficiency.

“What makes Italian design unique is that it’s sleek, and not crowded or busy and very, very smart. With these cabinets you can get all of the latest and greatest in functionality,” says Swart. That includes easy to use, space-saving mechanisms and rollouts. A single cabinet front rolls out to reveal a series of inner rollout shelves; doors can be recessed vertically, pulled up and out, or folded on hinges for a neat opening and closure. Even those clients who come in with very specific ideas of what they want in a kitchen are often surprised by the degree

of customization that’s possible, Swart says. “We can move plumbing and gas lines around — the oven doesn’t have to be in the corner and the ceiling doesn’t have to be the same height it’s always been. We can bump out or incorporate a morning bar. There’s truly a solution for every problem.” Whole appliances can be shut away — not just by matching panels but by closed doors. Integrated linear handles (or no visible handles!) maintain a uniform appearance between the kitchen elements, so that a refrigerator blends in with a pantry that blends in with a double-decker set of cabinets. Sliding doors can hide a “cleaning zone” with sink and dishwasher, or Your Home Magazine | 11

a “cooking zone,” with ovens and shelving to store bakeware. A built-in coffee unit saves counter space from its perch on the wall, surrounded by kitchen tile. With an emphasis on space efficiency, there’s that much more room for whimsy: Double wall ovens can coexist side by side, or an oven and cooktop can emerge as an unexpected popout from a recessed wall. Countertops can be built from stacked slabs of slate, for a brick-like effect. Stainless steel hood units can be personalized with a cloak of wood. An 12 | Your Home Magazine

impossibly thin high-gloss countertop extends to a table-like breakfast bar. Colors are as bold as the homeowner dares — hot pink, eggshell blue, goldenrod yellow. Or they can be minimal and unassuming: black, white, dove gray accented with warm olive wood, a flame-treated iron with a delicate patina. All of these options mean that a Munda Cucina kitchen might seem very expensive, but Swart says there’s enough

elasticity in the design process that he can accommodate budgets between $20,000 and $150,000, depending on how dramatic the goals are. Either way, his goal to get his clients thinking outside of the box, away from whatever they’ve seen before. “They might come to me with a picture, but I want them to go beyond what’s already been done. That’s when I will say, ‘Let’s look at

it from a different angle and consider all of the possibilities.’ At the end of the day, a kitchen should knock you in the stomach,” he says. And he means that, of course, in the best possible way. For more information visit Written by Elisa Ludwig Your Home Magazine | 13

Phil Kean Designs. Photo courtesy of Phantom Screens

Retractable Screens Visibly Better


liding door screens serve a distinct purpose, but no one can ever say that they’re particularly beautiful to look at. In fact, they often obscure an otherwise lovely view. But for decades, homeowners have accepted them as an unfortunate fact, gamely allowing intrusive mesh to stand in the way of their garden, pool or patio vista.

trade show in Vancouver, that they devoted themselves to getting the product into homeowners’ hands—and has since grown to sales across North America and internationally. (The company also makes Serene and Prestige retractable window screens as well as solutions for patios, porches and other large spaces.)

This is the inspiration for Phantom Screens, a British Columbia-based company that manufactures retractable screen products with natural ventilation but optimal visibility. The family-owned business was started out of a one-car garage in 1992—the Rooke family was reportedly so impressed by the Dutch-imported retractable screen they viewed at a home

The spring-loaded, pull-across screens are available for single, double, sliding and French doors. They offer homeowners multiple advantages, the primary of which is aesthetic. Because they slide out of sight, they are the next best thing to not having screens at all. When not in use, the screens can be completely hidden in their protective housing. The flexible mesh can also roll up.

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Three types of mesh (insect, solar or privacy screen) in multiple colors and weaves, as well as eight housing unit colors (plus customizable options) mean that the product can be adapted for a wide array of home designs and specific climate needs—choices not available for conventional screens. “Depending on where you live and what insects are indigenous to the region, you might need a smaller or larger mesh,” says Kristina Kanakin, Phantom Screens’ marketing communications specialist. Tracks can also be painted to match. At the same time, the screens serve all of the same important functions as their conventional counterparts, keeping insects out and/or enhancing privacy. The screens can also help with energy efficiency—finely wrought mesh reduces exposure to UV rays and keeps temperatures cooler in the spaces where screens are installed, reducing energy usage and bills.

Phantom screens can be motorized and integrated with home automation systems that allow the homeowner to remotely control their use during the day. “For instance, if you go to work you can program the screen to be set in place to keep the porch cool during the hottest hours of the day, so that when you come home it will be a comfortable temperature,” Kinakin says. Sensors enable the screens to lower and retract according to a set threshold for light and wind conditions. The screen track and motor housing can be recessed to keep the look sleek, and the motors enable them to be used in hard-to-reach heights, such as upperfloor picture windows. So far, the most popular product is the French door screens. “People have struggled for a long time to find a solution for their French doors, because the typical retractable screen does not work on those frames. So when we started Your Home Magazine | 15

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making our door screens we realized right away that we could create something to fulfill this need,” says Kinakin. Homeowners have been so happy with the discreet screens that many have started to apply them to their yachts and high-end mobile homes. Phantom Screens are available through authorized dealers across North America. Dealers provide the design and install service from beginning to end. A representative will visit the home to measure the areas to be covered, then will bring back the ordered product and set it in place. (Some dealers maintain 16 | Your Home Magazine

a stock supply of the product for consumers who don’t need custom sizes or colors.) Lowe’s and Home Depot also carry a limited array of Phantom Screen products for DIYers and anyone looking to see the product up close. Visible screens may soon be a thing of the past, as Phantom Screens become more widely adapted. The uptick in their popularity in recent years may have something to do with the rising interest in the three-season room as a way to expand the square footage of the home, Kinakin says. “As people become more interested in outdoor living spaces they are trying to make them as comfortable as possible. And as they start to

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Photo courtesy of Phantom Screens

add televisions, elaborate cooking appliances and furniture, they realize that retractable screens can add still more value to the room. That’s something that everyone wants.�

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Tapping the Power of Taupe


ersatile taupe is everywhere. You can find it as tiny flecks in natural stone or as sinuous veins snaking through creamy marble. From smooth finishes to nubby textures, taupe is a stylish neutral with the potential to pack a powerful design punch when properly paired. That is a lot to expect from a color that originally referred only to the hue of the French mole (yes, as in the furry little creature with beady eyes and long whiskers). Or from one that is commonly described with an “-ish” (as in brownish gray or grayish brown). The name expanded beginning in the 1940s 18 | Your Home Magazine

to encompass a wide range of varying shades and even today is considered a vague term. Black is black, but taupe is…. With its amazing chameleon-like personality, taupe can take on many roles in your decorating scheme. By turns, it can be dramatic when trimmed with crisp white; classic when accented by navy; sophisticated when paired with deep teal; or feminine when used as a background for pinks. Soft blues and creams create a restful atmosphere when combined with a light shade of taupe. The color combination

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is a favorite for bedrooms and works particularly well with traditional furnishings, detailed architectural elements and elegant accessories. In “public” rooms (living rooms, dining rooms, great rooms) a casual tone can be set by combining taupe with warm peach, terracotta or watermelon. Kitchens warm up to taupe, with cabinetry finishes, tile work and flooring choices highlighting the color’s appearances in natural materials. Fixtures of stainless steel, bronze, copper and chrome all fit nicely in a taupe kitchen scheme. Bright citrus colors add punch.

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Taupe can look fresh and light in a bath or powder room with white tile and fixtures; or rich and deep if natural stone and wood are used for shower walls, floors and tub surrounds. Wherever you choose to use taupe, you have at your fingertips a powerful color.

Tips for painting with taupe Like every color, taupe has a temperature, running to cool or warm depending on its undertones. In addition to taking its temperature, consider the light in the room if you are planning to paint with taupe, especially the direction of your window exposure. East-facing windows typically get a lot of light in the morning so the sunlight will be warm and yellowy before noon. West-facing windows cast a warm orangey-red glow after noon, and south-facing windows have a warm orangey-yellow light all

day. North-facing windows have no direct sunlight, resulting in a cool bluish light all day. So, a warm taupe can look great in an east-facing window and rather green in a north-facing window or under fluorescent light.  Always check a color in the morning, afternoon and at night before committing to live with it.  Get extra copies of each paint chip you are considering and tape each of them to each wall.

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Designer Q& A Designer and Syndicated Columnist, Rosie Sadez Friedman Answers Your Design Questions

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QUESTION: How do I know what my design style is? ANSWER: That is a question I get often, perhaps because people want to name the style they like and because once there is a name to their style, they can go shopping and ask for furnishings that are in that style. But the reality is, you don’t need to have a specific style to make your home look good. You do know what you like and what you don’t like, so follow that instinct. What you like is your personal design style. It doesn’t have a name. You really shouldn’t try to fit your decorating into a style anyway unless you are going for traditional period furnishings. The most beautiful rooms don’t have a specific style but instead have a character that emits the personality of the owner. Make your room feel as though it has been collected through time. In other words, don’t buy a complete set of anything. Instead, select one item that you love – say a sofa – then surround it with chairs and tables, or a love seat, that compliment it but aren’t the exact match. The tables in that room shouldn’t come from the same set either. They too should be selected individually to compliment and blend with each other. You can always mix something old with something new for personality and character. QUESTION: What is stained glass and how is it colored?

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ANSWER: The technique probably came from jewelry making, and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began way back when. By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England. Color is the desirability of stained glass. Originally, people who worked with glass had no control over its color. Then, through accident and experimentation glass makers learned that adding certain substances to the glass melt would produce spectacular colors in the finished product. Other substances were discovered that, when added to the melt, would remove color from the finished project. Ah, the beginning of art in glass. It was the Egyptians and the Romans who are considered the first to use this art and both became expert at the production of colored glass. The recipe for producing colored glass usually involves adding metal to the glass. This is often accomplished by adding some powdered oxide, sulfide or other compound of that metal to the glass while it is molten.

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. Your Home Magazine | 21

Today’s Home Lighting In Style No less a luminary himself than the most glittering chandelier, design icon Oscar de la Renta was asked what was the one vital part of good interior design. His reply? “The most important thing,” he said, “is perfect lighting at all times.” To help you achieve that elusive perfection for your home, here are some of today’s hottest lighting products:

Flirt The allure of a beautiful woman is only enhanced by her ability to accessorize; Flirt achieves her goal, drawing us in with her amethyst rock crystals, clear crystals and nickel chain jewelry. A hand-crafted iron base in a modern silver leaf finish, along with a hardback linen shade, further enhances this sconce’s timeless beauty. Flirt #157-08 FLIRT 8 Lt Chandelier. Priced at $6,885. Available at 22 | Your Home Magazine

Chimera With shimmering nickel and crystal tassels and clear tubular glass, Chimera is a sight for all the senses. Engaging, this multi-dimensional piece is certain to stand out among selected furnishings with its dynamic shape and kinetic energy. The rows of tassels are hung at different lengths and suspended from hand-crafted frame finished in an attractive Tranquility silver leaf finish and the pendant features a stem-to-chain suspension. Chimera is available as an 18-, 10-, seven- and three-light pendant as well as a four-light semi-flush and two-light sconce. Chimera #176-710. Priced at $7,185. Available at

Uni Stunning and sculptural, Uni dares to be different. Inspired by marine life, its hand-worked iron quills finished in tide pool bronze create a modern aesthetic with explosive impact. Available as a pendant, sconce or flush-mount, Uni offers versatility and style to any space it adorns. Pricing start at $1,298 for the chandelier. The sconce is priced at $358. Available at

Illusion With its tiered frame, breathtaking crystals and hand-made glass candles, Illusion is a show-stopping light source. The sconce incorporates three styles of crystals—shimmering beads, geometric prisms and handmade candle-shaped crystals, which when combined, create an exquisite combination. The hand-crafted iron base is finished in silver leaf and polished stainless accents, offering an understated contrast to the sparkling crystals. Each application features LED and incandescent light sources. Illusion is available as a sconce, chandelier (three sizes) and as a flushmount application. Illusion #170-012. Priced at $19,500. Available at Your Home Magazine | 23

Party Girl With its elegant, elongated crystal column, the Party Girl sconce seems destined for the runway, but has roots in early mid-century design. With an elegant silver leaf finish, the design is enhanced with clear and iridescent crystals. While the crystals command attention, the delicate bobeche detailing completes the one-light sconce. This dressed-up fixture seems well-suited for use in your beautiful home. Party Girl #180-11. Priced at $1,485. Available at

Bistro Bistro is a collection sure to please foodies and home chefs alike. The pieces blend classic hand-worked iron, elegant crystal, mirror accents and a playful array of some otherwise strictly utilitarian items like spoons, forks and knives. The collection includes small, medium and large pendants, a ceiling mount design and a wall sconce. Pricing starts at $3,357 for the chandelier. The sconce is priced at $936. Available at

Method Sure to appeal to design aficionados seeking edge, the Method sconce is a mĂŠlange of squares combining clear and smoke crystals in a rectangular configuration. Approved for ADA-use, Method may be specified as a three- or two-light sconce. Method #178-13. Priced at $1,125. Available at

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Danville The pairing of classic elements has resulted in the original, stunning fixture that is Danville. This dramatic globe pendant is made from fine crystals that encircle polished metal rings and features solid steel circular accents. It is this combination of crystal and the open airy construction that gives depth and lightness to this unusual application that seems well suited for a foyer, dining or living room or even a contract setting. Danville #3130. Priced at $4,798.50 for largest pendant and available at

Deyo Artfully modern, Deyo provides a thoroughly sculptural and eye-catching form. The design puts a spin on tradition by suspending a wide drum shade from uniquely counterpoised metalwork. Deyo #L400. Priced at $598.50. Available at

Modena From a collection that cannot escape notice, the Modena table lamp offers a choice of honed marble or pristine crystal stacked between gleaming metal accents that make an assertive visual statement. The recessed metalwork brings robust definition to the lamp’s conical portions, creating a glamorous and confident design. Available in aged brass or polished nickel finish with an Eco Paper or White Silk shade and in two sizes—32.25” or 25” in height. Modena # L789-PN. Priced at $1,198.50 for the big lamp. Available at

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Healthy Home Safe Cleaning Products

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se the wrong product and “housecleaning” can quickly become house-polluting. With many leading brands containing asthma instigators, carcinogens such as formaldehyde and chloroform, and poisons that could kill animals or children, it’s wise to think green.

Kleener, Ecover Dishwashing Liquid and Martha Stewart Clean Wood Floor Cleaner. When in doubt, though, stick with the agents Mother Nature’s already provided — and remember that a little elbow grease never hurt anyone.

While there are any number of products touted as environmentally friendly on supermarket shelves today (many of which are misleadingly labeled), the gold standard for reliably safe cleaners are those made from simple ingredients that most people already have in their household, thus reducing the need for excess packaging and fuel usage for transport. What’s more, these staples are far more affordable than cleansers marketed to the eco-minded consumer, which typically charge a premium. Baking soda wins the award for the all-around multitasker. Baking soda dissolved into a paste with ordinary water can be used to scour tile, kitchen counters, floors and the interior of an oven (for the latter, coat and leave the mixture on overnight). Plain baking soda and cornstarch can be sprinkled on the rug before vacuuming to deodorize the fibers. The texture of kosher salt works perfectly as a scrub, helping to break down thick stains. Toothpaste works wonders on tarnished silver. And forget bleach—yellowed fabrics can be brightened by that old standby the sun. The natural acids in lemon juice and vinegar are great at breaking down mildew, while white vinegar can freshen up a wood floor. And for dirty windows, the most reliable trick in the book is white vinegar mixed with water (2 tablespoons: gallon) and scrubbed with newspaper. (You get extra “green” points for recycling.) When purchasing off-the-shelf products, read the labels carefully. Cleaners that appear to be nontoxic or biodegradable can still contain hazardous compounds, as there are no major regulatory requirements to list all ingredients. Cross-reference your selections with the Environmental Working Group database, an excellent resource compiled by a nonprofit organization. Topping their list of recommended products are Seventh Generation Natural Powder laundry detergent, Earth Friendly Toilet

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Second Time Around


ith an eye for longevity and a concern for sustainability some homeowners are turning to reclaimed woods to, ahem, spruce up their living space. Typically reclaimed or recovered wood is sourced from old barns and buildings but some of it comes from the bottom of rivers where logging rafts dropped their cargo on the way to processing mills in the late 1800s and early 1900s. After a drying process the “sinker” wood is ready to be used for a number of applications. The visual appeal of reclaimed wood is obvious — it has an antique-y fine grain and pattern wrought from slow maturity in dense forests. “It retains a great coloration, almost a patina on the surface, because the wood has been absorbing the minerals of the water for a hundred or more years,” says Patricia Estes, owner of Estes Recovered Lumber. Estes’ company specializes in oldgrowth cypress, antique heart pine and pecky cypress, which has a “wormhole” look especially attractive to homeowners. Reclaimed wood is especially beautiful when used in architectural elements such as walls, ceiling beams, stairs, guttering and corbels. Its softness makes for ideal flooring in well-traveled rooms like the kitchen, and its surface is resistant to spills.

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Furniture, too, benefits from its immense character and warmth — everything from headboards and tables to bathroom vanities and kitchen cabinetry and countertops. A little goes a long way — a reclaimed-wood accent wall or mantelpiece can be a show-stopping addition to a room. Versatile yet sophisticated, this material augments traditional or modern, rustic or sleek designs by adding texture and depth, its weathered surface evoking a rich sense of history. Of course, reclaimed wood is also an excellent alternative to new lumber, the production of which contributes to deforestation — and much of America’s old-growth forests have already been depleted. Because of its coloration, reclaimed wood often needs no stain. “Recovered wood is now a commodity because there’s only so much of it to go around, especially because it’s so popular right now,” Estes says. “Luckily, this stuff lasts forever — it’s so much better than what you would find today.”

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Apple Cider-Pomegranate Sorbet & Apple Sangria With apple season in full swing up North, why not take advantage of some deals on apples at your local supermarket or produce stand to create these two apple recipes that recognize it is still plenty warm here in Southwest Florida and offer cool refreshment.

Apple Cider-Pomegranate Sorbet Yield: 6 servings Ingredients: 2 cups fresh apple cider 1 1/4 cup pomegranate juice 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 cinnamon stick Pinch salt 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions: In a medium saucepan over high heat, stir together the juices, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Boil for 5 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl, stir in lemon juice, cover and chill in refrigerator (with the cinnamon stick) until cold. Freeze the mixture in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. For a firmer texture, transfer to an airtight container and freeze an additional 2 hours.

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Apple Sangria This Apple Sangria is a great way to incorporate fresh fruit into a fun cocktail. For a healthier (or kid-friendly) twist, try the mock version.

Yield: 8, 8-ounce or 10, 6-ounce servings

Directions: 1. Stir together calvados and brown in large pitcher until brown sugar is dissolved.


Stir in apple juice, apple, strawberries, and grapes. If desired, cover and refrigerate

1/4 cup calvados (apple brandy)

for up to 2 hours.

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 5 cups apple juice or cider, chilled

2. Just before serving, add sparkling wine; gently stir. Pour over ice into glasses.

1 medium crisp apple (such as Crispin) cored

Mock Fresh Apple Sangria: Prepare sangria as directed above, except omit the calvados

and cut into thin wedges

and brown sugar, use 3 1/2 cup apple juice plus 1 1/2 cups club soda, and substitute

2/3 cup sliced strawberries

one 25 1/2-ounce bottle non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider for the Cava.

1/2 cup halved white or red seedless grape

Makes 8, 8-ounce or 10, 6-ounce servings.

1 750-ml bottle extra-dry Cava (Spanish white sparkling wine) or white Rioja, chilled Ice

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Take your space from aged to staged


sure fire way to inspire potential buyers is by showing off a beautifully decorated and elegantly styled home. To get an expertly polished palace, hire an accredited staging professional, who will assess the space and plan a design that will have homebuyers stopping in their tracks. In fact, homes that are professionally staged spend 83 percent less time on the market, according to a survey conducted by The International Association of Home Staging Professionals and The first thing the stager will do is de-clutter your home. Prospective buyers don’t want to be reminded of the home’s current owners, so removing personal photographs, over-thetop decorative items, or over-sized furniture is an essential part of the process. They might also reconfigure furniture to improve the home’s flow and function. Lighting is an important factor when showing a home, as well. Stagers will find a way to warm up the space and highlight focal points of the room using strategic light sources, creating 32 | Your Home Magazine

an unforgettable space. And since more than 90 percent of potential buyers are searching online prior to visiting a home in person, professionally staged spaces are better able to communicate through photographs than generic shots. If you’ve already moved out of your home, a stager will bring in key furniture and accessories to help house hunters envision themselves living there. Just like a too-cluttered home might turn off some buyers, a blank ho-hum look can give off a lackluster vibe, so staging an empty house can help any buyer see its true potential. By investing some time and money into staging, you can be confident knowing you’re a step ahead of the competition and a step closer to giving a new homebuyer the home of his or her dreams. For help with deciding if staging is a good investment for you, contact the real estate professional that sent you this magazine.


Great Products and Designer Accessories for Your Home

Personalized Beach Photo Your sweetheart will feel treasured when you present them with this photo that has both your names elegantly written in the sand, connected by a heart. The ever-changing nature of the water and beach makes each photo a unique work of art. Perfect for weddings, showers and anniversaries, several colors and frame choices are available. Created and signed by artist Courtney Noelle, this personalized gift is $78 and is available at

“Hello Gorgeous!” Rug Shindy Chandelier

Hand-carved Wooden Bowl and Spoon

Sanus Java Foundations JFV60 The Sanus Java Foundations Model JFV60 is built with both design and AV needs in mind. The piece can be installed easily on the wall or sit on the floor. The sturdy JFV60 supports up to 350 pounds of AV equipment, when placed on the floor and up to 200 pounds when mounted on the wall. Sliding glass doors give AV gear an enclosed look without blocking infrared remote control signals and lateral shift allows the unit to move left and right after hanging to ensure perfect placement. Rear cable management channels conceal and route cabling for a clean and flawless appearance. Priced at $529, the product is available at Sears and Best Buy stores and online at

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This funky arts and crafts four-light linear chandelier uses bold colors and asymmetrical shapes to create a fun, inviting environment in any home. Color, texture and pattern come together with an Olde Bronze® finish to create a strong design of Art Glass and cut stone. The unique shades are open at both the top and bottom, and are created from panels of stone and glass in neutral hues with accents of bold red, orange and gold. Priced at $657. The Shindy Chandelier is available online and a list of local retailers is available at

Hello Gorgeous!, designed by Sigal Sasson is a dose of Moroccan style featuring complicated yet classic patterns. The rug is incredibly soft due to the combination of silk, pashmina and wool, and the design was inspired by the plant known as the “Song of India”. All RUG-ART designs are custom-made and priced at $145 per square foot. The COSMOPOLITAN Collection by Sigal Sasson for RUG-ART is available at the Carpet Source Showroom at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania, Florida or by calling (954) 925-1303.

KRUPS Cave a Vin 2-Bottle Wine Aerator and Dispenser KRUPS new Cave a Vin 2-Bottle Wine Aerator and Dispenser preserves wine and features two backlit wine chambers with separate temperature controls, while pre-programmed settings adjust each chamber to optimal serving temperature based on wine type. This modern appliance is priced at $499.95 and is available exclusively at Crate & Barrel locations nationwide.

Hand-carved in upstate New York from sustainable cherry wood, this bowl and spoon grow darker over time, giving the pieces a deep character and heirloom quality. They are polished with superior quality food-safe oil blend, containing white mineral oil and cold pressed essential oil and each unique piece is part of a limited edition. This stunning set celebrates a comfortable connection with daily chores and the love that goes into a home cooked meal. Price $275. To purchase, visit

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Cooling Gel Pillow Experience a revolutionary fusion of memory foam layered with innovative Hydraluxe gel technology. Comfort Revolution’s Hydraluxe Bed Pillow offers advanced gel engineering that cradles your head and neck, allowing your muscles to fully relax as you sleep. Cool, refreshing layers are your permanent solution to tossing, turning and pillow flipping.  A premium mesh cover is gentle on your face. Rest deeply and wake feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy a great day. $79.99 at

Cacoon Cacoon is the new hangout space, a new concept for relaxation and simple fun. Designed for adults and children alike – it is, quite simply, a back to the nest adventure.  All Cacoons are made using fabrics developed for the high demands of the marine and camping industries. Anti-mold and treated for UV and water resistance, the fabric consists of a mix of cotton and polyester in order to retain the soft feel of natural canvasm while achieving the longevity of a technical fabric.  Cacoon comes in natural white, leaf green, scarlet red, sky blue and mango orange. The single retails for $349 and the double for $499. You can purchase Cacoon at

D’E-Light D’E-Light is more than just a light – it is also a charging dock for your iPhone and iPad. Designed by worldfamous designer Philippe Starck, the D’E-Light is a sleek and modern table lamp made from smooth aluminum. The light is also now available for iPhone5, as well as a USB version that works with Samsung, HTC, and other USB devices. The D’E-Light is available in polished chrome and black, and stands 12.48 inches tall, with a base of 4.72 inches, and a light/dock of 8.50 inches. The D’E-Light can be purchased here at

Kenwood Cooking Chef The Kenwood Cooking Chef is an inspiration to diehard foodies and chefs, adding a revolutionary dimension to the art of cooking. This machine incorporates food processing, blending, mixing and heat induction into the convenience of one machine. It can even stir and cook on different speeds, so that you can walk away and enjoy time with guests. Features include a built-in 1150 watt heating function; a bowl able to tolerate temperatures from 70°F-285°F; an interlocking, 7-quart bowl capacity with 3-quart cooking and mixing capacity that mixes cake up to 10 pounds, dough up to 5 pounds and up to 16 egg whites; beaters that revolve in one direction, while the socket turns in the opposite direction; outlets that allow you to attach a food processor, blender, compact chopper/grind, continuous slicer/grater, juice extractor, citrus juicer, pasta roller, shaper and cutters, food mincer, rotary slicer/grater, grinding mill and fruit press; three variable speed controls with 8 mixing speeds and 5 attachments, and a recipe book. Priced at $1999.95, the Kenwood Cooking Chef is available at Williams-Sonoma stores or online at

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Dory Day Bed

Dog Urn

The Dory Day Bed doesn’t just whisper cottage living, it shouts it! Inspired by weathered fences along the dunes, shadowed by beach grass waving in the ocean breeze. The fish cut-out adds the perfect finishing touch of easy living by the sea. Outfitting a bunk with one of our fabulous trundles increases your sleeping capacity and an additional Bed Bin or two is great for off season clothing or toys. Available in 50 seaside living-inspired signature Maine Cottage® colors (pictured here in “Trunk Bay”), the bed measures 81”W x 42.75”D x 41”H, retails for $2,500 and may be purchased at

A memorial pet urn is a wonderful tribute to your favorite pooch. This colorfully painted and intricately designed doghouse can be placed in their favorite napping spot in the garden, or on the mantel. Handcrafted by nearly 20 artisans at the Louisville Stoneware Art Factory, this urn is naturally resilient, providing year-round enjoyment in almost any environment. Your pooch’s name painted over the door is included in the $85 price. Available at


Your Home™ Magazine | Vol 2, Iss 6 | Mari Vesci Realtors  

Volume 2 Issue 6 of Your Home™ Magazine | Compliments of Mari Vesci Realtors