Jennifer Springer Rinden, Realtor ®, MBA Luxury Property Expert • (239) 849-2230 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year Miromar Lakes! As we celebrate the beginning of 2014, I’d like to thank you for the tremendous reception of Your Home magazine. This magazine is produced every two months for Miromar Lakes’ residents, by me, your neighbor and REALTOR®, Jennifer Springer Rinden. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the content and share it with your friends and family! In general we’ve seen growth in the real estate market and I believe we can expect the upswing to continue into 2014. Miromar Lakes, specifically had very strong sales and new listings from September 1 – November 20, 2013. During this time 11 homes sold, up from 7 in 2012. The average sales price increased 63% from $446,000 to $727,000. We saw 4 properties move into pending and 26 new listings hit the market.
What’s Sold Recently? (Properties with closing dates of September 1, 2013 – November 20, 2013) Full Address 10000 Valiant CT #101 10560 Marino Point Dr #103 10079 Saint Moritz Dr 17857 Modena Dr 10130 Bellavista Cir #1004 10041 St Moritz Dr
$245,000 $279,000 $360,000 $410,000 $435,000 $497,500
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Full Address 11001 Tuscany Ln #101 10771 Vivaldi Ct #1401 18021 Montelago Ct 18580 Verona Lago Dr 10761 Isola Bella Ct
$625,851 $675,000 $825,000 $1,050,000 $2,600,000
9/6/13 9/30/13 11/7/13 10/30/13 10/16/13
Who do you know who wants to live in Miromar?
10541 Marino Pointe Dr #2001
10100 Valiant Ct #202
10090 Valiant Ct #202
10740 Vivaldi Ct #403
*Keller Williams received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller Study SM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com for full survey results.
CONTENTS Contemporary Pulse | 4 Form finds function in this stunning condominium
Fun & Decor | 12 Beautiful custom billiard tables add style to family fun
Healthy Environments | 16
Wall gardens improve your home’s health and environment Cover photos courtesy of Mitchell Exclusive Billiard Designs
Color Trends | 20 Opposites do attract, in nature and in your home
YOUR HOME Magazine Volume 3 Issue 1 Contributing Writers Ginny Cooper Elisa Lugwig Adrian Rodriguez Kitt Walsh Director of Sales Channing Spano
Q&A with Rosie | 22
Account Representatives Robert Barsimantov Kennedy Carroll Mark Somers
Artisans | 24
Production Manager Roxanne Hutson Production Coordinator Jenny Vigliotti
Nationally syndicated writer Rosie Sadez Friedmann answers your decorating questions
Ethan Ames uses old-world craftsmanship to create unique modern-primitive furniture
Innovations | 26 Bang & Olufsen brings their acoustic authencticity to wireless speakers
Production Assistant Tarra Wood
Savory Recipes | 30
Accounting Mariellen King
After the heavy holidays, delicious light recipes from personal trainers
President Tony Spano
Real Estate | 32
Contact Your Home Magazine 239.676.7461 www.YourHomePublishing.com Your Home Magazine is published by Your Home Publishing, Inc. © Copyright 2014. 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, this is not an offer to sell your home. All prices, specs, rates, terms and availability are subject to change without notice.
Home inspections from a sellers point of view
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Great new products and designer accessories for your home
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A pair of colorful mosaic tile water features, leads the way into the grand salon. Overhead, an intricate, stepped ceiling treatment with fiber optic lighting highlights the wave pattern detail. Lounge chair by Pianca, Italy.
contemporary Pulse Form Finds Function Originally from Miami, a couple turned to Jenny Lind Provost of K2 Design Group in Bonita Springs, FL to combine two neighboring builder-ready units into one 5,200 sf vacation retreat. “This apartment met their every criterion in terms of size, location, amenities, and view,” states Provost. The challenge was to create a contemporary style while maintaining function for this religious and on-the-go family. Both were accomplished with Provost’s renown design talents and experience in meeting Kosher requirements. 4 | Your Home Magazine
From the first step into the elevator entry, a dramatic view of the backlit white resin coral structure and highgloss red cabinets ends any doubt about the uniqueness of the home’s styling. Original works are incorporated to the curvilinear design theme seen in ceiling, countertop, lighting, and tile detailing throughout the residence. Without impeding the beauty, this Bal Harbour condominium functions perfectly for this family of six’s daily lifestyle and entertaining needs.
Guests are greeted by a custom white coral feature with backlit aluminum branches clad in pearlescent resin by artist Ed Koehler. Tomato red high-gloss cabinets provide a shar p contrast. Your Home Magazine | 5
In the Grand Salon, supple white leather covers both the deep-seated Gyform sofa and dining chairs from Casa Italia. The marble table from Carriage House extends to accommodate additional guests. Ceiling details use lighting to integrate and separate the rooms simultaneously. 6 | Your Home Magazine
The back of the studyâ€™s white leather sofa moves up and down the body of the piece for a variety of arrangements. The two-color quartz desk, designed in the pattern of a bar code, utilizes cabinets on castors underneath for impromptu dining or a movable work station. Burnt red raku-glazed tile was used on a study wall.
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Interlocking circles repeated in kitchen ceiling , pass-thru countertop, overhead lighting , and tile detailing all conform the homeâ€™s curvilinear theme. Counter seating allows the chef unobstructed views while interacting with guests. The cabinets are Zebrawood and countertops are white quartz.
The familyâ€™s most well-used venue is the game room, formerly a closet-lined hallway. The room is sound-proofed with acoustical wall compositions and padded panels. The room is wired for multi-media and features innovative lighting such as LED backlit, gouged turquoise resin panels and an under-lit gaming table by Windward. Acrylic barstools from Loewenstein.
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The master bedroomâ€™s bed nestles between custom cabinetry that mimics the padding of the bed and leather bench by designer Bruno Rainaldi. Luxurious metallic fabric by Kravet was used for the bed and draperies. The under-bed rug features koi fish. Lamps are by Fine Art Lamps, Miami.
In one of the three additional bedrooms, staff artist Kellye Keegan fashioned a wall of family silhouettes enjoying the coastal view. 10 | Your Home Magazine
The master bathroom was transformed with light when a wall of glass replaced a solid wall. The mirrorâ€™s etched pattern and chandelier crystals conform to the remodeled residenceâ€™s curvilinear design. Iridescent glass tile on the ceiling and backsplash instill light shades to a luxurious setting. Jenny designed the see-through frameless glass shower to make the room feel larger. Marble countertop, tub surround, and sink are fabricated from Valley Gold. The mink-colored finish on cabinets complete the rich grey-neutral palette.
Each of the remaining three bathrooms are uniquely designed. The powder room features floating custom cabins on disc-shaped tiles, and a distinctive metallic sink. Next, iridescent glass tiles shimmer like abalone with shades of turquoise and brown as they move from the ceiling , across the chocolate-stained cabinet and straight into the shower area. The third guest bath features milk white glass tile, contrasting custom cabinets, and a brilliant aqua glass vessel sink.
Courtesy of K2 Design Group www.K2Design.net 239 444-5205 Photography by Kim Sargent Your Home Magazine | 11
Fun & Decor Billiard Tables That Make the Room Catalina The unique cantilever design give this table a different look from every angle in your billiard room.Â High-energy stainless steel combined with Sapele veneer base, make this table a one of a kind.
hen is a Mirage real? When you are playing pocket billiards on one. Selected as a stand appointment for all of Steve Wynnâ€™s luxury suites at the Encore in Las Vegas, the MIRAGE is another example of why the finest game rooms feature a Mitchell custom pool table. 12 | Your Home Magazine
Nearly half a century ago, Ed Mitchell began his career in the billiard industry. In 1979, he established Mitchell Custom Tables. From the beginning, his pool tables stood out for their consistently superb workmanship, stunning design, and superior playability.
Mirage Featured in all 17 Wynn Las Vegas ENCORE hotel suites, MIRAGE features stainless steel base and aprons highlighted by maple rail tops in a natural finish and brick billiard cloth.
Over time, Edâ€™s unwavering commitment to quality attracted an elite group of dedicated master craftsmen who, together, contribute over 100 years of roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on pool table experience. Their dedication to excellence and wealth of experience are evident in every table they hand craft.
meticulously hand selected for each pool table, in most cases from the same tree to ensure perfectly matched grain and color. All of the wood used are from sustainable sources. All of finishes are hand rubbed, giving each piece protection and an amazing depth and patina.
Mitchell tables use only the finest hardwoods such as cherry, mahogany, walnut, and tiger maple to name a few. Material is
Wood is only part of the story. Mitchellâ€™s unique designs incorporate high-grade materials like stainless steel, aluminum, Your Home Magazine | 13
EXCALIBUR Mitchell’s signature model with legs and aprons in polished aluminum Chemetal. Topped off with black lacquer rail tops and cocoa brown billiard cloth. Also available in brushed aluminum.
tempered glass, and LED lighting to set them apart from any other. “At Mitchell Exclusive Billiard Designs, we are passionate about making beautiful, functional, handmade billiard tables for our clients. Our tables are used and enjoyed, becoming cherished family heirlooms that are passed down for generations,” states Mitchell. With that in mind, each Mitchell custom pool table is backed by a complete warranty on workmanship and materials for the life of the table.
VEGAS Solid Walnut with brushed aluminum accents and tapered base, give this classic table an stylish contemporary look. 14 | Your Home Magazine
MILANO Hand stitched prime white Leather with polished stainless steel legs.
MIAMI Brushed stainless steel aprons and bases, topped by black lacquer rail tops and khaki billed cloth.
Vue This unique design features Rosewood Santos veneer with stainless steel V supports with 1/2â€? tempered glass covering LED lighting. Billiard cloth hue is camel
For more information visit www.Mitchellebd.com Written by Tony Spano Your Home Magazine | 15
Healthy Environments Wall Gardens
ragrant herbs in the kitchen. Airy ferns in the bath. Flowering vines in the foyer. If the thought of having fresh veggies at your fingertips or an array of greenery in your home conjures up images of bulky pots, unwieldy planters or forsaken counter space, you need to think differently. You need to think up. Vertical gardens, or wall gardens, are a relatively new, functional design element taking root in homes everywhere. Inspired by large-scale plantings of “living walls,” such as those by French
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botanist Patrick Blanc, homeowners are experimenting with living, breathing greenery-as-art. Environmental Benefits But a project does not need to be an enormous, intricate installation to be of environmental benefit. All plants absorb and clean pollutants from the air. Just 50 square feet of vertical garden can consume as much CO2 in a year as a 14’ high tree. Homeowners can reap several environmental benefits from adding a wall garden. Lower heating and cooling costs should
result from the reduction of thermal loading to the home. The deflection, dispersement and absorption of the sun’s rays by a green wall will reduce the heat island effect, resulting in lower ambient outside air temperatures. You will enjoy a quieter home, as wall gardens reduce noise from the street or neighborhood. Green walls on the exterior of a home will increase the ecological habitat for pollinating insects, songbirds and other wildlife. Exterior living walls also absorb and detain storm water, reducing “first-flush” loads on pumping and treatment systems. Emotional Benefits The psychological benefit of living with plants has been well documented. Plants have been shown to lower blood pressure,
improve reaction times, increase attentiveness, improve perceptions of space and reduce stress. We feel good around plants, so it comes as no surprise that we surround ourselves with plants during celebrations and when we need comfort. Establishing Your Wall Garden Establishing a wall garden for your home or condo is far easier than the massive commercial projects requiring substantial structural underpinnings. Companies specializing in wall garden systems offer several configurations of planters that attach to the wall with brackets. The systems vary in construction, using either rigid planting containers or flexible pouches constructed of felt-like material.
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Florafelt® Vertical Garden Planters by Plants On Walls (plantsonwalls.com) are fashioned from 100% recycled water bottles, creating a soft, luxuriant fabric that is non-toxic, UV stable and will last a lifetime, according to product literature. Florafelt® Vertical Garden Planters include Root-Wrappers, a planting system that lets you neatly change your vertical garden arrangement. The Florafelt® Vertical Garden Planter System costs $23 a square foot.
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Woolly Pocket Garden Company (woollypocket.com) also makes a felt-like fabric pocket system, hence their name. Their original “Wally” pocket is $40 and multiple pocket units of three and five pockets are $100 and $150. The Woolly Reimagined is a new modular design that features a hard vented shell and a sturdy shape, and is equipped with a selfwatering tank--all designed to make planting easier.
Irrigation for a wall garden can be as simple as an old-fashioned watering can, or as intricate as a hidden computerized watering system on timers. One company, Sage Vertical Garden Systems (sageverticalgardens. com), makes wall garden systems that do not require soil for planting. Sage is a Chicago-based company that offers vertical garden structures utilizing a soil-less growing medium. Invented by U.K. - based Biotecture, Ltd., the systemâ€™s thinwalled BiotilesÂŽ can be arranged in any design matrix. As the popularity of wall gardens grows, so does the number of companies providing maintenance services. Some of the companies that manufacture vertical wall systems also offer installation and maintenance services specific to their
product through independent contractors. Local nurseries and landscape companies may also take up the vertical challenge on your behalf. Rest assured that if you donâ€™t have a green thumb, a professional horticulturist can keep your living wall thriving.
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Opposites DO Attract
Decorating with “opposites” is an attractive way to add drama to a room, as long as you adhere to some basic color design
In their purest form, complementary colors are one of the three primary colors paired with a mixture of the other two. Red paired with green (blue + yellow), yellow paired with purple (red + blue) and blue paired with orange (yellow + red). These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability. Children’s bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and playrooms are excellent candidates for complementary schemes.
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Courtesy of interiorclips.com. Custom curtains by Decorating Den
Photo by tanakawho
principles. Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are referred to as “complementary” colors. Because they draw from warm and cool sides of the wheel, they intensify each other, making exciting combinations.
e all understand the appeal of a bowl of crisp, juicy red and green apples. The sight of a friendly Pansy “face” can set us smiling with its vivid yellow and purple petals. A glimpse of bright orange against a brilliant blue sky as a Monarch butterfly floats by elicits a gasp. But why do opposites attract our eye in color theory, when, for the most part, opposites repel each other in the natural world? “Oil and water don’t mix. They’re as different as night and day,” we say, referring to two of anything that theoretically should not be harmonious, because they are opposites in some way.
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If the thought of a red and green room makes you less than merry, look beyond the primary colors when creating your complementary palette. For example, though red and green are complements, so are the darker shades of deep red and hunter green or the lighter shades of medium pink and sage. Just be sure to choose hues of your complementary colors that offer the same intensity.
red and green apples on your kitchen counter and observe your own reaction to it. Take note when family and guests gather ‘round – do their eyes automatically go to the fruit display? Snack anyone?
Still undecided about using “opposites” in your home? Let one color dominate and then use a complementary color as an accent. For guidance and inspiration, look for fabrics, patterns, and wallpapers that already include opposite colors. Low-commitment accessories are a great way to test the “opposites attract” theory in your own home. Put a bowl of
Raucous Orange and Georgian Bay paint dollops supplied by Sherwin Williams, from their “Intrinsic” collection, Colormix™ 2014
Courtesy of Michael Peck, ciiwa.com
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Courtesy of Robb & Stucky International
Designer Q& A Designer and Syndicated Columnist, Rosie Sadez Friedman Answers Your Design Questions
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QUESTION: What are the colors forecasted for 2014? ANSWER: Copper is going to be seen quite a bit and coupled with deep plum; these two colors will be looking good together. Gray, gold and white are in too. The gray is a smoky gray, the gold is muted and the white is creamy. Of course green is always in. Nature’s green works because there are many shades of green in nature so there is bound to be a shade of green that fits into your décor. Gray is actually the new black, and these gray tones create the elegant, shadowy strength of your personal space. Bold colors are in but they are a bit muted. Remember gray mentioned above? Well the bold colors have grey in them rendering their palette a sophisticated, muted look. Their beauty is in their subtlety. You don’t notice the gray in the colors but you get the feeling of class. The creamy white mentioned above is always good as a neutral but the true, new neutral is pastel. No not the baby, candy, pastel but a more sophisticated and subtler hint of color. Yes, that gray is also infused in the pastels giving them a new, classy feel. There are a lot of great colors to work with this year. QUESTION: My bedroom is small. How can I make it feel roomier? ANSWER: Small bedrooms aren’t so bad. They are actually cozy. But the first thing I always suggest is to get rid of possessions you don’t need in order to make space in the room. Anything you can put up and off the floor also makes for a better sized room. Instead of putting lamps on the night stand, put wall sconces over them so as to have empty tops on the night stand. Yes, you will probably put things on them but when you want the room to feel clean and open, clear the night stand tops. If you can put the dresser in the closet, you will really open up the room. After all, the closet is for clothes so why not put the dresser with drawers for your clothes in the closet? You can still have hanging items over the dresser. Lighter colors always open a space so paints, bedspreads and flooring in light colors will also help open up the room. If you can have overhead lighting as well as wall sconces, go for it. The more illumination in the room the bigger it will feel.
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 | 23
Limited to 100 pieces, this cherry mountain table is coopered, like a barrel, and intersected by a plane of glass.
Ethan Ames Artisan Furniture Maker
or Ethan Ames, furniture making doesn’t begin with a preconceived design, but rather, a gradual process of revealing forms. “It’s not something I’m certain about when I begin. It’s more like looking at a branch or the trunk of tree and allowing it to be what it is, an attempt to open up unforeseen possibilities,” he says. That zen approach is at the soul of this New York-based artist’s work. Chairs and tables and sideboards are fashioned
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from old-growth walnut and cherry woods, and are original, spontaneous and sculpturally elegant. Born in Vermont, Ames often spent childhood afternoons observing the local woodworker C.T. Maxham in his shop. He later went on to spend eight years studying with European woodworking craftsmen in the East Village. Like his greatest influences, 20th century woodworkers
George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick, Ames applies traditional woodworking techniques such as hand dovetailing and mortise and tenon joinery for a modern primitive effect. In addition to furniture, Ames produces lighting, decks, installed storage pieces and his own sculpture, all of which combine graceful organic shapes and smooth expanses of fine grained wood. Most of his works are commissions from clients, many of whom are repeat customers. “I find these collaborations one of the most rewarding aspects of woodworking, being able to go into someone’s home with its many different influences, all of which are deeply rooted aspects of the person,” he says. Twenty-two years into his career, the element of surprise, of always creating something new continues to excite Ames. “It’s very liberating to just let go of the emphasis on perfection and allow the piece to emerge. It’s a real discovery.”
Top Left: “Silver” cabinet from old growth walnut resting on antler-like legs fashioned from cherry. Top Right: A three-leg ged fanback chair fashioned from a single piece of cherry. Bottom: Commissioned banquette with leather upholstery, walnut drawers, and a cherry frame.
For more information on Ethan Ames’ work visit www.EthanAmes.com Written by Elisa Ludwig Your Home Magazine | 25
No Strings Attached Bang & Olufsen Goes Wireless
hether you are an opera fan or simply must catch the singerâ€™s every note on The Voice, Bang & Olufsen has got you covered with its new line of wireless speakers. The line-up includes BeoLab 17, a place-anywhere compact speaker with over-sized sound; BeoLab 18, the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsenâ€™s sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floor; and BeoLab 19, a radically redesigned subwoofer that pumps refined bass with a visceral punch. 26 | Your Home Magazine
Bang & Olufsen launched the three new speakers under its Immaculate Wireless Sound concept. Sound that is reproduced as the artist intended it to be has long been a Bang & Olufsen hallmark. With Immaculate Wireless Sound, Bang & Olufsen brings this tradition of acoustic authenticity into the wireless age for the first time ever.
BeoLab 18 The new BeoLab 18â€™s most striking visual feature is its lamella front, available in black and white composite, and solid oak. The speaker balances on a cone of extruded aluminum. Twenty-one lamellas wrap lightly around the speaker to open it to the ear. The distinctive acoustic lens tweeter floats above, creating a sweet spot no matter where you are in the room. BeoLab 18â€™s provides larger-than life sound from an Adaptive Bass Linearisation and a room position switch, so it sounds amazing no matter where you place it. Priced per set including black lamella fronts and floor base or wall bracket, the BeoLab 18 is $6,590. Solid oak lamella front (per set) is $1,390. Your Home Magazine | 27
BeoLab 17 The BeoLab 17 is an all-digital, active speaker – the first in the world to utilize the new Wireless Speaker and Sound Association standard for highend wireless – combining stunning acoustic performance, place-anywhere flexibility, and innovative design all in one diminutive package. The WiSA platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2–5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. WiSA is the first wireless system in the U-NII band that provides multi-channel performance – up to a full 7.1 surround configuration. In addition to floor base and high floor stand, BeoLab 17 offers a wall bracket which tilts at two angles to let you point the sound where you want it. A bass response switch adjusts the equalizer for freestanding, wall, or corner positions. End covers for the brushed aluminum cabinet are available in white or black. Front covers are available with a distinctive “broken ice” fascia and white, or as fabric fronts in white, black or blue. BeoLab 17 speakers are priced per set from $3,990. 28 | Your Home Magazine
BeoLab 19 The BeoLab 19 subwoofer adds cultivated bass to your soundscape, without adding wires and boxy shapes to your décor. Its super-low frequencies and dodecahedral design lets you place it anywhere in the room. The all-digital BeoLab 19’s innovative compact cabinet is packed with two custom-made 8” drivers, each paired with its own dedicated 160-watt class D amplifier. Using the Acoustic Balance Principle, the drivers operate in-phase to coordinate equal-but-opposite forces and eliminate unwanted vibrations, meaning the powerful subwoofer can rock the room without rocking the shelf you’ve placed it on. A room position switch optimizes the subwoofer’s response for any location in the room. Thermal protection and Adaptive Bass Linearisation allow you to turn up the volume without worrying about overheating or ungainly spikes. BeoLab 19 subwoofers are priced at $3,395.
For more information visit www.bang-olufsen.com Written by Kitt Walsh Your Home Magazine | 29
Chicken Orzo Salad & Poached Pears After all the heavy holiday food, if two of your resolutions for the new year were to eat more healthily (and maybe shed some pounds), here are recipes from Eating Simply, a book geared to help you stay on track. Written by personal trainers Dianne Bailey and Grant Pettegrew, Eating Simply, available on Amazon, proves less truly is more when it comes to delicious food.
Courtesy of James Bailey, cc2013
Chicken Orzo Salad Ingredients:
1/3 cup kalamata olives, chopped
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked, chopped
5-6 TB Avocado Vinaigrette (or vinaigrette of your choice)
15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
16 oz. pkg. Dellalo whole wheat orzo 2 carrots, chopped
1 cup canned artichoke hearts, chopped
Cook the orzo according to the package.Â Place all ingredients into a
2 green onions, chopped
large bowl, add the dressing to taste and mix well.Â Serve cold.
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(so it can sit up straight). Set aside.
4 pears (Bosc or Anjou)
2) Put the next 5 ingredients in a saucepan that is just big enough around to
1 1/2 cups of red wine (a sweeter zinfandel will
hold the pears standing up.
work here or better yet, a port)
3) Bring to a boil then simmer for a few minutes.
1/2 cup sugar
4) Stand the pears in the simmering sauce, cover the pan and allow to cook for
Juice of 1/2 lemon + 1 tsp of zest
20-25 minutes (until soft but not mushy)
1 tsp cinnamon
5) Remove the pears to individual bowls.
1/2 tsp ground cloves
6) Bring the remaining sauce to a boil and reduce until 1/3 volume remains.
1 tsp vanilla
7) Pour the sauce over the pears.
1) Leaving the stem intact, peel the pears and slice a small piece off the bottom
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Home Inspection: The Sellers Viewpoint
hen selling a home, you make sure that your house is spotless; bathrooms are cleaned, carpet shampooed, walls repainted, etc. What can be just as important than the aesthetics – what you see on the outside – is what buyers can’t see on the inside. Buyers understand that purchasing a secretly “broken” house can turn their dream home into a nightmare. According to the N.A.R. 99% of Realtors® recommend home inspections to their clients. As a seller, you should consider getting ahead of the game and having your own home inspection done, before potential bidders. AOLRealEstate.com describes how having a home inspection prior to listing offers a multitude of benefits with minimal upfront cost. It identifies any large-scale issues that might frighten potential buyers away. It turns would-be issues into non-issues, since they have been identified and rectified. Because you choose the contractors, costs can be more easily contained; you have time to bid the jobs and choose the best value, as well as, you determine to what level the repair needs to be done. It also protects you against liability arising from any claims you knew about a defect and didn’t disclose it.
And perhaps most importantly, you remove buyers’ number one price-negotiation technique. J.J. Montanaro, a certified financial planner with USAA advises buyers, “If your inspector finds things that should be repaired, you can use that report as leverage to have them fixed or negotiate a lower price.” That lower price adjustment can be significantly higher than the actual cost; since buyers don’t really know what repairs cost they over-negotiate price. A simple $500 repair may turn into a $2,000 reduction. Normal home inspections range from $300 - $500 depending on location and how busy the market is. Roof and septic inspections may be additional. If you are considering selling your home, contact the Realtor® that sent you this magazine. He or she specializes in your area and knows who to call to get a reliable inspection at a fair price. People want the security of knowing that the home they want to purchase, as gorgeous as it may be, isn’t going to have unexpected surprises. As a seller, having a complete home inspection, and contractor receipts for completion of all the necessary repairs, will put you in the negotiation driver’s seat. Written by Adrian Rodriguez
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Chante Crib Linens Bring home the ultimate in luxury crib bedding for your baby with the Chante Crib Linens set from Olena Boyko. This beautiful crib bedding set features a ruffled bumper with removable bows, a linen and taffeta crib skirt with pintucks, lace detail and linen crib sheet. The neutral colors of this crib bedding set make it perfect for an elegant and classic nursery design. Priced at $890.00. Available at www.rosenberryrooms.com.
Karen Curtis is a NYC-based designer of vibrant colorful chandeliers. With a background in jewelry design, she brings her masterful attention to detail into these grand one-ofa-kind designs. The frames she selects to design are original European antiques with elaborate details throughout. The droplets of color are STRASS crystal, the highest-grade crystal produced by the Swarovski Company. This turn-of-the-century Portuguese chandelier is all brass and showcases the exquisite craftsmanship from the time period, paired with a color design that includes purple, green, topaz, and black crystal. The Portuguese Chandelier retails for $5,600 and can be purchased at www.karencurtis.com.
Hypoallergenic, soft on skin and kind on hair, Manito’s silk sheets and pillowcases are the ultimate for optimum rest and health. Silk is an all natural, breathable fabric that helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, with wicking properties that support a more comfortable night’s sleep. Manito offers luxury silk bedding and sleepwear that is unparalleled in its beauty, craftsmanship and quality. All items in the collection feature Manito’s market leading 22-momme, 100% mulberry silk charmeuse. The deep, luxurious charmeuse weave gives all Manito products an unmistakable feel and drape. Priced from $39-$799. Available at www.manitosilk.com.
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From the makers of KatKabin, comes their indoor cat bed, SkratchKabin, thoughtfully designed to blend in with any interior. This subtle and understated cat scratching furniture is the perfect place for fabulous felines to sleep and scratch. The bed comes with a washable KatKushion, a removable mouse toy and is available in cool Blueberry, neutral Oatmeal and rich Cocoa Bean. $99. Available at www.katkabin.com/skratchkabin.htm.
VinEdge is a brand new sleek and innovative, no-pump wine preserver that allows wine enthusiasts to savor their favorite bottles. Simply insert the no-mess wine spout and disposable Vin-sert tube into any open bottle. As the wine is poured, the tube will begin to inflate and create a vacuum suction that reduces oxidation and allows the last glass to be as flavorful as the first. Whether you are a novice or veteran wine enthusiast, VinEdge allows you to pour, preserve and enjoy! Priced at $29.95. Available at www.vin-edge.com.
Wagner’s Flexio is the first sprayer that’s perfect for any project, indoors or out, combining two unique technologies: the X-Boost Turbine and iSpray nozzle for unmatched performance, finish and control. Revolutionary iSpray technology provides 60% more airflow to provide smooth, professional coverage with any coating. A powerful X-Boost Turbine is three times more powerful than traditional highvolume, low-pressure sprayers, enabling it to spray any coating, including un-thinned paint and variable spray control, ranging from two to 14-inch width, brings versatility and precision to every project. Flexio sprays both horizontally and vertically and has a 1.5 quart-wide mouth cup, which covers up to 125 square feet per fill as well as a quick change nozzle that allows you to switch coatings and colors in a snap. $150. Available at www.wagnerflexio.com
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Cypress Water Filtration System Monet’s Garden Diptych The title of this gorgeous diptych painting is “Monet’s Garden” -- a captivating original work of art created by green artist Cassandra Tondro. Tondro is an artist who has found a unique use for leftover house paint -- she repurposes it for her colorful abstract paintings. She rescues the paint from recycling centers and also combs the “mistint” shelves of home improvement stores. Tondro’s eco-friendly art creates a unique focal point for contemporary interiors, and the green materials complement sustainable design. Tondro chose the luscious blues and greens to evoke the refreshing feeling of water and combined them with complementary golds and rust in her signature “organic” style. Size 36 x 48 inches long. Priced at $4,300 (plus $110 shipping within the United States). Available at www.tondro.com.
Bonavita Electronic Kitchen Scale Bonavita is introducing a commercial grade, precisionfocused Electronic Kitchen Scale this holiday season to home cooks, pastry chefs and bakers, plus any cooks who need their measurements exact. The Bonavita scale weighs items and ingredients with great precision and speed to the 0.1 gram. Featuring a timer with one-millsecond readings and no automatic shutoff (allowing the user to reach a perfect target rate), and tested by pros, the Bonavita Electronic Scale has been the workhorse scale of demanding baristas at some of the world’s busiest, most revered coffee shops and espresso bars. Now it is available to the public. Priced $94.99 ($109.99 with dripper stand.) Available at www.BonavitaWorld.com.
Delivering high-quality filtrationm usually found only in more complex under-sink systems, the H20+ Cypress Countertop Water Filtration System is elegantly designed to take up minimal space in the kitchen and dispense safer, better-tasting and more environmentally-friendly water at the push of a button. The three-stage Cypress Water Filtration System utilizes nano technology and three separate advanced water filters, dramatically reducing industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, turbidity, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), microorganisms and bad tastes and odors. The Cypress installs in under ten minutes with the provided faucet diverter, fits 99% of home faucets and is tested and certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA). MSRP is $199. Available at www.brondell.com.
Vitaquick Pressure Cooker Picture Your Street Prints Golden Tee Home Edition The Golden Tee 2014 Home Edition is mobile, sleek and highdef. The 39-inch cabinet connects easily to an existing HDTV, and when you’re done making your best backspins, rolls, and fly-bys, you can unplug the machine and slide it away. With a Home Edition and an affordable online subscription, the action continues any time with Glory Play 20-person international contests on more than 40 beautifully rendered 18-hole courses. Other online features include lifetime stats tracking, customizable golfers, a wide selection of balls and clubs, and much more. Golden Tee Showpiece Cabinet priced at $3,995. A Golden Tee online subscription priced at $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year. Available at www.goldentee.com.
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Picture Your Street has traveled hundreds of miles to Picture Your Street and is an elegant and unique home decor item. Choose from a gallery of more than a thousand photos range from common first names to not-so common ones with the collection growing every day. Recipients rave when receiving their very own street sign photo and parents enjoy creating a family tree display featuring street sign names of every family member. Each of the framed products feature 5x7” glossy black and white prints under glass and each is dry mounted onto foam core, matted with white top over black mat. The frames vary in size, but are all framed with a 3/4” matte finish black wood frame. The products are handled by framing professionals in the USA with a commitment to quality. The products range in size from Single Photo Framed to Double, Triple and Quad, all priced under $100. Available at www. pictureyourstreet.com.
Fissler a well-respected brand of kitchen pots, pressure cookers, fry pans, knives and kitchen accessories, have just launched their new line of amazing pressure cookers called Vitaquick. Featuring an attractive sleek design, the Vitaquick is perfect for newcomers to pressure-cooking as it is very easy to use. The product is completely silent and steam-free under pressure, so less water and time are needed. It also offers an auto-locking handle with an audible click when closed properly and contains a visual indicator window that changes from red to green when securely locked. Containing a conical design, the Vitaquick may be stacked for space-saving storage without scratching. Priced starting at $209 and a list of retailers is available from www.fissler.com.
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