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St. Andrews Country Club Preferred Realtors NE Spanish Trail

17843 Argyle Terrace

6936 Lake Estates Court

Extraordinary Inter coastal estate with 95 ft of deep water. “No wave� dockage to accommodate a large sized yacht. Resortstyle terraced patio, two loggias and infinity edge pool. Rebuilt in 2007.

Totally renovated, finest quality workmanship. Situated on one of the best lots with panoramic lake and golf course views.

7 Bedroom Family Estate on almost 1/2 acre overlooking lake views on private culde-sac. The elegant master suite with his & her baths, paneled office/library with builtins, gourmet kitchen overlooking family room, a large formal living room & dining room with 2 additional bedrooms on main level. $1,875,000

7132 Ayrshire Lane

7259 Ayrshire Lane

17657 Foxborough Lane





Stunning contemporary situated on 1/2 acre lot featuring an elegant living room & dining room with light oak wide paneled floors dramatized by floor to ceiling glass takes in sweeping golf course & lake views. Spacious Master Suite & Magnificent Contemporary Kitchen. $1,250,000

Custom 2 story estate overlooking beautiful lake and double-fairway views. Large living room, kitchen and family room with 4 en suite bedrooms with the possibility of master upstairs or down. $1,075,000

Expansive golf course views, featuring 4 bedrooms, beautifully maintained. Updated kitchen with granite counters, new cabinetry & stainless steel appliances overlooking large family room with built-ins.


Seymour Fineman | Realtor Associate | Office: 561-362-2646 | Cell: 917-621-6722 Estates & Fine Homes LLC

CONTENTS Timeless Design | 4 Comfortable BelAir Home Offers Sophisticated Design

Color Trends | 11 Fresh From the Field Greens are Natures Choice Cover photo courtesy of Malgosia Design

Home Improvements | 14

What’s New for Your Bath from Kohler


YOUR HOME Magazine Volume 3 Issue 2 Contributing Writers Ginny Cooper Adrian Rodriguez Kitt Walsh Director of Sales Channing Spano Account Representatives Kennedy Carroll Mark Somers Production Manager Roxanne Hutson Production Coordinator Jenny Vigliotti Production Assistant Tarra Wood Accounting Mariellen King President Tony Spano

Contact Your Home Magazine 239.676.7461 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.

Innovations | 18 What Makes TV 3D

Artisans | 20 Craig French Uniquely Fashions Steel, Glass, and Wood

Q&A with Rosie | 24

Nationally syndicated writer Rosie Sadez Friedmann answers your decorating questions

Healthy Environments | 26 Ten Steps to a Healthier Home

Savory Recipes | 28 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious

Real Estate | 30

HGTV Star Merideth Baer Shares Her Top 10 Staging Tips

Marketplace | 33

Great new products and designer accessories for your home

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Timeless Design Comfortable BelAir Home Offers Sophisticated Design Nearly 20 years ago Polish-born interior designer Malgosia Migdal established her eponymous boutique design firm in the heart of Beverly Hills. Migdal utilizes a mixture of traditional and modern design elements to achieve interior spaces that are stylish and comfortable while capturing her clients’ individualities. For this clients’ residence in the western Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, the goal was to design a comfortable family home using natural material such as walnut, bronze and stone to create a sophisticated and modern space. With three young children and several pets, the homeowners’ aim was to use quality materials in a timeless design. Most of the furniture and cabinetry in the home was custom designed by MMID specifically to meet the needs and desires of the clients. “A successful project should provoke conversation and inspire a mood,” says Migdal. “Homes are often self-portraits, so I aim to capture the character and personality of the client in the design. I pour my heart and soul into every project because I love what I do and am committed to creating good design.” Which is exactly what Migdal and her team have accomplished with this Bel Air home.

Placed at the base of the curved staircase, a unicyclist sculpture insinuates motion with its circles and curves, as though to encourage the visitor up the stairs. 4 | Your Home Magazine

Rugged ceiling beams traverse ceiling of the living room, connecting to a focal wall of natural stone. Illuminated wall-mounted shelves appear suspended in mid-air, as do the custom-built cabinets, which span the width of the room. Arched doorways, an oval-shaped table lamp and accessories, and the bold curves of the painting soften the striations of the linear area rug and plank flooring beneath it.

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Gleaming white smooth marble-topped work islands and counters in the kitchen contrast with the textured walnut base cabinets. The delicate veining in shades of gray echoes the color in the glass tile backsplash. The offset pattern of the narrow tiles is subtly repeated in the flooring. More patternplay can be found in the rectangular shape of the custom-covered hood, the narrow lighting bar above the stove, and the rectangular chandeliers with glass cylinder reminiscent of a pillar candle. Frosted glass inserts in the upper cabinet doors lighten the expanse of dark wood.

Stainless steel Wolf appliances shimmer in the reflected light pouring in through the mullioned bay window above the sink. A six-burner gas stove, three ovens, and a double French door refrigerator make this kitchen a chef ’s dream.

Plump pillows line the gently curved banquette, situated beneath wide arched windows overlooking the beauty of the woods beyond. Simple Roman shades filter the light that pours in. The natural stone wall and rugged beams provide continuity to the living room. 6 | Your Home Magazine

The powder room’s minimalistic lines and bamboo simulated backwall create an Oriental feel. A suspended wood counter top supports a free-form vessel sink. The wall-mounted are in an antique finish to blend with the backwall. Backlighting creates accent as well as visibility. Wall-mount lighting fixtures are decorative and throw a golden cast to soften brightness in this well lit room.

Light from the back-lit bar top and bar back captures the eye at first glance. Four leather stools and built-in ‘sipping’ areas provide plenty of seating for entertaining. The matching grains are indicators of the quality and craftsmanship of the wood work.

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The family pets are right at home in the master bedroom where shades of green, from deep olive to chartreuse, provide pops of color against the dark wood floors and woodwork, and creamy white walls. A deeplytrayed ceiling hides recessed lighting. Just outside the arched french doors awaits a master deck perfect for enjoying the wooded views beyond.

Custom wood cabinetry creates order in the master closet. Frosted glass fronted cabinets reveal a subtle glimpse of the neatly racked shoes and hanging garments they conceal. The central piece is a custom-built walnut storage unit fitted with drawers and doors. 8 | Your Home Magazine

An neutral, earthy color palette was essential to create a spa-like home retreat in the master bathroom. Twin vanities flank a freestanding soaking tub that resembles a sculpture placed below the arched window. The white counter tops and integrated sinks above the match-grain vanities are lit from behind. The fixtures are brushed nickel finished.

Drawing inspiration from designs of the 1960s and ’70s, this scheme is both classic and bold, with blackened-steel-framed walnut doors and a bronze pedestal desk designed by MMID. Custom-built bookcases line one window wall. Another wall conceals storage and a secondary desk behind its carved walnut doors. Your Home Magazine | 9

The tiled patio area is surrounded by the lushlylandscaped formal gardens. A rough hewn mantel over the outdoor fireplace is repeated in the ceiling beams above. The lighting fixture casts light and pattern on the ceiling, as well as providing light below. Intimate seating is accented by a variety of logs cut to table hieght and used in leau of a traditional coffee table.

Courtesy of Malgosia Design Written by Ginny Cooper 10 | Your Home Magazine

GREEN Fresh from the Field


ith tiny, feathery leaves unfurling in the trees above and tender shoots spearing from the ground below, spring arrives in every shade of green. Bright apple green. Brilliant leaf green. Boisterous grass green. The graygreen of fragrant sage. The muted green of soft, spongy moss.

Versatile in the natural world, green works well as a neutral in our home decorating schemes. “Like a great black dress, the color green can be dressed up or dressed down and can be paired with so many colors. Best of all, there are so many shades and tones of greens to choose from,� says Cathy Hobbs, interior Your Home Magazine | 11

design expert and HGTV Design Star finalist. Green can create an energetic space when combined with other vibrant hues, yet can also create a sophisticated environment when paired with other classic neutrals like white, black and chocolate brown. Because each variety of green evokes a different mood, consider how you want to look and feel in the particular space you are decorating. Shannon Kaye, color expert for CertaPro Painters and former host of DIY Network’s Fresh Coat explains, “Olive tones are cozy and rustic, lime and chartreuse are energetic and modern, blue-greens are cool and calming and vibrant grass-greens are refreshing. Think of the activities and how people will use that room to determine the color that’s right for you.”

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New York City interior designer Celerie Kemble, author of To Your Taste advises clients to mix shades of green. “If everything is one hue, it’s blah,” says Kemble. Paint the walls your favorite green, and then introduce other tones elsewhere, in accessories, furniture or other finishes. Laura Guido-Clark, principal of the eponymous Berkeley California design studio agrees. “Temper strong greens with mild ones. Lime looks beautiful with forest or olive.”If you are still unsure of how to bring green into your home, Guido-Clark suggests you look to nature. “When in doubt, stick with nature – bad color pairings don’t happen there!” A few accessories may be all you need to freshen your living space for spring. Towels, linens, throw pillows, vases – they’re all easy ways to introduce a new color to your decorating scheme. But if you want a touch of spring, and don’t want to change a thing, buy a houseplant!

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What’s New From Kohler?

Water Tile Kohler’s new, state-of-the-art overhead showering panels capture Mother Nature’s life-giving process and merges it with the serenity of your own shower. Mounted to the ceiling, the four fully adjustable sprayheads, each containing 22 nozzles, distribute a stimulating shower of water that simulates 14 | Your Home Magazine

the likeness of a summer rain. Integrated chromatherapy envelops you in mood enhancing colored light arrangements to give you a truly unique and pleasant showering experience. Its MasterClean™ sprayface is simple and easy to clean. The design is discreet and is available in multiple color choices, such as Polished Chrome, French Gold, Brushed Bronzed, etc. to assist in complementing any bathroom décor. Each sprayhead has a maximum flow rate of .06 gpm (gallons per minute) which is more than enough water for a proper cleansing. One bathing experience with Kohler’s Water Tile showering panel will leave you feeling pure and pristine, as Mother Nature would have it. Starting Price: $783.75

Numi Toilet Numi, Kohler’s most highly developed toilet, takes a mundane task and turns it into luxurious engagement. Every square inch of its modern form is utilized for compacting all of its prime features and water efficiency. Sensors at the front of the toilet react to your movement when you walk in the room for a hands-free opening and closing of the cover. With its superior bidet functionality, the self-cleaning wand allows multiple options for your preference in positioning, spray pattern, water pressure and temperature. The integrated air dryer located in the wand provides for more proficient drying . All features including deodorizer, heated seat, foot warmer illuminated panels and music are all controlled by a touchscreen remote allowing you preset preferences in advance to your specifications. Auxiliary controls are also available.

Fashioned in sleek white, Kohler technology continues to mark a new standard of excellence in the bathroom. List Price: $5,978.00 Your Home Magazine | 15

Moxie Wireless Showerhead/Speaker With your music closer than ever, the Moxie showerhead holds a portable water-resistant wireless speaker (sold together or separately) that allows you to listen to your favorite songs while relaxing in the shower. The speaker connects wirelessly with any Bluetooth速 enabled device and contains a 1.5 watt speaker at 1kHz and less than 1% distortion, so you get the clearest sound possible while the water is running. For easy access, the speaker pops in and out of the showerhead for charging. It can also be used as a personal, portable, everyday-use speaker. No space is wasted on the showerhead as it has sixty angled nozzles that create a fully covering spray. Along with its seven hours of run time and rechargeable batteries, the corrosive and tarnish resistant-finished speaker comes in five different colors: White, Retro Blue, Chartreuse, Navy Blue, and Cherry Red, so to fit the customized style of your bath. List Price: $199.00 (showerhead and wireless speaker package)

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VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy  VibrAcoustic bathing technology permeates your entire body with floating rhythms, bringing you to total relaxation. Whether you are above or below the water level, VibeAcoustic transducers broadcast sound waves that gently resonate on the body. With its unique combination of sound vibrations and music, it creates a bathing experience unlike any other. Choose one of the four original compositions designed for specific relaxation purposes or plug in your iPhone, tablet or mp3 player and enjoy your own selection. In addition, you may also equip your bath with additional features, such as BubbleMassage™ hydrotherapy, Bask™ heated surface or chromatherapy. Starting price: $3,032.00    

For more information on these products visit Photos courtesy of Kohler Written by Adrian Rodriguez Your Home Magazine | 17



magine tigers lunging at you from vivid tropical jungles; brightly colored fish swimming alongside you in a deep blue sea; or your children’s favorite animated characters beckoning to them, inviting them to take an out-of-this-world adventure without leaving the comfort of your living room. How? Through the wonder of 3D television. Like most technology, 3D TV has evolved over a number of years. The first recorded instrument with an ability to photograph objects in three dimensions was the stereoscope, invented in 1844. But it wasn’t until the 1950s, when more and more households added televisions to their homes, that 3D technology received much attention. 18 | Your Home Magazine

The defining moment in the history of 3D viewing came when several 3D movies were produced, among them United Artists’ Bwana Devil (1952), House of Wax (1953, also with stereophonic sound) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder in 1954. Fast forward to 2014. 3D has moved from the big screen to the TV screen. In order to experience 3D television viewing on a 3D TV you need more than just a 3D TV. You need 3D glasses, a 3D source device, and 3D video content. To choose from the array of those products on the market, it helps to understand a little of how 3D viewing works. A screen

showing 3D content displays two separate images of the same scene simultaneously, one intended for the viewer’s right eye and one for the left eye. When viewed without the aid of 3D glasses, the two full-size images appear intermixed with one another, fuzzy and basically unwatchable. But when viewers don 3D glasses, voila, they perceive these two images as a single 3D image, a process known as “fusing.” This technological trompe l’oeil is accomplished because of the way we focus on objects. We see things because our eyes absorb light reflected off the items. Our brains then interpret the light and create a picture in our minds. When an object is far away, the light that is traveling to one eye is parallel to the other, but when it gets closer, they converge and our eyes shift to compensate. 3D television shows each eye the same image in two different locations, so it tricks the brain into thinking that the flat image actually has depth. There are two types of 3D TVs on the market today: active and passive. Both will work with any source -- there is no such thing as “active” or “passive” 3D Blu-ray players, for example -but they produce the 3D effect in distinctly different ways. The main difference is in the glasses: active glasses use liquid crystal shutters that run on batteries to deliver the image to your eye at a speed of at least 60 frames per second. Because the glasses

block some of the light, the image may appear a little dimmer when viewed on a plasma screen. Passive glasses use simple polarizing lenses, similar to what you’ll get in most 3D theaters. The TV is the game maker this time, because it has a special filter that polarizes each line of pixels. The filter makes the tiny odd lines on the screen only visible to the left eye and the even lines only visible to the right. When not wearing the glasses, the TV looks like normal. Due to the polarized lenses blocking half of the lines, each eye is receiving an image with a resolution of only 1920 x 540 pixels. If you have a big screen or you are sitting close (depending on your eyes and screen size), you are going to see interlaced lines. The positive side is that the glasses bring more light to your eyes, so the image is typically brighter. Deciding between an active or a passive 3D TV system then, is a question of how much time you are going to spend watching 2D vs. 3D and how far you are going to sit from your screen size choice. Use the expertise of your salesperson to determine what the best 3D equipment and 3D source will be for your home and budget. Then sit back, don your glasses and prepare to be immersed in your home cinematic experience. Written by Adrian Rodriguez Your Home Magazine | 19

Artisan Showcase Craig French


eo-constructivist sculptor Craig French laboriously cuts, shapes, lathes and polishes cast resins, acrylics, sheet metals, rare woods, and exotic glass into rich and fluid forms. He then joins and intertwines them into arresting colortexture combinations creating brilliant and lyrical multi-media works of art that have gained an international audience. “The intrinsic beauty of the various materials and the process of constructing a sculpture are just as much the art as the finished work,” says French. In his talented hands, those industrial materials lose their hard angles and edges, morphing into sinuous loops, bends, whorls and swirls. He forces the bodily stuff of his art to such extremes that glass, wood and metal lose their inertness, taking on the dynamic of motion. French combines the elements of painting and sculpture in his work. By utilizing aspects of both, he blurs the distinctions of the two media and discovers new artistic directions.

Equinox 8’h x 5’4”w x 12”d Outdoor Sculpture (featured on the right hand page) Powder Coated Stainless Steel, Plate Glass, Copper. 20 | Your Home Magazine

Coriolis 59”h x 48”w x 8”d Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, Plate and Iridescent Glass, Maple and Wenge hardwoods. Concept for “Coriolis” was inspired by the Coriolis Effect, which is a deflection of moving objects when they are viewed in a rotating reference frame.

Blue Drift 61”h x 40”w x 7”d Cast Resin with Enamel Paint, Copper, Aluminum, Iridescent glass and Maple and Wenge hardwood. Double Edge 52”h x 34”w x 13”d Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, Plate Glass, Maple hardwood. A mixed media art piece inspired by the interplay between sculpture (elements with dimension) and painting (two-dimensional elements that are traditionally attached to the wall). The two separate pieces that symbiotically comprise the whole and completed piece. Your Home Magazine | 21

Archetype 44”h x 32”w x 8”d Aluminum, Plate and Iridescent Glass, Copper and Stainless Steel.

Glacee 42”h x 56”w x 5”d The idea behind “Glacee” came from an image of a melting glacier with exposed tundra, hence the glass section and the colored textured resin component.

Inside Curve 62”h x 42”w x 9”d Cast Resin with Enamel Paint, Aluminum, Stainless Steel. 22 | Your Home Magazine

Split X 51”h x 32”w x 7”d Aluminum, Plate Glass, Figured Maple Hardwood.

Incurvee 52”h x 33”w x5”d Aluminum, Copper, Cast Resin, Iridescent and Plate Glass and Maple Hardwood.

Enceladus 49”h x 84”w x 7”d Resin with Enamel Paint, Aluminum, Plate Glass, Copper and Maple Hardwood “Enceladus” is one of the moons of Saturn and the conceptual basis for the Aluminum arcs. The other elements of the artwork, the resin and wood, are utilized to create a warm balance to the more stark materials such as aluminum and plate glass.

For more information visit Craig French French Sculptures 909-598-3730 Your Home Magazine | 23

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

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QUESTION: I am redoing my kitchen and I don’t know whether to use granite or quartz for the countertop. ANSWER: Many people have that question and when it comes down to it, it actually is a personal choice. Granite is a natural stone taken right out of the earth. Because no two granite slabs are exactly alike, the selection and purchase process is very personal. When you purchase a granite countertop you select the one that has the right coloring and the right movement for your space. Part of the appeal of granite is in knowing that your countertop is unique. No other slab will contain the exact blend of colors or interesting veining as yours does. Because it is a natural product, granite is susceptible to heat and acidic damage. Great care should be taken to avoid setting hot pans or dishes on the surface or allowing acids to come in contact with the stone. It should be treated once a year for durability. Quartz countertops are made of real stone in combination with manmade products, so the hardness of stone is there but the look is the same throughout the entire slab. Because it is manmade, quartz is less expensive than granite. QUESTION: Is it wise to put wood flooring in the kitchen? ANSWER: Wood floors give a warm glow to a kitchen. With the proper maintenance and preventive care, a wood floor can add lasting value to your kitchen. The floor will wear naturally, so to avoid obvious traffic patterns, keep the floor polished to perfection. Water is a source of concern for wood flooring. Clean up any spilled water immediately. A properly cleaned and waxed wood floor will not be damaged. Water that gets under the surface of the wood, however, can warp it. Apply a bead of silicone around the perimeter of the room, where the baseboard or shoe molding meets the floor. This will help prevent water from seeping under the wood where the flooring meets the walls and cabinets.

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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 | 25

Ten Ideas For A Healthier Home


id you make a New Year’s resolution to become a healthier version of yourself ? Perhaps you committed to losing some weight, building some muscle, kicking some bad habits and starting some new ones? Good for you! Now it’s time to take a look at your home, with the same eye toward a healthier habitat.

Here are ten tips for doing just that. 1) Take Control of Your Dust House dust irritates allergies and can contain hazardous chemicals, such as lead, pesticides, and fire retardants. The best solution is to replace carpeting with tile, cork, or non-vinyl linoleum. If that is not feasible, you are going to have to put a little bit of manpower into cleaning it. Vacuum at least twice a week and ensure the vacuum bag and filter are cleaned each time so as not to allow old dust to spew into the air. 2) Break the Smoking-in-your-home Habit Secondhand smoke in your home can prove to be hazardous to your health and the health of others. “An estimated 40% of children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and has become the largest trigger of asthma,” stated by Dr. Phillip Landrigan, director of Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Tobacco smoke is absorbed into walls, floors, furniture, clothes, toys and other household surfaces within minutes to hours after it is exhaled. Chemicals in the smoke can then be recycled into the air for hours, days and even months. Airing out rooms does not always provide protection. 26 | Your Home Magazine

Your best protection against secondhand smoke is to not allow smoking in your home, period. 3) Get the Lead Out Lead is known for its brain-damaging effects on growing children, even those growing in the womb. Most lead poisons come from old paint, which can be easily tested by your local health department. 4) Get Rid of Disastrous Gas Radon is linked to causing cancer. Radon gas can be present in any home, whether it is old or new. You can purchase a home radon test kit at most hardware stores. If radon is present, consult a certified radon mitigator for your state. 5) Banish Pesticides The chemicals used to terminate rodents, bugs, and weeds are also harmful to your health. Pesticides have been linked to problems such as asthma, learning disabilities and problems with brain development. “The problem is, people don’t see the damage chemicals are doing to themselves and their children,” says Dr. Landrigan. Better ways to tackle these issues are through prevention and a little manual labor. To get rid of roaches in the home, wash dishes carefully, clean up food residue and keep food packages and containers tightly sealed up. If there are weeds in your yard, pull them, or find a more natural alternative to rid yard of them.

6) Use Glass Instead of Plastic You have probably seen the label “BPA Free” on certain containers. Bisphenol A is a chemical compound found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used in food and drink packaging; epoxy resins are used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans, bottle tops, and water supply pipes. BPA can leach into the food products contained therein. The harmful effects of BPA are still being assessed. The National Toxicology Report, for instance, found concerns about its effects on the brain, prostate gland, and behavior in infants and children. The best solution for avoiding BPA is to opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids. Don’t microwave plastic food containers since heat breaks down plastic fibers. 7) Filter Your Tap Water Millions of Americans receive high quality drinking water every day from their public water systems, (which may be publicly or privately owned). Nonetheless, drinking water safety cannot be taken for granted. There are a number of threats to drinking water: improperly disposed of chemicals; animal wastes; pesticides; human wastes; wastes injected deep underground; and naturallyoccurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk. Keeping your home’s water supply pure and healthy can be as simple as using a pitcher-type fileter for your tap water. 8) Tame the Teflon We’ve all grown up with the innovative Teflon non-stick pans, and with the concern that using them increases our exposure to carcinogens. While studies show that Teflon itself is not carcinogenic, the overheating of these pans releases Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Studies have shown that high exposure to PFOA caused a high risk a kidney and liver cancer.

When using Teflon-coated pans, avoid pre-heating them on high, and use the lowest possible temperatures to cook in them. To reduce this risk, use stainless steel, anodized aluminum, or cast iron pans. 9) Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products When cleaning your home, use the mildest form of cleaning product available for the particular task, preferably a natural one. What you use on your floors, windows, counter, etc. will eventually get on your hands and will go into your body. Look for products that are chlorine- and ammonia-free. You can even make some cleaning solutions yourself. For example, clean your ceramic tile simply using vinegar and baking soda. But avoid mixing acidic products like vinegar or ammonia with alkali products like bleach. The resulting vapors are extremely dangerous. 10) Stay Dry By keeping your home dry, you can prevent mold growth, reduced indoor allergens and prevent a hospitable environment for dust mites, roaches and rodents. The key to controlling mold is to control moisture, and to correct the problem at its source, or the mold may simply reappear. Watch for condensation and wet spots on walls and windows where moisture collects. Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60 percent relative humidity, ideally 30-50 percent, if possible. Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed and perform regular inspections and maintenance. Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible. On the exterior of your home, use downspouts to direct rainwater away from the house, provide drainage, and slope the ground away from the foundation. Make sure the gutters are working. By keeping your home healthy, you are keeping yourself, your family and your friends healthy too! Written by Adrian Rodriguez Your Home Magazine | 27

Blueberry Mango Quinoa Salad & Baked Eggplant Parmesan Courtesy of Meal Simple, The Camp Shane Cookbook, available on Amazon.

Blueberry Mango Quinoa Salad Makes 2 servings Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 15 min. Ingredients: Quinoa ½ cup water

Dressing 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp agave nectar 10 basil leaves chopped finely Salt and pepper Directions: • Boil water in a medium skillet, then add quinoa. Turn heat down to medium, cover skillet and let simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and let quinoa cool to room temperature. • While quinoa is cooking, prepare other ingredients. Combine fruits and cucumber in a medium bowl. Whisk together all dressing ingredients, except the basil. • When quinoa has cooled, combine basil and dressing and mix half into quinoa. Combine quinoa with fruits and cucumber mixture and serve immediately with remaining dressing. 28 | Your Home Magazine

Courtesy of Meal Simple, The Camp Shane Cookbook

Salad ingredients (minus the quinoa) 1 mango cut into cubes ½ cup blueberries 1 medium cucumber cut into cubes ¼ cup dried cranberries

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Makes 12 servings Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

Courtesy of Meal Simple, The Camp Shane Cookbook

Ingredients: 2 eggplants, peeled and thinly sliced 4 egg whites 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour 4 cups whole-wheat panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 4 tbsp oregano 4 tbsp thyme 4 tbsp basil 4 tbsp parsley 6 cups marinara sauce 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1 cup firm tofu 1 ½ cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded Cooking spray Directions: • Preheat oven to 350° F. • In a shallow bowl combine whole-wheat panko, 2 tbsp oregano, 2 tbsp thyme, 2 tbsp basil and 2 tbsp parsley, and set aside. In separate shallow bowls, add whole-wheat flour and egg whites. • Bread eggplant by dipping slices in whole-wheat flour then in egg whites and panko mixture. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes on each side.

• In a 9X13 inch baking dish, spread marinara sauce to cover bottom of the dish. Place a layer of eggplant slices in sauce. Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture for the next layer. • Repeat process. • Top last layer eggplant with marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.  

• In a food processor, add firm tofu and ricotta cheese. Process until tofu blends into a ricotta-like consistency. Stir in remaining oregano, thyme, basil and parsley. Set aside. Your Home Magazine | 29

Real Estate

Stage Your Home Like the Expert


nterior Designer and staging expert Meridith Baer offers these ten tips for staging your home like the experts at her company Meridith Baer Home, the world’s largest home staging company. The homes her company has staged have been featured on every major broadcast network plus HGTV and The Discovery Channel. In 2013 HGTV launched “Staged to Perfection,” a weekly series highlighting the work of Meridith Baer Home. 30 | Your Home Magazine

DECLUTTER Take a look around and get rid of anything and everything you don’t want, don’t need and don’t like. Place small stuff in plastic bins.

BUY WHITE ORCHIDS And put them in simple containers. They last for months and provide easy elegance. Find them cheap at your local flower mart.

PAINT IT WHITE A fresh coat of white paint makes rooms look inviting. Meridith’s favorite to use is “Glass of Milk” from Sherwin Williams.

PICK UP NEW WHITE TOWELS For all of the bathrooms and use the old ones as rags. You always need more rags.

GET RID OF SCUFF MARKS ON WALLS AND MOLDINGS The Meridith Baer Home team uses a ton of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They’re amazing!

CLEAN BEDS LOOK BEST Buy crisp white sheets for all of the beds and store your sheets for your new home. Your Home Magazine | 31

KIDS ROOMS Organize toys in pretty baskets. WASH THE WINDOWS Inside and out and take down the old window screens (store them in the garage) to have clear crisp views. MAKE ALL BOOKS & BOOKSHELVES UNIFORM By wrapping your old books in craft paper and give your bookshelves a clean uniform look. SIX PERSONAL PHOTOS MAX You may have an adorable family, but potential buyers want to envision themselves in the space, not you. A few on a shelf is fine, but replace the others with simple art or keep the spaces bare. Photos courtesy of Meridith Baer Home Written by Ginny Cooper 32 | Your Home Magazine


Great Products and Designer Accessories for Your Home

Findlay Seaglass Corded Pillow

Storage Jars  Spring-cleaning? Get organized with Storage Jars from Anchor Hocking. The clear glass blends with any décor, no matter what the style. Storage jars are the clear choice for the kitchen, but can be used throughout the home to keep things organized. Use them in the powder room to keep cotton balls, soaps, hair clips sorted. Organize the office with storage jars to sort paper clips and hold rubber bands. And don’t forget the man of the house; he’ll love organizing the clutter in the garage. Suggested retail prices range from $4.99 to $24.99. Available at

The ornate design of this Findlay Sea Glass pillow would be a beautiful compliment to any room or an inspirational starting point. Soft cool tones blend effectively within the floral detailing. Complete with self-backing and deluxe synthetic down insert. 17x17. $47.50. Available at

Furniture Care Kit Handcrafted Dog Bed Dofähn handcrafted dog beds are made with a removable, high loft inner cushion with plush, hypoallergenic filling that feels like down. To keep them soft and comfortable, Dofähn custom dog beds have 20-30% more fill than other dog beds on the market and the durable dog bed duvet covers and inserts are removable for washing. Dofähn’s Driftwood collection was designed to create a warm soft décor and a get-away relaxing feel. With its warm tones, its stylish patterns, and its lasting quality, it will embrace your home and all of your loved ones. Handmade in Maine, Dofähn guarantees your dog sweet dreams. Custom handmade dog beds start at $99 and throw pillows start at $55. Available at

Daffodil Coasters This set of daffodil coasters, featuring the original artwork of Julia B. Farill, makes a graphic statement around your home or office. A simple and easy way to add a pop of color, they also protect your furniture. These coasters are deceptively pretty, but they are hard-working. Because they are made of paper, they will absorb the condensation that can accumulate on your glass and the ink will not run when they get wet. These ultra-thick paper coasters dry out between uses and are reusable again and again. When they have lived their life, the coasters may be recycled. $22/set of ten. Available at

The  Furniture Care Kit, from famed furniture restorer Christophe Poury, is a great addition to any well-appointed home.  A selection of Christophe Pourny Tonics, Serum, Wax and Cream are at your fingertips. Each kit makes it possible to polish, clean, restore, and shine  surfaces and furniture in your home. Wood, leather, stone and marble surfaces can all be treated with this handcrafted, artisanal line. The Leather Serum and Cream also rejuvenates and protects shoes, handbags, belts and luggage. Each kit includes a full size bottle of Furniture Tonic and Color Reviver, one Leather Serum vial with dropper, one jar of Leather Cream, and one round tin of Paste Wax. $115. Available at store.

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Tie-Dye Infant Room The Terrific Tie-Dye Infant Room Collection is inspired by the latent artistic talent, and creative spirit world of your baby girl. Definitely one-of-a kind, you hope she grows to be free-spirited, fun loving, sensitive and caring. That was the girl the designer envisioned when she created this lighthearted collection—also available for a Youth bedroom. Help keep her world colorful and full of wonder with this fantastic collection. Infant Sets range from $75-$132 and Youth sets range from $119-$223. Available at

London Chair Hedgecock Creed, a luxury custom furniture maker, presents the London chair. This sophisticated, masculine chair is upholstered in grey tweed with hand-hammered gunmetal nail heads, reminiscent of the buttons on a men’s suit. The London chair has a solid hardwood frame and boasts a very deep seat. Each piece of custom furniture is proudly handcrafted in the USA and is available in a choice of several fabrics and colors. $3650. Available at  

Le Creuset Ovens CREATURES of SEA Tablecloth Hand embroidered tablecloth by E. Braun & Co. New York. Dedicated to providing the highest quality in linens and home accessories since the early 19th Century, E. Braun & Co. offers this finest white linen tablecloth with multi-color embroidery of fish, crabs, lobsters and other sea life motifs.  Napkin motifs are usually assorted smaller versions of the large embroidery motifs from the cloth.  Any size tablecloth is available to order. Tablecloth set 70” x 108” with matching napkins is $ 3500 per set. Available at

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Whether searing an herbed rack of lamb, slowly building a potato and leek soup, roasting root vegetables, or braising a pork shoulder, you’ll love this versatile, does-it-all oven. Perfect for stovetop or oven cooking, each multipurpose pot is available in a wide range of vivid colors and is the product of time-honored iron casting techniques. Rigorously hand-finished at Le Creuset’s foundry and only available at Sur La Table. $129.95. Available at

Cord Holders We all hate seeing messy cords and they are a particular problem for those with home offices, so defeat the spaghetti bowl tangle with this minimal cord wrap. The Dust Bowl Dry Goods Cord Tie 3-Pack will work with any small diameter electronics cord. Hand-cut with a handset snap and assembled with pride in Tulsa, Oklahoma from S.B Foot Red Wing boot leather and guaranteed to provide years of quality use. $15. Available at




Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’ve had many inquiries about the picture below.  It is the view from the back of 7234 Ayrshire Lane, the home featured on the inside back cover.  For a complimentary home evaluation and to learn how we would stage, market or sell your St. Andrews Country Club home, call our office # 561-362-2646, email or tap us on the shoulder.

Seymour & Kathy


Seymour Fineman Estate Realtor Associate Estates & Fine Homes LLC

(917) 621-6722 Office (561) 362-2646 Mobile

Kathleen Fineman, ePRO, SRES, SFR Realtor Associate at Douglas Elliman 444 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432


(917) 709-4957

Your Home® Magazine | Vol 3 Iss 2 | The Fineman Team  

Volume 3 Issue 2 of Your Home® Magazine Courtesy of Kathy & Seymour Fineman

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