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Market Update Welcome to this issue of Your Home, an exclusive magazine compliments of Samantha Curry, Top Producing REALTOR at Fite Shavell & Associates in Palm Beach. Below is a market update for One Watermark Place, Trump Plaza, and Winthrop House. Inventory is extremely low; therefore, it is an intelligent time to list your property. If you are considering selling, please contact Samantha directly at (561) 880-1080 for a complimentary Comparative Market Analysis and a confidential discussion regarding how she can assist you in selling your property most effectively.

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Samantha Curry 561.880.1080

SOLD Price Apt. List Price Bed Bath Sq.Ft. Sold Date Price Sq. Ft. One Watermark Place $5,600,000 #904 $6,900,000 4 5 5,650 5/12/14 $911 Trump Plaza $650,000 #28D $700,000 3 2.5 2,091 3/21/14 $311 $600,000 #16A $650,000 3 2.5 2,091 5/9/14 $287 PENDING #22GH $2,195,000 3 3.5 4,018 PENDING #12B $779,000 2 2 1,927 PENDING #9G $650,000 2 2 1,927

Palm Beach Oceanfront (Buildings listed from North to South)

SOLD Price Apt. List Price Bed Bath Sq.Ft. Sold Date Price Sq. Ft. #1 North Ocean $3,600,000 #402 $3,800,000 3 3.1 2,865 3/28/14 $1,257 One Royal Palm









300 Building









330 Building Lowell House Dunster House 400 Building Winthrop House


#3C #2D #2F

$3,200,000 $2,975,000 $2,495,000

3 3 2

3.1 4 2.1












$5,381,950 $1,900,000 $1,600,000 PENDING PENDING

#503 PH-C #208E #201N #418E #217E

$6,395,000 $1,995,000 $1,795,000 $2,400,000 $2,200,000

3 2 2 2 2

3 2.1 2,1 2.1 2.1

2,376 3/19/14 $2,265 1,533 5/9/14 $1,239 1,533 4/21/14 $1,044 1,533 1,533

$2,700,000 $1,900,000 $1,450,000 $1,000,000

#316 #303 #405 #515

$2,990,000 $2,295,000 $1,675,000 $1,175,000

2 3 3 2

2 3.1 3 2

1,597 2,375 1,900 1,510

2,406 4/23/14 $1,205 2,406 2,454 1,809


5/8/14 3/24/14 4/11/14 5/6/14


$1,691 $800 $908 $662

*This data was collected on May 12th, 2014.

New Listings & Additional Sold Properties See Back Cover

CONTENTS Environments | 4 This month’s choice for style and design inspiration

Outdoor Living | 11 Easy ways to dress up your deck, patio, and lanai

Design & Decor | 14

Explore mid-century modern Photo courtesy of Greg Wilson

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Photo courtesy of Elite Cabinetry

Volume 3 Issue 3 Contributing Writers Ginny Cooper Marcia Carroll Burzair Kyela Faett Tessa Newman Kitt Walsh Director of Sales Channing Spano Account Representatives Kennedy Carroll Mark Somers Production Manager Roxanne Hutson

Color Trends | 18 Who would think pink?

Florals | 20 A special floral collection for Your Home ®

Artisans | 24

Production Coordinator Jenny Vigliotti

Kevin DesPlanques is definitely on his rocker

Production Assistant Tarra Wood

Q&A with Rosie | 26

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.

Nationally syndicated writer Rosie Sadez Friedmann answers your decorating questions

Healthy Home | 28 Making your home allergy proof

Savory Recipes | 30 The first of Chef John Moeller’s creations served to Presidents

Real Estate | 32

What buyers consider when choosing a home

Marketplace | 33

Great new products and designer accessories for your home

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Bayside Luxury Hugging Sarasota Bay in Florida, this stunning five bedroom, seven bath, 6,000 square foot home epitomizes coastal living. Designed by Sarasota architect Clifford M. Scholz and built by luxury custom homebuilder Blue Water Construction, it proudly takes its place among an eclectic blend of older and newer homes in one of Sarasota’s most coveted neighborhoods. Sandwiched between the bay and a bustling retail and restaurant district, Harbor Acres is prized for both its quaint neighborhood ambiance and elegant waterfront opulence. Spacious room for entertaining and fabulous views all around give this Harbor Acres home a spectacular feel. Out of doors, the home features the convenience of a private boat dock, custom designed pool with a tanning deck and myriad seating areas from which to enjoy the radiant glow of the sunset over the bay. Indoors, luxury and convenience combine to take guests to new heights, including the private elevator.

Rising three stories high, the turret is the focal point of the home’s exterior. Neutral wall color allows the extensive stonework to capture your attention, drawing your gaze up the curving entry stairway. Arches figure prominently in the design. The arched mullioned windows are accented by split-arched shutters. Natural stone arches frame the garage doors. Arches welcome you to the front entryway where you are greeted by arched front doors. Your Home Magazine | 5

Tucked into finely detailed custom cabinetry, high-end appliances like the Wolf range and double ovens are right at home in the kitchen. Oversized windows fronting the bay illuminate the space naturally, while pendant lights cast a warm glow over the large stone island in Sweet Grass finish. 6 | Your Home Magazine

While guests will undoubtedly enjoy a crackling fire in the gas Marseilles fireplace by Firerock or a movie on the wall-mounted flat screen TV at one end of the spacious living room, it is the wide-open view of Sarasota Bay that will entrance them. Wood floors throughout of engineered hardwood oak in natural finish by Armstrong give this room a vibrant and lively feel.

The wine tasting room features granite counter tops, custom made wine cabinetry and a display cove. The alcove features a custom-painted tromp l’oeil of elaborate corkscrews decorating a stone wall. A cylindrical chandelier by BK Lighting adds a warm glow to the room.

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This wrought iron railing, with scrolling design, gives a light and airy feel to the circular stairway leading from the lower to upper levels of the home. Risers of mosaic tile and stair treads of marble create a smooth, natural look.

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A tray ceiling and a nine-tiered mirrored chandelier by Myran Allan add to the spacious feel of the master bedroom. A private balcony offers spectacular views of Sarasota Bay from the comfort of Brown Jordan all-weather furniture. The gas fireplace and sitting area provide a cozy spot if the coastal breeze proves a bit chilly.

The master bedroom suite opens to an outside deck with a captivating view of the bay. The private sunning space can also be accessed through the master bathroom, where an outdoor shower provides the ultimate convenience for rinsing off before stepping back into the home. Brown Jordan outdoor furniture weathers the elements in style.

Decorated in soothing shades of blue, the master bath is resplendent with a free standing Victoria and Albert slipper tub, a warm bronze chandelier and granite countertops. Your Home Magazine | 9

The free form pool hugs the water’s edge. A tanning deck at one end provides a luxurious option for lounging while the built-in spa on the other end offers relaxation. Lounge chairs by Brown Jordan are impervious to the water.

Built in benches and side tables encircle a Campfyre fire pit by Firerock on the third floor rotunda. Mosaic tile encases the fire pit, and a marble lip tops it. Travertine tile laid in a French pattern visually expands the circle. A tongue and groove ceiling gives warmth to the space. Directional spots augment the recessed lighting. 10 | Your Home Magazine

For information on luxury custom homes contact the real estate professional that sent you this magazine.

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outdoor living Decadent Decks, Perfect Patios, and Luxurious Lanais


ome home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks, patios and lanais are the pinnacle of great home improvements.

to dress up a deck’s appearance. While some alternative railing types, such as glass or metal, come with their own set of issues, cable railing stands apart for its beauty, versatility and durability. Cable railing provides safety and refined appearance without obstructing the view off your deck.

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Kitchen or bath improvements must mesh with the quality and decor of the rest of a home’s interior. When it comes to outdoor living areas, however, it is perfectly OK to have the ultimate deck or patio - even if you do not have the ultimate home. If you are planning to create your own decadent deck, perfect patio, or luxurious lanai this year, keep in mind these must-have upgrades if you want over-the-top luxury in your outdoor environment: Cable railings Upgrading your deck’s railing from traditional wood to something beautiful and exotic is one of the easiest, most impactful ways Your Home Magazine | 11

Hot tub For outdoor living, a hot tub is the perfect provider of luxury and relaxation. From intimately sized spas that seat just two people to grand hot tubs that can host a half dozen people or more, you have plenty of options when choosing a hot tub. While built-in hot tubs impart a refined, luxurious look to an outdoor living area, portable models can go with you when you move.

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Built-in fire pit While a plethora of portable fire pits are commercially available for adding warmth and ambiance with a balance of safety, nothing beats a built-in fire pit. Whether you crave the atmosphere and authenticity of a wood-burning feature, or the convenience of gas, when you opt for a built-in fire pit the element becomes a fluidly integral part of the outdoor design.

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Outdoor kitchens Grills and decks go together like cookies and cream, but to take your outdoor cooking to the next level, set aside an area on your deck for an outdoor kitchen. These kitchens not only incorporate cooking facilities such as gas or charcoal grills, burners and even pizza ovens, they sport wet bars, sinks and prep areas. Virtually any amenity you would find in a top-quality kitchen can be included in an outdoor cooking area. Your outdoor kitchen is not only a showcase of luxury; it can be the focal point of outdoor entertaining. Whether your home is modest or majestic, your deck, patio or lanai can be a showcase of style, luxury and fun - and an investment that pays off in increased value and enjoyment. Written by Ginny Cooper Your Home Magazine | 13

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MID-CENTURY MODERN Simple, Sustainable Design Marks Mid-Century Modern Homes and Decor


egardless of definition, when seeking to describe the architecture, design and culture of the Mid-Century Modernist movement, one word predominates – simple. The homes - built from 1945 to the 1980s – are characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space. They tend to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding environment, encouraging residents to explore the world just outside their doors. Roof planes tend to be simple shed roofs, which afford plenty of daylight and can command extraordinary views from the high side. The low profile on the opposite side maintains the privacy and low horizontal proportions. Well-designed eaves are calibrated to keep the interiors shaded during the summer months but allow direct sunlight into the home during chilly winters. The passive design is smart, cost-effective, sensible and sustainable. Extended rooflines help to define the outdoor space, creating a sense of place.

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From a solid and private entryway, the interior of the MidCentury Modern (MCM) home becomes increasingly transparent until you reach the main living area where the interior opens up to the view and the landscaping. Ideally, in these one-story homes, most of the rooms have access to the outdoors at ground level. At the very least the kitchen, den and/or living rooms and master bedroom all open to an outdoor patio. The bedrooms in the typical MCM home are small, efficient and pleasant. Sitting and lounging areas are not necessary; the common living areas are designed for that. The result encourages families to spend more time together and in greater appreciation

Above: The inverted roof planes of this MCM home in Twin Palms, California, stand like eyebrows above the walled entry. Protective film on the floor to ceiling windows reflects the heat of the bright desert sun while letting the natural light bathe the interior.

for the outside world just beyond their doors, not secluded in their own bedrooms with artificial entertainment. One of the best ways to maintain privacy in a home’s design, without jeopardizing the quality of the spaces inside, is by using architectural elements that do not touch the ceiling, a hallmark of MCM design. Screens, cabinets, half-walls or panels that frame views and conceal other areas are some examples of these elements. Etch-matte glass panels do double duty, providing

privacy, yet allowing diffused light into the room. The same concept can be used outdoors, to great effect. A strategically placed privacy screen can eliminate the temptation to enclose the entire yard with a privacy fence. Whether you are interested in living in a restored MCM home, incorporating some of the design principles prevalent during that time into your own home, or even just decorating with an MCM flair, the key is to keep it simple and sustainable.

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Above: As the plastics industry advanced, industrial materials found their way into MCM interior design. Most recognizable is the molded plastic chair designed by Ray and Charles Eames for the Hermann Miller Furniture Company. Originally produced of molded fiberglass in 1950, modern versions of the iconic curvy seat are now made of polypropylene. The duo’s plywood and leather lounge chair and ottoman, however, were not designed with “Everyman” in mind. They made the lounge chair and ottoman as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd.” Right: Designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947 for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, the Twin Palms Estate boasts both mid-century style luxury and historical significance with modern amenities. It features exquisite period furnishings and infamous piano-shaped swimming pool. Your Home Magazine | 15

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Above: John Johansen’s Warner House (1957) in New Canaan, Connecticut, has a symmetrical layout. Vaulted gold-leaf ceilings, terrazzo floors and ebonized-wood cabinets help show that Modernism, which had its roots in industrial efficiency, can also be luxurious. The house has an H-shaped plan with the Rippowam River running under the glassed-in central portion of the building.

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Right Middle: The cedar clad walls and ceilings on this MCM extend to the exterior, a touchstone for MCM design. Generous roof eaves offer sun, wind and rain protection to the triple sliding glass doors and the clerestory windows above. Right Below: Metal privacy screens and multi-level rooms present the illusion of a separate space, yet there is a free flow of air and light between the living and dining rooms of this MCM home. Opposite Above: The owners of this 1950’s MCM home in the Rose Glen community of San Jose, California have steeped themselves in MCM décor to compliment their homes design. Clean lined furnishings and streamlined accessories allow the focus of the room to be on the space and light created by the tongue-and-groove paneled cathedral ceiling and floor to ceiling windows.

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Opposite Below: Function was as important as form in original MCM design, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. Clean lines and natural hues in wood furnishings echo the MCM design philosophy of simplicity and efficiency. Written by Ginny Cooper Your Home Magazine | 17

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Think Pink


rom the palest wash of peony to vibrant shocks of fuchsia, pink is everywhere in fashion this spring. So it was no surprise when splashes of pink made their way into home décor. “Interior design is always in sync with what’s big in fashion, and pink is very popular with designers this season,” explained international designer Perla Lichi. But far removed from the delicious cotton candy pink of a feminine bedroom or the whisper-soft shell pink of an elegant dining room is bright and brilliant hot pink. How do you decorate with this energetic hue?

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Decorating with hot pink calls for a bold and confident personality. “Hot pink is a great color – fun, fresh, bold, and with the right touch, it can brighten any home,” said Ms. Lichi. Interior designer Holly Dennis of SHS Design in Sarasota, Florida used just the right touch for a client who was inspired to recreate a Spanish-themed bedroom. Feeling that the traditional Above: Pink figures prominently in this composition from Perla Lichi. The coral upholstered wing chair and hot pink bench provide smooth backdrops for the fringed pillows, textured throws and shag rug.

colors of Spanish décor were too dark for coastal Florida, Ms. Dennis found a colorful Suzani fabric with bold hot pink in the pattern. “Working with the Suzani fabric as my focal fabric, I chose a complementary bright green fabric to be the main fabric of the headboard and added a punch of pink in the contrasting welt. The colors mingle beautifully together,” explained Ms. Dennis.

find cheerful and upbeat.” This is why she included “The Happy Palace” as a major chapter in her new coffee table book Palaces of the World. This featured home is awash with pink and other bright jewel tone hues in carpets, upholstery, art and accessories. “I always encourage people to be adventurous with color and colorful accessories are a perfect way to do this,” said Ms. Lichi. With that encouragement in mind, are you ready to think pink?

“This may not be for everyone,” cautions Ms. Lichi. “But vivid colors like hot pink create a happy ambiance that many people

Holly Dennis commissioned this headboard of pink and green to complement the Suzani fabric in the pillows.

Available as a single drawer nightstand or this 2-drawer chest, Laura Ashley’s “Ariel Rose” collection is pale pink perfection accented with chocolate brown legs and trim.

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This shell pink wing chair from Laura Ashley is pure elegance.

Dark brown cabinets and neutral colored surfaces are a steadying influence on the jewel tone sculpted rug and hot pink accessories in this kitchen.

What can you do with pink?

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Use softer shades of pink as a neutral; it works well with black, purple, green, blue and other saturated hues Pair it with a metallic for sophisticated elegance Cast a flattering, rosy glow with pink lampshades, glass lanterns or even pink light bulbs Snuggle up with mid-tone pinks in soft fabric throws or bed linens

Sherwin Williams Picks Eros Pink SW 6860

Exuberant Pink SW 6840

Rosy Outlook SW6316 For more information: Perla Lichi

Spun Sugar SW 6337

Zany Pink SW 6858

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“Forever” Florals


eautiful floral arrangements are the perfect final touch to any decorating project. We’ve asked renown floral designer Saundra Riccardelli of Sweetgrass Designs to assemble a special collection of “Forever” arrangements for our readers. Each is hand-crafted under Ms. Riccardelli’s watchful eye, using the finest, most realistic florals available. Each is perfect for today’s more transitional design. No two are alike, so you can truly have an original creation comparable in cost to production arrangements with far less detailed florals. Your selections will arrive in about four weeks. Simply go to to order.

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Cymbidium Orchid Waterlook in Cylinder Glass

Cymbidium Orchid Waterlook in Cylinder Glass

Available in Winter White or Plum (opposite) $81.00 Order at

Available in Golden Yellow. $98.00 Order at

Set of 3 Grass Cubes in Resin $52.00 Order at

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Hydrangea Waterlook Floral in Rectangular Glass Available in White, Seagreen, Robin Egg Blue. $65.00 Order at

Sunflower Waterlook Floral in Cylinder Glass Available in Butter Yellow, Chartrus and White $93.00 Order at

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Succulents in Birch Twig Bowl With Resin Waterlook. $82.00 Order at

Lily Waterlook in Floral Bubble Bowl Glass Available in White or Blushing Rose. $112.00 Order at

Mixed Mini Tulip Waterlook in Stacked Glass Vase Assorted Colors $237.00 Order at

Magnolia Waterlook in Glass Cube Available in White or Blushing Pink. $47.00 Order at

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A Sublime Art Artisan Showcase - Kevin DesPlanques

Bench: DesPlanques sculpts benches, tables and stationary chairs as well as rockers. This bench was crafted from Mahogany and Birch.


evin DesPlanques could have easily called his sculptured furniture business “Majestic Rockers,” “Superb Rockers,” “Wonderful Rockers,” “Marvelous Rockers,” “Splendid Rockers,” or any number of similarly descriptive names. However, he chose “Sublime Rockers” and it is easy to see why. The word means “of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.” Very appropriate for carefully crafted handmade wooden rockers, chairs, bar stools and benches that command up to $20,000 a piece. Beginning with hand-drawn sketches, DesPlanques uses a laborintensive process called “stack lamination” that fuses multiple layers of wood together. It yields an incredibly strong, solid, stable piece, particularly when using highly figured woods. The process allows DesPlanques to create unique shapes he would not otherwise be able to obtain. 24 | Your Home Magazine

DesPlanques then sculpts the wood into furniture, including custom chairs. Some of his larger pieces take up to two weeks to complete. “As a sculptor, I will shape (the piece) to fit the person perfectly,” he said. “I want to make sure it fits in all the right places.” His hand-sculpted furniture is perhaps some of the most comfortable and ergonomically correct furniture available. DesPlanques has been working with wood for more than 30 years. He taught Industrial Arts at the secondary and college levels for 13 years and then, in 2000, left his teaching career to focus on his craft. Influenced by furniture sculptor James Cole, DesPlanques is inspired to bring out the beauty of both the unique and common woods he works with. Says DesPlanques, “I believe that my chairs re-define the term functional art.”

Bamboo Rocker: Sustainable Bamboo yields a soothing, medium-toned wood with subtle color fluctuations.

Dark Roast Rocker: Made from African Wenge, the Dark Roast Rocker gleams with the wood’s naturally low luster. Wenge is a very dense medium textured dark hardwood from Central West Africa.

Symphony Rocker: The Symphony Rocker is a harmonious blend of six different woods: Bubinga, Wenge, Maple, Ebony, Birch, and Leopardwood.

Bird of Prey: African Rosewood combined with light-colored Maple, Wenge and dark Ebony, sculpted with talon-like points on the seat and back, soars with the illusion of flight. Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several different species found in southern India, western Africa and Indonesia.

Resurrection: In a departure from his signature sculpted wood furniture, DesPlanques has created what is quite possibly the only cast bronze rocker in the world. He crafted it using the lost wax method, the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture is cast from an original sculpture.

Maserati Rocker: Much like its namesake vehicle, bold stripes of Bubinga, Maple, Ebony, and Leopardwood race down the curves of this sleek rocker.

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

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QUESTION: I am trying to get organized but it does not come naturally. Do you have any suggestions on how to get my house in order? ANSWER: We all need better organization, don’t we? The best thing to do is to actually get started because we tend to think about getting the house in order but that is as far as we go. Consider a 30-day plan. Every day of the month, do one small thing, leaving the larger things for weekends when you have a little more time. Take that junk drawer and clean it out one day. Go through just one hanging rack in your closet and get rid of things you do not use. Take another day to do another rack. If you break it down to “bite size pieces” you will get through it all before you know it. In addition, you will feel good about what you have accomplished. “Look in this drawer…doesn’t it look neat, clean and organized?” There are also companies that specialize in getting organized. You might want to check their websites. If you search for “Peter Walsh organizing tips”, you will find a lot of information on how to get organized. His ideas take less than 10 minutes to complete. QUESTION: Can I mix traditional with contemporary in my furnishings? ANSWER: Absolutely. Actually a good mixture makes for an eye popping look. The suggested ratio is 80 to 20. In other words, 80% of contemporary with 20% traditional works nicely. You can have a living room with contemporary furniture, and then place a traditional area rug under it all. Alternatively, in the dining room the table and chairs can be traditional with the buffet table being contemporary. It works in reverse just as well. However, do not get sloppy. Be sure that most of the furnishings are of one style with just an eye-popper of a different style. QUESTION: Do you recommend towel heaters? ANSWER: Oh, yes! Coming out of the shower and wrapping yourself in a nice warm towel is heaven. Towel heaters are affordable and they take up hardly any room in the bathroom. You can find them as wall-mounted or freestanding racks. Or you can choose a countertop or freestanding container.

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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 | 27

Healthy Home Allergy-Proof Your Home

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pril’s showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months. Medications can help relieve allergy symptoms, but removing irritants from your home is a much more effective way to stop them. Here are a few steps you can take toward a healthier home: 28 | Your Home Magazine

Some allergy-proofing steps are most beneficial when applied to the whole house, such as replacing carpeting with hardwood, tile or other impervious flooring. Allergens accumulate in carpet and walking across it re-releases them into the air. If that is not an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a washable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo

the carpet frequently. Placing a doormat on both sides of entry doors can help trap outdoor irritants. Consider replacing upholstered furniture with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Courtesy of Brandpoint

Blinds or shades trap fewer allergens than fabric window treatments. If you insist on curtains, opt for the machinewashable kind. Remove dust by vacuuming once a week with a brush attachment, and wash them frequently during months when you keep the windows open. If mold is your problem… Make sure that your kitchen stove and bathroom vents do exactly that – vent air to the outside of your home, not merely into your attic where mold can grow and eventually spread to the rest of your house.

Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt in your potted plants to help contain mold.

Be vigilant in every area of your home where moisture accumulates – kitchen, bath, and laundry room.

Dust off these mites… If you are allergic to dust mites, encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers and wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 130 F (54 C).

High humidity can lead to mold growth and other problems; a hygrometer will give you an idea of your home’s moisture levels. You can pick up one at your hardware store and take a measurement in each room. If you get readings of above 60 percent in any room or area, consider getting a dehumidifier.

Pets are dandy; pet dander is not… Bathing pets at least twice a week may reduce the amount of allergen in the dander they shed. As much as you may miss Kitty curling up on your pillow at night, keep pets out of the bedroom if pet dander is one of your allergy triggers.

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recipes From Chef John Moeller

From his book, Dining At The White House: From the President’s Table to Yours, Chef John Moeller, spent 13 years at his post serving Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Here is the first of a two part series on dishes he has set before such dignitaries as Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela.

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Herb-Crusted Chicken Breast

White Wine Butter Sauce

Serves 6 Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 6 Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon 1 teaspoon finely chopped chervil, optional ¼ cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 6 (5-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 egg white, lightly whipped ¼ cup unsalted clarified butter

½ cup dry white wine 1 shallot, peeled and sliced 6 black peppercorns 2 bay leaves ½ cup heavy cream 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature Juice of ½ lemon Salt and fresh milled black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine parsley, chives, tarragon, and chervil in shallow bowl. Place flour in separate small bowl, and stir in salt and pepper. Dredge skin side only of chicken breast in flour, and shake off excess. Dip floured side of chicken in egg white, and shake off excess. Place chicken breast on plate, floured-and-egg side up. Evenly sprinkle chicken with fine herb mixture.

In small saucepot over medium-high heat, combine wine, shallots, peppercorns, and bay leaves, and bring to simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until reduced by 90%. Add the cream, and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by 50%. Reduce heat to medium low, and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into another small saucepot, and keep warm over low heat. Do not boil (the sauce will separate).

Heat medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, and add clarified butter. In batches, place chicken herb-side down in pan, and gently sauté 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to sheet pan herb-side up, and finish in oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let it rest for 5 minutes.

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10 Things Buyers Are Looking For In A Home • Convenience to job – Homes that are close to work enhance work-life balance, a growing priority for many Americans. • Overall affordability of homes – With job markets tight and retirement funds depleted, it has never been more important to keep housing related costs as low as possible, ideally no more than one third of your pre-tax income. • Quality of schools – A recent survey by revealed that nearly 45 percent of today’s buyers are willing to pay a premium for quality schools. • Homes suited for the next 15 years – Just five years ago, buyers were looking to stay in their home about 10 years. Today, buyers expect to stay closer to 15, so it is important to find a home that can support lifestyles as they evolve. Photo Courtesy of Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers


hen selling your home, it pays to consider what today’s buyers are looking for. Industry sources provide this list of 10 things that are important to homebuyers today, especially Millennials, who represent a significant buyer niche in today’s market.

• Quality of the neighborhood – The National Association of Realtor’s 2012 Profile of Buyers and Sellers revealed that neighborhoods are important to buyers, but that neighborhood choice varies by household composition. 32 | Your Home Magazine

• A mortgage – In today’s tight credit environment, getting a mortgage can be a challenge. Buyers should be willing to consider homes below what they may quality for in order to bump up the loan to value ratio. • Energy efficiency – The National Association of Homebuilders surveyed buyers to see what was most important to them in new home construction and energy efficiency topped the list. Four of the top most wanted features involve saving energy: 94 percent of homebuyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91 percent want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89 percent want energy-star rated windows, and 88 percent want ceiling fans. • Open floor plans – Spaces that are great for entertaining mean quality time with friends and family. • High ceilings – Taller ceilings are not only aesthetically pleasing they also promote greater air circulation and more natural light than lower ceilings. • Technology – Can you run your home from a cell phone? Then market to a Millennial, who prizes a home’s technological amenities prized over curb appeal. Written by Ginny Cooper


Great Products and Designer Accessories for Your Home

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Empower Candles and Mists Outdoor Acrylic Pillows Think of Laurie Bell’s eye-catching pillows as jewelry for your outdoor spaces. Punch up your color palette and switch out pillows as the mood strikes you to quickly create a new and refreshing look. Shown here are the Whimsical Ikat Terra and Nadia Damask Terra designs. Constructed in the USA using outdoor fabrics exclusively designed for Laurie Bell in America and Italy. 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics, for maximum UV resistance. Fade, stain and mildewresistant – performance fabrics. Quick-drying polyester pillow inserts keep moisture out. Sewn and double-reinforced with tough, UV-resistant polyester threads for maximum seam strength. Hidden zippers make for easy washability. Constructed in North Carolina. Sizes 16” – 22”. $87 to $117 depending on size. Available at

The fragrances in the Purify & Empower Collection are meant to be used together to dispel negative energy and create positivity and abundance. Much in the way that some use sage to cleanse a space, the line combines wild sage and cedar for a rejuvenating and cleansing sensation that purifies and removes negative energy and the essential oils of basil and mandarin are meant to create positive energy to help you manifest your dreams. Candles are $70, Mists are $50. Available at

Designer Litter Boxes Cats are family members in millions of homes and everyone knows about the dirty, not-so-secret dilemma of the litter box. Cat owners with taste and style choose the Kitty A GoGo to remove an ugly eyesore from their home and give their cat a beautiful place to Kitty A GoGo. Even cats can take pride in their special space with litter boxes that are offered in 6 designs: Gray Metallic, Polka Dots, Leopard Print, Black, Flower Print, and Burl Wood (shown here). Cat owners in condos, offices and home studios will particularly appreciate this litter box as an attractive, yet space saving addition to their décor. No more need to decorate their home with a box of clumps, but with a beautiful litter box. $99.99.  Available at

KRUPS XP5620 Precise Tamp Espresso Machine Softsoap’s Décor Collection Softsoap’s new Décor Collection Liquid Hand Soap is a delightful addition to your kitchen or bath. Get inspired by the new premium liquid hand soap line with the enticing scents of Peony & Plum (pictured), Orchid Petals & Mint Water, and Wild Basil & Lime in a package you’d be proud to display on every sink in your home. Softsoap is a simple and beautiful way to dress up any sink in your home. Priced at $2.49. Available at Target, Walmart and Rite Aid stores.

For the espresso lover: Introducing the brand new KRUPS XP5620 Precise Tamp Espresso Machine, the perfect machine for making coffeehouse-quality espressos at home. The patented system provides consistent and even tamping—one of the most difficult gestures to master, but necessary in order to extract the perfect cup of espresso.  The XP5620 features a 15 bar pump and lightweight powerful “Thermo Block System” for faster preheating and optimal temperature regulation.  The unit also includes a universal filter holder compatible with ground coffee (1 or 2 cups) and all types of pods and multi-directional frothing nozzle to create delicious cappuccinos and lattes. The system is available in several colors. Priced at $200 at

Hypoallergenic Placemat The Coastal Mix placemat, one of the designs in the ecochic Island Picnic Collection of tabletop accents, was inspired by the trending green movement. Perfect for anyone with allergies, the elegant and playful quilt work is great for those looking to incorporate sustainable and beautiful textiles into their homes. Island Picnic products are made from 100% organic cotton fabrics  and batting and are safe for people with mild to severe food allergies, as they are completely free of pesticides, chemicals, toxins, BPA, lead, vinyl, PVC, phthalates and plastics. The Coastal Mix placemat retails for $60 and is available at

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Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier Shine by SHO specializes in one of the most fashion forward lifestyle lines in the interior design industry. Founder, owner and designer for Shine by SHO Susan Hornbeak Ortiz applies a global-eclectic design sense combined with her background as a sculptor and installation artist to produce breathtaking pieces that emphasize clean and modern lines, and the occasional unexpected detail, but with a classic and timeless feel. Shown here is the Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier in Turquoise (available in different colors and metal finishes also) this piece of the Shine by SHO collection will surely ignite your senses and encourage you to explore the many lifestyles of modern home décor. 28” diameter x 11” high. 8 Lights 60 watts each. Priced at $3,600. Available at

Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven The new Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven will revolutionize the way you prepare healthier home meals. Following two and one-half years of research and development, legendary celebrity chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has introduced the first countertop pressure oven that toasts, roasts, bakes, broils, re-heats, and rotisseries up to 70% faster than a traditional oven while infusing flavor and moisture for the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted. The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven is an energy-efficient, electric appliance that combines the speed and flavor enhancing ability of a pressure cooker with the ease of use and versatility of an oven. Meats stay crispy on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside, baked goods rise beautifully, vegetables roast tender, crisp and packed with flavor. A single solution, the Puck Oven can replace the microwave, pressure cooker, toaster and convection oven.  Using Flavor Infusion Technology, the oven’s perfectly sized chamber seals to lock in heat and moisture under low-pressure, cooking evenly up to 70% faster, while infusing juices and concentrating flavor deep into food. Priced at $299.95. Available at

Twittering Tree Vase In creating The Twittering Tree Vase, Rookwood Pottery’s Dan Dutton cast together 130 years of artistic tradition with a mixture of contemporary design and innovative techniques. Both are a hallmark of today’s Rookwood Pottery Co., among the most venerated names in America-made pottery. Part of a limited edition of 20, this bold hand-painted vase required the installation of a crane to produce. The Twittering Tree Vase stands approximately 23” tall and is priced at $7,500. Available at:

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Oyster Bowl French Sofa To keep the Sarasota-based Mission Avenue Studio at the leading edge of the home furnishings market, owner Bernabe Somoza uses top current designer fabric lines including Jonathan Adler for Kravet and Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher to give the pieces new life. This yellow French sofa is an elegant antique Provençal style settee with an ornately carved wood frame. Settee dimensions: L58”, W34”, H30”.  Weight 90lbs.  Nationwide shipment is available. Priced at $1,566. Visit 

The Ocean Oyster Bowl is the perfect serving piece for chips and dips and, naturally, seafood. The Beatriz Ball Collection is a whole line of handmade tableware, all with innovative designs. All of the pieces in the collection are made of eco-friendly, FDAapproved 100% recycled aluminum. They are easy to care for and never tarnish. Size: 15” x 9 ½” x 2 ½”. Priced at $89. Available at

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