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A horse and buggy era home
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BY STEPHANIE AURORA LEWIS
Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
ADAM AND KRISTY VALENTE’S HOME,
located along the Overbrook Ravine in
Clintonville, is not only a stunning and
refreshing home, but it is also a place
where kids and adults alike find solace
surrounded by nature. The Valentes’ landscape
design is a blended swirl of the
contrast between the wild nature of the
ravine woodlands and a formalized, English
garden that includes vibrant roses.
Paying attention to the past
When planning their three-story addition to
the home, the Valentes did not go about erasing
any of the character or even the details of the
original house. “The history of the home was
significant to us,” says Kristy. “The previous
owner wanted us to write her a letter, essentially
promising that we would respect this home and
that we would cherish it hopefully as much as
she and her family did before us.”
The Valentes and Architect Christopher
Meyers together endeavored on an adventure
to discover both the history of the home as
well as the history of the English country
quotidian style. ➻
Previously the rear side of the home,
this angle shows what is now the front
elevation of the residence.
Kristy relaxes with 7-month-old
Epic by her side.
An arbor transitions to a covered patio
along the library side of the home.
Space for cherished family photos was carved
into the home’s existing staircase landing.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library staff assisted the Valentes
in discovering the origins of the home. They found that a doctor
built the house and named it Twin Oaks. The doctor specifically
referred to the residence as a country home, located in what was
then called Glenmary Park, a suburb of Columbus.
“The previous owner found prohibition bottles in the walls,”
says Kristy. “We also found a bell system that the original owner
installed in 1910. The owners would ring the bells, located in
outlets on the floors, and the bells would ring within the servant
“After we submitted our letter to the previous owner in hopes
that she would agree to sell the home to us, we were astonished
to receive a letter back from her,” says Kristy. “She wrote about
the wonderful memories she and her children had in the home
over the years. They would have annual Easter egg hunts in the
Ravine. We have continued that tradition.”
The entry’s floors
were hand painted
by artist Constance
The dining room
stands in the center
hall between the
older part of the
home and the new
Two sets of French
doors lead from the
library to an openair
The original entryway into the home is located on the back
facade of the house, facing the ravine. So, there are several
entrances into the home that the Valentes needed to consider
when planning their addition. “The original entrance was greeted
by a horse and buggy that essentially brought the family around
the property in procession,” says Kristy.
Part of the garage was an area for the horses’ stable. When the
Valentes started their renovation, they recreated a wood door
that precisely matched one of the original exterior doors, making
the two main entries match.
Artist Constance Mengel created artistically-painted floor patterns
inside each of the two main entrances, now arguably one
of the more ingenious additions to the renovation process. “This
type of floor painting would be typical in an English country
home,” says Kristy. “They would recreate a type of floor rug in
paint inside the entrances.” ➻
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A mostly white kitchen is punctuated with pops
of color in the glass-front upper cabinets.
A casual eating area in the kitchen,
complete with built-in bench seating,
takes a prized light-filled location.
Many of the arrangements are collections of
flowers that are growing on the property.
A touch of English character
In addition to renovating the first floor, the Valentes expanded their living
space with a three-story addition consisting of exercise space in the basement,
a kitchen, and a master bedroom/bathroom suite on the second floor.
“I was going for an English country character throughout the house,” says
Kristy. Exterior finishes include stucco that mimics the original concrete
walls, cedar shake roof tiles, and copper half-round gutters with matching
During the demolition and early construction phases, Kristy reclaimed as
much from the original house as was possible. “I would stand there and tell
the contractors, ‘save’ or ‘salvage, ” she says. Woodworkers refinished and
reinstalled many of the original doors, windows, and trim throughout the
home. “We had many meetings with our builders to work on exactly how to
copy some of the original trim in the house. We also had to design new types
of trim that would be both consistent with the original home as well as with
the English country home style,” says Kristy. The Valentes donated other
items to Columbus Architectural Salvage and Habitat for Humanity.
The kitchen is open with a breakfast nook in the corner, surrounded by
wraparound windows. Kristy and the custom cabinet designers chose a
unique trim for the raised panel doors. The large island in the middle of the
kitchen does not have a sink nor a cooktop so that it can function traditionally
as a large working surface. ➻
The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings and
closets with doors that were saved from the
renovation work elsewhere in the home. “The
suits closet has the original dining room doors,
and the clothing closet has the track and barn
doors that came directly from the horse stables
portion of the original garage,” she continues.
“The bathroom was designed to be similar to
what you would find at a spa.” The bathroom
has a welcoming aura with a historic window
from the original home located high within one
of the exterior walls, and a dresser with sinks on
top as the vanity.
The Valente residence is one of those homes
that makes people search out and seek the old,
rather than the new. Adam, Kristy, Meyers, and
their builder Miller Troyer held the bar high for
this home. The Valentes are as blissfully happy
as the older, unique owners reportedly were
from past generations. As Kristy describes the
house, with a smile on her face, she mentions,
“I have lost track of how many different kinds
of birds we have seen around the property:
cardinals, blue jays, finches, hummingbirds,
and even red bearded woodpeckers! It is hard to
imagine we are in the middle of Columbus.”
The high window in the master bath was
repurposed from the original home.
Doors in the master suite were salvaged
from the earlier dining room and stable.
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BY SYDNE SANTO
When you first decide to incorporate a theater
into your home, you’ll probably have some ideas
in mind of what it’ll be used for. Are you planning
to host watch parties with your friends for
major sporting events or have family movie night
every week? No matter what inspired your most
recent home renovation, we know the idea of
having a home theater represents more than just
convenience: it represents the newfound ability
to bring luxury into your home. When creating
your perfect home theater, it’s important to
consider all of the exciting technical and design
options available to you. ➻
Comfort is key
Adding seating to your space
is one of the biggest differentiating
factors your home
theater will have. Are you
going solely for comfort and
enjoy the idea of traditional
theater chairs or are you
wanting to push the envelope
with bright chairs of
different shapes and sizes?
The great thing about home
theater seating is that you
really can’t go wrong.
First, it’s important to have
an idea of how many people
you plan on entertaining in your
home theater. If you have children
or a large family, it’s a good
idea to plan on adding a few
extra seats in the event that you
have extra guests.
Many people often overlook
the importance height plays
when choosing proper seating;
a person who is 5’1 will need
different accommodations than
a person who is 6’1. A safe bet
for all parties is to choose seating
that incorporates adjustable
headrests to allow maximum
head and back support. ➻
1 By incorporating vibrant seating, this Dayton, Ohio home theater is sure to be the life of any party. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp 2 This Tampa,
Florida home theater fashions traditional theater seating equipped with cup holders and trays for convenience. Photo by Johan Roetz 3 This
Jungle Book-inspired theater in a Dayton, Ohio home placed a large emphasis on comfort with its traditional theater chairs. Photo by Daniel
Feldkamp 4 Rather than being separated, this Cincinnati, Ohio home theater is located just off the bar, allowing guests to move freely
between the two rooms. Photo by Ross Van Pelt
When it comes to placing the screen, it’s important to account for both the size of the space in
question and the distance between the viewers and the screen. In general, it’s safe to assume
that the size of the screen should be 1.5 – 3 times smaller than the distance between the seating
and the screen. For example, if the seating is placed 10 feet (120 inches) away, the screen
should be 120/1.5 or 120/3, or between 80 and 40 inches. Because this is such a wide range,
it’s almost always better to go bigger if you’re stuck between sizes. However, beware of the
overall size of your room, as you wouldn’t want to lose an entire wall to a screen alone.
To avoid uncomfortable viewing positions, it’s also smart to measure out where the eye will
naturally rest on the screen. If you’ve chosen to incorporate reclining chairs into your theater,
it’s important to remember that many, if not all, of your movies will be watched at an angle, so
hanging your screen at a slight angle will account for this change. ➻
5 Thanks to the large screen
in this Pittsburgh, PA home
theater, moviegoers are sure
to have a bird’s eye view no
matter where they sit. Photo by
6 By incorporating design
elements around the movie
screen, all eyes are automatically
directed to the focal point
of this Tampa, Florida home
theater. Photo by Mike Rixon/Rixon
Can you hear me now?
In order to enjoy all that movies have to
offer, you’ll want to include a sound system
as well. Thanks to modern technology,
many audio/video companies can provide
a central control system for all technological
functions, from volume to lights, in the
palm of your hand. At the very heart of
your sound system will be your home theater’s
receiver, which is used to power your
As we’ve seen with the other aspects
involved in building a home theater, it’s
important to consider the space you’re
building in. If your space is doubling as
another room, finding speakers to fit on the
wall or on a shelf is a good way to save space
for foot traffic. On the other hand, if you’re
building a designated theater room, you
can’t go wrong with simple tower speakers.
Many homeowners also opt for surround
sound, and incorporate it either
with ceiling additions or by placing speakers
in various positions throughout the
room in order to recreate the true movie
theater experience. To emphasize the dramatic
effects that make movies as mesmerizing
as they are, you’ll also want
to include subwoofers. When choosing a
subwoofer for a large space, your best bet
is to choose a sub with a woofer at least
12-inches large, while compact subs work
well in smaller rooms. ➻
7 Disguising speakers into the design of your
theater can greatly add to the aesthetic, as
seen in the pillars of this gorgeous home theater
in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Robert Lawson
8 This Dayton, Ohio home theater includes an
acoustic panel on the ceiling to prevent sounds
from echoing – perfect for large spaces. Photo by
9 The white paneling on the walls hides the
movie speakers in this Dayton, Ohio home.
Photo by Peter Maric/Triplet 3D
10 By incorporating a dome ceiling, this
Columbus, Ohio theater ensures that all theatrical
sounds are emphasized. Photo by Ross Van Pelt
11 Thanks to the overhead lighting and
dimmable hanging lights, viewers can
maneuver throughout this Cincinnati, Ohio
home theater with ease. Photo by Robin Victor
12 Since this projector is operating from
the back of the room, the dim lighting
ensures that nothing is lost from the experience
in this Cleveland, Ohio theater. Photo
by Scott Pease
13 This Pittsburgh, PA home theater airs
on the side of contemporary sophistication
thanks to its incorporation of room-wide
rope lighting. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
Turn up the lights
Once you’ve finished building
your space, you can
begin searching for the
appropriate lighting. When
it comes to choosing lighting,
it’s important to find
something that’s dimmable
and remote controlled –
having to travel back and
forth between your seat and
the lights in the dark practically
defeats the purpose of
having lights at all! As we
previously explored, installing
an integrated home the-
ater control system allows
you to monitor all aspects
of your experience from
While there are plenty of
different lighting options
available for home theaters,
it’s important to take into
account the type of lighting
your room already
provides. If your space is
home to windows, you first
should install proper blinds
to block out any ambient
light. If you’ve chosen to
include a front projection
screen, your room should
be as close to total darkness
as possible, while a rear projection
screen accounts for
dim lights within the room.
To play it safe, choosing
room lighting that operates
on a dimmer ensures that,
no matter how your screen
functions, your lights can
be easily accommodated
into your space.
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QHow did you get a show on HGTV?
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someone on their team and we connected. After a couple of years of back and forth
the time was right. Success always seems so sudden when you see it from the
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modernization. We respect the history of
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features that drew the client to buy the home in the first place. Just
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to look for varying differences in these homes, but I think that Leanne and I are both a bit
drawn to mid-century modern.
Q You have a great camaraderie on camera … but you’re real-life siblings.
What is your relationship like off camera?
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on the same page, sometimes we are in different books, in different libraries, on different
planets. We love and respect each other and we get along great … MOST of the time!
They captured us perfectly.
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Patience pays off for admirer of Upper Arlington Tudor
BY LEE RHODES | Photos by J E Evans
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1 The view of the home
shows the new addition
which includes a three-car
garage, kitchen, dining room,
dinette, master suite, office,
powder room, bathroom,
side entry and mudroom.
Beneath that is a full finished
2 The great room’s coffered
ceiling was designed to conceal
a large steel beam.
3 An addition took the house
from an “L” shape to more of
a “U” shape.
4 The original wood fireplace
surround was replaced with
a limestone mantel designed
by the homeowner.
Serendipity. It’s a word for a happy accident. But what do
you call a happy accident that is predicated ahead of time?
Perhaps it simply comes down to fate.
Fate played a tremendous role in the journey that brought
a couple to the luxurious home that commands a double lot
in Upper Arlington. For years, the wife said she felt it was
“supposed” to be her home, the one she would grow old in.
She kept her eye on it and even knew some of the previous
owners, but years passed and the home never went on the
market. “I finally called our realtor with the anticipation of
doing a renovation on our other house,” she explains. “He
mentioned he had a double lot about to come on the market,
and I just knew.”
Once the deal closed, the homeowner was not going
to leave anything to chance. She was well aware that the
home, built in 1930, needed a major overhaul, so she
took her time, honing and sketching her vision of what
the home could be, paying special attention to symmetry
and balance. She pulled in Charlie Griffey from Griffey
Remodeling to assist. ➻
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A sensitive shift
The double lot, appealing because it provided the potential
to expand, came with its own unique set of challenges.
The driveway needed to shift sideways and all of
the main aspects of the home needed to flip to the opposite
side. Griffey’s company gutted and reconfigured the
entire property but, as he explains, “The homeowner and
I both wanted to be sensitive in terms of repurposing
and salvaging.” As examples, they removed a screened
porch flanked by prominent stone pillars, chipping away
stone by stone in order to reuse hundreds of the stone
pieces later. The homeowner also salvaged and restored
the charming diamond-grid window on the front of the
Not only that, she replicated the window’s crisscross
pattern for the kitchen cabinetry, office and first floor
staircase. “I don’t like going into homes where you know
it’s an old house with a new addition. I wanted it all to go
together,” she explains.
Attention to detail was the name of the game, particularly
in terms of the exterior. An Indiana quarry is the
source for the spectacular stone on the front, lightening
what was originally a dark Tudor look. The stone walkway
leading to the front door is from a Canadian quarry,
and there is still a different variation of stone on the side
and back patio, but all of the colors and hues mesh. ➻
5 The kitchen was moved to the opposite
side of the home to allow for its expansion.
6 Just steps from the kitchen, this casual
dining area is flooded with daylight.
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A brighter future
On the interior, sunlight and warmth filter through windows
into the formerly dark great room. The homeowners salvaged
the dramatic built-in but extended the space, creating a new,
arched doorway. They added a custom limestone fireplace,
with a design the homeowner had sketched on a slip of paper
and which was no easy feat since the 1,500+ pounds of limestone
required extra support in the floor. Meanwhile, a large
piece of steel rests inside one of the beams of the room’s coffered
ceiling, dictating both the depth of the ceiling and the
size of its panels. “It explains why the coffered ceiling is that
deep. This room could handle it, though, because of the tall
ceilings,” says Griffey.
The dining room has countless distinctive features, not the
least of which is the custom-made dentil molding that exemplifies
the epitome of craftsmanship, rounding each corner in
perfect symmetry. Each piece was installed individually, with
no visible fasteners. The room’s medallion-patterned carpet
gives it a royal feeling, and interior designer Joanie Johnson
found the Italian dining room table, Bernhardt chairs, and
the exquisite Currey chandelier.
Moving into the light and airy kitchen, which the homeowner
calls her favorite room, there are more custom details,
from the heft of the baseboard, so chosen to match the
strength of the paneling, to the wood grain of the flooring
that blends with the floors of the living room. She was able
to put her creative juices to work in here, scouring through
design photos until she found a hood she favored and could
use as the basis for the custom hood she had made. For his
part, Griffey suggested lowering the entire ceiling in order to
create the recessed, tin look. All of the tin squares are perfectly
symmetrical. “I think it’s awesome,” says the homeowner.
“It was pretty gutsy but I absolutely love it.”
The crown molding continues to the living room in order
to add a formal edge to the room and to maintain the home’s
clean lines. The blue hues of this room show up again in a
nearby space containing a wet bar and brick chimney. “The
brick exposure was a bonus,” explains Griffey. “We were able
to salvage bricks from the rear foundation, and you can’t even
tell it was patched.” ➻
7 Dentil molding adds to the elegance in the formal dining room. 8 An original brick chimney adds a rustic touch to a wet
bar off of the living room. 9 This side elevation shows the original garage which is now an exercise room with additional
storage space. 10 The home’s crisp lines are evident in the more formal living room.
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Raising the bar
Both the homeowner and Griffey agree that the master bedroom
was the most challenging space to renovate due to the
steep pitches of the roof. But they were successful, raising the
room’s ceiling within the interior yet maintaining the original
visual lines on the exterior. The end result is a serene and gracious
retreat with lots of wall space for artwork.
Ultimately, says the homeowner, “The house needed love;
it didn’t have any. Also, I wanted to make a home my kids
would want to come back to.”
As serendipity—and fate—would have it, she did.
11 A second floor addition,
allowed for a new master
suite and separate his and
hers walk-in closets.
12 New stone on the front
façade gives the home a
softer, lighter look.
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Renovation opens up Worthington home for entertaining
BY KAREN BRADNER | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
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1 Kerry, Leo, Krupal and Esa prepare
dinner in their new kitchen.
2 Beneath its wood wrap, this
beam holds a steel support to bear
the load. 3 The wall with the pass
through over the sink was removed
to make way for a wide open flow
to the family room.
They met at college. After that they lived together for five
years. Now they are closer than ever and recently embarked
on a major home renovation together. They make their
moves and decisions as a unified team and have complete
trust in each other. O Sounds like we might be talking about
a married couple right? You would think, but in this instance
it’s a homeowner and her long-time interior designer best
friend: Kerry Gor and Emily Knoppe. O Kerry met Emily
while they both were undergrads at OSU. After graduation,
Emily has worked as both an interior designer and realtor;
Kerry as a small business owner and entrepreneur, most of
the time alongside her husband Krupal Gor. O Kerry met
Krupal at age 14 when her family moved to the Columbus
area from Lima and she took up residence in the home
behind his. “He would walk me to the bus stop,” she says.
Once they were in college the couple started dating. ➻
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4 A well-stocked mini bar is within easy
reach of both the dining and family rooms.
5 Kerry says she uses the griddle feature
of her range every day. “I don’t have to
soap it down. I just wipe it right off.”
6 Brass handles exemplify the transitional,
streamlined look the designer was aiming
for. 7 The faucet at the island sink was
created by the manufacturer with
contemporary Scandinavian furniture
as its inspiration.
Several dates and a few years later,
the now married Kerry and Krupal are
parents to two young children and were
looking for a house where they could
raise their family. Their wish list was
fairly specific. The home needed to be
in a quiet, diverse community inside
the 270 freeway with a fairly good size
lot. Plus, it would be great to have a
pool and a cul-de-sac location.
Last summer, Emily put on her realtor
hat and found them the perfect
place. “It’s tough to find land inside
270,” says Krupal. “She found everything
Plus the setting was idyllic. The
house sits on 1½ acres in an established
Worthington neighborhood with a back
yard that’s hard to beat. An inviting
oversized pool and nearby pergola are
positioned perfectly between the home
and a heavily wooded section complete
with a creek running through it.
While all the major boxes were checked,
there were a few adjustments that
needed to be made to the interior. “It
was not the open concept we wanted
inside,” says Krupal. Fortunately,
the family selling the home had the
30-year-old plans which indicated
which walls were load bearing. Once the
team at Riverstone Construction came
on board, their architect confirmed the
kitchen wall could be removed and the
floor plan could be changed up.
“We fell in love with the outside
space,” says Krupal. “Once we found
out we could make the inside what we
wanted, it was a no brainer.”
To make the main level of the home
more open, Emily, now in her interior
designer role, suggested tearing down
a wall that ran most of the length
between the kitchen and the family
room. To brace the new opening, a
20-foot support beam was put in place
and wrapped with repurposed wood. A
black iron strap covers up a seam in the
wood. Emily added a second one for
“I wanted it to look as realistic as
possible,” she says. “A beam that large
would need support.”
An opening to the adjacent dining
room was also enlarged substantially.
A formal living room was closed off to
become a study and a former motherin-law
suite was reworked to become a
playroom for their 4-year-old daughter
Esa and 2-year-old son Leo.
“It was a complete first-floor gut,”
says Kerry. ➻
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Plenty of elbow room
This is a couple who loves to entertain, so much of the renovation
was focused on the kitchen.
Emily worked with Marni Cercone, who was a kitchen
designer with Rite Rug, to remove walls and reconfigure the
floor plan to grow the kitchen space by about 50 percent.
A 12-foot long island that seats five comfortably stands at
the center of the space with three oversized weathered zinc
light fixtures adding a dramatic touch. Emily was confident
about the outcome thanks to her diligence during the planning
“I always lay everything out to scale,” she says. “I use blue
tape, blue tape, blue tape.” The designer marked out the
dimensions of the island on the floor and cut circles to mimic
the widest part of the light fixtures and laid them on top. She,
Kerry and Krupal were convinced that it was all going to work
out just fine. “We trusted our designer,” Kerry says.
“Little lights would have been too lost,” Emily adds.
On the very rare occasion when Emily and Kerry couldn’t
agree, they would call for Krupal to be the deciding factor.
“We wouldn’t tell him which of us liked what,” Kerry says.
“But inevitably he would side with Emily.”
Krupal says that when it came to major decisions he definitely
had a say so, but he acknowledges that most of the time
the choices where handled by Kerry and Emily.
One such occasion occurred when it came time to select
hardware for the space. Kerry, Krupal and Emily visited Linda
Manket owner of Premium Hardware. Krupal says Linda
served him a drink and directed him to the lounge area where
he happily relaxed while the women laid out their options.
Among many hardware decisions made that day, the
group selected matte black iron knobs for the interior doors
throughout the home, and brass hardware with a champagne
finish for the kitchen cabinets. “The long thin handles were
Kerry’s idea,” Emily says. “They kind of just go away while
Kerry says. “I can’t
make a decision
8 Cabinets were placed up to
the top of the 8-foot ceiling to
increase the appearance of height
in the room. 9 The soft gray glass
subway tile of the backsplash is
carried through to an accent wall
with floating shelves for display.
10 These rustic iron knobs were
placed on doors throughout the
home. 11 The former kitchen
island makes for a great work surface
in the craft room.
Not wanting to waste the original cabinets,
the couple decided to create a
craft room on the third floor in what
had been an attic. While Emily suggested
this room wait while the team
focused on the first floor renovation,
Kerry pushed to move forward. “It was
crazy to waste this space with all these
windows in it,” she says.
Several wall cabinets and the island
were repurposed for this area which
Kerry uses for play time, educational
opportunities and her own gift wrapping
and crafting projects. ➻ 11
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Built for company
Recently the family celebrated Leo’s second birthday with several of his cousins,
aunts and uncles visiting from across the country.
“I always see us as having guests,” Kerry says. Emily agrees. “It’s one of the reasons
they bought this house. Kerry goes all out when entertaining. There’s always a
theme and she dresses full out. This is the house you want to be in.”
Ties that bind
While a major renovation such as this would often put a strain on the relationship
of those involved, that’s not so in this case. Emily reports that Kerry “was the easiest
person I could ever work for.” Kerry adds with a laugh that she has become even
more dependent on her friend’s design talents.
“She has ruined me,” Kerry says. “I can’t make a decision without her.”
12 The opening between the kitchen and the dining room more than doubled in size.
Interior designer Emily Knoppe, Rigsbie LLC; Kitchen designer Marni Cercone,
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Northern Lighting; Restoration Hardware; Furniture and accessories Trove Warehouse;
Elm & Iron; Restoration Hardware; Flooring Rite Rug; Kitchen Shiloh cabinetry, Cambria
Ella countertops, tile backsplash, Blanco sink, all from Rite Rug; Plumbing fixtures
including Brizo Solna faucet Carr Supply; Appliances Thermador; Hardware
for cabinetry, doors, and entire first floor Premium Hardware; Steel beam
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1890 Victorian Home receives makeover.
DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS A GREAT CHOICE FOR THIS PROJECT!
Design-build is a concept developed to benefit the remodeling homeowner by providing both
quality design and construction services within the same general contracting company. A
design-build contractor will be able to see your project through from start to finish, keeping
design, engineering and budget in mind. Some design-build firms have architects on staff,
others use certified designers. This whole house renovation by Collamore Built is a success
story of the design-build process.
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• Design-build projects can be completed in a
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Putting an empty bonus room to good use was the impetus that inspired this master suite
makeover by Buckeye Basements which includes three distinctly separate rooms that are
connected to create one fabulous retreat. con’t>
Dressing room dreams are made of
It doesn’t hurt that this Hollywoodstyle
closet starts things off with a mini
expresso bar, wine fridge and beverage
center. Add to that a custom-closet
system with an incredibly handy island.
An integrated lighting system features
an option to backlight the shoe display
creating the ultimate night-light.
Clean and classic master bath
White custom cabinetry and matching framed
mirrors create a timeless and classic look
in this master bath. An outdated tub was
removed to make way for a striking oversized
shower and custom makeup station. Walls
painted a pleasant “Granite Dust,” enhance
the gray found in the Carrara marble flooring
Invitation for sleep and serenity
This large master bedroom with its architecturally distinct ceiling came to life once
rich dark wood floors replaced worn carpet and faux-painted walls were made
current with a neutral gray hue. The adjoining bath and dressing room are not just
physically connected to this room--the design flow between the spaces is seamless.
Parade of Homes
Launches Labor Day Weekend
It’s unprecedented. Guests who visit this year’s
BIA Parade of Homes will have the opportunity to
check out every inch of seven luxury homes, each
priced in the $1-1.5 million range.
Jerome Village, a master-planned community
developed by Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI),
is the site of the 2018 Parade of Homes at the
highly desirable Eversole Run neighborhood.
“This year’s Parade of Homes rivals any in
recent years,” said BIA Executive Director
Jonathan Melchi. “The diversity in architectural
styles, combined with the outstanding qualityof-life
offerings of this neighborhood create an
unmatched experience for Parade guests.”
Parade guests will be inspired to take home
thousands of brilliant ideas for their own dream
home improvements, landscaping and décor.
• The latest looks in spectacular interior design
• Gleaming walls of glass
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The stunning homes of this year’s Parade were
developed by the region’s premier custom
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A NOVEL IDEA
Shelving the boring bookcase ideas of yesterday
BY ALLY REUTHER
ONCE UPON A TIME,
there was a high-tech heyday where everybody decided to give
e-books a whirl. Not a particularly lengthy chapter, many people
reverted back to traditional books before long, preferring the
feel of pages turning under their fingertips to the single tap of an
arrow on a smudged screen. Today’s designers have recognized
this reversal in trends and have played out their dialogue to a T,
delighting bookworms everywhere by churning out a variety of
chic bookcases. It would be extremely “shelfish” of us not to share
these with you, but don’t worry, no spoilers here! Flip through the
next few pages to check out these beauties. ➻
Photo courtesy of Cappellini
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from Stray Dog Designs
Just in case the titles on display
aren’t enough to entice curious
guests, the bright colors of the
Snowdrop shelving unit from
Stray Dog Designs are sure to!
Shelves from Haworth
Transform your bookcase into a work of art! With more dips and curves
than your favorite plot twist, these shelves from Haworth present a creative
Mass bookstand from
A sturdy structure devoid of clutter,
the Mass bookstand from Tom Dixon
means business. Topped off with a
brass cladding, the piece will develop
a natural patina over time, creating a
stunning backdrop for your favorite
Claude Modular System
With a unique layered look that gradually tapers
toward the top, the Claude Modular System Three-
Piece Etagere offers a unique combination of bookcase
and storage space. Come up with your own system
for displaying your favorites—perhaps perched
at the position of honor at the top, or maybe on the
lower level where they’re always within reach?
Live edge shelves
from Edgework Creative
Custom designed brackets add a perfect
bit of polish to these ash shelves
with their ever-so-in live edge. Change
it up by choosing a different wood,
longer shelves or different brackets
–although these are pretty tough to
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“Books are the plane,
and the train, and the road.
They are the destination,
and the journey.
They are home.”
Booken bookshelf from Lemamobili
Doubling as a chic shelf and an unconventional
bookmark, the Booken from Lemamobili is perfect
for that bibliophile that has multiple books
going at once.
Albero from Poltrona Frau
Not one to be tucked away in a corner
of the room, The Albero from Poltrona
Frau is a freestanding piece capable of
storing books at various levels.
Augustus Etagere from Hancock and Moore
Looking as if it should be stacked with dusty tomes sporting
well-worn leather spines, the Augustus Etagere exudes
Haynes Etagere from Bungalow 5
Books can be magical enough on their own, but why not add
a little extra sparkle? The Haynes from Bungalow 5 features
beveled glass and mirror insets to give your storage space a
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Bookshelf from Cappellini
Simple and practical, the Bookshelf
from Cappellini is for avid readers
looking to store a large collection.
Open on both sides, it’s ridiculously
easy for bookworms to pluck their
favorite title off of the shelf and burrow
in for the night.
Cloud from Cappellini
Resembling something out of a futuristic sci-fi, the Cloud bookshelf from
Cappellini can be assembled and reassembled into a myriad of designs.
Ingram bookshelf from Arteriors
A solid iron beauty coated with a gorgeous
gold leaf, the Ingram bookshelf from
Arteriors is a classy pick.
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