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CONTENTS

HOLIDAY 2020

COLUMBUS

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GREATER COLUMBUS

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MEET & GREET

14 JUNE SEDLAK MOONEY

STUDIO J

Interior designer shares insights

on the furniture and design

industry

REMODELING

19 PLACING EMPHASIS ON

OUR SHELTER

Remodelers share their project

requests during this stay-at-home

season

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FUN HOME

Families find creative ways to

spend time together at home

INTERIOR DESIGN

30 SERIOUS ABOUT

CELEBRATING

Wall treatments and holiday

flourishes create a festive mood

in historic home

Publishers

Linda Bacher, Florence Murphy

Sales Associate Evelyn Yaus

Contributing Editor Karen Bradner

Creative Services Gina Miller

Contributing Writers

Lee Rhodes

Contributing Photographers

Daniel Feldkamp, Greg Grupenhof,

Connie Kimsey, Craig Thompson,

Robin Victor Goetz

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NEW HOME

51 BRIGHT IDEAS WE

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In a different type of year, this

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Great home design discoveries

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ON THE COVER

47 A grey and silver palette sets

the stage for a dramatic baby

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a player piano in a German

Village condo. See Bringing the

Fun Home on page 42.

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meet

greet

June Sedlak Mooney

Studio J

Backed by 43 years of experience

with furniture and interior design,

June Sedlak Mooney, owner of

Dublin’s Studio J, shares insights

on her industry and the current

environment.

Q How do you begin to design a room for a

client?

A I ask a lot of questions regarding family members and

their lifestyle. I look for inspiration in artwork and floor

coverings that speak to my client’s personality. I get a

feel for what colors they like and get them involved in

the design process.

Q How did you get involved in this business?

A I’m fortunate to have been born into a family furniture

business that my father started in Cleveland in 1947.

When I was in high school, doing odd jobs for my

family’s store, I began to realize my passion for selling,

interior design and the furniture industry. In 2015,

after 38 years of full time work, I decided to move

to Columbus and open Studio J. Since then we’ve

grown to a staff of four designers, an office manager,

two warehouse workers, and my husband who is

operations manager.

Q How has Covid-19 affected your business?

A When all of this started happening, I thought we

would weather the storm fairly well. For the following

reasons: We sell mainly American-made furnishings,

that are middle to upper-end quality. With our clients

spending more time at home they have recognized

voids and needs for sprucing things up. Plus, we have

a 10,000-square-foot showroom and sell pieces

off the floor–great for people who want instant

gratification. We also have several vendors that are

very custom, and can recreate an idea drawn on a

cocktail napkin.

Q What trends are you seeing this year?

A Home offices are more important than ever. We’re

finding people are converting formal dining rooms

into workspaces. With our clientele spending more

time at home, artwork and accessorizing has gained

popularity.

Grays are becoming warmer, and shades of brown

are coming in to play. Accent colors are deeper and

richer. Blues and greens are still strong. We’re seeing

heavier weight fabrics and textures including caning

and rattan.

Wallpaper is coming back in a big way with large

patterns and textures. Textures are just big in every

sense...on the walls, on furniture, pillows, and

accessories.

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Placing ᄐmphasiၳ

on Our Shelter

Remodelers share

their project

requests during

this stay-at-home

season

BY KAREN BRADNER

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Nearly everyone is spending more

time at home due to Covid-19, and

there’s no doubt this shelter-inplace

experience has resulted in the

demand for home improvements.

According to Pam Patter, executive director

of National Association of Remodelers

(NARI) of Central Ohio Chapter, members

of that organization are seeing an increase

in requests for home offices, decks, closet

renovations and kitchen overhauls.

“To say their phones are ringing off

the hook is an absolute understatement,”

Patter says. “Many of them are booked solid

through the end of the year and into 2021.”

That’s true, according to April Howe,

Allied ASID, marketing coordinator at The

Cleary Company who says, “We’re busy!

We’ve had three months in a row of record

setting inquiries. Our designers are scheduled

out two to three months and our production

schedule is out six to nine months.”

“Covid has changed the pace in which we

are able to work due to limiting workers on

a job site,” says Bryce Jacob of J.S. Brown

& Co. “Material delays have also impacted

the efficiency in which we once started new

projects.”

With these issues in mind, we’ve asked

several Columbus area remodelers about the

requests they are getting and the work that

they have been doing over the past several

months. Here is what they had to tell us:

We have been involved in

furnishing several outdoor

spaces since our clients

are not traveling and are

looking to these areas as

a place for the family to

relax and have fun.

–Kim Pheiffer, KP Designs & Associates LLC

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Let’s be honest—

a good soak in the tub

is the closest many

of us are getting to a

vacation these days.

–Jamie Bratslavsky,

Dave Fox Design | Build Remodelers

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We added a covered

front porch to a home for a

family who wanted to visit

with friends and extended

family in an outdoor area

where they could socially

distance under cover.

–Bryce Jacob, J.S. Brown & Co.

We converted a 1908 basement to a

lower level gathering space for a

family, which includes a wine cellar,

kitchenette, and movie room.

– Dave Osmond, Dave Osmond Builders

The kitchen remodels we

are doing these days are

not about creating a larger

space, but rather using

that space more efficiently.

Including an entertainment

space adjacent to the

kitchen allows family and

friends to gather, and provides

a great space for eating,

talking and playing.

–Todd Schmidt, Renovations Unlimited

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We’re getting a lot of

requests for three and four

season rooms and basement

remodels. This particular

project was an outdoor

living space that includes an

attached roof structure with

a kitchenette and patio.

–Wes Graham, Third Space Builders, LLC

We took a small,

closed-in kitchen and

knocked down walls

to open it into a large

gathering space for

the family.

–Jared Mason, Owner,

The Creative Kitchen

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We have seen an

increase in finished

basement requests as

homeowners seek to

fully utilize the space

within their homes."

–Shannon Weigand, CMKBD, ASID,

Eagle Specialty Remodeling

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BEFORE

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With this front porch addition, we removed a

greenhouse our clients never used, relocated

and expanded their front door, and built a

lodge-style gabled porch on this country home.

–George Cleary, CR, Owner, The Cleary Company

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Serious About

Celebrating

Wall treatments and holiday flourishes

create a festive mood in historic home

BY LEE RHODES | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp

The holidays traditionally represent a beacon of hope,

and we need that in 2020 like never before. Holiday sales

started early, holiday carols are flowing through stores and

coffeehouses, and for many, holiday decorating will be

particularly poignant this year.


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But Germantown’s Bret (“Stoney”) and

Vicki Stoneking have been capturing

the magic of the season long before

2020, and spreading joy in the process.

Their picture-perfect approach to

Christmas décor within their historic

Eastlake Italianate home captures both

the modern festivity of Christmas

and the nostalgia of Christmases long

past. Visitors and guests alike are

enchanted.

Built in the 1860s, the home was

one of dozens that the Stonekings

viewed online while house hunting.

“There were all the reasons not to buy

it,” Stoney recalls, yet the couple decided

to take a tour, as Vicki had lived in

a Victorian as a child. The rest is history.

Self-described wanderers, they

had never lived in any one place—or

home—more than a year or so, but

they’ve been in this home, and literally

decking the halls of it, since 2006.

It helps that the previous owners

spent 33 years bringing the home

up to a livable state. Still, Stoney

says, “Like any old large thing, it gets

your attention when it needs it.” The

family had to deal with not only the

draftiness of an old house but also the

challenge of very dark spaces, as all of

the windows have interior shutters.

The couple prowled antique stores for

vintage light fixtures, many featuring

stained glass and crystal, including one

with 3,000 crystals; they added mirrors

to create reflective light throughout;

and they brightened up many of

the spaces with stunning wallpapers.

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1860s, Eastlake Italianate style. 2 The

homeowners searched for light fixtures—including

several vintage crystal

fixtures—which would be appropriate

for the age of their home. 3 An

ornament honoring Lincoln, who was

most likely president when the home

was built, hangs on one of the many

trees. 4 Themes and color schemes

are carefully planned to coordinate

with their given space.

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Color climbs the walls

Kevin O’Donnel of O’Donnel &

Company, whom Stoney calls a true

artist, tackled all of the wallpapers,

often using design sheets that Stoney

created in the Microsoft Paint program

and engineering them throughout

the home. “Engineering” is apropos

because each room took at least a week

to complete and each was like a jigsaw

puzzle. Fortunately, Kevin loves his

craft and didn’t mind that some rooms

contain up to 15 different wallpapers.

The wallpapers, all of which are

handmade and silk-screened, transformed

bland rooms into real-life

vignettes that are rich in color. A stunning

example of the craft is the Persian

papers in the Men’s Parlor. Here, as

in the stairwell ceilings, the deep blue

sky is adorned with shining stars. But

in this room, centered on the ceiling

is paper that recalls an antique Tabriz

rug. (“A flying carpet, if you will,” says

Stoney). Kevin also cites the “flying

carpet ceiling” in the men’s parlor as

an example of both the effective use of

color and the intricacy of the project:

“It required me to expand and contract

the wallpaper to make it appear not to

have a starting or ending point around

the border,” he explains. “This was

done on all of the ceilings.” ➻

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Not a cookie cutter affair

Just as each wallpaper is unique, so too is the

Christmas theme in each room. Also, the couple

never decorates the house the same from

year to year. And for Stoney, it’s personal. He

was born the day after Christmas and thus has

always had a passion for the holidays. “I tease

my wife and say if a month ends in ‘ber,’ I start

the Christmas season,” he says.

The library is always nutcracker-themed

and features some of the couple’s hundreds of

nutcrackers, including a Phantom of the Opera

nutcracker, Old King Cole nutcracker, and a

10-foot nutcracker constructed by Stoney. He

comprised it of industrial paper tubes, steel

pipes and spray paint. This is not unusual; the

couple handles all of the Christmas decorating

and the home’s overall interior design themselves,

relying on Vicki’s engineering skills and

Stoney’s proficiency in carpentry and as an

electrician. (The couple has four grown sons.

And regarding their parents’ Christmas obsession?

“They love it when they visit but don’t

want to help,” Stoney says with a laugh.) The

nutcracker tradition is based on the fact that

Stoney’s mother began collecting them the

day he was born, and the handcrafted one is

fashioned in such a way that it’s easy to move,

which was helpful when they loaned him out

to a local school band that was performing the

Nutcracker Suite.


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5 The ladies’ parlor features the

peacock tree and a collection of

angels that sits on the intricate

mantel. 6 O’Donnel points to the

"Persian rug ceiling" in the men’s

parlor to demonstrate the intricacy

of his work in this home. 7 The

side entrance is a great example

of multiple wallpapers used in the

same room. 8 The stars on the

entry/stairs ceilings carry all the

way to the third floor allowing for

a grand sky-like feel.

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Birds find their perch

There is a pair of peacocks that roost

in various locations from year to year.

When the first peacock shipped, it

arrived without a tail, and the store

claimed to be out of them. So, the

Stonekings bought peacock feathers

and created a tail and, ultimately, a

peacock tree. “We have received a lot

of accolades over the years for the peacock

tree,” Stoney says.

In fact, there are 12-foot trees in

every room, and interestingly, each

room’s theme has an element that

carries into other rooms: the Persian

room has Persian nutcrackers. The

angel room boasts angel nutcrackers.

And there are Santa Clauses everywhere.

It’s fitting, perhaps. Because yes,

Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Especially when you consider a historic

home such as this, where there are

trinkets that date back to the 1800s,

while there are also modern conveniences

such as radiant heat and Alexa.

The home is at once historic and livable.

And always aesthetically pleasing.

“We can sit in our home theater

looking out the windows to the

Victorian mansion across the street

and the field beyond that. And especially

when it snows, it’s quite beautiful,”

Stoney concludes.

9 The peacock tree had accidental

beginnings but grew to be a crowd

favorite. 10 The library’s 10-foot nutcracker

was built by the homeowner.

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Audio/Video Trends

HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND AUTOMATION TIPS FROM HANSON AUDIO VIDEO

Owner Troy Hanson shares his expertise on home theaters, hi-fi audio and smart home automation

1. What changes are you seeing with people spending more time in their homes these days?

• A tremendous growth in outdoor entertainment with

music and TVs.

• Home theaters and larger, higher quality TVs for

enjoyment of movies, concerts, and gaming as well.

• Whole house music and wireless speakers that can

be moved to the basement, garage, attic, patio or

throughout the house.

• Security improvements including various door

stations with video, motion detection, two-way

communication, recording of activity, cameras,

automated door locks, gate control and more.

• Lighting options with automation to control mood

settings, time of day changes, and automatic on and

off. You can check or control all lighting using a smart

phone, touchscreen in the home or from a remote

location.

• Improved internet access in hard to reach places for

remote home and school work.

• Shades and blinds can be automated to work with

time of day, hard to reach places, or in conjunction

with specific functions like turning on a TV--when

you’d want the shades down.

• We have seen a big uptick in golf simulators where an

enthusiast can play major courses in the comfort of

their home. We even have a simulator that allows the

whole family to get involved by also playing up to 13

interactive experiences including soccer, baseball and

football. A favorite is Zombie Dodgeball which is a

blast for kids and their friends.

• Automation of temperature control, and internal

environment control of the home. This is also

beneficial for controlling heating and cooling costs.

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Audio/Video Trends

2. Are home theaters still popular?

Home theater growth has accelerated with the closure of

many movie theaters and the increase use of streaming.

Media rooms can also double as a home theaters. Media

rooms are not “dedicated” as one may think of when

picturing a home theater but can still be setup with a large

TV or movie screen/projector and a great sound system in

a variety of layouts. Screens and projectors can be visible

or they can retract into the ceiling or fixtures to be out of

sight when not in use. The bottom line is a great in-home

experience for watching movies, concerts, video games,

sporting events and your favorite tv shows.

3. What is the future for televisions?

It’s all about smart TVs that are internet enabled with web

access to streaming and can share information with other

devices in the home. Over $200 million in smart TVs were

sold in 2019. That number is expected to grow to $266

million by 2025. The resolution continues to improve with

4K as today’s standard but with explosive growth taking

place in 8K as prices continue to decline especially in the

larger sizes.

4. How do you help clients manage the complexity

associated with these systems?

Although usability is simplified, there is a level of

complexity behind the scenes making these electronic

systems work. This is not unique to the things we do but

is prevalent in so many things that impact our daily lives

from automobiles, appliances, phones, and computers.

Making sure things are always working can be a challenge

so it places a lot of emphasis on designing and building

the right system from the start to minimize issues that

could occur later. We have system designers with decades

of experience in doing this. Electronics being electronics,

things can stop working. For many of our clients we have

installed capabilities that allow us remote access to their

devices to monitor and fix issues. With our automated

monitoring software, we can often identify an issue and fix

it before the homeowner even knows a problem existed.

We even have a 24-hour-per-day, 365-day-per-year service

option for those customers who want to talk with a service

representative day or night. If an on-sight visit is required,

we have a dedicated service department that will dispatch

to the location and remedy the issue.

About the Expert: Hanson Audio Video is a locally

owned and operated business established in 1999.

Since their founding, Hanson’s primary objective is to

help you select the optimum solution for Home Theater,

Hi-Fi Audio, and Smart Home Automation.

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5. How do your clients determine

what is best for them from

a usability, quality and price

perspective?

Hanson is somewhat unique in

the respect that we have two

award-winning showrooms where

our clients can try something

before they buy it. This is a huge

advantage as we can demonstrate

products in a good, better, best and

ultimate environment to match

their desires with a price point

that accomplishes their goal. Our

objective is always to build lifetime

customers vs. one-time sales, so we

don’t try to “sell” anything to our

clients, we simply help them buy

what is best for them.

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Bringing the

Fun Home

2000-2020

Families find creative ways to

spend time together at home

BY KAREN BRADNER

2013. Pittsburgh.

Kingston enjoys indoor swing.

Designer: Camden and Heather

Johnson Leeds; Contractor:

Construction and Design

Photo by Craig Thompson

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20 Years of Housetrends Showcase

2011. Columbus.

Waterproof treehouse

in Bexley. Contractor:

Renovations Unlimited.

Architect: Gary Alexander.

Go climb a tree

It’s a bit of a challenge to travel these days, but we all crave getting out of

the house for a bit of fresh air. Consider trading the big house for a smaller

one out back, tucked away among the trees. Rigging up a pulley system to

send snacks and drinks back and forth is a great way to revisit early social

distancing practices.

There’s no doubt that during these past few months, many of us have been passing our evenings and

weekends binge watching Breaking Bad, Schitt’s Creek, Selling Sunset, The Walking Dead or even

going back and revisiting The Office. But those of us who have grown tired of couch surfing have taken

to finding creative ways to have fun in the safety of our homes. As Housetrends celebrates our 20th

anniversary, during this year of 2020, we thought we’d share some spaces that we’ve featured over

the years that provide a bit of an at-home, family-fun getaway. »

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Hone your craft

Call it a man cave, she shed, whatever you want to call

it, but it’s wonderful to have a space that’s set up and

ready to go when it comes to your hobbies and pastimes.

Woodworking, card making and gift wrapping, all go

smoother when your tools and supplies are right where

they need to be.

2018. Columbus. Craft room in New Albany. Builder:

Ghiloni Custom Builders. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

2011. Cincinnati. Artist studio in Montgomery. Contractor: Neal’s Design-

Remodel, Interior design: Arbor Living. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz

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Boost

your inner

book worm

Avoid the nightly news and escape

to your library and pick your favorite

piece of fiction to take you away from

it all. If you are not in the mood to

read, but need to participate in a virtual

call, these book-filled backdrops are

about as classy a look as you can get

for a Zoom or Teams backdrop. »

2014. Cincinnati.

Library in Northern Kentucky.

Builder: Toebben Builders.

Interior design: Henry Vittetoe.

Photo by Robin Victor Goetz

Photos by Daniel Feldkamp

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Bring

the game

home

If your favorite sports team

has gone virtual, you can get

up-close coverage in your

team-themed room dedicated

for viewing the big games.

While you still may be in front

of a TV—or several TVs for

that matter—you’re still moving

a bit when you yell at the

screen or get up for a cold

beverage.

2013. Cincinnati. Family room turned sports bar.

Woodworking: Transformations Custom Wood Design. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz

have

a ball

While you need a considerable

amount of room for a basketball

court or bowling alley, there are

modified versions of both that

might work for your space. If not,

a good old-fashioned hoop bolted

above your garage door, a cornhole

set or bocce balls will get your

heart rate up just about as well.

2009. Dayton. Brunswick bowling alley. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

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2009. Columbus. OSU-themed room. Designer: Bella Casa;

Contractor: Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

Create your own soundtrack

If you happen to have a musician, or wanna-be musician in your family, now is a great time to dedicate a space to

hone that skill. Whether it’s an elegant grand piano in a first-floor music room or a sound-insulated studio tucked

away in a basement, it’s great to have a set-up ready to go when you are up for practicing or performing. »

2008. Cincinnati. Music room in HOMEARAMA ® . Builder: Spencer Hill Estate Homes;

Interior design: June Surber & Associates. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz

2014. Columbus. Baby grand in

German Village. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

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cue up and Get on board

It’s a great time to chalk your pool stick, dust off the Scrabble set, count your cards or take the time to read the instructions

for a new board game. If you are a glutton for punishment, there’s actually a game called Pandemic where “skilled members of

disease fighting team work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics.” Good luck with that.

2012. Dayton.

Game room during

holidays. Interior design:

Library of Design

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

2012. Dayton. Outdoor chess board in Springfield. Hardscapes:

Custom Outdoor Structures. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

2008. Cincinnati. Game room in HOMEARAMA ® . Interior

design: Nancy Paul and Julie Bell. Furnishings: Walton’s Games.

Staircase: Cincinnati Stair. Builder: Kurlemann Custom Building

Group. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz

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Yes, hand sanitizers, masks and social distancing made a strong statement at this year’s

HOMEARAMA ® , but they could not compete with the spectacular views that were the

clear focus for show attendees. All of the four-story homes on display were topped with

rooftop open-air gathering spaces capitalizing on sweeping views of the Ohio River, the

hills of Northern Kentucky and the downtown Cincinnati skyline.

There was a decidedly more urban feel to this year’s entries that was in fitting with their

location within the City of Cincinnati’s East End, nestled between Columbia Parkway and

the Ohio River. Builders, designers and landscapers worked together to complement

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rather than rival the views. ➻ housetrends idea book 2020 51


BRIGHTideဂ Give yourself breathing room

All of the homes took full advantage of the views off the rear-facing rooms of all three floors. In

most of the homes, glass walls or screens disappeared into recesses in the walls allowing for a

spectacular panoramic view. Gathering areas grew considerably when these walls of windows were

opened up for an easy flow between interior and exterior spaces. All of the homes reserved a major

portion of their top floors for entertaining with indoor bars, outdoor lounging and dining areas. In

The Conductor by Redknot Homes, windows fold away to open up service for two guests who may

choose to belly up to the bar. ➻

1

2

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3

(Page 51) An exposed bulb light fixture hangs in the stairwell of Bella Vista by Sterling Home. 1 Glass panels recess into the

walls to open up the flow to this inviting screened porch in The Berkley by Sterling Homes. 2 Windows above the wet bar

open to serve guests sitting on the terrace in The Conductor by Redknot Homes. Windows: Pella Window & Door 3 The

view of the river and skyline draws guests to the rooftop in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders. 4 Artificial turf provides

an opportunity for outdoor games in The Silverthorne by JNB Custom Homes. 5 A retractable screen opens between a covered

outdoor living area and a deck on the first floor of Bella Vista from Sterling Homes. Photos this spread by Greg Grupenhof

4 5

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1

BRIGHTideဂ

Ditch the traditional dining room

Without interior walls separating them from the kitchen and great

room areas, dining spaces held center stage allowing diners to feel

included in, rather than excluded from the activity surrounding them.

Show attendee Robbin Holliday commented that she loved how family

dining was just steps away from the stove, adding that “Dinners could

be casual or formal depending on how you set the table.” ➻

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2

3

1 Furnishings add to the vintage style that was found throughout

The Royal Blue by Redknot Homes. Table and chairs:

Everything But The House. Cabinetry: Western Custom

Cabinetry. 2 The open kitchen and dining space continue to

the veranda, which opens via recessing glass panels, in The

Berkley by Sterling Homes. Flooring: McSwain Carpets &

Floors. 3 Understated furnishings allowed rich architectural

details to shine in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders.

Interior design: KShiels Interiors. Photos this spread by Greg

Grupenhof

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3

1

BRIGHTideဂ Go with the glow

Each year, light fixtures are eye-catching standouts at the show and this year

was definitely no exception. All of the homes added statements of their

own with carefully selected light pendants, chandeliers and sconces. In The

Silverthorne, by JNB Custom Homes a “wall of light,” a fixture drops gracefully

alongside the three-story staircase and was hand-made in the Ukraine.

“The inspiration for this piece was to connect the three floors with a unified

form that reveals itself throughout the space,” says interior designer, Renan

Menninger. ➻

2

1 A dramatic light fixture in the entry invites guests into The Conductor by Redknot Homes. Flower containers:

Renaissance Garden Accents. Photo by Connie Kimsey 2 Bold, contemporary light fixtures loft added drama to the kitchen

in The Silverthorne by JNB Custom Homes. Appliances: The Appliance Loft. Photo by Greg Grupenhof 3 Pendant lights

add a transitional touch over the kitchen island in The Berkley from Sterling Homes. Flooring: McSwain Carpets & Floors.

Photo by Greg Grupenhof

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A “wall of light” adds contemporary

flair in The Silverthorne by JNB

Custom Homes. Design: RM Interiors.

Staircase: Cincinnati Stair & Handrail.

Photo by Connie Kimsey

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A staircase winds dramatically through four floors in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders. Photo by Greg Grupenhof

BRIGHTideဂ Let stairs make a statement

Inside each of the homes, elegant staircases led visitors graciously between floors. An unexpected twist: in about half of the

homes the first floors were reserved for a master suite and guest bedrooms, with the more public rooms—kitchen, dining area,

and family room--on the second floor where they were perched for a slightly higher view. The others featured the flip of that--

with the upper position reserved for the master suite.

In all of the floor plans, homeowners, and guests, had elevators serving the lower level, first, second and third floors—where

the rooftop patios preside.

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