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HOLIDAY <strong>2020</strong> | HOUSETRENDS.COM<br />


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Wall treatments and holiday flourishes create a festive mood in historic home<br />


Open dining areas were a major draw in each of the homes in this year’s HOMEARAMA ® . See this space from<br />

The Berkley by Sterling Homes and the rest of our 13-page coverage of the show, beginning on page 51.<br />

Photo by Connie Kimsey<br />

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Remodelers share their project<br />

requests during this stay-at-home<br />

season<br />


FUN HOME<br />

Families find creative ways to<br />

spend time together at home<br />

NEW HOME<br />



In a different type of year, this<br />

fall’s HOMEARAMA ® rose to the<br />

occasion for inspiration<br />



Have fun with these festive<br />

holiday treats<br />


This three-layer carrot cake is<br />

a delicious departure from the<br />

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Nearly everyone is spending more<br />

time at home due to Covid-19, and<br />

there’s no doubt this shelter-inplace<br />

experience has resulted in the<br />

demand for home improvements.<br />

According to Pam Patter, executive director<br />

of National Association of Remodelers<br />

(NARI) of Central Ohio Chapter, members<br />

of that organization are seeing an increase<br />

in requests for home offices, decks, closet<br />

renovations and kitchen overhauls.<br />

“To say their phones are ringing off<br />

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Patter says. “Many of them are booked solid<br />

through the end of the year and into 2021.”<br />

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Allied ASID, marketing coordinator at The<br />

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We’ve had three months in a row of record<br />

setting inquiries. Our designers are scheduled<br />

out two to three months and our production<br />

schedule is out six to nine months.”<br />

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are able to work due to limiting workers on<br />

a job site,” says Bryce Jacob of J.S. Brown<br />

& Co. “Material delays have also impacted<br />

the efficiency in which we once started new<br />

projects.”<br />

With these issues in mind, we’ve asked<br />

several Columbus area remodelers about the<br />

requests they are getting and the work that<br />

they have been doing over the past several<br />

months. Here is what they had to tell us:<br />

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relax and have fun.<br />

–Kim Pheiffer, KP Designs & Associates LLC<br />

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Let’s be honest—<br />

a good soak in the tub<br />

is the closest many<br />

of us are getting to a<br />

vacation these days.<br />

–Jamie Bratslavsky,<br />

Dave Fox Design | Build Remodelers<br />

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We added a covered<br />

front porch to a home for a<br />

family who wanted to visit<br />

with friends and extended<br />

family in an outdoor area<br />

where they could socially<br />

distance under cover.<br />

–Bryce Jacob, J.S. Brown & Co.<br />

We converted a 1908 basement to a<br />

lower level gathering space for a<br />

family, which includes a wine cellar,<br />

kitchenette, and movie room.<br />

– Dave Osmond, Dave Osmond Builders<br />

The kitchen remodels we<br />

are doing these days are<br />

not about creating a larger<br />

space, but rather using<br />

that space more efficiently.<br />

Including an entertainment<br />

space adjacent to the<br />

kitchen allows family and<br />

friends to gather, and provides<br />

a great space for eating,<br />

talking and playing.<br />

–Todd Schmidt, Renovations Unlimited<br />

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We’re getting a lot of<br />

requests for three and four<br />

season rooms and basement<br />

remodels. This particular<br />

project was an outdoor<br />

living space that includes an<br />

attached roof structure with<br />

a kitchenette and patio.<br />

–Wes Graham, Third Space Builders, LLC<br />

We took a small,<br />

closed-in kitchen and<br />

knocked down walls<br />

to open it into a large<br />

gathering space for<br />

the family.<br />

–Jared Mason, Owner,<br />

The Creative Kitchen<br />

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We have seen an<br />

increase in finished<br />

basement requests as<br />

homeowners seek to<br />

fully utilize the space<br />

within their homes."<br />

–Shannon Weigand, CMKBD, ASID,<br />

Eagle Specialty Remodeling<br />

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With this front porch addition, we removed a<br />

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–George Cleary, CR, Owner, The Cleary Company<br />

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Serious About<br />

Celebrating<br />

Wall treatments and holiday flourishes<br />

create a festive mood in historic home<br />

BY LEE RHODES | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

The holidays traditionally represent a beacon of hope,<br />

and we need that in <strong>2020</strong> like never before. <strong>Holiday</strong> sales<br />

started early, holiday carols are flowing through stores and<br />

coffeehouses, and for many, holiday decorating will be<br />

particularly poignant this year.<br />

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But Germantown’s Bret (“Stoney”) and<br />

Vicki Stoneking have been capturing<br />

the magic of the season long before<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, and spreading joy in the process.<br />

Their picture-perfect approach to<br />

Christmas décor within their historic<br />

Eastlake Italianate home captures both<br />

the modern festivity of Christmas<br />

and the nostalgia of Christmases long<br />

past. Visitors and guests alike are<br />

enchanted.<br />

Built in the 1860s, the home was<br />

one of dozens that the Stonekings<br />

viewed online while house hunting.<br />

“There were all the reasons not to buy<br />

it,” Stoney recalls, yet the couple decided<br />

to take a tour, as Vicki had lived in<br />

a Victorian as a child. The rest is history.<br />

Self-described wanderers, they<br />

had never lived in any one place—or<br />

home—more than a year or so, but<br />

they’ve been in this home, and literally<br />

decking the halls of it, since 2006.<br />

It helps that the previous owners<br />

spent 33 years bringing the home<br />

up to a livable state. Still, Stoney<br />

says, “Like any old large thing, it gets<br />

your attention when it needs it.” The<br />

family had to deal with not only the<br />

draftiness of an old house but also the<br />

challenge of very dark spaces, as all of<br />

the windows have interior shutters.<br />

The couple prowled antique stores for<br />

vintage light fixtures, many featuring<br />

stained glass and crystal, including one<br />

with 3,000 crystals; they added mirrors<br />

to create reflective light throughout;<br />

and they brightened up many of<br />

the spaces with stunning wallpapers.<br />

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1 Furnishings fit the home's circa<br />

1860s, Eastlake Italianate style. 2 The<br />

homeowners searched for light fixtures—including<br />

several vintage crystal<br />

fixtures—which would be appropriate<br />

for the age of their home. 3 An<br />

ornament honoring Lincoln, who was<br />

most likely president when the home<br />

was built, hangs on one of the many<br />

trees. 4 Themes and color schemes<br />

are carefully planned to coordinate<br />

with their given space.<br />

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Color climbs the walls<br />

Kevin O’Donnel of O’Donnel &<br />

Company, whom Stoney calls a true<br />

artist, tackled all of the wallpapers,<br />

often using design sheets that Stoney<br />

created in the Microsoft Paint program<br />

and engineering them throughout<br />

the home. “Engineering” is apropos<br />

because each room took at least a week<br />

to complete and each was like a jigsaw<br />

puzzle. Fortunately, Kevin loves his<br />

craft and didn’t mind that some rooms<br />

contain up to 15 different wallpapers.<br />

The wallpapers, all of which are<br />

handmade and silk-screened, transformed<br />

bland rooms into real-life<br />

vignettes that are rich in color. A stunning<br />

example of the craft is the Persian<br />

papers in the Men’s Parlor. Here, as<br />

in the stairwell ceilings, the deep blue<br />

sky is adorned with shining stars. But<br />

in this room, centered on the ceiling<br />

is paper that recalls an antique Tabriz<br />

rug. (“A flying carpet, if you will,” says<br />

Stoney). Kevin also cites the “flying<br />

carpet ceiling” in the men’s parlor as<br />

an example of both the effective use of<br />

color and the intricacy of the project:<br />

“It required me to expand and contract<br />

the wallpaper to make it appear not to<br />

have a starting or ending point around<br />

the border,” he explains. “This was<br />

done on all of the ceilings.” ➻<br />

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Not a cookie cutter affair<br />

Just as each wallpaper is unique, so too is the<br />

Christmas theme in each room. Also, the couple<br />

never decorates the house the same from<br />

year to year. And for Stoney, it’s personal. He<br />

was born the day after Christmas and thus has<br />

always had a passion for the holidays. “I tease<br />

my wife and say if a month ends in ‘ber,’ I start<br />

the Christmas season,” he says.<br />

The library is always nutcracker-themed<br />

and features some of the couple’s hundreds of<br />

nutcrackers, including a Phantom of the Opera<br />

nutcracker, Old King Cole nutcracker, and a<br />

10-foot nutcracker constructed by Stoney. He<br />

comprised it of industrial paper tubes, steel<br />

pipes and spray paint. This is not unusual; the<br />

couple handles all of the Christmas decorating<br />

and the home’s overall interior design themselves,<br />

relying on Vicki’s engineering skills and<br />

Stoney’s proficiency in carpentry and as an<br />

electrician. (The couple has four grown sons.<br />

And regarding their parents’ Christmas obsession?<br />

“They love it when they visit but don’t<br />

want to help,” Stoney says with a laugh.) The<br />

nutcracker tradition is based on the fact that<br />

Stoney’s mother began collecting them the<br />

day he was born, and the handcrafted one is<br />

fashioned in such a way that it’s easy to move,<br />

which was helpful when they loaned him out<br />

to a local school band that was performing the<br />

Nutcracker Suite.<br />

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5 The ladies’ parlor features the<br />

peacock tree and a collection of<br />

angels that sits on the intricate<br />

mantel. 6 O’Donnel points to the<br />

"Persian rug ceiling" in the men’s<br />

parlor to demonstrate the intricacy<br />

of his work in this home. 7 The<br />

side entrance is a great example<br />

of multiple wallpapers used in the<br />

same room. 8 The stars on the<br />

entry/stairs ceilings carry all the<br />

way to the third floor allowing for<br />

a grand sky-like feel.<br />

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Birds find their perch<br />

There is a pair of peacocks that roost<br />

in various locations from year to year.<br />

When the first peacock shipped, it<br />

arrived without a tail, and the store<br />

claimed to be out of them. So, the<br />

Stonekings bought peacock feathers<br />

and created a tail and, ultimately, a<br />

peacock tree. “We have received a lot<br />

of accolades over the years for the peacock<br />

tree,” Stoney says.<br />

In fact, there are 12-foot trees in<br />

every room, and interestingly, each<br />

room’s theme has an element that<br />

carries into other rooms: the Persian<br />

room has Persian nutcrackers. The<br />

angel room boasts angel nutcrackers.<br />

And there are Santa Clauses everywhere.<br />

It’s fitting, perhaps. Because yes,<br />

Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.<br />

Especially when you consider a historic<br />

home such as this, where there are<br />

trinkets that date back to the 1800s,<br />

while there are also modern conveniences<br />

such as radiant heat and Alexa.<br />

The home is at once historic and livable.<br />

And always aesthetically pleasing.<br />

“We can sit in our home theater<br />

looking out the windows to the<br />

Victorian mansion across the street<br />

and the field beyond that. And especially<br />

when it snows, it’s quite beautiful,”<br />

Stoney concludes.<br />

9 The peacock tree had accidental<br />

beginnings but grew to be a crowd<br />

favorite. 10 The library’s 10-foot nutcracker<br />

was built by the homeowner.<br />

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• Home theaters and larger, higher quality TVs for<br />

enjoyment of movies, concerts, and gaming as well.<br />

• Whole house music and wireless speakers that can<br />

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• Security improvements including various door<br />

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• Lighting options with automation to control mood<br />

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• Improved internet access in hard to reach places for<br />

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• We have seen a big uptick in golf simulators where an<br />

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Audio/Video Trends<br />

2. Are home theaters still popular?<br />

Home theater growth has accelerated with the closure of<br />

many movie theaters and the increase use of streaming.<br />

Media rooms can also double as a home theaters. Media<br />

rooms are not “dedicated” as one may think of when<br />

picturing a home theater but can still be setup with a large<br />

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

a variety of layouts. Screens and projectors can be visible<br />

or they can retract into the ceiling or fixtures to be out of<br />

sight when not in use. The bottom line is a great in-home<br />

experience for watching movies, concerts, video games,<br />

sporting events and your favorite tv shows.<br />

3. What is the future for televisions?<br />

It’s all about smart TVs that are internet enabled with web<br />

access to streaming and can share information with other<br />

devices in the home. Over $200 million in smart TVs were<br />

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Families find creative ways to<br />

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2013. Pittsburgh.<br />

Kingston enjoys indoor swing.<br />

Designer: Camden and Heather<br />

Johnson Leeds; Contractor:<br />

Construction and Design<br />

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20 Years of Housetrends Showcase<br />

2011. Columbus.<br />

Waterproof treehouse<br />

in Bexley. Contractor:<br />

Renovations Unlimited.<br />

Architect: Gary Alexander.<br />

Go climb a tree<br />

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

the house for a bit of fresh air. Consider trading the big house for a smaller<br />

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

send snacks and drinks back and forth is a great way to revisit early social<br />

distancing practices.<br />

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

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

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

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

anniversary, during this year of <strong>2020</strong>, we thought we’d share some spaces that we’ve featured over<br />

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

housetrends idea book <strong>2020</strong> 43

Hone your craft<br />

Call it a man cave, she shed, whatever you want to call<br />

it, but it’s wonderful to have a space that’s set up and<br />

ready to go when it comes to your hobbies and pastimes.<br />

Woodworking, card making and gift wrapping, all go<br />

smoother when your tools and supplies are right where<br />

they need to be.<br />

2018. Columbus. Craft room in New Albany. Builder:<br />

Ghiloni Custom Builders. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

2011. <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. Artist studio in Montgomery. Contractor: Neal’s Design-<br />

Remodel, Interior design: Arbor Living. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

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Boost<br />

your inner<br />

book worm<br />

Avoid the nightly news and escape<br />

to your library and pick your favorite<br />

piece of fiction to take you away from<br />

it all. If you are not in the mood to<br />

read, but need to participate in a virtual<br />

call, these book-filled backdrops are<br />

about as classy a look as you can get<br />

for a Zoom or Teams backdrop. »<br />

2014. <strong>Cincinnati</strong>.<br />

Library in Northern Kentucky.<br />

Builder: Toebben Builders.<br />

Interior design: Henry Vittetoe.<br />

Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

Photos by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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Bring<br />

the game<br />

home<br />

If your favorite sports team<br />

has gone virtual, you can get<br />

up-close coverage in your<br />

team-themed room dedicated<br />

for viewing the big games.<br />

While you still may be in front<br />

of a TV—or several TVs for<br />

that matter—you’re still moving<br />

a bit when you yell at the<br />

screen or get up for a cold<br />

beverage.<br />

2013. <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. Family room turned sports bar.<br />

Woodworking: Transformations Custom Wood Design. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

have<br />

a ball<br />

While you need a considerable<br />

amount of room for a basketball<br />

court or bowling alley, there are<br />

modified versions of both that<br />

might work for your space. If not,<br />

a good old-fashioned hoop bolted<br />

above your garage door, a cornhole<br />

set or bocce balls will get your<br />

heart rate up just about as well.<br />

2009. Dayton. Brunswick bowling alley. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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2009. Columbus. OSU-themed room. Designer: Bella Casa;<br />

Contractor: Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

Create your own soundtrack<br />

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

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

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

2008. <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. Music room in HOMEARAMA ® . Builder: Spencer Hill Estate Homes;<br />

Interior design: June Surber & Associates. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

2014. Columbus. Baby grand in<br />

German Village. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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cue up and Get on board<br />

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<br />

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

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

2012. Dayton.<br />

Game room during<br />

holidays. Interior design:<br />

Library of Design<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

2012. Dayton. Outdoor chess board in Springfield. Hardscapes:<br />

Custom Outdoor Structures. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

2008. <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. Game room in HOMEARAMA ® . Interior<br />

design: Nancy Paul and Julie Bell. Furnishings: Walton’s Games.<br />

Staircase: <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Stair. Builder: Kurlemann Custom Building<br />

Group. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

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

HOMEARAMA ® , but they could not compete with the spectacular views that were the<br />

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

rooftop open-air gathering spaces capitalizing on sweeping views of the Ohio River, the<br />

hills of Northern Kentucky and the downtown <strong>Cincinnati</strong> skyline.<br />

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

location within the City of <strong>Cincinnati</strong>’s East End, nestled between Columbia Parkway and<br />

the Ohio River. Builders, designers and landscapers worked together to complement<br />

Photo by Connie Kimsey<br />

rather than rival the views. ➻ housetrends idea book <strong>2020</strong> 51

BRIGHTideဂ Give yourself breathing room<br />

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

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

spectacular panoramic view. Gathering areas grew considerably when these walls of windows were<br />

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

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

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

choose to belly up to the bar. ➻<br />

1<br />

2<br />

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3<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 5<br />

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1<br />

BRIGHTideဂ<br />

Ditch the traditional dining room<br />

Without interior walls separating them from the kitchen and great<br />

room areas, dining spaces held center stage allowing diners to feel<br />

included in, rather than excluded from the activity surrounding them.<br />

Show attendee Robbin Holliday commented that she loved how family<br />

dining was just steps away from the stove, adding that “Dinners could<br />

be casual or formal depending on how you set the table.” ➻<br />

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2<br />

3<br />

1 Furnishings add to the vintage style that was found throughout<br />

The Royal Blue by Redknot Homes. Table and chairs:<br />

Everything But The House. Cabinetry: Western Custom<br />

Cabinetry. 2 The open kitchen and dining space continue to<br />

the veranda, which opens via recessing glass panels, in The<br />

Berkley by Sterling Homes. Flooring: McSwain Carpets &<br />

Floors. 3 Understated furnishings allowed rich architectural<br />

details to shine in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders.<br />

Interior design: KShiels Interiors. Photos this spread by Greg<br />

Grupenhof<br />

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3<br />

1<br />

BRIGHTideဂ Go with the glow<br />

Each year, light fixtures are eye-catching standouts at the show and this year<br />

was definitely no exception. All of the homes added statements of their<br />

own with carefully selected light pendants, chandeliers and sconces. In The<br />

Silverthorne, by JNB Custom Homes a “wall of light,” a fixture drops gracefully<br />

alongside the three-story staircase and was hand-made in the Ukraine.<br />

“The inspiration for this piece was to connect the three floors with a unified<br />

form that reveals itself throughout the space,” says interior designer, Renan<br />

Menninger. ➻<br />

2<br />

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

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

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

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

Photo by Greg Grupenhof<br />

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A “wall of light” adds contemporary<br />

flair in The Silverthorne by JNB<br />

Custom Homes. Design: RM Interiors.<br />

Staircase: <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Stair & Handrail.<br />

Photo by Connie Kimsey<br />

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

BRIGHTideဂ Let stairs make a statement<br />

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

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

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

with the upper position reserved for the master suite.<br />

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

the rooftop patios preside.<br />

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ᄄuilders and Interior Designerၴ<br />

HOMEARAMA ® <strong>2020</strong><br />

The Silverthorne<br />

Builder: JNB Custom Homes<br />

Interior design: Renan Menninger,<br />

RM Interiors<br />

Home staging: Design to Market<br />

Bella Vista<br />

Builder: Sterling Homes<br />

Interior design: Amy Holt, Aubrey<br />

Williams, Annie Orosz,<br />

Designs on Madison<br />

The Conductor<br />

Builder: Rednot Homes<br />

Interior design: Aubrie Welsh, Jessica<br />

Davies, Becky Miller, Lara Roller,<br />

Aubrie Welsh Interiors<br />

The Berkley<br />

Builder: Sterling Homes<br />

Interior design: Amy Holt, Aubrey<br />

Williams, Annie Orosz,<br />

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The Royal Blue<br />

Builder: Rednot Homes<br />

Interior design: Aubrie Welsh, Jessica<br />

Davies, Becky Miller, Lara Roller,<br />

Aubrie Welsh Interiors<br />

The Millard Fillmore<br />

Builder: Wieland Builders<br />

Interior design: Kelly Shiels,<br />

KShiels Interiors<br />

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BRIGHTideဂ<br />

Take lessons from history<br />

While the majority of the homes leaned contemporary, two had a decidedly more traditional look. The Royal Blue, from<br />

Redknot Homes, with its painted lady revival style had an exterior that stood out from the crowd, but its interior also stepped<br />

away from the norm, as it was furnished with vintage pieces that the designers collected from area antique stores. Aubrie Welsh,<br />

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were pre-loved.” Her associate, Lara Roller adds, “People are mixing in antiques and vintage pieces. There’s an appreciation of<br />

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Next door, in The Millard Fillmore, by Wieland Builders, (see page 55) there’s a definite minimalistic feel to the furnishings,<br />

but intricate layers of architectural elements are fitting for this home’s owner who is a history buff, with a particular focus on<br />

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"Pay attention to the details and the woodwork and you won’t need to rely on accessories to create a classic, traditional look,”<br />

says Kelly Shiels, the home’s interior designer. “The goal in this home was sophistication—not charm.”<br />

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BRIGHTideဂ<br />

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Stained dark, painted light, or left in a natural<br />

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floors with more of a natural wood finish,<br />

while ceiling beams took on a warmer stain. In<br />

The Royal Blue, the most traditional of all of the<br />

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vintage furnishings. ➻<br />

2<br />

2 In the Berkley, a light wood table, with dark<br />

stained chairs, was set with layers of wood<br />

chargers, plates and bowls for an inviting effect.<br />

Interior design: Designs on Madison. Artwork:<br />

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3<br />

1 A Rookwood Tile fireplace and furnishings add rich greens to The Royal Blue’s great room. Interior design: Aubrie Welsh<br />

Interiors. Artwork and furniture: Everything But The House. 3 Woods in all forms—painted, stained and natural—adorn<br />

the walls, floors and furniture in The Berkley’s great room. Interior design: Designs on Madison. Beams and built-ins: C&W<br />

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1 In The Silverthorne, layers of textures and materials help to create an inviting guest room. Staging: Design to Market.<br />

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BRIGHTideဂ Play with Patterns<br />

In both entries from Sterling Homes, layers of patterns were mixed<br />

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a warm, welcoming impression. “Virtually<br />

any color you find at Sherwin-Williams can<br />

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Replacing the glass in your current door<br />

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When planning a larger redesign of your<br />

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2 pounds white candy melts<br />

20 lollipop sticks<br />

1 box fruit roll-ups<br />

edible ink markers<br />

black candy writer<br />

carrot sprinkles<br />

red m&ms<br />

Cook cake as directed on box and cool<br />

completely, trim off sides and bottom<br />

(they tend to discolor the white balls)<br />

and crumble into large bowl.<br />

Mix crumbles thoroughly with a little less<br />

than ½ can frosting, with a large spoon<br />

or your hands. Should be the texture<br />

of play-doh when completely mixed<br />

together. Add more frosting if necessary.<br />

Roll mixture into quarter-size balls and<br />

place on wax paper-covered cookie<br />

sheet. For the snowman heads, roll balls<br />

slightly smaller than the body.<br />

One box of cake mix will make<br />

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Chill balls for several hours to firm.<br />

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All our furniture is made in the USA, in family-owned facilities<br />

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Are there different styles that fall under the “Amish”<br />

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Food<br />

Thought<br />

FOR<br />

With the addition of pistachios, this three-layer<br />

carrot cake is a delicious departure from the norm<br />

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Pistachio<br />

Carrot<br />

Cake<br />

Photo and recipe provided by<br />

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove<br />

BEFORE YOU START: Roasting nuts helps<br />

to bring out their flavor, as the oils in the<br />

nut become more pronounced. Grinding<br />

or chopping them very fine gives a better<br />

texture to your cake. Also, shredded<br />

carrots can be purchased for this recipe<br />

but make sure to chop them smaller for a<br />

finer texture in your cake.<br />

YIELD Makes three 8 or 9-inch<br />

round cake pans<br />



1¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons (3¾ sticks)<br />

unsalted butter, room temp<br />

3 cups firmly packed brown sugar<br />

1½ teaspoons kosher salt<br />

1½ teaspoons vanilla<br />

6 large eggs<br />

3¾ cups all-purpose flour<br />

4½ teaspoons baking powder<br />

1 teaspoon cinnamon<br />

4½ cups finely grated carrots<br />

1½ cups pistachios, toasted, cooled,<br />

and finely ground<br />


36 ounces cream cheese<br />

2¼ cups butter (4½ sticks),<br />

room temperature<br />

4½ cups powdered sugar<br />

1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br />

2 cups pistachios, toasted, cooled,<br />

chopped into medium pieces<br />

For directions, go to housetrends.com and<br />

search: Pistachio Carrot Cake<br />

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Carol and Daniel Grubb, owners<br />

of ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Furniture<br />

and Interior Design<br />

ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong>’s Daniel and Carol Grubb share their knowledge<br />

on stylish furniture and superior interior design.<br />

Q How did you get involved in furniture and interior<br />

design?<br />

A As a third generation “furniture guy” Daniel opened his<br />

first store in 1991. As we continued to grow and evolve, we<br />

opened ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong> in 2012 to provide specific answers<br />

for our client’s home interior needs. By the way, ID in our<br />

name stands for interior design.<br />

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Q Let’s say I am buying a sofa. How<br />

do I know it’s a quality piece?<br />

A Quality used to be defined by “built<br />

to last.” Does anyone want a 300-<br />

pound sofa from 1990 because<br />

it was built like a tank, lol? Now,<br />

quality is more about the look, the<br />

comfort, the finishes and filling<br />

materials, how the sofa makes you<br />

feel--not how you will feel about it<br />

in 20 years. I’ll give you a hint, you<br />

won’t still be in love with it. On a<br />

serious note, the fabric selected<br />

causes the greatest variance on<br />

price.<br />

Q What colors are you seeing a lot<br />

of right now? Is grey here to stay?<br />

A We don’t believe everyone in<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> wants a color because<br />

NY or LA says it’s the new cool<br />

color. Plus, our clients don’t want to<br />

repaint every year. We use current<br />

trends as a guide, but color invokes<br />

different emotions, and we want<br />

the client to feel comfortable in<br />

their home.<br />

Q How do you make a homeowner feel comfortable before hiring an<br />

interior designer and investing in new furniture?<br />

A This one is easy. We don’t charge for our design services. If we don’t<br />

“nail it,” you don’t buy it. We invest the effort to put together a room<br />

without collecting one dime upfront. Our designers take the time to<br />

understand who our clients are, how they live and what is important to<br />

them in their home. Every room is different and catered to the client’s<br />

wants and dreams.<br />

Q What is a trend you are excited about?<br />

A Wallpaper is back and in a big way. The new generation paper is less<br />

expensive, there are more options and it’s easier to remove when you<br />

are ready to give the room a new look.<br />

Q What do you recommend as a<br />

starting point when furnishing a<br />

room?<br />

A Inspiration. Clients should find<br />

something that inspires them.<br />

Artwork, nature, a piece of fabric,<br />

or colors, etc. An ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong><br />

designed room will have a “feel”<br />

to it that reflects the client’s style,<br />

tastes, way of living and personality.<br />

Due to Covid-19, we communicate often<br />

via phone and email, but offer safe visits<br />

in our 8,500 sq. ft. showroom.<br />

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EntryPoint Door Transformations.........................72<br />

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FCN Bank...........................................................68<br />

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Handcrafted Amish Furniture...............................78<br />

Hanson Audio and Video......................... 39 and 50<br />

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ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Furniture & Interior Design.............86<br />

Kitchen Design Group, LLC.................................11<br />

Louisville Tile.........................................................6<br />

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Snyder Brick & Block...........................................89<br />

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Five Common<br />

Home-Selling Myths<br />

1. I should get my home ready for the market, then call a listing<br />

agent.<br />

Sellers should solicit the free advice of a real estate listing professional<br />

early in the process of preparing to sell. In many cases, there might<br />

be some changes a seller hadn’t considered that could be impactful<br />

for resale. Often times, a seller may choose to spend time and energy<br />

on making changes that aren’t actually favorable to resale. I never<br />

like to see a seller spend good money after a bad decision before we<br />

have the opportunity to meet. HGTV can only guide a seller so far.<br />

Regional values and trends are more important. I also have a lengthy<br />

list of contractors to share to help sellers along the presale repair and<br />

upgrade process.<br />

2. The market is so hot right now, I don’t have to make any<br />

repairs or upgrades before selling.<br />

Sellers have only 7-10 seconds online to grab a buyer’s attention.<br />

Many buyers have what I call HGTV-itis and want all the upgrades<br />

already done. Today’s buyers are willing to pay more to have some<br />

upgrades already completed rather than spending time and money<br />

after closing doing the work themselves. In a seller’s market, the<br />

correct improvements will result not only in a positive return on<br />

investment, but also a quicker sale. Faster sales almost always net the<br />

seller more money. However, you should consult with a real estate<br />

professional before choosing what upgrades to make before selling<br />

(see #1).<br />

3. Price it high since it is a seller’s market and buyers will pay<br />

more than market value.<br />

Pricing close to market value actually results in more online viewings<br />

and therefore, more showings. Various online pricing models are<br />

readily available to buyers today, so buyers compute pricing before<br />

even visiting a property. They will generally not visit properties with<br />

unrealistic pricing. Instead, with a trusted real estate professional,<br />

price your property at market value and attract more buyers. This,<br />

if done correctly, can force your sale price higher than market value.<br />

4. Sellers need in-person showings and open houses to sell their<br />

property in today’s market.<br />

COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in quite a few virtual buyers in<br />

our market. Increased use of 3D virtual tours and additional online<br />

property photos have made this process easier. Many agents are doing<br />

live virtual walkthroughs instead of in-person visits. Seller permission<br />

is required for virtual showings and videotaping, so be sure your<br />

listing agent conveys your permission for virtual showings. Due<br />

to coronavirus concerns, some buyers are reluctant to attend open<br />

houses and even prefer the reassurance of a private showing, if they<br />

are available to walk through themselves.<br />

5. With so many online opportunities to attract a buyer, I don’t<br />

need a listing agent to sell my property.<br />

Unparalleled internet exposure is only one component of what a<br />

full-time real estate professional can provide. While the internet may<br />

capture a lot of listing views, many of those buyers are just browsing.<br />

Only an experienced local agent can connect your property with the<br />

right buyers. Their network allows them to connect with the agents<br />

currently working with the most active and ready-to-buy buyers.<br />

Staging, professional photography, and strong negotiation skills are<br />

also reasons to engage a real estate professional to sell your home for<br />

top dollar.<br />


Ellie Kowalchik, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, leads the top-ranked Move2Team. A multimillion<br />

dollar producer and company sales leader, she holds the advanced designations of Seller Representative<br />

Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, as well as e-Pro with a focus on technology. She was also named one of<br />

America’s Best Real Estate Agents by RealTrends in 2018, 2019 and <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Have real estate questions you’d like to see answered in a future edition of Ask the Expert?<br />

Give Ellie a call at (513) 536-6831 or email her at EllieKowalchik@gmail.com.<br />


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