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If given the option at a restaurant to eat indoors or out, I will always choose
the outside seating, even if it means an additional wait. To me the sights and
sounds are more interesting, conversation is livelier and somehow the food
So, this year, while my meals in restaurants took a bit of a hiatus, I still tried
to get outside with small groupings of my family and friends as often as I could.
As a bit of an extrovert, I needed to have conversations, see faces and just generally
be with people.
On spring and summer days, it would be a couple of friends sitting on opposite
corners of our patio. During the fall and winter, you might find us at our
friends’ home around the fire pit, each of us bundled up in a blanket, or decked
out with hats, mittens and scarves.
For most of us, that need to get outside doesn’t end when the temperature
dips below 60 degrees. For that reason, homeowners want to create outdoor
spaces that are versatile enough to handle all but the coldest of evenings.
With roofs that provide shelter, firepits and fireplaces that add a magnetic
focal point, along with heat, retractable screens and ceiling fans to keep bugs at
bay, and often complete kitchens, today’s outdoor spaces are ready to take on
the action regardless of how the thermometer reads.
This issue of Housetrends celebrates getting outdoors, in our gardens, on our
decks and patios, and in our back yards. If you’re like the majority of Americans,
you are most likely thinking about a way to improve your own outdoor space.
Take a look inside these pages. I have no doubt you’ll find a photo or two that
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Picture this. You’re enjoying hot coffee and
donuts in the cozy dimness of an eclectic little
café in Seattle. The rain is thrumming outside,
but the shop’s rolling garage door keeps it
pleasant inside. Suddenly the rain stops and
sunlight drenches the outdoors. The proprietors
throw open the garage door, illuminating
the interior and inviting the outdoors in.
This happened to Dr. David Key while he
was on a trip a few years ago, and it served as
his vision for his home addition and his new,
forward-thinking outdoor space. He explains:
“I thought, ‘I’m going to put an addition on my
house and I want to make it feel like I’m part
of the outdoors.’”
The fountain was created from an old grinding millstone.
A conversation area was placed off to the side of the
home so as to not block the view from the sunroom.
Staying in character
Key teamed up with Grunder Landscaping Company on the outdoor project, creating a stunning example of the
American Craftsman style, honoring natural materials and craftsmanship. The stone pillars that flank the driveway and
stone columns in his sunroom echo the natural stone of the back yard’s new retaining walls and patio pavers. Take a seat
in one of the Adirondack chairs, and you’ll have the ideal vantage point for viewing three acres of tranquility, outlined
by Great Northern Spruces.
Fittingly, the project won a prestigious award from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association in the category of
Residential Installation over $50,000. Seth Pflum, chief operating officer of Grunder, was the main designer, and he
explains the scope of the project not only the included hardscape construction of the back patio and retaining walls, but
also the installation of landscaping, lighting, a water feature and irrigation system. Achieving cohesion among the many
facets of the project presented challenges, and the Grunder designers collaborated with the architect for the addition, to
make sure the landscaping elements blended seamlessly. Another challenge? The grades in the outdoor retaining walls.
“There were elevation changes, so we had to consider how to aesthetically make the walls look nice and natural,” explains
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Ornamental grasses add to the prairie style of the landscape.
Ultimately the hardscape elements blended seamlessly with the residence and landscape, as
much as the lush canvas of plants and grasses blend into the natural environment. Key wanted
to integrate native Ohio plants and to create a naturalistic feel that complemented the
craftsman style of the home. A combination of perennials and grasses achieved a beautiful
backdrop. “I wanted it to have a prairie feel,” Key says. “The grasses are just spectacular. We
also have wind chimes throughout the property, so we have this natural Zen thing going on.”
The wind chimes must compete with the soothing sound of the water feature, which provides
a gentle, calming sound to enhance the environment. Pflum explains how an old grinding
millstone, a true antique, was repurposed into the water feature, engaging both the visual
and auditory senses. For additional auditory interest, Key opted for copper rain chains versus
gutters, so when it rains, it creates the pinging sound of water against metal. Both the water
features and lighting create additional interest but also don’t overwhelm any one feature.
Finally, light was a crucial ingredient in this
landscaping project. An FX Luminaire lighting
system was integrated as part of the landscaping
and hardscape installation. It highlights
prominent features of the addition, as well as
the back yard. Key wanted to keep the lighting
at a low level so as to not overshadow the sky
and stars each night, and the FX Luminaire system
allows him to adjust the lighting remotely—it’s
a complex system that makes it easy
for the homeowner—and to tailor it to the
As we look ahead to future seasons, Pflum
has some suggestions for homeowners considering
investing in outdoor spaces. (It’s an
excellent time to do this, by the way. The trend
toward investing in outdoor living is here to
stay.) Pflum’s advice? “Take your time,” he
says. “Research the company and interview
designers. Also, really have the expectation
of the length of time it will take to design it.
A good design will take time.” He specifically
recommends not to rush through the product
selections; rather, enjoy the process and focus
on it as a long-term project that you’ll enjoy for
years to come.
Key agrees. “The first thing you have to do
is do your research and figure out what you
really love and what you have to have,” he
says. “Figure out the central theme, and then
everything else falls into place.” In his case, the
stonework and water feature—and of course,
the home’s garage doors that capture views of
the back yard, created the foundation for a unified
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A dozen ideas to help create
an inviting first impression
BY KAREN BRADNER
We’ve all walked or driven past those homes that just call to us like
sirens. Sometimes the call is strong enough that we actually dream
of living there. At the very least we want to be invited inside and
meet the people who surely must be as charming or elegant as
Maybe it’s the perfect splash of robin’s egg blue paint on the front
door. Or it might be the overflowing planters that hang like jewelry
from the windows. If you are passing by at night, it could be the
inviting landscape lighting that turns each tree into a work of art.
Chances are, it’s multiple layers such as this that give a particular
home a more welcoming vibe than its neighbors. We invite you
to take a step out to your own curb, turn around and face your
home and see which of these ideas might work to make it more
inviting—or if you are considering selling anytime soon—more
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Daybed swing by Edgework Creative. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
Seating on the front porch, perhaps
in the form of two rockers
or a swing is a great way to add
to the inviting feel of your home.
Plus it encourages you to engage with
neighbors and the activity on your
street. If you don’t have a porch—
or even if you do—a bench placed
farther out in the yard or along the
driveway is another great option.
Whether it’s a cluster of
ceramic pots at your front
door, or copper window boxes
framing your windows, containers
full of your favorite flowers and
greenery offer a serious amount of
charm and color. Mix and match
your selections to suit your lighting
conditions and color scheme.
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Start right at the curb with
your mailbox. If your mailbox
door won’t stay closed or the
post is tilting like the Tower of Pisa,
it might be time to replace it with
a new version. A bed of droughttolerant
flowers around the base or
a climbing clematis begin the charm
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If your door needs a bit more than a paint
refresher, you might consider replacing it.
New doors, typically constructed from steel
or fiberglass, will most likely be better insulated,
more durable, more secure and require less maintenance.
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If your doorknobs, knocker, or street numbers
are dingy or outdated, think about
replacing them with something fresh and
modern. If you don’t have street numbers, think
about adding them either at the mailbox or near
your front door. Oiled-bronze finishes work well
for a traditional style, while brushed nickel adds a
more contemporary vibe.
Lighting, in layers, adds to the nighttime
charm of your home. Create a clear path to
your front door by placing fixtures in trees
so that they shine down on the walkway. Uplight
a specimen tree for a dramatic effect. Incorporate
a variety of lighting fixtures to create a feeling of
warmth and provide a sense of security. If you
aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, think
about solar fixtures.
Stairs, walkways and driveways all will
benefit from a fresh coat of paint or sealer.
You might want to cover your front steps
with an exterior grade tile. Or, if the budget permits,
consider reshaping your front walkway from
a straight concrete line to a curved paver approach.
This adds visual interest and often serves as a freeform
type of edge for your planting beds. ➻
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Photo by Ross Van Pelt.
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Add splashes of color in planting
beds placed strategically
around your home—the front
of your yard near the street, along
driveways or walkways, and immediately
in front of the house. Choose
plants to frame, rather than hide, your
façade. Include a mix of sizes, colors,
and textures with a blend of annuals,
perennials and evergreens for yearround
color. Prune, weed and mulch
for that well-cared-for look.
In homes with frontfacing
doors make up a significant
portion of what passersby see
from the street. Similar to your front
door, these can be painted and
hardware can be replaced. A color that
matches your siding will make garage
doors blend in, while a contrasting
color–perhaps the same as your front
door—will make them stand out. And
again, should it be time to replace,
newer garage doors are often more
durable and better insulated. They’re
available in a bevy of styles ranging
from traditional and classic to minimalistic
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Add your own punch of
personality with yard art.
Birdbaths, fountains, metal
sculptures, arbors and garden gates
create wonderful focal points. Combine
them with a bit of greenery and
flowers and it’s a hard act to beat.
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If your door is in good
shape, an easy way to
boost its appeal is to add
color. Red says “welcome,” while
something like chartreuse will give
your home a contemporary bend.
(See next page) Black or charcoal
might add an understated elegance.
Consider a swag, flag, or wreath to
reflect your style. ➻
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When passing by one particular home on Broad Street in Bexley,
you won’t see a perfectly manicured lawn out front. But don’t
be mistaken—this is a carefully designed and well-loved parcel of
land. Tufts of clover and a scattering of violets are intentionally left
in the front yard to keep this home’s guests happy. ➻
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Cheryl Vaia and Herb Bresler realize
that their front lawn “isn’t all that
great. It’s a habitat yard,” Herb says.
“The wildflowers that find their way
there, we leave alone. When they
are in bloom, we try to mow around
The couple avoids chemically treating
their half-acre parcel because as
Herb says, “Birds and creatures won’t
come to a treated lawn.”
“The families of bunnies who live
here will attest to that,” says Cheryl.
Planting the seeds
The couple has lived in Bexley since
relocating here from Maryland over
25 years ago. Their son and daughter
were eight and four years old at the
“I’ve always gardened,” says Herb
who has a degree in biology and spent
his career as a research scientist. “We
had a vegetable garden growing up
and my mother said I would plant any
seed I could get my hands on. I have
always been fascinated by plants and
Cheryl, who grew up in the country,
was raised with a similar love of
gardening. Both she and her husband
wanted their kids to have that same
“I wanted them to know what it’s
like to pick things from the trees and
bushes and just eat them,” Cheryl
In addition to an abundance of
flowering perennials and herbs, the
site is also home to black and red
raspberry bushes, apple trees, cherry
trees, a pear tree, a vegetable bed,
an herb garden and four varieties of
hops that are used for Herb’s home
“We don’t spray anything,” Herb
says. “Last year the birds beat us to
the cherries. We didn’t get out there
Low maintenance mindset
In line with the man vs. nature conflict,
this is a couple who, most of
the time, knows to let nature win.
“We try to pick native plants that do
well in this environment. Our water
lilies, ground covers, perennials and
trees are native for the most part,”
“We take a natural, organic
approach,” she adds. “Natives don’t
need a lot of care.”
But without doubt, her definition
of “a lot of care” may be different for
the rest of us.
The couple keeps busy in their
yard from late April to mid-June.
On weekends when the weather is
good, they are out from morning to
night for at least one of the days, if
not both. Most weekdays, they spend
two to three hours working in their
1“Blue Boy” phlox grows next to a “Casa
Blanca” lily. 2 Lupine, peonies, a hardy
geranium and yellow iris are some of the
plants that should be in bloom during
the tour. 3 Molly watches for fish while
standing on rocks in the shallow water,
bog side of the pond. 4 Hosta, coral bells,
and woodland phlox thrive in a somewhat
shady section of the property. 5 Joe
Pye weed is a late-blooming wildflower
that’s native to eastern and central North
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1 A praying mantis enjoys a rest on a coral bell leaf. 2 A monarch butterfly rests on a milkweed pod. 3 A black swallowtail caterpillar
enjoys milkweed. 4 A toad rests on one of the pond’s border rocks. Each spring, Herb says, the pond is filled with eggs, then tadpoles,
then a whole bunch of little toads.
Two varieties of water lilies—including
“Pink Sensation” shown here—are
native to the area and overwinter in
A water refresher
In the corner of the property, there’s an inviting pond, complete with a
pleasant-sounding waterfall. The eight by 20-foot pond is home to fancy
goldfish and a source of entertainment for the family’s cats. Herb hand
dug the pond so that the roots of the nearly 100-year-old trees near the
pond site would not be disturbed.
“I very deliberately designed the pond so that it would largely take care
of itself,” he says. “The plants in the bog on one end catch a lot of silt and
filter the water to keep it clear. Plus, they help the fish hide. It’s a matter
of wetland vs. waterways. You to have create a little wetland to sustain a
healthy body of water.”
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Ready for company
“Our goal every year is to get the garden ready before the summer solstice. We host a midsummer
party on the Saturday closest to the solstice. We’ve been doing it for years. We’ve had
upwards of 200 people here,” Herb says.
“Those years were too many,” Cheryl adds. “Now we try to limit it to about 100 friends.”
The party is a wonderful incentive for the two to get their gardens in shape. Beds are edged
and mulched, furniture is cleaned, and lights are strung from the trees. Then right before the
party all they need to do is mow the grass and sweep off the sidewalks.
This year, the couple has the added deadline of June 6 when they will open their home for
the first time to tour goers on the Bexley House & Garden Tour. Cheryl has served on the tour
committee for over ten years, and she knows what she wants to convey with her gardens.
“You can have great success with using native plants that are known to do well in this part
of the country,” Cheryl says. “We use very few annuals and keep it as organic as possible. This
is a labor of love. I’m hoping this is what people get from the tour. Animals, insects and birds
are happy here.”
There are multiple seating areas where guests can gather and enjoy the gardens.
Container Gardening Tips
Following an earlier career in consulting, Cheryl decided to reinvent
herself and dove into the field of horticulture. She started
a new business, Green Thumb Gardens, and worked as a garden
designer with a special fondness for container gardening. She
recently retired from that business but shares a few tips on creating
Follow the “thrilling, filling and spilling” ideal:
Thrill. You want something tall—that is often the thrilling layer.
Spill. Then you find a spilling plant, that hangs down the sides
of the container.
Fill. You fill in between those two with your filling plant.
She recommends not limiting your selections to annuals, saying
that it is interesting to use tropical plants and perennials in the
mix. And it’s important to have foliage that provides interest
when the plants aren’t blooming.
A hanging planter on the back porch
follows the thrill, spill and fill ideology.
Orange begonias add the vibrant
“thrill” aspect to this planter.
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Mark your calendar
June 6, 2021
“This is definitely the year to celebrate our
gardens, yards, patios, and decks and all the
different ways that outdoor spaces enhance
our daily lives,” says Jane Baldwin, co-chairperson
of the 2021 Bexley House & Garden
With Covid precautions in mind, the
Bexley Women’s Club has decided to focus
their annual tour on open-air venues.
This year’s tour will feature some of the
best outdoor living spaces in Bexley including
nine residential spaces, the two Bexley
Community Gardens, and the winner of
Bexley’s “Love Your Alley” contest.
With north and south locations, the
Community Gardens provide Bexley residents,
as well as neighboring communities,
a place to garden. The gardens are managed
by volunteer community gardeners, currently
led by Jeff and Maggie Harriman.
The Bexley House & Garden Tour is the
primary fundraising event for Bexley
Women’s Club, which has awarded
more than 900 scholarships totaling over
$550,000 to students in the Bexley area.
Both the community’s north and south gardens
will be open during the tour.
New master gardeners set posts for a trellis
in one of the two Victory Gardens.
Visit bexleywomen.org for tour and ticket information,
along with Covid precaution details.
The Bexley Community Gardens have contributed
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Outdoor Living Spaces
BY KAREN BRADNER
Zicka Homes photo by Ross Van Pelt
These days we all have plenty of reasons to take ourselves outside to enjoy some fresh air and wideopen
spaces. So, it’s no surprise that requests are pouring in to remodeling firms and landscape
designers from folks wishing to improve their outdoor living options. While this past year or so has
definitely seen a huge uptick in these types of projects, this has been a sharply rising trend for well
over a decade. If your preferred landscaper or remodeler can’t work you in to their schedule right
away, have no fear—the love of outdoor living is not going away anytime soon. In the meantime, here
are inviting spaces to get your dreaming underway. ➻
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Sitting high above neighboring
rooftops, this upper-level patio
features contemporary furnishings
and artificial turf suitable for outdoor
JNB Custom Homes
Photo by Greg Grupenhof
This covered patio is given another
layer of privacy with carefully
placed trees and an expansive
stone rear wall which houses the
TV and fireplace.
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David A. Millett Inc.
Photo by Greg Grupenhof
DUAL BY THE POOL
Two covered areas, one for cooking and dining, and one for relaxing
or watching the game, flank the back of this home and are within a
few steps of the pool.
CONTRACTOR Neal’s Design Remodel DESIGNER Bob Voigt
LANDSCAPE Hafner Landscape & Supply POOL Mid-American
Gunite Pools Photo by Tiffany Schulz
Curved lines and rustic furnishings add
to the inviting ambience of this backyard
patio which includes a stone fireplace
and nearby water feature.
BUILDER Fischer Homes
LANDSCAPE DESIGN Ward +
Photo by Connie Kimsey ➻
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An open-air upper patio sits
outside a covered space off this
home’s kitchen, while the lowerlevel
patio (seen on page 57) is a
favorite during fall football games.
BUILDER Zicka Homes
DESIGNERS Homeowner and
Photo by Ross Van Pelt
Sliding glass doors create a wide opening that allows
guests to easily flow between the dining area and the
comfortable covered deck.
BUILDER Wieland Builders, LLC
INTERIOR DESIGN Designs on Madison
Photo by Greg Grupenhof
CUED UP BY THE POOL
Relaxing poolside could take the form of an intimate grouping of
comfy chairs or a covered patio that provides shade and a bit of
warmth on chilly days.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN Werbrich’s Landscaping POOL Eastgate
Pools and Spas (in circle) POOL Klimat Master Pools (above)
Photos by Ross Van Pelt ➻
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Are Outdoor Improvements Important?
While the recent pandemic has definitely caused homeowners to focus
on many projects inside their homes, outdoor spaces and outdoor
home activities have also gotten lots of attention. We get questions
from homeowners all the time about improvements they’d like to
make to their homes for their own enjoyment and whether or not
they would be investments that future buyers would appreciate as
well. Those inquiries have become more and more outdoor-related in
Q: What are some unique outdoor elements that home
buyers are looking for with increasing frequency?
A: Outdoor spaces that provide soothing environments have always
been popular, but are being sought out now more than ever. Everyone
working from home is seeking a quiet respite and break from endless
conference calls without having to leave home. Personal backyard
putting greens and multi-purpose sport courts provide such an escape
while still allowing for social distancing.
The health and safety benefits of private pools and spas have led to
their high demand over the past year. As many have experienced the
long waiting list for new pool installations at their current homes,
others have chosen to make a move and try to find that elusive resale
with a pool already in the yard instead.
Q: What outdoor features will likely remain popular even
A: Outdoor kitchens were already gaining popularity, and that is likely
to continue. Many homeowners have grown weary of the need to
prepare more meals at home amidst the pandemic and enjoy a change
of scenery with an opportunity to cook in the outdoor air.
Home improvements such as larger decks and screened porches
afforded additional living space and safer places to gather in the midst
of the pandemic. This outdoor living space will continue to have wide
appeal as many families probably started to feel their homes were too
small with everyone at home together for longer periods of time over
the past year.
Backyard gardening also increased in popularity as many decided to
start growing their own fruits and vegetables during the pandemic.
This enabled homeowners to enjoy the tasty results of their efforts
and also capture some treasured family time together. Continued
gardening activities will be easier this year now that the garden spaces
have already been created.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
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WITH A BOURBON TWIST
Create a signature drink
Booze and barbecues go hand
in hand. Create a cocktail just
for the occasion. Give it your
own stamp and a clever name.
Find a shady corner to situate
a space dedicated to beverages.
Be sure to include non-alcoholic
options like iced tea, lemonade,
and flavored waters for nondrinkers
and designated drivers.
Bourbon slush recipe on page 71
Photo by Connie Kimsey
It’s going to be a great summer for outdoor get-togethers. We’re all ready to
set up our tables, fire up the grill and string some lights to create an inviting
atmosphere for family and friends to gather and celebrate.
With that in mind, we bring you a few ideas to plan your backyard barbecue,
with bourbon—an adult beverage that’s all the buzz right now—playing
a starring role. ➻
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Feed with unexpected food
There’s no doubt that food tastes better when it’s eaten outside. But it also
tastes better when you feed your friends something out of the ordinary.
While brats, metts, burgers and steaks are perennial favorites, consider a
different take—perhaps an elegant beef tenderloin or an option that is easily
adaptable for vegetarians—such as kabobs. Try a new take on traditional
condiments, adding a kick to the ketchup, providing a tasting of mustards, or
creating your own chutney.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kentucky produces 95 percent
of the world’s bourbon supply.
There are now 9.1 million barrels
of bourbon aging in Kentucky,
which is 2 barrels for every person
living in the state.
Bourbon Tomato Jam from Chateau
Bourbon, see recipe on page 71
courtesy of Chateau Bourbon
in Louisville, Kentucky
This bourbon marinade is fantastic for
beef as it helps penetrate the tissue,
leaving the meat tender and full of flavor.
It is also great for pork. Whip out this
recipe on a summer grilling day – while
sipping your favorite pour, of course!
Bourbon contributes flavor and
complexity to both sweet and savory
dishes, with notes of warm caramel
and vanilla to earthy, smoky oak.
-Missy Hillock, Owner/Innkeeper,
Chateau Bourbon in Louisville
1 beef tenderloin or
(4-6) large beef steaks
¾ cup bourbon
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp hot sauce
½ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
¼ cup flour
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Bourbon Charred Tenderloin
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Add a bit of magic
String a few sets of lights overhead
or in nearby trees to set a romantic
tone in your yard. Citronella candles
or torches ward off mosquitoes while
contributing to the ambience. And
a fire pit provides the perfect focal
point for gathering on an evening
where there is even the slightest bit
of chill in the air. ➻
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DID YOU KNOW?
In order for whiskey to be bourbon, it
must be made with a minimum
of 51 percent corn, aged in new,
charred oak containers, stored at
no more than 125 proof and bottled
at no less than 80 proof.
Entertain the masses
Yard games are a great way for guests to mingle. If children
are present, provide sidewalk chalk and ask them to draw
portraits of party guests. Or go for the win with a projector,
a bedsheet, and individual bags of popcorn to set up a movie
area, a bit away from the main hub of activity.
Anticipate special requests
So that you don’t need to leave your own party to rummage
through your medicine chest or closets, fill a fun
container with bandages, sunscreen, bug repellent,
sunglasses, visors, handheld fans, soft blankets and
We have more recipes!
Famed Kentucky bourbon chef Ouita Michel
shares a couple of her favorite summertime recipes.
See recipes for Tomato Bourbon Bombs and
Grilled Chicken McCracken Style at housetrends.
com. Search: Ouita Recipes.
Plus! We share a Bourbon Mule drink recipe
courtesy of Custom Distributors and Spicy Olive
at housetrends.com/bourbon mule.
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FOR A CROWD
This recipe is a favorite summer drink for
Housetrends’ creative director Gina Miller. Her
friend, Ken Krusling, shares his recipe here.
• 3 to 4 cups bourbon
(depending on taste)
• 12 oz frozen lemonade
• 6 oz frozen orange juice
(1/2 of a 12 oz can)
• ¾ cup of sugar
(add more for a sweeter slush)
• 3 regular sized tea bags
• 7 cups water
Add tea bags to two cups of water
and bring to a boil to make a strong
tea. Add sugar and let it dissolve. In a
large freezer safe container, add tea
and 7 cups of water. Mix in remaining
ingredients. Freeze overnight. If slush
is not frozen enough, add another cup
or two of water and refreeze. Scoop
into a Mason jar or Solo cup. Top with
a maraschino cherry and a spoonful of
Gina notes: Some of her friends prefer to add
a splash of Sprite. This adds a bit of fizz to
the drink and expands the number of servings.
Main recipe makes about twelve 8 oz drinks.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center
Sales have been soaring in the U.S. bourbon market for the past
decade. Production has grown by over 150% and the number of craft
distilleries over the period has more than quintupled. Upscale cocktail
bars are serving premium alcohols and social media is working to promote
“In this region, the age of bourbon drinkers goes across six or seven
decades,” says Paul Miguez, liquor store manager for Jungle Jim’s
Fairfield location. “So many people are into it. We are seeing new
customers, who have grown up seeing their parents drink or sip bourbon,
coming in ready to start a tradition of their own.”
BOURBON TOMATO JAM
courtesy of Chateau Bourbon
in Louisville, Kentucky
This jam is both spicy and sweet and
goes great with salty meats. (Makes 1
cup of jam)
• 1 lb roma tomatoes, diced (or a 28oz
can diced tomatoes)
• ½ cup sugar
• 5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
• ½ Tbsp red pepper flakes (more or
less to taste)
• 1 large clove of garlic, minced
• ¼ cup diced sweet onion
• a pinch of cumin
• ½ tsp kosher salt
• 3 Tbsp bourbon
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Bourbon Tomato Jam
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a road trip for bourbon lovers. For information
visit: kybourbontrail.com. Please note some of the distilleries have
limited access due to Covid restrictions. Check with them regarding their
Barrels aging in rickhouse
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AE Door & Window Co. ......................................... 37
Aquatic & Garden Decor ......................................... 13
Ashford Homes ....................................................... 16
Basco Shower Enclosures ........................................ 38
Best Furniture Gallery .............................................. 15
Bexley Women’s Club .............................................. 56
Bova Contemporary Furniture ................................. 11
Cincinnati Stoneworks.............................................. 73
Custom Distributors, Inc .......................................... 26
Find A Pro ................................................................ 62
Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc. .................................. 43
Hamilton Parker ....................................................... 62
Hanson Audio and Video ......................................... 25
Hoffman & Albers Interiors ........................................ 9
HOMEARAMA ® Parkside Estates .............................. 64
ID Cincinnati Furniture & Interior Design .................. 17
Landscape Lighting Resources .................................. 43
Move2Team.com ..................................................... 65
Neal’s Design Remodel .............................................. 4
Peoples Bank ........................................................... 56
Perfect Paver Co. ..................................................... 42
Renaissance Garden Accents .................................... 39
Ryan’s All-Glass .......................................................... 7
Slats Blind & Shutter Experts .................................... 76
Snyder Brick & Block ................................................ 72
The Appliance Loft ..................................................... 6
The Elevation Pedestal ............................................. 56
The Spicy Olive ....................................................... 53
Watson’s .................................................................... 2
Worly Plumbing Supply, Inc. ..................................... 53
Zicka Homes ........................................................... 74
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