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Outdoor Living

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CONTENTS

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LABOR OF LOVE

Gardeners create a home for native plants and animals

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This lower-level patio is a well-loved space in one Anderson Township home. See more patios, decks

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OUTDOOR LIVING

18 NATURAL EXTENSION

Sunporch opens up wide to a landscape

accented with stones and sounds

57 INVITING OUTDOOR SPACES

We have plenty of reasons to take the

entertaining outside

DESIGN IDEAS

28 CURB APPEAL CHECKLIST

A dozen ideas to help create an inviting first impression

IT’S TIME TO TALK

40 FOUNTAINS

Water features are pleasing to the eyes and ears

54 OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Give the moon an assist in lighting up your night

FOOD AND DRINK

66 BACKYARD BARBECUE

Tastes and tips for a BBQ with a bourbon twist

DEPARTMENTS

14 FRESH FINDS

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EDITOR’S

NOTE

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Publishers

Linda Bacher, Florence Murphy

Sales Associate Evelyn Yaus

Editor Karen Bradner

Creative Director Gina Miller

Quality Control Specialist Heather Fox

Social Media Coordinator

Megan Maschari

Contributing Writer Lee Rhodes

Contributing Photographers

Herb Bresler, Brett Bulthuis, Daniel

Feldkamp, Greg Grupenhof, Connie Kimsey,

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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

tastes better.

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

will inspire your own backyard makeover.

Thanks for reading.

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Rear elevation before addition

Two glass garage doors lift up to invite the outdoors in.

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Natural Extension

Sunroom opens up wide to a landscape

accented with stones and sounds

BY LEE RHODES | PHOTOS BY DANIEL FELDKAMP

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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.

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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

Pflum. ➻

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Ornamental grasses add to the prairie style of the landscape.

Native selections

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.

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Careful lighting

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

different seasons.

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

aesthetic and the beauty to come. ➻

Lighting can be customized depending upon the

mood the homeowner wishes to create.

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It’s just a very restful

place, and that’s what it

was created to be.

—Dr. David Key

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a curb

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Checklist

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

their home.

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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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.

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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

streetside.

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Clean is simple. No need to

hammer this home. Clean

windows, and power-washed

siding, driveways and walkways are

hard to beat when it comes to that

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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.

Streamed door from ODL

House numbers from Rookwood Pottery

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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.

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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.

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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. ➻

Exterior lighting by Landscape Lighting Resources

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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

garages, garage

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

and contemporary.

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Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

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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Canyon Ridge Carriage House garage doors, courtesy of Clopy Garage Doors

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. ➻

Juliet Birdbath by Campania International

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Spotlight glass panel front door from ODL

Doing even one of these steps will make a

noticeable change to your home’s exterior.

Add a few more and you will get the neighbors

talking. Send us before and afters to

publishers@houstrends.com if you are particularly

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BY KAREN BRADNER | Photos by Herb Bresler and Cheryl Vaia

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

them.”

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

time.

“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

animals.”

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

experience.

“I wanted them to know what it’s

like to pick things from the trees and

bushes and just eat them,” Cheryl

says.

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

brewing hobby.

“We don’t spray anything,” Herb

says. “Last year the birds beat us to

the cherries. We didn’t get out there

in time.”

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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,”

says Cheryl.

“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

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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

America.

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It’s a

habitat yard.

–Herb Bresler

1 2

3 4

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.

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Two varieties of water lilies—including

“Pink Sensation” shown here—are

native to the area and overwinter in

the pond.

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.

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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

beautiful planters:

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

Tour.

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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with 75 pounds in 2011 increasing to 1,250

pounds in 2020.

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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

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are inviting spaces to get your dreaming underway. ➻

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Photo by Greg Grupenhof

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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.

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Curved lines and rustic furnishings add

to the inviting ambience of this backyard

patio which includes a stone fireplace

and nearby water feature.

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN Ward +

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Photo by Connie Kimsey ➻

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UPSTAIRS,

DOWNSTAIRS

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

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Photo 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

recent years.

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

post-pandemic?

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.

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TASTES

AND TIPS FOR A

Backyard

Barbecue

WITH A BOURBON TWIST

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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.

—The Kentucky

Distillers’ Association

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Bourbon, see recipe on page 71

BOURBON CHARRED

TENDERLOIN

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

INGREDIENTS

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

For directions:

go to housetrends.com and search:

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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.

—The Kentucky

Distillers’ Association

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

throws.

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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BOURBON SLUSH

FOR A CROWD

This recipe is a favorite summer drink for

Housetrends’ creative director Gina Miller. Her

friend, Ken Krusling, shares his recipe here.

INGREDIENTS

• 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

cherry juice.

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

Bourbon boom

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

small-batch businesses.

“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)

INGREDIENTS

• 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

For directions:

go to housetrends.com and search:

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

policy.

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warranty!

Rudy and Rudy (father and son)

Rudy Sr. keeps the spirit of the business alive with his smile.

513-616-9835 « www.SlatsBlinds.com « Visit our showroom 11928 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati 45249

HTCI0521.008

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