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JUNE <strong>2021</strong> | HOUSETRENDS.COM





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Sunporch opens up wide to a landscape<br />

accented with stones and sounds<br />


We have plenty of reasons to take the<br />

entertaining outside<br />



A dozen ideas to help create an inviting first impression<br />


40 FOUNTAINS<br />

Water features are pleasing to the eyes and ears<br />


Give the moon an assist in lighting up your night<br />



Tastes and tips for a BBQ with a bourbon twist<br />


14 FRESH FINDS<br />

Great discoveries we just had to share<br />

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If given the option at a restaurant to eat indoors or out, I will always choose<br />

the outside seating, even if it means an additional wait. To me the sights and<br />

sounds are more interesting, conversation is livelier and somehow the food<br />

tastes better.<br />

So, this year, while my meals in restaurants took a bit of a hiatus, I still tried<br />

to get outside with small groupings of my family and friends as often as I could.<br />

As a bit of an extrovert, I needed to have conversations, see faces and just generally<br />

be with people.<br />

On spring and summer days, it would be a couple of friends sitting on opposite<br />

corners of our patio. During the fall and winter, you might find us at our<br />

friends’ home around the fire pit, each of us bundled up in a blanket, or decked<br />

out with hats, mittens and scarves.<br />

For most of us, that need to get outside doesn’t end when the temperature<br />

dips below 60 degrees. For that reason, homeowners want to create outdoor<br />

spaces that are versatile enough to handle all but the coldest of evenings.<br />

With roofs that provide shelter, firepits and fireplaces that add a magnetic<br />

focal point, along with heat, retractable screens and ceiling fans to keep bugs at<br />

bay, and often complete kitchens, today’s outdoor spaces are ready to take on<br />

the action regardless of how the thermometer reads.<br />

This issue of Housetrends celebrates getting outdoors, in our gardens, on our<br />

decks and patios, and in our back yards. If you’re like the majority of Americans,<br />

you are most likely thinking about a way to improve your own outdoor space.<br />

Take a look inside these pages. I have no doubt you’ll find a photo or two that<br />

will inspire your own backyard makeover.<br />

Thanks for reading.<br />

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Rear elevation before addition<br />

Two glass garage doors lift up to invite the outdoors in.<br />

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Sunroom opens up wide to a landscape<br />

accented with stones and sounds<br />


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Picture this. You’re enjoying hot coffee and<br />

donuts in the cozy dimness of an eclectic little<br />

café in Seattle. The rain is thrumming outside,<br />

but the shop’s rolling garage door keeps it<br />

pleasant inside. Suddenly the rain stops and<br />

sunlight drenches the outdoors. The proprietors<br />

throw open the garage door, illuminating<br />

the interior and inviting the outdoors in.<br />

This happened to Dr. David Key while he<br />

was on a trip a few years ago, and it served as<br />

his vision for his home addition and his new,<br />

forward-thinking outdoor space. He explains:<br />

“I thought, ‘I’m going to put an addition on my<br />

house and I want to make it feel like I’m part<br />

of the outdoors.’”<br />

The fountain was created from an old grinding millstone.<br />

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A conversation area was placed off to the side of the<br />

home so as to not block the view from the sunroom.<br />

Staying in character<br />

Key teamed up with Grunder Landscaping Company on the outdoor project, creating a stunning example of the<br />

American Craftsman style, honoring natural materials and craftsmanship. The stone pillars that flank the driveway and<br />

stone columns in his sunroom echo the natural stone of the back yard’s new retaining walls and patio pavers. Take a seat<br />

in one of the Adirondack chairs, and you’ll have the ideal vantage point for viewing three acres of tranquility, outlined<br />

by Great Northern Spruces.<br />

Fittingly, the project won a prestigious award from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association in the category of<br />

Residential Installation over $50,000. Seth Pflum, chief operating officer of Grunder, was the main designer, and he<br />

explains the scope of the project not only the included hardscape construction of the back patio and retaining walls, but<br />

also the installation of landscaping, lighting, a water feature and irrigation system. Achieving cohesion among the many<br />

facets of the project presented challenges, and the Grunder designers collaborated with the architect for the addition, to<br />

make sure the landscaping elements blended seamlessly. Another challenge? The grades in the outdoor retaining walls.<br />

“There were elevation changes, so we had to consider how to aesthetically make the walls look nice and natural,” explains<br />

Pflum. ➻<br />

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Ornamental grasses add to the prairie style of the landscape.<br />

Native selections<br />

Ultimately the hardscape elements blended seamlessly with the residence and landscape, as<br />

much as the lush canvas of plants and grasses blend into the natural environment. Key wanted<br />

to integrate native Ohio plants and to create a naturalistic feel that complemented the<br />

craftsman style of the home. A combination of perennials and grasses achieved a beautiful<br />

backdrop. “I wanted it to have a prairie feel,” Key says. “The grasses are just spectacular. We<br />

also have wind chimes throughout the property, so we have this natural Zen thing going on.”<br />

The wind chimes must compete with the soothing sound of the water feature, which provides<br />

a gentle, calming sound to enhance the environment. Pflum explains how an old grinding<br />

millstone, a true antique, was repurposed into the water feature, engaging both the visual<br />

and auditory senses. For additional auditory interest, Key opted for copper rain chains versus<br />

gutters, so when it rains, it creates the pinging sound of water against metal. Both the water<br />

features and lighting create additional interest but also don’t overwhelm any one feature.<br />

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Careful lighting<br />

Finally, light was a crucial ingredient in this<br />

landscaping project. An FX Luminaire lighting<br />

system was integrated as part of the landscaping<br />

and hardscape installation. It highlights<br />

prominent features of the addition, as well as<br />

the back yard. Key wanted to keep the lighting<br />

at a low level so as to not overshadow the sky<br />

and stars each night, and the FX Luminaire system<br />

allows him to adjust the lighting remotely—it’s<br />

a complex system that makes it easy<br />

for the homeowner—and to tailor it to the<br />

different seasons.<br />

As we look ahead to future seasons, Pflum<br />

has some suggestions for homeowners considering<br />

investing in outdoor spaces. (It’s an<br />

excellent time to do this, by the way. The trend<br />

toward investing in outdoor living is here to<br />

stay.) Pflum’s advice? “Take your time,” he<br />

says. “Research the company and interview<br />

designers. Also, really have the expectation<br />

of the length of time it will take to design it.<br />

A good design will take time.” He specifically<br />

recommends not to rush through the product<br />

selections; rather, enjoy the process and focus<br />

on it as a long-term project that you’ll enjoy for<br />

years to come.<br />

Key agrees. “The first thing you have to do<br />

is do your research and figure out what you<br />

really love and what you have to have,” he<br />

says. “Figure out the central theme, and then<br />

everything else falls into place.” In his case, the<br />

stonework and water feature—and of course,<br />

the home’s garage doors that capture views of<br />

the back yard, created the foundation for a unified<br />

aesthetic and the beauty to come. ➻<br />

Lighting can be customized depending upon the<br />

mood the homeowner wishes to create.<br />

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It’s just a very restful<br />

place, and that’s what it<br />

was created to be.<br />

—Dr. David Key<br />

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a curb<br />

appeal<br />

Checklist<br />

A dozen ideas to help create<br />

an inviting first impression<br />


We’ve all walked or driven past those homes that just call to us like<br />

sirens. Sometimes the call is strong enough that we actually dream<br />

of living there. At the very least we want to be invited inside and<br />

meet the people who surely must be as charming or elegant as<br />

their home.<br />

Maybe it’s the perfect splash of robin’s egg blue paint on the front<br />

door. Or it might be the overflowing planters that hang like jewelry<br />

from the windows. If you are passing by at night, it could be the<br />

inviting landscape lighting that turns each tree into a work of art.<br />

Chances are, it’s multiple layers such as this that give a particular<br />

home a more welcoming vibe than its neighbors. We invite you<br />

to take a step out to your own curb, turn around and face your<br />

home and see which of these ideas might work to make it more<br />

inviting—or if you are considering selling anytime soon—more<br />

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Daybed swing by Edgework Creative. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

1<br />

Seating on the front porch, perhaps<br />

in the form of two rockers<br />

or a swing is a great way to add<br />

to the inviting feel of your home.<br />

Plus it encourages you to engage with<br />

neighbors and the activity on your<br />

street. If you don’t have a porch—<br />

or even if you do—a bench placed<br />

farther out in the yard or along the<br />

driveway is another great option.<br />

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Whether it’s a cluster of<br />

ceramic pots at your front<br />

door, or copper window boxes<br />

framing your windows, containers<br />

full of your favorite flowers and<br />

greenery offer a serious amount of<br />

charm and color. Mix and match<br />

your selections to suit your lighting<br />

conditions and color scheme.<br />

Window box by Oakland Nursery<br />

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Start right at the curb with<br />

your mailbox. If your mailbox<br />

door won’t stay closed or the<br />

post is tilting like the Tower of Pisa,<br />

it might be time to replace it with<br />

a new version. A bed of droughttolerant<br />

flowers around the base or<br />

a climbing clematis begin the charm<br />

streetside.<br />

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Clean is simple. No need to<br />

hammer this home. Clean<br />

windows, and power-washed<br />

siding, driveways and walkways are<br />

hard to beat when it comes to that<br />

well-cared-for look. ➻<br />

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5<br />

If your door needs a bit more than a paint<br />

refresher, you might consider replacing it.<br />

New doors, typically constructed from steel<br />

or fiberglass, will most likely be better insulated,<br />

more durable, more secure and require less maintenance.<br />

Streamed door from ODL<br />

House numbers from Rookwood Pottery<br />

6<br />

If your doorknobs, knocker, or street numbers<br />

are dingy or outdated, think about<br />

replacing them with something fresh and<br />

modern. If you don’t have street numbers, think<br />

about adding them either at the mailbox or near<br />

your front door. Oiled-bronze finishes work well<br />

for a traditional style, while brushed nickel adds a<br />

more contemporary vibe.<br />

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Lighting, in layers, adds to the nighttime<br />

charm of your home. Create a clear path to<br />

your front door by placing fixtures in trees<br />

so that they shine down on the walkway. Uplight<br />

a specimen tree for a dramatic effect. Incorporate<br />

a variety of lighting fixtures to create a feeling of<br />

warmth and provide a sense of security. If you<br />

aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, think<br />

about solar fixtures.<br />

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Stairs, walkways and driveways all will<br />

benefit from a fresh coat of paint or sealer.<br />

You might want to cover your front steps<br />

with an exterior grade tile. Or, if the budget permits,<br />

consider reshaping your front walkway from<br />

a straight concrete line to a curved paver approach.<br />

This adds visual interest and often serves as a freeform<br />

type of edge for your planting beds. ➻<br />

Exterior lighting by Landscape Lighting Resources<br />

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Photo by Ross Van Pelt.<br />

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9<br />

Add splashes of color in planting<br />

beds placed strategically<br />

around your home—the front<br />

of your yard near the street, along<br />

driveways or walkways, and immediately<br />

in front of the house. Choose<br />

plants to frame, rather than hide, your<br />

façade. Include a mix of sizes, colors,<br />

and textures with a blend of annuals,<br />

perennials and evergreens for yearround<br />

color. Prune, weed and mulch<br />

for that well-cared-for look.<br />

In homes with frontfacing<br />

garages, garage<br />

doors make up a significant<br />

portion of what passersby see<br />

from the street. Similar to your front<br />

door, these can be painted and<br />

hardware can be replaced. A color that<br />

matches your siding will make garage<br />

doors blend in, while a contrasting<br />

color–perhaps the same as your front<br />

door—will make them stand out. And<br />

again, should it be time to replace,<br />

newer garage doors are often more<br />

durable and better insulated. They’re<br />

available in a bevy of styles ranging<br />

from traditional and classic to minimalistic<br />

and contemporary.<br />

Creech’s Garden Center and<br />

Landscaping, and Justin Doyle Homes<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

Add your own punch of<br />

personality with yard art.<br />

Birdbaths, fountains, metal<br />

sculptures, arbors and garden gates<br />

create wonderful focal points. Combine<br />

them with a bit of greenery and<br />

flowers and it’s a hard act to beat.<br />

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If your door is in good<br />

shape, an easy way to<br />

boost its appeal is to add<br />

color. Red says “welcome,” while<br />

something like chartreuse will give<br />

your home a contemporary bend.<br />

(See next page) Black or charcoal<br />

might add an understated elegance.<br />

Consider a swag, flag, or wreath to<br />

reflect your style. ➻<br />

Juliet Birdbath by Campania International<br />

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Doing even one of these steps will make a<br />

noticeable change to your home’s exterior.<br />

Add a few more and you will get the neighbors<br />

talking. Send us before and afters to<br />

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When passing by one particular home on Broad Street in Bexley,<br />

you won’t see a perfectly manicured lawn out front. But don’t<br />

be mistaken—this is a carefully designed and well-loved parcel of<br />

land. Tufts of clover and a scattering of violets are intentionally left<br />

in the front yard to keep this home’s guests happy. ➻<br />

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Cheryl Vaia and Herb Bresler realize<br />

that their front lawn “isn’t all that<br />

great. It’s a habitat yard,” Herb says.<br />

“The wildflowers that find their way<br />

there, we leave alone. When they<br />

are in bloom, we try to mow around<br />

them.”<br />

The couple avoids chemically treating<br />

their half-acre parcel because as<br />

Herb says, “Birds and creatures won’t<br />

come to a treated lawn.”<br />

“The families of bunnies who live<br />

here will attest to that,” says Cheryl.<br />

Planting the seeds<br />

The couple has lived in Bexley since<br />

relocating here from Maryland over<br />

25 years ago. Their son and daughter<br />

were eight and four years old at the<br />

time.<br />

“I’ve always gardened,” says Herb<br />

who has a degree in biology and spent<br />

his career as a research scientist. “We<br />

had a vegetable garden growing up<br />

and my mother said I would plant any<br />

seed I could get my hands on. I have<br />

always been fascinated by plants and<br />

animals.”<br />

Cheryl, who grew up in the country,<br />

was raised with a similar love of<br />

gardening. Both she and her husband<br />

wanted their kids to have that same<br />

experience.<br />

“I wanted them to know what it’s<br />

like to pick things from the trees and<br />

bushes and just eat them,” Cheryl<br />

says.<br />

In addition to an abundance of<br />

flowering perennials and herbs, the<br />

site is also home to black and red<br />

raspberry bushes, apple trees, cherry<br />

trees, a pear tree, a vegetable bed,<br />

an herb garden and four varieties of<br />

hops that are used for Herb’s home<br />

brewing hobby.<br />

“We don’t spray anything,” Herb<br />

says. “Last year the birds beat us to<br />

the cherries. We didn’t get out there<br />

in time.”<br />

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2<br />

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Low maintenance mindset<br />

In line with the man vs. nature conflict,<br />

this is a couple who, most of<br />

the time, knows to let nature win.<br />

“We try to pick native plants that do<br />

well in this environment. Our water<br />

lilies, ground covers, perennials and<br />

trees are native for the most part,”<br />

says Cheryl.<br />

“We take a natural, organic<br />

approach,” she adds. “Natives don’t<br />

need a lot of care.”<br />

But without doubt, her definition<br />

of “a lot of care” may be different for<br />

the rest of us.<br />

The couple keeps busy in their<br />

yard from late April to mid-<strong>June</strong>.<br />

On weekends when the weather is<br />

good, they are out from morning to<br />

night for at least one of the days, if<br />

not both. Most weekdays, they spend<br />

two to three hours working in their<br />

gardens. ➻<br />

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1“Blue Boy” phlox grows next to a “Casa<br />

Blanca” lily. 2 Lupine, peonies, a hardy<br />

geranium and yellow iris are some of the<br />

plants that should be in bloom during<br />

the tour. 3 Molly watches for fish while<br />

standing on rocks in the shallow water,<br />

bog side of the pond. 4 Hosta, coral bells,<br />

and woodland phlox thrive in a somewhat<br />

shady section of the property. 5 Joe<br />

Pye weed is a late-blooming wildflower<br />

that’s native to eastern and central North<br />

America.<br />

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It’s a<br />

habitat yard.<br />

–Herb Bresler<br />

1 2<br />

3 4<br />

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<br />

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,<br />

then a whole bunch of little toads.<br />

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Two varieties of water lilies—including<br />

“Pink Sensation” shown here—are<br />

native to the area and overwinter in<br />

the pond.<br />

A water refresher<br />

In the corner of the property, there’s an inviting pond, complete with a<br />

pleasant-sounding waterfall. The eight by 20-foot pond is home to fancy<br />

goldfish and a source of entertainment for the family’s cats. Herb hand<br />

dug the pond so that the roots of the nearly 100-year-old trees near the<br />

pond site would not be disturbed.<br />

“I very deliberately designed the pond so that it would largely take care<br />

of itself,” he says. “The plants in the bog on one end catch a lot of silt and<br />

filter the water to keep it clear. Plus, they help the fish hide. It’s a matter<br />

of wetland vs. waterways. You to have create a little wetland to sustain a<br />

healthy body of water.”<br />

➻<br />

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Ready for company<br />

“Our goal every year is to get the garden ready before the summer solstice. We host a midsummer<br />

party on the Saturday closest to the solstice. We’ve been doing it for years. We’ve had<br />

upwards of 200 people here,” Herb says.<br />

“Those years were too many,” Cheryl adds. “Now we try to limit it to about 100 friends.”<br />

The party is a wonderful incentive for the two to get their gardens in shape. Beds are edged<br />

and mulched, furniture is cleaned, and lights are strung from the trees. Then right before the<br />

party all they need to do is mow the grass and sweep off the sidewalks.<br />

This year, the couple has the added deadline of <strong>June</strong> 6 when they will open their home for<br />

the first time to tour goers on the Bexley House & Garden Tour. Cheryl has served on the tour<br />

committee for over ten years, and she knows what she wants to convey with her gardens.<br />

“You can have great success with using native plants that are known to do well in this part<br />

of the country,” Cheryl says. “We use very few annuals and keep it as organic as possible. This<br />

is a labor of love. I’m hoping this is what people get from the tour. Animals, insects and birds<br />

are happy here.”<br />

There are multiple seating areas where guests can gather and enjoy the gardens.<br />

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Container Gardening Tips<br />

Following an earlier career in consulting, Cheryl decided to reinvent<br />

herself and dove into the field of horticulture. She started<br />

a new business, Green Thumb Gardens, and worked as a garden<br />

designer with a special fondness for container gardening. She<br />

recently retired from that business but shares a few tips on creating<br />

beautiful planters:<br />

Follow the “thrilling, filling and spilling” ideal:<br />

Thrill. You want something tall—that is often the thrilling layer.<br />

Spill. Then you find a spilling plant, that hangs down the sides<br />

of the container.<br />

Fill. You fill in between those two with your filling plant.<br />

She recommends not limiting your selections to annuals, saying<br />

that it is interesting to use tropical plants and perennials in the<br />

mix. And it’s important to have foliage that provides interest<br />

when the plants aren’t blooming.<br />

➻<br />

A hanging planter on the back porch<br />

follows the thrill, spill and fill ideology.<br />

Orange begonias add the vibrant<br />

“thrill” aspect to this planter.<br />

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Mark your calendar<br />

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“This is definitely the year to celebrate our<br />

gardens, yards, patios, and decks and all the<br />

different ways that outdoor spaces enhance<br />

our daily lives,” says Jane Baldwin, co-chairperson<br />

of the <strong>2021</strong> Bexley House & Garden<br />

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With Covid precautions in mind, the<br />

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This year’s tour will feature some of the<br />

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With north and south locations, the<br />

Community Gardens provide Bexley residents,<br />

as well as neighboring communities,<br />

a place to garden. The gardens are managed<br />

by volunteer community gardeners, currently<br />

led by Jeff and Maggie Harriman.<br />

The Bexley House & Garden Tour is the<br />

primary fundraising event for Bexley<br />

Women’s Club, which has awarded<br />

more than 900 scholarships totaling over<br />

$550,000 to students in the Bexley area.<br />

Both the community’s north and south gardens<br />

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New master gardeners set posts for a trellis<br />

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Visit bexleywomen.org for tour and ticket information,<br />

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While the recent pandemic has definitely caused homeowners to focus<br />

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home activities have also gotten lots of attention. We get questions<br />

from homeowners all the time about improvements they’d like to<br />

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they would be investments that future buyers would appreciate as<br />

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recent years.<br />

Q: What are some unique outdoor elements that home<br />

buyers are looking for with increasing frequency?<br />

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been popular, but are being sought out now more than ever. Everyone<br />

working from home is seeking a quiet respite and break from endless<br />

conference calls without having to leave home. Personal backyard<br />

putting greens and multi-purpose sport courts provide such an escape<br />

while still allowing for social distancing.<br />

The health and safety benefits of private pools and spas have led to<br />

their high demand over the past year. As many have experienced the<br />

long waiting list for new pool installations at their current homes,<br />

others have chosen to make a move and try to find that elusive resale<br />

with a pool already in the yard instead.<br />

Q: What outdoor features will likely remain popular even<br />

post-pandemic?<br />

A: Outdoor kitchens were already gaining popularity, and that is likely<br />

to continue. Many homeowners have grown weary of the need to<br />

prepare more meals at home amidst the pandemic and enjoy a change<br />

of scenery with an opportunity to cook in the outdoor air.<br />

Home improvements such as larger decks and screened porches<br />

afforded additional living space and safer places to gather in the midst<br />

of the pandemic. This outdoor living space will continue to have wide<br />

appeal as many families probably started to feel their homes were too<br />

small with everyone at home together for longer periods of time over<br />

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Backyard gardening also increased in popularity as many decided to<br />

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and also capture some treasured family time together. Continued<br />

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Create a signature drink<br />

Booze and barbecues go hand<br />

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Find a shady corner to situate<br />

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Be sure to include non-alcoholic<br />

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It’s going to be a great summer for outdoor get-togethers. We’re all ready to<br />

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a starring role. ➻<br />

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(4-6) large beef steaks<br />

¾ cup bourbon<br />

¼ cup maple syrup<br />

¼ cup soy sauce<br />

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce<br />

1 Tbsp red wine vinegar<br />

1 tsp hot sauce<br />

½ cup brown sugar<br />

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard<br />

1 Tbsp onion powder<br />

1 Tbsp garlic powder<br />

¼ cup flour<br />

For directions:<br />

go to housetrends.com and search:<br />

Bourbon Charred Tenderloin<br />

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Outdoor kitchen with 42-inch built-in grill, two side burners, dual-tap beer<br />

dispenser and refrigerator, trash drawer and storage areas, all from Hestan.<br />

Add a bit of magic<br />

String a few sets of lights overhead<br />

or in nearby trees to set a romantic<br />

tone in your yard. Citronella candles<br />

or torches ward off mosquitoes while<br />

contributing to the ambience. And<br />

a fire pit provides the perfect focal<br />

point for gathering on an evening<br />

where there is even the slightest bit<br />

of chill in the air. ➻<br />

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In order for whiskey to be bourbon, it<br />

must be made with a minimum<br />

of 51 percent corn, aged in new,<br />

charred oak containers, stored at<br />

no more than 125 proof and bottled<br />

at no less than 80 proof.<br />

—The Kentucky<br />

Distillers’ Association<br />

Entertain the masses<br />

Yard games are a great way for guests to mingle. If children<br />

are present, provide sidewalk chalk and ask them to draw<br />

portraits of party guests. Or go for the win with a projector,<br />

a bedsheet, and individual bags of popcorn to set up a movie<br />

area, a bit away from the main hub of activity.<br />

Anticipate special requests<br />

So that you don’t need to leave your own party to rummage<br />

through your medicine chest or closets, fill a fun<br />

container with bandages, sunscreen, bug repellent,<br />

sunglasses, visors, handheld fans, soft blankets and<br />

throws.<br />

We have more recipes!<br />

Famed Kentucky bourbon chef Ouita Michel<br />

shares a couple of her favorite summertime recipes.<br />

See recipes for Tomato Bourbon Bombs and<br />

Grilled Chicken McCracken Style at housetrends.<br />

com. Search: Ouita Recipes.<br />

Plus! We share a Bourbon Mule drink recipe<br />

courtesy of Custom Distributors and Spicy Olive<br />

at housetrends.com/bourbon mule.<br />


chateaubourbon.com<br />

Hestan available at Custom Distributors, Inc. and<br />

The Appliance Loft<br />

Jungle Jim’s International Market<br />

kybourbontrail.com<br />

Tommy Bahama available at Watson’s, Studio J and<br />

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This recipe is a favorite summer drink for<br />

Housetrends’ creative director Gina Miller. Her<br />

friend, Ken Krusling, shares his recipe here.<br />


• 3 to 4 cups bourbon<br />

(depending on taste)<br />

• 12 oz frozen lemonade<br />

• 6 oz frozen orange juice<br />

(1/2 of a 12 oz can)<br />

• ¾ cup of sugar<br />

(add more for a sweeter slush)<br />

• 3 regular sized tea bags<br />

• 7 cups water<br />

Add tea bags to two cups of water<br />

and bring to a boil to make a strong<br />

tea. Add sugar and let it dissolve. In a<br />

large freezer safe container, add tea<br />

and 7 cups of water. Mix in remaining<br />

ingredients. Freeze overnight. If slush<br />

is not frozen enough, add another cup<br />

or two of water and refreeze. Scoop<br />

into a Mason jar or Solo cup. Top with<br />

a maraschino cherry and a spoonful of<br />

cherry juice.<br />

Gina notes: Some of her friends prefer to add<br />

a splash of Sprite. This adds a bit of fizz to<br />

the drink and expands the number of servings.<br />

Main recipe makes about twelve 8 oz drinks.<br />

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center<br />

Bourbon boom<br />

Sales have been soaring in the U.S. bourbon market for the past<br />

decade. Production has grown by over 150% and the number of craft<br />

distilleries over the period has more than quintupled. Upscale cocktail<br />

bars are serving premium alcohols and social media is working to promote<br />

small-batch businesses.<br />

“In this region, the age of bourbon drinkers goes across six or seven<br />

decades,” says Paul Miguez, liquor store manager for Jungle Jim’s<br />

Fairfield location. “So many people are into it. We are seeing new<br />

customers, who have grown up seeing their parents drink or sip bourbon,<br />

coming in ready to start a tradition of their own.”<br />


courtesy of Chateau Bourbon<br />

in Louisville, Kentucky<br />

This jam is both spicy and sweet and<br />

goes great with salty meats. (Makes 1<br />

cup of jam)<br />


• 1 lb roma tomatoes, diced (or a 28oz<br />

can diced tomatoes)<br />

• ½ cup sugar<br />

• 5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar<br />

• ½ Tbsp red pepper flakes (more or<br />

less to taste)<br />

• 1 large clove of garlic, minced<br />

• ¼ cup diced sweet onion<br />

• a pinch of cumin<br />

• ½ tsp kosher salt<br />

• 3 Tbsp bourbon<br />

For directions:<br />

go to housetrends.com and search:<br />

Bourbon Tomato Jam<br />

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a road trip for bourbon lovers. For information<br />

visit: kybourbontrail.com. Please note some of the distilleries have<br />

limited access due to Covid restrictions. Check with them regarding their<br />

policy.<br />

Barrels aging in rickhouse<br />

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