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30 SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE
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44 GRAND OPENING
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vacation. But for the three homeowners we feature in this issue of Housetrends,
that splurge became clear to them as they were remodeling or building their
With an artist’s eye, Pattie Byron carefully chose distinctive light fixtures
to add a modern touch—while honoring the history—in every room of her
Linda Blevins says she fell in love with the Crystalize quartzite the moment
she saw it and quickly decided it was worth going over budget to get the countertop
When asked about her favorite feature in her glamorous new kitchen, Faye
Eidi says it’s the two dishwashers. She entertains frequently and says being able
to rotate between clean and dirty dishes is a major plus.
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Requarth Co. President Alan Pippenger and Kitchen Design
Center Manager Jill Rubey sat down to discuss how Covid-
19 and virtual meetings have reshaped the kitchen design
process. Jill is an NKBA certified kitchen designer who
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Kitchen Designer Jill Rubey, Requarth Co;
Interior Designer Jackie Hutton, Library of Design
Alan Pippenger – My wife and I bought our first house for
$46,500 in 1982 and called a kitchen designer within a month.
Jill Rubey – Why so fast?
AP – Dented, rusting metal cabinets and a Formica countertop
that had buckled in the middle.
JR – Got it. How did your first kitchen design experience go?
AP – Not well. His proposal was $30,000. Without appliances!
JR – Ouch! I’m guessing that was more than your budget?
AP – I don’t know what he was thinking. He never asked about
JR – It’s the best place to start. Talking about money can be
uncomfortable, but starting with a reasonable budget is critical
to ending up with a great kitchen. It allows the designer to focus
on delivering a result that meets a homeowner’s most important
needs and wants.
AP – Without spending too much.
JR – Or worse, spending too little.
AP – Spending less is worse?
JR – It can be. In consumer surveys, many homeowners regret
spending too little on their kitchen remodel. They wish they’d
added a few features and selected a couple of upgrades that are
difficult to install after the fact. You don’t want to break the bank,
but a good designer will help you find that sweet spot.
AP – Sounds like it can take a lot of time. People are busy today.
JR – I think working with an experienced designer can get you
to a better result in less time than trying to do it yourself on the
internet. We know what questions to ask, what products are
available, and how to make it all work within a budget. And virtual
meetings are shortening the process.
AP – Yes, because of Covid-19 we installed and equipped a
studio at our office dedicated to virtual meetings and trained our
design staff to communicate with clients over Zoom.
JR – It may have started during the pandemic, but even as
customers return to our showroom, requests for virtual meetings
continue to grow. It’s a great way to have an introductory chat
with a designer, to share some ideas from Pinterest and Houzz,
discuss a timeline, talk about how you use your kitchen.
AP – And discuss budget?
JR – Of course! Virtual meetings can help keep the process
moving forward, even when our clients are in Michigan for the
summer or Florida in the winter. Or maybe they just want the
convenience of meeting from home to review a proposal over a
AP – So they never need to come downtown to our
JR – That’s possible, but I think a hybrid model works better. The
online experience can’t equal the showroom experience when
it comes to product selection. Most people want to see cabinet
doors and countertop samples in person, select colors in natural
light, grip the hardware, and directly experience functionality of
different types of corner storage and other features.
AP – What we offer here is a mix of the old and the new.
The online experience partnered with our bricks and mortar
JR – Old bricks and mortar! A 19th century warehouse where
we display the very latest in kitchen and bath products.
AP – I love our showroom! I think it’s great that our clients can
design their dream kitchen in the same space that Orville and
Wilbur Wright selected spruce for their flyers!
JR – Can I assume that the Requarth Co. did it within the
AP - Well we must have. They got off the ground, didn’t they?
Kitchen Designer Steve Dennis, Requarth Co.;
Contractor Keith Landis, Landis Builders;
Interior designer Cameo Stewart, Cameo Creative, LLC
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The front door opens to a striking view. Opposite page: Pattie, Frisco, Bronco and Mark are ready to greet guests.
BY THE VIEW
Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration
BY KAREN BRADNER | PHOTOS BY GREG GRUPENHOF
Downsizing is not the first word that is called to mind when one steps inside
a totally reimagined home in Covington’s Licking Riverside Historic District.
The Italianate treasure, originally dubbed the “Skiff House” when it was built
in 1850, oozes glamour from every room. Twelve-foot ceilings set a dramatic
stage throughout most of the first floor, and even taller, 14-foot ceilings grace the
second floor. Between the main house and a newly constructed carriage house,
there are four bedrooms, two studies, four full baths and plenty of indoor and
outdoor entertaining space.
But few of those details came in to play when Mark and Pattie Byron decided to downsize a
bit earlier than expected.
“It was the view,” Pattie says. “Mark and I were driving around on a Sunday and saw the
for sale sign. We weren’t planning on moving right away, but we knew another house on this
street might not come available for another 30 years.”
The “street” was Riverside Drive, a coveted location in Covington, which boasts sweeping
views of the river and the Cincinnati skyline.
Having raised seven children between them, the couple was ready to move from their large
suburban home in Liberty Township to a slightly smaller home closer to downtown. They fell in
love with the Covington neighborhood that is lush and green yet steps away from the city. The
walkability factor played a huge role in their decision making as well. ➻
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Leap of faith
Until recently, the structure was subdivided
as a four-family rental and
was owned by architect John Becker
and his family. When the decision
was made to restore the home to a
single-family residence, Becker called
upon the talents of James and Rob
Kennedy at Legacy Custom Builders.
The plan was to preserve as much
of the character of the home as possible,
while adding 21st century conveniences.
“We’ve been adding on to and
remodeling older homes for 20 years,”
James says. “This without a doubt
was the biggest complete start-tofinish
job we’ve done. It was a complete
gut—taking it from what it was
to what it is. It was logistically crazy.”
Kennedy goes on to explain that
all the non-loadbearing walls which
divided the four separate apartments—with
four separate kitchens—were
removed. Several structural
issues, including crumbling
stone walls, were addressed as well.
During the process, some gems were
“Every time you opened up a wall
it was something new,” James says.
“Sometimes that meant going back
and starting from scratch with the
framing…taking a little detour.”
One example is the 10-foot-tall
pocket doors that stand between the
great room and parlor. While opening
up a solid wall that separated the two
rooms, the Legacy team discovered
massive pine doors hidden within the
wall. There was even a water mark
on the doors about 30 inches off
the floor, from the Ohio River flood
of 1937. The doors were completely
restored and painted to match the
refreshed interior woodwork.
1 Pocket doors were discovered hidden within a solid wall leading
to what is now the parlor. 2 The original pocket doors, now
with fresh paint and new trim, tuck out of the way for an easy
flow between the parlor and living room. The botanical artwork
over the sofa is by Josie Gearhart 3 The home’s six fireplaces
originally burned coal, then wood, and later were inoperable.
Two of them are now functional, and a third is slated to be
restored in the near future. 4 This is the original structure,
before a carriage house, with a garage space on each end and
an upstairs apartment with an open-air deck was added. 5 This
support beneath the first floor was one of the many structural
issues remodelers found while renovating the home.
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Once the old walls were removed and new walls were placed per Becker’s vision, the
architect and remodelers decided it was time to put the home on the market. “We
thought this property deserved to have someone who would be living here make the
finish decisions,” James says.
So, when the Byrons first toured the home, it was mid-demolition. “They were starting
to put up walls, but there were no floors,” Pattie says. “Legacy was already on board
as the contractor. That was great luck. I can’t say enough about them. Their craftsmanship
is what made this house.”
The architect and remodeler got lucky as well. Pattie, who is an artist specializing in
metal sculpture, has a keen eye for interior design and was well-equipped to take hold
of the design reins.
“Once they realized that I was going to take this project and run with it—and that
this was going to be fun—they let me do my thing,” Pattie says. "We really played off
each other well.”
Pattie’s touch is seen in the striking lighting fixtures found throughout the home.
While each fixture is distinctly different, the artist points out that they “speak” with
each other. For example, starburst lights inside the island pendants give a nod to the
starburst design of the light over the dining table. Other fixtures complement each
other via color and material. But each one sets the stage beautifully for the room it
is in. “I wanted the lighting to be fantastic so that it drew your eyes up,” she says. “I
wanted to honor the history of the house while adding a modern touch.”
Several brick walls, fireplaces and ceiling beams were uncovered during the demolition
as well. While there was some consideration for covering them up to give the
place a more modern aesthetic, but Pattie pushed to keep them exposed, wanting the
“bones” of the home to talk.
“I love that we have the best of both worlds,” she says. “We have all this historic character
with a new roof, heating, air conditioning, windows, plumbing and electricity. It’s
like living in a new house.”
1 Pattie’s dubbed this sitting
room off the master bedroom
as her “snug,” which is a type
of room often found in Irish
pubs. 2 The walls in the parlor
are painted a deep, but
warm gray. 3 A corner tub
in the master bath provides
privacy for the bather, along
with a picturesque view of Mt.
Adams. 4 The landscape painting
over the bed in the master
suite is by Josie Gearhart. 5
Landscapers installed a paver
front seating area and sidewalk
directing guests to their preferred
front door. The door on
the right opens to the parlor.
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Food for the soul
One of Mark’s favorite places to hang out is the kitchen. He doesn’t particularly like to cook, but he
loves that this is the space where everyone gathers. The island was designed to accommodate a crowd.
“This house is very social,” he says.
And yes, both Mark and Pattie admit that they love to entertain. “We have big parties,” Pattie says.
“We are known for them.”
But when it’s just the two of them, the couple can be found relaxing with their two Shiloh Shepherds
in their private courtyard that is located between the main house and the carriage house. The only
sizeable television in the residence is in the lower level of the carriage house. Mark often hangs out
here with his dogs, occasionally traipsing across the courtyard in through the French doors off the
kitchen for a snack.
When it comes to picking her favorite room, Pattie says, “I can’t answer that. I bounce around all of
the time. It depends on my mood and the weather.” But she admits that the parlor “is delicious when
it’s raining and the doors are closed. It’s incredibly cozy.”
1 The kitchen is designed for entertaining, with an oversized island and an open floor plan
that flows from the dining area through to the courtyard. 2 The original staircase was too
narrow and not up to code. 3 A new staircase was added, keeping within the historical
integrity of the home. 4 Much of the art in the home is by artists who, like Pattie, work
from studio space in the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. Botanical on left
by Josie Gearhart. Abstract on right by Paula Wiggins.
Not much furniture made it from the
Byrons’ suburban home to this new
enclave. Pattie has carefully chosen
each new item with a purpose in mind.
“Every piece is arranged to access conversation
or the view,” she says.
The view is equally important on
the second floor where the couple’s
master suite and studies are located.
A sumptuous master bedroom leads
to a dazzling master bath with those
14-foot ceilings. An eye-catching
chandelier and a soaking tub angled
in the corner provide for a perfect
glimpse of the spire of the Church of
the Immaculata in Mt. Adams, which
is a strong focal point after dusk.
“At night this place is just off the
hook,” Pattie says.
After all, it really is all about the
view. Each window facing north
frames a prized slice of the Cincinnati
skyline, whether it be the Reds’ stadium
or the Great American Tower.
Barges and pleasure boats pass by
at regular intervals and couples, and
families stroll along the street or in
the park next door. The Byrons say
there can be as many as five wedding
parties a day gathering for photographs
along the river in front of
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To allow the couple to enjoy the
activity going on out their front
door, the Byrons enlisted the help of
Lichtenberg Landscaping, the firm
responsible for creating the inner
courtyard. Lichtenberg leveled the
sloped front yard and built a paver
walkway and patio to allow for riverside
seating. The hardscape and plant
materials were designed to draw visitors
to the main front door, rather
than the secondary door on the parlor
side of the home. The home’s one
small patch of grass is found here, and
the owners cut it with a weedwacker.
Family friend and gardener Rebecca
Sheets helps with maintenance and
adds splashes of seasonal color.
Work was completed and the
couple moved into their new home
in October of 2020. While cooler
months and Covid restrictions kept
them inside for a few months, once
late spring arrived the couple took to
the streets. Mark walks across the
suspension bridge to Reds’ games and
Pattie, an avid runner, has a favorite
route that crosses one bridge into
Cincinnati and another back through
Newport. Both of them look forward
to evening strolls to local restaurants
and walking the cobblestone streets
learning more about the history and
flavor of this neighborhood they now
1 The walls from the house and carriage
house, along with heavy shrubbery
and trees, surround the courtyard
and keep it feeling secluded and
private. 2 The main dining area is
open to the kitchen space and offers a
view of the park next door.
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There’s plenty of space to sit and eat, thanks to the islands and a nearby table that accommodates eight.
Cool kitchen build focuses
on elevated functionality
BY SYDNE SANTO | PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SCHAAF
All new homes offer a certain amount of
excitement and allure, but this Ohio home
and its kitchen are second to none. With
two islands, two dishwashers, and two
ovens, it is clear that bigger is better for
this family of five. ➻
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Homeowner Faye Eidi and her family designed their home with a single idea in
mind: to bring people together. And, with three children, a family dog, and an
open-door policy for family and friends, the Eidi family wanted their kitchen to
be the focal point of their home. “Like most families, the kitchen is the center
of the home where everybody gathers,” Faye says. “We wanted to design our
home around that.”
Luckily for the Eidi family, Jim Deen, of Kitchen Kraft, was ready to utilize
his creative mind on another Eidi family kitchen. The Columbus-based kitchen
remodeler had worked with the family on their past homes and was looking
forward to creating a layout and design that would fit the family’s busy lifestyle.
“I’m always excited to work with Faye and her family,” says Deen. “We’ve built
a really strong working relationship over the years, so the family trusts me to
assist with the layout and design of the kitchen to build something they love.”
And build they would. Because this was a construction for a new home,
the opportunities for increased functionality were endless. The first step was
revisiting the existing blueprints to maximize the space available in the kitchen.
With an emphasis on tasteful architecture, Deen and the family were able to
establish a layout that touched on all their kitchen needs.
When asked about the best part of the kitchen, the answer for Faye was
easy. “The two dishwashers. There’s something so nice about having the extra
dishwasher and having room to rotate through our clean and dirty dishes,” Faye
says with a laugh. “It makes our lives so much easier."
Deen is in full agreement. He believes that a full kitchen is a happy one,
especially when it comes to utilizing appliances. “I always recommend two
dishwashers if the kitchen has enough room,” Deen explains. “Functionally, it
is such an improvement in the kitchen, especially when you plan on hosting or
Twice the islands = twice the fun
Having two islands was an exciting perk of the layout reconfiguration. Faye
explained that even before her family built this home, the kitchen was always
the most popular room of the house. Given the everyday visitors she entertains,
Faye and her family needed a little more space than usual.
One island is reserved for cooking and serving, while the other is dedicated
to guests. Faye opted for quartzite countertops throughout her kitchen because
its durability supports her love of cooking and her family’s never-ending kitchen
buffets. “When we have people over, we usually serve food buffet-style,” Faye
says. “People can come and help themselves whenever they’re hungry.” ➻
1 While the kitchen’s color scheme is
classic and timeless, eight bar stools—
four on each island—add a welcome
burst of color. 2 Two islands, two
sinks, two ovens, and two dishwashers
make this kitchen an excellent space
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Bigger is better
With a kitchen of this grandeur, an equally exciting set of appliances was
needed. The solution? Unique spacing and extra-large appliances.
Unlike most homes, the fridge and freezer live on opposite sides of the
kitchen. “We designed it to have a 36-inch refrigerator and a 36-inch freezer
that aren’t side by side,” explains Deen. “They were paneled to match the cabinetry
and put at different ends of the kitchen to look like armoires.”
An additional plus: the range that separates the fridge and freezer. At 60
inches, the range is a centerpiece in the kitchen (as opposed to the traditional
48 inches homeowners have come to expect). It has become a necessity for
the numerous meals she curates weekly, from fettuccini alfredo to Mexican
One word to describe this kitchen? “Epic,” states Deen. “This kitchen is one
of the best I’ve seen. Between the islands and the appliances, the opportunities
for use are endless. It’s absolutely epic.”
Beautiful hues of blue
The kitchen itself is dressed in trendy whites and neutrals, but the eye-catching
blue stands out. Faye says the missing piece from the kitchen was “bright
watercolors. We needed something that caught the eye no matter where you
were.” This blue accent was carried throughout the kitchen configuration, from
the seating to the cabinetry in the laundry room. “[The blue] is so beautiful
when the sun comes in through the windows,” adds Faye. ➻
This spacious laundry room picks up the shades of blue found nearby in the kitchen.
The kitchen was designed to take advantage
of the home's architectural elements.
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Building a home to grow in
It takes a village to build a home from its conception,
and the Eidi family proved to be no different.
Between Faye’s initial vision and Deen’s
expertise, the final kitchen offers every amenity
and comfort the family could have dreamed of.
It is a kitchen that the Eidi family can continue
to grow in, and experience many more years of
gathering and enjoyment.
“We love entertaining and having friends and
family over. Over the years, we’ve turned into
the hang-out house,” says Faye. “People come
in and can spread out. They sit, they eat, they
laugh—they feel welcome in our home.”
1 A backsplash made of rectangular
marble tile, in earthy tones, adds to
the depth of the kitchen. 2 Elegant
light fixtures add a bit of bling over
each of the islands.
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Just because the person in charge of
tackling the project is your brother,
that doesn’t give you special treatment
while you’re living through a
kitchen renovation. You still have to
rework your living arrangements and
toast your bagels in the makeshift
garage kitchen like everyone else. But
Linda Blevins would do it all over
again—even live through a tornado
during construction—to finally have
her dream kitchen in the Beavercreek
home she’s shared with her husband,
Tim, for 35 years.
Linda’s brother, Greg Thompson,
is the owner of Greater Dayton
Construction Group. Since the
Blevins family, which included their
two grown children, moved into their
home, Thompson and crew have
done several projects to renovate and
expand the house including custom
shelving and a master bath remodel.
“We did a three-room addition in
1997,” Linda explains. “But that renovation
wasn’t that bad because most
of the construction was accomplished
outside of the house…much different
than this remodel.”
To achieve the open concept kitchen
the Blevins wanted, the living room,
the entryway and the dining room
were all impacted.
“I moved everything into two bedrooms,
and I set up our kitchen in the
garage with a microwave and refrigerator
to do what little cooking we
could. It was an inconvenience, but
we really stayed on track despite the
odds,” Linda says.
In the middle of construction, the
Blevins’ home was affected by the tornadoes
that tore through Beavercreek.
They lost their favorite shade tree
and pergola in the back yard, and
1 By removing a non-load-bearing wall, the renovation team created space for a much
larger island. 2 Elongated hexagonal tile, in an earthy tone, adds to the organic feel of the
they were without power for a
week. “And we’re on a well, so
when we don’t have power we
don’t have water,” Linda adds.
“One of the contractors loaned
us his personal generator for the
week. It helped with construction,
but also kept our refrigerator
plugged in. We were very
grateful for that.”
Linda admits that the only
thing that threatened to slow
down construction was her indecisiveness
when it came to selecting
finishes and fixtures. Luckily,
she had her daughter, Jaclyn, to
help her make decisions. “She
was a really big help to me on
deciding what would look good
3 An expansive, six-foot window above the sink invites the light and scenes of the back
yard into the home. 4 The existing window opening did not allow for suitable infiltration
together in the space.” ➻ of natural light, contributing to the “cramped” feeling of the space.
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Linda worked with architectural designer James Kent to bring her vision to life.
“Linda has an artistic background and a very organic nature,” Kent says. “Those were
things that were important to me to showcase in this space. I think as designers we try to
bring that personal touch of our client’s personality to every project we design.”
The word organic perfectly describes Linda’s vision for the kitchen. “I knew I wanted
something natural looking,” she says. “I wanted the look of the natural stone of our fireplace
to be carried through to the kitchen. I love neutral tones.” ➻
Storage space that was lost by removing the wall, was gained back in the added cabinetry introduced in the much larger island.
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After selecting the Kraftmaid cabinetry,
Linda focused on the countertops, and
she admits, “I blew that budget out of the
water. I fell in love with the quartzite the
moment I saw it.”
“Linda introduced me to the Crystalize
quartzite,” Kent explains. “And it’s unbelievably
dynamic, especially on that massive
center island. There is something
magical about an island that pulls everyone
to it. I don’t know what it is—the
face-to-face interaction maybe.”
Five-inch, hand-scraped hickory plank
flooring was used throughout the space
to connect the kitchen and living area as
one, large room. The induction cooktop
was moved from the island to the perimeter
countertop to open the island up for
entertaining. The hexagonal tile backsplash
is one of Linda’s favorite features
of the space.
The original kitchen window was small
and limited the views into the back yard,
so it was expanded and replaced with a
six-foot, sliding Pella window above the
kitchen sink. “I’m currently watching the
hummingbirds fight over the flowers out
back,” Linda says of the back patio they
“We’ve kind of become party central,”
Linda explains of their home. “Before we
did this project, everyone would be in the
kitchen and it would be tight around our
small island. I wanted a big island everyone
could gather around, and I wanted
people in the living room to still feel like
they were a part of the party.”
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The dog-feeding station wasn’t in the original kitchen
design, but Linda wanted to extend and round
an edge of the countertop to protect her precious
“Because she was so little, I worried about the
possibility that she would be easy to step on while
she was eating,” she explains. “This kept people
from tripping over her. My brother Greg was the
one who said she needed a chandelier.”
Tim and Linda unfortunately lost their beloved
Lola in early August. Although they said they would
never have another pet, the couple has already
started discussing the possibility. “It’s just too quiet
around here,” she says.
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Tips on where to start when choosing an area rug
BY LEE RHODES
Rugs might seem like a small design decision, but they actually can make a
big impact in a room. They set the tone for a room and serve as the canvas
upon which the rest of the room can be ‘painted’ around and upon. ➻
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Therefore, a good rug is a good
investment, but not necessarily in
the way that high-end antique rugs
used to be considered good (monetary)
investments. Rather, explains
Sam Presnell from The Rug Gallery
in Cincinnati, “Rugs are investments
in terms of good room design and
pulling a room together. If you buy
a quality rug, it can keep its original
beauty and last a lifetime.”
Knowing the importance of quality
rugs is a good starting point, but
choosing a rug can be overwhelming.
After all, who among us knows the weft
from the warp? Style, color, pattern,
size, pile, lifestyle, and maintenance
are all factors to consider. Here’s a
primer on what to expect from the
buying process, some background on
classic rug styles, and input on what’s
1 Caldwell in blue hand woven in wool and viscose blend from Feizy 2 Jackson Firewood handmade in bamboo silk from Tufenkian
Temple Taupe stair runner
in wool from Dash & Albert
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Questions to ask
Chad Martin of K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery in Columbus
explains that the rug purchasing process should be enjoyable
and relaxing. When you visit your local rug dealer,
they will know the questions that need to be addressed.
While you should definitely take advantage of the expertise
that your local rug dealer offers, there are some questions
consumers should be prepared to think through
ahead of time. Martin details some of them here:
• What is the size of the space the rug will be in?
• Is this a heavily used room/space and how is it used?
• Do you have pets or children in the home?
• Will there be the potential for spills or accidents?
• What pieces of furniture are in the room? Are there vents
or outlets in the floor?
• What style do you prefer (modern, traditional, transitional
• Would you prefer that the furniture partially or completely
sits on the rug?
• What color palette is the room?
• Would you like the rug to make a statement or be more
• What budget do you feel comfortable with?
• What useful lifespan would you like to have for this rug?
The answers to these questions will help your rug dealer
provide you with useful guidance and suggestions. They
can also better assist you, according to Presnell, if you
bring along photos of accompanying fabrics and artwork,
as well as of rug designs that you like. Bringing a copy of
your floor plan is an asset as well.
1 Oushak design hand knotted
in wool and silkette
blend in parchment/spice
from Kalaty 2 Indoor/outdoor
flatweave rugs machine
made of polypropylene from
Dash & Albert 3 Heriz design
hand-knotted in ebony and
brick wool from Kalaty
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Great starting point
“Most designers start with the rug
first and pull in all the fabrics and
paint choices based on the rug,”
Presnell advises. “That way you can
treat the rug as the foundation of
the design process and buy the rug
you love, as opposed to buying what
works best with the other items.”
As you begin to shop, you may
see and hear about certain rug styles
that have their roots in ancient
times. For instance, Heriz rugs
(including Serapi rugs, the grandest
of the Heriz style) are a noteworthy
type of Persian rug known for longlasting
durability and a unique style
of stunning geometric designs. Also
known for its geometric composition
are Kazak rugs, magnificent, oneof-a-kind
pieces that were once
seen as status symbols, and Oushak
rugs, created in Western Turkey.
Today’s new generation of weavers
continue to exhibit their painstaking
craftsmanship to create all these true
pieces of art for the floor. Another
historical tidbit: Many people equate
Oriental rugs with those that come
from the Orient, but in truth, any
country can produce an Oriental
rug. While the geographic origin of
the rug will certainly influence its
overall design, it is how a rug is made
that renders it Oriental; authentic
Oriental rugs are hand-knotted via a
time-honored technique of the past.
Both Presnell and Martin offer
input on what’s hot right now.
“Classic styles are still very popular,
but we have also seen great additions
using those styles with updated
current colors that work extremely
well with today’s design trends,” says
Rugs that boast bright colors and
have tribal influences are also quite
popular, as are animal print rugs. Not
surprisingly, as the indoor-outdoor
living trend grows in popularity, so
do indoor-outdoor casual rugs. And
the popularity of stair runners is
off the charts these days, comments
As you consider trends and begin
your journey to finding a fabulous
new rug, keep in mind that many
stores offer—and even encourage—
a complimentary, several-day trial
period. This allows you to live with
the rug in your home for a few days to
ensure it is the best choice, one that
is an investment in both quality and
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1 Jute handwoven from Loloi’s Bodhi Collection 2 Oushak
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Individual knots are hand tied one by one. Quality varies
depending on fibers used and knots per square inch. The
smaller the knot, the higher quality the rug. Knots forming
the pile are tied on the warp threads which stretch
vertically on a hand-knotted area rug. Weft threads are
the sections of yarn that pass across the width of the rug
keeping the knots in place.
Rugs made by power looms that are automated by computers.
These allow for consistent color and offer unlimited
designs and patterns. Usually a more affordable option.
HOW TO TAKE CARE
OF YOUR AREA RUG
Rotate your rug. Turn it 180 degrees once a
year to prevent uneven wear.
Tufted rugs are constructed by hand-punching yarn
through a stretched canvas. These take less labor and
expense to produce than hand-knotted.
Created without any knots, often made with natural fibers
woven in vertical and horizontal directions. Usually these
are lightweight, casual rugs.
Vacuum with care. Use attachments for a
gentler cleaning, especially with today’s
Fibers and Materials
One of the most durable fibers in the rug industry. Can
withstand high traffic and resists stains and wrinkles.
Often used as a substitute for silk due to its soft touch.
Provides the luster of silk at a more affordable price. Not
suitable for high-traffic areas.
Professional cleaning. Most rugs benefit
from a professional cleaning once every one
to two years.
A natural fiber that can be spun and woven to achieve rugs
of substantial body at an affordable price.
One of the oldest and most widely used fibers in machinemade
rug weaving. Naturally stain repellent, soft and easy
to clean. Shorter lifespan than natural fibers.
Created by a process originating with crude oil. The most
colorfast fiber used in rug production. Perfect for hightraffic,
indoor or outdoor applications.
Use a rug pad. Provide extra padding and
prevent slips. Reduce friction with the floor
and extend the life of your rug.
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Hands-free options with healthy home benefits
BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
It’s back to school time again (at last)! Unfortunately, that often means back to cold and flu
season too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Common colds
are the main reason that children miss school (and adults miss work). Adults have an average
of two to three colds per year, and children have even more.” Having experienced the
toughest year ever for most of us, most parents want to avoid those pesky bugs and not
have their littles out of class again. Your home can help! ➻
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You’re probably already familiar with
the benefits of hands-free technology,
even if you don’t have it in your
home. Also called hands-free, sensor,
touchless or touch-free, it’s what makes
the faucets turn on and off when you
put your hands under them in public
restrooms. It opens the doors to your
favorite home center as you approach.
It senses your presence and turns the
lights on when you enter a room.
While many of these systems were
created to save water or energy, they
also reduce your contact with other
people’s germs on shared surfaces, and
that can reduce the number of cold
and flu viruses you bring home to your
Hands-free at home
You can add hands-free functionality
to your faucets and lights too—along
with other home features—either on
your own with some DIY know-how or
by hiring a skilled professional. Voice
control is the latest way to add handsfree
functionality and can be part of
a larger smart home system. It is fast
becoming the most popular way to
improve a home’s wellness potential.
Kitchen faucets are among the most
popular hands-free offerings, for good
reason. They’re among the surfaces
your entire household repeatedly
touches throughout the day. Reducing
germs there, (including foodborne
varieties while preparing meat for dinner),
can cut down on a lot of shared
illness in a household.
Since most hands-free faucets
don’t include temperature control or
adjustment, voice-controlled models
with that capability are the best bet
for cold reduction. (There’s even one
on the market that will time the CDC’s
recommended 20-second handwash
Voice control also adds the convenience of remote measuring and easy operation when your
hands are full; you can tell the faucet to pour two cups of water, or another quantity needed for
your recipe without having to grab your reading glasses.
There are hands-free faucets for bathrooms too, but voice-controlled models have been slow to
reach that space. (It’s likely that they will once manufacturers get past the backlog on fulfilling
This isn’t about clapping your table lamp on and off, but it has the same potential to light up a
room or walk path without touching a switch. That too has germ-reducing benefits. It also adds
safety when you can turn on a light without fumbling for a switch in the dark. This capacity will
be helpful at the entrance to all of your home’s shared spaces.
Those can include kitchen, living, dining or great room, and bedrooms and bathrooms used by
more than one household member. You can opt for voice control or install a hands-free “wave”
activated switch at key points individually. They work similarly to the hand sensors in public
restrooms, but with more style.
1 The Thermador Column Refrigerator
features Open Door Assist allowing you
to open the refrigerator door with a
gentle push. Photo courtesy of Thermador.
2 Miele’s Knock2open technology allows
the dishwasher to open by knocking
twice on the front panel. Photo courtesy of
Miele. 3 Turn lights on or off with a simple
wave with the Adorne Wave Switch from
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No one likes to think about the germs living on their toilets, but their handles
are one mechanism that can be swapped out for hands-free operation to remove
germ-spreading potential. This is a worthwhile fixture choice for powder rooms
in homes that see frequent social gatherings, and in shared hall baths.
There’s cabinetry hardware that can open doors and drawers without touching
them as well. Touch-latch openers are the easiest to add and are widely available.
There are more elaborate electronic and mechanical systems available for those
who are building or remodeling.
If you’re replacing any of your kitchen
appliances, you can look for models
with hands-free opening. Dishwashers
and refrigerators are among the easiest
to change—shortages notwithstanding—and
both are available this
way. There are some wall ovens too.
As this trend increases, there will
likely be a broader selection.
One of the easiest items to replace
with a hands-free substitute is a soap
dispenser. You can add one to each
shared bathroom, utility room and
kitchen sink. No installation required!
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a
Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach and
the author of three books on design and
remodeling, including Wellness by Design: A
Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your
Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness
(Tiller Press, 2020).
1 In addition to many other handy attributes, the TOTO
Washlet offers an automatic open and close lid. Photo
courtesy of TOTO. 2 Omega Cabinetry's Touchless Trash
Can Unit can be opened and closed with the tap of a
foot. 3 A hands-free soap dispenser can be added during
a remodel, or a countertop version can be added with
no installation necessary.
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