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CHOOSING AN AREA RUG | RIVERSIDE RENOVATION | TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY

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Designer Tips...What’s Hot

Make Your Dining Room a Feast for the Eyes—

Like every delicious meal, your dining room’s design recipe should

contribute to the overall tone and mood you want to create for

your guests. Here are a few delectable design ideas you might

wish to incorporate in your dining space for upcoming holiday

gatherings.

Window Treatments – Nothing sets a mood of elegance and

sophistication better than custom window treatments in soft, rich,

and sumptuous fabrics.

Dining Tables and Chairs – If you have the space to accommodate

it, a round table will definitely increase the sense of coziness

in your room and help to encourage free-flowing conversation

and allow last-minute guests to be ‘squeezed in’ more comfortably.

Dining chairs should be comfortable and covered in fabric

that adds color and texture to compliment your room’s overall

scheme.

Lighting – Nothing makes a design statement in a dining room

better than a gorgeous chandelier – on a dimmer, of course. Indirect

lighting can help create the intimate mood you desire.

Redesigning your dining room will help make it a place to enjoy

great food, good company, and beautiful surroundings.

Julie Cochran

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CONTENTS

SEPTEMBER 2021

GREATER MIAMI VALLEY


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SWEPT AWAY BY THE VIEW

Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration

ON THE COVER

A Beavercreek kitchen was reworked to introduce a brighter, more organic vibe.

See this space on page 44. Photo by Dawn M. Smith

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CONTENTS

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INTERIOR DESIGN

55 LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

Tips on where to start when choosing an area rug

IT’S TIME TO TALK

40 SIDE TABLES

Give your sofa or chair a sassy sidekick

KITCHEN

30 SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE

Cool kitchen build focuses on elevated functionality

44 GRAND OPENING

Kitchen’s window and wall reworked

to take in the views

FURNISHINGS

67 TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY

Hands-free options with healthy home benefits

DEPARTMENTS

14 FRESH FINDS

It’s time to set the table again

72 AD INDEX

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EDITOR’S

NOTE

The extra

dishwasher…

makes our lives

so much easier.

Some things are worth the splurge.

For some of us that might mean a pair of designer shoes for an evening out, a

pint of gourmet ice cream for an evening in, or perhaps a shiny car or dream

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

home.

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

170-year-old home.

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

she wanted.

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.

We invite you to take a look at these three homes featured inside, along with

tips on how to select an area rug, and information on hands-free technology.

We try to bring you ideas and items that are worth the splurge in every issue

of Housetrends. But we’d like to hear from you on that subject.

What item in your house would you say was worth the splurge? We invite you

to share it with us at: publishers@housetrends.com.

Thanks for reading.

Karen Bradner

EDITOR

I blew that

budget out of

the water.

I wanted the lighting

to be fantastic so that it

drew your eyes up.

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“Your Thanksgiving gathering all starts in the foyer. Foyers set the stage in every home, so be sure

yours gives a great first impression. Beautiful lighting is a must and a well-selected area rug will add

texture and warmth as you welcome your guests.” —Julie Cochran, Decorating Den Interiors

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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

has worked with some of Dayton's top homebuilders and

remodelers for more than 30 years. Jill also manages the sixmember

team of kitchen designers in Requarth's historic and

award-winning downtown Dayton showroom. ➻

Kitchen Designer Jill Rubey, Requarth Co;

Interior Designer Jackie Hutton, Library of Design

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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

a budget.

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

shared screen.

AP – So they never need to come downtown to our

showroom?

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

showroom.

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

brothers’ budget?

AP - Well we must have. They got off the ground, didn’t they?

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Kitchen Designer Steve Dennis, Requarth Co.;

Contractor Keith Landis, Landis Builders;

Interior designer Cameo Stewart, Cameo Creative, LLC

About the Requarth Co.

The Requarth Co. was started in Dayton in 1860. The president, Alan Pippenger,

is a great-great grandson of founder Frederick August Requarth.

Today, the Requarth Co. provides building materials, mouldings, windows, doors, and cabinetry to

home builders, general contractors, remodelers, and homeowners throughout Greater Dayton. The company

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The front door opens to a striking view. Opposite page: Pattie, Frisco, Bronco and Mark are ready to greet guests.

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Swept Away

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

discovered.

“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.

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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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Dream team

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.”

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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.

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Deliberate design

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

their home.

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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

call home.

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.

RESOURCES

Architect: John Becker, Becker Architecture; Builder: Legacy Custom Builders;

Landscape designer: Lichtenberg Landscaping; Kitchen design and cabinetry:

Auer Kitchens; Appliances in main house: Keidel Supply; Appliances in carriage

house: Custom Distributors, Inc.; Bath vanities: Restoration Hardware; Parlor

chairs: Bova; Parlor rug: The Rug Gallery; Gardener: Rebecca Sheets; Window

treatments: Shades of Distinction; Windows and doors: Pella Windows & Doors;

Fireplace restoration: Bromwell’s; Ironwork: Stewart Iron Works

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There’s plenty of space to sit and eat, thanks to the islands and a nearby table that accommodates eight.


SOMETHING NEW

Something

Blue

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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Fancy functionality

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

entertaining.”

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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

for entertaining.

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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

lasagna.

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.

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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.”

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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.

RESOURCES

Designer: Jim Deen, Kitchen Kraft; Cabinetry: Grabill Custom Cabinetry; Flooring:

24 x 48 porcelain tiles; Countertops: quartzite; Backsplash: marble; Appliances:

Dishwasher, 60” range, 36” refrigerator, 36” freezer, and ice maker, all from Thermador;

Miele coffee station

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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.”

Deep impact

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

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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

room.

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they were without power for a

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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

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Neutral nuance

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

also renovated.

Party central

“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.”

RESOURCES

Contractor: Greater Dayton Construction

Group; Designer: James Kent; Cabinetry:

Kraftmaid; painted canvas perimeter and

stained cherry island; Countertops:

Crystalize quartzite; Flooring: Hand-scraped

hickory planks; Appliances: GE Profile,

Custom Distributors, Inc.; Tile: Nabi Hexagon

Sea Wind Ceramic Tile from Tilebar; Light:

Anabella Rectangle Chandelier from Arhaus

Doggie Den

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

Chihuahua, Lola.

“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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Rugs might seem like a small design decision, but they actually can make a

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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

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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

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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

or casual)?

• 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

subdued?

• 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.


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flatweave rugs machine

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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.

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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

Martin.

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

Presnell.

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

longevity.


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annieselke.com, feizy.com, kalaty.com,

loloirugs.com, tufenkian.com

1 Jute handwoven from Loloi’s Bodhi Collection 2 Oushak

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Carrington Collection 3 Hooked wool pile from Loloi’s

Wild Bloom Collection 4 The Bleecker Collection machine

made of polypropylene from Feizy 5 Kazak design handknotted

in wool from Kalaty

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Rug construction

Hand-knotted

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.

Machine made

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

Tufted rugs are constructed by hand-punching yarn

through a stretched canvas. These take less labor and

expense to produce than hand-knotted.

Flatweave

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

powerful vacuums.

Fibers and Materials

Wool

One of the most durable fibers in the rug industry. Can

withstand high traffic and resists stains and wrinkles.

Viscose

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.

Jute

A natural fiber that can be spun and woven to achieve rugs

of substantial body at an affordable price.

Polyester

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.

Polypropylene

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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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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Hands-free benefits

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

loved ones.

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.

Faucets

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

cycle.)

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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

existing orders.)

Lighting

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.

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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

Legrand.

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Toilets

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.

Cabinetry

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.

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Appliances

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.

Easy Swap

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).

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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.

RESOURCES:

Custom Distributors, Inc.

legrand.us, mieleusa.com,

moen.com, omegacabinetry.com,

thermador.com, totousa.com

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