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Kitchen Takes in the Views<br />






Designer Tips...What’s Hot<br />

Make Your Dining Room a Feast for the Eyes—<br />

Like every delicious meal, your dining room’s design recipe should<br />

contribute to the overall tone and mood you want to create for<br />

your guests. Here are a few delectable design ideas you might<br />

wish to incorporate in your dining space for upcoming holiday<br />

gatherings.<br />

Window Treatments – Nothing sets a mood of elegance and<br />

sophistication better than custom window treatments in soft, rich,<br />

and sumptuous fabrics.<br />

Dining Tables and Chairs – If you have the space to accommodate<br />

it, a round table will definitely increase the sense of coziness<br />

in your room and help to encourage free-flowing conversation<br />

and allow last-minute guests to be ‘squeezed in’ more comfortably.<br />

Dining chairs should be comfortable and covered in fabric<br />

that adds color and texture to compliment your room’s overall<br />

scheme.<br />

Lighting – Nothing makes a design statement in a dining room<br />

better than a gorgeous chandelier – on a dimmer, of course. Indirect<br />

lighting can help create the intimate mood you desire.<br />

Redesigning your dining room will help make it a place to enjoy<br />

great food, good company, and beautiful surroundings.<br />

Julie Cochran<br />

937-438-0901 | centerville@decoratingden.com | jcochran.decoratingden.com<br />


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SEPTEMBER <strong>2021</strong><br />


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Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration<br />


A Beavercreek kitchen was reworked to introduce a brighter, more organic vibe.<br />

See this space on page 44. Photo by Dawn M. Smith<br />

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Tips on where to start when choosing an area rug<br />


40 SIDE TABLES<br />

Give your sofa or chair a sassy sidekick<br />



Cool kitchen build focuses on elevated functionality<br />


Kitchen’s window and wall reworked<br />

to take in the views<br />



Hands-free options with healthy home benefits<br />


14 FRESH FINDS<br />

It’s time to set the table again<br />

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EDITOR’S<br />

NOTE<br />

The extra<br />

dishwasher…<br />

makes our lives<br />

so much easier.<br />

Some things are worth the splurge.<br />

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

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

vacation. But for the three homeowners we feature in this issue of Housetrends,<br />

that splurge became clear to them as they were remodeling or building their<br />

home.<br />

With an artist’s eye, Pattie Byron carefully chose distinctive light fixtures<br />

to add a modern touch—while honoring the history—in every room of her<br />

170-year-old home.<br />

Linda Blevins says she fell in love with the Crystalize quartzite the moment<br />

she saw it and quickly decided it was worth going over budget to get the countertop<br />

she wanted.<br />

When asked about her favorite feature in her glamorous new kitchen, Faye<br />

Eidi says it’s the two dishwashers. She entertains frequently and says being able<br />

to rotate between clean and dirty dishes is a major plus.<br />

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

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

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

of Housetrends. But we’d like to hear from you on that subject.<br />

What item in your house would you say was worth the splurge? We invite you<br />

to share it with us at: publishers@housetrends.com.<br />

Thanks for reading.<br />

Karen Bradner<br />

EDITOR<br />

I blew that<br />

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the water.<br />

I wanted the lighting<br />

to be fantastic so that it<br />

drew your eyes up.<br />

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fresh finds<br />

It’s time to set the table again<br />

Walnut Live Edge<br />

Dining Table<br />

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Lithographie Tray Grateful<br />

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This brand available at<br />

The Spicy Olive<br />

Golden Salerno napkin rings<br />

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This brand available at The Spicy Olive<br />

Harvest Bloom table runner<br />

available at Williams-Sonoma<br />

Plymouth Upholstered Arm Chair<br />

by Flexsteel<br />

available at Cedar Hill Furniture<br />

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

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

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

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Requarth Co. President Alan Pippenger and Kitchen Design<br />

Center Manager Jill Rubey sat down to discuss how Covid-<br />

19 and virtual meetings have reshaped the kitchen design<br />

process. Jill is an NKBA certified kitchen designer who<br />

has worked with some of <strong>Dayton</strong>'s top homebuilders and<br />

remodelers for more than 30 years. Jill also manages the sixmember<br />

team of kitchen designers in Requarth's historic and<br />

award-winning downtown <strong>Dayton</strong> showroom. ➻<br />

Kitchen Designer Jill Rubey, Requarth Co;<br />

Interior Designer Jackie Hutton, Library of Design<br />


Alan Pippenger – My wife and I bought our first house for<br />

$46,500 in 1982 and called a kitchen designer within a month.<br />

Jill Rubey – Why so fast?<br />

AP – Dented, rusting metal cabinets and a Formica countertop<br />

that had buckled in the middle.<br />

JR – Got it. How did your first kitchen design experience go?<br />

AP – Not well. His proposal was $30,000. Without appliances!<br />

JR – Ouch! I’m guessing that was more than your budget?<br />

AP – I don’t know what he was thinking. He never asked about<br />

a budget.<br />

JR – It’s the best place to start. Talking about money can be<br />

uncomfortable, but starting with a reasonable budget is critical<br />

to ending up with a great kitchen. It allows the designer to focus<br />

on delivering a result that meets a homeowner’s most important<br />

needs and wants.<br />

AP – Without spending too much.<br />

JR – Or worse, spending too little.<br />

AP – Spending less is worse?<br />

JR – It can be. In consumer surveys, many homeowners regret<br />

spending too little on their kitchen remodel. They wish they’d<br />

added a few features and selected a couple of upgrades that are<br />

difficult to install after the fact. You don’t want to break the bank,<br />

but a good designer will help you find that sweet spot.<br />

AP – Sounds like it can take a lot of time. People are busy today.<br />

JR – I think working with an experienced designer can get you<br />

to a better result in less time than trying to do it yourself on the<br />

internet. We know what questions to ask, what products are<br />

available, and how to make it all work within a budget. And virtual<br />

meetings are shortening the process.<br />

AP – Yes, because of Covid-19 we installed and equipped a<br />

studio at our office dedicated to virtual meetings and trained our<br />

design staff to communicate with clients over Zoom.<br />

JR – It may have started during the pandemic, but even as<br />

customers return to our showroom, requests for virtual meetings<br />

continue to grow. It’s a great way to have an introductory chat<br />

with a designer, to share some ideas from Pinterest and Houzz,<br />

discuss a timeline, talk about how you use your kitchen.<br />

AP – And discuss budget?<br />

JR – Of course! Virtual meetings can help keep the process<br />

moving forward, even when our clients are in Michigan for the<br />

summer or Florida in the winter. Or maybe they just want the<br />

convenience of meeting from home to review a proposal over a<br />

shared screen.<br />

AP – So they never need to come downtown to our<br />

showroom?<br />

JR – That’s possible, but I think a hybrid model works better. The<br />

online experience can’t equal the showroom experience when<br />

it comes to product selection. Most people want to see cabinet<br />

doors and countertop samples in person, select colors in natural<br />

light, grip the hardware, and directly experience functionality of<br />

different types of corner storage and other features.<br />

AP – What we offer here is a mix of the old and the new.<br />

The online experience partnered with our bricks and mortar<br />

showroom.<br />

JR – Old bricks and mortar! A 19th century warehouse where<br />

we display the very latest in kitchen and bath products.<br />

AP – I love our showroom! I think it’s great that our clients can<br />

design their dream kitchen in the same space that Orville and<br />

Wilbur Wright selected spruce for their flyers!<br />

JR – Can I assume that the Requarth Co. did it within the<br />

brothers’ budget?<br />

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


Kitchen Designer Steve Dennis, Requarth Co.;<br />

Contractor Keith Landis, Landis Builders;<br />

Interior designer Cameo Stewart, Cameo Creative, LLC<br />

About the Requarth Co.<br />

The Requarth Co. was started in <strong>Dayton</strong> in 1860. The president, Alan Pippenger,<br />

is a great-great grandson of founder Frederick August Requarth.<br />

Today, the Requarth Co. provides building materials, mouldings, windows, doors, and cabinetry to<br />

home builders, general contractors, remodelers, and homeowners throughout Greater <strong>Dayton</strong>. The company<br />

also operates a public kitchen design center and window showroom in its historic downtown <strong>Dayton</strong> location<br />

next to Day Air Ballpark at 447 E. Monument Avenue • 937-224-1141 • requarth.com<br />


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

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Swept Away<br />


Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration<br />


Downsizing is not the first word that is called to mind when one steps inside<br />

a totally reimagined home in Covington’s Licking Riverside Historic District.<br />

The Italianate treasure, originally dubbed the “Skiff House” when it was built<br />

in 1850, oozes glamour from every room. Twelve-foot ceilings set a dramatic<br />

stage throughout most of the first floor, and even taller, 14-foot ceilings grace the<br />

second floor. Between the main house and a newly constructed carriage house,<br />

there are four bedrooms, two studies, four full baths and plenty of indoor and<br />

outdoor entertaining space.<br />

But few of those details came in to play when Mark and Pattie Byron decided to downsize a<br />

bit earlier than expected.<br />

“It was the view,” Pattie says. “Mark and I were driving around on a Sunday and saw the<br />

for sale sign. We weren’t planning on moving right away, but we knew another house on this<br />

street might not come available for another 30 years.”<br />

The “street” was Riverside Drive, a coveted location in Covington, which boasts sweeping<br />

views of the river and the Cincinnati skyline.<br />

Having raised seven children between them, the couple was ready to move from their large<br />

suburban home in Liberty Township to a slightly smaller home closer to downtown. They fell in<br />

love with the Covington neighborhood that is lush and green yet steps away from the city. The<br />

walkability factor played a huge role in their decision making as well. ➻<br />

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Leap of faith<br />

Until recently, the structure was subdivided<br />

as a four-family rental and<br />

was owned by architect John Becker<br />

and his family. When the decision<br />

was made to restore the home to a<br />

single-family residence, Becker called<br />

upon the talents of James and Rob<br />

Kennedy at Legacy Custom Builders.<br />

The plan was to preserve as much<br />

of the character of the home as possible,<br />

while adding 21st century conveniences.<br />

“We’ve been adding on to and<br />

remodeling older homes for 20 years,”<br />

James says. “This without a doubt<br />

was the biggest complete start-tofinish<br />

job we’ve done. It was a complete<br />

gut—taking it from what it was<br />

to what it is. It was logistically crazy.”<br />

Kennedy goes on to explain that<br />

all the non-loadbearing walls which<br />

divided the four separate apartments—with<br />

four separate kitchens—were<br />

removed. Several structural<br />

issues, including crumbling<br />

stone walls, were addressed as well.<br />

During the process, some gems were<br />

discovered.<br />

“Every time you opened up a wall<br />

it was something new,” James says.<br />

“Sometimes that meant going back<br />

and starting from scratch with the<br />

framing…taking a little detour.”<br />

One example is the 10-foot-tall<br />

pocket doors that stand between the<br />

great room and parlor. While opening<br />

up a solid wall that separated the two<br />

rooms, the Legacy team discovered<br />

massive pine doors hidden within the<br />

wall. There was even a water mark<br />

on the doors about 30 inches off<br />

the floor, from the Ohio River flood<br />

of 1937. The doors were completely<br />

restored and painted to match the<br />

refreshed interior woodwork.<br />

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1 Pocket doors were discovered hidden within a solid wall leading<br />

to what is now the parlor. 2 The original pocket doors, now<br />

with fresh paint and new trim, tuck out of the way for an easy<br />

flow between the parlor and living room. The botanical artwork<br />

over the sofa is by Josie Gearhart 3 The home’s six fireplaces<br />

originally burned coal, then wood, and later were inoperable.<br />

Two of them are now functional, and a third is slated to be<br />

restored in the near future. 4 This is the original structure,<br />

before a carriage house, with a garage space on each end and<br />

an upstairs apartment with an open-air deck was added. 5 This<br />

support beneath the first floor was one of the many structural<br />

issues remodelers found while renovating the home.<br />

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Dream team<br />

Once the old walls were removed and new walls were placed per Becker’s vision, the<br />

architect and remodelers decided it was time to put the home on the market. “We<br />

thought this property deserved to have someone who would be living here make the<br />

finish decisions,” James says.<br />

So, when the Byrons first toured the home, it was mid-demolition. “They were starting<br />

to put up walls, but there were no floors,” Pattie says. “Legacy was already on board<br />

as the contractor. That was great luck. I can’t say enough about them. Their craftsmanship<br />

is what made this house.”<br />

The architect and remodeler got lucky as well. Pattie, who is an artist specializing in<br />

metal sculpture, has a keen eye for interior design and was well-equipped to take hold<br />

of the design reins.<br />

“Once they realized that I was going to take this project and run with it—and that<br />

this was going to be fun—they let me do my thing,” Pattie says. "We really played off<br />

each other well.”<br />

Pattie’s touch is seen in the striking lighting fixtures found throughout the home.<br />

While each fixture is distinctly different, the artist points out that they “speak” with<br />

each other. For example, starburst lights inside the island pendants give a nod to the<br />

starburst design of the light over the dining table. Other fixtures complement each<br />

other via color and material. But each one sets the stage beautifully for the room it<br />

is in. “I wanted the lighting to be fantastic so that it drew your eyes up,” she says. “I<br />

wanted to honor the history of the house while adding a modern touch.”<br />

Several brick walls, fireplaces and ceiling beams were uncovered during the demolition<br />

as well. While there was some consideration for covering them up to give the<br />

place a more modern aesthetic, but Pattie pushed to keep them exposed, wanting the<br />

“bones” of the home to talk.<br />

“I love that we have the best of both worlds,” she says. “We have all this historic character<br />

with a new roof, heating, air conditioning, windows, plumbing and electricity. It’s<br />

like living in a new house.”<br />

1 Pattie’s dubbed this sitting<br />

room off the master bedroom<br />

as her “snug,” which is a type<br />

of room often found in Irish<br />

pubs. 2 The walls in the parlor<br />

are painted a deep, but<br />

warm gray. 3 A corner tub<br />

in the master bath provides<br />

privacy for the bather, along<br />

with a picturesque view of Mt.<br />

Adams. 4 The landscape painting<br />

over the bed in the master<br />

suite is by Josie Gearhart. 5<br />

Landscapers installed a paver<br />

front seating area and sidewalk<br />

directing guests to their preferred<br />

front door. The door on<br />

the right opens to the parlor.<br />

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Food for the soul<br />

One of Mark’s favorite places to hang out is the kitchen. He doesn’t particularly like to cook, but he<br />

loves that this is the space where everyone gathers. The island was designed to accommodate a crowd.<br />

“This house is very social,” he says.<br />

And yes, both Mark and Pattie admit that they love to entertain. “We have big parties,” Pattie says.<br />

“We are known for them.”<br />

But when it’s just the two of them, the couple can be found relaxing with their two Shiloh Shepherds<br />

in their private courtyard that is located between the main house and the carriage house. The only<br />

sizeable television in the residence is in the lower level of the carriage house. Mark often hangs out<br />

here with his dogs, occasionally traipsing across the courtyard in through the French doors off the<br />

kitchen for a snack.<br />

When it comes to picking her favorite room, Pattie says, “I can’t answer that. I bounce around all of<br />

the time. It depends on my mood and the weather.” But she admits that the parlor “is delicious when<br />

it’s raining and the doors are closed. It’s incredibly cozy.”<br />

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1 The kitchen is designed for entertaining, with an oversized island and an open floor plan<br />

that flows from the dining area through to the courtyard. 2 The original staircase was too<br />

narrow and not up to code. 3 A new staircase was added, keeping within the historical<br />

integrity of the home. 4 Much of the art in the home is by artists who, like Pattie, work<br />

from studio space in the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. Botanical on left<br />

by Josie Gearhart. Abstract on right by Paula Wiggins.<br />

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Deliberate design<br />

Not much furniture made it from the<br />

Byrons’ suburban home to this new<br />

enclave. Pattie has carefully chosen<br />

each new item with a purpose in mind.<br />

“Every piece is arranged to access conversation<br />

or the view,” she says.<br />

The view is equally important on<br />

the second floor where the couple’s<br />

master suite and studies are located.<br />

A sumptuous master bedroom leads<br />

to a dazzling master bath with those<br />

14-foot ceilings. An eye-catching<br />

chandelier and a soaking tub angled<br />

in the corner provide for a perfect<br />

glimpse of the spire of the Church of<br />

the Immaculata in Mt. Adams, which<br />

is a strong focal point after dusk.<br />

“At night this place is just off the<br />

hook,” Pattie says.<br />

After all, it really is all about the<br />

view. Each window facing north<br />

frames a prized slice of the Cincinnati<br />

skyline, whether it be the Reds’ stadium<br />

or the Great American Tower.<br />

Barges and pleasure boats pass by<br />

at regular intervals and couples, and<br />

families stroll along the street or in<br />

the park next door. The Byrons say<br />

there can be as many as five wedding<br />

parties a day gathering for photographs<br />

along the river in front of<br />

their home.<br />

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To allow the couple to enjoy the<br />

activity going on out their front<br />

door, the Byrons enlisted the help of<br />

Lichtenberg Landscaping, the firm<br />

responsible for creating the inner<br />

courtyard. Lichtenberg leveled the<br />

sloped front yard and built a paver<br />

walkway and patio to allow for riverside<br />

seating. The hardscape and plant<br />

materials were designed to draw visitors<br />

to the main front door, rather<br />

than the secondary door on the parlor<br />

side of the home. The home’s one<br />

small patch of grass is found here, and<br />

the owners cut it with a weedwacker.<br />

Family friend and gardener Rebecca<br />

Sheets helps with maintenance and<br />

adds splashes of seasonal color.<br />

Work was completed and the<br />

couple moved into their new home<br />

in October of 2020. While cooler<br />

months and Covid restrictions kept<br />

them inside for a few months, once<br />

late spring arrived the couple took to<br />

the streets. Mark walks across the<br />

suspension bridge to Reds’ games and<br />

Pattie, an avid runner, has a favorite<br />

route that crosses one bridge into<br />

Cincinnati and another back through<br />

Newport. Both of them look forward<br />

to evening strolls to local restaurants<br />

and walking the cobblestone streets<br />

learning more about the history and<br />

flavor of this neighborhood they now<br />

call home.<br />

1 The walls from the house and carriage<br />

house, along with heavy shrubbery<br />

and trees, surround the courtyard<br />

and keep it feeling secluded and<br />

private. 2 The main dining area is<br />

open to the kitchen space and offers a<br />

view of the park next door.<br />


Architect: John Becker, Becker Architecture; Builder: Legacy Custom Builders;<br />

Landscape designer: Lichtenberg Landscaping; Kitchen design and cabinetry:<br />

Auer Kitchens; Appliances in main house: Keidel Supply; Appliances in carriage<br />

house: Custom Distributors, Inc.; Bath vanities: Restoration Hardware; Parlor<br />

chairs: Bova; Parlor rug: The Rug Gallery; Gardener: Rebecca Sheets; Window<br />

treatments: Shades of Distinction; Windows and doors: Pella Windows & Doors;<br />

Fireplace restoration: Bromwell’s; Ironwork: Stewart Iron Works<br />

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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<br />

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Cool kitchen build focuses<br />

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All new homes offer a certain amount of<br />

excitement and allure, but this Ohio home<br />

and its kitchen are second to none. With<br />

two islands, two dishwashers, and two<br />

ovens, it is clear that bigger is better for<br />

this family of five. ➻<br />

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Fancy functionality<br />

Homeowner Faye Eidi and her family designed their home with a single idea in<br />

mind: to bring people together. And, with three children, a family dog, and an<br />

open-door policy for family and friends, the Eidi family wanted their kitchen to<br />

be the focal point of their home. “Like most families, the kitchen is the center<br />

of the home where everybody gathers,” Faye says. “We wanted to design our<br />

home around that.”<br />

Luckily for the Eidi family, Jim Deen, of Kitchen Kraft, was ready to utilize<br />

his creative mind on another Eidi family kitchen. The Columbus-based kitchen<br />

remodeler had worked with the family on their past homes and was looking<br />

forward to creating a layout and design that would fit the family’s busy lifestyle.<br />

“I’m always excited to work with Faye and her family,” says Deen. “We’ve built<br />

a really strong working relationship over the years, so the family trusts me to<br />

assist with the layout and design of the kitchen to build something they love.”<br />

And build they would. Because this was a construction for a new home,<br />

the opportunities for increased functionality were endless. The first step was<br />

revisiting the existing blueprints to maximize the space available in the kitchen.<br />

With an emphasis on tasteful architecture, Deen and the family were able to<br />

establish a layout that touched on all their kitchen needs.<br />

When asked about the best part of the kitchen, the answer for Faye was<br />

easy. “The two dishwashers. There’s something so nice about having the extra<br />

dishwasher and having room to rotate through our clean and dirty dishes,” Faye<br />

says with a laugh. “It makes our lives so much easier."<br />

Deen is in full agreement. He believes that a full kitchen is a happy one,<br />

especially when it comes to utilizing appliances. “I always recommend two<br />

dishwashers if the kitchen has enough room,” Deen explains. “Functionally, it<br />

is such an improvement in the kitchen, especially when you plan on hosting or<br />

entertaining.”<br />

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Twice the islands = twice the fun<br />

Having two islands was an exciting perk of the layout reconfiguration. Faye<br />

explained that even before her family built this home, the kitchen was always<br />

the most popular room of the house. Given the everyday visitors she entertains,<br />

Faye and her family needed a little more space than usual.<br />

One island is reserved for cooking and serving, while the other is dedicated<br />

to guests. Faye opted for quartzite countertops throughout her kitchen because<br />

its durability supports her love of cooking and her family’s never-ending kitchen<br />

buffets. “When we have people over, we usually serve food buffet-style,” Faye<br />

says. “People can come and help themselves whenever they’re hungry.” ➻<br />

1 While the kitchen’s color scheme is<br />

classic and timeless, eight bar stools—<br />

four on each island—add a welcome<br />

burst of color. 2 Two islands, two<br />

sinks, two ovens, and two dishwashers<br />

make this kitchen an excellent space<br />

for entertaining.<br />

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Bigger is better<br />

With a kitchen of this grandeur, an equally exciting set of appliances was<br />

needed. The solution? Unique spacing and extra-large appliances.<br />

Unlike most homes, the fridge and freezer live on opposite sides of the<br />

kitchen. “We designed it to have a 36-inch refrigerator and a 36-inch freezer<br />

that aren’t side by side,” explains Deen. “They were paneled to match the cabinetry<br />

and put at different ends of the kitchen to look like armoires.”<br />

An additional plus: the range that separates the fridge and freezer. At 60<br />

inches, the range is a centerpiece in the kitchen (as opposed to the traditional<br />

48 inches homeowners have come to expect). It has become a necessity for<br />

the numerous meals she curates weekly, from fettuccini alfredo to Mexican<br />

lasagna.<br />

One word to describe this kitchen? “Epic,” states Deen. “This kitchen is one<br />

of the best I’ve seen. Between the islands and the appliances, the opportunities<br />

for use are endless. It’s absolutely epic.”<br />

Beautiful hues of blue<br />

The kitchen itself is dressed in trendy whites and neutrals, but the eye-catching<br />

blue stands out. Faye says the missing piece from the kitchen was “bright<br />

watercolors. We needed something that caught the eye no matter where you<br />

were.” This blue accent was carried throughout the kitchen configuration, from<br />

the seating to the cabinetry in the laundry room. “[The blue] is so beautiful<br />

when the sun comes in through the windows,” adds Faye. ➻<br />

This spacious laundry room picks up the shades of blue found nearby in the kitchen.<br />

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The kitchen was designed to take advantage<br />

of the home's architectural elements.<br />

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Building a home to grow in<br />

It takes a village to build a home from its conception,<br />

and the Eidi family proved to be no different.<br />

Between Faye’s initial vision and Deen’s<br />

expertise, the final kitchen offers every amenity<br />

and comfort the family could have dreamed of.<br />

It is a kitchen that the Eidi family can continue<br />

to grow in, and experience many more years of<br />

gathering and enjoyment.<br />

“We love entertaining and having friends and<br />

family over. Over the years, we’ve turned into<br />

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in and can spread out. They sit, they eat, they<br />

laugh—they feel welcome in our home.”<br />

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1 A backsplash made of rectangular<br />

marble tile, in earthy tones, adds to<br />

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Designer: Jim Deen, Kitchen Kraft; Cabinetry: Grabill Custom Cabinetry; Flooring:<br />

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The new, open floor plan allows the cooks in the kitchen to be included in the activity going on in the living room.<br />

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Just because the person in charge of<br />

tackling the project is your brother,<br />

that doesn’t give you special treatment<br />

while you’re living through a<br />

kitchen renovation. You still have to<br />

rework your living arrangements and<br />

toast your bagels in the makeshift<br />

garage kitchen like everyone else. But<br />

Linda Blevins would do it all over<br />

again—even live through a tornado<br />

during construction—to finally have<br />

her dream kitchen in the Beavercreek<br />

home she’s shared with her husband,<br />

Tim, for 35 years.<br />

Linda’s brother, Greg Thompson,<br />

is the owner of Greater <strong>Dayton</strong><br />

Construction Group. Since the<br />

Blevins family, which included their<br />

two grown children, moved into their<br />

home, Thompson and crew have<br />

done several projects to renovate and<br />

expand the house including custom<br />

shelving and a master bath remodel.<br />

“We did a three-room addition in<br />

1997,” Linda explains. “But that renovation<br />

wasn’t that bad because most<br />

of the construction was accomplished<br />

outside of the house…much different<br />

than this remodel.”<br />

Deep impact<br />

To achieve the open concept kitchen<br />

the Blevins wanted, the living room,<br />

the entryway and the dining room<br />

were all impacted.<br />

“I moved everything into two bedrooms,<br />

and I set up our kitchen in the<br />

garage with a microwave and refrigerator<br />

to do what little cooking we<br />

could. It was an inconvenience, but<br />

we really stayed on track despite the<br />

odds,” Linda says.<br />

In the middle of construction, the<br />

Blevins’ home was affected by the tornadoes<br />

that tore through Beavercreek.<br />

They lost their favorite shade tree<br />

and pergola in the back yard, and<br />

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2<br />

1 By removing a non-load-bearing wall, the renovation team created space for a much<br />

larger island. 2 Elongated hexagonal tile, in an earthy tone, adds to the organic feel of the<br />

room.<br />

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3<br />

they were without power for a<br />

4<br />

week. “And we’re on a well, so<br />

when we don’t have power we<br />

don’t have water,” Linda adds.<br />

“One of the contractors loaned<br />

us his personal generator for the<br />

week. It helped with construction,<br />

but also kept our refrigerator<br />

plugged in. We were very<br />

grateful for that.”<br />

Linda admits that the only<br />

thing that threatened to slow<br />

down construction was her indecisiveness<br />

when it came to selecting<br />

finishes and fixtures. Luckily,<br />

she had her daughter, Jaclyn, to<br />

help her make decisions. “She<br />

was a really big help to me on<br />

deciding what would look good<br />

3 An expansive, six-foot window above the sink invites the light and scenes of the back<br />

yard into the home. 4 The existing window opening did not allow for suitable infiltration<br />

together in the space.” ➻ of natural light, contributing to the “cramped” feeling of the space.<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 47

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Neutral nuance<br />

Linda worked with architectural designer James Kent to bring her vision to life.<br />

“Linda has an artistic background and a very organic nature,” Kent says. “Those were<br />

things that were important to me to showcase in this space. I think as designers we try to<br />

bring that personal touch of our client’s personality to every project we design.”<br />

The word organic perfectly describes Linda’s vision for the kitchen. “I knew I wanted<br />

something natural looking,” she says. “I wanted the look of the natural stone of our fireplace<br />

to be carried through to the kitchen. I love neutral tones.” ➻<br />

Storage space that was lost by removing the wall, was gained back in the added cabinetry introduced in the much larger island.<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 49

After selecting the Kraftmaid cabinetry,<br />

Linda focused on the countertops, and<br />

she admits, “I blew that budget out of the<br />

water. I fell in love with the quartzite the<br />

moment I saw it.”<br />

“Linda introduced me to the Crystalize<br />

quartzite,” Kent explains. “And it’s unbelievably<br />

dynamic, especially on that massive<br />

center island. There is something<br />

magical about an island that pulls everyone<br />

to it. I don’t know what it is—the<br />

face-to-face interaction maybe.”<br />

Five-inch, hand-scraped hickory plank<br />

flooring was used throughout the space<br />

to connect the kitchen and living area as<br />

one, large room. The induction cooktop<br />

was moved from the island to the perimeter<br />

countertop to open the island up for<br />

entertaining. The hexagonal tile backsplash<br />

is one of Linda’s favorite features<br />

of the space.<br />

The original kitchen window was small<br />

and limited the views into the back yard,<br />

so it was expanded and replaced with a<br />

six-foot, sliding Pella window above the<br />

kitchen sink. “I’m currently watching the<br />

hummingbirds fight over the flowers out<br />

back,” Linda says of the back patio they<br />

also renovated.<br />

Party central<br />

“We’ve kind of become party central,”<br />

Linda explains of their home. “Before we<br />

did this project, everyone would be in the<br />

kitchen and it would be tight around our<br />

small island. I wanted a big island everyone<br />

could gather around, and I wanted<br />

people in the living room to still feel like<br />

they were a part of the party.”<br />


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Group; Designer: James Kent; Cabinetry:<br />

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Sea Wind Ceramic Tile from Tilebar; Light:<br />

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Doggie Den<br />

The dog-feeding station wasn’t in the original kitchen<br />

design, but Linda wanted to extend and round<br />

an edge of the countertop to protect her precious<br />

Chihuahua, Lola.<br />

“Because she was so little, I worried about the<br />

possibility that she would be easy to step on while<br />

she was eating,” she explains. “This kept people<br />

from tripping over her. My brother Greg was the<br />

one who said she needed a chandelier.”<br />

Tim and Linda unfortunately lost their beloved<br />

Lola in early August. Although they said they would<br />

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started discussing the possibility. “It’s just too quiet<br />

around here,” she says.<br />

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Rugs might seem like a small design decision, but they actually can make a<br />

big impact in a room. They set the tone for a room and serve as the canvas<br />

upon which the rest of the room can be ‘painted’ around and upon. ➻<br />

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Therefore, a good rug is a good<br />

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Questions to ask<br />

Chad Martin of K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery in Columbus<br />

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and relaxing. When you visit your local rug dealer,<br />

they will know the questions that need to be addressed.<br />

While you should definitely take advantage of the expertise<br />

that your local rug dealer offers, there are some questions<br />

consumers should be prepared to think through<br />

ahead of time. Martin details some of them here:<br />

• What is the size of the space the rug will be in?<br />

• Is this a heavily used room/space and how is it used?<br />

• Do you have pets or children in the home?<br />

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• What pieces of furniture are in the room? Are there vents<br />

or outlets in the floor?<br />

• What style do you prefer (modern, traditional, transitional<br />

or casual)?<br />

• Would you prefer that the furniture partially or completely<br />

sits on the rug?<br />

• What color palette is the room?<br />

• Would you like the rug to make a statement or be more<br />

subdued?<br />

• What budget do you feel comfortable with?<br />

• What useful lifespan would you like to have for this rug?<br />

The answers to these questions will help your rug dealer<br />

provide you with useful guidance and suggestions. They<br />

can also better assist you, according to Presnell, if you<br />

bring along photos of accompanying fabrics and artwork,<br />

as well as of rug designs that you like. Bringing a copy of<br />

your floor plan is an asset as well.<br />

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in wool and silkette<br />

blend in parchment/spice<br />

from Kalaty 2 Indoor/outdoor<br />

flatweave rugs machine<br />

made of polypropylene from<br />

Dash & Albert 3 Heriz design<br />

hand-knotted in ebony and<br />

brick wool from Kalaty<br />

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Great starting point<br />

“Most designers start with the rug<br />

first and pull in all the fabrics and<br />

paint choices based on the rug,”<br />

Presnell advises. “That way you can<br />

treat the rug as the foundation of<br />

the design process and buy the rug<br />

you love, as opposed to buying what<br />

works best with the other items.”<br />

As you begin to shop, you may<br />

see and hear about certain rug styles<br />

that have their roots in ancient<br />

times. For instance, Heriz rugs<br />

(including Serapi rugs, the grandest<br />

of the Heriz style) are a noteworthy<br />

type of Persian rug known for longlasting<br />

durability and a unique style<br />

of stunning geometric designs. Also<br />

known for its geometric composition<br />

are Kazak rugs, magnificent, oneof-a-kind<br />

pieces that were once<br />

seen as status symbols, and Oushak<br />

rugs, created in Western Turkey.<br />

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Today’s new generation of weavers<br />

continue to exhibit their painstaking<br />

craftsmanship to create all these true<br />

pieces of art for the floor. Another<br />

historical tidbit: Many people equate<br />

Oriental rugs with those that come<br />

from the Orient, but in truth, any<br />

country can produce an Oriental<br />

rug. While the geographic origin of<br />

the rug will certainly influence its<br />

overall design, it is how a rug is made<br />

that renders it Oriental; authentic<br />

Oriental rugs are hand-knotted via a<br />

time-honored technique of the past.<br />

Both Presnell and Martin offer<br />

input on what’s hot right now.<br />

“Classic styles are still very popular,<br />

but we have also seen great additions<br />

using those styles with updated<br />

current colors that work extremely<br />

well with today’s design trends,” says<br />

Martin.<br />

Rugs that boast bright colors and<br />

have tribal influences are also quite<br />

popular, as are animal print rugs. Not<br />

surprisingly, as the indoor-outdoor<br />

living trend grows in popularity, so<br />

do indoor-outdoor casual rugs. And<br />

the popularity of stair runners is<br />

off the charts these days, comments<br />

Presnell.<br />

As you consider trends and begin<br />

your journey to finding a fabulous<br />

new rug, keep in mind that many<br />

stores offer—and even encourage—<br />

a complimentary, several-day trial<br />

period. This allows you to live with<br />

the rug in your home for a few days to<br />

ensure it is the best choice, one that<br />

is an investment in both quality and<br />

longevity.<br />

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design hand-knotted in orange and blue wool from Feizy’s<br />

Carrington Collection 3 Hooked wool pile from Loloi’s<br />

Wild Bloom Collection 4 The Bleecker Collection machine<br />

made of polypropylene from Feizy 5 Kazak design handknotted<br />

in wool from Kalaty<br />

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Rug construction<br />

Hand-knotted<br />

Individual knots are hand tied one by one. Quality varies<br />

depending on fibers used and knots per square inch. The<br />

smaller the knot, the higher quality the rug. Knots forming<br />

the pile are tied on the warp threads which stretch<br />

vertically on a hand-knotted area rug. Weft threads are<br />

the sections of yarn that pass across the width of the rug<br />

keeping the knots in place.<br />

Machine made<br />

Rugs made by power looms that are automated by computers.<br />

These allow for consistent color and offer unlimited<br />

designs and patterns. Usually a more affordable option.<br />



Rotate your rug. Turn it 180 degrees once a<br />

year to prevent uneven wear.<br />

Tufted<br />

Tufted rugs are constructed by hand-punching yarn<br />

through a stretched canvas. These take less labor and<br />

expense to produce than hand-knotted.<br />

Flatweave<br />

Created without any knots, often made with natural fibers<br />

woven in vertical and horizontal directions. Usually these<br />

are lightweight, casual rugs.<br />

Vacuum with care. Use attachments for a<br />

gentler cleaning, especially with today’s<br />

powerful vacuums.<br />

Fibers and Materials<br />

Wool<br />

One of the most durable fibers in the rug industry. Can<br />

withstand high traffic and resists stains and wrinkles.<br />

Viscose<br />

Often used as a substitute for silk due to its soft touch.<br />

Provides the luster of silk at a more affordable price. Not<br />

suitable for high-traffic areas.<br />

Professional cleaning. Most rugs benefit<br />

from a professional cleaning once every one<br />

to two years.<br />

Jute<br />

A natural fiber that can be spun and woven to achieve rugs<br />

of substantial body at an affordable price.<br />

Polyester<br />

One of the oldest and most widely used fibers in machinemade<br />

rug weaving. Naturally stain repellent, soft and easy<br />

to clean. Shorter lifespan than natural fibers.<br />

Polypropylene<br />

Created by a process originating with crude oil. The most<br />

colorfast fiber used in rug production. Perfect for hightraffic,<br />

indoor or outdoor applications.<br />

Use a rug pad. Provide extra padding and<br />

prevent slips. Reduce friction with the floor<br />

and extend the life of your rug.<br />

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touchless technology<br />

Hands-free options with healthy home benefits<br />


It’s back to school time again (at last)! Unfortunately, that often means back to cold and flu<br />

season too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Common colds<br />

are the main reason that children miss school (and adults miss work). Adults have an average<br />

of two to three colds per year, and children have even more.” Having experienced the<br />

toughest year ever for most of us, most parents want to avoid those pesky bugs and not<br />

have their littles out of class again. Your home can help! ➻<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 67

Hands-free benefits<br />

You’re probably already familiar with<br />

the benefits of hands-free technology,<br />

even if you don’t have it in your<br />

home. Also called hands-free, sensor,<br />

touchless or touch-free, it’s what makes<br />

the faucets turn on and off when you<br />

put your hands under them in public<br />

restrooms. It opens the doors to your<br />

favorite home center as you approach.<br />

It senses your presence and turns the<br />

lights on when you enter a room.<br />

While many of these systems were<br />

created to save water or energy, they<br />

also reduce your contact with other<br />

people’s germs on shared surfaces, and<br />

that can reduce the number of cold<br />

and flu viruses you bring home to your<br />

loved ones.<br />

Hands-free at home<br />

You can add hands-free functionality<br />

to your faucets and lights too—along<br />

with other home features—either on<br />

your own with some DIY know-how or<br />

by hiring a skilled professional. Voice<br />

control is the latest way to add handsfree<br />

functionality and can be part of<br />

a larger smart home system. It is fast<br />

becoming the most popular way to<br />

improve a home’s wellness potential.<br />

Faucets<br />

Kitchen faucets are among the most<br />

popular hands-free offerings, for good<br />

reason. They’re among the surfaces<br />

your entire household repeatedly<br />

touches throughout the day. Reducing<br />

germs there, (including foodborne<br />

varieties while preparing meat for dinner),<br />

can cut down on a lot of shared<br />

illness in a household.<br />

Since most hands-free faucets<br />

don’t include temperature control or<br />

adjustment, voice-controlled models<br />

with that capability are the best bet<br />

for cold reduction. (There’s even one<br />

on the market that will time the CDC’s<br />

recommended 20-second handwash<br />

cycle.)<br />

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Voice control also adds the convenience of remote measuring and easy operation when your<br />

hands are full; you can tell the faucet to pour two cups of water, or another quantity needed for<br />

your recipe without having to grab your reading glasses.<br />

There are hands-free faucets for bathrooms too, but voice-controlled models have been slow to<br />

reach that space. (It’s likely that they will once manufacturers get past the backlog on fulfilling<br />

existing orders.)<br />

Lighting<br />

This isn’t about clapping your table lamp on and off, but it has the same potential to light up a<br />

room or walk path without touching a switch. That too has germ-reducing benefits. It also adds<br />

safety when you can turn on a light without fumbling for a switch in the dark. This capacity will<br />

be helpful at the entrance to all of your home’s shared spaces.<br />

Those can include kitchen, living, dining or great room, and bedrooms and bathrooms used by<br />

more than one household member. You can opt for voice control or install a hands-free “wave”<br />

activated switch at key points individually. They work similarly to the hand sensors in public<br />

restrooms, but with more style.<br />

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1 The Thermador Column Refrigerator<br />

features Open Door Assist allowing you<br />

to open the refrigerator door with a<br />

gentle push. Photo courtesy of Thermador.<br />

2 Miele’s Knock2open technology allows<br />

the dishwasher to open by knocking<br />

twice on the front panel. Photo courtesy of<br />

Miele. 3 Turn lights on or off with a simple<br />

wave with the Adorne Wave Switch from<br />

Legrand.<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 69

Toilets<br />

No one likes to think about the germs living on their toilets, but their handles<br />

are one mechanism that can be swapped out for hands-free operation to remove<br />

germ-spreading potential. This is a worthwhile fixture choice for powder rooms<br />

in homes that see frequent social gatherings, and in shared hall baths.<br />

Cabinetry<br />

There’s cabinetry hardware that can open doors and drawers without touching<br />

them as well. Touch-latch openers are the easiest to add and are widely available.<br />

There are more elaborate electronic and mechanical systems available for those<br />

who are building or remodeling.<br />

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Appliances<br />

If you’re replacing any of your kitchen<br />

appliances, you can look for models<br />

with hands-free opening. Dishwashers<br />

and refrigerators are among the easiest<br />

to change—shortages notwithstanding—and<br />

both are available this<br />

way. There are some wall ovens too.<br />

As this trend increases, there will<br />

likely be a broader selection.<br />

Easy Swap<br />

One of the easiest items to replace<br />

with a hands-free substitute is a soap<br />

dispenser. You can add one to each<br />

shared bathroom, utility room and<br />

kitchen sink. No installation required!<br />

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a<br />

Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach and<br />

the author of three books on design and<br />

remodeling, including Wellness by Design: A<br />

Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your<br />

Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness<br />

(Tiller Press, 2020).<br />

2<br />

1 In addition to many other handy attributes, the TOTO<br />

Washlet offers an automatic open and close lid. Photo<br />

courtesy of TOTO. 2 Omega Cabinetry's Touchless Trash<br />

Can Unit can be opened and closed with the tap of a<br />

foot. 3 A hands-free soap dispenser can be added during<br />

a remodel, or a countertop version can be added with<br />

no installation necessary.<br />


Custom Distributors, Inc.<br />

legrand.us, mieleusa.com,<br />

moen.com, omegacabinetry.com,<br />

thermador.com, totousa.com<br />

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advertiser index<br />

Bauer Roofing, Siding, Windows & Doors, Inc. ....73<br />

Bova Contemporary Furniture ............................27<br />

Buckeye Pools .....................................................37<br />

Cabinet Creations Design Gallery, Inc. ..................7<br />

Cedar Hill Furniture ............................................72<br />

Cincinnati Stoneworks.........................................74<br />

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors - Buckreus ....13<br />

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors - Duncan-Hart ..75<br />

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors - Heritage .....39<br />

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors- Patel ..............9<br />

Custom Distributors, Inc. ........................... 11 & 28<br />

<strong>Dayton</strong> Society of Interior Designers ...................73<br />

Decorating Den - Julie Cochran ............................5<br />

Elevation Pedestal, The .......................................51<br />

Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc. .............................52<br />

Greater <strong>Dayton</strong> Building & Remodeling .................2<br />

Hamilton Parker ..................................................73<br />

Hanson Audio and Video ....................................54<br />

Homearama Lifestyle Edition ...............................53<br />

HotSpring Spa of <strong>Dayton</strong> ....................................76<br />

Irongate Inc., Realtors .........................................66<br />

K.A. Menendian Rug Cleaning .............................66<br />

K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery ...............................63<br />

Landscape Lighting Resources .............................52<br />

Oberer Companies .............................................64<br />

Pathway Tables ....................................................43<br />

Peoples Bank ......................................................51<br />

Premiere Lighting ................................................42<br />

Requarth Co. Lumber, Millwork & Kitchens .........15<br />

Siebenthaler Co. ...................................................4<br />

Snyder Brick & Block ...........................................38<br />

Spicy Olive, The .................................................38<br />

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Worly Plumbing Supply, Inc. ................................43<br />

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