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WORKING WITH A REMODELER<br />

Remodeling Considerations in <strong>2021</strong><br />

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When it comes time to select a remodeling partner for your<br />

project, there are many questions and considerations. Especially<br />

now, where the market is still being affected by manufacturing<br />

and material conditions due to the pandemic, it’s important that<br />

homeowners go into the process with some key things in mind.<br />

1. BE PREPARED FOR LONGER TIMETABLES<br />

Patience and flexibility will be crucial for anyone embarking on<br />

a remodel in the next year. Ask remodelers about their current<br />

project timelines and be ready to have to wait. With materials,<br />

cabinets, and other elements being delayed, timelines that<br />

worked in the past may no longer be attainable.<br />

2. UNDERSTAND YOUR REMODELER’S PROCESS<br />

It’s good to have an understanding of what exactly your<br />

remodeler is doing to prepare for your project during these longer<br />

wait times. Does the company offer a comprehensive planning<br />

process that will work no matter how long it takes? You need a<br />

full-service company focused on ordering the correct materials<br />

and helping you navigate the supply chain issues that can make<br />

planning very difficult.<br />

3. MAKE SOME DECISIONS WHILE YOU’RE WAITING<br />

With the time you’ll have before your project can begin, read up<br />

on any educational materials or blog articles your remodeler<br />

offers to help understand the decisions you’ll need to make when<br />

the time comes. If you’re prepared and ready to provide critical<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

GREATER CINCINNATI<br />

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Cool kitchen build focuses on elevated functionality<br />

ON THE COVER<br />

This cozy parlor was drastically redefined during the complete renovation of a 170-year-old riverfront<br />

home in Covington. See the rest of the transformation beginning on page 18. Photo by Greg Grupenhof.<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

GREATER CINCINNATI<br />

55<br />

40<br />

REMODEL<br />

18 SWEPT AWAY BY THE VIEW<br />

Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration<br />

IT’S TIME TO TALK<br />

40 SIDE TABLES<br />

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

KITCHEN<br />

44 GRAND OPENING<br />

Kitchen’s window and wall reworked<br />

to take in the views<br />

INTERIOR DESIGN<br />

55 LAYING THE GROUNDWORK<br />

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

FURNISHINGS<br />

67 TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY<br />

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

DEPARTMENTS<br />

14 FRESH FINDS<br />

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

72 AD INDEX<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 />

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Making the Most of a Continued Seller’s Market<br />

Q: I know the market is great for sellers right now and would love to<br />

take advantage of the equity I have in my home. Is it still worth it to<br />

sell if I’ll then have to be a buyer facing the current competition?<br />

A: We have numerous clients struggling with the temptation to cash in<br />

on the equity they have in their current home, thanks to unprecedented<br />

home values. Yet many have concerns about whether any upside they<br />

have will be diminished by having to turn around and buy in a potentially<br />

overpriced market. If you’re considering a downsize, a sale is likely still<br />

advantageous, especially if you are selling a more expensive home that<br />

may be harder to sell in different market conditions. If opportunities<br />

offered by the current seller’s market are simply too good to pass up, you<br />

could also choose to sell now and rent while waiting for the market to<br />

quiet down before jumping in as a buyer.<br />

Q: It seems like in the current market, homes are selling just as<br />

easily without professional representation as they are with it.<br />

Should I consider selling my home as a “For Sale By Owner” instead<br />

of enlisting the help of a real estate agent?<br />

A: When the inventory of homes for sale is as low as it is today, buyers are<br />

eager to snatch up virtually any house that comes to market. As a result,<br />

some homeowners think selling their house will be a breeze and see today’s<br />

market as an opportunity to do a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) and avoid<br />

paying commission fees. Research shows, however, that selling on your own<br />

likely means you’ll net a lower profit, even in a seller’s market. Without the<br />

expert marketing and visibility that licensed agents can provide, FSBOs do<br />

not attract the same level of attention as homes listed by a professional.<br />

Creating a competitive environment amongst buyers is necessary in order<br />

to ultimately get top dollar. It is also crucial to have the support of an<br />

expert to guide you through what can be a very daunting process. Real<br />

estate professionals are trained negotiators with extensive housing market<br />

insights that the average homeowner may never have. An agent’s expertise<br />

can alleviate much of the stress of selling your house and help you close the<br />

best possible deal when you do.<br />

Q: My kids and pets have done a number on my carpet and wood<br />

floors. Should I be planning to replace and/or refinish the flooring<br />

before putting my house on the market?<br />

A: While we always recommend putting your “best foot forward” and<br />

making the necessary preparations for your home to look and show its<br />

best prior to putting it on the market, it is worth keeping in mind that<br />

time may be of the essence. The market is in favor of sellers right now,<br />

and has been for awhile, but we can never say for certain how long the<br />

favorable selling conditions will last. Oftentimes, it is best to get quotes<br />

for things like flooring that won’t show up in photos before listing and<br />

offer that amount in the form of a credit to the buyer at closing instead<br />

of actually having the work done prior to listing the house. There’s also<br />

the fact that many times, buyers would prefer to select materials and<br />

contractors themselves, so it is more appealing to them to have a credit<br />

to use at their disposal and on their schedule once they take ownership of<br />

the home.<br />

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR<br />

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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 />

BY THE VIEW<br />

Riverfront home undergoes a dramatic restoration<br />

BY KAREN BRADNER | PHOTOS BY GREG GRUPENHOF<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 <strong>Cincinnati</strong> 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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2<br />

4<br />

5<br />

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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2<br />

3<br />

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5<br />

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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2<br />

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 <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. Botanical on left<br />

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

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4<br />

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 />

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their home.<br />

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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 />

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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 />

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Work was completed and the<br />

couple moved into their new home<br />

in <strong>October</strong> 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 />

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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 />

RESOURCES<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 />

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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 NEW<br />

Something<br />

Blue<br />

Cool kitchen build focuses<br />

on elevated functionality<br />

BY SYDNE SANTO | PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SCHAAF<br />

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 />

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 31


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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2<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 />

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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 />

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

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

the hang-out house,” says Faye. “People come<br />

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

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

1<br />

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1 A backsplash made of rectangular<br />

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

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light fixtures add a bit of bling over<br />

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RESOURCES<br />

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

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

housetrends magazine <strong>2021</strong> 45


Just because the person in charge of<br />

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

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Linda’s brother, Greg Thompson,<br />

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

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

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Deep impact<br />

To achieve the open concept kitchen<br />

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

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In the middle of construction, the<br />

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They lost their favorite shade tree<br />

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1<br />

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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 />

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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 />

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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 />

RESOURCES<br />

Contractor: Greater Dayton Construction<br />

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

Kraftmaid; painted canvas perimeter and<br />

stained cherry island; Countertops:<br />

Crystalize quartzite; Flooring: Hand-scraped<br />

hickory planks; Appliances: GE Profile,<br />

Custom Distributors, Inc.; Tile: Nabi Hexagon<br />

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

Anabella Rectangle Chandelier from Arhaus<br />

Doggie Den<br />

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

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Chihuahua, Lola.<br />

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

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

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Tim and Linda unfortunately lost their beloved<br />

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never have another pet, the couple has already<br />

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

around here,” she says.<br />

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Laying the Groundwork<br />

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

BY LEE RHODES<br />

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 />

investment, but not necessarily in<br />

the way that high-end antique rugs<br />

used to be considered good (monetary)<br />

investments. Rather, explains<br />

Sam Presnell from The Rug Gallery<br />

in <strong>Cincinnati</strong>, “Rugs are investments<br />

in terms of good room design and<br />

pulling a room together. If you buy<br />

a quality rug, it can keep its original<br />

beauty and last a lifetime.”<br />

Knowing the importance of quality<br />

rugs is a good starting point, but<br />

choosing a rug can be overwhelming.<br />

After all, who among us knows the weft<br />

from the warp? Style, color, pattern,<br />

size, pile, lifestyle, and maintenance<br />

are all factors to consider. Here’s a<br />

primer on what to expect from the<br />

buying process, some background on<br />

classic rug styles, and input on what’s<br />

trending. ➻<br />

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1 Caldwell in blue hand woven in wool and viscose blend from Feizy 2 Jackson Firewood handmade in bamboo silk from Tufenkian<br />

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Questions to ask<br />

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

explains that the rug purchasing process should be enjoyable<br />

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 />

• Will there be the potential for spills or accidents?<br />

• 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 />

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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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5<br />

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 />

➻<br />

RESOURCES<br />

K.A. Menendian, The Rug Gallery<br />

annieselke.com, feizy.com, kalaty.com,<br />

loloirugs.com, tufenkian.com<br />

1 Jute handwoven from Loloi’s Bodhi Collection 2 Oushak<br />

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 />

HOW TO TAKE CARE<br />

OF YOUR AREA RUG<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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Hands-free options with healthy home benefits<br />

BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC<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 />

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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 />

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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 />

RESOURCES:<br />

Custom Distributors, Inc.<br />

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

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

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