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Bright, open one-floor living designed to suit empty nesters’ lifestyle<br />

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Homeowner purchases childhood<br />

home, upgrades to adult kitchen<br />

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Dapper designs for resting your derriere<br />

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Front walkways follow a path<br />

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They’re not just for roasting<br />

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Revisiting a beauty that was 100 years<br />

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A taste of some of our favorite spaces<br />

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IDEAS<br />

Celebrating the colors of fall<br />

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Fall home and garden events<br />

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Chicken Marbella<br />

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ON THE<br />

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A massive island for baking<br />

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Photo by Tiffany Schultz<br />

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Life starts all over<br />

again when it gets<br />

crisp in the fall.<br />

— F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. It is the season for all of our<br />

senses. We see a colorful palette of reds, oranges, yellows and browns<br />

all around us. The taste of pumpkin spice finds its way into our coffees,<br />

breads, cookies—even beers. We hear the sound of leaves crunching<br />

under our feet, and we smell wood burning in nearby fire pits as we<br />

wrap up in our favorite soft blanket.<br />

It’s the season when we squeeze all the outdoor time we can into our<br />

days. We go to football games, and we invite family and friends over<br />

for an evening under the stars. So, with company in mind, this issue<br />

shows a way to make your home more inviting by creating a welcoming<br />

pathway leading to the front of your home on page 44.<br />

And if it’s time for a more stylish focal point in your back yard, turn<br />

to page 56 for new fire pit ideas. Plus, get inspired with home decor<br />

items celebrating the colors of fall on page 14.<br />

There’s a lot of activity in the fall for home and garden enthusiasts. If<br />

you are up for a tour you should check out our event listings on page 70.<br />

As for me this fall, I’ll be spending as many evenings and weekends as<br />

possible making s’mores and memories with my grandchildren.<br />

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Bright, open<br />

one-floor living<br />

designed to suit<br />

empty nesters’<br />

lifestyle<br />



So many of us worry about resale when<br />

making decisions about our homes. We<br />

spend, possibly, too much time thinking<br />

about how many bedrooms the next owners<br />

might want, what color selections are<br />

neutral enough, or whether dining rooms<br />

will be in or out when it’s time to sell.<br />

But that wasn’t the case when Rick<br />

and Tonia Donnini built their new home.<br />

The choices they made were based on<br />

exactly what would serve their needs. As<br />

a result, their 3,000-square-foot, twobedroom,<br />

one-floor home reflects their<br />

lifestyle beautifully. ➻<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2022</strong> 19

1<br />

2<br />

1 The interior designer<br />

describes her clients’ style as<br />

“modern, warm, and casual<br />

with a bit of flair.” 2 This liveedge<br />

table and bench work<br />

well in the home’s more<br />

casual eating area. 3 A partial<br />

wall with a two-sided fireplace<br />

provides a subtle separation<br />

between the open great room<br />

area and the sunroom.<br />

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The decision to forego a basement<br />

was an easy one for the couple. “We<br />

didn’t care about cheap space, we<br />

wanted simple,” says Rick.<br />

The couple’s previous 6,000-squarefoot<br />

house had a pool outside and a<br />

walkout basement. “After our kids<br />

left, we mainly lived on one floor,”<br />

Tonia says. “We hardly ever went<br />

downstairs—not to use the pool<br />

table, the bar or the theater.”<br />

And as far as the two bedrooms<br />

go…the original floor plans called for<br />

a third bedroom, but the decision was<br />

made to turn that into a sunroom/<br />

sitting area. There is a spacious guest<br />

room with an ensuite bath available<br />

for overnight company. But one of<br />

the couple’s sons, Ryan, lives just a<br />

mile or so away with his wife Kelsey<br />

and their children, three-year-old Ava<br />

and two-year-old Collin. The couple’s<br />

other son, Connor, lives in Atlanta<br />

with his wife Madison, who has family<br />

in the Centerville area, so they have<br />

options when it comes to accommodations.<br />

So, a third bedroom and a basement<br />

are what they didn’t include<br />

in their plans. Here is what they did<br />

include:<br />

Let’s start in the back yard. To<br />

call it a yard is a bit of a misnomer.<br />

While there is a generous strip of<br />

grass back there, an expansive 17-by-<br />

40-foot pool dominates the space.<br />

An outdoor kitchen stands off to<br />

the side, ready to serve up friends<br />

and family and a four-hole putting<br />

green is placed on the other side of a<br />

small slope. Both Rick and Tonia are<br />

avid golfers, and this space is used to<br />

perfect their game as well as introduce<br />

their young grandchildren to the<br />

sport. ➻<br />

3<br />

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If we didn’t light things properly,<br />

you couldn’t really appreciate them.<br />

- Diane Hanson<br />

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Lighted floating shelves house some of the couple’s artwork and provide a focal point in the great room.<br />

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Out here, a high-tech sound system<br />

which includes nine directional speakers<br />

and a subwoofer was designed<br />

and installed by Troy Hanson and<br />

the team at Hanson Audio Video.<br />

The speakers are positioned so that<br />

neighbors can’t hear the couple’s<br />

music or television. Troy says the<br />

goal of the system is to “cover the<br />

area with extreme saturation to prevent<br />

hot spots or fading.” Speakers<br />

are placed around the pool area so<br />

that the sound cascades toward the<br />

back of the house, rather than having<br />

speakers mounted on the back of the<br />

house and cascading out toward the<br />

neighbors.<br />

“We’ve had friends pull up to the<br />

house for a party and think we weren’t<br />

home,” Rick says. “They couldn’t hear<br />

the music until they made it back to<br />

the pool.”<br />


While the activity often centers on<br />

the backyard attractions—the pool is<br />

heated and often used from April to<br />

November—the inside of the home is<br />

designed for easy living as well.<br />

“Everything is laid out exactly the<br />

way we wanted it,” Tonia says.<br />

The Donninis worked with interior<br />

designer Diane Hanson to finalize<br />

the layout of the home, the material<br />

selections, and the furnishings.<br />

“Diane is a godsend We have been<br />

working with her for over 30 years,”<br />

Rick says. “She was a great influence.<br />

She helped us filter through our decisions<br />

to integrate them into the overall<br />

design…which ultimately saved us<br />

money.”<br />

One challenge for the designer was<br />

to take a space that was big and open<br />

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2<br />

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and make it inviting. Area rugs, furniture groupings,<br />

artwork and lighting were carefully selected and placed<br />

to create smaller spaces within the larger space. And,<br />

since the main living areas are exposed to each other,<br />

Diane says it was important to select complementary<br />

light fixtures.<br />

“Lighting is a very important part of the process. If a<br />

room is not properly lighted, it doesn’t come off as well<br />

as it could,” she says. “Rick and Tonia have a lot of great<br />

art and beautiful furnishings. If we didn’t light things<br />

properly, you couldn’t really appreciate them.”<br />

TVs, lighting, streaming services, garage doors, music,<br />

locks and much more are controlled via a Control4<br />

System installed by Hanson Audio Video. This system,<br />

Troy says, “controls the entire house with one simple,<br />

kindergarten-level app.” ➻<br />

3<br />

1 Floor-to-ceiling windows on the back<br />

wall are solar treated so that window<br />

treatments are not necessary. 2 Rick and<br />

Tonia relax poolside. 3 Water baby Ava<br />

splashes in the pool as her brother Collin<br />

is about to join in.<br />

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Luxury vinyl plank flooring handles kitchen spills—and grandchildren’s wet feet—with ease.<br />


There are a few areas in the home that garnered a bit of<br />

extra attention from certain members of the team. For<br />

example, when it came to the kitchen’s design, Tonia<br />

points to her husband and says, “That’s all him.”<br />

Rick, who is the cook in the family, wanted space to<br />

prep on both sides of the sink. “I’m not walking all across<br />

the kitchen. Everything is within easy reach,” he says. “It’s<br />

a perfect blend of function and design.”<br />

Nearby is a beautiful live-edge elm table handmade by<br />

Ron and Tom Dement of New Life Forestry of Ohio. The<br />

bench has frosted epoxy-filled inclusions in its edges to<br />

add both comfort and style.<br />

Farther along the back of the home stands a half wall<br />

with the see-through fireplace that separates the sunroom<br />

from the main living areas. The wall was Tonia’s<br />

idea and got a stamp of approval from Diane. A large,<br />

walk-in closet off this room houses a collection of toys<br />

for the grandkids. Weekend sleepovers with “TT” and<br />

“Poppy” are a regular occurrence.<br />

“We love having them here. Grandkids are the best,”<br />

Tonia says. “They want to be in the pool all the time.”<br />

And should they need to run from the pool into the<br />

house to grab a snack or use the restroom, luxury vinyl<br />

planking on the floors aren’t bothered by the water.<br />

Other low maintenance, kid-friendly features include<br />

assorted leather chairs, sofas and ottomans the couple<br />

purchased from Bova. “If someone spills something, it<br />

wipes up,” Tonia says. “Bova has amazing furniture that<br />

lasts forever.”<br />

Outside, the plants are all trees, shrubs and perennials,<br />

with no annuals in the bunch. The couple wanted low<br />

maintenance landscaping—there is no mulch anywhere.<br />

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Fortunately, construction on the<br />

home wrapped up in December of<br />

2019, so the pandemic did not negatively<br />

impact the process. In fact,<br />

the Donninis are incredibly positive<br />

about their new home and the whole<br />

experience.<br />

The builder, Associate Construction,<br />

was excellent to work with.<br />

“Every single contractor was top<br />

notch,” Rick says. “We would work<br />

with them all again.”<br />

But for the distant future, the couple<br />

has no plans of moving anywhere<br />

else. Thanks to the wide-open floor<br />

plan, this home will accommodate<br />

aging-in-place beautifully. Plus, they<br />

are fans of the Greater Dayton lifestyle.<br />

Rick, who is originally from New<br />

Mexico says, “A lot of people don’t<br />

know how good they have it here.<br />

It’s relatively inexpensive and there’s<br />

not a lot of traffic. The people here<br />

are decent, laid back. We love the<br />

Midwest!”<br />

Tonia’s office is tucked away in a more private area off the entry.<br />


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Furniture Bova Contemporary Furniture; Flooring Innovative Floors and Design; Windows and doors Andersen; Fireplace<br />

Dayton Fireplace Systems; Rugs The Rug Gallery; Kitchen cabinetry and living room shelving Select Kitchen Design; Kitchen<br />

countertops and backsplash Cambria; Appliances Bosch from Custom Distributors, Inc.; Table New Life Forestry of Ohio;<br />

Bathroom countertop Cambria; Glass pebbles by Tim McFadden from Gallery Veronique; Indoor/outdoor sound system,<br />

TVs, speakers, Control4 System Hanson Audio Video; Stones and pavers in pool area Groundscape; Irrigation Centerville<br />

Landscape and Irrigation; Outdoor furniture Watson’s; Pool, electric cover and lighting Buckeye Pools; Brick Snyder Brick &<br />

Block; Brick mason De La Rosa Masonry; Electric Stoutenborough Electric; HVAC Outstanding Heating & Cooling; Plumbing<br />

Integrity Plumbing Solutions; Roofing Weatherguard Roofing & Restoration; Gutters Hans Huf Home Improvement Co.<br />

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Homeowner purchases childhood<br />

home, upgrades to adult kitchen<br />


Before<br />

Who doesn’t dream of going back to visit their childhood home? To walk into<br />

that bedroom, that feels so much smaller as an adult, where so many big<br />

dreams were conjured. For Emily Henry, she not only got to visit her childhood<br />

home: she got the chance to buy it.<br />

“It was never the plan for us to buy this place, but it just worked out this<br />

way,” Emily says.<br />

As much as Emily may enjoy the nostalgia of raising her own three daughters<br />

with her husband, Scott, in her childhood home in Montgomery; the reality of<br />

the space left much to be desired… especially in the kitchen… homeschooling…<br />

during a pandemic. ➻<br />

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After: The window arrangement was reconfigured on the sink wall for a more unified look.<br />

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The Henrys had been thinking about<br />

renovating their kitchen for a while.<br />

“We got into COVID and were really<br />

stuck in that space all together,”<br />

Emily remembers with a laugh.<br />

“Three young girls—nine-year-old<br />

twins and a seven-year-old—trying<br />

to do virtual learning really sped up<br />

our plans.”<br />

The Henrys knew they needed<br />

to work with someone who could<br />

manage their project. “My husband<br />

and I both work, we have our kids,<br />

and I coach at Orangetheory on the<br />

side,” Emily says. “I had a co-worker<br />

who had worked with Neal’s Design<br />

Remodel. She told me all the ways<br />

they went above and beyond every<br />

expectation, so I knew they would do<br />

the same for us.”<br />


Emily had one inspirational picture<br />

of a kitchen when she went to meet<br />

Neal’s designer Jodi Smith for the<br />

first time. “What I wanted was a<br />

massive island,” Emily describes. “I<br />

wanted to be able to bake cookies, roll<br />

dough, get flour everywhere. I wanted<br />

to be able to seat a lot of people<br />

around the island with no other table<br />

in our kitchen. When we entertain,<br />

that is where everyone hangs out.”<br />

The kitchen was small, dark, and<br />

the soffits made the space seem<br />

smaller than it was. “They were<br />

awful,” Emily admits. “I hated them.”<br />

Emily knew she wanted to get rid of<br />

the soffit and have cabinets go to the<br />

ceiling but admits that everything<br />

else was Smith and the team at Neal’s.<br />

“What stood out the most when I<br />

met them was that they talked a lot<br />

about their family,” Smith remembers.<br />

“Their existing space was not<br />

functional, so we wanted to make<br />

sure everything we created had function<br />

as the focus.” ➻<br />

1<br />

2<br />

1 A hinged cabinet door lifts up and out of the way for easy access to the coffee<br />

station. 2 Custom cabinetry helps keep the kitchen organized.<br />

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“We had a much smaller, two-part sink<br />

so I love, love, love the big sink.”<br />

-Emily<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2022</strong> 33


The goal of opening the kitchen was achieved by making the wall between the living room<br />

and kitchen much smaller. The wall between the kitchen and the formal dining room was<br />

removed. The back wall of the kitchen was pushed out and made flush with the existing<br />

breakfast nook wall. In the process, an awkward, under-cabinet window was removed. “Gosh,<br />

that was so 1990,” Emily says.<br />

It was replaced with three windows creating a visual centerpiece to the feature wall of the<br />

kitchen over the farmhouse sink. “The Henrys wanted an apron-front fireclay sink,” Smith<br />

says. “Emily made that specific request because her research showed it would be the most<br />

durable.”<br />

The homeowners opted for an electric range instead of gas because they admittedly don’t<br />

cook enough to make the investment. “We did invest in a Sub-Zero fridge,” Emily says. “And I<br />

did want a double oven since I frequently host Thanksgiving. It was always a challenge. We’d<br />

be stuffing things in toaster ovens.”<br />

A built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator blends in beautifully on a wall of cabinetry near the oversized island with seating for six.<br />

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Before<br />

After: As the Henrys built out into their back yard, they<br />

wanted to expand the outdoor living space to fit a fire pit.<br />

“We wanted a space that<br />

we can get eight chairs<br />

around the fire pit so our<br />

neighbors and friends could<br />

enjoy it with us.” -Emily<br />


The family set up a little kitchen station<br />

in their basement. “I joked that I felt like I<br />

was back in college,” Emily recalls. “If you<br />

ran the toaster oven and the microwave<br />

at the same time, you’d trip the circuit.<br />

“It was a little like living in a construction<br />

zone, but it was cool to see progress.<br />

The kids loved coming home from school<br />

every day and wanted to see what had<br />

happened while they were gone.<br />

“It was so worth it to us though to<br />

make this investment now, because we<br />

know we’ll be in this house for 20-plus<br />

years.” ➻<br />

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Scott and Emily are excited to see<br />

their girls grow in this new space<br />

and watch them hangout with their<br />

friends.<br />

“We don’t feel like we’re on top of<br />

each other,” Emily says. “Mornings<br />

are still nuts, but the kids have more<br />

autonomy. And Scott and I spend a<br />

lot more time in there, having a glass<br />

of wine after the kids go to bed.<br />

“We really enjoyed working with<br />

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what they provide.”<br />

dirty work<br />

While the Henrys were tackling their kitchen renovation, they<br />

decided to get their dream laundry and mud rooms too.<br />

“We run the laundry like four times a day,” Emily says. “So that<br />

was the biggest investment for me. I went with the LG front loader.<br />

I spent three years on the laundry division of P&G. I probably know<br />

more than any normal person should about washing machines.”<br />

Emily has a system for how she likes to do laundry, so she found<br />

a basket system on Pinterest she liked. And she didn’t want to do<br />

laundry in the formal dining room anymore, so she wanted a place<br />

where she could fold and sort all in one.<br />

The mudroom is where the original laundry room was, so the<br />

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“The Henrys wanted a place for the girls to plug in their iPads,<br />

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Jodi Smith, designer at Neal’s says. “So, when they come in the door,<br />

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It’s a space that gets an incredible amount of use, but not usually a great<br />

deal of attention. Guests come and go on this, packages get delivered<br />

via this route, and landscaping often follows its borders.<br />

We’re talking about your front walkway. It just might be time to step<br />

away from that straight line of poured concrete and follow a path with<br />

a bit more personality. Creating a warm, welcoming entrance to the<br />

front of your home not only adds a good deal of curb appeal—it also<br />

gives your resale value a boost.<br />

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Stamped concrete sidewalk at home built by Zicka Homes. Photo by Connie Kimsey<br />

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Above Stamped concrete path, steps, landscaping and lighting by Townescapes.<br />

Below PaverLock Oxford Heritage Buff pavers from Reading Rock installed by The Garden Path. Photos by Ross Van Pelt<br />

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If you want to stick with concrete,<br />

this is a versatile material that offers<br />

plenty of options.<br />

Want to keep it simple? Consider a<br />

curvier path and add a bit of non-slip<br />

texture with a “broom” finish. Or add<br />

a bit of zing with stamping and dying.<br />

The result can look like brick, slate,<br />

flagstone, wood planks and more.<br />

“If you are updating an old<br />

front walkway, widening<br />

it to four feet and adding<br />

curves makes it much more<br />

functional and appealing.”<br />

—Lisa Herd, Snyder Brick & Block<br />

PRO: Concrete requires less maintenance<br />

than stone, tile or brick.<br />

CON: Concrete must include joints<br />

to allow for expansion and contraction<br />

due to temperature changes.<br />

Price range for installed concrete:<br />

Broom finish $12-$15/sq. ft.<br />

Stamped $18-$22/sq. ft.<br />


Pavers are typically stones made of<br />

dyed concrete and are available in<br />

many shapes, sizes and colors. They<br />

are placed on a foundation composed<br />

of compacted gravel topped with an<br />

inch or so of sand. Edging—sometimes<br />

metal, but more commonly<br />

plastic—is often used to keep the<br />

pavers in place. Lately, a “concrete<br />

toe” edge is becoming a new trend.<br />

PRO: Due to its multiple seams, a<br />

paver walkway can flex during freeze<br />

and thaw cycles without cracking.<br />

CON: Weeds can sprout up between<br />

pavers. Use a polymeric sand in the<br />

joints to deter weeds.<br />

Price range of materials only:<br />

$2.50-$13/sq. ft.<br />

PaverLock Boardwalk Calico pavers from Reading<br />

Rock installed by Hicon. Photo by Ross Van Pelt<br />

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Always a classic choice, brick pavers<br />

introduce a level of old-world charm.<br />

Solid clay paving bricks are hardfired<br />

in kilns at high temperatures to<br />

fuse the clay particles for maximum<br />

strength. This hard-firing creates rich<br />

colors that are resistant to ultraviolet<br />

light, which often causes artificially<br />

colored concrete pavers to fade. Brick<br />

pavers can be placed on a more flexible<br />

sand base or a concrete base with<br />

cement joints.<br />

PRO: A clay paver surface is stainresistant.<br />

CON: Shapes and sizes are limited.<br />

They are typically in the shape of a<br />

4x8 rectangular brick, but do come<br />

in a few other sizes.<br />

Price range for materials only:<br />

$3.75-$12/sq.ft.<br />


Flagstone is a hard, flat stone usually<br />

made of sandstone bound together<br />

by minerals like silica, calcite, or iron<br />

ore. It is known for its rich texture<br />

in a broad range of colors—<br />

browns, grays, golds, and blues. It’s<br />

a great choice for a more rustic look,<br />

and it preserves a green and earthy<br />

element in your landscaped area.<br />

PRO: Neutral flagstones blend<br />

in and become part of landscapes.<br />

CON: Flagstone installed in sand<br />

will keep shifting if the sand is not<br />

leveled and stable. That is not the<br />

case when it’s set in concrete.<br />

Price range for materials only:<br />

$10-$15/sq.ft.<br />

Top Embarcadero clay brick pathway from<br />

McNear Brick & Block. Photo courtesy of<br />

Snyder Brick and Block<br />

Bottom Chilton Stone with Flagstone<br />

Treads and landscaping by The Site Group.<br />

Photo courtesy of The Site Group<br />

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A type of flagstone, bluestone is a very popular<br />

choice for midwestern homes. Colors are typically<br />

in the gray/blue range but can vary widely—from<br />

a purplish hue to tones of brown—<br />

depending on the geographic source of the stone.<br />

Use rectangular stones for a more formal look.<br />

Irregular shapes offer a more casual appeal.<br />

PRO: Bluestone’s steely blues and grays are striking<br />

whether it’s cloudy, raining, snowing, or sunny.<br />

CON: Bluestone absorbs more sunlight than<br />

lighter stones making it especially hot during<br />

sunny summer days.<br />

Price range for materials only: $10-$15/sq.ft.<br />

Limestone home with bluestone paver walkway and landscaping by Landfare Ltd. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />


By choosing a natural stone that is indigenous<br />

to our region, you will know it will hold up to<br />

the weather conditions in this area. Limestone,<br />

which has a uniform texture and color, is quarried<br />

from Ohio and Indiana. Sandstone, which<br />

offers a variation in color and texture, tends to<br />

be quarried from the eastern counties in Ohio.<br />

PRO: These stones usually look more natural<br />

than manufactured stones.<br />

CON: Natural stone has color variations,<br />

so you might not get an exact match to your<br />

sample piece.<br />

Price range for materials only: $9-$18/sq.ft.<br />

Brown Sandstone and landscaping by The Site Group. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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For an informal option, you can<br />

place stepping stones within gravel.<br />

Irregular fieldstone, bluestone or<br />

limestone in pieces no smaller than<br />

18” work great. Be sure to use an edge<br />

restraint such as steel edging, cobblestone<br />

curbing, or other material to<br />

prevent the gravel from spreading<br />

into the surrounding landscape.<br />

“Adding a natural stone walkway is a<br />

beautiful way to increase curb appeal<br />

using a material that will last<br />

the life of the home.”<br />

—Jon Smiley, Stone Center<br />

PRO: This is one of the more inexpensive<br />

options.<br />

CON. You need to use a geotextile<br />

weed barrier below the gravel to prevent<br />

plant growth.<br />

Price range for materials only:<br />

$10-$15/sq.ft.<br />


Mined from locations around the globe, these natural stones typically<br />

are used as pavers.<br />

Granite is durable, non-slip and scratch resistant. It’s a reliable<br />

paving choice for walkways due to its earthy and textured finish.<br />

Granite is porous and should be sealed to avoid possible staining<br />

and moisture damage.<br />

Created from pure quartz sandstone, Quartzite is an extremely<br />

hard stone that makes it ideal for outdoor applications.<br />

Marble, a rigid metamorphic rock, is among the most durable<br />

and highest-quality materials used for outdoor applications.<br />

PRO: All these stones are extremely hard and durable.<br />

CON: This category includes the most expensive options.<br />

Price range for materials only: $18-$28/sq.ft.<br />

Left Flagstone stepping stones from Ohio Stone. Photo courtesy of Snyder<br />

Brick and Block Above Granite natural stone pavers.<br />

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Travertine is also quarried from around<br />

the world with the three most common<br />

locations being Italy, Turkey, and Mexico.<br />

Italian Travertine is what Rome’s Coliseum<br />

is made of. Mexico’s Travertine is more<br />

porous and does not hold up to frost.<br />

Turkish Travertine is very common and, in<br />

most instances, is less expensive than the<br />

Italian. It holds up well in a freeze/thaw<br />

climate.<br />

PRO: Travertine doesn’t absorb heat like<br />

many of the other materials listed.<br />

CON: Qualities of Travertine differ considerably<br />

depending on where the stones<br />

are quarried.<br />

Price range for materials only: $8-$15/sq.ft.<br />

Travertine Beige pavers from Reading Rock installed by<br />

Paramount Landscaping. Photo by Ross Van Pelt<br />


Porcelain is a colorfast and low maintenance<br />

option. Select an exterior grade<br />

that is weather-resistant and not slippery.<br />

Porcelain is a great choice for homeowners<br />

who want to mimic the look of marble.<br />

These tiles are also fired at higher kiln temperatures,<br />

leading to harder, stronger and<br />

more scratch-resistant tiles.<br />

PRO: Porcelain is more durable than<br />

ceramic tiles due to their increased density.<br />

CON: Porcelain can be brittle and needs<br />

to be installed on a completely flat surface<br />

to avoid breakage.<br />

Price range for materials only: $7-$14/sq.ft.<br />

Kronos porcelain tile paver in Sand Island from Reading Rock<br />

installed by Warren’s Landscaping. Photo by Ross Van Pelt<br />

Paneria Porcelain Pavers from Hamilton Parker<br />

“Stain resistant porcelain<br />

pavers are a beautiful,<br />

low-maintenance option<br />

for high traffic outdoor<br />

entertaining areas.”<br />

—Britt Warren, Hamilton Parker<br />

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Ceramic tiles are less dense and<br />

more porous than porcelain. Be sure<br />

to choose a tile rated for outdoor<br />

use with an unglazed finish for a<br />

rougher, less slippery surface. Their<br />

density, compared to porcelain tiles,<br />

makes them less water and stain<br />

resistant, particularly if they’re<br />

unglazed.<br />

PRO: Ceramic tile is less expensive<br />

than porcelain tile with a wider range<br />

of colors and styles available.<br />

CON: It’s also more porous, making<br />

them more crack-prone and vulnerable<br />

to stains.<br />

Price range for materials only:<br />

$3 -$12/sq.ft.<br />

For the sake of comparison in this article,<br />

price ranges were gathered from a variety<br />

of vendors in August of <strong>2022</strong> and<br />

do not include installation. When multiple<br />

ranges were supplied, Housetrends<br />

included the lowest price and the highest<br />

price from the group.<br />

These are rough estimates for comparison<br />

purposes and will vary depending<br />

on suppliers and locations. Also, delivery<br />

costs are a variable when it comes to<br />

pricing any of these materials.<br />

We invite you to contact any of the<br />

following resources for more accurate<br />

pricing.<br />

Statesville Brick Weathered Magnolia clay brick walkway and patio<br />

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Hamilton Parker Company<br />

Perfect Paver Co<br />

Reading Rock<br />

Snyder Brick & Block<br />

Stone Center<br />

Townescapes<br />

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“Before bidding a project, a qualified<br />

contractor will address the site access;<br />

review complexity of the installation and<br />

understand the scale of the project.<br />

Usually, the larger the project, the<br />

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Remove leaves, twigs, berries and<br />

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Revisiting a beauty that was 100 years in the making<br />


Some homes are worth a second look. That’s how Jon Arenstein, the current owner<br />

of a Bexley bungalow felt when he first walked past it over six years ago with his dog,<br />

Mickey. The draw was so strong, that he rang the doorbell and asked the owners to<br />

call him if they ever decided to sell.<br />

That’s also how Florence Murphy felt when she served as a tour guide for the<br />

home in this year’s House and Garden Tour in Bexley. As Housetrends publisher,<br />

Florence had seen a taste of the home Jon and his wife Dianne eventually purchased<br />

in a show preview. But after spending a spring afternoon there, she wanted to share<br />

a bit more of the couple’s charming spaces. ➻<br />

Roof makes a statement<br />

The home was built in 1922 and has a distinctive “Giwa” roof that first caught Jon’s eye. This style of tile roofing originated in Korea.<br />

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A rarity of this century-old home<br />

was that it sat on a double lot<br />

which allowed space for a first-floor<br />

owners’ suite addition (seen to the<br />

right in this photo). Construction<br />

began before the couple moved in<br />

and took about six months. They<br />

are especially pleased with how the<br />

contractor, Rick Wieland, was able<br />

to match the roof tile and exterior<br />

brick of the original structure.<br />


When she first toured the home, the abundance of windows spoke to Dianne. “The minute I walked in, the windows were<br />

what grabbed me,” she says. One light-drenched room that is a favorite spot for relaxing is the sunroom. During renovations<br />

the couple widened what had been a small doorway leading to this room to create one big open space encompassing<br />

the kitchen, dining room and living room.<br />

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Both Jon and Dianne love to cook.<br />

One of their favorite recipes is<br />

The Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella<br />

Turn to page 72 for the recipe.<br />


While the kitchen still stands on its<br />

original footprint, gleaming white<br />

Amish-built cabinetry and the newly-widened<br />

access to the sunroom<br />

combine to create a crisp, yet inviting,<br />

space. A dedicated ice maker is<br />

a favorite among the couple’s grandchildren,<br />

and even their daughter<br />

Abby, who lives nearby. “My daughter<br />

will come over here and fill up baggies<br />

with crushed ice to take home,”<br />

Dianne says. ➻<br />

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Bridging the area between the original part of the home and the new addition are built-in bookshelves which house<br />

Dianne’s collection of antique French Confit Pots. Also, near the kitchen area, the couple carved out space for a back entry<br />

with its glass-paned door where Mickey, a beagle mix, occasionally soaks up the sunshine. Outside this door you catch a<br />

glimpse of the residence’s new, oversized two-car garage.<br />

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Abby lives just two streets away with her family,<br />

and the couple’s son David’s family lives not too<br />

far away in Granville. So, this Bexley base becomes<br />

a gathering spot. An empty backyard expanse has<br />

been replaced with multiple conversation areas<br />

providing a lush space for family and guests to<br />

relax—while the grandchildren and the couple’s<br />

dog run about the fenced-in yard. ➻<br />

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When the couple is in the mood to<br />

watch life go by, they can head to the<br />

generously-sized front porch with its<br />

trio of tapered columns and ponder<br />

the good fortune they had when they<br />

discovered this home five years ago.<br />

“It’s just so different,” Dianne says.<br />

“It’s like a little gem hidden in Bexley.<br />

We both fell in love with it.”<br />


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Coming soon, in the November issue of Housetrends, we’ll feature some of our favorite spaces and share<br />

some of the big trends we saw at this year’s HOMEARAMA ® . While each of the six custom homes were<br />

unique, we definitely saw some common threads throughout the show.<br />

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Amping up the outdoor areas<br />

Decks, patios and pools have always been in fashion, but<br />

this year the builders took things up a notch—or three.<br />

Outdoor rooms had structural ceilings, solid tiled floors,<br />

fireplaces and covered an expansive amount of space,<br />

often traversing the entire back expanse of the home.<br />

Creating separate but equal spaces<br />

Darkly painted or paneled dens have been a mainstay<br />

for decades, but this year those rooms met their match.<br />

Masculine workspaces often had a feminine counterpart.<br />

One designer we spoke to at the show told us his<br />

and her offices are now the top request she gets from<br />

her clients.<br />

Keeping the mess at bay<br />

Call them what you will: messy kitchens, butler pantries,<br />

sculleries or catering kitchens, these smallish but<br />

mighty-ish rooms are a hot trend for sure. Most include<br />

a second refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. Plenty of<br />

shelving and storage is a must. Coffee makers and<br />

microwaves may find their home here too.<br />

Subtle sophistication<br />

While there were fun splashes of color in a few of the<br />

homes, most of the palettes were on the subdued side.<br />

Paints were neutral, although sometimes dramatically<br />

dark. Tile selections were on the classic, monochromatic<br />

side, and wallpapers were often chosen to introduce texture,<br />

and sometimes pattern, more than color.<br />

Staying out in the open<br />

Transparent walls and doors were seen in most of the<br />

homes this year as well. Some exercise rooms were blatantly<br />

on display behind a glass wall. Home offices and<br />

lower-level bonus rooms were flooded with additional<br />

light thanks to one of their four walls, or a door, being<br />

made of glass.<br />

That’s just a taste. We’ll have a lot more to share in our next issue!<br />

Let us know if there is a room or two in particular you’d like us to<br />

revisit. Write us at: publishers@housetrends.com<br />

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take a tour<br />

Mark your calendar for these<br />

home and garden events near you<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 1<br />

Eastwood Circle Sears Homes Walking Tour<br />

Walking tour seeing exteriors of<br />

ten different styles of Sears houses<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Ohio<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 15<br />

Norwood Historic Home Tour<br />

Guided afternoon walking tour<br />

Norwood, Ohio<br />

Saturdays and Sundays,<br />

<strong>October</strong> 15-16, November 19-20<br />

Springfield Antique Show<br />

Antiques, vintage and flea market finds<br />

Clark County Fairgrounds<br />

Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 16<br />

Burlington Antique Show<br />

Featuring over 200 antique dealers<br />

Boone County Kentucky Fairgrounds<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 1<br />

Newport Harvest Festival<br />

Artists, crafters, and businesses on display<br />

Downtown Newport Kentucky Business District<br />

Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 2<br />

Hyde Park Art Show<br />

One of <strong>Cincinnati</strong>’s oldest and<br />

well-respected art shows<br />

Hyde Park Square, <strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Ohio<br />

Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 2<br />

Grandview Heights and<br />

Marble Cliff Tour of Homes<br />

Six historic homes<br />

Columbus, Ohio<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 29<br />

Wyoming Sears Homes Walking Tour<br />

90 minutes, 1 1/2 miles easy walking tour, view the<br />

exteriors of 15 different Sears Kit Homes<br />

Wyoming, Ohio.<br />

Fridays and Saturdays,<br />

November 25-26, December 2-3<br />

Nights Before Christmas<br />

Candelight Tour of Homes<br />

An enchanting walking tour through<br />

private and public sites<br />

Madison, IN<br />

To learn more about these tours visit<br />

housetrends.com and search: Take a Tour<br />

Events may be subject to change, please check<br />

tour websites for further information.<br />

Do you have a home and garden tour we<br />

should know about? Send the details to<br />

publishers@housetrends.com<br />

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rea estate<br />

HOUSE-WARMING 101:<br />

The Best Home Projects to Prepare for Colder Weather<br />

1. Clean your gutters - Poor water flow through<br />

gutters and downspouts can lead to water<br />

damage, roof damage, and ice dams. Gutters can<br />

also collapse from too much weight. Once most of<br />

the leaves have fallen is the perfect time to have<br />

all debris removed from your gutters. Even gutter<br />

guards require some maintenance. Don’t neglect<br />

cleaning out your window wells too!<br />

2. Service your HVAC system - The best time<br />

to have a winter service completed on your HVAC<br />

system is before extreme weather hits. Regularly<br />

changing air filters is also recommended for<br />

optimal furnace efficiency and indoor air quality.<br />

3. Inspect your roof - Your roof is your best<br />

defense against winter weather. Using a reputable<br />

roofing company to inspect your roof annually is<br />

also a best practice. Missing shingles, nail pops,<br />

and aged plumbing boots can all be repaired<br />

rather easily and will extend the life of a costly<br />

roof. Neglecting these items can lead to potential<br />

roof leaks and interior property damage.<br />

4. Clean your fireplace/chimney - Woodburning<br />

fireplaces need to be kept clean to safely<br />

burn a fire in the winter. Hire a professional to<br />

inspect your fireplace and chimney to be sure your<br />

firebox and chimney can safely provide winter<br />

warmth to your family in the colder months.<br />

5. Winterize sprinklers and hoses - Shut<br />

down and drain your irrigation system to prevent<br />

freeze damage to the pipes. All garden hoses<br />

should be disconnected from water spigots and<br />

drained for winter storage.<br />

6. Prepare your lawn - Fall is the ideal time<br />

to prep your lawn for the spring. Remove fallen<br />

leaves to prevent lawn damage over the winter.<br />

Aeration and fertilization are two of the best<br />

practices to ensure you enter the spring with a<br />

healthy lawn.<br />

7. Seal and caulk around windows and doors -<br />

Colder weather can strain your heating system. Most<br />

homeowners do not regularly caulk their windows, yet<br />

doing so frequently can help prevent more heating loss.<br />

8. Clean/replace outdoor lighting/bulbs -<br />

Consider cleaning outdoor fixtures to maximize<br />

exterior lighting during the darker winter months.<br />

Upgrading to LED bulbs and fixtures will help to<br />

lower your energy costs.<br />

9. Test carbon monoxide detectors - Batteries<br />

in carbon monoxide detectors should be<br />

changed yearly. Carbon monoxide alarms are<br />

recommended on every level and outside of<br />

sleeping areas. Consider upgrading your alarms<br />

if it has been more than 6 years since you last<br />

replaced them.<br />

10. Winterize your lawn mower/equipment -<br />

Either drain the gas from your equipment or use<br />

fuel stabilizer to protect the internal parts from<br />

any damage. Stabilizer will keep the gas in good<br />

condition over the winter. Run your mower for at<br />

least five minutes after adding stabilizer to allow it<br />

to reach the carburetor.<br />


Ellie Kowalchik, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, leads <strong>Cincinnati</strong>’s top-ranked Move2Team. A multi-million<br />

dollar producer and company sales leader, she holds the advanced designations of Seller Representative Specialist, Certified<br />

Residential Specialist, as well as e-Pro with a focus on technology. She has also been named one of America’s Best Real Estate<br />

Agents by RealTrends for the past 5 years.<br />

Have real estate questions you’d like to see answered in a future edition of Ask the Expert?<br />

Give Ellie a call at (513) 616-2323 or email her at Ellie@Move2Team.com.<br />



A&S Lighting Center & Electric Supply, Inc.................67<br />

altafiber.....................................................................59<br />

Basco Shower Enclosures..........................................17<br />

let ’s eat<br />

This dish, a popular pick from The Silver<br />

Palate Cookbook, is a favorite meal for the<br />

homeowners featured on page 61.<br />

Best Furniture Gallery..................................................4<br />

Bova Contemporary Furniture...................................13<br />

Carpetland................................................................73<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> Stoneworks...............................................60<br />

Closets by Design......................................................37<br />

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

Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc....................................58<br />

Hanson Audio and Video...........................................43<br />

Hoffman & Albers Interiors........................................15<br />

ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Furniture & Interior Design...................11<br />

Move2Team.com......................................................71<br />

Neal’s Design Remodel.............................................40<br />

One Highland-Griewe Development...........................5<br />

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

Perfect Paver Co.......................................................54<br />

R.L. Bull Cabinets & Construction, LLC.......................9<br />

Ryan’s All-Glass............................................................7<br />

Signature Hardware...................................................53<br />

Slats Blind & Shutter Experts......................................76<br />

The Appliance Loft......................................................6<br />

The Spicy Olive.........................................................58<br />

Union Village Development Co.................................16<br />

Watson’s......................................................................2<br />

Zicka Homes.............................................................74<br />


Chicken Marbella<br />


1/2 cup olive oil<br />

1/2 cup red wine vinegar<br />

1 cup pitted prunes<br />

1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives<br />

1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice<br />

6 bay leaves<br />

1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed<br />

1/4 cup dried oregano<br />

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper,<br />

to taste<br />

4 chickens (2 1/2 pounds each), quartered<br />

1 cup brown sugar<br />

1 cup dry white wine<br />

1/4 cup fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley or fresh<br />

cilantro, finely chopped<br />

For directions: go to housetrends.com<br />

and search: Chicken Marbella<br />

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