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They say not to judge a book by its cover, but that old adage doesn’t necessarily apply to homes. When potential buyers go to tour a house, the showing starts from<br />

the moment they pull up in front. Having a well-maintained yard, an attractive exterior, and functional outdoor living spaces can help your home make a good first<br />

impression. Even if you’re not ready to sell quite yet, making outdoor upgrades you can enjoy now is a smart investment to boost your equity.<br />

Here are our top recommendations for valueadding<br />

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1. Install a Firepit – A gas-powered firepit<br />

(or fireplace!) will have the best return on<br />

investment, but if you don’t have the space,<br />

even a firepit that can be packed away when not<br />

in use – but brought out for property showings –<br />

can help a buyer imagine themselves using the<br />

backyard as an outdoor living room year round.<br />

2. Build Structures for Privacy & Shade – You<br />

can create effective screening with cleverly placed<br />

plants, but a structured/permanent shaded area,<br />

such as a roof over an outdoor living space or a<br />

smart pergola over a patio can give you the best<br />

of all worlds: privacy, shelter and shade.<br />

3. Construct an Outdoor Kitchen – The<br />

kitchen is the heart of the home. Expand that<br />

centerpiece without adding square footage by<br />

creating an outdoor kitchen. You’ll not only have<br />

more space for food prep, but also increase the<br />

amount of room you have to entertain, giving<br />

guests another central place to gather.<br />

4. Create Outdoor Living Zones – Adding<br />

function to your yard is one of the best ways<br />

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Not looking to make a big spend? These lowcost<br />

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2. Dress Up Your Front Door – A fresh coat of<br />

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Replace door hardware if it’s tarnished or looks<br />

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3. Repair Damaged Siding & Trim – Prevent<br />

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GREATER CINCINNATI | APRIL <strong>2023</strong> | HOUSETRENDS.COM<br />

Bumping out one side of<br />

the house paved the way<br />

for a larger kitchen and<br />

island in this Indian Hill<br />

home. See more beginning<br />

on page 18.<br />

Photo by Ross Van Pelt<br />

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I take great, great pride<br />

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-John Lasseter<br />

This quote from the animator/director/talent behind classics like Toy<br />

Story, A Bug’s Life and Cars begins with “I believe in the nobility of<br />

entertaining people.” No doubt Lasseter is referring to his movies, but<br />

for me his words evoke a different connotation.<br />

I also like to entertain. In my home that means cooking an informal<br />

meal, where everyone grabs their seat of choice…sometimes that’s the<br />

sofa. The best evenings launch into great conversations. While I love<br />

getting compliments on my food (who doesn’t), the best feedback<br />

comes when friends are in no rush to leave—they’re in a place where<br />

they feel welcome and happy.<br />

Three homeowners, featured inside these pages, no doubt feel the<br />

same. In fact, when renovating a historic barn that had been in her<br />

husband’s family for years, Cara Kingrey says, “We wanted to make sure<br />

our space felt warm, so that everyone who came in felt welcome.” See<br />

how she did just that beginning on page 30.<br />

We also give you a glimpse inside a kitchen designed so that friends<br />

and family had room to “spread out” while watching sports on the nearby<br />

television. And a third kitchen was reimagined because the original<br />

space was “tight and too small for entertaining.”<br />

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A new addition off the family room, with two walls of windows, now serves as the dining area.<br />

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BEFORE<br />

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“As our family grew and changed, the kitchen<br />

we had just wasn’t enough,” explains an Indian<br />

Hill homeowner of the decision to remodel<br />

and expand. She and her husband had done<br />

a kitchen remodel 23 years ago, and it was<br />

prime for a makeover. To better accommodate<br />

hosting their adult children, grandchildren,<br />

and friends, she says, “We wanted a big<br />

kitchen where we could all hang out together,<br />

cook together, and watch people cook.” Their<br />

recently completed remodel does just that,<br />

elevating their hosting game with a sophisticated<br />

kitchen expansion and inviting new living<br />

spaces.<br />

A team from Neal’s Design-Remodel, in<br />

collaboration with Steve Ginter of Architects<br />

II, designed and executed the project. Lead<br />

designer Cyndi Kohler worked with the homeowners<br />

to create the desired style and flow<br />

for the new kitchen and spaces. “It’s a large<br />

house, but the areas where they live were tight<br />

and too small for entertaining,” Cyndi explains.<br />

“The goal was to gain more cooking and eat-in<br />

space in the kitchen and add more indoor and<br />

outdoor living space.” ➻<br />

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The ample outdoor living area offers cooking, dining and lounging options.<br />

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By expanding the footprint of the kitchen, the designer was able to incorporate an expansive island with seating for five.<br />

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Going wide<br />

The footprint of the kitchen and adjacent<br />

area expanded by bumping out<br />

one side of the house. This paved the<br />

way for a larger kitchen and island<br />

to comfortably accommodate more<br />

people. The expansive new island is<br />

now the central gathering place with<br />

abundant counterspace and seating,<br />

which were both lacking in the previous<br />

kitchen. To organize the space,<br />

Cyndi says, “A kitchen of this size<br />

must have zones, the work triangle<br />

and auxiliary areas that are pretty.”<br />

To achieve this balance, the design<br />

placed major appliances on one side<br />

of the island, and decorative elements<br />

on the other.<br />

The use of color in the design adds<br />

visual interest and helps draw in the<br />

large, bright space. The homeowner<br />

says, “I wanted a clean look but did<br />

not want an all-white kitchen, the<br />

room is too big. And I did not want to<br />

settle on just one color.” She chose the<br />

sage green color “Pigeon” by Fallow &<br />

Ball for the lower cabinetry, which<br />

helps ground the space with its earthly<br />

hue. The color extends up the side<br />

wall of cabinetry and combines with<br />

a walnut countertop evoking a warm<br />

feel and “hutch” look. The base of the<br />

island crafted of walnut further ties<br />

in the wood style found throughout<br />

the historic home. “The whole house<br />

has beautiful wood from the 1920s,”<br />

she says. “We wanted to pay homage<br />

to that in the new kitchen.” ➻<br />

BEFORE<br />

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BEFORE<br />

Nod to ancestry<br />

A striking copper hood across the<br />

room offers an elegant layer of color,<br />

with its distinctive orange tones<br />

accenting the walnut and complementing<br />

the sage green. The homeowner<br />

wanted the hood to be part<br />

of the room’s story, not a concealed<br />

function. “People now are trying<br />

to hide exhaust, but I wanted to<br />

showcase it with a copper hood,” she<br />

explains. “My grand relatives were<br />

copper miners from Keweenaw in the<br />

Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the<br />

late 1800s to early 1900s. So copper<br />

is a touch point for me.”<br />

The kitchen flows openly into the<br />

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this space offers a peaceful place to<br />

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activity. Just steps off the kitchen<br />

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equipped with space to cook, gather,<br />

and relax with fresh air. “We gained a<br />

fantastic view. It is a pretty vista and<br />

a whole new place to enjoy just being<br />

outside that we did not have before,”<br />

she says.<br />

With new views, more space, and<br />

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TOP A small back porch was replaced<br />

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BOTTOM Part of the new addition,<br />

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Historic family barn transformed into a space for celebration<br />


Many people have familial artifacts and heirlooms that are preserved for<br />

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This renovation solidifies the dream they’ve had for years of restoring<br />

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Family history<br />

Sam Kingrey grew up in Troy, Ohio, nearly a mile away from their family’s<br />

current residence. In 1991, Sam bought land from a family member, which<br />

included the barn and the surrounding area. Once the purchase was final, Sam<br />

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The barn is historic in its own right, as it was previously used for dairy<br />

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“When it came time to think about the barn’s future, we had two options: tear<br />

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Sam and Cara split the renovations between the barn’s two levels and chose<br />

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cementing it as a popular destination for the Kingrey family to utilize<br />

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A couple more years passed, and Sam and Cara were once again ready to<br />

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Finding the perfect pieces<br />

Because the barn was rooted in such a rich history, every detail was carefully<br />

chosen to capture the rustic essence of the original space. “We wanted to make<br />

sure our space felt warm, so that everyone who came in felt welcome,” Cara<br />

shares. To do so, the renovation team focused on existing “warm” components,<br />

like the hardwood flooring and exposed beams, and looked for complimentary<br />

additions.<br />

Some of those additions included bronze hardware, a specialty stove, and<br />

a beautiful countertop that played directly off the wooden columns standing<br />

around the kitchen. Cara’s keen design eye also lent itself towards making the<br />

new space welcoming thanks to her vast antiques collection that now adorns<br />

multiple surfaces.<br />

Some components of the remodel took a little bit of extra thinking. “Our<br />

focus is always on making things beautiful while respecting everything that was<br />

already standing,” says Waker. “The stone wall was already standing where the<br />

kitchen would be, so we had to place a custom order for the cabinets that could<br />

be scribed to the stone.”<br />

Thankfully, custom cabinetry from Cabinet Creations was up to the job. Each<br />

cabinet was shipped with loose sides so the cabinets could be built directly into<br />

the stone wall with a perfect fit. This allowed the stone to be fully incorporated<br />

as a design element thanks to those extra steps. ➻<br />

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1<br />

2<br />

1 Exposed beams add an<br />

authentic, warm feel to the<br />

kitchen. 2 The stone wall<br />

behind the cabinetry was<br />

existing before the kitchen<br />

renovation began.<br />

3 Accessories were chosen<br />

carefully to honor the<br />

age of the structure.<br />

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1<br />

2<br />

“We both loved working with<br />

Vicki,” Cara says. “She took a lot of<br />

interest in, not just the kitchen, but<br />

our property as well.”<br />

The other rooms in the barn provide<br />

additional room for guests to<br />

spread out and experience the barn’s<br />

full history. The green room in particular,<br />

was designed as a special homage<br />

to Sam’s lineage and is filled with<br />

photos of the family and of Sam’s<br />

childhood. “It’s nice to have a space<br />

to sit in and remember where this all<br />

started,” Cara says fondly. “We wanted<br />

to have a place where we could<br />

reminisce and be with Sam’s family.”<br />

1 The “green” room serves as a library of sorts, focusing on Sam’s family mementos.<br />

2 The stone and timber theme carries through to a guest bedroom and bath.<br />

The next generation<br />

of events<br />

Post-renovation, the Kingrey Farm’s<br />

first event was one close to Sam and<br />

Cara’s hearts: the bridal shower of<br />

their niece. Surrounded by the love<br />

of their family, the Kingreys look<br />

forward to hosting events that give<br />

others a space to celebrate more of<br />

life’s biggest moments.<br />

“This project has been a dream of<br />

Sam’s for years, and finishing it feels<br />

like a celebration of our family and its<br />

history,” says Cara with a smile. “We<br />

can’t wait for other people to come to<br />

this place that we love so much.”<br />

Designed to host<br />

Knowing that the barn would be used primarily for events, every last detail<br />

was intentionally placed to create the best possible atmosphere for hosting.<br />

The main priority was to make the space as functional as possible without<br />

compromising on design. To do so, storage became the number one priority for<br />

Waker and her team.<br />

Most would not be able to tell just by looking at it, but the cabinetry disguises<br />

various appliances and tools for guests to use without cluttering any<br />

of the countertops. Behind one cabinet door rests a pullout towel rod, and<br />

behind another, a pullout trashcan. This customization helps avoid any tangled<br />

appliance cords and allows guests to maximize their entertaining, cooking and<br />

serving space.<br />


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conversation with...<br />

Ann Hoffman<br />

Owner - Hoffman & Albers Interiors<br />

Q: How did you get started in this business?<br />

A: I am the third generation in my family to own a furniture<br />

store. It’s in my blood.<br />

My grandfather started the tradition in Massillon, Ohio in<br />

1902. My former partner and I developed the concept for<br />

Hoffman and Albers Interiors and we opened in <strong>Cincinnati</strong><br />

in 1993. Now I co-own the business with my husband,<br />

Jack. I had a great opportunity to blend my education and<br />

background. My degree from Xavier is in sociology and<br />

psychology. This business is about building relationships. I<br />

am good at that—I’ve been working with many of the same<br />

people for years.<br />

Q: What separates you from your competition?<br />

A: Our 10,000-square-foot showroom sets us apart from<br />

most interior designers. In addition to furniture, our team<br />

of five designers works with carpeting, area rugs, wallpaper,<br />

window treatments, and bedroom treatments. We have an<br />

incredible selection of lamps, artwork and accessories. By the<br />

way, a good lamp is a great investment. Some of ours can be<br />

expensive. I don’t apologize for that. They look it.<br />

When we first launched the company, it felt like everything<br />

out there kind of looked the same. When everything is<br />

vanilla, you are doing clients a disservice. I have an eye<br />

for the unusual, the exciting—which is why we exist. The<br />

interior design of your home is like a fingerprint. It should be<br />

unique to you. I am not going to put just “what’s trending” in<br />

your home.<br />

Q: Speaking of the TV, how do you feel about placing it<br />

above the fireplace?<br />

A: Well sometimes that’s the place that makes sense.<br />

Usually, in the family room, the fireplace is in the center<br />

where everyone can see it. But I suggest you practice<br />

with that location first. Sometimes if it’s too high, it’s<br />

uncomfortable for your neck. If you hang it elsewhere in the<br />

room, consider placing a great looking piece of furniture—a<br />

media console or credenza—beneath it to ground it.<br />

Q: We’ve been hearing about slow turnaround times for<br />

furniture. How early should people shop?<br />

A: The turnaround time is getting better. Right now, I’d<br />

plan for 22 to 24 weeks on the outside. Some items arrive<br />

as soon as 12 to 14 weeks. And of course, furniture on our<br />

showroom floor is available immediately.<br />

Q: What do you say to someone who thinks they can’t<br />

afford an interior designer?<br />

A: Sometimes it’s more expensive to not hire a designer.<br />

We get a good number of “help me” calls from people who<br />

purchased a piece that doesn’t work in their room. The<br />

scale is wrong, or it doesn’t fit through their doors. We work<br />

within your budget. We typically present an entire plan for<br />

the room, but purchases can be made in stages. We can<br />

design different looks based on different price points.<br />

Q: Where do you start when designing, for example,<br />

a family room?<br />

A: We always start with lifestyle. How many people<br />

will use this room on a daily basis. We want comfortable<br />

seating—something that works for each person’s body<br />

size. After that, I go to the focal point. In a family room,<br />

it’s often the TV and that’s okay. Or it might be a fireplace,<br />

an architectural feature or the view. To launch the room, I<br />

suggest a fabulous rug, a piece of artwork, an amazing table<br />

or console. Something that speaks to them. Then we build<br />

on that.<br />

You don't have to<br />

spend a million to look<br />

like a million.<br />

–Ann Hoffman<br />

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So Fa, So Good<br />

Tips on selecting a high-quality sofa<br />

that suits your style<br />


Consider the sofa.<br />

At first, you may not think of it as an investment, but keep in mind that<br />

it’s where you lounge, decompress, stream your favorite shows, eat,<br />

entertain, nap and more.<br />

Not only that, the sofa occupies pride of place in our living rooms, great<br />

rooms and dens. It establishes the tone for these rooms, maybe even the<br />

whole house. Thus, the purchase of a new sofa is a significant purchase<br />

indeed, making it important to understand what constitutes a quality sofa,<br />

what style options are available and how to apply practical buying tips to<br />

what can only be called an investment. ➻<br />

The Del Ray Sofa from Sam Moore is covered in a neutral performance fabric.<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2023</strong> 43

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The Drake Sofa from Lillian August features two seat cushions and a loose pillow back.

Fit, function, comfort and quality<br />

Sofa shopping may feel overwhelming, so Sandi Mowry, Senior Vice President<br />

of Sales and Merchandising for Sam Moore Furniture, offers suggestions on<br />

how to begin. (Spoiler alert: It’s not with your design preferences.)<br />

First, identify the scale and size of seating that will best fit your space. Do<br />

you need a smaller scale sofa paired with a few accent chairs, or you can accommodate<br />

a larger sectional? Obviously you’ll want to measure the area as part of<br />

this process, ensuring you have plenty of room around the new sofa to move<br />

and function comfortably. “Be sure to consider the traffic flow of the room and<br />

think about how you can position the sofa or sectional as the anchor,” Mowry<br />

explains.<br />

Speaking of comfort (and functionality!), consider whether the new sofa will<br />

be used in a formal room or for more casual kicking back. The aforementioned<br />

sectional is L- or U-shaped and typically quite roomy, allowing numerous<br />

people to sit together. Another spacious option is a chaise sofa, which allows<br />

for one or two people to stretch out on the end (and put their feet up, sans<br />

ottoman) and which fits nicely in the corner. So think through whether you’ll<br />

be relaxing on your sofa solo, with your partner, or your entire family.<br />

“Answers to these questions will help you determine if you want a casual and<br />

down-blend feel or need a taller seat and back with a firmer seat,” says Mowry.<br />

Fit and functionality are key, but they’re nothing without quality. Sydney<br />

Wells, director of marketing at Sherrill Furniture Company, speaks to this:<br />

“Anybody can make a really nice-looking sofa, but is it going to last?” she asks.<br />

While some consumers are okay with buying a new sofa every year, most of<br />

us want a quality sofa that will last for decades. That equates to setting your<br />

expectations relative to lead times; you can get a new sofa in a couple of weeks<br />

but it may be lower quality. For instance, Wells explains that quality means<br />

eight-way hand-tied springs for extra support, multiple layers of cotton and<br />

high-end fabric, all of which increases the longevity of the piece.<br />

Mowry explains that once you’ve addressed the distinctions above, you can<br />

then begin to sort by style to find pieces that reflect your home’s décor and<br />

your individual design preferences. ➻<br />

Sherrill’s DC293 sofa is accented with a<br />

nail head trim around its base.<br />

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In style<br />

The simplest way to break down sofa<br />

styles is traditional versus modern, but<br />

truth be told, sofa styles exist on a spectrum.<br />

There are sofas that aren’t truly<br />

traditional nor contemporary but that fall<br />

into the transitional category in between,<br />

taking cues from both types. And sofas<br />

exist everywhere in between.<br />

Both Wells and Mowry also delineate<br />

sofa styles further based on the look of<br />

the arms, back or legs. For instance, sofas<br />

with rolled English or narrow arms are<br />

considered more traditional, while wider<br />

arms—ideal for resting your own arm—<br />

reflect a more contemporary style.<br />

“Traditional styles include classic<br />

shapes and tailored details like rolled<br />

arms, curved backs, nail head trim, carved<br />

wood accents and tufting,” explains<br />

Mowry. “Modern or contemporary styles<br />

appear more tailored, with clean, straightlined<br />

silhouettes and design details like<br />

track arms and lower profiles.”<br />

Many companies offer custom programs<br />

that allow consumers to choose<br />

which arms they want, which back, and<br />

which leg. Thanks to the digital age we<br />

live in, you can enter all of the features<br />

(i.e., data points) that are important to<br />

you and use the company’s website or<br />

configurator to “build” your perfect sofa<br />

from the ground up.<br />

1<br />

2 3<br />

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4<br />

1 The Sam Moore Sage Sectional with bumper ottoman is<br />

shown here in a performance fabric.<br />

2 Whittemore Sherrill’s 1820 leather sofa stands out with distinctive<br />

leather and nailhead trim.<br />

3 The Germaine in Crystal Orange by Lillian August for Hickory<br />

White takes an unconventional twist on traditional sofas.<br />

4 The Burke Extended Sofa from Vanguard Furniture’s Thom<br />

Filicia Collection features a wide, square contemporary arm.<br />

Getting practical<br />

Taking advantage of technology is one<br />

practical buying tip. Wells offers several<br />

others:<br />

• Researching is important. Research<br />

before you shop and definitely before<br />

you buy. And if you love the in-store<br />

experience, you don’t have to give it<br />

up just because of today’s technology.<br />

Head out to furniture stores and plant<br />

yourself on a bunch of sofas to see how<br />

they feel.<br />

• If you really want to invest in a piece,<br />

hiring a designer is a good option. They<br />

are very well educated and thus can<br />

educate you.<br />

• Understand the world we live in. If you<br />

order a custom piece and it takes a long<br />

time, realize that many things out of<br />

manufacturers’ control right now.<br />

• Pick something you love and not just<br />

because it’s hot and trendy.<br />

Ultimately, you want a sofa that will<br />

offer you (and whomever you live with)<br />

the best seat in the house. So take your<br />

time, considering which factors matter<br />

the most to you—and which styles you<br />

find most appealing—as you seek to find<br />

a quality sofa that you can enjoy for years<br />

to come. ➻<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2023</strong> 47



Your choice of upholstery fabric has<br />

implications not only in terms of<br />

interior design, but also from a lifestyle<br />

perspective. Mowry explains:<br />

“Comfort and performance should<br />

be top of mind when it comes to<br />

selecting upholstery fabrics. If you<br />

have a house full of kids and/or pets,<br />

muddy paws, a spilled cup of milk or<br />

a tipped glass of wine is often a reality.”<br />

Look for performance fabrics<br />

that help keep stains away, including<br />

those that offer fiber technology that<br />

makes them both durable and easily<br />

cleanable.<br />

As the new year kicks off, Mowry<br />

shares some chic fabrics that will be<br />

prominent in <strong>2023</strong>, both at Sam<br />

Moore and beyond: Bouclés (a<br />

luxurious looking fabric comprised<br />

of looped yarn), heavy sweaterinspired<br />

plain fabrics, and fun furs.<br />

Hot colors will include soothing,<br />

nature-inspired colorations including<br />

greens, blues, desert hues and<br />

warm sand tones.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

1 Sam Moore Del Ray Modular<br />

Sectional is covered in a soft<br />

boucle performance fabric.<br />

2 This tufted sofa from<br />

Precedent shines in<br />

mid-century modern style.<br />

3 Whittemore Sherrill’s 1735-<br />

03 sofa shown in Destin Khaki<br />

leather with nail trim accents<br />

on the base and arms.<br />

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BIGGER,<br />

brighter,<br />

better<br />

Kitchen space shifts to the light<br />


BEFORE<br />

The wall that originally housed the range and microwave was taken<br />

down to expand the kitchen into what had been a dining area.<br />

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It’s easy to imagine there would be no angst about<br />

what to make for dinner in a kitchen setting so serene.<br />

A vibrant bouquet provides a pop of color in a mostly<br />

monochromatic—but never dull—color scheme. In fact,<br />

the predominance of white hues injects a freshness and<br />

sense of vibrancy to this tranquil space. ➻<br />

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Decades in the making<br />

Twenty years ago, Tom and Lori Alas moved from Florida into their current<br />

home in New Albany, which they loved. Fast forward some 18 years and, as<br />

so often happens, their kitchen had become dated. Dark and cramped, the<br />

space cried out for a renovation. The goal? Lighten, brighten and expand. “If<br />

we hadn’t, I hated the kitchen so much that we would have had to move,” Lori<br />

says with a laugh.<br />

The couple engaged the team at Kitchen Kraft and the shift began with what<br />

Justin Owens, production manager, deems the “discovery phase.” Before tackling<br />

aesthetics, the team analyzed how the proposed renovation would work<br />

relative to structural changes, the potential for moving load-bearing walls, and<br />

any mechanical challenges.<br />

Justin confirms that there weren’t any out-of-the ordinary challenges,<br />

thanks to this discovery phase and prep work done ahead of time. “Nothing<br />

was particularly problematic because we mapped it out in advance,” he says.<br />

Reallocating space<br />

In this case, Kitchen Kraft converted a mostly unused formal living room into<br />

a dining room that not only compliments the kitchen but also achieves continuity<br />

between the two areas. After removing an entire wall (thankfully not<br />

load-bearing) and a set of ornate columns that didn’t mesh with the rest of<br />

the surroundings, doorways were also widened. Now, the first floor is a large<br />

open space where flow, positioning and space prioritization intersect, making<br />

it perfect for entertaining.<br />

“We entertain almost every Sunday for sports, so we wanted people to be<br />

able to spread out,” explains Tom.<br />

Spreading out meant the location of kitchen itself shifted, as did the roomy<br />

walk-in pantry. The natural light streaming in from the window above the<br />

newly placed undermount sink bathes the room in sunlight, while the trio of<br />

eclectic light fixtures adds additional light and style. ➻<br />

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BEFORE<br />

The opening from the kitchen to the front entry (shown on<br />

the right) remained in the same location.<br />

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BEFORE<br />

This photo shows the backside of the range wall which was removed along with<br />

dated columns. The dining area is now where a formal living room used to be.<br />

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Center stage<br />

But it’s the island that occupies pride<br />

of place. As is typical in many kitchens,<br />

everyone congregates around<br />

this centerpiece. Just as the overall<br />

space was expanded, lightened and<br />

brightened, so too was the island.<br />

Lori knew she wanted light wood<br />

cabinetry here to contrast with the<br />

creamy white of the perimeter cabinetry,<br />

and it was a stroke of luck that<br />

she found the accompanying quartz<br />

countertop.<br />

“It is my absolute favorite,” she<br />

says. “We found it as we happened<br />

to be walking out of the showroom.<br />

There was the Taj Mahal right there!”<br />

The classic white of Taj Mahal is<br />

layered with delicate gold and gray<br />

veins. The Ethereal Glow quartz that<br />

lines the room’s periphery also has a<br />

soft white base with subtle patterns<br />

underlaid throughout. Together, and<br />

in tandem with cabinetry—including<br />

the glass-fronted portions and<br />

exquisite trim details, and the white<br />

and soft gray tile backsplash which<br />

resembles historic brick—they create<br />

visual interest. ➻<br />

Floating shelves framing the window above the sink,<br />

pick up the warm wood tones of the island.<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2023</strong> 59

Modern conveniences<br />

A suite of new appliances offers countless<br />

conveniences. The Fisher & Paykel dual<br />

dishwasher has two drawers, allowing<br />

two loads to run—quietly, of course—<br />

either separately or at once. A GE cooktop<br />

and refrigerator, along with a Sharp<br />

microwave drawer in the island, round<br />

out the package. In a move toward efficiency,<br />

the kitchen houses a pull-out<br />

spice drawer and other custom organizational<br />

compartments.<br />

A walk-in pantry is accessed through<br />

double glass-paneled doors and has a<br />

window of its own, allowing in plenty<br />

of natural light. In here, a coffee station<br />

features a Keurig, with its own pot filler<br />

faucet, and a drawer designed for storing<br />

coffee pods just below. The bar area<br />

in the main kitchen features a built-in<br />

single tap Marvel kegerator, a beverage<br />

fridge and a Bartesian cocktail maker, all<br />

ensuring that no guest will go thirsty or<br />

be without a plethora of drink options.<br />

Ultimately, Tom says, the quality of<br />

everything in the new kitchen is a terrific<br />

value-add and is “just superb.”<br />

At once sophisticated yet welcoming,<br />

the space has a timelessness that ensures<br />

no move will be necessary for many years<br />

to come.<br />

Double doors with diffused glass panels,<br />

open to a spacious, walk-in pantry.<br />

LEFT Drawers and cabinetry help keeps things organized. RIGHT A dedicated beverage<br />

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entertains.<br />


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Hardwood flooring became popular as early as the 17th Century, found in<br />

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period, a time of exuberant architecture, hardwood flooring turned to parquet<br />

patterns. Artisans set various pieces of hardwood carefully together to<br />

create elaborate parquet designs. By the colonial era in the U.S., where wood<br />

was plentiful, nearly all homes had what was called “wood carpeting.” By the<br />

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often with oak downstairs and pine upstairs.<br />

Housing and natural hardwood flooring historically go hand-in-hand. As<br />

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the home’s interior design. According to the National Association of Realtors,<br />

hardwood flooring adds monetary value to the home.<br />

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Le Corbusier. Hardwood isn’t always the best option in all areas or even<br />

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linoleum, the manufacturing industry<br />

has remade LVT to much higher<br />

aesthetic and functional standards.<br />

Images of natural wood are printed<br />

onto the face of the LVT panels. They<br />

are coated with a clear top surface,<br />

called the wear layer. Beneath these<br />

panels is the core, usually made of<br />

vinyl to provide stability. Some products<br />

also have a cork or foam underlayment<br />

to provide cushioning.<br />

LVT’s forte is that it can imitate<br />

all types of hardwood flooring, even<br />

elaborate designs such as natural<br />

wood herringbone and parquet<br />

that would be extremely expensive.<br />

Tropical woods, such as IPE, that<br />

are expensive to harvest—and often<br />

overharvested in tropical rainforests—are<br />

imitated for much less in<br />

vinyl.<br />

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4<br />

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1 Anvil Plus luxury vinyl in Grey<br />

Chestnut from Shaw Floors<br />

2 Distinction Plus luxury vinyl in<br />

Ash Oak from Shaw Floors<br />

3 Yukon Maple hardwood in<br />

Buckskin from Shaw Floors<br />

4 Dogwood Pro Lifestyle<br />

engineered hardwood from Hartco<br />

Environmental considerations<br />

There are pros and cons to both natural hardwoods versus vinyl.<br />

For the natural hardwoods, these floors can last up to 100 years<br />

and more with a few refinishes throughout the decades. Reducing<br />

waste by installing a longer-lasting product is a powerful sustainable<br />

statement for the environment. Going a step further, purchasing<br />

hardwood flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship<br />

Council (FSC) ensures the consumer that the product has been<br />

harvested with careful consideration for the environment.<br />

Vinyl can be of concern to environmentalists because it is a<br />

manufactured product that consumes considerable energy, is<br />

made of material that is not biodegradable, and can off-gas harmful<br />

chemicals as VOCs possibly compromising indoor air quality.<br />

However, looking at the bigger picture, the choice may not be that<br />

simple.<br />

There are a host of factors involved that take careful deliberation.<br />

For example, installing a vinyl flooring product certified by<br />

the GreenGuard seal limits its harmful effect on the environment.<br />

GreenGuard mitigates the negative indoor air quality<br />

health impact. Therefore, it could be argued that saving wood<br />

from being harvested from the rainforest and rather installing an<br />

LVT product with the GreenGuard seal may arguably be the more<br />

environmentally-friendly option. ➻<br />

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Right material for the<br />

right application<br />

There are different reasons, as well, why<br />

a natural hardwood might be selected<br />

over a vinyl hardwood imitation and<br />

vice versa. For example, there may<br />

be an elegant entryway that deserves<br />

extra handicraft and the unpredictable<br />

patterning of sensual natural hardwood<br />

that can never be perfectly imitated by<br />

any manmade product.<br />

On the other hand, a homeowner<br />

likes the look of hardwood for the<br />

kitchen but installs LVT rather than a<br />

natural hardwood that could become<br />

water damaged. The demand for LVT<br />

is growing. It is a product that has<br />

remade itself repeatedly through the<br />

decades. Today, more than ever, we see<br />

LVT throughout an entire first floor of<br />

a new home and surprised guests who<br />

think it’s natural hardwood.<br />

Although, if loyalties still lie with<br />

natural hardwoods, they too have been<br />

revamped with every type of wood,<br />

including reclaimed from torn-down<br />

barns and timber from trees cut down<br />

on your property. Experimental finishes<br />

such as high-gloss marine varnish,<br />

brightly-colored stains, and even deep<br />

rich black stains abound. Wood flooring<br />

has even been a champion for elaborately<br />

painted decorative patterns.<br />

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2<br />

1 Barnwood Living engineered hardwood in Split Rail from Bruce<br />

2 Reaction engineered hardwood from LM Flooring<br />

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Another option under the hardwood umbrella, is engineered hardwood. Once considered a pale imitation of hardwood,<br />

this type of flooring has improved greatly over the years.<br />

“There are two types of hardwood: engineered and solid. Solid has hardwood throughout the whole thickness and<br />

engineered has a thinner layer adhered to a high-quality plywood base,” says Michelle Bruegge, director of marketing with<br />

McSwain Carpets & Floors. “Solid is able to be refinished numerous times. Depending on the thickness of the engineered<br />

layer, it might be able to be refinished, but more often than not it cannot.”<br />

Whether natural, engineered, or manufactured LVT, the look of hardwood flooring remains popular. Finding the right<br />

material should be a fun, artistic journey to create a space that is both inspiring and as practical as is needed for the<br />

“machine for living.” ➻<br />

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Here are a few basic points to consider when<br />

choosing between natural hardwood, engineered<br />

hardwood, and a hardwood-patterned vinyl.<br />


• Natural material<br />

• Wide variety of wood types, finishes, and patterns<br />

• Lasts over 100 years<br />

• 100% biodegradable at end of lifespan<br />

• Can refinish to change look<br />

• Craftsman-installed<br />

• Susceptible to high traffic, high humidity<br />

• Higher-end cost<br />


• Uses less hardwood<br />

• Water resistant, not waterproof<br />

• Resistant to warping<br />

• Can be glued down to a concrete subfloor<br />

• Lasts 20 to 40 years<br />

• Not as valued as natural wood during resale<br />

• Less expensive than hardwood<br />


• Manufactured, man-made material<br />

• Can imitate any wood and pattern<br />

• Lasts 10-20 years<br />

• Must replace to change “look”<br />

• Relatively easy to install<br />

• Waterproof<br />

• Inexpensive<br />

Painted entry floor in Columbus created by<br />

decorative painter Constance Menge<br />

Reclaimed oak flooring from<br />

Mount Vernon Barn Company<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />


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shawfloors.com<br />

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