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  1. 1. DECOR | GARDEN | TRAVEL 4 OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | 2010 Living Rooms STYLISH YET COMFORTABLE Create a Space That Graciously Welcomes Guests
  2. 2. DEAR SUBSCRIBER, Following a summer season that you may have spent traveling, soaking up the sun, or hosting backyard barbecues, autumn begins its slow arrival with cooler temperatures and a return to regular schedules. Fall staples like football games, trips to the orchard, and the start of another school year provide a change of pace that fits with the change of seasons. Life seems to slow down a bit as we get back into the rhythm of everyday living. In this issue of Home By Design, we focus on living rooms, the areas of our homes where we gather together with family and friends. Throughout the following pages, we showcase four living room designs that strike a perfect balance between comfort and style. We also take an armchair tour of Woodinville, Washington, a region located just minutes from downtown quiet L I F E , F O R Seattle that is flourishing with boutique wineries. You will find “ A H A P P Y L I F E M U S T B E TO A inspiration for creating stunning container gardens with G R E AT E X T E N T A succulents, those jewels of the dry-climate garden. Also I T I S O N LY I N A N AT M O S P H E R E included in this issue is a savory trio of soup and sandwich O F Q U I E T T H AT T RU E J OY pairings that are sure to suit your fall mood. D A R E L I V E .” -Bertrand Russell As always, thank you for your business, loyalties, and referrals. If you are ever in need of professional assistance or advice regarding your home and the current real estate market, please do not hesitate to call. You can be assured that your needs will be met with the utmost integrity and professionalism. Zondra Brandon 123 Main Street Anytown, ID 54321 123-456-7890 123-456-7890
  3. 3. MOMENTS Quiet Photography provided by © Gaul. “Happiness is the harvest of a eye.” -Austin O’Malley HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 1
  4. 4. Contents OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | 2010 FEATURES LIVING ROOMS DEPARTMENTS 18 Open-Loft Living 1 Moments 24 Current-Day Camelot 4 Inspirations: 30 Curve Appeal A Fresh Look for Fall 34 A Jewel of a Room 5 Letter from the Editor 38 Whole House: 6 In the Kitchen: Early-American Beauty Soup and Sandwich Pairings Chappellet Vineyard & Winery 12 Lifestyle: Fighting the Flu 14 Gardening: Succulents 44 Destination: Woodinville, Washington 48 Resources 44 Just minutes from downtown Photography provided by Ron Zimmerman. Seattle, Woodinville, Washington, is brimming with sights to see. Shown here, the Herbfarm, a much-lauded restaurant with multicourse menus that dazzle. 2 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  5. 5. EDITOR Amber Lindros DESIGN Lindsay Fournier CREATIVE TEAM Lori K. Gregory, Lori Hartmann, Jason Rebuck, Courtney Truebenbach CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nicole Borgenicht, Robyn Roehm Cannon, Kim A. Fuqua, Ashley Gartland, Maresa Giovannini, Jeanine Matlow, Blake Miller COVER PHOTOGRAPH David Blank CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Debra Lee Baldwin, David Blank, Benjamin Benschneider, ChappelletVineyard &Winery, Connor Homes/JimWestphalen Photography, Suzanne Farmer, Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography, Scott Moore Photography,William Lesch Photography, BarryWong, Ron Zimmerman PUBLISHER By Design Publishing PRESIDENT Adam Japko V.P. OF OPERATIONS Belinda Richardson PROGRAMMING Bill Baker, Dan Fritscher,Todd Neumiller CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER EsteeVedder ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL OFFICE 11626 Tracey Road, Hayden, ID 83835 208-772-8060, FAX 208-772-8061 Advertising Inquiries: Editorial Inquiries or Feedback: Home By Design in marketing plans should contact our sales office at Real-estate agents, mortgage lenders, or anyone interested in using 877-423-4567 or visit our Web site at Home By Design is a complete custom publisher with many options to help you promote your business. If you are interested in more information about your own customized magazine or marketing program, please contact us at our sales office. Copyright 2010 Network Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Recipients of Home By Design magazine receive their subscription as a free service provider. The Home By Design magazine program is an exclusive gift of a real-estate professional, mortgage lender, or other professional marketing program created by By Design Publishing. By Design Publishing has contracted with its professional clients to provide this free subscription to you. By Design Publishing has contracted with these professionals that By other than to mail copies of Home By Design magazine and other Home By Design Publishing will not use the supplied mailing list for any purposes Design communication products.Your name and address information will never be leased, sold, traded, or used for any other purposes. on By Design Publishing and our Home By Design custom publishing For more information on our mailing list policy or for more information program, please contact us at 208-772-8060. Home By Design magazine is for entertainment purposes only. This magazine is not intended to solicit other brokers’ listings. If you are currently working with or in contract with another broker, please disregard this information. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 3
  6. 6. INSPIRATIONS Get personalized advice for pulling together a mishmash room from Canadian interior designer Laura M. Stein. These minimalist mouth-blown carafes elevate the sophistication of even the simplest drink. DESIGN DELIVERED FIA CARAFE FRESH LOOK Cozy into Autumn with One of These Inspired Finds FOR FALL Take wall sconces to a whole new level with these handcarved architectural artifacts rescued from the ruins of old houses in India. VERY OLD STONE WALL LAMP Sleek tea-light holders crafted from bamboo cast a warm glow after dark. BAMBOO DELIGHTS Light on its feet and ready for company, this elegant armchair showcases graceful Empire curves perfect for traditional or contemporary rooms. PIROUETTE CHAIR 4 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  7. 7. Greetings! LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I I recently moved into a new home. As much as this brings me excitement, it also overwhelms me. Many of you who love a good design challenge can probably empathize. While I love starting fresh in a space and slowly letting the de- sign evolve—mixing old with new, traditional with modern— it’s also hard for me to sit still when work could be done. So I’ve started with redesigning the living room. I have grand dreams of what this room may one day become: a place for gathering with family, for entertaining our dearest friends, and for just simply relaxing after a long day. For now, though, it’s barely free of moving boxes. Being surrounded by photos of impeccable homes every day, I find it can be difficult to have patience with myself as I redesign a room, searching for that perfect lamp or the coffee table that’s just right for the space. I’ve even resorted to layering rugs in our new home in order to make a too-small-for-the-space cable rug still play a star- ring role in our new decor. (Try a larger sisal rug underneath if you’re faced with a similar problem—it works wonders.) And as I fill in the layers of curtains, throw pillows, and side ta- bles, I’m reminded that we can’t have it all at once. So this issue, instead of an encouragement to strive for flawless interiors, I encourage you to have a little patience with yourself. Good designs don’t happen overnight. As I’ve found, they are a beautiful and storied process that may take a bit longer than you’d like, but have the staying power to last a lifetime. Enjoy! Editor, Home By Design Amber Lindros HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 5
  8. 8. IN THE KITCHEN Cuban Sandwich with Baked Potato Soup Grilled Chicken and Feta Wrap with Mushroom Soup Grilled Portobello and Mozzarella Burger with Hearty Veggie Soup A SAVORY TRIO OF SOUP AND SANDWICH PAIRINGS THESE SUBSTANTIAL UNIONS ARE SURE TO SUIT YOUR FALL FOOD MOOD Written By Kim A. Fuqua PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUZANNE FARMER FOOD STYLING BY LORI K. GREGORY 6 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  9. 9. IN THE KITCHEN F For those fall nights when you don’t want to invest a lot of time in dinner but still want to serve something substantial and savory, this menu of soup and sandwich pairings is just the ticket.With a few time-saving measures, all three of these combos can be ready in less than an hour. Flavorful Cuban Sandwiches are ready to serve in a flash, pairing perfectly with family-friendly Baked Potato Soup; save an hour by cooking the potatoes in the microwave, using canned diced potatoes, or baking and cooling the potatoes in advance. In just 45 minutes you can be enjoying healthy Grilled Chicken and FetaWraps along with a bowl of the most delectable (and de- cidedly unhealthy) Mushroom Soup you’ve ever tasted. Have 30 minutes? You can have Grilled Portobello and Moz- zarella Burgers on the table paired with a steaming bowl of Hearty Veggie Soup. Spend 10 minutes prepping the soup in the morning and leave it simmering in the crock pot on low all day; it will be ready for dinner when you are. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 7
  10. 10. IN THE KITCHEN Cuban Sandwich ½ teaspoon salt Saucy Twist: Using Tzatziki—a Greek ½ teaspoon pepper It’s relatively easy to find a great yogurt and cucumber sauce—instead of Cuban sandwich in South Florida, which Melt the butter in a large soup pot over Italian dressing is also delicious. Find a is where my own addiction to this sandwich was born. Here’s a simple recipe for low heat.Whisk in flour until smooth good store-bought version at your duplicating this Latin American staple in and bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk, grocer in the dairy section. your own kitchen. stirring constantly, until sauce has thick- Servings: 4 ened. Add potatoes and green onions. Mushroom Soup Prep Time: 10 minutes This soup recipe is old-school French and Cook Time: 5 minutes Continue to cook, whisking constantly, thereby pretty high in fat content. If you until soup begins to bubble. Reduce prefer, cut the fat by using half the butter 1 loaf Cuban bread (or French bread) heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. and substituting milk for the half-and-half. butter, softened Either way, you may want to double the yellow mustard Add remaining ingredients and stir until recipe—it’s that good! dill pickles, thinly sliced cheese is melted. Ladle into soup bowls 1 pound roasted pork, sliced and garnish each with a little shredded Servings: 4 1 pound glazed ham, sliced Prep Time: 5 minutes cheese and bacon crumbles. Cook Time: 25 minutes ½ pound Swiss cheese, sliced In a Hurry? Three ways to cut time 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ stick of butter Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise 1 small onion, diced from cooking the potatoes in this ½ pound thinly sliced mushrooms and cut into four sections to make four recipe: 1. Substitute 3 cans of peeled, (button and baby portobello work well) sandwiches. Lightly butter the outside diced potatoes for the bakers, or 2. 4 tablespoons flour crusts. In order, layer each sandwich 1 cup beef broth Bake the potatoes in advance to save an kosher salt with yellow mustard, dill pickles, hour of prep time, or 3. Cook the freshly ground black pepper roasted pork, glazed ham, and Swiss potatoes in the microwave. ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg cheese.Top with the other half of bread. 1 bay leaf 2 cups half-and-half Wine Pairing ¼ cup sherry Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Place the sandwiches in A Barbera d’Asti has the lively acidity to Melt butter over medium heat in a heavy balance the richness of the creamy the pan. Place a heavy iron skillet on top potato soup and the saltiness of the saucepan.When foam subsides, add onion of the sandwiches and flatten. Grill the Cuban sandwich. and sauté until golden.Add mushrooms sandwiches for 2 to 3 minutes on each and sauté until brown. Stir in flour and side, until the cheese is melted and the then slowly whisk in broth.Add salt, pep- bread is lightly toasted. Slice each Grilled Chicken and Feta Wrap per, nutmeg, and bay leaf. In a separate sandwich in half diagonally and serve. Like a Greek gyro sandwich with tomato, saucepan, heat half-and-half to a simmer cucumber, and onion, this wrap gets a healthy and then slowly whisk into soup. Simmer twist with a whole wheat tortilla and grilled Baked Potato Soup chicken instead of lamb. Make good use of a on low heat for 10 minutes.Whisk in the This mixture is just like a baked potato with all leftover grilled chicken breast for this recipe. sherry, remove the bay leaf, and serve. the trimmings—butter, bacon, green onions, cheddar cheese, and sour cream—in a Servings: 4 chunky, savory soup the whole family will love. Prep Time: 15 minutes Wine Pairing Save a little cheese and bacon for garnish. Choose a Pinot grape here, though the 1 red onion, sliced thin color is up to you: Pinot Noir will pair Servings: 6 1 large tomato, cut into thin wedges with the earthy mushroom soup, while Prep Time: 75 minutes 1 cucumber, sliced into thin half-moons Pinot Gris will go well with the garden Cook Time: 15 minutes 1 grilled chicken breast, shredded vegetables in the chicken pita. Try both! ⅔ ⅓ 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese ⅔ cup butter cup Italian dressing cup flour 4 whole wheat tortillas 7 cups whole milk Grilled Portobello 4 large baking potatoes, baked, Mix together all ingredients except and Mozzarella Burger cooled, peeled, and cubed, dressing and tortillas.Warm tortillas in Pour a little steak sauce on top and you about 4 cups won’t miss the meat in this hearty burger! 4 green onions, thinly sliced the microwave and divide filling between 10 strips bacon, cooked, drained, the four tortillas. Spoon a little dressing Servings: 4 and crumbled over each. Roll up each stuffed tortilla to Prep Time: 5 minutes 1¼ cups cheddar cheese, shredded Cook Time: 20 minutes 1 cup sour cream make a wrap and slice in half diagonally. 8 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  11. 11. IN THE KITCHEN Cuban Sandwich Baked Potato Soup Grilled Chicken and Feta Wrap Mushroom Soup HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 9
  12. 12. IN THE KITCHEN Grilled Portobello and Mozzarella Burger Hearty Veggie Soup 2 large balls fresh mozzarella mixture evenly on the bottom of each 8 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce roll. Cover with a mushroom slice and a 2 tablespoons dried basil 1 16-ounce package frozen 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped piece of red pepper.Top with a little spinach, thawed 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar steak sauce if you like. Assemble, slice 1 pound green beans, trimmed 2 portobello mushrooms, in half, and serve immediately. 2 stalks celery, chopped stems removed, caps sliced in ½ yellow onion, sliced half horizontally 1 32-ounce can stewed tomatoes 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into Hearty Veggie Soup ½ head of cabbage, torn into 4 long pieces I’ve been making this soup for years, though 2-inch pieces 4 ciabatta rolls never quite the same way each time. Use 1 15.5-ounce can white beans steak sauce (optional) your favorite vegetables, legumes, and/or chili powder, to taste grains to make it your own. Tabasco sauce, to taste Combine fresh mozzarella, olive oil, dried basil, chives, and balsamic Servings: 4 Bring the stock to a boil in a large soup Prep Time: 10 minutes pot. Add all ingredients and simmer for vinegar in a blender. Blend until Cook Time: 4 hours smooth; set aside. at least 4 hours. Protein Twist: Add ½ cup dry lentils or 4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock, if preferred) Grill or broil the mushrooms about 3 ½ teaspoon oregano minutes per side or until tender. Grill ½ teaspoon basil barley for an additional protein boost. or broil peppers until tender and lightly ½ teaspoon celery salt pinch of thyme browned, about 5 minutes per side. Wine Pairing pinch of tarragon pinch of ground mustard A Sangiovese with plum and spice 2 bay leaves notes will complement the earthiness of Lightly toast the rolls on the grill or in sea salt both the portobello mushrooms and the broiler and spread the mozzarella freshly ground black pepper, to taste the vegetable soup. 10 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  13. 13. IN THE KITCHEN Tasting Notes Join Us as We Journey through the World of Wine CHAPPELLET VINEYARD & WINERY Written By Amber Lindros 2008 Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007 Mountain Cuvee PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHAPPELLET VINEYARD & WINERY 2007 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon W While other storied Napa Valley wineries were being founded throughout the valley in the late 1960s, Donn and Molly Chappellet chose the road less traveled and planted on the hills—Pritchard Hill specifically. This decision, based on advice from legendary winemaker AndréTchelistcheff, was further encouraged by the notion that Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, loved the hills and that the mountain fruit would make superior wine. And indeed, since that time, Chappellet Vineyard &Winery has made a name for itself by producing note- worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the distinctive characteristics of Pritchard Hill. Today, a dedicated second generation of the Chappel- let family has joined Donn and Molly in guiding Chap- pellet and, with a commitment to pursuing sustainability, fills the mouth with fruit. Crafted around a core of Caber- net Sauvignon and Merlot (51% and 46%, respec- tively), the blend is rounded out by 1% each of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. Aromas of currant and plum, under shadowed by dimension-adding tones of black licorice, fill the glass, with oak showing up as it opens. On the palate, we tasted strawberries, watermelon, and currants, with a perfect pinch of pepper to provide a backbone through the full finish. But in getting to know Chappellet’s wines, you’d be remiss not to taste its Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s been the win- ery’s flagship wine for more than thirty years, and with good reason. they have incorporated a number of environmentally This wine is a deep red color, almost minded practices into the winery’s operations. Among resembling black cherry in the center them, they are striving to protect the natural integrity of of the glass, fading slightly to a Pritchard Hill by cultivating vines on only a small por- bright-red cranberry color around tion of their property (16%); they rely solely on captured the edges. We smelled cranberries run-off water for irrigation; and they have switched to a and blackberries in the glass, along lighter, domestically produced bottle for housing the with just a dash of earthy dirt. A sip Pritchard Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. of the wine brought full red-fruit fla- All these ingredients result in beautiful wines that rep- vors and one of the longest consis- resent the bold characteristics of hillside-grown Napa Val- tent finishes we’ve ever tasted; one ley fruit. While the winery makes many cult Cabernet sip could last for days. This is an in- Sauvignons that find homes in collectors’ cellars as a fitting tense, smooth yet powerful wine accompaniment to a celebratory meal, Chappellet also pro- (14.9% alcohol) that is bursting with duces other varietals and blends worth noticing.The 2008 acidity yet subtly laced with tannins. Napa Valley Chardonnay, produced from fruit grown in It would make an apt partner for a Kelly Ranch, one of the coolest regions in the valley, is a number of hearty meals. Demand for fantastic wine, showing notes of green apple, pineapple, and this wine is high—the winery has citrus in the glass. On the palate, refreshing flavors of lemon already sold out of the 2007—so and pineapple mingle with a layer of oak and nutmeg that be sure to pick up a bottle of the 2008 lingers through the long, round finish. to secure your own taste of Cabernet The Mountain Cuvee, a winemaker’s blend in the tra- Sauvignon from one of the Napa ditional Bordeaux style, is a full, rich wine that beautifully Valley’s finest producers. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 11
  15. 15. LIFESTYLE B By the time you feel the symptoms—those headaches and muscle aches, that dry cough and sore throat, and that pesky runny nose—your case of the flu is well underway.There’s lit- tle you can do at that point except rest up and ride the virus out. But once you’re back to good health, there’s plenty you can do to prevent another bout of the flu. And with any luck, practicing preventive measures early on might keep you from falling ill in the first place. Start by getting a flu vaccine.Then, further protect yourself with tried-and-true tactics like washing your hands frequently and getting plenty of rest. By taking a proactive approach to staying well, you’ll likely be flu-free all winter long. So let the sniffling season begin—armed with these preventive tips, you might not even need the Kleenex this year. and warm running water. To clean your hands properly, you need to wash them in a generous lather for about twenty sec- onds (that’s about two rounds of the Happy Birthday song). When soap and water aren’t available, utilize the germ-fight- ing properties of gel sanitizers or wipes to keep your hands clean.And though most adults know when to wash their hands, here’s a refresher: always clean your hands before preparing or eating food; after handling any garbage; after going to the bath- room or helping a child go to the bathroom; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and before and after caring for someone who is sick. Avoid Contact The best route to flu prevention is to avoid close contact Get a Flu Vaccine with anyone who has the flu. But among work, home, and the various public places you frequent each day, it’s nearly impos- Make a habit of getting a yearly flu shot as soon as it’s sible to avoid contact with sick people altogether.Your best op- available, which is generally in September of each year.Though tion is to limit your exposure to sick individuals as much as the shot isn’t a guarantee against getting the flu, the Centers possible based on your obligations. for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rank it as the first When you’re the one who’s fallen ill, be a responsible and most important step you should take if you hope to avoid family member, friend, and coworker and limit your interac- the flu virus. The CDC also recommends that everyone age tion with healthy individuals. If possible, stay home from work, six months and older be vaccinated—especially individuals at school, and any social obligations when you are sick risk of developing serious flu complications.Young children, to keep people around you from catching your virus. In gen- the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with chronic health eral, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least conditions such as asthma or heart and lung disease fall into twenty-four hours after your fever breaks to help prevent a the at-risk group. virus from spreading. Prevent the Spread of Germs Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Those lessons you learned about keeping your germs to your- Many of the tricks to preventing the flu apply to leading a self in kindergarten will still serve you well in preventing the healthy life in general. Taking measures like getting plenty of spread of the flu today.To decrease the spread of germs, always sleep (at least seven solid hours a night keeps your immune sys- cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or tem strong) and engaging in regular exercise can help keep you Photography provided by © Schindler. sneeze (and toss that germ-laden tissue in the trash immediately well all winter. Studies have even shown that the more you after you use it). If you do not have a tissue to use, cover your sleep, the less likely you are to get sick with the flu. It’s also im- mouth with your hands and then wash those germs off immedi- portant to manage the stress in your life because stress hor- ately. Finally, try to keep your hands to yourself whenever possi- mones depress immunity. Furthermore, make sure you drink ble.According to the CDC, people often spread germs when they plenty of fluids to keep your body well-hydrated, and try to in- touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch corporate nutritious, immune-boosting foods like yogurt, sweet their eyes, nose, or mouth. potato, and fish into your meals. Keep Your Hands Clean No one trick is foolproof, but together, these preventive During flu season, wash your hands often and well with soap measures will help your body ward off a bug. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 13
  17. 17. GARDENING E Each year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show held in Seattle, the nation’s best speakers and authors on gardening topics gather to inspire, educate, entertain, and encourage show-goers to try new things during the upcoming gardening season. So it was with an eye toward learning more about gardening with hundreds of varieties of succulents that I attended award- her new book, Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching winning garden writer Debra Lee Baldwin’s presentation on Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants. Many clients for whom I design residential gardens wish to lower their care and water requirements or have restricted space on small patios or decks. So this seemed like a perfect way to answer their concerns, while bringing lively plant com- living art canvases. Part Four is dedicated to the care and feed- ing of succulent gardens, including information on judicious watering, overwintering, recognizing pests, and how to take cuttings and start seeds to share the joy of succulents with gar- den-loving friends. Below are some highlights from this inspiring book, a valu- able addition to any library whose owner has interest in work- ing with unusual plants in creative ways: • Apply the principles of contrast and repetition for remarkable results. One agave in a pot is fine, but there’s architectural strength and beauty in numbers. Think about building a dramatic garden wall with twenty or more of the same plants in the same type of pot, each held in place with binations together with beautiful containers, offering all the decorative metal potholders. pleasures of in-ground gardening at a more relaxed pace. “If you are time stressed, are frequently away from home, • Evaluate a succulent for its defining characteristics—color, for a pot. For example, a blue-green pot for Aloe brevifolia would or have limited mobility, succulents enable you to garden on form, and leaf texture—and keep them in mind as you shop your own terms,” comments Baldwin. She no longer bothers trast with it.Anticipate a plant’s flowers, too.The same Aloe bre- neighbors to tend her container gardens while she is away be- repeat the aloe coloration, while an orange-red pot would con- vifolia has orange blooms, so that orange pot will repeat the cause succulents can easily survive several weeks without any at- tention whatsoever! If all this sounds like a gardener’s dream, read on, because there are so many options available with suc- bloom color at certain times of the year. culent varieties. “Overall,” Baldwin says, “I’ve found no other plants to be as trouble-free.” • Pair tall, columnar succulents with loose, trailing plants. San- sprawling Sedum burrito make excellent companions in graceful Not everyone is as fortunate as Baldwin, who gardens sevierias, commonly known as “mother in law’s tongue,” and in southern California’s balmy USDA zone 10, which is one of the reasons she wrote this colorfully photographed book vase-shaped urns set atop classical iron stands. “Readers of my first book, Designing with Succulents, have • Strawberry jars make wonderful pots for sedums, Grap- on container gardens. topetalums, sempervivums, and other trailers. Or plant solely with the compact Echeveria elegans and make the pot the focal shown me that people everywhere are eager to grow these easy- care plants,” says Baldwin. “But many beautiful succulents— Islands, and Haworthias from South Africa—are frost tender and such as kalanchoes from Madagascar, aeoniums from the Canary point of your garden. thrive outdoors year-round only in zones 9 and 10. Container • Succulents are slow growing, so don’t make the mistake of culture offers an ideal solution: anyone, anywhere, can grow planting a number of small four-inch pots with too much space succulents in pots, which can be sheltered indoors.” Also, gar- into a large decorative container. It will look oddly out of scale. dening in containers allows you to take your treasured speci- Instead, use a variety of leaf sizes and textures, plant closely, mens with you, should you move to another home one day. and build a lush tapestry.You can always transplant later if the Baldwin’s book is neatly divided into four parts to take you pot becomes overcrowded. from novice to seasoned enthusiast. In Part One, you’ll learn how to select containers that will enhance the wide variety of sculptural, strongly designed leaf shapes offered by this genus. Upcoming in Seattle Part Two presents a specialized palette of more than one hun- The 22nd-annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show will dred genera, 275 species, and ninety varieties of succulents that take place February 23-27, 2011, at the Washington State Convention Center. Everything for garden enthusiasts under one are perfect for growing in containers. PartThree showcases un- roof: colorful display gardens, garden retail and plant market, usual ways that designers use succulents, from patio groupings, and hourly seminars by national authors and garden experts. wreaths, and topiaries to vertical gardens hung on walls like HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 15
  18. 18. 4 Living Rooms STYLISH YET COMFORTABLE Create a Space That Graciously Welcomes Guests
  19. 19. Open-Loft Living Functional Space Design and Colorful Accents Create a Cohesive Look in This Small Space WRITTEN BY NICOLE BORGENICHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BLANK AAn empty, nondelineated loft is perhaps one of the more challenging projects a designer can take on. Creative loft designs require correlating colors, textures, and precise sizes—and, above all, the ability to make one expansive space perform many functions, and look good while doing it. In this 765-square-foot loft for a homeowner who regularly en- tertains large parties, designer GregWolfson put these small-space design principles to the test, incorporating clever space in- genuity and accents to tie it all together. “The actual space is always the place to start before deciding what to do with it,”Wolfson says of the design process for this loft, located in the Old Bank District of Los Angeles. “Here we had a client with gallery artwork, a desire to entertain, and this fabulous NewYork feel….We wanted to use the drama inherent in the penthouse and make it a story worth remembering.” Wolfson chose to preserve the integrity of the space, leaving the original exposed brick walls and adding new wood floors to provide another layer of texture. “The color and warmth of the wood helped save this from being too industrial,” he says. “The natural brick and the huge period windows overlooking old downtown Los Angeles…tell a huge story.” Color was used in this loft to define areas for sleeping or eating, and bright tones were placed as an accent to keep the eye moving while providing an appearance of grand roominess. “I used primary colors on the walls in different rooms to delineate space,”Wolfson says. “I then mixed up those colors by almost going the opposite direction with the furniture and upholstery and rugs.These colors give such a contrast to one another that it was exciting to play with the balance.” 18 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  20. 20. The ten-foot-long couch in the main living space has curved ends to serve as conversation areas.
  21. 21. Wolfson used color to define the separate spaces within the open loft. Bright tones keep the eye moving while providing an appearance of grand roominess. 20 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  23. 23. Whereas Wolfson added warmth to the rest of the loft, he allowed the industrial look to shine through in the kitchen. Wolfson chose two Ralph Lauren suede col- ors in tan—one is slightly warmer than the other to give shadow and depth—to neutralize the space between the bedroom and sitting room, al- lowing him the opportunity to play with color in the upholstery and decorative accents. In addition to color,Wolfson put on his think- ing cap when it came to selecting furniture. He designed a ten-foot-long sectional couch that he placed against the lengthy walls in the living space, and he created curves on the couch sides to serve as conversation areas. In the small space outside the kitchen, he created a formal dining area with a scaled-down booth, a chande- lier, and additional matching chairs cleverly spaced throughout the loft that can be drawn up for additional guests. To delineate the sleeping space,Wolfson cre- ated partitions on wheels that enclose the room; one side is walnut to blend with the loft sur- roundings, while the other is mirror to create the illusion of more space. “The mirrored rolling screens came from necessity,” he says. “We can scatter them through the loft when not in use in- stead of taking up a whole wall in the bedroom. They fit perfectly in different areas now to enlarge the space.” While he sought warmth in other areas of the loft,Wolfson allowed the industrial look to shine through in the kitchen, starting with the brushed silver stainless steel countertops.The silver is sub- tly echoed throughout the rest of the home, from the mirrors, vases, and polished nickel cocktail table to the silver faux crocodile leather that he paired with blue suede in the dining nook. Keep- ing the color story alive from end to end,Wolf- son connected tones and textures to separate areas yet harmonize the complete loft design. While other designers may shy away from small-space renovations, Wolfson is busy taking on more loft projects in the Old Bank District. Clearly, he’s not intimidated by the challenge— it’s one he’s decidedly mastered. 22 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  25. 25. To match the scale of the room and the furnishings, the designers framed a series of twenty-four celestial prints from the 1800s. 24 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  26. 26. Current-Day Camelot Pineapple House Interior Design Conquers an Oversize Room to Create a Graciously Grand Salon WRITTEN BY MARESA GIOVANNINI PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT MOORE HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 25
  27. 27. The grouping near the fireplace includes a variety of chairs that can be moved around to suit the activity. W With stately columns, a grand fireplace, second-story windows, and soaring twenty-five-feet-high ceilings, this elegant room is seemingly fit for royalty, hence the home’s aptly regal name, Camelot. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the newly constructed Camelot summons an old-world charm that is encapsulated in the visually impressive grand salon. The grand salon is both formal and elegantly comfortable in design; however, the space wasn’t created for the style preferences of a specific homeowner. Instead, the living room space was designed to be part of a show house. In 2008, Nikki Bachrach and Stephen Pararo of Atlanta-based Pineapple House Interior Design participated in the Atlanta Symphony Decorator Show House, showcasing the talent of local designers. “In a show house, the committee strives to find a house that is inviting, interesting, has parking, and offers an attraction for attendees and fundraising events,” says Bachrach. “Show houses are [also] a wonderful opportunity for everyone to be inspired—the participants and the viewers.” Bachrach and Pararo created a European-influenced motif, which includes a musical element as a nod to the symphony sponsor. Appropriately complementing the existing old-world architectural details of the room, the designers maintained a neutral color palette and focused on eclectic additions. A nineteenth-century Italian bench, eighteenth-century French armoire, 1930s Spanish Cuenca rug, and petrified wood drink tables are a few of the salvaged antiquities that bring stylish history to Atlanta’s Camelot. 26 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  28. 28. Five Ways to Make a Large Room Feel More Intimate In recent decades, home building trends have dictated high ceilings and spacious common rooms. The enormous scale can make these spaces difficult to outfit—unless you are prepared with the visual tricks of the trade. 1. Create a focal point. It’s easy to become over- whelmed in a large space, so draw attention to a primary wall or a specific item with pops of bright color. 2. Match the decor with the scale of the room by using oversize furniture and accessories. 3. Think in multiples. A single large item can draw attention to the vast area around it; multiples of art and lighting calm the senses and fill the space. 4. Divide the room into separate purposeful areas. Use different rugs under creative seating arrangements to help guide guests. 5. Use warm or darker paint colors to make the space appear smaller, and avoid bright whites and mirrors, which produce the opposite effect.
  29. 29. To keep the distinguished space in the twenty-first century, the designers were sure to incorporate modern lines and pieces such as the étagères and transitional sofas. “Many people have treasures that they have either col- lected or inherited from their family that they want to tastefully blend with more modern furnishings,” says Bachrach. “This room is a great example of how to blend time periods and styles.” The Pineapple House designers also balanced the old- world rarities by using new and renewable materials throughout the space; the sofas are upholstered in bam- boo fabric, some of the throw pillows are covered with mohair, and the draperies are fabricated from wool. How the designers arranged the furniture, artwork, and lighting in the sizable yet narrow grand salon re- mained the most significant design aspect. “The challenge was to make the large room feel cohesive, intimate, and interesting,” says Bachrach of the space, which measures twenty-four by fifty-one feet. As a solution, the design- ers created three defined seating areas. “The gathering area near the fireplace has seating with various personal- ities. The seating can be adjusted and moved for enjoying the fireplace, playing games, etcetera,” explains Bachrach. “The center of the room is the anchor and brings weight to the lofty space.Two large sofas face each other and are sprinkled with drink tables, inviting large gatherings, re- laxing, and conversation.The third is the music area, fea- turing a grand piano, which invites musical opportunities and laughter around the instrument.” While the seating areas create defined spaces for inter- action, oversize pieces were used to create visual balance. For example, the towering fireplace is flanked by ten- feet-tall steel and glass étagères and complemented by lowered metal chandeliers. In front of the fireplace, a conversational table, six feet in diameter, commands at- tention; the tabletop, made of Calcutta marble, is a visual spectacle from the floor or the upper level gallery. The only space constraint was a lack of wall space for artwork. The design duo chose to echo the oversize fur- niture by grouping twenty-four celestial framed prints from the 1800s on the available wall. “It was important to fill the primary wall with artwork to effectively ac- commodate the scale of the space,” says Bachrach. “The configuration uses identically framed prints to create a grouping that reads like one large piece. It is a strong so- lution to the challenge of scale.” By filling this palatial room with European treasures, modern lines, and impressively eclectic artwork, the Pineapple House interior designers conquered the grand salon of Camelot. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 29
  30. 30. Curve Appeal A Rounded Room Takes a Scenic Setting to a New Dimension WRITTEN BY JEANINE MATLOW I PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM LESCH PHOTOGRAPHY It’s not every day a designer gets to tackle a living room with a semicircular wall. But this wasn’t a first for Lori Carroll. “Most of the architects I work with in Tucson use a lot of curves in their designs to maximize the benefits of the home’s location, adjacent views, and natural light,” says the interior designer, who is the owner of Lori Carroll & Associates, in Tucson, Arizona. “Since there is no real starting or stopping place when using curves and arcs, I have to be resourceful when looking for furnishings that will fit the space.” Taking her design cues from the existing architectural elements in the room wasn’t the only objective. As Carroll explains, her clients had specific goals in mind as well. “They wanted to introduce interior design elements that would complement the incredible architecture, find materials and finishes that would blend with the surroundings, and create a relaxing place to enjoy the spectacular desert views,” she says. Carroll calls the end result “Southwest contemporary.” The style features contemporary lines mixed with a little bit more rustic elements, she says. Though everything in the sophisticated space is striking, the designer was careful not to upstage the leading role of the breathtaking views. Because of the unique scale and radius of the room, everything was custom made. The distinctive details include a cus- tomized American handcrafted wool area rug, an arced iron and wood console table, a sofa built in three curved sections, and a series of oxidized metal cylinders that act as cocktail tables for the space. 30 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  31. 31. Designer Lori Carroll chose a neutral palette for this room to keep the space from competing with the view.
  33. 33. The curve of the wall of windows is mirrored by the custom-designed sofa’s graceful arc. Instead of one large coffee table, Carroll utilized three oxidized metal cylinders that act as cocktail tables. The color scheme was given careful consideration, too. “With such amazing views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, I wanted to keep the colors simple yet appealing,” Carroll says. In keeping with the Southwest contemporary theme, the designer describes the neutral palette of brown, tan, and gold as “natural desert landscape.” In the process, she proves you don’t need color to make a statement. “I love how even with the subdued color scheme and minimal furnishings in the living room, everything came together to convey a beautiful and luxurious feeling,” the designer says. “The fireplace is really a masterpiece. The architect came up with the wedge concept as part of the architectural plan, and I had a local artisan cover the fascia with metal.” A masterful mix of magnificent materials adds layers of dimension with limestone floors, textured “falling water” stacked stone walls, and beech cabinetry in the understated space that serves as a refuge for her clients. “Since this is their second home, the main goal was to create a quiet re- treat where they could relax and watch television, read a book, or view the vivid Arizona sunsets from the row of windows,” Carroll says. The designer wanted to mirror the curve of the window wall with the media unit, sectional, and sofa table. “Luckily, I have access to manufacturers and craftsmen who can produce things exactly as I envision them,” she says. “Each of the furniture pieces started as a paper template, then was painstak- ingly designed and drawn into the floor plan to assure complete accuracy.” Carroll managed to turn a potential problem into an award-winning solution. “The large scale of the sectional with its distinct curvature was a challenge when looking for a sofa table,” she explains. “I called a local metal worker and cabinet shop, and together we came up with this unique console.” The table ended up winning an ASID product design award. The sumptuous space remains soft spoken, revealing its message of ele- gance without shouting for attention. As Carroll explains, she is definitely not a high-drama designer, especially in this home, where the architecture speaks for itself. “My job was to bring in unique yet classic elements that would en- hance, not detract, from the structure itself,” she says. It’s refreshing to know that the seasoned designer still finds herself dis- covering things along the way. “Even after almost thirty years of interior design, I learn something on every project,” Carroll says. “This one taught me that imagination, patience, and a good rapport among architect, client, craftspeople, and me is invaluable.” Carroll was especially pleased with the overall results of this project, and she says her clients were happy with the casual comfort she was able to achieve in their living room. “This was a dream project,” she says. “Working with a great architect, skilled contractor, and perceptive clients who knew exactly what they wanted but were open to ideas shows throughout every corner of this beautiful custom home.” HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 33
  34. 34. A Jewel of a Room A Neutral Background Allows Mid-Century Modern Pieces to Shine WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER RYMWID ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY AA jewel box, even one artfully made, is meant to showcase the jewels rather than the box itself.This room, located in a show house in Westchester, Connecti- cut, is like that jewel box. The coffered ceiling and wall of windows make bold archi- tectural statements but serve as unassuming backdrops for the brilliant tones of the art, accessories, and accent pieces. For designer Rona Landman of Rona Landman Interior Design, the jumping-off point for this family room was the fireplace. When she first found it, it was an eyesore clad with wooden planks. “I thought it ruined the beauty of the room,” she says. Land- man found a coppery wallpaper and covered the fireplace with it. That choice helped the design come together. “That started to transform the room with the color and feel that I wanted,” she says. The fireplace wasn’t the only unusual place to get a wallpaper treatment. Landman also lined the edges of the ceiling with a metallic graphic print. The wainscoting on the ceiling center received its own dose of shine with metallic paint. Reflection is a recur- rent theme in the room. The light from the windows allows the metallic surfaces to shimmer. Reflections are echoed in the mirrored sofa table and the glossy surfaces of other accent furniture in the room. The neutral walls serve as a calming balance for the room’s glamour. Landman says, “I kept the off-white paint color. It worked well with everything in there, so I didn’t want to change that. I wanted to show how easy it is to use neutrals as a backdrop and then enhance it by putting in jewel-like pieces of furniture.” The nesting tables, benches, and bar cart are from Landman’s furniture line, Inspired. “I wanted to highlight the furniture in the room. The pieces are relatively small scale and I believe each speaks for itself. They make a nice statement and bring in a punch of color.” The brown tones of the chairs, sofa, and ottoman are neutral elements, but neutral need not be boring. The upholstered pieces have traditional lines, but with an updated twist. “Wing chairs are classics, but we overscaled them to make them more modern,” 34 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  36. 36. Rona Landman recently launched a furniture line, Inspired. What’s behind the name? She says, “I took elements from designers I loved and respected.” Landman looked to some of the great furniture masters of the twentieth century: Jean-Michel Frank, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Karl Springer, Jean Royère, Diego Giacometti, to name a few. She says, “In each piece, there is something from a designer that inspired me. These are my reinterpretations.” The bamboo nesting tables were inspired by the organic forms of Elsa Peretti. The nickel legs are reminiscent of bamboo. The tops can be done in custom colors or mirror. Landman says, “They are like lollipops.” Natural goat ombre covers the bone bench. The lines and texture are inviting. Landman says, “The legs are inspired by Vladimir Kagan. It’s a conversation piece. Everyone wants to sit on it, touch it, feel it.” Karl Springer’s work informed the curve of the zebra bench. There are options available for the finish, and the piece can be made wider or longer. The bar lupino has a warm nickel finish and parchment trays. The form suggests a deco style. It, too, can be done with custom tops. Gold leaf tops the three nesting side tables. Black lacquer covers the deco-inspired curved legs, but the finish is available in different colors. Landman likes the convenience of this set. “You can put them in a den, and if company comes over at the last minute, you can pull them out for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.” Landman’s thoughtful designs keep in mind that many of us live in homes where space is at a premium. “Most of my line has been designed with the apartment dweller in mind. I live in New York City. As big as a big apartment is, it’s never big enough. These pieces are just so versatile and you can really move them around. They are light and very functional.” (1) (2) (3) (1) bamboo nesting tables (2) bone bench (3) zebra bench (4) bar lupino (5) three nesting side tables (4) (5) 36 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  37. 37. says Landman. Like the upholstery, the Greek key rug is an- make the other colors pop. The artwork and accessories add in other classic ingredient that helps anchor the modern elements. additional strokes of color. Even more jewel tones are added to the palette via the win- “The room has a modern feel because of the mid-century dow treatments. Landman notes the departure from her usual modern pieces in it,” says Landman. Yet the balance of the design sensibility. “Most of my work is neutral, but I always try room’s many elements make it warm and inviting, without the to punch one color. So the curtains were a lot for me. They austerity that a modern sensibility sometimes evokes. There is make a strong statement. I pulled in the red to complement a satisfying blend of classic and modern, neutral and bold, bril- the red nesting tables. And I love red and turquoise together.” liant and understated. The room offers the perfect jewel box to The brown center fabric again provides the neutral ground to showcase so many precious jewels. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 37
  40. 40. When Brian and Barbara Brady started approaching retirement, the couple decided they wanted to look into building a home in upstate NewYork, where they’d lived for almost all of their thirty-seven years of marriage. Having always lived in older homes—including a circa-1904 shingle house and a carriage house, both in Saratoga Springs—the Bradys were drawn to Colo- nial-style properties. With each house, the couple would renovate the home, live there for a few years, and then move on to the next project. But when they thought about what their retirement home would be like, they imagined hanging up their renovation hats and instead building the home of their dreams. “We looked for a long time for properties,” says Barbara of the cou- ple’s initial search of about sixty homes. But after running into an old acquaintance who had a friend looking to sell land in the countryside in nearby Delanson, the Bradys put their search on hold to take a look at the property. Immediately, they were smitten.The ten acres of rural farmland overlooked the countryside’s rolling hills and vibrant land- scape. They found the perfect spot to build their home, too: high on a hillside where it would sit in an open field set back about a hundred After seeing a Yankee magazine article featuring Connor Homes— yards off a quiet farm road. “We absolutely loved it,” says Barbara. a construction company that designs homes based on historically ac- curate scale and proportions with authentic period detailing—the couple became intrigued with early-American reproduction designs. Always fascinated with architecture, Brian initially wanted to design the home himself, but without formal training he looked to architect Steve Haskell of Connor Homes to help put his dream on paper and make it come to life. Initially the Bradys envisioned a classic center hall Colonial design with an attached garage and utility wing. But after the schematic design was presented to the couple, they began to ask about ways to embellish the detailing of the house. “Brian started looking into historical precedents for detail, and we began to develop and incorporate the more elaborate trim options,” explains Haskell. The result: a Colonial Revival farmhouse that borrows from both Georgian and Federal roots. After about four months of design work, the group broke ground in spring of 2007. Luckily, the group was not plagued by unforeseen obstacles when it came to constructing the home. Sadly, though, during the building of the property, Brian suddenly passed away before he could see his 40 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  41. 41. Barbara filled the home with antiques, furniture, and collectibles she and Brian had collected during their marriage. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 41
  42. 42. What Is Colonial Revival? “The Colonial Revival has many inspirations for its character, and a defining theme is that the elements honor and celebrate past architec- tural styles and a sense of tradition,” says Holly Kelton, CFO of Connor Homes. “Its range is wide and varies stylistically and geographically based on original historic styles that are used for its inspiration.” Some of the defining characteristics of Colonial Revival homes, says Kelton, are that they tend to be rectangular, symmetrical (and, if not symmetri- cal, well-balanced proportionately), and typically two to three stories with simple yet classical detailing and materials such as brick, wood, or stone as their palette. 42 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  43. 43. wonderful vision brought to life. Committed to the project her husband was so passionate about, Barbara forged ahead and moved into the home in June 2008. “While Brian’s passing was very tough, I now feel the house represents him and his vision,” says Haskell, who became close with the couple during the home's construction. The 2,300-square foot home, with three bedrooms, liv- ing and dining rooms, kitchen, library, and exercise room, is home to Barbara and her two loveable Whippets. The real showstopper of the home, says Barbara, is the screened-in porch, which boasts an outdoor fireplace and comfortable furniture overlooking the pond, which Bar- bara installed a couple of years after moving in. “If the sun’s out in the winter, this is where you want to be,” she says. “It also overlooks beautiful hills and open fields from the farm next door. I can only see one house from here; the rest are open fields and wooded hills. It’s just a lovely spot.” Inside, Barbara filled the home with furniture, col- lectibles, and antiques that the couple had collected over the course of their marriage. “Everything in the house has a history,” says Barbara. “Grandfather clocks that belonged to cousins. A piece from the cellar of a shingle-style home we bought. We amassed things from family heirlooms or pieces that were left behind. It’s a little personal museum.” The antique interior aesthetic complements the Georgian detailing, including heavy layered cornice trim, fluted pi- laster corner boards, a Palladian window and fan light win- dows, and a custom entry surround—all of which bring to life the style of a home in the early Federal period. The exterior is a great example of the Colonial Revival look, as it boasts a symmetrical facade with a projecting center gable framed by fluted pilasters and pediment.The front entry, says Holly Kelton, CFO of Connor Homes, is cased with a custom fanlight and ornamental surround with fluted pilasters on the corners that support a heavy frieze, dentils, and decorative cornice at the roof, which is capped by red cedar shingles. A stone-clad foundation anchors the house naturally to the terrain, adds Kelton, and strengthens the perception of an old home. “In a shift from the home’s Georgian roots, a single chimney was pulled to the exterior of the southern end of the home in order to support fireplaces in both the living room and the screen porch,” says Kelton. A wooden shingle roof and hemlock siding complete the look. Now in the home for two years, Barbara loves to host and entertain family and friends. “I have a big tractor so in the summer I mow my own fields,” she says. “I do a lot of reading and listening to music. My days are more re- laxed but certainly pleasantly filled.” HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 43
  45. 45. DESTINATION W Washington State is recognized for many things: Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and cherries and apples, just to name a few. But this Pacific Northwest state is also the largest producer of premium wines next to California. In recent years, hundreds of small producers have followed in the footsteps of well-known Chateau Ste. Michelle. And today, minutes from the historic French-style chateau, fifty-four of Washington’s 650 wineries are releasing noteworthy estate vintages in a countrified setting known as Woodinville Wine Country, just twenty miles northeast of Seattle. “Estate” generally means grapes are grown on the winery’s own land, but nearly all Woodinville wineries source fruit from established vineyards in the Columbia Valley, east of the Cas- There are two outstanding lodging choices in the area, both associated with award-winning chefs and extensive wine pro- grams emphasizing local producers. Eight miles down the road from Woodinville is the charming resort-like town of Kirkland on Lake Washington, where you’ll find the boutique Heathman Hotel. Large rooms with chic decor have deluxe amenities, and natural wellness is the mantra of the hotel’s luxurious Penterra Spa, with the most professional thera- pists you’ll find anywhere. My Swedish massage and 75-minute facial rank in my top restorative spa experiences ever. Just off the hotel lobby is Trellis, where artisan farmer and executive chef Brian Scheehser takes fresh seasonal produce, often grown on his own ten-acre Woodinville plot or preserved in the hotel’s root cellar, and artisan ingredients and transforms cade Mountains, where sunny days and cool evenings allow the them into memorable meals brimming with natural flavors. grapes to mature slowly and yield beautifully balanced wines Special touches like pickled tomatoes are brought to the table with loads of bright fruit and character. to savor, just a hint of the rustic and inventive style that is A few days in Woodinville make for a memorable adventure uniquely his.You won’t be disappointed. for the wine aficionado who enjoys swanky lodging and Across the road from Chateau Ste. Michelle is Willows spas, scrumptious farm-to-table cuisine, and gorgeous scenery Lodge, an elegant wine country inn.With quintessential North- from the car—or on a bike along the trails that tie many of west architecture and interiors, spacious rooms overlook lush the wineries together. grounds that include a formal herb garden and Fireside Cellars 46 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010
  46. 46. DESTINATION Great Stops along the Woodinville Wine Trail Chateau Ste. Michelle: Definitely reserve a time at Chateau Ste. Michelle for the informative and fun cellar and barrel-aging room tour, finished with a tasting. On a beautiful afternoon, there’s no nicer spot to spread a picnic blanket and enjoy a house bottle than the chateau grounds. Novelty Hill-Januik: Grab a bottle of Mike Januik’s 2007 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese and a rustic handmade pizza from the tasting room brick oven and sit in the Zen-like contemporary garden, admiring this beautiful AIA-awarded winery. It’s a very special place. Then take home a bottle of the 2007 Januik Reserve Red for the cellar. Efeste: Former Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Brennon Leighton consistently earns high Wine Spectator scores for his gorgeous vintages that blend old-world techniques with new-world fruit. Try his 2007 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon. Stevens: Former commercial artist and English lit major Tim Stevens makes poetic wines. Try his Black Tongue Syrah and XY Reserve Cabernet and let the wines speak for themselves. Page Cellars: Jim Page kept his day job as a corporate air- line pilot, but he makes wines of exceptional quality. Like Beaujolais Nouveau? Try his fruity Nouveau Merlot—it’s yummy, just like his Lick My Lips Syrah. Mark Ryan: Mark Ryan has one of the coolest tasting rooms around: in a renovated garage, with vintage Indian motorcycles on display. The wines are as polished and pow- erful as the bikes—his scores in the 90s on his 2007 vintages are well earned. Sample the Crazy Mary Mourvedre, Wild Eyed Syrah, and Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon. DeLille Cellars: A highly respected old guard winery that produces elegant, collectable Bordeaux blends. Visit the Executive chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis on his ten-acre winery’s new Carriage House tasting room and sample the Woodinville farm. He incorporates the freshly harvested Chaleur Estate Rouge, D2, Grand Ciel, and Doyenne vintages. ingredients into his creative cuisine. Patio complete with a fire pit—perfect for gathering around all courses be made with wild mushrooms, or sourced from at Happy Hour after a long soak in an oversized tub for no farther than 150 miles. two.You may have trouble parting with your fluffy bathrobe in There’s much to do and see in Woodinville apart from winery order to get dressed for dinner at The Barking Frog, but it’s visits. If you love handcrafted beer, a tour and pub lunch at Red- definitely worth the effort. Chef Bobby Moore has cooked at hook Ale Brewery is worth a stop. Just up the street is 15-acre the James Beard House and offers guests a seasonally updated Molbak’s Nursery, the Northwest’s gardening mecca. If you want menu that pairs marvelously with his eclectic wine list. Start to learn more about pairing food with wine, get hands-on expe- dinner with Moore’s Grand Marnier Prawns—so good they rience in a half-day cooking class at Woodhouse Family Cellars. never go off the menu. When you’re ready to taste wines, ask your concierge for a special anniversary or birthday. National Geographic named Still within the Willows compound is a restaurant perfect at either hotel for a map of choices. The selection of wineries is diverse in Woodinville, but warm hospitality and wonderful The Herbfarm Restaurant “The No. 1 Destination Restaurant wines await you at all. See the sidebar for some of my favorites, in the World,” and it’s always a dining adventure, with and visit to find out more changing themes that may require, for example, that about the area. HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 47
  47. 47. Resources OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | 2010 Photography provided by Connor Homes/Jim Westphalen Photography. 11 Tasting Notes 24 Current-Day Camelot 34 A Jewel of a Room Chappellet Vineyard & Winery Pineapple House Interior Design Rona Landman St. Helena, California Atlanta, Georgia New York, New York 707-963-7136 404-897-5551 212-996-8171 18 Open-Loft Living 30 Curve Appeal 38 Early-American Beauty Greg Wolfson Lori Carroll & Associates Connor Homes Los Angeles, California Tucson, Arizona Middlebury, Vermont 213-422-0803 520-886-3443 802-382-9082 48 HOME BY DESIGN | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010