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BEFORE & AFTER ISSUE


Comfort Style Know-How

125

DIVINE DESIGN

IDEAS
AMAZING

KITCHEN

MAKEOVERS
CANDICE
OLSONS

DECORATING
SECRETS

PAGE 84

GIVE YOUR
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features
BEFORE & AFTER

58 a chefs spread
reworking ill-defined tract-house
spaces into a nifty kitchenliving area

66 core values
an inspired mix-and-match-style redo
creates an appealing family haven

72 keeping calm
a one-room fix grows into a winsome
and cohesive whole-house revamp

84 the best of candice


cover

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON BARRE
HAIR , MAKEUP, AND WARDROBE BY
CO RY TH O R S O N

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four ailing rooms, all revived by our


doctor of design and her handy crew

PHOTOGRAPHS: MARK SAMU (A CHEFS SPREAD), GREY CRAWFORD (KEEPING CALM). MAKEUP: MAC COSMETICS (COVER)

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departments
NEWS & VIEWS

12 getting started
our editor-in-chief says its futile to
resist the siren song of home fix-ups

16 writing home
readers share their thoughts

18 home free
giveaways! chic colanders, fab photo
frames, slow-burning candles, more

21 home front
eco-friendly decor, architect-designed
hardware, disaster-preparedness goods

SHOPPING

29 go shopping
brilliant entrances: dress up your foyer
with these snazzy furnishings

33

33 tech
40 buying guide
making sense of the multitude of
options in hardwood flooring

48 roundup
the latest carriage-house garage doors

50 building product awards


editors picks: these 10 will rock your
redos with practicality and panache

92 resources
products and manufacturers featured
in this issues stories

DECORATING

26 color cues

accessories in lovely lavender

44 face lift
putting your best facade forward: how
to make a great first impression

PROJECTS

37 reader redo
a cramped and style-free kitchen gets
a warm, twenties-era makeover

55 lessons learned
arm yourself with these principles for
a positive client-contractor relationship

102 recipe for a room


IN OUR NEXT ISSUE
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an architects bedroom flaunts its


gaze-worthy window

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GETTING STARTED

making magic
A broken dishwasher, plus an impending onslaught of
houseguests, ipped my makeover switch. The washer, a
relic, seemed pretty far gone and, with the holidays looming,
I opted for immediate replacement. That got me obsessing
about all the other things that needed to be upgraded before
the family arrivedsleeping and eating arrangements, to
name just two. Soon I was snapping awake at 4 A.M., consumed by visions of revitalized conversation nooks and
cunning ways to revamp my kitchen to highlight its circa2005 dishwasher. Matters snowballed from there, beginning
with more new-product orders by phone and online.
Mine is a common tale: Theres a little glitch with the house,
but it makes no sense (its impossible, really) to stop at just
one x . . . and soon, voil, a renovation is born. This is a testament to the magic of working on our homes, evoking that
potent childhood image of the fairy godmother waving her
wand. Surely something spectacular will rise from all our
efforts. The homeowners featured in this Before & After issue
set out to update their dwellings and found the path not only
sawdust-strewn, but star-dusted too. At its happy ending:
transformed surroundings and refreshed lives.

Donna Sapolin
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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PHOTOGRAPH: ERIN PATRICE OBRIEN. HAIR AND MAKEUP: PATRYCJA KORZENIAK. WARDROBE: JACQUI VAN HEYST

Why journey from before to after? Renovating always


costs more than expectedin hours of research, cubic feet
of debris, and dollars and cents. But still we venture forth.

Please join Samsung, Sears


and Boomer to help the children.

Samsungs Four Seasons of Hope, Sears and Boomer Esiason have teamed up
to make a difference in the community. The funds we raise help to find a cure for
cystic fibrosis. The Boomer Esiason Foundation has raised over $40 million and
is advancing the cause through partnerships with companies like Samsung
and Sears. Were proud to support this deserving cause. To find out how you
can help, contact the Boomer Esiason Foundation at 212-525-7777. Samsungs
Four Seasons of Hope. A little hope can make a big difference.
www.fourseasonsofhope.com

2006 Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

WRITING HOME

our readers speak

You Asked...
Im trying to update the look of my family
room without any major construction.
Would a eldstone surround like the one
shown on the cover of your November 2005
issue be a budget-friendly option?

OUR EXPERT ANSWERS:


The cost of a fieldstone fireplace
surround will vary greatly depending on a homes location, access to
stone, local masons rates, and
existing structural conditions,
says Boston architect Mary Horst,
who designed the home featured
in Zen Palette (November 2005).
In this case, fieldstone was a costeffective choice because the material is indigenous to the section of
Massachusetts coastline where the
home is located; alternative varieties of stone might be cheaper
elsewhere. Before building a stone
surround, however, Horst strongly
recommends consulting an archi-

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tect or structural engineer to


determine if the floor and walls
have the capacity to support the
stones weight. If so, Horst says,
the best way to start is by visiting
local quarries, which are listed in
the yellow pages, to see what
stones are available, economical,
and visually appealing. Then, she
suggests asking local masons for
cost estimates.
If working with real stone
proves prohibitively expensive or
structurally impractical, consider
using manufactured stone
veneers, also known as imitation
stone. Owens Corning Cultured
Stone (culturedstone.com) offers

a wide variety of stone-veneer


productsincluding a fieldstone
versionmade from a mixture
of Portland cement, natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigments
cast in molds of real stones. The
Owens Corning offerings are
lightweight and easy to install.
And since they cost only $5.50 to
$7 a square foot, they will make a
significantly smaller dent in your
budget than genuine stone.

Treasure Island
I love the kitchen island that
appears in Salvage Operation
(October 2005). I have a small
kitchen, and I think that model

PHOTOGRAPH: LEN LAGRUA (MAGAZINE)

Meredith Strasser Chattanooga, Tennessee

2005 Sara Lee Coffee & Tea and Philips North America. Senseo is a registered trademark.

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haute hardware
James Cutler often had trouble nding sleek
hardware to outt the contemporary houses
he built. So the Seattle-based architect
created his own line. The 11-piece Cutler
Anderson collection features handcrafted
levers, door knockers, latch boxes, and
cabinet pulls. Customize Cutlers designs
by drawing from an assortment of material
options that includes bronze, stainless steel,
and anodized aluminum as well as beech,
cherry, maple, and other woods. From $17
to $332. 914-220-0277, reveal-designs.com.
Kristine Solomon

its a clean machine


Your mopping days are over, thanks to iRobots Scooba, a floor-washing
robot that deftly does the job. Using sensors to navigate around the
room, the 10-pound circular device cleans hard surfaces such as tile,
linoleum, and sealed hardwood. Just fill the tank with a specially
formulated bleachless solution (one ounce covers about 200 square
feet) and Scooba will swoop up debris, apply cleanser, scrub, and dry.
The 312-inch-high device even gets at hard-to-reach spots under
furniture, and a patented infrared technology helps it avoid carpets
and stairs. $400. 877-855-8593, irobot.com. Joel Bernstein

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page turners:
little wonders

artisan: christopher paul


He used to spend his days framing artworks, but now Christopher
Paul creates his own: painted oor mats that are a modern take on a
traditional craft. He begins by using two to three layers of colorfast
acrylic paint to apply the design onto a heavyweight canvas, seals the
surface with a water-based protectant, then attaches a nonslip pad
to the underside. The nished products are ultradurable (like hardwood oors, he says) and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Choose
from 11 geometric patterns and 22 vibrant colors. 212' x 8' to 5' x 8'.
$40 to $50 a square foot. Christopher Paul Studios; 770-313-1691,
christopher-paul.com. Meryl Cohen Levin

Small Spaces: Good Ideas


by Cristina Paredes (Collins
Design) proves that even
in tight quarters, theres
room for inspired, intrepid
design. Replete with stunning color photographs,
handy floor plans, and
ideas from resourceful
pros, the book presents 51
diminutive dwellings (from
150 to 968 square feet);
among them are a cave in
Jerusalem and a prefab
home perched on an urban
rooftop. A comprehensive
resources section helps you
replicate what you see.
$25. harpercollins.com.
If its cramped outdoor
space thats confounding
you, garden expert John
Brookes is your man. In
Small Garden (DK Publishing), Brookes shows how to
make the most of tiny balconies, roof terraces, and
backyards. Think of such
areas as alfresco rooms, he
says, and decide how you
want to use them. Then flip
through this guides illustrations to choose the right
materials and consult its
directory of plants to find
fitting flora. $20. dk.com.
J.B.

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here comes the sun


Shopping for an energy alternative? Look to New York retailer
ABC Carpet & Home. The high-end home-furnishings company has teamed up with Real Goods, a California-based
renewable-power provider, to offer solar-energy systems to
New York and New Jersey homeowners. The packages consist
of tempered-glass photovoltaic panels, which are bolted to the
roof or cemented into the ground, and an inverter, which is
kept beside your electric meter and converts the suns energy
into power (any excess is sold back to the utility company for
credit). Actual savings depend on your households energy
use and the number of panels needed but, on average, you
can slash bills by 62 to 84 percent. Systems cost $85 a square
foot, installed, but thanks to state rebates collected directly by
ABC Real Goods and passed along to buyers, youll only pay
about 35 percent of that amount. ABC Real Goods; 917-4964439, abcrealgoodssolar.com. Elizabeth Young

trend watch: emergency gear


The record-breaking storm season of 2005 has underscored the
need to be prepared. These clever and affordable gadgets can
help ready your home for the unexpected.

1. ELECTROMATE 400 This portable generator plus LED light


yields 400 watts of powerenough to run a laptop, TV,
or small appliance. It also inflates a tire (via its built-in air
pump) or jump-starts a car engine (cables and clamps
included). 12" high x 1712" wide x 812" deep. $99. Black &
Decker; 800-544-6986, blackanddecker.com.
2. VOLTAIC BACKPACK Three solar-energy panels on the outside of this rugged nylon bag feed a battery inside that can
be hooked up to your cell phone, PDA, laptop, or globalpositioning system. AC and DC adaptors included. 20" high
x 15" wide x 10" deep. $239. Voltaic Systems; 212-6275012, voltaicsystems.com.
3. FREEPLAY ENERGY WIND-UP RADIO Once you charge this
AM/FM radio with LED flashlight it will run for up to 25
hours. During a power failure, use the hand crank to generate more juice. 4" high x 712" wide x 212" deep. $65.
MoMAstore; 800-447-6662, momastore.org. M.C.L.

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COLOR CUES

lavenderluxe
ACCENTS Teardrop table lamp.
Opaque glass. $168 (shade sold
separately). Anthropologie, 800-3092500, anthropologie.com. Hepburn
pillow. Silk with cotton lining. $59.
The Silk Trading Co.; 800-679-7455,
silktrading.com. Zennar throw. Lambs
wool. $260. Designers Guild,
866-781-5695, designersguild.com.
BATH ACCESSORIES Lenox Platinum
towel. Cotton-bamboo blend. $20.
Lenox; 888-227-3945, bardwilhome
.com. Egg vase. Glass. $12. Leonardo,
877-982-5683. Shadow soap dish and
toothbrush holder. Ceramic. $8 each.
Bed Bath & Beyond; 800-462-3966,
bedbathandbeyond.com. Mosaic tiles.
Recycled glass. $4.50 a square foot.
Onix Mosaico, onixmosaico.com.
TABLETOP Baubles dinnerware.
Handcrafted ceramic. Bowl, $25; salad
plate, $25; and dinner plate, $29. Mariposa; 800-788-1304, mariposa-gift.com.
Saville lilac tablecloth. Taffeta and
velvet. $210. Gracious Style; 888-8287170, graciousstyle.com. Long cooler
glass. Frosted glass. $10. ABC Carpet
& Home; 212-473-3000, abchome.com.
Bloom coaster. Ultrasuede. $24 for
four. Modern Basics; 404-881-6001,
modernbasics.com.

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What They Had


A run-down Dutch Colonial that featured a grimy
100-square-foot kitchen
with two measly upper
cabinets. A massive
double-basin cast-iron
sink ate into what little
work surface there was,
and then there was the
work surface itselfa red
laminate countertop from
the 1950s that had a rusty
metal edge. It was only
a matter of time before Id
need a tetanus shot,
says wife Lizbeth.
BEFORE

before&
after
What They Wanted
A kitchen that could be mistaken for one
built in the 1920slike grandmas, Lizbeth says. That is, functional with simple
surfaces and simple details, but full of
modern appliances.

What They Did


Not much, at least at first. They just
painted the faded wood cabinets a crisp
white, papered the gray walls, and put
down temporary (they hoped) green

and white vinyl tiles over the beige


linoleum floor. This last move would
have been fairly inexpensive if husband
Jeff hadnt almost sliced off his finger on
the very last cut. With the emergencyroom fees tacked on, that vinyl ended
up costing more than anything else,
bemoans Lizbeth. (If youre counting
tetanus shots, thats Jeff 1, Lizbeth 0.)
After the hospital visit, the work stopped
for a decade. Perhaps it was the flooring
incident that made the Thalheimers lose

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The new eating area


features an oak dining set and a Beaux
Artsstyle chandelier.
Lizbeth designed the
built-in cabinets in the
adjoining mudroom;
theyre painted the
same white as the
kitchen molding.

oor plans
1. At 100 square feet, the old
kitchen felt cramped.

KITCHEN
11'6" x 8'

2. By building an 18-by-15foot addition, the Thalheimers added 230 square


feet to their kitchen. The
new layout features an
eating area, a workstation,
and a large island ideal for
food prep.

KITCHEN
14'7" x 15'3"

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their appetite for renovation. Or maybe


Lizbeth and Jeff, both architects, were
just too busy tending to professional
projects. We didnt want to have to redo
things at home as well, explains Lizbeth.
Finally, last year, they revived their
plan, adding a bump-out to the rear of
the house that more than doubled the
size of the kitchen. One corner of the
addition contains an eating area, whose
French doors open onto a deck and surrounding backyard. A built-in desk with a
custom-made corkboard sits alongside
the right-hand wall, while a large, cherrywood work island (topped with honed
black granite) containing shelves for
cookbooks and wineglasses anchors the
cooking area. Along the upper and lower
perimeter of the kitchen, the Thalheimers installed cream-colored maple
cabinets accented with brushed nickel
pulls, and the same black granite countertop used for the island. The cabinets,

along with a backsplash of cream matte


subway tiles, stand out against the mossy
green wall paint. The couple laid brown
and cream linoleum tiles on the floor,
which features professionally installed
radiant heating. Above the island, they
hung pendants with frosted-glass shades
and pulldown lights with ceramic shades
and silk cords. A bronze chandelier
graces the eating area.
As planned, the new space does recall
the Roaring Twentiesexcept for telltale
modern-day appliances, such as the stainless steel fridge, vent hood, and range.

What They Didnt Do


Opt for conventional light switches.
Although the Thalheimers updated their
electrical system, they refrained from
installing toggles. Instead, they chose
old-fashioned push-button switches to
further the Twenties theme. Okay, theyre
brushed nickel, but you get the point.

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wood flooring
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icking out new wood


oors for your home is,
rst and foremost, a matter of deciding which look you like best.
But with over fty species of
wood to choose from, it can be
hard to see the ooring for the
trees. To help streamline the
process, the options on the following pagered oak, pine, Brazilian cherry, Australian cypress, and
bamboooffer a cross section of
whats hot these days. Besides
species, three factors affect woods
appearance and cost: grade, cut,
and nish. Grade is determined
by color, grain variation, and the
presence of aws like knots,
wormholes, and saw marks. No
universal grading system exists
each species has a different ideal
hue and degree of grain uniformitybut as a rule of thumb, the
fewer aws a piece of wood has
and the more consistent its color
and grain, the more expensive
it is. The most common cut for
ooring is plain-sawn, but some
can be quartersawn or rift-sawn,
methods that result in a denser,
straighter grain. Finally, although
bare strips of wood are still sold,
youre more likely to nd prenished onespieces that have been
sanded and sealed, and, in some
cases, stained. These boards cost
more than unnished ones. But
because the nishing process is
done in a controlled setting, the
products come with decades-long
warranties. Another plus: No sanding dust or nishing fumes are
generated by their installation, so
you dont have to leave town while
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RED OAK
$2.88/square foot*

PINE
$1.65/square foot

BRAZILIAN CHERRY
$3.85/square foot

AUSTRALIAN CYPRESS
$3.75/square foot

BAMBOO
$2.89/square foot

APPEARANCE

PERFORMANCE

DIMENSION

By far the most common


choice for wood flooring,
with a coarse, consistent,
and sometimes rippled
grain pattern and a faint
pinkish coloration. Ideal
for traditional settings
where a more refined
look than pine is desired.

PROS: Resists splitting during


installation, stains well, and
withstands traffic (its the benchmark by which other flooring is
measured in terms of hardness).
moisture and humidity can cause
the wood to cup or turn black,
so its not ideal for kitchens.

Strips are typically


314 inches wide,
though boards as
narrow as 112
inches and as wide
as 8 inches are
available; 2 to 7
feet long; 34-inch
thick.

Grain patterns range


from swirls to pinstripes;
rich color variation, including tans, brownish
yellows, blue-black sap
stains, and clear or pink
knots; square-edged
boards can be facenailed with steel-cut
nails for an antique look.

PROS: Offers lots of personality


at a low cost. Its easy to nail and
resistant to splitting, thus quicker
to install than harder species.

Strips are typically


214 to 12 inches
wide; 2 to 16 feet
long; 34-inch thick.

Salmon-colored grain
pattern is mediumspaced and gets darker
with age; high levels of
sunlight will speed this
process. Lots of variation
between boards. Evocative of fine furnishings
and perfect for formal
settings.

PROS: Brazilian cherry is extremely


hard (more than twice as tough
as red oak) and resists moisture,
so it will hold up in foyers, hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Wild, wavy grain pattern


in a variety of cream and
brown colors; punctuated frequently by dark
knots that give the wood
a rustic appearance that
plays well in traditional
environments.

PROS: No two pieces look alike;


slightly harder than oak; and
handles humidity extremely
well, so can be used in moist
and busy areas.

Actually a woody grass,


bamboo offers little
grain variation, apart
from the square burl pattern that results from the
nodes along its shoots.
Its yellowish blonde
coloring and uniformity
are well-suited to sleek,
modern settings.

PROS: Nails and stains particularly


well; relatively hard-wearing and
water-resistant. Since bamboo
shoots grow very quickly (as
compared with trees), its an
eco-friendly option.

CONS: Prolonged exposure to

CONS: Pine is up to a third weaker


than red oak, and only slightly
more water-resistant, so its not
suitable for damp or high-traffic
areas; may resist certain finishes.

Strips are typically


314 to 5 inches
wide; 2 to 7 feet
long; 34-inch thick.

CONS: Prone to splitting during


installation, so an extra 10
percentrather than the standard
5 percentshould be ordered to
allow for waste. Difficult to stain.
Strips are typically
214 to 5 inches
wide; 1 to 7 feet
long; 34 -inch thick.

CONS: Weakened by its many


knots, it may split during installation, so an extra 10 percent
should be ordered to allow for
waste. Difficult to stain.

CONS: Fibrous nature makes sanding tricky. Its almost always


factory finished, so you cant save
money by finishing it yourself.

Strips are typically


312 or 6 inches
wide; 3 or 6 feet
long; unlike other
wood flooring,
mostly found only
in 58 -inch thicknesses.

*Not including installation, which varies by species and by region. For prefinished prices,
add approximately 25 for bamboo and $1.50 for all other woods.
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hen Minnesota newlyweds Josh Plorde and Desiree Langel


nally found a home in a neighborhood they liked, the
trade-off was that theyd have to do some work on the place. The
housewith its 1970s California Contemporary designlacked natural
light and had a drab, characterless exterior but, in its favor, was situated on a spacious, wooded site on the banks of the Mississippi River.
To give the residence a more up-to-date layout and imbue it with
traditional charm, the homeowners enlisted the help of local architect
Terrence Scholz of Colonnade Design Group. He left the original footprint intact but reoriented the main living spaces to face the river, maximizing the daylight and views with plenty of windows. Scholz and
local builder Howard Theis of Wooden Dreams then turned their

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THE ROOFLINE was retained,


but the builder added
Craftsman-style cedar brackets and extra-wide fascia
boards. The 8-inch-wide horizontal planks, used to conceal the rafters, are made of
MiraTEC, a composite trim
material designed to withstand the elements.

NEW, VINYL-CLAD six-overone windows play up the


homes newly acquired traditional character and channel much-needed natural
light into the main living
areas. Simple 514-by-6-inch
MiraTEC boards trim the
windows for a finished look.

THE ORIGINAL Masonite siding was replaced by fibercement planks on the first
level and stained cedar
shakes on the second story.
White rim boards delineate
the change in exterior materials. The decorative treatment breaks up the mass
and creates an old-fashioned
look, says local builder
Howard Theis.

BOXY COLUMNS are a signature of Craftsman architecture. These are constructed


of four pieces of an exterior
plywood with a waterproof
overlay, mitered together
for a solid-column look. The
bases and crosspieces are
made of MiraTEC.

CULTURED-STONE faux rock


covers the wood-frame
bases of the porch columns.
The material replicates the
look of natural stone but is
less expensive and lighter
weight than its counterpart,
so its easier to work with.

ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE


WOOD, the front-porch
flooring is TimberTech composite decking, a substance
made of cellulose, wood
flour, and polyethylene. For
a custom look, the builder
used a router to create
a tongue and groove in
each board so that they
fit together tightly.

attention to the exterior, enhancing its personality by adding a


deep front porch and Craftsman-style elements such as clapboard
and cedar-shake siding, bracketed eaves, and crisp white columns
with sturdy, cultured-stone bases. It looks so different now, you
would never know its the same home, says Theis.
Many of the seemingly natural exterior materials are anything
but. Theis specied several synthetic alternatives for stability and
ease of maintenance, as the house must withstand extreme temperature uctuations. It can be over a hundred degrees in the
summer and below zero in the winter, he explains, and real
wood and stone can expand and contract a great deal.
Reducing the visual impact of the two-car garage was a priority
for Plorde and Langel, who did extensive research on both materials and the Craftsman style. They opted for an attractive carriage
housestyle door for the garage, and Theis replaced the old
outdoor lighting with recessed can lights in the soft above.
The front porch, with a low-pitched gable that echoes the
upper rooine, is the homes new exterior focal point, balancing
the mass of the garage. The restructured elementsespecially the
expanded porch spacemake the house extremely welcoming.

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might seem out of place on a sprawling, one-acre lot in suburban Virginia, but the design suits homeowners Michael
and Terri Rogers laid-back lifestyle. I am a massage therapist, and focused on health and wellness, says Terri. I prefer
a relaxed Southwestern look to the typical formal Colonials
you nd in this area.
Originally the single-story brick ranch, surrounded by
mature trees and lush landscaping, had all the curb appeal of
a Motel 6, says Peggy Fisher, a principal in the Fisher Group, a
local design-build rm hired to spearhead the project. Fisher
and architect Richard Sewall opened up the house by adding
a second level and a double-height foyer, then replaced an
entryway and two windows with three sets of French doors.
The changes not only increased the amount of space and

PHOTOGRAPH: ROBERT C. LAUTMAN (AFTER)

AT FIRST GLANCE, A GOLD-COLORED STUCCO HOUSE

THE STAIRWAY to the new


second story is contained
within a tower that adds
interest to the houses
facade and breaks up its
horizontal roofline. A small
front gable on the right side
of the house visually
balances the tower.

MOST OF THE HOMES


new windows are wood
casements with horizontal
muntins; the design complements the houses strong
horizontal lines. The windows in the gable and
stairwell tower are fixed.

BECAUSE OF ITS LOW pitch,


the main roof is barely
visible from below, so the
homeowners opted to cover
it in economical asphalt
shingles. They splurged on
the porch roof; its red,
standing-seam galvanized
metal evokes the clay tile
roofs of the Southwest.

THE NEW FRONT PORCH


is an extension of the living
space and the defining
feature of the renovated
facade. Exposed cedar
rafters support the ceiling,
which, at 10 feet high,
allows plenty of light into
the house. The floor is
coated with red paint that
is made specially for use on
concrete surfaces.

WE USED REAL stucco, which


is the closest thing to adobe
that can withstand this climate, says Fisher of the siding material, which adds a
textural, earthy look to the
homes exterior. Golden
color pigments were integrated into the stucco mixture before it was applied.

THREE PAIRS OF ROUGH-CUT


cedar columnsdecorative
as well as structuralsupport the metal porch roof.
The simple capitals and
bases were fashioned out
of cedar, too.

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access to natural light, but also made the home more inviting.
With plenty of input from the Rogerses, the rm also redid
the exterior, using stucco, rustic materials, and nishes such as
rough-cut cedar for the porch columns and ceiling beams.
We wanted to translate their vision, with avors of the Southwest rather than an exact replica of an adobe style, says Fisher,
who retained the structures original horizontal prole by creating a new low-pitched rooine and wide front porch, which
is topped by a red metal shed roof. The overall exterior design
has some Tuscan inuences too, says Michael, but whatever
you call it, we love the nal result.

ROUNDUP

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24-gauge steel.
Powder-coated steel
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7' high x 8' wide
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uninstalled. Lowes;
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lowes.com.

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leather texture
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These quartz countertopswhich
mimic the supple feel of leather
feature Microban, an antimicrobial substance that inhibits the
growth of bacteria, yeast, mold,
and fungi. The benefit to you?
Better stain protection, fewer
odors, and a more sanitary
kitchen. Cleanup is easy: Just
wipe the surface with soap and
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square foot, installed. 800-2911311, silestoneusa.com.

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paloma replace HEAT & GLO


Gas fireplaces have turned up the heat, designwise. This sleek freestanding unit has
a curved firebox, so flames are visible from almost any angle in the room. Bonus
points go to the battery-powered backup system, which keeps the models electric
ignition working even during an outage. These stainless steel hearths wont just
warm up your space, theyll also brighten it: Their front panels come in blue, bronze,
green, and gray, shown. $2,399. 888-427-3973, hearthnhome.com.

watertiles KOHLER
Obtrusive showerheads have met their match. These 5-inchsquare water-spraying tiles install nearly flush with the ceiling or
wall for a streamlined look. If youre installing more than one,
hire a pro to ensure that your water pressure and plumbing can
support the system. In six finishes; polished chrome, shown.
$119 to $172. 800-456-4537, kohler.com.

engineered collection wood


oors MIRAGE FLOORS
These planks come in three hip new
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and Sambuca (black), shown. The ooring
is made of engineered woodprenished
maple or birch adhered to ve layers of
plywoodso its ideal for heavy-trafc
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dramatically than solid hardwood to
high humidity and climate changes.
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Use this multizone drinks station to mix cocktails without leaving the party. Pretty enough for your family
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rack for chilling glasses, a fridge with fully extendable
shelves, and storage space for an impressive 48 bottles of
wine. Sorrybartender not included. In freestanding or
built-in models; custom wood overlays available. $5,499
to $7,999. 800-558-5592, bringperlickhome.com.

stainless steel roong MILLENNIUM TILES


Although your roof might be the last place youd expect to find
stainless steel, these recyclable, interlocking tiles not only look
cool, but also lower the temperature inside your house. Heat
reflects off these shingles, reducing air-conditioning bills up to
35 percent. And unlike the runoff from asphalt roofing, the rain
and melted snow that slides off these smooth surfaces is clean
enough to reuse in your garden. Custom colors available. $360
to $660 a square foot. 866-842-8585, millenniumtiles.com.

dual fuel range with


steam-assist KITCHENAID
Become a healthier eater with this
stainless steel gas, electric, and
convection range, which features a
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crusty loaves of bread. $4,099
(30-inch; four burners) and $6,299
(36-inch; six burners). 800-4221230, kitchenaid.com.

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ace sensations paint


ACE HARDWARE
Magic Marker on the wall? No sweat. This flat paint
features Scotchgard stain protector, so soap and
water are all you need to wash off anything on it,
from Sallys scribbles to grape juice. Because an
anti-mildew agent is added to the formula, its ideal
for moist areas such as the bathroom. In 1,000
shades; custom colors available. $27 a gallon.
866-290-5334, acehardware.com.

four-door convertible fridge


SAMSUNG
Entertaining just got easier. This four-door
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the touch-screen LCD to adjust each compartments temperature from -13F to 50F.
25 cubic feet. In black, stainless, and stainless platinum, shown. Starting at $2,999.
800-726-7864, samsungusa.com.

densarmor plus interior wallboard


GEORGIA-PACIFIC
Whether caused by a leaky pipe, a humid bathroom, or
Mother Nature, mold has the potential to wreak havoc in your
home. So were glad that this new gypsum wallboard is made
of glass matting, which resists mold, rather than conventional
paper, which fuels its growth. $10 to $15 a (4x8) sheet.
800-284-5347, gp.com/build.

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preventive
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how to avoid a breakup with your contractor

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ust-ups can be averted just as


surely as they can be provoked.
That truth was hammered
home to my husband and me during
the renovation of our six-room apartment. For seven months we pleaded
and argued with our contractor,
unable to stomach his work ethic and
false startsand the escalating cost
but were reluctant to cut him loose in
an overheated housing market where
qualied remodeling pros were in
short supply. It wasnt that our relationship with him was always tense:
One day we were partners, the next
we were at each others throats. There
were signs that things were going
wrong; we ignored them. There were
precautions we could have taken; we
didnt realize we needed to do so. By
surviving our homes torturous transformation we learned some maxims
about working with contractors
instructions that can help minimize
the potential for pain.

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STYLED BY KIM FRE E MAN PHOTO GR APHED BY MARK SAMU
WRIT TEN BY J O SH G AR SKO F

A CHEFS

S
P
R
E
A
D
expanding the kitchen
into a breakfast area yielded
a more efficient layout

SARATOGA SPRINGS
NEW YORK

A new half-wall separates the washup


area from a butlers
pantry. A diamond
pattern on the custom china hutch
echoes wooden latticework on a
nearby pantry door.
There are three different countertop
materials: waterresistant sealed concrete around the
cast-concrete sink;
sturdy mahogany
butcher block on
the prep side of the
island, shown left;
and heat-proof
sealed Paradiso
marble flanking the
cooktop, shown
right. Another run
of the same marble
tops the half-wall.

LEFT In keeping with


the kitchens farmhouse
feel, the bi-level 4-by-8foot island appears to be
two adjacent tables. A
34-inch-high mahogany
prep surface faces the
cooktop; while a 48-inchhigh Paradiso marble eating counter stands across
from the family room.
BELOW The 1980s
kitchen was cramped
and unattractive,
sporting stock oak cabinets and laminate counters. A cooktop in the island left little room for
the chef to work.

Like so many tract houses, the 17-year-old


Saratoga Springs, New York, home that Lucianna
and Mark Samu bought in 2003 had an open
kitchenfamily room that lacked not only charm
but also any sign of common sense. In the small
kitchen, for instance, the refrigerator door
smacked into the island, and there was only 8
inches of counter space on either side of the cooktop. The layout wasnt conducive to making a midnight snack, let alone preparing a whole dinner
party, says Luciannacalled Luwho is an
accomplished cook and kitchen designer.
After seeking the advice of an architect, the
couple ruled out his recommendation of a 250square-foot addition in favor of massaging the
space they had. We realized we could knit two
areas together to create one big kitchen without
the expense of an add-on, explains Lu. So as part
of a larger home renovation, which also updated
the formal dining room, they gutted the old work
zone and the adjoining eating area and appro-

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BEFORE

priated the 300-square-foot stretch for a new butlers pantry and a kitchen. The recongured territory would still open to the family room.
Lus redesign squeezed the most out of every inch,
building in storage and making use of deadand
otherwise wastedspace. For example, the sliding
doors that led to a backyard deck were eliminated to
create a working wall that holds a ve-burner cooktop and cabinets. A trio of windowstwo casements
and a xed central unitabove the cooktop looks out
on the deck, restoring the connection to the outdoors. For an effect more in line with old-farmhouse
scale, Lu dropped the cathedral ceiling to a standard
BEFORE

ABOVE LEFT The open


stairway wasted precious
wall space in the kitchen.
ABOVE A pantry with an
old sliding barn door
and shallow shelves for
jars and cans now fills
the 6-inch recess under
the stairs. The wall of the
hallway beyond is
adorned with a handpainted mural featuring
a quote from Madame
Bovary. LEFT Enclosing
the upper part of the
stairway created more
definition between the
living and cooking areas.
The decorative finial
atop the newel post
is an old metal buoy.

floor plans
1. The 150-square-foot
kitchen was crammed into
a corner; its cooking
island ate up most of the
work zone. An equal-size
area alongside was designated for informal eating,
and the rest was casual
living space. Glass sliding
doors next to the fridge
accessed a backyard deck.
And the passageway between the stairs and the
island led to the formal
dining room.
EATING
AREA

TO DINING
ROOM

KITCHEN
13' x 11'6"

FAMILY ROOM

The homeowners had planned to demolish the family rooms squat, 8-footlong fieldstone fireplace and dinky wooden mantel because it was out of
sync with their polished farmhouse aesthetic. But then local carpenter Fred
Frielinghaus had a brainstorm: He could lend the room the look of high-end
custom woodworkand minimize the mass of the stoneby surrounding
the fireplace with paneled doors salvaged from other parts of the house.
We got lucky because the builder-basic doors could be cut to fit perfectly, he says. He used two doors head-to-head over the firebox, shown
above, and halved a third lengthwise to create the vertical side pieces.
Frielinghaus screwed the doors to a framework of 2x6s that was attached
to the wall above the stone. The mantel and overmantel were built from
clear pine, and all the woodwork was primed and painted a glossy white.
You can order similar doors in custom sizes and get the same effect, says
Frielinghaus. Just dont use ones with predrilled hardware holes.

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KITCHEN
TO DINING
ROOM

MUDROOM

21'8" x 13'6"

FAMILY ROOM

FAMILY ROOM: THROW (HOMETHREADS.COM)

nuts & bolts replace surround

2. The new 300-square-foot


kitchen spans the back of
the house, and comprises
the old work and eating
zones. The sliding doors
were replaced with windows, freeing the wall for
a five-burner downdraft
cooktop and cabinets. A
new half-wall holds the
sink, dishwasher, and
trash bins and backs a 5by-9-foot butlers pantry.
Doors in this space and a
mudroom lead to the
deck. And a more functional prep-and-eating
island holds the oven
and divides the cooking
and living areas.

LEFT As part of their


whole-house renovation,
the owners revamped
the dining room where
new French doors and a
transom window provide
a graceful transition to
the formal living room.
New nine-over-one windows and creamy white
woodwork lighten up
this once dark space.
BELOW The first thing the
homeowners tore out of
the house was the
wannabe Art Deco dining room chandelier;
next to go were the
cheap moldings.

812 feet. The high ceiling was out of proportion to


the design, says Lu. The lower plane creates a
greater sense of intimacy.
Lu wanted to give the kitchen even more vintage
avor, and evoke the feeling of having evolved over
time. She accomplished this with new whitepainted, furniturelike custom cabinetry and a mix of
materials including lots of wood, from oak oors
stained a fruitwood-and-walnut blend to a painted
beadboard ceiling. A weathered barn door slides
across a pantry, and wooden shingles cover the wall
above the sink. I wanted that area to look like an exterior gable, as if it had once been a porch, she says.
A butlers pantry, a farmhouse sink, and a new bilevel prep-and-eating island that looks like a pair of
rustic worktables add to the bygone-era feel. Placing
the island between the kitchen and family room allows it to function as a bridge between the two zones
while offering a casual eating spot and a place for
guests to linger and watch Lu prepare meals.
As cooking spaces go, this one isnt huge, says
Lu. But its efcient and tightly packed with everything I need. Its the best kitchen Ive ever used.

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BEFORE

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The changing needs of a Texas architects family spur him to renovate; he responds with an array of kid-friendly
indoor-outdoor spaces sheltered by an appealing facade. page 66 Their California ranchs layoutunexciting but well

conceivedwould just require some work on the kitchen, or so these homeowners thought. Turned out, that was
only the beginning. PAGE 72 Greatest hits: four wizardly redos by HGTV design sorceress Candice Olson. PAGE 84
65

THE JUST RIGHT HOUSE


AUSTIN TEXAS

CORE VALUE S
An architects
inventive
family-friendly
additions reflect a
knack for practical
problem solving
PRODUCED AND WRIT TEN BY
C ARO LYN WE BE R
STYLED BY HE LE N TH O MPS O N
PHOTO GR APHED BY FR AN BRE NNAN

OPPOSITE The new wing cre-

ates a barrier between the


rest of the house and a busy
road. The exterior features
fiber cement siding and local
limestone, accented by a
shoji screeninspired gate
that leads to the hard courtyard. THIS PAGE The enclosed
courtyard, paved with Arizona flagstone, makes a safe
play area for five-year-old
Sophia and two-and-a-halfyear-old Olivia Antenora.

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floor plan
The new addition stretches from the existing ranch house to the back of the lot, terminating with a private deck off the master
bedroom. The hard courtyard, green courtyard, patio, and a breezeway form the central core of the renovation and connect the
new spaces (which are outlined in black)
to the old sections of the house (which are
outlined in gray).

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BREEZEWAY
8'6" x 8'9"

KITCHEN
12'2" x 13'2"
GUEST
BEDROOM
13'8" x 11'3"
LAUNDRY
12' x 5'8"
MUSIC
STUDY
12' x 11'3" DINING ROOM
13'11" x
11'7"

NOOK
13'2" x 7'7"

GREEN COURTYARD

PATIO

FRONT
PORCH
LIVING ROOM
21'1" x 15'

PASSAGEWAY 35'6" x 4'

BEDROOM
12'3" x 15'8"
HARD
COURTYARD

BEDROOM
12'3" x 15'8"

DECK

MASTER
BEDROOM
16'7" x 12'2"

Children change everything. Just ask


architect Michael Antenora and his wife,
Sarah, who had enjoyed the convenience
of their well-established Austin, Texas,
neighborhood, but found that the small,
nondescript ranch house Sarah had
purchased in her single days needed
expanding as their family grew. Michael
devised a strategy that called for updating
the existing 1,000-square-foot 1950s-era
house and adding a 1,500-square-foot
single-story addition.
The houses pie-shaped corner lot, situated at the intersection of a quiet, residential street and a busy thoroughfare,
dictated the new layout, which is all about
looking inward. The plan reects the couples wish list: indoor rooms sheltered
from the noisy street, protected outdoor
areas for kids to play, and an updated
exterior incorporating the Antenoras
modern, eclectic tastes and love of color.
Our priority was making a safe house
and yard for small children, says Michael,
whose three girls are ve years, two and a
half years, and eight months old. For that
desired security, the architect designed a
new wing, with three family bedrooms

and two bathrooms, along the thoroughfare side of the lot. The addition provides
visual as well as acoustic privacy for the
rest of the house and yard. The mass of it
creates a buffer against the street noise
and activity, Michael explains.
A series of outdoor areas links the old
and the new parts of the house and forms
the core of the renovation. These spaces
include two courtyards, one paved (the
hard courtyard) and one grass (the
green one); a patio; and a breezeway.
We wanted to create contained outdoor
passageways, says Michael, You can go
from courtyard to courtyard without ever
going inside the house.
The concept was put to the test
recently at daughter Olivias secondbirthday party, when children covered in
cake and ice cream ran in and out of the
courtyards while parents observed the
activities from the clean, unsticky vantage
of the breakfast nook. My idea of a good
party house is one that can accommodate
large groups but also has little corners

OPPOSITE The newly


expanded kitchen is
sleek, with a large,
single-pane awning
window above the
sink; stainless steel
appliances; track
lighting; and simple,
recessed-panel
maple cabinetry.
ABOVE The kitchen
connects to a patio
via a glazed door
on the right, and
the new breakfast
nook beyond has
views to a grassy
courtyard and is fitted with sliding
doors that lead to a
covered breezeway.

ABOVE A breezeway,

with two sets of


French doors and
sliding doors, connects the breakfast
nook to an enclosed
passageway leading
to the bedroom
wing. The breezeway
has a concrete floor,
and fiber cement
shingle siding inside
and out, which was
coated with exterior
paint for durability.
OPPOSITE The houses
street-facing side has
a low-profile roof
and is painted a soft
gray-green, but architect (and homeowner) Michael
Antenora chose
bright colors and an
asymmetrical roofline for the section
facing the grassy
interior courtyard.

where people can get away and have a


quiet conversation, Michael says.
Inside the house, the kitchen was
bumped out by 2 feet and had its 8foot ceilings vaultedto 14 feet at the
highest point and 8 at the lowestto
achieve a contemporary look. The room
now has enough space for a small, 312-by2-foot center island with storage drawers
and a built-in undercounter wine cooler.
Michael specied gauged green Vermont slate tile ooring for the kitchen,
bathrooms, and other heavy-trafc areas.
The face of the split stone is textured, so
its nonskid, he notes. The material also
runs up the walls in the wet rooms for
extra protection. Tropical green granite
countertops complement the kitchens

slate oors and backsplash, and a red cast


iron apron-front sink spices up the neutral tones of the maple cabinetry.
Theres plenty of color on the exterior
as well, with vivid red and yellow on the
walls facing the green courtyard and a
conservative gray-green on those facing
the neighborhood. To highlight the
homes diversity of exterior forms,
Michael varied the siding pattern and
color every time the geometry changed.
In total, ve different patterns skin the
house: ber cement siding in two different horizontal designs, shakes, boardand-batten, and a wide band of limestone
on the sides that face the roads.
When an architect has free reign to
experiment with designing his own
home, the results are always interesting.
Working with a tricky site, Michael transformed an average ranch house into a custom home that serves his young familys
needs and expresses his creativity. A tree
just outside the hard courtyard is both a
testament to Michaels pride in the project
and a memorial to his late father. When I
built my rst house, over a decade ago,
my dad gave me $75 to plant an olive tree,
but I didnt think the house was worthy,
says Michael. Well, I think that this
house denitely isand the tree bore
fruit in the rst year.

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In the living
area, garden
views inspired
the green,
gold, and taupe
furnishings.
A streamlined
granite fireplace
topped with
zebra wood replaced one that
took up most
of one wall.

K E E PIN G
C ALM
A CO U P L E I N F U S E
T H E I R RA N C H H O U S E W I T H
E A SY L I VA B L I L I T Y
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WRIT TEN BY JAM ES ROPER

RUG (AGA JOHN). PAINTING (WENDY HELDMAN)

MALIBU CALIFORNIA

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Some people look at a ranch house and see a bland box.


Others, like Julie and Amedeo Ferraro, spy the potential in
the open plan and pleasant living spaces to create a distinctly tranquil contemporary dwelling. That was the couples vision for their 2,400-square-foot home in Malibu,
California, when they purchased it four years ago.
To realize their dream, the Ferraros expected merely to
update the kitchen of the 1962 home. It had cheap stock
cabinets, says Julie, and an island way too small and
impractical for the space. A cooktop took up most of it.
And there wasnt enough storage. The kitchen made cooking together challenging. Its an activity we enjoy sharing.
But once the work zone was stripped down to the
studs, the pair gave in to what they dubbed the so-long-as
urge: So long as the kitchen is gutted, we might as well
keep going, says Amedeo. Ultimately, the quick oneroom redo stretched into a five-month-long wholehouse renovation. The couple retained the structures
four-bedroom footprint but upgraded surfaces, remodeled bathrooms, converted a bedroom into a home
office, and replaced single-pane windows throughout
with more energy-efficient double-pane models. We
decided to get the alterations over with all at once,
rather than ever go through it again, Julie explains.
One of the most striking changes expanded the living
areas views of the garden and the Pacic Ocean.The owners
replaced a small window and a drywall corner that blocked
the scenery with a custom wraparound bay, so the main sitting zone now takes in an unobstructed panoramic vista.
They also removed a raised seat built out from the whitetile replace. Installing a sleek black granite surround
opened up two extra feet of oor space and eased furniture
arrangement. And trading laminate ooring for hardwood
maple planks gave the living and dining areas a richer look.
To address the kitchens lack of storage, the pair combined a utility closet, a tiny pantry, and part of an under-

BELOW The living


areas window seat
offers a perch to
enjoy looking at the
Pacific Ocean. The
valance conceals
retractable shades.
OPPOSITE TOP The
formal dining area
opens to the elegant
new kitchen. The
walnut trestle table
and leather-cushioned
chairs were designed
by Kathryn Waltzer.
OPPOSITE BOTTOM The
homes original
dining-kitchen plan
offered openness but
lacked personality.

DINING AREA: RUG (AGA JOHN). PAINTING (JEFF SURRET)

BEFORE

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utilized hallway into a 7-by-10-foot walk-in food pantry


that is lined with shelves.
Making room for two cooks to work at the same time
was a simple matter of swapping the tiny cooking island
for a larger prep station and positioning a stainless steel
range and vent hood across from one end. On the islands
opposite end is a breakfast bar. The backsplash and countertops of polished Cafe Imperial, a chocolate-colored
granite, and custom cabinets in a natural-toned maple
lend an elegance to the kitchen that is perfectly suited to
the style of the adjoining dining area.
The cooking zones pleasing contrast of light and dark
materials became a central theme in the homes decor,
which Julie and Amedeo ne-tuned with the assistance of
Los Angelesbased designer Kathryn Waltzer. She answered the Ferraros request for a large, contemporary
dining table with a custom-made dark walnut model.
Then, to soften the setting, she surrounded the table with
chairs upholstered in chocolate leather and placed a taupe
Tibetan rug underfoot. The look is minimal, but the
palette of rich earth tones and soft neutrals adds depth
and warms things up, she says.

The new prep island


contains a 50-bottle
wine fridge and
storage for pots and
pans. The Ferraros
chose a subtly textured pale limestone
floor to differentiate
the homes cooking
and dining areas.

style to go kitchen furnishings

COKIE STOOL #MC1045.


45" high x 2112" wide x 1912"
deep. $550. Maine Cottage; 888859-5522, mainecottage.com.

AURORA BAR STOOL


46" high x 17" wide x 1912" deep.
$199. Storehouse; 888-786-7346,
storehouse.com.

ILLUMINATING EXPERIENCES
CUBOX 8 PENDANT
36" to 47" high x 34" wide
x 6" deep. $785. YLighting; 866428-9289, ylighting.com.

GUS DESIGN GROUP WHITE


ACRYLIC HANGING LAMP
11" high x 36" wide x 7" deep.
$450. Design Public; 800-5066541, designpublic.com.

SILK BOX TRIO CEILING FIXTURE


14" high x 54" wide x 14" deep.
$3,700 as shown. Bone
Simple Design; 212-627-0876,
bonesimple.com.

ECHELON SERIES WINE


DRAWERS #2075DWRWC.
24" wide. 43-bottle capacity.
$2,275 to $2,650. U-Line;
414-354-0300, u-line.com.

PROFESSIONAL SERIES WINE


CELLAR #VUWC141S.
24" wide. 54-bottle capacity.
$1,975. Viking; 888-845-4641,
vikingrange.com.

UNDERCOUNTER WINE
STORAGE UNIT #424.
24" wide. 46-bottle capacity.
$2,200 to $3,000. Sub-Zero; 800222-7820, subzero.com.

WINE CHILLERS

SWIVEL BAR STOOL #667-729.


46" high x 22" wide x 1912" deep.
$169. The Home Depot;
800-553-3199, homedepot.com.

CHANDELIERS

BAR STOOLS

The look of a kitchen is the sum of more than just its cabinets and
countertops. Furniture, lighting, and appliances add critical character.
Spruce up your cooking space with our picks of slat-back bar stools,
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floor plans
1. The 2,400-square-foot ranch had a desirable, open
living-dining layout, but lacked kitchen storage and
work space. In the living area, a seat built into the
fireplace projected into the room, and a drywall
corner to its right obstructed views.
2. To form a walk-in kitchen pantry, a utility closet was
combined with a small pantry and a hallway. A prep
island and a separate range improved efficiency. In
the living area, a flush fireplace surround freed up 2
feet of floor space; a new 6-by-612-foot mitered corner window frames the vista. To the left of the entry, a bedroom was converted to a home office.

DINING
AREA

LIVING AREA
22' X 15'

MASTER
BEDROOM
13'6" X
15'6"

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BEDDEN ROOM
8' X 10' 12' X 10'

DINING
AREA

BEDROOM
12'6" X 16'

GARAGE
KITCHEN

LIVING AREA
22' X 15'

MASTER
BEDROOM
13'6" X
15'6"

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KITCHEN

BEDBED- ROOM
ROOM 12' X 10'
8' X 10'

HOME
OFFICE
12'6" X 16'

OPPOSITE In the master

bedroom, yellow trim


on cream-colored pillows and a valance pick
up the buttery wall
color. The cotton matelass drapes have blackout linings. BELOW
Mahogany dressers
echo the material of the
bed frame, opposite.

Waltzers eye for subtle but luxurious detailing is evident throughout. For instance, she suggested topping the
living areas new replace with a Brazilian zebra-wood
mantel. It has a strong grain that provides a lively accent
to the setting, she says. And to add practical comfort to a
seat under the new wraparound window, the designer
specied a golden, fade-resistant cushion fabric, typically
used on outdoor furniture. This spot gets full sun, which
would ruin ordinary fabric in six months, she explains.
The biggest challenge facing the homeowners was
selecting furnishings that would link the living and dining
areas. The Ferraros accomplished this by choosing cleanlined sofas and chairs with low proles, so no single piece
overpowers another. Upholstery fabrics in soothing tones
of taupe and gold complement walls painted a pale green,
while the sitting areas sage green Tibetan rug coordinates
with the eating spaces taupe one. Occasional tables in
dark wood echo the custom dining table and chairs and
kitchen counter stools. The overall effect is an orderly,
calm and unied space, says Amedeo. After a long day
at work, we love coming home and cooking together.
The kitchen is now so inviting. It relaxes us.

in the know tablescaping


So often its an eye-catching arrangement of
items on a table that gives a room personal
style and a pulled-together look. Even such
ordinary things as stacks of books can lend
a sculptural feel to a setting. Here, ace photo
stylist Laura Hull shows how simple compositions of everyday objects work with this
homes calm, monochromatic palette, subtly
weaving in color, texture, and variety while
preserving the soothing atmosphere.

1. In the master bedroom, a slim lamp


its telescoping base adjusted so that it
is slightly taller than the headboard
allows room for temporary objects such
as a coffee set, a vase of flowers, and
bedtime reading material.
2. An asymmetrical arrangement creates
a dynamic look for the living areas bar.
Instead of centering the lone botanical
print above the console, Hull hung it to
one side and filled the remaining space
with a tall, curvaceous vase of sculpturelike ferns. An array of glass and silver
objects, including a cocktail shaker and
martini glasses, adds practical shimmer.

3. A foyer tableau is a study in up-to-date


symmetry. A mirror centered over a
console table is balanced with a planter
holding moss and a grouping of smaller
objects in varying heightsa vase of
sunny button chrysanthemums, a stack
of books with a ceramic pot, and a
smaller pot. Note how the mirror frame
picks up the planters fluted design and
alabaster hue. Pairing light accessories
with a dark table repeats tonal contrasts
elsewhere in the house.
4. For visual interest, always group
elements in odd numbers and vary
heights, says Hull. Small items can be
stacked to achieve the impact of a single
large object. On the living areas coffee
table, for instance, a silver seashell atop
a book forms one unit in a trio of larger
items. White hydrangeas and Gerber
daisies in an ebonized-wood vase add
height and coordinate well with a white
marble, lotus-shape bowl.

SEE RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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PHOTO GR APHED BY
BR AND O N BARRE
WRIT TEN BY
N O RMAN KO LPA S

For four years, Candice Olson has transformed


rooms on her hit HGTV show Divine Design with
Candice Olson. She asks each owner a simple question: How do you want your home to work for
you? Keeping the answersand individual tastes
in mind, she resolves widely varied decor dilemmas
with panache. Here, a sampling of our favorite
Olson makeovers, ranging in style from contemporary chic to French Country. Whether shes turning
an abandoned shed into a romantic retreat or transforming an underutilized basement into a bistroinspired gathering space, Olson combines old and
new to shape a fresh take on functionality.

a divine tip
from candice olson
In the center of the new wooden deck, electrician Chico Garcia, left, Olson, center, and
carpenter Paul Daly installed a fire pit so that
homeowner Brodie and her guests can enjoy
the outdoors year-round. The gas burner is
covered with river rocks, although ceramic
logs and beach rocks would also conceal it.

BEFORE

before &
after

brodies party space


A SECRET RETREAT The best feature in Brodies
home was the one she used the least: a 13-by20-foot shedlike structure at the far end of her
garden. Brodie really missed the kind of relaxed
outdoor entertaining shed enjoyed while growing
up in Australia, says Olson, who turned the
outbuilding into an indoor-outdoor pavilion.
First she added a focal point: a fireplace
surrounded by 1-inch-square glass tiles, above.
Ideal for rooms where venting isnt an option, the
unit is fueled by a gel made from sugar cane and
corn that gives off only water vapor. Then she installed prefabricated waterfalls in which water
cascades down mirrored surfaces on both sides
of the fireplace via pumps hidden in the benches
below. (The units can be piped to an existing water
supply.) Playing up the alfresco scheme, Olson covered the ceiling with bamboo-look wallpaper.
FIRESIDE CHAT Outside, Olson installed a 16-by20-foot deck made of pressure-treated wood. The
centerpiece? A rustic gas fire pit, left, which she
encircled with all-weather black wicker chairs.

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tova and daniels family room


COME TOGETHER The type of renovation I
do most often, says Olson, is opening a kitchen
to the family room. That was the plan for her
redo of the suburban home of Tova, an accountant, and Daniel, a video-game developer.
Olson started by removing a nonload bearing wall between the two rooms to create a
continuous 18-by-36-foot space, opposite. In the
kitchen, she balanced the slick stainless steel
appliances by installing dark maple cabinetry.
The designer then put a pair of bar stools at one
end of a 5-by-7-foot island so guests could visit
with the cook. To unite the two areas, a blueand-brown color palette is used throughout.
A striped rug delineates the main seating zone.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Originally, a
bulky TV belonging to Tova and Daniel separated the kitchen from the living area, but only
those in the latter room could watch it. Now,
a wooden cabinet on the living area wall
abutting the fireplace wall houses a 36-inch
flat-screen TV, right, that swivels out so it can
be seen from all angles, and lies flat when not
in use. Open shelves provide access to DVDs,
components, and books. A stack of floor
cushions rests atop durable, wood-look vinyl
flooring. To counterbalance the high-tech
world in which Daniel works, says Olson,
I kept the space warm and inviting.

a divine tip
from candice olson
Tova and Daniels brick fireplace looked dated and worn.
For an instant makeover, Olson and painter Andrew Downward covered it with white latex paint. They used a thicknap roller and brush to fill in the crevices, and applied
several coats (brick soaks up lots of paint). If you have
a wood-burning fireplace, Olson recommends applying a
stain-block primer first so old soot wont show through.

BEFORE

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tobys basement
BE HER GUEST Toby barely used her
21-by-15-foot basement, so Olson
revamped the area to accommodate
casual entertaining. Toby possesses
an unbelievable passion for anything
French, says Olson. I was aiming to
achieve a bistro feel.
Creating space for food preparation
was key. Against one wall, opposite,
Olson put in dark wood cabinetry
capped with a black, solid-surface
countertop. Beneath that, she added
stainless steel undercounter refrigerated drawers, offering easy access
to beverages and snacks.
For Gallic flair, she covered the wall
of the food-prep area in red-glazed
wallpaper that resembles antique
leather. A simple shelf affords ample
space for white ceramic vessels and
architectural renderings, while a
framed chalkboard displays the menu.
For over-the-table lighting, Olson
installed a contemporary spin on a
Baroque chandeliera Swarovski
crystal fixture that looks like my
hair in the morning, she says. Great
French design is often about unexpected touches.
SITTING PRETTY Olson dressed
existing French doors, left, with blackand-white-striped cotton drapes to
soften their hard edges without
obscuring the view. A faux-cowhide
rug mimics the palette of the window
treatments and adds comfort underfoot while anchoring the conversation
area. The red upholstered club chair
can be pulled over to the dining table
for additional seating.

a divine tip
from candice olson
Dark wood cabinets filled an empty wall to the
right of the French doors. Then, for a farmhouse
feel, Olson installed shelves below the food-prep
counter and hung black-and-white toile fabric
curtains to echo the colors of sofa, drapes, rug,
and chairswhich also softened the lines of the
cabinetry for an informal, undesigned look.

BEFORE

the bestof candice olson

a divine tip
from candice olson
Mirror-mounted sconces on each side of the fireplace add
sparkle and maximize light by reflecting it around the
revamped room. Carpenter Paul Daly, Olson, and electrician Chico Garcia began by drilling a hole through the
mirror and its fiberboard backing. Then they secured the
sconce by bolting it to the mirror and simply running its
wire down the back to a nearby outlet.

BEFORE

julia and marks


entertaining area
IN NEED OF INTIMACY Julia and
Marks combo living-and-dining room
measured a vast 31 by 1234 feet. The
all-beige color scheme only served to
underscore its size and lack of focus.
To make the space feel warmer and
cozier, Olson began by swapping the
wall-to-wall carpet that showed every
footprint with prefinished hardwood
flooring in walnut and brought in a pair
of 10-by-12-foot Persian rugs to delineate the two areas.
The designer added pizzazz to the
walls by applying a base coat of slateblue paint, then topping it with a subtle
metallic bronze glaze. Bronze-colored
floor-length silk drapes, with blue borders at the bottom, contributed drama,
elegance, and shimmer.
A cast-stone fireplace surround
anchors the main seating area, opposite, which includes a camelback sofa
and two striped chairs. A lone pendant
light, hung low from the ceiling, draws
the eye in and bathes the oval-shaped
mahogany coffee table in a soft glow.
GO-BETWEEN To ease the transition
between the living and dining spaces
and temper the color scheme, Olson
topped a buffet table, above left, with
a black-and-white print. Chrome floor
lamps add another layer of shine.
FINE DINING Lighting was key to
defining the two spaces. In the dining
area, left, Olson installed recessed ceiling fixtures along the rooms perimeter
and introduced interior cabinet lighting,
a mirrored chandelier above the
mahogany table, and mirror-mounted
wall sconces. Olson wanted to retain
some of Julia and Marks furniture so
she updated two Louis XIV-style armchairs by painting their frames a deep
chocolate brown, adding a metallic
bronze glaze, and replacing the pastel
floral upholstery with blue silk. Creamcolored leather chairs complete the mix.

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RESOURCES

LESSONS LEARNED
continued from page 57

Home has taken extreme care to provide correct information


but cannot guarantee accuracy. Products not listed may be
antique, one-of-a-kind, discontinued, or part of homeowners
personal collections. Note: Vendor contact information
appears only on first mention for each story.
COVER
Sofa, brown leather wing chair, and area
rug, Elte (1--, elte.com). Mirrored
coffee table, LAtelier (1--). Throw
on chair and red pillow on sofa, Restoration
Hardware (--1, restoration
hardware.com). Throw on sofa, Pier 1
Imports (--, pier1.com). Drapery
T.
fabric, Robert Allen Fabric
HOME FRONT Page 21
Chaise lounge, Greener Lifestyles (-, greenerlifestyles.com). Leaves
pillow, IIKH (--11, twokh.com). Pop
stools, SMC Furniture (1--, space
mfrs.com). Banu lamp, RG Furniture Design
(1--1, rgfurnituredesign.com). Chair,
Bettencourt Collection (--,
bartbettencourt.com). Recycled-glass Zen
bowl, Fire & Light (--,
fireandlight.com). Earth's Color collection
wall paint, Yolo Colorhouse (--,
yolocolorhouse.com).
COLOR CUES Page 26
Accents: Teardrop table lamp in lavender
with clear glass stand, 1" high x 1" diameter. Hepburn pillow in lavender, 1" square.
Zennar throw in Crocus with lime and peony
stripes, " wide x " long. Bath Accessories: Lenox Platinum bath towel in soft
iris, " wide x " long. Egg vase in
amethyst, " high. Wamsutta Shadow soap
dish in amethyst, 1" high x " wide x "
deep; toothbrush holder, 1" high x "
wide x 1" deep. Lisa series mosaic tiles in
purple and rose, 1" square. Tabletop:
Baubles bowl, 1" high x " diameter; salad
plate, " diameter; dinner plate, 11" diameter.
Saville Lilac tablecloth, " square. Long
-ounce cooler glass in viola, " high. Bloom
coasters in ivory and violet, " square.
GO SHOPPING Pages 2930
Page 29: Indochine coat stand in chocolatebrown-tortoise, " high x 1" diameter.
Jacqui console table, " high x " wide
x 1" deep. Nickel sunburst mirror with
gold finish, 1" diameter. Sumo lamp in
Icicle and warm silver, 1" high x 1" diameter. Graphic-Weave bowl, " high x 1"

diameter. Barbara Barry ottoman with light


gold upholstery, 1" high x " wide x "
deep. KWID collection Imperial Trellis wallpaper, " wide.
Page 30: Parker Entry coat rack, " high x
" diameter. Pearled Venetian round mirror,
" high x " wide; oval mirror, 1" high x
1" wide. Carved settee, " high x " wide
x " deep. Kevin OBrien Vines pillow, 1"
x "; Wildflower pillow, 1" x 1". Exotics
collection Mystical Zebra rug, ' wide x '
long. Williamsburg Classic Chinoise collection long-neck vase, " high x 11" diameter.
READER REDO Pages 3739
Range and vent hoodDCS (--,
dcs-range.com). Maple cabinetry, work
island, and deskKingswood Kitchens (-, kingswoodkitchens.com). Refrigerator and warming drawer, KitchenAid
(--1, kitchenaid.com). Dishwasher,
Miele (--1, miele.com). Sink and
faucet, Franke (franke.com). Linoleum floor
tiles, Forbo (forbo.com). Glass cabinet knobs,
cup pulls, and Beaux Arts chandelier
Restoration Hardware (--1,
restorationhardware.com). Lombard
pendants, Rejuvenation (-1-1,
rejuvenation.com). Small Porter pulldown
lights, Pottery Barn (--1, pottery
barn.com). Undercabinet strip lighting,
Starfire Xenflex (--, starfire
lighting.com). Push-button light switches,
Classic Accents (--, classic
accents.net). Paint, Benjamin Moore (-, benjaminmoore.com). Oak table
and chairs, Barn Furniture Mart (-, barnfurniture.com).
FACE LIFT Pages 4447
Pages 4445: Architecture, Terrence Scholz
of Colonnade Design Group (--).
Building, Howard Theis of Wooden Dreams
(1--). Decking, TimberTech (-, timbertech.com). Garage Doors,
Sections (--1, sections.com).
Hardiplank lap siding, James Hardie (-, jameshardie.com). Manufactured
stone veneers, Cultured Stone (--1,
culturedstone.com). Windows, Andersen
(--1, andersenwindows.com).

T indicates sources that sell only to the design trade. Please go to homemag.com/

designcenters if you do not have a designer. There youll find a list of regional design
centers that can help you find and purchase to-the-trade-only products and materials.
And, if you would like to hire a designer, these centers can recommend one in your area.

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Peggy Fisher of Fisher Group (--111,
designbuildrenovate.com). Exterior patio
doors and windows, Crestline (--111,
crestlinewindows.com). Exterior heavy timbers, Cochrans Lumber and Millwork (-, lumberandmillwork.com). Hanging
ourdoor pendants, Maxim Lighting International (--, maximlighting.com).
Exterior paint, Benjamin Moore (-, benjaminmoore.com).
BUILDING PRODUCT AWARDS
Pages 5053
Heat & Glo Paloma fireplace, " high
x 1" wide x 1" deep. KitchenAid dual-fuel
range, " high x " or " wide x 1"
deep. Kohler WaterTiles square tiles, "
square. Mirage flooring in Java, Sambuca,
and Merlot, 1" wide. Perlick Three-Door
refrigeration cabinet, " high x " wide x
" deep. Samsung Four-Door Convertible
refrigerator, " high x " wide x " deep.
A CHEFS SPREAD Pages 5863
Architecture, SD Atelier (1--,
sdatelier.com). Building, Restorations
Unlimited (1--). Kitchen design,
Lucianna Samu (1-1-, samu
studios.com). Wall paint, Sherwin-Williams
(--, sherwin-williams.com).
Pages 5861: Custom cabinetry, Carpen
House (--, carpenhouse.com).
Refrigerator, Sub-Zero (subzero.com).
Cabinetry hardware, Top Knobs (topknobs
usa.com). Herbeau Creations prep-sink
faucet, Faucet.com (faucet.com). Marble
countertop, Granite and Marble Works (1-). Light fixture over island, Pottery
Barn (--, potterybarn.com).
Apron fabric, Kravet (kravet.com).
Pages 6263: Fireplace design, Fred Frielinghaus (1--). Wing chair, Chez
Morgan (1--). Sisal rug in living
area, Floormaster Carpet One (1-). Flooring, Winchells Wood Flooring
(1--). Dining table and chairs,
Schuyler Pond (1-1-, schuyler
pond.com). Chandelier, Thomas Lighting
(--, thomaslighting.com).
BEFORE & AFTER Page 65
Interior design, Kathryn Waltzer Interior
Design (1--).
continued on page 1

ENSURE THAT THE CONTRACTOR


WILL REMAIN ON SITE Our contractors appearances were becoming rarer
and rarer. When his unsupervised crew
began installing light xtures upside
down and painted a ceiling purple, we
told him that we wanted him back on
site. But he didnt think he needed to be,
particularly as wed left a stipulation that
he would be personally overseeing the
labor up to a gentlemens agreement,
rather than spelled out in the contract. To
our advantage, though, we had drawn up
an ironclad price-and-payment schedule. Since our contractor was delaying us,
we withheld his fee until the situation
improved to our satisfaction (a standard
procedure called a deciency holdback).
KNOW WHEN TO CALL IT QUITS
Placated by this victory, we forged on with
our contractor, trying to believe his promises of a summer end-date for our project.
We kept holding on, hoping he would
morph back into the trustworthy man we
convinced ourselves wed hired. Worn
down and just wanting to have it all done
with, we gave him the go-ahead to demolish the remaining bathroom. Which his
crew didthen stopped showing up. We
were left with a sink, toilet, and tub sitting
in our living room for months. We should
have red our contractor right then.
YOU HAVE OPTIONS Eventually our
contractor returned. But by then, my husband and I were interviewing other contractors to nish the project. This time we
knew the questions to ask each candidate:
Would he provide a written contract and
be on site daily? How many other jobs was
he juggling? How would he handle specic problems if they came up? And what
work schedule would he follow?
FORTUNATELY, we did nd a wonderful
contractor who, true to his word, nished
the job in time for the holidays. In fact, we
liked his work so much we are pondering
a new project: creating a media-roomcum-guest-bedroom from a small, spare
space. And this time, it will go smoother
if we follow our own advice.

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RECIPE FOR A ROOM

the big picture


in an architects bedroom, its all about the window

WORK WITH THE


FOCAL POINT
Furniture with simple
lines complements,
rather than competes
with, an 8-by-8-foot
window. The metal
bed frames geometric
design echoes the grid
pattern of the fir window muntins.
CROSS VENTILATION
WITH PRIVACY
A pair of awning windows on each side of
the bed opens to let
breezes in while
keeping rain out.
Low-e glass throughout provides energy
efficiency; fluted-glass
panels ensure privacy
without blocking natural light.
BRING NATURE INSIDE
Walls painted a pale
sky blue make the
room feel larger and
link it to the outdoors.

ARCHITECTURE BY MI C HAE L S . ANTE N O R A


PRODUCED BY C ARO LYN WE BE R
STYLED BY HE LE N TH O MPS O N
PHOTO GR APHED BY FR AN BRE NNAN
WRIT TEN BY SUSAN MILL AR PE RRY

102 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006

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As I See It, #2 in a photographic


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