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Central Ohio Home & Garden Magazine


  • Official magazine Of The DispaTch hOme shOws

    summer 2010

    GettinG GrilledBeach dcor comes ashoreBlooms with a view


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  • First Impressions

    04 Central Ohio Home & Garden Summer 2010

    What is it about grilling that gets us all fired up? Is it the sizzling, nose-tickling aroma, or avoiding a hot kitchen in the thick heat of summer? Perhaps its getting a refreshing respite from nine hours at the office? Or is it simply a guilt-free excuse to enjoy a summer evening while taking in the colorful landscape framing the back patio?

    Regardless of our motivations, there are more stylish ways than ever for backyard grill-masters to play with fire during the simmering summer months. Some of the extravagant barbeque set-ups and outdoor kitchens we explore in this issue of Central Ohio Home & Garden will make you positively drool. Check out the breezy bar and grill combo we found in one gor-geous Gahanna backyard. What a way to entertain family and friends al fresco on weekends or even midweek.

    If this kitchen whets your appetite for outdoor inspiration, then youll want to turn to our cover story to tour a backyard that is truly built to stand the heat of summer. One beach-loving Westerville family has figured out how to get away from it all without leaving their property. Theyre part of a growing number of homeowners who have discovered a vacation is simply a change in scenery so why not change the view at home to create a staycation destination year round? Its a concept theyve done up right with an extended patio and courtyard leading to a beautifully appointed 864-square-foot cabana house. With its own gourmet kitchen, shower room and living area, this Ohio beach house not only overlooks the familys large in-ground pool but also the tree-lined shores of Hoover Reservoir. Its a sight to behold.

    For those wanting to dress up their home on a slightly more modest budget, consider light-ing up your outdoor areas so family and guests can linger longer as night falls. In this issue, a local pro shares a few bright ideas for illuminating any landscape and home exterior to increase beauty and enhance safety.

    And dont miss columnist Michael Leachs suggestions for brightening up your deck rail-ings or adding a splash of color to window frames with flower boxes.

    So get out there and create some sizzle of your own this summer. Whether youre grilling, relaxing poolside or playing in the dirt, theres nothing quite like fresh air and sunshine to energize your home improvement plans.


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    COVER STORYStaycation Getaways 10A Westerville-area family gets away from it all at home

    FEaTuRESDesign on Deck 15Resort-inspired dcor thats sure to garner five stars

    Night Lights 18Shed light on the outdoors for a home thats beautiful at all hours

    DEpaRTmEnTSGourmet Style 37Well-appointed outdoor kitchens are throwing luxury on the grill

    Happenings 42Find fresh, inspiring ideas on these local home and garden tours

    Great Outdoors 44Getting boxed-in just might be the best thing thats happened to gardening

    Our Backyard 54Get into the swim of things this summer10

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  • On the Cover

    10 Central Ohio Home & Garden summer 2010

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    Left: Glass doors on three sides of the 864 sq. ft. pool house open for an unspoiled view of both Hoover Reservoir and the family pool.

    Right: An adjacent dining patio provides a sunny spot to entertain guests while taking in the impressive scenery.

    getawaysLifes a beach in this WesterviLLe famiLys backyard oasisStory by Katherine harben PhotograPhS by John Knouff


  • On the Coversed to be, vacationing at home was a bit of a letdown. the resort-worthy amenities, white sand and ceru-lean sea of travel ad-vertisements trumped even the most well-landscaped backyard suburban hideaways.

    but in spite of being beach-challenged, many central ohioans are thinking ocean big. imaginative homeowners are creating outdoor escapes with plenty of sea-worthy splashing, sunshine and a view and vibe similar to those found in travel hotspots around the country.

    it is like having a vacation in your house, says a Westerville-area home- owner with a backyard getaway that would make any beach house envious.

    in order to create a staycation space reminiscent of their regular boating vacations to south florida, her family recently added a cabana-style building to their 9-year-old homes perch along the shoreline of the hoover reservoir, ac-

    companied by a large pool and scattered patio areas.

    We wanted it to be like, when youre sitting out there, you feel youre literally sitting on top of the water, she says.

    she, her husband and their two teen-age daughters use the pool house daily for entertaining, multiseason fun and family time. its the spot where husband and wife have their coffee on weekend mornings, and the whole family often cozies on the sectional to watch a game or movie. the family says theyve enter-tained as many as 40 guests in the space at once, without even coming close to maxing out their getaways capacity.

    to accommodate winter fun, the building is heated and features a stone fireplace that sits just below the big-screen tv.

    if we were going to do all this, we wanted to be able to utilize the pool house all year, so that it made more sense in a climate like this, says the home- owner.

    the cabana house also contains a full kitchen, lounge area, bathroom with shower and laundry room.

    When youre out there, you dont really need to come into the house, she says. its almost like having a little sum-mer house out there to me. When youre entertaining it makes it nice, especially with a bunch of kids and stuff. every-ones not tracking wet feet and towels and everything back into the house.

    comfort and ease of use are evident in every elegant detail of the space, although not at first. for starters, the ca-bana house features floor-to-ceiling glass

    12 Central Ohio Home & Garden summer 2010

    Uto accommodate Winter fun, the

    buiLding is heated and features a stone firepLace that sits just beLoW the

    big-screen tv.

    The pool house kitchen features a roll-top grill on a concrete countertop with a reclaimed barn-wood base. Along the

    wall, marble counters and white cabinets disguise a refrigerator, dishwasher and lots of storage.

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  • On the Coverwindows on almost every side that can be rolled back to create an open-air space or closed when its chilly outdoors.

    a stone floor is beautiful, yes, but also easy to sweep out. White-washed, wood-plank walls are a sophisticated nod to cape cod but also can be wiped down in minutes. marble countertops are pristine without being high-maintenance, and a dishwasher and refrigerator are hidden behind cabinetry.

    all of the furniture used in the space

    features washable and weather-resistant sunbrella fabrics whose beauty belies their worry-free status. and although the furniture looks made for the space, the homeowners actually steered away from fussy custom-made pieces in favor of custom-looking retail finds.

    We didnt want it to be a stuffy place, we wanted it to be able to be used by kids, she says. We wanted it comfort-able and family-oriented.

    theres a boat dock for easy water

    access, and the pool features a cover that retracts with the flip of a switch. the cover also helps the pool water retain warmth longer, thus extending the pools usefulness into ohios early fall.

    even the dcor is easygoing. With its palette of crisp whites and browns with pops of zebra print and aqua, along with its clean, modern lines, the space con-veys an easy, beach cottage vibe that is at once laid-back and designer-inspired. the self-contained entertainment zone is buoyed by high-end, yet rustic details such as a distressed copper hood over the concrete and reclaimed barn-wood kitchen island.

    you could go out there, enjoy the tv, enjoy the pool, enjoy lounging, read a book, says columbus-area interior decorator katie hixon. its like youre on vacation at a wonderful hotel, and you have this wonderful suite.

    hixon says the space is so successful at creating a staycation feeling because it juxtaposes the traditional country french style of the main house, while keeping everything muted and clean-lined enough not to compete with the backyard vistas. she also praised the homeowners for keeping peripheral ar-eas, such as a small patio and stone deck nearest the home, designed similarly to the indoors to avoid shifting decorating styles too abruptly.

    if you have the room to create a separate space like they did, you can have this just com-pletely different atmosphere than what you have in your home, hixon says. you need to have that break, you know, so its not so much like

    your house that you feel like you havent gotten away. the dcor still needs to be comfortable but be different enough to give you a fresh look and a fresh feeling.

    exactly, says the homeowner.they are totally different, which is

    how we wanted it to be, she agrees. We didnt want it to feel like the house we live in all the time.

    mostly, she and her family just wanted a space that quietly lent itself to enjoying their already escape-worthy view.

    you really cant beat this, she says. you have to remind yourself that its the middle of the week. im not on vacation.

    you really would not ever need to leave here in the summer.

    you couLd go out there, enjoy the tv, enjoy the pooL, enjoy Lounging,

    read a book. its Like youre on vacation at a WonderfuL hoteL.

    A cozy, white sectional, with pops of brightly colored pillows made from Sunbrella fabric, faces the large

    stone fireplace and recessed TV. Its a favorite spot for relaxing.

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    Best of Home

    Design on deckSophiStication SetS Sail with reSort-inSpired decorStory by Katherine harben

    W hether home- owners have their own cabana houses to deck out, or just a room theyd like to reimagine as their favorite beach resort, there are many ways to achieve a sophisti-cated seaside vibe no matter the address. With just a little effort or a whole boatload, homeowners can bring a touch of Nantucket, Bali or Miami Beach to any space, or transform an entire home into a vacation retreat with nary a tourist in sight.

    Central Ohio Home & Garden digs deep, with help from interior designer Katie Hixon, to unearth a trea-sure trove of resort-inspired design tips.

    ANcHors AWAyFew design aesthetics say classic beach resort like nautical-themed dcor. This on-trend yet timeless dcor style features sailboat motifs, canoe paddles, rope detail-ing, a navy-and-white palette and extras such as nostalgic weather-beaten signage.

    Nautical themes conjure images of families setting sail in crisp, matching polo shirts as the sun crests the horizon. Just dont overdo it; a little bit of

    nautical goes a long way.With design, its all about

    balance, so you dont want to overwhelm a space with just one pattern, Hixon says. you want it to be interesting without it dominating.

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