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Brabantia: Designed for living

MANILA, Philippines – Have you ever spent more than two seconds thinking of garbage bins?” asked Danny den Hartog, Brabantia area sales manager for Asia Pacific, at the opening recently of Brabantia’s first store in the Philippines, located on the third floor of furniture concept store Dimensione in Bonifacio High Street.

Who would have thought that anything so mundane could be in the least bit interesting?   But there’s nothing ordinary about Brabantia waste bins, whether it be its silent closing system, fingerprint-proof coating, or its new flat-back design that makes it easy for it to stand neatly flushed against a wall or unit. In fact, Hartog ventures further to say that the iconic Brabantia wastebin is something you would not hesitate to show off in your living room to impress your visitors. Such elegance does not come cheap, but you spend thousands of dollars on an expensive sofa, Hartog observes, so why would you settle for a crappy $10 waste can? 

“Brabantia believes in creating products made with integrity, by people who care about quality,” Hartog says. And to back this up, Brabantia offers a 10-year warranty on many of their products.

The leading manufacturer of premium home products had its humble beginnings in a small Dutch town named Aalst in the Netherlands. The business was started by the Van Elderen family in 1919, producing milk cans, sieves and funnels.

It was in 1955 when they introduced their first range of pedal bins. The first waste bins featuring touch bin technology was introduced in 1999.  They continue to innovate, even encouraging customer participation wherein the winning designs in a global competition get  to be featured on their  waste bins. The Union Jack is one of the more popular designs, Hartog says. They have stainless steel garbage bins where you can segregate your non-biodegradable and biodegradable waste, complete with biodegradable plastic liners. With its securely fitted  lid, foul odor becomes the least of your worries.

Besides waste management products, Brabantia is also well known for their line of laundry essentials, kitchen tools and storage, as well as bathroom accessories.

 “Nobody likes ironing clothes,” Hartog remarks.  Imagine yourself living in your condo and faced with the formidable task of having to press your own clothes. Brabantia makes this chore “more fun” and yes, safer, with their thoughtfully designed ironing boards, which feature heat resistant covers made with the same material as a fire fighter’s suit. There are models with a built-in linen rack and which can carry as much as 80 kilos at the center and 25 kilos at its nose. You are assured of safety and comfort, and they are meant to last as well. Hartog says  his own grandmother’s ironing board is 40  years old.

Their most successful introduction in 2013 are the laundry bags in stylish design and colors such as purple, aqua, yellow and black. “They can even serve as beach bags which you can take to Boracay, or use to carry your kid‘s toys” Hartog says. The laundry bag serves the whole laundry cycle, as receptacle for collecting your dirty clothes, as a bag to transport clothes to the machine for washing and then, for ironing. “And this, all done in style,” Hartog adds.  Brabantia also offers “practical indoor and outdoor drying solutions that include WallFix and rotary dryers, pull-out drying lines as well as drying racks.”

In Holland, every family has at least seven Brabantia products in their home, Hartog says. “You can decorate every room of your house with a Brabantia product,” such as a stylish solar weighing scale in your bathroom or even a soft touch stainless steel toothpick holder on your dining table. You can buy the same specially designed corkscrew that Cathay Pacific has used  in their in-flight service. In Hong Kong, at least 2,000 Brabantia can openers are sold in a year,” says Rich King Teh of Garden Barn Inc., the official local distributor of Brabantia products.

While Brabantia products have been available in the Philippines through retail outlets such as Rustan’s and True Value, Hartog cites three important reasons why Brabantia decided to open its own store in the country.  “We want to show our full range of products in the Philippines all in one location. We also want more space to test new products we’d like to introduce in the market. And we want to get direct customer feedback,” Hartog shares.

They’ve given that customer a name, Anna. And a key question they’d like to know the answer to is, does she want to use their products? They have assumed a more emotional approach in their marketing — “from head to heart”, “from convincing to seducing,” Hartog says.

Brabantia products are “designed for living, wherever you live.”

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For information, call 833-1080, fax 832-5240, visit or  www.brabantia.com or e-mail admin@gardenbarn.com.ph.

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Whirlpool’s 4th-quarter results mixed

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. Whirlpool’s fourth-quarter net income increased 48 percent, buoyed by strong sales in North America and Latin America.

Adjusted earnings fell short of Wall Street’s expectations, but revenue was better than most analysts had projected.

The appliance maker, whose brands include KitchenAid, Maytag and its namesake, earned $181 million, or $2.26 per share, for the period ended Dec. 31. That’s up from $122 million, or $1.52 per share, a year ago.

Excluding certain items, earnings were $2.97 per share, a nickel shy of Wall Street expectations.

Revenue climbed 6 percent to $5.09 billion from $4.79 billion. Wall Street was looking for $5.02 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

North American sales rose about 9 percent to $2.7 billion. Sales in Latin America climbed to $1.4 billion from $1.3 billion. When stripping out currency effects and certain tax credits, Latin American sales increased more than 8 percent.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, sales rose to $847 million from $794 million. Excluding currency effects, those sales edged up about 1 percent.

Sales for Asia fell to $177 million from $203 million. Removing the impact of currency effects, the sales dropped about 7 percent mostly on industry softness in India.

For the year, Whirlpool Corp. earned $827 million, or $10.24 per share. In the prior year the Benton Harbor, Mich. company earned $401 million, or $5.06 per share.

Adjusted earnings were $10.02 per share.

Annual revenue increased 4 percent to $18.77 billion from $18.14 billion.

Whirlpool anticipates 2014 adjusted earnings of $12 to $12.50 per share. Analysts expect earnings of $12.29 per share.

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Catering to the building, furnishing needs of Cebuanos

FOCUS Global Cebu showroom

Truly the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is bustling with its real estate properties steadily growing in scope. Several construction companies and retail shops have opened in Cebu to cater to the building needs of Cebuanos.

TEMPUR showroom in Cebu

Wilcon Depot, the one-stop builders’ haven, has two huge branches on the island—one in Talisay City and the other in Mandaue City. At these Metro Cebu sites, home shoppers can browse and get ideas for everything needed to build and furnish a home or condo.

Any kind of renovation need—from painting and tiling to lighting and furnishing—is met at Wilcon Depot. The expert staff is training to assist with the clients’ requirements and recommend the desired tiles or fixtures.

Focus Global, the exclusive distributor of SieMatic, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Tempur and InSinkErator, also has a showroom in Cebu. Its showroom was inaugurated by the foreign principals of the best brands in the home furnishings industry flying in to grace the occasion.

Stephen Sy, president of Focus Global, said: “We are very excited to finally have solid presence in Cebu. With this new showroom, we will be able to deliver an even better buying- and after-sales experience for the existing Cebu clientele.”

DORNBRACHT bathrooms at Focus

Focus Global’s brands are the epitome of luxury, superior design and excellent craftsmanship. SieMatic, with over 80 years of experience in manufacturing kitchen cabinets for the premium segment, is represented in more than 60 countries all over the world. Miele, also from Germany, is now on its 113th year in the industry, with a rich tradition of developing state-of-the-art home appliances that take design and function to the next level.

Sub-Zero and Wolf, both from the United States, have been designing the ultimate in built-in refrigeration and cooking equipment for more than 60 years. These brands are best known for their iconic design, enduring quality and superior performance. InSinkErator, on the other hand, is the world’s largest manufacturer of food disposers. It has been in the industry since 1927 and is currently the best-selling food disposer brand in the market.

Tempur, the line of pressure-relieving mattresses and pillows from Denmark, has been earning raves since it was launched in 1991. It has been heralded as the biggest breakthrough in sleep technology in the last 75 years, and has enjoyed tremendous support from medical practitioners.

VILLEROY Boch bathrooms at Focus Global

The Focus Global Showroom is at the Design Center of Cebu on AS Fortuna Street in Mandaue. For inquiries, call 032-520-9888 or 238-7605 or visit its website  www.focusglobalinc.com. Closer to home, the Focus Global showroom on Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City has new brands in its portfolio.

Dornbracht is an international producer of high-quality designer fittings and accessories for bathroom and kitchen. In a league of its own, the company has garnered international design awards for its products and, since 1996, has also been acclaimed for its sustained commitment to culture.

Villeroy and Boch is a 260-year-old brand and is Germany’s leading manufacturer of ceramic ware.  Its  Bathroom and Wellness Division offers ceramic bathroom collections in a variety of styles and high-class bathroom furniture, coordinated fittings and accessories, as well as innovative showers, bath and whirlpool systems.

The entire Focus Global portfolio makes it a one-stop shop for home furnishing needs and one-step closer to its vision of bringing in only the best into the homes of discerning Filipinos.

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Wait over as Navy Gateway Inns and Suites reopens with a flourish

After nearly two years of intense redesign and refitting, the NAS Lemoore Gateway Inns Suites complex officially reopened Wednesday, Jan. 22 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour of the newly upgraded rooms.

Like the NEX Navy Lodge aboard station, Navy Gateway Inns Suites (NGIS) is a hotel for transient visitors and not permanent bachelor quarters. Boasting 141 effectively brand new guest rooms — 66 standard rooms, 72 suites and 3 DV suites — it can accommodate a wide variety of lodging needs for military travelers on orders to the area. Active duty and retired service members are welcome to stay at the NGIS, as well as Department of Defense civilians, either on TDY or simply at their leisure.

The $28 million renovation package began in February 2012 and contractors handed the building, which dates back to the origins of NAS Lemoore, back to the CSP Housing Director, Marina Betancourt, in October of 2013.

Soltek Pacific Construction and Bilbro Construction Company were the contractors awarded the project. Soltek renovated Bldgs 801, 804 (NGIS) and 908, 909 (Unaccompanied Housing). They broke ground in February 2012 projecting a completion date of May and September of 2013 but encountered some sub-surface structural obstacles. A foundation and sub-flooring issue found with one of the buildings delayed Soltek’s completion until Sept. 2013.

Bilbro renovated Bldgs 802 and 803. They broke ground Oct 2012 with a completion of Oct 2013.

Betancourt explained the reason for the makeover. “The buildings are old and this is the first significant major renovation since original construction as early as 1961. Renovation improves safety and structural integrity while saving energy, water and reduced maintenance costs. Major building deficiencies which were corrected were HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and ADA accessibility,” she stated.

A tour of the new rooms reveals how NAVFAC designers effectively gutted the old facility and remade it anew. Every new, redesigned room contains a modern flat screen TV, new beds and bedding, a kitchenette with a cook-top (as well as pots, pans and utensils), refrigerator-freezer and a microwave oven. Standard rooms are comparable in size to those found in some of the most expensive San Francisco theatre district boutique hotels. Suites add a small sitting room and L-shaped sofa to the standard-sized room and the DV suite adds an oversized bathroom, kitchenette and sitting room to the mix.

Bathrooms were also reconfigured for more a functional and spacious experience. Each building also has its own laundry room with state of the art washers and dryers. Disabled visitors were kept in mind with new, ADA accessible guest rooms. Rates for lodging are, by civilian standards, extremely reasonable, at $55 for as standard room, $65 for a suite and $79 for the DV suite.

“We are creating comfortable guest services for those we serve: today and tomorrow. There is nothing comparable off base for the value, “ said Betancourt.

NGIS employs 36 workers, while and additional 13 employees within the Housing Division support NGIS. Jobs range from custodians, housekeepers, laundry attendants, maintenance, quality assurance, front desk associates and managers and a general manager.

To reserve a room at the NAS Lemoore Navy Gateway Inns Suites, call their Front Desk at 559-998-4609 or call the Central Reservation Desk at 1-877-NAVY BED (1-877-628-9233).

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Spring Preview Museums: ‘Beyond Bollywood’ Passage to America

“We wanted a title that people have a reference for, but this is not about Bollywood,”
says curator Masum Momaya. “The exhibition is going to take you beyond what you know about Indians and Indian Americans,” though its color and design draw on Bollywood aesthetics. “The main wall colors are mango, magenta and bright plum. . . . Our culture is vibrant, so we wanted the gallery to reflect that.”

A focal point of the exhibition will be a dress by designer Naeem Khan worn by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House’s Governors Dinner in 2012.

According to the 2010 Census, 17 million people in the United States are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and by 2050, that it’s expected to be 41 million. Members of the Indian American community approached the Smithsonian about doing an exhibition in 2008, and curators began a concentrated effort to collect Indian American artifacts from around the country. The Smithsonian’s 137 million-object collection had objects from India, but few from Indian Americans.

The exhibition will begin with migrants not only from India, but Indians from the Caribbean, Africa and even South America; a population widely spread throughout the British Empire, of which India was once a part. It includes early immigration history as well as a look at Indian Americans’ concentration as cab drivers, motel and small business owners, doctors and software engineers.

In looking at fields in which Indian Americans are concentrated professionally, “we went for the most stereotypical ones with the idea of dismantling the stereotypes,” Momaya says.

“Arts and Activism” explores Indian Americans contributions to social justice movements, and a section on religion and spirituality looks specifically at yoga. But it will probably be the section on Indian American cultural contributions — food, fashion, dance, music — that will be the most easily recognizable and feel most resonant. A re-creation of a dining table found in an Indian American family home will feature eight place settings with each symbolizing a moment in food history. These includes the first Indian American restaurants, cookbooks and when grocery stores began selling Indian food.

And because so much food history is about family, ritual and lore, the section will have place settings on Thali — the Indian plates that travel well, hold piles of food and last decades. The American dish equivalent, Corelle dinnerware will be on the other side of the table. Indian Americans have “a cultural attraction to Corelle ware,” Momaya enthuses. She still has a set her parents gave her when she went to college. It was inexpensive, durable and families owned “one of three patterns that reminded people of India. Its texture, nuance, emotional resonance. People come in and see it and say wow, I have that same set of dishes in my cupboard today. It’s passing on history in a material sense, but also in terms of memory.”

Khan, who designed Michelle Obama’s one-shouldered, sequin- and crystal-embellished gown, hails from a centuries-long line of garment embroiderers from India’s Mughal Courts. Throughout the exhibition, that blending of very old, very traditional hallmarks of Indian culture will show up repeatedly, and in surprising ways, in American history and iconography.

“I see this exhibition as American history, not just Indian American history,” says Momaya. “There are so many parallels.”

“Beyond Bollywood:
Indian Americans
Shape the Nation”


opening Feb. 27 runs through Feb., 2015 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu.

Five others to watch



The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore
is on a roll — albeit a traditional roll, tinged with traces of British aristocracy. Coming off heightened interest in bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812, it is lending the original Francis Scott Key “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript to the National Museum of American History for two weeks in June, where it will be displayed, for the first time, with the flag that inspired its creation. An Feb. 6 lecture, “The Artistic Legacy of the Calverts and Arundells in England and America,” promises to add texture and meaning to historic Maryland names many of us know only as exits off the highway. The “Bootleggers Bash: Rebooted” offers a chance to dress up in Prohibition-era clothing, swill beerand celebrate Maryland history. The Historical Society keeps up with the costuming by sponsoring a March 1 bus trip to Winterthur Museum Garden and Library outside Wilmington, Del., to view original costumes from the hit series “Downton Abbey.” The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, 410-685-3750. www.mdhs.org.



The Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle
was the residence of local brewer and philanthropist Christian Heurich and is regarded as one of the most intact Victorian houses in the country. It closes yearly in January for maintenance and cleaning of the original furnishings and decorations, but will reopen Feb. 1 . A March launch for the book “Capital Beer” about the city’s beer history features beer tasting. In partnership with the In Series Opera, a salon-style concert, “The Romantics: Schubert and Goethe,” on April 11 and 12 focuses on early German romanticism. And it marks the first public concert using the museum’s hand-painted 1901 Steinway, given to Mrs. Heurich by Mr. Heurich after the birth of their son. The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire, Ave. NW, Washington. 202-429-1894. www.heurichhouse.org.

●The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art exhibition M
onuments Men: On the Frontline to Save Europe’s Art, 1942-1946,”
will be displayed from Feb. 7 to April 20 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Through photographs, official records, maps and audio interviews, it details the efforts by a special U.S. Army unit of curators, scholars, architects, librarians, and archivists from the U.S. and Britain — Monuments Men — to locate and recover major artworks stolen by the Nazis. With a Hollywood blockbuster of the same name as a tie-in, interest in these compelling pieces of World War II history will be high. “Monuments Men: On the Frontline to Save Europe’s Art, 1942-1946” is open Feb. 7 through April 20 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, 8th and F streets NW, Washington. 202-633-7940. www.aaa.si.edu.

●In 2012, natural disasters affected 32 states at a cost of over $100 billion and drew increasing attention to the urgency for builders and planners to help mitigate their effects. The Designing for Disaster
exhibition opening May 11 at the National Building Museum examines the risks from natural hazards and ways to design and build safer, more disaster-resilient communities. The objects, multimedia and graphics of this exhibition will look at a range of responses to earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. It will show homes on unprotected coastal wetlands, along with disaster-resistant housing and facilities the exhibition Web site says are designed to deal with at least one hazard in an “exemplary,” “pragmatic” and, in some cases, beautiful way. “Designing for Disaster” opens May 11 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

●This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. In keeping with examinations of art and stewardship in last year’s “Earth Matters” exhibition, Visions From the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone opens April 9. The exhibition of objects from regions typically associated with conflict and war refocuses attention on the peoples and cultures of the region, highlighting long histories of artwork in wood, ivory, stone, metal and textiles. “Visions From the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone” runs April 9 through August 17 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW., Washington. 202-633-4600. africa.si.edu.

●And just because its too irresistible to slide (or wiggle) under the radar, the Maryland Institute College of Art exhibition “Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque” promises a little springtime fancy. Opening April 22 and running through May 7, it examines the evolution of Baltimore burlesque — a combination of slapstick humor, dance and striptease — from its early 20th-century club roots to its current underground culture status, which includes “queerlesque” by members of the LGBT community and “boylesque,” performed by males. The exhibition includes posters, costumes and props, along with performers such as Paco Fish, Short Staxx and Tapitha Kix. “Workin’ the Tease,” April 22 through May 7 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-669-9200. www.mica.edu.

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Super Bowl Party Grilling Tips From Meat Specialist Pat LaFrieda Jr.

pat-lafrieda1.jpgPat LaFrieda Meat PurveyorsPat LaFrieda knows his meat.Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away and Miamians have one large advantage over just about anyplace in the country for the big game — It’s one of the few places warm enough to fire up the grill without your beer freezing inside the can!

With grilling for the game in mind, we asked meat maven Pat LaFrieda Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to give us some tips.

LaFrieda’s company services the finest establishments around the country including Manhattan, Las Vegas, and right here in Miami (you’ve probably seen the trucks parked beside your favorite restaurant).

When it comes to beef, LaFrieda’s your man. His family business processes meat that feeds over 300,000 people a day, with two dry-aging rooms that house the equivalent of 80,000 steaks. LaFrieda’s staff makes over 75,000 hamburgers daily from hundreds of custom blends, some of which Pat himself has created for major restaurants like Minetta Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Spotted Pig, and Shake Shack.

Here are Pat’s suggestions for making your Super Bowl grilling party (or any Sunday grill-time) a touchdown.

1. Do not buy packaged ground beef. Buy small amounts of different cuts of meat (the LaFrieda family recipe is equal parts of chuck, flat iron, boneless short rib, and brisket), then grind at home in your KitchenAid. To find out your ultimate blend of meat, think about what kind of steak you like, then “have a conversation with your butcher,” LaFrieda suggests.

2. Before cooking, only salt the meat, then add pepper before serving. Under high temperatures, the pepper could turn bitter. “It’s made a huge difference. It’s the best advice I ever got for cooking meat, in general.”

3. Sliders are popular at parties, but most slider buns are made too big for pre-made sliders, which are one-two ounces of meat. To solve this problem, make three ounce sliders. Same goes for full-sized burgers. If your bun is too big, cut it to fit the meat. “If your first bite of burger is just bread and condiments, you’ve lost the battle.”

4. “When grilling outdoors, start your fire at least a half hour before you start cooking to make sure you reach the temperature you need to get a good sear.”

5. “When shopping for steak for a party, ask your butcher for outside skirt steak. There’s nothing more economical or flavorful. It’s not the most tender, but skirt steak is where all the flavor is.” LaFrieda suggests slicing the steak and serving on a garlic roll.

6. “A great, easy steak marinade is my five-minute marinade. Take equal parts brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, then add a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Make it into a syrupy mix, then dredge the steaks through. You’ll get a great color and the sugar tenderizes the steak a bit.”

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A Harbor Springs Home with Unexpected Luxury

Look inside a rustic, surprise-ridden Harbor Springs home with Northern Home Cottage editor Lissa Edwards.

Trees as furniture, a boulder for a mantel and a Spartan basketball court off the rec room. The Darntons prove it’s fun to let your imagination roam.

The heavy, handcrafted pine front door with its thick, Medieval-style wrought-iron hinges is a striking clue about the statement that Dick and Karen Darnton’s home makes: rustic, unexpected, a little magical. In all but the hottest season, a fire licks and crackles from the cairnlike fireplace that Dick designed and built from carefully chosen boulders. The headstone, a behemoth placed in lieu of a traditional mantel, is an unusual hunk of limestone, tumbled smooth as it was by glaciers eons ago. There’s a colossal pudding stone in the fireplace facade, too, as well as several boulders taken right off this 10 acres on a bluff above Little Traverse Bay, outside of Harbor Springs.

The fascinations continue. Timbers salvaged from the renovation of historic Holy Childhood Church help hold up the home. The beams had been hewn for over a century when the Darntons brought them to the site. Add that pedigree to the timbers’ hundreds of growth rings, and you can imagine the pre-Columbian story these trees might tell. The flooring in the great room and kitchen is a random medley of hardwood species that Dick culled from building sites. A reading nook fashioned from a hollowed, split log all but calls for you, a book and a cup of coffee. The twig, sapling and wood slab staircase (made from Upper Peninsula deer camp trees) curls its way to the upstairs.

“Whenever we walk in the woods we come back with ideas,” Karen says.

Literally.

“We have a big chainsaw mill that we take right in the woods with us,” Dick says. If the couple finds a unique tree, they can make some lumber on the spot.
What may read like a do-it-yourself Middle Earth fantasy is in reality an ordered, thought-out plan that stems from this couple’s long experience in the build and design world. Dick has been at the helm of Darnton Builders for 30 years. Before she joined the family company several years ago, Karen worked as a kitchen designer and in a home accessories boutique. It’s a yin and yang partnership that culminates in homes with a wonderful balance of creativity and function. Needless to say, when the Darntons went to build this house, a home where they would raise their two sons (now in their 20s) and entertain their large extended family, they knew what they wanted.

For Dick, the design had to be as practical as it was beautiful. For example, he wanted a log home, but by building a hybrid (using half logs applied to the exterior of a stick built frame) he ended up with same look for less money and gained more insulation. And that fireplace? The firebox is a high-efficiency Rumford design that puts out as much heat as a woodstove.

Karen’s wish list began with her walk-in pantry, wedged between the kitchen and the door to the garage. The placement is perfect for an easy grocery drop and just as perfect for storing china and serving dishes. Small touches including a double-hung window that looks out into the forest, a white-enameled tin ceiling, white beadboard walls and boxwood green shelving bring rustic elegance to the small space.

Karen played out this unexpected luxury theme again in the master bathroom, where a chandelier hangs over a clawfoot tub the couple salvaged from a summer cottage restoration. Karen went on to set off the tub vignette with white curtains hung behind antique corbels mounted on the walls and ceiling. There are also windows that look out at the forest where deer browse.

Over the years, the Darntons have used the home to prove to their clients that their dreams can become reality. Or, how their clients’ kids’ dreams can come true. Case in point: When, years ago, the boys asked Dick for an MSU Spartan-embossed basketball court off their rec room, he revved up his backhoe.

Visit ShopMyNorth.com to purchase the February edition of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, which features the February/March edition of Northern Home Cottage

 

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