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Vogue designing Stock’s Merano model at Lakewood Ranch

Vogue Interiors’ Sheila Corasaniti, IDS, and Salvatore Giso, IDS, have been selected to design the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ Merano model at Lakewood Ranch. Along with 3,600 square feet under air, the Merano also features 868 square feet of covered lanai space.

The floor plan includes three bedrooms plus a bonus room that can serve as a fourth bedroom, three baths plus a pool bath that also functions as a powder room, a study, a large great room, island kitchen, and dining area, and a three-car garage. The great room opens to a lanai with a year-round kitchen, fireplace, spa, and a pool with a sun shelf. The bonus room is being configured as a second master suite in the model.

Corasaniti and Giso have infused their design concept with natural elements, such as live edge furniture pieces and a white birch tree that makes a striking statement in the great room. Their organic off-white and chocolate brown color scheme will be simple in color yet striking to the eye. The contrasting colors will be juxtaposed throughout the home. Off-white walls and high-gloss off-white porcelain tile flooring will provide a foundation for the juxtaposition with accessories and furnishings that reinforce the organic feeling.

The Merano’s double-door entry will open to a foyer with a niche wall featuring a substantial console table with an iron base that resembles tree branches holding up a slab of wood. The console will establish the natural feeling of the design. An art piece will be set above the console. Another reference to nature will be made with a contrasting tile inset in the floor that will be set in a herringbone pattern intended to conjure the look and feeling of waves of water running in a stream.

Columns flanking the end of the foyer will announce the entry into the great room that will feature beamed ceiling details bedecked with a chocolate brown wall covering material that has a wood-like texture. A built-in on the feature wall will include brown cabinetry topped by a marble counter with down lighting and media component storage underneath. The center section of wall above the marble counter will be framed with chocolate brown boxes, a large box to accommodate the television, and three smaller boxes above the television for accessories.

Off-white columns will define the television space. Off-white storage benches, tucked under the counter that will extend to either side of the television wall treatment and white accessories, will combine with the columns and off-white wall tones to provide a dramatic note of contrast to the television space’s deep chocolate brown tone. A larger floor-to-ceiling niche to the right of the television wall and built-in cabinetry will host the white birch tree and a third off-white column to the far right side.

The furnishings in the great room will be anchored by a chocolate toned shag rug that will contrast the off-white flooring. The majority of the furnishings are accented with chocolate brown against a velveteen, chenille style fabric, including an off-white chenille sofa and a pair of off-white side chairs. A single chair wood frame chair with a slatted back is finished with chocolate brown fabric. A unique 51-by-51-inch glass-topped cocktail table has a base fashioned with hundreds of individual vertical sticks of wood that have been joined together to form a solid base. Drum-like see through end tables with smoked-glass tops will have a dark finish. A sofa table will emulate the console piece found in the foyer.

The look in the dining area will continue the contrasting light and dark tones. The dark dining table will include a beveled edge with a painted platinum finish. The table will play against chairs with a similar platinum finish and white linen fabric. A light, airy blown glass and dark metal lighting fixture with the look of green bottle glass coins will be suspended over the table. Off-white draperies will match the draperies flanking the sliders in the great room that open to the outdoor living area. An art piece or oversized mirror will grace the accent wall.

The kitchen’s island base and perimeter cabinetry will be presented with a light taupe finish topped by off-white granite counter tops with wisps of dark brown, black and charcoal accent veining. The pendant lighting over the island will mimic the lighting fixture in the dining area. A backsplash on the perimeter will be finished with off-white marble subway tile.

Corasaniti and Giso will introduce equestrian references in the study, including a hair on hide rug in cream and brown tones and an oversized photograph of a rider on horseback. An elaborate ceiling detail features two suspended squares and beams that run front to back across the ceiling and then continue down the wall where they become part of the room’s shelving system. The beams contrast a cream-toned chagrin desk and the same off-white that are used throughout the home to soften each space while adding a subtle hint of texture.

The master bedroom’s sitting area will include a pair of linen slip-covered chairs and open to the lanai’s conversation area and fireplace. While continuing the home’s chocolate brown and off-white color scheme, the bedroom will showcase a headboard treatment applied to the wall and divided into four large rectangles upholstered in an off-white fabric. Custom bedding with a suede-like horn and buckle feeling will match the zigzag pattern found on the pillows and also feature a border that matches the shams. Transitional night stands with a bow front and a dresser with a bow front in the center section will be presented with an espresso finish, an intentionally simplified look that will not distract the eye from the patterns featured in the bedding.

The large format off-white porcelain tile flooring will continue in the master bath where the vanity cabinetry will be presented in a light taupe tone with dark brown quartz counter tops. The off-white tile continues into the shower that will include a wide vertical dark brown glass tile accent border. Off-white wallpaper will feature a linear, wavy texture.

A fireplace on the lanai will be finished with smooth stucco and river pattern 24-by-24-inch tile in a straight horizontal stack. A recessed area above the fireplace will accommodate a television that will float between stucco columns with smooth banding. A sitting area at the fireplace and just outside the master bedroom will include a love seat, two chairs, and a cocktail ottoman anchored by an area rug. A pair of sofas will provide a second sitting area just outside the great room. The summer kitchen’s cabinetry will be in a gray driftwood tone and will be topped by a granite counter. The dining table will seat six. A separate area on the pool deck will feature a fire pit and seating for four.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Vogue provides design services to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Online at

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Hidden treasures: People dust off antiques to get an appraisal — and a few surprises

The stories were as different as they items they hauled in.

The question was the same, though:

How much is it worth?

Dozens received an answer, with a few pleasantly surprised by antiques appraiser Mark Moran’s assessment.

Moran, a former senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books and an appraiser for the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” spent a few hours in Jacksonville on Thursday. He set up shop at Jacksonville Savings Bank and invited people to bring their antiques, collectibles and decorative arts for a review.

Louise Bunch of Jacksonville looked confident as she put a beautiful vintage camera on the table.

Almost immediately, Moran identified it as a Zeiss Ikon Contessa, a German high-end camera made up until 1971.

“This is an excellent model, it’s the Contessa,” Moran said. “These are among the finest cameras ever made. … The problem with these cameras today is not the cameras, it’s the film, trying to find film for them because everything is digital.”

The camera was appraised about $50. Bunch also had a Chinese bowl of prosperity and a republishing of Shakespearean works.

Roberta Lindell of Jacksonville brought in a hand-painted bowl and saucer. Moran identified them as a work done around the turn of the century by Morimura Bros.

“They produced more ceramics like this — this wonderful bone china — than any other company,” Moran said. “They were very successful before World War II.”

The bowl was appraised at $30. Lindell also brought in a Transferware bowl Moran determined had “decorative value.”

Transferware used a decorative technique developed in England in the mid-18th century to transfer patterns onto ceramics. It was commonly used for dinnerware and other delicate items.

When it comes to antiques, looks can sometimes be deceiving.

“A lady came into one of my appraisal events once and she said ‘this is our family soup tureen’,” he said. “I said ‘actually, that’s a chamber pot.’ I can’t make these up.”

Shirley Walden of Jacksonville brought in a green, leather-bound book — appropriately, a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” In mint condition, Moran said, the book could easily go for $650. Even though he didn’t appraise Walden’s copy that high, a quick search found someone looking for that exact book and Moran recommended offer it for $300.

One of the best-valued items came from Jim Robinson of Jacksonville, who had brought in a match dispenser he received for cleaning a business. The nickel-plated dispenser had a little wear but was in relatively good condition.

Moran searched and found an exact match.

“This is the one-cent Griffin box match dispenser made by Northwestern,” Moran said. “That is your dispenser and it sold in 2014 for 1,200 bucks.”

“Oh my,” Robinson exclaimed, hands on his chest and gasps coming from the crowd.

“That’s a lot for a matchbox dispenser,” Moran said. “That was fun.”

By Nick Draper

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Nick Draper can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1223, or on Twitter @nick_draper.

Nick Draper can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1223, or on Twitter @nick_draper.

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Music and hats: 5 things to do this week in Maynard, Stow and beyond

1. STROLL DOWNTOWN FOR ART AND MUSIC The Maynard Business Alliance will hold its fifth annual Spring ArtWalk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 in various places on Main and Nason streets in downtown Maynard. There will be art on display, entertainment, a free raffle, and local restaurants will offer discounts.

2. WATCH A PLAY Acme Theater’s production of “Brooklyn Boy,” continues at 8 p.m., May 5-6, at 61 Summer St. in Maynard. Tickets are $19; $17 for seniors, students and those with a military ID. Visit or call the box office at 978-823-0003.

3. FIND A BARGAIN A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. May 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6, at Highrock Stow Chapel, 317 Great Road. There will be gently-used clothes, kitchen items, home decor, furniture and toys, at bargain prices. All proceeds will benefit the work of Ann’s Community Dinner, a free monthly meal. Call 978-897-2328 or email

4. MAKE A HAT Come dressed to the nines and make a Kentucky Derby hat while sipping on mint juleps from 5 to 8 p.m., May 6, at The Red Raven, 3 Nagog Park in Acton. Denise Shea of Denishe Hats will help participants embellish hats and Rachael Bankey, owner of Raspberry Beret Maynard, will help coordinate the hats with spring fashions and accessories. Brent Mathison of Brent Mathison Photography will take photos. Tickets are $40 and include a basic brimmed hat, embellishments and a fresh mint julep. Proceeds benefit the Assabet Village Coop. Visit

5. LISTEN TO THE BAND The Nashoba Symphonic Band will present a concert titled “Hands Across the Sea, at 3 p.m. May 7, at Nashoba Regional High School auditorium, 12 Green Road in Bolton. The concert will feature music from Great Britain to the U.S. Admisson is free. Refreshments will be offered during intermission. Visit

Do you have a suggestion for 5 Things? Please email the details, with a photo if you have one, to Visit the Randall Library in Stow and the Maynard Public Library for discounted passes to some of the venues.


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New Bespoke Kitchen Fitters Service In Bristol & Bath Announce Company Formation

(MENAFN Editorial) Newly formed Jointly owned business ,Fresh Fit Installations, based in Bath, Somerset, specializing in bespoke fitted kitchens installation, will be offering their standard and bespoke services initially to clientele within the Bristol, Bath, W.S.Mare and Swindon areas.

For more information about services provided visit:

Founded as a limited company in 2017, Fresh Fit Installations Ltd is owned and run by two lifelong friends and work companions, Stuart Angell and Anthony Cook. Both have had a shared a vision of one day, combining each others vast knowledge and differing skill sets to from their own business.

Angell expalined

For a long time both Ant (Anthony) and I have wanted to offer our own services to the general public. Both of us are kind of obsessed with the quality of our work and finish, and we take pride and get great satisfaction from doing a great job. By the formation of Fresh Fit Installations Ltd both Ant and I can take control of standards of finish and installation procedures”

Angell went on to say

We arereally excited to be able to offer our services. We also have plans to expand, not only in areas we service but also the services we offer. I myself (Angell) am a qualified carpenter. Loft conversions and roof extensions are also a specialty of mine. I envisage that within 12 months from now will be in a position to offer theses extra home improvement services.We are at this moment in time adding to our already highly skilled team of professional tradesmen. Also, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Anthony and myself to thank both our wives for helping us turn our dreams of taking Fresh Fit Installations from an idea into a real business. We truly appreciate it

Besides bespoke kitchen installations, Fresh Fit Installations also cater for customers who prefer ready made kitchen furniture and accessories. Modern designs and differing materials all add to the spice and excitement of choosing, palnning and buying a new kitchen.

For more information,visit [Fresh Fit Installations]( website.


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PGA chief: Trump is good for golf

PGA chief: Trump is good for golfIan MacNicol/Getty Images

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – President Trump gets a lot of grief for playing so much golf. One person who’s definitely not complaining: The head of the PGA of America.

CEO Peter Bevacqua told CNNMoney he sees the president’s golf habit as a good thing for the growth of the sport.

“You want the right kind of attention, but when you have the president playing golf and saying that golf is a good thing, that’s good for the game,” Bevacqua said.

“President Obama was good for the game,” he added. “President Clinton was good for the game. I think President Trump, again, being a proponent of the game, understanding the power of the game, is good.”

Trump criticized Obama for playing golf in office, and said he himself would be too busy to play if he were elected. But Friday marked Trump’s 21st day at one of his own golf clubs since taking office.

He says he isn’t always playing golf on those trips, but the press has sometimes been kept out of view and can’t verify that.

Trump played a lot of golf long before he became president, and Bevacqua said Trump contributed to the sport’s growth as a private citizen. He noted that the Trump Organization, the president’s business empire, employs many PGA pros on its 12 U.S. golf courses.

The PGA holds five major, moneymaking tournaments for pro golfers, but its main job is to grow the game in the United States and support golf pros at clubs, who introduce newcomers to the sport.

That makes it distinct from the PGA Tour, which serves pro golfers, and the U.S. Golf Association, which is the sport’s governing body in the United States and Mexico and oversees courses and clubs.

In 2015, shortly after Trump announced for president and called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, the PGA pulled the Grand Slam of Golf and the Junior League Golf Championship, a tournament for children and teens, from Trump’s course outside Los Angeles.

The Grand Slam was canceled indefinitely, but the Junior League tournament is still being played. Bevacqua insisted that moving the two tournaments was about loosening up a tight schedule, not politics.

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is still scheduled for Trump’s course near Washington later this month. And the 2022 PGA Championship will be played at Trump’s course in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending this weekend.

In this political climate, holding a golf tournament at a Trump course inevitably makes a statement, but Bevacqua insists that’s not the PGA’s intent.

“We go do venues that we think, and know, can conduct major championships on golf courses that have very demonstrably open membership policies,” Bevacqua said. “We’ve always kind of put our head down and said, hey, this is why we’re going to these championship sites, and we’re not going to become part of presidential politics or any politics for that matter.”

Bevacqua sees Trump’s passion for golf as an opportunity to get more publicly funded courses built in the United States. Under the New Deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt oversaw the building of more than 250 public golf courses.

“That’s a powerful story because those golf courses are open to everybody, they’re very affordable, and now we’re bringing golf’s best and one of golf’s major championships to those public venues year after year. We think that’s a powerful signal for the game,” Bevacqua said.

The White House declined to comment on the possibility of such a public works project. But Trump, in an interview with Golf Digest in 2014, said he thinks golf was “always meant to be” an elite sport.

That is in conflict with what Bevacqua has said is one of the goals of the PGA — changing the perception that golf is expensive and not for everyone.

“They’re working so hard to make golf, as they say, ‘a game of the people,'” Trump said at the time. “I think golf should be a game that the people want to aspire to through success.”

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The best immersion blenders you can buy – Business Insider

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The Insider Pick:

Immersion blenders are a dream come true for the smoothie lover, nut-butter maker, or mom who prefers making her own baby food. They’re easy to use, don’t take up much storage space, rinse or wash clean without fuss, and make preparing a fruit-shake breakfast on the run a breeze.

Although you can chop or grind in a food processor and blend or puree in a countertop blender, using an immersion blender – often called a stick or hand blender – makes it so much easier. Once you buy a stick blender, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for it far more often than its larger kitchen cousins.

We researched all the most popular and recommended immersion blenders, looking for those that deliver the most bang for your buck. For the most part, stick blenders are a relatively inexpensive kitchen appliance, so even our top pick won’t break your budget; but just in case, we’ll give you some less expensive choices as well.

What to look for in an immersion blender

Stick blenders are fairly straightforward, but there are a few things to know before choosing one.

  • How powerful is the motor? While an immersion blender isn’t going to beat your countertop blender in a duel, an effective stick blender needs at least 200 watts of power. In general, the more power, the better it will do when mixing and chopping ingredients into creamy smoothness.
  • How many speeds does it have? The most basic immersion blenders have two speeds, but some offer five or more. While two speeds are perfectly sufficient for occasional mixing or blending, you’ll enjoy having more choices if you use your stick blender regularly. That’s especially true if you are chopping nuts or herbs, or mixing thick soups or purees.
  • Cord or cordless? While cordless hand blenders are great for use at the office, in a kitchen without many outlets, or while camping, you’ll usually pay for that versatility with less power. However, cordless immersion blenders do have their benefits, so we have a recommendation if you prefer to unplug.
  • How about accessories? Less-expensive stick blenders don’t typically include much in the way of accessories, but many models come with some handy extras, such as mixing or chopping cups, whisks, or even an electric knife attachment.
  • Plastic or stainless steel? While just about every hand blender has steel blades, the more expensive models typically have stainless steel shafts, as well. Less expensive immersion blenders are likely to have plastic shafts. While not a deal-breaker, plastic is more likely to warp or crack, and white plastic may stain if you frequently mix strongly colored ingredients like tomatoes or beets.
  • Is it easy to clean? Some immersion blenders have detachable shafts for easy cleanup in the dishwasher. If not, you’ll have to rinse the shaft and blade assembly by hand.

Choosing your immersion blender

When shopping for a stick blender, consider how you’ll be using it. If you simply want to mix protein powder and water, a basic, inexpensive model will be sufficient. If you love blending thick fruit smoothies, pureed baby food, creamy soups, or homemade mayonnaise, you’ll be happier with a hand blender with several speeds and more power. If you want to chop nuts or herbs, a chopper attachment is a handy accessory.

If you’ll be using your immersion blender regularly, perhaps each morning to whip up a smoothie or power juice, it’s also important to choose a model that feels comfortable in your hand, switches on and off easily, and doesn’t vibrate excessively or become hot during use.

Easy breakfast smoothie

In case you’re wondering what you can do with a hand blender, we have a recipe for you to try.

No need to grab a donut or wait online at the nearest coffee shop when you have a hand blender. Instead, quickly whip up a refreshing, healthy breakfast that you can take with you on the busiest mornings.

Blend together:

  • 1 small banana
  • ½ cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 small orange
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Pour into your favorite travel cup and enjoy!

Although the Breville BSB510XLControl Grip Immersion Blender is our top pick, for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick, the Cuisinart CSB-300 Smart Stick, the OXO On Digital Immersion Blender, and the KitchenAid KHB2561CU 5-Speed Hand Blender.

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Loveland’s Eclectic House adds aprons and kitchen accessories by Cooking with Style – Loveland Reporter

In addition to aprons and kitchen accessories, Rosario Medina makes diaper stackers, shown here Tuesday.

Loveland resident Rosario Medina has started selling her aprons and kitchen accessories at the Eclectic House artisan market, 528 N. Cleveland Ave. in downtown Loveland.

Medina’s business, Cooking with Style, or Cociando con Estilo, has been in operation for about a year on its Facebook page,, according to Medina’s daughter, Karina Ledez.

Medina opened a booth at the Eclectic House in March.

“She makes anything — accessories for your kitchen from curtains to aprons to the little towels that hang on your oven door. She makes them into dresses,” Ledez said.

Medina can sew aprons for men, women or children; she also makes waterproof ones for restaurant dishwashers and can personalize an apron with a company logo, accents or jewels, her daughter said.

Aprons start at $15 for adults and $7 for children, and a matched set of apron, hand towel and potholder runs $25, she said.

To contact Medina, call 970-820-7991. The Eclectic House, which is open Tuesday through Sunday, can be reached at 970-667-2499.

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