How to Achieve Zen With Serene Home Spaces
business opened in 2000. Having built more than 680 shoji screens, Maloney exclusively specifies Johnson
Hardware. Through the years, Maloney has tried several door hardware systems from manufacturers all over the world.
When requested to create a space for guests to relax within a home office, Maloney designed a private guest area behind subtle and demure sliding shoji panels inspired by the calming view of the ocean. “Shoji screens can transform the feel of a space. The softly diffused light that passes through the screens and crisp lines of the panels are calming on the soul,” says Malo- ney. With the space-optimizing screens, the large room transformed into two distinct settings by maximizing existing square footage while infusing a Zen-like atmosphere. Perfect for saving space, adding privacy and creating versatile floor plans, the soft light and calming design of shoji screens can transform any space, big or small.
When you want dramatic sliding shoji screens to elegantly re-allocate room space, Johnson‚Äôs Multi-Pass hardware, as used in this home‚Äôs guest and office space, can support three doors weighing up to 300lbs. each
A home is meant to be a calm retreat from chaos. Drawing from 8th century design inspi-
ration, shoji screens are sliding wood panels that incorporate rice paper stretched over the frame. Letting in soft light, the rice paper remains opaque and adds a calming effect with the rhythmic designs of the wood. Many homeowners today include shoji screens in their spaces to harness functional design with inspired style. Terrance Maloney, of Portlandshojiscreen.com
, chooses sliding door hardware he can trust for all his modern and functional shoji screens. Maloney built his first shoji screen in 1980 and creates standout screens for commercial and residential spaces. With intelligent design and versatile product lines, he’s been able to provide his customers flawless work since his
“No one wants a shoji screen that does not open and close smoothly. Bumps in the track, bouncing doors or screens that fall off the track are frustrating,” says Maloney. Shoji screens create a Zen-like atmosphere, but se- lecting the wrong door hardware can cause unnecessary frustration. Maloney relies on the smooth operation of Johnson Hardware products to create serene spaces with his unique and custom shoji screens. “With Johnson, there is never an issue,” says Maloney. The stringent testing of all Johnson Hard- ware products to ANSI standards, along with intelligent design, keeps all his customers’ shoji screens gliding smoothing for years and years and makes callbacks virtually non-existent. Versatile door hardware has allowed Maloney to design for a wide
variety of spaces and needs. “I’ve used Sliding, Bifold, Multi-Pass, Wall Mount and Pocket Door Hardware from Johnson and I’ve never had a problem,” says Maloney. Some of his past projects include a set of three 10 foottall sliding screens for a custom home, sliding panels for law offices, as well as expansive 5 foot wide sliding screens for a women’s spa. According to Maloney, “Johnson Hardware provides a cost effec- tive solution and makes the best hardware for my shoji screens.” For more information, please contact Johnson Hardware at 2100 Ster-
ling Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516; 800-837-5664, www.jo
hnsonhardware. com or on Twitter @JohnsonHrdware. To see other customer projects visit, http://www.johnsonhardware.com/submitphotogal.htm
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2011 Impr Homeovement Enjoying the Fall Garden’s Bountiful Harvest
When the calendar turns to fall months, tem-
peratures drop and local football teams come to mind. With the approach of the cooler weather, many of us also begin to yearn for the warmth of comfort foods like hearty soups and stews or freshly baked pies, but these traditional favorites need not be boring and unhealthy. A modern take on comfort foods uses what is fresh and available during the season, but also explores new ingredi- ents and stretches your imagination to look at old ingredients or recipes in new ways. Regardless of where in the country you live, fall produce is becoming abundantly available. For some regions, families have begun making their annual pilgrimage to the local orchard to pick apples or pears, and pumpkins are maturing in the backyard garden waiting to be turned into jack-
o-lanterns. But even if these crops aren’t possible to grow in your area, fresh autumn favorites like pumpkins, apples, parsnips and kale are still most likely making frequent appearances at local farm- ers markets and grocery stores.
Roast them, stew them, can them or bake them. Pumpkin, squash, root vegetables, apples and pears make for great cuisine that the whole family can enjoy. For a new take on old favorites, try add- ing rutabaga slices to your au gratin potato recipe or pop some cubed squash in while cooking up your family’s favorite beef stew. Get the whole family involved and take the kids along to the market to find new vegetables to sample. Getting everyone interested in new flavors can be exciting. Sample some unfamil- iar items and find new favorites. Kids will enjoy
comparing the flavors of roasted carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, yams, potatoes, jicama and squash when marinated in a dressing of olive oil, bal- samic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Decide which flavors your family prefers and make this a seasonal tradition to cook up together annually.
Whether you’ve grown your own produce or
pick it up at the market, America’s Test Kitchen and Miracle-Gro have teamed up to provide fresh new recipes and tips on fall gardening at www. scotts.com/GroYourOwn
. Sample some of these delicious recipes while incorporating fall plants and produce into the menu and even learn which fall crops are best to grow in your area of the country.
Of course, nothing compares with the satisfac-
tion of growing your own produce. Even if you didn’t plant a garden this year, why not make plans for one next year? With just a sunny place for a container on the balcony or a small plot in the backyard, you can easily plant your own gar- den to grow fresh squash, rutabagas or carrots in the spring to be enjoyed by your family next fall. If you prefer the crunch of a freshly picked apple, try planting a dwarf apple tree instead. As the temperatures drop, enjoy the season’s
harvest by incorporating locally grown produce into the menu. Start reviewing new recipes to try for family and friends and test their reactions. With the hearty flavors of freshly grown and har- vested vegetables from the garden, everyone will be clamoring for more.
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