The Record Homescape 05-04-17

Homescape I N T E R I O R THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 D E S I G N • H O M E A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE RECORD Designed For Living: Faux is beau in this family room designed with man-made materials. 5H I M P R O V E M E N T SECTION H Go green and go healthy ARTWORK COURTESY OF PETER DALLISON Many of the homes painted by Peter Dallison are created in oil on canvas and are located in northern New Jersey. ARTWORK COURTESY OF THERESA TROISE HEIDEL Organic lawn care is a plus for the environment and homeowners By SUSAN HEBERT Homes along the Jersey Shore, including Spring Lake (above), are a specialty of watercolorist Theresa Troise Heidel. SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE Be they ever so humble... B homes immortalized by artists house portraits By KATHIE ROBITZ SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE T here’s no doubt about it, there’s no place like home — yours, that is. So have you ever thought of immortalizing it with a portrait? Many artists make a living doing it, and many homeowners are having it done. The word “home” evokes a lot of deeply felt emotions: love of family, a sense of belonging, feelings of comfort and security, among them. For many homeowners, the physical dwelling symbolizes all of these things as well as a lived-in history. A portrait created by hand is often a nostalgic tribute not only to the structure itself, but the lives lived within it. WHEN A SIMPLE SNAPSHOT WON’T DO Artist Peter Dallison, has been painting house portraits all over North America for more than 25 years. Much of that time has been spent capturing houses in oil on canvas in northern New Jersey, where he’s a resident of South Orange. Said Dallison, “For me it’s about the Artist Peter Dallison prefers to work on location and not from photographs when painting house portraits. sense of home. It’s funny; I thought at first it would be about status, but most of it [the motivation to commission a painting] is about emotion, the family and wanting to create a memory. Occa- sionally it’s somebody who’s just moved in, but most of the people I work for have usually been in the home a long time and their children have now grown. It’s a nice feeling they have about the home that’s part of it, too.” And the memories. COMING TO YOU LIVE “I actually paint on location. I set up an easel in front of the house, if I can. Sometimes I can’t because of circum- stances, but 80 percent of the time I’m on location.” The process is straightforward and takes from about four days up to about two weeks. “It starts with a phone call. Then I go there with a blank canvas and start the painting, first sketching, get- ting the proportions and the aesthetics down.” Dallison also enjoys the opportunity to interact people while on location. “When you’re there, the kids come up and have a look, and people come up and have a look, and it’s a kind of a nice way to make the painting. You feel like you’re part of it and get a little more out of it. But most people are not artists, and they don’t get highly involved in the See ARTISTS, Page 3H ARTWORK COURTESY OF JOSEPH SEBES Family members sit on the front steps of their home in this vibrant, watercolor house portrait by Joseph Sebes of Califon. usy homeowners with a little patience can have a healthy lawn and a healthy environment, as the ben- efits and techniques of organic lawn care become more commonly practiced. “An organic approach will take time and effort, so it is a long-term process,” said Joe Papa. The consultant with the Rutgers County Extension Service in Bergen County added that once people understand the method of organic lawn care, it ends up being better for the environment, for their health and the health of pets and wildlife living around them. But, he says, many consumers want a quick solution when it comes to greening up their lawns. PHOTO COURTESY OF BORST LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN Grass density and growth will keep the weeds and pests to a minimum in an organically grown and cared-for lawn. If the lawn has grass density and growth, it won’t have weeds and pests, which would eliminate the need to use environmentally unfriendly chemicals such as herbi- cides and pesticides. “If you feed the soil you in turn feed the plant. If you have healthy soil, you have healthy plants,” said Papa in summarizing the key to having an environmen- tally friendly lawn. He cautioned, though, that organic lawns will not be completely weed-free. The first step in the process of tending the lawn is to have the soil tested. “You want to establish your lawn from the soil up, so you need to know what’s in your soil before you can apply things to your lawn,” said Robert Malgieri, manager of Tree and Shrub Care at Borst Landscape and Design in Allendale. “The soil sample will tell you if your soil needs certain nutri- ents. But consumers can’t just buy an organic fertilizer off the shelf and expect it to have all the nutrients the soil needs. When you get it up to par though, there will be a minimum of weeds, insects and disease [in the lawn].” Papa agreed with Maglieri’s soil testing recommend- ation, and said Rutgers will do the testing and provide homeowners with advice based on the test results. “The soil test could recommend fertilization, or if they need lime, Rutgers will give the homeowner an application schedule to follow.” While it might seem the warming, moist spring season is the ideal time to seed the lawn, Papa said it’s best to wait until fall. “If you plant in the spring time, [the seeds] germi- nate, but don’t develop a good root structure; when grass is dormant in hot temperatures, the young grasses wither and die. The best time is in the autumn, so the plants develop and don’t have the heat.” But spring is the time to remove thatch and dead grass in the lawn. “It gets between the grass blade and root system, and doesn’ Ё܁ɽݥѕɥѼѡͽt)M=I9% A )Iѥ̃ad) I8=98)MA %0Q