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Aiken Augusta Audio

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Smart Home Technology provides homeowners security, comfort, convenience and energy efficiency by allowing them to control smart devices, often by a smart home app on their smartphone or other networked device. Installation of smart products give the home and its occupants various benefits — the same benefits that technology and personal computing have brought to us over the past 30 years — convenience and savings of time, money and energy.

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Staying Power

In The Home

Photography by Sally Kolar

With a swimming pool, backyard porches and lots of flowering plants, this Bartram Trail home is the perfect place for an Evans couple to enjoy year-round staycations.

Anyone who lives in paradise knows it’s an experience to be savored – whether they’re sharing the space with friends or enjoying the solitude. Just ask Evans residents Karyn and Paul Edmondson.

They have all the amenities they need to entertain, which they love to do, at their Bartram Trail residence. However, when it’s just the two of them at home, the empty nesters, who own two small businesses and have four children between them, can relax in a haven of peace and tranquility.

At the end of a busy day, Karyn loves to settle in the soaking tub in their newly remodeled master bath and tell Alexa to play calming music while she relaxes with a glass of wine. If Paul tries to take that opportunity to discuss business with her, well, Karyn isn’t having it.

“I tell him, ‘We’re not working right now. We’re on vacation,’” she says. “Because we’re in the heating and air business, we don’t get to take much vacation in the summer.”

However, they don’t need to go far to find an escape. “We have staycations in the yard,” says Paul.

Carefree State of Mind
About eight years ago, they built a swimming pool, complete with tanning shelves, in the backyard. Lush flowerbeds filled with beautiful plants like cala lilies, dahlias and lily of the Nile are nestled in the curves of the pool on the surrounding salt pit concrete decking.

“I didn’t want the deck to look brand new,” says Karyn.

The sound of water soothingly trickles down a stacked stone wall in the backyard koi pond, creating a carefree state of mind.

“It’s so nice when the breeze comes through and you can hear the water,” Karyn says. “We actually feel like we’re on vacation.”

Even if their home feels like a resort, the Edmondsons have put a lot of work into it. They moved into the house in 2006, putting a contract on it before it was complete so they were able to pick out the materials they wanted. Through the years, however, they have remodeled the entire house.

Four or five years ago, they renovated the kitchen to create a space that not only is functional. It’s also a great place to spend time.

Rich with various textures, the kitchen features a tongue-and-groove pine wood ceiling and tile flooring with a brick look. The copper hammered farmhouse sink has a curved apron front, and the tile backsplash called “grunge” adds to the room’s rustic, farmhouse look. A decorative tile inset accents the wall above the range, and the range hood, which Paul ordered from Mexico, is made of stainless steel, iron and copper.

The room also includes marble countertops, barn door cabinets, a pot filler and a large island. Sitting on the end of the island is a wood riser that Paul made from the base of a cedar tree. Typically, it is a display space for flowers, candles and other accessories. However, Karyn says, “When we have parties, I use it for my charcuterie board.”

Paul used the rest of the tree to make large cheese boards. He got a lot of the lumber he uses for woodworking projects from a friend’s farm in Thomson when he tore down some old buildings on the property. “A lot of the things I make are Karyn’s idea,” Paul says. “She is very creative – and a great cook.”

A chest stands at either end of the island to provide additional storage space such as drawers for pots and pans, and a perimeter countertop serves as a coffee station.

“We’re both coffee snobs. We drink coffee all day long,” says Karyn. “This is our first stop every morning.”

She also keeps a photo of her great-grandmother, who raised her mother, on the coffee station countertop. MacKenzie-Childs accessories, including two rugs, add a splash of color and whimsy to the kitchen.

An adjoining sitting area offers a comfortable spot for guests to gather. Four oyster paintings hang on the wall by the windows that overlook the pool.

Remembrances of Karyn’s late brother, Greg Connell, an aerobatic pilot who was killed in an air show accident in 2016, are placed throughout the house, including the kitchen.

A black-and-white picture of Greg from his high school football playing days hangs on the kitchen wall beneath a canvas of a black dog in a pickup truck. The canvas, where the words “Country roads take me home” are scripted in the bottom left corner, has twofold significance.

“When we were little, we would sing ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ at the top of our lungs,” says Karyn.

The Edmondsons also named a new business they recently started, Greco Transport and Home Medical, after Greg’s call signal when he flew. Capitalizing on Karyn’s healthcare background, the business transports clients to doctors’ facilities, treatment centers, patients’ and relatives’ homes, hospitals and from state to state.

“When we retire the vans, we transport homeless pets from kill shelters to no-kill shelters. We’ll take them anywhere,” says Karyn. “That’s what Greg wanted to do when he retired. He was all about dogs and saving dogs.”

Despite the kitchen’s many features, the Edmondsons took advantage of existing space to expand their culinary prep areas. They turned a closet into a small butler’s pantry and gave the laundry room, which features a tongue-and-groove ceiling, a dual purpose.

“I transformed my laundry room into a bar,” says Karyn. “We took out the utility sink, put in a copper sink and made it into a wet bar.”

The laundry room also offers convenient access to Karyn’s fresh herbs. “My herb garden is right outside the window, so I just open it and get what I need,” she says.

In honor of Paul’s Alabama roots, a painting of Bear Bryant hangs on the laundry room wall. In Paul’s six degrees of separation from the legendary Crimson Tide football coach, his mother worked for RC Cola when Bryant served on the company’s board of directors.

The living room, which features red oak hardwood flooring, a raised-hearth brick fireplace and a cathedral ceiling, adjoins the kitchen. To create a definite demarcation between the living room and the kitchen, they added a pine door frame when they remodeled.

Meaningful Mementoes
Family photos are plentiful throughout the house. “We grew up having our picture made,” says Karyn, whose father, Charlie Connell, worked in photo finishing.

One special memento sits on a bench in the foyer, just inside the front door — a blue-and-white-striped stuffed bear that is made out of one of Greg’s shirts.

The red oak flooring in the foyer extends into the dining room, which features a high chair rail and the Arnold Palmer Lexington table that Karyn has had for about 30 years. “When I like something, I just keep it,” she says.

Giving the formal setting a bit of playfulness, a pair of black-and-white-checked MacKenzie-Childs moose candlesticks sit on the tabletop.

“MacKenzie-Childs pieces can be a little ‘extra,’ so I have little pieces of it here and there,” says Karyn.

The master bedroom features a trey ceiling and a ceiling fan, and a pair of angel wings hang from the armoire in Greg’s honor. When Karyn took over her brother’s heating and air business after he passed away, she also re-engineered the company logo to include his wings.

In the master bath, they replaced the built-in tub with the stand-along soaking tub and enlarged a walk-in tile shower, which features a rain showerhead, when they renovated the room earlier this year.

“Our shower was like a phone booth,” says Karyn. “We expanded it and made it all glass. We added a pebble floor, and it’s one of my favorite things.”

The space also features a double vanity with a granite countertop, a vaulted ceiling and two shiplap walls.

“We kept the room light so we can feel like we’re on vacation,” Karyn says.

Porch Life
The Edmondsons’ house sits on a corner lot, which brings a cheerful, vacation-like breeze onto the property. They often enjoy the breeze from the covered side porch, where lots of hanging baskets filled with ferns and flowers give them more privacy.

The side porch includes a wicker sectional couch and table, an antique church pew, a ceiling fan and a TV on the wall. The beadboard ceiling, like the front porch ceiling, is painted haint blue.

They found the church pew, which is more than 100 years old and is constructed with wooden pegs, at an antique store.

MacKenzie-Childs accents include a birdhouse that hangs from the ceiling and a frog-shaped dinner bell mount on the wall. The frog’s long, curly tongue is sticking out to hold the bell.

Planters filled with bougainvillea hang from the side of the porch railing into the yard, and small blue and white planters line the rail. Paul made the fish wall hanging on the side porch out of plywood and tin.

“We saw one on the wall at TakoSushi. We tried to buy it, but they wouldn’t sell it. We came home and the next day, I made it,” he says.

An open air porch that extended from the side porch features more wicker furniture and wrought iron chairs. The décor includes a decorative pig and colorful pillows that accent the furnishings. Glass ornaments embellish flower-filled containers.

The Edmondsons like to eat on the porch or by the pool. Mostly, though, they like to enjoy each other’s company at work and at home.

“We raised children here,” says Paul. It’s been a great place.”

By Betsy Gilliland

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Kicking Back at the Lake

In The Home

Photography by Sally Kolar

Modoc Shores may be a second home for this close-knit-family, but it’s their go-to place for summer R&R on the water.

For Michele and Bruce Johnson, their hilltop Modoc Shores house on Clarks Hill Lake offers a front-row perch to the spectacular sunsets that mark the end of a satisfying, fun-filled day.

Sure, the generous windows provide gorgeous views of the setting sun from just about every corner of the house. But the Johnsons also have insider knowledge.

What Downsizing?

The Johnsons haven’t always been lake people. Michele grew up in Augusta, but her family never went to Clarks Hill. As a Nashville, Tennessee native, Bruce was more inclined to spend his time hunting in the woods than chilling on the water.

Their mindset changed in 1992, however, when Bruce started working at Thermal Ceramics, which has a lake property for its employees. That’s when the Johnsons originally started going to Clarks Hill with their sons, Luke, Caleb and Micah.

“I love fishing. I love being with my family out on the boat,” says Bruce. “They grew up on the lake wakeboarding and tubing.”

The expanding Johnson clan now includes Luke’s wife, Meagan, and their three daughters, Kinley, Addison and Hannah, as well as Caleb’s wife, Macey, and their two children, Landon and Riley. The grandchildren, who range in age from 8 to 1, are growing up on the water, too.

The littlest Johnsons love to ride jet skis, roast marshmallows on one of the three firepits at the lake house and jump off the double-decker dock into the water.

“We have a place in Augusta, but we basically stay here in the summer,” says Michele. “By March, we’re kicking back at the lake.”

Along with the lake views, the two-bedroom house features a great room with an adjoining kitchen/eating area and lots of outdoor living space.

“We didn’t need a big house anymore,” says Michele. “We got rid of the kids.”

Well, not exactly.

“If we’re not at the lake house, the kids are here with their friends,” Bruce says. “All of us are avid boaters.”

So, maybe the downsizing didn’t work out as planned. Frankly, though, the Johnsons wouldn’t have it any other way.

They spend all of the holidays – from Easter to the Fourth of July to Christmas – at the lake. For the Fourth, they’ll decorate, grill out and watch fireworks. And ribs on the smoker are a must.

“We have a lot of fun,” says Michele. “We ride jet skis. We have Easter picnics, parties and Lowcountry boils. We have a lot of family events at the lake.”

Décor to Adore

Even when the whole family isn’t there in person, they’re ever-present in the family photo collage on a wall in the great room. The space also features tile flooring, a stand-alone electric fireplace, a ceiling fan and a red sectional couch.

A Clarks Hill Lake reservoir map hangs on a wall by the door. Two open black shelves on the wall behind the couch are sandwiched between two black-framed mirrors. A green wreath centered in the middle of each mirror enhances the décor.

The adjoining galley kitchen features granite countertops, a tile backsplash and dark cabinetry. A pie safe with glass-paned doors provides additional storage, and a peninsula, which most likely is covered with food when the family is at the lake, provides separation from the great room.

To set the tone for fun, Michele draws a picture on a wood-framed chalkboard in the kitchen. “I change the picture every season,” she says. “My mom says I draw like a kid.”

The current artwork depicts a sailboat on the water and says, “Summer Fun” and “Lake Day.”

The family can gather around the table in the eating area, and a bench on one side offers plenty of seating for the grandchildren. A glass cylinder vase, filled with greenery and tied with a yellow and white checked ribbon, sits on a riser in the center of the table. Lemons and limes around the vase complement the sunny colors.

Featuring a nautical theme, the guest room has navy and white bedding. A decorative sailboat rests atop a chest, and a wood sign on the wall says, “Happiness comes in waves.” A round mirror above the bed resembles a porthole.

The master bedroom suite is on the second story of the house. The room features a ceiling fan, sleigh bed and an upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. A window ledge runs the length of one wall.

The room also has a sitting area with a glass-topped bistro table, a pair of armed chairs, a couch and a small chandelier overhead.

Patios & Porches

While the interior of the house offers lots of comfortable spots for togetherness, all of the outdoor living space practically negates the need to ever go inside.

A brick pathway from the driveway leads to a small patio on the side of the house. A decorative butterfly hangs on the door to the eating area, and planters contain colorful hydrangeas, daisybushes, Brazilian jasmine and carnations.

A chalkboard easel says, “Welcome to the Johnsons. Est. 1987.” That’s the year they got married, but their love story began when Michele was in high school and Bruce came to her house with a friend who was dating her sister. (Her sister and Bruce’s friend married each other, also, but the Johnsons beat them to the altar.)

A small patio in the front yard features a firepit surrounded by outdoor furnishings. Strings of lights and ferns in hanging baskets are suspended from thin black poles around the sitting area.

Two birdhouses, including a lighthouse-shaped birdhouse, hang on another pole, and a yard sign says, “Life is Better By the Water.”

The deck is another favorite spot, where the Johnsons like to gather around the bar-height table with a firepit in the middle. Lights are strung along the railing, and a pair of decorative, oversized, pink flip flops with white polka dots hangs on the door to the great room.

When it’s seriously time to decompress, though, the Johnsons retreat to the screened-in back porch.

“Bruce wanted to turn the porch into a junk hunting room,” Michele says. “I said, ‘No, no, no.’”

She was right.

This porch features wicker furnishings, a bead board ceiling, a fountain where the sound of trickling water soothes the soul and a swing bed that Bruce and Micah made from pine wood for Michele as a Mother’s Day gift in 2015. They also made the pine TV cabinet on the porch.

“We love the porches,” says Michele. “The swing bed on the back porch is my spot. I drink wine on it. I drink coffee on it.”

A pillow on the porch says, “Life is better on the porch.” Yes, this message competes with the yard sign that declares life is better on the water, but who could argue with either claim?

The upper level of the dock features two umbrellas that shade four lounge chairs and a table with a firepit. The Tigé, which is Michele’s boat, and Bruce’s fishing boat are parked underneath.

From enjoying the views to riding jet skis, boating to Lakeside Grill to relaxing on the beach area, fishing to just hanging out together, the Johnson family has a lot to love about the lake house. Perhaps, though, Meagan hits the high water mark when she sums up its appeal.

The best thing about spending time at the Modoc Shores house, she says, is “making memories with our kids.”

By Betsy Gilliland

Sweet & Spicy Baby Back Ribs


2 racks baby back ribs

Dry Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Rinse ribs and pat dry with paper towel. Remove membrane on back of each rack (slide a knife in at top under membrane and use a dry paper towel to pull it away.) In a small bowl, mix together dry rub ingredients. Sprinkle generously over both sides of meat, rubbing into the meat and coating completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2-4 hours.

Heat grill to medium-low, about 275 degrees. Turn off all burners except one on the outside. Place ribs on opposite side from lit burner, curved-side up. Close lid and grill 2 to 2 1/2 hours until browned and tender. Baste with barbecue sauce once on each side the last 15 minutes. (Note: these ribs are also great with just the dry rub.) Remove to pan and lightly cover with foil; let rest 5-10 minutes. Serve with sauce on the side. Makes 6 servings.


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