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Luxurious Lincoln

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

There is no substitute for what is natural and unspoiled in our world, which prompted famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to say, “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” Using the environment to explain the architectural integration of form and function, Wright championed the harmonious existence of nature and building. Locally, this idea is evident at Twelve Bridges, a luxurious master-planned community in Lincoln, home to Monte Azul Estates and its 46 home sites from Greenbriar Homes, with prime access to all that the area has to offer.For Jim and Charlla Maggi, proximity to both Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area figured prominently into their decision to purchase their semi-custom, Monte Azul property – a 5237-square-foot residence with bungalow architectural styling that occupies a large lot and one acre (as does all Monte Azul homes). “The area allows us to feel like we’re in the Foothills, yet is close enough to all the conveniences of city life,” Charlla says. “The rear of our lot backs up to open space that cannot be built upon. [Monte Azul] homes are situated in such a way that there is a vast amount of space between them.” But privacy is just one of several perks that the Maggi’s enjoy.Their split-level home has an “Adirondacks” floor plan – one of seven Monte Azul floor plans inspired by and named after some of the world’s best known mountain ranges – that is marked by 5 bedrooms, including a large master suite; 6 baths; a library and bonus room; a broad front porch and covered outdoor patio; an expansive kitchen, dining spaces, and family room for entertaining; a spacious 4-car garage, and panoramic views.  The overall style of the Twelve Bridges community is traditional elegance, which the Maggi’s luxury home complements and typifies with a cottage-inspired exterior most evident in the home’s roof line and front entry porch, and elegant interior touches, including distressed hardwood floors, striking granite and stone, and a warm color scheme with a palette that reflects the natural world. In combination, these elemental features create an interior picture of not only a life well lived by design, but also of the surrounding community with its mature oak trees and dramatic boulders. This arresting environmental quality inspired former Greenbriar design consultant Jill Goolsby, who was tasked with helming the home’s overall interior design in close collaboration with the Maggi’s, to create comfort, tradition and understated elegance.  The result is a stately but far from stuffy interior filled with statement-making textiles, and classic fixtures and finishes such as the home’s aforementioned color palette, which includes paints straight from nature’s toolbox – medium to dark browns complemented by cream, golds, reds, and white trim.  “The Maggi’s are very close to their children and grandchildren, so my strategy was to start with colors that they liked and hone in on the way that they would live in the home,” Goolsby says. “We chose colors to fit the house and their lifestyle. We didn’t want the interiors to be fussy or hard to maintain.” Variations of color tone and depth provide a subtle backdrop and accent neutral details.Other features that give the Maggi’s home its sense of informality are distressed hardwood floors, which are cozy and casual for the family-centric couple, but also durable and elegant to complement more formal spaces. They also help unify the overall residence. Enhancing the home’s hardwood floors are crown moldings that help draw the eye up to high, beamed ceilings, while subtle yet decorative elements, including crushed glass, marble and stylish metal tile insets, lend each individual space its own distinctive feel.  Beyond a united color scheme, sensitive lighting helps create a specific atmosphere, openness and flow in the home, which was architected for integration. “It has an open feeling by having the family room, nook and kitchen as one large space,” Goolsby says. “The entry, living and dining rooms all open to each other yet remain somewhat separate from the family room and kitchen, so that you can go into another area if you want to.” Soft lighting filtered from natural sources and chic fixtures help to orientate the home and make larger spaces more intimate.  It also highlights the structure’s overall dimensions and architectural details, and helps create an overall mood that is fashionable but flexible.A great majority of the features and amenities of the Maggi’s Energy Star home are located in the kitchen, the focal point of their particular floor plan. They include natural raised panel cherry cabinetry; slab granite kitchen countertops; state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances; large kitchen island with pendant lights; and a walk-in and butler’s pantry that is located between the dining room and kitchen. “This is a great space because it has cabinets to store rarely used items and linens,” Goolsby says. “We were also able to install wine storage and chiller drawers as well as a beautiful granite counter, so that it is both beautiful and functional.”Having a large kitchen was crucial for the Maggi’s who, along with their 22-year-old daughter Michelle, a college student, require space to entertain family and friends. Thankfully the kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room, which has built-in cabinets on either side of the fireplace.  This space overlooks a large, private backyard, which is still in the planning stage.  While the kitchen and adjacent family room allow the Maggi’s to entertain guests comfortably, these spaces also provide the visitors with plenty of space and privacy. “We spend a good amount of time with our daughters and their families,” Charlla says. “It’s great to have the room to be all together.”Among the home’s most dramatic spaces, beyond the kitchen, living and dining areas, is a large master suite and bath, which is laden with natural stone and has a separate shower, jetted tub and dual vanity. Although the home’s finished bathrooms are today quite striking, in their planning stages they presented Goolsby with her most persistent interior challenge. “The most challenging aspect was selecting stone and tile for the bathrooms,” she says. “So we took the space one at a time and reviewed everything at the end [of the process]. We also had several meetings with the tile setter to make sure that he understood our vision.”Today, with simplicity, functionality, and graceful interiors that frame a picture of elegance and make a grand statement about the quality of contemporary life, the Maggi’s home stands as a pinnacle of the Twelve Bridges community and is redefining residency in the Foothills.Resources:Twelve Bridgestwelvebridges.comGreenbriar Homesgreenbriarhomes.comJill Goolsbyjaeldesigngroup.com

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Time of the Month

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Women have more options, and there are fewer hysterectomies these days as a result of the many alternatives available to them,” according to Dr. Denise L. Sweeney, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, who practices at Associates in Women’s Health Care in Roseville. “Women are fortunate [to have] these new treatments, that free them up, with very little down time,” says Dr. Sweeney. An estimated 20 million American women have had a hysterectomy. One-third of American women experience some type of pelvic health disorder by the time they are 60, and many have a hysterectomy, which is removing their uterus to relieve troubling symptoms. Women with painful periods, excessive bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis or other pelvic health problems will find comfort in learning that there are new alternatives to consider. Treating Uterine Fibroids Uterine fibroids are tumors that are usually benign and are found on the smooth muscles of the uterus and can cause pelvic pain, infertility and heavy menstrual bleeding. Their cause is complex, but uterine fibroids are a major reason why women have hysterectomies.  If fibroids are causing no symptoms, it’s common to monitor the status with your doctor and wait to have surgery unless problems develop. There are less invasive options for treating fibroids: A Myomectomy is the surgical removal of the fibroids alone. A Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), also known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), is a fairly simple, noninvasive procedure in which small particles are injected into the uterine arteries feeding the fibroids, cutting off their blood supply. It’s been used for years to help stop hemorrhage after childbirth or surgery, however, there is a risk of early menopause if those particles travel to the ovarian blood supply. With this treatment, symptoms are reported to improve in 85 percent of patients. A hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure with minimal recuperation time. It is the insertion of a thin telescope like instrument, called a hysteroscope, and can be used if the fibroid is primarily within the cavity of the uterus. Medical management is a way to initially treat painful symptoms with non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory agents. If that is not effective, another option is a class of drugs that blocks the ovaries’ production of estrogen and other hormones.   Treating Menorrhagia Severe vaginal bleeding is known as menorrhagia. The bleeding may come from uterine fibroids, but in many cases the cause remains unknown. Doctors have a medical threshold for menorrhagia, but they also define it by how much it affects your daily life by causing pain, mood swings, and disruptions in your work and sexual activity. The treatment options are medical management, using either oral contraceptives or an intrauterine device (IUD) releasing a hormone called levonorgestrel. Endometrial ablation is an option if you don’t plan to have more children. “This is an excellent option, can be done in the office and 80 percent of women will never have another period,” Dr. Sweeney adds. It is possible that whatever your condition is, a hysterectomy may be the most effective treatment. But, with the many new alternatives available, it is important to discuss all of your options with your doctor. Abnormal bleeding can be the first sign of uterine cancer and therefore should not be ignored. The positive news is that most hysterectomies can now be done with minimally invasive techniques and only an overnight hospitalization, if the alternatives are not an option.

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Courtney Bowles

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

In fifth grade Courtney Bowles just wanted to hang out with her friends. They joined the choir, so she tagged along. Before she knew it, her natural talent had caught the eye of the choir director and Bowles was asked to sing a solo for a school event. At such a young age, this normally shy girl found her voice and her life’s passion.“Singing is natural for me,” Bowles says. “It’s not just something that I do, it’s who I am.” And it continues to be effortless and fun for her. She made up her mind in high school that singing was going to be her lifelong career. She majored in Vocal Performance at San Diego State and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. After completing her intense study she returned home to El Dorado Hills. She now sings for weddings, funerals, and performs concerts in the local area. “Although singing at funerals is difficult,” she explains, “it feels good helping families find a sense of peace.” While formally trained as a lyric soprano and opera singer, she wants to focus more on a mix of classical and pop music, like popular singer Josh Groban. “I want to use my voice to touch people.” Bowles says. She feels it is important to connect personally with every song, so that the listener feels the meaning of the lyrics. “Music is always changing,” she explains, “but the one thing that remains constant is the raw emotion that comes [out] through it.” Bowles does not advertise and relies on word-of-mouth referrals to get singing jobs. So, to supplement her income she teaches singing part-time. She loves to share the secrets to healthy and better singing in hopes that her students can enjoy singing forever. She also promotes fun and comfort with their voices, and themselves. “I want each of my students,” Bowles says, “to have a wonderful mental image of themselves.” One student, sixth grader Haley Tangen, loves singing with Bowles. “Practicing with Courtney,” Tangen says, “is one of my most favorite after school activities.” A student at St. John Notre Dame School in Folsom, Tangen says Bowles is teaching her to sing “right,” showing her breathing exercises and helping her to prepare for auditions. “I look forward to our sessions very much,” Tangen explains.One of Bowles’ voice teachers, Mary MacKenzie, is an accomplished singer and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She knew Bowles had an extraordinary gift. “I found Courtney to be an exceptional talent and I am not surprised to see her start her professional career at such an early age,” MacKenzie says. “Her amazing ability to connect to the song emotionally enhances an audience’s appreciation of the performance.”Bowles also works as a waitress, but knows it is just temporary and is not where she will end up. “I’m okay with not being famous right now,” she admits, “as long as I get to perform the music I love.” For more information on the artist or to hear her music, visit courtneybowles.com.

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