For more than 25 years, the qualified staffers at Naturescape Lawn and Landscape Care have cultivated flourishing front yards with quality fertilizers and weed-control products. During warm months, the staffers ward off weeds and coat greenery in solutions that protect against mosquitoes, grubs, and borers without enlisting the town crier's threatening shout. While the sun warms their backs, the employees trim overflowing grass and shrubs or trees. When winter falls, staffers shift their focus to driveways, where they haul away snow before it avalanches over cars and the cinder blocks on which they're perched.
Lexington Overstock bedecks every room of the house with an emporium of craftsman-quality furnishings. Chic padded barstools elevate four-person eating squads in an Aaron dining set ($225), and an antiqued cherry British Old World map writing desk inlaid with an old-world map ($258) insists that Columbus was right all along. Bedroom sets such as the Coventry Cannonball ($68–$998) accessorize dreams with solid wood. Living-room residents can imagine themselves on the open range thanks to the rich nail-head accents on a Ranger-Canyon recliner ($398), before bedtime beckons from an Ashley Sleep memory-foam mattress ($448+), which evokes billowy sheep bred for counting with a fluffy mix of synthetic and all-natural stuffing.
The Midwest Mayhem auto show hosts a colorful collective of roadsters from across the state, sporting tricked-out doors, iridescent rims, and detailed custom paint jobs. Cars bound into the air during the hydraulics contest and dip under the pole for a mini-truck limbo contest. Guests also test their manmade skills at pizza-eating contests and the chocolate-milk chug. Live bands and DJs pump the airwaves full of sound, and judges select the winners from a number of categories, such as best lowrider, best engine, and tastiest hubcap.
Marcia Worley specializes in residential interior design, and many of the homes she’s decorated throughout the United States have been featured in several top design magazines and articles. Her main priority is to create a home that’s comfortable, elegant, and emotionally pleasing while taking clients’ tastes and lifestyles into consideration.
For those who need a completely new look, Marcia often uses the inventory from her own showroom, but she can also incorporate the clients’ current belongings into her design. Her design aesthetic includes using lighting to create the ideal mood, leading the eye to a focal point with strategically placed color, and making sure the furniture selection and arrangement reflects the functional needs and preferences of each client.
LexArts' parade of painted fiberglass horses—aptly named Horse Mania 2010—is just one example of its tireless effort to raise money to the support the music, visual arts, and creative culture of Kentucky. Eighty-two horses and 56 foals sporting the paint-strokes of local artists, area schoolchildren, and independently minded brushes attracted the eyes of thousands of visitors and raised more than $500,000 for the Public Art Fund, art education programs, and more than 80 local charities.