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  • Plus:Back to Nature Innovative Hair Care

    A New Way to Save a Life

    4th Annual Old House Fair

    Dream in Green Gala

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    Enjoy Beachside DiningIn the Heart of the City

    Decatur StyleFor the communities of Decatur, Druid Hills, Candler Park, Lake Claire, Avondale Estates and Oak Grove Winter 2012


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    Winter 2012


    10 Cover StoryWhen a group of local wedding vendors decided to give a wedding to a deserving military couple, the spectacular event at Agnes Scott Chapel was nothing short of a fairy tale.

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    Features 8 Your Hair

    For more than 20 years, Terra Mater salon has been bringing clients the finest healthy hair care products available. Read about the amazing innovative products they have recently discovered.

    16 Local DiningYou dont have to drive to the coast for fresh seafood. Harbour Bar and Fish House is bringing the catch to you. You can enjoy wonderful seafood and beach cottage ambiance right in the heart of Decatur.

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    Something Old, Something New

    20 Your HealthDid you know that umbilical cord blood can save lives? DeKalb Medical is one of the only area hospitals to offer the opportunity for cord blood donation through the National Cord Blood Program.

    24 Community GalaThe Olmsted Linear Park Alliance is throwing a fundraising celebration, and you are invited! The community can participate by attending the Dream in Green gala, signing up as a host, or supporting the event as a sponsor.

    27 Decatur PetsResolve to reduce your carbon paw print this year, read about treatments for pet allergies and more.

    Your Home 32 Old-house owners (not to be confused

    with old homeowners), make plans to attend the Decatur Old House Fair featuring practical advice, innovative products and new ideas for old homes.

    35 Ask the expert about home remodeling. 36 Want to know what is in for 2012?

    We asked a local design firm to clue our readers in on the latest design trends for your homes interior.

    39 Your moneyCommitted to being your one-stop financial shop, HLM Financial Services has improved their mortgage services with the addition of a couple of familiar faces.

    40 Calendar of events

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    publishers letter

    Something Old, Something New

    Happy 2012! In this season for new beginnings, we are proud to pres-ent our first-ever wedding issue, spotlighting the heartfelt handiwork of numer-ous local wedding vendors. Read about this fairytale Decatur wedding and get inspiredValentines Day is just around the corner

    One of the unique things about Decatur is that it really is a melding of old and new, and our magazine reflects that. In this issue, we are bringing you stories about the newest trends in home design, a new line of revolutionary healthy hair care products, a new local seafood restaurant located in a century-old houseyoull feel like you are at the coast. And HLM Financial Services, a 25-year-old Decatur com-pany, has added a couple of new, but familiar, faces to bring you better mortgage service.

    We also share a story about something new in health care. DeKalb Medical, a 50-year-old Decatur mainstay, is the areas first hospital to belong to a new program that collects cord blood for life-saving treatments.

    Theres also a preview of the Old House Fair. Coming to Decatur in February, the fourth annual fair presents the latest innovations and how-tos especially for older homesthere are more than 5,000 in Decatur alone. What else is old? The Olmsted Linear Park Alli-ance is celebrating the completion of the new restoration of this century-old park and the beginning of the maintenance phase. (Find out how you can participate in the Dream in Green gala.)

    Wishing you happy new beginnings and all the best, old and new, in 2012!

    Decatur Living is published bi-monthly by Natalie Gregory. Distribution is a minimum of 14,000 with up to 11,000 being mailed to households in Decatur, Druid Hills, Avondale Estates, Candler Park and Lake Claire and Oak Grove. Contents of this magazine may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for content of all advertisements. The publisher does not necessarily share the editorial opinions expressed in Decatur Living Magazine. Personal decisions regarding health, finance, and other matters should be made after consultation with the readers professional advisors.

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    PubLiSHer Natalie Gregory

    aSSoCiate PubLiSHer, marKetinG Vicki Sarris

    eDitor Lorayne Bryan

    aCCount eXeCutiveS Natalie Gregory theresa Woodgeard Vicki Sarris

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    PHotoGraPHY the decisive Moment Photography Holly Jones Photo Jamie rosenthal Marc del Santro

    WriterS Sherry Baker courtney davis treasure dreher carrie Mccolgan, dVM Peter Michelson rhonda Mullen theresa Woodgeard renee deGross Valdes

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    Natalie GregoryPublisher, Decatur Living

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    b y L o r r i e B r y a nYour hair

    The certified organic health and beauty product line, Intelligent Nutrients, has set a new standard for personal care products. A lot of beauty products are touted as organic, but they could never garner USDA certifi-cationyou would never consider putting them in your mouth. These innovative products are not only healthier and safer, they perform well and achieve outstand-ing results. Were proud to be among the first salons in the nation to offer Intelli-gent Nutrients, says Roesel, Terra Maters founder. She adds, Were thrilled to offer hair and skin care alternatives made from food-grade organics that also receive rave reviews by our clientele for their amazing performance. We love working with these botanical productsyou dont have to worry about irritation or the adverse effects on your body. And were finding that with

    continued use, the texture and health of our clients skin and hair is improving on a cel-lular level. The results are outstanding!

    The USDA certified organic line includes hair and styling products, anti-aging skin care, body elixirs and aromas, lip balms, and their latest top seller, Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner. Terra Mater (Latin for Mother Earth), always on the frontier of environmental responsibility and healthy beauty, is one of a handful of salons in Georgia that use and offer these revolu-tionary products. The planet and our own bodies have been giving us a wake-up call. It matters what you choose to use on your body. The continued production and use of chemically based cosmetics has adverse con-sequences. Thats why Intelligent Nutrients products were created. They are safe, effec-tive, globally sourced, sustainably created fabulous products, explains Reosel. And they are no more expensive than other qual-ity personal care products.

    Since Terra Mater opened in 1990 natu-ral beauty has been their hallmarkthey are also Decaturs first and only Aveda Concept Salon. The salon with its distinct colorful murals is located at 358 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, next to Decatur CD in downtown Decatur.

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    For more than two decades it has been the mission and the passion of Beth Roesel at Terra Mater salon in Decatur to bring her clients the finest and healthiest personal care products and the ultimate salon experience. So when she was invited to preview the new innova-tive organic products pioneered by her friend Horst Rechelbacher, the original creator of the Aveda product line, she hit the road and headed to his home in Wisconsin. What she discovered was truly amazingwonderful hair care and skincare products distilled from food-grade USDA certified organic plants. You can literally taste the hair gel and sip the hair sprayits that pure, Roesel affirms. Horst has created the ulti-mate in plant-based products, and I left there eager to share them with my staff and clients.






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    This past November a military cou-ple, Amanda Walker and Chris Farre