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The first room to the left when you walk in is a seating area with a blue color palette. This room houses a piano that their three children took lessons on when they were younger, an antique chess set, and a grandfather clock. On top of the piano is a display of family photographs which are the first things Suzanne would grab if they had to leave their house in an emergency.
The seating area leads into their family room with oak furniture pieces and double doors that lead into a screened-in porch. They keep it closed for the winter, when the Christmas tree takes center stage, but it's a favorite spot to gather in summer.
Furniture: JD Cohen Furniture
The corner cabinet belonged to Suzanne’s mother and is now one of her favorite pieces. The leather couch adds a cozy feel to the room.
Couch: JD Cohen Furniture
A slate stone fireplace in the family room acts as a gathering point in the colder months and adds to the home's warm cabin-like feel. This was something that the Carrolls always wanted and worked closely with the contractor when planning this area. The two amber-colored lanterns in front of the fireplace are one of Suzanne's latest finds from an antique store.
One of their cats, Oreo, is very photogenic and enjoys jumping from the bar stools to the countertop. “When company comes over we usually gather around the kitchen island," Don says, "We love having the extra seating with all the bar stools." The black granite countertops were must-haves for the Carrolls when designing the kitchen. This space is one of Suzanne's favorite accomplishments as a homeowner. She loves how spacious it is and how it gives them the ability to accommodate a large number of guests at once. Beyond the table is a set of doors leading to their porch and swimming pool.
Bar Stools: JC Penney
Black Granite Countertops: Granite Shop
Dining Table: At Home in the Woods
Their finished basement has a full-sized pool table, another seating area and a TV, which makes it a perfect getaway space to enjoy with friends. Suzanne and Don's youngest son spends most of his time here when he's home from college.
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