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Strong geometric shapes dominate the family room, but the graceful lines of the sofa and occasional chairs soften the look. A circular lamp sits on a metal pyramid table, and a sharp, contemporary coffee table plays off of an angular paint treatment Cindy created.
Cindy also added wall-mounted votive holders, which she uses to showcase her betta fish. "It's one of those things that every visitor comments on," she says.
Vase: Glashaus in Wertheim, Germany; coffee table: Cantoni; shag rug: West Elm; pyramid table: custom from copper artist
Although painting the rooms in various shades of warm gray helped to modernize the couple's traditional house, the biggest impact came from replacing the wall-to-wall carpet with rich hand-scraped wood floors. "I will never buy carpet again!" says Cindy. The pair also installed simple stained wooden baseboards to replace the traditional white beveled style original to the house.
Flooring: Home Depot; shag rug: Macy's
Red accents in the kitchen stand out against the soft tones of the ceramic floor tiles and the glass and stone mosaic backsplash. Cindy added touches of red to her bubble glass-front cabinets via handkerchiefs.
Red leather bar stool: Crate and Barrel; fruit bowl: Z Gallerie; light fixture: Lamps Plus
The red accents from the kitchen carry over to the breakfast and study area, outfitted with a red leather desk chair. Cindy mounted graphic curtains at ceiling height to draw the eye up. An old birdcage displays her cactus and succulent collection.
Red leather desk chair: Crate and Barrel; breakfast room table: Macy's; curtains: JCPenney
Although their tastes have evolved beyond this 1970s bamboo dining set, Cindy and Jeff weren't willing to part with it, as it was the first big purchase they made after getting married more than 38 years ago. Instead, Cindy reupholstered the seat cushions and added a new area rug. She also traded out the heavy velvet draperies for these tailored window treatments.
Curtains: JCPenney; area rug: Lowes
The sunny yellow guest bedroom "just makes me happy," Cindy says. True to her Southern roots, she often sits in this room with a good book and a glass of sweet ices tea.
The couple's daughter painted the flower mural and made the curtains.
In the game room, a handcrafted pool table sits below classic Tiffany bar lights. Cindy and Jeff display framed collages of the dozens of Broadway plays they have attended over the years. Glass floater frames linked together with chain and S-hooks showcase their daughters' artwork, beautifully backlit by the windows.
Advice from Cindy and Jeff: Don't stress too much over decorating, and just find things that make you happy. Most of all, don't make purchases just to finish a project. It is better to leave a hole in the decorating for a bit while searching for that perfect piece instead of wasting money on a placeholder.
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