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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 11:48 am | Updated: 1:15 pm, Thu Jul 12, 2012.

What a treat for me to see a home designed by Suzy Grote, a local interior design icon whom I have respected for many years, as well as Melanie Holden, a designer relatively new to the scene who, I am proud to say, sprouted her design wings with my firm following her graduation from design school.

Mrs. Grote completed the interior of this home for an active family of four, having worked with them previously on a much older home. This home (built in 2005) has a fresh, youthful and energized feeling—just what you would expect for this family with two growing, active girls.

Entering the house, the visitor immediately knows that this family appreciates fun with the unexpected whimsy! Rising up the staircase is a zebra-patterned runner banded in lime green to subtly complement the wall color (yes, subtly). Faux-paint technique, an iron lantern and a pair of toile wall sconces are the elements used to complete this striking statement.

The living room overlooks the most magnificent rear gardens that were clearly the ‘seal the deal’ feature to purchase this home. The two-story gathering space is an updated fresh palette of yellows, reds, spa blue and cream that incorporates various textures, anchored by the large-pattern sisal area rug. Gold-tone accent tables are kept light with glass and mirror tops.

The kitchen/hearth room/breakfast nook was updated by painting the island to contrast the rest of the cherry cabinetry and adding a soft, green-grass cloth to the walls to add texture. Mrs. Grote used the couple’s previous living room grouping here, the perfect scale and comfort for this space.

The master suite is a true retreat for this couple. The strie-washed walls surround the pale blue, cream, green and taupe palette used for the upholstered headboard, loveseat, swivel chairs and bedding. The Stark-patterned wool carpet adds interest to the floor and pulls the whole room together.

Ms. Holden was hired to furnish and design the outdoor spaces. This backyard retreat is complete with pool, spa and waterfall that existed on the property when the family purchased the home. Making use of each terraced platform, she created appropriate seating areas for conversation and dining areas for family gatherings. The youthful, energized colors were repeated in a brilliantly mixed and matched combination of patterns to cover the pillows and soft surfaces. The color selection for pots complement the design scheme without overpowering the space.

This home reflects the current family’s personalities, as all homes should do—if done correctly. This one was—inside and out!

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