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April 2007


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Pattern Play
Exuberant is the best way to describe the aesthetic associated with the design firm Diamond Baratta, whose signature look reinterprets iconic patterns such as Scottish tartans and the American rag rug. The two-story front hallway of an 11,406-square-foot Greenwich home features an oversized yellow-and-red plaid wallcovering and a multicolored carpet resembling a braided rug marching up the stairs. The new kitchen has yellow gingham wallpaper, blue-and-white Delft tiles and a Pennsylvania Dutch-style painted floor. Elsewhere is stenciling inspired by quilt work and a family room rug that mimics a Parcheesi board. A grand formal dining room boasts both a wrap-around mural depicting life in 19th-century Greenwich and a brass chandelier with red plaid lampshades at a scale suitable for Grand Central. Happily, the proportions and pattern play work well given that the house is a large, family-friendly place owned by a couple who were looking to pep up the "big, boring canvas" that came with the builder's beige Georgian they purchased several years ago, said the man of the house in a HomeStyle magazine feature. While the decorating is what wows you, the home has all of the amenities associated with its price point ($8.6 million) and neighborhood (bucolic Lake Avenue). There's also a pretty pool and terrace on the 4.19 landscaped acres. The listing agent is Shelly Simms Tretter of Sotheby's International Realty in Greenwich (203-869-4343).

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