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February 2007


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Coloring Box

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Other areas of the house are just as eclectic. A weathered blue sideboard sits next to a bright blue sculpture of an egg resting on the floor. Folk art animals—giraffes, dogs, cows—are arranged near a Medusa-like photograph by a Russian couple, the Gerlovins. And a Frank Gehry corrugated cardboard chair sits beneath another Wegman picture. As Susan points out, "I buy what I like, and every object we live with puts a smile on my face."

The true showstopper of the decor, however, is a coiled, hand-turned stairway banister of light maple commissioned from Ted Schleisman, a wood craftsman from Portland, Oregon. "Ted really is a boat-builder by trade, but he was excited to tackle this craft project," Susan says. The curvaceous banister took him six months to construct, and was then shipped in two pieces. The Webers flew Schleisman east to install it; he even stayed with the family during the process.

Despite all the changes the Webers have made to the house over 17 years, they have retained a traditional style infused with Susan's zest for color and wit. "I still love the surprise factor when people walk through the front door for the first time and their faces light up," Susan affirms. "Color just makes people happy."

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