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July 2006


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A Fresh Start

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The palette's effect is evident in the double-height living room. Almost a cube, its symmetry is emphasized by matching pumpkin-colored sofas and a pair of upholstered chairs that are all juxtaposed with a curvy yellow bench to "give it a break." The fireplace is black stone, the rug is a natural material and artworks boost the effect. The wife is an avid collector of contemporary art and minimalist geometric painting and the wood sculpture the pieces face helps to bring the outdoors inside.

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Upstairs, the bed is raised to reach the view and pictures are unframed to be less distracting. The striking black Corian kitchen counter "allows the outdoors to be the hero," Post says. At the same time, the orange Corian island counter picks up tones in the maple cabinets. The kitchen is centrally located at the heart of the house and integrated into the living room by an enlarged pass-through, allowing the wife, who is a talented chef, to be less isolated from company and guests.

Throughout the house, environments reflect the harmonious relationship between the designer and the homeowner. Says Post, "She's an incredible client, a joie de vivre person with incredible energy and a wonderful family." The outcome is a happy melding of contradictions: a home that is simultaneously traditional yet modern, comfortable yet contemporary—like a rock star with rock-solid values.

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