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Set in Stone

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A third-floor recreation area for the teenagers is another hideaway for the masculine set. "In some sense, the house is really kind of a big playhouse," Morgan says. The only exception is the wife's study, which is almost totally covered in a feminine toile. "The wife used to love to curl up by the fire and read stories to her sons when they were younger," Morgan says. "It's a perfect sanctuary for her."

While the family wanted classic, they didn't want dowdy. Lush blues, corals and greens dominate, echoing the owners' passion for the outdoors. Different patterns are used throughout, but one in particular, on club chairs in the living room, became the touchstone for the home. Early on, Morgan found a floral fabric with images of blue and white vases that seemed to embody much that was dear to the wife. "That kicked off the palette for the house," Morgan says. "The abundance of that print goes along with the 'up' feeling that the family has and the house evokes.

Three years have passed since work first began on the home, and details are still being added. "In a house this large you never really finish," Morgan says. Even so, the designer's carefully considered decor offers a sense of intimacy—even with five males running around. "I gave the house a cozy, feminine thread throughout, but with furnishings tough enough to stand up to masculine energy," she says. All in all, it's a rock house that rocks.

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