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September 2010


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A Family Affair (continued)

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Where the family room is all about casual comfort, the living room is sheer sophistication in creams and chocolate browns, with lots of center seating. The sculptural antique Asian urn, collected by the couple on their travels, presides on a walnut-and-mica low table and influences some of the burnt-red accents; other beloved antiques are incorporated into the room. The bench is upholstered in a crimson Ikat that plays off the chevron carpet.

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When it came to the open-plan kitchen-and-dining area, the clients wanted something utilitarian and family-friendly. The wife loves gray, and texture, so they chose cabinetry with a cerused finish, durable CaesarStone countertops, and a ceramic-tile floor, all in shades of slate. The kitchen's casual seating lends a hangout vibe, while the dining area is more formal. The table, which is actually a pair of 72-inch walnut tables with trestle bases can be pulled apart to sit a total of 16 people, eight around each one. In a room of cool gray, "We wanted to bring in a nice warm wood," says Long. Cheery colors like pale-green upholstery, yellow-tone graphic wallpaper and the clients' Chinese lanterns make the space more inviting.

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RHAPSODY IN BLUE
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The bedrooms are all upstairs. While the children's rooms are decked out in bright colors they picked out themselves—pink and aqua for a young girl, with a white marshmallow sofa; orange and turquoise for a boy—the master is a serene scheme of cream, black and teal. The designers, using the couple's black four-poster as a starting point, painted the woodwork semi-gloss black and the ceiling a pale blue, and added satin teal draperies. Teal is also echoed in the fabric on the club chair and ottoman, and on a satin kidney pillow. The duvet matches the room in black-and-white silk-blend Ikat. The master bath is neutral and minimal, with gray marble, a dark floating vanity, and a clean-lined tub.

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PRETTY IN PINK
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"All the rooms play off each other," says Roughan. "They're friendly and sophisticated, but approachable." Long says the trick is contrasting modern shapes with the traditional architecture. "That's what we like to do, that play," she says. "I think that's what attracted them to us in the first place."

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