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Luigi's New Home
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The layout is typical of thousands of new homes, featuring a circular, open plan main floor. From the entrance hall, you see through the kitchen into the dining area, which is open to the living room and then back to the hall. There is also a main floor powder room.

The plain walls were painted builder's white, and the many wood elements-- hardwood floors, the staircase, the kitchen cabinets as well as the dining room furniture were pale to honey tones.

An unattractive corner fireplace was made even more dominant by the harsh white background; not an appealing focal point. Plenty of natural light fills the space, but there is little that makes the homeowners feel welcome.


Gray was chosen as it is a natural complement for the warm wood floors and furnishings. Thin strips of molding were added to the ceilings throughout the ground floor as an interesting traditional architectural detail.

Tones of gray paint link the common areas of the main floor, and add much needed character. The inviting ambiance starts in the entrance hall with a fanciful trompe l'oeil skylight and silver chandelier.

The living room was given special treatment to visually separate the space and conjure up a cozy atmosphere for relaxing and entertaining. High gloss varnish was applied over dark gray walls to produce a reflective finish that glows in day and night lights. The large mirror over the mantel and the glass top coffee table build up this resonant quality.

Jim and Peter reinvented the fireplace fa┴ade to replicate the look of an old wood plank mantel and limestone surround, all cleverly made from inexpensive building materials, paint and plaster.

A decorating surprise is always fun. The removable zebra table top in the dining room is dramatic, and fits into the overall African theme. Plenty of large potted plants, baskets, grasscloth blinds, art and personal photos finish the rooms.

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