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Homes

August 17, 2013

Texture and shape with panache

With an eye for detail and the ability to weave together high end finishes in an exquisite manner, Todd and Deborah Tufts added flair to an already existing home in Pendleton.

Now enjoying spacious and chic living quarters, they have created a comfortable environment for their children as well as a fashionable setting to entertain guests.

“The house wasn’t old, it just needed style,” said Todd, owner of Tufts Communications, 1201 E. Fifth St. in Anderson. “We pretty much gutted the great room, dining room and master bedroom. It’s fun to design something and see it come to fruition. This (great room) is a pretty unique room.”

“Todd has the eye for color and design,” said Deborah, a stay-at-home mother.

Rather than choosing a simple process, such as finding a picture in a magazine and emulating the look, the Tufts brought their own panache to the table. Not willing to settle for simple changes in color and furniture, they added texture and shape to the space.

Pillars inlaid with tile

Replacing a plain-Jane mantle with beautiful brick that reaches to the top of the two-story great room, they created a feature that competes for visitors’ attention with the gorgeous view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. By installing a white coffered ceiling and dark built-in cabinetry, the couple added contrast along with sophistication.

Separating the dining room from the great room in the open-concept floor plan were Roman columns and arches. To update the style, Todd had them refashioned into pillars inlaid with small tile. Unifying the two spaces are matching built-in cabinetry. Differentiating the dining room is a dark hardwood floor, bright color on the wall and a stunning backsplash above the countertop.

A dream kitchen lies just beyond, complete with its own eating table, sitting area and fireplace. Using the space as a homework nook, the busy mom can keep an eye on both flashcards and dinner simultaneously. Best of all, it has easy access to the back yard.

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