The Herald Bulletin

August 17, 2013

Texture and shape with panache

By Emma Bowen Meyer
For The Herald Bulletin

---- — 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.

“We liked the layout of the home because we wanted to have an outdoor living area and attach a gym,” said Todd. “This house was set up well for that.”

By adding a stunning porch, pool and outdoor kitchen, the Tufts are able to accommodate many guests — often invited by their children: Isaiah, 16, Joshua, 14, and Elena, 11.

Hidden gym

Not only does a pool on 10 acres give the young adults plenty of space to enjoy company, but so does the basement. A theatre room with a giant screen is available for viewing movies, a family room encourages game play and an extra kitchen keeps snacks nearby (vital when hosting teens).

“The house is elevated so it doesn’t feel like a basement down here,” said Deborah. “You don’t feel like you’re down in the dungeon. We have a lot of youth parties and barbecues here.”

The square footage of the addition to the home equals the square footage of the original house, providing the Tufts with plenty of space to meet all their needs. Since the gym is tucked away behind the house, the view from the front is not overpowering.

“The whole back area is hidden when people pull up,” said Todd. “I like that because the house doesn’t look too ostentatious.”

Also with an eye on their face to the world, the couple added dormers to the play room to break up the long plain roof line over the garage. These three windows add light for the children and a homey feeling to the exterior.

Although Todd could work from anywhere (as his job is performed from home and on the road), Deborah’s deep roots to the community – even a Highland mascot at one time – have kept them in Madison County. Now the children have roots, too.

“We’ve been all over the United States,” said Todd. “As we’ve traveled, I could see myself living in a lot of places, but school for the kids is keeping us right here.

This article appeared in Madison magazine, the quarterly publication available at local outlets and at The Herald Bulletin office, 1133 Jackson Street, Anderson.