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By Fan Winston
When remodeling their home, David and Deborah Fulton Rau started with this palette: a serene tangle of blues and whites with accents of brown and gold. Soon everything else -- the furniture, the accessories, the art -- fell beautifully into place.
Versailles cotton-viscose (#E25810), kravet.com
Patry cotton stripe (#PATR03), and Croquet cotton chevron (#CROQ16), by Malabar, hinescompany.com
Dundee linen, in Bone and Zephyr Blue, clarencehouse.com
Aristotle Greek Key trim, in Blue Haze, samuelandsons.com
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Making an Entrance
For their foyer, the Raus had two goals: make a memorable first impression (with a mahogany library table and arrangements of Staffordshire plates) and keep it user-friendly (the patterned rug was chosen in part because it would wear well). Having a simple palette allowed them to layer in different textures and patterns -- pairing a contemporary striped stair runner with a more traditional rug, for example.
Paint, in Yarmouth Blue (#HC-150, on wall), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Paint, White (#PM-2, on trim), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Paint, Decorators White (#PM-3, on ceiling), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Hand-knotted wool area rug, 8" by 10", $3,780, whirschrugs.com
Gunnison indoor/outdoor runner, from $124, dashandalbert.com
Blue-and-white vessels, kimfaisonantiques.com
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Not only do the painted door and the "Nikko Blue" hydrangeas flanking it give the Raus’ home curb appeal, but they also hint at the palette that unifies the interior of the 1919 house.
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For the media room, David designed the oversize secretary, which is painted a slightly darker blue than the walls. Behind the doors are a TV, a bar, and a refrigerator. The simple, quiet furniture in this room meant the Raus were able to go bolder and brighter with the rug.
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“We use our side porch like a dining room eight months out of the year,” David says. They painted the buffet table a warm light gray.
Duomo outdoor pendant, $439, restorationhardware.com
Throw pillows and ceramic stool, janetbrowndesign.com
Lime-washed table and ceramic planter, kimfaisonantiques.com
Paint (on console), by Martha Stewart Living, in Bedford Gray (#MSL246), homedepot.com
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The mahogany table in the dining room is flanked by a brown buffalo-check sofa and antique tiger-maple chairs from Deborah’s mother’s family. “They’re probably the oldest things in our home,” David says.
Diamond indoor/outdoor rug, in Platinum/White, 6' by 9', $319, dashandalbert.com
Camden Cotton Check upholstery (on sofa), in Java, fschumacher.com
One pendant light, $562, capitallightinginc.com
Spongeware terra-cotta plates (on table), canvashomestore.com
Pomegranate glassware (on table), canvashomestore.com
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The downstairs powder room is the only room not painted light blue; instead, they chose a sophisticated brown that accentuates the vintage pastel Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur fruit plates (reflected in the mirror).
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The couple lived in Venice for two months when they were newly married; a grouping of art inspired by the city is displayed above an open volume of Vitruvius Pollio’s The Ten Books of Architecture.
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The kitchen was the first room to get the blue makeover. The Raus lined the back of a white cabinet with a William Morris wallpaper. Mora marble was used for the counters, while durable black honed soapstone was used around the stove.
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Harmony on Display
A Yamaha baby grand piano holds the place of honor. The white skirt on the sofa allows the piece to pop against the rug and echoes the white trim throughout the house. The antique architecture-themed Staffordshire plates were originally displayed in starburst and diamond groupings. Arranging them in a gridlike fashion has turned heads. “We’ve had them for a while, but for some reason, people stop and look at them now,” David says.
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Martha Stewart Living's decorating director Kevin Sharkey picked his favorite blue palettes for the home.