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When it came to putting the final touches on her picture-perfect ranch house, citrusy shades and offbeat art were photographer Tosca Radigonda's favorite framing devices.
The 1941 ranch house is a mix of modern and vintage touches located in Austin, Texas. In her retro-style kitchen, an orange theme was an easy choice because it makes the owner, Tosca, happy. Her go-to hue effectively sets the tone for the room, from the citrus-printed Roman shade to the tangerine espresso maker. The motif peaks in the room's border, a series of Tosca's pictures of kids eating fruit hung above the cabinets.
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Photographer Tosca Radigonda shares the mid-century home with her husband Angelo Feliciello and their son, 11-year-old Milan.
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The Living Room
An ardent admirer of all things mid-century, Tosca hung this graphic Mexican tapestry and purchased a subtle 1940s blond-wood coffee table for the living room to give the space a warm, lived-in feel.
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Living Room Details
Tosca ties everything together -- from kitchen to living room to bedroom -- with a discerning use of color: In the living room, a pair of orange-chenille wall hangings pick up the same bright shade that is used in the kitchen.
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On the mantel, an outtake from an ad campaign Tosca shot features the same fabric used for the Roman shades in the kitchen and laundry room.
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The celery-green walls connect the space to Austin's sun-bleached landscape. When the plantation shutters are open, the paint picks up the color of the vegetation outside.
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The Dining Room
Let someone else dream of a dining room that's coordinated from buffet to butter dish. Tosca prefers to pair her piecemeal collection of cream-colored Eames fiberglass chairs with one in orange leather, and arrange them around a lean, white laminate Parsons table.
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After 20 years as a professional photographer, Tosca found her home piling up with the Polaroids taken at all her shoots. They were spilling out of drawers. Her solution? Convert them into documentary art, taped to the wall and held in place permanently with a Plexiglass overlay.
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A king-size bed nook framed by ornate molding dominates the master bedroom. It reminds Tosca, who fell in love with the over-the-top design detail and highlighted it with white paint, of a hotel in Miami in the '40s. To act as a counterpoint to its curves, she added angular side tables and a vinyl headboard and bench.
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Tosca says this trio of similar-but-different pictures of 2-month-old Milan that line the mantel in the couple's bedroom is more a story than a set of images. Plus, they fit there perfectly.
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Tosca applies the same theory of multiples when it comes to showing off her stash of vintage purses and handkerchiefs. Her favorites get pride of place on a glossy white shelving unit in the master bedroom -- making them sculptural objects in their own right.
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With a paratrooper plummeting from the ceiling via fishing wire and U.S. Army posters on the wall, it's easy to tell who decorated Milan's room: Milan. A World War II buff since age 6, he uses his vast collection of hand-built model airplanes and soldiers to reenact historic battles, complete with sound effects.
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