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Inspired by a glass candelabra lamp with dangling prisms in turquoise, red, blue, green and fuschia, Linda Curran has infused her home with rich, vibrant colors.

For Curran, her color palette is an extension of who she is. "People can be scared of color and pattern. I love it, I embrace it. Sometimes I have to stop because I could just keep going and max it out. I have to pull myself back a little bit," said the Realtor, smiling.

When she purchased the home more than a year ago, it was a nondescript, blank white canvas. But Curran saw the potential, and she set about transitioning from staid and traditional to vibrant and contemporary interiors.

"What drew me to this house were the swimming pool and deep lot, two fireplaces and three living areas. That's pretty amazing in a house this size. I considered knocking out a bedroom to get more space."

Instead she worked within the home's existing footprint and embraced, rather than replaced, the rough cedar paneling and stone fireplace surround in the main living room. It proved to be a perfect foil for the deep mocha walls and pops of color - a red leather club chair, animal print-upholstered occasional chair, dramatic artwork and pillow-filled black sofa.

Beyond color, simple changes made a huge difference. Neutral wall-to-wall carpet went down in the living room and a new tile floor was installed in the dining area and kitchen, although she left the crisp white countertops in the kitchen as counterpoint to bright accessories. Hardware was replaced, along with the old sliding patio doors. The new French doors open into the sunroom.

She pulled down outdated window treatments in the sunroom and opened up the view to the swimming pool. She chose a black-and-white color scheme and splashed it with color. The 20-year-old love seat was redressed in a stylish tapestry and dotted with pillows.

"I move things around from room to room - nothing is static in my house. I keep and store all my accessories so I can change things around. The sunroom has the overflow accessories from the house and because my taste is pretty contemporary, it all seems to work," she said.

In her personal retreat, Curran finds respite in a restful space built around a monochromatic color scheme of pewter gray with crisp white, silver and reflective surfaces.

The basement was transformed into a functional and fun family room by moving a wall, ripping out paneling, reframing the fireplace and installing a glass-tiled bar. 

Pale upholstered pieces look dramatic set against deep lavender walls. Bright accessories and artwork sing against the saturated color. The nearby guest room is drenched in a surprisingly restful shade of mid-tone blue that neatly matches ultrasuede upholstery on matching futons.


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