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Five Ideas for Your Home: October

Minor enhancements & upgrades that make a major difference.

Secrets to steal from our featured home:

1. Match neutral tones against pops of color
One pillar of Susan Miller’s design philosophy is to lead with neutral colors so that a space can be refreshed easily over the years with a few color choices. The pop of the green backsplash in the kitchen, for example, contrasts nicely against neutral and can be easily swapped out as tastes change.

2. Create spaces for yourself
“There are a lot nooks and crannies in this house,” said Barstein. An area adjacent to the pool deck beneath the lanai could have simply been wasted space, but the addition of hanging chairs created a refreshing, shaded outdoor hideaway.

3. Warm up your Bathroom
The shiplap feature wall behind the vanity includes custom integrated mirrors to coordinate with the spacious double vanity in the private master retreat. Both the custom cabinetry and interior trim are a classic, timeless Benjamin Moore White Dove finish. Subtle, but sophisticated, upscale wall sconces illuminate each sink, while small recessed can lights provide warm LED lighting as needed.

4. Create spaces for others
The home’s great room was crafted with an eye toward family. “We wanted a big room where we could sit and congregate,” said Barstein.

5. Enjoy the pursuit
Filling the new home with accent pieces required a lot of hunting through stores. Barstein loved every minute of it. “We had a fun time finding art and artifacts.”