By Lacey N. Howard
September 27, 2005
Jean Allsopp

"Because this part of the world has so much history," says interiordesigner Susan Lovelace of Lovelace Interiors, "we created spacesthat are transitional but inspired by local tradition. When youenter the front door, you immediately know this house will show youa new twist on Tidewater Virginia style."

"The foyer introduces the relaxed, coastal feel of the home,"adds Susan's associate, Debbie Faulkner, of the towering entry withits wide staircase. Here, antique heart-pine floors showcase ahoney-hue shine. Stair treads and banisters finished in a rich,long-lasting stain repeat the look of the floors' reclaimed wood.Accents set the coastal tone. Distinctive artwork showcases nativeflora, and a bowing shorebird rests on the landing. A small tablewith turned legs, a shapely lamp, and a striped wool rug offercolor and style.

Off this vestibule, a study exudes masculinity with stainedpaneling and built-in bookcases. Twin leather armchairs and anottoman gather in front of a moss-color marble fireplace. Aleather-topped oval desk and statuesque lamp create a handsomespace for paying bills and checking stock prices online. Above, theroom opens to a spacious second-floor landing accessed by thestairwell and complete with seating and storage.

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