whole-house farmhouse remodel after master bedroom with French doors
Photo: Jim Westphalen
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Light and Color

Various rooms played musical chairs. The laundry beat a retreat to a spot upstairs. The kitchen got up and moved to a central location, freeing its old spot for a family room.

To help define discrete areas, Welch-May devised a color scheme so complex that it threatened to turn the paint crew into mad hatters. Further setting off the cooking area is a small peninsula, with seating on its far side. "I like people to think they are in my kitchen when they aren't really in my kitchen," Laurel says with a laugh.

Shown: A French door and matching windows give the master bedroom a sense of spaciousness.
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