Before Christmas I spent a morning on a “Tour of Homes” fund-raiser for The Atlantic Center of the Arts, a really cool arts in residence program in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. One of the homes was described as a Tuscan-style Italian country home owned by Jeffrey and Paige Gehris, who also own the fun, colorful Garlic Italian restaurant in NSB. Their home is the very definition of my “Be Brave, Lose the Beige” mantra. There is no beige or taupe to be found in this house. Beautiful, natural wood imported from their property in Vermont comprise their circular staircase, overhead beams, bookshelves and floors. I fell in love with the turquoise, lime green, pumpkin walls in the various rooms and the purple or yellow ceilings in others…all very tastefully done. Their majolica pottery embellish their beautiful kitchen which is also equipped with a cobalt blue cast iron stove imported from England. This was the most beautiful home I’ve ever visited. Their brave choice of gorgeous rich colors is further evidence you don’t always have to choose beige or taupe to be tasteful.
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