Sunday, July 26, 2009

Home is Where the Art Is

by Nancy Noel May

Warm and welcoming, Marlene and Ivan White's Wilmington home is filled with sunlight, southern charm, two dogs and a cat.

Marlene's great sense of style is evident in the layers of color, texture and pattern in her chosen fabrics and artwork. An eclectic mix of soft landscapes, brightly covered architectural paintings and primitive 'outsider art" show that Marlene has no fear of "mixing it up" when it comes to staging her home.

An open and airy great room flows seamlessly into the dining area where a handcrafted buffet by local artisan Susan Covington provides a great showcase for Marlene's pottery collection. An old window, now a mirror, reflects light into the room, giving the impression of a secret view. Rosy corals, soft greens and buttery yellows throughout the furnishing and art create a cohesive feel in these rooms. Just the place to kick back and relax with a good book and a dog (or two) at your side.

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