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Harmonious Holiday Hues in a Midwestern Home

An Iowa couple strikes a harmonizing chord of style during the season they love most

Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund
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    Music has always been a focal point in the life of Cindy Wells, so it’s only natural that the Iowa home she shares with husband Alan is filled with an ambience that’s just as much “hear” as it is “see,” especially at holiday time.

    Before she was old enough to utter any decipherable words, Cindy was absorbing tunes played by her mother, who taught piano lessons in the family home for 49 years. While some holiday dreamers envision sugarplums when December arrives, Cindy’s Christmas fantasy puts on a show of dancing musical notes.

    “Music has always filled my home in one way or another,” Cindy says. “I grew up with a baby grand piano and an organ. I danced professionally from techniques of jazz to ballet. Some people bring special pieces of furniture from house to house. For us, the one element we move that transcends each location is music.”

    Cindy and Alan’s home in Urbandale, Iowa, built in 2013, is backed by a forest reserve.

    Photography: Werner Straube

    Interior designer: Diane Young, Trieste, 440 Fairway Drive, Suite 120, West Des Moines, IA 50266, 515/226-7800, triestedesign.com.
    Builder: Denton Homes, 31870 Timber Ridge Trail, Waukee, IA 50263; 515/987-6024, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Holiday designer: Tammy Burmester, Trieste, 515/226-7800, triestedesign.com.
    Tile consultant: Lisa Bell, Bertini Stone & Tile, 515/222-9600.

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    Great Room

    Even though the sounds of song provide a mood of yuletide joy and merriment in their home, Cindy and Alan wanted to welcome guests with a visual treat too. They regularly host friends, family, travel partners, and church groups at the expansive house, situated on a wooded lot in a suburb just outside of Des Moines. The couple turned to Diane Young, who had worked with them on previous houses and had become a personal friend as well as their go-to designer. For this home, Young’s objective was to create a neutral environment that was gracious and didn’t interfere with the richness and depth of nature that initially drew the couple to the property. 

    “The peacefulness of neutral colors allows the interiors to complement the complexion of what’s going on outside, whether its current state is the white of snow, the fiery colors that autumn lends, or the rich, luscious greens of summer,” Young says.

    Wall paint (“Perfect Greige” #SW 6073); trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Area rug (“Regal Cobblestone” #REG04 COBST): Nourison, nourison.com.
    Flooring (Charcoal Maple): Mirage Floors, miragefloors.com.
    Sofa (“Cambridge Curved Sofa” #223-06): Emerson Bentley, emersonbentley.com.
    Sofa fabric (“Plush Linen”/Stone #31816.16): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Contrast welt on sofa (“1/4-inch French Piping”/Mercury #981-26621-058): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Stools in front of sofa (“St. Regis Bench” #H1604 by Amy Howard); console table behind lounge chairs (“Mimi Console” #H403, by Amy Howard): discontinued.
    Stool fabric (“Fursdon” #NCF4082-03, Woodsford Weaves Collection by Nina Campbell): Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.
    Pair of lounge chairs (“Phillipe Chair” #H9461, discontinued): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Lounge-chair fabric and pillows (“Florence Linen Damask”/Flax #LCF65926F, by Folia Fabrics): Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.
    Lamps on console table (“Verona Urn Lamp”): Busbin, busbin.com.
    Box on console: owner’s collection.
    High-backed chair behind console (“Elliott Wing Chair” #114-55); chair fabric (#3617-16): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Floor lamp behind chair (“Austell” #SK1000PN-S, by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort,discontinued): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Music stand
    (antique): Alpen Antiks, 970/544-5384.
    Piano: Steinway & Sons, steinway.com.
    Chandelier (“Beveled Arcs” #701340ST): Fine Art Lamps, fineartlamps.com.
    Built-in window seats: Denton Homes, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Window-seat cushion (“Fursdon” #NCF4082-03, by Nina Campbell): Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.
    Fabrication: Custom Upholstery, LLC, 515/279-2855.
    Bolster pillows on window seat (“Plush Linen”/Stone #31816.16): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Trim on bolster pillows (“Bismark”/Pearl #2860033982, by Travers):  Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Bolster-pillow fabrication: Sonja Carmon, 515/240-0949.
    Stencils on wall panels (custom stencils from Modello Designs): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Bow and large acorn on greenery (custom): Trieste, 515/226-7800. 

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    Warm Living Space

    For the neutral base for her palette, Young chose a warm, taupey gray inspired by a finish that she and Cindy discovered on a piece of furniture during a buying trip. Knowing the home would be filled with cabinetry—not just in the kitchen but elsewhere too—the designer and homeowner opted to apply the finish everywhere, maintaining consistency in the open floor plan.

    Come Christmas, the quiet and versatile color scheme proves an ideal backdrop for seasonal greens, trees, and, of course, a spirited burst of holiday red. Lighted white trees sit atop the imposing carved fireplace mantel while swags of silver garlands hang just below. Although not holiday specific, a curved white linen sofa embellished with dressmaker details that include French piping, buttons, and box pleats might bring to mind the frills on a formal Christmas party gown.

     An arresting fireplace surround and mantel in a chalky white finish provide a stately architectural ground for a towering display of trees and wrapped packages.

    Wall paint (“Perfect Greige” #SW 6073); trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Mantel and over-mantel: The Finished Edge, LLC, thefinishededgellc.com.
    Christmas trees on mantel: Sullivans, sullivangift.com.
    Reindeer on mantel: owner’s collection. Sofa (“Cezanne”#H0953); sofa fabric (#HE23-9697-00): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Pillow with appliqué on sofa: Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Fabrication: Sonja Carmon, 515/240-0949.
    Wing chair (“Elliott” #114-55); chair fabric (#3617-16): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Floor lamp behind chair (“Austell” #SK1000PN-S, by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort,discontinued): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Candle holders on coffee table (#V978.C/V183.C): Saro Lifestyle, sarostore.com.
    Armless chair: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Gweneth Linen”/Greige #79771): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.

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    Harmonious Holidays

    The sofa takes its place in one of the two conversation areas next to a Steinway grand piano, where Cindy is happy to play favorite holiday tunes for her family and friends. 

    Homeowners Alan and Cindy Wells with their Wheaten Terrier, Molly.

    Piano: Steinway & Sons, steinway.com.
    Window seat: Denton Homes, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Window-seat cushion (“Fursdon” #NCF4082-03, by Nina Campbell): Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.
    Fabrication: Custom Upholstery, LLC, 515/279-2855.
    Bolster pillows (“Plush Linen”/Stone #31816.16): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Trim pillows (“Bismark”/Pearl #2860033982, by Travers):  Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Pillow fabrication: Sonja Carmon, 515/240-0949. 

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    Cool Gray

    Despite its primarily gray palette, the house isn’t devoid of color. But the designer applied it judiciously. “Using color is all about intensity,” Young says. In the dining room, where a pair of sepia-colored panels depicting scenes of Italy dominate a wall, Young chose pale aqua to trumpet Christmas on the table’s centerpiece and on ornaments that hang from a flocked tree.

    Wall and trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Ceiling paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014 by Sherwin-Williams, with “Pearl White” Metallic Paint, by Modern Masters):  custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-893.
    Scenic wallpaper panels (“Italian Grisailles  Panel Architectural”#AC1026M, and Italian Grisailles Panel Pastoral” #AC1027M, discontinued; available as custom order): Tara Shaw Maison, tarashaw.com.
    Chandelier (“A Midsummer Nights Dream” #137140ST); wall sconce (“Beveled Arcs” #704850ST): Fine Art Lamps, fineartlamps.com.
    Area rug (“Regal”/Gray #REG06 GRY): Nourison, nourison.com.
    Drapery (“Vicenza” #21034-784, by Hodsoll McKenzie): Zimmer- Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Drapery trim (“Alchemy Jewels”/Sterling): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Drapery hardware (“Portfolio” rod, “Duncan” rings, and “Patience” finials in Titanium): Paris Texas Hardware, paristexashardware.com.
    Dining table (“Chaddock Collection Lucera Double Pedestal Table” #954-20): Chaddock, chaddockhome.com.
    Dining chairs (“Arden Park Chair” #LA3108AC, by Lillian August for Hickory White, hickorywhite.com.
    Chair fabric, plain (“Mika”/Silver #8903-07, by Larsen): Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com.
    Chair fabric, patterned (“Beretta”/Greystone): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Candlesticks on table (“Amalia”); tree on pedestal (“Amalia”): Juliska, juliska.com.
    Christmas tree: Sterling Inc./The Gerson Companies, gersoncompany.com.
    Tree skirt (custom design): Trieste, triestedesign.com.
    Decorations: Sullivans, sullivangift.com.
    Server (“Chaddock Collection Prato Credenza” #948-21): Chaddock, chaddockhome.com.
    Mirror: owner’s collection.
    Lamps on server (“Villa Vista” console lamps #811115ST): Fine Art Lamps, fineartlamps.com.
    Large tree on server (“Harriet”); smaller tree (“Harriet” in Silver): Juliska, juliska.com.

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    Stylish Setting

    In the elegant dining room, a beaded chandelier and shiny nailheads that follow the shapely silhouettes of Lillian August dining chairs naturally enhance the Christmas sparkle. The table is bedecked in a collection of clear glass trees that form the centerpiece as well as metallic placemats and dinnerware, all from Juliska.

    Placemat (“Jardins du Monde”); charger and salad plate (“Firenze Medici”/Gold, Platinum); dinner and bread plate (“Acanthus Gold”); napkin (Metallic Ribbon Lattice”); napkin ring (“Berry Glass”); Christmas tree on table (“Harriet”): Juliska, juliska.com.
    Flatware; stemware: owner’s collection.  

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    Purple Sunroom

    At the other end of the house, the sunroom sports purple accents year-round, but in a restrained fashion. Ornaments and wreaths enhance the decor at holiday time.

    A spool chair and tray ottoman hint at the soft hue in its lavender form, while an assembly of purple and gold ornaments enhances the scheme on a flocked Christmas tree.

    Paint above windows (“Accessible Beige” #SW 7036 by Sherwin-Williams with “Dark Brown Glaze” by Faux effects): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Sisal rug (“Madagascar”/Beechwood): Merida, meridameridian.com.
    Sofa (“Apartment Sofa” #1931-11); fabric (“Hunter”/Natural): Lee Industries, leeindustries.com.
    Pillow, right,  (“Julian”/Plum #190098H); geometric pillow,  left, (“Ruskin”/Fig #190120H-776): Phillip Gorrivan Collection for Highland Court, Duralee, duralee.com.
    Fabrication: Sonja Carmon, 515/240-0949.
    Table at right of sofa (“Archipelago Bari Martini Table” #185-65-16, discontinued): Stanley Furniture, stanleyfurniture.com.
    Coffee table (Cocktail Ottoman with Removable Trays” #9755): Lorts, lorts.com.
    Fabric on coffee table (“Sedona Suede”/Borgogna #9252/06): Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com.
    Lantern (#MTX48026, discontinued): Regency Int’l, regency-rib.com.
    Lavender ornaments on tree and tray: Sullivans, sullivangift.com.
    Art on fireplace (custom by James Navarro): James Navarro Fine Art, navarrofineart.com.
    Wooden mantel: Denton Homes, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Spool chairs (#847): Our House Designs, ourhousedesigns.com.
    Fabric on arms and chair bottom (“Weave Works”/Violet Sky): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Seat-cushion fabric (“Vermentino Aubergine” #0596804): Vervain, vervain.com.

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    Special Details

    Purple accents were chosen for the sunroom. A Century Furniture console table behind the sofa displays a Bible that includes records of births, baptisms, and marriages for 20 generations of Cindy’s family. 

    Console table (“Monarch Turned Leg Sofa Table” #MN5239): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Lamps on console (“Natural Wooden Twist Stem Table Lamp by Regina Andrew” #405-061NAT): LightTrends.com.
    Round sculpture on console (“Bergera” #6218111, discontinued): Light & Living, light-living.com.
    Branches in burlap bags: Sullivans, sullivangift.com

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    Family Room

    Cindy and Alan originally hail from Illinois, but have called Iowa home for nearly 25 years. They reached out to the third Midwest “I” state—Indiana—for one key element that added historic charm. Old beams pulled from a barn in Indiana now outline the vaulted beadboard ceilings in the adjoining kitchen and family room. For Christmas, the beams as well as a circular iron lighting fixture that illuminates the family room are lined with garlands of pine sprigs.

    Christmas greenery descends into the family room, outfitted in handsome upholstered pieces. On the built-in shelving unit, an olive wood Nativity scene is a reminder of a trip to Israel where craftsman Aissa Misleh hand-carved the figures for Cindy and Alan. 

    Wall paint (“Perfect Greige” #SW 6073): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Ceiling paint (“Eider White” #SW7014, by Sherwin-Williams, with “Van Dyke Brown Glaze” by Faux Effects): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Mantel (custom design by Nabeel Fiazi); over-mantel panels: William Ohs, wmohs.com.
    Panel finish: custom.
    Mantel stone (Silver Beige Travertine): Midwest Tile, midwesttile.com.
    Chandeliers (#V174-48, Vermont Collection): Dana Creath Designs, danacreath.com.
    Area rug (Tibetan #120D/Slate): Safavieh, safavieh.com.
    Striped window shades (“Soft Hobbled Fortaleza” #EW146F): Hartmann & Forbes, hfshades.com.
    Valances (“Flannel Suede”/Sable): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Nail trim (#HPM54): D’Kei, dkei.net.
    Fabrication: Classic Window Treatments, classicwindow.net.
    Fire screen: Denton Homes, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Reindeer at mantel (#PN2211, discontinued): Sullivans, sullivangift.com.
    Lounge chair to right of mantel (“Colefax” #509-27); chair fabric (#3622-64); trim (#3450-16): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Floor lamp (“Regina Andrew Design Royal Capital Traditional Floor Lamp” #4-6780, discontinued): Arcadian Home, arcadianhome.com.
    Bookcases (custom, “Marielle”/Flannnel Suede Vicona with Weathered Stone finish, Thomas O’Brien Collection): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Wing chair (“Alamo” #V573-CH/Langdon finish); fabric (“Vladimir”/Graphite #151135): Vanguard Furniture, vanguardfurniture.com.
    Recliner (#2375); recliner leather (#P927/Dove): MotionCraft, motioncraft-furniture.com.
    Recliner fabric (“Inigo Stripe”/Grape #M210/04, by Mark Alexander, discontinued): Romo, romo.com.
    Table between chairs (“Eddy’s Landing Lamp Table” #062-75-08, Coastal Living Resort Collection): Stanley Furniture, stanleyfurniture.com.
    Table lamp: Old World Design, LLC, owddallas.com.
    Coffee table (“Carmel Square Cocktail Table” #CE1063 in finish Greige #5185 S, Guy Chaddock Collection): Chaddock, chaddockhome.com.
    Sofa (“Pablo” #AE-22-1094, Thomas O’Brien Collection): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Sofa fabric (#3450-16): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.

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    Grand Kitchen

    Reclaimed beams add character to the kitchen's vaulted ceiling. A pair of islands by William Ohs are illuminated with a chandelier by North Carolina lighting designer Louise Gaskill, who reimagines old Murano glass into one-of-a-kind fixtures.

    Perimeter cabinetry (custom, designed by Nabeel Faizi); finish (custom); island cabinetry (custom, by Nabeel Faizi); finish (custom); hood over range (custom): William Ohs, wmohs.com.
    Cabinetry hardware (“Waverly Knobs”/Pewter): Emtek, emtek.com.
    Backsplash (6x6 Sonoma Reserve Collection/Flax with 3x3 “Sonoma Camelot Tile”/Flax); border tile frame behind range  (“Sonoma Caspian Chair Rail”/Flax); decorative tiles in frame (“Cumbria”/Flax, Sonoma Reserve Collection); tiles in frame (4x4 “Sonoma Reserve”): RBC Tile & Stone, rbctile.com.
    Range: Wolf, subzero-wolf.com.
    Pot-filler faucet (“Traditional Pot Filler” SS62810LF): Brizo, brizo.com.
    Perimeter countertop (“Botticino Semi-Classico Marble”/Honed); island countertop (“Elegant White Granite”): Galleria of Stone, galleriaofstone.net.
    Farmhouse sink: Native Trails, nativetrails.net.
    Island faucet (“Tresa Bridge Faucet” #SS62436LF): Brizo, brizo.com.
    Counter stools (#220600): Lorts, lorts.com.
    Bar-stool fabric: Sensuede, sensuede.com.
    Chandelier (custom deisgn): Louise Gaskill, louisegaskill.com.
    Bowl on island holding apples (“Country Estate Winter Frolic Ruby Centerpiece Bowl Christmas Celebration” #CE32/73); dish on counter (“Country Estate Winter Frolic Ruby Serving Platter Christmas Eve” #CE55/73): Juliska, juliska.com.
    Wall paint (“Perfect Greige” #SW 6073); ceiling paint (“Eider White” #SW 7013 with “Van Dyke Brown Glaze” by Faux Effects): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937. 

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    Breakfast Room

    With a fresh and current design in place and decorations that fit it perfectly, it’s hard to imagine that the Wellses would ever want to change any of it. Even if they do, an important constant will always remain—Cindy’s music. 

    Cheerful red plaid on dining chair covers brings the holidays into the breakfast room. A custom Louise Gaskill chandelier delights over the festive table.

    Wall paint (“Perfect Greige” #SW 6073); ceiling paint (“Repose Gray” #SW 7015); trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Chandelier (custom design): Louis Gaskill Co., louisegaskill.com.
    Window shades (“Soft Edges”/Wheat): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Trim (“Olympia”/Mouse): Norbar Fabrics, norbarfabrics.com.
    Drop trim on window shades (“Wood Drop”/Dove #TL10096.811, by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks): Lee Jofa, leejofa.com.
    Fabrication: Classic Window Treatments, 515/287-2426.
    Table (“Bucolico Extending Table” with zinc top, Cotone Collection); chairs (“Essenza,” Cotone Collection); buffet cabinet (“Credenza with Zinc Panels”): Artitalia Group, artitaliagroup.com. Available through Furnitureland South, furniturelandsouth.com.
    Seat fabric on chairs (“Savannah Linen”/Oyster #69045): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
    Trim and plaid fabric on chairs  (“Moyen Check”/Poppy #215727): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    “Joy To The World” fabric on host chair: Jody Suttie, 515/277-1231.
    Flooring (Charcoal Maple): Mirage Floors, miragefloors.com.
    Candlesticks on buffet (by Jan Barboglio); creche on buffet (by Jan Barboglio): owner’s collection. 

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    Master Bedroom

    The bed and bedside tables stained in wood tones contrast with gray walls and a Louis XVI style bench. 

    Wall paint (“Mindful Gray” #SW 7016); ceiling paint (“Repose Gray” #SW 7015); trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014); dark trim paint (“Dorian Gray” #SW 7017): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Stencil on ceiling (custom stencil by Modello Designs): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Ceiling light (“Beveled Arcs” #704340): Fine Art Lamps, fineartlamps.com.
    Carpet (“Chez Côte”): Fabrica Fine Carpet & Rugs, fabrica.com.
    Bed (Folio Eighteen Collection” #7601-12, discontinued): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Quilted bed cover (“Charmeuse Channel Quilt Coverlet”/Frost); shams (“Charmeuse Channel Quilt” shams and “Monaco” sham): Ann Gish, anngish.com.
    Patterned shams and bedding (“Marquesas”/Seafoam #PA100-14): Carleton V Ltd., carletonvltd.com.
    Upholstered bench: Eloquence, eloquenceinc.com.
    Art above bed: Art Classics Ltd., artclassicsltd.com.
    Right bedside table (“Tree of Life Chest” #7600-48, discontinued); left bedside table (#7600-06, discontinued): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Christmas trees on table (“Amalia Silver Glass Christmas Tree” and “Florence Glass Christmas Tree”): Juliska. juliska.com.
    Table lamps (“Beveled Arcs” #737910ST): Fine Art Lamps, fineartlamps.com.   

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    Master Bath

    The bathroom's walls shimmer with a custom paint effect—an ideal complement to the "Glitter Green Granite" backsplash. A chandelier from Currey & Co. hangs above the soaking tub.

    Wall paint (“Earl Gray” #522-5 by PPG Pittsburgh Paints and “Lusterstone Silver Taupe” by Faux Effects): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Ceiling paint (“Repose Gray” #SW 7015); trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Floor tiles (“Bianco Antico Marble”/polished, 16x16 inch, with “Granada Smoke Limestone”/honed, 2x2 inch): Artistic Tile, artistictile.com.
    Backsplash by bathtub, countertop on vanity and window seat (“Glitter Green Granite”): Galleria of Stone, galleriaofstone.net.
    Built-in cabinetry (custom design by Nabeel Fiazi): William Ohs, wmohs.com.
    Bathtub (“Serenity” free standing air bath/Biscuit): Aquatic, aquaticbath.com.
    Bath fixtures (“Charlotte Roman Tub with Hand Shower #T67485-PNL-HP): Brizo, brizo.com.
    Chandelier (“Chartres” #9780, discontinued): Currey & Co., curreycodealers.com.
    Window treatment (“Marquesas”/Seafoam): Carleton V Ltd., carletonvltd.com.
    Trim (Korinthos”/Aloe): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Blinds: Norman Window Fashions, normanshutters.com

     

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    Daughter's Room

    A tribute to Alan and Cindy’s grown daughter, who speaks fluent French, her bedroom features French side tables and a bed topped by a cornice that cascades with a sheer fabric.

    Wall paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014 by Sherwin-Williams, with “Pearl White” Metallic Paint by Modern Masters): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Ceiling and trim paint (“Eider White” #SW 7014): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
    Carpet (“Cape May, #62333, Coastline Collection): Stanton Carpet, stantoncarpet.com.
    Chandelier (“Paris Market 6-Light Clear Crystal White Chandelier” #5026-AW-CL-MWP): Crystorama, crystorama.com.
    Bed (Louis XVI/Oyster Cane): Eloquence, eloquenceinc.com.
    Bedspread (“Jefferson”/Swedish Blue #168-8156-29); monogrammed pillows: Legacy Home, legacylinens.com.
    Bed crown: Classic Window Treatments, 515/287-2426.
    Check bed drapery and lamp-shade fabric(“Tilly”/Eau de Nil, Cream #DMUST1301, by Sanderson): Zoffany, zoffany.com.
    Plain bed drapery (“Olivia Sheer Embroidery”/Eggshell #55850): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
    Bed-drapery trim (“Scallop Trim”/Ice); lamp-shade trim (“Facetted Bead Fringe”/Pool): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Bedside tables (“Clementine Nightstand” #NRC03): Eloquence, eloquenceinc.com.
    Table lamps: owner’s collection.
    Sculptures on bedside table: Bethany Lowe Designs, bethanylowe.com.

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    Wine Cellar

    Tucked away at the bottom of the grand stairs, is a curved niche perfect for storing wine.

    Entry doors; wine cabinets; lights on stairs: Denton Homes, dentonhomesiowa.com.
    Sconces flanking doors (“Wrought Iron Wall Light” #WM 135-1): Arte De Mexico, artedemexico.com.
    Wall and trim treatment (custom): The Finished Edge, thefinishededgellc.com.
    Stencil on walls above windows (custom stencil by Modello Designs): custom by Jill Kaldenberg, Stonewall Designs, LLC, 515/457-8937.
    Flooring (“Cobblestone de France Limestone”/Rustic, tumbled): Francois & Co., Minneapolis, francoisandco.com.
    Wrought-iron railing: Artistic Iron Works, artisticironworks.us.
    Stair carpet (“Motif”/Stone): Moda Carpets, modacarpets.com.
    Window blinds in stairwell: Norman Window Fashions, normanshutters.com.   

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    Bar Area

    A cool bar area in the basement is conveniently located near the Wells' home theater room. Gray leather barstools provide extra seating options.

    Cabinetry (“Paloma”/Maple in Thunder with Black Glaze): KitchenCraft Cabinetry, kitchencraft.com.
    Cabinetry hardware (satin nickel): Emtek, emtek.com.
    Countertop on top bar-height counter (“De Corbusier Pewter”): Francois & Co., francoisandco.com.
    Countertop on lower and back counters (“Nero Argento Granite”): Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite, midwesttile.com.
    Backsplash, mosaic tile (“Legacy Glass”/Mink #LG37, 1x1 inch, discontinued); backsplash subway tile (“Legacy Glass”/Mind #LF37, 2x4 inch, discontinued): American Olean, americanolean.com.
    Hanging lights over bar (“Florence Column Pendant” #B228F/C): Juliska, juliska.com.
    Bar stools (“Swivel Bar Stool” #826); fabric (gray leather #340A-61): Our House Designs, ourhousedesigns.com.
    Microwave: Monogram, monogram.com.
    Flooring in bar area (“Cobblestone de France Limestone”/Rustic, tumbled): Francois & Co., francoisandco.com.
    Carpet under bar stools (“Decora”): Moda Carpets, modacarpets.com.
    Wall sconce (“Wrought Iron Wall Light” #WM 135-1): Arte De Mexico, artedemexico.com. Santa art: owner’s collection.   

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    Craft Room

    “Music is the universal language, and it binds people,” says Cindy. “The tempo, arrangement, and lyrics draw emotion, and at Christmas, that emotion is joy. There’s nothing that brings the season to me more

    In Cindy's craft room, cabinetry covers the walls providing ample storage space for supplies.

    Wall paint (“Whitestone” #2134-60): Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com.
    Cabinetry (“Paloma”/Maple); finish (“Millstone”): KitchenCraft Cabinetry, kitchencraft.com.
    Countertop (“New Quay”): Cambria, cambriausa.com.
    Chairs (“Bonaire Club Chair”/Blanquilla #186-21-69, Archipelago Collection): Stanley Furniture, stanleyfurniture.com.

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