Living Room

The living room’s 19th-century pieces include a Steinway piano and the model Eiffel Tower atop it. “With Lynn, we’ve made the house bigger with mirrors and paintings that not only expand the space, but take your breath away,” says homeowner Pat Ray.

Living Room Details

On the far end of the living room is the “Woof Woof” wall, so named for its collection of 19th-century American, English, and French dog portraits.

Mantel Details

The living room’s sunny palette is amped up by its smallest details, like gold-painted china, fresh flowers, and yellow stained-glass windows.

Living Room Table

Beside a Venetian sconce, a 19th-century portrait of a princess hangs above a skirted table holding old Chinese and Moroccan jars and a jaunty fez.

Colorful Pillows

Colorful pillows adorn the living room couch.

Dining Room

Presented in an unconventional fashion, a large portrait of a sunbather boldly hangs above and below the dining room’s wainscoting. A hand-blocked Indian tablecloth and old Chinese lamp bases add cool color to balance the warm ochre walls and the rich red fabrics.

Dining Room Details

A pair of Chinese lamps with lipstick-red Irish wool shades adds pop to the dining room bistro table, strewn with 19th-century Venetian champagne glasses. A collection of sequined Indian prints from the same era enlivens the wall.

Patio

Paper lanterns and bamboo furniture establish an exotic mood in the backyard patio area. A lush setting is the perfect backdrop for summertime entertaining.

Portrait

Homeowners Pat and Brad Ray outside their home in Minneapolis.

Kitchen

The original 1915 kitchen was transformed from a drab white-tiled chamber into a charming bistro, adorned with portraits to give it personality.

Kitchen Details

A 19th-century bust and sketch of Marianne, patron saint of France, hold court with an old Eiffel Tower bud vase, and Moroccan tea glasses. A big bistro mirror often shows the evening’s menu in red lipstick.

Kitchen Details

“They keep us company,” Brad says of the portraits.

Butler’s Pantry

Hand-forged silverware cabinet pulls continue the fun into the butler’s pantry. Vibrant paint energizes the walls and makes the small space glow.

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, a chartreuse bench topped with exotic pillows continues the vividness of the bed’s giant red-silk embroidered pillows and the Chinese reverse-glass paintings on the wall.

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Collection-Filled Cottage

Loving collectors and a visionary decorator create an exotic interior bursting with passion and color

Written and produced by Darra Baker
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Susan Gilmore

Kitchen

The original 1915 kitchen was transformed from a drab white-tiled chamber into a charming bistro, adorned with portraits to give it personality.

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