Every room in the new home was designed to be used daily. Warmed by the fireplace, the breakfast room has an antique harlequin-patterned Chinese rug that was moved from the owner’s previous residence; in fact, the new breakfast room was sized to fit the rug.
The kitchen’s traditional cabinetry and beadboard ceilings go airy in white, a theme embellished by the pots of leggy narcissus on the windowsill.
Fresh fruit and pastries on classic pie plates give depth and color to this bright kitchen.
Details on the next slide.
A metal reindeer fruit bowl holding oranges lends a subtle holiday touch to the counter space.
The richness of the natural wicker dining chairs warms up this cozy breakfast room.
Decorating for Christmas is a must, says Sue. “Our newest holiday tradition is inviting every neighbor over for a huge but very casual Christmas party. It’s a caroling party. A bunch of the neighborhood dads play the piano and everybody sings.”
The home’s shingle-style architecture looks especially picturesque with a blanket of snow.
Sue Ruge with son Nicholas and daughters Mary (left) and Shannon.
Sue’s bedroom achieves character from a mantel salvaged from her old home’s basement. “I didn’t have a bedroom fireplace in that house, so this one’s even better!”
The pine armoire reflected in the entry’s mirror serves as a coat closet and avoids blocking the windows. Detail on the next slide.
The carved German nativity is a family heirloom.
The main room combines living and dining for great function. Its coffered ceiling and detailed moldings—all painted white—add to the airiness of the windows.
Silver and crystal ornaments glow in the light from the living room’s many windows, giving the Christmas tree an organic radiance.
The pearlescent and silver hues of the mantel vignette are illumined by natural light.
Sue’s favorite room in her old home was the den, where she read to her children. She replicated it in the new house, recycling all its furniture and draperies.
Employing classic elements—cranberries and evergreens—the winter tablescape is timelessly elegant.
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