Our two-story entry hall is open and airy, with the living and dining rooms at left, the kitchen and family room up four steps at the rear of the house, and the stairway to the bedrooms at right. Buttery yellow walls magnify the sunlight and the feeling of spaciousness.

The welcome mat in the entry is actually a mosaic "area rug" made of slate tiles set into the hardwood floor. It helps define the foyer. The tiles also appear on the stair risers leading up to the kitchen and family room and are used on the front porch, providing a visual connection between outside and inside.

FLOORS: Mirage. SLATE: Alpha Granite & Marble.

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