Family room and veranda

David Wakely

"When you have a large space like the family room - dominated by a soaring stone fireplace - the furnishings have to be substantial," says Stone Thomas.

Bold plaid sofas, colorful planters, and dramatic artwork rise to the occasion.

A built-in entertainment center hides video and stereo equipment.

An opera box-like balcony off the upstairs hall dramatizes the verticality of the family room and borrows light for the hallway. Just outside the family room is the veranda, which has its own fireplace facing a cozy seating area and a barbecue center.

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