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dining room and office. Upstairs, rooms were also rearranged. A new master bedroom was created on the upper level of one pavilion, with the original master bedroom repurposed as the master bathroom. The upstairs hallway was set directly above the one on the floor below, and the two-car garage was extended in length. Designer Peyton Merrill says she wanted the interiors to reflect the more dignified look of the upgraded architecture. “However, for the new family room, a more rustic, relaxed feel was appropriate. I had been on vacation at Sea Island, Georgia, and took inspiration from the local architecture there to introduce wood beams and a tongue-andgroove ceiling. The stone fireplace brings the rusticity of the chimneys inside, and the light fixture is made from oak wine barrels.” Merrill says she chose grasscloth for the walls to warm up the space visually. “I wanted a more formal look for the dining room and consequently specified a silver-leaf wallpaper with touches of pink and purple. The Suzanne Kasler/Hickory Chair dining chairs contrast the dark wood of the round table, while the chandelier sets off the scene.” Above: The new linking hallway opens to the formal dining room one way and the family room and office the other. This improves the flow of the home and with a wet bar, has become a congregating point in the home. Doorways are aligned with tall exterior windows in adjacent rooms to provide sight lines right through the interior. Wood floors laid in a herringbone pattern are another feature of the hallway. more renovations at 43