Skilled couple get to shine


Skills: Her contributions as a seamstress and his as a woodworker help an editor and her lawyer husband beautify their home.

October 10, 2004|By Marie Gullard | Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the Harford County development of Stone Ridge, Wayne and Mollie Goddard's home is graced with stately white columns, Palladian windows and a portico.

Occupying a corner lot, the two-story Georgian home has 4,100 square feet.

It had one flaw two years ago when the couple bought the home for $429,000. "We bought a white house," says Mollie Goddard, referring to the interior. "And I hate white."

The couple knew what had to be done. They spent an estimated $20,000 on paint, woodworking, molding, fabric and landscaping.

While in college, lawyer Wayne Goddard, 31, was an apprentice cabinetmaker. From this summer vocation, he developed a passion for woodworking, especially intricate moldings and wainscoting. Mollie Goddard, 31, a freelance editor and stay-at-home mother of 16-month-old daughter Sabrina, is a seamstress who creates custom window treatments.

The two rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

The entrance hall showcases the circular layout of the home. Floor-to-ceiling Doric columns define the front rooms, and a winding grand staircase leads to the second level. The kitchen, southeast of the staircase, and a study in the northeast corner are visible from the front hall.

"I love the layout of my kitchen and its double ovens," says Mollie Goddard. "It is one of my favorite rooms."

The kitchen walls are painted a pumpkin-butter shade. Maple cabinets have carved doors. Wayne Goddard built the almond-painted wainscoting over the counters, under the cabinets and on the kitchen's north wall.

The kitchen has Corian counters, stainless-steel appliances and a center island made of maple. The ceramic tile flooring is in shades of terracotta and gray.

Mollie Goddard created window treatments for the three French doors that lead outdoors. Three valances with pineapple designs have shades of green and yellow. They are hung over woven burlap shades that run the length of the doors.

Looking north and east from the kitchen, the family room, with its 22-foot ceiling, dominates the back portion of the house. The walls are painted a burnt copper and contrast with the white molding of the built-in bookcases, which flank a granite gas fireplace.

Multipaned windows dominate the east wall. Detailed molding with bull's-eye corners separates two tiers of windows. A Palladian-arched window soars to the ceiling.

Mollie Goddard says "a tiny Wedgwood box" inspired the dining room's design. The couple's first task was to paint the walls the closest shade they could find to delicate blue porcelain.

Wayne Goddard then installed thick pieces of crown molding on the walls above the white chair rail, forming 10-by-18-inch frames, which he painted a lighter hue of blue. The finished effect mimics vaulted walls.

Mollie Goddard made blue satin draperies embossed with gold fleurs-de-lis for the room's floor-to-ceiling windows. The room includes a Sheraton mahogany table with six high-backed chairs. They sit on a dark blue and burgundy wool Oriental carpet.

Across the center hall, a traditionally decorated living room has been painted buttercup yellow. A wool and silk hand-knotted carpet is in shades of white, yellow and rose. The room's three windows feature tapestries depicting Colonial courthouse vignettes.

A smoky gray shade of paint covers the walls of Wayne Goddard's first-floor study. White bull's-eye molding surrounds the windows and French doors. The room has a cherry barrister's bookcase and double pedestal desk.

Mollie Goddard's office on the second floor has lavender walls, a window seat filled with green and lavender pillows and bright chintz curtains on the double windows.

A bit of whimsy marks Sabrina's nursery. The room is painted lime green, with the ceiling covered in blue wallpaper with fluffy white clouds. Window valances bow out from the walls and resemble a circus tent. A potted bush in the corner of the room is laden with strings of twinkling lights.

The master suite is done in what Mollie Goddard calls Colonial urban. A cherry king-size canopy bed dominates the room. The bedspread and window valances are made of red satin and pinstriped with gold. Swags of olive and gold drape over plantation blinds.

Working with paint, woodwork and fabric, the Goddards have achieved the house they have always wanted.

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