Carroll couple's decor reflects varied palette


Owner's eye for color, love of decorating are revealed throughout their suburban Colonial

September 25, 2005|By Marie Gullard | Marie Gullard,Special to The Sun

When Michael and Ingrid Woods moved into their custom-built home in Carroll County, they initially decided to keep all of the walls white for one year until they could formulate a decorating scheme.

"That lasted two months," said Michael Woods, a 48-year-old supervisor at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. "Now every room's a different color."

His wife of seven years, Ingrid Woods, 45, a senior administrator at BGE, does not deny her love of warm colors and is proud of her ability to create an ambience for every room in their 3,500-square- foot home.

Situated on a large corner lot in the development of Eldersburg Estates, the home's Colonial Georgian design is enhanced by a large Palladian window above the front door, a red brick facade, white columns at the front porch entrance and an expansive front lawn.

The couple paid $263,000 for the home, which was ready for occupancy in March 2001.

Since then, they have spent another $23,000 on various home projects including a large rear deck; upgraded wood flooring in the hall, family room, library and upstairs hallway; and a finished basement.

Still, it is Ingrid Woods' eye that has guided the home's design.

"She stands in the doorway just looking," he said. "And she has that look in her eye. Then I see a tape measure, and then she's on the computer. That always means another project."

Ingrid Woods noted that she frequently shops over the Internet and that one small piece may define the decor of an entire room. The hanging lamp in her kitchen is an example. Four tall hurricane lamps are nestled within a wide-mouth, domed copper shade, setting the tone for a warm country kitchen.

The room has been painted butterscotch, a soothing background for cream-colored appliances and light oak cabinets.

Just off the kitchen, a gentle gurgling emanates from a tabletop waterfall on a built-in shelf. This audible welcome heralds the family room, painted in a pastel moss green.

Ingrid Woods wanted a southwestern flavor and took her inspiration from a lampshade covered in patchwork fabric of dark green, burgundy and blue. She chose an ottoman with the same shades in a diamond pattern. A club sofa and love seat in caramel leather sit near the gas fireplace. A leather-framed mirror above a marble mantel reflects the home's bright entrance hall. A 6-foot wooden giraffe stands sentinel at the fireplace hearth, along with a 2-foot-long carved mahogany lizard.

The last room in the rear of the home is the library. Painted in what Ingrid Woods refers to as "orange sherbet," it has built-in bookshelves and a tan leather club sofa. The couple chose two prints with a "library theme" to grace the walls.

Even the powder room shows Ingrid Woods' love of color. Here, purple walls contrast with gleaming white porcelain fixtures and chartreuse trim and linens.

An entrance hall separates the rooms in the front half of the house. The eastern exposure allows for bright light through the curtain-less, Palladian window. Thin-planked pine flooring gleams in the morning light. Two large Doric columns on each side of the hall define the living and dining rooms.

In the dining room, painted grayish blue, a mahogany pedestal table features a glass top and rests in front of a chrome-covered buffet. Atop the buffet, a multipaned, kaleidoscope mirror reflects thousands of beams of light from a crystal chandelier.

Across the hall, the formal living room is painted in light pea green that complements a pair of peach upholstered accent chairs and tuxedo sofa in pastel geometric tapestry.

A light, birchwood curio cabinet holds a cache of personal treasures including the bride-and-groom top of the couple's wedding cake and an 11-piece resin set of jazz musician figurines.

All four bedrooms on the second level reflect a distinct flavor to match their bright walls. Three of the rooms are for guests' use and include the Emerald Room, painted vivid green with a dark mahogany suite of furniture and African art prints on the walls. Another, which the Woodses call their "African motif room," repeats the butterscotch color of the kitchen and is adorned with wooden masks from the Dominican Republic and a leather mask from St. Martin.

The master bedroom is painted cadet blue and showcases a California king-size oak bed. A ceiling fan with crystal lampshades casts prismatic needles of light across the cathedral ceiling.

In the basement, the Woodses have installed an entertainment center. What Ingrid calls their "mini home theater" boasts a 65-inch television screen and an illuminated home theater marquee, which can be personalized. And for those intermission times, there's a 9-foot pool table and four oak chairs for spectators awaiting their turn with the cue stick.

"We still look around [the house] and reflect at how blessed we are," said Ingrid Woods. "You don't have to be rich to have a nice home. Sometimes all you need is a little paint, a lot of imagination, and a great deal of love."

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