The effect is a home with panache but solid enough to withstand two energetic little boys. The rooms of Chris Jr., 5, and Will, 2, don't feature overt kiddie motifs, but they do have flair. There's a safari scene, for instance in one room, and earthy red and brown stripes in another.
"I believe you can have kids and still have a nice home," says Runde, who is teaching the boys not to jump on things. "I also try to use family-friendly fabrics."
Runde's decorating prowess has been recognized. In 2008, her sunroom was the winner of Better Homes and Gardens decorating prize for "Our Favorite Room." She won a $3,000 gift certificate for furniture and, of course, bragging rights.
There's no time to rest on her laurels, however. The master bedroom, remains a "work in progress," and with the holidays here, Runde brought in several Christmas trees and stylish decorations.
"Our home feels like home — it's not cookie-cutter," she says. "It's not grand, but it is the best it can be."
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