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The two-story home that Ginny Brown-Cerasani and her husband, Nate Cerasani, share with their pets was designed and built to last by Ginny's father, Spencer Brown. The couple hopes the house will stay in the family for generations.

A look inside:

Layout: Open design with great room, kitchen and eating area. First floor also features a laundry with powder room; a first-floor bedroom suite, and a home office. Stairs lead to a large loft and two unfinished areas.

Floors: Ceramic tile and Berber carpeting.

Window treatments: Blinds and unfussy draperies.

Colors: Monochromatic tones of browns and tans with touches of red, including chocolate brown walls in the master suite and khaki in the great room.

Furniture: Overstuffed seating. Black bar stools at the kitchen island blending with dark-finished IKEA bookcase, coffee table and side table in great room. Television base crafted by Spencer Brown. Platform bed in master suite.

Accessories: Lots of brushed nickel; collection of Buffalo China in the soffits above kitchen cabinets; animal artifacts and prints; portraits of a giraffe, elephant and other animals in the master bedroom; artwork reflecting Nate's passion for golf, and displays of rocks and minerals, collected by Spencer Brown.

Large aquariums also are found in the great room and home office.

-- Susan Martin

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