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The blueprint

Fresh paint, new flooring and lots of artwork are what Richard Lambert and Mark Moretti counted on to transform a small quirky house in Allentown into a comfortable home. They have lived in the 1,450-square-foot house, which was featured in the Secrets of Allentown tour of homes in 2004, for three years and are still making improvements. This summer, for example, they plan to enlarge the 10-by-13-foot deck.

A look inside:

*The layout: The house, which is narrow but long, features a foyer, living room, dining room, small guest room, kitchen, two baths and den on the first floor. The den, once a studio apartment rental, was added by a former homeowner and has a small kitchen area. The second floor has two bedrooms. A trap door in the kitchen floor leads to the basement.

*The floors: New Pergo flooring in the living room, dining room and den. Refinished hardwood in the kitchen. Area rugs throughout.

*The colors: Moretti and Lambert chose pale yellow for the living and dining room walls; bright blue for the guest room; terra cotta in one of the baths, and cranberry for the kitchen. The walls in the den have a sueded effect, created with Ralph Lauren Bison Suede (brown) and Mochernut (tan) paints.

*Furniture: Eclectic mix. The dining room table came from Moretti's parents' home when they downsized. A library table came from Newfoundland, where Lambert once lived. Upholstered pieces include a sand-colored faux suede sofa, red wingback and a leather chair and matching ottoman in the living room. Red sofa and love seat in the den. Futon in the guest room.

*Accessories: Lots of artwork hanging on the walls; framed photographs on shelves; collection of blue bottles above kitchen cabinets in den; china pieces hand-painted by Moretti's grandmother; cut-glass globes from Key West; kitschy knickknacks.

-- Susan Martin

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