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The blueprint

Michael Korchynski and Leslie Hornung's English-country style home dates back to 1949. Many reclaimed materials were used in its construction, which makes the home feel even older. The family -- which includes Alex, 14, and Lauren, almost 12, as well as two cats and a dog -- goes all out with the holiday decorations. These -- along with many personal touches (a collection of chicken pottery, anyone?) -- offer visitors plenty to look at.

A peek inside:

The layout: The house, which measures about 2,300 square feet, features a 16-by-20 living room with beamed ceiling and double-sided fireplace, dining room, kitchen with original pine cabinets, laundry room, cloak room leading to half bath and den on the first floor. The second floor has three bedrooms and two baths. The house is multileveled, with two steps leading down to the living room and, on the second floor, two steps leading up to the master bedroom. The house has a basement and two patios.

The wood: Cedar shingles on the exterior. Cherry paneling in the dining room. Pecky cypress in the living room. Cucumber wood (from the Cucumber Magnolia tree) on the floors. The woodwork was handmade by the original owner from his garage workshop and includes tongue-and-groove plank doors with latch hardware.

Furniture: Combination of new, inherited, castoffs and estate sale finds.

Artwork and accessories: Family portraits painted by Leslie Hornung's mother, Elizabeth Hornung, hang on the walls. The first floor powder room is decorated with Tole painted metal trays and coordinating wallpaper. Chicken figurines liven up things in the kitchen.

-- Susan Martin

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