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Paying attention to the details

When it comes to home decor, I get excited about things like cabinet knobs and lamp bases.

I admit it: I like details.

That's why touring Decorators' Show House is so much fun for me.

Here are just a few of the details that caught my eye:

*Glittery accessories such as crystal tie-backs. And the little crystals centering the starburst designs painted in an all-over pattern by Terry L. Litzinger in the second-floor "Champagne & Ice" hallway.

*Utilitarian pieces displayed in cool ways. A stainless steel colander hangs on a nail inside an open black shadow box on a wall in the eating area. Across the room on a five-tier shelf, shiny cookie cutters are displayed in a glass bowl, alongside silverware, serving pieces and other everyday items.

"The workhorses of the kitchen are featured as artwork," explained Elizabeth Bartolone, who decorated the space along with Maria Jacobi, of Homeward Bound.

*Big vases. In the living room, designer Mark Taylor has one that stands more than 3 feet tall filled with cherry blossom branches. At the same time, it's interesting to note how smaller vases are strategically placed throughout the house.

There's a lesson here: the right vase in the right place.

*Birds, birds, everywhere. They're found on the solarium ceiling, bedroom wall, table bases, bedding fabrics. You can almost hear them chirping and tweeting.

*Wallpaper. I'm a fan. And the faux techniques on Show House walls are always something to gaze at.

*Rubber duckies. A family of them. Is there anything cuter in a kids' bathroom?

*Numbers. It took more than 1,200 thumbtacks to hang all the copies of The Buffalo News on the ceiling of the game room, decorated by Robin Reback Janiak of Reback Interiors. She honestly told me that.

*Dollhouses. You don't have to be 6 to enjoy one. Mary Quimby has a beauty in the linen closet of the second-floor landing. She even has furniture hanging down whimsically from the closet ceiling.

*Suprises. I love the "Tequila Lime Green" color painted inside the drawers of a triple dresser and high-boy in the bedroom themed "The Bird is the Word" (there also are bird accents everywhere).

Christopher Hempel calls these 1955 solid walnut pieces "preloved." The exteriors are painted white, and the green interiors are just plain fun.

Finally, it's always a joy for me to hear decorators talk about the colors of their walls. Take Mark Taylor. The paint on the walls of the living room he decorated goes by the name Refined, or Benjamin Moore Color No. AF-75.

But Taylor described it this way: "A soft color that changes with the light depending on the time of day. Sometimes it looks blue. Sometimes it looks green. Sometimes it looks gray. Sometimes it looks white."

Who wouldn't like a color like that?


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