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The blueprint

It has been about five years since florist/designer Carole Melnik and artist Brian Cudeck bought their cottage. Its decor and landscaping reflect their preference for surrounding themselves with natural, found and repurposed objects.

A brief look:

*The layout: Front and back living rooms, kitchen, dining area, bathroom and bedroom on the first floor. An approximate 24-by-60-foot renovated second floor with two bedrooms, a bathroom and dormers with built-in storage.

*The colors: Jade green, plum and taupe in the dining area; robin's egg blue and cocoa brown in the back living room. Neutral walls and natural light on the second floor.

*Some highlights: Cudeck's glass and metal works, the black, river stone floor in the shower, glass block treatments upstairs and down, '50s-era lamps, large patio and lush landscaping, including perennial grasses.

-- Susan Martin

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