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Green Friendly Living

A lively palette makes Tom and Chris King’s home a mirror of nature.




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The Kings built their home in Wolfe Pointe in 2004. They display works by local artists such as Marilyn Bauman and the late Howard Schroeder throughout their home. Photograph by John LewisTom and Chris King like to go green—olive green, avocado green, mint green, pistachio green and a soothing sea green. “I am a green freak,” Chris confesses. The cabinetry in the great room-living room and country kitchen? Green. The walls in one guest bedroom? Green. And the Cape Cod home’s exterior? You guessed it—green.

But thanks to a blend of patterns, textures and other colors, including creamy white and peach, the greens never overwhelm the decor. Instead, they complement and draw attention to Kings’ wooded lot—full of loblolly pines and holly trees—in the Wolfe Pointe neighborhood in Lewes. Generously sized windows provide restful views of the landscape from most rooms. “I chose all my colors from the woods, the trees and the pine cones,” Chris says.

The home, built in 2004, is one of seven Lewes-area properties the Kings have had built. They’ve lived in five and built two to sell. The Kings’ house-hopping has centered on Lewes, where Tom’s family has long owned King’s Ice Cream on Second Street. (There is another location in Milton.) Chris is a retired Cape Henlopen High School English and drama teacher who clearly has a knack for interior design—and spotting resell potential. “We got the bug,” Chris says of their move from the Madison Avenue duplex they remodeled to Wolfe Runne to Cape Shores to Wolfe Pointe, where they’ve lived in two homes. The first lured a bidder as soon as they moved in.

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