Cathi Hodgins’ kitchen, that’s what. The designer finally renovated her favorite room. It was worth the wait.
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For years, Hodgins immersed herself in a pale palette of dreamy cream and soft ivory throughout her home. These days, she is adding a strong dose of color as a backdrop. She is glad she took a chance on the spicy rouge color on the walls in the dining room—but isn’t sure she will warm up to the cool blue in the living room.
“I enjoy trying colors out on myself before I suggest them to clients,” she muses. “Why not paint the walls a bold color? It isn’t difficult at all to paint over it if you change your mind later.”
Before Hodgins trained as a designer, she traveled the globe as a flight attendant. On a trip around the world, she spied a glistening chandelier of blue-tinted Murano glass in Venice.
“I couldn’t afford it then but I swore I would get one of those chandeliers in my lifetime,” she recalls.
More than 20 years later, she spotted the chandelier at a design conference in Italy and had the piece shipped home. Today, it hangs in the dining room above an antique table passed down by Hodgins’ great grandmother.
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