Patti Hurd’s Home in Northern New Castle County, Delaware
Feeling Right at Home: The Hurds had lived in nearly a dozen different homes before they found the perfect fit.
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Throughout the house are unique architectural details. A grand, sweeping staircase leads to a second-floor gallery. Windows are accented with stained-glass inserts in jewel tones.
In the family room, there’s a beamed ceiling. Walls are sheathed in exquisite walnut paneling. Underfoot are pegged, wide-plank oak floors. An opulent carved frieze with lion’s heads is incorporated into the mantel.
“It’s very warm, very inviting, the place to read a book and enjoy a cup of tea,” Hurd says.
A massive oak kas, or Dutch armoire, is embellished with lavish moldings. Traditionally, a kas was used to keep linens and other household items. The Hurds have pressed it into service to store wines.
“It weighs a ton, literally 2,000 pounds,” she says. “When we move into a new house, it tells us where it wants to be.”
A Moving Experience
The Hurds have not hesitated to buy things they love simply because the pieces are large and difficult to move. They have learned from experience that just about anything can be packed up and shipped to a new location.
“It isn’t that complicated,” Hurd says. “You hire the container—and the delivery man swears at you under his breath.”
Hang on to the furniture and accessories that resonate with you and your family, Hurd advises. But don’t be afraid to sell or donate items that no longer suit your practical or aesthetic sensibilities. After all, individual tastes change over time.
“Thin down every time you move,” she says. “If you haven’t used it in five years, don’t keep it.”
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