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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The homeowners are natives of Canada and collect paintings by artist Heather Horton, who hails from Ontario.  Photograph by Thom ThompsonThe Livable Living Room

Like many traditional homes, the house has an expansive formal living room. The Hurds appreciated the room’s crown moldings, built-in cupboard and elegant fireplace. Plus, it was the ideal setting for the grand piano they bought from the previous owner, who used the home as a weekend get-away.

But it was the one room in the house that didn’t have a clear function.

“I have no idea why people have living rooms,” she says. “They just sit there and look pretty.”

The solution was to designate the space for specific activities, such as Hurd’s regular mahjong game with friends.

It’s also a striking setting for art. The Hurds, natives of Canada, collect paintings by the contemporary artist Heather Horton, who hails from Ontario. A painting of a hiker in a woodland setting hangs over a sofa flanked by chairs. A fresh, modern portrait of a woman at rest on a wood floor is juxtaposed with a classical mantel with reeds and carvings.

“Contemporary art is even more dramatic in a traditional space,” she says.

 

The homeowners have an obvious passion for bright colors. Photograph by Thom ThompsonFun and Fanciful

Hurd always has had an eye for whimsical accents. When she was a teenager, promoters put up a poster for an ascendant troupe of performers called Circ du Soleil in her father’s feed store in Ottawa.

“After the show, they were going to tear it down,” she says. “I said I’d keep it because it’s colorful and cute, never dreaming that Circ du Soleil would become world famous.”

The poster is now part of the eclectic art mix in the kitchen. It’s a fanciful, ever-evolving blend that might include a stately crystal vase teamed with a pink sock monkey. There’s a grouping of bird cages in the sunroom and a carved, wooden Thai spirit house in the family room. A colorfully painted elephant is positioned on a table behind the sectional sofa.

As the couple relocated from various homes in the United States, Canada and Europe, Hurd developed a decorating drill, of sorts.

“Colors have to be neutral,” she says. “Furniture has to be able to go anywhere because you don’t know what the configuration of your next house will be.”

In this house, Hurd has indulged her passion for color.

There are no white ceilings, either. In the kitchen, the ceiling and walls are both painted the warm gold of curry. The Caribbean-tinged blue on the ceiling in the living room is called Jamaican aqua. It reminds Hurd of the summer sky.

In the dining room, crown moldings, chair rail and built-in cupboards with classic, broken-arch pediments are white. The walls and ceiling are painted tomato red.

“It makes for a very intimate room,” she says. “People sit around the table after dinner and talk for hours.”

The table is crafted from panels of quarter-sawn oak, cut to show off the wood’s intricate graining, banded with carved moldings. The chairs are embellished with carvings reminiscent of Dutch masters depicted by Rembrandt. The intricately carved hutch has doors with stained-glass panels.

Hurd bought the furniture during a shopping trip to the Netherlands when the couple lived in Germany. She appreciates the age and craftsmanship of the pieces, but soon learned that opulent antiques had fallen out of fashion in Holland. Fortuitously, that meant prices had fallen, too.

“The Europeans are all about modern furniture,” she says. “The old carved pieces and antiques are a dime a dozen.”

Over the years, she has learned to trust her instincts, following her own sense of style instead of the latest trends. “If you like something, buy it,” she says. “When you go back, things are never there.”

 


Get the Look

  • Think big. Don’t be put off by a piece solely because it’s super-sized. If it’s beautiful and functional you will find the right space for it.
  • Don’t hide away your pretty things. Enjoy them. Silver that is handled often doesn’t tarnish. And you will set out your crystal and fine china more often if you store it in a readily accessible location.
  • Embrace your whole house. Patti Hurd enjoys playing mahjong with friends in her formal living room.
  • Bring the outdoors inside your home. Hurd collects birdcages and displays them in a sunroom. She also found a home for a Thai spirit house in her family room.
  • Maintain a sense of humor. Nothing enlivens a formal space like a sock monkey.
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World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Now in its 8th year, the PAWS for People Conference/Annual Meeting is designed for those who love their pets, are pet enthusiasts or who want to learn more about the world of Pet Therapy. This...

Cost: $45 through 2/14; $50 after that date; $5 discount for PAWS members.

Where:
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: PAWS for People
Telephone: 302-351-5622
Contact Name: Clarice Ritchie
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February 3 – 25 Group Show featuring still life paintings in oil by Rosemary Castiglioni; gestural animal paintings by Gay Freeborn; and plein air landscapes from Zion National Park,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's newest special exhibit. Undertake...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution as you LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities. Undertake three Mesozoic Missions spanning 150 million years and mimic dinosaur...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Newark, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival is a fundraising effort to benefit the railroad. Over 25 artists will be displaying and selling limited-edition...

Cost: $3 for art show admission; $5 for train fare (children under 2 are free)

Where:
Hockessin Memorial Hall
606 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

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Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. Famous painters and Sunday painters were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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DCM Guests will experience, engage in, and take home different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathmatics) activities run by Science Ambassadors from the Charter School of Wilmington...

Cost: $8.75

Where:
Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890
Contact Name: Joe Valenti
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Build a hydraulic-powered machine while learning about pressure, water, and power. Families work together to solve science mysteries and engineering challenges. Activities are included in regular...

Cost: Adults: $14, Children 6-14: $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members: FREE

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host bariatric support groups on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Medical Staff...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-536-5395
Contact Name: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
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An evening of entertainment and hope at the 2017 Wilmington Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of...

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Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Join us for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2017 Wilmington Heart Ball.  Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to...

Cost: $175

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: American Heart Association
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We are a mixture of some of the best and hardest working musicians in the Philadelphia area specializing in a mashup concept, fusing the music of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead....

Cost: $10 + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live- Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE
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Mo Lowda & The Humble is a three piece Indie-rock group from Philadelphia, PA. The band has created a unique musical style combining various genre's ranging from garage rock to jazz fusion;...

Cost: $10 + FEES

Where:
World Cafe Live- Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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