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foyers and in fireplace surrounds.
Ceramic tiles are everywhere, from
the bathrooms in grays, white or
bone with accent stripes of blue,
black, green and burgundy, to the kit-
chen, where tiles are featured on
backsplashes. Oversized, 12x12 tiles
are exciting in foyers and kitchen
floors. Faux Marmi, a ceramic tile
simulated to look like marble, comes
in breathtaking colors and incor-
porates the best features of both mar-
ble and tile.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the
Great Room, one large room encom-
passing the living, family and dining
rooms, was the rage. Today, buyers
frequently opt instead for separate
rooms. The family room may be a
separate area adjacent to the kitchen
or part of the kitchen itself.
In the dining rooms, people are
pairing comfortable chairs to linger
in with their elegant tables. And kit-
chens, deluxe high-tech gourmet kit-
chens for people who may rarely
cook, well, some of them could fit a
small home in the nook area alone.
Sellards frequently combines the kit-
chen, nook and family room into what
he calls the "keeping room." "It's
really the heart of the home," he says.
"It's the living center, with the
fireplace, TV, stereo, kitchen and
The most popular kitchen counter
top is Corian, a man-made product
that is solid throughout, unlike single-
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Marble counter tops and flooring
add sparkle to this Grecian bath in
a showcase home by Holtzman &
Silverman/The Fisher Group. Photo
by Beth Singer.