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Artistry in architecture

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by Tom Chillemi

Details define the Deltaville home of Violet and Wayne Barlow.

Finished in 2005, the house reflects the design of an owner who built the 4,400-square-foot waterfront house to personal tastes.

“The guy that built this thought of everything,” said Mr. Barlow. “He didn’t skimp on anything.”

Artistry abounds in the carefully thought-out details, such as the curved brick walkway that flows gently to a sand beach on the Rappahannock River, or the brick steps that fan out like an invitation to enter.

The interior has the touch of a professional decorator. Attention to decorating details pulls everything together in a balance of colors, textures and light.

Three upstairs bedrooms are painted in complementary colors of blue, green and yellow to blend with a “watermelon” red bath and the golden beige hallway.

Simple but effective landscaping connect the house to its surroundings.

posted 03.25.2010

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