A Fresh Approach


Cheerful yellow walls greet guests in this bedroom, where bold splashes of orange and red on shades and decorative pillow shams, along with steer skulls, prompt an eye-popping reaction followed by appreciative smiles. Photo by Jared Blais

For two years Margo Montgomery kept a close eye on an overgrown riverfront lot, envisioning the home she would build there. When a “For Sale” sign appeared one day she sprang into action; it didn’t take long before Margo was the happy owner. With children Matt and Mackenzie grown and on their own, the four walls would reflect her sunny spirit and optimistic outlook. Add a sense of surprise and you have the House that Margo Built. “I’m a super-cheery person. I like to have fun and I wanted the house to reflect that. I wanted to walk in every room and smile,” Margo’s eyes light up as she looks around the open living area. A white L-shaped sofa with orange and blue decorative pillows, a pair of side chairs upholstered in matching fabric, and twin stone coffee tables cluster in front of the fireplace where a stylized pop art painting centered above adds punch and the first of many smiles. 

“At first I had a more traditional painting there, but it was too dark and just didn’t fit. I had found a picture of this one in a magazine, cut it out, and showed it to my architects David (Moulton) and Scott (Layne). When I asked them what they thought, they said, ‘Buy it!’ And I did!” Margo says with obvious delight. 

In a sunny corner a baby grand piano awaits Margo’s musical muse. Nearby a dining niche with table on wheels, white open-back chairs and an antique pine bench beckon, as does an all-white kitchen where the Calcutta stone island makes room for high-backed upholstered stools at one end. 

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