Originally created 10/31/04

Neutral home is spiced up with rich hue



Tondra Fobish has no particular style of decorating; she just knows what she likes.

Her 2,400-square-foot Evans home, therefore, has traditional elements accented with contemporary pieces.

Mrs. Fobish, an Army Reserve First Lt. and nurse serving at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and her husband, John, who is a chief warrant officer on active duty and at Fort Gordon, have lived in the home almost three years. She likes the house's formal areas and open spaces.

The large family room is painted in neutral colors but accented in rich burgundy and ruby tones. Pillows and throw blankets, along with the large metal sconces dotted with jewellike pieces, pick up the accent colors.

Small ceramic elephants lend an Oriental flavor to the room.

"I like elephants," Mrs. Fobish said. "If I see one, I'll pick it up."

The master suite is downstairs near the family room. Although the furniture is new, it has an antique feel.

Painted in a neutral tone, the room is highlighted in Mrs. Fobish's favorite color, purple. The bedding features threads of purple, and the prints on the walls are of purple flowers.

"I probably would have more pictures with purple, but they are hard to find," she said.

The dining room also is accentuated in purple.

The walls are painted in two shades of green, with a chair rail separating the olive on the bottom and the sage atop the walls.

The dining room table and matching china cabinet are in a blanched wood. The cabinet holds dishes patterned with grapes and leaves.

"I want it to be full of purple and green glass," Mrs. Fobish said. "It may be halfway there."

One dining room wall is covered with mirrors.

"I love mirrors," she said. "I added the mirrors because I think it makes the room bigger."

The kitchen is painted a bold red with white cabinets and appliances. European scenes are featured on prints on the walls.

The couple's daughter, Seymone, 12, and son, Johnathan, 3, have upstairs bedrooms.

Seymone's room is typical pre-teen, with a computer and desk for schoolwork, dolls on shelves on one side of the room and stuffed animals on shelves on the other.

Seymone said she would like to have her room painted light blue.

Johnathan's room is blue with a Noah's ark theme. He wanted either SpongeBob SquarePants or Spider-Man. His mother chose Spider-Man.

A third upstairs bedroom serves as a guest room. It is accented with burgundy and gold.

Mrs. Fobish said she probably is not finished decorating. She'll find a piece that she likes and add it to a room.

"John will say, 'You don't have anyplace to put it,' but I always find a place," she said.

At Home With:

The Family: John and Tondra Fobish; daughter Seymone, 12; and son Johnathan, 3

The House: 2,400 square feet, four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Why this house: Mrs. Fobish loved the large rooms and the formal spaces.