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The back-splash tile work and decorative beam takes center stage in the kitchen. Terrell installed tin ceiling panels above the island too to replace the recess lights he removed. “There were too many recess lights. I felt like I was under a space ship or something,” Becky said laughing.

By Diane S. Morales, Caller-Times

October 15, 2006

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The fireplace went from a chalky white to an aged rustic gray after faux finisher Aaron Chatman got a hold of it. Windows in the living area overlook the covered patio and the backyard.

What started as a spec house for homebuilder Terrell Pruett eventually became home and the setting for two weddings, including his own.

Pruett started building homes in 1984 and enjoys sharing the creative process with homeowners. At the same time, he gets to know people and learns about himself, too, pushing his creativity to the limit.

“He (Terrell) says ‘I don’t know a lot about a lot of things, but I know a little about a lot of things,’” Becky Pruett, Terrell’s wife said. “So he knows enough to get us by.”

And what he doesn’t know he relinquishes to skilled craftsmen and interior decorators for help, including for their 3,500-square-foot home in Country Creek. But the rest of the pieces were put together by Becky and Terrell, who blended their Tuscan and rustic styles for a place of relaxation.

The last time interior decorator Kathi Robichaux of Gemini Interiors saw the four-bedroom, four-bath home was five years ago when she selected floor tile, wall color, carpet and other materials for Terrell’s spec house.

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A streamlined staircase leads to a balcony with a sitting area that overlooks the living room. Their son’s bedrooms are upstairs and their daughter’s former bedroom is downstairs around the stairwell.

“It was vacant the last time I saw it. These two have made it a beautiful home,” she said.

Robichaux said she chose neutral colors to complement any potential buyers’ accessories, which worked for the Pruetts’ furnishings and casual living.

“She’s more frou-frou and I’m more rustic,” Terrell said. “But we’ve managed to blend them. We’ve blended our lives, our families, our home. It’s just relaxed living.”

Becky leans toward marble and wrought iron accent tables and greenery, while Terrell’s preference is for dark woods. She gets her ideas from magazines, books and home decorating shows then bounces ideas off Terrell.

“I’m a visual person so he has to make samples for me before I make up my mind,” Becky said.

The foyer sets the tone for their style with a dark wood front door, deep-set sidelights trimmed in thick wood and a glass-top marble accent table adorned with decorative candles.

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Becky consulted Terrell’s faux finisher Aaron Chatman before tackling a faux treatment in the niches near the kitchen and in the living room. “It’s not as good as his work, but we did it,” she said.

Tan wall color and marbleized tan ceramic tile floors pave the way to the split bedroom, two-story layout home. From the entrance, picture windows peek into a serene backyard where fountains cascade into a swimming pool. Potted purple Mona lavender mix with fern baskets around the slat roofed patio and hot tub pergola.

Little details

Around the faux painted niches with white cabinets opens the living room and kitchen — a shared space for dining and lounging.

Decorative niches filled with rustic pots near the ceiling and a faux painted fireplace add Old World coziness. The fireplace was the backdrop for the couple’s nuptials three years ago.

On the side of the room, a black wrought iron banister guided Terrell and his stepdaughter down the wedding aisle last Christmas.

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A rectangular wood table from World Market features bench style seats and high back chairs. “We wanted a table with plenty of seating,” Becky said.

“It was absolutely gorgeous,” Becky said. “And special that we’ve been able to celebrate two weddings here.”

Terrell coated the tumbled marble back-splash with a light sealant to bring out the texture and tones of the natural stone. The focal point of the kitchen is a wood beam he constructioned with the help of a trim subcontractor and added wrought iron cornices to frame the tumbled marble wall behind the stove.

Backyard beauty

A walk from the windowed living room overlooking the backyard continues along Terrell’s office and into the master suite located on the other side of the home.

Red and gold tapestry bedding covers the four-post bed with views into the backyard through the French doors. It’s there where the Pruett family spends a lot time gardening in the yard they both designed. A trip to a local nursery with friend Raymond Gray resulted in a collection of ixora, hibiscus — which seems to lose its blooms to a snacking field mouse — ferns, butterfly iris and other plants around the hot tub’s pergola-like structure. The slated wood patio covering mimics the design of the hot tub shade structure.

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A setting sun paints a pastel sky over the swimming pool Terrell and Becky designed. Certified Pool & Specialists installed the nearly 50-foot-long pool with a flagstone beam. “Instead of pouring a deck, they enlarged the coping or beam to make a walk surface,” Terrell said. “I didn’t want the concrete to take up a lot of yard space.”

A small fountain flows into a pond near the hot tub, while water fountains cascade into the swimming pool.

“The sunsets are beautiful here,” Becky said. “And on July 4 we have our own fireworks show that we can watch from the hot tub. It’s just wonderful… I never want to leave.”













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