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roomJUNE 2012 31A strip of 66 electrical outlets lines the perimeter of the kitchen for convenient use of coffeemaker, mixer, toaster, juicer and blender."The (architects') advice was good: Keep the palette simple and minimal," Paula said. "We picked three materials: White marble, maple and stainless steel."Open shelves in place of hanging cabinets enable them to display things that are attractive and used frequently, from lemonade pitchers to Torani syrups."It has made us be a little more mindful of what we use," Paula said, citing her collection of colorful candleholders from Mexico, pottery made by her mom and pastry bowls that Ron uses to make bread. "The plants are happy," she adds, noting that Ron's green thumb keeps orchids and herbs thriving along a wall of windows.The room has a clean, sophisticated look, punctuated by pure, white marble surfaces. "The perception is that marble is tough to maintain, but we love it," Paula said, citing its 15-year sealant. "It develops a patina with time that's very warm. It's very practical and perfect for pizza doughs and breads." ?Micah, the resident Irish terrier, naps in an easy chair.

32 roomJUNE 2012 This quiet corner room overlooking the Iowa River on the main floor is where Paula and Ron entertain friends, away from busier areas of the house.