An often-used room, the kitchen is a gathering spot for friends who come to dinner. A lounge chair, next to a case filled with cookbooks, is a cheery reading nook for hungry visitors waiting for the suppers the couple enjoy cooking. "I like to take older things and mix them with the modern," said Barb Hembree, leading the way out of the kitchen to the living room at the front of the house.
Here, a slatted back, carved rocking chair sits in front of two long, narrow windows treated to sheer taupe draperies. Two modern, pub-style sofas covered in tan microfiber face each other.