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Interior offers simple elegance with inviting colors

Sunday, June 8, 2003

Every once in a while, you see a home that is so classically American that it can make you crave an apple pie. That's the case with the home at 1414 Amblewood in Cape Girardeau. It's as American as the Fourth of July and a slice of apple pie.

It's a two-story, white vinyl house with gray shutters, a red door and a two-car garage. A terrace sits elegantly above the classic front porch, and an American flag flutters in a gentle breeze. It's one of those houses with excellent curb appeal: it just looks inviting.

The interior of the house is also classically American. A hardwood floor is found through much of the house. Touches like crown molding are also found throughout. The color palette has been kept light to optimize the natural light coming through the windows.

To the left of the foyer is a formal living room with two large floor-to-ceiling windows. It merges easily into the family room, dining room and kitchen areas, all with hardwood floors and warm woods. Both the oak kitchen cabinets and built-in entertainment center in the family room are warm and functional. A brick wood-burning fireplace in the family room increases the home's coziness. An oak mantle on the fireplace adds the perfect spot for displaying favorite family photographs. Two large windows give you a view of the attractive lattice-work fenced yard. French doors lead to the deck, which is a perfect for outdoor summer entertaining.

The kitchen also features modern appliances, like a white side-by-side refrigeration with indoor drink and ice dispenser and an above range microwave. A double stainless steel sink has above it a large window overlooking the deck and back yard. A main level laundry room is nearby, offering wonderful functionality. A Tiffany-style light above the kitchen table and a hanging pan rack in the kitchen also offer both charm and well-planned design.

A half bath off the hallway features the hardwood floor, handsome oak cabinet, light countertop, subtle wallpaper and a stylish decorator mirror.

Upstairs, the home's four bedrooms give the house plenty of room for most families. The master bedroom suite also offers a large and well-organized walk-in closet and peaked ceiling. The bathroom area features two separate sinks and vanity areas, a step-in shower and a handsome privacy shutter on the bathroom window.

The basement area is not finished but offers space for storage and for future remodeling opportunities.

This house is available for viewing through Divine Homes Realty. It is in Alma Schrader Elementary School District.

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