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to create a custom accent table, a perfect fit behind the white Pottery Barn sofa. Yes, says Kornegay, it’s OK to break the rules. Distressed Mango furniture and sunny colored throw pillows complement the island art. “My mother made all but two of them,” says Kornegay, who handpicked the fabric. Lane Venture wicker chairs — good for card playing — create an air of comfort at the dining table. As for the kitchen cabinets, dingy laminate was replaced with custom cherry, and the entire family can sit around the granite top island, complete with pulley pendant lights. Tommy made and installed the copper gutters. In 2011, shortly after the transformation was complete, Liz moved back to Eden when a speech-language position became available. Although the Tuckers still live in a big house in Eden, their modest patio home has become the place they spend holidays and muchneeded getaways. They’ve taken to calling it the Miracle House. “It’s just a simple little house,” says Susan, “but it’s a retreat for all of us.” For Liz, it’s a version of Eden — not the Eden of Rockingham County, but one that recalls the coastal paradise of her youth. “When I go to Wilmington,” she tells her mother, “nothing hurts.” In fact, Liz is planning a June wedding. The destination has not yet been determined. Perhaps here, says Susan, of Paradise. b The Tuckers help raise funds for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke through the annual Angels Among Us walk each spring. Liz’s team: Pink Princess and Bentley Allan. For more information, visit www.angelsamongus.org. The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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