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When the Ruffins lived here, they changed the six upstairs bedrooms to four. The result: an enormous master suite. It was the Ruffins who changed the six upstairs bedrooms to four, creating an enormous master suite with several closets, one the size of a room. A needlepoint blue and white rug covers the hardwood floors on one side of the suite and a large bed commands center stage. A sitting room completes the setting. Across the hall are the children’s bedrooms, each with its own full bath. Pearce’s room was recently redone, changing color from girlish shades of pink to a more mature blue, with a large fuzzy, white rug good for lying on the floor, reading or listening to music. “I wanted to surprise Pearce,” says Meredith, “so while she was away at camp, a friend and I redid the room.” Will’s room is manly, with an antique bed from the Orton Plantation giving the space a stalwart feel. Here, ship models and other toys are stacked neatly on the shelves. But it is Pip’s room that has a little something extra. Beside her room is the Book Nook, a small room the size of a walk-in closet. It has a 66

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window to let in the light and a view to the garden below. There is a built-in bed and a very tall bookshelf filled with children’s books. It’s the perfect place to escape and allow a story to carry the kids away on myriad adventures. Next to the Book Nook is another small room — the wardrobe. Inside, various costumes and a mirror make this the perfect place to play dress-up. To go downstairs, you have three choices, as there are three staircases. “When he built the house, Mr. Williams had lived through the Great Depression. He thought if he built the house so it could be split into apartments, he would be able to generate income if there was ever another depression,” explains Meredith. The central stairway is the most spectacular, a wide, curved set of steps that adds to the elegance of the home. And, there’s a certain spot at the bottom of the stairs that’s magic. “We discovered that if you stand at just the right place and call upstairs, it sounds as if you are right next to each other. It’s really fun.” The Art & Soul of Wilmington

November 2013 Salt  

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

November 2013 Salt  

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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