Blending Two Traditions — Spanish Hacienda and Contemporary Style, by Geschke Group

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If you’ve never been to Spain, enjoy a taste of it in this hacienda-inspired home by the Geschke Group. Enter the premises down a winding patterned stone walk, through the central courtyard, and you’ll feel instant warmth: bubbling fountains and palm plantings give you the sensation of walking through a secret garden. Look upward, in the arched stone corridor, and behold an ornate lantern that bounces its beams to every nook of the graceful curves above. Peek in through floor-to-ceiling glass and you’ll see the home’s open floor plan; once indoors, you have an unimpeded view to the outdoors on the other side. To your right, a long wood dining table with studded chairs is mere steps away from a kitchen island with handy stools for eat-in convenience. To your left, an inviting fireplace is flanked by a deep leather couch and chairs with colorful throw pillows.

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Tables hold useful ceramic art — green vases on one, a centerpiece bowl on another — and ambient lighting pours over all from wrought-iron chandeliers and a tiny second-story window. Outside, a ceramic table and wicker chairs provide handy seating next to the pool and waterspouts; if you prefer, you can indulge in a more sedate soak indoors in a lavish, deep tub under an arched window in a spacious, marble-tiled bath. Among the modern open plans and spaces, you’ll still see tradition: note the fun wrought-iron balcony at one end, and the thoroughly Spanish red tile roof over all. It’s a combination of convenience, easygoing style, luxury, and timeless detail — that’s this Spanish hacienda.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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