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Tropic Escape

Posted October 17, 2012 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Karen and Karl Tandy’s home on Allison Avenue is full of tasteful surprises.

Karen and Karl Tandy have landscaped their home with many flowering and seasonal plants.

As you approach the front door, the light scent of sweet autumn clematis fills the air. The entire front yard is layered with greens, blooming seasonal flowers and leaves falling from the big ash tree. It’s a beautiful time of year for this beautiful front yard.

But wait, there’s more. Inside this mid-1960s split-foyer home is a clean, crisp look and feel. A near-perfect decorating style with books positioned beside chairs, dining room seat covers placed to a tee and living room seating easy for conversation creates an inviting atmosphere.

The two-sided white brick fireplace is evidence of 1960s architecture. The updated light, creamy painted walls and modern, medium-green chairs are perfect energy for this couple on the move.

“It’s very comfortable,” says Karen. “We’ve repainted, redecorated and added all the landscaping, flowers and plants outside over the last several years.”

Once through the sliding doors, you find yourself in the gazebo on the deck. It’s the tropical feel with sheer curtains pulled to each side and large-leaf plants that look as though their leaves are big enough to fan you should you get sweat on your brow.

This seems a peaceful place to go over the day’s happenings and anticipate tomorrow’s. Below this deck your gaze takes you to a wonderful tropic escape… or a pool party for a bunch of chatty girlfriends who really do gather here every Thursday and have for many years.

This therapeutic backyard has smartly-built layers of used concrete from an old driveway. Its terrace design allows this space to soar to its maximum potential.

The entire backyard is encased in chain link fence which is covered with sweet autumn clematis, so the backyard smells good, too. Within this area are the numerous ideas, inspirations and flowering beauties that only a master gardener could imagine.

Your eyes gaze and stop at a fascinating large green pot filled with baby tut grass, and then you gaze to the beautiful blue water in the pool, then off to the many perennials. The color and depth that Karen has mastered in this space is amazing.

A busy couple lives here. They entertain 16 grandchildren and have 35 people over for potlucks. This couple loves their home and they love living in Windsor Heights.

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