By Denise DePaolo

Tamara Dettler is ready to downsize. She and husband Dave have recently become empty-nesters, leaving their 4,000-square-foot five bed/three bath west Sioux Falls home feeling mighty big.

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The family moved to Sioux Falls from the Redfield-Doland area 11 years ago, when the ranch-style home was halfway built. Tamara says they came into the project in time to choose some aspects, like the trim and many of the finishing details, but missed the boat on others.

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We begin our tour in the spacious kitchen, as the entryway/formal dining space leads directly into this nucleus on the home. Much like the rest of the house, it is saturated with a cozy, inviting color scheme from the brown sugar-colored woodwork to the taupe walls.

“I love the warmness of the tile and the cabinetry. We changed out the knobs to the oil rubbed,” she said, leaning on the center island. “To me, the kitchen is a gathering place. This is where we spend a lot of time cooking and gathering as a family.”

The rich, earthy palette is punctuated by timeless, industrial-looking objets d’art. Largely due to the choice of materials, at first glance, it can be difficult to ascertain whether they are antiques or modern creations. Many are pieces of decorative ironwork and the tabletop is a kaleidoscopic hammered copper.

The Dettlers’ decorating style is full of visual surprise, yet the colors and deliberate placement of objects and furniture make for a combination that’s relaxing to the eye.

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Tamara, who owns Sioux Falls framing, décor and clothing boutique You’ve Been Framed, explained, “At the end of the day when I come home, I want things clean, simple, low maintenance. Not a lot of clutter.”

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To read the full article, pick up the December issue of 605 Magazine or click here.

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