Friends call it the Technicolor house, and it’s easy to tell why.
There’s purple and orange pillows tossed on the couch, echoing the colors of a Florida sunset. The Pelican March condominium’s office is the color of a lush, green forest, speckled with sports memorabilia.
But what else would you expect from former “color man” at DuPont, Ed DeMartin, and his color-crazy wife, Marie.
“When you live in Florida it should look like you live in Florida,” Ed DeMartin, 77, declared. “We love to play with the decor.”
The couple moved to the 1,670 foot condo about five years ago from a much bigger home off Immokalee Road. Ed DeMartin said they were concerned about the smaller space, but immediately knew they wanted to “go crazy with color” when they moved.
That’s exactly what they did, too.
“I was so thrilled I found a man who liked (color), too,” said Marie DeMartin, 59.
The living room — or the “sunset room” as the DeMartins lovingly refer to it — is painted the color of the sky at sunset, a combination of pinks and oranges that Marie DeMartin said mimics the sky outside their house each evening. The rich purple area rug in the center of the room, paired with orange and purple pillows, keep the dusk theme going.
“This is the room we live in,” she said.
The DeMartins took great care to make sure the main colors of the living room could be found throughout the living room and dining room. The shutters on a painting of Marie DeMartin over the couch are purple, and there are purple candles on the black table in the center of the living room.
The dining room, just off the living room, is more muted — it’s one of the only room with neutral colored walls — but even there you can find funky accents.
The flower arrangement as specks of purple in it, and Ed DeMartin repainted a canvas on one wall to add a touch of purple.
That’s not the only thing Ed DeMartin painted. The portrait of Marie in the living room and a large mural on second dining room wall are also Ed DeMartin originals.
The mural — a stork standing in sea grass — took Ed DeMartin about a week to complete. DeMartin’s paintings are among the couple’s favorite things in the house.
They may live in the living room, but it’s another, more calming room, that Marie DeMartin swoons over.
“I call it heaven,” Marie DeMartin said as she walked into the master bedroom.
The room is painted in shades of blue with white accents. The ceiling is painted dark blue, like the color of the night sky.
“It’s very sedate,” Marie DeMartin said of the room. “When you walk in you just go ‘ah.’”
The decision to use bright colors throughout the house wasn’t a difficult one, but Ed DeMartin said he knows it could hinder the couple in the future.
“This would be hard to sell,” he said, “but we didn’t do this to sell it.”
That hasn’t stopped them from holding an open house in the past. Marie DeMartin said the couple holds an open house every once in a while to see if there was any interest in their house.
There’s always interest, but not the kind the DeMartins had expected.
People always come in and look at the house, and many make second appointments. But Marie DeMartin said it’s not because they want to buy the place.
“They want to show people,” she said. “They always say it’s the most fun house they’ve ever looked at.”
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