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Blending old home with the new in Ellicott City retirement living

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Blending old home with the new in Ellicott City retirement living

The plush light brown sofa, French country tables and ivory rug come from their old family room; the earthy salmon chairs are from their former living room. But the accent pieces — the couch’s throw pillows in blues and the turquoise accessories on the tables in Laraine and Bob Hardy’s new living area — are new and contemporary in design.

Two selections of artwork from around their old house — one by the front door and another over the sofa — add splashes of bright color. Bob’s grandfather’s grandfather clock presides over the setting that includes a television, giving the living-family room a classic, yet not-so-formal air. Natural light streams in from windows way up in the high-ceiling living area.

“As soon as people come in, there isn’t a person who doesn’t say they love this room,” Laraine said.

When the Hardys, married nearly 55 years, decided to downsize last year from their longtime Columbia home to a senior community nearby in Ellicott City, they wanted to use their own furnishings — though fewer of them. But they also wanted to freshen the look for their new digs.