At Home With Carmelo and LaLa

At Home With Carmelo and LaLa
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 08, 2008

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A chandelier suspends above the foyer and brightens the arched glass doors. “The chandelier came with the house,” says LaLa. “I think it adds a bit of romance to the room.”

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The living room’s high ceilings and earth tones create an expansive space. “We haven’t even started decorating the living room,” says LaLa. “We started on the top floor first, where our bedrooms are, then moved on to the basement.”

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An overview of the living room. “‘Melo is 6’ 8” and it’s hard to find furniture that he’s comfortable in," says LaLa. “It’s important that we have a very relaxed atmosphere.”

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A black and white family photo of LaLa, Kiyan and Carmelo hangs above the fireplace, while wood accents and finishings such as floor vases add coziness to the living room.

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The home bar is located to the side of the living room. “Honestly, we don’t even use the bar,” LaLa shares. “If we entertain, then we do, but it’s rare.”

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This smaller guest living room and its golden tones and glass coffee table and end table offer an intimate setting.

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An iron spiral staircase complemented by marble steps and floors add a majestic appeal. “I love the staircase, but I have to be extremely careful with our son because the floors are slippery,” explains LaLa. “I added children safeguards at the end of each landing.”

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Carmelo added his own personal toouch to the basement with a red and black color scheme. “Melo loves red, and he had to have a room with that color,” says LaLa with a laugh. “The basement was the perfect room to call his own. He also has a room down here dedicated to just his sneakers.”

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A wood pool table in the basement promises well-deserved recreation time for Carmelo and his boys.

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This quaint room is used for entertaining. “We had a Halloween party last year and it was so much fun!” remembers LaLa. “We even hosted a pseudo gambling game and our guests had a ball.”

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The basement’s private room is perfect for powwow time with the fellas. It’s built-in wooden shelves are great for knickknacks and books. The beige carpeting calms the engine-red accents.

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