3510 W. Forsythia, Boise 

Over the last 15 years, this home's owner has transformed a basic single-story ranch home weighed down with dated 1970s fixtures into a serene abode surrounded by lush, hand-tended landscaping.

First to go were the swinging saloon-style doors separating the living room from the kitchen. Next, a wagon wheel light fixture that hung above the dining nook was removed.

Today, a warm three-color palette of golden wheat, light teal green and soft peach unfolds through the interior to create an interesting, calming backdrop.

The kitchen was updated with new laminate countertops and clear maple cabinetry. Matching maple-look laminate flooring was installed in the living room, family room and dining nook.

Outside, juniper bushes that once grew around the .19-acre property were replaced with perennials, ornamentals, edibles and an elevated perch.

From the covered patio, a gravel pathway cuts across the back lawn to a raised deck with roomy built-in seating and generously sized side tables.

On either side of the deck, vegetables and herbs grow in sizable organic plots. The new owner can look forward to enjoying ripe beets, zucchini and yellow fingerling potatoes while seasoning summer dishes with fresh oregano, tarragon and mint. Cherry and apple trees will provide sweet sustenance.

Pros: A warm interior palette and multi-layered landscaping create an inviting, serene abode.

Cons: Antiquated sprinkler system necessitates hand-watering the verdant garden.

Open House: Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m

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