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Fashionable refresh: Inside a cozy update for 4,400-square-foot contemporary home

With the right eye, a Gastonia home is transformed into a casual and comfortable place to entertain and unwind. It was an unseasonably hot April day and Leigh Falkner was loading up a truck with furniture, artwork, and accessories for her next day’s installation in rural Virginia when her coworkers pulled her into the Circa Interiors and Antiques showroom. A…