Family photographs and portraits are grouped on tabletops and on walls alongside historic ones. Hanging in the library is a picture of President Franklin Roosevelt taken when he visited a West Virginia coal mine. There's a photo taken in China of Caperton and Ron Brown, the commerce secretary in the Clinton administration who died in a plane crash.
There are several photographs of Caperton with President Bill Clinton. Sen. Robert C. Byrd inscribed gracious notes on several photographs of the two of them. Tipper Gore wrote a personal message on a photograph she took and sent him of a poverty-stricken child.
"You know, she is a really great photographer," Caperton said. "The photograph reminds me of the poverty in this world."
He likes photography and collects photos by former Life magazine photographer Ernst Haas, from whom he once took a class.
Caperton's support of the arts, especially West Virginia artists, is evident everywhere.
Three abstracts by Charleston artist Paula Clendenin hang in the living room. Keeping them company is an older abstract by the late Grace Martin Taylor.
Diana Suttenfield, of Shepherdstown, painted the watercolor of the Greenbrier River in the dining room, where Dolly Hartman's portrait of Caperton's father hangs. A wrought-iron chandelier over the table was crafted by Matt Wallace, of Charleston, and designed by Laury.
Laury bought a June Kilgore abstract in a burst of vivid reds and purples that hangs above the library fireplace.
In making decorating decisions, Laury sometimes checked first with Caperton, emailing photographs or sending fabric samples. With other purchases, he didn't, as with the Kilgore painting.
Caperton gave Laury general direction -- he wanted a red office, dark walls in the library, lots of white trim and cabinetry -- and let Laury take care of the details. He knows Caperton well and for a long time.
"My first catering job was for his parents," Laury recently recounted. He was chef at the Governor's Mansion during Caperton's two terms.
Laury selected the rugs and fabric for the upholstered pieces. He bought a couple of chairs at an estate sale and had them reupholstered, as he did the library sofa he found at the Purple Moon.
It was his idea to paint bright red a wall of cabinets in the Darin Fisher-designed kitchen. He found at Tamarack the tall chairs made of tiger maple by John Wesley Williams.
Some of the old appliances that were replaced in the kitchen were moved to the basement, which is being converted to an apartment accessible from the driveway.
The third floor of the house is reserved mostly for Caperton's five granddaughters, ages 8 to 14. When they are all in town, the air mattresses go down in one large bedroom and the "Kids Only" sign goes up on the door to their low-ceiling playroom nook.
"We had 15 here at Thanksgiving," Laury said.
Laury came out of retirement at Caperton's request to manage the makeover, and he'll retreat to retirement when a few more projects are finished there.
"I wouldn't do this for anyone else," Laury said.
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