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November 2007


FEATURES

Stitches in Time

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In a move that was friendly both to the environment and her pocketbook, she purchased used maple cabinets from eBay and reconditioned them with white paint and new hardware so they look like new. (She bought enough to use in the adjacent laundry/mud room, as well.) Gray concrete countertops, professional-style stainless steel appliances and European pulley pendant lights add contemporary zip to the historic feel of the ceiling beams and plank floors.

Just off the kitchen, French doors lead to a sun-drenched porch that has been outfitted with both glass windows and screens for year-round use. Visiting friends often use it as a "sleeping porch," where they can see the all-white moon gardens at night and, during the warm months, enjoy the gentle breezes that waft through the windows. Nearby, the "keeping room," which retains its original exposed beams, offers a comfortable place for reading and relaxation. Opposite the red-brick fireplace (with a baking oven and wood storage cubby), a pair of wingback chairs complement an antique sofa, all of which are covered in homespun linen.

Fishelson's signature decorating style--a combination of classic lines, muted colors and refined simplicity--is on full display in the living room. Her typical palette consists of white and gray tones, which comes through in the crisp white walls, cream-colored homespun upholstery, weathered-finish furniture and the gray wooden mantelpiece--a textural complement to the white brick fireplace, which was originally a natural orangey red. Several antique pieces add visual interest, including a bowl of reverse-color dominoes (white with black spots), dice of various sizes and a wooden horse--one of Fishelson's favorite things to collect. "I choose horses that grab me right away," she says. "I look for original paint, plus the shape and form that will work well in my rooms." As she also works as an antiques dealer, she constantly updates and refines her collections.

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