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October 2006


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Opposites Attract
By Stephen Henderson
Photographs by Robert Grant

A HUSBAND AND WIFE WITH DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED TASTES FIND COMMON GROUND IN OLD LYME

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He likes Colonial style and rooms stuffed with comfy furniture. She likes things loft-like and under-furnished in the Asian aesthetic. He believes more is more. For her, less is lovely. In wedding these disparate dispositions of Kevin Kehoe, a retired banker, and his wife, Barbara Ann "B.A." Stanley, one question quickly came to mind: Could this decor come together?

The answer was yes when New York-based interior designer Tom Ring was ready to act as a combination third ear, tiebreaker and, when needed, marriage counselor.

"Tom is definitely our arbiter," Kevin says. "He'd agree with me sometimes, but others, he'd give me this sly look that said, 'I'm going to side with her.'"

"It was like psychological profiling for him to figure us out," B.A. agrees. "He wanted to do something that would make us both happy."

What's intriguing about this three-way relationship is that it has lasted through several previous projects: two apartments in New York City and a house in Tokyo. Shortly after the couple and their two daughters (Emily, 20, and Jane, 17) returned from their Japanese sojourn, they saw a weekend cottage on an estate once owned by the Colt firearms family.

Typical of their rapport, the couple had opposite opinions of the house.

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