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These startling juxtapositions of color set a backdrop for unlikely pairings of Kevin and B.A.'s different styles of furniture. In the dining room, a set of contemporary leather and steel chairs from Belgium are pulled up to a round, English table made of oak. A Noguchi lantern sits in one corner. This mix of Asian and Early American—of cozy and cool—shouldn't work, but somehow it does.
B.A. and Kevin say they are thoroughly delighted and even suggest that, with this latest project, they've come to understand each other's sensibilities as never before. For instance, at first she haughtily dismissed a set of small wooden end tables her husband found—"I called them Gepetto's benches," B.A. says, evoking the humble carpenter who created Pinocchio—but she now finds them a convenient place to set a drink.
"When we have a roaring fire, I like the fact that you definitely know you are in an 1810 cottage..." she says.
Kevin interrupts and diplomatically completes her thought. "But it's an 1810 cottage with a very modern feeling."