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Best Antiques 2012

When we moved here from our small house in Marblehead to our bigger house in Old Lyme, my decorating budget was, to put it gently, restrained. A trip to Treasures was practically a daily event back then.

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Bon Vivant Home

It's easy to see why designer Robin Rountree's shop, Bon Vivant, is a hang out. She's a southern girl who makes everyone feel welcome.

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Local Resources

The Blocks suggested Williamsburg Blacksmiths wrought-iron barn hardware purchased at Saybrook Country Barn, and I was thrilled to find a relatively inexpensive version of sandcast bronze black doorknobs by Emtek there, too.

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Tassle Studio

Like most of us, ultimately I heeded many of my mother’s pearls of wisdom, one of which was: paint your walls white, as a clean canvas for your art. While I ignored some advice (never show your gums when smiling), this one I embraced.

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A Personal Kitchen

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for Mary Schroeder and Catherine Spencer, the design of their kitchen began with a bracelet.

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Seana Bill, Cabinetmaker

A female wood-worker, practically in my own back yard? So intriguing and unusual! I made an appointment and wound my way up to the tip of Sterling Hill Road.

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David Brown’s Hay House

David Brown has a way with organic, local blooms. His studied but casual arrangements of annuals, perennials and wildflowers have stolen the show at my summer parties for years.

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