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August 30, 2014
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Something old, something new; A country house lovingly restored

The downstairs bathroom (after)retains a sense of openness and space. The window to the outdoors adds natural light and brightness.
Photo by Isabel Braverman


Jan said she doesn’t usually have a vision for a house. Her first aim is to open and brighten up a space, and then to look at it as a blank canvas and discover the taste of the customer. Later, there will be a drawing, but Jan said she doesn’t like to make the drawings set in stone, because once you have a feeling of what’s in the space, there are always changes to make along the way. “It’s really an improvisational creation,” she said. “It’s like jazz music. Since I used to be a musician, I can swing with that; no pun intended.”