Anne Gridley and Gary Graves bought a home in a hurry, then spent the next 15 years tinkering in order to create an old house that feels continually renewed.
designed the low wooden shutters to give the couple privacy, while also
letting in light. Le-Le the corgi guards a Sheraton sofa and one of the
living room's two fireplaces, stripped to its pumpkin pine.
a corner of the living room, rows of prints and a lavishly upholstered
chaise shout "more is more." Restoring the 19th-century camera entailed
tracking down a lens in Houston and a bellows in England.
In the library, vibrant color and dentil molding — not to mention antelope horns — give basic bookcases a jolt.
couple searched for their vintage appliances online. "That fridge is
more energy efficient than a new one," Graves swears of their 1930s
model. Scalloped molding gives these shelves sweet-shop appeal.
In front of a huge Robert Rauschenberg print, an Empire-style chair and settee flank a plastic Philippe Starck stool from Target.