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French cabinet: antique. Similar pieces available through Kenny Ball Antiques; kennyballantiques.com.
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Many of the items in Christy’s house are vintage or one of a kind. Similar items, as well as much of the new furniture and lighting, are often available through her store, And George, Charlottesville, VA; 434/244-2800, andgeorge.com.
Throughout the four months that followed, Christy would call the owner, and he would waffle between maybe and no until finally he gave them the answer they were waiting for. That was when the fun began. Ryan and Christy spent the next 18 months renovating their prized cottage, with Ryan acting as general contractor and Christy choosing all of the paint colors and furnishings.
Door and window paint: Palladian Blue (HC-144) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
White or off-white walls and slipcovers stay the same even as Christy flirts with new obsessions. “I tire quickly of things,” admits Christy. “I’ve gone through phases with several different colors, so I try to change things up with pillows and throws.”
Wall paint: Battenberg (AF-70), also by Benjamin Moore.
Painting (above sofa): by Dean Dass, other works available through Les Yeux du Monde gallery; lesyeuxdumonde.com.
Their home office is now located in a small, sunny space just off the dining area. The former dining room became home to the television and was reincarnated as the family room. In the living room, the previous kitchen table now holds a display of books and objects. “For now, the formality has left our house,” Christy says. “We’re just going with where we are in life. We live in constant motion.”
Every room has details that forgive wear and tear. In the kitchen, Ryan and Christy chose Virginia slate countertops and then had a sink custom made out of the same dark slate. The color hides stains that would show on a white sink
Wall paint: Angelica (AF-665), also by Benjamin Moore.
Duvet cover: Kerry Cassill; kerrycassill.com.
Wall paint: Tranquility (490), also by Benjamin Moore.
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Duvet covers: For a similar look, try Dottie Duvet Cover by PBteen; pbteen.com.