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January/February 2013

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���I grew up in a beautiful house full of art and antiques, but the rooms were warm and accessible; no parts of the house were ���don���t touch.��� That���s what I wanted,��� Hayes explains. ���My mother had a great sense of style, so before this, whenever I needed help, I turned to her. [Working with a decorator] was a new process for me.��� ���She knew that she needed organization,��� Wilson says of Hayes. ���Mary has appreciation for antiques and history, and a fine sensibility with textiles. She loves being with her family furniture. We took what she had and showed her how to treasure the pieces while incorporating them into a functional d��cor.��� Wilson sums up the style of Hayes���s home: ���We placed her furniture, filled a few holes, and created a Country Traditional interior. But we made it fresh.��� Wilson points to the family room, where two upholstered armchairs gather around the fireplace installed by del Rio. ���The yellow upholstery fabric is geometric and modern; it takes away all potential stuffiness. The striped rug, too,��� Wilson continues, ���has a contemporary sensibility.��� A quirky coffee table consisting of a wood top on an old iron base rounds out the furniture group before the fireplace. The living room is a more formal space, with luxurious floor-length panels at the windows and a wing chair upholstered with white mohair velvet covered with red crewelwork flowers. ���The fabric, like the chair, has an Early American feel,��� says Wilson. The dining room features a handsome china cabinet, bought for the space and customized by Wilson. ���Against the back, we installed yellow silk moir��, with gimp all around the edges.��� The resulting display of Hayes���s best china and silver is nothing short of stunning. Also among Hayes���s inherited antiques were a brace of wood decoy ducks. ���They were my father���s,��� she says. ���My brother has half of his collection, and I have the other half. I would have just lined them up atop a shelf,��� she laughs. Instead, Wilson designed a chic, yet naturalistic display on the stair hall wall. ���We designed very simple brackets, one for each decoy. The ducks, paired with a duck-motif lithograph, float there. Mary calls it her aviary!��� she says, laughing. Both Hayes and Wilson commend del Rio duck and cover Above, wood decoy ducks once belonging to Hayes���s father are now displayed in her home ���aviary.��� Below, the building in which Hayes���s condo occupies two floors. take a seat Opposite, the TV room and its salmon walls. on her color choices. ���The place was freshly painted, and I loved all the colors,��� Hayes says. ���It was so nice to not have to paint; all I had to do was move in.��� She talks about the salmon-colored walls in the small TV room. ���That is a color I might not have chosen; I would have thought it too bright. But it was a big part of what initially appealed to me about the condo; I kept returning to the realtor���s window, where it was pictured. One walkthrough and I said, ���That���s it!��� That color is among my favorite things in the apartment.��� Hayes is settling in just fine in her new home. ���I feel incredibly fortunate,��� she continues. ���I went from 750 square feet to this; my home is bigger than some of my friends��� houses. But I have never once felt lost in the space. I could never have done this on my own���I am so grateful to Sara and Sally.��� Would Mom approve of her daughter���s new setup? ���I still can���t believe that I live in a great home, and I think how proud my parn ents would be if they saw this,��� Hayes says. ��� 153 NSJanFeb13_FE_Home.indd 153 11/19/12 10:38 AM

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