To ensure a decorating style compatible with the construction, Julie worked closely with interior designer Sandra Ragan, Thom’s wife. It’s great collaborating on a project with neighbors, Marc says. The couples have T’te family’s property retains two structures: A smaller building (shown on page 115), Interior design samples now a shed for outdoor gear, was built in 1874 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The larger house conforms to updated station plans from the early 20th century. become friends. Working from old building plans, Julie and Sandra chose a color scheme that had appeared in the original station: sage, yellow, and gray. I lightened them a little, Julie admits. Julie also had a say in the kitchen design, where she enjoys cooking meals in high style. She’s particularly busy today preparing our Thanksgiving feast. If you have to be trapped in the kitchen, she says, taking a pan of sweet potatoes from the oven, you may as well have a great view.