WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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PHOTO BY SAM GRAY / COURTESY OF MEYER & MEYER ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS A Labor of Love Renovating the Antique Home D AW N D E L L A S A N TA - S WA N N writer whether you call it old, older, or historic, there's something magical about a time-tested American house. Beneath the ancient oaks, the layers of paint, and the greened copper hides another, intangible patina. A haunted aura, mysteriousness, a soul, if you will, that can almost be sensed. "I believe when you walk in a home it has an We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 energy — I won't go so far as saying ghosts, I don't believe in that sort of thing. But I think a house feels friendly, lived well in, or happy," says interior designer Judy O'Neil Labins of Shafer O'Neil in Wellesley. It's a lofty concept that turns an ordinary renovation job into a labor of love. D. Scott Bell's centuries-old New Hampshire farmhouse returned the sentiment. An interior designer, Bell found cans of old love letters from the forties secreted away in the walls. Whether the letters were saved unsent or saved by the sweetheart remains a mystery. 48

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