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"Thanks to our work's sensitivity to appropriate proportions, authentic craftsmanship, and romantic nostalgia — all inspired by Wills himself — the enriched home looks as natural in its setting as ever," Ahearn wrote in Timeless. In an interview he added, "It's a communal place for holidays and events, when we have 25 to 30 people here … People think my house is one of the most loved houses in Wellesley. It has a Currier & Ives notion of living in New England." The other Wellesley Farms restoration highlighted in Timeless was also designed by Wills and built in 1941. But the Georgian Colonial had lost its charm with the addition of bay win- dows from the 1960s and the stripping of nearly all of its molding and trim. Using pho- tos of the home before its first renovations, Ahearn borrowed from Wills' original vision to replace two wings from the 1950s with gambrel-roofed, white clapboard, and red brick additions. He also restored the original windows, framing them with bluestone lin- tels and brick soldier courses. A pair of new chimneys and a white-painted portico ele- vated the entry and "honored the past." "Inside the home, Wills' signature knotty- pine paneling, now painted, extends beyond the dining room into several other spaces, including a new mudroom and kitchen. Adorned with rebuilt balustrades that ex- actly replicate those from 1941, the original staircase leads to a reconfigured second floor. There, a new four-foot-wide beamed corridor connects bedrooms and bathrooms that both preserve Wills' sense of proportion and accommodate the needs of twenty-first-century living — just like the rest of the house," Ahearn wrote. Timeless is out during a time of great interest in design, not just in homes but also in consumer products, Ahearn said — also noting, "A good design changes how people live their lives." And in architecture, design that matches the need for a strong community is sought after, he added. "Hearth and home are really important. Architects who practice that greater good are doing a service for our country." An archway marks the transition between the reception hall and the living space in this Wellesley home. G R E G P R E M R U 182 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 books "romantic nostalgia"

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