Homes Magazine - Page 44 - Personal Effects (3)

Homes Magazine
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ily time, but three stories up it’s missing one thing: “It’s really far from the kitchen.”

When the family is home together, they spend the most time in the sun room, an addition built by previous owners, where exposed stone from the house’s original footprint is still visible.

And an unfinished basement functions as studio space for the kids. “We liked the cozy but yet aesthetically pleasing rooms. They’re not too sprawling, but they’re also— every room is a livable room,” she says.

But it’s the presence of family and friends through objects that belonged to them that makes the house a home.

Marciari-Alexander points out a few: her late father’s record collection— about 1,500 vinyl albums, primarily classical music and opera; a pair of blue and green paintings by Kirstin “KB” Breiseth, an artist friend from New Haven, Conn.; “The Thing” — a piece of a black veil that shrouded a Virgin Mary statue during a Spanish procession (“our most crazy, wacky work of art,” she says); and a 19th-century print of Barbara Palmer, Duchess of Cleveland, the subject of Marciari-Alexander’s dissertation.

“One of the things that we have done that I really feel strongly about is to keep some things that belong to family,” Marciari-Alexander says. “It’s not just about decorating. It’s about having your friends and family surround you by the things that were important and beloved to them.”