Post office transformed into a home. This is the dining  room with cherry cabinets
Photograph: Michael Luppino
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Dining Room

Between the two, the old money-order office would serve as a dining room; its walk-in safe, still working, could be outfitted with cherry cabinets to hold her silver collection.

Belhasen called on Michael Reber, a Mennonite craftsman from West Liberty, Kentucky, to construct the home's woodwork. Reber patiently drew sketches for his client, hoping to hit on motifs, trims, and an overall design she would like. In this way, artisan and homeowner collaborated on winning designs, including tall wainscoting, display cabinets, moldings, and a bookshelf-lined library modeled after Henry Higgins's retreat in the 1964 Warner Bros. musical My Fair Lady.
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