Another goal was to find a special spot for an 8-foot-long painted cabinet that had been in her grandparents' Houston drugstore. Paula already had the raw material for the rest of the cabinets: beautifully grained walnut milled from a tree at her farm and air-dried in one of its barns. "Working with her is a total collaboration," says Borzelleca, who also took charge of designing a perfectly concealed pull-out baking station. "She has strong ideas about the layout, I come in to do drawings, and then we go back and forth, sometimes for two or three months."
Shown: The painted pharmacy cabinet under a trio of kitchen windows is a family heirloom.