Paula painted the house inside and out in soft shades of gray, green, pumpkin, and gold. Then she trimmed the front yard with a low stone wall. "The stones came from the foundation of a barn that used to be on our farm," she says. "It was a nice, sentimental thing to bring that history here." Just as nice, the town's historic-district watchdogs said the new wall would be just fine.
"I was lucky in so many ways," Paula says. "I had lots of ideas of what I wanted to do, and everyone was so great in helping me find ways to do them."
Shown: Doors salvaged from the house were partially fitted with reeded glass and installed as pocket units to funnel natural light into the master bedroom.