Jane's general contractor, Lud Leskovar, was taken aback to hear her suggest using the mast from her childhood sailboat as a stair railing. Next thing, he recalls, "we're pulling it out of the barn and I'm thinking this woman is crazy." But the mast was easily trimmed to the right length, and, he notes fondly, looks just right with the ancient snowshoes Jane hung over it like sculpture.
When homeowner Jane Ackerman produced a "must have" salvaged sink, "it was so wide and tall, we tried to talk her out of it," says architect Pi Smith.
Towel rack: Restoration Hardware