Old gristmill becomes single-family home with hardwood floors and a wine cellar.
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Judy and Dan Bauer literally step on history every time they come home. The steps to their front door are huge stone milling wheels that once ground flour back in the day when their four-story home was a gristmill. It’s not exactly the place the Bauers imagined ending up, but after a lifetime of collecting and traveling, they found themselves in need of a big home to fit all their stuff.
Dan is an anthropologist and gets a special thrill living in a piece of history. The 250-year-old building has a kind of exotic country charm and features hardwood floors, muted walls and cozy furniture that make the home a warm retreat.
Interior designer Dolores Kroop gives ideas on how to bring an exotic touch to your home decor.