Cleanly Colonial: Renovating a 20th-Century Farmhouse, Toxin Free

Suffering from chemical sensitivities brought on when she helped build a log home, Linda Mellen and her husband, Peter, take an early twentieth-century farmhouse back to its nontoxic roots.

A vintage wood-burning stove warms the kitchen and living area both aesthetically and practically. It is the heart of the home. “Linda’s joints get cold, and wood heat seems to be the one thing that can really warm her up,” Peter says. “She pulls up a chair, puts her feet on the edge of the oven, and reads.” The couple often cooks on the stove as well. “The taste is dramatically different,” says Peter, “quite extraordinary.”
Photo By Philip Beaurline