A Modern New York Salt Box: Drawing on Colonial and Shaker Homes

A singer and a Broadway producer build a cutting-edge nontoxic home with Colonial and Shaker inspiration.

Fusing Shaker-style woodwork with sleek, stainless-steel appliances, the kitchen is uncluttered and elegant. “We prefer to keep it simple and healthy—without lots of gadgets or electronic devices,” Cathy says. “We have just three appliances: the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher—no microwave, toaster oven or coffee maker.” The wood countertop is from a maple felled during construction. “We decided to have it milled for sentimental reasons,” Michele says. “It’s nice to know the tree lives on in our home.”