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.

“Cathy and I agreed we wanted a living room, dining room and kitchen that flowed together, even though it’s not a historically accurate floorplan,” Michele says. Architect Dennis Wedlick created this open space with a ceiling that slants from 13 feet to 9 feet. Insulated, double-glazed windows and French doors let the couple appreciate views in a way upstate New Yorkers never could have 200 winters ago. Dramatic nighttime lighting is provided by a non-electric “candelier” over the dining room table and pendant lights made from rewired Victorian gas lampshades.