Susan's Colorful Cabinet of Curiosities

Susan's Colorful Cabinet of Curiosities

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Tamara Gavin
Feb 27, 2016
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)

Name: Susan Harlan, English professor at Wake Forest University, + dog Millie
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, 4 months; owned

While sitting on a beach in Santa Barbara, Susan recalled the rooms of the house she had just decided to buy in North Carolina. She had with her some paint decks, and it was there under the California sun that she selected the paint colors for her new home, site unseen. Swatches affixed to a sheet of paper created a quilt of deep grays, pinks, mint greens, corals, and royal blues: a chart for her painter to follow in order to create Susan's colorful utopia. Being a long-time New York resident she had always rented and never had been able to paint, so when she finally had the chance she went all in.