After a dramatic life change, a woman with several successful careers -- including one as the former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia -- turns to the renovation of her family's apartment for comfort and clarity.
When Deborah Cox decided to turn her barn into guest quarters, to be used during summer sojourns in the Hamptons, she didn't install heat or air-conditioning. That meant the New York decorator couldn't outfit the house with anything that might be damaged by extreme weather, such as winter freezes -- which precluded delicate upholstery, fine wood finishes, and works of art. Indeed, the barn was a test of Cox's resourcefulness: How sunny and welcoming could she make it while still rendering the interior indestructible? Much of the furniture Cox chose is wicker. The living room rug is flat-weave cotton, and the dining room chairs are happily mismatched remnants of dining sets past.Guess what? The place couldn't be more comfortable and inviting.