Even the best-laid schemes are up for einterpretation. For lighting designer Craig Roberts of Dallas the modest three- bedroom cottage he bought a decade ago was meant to be only a temporary retreat. The home near Dorset, Vermont — a
place that Roberts says is “one of the most beautiful I’ve
seen” — was to be renovated and occupied only as long
as it took him to build a larger residence on a nearby parcel of land. The smaller house would then be sold.
Yet once entrenched in the renovation process,
Roberts, who travels the world designing lighting concepts for luxury hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton and Four
Seasons, liked the little house so much he decided to
make it his permanent getaway.
Set on a hill alongside a mountain creek and rural
farmland, the original charms of the 1930s cottage had
been lost in 1970s updates. “It was horribly decorated,”
says Roberts. “It had pickled floors, wires running along
the outside of walls, the whole interior needed to be