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hemenway used another great-looking late-19th-century table from Missouri, where she attended
college and has several friends in the antiques business, for the dining area. She paired it with antique
leather chairs from Cavendish House in England.
expertise to use as owner of The Cottage at Four
Corners, a home furnishings and accessories
emporium in Tiverton, Rhode Island.
“I was lucky to have Ben and Armi as men-
tors,” she says. “They were very different from
most retailers, because D/R was a way of life.
How we dressed, cooked, and entertained were
all part of it.” It was a way of thinking and living
with design that “is like breathing; it is something
that you just do.”
In her home, a lofty cathedral ceiling caps
the great room, which includes kitchen, living,
and dining space. The focal point of the space
is a 15-foot-long table that came from the New
York Marimekko store. “It is where we would
fold the dresses,” says Hemenway. “It is so beau-
tiful, I didn’t want to sell it, so I built the house
Her antique pieces, including a chande-
lier from Paris and a rug from Lee Joseph, an
antiques dealer in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
are complemented by comfortable Mitchell
Gold + Bob Williams upholstered furniture,
which she also sells in her shop.
“We have a small family,” says Hemenway,