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This page, left: A Napoleon III ebonized table doubles as a workspace and dining table in the library. Embroidered Pollack fabric on the chairs is reminiscent of an American alphabet sampler. Above: In the boys' bedroom, a portrait discovered in Belgium. The chair is a contemporary reproduction of a 19th- century one designed by Roy Flanders. Opposite page, top: Brown extended the legs and removed some embellishment from a Victorian sofa. Antique red velvet Belgian chair seats are covered in gently frayed fabric. Antique bench painted by Lew Hudnall. Antique ceiling fixtures from Brown House and Wares. Bottom left: In a bedroom, the vintage rug is Turkish. Curtains are Ralph Lauren fabric. Painting from Belgium. Bottom right: In Brown's bath, the floor is antique encaustic tiles from an old house in Belgium. she's hung throughout her country house. A bedroom for her sons — her favorite room in the house — is decorated with quirky portraits of men and boys collected from her time overseas as well as an oil painting of Foster's great-grandfather, Roderick Random Butler. Brown's passion for uncommon, deep wall colors was reinforced further while she was living in Belgium, a country known for austere interiors awash in sumptuously brooding hues. "In Brussels, I stumbled across Agnès Emer y's shop, and I still remember how my heart skipped a beat," Brown says. Painted in the rich "dark and toasty" colors Brown adores, Emery's store sells hand-tinted paints and artisan tiles, fabrics and wallpapers. "Her colors are complex and beautiful , and it's the chart I pull out most for projects," Brown says. In her country house, toasted ochre and deep- caramel walls embrace rooms and their cherished contents like a warm hug. Colors, fabrics, furnishings, and art all remind Brown of where she's been and people she's loved. "We are building memories in this house," she says. "I think about things like that when I hear my granddaughter's feet in that attic room above. This is what life is about." 54

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