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family from the time I met Foster," she says. "When his parents passed away, I took them and extended the legs, re-covered them, took some of the embellishment off the top." She placed them next to a pair of faded red crushed-velvet wing chairs she bought in Belgium and had seat cushions made from gently frayed Americana, and my mother collected really good American folk art. I grew up with those things." She inherited part of her mother's large collection of furniture and decorative items by Lew Hudnall, an Ohio folk artist from the mid-20th century who hand- painted charming country scenes and animals on furniture and toleware. He was a friend of Brown's mother, who often brought him antique benches, chests, and chairs to decorate. At one time, she had amassed the largest collection of his work. A pair of ornately carved Victorian sofas in the living room once belonged to her husband's grandmother in Tennessee. "They were a part of that Antique painted chest by Lew Hudnall. White vases made for Goyard in Paris. Antique iron window from Belgium. Brown's trove of books and mementos. (Continued) 55

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