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54 descends on the farm during the holidays, so Gordon added a connecting gallery and bedroom wing that mirrors the depot's original footprint. "It looks like it's always been there," Katherine says. Like a lot of families, the Phelps clan has handed down furniture and art through the generations. And each time Katherine and Bill move Houston houses and redecorate, there's always a chair or sofa from the previous residence that doesn't quite fit, or perhaps extra rolls of wallpaper, and it all gets shipped to the farm. "It became this big wonderful resting place for all these things from many generations and places. There's a lot of history in every broken lamp," Katherine says. "Christopher took all of the madness and made it work." From the barn, the designer pulled out antique chairs for the dining room, two side tables for the main bedroom, and an old pine farm table for the entry. Chic marble cube tables from Dolores' New York apartment were repurposed in the living room, along with a raffia coffee The antique mirror and chairs in the dining room were retrieved from the barn. Above: The living area was the train depot's former waiting room. A pair of armchairs upholstered in Pierre Frey fabric. Portrait of Marie Lee Phelps.

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