An Artist’s Retreat Redesign

Photography by John O’Hagan

This artistic couple makes improvements to an older home without compromising its design integrity.

When adding the final touches to a work of art, an artist strives to ensure that every brushstroke enhances the overall piece. Sue Key is all too familiar with this mission—not only because she’s a talented portrait and landscape painter, but also because she and husband, Jim, live in a home that deserves their best intents.

“Our place was built in the 1920s,” Sue explains. “Every room is beautifully proportioned with features that exude an old-world charm.”