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                                HOME & GARDEN
   corner cupboards that were a wedding gift from her father. The Chippendale-style chairs came from the old Twice Nice store in Centreville. A dozen “Flower of the Month” botanical prints were found in the bottom drawer of the buffet. All are framed and hanging elsewhere in the home.
Susan takes pleasure in a fine table setting. “I always use place cards, even for family dinners,” she says.
She began collecting Lenox china in the iconic Autumn pattern soon after they moved into the house. Her array of Waterford crystal in the Lismore pattern mixes new glassware with older pieces discovered at resale shops. A gift from her mother-in-law, the silver flatware has a Gorham’s Chantilly pattern.
Maintaining a sense of age and timelessness was also important in the kitchen upgrade, so there’s nothing too sleek. Rather, there’s lots of science and precision in the space, right down to the pullout bar drawer meticulously measured to accommodate the height of its liquor bottles.
Made in 1760 and acquired by Susan’s father around 1940, the English tall case clock in the foyer was once examined by Smithsonian Institution restorationists looking for rare examples of 18th-century clocks with their original workings.
The systems of the house have received
a total upgrade, with high-velocity air conditioning and seven-zone heating. A standing metal-seam roof replaced the Vermont slate roof. As for the Brandywine granite, it’s been repointed by masons who matched the original mortar, made out of sand dredged from the Delaware River in 1918.
Outside, the Casscells often traverse
the 1.8-acre grounds in a golf cart.
They entertain family and friends on
an expansive stone patio covered by an awning. The kids are grown and don’t
play basketball and tennis much, so the courts have been repurposed as additional parking. Chris tends a vegetable garden, where he frequently discovers more remnants of Brandywine granite in the soil.
The Casscells enjoy a true sense of peace and privacy within their sylvan enclave, where owls hunt in the mist and finches have nested for four generations.
“It is a magical place to live,” Susan says.
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