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media company that “NOT TO BE HYPERspecializes in magaBOLIC, BUT IT HAS A zines for the archiJAW-DROPPING IMPACT tecture and conON PEOPLE WHEN THEY struction industries, he has more than a ENTER THE ROOM.” passing familiarity with the subject. He’d even met Jacobsen, whose firm is based in Washington, D.C., once or twice. “He’s a modernist, and Nantucket’s not a haven for modern architecture,” he says. “I thought Georgine had to be mistaken.” His doubts vanished the moment the couple pulled up to the house. It adhered to a certain Nantucket look with its shingles weathered to soft silver, its plain white trim and the three sweet dormers jutting from the roof. But it was also classic Jacobsen: a spacious central living space flanked by smaller buildings connected by still-smaller structures, all with the simple shape of a childhood drawing. “When you’re a kid and draw a house—that square with a triangle roof— that’s the form Jacobsen works with,” Frank says. “As soon as I saw it I said to Georgine, ‘I was wrong; you were right.’ ” It may have taken Frank a few days to fall in love with Nantucket, but he and Georgine had no hesitation about the house. “It won me over immediately,” Frank says. “It hadn’t had a lot of tender loving care over the previous ten years or so, but the architecture was stunning and we were determined to buy it.” In their search for someone who could reawaken the home’s interiors while respecting and celebrating Jacobsen’s work, the Antons came across Trudy Dujardin. That Dujardin has offices on Nantucket and in Westport, Connecticut, and has worked all over the country appealed to them. “The last thing in the world we wanted was the ‘Nantucket interior’— the nautical theme, the compass rose in the floor, everything

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