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JUNE2014 •elitemagazine |43 ABERDEEN –Housestend totakeRonGibsonandBoo DeVaneinunexpecteddirections. Asnewlyweds,thecouplegutted aFayettevilleranchand transformeditintoamodern housesoequallylovedand loathedithasitsownnickname. TheBeirutBunkerdidnot quenchthebug—Gibsonand DeVanesoldanotherhomeat thebeachandputthemoney intoa15-acrefarm. Thefarm’scompacthouse, withitssmallwindowsand bare-boneslandscaping,hadan openfloorplantheyliked,but itwastheviewofopenpasture thatcapturedthecouple’s imagination.Gibson,aschool psychologist,droveoutafter workonawhimandcalledhis wifefromthedriveway.“I’m sittinginfrontofyourfuture house,”hetoldher.Theynever lookedatanotherfarm. DeVaneandGibsonbrought indesignerCathyMaready, whoseworktheyhadadmired sinceseeingherhorsefarmon aSouthernPineshometour. Tearingoutanexteriorwalland replacingitwithfloor-to-ceiling windowswasherfirstmajor recommendation.“Theydidn’t wantbig,theywantedahouse thattookadvantageofan incredibleview,”shesaid.“They hadacresandacres,butyou couldn’tseeit.”Now,“When youwalkin,youimmediately knowyou’reinahorsefield. Wewantedtobringtheoutside in.” “Itjusthasunbelievably goodkarma,”saysLisa Campeau-Fenzel. Thedeepfriendshipbetween Lisaandherhusband,Col.Mike Fenzel,andGibsonandDeVane, however,didnothavesuch auspiciousbeginnings.Infact, Lisawasattheendofherrope thefirsttimeshewalkedinto RonGibson’soffice,armedwith paperworktowithdrawherson, Marcus,fromoneofthe schoolswhereGibsonworks. CathyMareadyofElephantEarsFineInteriors&Designreplacedanexteriorwallwithwindows toopenupthespacewithmorelightandabetterviewof15acresofwoodsandpasture. living

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