Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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36 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine on the art of negotiation thrown in. "Jim said, 'You can't let them know how much you love this house,'" she said. e move-in was, well, well organized, so efficient in fact that it was enough to turn some heads. Within hours, they said, pictures were mounted on the walls and a Christmas wreath was up in a grand display of "there's a place for everything and everything in its place." "I said, 'I am a planner,'" Barbara Crock- ett said. e Crocketts — he's a retired engineer, she an elementary-school principal-turned artist — have left their mark over the years, extending the kitchen into a larger-than- life living area. "I wanted a real big island, plus I do arts and crafts," she said. "is is where we spend most of our time." It is here where you'll find some curious statuary — of rabbits — perched by the expansive rear window. "We have lots of rab- bits in our yard," she said of the connection. e size of the house had its advantages when the newly married couple moved in with two boys and two girls from previous unions. "We had four teenagers," she said. "e house is just made for that," her husband, Jim, said, "so many places that are remote, private. … ese historic houses are just a work of art." It's no wonder that each room — many with Barbara's handmade drapes and curtains — is an invitation to a story of days gone by. Take what today serves as the living room, with what is believed to be a solid walnut frame atop a room-long window seat, whose hidden compartments became storage bins for the family's Christmas decorations. "One year," Barbara Crockett said, "I opened it, and a squirrel jumped out. I screamed, 'Jim! Open the door!' It was more afraid of me." In the large room used for formal dining, there's another tale — of spirits that enter a closet there, prompting Barbara Crockett to Continued on Page 38 ❱❱ A closer view of a corner of the kitchen, which is also seen in the photograph on the previous two pages.

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