Love's Labors Found

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April 30, 2009

Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home a reality.

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  After months spent researching solutions to make her home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette can finally relax.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    After months spent researching solutions to make her home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette can finally relax.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The metal shed, where Lisa Sette and her husband lived temporarily, was featured on the cover of Dwell’s first issue.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The metal shed, where Lisa Sette and her husband lived temporarily, was featured on the cover of Dwell’s first issue.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  In the original design, steel structural elements were meant to support a distinctive fabric roof but the material was not weather-resistant.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    In the original design, steel structural elements were meant to support a distinctive fabric roof but the material was not weather-resistant.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The standing seam metal roof consists of steel panels coated with corrosion-resistant coating.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The standing seam metal roof consists of steel panels coated with corrosion-resistant coating.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The plan is simple: Two rectangles are connected by a bridge that traverses a desert wash. The effect of the light shining into the glass-walled living room is what first attracted Sette and Shikany to the house.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The plan is simple: Two rectangles are connected by a bridge that traverses a desert wash. The effect of the light shining into the glass-walled living room is what first attracted Sette and Shikany to the house.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  In the office are Metropolitan chairs by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia. Most artwork hung throughout the house comes from Sette’s art gallery.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    In the office are Metropolitan chairs by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia. Most artwork hung throughout the house comes from Sette’s art gallery.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  In the entryway, what at first appears to be a rug is actually cut blue glass terazzo designed by Marwan Al-Sayed.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    In the entryway, what at first appears to be a rug is actually cut blue glass terazzo designed by Marwan Al-Sayed.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  In the study, an oil painting by David Kroll, one of the artists represented by Sette's gallery hangs above a Le Corbusier daybed.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    In the study, an oil painting by David Kroll, one of the artists represented by Sette's gallery hangs above a Le Corbusier daybed.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The custom leather platform bed was designed by Shikany’s firm, PS Studios.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The custom leather platform bed was designed by Shikany’s firm, PS Studios.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The dramatic bathroom features a glass sink designed and cast by Mies Grybaitis of OIA. The etched glass shower is accented by green glass tile.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The dramatic bathroom features a glass sink designed and cast by Mies Grybaitis of OIA. The etched glass shower is accented by green glass tile.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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