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A country kitchen in an 1860 house

When Laurence LaPointe decided to redo the kitchen in his home in Port Jefferson, he went to Village Hall. No, not for permits for the house that was built in 1860 for a local sea captain, but to consult with fellow board of trustees member and Deputy Mayor Adrienne Kessel, who also is an interior designer who specializes in kitchens. "I knew what I wanted done," says the retired attorney, 61, of the house he and his late wife, Nancy, purchased 20 years ago. Kessel, who owns Adrienne Kessel Interior Design, sat down with LaPointe to plan his farmhouse-style kitchen. "He had the right vocabulary for what he wanted to do," Kessel remembers. "What he didn't want to do was create a kitchen that didn't fit the style of the house." Total: About $45,500. (Kessel's fee of $2,800 included design, drawings, floor plans, wall elevation, shopping and on-site supervision.) -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

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