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Above: In the kitchen,
the gilt whale was the
weathervane on the
homeowners' Nantucket
house for 27 years, and
the Nantucket baskets
were made by Dr.
Spychalski's parents.
Top right: Dr. Joseph
Spychalski, left, and Dr. Joe
Chittkusol love filling their
home with flowers from
the gardens and serving
peach cobbler fresh from
the oven.
Bottom right: Exposed
brick, stone, copper and
weathered beams come
together effortlessly in the
" dream " kitchen Spychalski
says he's been designing
since he was 8 years old.
" I remember experiencing a sense of intrigue
when I entered into the world of an old home, a
really old home, an 18th-century home, 225 years
plus, " he says. " There was a sense of presence, of
people before me having shared the same space. "
After becoming a general physician, Spychalski,
now 59, returned to school for cosmetic dermatology.
He bought a new home on Nantucket in
1993, and he began dividing his time and practice
between Orchard Park and the island. Nantucket's
older homes piqued Spychalski's interest in
antiques. An ad in " Maine Antique Digest " for a
Queen Anne highboy led to a fortuitous 1995 meeting
with George Spiecker, an antiques dealer based
in North Hampton, NH, who specializes in early
American furniture, weathervanes and nautical
paintings and accessories.
" Dr. Joe was a sponge. The more we talked, the
more questions he had, " says Spiecker, adding
that the two men and their families have become
close friends. " His passion and desire to be part of
his collection was contagious. "
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A collection takes shape
Bitten by the antiquing bug, Spychalski began
filling his Nantucket house with period pieces.
He spent countless hours with Spiecker, attending
auctions from New York City to small country
barns, developing his eye for classic antique traits
such as surface, originality and proportion. Eventually,
Spychalski decided to recreate a Colonialera
living room in his Nantucket home, providing
an older feel to better match his ever-expanding
collection of antiques.
" I have this beautiful home on the island. The
inside is bright and white and as clean as you can
imagine, with that beachy, summery look, " he
says. " I was falling in love with (antique) furniture,
so I got the idea to make something new look old.
Just the opposite of what people usually do. "
A mutual friend introduced Spychalski to
Wayne Gauthier, a contractor based in Concord,
NH, known for his work with Colonial-era homes,
in 2008. Though he originally built new homes,
Gauthier quickly gravitated to historic structures.

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