““EV­ERY­THING IN OUR HOME HAS a story, AND WE LOVE THAT. a

ALEXAN­DER GRAHAM BELL, THE IN­VEN­TOR OF THE TELE­PHONE, IS ALSO THE PER­SON

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to whom the ex­pres­sion “when one door closes, an­other opens” is at­trib­uted. Rhonda and Justin Gatchek can tes­tify to the truth of Bell’s fa­mous ob­ser­va­tion. “In 2011, I wasn’t yet 30. We had moved sev­eral times in six years and were liv­ing in Florida when Justin (an Air Force vet­eran) left ac­tive duty,” Rhonda re­calls. “We moved to Mas­sachusetts and rented a house for a year.”

The cou­ple hoped to find an old farm­house to buy; how­ever, they set­tled for a con­tem­po­rary New Hamp­shire home. “It didn’t ap­peal to us at first be­cause it lacked char­ac­ter, but we were con­fi­dent, be­cause we’d moved sev­eral times in the mil­i­tary, we could work with it. The Gatcheks’ decor is an eclec­tic in­fu­sion of two styles— farm­house and in­dus­trial. “I grew up on a farm in Ok­la­homa, and Justin is very me­chan­i­cal,” Rhonda says. “Our look is based on neu­tral col­ors. I find it very sooth­ing but not bor­ing.”

Most pieces were ei­ther built and painted by Rhonda and Justin or “found.” “I think the only new things we own are mat­tresses, light­ing and seat­ing!” Justin laughs.

“Ev­ery­thing in our home has a story, and we love that,” Rhonda says. “When we have guests, it’s al­most like show-and-tell in the third grade.”

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