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Sheer linen drapes add to the home’s movable, transformative appeal. “In the evenings, we close them all up and the space around the dining table becomes very intimate. It’s lovely in winter,” says Dowie. “Then, when we need to, we can open everything up again. Paul and I always dreamed of living in a warehouse or loft apartment, and this is our version of that. It’s our ground floor loft—in New Zealand, in a barn.”