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Making homes out of houses

New Cazenovia business looks to enhance area residences

John David Hunter, left, sits beside his partner Bob Winston in their new store, J.D. Hunter Home, located at 55 Albany St. in Cazenovia.

John David Hunter, left, sits beside his partner Bob Winston in their new store, J.D. Hunter Home, located at 55 Albany St. in Cazenovia. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— The couple’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House and Garden and New England Home. Winston said they have already received orders from a number Cazenovia families since moving to the area, but are also regularly summoned back to Connecticut, New York City and, on occasion, California to work with repeat customers.

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J.D. Hunter Home, located at 55 Albany St. in Cazenovia.

“This retail operation represents a lot more than just this little space,” Winston said. “We hope to continue to do exactly what we’re doing and let all people in Central New York find out about us and capitalize on … the quality of offerings we have at really good prices.”

While Winston operates as the face of the business, his vast knowledge of textiles and interior accents perfectly complements the expertise of his counterpart, Hunter, who is an accomplished architectural designer. Hunter attended Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal before heading up the furniture department at Bloomingdales as its chief interior designer in the 1970s. Building off his knowledge, Hunter began to design for clients around the world before founding the successful Connecticut business, Tulip Tree Collection, with Winston.

J.D. Hunter Home in Cazenovia is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. To contact the store, call 815-4123 or email jdhunter@hotmail.com.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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