So, was it fate, or simply a coincidence that Jodi Peckman happened across her dream cottage? Having originally thought she’d never be able to afford her own house, she started a little file of decorative inspiration, just in case she ever found herself in the position to buy. Months later she heard of a tiny abode on Long Island that was just within her budget, and on viewing the property the penny dropped that she’d clipped its picture from a magazine while imagining her ideal home all those weeks before. She bought the place immediately, and realizing that to redecorate would be futile – why replace like with like unnecessarily? – filled the space with her own collections of mid-century vintage and French antiques.