When I begin to design a space, I start with a description of what I want the space to communicate. I ask my clients what they want to feel or be reminded of when they find themselves there. I find every home has something to say about it's keepers.
Spunky. Fun. Daring. Lively. This is the home Beth and Mike have created. But looking beyond the fun colors, unique details, and eye-catching textures, deeper meaning seeps through the design.
Sentimental. Heritage. Revelry. This is what resonates with guests long after the punchy color palette and decor. This home isn't a shell with pretty things inside. Its not just a house that a sum of years are spent in. It's not even a creative space for expression (though Kherington, their three year old daughter may disagree with me on that!) No, this dwelling represents history. A love story. A family legacy.
See the beautiful view? Ah, who wouldn't love this sight every morning (extra large cup of coffee in hand) off your second floor, wrap-around-porch? But this fountain view is more than eye catching. It was the hook, line and sinker for Beth, Mike and this home site. Here's where the saying "All because two people fell in love…" really packs a punch. Beth's grandmother and grandfather met at the Forsyth Fountain in Savannah in 1946. They were married 53 years, from 1948 until 2011. These two lovebirds raised their granddaughter in true Southern pride and tradition, where iced tea is served in Mason Jars and "y'all" is proper. The fountain view off the balcony pictured is a replica of the Forsyth fountain and a daily reminder of the blessing of love and family.
So it only makes sense Beth married…. gasp, a yankee. Nevertheless, their mix of Southern charm and yankee (wink, wink) heritage make a beautiful eclectic home and sweet, sweet family. I am thankful to have been included in putting their vision into action. I am also thankful that I get reminders (even on Christmas Day!) how much gatherings in this home mean to this family.