Built in the 1930s, the steep peaked gables and weathered white brick evoke an established, old-world aesthetic which is reinforced by the home’s surroundings. Lichen-covered wooden fencing surrounds the lush green lawn, where craggy boulders and day lilies protrude amongst mature oak trees. A herringbone brick pathway leads to the lantern-flanked arched entrance.
Stepping inside, a cozy library is to the right of the foyer. Enveloped in a warm red glow from the bay window’s draperies, the walls are covered in floor-to-ceiling book spines. “I love to read,” Talley shares. “It is one of my greatest passions.” To the left of the foyer is a quaint powder room with a black and white basketweave tile floor that is original to the house. And past the stairwell is the heart of the house.
Moving further inside, beyond the stairs, is the family room which is open to the kitchen. “This is definitely where we spend the most time. We’ll pile in here to watch movies, or someone will hang out in here while others are in the kitchen, but we’re all still together,” Talley explains. “I love to have people over, and about once a week, I’ll text one of my dear friends who lives nearby and say, ‘Ready for a wine visit?’”
In the family room, new plush furniture in vibrant colors and patterns creates a surprising and light-hearted aesthetic in this otherwise traditional home. “We try to be very intentional about keeping get-togethers casual and easy. We don’t need things to be a big production to have fun, and we want our guests to be as comfortable as they would at their own house, so they enjoy their time here,” Talley says.