It was love at first sight when Lynn Eastin made a bid on the home where she and her husband, Phillip, now live. “It had great bones,” she says, “and the architectural details were charming.” Phillip was in Florida at the time, and he wanted Lynn to wait until he got home to make the decision. Lynn laughs and says, “I said we couldn’t wait, and I put a bid on it before the realtor could even get the sign in the yard.”
The Eastins felt no need to change the footprint of their three-bedroom, three-bathroom house. The arched front door and foyer tile are original to the home, as are the fireplace and the wood ceilings and beams in the living area.
“In the kitchen, we kept most of the cabinets, but my brothers, who were in construction, put in a travertine tile backsplash and installed drawers in the bottom cabinets—which I always recommend as people get older.”
Lynn, who owns Lynn Eastin Interiors in St. Louis, set her designing skills into high gear to bring light to the rest of their house. “We had floor-to-ceiling windows in our old house,” she says. “I wanted to bring that same airy feel into our new home.”