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.”
To bring balance to the wood ceiling in the living room and dining area, Lynn had the walls painted a pale, washed, gray–green that allows the darker colors in the room pop. She used neutral furniture and natural textures, plenty of lamps, and lots of reflective surfaces, like the antique mirror-topped coffee table. Then she brought in a few dark accents to bring the color of the ceiling down into the room.
Although the couple enjoys their proximity to downtown Clayton, Missouri, they like to entertain at home. A unique secretary with a hand-painted Chippendale pattern has been converted into a bar. “When we entertain,” Lynn explains, “we drop the front panel to use it as a serving station.”
Lynn updates their home by periodically changing out art, lamps, pillows, and even the occasional chair. She explains the arrangement of the furniture stays the same since the shapes of the rooms dictate the configuration.
One thing the couple was apprehensive about when they bought their lovely cottage was that they were used to living in a wooded area. “There was no reason to worry,” Lynn says. “The architectural charm was an absolute trade-off, visually.”