One to Grow On

Photography by Marcy Black Simpson

After several renovations—and nearly four decades—this family still loves to call this cottage home.

When Chris Jackson and her husband, Ronnie, purchased their abode in 1975, the young couple was enamored by the neighborhood and saw great potential in their red brick ranch.

Over the years, the home has undergone a grand transformation as the Jacksons have painted and planned, renovated and restored. The couple even raised their roof line, unveiling an architectural beauty that fits the feel of their Tudor-style street.

Preferring a cozy, clean-lined, and neutral-toned aesthetic, Chris has created a warm and welcoming home filled with abundant seating, storage, and room for an expanding family.

A sweet little nursery that has welcomed many wee ones blends creamy walls and window treatments with colorful art and accessories. Plus, Chris adds, there is “plenty of room to hang pictures of grandkids.” In the kitchen, a recent renovation revealed clever storage solutions behind each drawer and door, as well as a front-and-center bar ideal for entertaining.

Likewise, a new den and screened-in porch have allowed the family to add to their home without sacrificing the framework of the house they first fell for. No doubt a labor of love, the years of revamping and enhancing have been exceptionally satisfying, Chris says. “We just couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home.”

Style Idea

Selecting a neutral color palette is the easiest way to create a tranquil bedroom retreat. Choose sumptuous bedding and curtains to complement creamy walls. Accessorize with pillows, rugs, and lighting to add a final element of welcoming warmth. A window seat creates a timeless look. Perk up this daydream-worthy destination with cozy patterned pillows, such as a plaid bolster.