Published: October 02. 2012 5:45PM
Written by Kim Hassold
Photographed by Rachael Boling
Rhonda and Harold Carey say it didn’t take much time for them to settle into the home where they have now lived for 30 years, especially since the couple has never lived more than a quarter of a mile from their current address.
“We were friends with the previous owners and came over on a cold Friday night in November to have dinner,” explains Harold. “We were considering selling our home and they were too. By Sunday the house was ours and we planned on staying about 5 years. Now it’s 30 years later and we never looked back.”
A love of gardening on Harold’s part and a career in antiques for Rhonda are responsible for the immaculate yard surrounding the house and a story behind almost every piece in the home once inside.
“I sold antiques for years,” says Rhonda. “What didn’t sell I brought home!”
Rhonda comes by her love of collecting naturally since her mother, who was orphaned at age 6, moved to Greenville at age 15 and began collecting furniture and other items for her future home.
“Mother paid a dollar a week for each piece of silver until she could afford to take it home. So much of what we have came from her, and it is really unbelievable that she had so much foresight at such a young age.”
The end result is an eclectic mix of family heirlooms and purchases picked up over the years together, something for which the two have worked out a failproof system.
“Basically, I have the ideas and he does them,” laughs Rhonda.
Sounds like the perfect plan to us.
|Rhonda and Harold Carey with Harry.Rachael Boling|