Published: November 01. 2012 1:19PM
Written by Kim Hassold
Photographs by Owen Riley Jr. and Rachel Boling
When Ryan and Sarah Beasley first walked into the house they now call home, they were an engaged couple looking for a place to start their new lives together. The two originally met on a Thursday and by the next Sunday knew if there is such a thing as love at first sight, “This was it!”
That was back in 2008 and a lot has happened since then.
“The house really evolved with us,” Sarah says. “We started with looking for entertaining and living spaces for two. We loved how the lot rambles down the hill and views of the river. We both had things we brought with us — a monstrous TV for Ryan and lots of girly artwork from my house. There was plenty of room for combined interest and fortunately, lots of room for new furniture. We’ve used almost everything we had but it’s been transformed by either fabric or paint. Ryan found our nest and I feathered it.”
Designer Mayme Baker created a plan for the whole house, and the new homeowners decided to paint first and renovate what was important to them at the time.
“So we started our foyer, kitchen and powder bath, and transforming a bedroom into my closet,” laughs Sarah. “I was the bride after all!”
The next phase of renovation was more serious, turning a basement into a wine bar and man cave, gutted the master bath, all while sleeping in the guest bedroom, but that wasn’t the end of change at the Beasleys.
“When we were expecting our daughter, Lilly, the plan evolved to include a nursery and a playroom and then underwent more change when we had our son, Beau,” she says. “While we’ve made plenty of room for our own creative inputs, we've tried to maintain the integrity of Mayme’s design. Our house has graciously acommodated every phase of our lives. And there is still plenty of room to grow. No matter what the venue, we hope that our home has a mellow vibe made up of inspiring artwork, family treasures, and a sense of gratitude for good friends and a charmed life.”