Over the past 6 years Eileen and her husband Luke have renovated their 1930s home room by room. “Architecturally this house has been a story of getting back to its roots,” said Eileen. Boy, did they do that and so much more.
Like most old homes it has had reno after reno; a lot of them getting further away from the clean simple lines the house was first built with. Eileen likes to think that her job with this house was to “strip away the extraneous details to help let the original charm and simplicity shine.”
Eileen’s architecture degree, five years of experience working for an interior design firm, and her most recent career of being an antique and vintage furniture dealer (follow her at @eileenandco_ on instagram) really came in handy during their renovation. Eileen and Luke went room by room and made sure they did it right. The only thing they needed outside help with was the home’s bathroom situation. They called their best friends Chris and Lindsay of White Buffalo Homes to make all of Eileen’s bathroom dreams come true. Chris and Lindsay helped give this one bathroom home two more additional bathrooms — a game changer!
Eileen spent lots of time on looks and decor, and put energy and focus in the way people feel while indoors.
“The atmosphere I wanted to create in our home is one of belonging. I wanted my family and friends to feel seen and loved. I created this feeling through lots of spaces to cultivate connection,” Eileen says. This can be seen with cozy couches that face each other for conversation, a sitting room with 4 chairs around a central ottoman to curl up in with a cup of coffee, and a dining table tucked in a corner of the kitchen with upholstered benches and lots of blankets and pillows.
A large renovation was not the only dream they had for their family. They also wanted to live abroad one day. That dream came true a lot faster than they thought, and three months ago they moved to central France. Luke received a job assignment and they jumped at the opportunity.
They may be in France, but whenever they get homesick they know they still have a piece of Greenville waiting for them when they return.