By Emma Bowen Meyer
For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Always in search of “something a little bit different,” Erika Privett was drawn to her home near Edgewood by the unique design afforded by the 1938 construction. She then added distinctive décor to the character-laden bones to achieve the look she loves.
“I like to decorate with things that other people don’t have – or something with a twist,” said Privett, veterinary technician at the Chesterfield Animal Hospital. “I don’t consider myself a particularly good decorator, but people always compliment the house when they come over and I think it’s because everything is a little different here.”
Many of her pieces come from Pier 1 or Silver in the City in Indianapolis. Acquiring one accent at a time, she has compiled a style all her own. From interesting bookshelves to eye-catching artwork, each piece works together to create a unified feel.
Unleashing the charm of the older home, Privett removed the old carpet to discover oak floors, which were “phenomenal.” Sanding and staining brought about an entirely different look to the first-floor rooms.
Two bay windows (one in the living room and one in the dining room) provide the perfect spots to add flavor and greenery. Above the kitchen sink is a window box where she grows plants that remind her of Arizona.
Although a Madison County native and Highland High School graduate, Privett has lived in Arizona, New York and Pennsylvania. During a transition period, she stopped in Anderson while returning to Arizona. Her truck engine stopped her. By the time she found a job, and earned enough to complete repairs, she was entrenched in Hoosier life again.
“I still spend a lot of time with my high school and college friends,” said Privett, graduate of Ball State University. “There is a group of 40 or 50 of us that go camping once a year and we just have a great time together.”
A lovely deck in the back yard is the perfect spot for get-togethers. Teeming with flowers, growing vegetables and hummingbirds that visit the feeder, pleasant evenings are abundant.
Not only is her décor different, but so are the number and variety of her pets. As a veterinary technician, she often finds herself taking in stray animals from work or from the neighborhood. With four indoor cats, one outdoor cat, a dog, a Green Quaker Parrot (who was taught to curse by a former owner) and fish hanging in Betta bowls on the walls, there is never a dull moment.
While she clearly loves all of them, Juniper, her Husky Wolf mix, is her favorite. Having traveled with her as she passed from state to state, he has been a staple in her life. Named because he enjoyed shredding juniper bark in Arizona, he is a faithful friend.
Although Privett has lived in the old neighborhood for 11 years, she never grows accustomed to the character-filled homes that surround her.
“I love walking through the neighborhood and looking at all these beautiful houses,” she said. “They are just so interesting and different. I just never get tired of it.”
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