ANDERSON -- Often people are swept away by the house of their dreams, but Lisa Pay was swept away by the back yard of her dreams. Hailing from Colorado, Lisa knew an expansive yard was on the must-have list, but she never expected to find one with a winding creek and a backdrop of the woods.
“How many people get to have a creek and fire pit in their back yard?” asked Lisa, professor of social work at Anderson University for 14 years. “I looked out back and that was it. Growing up, the girls were in the creek all the time. Only in the last couple of years have we been free of frogs or lizards or other animals they found.”
Morgan, 20, and Maddie, 17, have thoroughly enjoyed the space for the last 12 years. In addition to reptiles, they have often been the haven of dogs, cats and even a bird.
“The neighbors have been a blessing,” said Lisa. “The girls were outside constantly and I always felt they were safe. Help is always nearby in our neighborhood. We look out for one another.”
While the land was the deciding factor, Lisa loves the Tudor-style home as well. Over the years she has redecorated almost every room.
“I call it decorating on a budget,” she said. “My friend, Gina Stuckey, is a decorator who does a lot of work with the Gaithers. She helps me a lot. She is able to shop the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and strip and repaint items to make them perfect.”
One room at a time, Lisa has stripped floor-to-ceiling wallpaper and added paint to stamp her own style on the space.
“I like deep, rich, warm colors,” she said, pointing to the comfortable hues in the living room. “My favorite color is purple, so we painted the entryway a deep shade and have tied the color into the main floor.”