Columns, thick crown molding, built-in shelves and bookcases and plenty of mirrors add character and style to the living room. By using the same colors here and in the kitchen, Jahnae unified the entire space.
'Felt like a party'
While she busied herself looking for the perfect furnishings and décor, Curt turned his attention to the back yard. Behind the house was some land, but it was all wooded.
“It felt like we had no yard and boys have to have a back yard,” he said. “We lit both sides and burned it out. A friend and I came out with chain saws and got rid of everything.”
The fire department did attend to ensure the safety of all.
“We couldn’t even see the back fence before,” said Curt, pointing to the lovely brick wall built to mark the edge of the subdivision. “We play football and entertain out here now.”
The family arrived in Anderson from the Chicago area six years ago so Jahnae could open the casino as vice-president of marketing. She specifically wanted to live within the city limits, so they chose a home in the charming Deer Creek addition and Curt quickly secured a position as an RN in surgery.
“It is important to me to live in the town I work in,” said Jahnae. “I wanted to be involved in the Chamber and other organizations and be ingrained in the community. When we came to this house, it felt like a party. It’s so open and has the Italian influences. It felt like we were supposed to live here.”
“Mom saw the closet in the master bedroom, fell on her knees and said: ‘This is it,’” said Drake, adding that the closet rivals the size of a small bedroom.
“That’s a true story,” admitted Jahnae.
With plenty of space for the three of them (and all of their clothes) and even an overnight guest or two, they are at home and comfortable in their well-appointed Anderson home.
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