While at my alma mater’s Homecoming this weekend, I had the joyous opportunity to attend a sweet friend’s gorgeous and amazing wedding.  The ceremony was held in the church that her father pastors, and the reception in the home of a family friend, set within a winery and overlooking a large creek.

The house rose from the end of a winding lane, an octagonal tower-like structure flanked by two wings.  We later found that the owner HAND-PAINTED the tower’s cinderblocks to look like multi-colored limestone blocks.  (I wish I had a pic – it was kind of rainy so I didn’t think to pull out the camera!)

When we walked in the front door of the tower, we were greeted with a painted wood floor in a compass design and a really unique upside down octopus chandelier:

hand-painted entry & octopus chandelier

hand-painted entry floor & octopus chandelier

Between the entryway and the main room was a hallway to the gorgeous exposed brick powder room to the right, and the stairwall to the left.  The owner hand cut each of the reproduction black and white historical prints and affixed them to the wall.  What a statement!

the muralized stairwell

the ultra personalized stairwell

one of the black & white prints, up close

one of the black & white prints, up close

Next up was the main room, which was an impressively large and open space.  The unfinished wide planked wood floors were covered in an enormous seagrass rug.  Lining the far wall (looking out to the creek) were three enormous windows that stopped at the floor and were the means of entering the outside patio.  (Look at those puddled taffeta curtains!)

the main room's windows used as doors

the main room's windows used as doorways to the patio

For the event, a tent covered the patio, which ran the length of the main room with no obstructions of the view.  Four high steps running the full width of the patio took us down to the symmetrical garden and graveled paths.  The lower tents, housing the dance floor a number of tables and a bar, was another level down, with a shell-covered fountain mesmerizing the guests (on the opposite side of the wall in the picture below).

the garden paths & lower tent

the garden paths & lower tent

Back inside the main room.  The ceiling molding was impressive, to say the least!  It was made of a heavy crown molding abutting the ceiling, with evenly spaced and framed fossil shells (Virginia’s state fossil, the Chesapecten Jeffersonius), which the owner found along the banks of the creek running along the property.

the elaborate molding and shells

the elaborate molding and shells

The owner is a map curator, so the house was covered in antique maps.  In the picture above and below, the framed map was an original map addressed to the Queen of England (I think it was mid-1700s)!  The sheer size of the frame made my jaw drop!  The map was hand-stitched to a linen fabric background.

antique map

antique map

Opposite the patio windows was a pair of antique bookshelves full of antique books.  I love the personalized details the owner put on each shelf: scalloped suede edging topped with tacks.

antique bookshelf

antique bookshelf

suede & tack detailing

suede & tack detailing

The amazing house was such an unexpected treat for me to take in – I wish I could have had a tour of the rest of the house, which included a wing for the guest suite and one for the expansive kitchen, and the second story master bedroom and study.  I was most impressed with the degree of personalization and detail that went into every nook and cranny – it is clear the owner is a lover of history and architecture.  I hope you enjoyed this tour!

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