The décor in Veronica Mulkey and Jason Craig’s North Augusta home can’t be purchased off the shelves in the home section of a major retailer.
“I like to buy people’s first pieces,” said Craig, a graphic designer and artist who, along with his wife, supports other area artists by purchasing original pieces to hang in their home.
They moved into the Chanticleer subdivision about 3 ½ years ago. Craig wanted to stay in North Augusta and keep his girls in the same schools, but the 1,200 square feet he lived in wasn’t big enough for six people. They were able to find something just across Martintown Road, and they have spent the time since moving in transforming it to match their tastes.
“It was super ‘80s when we moved in,” Mulkey said.
The original artwork gives the home a unique flavor.
The family room includes pieces from Jay Jacobs, Rich Menger, Tracy Craig – Jason’s mom – and Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman. Craig has a few of Porkchop’s pieces, including one he created as a wedding gift for the couple. The Craig-Mulkey marriage was commemorated in Porkchop’s signature robot style with the bride holding a bouquet of roller-skate wheels. Mulkey is a member of the Soul City Sirens roller derby team.
The dining room is a uniquely Craig creation. Mulkey said she wanted a Chinese restaurant theme, so Craig painted the room to mimic one. Mulkey found fun accents at places such as Goodwill and South of the Border to keep with the theme. The Asian theme shows up a few places in the home because Craig has collected Buddha and geisha statues for many years. He painted his own rendering of Chinese characters in a clear coat on part of the walls.
“I like Asian-type stuff,” said Craig, who also painted an Asian-inspired piece to hang in the master bedroom.
Most of the living space is upstairs. There is a lower level to the home, which includes a garage that doubles as Craig’s studio, a laundry room and a fourth bedroom.
The couple still has some work to do on the home. The kitchen is still stuck in another decade and needs updating, Craig said.
“The kitchen is on the list to be demolished,” he said.