Originally created 02/10/02

A showcase of style



When Steve and Janet Miller built their home 15 years ago, Mrs. Miller went with the popular "country" decorating theme.

"That lasted about three years," she said. "I liked more of a traditional look."

Since then, she has been transforming her home to fit her true tastes and showcase some of her collections.

Nestled on a heavily wooded lot in Evans, the four-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath home has a split floor plan with the master bedroom on the opposite side of the home from the other three guest rooms.

A formal living room is off the foyer on one side, a dining room on the other.

The formal living room features several family heirlooms. A lead-framed, stained-glass lamp, one of the antique pieces passed down from Mrs. Miller's grandmother, sits on a table with a marble top, and an antique radio of her mother's is displayed nearby.

The formal dining room recently received a face-lift.

Once wallpapered in a blue and gray, the walls are two-toned with a deep gray on the lower half and an elegant silvery gray wallpaper with a soft vine motif above the chair rail molding.

The cabinet is a showcase for Mrs. Miller's china and for some she received from her grandmother, which is tinted pink.

A set of plates with a hummingbird design hang on the walls next to the china cabinet.

The hummingbird motif repeats itself in other rooms in the home, but especially in one of the guest bedrooms.

Gauzy window treatments swathed in small white flowers set the light and airy mood in the room.

The large bed has a floral print spread and hummingbird pillows. A tea set on the bed is an added touch.

A hummingbird wallpaper border surrounds the room, and a delicate hummingbird serves as the pull on the ceiling fan.

While the hummingbird room is preferred by female guests, the bedroom next to it is the room for male guests.

A golf theme dominates the room.

A few clubs lean against the wall in one corner, and several golf-related knickknacks, such as an unusual tic-tac-toe game, can be found on the furniture. The game features figures of a mound of golf balls and of a golfer finishing his swing as X's and O's.

One of Mrs. Miller's favorite rooms is the large kitchen, which has only a few lasting remnants of its country days.

Gone are the cows and most of the wooden decorative pieces. The cows have been replaced with rabbits.

And Mrs. Miller said she'd much rather have the inanimate rabbits inside than the real ones outside. They like to use her garden as a buffet in the spring and summer.

The ceramic bunnies have their own garden. The kitchen is wallpapered in a print of a bountiful fruit harvest with purple grapes dominant in the pattern.

The fruit theme is repeated in a small rug on the floor in front of the sink and in Mrs. Miller's canister pattern.

The purple is also found in the window treatments, which Mrs. Miller created. The valance is made from a green and mauve plaid material. Purple silk wisteria hang over the curtains.

The last country-themed items are the wooden houses set on a high shelf above the nook.

In the kitchen nook is a built-in hutch, a feature Mrs. Miller saw in other homes.

The dining area looks out into the back yard, where a new pond and waterfall have been recently added.

Off to the side of the kitchen is a half-bath, which is decorated in a Gone With the Wind theme.

Next to the lavatory is a shelf with 15 Franklin Mint figurines of characters from the movie.

A handkerchief with the initials "R.B." and the phrase "Frankly My Dear" embroidered on it lied on the sink near a Gone With the Wind music box.

Two statuettes depicting scenes from the film are also in the room. While it has taken several years to transform the home, Mrs. Miller said they're not through yet.

The next project will be to enclose the back porch.

Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.