Originally created 01/05/03

Rooms with a view



When Jency Mills moved to Aiken in July, she filled her Woodside Plantation home with an eclectic combination of antique, art deco and contemporary furniture and art.

The dark brick house has three bedrooms and two and half baths - plenty of room for visiting family members.

She moved to Aiken to be closer to her daughter, Darlene Ortega, and grandchildren, who also live in Woodside Plantation.

Ms. Mills has a gallery of Lladro porcelain figures in the entryway.

"I like faces," Ms. Mills said. "And these figures are so fluid and soft."

The Master suite is off to the left, draped in soft shades of pink, taupe and cream. A large chandelier hangs from the trey ceiling over the bed.

The master bath continues the color scheme, even into the light fixture. Ms. Mills used part of another chandelier, with crystals in light pinks, lavender and blue, to soften the light in the bathroom.

There is a bonus room upstairs, where grandchildren, Dylan, 10, and Elli, 2, play when they visit.

The rest of the house is designed so that you can walk room to room, without going through any door twice. Most rooms have oak floors and 14-foot ceilings.

The dining room, to the right of the front door, starts the circular path. A round dining room table, custom designed, seats six. Ms. Mills prefers a round table to traditional rectangular styles.

"You can seat more people," she said. "It seems you can always squeeze one more chair in at a round table."

Ms. Mills used a few simple pieces of art to decorate, mixing art deco and Asian themes. At one end of the room, a wet bar displays her antique and art deco stemware collections. Matching bamboo and ostrich-feather topiaries flank the windows.

Further around is a guest room and a his-and-hers-style bathroom. Ms. Mills didn't like the light fixtures that hung in the bathroom when she moved in, so she took them down and uses lamps. A window high above the vanity lets in enough natural light to compensate for the dim lamp light.

Toward the back of the house, a small sun room is carpeted and furnished. With glass doors on every side, Ms. Mills said it is the perfect place for Elli to play.

"I can see her from any room," she said.

Wrapped around the back of the house is a two-level deck that overlooks the golf course and lake.

In one corner of the kitchen, there's a breakfast table with an oversized iron chandelier overhead. The fixture suits the large kitchen, which shares the open space with a family room.

"I'm big on proportion," Ms. Mills said.

AT HOME WITH ...

THE FAMILY: Jency Mills

THE HOME: 4,000-square-foot, 2-story brick, about 10 years old

THE BASICS: 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, garage, separate laundry room

NOTEWORTHY:The back of the house has two decks that overlook the golf course.

Reach Lisa M. Lohr at (706) 823-3332 or lisalohr@augustachronicle.com.