Originally created 01/30/05

Mementos add charm to modest patio home



Although she has lived in her west Augusta patio home for more than eight years, Jane Armstrong says her home's dcor is a work in progress.

"It's just coming together," she said.

Mrs. Armstrong downsized from a home in Kingston subdivision where she reared her three children. She got rid of many pieces of furniture, but some items became central to her new home's design scheme.

A favorite spot for the grandmother of five is a green chair facing the fireplace in the living room.

"That's where I have my quiet time," she said.

Behind the chair is a tapestry of the seven spices of Israel that came from a trip to the Holy Land.

Over the fireplace is a portrait of two Victorian-era children that inspired the color palette for the room - blues and burgundies.

Mrs. Armstrong is no collector, but she has acquired several pieces of art and antiques over the years that are important to her overall dcor plan.

A living room wall is devoted to reproduction prints showcased in antique frames. One is a portrait she purchased at an estate sale in her birthplace, Savannah, Ga. It's a copy of an original she saw hanging in the Louvre in Paris.

There's also a reproduction of a Renoir, a print that reminds her of her grandfather and another of a couple dancing.

The master bedroom is decorated simply in a soft green highlighted with a rose motif. Mrs. Armstrong's only piece of photographic art hangs there: a scene of trees after Hurricane Hugo struck Charleston, S.C.

There's also a Ray Ellis print of Savannah's Forsythe Park, where Mrs. Armstrong played as a child.

She is proud of the dcor in the guest bedrooms that she recently redecorated.

A lace coverlet made by her grandmother lies on the pine four-poster bed. In the corner of the room is the rocking chair in which her grandfather rocked her when she was a child.

The third bedroom is being transformed into a grandchild-friendly space.

Mrs. Armstrong spends most of her time in is her kitchen, which has a wall of mementos.

'That's my life," she said of the wall, which features photographs of her church, a poster dealing with communication (she is a retired speech pathologist) and a clipping from The Augusta Chronicle from 1999 that features a story about her role as an extra in the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

At Home With

The Owner: Jane Armstrong

The Home: Three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,942-square-foot patio home

Why This House: Convenient neighborhood, just off Washington Road