Originally created 01/22/06

Home's decor challenges conventions

Brenda Padgett's friends might question why she drives a sport utility vehicle, but the answer is simple.

"I'm always hauling stuff from a flea market," said Mrs. Padgett, who looks beyond the peeling paint, rust or dents and sees a find which will help create the look of casual elegance that she likes.

A castoff door that once hung on an armoire becomes, with a dab of gold paint, wall art. A piece of garden statuary gets dressed up with a swirl of winterberry or French ribbon.

"She's the visionary," said Mike Padgett, her husband.

Decorating their ranch-style home off Mike Padgett (no relation) Highway is a collaborative effort. Mr. Padgett pitches in with building cornices, painting and nailing up molding.

If colors do not match exactly, it does not matter.

"I do not want anything to look like it came off of a page in a catalog," Mrs. Padgett said. "The look is in the mix."

Friends seek her advice, and she tells them to buy what they like and then she will help them put it together.

She starts with placing the large pieces, then begins to build the room layer by layer down to the finishing touches.

"I'm a romantic," she said. "The details are so important."

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

At Home With

The Family: Mike and Brenda Padgett and their Yorkshire terriers, Matt and Mia

The House: Built in 1984, the ranch-style house off Mike Padgett Highway has about 2,200 square feet with three bedrooms and 2 baths.

It's A Fact: The first time Mr. Padgett saw the house, he turned it down because it was so rustic and dark that it depressed him. Several months and another visit later, he changed his mind.


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