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OK, so this home isn’t actually on “Magnolia Lane”, but it is the historic 1915 colonial revival home where Christy lived in North Carolina.  Believe it or not, Christy and her family rented it from friends–how lucky is that?!  The couple who owned the house had excellent taste (obviously) and painstakingly renovated most of the house to its current state of gorgeousness.   Christy was dragged, kicking and screaming, away from her dream house in the summer of 2011, but at least she has her memories (and photos) to sustain her!

This house was too beautiful not to share, so sit back, and enjoy the house tour!

See the magnolia tree on the left?

The old oak tree in the back yard was at least 100 years old and had an amazing tree swing hanging from a high branch.

The side yard boasted a formal English boxwood garden, complete with fountain.

The dollhouse was a perfect retreat for little girls (and their dollies).  It was wired for electricity, and even had a little chandelier inside!

The screened porch was a great place to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine at night.  Spring and summer meals could be eaten al fresco, too.

When you step in to the entrance hall, the grand Chippendale staircase is the first thing you see.  The second thing is Maddie, standing ready to greet visitors!

The doors at the end of the hallway open onto the screened porch.  Before the days of central air conditioning, this airflow kept the house cool.

Looking back at the front door from the screened porch, you see that both doors and sidelight windows feature the same gorgeous curved mullions.

Passing through the butler’s pantry into the kitchen (don’t you love the gorgeous leaded glass window?)…

…and now here’s the expansive kitchen with white inset cabinetry and a beautiful heart pine floor.

The peel-and-stick chalkboard panels helped keep the family organized and in the right place at the right time (mostly).  Christy posted about her wall calendar {here}.

The built-in seating banquette sported extra storage area under the bench.

Christy redid the pantry, which is still one of our most often-read posts.  You can read all about it {here}.

The library and family room featured beautiful custom built in shelves and desk and the first of four fireplaces.

The formal living room was a great place for cocktails, or music practice (although the piano is hidden in the left corner).



The formal dining room (how nice to be able to put all your table leaves in and keep them there!).

Heading up the staircase, there’s a loft area on the second floor that the kids used as a place to relax or play.

The master bed and bathroom are surprisingly spacious for an older house.  The bathroom and closet were originally a sleeping porch that was enclosed to create an en suite area.

Christy’s son lucked out with the fourth fireplace in his bedroom, and he made sure that she decorated it “Army style.”  Read more about his red, white, and blue room {here}.

Christy’s daughter has since banished all pink from her bedroom, but while they lived here she was still deep into her pink (and green) phase.  Read more about her room {here}.

Christy’s family is always entertaining family and friends, and so a well-appointed guest room is a must!

It’s nice to have two sinks in the bathroom so no one can complain that his or her sibling made a mess.

If you’d like to see more, you can read a few additional posts that show this home decorated for the holidays {here} and{here}.

To see more of Christy and Amy’s current homes, please click {here}, or on the home inspiration category on our sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Beautiful! I think Maddie is adorable too!

  2. This home is gorgeous and the gardens are also beautiful! Thanks for the tour and for sharing this at the Open House Party.

  3. Wow! How beautiful! Any chance we could see a mock-up floorplan? The architecture is fabulous… So curious as the rooms are such a great size, the butler’s pantry, the loft area – just wonderful! (btw – great blog!!)

  4. Dream house indeed! Gorgeous!

  5. Catherine Jarvis says:

    I love your house !

  6. Patty Soriano says:

    Pretty house ! In the picture of the small bar area with the leaded window…. there is a blue/gray shelf on the left wall. We can only see the side of it. Is there any chance that you got a picture of the front of this shelf ? I think I have this shelf and would like to see what they’ve done with it. Thank you !!

  7. Is the slip cover custom or did you purchase it somewhere.It looks like my sofa,the arms roll like mine and has two cushions.It is what I have been looking for.Thank you

    • Hi Cheryl,
      The slipcover came with the couch. I purchased it many years ago in Hickory NC at the Furniture Mart. I am sorry that isn’t more help. I am going to need a new slipcover soon, I suppose I will have to go the custom route. Take care, Amy

  8. Beautiful house !!

  9. Miss this house ( Although I do not miss the pink and the green)

  10. This is just beautiful thank you for sharing!

  11. amyramseyinteriors says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You had me at the butlers pantry! What a great home and your decor put it right out of the park!

  12. I love that you honored the house with your selection of fabrics, etc. This home was meant to be shared with a loving family who could appreciate it’s beauty. You are so blessed to have been able to add to it’s history, and I’m sure, your family’s too.

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