By Kristen Brown Photos By R. Caligaris
Ernie and Kim Wright have returned to their roots in Columbus with a stunning home, complete with an outdoor oasis.
After a decade hiatus from Columbus, native Ernie Wright and wife Kim returned to the area in 1995 from Peachtree City to Maple Ridge before they moved to Hilton Avenue, setting their family’s foundation in a truly special home. Built in 1964, the Wright home is located in the Midtown neighborhood, only a few blocks from where Ernie was raised in Hilton Heights.
Originally attracted to the home by the large fenced lot for their dogs and the privacy, they purchased the home in August of 2011 and started their renovations right away with family-owned business Ray M. Wright, Inc. With the help of skilled professionals and collaborative interior design guidance of Jeanie Hinson Bross, of, the Wright’s Georgian style home flows beautifully.
The lush green and spacious yard is a favorite area for the family dogs and maintained by Chris Harman of Wildwood Gardens and the plants and trees are from Blooming Colors of Auburn, Alabama
The large dining room is another Wright family favorite and features a centrally located dining table with seating for ten below a grand crystal chandelier. A focal point of the room is the beautiful hand-made 15x18 rug and custom silk drapes that compliments the dark wall color to create an elegant atmosphere for dinner parties and special occasions.
The elegant foyer, decorated by Hinson Galleries, leads to the master bedroom. The settees were the design inspiration for the area and the focal point upon entering is a bronze lamp that belonged to Ernie’s mother, Jane Wright. The custom silk draperies, combined with the chandeliers, make this an elegant entrance to the Wright household.
The Wright’s truly favorite room in the home, the sunroom, is filled with bright natural light and large windows and features a bright pop of red from the fabric occasional chairs and Sumack rug. The fabric on the throw pillows was chosen to compliment the adjacent dining area and create a cohesive design palate.
The dining area adjacent to the sunroom provides a perfect setting for sharing a meal with family and friends with comfortable yellow checkered Parson chairs around a round wood table. The sideboard with hutch on the far wall showcases vintage china plates and family photographs.
The kitchen is a favorite place to be after its complete renovation; the large granite island makes it easy to prepare food. They also put French doors that open to the outdoor pool and pool house. The light gray marble of the island is from Innovative Marble & Granite, gourmet stainless steel appliances are from Daniel Appliances that include a Viking range, refrigerator and under the counter refrigerator. The dark wood flooring was done by Sellers Tile.
The breakfast room, just off the kitchen, provides the perfect place to drink coffee, read the paper and gaze out the French doors to the pool area. The natural light from the windows intensifies the striking blue wall color and enhances the bold painting above the sideboard.
Ernie’s “his” den is one of two in the home and is the true definition of comfort. With brown leather and complimentary fabric occasional chairs that bring out the bold colors in the rug. Some featured furniture pieces from Hinson Galleries and gorgeous wood flooring by Sellers Tile.
The pool area and pool house received an overhaul by Alex Epp of Ace Enterprises. They raised the roofline, added an exquisite outdoor kitchen, stone fireplace and half bathroom to create an incredible outdoor living space for entertaining and hanging out with family and friends. The complimentary teak wood outdoor furniture is from Wildwood Gardens.
The pool was recently remodeled by ASP Pool and Spa Company of Columbus to include the addition of a six-person spill over spa.
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