By Sundi Rose • Photos by R. Caligaris
Columbus’s Green Island provides a 1927 Tudor gem.
There is a comfort in having close family and friends around, and most of us find support in being a part of community that is familiar and welcoming. Whitni and Mulford Waldrop found just that in 2006 when they moved into their beautiful Green Island home. One of the first to be built in the subdivision in the 1920’s, the Waldrops’ Tudor-style home has a proximity to their family that made the property priceless to them. Whitni says they “loved the location, being so close to so many of our family.”
Their dogs, Bell and Suzie, can vouch for the neighborhood, as they have become celebrities in their own right, greeting passersby and visitors as they sit at the perimeter of their electronic dog fence. Purchased from Bo Smith in 2006, Whitni and Mulford moved in after their wedding and now, with baby Ford, “enjoy walking with the stroller to visit our family that lives on the same street.” The nearness of family is not, by far, the only draw. The four-bedroom home evokes an era of days past while still seeming completely relevant. Whitni recalls her favorite attributes, saying it’s the “unique, exposed hardwood beams in the living room [and] the old woodworking throughout the house.” Decorated in the traditional style, the décor reflects the Waldrops’ hometown roots and their flair for the stunning.
Always having lived in Columbus, Whitni retired from school teaching when Ford, who is now eight months old, arrived. Mulford owns his own business and relishes the time spent relaxing here with the whole Waldrop family. svm
Making this room extraordinary are the original wood beams and staircase which keep with the Tudor-style architecture of this Green Island gem. The palette was worked to accentuate the natural light, offsetting the dark beams and paneling. The Brunschwig and Fils fabric on the sofa was selected by interior decorator Ashley Holt and is a soft chenille with a Lee Jofa print on the pillows. The delicate crystal floor lamp from That Added Touch adds perfect symmetry to the collection of silver frames housing treasured memories. Streetside views make the living room window view one of the best perches during a party.
A portrait of Mulford’s namesake, his great-uncle, overlooks the dining room, filled with treasured gifts from loved ones. The graceful round table was a present from Mulford’s parents on their wedding day, a classic accent to the Herend china.
Beaming granite on the counters from Innovative Marble adds shine to the open kitchen. Cleverly positioned appliances from Daniel Appliance leave plenty of space for any of the Waldrops’ favorite kitchen activities.
The sitting room is separate from the kitchen because the Waldrop’s wanted to enjoy conversations outside what they deem a work area. The room is thoughtfully furnished with a heavy cotton sofa from Balsam Home and tables from That Added Touch. The collection of Majolica Shesck in the high chest from Scott’s works to give this room its particular character along with the drapes from Frank Martin.
Streamlined style continues into the top-of-the-house master bedroom. Artistically rendered, with every piece fitting perfectly with the next, the room is a picture of considerate design. Exquisite linens on the Balsam Home bed are from Bonne Nuit, and Frank Martin carefully constructed the drapes from Thibault fabric from Valley Fabrics. Giving the room the faultless subtlety of softness on the floor is the sea grass rug from Floor Studio.
A place for baby Ford to dream sweet dreams, the nursery designed by Ashley Holt, is the absolute representation of what a child’s space should be. Crème on white wallpaper from Farrow and Ball offers soothing tones while the Cowan and Tout drapes can be opened wide for sunny days or closed tight against the dark.
A cozy nook to retreat to is every mom’s dream. This little alcove is a sweet nod to Whitni’s past with the vanity from her childhood room, redone by Frank Martin as a Christmas present from her mother.
One of the first five houses in Green Island, the house was designed by architect John C. Martin, Jr. for Charles E. Walton Jr. and built in 1927 by contractor Parker A. Allen.
Taking cues from the Tudor-style design, the study room was designed for flexibility, it can be used as a home office or a staging area to watch TV during college football season. The wooden accessories like the coffee table and lamp are from Fine and Funky. The sofa and gliders are from Balsam Home, giving the room its spectacular personality.
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