Before it was theirs, Jeremy Crabb and Kelly Jackson Crabb’s home evoked images of the 1980s show “Miami Vice.” The styling was contemporary for that era, a look that hasn’t necessarily aged well.
Although the red brick columnar fireplace, oak cabinetry and trim, and chunky glass railing dated the place, the house also had a large, open quality and lots of natural light. The issues were nothing the architect and photographer/interior designer couldn’t fix.
“The volume of the space is what really attracted us,” Jeremy says.
Kelly adds, “I love that it’s open, but it also has structure, so there are places to hang art and put bookcases.”
They hired a crew to skim coat the popcorn ceilings and grasscloth walls for a smooth surface, then painted almost everything white except for a few accent walls of gray and teal.
With a few hardware updates and new plumbing and electrical fixtures, the house is much more polished and personalized. Jeremy and Kelly collaborated on many design projects together, including customizing the front door, painting a canvas that hangs above the lower staircase and building the light fixture in the dining room.
“One of our challenges is that we like things we can’t afford, so we have found creative ways around that,” Kelly notes.
The couple and their two sons moved in just four months ago, upgrading from a home in Waldo that was quickly being outgrown.
“It had small bedrooms, and the boys are just going to get bigger,” Kelly says.
With this home, the family got more than just larger bedrooms. The house has many bonus rooms: a man cave, exercise room, laundry room and craft room, plus extra storage in the crawl space under the living room.
When Kelly thinks about her new home, what she sees is the lifetime ahead of them and the memories to be made.
“I wanted the space I could picture growing old in and having the boys bring their future families home to,” Kelly says.
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