At Home: in German Village
When Brian Santin and Crystal Seamon were looking for a house three years ago, they started their search in German Village. Thirty-eight houses later, the first one they looked at became their home. Their home is a little over 1500 square feet. Originally it was 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, but they have completely renovated it to make it 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. They love being a part of the neighborhood and the charm of German Village. Barcelona Restaurant was one of the main things that drove them to look in this neighborhood. They also participate in the German Village Society.
Brian has done almost all of the work to the house himself. The best thing they did was open up the kitchen to the dining room to create a large space for entertaining. People are able to move freely about the house, but still feel like they are not cut off from the party. The kitchen is beautiful. The sink is a Shaw’s original from London. They commissioned the Franklin Art Glass studio to create a custom piece of glasswork for their cabinets that matches the custom authentic tin ceiling.
The couple has enjoyed finding unique pieces to decorate their home. They have picked up quite a few treasures from their travels. A trunk they turned into a coffee table came from a trip to Sonoma, California. They have also found things close to home. A goat watches over their living room; he came from a Saks Fifth Avenue props auction the German Village Society had. They also commissioned artist Jon Salvaggi for the sunflower remix painting in their living room. The next project they have is to make the fireplace two sided – opening it up to the dining room.
Upstairs is a quiet and peaceful retreat. The added bathroom was created off of the master bedroom. It houses a special find – the cast iron clawfoot tub came from a guy on Mohawk St. that was selling it in the Village Valuables sale. The couple found it, loved it and hauled it home. It needed some cleaning up and new satin nickel feet and fixtures, but now it is right at home in their bathroom. One of the best features of the home is the heated bathroom floor – and it is programmable!
The next large project is designing a new backyard. The house also has a detached garage and a driveway – off-street parking is always a plus in German Village!