Traditional Home 2015

GCI Design

Traditional Home June 2015

…(Georgia) Carlee helped the Browns with finishing touches for their first cottage. Soon after, Jacqueline and Robb found a slightly larger house in the neighborhood, and again turned to Carlee for design advice. "We hit if off immediately, and everything came together just as I imagined," Jacqueline says. The second house was such a success that it made the cover of Traditional Home in June 2008.

...Carlee worked with architect Timothy Adams from the outset to tweak the floor plans. She had recently completed the design of the couple's full-time residence in Toledo, Ohio, and so had a solid understanding of the family's needs and preferences.

...The design and construction took two years, allowing Jacqueline time to procure unique pieces and old materials. "Jacqueline loves to explore antiques shops and salvage yards," Carlee says. "But we had an agreement that she would send a photo before she bought anything." Jacqueline's pursuits turned up items as varied as a vintage newel post, a distressed section of fence that became a headboard, and wide-plank wood floors reclaimed from a 19th-century Illinois courthouse.

"We didn't always know where my finds would go, but as the house neared completion, Georgia found the perfect spot for everything." Jacqueline says. "She encouraged me to make the house my own, but all the while she was adding her unique touches."…