Southern Charm Brings Newark Family Comfort and Conversation
This family of four gathers in the family room to listen to music, read, and watch birds, rather than television.
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Dianne Reeves has always had an eye for detail, the unique elements that give a home a gracious, finished look.
“I love furniture and accents with strong colors and a commanding room presence,” she says. “Rooms with color, texture and meaningful personal accents are most comforting to me.”
Reeves lives with her husband, Wayne, and two small children in Newark, in a two-story, traditional home in an idyllic wooded setting near White Clay Creek.
In decorating the house, she was inspired by the refined rooms of the South she came to appreciate when she was a student at the University of Alabama. Her mother was an influence, too.
“My childhood home was always comfortable for our family of six, but also always ready to entertain family and friends,” she says.
To interpret her aesthetic vision into a warm and welcoming home for an active family, Reeves turned to designer Kate FitzGerald-Wilks of Timeless Design in Landenberg.
Collaborating with a pro was the ideal solution for a working mom with lots of ideas but limited time.
“I didn’t want to commit all of my family’s time completing what felt like an endless project to-do list,” she says. “Kate brought her skills, sourcing for unique pieces and connections for custom woodworking, drapes, upholstery and was able to handle all the details.”