With its white-brick façade and dramatic stone turret entrance, Paul and Jodi Perry’s Chateauesque style home is a study in marked contrast. Located in Nesbit, MS, it epitomizes a vintage chic aesthetic —from its reclaimed wood elements to décor the couple has put together from their visits to thrift stores and antique shops throughout the Mid-South area.
“I do a lot of antiquing and find stuff everywhere,” says Paul, a tattooist and owner of Purethirteen located in Horn Lake, Mississippi. “That’s what we do when we’re off work, go to random little shops or hole-in-the-wall places to find something.” And just like searching through time-worn pieces that others have discarded, walking through the Perrys’ home is an exercise in discovering artfully crafted vintage treasure.
On one side of the main entryway, large gothic window frames hold wrought iron grids. Beneath the main room’s modern black chandeliers, a large pyrography clock face sits on a custom-stained concrete floor, accentuated by an antique white shutter and wooden wagon wheel. “We’re waiting on wooden chandeliers that they make out of wine barrels,” says Paul. His wife, Jodi, notes that the room’s look has changed dramatically. “It was black in here originally, and I bought all the furniture before we moved in,” she says. “When everything got delivered, nothing fit, so I sold it all.”
To the left of the main room is a reclaimed barn door leading to the master bedroom and master bath, which features a stone and tile walk-around, doorless shower; his-and-hers vanities; and a Jacuzzi tub. To the right, the kitchen continues the theme of stark contrast, featuringcustom cabinetry by Bubba Black of Bubba Black Originals, out of Hernando, MS. “We have a lot of pieces from Bubba Black Originals,” says Paul. “Bubba did all our cabinetry and he built our tables.”
One particular table that catches visitors’ eye is the focal point of the sitting room located just off of the open kitchen. “I found this old door in Memphis, downtown somewhere… I forget where… but it’s an old door from the 1800s,” says Paul. “I took it to Bubba and we made it into a coffee table. I find the pieces, then we come up with the design together.”
Past a wine station (also built by Bubba Black), theformal dining room features white chairs and a dark-stained wooden table accented by smoky gray walls. Moving back through the entry and ascending hardwood plank stairs to the upstairs bedrooms, a sitting areadisplays a wood-paneled wall that contains a collection of the various pieces of wood used throughout the home, with an added splash of teal. The couple’s favorite spots in their new home are downstairs, however, and it’s easy to see why when discovering the home’s more secluded, surprising nooks. Exiting through the open kitchen, a large patio surrounds an in-ground pool, complete with outdoor kitchen and TV sitting area for entertaining larger groups of people. Here, the dark tones of reclaimed wood are subdued by a paradise of palm trees and vivid, teal accents, recalling elements of the couple’s favoritestate outside of Mississippi — Florida. “Florida is like our second home, so we brought Florida here,” says Paul, while Jodi admits that she spends most of her time at the pool when not working.
As for Paul’s favorite place around their new home, he’s quick to point out, “definitely mine’s at the barn.” And the barn — located just off of the swimming pool area — is a throwback to some other time and place where friends congregate over drinks, and a 1948 Wurlitzer juke box lights up a neon corner that’s filled with vintage signage.
“These doors came out of a plantation house in Tupelo from the 1800s,” says Paul, referring to the main doors leading into the barn. “My brother did the demolition and cut the door out. I had to replace a few pieces of the glass. I tried to take a few out when I was re-staining it but it was so old, I had to replace it.”
Other features of the barn include a long wooden bar that was part of the now-closed Butcher Shop in downtown Memphis, along with hand-hewn beams, also from the 1800s. According to Paul, a friend’s great-great grandparents had them in a barn that was torn down. “I know people who tell me about these things, and whenever I find it, I’ll say ‘hey I want that.’”
Vintage Chic Modern Appeal
A study in contrast at the Perry household in Nesbit, Mississippi
Home | July 2016
Story by Tonya Thompson | Photos by Brian Anderson