Nina Wright’s house renovation straightened out the mess | News


When Nina Wright wakes up in her St. Clair County country home, she’s proud of the place she’s made for herself. Every morning, she pours her coffee under the new dim lighting installed under her cupboards and watches the sun rise over her hens.

A year ago, her kitchen was the thing that caused her the most stress for doing simple things like making her coffee, storing her chicken eggs or cooking dinner.

“I was lost because this kitchen was a disaster,” Wright said.

It was cramped with structures too close together and things she had gathered over the years filling her cupboards to the brim. She decided it was time to change her feelings about her home when she contacted Renee Lilly, who runs her own interior design company called Lilly Designs.

Wright has lived in her home in St. Clair County for 25 years. From the moment she arrived, she has been working to turn her home into a place where she is happy to be. She started at the beginning by simply building a terrace to allow her to easily enter her 22 acres of land.

For Wright, it was never on the cards to leave his property behind for a simpler solution.

“I wanted to be in the countryside, you can’t put me in a housing estate. You don’t want a homeowners association telling me what to do, I do what I want. I’m just this free bird,” Wright said.

Now her kitchen has a totally different feel. One of the changes she said she was most grateful for was developing a pantry where there was none.

“Everything is organized and nothing is just stuck,” Wright said.

Purging all the stuff that’s collected over the years can be a fantastic start to making a home look like new again. Wright took many of her items to a local antique store where she has a booth.

“I feel like I have a knack for helping people beautify the inside and outside of their homes. I really like working people creating what their vision is,” Lilly said.

People often ask him what his design is, but it’s not about his style. She makes it a point to think that way because she thinks that should be her client’s style. Lilly doesn’t care about creating a certain look for its brand, it just wants to help customers who are happy with the spaces they live in.

“I never had anyone to help me with anything. I knew I couldn’t tackle this on my own. All I knew was that I wanted it, but I didn’t know what I wanted. I didn’t know where to start,” Wright said.

Now, Wright is very proud not just of her kitchen, but of her entire property. She does most of the maintenance herself at the age of 73.

“This lady does it all, she ruined it all in three days,” Lilly said.

“It is for me like a thing of God. I have to maintain this. It makes me happy to see things when they are maintained. It’s a special place, why not keep it that way? says Wright.


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