Thick plaster walls, tall arched ceilings, and cedar-lined closets in a 1930s Jackson, MS Tudor first captivated the imaginations of Josiah and Ashleigh Coleman three years ago. He, a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, and she, a photographer with “a passion for capturing the Mississippi landscape,” were looking for a Belhaven neighborhood home with character in which to host a growing family, large social gatherings, and an expanding art collection. The couple knew this was a place where they could put down roots and stay. “The previous owners lived here for 40 years, and the first owner before that was the architect who designed the house — I found his diploma in the attic,” Ashleigh recalls. Fresh paint, a new kitchen, and two adventurous children bring new energy to the original antique structure.
From the time she was a young girl, Ashleigh’s parents chose to give her practical gifts over fleeting amusements — things like drinking glasses and everyday china — for use later in life, a stash she came to call the Future House Collection. Thanks to this forethought, she and Josiah found themselves with an instantly-accessorized home. Other decorative additions have come through hand-me-downs, thrift store finds, and estate sale scores, though the green velvet living room sofa and handmade custom dining table were new creations. Each area is child-friendly, though not overrun by their things. “Almost every room has a station for the kids,” Ashleigh shares. “The living room has their reading corner with a little rug and light, and the kitchen has a drawer that holds some toys and books.” To keep clutter to a minimum, a variety of toys cycle in and out of rotation every so often. Though Ashleigh is a stickler for efficient and effective organization, even she admits to keeping “just one drawer that is a catch-all.” Her diligent planning makes possible their most favorite feature — the wall space for hanging large pieces of art, and intimate settings for their display. —Annie