Ceil Bone grew up in Atlanta, but she feels right at home in her Columbus living room.
“Sometimes I walk into this room and go ‘This is my mother’s living room,’” she said. “It sort of is. Most of the furniture we have is furniture we’ve inherited.”
It doesn’t stop at furniture either. An art teacher at Brookstone, Ceil comes from a family of artists, as evidenced by several of her father’s paintings gracing the walls, as well as one by her uncle.
Built in 1928, the Bones’ house has six fireplaces, including one in each bedroom. Many of the rooms were once divided by doors, some of which remain, and several of the doorframes are arched.
Though Ceil and Bo have put work into restoring the house, it has retained much of its original appeal.
The den, where Ceil said they spend most of their time, has plaster walls painted to look like wood paneling, an effort that began before they bought the house and one which they finished.
Another unique feature is a downstairs half-bath, tucked underneath the second-floor stairwell. It’s sunken down about a foot lower than the rest of the first level.
In terms of decorating, Ceil doesn’t subscribe to a particular brand or style. “I like to look for quality pieces,” she said. “I feel like it has been amazing how much of the furniture that I inherited just fits into this house.”
The few items that were not handed down to Ceil she has found at Scott Antique Market in Atlanta and through various friends and garage sales.
She said her motto is, “Buy it on sale, or buy it for a good price, and then try to improve it a little bit.”
In addition to art and decorating, Ceil and her husband love having people over for dinner, spending time by the firepit in their backyard and exercising at Lakebottom Park.
Their dogs, a 10-year-old Boston terrier named Toad and a 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Pierre, are also important fixtures in their home and lives.
Ceil said Toad often sits by the fire place in the den, patiently waiting for someone to ignite it so she can curl up in her favorite spot next to the warm flames.