A wall's worth of wildflowers (no fewer than 40!), pressed by a local artist, enlivens the center hall. Beneath, a salvaged church pew hosts pillows sewn from turn-of-the-century grain sacks. The walls are painted Writer's Parchment by Ralph Lauren.
"We'd been thinking about buying a cottage on the beach, but that felt too far away for weekends," says Stanton. Then, the couple happened to stop for lunch in Madison, Georgia, on the way back from visiting Stanton's parents. "We walked around and fell in love with the place," he says.
The 1818 home laid claim to being the oldest brick structure in town: "Every doorway had crooked angles," Stanton says, "and the doors had these teeny, Hobbit-like handles." On Stanton's desire to fix the place up, Greco recalls: "I thought Jimmy was nuts."
Greco opted for a neutral palette of muted solids, mostly grays, brown, and creams. Check out the rest of the pictures, along with details of this fabulous rustic charming home at Country Living Magazine