Upscale Rustic

BY: Sarah Raines

The Oswalt home is on the corner of South Montgomery Street and Country Club Road, and Nicole Oswalt and her three daughters have thoroughly enjoyed their first year in the new house.

Oswalt found a home design she fell in love with in a house in Saint George, Utah, and hired Stuart Davis Construction and designer to create a home similar to it, adding her own flare by incorporating more stone and adding an industrial accent to the house.

Local designer and owner of Penny Bowen Design on College Street in Columbus, Penny Bowen, helped collaborate the creation of the Oswalt home.

“(With Oswalt’s) style, she liked a very relaxed, kind of rustic, industrial look,” Bowen said. “It’s a lot, three different styles, but she pulled it all together and I think she did a wonderful job of it.”

The Oswalt house is a large home, but with a cozy feel to it. Outside, surrounded by timber, the house has a lodge-like style. Oswalt fashioned it after houses found in the mountains in the West.

The inside of the house reflects the industrial nature of Oswalt’s taste.

“We have a lot of architectural features in that house,” designer Bowen said. “We did a lot of stone and brick patterns and metal accents.”

Immediately inside, a foyer with an arched barrel ceiling created with a herringbone brick pattern and a bright chandelier immediately catches the eye. Antique pine hardwood floors run through the home, and the a circular “wagon wheel” of brick with a star-like centerpiece hangs above the dining table, holding an iron-encircled light fixture.

The office features another distinctive ceiling feature, with a squared dome reaching toward skylight windows which allow for natural light to come through.

Reclaimed wood found new homes in the Oswalt’s’ ceilings and along one wall in the office, giving a tasteful backing to the wall behind the desk chair, provided by Moller & VandenBoom Lumber Company and Tim Lawrence of Lawrence flooring in Ethel, Mississippi.

Oswalt said her favorite rooms are the music room and her master bedroom.

“I’ve played piano since I was in third grade,” Oswalt said. “In the music room, we have a baby grand piano, a guitar, and we’re collecting different pictures and memorabilia and things like that. I did that for me and for my girls, because we love music. It’s just me and my girls, so I wanted to make it a fun place for them.”

A mother of three, Oswalt worked to create a space she and her daughters could enjoy. Each of her daughters’ bedrooms has a small loft over the closet to give extra playroom for the girls, and a slide built by local contractor, Justin Lindley, allows for speedy, fun travel from the main floor to the house’s basement.

Oswalt was born and raised in rural Choctaw County and spent many afternoons sitting on the porch, enjoying the near-silence of a quiet dead-end gravel country road. Now, she said she finds the same enjoyment in her house with the added pleasure of being able to watch the traffic drive down South Montgomery past her house, sipping her coffee from a rocking chair on her front porch or from the comfort of the music room.

“Even though I still feel like I’m part of a subdivision, with Country Club Estates right there, I feel like I have the best of both worlds,” Oswalt said. “I have a nice big yard, and I look out my back door and I don’t see another house really close, but then I am right next door to great neighbors and people we’ve gotten to know since we’ve lived here.”

The backyard features are tiered with the natural slant of the backyard, adding a layered feel.

“You go out on the back porch and you step down to another little landing with a fire pit and some landscaping, and then you step down again and you’re on the pool level, with a pool and hot tub and slide for the kids, and then you can step down again and get to the basement level of the yard,” Oswalt said.

Oswalt was also able to add a sentimental touch to the house. She would spend hours playing in the barn at her grandparents’ place, and was able to salvage some tin from that barn to line the guest bathroom with – the icing on the cake to complete the perfect home for her and her girls.

“My family is so important to me,” Oswalt said. “I have the best parents and grandparents and we are/were always really close. I love where I grew up. I have many memories of playing in this barn and now my girls do as well. I had to have a piece of it in my home.”