What's Inside: The Probst Home

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The short of it:

Favorite item in home: The original woodwork throughout.

What I am reading:  Diane: A Signature Life by Diane von Furstenberg

What I am listening to:  Tricky...I like to think I listen to a decent range of music.  My parents and older sisters always played music in the car & in our home.  Of course I love the 60's, 70's & 80's standards.  I usually find the satellite radio on 90's on 9 or Lithium (satellite radio). Digging channel 58 too.  Madonna or Abba is usually playing when I run. Pop music is always a good choice - especially with my 3 kids.  More specifically, DMB & Pearl Jam are my high school/college favorites...The Killers, The National are some new favorites.  I love the voices of Nathaniel Rateliff & Chris Stapleton & Leon Bridges. I have the lyrics from "Moon River" from a lounge singer in Nice, France...see it's a wide variety like most people!

Best food in town:  Don Pedro's corn tacos with pork or Firefly Grill's mussels in mustard sauce.

Favorite thing about Effingham:  Being near some of the friends I've always known & the new friends I have more recently met. 

Wild card question:  I know the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe by heart.  No joke...given the right implements, I can make them anyplace anytime!

The home in 1912, 1950 and today.  Leslie provided the two photos on the left. 

The home in 1912, 1950 and today.  Leslie provided the two photos on the left. 

The long of it:

If these walls could talk.  Built in 1912 in Teutopolis, the Rich and Leslie (Griesbaum) Probst home would have a lot to say.  The home has been in the same family since it was built.  That’s over 100 years, folks.  Family members were born and have died in this home. 

The Last Supper and newspapers from the 1940s belonged to their grandparents.

The Last Supper and newspapers from the 1940s belonged to their grandparents.

In fact, Rich’s grandma was living in the home when she passed away, which was the catalyst for how Rich and Leslie came to own it.  Leslie acted fast to update and add modern touches all while preserving this family heirloom.  Within 14 months she whipped it into shape.  She gutted the kitchen, moved pocket doors, had doors made, installed built-ins, put in new flooring and, most impressively, had all of the wooden trim removed and cleaned and resealed.  If you’re wondering what poor soul had that tedious and nerve-wracking task it was Terry Mette Construction.  Wow. 

We're looking into the dining room from the living room/front door.  Is this gingerbread trim fabulous or what?  Leslie had it removed and cleaned "to give it another 100 years".  The painted bowl of oranges on the wall came from the ARC auction.  An Alice Waters print she found in the backroom at Fresh Digs was at the framers.  

We're looking into the dining room from the living room/front door.  Is this gingerbread trim fabulous or what?  Leslie had it removed and cleaned "to give it another 100 years".  The painted bowl of oranges on the wall came from the ARC auction.  An Alice Waters print she found in the backroom at Fresh Digs was at the framers.  

Leslie took a pocket door which was removed to make way for a built-in and had it turned into her dining room table.  

Leslie took a pocket door which was removed to make way for a built-in and had it turned into her dining room table.  

But figuring out what to keep, restore and redo came naturally as she has a degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Historic Preservation.  Perhaps the hardest part was being pregnant with their third child while doing it all.  I can’t even imagine. 

The Probst kids - Joseph (Joey) (8), Mark (the Shark) (6) and Gwyneth (Gwen) (5) have rooms in the attic space that was separated into bedrooms.  Joey and Mark share a typical boys' room complete with stuffed animals, Cars and sharks wall decals and a cute little vintage chair in the corner.  Joey's little Lego Architecture sculptures decorate the kids' upstairs space.  

The Probst kids - Joseph (Joey) (8), Mark (the Shark) (6) and Gwyneth (Gwen) (5) have rooms in the attic space that was separated into bedrooms.  Joey and Mark share a typical boys' room complete with stuffed animals, Cars and sharks wall decals and a cute little vintage chair in the corner.  Joey's little Lego Architecture sculptures decorate the kids' upstairs space.  

Gwen's room.  The bed was Rich's twin sister's that Leslie painted pink.  The smiley face hook pillow came from Fresh Digs.  

Gwen's room.  The bed was Rich's twin sister's that Leslie painted pink.  The smiley face hook pillow came from Fresh Digs.  

Nonetheless, she successfully merged modern design with a personal twist inside a historic home.  Her style utilizes pieces from Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma to second hand shops to local places like the Effingham Farmers Market and Fresh Digs to the side of the road (ask her about that one).  Her shopping style is if she comes across something she likes she buys it. 

See what I mean about modern in a historic home?  Her appliances came from Probst Refrigeration in Effingham and lighting came from the Altamont Home Center.  This sleek kitchen is where she makes her Toll House cookies.  : )

See what I mean about modern in a historic home?  Her appliances came from Probst Refrigeration in Effingham and lighting came from the Altamont Home Center.  This sleek kitchen is where she makes her Toll House cookies.  : )

The living room looks into the kitchen.  The day we were there she was getting a marble top placed on her gorgeous vintage piece she uses as a tv stand and she was getting half shutters installed.  

The living room looks into the kitchen.  The day we were there she was getting a marble top placed on her gorgeous vintage piece she uses as a tv stand and she was getting half shutters installed.  

What I love about this bathroom, in addition to the new tile, claw-foot tub and overall simplicity of it, are the kids' drawings taped to the wall.  : )

What I love about this bathroom, in addition to the new tile, claw-foot tub and overall simplicity of it, are the kids' drawings taped to the wall.  : )

Why not hang them in the bathroom?

Why not hang them in the bathroom?

Leslie's artwork is all unique and all of it has meaning.  Rich and Leslie have visited Moët in Champagne, France.  The Warhol print was something she's had since college and she found the Chief at the Effingham Farmers Market.  It's by local artist, Jasmine Reardon.  

Leslie's artwork is all unique and all of it has meaning.  Rich and Leslie have visited Moët in Champagne, France.  The Warhol print was something she's had since college and she found the Chief at the Effingham Farmers Market.  It's by local artist, Jasmine Reardon.  

Read closely.  What a fantastic glimpse into the past.  Rich's twin sister, Lori, framed this handwritten note their grandmother wrote to nearby Kenter's Tavern regarding her husband.  This might be one of my favorite things in this home.  

Read closely.  What a fantastic glimpse into the past.  Rich's twin sister, Lori, framed this handwritten note their grandmother wrote to nearby Kenter's Tavern regarding her husband.  This might be one of my favorite things in this home.  

In the very cool unfinished portion of her basement is the space where she and sister, Libby, have begun their business, Blume & Baum.  

In the very cool unfinished portion of her basement is the space where she and sister, Libby, have begun their business, Blume & Baum.  

Down in the basement is from where she and sister Libby Moeller will run their new business, Blume & Baum.  They, too, are taking the plunge into the entrepreneurial world by combining their love for natural elements with their desire to start a business.  Their plan is to offer, via a mobile and online business, a practical approach to the luxury of flowers while sourcing as many natural components locally as possible.  Check out their Facebook page (website launches on Nov 15) and see them in person at Fresh Digs on Small Business Saturday (November 26). 

It's no surprise that the rose is this classy lady's favorite flower.    

It's no surprise that the rose is this classy lady's favorite flower.    

Leslie's entire home is a representation of her -  classic with a twist.  I mean, just check out her t-shirt.  I'm looking forward to seeing this style shine through in her new business.  

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//Next issue: The Terry and Maria Bushur Home

 

About the Photographer

Tytia Habing is an award-winning and highly regarded fine art, family and commercial photographer based in the Effingham, Illinois area. You can see her work at www.tytiahabingphotography.com