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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
//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