At Home with Carol Ve­li­o­tis

The Covington News - - Saturday living - Photo fea­ture by Brit­tany Thomas, bthomas@cov­

Who: Carol Ve­li­o­tis The home: Mod­est brick ranch Year built: 1949 by Dr. Frank Nes­bit The ba­sics: 2 bed­rooms, 3 baths, less than 3,000 square feet on less than an acre lot

Ameni­ties: Gas fire­place, art stu­dio, sun/gar­den room, din­ing room, liv­ing room, gar­dens, over 200 pieces of orig­i­nal art

Carol’s fa­vorite room: “That’s a tie be­tween the din­ing room, where I love to host din­ner par­ties, and the liv­ing room, where I love to en­ter­tain, as well. They have a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel,” Ve­li­o­tis said. “The liv­ing room is more an­tiques and clas­sic fur­ni­ture and the din­ing room is more pop, red, eclec­tic art.”

Why this home: “It was the first home I ever owned by my­self. My dream home is a Span­ish ha­cienda that has a walled out­side with a court­yard in the mid­dle and this is the clos­est thing I ever came to it with this back­yard as the court­yard,” Ve­li­o­tis said.

Ma­jor ren­o­va­tion projects: “It [the house] had a huge fake chim­ney in the mid­dle of the house and it was caus­ing my roof to cave in, so when I reroofed it, I had them cut that chim­ney off,” Ve­li­o­tis said. “I bought the house in 1998 from the Nes­bits’ son and I did a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion. The house was brown, I painted even the ex­te­rior pale pink and I put shut­ters on it. This room [the sun room] was real dark and gloomy and I tore down the brick planter and painted it white and made it very light and gar­deny. The liv­ing room didn’t have a door from the din­ing room, so I cut a door and tore [the wall mir­rors] down and put book­shelves up. It [the house] had been on the mar­ket for two years and no­body bought it be­cause it was so dated. So I did some ma­jor up­dates tear­ing stuff down and clean­ing it up.”

To-do list: “I need to do a lot,” Ve­li­o­tis said with a chuckle. “I need a new fan over the stove. I’d love to have a wood burn­ing fire­place. I’d love a small swim­ming pool. My ideal pool is a round, 13-foot with a Greek key. But, I mean I’m happy. It’s kind of funky and old-fash­ioned. I’d rather spend money trav­el­ing than on a house. It’s not a man­sion, but it’s a great place to call home.”

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