When Emily Blount, restaurateur of , and her family decided to move to her husband Dan’s home state of Mississippi, it was both exciting and terrifying. Emily was looking forward to the idea of having more space for their two young boys to grow up in, but leaving behind NYC was also pretty scary, since she had called it home for the last 13 years.
After a few moves and a lot of crashing with family, they finally settled into their new home two years later, in Oxford, MS. What began as a simple house hunt quickly turned disappointing when a deal fell through on the house they had their hearts set on. The hunt continued.
Unsure if their new find was the right house for them (due to its size and look), Emily turned to Howorth & Associates Architects to give her the push and vision that she needed to see this house for what it could be. The grey brick mid-century ranch house got a fresh coat of white paint, and new windows and french doors replaced the two windows that once made up the front of the house. After all was said and done, 1,700 additional square feet were added to the home, giving the family the open floor plan they were looking for, space for their two young boys to move about, and a home to entertain their large extended family and friends for gatherings.
Making sure to blend the original floor plan with the new addition, Emily became really good at editing furnishings and making sure the flow throughout the home was exactly what they wanted. When it came to the decor, she turned to her husband’s uncle, interior designer, Sam Blount, to help her narrow down what she was looking for. By the end of the process, she was able to mix old family pieces with ones that she and Dan picked up over the 13 years they lived in NYC and collected from Emily’s home state of California, giving the family’s house a polished, yet inviting look.
A few of Emily’s go-to spots when looking for a new piece of furniture or decor are , , and . Whether you are taking on a full remodel or just hiring someone for a small project, Emily has this piece of advice, “Interview people and make sure you can really talk to them, trust them, etc. Try to get as specific as possible about your needs and wants to get the most accurate price, be very specific about who is responsible for what.” Because in the end, after plenty of collaboration and communication with experts on a home they initially weren’t sold on, the Blount Family found exactly what they needed. —Erin Austen Abbott
Living/ Dining Room:
Side Chairs – Gift from Grandparents
Coffee Table – Made by Emily’s dad
Rug – Vintage, (that the family dyed)
Side Table –
Mirror – Vintage
Dining Room Table –
Dining Room Chairs –
Breakfast Table and Chairs –
Bar Stools – Vintage
Oven Range – Vintage
Morters: vintage eBay and
Green Glassware and white dishes –
Bed Frame –
Side Table –
Art – Family gifts
Chairs – Vintage
Wind Chimes –