Farmhouse Charm

By Ashlee Duren | Photos by Whitney Boykin/High Cotton Photography

When you ask Ashley James what she loves most about her new home, the answer is quite simple – having her daughter as her neighbor.

“It really is the best part, I mean I love this house, but being next door to Whitney and my grandbabies is the absolute best,” James said.

In fact, James and her husband, Steve, had talked about the possibility for years. The couple, who had lived in South Augusta for roughly 25 years, wanted to downsize now that their kids were grown. So when they found two lots in North Augusta, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The couple moved into their new 1,500 square foot home around Christmas.

“It’s still brand new and we’re still decorating and getting new furniture,” James said, sitting on her front porch. “But I just love that it feels so cozy when I walk through the door.”

Neutral tones throughout the farmhouse style home provide a light and airy feel. The open concept allows for ease when entertaining family.

A brick archway headed into the kitchen offers a timeless and classic look. The couple’s daughteris a photographer which explains the beauitful display of family photos throughout the home.

The back patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace, is a great place to relax at the end of a long day. Still, the best part for James is next door.

“There is nothing better than getting to see my daughter and grandbabies every single day,” James exclaimed. “I mean, there’s just nothing better.”

Appears in the May 2021 issue of Augusta Magazine.

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