How flooding resulted in a Marietta couple’s dream home

Julie Minton decorates with a light hand, making sure not to clutter her home.

“I believe there’s beauty in simplicity,” she said. “It’s not necessary to overdecorate to create a warm and inviting space.”

But when a water main broke in Doug and Julie Minton’s home in February 2017 while they were just settling in with their 5-week-old infant, life became chaotic. Flooding caused extensive damage to the master bathroom and most of their downstairs, which required renovations and replacing floors.

“We had to make decisions very quickly,” she said. “It was definitely worth it in the end.”

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Residents: Doug and Julie Minton, 7-month-old son Jack, dog Maisy, and cats Pepper and Diego. Doug is a finance manager at CP Kelco and Julie is an interior decorator who owns Simply Beautiful.

Location: Marietta

Size: 2,587 square feet, four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths

Year built: 2014

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: The front columns add a touch of Southern charm, Julie said.

Project consultants: Archer Restoration Services, Moda Floors & Interiors, Carlton Kitchen and Bath

Renovations: Kitchen remodel with new flooring and backsplash from Moda, lighting from Wayfair and Lowe’s, Whirlpool appliances from Lowe’s, fixtures from The Home Depot, cabinetry and countertops in the renovation by Carlton Kitchen and Bath. They also renovated the master bathroom by knocking out walls, enlarging the shower, and adding a freestanding bathtub from Signature Hardware, Kohler showerhead from, vanity with quartz countertops from Top South and lighting from Wayfair. They added a media room/playroom on the second level.

Interior design style: Cozy farmhouse

Favorite interior design elements: Gallery walls, such as a collection of stars from antique shops and flea markets in the nursery, and a grouping of an arrow, mirror, basket and artwork with inspirational quotes in the home office.

Favorite outdoor feature: The backyard fire pit

Resources: Furniture from Wayfair, Woodstock Furniture Outlet, Overstock, HomeGoods, Relic Revival Home, Target, Fisher Price and The Home Depot. Lighting from Wayfair,, and Jojo Spring and Sea Gull (through Amazon).

Decor tip: If you like the size and shape of a piece of furniture or an accessory, refinish it with stain or paint to fit with your design style. For example, the mirrors in the living room were stained to match each other, and Minton stained the side and console tables in that room.

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