How flooding resulted in a Marietta couple’s dream home

  • Shannon Dominy
  • Fast Copy News Service
Oct 12, 2017
Christopher Oquendo/
After a water main break flooded their home, Doug and Julie Minton made some major renovations. In the living room, the couple replaced their furniture with comfortable pieces, like a leather sectional by Broyhill San Remo from Woodstock Furniture Outlet. The chairs are from World Market, while the coffee, side and console tables are unfinished furniture from the Home Depot (the International Concepts brand) that Julie Minton stained. Photo captions by Shannon Dominy/Fast Copy News Service.

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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Doug and Julie Minton worked with Archer Restoration Services, Moda Floors & Interiors, and Carlton Kitchen and Bath on renovations and repairs after a broken water main flooded their home earlier this year. They live in the four-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with son Jack and pets. Doug Minton is a finance manager at CP Kelco, and Julie Minton is an interior decorator who owns Simply Beautiful. Photo: Christopher Oquendo/


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.

White glossy ceramic tile from Moda Floors & Interiors is one to the kitchen, which Carlton Kitchen and Bath gutted following a water main break. Whirlpool appliances from Lowe's, new hardware, a pendant light by Alcott Hill from Wayfair, and sconces by Allen + Roth from Lowe's are all new. The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams Frosty White, and the floors are white oak from Moda. Photo: Christopher Oquendo/

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.