Like many homes in the area, the Fazzio home has been associated with well-known Marietta families such as Stephens, Northcutt and Schilling.
In 1918, the McNeel family who owned Ivy Grove on Cherokee Street hired W.P. Stephens, owner of W.P. Stephens Lumber Company, to build the home for their niece, a Northcutt. The Harold O. Schilling family, owners of the Schilling Hardware Store on the Marietta Square (now Shillings Restaurant) became the owners in 1940.
The former east Cobb residents first fell in love with the Historic District when they brought their family to the Marietta Square for events when their children were young.
“We just loved coming down Church Street and Cherokee Street and looking at the historical homes. We had always been drawn to this neighborhood. When this home came up for sale in 2003 we jumped on it,” Jan said.
Working within the framework of the home, the Fazzios renovated it to compliment their lifestyle. They reconfigured the two bedrooms downstairs along with the bathroom making it the master suite. They kept the original design of the parlor and dining room but “freshened up” the rooms with paint.
Wanting an area where family could gather, Jan, an interior designer who owns j. elle décor, formed a unique vision for the home. “I just wanted a huge island and open area where we could all hang out and be outside or inside,” said the mother of four grown children.
Jan purchased beautiful French antique doors, circa late 1700s, that became the inspiration as well as focal point for the room. The doors are so large that a special gable was built to accommodate them. “There were five to six layers of paint on those doors and we stripped them ourselves and found that beautiful wood,” she said.
“I envisioned the room because of the doors. That’s what inspired me to do this European look,” she said.
During the fall and spring the doors the Fazzios open the doors making the outside an extension of the room. “The weather here is just so beautiful. I just love having the fresh air and having it opened. It allows for people to be outdoors. It’s wonderful. It just invites you,” Jan said.
Reclaimed heart-pine wood flooring, kitchen cabinets and build outs were retrieved from an old plantation home in South Georgia that their cabinetmaker Mark Whitlock found.
Hand-cut natural stone used for the walls, fireplace and other features adds warmth and texture to the room. The Fazzio’s son, Ike, who earned an architectural degree from University of Montana, handcrafted all the stonework. He and his father matched the design and built the circular motor court and herb garden in the backyard.
Before beginning the interior design work of the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, the couple lived in the home six months.
“I think it good to evolve in the home and take your time and buy pieces that you really want. Let it evolve,” she said. The home also has a one-bedroom garage apartment.
Jan employed design principles that she uses in her business to the design of her own home.
“Our home is warm and comfortable. I am all about that. I wanted a European look. It’s simple because I used simple fabrics on my main pieces and accented with a little color. That way you can change out the color,” said Jan, who teaches piano to neighborhood students once a week.
“We love it,” she said.