Family and Tuscany Serve as Her Inspiration
Published May 29, 2011
For many, the decorating process usually begins with a focal point, such as a patterned rug, colorful painting, a favorite piece of furniture or an architectural detail. From that one source of inspiration, a space can blossom into a room that is both beautiful and useful. For BOI — born on the island — resident Sherry Mallia, that one “thing” that set her into motion was family.
Mallia grew up in a little 1950s ranch-style home in the area of Bayou Shores. When she met and married Wayne Mallia, she said the only way he could keep her on the island was to buy what she always coveted, an old historic home. In 1991, the Mallias found the house of their dreams, warts and all, in an area known as Lost Bayou Historic District.
“It really needed a lot of work, but I got that feeling you get when you know something is right. I could see what could be,” said Mallia, recalling the couple’s first visit to the Greek Revival-style house built in 1889.
Two children, one major hurricane and two renovations later, Mallia enjoys the luxurious comforts of her home. As the Mallia family grew, so did the house. Once 2,500 square feet, it’s now 4,500 square feet.
The pièce de résistance is the kitchen and family area — a newly designed post-Hurricane Ike space.
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