Photography by Norman Hersom · Drawing by Cedrick Patla, 1st grader.
3743 SE Henry Street · Colonial Revival
The tiny white dress – slightly beige with age – hanging in the dining area, is your first clue. Passed down from generation to generation, handled with loving care and honored with a photographic tribute to all the babies who have worn it; this dress represents what this home is all about…family and genuine hospitality.
You can feel it when you walk through the door. Steve and Marylu Gray have lived in their 1941 Shingle Style Vernacular/Colonial revival home for 32 years, and have raised 4 children here: Emily, Carly and Timothy, and an adopted friend of the family, JaQues Kahey. “We walked in and said, ‘This is the friendliest home,’ and we wanted to keep that welcoming, friendly feeling.”
A favorite new feature – a smooth concrete walkway and ramp with a gradual incline – delivers visitors of all ages safely to the front door. Steve and Marylu have redone every surface of the 4-bedroom, 2-bath house, using pleasing pastel paint and wallpaper colors. A fantastic French provincial kitchen remodel completed in 1996 brings a timeless quality to the first level of this wonderfully warm home. “When we first bought the house, it was known as ‘the pink house’ because it was completely bubblegum pink inside and out: pink flocked wallpaper, pink curtains, pink furniture, everything!” muses Marylu, “the only room in the office that wasn’t pink was the Dad’s office.”
Marylu is learning how to paint using water colors. Her mother’s painting kit sits in the project room upstairs, next to a few fresh renderings. In the office, the green wingback chair she fell asleep in as a child waiting for Santa Claus waits for a grandchild to do the same.
The holidays are important to the Grays, who love to have their children and grandchildren visit. Together, they look forward to every snowflake that falls. The Gray home is ideally situated on Eastmoreland’s beloved winter sledding hill and traditional community gathering spot – the Henry Street Hill. “It has been an incredible place to live. It feels like you’re living in a movie when it snows.” The Gray’s have helped bring a new tradition to the hill – a snow man contest.
But even when it’s cold enough to snow, the Gray’s know how to bring warmth to their friends and family with an outdoor foot spa and gathering spot. A hot cup of cocoa, a warm and bubbly foot spa, and great company take the chill out of winter.