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three bedroom home has a more traditional footprint with a southern meets French country feel. Inside, Stearns stipulated plenty of built-ins for her antique books and opted for a lighter European stain on her wood floors. She loves having enough room to host family and friends, but admits her only unplanned visitors are the grandkids. “When the doorbell rings, I know who it is,” she says with the wry smile of a Grandma who keeps candy in stock for her favorite little ones. On Sunday nights, the family gathers at Stearns’ for dinner.

chaotic place and I want my home to be simple and clean.” It’s often dark by the time she makes the commute home, but arriving at a place where the only sound is the distant chirping of frogs and the rustle of leaves puts her mind at ease. Meanwhile, Stearns likes to take a glass of wine out to her back porch that overlooks a clearing. Herds of deer emerge from the trees to graze at sunset and nimble fireflies twinkle in the spaces between the dark pines. A recent bear sighting caused a bit of a stir until the family did some research and

There’s also a weekly rotation that determines when each grandchild gets to sleepover at Grandma’s. Stearns loves observing how unlimited access to the outdoors has influenced Maryn, Carter, Harper, and little Matthew. “Living here has allowed the kids to be free with their imaginations,” she says. In reality, it has freed everyone. Lisa is a doctor specializing in family medicine and urgent care in Greer and enjoys coming home to the peace and calm of the countryside. “I feel like the world is a

realized that black bear-- much like their Barton Road neighbors-- like to keep to themselves. Brad does the groundskeeping and ensures the fireplaces are always wellstocked with wood from the property. “I had to purchase and then teach myself how to use a chainsaw, which was interesting,” he says. He’s also been teaching his children to fish just like his Grandfather taught him. A recent overnight campout on their property was a big hit with the kids; seven-year-old

[top and right] Stearns cottage sits up the hill and around a slight bend from the family house. Her interior is a shade lighter and a touch more feminine. One thing she stipulated when the home was being built was plenty of built-ins for her antique books and keepsakes. She selected hardwoods that have a lighter European stain that, along with the shiplap, adds to the French country feel.

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