InnerCella Nooks: small spaces
Lil Glenn removed three walls and opened up one side of her house to add a spacious outdoor living room and porch where she spends much of her time relaxing. (Opposite) Black-and-gray marbled Italian quartzite tops the center island in Glenn’s kitchen.
at the back of the house is now closed in with custom-made windows as a dining room. Dark floors of tongue-in-groove Ipe wood from Brazil set off the rectangular glass dining table that rests atop a gnarled 140-year-old iron-reinforced grapevine from Napa Valley, California. On the room’s one solid wall—what the fineart photographer calls her “black-and-white wall”—hang black-andwhite family photographs that she has taken over the years. “Sitting outside is the first and last thing I do each day,” says the gracious hostess who transformed the back of her 260-foot-deep lot into a space for outdoor entertaining. A covered porch opens
A Place for Art Long before she purchased her current home, Lil Glenn has been an avid collector of local art. Since 1980, Glenn has gathered some 50 works by area contemporary artists including Phil Garrett, Patti Brady, Ric Standridge, Eric Benjamin, and Janette Wesley. “I believe supporting local artists is important because it helps both the community and the artists move forward,” says the art lover whose rooms are brightened with a striking array of paintings. “The artwork is what makes my house my home.” Glenn favors these particular artists for the sophistication of their abstract compositions, colors, and subject matter. “I am attracted to movement and color when I buy art,” she notes. Over the years, she has also started art collections for her son and daughter. These days, Glenn haunts Greenville Open Studios every year to purchase pieces of art for her five grandchildren as a lasting legacy.
out from the dining room and leads into the yard, where an outdoor kitchen and fireplace encourage al fresco dining. A path paved with river rock leads back to the open-sided car shed. Even when she’s not entertaining family or friends, Glenn relishes her quiet neighborhood and the inviting home she shares with her little Brussels Griffon, Etta James, and a large, smokygray Palm cockatoo named Phantom. “I think the house displays my love of artistic style and handcrafted elements,” she muses. “This house is truly my haven.”
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