Gaines Ivy (a descendant of Atlanta pioneer Hardy Ivy) purchased this bungalow in 1926 and two years later he married Lela Louise Kelley. Together they raised their family here and Louise, who survived Gaines, remained in the house until her passing in 2001.

In 2016 Terrie and Dan Watch became the house’s fourth owners and are raising their two youngest daughters in this historic in-town gem. Within this busy household, Terrie also creates her pottery line and Dan, an architect, works from his home office. Their deep love and respect for artisan work is evidenced by the artwork displayed throughout their home. Art gracing the family room walls and several other pieces in the house are by Terrie’s father, renowned Tennessee artist Phil Ponder. In addition, the central hallway showcases a full-sized quilt honoring Terrie. Inspired by the Chinese tradition, Bai Jia Bei (100 Good Wishes Quilt), this treasure contains dozens of fabric pieces from Terrie’s family and friends from all around the world.

The historic appeal of this house with its pocket doors, stained glass window in the dining room, and five fireplaces, has been enhanced with the owners’ heirloom pieces. Terrie’s grandmother’s vintage Fostoria “American” pattern glassware is elegantly displayed in the original butler’s pantry, as is the miniature secretary from her grandparents, now tucked neatly in the foyer.

With the Craftsman detailing preserved and meticulous 21st century renovations, this gracious historic home is enjoying its second century of life in excellent hands!

The Louise Ivy House is sponsored by Cardinal Lake Pottery and Chalk It Up Norcross