Warm & Welcoming
Charlene and Nick Tsirigotis have created a home rich in character and uniqueness
Writer: Vickie Kite Milburn
Photographer: August Selckmann
When you walk into Charlene and Nick Tsirigotis’ modern farmhouse in Great Mills, you get the feeling you’ve taken a small step back in time — when things were simpler and in many ways much more fun. You are greeted with a sense of nostalgia for times when furnishings and home décor were made better and lasted longer. Your eyes are delighted by the many farmhouse, antique, primitive and vintage pieces. The eclectic collection of design elements is a wonderful mixture of elegant, whimsical and classic. The true beauty is in the display of the furnishings and décor.
Charlene has a creative eye for interior design. She begins with treasures she has discovered in her travels or on her buying adventures for her local business, The Apple Basket.
She layers the room with related items she adores. She surrounds herself with items she loves — which have meaning — and they all come together.
The unique mixture of pieces creates a treat for the eye.
What’s special about the décor and furnishings is not only the creative display, but the story that goes with each item. Charlene will tell you the story behind it, the place she discovered it and what makes it a special part of her décor. She has refinished, restored, painted or adorned many of the items herself.
Having an antique store has many benefits. Charlene changes out décor often as she makes new discoveries.
A TRANQUIL LOCALE
The five-bedroom house was built by Nick in 2007 and sits on 10 acres of farm tranquility. The two-story home with a basement has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal living area, family room and a large deck outfitted with an outdoor kitchen and gazebo.
The extensive deck overlooks horse pastures making it the perfect place for peaceful moments and morning coffee. The house is ideal for entertaining with the open floor plan, large eat-in kitchen and a separate game room complete with a cocktail bar.
You’ll find unique antique and vintage pieces throughout the house.
Charlene and Nick have deep roots in St. Mary’s County. Both grew up in the county and have strong connections to the community. They raised their three children, who now have children of their own. Family Sunday dinners have grown with the addition of their nine grandchildren. Charlene’s family (her maiden name is Davis) dates back prior to the Civil War. Her father was a TV repairman at a time when people actually had their televisions repaired.Nick’s parents were from Greece and ran a convenience store in Great Mills before retiring and handing the duties to Charlene and Nick who ran the store at the beginning of the marriage some 50 years ago.The store had a slot machine that was so popular it earned enough money to pay for Nick’s and his siblings’ college tuition. Nick still has that slot machine.
Charlene’s passion for antiques and vintage along with her display talents have helped to create a warm and welcoming home.
While Charlene’s great eye finds the décor treasures, it is Nick’s job to help with the transportation and execution of getting it hung or placed. Nick recently installed an incredible 5-by-6-foot antique mirror above the family room mantle.
Charlene saw it, knew it had to go there … and Nick made it happen.
They make a wonderful team. Together they have created an incredible home rich in character and uniqueness. •