As a freelance artist whose designs have been licensed to appear on table-top and garden décor nationwide, the creative flair evident in the furniture and wall art in Lynn Morris’ own home is no surprise. “I love black and white and polka dots and checkerboard patterns,” she says. “The combination intensifies and adds ‘punch’ to a room.”
Mingled in with many one-of-a-kind antique desks, chairs and hutches, the wall and tabletop décor almost appear to be a high-end interior design store. Yet, for all the tasteful and eclectic array displayed, it is the more humorous pieces Morris enjoys the most. A favorite is a 3-foot-by-5-foot, black and white contemporary painting of Frankenstein’s face by son Will.
Viewed from the front foyer in a side study, Morris says it makes her smile every time she comes home, and she appreciates that her son is following in her artistic footsteps.
Morris’ own humor is evident in much of the décor. A 3-inch-wide bird nest with five tiny eggs inside sits on the dining room table under a glass dome. “I tell people when they walk by to be quiet because they are about to hatch,” she says jokingly. “I also love anything ‘pig,’” she adds pointing out a framed silhouette of a pig riding a two-wheeled scooter down a steep incline, and a large mounted papier maché pig head high on a kitchen wall.
Morris says the four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot residence was built in the 1920s. She and her husband have lived in the home for 20 years and are the fifth owners.
Most rooms have a surprise architectural element, such as an arched entry or a recessed alcove. Three rooms have doors leading to the outside patio and pool area, making it a great home to entertain guests.
Surprisingly, it was the unfinished 1,000-square-foot basement that made Morris want to buy the house. “I saw unlimited studio space for my art, and all I thought was ‘yes! This is perfect,’” she says.
The basement remains as several unfinished rooms that are completely functional for various stages of her creations. One room holds three separate kilns where she fires one-of-a-kind pieces she sells at a few out-of-town art shows each summer. “I sculpt, throw and cast and paint down her,” Morris explains.
Major additions were made by previous owners. Included are a large bonus room over the garage, the addition of a spacious family room and breakfast room off the original kitchen, a pool, and the conversion of a first-floor sun porch into a study.
Inside, the Morrises have returned some features that had been covered. A fireplace was discovered behind a wall in the master bedroom, and it has been restored. Dark red tile in the front foyer was taken up, and the original wood floors refinished.
In 1999 two women in their 80s appeared at the front door and explained that they had grown up in the house. One pointed out the second story window where she and her new husband had climbed out onto a ladder to escape and leave on their honeymoon, avoiding any shenanigans their family and friends may have been planning.
After a few days a letter arrived thanking the Morrises for a tour of the house. “We really loved (seeing) how well the house has been treated. So many wonderful memories live there,” it read.
LYNN AND DAVE MORRIS
Home • Webster Groves
Ages • She is 53; he is 54.
Occupations • Lynn sells her original and licensed art through her Lynn Morris Designs Facebook page. Dave has worked in commercial real estate and banking.
Family • Married 28 years, the couple have two sons. William, 21, is an aspiring film producer and artist at Savannah College of Art and Design. Drew, 25, is a marketing specialist for PARIC. They refer to their two boxers, Skipper and Sally, as their “four-legged” children.