Marriage, they say, is all about compromise.
That’s what Ramsey and Brent Sims have discovered, and it all started with location, location, location.
When the couple married, Brent Sims owned a house off Hoo Shoo Too Road.
“That was just too far for me,” she said. “I had to get Brent over to this side.”
She began looking at houses online and driving around different neighborhoods. That’s when she came upon an open house in a neighborhood between Jefferson and Old Hammond highways.
“I fell in love with the house the minute I saw it,” Ramsey Sims said. “It’s the perfect starter home.”
Three years ago, Brent Sims sold his house, and the couple moved to the 1600-square-foot home where they now live with their 8-month-old daughter, Sawyer.
The home, which was built in the 1980s, is surrounded by woods. A previous owner had done a major renovation, creating a combination living room/dining room, removing carpeting and putting white- painted heart pine floors over the original subflooring. They added a small porch at the entrance and a master bedroom suite with a spacious bathroom.
The front entrance of the home opens to the living room-dining room with the kitchen and a sitting area on the right and the room they call their “playroom-man cave” on the left.
It is here that Brent Sims, a screenwriter, works. He is also co-owner of the full-service ad agency Rockit Science. Ramsey Sims owns and runs the I Do Bridal Couture shop.
The couple installed all new light fixtures and painted the interior of the home with designer colors. One of their most interesting changes was to wallpaper one whole wall in the living room-dining room in a cream and silver damask pattern.
“It has become a focal point, something that brings the room together,” Ramsey Sims said.
A hall at the back of the living room area leads to the master suite, a guest room and little Sawyer’s room. Running parallel to the living room is a sunroom with a view to the wooded area around the home.
“It’s part of the Ward’s Creek improvements,” Brent Sims said. “It’s city land that will never be developed.”
The home feels larger than it is. Wide openings between rooms extend the living room-dining room into the kitchen, the bedroom wing and the sunroom.
“I feel like space in this home is done properly,” Ramsey Sims said. “You don’t feel cramped.”
The home is decorated in neutral colors with a combination of antique furniture and new pieces. The living room sofa and chairs are slipcovered in sturdy white fabric.
“We had to start from scratch,” Ramsey Sims said with a laugh. “His house was very dark and red. I wanted white and cream.”
The couple found all sorts of interesting items including an old door, which they had made into their dining room table. Several of Brent Sims’ oil paintings bring splashes of color into the neutral palette.
“We had fun hunting. We have a mix of things,” he said. “Ramsey didn’t want to be matchy-matchy.”