When Connie Wagner decided to move to a new home in 2019, she had her eye on a wood-framed cottage on Bellemeade Avenue near Ascension St. Vincent. The 1930s house was a design standard on Evansville’s East Side, minus one crucial detail: It was painted school house red.
After quickly selling her previous home and moving in, Wagner embarked on a mission for color inspiration. The Accident, Maryland, native, who moved to Evansville in 1978, found the perfect color waiting for her at a home on Gum Street.
“I had admired the home for years,” said Wagner. “I stopped by one day and the lady happened to be out on the lawn, and I asked if she might know what the paint color was. She went in the house and still had the paint can.”
Now a bright and inviting mint green, Wagner’s home has undergone a complete transformation under her keen eye and flair for design. She remodeled the entire interior, added awnings and black accents to the front of the house, removed dead trees from the property, and planted an array of attractive foliage, including false sunflowers and Lazarus.
“I have a number of people stop by and say how pretty it is or how much better it looks,” she says. “The home just makes me happy. It’s sunny on the inside, and it’s just a cozy home.”