Feature Friday: A Marietta Historical Home Tour

Picture me clapping my hands and smiling really big over this Feature Friday!  I know I say it a lot…but, you’re in for a sweet treat today, directly from my hometown of Marietta, GA!

Last December, I took the tour of the Marietta Pilgrimage at Christmas, a yearly event highlighting several historical homes in the Marietta Square area.  I’ve always loved this tour and getting to peek inside the homes I’ve driven by since childhood is a thrill that I couldn’t pass up.  Driving down Church Street into the Marietta Square, my face would be pressed to the glass of the car window, oohing and ahhing over the beautiful old historical homes.  I grew up in a regular house, but have always appreciated the beauty and stateliness of an older historical home.  Along Church Street are many kinds of architecture, from cottage style homes to Tudors and more.

Roland house1

I’m not an expert on home styles, but I know what I love and this one I love, a late Victorian beauty.  The Roland home was built in 1905 and the Rolands found the home in 2001, after keeping an eye on it for awhile.  Once it came up for sale and they purchased it, they added their own touches of renewing this historic charmer, embarking on a 2 year renovation.  They faced the reality of an older home, as everything but the plumbing had to be restored.  The initial renovation happened to the existing home, with a later addition adding a family room and master suite to the back of the house, when their family grew with 2 little boys.

exterior Roland house

Charming is definitely the word for his lovely Victorian with a white picket fence.  If that’s not the ideal home in many of our minds, I don’t know what is.

HIstoric sign

The Historic district of Marietta sports these pretty green signs in many of the front yards, proclaiming the history of the house and its owners.  This one has apparently had 3 owners, the Rolands being the last.

red front door

A red front door sets off the white clapboard house.

front porch

And this large and spacious wrap around porch is also charming and homey.

kitty cat

This sweet kitty was more than happy to pose for me.

long view porch

Another look at the porch.

front door

Front door from the inside.

living room

Walking into the front door, this is the first view to see, a beautiful living room.

living room 2

Sofa and chairs.  I love the way Ann mixes Traditional and modern in her spaces.

sofa in living room

Like the modern painting, and leopard print, along with the vibrant colors.

corner table and drapes

Side table with family pics in the living room.

entry table

Entry table in foyer.

lamp living room

Side table with shells.

living room to front door

Living room to foyer view.  Ann has lots of beautiful antiques and knows how to mix it all without it ever feeling old and granny.

antique chest

Nothing about this house is stuffy at all.  Ann has a great eye and is a self-taught decorator.

vintage mirror

A vintage bullseye mirror in the foyer.

dining room

The dining room is spectacular, with a mix of painted and wood pieces.

sideboard and mirror

This large mirror is definitely a focal point above the painted sideboard.

dining room drapes

Drapes and toile shades.

plates on wall dining room

White plates on the wall.  I’m not the only one who loves white dishes.

top of china cabinet

More pretties atop this china cabinet.

dining table

Table set in these beautiful brown transferware dishes.

dining room large mirror

What a pretty dining room, don’t you agree?

boy's room

Moving on, Ann and her husband, Mark, have 2 sweet boys and they share a room.

boys bookcase

Love how masculine the room is and it has a nice vintage feel too.

boys shelf

Shelf on the wall with numbered buckets.


Right next to the boy’s room is their playroom.  I love, love how Ann added the numbered baskets in here.  So cute! Not sure if she made these or bought them.

playroom shelves

It’s such a sweet room, full of things for little boys.

playroom 2

Chalkboard and table with bookcase on one side of the room.

playroom fireplace

The boy’s bedroom and this playroom both have a nautical feel.

playroom mantel

So adorable!

boys bath

The boy’s bathroom, with vintage hex tile and a clawfoot tub, sits off the main hallway.

boys art


Staircase in the middle of the house goes upstairs to the attic guestroom.

guest room

This is a spacious guest quarters, complete with bathroom suite.

attic guest room

Love those planked white painted ceilings.

attic bath

The bathroom, in white and marble is so classic and airy.

attic bath 2

Lovely touches all around.


The kitchen is cozy and charming.  They kept some existing cabinets and added to the kitchen’s footprint.

kitchen open shelves

I found out too that Ann’s kitchen, along with mine, will both be featured in an upcoming Better Homes and Gardens.  How exciting for both of us!


Such a charming vintage kitchen it is.


A built-in desk by the backdoor comes in handy.

kitchen to breakfast space

This whole other section that I’m about to show you was an addition the Rolands added onto the house after they bought it.  This is a wonderful new space.

breakfast table

Breakfast area with built in bookcases at one end of the room, next to the kitchen.

kitchen view

Looking to the kitchen from the family room.

family room

And this is the other end, a spacious family room, with fireplace, all part of the new addition.

family room 2

This is such a gorgeous room and I love all the details that Ann has added. She has a great eye for details!   That door above on the left goes to the master suite.

family room gallery wall

I especially adore this collected gallery wall.  Ann has some great pieces on display and she really has an eye for antique collecting too.

side table

Another pretty vintage antique displayed with collectibles.

family room sofa

The sofa, cozy and casual with a Union Jack pillow.

family room end table

Another beautiful end table.

antique side table

And yet another gorgeous table, she has so many pretty pieces.

family room to breakfast

A magnificent room full of personality and details.

breakfast room

Closer look at the breakfast area with built-in bookcase.

master bedroom

Moving on, the master suite just took my breath away.  I felt like I had stepped into a beach cottage when I went into this light-filled space with blues and greens.

master bedroom sitting

Sitting area with white chairs and a beautiful painting.

master bath

The master bath suite is also a new addition and it is just stunning, with marble and white vanities, a wonderful retreat.

master bath 2

Again, so many beautiful details to take in, Ann and Mark really got it all right in their renovation.

bed and artwork

I just love this master suite space.

art room

Downstairs in the garage area is a cute little art room that Ann uses for arts and crafts.

So, I hope you enjoyed this beautiful tour of a Marietta historic home, in my hometown.  It was so much fun for me to get in there and takes pics to share with all of you.  I knew you’d love to see it and Ann was gracious to let me come by and take pics.  Thank you, Ann and Mark for letting me share your beautiful home with the world! 

- Rhoda


  1. Laura @ the shorehouse says

    I am having a hard time containing my excitement with this one — I love it! Totally my style — antiques and modern with a splash of seaside. So lovely, Ann!

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