The Great Eight
The Keyton Home

By Lee Ann Taylor • Photography by Brian W. McDonald

To enter John and Christy Keyton’s home in Dothan, Alabama, visitors must first pass through a courtyard that, with the help of Rhoda Boone of Buds N’ Blossoms Nursery, Christy transformed into her own secret garden. “Rhoda and I sat on the front porch in a pair of rockers. I told her what I wanted, and she brought my vision to life,” Christy tells. “The space became an extension of indoor living.”

     Individualized design is at play in all of the living spaces. Personalizing the entryway is a stairwell gallery off the foyer, hosting a compilation of photographs and symbols. The number eight is repeated throughout the Keyton residence, representing the couple’s eight children, who range in age from 9 to 26.

     “My style is modern farmhouse, and the items displayed in our home are meaningful,” Christy says. This is especially true in Christy’s office, located just off the foyer. “This room is a reflection of my personality,” she asserts. Pops of her favorite shade of blue, an arrow that represents her motto: “don’t look back” and a crafting table made of reclaimed barn wood and capped with a zinc top, the workspace was designed to inspire creativity.

     What once was the living room now serves as a sitting area where the family enjoys listening to music and reading books. The couple modernized this room; peach carpet gave way to medium-toned wood floors, and orange brick was brightened with a coat of white paint. A 7-foot grand Kawai piano is the crowning jewel of this space, and all eight children can play. A turntable and records are tucked into a large, corner built-in. “Our children wanted to know what type of music we listened to when we were their age, and we thought this would be a fun way to share that with them,” Christy says. [subscribe to read full article and see more photos]