The Wilson House – 425 Stasal Ave

Stasal Avenue was once part of Jackson’s earliest tract development, known as the Hamilton Tract. On this quaint street, at 425 Stasal Avenue, sits the Wilson House. Named after the original owner, Dr. Jay F. Wilson, this historic Arts and Crafts style bungalow was built in 1913.  Current owners, Marianne and Jim Murphy, bought the home 11 years ago from the Seifert family, who owned the home for 65 years.

Marianne’s mantra is to furnish the home at minimal expense with pieces that fit with the style of the home.  She describes this as, “Design on a Dime Lodge” style, as she filled the classic Craftsman home with cozy lodge furnishings. Her finds are creative and perfect for the setting.  The living room and adjoining dining room are notable for the rich walnut stained wainscoting on the walls. Floors are oak hardwood, and walnut stained beams are part of the coffered ceilings. The focal point of the living room is a brick fireplace, with the bricks likely from Ione.

The home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom furnishings are spare, with the exception of dramatic Stiffel torchiere lamps beside the bed. Two walk-in closets on either side of the room also have hidden doors. One door leads into the main bathroom and the other leads into a second bedroom, once used as a “retreat room.”  The third bedroom is a guest room, again creatively furnished with found pieces. A beach chair is now a luggage stand. A chest of drawers in the closet was once a large armoire. The main bathroom has a beautiful claw foot bathtub that is original. Next to the bathroom is an enclosed balcony, now used as a sunroom.

The fourth bedroom is downstairs and serves as a den. Marianne’s brother-in-law created the fun side tables from tree trunks. An adjoining bath was added by the previous owners.

The final room is the kitchen, which retains its original look. White floor-to-ceiling cupboards make the room seem taller than its 9-1/2 foot height. The porcelain sink is original. An old-fashioned bistro-style table serves as a work island.  Craftsman meets Lodge Style is a successful melding in this historic home.