Pike home uniquely their own
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 13, 2010 | 3040 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keith and Sherrie Pike have made their house in Jasper a home by decorating it to reflect both of their styles, from her love of crosses to his interest in rock music. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Keith and Sherrie Pike have made their house in Jasper a home by decorating it to reflect both of their styles, from her love of crosses to his interest in rock music. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Keith and Sherrie Pike don’t want their home to be a carbon copy of anyone else’s.

The couple’s personal flair is on display everywhere, from her crosses on the walls to his Grateful Dead collection in the china cabinet.

“We’re kind of quirky. We don’t want things to match,” Sherrie Pike said.

Even the furniture has character. Many of the pieces are Sherrie’s “finds” that she bought at estate sales and turned into treasures after persuading her husband of their worth with a speech that always begins with “Just hear me out.”

Keith Pike said that his wife is an expert at turning almost any item into something special. Sherrie Pike said the secret is simple.

“You can take something that used to be junk and by using nice accessories, give it new life,” Pike said.

A gold leaf frame hanging on the wall between the kitchen and living room is one of her “finds.”

Sherrie Pike placed a chalkboard inside that she uses to spread cheer and inspiration to her family, which includes the couple’s 11-year-old daughter.

“I change it from time to time,” she said.

The most recent message on the board is a list of ingredients to put into each day.

Although nothing seems to match at first glance, a closer look reveals how well everything in each room meshes.

In the living room, the pillows on the couch and the chairs are animal print, as are the coasters that Sherrie Pike painted herself and several other decorations.

More than a dozen frames contained within one giant frame on the wall behind the couch is another example of organized mishmash.

Most of the frames are empty, but four contain letters. Each is a different font and none are placed side-by-side.

Individually, they mean nothing, but together they spell “Pike.”

There are other themes. Almost every room includes two of Sherrie Pike’s favorite things — clocks and crosses.

Her paintings of crosses near the kitchen are accented by crosses on her hand-painted coasters and a mirror on the opposite wall. Just out the dining room window, there is another display of crosses on the back porch.

Most of the art in the home is Sherrie Pike’s original work.

Keith, the Jasper city planner, also has a reproduction of a map of Jasper in 1955 hanging in one hallway.

The current predominant colors throughout the house are black, white, lime green and red.

However, they change frequently.

The Pikes’ eclectic home is set up for entertaining. The layout is open enough for people and conversations to flow from room to room with ease.

There are plenty of televisions, including one in an outdoor den on the porch, and a stereo system that connects most of the house.

“We live in every room of our house,” Sherrie Pike said.

The Pilot Club of Jasper’s annual Tour of Homes will be Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 until 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. They are available at Pinnacle and First Bank of Jasper as well as from any Pilot Club member.

Proceeds will be used to help with construction of a Miracle Field.