When Brenda Frecka and her husband Dave sat down with her doctors in July of 2017, there were a lot of questions flying around the room concerning her newly diagnosed cancer. What type? Breast cancer. How aggressive? Extremely. Treatment plan? Chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. How long does treatment last? About a year, if all goes well.
Now, Brenda also knew that some questions would be coming her way from the doctors and nurses, and she was more than ready for them. Was she prepared for this battle? You bet. Does she have a strong support network? The best! What is that network? Her faith and her family.
It's not often that such confidence is expressed at one of the most difficult times in one's life, but Brenda was more than confident about her battle ahead. She knew that she had the best army in her corner, so she met her cancer diagnosis head-on, surrounded by exactly what she had professed to those doctors - her faith and her family. "B," as her friends call her, or "Bebe," as her grandkids call her, stated the chemotherapy, followed it with surgery, rallied through radiation and on April 4, 2018, rang the bell for her last treatment.
Brenda, Dave and their children have always been a close group and have counted on one another's support and encouragement during all seasons of life. She constantly leads the charge for her family of four children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren. So when the head of the "B-hive" fell ill, the family knew exactly what they needed to do, Gathered together in their pink "B-lieve" shirts, they send Brenda off with prayers and well wishes. And at the end of her journey, they greeted her with a pink balloon drop and looked to the future for more family time and life together.
But what they also realized was that they no longer wanted distance to separate them from daily life together. So one by one, each of the four children has or is making the move to Delaware to enjoy being closer to Brenda and Dave, who moved there in 2015.
A Home Fit For A Family
I have worked with the Frecka family since 2007, designing and decorating for their business and many of their homes. When it came time to transition daughter Katie Cory and her family to the Delaware area, I was more than up to the task. Katie and I have worked together on her previous homes, so it was easy to tale the pressure off of she and her husband, Nate Cory, who were busy chasing a toddler and expecting baby No. 2, who was born at the end of August.
The Corys had found a newly remodeled home in a lovely neighborhood minutes away from Katie's parents and knew it would be right for their growing family. We were happy with most of the updates, but decided to change out the wood flooring on the first floor and carpeting on the second floor. We trusted Steve Frankhouse of My Floors in Galion to help us get exactly the look we were after, as we've partnered with him on Cory's previous homes. Frankhouse steered us to the right product for young children and daily life.
We created a neutral pallet of grays and creams for the larger pieces of upholstery, and accented them with teals and blues to create a cohesive look throughout the open-plan first floor. Many of the rooms feature deep and comfortable furniture created by Norwalk Furniture, a custom-order, artisan furniture manufacturer in Ohio. The Corys can snuggle into the corners of the great room sectional for family time, rest on the chaise in the playroom or settle into a fireside chair after the children have been put to bed for some adult quiet time.
A new double front door opens to a stunning foyer flanked by a richly paneled library ti the right and an expansive dining room to the left. A farmhouse dining table is surrounded by lighter colored wood dining pieces and linen captain's chairs, and is punctuated by a colorful wool rug below and reclaimed wall décor. Atop the dining table sits a display of thanksgiving... for health, life, love and family. Cheers to the Frecka family as they celebrate Brenda and yet another season of life!
Now that's what I call decorating for... a home of thanksgiving.