Former gas station and cafe in Abbeville, La., now serves as the perfect home for retiree.
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Becky Stokes-Joy spent most of her life traveling, and when it came time to retire she settled down just blocks from where she grew up in Abbeville, La. She converted an 80-year-old service station, cafe, and former after-school hangout into a home. Built in the early 1920s, the "GET" got its name from the initials of its three original owners: Gooch, Edwards, and Theall. During the 1930s a cafe was added and later it became a popular hangout and hamburger joint.
The service station was falling apart when Stokes-Joy decided to transform it into her permanent home. The kitchen did not have a roof and the plumbing and electrical systems needed updating. When it came time to decorate the 5,000-square-foot, single-story concrete building, she enlisted the help of longtime friend and interior designer Jim Morvant. They decided to retain the art deco feel of the place by painting the walls teal and coral and adding unique columns and murals.
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