From the Peoria Journal Star:
Old farmhouse reflects philosophy of Galesburg artist and poet
Artistry, poetry and a focus on process have infused new life into an 1890s farmhouse on South Lake Storey Road in Galesburg.
What was once a modest central Illinois farmhouse is now home to Alex and Deborah Moreno and their five children. It’s a house of natural materials, light, textures, angles and shapes strongly influenced by life experience and philosophy.
It is not a house filled with purchased, commercially manufactured items but one that reflects the philosophy of poet Deborah Moreno and the vision of Alex Moreno, an artist and owner of Moreno Tile & Stone.
The couple both graduated from Knox College. Deborah Moreno now teaches at Knox.
Alex Moreno grew up in Mexico and California. He recalls moving to California and being surprised to discover hot water was available instantly with the turn of a faucet. In Mexico, hot water entailed a bare-footed walk to the river listening to the songs of birds and insects, carrying water back to his dirt-floored home and finally the aroma of a wood fire to heat the water.