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After falling in love with a 1910 Victorian, these homeowners were able to keep their modern tastes alive in their new traditional home.
After outgrowing their Boston-area condo, the couple moved into a 1910 Victorian home to find that many of the original architectural features were still intact but the home's original electrical system, plumbing, and insulation were not up-to-date. With most of their budget focused on the updates, they used their ingenuity and modern elements they already owned to save the day. These shimmering blue silk dupioni draperies were from the couple's former home. The panels were cut down to fit these windows and hung with aged-brass grommets that match the new home's hardware.
Bright and bold fabrics inject modern personality into the traditional space. On-trend motifs and colors fill this sitting area and are an ode to hybrid styling. A classic spindle chair was reupholstered in a zippy zebra fabric to give the piece a unique look.
The kitchen cabinets appear to be custom, but they're actually home-center stock cabinets dressed up with a few custom details. A carpenter added cornice finishes to the tops of the cabinets, bringing them all the way to the ceiling. This decorative addition also draws the eye up, making the room appear larger.
Fun and unique items on the staircase carry the home's aesthetic from floor to floor. Vibrant paintings and a decorative vase highlight the beautiful stained-glass window.
In the master bedroom, the only spot for the couple's queen-size bed was under a narrow window. A valance and draperies add 8 inches to either side of the window, making it appear wider than the bed and giving the space balance.
There doesn't need to be a lack of style when children are in the picture. When designing their new home, this couple thought of ways to style around kids, with items that perform double-duties and function as storage spaces. You can keep the richness of delicate and expensive fabrics when you use faux suede for upholstery; they look great and can be wiped down easily. Also, modular carpet is easy to replace in the event of spills -- just remove the stained square and pop in a new one.