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House Tours: An Eclectic, Yet Elegant Home

This 1851 Victorian-style row house in historic Savannah, Georgia strikes a sophisticated balance between traditional and modern styles.


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    • Melded Styles

      Soft beige walls and wood floors in the parlor provide a neutral backdrop for fun patterns to shine -- a stenciled-zebra cowhide rug and graphic yellow and white sofa. Unique accessories, such as the Moroccan-inspired wood screens and orange vase punctuate the space.

    • Distinctive Details

      A quirky, reversible, natural print pillow rests on an antique wood and leather chair. A matching ottoman can be moved around the room for additional seating when entertaining. A distinctive mirror helps reflect light throughout the space.

    • Practical Kitchen

      Painted-white brick adds texture and charm to this cozy kitchen. A small, narrow room can be a decorating challenge, but the homeowners took advantage of under-cabinet and wall space for storing paper towels, knives, and cooking utensils. A cylinder of bright oranges, a tiny vase of fresh flowers, and pretty seafoam-green dishes add a pop of color.

    • Smart and Stylish

      For jotting down quick notes or reminders, it's a practical choice to paint a section of a kitchen wall with chalkboard. Wooden countertops are warm and earthy. The crystal chandelier hanging from the pot-rack is an unexpected, but chic touch.

    • Neutral and Welcoming

      In the dining area, a mid-century style table base is topped with refined marble. Rattan chairs and grass-cloth wallpaper add texture to the room. A large piece of artwork and a pale-blue lamp add a splash of subtle color.

    • Beautiful Sunroom

      Mint green and white offer a cool and sophisticated color palette for the home's sunroom. Dark tile floor creates contrast and grounds the space. Airy accents, such as a sparkly chandelier, Lucite side table, and glass vase help give the room a fresh and light feeling.

    • Sweet and Sunny

      Vintage chairs topped with pristine white cushions embody the home's eclectic style. The sunroom's walls are covered in a whimsical hummingbird and foliage wallpaper.

    • A Sophisticated Space

      The living room features a stunning piano with intricate carved details. Unique wallpaper and a chic cow skin rug define the music corner. An intimate seating area around the fireplace is formed by a plush gold rug, a pair of silk, tufted slipper chairs, a rich, chocolate brown loveseat, and delicate gold coffee tables.

    • Classic Bones

      The substantial white fireplace features traditional architectural elements and a built-in distressed mirror. A pair of white ceramic dragons is an eccentric touch; a vase of pink blooms freshen the space.

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      Distressed Touches

      The homeowner gave new mirrors an aged appearance by scraping and etching away the backing. Likewise, a traditional half-moon table is given a shabby chic makeover with a distressed coat of mint-green paint on the fronts of a couple drawers.

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      Warm and Inviting

      Nail head-studded brown leather chairs are cozy and rich when topped with stylish brown and blue pillows. The color scheme is repeated in the accessories and accented by bits of bronze and gold.

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      Luxurious Fabrics

      The second-floor parlor is the homeowners' favorite entertaining space. A tufted Victorian chair is upholstered in silver silk and topped with yellow and white pillows. An oversized mirror propped against the painted-brick wall and contemporary accessories, such as the modern glass cylinder, provide harmony and balance.

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      Blue and Orange Mixes

      The guest room mixes carved wood Victorian furniture with bright and colorful linens. The blue paisley bed skirt and graphic orange pillows work beautifully together when combined with the striped sheets and duvet. Woven shades on the windows offer a natural element to the room.

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      Splash of Red

      In a corner, a pair of red-painted Asian chairs from the 1960s are a charming surprise and bold contrast against the neutral walls.

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      Office Space

      A blue Foo dog figurine found on the fireplace mantel is yet another Asian touch. An ornate gold-leaf mirror makes the room feel larger and brighter.

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      Office Space

      The third-floor office is a clean and modern space with a nod to mid-century style. The high ceilings, exposed joists, and ebony-stained wood floors provide a loft-like feel, but soft fabrics and natural elements keep the space inviting and livable. A brown, white, and orange color palette really pops in the large room.

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      A Perfect Combination

      Ultramodern shelves and desk are a striking contrast next to a vintage, green velvet chair. Quirky accessories, such as the sunburst clock, plaster hand molds, and unique lamp seem to embody the home's mix-and-match sensibility.

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      Bold Bedroom

      In the master bedroom, black and white paisley wallpaper steals the show. The black painted headboard is traditional and ornate, while the glossy white and chrome nightstand is clean and modern. A chartreuse pillow and throw are bold and surprising accents.

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      A Milder Green

      The painted chinoiserie dresser and reupholstered canned wing chair are both from the 1960s. The crackly plaster medallion was salvaged from a 1920s hotel ballroom and finds new life as a piece of artwork.

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