A Victorian Manor Packed with Playful Decor
Life inside this fun house is lively and fast-paced—just how the family likes it. The energy is contagious, carrying through to playful, colorful, and slightly unpredictable decor.
The exterior of this 1900s Victorian home stays true to its origins. On the outside, the house remains stately and classical in tribute to its historical roots. On the inside, the decor combines two homeowner design styles: midcentury furniture and graphic artwork with attitude for one, plus romantic carved frames, old oil paintings, and hardware with history for the other.
The foyer hints at the style mash-up animating the house. Mod pillows and a cobalt lacquered console contemporize a window seat and beveled paneling. Benjamin Moore's Cloud Cover is used throughout, but wall paint is flat finish and trim is enamel finish. Peel-and-stick arrow decals are playful, not permanent.
Grass-cloth walls and an oak trestle table warm and soften the dining room's formal architecture. The look is clean and classic. The chairs are an unexpected mix of colors and styles. Tall ebony ladder-backs and low-profile midcentury Wishbone-style chairs in olive, yellow, and walnut harmonize thanks to smooth finishes and woven seats. Abstract paintings above a built-in buffet are a low-cost way to pump up the color.
A mustard-hue sofa provides a neutral backdrop for the couple's vibrant and playful decor. A busy collage-style gallery wall counters symmetrical arrangements found elsewhere in the home. Pink pillows and a cobalt tray incorporate the bright shades featured in the artwork.
Cozy Music Room
This music room looks comfortable and inviting thanks to soft fabrics and warm wood tones. Here, the homeowners take lessons from a vintage piano that was a lucky Craigslist find. Their French bulldog, Sully, relaxes under the bench on a faux-cowhide rug made of carpet tiles cut into an organic shape. A wing-back chair echoes the color of the sofa in the adjoining living room, tying the spaces together.
Bold navy walls (Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy HC-154) are striking but not overwhelming thanks to a balance of lighter neutrals throughout the rest of the kitchen. Copper chairs add some much-needed warmth to balance out the color scheme and cool stainless fixtures, while a Glo-Ball pendant is a simple but eye-catching anchor.
Large-scale floral wallpaper, a vintage-style sink, and antique-brass fixtures fulfill the homeowner's love of romantic style. Long, narrow sconces in opal glass and brass bring some industrial-inspired glam. A large oval mirror helps reflect light and visually expand the small bathroom.
Graphic Eames-inspired wallpaper sets a bright, playful tone for kids who are ready to play. The commercial-grade carpet consists of two shades of 24-inch hexagonal gray tiles glued in a random placement; tiles change out easily in case of spills. Built-in cabinetry creates display space for books and toys, as well as deep drawers for tucking away art supplies and crafts materials.
Color unites all the home's opposites: a prismatic mix of saturated hues grounded by black, white, and natural wood tones. The theme continues in the bedroom, where neutral furniture balances a medley of funky patterns on an area rug, throw blankets, decorative pillows, and a bedspread.
Mix and Match
Unexpected surprises continue in the children's bedrooms. Vibrant shades of pink, yellow, and blue provide playful pops of color, while a midcentury nightstand and tufted headboard continue the homeowner's love for both retro and traditional decor.