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.

Unassuming Exterior

victorian house exterior

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.

Festive Foyer

colorful sitting area

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.

Distinctive Dining

colorful modern dining room

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.

Snuggle Up

sofa and gallery wall

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

piano in mid-century modern 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.

Candid Kitchen

Small Kitchen

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.

Floral Inspiration

floral wallpaper in half bath with gold accents

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.

Prismatic Playroom

modern colorful playroom with storage

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.

Opposites Attract

blue and pink adult bedroom

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

colorful feminine bedroom

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.

4 Comments

  1. While this is not necessarily my taste, and I don’t understand some of the arrangements, I’m reminded that decorating is very much about what works for the individual. I’m also reminded that homes don’t have to be “matchy-matchy”. Sometimes it’s nice to take risks. I wish I had that confidence in my own home!

  2. I think it suits the homeowners taste. I say that to say people that make negative comments toward BHG are actually making negative comments towards the homeowners that BHG has chosen to display. I say to say we should all be respectful of BHG and the homes they display.

  3. I’m sorry but I have never seen such a confusion of color, structure, and theme. I’m very surprised at BHG who usually impress with taste, wit, fun, and contemporary usage,

    1. I absolutely love it ! It's fun, Playful, colorful and bold. A wonderful mix of colors Just makes me feel happy.

  4. I like a lot of color and I guess it is a matter what one likes. They apparently liked it and I think it was well done.


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