Restored Victorian: Living Room and Dining Room
My husband and I moved to Montclair with a 2 year old and 8 month old baby in tow. It was not easy to find a house we both loved and could afford. Montclair has many beautiful old homes, but most feel outdated for the modern family. In being a new mom and new to town, I wanted a house that was move-in ready. It took months, but one day driving around with my sleeping kids, I passed by an old victorian undergoing a major renovation. Talking with some of the workers out front, I found out the house would soon be on the market. I pulled into the drive and did a quick run through, only to get back in the car and call my husband. “I found our house,” I said to him over the phone. About two months later, we got the keys.
My home is stunning in many ways. It was built in the 1890s with a wrap-around porch, a giant front door bordered by beautiful stained glass, and 10-foot ceilings. The remodel had done a bump-out in the back to create an eat-in kitchen and mudroom off the side. The basement was finished and a perfect place for my little ones to play. And with 5 bedrooms, there was plenty of space.
The developer had employed a local designer to help pick out finishes which created a contemporary and custom feel. Of course, I didn’t love everything. Over the five years we have lived here, I’ve painted almost every room and changed all the light fixtures on the first floor. I wallpapered the powder room and tiled the mudroom. I custom designed cabinetry and a wrap around kitchen nook to accommodate long and boisterous family dinners. I even went as far as changing all the light switches to the old push buttons with brass plates.
Over the next few posts, I will take you through the room-by-room transformation of our home. We’ll first start in the living room and dining room.
When we bought out home, the living room had great bones. Beautiful dark wood floors, a big fireplace, and I LOVED the front door. The stained glass and door are original to the home and really impressive. It was a major selling point for us. I wanted to pick up the greens in the glass. So we changed the paint color to a lighter grey (BM Pale Oak), swapped the fixtures and added lots of color and texture with the furnishings. I also painted the tile of the fireplace surround to match the trim, which really brightened the space.
Sources: walls: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak; trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove; couch: Mina Sofa in Marine by Anthropologie; chairs: Kalmar Armchair by Anthropolgie; coffee table: Milo Teak Coffee Table by Jayson Home; rug: Souk Wool Rug by West Elm.
I wanted the dining room to truly highlight the stunning character of my old home. I customized the paint color to match the green in the stained glass around the front door. I pulled in the pinks from the family and living rooms with a muted pink rug with a metallic zebra rug thrown over it. I finished it off with custom floor length tailored pleat drapery in the bay window to make a jewel box of a room. With views from the living and family room, my dining room really makes the first floor pop! It is truly one of my happiest creations.
Sources: table: Torano Marble Rectangular Dining Table by Restoration Hardware; chairs: Tia Dining Chair in Heather by Anthropolgie; Tamboured Buffet by Anthropolgie; Rug: Kia Rug by Lulu and Georgia and Emily & Merrit Cowhide Zebra Rug by PBTeen; Drapes in Owlish by The Shade Store.