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 Montclair has many beautiful old homes, but most feel outdated for the modern family.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.


Living 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.


Dining Room

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.

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