Sunday, May 25, 2008
Style Guide: Victorian house, at home in Maine
The pared down inside the renovated Victorian charm embodies the quiet seaside living.
To lighten and brighten the outside of this 1886 Victorian house, its owners replaced its dark green aluminum siding with untreated cedar shingles and rebuilt a stern older who have undermined the spirit of housing architecture. Inside, they removed the model wallpapers, alleging carpet to expose the wood floors, and chose painting sunny and comfortable to create an unfussy, streamlined look that suits the house of coastal location.
Come inside and see how an authentic old house has been updated in a modern style with bright colors and simple decoration scheme.
"It was the first room we discussed," said the owner of the living room. From working with designer Patricia O'Shaughnessy, they stripped of its wallpaper, installed a bead-board ceiling, and painted the floor a brilliant blue to achieve the crisp, fresh look they wanted. They opted for a mixture of furniture fabrics pale - damask for the camelback sofa, heavy cotton for the adaptation of chairs and slipcover on the back rounded love - seat.
A club president, who had been included in home sales has been rejuvenated by a strong striped slipcover. Surrounded by a golden frame, billowy cumulous clouds rendered in oil by Connecticut artist Ralph Feyl strengthen the calming effect of the room colors. The stars are used as decorative elements inside.
Even if it is in an old house, the kitchen has an elegant, modern thanks to smooth surfaces and a range which is limited to white with touches of yellow and blue. Located at the rear of the house, the newly reconstructed kitchen has pine floors, cabinets tailor, a ceramic and tile backsplash with a diamond pattern contrasts border.
In front of colored glass cabinets display dishes, and the center island makes commodious triple duty office, cooktop, and grill.
"We bought the house in east - with books, paintings and furniture," says the owner. "We have issued a number of things, but we kept as much as we could." The dining room at the turn of the century, table and chairs are just a few questions that the couple chose to keep.
Fresh picked sweet peas, cosmos, hydrangeas and add color to the table together with flashing pink-decorated cups. A variety of taste treats await the hour of tea in the afternoon. Fishing pale walls are nicely complemented by the beautiful water.
The couple has four converted in close rooms, a master suite consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. Taking its cue from the seaside the dressing is animated by cockleshell screen graphic. A vintage photograph, a frosted glass vase full of Queen Anne's lace, and a box of tea discovered in a drawer are displayed on the desktop solid.
In vinegar-pine floors, white walls and a ceiling painted periwinkle Pale create a sense of expansiveness and calm in the main room, as viewed through the door. The canopy bed was built from salvaged wood topped with a porch in the South.
The colors of the ocean and sky are reflected in the tranquil bathroom. Beaded board was used to create a storage space along the wall behind the sink pedestal. Grouped on the corniche are silver-plated Mint Julep cups.
A dish engraved soap and a clay jar filled with hydrangeas sit behind the sink. The various green and blue light in the room are tied together in the simple woven carpets.
Pink asters, larkspur, black-eyed Susans and sunflowers dominant colors reflect the inner rooms, flowering and along a path that leads to the beach. The pale, untreated cedar shingles that cover the house replaced dark green aluminum siding. Pots of annuals line the steps leading to the grass.
Owners can take their meals outside here and enjoy the vast views Maine. Inside, the decoration of the house of relaxation to take account of all colors outside of nature that surrounds it.