One of the cutouts provides a view into the front foyer."Keeping with the ultra-detailed design of the Victorian home, this updated kitchen shows off plenty of interesting features.Gorgeous white subway tile and cabinetry contrast beautifully against the dark concrete countertop.‘These places don’t come up very often,’ Gerry recalls.‘It needed refurbishing and modernising but was on for a good price.In this Rhode Island dining room, designer Juniper Tedhams found a pair of 1920s Swedish chairs in their original gray horsehair and had four copies made, covering one pair in Palma leather from Jasper and the other in Christopher Hyland's blue Paso horsehair. Footstool in Sea Anemone velvet by Nigel Atkinson, armchairs in TX-Tucana from F. Lustrous surfaces, like the silk headboard in Kalamata from Christopher Hyland and a box spring covered in Donghia's Hanoi, add glamour to the master bedroom, which is painted in Farrow & Ball's Estate Emulsion in Stony Ground. Butler's pantry cabinets with original glass doors are painted in Farrow & Ball's Estate Emulsion in Shaded White, a color Tedhams used for the entire first floor because "it has the incredible ability to be about 20 colors at once.""The living room is in a plummy, chocolaty, pale blue world, but it isn't any one of those colors," says Tedhams, referring to the chameleonlike fabrics. Tedhams calls the custom armchairs "bug chairs": "They feel alive, like squat little beetles." The lamp and vase on the bookcase are by Jean Besnard, a French potter who worked with Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jacques Adnet.Despite all the obstacles, the intrigue of owning an age-old Victorian home is still strong for some.We can understand why when these wonderful homes are so chock-full of character and craftsman qualities that are hard to come by in most modern homes.
As Victorian homes are known for housing several small rooms, differing from the open concept that is now so popular in modern homes, designer Peter Feinmann hoped to open up the interior of this classic home, making more room and allowing more light in."Bringing light into the space was a primary concern," says Peter.‘We also included a skylight to get as much natural daylight into the cooking area as possible.’Interior design When it came to designing the kitchen, the layout had to include space for the huge reclaimed teak dining table and chairs that the couple brought from their previous house.‘We bought them from Hampton Court Flower Show around 10 years ago and they’re actually designed for outdoor use,’ says Nicky.Owning a character-laden Victorian home sounds dreamy until you move in and discover that the ancient antiquity runs throughout the home — including the wiring, roofing and windows. Read Why You Should (or should’nt)Buy A Fixer Upper to learn more about remodeling an older home. Remodeling a Victorian home is not only costly and time consuming, but before modernizing a historical home you may have to jump through the hoops of historical and preservation societies, as well.