Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Home Tour: Hillary's House

My friend Hillary lives with her husband and daughter in a charming 1927 brick bungalow which they have spent much time and elbow grease restoring to its original charm. I credit Hillary in large part for my interest in collecting things such as vintage ornaments and antique telephones and my interest in antiques in general. Entering her home is like stepping back in time. Their attention to detail is incredible, even down to the light switches, which they replaced with period-style push-button switches, as shown in one of the photos below.
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Last weekend, Hillary was gracious enough to allow me to photograph her home, which is beautifully decorated for the holidays. In the living room is a large tree, decked out in vintage ornaments. Notice how their artwork is hung from picture molding using wire and hooks. We also have this molding in our home and hang our artwork this way, which I adore. Plus, it's so practical in old homes with plaster walls.
In this broader view of the living room you can see the beautiful built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcase built by Hillary's very talented husband. It provides wonderful storage and also hides the family's television. On the left side of the room is an antique Victrola, for which they have quite a collection of old records.
The built-in below -- one of two in the dining room on either side of glass-paned French doors -- is also the handiwork of Hillary's husband. It looks original to the house, doesn't it? Notice the vintage artwork and frames, and how the dried hydrangeas pick up the warm tones from the painting.
I've always loved this crystal chandelier in the dining room, which is original to the house. The wall color in this room is Crewel Tan by Sherwin Williams. My husband and I liked this color so much we used it in our guest bedroom.
A beautiful antique sideboard in the dining room is adorned with greenery, lights and more vintage Christmas decorations. The wine cork wreath on the swinging door that leads to the breakfast nook is one of many that Hillary and her daughter make as gifts for friends. Notice the push-button switch on the wall, to the left of the silver tree.

An original built-in cabinet between the dining room and kitchen provides plenty of storage for china and serving pieces. Across from the built-in is a breakfast nook with a Craftsman-style light fixture.

The kitchen, which the couple completely renovated, features a built-in Viking cook top and oven, custom cabinets and solid maple counters. 
The large kitchen sink -- with two integrated drain boards -- was purchased at a salvage shop in Georgia before the couple even owned this house. They know a good thing when they see it! It works perfectly in this kitchen.
Adjacent to the modern refrigerator sits a small-scaled antique Sellers-brand cabinet which holds a mixer and a couple of vintage juicers, and conceals a microwave. See that brick column? When my friends bought the house, the kitchen was clad in old (probably 1960's) "scenes of Paris" paneling, which the couple spent countless hours chipping away at. In doing so, they exposed this brick column. I like the earthiness it adds to the room. The original pine floors in this room are also very warm and beautiful.

A vintage wall phone and cherry-red step stool add to the charm of their vintage-style kitchen. 
Even the shelf below the vintage medicine cabinet in the bathroom has been adorned with Christmas decorations.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of a lovingly restored 1920's home. Thank you, Hillary, for sharing your family's beautiful dwelling with us! Happy holidays, everyone!

16 comments:

  1. I'll be back later. I want to savor these beautiful details and I don't have time now.

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  2. Just stunning!! Thank you for sharing such a charming home!!

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  3. LOVE this! What a beautifully decorated home. Thanks for sharing, Hillary and Claudia. Its always such a pleasure to read MLB :o) Merry Christmas!!!

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  4. What a magical and beautiful home! They really have an attention for detail and clean lines. Despite the collections, nothing looks cluttered. However, I expect that with all those lovely ornaments they don't have cats...

    Merry Christmas,
    Sheila

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  5. Amazing! Hillary -- it's just beautiful. All the attention to detail is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. Okay, I'm back.

    I really love this place. Every detail they've added blends seamlessly with the original details. I'm wondering if some of the things like the black outlets with the chrome covers in the kitchen are original. They seem perfect. The living room drapes hemmed at the window stool is really unusual and also a detail that seems really appropriate even though I think it's a few decades later. I could be wrong. Daring color combo too with those walls and drapes but it works. The built-ins, both new and old, are wonderful. Two big thumbs up! Many thanks to Hillary for letting us see it! Great tree too!

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    1. Steve, the black/chrome outlets are details that my friend and her husband replaced (see the push button switches? So cool) to fit with the period of the house. They came from Rejuvenation, as did many of the ceiling light fixtures (kitchen, living room, bath).
      Claudia

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  7. Oh my goodness! Gorgeous and that kitchen is a show stopper .. love that big sink. Such a warm and inviting home. The side board is so pretty and decorated beautifully. The little houses everywhere are so sweet. How nice of your friend to share her beautiful home.

    Enjoy your holidays!
    leslie

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  8. Oh my, what a gorgeous home. Such a beautiful Christmas tree and that built-in cabinetry is lovely. I really like the kitchen. Your friend has very good taste and created a real welcoming looking home x

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  9. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

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  10. I LOVE your blog!

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  11. I love this house! Bungalow style is my favorite, and they did a great job of adding the built-ins and the vintage touches. I really like everything about it (except those short blue drapes - sorry!) Merry Christmas!

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  12. What a beautiful home! beautiful photos as well! :)

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  13. Thanks for this special tour, Claudia. I love Hillary's vintage ornaments :) And her husband is very talented. Awesome built-ins....so thoughtful and sympathetic. Beautiful home, indeed!
    Merry Christmas!
    Loi

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  14. Just wanted to pop by again Claudia and wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones xx

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  15. Where did they get that phone? It's fab!

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