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.
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!