House Tour | A Victorian Makeover
This week, we have the pleasure of touring Sunset Magazine Editor-in-Chief’s 140-year-old Victorian! Situated in the Bay Area, this home has all the architecture and character we love about the area with a history woven into each floor board and sconce.
This home is certainly a rag to riches story – purchased at an estate sale, this house needed a complete gut. So gut they did! Partnered with architectural firm Oakland’s Drafting Café and interior designer Lynn K. Leonidas, they transformed the space into a stunning beauty, keeping all the original bones and character while infusing a new twist on vintage with gold highlights, auction-found accents, and a design reminiscent of past decades.
We love the bold choice of a dark trim, bringing the original hand-crafted details to the forefront while matching the antique Steinway piano (found on Craigslist!). To balance the old with the new, a modern photograph rests above the piano.
Modern photographs are sprinkled throughout the home, along with beautiful gold accents and an eclectic array of antiques. This dining room screams heirloom glam.
Now talk about a show-stopping tile! We title this space: moody glam. The darker colors, bold tiles, and unique fixtures make this bathroom feel like it’s from another era. Great Gatsby anyone?
From dark to light, we explore the guest bedroom featuring a double-functioning sofa bed – lovely settee by day, comfortable bed by night.
The master bedroom does not disappoint, carrying much of the historical character the rest of the house features with more modern additions, like the sleek, glass bedside table. Plus, toile wallpaper! It has a certain je ne sais quoi doesn’t it?
Onto the kitchen, a celebration of the sky-high 12-foot-tall ceilings. The library ladder and glass uppers (upper-upper) accentuate the height and maintain the feeling that a 1930’s scholar lives in this home.
It’s the subtle details that can make or break a design. The backsplash from the kitchen extends to the dining nook, a sweet little corner seemingly out of a picture book. This entire home could be in the French country rather than a bustling California hub.
And onto the last bathroom, filled to the brim with Caesarstone! Statuario Maximus lines the perimeter of the floors, a perfect contrast to the dark trim and black Caesarstone grounding the rest of the flooring (similar: Vanilla Noir). The veining along the shower walls (similar: London Grey) and gold hardware create a mini-oasis fit for royalty!
This home is a beautiful ode to the history of the house and a celebration of new beginnings!
Thanks for having us over! Until next time…
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