The CKT home tour series continues! I hope everyone is having as much fun with this as I am. This time around, we are visiting my friend Heather's home. Heather and I were fellow kindergarten moms last year. After one fall play date and a few Sound of Music references I knew we'd be friends! Heather is an art teacher by trade (check out her classes!!) and a true creative. She and her husband, Jon, and their three kids live in a beautiful, historic home. I love her sense of style and her eclectic nature--everything is just so darn fun!
Tell us a little bit about your home.
Built in 1883, our house has been around the block ... almost literally. Originally standing alongside the railroad tracks a half a block down, it was moved to its current location in the 1930s. That gave us a house with incredible history and 19th century craftsmanship with a 20th century basement. Which was a big win with our family, as it gave us an art studio space and workshop.
The house is three stories as well as that basement I was talking about. It's an impressive piece of craftsmanship that still contains one of the original fireplaces, multiple stained glass windows, a floating three story staircase, back staircase (think Full House), and ornate hand carved woodwork. The home has passed through many hands and has a rich history that is still being uncovered.
Victorian houses are well known for having many small rooms. We fell in love with this house because it had multiple spaces but felt open and airy. That being said, there are 14 doors on just the first floor alone. 30+ throughout the house. We love that the windows let the sunlight stream in and that with the doors open we can see the kids playing while we make dinner. Afterwards, with the kids in bed, we can close off the first floor and throw a party while everyone slumbers upstairs (in theory).
What have you done to make your house feel like your home?
The previous homeowner did the heavy lifting in the historic renovations department. She gets all the credit for the extensive work she put in to restore and revive all the original woodwork, hardware, and transoms of the 19th century house.
We moved in eight months ago and have strived to find a balance of honoring and highlighting the incredible craftsmanship and history of the home alongside modern amenities and contemporary living for our family of five. Taking advantage of being able to stay with my parents, we had an amazing team of people help us re-plaster and paint almost the entire three story interior before we moved in. Bridging between vintage and modern we made a number of cosmetic alterations. We swapped out the previous traditional victorian color palette, re-did a bathroom and replaced most of the lighting on the first and second floor.
A house quickly becomes a home when you have three little people to help you break it in. It didn't take long for our family to occupy every nook and cranny that this house offers. That being said, I am still eight months later, finding things that I have never noticed before. Like, that our radiator is covered in naked chubby cherubs on the third floor.
What is your home style and philosophy?
Eclectic is the word I hear the most. I'm an art teacher that is intimidated to call myself an artist, married to a man in the financial field that is recovering from a minor case of OCD. Put those together and I guess eclectic is what you get.
I believe in purchasing high quality items, as long as your kids can't reach it, and garbage picking to your heart's content or your husband's boiling point. I think storage is important and a good looking basket can really provide you sanity when it comes to cleanup time. I strongly believe that everyone should take advantage of Target's free shipping to try out different styles and then try out their hassle free return policy if you end up hating that bohemian rattan chair. I think you should have art supplies always accessible to you and your children and as many plants as your interior sunshine will afford you.
Also, I know in these pictures my house is set to mimic a magazine spread, as it should on Caroline's beautiful blog, but in reality, on a normal day, my house is just as littered as everyone else's.
Thank you Heather and Jon, your home is wonderful!
**Photos by Heather and myself!