The Modern Rules Of Victorian Living Room Interior Design – Victorian Living Room Interior Design
By Terri Akman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — The absorbing wraparound balustrade aboriginal admiring Jillian and Darren Moskovitz to their 1894 Victorian home in 2010. Discovering that the builder’s adjust was alone about 80 percent complete closed the deal: “We saw it as an befalling to accomplish it our own,” Jillian recalled.
The brace additionally admired the Fort Washington neighborhood, not far from Bensalem, breadth they both grew up. It has acceptable schools, transit, and abutting adjacency to Philadelphia.
“Community is absolutely what we begin already we confused here,” she said.
In decorating, the brace formed adamantine to alloy their abreast appearance with a nod to the home’s Victorian past. For example, they repurposed the aboriginal advanced doors into abridged doors off the laundry room. Vintage sconces, a mirror from a bounded acreage sale, and ancestors heirlooms — including Jillian’s grandmother’s ceramics closet, now adapted into a bath linen closet — account the home’s history.
“I like accepting a allotment that I bethink as a adolescent actuality in her home,” said Jillian, 40, a decorating adviser with down2earth Interior Design. “It’s ablaze dejected now, acutely altered than back it was in her house. I additionally accept two chairs from my aunt in the advanced allowance that we absolutely recovered. I bethink sitting in one and my aunt sitting in the other, and we would talk. That’s actual appropriate to me.”
The house’s walls of windows let in accustomed sunlight that plays off the mostly white and aloof decor. Jillian’s decorating adage is, “Every allowance should accept a hero.”
“For example, in our ancestors room, the built-ins are all white, and we accept aloof furnishings,” she said. “So, the hero is the rug, the one breadth area we absitively to accompany in blush and again drag it with some pillows and artwork.”
She additionally uses arrangement in focal pieces, such as the clear ample white cardboard chandelier that she bought at Ikea over the dining allowance table.
“I aloof admired it, and I accept if you are amorous about something, it works in your home,” Jillian said. The accoutrement hangs over a custom fabricated table with six leaves to board 14 guests for anniversary meals.
Darren’s appointment is hidden by a abstruse door, absolutely one of the active room’s appliance panels that opens to acknowledge the office. The architecture was beneath about abstruseness and artifice than practicality.
“It was a accurate abstraction that accomplished a applied need,” said Darren, 40, who works in administration consulting. Inspired by Pinterest, Jillian accomplished that a abstruse aperture was the best way to aerate the space.
Darren’s appointment is the one aphotic allowance in the house, with atramentous grass bolt wallpaper and custom atramentous cabinets with English walnut axle countertops.
“We knew we capital the copse activity and a adequate amplitude for a absolutely acceptable assignment environment,” Jillian said. “I got to accept the copse planks we wanted.”
The kids, Benjamin, 10, and Quinn, 7, adulation the third-floor playroom, breadth cabinets are abounding with dolls and toys in a ample amplitude with lots of allowance to use their imagination.
Through renovations in 2015 and 2016, the Mokovitzes created a fourth bedchamber and added an appointment and laundry room, bringing the abode to 3,500 aboveboard feet. To account authoritative their adept bath a bit smaller, they added acme to the beam to accumulate an open, aerial feel. That additionally accustomed allowance to absorb one of Jillian’s admired ablaze fixtures. And a congenital window bench has a hidden laundry channel that goes anon from the adept bedchamber to the laundry allowance downstairs.
They additionally angry the alone barn into a absorbing 550-square-foot guesthouse, complete with a kitchenette, ample bedroom, bathroom, and closet.
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“We like back bodies appear and break with us,” Darren said. “My parents alive in South Jersey, and my brother and I alive abutting to anniversary other, so we capital a abode breadth they could accept their own clandestine amplitude and feel comfortable.”
The ancestors enjoys absorbing in their ample backyard, breadth comfortable couches beleaguer a rustic gas fireplace, and plants and flowers add privacy.
“We absitively appealing aboriginal on that we were activity to accomplish our abode be aggregate that we wanted,” Jillian said. “We didn’t feel the charge for a vacation home; we’d accompany it all here.”