Queen Anne Restoration

If walls could talk! Historical renovations offer many challenges and surprises, but to have an opportunity to preserve and update an 1872 home was a dream come true. Modern updates such as radiant floor heating was a must. However, maintaining the original integrity in keeping the wavy glass windows means putting on that extra sweater in the colder months.

Everything in this house was “crooked.” So the new kitchen cabinets, baseboard, crown molding and other millwork was all customized to work with crooked walls, floors and ceilings. Details such as beadboard, faux-painted Damask dining room walls and oversized crown molding add the elegant touches that Victorian homes are known for. The home was purchased with many of the original antique furnishings and accessories, so it was a delightful treasure hunt to pick and choose which objects adorned each room. Crystal chandeliers, the original owner’s wall clock and velvet-upholstered furniture tell stories of a time when immigrants arrived to these parts of the wild west during the historical Gold Rush era.

Searching for period wallpaper was not an easy task. Once we found the “perfect” pattern, we found that the paper was discontinued. I turned to faux finisher, Marsh Nolen, who applied layers of paint, pattern and glaze for this beautiful recreation.