Kimberlea's Beacon Hill Victorian
What I Love About My Home
It was built in 1804 and designed by Charles Bulfinch when the "hill" of Beacon Hill was first developed. I love the architectural details that show the rich history; the molding, the ceiling medallion with the holes from when the lights were gas lit, the hole in the floor were a servants bell was and the interior shutters. The living room drew me to the space, I love to entertain and wanted to have a large room for parties. I like the Federal style of decorating were everything is against the walls and things move around depending on the occasion and this is my updated twist. The bedroom is less classic and shows my adoration for fashion. I came up with the wall display of evening dresses because they take up so much horizontal closet space. The solution is practical and fun!
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
Coming up with the colors, furniture and decor on a very limited budget that would balance historical appropriateness with comfort and style. In the living room I used historically accurate colors, a few antique pieces and added the more stylish ottoman and sofa. To combat the need for storage and desire for decor without expense, I can up with some creative solutions to use what I had in new ways, like the old serving pieces in the china cabinet, the drapes and hooks in the bedroom for dresses or the umbrella closet that became a bar. The guys at the local hardware store cut the wood for the shelves and loved the bar idea. Although the blue paint is accurate for Colonial or Federal decor, I like how it works as a backdrop for modern cocktails.
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