Before and After-Part 2 of this Late Victorian Historic Renovation project is about the design process. My goal for the interior design of one of the bedrooms and its bath was to restore the feeling of the original period. I accomplished that by using the colors, types of fabrics, antique furniture, wallpaper and tile of the era. Combined with the conveniences of the 21st century this suite will be livable as well as authentic.
You can see by the floor plan that this is a small bedroom chopped up by doorways and the angled fireplace wall. The new bath room was carved out of what used to be a closet so there is limited space to work with. The layout must be functional so every inch counts.
I selected silks and velvet in seafoam green and gold, a popular color scheme of the period to bring the room to life. Authentic William Morris wallpaper will be used in the bathroom above the tile wainscoting, and a swag wallpaper border will be used in the bedroom to keep the room from feeling too closed in. Late Victorian antique furniture completes the look.
Design for the custom made vanity in the bathroom incorporates design elements seen in the house.
This antique Late Victorian "hanky" dresser in the Charles Eastlake style is perfect for the bedroom. All it needed was a bit of clean up and polish to restore it to its natural beauty. Its attached mirror, marble top and tear drop dresser pulls represent the era to a tea.
Follow my next post to see how the rooms came together in the "After" phase
Letitia Little is a licensed, award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.