When I saw this beautiful 1891 Victorian home featured on Houzz I sat up straight in my chair.
I’m so used to seeing old houses gutted and rebuilt to look new on design blogs, that this was a refreshing departure. Sure, there’s been some updating, but the way the home is kept, the way the owners have it decorated, just makes my history-loving heart beat happy with joy.
Have a look inside:
The house is located in lushly gorgeous Astoria, Oregon and is owned by a couple who are clearly in love with their home’s history.
The 1,350 square feet home also came with most of the original windows.
The gallery style picture arrangement in the living room has that old world salon feeling…
The oak floors are not original to the house, but they are old – laid in the 1930’s or 1940’s – much like the wood floors in my old house.
Upstairs, there are painted wood floors:
And if I’m not mistaken, there appears to be some painted paneling which is a little trick that us old house owners often employ as an alternative to ripping off faux paneling and having all the old plaster crumble down. (i.e. saves you a lot of work and mess and keeps the old original walls intact underneath.)
I love the old-time (almost primitive) effect you get when you decorate with untouched vintage finds and family heirlooms…
The home has a total of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms but we get only a little peek into one of the bathrooms…
But how sweet it is!
We also get a glance into the home’s wine cellar:
Another great idea for those dusty old house cellars with low ceilings.
In the yard, the homeowners have kept the rustic woodsy charm by utilizing found objects for landscape decoration, like this old chair and pole turned into a bird house:
One final testament to the current owner’s appreciation for their house’s history: they kept an old piece of tin wall they found while installing a cabinet. You can see the many layers of old wallpaper and even a square-head nail:
I don’t know about you, but these well-kept, well-loved antique houses feel more “alive” to me than a newly built model magazine house.
When I see an old houses like this, it makes me love and appreciate my own old money pit even more!