After years of neglect, the Victorian details of this home were hidden behind vinyl siding, dropped ceilings and layers of carpeting and linoleum. The design called for restoring the historic details of the exterior while completely renovating and updating the house for modern living. The owner wanted the house to be bright, artistic, and colorful. Most importantly, she wanted the house to be fun and anything but normal. A palate of bold colors were chosen to paint both inside and out. Bathroom floors were conceived as a sea of color - with floors in purple, yellow and mint green penny rounds. During renovation, an appreciation was developed for the house's fanciful stained glass windows and imposing tower, so a motif was created that created four towers that pierced the second floor and created dramatic peeks into the third floor details of the home. The stained glass became the inspiration for the color palate of the upstairs bedrooms.
The kitchen with its double-sided fireplace was conceived to be the focal point of the entire house. Clad in sky-blue ceramic tiles, the hearth brought a shock of color to the very center of the house and owner's European sensibilities. Blue glass knobs referenced the blue of the fireplace and added an element of fun. The mudroom was designed with bead-board and a built-in bench to make the functional parts of the house beautiful.