How did you set out designing your space?
First, we added a layer of renovation and preservation in the systems and structure. We wanted to preserve the original concept and feel of the home, so most rooms are very small. I added built-in furnishings to make the space more purposeful and highly functional. I wanted every room and every corner to be an intimate and engaging experience.
Much of the home inspires itself. Additions to the house have been inspired by the past, like Victorian era moldings and wide plank flooring that match original details. The next layer of inspiration came from functional objects like the fireplace and stove. These drive the character—and colors. We always try to reuse, reclaim or use salvaged materials.
We love objects, especially those from people and places we know and want to remember. This can lead to too much clutter, which can make you feel overwhelmed when you’re in a space. I’m always trying to follow my advice of acquiring less things, and only things that I really love. I don’t want anything I’ve purchased to make its way to the landfill.