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"This was accomplished by opening the kitchen to the family room, infusing that space with light and releasing it from its previous confinement.
Two interior wall openings were made in the kitchen, allowing light to pass through into the family room (shown here) and hallway.
Gerry also fitted traditional-style French doors, suited to the age of the house, to gain a good view of the garden.
‘The style often has coloured glass in the detailing but we decided to keep them clear for a more modern look,’ he says.
‘The additional worktop makes this a great space for using a food processor or liquidiser, and I keep all my baking ingredients on the shelves above.’The L-shaped room lends itself perfectly to the large island unit, with bar stools creating an informal seating area.
‘I love the dining table but sometimes we just want somewhere to perch while we have a coffee or a bite to eat,’ Nicky explains.
Butler's pantry cabinets with original glass doors are painted in Farrow & Ball's Estate Emulsion in Shaded White, a color Tedhams used for the entire first floor because "it has the incredible ability to be about 20 colors at once.""The living room is in a plummy, chocolaty, pale blue world, but it isn't any one of those colors," says Tedhams, referring to the chameleonlike fabrics. Tedhams calls the custom armchairs "bug chairs": "They feel alive, like squat little beetles." The lamp and vase on the bookcase are by Jean Besnard, a French potter who worked with Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jacques Adnet. The seat cushion on the custom banquette in the kitchen is made of Noriker horsehair from Christopher Hyland. Jean Prouvé Standard chairs from Vitra add a modern contrast.As Victorian homes are known for housing several small rooms, differing from the open concept that is now so popular in modern homes, designer Peter Feinmann hoped to open up the interior of this classic home, making more room and allowing more light in."Bringing light into the space was a primary concern," says Peter.Owning a character-laden Victorian home sounds dreamy until you move in and discover that the ancient antiquity runs throughout the home — including the wiring, roofing and windows. Read Why You Should (or should’nt)Buy A Fixer Upper to learn more about remodeling an older home. Remodeling a Victorian home is not only costly and time consuming, but before modernizing a historical home you may have to jump through the hoops of historical and preservation societies, as well.