This cira-1900 Queen Anne house in Portland boasts a wide veranda, a tower, pocket doors and an abundance of original detailing. Take a look at how this couple restored this historic home using art wallpapers, vintage textiles, antique lighting fixtures and a variety of period-appropriate antique decor.
The Queen Anne house on a corner lot in Portland is transitional, not High Victorian, as it was built after 1900. Still, the wide veranda encircles a tower; its rooms boast pocket doors and plate rails.
Audry and Chris Bond soon realized their Danish Modern teak wasn’t going to fit—and they didn’t know much about the Victorian era. It was in those early days reading books and poring over magazines, visiting antiques shops, and meeting collectors that the homeowners fell in love with Victorian ornamentation and the era’s rich palette.
The house, long subject to indignity, retained its original floor plan, staircase, moldings, and broad windows. On clear summer mornings, the master bedroom has an easterly view of the sunrise over Mt. Tabor.
The couple spent nine months patiently stripping woodwork with heat guns and dental picks to liberate the warm fir from its coating of antiseptic white paint. They knew that a set of room-dividing fir columns had been removed between entry and parlor. Audry made a lucky find while out antiquing: an exact match to replace them.
Then the Bonds discovered Bradbury & Bradbury’s art wallpapers. For the parlor, they chose the ‘Eastlake Frieze’ in Aesthetic Green from the Victorian Anglo-Japanese room-set, noting that the paper’s sunflowers and swallows complemented a gold silk paper they’d hung on the parlor walls. The dragonfly and spider ceiling paper is called ‘Gossamer’; it lights up when the Japan-finished combination gas-electric ceiling fixture is on.
Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is the Editor-at-large for Arts and Crafts Homes and Old House Journal magazines and has written numerous articles on home design. His work has appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the U.K.
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