The gingerbread-trimmed porch with its lacy carved corbels and handsome glass-paneled door, along with a breathtakingly beautiful rose garden, are just two of many distinctive features that have turned this home in Huntsville, Alabama into a showplace. The stately Victorian home is impressive to be sure, but the true masterstroke is that it’s also a comfortable, livable home that perfectly serves the needs of the family that dwells within.
The homeowners turned to interior designer Beverly Farrington to guide them through the renovation and redecorating process. By blending old possessions with new, they achieved a fresh, updated look that brings out the best in each space. A perfect example is the living room, where a classic Sheraton settee and tufted loveseat pair with a more contemporary brass-and-glass table. An antique chandelier and lovely damask draperies in the dining room reinforce the home’s Victorian heritage, as does the carved newel post in the foyer and the glass transom that leads into the living room. Gleaming cherrywood cabinetry in the study holds the homeowners’ prized collection of blue-and-white porcelain.
Unlike traditionally dark Victorian interiors with warrens of small rooms, the home is filled with light, and the spaces have an open and airy flow—especially the combined kitchen, dining, and family room area. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed, and baths are virtual mini spas. And the couple has taken full advantage of the garden with a spacious outdoor pavilion that has become the family’s backyard retreat, the perfect place to “stop, and smell the roses.”