Classic design in a remodeled Victorian home from Southern Style

Victorian home - Southern Lady MagazineBy Karen Callaway
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne

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.

Victorian home - Southern Lady Magazine

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.”

Victorian home - Southern Lady Magazine
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Victorian home - Southern Lady Magazine
The family dreamed of an expansive space, where they could cook, dine, and visit with loved ones at the same time. That wish came true with this open-concept plan that comprises the kitchen, dining, and living areas; each is visually separated by large lantern-style lights overhead.
Victorian home - Southern Lady Magazine
The promise of a good night’s sleep awaits in each of the spacious bedrooms. Soft aqua walls in the master suite lend a tranquil note that is underscored with luxurious custom bedding and generous window light framed by draperies in muted hues. The en suite bath features gleaming marble floors, along with a freestanding tub and a crystal chandelier.
Victorian home - Southern Lady Magazine
An open pavilion with a coffered ceiling and stone-tiled floors connects the family’s home to the carriage house. It offers views of the exquisite rose garden and additional space for entertaining and relaxing. The pink fabric for the furniture cushions was chosen to mimic the hues of the roses in bloom. The garden itself is a wonder to behold, with lovely statuary and stone benches tucked among the fragrant flowers.