The Victorian House: Kitchen, Bathroom, Office, and Back Porch #1

Here’s the rest of our new house’s first floor! Think of this as ‘The First Floor: The Wallpapered Edition.’ (There will be more upstairs, too.)

You’ve seen a glimpse of the kitchen already. Here she is, in all her glory.

Wallpapered Kitchen



Tin ceiling! Not original, but period-appropriate.

Tin Ceiling

The stove is not vented. It’s wood burning on the left, gas on the right. We immediately blew out the pilot light five minutes into owning the house, and had to run to a neighbor for matches. Then it happened again, and again (but at least we had the matches to relight it). Good times!

Antique Stove

Here you can see the house’s back stairs on the left, and the bathroom on the right.

Wallpapered Kitchen

The bathroom has a small-scale geometric wallpaper above white beadboard.

Bathroom, First Floor

The bathroom upstairs on the second floor only has a tub. The kids take baths, but Brandon and I usually shower, so this may be our primary bathroom.

Bathroom, First Floor

Bathroom, First Floor

Here’s the room that will become my office. It slopes down considerably, but when we had our home inspection, I also brought in a structural engineer to assess this room and a few other spots. His verdict: it’s an old house with some quirks, but it is structurally sound. (In fact, he placed it in the top 10% of homes he has seen and was impressed by its good condition.)

Floral Wallpapered Office

Floral Wallpapered Office

It leads to a little porch (and I do mean little) that can only be accessed from the room. Such a great spot!

Back Porch #1

Back Porch #1

You’ve seen the entire first floor now, between today’s photos and the ones in yesterday’s post. Tomorrow, we head upstairs!

75 Responses to “The Victorian House: Kitchen, Bathroom, Office, and Back Porch #1”

  1. lara jane September 2, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Hey, I saw this place on Old House Dreams! So know that if you alter it in any unfavorable way, I know your address! ;)
    I’m only halfway joking! haha!

    It’s a gorgeous house! Congratulations! I’m so excited to see it redecorated!

    • lara jane September 2, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Shoot. Please delete this, Nicole. I don’t want some nutso being able to stalk you via the info on the other site. Sorry I mentioned it!

  2. judy January 28, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    I’m looking at all of the pictures again and I get such an impression of all of the people who must have gone in and out of all those exquisite rooms. Your pretty cherubs playing on the floor of the kitchen made me so aware of how sweet just being alive really can be. and is there anything of greater value than a home and family. So sweet-I know you will add your enormous talents to your lovely new home-give it a little nudge into the 21 Century!


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