Carly's Little Red Victorian

Carly's Little Red Victorian

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Janel Laban
Jan 25, 2012

Name: Carly
Location: Gerstle Park, San Rafael, California

Our litte red victorian house was built in 1900, has 13 foot ceilings and is 1300 square feet. The ceilings and the light (it's a corner lot) make it feel much larger and we love our small home. We have lived here for 2 years and got married in the back yard!

Our style is a mixture of old and new. My husband's family has been in the wine/whisky business for generations and we have inherited some pretty cool items, family photos and art; like the amazing dining room table-with the most unusual and comfortable chairs. I'm a freelance designer so a lot of our art is mine, giving everything a really personal feel. I like to keep things neat, clean and spacious feeling, not too many items. But I also love to mix patterns and bright colors. I got sick of purchasing flowers so all of ours are paper.

The most challenging thing in our house was the TV placement. When we first bought the house there was a mirror above the fire place that was bolted in. Ready? It was covering, no joke a big black hole, that, if you could move the (seemingly) 80 pound mirror, could be used for storage. We removed the mirror, painted the whole the same color as the walls, added molding to match the house and put in a shelf! Now it is the perfect place for the TV without overpowering the room.

My favorite part of the house is the back porch which is private, so cozy and has a decent view. It over looks the hills and the original barn that is now a garage.

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