The New Victorian: A Historic House Gets a Remodel

Portland Monthly

When British transplants Phil and Stephanie Dickinson moved from London to Portland, they knew they wanted a house that reminded them of home. During a quick scouting visit, Phil found it in a historic Victorian on a tree-lined street in a neighborhood full of kids — perfect for their family of four. Stephanie was less than impressed when she finally saw the stuffy old house painted a half-dozen colors.

They hired Vanillawood, a local design firm, to redo the kitchen and baths. That project quickly turned into a full-on remodel, turning the outdated house into a dwelling fit for modern living without sacrificing its vintage appeal.

The exterior, now painted a gorgeous charcoal black, was extended with the backyard addition of an large outdoor deck, its modern wood a warm contrast to the original house, which holds onto its historic curb appeal out front. Inside, a clumsy attic add-on was transformed into a ample master suite.

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Click through to the full story to see a few photos of the interior, which showcases the family's eclectic British style, mixing in different periods and pops of color with informal ease.

Images: Leela Cyd Ross for Portland Monthly