A ‘Blank Slate’ 1830s House Got a Gorgeous Budget-Friendly Makeover

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
House tour cover

Can't-Miss House Tours Straight to Your Inbox

Keep up with our latest house tours each weekday with our House Tour of the Day newsletter

Post Image
Credit: Julia Drye

Name: Julia Drye and husband
Location: Plainfield, New Hampshire
Type of home: House
Size: 2300 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Credit: Julia Drye

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I moved into our 1830s home four years ago. It was a blank slate, flipped by previous owners several years before. I was just starting online school for interior design and got to work on my newly acquired canvas. Out of necessity, I am excellent at budget-friendly makeovers. I love to experiment with paint and slowly pull a room together. We’ve recently started adding to the landscaping and it’s really feeling like a transformed space!

Credit: Julia Drye

What is your favorite room and why? This is a hard question. Probably my living room. I spend the most time in here and it’s simple, but bright and classy. Velvet green armchairs, brass light fixtures, a TV console, and a mural behind the couch. It’s just fun. It’s also sandwiched by my dining room and foyer that I also love — two moody and dramatic rooms.

Credit: Julia Drye

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian

Credit: Julia Drye

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I’ve recently collected a couple of new lamps and lampshades from a local consignment shop. No links to share, but somehow I just discovered how lovely soft lamplight can be and how much it adds to the ambience of the room.

Credit: Julia Drye

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take it slow. Don’t rush the decisions. Being patient can yield the best results… you might stumble across the perfect piece when you least expect it, or be able to confidently splurge on that piece you’ve been drooling over for months. And most of all, go with your gut… the paint colors I was most scared to use are now the key piece to my favorite spaces!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.