A Charming 1840s Row House Is Filled with Art and Decor, Including a Very Cute Wood Bench

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Name: Kelsey Copeland Lane and my dog, George (a sproodle)
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Type of home: House
Size: 995 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: A charming 1840s Richmond row house from the front with a lush yard/garden nestled in the back, and windows on all sides giving glorious light all day long. This house has all the lovable characteristics of an old house, including original heart of pine floors, a curved stair railing, interior French doors, brick wall, a fireplace, and a sweet little bathroom with original marble tile and a claw foot tub. It is furnished with things collected over many years, including family heirlooms, antiques, and a handful of furniture pieces and other things handmade by me and my dad.

All of the pillows I have made out of fabric scraps or samples that I have collected over my career as an interior designer. My living room is my art studio, where I paint every day and do a fair amount of my design work. I just recently started my own creative design studio and my projects span from interiors to furniture/lighting design, set design, and almost any other medium that requires creative-problem solving. I work from home with the company of my dog, George.

Almost everything in this house has found its way here through some type of story or experience. I have made or built many of of these things, which certainly are a reflection of me. I inherited many ceramic vessels, lamps, and accessories from my Nanna who was an interior decorator. She taught me to paint at a young age, and I began making abstract work as a way to fill my own walls of my first apartment. I now have many of my own pieces hanging, but am slowly trying to grow a collection of work from others.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Curated, comfortable, charismatic, artistic, warm

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is probably the studio. Most days, the floor is covered with paintings in process or fabric scraps. When I clean up it becomes an open space where I like to stretch, read, listen to records, or sit with friends. It is a very inspiring room to work or simply exist in

Entry/hallway with a handmade bench

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The newest thing in here is a bench in my foyer that I built after a sketch I did earlier this year. It’s made out of this really beautiful aged pine found under a family friend’s home, and maple dowels that were originally intended to be made into baseball bats!

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think the most welcoming and attractive homes tell a story of a person’s life. It’s important to live among and make use of things you’ve collected throughout your life, and finding creative ways to display those things can be very exciting. I also find great satisfaction in repurposing things, or “upcycling.” I feel such gratitude to live among things that I’ve made by hand or picked out of junk stores and discovered a new purpose for.

There’s so much added depth that comes with filling your home with things that have meaning or history, as opposed to things that simply fill a void or look nice. I think it’s silly to think of your home as a showroom, or to buy things that you’re afraid to really live with comfortably. Your home should ultimately be another extension of you, and should act as a sanctuary from the outside world. Forget about “rules” and do what makes you happy.

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