A Beautifully Moody Historic Victorian in Virginia

updated Feb 19, 2019

A Beautifully Moody Historic Victorian in Virginia

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Arielle Goldman
Location: Church Hill neighborhood — Richmond, Virginia
Size: 1,500 square foot
Years lived in: Owned 1 1/2 years

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Arielle and her husband live in this Richmond home, known as the “2nd Billups House.” The Billups family is among the oldest in the Church Hill neighborhood, dating from the 1860s. This house, in particular, was built by Charles Jackson Billups in 1900. History is a big character in this house — but Arielle’s rich, moody style complements it perfectly.

Arielle has blogged the renovation and progress of her home on her blog, Scotch and Nonsense. Arielle and her husband have only been in this house a year but they have done a ton of work to make it home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I tend to go in for a bit of a masculine look, with rich colors, a mix of vintage and modern, and a good dose of moodiness. My style also changes to suit the space, so what I love in our old Victorian house may not carry over to our next home.

Inspiration: The rich colors and bold art of historic homes.

Favorite Element: The old architectural details.

Biggest Challenge: Decorating our small rooms in order to maximize space.

Get the look! → A Moody Mix of Vintage & Modern

What Friends Say: They love the rich paint colors.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our master bathroom! Oy vey. [Not photographed]

Proudest DIY: Filling in our library gallery wall with some of my own photography and paintings.

Biggest Indulgence: Original art.

Best Advice: Honor the house you have when you decorate. It’s easy to get caught up admiring other people’s homes on Instagram, but even something as simple as paint will look totally different in different houses.

Dream Sources: Good quality antique stores, a few local furniture shops, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Thanks, Arielle!

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