This Over-100-Year-Old Home Was Completely “Gutted” (They Even Painted the Claw Foot Tub!)

published Jul 4, 2024

This Over-100-Year-Old Home Was Completely “Gutted” (They Even Painted the Claw Foot Tub!)

published Jul 4, 2024
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Bedrooms
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2100
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2100

Jean Ross has shared this four-bedroom, 2100-square-foot house with her husband, Craig, and their two children, Bowie and Rhys, and their dog, Toots, for six years. “We bought this house in 2017 and gutted everything,” she begins, explaining that they did all the work themselves, not even hiring a contractor.

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Under the stairs there's a small hidden pink powder room! "I live with three boys so needed an all-pink something. The room spun off the pink sink I found," Jean describes, explaining that they added wallpaper, painted the brick, and added a mirror. "This room makes me happy and I'd like to think everyone enjoys their time in there."

“The house was built in 1916 and hadn’t really been touched, so it was a massive job,” she continues. “We’ve put everything into this house and continue to make small changes all the time. We can’t stop! My husband, Craig, did all the dirty work while I designed the spaces.”

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Jean found the door to the powder room from a salvaging place and painted it and installed new hardware. "We cut out the wall for the nook, painted the brick, and added a light in there and on top," she describes of the nook. "It's a great place to read. I found all my weird portraits in Toronto and Austin, Texas. I also love that dresser and the lines it has. I've never seen anything like it, so I needed to have it."

“I would say that our house is a reflection of who we are and what we love!” Jean writes. “We have a lot of strange pieces from our travels sprinkled in the home and love to be reminded of our experiences. We love art, books, music, food, and to feel inspired in our own space while still feeling relaxed and cozy. We love being surrounded by things that make us feel good! We have little spaces for the kids in the house so they have tiny nooks to escape to.”

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"We sourced those amazing Art Deco lights at a salvaging store and absolutely love them," Jean explains. "We installed the floating wood shelves and just recently stained them a slightly darker color. I found that artwork in an antique mall. It's a mn riding a horse and it looks like a grade schooler did it. I love it the color, the frame. It's so good! I found that rug at one of my fave fabric stores (Tonic Living).

“Our home is eclectic, a small hint of Cotswold coziness mixed with Parisian charm that encompasses art, books, and herringbone flooring! It’s offbeat with a splash of boho,” Jean describes of her home’s style.

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"We saved on a few items in the kitchen because we blew our budget on the herringbone flooring! We sourced the sink from Wayfair, the cabinet hardware from Amazon. The tiles are your standard white subway so it was a more practical purchase as well," Jean describes.

“Don’t worry about what anyone thinks,” Jean advises. “Don’t worry so much about trends. Do what makes you happy and add things that make you feel you and at home. Buy the art, buy the weird rug. Invest where you can and have fun with your home. Also, just go for it. It’s never a good time to start a DIY — just get your hands dirty, put some music on and HAVE FUN.”

Thanks, Jean and family!

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