13 Inspiring Rooms: The Modern Victorian

We’ve officially moved out of our first home (sniff). The housing market here has picked up (for which, yay!), but because of that we sold our place more quickly than we could move into our next. Which means I am full of plans with nowhere to take action. I’m pinning like crazy, drawing up floor plans, and dreaming. Our new house is very, very different from the old. It has actual historical architecture for one, with wood that is in gorgeous condition, not cobbled together from leftover bits and pieces. So I’m looking for ideas as to how one lives modernly in a historical home. Modern Victorian, if you will. And since I can’t show you how I’ll be doing it just yet, I’ve sharing some of the interesting inspiration I’ve found. For even more, check out my Pinterest. And Jessica, from How About Orange is pinning some great stuff as well as she goes through a similar process.


  • 13 Inspiring Rooms 1 of 14
    The Modern Victorian: 13 Inspiring Rooms

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  • Double Parlour Details 2 of 14

    I love the how the patterned rugs, modern furniture and modern paint play with the architectural details in this double parlour. I also like saying that we'll have a double parlour. Fancy. 

    From Design Sponge

  • High Ceilings, Big Windows 3 of 14
    High Ceilings, Big Windows

    This room, with its ornate windows and fireplace, could go in a lot of directions. The simple color scheme highlights the details, while the eclectic furnishings keep the room both modern and period. (Let's not speak of the neon tubes right now, OK?)

    From Tenniswood

  • Bold and Sparkling 4 of 14

    The bold wall color, blending with the carpet and furnishings, contrasts so nicely with the crisp white highlighting all the architetural mouldings. Ah, white trim.

    From House to Home, UK.

  • Modern Entry 5 of 14

    Removing walls doesn't mean losing period quality. 

    From Remodelista

  • Modernizing the Kitchen 6 of 14

    Period kitchens are difficult. Our new one has original wood cabinets throughout that I want to keep. How to do that and maintain a functional space is something I'm still working on. 

    From Remodelista

  • Working in Period Details 7 of 14

    When you have this much gorgeous detail in your space, keeping the furnishings simple creates a modern, calm space. 

    From Apartment Therapy

  • Glamorous Modernism 8 of 14

    Super-high ceilings make filling the vertical space as important as furnishing the room. This space does both, beautifully. 

    From the New York Observer

  • Mixing Minimal and Vintage 9 of 14

    Rethinking traditional elements like this paper chandelier while keeping original details creates a wonderful collage. 

    From Apartment Therapy

  • Blank Canvas 10 of 14

    Creating a clean, white space allows furnishings and details to shine. And I've determined that I absolutely need some striped seating in my life.

    From Elements of Style

  • Eclectic Patterns 11 of 14

    Anthropologie knows their style mixology. I love the play of patterns and styles in this space. And those windows, ceilings and woodwork - gorgeous. 

    From Anthropologie

  • Go Bold or Go Home 12 of 14

    Ok, I'm not sure this really draws attention to the period details, but it's certainly dramatic. 

    From Life Luxuriant. 

  • Use the Space 13 of 14

    Pairing rough floors with crisp white walls is brilliant. And that super long, modern table perfectly offsets the intentional decay of the other furnishings. 

    From Desire to Inspire

  • Mix and Match 14 of 14

    When you're modernizing a historical home, you're already mixing styles. Don't be afraid to take it further. 

    From Apartment Therapy

• Nicole Balch writes daily about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so on her blog, Making it Lovely. Catch up with all of Nicole’s other Family Style posts right here on Babble.

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