Haunted but happy
Remodelers use period decor to take a historic home back to its original design to please friendly spirits
The facade of this 153-year-old farm house is decidedly Italianate Victorian. A cheery buttercream color welcomes guests as they make their way up the drive and into the house.
This colorful garden design is guarded by over 30 gargoyles. Some, like this one here, can be seen throughout the pergola structure, others hover around the nearby water feature.
This couple has dinner at the patio table in the garden on most warm evenings, enjoying both a delicious meal and the surrounding landscape.
This pergola, dotted with inviting outdoor furniture and bright flowers, adds an intimate touch to the extensive deck.
The diagonal lines seen in these front gardens mark the beginning of a formal English garden filled with bright flowers.
This kitchen design was renovated last year and has a Tuscan flair, a style the couple discovered during vacations in Italy.
When a 200-year-old elm tree located very close to the house died, its branches were removed one at a time by crane, and the remaining stump was cleverly used as a foundation for an outdoor water fountain.
The display cabinets in this gentlemen’s parlor were originally from the Mount Adams Monastery, a historic site in Cincinnati.
Multiple windows give the diners of this sunny breakfast room an expansive view of the nearby lush gardens.
This fireplace mantel is draped with a lambrequin, a traditional cloth used to keep soot down near coal-burning fireplaces. Next to it stands a round fireplace screen that was used to shield a woman’s face to prevent melting her makeup, which was often wax-based, in the mid-1800s.
A stained glass window lends a little color to this upper landing, which is actually a favorite spot of one of the homeowners.
This front hallway and sturdy staircase help to separate the ladies' and gentlemens' parlors in this home.
A window on what was an original exterior wall of the home, now gives a peek into the home office where the husband works.
This home’s original doors are eight feet tall and made of butternut wood (also known as white walnut) which formerly grew on the property.