At Home: From Victorian Village condo to Italian Village home
When we last spoke with Mike and Katie Beaumont, they were living in a 1053 square foot, two bedroom and one and a half bath condo close to Victorian Village and had their eye on a home across High Street in Italian Village. I’m happy to share that they did in fact get the house they were looking at, and moved in November. Their new home is 2200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. More than double the space of their last home and it has a two car garage. Newly built in 2005, the home displays many of the historical elements that make the neighborhood appealing -it has all of the charm of an old home, but none of the headaches!
“The builder did a really good job making it part of the neighborhood,” says Katie.
Buying a new home meant needing some new furniture and upgrading a few items. The living room, kitchen and dining room are a large open space, and very inviting. The fireplace is one of Mike’s favorite features and he says it’s a wonderful focal point in the winter months.
They repainted the living/kitchen/dining space in a cool gray. Katie loves the color. “It makes our furnishings stand out a little more,” she says. It’s the cool, modern and natural space they had been wanting in a home and it showcases their tendency toward industrial style.
The larger space called for a more substantial dining table which they found at World Market. It’s a part of the company’s sustainable and reclaimed wood products. They opted for tub chairs for everyday seating and also picked up the benches that match the table. When not in use, the benches create an extra seating nook beside the stairs. The bar stools they found match the look of the tub chairs, although they would like to repaint them in a bright color.
For accents and small furniture items, they found a table for media storage at Tigertree, pillows from Bungalow, and decorative street signs from Columbus Architectural Salvage. The rocking chairs were from Katie’s grandmother and the entry table (which Katie refinished) belonged to Katie’s grandfather.
Katie made the accent pillows on the benches from coffee sacks she bought at Stauf’s in Grandview.
Part of the excitement they had for this home was the finished basement. It could be used as a another bedroom, as it has egress windows in case of an emergency, and its own bathroom. For now, they have the space set up for entertainment. A nook by the stairs became a useful bar. The art they brought home from a recent trip to China fits the space well. The extra room is used as an office for Mike and there is finally a place to display some of the memorabilia from his father’s collection. The basement also has the laundry room and an extra water line where they can hook up the cat genie for their cat…a very convenient feature!
Upstairs, they needed a new bed for the master bedroom, which they found at Kittle’s Furniture. The substantial headboard is nice because their cat is unable to get behind it. However, he was still able to get underneath the bed and claw at the mattress. To solve that problem, they filled an air mattress and placed it under the bed to completely block the space. They opted for a deep brown color for the bedroom walls that makes the space very shaded and dark.
The patio is full shade, which is lovely for entertaining, but will make container gardening a challenge. Katie is hoping to put in some blueberry bushes and will put in some more flowers. She hopes to find some space to grow a few pepper plants.
Although the Beaumonts do miss some of the features of their old neighborhood such as Dairy Family and the taco trucks, they have found new hangouts to enjoy. St. James Tavern is close to their home and they enjoy heading over there for Mobile Monday. They also enjoy their proximity to Bodega and Cookie Cravings Bakery. Italian Village still has some transitional aspects, but the Beaumonts are happy to have found their new home and get to know a new set of neighbors.
At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send an email to me at [email protected].