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Mills knocked down a wall between the library and the front parlor to let light flow through the front of the house. White columns help to visually define these two spaces.
The house is part of a set of five similar Victorians on the block. "I love that the neighbors compare notes and help each other in sharing character details for renovations," says Mills.
Wallpaper: Dhongia; chandelier and sconces: Victorian Lighting Works; columns: Pacific Columns; couch: Craigslist
During the remodel, some of the original crown molding in the front parlor was damaged. Mills was able to fix the sections by hand using clay from an art supply store.
This front parlor is still a work in progress. Mills is having new Victorian-style windows made for the room and plans to finish the decor after.
The traditional Victorian library is decorated with a combination of antiques and Craigslist finds. "The history of the pieces I find are incredible," says Mills. "Some of the things I own are even older than my house." The roll top desk in the library is one of Mills' favorite finds. Purchased from a local estate sale, it still had its original receipt inside.
Wallpaper: Dhongia; chandelier and sconces: Victorian Lighting Works; couch: Craigslist
Custom oak shelving was stained by Mills (with help from his friends and family) to match the oak banister in the entry and the fireplace in the front parlor. A projection screen retracts into the ceiling so it doesn't interrupt the home's traditional decor.
Wallpaper: Dhongia; chandelier and sconces: Victorian Lighting Works; ladder: Putnam Rolling Ladder; wood moldings: San Francisco Victoriana
Although Mills would have preferred natural wood in the dining room, the walls were made of a glazed plywood that couldn't be refinished. The only option was to use several coats of paint. A bold red was chosen as a crisp contrast to white molding.
Wall paint: Old Flame, Behr
Mills tore out the brick fireplace in this top parlor and added a new Carrara marble unit to better fit the home's original style. Although he almost tossed the chandelier, a friend suggested giving it a new coat of paint. The bright orange and custom shades gave the piece a fresh look.
Fireplace: Valor Fireplaces; chandelier lampshades: Lamps Plus; wall paint: Garden Path, Behr; Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore
The kitchen had been moved up to the second floor during one of the home's many renovations. "The previous owner wanted the kitchen near his bedroom for some strange reason," says Mills. "One day I'll have to move it back downstairs."
The recently completed backyard was designed by Adam Wooley Landscape Design and Construction. Blue slate pavers run diagonally to break up the square space. Floating benches and clean horizontal fencing are made with warm and durable ipe. Low-maintenance grasses, vines, succulents and a tree fern were planted for color, height and privacy.