Can I do a craftsman interior in a Victorian cottage?
We've been working on our home for over twenty five years. It was built in the late 1880's or early 1890's, even the deed is vague.
While it appears to be mostly Victorian, it's not in the grand style - it's quite simple and humble with small rooms.
The casings througout the house are they typical bulls-eye corner block and not too simply profiled casings.
The original woodwork is cedar and the kitchen and most of the bedrooms are painted. The upstairs foyer and the original master bedroom are in the natural cedar.
The "den" (converted from the original kitchen) has the same profile but in oak.
We bought the home from the estate of the original family - so it hasn't been altered very much, except that the pocket doors from the tiny entry way to the living room and from the living room to the dining room were removed and there was a new decorative oak floor put down in the 1920's or so with a walnut featuretrip and laid on the diagonal inside that strip.
The fireplace is plain brick coal burning originally, with just a wooden box for a mantle. The original trim in the living/dining area is a mess - it seems that the previous owner was being thrifty when he opened up the room an made all sorts of weird cuts and patches - that's why we painted it.
There is no grand entryway as a Victorian house would have. The front door opens up with just enough space to walk through - stairway to upstairs is three feet away from the door.
I love the Arts and Crafts movement and don't want to move away from the family home to buy an authentic Craftsman style house. Since the period is close in time, I thought that I could redo the public space in the livingroom and diningroom in that style.
I would like to change the casings to a simpler profile and use white oak or another appropriate species. I have a finishing carpenter who has also made furniture coming to give me an estimate on a fireplace surround and new trim.
Would this work or would I just be messing up the house. I really don't love the more formal Victorian style furnishings..