3266 Beechwood Avenue (1985, 1993)


Built in 1919, this charming brick home has been completely remodeled by the owner, transforming an architecturally modest residence into a truly remarkable house. Each room has been redecorated using a floral motif carried throughout the house. Most of the walls have been painted by the owner using various techniques to produce textured looks and even to resemble wallpaper. Window treatments and furniture covers were also designed and executed by the owner, as was the stenciling on the walls and on the floors.


In the dining room, the chair covers were hand painted. The wall border was painted first using stencils, and then supplemented and embellished with free hand designs. The handpainted pattern encircling the dining room table complements the wall border and was achieved using acrylics and a latex urethane finish.


The sisal living room rug was also hand painted, and the mantle and hearth were marbleized. The walls in both the living and dining rooms have been painted to have the look and feel of parchment. The vestibule was painted using a striating technique to effect the look of striped wallpaper.


The large upstairs bathroom has been beautifully redone; handpainted flowers and birds on the walls produce an especially open, graceful ambiance in this room. All the beds are made up with antique quilts. The gymnastics border in the teen bedroom was also designed and painted by the owner.


The studio on the third floor was created by knocking out walls to combine three rooms and raising the ceiling. Skylights were installed to open up the space and a bathroom was also added.


Over the past few years, exterior renovation has included relandscaping in both front and back yards, where beds of roses and perennials, a grape arbor, and patio echo the design themes of the interior.