“In restora­tion, my phi­los­o­phy is ‘take your time,’” Bruce says. “Let the home speak to you.”

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orig­i­nally sep­a­rate pieces of fur­ni­ture," he ex­plains. So Bruce de­cided to make his own, a floor-to-ceil­ing fix­ture that orig­i­nated as a 1976 bookcase. He added an­other piece and stained both sec­tions, in­cor­po­rat­ing East Lake de­tails. Ad­di­tion­ally, Bruce made his own win­dow treat­ments "to soften the over­all look," and added a mir­ror.

In terms of ap­pli­ances, Bruce in­stalled pieces that meld well with the decor, with­out dis­rupt­ing the flow of the space. "My ap­pli­ances are in­dus­trial and nec­es­sary for large-scale en­ter­tain­ing," Bruce ex­plains. And, "an ori­en­tal rug and dra­matic thrones com­plete the look [he] was go­ing for."


Bruce’s din­ing room, like his bath­room, em­braces a chic, stream­lined at­mos­phere com­plete with sim­ple, but charm­ing, Vic­to­rian ac­cents. For in­stance, he in­cor­po­rates fresh pineap­ple and grapes into his din­ing ta­ble setup. “Fresh fruit dis­play[s are] al­ways Vic­to­rian,” Bruce says. He also sets his ta­ble with Clau­dron china, lay­ered with an­tique linen beads and cham­pagne pea­cocks. Bruce il­lu­mines the ta­ble with a del­i­cate chan­de­lier he dis­cov­ered in Con­necti­cut. The fix­ture once took an un­for­tu­nate tum­ble down the stairs, but Bruce la­bored dili­gently to re­pair it. “It took two years to re­assem­ble,” Bruce says, but it now pre­sides over the ta­ble.

The room boasts a re­gal fire­place of rose mar­ble im­ported from Italy, with a match­ing ra­di­a­tor cover. The drapes, like all of the win­dow treat­ments through­out the home, are Bruce’s de­sign. Bruce crafted the long cur­tains to bring height and ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est to the room. Whereas most homes to­day rel­e­gate their cooking and eat­ing to the kitchen and din­ing room, Vic­to­rian homes featured sup­ple­men­tal culi­nary ar­eas, such as the but­ler’s pantry and the chef ’s pantry. Bruce’s home boasts both of these rooms. “The but­ler’s pantry is one of the most op­u­lent I have ever seen,” Bruce says, “with leaded stained glass tran­soms” stud­ded “with jewel ac­cents.” To high­light these de­tails, he in­stalled back­lights. The cup­boards are orig­i­nal to the home, and orig­i­nally func­tioned as a stor­age space to hold china and sil­ver un­der lock and key.

Above. You don’t need to hire a but­ler to main­tain a stylish but­ler’s pantry. Bruce keeps this area stylish and stream­lined with a tea set, scale and faucet. op­po­site. From the lovely stained glass door to the East Lake de­tail­ing on the mir­ror, this Vic­to­rian bath­room cer­tainly does jus­tice to the era.

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