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