With solid heart-pine flooring and antique furnishings, the foyer establishes the home’s warm, welcoming and vintage-chic interior design scheme.
Solid, tongue-and-groove heart-pine flooring, clad over the home’s existing hardwood flooring-turned-subfloor, gleams in midday sunlight. The original floor plan in this area remains unaltered, with the central hall slightly offset to showcase views from the front door to the back windows.
Designer Victoria Lesser and show host Matt Blashaw joined forces to craft the hall bench, which incorporates the home’s original 2x4s, vintage corbels and an old headboard. “It sits in that hallway perfectly; it’s representative of the house itself, the pairing of original materials with local finds,” says Matt.
A 12 1/2-foot sweep oar, one of designer Victoria Lesser’s final finds for the home, was purchased at a local thrift shop that benefits special education programs. The unique handrail pays tribute to Mathew County’s crew tradition.
A vintage fishing rod stand purchased at an antiques shop near Saluda, Va., is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. “Since this area is all about the water how could I resist?” says designer Victoria Lesser. “I placed it by the back door so that as the lucky winner puts on his or her shoes and heads out back they can grab a pole and maybe catch some dinner.”
The construction crew made every effort to save the home’s original staircase. To meet present-day building codes, the team shimmed treads and stiffened the underside of the stingers. The original newel posts were also salvaged.