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Pocket doors separate the living room and dining room. We painted the dining room Benjamin Moore Dark Mustard, which was pretty close to their Historical Collection color Greenfield Pumpkin.

We bought a vintage dining room table, chairs, sideboard and rug at our favorite auction house in Moundville, and we bought a lovely Eastlake parlor set at Eutaw's Antique Alley sale. We also have nice curtains the previous owners left.

Here's a close-up shot of the dining room fireplace mantel and majolica tiles. On the side of the mantel, peeling paint reveals pastel blue underneath. Can you imagine pastel blue paint with those dragon green tiles? One of the previous owners must've been very fond of pastel blue (or else, got the paint on sale) because the kitchen trim was that color, too, at one time.

The cozy-sized living room is to the left off the entry hall. Those carpets are just rugs covering the pine floors. We bought new living room furniture in 2003 before we knew we'd be living in a historic house, but I don't regret it. As beautiful as antiques are, they're just not made for flopping and relaxing with your shedding cats. We painted the living room walls Sherwin Williams Cajun Red, from its Victorian collection.

The doors leading into the living room from the entry hall are narrow double doors that we discovered after moving in were actually a single door cut in half and hinged on both sides. The POs also employed this technique on the front bedroom door and the closet doors in the half bath.

Each room has a slanted wall in the corner with a fireplace. These back up to each other, and to the fireplace in the entry hall, and a hall closet to form a square.

kristin (at) 1902victorian.com