Victorian secrets

How one couple put their own fresh spin on old-fashioned style

Irene Edwards

It may be traditional, but it certainly isn't stuffy. "I always loved Victorians ― they reminded me of real-life dollhouses," says Sophie Fauveau of the 1890 Portland home she renovated with her husband, Mark Williams. "But I also knew I wanted light colors, no clutter, and a sense that everything belonged together." Their remodel stayed true to the home's period details and old-fashioned charm while infusing it with youthful, contemporary sophistication.

A French native with a keen sense of style, Fauveau took on the bulk of the design work (with help from an architect), which included a second-floor addition that doubled the home's square footage. Her palette stayed consistent: white marble (honed in the kitchen, polished to a sheen in the master bath), soft pastels, and a luxe assortment of vintage finds at bargain prices.

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