If you venture just a few minutes from the beaten path of downtown Lynchburg, you’ll find yourself transported to another world and era entirely. Washington Street is where locals can get a glimpse of what Lynchburg may have looked like in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The street immediately brings to mind Victorian era parties, long afternoons on wrap-around porches and a way of life that looked significantly different from what it does today.
One such home, built in 1903, is owned by Victoria Bartholomew. Victoria is a realtor in the Lynchburg area, specializing specifically in historical homes.
“I’ve been in Lynchburg since I was eight years old. I renovate and sell historic homes with my husband and dad. We essentially save homes from being torn down,” explained Victoria, who says the youngest house she has ever lived in was built in 1924.
Victoria’s Washington Street home is full of elegance and potential. A work-in-progress, Victoria bought the home just a few months ago, in December 2017. When she, her husband, six cats and one dog moved into the 5,105 square foot home, they immediately set to work on the interior—making it a beautiful living space.
“The woodwork was truly a reason we bought the home,” said Victoria. “It’s a rarity to find this type of woodwork untouched in an older home. Plus, the big, bright windows and the fact that it’s in my favorite area, Diamond Hill!”
When Victoria is assessing a space—either for herself to live in or for a potential home buyer—there are a number of criteria that a historic home must meet for the true potential to be realized.
“I look for tall ceilings. I work with old homes, so I look at what features already exist. That helps me to understand what possibilities there really are. I look for natural light and how I can make [the light] better,” she said.
When considering the design process for her Washington Street home, Victoria was instantly drawn to bold, saturated colors.
“I choose paint colors first when decorating a space, then light fixtures. I am somebody who isn’t afraid to pick or commit to a color. I’ve lived with a color for a while to see if it works and have been known to change it entirely. I’ll look through James T. Davis color swatch books and decide, ‘Maybe this color is too yellow or too purple’—there are certain hues I don’t like—but I like colors that make me feel good.”
Victoria’s favorite room in her home is the current living room (though a more casual TV space is being renovated at the moment). Her green sofa is an asset that she already owned and loved, and she wanted to build the entire room around it. Opting for a black paint (James T. Davis Paint Subway), Victoria was able to create a moody, yet calming, juxtaposition between the two colors. From there, she added in light pink velvet curtains, which is a color she’s looking forward to incorporating throughout the rest of the home.
“Everything is a process. If it’s all done at once, it’s no fun.”
And that process is something that Victoria is quite familiar with. Her mother is an artist and her grandfather was an architect, so the creative and design process of a home is ingrained into her memories. In fact, much of the artwork in her home was contributed by her mother and grandfather.
“The architectural charts [that are hanging in my dining room] are from the 1940s. My grandpa was an architect and he mailed these to me when I was in college to use. But obviously I couldn’t use them because everything was on computers by that point, so I saved them just for art.”
As for what’s next for Victoria, she will remain happily surrounded by the smell of fresh paint. She currently has five houses on Cabell Street in the works, as well as one home on Harrison Street that are being renovated for resell. For each of those homes, Victoria carefully selected James T. Davis pre-mixed colors or even James T. Davis custom colors for the walls and exteriors.
“The exterior [of our home] is also ongoing. We have a ton of wood repair and replacement to take care of and then the exterior will be painted. We’re switching the colors entirely from what they were originally. We’ll be using a dark grey and green for the exterior paint and accenting with a mustard yellow in the windows,” ended Victoria.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to have partnered with Victoria on the remodel and ongoing projects in her beautiful home. To talk with us about the paint colors seen here, or about creating custom colors of your own, get in touch with us today.