As any renovator will tell you, there’s nothing quite like discovering unexpected architectural treasures during demolition—beautiful tiled floors under old carpets, perfect windows behind drywalls, charming wooden beams concealed by low ceilings. For Maryline Damour, cofounder and principal interior designer of Damour Drake (a design and construction company in Kingston, NY), that hidden gem turned out to be dentil crown molding on the front door, a discovery that would lead to the transformation of a homely mid-1800s house into a stately Victorian with major curb appeal.
“I wanted the exterior to match the grandness of the interior, with its substantial moldings, ceiling height, and tin ceilings,” says Maryline. “The original house colors and clutter of shutters made the house look less impressive.”
Here’s how she and her firm (the building houses Damour Drake’s office as well as rental apartments), gave the building a Victorian Gothic makeover—complete with an elegant D.I.Y. Victorian door.
Photography by Matt Petricone unless otherwise noted.