On a sunny afternoon over Christmas break, I spent a few hours with my daughter, Kate, using her home as a backdrop for a photo shoot for my maps. She lives in an area near downtown Columbus, called Victorian Village. It is a neighborhood with mammoth, ornate Victorian homes on lovely tree-lined streets with brick sidewalks. Her apartment occupies one half of the downstairs, and the second floor has two more apartments. Everything is old, lovely, and exuding charm and character.
She has a couple brick walls in her kitchen that made a perfect backdrop for my maps, but because I couldn’t put any nails in the brick, I had to be content with leaning them against the wall.
She has high ceilings with tall windows, but because the homes are so close together with large trees, the lighting in her apartment is quite low.
Her kitchen is the brightest room in the apartment, and has been remodeled with new cabinets. It is larger than the kitchen in my house . . . room enough for a good-sized table, lots of plants, and even her bike.
The walls in the kitchen that aren’t brick, are painted a deep clay color, giving warmth to the room.
The living room has lighter walls, but is still a darker room because of an overhanging front porch. It has a non-working fireplace and is a large, spacious room with high ceilings and hardwood floors.
Kate likes to travel and has a life-time goal of visiting all the National Parks . . .
which includes lots of hiking . . .
and collecting patches from the parks.
The bedroom is separated from the living room by beautiful wood pocket doors, and was originally the dining room. The hardwood floors and brick walls coordinate nicely with Kate’s industrial style decor.
The bedroom has a working gas fireplace with another brick wall over the mantel.
She’s a lucky lady to have such a charming apartment with character not found in more contemporary buildings. I always love visiting her home, and talking walks in her neighborhood in nearby Goodale Park.