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Suprise Home Tour! See How This Designer Transformed A Nursery, Kid’s Room, & Home Office In Her 1809 Historic Home

When beloved photographer, EHD mentee, and TV personality (have you watched her new show yet??), Keyanna Bowen, sent us this project she photographed for Christie Veres, we knew instantly we wanted to share it on the blog. Christie Veres is a Delaware-based interior designer who is currently renovating her historic traditional stone home built in 1809, and the rooms you are about to see check all of our boxes–they’re colorful, full of personality, stylish, practical, and the before and afters are almost unrecognizable.

But another aspect that sparked my interest is that she has one of those movie-esque corporate-to-designer story arcs that we all love to hear about. Before she made the full-time shift to interior design, she worked in Washington, D.C. for about ten years for the government in contract negotiations. After hearing this I needed to know more, so I asked Christie what that career move looked like for her. Here’s the story from Christie: “When my husband and I relocated to Wilmington, I kept my job for a time working remotely. The combination of remote work, a new city, not knowing many people, and being in the last trimester of my pregnancy led me to spend a lot of time at home. Spending that much time at home awakened an interest I had always had in making rooms “feel” certain ways. I quickly began to realize how passionate I was about design when I noticed the extent to which I could quiet my mind and become immersed in the creative process. I decided to take some classes, which really helped me with the technical aspects of design, especially the computer programs for drawing such as AUTOCAD. Still, the shift was scary – especially taking that initial leap. I was fairly far along in an established career path, and it was difficult to pause, step back, and transition to an entirely new industry. But once I took that step, I think it was the challenge that motivated me. Learning how to create a business, creating that business, finding solutions to problems that arise on job sites, and connecting with trades, vendors and clients have given me a sense of momentum and further reinforced my love of design.”

Well, I am already inspired! Now that you have a bit of background, let’s head to the reveal portion of this program:

Logistically speaking, Christie is still renovating other parts of her home (next up is the kitchen, laundry room, and powder room) but she always knew she wanted to finish her nursery and son’s room first. When they moved into the home, she was pregnant with her second child so it was important for her to have those rooms settled, so her family could feel at home. Her goal was to create a nursery that would feel calming and peaceful with an English garden vibe since she knew she would be spending a lot of time in there with her newborn daughter. And it’s safe to say she succeeded. This room evokes a calming sensation right away, with the perfect balance of soft colors and bold yet comforting patterns.

The wall-to-wall bookcase is custom and gives this room a beautiful focal point. Christie designed and drew the vision and had Salvage Works bring it to life, and I just love that she chose to wallpaper the wall space in the center, creating a perfectly inviting nook for the baby’s crib.

The custom shelf, wallpaper, and pattern curtains take center stage in the design, so the other elements are mostly neutral and understated which gives this room a lovely well-rounded look and feel. I love the wooden crib which brings a natural, cozy element to the space.

Crib | Wallpaper | Curtain Fabric | Chandelier | Art

Oh, that chandelier is just perfect for this room. It catches your eye but isn’t too overwhelming or loud.

The curtains are from Urban Loft and are made with the Rebecca Atwood Blooms fabric. It’s a really lovely pattern that adds a playful, whimsical element and ties in the warm pink colors throughout the room.

You wouldn’t know it from looking at this gorgeous bathroom, but this is a room that presented the biggest challenge during the renovation. Christie explained that given the age of the home, there was a thick mud (mortar) bed under the tile that needed to be demo-ed so it was a very labor-intensive process to remove the mud bed and mesh nailed to the subfloor and to install a new mud bed to ensure the floors were level before the new tile was installed. Any renovator knows that every project comes with unforeseen challenges, but when the outcome is as satisfying and beautiful as the above bathroom, I expect it’s all worth it.

The original bathroom had square tile going up about 3/4 of the wall, with wallpaper on the rest of the wall to the ceiling. I really love that she replaced the tile and wallpaper with paneling and painted it a warm blush pink, that pairs so beautifully with the wood vanity. All the brass finishes are just the icing on the cake.

That Rebecca Atwood wallpaper is so good (it’s one of our favorites!). The small scale of the wallpaper paired with the large zellige tiles creates a dynamic look that is very appealing, and I love that she went with a different shape floor tile, too.

Bed | Curtain Fabric

In her son’s bedroom, she went with a predominately blue color palette because that is his favorite color, and then complemented the color scheme with cheerful, classic patterns. I love that she played with several blue hues and sprinkled them throughout so the room feels layered and intentional.

I am so impressed with how she mixed patterns and scale to give this room a relaxed, playful vibe. One of my favorite details is what looks like an extra large baseboard behind the bed. I wasn’t sure what it was at first so I asked Christie, and she explained it is actually a cast iron baseboard radiator that she painted the same color as the window casings! It’s so cool looking and is such a good hack to disguise a not-so-aesthetically pleasing radiator.

Connected to the boy’s bedroom is this sweet and fun playroom. I love that she extended the color scheme into this room which creates a continuity between the two rooms.

Daybed Fabric

How cute are those city illustrations? Also, I can stop looking at the bedding combination paired with the daybed pattern. The patterns and scales are different enough that they play with each other nicely and create a very interesting, cozy look.

Wallpaper | Vanity

In the bathroom, she extends the blue theme with a playful cloud wallpaper (by Rebecca Atwood) and classic dark blue tile. The cafe curtains are made from Marika Meyer fabric and I love how they add another small pattern, making the bathroom feel layered and eclectic.

How perfect is that light wood vanity? I love how it contrasts with the dark blue tile, and that she accentuated the texture with a bamboo box for toiletries.


Between the kid’s rooms and her home office is this lovely hallway. What struck my eye immediately was the stair banisters and I had a hunch that they might be original to the home because of how much charm they bring to the space. It turns out they are original, and it’s so cool that Christie was able to salvage them during the renovation.

Paint Color | Wallpaper | Rug

Christie wanted to create an office that would feel warm and ageless to highlight the historic charm of the space. For the paint color, she chose Pigeon by Farrow & Ball because she was going for a moody feel, and she wanted it to contrast with the white walls in the hallway but not be too overwhelming. The color is really stunning and it pairs so wonderfully with the wallpaper ceiling. By the way, doesn’t this room just make you want to go run and wallpaper a ceiling?? It’s a really great way to bring the eye up and make the room feel cozy.

One of my favorite things about this room is that she kept the original paneling, fireplace, and candlestick sconces. It really gives the room a historic, classic essence that is so hard to achieve without vintage elements.

That Dutch door is AWESOME and also original to the home, as is the hardware. So cool. I love how the paneling continues on the door and cabinets, to give the room a lot of depth and texture.

Can we take a moment to admire the bookshelf styling?? I love everything that she chose to style with from the vintage typewriter to the gold candlesticks to the vintage paintings.

Huge thanks to Christie for letting us tour and share her fabulous home. We can’t wait to see more! Now let’s give it up for the before and afters:

*Photos by Keyanna Bowen
**Design by Christie Veres

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Rachel
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Lots of things claim to be “timeless” design but to me this truly is timeless…. Thank you so much for sharing!

Allison
1 month ago

The interior is really gorgeous, but my favourite element was definitely the gorgeous original staircase! What a transformation. With such an old heritage property, it would be great to see how she’s styled or updated the exterior too!

Kj
1 month ago
Reply to  Allison

The exterior was already stunning (you can see a few glimpses of it on her Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/cdvinteriors/).

Susan
1 month ago

The wall papered ceiling makes me feel like it’s about to fall down on my head somehow. Its pretty in a photo but I couldn’t work in here. The rest of the spaces are lovely and different

Emily S.
1 month ago

This is stunning! Two-part question from an aspiring mom who has no idea about these things— is there a changing table in the nursery not shown in the photos? If not, how practical is it not to have one?

Molly
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily S.

Not sure about that particular nursery but YES A CHANGING TABLE IS MANDATORY. Okay, maybe not mandatory, and certainly it’s a modern luxury, but if you have room for one, you will be so, so grateful at 3:00 a.m. when you have to change a diaper and want to get the baby back to bed with as little fuss as possible.

Courtney
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily S.

You can have a dresser that doubles as a changing table (ie you don’t need a separate one) but you’ll definitely want a flat, waist-high surface for changing the baby where you can also stash all the wipes/creams/etc.

Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily S.

Four kids, no change table. With my first we used a mat on a low shelf. With the next two, the mat went on the bed when in use, and tucked underneath when not. The fourth, we use a small waterproof towel on the edge of our bed. Some baby gear is super useful. All the baby gear? I don’t know a single family that has found that every piece of furniture and every gadget is useful for them. It takes some trial and error, a look at your lifestyle, and often the needs and personality of your baby, to figure out what you need and what works for you.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily S.

I believe there was a changing table! But not photographed.

Swati
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily S.

No, you don’t NEED to have a changing table. I didn’t use one for either of my kids. We set up a changing station on the floor in a corner of the room, with a changing pad and all the essential supplies in a basket nearby. My daughter would sometimes spit up if I laid her down on the floor right after feeding, so I also added a small thin throw pillow to plop her head up while changing. Now at 2.5yrs of age, she knows very well that that area of her room is for changing. We even use it for dressing her up after bath. In my opinion, a changing table is a very short term use thing. Once the child starts rolling and moving, I feel more safe to not have them up on a table.

Key
1 month ago

Still so obsessed with this home and feel so lucky to have been able to capture it! I hadn’t seen the before pics, and my goodness, what a transformation! Amazing job Christie (as always)!

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago

Oh my goodness!!!🤗
This place is so thoughtfully designed and detailed!
I love the pattern exchanges and all the eclectic touches, including unpainted wood.
Rebecca Attwood is a fav of ine.
I can’t ‘get’ the books in the nursery. It screams “prop, not for real”, and seems incongruous coz the rest is all so ‘believable’. Any real book person wouldn’t have the spines dacing away. It’s a fad that well over with now.
The combinations of ,ixed patterns is delightful and adds so much character to what is slready AN historic property.
So refreshing not to have boucle and curved everything in our faces.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Yes, the books were 100% a “prop, not for real”. Spines facing with titles were too busy and took away from the wallpaper/color scheme, plus they weren’t kids books. Similary, filling the self with toys and stuffed animals was just too much stuff/busy. The neutral variation of the spines facing away helped compliment the wallpaper and soft color palette, while still giving viewers an “idea” of what the shelf could be used for. The rooms were shot for editorial purposes so styling isn’t always “believable” (and sometimes you just gotta work with what ya got), but still beautiful none the less 🙂

Marisa
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Living in earthquake country, I couldn’t help thinking about the books falling on the baby’s bed! Other than that, I love the built-ins and the room.

Juanita
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

“So refreshing not to have boucle and curved everything in our faces” 100% agree! I actually like boucle and curved everything, but it’s so predictable now, nice to see this mix of clean/modern lines and more traditional furniture and wallpaper. And the shots are beautiful, yay Key!

Ally
1 month ago

I love every one of these spaces! They look so inviting, with just the right amount of pattern and detail. They’re also very calming. I can’t choose a favorite part, but the children’s rooms and the upstairs gallery wall especially made me say WOW. I subscribe to at least five shelter magazines and see so many designs that are “meh,” but this home is memorable. The photos are wonderful, making such good use of natural light.
I think it’s tricky to decorate an old, traditional-style house in a way that looks fresh and current, but not anachronistic. This one nails it!

Courtney
1 month ago

Love this! Do you know where she got the bedspread in her son’s room? I’m looking for something similar.

Kj
1 month ago
Reply to  Courtney

Cute quilt, Courtney. It looks like the Branson from Pottery Barn Kids: https://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/branson-quilt/?

Clare
1 month ago

Oh, simply beautiful! Is that F&B Hague Blue or maybe Stiffkey Blue on the doors?

Stacy
1 month ago

Daaang those before and afters! This home looks amazing. So cozy and livable but not overstuffed or fussy. Love the original elements being taken care of (staircase, built ins). Also LOVE that wallpapered ceiling!
Can’t wait to see the rest when it’s finished. Amazing work!

Adam
1 month ago

Great tour! Thank you. Were the sconces and door hardware in the office painted or treated chemically to make them more of a golden brass color?

M B
1 month ago

I love this so much! I have an older home and I love the blend of classic and modern. Goals for sure.

Sunny
1 month ago

Beautiful home!
I am trying to find the relation between the crib with blue-green built in shelves and the gorgeous wallpaper and the rest of the room? The drapes are fabulous but I don’t see a connection to the crib wall? Key, was there some blue/green in the print of the drapery that is unseen in the pics?

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Sunny

Hm, I don’t believe there was any blue/green in the drapes, just that pretty peachy hue. I actually love how Christie threw in this secondary/accent color, instead of keeping everything matchy. On a color wheel, the complimentary color to blue/green hues is orange/red, so peach (ie. a light organge-reddish color) is actually a complimentary color to the light teal hues of the cabinets and wallpaper. So even though the drapes don’t have blue/green in them, the peach can still work as an accent color. It’s hard to tell in the pics, but the floral motif of the wallpaper may also have some hints of peach as well! I’m sure Christie can give a better explanation as to how/why she chose the drapery, but that’s just my 2 cents from a color wheel perspective.

Sunny
1 month ago
Reply to  Sunny

I see I am getting a few down votes. Feel like it is a legitimate question asking Key if there was some of the feature wall/wallpaper color in the draperies. Emily is very consistent about ‘call backs’ when choosing her colors, fabrics and upholstery, so it all relates in a major or subtle way.

Key, thank you for your answer about the complimentary colors, I appreciate the time and thought of the reply. (I am an artist and understand the concept very well).
It is just my opinion that the feature wall is disconnected from the rest of the room. The built-ins and wallpaper are stunning! I just feel like it is two rooms. One blue/green and the other pinkish/grey. Just an opinion.

Erin
1 month ago

Wow. This is really special. Loved every minute of it. That balance between energizing and soothing design can be so hard to get right, and this for me is perfect for a cozy family home. Thank you for sharing!

Sarah
1 month ago

I LOVE the wallpaper on the ceilings! It’s such a fun way to add interest and texture to a room without adding a lot of busyness.

I love the built ins around the crib, and then later the bed can go right there. Such a great idea

Kelly
1 month ago

Goodness, I love all of this. So beautiful, calming, comfortable…..

Susan
1 month ago

The house is lovely, but as well, I really appreciate both Ryann’s article that really helps me appreciate why and how the design works, as well as Keyanna’s photos and comments here. I wish there was more content like this on the blog.

Sara A.
1 month ago

Love all of it! What color paint is in the pink bathroom?

emily jane
1 month ago

Enjoyed this home and post very much -thank you : )

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