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Front Parlor Turned Library

That left plenty of work for us—and our son, Evan, and daughter, Erin, who were home from college on summer break when we began work. Soon Evan was scrambling up scaffolding out front to scrape paint, while Erin set up inside to strip wallpaper and repair plaster.

As the rooms’ original elegance emerged, we became particularly attached to the front parlor. Realizing it would be the perfect place to curl up with a book, we added shelves and restored the fireplace to working order.

Shown: During the home’s days as a student rental, 
the front parlor served as a bedroom. Dorian and Elaine 
turned it into a library, keeping the original pendant 
light and adding shelves built with the help of a carpenter.
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