A vintage home doesn't always have to boast a traditional interior. Consider the space here and on the following pages: Three versions of the same living room in a century-old Victorian, the designs look anything but staid. Fresh colors, textiles, and furniture—a contemporary pale blue sofa in one room, a classic slipcovered option in another—give each setup a unique personality. They also highlight the room's best assets: "Wonderful light, an elegant fireplace, and grand ceilings," says interior designer Jo Ann Alston of J. Stephens Interiors, in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Read on to learn more about what makes each space work so well.