Photographing a professionally decorated 126-year-old home
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Two facts you may or may not know about me:
1. I also own and run a real estate photography business.
2. I am a sucker for history, especially local and antebellum kinda stuff.
So when a family friend called and said he needed photos of this historically registered home he and his wife recently opened up as a Bed n’ Breakfast in Villa Rica, GA, I was over the moon.
This breathtaking home is complete with century-old craftsmanship, an iconic two-story southern wrap-around porch, bathrooms that you will dream about, and an old oak in the front that is who knows how many centuries old. With Frank Reiff’s special touch, his decor and styling has brought the house back to life. He honors the history of the house and marries the modern with furniture and details that are both functional and stylish.
I mean… can we take a moment to appreciate that original door and hardware? To die for. You’ll notice elaborate lighting fixtures throughout the home - most of these are original to the home and are century-old Tiffanys pieces of art. (Yes, that Tiffanys!) They were converted to electricity around the turn of the century. The craftsmanship on each of the four wood-burning fireplaces and mantles are works of art, and are a constant reminder of the detail and attention and skill that went into building this home many years ago.
I could LIVE in that restroom up there y’all. Every single room in this home, expertly designed and breathing with history, has a unique story and surprise within. Frank designated each upstairs room after a historical figure found in corresponding ornate pieces of art. The personality of the furniture, dressings, and decor bring a different experience to each area of the house.
Imagine spending your vacation surrounded by ornate art, history and time, and BED SWINGS on the upper porch of this home! I was honored to be able to capture the historical craftsmanship of this century-old home and the expert details provided by Frank Reiff.