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A Historical Townhouse Filled with Charming Details in Columbus, OH

A Historical Townhouse Filled with Charming Details in Columbus, OH

Excited by the bustling development in Columbus, OH’s downtown area, Bryan and Catherine Williamson decided to make the move from NYC. The couple loved the big city amenities that Columbus had to offer, but still felt it was “small” enough to make their own mark in the area. Daydreaming of brick city streets and sidewalks and perfectly preserved homes, they kept a close eye on German Village – a historic neighborhood right outside of downtown.

Once their previous home was listed, they knew they had to take the plunge. “When this townhome came on the market, we knew it was the perfect next step for us,” Catherine shares. Updating, remodeling, renovating, and even just maintaining a historic home can be an overwhelming and daunting task, but for renovating fanatics like Bryan and Catherine, it’s a way of life.

Over the past three years, the couple found their calling in home renovation and design. After documenting their first remodel in 2013 on their blog, Beginning in the Middle, they fell in love with transforming spaces and have since renovated half a dozen homes and tackled a few client projects before taking on their historic early-1900s townhouse. Using creativity in their design projects and savvy shopping skills to stay within a budget, they always manage to keep their designs inspirational, relatable, and full of unique characater.

For those of us with an affinity for historic homes, there is always a sigh of relief when one falls in the hands of respectful and responsible stewards. Each design choice from Bryan and Catherine comes from their genuine love for their home’s history. “We were inspired by what was already there – the woodwork, transoms, 10-foot ceilings, and other original details,” Catherine shares. Throughout their home, the couple worked to highlight the charming details while still managing to add their personal touch to each space. –Tawnee

Photography by Esther Jung



Living Room
Paint – Benjamin Moore Simply White
Curtains – IKEA Lenda
Faux fiddle leaf fig tree – Amazon
Couch – TOV Oxford Sectional (found discounted from Joss & Main – no longer available)
Tables from Target
Jute rug on sale from World Market
The “Let’s Stay Home” print – PDF file from The Notable Type on Etsy
Fireplace chimney – Behr Pencil Point
Columbus wall art – Vernacular
DIY wood TV frame (tutorial here)

Dining Room
old window – Columbus Architectural Salvage
tufted navy chairs from Target
copper metal chairs from Amazon
The table was a lucky $200 Crate & Barrel outlet find (it’s the Dakota table)

Rug – vintage, Dolores Wares

Hallway Bathroom
Sink – Home Depot, Kohler
Tub – original 50” clawfoot tub, antique painted Farrow & Ball Downpipe
Floor tile – Merola, Home Depot – Arte Grey
Shower curtain rod- DIY out of electrical conduit + brass spray paint
Corner shelf – Target
Pendant – Restoration Hardware

Master Bedroom
Antique door – found hidden in the wall at a prior 1920 house renovation
Wall art on outside of bathroom – DIY by Bryan
The light fixture is from World Market
Headboard is from Arhaus Outlet
Bed skirt – DIY from painter’s drop cloths (tutorial here)

Master Bathroom
Vanity is a vintage cabinet from an antique shop in Columbus
Floor tile is Merola – a combination of white hexagon + custom cut Arte Grey into hexagon shapes
Wall tile is slate 3×9 from Floor & Decor
Fixtures are Delta champagne bronze
Round Mirror from Target

Middle Bedroom
Rug is vintage from Dolores Wares, Columbus OH
Blue throw is HomeGoods
Indigo pillows – handmade, Bianca & Red
Lumbar pillow – The Citizenry
Brass pendant – World Market
Curtains – IKEA Lenda (same in entire house)

Third Bedroom
Oversized Edison bulb – IKEA
Pillow – Bianca & Red, handmade
Room Divider – Columbus antique shop
Plant from Target
Flower from HomeGoods
Round Mirror from Target

via Design*Sponge