House Envy: A Victorian renovation with heart & soul

Several months ago, I was walking in an area near my home and I saw the most beautiful house. I’d walked past this old Victorian home on many occasions, and had even been inside during an open house … but on this day it was like looking at a new house!

As someone who loves architecture and is constantly considering a remodeling of my own, I had to know more. So, I knocked on the door and met the sweetest woman, Kelly, who was responsible for this house’s unbelievable transformation. A former prosecutor who shares my love of architecture, design, gardening and more, Kelly was so inspiring … and a perfect fit for PLANK!

We’ve kept in touch since our first, chance encounter; and in that time, Kelly (who has an amazing blog) has not only finished the remodeling project, but also has released her first book! Clearly she’s been busy, but she was kind enough to give me a tour of the house, and share her journey to becoming a blogger, podcaster and author.

We had so much to talk about that we couldn’t get it all in one blog. So this week, join me on a tour of Kelly’s beautiful home, as she shares stories about the home’s history, her relentless pursuit to own it and her year-long remodeling project.

Then, sit down with us next week as I talk with Kelly about her blog, her book and her reinvention. 



  1. I will be keeping this blog on my list to follow! There is such great and helpful info and ideas here and not to mention how cool Victorian style houses are!! Thanks for putting this out!

  2. Just found an joined your site, can’t wait to follow what I am sure will be a great journey with you and the rest of your followers.

  3. Thanks so much for this fun video of Kelly’s home, Mary Beth & Mandy. We all love to see inside homes, and Kelly’s home is such a beauty! As an antique dealer, I really enjoy seeing how many original pieces Kelly and her husband kept in their home. She is a delight to call friend, isn’t she?

  4. I follow Kelly’s blog and podcast and she linked here. I’m so glad I found your blog! I really enjoy it!

  5. Janet fasanelli

    Loved everything in you beautiful home… so charming

  6. Wonderful home and I really enjoyed seeing it!!

  7. Mary Hargett-Hiduk

    What a wonderful old house. Thank you for sharing your tour. Looking forward to next week.

  8. Michelle Gray

    That was a very interesting video. What a charming house and I loved the staircase.

  9. Joanne Conte

    That was so much fun! Lucky you to have had a tour through that beautiful gem of a house.

  10. That was so much fun! Looking forward to Part II!

  11. Jane Edwards

    Loved the blog this week. Thanks Mary Beth. So interesting. Your American architecture is so different to ours in Australia. What I loved most was the knowledge that both of you have about the topics you talked about. Well done! More please!!

  12. Barbara levy

    This was a wonderful blog. Very enjoyable and loved hearing about the house’s history. Thanks, barb

  13. I love Victorian houses and enjoyed the tour! I loved all the old features but found all the white overwhelming. I prefer wood and color, but I’m impressed with the change from what the house was when they moved in. I enjoyed the stories–the history–too!

  14. Traci Whiting

    I sure wish you would knock on my door MB! 😂

  15. Mary Beth and Mandy I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful afternoon we spent together, the video tour & this post! I am beyond flattered and counting my blessings to now call you both friend. …Of all the Victorians in all the towns in the all the world, she knocks on mine…” Meant to meet! Thank you!

  16. That was fantastic!! She is a gem and so very easy to listen to. So funny how you got all of that out of knocking on a random door!!! Makes me want to go buy white paint!!!!

  17. jennifer brock

    Wow! What a beautiful house! I love old Victorian houses as well. There is something about the history that just makes them so cool. Kelly did an AMAZING job reinventing the house. The old furniture she was able to keep were beautiful pieces. I have to say the stove was my favorite! So incredible! How cool is all that history that came with it?!
    Thank you, Mary Beth, Kelly, and Mandy for providing us with a tour. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for next week.

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