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Apr 30

A Conversation with Victoria Lesser

Blog Cabin 2012 Interior Decorator Victoria LesserVictoria Lesser chats with Knickerbocker Group construction manager Marcus Golding.

Designer Victoria Lesser isn’t one to dive into projects without a plan. And Blog Cabin 2012 is no different. The process of furnishing this historic home has unfolded in a thoughtful manner and in logical steps.

Victoria’s first visit to Waldoboro came days after Blog Cabin 2012 was secured. A drive from her home in upstate New York to Waldoboro took her on a journey up the East Coast and through quaint New England towns. Her task before a single furnishing could be purchased or placed? To decipher the “inherent nature of the area,” she says. “There’s obviously a tradition up here,” says Victoria of the town, which is dotted with quaint cottages and rustic barns. Once she had a handle on the community, she stepped inside the as-is home for a closer look. “I had to examine the bones of the house and approach the interior design in a way that would respect the area and the feel of the space,” she adds.

Hammering down a specific vision was the next step in Victoria’s process. And for inspiration she looked no further than the property’s own barn. “I have always dreamed of converting a barn to a home,” she says. Understanding that conversion was not an option, she wanted to do the next best thing: bring the barn look to the home across the street. Thus evolved an “elegant barn” theme that will be carried out from first floor and bedrooms to the Mega Dens family room.

Bringing this unique look to life will require a collection of furnishings sourced in Victoria’s hometown, Matthews, Virginia (site of Blog Cabin 2011), and in and around the town of Waldoboro. The designer’s favorite haunts during her current stay in town include Nobleboro Antique Exchange (store owner Lisa has proved invaluable to Victoria and the Good Housekeeping team), Elmer’s Barn (“That place is extraordinary,” says Victoria), The Shady Lady and Scuttlebutt Antiques. Victoria has scooped up architectural salvage that will be used in how-to projects, furnishings fashioned from repurposed materials, and odds and ends that capture her eye.

Victoria is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to providing specific interior design details. That information must remain a mystery until the launch of the virtual home tour in August. But she gushes when asked about the town of Waldoboro and the experience of working at Blog Cabin. “I have never heard such amazing sounds as I’ve heard here,” she says of the symphony created each morning and evening by crickets, songbirds and woodpeckers. And she casts aside any worries fans might have about dark interior spaces: “The light in the house is gorgeous. And it’s the light of Maine,” she says. “It’s so pleasant to be inside. When the sun is shining and I’m in the house, I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, it feels so nice in here.’”

  • Posted at 9:10 am on April 4, 2012
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  1. I love the old fashion barn…the people of Waldoboro are very fun and friendly. We fell in love with the down at Damariscotta lake so beautiful.

    Cathy28Richards on June 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  2. I hope Victoria incorporated "nods" to Homer Winslow and Andrew Wyeth somewhere in the home. Too cliche?!

    Greenqueen on June 30, 2012 at 11:49 am
  3. Winslow Homer *ergh*

    Greenqueen on June 30, 2012 at 11:51 am
  4. I am excited to what would be the outcome of this historic home renovation. I suggest you get some beautiful curtains and blinds in Perth to decorate your your huge windows. It would also become very handy in case you want privacy.

    Belinda Birch on September 13, 2012 at 4:24 am
  5. I guess that's what they call a bare interior. Still, that's nothing some nice furniture, decor, plants, and fine timber flooring from perth won't fix.

    Ralph on October 23, 2012 at 12:38 am
  6. I'd like to see her design vanity units for bathrooms. I guess it'll be totally awesome!

    Selena Homer on November 22, 2012 at 2:56 am
  7. Interesting perspective and very good writing style you need informations about force me to ask you if you have ever tried to write any text longer than this one? If not, then you should, you've got huge potential… Thanks:)

    e-forex on August 1, 2014 at 11:55 am
  8. I am sincerely disappointed in the interior deco., gee you took the money and ran back to NY? nice reading corner (cushions on the floors) yeah right I'm gonna get on my fours beside the barn door and read by the window, just awful, the junk beds ,, those crate like lights are hey approved ? were you depressed?? all those floor ottomans instead of nice vintage furniture..and the hanging frames ,,shame on you get those at the dollar store and they are all crooked ..a nice big painting from locals could have made this better. I can do better than this Lady, even with barn stuff she reused and it shows, I would have a Bedouin cushion yard sale in a tent,.
    thank you for reading me.

    Lise Lemarier on August 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

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