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Design Updates Help a Victorian Cottage Swing Into This Century

by Garrett Fleming

User experience designer and illustrator Jory Dayne had been looking to move for a while, but the high home prices in Salt Lake City, UT had him less than enthused. The houses he was interested in — those that were older and had vintage character — just so happened to be on the more costly end of the already-expensive spectrum. Great. Luckily, a colleague happened to be moving to California, and asked Jory if he would be interested in buying their 1890s-era, eclectic, Victorian cottage. Jory thought, “Jackpot.”

Located 45 minutes outside the city in Provo, the two-story home features a mix of original and updated elements. That being said, Jory’s main goal upon moving in was to “unify the space.” He didn’t want to lean too far into period decor because he felt it would come off as insincere. But if he made the space too modern, it would look like every other house on the block. A happy medium was the answer. White walls throughout help the space feel crisp and bright, while details like original doors and windows keep with the home’s heritage. All in all, you can absolutely still see its original character shine throughout, but all the modern amenities and design touches are 100% there. Mission accomplished. Click through to take a peek. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Weston Colton

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Jory says while his office isn't fancy, it does offer him the perfect amount of space to draw on paper or the computer. He's currently working on a project focused on "gay-dating trends during the early stages of the HIV epidemic." The artwork enlivening the room is by Dan Christofferson and Neil Summerour.
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Jory moved into this Victorian cottage with his dachshund two years ago. Ever since then, he's worked tirelessly to update its design in an effort to unify the home. "The front [part] of the house was built after the back half, and there were subtle signs of it throughout. Plus there was a new kitchen remodel and [a] super-modern-looking staircase to integrate as well. So I wanted to even all that out," Jory explains.
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The previous owners converted their attic into a bedroom, then added a bit onto it to make it larger. Jory's personal touch -- a new coat of paint in a crisp white -- has both modernized it and kept it in line with the "cottage-y vibe" he loves.
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A table from Alice Lane Home, IKEA lighting and West Elm bed and rug in Jory's bedroom.
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Jory and his dad added this pillar to cover up a heating pipe that runs from the basement all the way up here to the attic.
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Jory's favorite thing about his bedroom is the way the plants glisten in the morning light that streams in from the skylights. Chair from The Green Ant.
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"What I love most about my house is waking up with the sun streaming in through the attic windows. Everything looks so fresh and bright — it feels like the day is truly new." -- Jory
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With books, movies and music at arm's length, the living room has quickly become the most popular room in the home. The sectional is from IKEA.
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A peek at the dining room adorned with a West Elm chandelier and chairs from The Green Ant. The dining and living rooms are divided by pocket doors which had been stuck in the wall for years and years. Fortunately, this meant they were perfectly preserved in their original condition.
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A 55th Degree painting by Dan Christofferson decorates the dining room. "Dan is one of my favorite artists and designers. This was the first original piece of art I'd ever bought and the beginning of a large collection of Christofferson's work," Jory explains.
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The downstairs bathroom organically became Jory's go-to spot for getting ready for work and play, even though his bedroom has an en-suite (its eaves are what make it less than ideal).
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Eventually Jory will build a custom island for the kitchen, but until then this IKEA solution makes up for the space's measly -- and choppy -- five feet of counterspace.
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The first floor's layout.
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The converted attic space -- now Jory's bedroom -- at the back of the home.

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