Tess’ Grand Church Hill Home — House Tour

House numbers: Sure Hand Signs

Plant stand: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Church pew: antique, left at an old apartment


Sofa: West End Antiques Mall

Stools: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Coffee Table: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

White chairs: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Red chair: Antique from 1860s, Sixty West Antiques

Childrens’ table and chairs: Ikea
White sheer curtains: Bed Bath Beyond
Black curtains: Urban Outfitters
Rug: Shades of Light

Lamp: Garden Ridge
8-track player, transistor radio: inherited
Tray: Heritage Antiques and Collectibles Mall

Vase: gift
Coasters: eBay

Phrenology head: Cold Harbor Antiques Mall

Peacock snow globe: gift
Pipe match holder: gift
“Writing the Declaration of Independence” postcard: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, via the Monticello shop
Cuckoo clock: Wal-Mart
Ornate black frame (with wrapping paper inside): Ikea
Walls: the “Anna Damask” stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
Sconces: Lowe’s
Chandelier: West End Antiques Mall, painted and restored by Dan Shebaylo
Curtains: vintage, gift
Table: made from reclaimed wood from an old church altar, by Virginia woodcrafter Bryan Black with Concepts Created.Chairs: West End Antiques Mall

Cabinet and sideboard: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Pram: Silver Cross “Balmoral” (vintage, via eBay)
Candelabra: Pottery Barn
Black platter: CB2
Cheese dome: Crate and Barrel

Decanters on bar: mix of Pottery Barn and vintage
Apothecary ceramic tissue box: Pottery Barn
Old map of Virginia: Virginia Historical Society museum shop

Edgar Allan Poe print on fabric: antique, gift
Cabinets, sinks, bar stools: Ikea
Countertops: Hi-Macs by LG, from Custom Countertops Unlimited

Backsplash: stamped tin tiles, painted
Chandelier: Rejuvenation

Curtain over sink: homemade by my mom
Curtain on door: Urban Outfitters
Hutch: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

T.S. Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. You will come up with something great with whatever’s lying around your house or the thrift store, and you can always tweak it later. Thomas Jefferson bust: Monticello gift shop
Letter holder: Joann Fabrics
Mirror: Lowe’s
Sconces: Rejuvenation

Chandelier: don’t remember
“Richmond is my Happy Place” postcard: photo by Ansel Olsen, of a screenprinting project by Carrie Walters and Studio Two Three. It’s just the most inconvenient, ill-fitting, illogically-put-together space in the house. Map of Philadelphia: eBay
Ladies in period garb: gifts
“Come to Enchanting Virginia” magazine ad: gift
“Richmond, Scenic and Historic” ad: gift
The Belle of Virginia tobacco label print: Virginia Historical Society
Photo of Morella in blue dress: Karen Seifert of IHNY
Photos of me and Morella: Mia Artz Photography
All other photos: Me
Bird branch: gif
Lamp: Garden Ridge
Top hat man: Ian Sampson
Holographic print of Jesus knocking: gift
Cat with skulls painting: Chris Casby
Woodblock print of Matt Deans and I: Mandy Sampson
Mia and Brendan print: souvenir from my friends’ wedding
“You Are Loved” print: gift


“Face First” print: Langdon Graves

Forster print: Yardia

Picture of Morella: Mia Artz Photography

Chair: Pottery Barn
Desk: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Candle: Target
Bedside table: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Bed: Ikea
Duvet cover: Target

Video baby monitor: Summer Infant
Lamps: Marshall’s
Rug: Overstock

Dracula Kindle cover: KleverCase

1865 Map of Richmond: Great Graphics

Mirrors: Hobby Lobby
Gray table: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Trunk: inherited
Hat boxes: The Oak Antique Mall

“For How Long Has She Been Sleeping” print: Nicole Renee Randall, framed by Frame Nation

Trees painting: Bruce Wilhelm
Terrarium: Joe Foster


Sink and cabinet: Overstock
Curtain: Urban Outfitters
Apothecary shower curtain: Izola

Storage jars: Ikea, vintage Mason
Charlotte Bronte print: Yardia


Walls: stenciled using the “Vase and Pearls” stencil from Royal Design Stencils

Closet construction: Ikea, with vintage curtains that belonged to a friend’s grandmother. Favorite Element: The curiosity cabinet in the parlor. All the furnishings I had accumulated over the years made for a disjointed feeling when thrown together. Inspiration: I’m a big fan of historical interiors anywhere from Louis XVI to mid-century modern. Biggest Embarrassment: The laundry closet. The ridiculously expensive baby cribs at Restoration Hardware that I can’t justify purchasing. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Every single item has a home where it goes. • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? (Image credits: Lauren Turner) And had been reading Apartment Therapy for years and liked clean lines and stark white. Follow Apartment Therapy’s board House Tours Apartment Therapy on Pinterest. Don’t judge. Gone With the Wind movie poster: the Margaret Mitchell House museum shop

Octopus canvas print: Adam’s Ale Art Prints

Pride Prejudice cross-stitch: Susan Howson
Lamp: Target
Terrarium: Joe Foster


Staircase: Stairs were built by Atlantic Staircrafters out of Petersburg, the railing and balusters were purchased in pieces, and the newel posts were handcrafted by Dan Shebaylo. Vanity: Overstock
Rabbit collage print: Sarah Ogren

Cat collage print: Sarah Ogren

The Ocean Blue II collage print: Sarah Ogren

“Y is for Yeti” print: feb10design

Wire basket: Target
Shower curtain: Shabby Chic, Target

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Thanks, Tess! I used a bunch of old jewelry and found objects that I had been collecting in a drawer, and fashioned something pretty that had significance for my child. Flooring: white pine from Lumber Liquidators, ebony stain and DIY hand distressing. Seriously, who needs a coffered ceiling? Also, keep a clean and organized house. Though Tess admits to a mishmash of historical influences in her décor, no aspect of any particular style feels overdone. Also, the overabundance of Ikea Lack shelves in the house. No one. The curiosity cabinet helped rein that back in a bit and tell a focused story in one corner of the house. Biggest Challenge: Since I’m drawn to so many different types of décor, the biggest challenge was giving the look of the house cohesion. It is the kind of space worthy of slack-jawed gazing, as you wander from room to high-ceilinged room, savoring the distinct mood of each part of Tess’ space. Don’t worry about achieving a certain “perfect” look immediately. Best Advice: Constraints are your best friends. I try to make decisions based on how Marie Antoinette would decorate if she were living in a modest manor house in the American South. Especially for the renters out there. Still disjointed to the trained eye, but it works. Was powder blue and we had it refinished white. You will never realize how draining it is to your subconscious to have your eye constantly grazing piles of mess and clutter everywhere, until one day when it’s all gone and you can start to relax and actually focus on what matters (your guests, or your book). Eliot print: Sweet Fine Day

“I Love You Like Biscuits and Gravy” print: Pioneer House

Sweet Tea print: Maple Belmont

Wire baskets: Target
White serving tray: Sur La Table

Toile tray: Spode Blue Italian from Macy’s


TV cabinets: EQ3 (old)
White shelf: Ikea (old)

Antoinette Fainting Sofa: Urban Outfitters
Curtain: Urban Outfitters
Tables: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Rug: Safavieh, Rugs Direct

Curtain: Urban Outfitters
Watercolor movie heroine portraits: Oh Gosh, Cindy! Name: Tess Shebaylo Location: Church Hill; Richmond, Virginia Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned

Stepping off of the red brick sidewalks of Richmond’s historic Church Hill district into Tess’ home, one is struck by a sense of grandeur that is at once awesome and inviting. • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE: Check out past house tours here. I don’t know how you find all these great antiques.” Full disclosure: much of what you see is just ugly stuff from the 70s, painted nicely. Not just for the sake of high standards, but because it’ll make you more sane. What Friends Say: “Your house is perfect! Proudest DIY: The mobile hanging over the baby’s crib. It’s tempting to grab up every little antique knickknack that fits with your style, but then you have a house where breakable, small things are overflowing every surface. Changing table: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Bookshelf: handmade by Dan Shebaylo
Book rack: Through the Garden Gate Antiques

Curtains: Ikea
Glider: don’t remember
Side table: Land of Nod
Lamp: Ikea
Apothecary ceramic tissue box: Pottery Barn
Rolling cart: World Market
Trash can: Ikea
White metal chair: Land of Nod
Pouf: Land of Nod
Right / wrong coughing drawing: Madeline Hoch
Robots painting: Nick Kuszyk

Framed hymnal page: Sarah Bonkovsky
Mobile: handmade by me with old jewelry and found objects
Bunting: Baloolah Bunting

“Morella” banner: Minted

“The Mad Tea Party” print: The Black Apple
“Heart and Key” print: The Black Apple

“Baby Carriage” print: Scott Campbell

“Umbrella Party” print: Scott Campbell

“See Dick and Jane” poster: from an exhibit at the Richmond Public Library, 1994
Birdcages: gifts
Salt pepper picture holders: antiques, gifts
Birth announcement: Minted


Tub: vintage Craigslist find, from the 20s or 30s.

Updated: 19.12.2014 — 20:54