Home Tour: A 1906 Remodel Breathes Southern Romance

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  • Home design enthusiast Esther De Wolde had always dreamed of restoring an old southern home. But, living thousands of miles away in Canada, she doubted that this bucket list item would ever truly come to fruition.


  • When Esther came upon a 1906 Arts & Crafts bungalow in Mobile, Alabama – the pieces of her long-awaited passion project slowly started to fall into place. As the CEO of Phantom Screens, Esther began exploring the idea of marrying her remodeling dream with an innovative business idea. This is where the southern romance began.


  • The rundown craftsman home would soon be transformed into an idea house for Phantom Screens in an inspiring setting of the South. The structure of the home possessed all that Esther had imagined: massive white columns, a stately appearance and touches of Victorian design. It was the perfect canvas for her art to shine.


  • The Vision


  • “I wanted to make sure a blending of old and new was accomplished. The style would honor the past, while also reflecting the future. I desired it to be cozy, warm and lived in – not a show home that appears untouchable,” said Esther.


Roxbury Pendant
Roxbury Pendant


  • The Grand Reveal


  • Enter the home and you’re greeted with the vintage glamour of Progress Lighting’s Roxbury collection. According to Esther, the lighting sets the tone for what the visitor will experience throughout the rest of the home.


  • “It’s a perfect blend of old and new,” said Esther. “When it was hung, it was perfection.”


  • In the kitchen, occupants are greeted with a bright, open space. Our Academy pendants represent a new spin on an old schoolhouse look.


Academy Pendants
Academy Pendants


  • “The look is both classic and modern. The air-bubbled texture of the glass fit wonderfully with the character of the space,” said Esther.


Southern Romance | Academy Pendants
Academy Pendants


  • From a lighting perspective, the master suite is Esther’s favorite room of the house. “I never tire of going into that bathroom and turning on the light. The lighting in this space is really breathtaking,” she said.


Noir Chandelier and Sconces
Noir Chandelier and Sconces


Noir Chandelier
Noir Chandelier


  • Beautifully restored with wallpaper, artwork and furniture, the dining room displays a merging of Arts & Crafts and Victorian styles. The design is finished with the Progress Lighting Savannah chandelier.


Southern Chandelier
Savannah Chandelier

Savannah Chandelier | Southern Romance


  • The exterior of the home involved a grand back porch, ideal for lemonade-sipping Saturdays in the South. The landscape was equipped with lights from Progress Lighting – that according to Esther “made the home a true show piece at night.”


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  • “The full garden design involves symmetrical path and uplighting that really sets the home apart,” said Esther.


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  • To view before and after photos, interviews with the designer and additional product information from the Southern Romance home, visit http://experiencephantom.com.


Southern Romance | Roxbury
Roxbury Close-to-Ceiling