417 Home: You’ve lived in your lovely historic home since 1997. How have you updated the home over the years?
Amy Boyd: We bought the house in its original historic condition, except for the first floor back room and bathroom areas, which had been updated in the late 1970s. In 2013, we did a complete kitchen remodel. We are currently finishing our 16-by-16 sunroom off of the kitchen, looking toward the backyard. My husband has completely rewired the whole house and added a new full bathroom to the basement. Together, we have worked on projects to bring this 1911 home up to date the best we can, while painstakingly preserving the integrity.
417 Home: What would you consider your decorating style to be?
A.B.: My sister and I share a love of all things European, from housewares, textiles and clothing to dishes and pans! If you could create a decorating style that included Scandinavian, English and German, that would be what I love the most. I love to look at pictures of houses and gardens from England.
417 Home: You have a green thumb and it shows with your landscaping and flower gardens. What are some of your favorite shrubs, plants and flowers to use?
A.B.: I mostly enjoy outdoor plants. I don’t have a degree in horticulture, but I have a lot of experience just from trial and error. I have done some landscaping for friends and neighbors, and still want to learn so much more about design. Some of my favorite plants are boxwood, Annabelle Hydrangeas, grasses and evergreen trees. They are so versatile and complement almost any landscape style. My favorite flowers are foxglove and poppies (which I have started both from seed and continued to see them pop up every year), and dahlias.