A Charming 1923 Architectural Gem in North Carolina

A Charming 1923 Architectural Gem in North Carolina

If you are into beautiful old homes, then this 2000-square-foot house built in 1923 will tickle your fancy. Located in Kenilworth, Asheville, NC the house is the home of Kathryn and Emilio Ancaya. They live with their daughter, Claire.

The airy and calm home boasts an intrinsically fluttering warm sunlight dancing over its golden wood details, gorgeous floral displays, and lofty plastered walls. You can credit the light to the assortment of casement windows in the home.

Let’s take a tour of the home and explore the beauty within.

The home’s arched chestnut doors are often open and the curved staircase provides a graceful way of moving between the first and second floors.

The living room provides a perfect place for lounging around in during the winter with a fire in the hearth. In the summer months, the room becomes an extension of the outdoors when all the doors are fully open.

The coffee table was a free find and it serves myriad purposes in the room. It holds homework, puzzles, and warm meals 24/7 when it is cold outside.

Bright home interior
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Wooden staircase
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Living room decor
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A fireplace in the living room
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The high coffered ceiling, table lights, and light colored furnishings help keep things bright and airy.
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​Leather Peruvian folding chair
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Fresh flowers on the side table
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Flea market Art Deco lights and Art Nouveau fairy bust and vase keeping things fresh on a contemporary, high gloss cabinet.
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Fresh flowers in a vase
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The high-coffered ceiling, light-colored furnishings, and table lights ensure that things remain bright and airy.

Houseplants and fresh cut flowers are spread across the home. The contemporary, high gloss cabinet holds flea market Art Deco lights and Art Nouveau fairy bust and vase, which keep things fresh.

A contemporary Nelson light is on a dimmer, making it useful for casting a low glow whilst the 90-year old prayer rug adds a warm touch to the dining room.

The kitchen is the heart of the house. The family converges here to cook and share meals while surrounded by fond family memories. The wooden cabinet provides a perfect place for displaying Kate’s blue Arts and Crafts pottery collection, which she started collecting while still in high school.

The couple framed some of their daughter’s artwork as a budget-friendly way to add art and color to the kitchen. Emilio built and installed the wooden shelves and counters when they refurbished the kitchen. The open shelving helps to minimize clutter and showcases a colorful collection of glasses.

Your eye can’t miss the striking chandelier hovering the eating/reading/homework/meeting/bird watching table.

A vintage iron table and cattail light
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Framed bird prints on the wall
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Dining area
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Flower arrangement on the dining table
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Dining area decor
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Large decorative fabric flower
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Beautiful kitchen interior
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Small wooden table and blue chairs next to the window in the kitchen
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A nest chandelier in the kitchen
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Fresh flowers, coffee pot and coffee jar on the kitchen counter
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Marble kitchen island
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Wooden counter and shelves in the kitchen
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Away from the kitchen, the downstairs bathroom is in its original state. It features a Rachel Clegg painting and Art Deco sconce, which add a bright feel to the space.

The bedspread in the master bedroom was found from a flea market. It feels impressively calm and warm. Hanging above the bed are framed hand-drawn cards.

The dresser and table light is an inheritance from Kate’s aunt and uncle while the framed sun prints are one of the couple’s great DIY projects. Plants, books, and family photos enrich the look and feel of the room.

The upstairs bathroom features tile installed by the previous owners. It adds a dash of color to the room.

Small bathroom interior
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Large potted indoor tree in the master bedroom
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Master bedroom decor
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Bedroom interior
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Small potted plants on the dresser in the bedroom
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Bathroom interior
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