When Evylin Seeley Johnson died at 103, her vintage collection of hats went like crazy at the estate sale. However, her opulently wallpapered home, ravaged by time and decay, remained a curious eyesore. Located in an east Calhoun neighborhood, Evylin’s home did not fit the now upscale and hipster demeanor.
After a career renovating and redesigning homes, CliqStudios kitchen designer, Bill Hoeppner, was ready for the challenge. He saw through the ancient wallpapers, the prehistoric shag carpets, the peeling paint and crumbling plaster. Bill saw the bones of an architectural treasure: a 1922 Tudor with original fireplace and English-style architectural details including decorative columns, crown moldings, cathedral-arch windows and a built-in buffet. So, Bill and his wife, accustomed not simply to renovating homes but to resurrecting them. They scooped up the property on its first day of sale and went to work. “The crucial thing,” he said, “is to honor the great architecture here.”
The gargantuan job of steaming off and stripping the myriad layers of Evylin’s pink and turquoise wallpaper they thankfully hired out. The rest of the work they did themselves: the electrical work, the finish plumbing, the drywall and the trim.