You may recognize Patti Marshall as a Q102 producer or as the third member of the Resist the Boring trio, but Marshall is also half of the team behind design consultancy Victress Design with partner Kim Price. The two designed, gutted, and decorated this four-bedroom, four-bath home in Wyoming that is fresh on the market. We caught up with Marshall to hear more about the home, the process, and what it’s like flipping a property in the middle of a pandemic.
Tell me about the original state of the home.
It was a total gut. The only thing original to the house would be the staircase, although even that has been sanded, painted, and stained.
What was your design inspo for this project?
I kept saying that I wanted people to take 10 steps and go, Wow! We really tried to put together a home that would offer a warm, cozy aesthetic that fit in on this amazing street. A little bit traditional, but with an eye on the future. The house has a beautiful master shower, upstairs laundry, and an office on the main floor.
What is your favorite room in the house?
It has to be the whole addition, actually—the kitchen/mudroom and the master suite. I love the colors and all the textures—reclaimed wood, marble, iron pendant lights, and brick.
What drew you to Wyoming? That’s a little farther north than Resist the Boring typically goes.
Wyoming is such a charming town. It’s like walking through a Norman Rockwell painting. Particularly right now in the fall. Centrally located, great schools, but it’s the people that make this town so desirable. Every day we would get encouragement from the neighbors as they walked the street—and trust me we appreciated it because there [were] times that we looked a hot mess as we peeled back the layers of the old facade.
What was it like tackling a massive home project like this during a pandemic?
It was tough. There’s a lot of competition for product and people, not to mention delays getting some materials in. On the up side, it also caused me to try different products like cedar for our porch and deck instead of the predictable pressure treated or composite. I think the cedar ended up bringing the warmth and character we needed to the front of the house.
Other than the adorable pet sink which is an automatic perk, what are some other details about the space that are particularly unique?
There are several pieces that came from other homes in the city—the mudroom cabinet comes from Building Value, which provides such a service to our community by salvaging reusable building materials and reselling them in support of EasterSeals. The mantel came from Cincinnati ReUse and is over 100 years old. At some point a previous owner travelled quite a bit and had tacked their travel tags onto a basement wall. We preserved it and it remains in the basement for future owners to appreciate.