Hints to Redesign Historical Homes with Amy Weaver

Breathing new life into old interiors. How to redesign historical homes.


Amy Weaver is the founder of Weaver Design Group, which specializes in working to redesign historical homes. She studied textile design and marketing in college, originally working in fashion. After attending a decorator showcase in 1992, she began her career as an interior designer. Weaver says that “being involved in fashion really helped me discover the importance that beautiful fabrics have in telling a story in an interior setting.”

“My work is transitional. I like to blend old and new to create timeless spaces.”

What makes older homes special and how do you incorporate existing features into a modern design?

I have always lived in older homes and so I naturally gravitate to the soul of an historical home. I love a home that has all the modern features of a home built today with the craftsmanship of an historical home.
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What has been your most creatively rewarding project to date? Why?

A ranch outside of Santa Barbara. It was a large redesign of a historical home and unique. I learned a lot from that experience.

What is the most common design problem you encounter?

Things take longer than you expect and there are hiccups that sometimes happen. Everything is fixable!

What’s the best way to tackle the task of decorating a new space with furniture you already own?

Take all your personal small things out of the room. Start with accessorizing and moving things around.

What is one element that can draw a room together when it feels like nothing goes together?

A coffee table balances the center of the room.

What, in your opinion, makes a space feel homey?

Comfortable furniture and in the appropriate scale to the space.

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