Historic Home Tour – Charleston Inspired House Built in 1896

We’re so excited to be back with another incredible home tour. This historic home is going to have you so inspired!

When the world as we know it changed forever in 2020, Erika McWilliams decided it was time to take a big leap! She had restored three homes and has a passion for historic homes inspired by trips to Charleston, SC. She quit her fifteen-year career as a CPA and Clover Lane Properties was born. You might think someone with a more analytical mind would be less creative but this stunning home will change your mind. It’s currently on the market as we tour today. And will make someone a very proud and happy new homeowner!


What’s more inviting than a simple white farmhouse? A simple white farmhouse with copper-colored gutters and copper gas lanterns! The attention to detail in this 1896 Historic home is everywhere, inside and out! The home didn’t have gas and the gas company thought the installation must be for heat, but Erika had something less practical in mind! She plumbed for the most charming copper gas lanterns.

The small original footprint of the home was reworked to create flow and function. Then a large addition brought the space to nearly 4000, needed for a family today! The front elevation is shiplap and seamlessly flows to the addition where the change is made to incorporate board and batten. And all the covered porches are painted in light blue as customary in these historic homes, as Erika explains, “To scare away the ghosts!”

EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace


“In old houses guests should always start at the foyer and wait til they’re welcomed into the home. So when we were designing the home, we wanted to make it feel open, yet still have the old house feeling that everything has a reason,” Erika explains.

We were fascinated to learn there was so much intention for every room in an older home, such as to engage with friends or care for the family. Maybe that’s something we’ve all learned as we came back to our homes during this time. With Erika’s love for the story surrounding older homes, it’s fitting for her to be restoring them now!

The beautiful pendant draws your eyes up and the original shiplap in the ceiling is so welcoming. There is a transom that looks to the kitchen and Erika added the sweetest gingerbread molding there. This was just one of many found items throughout the home. And of course, there’s a story to tell!

WALL PAINT COLOR: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace TRIM PAINT COLOR: Sherwin Williams Sleepy Blue


The living room has original shiplap and the most quant feeling. You really are transported to a more simple time! The staging was done by Stageology folks who also have a local McKinney, Texas store called Birds & Words! They definitely captured the feel of this home.

The beautiful weathered white metal chandelier and the charming beams and molding bring it all together. And of course Erika’s signature Clover Leaf is also incorporated into this room’s design!


Erika shared that the home has three main colors that came from the kitchen wallpaper, Hummingbird by Cole and Sons, Chantilly Lace, Sleepy Blue, and Clary Sage. The wall adjacent to the hummingbirds is a stunning blue and white flower penny tile! So the kitchen gives just a glimpse of what you will see throughout the home.

Erika says her favorite thing in the home is the 100-year-old farm sink she used in the kitchen. It was the first piece she bought. Above the sink is an old casement window that came from the high school.

The basket pendants over the island add the perfect amount of texture and warmth. I also have to note the cup pull hardware would be great no matter what style of kitchen you have.

This is an open space but there are still plenty of places for storage with the butler pantry and bar off the kitchen. While guests are in the kitchen there’s still room for prepping in the butler pantry. And the bar area which was originally the laundry is perfect for both function and engaging with guests!


This butler’s pantry functions for storage and prep but there’s nothing lost in the design. An old stain-glassed window is perfectly at home on a shelf. The marble counters continue from the kitchen and the bar area to make this all one cohesive space! The newer homes today have brought back the butlers pantry and we agree every kitchen should have one!


Simple and sophisticated. Again the sleepy blue molding continues in the dining room and the brass chandelier. You see more great elements of texture in this space including the jute rug, rattan mirror and the woven texture of the chairs.

Many of the old homes are stripped of their character so Erika is always looking for a way to incorporate character back into the design.


As with the rest of the home, the bar has so many well appointed, beautiful things to catch your eye! Immediately your drawn in by these old corbels. But it doesn’t stop there, a perfect pendant that looks like its always been here backed by blue bead board. The sweet hummingbird wallpaper makes another appearance, surrounding a window over the bar sink. This will be the spot for entertaining and hosting holidays for family and friends!


Erika love touches of wallpaper. And this Rifle wallpaper in the laundry again brings in all the colors of the home. The yellow and white striped penny tile is also a bold statement. There is no way you’ll be bored doing laundry in this kind of style!


Erika believes that every room should have a statement. And even though the powder bath is small it should be BIG in design. The mosaic in the penny tile was inspired by a restaurant in Charleston. Erika carved out this incredible piece of art herself. Admittedly she cried as she worked, wondering what she had just done, quitting her job after so many years. After seven hours she finished.

It’s stunning and she hopes someone will come in and take it even further putting their own stamp on the space, maybe some pretty pink wallpaper. No matter what this bathroom is unforgettable with this incredible mosaic tile!


The primary bedroom has all the feels of an older home with the function for today’s family. This is where the addition begins and the story changes a bit from blue details to clary sage green. Isn’t that green toile bedding a perfect fit for the green trim.


Annie Silke floor tile is modern and sophisticated but the primary bath still has the historic home charm! This clawfoot tub was restored and fits perfectly next to the large walk-in shower. Again Stageolegy did a masterful design using vintage shutters to flank the tub and simple art. The room is elegant and charming with a green vanity and floral print wallpaper. The perfect touches to draw you in and make you feel at home!


We dedicated a place in the blog to the primary closet because it’s the size of a secondary bedroom. And we couldn’t wait to show off the found piece that functions as the island in the space. There are drawers on both sides for his and hers. There’s even more space for another dresser if you like. This closet will make the new homeowner very happy!


The hallway leading up to the second story addition is so special. A little drop spot coming in from the yard and a place for pups. Or maybe a precious little playhouse for some fortunate kiddos!


Again, Erika added the space for the way family functions today! This upstairs bonus room is spacious and filled with light. The view is overlooking the yard below.


This is the room Erika calls the boys room. The twin beds fit perfectly. The space is so special for any child. Again charming detail of a bench, beautiful lighting and door pulls are everywhere. The striped tile is so fun too!


This is the space Erika calls the girls room. It’s another large bedroom and could work for anyone! The penny tile along with the marble vanity continues in the bath here. There is the sweetest scalloped vanity, lighting and mirrors that bring in the more historic feel.


The guest room which was the primary bedroom in the original part of the home is like every other space, filled with charm and eye for every detail! The original shiplap in the ceiling is graced with beautiful lighting. The bath has everything to welcome guests with the marble counters and filled with light. If I wasn’t buying this home I would definitely want to be a guest staying here!

I hope you enjoyed touring this stunning historic home! All photos are taken by the amazing Charlee Tabor Photography!

If you’re in the market for a new home this beauty is for sale. If you’re interested in purchasing the Tulip House you can contact realtor Susan K Beers with Fathom Realty at 214-236-2231 – susanbsolidit@gmail.com

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