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Home to celebrate 100th birthday with a facelift

Story and photos by Stephanie Fellenstein Published: June 12, 2017 5:49 PM
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81 E. Streetsboro Street

Regular travelers through downtown Hudson have seen the transformation of 81 East Streetsboro Street on the outside. Now visitors to the 70th annual Hudson Home and Garden Tour will have a chance to see what has been going on inside house.

Built in 1918, Peter and Amiee Wiley purchased the home in November 2016 and hit the ground running.

"We redid everything," Amiee says. "We really wanted to make it a special house."

While Amiee, the owner of Gathered: Interiors by Amiee Wiley, provided the inspiration and the design, Peter says he provided the labor. Peter is also senior pastor at First Congregational Church of Hudson.

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Tour visitors will enter the home through the front door. The 1970s dcor, complete with shag green carpeting and dark wood paneling on the walls, has been replaced. Hardwood floors were added and the paneling was painted white.

While the Wileys added the hardwood in the front sitting room, the rest of the hardwood floors downstairs are original.

The tour will continue into the living room where the Wileys took the room, and most of the rest of the house, down to the studs.

"It has been rewired and also has all new plumbing and duct work," Amiee says. "We added air conditioning and rebuilt the fire place."

Peter adds, "It is a new, old house."

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Amiee is an artist. Pieces of her collection are seen throughout the house. A painting of a weeping willow at Barlow Pond hangs in the dining room and a canoe painting graces the walls in the living room. She has also painted landscapes of the places where her children studied in college. And a cow painting hangs in the new half-bathroom downstairs.

"I went through a cow phase," she says, smiling.

With a fairly open floor plan, visitors to the house can see the dining room and the kitchen while standing in the living room. The kitchen used to be a sitting room, but Amiee wanted the kitchen to be the center of the house. The side kitchen doors open up to a screened-in porch.

The former kitchen is now a laundry room and the Wileys added a half bathroom.

Moving upstairs, visitors will see that the original four-bedroom/one bathroom house is now a three bedroom/two-and-a-half bathroom house.

The full bathroom at the top of the stairs, and the bedroom across from it, are still in their original positions. The rest of the upstairs has been reconfigured. The master bedroom now includes an in-suite bathroom.

"Everything is redone," Amiee says, adding that they tried to decorate it in a style that could be original.

Amiee is very particular about her room designs. She collects pieces over time and figures out how they can all work together. An old dresser becomes a bathroom counter and she created a side table with a simple piece of wood and some piping. Each piece tells its own story.

After six months of intense work, the Wileys are very happy with the results. Stop by 81 East Streetsboro Street to see the finished design.

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