Once Palmer's father left, it was up to her to complete the house. For weeks she worked each day until the sun went down, teaching herself each new skill, from roofing to framing, flooring, adding moldings and much more.
Finally, the moment came to decorate the palatial home. Palmer knew she wanted it to reflect her own refined style, complete with charming balconies, a grand staircase, window boxes and classic Victorian details.
"The portraits up the grand staircase were planned from the beginning because it’s part of that classical manor house style to have regal portraits of all the important people on the walls," Palmer said.