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Traditional Style 102 Ideabooks

What it is: From antique furnishings to floral-print fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fusty and outdated. But that's missing the point. While it's true that this look takes its inspiration from the past, it's really about comfort. Every element feels familiar, properly placed and predictable...
My Houzz: Step Inside a Grand 1800s Victorian
Tom and Nancy Aldinger were happy homeowners living in Dallas with no intention of moving. Then one day in April 2006, a luxury real estate magazine crossed Nancy's desk that changed everything. "Once Tom saw the ad for this house, it was a done deal,"...
Kitchen Workbook: 15 Elements of a Traditional Kitchen
Traditional kitchens are defined by their details, and creating eye-catching detail is not just as simple as putting legs on an island. But whether they're Old World or Mediterranean flavor, traditional kitchens all share the same basic elements. Here...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Art in Traditional Rooms
Whatever your taste in decoration, an element of visual contrast is a great way to make your home more interesting and personal. Something oppositional or unexpected awakens the senses. There are many ways to introduce...
Kitchen of the Week: Cheery Retro Style for a 1913 Kitchen
Nooks and crannies are part of many older homes' charm. But a 1970s remodel had covered up most of the quaint construction in this historic Portland, Oregon, kitchen. Homeowners David Spencer and Jerry Petty stripped the kitchen down to its studs and...
Houzz Tour: Lessons in Florida Cracker Style From a Vacation Home
When Jim Strickland, founder at Historical Concepts, and his wife, his sister and her husband built this vacation home in WaterColor, Florida, their focus was on creating relaxed...
Modern Lighting Gives Traditional Homes a Twist
Updating a traditional interior doesn't have to involve a major construction project. You don't have to rip up the floors or tear down a bunch of walls. Sometimes a little paint can change the whole feel of a space. Sometimes adding some eclectic furniture...
Know Your House: Anatomy of a Brick Veneer Wall
Brick is just about the oldest building material. Small, modular, easily made from local materials, durable and requiring low maintenance, brick has been a favored way to build for centuries. Brick has been used traditionally as a structural...
Bring a Taste of Italy Home With 12 Design Touches
Every other year my family goes on what we call a "big trip." For our last big trip, my husband chose Tokyo. We had so much fun — Japanese culture is wonderful. This time around it's my turn, and I've chosen Italy. I'm Italian, and I've never been to...
Explore Amazingly Versatile Chinese Chippendale Style
Chinese Chippendale style was introduced by Thomas Chippendale, a cabinetmaker in London in the mid-1700s. At this time Europeans were intrigued by stories of the Orient brought back by explorers. Chippendale's designs became popular because increasingly...
A Beginner's Mini Guide to Buying Antiques
The world of antiques has so much to offer, and it is more accessible than you might think. If you've been considering adding an antique piece or two to your home but are not sure where to begin, this mini guide covers the basics, from what makes an antique...
Reinvent It: Antique Glass Goes Door to Door
Using architectural salvage can make all the difference in retaining an older home's original character and style during renovations. For this 1906 colonial home in New Castle, New Hampshire, period elements like this reclaimed door enhance the home's...
Outfit a Southern Plantation-Style Home — Paint to Porch Furnishings
With their gracious porches, well-proportioned rooms and rambling grounds, Southern plantation-style homes in the U.S. have a lot to offer. Whether you are renovating a historic Lowcountry...
Flying Colors: Stained Glass Through the Ages to Today
Stained glass, whether actually stained or enameled or painted, can do more than decorate. It also can tell us a story, hide an ugly view, bring in needed light or even block out too much light. Whatever its intention, stained glass may be inspired by...
My Houzz: Historical Richness for a Stately Alabama Home
Built in 1909, this four-story Birmingham, Alabama, home's rich history, architecture and amazing craftsmanship immediately pulled in homeowners David and Atalie Whitley, who bought the house in 2009 after David noticed a for-sale sign on it on his way...
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