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Traditional Style 125 Stories

What it is: From antique furnishings to floral-print fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fusty and outdated.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...
Houzz Tour: Much to Like About This Traditional Beauty
Interior designer Jules Duffy had a running start when it came to decorating this northern New Jersey home. “This is such a beautiful home,” she says. “The proportions of the rooms are absolutely perfect.” Not only that, but the previous owners...
12 Touches to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Dining Room
If you’re looking to add some farmhouse style to your dining room, you’re in luck. A few easy tweaks can lend the warmth and homespun charm of the classic look. For a modest or nonexistent budget, simple accessorizing can do the trick. For those with...
Houzz Tour: Traditional Meets Transitional in a Townhouse
These clients inspired interior designer Charmean Neithart to “just say yes” to everything. Whether it was fitting a bathtub into a tight master bathroom, getting a...
5 Classic Shaker Designs for the Contemporary Home
Shakers viewed simplicity and careful work as a form of prayer, which led to the design of beautifully pared-down furniture, revered to this day by modern and traditional design lovers alike. Officially called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s...
12 Farmhouse Touches That Bring Homeyness to a Kitchen
The overdone ruffles and plethora of hens in 1980s-style “kountry kitchens” may be out, but farmhouse details in the kitchen will always be in style. Even in the most contemporary kitchens, tiny details derived from the farmhouse ideal add charm and...
Farmhouse Style: Windmill Power Comes Around Again
There is something powerful about the sight of a tall windmill. For many of us, the towering structures are as familiar as a red barn, a white farmhouse or a dirt road in the country. It’s an icon that is seemingly embedded in our DNA,...
Vintage Style: High-Tank Toilets
Bathrooms containing claw-foot bathtubs are legion; those that feature the romanticized tub’s humble cousin — the high-tank or pull-chain toilet — are far less. But for some people,...
10 Recipes for Shabby Chic Style
Vintage and antique finds; distressed, cracked and imperfect finishes; antique linens; sparkling chandeliers; and lots of white. Though certainly not for everyone, for those who love the style, Shabby Chic is utter...
Get to Know Louis-Style Chairs
Louis-style chairs originated during the reigns of French kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, and they have remained design classics ever since. You’ve surely spotted these gorgeous chairs all over Houzz and in your favorite design mags — but...
Kitchen of the Week: Fine-Tuning a Connecticut Farmhouse
You don’t need all-new appliances, a completely different layout or a major addition to give a kitchen a fresh look and feel. Take this family’s 400-square-foot kitchen in a sophisticated farmhouse in southern Connecticut. The owners liked the location...
Decorating With Antiques: Tables to Elevate the Everyday
Antiques allow us to incorporate ideas and aesthetics of the past into our modern lives, adding a unique kind of beauty and spirit to the everyday objects we live with. And what could be more everyday and basic than a table? Although the function...
Andirons: From Status Symbols to Style Markers
To James Gallagher, an antiques dealer in North Norwich, New York, a fireplace sans andirons looks naked. “Without them it appears to be a black hole,” he says. Gallagher’s view is understandable, as he’s been selling museum-quality fireplace...
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