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Traditional Style 118 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What it is: From antique furnishings to floral-print fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fusty and outdated.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...
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...
Kicking Back in a Relaxing Lowcountry Boathouse
A couple and their two dogs get supercasual in their boathouse, just a hop and a skip from their more formal main house. Located on The Ford Plantation outside Savannah, Georgia, the sweet, 600-square-foot outbuilding has architecture that’s a mix of...
Houzz Tour: Cottage Comforts on the Jersey Shore
If I didn’t know better, I’d think this home’s purpose was to undo all the damage Snooki did to the beautiful Jersey Shore’s reputation. Just five blocks from a beach in the Point Pleasant Beach...
11 Ways to Wake Up a Traditional Room
My family’s heritage is in the furniture manufacturing industry, so I can’t deny being drawn to traditional style. But being a designer in modern times, I’ve come to love modern style as well. In fact, I’ve come to learn that traditional interiors...
Houzz Tour: Classic Shingle Style for a Seaside Summer Home
This classic shingle-style summer home looks as though it’s been perched above the Atlantic Ocean for a century, but in fact it’s new. The house was designed by architect Nancy Leslie, who completed the...
Decorating With Antiques: Luxurious Linens
It was a startlingly beautiful, albeit rather hot Sunday morning in Arles, in the South of France. My wife, Becky, and I were wandering through the local farmer’s market when we happened upon the antique linens vendor. Uh-oh. You should know that...
Decorating With Antiques: Silver’s Legacy
One reason people love to decorate with antiques is because of the memories they evoke — and antique silver objects are among the most evocative treasures we possess. Whether handed down from generation to generation or purchased new, they become one...
Decorating With Antiques: The Magic of Ceramics
Although furniture has a profound influence on the ambience, mood and tone of a home, it’s not just big things that matter in interior design. It’s the charm and beauty of little things that impart life to a room, in the same way that jewelry...
A Handy Guide to English Antiques
Have you ever been shopping for antiques and the dealer said something like, “This is a very special Georgian chest of drawers”? Perhaps you nodded knowingly, but wondered to yourself, “Who is this Georgia guy, and why did he have a lot of furniture...
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