Traditional Homes 197 Stories

Sometimes it pays to be part of the local grapevine. Interior designer Heide...
Sometimes it pays to be part of the local grapevine. Interior designer Heide Hendricks was having a meal with some friends when she heard a rumor that a farmhouse surrounded by idyllic...
Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne
Interior designer Carl Mattison and his husband and business partner Rob Smith have lived in the historic downtown Atlanta neighborhood of Grant Park for about 13 years. It’s walking distance to the famed Atlanta Zoo, the city’s oldest...
Houzz Tour: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat
Although he considered his villainous roles his best (such as Walter Neff, the murder-minded insurance salesman in Double Indemnity), to his fans Fred MacMurray was synonymous with his more charming characters, such as the all-American television...
Houzz Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home
Doug Towle likes to call it the evening that changed his life. The New Hampshire native was fresh out of grad school when some acquaintances invited him to visit their home, a 1793 tavern that had been converted into a house. Towle was no stranger...
My Houzz: Living a Simpler Life in Ohio
With two sons and a daughter in college, many people might be tempted to trade in the family home for a smaller version. But John and Sherri Bryan loved their longtime home on the bank of a small lake. So after their last child moved out, the two opted...
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,"...
Restoration Rallies a 1790 Stone Springhouse
Preservationists, rejoice. This 18th-century springhouse once appeared dilapidated beyond repair, but it has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the homeowners, the architects at Peter...
My Houzz: Traditional Meets Casual in a 1920s Florida Home
“It was in good shape but just needed some updates,” says Kristie Dowling about her family’s 1925 home. The English teacher, together with her husband, Steven Verano, an accountant, was relieved to have finally found a house in St. Petersburg, Florida,...
Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate...
Houzz Tour: An 1850s Ancestral Home in Texas Rises Again
In 1981 a woman and her husband cruised by the historic plantation her family had owned for generations. She had heard many stories from her grandmother about the Central Texas home her family had lost during the Great Depression, and after seeing it,...
Houzz Tour: Country Comfort With a Touch of Chic
Being trusted by a client to carry out your vision for a home with little interference is about as good as it gets for interior designers. When Emma Sims Hilditch was approached by her clients — a couple with eight children — to redesign their manor...
Houzz Tour: Historic Home Combines Elegance and Comfort
The owners of this beautiful heritage home had a vision to restore it to its former glory, and enlisted Terri Shannon from Bloom Interior Design & Decoration to help them turn their dream into reality. Shannon describes the home’s style as contemporary...
Houzz Tour: An Island Cottage Built of Stone and Steel
Tiree, the westernmost island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides archipelago, has a special hold on architect Murray Kerr’s heart. “I first came here when I was three months old,” he says. “My family has been spending...
Houzz Tour: Redo Brings a 1720s London Home Into the Present
This historic home in the heart of London underwent a faithful restoration two years ago by architect and owner Chris Dyson. The property was built in the 1720s in Spitalfields, a former Huguenot district of London. The Huguenots were Protestants who...
Houzz Tour: Layered Look Adds a Fresh Sense of Style
Just the other day, I spotted a woman whose style was effortlessly timeless and wonderfully fabulous. I was likely 30 years her junior, and her elegant outfit, paired with funky eyeglasses and interesting shoes, made me feel like a fuddy-duddy. Looking...
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