Traditional Homes 193 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: 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...
Room of the Day: Classic Black and White for a Victorian Bathroom
You really can’t go wrong with a classic black and white bathroom, and for a row house built toward the end of the Victorian era, it’s hard to come up with a better way to go. “This row house wasn’t a grand Victorian, but more like a working-class...
Kitchen of the Week: Renovation Honors New England Farmhouse’s History
“Clients who live in historic houses tend to be really intense and passionate. They love everything that’s wrong and right with their homes,” says designer Heather Alton. “Working with them is challenging but also a lot of fun.” These homeowners...
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...
My Houzz: Beautifully Tucked Away in Somerset
As the creative director of housewares and clothing company Cabbages & Roses, Christina Strutt has a natural eye for creating an English country look. So the restoration...
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