Traditional Homes 186 Stories

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 dad Steve Douglas on My Three Sons. According to his daughter...
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,"...
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...
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...
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,...
My Houzz: Winging It in a Scottish Castle
In 2000 Nicola Hallsworth moved from England to Scotland, where her husband, Fred, had bought a house in the suburbs of Glasgow. Being a country girl at heart, Nicola wasn’t keen on life in the suburbs and longed to move to the countryside. One morning...
Houzz Tour: A Historic Remodel Keeps the Romance Alive
The story of Judy Hobday’s long relationship with her 200-plus-year-old house in Stockton, New Jersey, is as passion filled as any romance novel. It started when she was 30 years old and living in a rented carriage house down the road. “I was driving...
Houzz Tour: A Historic House Gets a Feng Shui Adjustment
While completing a renovation on their intended home away from home in Rockport, Massachusetts, this Brooklyn, New York, family of five wanted to make sure they brought some of their favorite borough with them. They also wanted to make sure the house...
My Houzz: Creativity Flows in a New Hampshire Cottage
When painter and felting artist Lauren Decatur was searching for a new place to call home, a little isolated cottage tucked away in the woods of New Hampshire had the perfect balance of peacefulness,...
My Houzz: A 1904 Georgian Colonial Gets a Personal Stamp
In 2000 Michelle Pettigrew and Jerry Kaplan bought one of the oldest properties in Hillsborough, California: a Georgian colonial–style house built in 1904. Pettigrew had loved the home from afar, and when it came on the market, the couple knew they...
Houzz Tour: Respectfully Updating a 1929 Farmhouse
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: Breezy and Fuss Free in Cape Cod
“This couple is all about kids and family time, and they simply wanted a great place to hang out,” says interior designer Kelly McGuill. Her clients were ready to open the dark...
Houzz Tour: From Shocker to Stunner in Houston
Many people have a general area or neighborhood in mind when searching for a home. But Houston engineers Brie and Scott Kelman knew exactly which street they wanted to live on. And they didn’t care how long...
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...
History Gets a New Spin on a Victorian Facade
You see it everywhere in San Francisco: Victorian homes that have been stripped of their ornamentation and covered with stucco or (worst-case scenario) asphalt shingles. They call to mind a poorly done facelift on an aging movie star: All the character...
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