Traditional Homes 189 Stories

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 farmland and close to town might be on the market. The owners wanted...
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,...
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...
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,...
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