Traditional Decorating 13 Ideabooks

The year was 1810, and the United States was deep in negotiations with Spain over the ownership of a region above New Orleans known as West Florida. American settlers, tired of Spanish rule, staged a brief rebellion and established the short-lived, independent Republic of West Florida. And for their capitol, they...
How to Research Your Home's History
If you live in an older home, it can be exciting and edifying to learn about the history of your house. What did it look like when it was built? Who lived in it? What changes have been made over time? Knowing more about your home's history can also...
My Houzz: Elegant DIY Updates for a 1970s Dallas Home
Newlyweds Ilya and Arina Gurfinkel admit they were naive when they began remodeling their 1975 home in Dallas. After buying the home in March a few years ago, Ilya planned to have a Fourth of July party that...
My Houzz: Elegant Updates for a Traditional Dallas House
Ross and Megan Brown's World War II-era home in South Dallas possessed great bones and a graceful vibe, but the 1950s-style kitchen and baths were in need of some design love. "It wasn't the cool retro '50s; it was an ugly, dated '50s," says Megan,...
My Houzz: Accessibility With Personality in an 1870 Home
Laurie and Bruce Rabe were charmed by the double doors, plaster molding and gorgeous gardens of this 1870 New England home. As with most old structures, however, this onetime boarding house needed a lot of work. And it also needed to be made accessible...
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,"...
My Houzz: Historical Richness for a Stately Alabama Home
Built in 1909, this four-story Birmingham, Alabama, home's rich history, architecture and amazing craftsmanship immediately pulled in homeowners David and Atalie Whitley, who bought the house in 2009 after David noticed a for-sale sign on it on his way...
My Houzz: French Country Meets Southern Farmhouse Style in Georgia
Seventeen years ago, Douglas and Kim Nichols sketched out the layout for their dream home on a sheet of paper. Six months later that rough sketch became their charming traditional-style home just outside Atlanta. Fast forward to present day,...
Houzz Tour: Happy Clients Unwrap a New Home on Christmas
Project manager Ben Cervantes pushed especially hard for the quick completion of this Santa Barbara, California, remodel. "My clients lost their beloved home of 30 years in the 2008 wildfires, so our team and, of course, architect Richard Warner wanted...
A Bedroom Lets Go to Gain Elegance and Serenity
Jane Lockhart has noticed an alarming trend: When it comes to decorating, her clients are paying the least attention to their bedrooms, even though they spend a good portion...
Houzz Tour: Traditional Meets Airy in a Luxurious Coastal Home
Interior designer Diane Bergeron had some convincing to do with this project, a weekend home for a large family who uses the house year-round. The project architect...
Traditional Living Room Accessories for a Refined Style
The living room is arguably one of the most versatile rooms in the house. It serves as the place where the family comes together, where you entertain friends, read a book, watch a movie, chat and relax. In old British country houses, there was often a...
Accessorize a Traditional Kitchen the Beautiful, Practical Way
If your family is anything like ours, much of your time at home seems to revolve around the kitchen. We are a modern, busy family and love to entertain in our open-plan kitchen, but just because we need all the modern conveniences doesn't mean we can't...
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