Older homes can be updated without losing their connection to history. That’s how we approached this 1926 Tudor in Sunset Hills, which was blessed with great light and good bones, but somehow felt tired. The homeowners wanted to revive the space with fresh, thoughtful furnishings that would reflect their polished and eclectic vibe.
We love design work for historic spaces. Not only is it possible for vintage elements to live in harmony with new furnishings – it’s essential. There’s an exciting contrast that comes from blending the old with the new.
In the living room, we nestled new ottomans under an existing coffee table, adding visual weight for balance. We accessorized midcentury shelves with branches and blooms to bring in organic materials dear to the clients’ heart. Over the sofa, a large-format Julie Blackmon photograph nods to a vintage palette but creates a stunning modern tableau.
The original stair railing with shield motif retains the home’s Tudor heritage, while art in the stairwell reflects the family’s vibrant energy. In the main bedroom, existing pieces complement new furniture, bedding and storage for a timeless look.
In the kitchen breakfast nook, we strategically placed a tapestry behind the television to add warmth against the metal table. Textured pillows soften the space while plants bring an organic element to the sunlit room. The soaring fireplace is enlivened by playful fiber art in concentric patterns.
We used a neutral palette throughout as a serene backdrop for all the textiles, accessories and art that add interest and dimensionality to the home. Historic houses can be both classic and modern – spaces that ask you to look closely and stay awhile.