Once a historic schoolhouse, the homeowners wanted the building turned into a cozy space for themselves and their five children, so designers used the former auditorium to create an open concept space that includes a large, galley kitchen with breakfast bar, a living area, breakfast nook and reading hammocks.
White cabinets and a subway tile backsplash brighten up the kitchen of this bungalow-style home. Cutouts in the doors and toe-kick celebrate period detail, while historic millwork profiles selected from the front of the house maintain the home’s Arts & Crafts heritage and are juxtaposed with stainless steel appliances that add a present-day sensibility.
Like other rooms in this historic home, the kitchen was reimagined and adapted for modern living. Now the space features an open concept design, with crisp white cabinetry and a subway tile backsplash that stretches from one side to the next. The space also boasts long countertops, stainless appliances and a large island on the left.
Paneled walls add structure, dimension and a bit of modern panache to the living room of this charming New York farmhouse. During the historic home's full-scale renovation, the design team raised ceiling heights, opened up the floor plan and updated the house with a contemporary color palette and modern furnishings, like the sofa and chairs in this comfortable, livable space.
Embracing style, sophistication and serenity, Los Angeles architect Lewin Wertheimer remodeled and reconfigured a historic 1920s John Byers U-shaped adobe-style hacienda, returning it to its original splendor and adding new elements of warmth and grace to the remarkable property. The eclectic living room is decked in black-and-white furniture in various patterns and a fluffy white area rug.
To update the outdated kitchen, designers added new cabinets that were more functional and modern, but still remained true to the historic home's Tudor design. They then concealed the kitchen's major appliances with wood panels that made them blend in with the cabinets, creating a seamless design that is modernized, but still nods to the home's past design.
Located on the roof of a historic Art Deco building in Miami Beach, Florida, this luxurious penthouse roof deck is a private retreat in the sky. The outdoor escape includes a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, a sun deck with a table for alfresco dining and a covered cabana lounge with a pop-up TV and sofas.
The contemporary living room of this converted, historic firehouse features fun colors and functional seating that works equally well for reading and relaxing as it does for entertaining large groups. Boiled wool ottomans and a shag rug add texture to the sleek space. The "Simple Chemistry" table by James De Wulf is a great conversation piece.
Though this eat-in kitchen leans a little modern, the designers still wanted to pay homage to the home's historic architecture. So they used crown molding, wainscoting and custom built-ins on the opposite wall to balance out the bold artwork and books. Down below, a modern table with black chairs creates a chic dining space for the owners and their guests.
Built in 1938, this single-family ranch house is located in The Oaks, a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles. A picket fence separates the home from the street, thus giving the residents a degree of privacy, while a blue-and-white color scheme keeps the exterior bright and cheerful.
Indoor brick walls add industrial, historic and rustic charm; however, the brownish red tone of the brick drastically limits the possible color palettes a homeowner can use. To keep the brick pattern and the rich texture, paint the brick bright white in a flat finish. The white brick will make a room seem much brighter and also allow virtually any color scheme to work well.
The details are what make this charming, yet modern farmhouse kitchen. Green marble countertops extend to the apron sink to create a continuous line. The color is repeated on the window casings for a crisp, modern effect. Brass hardware and fixtures fit with the home's historic character and yet also are "right now."
A light, yellow color and the new, open concept floor plan helped to modernize the dining room of this historic home, but the exposed beams and traditional furniture in the space maintain the integrity of the home's Tudor design. This elegant blend is highlighted by the natural light that pours into the home from the large French doors at the back of the space.
A round foyer in a Tudor revival cottage dating to 1928 features an original Dutch door, a stone floor and a faux painted dome ceiling. Designer Judy Hodgens grouped together mid-century modern iron chairs, paintings and framed landscapes in her room for a Historic Macon Design House in Georgia. The style has a sense of formality with an updated twist, she says.
The homeowners were ready to update their 80-year-old home in a historic part of Nashville. The old kitchen was impossibly small and impractical, but Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri remove walls to open up the floor plan, install sleek white cabinets that contrast against the multi-colored tiled backsplash and create a large island with plenty of prep space.
The shared public space at Smithfield Cottage makes use of the home's original design features like an ornate Chinoiserie wooden mantel that includes two nooks for lamps. Asian details were a common motif in the Victorian era, with the opening of China and Japan to the West, and designer Glenn Wallace has played up that historic feature in contemporary Asian elements throughout the home.
Mosaics on the historic grounds of Villa D'Este, Italy's most storied retreat, are among the country's most photographed landmarks. This particular wall is the Mosaic of Nymphaeum Villa D'Este which is an example of Renaissance architecture. Emphasizing pattern and scale, Renaissance style draws influence from Roman architecture.
The remodeled dining area -- in warm wood tones, muted gray-greens and charcoal -- exemplifies the casual, comfortable vibe the Kitchen Cousins were going for with this renovation. To add historic character to the dining room, stamped-tin tiles were installed on the ceiling. The tiles are in varied patterns alternating between linear, medallion and floral designs. An impressive chandelier adds a touch of elegance to the space.