The inner courtyard now has the visual focus of a fireplace. The fireplace design complements the historic design of the home. The fireplace is accented with encaustic tiles and flanked by traditional “banco” benches. With this design, the delineation between exterior and interior spaces is obscured.
In order to maintain its historic authenticity, designer Erica Riggio selected period paint colors for the exterior of this renovated 1920s bungalow. The updated landscaping incorporates native plants to create a lush entrance to the home.
Contemporary furnishings create contrast when set in a historic home. Designer Shelley Cahan combined a simple, white canopy bed, crisp white trim and olive-toned accents in the bedroom of this 20th century home for a look that is both modern and timeless.
The kitchen in this historic Tudor home was a bit outdated, so designers brightened the space up a bit with a fresh coat of paint and new cabinets and appliances. The walls were painted bright yellow, making the kitchen reminiscent of a sunshiny day, reflecting the natural light that spills into the space through the windows above the sink. New, white cabinets replaced older, outdated ones, and new appliances update the space, while still remaining true to the historic design of the home. To add warmth to the space, dark, soapstone countertops were added for durability and style, off setting the bright colors with a darker one.
In a round foyer with a stone floor and faux painted dome ceiling, designer Judy Hodgens used a modern leopard print bench and petite bronze sculpture. The space, which was 12 feet in diameter in the 1928 home, was decorated for a Historic Macon Design House in Georgia.
The San Francisco Decorator Showhouse 2014 guest bedroom mixes museum-quality case goods that are perfectly at home in a stately historic room. Designer Melanie Coddington added luxurious designer details, such as two-toned window treatments, a sumptuous blue bed, and a large floral area rug that ties the entire space together.
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.
When renovating a bath in a historic home, designer Mark Williams had to work within a small footprint. “Baths were not as luxuriously proportioned back then so we had to get creative with storage solutions,” he says. “We built in a large piece—designed to look like an armoire—but is actually linen storage above, and a hamper below. The antiqued mirror insets in the upper cabinet doors make the whole space feel larger.”
The screen facade of this two-story construction is made from bronze anodized aluminum with patterned cutouts that are a nod to the original home's precast concrete window grilles. Though this is a contemporary design for this historic site, the building's form and exterior materials match the historic home.
This historic Alexandria home features an oversized garage and brick driveway with colonial design. The lot offers private off-street parking for five cars and a guest suite that's attached to the garage.
This sunny Mediterranean home is a historic gem in Coral Gables, Florida. Designers worked carefully (and got the architectural board's approval) to bring an updated, more functional design to its kitchen and other rooms.
For the kitchen renovation of this historic Adams-style home, HGTV Design Star contestant Karl Sponholtz tried to stay true to the history while providing all the convenience of a modern chef's kitchen.