Galasso has somehow managed to make an 160-year-old home in Atlanta's Adair Park seem fresh and modern. "I love dark colors on the wall" says Galasso of this parlor in a rich forest green that beautifully contrasts with the white walls and molding in the main living room. Galasso says her two splurge items when it comes to home design are faucets and light fixtures.
A traditional, crystal chandelier adds a funky touch to this modern, loft kitchen. The neutral gray and white color palette keeps the space feeling light while the exposed brick wall gives it a historical touch.
The Eastmark Community wanted a series of structures within the park that would complement the natural materials used in the planned development, so designers chose elements that would nod to the site's historical, agricultural past. Raw steel, concrete, stone and other natural materials symbolically mirror the agricultural structures that once dotted the rural desert landscape. Historically, indigenous settlements sprouted up along rivers, so this stream running through the park area gives a peaceful nod to the ancient landmarks that would have existed many years removed in history.
With its stately presence, this fireplace both anchors the living room and gives the space a sense of history and character. Meanwhile, two mirrors -- an antique piece and one that's more modern -- layer the mantel and reflect the natural light from the windows, making the space seem brighter.
A whimsical gold and cream wallpaper gives this once-dark foyer a light, airy vibe. The woodwork is painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove and is used throughout. Finishing out the design are a Visual Comfort light fixture, a pair of Mr. Brown mirrors and a Modern History chest.
This home's foyer was once dark and boring but now projects a light, airy vibe. The woodwork is painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove and a whimsical gold and cream wallpaper is used throughout. Finishing out the design are a Visual Comfort light fixture, a pair of Mr. Brown mirrors and a Modern History chest.
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.
For the kitchen of a vacation house in Portland, Ore., designer Michelle Ruber of Encircle Design and Build wanted a stylish and low-maintenance material that would stand up to a high-traffic environment. She found her solution in an unlikely place: “The backsplash is the old pony wall in the basement that was removed during the remodel,” she says. “We had the wood planed and then applied it to the backsplash, which brought in a warm feel and history of the original structure. We used a durable marine-grade varnish to protect and properly seal the wood.”
Interlacing wood planks create an entrancing, modern accent wall in this rustic industrial restaurant. Coal mining-inspired decor, like the wall-mounted bulb lighting and hurricane lanterns, honor the town's mining history. Red Tolix chairs add a stylish, colorful element.
Combining gray and black cabinets in this modern, loft kitchen adds texture to this loft kitchen. The exposed brick accent wall nods to the history of the space while tall ceilings keep the room feeling spacious.
Before renovating this pre-Depression era apartment, the spaces in the home were very dark and traditional. To remedy this, designers added ambient light to brighten up the space. In this hallway, they restored the neoclassical plasterwork to highlight the architectural elegance of the space and added modern art to match the homeowner's personal style. These efforts highlight the history of the building, perfectly blending it with the modern style of the homeowner.
A Greek sculpture dating to 100 B.C. and an oil painting by Masatoyo Kishi juxtapose elements of history and modernity in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012 Listening Room, designed by Matthew MacCaul Turner.
This entirely unexpected modern cabin in Muscoda, Wisconsin is even more arresting for its striking black exterior. The vacation home is featured in Phaidon's tribute to the history and modern examples of black clad architecture, Black: Architecture in Monochrome.
Many antique pieces are present in this historical Maine farmhouse. The distressed wood of the console table matches beautifully with the rustic accessories and the artwork, blending history with modern day decor.
This airy, spacious living room keeps furnishings and decor to a minimum, enhancing the open, uncluttered feel. Classic midcentury modern pieces like the curvy wicker rocking chair and white Noguchi table add a bit of history.