Excited to share photos of my client's 1920s Tudor Home project that was just finished.
When you have plaster walls, crown moldings of this detail, beautiful archways, and original hardwoods, it's all about accentuating the charm. And this house has charm for days. It also happens to be inhabited by the kind of family that truly is interested in making their house a home. This house has soul and I think it comes across.
What we did:
1. Keep the paint neutral. If you have plaster walls, ornate moldings, and lots of natural light, keep the walls neutral. It also allows you to really layer in color with textiles and accessories. The wall color here is BM Revere Pewter, one of the best all-time neutrals, which I think takes on the look of a natural stone. Although each room is painted the same, this color shows differently depending on the light, so that each room appears sort of layered on the next. We painted the back panel of the built-ins in the living room a pop of color - BM Wythe Blue.
2. Splurge on the window treatments. Here we layered woven woods with custom draperies. Woven woods are great for privacy and give lots of neutral texture. The difference between custom draperies and store bought is no comparison. Save up until you can splurge, it will be worth it. Don't be afraid to use a heavy upholstery grade as we did in the living room, where we created this bold stripe out of two solids we loved. These are done in a Euro-pleat with emphasis on fullness for a little more drama. We kept the hardware minimal and dark for contrast.
3. Make the art meaningful. The gallery wall in the foyer tells the story of this family: her son's first scribble of a person, her daughter's creative purple girl, the key of their first family home framed. I love that you can walk in and instantly feel that there is love in this home. The framed photos above the fireplace will be changed out each year with the family's annual photo shoot.
5. It's OK to mix high and low. This dining room table is Saloom, custom made, and will last a lifetime. It also expands to accommodate large family holiday gatherings. The light fixture is from Birch Lane and gave us a chance to be playful without breaking the budget.
6. Keep an eye on One Kings Lane. A great resource for a high end look. We got the area rug in the living room, as well as the Miles Talbott spindle chairs from OKL.