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House Tour: Fresh Traditional

Starting over with an old, traditional-style home might seem limiting to a young family, but with the addition of fresh colors, playful patterns, and thoughtful updates, classic style becomes bright and inviting.


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    • Classic Curb Appeal

      Judicious use of soft yellow gives this Colonial-style home a breezy, inviting exterior that doesn’t overpower its traditional architecture. Paired with white, deep gray, and stone accents, the classic abode is charming yet refined. A medium-tone stain accents the front door and signals guests where to enter.

    • Welcome Home

      A fresh foyer with an upholstered bench welcomes family and visitors alike. Lively patterned wallpaper provides a pleasing contrast to the traditional space and defines it from other areas of the home. A bright color palette of blues, oranges, and yellows extends throughout the rest of the home.

    • Entryway Details

      A bench upholstered in orange corduroy creates a striking focal point in the entryway. Cornflower blue piping on the bench and an embroidered pillow pull color from the exuberant floral wallpaper.

    • Playful Patterns

      In the living room, a tranquil, nature-inspired color palette is layered with leafy patterns, giving the room depth and interest without looking too busy. An area rug fashioned after an Irish gate design adds style and warmth underfoot. Furniture gathers around a Chinese prayer table, a unique substitute for a standard coffee table.

    • Cozy Corner

      An antique Swedish secretary anchors a corner of the living room, balancing the room’s subtle patterns with its rich wood tones. Stylized leaf patterns, shown on the curtains and upholstered wing chair, add a touch of color and liveliness throughout the space.

    • Timeless Kitchen

      This kitchen features a commanding butcher-block-style island, perfect for cooking and entertaining. A classic color scheme of whites and wood tones ensures this kitchen will always be in style, and the sparse use of stainless steel gives it a nostalgic feel.

    • Prep Sink

      A copper sink and bronze faucet complement the butcher-block countertop with fresh color and texture. The sink is integrated within the island to provide easy access during meal prep.

    • Room for Family

      Texture is abundant in the family room, which sits just off the kitchen. Beautiful stone covers the fireplace, while woven curtains and a textured rug accent the room. The leaf pattern on the armchairs is bold and fun without being too overwhelming.

    • Pattern Mix

      Stripe and floral fabrics elegantly mix in the dining room, creating a style as fresh as it is inviting. Dark wood tones supply warmth and contrast, and an upholstered antique bench adds a vintage touch.

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      A Sunny View

      The cheery sunroom was an addition to the original home and is a favorite place for relaxing. Decorated with comfort and busy kids in mind, all of the sunroom’s furniture is lightweight or includes casters so it’s easy to move for playtime.

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      Cozy by the Fire

      This freestanding wood-burning stove gives the sunroom an inviting feel. The antique architectural frieze layers a floral pattern and wood texture on top of a rough stone wall, once again incorporating the idea of mixing texture and pattern.

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      Sunroom Dining

      A casual dining area off the sunroom features a sturdy wood table perfect for kids’ playtime, snack time, or drinks before dinner. A slate floor grounds the room, while grooved paneling on the ceiling adds style overhead. 

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      Warm Den

      The den is warm and cozy with dark walls and jewel tones on the chair and curtains. An antique gym locker serves as unique wall storage.

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      Rustic Bedroom

      The master bedroom features a peaked roof with weathered ceiling beams and a rustic stone fireplace. Although both playful patterns and earthy textures are present, a subdued color palette—reminiscent of the homeowner's Colorado roots—pulls the look together.

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      Mosaic Master Bathroom

      Neutral tones are carried through the bedroom and into the master bath, where earth-color mosaic tiles cover the walls. The wood accents in the bookshelf and cream-color vaulted ceilings give the space an airy, nature-inspired feel.

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