But, then I go to Ikea and dream of a clean modern space. It's a dilemma that faces many owners of older homes. Perhaps what is called for is a mixture of both - a space that honors the style of the home but reinvents it with a clean fresh look. Historic homes, in addition to being green (the greenest house is the one already built), are a perfect backdrop for an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories. In other words, older homes don't have to look "granny". I believe that the trick is to "do no harm". Leave the architectural features unmolested, but have fun with color, furniture and accessories.
|Photo from The Design Files|
|From House Beautiful Magazine|
|Living room from House Beautiful Magazine|
In this living room, the original features of the room are a perfect foil for the eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture and accessories.
The exposed brick and painted wood floors warm up the space while the large scaled prints add a fresh approach to a traditional image.