Brittany Tobler’s top tips for mastering modern design while paying homage to authentic architecture.

Don’t overdecorate

No need for bold patterns when a home’s original features can shine on their own. “We used neutral-colored linen Roman shades for the windows to showcase the frame of the window,” the designer says. She also made sure the home’s original stained glass windows and lighting fixtures were left intact and on display.

Look for leads

Why start from scratch when an old home is flooded with design clues? “We special ordered the fireplace tile to complement tile on another fireplace in the home,” Tobler explains.

 3 Pick the right pros

“Hire vendors that understand and respect old homes,” Tobler suggests. The subcontractors chosen for this project—from the painter to the woodworker—understand the high level of craftsmanship required for Avenues homes.

4 Mix it up


When it came time to choose new flooring that would run into the original flooring from the adjoining dining room, Tobler was prepared. “Matching new wood to old wood floors is always a challenge,but as long as the woods are close in hue, type and size like this red oak, it’s totally acceptable to see a little variance between the new and old flooring.”

Curate with care

Display pieces that reflect the personality of the house as well as the homeowners. This home doesn’t scream fine china or crystal stemware—instead, colorful everyday pottery and glasses are the perfect fit.

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