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How to give a modern update to period homes

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Furniture

Strange shapes for furniture can look strange in an older home. Go for furniture with clean lines. Too much plastic can look out of place as well, so try to stick with modern furniture that is made with traditional materials. For example, a modern sofa that sets low to the floor can add modern style without going over the top. Lounge chairs can be a very comfortable modern alternative to an old-fashioned recliner chair.

Get creative with fabric

 Modern fabric designs can complement a period home. You might want to avoid exceptionally bright colors though. Muted tones are a more tasteful option that can help modern patterns fit right into your beautiful older home. If you have some classic old furniture that you can’t part with, consider reupholstering it with a more modern fabric. Getting sample swatches and comparing them against the background of the room the chair is to go in can help ensure you are happy with the final fabric.

Get rid of old wallpaper

 Wallpaper can make a house look stuck in the past, not to mention that at a certain age it can appear dilapidated and unsightly. Try removing wallpaper and replacing it with a wall painted in a neutral tone. On this new background you can add artwork or decorations that add a modern look to your home. Think of this as your blank canvas that you can change the look of whenever you want to change the décor that hangs on it.

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 Update rugs

 Modern rugs can do a lot to modernize a period home. The great thing is that you can change designs and colors as often as you want. Rugs offer a quick update as well. With many older homes having wood floors, a rug can add warmth and comfort as well. Don’t be afraid to try out a great new pattern. Many people are inspired by current runway fashion trends when adding texture and color to their home.

 Make a room look larger

Many rooms were made smaller in period homes. You can make a small space appear larger with tastefully chosen art work and furniture. Larger pieces of art on a wall and larger furniture can update a room and make it appear larger than it is. It is all about balance. Have small art prints framed in larger frames to make ceilings appear taller. Just be sure not to try to cram too much into a small room.

 Keep it simple

 When modernizing a home it can be easy to get caught up in the moment, with the end result being rooms that are too full of furnishings from many eras. Remember that your home will look better with furnishings that have a modern touch but don’t look out of place. If you have furnishings from five different decades you risk having a room that looks more like a yard sale than updated.

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Luxurious Penthouse in NYC with great views

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…THIS is the type of apartment I dream of living in.

This is what you get when you take a 5,000 square foot space and give it to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis – an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in New York. This apartment is evidence that Manhattan is definitely the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper  called Park Laurel, this apartment has stunning 360 degrees views of  Manhattan’s architectural horizon! I guess it’s awesomeness justifies the $26.5 million sale price

High ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors, the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art, and an imposing fireplace are just some of the incredible aspects in this dream home. Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight of NYC. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well:

“This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.”

via Luxurious Penthouse in the City of Fascination, NYC.


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Unique and Colorful House for Fab.com’s Founder

 

My favorite designs are ones that really catch my eye, and this house definitely stands out. Color, modern art, and rare furniture truly make this house unique.

It’s not a surprise that Bradford Shane Shellhammer has an incredible weekend home he shares with his partner, Georgi Balinov. After all, he is a co-founder and the Chief Design Officer of the design-centric flash-sale retailer Fab.com. “I have a shopping problem, always have,” said Mr. Shellhammer, 36, who might be one of his company’s best customers. “I pieced together the house on Fab.”

These pictures were taken by Trevor Tondro for a great New York Times article. Enjoy!

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