They don’t build homes like they used to — but they should.
Showers are great and all but can we all agree that there is something overwhelmingly luxurious about bathing in a clawfoot tub? They are statement-making, stylish and, without doubt, the perfect place for a little scrub-a-dub-dub.
A word that comes to mind? Character. Built-ins give plain old walls a boost by creating a distinctly unique design that makes a space feel special. Plus, they’re the perfect place to display all your favorite, antique finds.
How this trend ever ended, we will never understand. Moving forward, all two-level homes should feature either A) an upstairs laundry room or B) a laundry chute. Lugging the dirty-clothes hamper down the stairs all day should simply be a non-option for future generations.
This swoon-worthy ceiling medallion leaves us questioning how society transitioned from such ornate designs to the dreaded popcorn ceiling. Talk about a fall from grace. Let’s bring back the elegance of yesteryear and give medallions a major comeback story.
Although transom windows were originally used for extra ventilation in buildings with no central air conditioning, we love this over-the-door feature for homes today because they easily flood central spaces with natural light. Bonus? These tiny windows accentuate the height of your ceilings and create an airy feeling in otherwise blocked-off rooms.
Open floor plans are the new normal. And while we still love the open look, we’re secretly hoping the closed-off kitchen and dining spaces typical of older homes will make a comeback. Why? Traditional sit-down dining allows families to foster physical tech-free, family-focused boundaries within the home. When was the last time you broke bread sans phone or without a TV blaring in the background?
Interior French Doors
There’s an added air of elegance that comes with a set of classic French doors in an interior room. We are smitten with this architectural element because it creates a (gorgeous) sound barrier between spaces, without sacrificing natural light. Use them for the home office, a formal dining room or as a handsome entry for your walk-in pantry.
Oh, pretty, pretty please can we make opulence the norm again? Spiral staircases are as stately and sophisticated as they come, and the world needs more of them. We’d lug laundry up and down this stunner all day, every day without a single complaint.
Fireplaces in Every Room
Before the days of interior heating systems, fireplaces were dispersed throughout the home out of pure necessity during the winter months. Despite our advances in HVAC, we would love to see homes feature fireplaces beyond the living room. Add one in the kitchen, the bedroom or go ultra-luxe with a stunning surround in the master bath. Just imagine how delightfully toasty your towel would feel post-shower!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better (or more charming) spot to read the morning paper or enjoy an afternoon tea than on a wraparound porch. And yes, that’s a fact.
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