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10 Historic Homes for Modern Creative Families

by Grace Bonney


Historic homes will always be near and dear to my heart. Growing up in Virginia, every school year was chock-full of field trips to historic homes and I even went to college at William & Mary, where half of the campus is part of an active historical site (riding the bus to Target with people in period costume was a trip). We’ve had the pleasure of sharing so many incredible historic homes from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries here at DS, so today I wanted to honor those amazing spaces and celebrate how their creative owners have found ways to stay true to historic architecture while still embracing modern colors and design sensibilities. Here are 15 of my favorites to prove that some homes only get better with age. xo, grace

Image above: This 1809 Federal-style home in Rhode Island is full of color and modern touches that highlight incredible historic details.

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Images above: John McKinney’s Kingston, NY home (see more after the jump below!) is one of my favorite home tours we’ve ever shared. His home has survived not just the Revolutionary War and the infamous 1777 burning of Kingston, but centuries of change.



More of John McKinney’s Kingston, NY home (above)


This second-empire home in NY boasts stunning views of the Hudson River and incredible antique furniture.


Aaron and Kat’s Kingston, NY home is filled with period details like this fireplace, which was built with the house in 1777.


Bryan and Catherine’s historic early-1900s townhouse is filled with old-meets-new details, like these historic doors.


This former spice warehouse in Amsterdam (built in 1636), above and below, is home to an incredible family with an eye for art.



This circa 1883 Victorian home has a wealth of beautiful detailing like glass door knobs and detailed crown molding.


The built-in cabinets and storage in David and Rumaan’s Brooklyn home echo the grand architecture and design detailing of the 1800s.


This historic Pittsburgh Victorian (above and below) is filled with stunning historic details like wide molding and built-in cabinets.

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This 106-year-old Richmond, VA home combines old and new with a sophisticated, neutral palette.


This Victorian farmhouse gets a modern spin thanks to its newest owners.

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This historic Edinburgh home combines stunning period details with modern style and clean finishes.


This mid 18th-century Edinburgh home embraces its historic bones with classic style.

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