Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Modern interiors in ancient homes

I LOVE old, historic homes. The character, the charm, the history, and the quality of craftsmanship far surpass the cookie cutter houses most of us have to settle for. What I also love is to see how people of today integrate modern technologies and furnishings into houses built long before those technologies were ever dreamed up.

PS - click on each image for a larger version



A home in Sri Lanka - I like that so many of the original architectural elements haven't been tampered with.



Love this bathroom and bedroom - check out the nooks above the desk

the 3 images above are from another Sri Lanka home.


2 images above from a farmhouse in Santiago, Chile

This kitchen is one of my favorites. I love exposed beams, and these have been painted yellow to brighten up the place.

2 images above from a home in Provence, France


2 above from a home in Mantova, Italy

LOVE the stone with a modern take on a classic chair. Gorgeous. From another Provence home.

What do you think? Do you live in an old home? What do you love about it? If you don't, would you like to live in one?

all images © Richard Powers.

4 comments:

meenal @ maison marigold said...

I could happily live in that house in srilanka..utterly gorgeous! i found you blog today and love it..i'm your latest follower..do visit my blog as well when you have a moment..and maybe follow it if you like..have a lovely day.. xx meenal

Ispirato Design said...

I am trying to make my home look older by beefing up all of the moldings, adding crown moldings and replacing door hardware with some that are a bit more vintage... so yeah, I would love to live in an older home but I would decorate it in with a more modern spirit. Nice post!

FOKaL said...

This is like my dream - take an old house and dress it up in modern touches.

Miss Frangipani said...

Our home was built in the early 1800s and was the Mint of Goa for a while in the 1830s. It's a beautiful building but we need to do a lot of work to make it work for us, including making more storage. I'd love to use our high ceilings and wall space to hang oversized art or photographs and maybe add a little more drama to make the space seem luxurious.

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