Before & After: Family-Friendly Elegance in a Historic Living Room

Historic homes are most near and dear to my heart. Having grown up in many of them, nearly exclusively, I'm personally of the opinion that their charm can not be matched in modern construction. Their beauty is also their curse -- each is so unique, and as this client experienced, though living in a house of the same decade in the same city before this, the layout and features were entirely different. That brings new challenges, as well.

In the formal entry + living space of this 1920's rancher, we wanted to create presence, interest and ambience that would still be high functioning. Rich fabrics, unique antiquities, and scenes of artistry provide a sense of certain storied lure.

All pretty photos by Zach Lucero. Before photos were taken at night right after they had moved in, and are mainly included to show the power of good lighting!

Sofa by Anthropologie. Leather chairs by Restoration Hardware. Sconces by Fig House Vintage. Starburst mirror from Pottery Barn (no longer available). Coffee table and floor lamp from West Elm. Entry antique sideboard from Dustin Dorr. Vintage Italian Glass Pendant from Sara Kate Studios. Artwork is our own; visit shop for others.

Sofa by Anthropologie. Leather chairs by Restoration Hardware. Sconces by Fig House Vintage. Starburst mirror from Pottery Barn (no longer available). Coffee table and floor lamp from West Elm. Entry antique sideboard from Dustin Dorr. Vintage Italian Glass Pendant from Sara Kate Studios. Artwork is our own; visit shop for others.

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Unrelated bonus: the dining room is just off of this space, and is such a stunner! Admittedly, the homeowner had all of these things and worked with the chandelier + wallpaper already there. She gets the credit for this room entirely! // Hutch is vintage. Table is Restoration Hardware. Chairs available from Overstock. Plant and planter from Dustin Dorr.

Choosing the right resilient fabrics + surfaces can allow for families to have spaces that feel more authentically their style, velvet and patina leather leading that category.

What are your favorite tricks for not sacrificing style despite pets or kids? Please share!