Traditional Style with a Modern Sensibility

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My personal aesthetic is what I often describe as a modern take on traditional style. I love homes that feel classic and are anchored by traditional architecture or furnishings, but have a fresh, modern sensibility, which often comes into play through the use of unexpected pieces, finishes, or materials. With 2017 now here, I feel optimistic about the year to come, though I know the current state of affairs in the world certainly gives us all a bit of uneasiness. As a result, I have been hearing that people will be craving cozy, comfortable environments and will be spending more time nesting at home than before.

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What could be more comforting than a beautiful, classic house with modern elements such as this Memphis stunner by one of my favorite Southern architects, James F. Carter? While the bones of the house are undoubtedly traditional, the interiors feature unexpected, modern (or “new traditional”) touches such as gray kitchen cabinetry, oxblood grasscloth and trim and an aged brass fireplace surround in the library, and a master bath swathed in slabs of gorgeous marble. I could move right in and will definitely save this house to my “dream” file!

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{Photography by Jean Allsopp via James F. Carter, Architect}

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  1. I love it. High-quality materials, such as the marble in the bath and the plank floors, will never go out of style. The kitchen cupboards are traditional without being frou-frou faux-colonial. The light fixtures won’t make them wince years from now. Classic.