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Favorite Home Tours of 2020

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Throughout much of 2020 we weren’t able to visit many places—at least not physically. We did explore a number of stylish homes virtually, however. Below are a half-dozen favorite home tours featured here during the past year. We hope you’ll find them as inspiring as we do.

Find similar chandeliers here and sconces here. Design by Marie Flanigan; photo by Julie Soefer.

Find similar chandeliers here and sconces here. Design by Marie Flanigan; photo by Julie Soefer.

You’ll find a variety of upholstered furniture in a very similar blue velvet here. Design by Marie Flanigan; photo by Julie Soefer.

You’ll find a variety of upholstered furniture in a very similar blue velvet here. Design by Marie Flanigan; photo by Julie Soefer.

A Texan Take on French Finesse

French influences are apparent throughout this 8,000-square-foot home in Texas, from the custom chinoiserie wallpaper to the gold-trimmed tables. But there is also a distinct Southern sensibility, courtesy of rift-cut oak and slipcovered seating. “It’s really about finding a common thread,” explains designer Marie Flanigan. “You don’t want to copy the same thing in every space but find a thread that makes you feel like this is the same home, the same voice being spoken and then expressed in different ways.”

 

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Not only is this chair similar in style to those above, but it’s upholstered in stain-resistant fabric, making it family-friendly. Design by Courtland Stevens; photo by Kelli Boyd.

Not only is this chair similar in style to those above, but it’s upholstered in stain-resistant fabric, making it family-friendly. Design by Courtland Stevens; photo by Kelli Boyd.

Playing with Pattern and Color

Whereas Marie Flanigan strove to create a common thread, fellow designer Courtland Stevens took a different approach in her own Savannah home: “Each room has its own color; each room has its own purpose.” While some of the rooms layer motif upon motif, others, such as the bedrooms, are oases of serenity with pastel palettes and minimal patterns.

 

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Find the Fauna rug in this and other colorways here. Design by Courtland Stevens; photo by Kelli Boyd.

Find the Fauna rug in this and other colorways here. Design by Courtland Stevens; photo by Kelli Boyd.

Find a similar garden stool here. Design by Stewart Manger; photo by William Waldron.

Find a similar garden stool here. Design by Stewart Manger; photo by William Waldron.

Design by Stewart Manger; photo by William Waldron.

Design by Stewart Manger; photo by William Waldron.

A Historic Home’s Update

How do you make an 1880s Southampton home suitable for family living in 2020? Very carefully. When working on older homes, says designer Stewart Manger, “we try to maintain original details and complement the historic sensibility with new and modern kitchens and bathrooms to make it functional.” For this seven-bedroom house, that meant some structural changes (combining two kitchens into one), a focus on finishes—hand-colored plaster walls, glossy finish on the ceilings to make them appear higher—and a fresh palette.

 

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Design by Collins & Sweezey; photo by Stephen Karlisch.

Design by Collins & Sweezey; photo by Stephen Karlisch.

A New Traditionalist Makeover

If any home exemplifies the serene elegance of New Traditionalist style, it’s Collins & Sweezey’s makeover of this Dallas house. “I think the house flows so beautifully,” says designer Katie Collins. “When you walk in the front door and travel from room to room, there’s so much light. It feels lighthearted and comfortable.” The variety of blue tones throughout not only appeal to the owner’s love of the seaside but also contribute to the cool, classic ambience that ties all the rooms together.

 

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You can find a variety of round skirted tables here. Design by Collins & Sweezey; photo by Stephen Karlisch.

You can find a variety of round skirted tables here. Design by Collins & Sweezey; photo by Stephen Karlisch.

Find the sectional sofa here and the framed photos by Natalie Obradovich (La Fontelina Umbrellas and Positano Arrival) here. Design by Christina Nielsen; photo by Genevieve Garruppo.

Find the sectional sofa here and the framed photos by Natalie Obradovich (La Fontelina Umbrellas and Positano Arrival) here. Design by Christina Nielsen; photo by Genevieve Garruppo.

Find the garden stool here. Design by Christina Nielsen; photo by Genevieve Garruppo.

Find the garden stool here. Design by Christina Nielsen; photo by Genevieve Garruppo.

Small and Smart in the City

Given the cozy proportions of their Manhattan apartment, it’s no surprise that Christina Nielsen’s clients wanted an all-white space. But “I personally feel like white is so overdone,” Christina says. “I really pushed them to warm it up.” Hence the gray sectional, the gold bar cart, and the Mediterranean seascapes in the living room, the soft pinks in the nursery, and most surprising, the rich teal walls and the vibrant blue art in the bedroom.

 

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Design by James Farmer; photo by Jeff Herr.

Design by James Farmer; photo by Jeff Herr.

A Southern Lakeside Farmhouse

“When they purchased the house it was basic,” says designer James Farmer of his clients’ lakeside home in Georgia. It’s anything but basic now. Neutral walls allowed James to layer on patterns and colors reflective of both Southern style and waterfront living. Plaids and florals, nautical art and animal prints—it’s the decor equivalent of juggling chainsaws while on a unicycle, but he pulled it off beautifully.

 

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Find similar majolica pieces here. Design by James Farmer; photo by Jeff Herr.

Find similar majolica pieces here. Design by James Farmer; photo by Jeff Herr.

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