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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Traditional to Contemporary

If I had to design my own house I would be in a complete funk stuck for years. There are too many styles, details and elements I love. My home would probably end up being an electric mish mosh with different styles per room. 

So, what happens when you have an English Country Cottage style home with an interior filled with traditional furniture and you purchase an Art Deco Contemporary brick building in Downtown? Well, you have two options. You either sell everything you own and buy completely new furniture and art or, you make it work. 

My Dad and I saw the vision before my Mother could even fathom moving Downtown. We knew what we were going to use where the second we first stepped into the building. It was second nature, as if we didn't have to think about it. We both had the same idea. 

You've seen the new pad in Downtown and I thought I would share with you their old home in Midtown Tulsa for one reason only, the fact that all of the furniture you will see in the first three pictures was used in their new Downtown Contemporary home which you can view in my post Kenosha: After. It is interesting to see the same furniture in two completely different space. 

Great Room 

Sun Room portion of the Great Room

Entry Foyer with Hall leading to Master Bedroom Suite



Some of my favorite things from our old home were the special little details, nooks, and windows placed throughout the interior and exterior of the home. 

Before we moved, I took picture of my favorite elements hoping one day I could recreate them in a home of my own. Since my style has changed immensely in the past few years, I will probably never recreate these elements, but I thank myself every time I see these pictures. They bring back wonderful memories and smiles.  

Window in the Hall to the Master Suite.

The wine rack in the Wet Bar.

Exterior sconce at the back Kitchen Door Entry.

An old antique door divided my Brothers WC from the vanity.

Chandelier over the staircase. 

A brick which was inserted into the stone walkway to the back Kitchen door.

The lion's head above the back Kitchen door covered porch. 

The Hidden door to the Library. 

Dachshund boot cleaner at the Front Door. 

The architect who designed the exterior, interior and worked with my parents with the interior decorating is featured in One Hundred More Historic Tulsa Homes. It is a great book showing so much history throughout Tulsa.  

The back cover of the book features a great image of my old bedroom windows! It also shows the wonderful trademark roof. 

It is a beautiful house and was a beautiful home for me and my family. I am very thankful to have had the chance to live, laugh and love in such a wonderful home. 

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