Photo gallery: Downtown condo mixes modern, traditional

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Bryan Bisson bought his two-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath condo in the former Ashanti Ballroom at 16th and Alabama streets two years ago and immediately set about brightening up its tall walls and thick moldings to give it a fresher look.

But the four-story space, part of a building constructed in 1901, didn’t need a complete overhaul. He liked the mix of modern and formal—along with strong wood tones and big windows—that came with a 2006 renovation.

“I just polished it up and made it a little bit more modern instead of completely gutting it,” said Bisson, a hairstylist. “And I think it worked out really, really well.”

CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS. In the basement, below, dark navy paint on the walls, doors and trim create a great space for watching movies. (Photo by The Addison Group, courtesy of F.C. Tucker)

Still, Bisson has put the Old Northside Loft condo on the market

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Midcentury Modern Home In Glencoe Snapped Up Soon After Price Cut

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GLENCOE, IL — A midcentury modern home in Glencoe designed by a notable local architect sold last week for $750,000. Its closing price was more than $50,000 above its most recent asking price and nearly $100,000 more than its current owners paid for it five years ago.

The four-bedroom, 2,230-square-foot ranch-style house is located on a pair of parcels comprising 0.45 acres on the corner of Dundee Road and Grove Street. It also includes a finished lower level.

Richard Barancik designed the 1953-built home for a personal friend, according to its listing. He had just gotten out of the military — where he served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program as one of so-called “monuments men” — when he founded his architectural firm in 1950 with his former design instructor at the University of Illinois.

The recently sold home on Dundee Road was one of only a

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A Twist on a Twist, Clyde Hill House Offers an New Take on Mid-Century Modern Revival

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The Mid-Century Modern revival movement of the last decade is slowly evolving into a new look. While we may be seeing less Barcelona chairs in living rooms, the principles of the classic design style are still being implemented, just in a more contemporary way. The blending of old and new in everything from the architectural lines of homes to the materials used throughout has resulted in a new twist to the timeless look of the 1950s and ‘60s. One Seattle architect has created a home that is a “modern” take on modern that is both timeless and innovative. Check out Clyde Hill House — a stylish, light-filled blend of old and new.

The idea for a contemporary home built on mid-century modern principles came from the clients themselves. Wanting a space that offered privacy but plenty of natural light, the clients provided architect Paul Michael Davis with a perfect starting

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Modern Ideas for a Kitchen Nook Area | Home Guides

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A kitchen nook often includes seating.

A kitchen nook is a small space in or near a kitchen separated from the appliances, cupboards, pantry and countertops. Many use kitchen nooks to create small, intimate breakfast areas or small lounge areas. Most kitchen nooks are designed to replace kitchen eating areas, but some are used in conjunction with larger kitchen dining spaces. There are many ways to create a kitchen nook so it provides a warm and friendly meeting spot.

Intimate Dining Area

Create a small, chummy eating area suitable for two to four people. Opt for a small glass or wooden round table because it’s more intimate than square or rectangular styles. Select individual, padded chairs so you and your family can comfortably scoot back from the table to read the newspaper, use electronic tablets or work on handheld crafts. Modern nook styles are often minimalistic, so choose simple wall art, nominal window treatments and basic

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Bright, airy home combines modern and old for Lynchburg couple | Local News

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Stairs to the second floor lead to a split landing that branches to the second floor master bedroom, a couple guest bedrooms and to a hallway that looks down over that sunny entryway.

The second floor master bedroom originally was a recreation room.

“That wasn’t quite traditional enough for us so we took this area here, took the recreation room, and made it our bedroom,” Gil said.

Windows in that room feature interior shutters and a balcony overlooks the yard.

Irene’s favorite spot in the house is that bedroom because she had a hand in its design, Gil said.

“She liked the closet for her shoe collection,” Gil said. “She had a 1,000 pairs of shoes. Yeah, she’s into fashion. … She had so many clothes and she started bringing them down and putting them in my little closet.”

The majority of the rooms are not a typical rectangular shape

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On the Market: ‘Storybook home’ blends country charm with modern appliances in Easton

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EASTON — The Lower Easton neighborhood is attractive and desirable year-round but during the summer season, living in this neighborhood has real advantages.

While the bucolic town may not have any grocery stores, Easton has its fair share of

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Historic charm, modern comfort make for golden combo on Prince Edward Street for $1,385,000 | Home & Garden

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“For downtown living, to have sunny and shady spots, plenty of room for recreation and some nice sitting areas … that is pretty unique,” she said. “Plus, I’ve planted hundreds of bulbs through the years, so you’ll have something blooming all four seasons. It’s very pretty.”

Perhaps the Castles’ favorite upgrade has been the home’s attic. They have morphed the third-floor space into a contemporary, bright and insulated haven, perfect for kids’ slumber parties or, on the flip side, a quiet area for guests.

Also upstairs are the home’s four bedrooms, three of which have their own bathrooms.

Whereas the attic certainly emits modern vibes, the bulk of the home retains its historic allure. Among the features you’ll notice throughout are its original blown-glass windows, towering arches, original hardware on doors, real plaster walls, resurfaced hardwood floors and pocket doors.

Upon arrival to its front patio, you’ll notice the ornate

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Old-world style meets modern luxury at 45 Sunset Drive

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Leave your passport at home and allow yourself to be transported to an Italian Palazzo at 45 Sunset Drive. This enchanting European country-inspired home, listed by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, Terry and Cindy Oakes, is the epitome of craftsmanship and luxury in Cherry Hills Village. Buyers can now claim this extraordinary estate as their own for $4,199,000.

Every detail of the home is as unique as it is impressive. Swirling, antique iron gates and towering front doors imported from Brazil greet you as you enter the palatial residence. Inside, the finest finishes including walnut, cherry, teak, and oak woodwork, onyx accents, real plaster reliefs, limestone columns, and seven fireplaces add decadent touches to the home’s design.

“Simply put, this home is breathtaking,” said Terry Oakes. “There was no expense spared and no detail overlooked within this estate. This home is a rare find within Denver Metro and a once-in-a-lifetime

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Chic and stylish modern beach home on Bruny Island

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A WONDERFUL island lifestyle, cutting-edge design and an absolute beachfront position – what else could a homeowner ask for?

With the rare benefit of title to the high-water mark, this outstanding contemporary building makes a unique and appealing addition to the suite of holiday homes that enjoy an exclusive location above the sandy stretch of Nebraska Beach.

Clad in oiled vertical hardwood and designed as an offset pair of connected pavilions, the building’s rear door opens to an entrance hallway that links the two, with a large picture window at the end hinting at the expansive panoramas to come.

Turning to the right from the hallway is the bedroom pavilion, with three bedrooms and a bright bathroom/toilet with glass-enclosed rainhead shower.

The master bedroom, with its window framing the view, is at the front of this pavilion.

Full-height glass sliders give access from the master bedroom to the

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Modern makeover: Baldwyn native gives Tupelo home, yard new life | Lifestyle

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TUPELO • For several years, Terry Lytal lived in a very traditional home on North Lamar in Oxford that was filled with English and European antiques he’d collected.

One day he woke up, looked around and realized his tastes had changed. After liquidating just about all his furnishings, he moved home to Baldwyn in 2017 to take care of his ailing father.

When his dad died, Lytal moved back to Tupelo, where he had started his career in nursing at the North Mississippi Medical Center in 1974. And he knew just where he wanted to live – Robins Street.

“This is the first and only house I looked at,” said Lytal, 66. “I love this street, the trees, the sidewalks, the family atmosphere, the charm.”

Lytal purchased a modern-style house built in 1980 in the historic downtown neighborhood made up of 100-year-old homes and cottages.

“The woman who built it

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