Designer Whittney Parkinson has renovated a Tudor-style house from the 1920s while maintaining its historical integrity

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From the beginning of a major renovation project in Indianapolis, Designer Whittney Parkinson knew she wanted to preserve the historical integrity of a Tudor-style home that her clients – a young couple – were renovating. “The thought of blowing up the walls and specifying trendy design felt like sacrilege in a house that already had good bones and was brimming with charm,” says Parkinson House beautiful.

Fortunately, the homeowners did Likewise shared a passion for preserving the original makeup of this home. And because of the historical importance of this apartment, they should have obtained approval from the local history association before making any changes to the exterior, so no major adjustments were made to the structure.

In addition to retaining many original design elements, Parkinson has used the era in which the house was built – the roaring 20s – as inspiration in decorating the interiors, including an antique claw-foot tub from that decade. The designer made sure to also integrate modern elements, because the young couple who call this place home today wanted to merge old and new.

Explore the modernized 1920s apartment building below.


Mudroom

Mudroom, purple cabinets, tiles

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Mud room, purple cabinets cabinet

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The 3-foot ceiling in the mudroom is encased Farrow & Ball‘s dramatic Brinjal, a dark shade of eggplant. The inspiration for this eye-catching shade came from an unusual source: the BBCs Call the midwife, which features a shop front of the same color in East London owned by Violet Buckle (played by Annabelle Apsion). Parkison says that when she presented this shade to the homeowners she encountered some hesitation, but ultimately the homeowner said she really hoped to incorporate this color somewhere – and she did!

Colour: Farrow & Ball. To shine: Circa lighting. Hardware: rejuvenation.


kitchen

kitchen

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The renovation of the original kitchen of the house was by far the most important undertaking in this extensive project, as this room was almost doubled thanks to an existing breakfast nook that was used to expand the width of this room. As for furnishings, the minimalist beige cabinetry was a direct nod to the utilitarian aesthetic of a 1920s European kitchen, says Parkinson.

Much like the bedroom design process, the design inspiration for the kitchen comes from notable television series – in this case Downton Abbey and Peaky blinders. Some design elements that have been considered thanks to these shows include exposed hinges, consoles, built-in wardrobes, subway tiles, and an oversized bead board.

Lighting: Circa lighting. Range: Lacanche. Hardware: rejuvenation. Barstool: Vintage. Back wall: Fireclay Tile. Furniture color: Farrow & Ball.


Butler’s pantry

Butler pantry

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Before being converted into a butler’s pantry, this now smoky gray room was painted in Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe– was originally an entrance hall. Parkinson chose to close the area with stained glass panels, which were originally intended for the house and which were reinvented over and over again by a carpenter whose job it was to make these pieces the focal point of the space. “The idea was to leave the door to a pantry open,” jokes Parkinson.

Furniture color: Farrow & Ball. Ceiling light: rejuvenation.


Main bathroom

Main bathroom

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Main bathroom

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To create a rustic glamor enclave for the main bathroom, double French doors were installed that open to a roof balcony with picturesque views. And since this residence was built over 100 years ago, it’s not surprising that some of the interior decorations are centuries-old gems too, many of which can be found in this room, including a claw-foot tub from the 1920s and an original fireplace on the opposite wall.

Shower wall tiles: Clé tile. To shine: Rohl’s house. Marble floor tiles: The tile shop. Vanity wall lights: Circa lighting. Medium mosaic floor tiles: The tile shop. Cosmetic mirror: anthropology. Artwork, chair, other wall lamps: Vintage.


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