How One Family Built Comfort Back into Their Home

The Details

 Home Style: Tudor

 Square Feet: 3,433

 Year Built: 1925

 Other: Owners are a family of four 

Interior designer Diane Durocher was working with clients who loved their 1925 Tudor home but in the 12 years they had lived there never really felt like the interior matched the home’s original architectural style—or their own.

“The previous owners had done some renovations back in the 1980s, including stark contemporary cabinetry that my clients felt did not reflect their own casual lifestyle and the Tudor design that they loved,” says Diane, owner of Diane Durocher Interiors based in Ramsey.

After the kitchen, the mudroom, two bathrooms and a powder room were renovated, the family was well on their way to finally making this home their own.

“When it came time to work on the living room and sunroom, we continued the restoration with a comprehensive millwork design that melded well with the Tudor aesthetic,” Diane says.

And by adding beautiful built-in cabinetry and redesigning the columns, a more cohesive design was created. It was important to the clients that the newly renovated rooms in the home flowed respectfully from the entry foyer that had the original architectural details and molding. The space was updated with new lighting, carpeting and a minimum of necessary millwork, such as the radiator cover.

“They love that the new living space is more family-friendly,” Diane says.

The living room and sunroom were united by installing a coffered ceiling with dimmer-switched recessed lighting and an area for viewing television, as well as a game table for family game night. Ample storage was added as well. As for the hardwood floors, carpeting was removed, and the floors underneath were refinished to match the existing warm cherry finish of the original floors. The columns are structural but necessary, however, the tapered panel millwork surrounding the columns is new.

“The original Doric columns were contrary to the Tudor style of the home,” she says.

The palette that was selected is consistent throughout the home.

“They wanted an autumn color scheme that included shades of green, gold, sienna brown and rust,” Diane says. “The neutral paint color that we selected is the perfect backdrop to coordinate with the autumn palette, fabric and artwork.”

With a couple of middle-school-age boys in the family, it was important that their furniture and fabrics were durable, yet plush and comfortable.

“It had to be a place where everyone could relax and feel at home,” Diane says.

And they’ve hit a home run.

“Our clients’ main request was that the interior of their home reflects the Tudor architecture with updated amenities. But it was also really important to them that it was casual and comfortable,” Diane says. “They love the end result because now it fits their taste and their lifestyle perfectly.”