A 1920s Tudor Decorated for Christmas

by hookedonhouses on December 20, 2011


I have always had a weakness for Tudors. We had quite a few in the town I grew up in and my parents looked at several they considered buying over the years. I liked the exteriors the best because the rooms were often too dark and serious for me when we got inside.

This Tudor, which was built in 1928 and is featured in Traditional Home, looks surprisingly light and fresh, all decked out for Christmas. It was definitely not what I expected.

We’ve been seeing a lot of holiday decorating with lighter greens and white over the last few years, haven’t we? Seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.

The article says that the fireplace mantel is original to the house, but it’s been painted white. As much as I like the lightness of this room, I think a dark fireplace would be striking here:

I’ve never seen a television built into a kitchen island like this before, have you? Kind of interesting.

This zinc table is beautiful, but I wonder if it would feel cold on your arms in the morning when you’re drinking your coffee?

Lily has been asking me why I haven’t decorated my bedroom for Christmas, since she decorated hers with lots of lights everywhere, and a couple of little tabletop trees, and even a little stocking for our dog Maizie. The truth is that I’m exhausted from decorating all of the other rooms in the house and didn’t feel the need to do something in my room on top of everything else.

This pretty bedroom might change my mind, though…

I especially love this dark-wood fireplace in a corner of the room. Gorgeous! All I’d need is a big footstool and I’d be curled up in this corner all winter long:

To see many more beautiful photos of the house and get more information about it, visit Traditional Home (photos by Werner Straube; story by Candace Ord Manroe).

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Julieann/CreateGirl December 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

this is such a beautiful house! I especially love the bedroom and the dining area

bermudaonion (Kathy) December 20, 2011 at 8:34 am

The home is lovely, but I’m not a fan of the TV in the kitchen island. I’d rather have the kids talk to me, read to me, or, better yet, help me.

Kimberly December 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

I completely agree. I just said the same thing to my husband.

Wendy December 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

That totally makes me cringe! No TVs! Especially in the most important gathering space in the house!

threadbndr December 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

Love the bannister. I wish my staircase was open instead of ‘hall like’.

OKMrazor December 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

The staircase can be the single largest and most dramatic piece of furniture in a home. It’s so sad how few well-holes, railing and skirt details are incorporated into new homes.

With some forward thought @ construction/planning phase, a little extra money can transform this element and its surroundings.

Sally December 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

This house is so beautiful. But – you know what caught my eye? The portable wrapping cart in the bedroom. Cool idea! — and it even looks decorative sitting there!!! Merry Christmas Julia! ~Sally

Lee December 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

That’s exactly what stood out to me! It looks like an old laundry cart – brilliant!

sue {laundry for six} December 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

Me too! My bedroom becomes the storeroom of all the wrappings (and the decor from other parts of the house that needs to be moved to make room for Christmas) – it’s definitely not as artful as that cart!

Jamie@NoPlaceLikeVermontHome December 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

Definately not what you would expect from a 20’s Tudor- pleasant suprise! I don’t know how I feel about the tv in the kitchen island though…the jury’s still out on that one!

Pat December 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

Lovely home! I’m trying to figure out what the three pictures over the fireplace in the last photo are holding. I keep zooming in, but still haven’t got a clue!
I have seen TV’s mounted on an island like that and I think they are silly. The only ones to benefit and children laying on the floor! Hey, maybe it works for them, who am I to judge!
The house exterior is especially pretty!

Chrissy Schmitt December 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I think they are seashells!

stacey December 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm


stacey December 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

No wait, I looked again, it looks like 3 sea urchin casts and 6 sand dollars.

Noreen December 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

Love getting ideas for my 1929 tudor! Keep the Tudor posts coming!

Katie December 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

Love the staircase! The garland around the front door is beautiful too. Thanks for sharing!

Marie December 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Beautiful home but I expected a little more dark wood to catch my eye! Too much white paint for me. And as a mom of a 2-year old I can see the benefit of the television placement…the kids can sit there and watch TV while you cook and you can still keep an eye on them and engage in conversation. I’m in love with the exterior paint! I’m sure the base used to be light cream or white and the tan really works with the white trim.

Chris December 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

This entire house is incredible. I could literally move right in. That staircase? Gah! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints December 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

Cool idea with the tv. Love the slipcovered ottoman and the Swedish clock. Those are two things I’ve always wanted. Merry Christmas Julia:)

Tricia Rose December 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

YES to a big footstool for any chair! I always want to put my feet up.

I normally lurk, but want to say thank you Julia for all the interesting and engaging stuff you bring up, year by year~

hookedonhouses December 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

That’s so nice–thanks! :)

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet December 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

You may have discovered my dream home. So beautiful!

carol fun December 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love Tudor style homes and this one is a beauty. I

carol fun December 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

oops clicked too soon — In fact the first 2 houses I owned were Tudor style. The 1st one I called a baby Tudor because it was small. It is near the Univ of Cinti. The second was a true Tudor, built in the early 1920’s in North Avondale. Oh how I loved that house. I cried when we had to sell it and move to California.

Pam December 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I agree with Marie. Way too much white. Tudor is my favorite style of home so it’s disapppointing not to see at least some dark woodwork to keep true to the Tudor style.

Amanda @ Serenity Now December 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I love it! The TV is an interesting choice, but I actually kind of like it. Would keep my kids occupied while I cook. 😉 Fun tour, Julia!

cecile delouvrier December 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

awesome! the idea of a typical US decoration!

ShabbyChick December 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

What a gorgeous house! I loved every room, and I agree that lighter greens and winter whites are here to stay. Lovely.

Autumn December 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This is a pr etty house; but honestly I prefer YOUR house. Your decorations are simple but awesome. I lovw the REDs & GREENS. You dinningroom tree is also awesome. I feel like even though we have never met; your home is very inviting and comfortable/cozy looking. Your home, like many of the others in the Christmas Show says: “Come on in and make yourself comfortable!”
This Tudor is too “cold”for my tastes

Merry Christmas!!
PS: I am in Michigan

hookedonhouses December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

What a sweet thing to say! I’m blushing. Thanks, Autumn! :)

Julianne December 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I don’t mind the white one bit except on that lovely living room fireplace. It looks like it has the same ornamnentation as the one in the bedroom upstairs…so it kills me that all of that hand-carved goodness has been painted over.

Other than that, it’s beautiful.

Kim December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

This house is very beautiful, but could use a little bit of dark wood touches and woodwork. I also don’t like the tv right there in the island. Other than that, it’s great.

The one detail that catches my eyes the most is that staircase. It’s breathtaking. My dream is to own a house with a curved staircase someday.

Thanks for sharing this with us Julia.

Luciane at Homebunch.com December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hello my dear Julia!

How are you doing? Oh, I’ve being missing your posts so much. You know how much I love your blog, so not being able to come here every day is a shame. But as you know, it’s for a good reason. I’m busy w/ my baby! :-)

Just want to wish you a very blessed Christmas, my friend.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Theresa December 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh, I wish I had more money! That is just gorgeous!

crazkt December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

LOVE IT !!! Beautiful home.
Not a fan of the TV placement…I would break it somehow..but I am inspired and will make that slipcover for an ottoman I have in the basement.

Karen December 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I loved this house. I too have always admired Tudor style houses but when given a peek inside they are often dark and dismal. This home looks charming and inviting, right?

Pamela December 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I absolutely love the master bedroom! Warm and simple, and the slipper bench is just a soft, lovely touch. I’m with you, Julia, a footstool, please! My fear is I’d never want to leave the bedroom.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thank you for this wonderful blog!


Brenda December 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I love this house. I agree that the fireplace mantel in the living room could be darker, but the rest of the house is gorgeous. As for the television in the island, guess it must be strictly for those who lie on the floor. A good idea for when one is extra busy in the kitchen.
Have a merry Christmas Julia, all the best to you and your family. And thank you for this interesting blog.

jodi from new jersey December 21, 2011 at 6:39 am

Gorgeous interior from head to toe , but if it’s Christmas it needs some RED! Just me…………………………

jana December 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

I always enjoy the Traditional Home Christmas issue and this year’s did not disappoint! This is a beautiful home and I love what they have done with it although I’m not crazy about all of that white.

Mike December 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

Wow, just wow. Not at all what I would expect the inside of a Tudor to look like.

I’ve seen the TV built into the back of the island before. Not a fan.

Kelly December 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Loving this tudor! Wish Phoenix had more homes like this!

Wendy December 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Beautiful house and beautifully decorated. But it’s official…I’m SO over all that white. Next!

Dawn December 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Now THAT is a tudor that I could live in! Gorgeous!

Lisa December 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I am in love with Tudor homes. This is another beautiful one. Maybe I would add just a few darker items, though – a dark fireplace, as you suggested could be amazing. Ah, I so wish I lived in England so that I would get to see some of the original Tudor houses too. Here in North America this lovely style is ‘just’ a revival of the original, old Tudor style, sadly.

NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor January 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

Tudor homes are wonderful. WOW though, I love that staircase.

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