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1920s “Cottage Revival” in Michigan

New push button light switches add period charm to the entry. (Photo: @boxwoodpineco)


You can almost imagine this 1921 bungalow breathing a sigh of relief when Alicia and Christian first walked through the doors. Like so many old houses it had been loved and updated by a series of previous owners but had lost many of the original details along the way. Blending a fresh outlook with respect for the past, the new owners beautifully restored and reimagined their home for modern living.

The couple are both artists and enjoy the process of designing their surroundings to find harmony within the challenges that often come up while working on old homes. They leaned on the finishes and details to make some of the largest design impacts, from push button light switches to bold oversized sconces flanking the reclaimed front door.

No surface indoors or out was left untouched.  The kitchen and baths were artfully reconfigured and modernized, while the home’s period character was further enhanced.  New custom cabinets and built-ins look original to the space, using dark bronze cup pulls, knobs and latches for visual contrast.  With its abundance of light, grey and white pallet, understated furnishings, the interior conveys a breezy coastal feel.

The beautifully renovated porch features new center stairs, railing, and vintage style lighting. (Photo: @boxwoodpineco)

Get the Look in Your Home

Forged brass switch plate in bronze

Mother-of-pearl light switch

Anderson Forge outdoor sconce

Classic brass picture light

Scroll design twist doorbell

Ball-tip hinge with antique finish

Solid bronze door set

Traditional cup pull

Plain brass knob in bronze

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