Beautiful American Colonial Home Design by Phoebe Troyer


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I discovered Phoebe Troyer on Pinterest, where she has an amazing board about her home in Ohio that kind of makes me want to paint everything in my house white, trade in my comfy furniture for classic ladderback chairs, and upholster everything in linen.


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According to her Pinterest bio, this house is actually not an antique, but was built by her and her husband. You would never guess from the outside!  Though it probably explains why it has so many nice-sized rooms and not teeny-weeny pointless rooms warrened in everywhere, and has normal human-sized doors instead of Hobbit doors like in legit antique homes (not that I’m complaining about my house … but I’m kind of complaining about my house).


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One thing I love about this home is that it is classically American colonial, but with subtle updates. What’s updated, you ask? Well, for one, colonials never painted anything white. For another, her floors are not pumpkin yellow pine, which gives a nice, more modern and subtle base. I love my floors, don’t get me wrong, but pine can be very yellow/orange, which isn’t exactly the soothing palette you get here.


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Also on the modern end is that this house is actually quite minimalist. More Shaker than anything else, I guess you could say, with storage hidden behind classic-looking woodwork:


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Early Americans had stuff out everywhere, and very little storage. Pots and pans and drying herbs hanging from the ceiling, clothes out drying in front of the fire, chairs and tables everywhere. Like so:


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Don’t get me wrong, it’s cozy. But it’s a lot. They also loved their painted floors, woodwork and walls:


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In contrast, Phoebe’s home is clean and calm.  And when she paints a floor, she paints that bad boy white:


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I can’t even imagine what my dining area would look like with white floors and two toddlers.  But it’s nice to dream.


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The whole house is really a lovely combination of classic elements like wood furniture, simple lines and woodwork, combined with nice, soothing modern minimalism (and modern elements like actually having a kitchen and a bathroom, obviously).

Not to say she doesn’t have some tstochkies around. Don’t we all? It’s called styling, folks.

Literally the only things I don’t like about this house are that I don’t think the furniture is lounge-y enough for my lazy self, but most of all, what’s wrong with RUGS?

Why does it seem like no one likes rugs anymore?  Am I the only one with perpetually cold feet who doesn’t like walking on bare floors?

I love rugs. Imagine this room with a nice kooshy oriental rug in there instead of that teeny-weeny white one.  Or, heck, stick with the black, white and wood scheme and do an oversize jute or Beni Ourain in here:


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But I digress, because obviously this house is gorgeous, and Phoebe has knocked it out of the park. It’s really not often (or ever) you see such an American style updated so beautifully and livably.  I’m a big fan!

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