The staple features of an American Four Square include a simple floor plan, elegant square shape, large windows, and solid woodwork. These classic homes also typically have two or two-and-a-half stories, a roof with at least one dormer, a symmetrical facade, and a generous front porch with columns and wide stairs. Four Squares were popular during the turn of the 20th century, namely from 1895-1930, and for good reason. Their form makes them energy efficient, easy to replicate, and affordable to construct.
This classic Bellingham Four Square, built in 1906, was once the home of a prominent lawyer. When the current homeowners approached Lisa Staton Interior Design, they wanted to update and revitalize the interior while honoring the home’s original architecture and detailing.
To give the house a more spacious and airy feeling, the design team relied on light-colored furnishings and fittings to contrast the home’s rich wood features. They also repaired the plaster and applied a new coat of white paint throughout the home. To pay homage to the home’s long history while embracing a more modern aesthetic, the team incorporated a mix of vintage pieces, modern silhouettes, and soft, neutral textiles.
The living room is both chic and comfortable for kids. A Moroccan-style rug pairs perfectly with the modern coffee table. We then added vintage safari leather chairs and paired them with a vintage sofa (still in its original upholstery!) from the client’s grandmother.
Simple sheep skin throws warm up the vintage suede safari chairs making them both cozy and kid friendly.
The dining room is a mix of antique and vintage with a dash of modernity provided by the art.
We kept it unexpectedly casual in the great hall, with custom wood, a black- and-white-stripped rug, and a bronzed center table boasting vessels and greenery.
— Lisa Staton
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