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Home tour: Classic brick Tudor Revival home filled with color and family

I am really enjoying bringing you these Instagram home tours!! This one is very special, another historic Tudor revival style home with similar elements to mine, but with lots of fun, colorful, family touches. Angela Fahl (@angela.fahl)'s Instagram features her home and her dad's craftsman across the street, which she's helped restore. Angela, her husband, and her four kids live in this special home! She has a special story for how they found this house, and they've done some beautiful updates.

The first thing I was drawn to in Angela's feed was the dark wood trim she kept in her living room (like we did), but she has some great other design elements I've been noticing too, and great ideas for decorating a home with kids. 

Take it away, Angela!

Our home is a Tudor Revival built in 1931. It’s made of all brick and concrete including the interior walls, floors, and ceilings. It does not have any wood framing so renovations are extremely tricky. We’ve been in our home for over 10 years.  The house wasn’t for sale but after a chance invitation to a party I fell in love with the home and the previous owners. One thing led to another and we purchased the home and are still very good friends with the previous owners. I have a love affair with our home and work really hard to make it work for our large family. This means keeping only what we actually need, love, and use. There is no room for excess in a modest sized home.  While we don’t have a pantry, kitchen island, or a coat closet we do have so much charm and character. 

Our living room still has the existing dark wood stain. I love the character it adds and have zero plans to paint it.  I get asked often how I keep white furniture clean with 4 children and a dog..... my answer is slipcovers and Sunbrella fabric. 

A white down-filled chair in our living room swivels for conversation and TV viewing.

We renovated our modest sized kitchen 5 years ago. Due to the concrete construction of our home we had to keep the existing footprint.  Custom cabinets created more storage and Cambria quartz countertops added durability and a timeless look. 

Since a kitchen island wasn’t an option I knew I wanted a farmhouse sink to create a focal point. My next plan includes a panel front dishwasher. 

Our dining room is right off the kitchen. We eat all meals at this table. My dad made our kitchen table from reclaimed wood and industrial metal bases from an old factory. 

Old stairs that need refinishing but look 100 times better than carpet. 

Our main bathroom is small and mighty. 

This little linen closet is the only main floor closet we have. It has to hold all the things as storage is few and far between here. 

Our master bedroom is quite small but it has the best natural light. I painted the walls Graphite by Benjamin Moore years ago and I love it more every day. 

Our oldest son's room is currently receiving a refresh. Narragansett Green by Benjamin Moore gives the entire room a much needed update. This built in serves as his closet, toy storage, & the window seat covers an oddly placed radiator. 

We converted our stair landing into a bedroom for our youngest. He loves the room as it’s the only bedroom in the house with air conditioning and stairs. 

Our oldest daughters room is filled with white and blush per her request. Each of our children’s beds are antiques and from our parents and or our own childhood beds.

I recently gave our dungeon basement laundry a refresh. My dad and I stripped the old cabinet (original from the kitchen) and refinished it to stand out against all the white. The old sink was salvaged from a friend and creates a pretty moment for an otherwise dungeon room.

Our side entrance serves as our main entrance. Each family member has one hook for their coats & vests. 

My dad lives in a 1920’s Craftsman across the street. This is from his porch with a view of our home.

Angela shares more about her dad's historic home on her Instagram, too.

Her home was recently featured in Cottages and Bungalows magazine. I'm happy and honored to feature her tour here, too! Thanks again for being here, Angela (@angela.fahl)!

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