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Tour This: Updated Historic Homes

Emerald green living room in an historic home in Oklahoma City with updated furnishings including leather club chair and fluffy Moroccan inspired oushak rug www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Historic homes are my absolute favorite; they’re laden with character and a story to be told and I love seeing them when they’re well updated.  A super rare Saturday post for me, but I wanted to throw this out there especially for all you OKC readers: Simon and I were invited to attend a media preview last night of the Heritage Hills Home Tour, and there was so much good eye candy. It’s officially open to the public Saturday and Sunday, so run run run and see these gems!

For those not in the Oklahoma City area, Heritage Hills is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with homes dating back to 1903 (statehood). These are grand old dames of architecture and all six of the homes on the tour feature beautiful details, gorgeous backyards, and the kinds of little nooks and crannies you expect in an old home. Most of the houses have stayed true to the original architecture and intent but with fresh perspective thanks to modern furnishings, carefully updated bathrooms, etc.

Photos aren’t allowed on the tour but thanks to the handy dandy media preview they let me snap away and I was in heaven!  My favorite space was my friend Carter Fellers’ gorgeous home (remember her mom’s amazing backyard?) This girl has serious style.

Beautiful historic home library located on the landing of the stairway, featuring a pair of pink sofas around a white lacquer coffee table. Library of colorful books with custom painted silhouettes by Carter Kustera. Modern family living in an historic neighborhood in Oklahoma City www.pencilshavingsstudio.com window-seat-orange-blue-roman-shade-pencil-shavings  Beautiful historic home library located on the landing of the stairway, featuring a pair of pink sofas around a white lacquer coffee table. Library of colorful books with custom painted silhouettes by Carter Kustera. Modern family living in an historic neighborhood in Oklahoma City www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Chinoiserie dining room with aqua wallpaper and white crown moulding. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Beautiful Chinoiserie-inspired dining room with stunning murals and a feathered crystal chandelier. Chinoiserie dining room featuring feather crystal chandelier, gold accents, round table and vintage gold chairs, Chinoiserie aqua wallpaper www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

I was also mesmerized with this sunny wallpapered dining room in the first home we toured, which funnily enough used to belong to a friend of mine. I love how the new homeowners updated everything as the home was so incredibly beautiful to begin with. It’s such a great example of modernizing a home while still honoring its bones. (Also I’m pretty sure this is my dining room spirit animal. Saarinen tulip table and ghost chairs? Check check.)

Sunny bright white dining room with blue ikat wallpaper and a modern Saarinen tulip table. Ghost chairs pair perfectly with this modern dining table while still allowing the original architecture of this historic home to stand out. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Loved this moody and chic grey library. All the finishes felt so luxe but still comfortable and approachable.Moody masculine grey library with pops of aqua and built-in bookshelves in an historic home in Oklahoma City. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

And this updated kitchen was oh so chic.Crisp white vent hood with stainless steel details in updated white kitchen with subway tile in an historic home in Oklahoma City www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Modern white marble waterfall kitchen island with black sink and brass hardware, Serena and Lily Riviera barstools overlooking beautiful backyard setting with pool and grassy area www.pencilshavingsstudio.comNeutral chic dining room with luxurious accents and furniture. Rich pale woodwork www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Thanks to the Heritage Hills Home Tour committee for allowing me to tour these homes.  Get all the info on the tour and purchase tickets at the door.

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