When it comes to a historic house, getting the beautiful home details right makes all the difference. Here, I walk you through our decisions on our doors, woodwork and tilework.
Doors and Trim
If you’ve ever owned a historic home, or even been in one, you probably noticed that the doors are a lot heavier. That’s because traditionally doors were made of a solid wooden core—very strong, and very heavy. (I mentioned this a little bit in our previous video about Zooey’s office.)
You’ve also probably noticed that historic homes often have a lot of ornate woodwork, ceiling details, and intricate trim work. In the Park House, we worked with Woodgrain to recreate the original feel of the home when it came to our doors and trim.
We replaced all the doors and added the beautiful baseboards, casings, and crown moldings we felt this home deserved. We built up the crown molding using several different pieces in order to create a finished look.
It’s amazing how much more elevated a space feels when you get the trim work just right. Case in point: our entryway. I love the look of applied panels, which you can achieve by applying a trim or molding on the surface of your wall. Once you paint it all the same color, it gives a space a really elegant and upscale feel.
We took it a step further, because I wanted some depth to the panels. We built out a grid with flat stock from the walls, then lined all of the boxes with a corner trim molding to give it the beautiful contour. Then every single area was caulked, filled, and painted to give it a seamless look. I absolutely love our front entryway, and all the woodwork throughout the entire house.
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The tile store is like my candy store: I am obsessed with creating dramatic, showstopping features out of tile. This time, I had a little help: Zooey picked most of the tile in the house, and she did an incredible job.
Tilebar, who I got all the tile from, has the greatest showroom of all time. If you’re ever bored, you should go: it’s a fun date night. We’ve used their tile in our shows, so I was familiar with their work, which is top-notch.
Some More Tile Tips:
- Choose a tile that fits your home’s history and era. For us, it was really important that we pay an homage to the architect, Gerard Colcord. We chose materials that felt luxurious but classic. There are a lot of brass fixtures and mixed metals throughout the home, so we had fun including some of that.
- Consider what mood and feel you want to create. For us, we went with white marble because it’s calming and isn’t going to go out of style.
- You can create drama and texture through patterns, not just color.
- Nothing is better than seeing your designs in person, so look online for photos that you like, and then do what we did: go to a showroom, lay out your inspirations, and get the tiles to match.
Shop the Look: Decor Inspired by Park House
Jonathan + Zooey's Park House Resource Guide
Click below to see all of the inspiration from Jonathan and Zooey's new home!
|wdt_ID||Room||Product Type||Product STYLE||Product||Company STYLE||Company||Product Code / Sku|
|1||Exterior||Exterior Brick||"Creative Mines Craft® Paintgrade Brick™ Loft"||"Creative Mines Craft® Paintgrade Brick™ Loft"||Creative Mines||Creative Mines||N/A|
|2||Exterior||Paint - Exterior||Emerald Exterior||Emerald Exterior||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||N/A|
|5||Exterior||Custom Windows||Custom Windows & Doors Throughout||Custom Windows & Doors Throughout||Pella||Pella||N/A|
|6||Exterior||Driveway||Artillo Arabesque Pattern 11A||Artillo Arabesque Pattern 11A||ARTO||ARTO||Creme Fraiche Vintage|
|7||Exterior||CORE grass parking – overflow area||CORE Grass 70-40||CORE Grass 70-40||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Black|
|8||Exterior||CORE gravel driveway – easement portion||CORE Gravel 60-40||CORE Gravel 60-40||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Grey|
|9||Exterior||CORE gravel garbage area||CORE Gravel 50-35||CORE Gravel 50-35||CORE Landscape Products||CORE Landscape Products||Grey|
|10||Exterior||Water Softener||Premier Series – Non-electric, Twin Tank, Demand Operated||Premier Series – Non-electric, Twin Tank, Demand Operated||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|11||Exterior||Drinking Water System||K5 Drinking Water Station with VOC and Mineral Plus cartridges||K5 Drinking Water Station with VOC and Mineral Plus cartridges||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|12||Exterior||Specialty Filter||Chloramine Reduction System||Chloramine Reduction System||Kinetico||Kinetico||N/A|
|13||Rose Garden||Outdoor Heaters||Infratech WD60 custom black finish, 6,000 watts||Infratech WD60 custom black finish, 6,000 watts||Encino Fireplace||Encino Fireplace||N/A|
|14||Rose Garden||Outdoor Heaters||WD39 s/s 5,000 watts||WD39 s/s 5,000 watts||Encino Fireplace||Encino Fireplace||N/A|
|15||Throughout||Recessed Lighting||HALO LTB 4 in. Selectable CCT (3000K-5000K) Integrated LED, White Recessed Light, Dimmable Retrofit Trim||HALO LTB 4 in. Selectable CCT (3000K-5000K) Integrated LED, White Recessed Light, Dimmable Retrofit Trim||Halo by Cooper Lighting||Halo by Cooper Lighting||N/A|
|16||Entry||Walls at Paneling||Pure White||Pure White||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 7005|
|17||Entry||Coat Closet Built-In||Quietude||Quietude||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 6212|
|18||Entry||Parquet Flooring||Bordeaux Parquet Pattern in White Oak||Bordeaux Parquet Pattern in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 156|
|19||Entry||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|
|20||Entry||Crown Moulding||Crown 368||Crown 368||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||D-CM-368DRL|
|21||Entry||Base Moulding - paired with Crown for Crown Build-up||Base 522||Base 522||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||522|
|22||Entry||Chair Rail/Panel Mould||Chair Rail CR7||Chair Rail CR7||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||CR07|
|23||Entry||S4S Board||1X4 Board||1X4 Board||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||1X4|
|24||Entry||Base Moulding||Base B20||Base B20||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||B020|
|25||Entry||Casing||Casing RB03||Casing RB03||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||RB03|
|26||Entry||Flat Jamb||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||Flat Jamb 6-5/8" X 97-11/16"|
|27||Entry||Primed 10-panel Interior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Interior - DBH PRM|
|28||Entry||Mahogany 10-panel Exterior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Exterior|
|29||Entry||Cabinet Pull||Pilkinton Cabinet Pull||Pilkinton Cabinet Pull||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||Golden Champagne|
|30||Entry||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Sharber Clear Glass Cabinet||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||Gold Champagne|
|31||Entry||Door Hardware||Octagon Mortise Knob by Knob, Lever by Lever Entryset in Flat Black Finish||Octagon Mortise Knob by Knob, Lever by Lever Entryset in Flat Black Finish||Emtek||Emtek||Octagon Tuscany Lever|
|32||Entry||Door Hinges||Radius Corners Heavy Duty Ball Bearing, Plated Steel||Radius Corners Heavy Duty Ball Bearing, Plated Steel||Emtek||Emtek||Matte Black|
|33||Entry||Registers||Honeycomb Bronze||Honeycomb Bronze||Signature Hardware||Signature Hardware||SKU : 917439|
|34||Entry||Rivington Small Round Sconce||Natural Brass||Natural Brass||Circa Lighting||Circa Lighting||RL2064|
|35||Entry||Chandelier||Dickinson Large Chandelier||Dickinson Large Chandelier||Circa Lighting||Circa Lighting||KS 5006SB-CG|
|36||Dining Room||Moldings and Wainscott||Indigo Batik||Indigo Batik||Sherwin-Williams||Sherwin-Williams||SW 7602|
|37||Dining Room||Wallpaper||Dandelions Wallpaper - Deep Autumn Night||Dandelions Wallpaper - Deep Autumn Night||Milton & King||Milton & King||N/A|
|38||Dining Room||Wallpaper Install||Katie's Wallpaper Installation||Katie's Wallpaper Installation||Katie's Wallpaper||Katie's Wallpaper||N/A|
|39||Dining Room||Crown Moulding||Crown 368||Crown 368||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||D-CM-368DRL|
|40||Dining Room||Base Moulding - paired with Crown for Crown Build-up||Base 522||Base 522||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||522|
|41||Dining Room||Chair Rail/Panel Mould||Chair Rail CR7||Chair Rail CR7||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||CR07|
|42||Dining Room||S4S Board||1X4 Board||1X4 Board||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||1X4|
|43||Dining Room||Base Moulding||Base B20||Base B20||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||B020|
|44||Dining Room||Casing||Casing RB03||Casing RB03||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||RB03|
|45||Dining Room||Flat Jamb||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Flat Jamb 6-5/8"||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||Flat Jamb 6-5/8" X 97-11/16"|
|46||Dining Room||Primed 10-panel Interior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Interior - DBH PRM|
|47||Dining Room||Mahogany 10-panel Exterior Door - Double Hip Panel||10-panel Door||10-panel Door||Woodgrain||Woodgrain||158 Exterior|
|48||Dining Room||Parquet Flooring||Bordeaux Parquet pattern in White Oak||Bordeaux Parquet pattern in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 156|
|49||Dining Room||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|
|50||Dining Room||Chevron Flooring||Chevron in White Oak||Chevron in White Oak||Oshkosh Designs||Oshkosh Designs||SKU 138|