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15 Instagram Accounts for Historic and Traditional Design Lovers

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An elegance extravaganza

This will likely come as no surprise, but we're big fans of modern architecture and design around here. From 21st-century, Japanese minimalism to American gems of design from the middle of the 20th century and anything at all Scandinavian, we are frequent champions of the beauty, simplicity, and clean lines of modernism in all its forms.

But let it be known: We dig historic architecture and traditional design styles, too. (If you haven't checked out our latest column, Period Dramas, you're missing out.) From 19th-century fireplaces to sash windows and elaborate ceiling molding, we have a special place in our heart for original, historic details that convey the attention to craftsmanship shown in so many old homes.

What better way to bring a little of that magic into your life than with Instagram? Below, 15 Instagram accounts to drool over for the traditional design lovers—and even the skeptics—amongst us.


A view through the swinging door from the Butler's pantry. #captainovertonhouse

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Ace hotel New Orleans by @romanandwilliams #acenola #neworleans #architecture #interiors #romanandwilliams

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Good Morning lovelies!! Did you know that I'm nominated to be on @traditionalhome's hot list of young design talent for 2016!? I would be so grateful if you would cast a vote for me! Link in profile and thank you a million times over! PS- it took four men two hours to hang this giant custom mirror in my client's living room! It's in a floating metal frame and the mirror is lightly antiqued - not visible in the picture but totally gorge in person! We wanted a clean look to not compete with the ornate mahogany fireplace c. 1876 that is original to the home and also something oversized to exaggerate the 14' ceilings! I just love this photo shot by my buddy @snapsland! ❤️ #projectparkslope #IAmTrad #NewTrad2016

A photo posted by Nicole Gibbons (@nicolegibbonsstyle) on






Pair of antique brass "Diablo" candle sconces. (Can you tell how they got their name?) #darrylcarterboutique

A photo posted by Darryl Carter, Inc. (@darrylcarterdesign) on




#evening #inspiration #compliments of @juliocesarlimaudia

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This was the Fifth Avenue, New York mansion of the Astor family. When John Jacob Astor's mother Caroline was alive, this was two houses. When she died Mr. Astor made it into one huge house and removed the splendid staircase. He made the space a skylighted atrium and had two smaller staircases constructed. By the time the work was done, he only enjoyed the remodeled mansion for about 3 years, then died on the Titanic sinking in 1912. The house which was located at 65th street and inherited by his son Vincent lasted till 1927 when it was sold and torn down. #gilded #gildedage #gildedagemansions #millionaire #millionaires #billionaire #billionaires #luxury #money #titanic #ships #fifthavenue #newyork #rich #mansion #mansions #astor

A photo posted by Gary Lawrance Architect (@mansionsofthegildedage) on


Family dinner #diningroom #kentconnecticut #saturday #thereisnoplacelikehome #thereisnoplacelikerobertshome #robertcouturier

A photo posted by Robert Couturier (@robertcouturier58) on


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