Suburban New York Home Tour: Subtle Beauty

Located in the suburbs of New York City, a gorgeous new home has amazing interior details. I love when a house has good bones like this. Even if you have a tract home, you can add simple touches like a chair rail, crown molding, board and batten siding, and more. It’s not hard to install and can make a powerful impact. Today’s suburban New York home provides inspiration for some of these projects. Photos and project by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects.

Traditional New Home. Take the Tour!Photo by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects


When you step into the entryway of this pretty home, you’re immediately greeted with architectural details like a built-in bench and shelves, crown molding,bead board, and wide baseboards. Brick flooring adds yet another level of detail and texture.

Traditional Entryway with Custom Built-Ins


A coffered ceiling graces the living room, complete with a stately mantel and French doors. It’s easy to add trim work to a plain fireplace to give it more depth and interest.

Traditional Living Room with Architectural Details


Gleaming hardwood floors run throughout this suburban New York home. Over-sized windows allow plenty of natural light in to brighten the living spaces. I’m a huge fan of windows and it’s always something I notice when looking for a new home.

Traditional Dining Room


I know some of you think white kitchens are cold and stark, but it helps when there are plenty of windows to let the sun shine in and warm the room. Note the toe holds at the bottom of the cabinetry. You can find small, decorative pieces at home improvement stores that allow you to create this look.

White Kitchen in a New York Home


Oh how I’d love to have a butler’s pantry!  I remember cleaning Mrs. Ashby’s house when I was a young girl and even back then, I was envious of her butler’s pantry where she kept her English tea cup filled with brandy!

Butler's Pantry Leading to Dining Room


A beautiful sun room creates space for relaxing or entertaining guests. Once again, architectural detail is applied to the ceiling, and over-sized windows dominate the room. Bamboo shades add a bit of warm texture.

Beautiful Sun Room with Neutral Decor


A large window seat occupies one wall in the master bedroom with its tray ceiling and more crown molding. A beautiful fireplace creates opportunity for cozy winter evenings.

Traditional Style Master Bedroom with Amazing Window Seat


The master bath features a luxurious bath with wood detailing painted white. To create this look with a builder grade tub, install decorative wood panels on the tub’s face.

Luxurious Master Bathroom


Another bathroom in the house features more of a farmhouse look, with its painted and distressed vanity, farmhouse sink, and brick floor.

Farmhouse Style Bathroom with Brick Floor


You can see more of this suburban New York home by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects.

And if you missed it, make sure to see the home tour from Fifi O’Neill’s latest book, Small Spaces, Big Appeal. You can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book, too.


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  1. While looking at today’s post, I clicked on Mrs. Ashby’s House and was immediately smiling. Beautiful Geneva! I love everything about the town and have enjoyed your various posts on it’s many beautiful homes. I grew up in nearby Aurora and worked for a time at Harding and Harding Insurance in that lovely stone trimmed home they occupied. Several years ago, my sister and I were visiting the area and toured all sorts of respective memories of our younger selves. Had lunch in the Little Owl and shopped in the darling stores. Drove by the the H & H location which was vacant. Couldn’t help myself and peaked in some windows and it brought back some wonderful memories. Love your reminiscing and tours of all things old and charming.

  2. Yes, a very nice home. I read your post ‘Mrs Ashby’s home’…now I want to know…did you have a date every saturday night when you were 16?

  3. What a beautiful home. Each room is more delightful than the next down to the smallest details. Would love see more and the outside too. Thankyou as always Jennifer.