An English Tudor Style Home with A Lively New Lease On Life

Among the host of charming residential trends that took root in American neighborhoods during the 1920s and ’30s, the English Tudor style has remained an endearing favorite. Inspired by romantic cottages and rural manor houses that dot the villages and countryside of Great Britain, this quaint aesthetic hearkens back to the days of thatched roofs, half-timbered walls, and stucco or brick.

Graceful archways connect many of the spaces in this lovely home. Since the dining room serves as a major pass-through to the kitchen, Mary McWilliams kept the bleached floors bare, rather than installing a rug.

Such imagery characterizes Anne and John McPherson’s Alabama home as well. Built nearly a century ago, the Mountain Brook residence displays a stately permanence that’s intrinsically evident in its steep, slate-covered roofs, clinkerbrick exterior walls, and windows and doors outlined with limestone surrounds. But contrary to appearances, this alluring abode is anything but a museum piece that’s still stuck in the ’20s. In fact, it was imperative that the couple update the house before it was move-in ready. While smitten with its Old-World charm, the McPhersons needed a place that could accommodate their family’s busy schedules. And with a household brimming with four growing boys, they required a bevy of conveniences that would make their daily routines more manageable.

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