Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage

This unforgettable Tudor cottage on HGTV’s Fixer Upper with design by Magnolia (Chip & Joanna Gaines) known as the Scrivano House (Episode 4) inspires with an understated palette, mix of vintage plus modern, and original architectural charm. Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details from this house tour may calm your spirit and quiet your mood.

Plates on dining room wall. Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

If you thought Chip and Joanna never ventured beyond a modern farmhouse look, let this project inform you otherwise!

Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage

1. Parisian Grey Exterior Trim

You need not be forced to live with chocolate brown Tudor trim, cottage lovers. This painted trim is reminiscent of a Parisian grey with enough warmth to keep the exterior feeling calm and traditional.

Brick Tudor exterior.  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #tudorcottage #cottageexterior #homeexteriors
Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage…certainly lovely indeed.

2. Warmth from Natural Wood & Beams

Don’t you love the magic happening between whispery light grey woodwork and rustic, patina-ed beams and old doors?

Beautiful entry!  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #entry #cottages

The decision to paint over brown stained trim and doors in an older home is highly subjective, and here we see a compromise to bring harmony. So many folks are shy about pairing stained wood doors with painted trim, but the look can be attractive and traditional yet freshened.

Light grey painted cabinets in a traditional Tudor cottage kitchen with wood stained double doors - Scrivano House (episode 4) on HGTV Fixer Upper with Joanna Gaines.
Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage…certainly lovely indeed.

Speaking of traditional yet freshened, if you care to learn a little more about a design trend many Millennials embrace, see this story I contributed on the topic!

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3. Airy Greenery in Lieu of Dense Florals

Colorful floral arrangements have their place in plenty of interior and more formal contexts, but a simple single stem or branch or frond can be magically calm and life-giving.

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4. Unadorned Windows

When painted window trim is this pretty and you desire to capture the maximum amount of sunlit splendor, skipping the curtains is an easy call.

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BONUS DETAIL: Also inspiring me is the way Joanna Gaines freshens traditional style rooms with more modern succulents and plant choices. The rustic cement pot with greenery above keeps the mood lighter, organic, and airy.

Here’s an everlasting succulent option on which I have my eye:

An everlasting succulent like the Agave from Nearly Natural is perfect for freshening a traditional room and reinforcing the “chic” in “granny chic.”

5. Turn Down the Volume

There are so many ways to quiet a room including: a whispery color palette, uncomplicated vignettes, and gestures as simple as reversing the direction of books on a shelf to minimize the busy factor. (And I am well aware a ton of folks think turning books around on a shelf to keep things less fussy looking is an ignorant move…but kids, vintage books shelved here were incorporated for visual texture, not to show off literary breadth!)

 Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #livingroom
 Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor# livingroom #barrelchair
Built-in book shelves in living room.  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #builtin #bookshelves #livingroom

6. Choose Light & Sculptural Seating

While chunky farmhouse dining tables work well for function and style in serene spaces, ruggedly heavy wood chairs aren’t the best complement when you’re going for a serene mood. These oval-back, modern, Louis-style dining chairs look light as a feather and sculptural. The addition of the cushions improves their function and keeps the look from crossing the line into austerity.

Dining room with modern Louis black chairs and farm table.  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #diningroom
Dining room with modern black chairs, farm table, grey trim, and serene color palette.  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #diningroom #louisdiningchair
This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

7. Don’t Underestimate Clear Glass Beauty

Pale shades of handmade pottery and vintage earthenware urns and vases look right at home in a Euro inspired cottage. But to freshen the look of any space mixed with vintage, think clear glass both as a receptacle (for candles and beyond) and as stand-alone understated minimally modern decor.

Grey painted trim, simple greenery, and clear glass for a modernized traditional farmhouse vignette.  Come get inspired by Tranquil and Timeless Tudor Design Details From a Serene 1920s Texas Cottage renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

8. Create Movement Creatively

In serene spaces where clutter-free is a priority, colors are kept understated and atmospheric. Accessories are quiet yet pattern can play a pleasing role when emphasized imaginatively (like this checkered floor).

Checkered floors in a vintage style kitchen! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
Reclaimed wood doors in kitchen. This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

9. Play Up Bygone Features Like a Butler Pantry

There’s something so ‘everyday enhancing’ about these ‘room within a room’ spaces in kitchens! Designed to work hard, hide clutter, they may even function as command central.

Gorgeous grey kitchen cabinets! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
Charming butler pantry! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

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10. Celebrate Existing & New Built-ins

While this charming cottage came with a few beautiful and architecturally brilliant built-ins, Chip and Joanna added new ones as well. This built-in banquette cozies up a corner with restaurant-style (expand the image to notice the foot rail detail!).

Charming breakfast nook with bnquette! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

Another new built-in, this unexpected tall arched cupboard is positioned smartly between breakfast area and working part of the kitchen, serving as storage, display, and a well-crafted piece of art.

Beautiful kitchen built-in! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

11. Paint Kitchen Cabinetry With Tranquility

The softest whispery warm grey on the cabinets and wood work in this sweet Tudor plays a starring role in telling a serene story. While black cabinets in here might be chic and stunning, there’s a gentleness and tender mood that surfaces when the narrative is as sedate as this one.

Find ideas and paint color inspiration HERE.

Gorgeous light grey kitchen! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

12. Live, Sleep & Dream on a Cloud

Bedrooms can be cave-like spaces to simply house a bed and accommodate a tired head or they can SERVE. Serve as a retreat, serve as a haven for daydreaming, and serve as a meditative sanctuary to contemplate or decompress.

This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #bedroom
This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

13. Symmetry to Soothe

While plenty of cottage designs call for quirky architectural moments and humble simplicity, something special happens when the formality of symmetry is celebrated.

This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #bathroomvanity
Luxurious tub in vintage style bathroom. This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #bathroomdesign

14. Timeless Bath Design Elements

For a timeless look that will not feel dated in a few years, incorporating classic materials like calacatta marble and handmade glazed white tile makes sense economically and aesthetically.

More traditional bathroom design inspiration awaits here.

This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor

The hex Calacatta gold mosaic tiles used on the shower floor are the very same ones we chose for our Arizona kitchen’s statement wall. Score them for yourself RIGHT HERE.

Detail of calacatta gold marble hex tile shower floor in Scrivano house. #fixerupper #scrivanohouse
This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor #bathroom

15. Get the Look of This Beautiful Home

See this inspiring post with shopping resources, furniture, and decor to replicate or riff on this Fixer Upper beauty.

Also…mosey on over to these Euro-inspired farmhouse decor ideas to score budget friendly, cottagewares!

French farmhouse decor finds and furniture at Target from Hello Lovely Studio.
Discover sources for these FINDS in THIS STORY

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Hungry for more unfussy, laid back, country style inspiration from the Fixer Upper Texan team?

See these design ideas to Get the Look of “The Club House”

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Amy
    February 3, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    Love everything about this house! It’s a similar vibe that I’m going for in our new home. This gives some great inspiration for me now that we are getting moved in and I’m starting to think more about the interior decor. Thanks, Michele!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 3, 2020 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Amy – can’t wait to hear about how you approach the interiors of your lovely new home! Have a wonderful week, friend.

  2. Jason Myopic
    February 3, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Great post, I love the arched front door. the use of a door in the pantry is very chic, as well. Adding the wooden doors really makes the room.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 3, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks, Jason. I just love that butler pantry too! 🙂

  3. Jennifer
    April 5, 2020 / 10:19 am

    What are the colours you’re showing?

  4. Amy Quattlebaum
    July 8, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    I love the oval-back black metal dining chairs. Where can I find them or something similar?

  5. Jill
    September 15, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    Could anyone tell me the exterior colors used?

  6. Debbie
    February 4, 2021 / 5:52 am

    Once again, the pop up ads are covering the left third of the content of your blog, and they can’t be closed, that I can find. I have followed your blog for years, love your content. These ads should be moved to right side of your blog.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 4, 2021 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. Workin on it and will message them again. Sorry about the annoyance.

  7. Joan
    February 4, 2021 / 8:42 am

    I have watched that episode several times, and never fail to love everything about that darling cottage. It is just perfection. And the cute couple that lives there is adorable too. I hope they are enjoying their lovely home.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 4, 2021 / 11:43 pm

      I wonder if they still live in this house!?! It’s such a timeless house, and I just love that they made changes for modern living so the house can last at least another 100 years. 🙂

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