Tasteful Tate

While at my parents’ house here in Florida, I came across a coffee table book on the architecture of Ken Tate. My jaw was in a complete dropped position as I turned each page eagerly awaiting what the heart-thumping architectural eye candy might be on the next page. Tate’s range of skill from traditional Spanish Colonial to Colonial Revival is impressive in itself. He is gifted in his craftsmanship and details from the outside to the inside.

Here is a glimpse at only a small amount of his timeless architectural style. Pure perfection.

All photos from his website: kentatearchitect.com

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My favorite design: white house, black shutters.

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The type of house you would want to grow up in.

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Picturesque and a testament to Tate’s wide range of abilities. I love the sweet balcony on the upper left.  Ken Tate Architecture 6

A dreamy courtyard and covered porch.

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The the woodwork and symmetry of the cabinetry.

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These shutters are everything. I love the row of hedges, as they play right into the architectural element of the house. It would almost look incomplete without them. Ken Tate Architecture 10

Another one of Tate’s charming courtyard areas. This house sure does look like a very interesting and engaging layout. Ken Tate Architecture 11

Another glimpse of detail.

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Modernly established. This face is always relevant.   Ken Tate Architecture 8

Look again at the detail and framing of the rooms. I have said this before and I will say it again, “open floor plan” is not always a good thing. Who wants to hang out in one big room? I love the idea of sitting in the dining room to have a conversation. Hard to do when your dining room is your  kitchen, living room, and breakfast room all in one. I love what Tate did here, he opened the room with archways, yet still kept them as separate entities. It pains me to think the mindset of many would be to tear them down. You can’t create multiple jewel boxes if you only have one big piece of cardboard to work with.

9 thoughts on “Tasteful Tate

  1. I live in a Colonial built in the 1940’s that is a Colonial 4-square that is similar in looks to the top one above with out the porch or the additions on the side; mine just has a sunroom to one side. But since it is a 4-square, it obviously is not an open floor plan and so many people have encouraged me to take down the wall between my dining room and kitchen to make one large room. I’ve always hesitated for two reasons; I love my pretty dining room with built in china cabinet and I don’t want the sometimes messiness of my kitchen intruding on that and I don’t want people to see my kitchen as the first thing they see when they enter my home!

    • Jean, your home sounds just lovely. It is far to common these days to see one big space. I agree, who wants to walk straight into a kitchen. Where is the intimacy of that? Also, where is the lure of appreciating one room for it’s purpose ad design? Your commentary inspired my next post! Stay tuned! XO

  2. I couldn’t agree more about the over-used “open concept.” I certainly don’t want my guests at the dining table looking at the chaos I created in getting a beautiful meal on the table……pots, pans, sauces dripping….. I love small cozy spaces and cannot wait for the open concept trend to be over! It seems to be all HGTV knows and there is a whole generation who thinks their way is the only way. Sigh….

    • Roxanne, such great commentary. I obviously agree completely. When I went to look at some townhouses awhile ago the realtor kept showing me the lure of “open spaces.” He said I was the first person to ever say I didn’t want that! It pains me to watch. This clearly resonates, so look for a post on it tomorrow or the next day! XO

  3. I couldn’t agree more with your last statement in this post!

    I did not know Tate’s work had been compiled into a book. Thanks for sharing that information because I will definitely look for it. I have admired it for a long time.

  4. Thank you all for your comments about open concept spaces. I abhor them and always have. Rooms have a purpose and each should be separate. I adore my dining room and would never open it to the kitchen in a million years. The kitchen is welcoming too, but very different. I’m always happy to hear that people are looking to separate the two rooms again. Other trends which make me happy are that people are looking to keep or restore their old windows. I know people who took out new windows in a house and put the old ones back in. It looks SO much better. The other trend that thrills me is colour. We’re finally seeing all those bland neutrals in the rearview mirror. Hallelujah!

    • Hi Cynthia! Thanks for reaching out! I agree with you, it is nice to have each room have a purpose. Great comment and insights. Yes, it is always fun to have a bit of color (and pattern in my opinion). As far as window, I think that it depends on the type of new windows. Many old windows can be poorly insulated, so it is important that new windows match the scale of the home. There is nothing worse that short stubby windows that are out of proportion. Thanks for reading! XO Christina

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