In historic Washington Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, you’ll find the 1917 Charles Fogle House is a beautiful blend of Colonial Revival style, Prairie lines, and Craftsman details.
Built by a member of a prominent lumber family, the stuccoed property was in poor condition and in need of extensive work when Michael Ryden, an accomplished realtor and authority on historic homes, purchased it 13 years ago. Recognizing its great promise, Michael began restoration of the architectural gem, maintaining many of the home’s classic features thanks to extensive research and old photographs.
“The Fogle Brothers Company manufactured windows and doors, so we were able to keep all of the originals,” Michael explains. Sunrooms and porches offer ideal spaces for warm-weather relaxation; while, in the winter, the cozy library and spacious living room provide fireside respite.
Throughout, Michael’s sophisticated furnishings enhance the home’s period appeal. “Although the house is perhaps suited more to Craftsman style, I already had a collection of Federal to Early Empire pieces that I really liked,” he says. “Truly, this house could feature any style well.”
And yet, it’s at Christmastime when the home fully embraces its grandeur. Here, Michael’s refined taste is displayed in his decorating decisions, as he opts for natural flourishes as his favorite symbols of the season.
“I focus on fresh greenery, much of which is collected from our yard,” he says. From garlands decked in pinecones and bouquets of magnolia to grand orchid centerpieces and accents of holly and berries, these classic holiday accents create an ambiance that captures the enduring heart of Michael’s Christmas celebration.
By Lauren Eberle