1. Mismatched Transoms
The inspiration: Period homes nearby
The project: Designer Jane Schwartz and her husband, Ken, own a 1920s house in Sag Harbor, New York, and wanted their new sunroom addition to blend into the neighborhood. So Jane tucked patterned transoms under adjacent gable—one with a Colonial-style sunburst, the other with Tudor-style diamonds—and matched the doors and windows below them to existing windows. "We're here day and night," Jane says, "and the windows totally make the room."
The payoff: A twist on tradition that takes full advantage of garden views