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Earthy Colors, New Layout

Textured tile and quarter-sawn oak make it a handsome revival kitchen.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

Deep Clean to Save Big

After we got a $50,000 estimate to gut and renovate the bathroom in our 1946 modernist house, I figured I’d tackle the 8' x 8' room myself.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

Fancy Painted Floors

Borders and checkerboard designs are DIY favorites; you might also try your hand at stenciling or faux effects.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

And Now, The Kitchen

Using original bits and vintage pieces, making the kitchen functional was a high priority.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

new KITCHEN for an old house

THE WALLPAPER’S AESTHETIC MOVEMENT OR BRITISH ARTS & CRAFTS PATTERN IDEALLY SUITS THIS 1903 AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE HOUSE.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

right ON!

Leaving aside shag carpeting and copper-tone appliances, a couple embrace the best of the decade for a splendid period house grounded in nature.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

reclaiming the attic

Is your house bursting at the seams? Do you long for private office space, a guest retreat, or a kids’ bonus room? The solution might be right over your head: no need to leave the neighborhood, or even put on an addition.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

displaying collections ARRANGE TO INSPIRE

Ideas, inspiration, and tidbits on the beautiful and safe arrangement and display of collectibles both traditional and eccentric.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2022

A Home Full of Character

Smaller homes like this 1920s Dutch Colonial so often get overlooked as worthy of restoration. Owners don’t think they’re special . . . or they add on or remodel until the original is unrecognizable. This owner saw the potential.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

A Furnished Bath

This elegant bathroom has fixture panels fabricated from parts of a Victorian armoire.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Holiday Home

Any of these would be a welcome gift for an old-house friend or for an artful home . . . including your own.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Simple Craftsman Roots Revived

A “clean but sterile” 1914 kitchen is treated to bungalow-era design.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

MOVING toward

Changing energy markets and evolving technology make it possible to heat, cool, and ventilate homes of any age with (mostly) clean, all-electric power—and less of it. Heating home water, formerly an energy hog, is turning into an energy sipper, too.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

The Rescue of Portland's FIREHOUSE 17

IN WHAT BECAME THE PROJECT OF A LIFETIME, THE REHABILITATION OF A 1912 FIREHOUSE IS ADAPTIVE REUSE WITH HEART AND SOUL. DECOMMISSIONED IN 1968, ALLOWED TO DETERIORATE AND LATER REMODELED, THE OLD FIREHOUSE HAD BEEN BUILT DURING THE DAYS OF HORSE-DRAWN ENGINES. THE PROJECT WAS SPEARHEADED BY RESTORAT ION CONSULTANT KARLA PEARLSTEIN, IN PORTLAND, OREGON. SHE NOW CALLS THE FIREHOUSE HOME.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Caring for Silverplate

Whether the design is Rococo, Aesthetic, or Art Deco, silverplate is collectible—and needs care.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

MANTELS in a Holiday Mood

Pretty things from nature are always in style.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Diamonds!

An eternal motif for objects around the house.

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November - December 2021

A Surprisingly Authentic Bath

The replicated, late-Victorian master bathroom is in an 1892 brick manse in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Quintessentially MAINE

A late Shingle Style house designed by John Calvin Stevens is sensitively brought back by owners who use patterns by William Morris in its casual, summer-house rooms.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

Lacing in New Boards

Plank and strip flooring with isolated areas of damage can be saved with careful patching.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

The Blues

Favorites, from pale azure to deep cobalt.

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July - August 2021

At the Windows

Shutters & screens: timeless essentials.

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July - August 2021

RESTORING REST HARROW IN ARDEN

Refurbishing an Arts & Crafts cottage designed by William Lightfoot Price, noted architect and founder of utopian communities.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

Glass Room Screens

Old factory windows are repurposed as room dividers, adding dimension while letting light shine through.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

a place for PROMISES

DENNIS AND KAYLA WHITE of Lynchburg, Tennessee, had long wanted to start their own business. “I’m a credit analyst, so I work with numbers all day,” Kayla says. “But that is so not me! I think of myself as a creative person, and I love design. When this house came up at auction in October of 2018, we thought it would be a chance for us to launch a venture of our own, and for me to do the work I love.” The house is a two-storey, 3800-square-foot I-house with Greek Revival influences. It was built in 1858 for Townsend Port Green, a lumber dealer and wealthy landowner. In this handsome manse, he and his wife, Mary Ann Landiss, raised 14 children. The family fortune declined after the Civil War; in the early 1880s, Green sold the house to local whiskey merchant Daniel S. Evans.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

A BUNGALOW of seven gables

A 1915 Arts & Crafts house on Bainbridge Island, never substantially altered since it was built, is restored with regard for its history, architectural scale, and original style.

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Old House Journal
July - August 2021

Wood Working

Five handy, high-quality devices make carpentry jobs go smoothly.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2021

Glasgow School in the Bathroom

A tutorial in bracing color and geometric, stylized forms.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2021

STUFF MY M-I-L SCREWED UP

My mother-in-law is an active 83-year-old who still lives in her own home of many years. When we last visited, we were horrified to discover that she has hung a collection of disused and out-of season clothing on Romex electrical cable, which runs through the joists under the basement ceiling. Now we’re worried about other safety issues down there, too. —Anthony (and Julia) Wisniewski

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Old House Journal
January - February 2021

MATCHING INTERIOR MILLWORK

If one lacks professional expertise, installing crown moulding, replacing missing bits of casing or trim around windows, and retrofitting lost baseboards may be an exercise in frustration. Especially when nothing in an old house is square! First learn about the role of trimwork, building up profiles, turning corners with mitered and coped joints, and what tools to use where.

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Old House Journal
January - February 2021

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