While the previous owner had begun restoration work, plenty remained to be done. Rooms were lit by inexpensive, hardware-store overhead fixtures. Baths had been replumbed and fitted with cheap, modern fixtures. The front porch ceiling had been lowered to hide the P-trap from an antique rib-cage shower upstairs.
The owners set about restoring and furnishing rooms to look as if a comfortably situated, 19th-century family still lived here.
That original rib-cage shower had been relocated to the master bath by previous owners. Now, complementary antique fixtures include a pillbox toilet and a marble and nickel-plated console sink.
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Any of these would be a welcome gift for an old-house friend or for an artful home . . . including your own.
Simple Craftsman Roots Revived
A “clean but sterile” 1914 kitchen is treated to bungalow-era design.
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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.
Caring for Silverplate
Whether the design is Rococo, Aesthetic, or Art Deco, silverplate is collectible—and needs care.
MANTELS in a Holiday Mood
Pretty things from nature are always in style.
An eternal motif for objects around the house.
A Surprisingly Authentic Bath
The replicated, late-Victorian master bathroom is in an 1892 brick manse in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
A Furnished Bath
This elegant bathroom has fixture panels fabricated from parts of a Victorian armoire.
CHERISHING CITY TO CITY A timeless classic by GERRY RAFFERTY
It’s early 1978 and the new single by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street,” is blasting out on the airwaves on my small transistor radio.
Thompson was the Grand Prize Winner of International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 117, Florals & Garden
Our Next Guest Needs No Introduction
The School for Advanced Research cultivates casual conversation and in-depth discussion through a series of live artist talks on Instagram.
A ONE-OF-A-KIND CLASSIC FORD WITH CUMMINS POWER
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Flying Backseat in a Texan
Recently, senior editor Gerry Yarrish had an experience of a lifetime when he was able to fly backseat with Nick Ziroli Jr. in his beautiful AT-6 Texan.
Aging (gracefully) with dogs
Jim Brigleb, his wife Linda and their two babies — unconditional love in furry bodies.
Gerry Harrington's Search For The Soul Of Irish Music
Few fiddlers, Irish or otherwise, are as sensitive or insightful interpreters of traditional music as Gerry Harrington.
The Wisdom Of Charles Handy
In his new book, the renowned business thinker and philosopher passes on his experiences of life, work, and how not to fall into the management trap.
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