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Tovah Martin's Autumn Garden at Furthermore

Renowned garden writer Tovah Martin shares her personal garden in Connecticut.…
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Added by Emily O'Brien on August 14, 2018 at 10:05am — No Comments

The Design Center Sourcebook 2018

An annual book-size publication, the Old House Journal Design Center Sourcebook is the definitive guide to period-inspired home products, from tiles floors to wing chairs, hooked rugs to brass faucets.…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on July 16, 2018 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Visit a Storybook Style House

Home sweet gnome? This 1923 house in Los Angeles exemplifies the fairy-tale subset of Historical Revival homes of the early 20th century.

By Douglas Keister

Wind your way along the steep hillside flanking Griffith…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on June 25, 2018 at 8:25pm — No Comments

A Preserved 1883 Brownstone

Across the river from Manhattan, a mansard-roofed townhouse built in 1883 gets the superlative treatment, guided by a preservation-minded designer.

By Regina Cole

"This a monumental undertaking, restoration with a capital R,” says…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on June 5, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

1950s Kitchen

The real-estate agent apologized for the old kitchen, but the new owners totally got it.

By Patricia Poore

“The kitchen is a Fifties nightmare, a horror show,” whispered the broker: It still had its turquoise cabinets,…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on May 20, 2018 at 9:40pm — No Comments

The House That Passion Build

Forty years ago, collectors of early Americana set about creating a house worthy of the furnishings.

By Tim Tanner

Both Rich and Jean grew up not far from here, and met in high school. Jean had been a fortunate witness to…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on May 6, 2018 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Quiet Upgrades a Modern Bungalow Make

Tweaked to align with the new owners’ preferences, a builder’s house gets an Arts & Crafts makeover with oak woodwork, stained glass, mosaic tile, and soothing colors and…
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Added by Emily O'Brien on April 23, 2018 at 12:02am — No Comments

Repurposed Floor Tiles

An old floor of earthy geometric tiles rescued from a razed church adds soul to a period-look row-house kitchen.
By Brian D. Coleman…
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Added by Emily O'Brien on April 9, 2018 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Georgian and Federal Color

Ca. 1770 - 1830, colors were brilliant, the patterns eye-popping.…
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Added by Emily O'Brien on April 2, 2018 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Hudson Valley Dutch Dwelling Relocated and Restored

Boarded up and forlorn, the colonial house was adopted, then dismantled and moved to the Hudson Valley by a couple of dedicated preservationists.

By Patricia Poore

Surviving since colonial days, the …

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Added by Emily O'Brien on March 25, 2018 at 8:17pm — No Comments

A Fix for Foul-smelling Paint

The case of the foul-smelling can of paint, and a fix.

It was over a year ago that we bought latex paint for the dining room in our 1915 Foursquare, but put off the project. When we opened the cans, the paint smelled like sour…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on March 12, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Tree House Bungalow

In Black Mountain, North Carolina, craftsmanship holds sway, giving a new cabin all the warmth and integrity of an old house.

By Brian D. Coleman

Half-hidden in the trees, the mountain cabin is called Ravenscroft. Owners Chas Fitzgerald…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Farmhouse in Indiana

A straightforward approach brought back a farmstead on the brink of ruin.
By Gene and Roseanna Hatke…
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Added by Emily O'Brien on February 21, 2018 at 10:44pm — No Comments

A Fix for Rusted Radiator Tops

Turns out the previous owner of my 1940s apartment had restored the built-in metal radiators by stripping surfaces down to bare steel and sealing them with a metal-friendly lacquer. Blithely and over time, I set potted geraniums and basil on the radiator tops, occasionally sloshing…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on February 5, 2018 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Old New York Cottage Gets an Arts & Crafts Interior

By Mary Ellen Polson

Photographs by: Steve Gross & Susan Daley 

More than a century ago, this artist’s family from New York began summering in a town later famous for a concert (which actually took place 90 miles away). Even…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on January 4, 2018 at 7:46pm — No Comments

A Classical Lakeside Home

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Photographs by Eric Piasecki

To gain that same appreciation, Schafer began by driving (and boating) around the region,…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on January 4, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Romancing a Twenties Home

In California, a 1928 red-tile and stucco house with a Hispano–Deco interior gets a period-perfect kitchen with inspired details. 

By Brian D. Coleman | Photos by William Wright…

The 1928 Spanish Revival home was remarkably intact, with its original red tiled roof, balconies, tower, and arched casement windows.
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Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hot Water, Cool Savings

Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.

By Mary Ellen Polson



Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:07pm — No Comments

True Vintage Style

The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on March 7, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.

By Mary Ellen Polson…

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Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

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