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    The Country Vernacular


      Interior colors are softened yet bold in this 1916 Arts & Crafts home, complementing dark chestnut woodwork in the restful interior.


        The exterior is done, but we’ve got years to go restoring our Queen Anne.


          The pushbutton wall switch was introduced ca. 1890 for residential 110-volt circuits. Its distinctive click has to do with designing for direct current, then common.


          Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors

          Thumbnail image for Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors Old-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.
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          A DIY Floor in Wood Paint

          Thumbnail image for A DIY Floor in Wood Paint Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.
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          The Perspective Landscape

          Thumbnail image for The Perspective Landscape Layering built and organic features transforms a lot “with potential” into a sweet retreat.
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          Tables for any Occasion

          Thumbnail image for Tables for any Occasion Side tables and small occasional tables in early America were portable, versatile, and delightfully varied in style.
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          Will Moses, Folk Artist

          Thumbnail image for Will Moses, Folk Artist Americana painter Will Moses carries on a family tradition in unique style.
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          Warm Welcome

          Thumbnail image for Warm Welcome Treat guests to a traditionally styled entry.
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          Porch with a View

          Thumbnail image for Porch with a View When Hammer Architects added a spacious new porch to an old Watch Hill home, they created interesting opportunities for landscape architect Keith LeBlanc.
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          Living History

          Thumbnail image for Living History Discovering ancient plantings for American gardens.
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          Going Home

          Thumbnail image for Going Home Reimagining a client’s boyhood home, Austin Patterson Disston Architects and landscape architect Diane Devore create a self-sustaining compound meant for multiple generations.
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          Hamilton House in Maine

          Thumbnail image for Hamilton House in Maine Restored at the turn of the 20th century, this ca. 1785 Georgian became a model for Colonial Revival taste.
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          Faithful to Local Roots

          Thumbnail image for Faithful to Local Roots A kitchen addition takes its place in the house’s history.
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          History Is in Our Blood

          Thumbnail image for History Is in Our Blood A New England Saltbox reproduced in Michigan holds a cherished collection of antiques along with handcrafted work by today’s designer-craftspeople.
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          One Home, Many Centuries

          Thumbnail image for One Home, Many Centuries In Vermont, Connor Homes envisions a new addition to an existing farmhouse.
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          Forties Fun!

          Thumbnail image for Forties Fun! Although modest, this 1941 house offered all sorts of cues, from English storybook elements outside to curved walls and glass block within.
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          Living in a Bungalow

          Thumbnail image for Living in a Bungalow Chronicling the restoration of an Arts & Crafts-era house in Spokane, Washington.
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          The Quaint Stone House of Lucie Archambault

          Thumbnail image for The Quaint Stone House of Lucie Archambault Squat and unembellished save for hollyhocks and lilies, the 1838 house reveals Scottish ancestry in the village of L’Epiphanie, near Montreal.
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          Manual Dumbwaiters

          Thumbnail image for Manual Dumbwaiters Many a row house had a hand-operated conveyance between floors.
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          Thumbnail image for Floorcloths Lisa Curry Mair works from the carriage-house wing of her 200-year-old farmhouse in Perkinsville, Vermont, designing and making floorcloths—a practical and artistic precursor to linoleum.
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          The Ashokan Center

          Thumbnail image for The Ashokan Center New York State's Ashokan Center keeps the music alive.
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          Committed to the Details

          Thumbnail image for Committed  to the Details The 1890 house had “all its integrity,” say its owners: stained-glass windows, a monumental staircase, fine woodwork, and even a dumbwaiter. But it needed their loving restoration.
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