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This site is the ultimate resource for owners of old houses and period-style homes, gathering information from Old-House Journal, Old-House Interiors, Early Homes, and New Old House. You’ll find inspiration, how-to info and advice, stories and photos of old houses galore and sources for traditional products. Whether you’re restoring your old house or searching for period decor, you’ll find help here.
    A cabinetmaker’s serendipitous discovery has her using milk paint to create an aged, pickled finish that’s non-toxic.

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      Americana painter Will Moses carries on a family tradition in unique style.

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        Cohen & Hacker Architects designs a new house on Chicago’s North Shore.

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          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.

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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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          Floorcloths

          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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          Is “Hidden” HVAC Right for Your Old Home?

          Thumbnail image for Is “Hidden” HVAC Right for Your Old Home? We all know how uncomfortably hot and humid summer can get.
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          Exterior Shutters for Your Home

          Thumbnail image for Exterior Shutters for Your Home There is no substitute for real wood shutters on historic homes.
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          Kitchens in Context

          Thumbnail image for Kitchens in Context What's the first room you redid - or want to redo - in your old house?
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          Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal

          Thumbnail image for Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal So-called curb appeal is a common concern among real-estate agents—but it also matters to those of us staying put. Here are some low- to medium-cost improvements that’ll brighten the neighborhood.
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          Mapping a Craftsman Palette

          Thumbnail image for Mapping a Craftsman Palette Interior colors are softened yet bold in this 1916 Arts & Crafts home, complementing dark chestnut woodwork in the restful interior.
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          More than Skin Deep

          Thumbnail image for More than Skin Deep Stone veneers have become popular as a residential finish, appearing on fireplaces, chimneys, and foundations.
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          The House That Passion Built

          Thumbnail image for The House That Passion Built Forty years ago, collectors of early Americana set about creating a house worthy of the furnishings.
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          Door Styles in Early America

          Thumbnail image for Door Styles in Early America The evolution from battened plants to Neoclassical Icons.
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          Neglected No Longer

          Thumbnail image for Neglected No Longer The exterior is done, but we’ve got years to go restoring our Queen Anne.
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          Exterior Fix-Ups

          Thumbnail image for Exterior Fix-Ups Head outside for three projects: sealing tarnished brass, fixing torn window screens, and installing functional shutters. Get ready for summer!
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          A Window Sash That Won’t Budge

          Thumbnail image for A Window Sash That Won’t Budge "We’ve tried prying, chiseling, and swearing, but nothing makes the window sash budge." —Polly Whitney
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          Hitting a Brick Wall

          Thumbnail image for Hitting a Brick Wall "It’s a house-eat-house world, Dad!" - John Shiflet, quoting his daughter
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          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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          Grand Vision for a Tiny Retreat

          Thumbnail image for Grand Vision for a Tiny Retreat Architect and homeowner collaborate on a scheme to turn a dusty yard and a pressure-treated deck into a beautiful new amenity.
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          Boardinghouse Blues

          Thumbnail image for Boardinghouse Blues "A home with a hernia." - Ken Ellis
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          Step Up with a Cast Iron Newel

          Thumbnail image for Step Up with a Cast Iron Newel Used with a wood or wrought-iron balustrade, a salvaged cast-iron newel post adds history.
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          Rooms 1830-1850

          Thumbnail image for Rooms 1830-1850 The Country Vernacular
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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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          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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          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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          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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          Gutter Clinic

          Thumbnail image for Gutter Clinic The best time to inspect and clean your gutters is before problems start.
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          Painting Double-Hung Sash

          Thumbnail image for Painting Double-Hung Sash Carelessly painted windows are frequently stuck forever and one regrettable reason homeowners purchase replacements. Neither the prep nor the painting is complicated, however.
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          Beguiled into Stewardship

          Thumbnail image for Beguiled into Stewardship Fall in love with an old house, and you may find yourself moving from big city to rural hamlet to tackle a big project.
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