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A Mediterranean Enclave in Los Angeles

Thumbnail image for A Mediterranean Enclave in Los Angeles Discover a little slice of Europe tucked away on a hillside in Hollywood.
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Garden with a Panoramic View

Thumbnail image for Garden with a Panoramic View A visionary garden around an 1830s farmhouse captures the 19th-century Hudson River School art movement.
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Tested: Cordless 16-Gauge Finish Nailers

Thumbnail image for Tested: Cordless 16-Gauge Finish Nailers We fire off four battery-powered finish nailers to see which ones make the grade.
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Stone, Log & Clapboard in a New Old Farmhouse

Thumbnail image for Stone, Log & Clapboard in a New Old Farmhouse A new old farmhouse on 40 acres in southeast Wisconsin, owner-designed and -built, is a study in primitive textures.
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How To Create a Faux Wood Grain Finish

Thumbnail image for How To Create a Faux Wood Grain Finish Follow this step-by-step process to create a convincing wood grain pattern.
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7 Shutter Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Thumbnail image for 7 Shutter Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make It's easy to make mistakes when adding shutters to a historic house. Here are 7 big ones to avoid.
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The Best Shutters for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for The Best Shutters for Old Houses Not every historic house had shutters, but many need them to look their best.
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Guide to Reproduction Wallpaper

Thumbnail image for Guide to Reproduction Wallpaper These companies offer authentic wallpaper patterns for houses from the colonial era to the mid-20th century.
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Rescuing a Folk Victorian Family Home

Thumbnail image for Rescuing a Folk Victorian Family Home The ancestral home afforded an opportunity to do right by a decaying Victorian house that deserved better.
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Farmhouse With a Modern Twist

Thumbnail image for Farmhouse With a Modern Twist Architect John Lawrence Upton renovates a historic farm in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
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Happy Marriage

Thumbnail image for Happy Marriage Gregory and Carolynn Schipa join an 1810 Greek Revival and a 1790 Cape-style cottage harmoniously on the island of Nantucket.
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Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada

Thumbnail image for Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada A new old house over the border reflects the beauty of Canada’s traditional architecture.
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10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts

Thumbnail image for 10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts Follow this advice to keep your fireplace safe and snug all winter long.
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10 Haunted Historic Hotels

Thumbnail image for 10 Haunted Historic Hotels Catch a few winks with the spirit world by checking into one of these historic hotels where reports of paranormal activity abound.
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10 Things You’ll Learn on a House Tour

Thumbnail image for 10 Things You’ll Learn on a House Tour House tours offer more than just a peek behind the curtains of beautifully restored historic homes—they also can provide inspiration and guidance for your own restoration projects.
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10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House

Thumbnail image for 10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House What you need to know to get an old house rewired properly, with minimal damage to the building.
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11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration

Thumbnail image for 11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration A seasoned old-house restorer gives advice on how to survive a major home restoration.
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11 Victorian Railroad Resorts

Thumbnail image for 11 Victorian Railroad Resorts Step back in time with a stay at one of these grand Victorian-era resorts.
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12 Great Gifts for DIYers

Thumbnail image for 12 Great Gifts for DIYers Need the perfect gift for the old-house restorer on your list? We’ve got you covered, from the newest gadgets to the classic must-haves.
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12 Ideas for Bungalow Baths

Thumbnail image for 12 Ideas for Bungalow Baths Kick-start your bathroom restoration with these stylish, period-friendly takes on the bungalow bath.
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