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Rooms 1830-1850

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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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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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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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How To Revive Your Deck

Thumbnail image for How To Revive Your Deck Learn how to refresh your deck and add some character to help it blend in with your old house.
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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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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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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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Revised Tradition

Thumbnail image for Revised Tradition Cohen & Hacker Architects designs a new house on Chicago’s North Shore.
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Green Pickling

Thumbnail image for Green Pickling A cabinetmaker’s serendipitous discovery has her using milk paint to create an aged, pickled finish that’s non-toxic.
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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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Leveling a Bathtub

Thumbnail image for Leveling a Bathtub "After living in my 1925 Colonial Revival for a few months, I noticed that water tends to pond on the rim of the bathtub underneath the faucet. Black mold keeps popping up along that side, especially in the corner. We have to hit it with bleach almost daily! Finally I got out a level, and found the tub is higher at the other end. Otherwise it functions well. Seems like a big project…" —Anna Taylor
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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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Pushbutton Switches

Thumbnail image for Pushbutton Switches 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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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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