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Interiors & Decor

Everything inside the old house! Paint and wallpaper decorating, heating, lighting, furniture and furnishings, mantels and staircases, art glass, period interiors, historic decorating styles, decorative ceilings, period rugs and textiles, ornamental plaster, how to finish a floor–it’s all here.
(Photo by William Wright from A Ravishing Victorian Home)

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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Revised Tradition

Thumbnail image for Revised Tradition Cohen & Hacker Architects designs a new house on Chicago’s North Shore.
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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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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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Rooms 1830-1850

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100 Years of Lighting Designs

Thumbnail image for 100 Years of Lighting Designs A look at how lighting fixtures changed over the course of a century.
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15 Products for Greening an Old House

Thumbnail image for 15 Products for Greening an Old House Going green with a historic restoration is easier than ever, thanks to products that blend eco-friendly technology with timeless forms.
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3 Flooring Options for Period Homes

Thumbnail image for 3 Flooring Options for Period Homes The flooring you choose sets the style, period, and tone for the room.
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3 Ideas for Decorating with Primitives and Folk Art

Thumbnail image for 3 Ideas for Decorating with Primitives and Folk Art The desire to bring simple objects with patina into our homes and decorate with folk art has never been stronger.
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3 Ideas for Simple Window Treatments

Thumbnail image for 3 Ideas for Simple Window Treatments Unfussy window treatments like these may be used alone or as an underlayer.
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3 Steps for Tiling a Fireplace

Thumbnail image for 3 Steps for Tiling a Fireplace A scrapbook of fireplace surrounds from the Victorian and Arts & Crafts eras sparks ideas for today. Also, important steps to take before installation.
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4 Sources for Hard-to-Find Hardware

Thumbnail image for 4 Sources for Hard-to-Find Hardware Convinced they don't make that swinging kitchen door hinge anymore? Here's help locating some hard-to-find hardware for old houses.
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5 Heating Options for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 5 Heating Options for Old Houses Tips to help make your vintage heating system more efficient.
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5 Ideas for Historic Window Treatments

Thumbnail image for 5 Ideas for Historic Window Treatments Window treatments confer privacy while giving rooms a décor boost. Here’s our guide to the best window embellishments for old houses.
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5 Wainscot & Wall Paneling Styles

Thumbnail image for 5 Wainscot & Wall Paneling Styles Bare but for a thin skin of paint, modern walls are a stylistic aberration. For most of our history, the lower wall has been decently dressed in decorative wood paneling.
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5 Ways to Transform an Old Fireplace

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Transform an Old Fireplace A new breed of historic-minded fireplace inserts can help you get the home fires burning again, efficiently.
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6 Arts & Crafts Furniture Essentials

Thumbnail image for 6 Arts & Crafts Furniture Essentials Furnishing a Craftsman-style home? These iconic furniture pieces are at the top of every collector’s list.
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6 Classic Doorknobs for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 6 Classic Doorknobs for Old Houses Need doorknobs for your old house? Start your search with these time-tested basics.
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6 Ideas for Country Wainscots

Thumbnail image for 6 Ideas for Country Wainscots Plain-spoken wainscot treatments create architectural interest for farmhouse walls.
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6 Rules for Displaying Collectibles

Thumbnail image for 6 Rules for Displaying Collectibles A common sense guide to displaying your collectibles.
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