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Add Charm with Kitchen Wallpaper

Thumbnail image for Add Charm with Kitchen Wallpaper Add color and period style by wallpapering facing walls, the breakfast area, back hall, or pantry. Learn practical ways to incorporate retro charm into your kitchen with these kitchen wallpaper ideas.
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Adding a Dormer for a Bathroom Makeover

Thumbnail image for Adding a Dormer for a Bathroom Makeover After years of living with a tiny, haphazardly placed bathroom, a Portland, Oregon, couple makes way for a dormer to expand their space.
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Adding an Orchard to Your Garden

Thumbnail image for Adding an Orchard to Your Garden An orchard offers sensual pleasures to your garden nearly all year long—but creating one requires patience and hard work.
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Adding On to a Tudor

Thumbnail image for Adding On to a Tudor A well-planned addition to a 1930s Tudor combines historical character with modern creature comforts.
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Additions 101

Thumbnail image for Additions 101 The do's and don'ts of successful old-house additions.
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Adventures in Installing a Kitchen Sink

Thumbnail image for Adventures in Installing a Kitchen Sink The right sink for your kitchen can take many forms. Here's a look at how two old-house owners tackled the sink dilemma.
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Adventures in Stripping Woodwork

Thumbnail image for Adventures in Stripping Woodwork One old-house owner's simple quest to bare her woodwork becomes an obsession that takes its toll on time and tempers.
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Aesthetic Movement Lighting

Thumbnail image for Aesthetic Movement Lighting During the Aesthetic movement, homeowners used furnishings as well as fixtures to manipulate light and maximize the visual power of décor and architectural space.
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Affordable to Affluent: Carpets for the Early Home

Thumbnail image for Affordable to Affluent: Carpets for the Early Home 4 types of period-appropriate rugs for your pre-1840 home.
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Air-Conditioning Options for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for Air-Conditioning Options for Old Houses Old homes and modern air conditioning seem to contrast, but there are options. You can achieve summer comfort in the most humid climates, with tradeoffs between price, payback, and aesthetics.
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All About Wallpaper Friezes

Thumbnail image for All About Wallpaper Friezes How to divide and decorate your walls for a period look.
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Amazing Baths

Thumbnail image for Amazing Baths Find bathroom design inspiration in these period-perfect fits for three different architectural styles.
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American Foursquare Architecture & Interiors

Thumbnail image for American Foursquare Architecture & Interiors The epitome of the post-Victorian “comfortable house,” the Foursquare is about dignified self-containment.
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An 18th-Century Stone House with Patina

Thumbnail image for An 18th-Century Stone House with Patina The restoration of a beautifully reclaimed Dutch-English house in New York's historic Hudson River Valley.
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An Addition Built with Architectural Salvage

Thumbnail image for An Addition Built with Architectural Salvage Using salvaged architectural elements creates patina in an old-house kitchen addition while keeping high-quality materials out of the landfill.
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An Adirondack General Store Becomes Home

Thumbnail image for An Adirondack General Store Becomes Home Homeowners Lauren and Ken Parlin worked with architect Sandra Vitzthum to revitalize an 1880s storefront in the Adirondacks.
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An Aesthetic Victorian Makeover

Thumbnail image for An Aesthetic Victorian Makeover This old Victorian home in Connecticut held enough clues to guide a stunning restoration that evokes another time, in a house that embraces family life.
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An Airy Lakeside Retreat

Thumbnail image for An Airy Lakeside Retreat Barnes Vanze Architects creates a lakeside farmhouse in Maryland that echoes the vernacular dwellings of the region's past.
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An All-American Federal House

Thumbnail image for An All-American Federal House In this 19th-century Massachusetts house, layers of history are on display.
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An Antiques-Filled 1840 Country Farmhouse

Thumbnail image for An Antiques-Filled 1840 Country Farmhouse The old house in southern Indiana is furnished with family pieces and a long-term collection of country antiques.
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