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Early Homes Spring/Summer 2011

Early Homes Spring/Summer 2011


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Editor’s Note
May I admit to sometimes being confused as we put this issue together? The beautiful and authentic gambrel-roofed house in Maine fills the “reproduction house” feature. But I kept putting the proof pages for that article into the folder for our “restoration” feature—because, as I marveled over the antiques-filled rooms, it just didn’t seem possible that the house was built only two decades ago.

Interesting that its builders reproduced early paint-decoration, while the owners of the restored 1840 house in Indiana chose white walls to keep the focus on their collections.

Combining old-house restoration with new work, a couple in Pennsylvania reworked an old summer kitchen and addition to their 1816 stone house. Now they can enjoy a period-sensitive kitchen that’s also a convenience-filled gathering place for family.

Patricia Poore, Editor of Early Homes

In This Issue:

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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An Authentic Reproduction Gambrel

Thumbnail image for An Authentic Reproduction Gambrel Indulging their passion for early paint-decorated surfaces, a couple in Maine perpetually reinvents their home as they update their collections.
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Colonial-Style Curb Appeal

Thumbnail image for Colonial-Style Curb Appeal Whether your house was built in 1804 or 2004, enhance its period style while giving it curb appeal this spring.
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Designing a New Country Kitchen

Thumbnail image for Designing a New Country Kitchen An existing addition is remodeled to accommodate an eat-in kitchen and gathering space in this circa 1816 stone house.
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Fancy Fabrics for Early Homes

Thumbnail image for Fancy Fabrics for Early Homes Costly finer textiles were coveted and flaunted in 18th-century colonial homes. Here are some of the special finishes that made fancy more affordable.
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Old House, New Landscape

Thumbnail image for Old House, New Landscape Adopting an orphaned 18th-century house was just the beginning. Homeowners added history-inspired gardens to create a lush setting.
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The Case for Interior Shutters

Thumbnail image for The Case for Interior Shutters A fresh look at interior window shutters, with tips on how to get that historical look today.
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