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Old-House Interiors March/April 2012

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Editor’s Note
One minor complaint shows up in my inbox year after year: “Too many of the houses you show are for the super-wealthy.” Or “please include articles about how to fix up/decorate on a modest income.” I think this issue of Old-House Interiors will please those readers. I think you’ll enjoy our two Visits: One features a quietly glamorous, not-very-big house built in 1956, which appealed to a young family who relish all of its original mid-century elements. The other shows an artsy bungalow in Pasadena, detail-rich inside and out, but hardly a mansion. (The Arts & Crafts period is especially egalitarian, as it stressed simplicity, natural and handmade items, and a rejection of “style.”)

Our architecture article, too, just happens to feature a house type familiar to all: America’s vernacular Greek Revival. Often modest—gable-front boxes or gable-and-ell farmhouses—they are marked by bold but simple details and straightforward floor plans. Neither colonial nor Victorian, Greek Revival houses lend themselves to plain-spoken treatments: painted country furniture and canvas floorcloths. High-style examples exist, of course, and many of them, North and South, have been fully restored, decorated, and furnished with period antiques. They’re great fun to study for inspiration.

That’s the point, really. I couldn’t afford most of the houses we publish, but I look at them for pure enjoyment—and to get ideas that can be adapted. Paint colors, furniture arrangement, window treatments, and the display of collections can be emulated, even if your “stuff” isn’t as pricey as what’s in the models. That said, I will continue to be on the lookout for budget-friendly renovations and down-to-earth examples. If you have a project or a whole house that qualifies, don’t be shy about sending photos.

Patricia Poore, Editor of Old-House Interiors

In This Issue:

A Designer’s Guide to Lace Curtains

Thumbnail image for A Designer’s Guide to Lace Curtains Helpful advice on pattern, choice, care, and hanging.
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Discovering Southern History from Charleston to Savannah

Thumbnail image for Discovering Southern History from Charleston to Savannah A tour of the Low Country requires shifting to a slower speed on this two hour scenic drive.
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Elegant Neoclassical Kitchen

Thumbnail image for Elegant Neoclassical Kitchen An architectural kitchen conceived as a cityscape in a Greek Revival home.
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Gingerbread Millwork for Old-House Kitchens

Thumbnail image for Gingerbread Millwork for Old-House Kitchens With a bit of decorative millwork, you can transform a cookie-cutter kitchen into something spicy.
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Pasadena Bungalow with Original Woodwork

Thumbnail image for Pasadena Bungalow with Original Woodwork It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to bring back a great old house. In the case of this 1909 chalet-bungalow, it took two!
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Remarkable Mid-Century House in Savannah

Thumbnail image for Remarkable Mid-Century House in Savannah A young family buys a modest, true-to-period house, does right by it, and joins the mid-century club.
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Stone Garden for a Connecticut Victorian

Thumbnail image for Stone Garden for a Connecticut Victorian Blasting to correct a 25-foot vertical drop yielded 400 tons of granite—which was artfully put to use in this half-acre site.
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What’s New in Kitchen Appliances

Thumbnail image for What’s New in Kitchen Appliances Your choices for old-style appliances now go beyond the vintage or reproduction stove and the ’50s fridge to entire suites. Buy to match, or mix retro and new.
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