Editors' Picks: Building with Stone

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, we spotlight a classic old-house building material: stone.
There's a reason why so many old houses are constructed from stone: It's durable, easy to come by, and able to be manipulated by hand into all sorts of subtle variations. And did we mention the wonderful patina it takes on as it ages? Whether you already live in a stone house or just dream of owning one some day, you'll find something to relate to in our cadre of stone-specific articles, from a tour of a reconstructed 18th-century stone farmhouse to a lesson on how to replace broken stones on a façade.

Stone House Restoration: Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects resurrects an eighteenth-century dwelling in New York’s countryside.

Creating Architectural Stone: Architectural stone, from base to cornice.

How to Repair a Stone Wall: When masonry buildings need repairs, a few simple tools—and some practice—will make them good as new again.

New This Week

Victorian Garden Bedding: The colorful, fragrant garden bedding popular during the Victorian era can be a fitting addition to a range of old-house landscapes.

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Underneath What's Underfoot: The finished flooring is only as good as its underlayment, especially when it comes to tile and resilient floors.

Products & Services Directory

Arts & Crafts Rug Sale - Hammersmith Combo, $210
by The Persian Carpet, Inc
Call (800) 333-1801 to order.

Hammersmith Combo

These rugs range from $200-$5,000 on sale, due to discontinued yarn, some color variations, and pop ups, which can easily be clipped to match the rest of the rug. Several rugs are sold together at deep discounts, such as the Hammersmith, so there are some good deals there! Check out the Gingko combo if you're looking for something more subdued.

Bookstore Sales

On sale until February 28th!
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Experience the beauty of the bungalow as author Jane Powell takes you through 85 of the truest examples in North America, brilliantly showcased through the photography of Linda Svendsen.


This lovely, photo-packed book features an array of homes that showcase the beauty of natural materials. It offers plenty of ideas for both incorporating Arts & Crafts style into both new and existing homes.


Bungalow kitchens can easily be made to function for the 21st century without compromising their integrity. This book offers tips on everything from design and dealing with professionals to the appliances that will work for your kitchen.