Editors' Picks: Historic Hardware

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, discover the importance of period-appropriate hardware in your restoration.

The celebrated mid-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously opined that "God is in the details"—and when it comes to selecting hardware for your home, we couldn't agree more. It may seem like a small component of your project, but hardware has the ability to make or break a restoration: Choose hardware that's improperly suited to the period of your house, and your rooms will always seem just a little bit "off." Fortunately, we've got resources that can help—check out these three primers on era-appropriate hardware.


Guide to Period Hardware: As clothing fashions change with the times, so too does architectural hardware. Here’s a look at America’s styles through the centuries.

Knobs, Latches, and Levers: Getting a handle on historic hardware styles.

Hand Forged and Foundry Cast: The forms of reproduction hardware may look familiar, but the techniques used to make these pieces have changed dramatically.

New This Week

Greek Revival Preserved: A light touch and a way with color, bits and pieces of classical ornament: one vision of vernacular.

An aqua stair hall complements the deep blue of the parlor, which was inspired by classical Wedgwood china.

Getaway Kitchens: The no-fuss pleasures of getaway kitchens.

Products & Services Directory

Antique Padlock & Key $389
by Crown City Hardware
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Did you know Crown City Hardware carries antique as well as reproduction hardware? There's only one of these antique padlocks available, but you can browse through the ir other antiques as well, some of them over 200 years old!

View all Hardware in the Products & Services Directory.

Bookstore Sales

On sale until February 28th!
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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.


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.