Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, make a statement on the ceiling.
These days, we tend not to give much thought to ceilings, perhaps because the unappealing pockmarked ceiling tiles of modern industrial buildings have conditioned us to studiously ignore what's overhead. But it wasn't always like this—back in the 18th, 19th, and even 20th centuries, the ceiling was considered just as worthy of decoration as any surface in the house, and was routinely outfitted with wallpaper, decorative panels, or fancy medallions. Whether you're looking to restore existing ceiling ornamentation or bring your house back to its glory days by re-creating what was once there, these three articles will help answer all your questions on the realm above.
Plaster Ceiling Repair: Learn to repair a plaster ceiling with these easy tips and techniques.
On the surprising affordability of trim pieces, ornaments, and onlays in plaster, compo, urethane, and wood.
A look at the history and manufacturing of decorative metal ceilings explains their appeal at the turn of the last century, as well as today.
When choosing a plaster medallion, let old-fashioned advice and common sense be your guide.
New This Week
A Cook's Country Kitchen:
Despite two centuries of change, character remains intact in this 1812 house, where a peculiar room with a hearth in the middle became a stunning family kitchen.
The many gardens at Williamsburg are a primary source for colonial and revival designs.
Classic English furniture reproduced in America
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Everything you need to know about adding the right finishing touches to your home-improvement or new construction project can be found in this book.
This book is full of more than 400 top notch ideas for a range of styles and sizes of kitchens. Learn how to make smart choices about what you really want in your kitchen. By Beth Veillette. Paperback. 234 pages.
This book serves as a useful introduction to kitchen design, and an inspirational visual reference for homeowners considering their own custom projects.