Old House Restoration, Products & Decorating
Muted tones dress a guest bedroom. Moldings are kept simple while a reading nook invites friends to cozy up on rainy days.

A Classical Lakeside Home

To mitigate the formality of a house on Lake Placid, G.P. Schafer Architect turns to classical design and vernacular forms for inspiration. The result is a comfortable, casual, and gracious house on the shore.

Products of the Week

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Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.

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Nostalgic Warehouse

Classic-style door hardware, engineered for new construction or historic renovation, lacquer-coated, solid brass, patterned after original antique hardware, passage, privacy, mortise lock, or dummy sets and cabinet hardware and accessories.

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Rebirth of a ca. 1830 Farmhouse

With a light touch, a Connecticut big house–little house configuration is restored after a fire. “Good old noncombustible plaster is what saved the historic house,” says the interior designer.

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Foursquare, Years to Go

Near Philadelphia, energetic owners re-interpret a transitional house, rescuing it from bad taste, layers of paint, and other disasters.

fireplace screen by Steven Handelman

English Cottage on the Lake

The Portland family wanted to live someday on Lake Oswego. When they stumbled upon a 1927 shingled cottage with Arts & Crafts stonework, it felt like home.

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