Renovation DIY and old-house restoration, traditional styles, period kitchens, historical decorating, period gardens, from colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern: all from Old-House Journal magazine and special-interest titles Old-House Interiors, New Old House, and Early Homes.
It’s still true, your home is your castle—all the more so if it’s got elements of Gothic Revival, Romanesque, Tudor, or even Craftsman! The warmth (and mysticism) of medieval design is comforting and connects us with the past.
What follow are five easy ways to bring that nostalgia home.
Finding themselves in possession of a large, important, whimsical, and historic house with outbuildings on 19 acres, a couple did the right thing—preserving its essence, restoring the grounds, and updating the essentials with sensitivity.
We’re old hands at hanging the doors we salvage. Years ago, we bought six interior doors that matched originals elsewhere in our 1885 row house. We just installed the last of them for a bathroom closet. Here’s what we’ve learned.
Is your original front door long gone? Is the entry so altered it’s impossible to tell what used to be there? It happens a lot. The wrong front door muddles the style of the house and hurts curb appeal. Take heart: you can restore what’s gone using salvage, custom replication, or an astute purchase.