Brilliant green and a subtle Chinoiserie design mark de Gournay’s ‘Earlham’, hand-painted on dyed silk.

Scenic Wallpaper

Hand-painted and wood block-printed wallpapers surround us with historical scenes, both real and imagined, or they can bring the panoramic outdoors to rooms inside. Cycling in and out of fashion since the 17th century, scenics are on the rise again. Options run from traditional, almost three-dimensional views in brilliant color to quiet grisailles, modern interpretations, and friezes.

The new kitchen is in a big old room that was, improbably, long used as a garage. It’s 21' square and includes a fireplace, now restored. “We made the fireplace part of the kitchen, creating a sitting area with a couple of wing chairs,” Larry Stanley says. The old floorboards had been irreparably stained and damaged, so the floors are new. Salvaged sections of old flooring have new life as the built-in cabinet in a corner next to the fireplace. The room is  simply furnished with mid-19th-century cabinets inspired by Shaker design. “We chose cherry for the cabinets because it would age to the same color as the beautiful old beams, which are chestnut treated with tung oil,” Larry explains. Natural granite countertops with a soft, honed finish complete the look.

A Cherished 1774 Colonial Restored

The large center-hall Georgian was built as an inn. After removing 1940s accretions and reconfiguring rooms for residential use, the current owners decorated it in fine Colonial Revival tradition.

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Americana ShutterBlinds

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The Latest

Bold in both its design and colors, ‘Coffered Rosette’ packs a decorative wallop and has become a favorite of the Museum’s visitors.

1804 Federal Elias Davis House

This ca. 1804 Federal example has come alive with the addition of period wallpapers. The Captain Elias Davis House is a remarkable survivor that’s now part of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Recently it was repapered with block-printed designs by Adelphi Paper Hangings.

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.

House tours

Bold in both its design and colors, ‘Coffered Rosette’ packs a decorative wallop and has become a favorite of the Museum’s visitors.

1804 Federal Elias Davis House

This ca. 1804 Federal example has come alive with the addition of period wallpapers. The Captain Elias Davis House is a remarkable survivor that’s now part of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Recently it was repapered with block-printed designs by Adelphi Paper Hangings.

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.

A “tree house” in Cheshire parlance, the three-storey cabin extends living space into the woodland canopy.

Tree House Bungalow

In Black Mountain, North Carolina, craftsmanship holds sway, giving a new cabin all the warmth and integrity of an old house.

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