Old House Restoration, Products & Decorating
The house today, with its restored tower roof. (Note that the side of the house has not yet been repainted in the simplified scheme.)

DIY Tower Shingling

The fancy-shingled conical roof atop the porch “tower” is a highlight of the facade. Now it’s been restored to match the original on this house built in 1908.


Design Center Sourcebook 2018

An annual book-size publication, the Old House Journal Design Center Sourcebook is the definitive guide to period-inspired home products, from tiles floors to wing chairs, hooked rugs to brass faucets.

Products of the Week


Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

It will always feel like summer with "Metford" Frieze crowning your room. This playful and elegant border is part of our newly released "Jeffrey" roomset. Shown here in Cerulean. Available in two colorways. Samples available at www.bradbury.com

Shuttercraft exterior shutters


Family owned manufacturer of top quality red cedar, mahogany, basswood, poplar, and red oak shutters for interior and exterior, and providers of full painting services, a large selection of exterior hardware and endless cutout design.

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gingerbread porch

Finding Sophisticated Architectural Salvage

It’s trendy to repurpose five-panel doors as headboards, and to up-cycle vintage hard-shell suitcases into dog beds. For restorers, the best use of architectural salvage is to replace missing architectural details that should never have been lost in the first place.

House tours

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.

antique dry sink

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.

Repairs & How-to