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Articles focusing on styles, projects, and ideas for old house interiors & decorative accessories, including furnishings, painting, wallpaper, ceilings, lighting, floors, and rugs. 

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A Transcendent Bathroom in Ojai

A seamless addition allowed for this master bath, imagined as a ca. 1930 upgrade.

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Cottage Style for a Kitchen

Nostalgic details belie the room’s efficiency and storage capacity.

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Celebrating the Holidays with Antique Ornaments

An ardent collector uses antique ornaments to celebrate the past.

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Sew Up a Fabric Lampshade

A fancy shade will dress up a thrift-store lamp.

Ceiling pendant with a hurricane shade by The Mine.

Victorian Tiles, Lights, and Ornaments

Brilliant tiles, lighting and ornaments.

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Life in a Victorian-era Brownstone

Lessons for living lightly in a historic Victorian-era brownstone restored.

Simple blue seat covers, Georgia house museum

Seasonal Decorating

Some habits of early householders, such as seasonal decorating, are worth repeating.

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Truisms About The Psychology of Colors

Color triggers instinctual and often unconscious responses.

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Using Antique & Vintage Parts

For restorers, salvaged material is often just what's needed.

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Tappan Chairs

Handcrafted in Sandwich, New Hampshire since 1819, Tappan Chairs are not reproductions--they are the real thing.

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Floral Paintings at Spillian

The mystery of floral paintings on the walls of Spillian.

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Wall Murals in the Wade-Tinker House

A 1925 magazine article documents 18th-century wall paintings.

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Late-19th-Century Furniture Makers

A trio of Victorian-era favorites, now highly collectible.

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Shop Tour: Morris & Co.

We take a tour of Morris & Co.

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Reproducing Historic Wallpapers

Wallpaper remains the quintessential room decoration. If you’re looking for a historic or specific wallpaper pattern, be encouraged.

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Rococo to Aesthetic

What if you bought a Victorian farmhouse and, endeavoring to learn about the period, became entranced? You might design Aesthetic and Rococo parlors, a Sheraton Revival dining room, and a kitchen with Anglo–Japanese notes.

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Books on English Country House Style

See our English Country style essential bookshelf.

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Preservation at Home

Gentle guidelines for private owners on preserving their old home.

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Brutalist and Modern Pieces

Collecting Brutalist and Modern Pieces 1950–1970.

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Coping Joints for Baseboards in Your Old Home

Shop craftsman at Woodsmith Magazine Marc Hopkins demonstrates in this video how to install coped joints for baseboards.

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Painted Folk-Art Finishes: Graining & Marbleizing

Bold surprises in early faux graining and marbleizing.

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Universal Design and Older Homes

Commonsense Universal Design tweaks for entry, kitchen, bath, and additions.

J., Stephens Interiors

J. Stephens Interiors specializes in creating high-end residential interiors with an emphasis on a custom design that reflects the lifestyles and individual preferences of our clients.

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Considering the Mantel

Like the staircase, a mantel is a prominent millwork element that may define the style of the house, if not its date. If yours is original and fits the house, wonderful! Be respectful in any upgrading.

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Counter & Bar Stools

Interpretative & modern designs for counter or bar seating.

Products of the Week

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Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations, gift and commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware, ornaments and both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs and offers classes, workshops, lectures, internships and residency programs for studio potters and other artists.