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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. 

preserved old house

Preservation at Home

Gentle guidelines for private owners on preserving their old home.

French shelf edging

Nostalgic Shelf Trim

Fanciful shelf trim for kitchen and pantry.

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Antique Gaslight-era Chandeliers

Electrified gasoliers from the collection of Karla Pearlstein.

beadboard peg bench

From Closets to Mudrooms: Old House Storage

Old houses notoriously lack storage space. Here's how to create it.

Burnt woodwork in the Craig House

The Tradition of Burnt Wood

A Japanese technique for burnt wood meets the bungalow.

Glasgow School bathroom

Glasgow School in the Bathroom

A tutorial in bracing color and geometric, stylized forms.

Rosebud Linen

Arts & Crafts Rose Motif

Tiles, textiles, wallpapers, and notecards with the Arts & Crafts Rose motif.

Alba tiles from Walker Zanger

Additional Tile Suppliers

We’ve compiled a list of makers whose unique offerings are specific to time, place, or style. Add these possibilities to the familiar, often budget-friendly if predictable brands sold at home-improvement stores, such as Daltile and its subsidiary American Olean.

Authentic, Dutch-made tile, Country Floors

Designing in Tile

Production tile from the building store, art tile from small studios, decos and relief tiles, subway tile and mosaics, glazes matte and iridescent, encaustics and California revivals: whatever your choice might be, proportion, color and shade variance, and even the grout become part of the design decision.

Walker Zanger tile

Hex Tiles

Hex tile options for backsplash, bath, and flooring.

Subway tile

Traditional Trades: Heritage Tile

Small business ownership helps perfect the art of authentic tile reproduction on a grand scale.

antique ornaments

Celebrating the Holidays with Antiques

An ardent collector uses antiques to celebrate the past.

Arts & Crafts fireplace tile

Creating an Art Tile Fireplace

A bland and damaged surround is remade with a period tile installation—and the fireplace becomes a stylish focal point.

Circle-in-a-square tile “painting” over a vintage stove, by RTK Studios.

Art Tile Murals & Panels

Popular in late Victorian, Arts & Crafts, and Mediterranean Revival homes, multi-tile panels and murals are a lovely way to add art to your old house.

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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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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.

period house woodwork

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.

ivory-and-yellow kitchen

Truisms About The Psychology of Colors

Color triggers instinctual and often unconscious responses.

Salvaged doors and stair parts

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.

Spillian decorative painting

Floral Paintings at Spillian

The mystery of floral paintings on the walls of Spillian.

Wade-Tinker house

Wall Murals in the Wade-Tinker House

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

Products of the Week

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