Editors’ Picks: Planning an Old-House Garden

Our editors highlight new and classic articles; this week: Start planning your garden!

It may be miserable outside, but that’s all the more reason to start dreaming of spring flowers and summer sun. Start planning your garden now, and you’ll reap the rewards come May. These resources will help get you started:

A pergola leading from the street frames the symmetrical lines of the yard.

Designing a Classical Garden: A soggy lawn gets a makeover to match an early 20th-century Georgian Revival home.

Decor for an Arts & Crafts Garden: Check out our picks for finishing off the garden of an Arts & Crafts house in period style.

How to Create a Faux Bois Planter: Try your hand at making your own faux bois planter (and read about the history of faux bois in old-house gardens here.)

Perfecting an Old-House Interior 

The simple circle top and graceful, double-columned legs of this occasional table (purchased for $35) make it perfect for our library, where it sits next to a wing chair and gets lots of use as a handy spot for tea and books.

I Got It at Auction: A can’t miss guide to scoring unique furnishings for your house in an unexpected place: the live auction.

Beauty from Industry: Industrial light fixtures are inspiring a slew of home-friendly reproductions.

George Barber’s Knoxville Houses: For two decades, mail-order architect George Barber called Knoxville, Tennessee, home—and the city’s neighborhoods still proudly bear the legacy of his residence.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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