EH Winter 2017

EH Fall-Winter 2017

Editor's Letter: Fall-Winter 2017

This special edition of Early Homes is a biannual publication from the editors of Old House Journal. As always we cover houses built ca. 1690 to 1840 and various revivals—but this issue also does some celebrating of the winter holiday season. Spark a few ideas for gift giving, perhaps, in For the Early Home, and also in the packed Design Center pages, where we list retail and online stores specializing in primitive and traditional crafts. Don’t miss our tour of Connecticut’s Phelps–Hatheway house, decked out according to tradition in balsam and fir, pinecones and feathers. 

Venerable antique homes are on view here: there’s Richard Mecke’s restoration of a 1750 Cape and articles about early sofas and wallpapers. Newer work is acknowledged when we share a reader’s enthusiasm for salvaged materials remade as a Tap Room and a country kitchen built around an old drugstore cabinet. What a curator has done with a 1970s replica is inspiring! Read the issue, by all means study the advertisements—further proof that the good design and handcraftsmanhip of the past continue to be relevant.

~Patricia Poore, Editorial Director of Old House Journal

Look below to see stories from this issue.

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