Editor's Letter: Our Favorite Issue
In this the last issue of the year, we do a special presentation of restoration award winners, reader-favorite kitchens and baths, plus pages and pages filled with beautiful and helpful products. The December issue is put together interactively with readers, whose Facebook “Likes” and comments weigh into what we decide to feature.
First up: Inspirational house tours, as it happens, one from each coast. In a repeat of last year’s favorite styles, again this year our editorial panel and readers chose an unabashed Victorian and a homey Arts & Crafts house. The Connecticut Victorian was brought back after a devastating fire and now is earning its keep not only as a family home but also as a bed-and-breakfast inn. The Seattle semi-bungalow, which had been divided into apartments in the 1950s, had a meticulous restoration by its owner, a collector of pottery and old books.
The Restore section describes how the long arc of conservation, restoration, and new-old house building have created evolving technologies as the market matures. (Not to mention a few revivals of the old ways!) The Design section, as in previous December issues, deals with realistic budgets. Share the enthusiasm of interior designer and busy homeowner Amy Mitchell, who knows when to splurge and how to save. Next, we juried kitchens and bathrooms that have been published over the years in our group of magazines. Respondents to the “vote” chose a magnificent teal kitchen, its design based on a 19th-century butler’s pantry, and a serene bathroom that appears to have survived from the past. (It’s new!)
The editors (most especially Mary Ellen Polson) weighed in on “classics that have stood the test of time,” presented in five pages of our own Favorite Things. I hope you enjoy these features and the rest of this special issue of OHJ.
~Patricia Poore, Editorial Director of Old House Journal
Look below to see stories from this issue.
Authentic Designs makes reproductions of colonial and early American lighting fixtures. We began by researching the originals which we found in historic New England inns, museums and private collections, and now recreate them in perfect detail.