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Early Homes Fall - Winter 2016

Early Homes brings you lively coverage of houses, gardens, and furnishings 1690 to 1850—plus neoclassical and Colonial Revival homes. See timeless kitchens, ideas for comfortable period living, floor coverings and collectibles, specialty lighting, paint colors and ideas for curb appeal. Beautiful photography, writing by experts, and lots of sources!

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OF A LATER DATE (1) Add a Victorian Carriage House as a latter-day touch to an early homestead. This wood-sided version from The Barn Yard & Great Country Cottages measures 10' x 14', but sizes up to 14' x 24' are available. As shown, the carriage house retails for $6,973. (800) 628-2276, ARMS UPLIFTED (2) Shown in the special gunmetal finish, the eight-armed chandelier from Authentic Designs features an elegant rod-andball design. The made-to-order fixture measures 25½" high x 21" wide. It’s $892. There is also a two-tier, 16-arm version. (800) 844-9416, SCALLOPED HIGH-BACK (3) Perfectly proportioned with upswept arms, the DuPont sofa from Andersen & Stauffer is a Philadelphia-specific reproduction from the third quarter of the 18th century. It measures 40" high x 84" wide x 34" deep. $9,500+…

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colonial comfort in new hampshire

Nestled into a New Hampshire hillside, the handsome Colonial fits right in—though it was built in 2006, from an authentic house plan. Until he married kelly and they moved to New Hampshire, Russell Mann, who grew up in New Mexico, had encountered only 20thcentury houses. Kelly Mann is a New Englander with a lifelong passion for historic architecture. She took her husband to visit Strawbery Banke, Deerfield Village, and old houses open to the public. “I’ve always been drawn to things of the American Colonial period,” says Kelly, an artist who has worked in different media. (Russell is a dentist.) “I wanted to live in an old house. But after thinking it through, Russell and I decided to build an energy-efficient home with the look of an original.” The dream began with a…

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AT 451 YEARS OLD, this city’s Old World appeal stands out in a state known for condominiums and theme parks. Even tourists who don’t know a musket from a mullet enjoy following the footsteps of Indians, Europeans and Africans, pirates, and other brave, bold souls. St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos (now a National Monument) safeguarded the city through 340 years and five governments. The oldest masonry fort and only existing 17th-century military construction in the continental U.S., the Castillo protected this outpost of Spain’s New World empire. Standing atop the gun deck, with a sentry’s view of Matanzas Bay and the Atlantic, it’s easy to see why this is North America’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement. When Juan Ponce de León sailed past this coast in 1513, he claimed “La Florida”…

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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, a city that has had a strong preservation movement since the 1920s, is rich with Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival houses, with old churches, cemeteries, and gardens. It has been widely documented, but no book about Charleston could be more intimate than this latest. Photographers Steve Gross and Susan Daley return to the place where, on a road trip in 1985, their infatuation with old houses began. They re-introduce us with photo essays on the Old City, Charleston as the holy city, its wrought iron, hidden gardens and piazzas. Then they take us inside 14 houses in town and eight more places in the Lowcountry. Both private and museum houses are featured— some newly restored, some with their original furniture, others preserved as found. Many are well…

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a winter’s tale at juniper hill farm

THE AIR IS CRISP and the temperature bracing as Joe Valentine and Paula Hunter, on snowshoes, hit the crest of their hill and come upon a favorite scene spread below: the dormant perennial garden. “Vivid against the snow, the buildings and garden rooms welcome us back to civilization,” says Joe. “We can see the defining hedges; it looks like a quaint winter village.” Such interludes were orchestrated in the couple’s design. Valentine planned for the glories of summer and dining al fresco. He pondered what pattern paths might take to make farm chores convenient. He balanced colors and juggled textures. Joe also imagined the garden in winter: In New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, the dormant season is a big chunk of the year, and Paula and Joe spend it outdoors. Evergreen hedges,…

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spool-turned furniture

THE STYLE is associated today with children’s furniture: cribs, beds, and dressers identified by distinctive, if simple, turned rails and embellishments. Beds especially are often referred to as “Jenny Lind.” Yet what is also commonly, and somewhat mistakenly, referred to as “spool-turned” furniture had a history in the U.S. long before the Swedish opera singer took America by storm in 1850. Widely manufactured in the late 19th century, spool-turned furniture endured a reputation as declassé Victoriana, garnering scant attention from museums and collectors. Its antecedents of the 1600s, as well as early examples dating from the Elizabethan Revival of the 1820s, were overshadowed by the mass quantities manufactured after the 1850s. The machine-made pieces—commonly small tables and stools made of oak or maple—are readily found in casual antiques markets. Yet among…