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Early Homes Spring - Summer 2017

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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for the early home

COPPER FOREVER (1) Supported by a black-iron cage, the copper window box from Charleston Gardens is built from heavy-gauge copper and comes with a lift-out box with drainage holes. In lengths from 30" to 48", it will develop patina over time. Pricing ranges from $250 to $385. (866) 469-0118, WINGS OF IRON (2) Give kitchen or bath cabinets the look of great age with these fully functional butterfly hinges from Acorn Manufacturing. In rough iron, each hinge measures 15⁄8" x 2". They are $22.27 per pair. (800) 835-0121, SIGN OF THE TIMES (3) Peter Koenig of Vintage Sign Studio creates museum-quality trade and inn signs using techniques, media, and materials that reflect authentic period signage. His Temperance sign features a wingspread eagle with sun, moon, and star motifs. It can be made to…

5 minuti
mid-century authentic

Given its historical motifs, the architect’s famous name, and this owner’s perfect pitch, no wonder this garrison Colonial looks so authentic. The house is, nevertheless, a mid-20th-century reproduction built in North Carolina’s Piedmont, not far from Raleigh. The house, built in 1949, shows how comforting the style can be. Initially a straightforward, gable-end block with a jetty or overhang at the second floor (making it a garrison house), it’s a solid postwar example. The designer was Boston architect Royal Barry Wills (1895–1962), the renowned proponent of adapting traditional New England house designs, especially Capes (but also garrisons, saltboxes, and churches). These New England “Colonials” were modern, built with electric kitchens, ductwork, closets, and mid-century bathrooms. Their rooms interpret the good old days as, perhaps, we wish they had been. This one is…

5 minuti
center for furniture craftsmanship

Whether you are a skilled amateur or professional woodworker—or even an enthusiast who wants to explore your own creativity while learning new skills—there may be a place for you at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The world-renowned school draws students from dozens of states and several countries to its 18-acre campus on the Oyster River just outside of Rockport, Maine. Inside four barn-like red buildings, students immerse themselves in woodworking activities, from traditional crafts like carving or marquetry to 21st-century techniques such as CNC (computer numeric control) mill ing. Class sizes are intimate, with no more than 12 in any one course. While there is definitely time for some fun (in good weather, there’s always a Thursday night potluck and a weekly game of croquet), this is a serious school with a…

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a graceful countenance

We were drawn to this property because the impoverished house was begging to be restored. After moving the house 300 feet back from the road, we spent countless hours (years) bringing back its authenticity. Built around 1835 by the local gristmiller, it reflects the era’s prosperity. The country Greek Revival main house is one and a half storeys, with horizontal frieze windows that are typical in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We gently ushered the 2,500-square-foot house into modern times with all new systems. But we restored its original woodwork, plaster walls, wide-board floors, hardware, fireplace mantels, windows, and both the formal stair and the boxed, Jersey winder stairs. The center-hall floor plan has double parlors, a formal dining room, and a family room. We added a custom cherry kitchen. Pastoral…

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sculpting the land

The 1748 Benjamin Curtis House in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, sits on a quiet corner. The only close neighbor is the Pootatuck River that glides into Lake Zoar. It’s a far cry from Jean and Lincoln Sander’s previous place, a hilly road that became a truck route. Jean spends a lot of time gardening and was driven to distraction by the noise of brakes. “We moved to get some peace and quiet,” she says. The Curtis House needed extensive renovation, first on the agenda when the couple bought the two-acre property in 2002. As a former landscape designer, Jean knew exactly what she wanted outdoors, once the time came: space that would embrace her outward-bound family, in a setting that would include her collection of antique garden ornaments. Eventually she planned to…

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farmhouse lighting

Farmhouse-style has become a catchphrase in design jargon, one that covers the ubiquitous (and British) apron-front sink, trestle dining tables, and flour-sack kitchen linens. The trend is nowhere as prevalent as in the current crop of lighting fixtures; those crafted from washtub aluminum and mason jars are everywhere. While such fixtures are clearly inspired by the simple, rustic lights found in rural farmhouses, it’s worth pointing out that neither aluminum nor manufactured glass jars were available during most of the 19th century, when the old farmhouses presumably were built. Restorers are looking for something more authentic. Like everything else in the pre- Industrial era, most light fixtures were fashioned from readily available materials: wood, tin, wire, and various kinds of glass, from clear to seedy to frosted. Fancier treatments included painting in…