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Old House Journal October 2019

The Original Restoration Magazine for people who are passionate about old houses to repair, rehabilitate, update, and decorate their homes; covering all classic American architectural styles,—from the earliest Colonial-era buildings to grand Victorians of every variety to Arts & Crafts bungalows and mid-century ranches.

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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a wee bit of renovation

The thistles have taken over my yard, which is what they do if you turn your back. Beautiful from a distance, dangerous with sharp prickles on leaves and stem, the tough plants are eight feet tall! In 1904 this house was named Tanglemoor, a hint about its site: Atlantic low scrub with wild blueberries, briars, beach roses, and bramble. Over the decades, people dug out and planted trees and grew lawns. I myself did a big overhaul 20 years ago, adding a shady rock garden, flower gardens, and groundcover. Nature is aggressive, however, and reclaimed much of the backyard while I spent my available energies on the public front. Pushing back the thistles, the honeysuckle, and the rugosa bushes (none of them invited) is one project on my newly minted Renovation…

2 min.
early & enduring

1. EARLY WING CHAIR Consistent with upholstered pieces from about 1820, the Miller’s Creek wing chair is made to order of kiln-dried maple with mortise-and-tenon joints. It measures 32" wide x 50" high x 34" deep and comes in a choice of fabrics. As shown: $1,361. Circa Home Living, (888) 887-1820, circahomeliving.com 2. BRIGHT BURNER This close replica of a ca. 1839 Argand four-burner chandelier is electrified, but it’s almost impossible to tell it’s not fitted with an oil wick. The chandelier is shown with a black, acid-etched patina with contrasting brass banding and hand-blown vase shades, $3,745. JP Tinsmith, (315) 853-1444, jptinsmith.com 3. REPRODUCTION BEAUTY Draped in arm-to-arm festoons, the Chesapeake Classic Crystal chandelier features a sculptural stem, large bobeches, and almond pendants. The 4 ½" candles are supported by scalloped candle cups. The…

1 min.

1. PEA TO SHINING PEA The Pearly Peapod pull in brilliant pewter is a delicious example from the Kitchen Garden Collection. Sporting Swarovski crystal pearls, the hand-cast and -painted pull is 5" wide x 1 ½" tall x 1 ⅛" deep; $68. Notting Hill Decorative Hardware, (262) 248-8890, nottinghill-usa.com 2. CREAMY SILVER Shown in the Diamonds and Pearls on Cream colorway, Barn Owls and Hollyhocks by illustrator Carson Ellis reminds us of the English Arts & Crafts designs of C.F.A. Voysey. Screen-printed in water-based inks, the wallpaper is sold in 30-square-foot double rolls, $200 each. Juju Papers, (503) 764-7610, jujupapers.com 3. MODERN MORRIS The Pure Willow Boughs printed fabric is a simplified version of the 1887 William Morris pattern Willow Bough. In 100% linen, the updated design is shown in Gilver, a cross between silver…

1 min.
five hip houses

ANDERSON, IN / $309,900 Crowned with a tiled, near-pyramidal roof, this 1924 brick Georgian Revival drips with period details from the Ionic columns and fanlight at the entry to the graceful staircase, panel mouldings, a garland-swagged mantel. FAISON, NC / $269,999 With a low-pitch hipped roof, the Greek Revival Livingston–Hicks house is ca. 1860 with alterations in 1883. Double porticos frame the classic Greek Revival entry. Period mantels and mouldings, a grand staircase, and beadboard ceilings are defining details. KEYMAR, MD / $1,250,000 This high, hipped-roof Georgian manor on 25 acres dates to 1770. Details include period wall paneling and multiple original fireplaces with mantels. A Federal-era smokehouse and stone kitchen wing are old additions. SAUGERTIES, NY / $498,000 Beautifully proportioned under a low-pitched roof, this ca. 1850 Greek Revival farmhouse was extensively enlarged in the 1940s.…

4 min.
schooled in a new career

Greetings! My mid-century house in Portland, Oregon, was featured in the August 2010 issue of Old-House Interiors. Two years ago, I moved and took on a new project: a one-room schoolhouse built in 1875 in Canby, a small town south of Portland. Bordering a large farm, it sits on a quarter-acre—and needed major restoration. Since childhood, I’d wanted to make a living creating art. I’d been successful as a graphic designer, but my first love was always painting. What started as a hobby, surprisingly, became my new career at mid-life. It seems people were willing to pay money for my paintings! So, in 2016, I became a full-time painter. I incorporate my graphic-design experience into my work—you could call it “collage painting.” It was time for me to find a new home…

1 min.
art for art’s sake

Most of the tourists who visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, come for its spooky associations. Architecture buffs, on the other hand, are in for a jaw-dropping tour of Aesthetic Movement architecture and decoration. Built over and around a modest Victorian farmhouse, the mansion took 38 years to create (1884–1922) and was never really finished. The cost was $5 million, or $71 million in today’s currency. It is spectacular. WOOD ORNAMENTS A carved, openwork screen creates a secret porch in the South Turret. Ball-and-spindle fretwork is found in spandrels above the screen and in brackets. Dubbed Winchester Gold, the ocher resembles the original body color. A TEXTURE SYMPHONY Shingles and decorative panels are further embellished by the sparkle of custom art windows, including the sash inset with moonstones in the Crystal…