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Old House Journal

Old House Journal

March/April 2021
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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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in this issue

3 min.
the ineffable tug of the past

“As we drove south from Memphis on a chilly December morning, a light rain was falling. We had a few days and an ample supply of film as we roamed the flat expanse, in our rental car. Somewhere outside of Dundee, distant across a muddy field, a stoic building came into view. It was somehow out of place and yet perfectly situated. More than shed but not quite a barn, its hipped roof suggested a railway building, but where were the tracks? We photographed it in the mist. Years later, we found out that it had been a train depot, built in 1895 … after the tracks were torn up, the building was used to store grain. “Near Beaufort, we came upon a deserted complex of weathered buildings: a store, a…

2 min.
for kitchen and bath

1. ON THE CURVE Great over mirror and sink, the Rufus black or white porcelain, two-light wall bracket is based on a Streamline original made between 1925 and 1940. The Opal slip shade enhances the appeal. It measures 10" high x 11 ¾" wide, with a depth of 9 3/8"; $184.99. Rejuvenation, (888) 401-1900, 2. CRAFTSMAN TRIO The Carmel three-light, in-line chandelier is shown in Antique Copper with the Bungalow overlay on gold white iridescent glass. Ideal over a table or kitchen island, it measures 36" wide x 6" deep, with a drop of 38". With options; $1,200 to $1,424. Arroyo Craftsman, (626) 960-9411, 3. THIRTIES LINES The Art Deco Streamline Modern sconce has a heavy cast mount. Shown fitted with the coordinating Hughes amber shade, it is 8 ¾" high x 5…

1 min.
right from the old country

1. TWIRLING DERVISH Garden parasols crafted in India and Bali arrive by way of London. The Olivia has a lotus design hand-painted in gold ink, and is mounted on a hand-carved wood pole: $675, free shipping. A sandstone base also ships free: $375. East London Parasol Co., 2. MORRIS DREAMS The Morris & Co. Wilhelmina duvet cover combines elements from two William Morris embroideries. It’s printed on organic, 220-thread-count cotton percale. Duvet (double), about $146.50. Pillow shams, about $29.30 each. Shipping about $22.60. Bedeck Home, +44 (0) 33 3200 7331, 3. FLOCK TOGETHER Appearing in the 1890s, Hera Feather is one of the earliest designs from this famous London purveyor. The upholstery-weight fabric is printed in Italy on Ladbroke linen. Ships free, within a week, to the U.S. It’s $192 per meter. Liberty,…

1 min.
oh, the romance!

GLENDALE, CA / $1,450,000 This Mediterranean Revival from 1925 features gracious archways indoors and out, plus original hardwood floors, casement windows, wrought-iron stair railings, and a niche for a bed in an upstairs bedroom. SAN DIEGO, CA / $1,695,000 This Mission-inspired 1928 home sports such Spanish Colonial Revival motifs as barrel-tile roofing, decorative tile vents, and wrought-iron window grilles. Inside, find stepped and quoin-decorated arched openings, inlaid wood floors, and original fireplaces. SANTA FE, NM / $722,000 A walled courtyard leads to this 1942 Mission-style casita with a stepped parapet façade. The interior has log-beam ceilings, a rounded viga fireplace, Monterey-style doors, and hardwood floors. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL/ $1,495,000 The axial plan of this 1920 Mediterranean Revival begins at the gate, and proceeds past a quatrefoilshape fountain to a gallery with triple arches. Period details include wrought-iron…

5 min.
our centennial bungalow

The journey to our recent labour of love began when my wife, Aleyna, was a child. Her family of seven always bought large old houses, which inevitably required considerable repair. She grew up in established neighborhoods with many Craftsman-period homes. But Aleyna’s favorite was her grandmother’s Craftsman Bungalow; it boasted a wraparound porch with wicker rocking chairs, and was surrounded by lovely, old-fashioned perennial gardens: “Grandma’s house was special. I didn’t want to leave. I used to tell her, ‘when I grow up, I’ll want a house just like yours’.” At that old house, the millwork of Douglas fir gave every room warmth. As did the built-in window seats, desks that flanked the library fireplace, the glass-front cabinets on either side of the living-room fireplace, and the large spacious kitchen with…

4 min.
designing in tile

THEN and now With the revival of tile-making comes a revival of historically inspired installation design, too. To those familiar with the use of tile in the past, the rooms on this page may look like survivors from an earlier era. The white bathroom could be in an early-20th-century house; the purple-walled bath in a Jazz Age apartment; the fireplace surround in a California bungalow. Yet all were designed in the past 20 years. Indeed, those new to tile may find these installations bold and modern. A dip into the archives reveals that tile was used in ways both utilitarian and decorative—in all periods. Flamboyant examples proliferated in the golden age of American tile-making, ca. 1910 until 1940—not all of it typically Arts & Crafts, as many assume. White mosaics and earthy…