25 Most Bookmarked Tours of 2012

What exactly do a Northwest garage, a Pennsylvania “hobbit house” along with a rustic French cabin have in common? Not much, at first glance. However, these amazing homes compose a few of the best Tours that readers considered worthy of bookmarking last year. While each one of these homes are beautiful in their own right, [...]

Loving Efforts Restore a 1787 Farmhouse

The website of Revolutionary War–era love, tasty fox-hunt teas and formal piano recitals, this 1787 Georgian farmhouse brims with classic ambiance and charm. The house had been vacant for years when Barry Barton and David Ferrini first seen the inside on a dark winter night. “We ceased to close a door left open by the [...]

Swanky Vintage Style at Texas

Brad and Tiffany Ross believe there’s a place where Versailles, granny posh and midcentury modern can all live together. As owners of Swanky Couch, a vintage furniture dealing and styling company, they applied this decorating combination to their Frisco, Texas, home. They gutted and remodeled everything out of the bathrooms, garage and terrace to the [...]

18 Ways to Bring Language Country Charm Home

My favourite thing about traditional English country style is that it may feel formal or casual. Its origins date back hundreds of years into the cottages of farming communities from the English countryside. English nation–fashion decor is collected over time. Colours are mostly natural and muted. I love to find a little chance of yellow [...]

Flat-Sawn Balusters Give Railings All-Out Style

Initially created for Victorian houses, flat-sawn balusters communicate a fantastic conservative feel in a home. Often referred to as gingerbread or paper doll balustrades, these ornamental railing features are most frequently found on historical residences, wrapping around porches, balconies and interior staircases. Naturally resistant to rust, flat-sawn balusters are precision cut from lasting woods, like [...]

5 Ideas To Turn Your Basement

Sometimes it’s simply not possible to share the TV. What is a family to do if one member is pulling for reruns of Seinfeld, and the other one is rooting for your Kardashians? If you are discovering that remote-control wars are becoming common in your living area, it can be time to change this unused [...]

Modernize Your Previous Kitchen

If you purchased an older house, you likely did so for its appeal, history and perhaps its location at a neighborhood lined with huge old trees. Since the owner of a 1940s Tudor, I really like my house for all those reasons … and just put up with the truth that our “master” bathroom is [...]

Guest Picks: Lantern Pendants

Since I have been on a search to find the ideal lantern pendants for my kitchen, I believed it would be interesting to assemble a collection of some of the very best on the net. I really like that lanterns — although frequently thought of as conventional — can do the job nicely in just [...]

So That Your Style Is: Romantic

What it is: As its name suggests, romantic style has a certain softness and fanciful allure that’s as difficult to resist as a surprise box of candy. It harks back to the Victorian age, a time of courtliness and old-fashioned decorum, although it’s easy and fresh faced instead of musty and fusty. Why it works: [...]