historic home: A Helping Hand - 08/21/10 03:16 PM
Recently I spent some time with the young lady who was an intern for me and, as she was talking about her bleak job outlook, I found myself trying to strategize with her about her future-perhaps looking in the "mirror" in a different way, taking control and making her own opportunities.
She and her peers are so excited at this point in their lives and they have just accomplished a great feat-graduation! I would never want to shut them and their enthusiasm down with a curt, "Well, you know, NOBODY is hiring right now, have you thought about the food services … (2 comments)

historic home: A new look for Locust Grove - 06/10/10 07:25 AM
I am really excited about the new restoration going on at Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky. From the looks of the images on our Featured Museum page the work was beautifully done and the symposium on the weekend of June 26-27th sounds like it should not be missed. It is always a daunting task to a museum’s staff to undertake such a large project, and this one was handled by some of the best professionals and companies in the business. If you have a chance, take the time to either attend the symposium, or visit this wonderful mansion. I know I’m … (0 comments)

historic home: Historic Adobe Homes - 05/25/10 10:35 AM
<!--StartFragment--> I want to draw your attention to the beautiful trio of articles in the latest Early American Life Magazine concerning the wonderful adobe homes in Santa Fe, N.M. In celebration of their 400 year old anniversary this year Santa Fe is holding many events to showcase these historic dwellings that are among the oldest in our nation.
Written by Jean Marie Andrews, Honoring His Ancestors”, Larry E. Johnson “Colonial Santa Fe” and Victor A. Walsh, “Preserving Adobe” these informative and very interesting articles do such a good job at shining a spotlight on these historic structures. Early American Life … (0 comments)

historic home: Visit the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion - 05/17/10 09:42 AM
The historic seacoast town of Marblehead, Massachusetts is privileged to have in its midst one of the finest late colonial homes in America. A flourishing seaport, colonial marblehead was about the tenth largest in Britain’s North American colonies just before the Revolution and the second largest town in Massachusetts. The downtown area includes nearly 300 houses built before 1775 – the largest concentration on this continent, along with Newport, RI – and nearly 800 built before 1840. The mansion built in 1766-68 for Colonel Jeremiah Lee, the most affluent merchant in the province at that time, was one of the largest … (1 comments)

historic home: A kitchen full of memories - 04/06/10 07:15 AM
“A the symbolic center of the home, the kitchen gives meaning to family life. It is a place where parents nurture their children, families gather at breakfast and dinner, share chores, and discuss the world outside. Women especially see it as the space that connects them to past generations.”
“America’s Kitchen”, Nancy Carlisle and Melinda Talbot Nasrdinov
I visit many historic homes and museums and most of them have restored kitchens set up as they would have been, depicting whatever period and station in life of the family represented. As I look over the exhibit I often think about who the family was … (2 comments)

historic home: How much fabric,paint or wallpaper do I need? - 02/24/10 03:07 AM
I thought since many had written me and asked about the basics of what they needed to “do it themselves” for either drapes or wallpaper and also paint I decided to use the blog for this week to give you this basic information. You can find so many fabric sources on the web, either use one of the ones featured under “Textiles and Trim” or “Window Treatments” on our site www.thehistoricinterior.com or use the company’s products as a guide to find similar fabrics at your local fabric store.
I hope this helps you for whatever project you might have, don’t forget … (0 comments)

historic home: What to suggest to clients buying an older home with "awful" floors. - 01/11/10 12:08 AM

Front Hall

Family Room

Refinishing your floors in your historic home may not be an option at first. You may have more important renovations to take care of and certainly floors are the last to be redone as you would not want to have to redo them yet again if a careless contractor spilled paint or scratched them. My problem was that our floors in our Dutch Colonial had never been restored since the house had been built in 1930.I was faced with the problem of floors that were stained, scratched and worn with the traffic … (2 comments)

historic home: Reach out a helping hand while celebrating your historic home - 12/13/09 03:32 AM
Sharing the season with friends and family is what this time of year is all about. Many of us know someone that have neither friends or family or are alone because of distance and /or circumstance. Those of us who are lucky to own a historic home can do much to make those who are alone or needy have a Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas.Most of us who have a historic home have decorated it to the hilt. Sponser a tour of the first floor of your home for the local Senior ‘s home or organization, especially if you do not … (2 comments)

historic home: Using pewter in your historic home - 12/07/09 11:21 AM
One of our most talented and celebrated artisans is Tom Hooper of ASL Pewter in Louisiana, Missouri. His work is very beautiful and can be found in homes of any historic period from Early Colonial to Arts and Crafts. Assisted by his lovely wife, Pat, the Hoopers have carved out a niche for themselves that is to be envied by anyone in the historic artisan field. They make their own molds and use them for casting pieces unique to ASL Foundry. They have also acquired and use a collection of historic and antique bronze, aluminum and steel molds. Using traditional lathe … (2 comments)

historic home: A Historic Civil War Thanksgivng - 11/27/09 02:40 AM

A Historic Civil War Thanksgiving
With the 1864  proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln making a day in late November as a day of national thanksgiving, he gave the nation  a unique holiday found only in America. One that is based on a nation that though in bitter conflict , wanted to celebrate the blessings of the gift of America that most felt was a gift from God.
We are a nation that is hemmed in prayer and hospitality. This day which is so truly American  is one that gives us a glimpse of the true American spirit. One that is … (2 comments)

historic home: Keeping the Vision of Your Historic Home - 03/10/09 06:37 AM
Schuyler Mansion
What is it that makes a historic property speak to you, make you put all reason aside and see the beauty beneath the usually horrible add-ons that have followed the house like a very bad haircut. With time and the right expert you can overcome it. Those of us who deal with historic properties either in our professional lives or are lucky enough to live in such a property, can understand the emotional and sometimes irrational pull to take on the many challenges that only an old house can provide.Especially in these tough times your home is your refuge. … (0 comments)

historic home: The Historic Interior Website Launches - 09/04/08 06:31 AM
TheHistoricInterior.com is finally up and running.  This site is a valuable resource to you and your client living in, or thinking of purchasing a historic home.  The site is a one stop source for everything pertaining to american historic interiors from 1680-1930.  The site is divided into periods, each period lists relevant sources for: lighting, paint, wall coverings, flooring/carpeting, furniture, art/decorative accessories, textiles, and window treatments.  There are pictures of the period specific interiors on the site that will help point the homeowner in the right direction.  There are also links to various sites that will help homeowners identify the period … (21 comments)


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