Old House Journal

house & garden details

DECORATING AND furnishing are ephemeral and reversible, These decisions may be personal, eclectic, or mixed. But key elements—the entry door, porch parts, fireplaces, window trim throughout—are part of the architecture, and would be difficult or expensive to replace in the future. Such major elements should speak a common language.

Where do you begin? Look at existing elements, interior and exterior, for clues to style. Sometimes there is more than one theme; for example, a predominantly Arts & Crafts house may have Colonial Revival woodwork in the dining room. Honor the original intention, but

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