Cap­ture Pe­riod Style

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With­out strictly ad­her­ing to au­then­tic­ity, Pam has given her early 19th-cen­tury home a de­cid­edly old-fash­ioned feel. Here’s how you can achieve a sim­i­lar style:

LOOK UN­DER­FOOT. Don’t for­get to ad­dress the floors when cre­at­ing pe­riod style. Oriental rugs, new or old, are a good choice for pro­vid­ing pat­tern and color. When it comes to flooring it­self, con­sider re­claimed ma­te­ri­als, such as brick or pine boards, to get an er­aap­pro­pri­ate look. An­other op­tion is to paint and sten­cil wood floors—an art­ful al­ter­na­tive when your flooring is less than per­fect.


Sturdy white iron­stone, which was first made in Eng­land in 1813, quickly be­came pop­u­lar in Amer­ica for ev­ery­day use, es­pe­cially the un­dec­o­rated table­ware. You’ll find it in a va­ri­ety of shapes and styles and, best of all, it’s neu­tral enough to go with any­thing.

LIGHT IT UP. Don’t for­get to add a va­ri­ety of light sources, from wall sconces to chan­de­liers, can­de­labras and lanterns. In­cor­po­rate new and re­pro­duc­tion pieces for a mix of form and func­tion.

PICK A PER­FECT PAL­ETTE. Aim for neu­tral walls and add color via trim and mold­ings. When look­ing for color ideas, choose paint com­pa­nies that of­fer his­tor­i­cal color col­lec­tions to find suit­able shades.

FUR­NISH WITH FLAIR. Mix an an­tique tres­tle table with re­pro­duc­tion Wind­sor chairs; pair Grandma’s dropleaf table with an an­tique gar­den bas­ket; cozy a flame-stitch wing­back up to a French club chair. Pieces don’t

have to be the same vin­tage to look great to­gether—seek a com­mon thread, such as color, fin­ish or style, to make it all work.

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