The Art of Home

Victorian Homes - - Editor’s Letter - Mer­rie Deste­fano, Ed­i­tor

WORK­ING ON A PROJECT—ANY project—can be both cathar­tic and ful­fill­ing. I per­son­ally love com­plet­ing a cre­ative project. Be­sides be­ing an ed­i­tor and writer, I stud­ied fine art in col­lege, so I’ve al­ways found it re­lax­ing to shut out the world and take time to make some­thing beau­ti­ful.

There’s some­thing heal­ing or med­i­ta­tive about the process. Se­cret con­fes­sion: I even love the new, adult col­or­ing books when I need to re­lax.

Maybe this is why so many peo­ple are drawn to the ren­o­va­tion process. When you do it prop­erly, it’s an art form. Not only do you get the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing a job to com­ple­tion—you also get to in­vite your fam­ily and friends over to view your lat­est mas­ter­piece. You get to live in it ev­ery day, you’re con­stantly re­minded that you can ac­com­plish goals that may have seemed too big at the time, and you get to breathe new life into some­thing his­toric. For the Vic­to­rian home­owner, this can be a truly in­spi­ra­tional process. You may un­know­ingly en­cour­age your neigh­bors to work on their homes, thus im­prov­ing your en­tire neigh­bor­hood.

It all starts with that first project. With that in mind, we put this is­sue to­gether with tips on sev­eral projects you can tackle. Ex­perts give ad­vice on in­door light­ing (Light of Heart, page 8), paint­ing your home’s ex­te­rior (Color by Num­ber, page 30), fix­ing faulty heat sys­tems (Old Fash­ioned Heat­ing, page 90) and dis­cov­er­ing what restora­tion tools will give you the best suc­cess (5 Es­sen­tial Tools for Vic­to­rian Restora­tions, page 18). We wish you the best as you get ready to tackle your next ren­o­va­tion project and please re­mem­ber, we’d love to see your pho­tos—you in­spire us!

Bless­ings,

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