Per­sonal Fa­vorites

Old House Journal - - From the Editor -

This is­sue is some­what more in­ter­ac­tive, as we pub­lish sto­ries ju­ried by ed­i­tors, then cho­sen for pub­li­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to the vol­ume of “Likes” on Facebook over the course of the year. See which bath­room and kitchen from our archives were best loved: ap­par­ently, peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate De­pres­sion-era kitchens and Arts & Crafts re­vival baths. More pages than usual point to prod­ucts and com­pa­nies who best serve this niche cater­ing to restora­tion and pe­riod homes.

The inspirational house tours are, not sur­pris­ingly, from three dis­tinct and beloved eras. First up is an un­usual Texas house, which the owner has taken to­ward Aes­thetic and Arts & Crafts de­sign. Next find a care­fully re­stored 1795 house with com­fort­able (yet mu­seum-qual­ity) rooms in­side. The third tour takes us to a mod­est bun­ga­low in Santa Bar­bara, brought back by se­rial DIYers in the re­ver­sal of a mil­i­taris­tic mod­ern­iza­tion dur­ing the 1960s.

The Re­store sec­tion is a bit of an eat-your-spinach lec­ture—but one that any vet­eran of restora­tion would high-five. In a nut­shell, it says, “Don’t plas­ter the par­lor and put up wall­pa­per if the roof is still leak­ing.” Duh … but we’ve all been guilty of get­ting ahead of our­selves in the quest for old-house grat­i­fi­ca­tion. Note the cov­er­age of some help­ful tools and ma­te­ri­als here.

Our De­sign ar­ti­cle is about white kitchens that look like they be­long. Frankly, it tack­les a pet peeve of mine: I call it the Quincy kitchen. Af­ter the fic­tional med­i­cal ex­am­iner. Too clin­i­cal!

Have fun read­ing into the se­cret de­sires of OHJ staff, start­ing on p. 10. We know now that se­nior edi­tor Mary Ellen Pol­son is tired of her cramped kitchens and wants only to soak in a tub. Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Lori Vi­a­tor is a clean sweeper who loves her dog and doesn’t get sea­sick. Carol cooks while wear­ing a lot of jew­elry, and Becky prefers clas­sics, from Stickley to linoleum. I may have been a me­dieval maiden, or a nun, in a past life. En­joy the is­sue!

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