Old House Journal - - Contents - pa­tri­cia poore, Edi­tor- in- chief

Wel­come to the vast world of pe­riod de­sign.

THIS EDI­TION IS A DE­PAR­TURE from the usual OHJ lineup of de­part­ments and fea­tures (to re­turn in the Oct./Nov. is­sue). In­stead, it presents the con­tents of our an­nual Source­book, which nor­mally has a large dis­tri­bu­tion to book­stores and news­stands. These sell­ers re­cently suf­fered from clo­sures and re­duced traf­fic. If you found us there any­way, wel­come! To our Old-House Jour­nal sub­scribers, you are re­ceiv­ing this con­tent as part of your subscripti­on.

The com­pa­nies and prod­ucts listed in these pages are a mind-blow­ing com­pen­dium of pe­riod-in­spired de­sign. Goods are time­less and of high qual­ity, of­fer­ing a true al­ter­na­tive to the short-lived trends of big-box stores and even many show­rooms. When you own an old house, trendy re­mod­el­ing is the first thing the next own­ers will want to tear out. Bet­ter to lis­ten to the house, re­gard­less of whether you plan to take a his­tor­i­cal or a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach in its fur­ni­ture and dec­o­rat­ing.

These some­times hard-to-find com­pa­nies, in the opin­ion of our edi­tors and con­trib­u­tors, of­fer ex­cel­lent prod­ucts and good value. In choos­ing list­ings, we fa­vor com­pa­nies of high rep­u­ta­tion, prod­ucts with au­then­tic­ity, and ma­te­ri­als beau­ti­ful and tra­di­tional. You’ll find smaller com­pa­nies and ar­ti­sans sell­ing di­rect to the cus­tomer. You’ll also find the ap­pro­pri­ate spe­cialty lines from larger man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Look for ed­i­to­rial high­lights through­out the is­sue: in­spi­ra­tional projects; a fo­cus on time­less items “they still make”; house styles; glos­saries; and help­ful hints on such top­ics as metal fin­ishes and ceil­ing dec­o­ra­tion. And by all means let us know if you have a sug­ges­tion for a com­pany to in­clude next time!

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