W hether you intend to create a historical interior, a period-inspired but eclectic scheme, or a contemporary treatment within the original context, your old house is not a limitation. Far from it; in fact, an old house suggests styles and treatments more creative, and far less trendy, than those found in contemporary showrooms. An old house offers cues and clues for its decoration and furnishing, courtesy of its construction date and style. Once you can recognize the elements that define the interior and lend scale, you’ll have a good idea of what may fit. You’ll avoid doing things that clash with the underlying architecture—setting up the next remodeling. If your old house is of indeterminate pedigree, or if it has had its pedigree remodeled right out of it, you can use period design concepts to enhance what it does have to [ text cont. on page 18] ABOVE TOP LEFT Post-Victorian Houses 14
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