The Art of Home
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!