Old House Links

What we are reading this week about decorating and renovating old houses:

 


A 1920s house in Portland, Ore., gets a kitchen update inspired by an English scullery. The kitchen it replaced was not original to the house, but dated from the 1960s or so. Howells Architecture + Design chose Blue Opal tiles by Heath Ceramics. The story comes from Remodelista’s new Rehab Diaries section; also new is Gardenista.
An Oregon Kitchen With a Dose of Downton Abbey [Remodelista]
Photo by Anna M. Campbell

 

Artist and store owner John Derian somehow got his hands on a nearly untouched floor-through apartment in a Federal-style townhouse in the East Village, and tried to do as little to it as possible. (The photo above shows one of his stores; click through to the T Magazine slideshow to see the apartment.) About a block from the Merchant House Museum, the house probably dates from the 1830s, although the story pegs it as 1850. There are beautiful moldings, a fireplace and wide-plank floors; Derian updated the wiring and put in a new kitchen and bathroom. He even has a washer-dryer. Check out the kitchen’s antique sink, old counter, whatnot shelves, Viking stove and Robert Ogden light fixture crafted from vintage parts. You can see additional views of the apartment on the cover, in the table of contents, and illustrating the editor’s letter in the online version of the print magazine.
The Makeunder [T Magazine]
Photo via John Derian

 
SF Girl by Bay checks out the home design photography of stockholm-based photographer Patric Johansson. Most of the interiors feature white with pops of color and a mix of old and new — but mostly modern — furnishings.
The Shutterbugs: Patric Johansson [SF Girl by Bay]

3 Comment

  • Great choices. Love the blue tiles in the kitchen at the top and the whole aesthetic of the Swedish apartment. I read the John Derian story word for word and tore it out of the NYT magazine for my files. Love his willingness to embrace ‘what is’… such an unconventional approach in these days of tear down and re-do.

  • Funny – I read the John Derian article, too (or at least looked at the pictures) and thought “I could never live with that rough, unfinished look – seems dirty to me,” and I’m by no means a germaphobe. People sure are different.

  • Funny – I read the John Derian article, too (or at least looked at the pictures) and thought “I could never live with that rough, unfinished look – seems dirty to me,” and I’m by no means a germaphobe. People sure are different.