Cottage kitchens are are simply charming with an emphasis on functionality. They're built for comfort with features that help you through your routine and bring life to the hub of your home. Whether you're just refreshing your cottage kitchen or looking to add a dash of old-house charm to a new space, these TOH-featured rooms are sure to inspire.
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Old Feel, New Height
1. Old Feel, New Height
The O'Learys set about turning a first-floor one-story former bedroom wing into an expansive new kitchen, bumping up the room's roof to double height for a soaring ceiling, which is lined with tongue-and-groove boards resembling 19th-century planks. New oak beams act as structural cross-ties. Clerestory windows flood the kitchen with light.
The center island is topped with the old chestnut boards salvaged from the living room floor. Early-20th-century finishes include flat-panel cabinet doors and bin-pull hardware.
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Cottage kitchens are are simply charming with an emphasis on functionality. They're built for comfort with features that help you through your routine and bring life to the hub of your home. Whether you're just refreshing your cottage kitchen or looking to add a dash of old-house charm to a new space, these TOH-featured rooms are sure to inspire.Read More »from Our Top 7 Favorite Cottage Kitchens
- This Old House Magazine | At Home – Mon, Feb 27, 2012 11:21 AM EST
The Artist-Inspired Products at Overstock
Feeling inspired by The Artist, the silent film that won big at the Oscars last night? Show it with your decor. Our friends at Overstock share tasteful, affordable ways to pay homage to the wonderful film (starring Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo) with a little bit of 1920s flair. -Tabitha Sukhai
First, check out this vintage decorative movie projector makes a great collectible and display item.
This Burma mirror features an intricate floral pattern. The piece is then finished with an antique copper enhancing the mirror's timeless, traditional style. Burma Antique Oval Mirror; $103.49
A mirrored finish and two drawers highlight this Dalton accent table. This table also features faux crystal knobs. Mirrored Accent Table, $194.39
Another gorgeous tabletop accent that looks like something out of AcademyRead More »from Affordable Home Décor Inspired by Oscar's Favorite Movie, the Artist
It's time for another healthy dose of the wildest houses in the world! Take a tour of a castle made entirely of trash, a replica of the house from the classic television show The Munsters, and a couple of architectural wonders that take us below the earth's surface. If you'd like to experience some of these strange structures yourself, a few of them are available for sale or rental. So if cottages and Capes bore you, you may find the house of your wildest dreams here. -Karen Ziga and Tabitha Sukhai, This Old House onlineRead More »from Tour the World's Wildest Houses
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Cold War Era Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Silo
Saranac, New York
To the naked eye, this is just a house with killer Adirondack views. But hidden below the surface is a 176-foot-deep missile silo, measuring 52 feet in diameter. In other words: a massive bomb shelter built to withstand a 200-pound-per-square-inch blast.
Certainly not an ordinary mountain getaway, the silo was constructed by the United States Air
If home is where the heart is, these 5 charming houses must be filled to the brim: they've held the hearts of some of the most legendary lovers in history. Though each house differs greatly-in era, in location, and in detailing-they each held a special place for their owners, either as a romantic love nest or as a memorial of a once-great love. Check out these grand palaces of affection, many of which can be visited today. -Sara O'BrienRead More »from The 5 Most Romantic Houses in the World
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The Old House
1. The Old House, Quincy, Massachusetts
John and Abigail Adams
Long before there was This Old House, there was The Old House, the private home of the second United States president, John Adams, and wife, Abigail Adams. Well known for their intense love and mutual admiration-preserved in dozens of thoughtful and effusive letters-the couple often lived apart as John served in various political and diplomatic posts. It wasn't until 1801, when John left the presidency, that the lovebirds were able to
Classic Bath Face-LiftRead More »from 7 Upgrades for a Healthier Bathroom
Breathe easier in the room where you begin and end your day. Here is our best advice for cleaning up your bath and preventing mold, bacteria, and viruses from taking hold.
See more easy upgrades to make your home healthier at thisoldhouse.com!
1. Avoid using cleansers with ammonia and chlorine (and never, ever mix them). These irritate skin and lungs, and even provoke asthma.
2. Dehumidify. Run your ceiling vent fan after every shower. Install a switch timer to make sure it runs at least 20 minutes to vent moist, mildew-attracting air outside.
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Caulk Around Tub
3. Replace failing caulk and cracked tiles to discourage mold from growing behind the walls. For how-to advice on fixing both, click here.
4. Sanitize faucets, where germs and flu viruses collect fast. Wipe them down with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution or try wipes that use plant oils to kill germs and viruses, such as EPA-certified Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes ($5.75; seventhgeneration.com).
Add distinction and character to plain old stairs with these 5 creative tips. -THE EDITORS OF THIS OLD HOUSERead More »from 5 Ways to Makeover Your Staircase
See more staircase upgrade ideas at thisoldhouse.com.
1. Go Salvage Shopping
Wiring runs from the basement through the newel post to light this ornate, late-19th-century pot-metal salvage find. A unique way to illuminate a stairway for safety.
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2. Library Landing
A long run of surface-mount, low bookcases transforms the space at the top of the stairs into a library. The second-to-last one on the right (not shown) is set on casters, so it can be pulled out to access crawl-space storage.
MORE: How to Build a Bookcase
3. Tear Out Old Carpet on Your Stairs
How to do it: Refinish the treads and paint the risers white-or get creative and paint a runner-like pattern.
Estimated cost: 1 gallon of white paint, sandpaper, wood putty to fill tack holes, 1 quart of stain, and 1 gallon of clear polyurethane, about $95; Lowe's
The new high-gloss cabinets show every fingerprint, the handsome farmhouse sink is a wine-glass graveyard. You sprang for the best your money could buy. So why aren't you totally elated? Here, readers reveal the downside of some of their upgrades, while TOH offers short-term fixes-and longer-term advice. -DEBORAH BALDWINRead More »from 3 Fixes for Common Remodeling Regrets
See more solutions to common remodeling woes at thisoldhouse.com.
1. Deep China Sink Breaks Dishes and Glassware
"Our porcelain farmhouse sink hits the right vintage note, and it's deep and wide enough to hide stacks of dirty dishes when we entertain. The problem: Within a week we dropped, and broke, two nice glasses while washing up. And the carnage continues."
How to cope: Cushion falls-and shorten them-with a thick plastic sink mat. And start saving your skin and your cash by donning a pair of nonslip rubber gloves.
Next time: Get farmhouse style without those cold, hard landings: Think about buying a basin in more forgiving Corian, copper, or stainless steel.
- This Old House Magazine | At Home – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 11:38 AM EST
radonRead More »from Oh, Glow On...There’s Radioactive Stuff in My Home? Seriously?
We all know that exposure to radiation can be very, very bad for you. It's been fodder for sci-fi movies for decades, turning tiny tots into mutated henchmen (The Gamma People, 1956) and transforming a cowering homemaker into a giantess with a score to settle (Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, 1958). The real-world risks of chronic high-level exposure are known to be equally dramatic-and deadly. But you may be surprised to learn that some of the materials and products sitting around your house could be emitting low levels of radiation.
With that in mind, This Old House has taken a fresh look at the everyday household objects that might just be unhealthier than you think. Here are three possible radiation sources that could be under your roof right now. -Keith Mulvihill
See more surprising sources of radiation that could be in your home on thisoldhouse.com.
1. Stone Countertops
Mining stone for countertops may unearth some potentially scary radioactivity as well. Granite countertops are
vodkaRead More »from 3 Ways to Use Vodka...Around The House!
If you've stumbled upon a bottle of spirits that's not fit for a mixed drink, reuse it as a handy household solution. While it's pricier than rubbing alcohol, this bar staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a clever replacement in a pinch. Here are spirited ways to put it to use. -Jennifer Stimpson
See all 10 uses for vodka on thisoldhouse.com!
1. Kill Weeds
Mix 1 ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply on a sunny day to broadleaf weeds that grow in direct sunlight; the vodka will help remove the leaves' waxy coating, causing them to dry out.
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2. Remove Rust from Screws
Leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.
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3. Stop Odors
Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the insides with diluted vodka; let dry. No more odor.
MORE: 10 Uses for Sponges
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- This Old House Magazine | At Home – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 11:22 AM EST
killer houseRead More »from Danger on the Homefront: 4 Ways Your House Can Kill You
We love our homes. They provide us with warmth, shelter and, best of all, security. That's why it's so darn shocking when they turn against us. Like it or not, a house can be a virtual arsenal of lethal weapons. Whether its poisonous gasses, fiery flames, rabid bats or electrocuting appliances, even the sweetest Colonial Revival can be as armed and dangerous as Rambo on a bad day. Here are 4 ways our home sweet homes can take us down. -Keith Pandolfi
See more ways your home can be deadly at thisoldhouse.com.
1. Uncontrolled Electrical Currents
If old Ben Franklin only knew the careless way some of us deal with electricity these days, he would've kept his discovery to himself. Whether it's overwhelming a frayed extension cord with holiday lights, or exposed outlets like the one taped to a conductive metal support in this flood-prone basement, home electrocutions account for around 1,000 deaths each year in the U.S alone. At the least this homeowner could have used a GFCI receptacle so