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What’s in Your Socket?

by Mary Ellen Polson
Finally, technology is catching up with aesthetics. You can stop stockpiling energy-gobbling incandescent light bulbs.
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The Decorated Wall

by Mary Ellen Polson
Textural treatments are authentic—and back in fashion.
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Little Treasures

by Mary Ellen Polson
Period-inspired cabinet and furniture hardware is as beautiful as it is hardworking. Colors, shapes, and materials are jewelry-like. Even the plainest bronze pieces have the marks of handcraft and rich patina.
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Fitting Luxury

by Mary Ellen Polson
In a historic San Diego home, two baths and a new laundry bring attractive function—within the original footprint.
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Going Up In Style In California

by Mary Ellen Polson
A California architect saves the essence of a 1910 house while adding a second story in a handsome makeover.
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Sliding Pocket Doors

by Mary Ellen Polson
Sliders are authentic and efficient period accents—provided you can get them to work.
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Lighting & Hardware

The Guild: Bushere & Son

by Mary Ellen Polson
Hand-forged tables with signature motifs (like the Moustache scroll) are one specialty of father and son.
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Garden While brick is a traditional material for paths, brick pavers can stand up to the weather better than bricks made for other purposes.

Paving the Way

by Mary Ellen Polson
Stone and brick have been making transitions to the great outdoors for centuries, but a new product, the paver, lays down beautifully.
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Home Systems Dress up your Arts & Crafts interior with decorative cast iron grilles and registers like this one by Acorn Manufacturing.

Heating Fixes to Warm Up Older Homes

by Mary Ellen Polson
The real beauty of these heating solutions: They don’t require a complete overhaul of your existing system.
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