Category Archives: OLD-HOUSE MAKEOVERS

The Insider: Farmhouse Feel in Fort Greene

  Today, my column on Brownstoner.com, the Brooklyn real-estate website, is another wreck transformed — this one by architect Elizabeth Roberts with uncommon smarts and taste. Above, the dining room in a new two-story addition, seamlessly integrated with the garden. … Continue reading

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Paint Ho!

FIRST THERE WAS AEGEAN OLIVE, a green-brown (center top), as well as a brown-brown and a purple-brown. I stared at those three patches all summer. Then it became September, and a friend suggested we get on with it, and paint … Continue reading

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Old Houses Rule

I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT better myself…and that’s why I’m lifting, wholesale, a sidebar that appeared in the November 5 issue of New York Magazine to counter-balance a real estate story on brand spanking-new condos. Under the headline “Old Rules! … Continue reading

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Fixer-Upper: Telluride Miner’s Shack

OUTSIDE MY USUAL ORBIT (I’ve never even been to Colorado), but I enjoyed this renovation tale by a young newspaperman named Matthew Beaudin, who fixed up a late 19th century workman’s shack measuring all of 400 square feet, with the … Continue reading

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Cobble Hill ‘Before’ Tour

JULIA AND JOHN MACK have plenty to do to convert the 19th century Cobble Hill brownstone they bought recently for just under $2 million into the kind of home they want for their family of four. But before they do … Continue reading

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Max and Lexy’s Kitchen

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT to report down in Philadelphia: my son Max and his girlfriend Alexis, who bought an 1870s house in Fishtown in June of last year, now have a beautiful, functioning kitchen. They’ve been working on it all spring and … Continue reading

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Look Book: White Wood Floors

GET READY to be blinded by the white… The photos in this post were among my inspirations in deciding to give my own worn tongue-in-groove floors, left, a whitewash. They may look OK here, but trust me, they’re bad in … Continue reading

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