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Historic Decor and Interior Design Tips for Period Homes and Decorating Styles

These pages are chock full of information and links useful to those restoring a historic home's interior decor as well as those who decorate in period styles and other decorating genres from Arts and Crafts and Victorian to Neoclassical and Retro styles. Whether you prefer historic accuracy or eclecticism, you're sure to find many informative, practical, and resource-full pages, photos, and serendipitous finds.

Lot of 18 Rolls Lee Jofa Historic Asian Chinoiserie Toile Wallpaper @ 80% Savings!

Lee Jofa Antique "Indigo Rosette" Metallic Gold on Blue Reproduction Ceiling+ Medallion Wallpaper, Also in red and beige.

Wallcoverings | Restoration Fabrics & Trims

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Lee Jofa Quatre Saisons Historic Mauve Toile Wallpaper - Gorgeous, top quality handprinted 18th century reproduction.

Wallcoverings | Restoration Fabrics & Trims

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PHENOMENAL Exclusive New Vintage Schumacher Architectural Grisaille+Color Hand Printed Fabric - This is the most incredible fabric!

Just added gallery of Victorian Interiors to The Four Basics of Victorian Interior Design

The 4 Basics of Victorian Interior Design and Home Decor

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If you like the Art Nouveau style, with its flowing lines, ornate designs and nature-inspired themes you should see this page...

Art Nouveau Decor

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Mid-Century Modern design is a popular retro style of home decor that reflects mid-20th century modern design developments...

Choosing Appropriate Upholstery Fabrics for Period Decorating: Part II What makes a fabric durable?

Heat Between the Sheets (G rated) Stay warm and save energy without electric heaters and blankets by taking a few cues from our 19th century predecessors....

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Energy Efficient Winter Decorating Victorian Style

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Movies Old House Buffs will Love: Our Favorite DVDs for Old House Afficiandos...Some movies on our list are really great on all scores (including the music -- sorry could not resist the pun) but others are not. The story may be disorganized and sluggish. The characters may be undeveloped. The dialogue may be disconnected. But we love these movies for their settings and attention to detail -- For the period wallpaper, furnishings, architecture, and even costumes. We hope you'll agree and add your own favorites to the list.

You know you own an old house when... The true life drama, romance, comedy, mystery and tragedy of historic restoration... Owning and restoring an old house is often a love/hate relationship....

The American Colonial Period Decorating Style -- Practical, Eco-Friendly Home Decor: The American Colonial Style covers the period from the first early settlers in the sixteenth century to the Declaration of Independence. It remains a popular home decor style in its own right and especially as one of the main inspirations of today's "Country" and "Shabby Chic" styles of decor.

American Colonial Period Interior Decorating

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Traditional Neoclassical Federal Design & Home Decor in the United States The Neoclassical American Federal style was an intentional adaptation of the Neoclassical genre by America's Founding Fathers. Harkening back to the democracy of Ancient Greece and the Roman Republic, Neoclassicism was embraced as a representation of and inspiration for the new nation's ideals by those who supported a Federalist style of government after the Revolutionary War. Federal design peaked in popularity between 1785 and the 1820s, but because it has a timeless and classic quality, its influence lives on. Federal style integrates English and European influences and was concurrent with the Georgian period in England. Federal neoclassic architecture, furniture, interior design, and home decor is plainer than the Georgian colonial style, with simpler decorative motifs often framed as panels and friezes. It is luxurious yet understated, with graceful lines and a simple elegance that appealed to the tastes and philosophy of the founders of the new United States of America.