Martha Stewart's Kitchen maximizes every square inch. Case in point: This kitchen in a guesthouse on her farm in Bedford. “This is where I house my collection of late-19th-century yellowware mixing bowls,” Martha says. “Because they’re so beautiful, they double as decor, but make no mistake -- everything in here gets used.”
How to add Old House Character and Charm to your Newer Home Step 1 Add wood ceilings. A lot older homes have wood ceilings. Create your wood ceilings by installing wood planks or even bead board. Paint it or leave it natural. Adding wood to your ceilings makes a dramatic difference in the feel of the room. It adds warmth and character to the room.