Historic Favorites

A collection of all of my historic inspired favorites to make your old home feel as authentic as can be. 


While I firmly believe that original materials are king, sometimes you'll find that they have been removed from your historic house, or perhaps you want to infuse some old home character into your new home, so you begin a search for fixtures, materials, hardware, and decor that looks vintage.  I am here to help.  These are some of our project staples and my personal historic favorites along with period appropriate selections curated just for you to make your search easy like Sunday morning.

Think faucets, sinks, lights, and tile...the pretty, semi-permanent fixtures, that set the tone for your space.

The pretty details and decor that warm up your home and add some old home character.

When you don't have original, these vintage door and window hardware pieces are the next best thing.

solid 5-panel door

pocket door framing kit

universal skeleton key set

Old houses were well built including solid wood doors with decorative elements like the 5-panel here.

Pocket doors are often times found in historic homes so when you are reworking floor plans, especially in tight spaces, this kit can help.

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Period appropriate trim is one of the most significant parts of the craftsmanship of any historic home.

The first step in any historic home renovation should be to salvage and reuse as much of the original trim as possible.  All homes are unique with different millwork styles and that craftsmanship is what makes the home authentic.  However, if you find that original materials have been removed or perhaps you have reworked a floor plan and don't have enough of the salvaged trim to finish a couple of rooms, you can find find similar trim at some of the big box home improvement stores and I have linked three common materials below.  But before you shop there, I would suggest reaching out to your local lumber yard.  They typically have some trim available and what they don't have, they can source out.  And it's typically cheaper and supports a local business.  Here's how these three pieces are typically used.

This piece of trim is typically installed 8-12" below the ceiling and used to hang pictures and artwork using clips and wire so as not to damage plaster walls.  Tip:  Paint the wall area above the picture railing the same as the ceiling, bright white, to make the ceilings feel taller. 

This decorative piece of trim is installed above the wide baseboards along the bottom of the walls.  It gives a classic look to the trim and makes the baseboards feel taller.

Not to be confused with 4x8 panels of beadboard, these individual boards with the bead detail, are similar to what would have been used originally on porch ceilings, in kitchens as wainscoting, and other areas.  I'm known to use beadboard as a backsplash in kitchens for more character too.

picture rail trim

Base Cap Trim

Beadboard pieces of trim

New tile for your renovated bathroom, that reflects that old house vibe you've been searching for.


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