Laurelhurst 1912 Craftsman
Being a blog where we document our efforts to renovate and decorate our 1912 Craftsman fixer in Portland, and share our ever-changing plans.
- Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Authors:This project has moved really slow as we're pretty distracted and our contractors are pretty booked up. It can be fairly hard to get a contractor out when you're an individual who isn't likely to hire them again. It took about 4 weeks to get the plumber out but he came out and replaced all the plumbing.
Sadly, he had to open up a wall in...
- Published on Thursday, 15 October 2015
Authors:We've just got the floor left to remove and we're finally done with this awful part of the project. I have spent hours pulling nails from lath, which was, frankly, the best part of the project. Once we had Eric out to help Jeff with demo, they made short work of removing the rest of the walls. Sifting the rubble has not been fun, but we...
Interesting Reuses for Lath
- Published on Friday, 09 October 2015
Authors:Since our local landfill won't take plaster and lath, we have been exploring alternate ways to dispose of it. My original plan was to simply burn the lath and bury the plaster in the back yard, but I have since found some possibly better ways to use the lath.
Funnily, I didn't actually remember that this trash can I bought a couple years...
Period Book: Distinctive Homes of Moderate Cost (1910)
- Published on Wednesday, 07 October 2015
Authors:I found another chapter on portiéres (room door curtains), and, as usual, I am sharing it. Who knows if anyone is interested in this besides me, but at least it makes it convenient for me to access the information. LOL This is a word-for-word transcription of the chapter.
The book is called Distinctive Homes of Moderate Cost and was...
Obsessive Stencil Research
- Published on Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Authors:I got obsessed with consolidating stencil research in a new page in the right column, called Reproduction Stencils. I've found some good sources of period stencils and I thought it would help inform others' stencil purchases if folks could associate a design with a particular period. I will continue to make updates as I find more catalogs...
1920s Stencil Designs
- Published on Sunday, 04 October 2015
Authors:I found another stencil catalog, but this one dates from 1924. A bit late for my decor purposes, but I know some of you might be interested in the designs available. Stencilling was still pretty popular in the 20s. Anyway, the stencil catalog is "Excelsior" Fresco Stencils particularly adapted for House Decoration, Churches,...
Period Book: Art and Economy in Home Decoration (1908)
- Published on Saturday, 03 October 2015
Authors:One of the things I like to cover in my blog are topics that are only rarely covered elsewhere (perhaps for good reason LOL). In my recent book downloading efforts, I found one with a chapter on portiéres (room door curtains), so I thought I would do a blog post to convey the information they provided. This is a word-for-word...
- Published on Friday, 02 October 2015
Authors:I'm obviously on a bit of a stencil groove at the moment. When I was looking around the commercially available stencils this morning, I recognized many from a stencil book, called Arts & Crafts Stencilling, originally published in 1910, by W.G. Sutherland. It has been reprinted by Dover. Frankly, I was surprised how many of the...
More Early 1900s Stencil Designs
- Published on Friday, 02 October 2015
Authors:I've been idly poking around and I found some more period stencil catalogs. I don't know why I find this so fun, but I do. :D
I found a Blue Label Stencil Catalog from 1900 and I feel like I hit the jackpot, since I recognize quite a few of these from designs that are currently available.
This one you can also buy from CraftHome for...
- Published on Sunday, 27 September 2015
Authors:I hired help to move the furniture back into my sewing room. When it was just Jeff and I, we spent all day, but with some buff kid to help Jeff, it took less than an hour to get the furniture back in there. It was well worth the expense.
As tempting as it is to go for the glamour shot, I've decided to wait to unpack my fabric until after...