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How to Add “Old House” Character & Charm to Your Newer Home {Step 5

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Style-Setting Architectural Features

An ornate transom that was original to the house crowns the entry to the center hall, leading to an arched nook added during renovation. Choosing curvy designs adds softness to this home, balancing the room's heavier, more traditional wainscoting.

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Farmhouse Addition: What's Old is New Again

Double-hung windows and an apron sink echo the period look of this updated farmhouse kitchen | Photo: Tria Giovan

Yes, believe it or not, there is a part of me that wants to live in the country in the middle of nowhere in a house just like this.