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Finding Art in the Imperfect

It’s typical that over the course of a century your bungalow or Victorian’s vintage heart pine floors have taken a world of abuse.  Atlanta’s inner city neighborhoods went through a host of hard times: old houses were portioned off into rooming … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Salvaging

I relish putting antique materials back where they belong.  Re-hanging mantels back onto raw brick openings in old houses; installing hundred year old medicine cabinets into the wall cavity of a bathroom, complete with imperfect beveled mirrors, the silvering flawed … Continue reading

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Urban Gardening: Why Dad Had ’Nam Flashbacks in my Front Yard

  My banana tree has far exceeded my expectations of its growth.  On year two of its planting, it hit 20-some feet and produced three massive bunches of green bananas, inedible since our Atlanta growing season is shorter than Costa … Continue reading

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Clawfoot Tubs, Bad Hygiene, and the Sears Catalog for T.P.

I am enamored with my clawfoot tub, which is original to our restored 1911 Craftsman bungalow.  It’s is a deep wellspring of contentment.  I love soaking, with a glass of red vino, on a chilly winter day.  And since I’m … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Lambs Basement of Old Junque

I get a huge kick out of amassing great quantities of old junk.  Not just junk really, but “junque.”  That’s French and that makes it valuable.  I kid, sorta.

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How Little Bug Bodies Give Trim that Warm Historic Look

My favorite old house finish is made from the scraped bits of bug secretions.  And when first harvested, the finish is a tempting amalgam of scraped bark, bug appendages, and sticky-lac resin.  The female lac bug is the one responsible for this … Continue reading

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Edible Underwear to Platinum Rings

I’ve seen it all: crack baggies hidden behind historic Craftsman trim, edible underwear in the attic (No lie and it was still in its original packaging!), houses crawling with German roaches, toilets that dump their nasty contents into the dirt crawlspace, and foyers with giant … Continue reading

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