Divided Light Windows
Historically, large pieces of glass used to be expensive to manufacture so windows were made with smaller panes puttied into frames—known as true-divided light. As glass technology improved in the 20th century and energy efficiency became more of a consideration, these multi-paned windows were replaced by larger single pane varieties. Today, you can get the benefits of energy efficient glass with the historic look of divided light, including removable grilles.
Cast Iron Tub
The traditional claw-foot tub—made from cast iron lined with porcelain—was considered a luxury in the late 19th century. While there are many manufacturers who produce these designs in fiberglass, acrylic and other modern materials, you can still get an authentic-looking, cast iron reproduction today, like this beautiful Kohler Iron Works historic bath.
Tin Ceiling Tiles
Tin ceilings gained popularity in America in the late 1800s as an affordable alternative to the ornate plaster ceilings of European homes. By the Victorian Era (1839-1901), thin-rolled tin plate was being mass-produced. Today, you can get reproductions of many of the original tin ceiling panels, like this glue-up ceiling installation using Better than Tin's Empire Paintable White Ceiling Tiles.
Better Than Tin
The Lightfoot House (c. 1730-1750), for which this Waverly historic wallpaper takes its name, was restored during 1940 by Colonial Williamsburg's Department of Architecture. Unlike original hand-blocked papers of the day, this modern version offers the same period look, but in a silk-screened, pre-pasted, washable paper.
Period Fireplace Mantel
If you are looking to add formality to a room, this English Federal-style Robert Adam (1728-1792) marble mantel is an exquisite start. Featuring a center tablet of delicate florals and corner blockings of acanthus leaves, the mantel is supported by slightly tapered legs and solid plinths topped with intricately-carved, scrolling capitals.
Today's manufactured flooring rivals the best of its wood and stone predecessors, but with added benefits of easy-care, low-maintenance and durability. DuPont's Real Touch® Laminate flooring is a good example. Featuring an embossed finish with micro-beveled edges that mimic the surface texture and characteristics of real wood, this flooring product offers easy do-it-yourself installation. Sold exclusively at Home Depot.
There is no better way to bring the past into the present than with a classic, traditional pedestal sink. This Porcher design—part of the vintage, European-styled Lutezia Collection—offers clean simple lines and classic detailing that make it perfect for a variety of bath styles. It is made with a fine fired clay construction and features a recessed overflow and faucet ledge with integral soap recess.
A natural slate roof is considered the hallmark of an extraordinary home—not surprising since it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of shingles. But, it is also heavy and costly. Today you can get the look of slate with synthetic shingles like DaVinci's Bellafonte. Made from a state-of-the-art engineered polymer and available in a broad range of colors and blends, these roof tiles are light-weight, freeze and thaw resistant, Class A fire-rated and impact and wind resistant. They are also backed with a 50-year-limited warranty.
Recreating the look of popular mid-century models, Northstar refrigerators are a must have for the retro modern kitchen. This 1952 reproduction—in Robbin's Egg Blue—features 18.2 cubic feet of capacity (with a 5.0 cu. ft. freezer) and includes adjustable spill guard shelving, glide-out freezer baskets, easy view lighting and optional ice maker and draft beer system. And, it's Energy Star-rated.
Colonial Wall Sconce
One of the easiest ways to add period style to any room is with a decorative accent. The Glenbrook two-candle wall sconce from Rejuvenation Lighting draws its simple charm from Colonial Revival style (circa 1917-1927). Featuring an antiqued, faux-candlestick base—complete with wax drippings—the fixture can be lit with a flame-tip candle or a globe bulb topped with clip-on fabric shade. It is available in a single candlestick design and a range of finishes from black enamel to oil-rubbed bronze.
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