Love is in the Details

Love is in the Details

Misty Adair
May 11, 2010

For us, falling head over heals in love with a home is all about the architectural details. We're suckers for deep crown molding, high ceilings, and built-in storage. Our "new" 1920's home is filled with such treasures and we're swooning.

The first home we bought was a 1950's cottage that had glass doorknobs throughout the house. We loved those the moment we saw the house to the day we moved out. Our new house is just another page in our love story with architectural details and if you'll kindly indulge us, we'll gush on a bit.

The stairs are weathered and worn by years of foot traffic, but that makes them better to us. We adore the contrast of the dark handrails and newel posts with the honey toned wood floors. Speaking of wood, some of the ceilings are exposed wood planks and we have plans to uncover some of the wood walls later. When we removed a piece of 60's paneling, we discovered the original black and white print wallpaper underneath (which was applied over wood walls and cheesecloth). A set of French doors has a chain release latch (does it have another name?) that we think is charming. One of the fireplaces still has a lovely, intricate summer screen. . . and did I mention all the glass doorknobs?

What are your favorite architectural details in your home? Or if you're lacking them, what do you crave most in your plain box? How can you add interest to an unadorned home with salvaged architectural finds?Or maybe you just like the simplicity of no fussy details at all?

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