Blog & News — Historic Homes

The Craftsmans of America: Chicago

With a personality rooted in quality design and craftsmanship, simplicity and timelessness it’s no wonder we are obsessed with the Craftsman home. In this series, we explore a number of notable Craftsman neighborhoods across the country.  A midwest megacity nestled snugly against Lake Michigan, Chicago is known for skyscrapers, deep dish pizza, baseball, the Magnificent Mile and, of course, its architecture. Many famous architectural styles found their calling in Chicago. The city sprang to life in the mid-1800s and found itself reborn after the great fire of 1871 that destroyed much of the city. The Craftsman style was one of these,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Indoor Lighting for Historic Homes

Used primarily for aesthetics and function, indoor lighting can also have a profound effect on mood, emotion and overall well being. If your home is feeling a little dim, let us help you brighten it! Indoor lighting is often an afterthought. A single ceiling mount can perform the basic function of illuminating a space, but is that enough? Maybe it works when you’re just out of college, but the more invested you become in the place you call home, the more you realize how much light actually matters - and not just when the days get shorter. Lighting is more...

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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Lighting for Historic Homes

Whether being used for landscaping, security or dramatic effect, the lights you choose and the way they are used will deliver enviable curb appeal and bring your exterior to life. Let us show you how!

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What Makes a Colonial Revival?

Built with a mixture of styles and designed to be uniquely American, this comeback kid is the most well known and widespread of residential architecture trends.  Colonial Revivals are loved for their columns, their perfectly proportioned shutters placed neatly beside double-hung windows, their stately and distinguished appearance, and so much more. Whatever the reason they have us hooked, the love affair with this style spread fast and furious at the turn of the 20th century as people sought a design that would define America. Seeking stability in a time of change, the Colonial Revival looked to preserve the spirit of the...

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7 Tips for Furnishing Small Spaces (and making them look really good!)

There are plenty of advantages to working with tight spaces. You’ll be able to easily show off your personal style with limited real estate as well as live more sustainably, both environmentally and financially.

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