Great Sticker Mystery

Here is something fun that we received from Kathy in Washington – perfect for you ‘old house sleuths’! Please give us your feedback!  What are these?? Dear Bradbury Company, I have an interesting piece of “old house archaeology” to share with you. My husband and I have been restoring an 1879 Italianate home in Port [...]

The McDonald Mansion

Check out these wonderful articles and photos detailing the careful restoration of the McDonald Mansion, courtesy of our friends at Rynerson O’Brien Architecture. First, the exterior: Next, check out the interior for some real eye-candy! Be sure to click on the links for the complete articles and all of the wonderful pictures!

Morris textile conservation

I found this article pretty amazing!  In preparation for The Cult of Beauty Exhibit, soon to open at the San Francisco Legion of Honor (February 18 – June 17, 2012) this article outlines the conservation and cleaning process involved with the William Morris Bird wall hanging. What a transformation!  Can’t wait to see it firsthand [...]

Victorian Orientalism

The Victorian fascination with all things exotic and oriental manifested itself through a variety of artistic expressions, including literature, painting and architecture. One of the obvious ways to capture the ambience of the “mysterious East” closer to home was to decorate with it, something 19th century decorators and homeowners would revel in! The New York [...]

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