Restoring a House in the City

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Overview

How to turn an old home into a jewel on the block.

What do a fashion mogul, a Williams-Sonoma executive, a museum curator, and a design-savvy actress have in common? Good taste, of course, but more than that: a shared passion to "bring back," to carefully restore and artfully embellish, their houses.

They are among the twenty-one real-life renovations featured in this essential resource—from stately town houses to brownstone fixer-uppers—to ...

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Overview

How to turn an old home into a jewel on the block.

What do a fashion mogul, a Williams-Sonoma executive, a museum curator, and a design-savvy actress have in common? Good taste, of course, but more than that: a shared passion to "bring back," to carefully restore and artfully embellish, their houses.

They are among the twenty-one real-life renovations featured in this essential resource—from stately town houses to brownstone fixer-uppers—to give the true experience of creating an urban oasis on any street. Whether hunting for rare chandeliers, salvaging floorboards for new tabletops, or removing walls to let more light in, all the nuts and bolts of restoration are here. In Boston, a young family's renovation takes three years and includes every modern amenity (a media room, home gym, elevator), but saves most of the original interiors (window shutters and seats, marble fireplaces). A Baltimore couple—both stars of the graphic design world—must reconcile their cutting-edge tastes with their traditional surrounds.

From furniture and color to rooftops and terraces, Restoring a House in the City offers a treasury of inspiration and ideas, as well as a lavish illustrated tour of some of the best done renovations in the business.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"An enticing portfolio of urban houses."
Reuters
"The 21 houses in the book…show what is possible, what is realistic and how much can be done, even on a budget."
The Huffington Post
"This book is worth it for all of the ideas, resources, and wisdom-not to mention great decorating ideas."
Traditional Home
"From squeaky floors to coal-burning fireplaces, Ingrid Abramovitch's primer shows how to reconcile old urban dwellings' quirks with contemporary tastes through architects and designers' tips and nearly 400 color photos."?
W Magazine
"Lavish…The book shows off restored gems from 10 cities, including…town houses belonging to Julianne Moore, Robert Duffy, and Chilean ?designer Maria Cornejo."
Women's Wear Daily
"More than just a coffee-table book, the 21 houses... serve up all the juicy details…including how long each renovation took, the year the house was purchased and the neighborhood in which it is located."
Women’s Wear Daily
"More than just a coffee-table book, the 21 houses... serve up all the juicy details…including how long each renovation took, the year the house was purchased and the neighborhood in which it is located."
Library Journal
Here is a building-specific book of restoration stories alongside lush and stunning photos of interiors and exteriors. Tips on specific elements such as windows, flooring, and plasterwork are sprinkled throughout. Tucked in at the end is a pro/con discussion of buying and renovating a town house. More inspirational than a basic how-to, this offers distinctive insights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653507
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 730,007
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Abramovitch is a journalist who has written widely on design, architecture, and lifestyle for The New York Times, Elle Decor, Cookie, and Departures. She has also been an editor at Martha Stewart Living and House & Garden. Ingrid lives in an Italianate brownstone in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    This is a very pretty book, with lovely pictures of beautiful ho

    This is a very pretty book, with lovely pictures of beautiful houses. It is not, however, a "guide to renovating" anything - it shows the results of renovations, but nothing about how to get there. Most of the text actually discusses the furnishings, which are beautiful, but there is very little to help someone who has a wreck of a house and wants to renovate it. If you like to look at beautiful houses, this is a great book. If you like to know where the beautiful furnishings come from, it is also very good. If you're looking for real guidance for the renovation itself, this is not the right book. 

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