They purchased the stonework, from an 18th-century French church, from one of their favorite antique stores in Carmel, California.

Restoring Turn-of-the-Century L.A., Part 3

After Barbara and Andy Thornberg spent 35 years restoring their Eastlake-style Victorian home in Los Angeles, California, Barbara’s favorite room … Continue reading

Barbara’s husband bought her this modern art piece by Gerry McMillan, 
a California artist. She likes juxtaposing the 
contemporary pieces with the antiques.

Restoring Turn-of-the-Century L.A., Part 2

After 35 years of hard work and restoration, Barbara Thornberg is still in love—with her husband and her Victorian home … Continue reading

The exterior of the house is painted in a deep green, high-gloss oil paint because the California sunshine will fade the color within a few years. The Thornbergs used Victorian colors; the brick-red color highlights the architectural details of the wood trims.

Restoring Turn-of-the-Century L.A., Part 1

Echo Park wasn’t the best part of Los Angeles in 1975 when a young couple moved to their Angelino Heights … Continue reading

If your fireplace looks like this and you're desperate to fix it up, consult these books first. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Top 10 Renovation Books

We restoration professionals make it look easy. To you, it seems like we always know why there’s moisture coming through … Continue reading


The Pros and Cons of Living in a Historic District

Interested in moving into an historic district, whether in Old Towne Orange or downtown Charleston or somewhere in between? Do … Continue reading

Photo by Mark Tanner

Restoration Story: An 1886 Queen Anne

Restoration can be a full-time job laden with chance and coincidence, as Cathie and Dennis Caldwell of Orange, California, have … Continue reading

An 1845 Greek Revival home, Mount Fair’s main house sits on a hill on a historic farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph by Durston Saylor, courtesy of Mark P. Finlay Architects, from The Vintage House by Mark Alan Hewitt and Gordon Bock, published by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., ©2011;

Questions to Ask Your Historic Home before you Renovate

Before you begin renovating, take historical architects Mark Alan Hewitt and Gordon Bock’s advice and hunt for clues about these … Continue reading


Original Oak Front Door Drags, Makes Noise

Our 1905 house still has its original quarter-sawn oak door. We added stained glass for privacy because we’re close to … Continue reading