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What’s Old Is New: A Pearl District Loft in Portland Gets a New Shell

What’s old is new—and, in this case, really quite of-the-moment. When Pam Williams wanted to make a change from her tired loft in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon, she was thinking of moving—until she saw another unit in the building that had gotten the Jessica Helgerson treatment. Inspired, she decided to commission the Portland-based interior designer to overhaul the dated insides and re-fit the space to suit her needs. Helgerson and Mira Eng-Goetz, the lead designer on the project, stripped the loft back to its original brick walls, then gave it a new shell: built-in furniture and storage in…


Churncraft: The Classic Butter Churn Updated

Not long ago I went to a dinner party where one of the guests brought a ramekin of lovely hand-churned butter as an offering (she made it the low-tech way: filling a mason jar with heavy cream and shaking it). So I was interested to discover Churncraft, an updated take on the classic butter churn from an entrepreneurial Connecticut family. “Using a butter churn is a dynamic social activity that brings people together in the kitchen,” the Freys say. “Go back to basics, unplug, and do it yourself. “The churn represents our American heritage and a deep commitment to the future…


Olivia Newton-John’s Australian Farm | FOR SALE

With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia has won four Grammys, numerous Aria, Country Music, American Music and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award plus ten #1 hit songs. Olivia Newton-John is selling her much-loved Australian farm originally purchased nearly four decades ago during the era of her hit single, "Physical." She is seeking offers in excess of $5.5 million AU ($3.9 million US), the listing agent Newton-John’s lifelong friend Jillian McGrath with McGrath Estate Agents, Northern Beaches Office Australia.This post was originally featured at Top Ten Real Estate Deals. To view more photos and access the official for-sale listing…


From an Old Miner’s Cabin to Beautiful Home in Big Sur | FOR SALE

Bringing to mind the exquisite scenery in the 1965 film The Sandpiper that was filmed in Big Sur, this 2,467-square-foot home jutting out over a cliff facing the Pacific Ocean has huge scenic views surrounded by virgin forest, a natural waterfall and the shaft to the actual mine representing nature and pioneer history. More recently, Big Sur has attracted writers including Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, and Hunter Thompson, as well as photographer Ansel Adams and musicians Al Jardine and Trent Reznor.https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/old-miners-cabin-to-beautiful-home-big-sur-sale


Kitchen of the Week: “Preserving the Spirit of the Old” in Reims, France

Annie fell in love this winter with a project in Reims, a city in the Champagne region of France, that’s more resuscitation than renovation. We’re revisiting it again, this time focusing on the singular kitchen. (You can see the whole house tour here.) The kitchen belongs to antique store owners Annabelle Brun and Brice Bérard. It’s inside a massive former artist’s studio that the couple have painstakingly transformed into a home for their family of five (plus two rental guest apartments). Their one goal during the remodeling process: “preserving the spirit of the old.” Get ready to be charmed. And…


Reducing Carbon Emissions From Cars and Trucks Will Be Hard

Weaning Americans off vehicles powered by fossil fuels will be more difficult than it appears. [Photo credit: Sea Turtle / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr] A growing number of cities, states, and countries aim to dramatically reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions to avert catastrophic levels of climate change. Ideas about how to get this done as soon as possible, including those that Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have sketched out in the Green New Deal framework, vary. But most energy experts see two basic steps as essential. First, stop relying on fossil fuels to generate most electricity. Second, the…

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