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How To Bend Wood

Wood bending may seem impossible—but it’s entirely possible. There’s more than just one way to do it. So, whatever your avocation or project, learn how to bend wood with this guide. How to Bend Wood: The Need-to-Knows Regardless of which of the following methods you choose, there are a few facts to understand about bending wood. For one, wood fibers are tough and rigid, so wood doesn’t want to bend. For that reason, it’s very easy to break wood while attempting to bend it, so adjust your expectations and don’t get discouraged. Also, for bending wood with steam or hot…


Kitchen of the Week: Paul de Zwart of Another Country in London

Our friend Paul de Zwart, the founder of contemporary craft furniture maker Another Country (and the former publisher of Wallpaper magazine), recently shared his newly renovated Northwest London kitchen with us. “Located in a Victorian terrace house, the project involved joining two rooms into one to create a new dine-in kitchen,” he says. “Much attention was placed on retaining the character of the house and ensuring that new and old were in harmony, hence the use of reclaimed flooring, placing emphasis on natural materials and textures, and keeping to the house’s proportions and original external openings.” Photography by Guy Archard.…


How to Insulate a Short Attic Kneewall

Back in my home-performance contracting days (2004 to 2007), I spent a lot of time in unconditioned attics and crawlspaces. First, I was there to find problems. Then, if the homeowners hired me, I’d go in and do air sealing, insulating, duct sealing, duct repairs, crawlspace encapsulation, and sometimes other jobs. The photo above shows one of the many problems I found and fixed in a house in the Atlanta area in 2006. In the living space below the attic, there was a change in ceiling height, resulting in a short attic kneewall. As you can see, it is uninsulated.…


Watch “This Old House” Shows on The Roku Channel

All New Episodes Available Every Monday on The Roku Channel. New episodes of the current seasons of This Old House and Ask This Old House are available to watch on The Roku Channel every Monday. Select prior seasons from This Old House and Ask This Old House libraries are available for free on-demand via The Roku Channel. Stream This Old House and Ask This Old House episodes free, 24/7/365 on The Roku Channel, channel 456. In Canada, watch on channel 340. This Old House Classic (channel 457 on The Roku Channel) is a free live channel streaming classic This Old…


10 Easy Pieces: White Ceramic Coffee Mugs

The perfect white mug should last a lifetime—both in terms of style and quality. A classic mug will see you through sluggish mornings, house guests, afternoon pick-me-ups and more, so should be stalwart through and through. Here are our 10 picks. Above: From the Chez Panisse line by Heath Ceramics, the Large Mug is $41. Above: On the higher end of the spectrum, a handmade White Beige Mug by artist Christiane Perrochon is $165 each at MARCH. Above: Designed by Kaj Franck for Iittala, the Teema Mug in White is $25 at Danish Design Store. Above: The Haand 8 Ounce…


Steal This Look: A Pocket Home Office with Modern, Scandi Influence

In the recent past, many households have prioritized the home office, converting odd spaces into something semi-quiet and functional enough to work in. A great example? The closet-sized office designed by Ellen Hamilton as part of a 1970s beach cottage renovation in Chilmark, Massachusetts. An entry hall gives way to a clean, Scandinavian-style office through a sliding barn door. To adopt and adapt the look to your own space, we’ve listed the key elements of Hamilton’s design from paint to shelving and classic furniture. Above: The pocket-sized office. Photograph by Max Kim Bee, courtesy of Ellen Hamilton from A Modest Beach…

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