Et Cetera: Knock, Knock!

What makes a house a home?



Robert Clark

The personality of your house is reflected  in the details, which often make a house a “home.” This doorknob is from the Reeds’ home, featured on page 72, a detail that Sara left in place from when Ann and Thomas Kepley built the Lake Katherine home in 1970. It is a brass, push-lock, fluted knob, highlighted with enamel. It is architecturally effective and resonates with the desire to accent vintage elements. 

In addition, original crown molding in some of the formal rooms gives the renovated home a spirit of authenticity. Sara has also left attractive decorative tile in many of her bathrooms; the tiles cover arches over the tubs and from the tubs to the ceilings and the walls. And still hanging is some of the original wallpaper, which is amazingly stylish again.

Refresh, but do not replace everything, and save the historic house parts of your home. As they say, what goes around, comes around. That old doorknob looks pretty fabulous. Don’t you agree?