Tag Archives: Washington DC

The Neighborhood is in the Details – – of the Millwork

Certain neighborhoods look and feel a certain way, and that is because of many things: Layout, traffic, usage, era, etc., etc. but one very quantifiable and specific determining variable is the profile and scale of the typical molding details and … Continue reading

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Reproduction Mouldings for Vernacular Architecture, Washington, D.C.

Unique, local, historic, vernacular architectural design traditions were originally determined not by designers and draftsmen, but by the carpenters and builders, maintained by the profiles of the cutting tools that they bring on the job to produce finish wood mouldings. … Continue reading

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Painter’s Secret for Achieving a High Shine Finish on Your Front Door

John Learnard of Color Alchemist, of Washington, DC was recently featured in the Washington Post article on how to achieve a high shine on the front door of one’s urban townhouse. It seems that the color and finish of these front … Continue reading

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Classical European Decorative Pattern Book

John Learnard of Color Alchemist in Washington, DC, is always seeking new ideas for traditional decoration of walls and ceilings. Intricate period decorative concepts weren’t developed on the fly, but from established designs, gathered together and published in “pattern” books. He … Continue reading

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Copying the Neighbors – – Stained Glass Artist Reproduces Lost Historic Detail

This Washington, DC rowhouse, built in 1891, was missing three stained glass transoms and local artisan Adams Morgan Stained Glass was hired to reproduce them. AMSG went next door and copied the existing original work, (1.) a door transom with gold … Continue reading

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