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Bright colors and door headboards for a cool boy's bedroom

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Painted Lady on Putnam Street near Quincy Center, Massachusetts (Quincy Daily Photo: May 2008)

Painted Lady on Putnam Street near Quincy Center, Massachusetts (Quincy Daily Photo: May 2008)

This retro-look pool house celebrates the styles and sensibilities of the 1950s. Black and white checkered floor and vinyl seating sets the scene. The overall palette of red, white and black is characteristic of the time as are the many pieces of memorabilia, including a framed collage of Elvis Presley photographs and an original record album.

This retro-look pool house celebrates the styles and sensibilities of the 1950s. Black and white checkered floor and vinyl seating sets the scene. The overall palette of red, white and black is characteristic of the time as are the many pieces of memorabilia, including a framed collage of Elvis Presley photographs and an original record album.

Built in 1859, in the Downingesque, Gothic Revival style,this home, subject to decades of both restoration and neglect, revealed its biggest surprise early on.  The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to paint the clapboard exterior in earth tones and soft greens. But the architect discovered that the home was originally painted in bright greens, reds and browns. It wasn't uncommon at the time for homes at that time to be brightly colored – the so-called Painted Ladies.

Built in 1859, in the Downingesque, Gothic Revival style,this home, subject to decades of both restoration and neglect, revealed its biggest surprise early on. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to paint the clapboard exterior in earth tones and soft greens. But the architect discovered that the home was originally painted in bright greens, reds and browns. It wasn't uncommon at the time for homes at that time to be brightly colored – the so-called Painted Ladies.

Exposed logs, warm tones of wood and a footed bathtub contribute to the old fashioned ambiance in this bathroom. The backrest of the antique chair was carved from a tree root.

Exposed logs, warm tones of wood and a footed bathtub contribute to the old fashioned ambiance in this bathroom. The backrest of the antique chair was carved from a tree root.

Color and pattern in this master bedroom are inspired by the Hollywood Regency look.

Color and pattern in this master bedroom are inspired by the Hollywood Regency look.

This townhouse in Georgetown, Washington DC had been through many renovations by different owners.  But the latest project has made the most dramatic transformation. In remodeling the interior, plaster accumulated over more than 100 years was stripped from the spine wall to expose the original brick.

This townhouse in Georgetown, Washington DC had been through many renovations by different owners. But the latest project has made the most dramatic transformation. In remodeling the interior, plaster accumulated over more than 100 years was stripped from the spine wall to expose the original brick.

The bold use of color in this guest room instantly evokes an energetic and fun ambience.

The bold use of color in this guest room instantly evokes an energetic and fun ambience.

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