Interior Products Review: Period-Style ProductsTimeless Style: Period-inspired new products offer modern features.

  • By Stephanie Herzfeld

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Carlson has used reclaimed lumber flooring on occasion, although he says it's harder to install (it's not uniform) and is more expensive than new wood flooring made to look old. What's more, Carlson and Del Donna apply handmade maple, cherry, and oak molding and carvings if a homeowner insists, even though they're time consuming to create and costly.

But, says Del Donna: “If my clients already are spending a substantial amount on an addition, than an extra 2 percent to 3 percent on some decorative touches doesn't break the budget.”

In the future, pros and manufacturers predict that period looks will flourish in high-end homes as well as more modest dwellings because homeowners continue to long for the security and elegance of the past.

Enkeboll Designs

Enkeboll Designs. Inspired by 18th-century European designs, the Beverly Ellsley Villa collection of 24 products includes moldings, corbels, onlays, crowns, bases, and more. Country French and Italian designs depict intricate sunflowers, fruits, pumpkins, and garlands. The collection is available in a variety of wood species. Other wood and resin products include mantels, posts, and additional accents. 800-745-5507.

Robinson Brick

Robinson Brick. Old Brick Originals combine the appeal of old brick with the installation ease of tiles, the maker says. Thinbrick tiles and corners can be installed in a number of interior wall and flat vertical surface applications (fireplaces, bar faces, and more). Nine colors are available, ranging from classic red hues to more aged and faded patinas. 800-477-9002.

Architectural Products by Outwater

Architectural Products by Outwater. Inspired by Art Deco and Victorian designs, these decorative stamped ceiling panels and cornices are made from lightweight tin-free steel. The panels, which come ready to finish, are available in 2-foot-by-2-foot lay-in and 2-foot-by-4-foot nail-up configurations. The firm also offers additional period products including decorative ceiling beams, wrought iron decorative accents, and vintage door hardware profiles. 800-835-4400.


Robern. The two-door glass Apothecary cabinet comes with a choice of ribbed or clear glass doors. It can be used for decorative storage in the bar, bath, or kitchen. Inspired by the summer communities and seaside cottages of early-20th-century New England, the cabinet is part of the white Fairhaven collection. It measures 42¼ inches by 34 inches. 800-877-2376.


Rejuvenation. Compact fluorescent high-output electronic ballasts now are matched with 18 of the maker's classic Deco fixtures to bring the styles up to today's energy-efficiency standards. Fixtures come in a choice of 12 finishes including brushed or polished nickel as well as 23 shade shapes in opal glass. 877-745-1900.

Lennox Hearth Products

Lennox Hearth Products. The Old Cottage and Classic Herringbone brick fireplace liners are two traditional styles from the firm. Old Cottage features a distressed, weathered appearance reminiscent of the English countryside; Classic Herringbone is a timeless pattern that has been used for fireplaces and chimneys throughout the ages, claims the firm. The liners can be used with select models of the maker's direct-vent gas fireplaces. 800-953-6669.

Meyda Lighting

Meyda Lighting. The Lotus Bud and Hieroglyphs interior wall sconce (model 50076) complements a wide range of decorative periods, asserts the firm. It measures 15 inches wide and 7¾ inches tall. According to the firm, all of the company's decorative lighting fixtures feature natural variations in the glass and finish that make each product unique. 800-222-4009.

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