Episode 15: The Big Finish

Categories: Season 32, This Old House

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This Old House wraps up its Scandinavian redesign of a New England Queen Anne.

Norm arrives to a rainy morning in Cambridge. The weather, however, isn’t stopping Roger, who is putting in the last of four granite posts. Inside, Norm finds Tom reinstalling a little piece of nostalgia from the old house: an old-school doorbell that the homeowners wanted to keep. Next, Kevin finds Sally and kitchen designer Kathy Marshall settling Sally’s stuff into her new kitchen and showing off its functional features: appliances, storage, sink, faucet, chopping block drawer, and even a hideaway step stool. Downstairs, Kevin finds John with no man cave, but rather great space for the kids, a workshop of his own, and Richard, who’s given him high efficiency mechanicals. Richard welcomes back energy auditor Jimmy Seaborg to see how we did on tightening up the building. Back outside, Kevin meets landscape architect Greg Lombardi to see his plan realized. There were some adjustments because of budget, but the design intent is still intact: hardscape and plant material work together to create separate areas of use and function. The other great outdoor space is the roof deck; Norm recaps the work out there and then meets interior designer Andrew Terrat for a tour of the master suite. The second floor is all about the kids so Sally shows Kevin the highly functional laundry, and how the girls each had a say in the colors and details of their own rooms. The heart of the project is really the first floor. Designer Dee Elms walks Kevin through the entry foyer, hallway/mudroom, powder room, built-in hutch, living room, and dining room. As Andrew shows Kevin the highlights of the kitchen, the crew and homeowners gather for one last hurrah…until the newly installed doorbell rings! Everyone flows out onto the front porch for a last look at the exterior and a farewell cheer with the neighbors.

Watch the full episode at ThisOldHouse.com

Episode 8: Plaster, Shingles, Radiant Heat

Categories: Season 32, This Old House

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This Old House injects some Scandivanian style into an old Queen Anne located in Cambridge, Mass.

Kevin and Richard get a taste of culturally diverse Cambridge by visiting what’s known locally as Japan Town. Back at the project, it’s all about Italy today, as our plaster Bob Bucco is hard at work. Bob introduces Kevin to his father, Vito Bucco, who started in the trade 60 years ago. Norm shows how Tom has matched the exterior trim details and how the clapboards are going on over an underlayment that will let them dry out. Then, up on the roof deck, he lends a hand as Tom creates a staggered shingle pattern on the half walls to match what is on the existing house. Kevin heads to Boston’s South End to visit interior designers Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms to see how they are planning to execute the homeowners’ vision of “Scandinavian Modern.” Back at the house, Richard and project plumber Abe Bilo add floor warming radiant heat to the first floor from below, and a state of the art condensing boiler to fuel both the radiant and the hydro air systems.

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Episode 16: The Final Reveal

Categories: Season 31, This Old House

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The final reveal of the nearly 300 year-old Bedford House.

Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada install plant material. Mark Ferrante installs backsplash tile. Mike Bradshaw installs wallpaper. Roger and Tom install reproduction metalwork. Kathy Marshall and Becky Titlow see the finished kitchen. Joe Titlow shows Norm his garage workshop. Dee reveals the design choices they’ve made in oldest part of the house – brightening up the parlor and transforming the dining room with color and texture. In the new addition, Dee’s design partner, Andrew Terrat, gives Kevin a grand tour of the new spaces including the new entry, mudroom, powder room, kitchen, and dramatic new family room. The entire crew of This Old House joins for a party to wish the Titlows well in their “new” old house.

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Elms Interior Design Featured in Renovation Style

Category: Press

Elms Interior Design in Renovation Style

“This was the most confused house you’ve ever set foot in,” says Dee Elms of Elms Interior Design in Boston. The 1960s beach house in Massachusetts suffered from disjointed additions. The client’s bedroom was one of them.”

Elms redesigns the room with feminine colors, an airy iron canopy and yards of draped fabric.

Read the full feature here.

Episode 10: Interior Design Ideas

Categories: Season 31, This Old House

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This Old House continues working on the Bedford House, a historic Georgian home built in 1720.

Master carpenter Norm Abram and general contractor Tom Silva create a more historically accurate front door surround. Certified arborist Matt Foti prescribes deep root injections for the ailing American Beech tree. Host Kevin O’Connor meets contractor Monica MacKenzie at an antique home she renovated. Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat show Kevin and homeowner Becky Titlow where the design for the new space is headed—a sophisticated blend of modern and rustic elements that will be comfortable and low maintenance for the famil

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Elms Interior Design Featured in New England Home

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Elms Interior Design New England Home Nov Dec 2011 Article

We are so happy to announce that our latest project at The Clarendon in Boston is featured in the current edition of New England Home Magazine (the November/December issue). Special thanks to the fine folks at New England Home for a super article, to photographer Greg Premru for his fantastic shots, and to Mokum Textiles for providing some of the fabrics for the project.  Stay tuned for another posting on Mokum soon- we love their stuff! In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of New England Home at your local newsstand.

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Episode 8: Kitchen Inspiration

Categories: Season 31, This Old House

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This Old House renovates one of its oldest houses to date, a 1720 Georgian home listed on the National Register of historic places.

General contractor Tom Silva replaces a rotted post. Window restoration specialist Alison Hardy reinstalls the restored historic window sashes. Host Kevin O’Connor finds electrician Allen Gallant upgrading the electrical service in the garage. Kevin meets interior designers Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat at a house they designed in Cambridge, MA that inspired the look for the Bedford Project kitchen. Tom and Kevin remove strip flooring to reveal historic boards.

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Our Debut on This Old House!

Categories: News, Press

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So we are getting ready for the airing of our first This Old House episode this weekend, and everyone at Elms Interior Design is very excited! In this episode (#8 of the season), we show host Kevin O’Connor a project that we previously completed in Cambridge and that inspired the Bedford project’s new kitchen design.

The house is a gut renovation of an old worker’s cottage dating from 1877, and Becky Titlow (this season’s TOH homeowner) immediately responded to photos of the home’s great new kitchen space.  We walk Kevin through the first floor of the home, touch on our design inspirations, and explain how the elements of the project will translate to Becky and Joe’s antique home in Bedford.

Be sure to tune in to the show to get a glimpse of our progress to date. Note that show times vary depending on your viewing area, so check the This Old House website for specific show times and dates or watch the webcast of our first episode beginning next week. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!

Almost Time – The Bedford House

Category: News

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Next week we will be installing our This Old House project in Bedford. Time sure does fly. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting with the homeowners for the first time and talking about all of our ideas for the house.

We will be meeting the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams delivery truck early on Monday morning, and we won’t be stopping until we are done. Our first episode airs Thanksgiving weekend. In the meantime, you will just have to make due with a few photos of the progress to date. Stay tuned for updates!

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