What’s so special about the upcoming 35th season of This Old House? Well, aside from the fact that the show has been on PBS for 35 years, they asked us to help them out with the renovation of an 1850s rowhouse in Charlestown as part of the new season. And we were only too happy to accept!
This isn’t the first time we’ve worked with This Old House. We’ve done it twice before, the first time way back in the early 1990s. But it’s always a fun and exciting challenge for us, and that’s why we jumped on board immediately.
The rowhouse was in pretty rough shape, and the This Old House crew had their work cut out for them. But then, so did we. There were multiple rooms spread out over three floors, and we were tasked with providing the carpets and rugs for the entire space.
Our first step was to meet with the rowhouse owner and the interior designer to discuss styles, sizes, patterns, and colors for each of the rooms. We were able to come up with multiple options, but what really worked was a rug style that was contemporary, but made in the traditional style that rugs have been made for hundreds of years to give it that classic quality that went well with the old-fashioned feel of the house.
The next step was laying the rugs and installing the carpet, and making sure that the styles that were chosen in our showroom worked well when they were put in place in their respective rooms. Everything worked beautifully.
Finally there was the big reveal, when the This Old House team showed the before and after, and how much they were able to do once they stripped the rowhouse down to a blank canvas. We were immensely proud of what we were able to contribute to that end result.
There’s nothing we love more than taking an old properties and making them sing again. When you watch the episode, see if you don’t agree that this old Charlestown rowhouse is carrying a tune once more.
The series of episodes starts in early October. Visit http://www.thisoldhouse.com for more information.
Kevin O’Connor, host of This Old House with Jerry Arcari, founder of Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting