133 episodes

True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies.

Available weekly, hosts Stacy Grinsfelder and Daniel Kanter share personal project updates, listener Q&A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

True Tales From Old Houses Stacy Grinsfelder

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    • 4.8 • 177 Ratings

True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies.

Available weekly, hosts Stacy Grinsfelder and Daniel Kanter share personal project updates, listener Q&A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

    133: Minisode Japan Highlights + The Cottage is Finished!

    133: Minisode Japan Highlights + The Cottage is Finished!

    In this week's minisode, Stacy offers a few stories from her trip to Japan, and Daniel reaches a huge milestone with the cottage.
    First, Stacy opens up about her connection to Japan and how seeing Mount Fuji nearly brought her to tears. 
    After a funny interlude about Japanese snacks, Stacy brings it back to old houses by describing a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. The Edo-Tokyo was established in 1993 to relocate, reconstruct, preserve, and exhibit historical buildings of great cultural value under demolition order in their original locations. Over 30 historic homes and buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods have been moved and reconstructed on the property of this unique museum. 
    Finally, huge news: Daniel's Bluestone Cottage is finished, and the listing goes live the first week of June! Daniel discusses his method of staging the cottage, which naturally goes against the conventional wisdom of "Keep it neutral." How much is too much when it comes to furnishings and soft goods? According to Daniel, that is of no concern.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum  Learn to Restore Windows at the Wood Window Workshop Retreat in Silver Lake, NY - Choose your weekend: July 19-21 or July 26-28, 2024. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog - For 10% off The Window Course, use the coupon code truetales.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.

    • 32 min
    132: Brooke Young Russell + A Canvas Ceiling Quesion

    132: Brooke Young Russell + A Canvas Ceiling Quesion

    This week, Stacy and Daniel answer a listener's question about the history of canvas ceilings and the feasibility of repairing them. 
    Later, Brooke Young Russell from Evergreene Architectural Arts joins Stacy for a fascinating conversation about the technical aspects and limitations of architectural conservation and how her research relates to historic preservation. 
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Sign up for the Wood Window Workshop Weekend Retreat at Silver Lake: July 19-21 or July 26-28, 2024. (New, lower prices!) Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, Maryland Wyoming State Capital (Portrayed as the Montana State Capital in the TV drama Yellowstone) Brutalist Architecture Dalle de Verre Technique (video) World of Concrete Convention Contact Brooke: brussell@evergreen.com Evergreene Architectural Arts WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog - For 10% off The Window Course, use the coupon code truetales.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron - Manufacturer of WoodEpox and LiquidWood, perfect for wood rot repair. Use the coupon code true2024 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com.
    Noonan Heritage Craftworks - Learn how Noonan Heritage Craftworks can help you with your exterior project using traditional materials. Schedule a phone call, video conference, or email consultation with Joseph Parente today.

    • 52 min
    131: Minisode Japanese Toilets and Mouse Mummies

    131: Minisode Japanese Toilets and Mouse Mummies

    This week's minisode is off to a wild start, with Stacy and Daniel discussing their unconventional "words of the year."
    Then, Stacy talks about her upcoming trip to Japan and shares a story about Google Translate and bidets. 
    That segues unnaturally into a discussion about a common old house problem: animals that die in the walls. Daniel's house has largely escaped this issue. So, he has chosen an unusual way to honor the critters he finds during demolition.    
    Finally, Daniel chats about wrapping up the cottage renovation with a punch list he calls The Apology Tour.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Travel to England with Stacy and Holiday Vacations in 2024. September 7 - 17, 2024. Discover royal history, magnificent palaces, and England's beautiful countryside--Book by May 18. Learn to Restore Windows at the Wood Window Workshop Retreat in Silver Lake, NY - Choose your weekend: July 19-21 or July 26-28, 2024. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog - For 10% off The Window Course, use the coupon code truetales.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.

    • 32 min
    130: The Brownstone Boys + Public Art & Painted Brick

    130: The Brownstone Boys + Public Art & Painted Brick

    True Tales From Old Houses is back! Season Eleven is off to a good start with a fresh, new logo and an episode packed with old-house fun. 
    This week, Stacy and Daniel answer a listener's question about public art and painted brick. Are public murals a good idea? How are neighborhoods affected? Is painting a giant orange wizard on a building ever a good idea? Daniel has big feelings about all of it. 
    Then, Stacy and Daniel welcome Barry + Jordan, better known as The Brownstone Boys. This Brooklyn-based renovation duo quickly fell in love with Brownstones and each other. Their work combines the love of preservation and restoration with functional, modern touches. Since 2018, they have been featured in magazines such as Dwell, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful. They have also been the focus of two TV shows for the Magnolia Network, The Point of View and In With the Old. 
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Travel to England with Stacy and Holiday Vacations from September 7th to 17, 2024. Discover royal history, magnificent palaces, and England's beautiful countryside—book by May 18th. Sign up for the Wood Window Workshop Weekend Retreat at Silver Lake: July 19-21 or July 26-28. (New, lower prices!) Mineral Silicate Paint - history and information Follow the Brownstone Boys on Instagram. Pre-order Barry and Jordan's book, For the Love of Renovating. Enter to win a signed copy of For the Love of Renovating. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog - For 10% off The Window Course, use the coupon code truetales.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron - Manufacturer of WoodEpox and LiquidWood, perfect for wood rot repair. Use the coupon code true2024 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com.
    Noonan Heritage Craftworks - Learn how Noonan Heritage Craftworks can help you with your exterior project using traditional materials. Schedule a phone call, video conference, or email consultation with Joseph Parente today.
     
     

    • 1 hr
    Bonus Minisode: Moving Updates & More

    Bonus Minisode: Moving Updates & More

    It's a bonus mini! In this minisode, Stacy and Daniel catch up after a three-month hiatus. 
    First, Stacy offers an update about moving to Salt Lake City. Is that ever going to happen? 
    Then, Daniel chats about his timeline for listing the cottage for sale. He follows up with updates about his vacation to Barbados (sun poisoning!), lake cottage ceiling repairs (light drama!), and antiquing.
    Finally, Stacy and Daniel discuss the difference between hand-knotted and machine-knotted rugs and a fun fact about wool fibers. 
    Season 11 of True Tales From Old Houses begins Monday, May 6, 2024.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Travel to England with Stacy and Holiday Vacations in 2024. September 7 - 17, Discover royal history, magnificent palaces, and England's beautiful countryside. Learn to Restore Windows  at the Wood Window Workshop Retreat in Silver Lake, NY - Choose your weekend: July 19-21 or July 26-28.

    • 30 min
    Tara Mangini & Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co Design

    Tara Mangini & Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co Design

    In today's episode, the finale of Season 10, Stacy and Daniel discuss best practices for a clean, healthy, and mostly dry basement.
    Then, Stacy and Daniel welcome Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the legendary design team behind Jersey Ice Cream Co. Tara and Percy have traded their nomadic lifestyle for an 1880s farmhouse in upstate NY and most recently starred in their own TV show, The Story of Home on Magnolia Network, now streaming on Max and Discovery+.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Travel to England with Stacy and Holiday Vacations in 2024 - Discover royal history, magnificent palaces, and England's beautiful countryside September 7-17. The Story of Home (trailer) streaming on Max and Discovery+ Learn more about Jersey Ice Cream Co. Design Season 11 of True Tales From Old Houses begins Monday, May 6, 2024. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Craftsman Store - Another excellent resource from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog. The Craftsman Store is a cozy online hardware store full of books, tools, and supplies. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

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I love and have learned so much from True Tales from Old Houses! Stacy's shows are always well researched, organized, informative, and entertaining! I live in a new build and have limited DIY skills but have listened to every episode. Each show gives me a stronger appreciation for older homes and the stewards that care for them.

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I love this podcast! So fun and informative!

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I have officially binged every single episode and cannot wait for the next season! You and Daniel are the absolute best! Can’t wait to listen soon.

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