An older home may take a little more time and work to restore, but the layers of history and charm make it absolutely worth it. This stately Greek home was truly a labor of love for Grace and Sandy Kaynor. When designer Grace and husband Sandy first laid eyes on this 1850s Greek Revival home in New Orleans' popular Garden District, they were captivated by the home's 13-foot ceilings, large mantels, and detailed molding. “Where we saw potential, others saw headaches and dollar signs,” recalls Kaynor. “Everyone thought we were crazy. My mother called our real estate agent and begged him not to sell us the house! ‘What have we done?’ became an everyday question. And there were some days with no words at all.” Over the course of four years, the couple worked on reclaiming over 150 years of neglect in the house. They widened entryways, fixed faulty plumbing and electrical work, and – above all – focused on maintaining the home's distinctive historical elements that had endeared it to them in the first place.

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