Who: Jennifer M.P.
Where: San Francisco, Calif.
We worked on our 100-year-old Edwardian ourselves for a year before begging our contractor to help us finish. I hated the living room with its heavy stone fireplace and horrible green-brown wood. So with limited cash, I scoured junkyards and Craigslist for materials and accessories, and I kept looking at old issues of This Old House for ideas.