We live in an over 100 year old house. The walls and ceiling are lathe covered in horse hair plaster. We are currently in the process of fixing up our living room and den. The den is directly under the bathroom, and due to some leaking pipes, the plaster is falling down from there and loose. The living room ceiling has some cracks in it and there is one place where a previously repaired plaster piece fell out. I know for the den ceiling, tearing out whats left of the plaster is a necessity. As for the ceiling in the living room, I'm not sure what to do. It isn't really that bad, and I'm sure could be repaired fairly cheap. However, the living room doesn't have a ceiling light, so we have to depend upon lamps to see. I'm thinking it may be better just to put in an overhead light (maybe possibly a fan too) and put in a suspended ceiling or something that could be screwed into the plaster and lathe. As for the den, a whole new ceiling is in order, but I'm looking for what all choices I have. I know that we could have the ceiling replastered, but being below a bathroom (in an older house) I'm not so sure! I know a suspended ceiling using the blocks could be used, but I'm not a big fan of the block suspended ceiling. (Besides, it probably wouldn't even "look right" in our old country house.) Does anybody out there have any other suggestions for a new ceiling so it retains the over 100 year old look?