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April 2011

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Decorative Motifs

by Patricia Poore
Certain motifs repeat in the decorative arts of the movement and its revival. These may be ancient, like the Celtic knot, or simply pretty and easy to stylize, like the iris. Some have symbolic significance: consider the windswept cypress clinging to the rocky coast. Most of the motifs come to us from Nature.
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Start Small

by Patricia Poore
I once wrote an article called How to Get Comfortable Finding Furniture, about why buying furniture is scary. I offered a few flexible rules to make it easier: Buy hardworking classics. Scale to the room. Consider the period.
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Lighting on Your Budget

by Mary Ellen Polson
Here are seven strategies to help you make true Arts & Crafts lighting an affordable luxury.
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Lighting to Accent and Define

by Patricia Poore
Bungalows, Tudors, and Foursquares date to the electric era, after all, so lighting is integral to the Arts & Crafts interior. Many styles of chandeliers, ceiling pendants, beam lights, floor lamps, and table lamps were available even during the period. Craftsman lighting adds immeasurably to the mood.
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