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Design, decoration, and furnishings for the A&C-inspired house, whether historic or Revival.


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What’s in Your Socket?

by Mary Ellen Polson
Finally, technology is catching up with aesthetics. You can stop stockpiling energy-gobbling incandescent light bulbs.
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The Decorated Wall

by Mary Ellen Polson
Textural treatments are authentic—and back in fashion.
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Carpets and Rugs for Arts & Crafts Style Homes

by Brian D. Coleman
Don’t get hung-up on a familiar handful of hand-knotted designs by Morris and Stickley. You have many choices, including hand-tufted, flat-weave, Caucasian, and Mexican rugs. In fact, few things will give you as much pleasure as choosing carpets for your home.
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Art & Craft of the Accent Pillow

by Mary Ellen Polson
As Victorian excess waned, a new style appeared, inspired by simplicity. For the first time, the idea of middle-class comfort included accent pillows. Inglenooks, the built-in benches around the fireplace, were often loaded with hand-embroidered pillows to encourage cozy family gatherings.
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Portieres, or Door Curtains, for Houses 1900–1940

by Brian D. Coleman
Practically, this drapery hung in doorways stops drafts (and dampen sound) between rooms—but portieres also offer a romantic, inviting transition by softening doorways. Most were made of fabric, but portieres might also be made of strung beads, tassels and decorative cording, even seashells (for your beach bungalow). They remain an appropriate accent for the Arts & Crafts home today.
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The Art + Craft of Hardware

by Patricia Poore
See editors’ picks of unique and historical hardware items and metal accessories—and then check out the online catalogs of the companies that make them.
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Traditional Kitchen Products

by Patricia Poore
Editors’ picks for kitchen specialty items, suitable for bungalows, Craftsman-era homes, and those of the Arts & Crafts Revival.
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Little Treasures

by Mary Ellen Polson
Period-inspired cabinet and furniture hardware is as beautiful as it is hardworking. Colors, shapes, and materials are jewelry-like. Even the plainest bronze pieces have the marks of handcraft and rich patina.
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