Three More Great Homes

Like this new house in Iowa, recent projects show that the Arts & Crafts Revival continues to thrive -- and evolve with the resurgence of craftsmanship and sustainable design.
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Like this new house in Iowa, recent projects show that the Arts & Crafts Revival continues to thrive -- and evolve with the resurgence of craftsmanship and sustainable design.

Like this new house in Iowa, recent projects show that the Arts & Crafts Revival continues to thrive -- and evolve with the resurgence of craftsmanship and sustainable design.

Bradbury’s ‘Oakleaf Frieze’ is one of several revival papers in the house. (Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers: www.bradbury.com)

Custom home-builders Mike and Susan Hoien created a house of timeless design for themselves in Iowa. Bradbury’s ‘Oakleaf Frieze’ is one of several revival papers in the house. (Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers: www.bradbury.com)

Custom home-builders Mike and Susan Hoien created a house of timeless design for themselves in Iowa. The entry features custom art glass with an oak-tree motif.

Custom home-builders Mike and Susan Hoien created a house of timeless design for themselves in Iowa. The entry features custom art glass with an oak-tree motif.

Mike and Susan Hoien (Hoien Construction, Spirit Lake, IA) were diligent in their research once they committed to building themselves an Arts & Crafts-inspired home. Motifs throughout show a command of the original style and even of the movement’s antecedents in Great Britain. Although they incorporated aspects of Prairie School, Shingle Style, and Craftsman houses, the interior maintains a consistent flow through the use of nature imagery and a naturalistic palette.

Photos by Paul Crosby

Architect Matthew Bialecki designed this rough stone and cedar shingle retreat in upstate New York -- it’s both elegant and in the vernacular.

Architect Matthew Bialecki designed this rough stone and cedar shingle retreat in upstate New York -- it’s both elegant and in the vernacular.

An open floor plan hearkens back to the classic Adirondack lodge. The two-sided fireplace warms both the kitchen and the screened porch.

An open floor plan hearkens back to the classic Adirondack lodge. The two-sided fireplace warms both the kitchen and the screened porch.

Proving that American A&C goes beyond Stickley’s Mission style, this house by architect Matthew Bialecki drew inspiration from Adirondack lodges, some of the work of Greene and Greene, and his client’s pleasant memories of a lakefront vacation home. The result is a spacious house that blends the Craftsman vocabulary and a rough-hewn, organic aura with the latest in energy efficiency.

Photos by Gross and Daley

An artist couple created this Craftsman-inspired house in Mahwah, N.J., complete with meandering brick walks and superb gardens.

An artist couple created this Craftsman-inspired house in Mahwah, N.J., complete with meandering brick walks and superb gardens.

Their hand-applied ceiling treatments are a highlight in the dining room, great room, and kitchen.  Dining room furniture is reproduction.

Their hand-applied ceiling treatments are a highlight in the dining room, great room, and kitchen. Dining room furniture is reproduction.

Revival magic happened in this New Jersey house completed by two artist-decorators. They distressed oak cabinets, created stencils (using state-of-the-art software and materials) to make hand-painting go faster, glazed exterior shingles (made of a modern product, not wood), and added shredded raffia to sandstone plaster. The result is a house that looks old world – anything but new. Learn more at www.specfindesigns.com

Photos by Bob Skinner