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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

Dear Readers and Colleagues

by Patricia Poore
As I write this, I’m looking forward to my recurring annual suitcase season. “Business travel,” my foot! I’ll take leave of beloved but chilly New England with its hunkered-down houses to land in Pasadena, where bungalows grow in the sun.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

Not Enough Bungalows!

by Patricia Poore
Sure, Shingle Style houses had art-movement leanings and often a touch of the exotic. My own house is a kind of Arts & Crafts Tudorbethan built in 1904 (but the porch is more Colonial Revival than bungalesque).
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

The Arts & Crafts Mentality

by Patricia Poore
For most people, Bungalow and Craftsman mean an architectural style, like Georgian or Italianate. If you’ve read about the Arts & Crafts movement, though, or are following its revival, you realize that the range is wide.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

That Elusive Quality

by Patricia Poore
i’ve been thinking, what makes a house really comfortable to be in? A tricky question; you can’t easily come up with a list. I imagine a place from my past where I felt secure and lively, and I fix that place in my mind as I catalog all of its details—the size of the room, its height, its smell, the furniture and degree of clutter, the way the light slanted in.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

It’s the UnStyle

by Patricia Poore
If you’ve been reading our magazine or web posts, you know we shy away from calling Arts & Crafts a “style,” in the way French Empire or Renaissance Revival are styles. Do you remember the 7Up ad campaign that began in the belligerent Sixties, which urged nonconformists to drink the Uncola? Arts & Crafts is the Unstyle. Hard to define, vernacular, and inclusive, Arts & Crafts is more accurately an approach to design.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

A Garden’s Living Colors

by Patricia Poore
My first married apartment was a brownstone floor-through in Brooklyn: three rooms in an unbroken row. Painting rooms would, I thought, nicely break up the long narrow space. By cutting our food budget (who needs milk in a carton? I’ll buy the powder!) and rolling coins, we saved up the (once-upon-a-time) twenty bucks for a gallon of good paint, choosing a soft tan.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

“…and afterwards they shape us.”

by Patricia Poore
I’m spending too much time in the editor’s garret. That’s got to be why I find myself thinking about Roy Lichtenstein and Winston Churchill—and all because a Spanish Colonial thread runs through the [Summer 2012] issue.
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

As Usual, It Goes Back to Wine

by Patricia Poore
As I read the proofs for the most recent issue of the magazine, I saw that the word “vintage” comes up in several headlines and stories. We’ve used it as a synonym for antique, another time to mean original; most often we use it to connote a certain look, or “of an era.” I think I know what vintage means, and where the word comes from, but let me look it up...
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Editor's Letter Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

How Do You Decorate for the Holidays?

by Patricia Poore
A quarterly magazine has a leisurely pace, each issue spanning a whole season. On the Fall cover, you might spy a pumpkin on a bungalow porch, and the Summer edition will always feature a period garden in bloom. But issues never feel like pages torn from the monthly calendar—no need to go orange in October, kelly green in March.
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Arts & Crafts Expressions

by Patricia Poore
Part of the appeal of the Arts & Crafts movement is its diversity, and that’s certainly what sustains our interest. (The revival of Arts & Crafts architecture and furnishings is entering its fifth decade.)
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Now that the swing set is gone…

by Patricia Poore
Last summer the boys themselves took down the backyard “Schooner,” which is what we called the play structure their dad built—before the younger one was born, in fact.
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