Tales of redecorating 100-year-old home
January 5, 2015 - table lamp
PASADENA, Calif. — My adore of 100-year-old California Craftsman bungalows — those low-slung, early 20th century Arts and Crafts-era homes famous for their clean, plane lines and stout woodwork — runs prolonged and deep.
I grew adult in one in Hollywood, given with dark, wooden, built-in cabinets and unprotected beams, and my family lives in one in South Pasadena, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, with a swooping Japanese-style roof. My fiancé, Dave, and we lease a small, century-old Craftsman residence here in Pasadena’s landmark district Bungalow Heaven, home to some-more than 1,000 ancestral bungalows, many of them Craftsmans.
Why do we conclude them? One word: uniqueness. Each normal Craftsman residence is different, with a possess celebrity (in a rental, a toilet is in a apart room from a lavatory penetrate and bathtub) and an importance on healthy materials and colors, from line-up gray to clay brown.
Architectural twists such as sleeping porches, wide-open entrances, and pillars done out of mill were built as a minimalist greeting opposite industrial pattern and as an paper to warmer continue and (then) fresher air. Decorating a Craftsman is also a labor of love.
“The whole Craftsman transformation was about rediscovering handmade things,” says Sue Mossman, executive executive of a refuge non-profit Pasadena Heritage. “There’s a healthy ‘form follows function’ approach. Everything has a purpose to it as good as a beauty.”
Gustav Stickley, who started creation Arts and Crafts-style seat and accessories in a late 19th century, has prolonged represented a apex of Craftsman design. Antique Stickley hand-finished, solid-wood armchairs, tables and couches, tangible by a neat vertical-lined “mission” style, can run upwards of $5,500 today. Mossman, who lives in a normal Craftsman and says she owns a integrate of “fine Stickley pieces,” views a furniture, like Craftsmans themselves, as carrying durability appeal.
“In a 1980s and ’90s, a value of these antique pieces went by a roof,” she says. “It has forsaken off given then, yet a value of strange pieces is still really high.”
Since Dave and I, like many, can’t means a cherished brand, we searched for most reduction pricey, yet not indispensably handmade, seat and decorations for a place. There are clever connectors between a Craftsman and midcentury complicated movements when it comes to elementary functionalism, says Mossman. My Craftsman let is a reduction of both.
We found a modestly priced, tan 1963 Lane Acclaim walnut timber coffee list with dovetail edges during an antique store to fit in with a worldly Craftsman tone intrigue in a vital room. Our faux-Craftsman, geometric mica glass, timber and steel vital room list flare we snagged on sale for $150 during tradesman Lamps Plus to roost on tip of a Wildon Home mission-style, espresso-hued finish list for not most more.
Bought during a circuitously lounge store, a cot is done out of chocolate-brown timber and tweed, a midcentury complicated facsimile called “The Draper.” Our selected vital room carpet is a ’60s striped mix of comfortable orange, green, pinkish and white.
We also picked adult potion vases, Arts and Crafts-style wooden frames and dinnerware from flea markets and online by Etsy and eBay. Call it Craftsman aptitude with a lurch of “Mad Men” thrown in.
Inspiration generally came in a form of a outing to a custom-furnished, three-story Gamble House, Pasadena’s premier instance of California Craftsman architecture. It was designed by a architectural organisation Greene Greene in 1908 as a ample winter home for David and Mary Gamble of Procter Gamble. Inside, we stood surrounded by winding stairway banisters, well-spoken surfaces, and wooden pegs all done out of soothing mahogany, teak, oak, maple and cedar.
Afterward, in a present shop, Dave and we bought a clay tile, identical to those in a Gamble House, flashy with a light yellow and white frog. It sits on a finish table, subsequent to a lamp, with some-more Craftsman-worthy knickknacks to come.