Similarly, the American Arts & Crafts Movement (ca. 1895–1930) relied on appliqued and stenciled pillows, embroidered window curtains and portieres (or interior doorway curtains), and stenciled table scarves. While drapery traditionally has been a significant use of fabric, layered treatments may be done in stages, over time. Roller shades, Venetian blinds, and lace curtains, used on their own, satisfy modern tastes.
Oriental rugs have been joined by a revival of Axminster and Aubusson, Wilton and Brussels carpets; ingrain and floorcloths; Arts & Crafts-period revivals; and hooked rugs.
Curtains and carpets, pillows, and fringe add softness, comfort, and texture. They muffle the sound. They round out a dominant color scheme or introduce accent spots for contrast. They suggest a style, period, or mood by virtue of design, color, volume, material, and trimmings. They finish a room.
1. ARTS & CRAFTS PERIOD TEXTILES textilestudio.com
Curtains, pillows, table scarves, and bedspreads created with hand-embroidery, applique, and stenciling, in traditional as well as custom designs. Embroidery kits are available. Also a source for period-appropriate brass curtain hardware. (510) 654-1645
2. COOPER LACE cooperlace.com
Offering the widest range of historical lace curtains in NeoClassical, Federal, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, and Colonial Revival styles. Woven in Scottish cotton with custom lengths available. (866) 447-8055
3. ALAMEDA SHADE SHOP shadeshop.com
Offering old-fashioned spring roller shades, specializing in decorative scallops. Many styles and custom options. Expert knowledge for historical restoration. (877) 522-0633
4. THISTLE HILL WEAVERS thistlehillweavers.com
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Five handy, high-quality devices make carpentry jobs go smoothly.
Glasgow School in the Bathroom
A tutorial in bracing color and geometric, stylized forms.
STUFF MY M-I-L SCREWED UP
My mother-in-law is an active 83-year-old who still lives in her own home of many years. When we last visited, we were horrified to discover that she has hung a collection of disused and out-of season clothing on Romex electrical cable, which runs through the joists under the basement ceiling. Now we’re worried about other safety issues down there, too. —Anthony (and Julia) Wisniewski
MATCHING INTERIOR MILLWORK
If one lacks professional expertise, installing crown moulding, replacing missing bits of casing or trim around windows, and retrofitting lost baseboards may be an exercise in frustration. Especially when nothing in an old house is square! First learn about the role of trimwork, building up profiles, turning corners with mitered and coped joints, and what tools to use where.
The Tradition of Burnt Wood
An ancient Japanese method for finishing woodwork was adapted by bungalow builders, and it’s back in style.
“Turning the corner” is easily the most challenging part of any moulding installation or repair. It helps if you aced geometry in high school. For all others, learn to use a miter box, preferably one with a clamp. More experienced? Upgrade to a compound miter saw.
ARTS & CRAFTS DO-OVER
With generous living space yet a focus on the outdoors, an undistinguished cottage is rebuilt in the Craftsman tradition.
Salvaged icebox hinges make new cabinets look like vintage equipment.
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A House unbungled
A couple embarks on the restoration of a diminutive house, aiming to reverse a mid-century Colonial style remodeling. Replacing one wall with a period colonnade lets light flow front to back.