Arts & Crafts Houses Part II:Arts & Crafts Interiors

Several original Interior photographs of Bungalows are included in this article, with comments about the original features.

A built-in sideboard in this 1912 Dining Room eliminated the need for a freestanding buffet in this house. A table, chairs, and a Persian carpet were all that was needed to complete the furnishings of this room.

The wainscot paneling at right was made of linen framed by stained wood battens.
This treatment was often called “Burlaping”[sic] your walls. Burlap is actually a rougher fabric.

“Burlap stencil” wallpaper (a 1912 reproduction wallpaper by Charles Rupert Designs can simulate this effect. See:

This Dining Room from 1912 has several distinct Bungalow features: Beamed ceilings; a built-in sideboard and a series of light fixtures. A central chandelier hangs over the table, as well as individual light bulbs at the beam intersections and also over the sideboard.

A mirror is installed above the sideboard to reflect light, with stained glass windows above. The wood furniture is not strictly “Arts & Crafts”, but typical of the period. The carpet is a Persian design.

The wallpaper is in an Arts & Crafts design. William Morris designs and other Arts & crafts designs are suitable for Arts & Crafts homes.

A selection of Arts & Crafts wallpapers and fabrics are available from:

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This 1912 view from the Dining Room looks through a Colonnade to the Living Room. Wainscot paneling is in the Dining Room, but not the Living Room. The woodwork is stained and either varnished or shellacked fir. Built-in China cupboards have leaded-glass doors. The simple curtains are lace, with dark green roller blinds behind for nighttime privacy and draft exclusion.

This photo of a Vancouver home of 1912 shows another view through a Colonnade. These half-wall and pillared screens were a useful design device for making rooms appear larger than they were. The brick fireplace was common in Arts & Crafts homes as an expression of “honesty in materials”. Paneling was not shiny.

Flooring was probably oak, with fine darker inlay around the edges, supplemented with a few Persian patterned carpets. Curtains were simple, in probably fine linen, and backed by roller blinds. The small plant table at center was a Victorian design, and probably brought from a previous house.

This 1913 Dining Room has a built-in sideboard with china cupboards above. A built-in window seat is in the nook to the left. The plaster above the wainscot could be stained, or covered in a linen fabric for texture and warmth. A small painting has been placed on the plate rail, rather than hanging it on the wall.

The curtains are simple and short, of a semi-transparent cloth – probably linen. The carpet is Persian. The pedestal Dining Room table is oak veneer, and would extend for large gatherings.

This Dining Room was in Portland, Oregon in 1912. Built in sideboards flank the door to the kitchen, with china cupboards above. The woodwork and beams would be in stained and varnished fir.

The furniture is a simpler, more ‘usual’ Arts & Crafts design. The curtains are again simple and short, and this time appear to have blinds in a cream fabric behind the lace curtains.

The light fixtures are particularly interesting. A central chandelier – called a ‘shower’ – hangs over the table. At the intersection of the beams, covering smaller single-bulb fixtures, are Chinese lanterns. This decoration may be inspired by visits to the Alaska/Yukon/Pacific Expostion of 1909 that was held in Seattle. The ‘AYP’ Exposition had prominent Oriental pavilions that had a wide influence in the Pacific Northwest.

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