We used to live in a small town called Mountain Lakes - which, we were told, has one of the biggest collections of true Arts & Crafts homes in America (that might not be true anymore, because sadly many of them have been torn down). That's not surprising, possibly, because it is only a short distance from Craftsman Farms, the home and workshop of Gustav Stickley, one of the greatest influences on Arts and Crafts style in America.
Mountain Lakes History
|Puddingstone fireplace, with lots of rubble!|
Over the years, we tackled lots of projects in that house. We completely renovated the kitchen (twice in 6 years - so now you know why Richard is so glad I can update other people's homes, instead of driving him crazy tearing our house apart!). We also updated the bathrooms. We revived the perennial gardens in the back yard. But one of the biggest projects -removing a dilapidated old sun porch with its subterranean garage and adding a new garage and family room. And with all the updates, we worked hard to maintain the Craftsman character of the home - including rebuilding portions of the original 'pudding stone' fireplace in the back of the family room.
Since then, we've lived in other beautiful old homes. But there is something about the Craftsman style that has stayed with us and will always be one of our favorites. I can't wait to take some of that Craftsman aesthetic and use it on our bungalow!