Crafts­man Style never loses its sim­ple ap­peal

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEBBIE TRAVIS

Dear Debbie: I am looking for de­sign ad­vice for our mas­ter bed­room in keep­ing with the Crafts­man style of our home. The space is small, 9’ x 13’. There is no room for a closet door and the ar­range­ment of the fur­ni­ture is the only way it will fit. We are looking for in­spi­ra­tion. Thank you.

— Ja­clyn Dear Ja­clyn: Crafts­man Style in the United States stems from the Arts and Crafts move­ment in Eng­land that took place near the end of the 19th cen­tury. Pi­o­neers of the Arts and Crafts move­ment were re­belling against the mass pro­duc­tion of fac­tory goods dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era. It is char­ac­ter­ized by sim­ple de­sign and fo­cuses on crafts­man­ship and the use of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. In the be­fore photo of your bed­room, the base­boards, win­dow and wall trim are a dark stained wood, ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails that are no­table fea­tures of the style.

William Mor­ris, one of the great founders of Arts and Crafts style, en­cap­su­lated the fu­sion be­tween es­thet­ics and de­sign when he wrote, “Have noth­ing in your home that you do not be­lieve to be beau­ti­ful or use­ful.” The wall­cov­er­ings and tex­tiles William Mor­ris de­signed cel­e­brated his love of beauty in his vast col­lec­tions of wall­cov­er­ings and fabrics that are alive with the colours and pat­terns found in na­ture. Mor­ris’s de­signs are still pop­u­lar to­day. You can find his pat­terns on the In­ter­net, or con­tact an in­te­rior de­signer.

I dec­o­rated a din­ing room for one of my tele­vi­sion shows that is the per­fect in­spi­ra­tion for your bed­room. Above the rails, I ap­plied an em­bossed paintable wall­cov­er­ing and painted a base coat of yel­low. To high­light the pa­per’s de­sign, a medium shade of green paint was wiped over the top. The lower walls were treated to a faux panel paint ef­fect. It has the same base coat colour as the up­per walls, and then sec­tions are taped off, and white and darker yel­low bands ap­plied to give the im­pres­sion of raised pan­els. The fab­ric for the cur­tains is an orig­i­nal William Mor­ris de­sign. It is lively and colour­ful, with a small pat­tern that doesn’t over­whelm the room.

For your bed­room, I sug­gest you start by choos­ing a sim­i­lar cur­tain fab­ric — it should have a na­ture theme, flow­ers or birds, and then pull the pal­ette for the walls from the colours in the fab­ric. A paintable, em­bossed wall­cov­er­ing will give you the tex­ture and de­tail­ing this invit­ing style calls for. At the win­dow, hang the cur­tains to the floor, and in­stall a match­ing cur­tain panel in front of the door­less closet. This is a good, space-sav­ing tip. En­joy your dec­o­rat­ing. Dear Debbie: I would like to turn one of our bed­rooms into a dress­ing room. I’d like a makeup mir­ror, but not a ta­ble as I am too far away from the mir­ror. Per­haps a shelf and a mir­ror that I could stand at to get ready; not sure how to make that look nice. I like clean lines and no clut­ter. Your ideas are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

— Marilyn Dear Marilyn: It is very sim­ple to cre­ate this kind of dress­ing ta­ble. Buy a good-sized framed mir­ror; you can pur­chase in­ex­pen­sive mir­rors at most big-box stores. I would then fix a float­ing shelf (this is a shelf without vis­i­ble brack­ets) un­der­neath the mir­ror. Buy the frame and shelf in the same colour. Shabby chic white would look fab­u­lous, or spray both the frame and the shelf a metal­lic colour for a lit­tle boudoir glam­our.

Be­low, small mas­ter bed­room has Crafts­man bones, ready for dec­o­ra­tion. In­spired by the sunny

colours of the William Mor­ris cur­tains, this sunny din­ing room, above, fol­lows the tenets of Arts and Crafts style, both beau­ti­ful and

prac­ti­cal.

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