KITCHENS & BATHS

Own­ers of this 1913 house turned back the clock on some in­tru­sive re­mod­el­ings.

Old House Journal - - Contents - By Mary Ellen Pol­son

Per­sonal and cozy, a revival kitchen of the bungalow era has up-to-date func­tion.

This cozy kitchen is in a “Hap­good house” in Moun­tain Lakes, New Jer­sey. About 500 such Crafts­man-in­spired homes built by de­vel­oper Her­bert J. Hap­good af­ter 1911 sur­vive. To­day’s own­ers, Suzanne and Rick Solch, pur­chased theirs about 20 years ago. At the time, “the house didn’t look es­pe­cially Arts & Crafts,” Suzanne says; re­mod­el­ing had taken away much of the in­tegrity from the stuc­coed 1913 house.

Af­ter lots of work—strip­ping fire­place brick, re­plac­ing the stair rail, re­mov­ing down lights in the liv­ing-room ceil­ing—the Solches fur­nished the house in true Crafts­man style. For the use of tex­tiles and win­dow treat­ments, they looked to Gus­tav Stick­ley’s ad­vice from his mag­a­zine The Crafts­man (1901–1916). In the kitchen, win­dows are fit­ted with very prac­ti­cal roller shades, sten­ciled in paint. (They’re from the Handw­erk Shade Shop: the­handw­erk­shop.com.)

The in­cised and paint-dec­o­rated cot­tage ta­ble and chairs date to the 1930s or ’40s. The Sto­ry­book-style chan­de­lier is a re­pro­duc­tion from Mica Lamps. The green-and-black table­ware is Ger­man: the cou­ple have trav­eled ex­ten­sively and are avid col­lec­tors with eclec­tic taste.

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