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