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    The Basics of a Formal Arts and Crafts Table

    Published By: Lynsey Duffin  -  Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Greene & Greene DiningThough Arts and Crafts, as a style, is meant to be comfortable and homey, it can nevertheless rise to the occasion for more formal settings. Creating an authentic Arts and Crafts setting for a formal or holiday meal requires preparation, but the results can be a spectacular backdrop that will set the tone of the entire evening.

    Unless you are a collector with unlimited funds, it is highly likely that your formal Arts and Crafts tableware will be a mix of vintage, replica, and modern pieces. However, don't fear breaking the bank, as the popularity of the style means you can easily create a stunning formal dinner setting without having to spend your life savings in the process. When setting the formal Arts and Crafts tables, here are some basics for you to consider.

    Finding period-appropriate vintage dish and servingware can be a hue task that can end up costing you lots of money. If your goal is vintage dishware, you can look for antique Arts and Crafts patterns by Dedham or Buffalo Pottery, which are both major suppliers of the original Craftsman movement.

    If you want period-appropriate dinnerware, but can't go antique, you can always choose earthenware or ceramic designs in earth-tone palettes. While matte glazes are particularly appropriate, they aren't necessary. Feel free to mix and match colors within your palette, and try adding some extra flair to the look with copper or wooden serving bowls.

    Just about any glassware can feel period-appropriate, as long as you are only using simplified designs. Any glassware with lots of ornamentation or etching needs to be avoided, but colored glasses should always be excluded from the table in general. Also styles featuring modern manufacturing techniques, such as bubble glass, double-layered glass, or similar advanced styles are a no-go.

    If you don't mind mixing styles a bit, look for Art Deco-inspired glassware featuring elongated, geometric ornamentation while maintaining a fairly simple look. You can also use more decorative hand-painted or hand-crated glassware, is it pays tribute to the focus on craftsmanship that is at the core of the this style.

    As with dishware, finding vintage period Arts and Crafts silverware and flatware can be extremely difficult. You should instead opt for a modern setting with a simplified design. Curlicues, ostentatious motifs, gold detailing, or other relics of baroque or Victorian design are to be completely avoided. Simple is always better, as just about everything is in Arts and Crafts design.

    When choosing flatware for the Arts and Crafts table, simple detailing is perfectly acceptable. Some perfect choices that will not seem overly decorative are basic fluting or simple bands around the base.

    Working Modern Day Appliances into Arts and Crafts Design

    Published By: Lynsey Duffin  -  Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Arts & Crafts KitchenArts and Crafts was a major design style of the early 20th century, from 1910-1930 in particular. Over a century ago, during this time, appliances weren't commonplace items in the home, and items like televisions and dishwashers wouldn't be invented for decades. Additionally, the Arts and Crafts style was known for rejecting factory-created furnishings and instead embracing a simpler, hand-crafted aesthetic.

    So, how then, is one to meld today's modern appliances and conveniences with the simplistic and elegant style that is Arts and Crafts? Though you probably don't want to give up your flat-screen, stove, or refrigerator, knowing how to work these items into the landscape will help to beautifully incorporate them into the Arts and Crafts style. Here you'll find a few ways to add modern-day conveniences into an Arts and Crafts home design.

    Mix and Match:
    A mix and match design is perfect for cementing your modern appliances into a Craftsman style home. Combine vintage artifacts of the time with more modern pieces. In an Arts and Crafts kitchen, for example, this may mean that you are mixing modern appliances and items like stainless steel canisters with vintage pieces like antique vases, heirloom cast iron pans, and a period appropriate clock.

    When mixing and matching you'll get the newer pieces to blend as opposed to having them stick out because it allows you to get the flavor of the style while keeping the look modern. Since mixing and matching can be done in many different combinations, it's an affordable way to create a blended style that doesn't require you to replace large appliances.

    Cover and Conceal:
    Covering or concealing your modern day items when you aren't using them is another good way to blend them into the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Thanks to good home design, electronics in particular, like computers, game systems, or televisions are often easily concealed.

    Cabinets are great for concealing these items when they aren't in use, though in the era of flat-screens may not be practical. Cabinet doors or wood panels can easily be installed on either side of your television, however, so that the concealed TV simply looks like part of a built-in wall cabinet.

    Hide in Plain Sight:
    Paring your modern appliances with period surroundings is another great way for you to work them into your design. Topping a vintage 1920s Arts and Crafts console table with your computer is a great way to highlight the style while creating visual contrast with your modern objects.

    You can mount a television over an impressive river rock fireplace in order to replace the viewer's focus on the modern object by instead placing emphasis on a statement piece that can express the Arts and Crafts style.

    How to Choose Your Arts and Craft Dining Table

    Published By: Lynsey Duffin  -  Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Amish Style Dining Room If you are planning on decorating a dining room in the classic Arts and Crafts style, one decision is going to inform the rest: the dining table. The dining table is the largest piece in the room, so it will naturally attract attention and set the tone of the room. It's also important to note that design-specific styles like Arts and Crafts require tables that fit the style's hallmarks.

    Choosing a dining table for an Arts and Crafts dining room is a big decision, and it can feel overwhelming, at first. Since there are thousands of dining table that work great for the style it's actually easy to make a great choice and hard to make a poor one. Here is a quick guide on some tables that work perfectly for the Arts and Crafts style.

    Wood Tables:

    It's impossible to go wrong with traditional wood, as most Arts and Crafts dining tables are just that! This style is dedicated to natural materials and craftsmanship, making wood an integral part of the style. There are, however, a few things that can set a wood table apart, especially an Arts and Craft model.

    First of all, few ornamental accents will be featured on the table. You may see decorative lines or simplified motifs used on occasion, but fancy touches like complicated curlicues, inlaid paint or metals can actually distract from the style. Arts and Crafts furnishings are usually simple and elegant, so heavy carving, gilding, or fluting isn't usually appropriate.

    Second, Arts and Crafts is known for wood tables that are polished, cut and displayed beautifully. This may make them a bit more expensive than wood composites or wood veneers, but since they last for decades and can become a family heirloom, they can be a worthwhile investment. Though cedar, mahogany, and oak are the most popular choices for an Arts and Crafts dining table, there are other woods that are sometimes used.

    Ceramic-Top Tables:

    Ceramic-topped tables are more on the side of unusual choices for Arts and Crafts dining tables. Ceramics show up in tilework and decorative items, and are another popular crafting material in the Arts and Craft style. Ceramic-top tables are interesting for adding an element of visual surprise to a dining room, even if they are less common than wood varieties.

    For a ceramic table that works for the style, you need to search for ceramic table-tops with earth-toned tiles. These is a certain appeal to baked tiles without an apparent glaze, but you can certainly use glazing or mosaics. Perfect colors for an Arts and Crafts ceramic-top table are terracotta, slate, greens, and beige shades.

    You Arts and Crafts Home and Decorative Tile

    Published By: Lynsey Duffin  -  Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Kitchen TileOne key element of an Arts and Crafts home is decorative tile. Decorative tiles are one of the major crafts that flourished in the style, and today they are still a beautiful and unique trademark of Craftsman-inspired design. However, if you are new to the world of decorative tile it may seem like the choices are overwhelming. The following are some common kinds of decorative tile that are suitable for Arts and Crafts homes.

    House Numbers:
    One of the most popular, and also one of the easiest, ways for you to add an Arts and Crafts elements to your home's exterior is through the use of a tile house number. These are custom made tiles that feature your home's address in a script that is appropriate to the period, and they are usually very customizable.

    Some come in hanging frames, others feature individual hooks to hang as desired on the home's exterior. An Arts and Crafts-style house number is simple and great for introducing visitors to the style of your home.

    Art Tiles:
    Art tiles are decorative tiles that you typically display in frames, much like a painting. They come in a range of sizes, from 4x4 to 12x12 and beyond, and may feature techniques like etching and relief. They usually feature natural landscapes or depictions of the natural world, often of animals, flowers, or trees in an elegant and simplified style.

    Art tiles are also frequently meant to be displayed together in complementary sets as triptychs or sets of four. They will usually feature a scene that is linked by theme or content, such as a scene that is lit at different times of the day, or a single landscape shown in the four different seasons. These make grand displays when shown together on tile stands or in frames.

    Tile mosaics are important in Arts and Crafts design, and they come in lots of different forms. You will sometimes use them for larger tile designs, like those found in bathrooms, on kitchen back splashes, or tile surrounds for pools They can feature a patter of colored tiles accented by larger tiles with specific motif designs, or may be a collection of smaller tiles that create one larger image.

    Tile friezes are much like mosaics though they typically display a large scene or landscape, and do so using a single large tile. Because of their weight and size friezes need sturdy support and can be a bit difficult to install. They may be inset into large furnishings, like bookcases or hutches, as part of the whole design.

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