Craftsman Style Architecture

Craftsman homes typically have these elements inside: Beautiful stone fireplaces, unique built-ins (book shelves, window seats, nooks), exposed wood beams, lots of natural materials like stone and wood for wood floors and trim and handmade tiles. The wood trim is intricate, the mill work exquisite.

Exterior features may include a covered front porch, low pitched roof lines, stone or wood columns at the front entry, wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, a dormer and double hanging windows. Usually lots of windows, even small ones. The exterior is wood, stucco or stone siding.

Although one or 1.5  stories is most common some of today’s homes are 3 stories. Most bedrooms are small, especially if located in the eves, but modern homes have rambling bedrooms with adjoining dressing rooms, a den or office and well-equipped modern baths.

I’ve seen Craftsman homes with shiplap walls, contemporary lighting fixtures, coffered and non-coffered swirled plaster ceilings. Paint colors tend to be soft or earthy but bright aggressive paints make a modern, clean statement while still keeping with the style.

One home I visited was painted almost entirely in white inside. While this seemed like an insult to the original gorgeous wood this color created a beautiful, modern, bright aesthetic that I loved immediately.

I would describe Craftsman homes as comfortable, cozy, beautiful and detailed. Today’s contemporary Craftsman are all that as well as functional with sophistication.

No two Craftsman homes are identical. Each has its own personality. Actually there are four Craftsman styles: Prairie, Mission, Four-Square and Bungalow.

The bungalow is my favorite style.


Exceeding Expectations

There’s more to a successful open house than you might think. In this case it was raking and sweeping the front stairs that were somewhat hazardous to climb with all the leaves and clippings from sea grass.  It was 26 degrees and a 20 knot breeze made it feel even colder that January day.

My motto has long been to exceed expectations – whatever I am doing.

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2019 Color of the Year


Behr picked “Blueprint” blueprint


Pantone says it “Living Coral”             coral

Benjamin Moore claims it’s “Metropolitan”metropolitan

pineapple cream     Clark + Kensington says it’s “Pineapple Cream Granita”

and Sherwin Williams picked “Cavern Clay”  cavern clay

What’s your vote? 

What color would paint your living room?