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ww-norton-arts-and-crafts-rugsEvery Friday, we post a question. You have until 12 Noon ET on Monday to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’re entered for that week’s giveaway. It’s that simple!

This week we partnered with one of our favorite independent publishers, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. They’re the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees and they strive to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years.” Their design books are impeccably researched and beautifully bound — the one I reviewed on Michael Taylor remains a favorite in my library. Our giveaway is their book, Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors.

Here’s a blurb from the book jacket:

Gustav Stickley is revered not only as a furniture maker but also as a leading proponent for the American Arts and Crafts movement.

He designed simple, well-made household furnishings and forward-looking interiors, which he promoted through his magazine, The Craftsman (1901–1916). The rugs used in his interiors are arguably the most under-studied of all the decorative arts of the Arts and Crafts movement. Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors considers both the rugs that The Craftsman recommended and designs by artists who influenced the work and philosophy of Stickley.

This is a worthy addition to any design library, especially for those interested in the influence of Stickley, William Morris and Gavin Morton on the field of interior design.

And here’s our question: What’s your favorite design style? Are you an Arts and Crafts fan? Do you drool over mid-century modern? Does updated traditional best reflect your personality? Or do you blend them all, in eclectic glory?

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83 Responses

  1. beyond says:

    I love all design styles. not necessarily all in my home at the same time, but i love em all.

  2. Becky says:

    I am a mid century modern girl myself, or danish modern. I love just about anything with a retro futuristic style. However, I also love a lot of design styles and am more impressed with a regular person who can pull a style (any look) together with some sort of flair.

  3. Sara says:

    I love a room that has a mix of styles. Although, I have to say, looking around my home, there is a ton of mid-century modern. Maybe I need this book so that I can incorporporate more styles!

  4. Bonnie says:

    I LOVE Stickley's work and would consider myself an Arts & Crafts gal – but have more recently found myself really liking contemporary pieces and decor. Give me clean lines along the warmth and character of the Arts & Crafts and I'm a happy gal!

  5. Cindy says:

    I appreciate the Arts and Crafts style and enjoy seeing it, but I need to live in more color, a mix of periods and styles. I love mid-century and retro, love whimsical furniture and accessories, art, and especially the exuberant style of Susan Sargent. I love Becky's response, above, and I agree with her!

  6. Vickie says:

    I'm a contemporary traditionalist. I like some of the modern that updates the tradional periods. I like colors that are vibrantly muted and subdued yet not washed away, as in a heathered look. I prefer furniture that can be used, not types that you can't sit on, eat on, or sleep in, always having to be careful with them, admired from afar.

  7. Irene says:

    I love MCM but also am a fan of the eclectic look.

  8. Bethany says:

    Modern and chic with a bit country, i guess that would be me!! I love design books and what this one!!

  9. khoner says:

    I love ALL styles. I love a craftsman style home with all of its wooden details. I makes the home feel welcoming and warm. I love the romance of country; the clean lines of modern design (it gives a space that much sought after "clean, fresh and organized" look.) Also a room with global touches lends a sense of adventure and shows an appreciation of other cultures. I also love spanish style–a little rustic, a little refined.

  10. Angela says:

    My style is best described as updated traditional with a little contemporary thrown in for good measure.
    They say everything "matchy, matchy" is not the way to go now. Maybe a little "mixy, matchy" decorating style would look super!

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