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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. Kelly Kole says:

    The more I work in design, the more messed up I get:) I love traditional with a mix of transitional, eclectic, industrial – stir that up with a good dose of color and I'm inspired!

    • kwalters says:

      LOL! I thought it was just me! I'm trying to think of it as a refinement of my tastes, but really, I just find that I have a harder time making up my mind!

  2. Mary L. says:

    I prefer updated traditional, cozy and comfortable with large pieces and whimsical accents.

  3. shannon says:

    i like arts and crafts styles, but i also enjoy combining styles to make for interesting conversation.

  4. DeeKay says:

    I love all design styles, but I currently live in updated traditional/eclectic. The home I'm living in has dictated my primary choice. When I lived in an arts n' crafts bungalow, I was thrilled to go with earthtones, straigt lines and nature. I owned a contemporary condo, and went there but I didn't enjoy, it just wasn't me. Now my home is traditional so my collection of furniture favorites make it eclectic, but the background and majority of accessories are updated traditional with European flair.

  5. Kath says:

    I love the craftsman home with more of a cottage style interior….light and happy. Also enjoy some '50s influence, things from nature and incorporating all the family treasures passed down to me.

  6. fan says:

    contemporary traditional with an eclectice kick

  7. Angela says:

    A cross between updated traditional and rustic (I realize how this sounds but it works).

  8. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE the Arts & Crafts style, grew up with it in our family home so it will always hold a special place in my heart. However since then I've not lived in a home where that style "fits". I'd have to say my house is eclectic but tend toward more of a modern cottage feel.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Probably country. But not ugly, cutsie, ducks-in-bonnets country. The GOOD country.

  10. Avret says:

    i secretly wish I was a modern girl, but I'm definately country chic.

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