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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. Wateka says:

    I have a flair for blended styles. Modern as well as some traditional. I like furnishings and art from around the world.

  2. s_g says:

    After majoring in art history and architecture, my design style remains firmly entrenched in IKEA meets Good Will…

  3. Renee says:

    I'm a contemporary girl with a touch of traditional. I respect all styles just because I love design!

  4. Janice Driver says:

    A magnificent blend mix of all, to say I am any one style would be to limit what a home means to me.

  5. Jmr53 says:

    I am definately eclectic traditional. My home is a mix of oak and black wood. Some of the tables are traditional and some totally different. Either the styles go together or the color do. I hava traditional sofa in green print ( with little rose flowers) with a black leather chair and a rose colored rocker. The walls are sage green and the drapes are lighter sage green with green and rose colored flowers. It;s the first time in my life that my furniture has been cohesively put together. I really like it.

  6. luv2decorate says:

    I have a passion for design and appreciate all styles of design and the history, colors, textures and patterns behind them. But for my personal residence I like a modern spin on shabby chic/beachy cottage. But again I truly enjoy working with and learning about all design elements and styles. I recently went to the Gamble House in Pasadena and the craftsman design was it absolutely fabulous! The Asian influence was amazing yet settle. I recommend anyone who is love with design to go visit.

  7. Dorian LeMieux says:

    I am absolutely an Arts and Crafts Movement fan in the biggest way ! Over the years, beginning with an American art and architecture course I took at SUNY New Paltz, I have informally studied the different architects and artists of the period. ( I am also a huge fan of the Hudson River School of Painting. ) The picture shown here which I assume is the cover of the book, is such a great example of the Arts and Crafts period of decor. Thank you for giving this opportunity to everyone to own such a treasured book !

  8. Angela says:

    It depends on my mood — I change my mind all the time, so we have a hard time decorating since I can never commit to a style!

  9. Rebekah says:

    Eclectic Style with some traditional elements

  10. ame110 says:

    I like to play with design styles, in some places I like to mix them up and use more then one. I know that does not work in all places but overall as a rule I mix things up.

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