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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. Lynnea68 says:

    I have an eclectic style and some how it seems to work. What I would really love is new paint job and flooring to really do it justice as I have several piecs of traditional/contempory paired with an eastern flair. I do however notice a theme of water, vases, and blossoming stems, which I hadn't planned on, but it seemed to happen. A very natural element has insued in this 1940's home.


    I love the stencil art and faux painting..I'd love to have them in my home..however, I can't afford to ire someone..Ild love to do it myself..would welcome help.

  3. jennfier says:

    I have been looking for inspiration and this book would definitely get me on a track.

  4. Sharon M says:

    I'm not sure what you would call it, but more country with lots of wood.
    It gives us a warm homey feeling & we love it!

  5. Mary2M says:

    I'd like for Jesus to come back.

  6. My favorite design style would probably be something close to what you would see in an enchanted castle. Vines on the walls, silk bedding that you just slide off of. Torches on the walls, and a huge dining room. Fireflies lighting up the court yard, and furniture that looks like it belongs in a vineyard. I think that would be awesome.

  7. 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!

  8. kwalters says:

    How do you define good country? I'd love to do a photo gallery on it, since most people hear "country" and automatically think "ducks."

  9. kwalters says:

    The style we inherit always seems to be a challenge to blend with the style we love. Hmm… I may feel a blog post coming on….

  10. kwalters says:

    I'm trying to balance my love of collections (tea pots, rolling pins, china), with my love of modern furniture. The two just don't seem to mesh. Ideas?

  11. kwalters says:

    Howdy, Knoxville!

  12. kwalters says:

    I like the description of your home being a visual journal.

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