BUNGALOWS – THE ARTS & THE CRAFTS
Not surprisingly, the beauty of a bungalow is enhanced by hand-made Arts & Crafts objects of natural materials. Starting with the furniture, then embellished with paintings, pottery, metalwork & textiles, your bungalow home becomes a personalized work of art.
In addition to antique pieces, there is a new generation of artisans working in the spirit of the Movement. Learn about them, delight in their beauty & discover resources for both old & new in the articles below.
I love tile. From all over the world. I love the vivid colors of Mexican tile, Cuban tile, Moroccan tile, painted tile, relief tile- little pieces of art. It is a medium, first used in Ancient Egypt over 2,000 years ago that still enchants.
Arts & Crafts tile clearly reflects the philosophy & the beauty of the Movement. Using materials from the earth, adorned with forest animals, plants & trees & bugs (yes, lots of bugs) tiles compliment the other “honest” materials found in the bungalow- the wood, the brick, the linen. Jane Powell, bungalow author extraordinaire quips that the original Movement lasted only a short time as compared to the longevity of the modern revival & one of the best examples of this is the work of today’s Arts & Crafts tile artists. Below are the words of one of the most talented.
These two words are tossed around today by Realtors, consumers, builders & designers. We say them… “I love arts and crafts furniture”, we ask for them… “I want to buy an arts and crafts bungalow”, but are those two words understood? Do those requests come from a place of knowledge or from a think tank somewhere deciding that Arts and Crafts i.e., Craftsman was going to be a new historic-based trend to sell merchandise and home design. Is the term “Arts and Crafts” a style, a movement, or something else?