Bungalow HardwareThe Arts & Crafts Movement highly revered the dignity of labor & valued good design. These attributes were evident in their use of the humbler metals- the hand-hammered copper, molded bronze & forged iron- of our bungalow hardware. The abundance of natural materials, employed “honestly,” that is to say, not molded, painted or otherwise contrived to resemble that which it was not, is one of the hallmarks of the Movement & one of the most charming features of our homes.

Bungalows come to us with hardware in various conditions. In the Hare House, I was stunned to discover that the majority of the hardware that adorned my built-in sideboard was intact & I was even happier to discover that I could easily resource the missing pieces.

My Tampa house was not so fortunate. I had to replace almost every one of my doors & find hardware for them also. It took several months of combing salvage outlets & eBay but at long last everything was in place. I used reproduction hardware for the sideboard & colonnades that I created- a far easier task!

I am going to caution you once again to choose the hardware that is appropriate for your house. It is tempting to want to use the largest, most ornate accents in the attempt to embellish your home. However, making choices more in line with the charm it already possesses, be it modest or or mega, will be more more enhancing.


Bungalow hardware resourceAntique Hardware Supply

An extensive offering of period-style lighting, interior, pocket & exterior door, window, cabinet & bath hardware. They have a page dedicated to Arts & Crafts for easy bungalow shopping.

Antique Hardware Supply provides consultations with experienced designers who are experts in period style hardware.


Bungalow hardware resource Bathroom Machineries

Antique plumbing fixtures, obsolete plumbing parts & faucet restoration. Many of their products are made or designed right in their own shop by plumbing experts.

They offer a huge choice of manufacturers & products.


Bungalow hardware resource HippoHippo Hardware

An eclectic building salvage store specializing in hardware, lighting, architecture & plumbing.

They also provide lighting and lamp repair with a fully UL certified lighting repair shop that can customize length, finishes, plating, & configuration. Their plumbing department will coordinate refinishing with local companies. The hardware department is able to customize with darkening, refinishing, cleaning & rebuilding.


Bungalow hardware resource Historic HousepartsHistoric Houseparts

Antique & new hardware & parts for doors & furniture, plumbing fixtures & hardware, lighting fixtures & parts, heat registers & grills & most everything else that you might need to restore your bungalow.

Their blog is very interesting & has some great images.


Bungalow hardware resource House of Antique HardwareHouse of Antique Hardware

Locksets & door sets, push & kick plates, window & cabinet hardware, lighting & electrical & more. They give you the opportunity to select Arts & Crafts in each category, making for easy shopping.

They are very knowledgeable & will give you great advice.


Bungalow hardware resource KennedyKennedy Hardware

A huge array of hardware for furniture, much of which you could use for cabinets. Some door hardware.

I’m just going to recommend that you visit the site & poke around their lo-o-o-o-ng list of products. They offer free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. for orders over $100.


Bungalow hardware resource KilianWm. A. Kilian

Door & window hardware including weatherstripping, cabinet, window & curtain hardware & myriad more items of many types & functions.

BTW, they also have the cutest stand-up clothes dryer I have ever seen!


Bungalow hardware resources Liz's Antique HardwareLiz’s Antique Hardware

Liz’s is chock full of old goodies & I loved visiting there when I lived in L.A. A great site feature is the history of hardware,  & an extensive hardware glossary.

I think that the best way to understand this store is to visit the Facebook page that has great photos of this hardware paradise.


Bungalow hardware resource Nostalgic WarehouseNostalgic Warehouse

I’m plunking you down right in their Collections section so you can easily navigate to the door hardware of your dreams.

They construct in solid-forged brass & offer 8 custom finishes.


Bungalow hardware resources Van Dyke's Restorers. Van Dyke’s Restorers
The Source for All Your Renovation & Restoration Needs

Once again, you’ll be landing in their A&C section of this massive catalogue of supplies. Van Dyke’s has a great reputation amongst restoration folks.


Vintage Hardware & Lighting

An enormous selection of products so this is the link to their Arts & Crafts section. They have a full menu on the left side of each page to you can get anywhere you want to shop easily.

Visit my Pinterest page to see some very cool hardware from many of these folks!

In addition to these vendors, Facebook Marketplace place can be a treasure for the old house owner as can eBay & Etsy. And don’t forget to check out salvage stores!

I implore you to send me any bungalow hardware resources that you might have that are not included my list. Hardware can be completely missing from an abused old house & it can be a major challenge to replace it.


Historic lightbulbLIGHTING
A series of article on lighting which includes sources for antique lighting as well as work by the modern masters & also reproduction fixtures.

How to choose window coverings that will give you privacy & enhance the beauty & character of your home.

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bungalow Tile

You are wondering about what tile is appropriate for your bungalow. So, what is bungalow tile & what are the resources available to obtain it?

The tile most appropriate & at home in a bungalow, is of the Arts & Crafts Movement, unsurpassed in beauty & variety. While the masters of the period, such as Batchelder, are long gone, there is a wonderful group of modern day artisans, working in the Arts & Crafts aesthetic. They produce tiles that could enhance your bungalow, either installed on your fireplace, in your kitchen or bath, or mounted in a tiger oak frame in your study. I have collected these resources & hope that I have included enough images for you to understand what each company offers. It’s a very extensive list, but I feel that each maker, from the well-known to the more obscure, is worth viewing.


American Restoration Tile

Arts & Crafts tiles resource

ART uses modern manufacturing technology to exactly duplicate the sizes & colors of old ceramic tile, manufacturing to your design specifications, or suggesting colors and patterns to correspond with your era of restoration.

Their unglazed porcelain products have:
• flat tops (no cushioned edges)
• square edge (no rounded corners)
• impervious surfaces
• the style of the early 1900’s

ART’s Historical Color Palette is very informative about the tile colors that were used during different periods in design.

Historic tile colors for your bunaglow

Arts and Craftsman, LLC

Arts & Crafts Tiles

5/8” thick, Stoneware clay, hand glazed in lead free, food safe glazes. Suitable for all indoor applications. Each tile has a notch on the back for hanging.

Carreaux du Nord Fine Art Tile

Srts & Crafts tile resource

They feature made to order art, border & field tiles for fireplaces, backsplashes in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau & Prairie styles, in your choice of either a gloss or matte finish.

Emu Tile

Arts & Crafts Tile Emu

Beautiful, art tile by hand, durable enough for most household applications.

Heritage Tile

Arts & Crafts tile

Specializing in classic, traditional & authentic ceramic tile & stone, they include Design Guides on their website to assist you in choosing appropriate tile. Their Subway Ceramics collection, available in The Bungalow Series, offers satin glazes in a variety of historic colors, as well as many complementary accessories. They also carry mosaic tiles & field & border patterns.

Kuilema Pottery

Custom Handmade Architectural Ceramics & Tile
Handmade relief tiles available in many different, lovely colors & two different sizes. They also offer matching field tile & borders in all glazes.

L’Esperance Tile Works

Arts & Crafts Tile

Experts in the manufacture and restoration of Craftsman-era tiles. They offer a full line of tiles in 3 sheens.

Medicine Bluff Studio

Arts & Crafts tiles

These distinctive, nature inspired, handmade tiles are available in a beautiful palette of glazes.

Mission Tile West

A family owned tile business, their in-house designers will work with you to choose the right tiles to create history, in your own, personal style.

MonteVoepel Copper Art Tiles

Monte, the creator of these tiles, had worked as a potter for a number of years, when he was drawn to durability, warmth & beauty of copper, a material used by many other Arts & Crafts artists.

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

This company is actually a history museum, owned by Bucks County in Pennsylvania, & operated by TileWorks, a non-profit organization. The tiles are reissues of original designs & are still handmade in a manner similar to those created by Henry Chapman Mercer, the founder, a major contributor to the American Arts & Crafts Movement. They offer workshops & an apprenticeship program to teach the art of handcrafting ceramic tiles & mosaics.

Motawi Tile Works

Motawi Bungalow tiles

Motawi makes handcrafted ceramic art tiles as well as designing larger-scale tile installations, including fireplace facades, bathrooms & kitchen walls.

Pasadena Craftsman Tile

Bungalow tiles from Pasadena Craftsman

Exquisite tiles, many inspired by Batchelder, are made to order by this mother-daughter duo, specifically for your project. They offer brilliant design services to make your installation perfect.

Pewabic Pottery

“We believe in the alchemy of earth and fire.”
Founded in 1903, Pewabic is one of the oldest continually operating potteries in the country. Shown above is a beautiful installation for a birthing center.

Terra Firma

Terra Firma Arts & Crafts Tile

Handmade Arts & Crafts high fired & frost resistant tile, suitable for use indoors or out-fireplace surrounds & hearths, kitchen backsplashes, walls, light use floors, stair risers, swimming pools, showers & bathrooms.

Tile Restoration Center

Bungalow tiles from Tiles Resource Center

Reproduction of American Arts and Crafts Tiles, Ernest Batchelder and Claycraft Designs for fireplaces, fountains, floors, wainscot, kitchen & bath.

Weaver Tile

Weaver tiles
High quality, high fire decorative tiles, most of which are are hand pressed in molds that are made from their original sculpted works. Inspired by gardening, wildflowers & nature.

To see even more wonderful tiles, visit my Pinterest page!

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Bungalow basicsMy blog has gotten rather chunky so I have chosen 5 articles that I consider to be the most important bungalow basics for any conscientious steward. In these articles I have covered the information that it is vital for you to know in order to understand, preserve & maintain & enjoy your bungalow. The rest of my blog supports these.

When I purchased the Hare House, I had some of this knowledge having grown up in museums & museum houses. I gained more from reading books & magazines about the Arts & Crafts Movement & am still studying today.

The internet is a wonderful resource, the main caveat being that anyone can represent themselves as an authority & unfortunately, few truly are. The external links I provide in my articles & video posts take you to the people to whom you should be listening. These true experts adhere to & promote the use of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, which forms the bedrock of preservation. The internal links take you to my articles which embellish each topic. I urge you to follow the those links & continue reading.

So let’s take a look at the information you need to know to win the bungalow game.



The books of Jane Powell. I started this blog in Jane’s memory & to ensure that her knowledge would continue to spread. There is little information about bungalows that is not contained in those books, save that some of the resources may be out of date. I suggest that you start by just paging through, enjoying the lush photos & reading the captions. After you have had this visual orientation, start reading. The type is very small & the the data is very detailed, but Jane was a dedicated researcher & wanted us to know everything!

These books are now out of print but still available. They can be found in many libraries.

I always suggest starting with this one which Jane called The Big Book of Bungalows. It is a good introduction to the subject, covering the history & philosophy of the favorite American house, as well as providing many pictures of amazing houses throughout the United States. These homes are beautifully preserved & impeccably decorated which can guide you in making your choices. Links to all the books are included at the bottom of the page for each of them.


These beautiful videos will introduce you to the soul of your bungalow. When I hear people wondering about decor, lighting or remodeling, I send them here to learn about the origin of the bungalow & the cultural problems it was designed to solve.

When I purchased the Hare House, I did not have this rich, visual resource, created by many brilliant scholars. After getting a subscription to American Bungalow & locating many back issues which I scoured thoroughly, I purchased a book on William Morris which I read concurrent with Jane’s books & I was hooked on The Movement & its American expression, the bungalow.

These videos & their companions offer you a look at history, philosophy, historic preservation & life as it was lived during the early 1900’s as well as containing advice from some of the top preservationists in the field. I have searched the internet to present the most helpful, entertaining & often amusing information available in the format.

When I am chilling, I watch & rewatch these videos.


The word has evolved through the decades & is now used both as an architectural term & as a catch-all term.

This article is written by Jo-Anne Peck of Preservation Resource, Inc. & Historic Shed. Jo-Anne is a historic preservation professional with a degree in Building Science, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation & a licensed Florida Building Contractor with over 25 years experience in preservation. She is very active, leading community preservation efforts in the historic town in which she lives & her own house is meticulously restored.

Jo-Anne has extensive knowledge of all things bungalow as well as all other types of houses. I met her when I was producing preservation educational events & her presentations were some of the most informative, & popular. She is often called upon to side-check my work & I am grateful for her knowledge & her willingness to help.


Old house stewardship is not for everyone. The amount of planning, surprises, decisions, resilience (both physical & mental) & money required can be overwhelming in the extreme!  Fortunately,  there are concrete actions that you can take that will aid you in getting through any project.

This is an article I wrote after doing a restoration that almost crushed me. I was floundering & whining & finally decided that I needed to gather every life lesson that I ever learned about everything & apply it to the situation at hand.

Read the story of how I used all my knowledge & all my skills (& then rapidly developed some more!) to get a house done that I should never have touched in the first place.

I am in no way saying that doing these things made it easy! I’m just saying that taking these actions made it possible!


Even the most dedicated DIY’er will at some point need to hire a pro. Even if your only need is guidance, you want to be assured that the advice given is sound.

The majority of contractors know nothing about old house restoration. They know current codes & modern materials & methods. Or sadly, even less. The trick is incorporating these modern materials & methods into old construction while also have an understanding of when the old work ones actually better. Too often their suggestion is to lose the old & substitute the new.

You need to find contractors who respect old houses & have gotten educated on their proper treatment. If you mention the Secretary’s Standards to a contractor & he looks at you blankly, you need to pass or educate.

This article is designed to help you find the right guys.

The blog is now approaching 200 articles. I hope this gives you an idea of where to wade in. To get more of a feel for it, visit the SITEMAP, which serves as a table of contents, or use the Search feature.

I had to learn all of this piecemeal & want to make it easier for you to absorb, evaluate & align the tremendous amount of information that there is for you to know. Please let me know if there’s any way that my blog can serve you better.

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videos william morrisTHE CRAFTSMAN Volume One
“Though the name of William Morris has long since become a household word throughout America, yet the personality of the man, as well as his great part in the world’s work, is definitely known but to the few. His was a versatile genius…”

The father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Morris was an undisputed genius whose mastery of textile & furniture design, poetry, illustration & writing changed the world of art & architecture in his native England & here in America.

These videos of William Morris are the work of scholars due to the fact that his influence on art & architecture, & on the cultures of England & America has been profound & lasting. His life, his marriage, his homes have been carefully examined because he was a man of such depth, talent & vitality that he changed the way that the world looked at design, labor & humanity.

Please watch these videos on a larger screen!


The inspiration behind the designs of William Morris (25:14)
Forest School

A fascinating look at Morris’ life.

The Life and Times of William Morris: Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1:13:18)
TAC Social Media

An in-depth look at Morris & his art.

The Eternal Craftsman: William Morris and 21st Century Craft
V&A Museum

An exploration of Morris’ approach to design.

Virtual Member Lecture: “Morris and Company—The Business of Beauty”
The Art Institute of Chicago (45:09)
Textiles & wallpapers exhibited at the museum.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen speaks at the Brilliance of William Morris
Forest School
The story told by Morris’ designs.

To learn more about the work of William Morris’ daughter & the other women of the Movement, visit here.

See the complete Menu of bungalow videos here.

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OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS- Stay Healthy When Restoring an Old House

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS- Stay Healthy When Restoring an Old House

Restoration can be very rewarding, but, it can be soul-crushing & heavily taxing on the body. Hideous surprises & surly, incompetent tradespeople can threaten to annihilate one’s sweet nature on a daily basis. At the same time, the body is being hit by the stirring up of the 100 year old accumulation of decayed organic matter, materials that are now banned from use, materials that are currently in use but highly toxic, & then there’s the challenge of living with no kitchen.

The resulting deficiencies can cause a reduction in the much needed energy & the emotional resilience required in returning a property to an even livable condition. The common response is to head for those foods that comfort instead of nourish & to hunker down in front of the TV or electronic device of choice instead of moving the body to get rid of the toxins & work out the kinks.

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the basics of a healthful lifestyle. Maybe you need a refresher. It could also be that you could benefit from a gentle nudge or a swift kick in the derriere. These videos will provide all of them & you can take your pick!


Wellness Wednesday: How to Heal Your Gut Bacteria with The Sonnenburgs (39:21)
Phoebe Lapine

The Sonnenburgs are Stanford scientists who have been in the forefront of research on gut health. Their discoveries have tied together the various factors which produce good general health. Learn why what you put on your plate can help proof your body against the physical & mental stresses of old house restoration. As a bonus, they are warm & articulate!

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Walking (And Why You Should Do It Everyday) – According To Science (9:40)
Dr. Steven Hulme

A very interesting talk, with some great images, on how walking keeps us healthy.

Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature (2:08)

I’m a real fan of Stanford. They are producing some great research on natural healing.

Is a Calorie a Calorie? Processed Food, Experiment Gone Wrong (1:39:37)
Stanford Health Care

Who is making this “food,” what is it made of & how is it made? Yep, this is a long video, but the information in it could change, enhance & prolong your life.

Please let me know if these videos have given you a new viewpoint on how you can gain more control over your own health.

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I know that when you come home at the end of the day, you just want to relax but, you need to be alert to your environment. It’s no longer just a cozy bungalow, but the second the first crew walks in the door, it turns into an place in which there could be power tools, construction dust & debris & slip & trip hazards.

I have seen injuries that could have easily been prevented had somebody just bothered to assess their current surroundings, determined sources of possible danger & planned accordingly. I mean, I have seen some really goofy stuff! This applies to anyone on the premises, not just the workers. Please also take a look at my post on staying healthy when you have all kinds of construction chaos going on.

These videos were produced by folks who have a great deal of experience & wisdom & can actually teach you a few things that could come in handy.


PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – 3D Animated Video (3:22)
Safety Videos by Custom Animation

Darling cartoon, great for a homeowner!

DIY Safety Tips: How to Properly Quarantine Your Work Area (5:16)
My Old House Fix

This information in this video by Chris Hewitt applies to the DIY’er, but is also very important for any homeowner who is living in a jobsite.


Asbestos, lead, silica, & mold, oh my! Does your contractor foster a strong safety culture?

Safety Toolbox Talks: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (7:01)

More on PPE.

Although I was in the construction industry for almost half a century, when I watched these films I learned a great deal. I really wish I had seen them before I inhaled a wall of a hundred year old, moldy, infested house as it came crashing down 2 feet in front of my unprotected face!

Another good resource is my post on how to read Material Safety Data Sheets. You should know about the products that are going to be used in your home.

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