4th Friday May 2012

DIY: How to Enhance Your Craftsman on a Budget

Written by: Vanessa
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Category: Creating Character

Madison Modern Home, led by the mother-daughter team of Rachel Moore and Robin DeCapua, caught my eye with their awesome staging projects and warm, yet modern aesthetic. So I was incredibly excited when Rachel agreed to provide tips on beautifying your Craftsman on a budget!

How to Enhance Your Craftsman on a Budget, Rachel Moore

Craftsman, Mission-style, Stickley, Arts and Crafts — call it what you will. It’s a classic style of architecture and interiors that we absolutely love. Updating one can be tricky, though. Leaving a Craftsman ‘as-is’ can leave it seeming tired and dull, but go overboard on the new and you lose that Turn-of-the-Century magic. Here are some affordable updates for everyone.

L-R: Mission numbers, Waldorf pendant, brass switch plate, cabinet

  • Craftsman-specific lighting can be pricey (tiny sconces are generally in the $150-$250 range), but Schoolhouse Electric never fails to impress with its low prices and impeccable style.
  • The Waldorf Pendant speaks to the era, and can be used over a dining table or in multiples over a kitchen island.
  • These Mission House Numbers by Atlas Homewares are inexpensive and add vintage credibility to the front porch.
  • Small details like hammered brass switch plates and outlet covers can revamp an entry.
  • Cabinets like this one from Crate and Barrel work for books, china or family keepsakes — and it looks like a built-in.
  • A rust red front door works well with almost any Craftsman color scheme, and makes your entry instantly more inviting.
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