Editors’ Picks: Arts & Crafts

Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, it’s all about Arts & Crafts.

The 23rd annual Arts & Crafts Conference gets underway at the iconic Grove Park Inn this weekend—the three-day immersion into all things A&C is a yearly pilgrimage for many die-hard aficionados, who come to listen to lectures on everything from pottery to gardens, tour some of Asheville’s meticulously restored old houses, and try to nab original Stickley and Limbert furniture at the legendary antiques show. Can’t make it to Grove Park this year? Then check out our mini-guide to the Arts & Crafts movement, with tips on collecting A&C antiques, a primer on the work of A&C architects Greene & Greene, and a roadmap for creating an A&C garden.

Arts & Crafts Collecting: A seasoned Arts & Crafts collector shares her tips for hobbyists of all stripes, whether you’re just starting out or already have a house full of Stickley.

The Architectural Influences of Greene & Greene: When a twist of fate landed architect brothers Charles and Henry Greene in California, they seized upon the state’s burgeoning identity to create a new brand of architecture and design.

Designing an Arts & Crafts Garden: The gardens of the Arts & Crafts movement found common ground in a reverence for understated natural beauty and a connection to the home—ideals that are easily implemented today.

Arts & Crafts Inspirations

Top 10 Restoration Mistakes: Read up on these common renovation don’ts to avoid making them on your house.

Built-Inspirations: Need more storage space in your old house? Built-ins are a good way to find it.

Mapping Out a Restoration: From the Civil War to Nixon, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company’s maps meticulously documented buildings in thousands of cities. Today, they can be invaluable for uncovering your home’s long-lost historical details.

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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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