Landscape friezes and murals were also popular in Craftsman homes. And folks didn’t always confine their stenciling to the area above the plate rail. Even curtains were stenciled, appliquéd, or embroidered.
Stencil patterns generally reflected nature themes or abstracts from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection. Colors tended toward gray or earth tones, sometimes pastels. Some examples:
In my novel, Fall Flip, debuting next month, interior designer Shelby Dodson has altered her modern style to accommodate the wishes of the retired couple for whom she’s flipping a 1920s bungalow. That makes her authenticity-crazy contractor, Scott Matthews, happy. But what doesn’t make Shelby happy is how artist Caitlyn Curtis keeps popping up. Why does it annoy Shelby when Scott looks Caitlyn’s way? And now Caitlyn has volunteered to stencil pine cones in the bungalow’s dining room. Humph. Does Shelby pick the design, or does Caitlyn get her pine cones? More importantly, can Shelby open her heart to someone like Scott, so different from her late husband? (Fall Flip on Amazon)
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her historical romance, The Witness Tree, is also releasing in September with Smitten. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here:
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See also: Old House Online, “Bungalows of the Arts & Crafts Movement,” Patricia Poore, November 24, 2010. Craftsman Homes and The Revival, “Easy Craftsman Era Curtains,” Brian D. Coleman, October 24, 2011.