December 16, 2010

Bungalow Restorations


I. I have just upgraded to a pro account on flickr, which means 1) you now have access to all the screencap archives  and 2) you are able to view and download those images in their largest size (just click on "view all sizes").

II. I also realize that my labels are pretty disorganized and I really do apologize for that. One of these days I'm going to have to go through each blog post and re-tag everything. The obvious classifications include time period, location, and starring actors but I would like to add appropriate design-related tags for frequently reoccurring motifs -- such as a specific costume item (i.e. fedoras, gowns, trench coats, etc) or a particular set piece or prop (i.e. vintage cars, victorian houses, cigarettes, etc.). I've already started doing the latter but the problem is that I haven't been consistent in tagging so a big re-do is definitely in order.

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New followers may not remember this but this little site started out as a production design blog focusing on sets and props in films before it evolved to include costumes and styling. It's been a while since I've posted anything related to interior design and I thought it would be nice to indulge a bit in that for today while I try to finish up an entry on a soon-to-be-revealed film starring Fred Astaire.

It was a great pleasure for me to open up my browser this morning and stumble across this link on Old House Journal (a magazine I subscribe to and love) featuring some adorable bungalow restorations, which I thought you might enjoy as well. Bungalows - especially those of the Craftsman variety - rank among my top five favorite architectural styles. It is also probably the most attainable out of all my outlandish home-owning dreams. What I love about well restored bungalows is that many of them contain toned-down versions of the same elements that you would find in grander homes, such as stained glass windows, wood paneling and wainscoting, hand-crafted staircases, historic fireplace mantels, and exquisite colonnades.

gorgeous columned trim molding separating the dining room from the living room

very nice wainscotting and a lovely custard-salmon color combination

love the detailing on the glass windowpanes

notice the stained glass panels in the wainscoting

you can never have enough wainscoting!

simply breathtaking ballisters

vintage stove

charming pale olive green cabinetry with bright, colorful dishes inside

dark honey cabinetry set against pale olive green panels adds to the coziness of this kitchen



Wow, just wow. I actually owned a beautiful 1920s bungalow when I lived in San Antonio, TX. and what a charmer it was. I was very sad when I had to move away and leave my built in bookshelves in the living room and pink and green tile in the bath! Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures.

My family is currently trying to sell my grandma's craftsman style bungalow. It's a great house, and I would love to see it faithfully restored as this house was. Beautiful!

@eileensbasment - Lucky you! Yes, built-in bookshelves are the best, aren't they?

@Colleen - Good luck with the sale! I hope it passes into good hands. :)

I'm glad to see you posting again. I thought of this blog while I was coveting Helena Bonham-Carter's hats in The Kings Speech yesterday.

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