I have a passion for all things Mission, Prairie, and Arts and Crafts style. I think it’s all about the angles. I love straight lines and perfect right angles. I can’t help it, it’s the engineer in me.
So naturally I love Frank Lloyd Wright as a designer. He was just brilliant. Sadly I’ve never actually visited any of his houses, but it’s on my “to do” list. Or better yet, I’d love to own one. :)
In reality, though, I like a more modern take on that style. Sometimes I feel it can be too dark and heavy. So the improvements I’ve done in my own home are a mix of modern and mission. Well, it’s also got a ton of basic traditional stuff, because that’s how it was when I got it.
Anyway, when we bought the house we knew the kitchen was going to be completely overhauled. I was just not OK with the pinkish pickled oak cabinets and purple (yes, you read that right) countertops. It was very 80s even thought the house was built in the early 90s. So we redid the kitchen before we even moved in. Someday soon (4 years later) it will be done. I swear. And then I’ll show it all to you cause it rocks.
But there are two FLW projects I wanted to share. The first are my new stained glass cabinet doors. There were floral glass doors there before which weren’t terrible, just not my style. It’s been an adventure to get these made. They’re a total knock-off of a window in FLW's Ennis House. I figured it was semi-OK to rip him off because I just did them for myself and didn’t profit in any way from them.
I’ve had trouble getting the “artisit” who made them deliver an acceptable job. I always end up in that “if you want something done right, do it yourself” spot. But I just couldn’t bear the idea of leaning another time-consuming art to make these. So I paid someone. Way too much in my opinion. But they do look pretty gorgeous.
One thing I did actually make myself is the backsplash in my kitchen…particularly this inset above the stove. Also a FLW window design (I can't remember which one). I actually cut all those little pieces of tile on my very own wet saw. Not the most fun I’ve ever had, but I totally love the outcome.
If you happen to be curious about my kitchen cabinets, they’re custom. My favorite wood is maple so we did a natural maple cabinet in a shaker style. My uncle made all the door fronts and veneered over the older cabinets to match.
I’ve always wanted to make a FLW quilt. I actually have a book with patterns for them. But so far it hasn’t happened. Someday it will look great over my fireplace, I think.