We still have just over a week until summer is “officially” over, and we’re busy focusing on finishing off our Summer Bucket List. We won’t get to everything, and that’s perfect because that’s totally the point. The idea behind the list is more to give us a jumping off point for summer fun and frivolity. We have several items that we plan to cross off this weekend, but in the meantime, last week we took care of the “museum” entry.
Whenever The Ex and I were househunting, which was a total of three times during our marriage, I always kept an eye out for two kinds of homes: Craftsman-style homes, and other style homes that had stone as their primary exterior material (because I have a healthy fear of house fires, and I also happen to like the way they look). And, unfortunately, none of the three homes that we owned fit either of these two criteria.
There is something about a Craftsman-style house that just exudes the word home. From the ceiling beams and wood detailing throughout, to the giant fireplaces and mantles, it is everything I want in a home. One day, maybe it will happen. Unfortunately, not likely in this area. But in the meantime? I will just daydream.
The next best thing? Visiting The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. In 1908, Gustav Stickley, the genius behind the arts-and-crafts/craftsman style purchased huge tracts of land in Morris Plains, to set down new roots for his large family (six kids). With over 30 acres on his “country estate,” his dreams were fulfilled with its beautiful rose garden, cow pasture, separate smaller homes for his daughters, and more. Unfortunately, the rapid expansion of his brand, and going off in too many different directions eventually led to bankruptcy and a far different ending than the beginning of his story, but his aesthetic certainly lives on in furniture and homes across the world.