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Christmas Came Early: A Pair of Stickley Nightstands on Craigslist!

Christmas Came Early: A Pair of Stickley Nightstands on Craigslist!

I’ve written in the past about all the great things we’ve purchased on Craigslist, including our house itself, an antique roll-top desk, a beautiful Stickley cabinet, and the gorgeous Warren Hile Prairie Chair I scored earlier this year.  Well, this week it happened again, and Christmas came early, in the form of a pair of...
A Trip to Pasadena For Inspiration from the Masters: Greene & Greene

A Trip to Pasadena For Inspiration from the Masters: Greene & Greene

With all of the basic stuff done at our new house, the focus has shifted to the big stuff.  Our wishlist started with just remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms and building a new garage, but has quickly ballooned to include adding on a new master suite above the garage, as well as adding a second...
The Craftsman Bungalow Featured in the New Issue of American Bungalow!

The Craftsman Bungalow Featured in the New Issue of American Bungalow!

I couldn’t be happier to share the news that our home is featured in the Family Album section of the current Fall 2012 issue of American Bungalow!  You can also find us on the American Bungalow website Family Album page – just scroll down a little bit… Those of you who are familiar with the...
We've Listed Our Other Bungalow In Portland For Sale - Wanna Buy It?

We’ve Listed Our Other Bungalow In Portland For Sale – Wanna Buy It?

I’ve written about our previous home in Portland a few times – I bought it in 2004 and painstakingly restored it over the next 5 years that we lived there.  In 2010 when we moved to our current home in Laurelhurst, we kept our previous home as a rental and were fortunate to find wonderful...
Bungalow Flashback: Finding and Restoring Our Dream Home

Bungalow Flashback: Finding and Restoring Our Dream Home

After completing the restoration of our first home, we knew that at some point in the not-too-distant future, we would be starting a family.  With that in mind, we quickly came to the realization that while our home had served us very well for the previous 5 years, a growing family would need more room...
Stunning Warren Hile Studio Prairie Chair Bought On Portland Craigslist

Stunning Warren Hile Studio Prairie Chair Bought On Portland Craigslist

I haven’t been too active on Craigslist in the past few months – it hasn’t been for a lacking of looking – but rather because I haven’t seen anything that really spoke to me.  But late last week I came across a gorgeous prairie-style chair that I absolutely had to have.  Just like the Stickley...
An Architectural Epiphany in Portland, Oregon: The Story Behind The Craftsman Bungalow Blog

An Architectural Epiphany in Portland, Oregon: The Story Behind The Craftsman Bungalow Blog

When I packed up my car and headed West to Portland, Oregon in November of 2000, I had no idea how that decision would impact the rest of my life.  Like our pioneering forefathers who took a similar leap of faith – I didn’t know what I’d encounter, who I’d meet, or if I’d ever...
The Craftsman Bungalow Selected To Be A Featured Author for "Tinker Nation"

The Craftsman Bungalow Selected To Be A Featured Author for “Tinker Nation”

I am very excited to announce that The Craftsman Bungalow has been hand-picked as one of ten blogs to contribute content for the inaugural launch of “Tinker Nation” – a new website that will feature “content celebrating the spirit and heritage of Do-It-Yourself projects.  Instead of just focusing on the “how to”, TinkerNation’s content will spotlight...
Because She Loves The Things I Love

Because She Loves The Things I Love

A couple months ago, I traveled to Western New York and spent a couple nights at the beautiful Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, NY.  In the hotel lobby, they were selling chocolate bars made locally and packaged with labels that had a time-honored Elbert Hubbard quote on it.  Here’s a picture of the actual label:...
Our Collection of Arts & Crafts Furnishings Found on Craigslist

Our Collection of Arts & Crafts Furnishings Found on Craigslist

In light of the two recent great deals I’ve found on Craigslist (the oak desk and the Stickley nightstand), I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you some of the other Arts & Crafts items I’ve acquired through the site. It’s no secret that it can be very expensive to furnish your bungalow home...
Another Incredible Deal On Craigslist: A Stickley Cabinet

Another Incredible Deal On Craigslist: A Stickley Cabinet

It’s no secret that I am a Craigslist addict.  I willfully admit it.  We’ve furnished much of our house with purchases made through the site, and in fact, we even found our house on Craigslist.  You’ll recall that a few weeks ago I scored an amazing 1917 quarter-sawn oak roll-top desk, and this week I...
The Ugly Hutch and The Beautiful Stairway That Hid Behind It:  Part II

The Ugly Hutch and The Beautiful Stairway That Hid Behind It: Part II

In my previous post, The Ugly Hutch and The Beautiful Stairway That Hid Behind It:  Part I, I told you how we removed the existing big ugly hutch and cut part of the wall to expose the staircase behind it.     With the hutch and wall now gone, a new mystery emerged.  On the...
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