Upstairs Foyer: Historic Prairie House in Riverside, Ill.
Gorgeous, craftsman-style skylights bring in warm, natural light to the upstairs foyer. A wall of low, built-in bookshelves store personal treasures, books and art as you make your way to the second floor living area.
Neutral Craftsman Bathroom with White Clawfoot Tub
The clawfoot tub gets re-porcelained and updated with new tub hardware, and the brick floors are restored and given a poly coat. The custom vanity was made using an antique dresser that Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Naiper bought at auction.
Erin and Ben agreed with the homeowners that the home would be better served by restoring the original porch. The French doors get updated for proper function and are painted ox-blood on the exterior side to match the front door, and white on the inside in keeping with the interior trim.
Drawing strength from Frank Lloyd Write’s philosophy of organic architecture, every element of the 8,000-square-foot home was designed in relation to one another. From the Mission-style furniture to the exposed beams, the home is alive with Craftsman character.
Neutral Craftsman Kitchen with Brown Hardwood Floor
The linoleum floor was removed and replaced with new hardwood flooring using stained yellow pine meticulously color-matched to approximate the tone of the original heart pine found throughout the rest of the home.
This remodeled Craftsman home’s interior features crisp lines and a neutral color palette. Warm wood floors and cabinets stay true to the home's character, while more contemporary furnishings complete the dining room.
Craftsman-Style Master Bathroom With Large Double Vanity
This huge double vanity provides plenty of space to store personal items. A cushioned leather stool allows a spot for primping. Grainy stone floor tiles are complemented by the darker, smoother marble countertops. The reflection in the mirror reveals swoon-worthy closet space.
This stone fireplace is bordered by wood trim and accented with a floating mantel. The craftsman-style living room emphasizes artistic but functional design with a neutral color palette and natural materials.
Removing the aged awning and opening up the porch made all the difference in helping restore the home's traditional Craftsman appeal. Other exterior enhancements included subtly offsetting the existing trim in a khaki-cream and painting the front door in blue for added punch.