I'm Inspired

Here's an article from a local publication featuring a home in Irvington. I've just copied and pasted but here's the link if you'd like to see the couple of pics they have with the article.
(Oh...and I'm COMPLETELY jealous about the soapstone they were able to salvage).

April 27, 2006
Crafting Artsy
This Irvington home embodies the Arts and Crafts movement from the lights to the furniture.
Story by Neal Taflinger Photos by Michelle Pemberton

When Brett and Susan Conaway saw the house at 734 N. Graham, they knew they could transform it into the Arts and Crafts-inspired home they had dreamed of owning.
"We definitely could see what it could be," Susan said.
The Conaways, both 32, had been collecting Arts and Crafts-period light fixtures and furniture at antique shops, flea markets and auctions for years.
They ripped up the carpet, refinished the floors and repainted, creating a cool and cozy living space that flows from living room to dining room to kitchen.
The renovation of the first floor took a couple years of sweat equity and headaches, but the Conaways, joined now by 2-year-old Henry, have an Arts and Crafts-inspired show house.
The centerpiece of the dining room is a Mission table built by Brett and his father-in-law, who used a set of Gustav Stickley plans. Brett tiled the half-bathroom adjacent to his office in a period style, running tile several feet up the walls. The desire to maintain a consistent theme extended to the kitchen as well, where the couple used salvaged and new components to create a classic kitchen feeling.
"Both dads were here" to help hang cabinets that almost reach the ceiling, Susan said.
Her father had also salvaged soapstone countertops from a high school science lab that was being refurbished, and the matte black is striking against muted greens and whites.
Reproduction period light fixtures were also installed.
Cross continent: Brett and Susan Conaway pose in their living room, which they chose to furnish with a vintage Arts and Crafts chair they picked up while living in New Jersey.
Food lab: The Conaway's kitchen has soapstone countertops that were salvaged from a school science labratory.

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