The house is a 1940s "Colonial Revival." The floor layout is absolutely not Colonial, but the architect did their bit with window shutters, wide plank oak floors, some wood paneling, and windows with historically small panes, among other details. One south-facing window appears to have been replaced and it is a single pane. Other than that, there's an issue trying to do something with all those small panes. Also, Sacramento summers are sunnier and hotter than those in San Francisco--there were plenty of days over 100 degrees this past summer. The former owner painted the house for sale, apparently following a Sherwin & Williams historic color scheme (we saw it in their exterior paint brochure and it's OK). But our contractors have told us the exterior paint and the windows will really take a beating from the heat, especially on the south sides.

Other than that, the house conforms to Arts & Crafts decor as well as to anything else. In fact the living room fireplace (with onyx green tile) is more Arts & Crafts than Colonial. And some former owner put up a lot of nice brass door and window hardware, though it's mostly plated and many of the doorknobs need replacing by now. I could wish away a couple of folding plantation/shutter doors into the living room, but my husband is taking up Arts & Crafts style woodworking and after he finishes my built-in closets I hope he will replace those doors. There are two bedroom-sized rectangular rooms next to my new sewing room that the former owners used as closets. (They were both political lobbyists with huge work wardrobes.) We took out the their open closet systems because stuff stored there would fade too much, and are building in closed closets with Arts & Crafts doors.

We decided not to put in any wallpaper after realizing how sunny all the rooms are. The sewing room in our San Francisco house is on the ground floor, with the windows below a kind of ledge where the upper floor sticks out more. And I've always taken care to keep the shades down and curtains drawn at all times when the room is not in use. That's probably why the wallpaper there is unfaded.

One of our new neighbors used to manufacture Arts & Crafts style furniture for Rejuvenation, but he sold his business to them some years ago. Rejuvenation does send us their furniture catalogs and I'm not impressed with their current furniture. (We are having a boodle of oak furniture custom made by the Amish, especially bookcases, but their work takes 12-14 weeks.) One of our other neighbors is a very experienced cabinet maker and has been very friendly, so my husband can probably get lots of advice on his woodworking.

The larger renovations are actually almost done (except for the closets my husband will build), but there a lot of some small stuff like refinishing some bathroom and pantry cabinets, which currently amply demonstrate why we'll never want a cat. Also, my husband is doing a lot of tasks like restoring more antique light fixtures we bought, installing a some oak medicine cabinets we had made, putting up curtain rods, etc. Considering we can't paint our SF house for sale till after the rainy season, and we won't get our Amish furniture till the middle to the end of February at least, we might as well actually live here and fix up the Sacramento house till then.

Lavolta Press

On 1/5/2016 1:00 PM, Christine Robb wrote:
On Mon, Jan 04, 2016 at 11:40:40AM -0800, Lavolta Press wrote:
When we bought our San Francisco house over 30 years ago, we papered my
sewing room in J. R. Burrows William Morris wallpaper, still in wonderful
condition and unfaded. I'm really hoping to sell to someone who sees the
wallpaper as an asset rather than something weird to just paint over.  It
doesn't conform to the decoration I see in most houses for sale, which tends
to be beige, off-white, and modern.  As for our antique light fixtures,
we're moving them all to the new house and putting up cheap replacements for
We've uncovered some paintings on our walls that were buried under
wallpaper, and cleaned some others that had always been exposed but
become a bit grimy over the years.  So we hope for exactly the same
thing whenever we sell this house!  And we'll be taking almost all our
lights with us too.  Too bad we can't take the walls...

Great to hear that the wallpaper has stood up to the test of time.
I'd love to use some, someday.
The tablecloths actually look very good, although they are often heavier
than commercial lace curtains. At $30 or so per tablecloth instead of $250
or so per curtain, they're a deal. Being next to sunny windows, they'll rot
out and need to be replaced every few years. I've been dealing with that
forever in our San Francisco house.
We put window film in our south-facing windows to help with that.
Pros and cons, need to think it through thoroughly when considering
applying something permanent to original glass, and get a very good
quality film.  Even so, things fade, so yeah, not worth putting
expensive curtains on sunny windows.
When we bought our San Francisco house, we got our hardware from a
Rejuvenation print catalog, but I find their website hard to navigate. We've
bought a lot of light switch plates and other hardware for our Sacramento
house from, our cabinet hardware
(kitchen, bathroom, and pantry doors) from (if you
search on terms like "stickley" and "arts and crafts" there's a lovely
selection), and lots of antique door hardware and more antique light
fixtures from eBay.  We buy antiques where we can find them, but it can be
hard to get certain things as antiques when you want them. And we got some
of our switch plates from this site:
Thank you.  I only had the first link (and apparently filed in my
bookmarks before I had the separate "hardware" section so have fixed
that); glad to have the others.  (btw, Rejuvenation still has print
catalogues if you ask.)

Good luck with the move and renovations.

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