My phone leads me to the perfect book

Here’s a text message I received:

The gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright
Central (206-386-4636) Level 3
New Book Shelf / Living Room call #:712.6092 S9319F 2009

May I just say that I LOVE this? (Except for the part with “gardens” not being capitalized; otherwise, it’s 100 percent love.)

gardens of frank lloyd wright book coverHere’s how my phone led me to the book: Last Sunday afternoon, when it was 93 degrees, I was sitting on my shady porch with my iBook and frosty ice tea. I began browsing the Library catalog for books about Frank Lloyd Wright to complement Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, a novel I just reread for a book group discussion. I saw that The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright by Derek Fell was checked in at the Central Library, but I didn’t want to make the extreme effort of leaving my Adirondacktextmessage button chair to get a piece of paper to write down the call number. Then I noticed the happy little phone icon that says “Text Message.” I clicked on it and sent myself a reminder, complete with the full call number. Monday morning, I opened that text message and went to the shelves to get my book.

Has anyone else been using this text message feature? What do you think?

Bungalow Nation

Bungalow Fair
Bungalow Fair

I love craftsman bungalows. I love the open floor plans, the overhanging eaves with the knee braces, the porches with the pillars, the classic bungalow interior wall with a fireplace flanked by windows and built-in bookcases, the nooks and crannies, the stained glass, wood, stone and tile work, the sconces and the chandeliers. What’s not to love?

And fortunately, I don’t have to go to California to see them, as Seattle is a hotbed of the bungalow style. To realize this, you only have to take a drive or a home tour of Wallingford or Ravenna or Montlake, or hit the Sunday paper real estate section for open houses of bungalows for sale.

For those of you into bungalows, Historic Seattle is hosting their 11th annual Bungalow Fair on September 27-28 at Town Hall Seattle at 1119 8th Avenue. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about and ask questions to experts about early twentieth century architecture and Arts & Crafts period furniture and decoration. The event includes a variety of lectures, as well as a show and sale of antiques and new work by 50 leading craftspeople in metal, tile, glass, textiles, ceramics, and lighting. Don’t be surprised if all of this information and all of those goodies inspire you to start that bungalow renovation project Continue reading “Bungalow Nation”

Seattle’s Oldest House

The honor of being Seattle’s oldest house officially belongs to The Ward House at 1423 Boren. But there have been and are other contenders.

In May 1985, The Weekly concluded that the Ward House at 1423 Boren built in 1882 by pioneer entrepreneur George W. Ward was Seattle’s oldest surviving residential structure. The structure had stood vacant since 1974 and was slated for demolition at its existing site. Historic Seattle acquired the Ward house by donation from Dr. and Mrs. Michael Buckley.  On April 6, 1986, David Leen and Bradford Moore, working with Historic Seattle, relocated the structure to the corner of East Denny Way and Belmont Avenue. 
The lovingly restored Ward House with its scalloped singles scraped and repainted, new roof and impressive Italianate tower now houses the law offices of Leen & O’Sullivan. Leen sank nearly $200,000 into moving and renovating the 77-ton Ward House, removing lead pipes, 40 Continue reading “Seattle’s Oldest House”

The Decoration of Houses

Here are some interesting books about interior design, plus some about unusual buildings:

The Elements of Style: an Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail (edited by Stephen Calloway)
For anyone who wants to restore their historic house, or for anyone interested in the history of house styles, this beautiful book is a goldmine of information and illustration. Each chapter covers one architectural style or period in the U.S. or Britain, ranging from Tudor in the Fifteenth Century to the present, providing a guide to the features of every part of a building: doors, windows, walls, ceilings, Continue reading “The Decoration of Houses”