When Heather Smith of Decorating Den Interiors began working with a San Francisco-based client who wanted to use a quintessential California style to build a dream home in Lockwood, Missouri, she knew she was in for a fun project. Her client supplied a trove of ideas and photos, and they all came together in a house Smith calls the Colorful Craftsman.
American Craftsman style emphasizes clean lines, artisan elements and high-integrity building materials. True to this aesthetic, Smith found her biggest inspiration in the rugs, furniture, art and objects her client had collected during extensive travels. For example, treasured Persian rugs became the basis for the home’s color palette, which was helpful because, as Smith says, “everyone’s idea of color is different.” For her client, it meant utilizing intense, vibrant hues. Smith brought them to life through rich upholstery fabrics, jewel-like accessories and an eye-catching stained glass treatment near the kitchen.
Smith says, “The client knew exactly what she wanted the stained glass to look like.” To realize this vision, Smith ironed out every detail, including the trim and molding that surrounds the glass. The stained glass also informed the buttercream color of the walls, and it’s echoed in a set of bar stools, which are upholstered in an energetic floral.