When looking for hardware, furnishings and accessories for your Craftsman Style Home, are you sacrificing good quality for instant gratification? With any popular architectural and decorating style, cheap products abound. It’s very easy to get lured into a quick solution when purchasing pieces for your Bungalow. In our extremely fast paced society we are all about getting it tomorrow and getting it cheaply, but are we really getting what we pay for?
It’s a bit of a double edged sword. At the turn of the last century, the Arts and Crafts movement represented a return to true craftsmanship. There was a huge distaste for the manufactured mass produced brick-a-brac of the Victorian Era. But let’s face it, times have changed. The internet has really had an impact too, and when we want something – we want it NOW! When decorating your Arts & Crafts home or Bungalow, it’s often easier to shop online than to try to find all of your needs addressed in stores far and wide. But how do you really know what you are getting? Is that low priced item really what it’s cracked up to be? Or is it another piece of assembly line product from China? It’s a good idea to look for a site with an edited selection of high quality items to choose from. Most likely, everything offered won’t be hand crafted, but the majority really should be. Pay close attention to the descriptions offered, take time to send a quick email when you have questions. You should be finding exceptionally made products from craftspeople and artisans dedicated to creating pieces for your home that will stand the test of time. A site that has a designer on staff is a wonderful resource. The designer should have experience with the products being offered, and available to answer your questions. Their designer should be able to guide you to where you should spend your dollars, and where you can mix in lower priced reproductions.
Keep in mind that the beautiful hand crafted pieces typical of higher end Arts and Crafts style homes are just that – hand made. More often than not, there may be a lead time of several weeks from the time you order your item to the time you have in your home. But ask yourself – how long were you planning on enjoying it? A couple of years, or for generations to come? Which would you rather have – lot’s of cheap knockoffs, or a few carefully chosen pieces of hand crafted furniture or accessories to enjoy forever. Your hard earned dollar should go towards the best quality you can afford.
Remember, when it comes to your Craftsman Home, quality really IS worth the wait!