I love so many beautiful things, but when it comes to picking a style of furniture and architecture, this is what I'm drawn to. The arts and crafts style is perfect because it celebrates the beauty of clean lines, and yet it has a strong substance. Also, it relies on the grace of natural materials to make the design sing. And of course, many of the style books and websites I've looked at have lots and lots of bookcases. Always an indicator of the value those arts and crafts people place on what is really important.
So, as Clint is designing a mantel for the woodburner in our living room, I have been scouring my sources for great arts and crafts mantels. This one is my favorite:
(photo courtesy of craftsmanhome.com)