Our featured home is a 1915 Craftsman built in San Luis Obispo, California, by William J. Smith, who had a hand in the construction of William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon estate. The couple who rescued the house stripped the brick mantel and took apart the chimney and firebox, which had suffered from decades of settling. Now, the fireplace is the focal point of the room.
After being stripped, sanded, and stained, the dining room's original woodwork was revealed. Leaded-glass doors were added to the built-ins, matching them to the window. A stained glass pendant hangs above the wood table, which is topped with a fun tablerunner and vibrant table settings.
Pumpkin-colored dishes bring out the reddish undertones in an oak sideboard. Find out more about this house at ThisOldHouse.com.
Photos: Victoria Pearson
In the kitchen, period touches mingle with the latest appliances. The island prep space doubles as a landing spot for items from the fridge. Vintage-inspired artwork and colorful cooking essentials pop against the white cabinetry, subway tile, and simple fixtures.
Take advantage of glass-front cabinetry to display your favorite dishes and serveware.
The compact master suite opens to a balcony overlooking the backyard. A walk-though closet has openings on each side of the bed, which is dressed with sunny yellow and orange linens. A trio of framed prints hang above the bed, while wall sconces provide bedtime reading light without monopolozing valuable nightstand space.