That is how I have begun to feel when I go to places like the Oriental Museum on the grounds of the University of Chicago last winter and when I visit a place like Crabtree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois.
It was a rainy day when our group from the Art Institute arrived at Crabtree Farm, beautiful landscaping as far as we could see and a treacherous narrow road by bus with branches whipping against the side as we travelled.
Grace Durand with her cows
In 1993 a bungalow was erected on the site of the original farmhouse which was destroyed by fire in 1972. Its design was based on the drawings by Harvey Ellis and was taken from a 1903 issue of the Craftsman, entitled "How To Build A Bungalow." This is the first home ever built to his specifications.
This is the cattle selling cottage, all original Stickley furniture. I believe the rug is a William Morris original.
I wish I was able to take photos of the William Morris designs in the rugs and fabrics that have been preserved all lined up in a room from the 1800's.
I was set straight by our tour guide that Craftsman is not a style but a philosophy that encompasses all types of furniture built by craftsmen during this time period. It began in England (more delicate styles) travelled to the United States and became overwhelmingly Mission and eventually went worldwide.
She was quick to point out that Craftsman incorporated all of the traditional styles like Hepplewhite, Chippendale, Sheraton, etc., but Stickley's downfall was that he didn't replicate some of these styles in the Craftsman philosophy. Stickley is now a viable company again because they do offer all of these styles in the true Craftsman philosophy!