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Mission style trim

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I am building a new house and need a source for Mission Style base trim and door casings,  any ideas. Books, magazine articles, or catalogs where I could actually see samples is what I am looking for.

Thanks in advance

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The style is popular now, so there are many books on the shelf of any good sized bookstore that feature the style.  Also several good magazines, among them Style 1900 and American Bungalow.

The style, more broadly called Arts & Crafts, generally features plain decorative elements, though some of the most exquisite examples have more form.  In particular I like the designs of Greene & Greene, for example, in their Gamble house.

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I have had great success with my public library. Here are titles of some books:

Bungalow bathrooms /
by Powell, Jane, 1952-
(she also has Bungalow Kitchens and others)

Collected works of Gustav Stickley /
by Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942

Craftsman-style houses.
by Fine homebuilding. Craftsman-style houses.
ISBN Taunton Press 1561580147

Living in the Arts and Crafts style : a home decorating workbook /
by Kelley, Charlotte.

The Greene and Greene houses are beautiful, but not typical -- more upscale.

Good luck and have fun - wow, what a joy - a new A&C house! As much as I value and appeciate plumbers and sewer repair people, it would be nice to spend less time (and money) with them over my 100 year old pipes.

If you are looking to include art glass, check out It is such a joy to watch how the colors change throughout the day. And they were used so wisely - we have lots of windows and light, but the art glass windows help provide privacy in all the right places.

Another part I love about living in an A & C house is the use of space - the early Not So Big House -( I'm guessing that if you are on this forum you have read Sarah Susanka's books - if not, do so immediately. Too bad the Inspired House magazine is gone. You may want to check out old issues.) All of our rooms have large openings framed with oak trim. The opening is as important as the trim. The views created through these openings and windows makes the house seems bigger and cozier at the same time.

The way the room is divided and defined vertically and horizontally by trim, built-ins, beams is key too. I also love that our living and dining room windows go low to the floor on the front and back of the house, but the side windows are up high.

We live in a neighborhood that was a development in the early 1900's with a variety of models built over a number of years. Victorian aesthetics and lifestyle were jostling with those of A & C. There are elements of our trim, doorknobs, radiators which are a bit more Victorian, but the other aspects I described above have a bigger impact. I think Sarah Susanka talks about different ways to think about details. I realize I gave you more than you asked for. Sorry. The thought of planning a new A & C house is pretty exciting.

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Elsinore - Try this link for McCoy Millwork:

I believe they regularly advertise in American Bungalow magazine. I personally haven't tried ordering from them, but they have a fairly sizeable catalog (6.9 MB in pdf form, or 2.4 MB for the mouldings only) available to download or order.

Tejonista in Orange Co., Calif.

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We are starting to build a craftsman style 4 square right now.

I sent my wife to this web page to get a feel for items that I meant.

It shows a pretty good example of mission style trim.

Both of these are great magazines........

And we took alot of ideas from this company and had a custom drawing made for us.


Good luck with your project.