New Arts and Crafts

The Cool and Contemporary House shows a twist on a traditional style
Ann Bertelsen and Peter O. Whiteley, with Mary Jo Bowling

Though both houses have Craftsman-style character, this interior reflects and redefines the style more vividly. Working with De Mattei Construction and Sunset, interior designer Bethe Cohen and her associates updated elements of Arts and Crafts design ― particularly the geometric motifs found in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Greene brothers. Square and rectangular shapes are repeated throughout the house to unify the interior.

"The patterns are so large they are almost unrecognizable," Cohen says. "But you will see their outlines in the molding, casing, and paneling." The result is a richly layered design in which each room becomes an artful composition of carefully juxtaposed details.