Coming Out Of The Closet: Murphy Beds

In the early years of the 20th Century, living a simple, modest, clutter-free life was an integral part of The Bungalow Craze. Murphy Beds were an integral part of that “space-saving” mind-set. And they were very practical, too. After one’s morning...

The Belmont: Practical and Graceful

In February 2010, I was in Mattoon, Illinois doing research for my book, The Sears Homes of Illinois. My friend (old house lover and local historian) Joyce St Michael spent the day with me as we tooled around Mattoon and Charleston. Joyce drove me to this darling...