Mission style furniture references back to the late 19th century with the Spanish missions throughout colonial California. The actual style more closely associated with the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo that started the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
With the class and simplicity of mission style furniture, there is a great ability to keep many pieces of furniture for a long time. Though couches, chairs, mattress, and other items can be worn and need to be replaced every five years or so, things like cabinets, dressers, tables, and desks can be purchased in the mission furniture style during one key interior design. This means that key items can be purchased once upon decorating your home and even move with you from one location to the next.