In June, I wrote a post about the house where I grew up. I knew I had saved a little album of photographs from the house, but just couldn't find it. Today, as I was searching for the converters and UK power cords, I came across it and thought you might like to see some more details of the house. The last time I wrote about this house, I was accused of showing off, but I don't think that's the case. By accident of birth, I was lucky enough to be raised a certain way. There was nothing I could or can do to change that. I was recently accused of having a "hoity-toity" name, and there's really nothing I can do about that either. Anyway... I hope you enjoy these pictures. Let me know what you think (if it's not too mean!).
This is the detail from one of the columns entering the living room. At Christmas, we'd wrap them in balsam garlanding. Just behind, you can see the fanlight over the front door.This is the wall-paper from the dining room. Only the top third of the room was papered and it's hand-printed Chinese paper.The curtains in the dining room were the same pattern, probably printed on a heavy silk/linen.There were three full baths in the house, and this is the shower in one of the two kids bathrooms. When we moved in, all the nozzles on the sides worked, but then they started leaking. We would have had to take the whole shower stall apart to repair them, so we just never turned them on.This is the bathtub that was in my parents' bathroom. The tub was huge and took ages to fill, but we'd make it as hot as we could stand and just stay in there for hours. The tub was porcelain, not enamel over cast iron. One of my favourite things about the house was the front porch, with two of these amazing lanterns. They were iron and frosted glass and looked wonderful when they were lit. There were 24 steps leading up to the house and the lamps were like shining beacons.As I said in the original post about the house, the front hall was about 10+ feet wide and we used to roll back the rugs and teach our friends the Shag. At Christmas, we'd hang a little tiny elf mobile from the center of the chandelier.
The front porch was a major living space during the warmer months. It was surrounded by a stone wall and this is the detail from the wall, which you can also see in the snowy picture above.
In the living room, there was a huge granite fireplace surround, topped by mahogany planks. There were two faces holding up the mantel and this is one of them. We never found out the history of the two faces... although the original owner of the house disappeared just before the house was finished... and the house was haunted. Who knows?