Monday, March 31, 2014

A visit into the past

I love older houses. They have charm and character already built in, and adding vintage furnishings and precious heirlooms only add to their appeal. I visited a dear friend recently and she allowed me to take some pictures of her 1930's style cottage to share with you. 

Just to the right of the entry way is her living area. She thought I might like to tidy up a bit, but I love a lived in look so I kept things as they were. I would have liked a better camera for these shots though. I love the stone on her fireplace with its sparkly finish. I don't know what kind of stone it was, but it was beautiful. 

Lovely painting  with gold leaf frame. She's taken very good care of her antiques and had a story to share about each one. I wish I would have written down what she shared with me. Love the red lamp shade. 

This is either a print or a tapestry, I'll have to check back with her on that because I love the western theme.  It's hard to see the detail in this pic, but it is amazing and it has an interesting  story to go with it. 

This antique clock was likely manufactured in the early 1900's by the Sessions Clock Co. Notice the key under the clock that was used to change the time. Lovely gold filigree on the face of this mantel clock. It works perfectly too. 

Original casing on these windows, so lovely varnished and windows with frosted glass. The red lamp shade casts such a pretty glow in this corner. 

She's had this vintage table cart for many years. It now serves as her TV stand.

The living area flows into the dining room. The kitchen is through the door on the left. I love houses with built in hutches in each corner. Very pretty mirror with delicate flowers painted on  porcelain plates. 

I don't normally like round mirrors,  but I think this  arrangement looks perfect on these white walls. 

This room will definitely take you back in time. Vintage chandy and lovely glass on the back door. 

A closer look at the lovely circular pattern on the glass. She left the hutches in their original varnished wood, so pretty. 

A beautiful Victrola cabinet. The dining area is small, but so charming with the large picture window. 

A closer look at her flowers. The peach ones are called quince and love her corded phone in the pic. 

Her guest room is completely different from the rest of her house. Decorated in an oriental theme, it is her favorite room. 

I love the idea of having something totally different and unexpected in your home. Her bedroom furniture works well in here. Love the dark wood.  The oriental theme is very calming and she does her computer work in here as well. 

I love the pop of red on that pretty shade and lamp base. 

Her gorgeous Japanese geisha, such beautiful detail. Love the mini screened Asian  print as well.  

I wasn't able to get a good pic of both the twin beds, but wanted to share the outdoor view from her front window. She has the prettiest yard, front and back.  That will likely be another post.  

I love this blue and white oriental urn and the simplicity of the Asian print brings a meditative feel to this room. 

Beautiful finish on this mahogany dresser. 

The last room reminds me of my grandparent's home and their piano.  I've always loved pianos and she has a small room with only her piano and a few other things. I miss all these great windows in newer homes. We have to recreate this feeling with our decor, it seems when you don't have an older home.

 The piano is such a beautiful wood, so I wanted to share a pic with the keyboard closed. This old fashioned room reminds me of a church chapel with the piano as the main focus. 

She shared that this was a piano that played by itself, not a traditional player piano but something similar and used small spools. I found it interesting so I'll do more research on it. It was made by the Wm Knabe Piano Co., which was a prestigious piano maker known for excellent craftsmanship. Knabe immigrated to the US from Germany in the 1800's  and began crafting pianos in Baltimore MD. If you're interested in finding out more about the Knabe Piano Co. visit here.  

Her flowering bushes are just starting to bloom and I'll share more pics of her outdoor area later this spring. I just love cozy little cottages, so I hope you enjoyed stepping back in time with me. Thanks for visiting!


  1. Your friend has a lovely home and has decorated it beautifully. My favorite room is her dining room.

    Our little cottage was built in 1928 and I so wish it had the beautiful built ins. But, it was built as a beach cottage for an inland family and my thoughts are that they would want their summer cottage to be streamlined. There is no coat closet because they would not have their coats with them in the summer. I assume the dining room had no built ins because they would not have their beautiful china and silver on display in this house built to enjoy the seaside. Fortunately, there is a fireplace.

  2. What a sweet home and I've loved seeing each room. I hope you'll show us the kitchen too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Lovely home ... thanks for letting us visit. Love the red lamp shades ...
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. What a beautiful home! I love seeing how other people live. I love that door the chandelier and so many things. Tell her thanks for letting us visit :)

  5. What a beautiful home and a big thank you to your friend for sharing it with us!
    She has so many lovely pieces throughout her home.
    Every room is totally charming!
    I always wanted a piano room - your friends house would b e perfect for us!
    Lovely mosaics too Diane! x

  6. She has some very interesting pieces. The mantle clock is gorgeous and that guest room looks so inviting.

  7. I too love older homes and pieces / this was so much fun to see. What gorgeous antiques there! :)

  8. WOW!! Another stunning home!! I can tell you are also an old soul!!


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