Aug 28, 2012

~ inspired home: architectural inspiration part 2


Part 2
Main entry/Family room/Back entry

Shall we move inside this lovely home? The family room is pretty spectacular... let's start there.

My goodness, I'd be willing to bet you won't find a more exquisite black forest collection anywhere ~ look for more...




Love the formal painting on the stone wall... off-centered and unexpected...


On the side of the armoire above, you'll find this...





Coming in the front door, the staircase is straight ahead...

To the left is this beauty...


Can you see the window behind?

Possibly my favorite thing in the house!


The newel post is the oldest architectural piece incorporated into the house, dated 1721. The posts and newels you will see in this home are a spectacular collection...


To the right from the entry, is the family room through this charming vestibule. Notice the unusual/wonderful chandelier in the family room. Also, the stone walls are amazing. 


Here's another shot of that vestibule leading to the family room..

The Dalmatian is a fun surprise...

Another example of "fun" are these adorable M&Ms painted just on the unseen lower left corner of the floor above. During the extensive time required to build this house, a jar would be filled with 4 pounds of M&Ms on Monday mornings for the work crew. Sooner or later, the empty jar would find it's way to the doorway of the studio (where the family was living during construction) to be refilled. While grabbing a handful, or missing an open mouth toss, a few candies would inadvertently be left behind in the sawdust, and smiled at during nightly walks to check the progress of the day. These painted candies are a charming reminder, an ode to the tireless work and craftsmanship required to make this house a home.


Looking back to the entry... Perhaps I need a piece like this to store more beautiful things!

This is a hallway leading to the back of the house... The window is about the prettiest thing I've ever seen.

Back entry to house...


Similar chandelier in back...



The doors are remarkable throughout the home... an amazing collection.







This is the entrance to the powder bath...



OMG the wallpaper!

Mixing function and beauty at it's best... The decorative panel on this mirror was a special found object. The frame was built around, and the inset mirror opens to reveal a deep built-in medicine cabinet! Impressive to say the least...


Next up: the kitchen and dining room.


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8 comments:

The enchanted home said...

This is clever, Jan..you leave us wanting more! Love all the rich wood...that bannister, that window....wow!! A very special home indeed, cannot wait for more!

mollie's mom said...

I just LOVE the m and m story. :)

Our French Inspired Home said...

So many things to love in these photographs. I really like the detail work shown in the posts and glass window.

Decoratopia said...

Amazing! I especially love the stained glass windows.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! What a wonderful home!!! I would love to hear some more of the back story regarding how old the home is, where they found the architectural relics, etc.! Great post. Thanks for taking us along!

BRASWELL said...

Such an inspiration you are + will take photos of client/friend home, then post to blog. + Thank you for the grand pictures. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Lauren said...

What a beautiful home, so full of character and charm! That stained glass window is spectacular! Thanks for sharing!!

Lauren

carolyn bradford said...

This is one of the best posts ever! I love seeing all of these remarkable details as well as the gorgeous antiques! That black forrest collection is spectacular! I hope we get to meet the owner?! Thanks for sharing this!