Feb 10, 2014

~ inspired home: longwood


Finally, under the funniest circumstances, an inspired home...

Got an email from a reader and although it took a couple emails back and forth, luckily I realized she lived in one of my favorite houses in Omaha.  I did not hesitate. She said yes.

I love a house with a name. "Boxwood" is a favorite ~ a lovely name for the lovely home of Danielle Rollins. Naming a house brings the history, the charm, and the character of a house together, and establishes the importance of home in a special way.

The original homeowners of this charming country home, back in 1937, borrowed a name from their grandmother's home in Connecticut, and they called it Longwood

I can easily imagine Longwood standing in all it's glory, alone in the middle of the countryside on the Love farm... far from the center of Omaha. It's white picket fence and expansive yard is still a sight to see in the quaint "Loveland" neighborhood it still resides in today. What a treat that the name was discovered by the current owners on garden papers tucked away, and the story can still be enjoyed today. 

How would you like to have breakfast in this room?






These cookbooks are not for decoration. The woman of this house cooks... as in gourmet. And so does her daughter.


Look at this little sweetie pie. I love her.

And I love this kitchen and those brick floors are the prettiest I've ever seen!

Not sure how I got out of there without more pics of the kitchen, but you can definitely get the feel. It's not a Star Wars kitchen. I love that there's no island! It's a charming and functional kitchen... and again, she actually cooks.

This gorgeous gallery across the back of the house is a happy and sunny space...



The dining room has two gorgeous John Gordon paintings...



She needlepointed this seat herself. So impressive..




What a handsome room this is...








The living room...






love...


Pretty wallpaper!







A charming powder room painted by Andy Moore!

 Precious angel pie...


Check out this laundry room! What a dream... And look at the painting of the clothes line ~ love it!



To the master bedroom...

Total luxury =
"hers" bathroom...



and "his"


Allow me to introduce you to Tucker...


Tucker has quite the personality...


Love his guts...


Guest bedrooms galore...





Sweet wallpaper for the lucky first grandson...




 My new BFF...

Although I am quite satisfied with the fact that I have the privilege of sharing this gorgeous and inspiring home, I must tell you that I will be itching for spring. I'll be begging to get back over there and photograph the yard. The very yard that once held pigs, or chickens, or whatever farm animals they had on Longwood back in the day. House lovers have coveted this Omaha home for many years, and hopefully, if we are lucky, you'll get to see why this spring! 





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11 comments:

jayneonweedstreet said...

This is inspirational! Love every single room, every single detail. Elegant and comfortable - a true masterpiece for a family home.

sharon smith said...

One of my favorite things in blogland is home tours. I appreciate all the generosity and graciousness of the homeowners for letting us in. This home is packed with treasures, color, warmth, and memories! One of my favorites is the bathroom with the hand painted mural. I also love the brick flooring. I hope we can go back in the Spring. I'd love to see it in its full glory. And then maybe at Christmas time? Okay that might be pushing it!
Sharon

David & Dianne said...

Yay, inspired home!! The home is beautiful and so interesting--so many special pieces to enjoy. The crate for the dog under the table is sooo clever. This post will be visited several times! Thank you.

Daphne Davis said...

Cozy and cheerful! Love the antiques!

Bonnie Schulte said...

Oh my, this home is just too beautiful for words. The decor is wonderful.. What a very lucky family to live here. Looks like a dream come true...

Cindy Weis said...

what a beautiful home, and you can just tell it is filled with as much love and beauty as you can see in the beautiful furnishings. love the pups that do make a house a home. thanks for sharing.

La Petite Gallery said...

This is really a beautiful home with lot's of interesting rooms and wonderful furnishings, The home is warm and inviting, down to the paintings an toast rack, fabrics.
I could be very happy there.
Today the design is cold,uninviting
and says nothing of the people that live there. I have been in some very vanilla homes , but then the person was empty. yvonne

CiciBianca said...

35 years ago I lived in Omaha in the Happy Hollow/Country Club area in a gem of a little house that was built by a cattle baron for his mistress. I miss the Midwest and the lovely homes and so enjoy when you feature them. Thank you

Sarah said...

Beautiful home. Love seeing all the needlepoint touches in the different rooms. Thanks for the tour!

Leslie said...

Jan, what are the brass looking things that are hanging on the fireplace mantel in the honeypine room? They're circular in shape. Thanks! Beautiful home

The French Tangerine said...

Hi Leslie!
They are called horse brass. They come times come attached to a leather strap. I've collected them for years. They are fun to look for!
XO
Jan