The Front Parlor
This is the first room on the left front side of the home. The size is about 25' square. It had pocket doors opening into the hall and pocket doors opening into the dining room. There was almost no architectural features of note in this room with the exception of the Egyptian Marble Greek Revival fire place and the simple wide mouldings. The windows in the front of the room which face the portico were floor to ceiling in appearance. We also called this our Drawing Room. It was a receiving room for guests who had never visited our home.
The floor in this room had been covered with linoleum floor tile which had been cemented to the original pine floor. It took an unbelievable amount of time to take up the old flooring. Though in this home, you never would have exposed the floor, there would have been wall to wall carpeting covering the floors, we had the floors refinished and exposed using a large oriental area rug in the center of the room. This black and white image shows the wall to the right of the door as you enter the room from the main hall. Here we have done nothing to the wood moulding, yet.
This next series of images really shows the room finished. We had the room closed off for about 1 year while we had an artist marbleize all the wood moulding and paint a fresco on the ceiling of clouds and cherubs. We inset panels of mauve moire fabric framed with stamped metal moulding. The cage was home to our parrot: Bobo. She is no longer with us.
This view looks toward to front of the house with the windows that face the portico. We could comfortably seat about 25 people in this room. The furniture was eclectic with American, French and Viennese furniture.
We painted the walls a steel grey color and the Mauve Moire panels really looked fine against that color. This photo shows the same view as the first black and white image at the top of this page.
This black and white image also shows the same view.
Again looking toward the front of the house in the Drawing Room. Desks are such a useful form of furniture. We always have more than one in our life.
This view shows the pocket doors closed which lead to the dining room. We inset mirrors in the doors which when closed really opened the room by providing reflections. This image dates from about 1982 I think. The only item in this image that we still own today is the portrait over the mantle.
This view shows the pocket doors leading to the main hall. Again we inset mirrors in the door. Visitors commented that this room had a Russian feeling about it, especially with the exposed wood floor and the marbleized mouldings.
The pocket doors open exposing the view of the front hall. We spend an enormous amount of time stripping old paint, marbleizing, wall papering and painting. Very little of what we did survived. Buy you can't think of that, you must enjoy the fruits of your labor while you are there and really not think of what future generations might do.
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