So when we first discovered the house was on the National Register, this was one of the first pictures we saw of what it looked like in its former glory.
When the wonderful Lee Williams was restoring the home and having it listed on the National Register, she had some professional pictures made of the house. These are some of the ones of the front parlor:
In all of these you will notice the beautiful original mantle from 1880. Notice something missing when we found the house?
Not only was the mantle missing, but there was not a single piece of glass left in this three story house that was unbroken. The main staircase didn’t have a single piece of the staircase that was intact, either. Got to love people whose idea of a good time is destroying property.
I absolutely love the way that the windows are all the way to the floor. It was designed so that you could open them up and step out on to the veranda.
Here is a good story! For Christmas in 2013, my sons Jack and Rob told me they had a present for me outside. Can you guess what it was? They had actually tracked someone down who had rescued the mantle from the house, and had been storing it in their barn!! The original mantle!! I don’t think I stopped crying for an hour. Of all of the mantles in the house that were taken, that one was the most special, and I know I will remember that Christmas gift for the rest of my life.
So what am I planning for the parlor?
This room is actually the “front parlor” and the next room the “back parlor.” Typically the front parlor would be more formal, for entertaining guests, and the back parlor more for family. I am generally against formal rooms. I have always hated having rooms in your house that no one ever goes in. My father was in a position in the military where we did a lot of entertaining, so I guess we needed formal living spaces, but I always swore that when I grew up I wasn’t going to have any rooms that were so fancy that you were scared to touch anything. But in the spirit of the house, I am going to make this room somewhat historically accurate.
I want a pair of Victorian loveseats, and I found a Victorian chair a few years ago known as my “throne” that I will recover for that room, and have a high tea table. I absolutely WILL NOT be having any dark Victorian colors, with crazy wallpaper. I will be having lighter, brighter happy colors, WITHOUT tons of roses and fringe.
Here is the Pinterest board I have been working on for the Front Parlor: