Thursday, September 18, 2008

House Tour #1

This Texas home was built in 1934 and was one of the first brick homes in the area. It was a very popular design of the times and is still popular among cottage lovers.

The home is filled with antiques. Brass firedogs keep watch on the fireplace in the formal living room. The layering of the painting in front of the mirror adds interest.

The mosaic tile on the fireplace hearth is original to the house. The original owners argued over whether to spend the extra $35.00 to have the mosaic hearth installed. The lady of the house won the argument and the tiles are still in place.

A beautiful birds eye maple desk...

The paper mache boxer stands proudly upon a half pie safe. The boxer was an old advertising display.
The Victorian display cabinet houses a collection of Native American baskets, pottery, and artifacts.
A nice collection of antique iron doorstops. I loooove the Wire Fox Terrier on top.

The library houses collections of Native American baskets, antique books, marbles, and Navajo blankets.
The vest hanging above the sofa is Plains Indian (Sioux). The shutters were salvaged from a house exterior and make great interior window treatments.

The owner collects Meyer pottery. The pottery was sold at various tourist spots in Texas, including the Alamo. It was manufactured in San Antonio and is highly collectible today. Each piece is hand painted depicting typical Texas scenes.
This is a neat way to display antique postcards. The cards are changed according to the season or holiday.
Navajo blankets make a statement whether used as a rug, hanging on the wall, or draped over a railing.
The family room was once an open patio. It was enclosed and a bar area was added for convenience. The curtain is actually a Seminole Indian skirt adapted to hide plumbing under the sink.
I love the rooster and chicken collection as well as the variety of tin cans.
This mini bottle tree was purchased at Round Top. It spins so each bottle can catch the light.
One of the two bedrooms is light and airy. The bed is like sleeping on marshmallows. All of the linens are antique. The second bedroom has a beautiful ruby glass light fixture. Again, the linens are antique.

The kitchen is my favorite room in the home. The wallpaper mimics the original paper that was discovered during renovation under many layers of other papers. The black really sets off the white cabinetryand wainscotting.
The glass fronted cabinets are loaded with dishes and glassware. Shouldn't every dish be beautiful?
The space above the cabinets is used for display. The owner has quite a collection of tin cans.
The Bridgestone PURE BUTTER dish is a classic. Unfortunately, the PURE BUTTER dish is no longer in production.

The little area between the kitchen and the family room is just as pretty as any other space.

The breakfast room opens up to the kitchen. I love the juxtaposition of the Navajo rug and the floral wallpaper.

The built-in china cupboard is original to the home.

The formal dining area opens up to the breakfast room and the formal living room via French doors on either end. Carpet balls in a milk glass punch bowl make an interesting centerpiece.

The corner cupboard is an early Kentucky piece. I love the collection of Native American baskets on top.
The dumb waiter is perfect for liquor and glassware. How many times have you seen a dumb waiter in an antiques store and thought, "Its pretty, but what do I do with it?" ? It can also be used in a bathroom to display perfumes, soaps, and other necessities.The antique sideboard is currently used as a bar but can easily be converted to a buffet.

Notice the needlepoint rug hanging over the this idea. Thank you for the tour of your beautiful home!

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