😍 Would you just 👀 at the details on this radiator?!? Swoon! 🌟 I wanted to just make eyes at it all day but being a radiator, I knew it would be a love that was unrequited so I wiped my tear-stained eyes and walked away. #toooldforgames Speaking of old, scroll through to see more pics of the beauty that is the Bostwick House and the work @historicorps Recently did to preserve its front porch! 👏 And since it’s time for #whereamiwednesday , tell me in comments which Prince George’s County town this 18th century beaut rests (1 of only 4 surviving pre-Revolutionary War strictures in the town). Also also, more details about #bostwickhouse up on the blog (link in bio). 🙌 #historichouse#pgcounty#maryland
This guest bedroom is my most favorite room in our home. I envisioned this room the moment I walked into it. I had bought the vintage furniture and stored it knowing one day it would be used. I collect vintage monogrammed linens & I do not care what the letters of the monogram are!#historichome#Swartwout#vintagemonograms
When I was little my family and I were traveling through Charlottesville, Virginia. It was spring and gorgeous out and at the tender age of ten or so I decided I wanted to go to the University of Virginia, because it's beautiful. Literally the only reason. Plans change, of course. I didn't go there - didn't even apply. But it's still beautiful. And one of the best parts is how much student housing is in these lovely old homes, such as the Lammey-Dove House which was built around 1885. It has subsequently been broken up into four apartments and leased by students. None of my student residences had this much charm!
#MaryOnTour : Enter this gracious 1923 #CapitolHill side-entry Colonial on Federal Ave, and you'll find a center hall with wide passages to adjacent dayrooms, formal rooms with charming period details, a lovely kitchen with stainless steel appliances & butler’s pantry, and lush terraces for entertaining and relaxing. The perfect house for decking the halls! #WhatACharmer#SeattleClassic
Join us on Thursday, 11–1 (with Amy Stonehocker) and on Sunday, 1–3 (with Heidi Jones), 942 Federal Ave E. $1,795,000. MLS #1366400 . Co-listed by Bob Bennion.
Significant changes were made to this original Vestibule. Swipe right to see the original blueprint. We believe the breezeway was removed when the front porch was enclosed. Enclosing the porch would have made a breezeway redundant. I wish I could see pictures of what it looked like originally. Its hard to make out from the blueprints what that back corner actually looked like. Some kind of seating. While I love what is on the blueprints we know that the original owner made this change so we will leave it as is. This is Waldemar’s house and if it was good enough for him it’s good enough for us. Besides, it is nice having the open space to walk into. (I just love me a built-in.) 😂 #shermanblvdfoursquare#beforeandafter#historichome#homerestoration#thisoldhouse
A shot of Philipsburg Manor, Circa 1690s earlier this fall. In 1693, Frederick Philipse was granted 52,000 acres by William II in a region along the Hudson River near Tarrytown, previously under Dutch control. The property originally belonged to a tract of land owned by Adriaen van der Donck, New Netherland’s first lawyer, who spent a period of time further north near Rensselaerswyck and became very close with many Native American tribes.
I’m totally obsessed with the original blue prints to our house. I think they are so beautiful. They are also super helpful. These pictures all indicate where the “Electric” lighting was originally installed. Over the years a lot of the wall sconces have been covered up. Obviously we love old lighting and sconces are the bomb. It’s so cool being able to look up where the wiring is in the walls by just studying these blueprints. It’s also fascinating to see how many lights the original ceiling fixtures were intended to have. “1E” = one electric. Eventually we plan to frame these and put them up in the house. Any recommendations for where to go for framing? #originalblueprint#thisoldhouse#shermanblvdfoursquare#electric#historichome
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Beautiful picture by @cameraguyal of the snow that frosted us yesterday!
The holidays are close and the Holiday Home Tour has already sold out for the Sunday tour but some tickets are still available for the Saturday preview!
Respect. Sometimes you get a project that has such strong history and “great bones” that your touch has to be light, polite and respectful. It’s not about the ego of an architect. It’s about the self confidence to allow the house, and not the alteration, to be the center of attention. To create something that blends seamlessly with the original. #historichome#westportct#westporthistoricalsociety#architecture#mjsaganarchitecture
We designed our public, non-gendered restroom with a full shower. I pushed hard for this design. I envisioned surfers, hikers and bikers coming in through the exterior door, rinsing suits outside, showering off and grabbing a beer by the fire.
It seemed like such a great idea! The design is so pretty! But no one uses it. Seriously, no one. It’s like I threw a party and no one came. #designfail
I get a lot of questions on our floors. We have 3 types: long leaf pine (original to the house), pine (in the addition) and oak. The oak is what everyone wants to know about. If you’ve been around for awhile, you know that the oak floor seen here was from our local high school gym. My father in law saved as much as he could when they replaced it in the 1980’s... he estimated it was originally installed around 1940. All that flooring had been sitting in our old hay barn for the last 35 years. Last December we floored the entire dining room and mudroom with this oak... it took the entire month. There’s slow... then there’s us flooring this room. 🐢 Swipe to see it after we got it all floored, and swipe once more to see it all in the barn before we started. We had them refinished and not stained at all, just sealed. We have new oak in the kitchen, connected to this room, and you cannot even tell the difference. Wood amazes me.
Beware kittens! Here lies deathly inspiration! This lovely blue and white jardiniere belonging to Horace Walpole once housed his goldfish, leading to the unfortunate early demise of his favorite cat. But fear not! Walpole’s friend the poet Thomas Gray immortalized the poor pussy in his poem “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes.” Obviously I must share this (long/amazing) poem with you: ’Twas on a lofty vase’s side,
Where China’s gayest art had dyed
The azure flowers that blow;
Demurest of the tabby kind,
The pensive Selima, reclined,
Gazed on the lake below.
Her conscious tail her joy declared;
The fair round face, the snowy beard,
The velvet of her paws,
Her coat, that with the tortoise vies,
Her ears of jet, and emerald eyes,
She saw; and purred applause.
Still had she gazed; but ’midst the tide
Two angel forms were seen to glide,
The genii of the stream;
Their scaly armour’s Tyrian hue
Through richest purple to the view
Betrayed a golden gleam.
The hapless nymph with wonder saw;
A whisker first and then a claw,
With many an ardent wish,
She stretched in vain to reach the prize.
What female heart can gold despise?
What cat’s averse to fish?
Presumptuous maid! with looks intent
Again she stretch’d, again she bent,
Nor knew the gulf between.
(Malignant Fate sat by, and smiled)
The slippery verge her feet beguiled,
She tumbled headlong in.
Eight times emerging from the flood
She mewed to every watery god,
Some speedy aid to send.
No dolphin came, no Nereid stirred;
Nor cruel Tom, nor Susan heard;
A Favourite has no friend!
From hence, ye beauties, undeceived,
Know, one false step is ne’er retrieved,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters, gold.
The fish bowl itself is temporarily reunited with its proper home at Strawberry Hill (@strawbhillhouse), where I saw it this past weekend. It is part of an excellent exhibition of Lost Treasures going on there until February!
The second image is an illustration of the deadly urn and the last an illustration by William Blake for Gray’s poem.