|Hidden pleasure - from window|
|detail of metal arch|
Another little tidbit that very few people will understand, except perhaps my sister, is that in the house I grew up in, there was an arched door way similar to this- between the livingroom and the diningroom. Several of us in the family were irritated when my dad did just what the remodelers of this house did- cover it up because they couldn't be bothered to deal with it. Realizing these similarities, the covering of original finishes, floor and structural details just cements in my idea that the 70's were a time when people were so anti-old fashioned that they needed to obliterate any semblance of the previous decor and style of the house. So the inside was a total disconnect to the outside of the house. That is how our old farmhouse was as well. It is interesting - and I guess I am having the same reaction. I just need to update, and maybe in this case, to restore a little, the work of others. I think this makes sense. And somehow seems respectful in many senses of my life.
|looking from kitchen|
The floors will ONLY need a light sanding and sealing, which is so amazing, I can hardly still believe it. So far I have one expert thinking it might be ash (but he only saw pix) and one thinking it might be maple (he sees it in person) and no one else really knows. It is northern WI tongue and groove, so oak is doubtful. REGARDLESS, it is beautiful.
Here are my pix, and now I am taking them from 4 angles!! I was so surprised when I walked into the room yesterday, having taken a pix from the kitchen door to turn and see the west wall..... amazing.
|looking from front room|
|Looking from kitchen|
|Looking from hallway door|
|Yes, Virginia, there was a light fixture in the room before......|