Tia's home tour... 1940's

Our home has its own photo album. We've added our own photos as we remodel (a life time of work). One day I would like to think that someone will appreciate our old photos the way my family appreciates these from the previous owners.

The pond is much smaller now and overgrown. The only ducks we have are migrating visitors.

No remnants of Tia's rose garden remain. Of course, I love roses, so many have been reestablished. I think Tia would approve.

This once was a working ranch situated on over 500 acres. A house staff and equipped for entertaining. Two stoves, two ovens and two refrigerators, we have since scaled down to one of each. The original floor was black and red linoleum tiles. We found the tiles under yellow sheet linoleum. Much of the house had been remodeled in the 70's with yellow formica, linoleum and yellow and orange shag carpet.
I am happy to say we are 75% shag carpet free...Like I said, it's a work in progress.

The informal living room has changed very little...maybe next year.
 If you look in the far right corner you'll see a chaise lounge. I have that in the sewing room. Only, I bought mine three months before we bought the house at an antique mall 70 miles away. It's electric and vibrates...weeee..and a pearlescent green. I've never seen anything like it before or since. The previous owner said Tia's chaise was indeed green and electric. What are the odds that I purchased a chair from our future home?

The master bedroom was originally yellow stripes and roses. I know because the bathroom closet still has this wallpaper. I love it, just don't think I would care for sooo much of it. Look, it's even on the ceiling.
If you look out the window you'll see Tia. Our home is known by the locals as "the house Tia built".

The basement these days is a disaster of rust colored shag and paneling. And last on our list of remodeling.

The kitchen room is now our dining room. When we remodeled the kitchen, we took down those two doors and opened this area into the kitchen. That poodle picture in the background is made of bits of trim from Tia's wedding dress. Isn't that so sweet.

I actually wish this wallpaper was still here. Tia grew ferns as well as roses. She had ferns growing in large pots hanging from long chains on the tallest trees. I so want recreate the fern/tree garden one day.

Another room that has change very little over time is the formal living room. It's the same size and backs up against the informal living room. The big plan is to open them up to each other and create one large living space. All in time :0)

That's all I have for today. One day I'll get around to posting our, before and after pictures. Just think of these as, before the before pictures.

Hope you enjoyed the tour :0)


Nancy said...

I LOVE the old kitchen! Too bad it got ruined in the 70's, but then I think *everything* that got remodeled in the 70's got ruined...

Can't wait to see what it looks like now!

I love that there's a photo album for the *house* as an entity.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Wow! What a house!!! or mansion should I say?? It's just beautiful. I really enjoyed your tour of the "before, before". It always surprises me to find out that people enjoyed colorful things around them so long ago. I guess because I usually just see black and white photos.

I really like that fern wallpaper, too. My mom had fern wallpaper in our hallway (in the 70's and early 80's) and I loved it then and still love it now (from memories). I once lived in an old farm home that had really different geranium wallpaper in the kitchen and I just loved it.

So I've got to ask... since you've been doing all this remodeling and the house is pretty old, is it haunted???

***squeal*** the thought just sends excitement all through me! haha I just love that kinda stuff... call me crazy.

Thank you for a beautiful tour!

Diane said...

What a neat thing to have pictures of a home long time back! I am in a 70's ranch home in Calif in the burbs, nothing with any history. Now remember when ever you come to California please do come thrifing with me I would LOVE it! Hugs, Diane

trash talk said...

I sure did. Tia must have been something else. When you get the chance, write more about her.
But before you do that...show your before and afters...'kay?
P.S. Shag...those were the days!
P.P.S. I adore that island in the kitchen.

Tara Dillard said...

Saw the 1940's wallpaper on walls/ceiling at Winghaven in Charotte, NC. Oddly, it worked.

Loved your tour. Happy for the anticipation & planning you have during this process.

Plenty of space for antique roses. You must try some of the ones that were known for pegging.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh - you tell me what you need help doing and I'm there. WHAT A FANTASTIC HOME!!!! The kitchen (and this is from a girl that only has one 'cause it came with the house)is to die for!!! I'm DROOLING over the curved cabinetry!!!

Okay - I have a tool belt, hands and a grin on my face - put me to work!!!

;-D robelyn

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I loved the tour, Lynea! Gorgeous shots, thanks for bringing back sweet memories.
Hope your weekend is great so far. xx

dulcy said...

I love your old home pics.! Ours was built in 1929... old pictures would be wonderful to have!

Fräulein Klein said...

Wonderful photos!!!
Have a nice day,