Thursday, September 4, 2008

this charming house

I've had some requests for more photos... so here are some older ones that I never had a chance to post. I've been using Fernando's camera and he's been downloading them onto his computer so I usually have to wait for him to send them to me. I think I'll try just downloading them onto mine in the future - as soon as I get rid of the spyware that's been plaguing me for the last week!
Here are some nice details and things we inherited with the house...

Art Deco wooden doorknobs - I love these and they are on most of the doors. The former owner claims to have a box of them that he says he'll bring by... we're still waiting.

The living and dining room fireplaces have matching log holders. If you look closely you can see that they're dragons! Or sea serpents? Or Nessie?! I've never seen anything like them before and wonder if whoever put them there found it humorous because the house is in St. George?

There are two of these glass hang bars in two of the closets upstairs. They don't photograph very well.

The first owner of our house was a writer for a NY newspaper. We haven't been able to determine which one yet. He's seems to have been a little eccentric and one of the installations we found around the house were the attic stair risers plastered with uplifting headlines!

There's even one up on the ceiling at the top.

Our doorbell hangs above the arch in the kitchen and sounds exactly like the old school bells you'd hear between classes. It's a keeper.

I have no idea if this Art Deco mirror was originally used in our house. We found it in the attic before we had our estate sale. I love the Flash Gordon-esque lightening bolt etched on the front and think it might be nice in the miniature bathroom downstairs.

Here's a view of the lattice on our front porch and the glass vestibule. There are oval cutouts up top to let in more light.

This is our very own Busybody. Well, it's some kind of homemade version of it anyway... looks like someone attached an old car side view mirror to the bottom! It has a view of the vestibule from the living room.

You know the old owner was eccentric when you find the "Postal creed" stuck to the top of the mailbox... neatly hammered out with the help of a label maker. This is actually an old Richmond Farms milk box.


  1. What fun, cool stuff! I love the newspaper clippings on the stairs. Are you going to try to preserve them in some way?

    (I'd probably take them off and repaint...and then feel guilty about it.)

  2. You know I love the clippings and I just don't know what to do about them! When we took of the wallpaper in the bedrooms I caught my mother trying to scrape them off the steps (she was on a roll) and I freaked out. But I don't know if we'll keep them. The stairs are red and not only am I not a big fan of red but they really need to be painted. I took a few photos as a remembrance and I think we'll eventually just take them down. :(

  3. I think those stair risers are fantastic. And I am loving the wooden doorknobs. And the white carrera herringbone sounds amazing and glamorous.

  4. your home has such a great history/story - to find all of this is so incredibly cool.

  5. I love the mirror! What are you going to do with it? Amazing!

  6. Hi! I just found your blog via D16 and have scrolling through it page by page. We're in Newark, NJ living through our own {currently stalled} renovation. We bought a BusyBody back in the summer but never installed it. We couldn't get the angles to work with where we wanted it to go. Maybe this summer... Anyway... Your house has come so far since you closed!

    I love your blog and am adding it to my blogroll at Good luck with everything!