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I love historic homes. Before I ever landed on my first blog site back in 2008, I used to get my house fix by “touring” houses online via real estate listings. Of course, it’s much easier now to tour all the gorgeous homes and interiors you’re little heart could desire, but I still have to stop by some of my fave historic home sites periodically to check out what beauties have recently come on the market. I found two last night that I knew I had to share with you.
Historic Greek Revival Built in 1827
I absolutely love how the owners of this 1827 Greek Revival went bold and painted the exterior a beautiful sunshine yellow. Notice how they left the top part white. Love that! The listing states the home had been abandoned and left to deteriorate but a “34 year labor of love” transformed it back to its original glory. I’m so thankful there are brave souls willing to take on such noble endeavors.
Let’s go inside…
Beautiful living room! Notice the wall sconces above the mantel and in the transition areas between the rooms. Have you ever seen a home built with little transition areas between the rooms? The only thing I’ve seen that is similar is the small butler’s pantry you sometimes see between a kitchen and dining room.
Walking through the arched doorway you find yourself in another beautiful room with the same wall treatment. I wonder if these were the Gentleman’s and Ladies parlors (back in the day) where the men and ladies would retire after dinner. Love the huge fireplaces. They put such wimpy fireplaces in homes these days. Did you notice there were two pianos in the other room and a grand piano here? I envision wonderful dinner parties followed by beautiful music, maybe even festive sing-a-longs.
Look at that chandelier! Isn’t it beautiful? I wonder if it has wax or resin candle covers and silk-wrapped bulbs? You know I wonder about that now when I see a chandelier.
Now, that my friends is a real fire in a real fireplace. I don’t think those are gas logs. I love to see a real wood fire. Imagine having a candlelit dinner on a cold winter’s night with that wonderful fireplace crackling and popping near by.
This completely blew me away. This is the wine cellar for this home.
I think I would be entertaining here for every party. What an amazing space! You could throw some wonderful wine tasting parties in this cellar.
A winter view…sooo beautiful!
You can see more of this beautiful home at this link, Historic Home in Goldens Bridge New York, where I found all of the above photos.
A Classic Revival Builit in 1920
This historic home built in 1920 is located in Newnan Georgia. I love the porte cochere (French for coach door) on the right side of the home. Why do we no longer build homes like this? I love how each dependent is different, yet the house feels balanced.
I think this is the entry. The design of the flooring is just amazing! Can you imagine installing it? Or, do you think that design is painted on the hardwood flooring?
Large sunny rooms with lovely French doors…just beautiful! I think the mirror is a French Trumeau mirror. Anyone know? I’ve never seen one quite like that. The draperies appear to be blue and cream striped, silk-taffeta. Did you notice the ceiling is painted blue? Ummm, wonder how my dining room would look painted this way. I’d love to know what color they chose for the walls.
A sun-filled kitchen. Do you think this is the same wall color?
There’s a formal dining room; you can see it at the link I’ll include at the end. I’m guessing this is the breakfast room below. I think it’s the room we saw on the other end, opposite the porte cochere. I really like the subtle colors in this room. This feels like a home you could live in, doesn’t it?
There’s a second dining area. Actually including the formal dining room, this would be a third area I suppose. I love this room! I love the design of that wonderful hutch, the old table and the idea of having lunch or dinner in front of those lovely windows. I bet the view is beautiful.
Love this room! Nor sure if it’s the den or a gentleman’s study/library, but I love the warmth of this space. It had me at the plaid draperies.
Feast your eyes on this gorgeous lantern! It has to be antique. What a stunning fixture!
At the top of stairs you’ll find a cozy window seat. I think I would have to feign being tired just so I’d have an excuse to dally here on the way up. And again I ask, why have we removed so much of the personality out of today’s homes? ~~~Sigh~~~ Love the runner they have up the staircase. I so need to add something similar to mine.
This post would be too long if I shared all the rooms upstairs, but you’ll find those at the listing linked below. I’ll leave you with a view of the back of the home…
…and the gardens. Imagine how beautiful it must be during the spring and summer months! You can see more of this wonderful home at this link: Historic Home in Newnan, Georgia, where I found all of the pictures above.
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