Monday, May 17, 2010

Bryn Du

Yes, the Bryn Du mansion is beautiful. Originally built in 1865 as an Italiante style villa from sandstone quarried on the property it was renovated some 40 years later into a Georgian-Federal style design. However, I am quite stricken with this gorgeous little gem. This is the laundry house or laundry cottage.

I know you are all thinking "wow, doing laundry there would actually be enjoyable" if that is possible. But I could go a few steps further with this house. I am quite certain I could live here. Wouldn't you love to spend evenings here? Oh my!
John Sutphin Jones who purchased the property in 1905 named the estate "Bryn Du", Welsh for Dark Hills. I couldn't drag myself away from the Laundry House long enough to look for his inspiration for the name...after I move in there will be many long walks so I'll have time to look then. ;-)

This is a photo I took of the back room of the house. This is where the ironing was done. The room is open to the second story where the windows would have been opened wide for the steam to escape.

Rolls and bundles of grocery receipts are so sweet and add texture and charm. A new addition to the store: in the trug on the right, white tea towels embellished with some fun graphics of chandeliers, birds, and champagne labels. Made by Sheila at Tattered Goods.

A rare find! A GORGEOUS pair of 18th century European prickett sticks (altar candlesticks).
Oo la la!! A gorgeous !!!! vintage vanity in faded French blue paint with impeccable caning, sconces and foot rest. This is a piece to design a room around!

A stack of doors in their original crackled gray paint and a new gray tremeau mirror.


Tattered Goods said...

Hi Lisa! WOWZAWOWZAWOWZA!! what a great display of treasures you had. I am sure you did amazing :) at the show. I know I would have spent a ton of money if I was there, that is for sure. I hope you are getting rested up and getting ready for the weekend :)


*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh Lisa! I'm sorry -- did you say you took those pictures in HEAVEN?? That building! The displays! My little heart is going pitter - patter over here!!

You had such a gorgeous area and your talent for display is incredible!!!

Such a great job!


Feather Your Nest said...

Beautiful! I never made it there - why do they have to have this show the same weekend as Springfield?! Hopefully those are all "before" pics and your truck went home empty and your wallet full =)

Anonymous said...

Wow...what a great old the old architeture! Even better that it's filled with such lovely treasures! Thanks for sharing all the eye candy. :) ~ Jo

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