Wednesday, February 9, 2011
One of my favorite things is/are houses. I know it’s a weird thing, but I love them. It could have to do with my having lived in a total of 13 different ones and having spent long periods of time in at least six others.
Every once in awhile one of the homes pops in my head for no reason at all. Then I remember.
I feel like each house has a spirit and that makes it a home. Most of the houses we moved into were not the home they became by the time we left. I miss them all as though they were a dear friend. I know that is so strange to hear, but some people do this with cars, I happen to do this with houses.
Today I remembered Lincolnwood. (yes, I have names for them- usually the street they were on, but sometimes something else gives them their name)
This house was not one of mine or one that I ever lived in. I visited it about two times per year as a child until I was in my teens. It belonged to my grandparents. This house had such an effect on me. I swear it is the house that is responsible for my love of vintage design, clean lines, modern for its time and class. It was a classy house. I’m not the only one it affected either. I hear other people talk about it with as much love as I have had for it.
Yes, the things in a house help to make it a home and this is the case here too – that’s my all inclusive. I know if I were to go to this house right now, it would not be the same at all. It was sold a long time ago and not too long ago we went to look for it and I couldn’t even find it, the street had changed so much.
This is a 1940’s brick two story in the suburbs of Chicago, but it was so much more than just that -
A mail slot in the front hall closet that you had to move fur coats to get to. This made the closet always cold in the winter. The resident Schnauzer and I loved to hear the mail hit the stone tile.
A piano in a room surrounded by hand painted art, expensive statues, Moreno glass, and low, firm couches with matching drapes. The piano bench was a light blue needle point.
A kitchen where the refrigerator and dishwasher were part of the cabinets and you couldn’t tell where they were. The freezer always held cartons of Hagen Daz chocolate chocolate chip.
A vibrating fur covered pillow on the couch, and lots of hand-held games in the den.
A walk-out basement with a REAL bar (working sink and fridge). Frothy looking drinks made from wax. A giant Marlin hanging on the wall. A pool table often covered in hundreds of different fabric samples. My great Granny in the basement (full) kitchen making streudel. A closet inside a closet inside another closet where all kinds of treasures were hidden.
A towel warming rack in the upstairs bathroom. Pedestal sinks and giant laundry chutes on every level.
A bedroom that led into another bedroom that was made all of wood with built in dresser drawers and cabinets. Vintage Barbies with fur coats, purses and glasses hidden inside one of the doors.
A giant tree in the backyard with a wrap-around bench.
A secret entry from the side yard into the breakfast room where a vintage highchair was kept.
Every morning complete silence from the occupants until after twelve giving me hours upon hours to explore…….
Someday I’ll tell you about the Centennial House where Murder was in the basement and a real Circus was erected across the street……