Sepia Saturday

Living Room With Grand Piano, Edvard Grieg Collection, Bergen Public Library on Flickr Commons

This week Sepia Saturday offers inspiration in the form of a visual prompt. This week we’re inspired by a Victorian living room. I love visiting historic houses so I’ll share some photos from those explorations.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s living room, Oak Park, IL

Moe recently, I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio. They didn’t have any furnishings in the living room, which is a shame.

A conversation nook in Wright’s home
Another Wright home, Wingspread

Above is another home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This is in Racine, WI and is called Wingspread.

I do like 19th century homes and one in Wisconsin is brewer Frederick Pabst’s mansion. Here’s the ladies’ salon (below). This Victorian architecture was followed by Wright’s Prairie style and other far more simpler styles.

I have been to the Glessner House (below), twice but don’t know where my photos are so I’m sharing the actual early 20th century photos. Quite busy, huh? That was the style.

The Glessner’s lived on “Millionaire Mile” aka Prairie Avenue. I will keep hunting for my photos with the rose.

Below are the living/reading room (L) and the reception room (R) of Charles Dawes’ home in Evanston, Illinois. Dawes was a diplomat and Vice President of the US.

Japanese master potter, Kawai Kanjiro’s house, Kyoto

Zhujiayu, China replica of home from 1600s
Vimanmek Palace, the more recent/modern Thai Royal Palace

The Vimanmek Palace was built in 1900 in Bangkok and is now a museum, though it’s under renovation now. When you go to Bangkok, visit the Grand Palace, which precedes this, but also use your second ticket to see this palace (once it reopens).

Living room, Jim Thompson’s House, Bangkok

Jim Thompson was an American who possibly, probably worked for the CIA and sold textiles in Thailand. He built an exquisite home by having several old style Thai houses transported to Bangkok and connected to each other. The art and furnishings are sumptuous.

One place I want to return to is Columbus, Indiana where Joseph Miller, an Indiana tycoon, funded the architecture small town’s public buildings. Below is his home and a 4 minute video about it.

The 1950s is such a contrast to the Gilded Age

Which of these would you most like to live in?

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4 Responses to Sepia Saturday

  1. mollyscanopy says:

    I’ve also been to Oak Park, and the Wright house there is to die for. But in this post, I would take the 1950s sunken living room in the Miller house hands down. Such style and color! And as a bonus, it has a piano to match the prompt!

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  2. La Nightingail says:

    Victorian decorated rooms are lovely, but I wouldn’t be comfortable living in one. Likewise the 1950s period with its cool crisp no-nonsense style. I appreciate that period for its brevity and fine-line style with floor-to-ceiling windows, but it leaves me a bit cold. Give me a room with a rock fireplace, a yellow, medium blue, and white color scheme, a comfortable well-padded sofa, and a mellow leather wingback chair with footstool, and I’m a ‘happy camper’. And oh yes, a lovely little spinet piano. Well, and perhaps a 60″ TV screen . . . 🙂

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