side view of our home at 1910 S. Arch, we also own the lush green lot.
Front view, style is considered Victorian Tudor Queen Anne, c. 1890. Stuc3o and brick porch added in 1920. We can see our original gingerbread on the gables from inside the attic - it is "smothered" on the outside by stucco. There is no telling what Victorian items are hidden under the 4 inches of concrete!
our foyer, just to left of the front door
our beautiful parquet floor in the foyer and connecting hall, it is original to the house. Was "discovered" by the previous owners about 30 years ago when they began refinishing the floors. The floors were so black with age no one new this was under there!
living room or front parlor, sunroom beyond
living room with music room or back parlor to the right, sunroom beyond
this view is from the front door
view from front door, dining room on the right
view from front door, the stairs
view from back of foyer - excuse the mess on the hall tree! A good friend of mine made the stained glass for me, custom for our house, there is a larger one up over the stairs
dining room looking into the new kitchen, painting of Rory on the wall
our giant 10 foot swing door, all the other 10 foot doors are pocket doors. I just love it!
looking to the right in the dining room. Paneled wainscoting is original
looking back through to foyer
detail of paneling
detail of our original hardware
I found these matching sets at an online antique shop
and another one
a before picture of our hallway butler's pantry to the kitchen - between the dining room and kitchen. One doorway was moved over for some reason and made this diagonal path with drove me nuts. Our air returns in the diagonal cabinet
before in the kitchen
before in the kitchen, notice the chimney between the wall and peninsula cabinet - it gets knocked out all the way through Eilis (Eye-Lish's) room which is over the chimney. I don't want to think about how much we paid just to have a clean slate...
before in the kitchen. The kitchen was set up like a galley, I do not know why, the space on the other side of the bar was practically useless
These windows are going to become French doors, just wait and see...
those are 2 seperate breakfast rooms beyond that wall.
after, same view!
BOO! Happy Halloween. this is our French range, the Lacanche, imported from France, a gift to my kitchen by Paul Wallace, our precious neighbor that we took care of for 2 years, until his death in 2006. We miss him every day.
The cabinets go all the way up the 12 foot tall walls. We have staineless steel countertops on either side of the stove. The island is marble, it is called Alabama Primo, oddly enough, it is from Italy!
after, same view! Decorated for Christmas. This is my little Christmas village, the stainless sort of looks like ice, I think. No comparison to my Grandmother Carter's Christmas village!
The other side of the kitchen
me making duck gumbo, quack , quack
after, the French doors are made from Spanish Cedar. They were supposed to be painted white, but I could not do it once I saw how beautiul they were.
view from breakfast room.
a better view of the range, it is the Sully model, 2 ovens, one electric, one gas. The top of the range is gas.
just another view
my fish pulls. I used different types of drawer pulls so the kitchen would not be too uniform - I wanted it too look like it had evolved from the 1890's
between the range and sink. You are supposed to all 36 inches between counter and island or other objects, but I think we did 40 inches.
to the right of the sink is the dish washer, its a solid door, but looks like 2 drawers. To the left of the sink is the compactor.
Victorian bin pull reproduction
Victorian latch reproduction
we have just one of these pulls, a reproduction
fish pull, my favorite
antique brass lights bought from ebay. I had them nickel plated to go with our silver accented kitchen.
view of pink pantry
after, same view. The tv is equiped with apple tv, which is Scott's toy, it does random slide shows of our photos with our favorite music pulled from our computer, too.
cabinets and pink pantry. Rory wanted a pink kitchen, but I thought the pantry would be cute in pink.
this originally was a half bath.
you could lose your knees if your child tried to come in on you, the door just misses the toliet bowl when opening and closing. The window is the same as in the pantry.
the same window
probably too much detail, but oh well.
our reproduction sliding barn door hardware. available at barndoorhardware.com
This wall became a double opening with the slider doors and barn door hardware, next photo
these slide so easily. The rest of the house has pocket doors, but we could not afford to do two walls, so this was a great alternative that we like even better
back side of slider doors, unfinished kitchen. The room did not grow, it is the same space as the original kitchen, but configured better.
the doors, 10 feet tall!
after, yes that is a duck on my wall! Scott shot that on a hunting trip with Paul.
my horrid butler's pantry
the same space, all new cabinets and black granite
after. we used glass shelves so the lights would illuminate more than just the top shelves. it is a beautiful effect.
the off center 8 foot door way, this look made me nuts. This had been added on in the '20s, so small doorways was vogued at the time. It wouldn't have look so rediculous had our other doorways already been 10 feet tall.
ahhh, perfection. Doorway moved over and made the same heighth as original doors.
beadboard back splash. my carpener and I dreamed this up.
the moulding around the outside, that creates the panelled effect is that MDF stuff they use on HGTV all the time. It serves it's purpose - cutting costs!
custom made bracket for the "butler's pantry look"
yes, that is a fish in the breakfast room, one of Paul's catches.
our back hall, we did not have a back entry. I added exterior siding back to what was once the end of the house. We found the subwall under all the sheetrock
entry to the new full bath/mudroom
more beadboard panelling. I had this done to look similar to the panelling in the foyer and dining room, but out of beadboard it was cheaper.
back hall beach area. This bench was made from some old rafters from Paul's 1880's house that is next door to our house.
our bead board panelling
more MDF treatment, I love that stuff! That is our little carriage house outside the window .
new Spanish cedar back door
more of the same. The paddles were made for me by my sailing and canoeing instructor friend, John Bishop of Waverly TN. He passed away in 2002
looking back toward the breakfast room from the back door
I love the siding and trim. The trim was milled to match the original on the outside of our house, most of which is covered under think stucco
Paul's house out the window. Our new/old back porch, it had been totally enclosed by the previous owner with no door to anywhere! The carpenters had also done work for the previous owner and remember enclosing it!
from the bathroom
the bathroom cabinet and new farm sink. The cabinet maker told me he was going to design me a real nice "johnny back cabinet" this is what he calls a cabinet for over the toilet. I said "no, you are going to make this"
more 12 foot walls
partial view of upper cabinets.
before, one of the breakfast rooms with crazy window design - "diypo(do it yourself previous owner) look"
same view, much better use of the space for our family
inside the bathroom
handmade flies from Paul's fly fishing club, 1980. It reads "To the worst fisherman, fly tier, editor and president we have ever been associated with - this is how flies ought to be tied!" Your Club, Arkansas Fly Fishers, 12/09/80
Paul's kreel basket, yes, this is the real deal, not a decorator item
our American Restoration Tile Floor, tiles from France, this company happens to be headquartered in Mabelvale AR, just outside of Little Rock
rest of the floor and shower floor.
Tumbled stone tile for shower. frameless glass door - worth every penny, but we did not feel that way when we got the bill!
before, view from where the shower is...
breakfast room before, this door got moved to the left and made taller
after, here it is.
more interior siding. This used to be the original back door before they started adding on porches and breakfast rooms in the '20's
before, from side entrance stairway
before, an extra half bath, built into the back hallway.
it justs out into the hallway, I could never understand this. You couldn't bring anything large through this opening.
ah, removed of bathroom, makes a lovely straight shot to the back of the house
looking up the backstairs, into the breakfast rooms
my Arkansas Razorback, wild boar shot by Paul Wallace, January 19, 1969
Vintage YMCA Lefever Card from the Little Rock Downtown Y, located on Broadway, now closed, but still standing. From the '40's, I think.
antique light purchased from ebay
Paul's fish and same fish in the photo. about 1980
Paul's "Faubus Official Family" certificate, signed by Gov. Orval Faubus, infamous for instigating the Central High Crisis. Paul worked for the Arkansas Department of Labor during that administration and so received this certificate
Our new French doors and screens doors stacked in our music room, unfinished Spanish cedar
the old kitchen sink windows, notice the enclosed back porch on the far right.
the new doors and our gigantic deck, known locally as the Mayan Temple
after, the 2 high windows are the bathroom. The long window is the back hall with beadboard panelling
still progressing, the covered windows with gray are the old kitchen windows where all the cabinets are located. I was afraid they could not match the stucco to my liking, so I just had shutters built to look as if the windows are still there but shuttered. The house originally had shutters in 1890.
after, I like the shutters, it adds another much needed texture to our house, the stucco is overwhelming on our large home. We have 12 foot walls on both floors, plus a very tall attic space, so it makes for massive scale on the outside.
the north westcorner
I did not want a railing on the deck, I wanted these steps wrapped and it has made for a nice effect. A few neighbors have added the detail to some of their projects.
another antique ebay light
ebay antique light
this one is my favorite, again, ebay
this one was in the house, but I had it polished and moved to another room
our foyer light, it has been polished, too.
Scott and I with my new apron from the French range folks.
Scott trying to come between me and my new baby...silly man...
we're just batty over our range
my bootiful girls
The mother-person, Brogan, Eilis, & Rory in front.
We sent these photos to the Lacanche folks to thank them for the apron
Life is good!