Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Historic Home Inspiration: The House of the Seasons

Historic houses. I can't get enough of them.

I've been meaning to show you inside the legendary House of the Seasons in Jefferson, Texas, for some time. While going through some old photos (for inspiration) today, I found these. I stayed at this 1872 gem while traveling, and I'll forever love the place.

Just look at some of these spaces:

I'm agonizingly traditional in my room arrangements. My family calls me "Monk". My mother-in-law calls me "uptight". Ugh. I'm going to try to stray a little from my love of symmetry and balance, though, in this new house. I truly am.

But look at that sitting area by the fireplace! It works for me. Definitely want to do something similar in the large Front Room....

And I'm sure the manager of historic estates like this one are a bit Monk-ish and uptight, don't you think? 

Anyway. Did you get a load of all those beds? Stunning. 
If I were the estate cat, I'd definitely nap in this alcove, too.
If you ever find yourself in Northeast Texas, definitely stop by the magical House of the Seasons. Especially for the stained glass cupola high above all three floors of the mansion. Each window you look through makes the outside world look as if it's a different season- the blue glass window makes the scenery look like winter, the red makes it look like the height of summer, etc. Not to be missed!

Here's to historic inspiration, one-of-a-kind details, and the courage to make our spaces our own! -Brin


Adrienne said...

Gorgeous! Don't change from who you are - you're great just the way you are. If you like symmetry, go for it! I love the things you do and I know your new home will be just right.

Lynne said...

I'll take the room the cat is napping in!

Your old Freeman House furniture might not have been a good fit anyway. You need to start new ... new husband ... new/old house. A new start.

Deanna said...

Monk, there are a lot of monks out there that love being uptight with the decorating. grins.

Durf said...

So . . . is there something wrong with being Monk? Seems normal to me!

Michelle said...

You must be doing something right, because I have followed your blog for years, and I love your style! It's funny though, when I think of you, I don't think "Monk", or uptight at all. I think traditional, comfy, aunt Bea meets Farm Girl Mary Jane Butters. I still think of your wallpapered closet from one of your houses, and I'm determined to do mine in our new house. Follow your decorating heart, it won't let you down.♥

Gail said...

I think my style is electric, I love to mix old and new.