Thursday, April 24, 2014
Luella Knott was fond of Victorian era antiques and that is how she decorated her living room. She often shopped at estate sales for vintage pieces. She attached poems to her furnishings with satin ribbons to draw attention to her favorites. Not only did she write poetry, she also published some of her own music which you can see sitting here on her piano along with one of her poems. The name of the song is "I'm In Love With My Mother-in-Law". The poem reads: "Piano - I'm sound as a dollar and good for a song; my body is healthy, my legs are strong; I'm not very rare nor even unique, but in a few years, I shall be an antique!"
Our tour guide mentioned that one of the Knott's grown children happened to be friends with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, which explains this photograph. You can also see another one of Luella's poems on the table: "Round table in living room. I'm quite a mixture as you see, of walnut and mahogany. With here and there a tiny line of inlaid maple, oak and pine. In spite of age, I'm still erect, And worthy of your deep respect."
The two Victorian chairs you see here were referred to by our tour guide as grandpa and grandma chairs. The one with the arms is the grandpa chair, while the other one without the arms is the grandma chair. Having arms on the chair would have caused a problem when sitting for a woman in the Victorian era because her dress would have had a huge skirt with maybe a hoop underneath.
More pictures of Luella Knott's living room tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Who could resist this young lady standing in front of the Knott House beckoning me to come in for a tour? The Knott House was the home of Luella and William Knott, often referred to as "the poet and the politician". Luella wrote whimsical poems and attached them to her furnishings with satin ribbons to draw attention to her favorite items in her home. The poems are still there. William Knott served as the Florida's State Treasurer during the depression. William Knott died in his house at the age of 101 and Luella died eight days later at the age of 93. Interestingly, William was born during the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln was president and died in 1965 when Lyndon B. Johnson was president. The house is beautifully preserved and I took lots of pictures which I will be showing on my blog in the coming days. You can read more about the history of this house and the Knotts here. Linking up with signs, signs.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
There was an arts festival going on downtown over the weekend and I noticed these portable hand washing stations sitting on the sidewalk. They were not far from a long line of food trucks parked on the street, so I guess it was nice to have a place to clean yourself up after eating all those messy, but delicious treats.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I could not find much history on this house except that it was built in 1904 and was used as a winter residence for the Wood family who came south from Ohio to enjoy the warmer climate. It is located on Park Avenue near downtown Tallahassee and is now being used as office space. I took the second picture from the porch of the Knott House next door, which has been beautifully preserved and I was fortunate enough to be touring at the time. More pictures from the inside of the Knott House are coming, so stay tuned.