Thursday, April 24, 2014

Knott House Living Room


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!

11 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love the idea of attaching poems to chairs with a silk ribbon.

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful furnishings and interesting about the chairs! i wonder if they are related to the knott's out in ca (Knott's Berry Farm) one of my favorite places as a kid!

VP said...

The inside of this house is even more interesting: I was curious about this thing of the attached poems. It is a very nice idea, but also a bit crazy, if you allow me...

Sylvia K said...

I agree with Yogi, love the attached poems with the silk ribbon!! Great captures for the day, as always, Lois! Hope you're getting ready for a wonderful weekend!

RamblingRound said...

I love the poetry placements!

Lois Evensen said...

How beautiful! We have a chair similar to the grandpa chair. :)

I just love this tour! I look forward to your next posts.

Hugs,
Lois

William Kendall said...

An exquisitely beautiful room.

I'm in love with my mother-in-law... now there's a sentiment you won't hear often!

RedPat said...

A poem for the furniture - how unique!

Jack said...

Historic homes for both of us this week.

José Mendonça said...

Love that table top. Wonderful pattern.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pretty funny -- it is like she gave each of her belongings a personality!