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!