Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A House Tour


A few years ago, a long time and very dear family friend (who has the distinction not only of having known my mother his entire life, but who also decades ago saddled me with the challenging nickname Muffy) moved from his classic antique home to a new house that is part of an adult community.  He recently gave me permission to give this house tour. 




I love this sideboard.










A deep appreciation of tall case clocks, including this Fletcher clock (brought back from England).




He has played every major pipe organ in this country and in England.




An Antique Tapestry


The Sheraton chest is also a favorite 







24 comments:

Susan R said...

What an amazing house, so full of wonderful art and treasures. I particularly noticed the candlestick sitting on the piano, it reminds me of the "rainbow catchers" in the movie Pollyanna, do you remember that?
Wait! Your name isn't really Muffy? Okay, I'm intrigued, what is your real name? Or is that meant to be kept a secret? No worries either way.
My favorite part of the house is the lovely book shelf full of "LOVELY BOOKS". Ahhh...Envy... I have to remind myself, "Thou Shalt Not Covet".

Main Line Sportsman said...

An amazing house for certain....thanks for sharing it.

sle said...

I loved the house tour and thank you so much for sharing! His furnishing are beautiful!

Mona said...

One would not know this house was in an adult community. It is beautiful and filled with many classic treasures. It looks very comfortable. Thank you for sharing.

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Love all the antiques and the kitty in the last photo! Very nice tour! :)

John said...

What a lovely and tasteful home. And you look great in that Mercedes, I might add. :)

The organ is particularly striking. Next time you see your friend, please ask if he's ever heard of Taylor & Boody organ builders. They're a well-known company in my neck of the woods, and from what I've heard, elsewhere as well.

Grace said...

Such a wonderful house! Those rugs and all the dark wood just have the perfect understated elegance.

Anonymous said...

Please thank your friend for allowing us to tour his lovely rooms. Is the cat in the last photo polydatcyl? He (or she) is quite beautiful and fits right in with his surroundings.

Cheers!
Bitsy

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this post. Some of my favorite posts on this blog are ones which show your own house, as I love your decorating style, and his is similar. Is this the classic antique home, or the one in the adult community? (I assume from the walls and such that it is newer.)

Two things - love that he's a Bowdoin grad! Do you know which fraternity he was in? Given his age, he may have known my great-grandfather who was an economics professor at Bowdoin from the 1920s til the mid-1950s, and also an advisor to the Zeta Psi fraternity. (And thus began a long family involvement with Bowdoin.)

Second, that cat looks like my cat! I love tuxedo cats.

Parnassus said...

I have almost never seen a house in which I liked every single object, both large and small, to the degree as here, not to mention his taste in arranging it all. His eclectic tastes never interfere with the overall harmonious atmosphere. His early furniture is all very handsome, and I share his predilection for Chinese boxes.

By the way, what instrument does he play that goes with the music stand next to the piano?
--Road to Parnassus

AshTreeCottage said...

What a beautiful home!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Preppy 101 said...

What a beautiful home tour. Such treasures - both in objects and memories. Thanks for sharing, Muffy! XOXO

BlueTrain said...

That post, especially the pictures, is worthy of Architectural Digest.

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Wow, this home looks great for a newer construction. I recently moved into a historic building and this gives me so many ideas. Thanks for the tour. Please, let your friend know it was appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Love that your friend cut the front legs on his desk chair to mimic a piano bench! So quirky & practical :-)

tammy j said...

grace, intelligence, humour and beauty all shine forth from his house. thank you for this post...
thank him for allowing us to see it! and i wish him only the best in his new adventure! moving house at any age is trying, but he will take his taste and love for all things beautiful with him!
love,
tammy j

Anonymous said...

Jeans and overhead lighting? To the guillotine! Just kidding, of course - orthodoxy invites facetiousness.

What an incredible job making an assisted living facility look anything but. I will show this to my 94 year old great aunt, who staunchly refuses to even consider such a living arrangement.

larsd4 said...

I want a house like that. Wow.

Izzy said...

What a lovely home your friend has made.


Have you ever though of creating a post on why you find the nickname "Muffy" challenging?

Cheers

Kionon said...

Wow. Some amazing details here...

While perhaps a tad morbid, one of the perks of being an only child with a limited number of cousins, I believe I will inherit several items from my family's past.

Among them are a plaque of the Poole family crest from my great-great-grandmother, a vanity from my great grandmother (1902, I think, we even have the original receipt- it was like $12 or some seemingly ridiculously low number given inflation), and a mid-century buffet from my mother.

JDSprouse said...

Excellent house tour. Your friend obviously has very good taste and bank account to match. He must be an excellent musician. I play classical guitar. Now tell me the house is on the Maine coast and he has a Hinckley. I'm green with envy.

lorrwill said...

WOW!

Thank you and thank your friend for letting us peak into a truly gorgeous home. This epitomizes "stately".

j.mosby said...

Everyone's home should reflect one's personal taste and interest!
Some nice pieces! love the grandfather clock. With the pipe organ I wondering is he a fan of John Rutter?

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Road to Parnassus - He plays the piano and organ (strictly amateur), but he often hosts musical gatherings.

@j.mosby - Yes, he is a fan and has visited with him at Clare College Cambridge.