Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Visit to Atlanta, Part 2

Today I'm taking you inside Swan House, a gorgeous mansion from the 1930s, which is on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center.

When it was built and furnished, I am sure it was quite modern and with all the luxuries that were available. We started our tour on the second floor in the master bedroom. I didn't realize it then, but I bet the wallpaper was hand-painted. You'll see another example of that further down.
More fascinating than the bedroom was the adjoining beautiful bathroom. I loved how it was designed and painted!
 Behind me were extensive closets.
 A little detail featuring a swan.
And just look at this toilet, so cleverly disguised...
Next was the children's room, which was huge! Big enough for sleeping and extensive play.
And the view wasn't shabby either - although I'm not sure how interested kids would have been in that!
On the third and fourth floor were the servants quarters - complete with an ironing room, which I forgot to get a picture of.
Being the knitter that I am, I was immediately drawn to the rocking chair with the basket of yarn.
Daniel liked the round window!
And we both liked the old cookbook that was open on the dresser. I might just have to try out one of those recipes.
On the first floor, everything was very elegant again! The living room was quite stunning.

On the way to the study, they had a small telephone room. It reminded Daniel and me that the house we lived in in Michigan, which was built in the 1920s, had a similar little telephone alcove, which we had completely forgotten about.
The study was definitely a man's room.

Now the dining room - again very elegant!
Our favorite feature of that room was the hand-painted wallpaper. It was stunning!

And now to my favorite room - the kitchen! Actually, it was two rooms and I wanted to adopt both of them! I loved everything about them - the wall color, the appliances, the cupboards, the recipe books and all the cook and bakeware.

 I almost stuck this waffle iron into my purse, but it was just too large... Isn't it pretty?
This is a serious pressure cooker, that almost looks dangerous...
In the basement there was an exhibit of some very interesting porcelain. It seems that the architect of the house also ran a porcelain trading company, so there was a huge collection. My favorite pieces were these serving dishes!

In my next post, I'll show you a little bit of the outside gardens and paths around the house. So much was blooming... 
I hope you enjoyed this little trip to life of the affluent in the 1930s. Personally, I feel much more of an affinity to the farmhouse in my previous post than to this example of luxury and opulence. My favorite part of this mansion was the kitchen, which I am sure the lady of the house didn't set foot in much at all...

Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday! 



  1. Ohhh what a trip and thanks for including us. This is an eloquent place. Lots of fun and interesting things there.

  2. Beautiful mansion!! I loved the details of the wallpaper and the waffle iron. Thanks for sharing!