The sunroom is the small room off the Master Bedroom
It started life as a nursery
Then was used as a sleeping porch
When we moved to Linderhof we used it first as a secondary television room
And then when we got home computers, as an office/television room
When it was the "office" it saw a lot of use
But with laptops, you don't need a dedicated office space.
A few years ago, the flashing on the chimney failed
and the wall suffered water damage
I should have taken before pictures
but I didn't and so I found some old pictures of the room before
I got to be really good at taking pictures from angles that did not show the damage!
The damage originally was mostly above the large picture on the wall
But then it got worse and that wallpaper came loose and I took it off
exposing the plaster wall
(And whenever I looked at it, I just pretended that I was in Italy and it was "trendy"
-- hey, it works well for Italians)
There was a Victorian dark green border around the room
(remember when borders were all the thing? This one came from Victorian Trading Company --
from their outlet store and had been up at least 10 years)
And the ceiling had been painted the dark green of the paper
The walls a sort of beige
Sometimes it takes a while to get things done
Thursday the workmen came
And pulled off the paper
And this is what they found . . .
A voice from the past
Ruth who was mistress of Linderhof before I
(but not the one we bought the house from)
had left a message . . . .
Bob and Ruth McCalmont stripped these walls of three layers of paper
Papered by Marjorie Schwamn 11/29/81
Which answered my question as to when the master bedroom had been papered
(obviously November 1981 because the sunroom's paper was a companion paper)
And the worked and mudded and primed and painted Thursday and Friday
And Friday evening . . .
The sunroom was put back together and looked like this!
Furniture all in place
But alas, no curtains at the windows
I had yet to iron the curtains!
Saturday afternoon, it looked like this
The bookcase wall with the needlepointed Belgian chair and ottoman
looking into the bedroom
The main wall with chairs and table in place
anchored by an old Oriental rug and an ottoman to share
Looking from the bookcase wall to the front of the room
And the bedroom wall which is really more door than wall!
And on the south wall . . .
The top picture holds a deep dark secret . . .
For a sconce
I had them leave it as is and not cover it up
For I'm still on the fence about whether I want to add a sconce or not!
Obviously, if I do, I'd remove at least one of the lamps
Too much lamp concentration for me!
And what, you might ask, did I do with the writing on the wall?
I took a picture of it
Had an enlargement made and framed it
And put it on a shelf in the bookcase
Which is just below the spot that we found the writing!
The bookcase itself is special to me
My parents started their housekeeping with it!
And it used to store the set of children's books which they bought for me
Which I loved!
It seems perfect for this spot!
And it hold many happy memories for me!