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Parlor Dwelling

Parlor Dwelling

Slow down you move too fast!!

During the cooler months, one of the most pleasant things we do at Spring Rose Cottage is to sit in the parlor in the evenings. Theo first used the term “Parlor Dweller” to describe people like me who thrive on both the quiet and reserve of the space.


He subsequently painted “The Parlor Dweller” acrylic on canvas, a study in burnt umber. It is me in one of my favorite wing chairs.

1-a-parlor dweller

Wayne defines a parlor as a living room with no television—and he is quite correct. Sometimes “parlor dwelling” is a solitary affair where one can read, do needlework, write a book chapter or blog posts. Sometimes it can be a group activity like playing a board game, cards, name that tune, or playing music.


One of our favorite endeavors is to take turns reading a book, short story or poems. I enjoy reading out loud and I love to hear someone else read.

I find the parlor is a most agreeable place to dwell.

Daughters of Painted Ladies

I can highly recommend the book Daughters of Painted Ladies, by Elizabeth Pomada (Author), Michael Larsen (Author), Douglas Keister (Photographer), especially if you are interested in Victorian Architecture and decorating in a traditional style.

Book Cover-DoPL

The book gives many wonderful examples for reference. It is organized by geographic regions and lists the cities—many of the homes are open to the public. The really great thing about the book is that it covers all types of American Victorian architecture from places all across the United States. Mostly exterior pictures, but it also does have some examples of interior.

Bulls eye block tapemeasure

This is one of the Bulls Eye trim that is used on the Mahogany door at Spring Rose Cottage. It is paired with a fluted molding to create the door casing on the inside and outside of the Front Door. The same design is placed on the newel posts on the main staircase.

Newal Post bullseye flute

We used this book during the design process of Spring Rose Cottage and for decorating reference. It is especially helpful in woodworking, color schemes and trim ideas.

Front view of house