Yesterday, Papa and I with the girls were invited over to our good friends for a New Year's Day Brunch. The Fullers live in an old 18th century Federalist style house on Lakenham Green. Last year, Ed and Maureen decided that they would enjoy converting their home into a Bed and Breakfast. With that in mind, they converted the attached barn into new living quarters for themselves and started renovating the bedrooms and the common rooms to make them more pleasing to their guests come this spring when they officially open The Inn on Lakenham Green.
Yesterday, while I was at brunch, I took some photos to share with you. Ed and Maureen's home was on the "House Tour" sponsored by our Library and Habitat for Humanity this Christmas and so you'll see The Inn in it's holiday finery. Come on a tour with me.
"Like much of America's architecture, the Federal (or Federalist) style has its roots in the British Isles. Two Scottish brothers named Adam adapted the pragmatic Georgian style, adding swags, garlands, urns, and other delicate details. In the American colonies, homes and public buildings also took on graceful airs. Inspired by the work of the Adam brothers and also by the great temples of ancient Greece and Rome, Americans began to build homes with Palladian windows, circular or elliptical windows, recessed wall arches, and oval-shaped rooms. This new Federal style became associated with America's evolving national identity". (Jackie Craven's Federalist Style Architecture)
Walking in the front door, as you stand in the large hallway, you see a decorated staircase going upstairs to the bedrooms. On the left is a hallway that goes past Ed's office (he's a landscape architect) to the formal dining room.
Instead of walking down the hall to the left when you came in the front door, you had turned to the doorway on your right, you would be first in the formal livingroom.
Through a large opening, you would then enter a less formal sitting area.
In the back is the large kitchen and the "breakfast nook".
Going up the front staircase, you find yourself in a long hallway with bedrooms on each side.
This bedroom is at the front of the house on the right hand side. Across the hall is another bedroom that has twin beds. All the rooms have fireplaces.
My favorite bedroom is down the hall....it's one of the smallest bedrooms in the house. I like how cozy it feels.
Across the hall from "my" bedroom is a master suite with a large bathroom with a juguzzi. I wasn't able to take pictures in this room because Ben, the Fuller's youngest son, was home from Los Angeles for the holidays and the room was in disarray as only a twenty-six old can make it. Further down the hall is another bedroom.
And so that completes the tour of the upstairs. As we go down the stairs, we see beautiful poinsettias......
and at the bottom...on each side of the front door are beautiful decorated trees.
Thank you for coming on the tour.
These are three pictures taken in the fall of Lakenham Green. The Green is triangular in shape with the Fuller home at one of the corners.