High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Oct 22 1972, Page 19

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 22, 1972, High Point, North Carolina Up Iii Kiwi v Iii Iii dignity restored living Roo House of decorative ideas has Century old history by Adelaide Wendler Enterprise women s editor after the civil War families left North Carolina in alarming numbers. Their looted Homes were burned their cattle slaughtered. In 1864 and 1865 the Baltimore Assn. Of friends in an Effort to persuade families to remain in North Carolina began a movement to assist them. Funds were secured by the american yearly meeting of friends and with monetary gifts from friends in England and Ireland a farm was purchased in High Point and a House built there. William a. Sampson of Maine was appointed to run and manage the farm. It became a Model for new and improved techniques and lectures were Given throughout surrounding communities on seeding planting and harvesting crops. By the mid 1870�?Ts the Baltimore Assn. Had accomplished its agricultural Mission and the farm was sold with funds donated to an educational foundation which eventually developed a school known today As Guilford College. It is this 15-room House referred to locally As Model farm House that has been selected by Sherwin Williams co. To serve As a House of decorative ideas. A panoramic View of downtown High Point and the tall furniture exposition buildings Are visible from the Home located near Alderman studios on a sloping Section of land. Three months ago the rambling 15-room House was a shambles a neglected for years a Wood was rotting Walls cracked and paint peeling. Vandals also had hastened the decay. Pat Plaxico senior designer at Alderman a was Given the responsibility of recycling the Home. She was assisted by Alderman staff members and by Nancy Walker president of color Counselor and Joan Gibson of the Sherwin Williams co. Home office. October furniture Market week was chosen by the company for opening the Home be cause the company wanted to make their statement in the Homenu Mishins Field at that time. The House will be open to invited guests today and to the Public on oct. 26-28 from to a m. To 4 p m. It will be photographed and used As the subject for one of a series of six books on decorating to be distributed by Sherwin Williams co. Today the House stands proudly among tall Maples and Oaks and surrounded by Cedars and honeysuckle Bushes. Borders Are edged with old Brick filled with Cedar chips and the same Brick forms patios that encircle Trees close to the House. The exterior of the handsome House is painted Bucks county Gold and Sienna. Windows Are antique White and the impressive doorway is emphasized with old tavern Brown. Steps and a Long narrow porch at the front Are covered with a new synthetic outdoor carpet manufactured by the 3m co. It is said to be washable with warm water and suds or by flooding with a Garden Hose. A we planned the House for a mythical family of six a four children and their parents a a explains Pat. A we have tried to preserve the character and purpose of each room without major structural changes. On the first floor Are a living room studio morning room dining room Kitchen pantry and Bath. The second floor is arranged with a girls bedroom on one Side and a suite for the parents on the other. The mothers sewing room a master bedroom Bath and the fathers office Are contained in the suite. On the third floor is a room planned for a pre teen age girl a play area and a room for two boys. Pat Calls this room a a room for primaries because it was designed for Young children and decorated in primary colors. The House is a veritable treasure of practical inexpensive ideas beginning at the Entrance to the play area for children on the third floor. Practical Brown twist carpet bordered in charcoal shag covers the Entrance Hall floor. The Border color is repeated in the living room. Curtains gathered on rods in the comfortable living room Are inexpensive fishnet Type commercial polyester seen in laundries and Dye houses. A i chose them so the Light could come through a explains Pat. Curved sofas from Thayer Coggin in Gray Brown texture Are grouped in front of the fireplace. The cheese table in the Center was made of plywood and covered with self adhesive Cork paper. One wedge is removable to form a table to place beside a chair. A Bookcase unit of Bamboo turnings on a Long Wall was assembled and glazed to highlight the rings of the Bamboo. A ladder for reaching books is from an old hardware store and moves on a garage door track. In the Bay window hanging plants Are contained in commercial stainless steel mixing bowls. Two Wicker chairs purchased from Montgomery Ward Are treated with stain. An innovative idea is the treatment of the Mirror above the mantel. A the mantel projects too far into the room so we stencilled a framework around the Edge to make the weight of the mantel disappear a says the imaginative designer. The Long narrow dining room presented difficulties that were overcome by using a slender 13-foot counter top on a base of two by fours covered with Chrome paper As a dining table. Dining chairs secured from Sears Roebuck Are dressed up with a Cane design secured with tape and sprayed with White enamel. A pair of Wingback chairs slip covered in natural Linen and English Chintz Are placed opposite each other on the sides of the table rather than the ends. Corner cupboard chair rail and Dado finished in victorian White and antiqued were done with a kit. The Wal covering is White and Tan West Indian Cane print and the ceiling is painted hawaiian Coral. A Forest Green shag carpet covers the floor. A because the room is narrow we decided to use two pickled Pine lamps with paper bag shades on the table rather than a chandelier a explains the creative designer. A charming morning room has a tray ceiling with routed glazed plywood Cut on the Diagonal. A Ray Lyn overstuffed sofa and ottoman in Blue and Green and a Wing Back chair in Bright Green Are inviting seating pieces. A Bamboo game table and chairs Are used for dining. Armstrong a White Vinyl Brick pattern covers the floor. A a you a never guess the problems the room presented before its transformation a Pat reveals. Quot ii had five doors. We removed one closed one permanently and painted one to give the appearance of a China the painted Woodwork in the Kitchen was crackled with age so Pat chose Popcorn yellow paint for it and had it glazed to preserve the antique look. Kitchen colors Are Popcorn yellow Gray Green and wine All of which Are featured in the Armstrong Vinyl tile floor. While the Bottom halves of the cabinets were wet with Glaze Pat traced Finger painted designs in yellow on them. Doors on Cabinet tops have trompe l Oil on fronts using labels from tin cans framed in molding and covered with Chicken wire. Designs stencilled around the door frames Are a cheerful red Pepper color. Pat made the design by glueing foam rubber to the Bottom of a tin can and cutting out the design with a razor Blade she dipped the end of the can in the paint and applied the Stencil. Other unique effects Are a barn ladder used As extra storage for casseroles and mixing Ware and for displaying plants and a Light fixture fashioned from a double tree harness with tin colanders. A it throws such interesting patterns on the ceiling when lighted a Pat notes. Plants Are Hung on pulleys from the ceiling of the narrow Hall at the top of the Back staircase and the area is decorated in cheery greens and Daisy printed wallpaper to disguise its Steep and narrow Rise. Under the eaves is the mothers sewing room dominated by a work table fashioned from plywood and two Sawhorse. The quilted Gingham covered top is Ideal for pinning and cutting patterns. Drawers from an old sewing machine Are attached to the underside. Shelving units made from electrical Angle Irons hold inexpensive and colourful plastic vegetable bins Metal cans and colourful Wicker baskets to be used for sewing Supply storage. Innovation is the key word in the parents Gray and yellow bedroom to minimize the narrowness of the room a headboard is painted on the Wall Over a Box Spring and mattress. On either Side Are mirrors with painted fake shutters to give an illusion of space. An old Walnut wardrobe found in a junk shop revealed Fine brass hardware with an Oriental flavor once it was stripped and cleaned. A to emphasize the feeling we glazed the piece and painted primitive Oriental scenes on the top panel a says the designer. A boxes from directional and lamps from tyndale Are on either Side of the bed. A we pretended the father is a designer and decorated his office to fit his role a Pat explains. A Roll top desk an old mail sorter from a Post office and a Light fixture from an ancient school House Are interesting furnishings. Owls in shades of Brown Gray Green and Orange Are featured in the Wal covering. Complementing the Walkover is smoke Gray Woodwork and Gray carpet. Because there was no closet in the teen agers bedroom a storage Wall was contrived with uprights from Sherwin Williams stores. Shelves were Laid across and baskets in different colors placed on shelves to be used As drawers. Pink Lime Green and Orange found in the Large stylized Floral print Wallower Are repeated on old and new furniture two single brass headboards attached to a Box Spring and mattress form the bed. A quaint old Dresser is painted White and accented with Pink and Green trim. The third floor is a child a Delight. The Hall is covered with Astro turf and a playhouse is built into a Niche at the end. Walls Are painted Blue with White Clouds floating on the Walls and ceiling. Brick Walls and Flowers decals Are so real that a child might be tempted to climb the Wall to pick the Flowers. P r e -1 Reeners themselves could duplicate Many of the ideas shown in the pre teen bedroom. The ceiling is covered with red and White striped paper scalloped and trimmed with red Ball fringe to suggest a tent effect. The Cobblestone floor of Armstrong Vinyl and laminated table from directional Are White on either Side of the bed covered with a Pepsi cola printed red and White spread Are shelves under which Are Apple crates Cov ered with decorative papers or various colors with White paint by numerals murals an on two Walls while a Victoria sideboard painted to look like a soda Fountain is on another. The playroom on the third floor has a Jungle safari look achieved by using Green Astre turf floor Bamboo ceiling and jumbo sized decals of animals on the Walls. A Hammock stretches from one end of the Large room to the other and a huge painted cardboard Cylinder is designed for crawl so House on 4-b Kitchen father s office dining room playhouse girl s bedroom

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