This week’s road trip took us thru a wrinkle in time…straight into the 1950s! We spent the day in an old abandoned ranch so overgrown with brush that, when we arrived, we sat in the driveway wondering if we would find anything salvageable. Though water and small animals had gotten to some areas, the bedrooms and sunken living room (so fab) were virtually untouched.
Don started in the basement bar area and I started in the master bedroom. We gathered up old beer signs, vintage clothing (including silk stockings in their original packing), old medicine bottles, lucite dresser pieces, and lighting. Then we moved to the main living areas where we were amazed to find this yellow tufted Hollywood Regency sectional sofa (in pristine condition) along with French Provincial side chairs, plaster statues, glass top side tables, and various other decorative mid-century pieces.
In some ways, it’s sad to sort through someone’s life by going through their belongings but in other ways it’s absolutely fascinating. The people who lived in this home were vibrant, fashionable, and very hip. They obviously entertained a lot (did I forget to mention the cases of unopened bottles of scotch & whiskey) and they lived their lives with exuberance as illustrated by the shag carpeting, yellow velvet furniture, and nude statues. A little bordello…and a lot of fun!