In case you missed it, for the past few months we have been following along with a young couple knee deep in the restoration of their historic mansion in Greensburg, Indiana. Their home was built in 1871 by Bright B. Harris, a scout for Morgan's Raiders in the Civil War and they have slowly been putting their own touches on the mansion to bring it back to life. We have seen them complete their entry, their master bedroom and their living room, even dealing with a little surprise that took Dea on a different design path than what she was thinking, and today, Dea is revealing to us her parlor.
I have shared with you that I grew up in a historic mansion in this very same town. Our home was built in 1860 and had a parlor at the front of the home. Otherwise, I'm fairly certain I would have no idea what a parlor was since that's not common home lingo. Our parlor was originally used for weddings and funerals but mostly it was a room that went largely unused in our home. I decided to look up the definition.
A parlor is essentially a formal living room, and when Dea and Christian saw the parlor it was anything but ready for entertaining visitors.
The original chandelier that was hanging from the center of the room was ripped out with nothing left in its place.
Dea confessed that they struggled to come up with a plan for this room and "kind of flew by the seat of our pants!" I think we can all agree, that it came together in the end to become a beautiful room worthy of entertainment and reception.