Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Bevy of Beautiful Blondes in My Grandparents' House...

My family always referred to the light-colored, beautifully-streamlined, modern-looking furniture in my Grandpa Bud and Grandma Elverna's mid-1950s-built house as "The Blonde Furniture." To me, as a child, it always seemed extra-special and somehow more than just an ordinary table, chair, or desk.

While you will most likely recognize it right away as Heywood-Wakefield, I was an adult before I ever heard the name mentioned in relation to my grandparents' Blonde Furniture.

I thought you might like to come along on my trip down memory lane and see some photos I took last fall at the house. At some point in the near future, all this furniture will be headed to auction.

Let's start with the china cabinet... full of the Franciscan Desert Rose dinnerware that I fondly recall my Grandma Elverna using for many a family dinner...


And here's the buffet... I always loved the sliding door on the one side...


One of six chairs for the dining room table - four armless and two with arms... my grandfather always occupied an arm chair at the head of the table (well, actually the end closest to the kitchen)...


The table ends fold down and the "legs" are three arches of wood... my grandmother always used a tablecloth for dinners - often one that she had embroidered or cross-stitched herself...


End tables and coffee table in the living room... my grandmother used to have lady-head vases on each of the end tables...


My grandmother's dresser... the mirror always seemed so huge to me...


My grandfather's dresser... complete with a green Roseville "Hyde Park" monogrammed ashtray that doesn't look as if Grandpa Bud ever used it (even though he was a pipe and cigar smoker at one time)...


The headboard with sliding door compartments... the quilt rack next to the bed was made by my Grandpa Bud...


And, last, but not least, the awesome desk in front of an oft-sunny window where I remember my grandparents taking care of their bookkeeping and paperwork...


I hope you enjoyed meeting this bevy of beautiful blondes! I know I will always associate "The Blonde Furniture" with fond memories of my Grandpa Bud and Grandma Elverna.

What stirs happy family memories for you?

8 comments:

Welcome to DeluxeVille said...

*Swoon* Yup I love old couples like your Grandparents Bud and Elverna....they had good taste!

~MaryD

Kim Bombshell said...

I hope you have dibs to inherit it one day!

Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com said...

Wow, how cool to have that as family furniture! Hope you inherit it, or if it has to go to auction you (give us all a heads up) :-)

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

It looks a lot like my grandparents house. I sure wish I had color photos of it like you do. My grandma had the same rose china...my sister has it now. It is all wonderful!! Happy memories.

Miss Dollie DeVille said...

I have a couple of the same pieces, and its fun seeing my furniture in someone elses home, esp of that age. he he he. Love it!

XOXO
Dollie

Miss CherryBubbles said...

Oh, I will definitely keep you all posted on the upcoming auction. ;)

Much as I like this furniture, I have no room for it (plus contents and house need to be sold to settle the estate). I hope to see it go to someone who will enjoy it as much as my grandparents did. :)

art deco dame said...

Want!

Zootsuitmama said...

Wow! I love the furniture, but even more, the memories. I've probably spent the last 30 years looking for things that remind me of my Grandma's house. I think it's why I live the vintage lifestyle. Thanks for showing us. Zootsuitmama