Open Door

Open Door
Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, March 19, 2012

Last Year’s Shopping Trip

Last summer, while Amanda & Eric were impatiently awaiting word on a date for the closing, they made several antiquing day trips. They wanted to see if they could find anything for the Horner House that they couldn’t live without. While they found many interesting pieces, there was one special piece that they decided they had to purchase. Unfortunately, there wasn’t room in the car to bring it home with them. They went back to pick it up last weekend.

This piece is a perfect fit for “the Music Room”, the first floor room with the bay window. Although they haven’t yet dug through all of the junk to expose the west wall of the room, they are sure there has been a fireplace there at one time. And they are sure by the positioning of the junk that there is no surround for that fireplace.

West Wall of the Music Room 
(shows what can be seen of the brick chimney, above the junk)

In a small shop in Hope, Indiana, they found a wonderful old fireplace surround that they imagine will be perfect in the future Music Room.

New Surround

The corbels are similar to those on the exterior of the house. And the beaded detail on this new surround is similar to that on the bottom of staircase. It seems to be a perfect fit for the Horner House, including its similar condition. They will need to restore the surround before installing it. At this time they plan to strip and repaint it white to match the woodwork.

Surround detail

Stairway detail

So we now have 2 surrounds for 5 fireplaces. We’ll be making more trips before the house is finished. But more on the fireplaces later.

If anyone else has a “need” for antiques, we recommend the drive to Hope, IN. Thanks to Tracy Fugate of Strawberry Fields Mercantile for finding and storing the surround for us. Her shop is open 11-5 and closed on Sundays. She also has a Tea Room from 11-2 except Sundays. Happy antiquing!

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