Monday, August 15, 2011

Ottawa Visited

In Ottawa, the Bag Lady stayed with her brother in his fabulous old house. The house was built in 1853, and has undergone many changes in its life. It started out as a single-family dwelling, but was eventually turned into a duplex.

The Bag Lady's brother has done many interesting things to it, and it is wonderfully decorated, with all manner of interesting and quirky things.

There's a little room just beyond the back entrance where he spends a good deal of time.....

And a beautiful built-in cupboard holding glass of all description:

Through the dining room to the living area....

And on to the front entrance hall:

Up the stairs to the second floor

past the library:

You come to the stairs to the third floor, where the guest room is located.

As you climb the stairs to the guest room, you pass the "memory cupboard":

Until you reach the cozy guest suite.

The memory cupboard contains, along with many other things, a photo of the Bag Lady's parents...... (her camera battery was dying, so the photo is blurry. Sigh.)

(Blogger liked the pictures so well, it uploaded 4 or 5 copies of each one, so the Bag Lady has spent a lot of time trying to fix this post!)


Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely. Thanks for the tour of BagBrother's house.

Geosomin said...

Wow...what an amazing old house. Hope you had a fantastic visit.

the Bag Lady said...

Leah - you're welcome!

Geo - it truly is, and I had a fabulous time!!

messymimi said...

Your brother has good taste. Thanks for the tour.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

These are great pix, but what really caught this Texas girl's eye was the radiator in the first one. It IS a radiator, right? Please tell me I'm not completely ignorant on these matters.

When I was in Colorado a couple months ago I saw a totally new type of radiator (to me) at the Salida town library. I tried to get my husband to look but he was like, meh. Sorry, but radiators are fascinating in their many different styles.

Gonna go turn down the thermostat on the a/c now. It's over 100 today here in the Sunny South.

solarity said...

I was also fascinated by the radiator. Looks really warm. It's a marvelous house, with plenty of books.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

messymimi - yes, he does. His house if full of interesting things!

Bunnygirl - yes, it IS a radiator, and it's very pretty. And we didn't need it when I was there because it was very warm.... not quite as warm as where you are, but still very warm!

Mary Anne in Kentucky - there are books everywhere you look in his house - I had to close my eyes a lot so I didn't get absorbed in any of them!

Hilary said...

Oh what a nice place. That radiator is indeed a beauty... as is the attic library and the quirky colours throughout the home.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Hilary!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, what a charming house!

And the blurry photo of your parents is actually very arty! Seems to convey the sense of time gone by, love, loss, etc much more gracefully than a sharp focused shot would have.

Thanks for the tour!

JavaChick said...

I love old houses! They usually have so much character. Thanks for the tour!

Reb said...

Lovely tour Sis. I still wish I had been there and I still covet those Wassily chairs. (yeah, I had to look it up, I couldn't remember)

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Crabby! (Wish I could say I planned it that way....!)

You're welcome, Java Chick! I had so much fun taking pictures of all the cool stuff in his house!

Reb - I wish you could have come, too -- maybe next time!

Rikk Utas said...

They have done a great job finishing (??) the house, it sure lookes different than when I last saw it. And re: Chicago - you do realise that you can change the default dictionary to English so that you can avoid misspelling "travelling" and other various words?? :-) Glad you had such a good trip

the Bag Lady said...

Rikk - yes, the house looks wonderful, and very different from the last time I saw it.
(And one of these days I will get around to changing the dictionary. Really.)